Nota Bene: April 15, 2019
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From the Alumni Advisory Council President
Spring has come to Saint Mary’s Hall!
The mountain laurels and bluebonnets are in bloom; students are wrapping up this academic year and looking forward to the next; and seniors are focused on Commencement and college acceptances. As alumni, we are looking forward to our reunion on May 18. This year’s celebration is unique as it honors the Class of 1969: the first class that graduated from the Starcrest Campus, 50 years ago. Take a look back at how the SMH community celebrated the campus’ “birthday” by visiting our Happy 50th Birthday Starcrest Campus web page.
The old French Place Campus is now the home of San Antonio Academy, with which we continue to have close and friendly ties. I invite you to take a walk down memory lane and learn more about our school’s historic campuses by reading Our Story.
It is meaningful to me that the bronze lettering spelling out our school motto, “Teach Us Delight in Simple Things,” was moved from the French Place Campus to the Starcrest Campus. The letters now are laid in the steps of the school’s front entrance, giving the community a daily reminder of the ethos that binds us together. Although the location and appearance of our campus has changed over time, our heart—and our traditions—endure. I invite you to revisit some of them by visiting our Traditions page. Some of my favorites:
- The alma mater, written in 1928, is still sung at Convocation and other events.
- La Reata, the Saint Mary’s Hall yearbook, first published in 1928, is produced each year.
- The school prayer remains the same and is recited regularly.
- Seniors are distinguished by their blue ties, and the Blue Tie Ceremony takes place at the start of every school year, as it has since 1940.
- The community still gathers for Fiesta, our annual school festival.
- Tapestries that are familiar to generations of alumni still hang in the Peggy Pitman Mays Dining Hall.
It fills my heart to know that the students of today find meaning in the simple, delightful traditions that we observed. Alumni are welcome to visit campus and attend events, where you can see these traditions in practice. Even better, alumni have the chance to participate in the annual competition between the Capers and Elliot teams. Students continue to compete for the coveted Bishops’ Cup, and alumni have the opportunity to compete for the Alumni Bishops’ Cup. By now, you should have received your Alumni Giving Challenge postcard.
Have you shown your Capers or Elliott pride this year? Whether you wore yellow or blue, this is your opportunity to help your team have its name engraved on the 2018-2019 Alumni Bishops’ Cup which will be awarded at the reunion. Help your team win! Make your gift today!
You also should have received your invitation to next month’s Alumni Reunion on Saturday, May 18. We hope you can join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, school tours, and class photos. There will be many issues of La Reata on display to help you to reminisce with friends and faculty. I am confident you will have a great time, and that your visit to campus will strengthen your pride in our alma mater. RSVP today!
In celebration of more Saint Mary’s Hall traditions, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to this year’s Distinguished Alumna, Carolyn Holland Labatt (Class of 1972) and Momentum Award Winner, Corinna Holt Richter (Class of 2003). We look forward to recognizing them at a special luncheon in May. We will have feature stories on each of them in the July issue of Nota Bene.
I look forward to seeing you on the Saint Mary’s Hall campus soon!
Katherine (Katy) E. David (Class of 1996, Elliott)
President, Saint Mary’s Hall Alumni Advisory Council
Like last year, your gift to our school is your continued participation in a beloved Saint Mary’s Hall tradition: the intramural competition between the Capers and Elliott teams.
Once again, every gift made to The SMH Fund between September 1, 2018 and May 1, 2019 earns one point for the team you designate. Help your team earn bragging rights and have your team name engraved on the Alumni Bishops’ Cup.
This year we’ve introduced team captains. Allison Reyes (Class of 2006) will lead the Elliott’s comeback attempt. “It’s our year, Elliott team! Help your team claim the Alumni Bishops’ Cup and show your SMH support and appreciation!” Luci Leykum (Class of 1989) will rally the Capers toward a repeat. “As an alum and current SMH parent, I have a great appreciation for the SMH community. Stay involved and show your team spirit through participating in the Alumni Bishops’ Cup Challenge – and Go Capers!”
Alumni will be on campus May 1 trying to garner more points for their respective teams. You can also give online. Thank you for considering this investment in the future of our students and our beloved alma mater.
Who will win and be awarded the Alumni Bishops’ Cup at the 2019 Alumni Reunion on May 18, 2019? Stay tuned!
Take a walk down memory lane as we celebrate 50 years on the Starcrest Campus!
Class of 1969 photos will be taken at 10:30am after the tour of SMH.
For more information about your class reunion plans, please contact:
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Do you have great news to share with your fellow SMH alumni? Maybe you landed your dream job, got married, had a baby, or went on an amazing vacation. Or, you just want to update your contact information! Fill out this online form with your name, class year, latest news, and even upload photos. Your story may be highlighted in the Alumni Class Notes section of The Shield.
Take a look at what your classmates are up to in the Spring 2019 issue of The Shield. The Shield is published twice annually for parents, alumni, and friends of the school. Each issue contains interesting stories about the school, students, teachers, and alumni.
The Spring 2019 edition of The Shield focused on A Recipe for Student Success (read our digital edition). SMH student success is a rich mixture of faculty, learning and innovation, opportunities to experience amazing speakers, cross-curricular opportunities, leadership development, and much more! If you are not receiving The Shield and would like a printed copy or the digital edition, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information about our Alumni Program, have questions about stories you've read in Nota Bene or The Shield, or would like to RSVP for an event, please contact:
Director of Philanthropic Engagement
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Alumni, here are some opportunities to have some fun and get involved! Save the date to attend or participate in one or more of the exciting events listed below.
- April 23
- All-School State of SMH Coffee at 8am led by Head of School Jonathan Eades in the Remmert Theater. The State of Saint Mary's Hall will address successes as a school and how Saint Mary's Hall is investing in student success.
