Congratulations to Raj Majumder and Ava Untermyer on their wedding! Part one of Raj and Ava’s wedding festivities commenced in Kolkata, India, in mid-February, when they and their families hosted guests for a week of celebration and ceremonies. The Dartmouth family showing consisted of Thomas Lane and Emmett Knox ’08. Ava was stunning in the myriad outfits she wore during the days of events, and Raj looked quite dapper in his matching ensembles. Raj and Ava showed off their smooth dance moves in multiple events during the wedding celebration, and the dining selection was unparalleled.

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Jennifer (McDonald) Johnson wrote in with an update. Jen says that she is “still in Burlington, Vermont, working for Unilever (now on Dove Body Wash instead of Seventh Generation). It’s been a great year of travel and hiking, with trips to the O Circuit on Patagonia, the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Reach out if you’re in the Burlington area or if you have any awesome travel ideas!”

This is a bit late, but while browsing for new podcasts to listen to, I stumbled across the seventh season of Slate’s podcast Slow Burn, hosted by Susan Matthews. The four-episode seventh season, published in June 2022, focuses on the historical context leading to the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Apple Podcasts editors selected Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade for the Apple Podcasts 2022 Show of the Year Award. Congratulations to Susan and her team for an outstanding podcast series!

Upon reviewing a draft of this column, Adam Reed commented, “Good enough. Two [updates] is more than usual.”

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Please welcome a guest column by Matt Oh.

Vox clamantis in deserto: Challenges test your faith and develop your perseverance and endurance. The modern world imposes the idea that following your passion and growing an empire on a screen, alone, is more valuable than compassion. But to me, “compassion” means community with passion—a core value of mine. It takes me back to where I was when my career paths took off, as I write to you from the Twin Cities, where I lived exactly 10 years ago.

After graduating from a fifth-year football season, I bounced around professional football teams in pursuit of my dream to play at the highest level: the NFL, which really stands for “not for long” a.k.a. “really never happened.” Roger Erickson, former Super Bowl champion coach, helped me learn how to become flexible. I always prided myself on being strong on my own and only recently realized what true strength really means: healthy together for the longevity of the greater team.

My first wakeup call was when I was cut from my first professional football team, the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger Cats. Coach Buddy Teevens ’79 phoned in a favor to Brendan Mahoney ’91, and I was hired at the Capital Croup Cos. in Irvine, California. At the time my good friend P.J. Nestler worked nearby as the head of performance at Velocity Sports. He saw me change from my suit and tie into my athletic clothes at 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and attempt to deadlift the house with a white-knuckle grip on my dream of becoming the first Korean American linebacker in the NFL. I received a call to play for the Montreal Alouettes with coach Dan Hawkins. While working in the corporate sphere I saved up my vacation time to ensure that if any teams called, I had enough paid time off to give them my best. I am so blessed to have iron-strong coaches, brothers, and mentors who sharpen me.

I turned 35 on October 15, a birthday I share with my Minnesotan second mom, and recalled Buddy Teevens’ mantras: “Next play” and “Count on me.” I feel like I finally understand what it means to be a “wearer of the green.” As mentioned, I recognize with immense gratitude that my mentors played a crucial role in my cross-career success. Coach Dan Hawkins of the CFL Montreal Alouettes called me when I was in Japan playing football for the Panasonic Impulse to share the news that I had been invited to play for Team USA. We won the gold medal, qualifying me to be inducted into the Dartmouth Hall of Fame. My family and I had the joy of traveling back to Dartmouth last Homecoming for this award and recognition. It served as another reminder to see past the fame, money, and other motivating factors this world preaches; to focus on what is in the garden we stand on, to ask what seeds we are planting for the next generation rather than chasing a single carrot. As my mentor Anthony Acheson said, “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul.”

My spidey senses are tingling: Now is the time to step up, be a champion, and pay it forward to the role models who have shaped me. It is time to “find a way!” (Shoutout to Dartmouth football’s new head coach, Sammy McCorkle.) We must put down our devices, remember to embrace the waves, and marvel at the vastness of the ocean, because our true north will never mislead. Champions, thank you, let’s pay it forward.

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Please welcome a guest column by Frank Santo.

Since leaving Hanover I’ve focused almost all my energy on one thing: writing a novel. It was a dumb idea and I don’t know where I got it. But anyway, here I am, 13 years later, finally presenting my book The Birthparents to the world on September 12 via a Chicago-based literary press called Tortoise Books. It’s a novel about a foster care caseworker with a white savior complex and a questionable moral compass who tries to make a difference by helping a troubled young mother in the Bronx and in so doing makes her life a whole lot more difficult. It’s inspired by (but not based on) my own experiences working in this exact situation for my first five years out of college, and I personally think that it is very good. On the other hand, one time at a writer’s conference, an academic who I’d paid $150 to give me feedback on an early draft looked at me with grave, almost fatherly concern and whispered: “You cannot publish this, people are going to hate you.” So I guess it’s my word against his.

Anyway, thanks for indulging that bit of shameless self-promotion. I feel a little hypocritical attempting to leverage the Dartmouth network for my own advantage, because the truth is, outside of a few close friends and my wife, I’ve mostly lost touch with my ’11 classmates through the years. Sometimes I wonder if I ever felt the deep connection to Dartmouth that so many alumni cherish. As the years pass by and memories fade, it’s harder and harder to say.

The other day though, my wife Andrea Jaresova ’12 and I happened to be driving through the area with our two little kids, and I felt a sudden urge to visit campus again. We parked near the library, and I held our 3 1/2-year-old on my shoulders and showed her various buildings: the Choates, frat row, the unnervingly warm top floor of Baker. As we went around campus I was struck by how little changed most of it seemed. Even the students looked like slight variations on people that I used to know. Finally, we ended up at Novack. “This is where Mommy and Daddy met,” I told my daughter. “We used to work here together.” Of course, my kid could not possibly have cared about that less. I’m pretty sure she thinks her mom and I are brother and sister. But still, in that moment, it all came rushing back. There was something special about being here, I thought—as everyone else has been saying all this time. I hugged my daughter close and told her maybe someday she would go here too. She’d swim in the river I was telling her about, study in that fetid tower. Maybe she’d even meet her partner in this same coffee shop, like Mommy and Daddy did 15 years ago. I felt Andrea looking at me then.

“Why are you telling her that?” she said.

“What?” I said. “It’s nice.”

Andrea rolled her eyes at me, the way I’ve always loved.

“We met in the Bones Gate basement.”

I guess I’d remembered that part wrong too. Still, the point stands, right?

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

A few updates from this spring: Emily Duke finished her three-year term as our class’ Alumni Council representative and Isaiah Berg will replace her in that role for the next three years. Thank you, Emily, and congratulations, Isaiah!

As I read in a Women of Dartmouth Los Angeles email, Katie Lindsay directed and produced the world premiere of Miranda Rose Hall’s Menstruation: A Period Piece at the Los Angeles LGBT Center from March 24 through April 16. The event was captioned, “This boundary-breaking new musical will immerse you—inside the uterus.”

In June a photograph of Allie Levy, owner of Still North Books & Bar in Hanover, was featured in the Dartmouth News Weekly email, as hers was “one of eight alumni businesses that took over ’53 Commons [in May] to share their products and recipes.”

As always, please send in your updates, and please know we are also happy to host guest columnists in this space!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Please welcome a guest column by Anise Vance.

Hi, everyone! How lovely to be in touch through these Class Notes. Many thanks to Hillary for maintaining such a wonderful service. Here are some updates.

Prompted by snowstorms, my wife, Candace, and I moved from Boston to North Carolina almost a decade ago. Our two children, Taraz (6) and Ella (3), were born in Chapel Hill and have spent much of their lives toddling about the woods. We’ve recently discovered the joys of birdwatching, and I’ve found few greater joys than learning about thrashers and nuthatches and chickadees alongside my kids.

Family life has been coupled with especially rejuvenating and purposeful work. Following the murder of George Floyd, the City of Durham formed a community safety department tasked with diverting a subset of 911 calls away from law enforcement and to behavioral health specialists. I help to grow and guide that department and its 911 teams, which have now demonstrated that unarmed responses are safe, effective, and often the best method of meeting the needs of people in crisis. The work is rooted in principles of racial equity and at the forefront of a movement toward reimagining public safety.

I am also excited to share that my debut novel, Hush Harbor, will be published this September by the Hanover Square Imprint at HarperCollins. Its premise: “After the murder of an unarmed Black teenager by the hands of the police, protests spread like wildfire in Bliss City, New Jersey. A full-scale resistance group takes control of an abandoned housing project and decide to call it Hush Harbor, a term once used to describe the secret spaces where slaves would gather to pray.” (It’s available at all the major online book retailers if anyone wants to take a further look.) I’m thrilled to see it almost out in the world after working on it for nine years!

While the paragraphs above can read a little like a social media highlight reel, life has been filled with setbacks and struggles as well—missteps, accidents, deaths, anxieties, stressors ranging from the mundane (how I hate commuting) to the global (Covid-ing with a then newborn and 3 year old). If you’re reading this and feeling some of those struggles, please know that you’re not alone in that experience. Some books that have helped me process a troublesome world during the last six months: Carrying by Ada Limón (a collection of poems), Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (fiction), and Saving Time by Jenny Odell (nonfiction).

As for the future, my wife and I continue to experience a profound longing to move back overseas (she grew up in Jamaica and Israel; I grew up in Kenya, Botswana, and Egypt). Who knows when or how that will happen. For the time being, though, there is a bluebird couple that have nested in a hole some downy woodpeckers spent winter creating just off my balcony. My family is quite curious to see theirs grow.

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Laura Calvo wrote with an update for the first time since graduation: “After graduation I returned to my home country Bolivia for medical school, got married, adopted my terrier mix Chela, and returned to the United States to have my son, Lucas Julian (now 4!). Last year I completed my pediatrics residency in Corpus Christi, Texas, during which time I had my daughter, Zoe Luna (now 2!). I am currently in my first year of neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Duke University and would love to connect with any other alum in the Triangle area.”

Additionally, James Cart ’10—who is the newly elected president for the class of 2010—wrote to let me know of Reid Duke’s first individual win in a Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour event on February 19. Congratulations, Reid! I was also alerted by a fellow classmate to Reid’s participation in the event while it was happening, as Reid’s winning gameplay was livestreamed on Twitch! But Thomas Lane and I happened to be roaming a park in Las Vegas for a Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn event and were preoccupied with catching Pokémon and taking photos with giant Pokémon balloons (of Torchic, Mudkip, and Treecko) and a costumed Pikachu mascot. I cannot recommend Las Vegas winter weather, but the food was great as usual!

In other news I have gleaned from Instagram and Facebook recently, Genevieve O’Mara has started a new product platform for mothers called Mamieli (@be_mamieli on Instagram, Kaleigh Wood (@kaleighw2011) and Korey McCants (@ikrossfinishlines) seem to be doing great running marathons! Thomas Tao and Julie Fiveash ’13 successfully visited Yan Fan in Tokyo, and it appeared to be a charming reunion.

Please write in with your updates, big or small! No news is too inconsequential for this space. Adam Reed’s fluffy ragdoll cat Mortimer agrees, after having recently survived a visit to the veterinarian following his allergy-induced hunger strike! Also, if you would like to pen a longer piece (word count limit of 600!), we very much welcome guest columnists on any topic you deem interesting to your classmates or the broader alumni community readership.

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Peter Sutoris, currently an assistant professor at the University of York in the United Kingdom, wrote in about his “research into the ways in which education systems are failing to adequately respond to the climate crisis.” Peter has published a book about his research and articles for Politico, The Guardian, Scientific American, Undark, and Salon.

In the absence of other volunteered updates, fall 2022 has been quite eventful for Thomas Lane and me in terms of classmate interactions, so here’s our personal narrative of recent classmate-related life. In October Allison Lure flew in from Columbus, Ohio, for the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Allison is doing a fellowship in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and it is so interesting to hear about her experiences in the hospital. Allison, Thomas, and I explored the Anaheim Packing District together, and we picked her up the next day so that she could visit us in Mission Viejo and meet our three dogs! We also FaceTimed with Yiwei Wang and his wife, Stella, in the Bay Area.

In November Trevor King and Steve Avila both visited southern California. David Gomez joined Trevor, Thomas, and me for a walk along Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, and an oceanside lunch at Shake Shack (unrelated to the franchise). Steve Avila flaunted his impressive Mandarin and Cantonese skills over dim sum at NBC Seafood Restaurant in Monterey Park, and Steve enthralled Thomas and me with stories of his adventures around the world and in the Republican political world.

In December Thomas and I made the one-hour trek to Santa Monica for the holiday celebration organized by the Dartmouth Club of Los Angeles, which is always a wonderful and welcoming event. (We highly encourage your attendance!) There, we ran into the indomitable Marco Chu, who we’ve known since moving here in 2016, and we met for the first time Waheed Zarif and Stephen Jangro, as well as Olivia Baptista ’12. Thomas recognized Waheed from their time at Thayer Engineering School as they are both engineers. Waheed moved from New York City to Los Angeles in January 2020, and this was one of the first times he was venturing out! Stephen and Olivia also reentered the social world through this holiday event and regaled us with hilarious stories about working in the film industry. (Catch Olivia in Episode 5 of Netflix’s original series The Lincoln Lawyer!)

That same weekend, Thomas and I FaceTimed with a handful of our freshman floormates (including adopted floormates!): Allison Lure, Young-joong Kim, Matthew Elkherj, Amine Abouzaid, Martin Liu, and Andrea Choi. Matt and his wife, Rose, are living in the Bay Area and expecting a baby in June! We are so excited for them and are planning a floormate reunion in May.

Thomas also went to Japan for two weeks in December and met up with Yan Fan for unagi and ran into a Santa parade where they handed out full-size Meiji Hello Panda cookies! Thomas Tao has plans to visit Yan in February, and we so look forward to hearing and seeing photos of their reunion.

Some nostalgia to wrap up: I discovered in November—15 years after the fact—that Chris Takeuchi ’09 as DJ Keystone Cowboy and Andy Sloan ’09 as DJ Grimee were responsible for the sick beats at TriKap (now known as Kappa Pi Kappa) during our freshman year. This belated discovery is also funny because I met Chris once on campus when he was wearing a cowboy hat crafted from Keystone boxes, and I didn’t put two and two together—but I know now!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

The obituary for John McInerney “Mac” Morris has been published at One update from Lane Bracken: As of mid-October Mac’s family postponed the memorial service, initially scheduled for November 5 in N.Y.C., to April 29. Please contact Lane at if you are interested in attending Mac’s memorial service.

We would like to compile a memorial Class Notes column dedicated to Mac’s memory. Lane, Marshall Bartlett, Trevor G. King, and I (in my capacity as secretary) will be helping to organize and collect memories from classmates and friends. Please reach out to any of them or me, but please copy me on correspondence so I can be sure to include your contribution and ensure nothing gets lost in anyone’s inboxes. My email and contact information are listed at the bottom of this (and every) Class Notes column.

In other news, Bryan Alston postponed the guest column planned for this issue, but we hope to see him back soon!

Genevieve Adams wrote in with an update: She wrote, directed, produced, and stars in indie feature Simchas and Sorrows, which has received critical acclaim at the Bentonville Film Festival, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival. Simchas and Sorrows ran in Los Angeles at the Laemmle NoHo 7 theater in mid-September 2022 and Gravitas Ventures digitally released the film on September 20, 2022. Genevieve and her husband, Ben Groveman, also welcomed the birth of their first child, Leonardo Nathaniel Groveman, on April 17, 2022!

Claire Scott recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to start a job as senior lecturer in German language at Vanderbilt University. Her first book, Murderous Mothers: Late Twentieth-Century Medea Figures and Feminism, came out in September 2022 with Peter Lang Press. 

Lauren Glover wrote in for the first time with news for Class Notes! Lauren’s lovely update: “After graduation I moved to the Bay Area and bounced around many industries—from nonprofits to women’s health and reproductive justice to consulting and, finally, tech. I’ve been focused on employee-executive strategy and communications at Dolby Laboratories Inc. since 2016.

“In 2017 I met my now-husband, Colin Poindexter, a 2013 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. We got engaged in March 2021 on Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Beach, where we first said that we love each other in 2018; moved across the country to Brooklyn together; adopted a lilac British shorthair (a ridiculously adorable and lovable goblin—as most cats are); and got married on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. After the ceremony the reception was held aboard a private yacht that sailed the Hudson at sunset. A few Dartmouth folks were in attendance: Shayla Mars and Angelo Carino. Shawn Hawk ’13 celebrated with us in spirit as he was unable to make it but wished us well!”

In the same vein of delightful events, Sam Lloyd got married to Nina Deoras in Madison, New Hampshire, on August 27, 2022. I saw Nina post wedding photos to Instagram in mid-October and thought to myself, “Wow, Sam looks like royalty. Why is that? Oh my God, he looks like Prince Harry!” I found Sam on Facebook Messenger to tell him of his royal resemblance, and Sam responded, “Yea. One time on a bus in N.Y.C. someone flagged the bus down just to poke his head in and yell at me that I looked like him (Prince Harry).” So there you have it, we have our very own Prince Harry doppelgänger.

As always, please write in with updates; we truly love hearing from you!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

We are sad to learn of the death of our classmate John McInerney “Mac” Morris on August 8. More details will be available in an obituary to be published on the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine’s website.

In happier news, Bryan Alston’s ecommerce startup Greater Than ( ranked as the No. 1 fastest-growing hydration brand on this year’s Inc5000 list (and is the #198th fastest-growing private company in the United States).

