ASP Alumni News, Winter Edition 2023
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- USA Reunions: Watch your inbox for details!
- Vancouver, British Columbia: May 6 and 7 for Classes of the 1980s alumni: Contact: Scott Wheeler
- Five-year reunion - Class of 2018: Alumni reps Christian Reed and Sofia Borletti seek input from classmates in order to plan this exciting event! Contact them directly or via the alumni office.
Reunion Day for the Class Years ending in '3': 1953, 63, 73, 83, 93, 2003, 2013 (breakout rooms possible by class)
Sunday, June 11, 6:00 p.m. Paris / 9:00 a.m. Los Angeles
Save the date, spread the word, and watch your inbox for the details of this special annual June event to be held virtually – a great chance to reconnect with classmates and celebrate your ASP experiences, and beyond!
Paris, January 4 - Alumni Apéro At Café Beaubourg, in Paris IV, a wonderful mix of ASP alumni students, parents and current and past faculty came together for this annual event, joined by Head of School Jane Thompson, and the alumni office's Janet Rubinstein and Brooke de Schietere. Whether based in Paris, or visiting for the holidays, everyone agreed that it was great to be 'back home' with the alumni community. Join us next time; the planned date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024.
ASP Campus, January 6 - Class of 2022 Reunion Initiated and managed by alumni class representatives Josie Furr and Baptiste Remy-Charlier, our most recent graduating class visited ASP, reconnecting with younger ASP friends, their teachers, the campus and the alumni office! They shared first-hand perspectives on how ASP prepared them for university, and tips for current Grade 12 students as they look beyond this June's graduation. We envision hosting a similar gathering for the Class of 2023 next January!
Celebrating ASP Valentines
Félicitations to newlyeds Karin (née Bunton) '80 and Mark Harrop '79, who, decades after their ASP days, married in December, with Mark having proposed using his iconic ASP class ring! Karin shares: 'We reconnected last year on Facebook, discovering we were both single and empty nesters, with shared values. We believe that our ASP experience gave us a solid platform and a knowledge of each other's backgrounds that others simply cannot understand.' The couple now splits their time between a ranch in California and a home on Lake Huron in Michigan, working in construction and real estate.
Karin and Mark formed a friendship at ASP in the late 1970s. They spent time together in Paris and on campus, performed together in the school rock band led by music teacher Chris Chater, and travelled together on ski trips and for sports tournaments. 'We enjoy sharing stories about our school days and fantastic ASP teachers such as Mr. Brenson, Dr. Kite, Mr. Packard, Mr. Flanagan, and Mr. Von Ascheberg. Every so often we toast to our fathers for providing us with the opportunity to live in France and attend ASP, and to our mothers for their bravery in moving their families to Europe. We are sure that our reunion, after all these years, is blessed,' says Karin. Adds Mark, 'It is a pleasure to be part of our marital team, and our story of history, hope, happiness, and love.'
Do you have a Love ASP story to share? Be our 2024 valentine! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We hear from so many of you how ASP, its people, and its transformative learning experiences, still hold a very special place in your heart, no matter how long ago, or for how long, you were a student here. The ASP Annual Fund was launched in 2019 to ensure ASP continues to offer the most incredible experience to its students, providing inspiration for a lifetime. You will soon be receiving this year's official appeal to contribute to the Annual Fund and make a lasting impact on our school. Every year, many alumni answer our call and we hope you will too! If you feel inspired to make an early Valentine gift to ASP, don't wait- donate today, in dollars or in euros. Thank you to our alumni community for your generosity!
American School of Paris Annual Report 2021-22 is a lively and comprehensive review of the prior school year, during which we both faced the challenge of a continued global pandemic and celebrated ASP's 75th anniversary. The publication features a look at key events and strategic initiatives, KPIs, the alumni community, and more. Read it here
Michael Wilson '79 visited campus in December and provided Middle School students with insights into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mars 2020 Perseverance / Ingenuity Mission, as well as an overview of NASA's research and development initiatives. Students and teachers alike came away inspired and intrigued. Mike, who has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1983, reflects on his return to his alma mater: 'it was great to see how the school has changed since the 'old' days...and how the traditions and excellence of ASP are being taken even further.'
Giving takes many forms at ASP, and we are always so grateful when alumni share their time and talent. If you are available to speak to our current students about your professional experiences please contact us!
