Harrisburg Academy




The Explorer: Alumni Edition 



The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School 

 March 24, 2016

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Dear Friends,

Over the past few years, I have spent a great deal of my time introducing current students to alumni and encouraging meaningful conversations about experiential learning and professional paths.


The next step is to actually help place young alumni with professional alumni, either through internships or first-job introductions.  A number of professional alumni have been in contact with the Academy, looking to forge these types of relationships, and we look forward to facilitating even more connections.


Many other Academy alumni and I want to help our young alumni launch their careers, develop their passions, or find a mentor.  If you are a professional and want to help a recent graduate pursue his or her career, please contact me.  If you, yourself are looking for career advice, please contact me.  Together we can build an engaging and rewarding alumni community.


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.


Seeking Nominations for the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards!

All alumni are invited to submit a nomination for the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards, to be held in September.  Nominate a fellow alumnus or alumna doing exceptional work or nominate yourself!  The Alumni Achievement Awards Induction Ceremony has become an important tradition to the Academy community and is 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 ceremony!  The awards ceremony will be part of Alumni Weekend 2016, so stay tuned to the Explorer and the Academy website for more information.  Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Share Your Stories for the 2017 NewsMagazine

Did you enjoy your copy of the 2016 NewsMagazine?  With each edition, we rely on you to help us choose stories that are relevant and interesting to the entire Academy community.  For our 2017 edition, we are excited to feature a theme of public service (political office at all levels, philanthropic leadership, etc.) as we wrap up a year of big national elections.  Most importantly, we will focus on how three core skills taught at the Academy - reading, writing, and speaking - prepare students to be successful in these competitive occupations. 


Do you or an Academy friend have a great story to share?  An epic adventure or a chance meeting with someone famous?  A notable accomplishment achieved in your profession or through community service that fits this greater theme?  If so, please be in touch with Kristina Pae, director of communications.


2016 Spring Benefit, "Gala in the Garden"

Come and be part of a great evening!  The 30th annual Spring Benefit, "Gala in the Garden," is Saturday April 16, 2016, 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Stock's Manor in Mechanicsburg.  The benefit raises funds to enhance the classroom experience for each student.  All alumni are invited to attend and support our school!


Please contact Beth Zak in the Development (717-763-7811 ext. 1396) for questions or to purchase your ticket!


Recent Lunch n' Learn with Dr. Jennifer Shannon D.M.D. '02

Many Academy alumni return to the school to host Lunch n' Learns, which introduce current students to professional careers that interest them. Alumni are also proud to share the benefits they received from their Academy education. Recently, Dr. Jennifer Shannon D.M.D. '02 visited the Academy to speak with students about her career in dentistry. Jennifer earned a bachelor's degree in biology from College of Charleston, attended the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University, and is now a partner at Locust Lane Dental Group in Harrisburg. Thanks, Jennifer!



New Marketing Videos Are Now Live!

The Communications Office has been hard at work producing two new Harrisburg Academy marketing videos to showcase the many advantages of an Academy education.  We are excited to share the final product!  We are so proud of our school, and we hope that you, too, feel proud to be a part of this special community.  Questions?  Please contact Kristina Pae.


"Discover the Advantage" - Harrisburg Academy's Early Childhood and Lower School Divisions


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Harrisburg Academy to Break Ground on Music Suite this Spring

WORMLEYSBURG, PA - With signs of spring everywhere, the Harrisburg Academy community is excited to celebrate the new season with further facilities upgrades. Through a unanimous vote at its Feb. 18 meeting, the Academy's Board of Trustees gave the green light to the next part of the school's Bold Ambition campaign, construction of a new 3,200-square-foot music suite. This capital expansion project, the second of the comprehensive campaign's Performing Arts phase (Phase II), includes construction of two large instruction rooms, smaller practices rooms, and instrument storage.  Read more...


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.


Our Students Are Our Purpose.  You Are Our Partners!


Make your Academy Fund gift today -- every gift helps to meet the 2015-16 Academy Fund goal.  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.


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