Gazette - Phillips Academy

March 27, 2015
The Andover
The Newsletter of the Phillips Academy Community
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— Margaret Thatcher
The Scene.................................................. 2
An Evening with Karen Russell........... 3
Gallery Talk at Addison......................... 4
2015–2016 CAMD Scholars.................... 4
Admission Officer Job Opening........... 4
Gelb Reception and Gallery Talk........ 4
Tang Institute Lunch & Discussion..... 5
Community Service Thank-You........... 5
AED-CPR Training.................................. 5
Walk/Run for the Troops 5K................. 5
Abbot Academy Grant Proposals........ 5
Educational Initiatives/OIT Notes....... 6
Equity & Inclusion Project.................... 6
Grandparents’ Day Save the Date........ 6
From the OWHL...................................... 7
Employment and Benefits News.......... 8
Athletics Schedule................................ 10
Spring Term ASM Schedule............... 10
Classified Ads........................................ 10
SAC Minutes.......................................... 11
Spring Term Faculty Meetings........... 11
Saturday, April 4
An Evening with Award-Winning Chef Ming Tsai ’82
On Saturday, April 4, pioneer and innovator in
East-West cuisine, Ming Tsai ’82, P’18, will give a
presentation in which he will talk about his student
days at Andover and his career trajectory as a chef.
The presentation, open to the PA community only,
will take place at 7 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium.
Following Tsai’s presentation, 10 student teams
(names to be announced) will present their culinary masterpieces to a panel of “celebrity judges”:
Tsai, Head of School John Palfrey, and a randomly
chosen audience member.
The event will conclude with a book signing of
Simply Ming in Your Kitchen, which will be available for purchase.
Tsai is the chef/owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley (named “Best New Restaurant” by Boston
Magazine) and Blue Dragon in Boston (one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants
2013”). The Emmy Award–winning chef currently hosts and executive-produces PBS’s
Simply Ming, now in its 12th season.
This event is sponsored and funded by the Asian Society and the Office of Community
and Multicultural Development (CAMD). For more information, please e-mail Aya
Murata at [email protected]
LOVE, ADG Dance Concert to Be Held April 3 & 4
Featuring Andover Dance Group in Four Original Works
The Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present LOVE, ADG, a dance concert
featuring four new works choreographed by guest artist Donlin Foreman and faculty
members Judith Wombwell and Erin Strong, and performed by Andover Dance Group.
ADG is Phillips Academy’s main performance group, composed of the most dedicated
dancers trained in ballet and modern dance and directed by Wombwell.
LOVE, ADG features four original
pieces of choreography created with
a theme of love. We begin the journey
with Together We Grow Apart, choreographed by Strong. This piece uses
images of fire and water to create an
atmosphere of five people who are
unified but are breaking apart. With
only one person left, the piece culminates in a beautiful solo performed
by Vivian Liu ’15. Next, Love Songs,
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Schedule of Community and Extracurricular Activities
Sunday, March 29
2 p.m.—Gallery Talk
For Light/Dark, White/Black, with exhibition curators Allison Kemmerer and
Kelley Tialiou. Free and open to the
public. Addison Gallery.
Tuesday, March 31
7:30–8:45 p.m.—Art Exhibition
Reception and Gallery Talk
For Elaine Bay & Raúl Gonzalez: Lines
on Paper. Gelb Gallery.
Wednesday, April 1
1–2 p.m.—Peabody Museum Tour
Get better acquainted with the museum’s collections. Peabody Museum.
Thursday, April 2
10 a.m.–2 p.m.—Equity & Inclusion
Whiteboard Project
Share your thoughts on why equity and
inclusion are important to you. OWHL.
Friday, April 3
12:10–1:50 p.m.—Tang Institute
Friday Lunch & Discussion
Institute Fellow Noah Rachlin will focus
on his project on cultivating learning dispositions. Pearson C.
6:45 p.m.—Drama Labs
“Illuminati in Drama Libre,”
directed by Erica Nork ’16
“Bad Plumbing,”
directed by Ryan O’Meara ’17
“Minimalistic Men,”
directed by Hannah Berkowitz ’17
Saturday, April 4
7 p.m.—An Evening with
Ming Tsai ’82, P’18
Tsai will discuss his student days at
Andover and his career trajectory as
a chef. Andover Iron Chef Contest
and book signing will follow. Open
to the PA community only. Kemper
7:30 p.m.—LOVE, ADG Dance Concert
Repeat performance. Tickets are $5 and
may be reserved by calling the Box
Office at ext. 4433. Tang Theatre.
