Virtual Alumni Weekend
Virtual Alumni Weekend 2021: Welcoming Alums Back to MFS
Thanks to the many alumni who participated in our Virtual Alumni Weekend 2021, May 7-8. Alumni joined in from as near as Moorestown and as far away as Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Festivities kicked off with an Alumni Awards Presentation on Friday, May 7, followed by an Alumni Meeting for Worship, a Faculty and Student Panel, and an Alumni Trivia Contest on Saturday, May 8. Many classes also celebrated Virtual Reunions.
Please save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022 which will be held Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.
Virtual Events Schedule
Friday, May 7
Former Faculty and Staff Gathering via Zoom. Hosted by Lynne Brick and Marge Dawson.
Alumni Weekend Kickoff and Awards Presentations via Zoom. Hosted by Alumni Association Clerk Meg Hollingworth ’97, this event highlighted the 2020 and 2021 Alumni Association Award winners. See the 2020 and 2021 Award Recipients highlighted below.
Saturday, May 8
Meeting for Worship via Zoom. Hosted by Chester Reagan Chair Melissa McCourt.
Faculty and Student Panel via Zoom. Moderated by Head of School Julia de la Torre, and featuring English Department Chair Debra Auspitz Galler, Social Studies & Economics teacher Jake Greenberg, and members of the senior class. Panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities of teaching and learning during 2020-21 at MFS.
Alumni Gathering and MFS Trivia Contest via Zoom. Alumni Association Executive Committee members Chris Tegley ’88 and Meg Hollingworth ’97 hosted this alumni gathering, which featured breakout groups for alumni with a Quizzo-style trivia contest using a Google Form to record answers.
Check out these opportunities to virtually visit MFS on your own:
- Welcome Video with Head of School Julia de la Torre and friends.
- Campus Tour – Enjoy this specially recorded walk through campus on a busy school day.
- All Hail the Red and Blue – Listen to the Upper School Choir sing the school song.
- Send a special message of support and cheer to the current seniors.
- Check out the music of your decade.
- Explore the senior class Capstone Projects.
- Download an MFS virtual background.
The 2020 Alumni Association Awards
Alice Stokes Paul 1901 Merit Award – S. Merrill Weiss ’65 A member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, Merrill has been a leader for decades in broadcasting and in the creation of standards for digital television. He holds a number of U.S. and international patents in broadcast transmission technology. The author of countless technical papers, several books, as well as chapters in the National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, Merrill is one of the Fathers of Digital and High Definition TV. Click here to view this presentation and acceptance remarks.
Service Award – Frank Beideman and Mindy Holman – MFS alumni parents of Brad ’12 and Joe ’15 and executives with the Holman Automotive Group, Frank and Mindy have been pace setters in their roles as active parents at Westfield Friends and MFS, as dedicated members of their church, and as top volunteers and philanthropists in support of many area not-for profit organizations, including Urban Promise, MFS, the Community Foundation of South Jersey, and the United Way. They share a deep interest in the young people of Camden and believe strongly in giving to communities where Holman Automotive employees and customers live and work. Click here to view this presentation and acceptance remarks.
Young Alumni Awards – Cornell Verdeja-Woodson ’05 – A Teach for America alumnus with degrees from Ithaca College, where he was student body president, and the University of Vermont, Cornell has worked at NYU and Cornell University, where he became the Lead Diversity and Inclusion Officer. He also founded his own firm, Brave Trainings, LLC, which consults with organizations to promote authentic social justice dialogue. He is now the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Headspace, as well as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California, and is being honored for his career helping to lead the conversation about workplace equity. Click here to view this presentation and acceptance remarks.
The 2021 Alumni Association Awards
2021 Alice Stokes Paul 1901 Merit Award – Mark Mitchell ’86. Vice President of the National Association of Independent Schools, Mark has been a career-long advocate for opening the doors of access and opportunity at schools, helping to shape best practices on tuition pricing, affordability and school financial aid policy. An MFS Camden Scholar and Northwestern University alumnus, Mark is a former MFS trustee and an engaged alum who has helped lead the school’s diversity journey. Click here to view this presentation and acceptance remarks.