Bryan joined the failing sports drink company as a consultant who noticed something interesting in the data: Pregnant and breastfeeding moms were using the drink to increase milk supply, soothe muscle cramps, fight fatigue, and more. After going all-in on this highly overlooked group, the company grew sales by 27 times in three years. Bryan joined full-time in 2020 as chief marketing officer and has since been promoted to cofounder.

Bryan writes, “Pivoting from a healthy (but struggling) sports drink to now being the top hydration brand for breastfeeding moms has been a very exciting business journey during the past three years.

“The explosive grassroots growth Greater Than has seen among new moms is a true testament to what happens when we focus on solving big problems for an overlooked customer group. I can’t wait to share more about this crazy journey in the next Class Notes column!”

The lack of voluntary updates for the April submission (published in the July/August issue) prompted classmates to write in. Without further ado, here are the updates! And please, continue writing with more!

John Lee wrote to say, “It’s my first time writing in with an update for the Class Notes. I got married on July 9 to Hannah Kim (University of California, Berkeley, class of 2014). Leonard Chang was, I think, the only Dartmouth guest at our wedding. Hannah and I will be settling in San Francisco (where we’ve both been working in tech) for now, but we plan to move to Southeast Asia for at least a couple years before we start a family. I’d love to hear from any of our classmates who’ve moved to or are in Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia or Singapore!” Congratulations to John and good luck with the international move!

After taking note that zero new updates were submitted for the July/August issue, Marjorie Chelius took pity on me and wrote in with an update. After cutting her teeth at Booth getting an M.B.A. and managing your favorite billion-dollar brands at P&G, Marjorie is now doing what she loves most: leading growth at an early-stage startup. Mockingbird was designed to bring high-quality, stylish baby goods to expecting parents at prices that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Marjorie would like our whole child-bearing-age class to know that you can purchase Mockingbird products, including its No. 1-rated single-to-double stroller at or in your local Target store! She’s also hiring on her team, so drop her a note at if you’re in the job market.

And shortly after I finished drafting the last Class Notes column, Shanel Balloo added, “Andrea Imhof and Lars Osterberg—in attendance at Erin (Jaeger) Gunaratna’s wedding—had a baby boy last July. Genevieve O’Mara also had a baby last year.” Congratulations to all the new parents!

Another followup to that column: Amanda Devine wrote back to say, “I got married to Jacob Wexler (not a Dartmouth alum) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, during Memorial Day Weekend. In attendance were Allison Lure, Kevin Liao, Kathryn Arion, Stephanie Han, Jennifer Fownes, and Nozomi Hitomi!”

Write me with more updates; we’ll publish them in the submission following Bryan’s guest column!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Excitingly, Rebecca Wall wrote with an update in early June! I was curious as to her full postgraduation journey, and in response, Rebecca summarized, “In the 11 years since graduation I have not sent in a single update, so there is a lot to catch up on. After two years working for the Mahindra Group in Mumbai, India, I spent the next seven years in the Bay Area completing a Ph.D. in history at Stanford University alongside dissertation research in Mali, Senegal, and France, as well as becoming convinced California was the best state. More recently, I’ve been working as a history professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and regretting shedding my Dartmouth winter wardrobe in the intervening decade. After two years in upstate New York, I’m moving to Los Angeles to start a job as an assistant professor of history at Loyola Marymount University. Looking forward to reconnecting with all the other Dartmouth folks in the area and trading in endless winter for sunshine—reach out if you’re in SoCal or passing through!”

As volunteered updates have been sparse, I was on alert for classmates on Instagram in late May after submitting the last Class Notes column. (Feel free to DM @hillbearie with updates!) On May 21 Uthman Olagoke, Korey McCants, and Sarah Seng ran in the Brooklyn Half Marathon in N.Y.C., and Matt Raskind was in attendance to support Sarah’s run. They look overjoyed in their post-run photos; it was a beautiful day to be outside!

The same day I saw Ahra Cho post to Instagram stories a photo of our classmates celebrating a wedding. Today, dear class president Katie Paxton “pinged” (hehe) Erin (Jaeger) Gunaratna for details, and Erin wrote, “I married Mahen Gunaratna (Georgetown ’08) in September 2020. We met through Andrea Imhof and Katie Gandy in 2014! He was roommates with them in a five-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, and I had just moved to N.Y.C. We started dating in 2015, got engaged at the end of 2018, planned a May 2020 wedding, and postponed it four times due to you-know-what. Not wanting to put our lives on hold indefinitely, we officially tied the knot with our families on September 12, 2020. That was pre-vaccines, so we couldn’t do any sort of big celebration.

“Fast forward to September 17, 2021, and we welcomed son Ian Tishan Gunaratna and then just finally had our big wedding celebration on May 20 at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire! We were incredibly lucky to have lots of ’11s in attendance: Shanel Balloo and Katie Gandy were bridesmaids, and Grace Taveras, Ahra Cho, Katie Paxton, Isaiah Berg, Calvin and Tess (Korndorf) Woodring, Masha Barsky, Lars Osterberg, Andrea Imhof, Jenii Shin, Anna Pudimat, Emily Baxter, Sophie Novack, Marielle (Battistoni) Fortune, and Dennis Zeveloff ’12 all joined us to celebrate. It was the best—we can’t believe it finally happened, and we are now very much enjoying the summer as boring married people and parents to a rambunctious and adorable almost-10-month-old!”

Thanks to Katie, Shanel also wrote in with a big update! “Isaiah and I had a baby last year: Elijah Berg, born July 2021. He’s been a pretty great baby overall, and at almost a year in, we’re still adjusting to being parents.”

On May 31 I saw that Allison Lure posted photos of Jen Fownes, Nozomi Hitomi, Kate Arion, and Stephanie Han at Amanda Devine’s wedding. I asked for more details from Allison and Amanda, but no responses as of press time, so stay tuned! (Getting Class Notes updates can be like herding cats!)

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

No one sent in any updates for this column, so I’ll mention some class news from February: Rosie Brennan competed in cross country skiing at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Rosie skied in the women’s sprint free (where she came in fourth), women’s team sprint classic (fifth), women’s 4-by-5 relay (sixth), women’s 30K free mass start (sixth), women’s 10K classic (13th), and women’s skiathlon (14th). Rosie was one of eight Dartmouth alums who participated in the most recent Olympics; the others were Susan Dunklee ’08 (biathlon), Tommy Ford ’12 (alpine skiing), A.J. Hurt ’23 (alpine skiing), Julia Kern ’19 (cross-country skiing), Tricia Mangan ’19 (alpine skiing), Nina O’Brien ’20 (alpine skiing), and Laura Stacey ’16 (ice hockey—Canada). Congrats to all!

As for me and Thomas Lane, we wrapped up fostering five surprise Asian spitz puppies in mid-March and were quite relieved to see them adopted out. Five puppies are a nightmare; I don’t know how breeders do it! And I thought we were saving one dog off a shelter euthanasia list, but I guess we saved six. Anyway, we are getting the puppies’ mom, Yuki—our original foster!—spayed in May and then we will adopt her. (“Yuki” means “snow” in Japanese. Xiaolu Li ’12 says every white dog is named Yuki or Mochi, and she’s right, haha. So I decided Yuki’s full name is Yuki Doggu, inspired by our vet’s Korean grandparents living in Japan who called all their dogs Doggu, but we still just call her Yuki.)

Yuki is getting along superbly with our two resident Shorkie-poo mixes Kuro (girl) and Goma (boy). (Their names mean “black” and “sesame” in Japanese—for “black sesame.”) Kuro and Goma are rescues themselves that are on their third home after they were adopted from a shelter as 9-week-old puppies, surrendered at 2 years old, adopted by a second family, surrendered again at 3 years old, and adopted by us in October 2020 after they spent 24 hours in foster. We’re taking all three to Pismo Beach, California, next week where they’ll see the beach and ocean for the first time!

Please write in with your updates! We love hearing from y’all!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Brandon Aiono wrote the following overheard-style update toward the end of December. Have fun guessing the secret ’11s! Note: While some attributions reflect our classmates’ true initials, some have been further anonymized! We asked y’all to send in coincidental encounters with other ’11s you had throughout 2021—a year that saw us leaving (and, in some cases, fleeing) our homes and intermingling once again. Here are some (curated) highlights.

“What a trip! I saw L.V. in a jazz venue on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans when I was passing through during the summer. Turns out she was only around for the weekend too. We cheers-ed to that,” says A.S.

“I matched with B.B. on Hinge during lockdown. We hung out a few times in Los Angeles and we’re still hanging out,” says R.S.

“Does watching the Sex Lives of College Girls and being accosted with Dartmouth references count as a coincidental encounter?” asks M.C.

“I ran into C.C. and her fiancé taking engagement photos in front of the Bellagio. At first I was like, ‘Who is blocking the whole sidewalk off during the fountain show?’ Of course only a Dartmouth ’11 would be so bold,” says A.V.

“I saw M.K. drive by me in Park City, Utah, and waved. Then she stole my parking spot,” says A.V.

“I saw J.C. at the N.Y.C. Marathon. We smiled and nodded at one another, then continued on our way. That’s generally my desired form of interaction when I run into alumni out in the world,” says B.M.

“A friend invited me to a movie premiere showing in Denver, and the director was K.K.!” says T.K.

K.A. and L.B. sat a row behind me at the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere,” says S.R.

“I was walking through Alamo Square when I heard a shout and saw a figure slip down a sloped muddy hill on my left. I grabbed the person, who turned out to be S.M. Behind her walking a massive dog was B.H., who she was visiting in San Francisco. Party on, ladies,” says B.A.

“For the entire year I fortunately have avoided any unanticipated Dartmouth encounters (or have blocked them from memory). I hope this streak will continue in 2022,” says J.K.

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

No one sent in Class Notes updates in the last two months, so I went around soliciting some, and this is what I got in response! For context, a decent amount of the following conversations occurred in a group text among the class officers.

Yan Fan is entering her fifth year in Tokyo, where she spends most of her time petting her French bulldog Potato and stress-exercising. She would like to let everyone know that living in Tokyo is awesome. Yan told me that I am the only Microsoft Word user she knows who is under 50, but such is life as an attorney, and I said Thomas Lane is even more pro at Word since he is an engineer and they love their documentation.

Adam J. Reed says: “Thirty-two-year-old divorced male sees doctor for first time since Dartmouth. Doctor tells him he’s fat and lazy.” Katie Paxton (class president) says, “He’s a sweet guy.” I agree!

James Khun (class treasurer) moved to San Francisco in March of 2020, and when people ask what he does for a living, his response is, “Cry.” Brandon Aiono (class vice president) confirms, “He really does cry a lot.”

Brandon was in Irvine, California, during the last week of October, when I happened to be visiting Big Bear Lake, California. (I got super carsick on the way up. I do not recommend the car ride to Big Bear, but the 40-to-60-degree weather was a huge improvement over the 90-degree heatwave in Orange County.) Brandon was a groomsman and emcee at his cousin’s wedding, and he says it was the “best night of my life.” Brandon being in Irvine reminded me that David Gomez lives in Orange County too (apparently Thomasand I have been living practically next to him since we moved in January 2020), and Brandon insisted, “David Gomez was objectively the best-looking ’11 by far. Quote me.” Brandon also says that Maya Granit got married. Congratulations, Maya!

Brandon, James, and Katiethen discussed the origins of the “one-full-two-halves” reference from our college days, which apparently involved Stephen Greif. (I had never heard of the reference before, and on that note, send us your stories from undergrad for discussion in Class Notes! James suggests we can do “a redemption story on real-world two-halves-one-full dilemmas.”) Katie also says she has a photo of “some ’11s going up for Homecoming,” but she did not say who these classmates were. But Katie did play pong while visiting Dartmouth with this group of ’11s!

That’s a wrap! Now please send us some college stories for discussion and inclusion in future Class Notes! Oh, and per Brandon, Sydney Ribot is our bequest chair, “So if you’re making a will, check in with her.”

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Two of our classmates have completed some notable literary works lately! I list them in the order that these updates came to me.

First, a secret admirer wrote in regarding a fellow classmate. While the rest of us were spending the pandemic watching Tiger King and Bridgerton, our own Drew Joseph was working on critical journalism. Drew was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his breaking news reporting on Covid, published in Stat News in Boston. The Pulitzer Prize board described his work as “prescient, expert, and accessible coverage of the emergence of Covid-19.” Go, Drew!

Second, Nicole Yunger Halpern is publishing a book about the intersection of quantum physics, information, and energy. Quantum Steampunk: The Physics of Yesterday’s Tomorrow introduces the general public to a field emerging at the cutting edge of technology and theory. In addition to delving into the discoveries, the book relates anecdotes, history, and a woman’s journey into science. The book is now available for preordering through the usual sources (, Amazon, etc.).

Congratulations to both! As always, please write in with your updates. We love hearing from you, and we welcome all notes from and about classmates.

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

From Katie Paxton (class president) and the class executive committee comes the following.

“While we’re bummed to miss seeing your faces in person in Hanover, it’s a great time to turn a new leaf. Your new executive committee has thought a lot about what we want to achieve, and here are some of our goals for the coming months.

“Connecting old and new friends: The United States is reopening, so let’s get together! Let the class sponsor a mini reunion in your city. Email us at if you’re interested.

“Adjusting to life post-pandemic: A ton of you have moved, so don’t forget to update your alumni record so we can connect you with other local ’11s. Are you looking to change jobs or hire a fellow Dartmouth rock star? Share with us and we’ll promote on the class social pages.

“More ’11s programming: Are you interested in panels, professor talks, resume reviews, or social time? We want to hear from you!

“We’re still building out the class of 2011 executive committee. If there is anything you’re interested in volunteering for, let us know!

“We’re proud to be part of the best class ever and can’t wait to see you all soon.”

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

The following is a message from our class executive committee.

The votes have been tallied, and it is with a hearty hail that we greet Katie Paxton in her newly elected position as president and James Khun in his new position as treasurer. The two will join a “core” team with incumbents Brandon Aiono as vice president and Hillary S. Cheng as secretary. These officers will serve until our next reunion in 2025, which will again be a clustered reunion with the classes of 2009 and 2010.

We applaud and praise the time and effort that Christine Souffrant Ntim and Shelley Han invested in their respective roles as president and treasurer. During the past six years, our country and our world have been through so much since the five-year reunion, and our class is lucky to have had such a fine core at its helm.

Please still feel free to contact us to indicate your interest in participating in class activities and serving in an appointed role on the class executive committee. We can be reached via our class email address, We welcome all levels of involvement, and we truly enjoy forging and strengthening classmate relationships. To those who have already expressed interest in supporting class-related activities: We will be in touch in the coming months and look forward to working together.

As always, we hope you are well and staying safe. Please send in updates to let us know how you are doing. We love hearing from you!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452; hillary.s.cheng@

Jen McDonald wrote in with an update. She is still in Burlington, Vermont, and has tried to make the most of the pandemic by finishing hiking the 100 highest mountains in New England this past summer with her now-husband, Peter Johnson. They got married in a small ceremony in September and are looking forward to celebrating their anniversary at the Lodge, where the ceremony was originally going to be held. Congratulations, Jen!

And congratulations and Happy Mother’s Day to Nadine Fedorenko (daughter Sasha), Kathleen Mayer (daughter Eleanore), and Kim Ross (daughter Sloane)! As always, send all your updates on births, weddings, and other fun celebratory events my way—or to whoever the class secretary is for the next four years!

On that note, our 10-year reunion, which was originally scheduled for 2020 and rescheduled to this year, has been canceled as of February 2. As such, we will next see each other in 2025 for our 15-year reunion, and by the time this Class Notes update reaches you, we will be in the process of selecting our new class officers or onboarding our new officers. The new leadership team will officially begin their terms on or after July 1. (Given the publication delay in Class Notes updates, I will be writing the column through the June 28 deadline for the September/October issue. I will forward any further updates to the new secretary after that date!) Christine Souffrant (president), Brandon Aiono (vice president), Shelley Han (treasurer), and I (secretary) thank you for the opportunity to have served as your class officers from 2016 through 2021, and we have greatly enjoyed working with you and our executive board members. We look forward to seeing you at alumni events or wherever our paths may cross, and we hope you are doing well and staying safe. Take care!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Please welcome a guest column from Kalina Newmark.

Hello from snowy Calgary! I am excited to be your guest columnist and share with you all my recent appointment to Dartmouth’s Association of Alumni (AOA) executive committee in addition to other personal highlights for the year. As for many of you, 2020 has been a year of lows and highs, including the passing of my grandfather and great uncle, both Air Force veterans, the birth of niece Lily Jane, and the purchase of a new home in Seattle. Although 2021 cannot come soon enough, I am grateful for the time that I have spent with my family and loved ones.

In that spirit of gratitude, I will talk about Dartmouth. Almost 14 years ago (can you believe it?!) we embarked on our journey to Hanover—a place we would call home for the next four years. We went on DOC trips, ran around the bonfire during Homecoming, and participated in Winter Carnival. Although Dartmouth is not a perfect place, I have tried my best to make Dartmouth a better place than when we left it. Since graduation I have served on Alumni Council, the Native American visiting committee and the Native American Alumni at Dartmouth board, interviewed students as part of the admissions ambassador program, and presented my linguistics research on Native American English on-campus. Most recently I have been nominated and appointed as the second vice president of the AOA executive committee. As part of my appointment I also sit on the professional development and alumni liaison committees on Alumni Council.

The AOA was organized in 1854 to represent all Dartmouth alumni. AOA membership includes “every person who has ever matriculated as a fulltime student in pursuit of a Dartmouth degree.” I am excited to contribute to this longstanding institution at Dartmouth and share my perspective not only as a young alumnus but as a Native American alumnus as well. Through all of my volunteer activities at the College, there is only one thing that I am constantly amazed by—the love our alumni have for Dartmouth and for our students.

