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Posted Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 
Jeff will be performing original songs along with a presentation by current WMA students.

Artist-in-Residence, Jeff Harms to perform May 1

Singer/songwriter Jeff Harms will headline the 2014 Francis Michael Casey Fund Concert Thursday, May 1 at Wilbraham & Monson Academy. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Chapel with a reception following at Morrow House from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature Jeff Harms, singer, songwriter, performance artist, fine artist and sculptor. He will be performing original songs along with a presentation by current Wilbraham & Monson Academy students. Jeff is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

The namesake of the fund, Mr. Francis Michael Casey, a former teacher and headmaster of Wilbraham & Monson Academy, passed away in 2006. Arthur H. and Barbara F. Zalkan and their three children, Brett ‘83, Marilyn ‘84, and Ira ‘89 created the fund in 1994. It was established to honor his devotion to and support of the fine and performing arts, as well as the educational experience the school provided.

For more information contact Director of Major Gifts & Campaign Coordinator Christina Cronin at 413.596.9189 or visit us online.

Posted Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 
This all-day event will feature many speakers from around the region, including keynote by Professor Xiangming Chen, Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College.

WMA to host full-day academic conference, The City, April 4 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy is sponsoring its third annual full-day academic conference, The City, on Friday, April 4, 2014, featuring keynote speaker Professor Xiangming Chen of Trinity College. Also speaking are Richard Walker of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the City2City Pioneer Valley initiative, and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. The event will take place in the Athletic Center on the school’s campus on Faculty Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Professor Chen, Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College, will give his keynote address at 9 a.m. Richard Walker will speak at 10 a.m. during the Economic and Urban Development portion of the conference, and Mayor Morse will be part of the political panel at 1:15 p.m. along with State Senator Gale Candaras and Denise Jordan, Chief of Staff to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The panel will be moderated by WFCR’s All Things Considered Host Sue Kaplan.

A representative from MGM Springfield will also make a presentation on how MGM would approach building in the urban environment should its application be approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The conference will engage students, faculty and members of the community in focusing on local and global changes, as well as the benefits and challenges of an increasingly urbanized world. Other conference speakers include: Professor Serin Houston, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Mount Holyoke College; Guy McLain, Director of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History; Marla Michel, Director of the Business Growth Center in Springfield; and Mary Steele, TV Producer of WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City

Participants will take part in breakout sessions including Economics and Urban Development; the History and Future of Innovation in Springfield; The Future of Global Cities; Culture and Arts; and Politics and Cities.

WGBY Channel 57 is sponsoring the event. There is no cost associated with the conference; however, registration is required to attend. To register, visit www.WMA.us/TheCity
Posted Monday, Feb 3, 2014 
Yashar will perform four of Beethoven's greatest piano sonatas.

Pianist Yashar David Yaslowitz ’95 to perform Beethoven at Wilbraham & Monson Academy on Feb. 27

The Robert W. McCallum ‘46 Visiting Lectureship Fund at Wilbraham & Monson Academy presents a concert featuring WMA alumnus (’95) Yashar David Yaslowitz, artistic director of the Carnegie Concert Series at the Nyack Library in New York. The event, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the WMA Alumni Memorial Chapel, is free and open to the public. Yashar will perform four of Beethoven’s greatest piano sonatas: Moonlight, Pathetique, Waldstein and Appassionata. During his visit, Yashar will also provide master classes and perform for students during all-school meeting.

A native of Suffern, N.Y., Yashar first received piano lessons at age eight. As a teenager, he studied with local pianist-composer John Lampkin. Following a year of study with Julie Jordan at the Juilliard Evening Division, he was awarded a performing arts scholarship at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where he studied with David Westfall and Luiz de Moura Castro. He graduated with honors in piano performance in 2000. Yashar went on to earn a master’s degree in piano performance at SUNY Purchase College.

About the Robert W. McCallum '46 Visiting Lectureship Fund

In June 2002, this endowed fund was established in memory of devoted former Trustee Robert Warren McCallum ’46W through the generosity of Charles A. McCallum ’43W, his brother, and former Trustee Lenita McCallum Witherspoon, Robert’s widow. The income from the fund is used to enrich the spiritual life of students at the Academy through a visiting lecturer, artist, or a scholar in residence. 

For more information contact Christina Cronin, Director of Major Gifts, 413.596.9189.
Posted Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 
Jessica Smith '14 recounts her experience in the city.