Free admission. Theatre Classroom
7:30 p.m.—LOVE, ADG Dance Concert
Featuring four new works choreographed by guest artist Donlin
Foreman and faculty members Judith
Wombwell and Erin Strong, and
performed by Andover Dance Group.
Repeat performance Saturday, April 4.
Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by
calling the Box Office at ext. 4433.
Tang Theatre.
Religious Scene
Friday, March 27
5:30–6:30 p.m.—Jewish Shabbat Service
Led by Rabbi Michael Swarttz and
members of the Jewish Student Union.
Paul’s Room, upper level, Paresky
Commons. All are welcome.
Sunday, March 29: Palm Sunday
5:30–6:30 p.m.—Catholic Confirmation
Led by Dr. Mary Kantor. Classroom
#015, lower level of Cochran Chapel.
6–7 p.m.—Protestant Service
Led by the Reverend Anne Gardner.
Guest Preacher: Alton Ellis Price Jr.
Special music by Angela Tang ’16,
violin, and Dr. Abbey Siegfried, piano.
Cochran Chapel.
6:45–7:30 p.m.—Roman Catholic Mass:
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Overseen by Dr. Mary Kantor, Catholic
chaplain, with priests of the Archdiocese of Boston presiding. Special
music by Tom Burnett ’15, vocalist, and
Dr. Abbey Siegfried, school organist. Kemper Chapel, side entrance to
Cochran Chapel.
Easter Week
Monday, March 30
7–8 p.m.—Andover Christian Fellowship
Advisor: Ms. Shawn Fulford. Student
board members: Evelyn Liu ’15 and
Duschia Bodet ’16, coheads. Baldwin
Cloister, lower level (side entrance) of
Cochran Chapel.
Tuesday, March 31
5:15 p.m.—Culture, Politics, and Religion
Led by the Reverend Anne Gardner.
Student coheads: Rebecca Somer ’15
and James Taylor ’16; associate board
members: Roshan Benefo ’16, Alessa
Cross ’16, and Arzu Singh ’16. Ada’s
Room, upper level, Paresky Commons.
5:15 p.m.—Catholic Student Fellowship
Advisor: Dr. Mary Kantor. Student
board members: Paul McGovern ’15,
president; Paul McGovern ’15, Tom
Johst ’15, and Kristen Overly ’15, senior
executive team; BrianPaul Robert ’16,
Jules Comte ’16, Veronica Nutting ’16,
and Nicole Durrett ’17, board members;
Michaela Barczak ’15, Tom Burnett ’15,
and Elizabeth Duserick ’16, liaisons to
music ministry and liturgical ministries.
Paul’s Room, Paresky Commons.
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Religious Scene continued from page 2
5:15 p.m.—Jewish Student Union
Advisor: Rabbi Michael Swarttz.
Student board members: Charlotte
Chazen ’15 and China Kantner ’15,
copresidents, secular events; Ellie
Blum ’15, president, religious
events; Leah Adelman ’17, Sydney
Alepa ’15, Ethan Brown ’17, Chaya
Holch ’17, Jen Kaplan ’15, and
Rosie Poku ’17, board members.
CAMD Office, Morse Hall.
Thursday, April 2:
Maundy Thursday
5:15–6:15 p.m.—Gospel Choir
Director: Michael Belcher; advisor: Dr. Abbey Siegfried; coheads:
Isabella Berkley ’15 and Duschia
Bodet ’16. No experience needed.
All are welcome. Classroom #015,
lower level of Cochran Chapel.
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choreographed by Strong, features a medley of songs from the 1950s, creating a fun,
sassy atmosphere of love for this upbeat jazz dance.
7 Women, choreographed by Foreman, includes music by Rattatat and is a vigorous,
high-energy piece with a moving ending. Lastly, A Love Supreme, choreographed by
Wombwell, features the iconic music of John Coltrane. This 30-minute modern dance
piece maintains the structure of the four moments of the music: acknowledgment,
resolution, pursuance, and psalm. Wombwell’s goal is to bring the group through
chaos and confusion to a sense of harmony and, as Coltrane wrote, a cry of “Elation –
Elegance – Exaltation.”
