T H E O P E N I N G O F T H E N E W A T H L E T I C C E N T E R I W I N T E R 2 0 0 9
Sally M. Powell
Editor: Leslie Pfeil
Photo credits: Pete Bannan,
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Burke; Leslie Pfeil, Kathleen
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When you think about it, the
best learning experiences
often involve some
discomfort. Do you remember learning
to walk, to tie your own shoelaces, to ride
a bicycle? I still bear the scars – literally
– of my first attempts on two wheels.
“She doesn’t need training wheels,” my
grandfather declared, and after he had
gently scraped me up from the gravel
one last time before I “got it,” I knew he
was right. I did learn the hard way, and,
yes, I learned quicker and was a much
more confident cyclist than
my friends who still balanced
awkwardly with tiny props at
either side of their back tires.
Do you remember
when you were at school? Do
you remember that teacher
who always challenged you
– kindly, of course, but firmly
pushing you to stretch your
intellectual boundaries? What
about the history assignment
that really pushed you to
research deeper, or that math problem
whose puzzle you finally unlocked after
hours of travail? Those are experiences
that you are proud of, and they are
forever etched in your memory. I am not
proposing that all learning experiences
should be unreasonably challenging or
overwhelming for a student, but it is true
that pushing outside our comfort zone
does bring us rewards.
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD
Outside Our Comfort Zone
I am not proposing
that all learning
overwhelming for a
student, but it is true
that pushing outside
our comfort zone does
bring us rewards.
And I’m not just talking about
traditional learning. I love to travel and
recently ventured to India to explore the
beauty of the high Himalayan landscape
in Ladakh and the hustle and bustle of
the steamy Ganges town of Varanasi and
other holy sites in the plains. The strain
of hiking at high altitude was at times
excruciating, but the spectacular vistas
made all the discomfort evaporate into
thin air! The humidity and humanity
beside the sacred river was suffocating,
but the uplifting spirituality of those
places simply carried me
The land I traveled
was definitely foreign, at
times uncomfortable and
disconcerting as intense
poverty closed in on me; for
just two short weeks I was
immersed in a culture so
complex and so colorful, in
an atmosphere that assaulted
every familiar sense I have
that I returned from my trip
forever changed by the experience. It is
my hope that every Baldwin girl will be
exposed to such life-altering events as she
travels her path of learning.
Head of School Sally Powell and her
husband, Frank Powell, in Ladakh.
A Message from the Head
2 Outside Our Comfort Zone
Students and faculty meet the challenge
6 The Opening of the New Athletic Center
A Ribbon-Cutting Rally
10 A Gala Opening
Parents and alumnae celebrate the new
11 The National Board of Advisors
Alumnae join the festivities
12 Homecoming 2008
A Victorious Sweep
14 Good Sports
Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis
15 Honors for Scholars
National Merit and AP Scholars
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T H E BA L DW I N
16 Meet the New Trustees
Eight men and women join the Board
17 Faculty Footnotes
A familiar face returns
18 Baldwin Newsmakers
People and Events
20 Women in Higher Office
We need them!
21 Class Notes
Edited by Anne Plutzer Burns ’96, director
of alumnae, and Blake Forrest, assistant to
the director of alumnae
Vital Statistics: Marriages, Births and Deaths
By Alisan Buckley Henderson ‘49
Toutia Daryoush ’09 (left) was out of her
comfort zone in Iran last year.
The ribbon waits to be cut at the opening
of the new Athletic Center.
The Scott sisters, Sara ’96, Emily ’00
and Elizabeth ’98, were among the
alumnae at the National Board of
On the cover:
Fifth grader Caroline Rosen waves her
rally towel in excitement as students
assemble for the ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the new Athletic Center.
(Photo by Pete Bannan)
Students and faculty venture out of their
comfort zones to gain a different worldview
They took their head’s
message to heart.
ABOVE: Kaitlin Kines ’09 during her home stay in a Moroccan village.
LEFT: Alex Ibarguen ’09 (right) often spoke Spanish with a Dominican
teenager, Daniella, (left) during a visit to San Miguel last summer.
During the opening assembly of the 2007-
2008 school year Head of School Sally
Powell announced that the theme of
the academic year would be “out of our
comfort zone.” She encouraged everyone
to learn something new, travel to an unfamiliar place,
or make an effort to take a risk and face a challenge. To
Powell’s delight, several faculty, students and staff members
took her words to heart and experienced something
new and different during the summer of 2008.
Alexandra Ibarguen ’09, head of Upper School Service
League, volunteered for one week at a medical clinic in
the Dominican Republic through The Foundation for
Peace, an organization that funds two medical clinics
and two schools in the Dominican Republic. Doctors
travel to the clinics to give free healthcare to people in
the impoverished areas around the town of San Miguel.
Ibarguen was amazed that “People would walk for miles
just to receive care.”
Her work there included helping out in the clinic
and assisting in the construction of a water purification
system. She also had an opportunity to play with the
local children. Although Alex speaks fluent Spanish,
she would try to help the children learn some English as
well. “Experiences like this put Baldwin in perspective,”
she said. “I’ve also done Katrina Relief, worked in an
orphanage in Mexico and helped build a water supply
system in Belize. Once you return from these types of
trips, you look at everything differently. I don’t ever want
to ask for anything!” Ibarguen plans to go back to the
Dominican Republic this summer for a longer stay. She
said, “The Foundation for Peace is a wonderful organization.