It is an honor to serve as your second vice president on the AOA. If you have any concerns or feedback about the College, please feel free to reach out at Mahsi cho (thank you) for the opportunity to be your guest columnist. Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy, and abundant year.

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

I learned that Danny Kim had become a professor at Wharton and was working on some interesting research about immigrants, so I reached out to him to see how he was doing! He wrote in, “Hi, ’11s! Sending in a quick update here: After finishing my Ph.D. (six years—brutal), my wife, Grace, and I recently moved from Boston to Philly for my first academic job as an assistant professor at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. It’s been a lot of fun researching and teaching entrepreneurship. As an example, my colleagues and I recently put out a study showing that immigrants in the United States create more jobs than they take. Using confidential, population-level data from the federal government, we find that immigrants are much more likely to start new companies than natives, and the resulting job creation from these immigrant-founded startups far exceeds the number of jobs that immigrants take in the labor market—ultimately creating a positive ripple-effect on the economy. Of course, let me know if you’re ever in the Philly area when we’re back to our new normal!”

Speaking of entrepreneurship generally, our classmate Sam McIntire, along with his cofounder Matt Davis, has opened a food business, Mosaic Foods, that makes plant-centric frozen meals and delivers to the northeastern United States.

Hope you are all staying safe and warm during these cold months! As always, please reach out to me with classmate updates (or if you’d like to write a guest column!).

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Please welcome a guest column by Nikki Del Principe.

Hello, fellow ’11s! I’m writing this from my husband’s and my new home in Memphis, Tennessee (you may have known me as Nikki Brown, but after getting married last August to Kevin Del Principe, I changed my last name). For me, these challenging times have shed light on the value of adaptability—a quality that my time at Dartmouth helped foster.

I had a career plan when I started my freshman year, but, probably like many of you, my path ultimately diverged quite a bit from my initial conception. I arrived in the fall of 2007 with the aim of studying biology to become a naturalist. In fact, my dream since third grade had been to become a sort of Jane Goodall for wild cats. As fantastical and perhaps naive as this ambition was, I was on track to realize my goal. While at Dartmouth I did an internship modeling the population dynamics of wildebeest, went on the biology study abroad program in Costa Rica and the Cayman Islands, and then did another study abroad program for aspiring animal behavioralists in Kenya through Michigan State University. Throughout this time I was also taking film classes and feeding a hunger for storytelling that I’ve had since I was a child. As much as I loved learning about the natural world, by the time spring of 2011 rolled around I realized that storytelling was my real calling.

I started the M.F.A. writing for screen and television program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles that fall. Film school was challenging in a very different way than my biology studies had been. It took me a few years to learn that writing wasn’t about getting the right answer and more about a process of discovery that never really ends. Perhaps the best part of USC was that I met my eventual husband and creative partner, Kevin Del Principe, there.

We became a couple and creative team after graduation and made two short films before embarking on our first feature, Up on the Glass (watch the trailer here:

The story is about a wanderer named Jack DiMercurio who secretly desires the life and wife of his more affluent friend, Andy Shelton. One heinous act allows Jack to draw closer to Andy’s wife, Liz, but Jack finds living Andy’s life is a dangerous lie. Fun movie fact: The three main characters met at Dartmouth. It’s been quite the journey to work on one project for six years and finally arrive at the point where we can share it with audiences. (It’s currently available across streaming platforms and on Blu-ray and DVD in North American via our distributor, Gravitas Ventures.)

Though I did not end up researching animal behavior as I had planned, the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and interests that I originally fostered at Dartmouth has been immensely helpful in independent filmmaking. It is this ability to evolve in the face of new challenges that has allowed me to continue to grow as an artist. Kevin and I created our production company, Save Them Wild Dogs, to tell the stories of the misunderstood, misrepresented, and too-often overlooked, with a focus on the Midwest and mid-South. To find out more about the film, visit and our production company at Feel free to reach out to me via my website, I’d love to hear from you!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

In June our executive committee issued the following message.While the submissions via Google Forms have since closed, please get in touch with us at with any comments you would like to share.

“Dear 2011 classmates, our hearts are extraordinarily heavy. We have been saddened and enraged by the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, Dominique Fells, and the countless others who have had their lives cut short due to police brutality and systemic racism and oppression. We condemn racism, white supremacy, and state-sanctioned and extralegal violence, and we stand in solidarity with our Black classmates and the Black communities around the globe: Black Lives Matter.

“We have heard from you and seen some of your reactions to the present moment and know many of you are working to learn and unlearn. You are supporting our peers and other friends and colleagues. You are mobilizing in the streets, donating, and challenging yourselves, your family members, coworkers, and each other. We write to you to ask that you continue this throughout the summer and beyond. Do not let this momentum fade away! It will feel uncomfortable, but there cannot be a return to ‘normal.’ We must remember: Our agency, our actions, and our futures are all interconnected, and we owe it to ourselves and each other to help build a better world. In the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, ‘Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.’ We must all speak up and show up whenever and wherever there is injustice.

“As your class executive committee, it is our job to serve as liaisons between you and the College. We are always here to communicate your questions, suggestions, and concerns to Dartmouth leadership, and we are especially committed to using our platform to do so at this time, particularly since we know issues related to race, access, and inclusion are, of course, deeply rooted and pervade every aspect of our society—including Dartmouth. If Dartmouth leadership continues to rhetorically emphasize the importance of ‘diversity,’ they must actually confront and dismantle the College’s own institutional racism and meet the intellectual, physical, mental, emotional, financial, and social needs of all students.

“As alumni, our voices carry weight. As the committee communicates with the College regarding these issues over the next few months and throughout our tenure, we want our correspondence to be informed by your specific feedback and calls for action. If you have questions, recommendations, or solutions you would like us to relay, please submit them here by June 30, and we will communicate them to President Hanlon and other leaders on behalf of the members of the class of 2011. We also are working to create a coalition with other young alumni classes and regional clubs so that they may do the same.

“Thank you for your time and energy. Be well and stay safe.”

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

We’re happy to announce that Emily Duke will be taking over the Alumni Council representative position as we say goodbye to Delfina Gonzalez, who just finished her three-year term as our representative! Thank you again, Delfina, for a wonderful three years of service!

Another bit of class notes—while we won’t be seeing each other this summer due to the quarantine, planning is underway for a delayed reunion, so stay tuned. Your class officers—Christine Souffrant (president), Brandon Aiono (vice president), Shelley Han (treasurer), and me, Hillary S. Cheng (secretary)—and the 10-year reunion chairs Michael Brown, Marguerite V. Imbert, and Shayla Mars—will remain in their positions through 2021, when we hope to celebrate our rescheduled reunion.

Cynthia Akagbosu wrote in with an update: “Hello, fellow ’11s. I had the pleasure of marrying fellow ’11 Nathan Swire last summer in May. It was a three-day Jewish, Nigerian, and Catholic wedding bonanza. The bridal party had a great showing from the ’11 class, with Alex Gonazalez, Adriene McCance, Sarah Seng, and Caroline Ward as well as Nathan’s mother, Anne Scott-Putney ’81. I graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2017 and am finishing up my last year at Boston Children’s Hospital in its pediatrics residency program. I am starting a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center this summer. Nathan graduated from Harvard Law School shortly after the wedding, has been clerking in the federal district court in Boston under Judge William Young during the past year, and will be joining me in Washington, D.C., to start as an associate lawyer at White & Case.”

How have you been spending the quarantine? Write in and let us know!

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

No specific classmate updates this time, but more reunion planning is underway, and we will know the next Alumni Council representative for the class of 2011 by time this is published! We thank Delfina Gonzalez for her wonderful and dedicated service to our class during the last three years.

Hillary S. Cheng, 26611 La Roda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691; (603) 546-8452;

Please welcome a guest column by Jennifer Robinson.

Hello fellow ‘11s! I currently live in North Carolina, where I’ve been working for the past 4 years as an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) Battered Immigrant Project. (This is written in my personal capacity and does not reflect the opinion of LANC.) I represent survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in applying for legal immigration status so they can remain in the United States—where their support network is, where they are protected by our law enforcement, and where they are receiving social services and therapy related to their victimization.

I can’t imagine doing anything else, but it is emotionally challenging work. Handing someone their first-ever work permit or green card is a meaningful and humbling experience. However, we are constantly facing new challenges. You can imagine for yourself the traumas my clients experience before meeting me, so I want to share with you the policy change that has impacted my daily work the most. At my organization, we provide free legal services to low-income people, who often cannot afford to pay immigration application fees, which range from $400 to more than $2,000 for a single case. For a family of five, you do the math. It’s possible to request a fee waiver if the applicant demonstrates an inability to pay. For survivors of violence, this used to be a simple process of explaining their income or lack thereof.

In the summer of 2018, humanitarian fee waiver requests were being denied with no warning of a policy change. Now, the government is drastically stricter on the evidence required to obtain a fee waiver. Many of my clients win a fee waiver by submitting their tax returns, but sometimes even these are denied in a manner that can only be described as random. Unfortunately, I just received a second denial for one client. For our second attempt, we again submitted her taxes and added more proof of her struggling business. It still wasn’t enough. She is a single mother recovering from her abusive ex-husband both emotionally and financially, and she doesn’t have an extra $2,000 for her application, so we’ll try a third time.

Undocumented people can file taxes, and millions of them do every year. However, many people experiencing domestic violence or human trafficking are not permitted by their abusers to file taxes or are too afraid to do so. What if someone is a stay-at-home mother, recently escaped from her abusive husband and staying with a friend? She has no income, no rent payment, and no evidence to show that she cannot afford the immigration fee. I have seen families go into debt to come up with $4,000 that could have been spent on food and clothes for their children. For the survivors of violence I work with, these fee waiver denials stand in the way of applying for legal status, preventing deportation, staying here with their U.S. citizen children, and continuing their healing journeys in the United States.

We persevere, and we often win. I just received an email with Christmas greetings from a former client whom I helped win her green card: “We remember you with immense gratitude for all the good you did for us.” It’s the best feeling in the world to read that. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about immigration. My husband, Dan Mott ’12, and I live in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area with our dog Maya. Let us know if you are ever in North Carolina!

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, Unit 304, Tustin CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Amanda Mata and John Mei got married in Texas at the end of September. Nuith Morales and Jeff Snyder served as maid of honor and man of honor, respectively. Michael Chen and Jin Yan were flower stewards. Other members of their wedding court included Jonathan Blevins ’10, Robyn Deakins, Natalie Lyon, and Peter Sutoris. Many Dartmouth alumni attended, including members of Amarna Undergraduate Society, where the couple met in 2010.

Larry Kenny married Nuith Morales in New Hampshire at the beginning of October. Amanda Mata served as a maid of honor. Robyn Deakins and Jonathan Blevins ’10 recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary. Peter Sutoris just finished his Ph.D. in education at the University of Cambridge and is now stepping into the beautiful unknown. Kristin Kirlew-Bent will be moving to Beijing to start a new job at the end of the year. She welcomes any other alumni in the area to get in touch with her (email:!

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, Unit 304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

We are sad to announce that one of our classmates remains with us only in spirit. We mourn the passing of Aisling Galligan in early August. More details are available in the obituary published on the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine’s website.

Reunion planning is also underway, led by our reunion chairs Marguerite V. Imbert, Michael Brown, and Shayla Mars as well as our class vice president Brandon Aiono and class president Christine Souffrant. Please get in touch with me ( or shoot us a message at (also primarily checked by me!) if you’re interested in volunteering or have any ideas for our upcoming reunion in 2020.

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, Unit 304, Tustin CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Just one update this time! Ashley Mitchell wrote, “I just got married on June 8 to a Tuck ’17, Matt Salmon! We’ve had a quintessential Dartmouth love story. We met playing pong during Homecoming Weekend 2015, got engaged on the Dartmouth Green on a snowy evening in 2018, and got married in the North Carolina mountains in June. We were surrounded by lots of fellow Dartmouth and Tuck classmates, including bridesmaids Nora Niebruegge Bowers, Sydney Thomashow, Dylan Leavitt, and Shelley Carpeni ’12.

This summer marks our 10th anniversary of Sophomore Summer. Kinda crazy how much time has passed!

Don’t forget to write in with your updates or anything you’d like to share with our class, including any impromptu mini-reunions such as the one Katie Paxton Christ, Chris Vacchio, and Lakshmi Srinivasan had in Sleepy Hollow, New York!

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, Unit 304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Class VP Brandon Aiono here, filling in for this issue. I was on campus in March for the Granite Challenge, reaching out to several of you alongside seven other ’11s who made the trek up to Hanover for the weekend. Also in attendance were the following.

Caroline Ward is currently working at a startup based out of Providence, Rhode Island, where she manages support and security operations.

Evan Lambert is writing fulltime for the Buzzfeed-lite site and performing in a monthly show in N.Y.C. called the Improvised Real Housewives Episode (a metro New York critics’ pick)!

Ryan Speers lives in Washington, D.C., and is focusing on running his security consulting business (River Loop Security) along with Ricky Melgares, while working on a product startup focused on firmware security (Pilot Security).

James Khun also lives in D.C. and works as a quantitative analyst for an applied research firm. When not running regression models, he’s embracing entering his 30s by curating his newfound obsession with houseplants.

Tina Alexander is living it up in Austin, Texas, and just closed out her first year of graduate school, earning a master’s in social work at the University of Texas. She occasionally meets up with Chris Alexander, her twin brother, who feeds her now that she’s a broke student again.

Zach Blatt is living out his dream this summer, driving all the way from his home in New Hampshire to Lake Tahoe, California, and, he hopes, down the coastline in July. The trip will roughly follow I-80 and should include plenty of baseball games and national parks (Zach has only been to two).

Delfina Gonzalez is starting her eighth year living in the Boston area. When she’s not busy torturing her boyfriend with Dartmouth stories, the two enjoy salsa dancing, eating out, and playing board games with friends. In addition to currently working in clinical operations managing clinical studies, Delfina continues to serve as our class representative to the Alumni Council, so be sure to send her any comments, questions, and concerns that you have about the College before the next session meets in October!

Thanks to everyone who answered our calls during the Camp Granite weekend, and be aware that there’s a new Dartmouth College Fund challenge that’s just begun. Each class that reaches 45-percent participation this year will have a $100,000 financial aid endowment created in its name (one that lasts forever)! For current standings, check here:

Two additional updates through the mailbag.

First, William Aubin saved up all his major post-graduation life accomplishments thus far into the past year. Not only was he married to Hayley Tran in June 2018—celebrating with Mateusz Grudzien, Brandon Floch, Nick and Priya (Rajgopal) Rolfes, John Roland, John Underwood, David Friedman, Ryan Murphy ’09, Brendan Mahoney ’12, and Ryan Tincher ’12—he also just completed his M.B.A. at University of Chicago in June and started a job at AveXis, a biotech company, in May. But the highlight of the year is welcoming his first child, Calvin Tran Aubin, into the world at the end of August. He’d love to have more Dartmouth alums come visit, so if you’re ever swinging through Chicago, let him know!

Finally, Thomas Tao moved to L.A. with his girlfriend, Julie Fiveash ’13, for a new position as a senior producer at Marvel, where he’ll be handling its Asia partnerships for video games. He hopes to acquire a lot of Marvel swag, and I hope he can tell me what’s next for the Avengers.

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, Unit 304, Tustin CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Please welcome a guest column by Maggie Lin: “Like many, I have spent every year since graduation attempting to live up to my Dartmouth education. As a philosophy major, that proved to be difficult as evidenced by my resume, which reflects a different job every single year in four different countries since our graduation in 2011. However, all the jobs I had around the world brought me closer to my Dartmouth family than I could possibly imagine. And perhaps that was always the intention behind the small College on the Hill. I reside in L.A., where I run a nonprofit called Foster Nation ( with a mission to support and empower foster youth as they age out of the foster care system. Our goal is to rally and engage millennials and young leaders to champion the foster care cause so that we can foster a nation of supporters, mentors, and future foster parents for the 400,000-plus children who are in the system today through no fault of their own. We have been fortunate enough to have the generous support of the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation (led by Tony Pritzker ’81), which allows our organization to collaborate with the county and established nonprofits working in the foster care space because they are also part of the Pritzker foster care initiative.

“My journey to Foster Nation was not easy. I understand firsthand the vulnerability of sharing your life story with people who may possibly not understand. In my time at Dartmouth I may have shared with a few of my classmates, but not more than a handful, that I grew up in the foster care system. While this was a large part of my identity, having lived through eight different foster homes in 10 years, I was too ashamed and afraid to stand out from my classmates—many of whom had families to return to during the winter and summer vacations. While I had a foster family that I was close to, I spent the majority of my breaks looking for opportunities. The reality is that the years I spent at Dartmouth were the most stable and the longest period of time I had spent anywhere. For the safe haven Dartmouth gave me, I have always felt an undying loyalty to serve and give back to the Dartmouth community.

“I overcame the fear of being seen as ‘different’ or ‘damaged’ by asking myself this question: How can anyone actually find a solution to a problem they don’t know exists? The answer came in the form of cofounding Foster Nation and starting the Young Leaders Collective, a group of professionals and change-makers who are successful in their careers and want to give back in some way. The launch of the L.A. chapter included Kyle Battle and Shayla Mars, and the New York chapter includes Amaris Galea-Orbe and previously Jane Cai ’13. We have had incredible supporters such as Tony Pritzker and his family, Jan Brzeski ’89 and his wife, the Dartmouth Club of Los Angeles, and many other alums from different years. When I realized that it was important to speak up and speak out about my experiences in foster care, the support and love I received from the people around me, especially the Dartmouth community, was unbelievable. This was when I understood what Daniel Webster meant when he uttered, ‘Sir, it is a small college, yet there are those who love it.’ It is precisely the smallness of Dartmouth, with the bigness of those who attend it, that reminds me why I loved and continue to love our College.”

