Alumni Weekend and Class Reunions
Alumni Weekend 2020 begins on Friday, May 1 and continues with events on Saturday, May 2. Alumni Weekend 2020 will feature reunions for the classes ending in 0 and 5. Contact the Development Office to learn more about Alumni Weekend 2020 plans or to get involved in your class reunion plans.
Alumni Weekend 2019 was held on May 3-4 and featured numerous special programs and activities including:
- The Dinner Among Friends where retiring faculty members were honored, along with the 2019 recipients of the Alice Stokes Paul Merit Award, Young Alumni Award and Service Award. See information on the 2019 honorees below.
- Meeting for Worship.
- Lunch and Learn for alumni featured feature rotating stations of short interactive activities and informative presentations hosted by faculty, staff, student and alumni presenters. Alumni heard about the Growth Mindset, learned how to code like MFS Lower School students, drew mandalas, relaxed with hand yoga, got a handle on Instagram, pick up soil testing tips, listened to students speak about their Intensive Learning experiences. The 50th Reunion Class as well as prior 50th Reunion Classes were recognized as well.
- Student Guided Tours
- Meeting new Head of School Julia de la Torre
- Alumni Book Group discussion of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing Unburied Sing
- A Reception with Former Faculty and Staff
- A Head’s Reception/Alumni Networking Reception in Van Meter Hall
- Numerous Class Reunions were held on Saturday evening, May 4.
Reunion Class Information for Reunions Scheduled for Fall 2019:
The following alumni were honored at the May 3 Dinner Among Friends:
Alice Stokes Paul 1901 Merit Award – Maria Elena del Socorro Jefferds ’89: Maria is the team lead for the Center for Disease Control’s International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program. She is being honored for her global leadership in the fight against hunger.
Alumni Service Award – Patricia Ann Metzer ’59: Pat is a nationally prominent tax attorney, whom the school is fortunate to have as a trustee. She is being saluted for her outstanding service to the school over the years – through both her wise counsel and her generosity.
2019 Young Alum Awards:
Kristi Hunter-Ryan ’04: Kristi is being recognized for establishing a scholarship with the Al Carino Girls Basketball Club of South Jersey, in memory of MFS Class of 2004 classmate Markia Harley, who died during basketball tryouts in November of their high school freshmen year.
Christopher Setz-Kelly ’04: Chris is receiving this award in appreciation of his dedication as an attorney at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, where he both works on behalf of the Anti-Human Trafficking project, and serves the local immigrant community.
The following faculty members were recognized at the Dinner Among Friends upon their retirement from MFS in June.
Deb Alterman: 14 years as Lower School Librarian, introducing young students to books they love. An ever-willing volunteer, she has served “above and beyond” on Lower and All-School committees.
Kathi Bernard: 21 years teaching math in Middle School and serving as a 6th Grade Advisor, known for her open door and before- and after-school help.
Karen Washington, Director of Diversity and Inclusion: 25 years of service, chairing and teaching in the World Languages Department, and becoming the school’s first Director of Multicultural Affairs in 2007.