It spreads love and encouragement in the neediest of
Kaitlin Kines ’09 traveled to Morocco last July through a
program called The Experiment in International Living
for high school students. While in Morocco, Kines
stayed with a host family in Ait-ik-Tel, a village located in
the Atlas Mountains. She said, “My home stay was one
of my most memorable experiences. Several adults and
kids lived in the house, and there were only three rooms.”
There were no electricity and running water, and the
family had to go to the top of a mountain to retrieve water
BY BETH C O P E
from a wellspring and carry buckets back to the village.
Kines was impressed by the villagers’ endurance and selfsufficiency.
Because it is a Muslim country, females have to be
covered all the time. This was difficult because it got as
high as 117 degrees in the afternoon. “We ate meals on
the roof because it was cooler there,” Kines said. During
her home stay, she tried to help out in the community as
much as possible. She spent the remaining two weeks
traveling with her high school student group. Everyone,
including the students in her group, spoke French except
for her. But Kines felt that it motivated her to learn Arabic
as fast as she could. “I tried really hard in school, and
tried to take in as much as I could. I carried a notebook
around with me and wrote down key phrases,” she said.
After this trip, Kines realized that “I now know how not
to be a tourist; I know how to be a part of a culture.”
Toutia Daryoush ’09 and her two sisters, Tanine ’11 and
Tarlan ’13, and their mother traveled to Iran for six weeks
to visit their cousins in Northern Tehran. During the
week, Toutia taught English at a foundation for abused
women. Toutia, who is fluent in Farsi, said, “Traveling to
Iran was an eye-opening experience. I really had the opportunity
to communicate with true Iranian women. This
is not a western country; it is a place where freedom is
oppressed, and there are big obstacles to overcome. Their
culture is completely different. Women are covered and
the buses are segregated — men in front, women in the
back — just shocking!”
On the weekends, Toutia and her family went
sightseeing. They traveled throughout Tehran and also
visited Ali Sadr Cave in Hamadan and Persepolis outside
Shiraz. Toutia said, “I think that my main fear was being
caught for not following the dress code and being seen as
an outsider. We tried to be as cautious as we could, but it
was oppressively hot there, and sometimes the temperature
reached 110 degrees!”
Because it is a Muslim state, there is no alcohol
allowed, and the government censors movies and books.
There is no western influence whatsoever. Due to the
global political situation, Toutia was “really nervous for
my safety. I still paid attention to the news as much as I
could and tried to assimilate into the culture as much as
possible.” There is a lot to enjoy about the cultural life
in Tehran. Men and women are permitted to gather in
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Toutia ’09 (center) and Tarlan ’13 (right) Daryoush pose with a guard in 18 th
century costume at a bazaar in Shiraz.
local parks and socialize. They try to fight the oppressive
regime and enjoy life’s little pleasures!”
Pooh Gephart, Upper School dean of students, returned
to Africa last May with two seniors who were doing their
externships, to volunteer at an orphanage, the Rift Valley
Children’s Village in Tanzania. Gephart has volunteered
at the orphanage two times and will go again this summer.
She heard about this amazing place because her
high school friend, India Howell, whom the children call
“Mama India,” founded it.
Currently, 41 children ranging
in age from two weeks to 13-yearsold
live in the Children’s Village.
This home becomes their legal
guardian; they cannot be adopted.
The children receive health care,
clothing and nutritional food. Gephart said, “These kids
may have been orphaned because their parents have died
from HIV/AIDS, or removed from their homes due to
neglect or abuse. All these kids would otherwise die!”
The volunteers tutor the children, help feed and care for
them and play with them. During the day, the children attend
the local school, which is in disrepair and where the
student teacher ratio is sometimes 90 to one.
Gephart said, “It is refreshing to be in a world
where everyone is grateful for everything; just having
pencils excites them! For me, the biggest challenge was
seeing so much poverty and realizing that there is very
“ You can’t help
everyone, but you
can help someone.”
little I can do about it. These people have nothing. The
scope is beyond my comprehension!”
In May, art teacher Aline Gittleman will be
taking two Baldwin seniors to Tanzania to volunteer
at the orphanage. For more information, visit
Larissa Russell ’09 spent three weeks in Iceland through
an organization called National Geographic Student
Expeditions. Twenty juniors and seniors from around
the country participated in this learning experience. One
National Geographic expert, two climate and geology
scholars, and two filmmakers guided the students around
the country and taught them about the environment and
how to make a documentary. Russell and her partner were
responsible for filming the portion about climate change.
They spent a week interviewing the Icelandic people,
whom Russell characterized as “warm, friendly, artsy and
peaceful. Their country is rated number three for happiness
in the world!”
The entire group also went ice climbing and glacier
walking. A highlight was a visit to Dettifoss, the largest
waterfall in Europe, which measures 44 miles high and
about 100 miles wide. Russell said, “We hiked to the
waterfalls. It was amazing. Unlike the U.S. there were no
ropes or gates; you could fall!”
While there, Russell overcame one of
her biggest fears. “I have always been
terrified of horses, but we all had to ride
Icelandic horses through lava fields and
black sand beaches. I wasn’t scared
because these horses were small, and I
even galloped on one!” The group also
went whale watching in the Arctic Circle, and they drove
across ash to Puffin Island. Russell is grateful to have
experienced such a wide range of nature. She said, “It
was light all the time; the sun never set. I hope to go back
someday to see the Northern Lights!”