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, Unit 304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Please join me in welcoming Katie Dowty to our class! Our dear classmate Melanie Pastuck recommended that we adopt Katie into our class earlier this year, and the adoption process has finally finished! Katie is currently the varsity head coach of the Dartmouth women’s rugby program. In nominating Katie, Melanie Pastuck wrote, “Katie Dowty became the first varsity head coach of the Dartmouth women’s rugby program when she was hired in June 2015. Since that time, she has brought the team (with a club sports history) to the very top of the rankings for U.S. collegiate rugby, with multiple Ivy League titles under her belt and Dartmouth currently ranked No. 2 in the country. Her commitment to the program and the way that she is inspiring Dartmouth undergrads is truly incredible. Attracting top national and international talent to Hanover as assistant and guest coaches, Coach Dowty has given the student-athletes an amazing and unparalleled rugby experience. Coach Dowty has also often said that she feels so much more connected to the passion and the spirit of Dartmouth than she ever did to her own alma mater (Harvard), and loves our community so much that she has recently purchased a home in Hanover. With regard to connection with our class, the class of 2011 formally applied for the women’s rugby team to become varsity at the end of my senior year. Four years later the proposal was finally approved by the athletics department (budget and recommendations virtually unchanged!)—and Coach Dowty has become the living embodiment of the vision we had for the future NCAA program. I would love to extend an invitation for her adoption into our class, as she helped make the dream for the players in our class year a reality.” In a recent email, Melanie also noted this exciting update: “Coach Dowty and the team also just won the first-ever national championship in the program’s history in a huge win over Harvard two weeks ago!”

In other news, two of our classmates made the Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list this year. Congratulations to Daniel Hochman and Jana Landon for their incredible work. To quote from the Dartmouth alumni website feature, Daniel “heads research into environmental, social, and governance factors in investing at Bridgewater Associates,” and Jana “manages Google’s outreach efforts with historically black colleges and universities, matching engineers with computer science classes at the schools.” Keep doing amazing things! (And drop me an email so we can include your amazing deeds in our Class Notes!)

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, Unit 304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Hard to believe you’ll be reading this column in 2019! Time flies. It’s still October as I’m writing this, and Homecoming Weekend at Dartmouth is about to begin. Eleven years have passed since we paraded around campus and ran our 11 (or 111) laps around the bonfire!

Jen McDonald wrote in with a wonderful update about her recent engagement in early October. She wrote, “After a couple trips to the old lodge to help with the new bunkhouses and hike other N.H. mountains, Peter Johnson (UVM ’11) and I got engaged this month on the top of Mount Moosilauke. I had initially thought that the momentous relationship milestone of the weekend was simply our first Moosilauke hike together! We’re also currently working on hiking New England’s 100 highest peaks and would love to catch up with any of you next time you’re near Burlington, Vermont!”

Thomas Lane and I saw Jenny Zhao and Roger Zhu a few weekends ago when they were visiting Los Angeles. Jenny loves animals, and they visited the Shambala Preserve in Acton, California, about an hour outside of L.A., which cares for big cats that used to belong to circuses, zoos, or private owners. Before Jenny and Roger left on their flight out of LAX, we had brunch in Venice and visited the canals, inspired by the Venetian canals in Italy, that were just around the corner!

Amanda Trunzo was recently quoted by The Boston Globe in an article about Fenway Park hosting an extreme winter sports event, the ice cross downhill course, in February. Amanda is the reigning women’s ice cross downhill world champion, and she played hockey while at Dartmouth.

Write me with your updates! How far have the ’11s come in the 11 years since we first arrived at the College on the Hill? And where will we be in another 11?!

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, Unit 304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Just a few updates this time. Jane Kang wrote in to say, “I wanted to pass on an update on behalf of several alumni who graduated together from the Kellogg School of Management on June 22. Fellow ’11s included Sonia Rao, Ted Schroeder, Jaimie Berger, and myself. Ritu Moondra ’09, Lily Eom ’10, Kathleen Woods ’10, Joe Kubert ’10, and Rob Marwanga ’12 also graduated.”

Katherine (Roddy) Lavine also sent me a note: “I just got the latest alumni mag in the mail today, which reminded me to send in my own update. My husband, Noah (Haverford ’11), and I welcomed our second son, Simon Prentice Lavine, on August 12 at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, just two days after our fifth wedding anniversary. Simon joins big brother Henry (now 3 years old) here in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I’m still teaching high schoolers math (AP calculus these days) part-time when I’m not chasing my boys!”

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, #304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Hey, ’11s! Brandon Aiono here, writing a guest Class Notes column so that Hillary Cheng and her beau, Thomas Lane, can enjoy some summer fun.

What a wonderful and exciting year it has been for our class! A few months ago I traveled up to Beijing to help Sydney Ribot direct a short film she wrote; it was a whirlwind of a weekend, but not only did we (and almost all of the extras) survive, but her work earned her acceptance into the American Film Institute! Soon after taking the train back to Shanghai, I embarked once again to attend a writing retreat on Chongming Island organized by Lelia Taha-Burt; she led us in composing stories, songs, and slam poems by unlocking our creative energy—all this only a few weeks before her four-stop wedding tour and a few months before finishing her master’s program in intercultural communication at Shanghai Theatre Academy. Even more recently I was honored to be reinstated as vice president of the College alumni club’s China chapter for a second term alongside two classmates on the executive board—Stephenie Lee (club secretary) and Trevor King (Shanghai regional representative). We hope our first act of business will be planning a trip down to Hong Kong so local legend Steve Avila can take us for a day on the harbor and night on the town.

Right now I’m home in the Bay Area, reconnecting with family and counting down the hours until Kathleen Mayer’s wedding festivities. The bride-to-be, who continues shattering societal norms even after graduation—she was the one to propose to her man—is saying her vows at a woodland retreat in the Cascades. I’m looking forward to reuniting with Amanda and Bennett Siegel, Brielle Milano, Eileen Vogl ’12, Ellie Hunter, Marian Mathias, Maya Granit, Meredith Greenberg, and Taja Braggs, and I already have bets placed on who will give the most outlandish gift, who will make the drunkest speech, and who will end up catching the bouquet (obviously me…y’all better watch out).

Many ’11s are tying the knot this year—including Emily Duke, Genevieve Adams, and Mary Rockwell—with even more on the way, such as Tyler Ford, who just got engaged while on a trip to Monaco. For those of you who are nuptial-ed out, fret not—bridal parties are about to be replaced with baby showers. Carter Scott spent this Father’s Day celebrating the birth of his new daughter, just one of a handful of ’11s to ascend into parenthood. As the season for dads is also one for grads, we want to congratulate all of the masters, doctors, and b-school ballers who completed degrees this spring, such as Joe Coleman, who I’m sad to have missed while he toured China earlier in the summer. Remember to keep sending in your announcements and updates to the class account. We love knowing what y’all are doing, and we know your classmates do, too!

When I passed through New Orleans a few weeks back, I serendipitously ran into Lindsay Van Landeghem, who was in town from South Africa for a conference. I am making plans to meet with Madolyn Mertz, who recently moved to San Francisco to be with her fiancé (another wedding!). I love meeting and catching up with members of our great class. At my sister’s graduation earlier this month I discovered that her best friend’s father (Matthew Berardo ’86) is a Dartmouth alumnus, and as we shared our memories with one another, I felt a tacit understanding pass between us. There is truly no feeling more magical ’round this girdled earth than running into another soul whose heart has bled green in the wilderness of the still north.

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, #304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

It’s April now, and the class of 2011’s executive committee will be hopping on a conference call in May for a planning session headed up by our class president, Christine Souffrant. Would you like to see a mini-reunion in your area? Drop us a note at dartmouth so we can pass it on to our regional chairs!

Sydney Thomashow sent me an update to say that she and Chris Barth ’08 met and collaborated on a panel at SXSW, where they discussed “design thinking” and how it can be applied to branding, marketing, and other creative endeavors.

Ida Sargent and Rosie Brennan were mentioned in the Valley News for Ida’s third-place and Rosie’s fifth-place finishes in the six-athlete final of the women’s sprint of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard SuperTour at the Craftsbury (Vermont) Outdoor Center on March 23.

Alice Bradley also sent a note to say that she’ll be starting a faculty position as an assistant professor at Williams College this summer. Alice writes, “I’ll be in the geoscience department, where I’ll teach classes related to climate and continue my research in how to measure changing Arctic sea ice environments.”

Brandon Aiono is stateside for a few months while transitioning between jobs in China. Say hi to him if you’re in the Bay Area! He’ll be here until August, so hurry up before you miss him. After August you can find him in Shanghai. Adam Reed has also recently relocated to the Bay Area to work at an accounting firm. He just successfully completed the firm’s usual probationary internship and received a fulltime offer! Now you know who to contact for your taxes.

Raj Majumder is currently in an M.B.A. program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be in Thousand Oaks, near L.A., for his summer internship at Amgen. He and Tom Lane will be doing a week-long road trip from Nashville out to the West Coast!

Speaking of L.A., Marco Chu just completed another stair-climb and fundraising effort for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb here, involving 1,391 stairs and 63 floors.

Whenasked for an update, Gabriel Lopez, who is now an attorney, said, “I left my beloved Connecticut and took my talents down to South Beach to work at White & Case’s bank finance practice.”

Conrad Whitaker has had an exciting 11 years out of college in places quite far from Hanover. He writes, “Since graduating, I’ve spent most of my time abroad (except for a brief stint in San Francisco). I studied Arabic in Egypt, lived in a tent on the Nile in South Sudan while working for a research company, and in 2014, I moved to Nairobi initially to work as a consultant supporting renewable energy companies in East Africa. For the past three years I’ve been managing operations and distribution for a PayGo solar company, Azuri Technologies, where we distribute integrated solar home systems (solar panels, batteries, lights, etc.), coupled with new mobile money-enabled financing solutions to allow some of the 600M Sub-Saharan Africans who are not connected to the grid to affordably adopt solar technology as an improved way to access energy. (If you are interested in this topic, you can learn more on the ‘The East Africa Business Podcast,’ where I discuss the distributed economy as a development thesis.) For anyone making their way through East Africa, give me a shout; I am always looking to catch up!”

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, #304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

The Winter Olympics ended just a few days ago, and two of our classmates competed in Pyeongchang! Emily Dreissigacker, a first-time Olympian, represented the United States in the biathlon, and Ida Sargent, a second-time Olympian, represented the United States in cross-country skiing.

Amanda Trunzo earned a mention in ESPN recently for downhill ice-skating on the Red Bull Crashed Ice circuit, all while teaching and coaching at a charter school in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Sophia Golvach alsodropped me a line about her recent marriage to Samuel Blazek ’09. The wedding was September 2, 2017, and she writes, “We enjoyed the company of a lot of Dartmouth alums!”

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, #304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Jennifer Robinson got married to Dan Mott ’12 in October, and Jenny Zhao was one of her bridesmaids!

Mike Lewis recently published a book, When to Jump, and he writes in: “I sketched a book cover five years ago after reading an alumni update in the winter 2013 DAM issue of a banker who turned into an Olympic cyclist. It’s been a Dartmouth-heavy project with tons of help from alums and many fellow ’11s—Tom Mandel helped edit the first story, Emily Hirshey helped me start the publishing process and Kyle Battle and Abigail Holden are featured in the book, sharing their own jumps. If anyone has a jump they want to share, send me a note at!”

Daryl Concha competed in the 2017 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association International Championships in Philadelphia on November 3-5, 2017. She is a member of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby All-Stars, based out of New York City. The Gotham All-Stars finished its season third in the world. Daryl will also compete in the Roller Derby World Cup on February 1-4, in Manchester, United Kingdom, as part of Team Indigenous. Reid Duke also wrote in: “I play Magic: The Gathering for a living and—at the time of writing—I’m the No. 2 ranked player in the world. Magic is a collectible, strategy card game that I’ve played since I was 5 years old. The professional circuit has me traveling nearly every weekend and competing against players from all across the world. In December I’ll be representing the United States at the World Magic Cup in Nice, France, as captain of the national team. Wish me luck!”

We also had a fun mini-reunion here in L.A. with the classes of 2008 to 2013 in December. Quite a few ’11s showed up—it was great to see you all!

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, #304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Steve Avila reports that he is alive. That’s all. Just kidding. He also writes in, “I’ve been living in southern China for the last two and a half years and work for an overseas education consulting company. I’ve been taking Mandarin classes (and took a few Cantonese classes) and can now go to KTV and ‘sing’ with my colleagues. (I was a Romance studies major, Spanish, Portuguese and French, but these languages have nothing in common with them.) Hong Kong is a border hop away (90 minutes to the island) and they have a pretty active alumni club. Caught up with Betty Jiang and Kevin Jae Hoon Koo at the Dartmouth Club of Hong Kong summer event. (We rented a yacht. Super sweet.) Oh! And I met up with Trevor King in Shanghai! The Bund is super awesome.”

Abigail Ogilvy also wrote in about her contemporary art gallery, the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in the South End in Boston, which featured Katherine Taylor ’97 and Natalia Wrobel during an exhibition that ran October 4-29. (See a profile on her and the gallery on page 55.)

Bill Gerath dropped a line about Denise Hotta-Moung and Lane Donald Zimmerman’s July marriage at New York City Hall and their first dog, Yoshi, a corgi.

Jessica Krug also has a wedding announcement to make: She married Boston University graduate Lauren Ranieri at Paradise Ridge Winter in Santa Rosa, California, with Marisa Gilmore, Mike Abendroth, Alicia Driscoll, Vera Bergengruen, Ali Herdeg, Sam McIntire, Travis Whitfield, Eliana Piper ’12 and Myesha Jackson ’02 attending. Sadly, the winery burned down in the Tubbs Fire, so the happy newlywed sends a PSA to drink more Sonoma and Napa wine so the wineries can rebuild!

And we can expect at least one more wedding to come: Florence Ling said yes to Matt Mizuhara when he proposed! Congratulations, all!

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road, #304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

A couple of updates this time! Courtney Gerwin and Brandon Parks got married on September 3 on campus at St. Thomas Church with the reception at the DOC House. They met on campus their senior year at the Daniel Webster reception and were both elated to head back to campus to tie the knot.

In May Claire Scott received her Ph.D. from the Carolina-Duke graduate program in German studies, also completing a certificate in feminist studies at Duke University. This fall she begins a position as a lecturer in the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From Justin Varilek: “Hey from across the pond! So I just did a slight jaunt throughout the United States and saw some amazing Dartmouth people whom I hadn’t seen for about two to three years. Shout out to Anise Vance, Suz Parker, Vera Bergengruen, Myra Altman, Antonio Brown, Elizabeth Shribman ’10, Jake Sotak ’13 and Jason Klein ’82! Apologies to everyone else I didn’t get to see. Time is not on my side.

“But the trip made me realize how long I’ve been out of it. I even missed the whole Trump-a-thon. So when our class secretary reached out, I figured I should make sure people hadn’t forgotten about my existence.

“After about five years in Russia I’m hoping to call Berlin home for the next two years. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I got my fill in Russia of running from a few riot police with a journalist or cozying up to an oligarch or two while helping MIT found a university there. It’s really just that my startup,, makes the decisions in my life and has banished me to a rave- and history-filled Berlin. To be honest, the startup is worse than twins as it gives me no rest and hasn’t let me stay in one country for more than a month for the entire past year.

“But the good news is that the child is growing into the toddler stage and I’m getting a better grip on the reins. Essentially my team and I are building a global network for the media industry that helps publications and marketers find and hire journalists to tell the stories that matter from around the world. Basically, think of Uber, but hiring photographers, videographers and journalists instead of drivers. After launching in Moscow, then Berlin, we’ve grown to more than 10,000 members in 150 countries, and we are planning to focus on the United States after presenting the startup at a yearly journalism conference this October in D.C.

“Otherwise, if you happen to be traveling through Berlin and looking for a place to stay or someone to grab a bier und currywurst with, then hit me up. Best option is via Facebook—I should be the Justin right above Bieber in the search.”

Hillary S. Cheng, 16013 Legacy Road #304, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Here is the puppies and doggies column! But first off, some non-canine-related announcements about ’11s.

Ashley Morishige graduated with her Ph.D. in June from MIT, and her research focused on solar cells. She now works at a company near Boston that manufactures crystalline silicon wafers for solar cells. About a year ago she got married to Kellie Kravarik, a fellow graduate student she met at MIT. Class of ’11s who attended her wedding included Max Lifson, Nozomi Hitomi and Jen Fownes.

Kalina Newmark and Nacole Walker were both featured in Yes! Magazine for their research showing that ethnic identity is shaped not only by the loss—and revitalization—of mother tongues but also by the remixing of English.

Abigail Ogilvy Ryan owns the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in the South End in Boston that focuses on predominately female, emerging and mid-career artists. Natalia Wrobel recently spoke to a full room of both women and men at a Women of Dartmouth event at the gallery about advancing careers in the arts.

Alexandra Gakos is working in academic publishing at W.W. Norton & Co. and doing freelance work. She also helped renovate a homeless shelter in Newark, New Jersey, this past May.

And now onto the doggie updates!

Jenny Zhao and Roger Zhu (congratulations on your recent marriage!) are the proud parents of a rescue dog named Geoff, who has the sweetest temperament but has to get checked into doggie daycare during the week because of his disposition toward howling when he is alone in the apartment!

Best friend Jennifer Robinson is also mother to a 1.5-year-old rescue pup named Maya in North Carolina. She is enjoying her work as an immigration attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina!

Max Bickett recently welcomed a puppy, Lucy, into his house in Seattle, where she will be joining Finn, his flat-coated retriever. Finn is doing great and was excited that it’s warm enough for him to go swimming in Lake Washington again (was, because this is being written in June!).