The cast of LOVE, ADG includes ADG members Sabrina Appleby ’17, Michaela
Barczak ’15, Hannah Beaudoin ’17, Dance Captain Liv Berkey ’15, Victoria Bian ’15,
Nurilys Cintron ’15, Sarah Cronin ’15, Nicole Durrett ’17, Alexa Goulas ’18, Ada Li ’15,
Vivian Liu ’15, Sara Luzuriaga ’16, Lizzie McGonagle ’16, Lydia Paris ’17, Alice Tang ’18,
Justine Wang ’15, Jaleel Williams ’15, Emma Wong ’18, and AnDance members Blake
Campbell ’18, Lauren Lee ’18, Amanda Li ’18, Daniela Ronga ’18, and Kika WeirichFreiberg ’17.
Open to the public, LOVE, ADG will be performed in Tang Theatre on Friday, April 3,
and Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by calling the
Box Office at ext. 4433. For more information, please e-mail [email protected]
or call ext. 4432.
7:15 p.m.—Catholic Student
Student leaders will walk as
a community to the Mass at
St. Augustine Church in Andover.
Join them on the steps of Cochran
Chapel by 7:15 p.m. Mass will
begin at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 3: Good Friday
12:15–12:45 p.m.—Good Friday
Service with Stations of the Cross
Led by the Rev. Anne Gardner and
Dr. Mary Kantor. Special music
by PA students. Cochran Chapel.
Simple meal of soup and bread
will follow in Baldwin Cloister.
Interfaith Lending Library
Accessible through PA OWHL
system and NOBLE library consortium. Selections also may be
viewed from the Library Thing
website at www.librarything.
com. Login: PAChapel. Password: InterfaithPA.
The Andover
Tracy Sweet (ext. 4313)
Director of Academy Communications
Audrey Doyle (ext. 4659)
Editor and Designer
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Novelist and Short Story Writer
Karen Russell to Speak April 17
On Friday, April 17, the English department will present
an evening with American novelist and short story writer
Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and recipient of
a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Award. The event, which is
free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. and take
place in Kemper Auditorium. A book signing will follow
Russell’s talk.
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Russell’s first
story collection, was published in 2006 and marked the
debut of a distinctive voice in contemporary literature—a voice both haunting and
comic, fabulous and realistic, whose adolescent characters are often transformed in the
crucible between childhood and adulthood, wilderness and civilization, innocent vision
and worldly compromise. In Swamplandia! (2011), she revisits and expands on “Ava
Wrestles the Alligator,” the opening story of the collection, to explore the intricacies and
consequences of a family’s grief following the death of their matriarch.
Compared to masters as diverse as Gabriel García Márquez and Flannery O’Connor,
Russell has since confirmed her talent and originality in subsequent novels and stories,
including Vampires in the Lemon Grove and her latest, Sleep
Donation. She is a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
A native of Miami, Russell earned a BA degree from Northwestern University and an MFA degree from Columbia University. Featured in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, she has been a
Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow at the American Academy of
Berlin, and has taught writing and literature at Columbia, Williams College, Bard College, and Bryn Mawr College.
The Elizabeth Rogers Fund is sponsoring Russell’s visit. For more information, please
contact Kevin O’Connor at [email protected]
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Gallery Talk for Light/Dark,White/Black
Exhibition curators Allison Kemmerer and Kelley Tialiou
will discuss the Addison Gallery’s permanent collection show
Light/Dark, White/Black
this Sunday, March 29,
at 2 p.m. The exhibition,
exploring how artists use
black and white in various
media to render conceptual themes, features the
work of Josef Albers,
Carroll Dunham, Sol
LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Ray Metzker, Louise Nevelson,
Dorothea Rockburne, Frank Stella ’54, and Ad Reinhardt,
among others. Free and open to the public.
Image Credit: Ray K. Metzker, Venice, 1960, gelatin silver print, museum purchase, 2015.4.
Copyright the Estate of Ray K. Metzker, Courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery.
New CAMD Scholars Selected
The Office of Community and Multicultural Development
(CAMD) has selected five students to participate in the 2015–2016
CAMD Scholar Program from among the 20 applications it
received this year.
Established in 2006, the CAMD Scholar Program provides an
opportunity for selected students to pursue independent research
projects related to diversity, multiculturalism, community, and/
or identity. Students work closely with a faculty advisor and the
program coordinator during spring term to focus and shape projects that will be developed and completed during the summer.