Jeremiah Shepherd, college counselor and service coordinator,
intended to take a relaxing trip to Page, AZ, an
independent city that sits in the middle of the largest Native
Navajo Reservation, but instead wound up having an
epiphany. While there, Shepherd accompanied his friend,
a physical therapist, out to the reservation. While she was
Larissa Russell ’09 ice climbing in Iceland.
attending to patients, Shepherd spent time hanging out
with the kids. “When I walked onto the reservation, some
thought I was a famous athlete or movie star. Because
these kids typically never leave the reservation, their
perceptions about African-Americans comes from TV.
I would shoot hoops, and talk with them about college.
The teens wanted to see what I was all about. Once we
started talking, we realized that we had a lot in common.”
Most families on the reservation live below the
poverty level. They earn money by farming or working
construction. Some sell artwork, pottery or food at rest
stops. Shepherd was surprised to learn that the only
place that has running water is Page; if those on the reservation
want running water, they have to get permission
to go into Page to obtain it. Shepherd said that “Going
out there has given more clarity to my position as service
“Iceland is rated number three
for happiness in the world!”
Jeremiah Shepherd visited a Navajo reservation in Arizona.
coordinator. It is important for our girls to serve, and
they must understand that they can create change. They
don’t need to fix all the problems in the world. You can’t
help everyone, but you can help someone.”
Beth Cope is director of the Writing Center at Baldwin.
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Baldwin opens new athletic center
ABOVE: Winnie the Bear and Head of School Sally Powell rally the students
prior to the ribbon cutting at the new Athletic Center.
BELOW: Seniors Mollie Nisen and Alexis Winer lead their classmates in an
exuberant inaugural run around the indoor track in the new center.
N E W AT H L E T I C C E N T E R
Tradition and today join hands
in an eco-friendly architectural
tribute to Frank Furness
It was a bright, sunny fall day on Oct. 17, 2008
when Baldwin officially opened its new athletic
center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony
and a pep rally for its PreK to Grade 12 student
body and faculty.
The ribbon cutters represented all members
of the Baldwin community and included: Holly
Stoviak, Pre-K teacher and trustee; Meg Glascott-
Birch, coach, physical education teacher and trustee;
Dorothy Tillger, Upper School administrative
assistant for the past 20 years; Sadie Lee, director
of housekeeping for the past 21 years; Dr. Larry
Wells, pediatric orthopedic surgeon and Baldwin
parent; alumna Lauren DeBruicker ’90, a member
of Baldwin’s National Board of Advisors and a former
captain of the basketball and lacrosse teams;
alumna Kathy Taylor ’70, chair of the Board of
Trustees; Lower School students Maria Pansini
and Roya Alidgani; Middle School students
Taylor Nickens and Charlotte Matthai; Upper
School students Akela Lacy and Maggie Shields,
who is also head of the Athletic Association; and
Head of School Sally Powell. Participating in the
placement of a time capsule in a cornerstone of
the building were sophomore Shayna Fader and
PreK student Kyndall Brown, who is the youngest
student in the school.
ABOVE: Ribbon cutters included Board of Trustees Chair Kathy Taylor ’70, PreK Teacher Holly Stoviak,
Maria Pansini ’18, PE teacher Meg Glascott-Birch, Roya Alidgani ’17, Taylor Nickens ’13, Upper School
Administrative Assistant Dorothy Tillger, Charlotte Matthai ’13, Head of Housekeeping Sadie Lee,
Akela Lacy ’11, Dr. Larry Wells, Lauren DeBruicker ’90 and Head of the Athletic Association Maggie
Mae Shields ’09.
LEFT: Shayna Fader ’11 and Kyndall Brown ’22 place the time capsule in the keystone.
The ceremonies were followed by an allschool
pep rally for varsity games in soccer, field
hockey and tennis that were held at Baldwin’s
Homecoming and Family Day on the following
day, Saturday, Oct. 18. Students and faculty enthusiastically
waved commemorative rally towels
issued especially for the occasion.
What makes Baldwin’s new athletic center
unique among the many new additions to local
campuses is its architecture, which is a metaphor
for tradition and today joining hands. How many
gymnasiums look like a Victorian Frank Furness
building and are eco-friendly at the same time?
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New athletic center (con’t)
Designed by the Washington, DC architectural
firm of Bowie Gridley Associates in conjunction
with the athletic program-planning firm of Brailsford
& Dunlavey, also from Washington D C, the
new center captures the historical integrity of
the Baldwin campus while providing the school
community with a beautiful facility that enables
all students to participate fully in an outstanding
athletics and physical education program. The
brick, stone and glass exterior of the center are
compatible aesthetically with other structures on
campus, articulating elements of the Victorian style
of the historic Residence building, formerly the
Bryn Mawr Hotel, designed by Mr. Furness and
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The 48,000 square-foot center incorporates a sixlane
pool, a one-and one-half basketball/volleyball
court, an indoor jogging track, a fitness center, four
squash courts, locker rooms, offices, five tennis
courts and a playing field. It also incorporates
several eco-friendly design and construction
initiatives, including a storm water management
plan that captures 90 percent of the annual rainfall,
solar reflectance roofing, the use of regionally
extracted materials, the installation of Energy Star
equipment and appliances, and an indoor air quality
ABOVE: Shayna Fader ’11 became the first student to take a dip in the
pool, uniform and all.