Model UN students went to NYC

by Jessica Smith '14

On Thurs. Dec. 5, 2013, the International Relations class traveled to New York City to learn about the United Nations in preparation for the Harvard Model UN conference in February. We departed from WMA at 7:30 a.m. with teachers Mr. Cook and Ms. Markowski, as well as a special guest appearance by College Counselor Mr. Boozang.

Although our trip was filled with what seemed as endless time in traffic, we arrived at the United Nations at 11:45 a.m., just in time for our tour. The UN building we visited last year was under construction so we went to a new building and our tour took place in one hallway. Our large International Relations group comprised of 31 students and three faculty members was split up into two groups to learn about the history of the UN and conflicts that the UN is currently facing and discussing. As we passed through the tour we were able to observe the Economic and Social Council for a short time to watch different countries present their cases.

Once we finished our tours at the UN, the class had lunch at Buca Di Beppo, a traditional family-style Italian restaurant in the heart of New York City. There, we were greeted by a Model UN member and WMA alum, Clement Broussal-Lanusse '13. The students were able to learn about his fast-paced and non-stop lifestyle working for the French Government in New York City. Clement explained his hopes to eventually work for the United Nations as a representative from France. He discussed the important people he has seen at work such as the French President, as well as many more prominent political figures he has personally met. Clement said that he will continue working with the French Government until next year when he hopes to attend college in Palestine. 

The students were happy to see an old friend who has become so successful so early after his time at WMA. Once everyone finished lunch, we said goodbye to Clement who had to get back to work. But before leaving, the students who had plenty of leftovers from the family-style dining packed up their food and gave it to homeless people on the streets of New York City. Ms. Markowski said, “You should all feel some good karma coming your way. Our leftovers from Bucca di Beppo were given to a homeless person in need, sitting in the pews of St. Patrick's Cathedral, who appeared extremely grateful."  Other students gave their leftovers to other homeless people on the street as well. After lunch, everyone was able to disperse for some free time until 4:30 p.m. so we could depart back to school to beat the traffic, although, that did not go in our favor. 

Although the trip to New York City had us spending more time on the Peter Pan bus rather than in the city, the trip completed its purpose; an enriching day in New York City, as well as class bonding. The tour through the UN might have been quick, yet educational, but nothing is more rewarding than quality time between teachers and classmates to fulfill a successful trip. Students were able to form study groups on the bus, ask questions of their teachers, get extra college advice, or simply take a night off from their rigorous schedule to enjoy time with friends. 

The New York City trip always helps our International Relations class grasp just what goes on in the United Nations and how it has been bringing countries together since 1945. This trip is a great precursor to the student conference at Harvard in February. 

Posted Monday, Dec 2, 2013 
Mike Mannix will assume the position of Dean of Residential Life beginning July 2014.

Brian Easler announces next Dean of Residential Life

Once future Head of School Brian Easler announced the new Dean of Students (current Dean of Residential Life Tiffany Norman) back in October, the next obvious task was to name a new Dean of Residential Life.

"Fortunately, this decision was every bit as obvious and easy as the last. When I began thinking about the possibilities, I asked all of the Deans and several other administrators what they thought," shared Mr. Easler. "Every time I asked a person who they could see as the next Dean of Residential Life, they answered, without hesitation, 'Mike Mannix'...the person I already had in mind."

In his announcement to the community today, Mr. Easler wrote: "Since the day he first arrived at WMA, Mr. Mannix has completely immersed himself in the boarding school ethos, he takes every opportunity to be involved and he has consistently looked for ways to be even more engaged in our community. Likewise, we have continuously looked for ways to get him more involved. His collegiality, attention to detail, work habits, sense of humor, and professionalism set him apart as a leader even before he had a title. As Freshman Dean, the care and concern Mr. Mannix has demonstrated for the students in his charge has served them and the school with distinction. His approach with students, a nurturing blend of high expectations, firm standards, and concern for individual circumstances, enables him to teach the right lessons while earning and maintaining their trust and respect. When we were in a pinch for a Rich Hall Dorm Head, while he was already the dorm head on another floor, Mr. Mannix volunteered to lead two floors. Being a Dorm Head while not living on the floor, while also performing as dorm head on another floor, takes a special kind of attention and dedication. It is a role he has performed wonderfully for the last year and a half; he is as steady and hardworking as that role, and his new role, demand. We are proud to announce that Mr. Mannix will begin serving our community on July 1 as the new Dean of Residential Life."

The search for a new Freshman Dean will commence immediately.

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