CAMD Scholars write a significant research paper in the summer
and make a presentation to the PA community during the fall or
winter term.
The 2015–2016 CAMD Scholars
Claire Glover ’16—“Journeys Home, Echoes of Heritage”
(advisor: John Palfrey).
Joon Ho “Jake” Kim ’16—“Addressing the Threats of the
Hierarchy Culture to the Well-Being of Korean Teenagers”
(advisor: Susanne Torabi).
Alexis Lefft ’16 (BLC CAMD Scholar)—“The Predominantly
White Institution and Its Role in the Identity Formation of
African American Students” (advisor: Onaje Woodbine). The
BLC (Barbara Landis Chase) CAMD Scholar researches an aspect of
race relations or human rights in the United States, often addressing
the issue from a historical perspective.
Ashley Scott ’16—“Spirituals and the Inversion of the African
American Church” (advisor: Anne Gardner).
Carson Wardell ’16—“The Rise of Islamophobia and the Integration of Muslims in France” (advisor: Claire Gallou).
Members of the selection committee: Monique Cueto-Potts, Sarah
Coghlan, Anne Gardner, David Gardner, Linda Griffith, Adrian
Khactu, Aya Murata, and Susanne Torabi
—Aya Murata
CAMD Scholar Coordinator
Job Opening: Admission Officer
Phillips Academy seeks applicants for the position of admission
officer. Primary responsibilities include conducting daily admission interviews with prospective students and their parent(s);
reviewing applications for admission; representing Phillips
Academy to prospective families, educators, and alumni at various admission events throughout the country; and performing
a variety of other projects and duties assigned by the dean of
The ideal candidate will have prior experience working in an
independent secondary school admission office and will be
an eager participant in all aspects of a residential education
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue
until the position is filled. Please note that there is a strong internal
candidate. A background check is required. Please e-mail cover
letter, resume, and two letters of reference (a single PDF file is
preferred) to [email protected] Letters should be written to the
attention of Patrick Farrell, Dean of Faculty, Phillips Academy.
Phillips Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
—Pat Farrell
Dean of Faculty
Art Exhibition Reception and
Gallery Talk Tuesday, March 31
A reception and Gallery Talk for the art exhibition Elaine Bay &
Raúl Gonzalez: Lines on Paper will be held on Tuesday, March 31,
from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Gelb Gallery. All are welcome.
Gonzalez is
original art
from the pages
of the recently
graphic novel
Lowriders in
Space, written by Cathy
Included with these pages are concept artwork, character design,
model sheets, and layouts. Copies of the book illustrate how
everything came together, giving visitors an understanding of
the makings of a graphic novel. Several signed copies of the book
will be raffled off as well.
Bay is exhibiting her zines and prints. Characters from within the
zines exist on the prints and are taken from pop culture, religion,
and corporate individuals.
The exhibition will be on display through April 3. For more information, please contact Therese Zemlin at [email protected]
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Friday Lunch & Discussion Series
The Tang Institute will host a Friday Lunch & Discussion Series
this spring. In addition to sharing the work of our current fellows, we look forward to featuring collaborators, practitioners,
and other interesting projects being held on the PA campus and
beyond. Open to all community members, these gatherings will
be discussion-based, with a fellow or guest speaker providing a
brief project or thematic update, including questions and areas
for input and conversation with attendees.
Our first lunch, which we will hold on Friday, April 3, will be led
by Institute Fellow Noah Rachlin and will focus on his project on
cultivating learning dispositions (http://tanginstitute.andover.
edu/projects/learning-dispositions/). It will take place in
Pearson C from 12:10 to 1:50 p.m., and lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to [email protected]
—Caroline Nolan
Director, Tang Institute
Community Service Office Thank-You
The Community Service Office would like to thank the following
faculty and staff members for volunteering to work alongside
students and community partners in our programs. Because of
them, hundreds of students were able to engage with our community partners during the winter term. We are grateful for their
time, effort, and energy.