OPPOSITE PAGE FROM THE TOP:
Students line up along the walls of the gymnasium and the third level
indoor track in preparation for the pep rally.
The new six-lane swimming pool.
LEFT: Lower School students enjoy the new playground that is part of the
RIGHT: New equipment awaits in the two-level fitness center.
A view of the tennis courts and parking lot from the third level of the new
How many gymnasiums look like a Victorian
Frank Furness building and are eco-friendly at
the same time?
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November event welcomes parents and
alumnae to the new Athletic Center
The new Athletic Center may have
opened for students and faculty
in October, but more than 400
parents, alumnae and friends had
an opportunity to tour the new
facility and celebrate its opening
at a festive reception on the
evening of Nov. 8, 2008.
TOP LEFT: Waving to the crowd in the new gymnasium
is alumna, Ada Mutch ’22, a former White Blazer
winner. With her is Emmy Hunter VanderZwaag’75,
director of leadership development.
TOP RIGHT: Capital Campaign Co-Chair Michelle Karbiner Ball ’86 visits with
fellow Baldwin trustee, Fabio Terlevich, at the evening event celebrating the
new Athletic Center.
CENTER, LEFT: Among the more than 400 who attended were Baldwin trustee,
Warren Thaler; Frank Powell, husband of the Head of School Sally Powell;
Erica Thaler; and Helen and David Pudlin, also a trustee.
CENTER, RIGHT: Alumnae who attended the evening celebration included
Mary Scott McElroy ’53, Lady Antoinette Aiguier Pearman’42 and her
granddaughter, Christine Trott ’98. The Center is the first new building on
the Baldwin campus in 33 years.
LEFT: All smiles about Baldwin’s new athletic facilities are Capital Campaign
Co-Chair Ellen Harvey and Chair of the Board of Trustees Kathy Taylor ’70.
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Alumnae help celebrate the opening of
the new Athletic Center
TOP: Among those attending the National
Board of Advisors (NBA) Annual Meeting
Oct. 17 and 18, 2008 were: front row
- Wendy Zalles ’89, Elizabeth Scott ’98,
Emily Scott ’00, Carmen Lennon ’95, Amy
Sobel ’86, Lauren DeBruicker ’90, Kristen
Dunseth Rodriguez ’88; second row - Jennifer Lindner McGlinn’ 87, Deborah
Greenfield DeLauro ’69, Paige Pratter ’94, Nancy Carey ’67, Elizabeth Gummey
Cluett ’57, Rachel Gerstenhaber Stern ’83, Stephanie Hetos Cocke ’81, Sara
Scott ’96; third row - Deborah Benjamin ’63, Robin Blum Smith ’57, Florence
Hubbard Lloyd ’55, Suzanne Tiernan ’67, Weatherly Ralph ’93, Marisa Porges
’96, Sarah Ayres ’02, Margaret Fritz Schneider ’50; fourth row - Mary Hoe
Posner ’64, Elizabeth Duall ’91, Penelope Tsaltas Lisk ’77, Nancy Perlman ’89,
Cecilia Byrne ’02, Alexa Driansky ’02, Courtney Piccone ’92; back row - Jennifer
Shea ’68, Jane Rosen ’63, Meredith Mariani ’94, Margaret Schneider Maclay
’77, May Geggis Holgren ’55, Barbara Aspinall Smith ’75, Julie Boyer ’92.
RIGHT: Head of School Sally Powell (right) presents the National Board of
Advisors Award to Deborah Benjamin ’63, a former NBA chair. Benjamin was
recognized for her outstanding service to Baldwin over a number of years.
FAR LEFT: Jane Rosen ’63 is vice-chair and Rachel Gerstenhaber Stern ’83 is
chair of Baldwin’s National Board of Advisors, a national network of alumnae
that supports the school’s mission by acting as informed advocates, hosting
local events and serving as a resource to the school.
LEFT: NBA member Meredith Mariani ’94 became the first alumna to swim in
the new pool in Baldwin’s new Athletic Center. NBA members were on hand
for the facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Friday of NBA weekend. The
group also held its Saturday session in the new center.
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Family Day fun and a victorious sweep
for Baldwin’s varsity teams
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A The Give and Take Jugglers entertain the
crowd at Homecoming’s Family Day, held on
Oct. 18, 2008.
B Baldwin mothers, Sejita Page and Gina Bezar,
chaired the Pumpkin Sale that kicked off the
festivities on Friday.
C Lower School students enjoy one of the many games at Family Day.
D Charlotte Damico ’10 paints the face of her soccer teammate, Claire Henkel ’10, in
preparation for the big game.
E Baldwin mothers, Cindy Evans and Erica Thaler, chaired Family Day for
Homecoming 2008. In addition to varsity games and spirit activities, the day
included a Moon Bounce, children’s crafts and games, face painting and a
F Maxine Jacobson ’10 samples the cotton candy she and her classmates sold to
raise funds for the prom.
G Baldwin’s Varsity Soccer team dominated the field in its 9-2 win over Abington
Friends at Homecoming.
