On the evening of April 21, 900 guests attended “A Night at The Met Honoring Headmaster Stephen M. Clement, III” in The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thanks to the generosity of underwriters from The Browning School, all those in attendance – especially the guest of honor who will retire after 28 years as Headmaster at the end of June – marveled at the spectacular setting and opportunity to mark this milestone.
A shared champagne toast to Mr. Clement by former Board President/Honorary Trustee James Chanos and current Board President Samuel Weinhoff was part of the festivities, along with tribute videos produced by Browning parent Ken Metz; a string quartet led by Vincent Lionti, a Browning parent and violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; a musical tribute by Lower School music teacher Lucy Warner; remarks by Bodie Brizendine, head of The Spence School; a performance by the legendary Whiffenpoofs of Yale University (Mr. Clement’s alma mater); and months of detailed planning by event Chair Sharon Jacob, Trustee Deborah van Eck (both Browning parents) and Director of Institutional Advancement Jim Simon combined for a poignant and unforgettable evening. Click here to view the tribute videos, photos and remarks from the evening.
The Form II boys visited the United Nations headquarters in midtown Manhattan as part of their studies in Spanish and history regarding the formation of the United Nations. The boys were led through the complex comprised of the General Assembly Hall, Conference and Secretariat Buildings, where they learned about protocol, the issues regularly discussed there, and details of the impeding election of a new Secretary General. They were fascinated to discover that the land the U.N. occupies was donated by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a student in Browning’s first graduating class in 1893. The docent helped the boys appreciate the peacekeeping mission and sustainable development goals of the U.N. Click here to view photos and details of the class’ tour.
On Wednesday, April 20, Headmaster Clement and Alumni Association President Michael Beys '89 hosted Browning's Class of 2016 at a nearby private club for the annual Form VI Alumni Association Breakfast. As is tradition at this event, the senior class was formally inducted into the Alumni Association and presented with engraved money clips to commemorate their upcoming graduation. The boys had a chance to hear from the following officers and Alumni Council members: Mr. Beys '89, Vice President of the Alumni Association Stuart Orenstein '00, Secretary of the Alumni Association John Moran '97 and Alumni Council Member John Hutzler '86. Alumni faculty members Mr. Pelz '71, Coach West '92 and Mr. Katz '04 also spoke about staying involved beyond graduation. The Alumni Association looks forward to having these 26 new members officially join its ranks in June! Please click here to view photos.
The second annual Panther games at Randall's Island, held on Wednesday, April 13, were organized by physical education teacher David Watson. Three color teams, Red, Black and White, were involved in various events and activities throughout the day.
The morning started with a human pyramid race involving all members of all the teams, followed by running events. There were other activities as well, including tug of war, beanbag toss, potato sack race and wheelbarrow race, allowing the teams to score points before heading to lunch. In the afternoon the captains of the teams rallied their members to play and score more points in three team sports, including soccer, modified softball and touch football. After all the games were completed and the points collected, the Red team was declared the victor for the day. Click here to view photos.
On April 11, the entire Middle School ventured out to Randalls Island on a blustery day for Field Day. Coach Michael Cohn reports: The cold weather didn't dampen the boys' spirits, as you could feel the energy and enthusiasm among them. The morning events included various track and field activities, tug-of-war, relay races and a "World Cup" soccer tournament. After two exciting hours of play, the boys enjoyed a picnic pizza lunch and then proceeded to participate in any activity of their choice, including soccer, kickball, touch football and capture the flag. A great day of competition and fun was had by all, and Middle School Field Day 2016 was a huge success. Go, Panthers! View photos.
On Friday, April 8, more than 180 alumni and guests returned for Browning's annual Alumni Reunion, a full day of festivities. Alumni from the Classes of 1950 through 2013 attended along with their guests, as well as a number of faculty and staff. The Alumni Association's highest distinction, the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award, was presented to Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner, Jr. '71 during the evening reception.
The day began with an Alumni Career Panel featuring four alumni: Benjamin D'Innocenzo '06 (Environmental Protection Agency), Max Levai '06 (Marlborough Chelsea), Alexander Sheridan '04 (Riverdale Country School) and Alexandros Theodorou '93 (Virgin America). These alumni spoke to Upper School boys about their lives after Browning, shared words of wisdom and advice, and proudly discussed how well their Browning education has served them. They also expressed gratitude to a number of faculty members who still work at Browning. Following the Career Panel, the annual True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon was held for the 10th year in a row at a nearby private club. The highlight of the luncheon was a special performance from the Upper School Chorus, led by Music Department Chair David Prestigiacomo. Please click here to watch.
The main Reunion event, a cocktail reception held in the Lower Gym, saw a record turnout of alumni and guests. The Stephen S. Perry '76 Memorial Class Representative Awards were presented to three outstanding alumni: Sanford Pelz '71 (Most Outstanding Class Representative), Justin Kingson '98 (Most Outstanding Class Correspondent) and William Selden '65 (Most Outstanding Class Fundraiser). Following the Alumnus Achievement Award presentation to Mr. Gardner, Headmaster Clement was made an Honorary Member of the Alumni Association in recognition of his final year as head. President Michael Beys '89 led the special presentation and was joined on stage by past presidents Jeffrey Landes '83 and Richard Weaver '75.
Throughout the day, alumni visited classes and toured the newly renovated facilities. A special archival display in the lobby was also popular. Please click here to view photos from all 2016 Alumni Reunion events. The Alumni Association is grateful to the many alumni, faculty and staff who made this event possible!
On March 4, the Athletic Department held its annual Winter Sports Assembly for the Middle and Upper Schools in the Upper Gym. The 2015-16 winter season at Browning was filled with highlights and rebuilding. From the very beginning, the basketball season marked a new era here at Browning, in which outside coaches joined Browning coaches to offer experienced instruction and strategies that enhanced the hoops experience for our students. Also joining the Browning coaching ranks as the new squash coach, Roland Lafontant, the head squash professional at the Harmonie Club, who has successfully taken on the task of building a cadre of players interested in learning the game and coaching Browning’s first competitive squash team. Click here to view video and photos from the season, and read individual reports from each team’s coach.