Mariana Estevez does not have a dog herself, but she loves all doggies! Neil Basu is in a similar situation—he loves Scottish terriers but does not have one himself. He recently hit his one-year anniversary living in Singapore, where he loves the food, travel opportunities and people, but he dislikes the humidity one degree south of the equator.

Melissa Wong lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her 5-year-old beagle mix, Daphne. Melissa is plotting to move back to California soon!

Diana Lim is in medical school in North Carolina and lives with a 10-month-old Australian labradoodle named Teddy. She is so cute!

John Lee works at NerdWallet, where their office building used to allow dogs. So he used to have office dogs, but no longer because they moved buildings. Sad.

Berk Ozturk is back in Turkey and he tells me that, although he does not have an actual dog, he calls his cousin a dog. Interesting.

Back to real dogs. Erica Hoffmaster just finished up her first year of business school at University of Texas in Austin, and she lives there with her dog, Gus!

Hillary S. Cheng, 10930 Gray Place, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

We almost had a whole column about Mortimer, a beautiful, gray ragdoll cat keeping house with Adam J. Reed in family-oriented Salt Lake City, Utah, but Adam didn’t want to hog the spotlight. In April Mortimer will be 3, which means he shares a birth month with my own feline, PJ. Her name is short for Patty Jr., named after my dear friend, Patrick, who acquired one cat per year in his childhood because each perished by automobile mere months after adoption, until a one-eyed cat, whose one eye works better than most cats’ two eyes, followed him home. PJ lives at home with my parents in New Hampshire. Mortimer, a pure ragdoll (the “puppy cat”), came from a breeder; PJ came from the Humane Society of Greater Nashua after she was surrendered there by a family with quite a few pets.

Yan Fan, who is currently working as a software engineer, also has a furry roommate, Meow Zedong, in her place in the Bay Area. Meow loves wearing cute little costumes reminiscent of her namesake, Fearless Leader, and she’s just a little under a year old! (Yan will soon be moving to Tokyo and taking Meow with her!) Also in the Bay Area is Milo, who is related to us by way of Angelo Carino, who, although not his official owner, is Milo’s second father. The sweet orange tabby loves to cuddle and lodge himself into random items of clothing.

Also in the Bay Area is Serra, Yiwei Wang’s former feline housemate. Warm and cuddly, the gray tabby and Yiwei parted ways when Yiwei moved into another apartment a few years ago, leaving behind Serra and her owner, Adam Dohner ’10.

Lacey resides in the same state as Meow, Milo and Serra, with Allison Parsley, who is currently living in downtown Los Angeles. She is a lovely longhair cat with a docile, sweet personality. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her once, and she is a dear! Mariana Estevez, Annora Ng and Ji Lin also got to meet Lacey during their visits to L.A., and after her visit to L.A. and to Leo Anzagira in San Jose, Ji went home to her darling orange feline fatso (weighing in at 14 pounds!) named Autumn. She can shake hands and high-five! (Also, Annora visited quite a few ’11s while in the United States, including Jin Yan in Austin and Lei Qi in San Francisco.)

A mention of Angelo Carino cannot go without speaking of Ariana Almas, who is currently in an M.B.A. program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has two cats at home in New Jersey and she misses both dearly.

As I write this during a chilly February in West L.A., I envy Qianqian Zhao for the warm weather she must be having in Gainesville, Florida, with her kitty, Kimmie, who is a ripe old 15 years old! Kimmie came home with Qianqian from the shelter when she was just a few months old, and like many older cats, she sleeps a lot, but she can still jump to countertops and tabletops!

The next edition of Class Notes for ’11s will be puppies and doggies! Send me stories about your furry pals and I’ll try to include them!

Hillary S. Cheng, 10930 Gray Place, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;

Congratulations! We officially have our first reunion under our belts, and what a reunion it was! Shayla Mars, our outgoing class president, reports that approximately 400 classmates registered, with 300 in the official attendance count and many more who arrived after check-in closed. The June 17-19 weekend was full of tours, events, receptions and dinners; many of the events were held at the class tent set up next to the new Life Sciences building. Check out the #backtoco11ege tag on social media for updates from your classmates.

Year Five brings a changing of the guard. Your new class officers are headed up by Christine Souffrant (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Brandon Aiono (Shanghai, China), Shelley Han (N.Y.C.) and myself, Hillary Cheng (Irvine, California). Please join us in welcoming the following officers into the fold: Chris Parker, Zach Blatt, Megan Caughey, Stephenie Lee, Tina Alexander, Neil Basu, Jessica Krug, Kelly Hopley, Joe Coleman, Tiffany Tai, Maggie Lin, Lauren Bowman, Maya Granit, Uyi Agho, Alexandra Maceda, Matthew Scott, Nadine Moezinia, Katie Paxton Christ and Susan Matthews.

We are introducing a new mini-reunion board to plan class activities between now and our next reunion in 2021: Chris Martella (Pacific Northwest), Thomas Lane and Alicia Driscoll (SoCal), Manasi Desai and Otega Ogban (Texas), Casey Gardiner and Marcella Vieraitis (Rocky Mountains), Brielle Milano and Danielle O’Bannon (N.Y.C.), Angelo Carino (Boston), Wendy Hado and Shanel Balloo (Washington, D.C.), Georgie Smyser and Molly Scott (Southeast) and Catie Burkhard and Joy Njoroge (Midwest). We’re still looking for a few other officers, so drop us a line at if this sounds like your gig!

And now for your regularly scheduled (but highly anticipated) programming: classmate updates. Isaiah Berg is happy to announce that Shanel Balloo said yes! Congratulations on your engagement! Shanel is working in D.C. and Isaiah is stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia, for the next couple of years. Addie Gorlin, who is a degree candidate in the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company’s M.F.A. program, and Chris Han, a first-year medical student at Brown University, have also just gotten engaged. Happy wedding planning!

Marshall Bartlett made the news in Mississippi’s The Oxford Eagle with a feature on his family’s farm. Marshall, founder and president of Home Place Pastures in Como, Mississippi, writes, “We are a couple weeks away from opening the only U.S.D.A.-inspected meat processing facility for pork, beef and lamb in the state of Mississippi, one of very few in the entire Southeast. We also produce these animals on my family farm, which surrounds the processing facility and has been in my family since 1871. We wholesale to chefs from Memphis to New Orleans and also sell to individuals through farmers markets and an online store. We will have a retail store attached to our processing plant as soon as we are up and running.” Reach out to Marshall if you want to know more about their goals and business model!

Also, fun fact: Marshall’s appearance in this update is particularly timely for this winter issue since you have Marshall to thank for Phi Delt’s DIY hot tub during Winter Carnival 2011.

Hillary S. Cheng, 10930 Gray Place, Tustin CA 92782; (603) 546-8452;


Howdy, ’11s. Well, this is it, my last column after five years as your secretary. It’s been a blast having an excuse to badger you about all the incredible things you’re doing. Many thanks for responding to my emails, Facebook messages and texts, and special kudos to those of you who actually sent in updates about your lives without me pestering you. Seriously, never be shy about that. I can tell you from experience that you can never have too many updates when it’s time to compile a column. Hillary Cheng is taking over as secretary for me and I’m sure she’s going to do an incredible job. Be sure to hit her up at

Now, for the last time from me, let’s get to the updates.

Kasia Vincunas got married in May and has left her job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is now off to London to get her master’s in Byzantine art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Kasia writes, “We’d love to connect with Dartmouth alums in our new home!”

More news on the engagement front: Sydney Thomashow and Ben Gifford ’10 got engaged in May. Ben is entering his last year at Harvard Law School, Sydney is a product marketing manager at Google and they live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their corgi puppy Louie (which you can apparently follow on Instagram @louiecinnamon). Also, Elizabeth Howland and Adrian Doran got engaged in April. Big congrats to all!

Chris Silberman, who had been in D.C. and is making his way to San Francisco, first spent some time in South America. He traveled through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru, living on couches, Airbnbs and, of course, a camper van.

Ki Suh Jung has been a Navy officer stationed in Japan since 2013. Because of his service, he couldn’t make it to reunion, and we of course missed him there. The highlight of his service, Ki Suh writes, has been providing humanitarian assistance to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan hit the region. “My ship was in Hong Kong at the time for a port visit and we were ordered to leave a day early and make best speed for Ormoc,” he wrote. “We used our helicopters to deliver food to remote villages that were cut off from the city and we sent sailors to shore to clean up debris and rebuild at an Army base so that they could take charge of the situation after we left. Other Navy ships relieved us after about five days and we continued with our deployment.”

And lastly, some news on the grad school front. Jonathan Panzl graduated from Columbia Law School in May. Andrew Citrin, who spent the last few years leading research strategy at MediaLink, a boutique advisory firm, has headed to L.A. to pursue an M.B.A. at USC. He plans to concentrate on strategy management in the media and entertainment landscape.

That’s it for now and from me. Be sure to send Hillary your updates, and thanks for taking the time to read the column after the last five years. As Miley Cyrus famously said in that song that was popular freshman year, I can’t wait to see you again. Joseph out.

Drew Joseph, 49 Grove St., Somerville, MA 02144; (510) 418-2244;

Hi there, ’11s. This is my second to last column as your secretary and by the time it’s published we will have already had our five-year reunion and selected our next class secretary. An early good luck to her or him! And I hope we all had as much fun and EBAs at reunion as we are talking about now (it’s late April as I write this). Now, onto the updates!

Another academic year has wrapped up, and that means lots of our classmates are headed to or are finishing grad school. That includes plenty of ’11s who recently finished med school and are now off to their residencies. Cathleen Kenary has graduated from George Washington and is headed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for an anesthesiology residency. Laura Goldstein finished up at Mount Sinai and will be doing a pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Will Levine also wrapped up at Mount Sinai and has matched for an internal medicine residency at Penn. And Joyce Njoroge graduated from Case Western and will be going to Northwestern for internal medicine. She says she’s excited for Chicago, but will probably stay a Cavs fan. (As a Warriors fan, I can tell Joy she’s making a mistake on that one.)

Among those starting grad school in the fall is Alex Maceda, now in San Francisco, who is headed to Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Someone who can’t seem to get enough school is Shima Dowla, who is an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Her Ph.D. is in nutrition and health behavior. “I’m currently designing a randomized control trial to test the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on metabolic health-related outcomes in obese children,” Shima writes. “I also recently received a Schweitzer fellowship to conduct a living healthy program for patients with diabetes from disadvantaged households.” In her free time (how can an M.D./Ph.D. student have free time?!) Shima likes to blog about sciences.

Susan Matthews (my former boss at The D!) is now the senior science editor at Slate, where she is overseeing all science and health coverage at the site. Before that, Susan was most recently senior web editor at Audubon.

I think this is the first time I’ve reported this kind of update: Verjin Aprahamian has legally changed her name to adopt her stepfather’s surname and, as she says, “to finally have a phonetic name.” So she is now officially Virginia Weeks. And speaking of legal changes, V. is headed to law school in the fall, so, she writes, “Nametags will soon read, Virginia Weeks, Esq.”

And Anne Brown writes that she has a new couch. Congrats, Anne.

Drew Joseph, 49 Grove St., Somerville, MA 02144; (510) 418-2244;

Hello, ’11s. It is my duty, responsibility and honor to give you one last reminder (in case you somehow didn’t know already, as if that were possible) that our reunion is coming up this summer. So make sure you block off the weekend, and see you then.

Now, onto the updates. Jean Mason, who had been working in New York in digital brand strategy, is now getting her M.F.A. at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she’s studying textile design. “It’s a great program—good mix of fine arts and industry-oriented design work,” Jean writes. She’s specializing in print and pattern design, so is doing lots of screenprinting and digital pattern design. Right now Jean is creating a line of saris.

Emily Duke and Matt Scott, who you may remember once had a column in The D about being the “drunkest girls at the party,” are taking their antics to the big screen. Well, not quite the big screen, but still. They have started their own web series with the help of Emma Fidel ’12 called Garbage People. Here’s how they describe the new comedy series: “As far as the idea—Garbage People is basically ‘Drunkest Girls at the Party’ in the real world. Original idea probably came in the midst of drunken Will & Grace binge (on brand) and is highly inspired by Absolutely Fabulous (as we are in real life).” Glad to know Matt and Emily haven’t changed since college. You can catch up here:

And of course we have lots of wedding news to report. Owen Jennings and Kelly McHenry got engaged last summer in Sonoma, California, and are planning to get married in nearby Calistoga next spring. Owen and Kelly live in San Francisco, where Owen is the head of business operations at Square and Kelly manages a global sales team at Google. They spend their time enjoying the beautiful outdoors in the Bay Area, hanging out with fellow Dartmouth alumni and dreaming about the day they will finally get a dog. Leonard Chang and Stephenie Lee, another ’11-’11 couple living in the Bay Area, got married at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans in November and, as Stephenie says, “Dartmouth alums were rolling deep!” Stephenie is working at an educational company committed to transforming the delivery of education globally called Axiom Learning. Leonard is working at a fintech firm called NerdWallet, which gives out credit card recommendations. Stephenie writes, “The Bay Area continues to be super chill and every year more and more people move out here!” Emily Hirshey also recently got engaged, to Joe Tracy ’12. Emily is in L.A., where she’s a staff writer on a new Netflix sitcom starring Ashton Kutcher called The Ranch. “And I’m really happy to see that coloring books have become more socially accepted among the grownup community,” Emily writes. But despite the wedding news and big job, it sounds like the most exciting thing in Emily’s life is that she just got a dog named Rosie. That’s it for now! Please send me any updates, and see you in June!

Drew Joseph, 49 Grove St., Somerville, MA 02144; (510) 418-2244;

Hey there, ’11s. First up, a reminder from one of our reunion chairs Katie Paxton (now Katie Paxton Christ) to make sure you mark the calendars for the big five-year reunion: June 17 to June 19. Already looking forward to being back in Hanover with you all then. It’s coming up soon!

Now onto the updates.

Athena Aicher moved to Newport, Rhode Island, in the fall to attend the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), a classic wooden yacht building and restoration trade school. Athena, who was working as a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod before heading to IYRS, hopes to own her own shop in a few years. And I hope to one day own a boat that Athena can restore. Now who can teach me to sail?

Ahmad Nazeri writes from Atlanta, where he’s doing operations management at McMaster-Carr and is working on his M.B.A. at Emory. Ahmad, who previously was doing Teach for America in Baltimore, is living with fellow ’11 Don Kephart and says he gets to see classmates James Kim and Zach Stolzenberg every so often.

Mayuka Kowaguchi is living in Tokyo, where she’s worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and Uber and is now traveling around Southeast Asia and Latin America. She’s thinking she might head to business school, but says her plans are still up in the air. Very jealous of your travels, Mayuka! And she says she’s seen many ’11s in Tokyo, including Elva Fan, Molly Schloss, Forrest Rice, Lilai Guo, Jonathan Choi, Reyad Allie and Matt Foreman.

Speaking of Molly, she had been working in the strategy and analysis group at Digitas, a digital technology and advertising agency, and is now one of our classmates back in Hanover at Tuck. Hope all those up in Hanover make it through another New Hampshire winter unscathed and get the place ready for the rest of us for the reunion!

(Fun fact: Mayuka, Ahmad, Molly and I were all on the same foreign study program in Morocco in spring 2009. Can’t believe we’re coming up on seven years since then—where’s the time gone?)

That’s it for now. Please continue to send along updates, and can’t wait to see you in June!

Drew Joseph, 49 Grove St., Somerville, MA 02144; (510) 418-2244;


Hey there, ’11s. As I write this, I’m eagerly awaiting the Dartmouth-Harvard football game here in the Boston area in just a few days. Of course, when you read this, that game will be many weeks in the past, but whatever the outcome it sounds as though we have quite the Dartmouth fan base that will be bringing the noise (and weather permitting, the funk) to the stadium this Friday.

Now onto the updates. Ron Chavarria, an artist who goes by Logan De La Cruz, is based in New York City and working as a studio assistant at Jeff Koons Studio while he builds his own career. A painting from his “Long Live McQueen” series, which debuted in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery in a 2012 show, is now featured in an exhibition called “Power of Ruins” at the Palazzo Altemps in Rome. The show opened in October and runs through January. So get to Rome already and check out the painting! (Seriously, though, big congrats to Logan on his success!)

Speaking of art, Abigail Holden opened a new gallery in October in Boston featuring rotating monthly exhibitions. “Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is a contemporary art gallery showing early-career, emerging artists,” Abigail writes. “The artwork will include painting, sculpture and mixed-media pieces in a variety of styles and techniques.” Added bonus: Another classmate, Natalia Wrobel, is showing her work at the gallery in April. Learn more about Abigail’s gallery at and Natalia’s work at Triple bonus: The chair of Dartmouth’s studio art department, Soo “Sunny” Young Park, will have a solo exhibition in the gallery in June. Way to go, Ab and Natalia!

Some exciting news from Jennifer Shin: After living in New York since graduation, she’s off to Paris. She most recently worked in business development at MakerBot, a 3-D printing company, and will be working at an augmented reality startup in Paris. She says she’s looking forward to catching up with other alums in the area.

Finally, thanks to a group text thread, I’m catching up right now with Lia Grigg and Eric Durell, who both started business school this fall. Lia is at Yale School of Management, Eric is at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and both are off to great starts.

That’s it for this round of updates. Please be sure to send updates big and small my way, and cheers to the new year!

Drew Joseph, 49 Grove St., Somerville, MA 02144; (510) 418-2244;

Hey there, ’11s! Lots of exciting news to share in this column: new jobs, grad school, engagements and weddings, and an ’11 baby!