H Members of the Upper School Service League raised nearly $400 for the Alex’s
Lemonade Stand Foundation at Homecoming by selling lemonade, soft pretzels
and other treats at their own lemonade stand. Helping with the sales are Alexis
Winer ’09 and Christina Middleton ’10.
I The Varsity Field Hockey Team was in charge of its 2-0 shutout of Friends Central.
J Two-time InterAc singles champion, Jen Newman, gets ready to serve in a
Homecoming match with Abington Friends that resulted in a 7-0 sweep by
Baldwin’s Varsity Tennis Team.
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Varsity Cross Country Record: 2-6
Varsity Field Hockey Record: 7-10-2
Varsity Soccer Record: 10-5-2, JV: 4-8-2
Varsity Tennis Record: 7-5, JV: 1-8
Middle School Field Hockey
Records: 3-6-2 for A Squad; 4-3-2 for B Squad
Middle School Soccer
Records: 5-8-2 for A Squad; 6-4-2 for B Squad
Middle School Tennis
Records: 4-4 for A Squad; 7-0 for B Squad
Middle School Cross Country Record: 3-1
FALL ALL-STAR TEAMS
Inter-Ac Second Team - Elizabeth Auritt ’11
All-Main Line First Team - Elizabeth Auritt ’11
Inter-Ac First Team - Jessica Kane ’09
Inter-Ac Honorable Mention - Nicole Wells ’12
All-Main Line First Team - Jessica Kane ’09, Nicole Wells ’12
All-Main Line Honorable Mention
Alice Mattahi ’10, Brooke Simone ’11
Inter-Ac First Team - Amanda Keller ’09
Inter-Ac Honorable Mention
Liz Schoenberg ’10, Alex Sawin ’10
All-Main Line First Team
Amanda Keller ’09, Liz Schoenberg ’10
All-Main Line Second Team
Stephanie Salvitti ’09, Alex Sawin ’10
All-Main Line Honorable Mention - Charlotte Damico ’10
Inter-Ac First Team
Jennifer Newman ’10, who also won the League singles title for
the second consecutive year and has a two-year un defeated
record of 23-0.
All-Main Line First Team - Jennifer Newman ’10, Angela Sun ’11
Baldwin varsity squash players who are recipients of the U.S. Squash
Association’s 2007-2008 Scholar-Athlete Award are Alisha Maity ’11, Caroline
Sawin ’11, Alex Sawin ’09 and Samantha Shein ’11. This award is given to high
school students who achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5, earned a U.S. Squash
Association final season ranking, competed in at least four junior squash
tournaments, and passed the club referee exam. The Baldwin student-athletes
are four of only 112 recipients nationwide to have received this award.
Sarah Parmacek ’11 (right) finished 13th in the Division I North American Cup
fencing tournament in Colorado Springs in December 2008. Division I is open to
fencers of any age above a certain level, and this tournament included many
NCAA finalists and Olympians.
Athletic Director and Varsity Volleyball Coach Deb Surgi (far right), former coach
for the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Loyola University, was invited back to
New Orleans, LA for the second year of Paint the City Pink, a citywide volleyball
fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In the alumni event, Surgi
coached her returning alumnae during her years at Sacred Heart when the
volleyball teams won three state titles, one state runner-up title, and five
district titles with a record of 204-49.
National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes 14 seniors
Fourteen Baldwin seniors have been recognized by the National
Merit Scholarship Program for outstanding performance on the
2007 PSAT. They include Semifinalists Zoe Cunningham, Allison
Hume and Marielle Young. Fewer than one percent of the
students who took the PSAT were designated as semifinalists.
Commended Students include Alexandra Arenz, Alexandra
Ibarguen, Kate Michel, Mollie Nisen, Ali Pederson, Larissa Russell,
Madeline Scott, Sylvie Spewak and Arianne Wenk. These students
placed among the top five percent of those who took the test.
Rashana Trim has been named a semifinalist, and Alia Murray
has been named an Outstanding Participant in the National
Achievement Scholarship Program.
The 14 girls represent nearly one-third of the Baldwin
Grads and seniors named AP Scholars
Twenty-eight members of the Classes of 2008 and 2009
have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College
Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the
college-level AP Examinations.
Approximately 18 percent of the more than 1.5 million high
school students who took the AP exams in May 2008 performed
at a sufficiently high level to merit such recognition. The College
Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the
number of yearlong courses and exams. AP exams are graded on
a scale from one to five, with five as the highest level.
Ten graduates of the Class of 2008 qualified for the AP
H O N O R S F O R S C H O L A R S
Seniors who were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for outstanding performance on the PSAT include: seated front row – Semifinalists Allison Hume, Marielle
Young and Zoe Cunningham; National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalist Rashana Trim and National Achievement Scholarship Outstanding Participant Alia Murray; back row
– Commended Students Madeline Scott, Alexandra Arenz, Sylvie Spewak, Mollie Nisen, Ali Pederson, Larissa Russell, Arianne Wenk, Alexandra Ibarguen and Kate Michel.
Baldwin students are named National Merit and Advanced Placement Scholars
Scholar with Distinction Award by earning grades of three or
above on five or more AP exams with an average of at least 3.5.
They are Sophia D’Ignazio, a first-year at Barnard College;
Samantha Simmons, a freshman at Georgetown University; Michaela
LaVan, a first-year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Lynne Dzubow and Jill Greenfield, both freshmen at Washington
University; Ilana Glassner and Monika Wasik, both freshmen
at the University of Pennsylvania; and Ameena Schelling, Bailey
Sperry and Andrea Oliva, all freshmen at Princeton.
