Browning's Alumni Council hosted the 10th annual Alumni Note-a-thon in the Kurani Gym on Monday, February 12. A record number of 55 volunteers (many participating remotely) ranging from the Classes of 1963 to 2013 participated in signing and personalizing nearly 900 letters to fellow alumni. Letters promoted attendance at Alumni Reunion on April 13 as well as an Annual Fund contribution. For the first time, each and every milestone reunion class (those ending in "3" and "8" this year) received a letter signed by their Reunion Representative. A brief Alumni Council meeting was also held during the event. Huge thanks to our dedicated volunteers who took the time to write thoughtful notes to classmates near and far! Click here to view photos and a video.
Browning and Marymount co-hosted an alumni function for the sixth consecutive year on Friday, January 19, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Marymount School. As is tradition, the Marymount student tour guides once again did a phenomenal job leading tours of two exhibits: David Hockney and Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer. Following the gallery tours, guests walked across the street for a reception at Marymount. Browning's Alumni Association is grateful for Marymount's partnership in this annual event! Please click here to view photos.
On Thursday, January 11, Browning's Alumni Association hosted a Young Alumni and Past Parent Reception for the Classes of 2008-2017. More than 60 young alumni and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and Alumni Council members, attended this inaugural event. Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg '01 and Head of School John Botti both gave brief remarks during the reception. It was great to see everyone! Please click here for photos.
Alumni basketball players from the Classes of 1991-2016 returned to Browning on December 20 for the annual Alumni Basketball Game in the Upper Gym. Please click here to view photos and read a re-cap provided by Director of Athletics Andrew West ’92.
The Alumni Association featured a CFO Panel at this year's Class of 2000 Distinguished Speaker Series on October 25. The three panelists, all current parents, included Peregrine Broadbent P '29 (CFO of Jefferies), David Granville-Smith P '21, '25 (CFO and COO of A+E Networks) and Jane Nielsen P '18 (CFO of Ralph Lauren).
The evening began with an alumni donor roundtable in the Wilson Room, where an informal half-hour was spent discussing a variety of topics with the three CFOs. The many challenges that each one faces within their respective industries, particularly in light of the digital world and the current political climate, were touched on.
The panelists and alumni donors were then joined by more alumni, as well as current and past parents, in the Kurani Gym for the panel presentation. Head of School John Botti introduced each CFO and then turned things over to Mr. Granville-Smith, who acted as moderator. The three panelists spoke about their backgrounds and how they ended up in their current roles. Mentors, education experiences, and the balance between professional and personal lives were also discussed. Questions from the audience highlighted some of the ways in which the CFOs manage corporate culture, operations in different countries and company strategy. Following the panel and audience Q&A, a reception was held for all guests in the lobby.
The Alumni Association extends its sincerest gratitude to Mr. Broadbent, Mr. Granville-Smith and Ms. Nielsen for giving so much time and effort to make this evening possible for our community. Please click here to view the photos.
The Alumni Council reconvened after summer break for its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Monday, September 18. As is tradition, the meeting began with a special guest, typically someone from within the School's faculty, administration or Board of Trustees. Betty Noel, director of equity and diversity and Upper School science teacher, joined the group as special guest to speak about the recent and upcoming equity and diversity initiatives at Browning. The meeting also included an in-depth review of alumni participation in the 16-17 Annual Fund; a record number of alumni donated and the Alumni Council again reached 100% participation for the eighth year in a row. View photos. Further, the Alumni Association is gearing up for its first big event of the school year, the Class of 2000 Distinguished Speaker Series on October 25 featuring a CFO panel. Alumni, current parents, select past parents, Trustees and faculty are invited and registration is required here. Please contact Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan with any questions. Hope to see you there!
Form VI boys, their families and the entire Browning community gathered to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017 during graduation exercises on June 14 at Christ Church. Head of School John M. Botti, President of the Board of Trustees Valda M. Witt, and Head of Upper School James E. Reynolds presented diplomas to each member of the graduating class. Conor P.D. Harkins ‘17, president of the Upper School Student Council, offered parting remarks and best wishes to his fellow graduates. He was pleased to note that members of the senior class reached 100% participation in their class gift effort, raising a total of $7,691.13 and setting a record for Form VI fundraising. These funds have been allocated toward the renovation of the Cook Room. Click here to read more details and view photos.