First up, Katherine (Roddy) Lavine had a baby boy, Henry McKenzie Lavine, on June 5! A big congratulations to her and her husband, Noah! And they had a busy summer—in July they moved from North Carolina to the Seattle area, where Katherine will be teaching math at the Overlake School in Redmond.

Hillary Cheng is living in New Hampshire and working in immigration law, representing people at deportation hearings. She also was kind enough to pass some updates along about some other classmates: Jennifer Robinson recently graduated from Georgetown Law School and moved to North Carolina. Jenny Zhao and Roger Zhu got engaged and are planning their wedding—congratulations to them! “Jenny loves her new-ish job in marketing and design,” Hillary wrote, while “Roger is attending Harvard Business School.” Betty Jiang also started at Harvard Business School this fall.

Garrett Simpson has joined the growing contingent of ’11s in San Francisco and is working as a software engineer at SolarCity. He moved out there a few months ago from New York and spent the first two years after graduation working in India at a startup.

Kareem Halim writes that he and Anna Sonstegard were recently engaged—congratulations to them! Kareem moved to New York from Boston for his dermatology residency, while Anna is in med school at Hofstra.

And last but not least, Katie Pine, now Katie Henderson, passes along this note that one of her bridesmaids wrote about her wedding this summer: “Katie Pine married Reid Henderson (Hanover High ’06, St. Andrews ’10) in August. Dartmouth had a strong presence at the wedding, with Jeff Spielberg ’10 and Casey Gardiner in the wedding party and Sarah Galligan ’09, Sara Weeks ’10, Catherine Armstrong ’10 and Vera Bergengruen tearing it up on the dance floor (including a rousing rendition of sophomore summer throwback ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift). The Hendersons honeymooned in France and are now enjoying married life at home in Concord, New Hampshire, where Reid is a software developer and Katie teaches high school social studies.”

That’s it for this round. As always, please pass along updates big and small—it’d be great to hear from you!

Drew Joseph, 49 Grove St., Somerville, MA 02144; (510) 418-2244;

Hey there again, ’11s! I recently got sucked into looking at all the photos from the ’10s’ fifth reunion on Facebook and it made me so excited about getting to be back in Hanover with you all in a year.

In the meantime, though, lots of exciting things going on with our classmates. Many of those who went straight to medical school after graduation are now real-live doctors and starting their residencies—a big congratulations to all of them! Hayley Jansson is one of them, and she writes that after finishing med school at University of Southern California, she is staying in L.A. for an orthopedic surgery residency. Good luck, Hayley!

Speaking of L.A., Scott McKnight is moving there after spending a few years in Dallas. Scott, who is making the road trip there with his puppy Scout, will be a private equity associate at Odyssey Investment Partners.

And I’m a bit late on this news, but Georgiana Smyser and Carl Zehner got engaged in England during the holidays and plan to be married next year on Nantucket, Massachusetts. Georgie is in Austin, Texas, pursuing her J.D. and M.B.A. at University of Texas and Carl is in medical school at Emory. Congrats to them!

Another person on the move is Anna Levine, who is heading from Boston to New York, where she will continue to work as an elementary school teacher. And finally, a bit of news from me. After two great years in San Antonio, Texas, I recently moved to Boston. It’s great to be back in New England and in just a few days here I have seen lots of familiar Dartmouth faces. Hope to see many more of you all soon!

As always, please send along any updates big and small my way. Look forward to hearing from you!

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, Apt. D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Some exciting news for Peter Sutoris: He has won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which he will use to pursue his master’s in education at Cambridge University. This was such a big deal that Dartmouth Now wrote a story about Peter, and, according to that, Peter “plans to research the scalability of educational reforms across diverse cultures, with a focus on South Asia.” Peter is just the second Dartmouth alum to earn the scholarship, which was started in 2000. You can read more about Peter here:

(Meanwhile, Peter has been in Nepal teaching, and as I write this it’s just a few days after the earthquake that struck there. According to Dartmouth Now, Peter was far from the affected area and is fine.)

More exciting news to report, this time on the engagement front for a number of our classmates: First up is Ryan Speers, who proposed to his fiancée, Kelsey Woerner ’12, on Baker Tower. Ryan is living in the Washington, D.C., area working as the director of applied research at a startup called Ionic Security. Brandon Cohen was recently engaged to Julie Gross, an ’11 at the University of Vermont. Brandon proposed on the ski slopes and he and Julie live in Philadelphia, where Brandon is working as an environmental engineer at CSL Services. And some news from an ’11-’11 couple: Amy Stanesco and Tom Robbins are engaged. They are living in the Bay Area, where Amy is teaching elementary school and Tom is earning his doctorate at Stanford in chemistry. Congrats to all!

Lastly, something to share that concerns all of us from Shayla Mars, our class president, who herself recently relocated to Chicago. Shayla says that we have two reunion chairs in place: Katie Paxton and Julia Floberg. There’s also a reunion committee in the works. Thanks to all the volunteers for taking on these jobs. I believe by the time this issue comes out, we’ll be about one year from our reunion—let the countdown begin!

As always, please pass along any updates—big and small—to me. Looking forward to hearing what’s going on with you all. 

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, Apt. D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Hello there, ’11s. Hope that you all made it through the winter okay and that things have warmed up for you!

There seems to be a growing contingent of ’11s building in London. Two classmates who moved over there fairly recently are Cyrus Akrami and Chris Fletcher. Cyrus, who has been working for Dropbox since 2013, headed there at the beginning of this year as part of a team that opened the company’s new U.K. offices. He says that the focus of the job is bringing Dropbox for Business to workplaces around the United Kingdom and Ireland, and adds that you should drop him a line if you’re ever in London. 

Chris, who had been living in New York, also moved to London in January for his job at BuzzFeed. He works on the branded content team and is helping to grow that business in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. He writes that he’s getting to travel a lot and is starting to get into improv. 

Another classmate who has made some moves is Martha Gillon. She was working in finance at Mitchell International in San Diego but headed out to Washington, D.C., in January to work in the civil service at the U.S. State Department. Very cool. 

Elizabeth Howland, meanwhile, is leaving the Pacific Northwest for Tennessee. She’s been working as a neonatal research coordinator at the University of Washington and writes that she’s “bidding beautiful Seattle a bittersweet farewell” to head to Nashville. There, she’ll pursue her master’s of science in nursing at Vanderbilt University on her way to becoming a family nurse practitioner. She invites any alumni in the Music City to get in touch with her. 

That’s it for this round—be sure to get in touch with updates both big and small!

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, Apt. D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Hello there, ’11s! A quick note before we get to the updates: Yes, it’s still a bit away, but your class officers are already in discussions about our five-year reunion. So if you have any thoughts about what could make what is bound to be an amazing weekend even better, be sure to get in touch with one of the class officers. Any and all ideas welcome.

Now, to the updates.

Here’s one from Emily Broas. Emily, who is based in Boston, moved to Amsterdam for a six-month “term abroad” with Bain & Co. She’ll welcome classmates Rob Avruch, Meera Krishna, Jean Mason and Katie Lindsay for a Holland holiday in March. Emily writes that the highlights will be sure to include tulip gardens, stroopwafels and lots of biking.

In June Shayla Mars and Christine Souffrant helped start Vendedy, a social enterprise venture, and it seems to have taken off already. They have closed a three-year partnership with IBM to scale the project around the world and were recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative. Here’s how Christine describes the new organization: “Vendedy is a social enterprise startup that is digitizing the street vending industry. We created a mobile bidding e-commerce marketplace connecting global consumers to remote street designs, where, for the first time, street vendors can upload photos of their work online via mobile phones, await consumers to bid on their work within a week and receive payment once the order is delivered.” They launched in Haiti and are working on a campaign to grow in Caribbean countries. Also, after Vendedy was up and running in Haiti, Christine and Shayla were invited to speak at Tuck on a panel about entrepreneurship. You can learn more at

That’s it for this round (apologies for the short column—I’m stuck in the airport and am writing this on my phone), but be sure to get in touch with any updates you may have!

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, Apt. D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Hey there again, ’11s. Some great updates this time around, including some big life changes.

Laura Zapata recently moved out to San Francisco after spending the years since graduation in Washington, D.C. There she worked for Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and as the communications director for Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas. But she and her husband both found new jobs in the Bay Area (in addition to that, they just celebrated their second anniversary) so now Laura is working in communications for Uber in San Francisco. 

Katie Paxton is one of our most recently engaged classmates—a big congrats to her! Her fiancé is Ethan Christ, Columbia ’06, who works in IT security. And since graduation Katie has been working in architecture and is now the marketing manager for VOA Associates. Katie told me she is currently living and breathing hockey season and “wedding Pinterest-ing.” 

Molly Grear writes from Seattle, where she has been working researching marine renewable energy and has plans to start a doctorate program in engineering at the University of Washington. She was also recently married to Ben Hughey ’12—congratulations to them!

And last but not least, Daryl Concha is working as a paralegal at Schindler Cohen and Hochman, a law firm in New York. But when she’s not working she’s a member of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby and plays with the team Manhattan Mayhem. Daryl discovered roller derby during a visit to Coney Island, and now even plays on the league’s traveling team, the Wall Street Traitors. Daryl is living in Queens with some fellow Native Americans at Dartmouth alums. 

So in addition to keeping us updated on all the major changes in your life, be sure to pass along any fun stories of ’11s getting together, wherever that may be. I got to hang out with Alex Maceda, Lia Grigg, Georgie Smyser, Emily Hirshey, Lyman Missimer, Austin Bowers and Preet Gurusamy in October for a night in Austin, Texas, and it was great to be around some ’11s I hadn’t seen in a while. So whether you’re taking a ski trip this winter or escaping to some tropical island, definitely let me know. 

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, Apt. D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Hello there again, ’11s. Let’s go straight to the updates.

First off, some exciting news: Christie Miles and Erik Snider are two of our latest classmates to get engaged. The exciting news happened while they were on a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River in Utah. A big congratulations to the two of them, who are both in medical school at Columbia, with Erik in his third year and Christie in her second. 

Alex Maceda, who has been in New York for the past three years, is moving back home to the Bay Area to lead retail operations at Everlane, an ecommerce startup. She plans on living with Caroline O’Loughlin, another recent transplant. Be sure to pass along any apartment leads. And good news for those of you in San Francisco—Alex is one of our class’s mini-reunion chairs, so I’m sure she’ll be planning lots of fun events for you.

Aoife Duffy, who is in law school at NYU, spent her summer in Beirut, Lebanon, interning with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). “Lebanon has a population of about 4 million people, but is currently hosting an additional 1 million Syrian refugees alone (not to mention Iraqis, Sudanese, South Sudanese and Somalis), so UNHCR Lebanon is in full crisis mode trying to provide legal protection and social services for the rapidly growing refugee population while also helping support the Lebanese national infrastructure,” Aoife writes. She adds that, “Lebanon is a beautiful country and I highly recommend Beirut to anyone interested in spending time in that part of the world!”

And lastly, an update from Isaiah Berg, who is in the Australian Northern Territory nearing the end of his first deployment with the Marine Corps. Isaiah writes that he’s a rifle platoon commander with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in fall 2012 at officer candidate school, and from there moved onto the basic school and infantry officer course. After that he headed to Camp Pendleton, California, where he is based. Since April he has been training in Australia with defense forces there. For those who don’t remember, Isaiah and his brothers rode their bikes from Alaska to Argentina in the year after we graduated, so he’s been up to some pretty incredible things the past few years.

That’s it for this round, but be sure to pass along any updates or just drop a line if you have a chance. Hope you’re all doing well.

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, Apt. D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510)-418-2244;

First up, some exciting news from Adrienne Hoarfrost. She and Nick Brown ’09 were married during Memorial Day in a beautiful ceremony in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It was an amazing event and a great time getting to catch up with other ’11s and plenty of ’09s as well. The couple went to Mexico on their honeymoon. Beyond that, Adrienne is there at the University of North Carolina pursuing her doctorate in marine sciences, studying the microbial impact on the carbon cycle in deep subsurface sediments. I admittedly have no idea what that actually means, but very impressive, Adrienne! Congratulations to you and Nick.

Speaking of marriages, Bennett Siegel and Amanda Fuchs got engaged in April in Chicago. Congratulations to them!

Any other ’11 weddings or engagements I should know about? Be sure to pass that information along so it can be included in a future column.

Plenty of our classmates are also starting graduate school this fall. Two are Danielle O’Bannon and Ben Gettinger. Danielle, who has been doing public sector strategy consulting and sales and business development for M Powered Strategies in Washington, D.C., is off to Columbia Business School. And Ben, who has been living in New York and working in Connecticut for the past few years, is heading to Harvard Business School. 

And after three years in the Bay Area Addie Gorlin is moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to continue her work in theater. She has grants from the Dartmouth general fellowship and the National New Play Network producer-in-residence to fund an artistic directing apprenticeship at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. As she says, she’ll basically be working alongside the artistic director at the theater learning how to run a nonprofit theater. 

That’s it for this round of updates. Please be sure to keep me updated on what’s new or going on with you all.

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, Apt. D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Hey there again, ’11s. Somehow we’re now three years out from school and, while that’s completely terrifying, it means our classmates are up to some pretty awesome things. Some finishing grad school, some starting grad school, some moves cross-country and some moves abroad. Plus, I keep hearing about some of our classmates getting engaged—I would love to includes some updates from ’11 weddings so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

First off, some business. After three great years serving as our class’s alumni councilor, Susan Matthews is done with her term. Now Chris Parker is taking over the job after a class vote. Be sure to get in touch with Chris about what you’d like to have him bring up as he starts going to council meetings. 

Roni Nitecki writes from the dear old Upper Valley, where she’s in her third year at Dartmouth Medical School. She says she’s doing six-week rotations that allow her to explore all the specialties and she’s decided she wants to be an obstetrician/gynecologist. Come September she’ll start applying to residency programs. Good luck, Roni, and say hello to Hanover for me. Man, I miss that place. 

Making a move from the East Coast out west is Alex Palantoni, but unlike seemingly everyone, he’s headed not to San Francisco, but Seattle. Alex has been in New York for the past few years, working at the brand experience agency Momentum Worldwide on a team headed by Elena Klau ’03. In Seattle Alex will be working at Amazon as a brand specialist. “Now Dartmouth folks have a friend and an ’11 to call up when they are in Seattle,” Alex writes. Big congratulations on the new job, Alex!

And last but not least, some exciting news from Mike Lewis. Mike, a former member of Dartmouth’s squash team, has been keeping up with the sport and last summer joined the professional squash tour part time. Mike’s now leaving his job in Boston to pursue the global pro tour full time. He said his coworkers at Bain Capital Ventures, including many alumni, have been very supportive as he’s worked his way up to the No. 282 ranking worldwide. This summer he’s off to Australia and New Zealand with plans to spend some time in Europe, South Africa and South America later this year. Those of you interested in following Mike can check out his blog at

That’s it for this column, you great ’11s. Please keep me in mind as you go off on all your adventures this summer and pass along any updates.

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510)-418-2244;

Hey there, ’11s. The good news is that a number of you are starting to shoot updates my way, but we could always use more. Be sure to let me know what’s going on with you and, in the meantime, here’s what’s going on with a couple of our classmates. 
Casey Gardiner moved to Boulder, Colorado, during the summer to pursue a doctorate in social psychology and neuroscience. She passes along this note: “Heading back to school has caused the Collis and third-floor Berry withdrawal to return with full force, and missing Homecoming for the first time since fall 2007 is sure to prove traumatic. However, Boulder is an awesome place to live—great mountain views from all over town, excellent food (and happy hour, which Boston sorely lacked) and a solid population of crunchy and techy types. Plus, ski season is almost upon us! While the ’17s (!) are running around the bonfire I’ll be out here doing a snow dance in hopes of some pre-Thanksgiving powder days.”
Hillary Cheng writes that she’s about to wrap up law school at Suffolk Law in Boston and has been working on unemployment and immigration cases. She also passed along some updates on Angelo Carino and Ariana Almas, who are both out in San Francisco after some time in Boston. Ariana, who was working as a program manager at New Sector in Boston, is now working with the Year Up nonprofit, Hillary says. And Angelo is working at Google, splitting time between San Francisco and Michigan and, in the words of Hillary, “winning mad awards for his diversity work.”
And some exciting news from Eric Tanner. After more than a year of work, the travel buff has launched a new site to help people plan their ideal trips called Tripwing. “Tripwing has partnered with the leading tour companies from around the world to provide a modern web experience that helps you find the perfect vacation,” Eric wrote in the announcement email. “With a Kayak-like search interface, you can choose the locations, activities, dates and prices that work for you, and Tripwing shows you the ideal tours that match your preferences. After that you’re just one click away from your dream vacation. After you book a tour we even help with the flights, so you only need to make one stop online to book your entire vacation.” Be sure to check it out next time you’re planning a trip with your fellow ’11s.
So from grad school to new jobs to new companies, that’s a quick roundup of what some of our classmates are up to. Have something to share about what’s going on with you or another ’11? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.
—Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244; 

Hey there, ’11s! Three quick updates from classmates who are all doing some pretty incredible things.

First up we have a note from Nadine Moezinia. Nadine started out after graduation working as a paralegal in New York City, but then, as she writes, “I decided to follow my dream of working in hospitality—specifically in hotels. I managed to get a position opening a new hotel called the London Edition (here in London, where I grew up), Marriott’s new brand in partnership with Ian Schrager. During the pre-opening period I worked with Ian Schrager’s design team and helped build the team that would be opening the hotel. Since September I’ve been in a number of operations positions, including guest experience and concierge. It’s been really interesting so far, at times manic, but I’ve been learning a lot and next year hope to find myself opening another one of the Edition hotels, as 16 are planned to open worldwide in the next two years.”