Four grads and four current seniors qualified for the
Scholar with Honor Award by earning grades of three or above
on four or more AP exams with an average of at least 3.25. The
grads include Alison DiCiurcio, a freshman at Harvard College;
Natania Field, a freshman at Columbia University; Alysa Frost,
a freshman at Rice University; and Danielle Niu, a first-year at
The seniors are Allison Hume, Alexandra Ibarguen,
Arianne Wenk and Marielle Young.
Ten students, including six grads, qualified for the AP
Scholar Award by completing three or more exams with grades
of three or higher. The grads are Heather Bernstein, a first-year
at Brandeis University; Haley Pearlstein, a freshman at George
Washington University; Lauren Stern, a first-year at Swarthmore
College; Morgan Tancredi, a freshman at Vanderbilt University;
Maryam Witte, a freshman at Davidson College; and Aviel
Worrede-Mahdi, a freshman at Dartmouth College.
The current seniors who qualified are Emily Acker, Alessandra
Cardi, Seulah Choi and Zoe Cunningham.
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A B C D E F
Meet the new trustees
Eight men and women join Baldwin’s Board
A DEBORAH GREENFIELD DELAURO ’69 is an attorney for
the Office of Dispute Resolution. A graduate of Syracuse University,
she holds a master’s degree in education and a juris doctor degree
from Temple University. As an alumna, she served on the Alumnae
Association Executive Board and the National Board of Advisors and
as a class secretary, class agent and reunion co-chair. She also is a
trustee for the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation; an advisor to the
Board of the Academy in Manayunk; and a member of the Board
of Womens Way, the Board of the National Organization of Hearing
Research and the Gala Committee for the Mann Center of Performing
Arts. Debbie has two children, lives in Haverford and has one sister
and two aunts who also attended Baldwin.
B MEG GLASCOTT-BIRCH represents the faculty on the Board
of Trustees. A graduate of Ohio State University, she holds a master’s
degree in education from Eastern University. She has been a physical
education teacher and coach at Baldwin for 18 years and also volunteers
as an instructor for the American Red Cross and the Haverford
Soccer Club. Meg lives in Havertown with her husband, Matt, and
their two sons.
C MEGAN NICOLETTI represents the Parents’ Association (PA) on
the Board of Trustees. A graduate of Villanova University, she holds a
master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and serves as a substitute
teacher at Waldron Mercy Academy. Currently president of the PA, she
also has served as a class representative, Lower School representative,
PA executive vice president, Caring Parents chair, Community Gala
preview party host and Annual Fund Parents co-chair. She volunteers
for the The Haverford School, the Phelps School, Face-to-Face, the
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Lower Merion Conservancy and St. John
Vianney parish. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
and received the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Distinguished Service
Award and the Lower Merion Historic Preservation Award. Megan
lives in Gladwyne with her husband, Mark, and their five children.
D ERIC G. RUOSS is the headmaster at the Tatnall School in
Wilmington, DE. A graduate of Ursinus College, he holds master’s
degrees from both Iona College and Union Theological Seminary in
New York and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the
University of Virginia. Previously he was a headmaster and administrator
at the Dunn School in California, the Blue Ridge School in
Virginia and Trinity-Pawling School in New York. He has served as
president of the Delaware Association of Independent Schools and
on committees for the National Association of Independent Schools,
the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the Country Day
School Headmasters’ Association. An ordained minister, he also is a
trustee of New Castel Presbytery and the Wolfboro Camp School in
New Hampshire. He is the father of two sons and lives in Wilmington
with his wife, Linda.
E TERRY D. STEELMAN is executive principal and director of
design for Ballinger Architects in Philadelphia. A graduate of the University
of Texas, he holds a master’s degree from Washington University
and previously served as chair of the Syracuse University Foreign
Studies Program in Florence, Italy and as the Philadelphia chapter
president for the American Institute of Architects. He is nationally
recognized as an architect, educator and author of several articles
on architecture. His many awards include the Progressive Architecture
Award for achievement in an international project. His practice
focuses on large-scale complex institutional and academic projects
such as the Colket Translation Research Center for the Children’s Hospital
of Philadelphia, the Sidney Frank Hall of Life Sciences at Brown
University and the Henry M. Rowan Hall at Rowan University. Terry
is the father of two Lower School students and lives in Philadelphia
with his wife, Mary, and three children.
F FABIO TERLEVICH is a partner and portfolio manager at Permit
Capital, LLC, an independent investment firm dedicated to managing
the financial assets of its internal partners and several outside limited
partners. Prior to joining Permit Capital, he was an executive director,
portfolio manager and co-head of secondaries at Morgan Stanley
Alternative Investment Partners. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a
master’s degree from the Universidad Católica Argentina as well as a
master’s degree in business from the Wharton School at the University
of Pennsylvania. He serves in a volunteer capacity as treasurer of
Wharton Private Equity Partners and is part of the leadership group of
several nonprofit organizations. Fabio lives in Bryn Mawr with his wife,
Molly; a son; and a daughter, who is in the first grade at Baldwin.