- May 1
- Capers vs. Elliott Alumni Giving Challenge. Give your gift online!
- May 1
- The Kelso Lecture Series presents Noah Galloway at 6pm in the Coates-Seeligson Theater/Chapel. Noah's story is a shining example that with laughter, and the right amount of perspective, you can tackle anything. He was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and just three months in to his second tour of duty, he lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. He has appeared on FOX's American Grit, ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and recently released his first book, Living With No Excuses: the Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier. View the event flyer here to learn more and to RSVP.
- May 3
- SMH Passport: Ignite! at 6pm at the Alonso Ancira Event Center. The SMH community is invited to share an amazing evening of fun in support of our school at our bi-annual gala. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and online and live auction bidding. For more information, visit www.smhall.org/passport
- May 18
- Alumni Reunion 2019: RSVP Today!
- May 25
- Commencement at 5pm at the Alonso Ancira Event Center – thanks to everyone who has volunteered to be an award presenter. It means so much to our current students when alumni share in their special evening.
Carol Brown, Kay Dahle, and Amy Hetrick have been with our Saint Mary’s Hall community for over 25 years. Help us commemorate their years spent at SMH with your favorite memories, stories, and/or kind words!
Just fill out the 2018-2019 Legacy Society Honorees form! You are welcome to submit for more than one teacher. Thank you for helping us to commemorate these wonderful teachers and celebrate their legacy at SMH!
Mrs. Addison Baker Duncan, Jr.
nee Sally Prescott Witt
Class of 1943
January 24, 2019
Mrs. John William Elder
nee Virginia Jago
Class of 1949
November 21, 2018
Mrs. Frances Katherine Dilworth
Class of 1949
February 20, 2019
Mrs. Martha Dickman
nee Martha Terrell Couch
Class of 1951
January 16, 2019
Mrs. Seth A. Newberger
nee Kaye Lynn Epstein
Class of 1957
December 10, 2018
Mrs. Paul Adams
nee Jill Crawford
Class of 1957
January 4, 2019
Ms. Mary Elizabeth Christian
Class of 1961
January 6, 2019
Mrs. Alfred M. Macdaniel
nee Amanda Marie Ochse
Class of 1963
February 24, 2019
Ms. Joella Pickering Smith
Class of 1966
December 10, 2018
Mrs. Andrew Robbins
nee Star Bright Harman
Class of 1996
March 9, 2019
Mr. Keith Durham “Keefurs” Harrison
Class of 2006
December 14, 2018
Mr. Ralph Howell
Fine Art Photography and Digital Media Teacher, 1986-2017
March 30, 2019
We will honor our alumni who have passed away during the last year at a memorial service on Saturday, May 18 during our Alumni Reunion. This service will be led by All-School Chaplain Rev. Dr. Cameron D. Gunnin.
Joan Kelleher '50, Ruth Agather '79, Kevin Stacy '10, John (Jack) Agather '13, Clara Kelleher '14, Merrilee Agather '14, Herbert (Danny) Kelleher '15, Margaret (Maggie) Kelleher '17, Michael Kelleher '17, Caroline Kelleher '17, and Mollie Kelleher Form 12
on the loss of their husband, father and grandfather, Herbert David Kelleher
Florence (Bitsy) Ayres Rubsamen '53
on the loss of her husband, Rollins Schultz Rubsamen
Clifton McNeel '61 and Mary Martha Luke McNeel '66
on the loss of a brother and brother-in-law, John K. McNeel
Carol C. Vokes '62, Steven A. Vokes '93, Kathleen G. Vokes '96, and Ariane Vokes '08
on the loss of a husband and father, Robert Emmett Vokes
Wandita Ford Turner '64
on the loss of a brother-in-law, Tom E. Turner, Jr.
Moye Parish Hinkebein '66 and Priscilla Parish Power '71
on the loss of their mother, Moye Goodrich Parish
Diane Dilworth Gates '76 and Thomas (Dos) Albert Gates, Jr. '02
on the loss of their mother and grandmother, Frances Katherine Dilworth '49
Rachel Evelyne Barenblat '92
on the loss of her mother, Liana Epstein Barenblat
Heather O. Cadell '02
on the loss of her grandmother, Elizabeth Ottmers
Sarah (Sadie) W. Uphan '03, Addison Baker Duncan IV '04, and Robert (Witt) Duncan '06
on the loss of their grandmother, Sally Witt Duncan ’43, and grandfather, Addison Baker Duncan
Alejandro (Ale) Manuel Martinez '04 and Pilar Anais Martinez '07
on the loss of their mother, Diane L. Martinez
Kelsey Nicole Harrison '06
on the loss of her brother, Keith Durham “Keefurs” Harrison '06
Christina Zimmerhanzel '08, Kathryn (Katy) Zimmerhanzel '10, and Kelly Zimmerhanzel '13
on the loss of their grandmother, Elizabeth Jean (Betty Jean) Rowland
Shell Munro Koontz '11, Henry Clay Koontz '14, and Serena Caroline Koontz '15
on the loss of their grandfather, Thomas Allen Koontz
Anthony Naji Kayruz '13
on the loss of his father, Naji Tanios Kayruz
Sam B. Berman '13, Adam G. Berman '14, Matthew G. Berman '16, and Brian Berman Form 7
on the loss of their grandfather, Arthur (Art) E. Smith
Mick Franklin Kossl '15
on the loss of his father, Daniel (Dan) D. Kossl
Daniel David Willborn '16 and Luke Davis Willborn Form 12
on the loss of their grandmother, Mary Blythe (Carrie) Willborn
Diego Andrade '18
on the loss of his grandfather, Ramiro Andrade