The annual Form VI Alumni Association Breakfast took place on Wednesday, April 19. Head of School John Botti and Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg '01 led the festivities in recognizing each member of the Class of 2017 with a special gift from the Alumni Association in honor of the seniors' upcoming graduation. The following officers, Trustees and alumni faculty members also spoke to the boys about their involvement with the Alumni Association: Stuart Orenstein '00 (vice president of the Alumni Association), John Moran '97 (secretary of the Alumni Association), Jeffrey Landes '83 (Trustee), Richard Weaver '75 (Trustee), Sandy Pelz '71 (director of college guidance), Andrew West '92 (director of athletics) and Jeremy Katz '04 (director of communications design). Director of Institutional Advancement Jim Simon, Head of Upper School Jim Reynolds and Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan were also in attendance. The Alumni Association looks forward to Graduation Day, when these 25 members of the Class of 2017 will officially join its ranks! Please click here to view photos.
The annual Alumni Reunion saw a record turnout of 192 guests this year! On Friday, April 7, alumni ranging from the Classes of 1950 to 2014 returned to Browning for the Upper School assembly, True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon, and the Reunion reception.
For the first time since its establishment in 1991, the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award was presented to two alumni faculty members: current Director of College Guidance Sanford M. Pelz '71 and former teacher and administrator Eric Ordway '67. Mr. Pelz and Mr. Ordway were honored during the reception with an award ceremony led by Head of School John Botti and Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg '01.
Earlier in the day, an Alumni Career Panel presented at the Upper School assembly and featured three alumni employed in varied fields: Spiros Frangos '87 (chief of surgery at Bellevue Hospital), Peter Gordon '84 (head of Hilltop Country Day School) and Patrick Murtaugh '97 (co-founder and brewmaster of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery). At noon, the annual True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon was held for the 11th year at a nearby private club where guests were treated to a special musical performance by Browning's newly-formed a cappella group, the A CaPanthers.
Nearly 200 guests gathered in the Kurani Gym for the evening reception. In addition to the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award presentation, the Stephen S. Perry '76 Memorial Class Representative Awards were presented to the following class representatives: Steven G. Schott '72 (most outstanding overall), Charles B. Davis '07 (most outstanding correspondent) and Ahmed El-Razi '08, Philip Devereux-Demetriad '08 and Nicholas P. Rango '08 (most outstanding fundraisers).
Please click here to view photos. The Alumni Association is grateful to all who helped make this event possible!
Browning's Alumni Council hosted the ninth annual Alumni Note-a-thon in the Kurani Gym on Monday, February 13. A total of 38 volunteers participated in signing and personalizing nearly 850 letters to fellow alumni. The goal of the Note-a-thon is to encourage attendance at the upcoming Alumni Reunion (register here) as well as participation in the Annual Fund (support here). An Alumni Council meeting was also held. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who made this event possible! Please click here to view video and photos.
Browning and Marymount co-hosted an alumni function for the fifth consecutive year on Friday, January 20. The evening began at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where guests had the opportunity to enjoy Marymount student-guided tours of two different exhibitions: "Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio" and "Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion." Following the tours, the nearly 100 guests walked across the street to Marymount where a wine and cheese reception was held. Browning's Alumni Association is grateful for Marymount's partnership and looks forward to collaborating again! Please click here to view photos of the event.
The Browning School notes with sadness the death of John M. Richman '45, 2008 recipient of the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award. Mr. Richman attended Browning from 1937 until his graduation in 1945, followed by Yale University and Harvard Law School. He later became chairman and CEO of Kraft, Inc. His full obituary can be viewed here.
Please click here to read Mr. Richman's 2008 Alumnus Achievement Award acceptance speech.
Our thoughts are with his family.
The Alumni Council reconvened after the winter vacation on Monday, January 9, for its first meeting of the New Year. Head of School John Botti attended for the first time, serving as the meeting’s special guest. He expressed his enthusiasm and excitement in joining the Browning community and shared some of his favorite highlights from the past few months, as well as his goals for the year. Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg ’01 announced that the Alumni Council has already reached 100% participation in the Annual Fund. Accomplishing this in January, well before the June 30 deadline, is an exciting milestone for this group; typically 100% participation is not reached until the end of the fiscal year in June. The Form VI class also joins the Alumni Council with 100% participation in their class gift, an important senior class tradition. Also during this meeting, committee chairs gave reports on their committee’s progress. Thank you to all who attended! Please click here to view photos.
The annual Alumni Basketball Game was held in Browning's Upper Gym on Thursday, December 15. Alumni from the Classes of 1991-2014 attended for a fun night of friendly rivalry and lively competition. Teams were split up based on age, and the younger alums won by a score of 82-75. After the game the group enjoyed dinner and drinks in the cafeteria. The Alumni Association is grateful to the Athletic Department for its role in co-hosting this event! Please click here to view photos.
