Tradition & Today - Baldwin School

Tradition & Today - Baldwin School

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& Today

Joining Hands

Sally M. Powell


Editor: Leslie Pfeil

Photo credits: Pete Bannan,

courtesy of Main Line Life; J.P.

Burke; Leslie Pfeil, Kathleen

Simone, Pete Stone. Photos in Class

Notes and some feature articles are

supplied by individual alumnae,

students and Institutional

Advancement Office staff. Photo

of Martha Nussbaum courtesy of

the University of Chicago.

All photographs are identified left

to right unless otherwise noted.

The Echoes is published for the

alumnae, parents, students, friends

and staff of The Baldwin School.

We welcome letters regarding the

contents of the magazine and/or

issues pertaining to the school.

Letters must be signed. The editor

retains the right to edit at discretion.

Please send correspondence to:

Leslie Pfeil, Editor, Echoes

The Baldwin School

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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.


Outside Our Comfort Zone

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.

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.

Pictured Above:

Head of School Sally Powell and her

husband, Frank Powell, in Ladakh.

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Inside Front

A Message from the Head

Pushing Boundaries

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

Athletic Center

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

and More

15 Honors for Scholars

National Merit and AP Scholars

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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

Inside Back

Thinking Girls

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Toutia Daryoush ’09 (left) was out of her

comfort zone in Iran last year.

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The ribbon waits to be cut at the opening

of the new Athletic Center.

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The Scott sisters, Sara ’96, Emily ’00

and Elizabeth ’98, were among the

alumnae at the National Board of

Advisors meeting.

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Homecoming 2008

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


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.


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)

Historical Integrity

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

management system.

ABOVE: Shayna Fader ’11 became the first student to take a dip in the

pool, uniform and all.


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

Athletic Center.

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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Good Sports


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


Cross Country

Inter-Ac Second Team - Elizabeth Auritt ’11

All-Main Line First Team - Elizabeth Auritt ’11

Field Hockey

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

senior class.

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


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

Haverford College.

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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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.

Faculty Footnotes

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

Graham Phillips.

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



Book Fair


“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

the crime.

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

full equality.

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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