G WARREN THALER is president of Gund Investment Corporation,
an investment firm with holdings in real estate as well as public
and private equity securities. A graduate of Princeton University, he
holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Business School. For 15
years, he was on the boards of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Gund
Arena Company and from 2001 to 2005 represented the Cleveland
Cavaliers as its alternate governor at meetings of the National Basketball
Association’s Board of Governors. He is an early investor and
current board member of Align Technology, creator of Invisalign, an
alternative to traditional wire and bracket orthodontics, and he also
assists with the leadership of the Foundation for Fighting Blindness,
an organization that strives to find cures for degenerative retinal
diseases. Warren lives in Ardmore with his wife, Erica, and their two
daughters, who are students in Baldwin’s Lower and Middle Schools.
H SUZANNE R. TIERNAN ’67 currently serves as president of
the Baldwin Alumnae Association. A graduate of Gettysburg College,
she is the accounting and human resources manager for Drakontas LLC
and counsels the president and chief executive officers there. Soon
after her college graduation, she co-founded HRN, a global communications
strategy firm, where she managed the company’s internal
financial, personnel, technology and production delivery systems. As
an alumna, she also chaired the Program Committee for the Installation
of Head of School Sally Powell in 2006; chaired the Liaison
Committee, a subcommittee of the Head of School Search Committee
in 2005; and served as a class agent. Suzy lives in Philadelphia.
Lois Pressman returns to head Middle School
Former Upper School Director and History
Department Chair Lois Pressman is returning
to Baldwin to serve as the new director of the
Middle School. Pressman currently is serving
as the interim Middle School director.
Her selection was announced Jan. 28
by Head of School Sally Powell following a
national search that was conducted over a
period of nearly two years. She replaces Damaris
South, who took on the fulltime position
of assistant head of school in July of 2008. Pressman has been associated
with Baldwin for over 30 years and has taught in both the Middle
and Upper divisions. She arrived in 1976 to teach Russian History
to seniors and social studies to eighth graders, and quickly moved to
full-time status teaching Modern European History and United States
History, including Advanced Placement (AP). She served as advisor
to Model United Nations and as a faculty representative to the Board
of Trustees for two consecutive terms. She also served on numerous
committees including the Discipline Committee, the Senior Project
Committee, the Evaluation Committee, the Curriculum Committee
and the Seminar Week Committee. Pressman chaired the History
Department from 1989-1995, and in 1996 she became the director of
the Upper School.
She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree
in history from the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded a
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship twice, attending the Woodrow
Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s Master Teacher Institute in
1990 and the Foundation’s National Leadership Program in 1993. She
previously had taught in public schools and at William Penn Charter
School and the Community College of Philadelphia. She also brings to
the table the perspective of parent and grandparent.
In June of 2006 she resigned as Upper School director to
pursue other interests, including serving as a guide at the Philadelphia
Museum of Art. She returned to Baldwin last September to serve in
the interim position.
Powell said of Pressman’s appointment, “When she agreed to
step in to the position as an interim this year, Lois was thrilled to return
to our school. She has since come to realize how much she loves
our Middle School students, and she already has begun to make some
thoughtful changes that directly benefit our girls. As a colleague, Lois
is known for her good humor, her bright intellect and her no-nonsense
approach to any discussion. Our Middle School girls are in terrific
hands, and I am absolutely delighted that she has accepted our offer.”
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Celebrating the Phillies (RIGHT)
Head of School Sally Powell (back left) and
second grade teacher Lynne Flaxman (back
right) give the thumbs up with second graders
to the World Series Champion Phillies on
Baldwin’s Phillies Red Cap Day. The students
are, front row - Natalie Sgro, Celia Page, Sneha
Roy, Taylor Trapp; second row - Olivia Deignan,
Isabella Tyminski, Julia Kait, Sloan Isen, Meriel
Doyle; and back row - Juliet Paiva, Harman
Kaur, Alexa Deicidue and Zoe Edwards. The caps
were provided to each and every student and
faculty and staff member on the first day of the
series through the generosity of an anonymous
and spirited donor.
Space Aliens (BELOW)
Physics teacher Dr. Jeffrey Goldader (right)
answered the question, “Where are the Space
Aliens and Why Aren’t They Here?” at the
Science Department’s annual Family Evening
of Astronomy in October 2008. The good sport
in costume is Lower School science teacher
Heritage Day (RIGHT)
Melanie Lim shows off her display about South Korea at the first grade’s annual
Heritage Day in November 2008. Each student wrote a report about her ancestors’
nation of origin, accompanied by clothing, music, food and other artifacts that
represent her country. Other students and faculty were invited to visit the displays
and learn first hand about each country’s culture, geography and history.
Bingo Night (INSET)
Lisa Rapetti and her daughter, Isabella
Tyminski ’19, were among the many
mothers and daughters who enjoyed the
annual Lower School Pasta Supper and
Bingo Night in January.
People and Events
People of Color Conference (ABOVE)
Dean of Students Pooh Gephart and juniors, Morgan Dawkins,
Kayla Cohen, Delia Sudler and Diane Ku volunteered for Habitat
for Humanity in New Orleans, LA in December 2008 when they
attended the National Association of Independent Schools People
of Color Conference. The first day of the conference was spent laying
sod in the rain with Habitat in the Musicians Village of the 9th
Ward, followed by two full days of workshops and presentations.