Kassie Archambault: ARC
Holly Barnes and the Music Department: Andover–Lawrence
Lou Bernieri, Elaine Crivelli, Claudia Stern, and
Catherine Tousignant: Bread Loaf Writing Workshop
Emilie Cliquet: Lawrence Boys’ and Girls’ Club and
YDO Thursdays
Spencer Diamond: Science Club for Girls
Chloe Epstein: MSPCA
Maria Litvin: Coding Circle
Lixia Ma: Andover Chinese Cultural Outreach and
Korean Cultural Outreach of Andover
Juliann McDonough: Bread and Roses Serving and
Lazarus House
Caitlin Monroe: Jumpstart and Sí, Se Puede
Ying Schmitt: Debate
Nina Scott: Bread and Roses Cooking
Marla Taylor: YDO Wednesdays
Stephanie Wong: Bread and Roses Cooking
We also would like to thank the faculty members and the PA
student volunteers who created memorable experiences for
faculty and staff children during the fall and winter terms of
our “Sunday FUNday” program: Lilia Cai-Hurteau, Melanie
Cutler, Martha Fenton, Maria Litvin, Christine Marshall-Walker,
Caroline Odden, Andi Orben, and Abbey Siegfried. Thanks, too,
to Lani Silversides for helping create and coordinate the program.
—Monique Cueto-Potts
Director, Community Service Office
AED-CPR Training
Thus far, 157 members of the Phillips Academy community have
been trained to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). My lucky
number is 200! If you are interested in taking the AED-CPR class,
please e-mail me at [email protected]
—Wendy Cogswell
Community Relations Officer
Volunteers Needed for
Walk/Run for the Troops 5K
For several years, Phillips Academy
has supported this race in downtown
Andover with a strong contingent
of volunteers to help with registration and race logistics. Funds raised
address the needs of injured soldiers.
Funds from this year’s race will
help build a home for Marine Staff
Sergeant Hans Blum. Read his story,
and more about the race, at http://
This year, volunteers are needed to help with race day registration on Sunday, April 12, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Doherty Middle
School (a short walk from campus). If you are not available on
Sunday morning, we also could use some help with registration
on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11.
Please contact Nancy Lang ([email protected]) or Roy
Dennehy ([email protected]) if you can help with registration for
this wonderful community event. Thank you!
Abbot Academy Association
Grant Proposal Deadline: Friday, April 17
Do You Have a Dream for Andover?
The Abbot Academy Association board of directors will meet
on campus May 14 and 15 to hear proposals of new and innovative ideas to improve or enrich the academic,
residential, or social life at Andover, or to
expand the impact of nearly 400 years
of wisdom accumulated by Abbot and
Phillips academies across the nation and
around the world.
Do you have an idea? Submit your grant
proposal by Friday, April 17. Application
is open to members of the staff and faculty,
and to students with a faculty sponsor.
Please visit for details:
• Guidelines: Principles
• Guidelines: Process
• Electronic Abbot Grant Application
If you have questions about the content of your proposal, please
e-mail Abbey Siegfried at [email protected] If you experience any problems accessing the electronic proposal form, please
e-mail Liz George at [email protected]
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Educational Initiatives / OIT Notes
Review of E-mail and
Collaboration Tools
As part of the Office of Information Technology’s ongoing process to reimagine
and improve administrative systems, we
are engaging in a review of e-mail and
collaboration tools, and we are counting
on feedback and ideas from the community. What needs do you have for tools
that allow you to collaborate, and what
functionalities do you prefer? What tools
are you using (e.g., e-mail, Google Docs,
Office 365, SharePoint, etc.), and what
do you like or dislike about them? What
functionality do you wish you had in
order to teach or work more effectively
or efficiently?
If you are interested in sharing your
experiences, challenges, needs, and/or
preferences about e-mail and collaboration tools, Nancy Alpert and I are eager
to hear them. Please stop by our table
over lunch in Paresky Commons, upper
left, on Friday, April 3, anytime between
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Your perspectives will guide us as we design a plan to
review different systems this spring and
summer. We will offer another mealtime
opportunity for similar conversation later
in the month. If you prefer to share your
thoughts in writing, feel free to e-mail us.
Thank you!
