Class of 1996

Ross Gay '96

April 24, 2013

Ross Gay ’96 Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

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Poetry is a craft and a spiritual practice, but it is more, says Ross Gay ’96, the recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2013 for Creative Arts–Poetry. The craft comes in thinking about form, diction, and “fiddling with syntax and line,” and “it’s a close cousin to prayer, no doubt—but it’s also play [...]

Jarrett Kovics '96

April 12, 2013

Jarrett Kovics ’96 Finishes World’s Toughest Race to Raise Funds for Costa Rican Children’s Homes

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By Kate Helm “When I planted my foot, I never knew whether it would strike solid ground or sink through a deceptively crusty surface, assuring a nasty fall or a broken ankle. Despite its difficulty, the terrain was visibly spectacular,” writes Jarrett Kovics ’96 in his blog during a seven-day trek across the Atacama Desert [...]

Kristine Zeigler '96

January 14, 2013

Kristine Zeigler ’96 Plays Key Role at Nature Conservancy

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By Matt Sinclair ’90 A circuitous path that has included environmental reporting, politics, and fundraising led Kristine Zeigler ’96 back to her native California as director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, the largest environmental nonprofit in the country. “It’s a strange journey I never would have imagined prior to college,” says Zeigler, an art graduate [...]

Todd Zander '96

March 19, 2012

Todd Zander ’96 Heads Emerging Media for WebMD

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By Kevin Gray At the intersection of leading-edge health care information and the cutting edge for its delivery, Todd Zander ’96 thrives in a profession with no red lights and no speed limits. Things are constantly in motion and moving rapidly. Zander is vice president of mobile and emerging media for WebMD, New York, N.Y., [...]

Panayiotis Vitakis '96

February 13, 2012

Panayiotis Vitakis ’96 Directs Mobile Technology for Upstream

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By Kate Helm In just 10 years, the cell phone has become ubiquitous. “It has changed human communication, sparking the mobile revolution that is sweeping the globe,” says Panayiotis Vitakis ’96, director of technology andoperations for Upstream, one of the largest mobile marketing companies in the world. “The mobile phone has grown into the most [...]

Victor Goldman '96. Photo credit: VH1

October 12, 2011

Victor Goldman ’96 Stars in New VH1 Reality Show Premiering Oct. 16

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In the new reality dating show “Why Am I Still Single?!,” Victor Goldman ’96 is the sole male member of the team assisting matchmaker Siggy Flicker help desperate singles find a perfect match. Part dating show and part personal makeover, New York career matchmaker Flicker and her team of “love-pickers” have only one goal — [...]

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October 5, 2011

Jazz Composer Jack Furlong ’05 Releases New CD; Alumni Quartet Performs Oct. 7 in New York City

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Lafayette’s James Bond of jazz, Jack Furlong ’05 is on a mission to deliver intrepid entertainment whether he’s arranging 007 movie tunes for the Jazz Ensemble, jazzing up “The A-Team” theme for the Pep Band, or performing a bebopping march about his mechanic with his all-alumni band. His latest accessible adventure [...]

Ross Gay '96

August 11, 2011

New Book of Poetry by Ross Gay ’96 Reviewed in New York Times

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Poets have been called “guardians of truth.” They prod the consciousness of our society, moving us toward the transcendent but also toward commitment to the issues and people that matter in our lives. Taste this experience in the poems of Ross Gay ’96, who teaches at Indiana University, Bloomington, and in the MFA in poetry [...]

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April 25, 2011

Kate Young ’96 Is Fashion Stylist for Oscar-Winning Natalie Portman

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When Natalie Portman won the Academy Award for best actress in a leading role at the Oscars in February for her performance in Black Swan, her dress and styling were by Kate Young ’96, a New York fashion stylist. Young, who graduated with dual degrees in English and art, began her career as Anna Wintour’s [...]

Raphael Chillious '96

September 17, 2010

Recruiter Raphael Chillious ’96 Sends Three to the NBA

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 His players at the University of Washington call him “Coach Chills,” but former Leopards hoops star Raphael Chillious ’96, Huskies assistant basketball coach, isn’t exactly cool on the sidelines. That intensity is what originally helped start his red-hot career in the prestigious prep school league. During his eight years in [...]