Holiday Community Service (RIGHT)
Getting ready to send more than 70 “Santa Sacks” to children
served by the Consortium of West Philadelphia are front row
– third graders, Zoe Stevens, Sophie Krause and Haley Tavares;
and back row – sophomores Elizabeth Auritt and Traianne Peek.
In December 2008, students and faculty purchased, collected and
wrapped new gifts and organized them into customized sacks, each
for an individual child designated by the Consortium. The project
was organized by Hattie Holmes, former head of housekeeping at
B A L D W I N N E W S M A K E R S
“Bear-E Yourself in a Book” was the theme
of this year’s annual Book Fair held during
the first week of December 2008 at Children’s
Book World in Haverford. The Fair included
such special events as a poster contest, a PreK
slumber party, Muffins with Mom, Pretzels
with Pop and cookies and hot chocolate for the
Middle School. Dressed for the PreK slumber
party are Co-chairs Shinju Lee, Annmarie
Cappalonga Bunn ’85 and Kim Beauvais.
Third grader Sabrina Rustgi won the Book Fair
poster contest with her beautiful artwork.
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Thomas Jefferson liked women - up to a point. They were fine as
wives, daughters or mistresses, but they had better not try to enter
the political realm.
“Were our state a pure democracy,” he wrote
to a friend in 1816, “there would yet be excluded from
their deliberations . . . women, who, to prevent depravation
of morals and ambiguity of issue, should not mix
promiscuously in the public meetings of men.”
Such “ideas” die hard. When I was elected as
the first woman in Harvard’s Society of Fellows in 1972,
a prestigious classical scholar wrote to me that he didn’t
know what to call a female fellow. Perhaps the ancient
Greek language could solve the problem, he suggested.
Since hetairos is Greek for fellow, they could just call me
As he and I knew well, however, hetaira was
also the Greek word for high-class prostitute.
Such “jokes” reinforced the old Jeffersonian
stereotype: Women are frivolous, distracting beings, all about sexuality,
so they’d better not go near those important public gatherings.
For many women, this past election promised the end of
exclusion from the nation’s highest offices. Thrilled by the prospect
of a woman in the White House, they were all the more disappointed
when those old stereotypes kept surfacing throughout the
Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin endured a level of scrutiny of
their appearance and behavior that is not applied to male candidates.
Was Hillary too angry? Not tough enough? Is Palin a soccer
mom? A sex object?
Sure, we did hear about Barack Obama’s upscale suits and
Biden’s temper, but not to the same extent - and not with the same
tacit demand to prove that their biology should not bar them from
the “public meetings of men.”
Actually, though, this election marked a victory for women’s
interests. Obama has done well among women ever since Iowa,
where more of them voted for him than for Clinton. Predictions of
massive defections of women after Clinton’s defeat and Palin’s nomination
proved unfounded. It was, after all, a silly notion: Women
are adults who care about many things - the economy, the war - and
are capable of making an intelligent choice based on issues.
Especially on issues of particular concern to women, there
were strong reasons to choose Obama and Biden, including their
positions on health care, abortion rights, and particularly domestic
violence, which remains a national scourge.
On the one side, women had Joe Biden, one of the real
feminist pioneers of American politics and the chief author of the
Violence Against Women Act; and Obama, whose commitment
to women’s equality, though less-documented, seems entirely
BY MART H A C R AV E N N U S S B A U M ‘ 6 4
We need more women in higher office
Their presence is more than symbolic
convincing. On the other, they had McCain, with his old-fashioned
insensitivity to women’s problems; and Palin, with her mean-spirited
policy of not paying for post-rape medical examinations in
Wasilla, which no doubt deterred countless women from reporting
But if women’s issues are paramount, what about their presence?
Jefferson thought that nice men could represent women, too
- an ugly, patronizing idea. Presence, though less important than the
issues, still counts for a lot.
The presence of women in high office breaks old stereotypes.
It establishes models of achievement. And it ensures that people
with firsthand experience of women’s issues, such as domestic
violence and sexual harassment, will be involved in public policy.
So, even though women were wise to focus on the issues, they
should still demand the appointments of women to key positions.
The contributions of women are especially important on the
Supreme Court. If women are represented inadequately there, it
sends a signal that they are less deliberative than men - less capable
of the weightiest sort of reflection.
After the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg commented that, with two women on the
court, the symbolic message was: “Here are two women. They
don’t look alike. They don’t always vote alike. But here are two
women.” She worried that a lone female justice looks like a “one-ata-time
curiosity, not the normal thing.”
Beyond the symbolism, Ginsburg often touches on women’s
experience in her opinions. She shows that key legal concepts, such
as the equal protection of the laws, require us to think substantively
about women’s lives and the obstacles that stand between them and
So Obama needs to appoint top women to his administration.
And he needs to heed Ginsburg’s advice, ensuring that there
will be more than one woman on the Supreme Court. Given the
likelihood that Ginsburg’s own retirement will create one of the
first two vacancies, this means his first two appointments probably
should be women who understand women’s issues. One of them
should be Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Seventh Circuit in Chicago, who is respected by both right and left
for her superb technical competence and legendary work ethic.
Women have won a lot on the issues. Now we need to keep
up the pressure for presence.
Martha Craven Nussbaum’64 is a professor of law and ethics at the
University of Chicago and a former Alumnae Award winner. The
above piece appeared with the headline “Women in office break stereotypes”
on the editorial pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer on Nov.
24, 2008 and is reprinted with Nussbaum’s permission.
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