Lee-Or Ankori-Karlinsky is working as a program officer for a nongovernmental organization in the Boston area called Beyond Conflict. “We assist leaders in divided societies transition their people from conflict to peace or dictatorship to democracy,” Lee-Or writes. “It’s challenging and rewarding work and I get to travel internationally, which is fun.” 

Some exciting news to share from Melissa Smith, now Melissa Olin. Melissa got married December 29 in Chicago at the River East Art Center to Larrell Olin, a Temple University alum. “We both love winter and really wanted our friends and family to enjoy a cozy, fun wedding during one of our favorite seasons,” Melissa writes. The pair met in Philadelphia in September 2011 at a martini bar and, as Melissa says, “have been inseparable ever since.” Melissa will graduate in May from law school at Penn and plans to start at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Chicago in the fall with the firm’s corporate law department. She’ll also have the chance to do some child advocacy work pro bono. 

I know of a few other ’11 weddings on the horizon, so please pass along dispatches from those. And of course I’m always looking to hear from classmates with what’s going on in your life. As a friend put it to me recently, everyone either seems to be moving to San Francisco or running a marathon, so if you’re doing one of those things—or anything else!—be sure to drop me a line. 

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Hey there again, ’11s. We’ll get straight to the updates this round, but just as a reminder, we’re always looking for news to feature in the column. As I write this we’re just a few days away from 2014, so let me know if the new year is bringing any changes for you. Or just let me know how things are going even if there aren’t big changes in store.

Joe Coleman wrote in from Ethiopia, where he was hiking in the Simien Mountains before heading back to San Diego for Christmas. Joe’s working with McKinsey on a project in South Africa at a construction site north of Johannesburg. “Every week I fly up on a 12-person plane near the border of Botswana,” Joe writes. “Highlights have definitely been the travel outside of work. I’ve been taking a bunch of random weekend trips to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park and up to Munich for Oktoberfest. For Thanksgiving I met up with some friends from work to camp in the Serengeti and then hang out in Zanzibar.” All right, Joe, thanks for making the rest of us insanely jealous. Joe was also in South Africa when Nelson Mandela died. “It’s been incredible to witness one man’s influence and the reaction of the local community,” he writes. “The morning after he passed away I went to his residence in Johannesburg and was overwhelmed by the chanting and dancing in the streets.”

Back stateside, Katherine Roddy, now Katherine Lavine, writes: “I’m in North Carolina, in the triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area) where after some soul-searching I left the mathematics Ph.D. program at UNC Chapel Hill with a master’s of science in math in May. I got married this summer to Noah Lavine, Haverford ’11, with quite the Dartmouth contingent in attendance: Ali Tercek, Matt Gallira ’12, Emily Dreissigacker, Courtney Chapel, Emily Garvin, Anna Harty ’14, Molly Davis ’10, Nick Foukal ’10, Molly Schloss, Casey Gardiner and Jessi (Merry) Samuels ’12. Now I’m teaching high school math in Durham.”

I know from stalking your Facebook pages that there have been a number of other ’11s getting married. Any dispatches from those? Definitely send them my way.

And in case you missed it, Elle Anderson was profiled back in October by The article (which you can find at highlights how Elle took up cycling at Dartmouth. Now it looks like Elle has written a dispatch for the site from Belgium, where she’s taking on her first races in Europe. “Here in Belgium I am surrounded by a different kind of cyclo-cross fan, not fellow participants and their families but crowds that are so passionate that they undoubtedly know as much or more about the sport than I do,” she writes. “Where the U.S. fans yell encouragement and cheer for their fellow racers, the Europeans quietly regard the racing with a respectful intensity.” You can read the rest of her piece here:

That’s it for this round, ’11s. Hope you are having a great start to the new year, and please let me know what’s going on with you. 

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, #D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Hey there, ’11s. Some of you have been great in getting me your updates, but I know some of you have had some recent exciting news and for some reason your first instinct wasn’t sharing it with me and thus the rest of the alums. So whether you’ve changed jobs, are headed to grad school or have walked down the aisle, be sure to let me know. 

Now to the updates.

David Kinney, who has been living in New York City since graduation, moved to London in September for a one-year master’s in philosophy and public policy at the London School of Economics. He says that anyone who finds himself/herself in England or anywhere in Europe should definitely get in touch.

What’s making it easier to keep track of you guys is that so many of you are such big deals that you’re getting media attention. Business Insider featured an interview with Zach Blatt in July about how he turned “an idea from his senior economics paper to help retailers win the online price wars.” After graduating he started RightBid, which shows retailers how much their competitors are charging. You can read the interview here:

And here’s an update from Samantha Abrams. Sam spent two years as an eighth-grade science teacher at the Eugene Wright Science and Technology Academy in Chelsea, Massachusetts. She had four classes of around 30 students her first year and five classes of about 25 students her second year, and taught reading and math courses. She also was taking some classes herself, working on her master’s in education at BU. Sam writes: “In the summer between my first and second year of Teach for America I went to Israel and fell in love with the country and decided I wanted to move there for a year. At first I was planning on working in a school that taught both Jewish and Arab Israelis, but when I went back to Israel to look for jobs in February, I found a master’s program in conflict resolution at Tel Aviv University that exactly matched my interests. I applied, got in and moved to Israel this past July. I have been taking Ulpan (Hebrew) classes all summer and will be starting my master’s in conflict resolution in October. I am not exactly sure what I want to do with the degree, but I am thinking I either want to work for the UN or another international organization or start my own charter school in an inner city in the United States that has a focus on conflict resolution.”

That’s it for this round. Be sure to keep me in the loop on what else is going on.

Drew Joseph, 109 West French Place, #D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

I got a horrible text message today from a friend who had just realized Sophomore Summer was four years ago. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure where those four years went, let alone the two years since graduation.

But what I do know is that many of you have been doing things in those past two years that the rest of the class would love to hear about. So send me your updates! Grad school, new jobs, moves, marriages—whatever. Just send it my way.

In this edition we have an awesome update from the one and only Korey McCants: “Hey, ’11s! So this spring was truly a busy one. All in about five months I took the all-star cheerleading team that I’ve been coaching for the past two years to Philly, Atlanta and Orlando, Florida, to compete at several national competitions; competed myself at the Cheerleading Worlds on an international coed team (check my Facebook pics and ESPN); left my job as a high school algebra 1 and pre-calculus teacher in New Jersey at a private therapeutic school for children with emotional disturbances; and recently relocated to Brooklyn, where I’ll be teaching eighth-grade science with the Achievement First charter school network while attending Relay Graduate School of Education to get my master’s in middle school biology education this coming fall. Out of breath, catch you on a Citibike in the city sometime soon!”

Okay, so you may not have competed at a national cheerleading competition, but I know you have something to share. Please do.

Also, because apparently I can’t stay in one place for very long, I am now living in my fourth city since graduation. Any other ’11s in San Antonio, Texas?

Drew Joseph, 109 W. French Place, #D105, San Antonio, TX 78212; (510) 418-2244;

Hello, ’11s. It’s scary to say that it’s officially been a year since graduation and we’re no longer the last column to appear in the magazine. So for those of you who were doing something for one year and are moving on to the next big thing, let me know what it is. Whether it’s grad school, a new job or a new city, keep me (and the rest of the alumni) in the loop.

I’m guessing a bunch of us are about to enter grad school after taking a year off from the school lifestyle, and three who are going to med school are Cathleen Kenary, Jack Steele and Laura Goldstein. Cathleen, who is off to George Washington in Washington, D.C., has spent the past year living in San Francisco and working for an organization called HeartBeets that has been facilitating a reorganization at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Jack is also heading to Washington for the Georgetown School of Medicine and thinking about pursuing surgery. He spent the past year working as a research assistant at an orthopedic hospital in New York. And Laura is going to Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Over Father’s Day weekend a number of ’11s reunited under the auspices of a corporate event called Bain World Cup in Chicago. Chris Han, Sam McIntire, Alex Maceda, Eric Durell, Eric Hsu, Roger Zhu and Emily Broas spent the weekend playing soccer and beach volleyball (or spectating, in the case of some), eating deep-dish pizza and exploring the city. As Emily writes, “A notable highlight: Emily and Eric D. met up with Catie Burkhard and Amanda Fuchs at a quintessential Chicago bar called the Hangge Uppe, and shortly thereafter happened upon the illustrious Ben Flajnik, the Bachelor (Season 16). It was a wonderful weekend for all!”

Christy Lazicky, who spent the past year in Washington, D.C., is heading to Cape Town, South Africa, to help conduct a study for Innovations for Poverty Action. The study involves teaching business and managerial skills to small business owners and connecting them with microfinance loans to see if these skills help them manage the loans better. Another thing to note about Christy is that she was one of the co-captains of a kickball team a number of us ’11s played on here in Washington. Ted Schroeder was our other co-captain, and those of us who played included Chris Parker, Nick Birasa, Sam Gehret, Matt Balaguer and Will Friedman.

As for me, after a great year in Washington, D.C., I’m off to the Bay Area, so for all you alums out there (and for anyone visiting), be sure to be in touch. And please, don’t be shy in sending me your updates. We may no longer be able to say we’re “just” out of college, but that means we’re on to bigger and better things.

Drew Joseph, 2727 29th St., NW, Apt. 233, Washington, DC 20008; (510) 418-2244;

Hello, ’11s. I hope you enjoyed the premiere edition of our Class Notes in the last Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Please, please, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me about what you’re doing (whether you’re jetting off to some far-off land or living in your parents’ basement), what other ’11s are doing or what you think I should be writing about.

All right, let’s get to the updates.

Proving that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks, Manhattanite Emily Hirshey is taking driving lessons! (Okay, I know we’re not that old, but as of this writing, it’s been exactly two weeks since we graduated and I’m already anticipating my first joint replacement.) But seriously, that’s one small step for Emily and one giant risk for New York City. (Kidding, Hirsh, I’m sure you’re doing great.)

Emily Unger and Andrew Purpura, the Dartmouth Outing Club first-year trips director and assistant director, are busy in Hanover trying to get ready for the arrival of the ’15s. Purps informed me in June that 82 percent of the incoming class had already signed up for trips, so it sounds like he and Emily are doing a great job. I know come September I’ll certainly be longing for a good ol’ “Salty Dog” on Robo lawn.

Big Green defensive end Charles Bay has been continuing his football career, playing in the International Federation of American Football Senior World Championships in July in Austria. Also going international is Isaiah Berg, who is setting off in August with his brothers on a bike trip that will take them all the way from Alaska to Argentina. Yes, that’s right, they’re riding their bikes from Alaska to Argentina. Isaiah told me that he should have a blog set up soon, and I’ll be eagerly reading each post. Best of luck to the Berg brothers on what sounds like quite an adventure.

Also taking a road trip this summer (albeit a slightly less intense one) were Dan Hochman and Reid Hartman. The two flew into Los Angeles, got themselves an RV and headed up through California en route to Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.

Mayuka Kowaguchi spent a month over the summer in her native Japan helping people displaced by the March earthquake and tsunami return to their homes. Check out Mayuka’s blog at After her work in Japan, Mayuka headed back to Hanover to start as a presidential fellow in the advancement office.

A fleet of ’11s is headed to graduate school this fall. Kimberly Waters is off to get her master’s in world history at the University of Pennsylvania. Another ’11 who is really standing out to me (considering I made it two days in Math 8 before switching into a history class) is Katherine Roddy. She started her Ph.D. pursuit in August at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She told me she’s in the pure math program, as opposed to the applied math program, so congratulations to those of you who know what that means!

As for me, I’ve been in Portland, Oregon, for the summer and am heading to Washington, D.C., in the fall, trying to make it in journalism (I swear it’s not dead!). There I’ll be living with fellow ’11s Bill Mergner and Dan Van Deusen. Be sure to drop us a line whenever you’re in town. And please keep the updates flowing.

Drew Joseph;

Hello again, ’11s. Let’s start the updates with some of our classmates who are working as teachers.

After a year working as a caseworker in the medical foster care program at Children’s Aid Society, Anya Perret is now teaching pre-kindergarten at Hunts Points Alliance for Children in the South Bronx. And Addie Gorlin and Amy Stanesco, who are both teachers in the Bay Area, spent three weeks over the summer backpacking through Europe. They went to Ireland (where they saw our classmate Anise Vance), France and Italy, and, according to Addie, they “ate and drank a lot.” And here’s a tip from Addie on booking your next trip—they used to book their stays and would highly recommend it. 

Shayla Mars is in New York working for a nonprofit called the Posse Foundation as a program coordinator. She’s also volunteering with an organization called High Water Women teaching financial literacy workshops to urban youth and women. As of her writing she had been in New York for three months and was loving it. And after spending the year in Washington, D.C., Elena Falloon is off to get a graduate degree in global governance and diplomacy at Oxford. 

And to end, here’s some dramatic news to report from the class of 2011. Lindsay Wahl, a swimmer at Dartmouth and now a medical student at the University of Rochester, helped rescue two kids who were trapped in a stroller that had rolled into the Erie Canal in August. “I knew right away that I was going in once I saw them, that wasn’t a question for me,” Lindsay said after the incident, according to the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester, New York. Check out more on the heroic rescue here:

That’s it for this round of updates, but please keep sending them my way!

Drew Joseph, 108 Hillside Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611; (510) 418-2244;

It’s about the end of the summer as I write this, so I think that means a lot of you are launching into grad school or new jobs. It’ll also be just after Homecoming when you read this, so I hope I’ll have gotten to see many of you at the Year 0 reunion in Hanover that weekend. Anyway, please be sure to keep in touch with me about the new things in your lives. Don’t hesitate to write about anything.

Let’s get to the updates:

Kanika Searvance is on her way to get her master’s in biomedical science at Tufts Medical School. After that she is thinking of working for a year or pursuing a master’s in public health and eventually going to medical school.

I know there are numerous groups of ’11s who are living together, and from what I hear Anna Dobbin and Kelly O’Brien just moved in to an apartment in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Kelly is working as a production assistant for Fox Report and Studio B for Fox News Channel, cutting clips and making sure things run smoothly over there. And the hard-working Anna is navigating two jobs. She is the assistant to the vice president of Clarion Books, a children’s book imprint of Houghton Miller Harcourt, and working for Lois Sharzer Associates, an educational sales company.

Also in the New York area is Kathleen Wallace. She’s taking on an assistant coaching position for Hartwick College’s lacrosse team in Oneonta, New York. She’s running the offense up there for the Division 3 program.

Lia Grigg spent a couple weeks this summer trying her hand at archaeology. She was at the Tel Dor site, which is one of the largest active sites in Israel right now. Here’s what she has to say about the city: “It’s a port city that was intermittently inhabited from the late Bronze Age through the Crusades—in short, more than 2,000 years. A number of civilizations occupied Dor over its history, such as the Canaanites, Israelites, Greeks, Romans and Persians, so we can discover much about the way these different groups of people lived.”

I asked Jared Bookman, who is just starting medical school at New York University, to explain to us non-future doctors what the beginning of med school is actually like. He said the first few months are all about the “core foundations of medicine,” meaning he is taking lots of hard science classes. In a few weeks Jared and his classmates will start learning about the “practice of medicine,” focusing on bedside manner, ethics and patient histories. Potential job tip for those of you still looking for some work: The med students get their feet wet working with patient actors in a simulation center.

That’s just a brief recap of what a few members of our class are up to. Again, be sure to keep me updated with what is going on with you guys and our classmates. Also be sure to check out the class of 2011 Facebook group and Twitter accounts for up-to-date info about what’s going on with the youngest alumni of the College on the Hill.

Drew Joseph, 2727 29th St. NW, Apt. #233, Washington, DC 20008;

Hello there, ’11s. Just a few quick updates in this round—don’t be so shy about telling me about what’s going on with you. 

Here’s an update from Rishi Sethi, whoworks in the technology industry in New York and also has a project involving chess going on. Rishi and G.M. Shulman, the 2008 U.S. chess champion, released an interactive version of a chess book that is the top-selling book in the iBookstore, according to Rishi.

More from Rishi: “The book has hundreds of interactive diagrams and has rave reviews. For more information visit:!-lessons-from-grandmaster/id58993....

“Rishi continues to help run the nonprofit chess program he founded bringing chess education to hundreds of students. The program has donated more than $80,000 to charities locally and worldwide through a variety of social entrepreneurial projects run by students and their families.”

And here’s an update from Hillary Mimnaugh, a teacher in San Francisco: “I teach at Galileo High School (known for our prestigious alumnus O.J. Simpson and its close proximity to Ghirardelli Square free chocolate samples). I teach U.S. history and health and college and career for sophomores and juniors receiving special education services.”

Hillary is also coaching the cheerleading team, and says, “Probably my biggest success was getting us all matching uniforms (last year we wore mismatching ones spanning the previous decade).” Also new with Hillary: After years of dreaming of the day, she finally purchased a tandem bicycle. So if you happen to be in the Bay Area and want to go for a ride, I’m sure Hillary will be happy to go for a spin with you.

That’s it for now. Please keep the updates coming my way.

Drew Joseph, 108 Hillside Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611; (510) 418-2244;

Hello, fellow ’11s. Now after spending the past four years in Hanover with you all, I know you’re not a shy bunch. So why are you being so timid with the updates? Please send any and all news my way, and if you really don’t want to let me know what’s going on with you, let me know all the cool things that our classmates are up to.

To the updates!

Susan Matthews is in her second semester of journalism school at NYU and is also currently interning at OnEarth, a magazine run by the Natural Resource Defense Council. Among other things her time at NYU has taught her that semesters are unnervingly long in comparison to terms.

Martha Gillon is one of several ’11s participating in Teach for America. She’s in Nashville, Tennessee, and told me that she took her students to the National Civil Rights Museum in nearby Memphis for Black History Month.

Chase Raines, Alex Taylor, Sam Snow and Dallis Fox are traveling around New Zealand together for several months. Check out their blog at to read about their adventures farming, buying a car, getting haircuts and more.

