From:                              Mary Campbell

Sent:                               Wednesday, April 27, 2016 3:26 PM

To:                                   Mary Campbell

Subject:                          FW: Alumni News from Harrisburg Academy



Harrisburg Academy




The Explorer: Alumni Edition 



The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School 

 April 27, 2016

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Dear Friends,

My Harrisburg Academy experience was the most formative and enriching period of my education.  I have had the pleasure of speaking on this topic with so many alumni and we all collectively agree about the quality of the education and preparation we received while students at the Academy.


I want to be sure that the school is able to continue to deliver a similar caliber of experience, adapted for the times.  It gives me deep satisfaction to be a part of making that happen.  I also see a robust and dynamic academic program that is always changing, but steeped in tradition.


It makes me extremely proud of the experience I had, but even prouder of what the school has become.  I invite all alumni to get involved and create new experiences that enrich the lives and character of the school, and all that are in it. 


Michael LaRue '02

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
(717) 763-7811 Ext. 1397


Alumni Relations Mission Statement

Harrisburg Academy's Alumni Relations program works to extend the advantages of an Academy education beyond graduation.  We are committed to expanding our global network of alumni, enriching Academy alumni relationships, and galvanizing the philanthropic support of current and future alumni for the school's mission and operations.


Mark Your Calendars for Alumni Weekend 2016

Be sure to do just that and mark you calendars for Alumni Weekend 2016, to be held Friday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 1.  The schedule of events is coming together nicely, so stay tuned for the full list of activities for the weekend, including the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony.


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Last Call for Nominations!

All alumni are invited to submit a nomination for the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards, to be held in September.  Nominations are also being accepted for the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which, starting during the 2016-17 academic year, will be hosted during the Upper School Athletics Banquet in the spring.


Nominate a fellow alumnus or alumna doing exceptional work or nominate yourself!  The Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony and Athletics Hall of Fame have become important traditions to the Academy community and are the perfect time to recognize alumni accomplishments.


Visit our website to submit a nomination, and mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 to join us for the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony!  Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Over $50,000 Raised by "Gala in the Garden"!

Thank you to Academy parents, alumni, and friends for generously supporting the "Gala in the Garden" Spring Benefit. This sold-out event was a wonderful celebration and we raised over $50,000 for our school! So much enthusiasm was on display as many proudly raised their paddles to show their Spartan pride.


Be sure to stay tuned for the announcement of next year's benefit -- we would love to include alumni in this annual celebration of the Academy community!  If you would be interested in sponsoring or donating an item to the auction, please contact Beth Zak.

Every gift helps to meet the Academy Fund goal, so make your gift today. Your generosity directly impacts the Academy learning experience.

Our students are our purpose. You are our partners!

Questions? Please contact Beth Zak in the Development Office.


2016 Community Blood Drive: Thursday, April 28

Share life -- donate blood! Please help Harrisburg Academy support the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) by participating in our annual Blood Drive tomorrow, Thursday, April 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All are encouraged to participate, not just Academy families! The event is sponsored by the Academy's National Honor Society chapter and is being coordinated by Jonathon Pastor '17.

The Blood Drive is another example of the Academy's commitment to building ties with and giving back to the greater Harrisburg community. Everyone in the Academy community and the greater Harrisburg area is invited to participate as long as they are older than age 16 (parental consent form required for 16-year-olds!) and meet the CPBB requirements for donating.

Visit Harrisburg Academy's website for more information.  Questions? Please contact Virginia Getz.


Thank You Tom Banks, You Will Be Missed!

Tom Banks, current head of Middle and Upper Schools, was recently selected as West Nottingham Academy's new head of school. Tom will assume his responsibilities on July 1, 2016.

Founded in 1744, West Nottingham Academy (WNA), located in Colora, Maryland, is the oldest day and boarding school in the United States for students in 9th through 12th grade. The school conducted an extensive national search for its head of school position, whittling down a field of 40 candidates to the one who met the school's vision for experience, institutional commitment, philosophical fit, and eagerness to serve.

Tom joined the Harrisburg Academy community 15 years ago, coming to us from Milton Hershey School. He has served successfully as the Academy's assistant head of school, head of the Middle and Upper Schools, and International Baccalaureate coordinator. During his time here, Tom has created strong working relationships with his faculty, which has led to creative and engaging academic programs, and an environment in which students enjoy learning and feel secure.

We greatly appreciate Tom's hard work and commitment to the students and families at Harrisburg Academy.

Please join us in congratulating Tom on his success! Questions? Please contact Jim Newman.


Watch the 2016 Annual Progress Report

A recording of the 2016 Annual Progress Report by Jim Newman is available on the Academy's website.  Jim provided updates about progress in accomplishing the current strategic plan, Growing the Academy Advantage, and initiatives that lie immediately ahead, including the Bold Ambition campaign.


Important Links:

Annual Progress Report broadcast -- Click here to watch the address.

TED talks -- Jim referenced two TED talks from Sir Ken Robinson in his address.  Click the links to view them: "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"; "Bring On the Learning Revolution."

21st Century Skills blog (by Jim Newman) -- Also referenced in his address, Jim's blog can be found here.


Music Suite New Construction

The construction of our new music suite, funded by the Bold Ambition campaign, started during Spring Break and will be ongoing through the summer.  Students are already looking forward to coming back for school in the fall to two large instruction rooms, smaller practice rooms, and much-needed space for instrument storage.


Thank you to all alumni who support the advancement of our school -- we are excited about this new addition to our facility!  Click for more information about Bold Ambition: The Campaign for Harrisburg Academy.  Questions?  Please contact Jim Newman.


Connect With Us Online

Be sure to connect with Harrisburg Academy online in the places that you visit and engage most. Through our postings on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram, YouTube, and our blog you can take a peek into the daily happenings at the Academy, both in and out of the classroom.  For Academy alumni updates and events, be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.




Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


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