One silver lining of our remote world is that we can raise a glass with classmates around the girdled earth in a single party! As Susan Boyd said, “For those of you attending the 95th day mini—how fun was that?! I strongly encourage other classmates to jump on the next one.” Since graduation Susan has moved around a lot, from Boston to San Francisco, and is now in Plano, Texas. “Four years ago I moved here for a job with PepsiCo. I miss the mountains (and even hills!) and with Covid I especially miss being so far from family on the East Coast. That has not stopped me from making 1,300-mile car trips across the country. With family I’d suggest building Legos together. There’s nothing better than a 7-year-old telling you that you are ‘really slow’ building a small Lego set!”
Scott Thompson tuned in from northwest Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife, Rebecca (a fellow lawyer), son Henry (10), and daughter Eva (7). Scott recently celebrated eight years working on international policy issues for Samsung. He’s been enjoying playing tennis and coaching his kids’ soccer lately, “all somehow socially distanced, of course!”
Andrew Kim still lives in west Michigan with his wife and three kids (14, 10, 8). “I’m enjoying simple pleasures, including biking, taking walks, and watching my kids’ soccer games. I’ve also been improving my skiing skills during the last few seasons. Workwise, I’m a human-centered design researcher at Steelcase with the WorkSpace Futures group exploring the future of work, learning, and healthcare experiences and leading the digital prototyping practice. Recent projects have included thinking about a hybrid world and envisioning how artificial intelligence, sensors, and immersive experiences might impact the built environment. At Steelcase I’ve worked with Carlos Costa ’91 and Julia Huebner ’20. It has been great to hear how things are at Dartmouth today from Julia.”
After a nearly seven-year hiatus from marketing for companies such as American Girl and Ghirardelli Chocolate, Adrienne (Kim) Clarke is working in communications for Sayre School, where her ninth-grade daughter and first-grade son attend. “Stop by if your travels bring you to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! We need all the friends we can get since the majority of our household degrees are from Duke (my husband is a double Dukie—undergrad and business school, where we met) making it difficult around so many UK fans.”
Shawn Attakai says ya’at’eeh [greetings] from Phoenix. “I go back and forward between here and Crownpoint, New Mexico, on the reservation. After graduation I attended law school at Arizona State University. I’ve been working as a Navajo Nation lawyer for almost 20 years in the area of federal Indian law. I am married with two children (8 and 4). I live in two worlds—American and Navajo. On the Navajo side, I have been studying my traditional pre-Columbian ways for several decades now and have achieved medicine man status. It’s almost like going to grade school again and graduating from graduate school with my major in hozhooji [blessing way], and I still have a ways to go. I have been volunteering for Dartmouth and am now co-president of the Native American Alumni at Dartmouth. We are currently working with the Women of Dartmouth to cosponsor a Covid information panel, among other projects. It was great to see my fellow ’95s again at the mini-reunion.”
It was great to see you too, Shawn. I hope to see you all at the next Zoom mini-reunion and even in person one of these days. Until then, keep your news coming!
—Kaja (Schuppert) Fickes, 2 Bishops Lane, Hingham, MA 02043; firstname.lastname@example.org