2019 alumni events
The tentative schedule for this year includes the following events (so far), which will feature alumni-lead programming. Additional details to come.
If you are in or near one of the cities below and would like to be involved in putting together the event and/or potentially being a presenter, please contact Annie.
If you have relocated to one of these areas but need to update TMS with your new information, please do so here to make sure we can include you on event communications.
On January 16, the Mountain School and Director Alden Smith hosted an event for Bay Area alumni to meet, socialize, and hear about the work of three local Garden Hill Fund (GHF) grant recipients—Lara Bazelon s91, Megan Shutzer s05, and Uriel Hernandez f07. Despite heavy rain and traffic, more than 60 alumni and parents turned out for a fantastic evening of great presentations, delicious food, stimulating conversation, and many new connections.
Lara Bazelon s91 is a law professor and the author of Rectify: the Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction, which her GHF grant supported. Meg Shutzer s05 is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and storyteller, and her GHF grant helped her complete a documentary about a women's soccer team in Zanzibar, the New Generation Queens. Uriel Hernandez f07 is the Southeast Area Manager at the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and his GHF grant aided his efforts to create a community orchard in an abandoned part of a park in East Palo Alto, CA. Read more about the presenters' fascinating Garden Hill Fund projects and backgrounds here.
Fall 2018 Garden Hill Fund grant recipients
Emma Clippinger f02 - $8,000
Confronting Climate Change: Integrating Climate-Resilient Agriculture into the Gardens for Health Model
As climate change increases the dry periods in Rwanda and overall uncertainty around weather patterns, Gardens for Health International (GHI) seeks to develop dry season agriculture techniques that are effective, feasible, and affordable for the families the organization serves. This grant will allow GHI to research and trial various approaches for better soil fertility management, because well-managed soil can better retain water, allowing farmers to continue to grow food even when rainfall is limited. Emma is the co-founder of GHI.
Liddy Wendell s93 - $7,000
Improving Educational Outcomes for Homeless Children in Seattle, WA
The goal of this project is to support a collaboration between Hilltop Educator Institute, a teacher training and professional development program, and Tomorrow’s Hope, a child development center serving homeless children, to improve the education they are offering their children. This grant will allow Hilltop to work with the administrators and lead teachers of Tomorrow’s Hope to develop organizational structures and a culture of reflective teaching practice among educators that is responsive to and driven by children—who they are as individuals, what their interests and passions are, and their home, family, and community cultures. Liddy is the Executive Director of Hilltop Educator Institute (see link above for more information about their work).
Rebecca Maurer s06 - $5,000
Preventing Evictions and Lead Poisoning in Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland has twice the rate of lead poisoning of Flint, Michigan due to aging buildings and homes used for rentals. Few tenants know their rights or how to get their landlord to address lead hazards, and many face eviction when they raise concerns about lead paint. Rebecca, an attorney, recently opened a public interestlaw firm to spend half of her time on pro-bono work. The grantwill help bridge a gap so Rebecca can continue her public service work until the income-generating portion of her business becomes more sustainable.
NEWS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Reunion & Summer Session dates
Friday, July 26—Sunday, July 28
The Mountain School is offering Summer Session for the second year in July 2019. We invite graduates and their families to spend a weekend on campus attending workshops, demonstrations, and discussions and enjoying outdoor experiences together. Childcare and activities for kids will be available and included in the weekend rate. Online registration will open in early February.
Summer Session is a joint effort between the Alumni Committee and the Mountain School, and we're all looking forward to another great weekend! Check out the video below for a glimpse of last year's Session.
We are looking for presenters/session leaders! If you have a skill, expertise, or passion to share with other alumni, consider leading a session. Contact Annie Janeway, Director of Alumni Relations, to discuss your idea for a Summer Session workshop or activity. Volunteer leaders will receive a discounted rate for the weekend.
The Mountain School is hiring
Business and Technology Manager
Spanish (one year)
History (one semester)
Graduate Resident and Admissions Associate
Join the 22nd Annual VerShare-Mountain School
Join alumni on LinkedIn
If you're on LinkedIn, you can add the Mountain School to your profile under Education. This will link your profile to the School's official page, where you can view data on our alumni body (under "See alumni") and start connecting and networking with other graduates.
Get on [the bulletin] board
The alumni bulletin board is a place to post and search for job opportunities, share personal and professional endeavors, alert other alumni to current news and events, and more. Many opportunities are currently on the board, so check it out. Happy posting!