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New Dean of Faculty and Director of the Middle School

fulcher and valineAt a faculty meeting on December 9, 2010, The Williston Northampton School’s Head of School Robert W. Hill announced that Peter Valine will be Williston’s dean of faculty and Jen Fulcher will be director of the Middle School, positions which they currently hold as interims.

Peter Valine majored in history at the University of Vermont and earned a master’s in liberal studies at Dartmouth College. He taught previously at Tilton School, Mercersburg Academy, and Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School. A history teacher at Williston since 1998, he has taught in both the Middle School and the Upper School. He has also been a dorm head, has coached lacrosse, field hockey, and ice hockey, and has led student trips to Ireland and Central Europe. Peter was head of the History Department from 1999 to 2004, and coordinated the school’s NEASC self-study for re-accreditation in 2005-06. He is also an adjunct professor at the College of Saint Joseph, where he has taught interdisciplinary courses for undergraduate and graduate students since 2002.

Jen Fulcher studied psychology at Connecticut College, where she captained the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams, and earned a master’s in education from Springfield College. She came to Williston in 1989 as a physical education teacher, dorm parent, and coach. She has taught psychology in the Upper School and history in the Middle School, as well as working as director of summer programs and director of facility marketing. The girls’ varsity lacrosse program has enjoyed tremendous success under her guidance, achieving a record of 41-3-1 over the last four seasons. Jen was the Middle School’s coordinator of student affairs from 2007 to 2010.  

About these appointments, Bob Hill said, “With both Peter and Jen, we not only have veteran members of the school community occupying essential leadership positions, but, most importantly, we have tremendously hard working, thoughtful, and creative thinkers ready to help the school move forward.”

Fall Blood Drive Sets Record

red cross blood driveThanks to Williston faculty members Kim Evelti and Peter Gunn, and a large group of student volunteers, The Williston Northampton School hosted its annual Red Cross Blood drive just before Thanksgiving recess. Head of School (and blood donor) Bob Hill observed in his blog, “I learned that Williston students answer the call to give in unusual numbers, and they do so with a cheerfulness that I’ve not seen before. First time givers always had one or two friends standing by them while veteran teenage donors (I did not realize that such a group exists) thought nothing of strolling in to their appointment alone.”

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Grubbs Gallery Exhibits Paintings by Barbara Hadden

barbara haddenBarbara Hadden will exhibit “Paintings,” at the Grubbs Gallery in the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School from January 4 –February 12, 2011. An artist’s reception will be held on January 9, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Using oil, gouache, and watercolor, Barbara Hadden explores landscapes of varying terrains. “I paint from observation, in the world and from memory, and this involves a lot of walking, staring, drawing, and even photography. One of the things I stare at, by the ocean, is the foam that momentarily covers what is under foam,” says Hadden about her work. Some of the works in the exhibition began for Hadden during a month-long residency on Cranberry Island, Maine, at the Heliker–LaHotan foundation. Others came out of two visits to a stretch of the National Seashore in Truro.

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Journalist Thomas French Completes Writers’ Series

thomas frenchThe 13th Writers’ Workshop Series ends with author and journalist Thomas French on November 30, 2010, 7:00 p.m. in the Dodge Room in the Reed Campus Center. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas French was a feature journalist for the St. Petersburg Times where he wrote seminal pieces such as ‘A Cry In The Night’, a story that “made a model for the rest of us to follow,” according to Washington Post reporter Anne Hull.

In 2009, his book Zoo Story was published. Based on six years of research, the book chronicles the inner world of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo by following a cast of animals through their adventures of captivity and addressing the moral complexities of zoo life. He has appeared on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and most recently on the “Colbert Report.” In 2008, French returned to his alma mater Indiana University where he has since served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Journalism.

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Gene DeFilippo ’69 Receives Award for Distinguished Record in Life

Gene DeFilippo

The Williston Northampton School is proud to announce that Gene DeFilippo ’69, the director of athletics at Boston College, is the 2010 recipient of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council’s Martin Williams Souders Award. The presentation was made at the NEPSAC annual meeting at the Best Western Royal Plaza and Trade Center in Marlborough, MA, on Friday, November 19. Williston’s former athletic director, New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Rick Francis H’00, presented the award.

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