2021 Young Alumni Award – Ryan A. Flynn, M.D., Ph.D. ’06. Ryan is being recognized for his amazing work in the field of RNA biology and stem cell research. Earlier this year, Ryan became the newest Principal Investigator in the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard University in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. He did his postdoctoral work and earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at Stanford, after graduating from MIT. His mother, Anne Rosenberg, M.D. ’74, received the Alice Paul Merit Award in 2009. Click here to view this presentation and acceptance remarks.
2021 Service Award – Meridee Duddleston. With her husband Harvey Waxman, Meridee is a parent of alumna Melissa Waxman Fleischer ’03. During and well beyond Melissa’s years at MFS, Meridee has been a leadership volunteer extraordinaire. She is being honored for her highly-engaged work on Parent Council and later nine years as an MFS Trustee, including involvement with strategic planning, governance, property, development, an ad hoc risk assessment task group, her current service on the Head’s Council, as well as for her generous philanthropic support of the school’s endeavors. Click here to view this presentation and acceptance remarks.
Reunion Zoom’s for 0’s, 5’s, 1’s and 6’s. Reunion Committees worked on fun plans for class gatherings via Zoom, most on Saturday, May 8, featuring breakout rooms, reflections, trivia and more. Check out the information on the classes below.
1965 Thanks to Art Abramowitz, Linda Stevenson Kimball, Linda Hyatt Lee, Fred Moriuchi, Roslynne Novack and Merrill Weiss for organizing the Class of 1965 virtual reunion, which was held on Saturday, May 8 at 6 p.m. Thanks also to classmates for attending the Alumni Weekend Kickoff and Awards Presentation on Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and supporting Merrill Weiss as he received the 2020 Alice Stokes Paul Alumni Merit Award.
1995 Thanks to Lee Porter for organizing a Class gathering during the weekend of May 1!
2010 – The reunion for this class will be held in the fall. But, contact the Development Office at email@example.com if you’d like to participate in or help to organize a Reunion Zoom for the Class on Alumni Weekend.
2015 – The reunion for this class will be held in the fall. But, contact the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate in or help to organize a Reunion Zoom for the Class on Alumni Weekend.
1961 Thanks to Alice Berger Rogers and George Hulse for organizing the virtual reunion of the class on Saturday, May 8 at 2 p.m.. The gathering featured a moment of silent worship and reflection on class members who have passed away, trivia questions, catching up and conversation. Click to email Alice Rogers.
1971 The Class of 1971 50th Reunion was organized by Nancy Zbikowski Gifford, Judy Hurst Loane and Jeff Miller. The Class gathered together virtually on Saturday, May 8 at 5 p.m. EST. The event included a tribute video remembering classmates who have died, as well as breakout rooms for small group conversations, and more. The Class also huddled up again on Sunday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. EST.
In celebration of this milestone reunion, the Class is establishing the Class of 1971 Endowment, which will provide permanent annual resources for professional development, workshops and advanced degree coursework for teachers, as well as funds to increase faculty salaries. Nearly $90,000 has been raised thus far. To make your gift, visit this donation page.
Enjoy the 50th Reunion Book now available on ISSUU.
1986 Thanks to Haley Coles Driscoll, Rob Pineda, Cindy Thomas, Dee Cosby, Jennifer Johnston and Chris Jandoli for organizing the Zoom Reunion for the Class. The event was held on Friday, May 7 at 8:30 p.m. EST. Thanks also to classmates who attended the Alumni Weekend Kickoff and Awards Presentation earlier that evening to support Mark Mitchell ’86 as he received the 2021 Alice Stokes Paul Alumni Merit Award.
2006 Thanks to the Reunion Committee members – Maura Burk, Ryan Mulligan, Josh Nase, and Nicole Young – for organizing the virtual reunion for the Class on Friday, May 7 at 8:30 p.m. Thanks also to classmates who attended the Alumni Weekend Kickoff and Awards Program that evening to see Ryan Flynn ’06 receive the 2021 Young Alumni Award.
2011 – The reunion for this class will be held in the fall. But, contact the Development Office at email@example.com if you’d like to participate in or help to organize a Reunion Zoom for the Class on Alumni Weekend.
2016 – The reunion for this Class will be held in the fall. The reunion for this Class will be held in the fall. But, contact the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate in or help to organize a Reunion Zoom for the Class on Alumni Weekend.