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Alumni Award: Tim Murphy ’96

Photo by Joanna Chattman
Photo by Joanna Chattman

Timothy Murphy ’96 received the Daniel and Jane Carpenter Award during an award ceremony in the Phillips Stevens Chapel on May 14, 2016. Sidea Dill ’16 presented the award.

Murphy attended Williston Northampton for six years when he was an active member of the Caterwaulers, performed in many theatre productions, was a four-year member of the cross-country team and was honored at graduation with the Archibald V. Galbraith Prize.

His favorite memory of Williston is the spring production of Sweeney Todd in his senior year. “It was a massive undertaking with a huge cast of students and faculty, a full orchestra, a complex and beautiful set and challenging choreography. It was a great honor to lead that production as Sweeney and the positive reception from the Williston community was one of the high points of my life.”

Established in 2006 by Daniel M. Cain ’64 in honor of the late Daniel and Jane Carpenter and their commitment to and support of The Williston Northampton School, its students, parents, and alumni, The Daniel and Jane Carpenter Award is given to an active volunteer who, through “effort and energy” as well as financial contribution, has had a substantial impact raising dollars and participation for the school.

After graduating, Murphy attended Boston College where he earned a BA in English and a Masters of Liberal Studies with a focus in Religion and Politics from Dartmouth College.

He returned to Williston in 2000 to work for seven years in the Admissions Office before moving to The Fessenden School in West Newton, MA, where he is the director of secondary school advising. During his time working at Williston, Murphy also served as a trustee for The Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Camps and Berkshire Outdoor Center.

Murphy has been a faithful supporter of the Williston Northampton Fund, giving every year since he graduated. He has been featured in The Bulletin, has chaired several reunion committees, attended multiple events in the Boston area and is a selfless supporter of the school.

Congratulations, Tim, and thank you for your support!

Alumni Award: Mickey Meyer ’03

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Michael “Mickey” Meyer ’03 received the Alumni Trailblazer Award in a ceremony in the Phillips Stevens Chapel on May 14, 2016. Nick Hill ’17 presented the award.

Created in 2015 for the school’s 175th Anniversary, the Alumni Trailblazer Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna of the school under the age of 40 who has demonstrated significant professional achievement and contributions to his or her profession and/or community and continued promise of success in the future.

Meyer is the cofounder of JASH, a comedy community with roots in both the digital and television world and featuring such clients as Adam Carolla, Norm Macdonald, Sarah Silverman, Tim & Eric, Reggie Watts and Michael Cera.  Meyer is also a founder of Can’t Do Nothing, an effort to create action through content around various non-profits. He has met with President Obama and various other White House officials such as Joe Biden and Valerie Jarrett as part of the White House’s Entertainment advisory group.  He has been named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list as well as the Hollywood Reporter‘s Next Generation Executives under 35 list. He has also won Sundance, multiple Cannes Lion’s in the advertising space, and a Streamy for his work with the White House.  Prior to JASH, Mickey was the head of the Comedy Network and then executive producer at Maker Studios, Inc. where he created content for YouTube channels like Epic Rap Battles, Bad Lip Reading, Good Neighbor and Kassem G.

While at Williston, Meyer played ice hockey, baseball, and soccer, and served as a peer educator, proctor, and gold key member.  Following graduation, he attended the University of Colorado Boulder for one year before transferring to the University of Southern California.

Meyer lives in El Segundo, CA, with his wife Terra and two boys, Knox and Logan.

Congratulations, Mickey!

 

Ward Medal Recipient Sees Micro Lending as Cure to Poverty

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Photo by Joanna Chattman

For a student who was kicked out of school two months before graduation, there’s a lot of love between Ed Michael Reggie ’71 and Williston Northampton. So much so, that this spring, Williston bestowed upon Reggie its highest honor: the Robert A. Ward Medal. (Read the full text of Reggie’s acceptance speech here. See photos here.)

The Ward Medal, which was given during a special assembly in the Phillips Stevens Chapel on May 13, 2016, recognizes individuals who exemplify the values of humanitarian service and volunteerism, and who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.

To graduate from Williston, Reggie completed an independent study project at home in Louisiana, and his focus—the history of banking—changed the trajectory of his life. Ironically, the same characteristics that put Reggie in hot water at Williston in the 70s as a political anti-war agitator have led him to fight hunger and poverty worldwide in his philanthropy and work as a venture capitalist.

But not just any philanthropy—in typical Reggie style, he’s shaking up the donor world, asking people to rethink how they give money. He’s a trustee for Freedom from Hunger, a micro-lending initiative in developing nations like Haiti and Ghana, and he’s asking for better accountability from charities and stronger outcomes from donations. In essence, where is the money going and how is it really working?

Ed Michael Reggie '71 and Head of School Robert W. Hill III
Ed Michael Reggie ’71 and Head of School Robert W. Hill III

“We want to transform the world for the better, and not just feel good for giving to a local charity who doesn’t give us the proof that they deserve it,” Reggie says.

He views micro lending to small businesses as a long-term solution to poverty. “Placing capital in the hands of those with initiatives and character is the way to pull people up from poverty,” he says. “Investing in communities is much more effective than simply delivering a soup bowl.”

Reggie began his professional life in banking, founded and sold a healthcare company, and then became a venture capitalist. He’s the managing director for FutureFactory, an early-stage investor in new companies. Reggie has one word for investing in startups: “Fun,” he says. “I love the entire process. I have a blank canvas, and I’m going to start something new with the best thinking I’ve ever had.”

At Williston, Reggie’s experiences protesting everything from the Vietnam War to the food on campus shaped his worldview.

“So much of my awareness and respect for other people, for civil rights, all of that emanated from my Williston experience,” he says, “and philanthropy was just another extension of that.

Jayne Brassington ’97

Jayne BrassingtonAfter working in established practices across Scotland for over 8 years, Chiropractors Jayne Brassington ’97, Tess Brady and Alyssa Paris have opened a new clinic in the heart of Stockbridge.

Edinburgh Chiropractic Clinic has opened just in time to help you shake off the winter blues and get healthy for an active spring. With a great location in North West Circus Place, Edinburgh Chiropractic Clinic is open and ready to treat a variety of conditions suffered by Stockbridge locals. Read More