On Friday, December 9, the Parents Association hosted Browning's annual Holiday Party at the School. Hundreds of alumni, parents, trustees, faculty and friends attended. This year's theme, "Art Before Time," focused on prehistoric art. Cave paintings and petroglyphs by students in all three divisions adorned the walls. The Holiday Party is always popular with our alumni community; this year more than 100 alumni and their guests attended. The Alumni Association thanks the Parents Association for a great evening, and wishes the entire Browning community a wonderful holiday season! Please click here to view photos.
The annual Young Alumni Reunion was held on Tuesday, November 22, and it was great to welcome back so many of our college-age alumni! Alumni from the Classes of 2013-2016 returned to attend the 29th Annual Thanksgiving Assembly at Christ Church, followed by a reception with faculty and Form VI in the Kurani Gym. During the assembly, each alum introduced himself and told the audience how many years he attended Browning, and where he is currently in school. Back at Browning, the young alumni, faculty and Form VI students spent time catching up over sandwiches and cookies before Thanksgiving break began. The Alumni Association is grateful to all who made this event possible! Click here to view photos and details from the Young Alumni Reunion.
On October 26, the Alumni Association featured Steven Eisman P ’18 at this year’s Class of 2000 Distinguished Speaker Series. Nearly 150 guests returned to Browning for this special event.
Mr. Eisman is best known for shorting subprime mortgages during the recent housing market. He is currently a managing director at Neuberger Berman in New York, overseeing the Eisman Group within the firm’s private asset management division. In the 2015 film "The Big Short," Steve Carell's character was based on Mr. Eisman.
Mr. Eisman was generous with his time, spending the first half hour of the evening with alumni donors for an informal roundtable discussion in the Wilson Room. The conversation included topics ranging from the economy, government regulation, the current political climate, Brexit and more. He also spent time with a Form IV student who is doing an independent study on the housing crisis.
After the roundtable, the group moved to the Kurani Gym where they were joined by more alumni, parents, trustees and faculty. Mr. Eisman’s keynote address, “Reflections on the Financial Crisis: Then and Now,” was a fascinating account as to how and why the crisis happened, and where things currently stand today. Mr. Eisman was candid in his observations and opinions, which brought many laughs to the audience and also prompted a number of thoughtful questions. A reception for all guests followed in the lobby and library.
Browning's Alumni Association is most grateful to Mr. Eisman for sharing his time, wisdom and insights with our community. Special thanks is also due to the Class of 2000 for their leadership with this special event. Please click here to view video and photos.
The first Alumni Council meeting of the school year was held on September 19 in the Kurani Gym. The special guest at this meeting was Laurie Gruhn, assistant head of school and head of Lower School. In her report to the group, she spoke about the smooth transition to a new Head, the start of a new school year and plans for the future. Ms. Gruhn is in her 19th year at Browning, and the Alumni Association was thrilled to have her there to kick off the meeting. Reports from Alumni Association President Andy Sandberg ’01, Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan, Director of Institutional Advancement Jim Simon and the alumni committee chairs were also presented. In addition, another major focus of the meeting concerned alumni giving to the 2015-16 Annual Fund; the Alumni Council reached 100% participation once again, and the Alumni Association as a whole reached 19% participation. The Council wishes to remind all alumni that these meetings are open to all members of the Alumni Association; one need not be serving on the Council in order to attend. Please reach out to Director of Alumni Affairs Laura Lanigan if you are interested in receiving Council meeting updates and reminders. Thanks to all who participated in this first meeting of the year! Please click here to view photos.
The Alumni Association hosted an Open House with Browning's sixth Head of School John Botti on September 12. This event offered the alumni community its first chance to meet Mr. Botti, who began his tenure on July 1. More than 50 guests attended. Prior to the start of the event, the Alumni Council enjoyed a private half-hour meet-and-greet with the School's new Head. President of the Alumni Association Andy Sandberg ’01 gave a thorough introduction of Mr. Botti, who spoke about his excitement in joining the Browning community and in getting to know the alumni. The Alumni Association wholeheartedly welcomes Mr. Botti and his family! Please click here to view photos.
On Thursday, June 23, a Young Alumni Mixer was held for the Classes of 2001-2012 at Hudson Terrace in New York City. Fifteen independent schools participated in this event: Browning, Brearley, Chapin, Collegiate, Dalton, Fieldston, Hewitt, Horace Mann, Marymount, Nightingale-Bamford, Riverdale, Sacred Heart, St. Bernard's, Spence and Trinity. Special thanks to Collegiate for organizing. The Alumni Association wishes everyone a great summer! Please click here to view photos.