Two ’11s—Mostafa Heddaya and Jamie Berk (my freshman year roommate!)—have started a new magazine called American Circus. It features fiction, essays, political coverage and pieces of long-form journalism, some of which are written by our classmates. “The project started because we knew a bunch of great young writers who didn’t really have anywhere to publish,” Jamie writes. “They’ve all written for cool places, but all of them longed for a place to write more freely and experiment with form and take on some bigger projects. Since our launch we’ve accumulated a dedicated group of about 20—many of them connected to Dartmouth in one way or another.” Other ’11s who have gotten involved include Anise Vance, Charlie Dameron, Marguerite Imbert and Rahul Malik. You can take a look at all their work here:

Finally, Kim Waters is keeping busy in the academic world. She’s participating in a dual-degree program through Columbia and the London School of Economics and is taking classes this semester at Columbia while also learning Portuguese. She’s off to Brazil this summer for her thesis research, and also presented her Dartmouth thesis research at a graduate conference at Boston University in March.

Those are all the updates for now. While I have your attention, don’t forget to donate to the College Fund! Hope to hear from you all soon. Send any life updates, book or movie recommendations (what’d you guys think of The Hunger Games?) and funny anecdotes my way.

Drew Joseph, 2727 29th St., NW, Apt. 233, Washington, DC 20008; (510) 418-2244;

Hello, ’11s, and welcome back to the updates.

To start, here’s an update from Katie Lindsay. Katie has been working as a production assistant with the New York Theatre Workshop on a number of plays and is going to be working as the literary intern at the group. She’s also working with Vox Theater, a new group that was started to bring together Dartmouth alumni who work in theater and that is planning on having an alumni festival at Dartmouth next summer. 

Sarah Feldmann recently left her job working in Boston for the investment consulting firm Cambridge Associates and is heading to Kenya for six months. She’s doing a condensed grad program on impact investing and social entrepreneurship called the Frontier Market Scouts Program and will be working with an organization called Invested Development (ID) in Nairobi. Here’s how Sarah describes it: “ID runs an impact investing fund that functions similarly to a standard seed-stage venture capital fund. They basically identify promising entrepreneurs and run them through an ‘accelerator’ program to help get them up and running—often providing some initial working capital, office space, business model consulting, financial modeling assistance, etc. Only with ID, as opposed to standard venture capital, the entrepreneurs all have ideas for companies that are socially motivated in some way. It’s basically slightly larger scale microfinance.”

And Yan Fan is in commodities for a company called Bunge Ltd. and has been bouncing around, working in St. Louis, Missouri, Miami, Geneva and other places. Now, she’s been moved to Singapore and will be there for the near future.

That’s it for now. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Drew Joseph, 108 Hillside Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611; (510) 418-2244;

Hello, ’11s, and happy holidays! (Yes, I realize you will be reading this in February but I’m currently staring at a Christmas tree, so forgive the time warp.) Yet again the unsolicited updates have been a bit slow to come my way, so please, stop being modest and tell me about all the amazing things you’re doing. Or the not-so-amazing things—those are great too.

To the updates, which in this edition are mostly international: Kyung Ho Paik is back in South Korea fulfilling his military service. He started boot camp late last year and tells me he hopes to return to the United States for further studies after he completes his service. And Nathan Potter is in India until May. He’s been working in a hospital and traveling around the country. 

Eve Ahearn is spending the year in Panama teaching U.S. and world history and also working as an SAT and ACT tutor to Panamanian teenagers. She is living with another ’11, Amanda Pechman, who is doing similar work. Proving just how small the world is, they live in the same building as an ’01. Eve writes about Panama: “On the plus side there is a lot of great tropical fruit, and on the negative side there is no postal service.”

Justin Varilek is working as a business reporter in Russia for the English-language Moscow Times (check it out at themoscowtimes. com). He writes: “Some days are truly amazing. On Veteran’s Day I was taking shots with the U.S. ambassador and a group of 60-year-old Russian veterans to ‘build ties’ between our two nations. I even had the opportunity to travel to Siberia and speak with a grizzled zookeeper about his liger (yes lion-plus-tiger). Other days just suck. Dealing with Russian bureaucracy, I spend hours being tossed around from official to official—angry because I’m making them actually do their jobs—just to discover that none of them actually knows anything. And nothing starts off a day better than the Moscow rush-hour metro. You think you need a bubble for personal space? Forget it. Cars are stuffed so tightly that people literally take running starts to claim a spot in what is more similar to a cattle car than a convenient form of public transportation.”

Spenser Mestel is spending the year in Cairo learning Arabic. He’s also working as a tutor for fourth- and fifth-graders. Those of you who want to hear more from him about the cultural differences, dealing with a stubborn landlady and what it’s like to be in a country undergoing a revolution should get in touch with Spenser and ask to be put on his blitz list (can we still call them that?).

Of course, not everyone headed abroad after Dartmouth. Brandon Cohen is in southern California, for example, recently joining a startup called CapLinked in Manhattan Beach. He says it’s a free online platform for private companies, investors and advisors to network, manage a capital raise or asset sale and exchange updates. He’s living in Beverly Hills and he said a highlight has been skiing at Mammoth with Matt Schenker ’09.

That’s it for now, but keep the updates coming. 

Drew Joseph, 2727 29th St., NW, Apt. #233, Washington, DC 20008; (510) 418-2244; aqjoseph

Hey there, ’11s, we’ve got some good updates this round, so let’s get straight to them. 

Here’s a note from Meredith Greenberg, who recently launched her own company: “Hoping to extend my career as a professional homework-doer, I recently started a college counseling company called College Prep Partners, helping high school students navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions. Obviously Dartmouth is a required school on all of my students’ lists, unless they have an aversion to spending their evenings in dark basements or wearing a floor-length down coat for three months a year.

“If, in fact, they don’t want to apply to Dartmouth I reluctantly help them create their college lists, brainstorm all of their essays, untangle special requirements for athletes or artists and generally avoid hair-pulling, fist-fighting and other stress-induced altercations with their parents and siblings.

“Right now I’m the only ‘partner,’ but if all goes well I could be looking for fellow Dartmouth alum to join me in the future! Check me out at!”

I’ve heard through the grapevine that a few more of our classmates have started their own businesses. Are you one of them? Let me know and I’ll be sure to include your update in the next column. Who knows? Maybe some older alum will have his or her interest piqued and will become your angel investor?

Back to the updates.

Sophia Golvach took a break from finals to pass along an update. She’s in the first year of law school at University of Texas, and will be there for three more years as she finishes her law degree and her master’s in Middle Eastern studies. She’s concentrating in Arabic. “It has been a pretty grueling start, but I’m really looking forward to learning how to integrate my love for the Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture into a course of study that will guide me into a career using legal concepts to address international social and commercial issues,” Sophia says. 

Kathryn Arffa sends us this update: “Every morning I drive out of the fog of San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sonoma, California, known by some as wine country and by others as farm country or simply rural America. Exactly a month ago I moved to San Francisco to work for Scribe, a small sustainable vineyard and winery.”

That’s it for this edition. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or to hype what your friends are doing. I know our classmates are up to some pretty amazing things professionally, artistically and athletically. And I always love hearing a funny story involving ’11s.

Drew Joseph, 429 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117; (510) 418-2244;

Well hello again, class of 2011. I have some great news to report in this column—for the first time I have received a few updates I didn’t solicit (although most of these updates I still had to ask for). Don’t be shy and keep ’em coming!

Hannah Payne is at Stanford studying for her doctorate in neuroscience—talk about brains! In April she was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship program and has been enjoying running, skiing, concerts and California’s warm weather. 

Now we’re going international. Ron Chavarria, who now goes by Logan De La Cruz, is pursuing his art career in Munich, Germany. He participated in a group show in October with Young Munich Creatives and had a benefit solo show at Café Regenbogen der Münchner Aids-Hilfe in February—100 percent of the proceeds raised by his paintings went directly to Munich’s AIDS organization. His next show will be in Hanover in June for the “Perspectives on Design” exhibition with fellow ’11, Max Van Pelt. If you’re interested in seeing his work, check out his website:

Kashay Sanders has been living in Hyderabad, India, since graduation. She did an IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise and is now working fulltime for an organization there called Voice4girls, which was started in part by Averil Spencer ’10. “The organization’s flagship program is a summer camp for low-income girls that focuses on both English-speaking immersion and life skills (goal-setting, confidence, hygiene),” Kashay writes. “Right now we are in the throes of training counselors (who are usually Indian college women) for the camp. Aside from a few trips home I will be spending year two of alum life here in India with Voice4girls!”

Emily Baxter is in London working on a master’s of science in gender at the gender institute at the London School of Economics (LSE). “My program has been flexible in that it has allowed me to continue studying the intersection of politics, gender studies and religion, which was my focus at Dartmouth,” she writes. “That said, I’ve taken classes ranging from gender and development to sexuality in a global perspective. I am writing a dissertation, due in September, on masculinity and patriarchy within the Catholic church.” She told me that she’s also interning with the international state crime initiative at King’s College, which, in association with Harvard, researches crimes committed by states against their own people. She even managed to find time to perform in The Vagina Monologues in February at LSE. She’s looking to be in either New York or London next year working on issues of women’s rights and is guessing more school—perhaps even a doctorate—is in her future.

Kashay and Emily, who lived together at Dartmouth, also traveled in April around northern India together. They visited Pushkar, Udaipur and the Taj Mahal.

Also pursuing academics in England in Neil Basu. He’s getting his master’s in social science of the Internet at Oxford and is writing his thesis about how people cultivate their personalities on Facebook and whether their public image is threatened more by themselves or their friends. He’s been spending his free time traveling through Europe, but is also working hard—when he wrote me he had just finished writing 10,000 words in four days. He’ll be returning stateside at the end of the summer.

That’s all for now folks. Remember, don’t hesitate to send updates big or small my way.

Drew Joseph, 2727 29th St., NW, Apt. 233, Washington, DC 20008;

Welcome to your first Class Notes, ’11s! Thanks for reading.

Check back here with every new issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine to keep updated on what your classmates are up to, and please never hesitate to contact me with what’s going on in your life—new jobs, new spouses, some great vacation or just spending time with other ’11s. 

I know it seems that graduation was just yesterday (does that mean the freshman fall feels like last week to anyone else?), but our classmates are already doing some pretty amazing things or will be doing so shortly.

Bryan Giudicelli, a member of the men’s soccer team at Dartmouth, is heading to Lusaka, Zambia, for a year to work for Grassroots Soccer. And this fall Erin Larson is going to be doing an internship in marine research diving in the Caribbean before moving to Boise, Idaho, to work in environmental education. ’Round the girdled earth they roam, indeed!

Speaking of spending time abroad, Alex Maceda is doing a fashion design program this summer in Paris through Parsons. But never fear, ’11s, because Alex, one of your mini-reunion chairs, is returning stateside in the fall and starting at Bain & Co. in New York. Joining her in that city are just a few of you, so keep me updated on your antics there and I’ll be sure to write about them in future columns. Your other mini-reunion chair, Mike Lewis, will be in Boston working for Bain Capital (yes, that’s a different company) and living with fellow ’11s Mike Bush, Eric Durell and Bennett Siegel.

There are some ’11s, of course, who just love Hanover so much they simply can’t leave! Two-time football captain Tim McManus will be back just for the fall for a final season. So Tim, how about beating Harvard this year so we can finally say an ’11 helped Dartmouth win over our dreaded rival? (Just kidding, football players! I think you’re all great…and a lot bigger than me.)

Alex Taylor will also be staying close to Dartmouth for the fall, working at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. Come January he and some of our other classmates are thinking about working and organic farming in New Zealand, which is probably about as far as you can get away from Hanover. 

Many of our classmates are spending their first year out of college trying to give back. Anna Levine and Ahmad Nazeri, two of the many ’11s participating in Teach for America, will be in Baltimore. Anna will be teaching secondary French and Ahmad will be teaching high school social studies.

Remember John Vineyard IV? Pen, as he was more commonly known, was so on top of his game that he graduated in June 2010 and has spent the past year teaching English in Madrid, Spain. He’s undecided as to what is coming next, but he might do a reversal and return to the United States to teach Spanish.

And, finally, ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2011, I am pleased to announce (what I believe is) the first ’11-’11 marriage. Charlie Clark and Sarah White tied the knot two days after graduation in Rollins Chapel and celebrated with a reception at the Hanover Inn! They met during orientation at the English department open house and had their first date in December 2007 at Lou’s. Congratulations to them!

Remember, ’11s, to keep getting Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and other College news and information, be sure to send your addresses to alumni records (

Thanks for reading, and keep me updated!

Drew Joseph; (510) 418-2244;

As I write this at the end of October, I know many of you are gearing up for this upcoming weekend as it’s Homecoming, our sixth one. I couldn’t make the trip, but I’m sure there were some great ’11 hangouts—maybe fill me in on some of the magazine-appropriate ones so I can include them in an upcoming Class Notes column? 

For now though, it’s on to the updates from the past few months.

A big congratulations to Rebecca Glover, who was recently engaged to her high school sweetheart Mark Higgins. Rebecca spent the first year after graduation in London earning her master’s in medieval studies at King’s College London and is now enrolled in a doctorate program in Romance languages and literatures at the University of Chicago. She’s not quite sure what she wants to do when she finished with school, but would love to teach.

Janna Fennell is working with AmeriCorps as a Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor for a year in North Saint Paul, Minnesota. She’s working with kindergarten through third-grade students one-on-one on their reading skills and said she is starting to see improvement in their reading scores a few months into her year there.

Nick Devonshire has partnered up with Joe Indvik ’10 on a startup focused on clean-tech finance.

After a year in Washington, D.C., Katie Paxton is working in marketing for the architecture firm Perkins Eastman in New York. She’s working on urban design and large-scale developments and is getting away from some education projects she’s worked on in the past.

And Maya Granit is, in her words, “Livin’ the dream,” and I think most of us would agree: She’s working at a chocolate factory in San Francisco. She’s in charge of order fulfillment and logistics at Dandelion Chocolate, which was started about a year ago and has fewer than 10 employees. She helps make sure all the orders get to the right places and that the chocolate makers have enough sugar and beans, which come from the Dominican Republic, Madagascar and Venezuela. A heads-up to the Dartmouth alumni in the Bay Area: Dandelion Chocolate is moving its factory to the Mission District and is planning on opening a store and café. My favorite part of Maya working at a chocolate factory is she’s quite generous with the samples—and I can tell you firsthand the chocolate is delicious.

That’s it for now. Please be sure to send any updates about Year Two in the real world my way. I know there have even been some ’11s getting married, and I’m sure our classmates would love to hear updates from the weddings in our next column.

Drew Joseph, 108 Hillside Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611; (510)-418-2244;

Oh, ’11s, ’11s, ’11s. I thought that post-Homecoming glum only existed at Dartmouth, but apparently it happens in the real world too. This has been one long week for me at work, but I’m going to say it was worth it for all the fun I had with many of you in Hanover last weekend (special shout out to those senior executive committee members who put together that year zero reunion and the class newsletter). And for those of you who couldn’t make it, we missed you.

To be honest, the unsolicited updates have been a little slow to come in (sorry to all of you I bug for news), so don’t hesitate to tell me what you and our fellow ’11s have been up to, whether it’s occupying Wall Street or a barstool. And from this issue’s updates, it sounds like our classmates have been up to some pretty cool things, of which I am frankly jealous.

Kathryn Arffa is spending this winter as a ski instructor at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, a dream job for many of us, I’m sure. Before heading out there, she was at home in New York and working on a short film written and directed by another of our classmates, Grey Cusack.

From her update, it sounds like Genevieve O’Mara is living the life in Madrid. She is there for a year, working in two high schools. 

Also focusing on education in a Spanish-speaking country is Shanel Balloo. She’s working as a program assistant for the Inter-American Partnership in Education (IAPE) in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Partly funded by the Rassias Center, IAPE works to equip English teachers in Mexico with the language-learning skills necessary to excel as educators. And yes, those skills include the Rassias techniques that many of us remember. “Anyone who’s taken drill at Dartmouth knows what I’m talking about,” Shanel tells me. “And they know how tough it can be sometimes (especially if you took morning drill). These teachers come from all over Mexico for a 10-day intensive English-learning program.” Shanel has been helping coordinate the programs and support the staff and participants. 

Myra Altman, meanwhile, is pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her lab looks at the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, and the future Dr. Altman says she would like to use her education “to be involved with food issues on a broader level (policy, nonprofit work, etc.), in conjunction with research and teaching.”

It’s also great to hear that for the ’11s who couldn’t make it back to Hanover for Homecoming, that didn’t stop them from partaking in one of the best Dartmouth traditions: the bonfire. While many of us were yelling at the ’15s for being the worst class ever (which, in my opinion, they are, considering they kicked us out of Hanover), a group of ’11s in the Bay Area gathered on Ocean Beach for a bonfire of their own. Chris Han tells me that Cathleen Kenary, Nick Giometti, Morgan Livermore, Addie Gorlin and Bryon Alston were all there, along with about 40 other young alums. 

And finally, proving that you can in fact have a mini-reunion anywhere, Brandon Aiono tells me that he and Cathleen Kenary are planning to fly into the San Francisco airport at the same time on November 14 (her from D.C., him from Shanghai) and to hang out together in the City by the Bay (even though I’m now in my fifth year on the East Coast, I’m still a Californian through and through). Brandon is going to be back home in California for Thanksgiving and says he is hoping to organize a meet-up with other ’11s.

That’s it for now, but I know you all are up to exciting things. Don’t forget to tell me about it.

Drew Joseph, 2727 29th St. NW, Apt. #233, Washington, DC 20008;


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