Jessie Papalia '09 is the teacher for newcomer students at a Spanish-English public elementary school in Oakland, California. 'My eight years at ASP provided me with an exemplary model for creating a welcoming, supportive, and compassionate environment for children experiencing the culture shock that comes from moving to a new country. My students come from different countries and have a diverse set of experiences and challenges. Many have had gaps in their schooling or have never attended school before. One thing they all have in common is their desire to learn, however limited resources makes it challenging to provide everything they need to be successful scholars.'
Jessie has received support from the American School of Paris Foundation, which provides financial support for the American School of Paris' Annual Fund and capital projects, as well as other educational programs within and outside of the United States. You can find out more about ASPF on its website.
Charles Altuzarra '06 is a meta-surface physicist and co-founder and CEO of Metahelios Ltd., a Glasgow-based start-up specializing in advanced imaging technology. The company recently received funding to invest in manufacturing and testing prototypes to enable it to send its cameras into space. 'It has always been a dream to be involved in a space mission; the development of this imaging technology could make that a reality. We have conducted tests on the ground, but the evidence and data that could be collected via a satellite will be invaluable for growing the business and taking our cameras to the next stage.'
Whitney Tidd '99, a licensed landscape architect, is the Planning and Design Manager for the Tennessee RiverLine, described as 'a vision for a continuous, multimodal system of trail experiences along the Tennessee River from its formation in Knoxville, Tennessee to its confluence with the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky.' Whitney shares: 'I work with the communities that live along the river to help them determine ways that they can engage, enhance, and protect the river, and improve recreational access for their residents. Eventually communities will be connected through a 652-mile-long trail system that includes multi-use trails on land and water. It's an exciting opportunity for this region.'
Richard (Ric) Morris '86 shares via a Class Note: I am a Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Middle Tennessee State University, and have a forthcoming book 'Social Struggle and Civil Society in Nineteenth Century Cuba.' I was recently interviewed by National Public Radio about a Southern Tennessee dialect. My current academic research focuses on Latin, Old Spanish, and Oscan, a language spoken in ancient Italy. My love of linguistics began in Pat Luongo's French class in 1978, and how can I forget our field trip to see 'Tintin et le lac aux requins?'
Tobias Lord '97 has been named Brand Director at Bausele, a Swiss made, Australian designed luxury watch company known for featuring unique elements of Australia in their products. Though far from ASP in years and distance, Toby shares: 'I think back on my days at the school with great fondness. Mike Lynch gave us more intellectual credit than even we realised in his Theory of Knowledge talks, a true encouragement to learn. I recall the patience of French teacher Mme Delacroix, taking the time to get teenage boys to understand Madame Bovary, and the passion Mr. Wright had for Freud and Skinner. These amazing teachers helped make my time at ASP memorable.'
Yasmina Khashoggi '13 has been promoted to Head of Hospitality Partnerships at Public Goods, 'a one-stop-shop for sustainable, high-quality, and affordable products that are good for people and the planet.' Yasmina shares: 'I am responsible for leading a team of four managers. I have contributed to the successful launch of our wholesale digital product and the development of hospitality-specific SKUs. Some of our partners include American Express and Netflix; through partnerships with hundreds of hotels, gyms, restaurants, and vacation rentals, we have become a leading player in the industry. '
Brian Hemphill (Buzz) Carlos '70 passed away February, 2022 in Connecticut, USA.
Joan Fischer Moore '69 passed away November, 2022 in California, USA.
Demba Diawara passed away October, 2022 in Mali. Retired, he had been ASP's cleaning team supervisor for over twenty years.
Return to the Forbidden Planet will be performed in the PAC on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m., and Monday, February 20 at 4:15 p.m. RSVP required here.
A hallmark ASP on-campus event, International Day will be held on Saturday, May 27. Fun, festivities, international food and cultural displays are on the menu! RSVP required in advance; click here.
Photos (left to right) top row: Nonkululeko Moeketsi '06, Poetica Wang '20, Lisa Song '22
bottom row: Pialat family, Taymour Roushdi '11, Bockelman family, Gabriella Herrero '24
Ken Powell '51, who joined the school at its founding in 1946 writes: 'Does anyone know what happened to Frances "Looky" Cot '50, after she attended ACS in 1948-49?' Please contact Ken with any tips.
Taymour Roushdi '11 shares a photo of a 2022 trip to Japan with Matt McDermott '11 where they met up with Alex Terrien '11 who currently lives there.
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