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May 2012
celebrating mark's 25th year
welcome leroy
alumni council news
alumni events
student news and events
200 for $100
Celebrating Mark's 25 Years
as Urban's Head of School

This year we are celebrating Mark's 25th year as Head of The Urban School. At this year's annual auction event in March, we honored him by establishing the Mark Salkind Scholarship Fund, and would like to share with you the video that was played at our event.

After the video, our 300 attendees gave Mark a well-deserved standing ovation before raising a record $116,000 that night during our Fund-A-Need paddle rasing. Combined with gifts donated before and afterwards, the scholarship fund is now at $290,000.

We hope you will honor Mark ('70), a true blue fellow alum, by making a gift and help us to surpass $300,000 by the close of Mark's 25th anniversary year. Thank you so much for your past, present and future support, and for honoring Mark and an Urban education with a gift of any amount to this very special fund which will provide tuition assistance for deserving students.

To make a secure online donation to the Mark Salkind Scholarship Fund please click here.

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Welcome, LeRoy!
We are delighted that LeRoy Votto is joining our Alumni Relations team in his new role as Urban's Alumni Ambassador! In addition to continuing to teach history at Urban, starting this spring, LeRoy will be connecting with our alumni community in an official capacity.
We hope you can congratulate LeRoy in person at our I  the East Bay alum event on Sunday, May 20!

Urban alum Katie Innes ('02) caught up with LeRoy to talk about his new role:

What are you most excited about in joining the alumni team?

I'm excited about having an opportunity personally to connect with and meet and renew acquaintances with former students. For me, it's like a perfect job personally, in that I'll get to keep in touch with people I taught and loved teaching and loved being around in my 30+ years of teaching at Urban. With Civil War and the Recent America sequence, I've taught many, many alums. I can look at each senior class and I'd say I've probably taught 90-95 percent of most classes.

The other thing that's obviously exciting and linked to this is to get all the alums connected back to the school in a more sustained way. I see all sorts of possibilities here. I would love for alums to come back to Urban and meet current students, do a guest talk, lecture or film, or be available for student internships, for instance. I'd love for alums to support Urban, too, and help make the Urban experience possible for future students.

The economy is so fluid right now that it would also be nice for Urban alums to be job resources for other Urban alums or help each other with other opportunities. I'd be excited to put alums in touch with each other and help make beneficial connections.

Is there a particular event that you wish more people came back to, maybe something in the school year like the One Acts, or something alum-related?

We love seeing alums at the All-Alumni Reunion Weekend in October [editor's note: LeRoy teaches a great Classes without Quizzes in history during reunion weekends]. It would be great to see alums who did theater, or who went to plays, to come back and see what Urban is doing now with drama and circus. Or for musicians to attend our concerts in Herbst Theater. And to see athletes, or people who followed the games, to come to soccer or basketball or baseball games. It’s always nice for students to look up and see alums in the audiences or stands supporting them and cheering them on.

We're going to have this gathering at Charlotte Worsley's in the East Bay on Sunday, May 20. I hope that alums in the East Bay, or even the city, might want to drive over—I'd love to catch up and hear personally what our alums are up to. We are doing so much more with alumni relations at Urban, that I hope more and more alums will find an opportunity or reason to engage and connect.

If you were to make a time capsule from your years at Urban, that wouldn’t be opened for 50 years, what would you put inside?

Well, I guess there'd be theater production playbills, sports rosters, photos, videos of productions, of players, of the art show. Some Urban readers, maybe titles of books that we're reading right now for our classes or a book that was really influential, like Moby Dick. Some music and lyrics that the kids listen to. Pictures of students, what they're wearing. An interview with Mark, maybe Charlotte and Jonathan, something from Richard about environmentalism. A quick snippet, like Wendy and Frances talking about theatre. Something with Greg Angilly about how Urban sports are turning a corner—and believe me they are. Some audio and video interviews of how the students would like the world to be in 50 years. Something that would give us a deeper understanding of who these kids are and what they believe in, their aspirations, hopes and fears. Urban is an amazing school—it's hard to distill our strong culture, values and school spirit into a time capsule. I would hope that when it’s opened in 50 years, we would see that while some changes will have certainly taken place, as no successful school would remain unchanged over half a century, that the heart and soul of Urban would still be intact and indeed stronger than ever.

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Alumni Council News
Urban's Alumni Council is wrapping up an exciting year and is pleased to announce its new president, Tara Wilson ('95).
Tara, a former Urban student body co-president, is the senior program fellow in education at The San Francisco Foundation. Throughout her career, Tara has worked to enhance the educational opportunities for young people in San Francisco's underserved communities. She holds a B.A. degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and completed the Leadership Program in Early Childhood at Mills College, earning a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. After graduate school, she continued her investigation of early childhood education policy issues as a consultant with the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. She currently serves on the board of directors of Blue Skies for Children in Oakland and will join Urban's Board of Trustees in 2012-13.

Tara cites her years as a student at Urban as instrumental in her decision to pursue her career in education, and in her commitment to public service. She has been very active on Urban's Alumni Council, bringing her sense of humor and fun and her leadership skills to everything she does, and we are thrilled to have her at the helm of our alumni leadership team. Welcome Tara!

We also extend a very special thank-you to outgoing Alumni Council president and Board of Trustees member Aisha Lowe ('95) for all that she did to build an active and dynamic alumni engagement program at Urban! Aisha has accepted an exciting new position in Sacramento at Stand Up, an education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to attend an excellent public school. Congratulations, Aisha, on your new position, thank you for your incredible leadership, and we look forward to seeing you at future alumni events!

If you are interested in exploring ways to get involved, please contact Tara at or Marianne Evans at Opportunities range from serving as a resource for current students and other Urban grads, to assisting with alumni events such as a class reunion or the All-Alumni Reunion Weekend, or serving in a leadership position on the Alumni Council. We'd love to hear from you!

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Upcoming Alumni Events
the East Bay Event at the Home of Charlotte Worsley
Hosted by Urban's Alumni Council, LeRoy Votto and
Charlotte Worsley

Sunday, May 20, 2012
4 - 7 p.m.
We are pleased to invite all Bay Area alums (not just East Bay alums!) to this year's I  East Bay Urban Alumni Event, a BBQ and potluck hosted by Urban's Alumni Council, LeRoy Votto and Charlotte Worsley at Charlotte's home in Berkeley (address available upon RSVP). We hope you can attend and you are welcome to bring your family, spouse or significant other!

Please email Marianne Evans in Urban's Alumni Relations Department if you have any questions. To RSVP please click here. And please forward to any of your East Bay Urban alum friends!
Urban Co-Ed Alumni vs Student Soccer Game
Saturday, June 2, 2012

11:30 a.m. warm-up, game starts at 12:00 with picnic to follow
Kezar Stadium, Stanyan at Beulah Streets, San Francisco
All alums regardless of skill level are invited to come play a friendly game against some of their alma mater's most talented athletes on the boys and girls varsity teams. When the game is over, Urban's Alumni Council is hosting a taco truck and picnic, so whether or not you plan to play, bring friends and family to enjoy the day. We need players and a crowd to cheer them on, so please join us!

Click here to RSVP!
i love the 80s
Saturday, June 23, 2012
7 - 11 p.m.

Urban's Gumption Theater @ 1563 Page Street
Live music and 80s DJ Denise Demise Dunne
$20 per person (Eventbrite)
Did you graduate from Urban between 1980 and 1989? If so, join us for the ALL 80s Urban Reunion on June 23! Eat, drink, mingle and dance. Bring your hair spray, bangles and air guitars. Many thanks to the Class of 1986 for organizing the celebration.


To ensure word reaches everyone, we sent 2 invitations via Evite and Eventbrite. Tickets, however, need to be purchased at (Eventbrite). Please forward the details to anyone who may not have received the invite!
reunion weekend
All-Alumni Reunion Weekend
All Urban grads and their families are invited to
this year's All-Alumni Reunion Weekend!
October 19 and 20, 2012
Speical note to the Classes of '02, '92, '82 & '72 Alums – Decade Reunion Celebrations Next year is your graduation anniversary and we want to help you plan a get-together with your former classmates and teachers the weekend of October 19th. If you would like to assist with planning a reunion for your class that weekend, please contact Marianne Evans at or 415 593 9540.
Student News and Events
The Summer Reading List is Available
The summer reading list includes suggested titles recommended by Urban faculty and staff. The books are available in bookstores and in local libraries. This summer's all-school read is Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Here in Urban's Alumni Office we'll be tackling several of these reads over the summer—we hope you will too!
One Acts
Urban's annual One Act Festival kicks off May 16 with two weeks of original plays written, directed and produced by Urban seniors. Tickets are available online by visiting the Event Tickets page on the Urban website.
Circus Class Performances
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
11:30 a.m.and 7 p.m.
Gumption Theater
Free admission
CalStudies Presentation
Thursday, June 7, 2012
7 p.m.
Gumption Theater
Class of 2012 Graduation
Saturday, June 9, 2012
11 a.m.
Stern Grove

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200 for $100
200 for 100
A Message from Kate Jessup ('95)
Alumni Council Fundraising Committee
A special thanks to the 170 alums who donated to Urban's Annual Fund last year—a new record for Urban! This year, we are hoping that 200 alums will give back to their alma mater before June 30—that's just five people from each graduating class! Nearly 100 alums have already given, and with your support, collectively we can make a significant difference and help the school and the amazing teachers that we were so fortunate to experience at Urban.

This year your dollars can be doubled, too! A generous group of alums have stepped up again with an offer to match all alumni gifts of $100 or more in hopes of inspiring more support from our alumni community. We hope you will join in our important efforts to ensure that the Urban we know and love continues to support its students and teachers. Please know that each and every gift, regardless of the size, truly helps!

Why Do I Support Urban?
"Urban really changed my life for the better and as a result I've decided to serve on the school's Alumni Council and try to build alumni participation on both a financial and a community level. We organize events throughout the year, including our all-alumni weekends each October. In the spring, we try to raise money for Urban so the school can remain as accessible and excellent as possible."

To donate to Urban's Annual Fund please click here. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Go Blues!
Kate Jessup ('95)

* Because of Mark's 25th Anniversary, please note that all alumni gifts given to the Mark Salkind Scholarship Fund will be counted in this year's alumni participation rate. Thanks for your support!

Thank you for sending us your class notes! We enjoy seeing what you have been up to and sharing the news with your teachers. To access recent class notes, CLICK HERE. In order to protect the privacy of our alums, this page is password-protected. You should have received the one-time password in the announcement email, but should you need it again, please email Marianne Evans.

Recent Grad Reunion
January 2012




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