Springtime Canvas Reminders
If you teach multiple sections of a course,
you may want to “cross-list” these sections. Cross-listing allows you to post
materials, files, etc., to a “parent” course
to which all sections have access and
from which you can see all sections, all
while keeping the section enrollments
separate from one another. Cross-listing
should happen at the very beginning of
the term, ideally before you publish your
course but definitely before students
have submitted work. If you cross-list
after your courses have become active,
students’ assignment submissions and
grades will be removed and may not be
recoverable. For instructions, see https:// Also check
out Chris Odden’s video about crosslisting, in particular the tips beginning
at minute 4:25 for renaming cross-listed
Students in cross-listed Canvas sections
will see all the content that is shared
across sections, but they will see and
interact with only their section, while the
instructor sees all sections from within
one course space. The instructor benefits
by having to manage only one set of
resources, files, materials, etc., for multiple sections. Cross-listing works best in
courses in which most or all of the content
is the same across sections.
Canvas Online Training
Each member of the teaching faculty
also will be enrolled in a Canvas training course called Welcome to Canvas! If
you are not a member of the teaching
faculty but you want to learn about
Canvas, please contact David Mallick at
[email protected] to request enrollment in this course.
Depending on your prior experience and
general level of comfort with technology
and learning management systems, we
estimate that Welcome to Canvas! can help
you create a basic course in anywhere
from 30 to 90 minutes. Some features of
the training course include video and
visual overviews of Canvas, a comparison of BlackBoard and Canvas features,
models of different Canvas features in
action, examples of simple course organization in Canvas, step-by-step instructions for creating this basic course space,
and resources to get you started with
more advanced features.
—Erin McCloskey
Associate Director, Educational Initiatives/OIT
Equity & Inclusion
Whiteboard Project
April 2
All Are Invited to Participate!
On Thursday, April 2, Andover magazine
staff will conduct a whiteboard project
in the lobby area of the Oliver Wendell
Holmes Library. Students, faculty, and
staff will be asked a simple question or
two about why equity and inclusion are
important to them, write answers on a
whiteboard, and then be photographed
holding the whiteboard. A collage of
photos will run in the spring issue of
Andover alongside an essay about equity
and inclusion issues on campus, written
by English instructor Emma Staffaroni.
Express yourself! Please stop by the
OWHL on Thursday, April 2, between
10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to share your thoughts
and be photographed. Everyone is invited
to participate!
For more information, contact Kristin Bair
O’Keeffe at [email protected] or
ext. 4677.
—Kristin Bair O’Keeffe
Director of Publications
Grandparents’ Day
Save the Date
On Saturday, May 9, the PA community
will welcome grandparents to campus to
spend a special day with their grandchildren and get a peek inside their Andover
world. As in past years, grandparents
will be invited to spend the morning with
their grandchild, attend open houses
at the Addison Gallery and Peabody
Museum, have lunch at Paresky Commons, hear remarks from Head of School
John Palfrey, and attend a student showcase and various athletics events.
For more information about the day, visit
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From the OWHL
Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent survey
regarding access to the New York Times. Your overwhelming interest in receiving free digital access helped us decide to purchase
this service for you. Effective immediately, any adult or student
member of the PA community can set up a free account for daily
digital access to the NYT from anywhere in the world.
Although the promotion ends on March 31, if you check out
the book by that date it will be available for the full three-week
loan period. You can read materials that you get from OverDrive
on your computer or on a mobile device. If you don’t have an
e-reader but have always wanted to try one, this might be a perfect time to borrow one of the OWHL’s new Kindles. Check out
and download the book at
Follow these steps to get your pass and get started.
Good News for Khan Academy Users with iPads
1.While physically on campus and connected to PA’s network, go to Note: You cannot activate your pass
while off campus or via a proxy server, but once you have
activated your pass, you can read the NYT from anywhere.
For some time, our math department has been making good
use of Khan Academy ( to help
students learn tricky math concepts. In addition, PA students
have contributed to the creation of many of these instructional
modules. But historically, it hasn’t been very satisfying to use
the mobile version of Khan Academy: Although all of its videos
were available on its iOS app, none of its thousands of training
exercises were offered to iOS users.
Free Digital Access to
2. Create a free account using your PA e-mail
address. If you already have an account using
your PA e-mail address, you may log in with those credentials. You have successfully claimed a pass when you see the
Start Your Access screen.
Once you have completed these steps, you can enjoy full, seamless access to,, and NYT mobile apps
from any location, on or off campus, just by logging in to your account. You may download NYTimes mobile
apps at
It is important to remain logged in to your account
to have seamless access to and the mobile apps for
the duration of your pass. Visit to view
your pass expiration timestamp at any time.
To claim a new pass after expiration, just repeat Step 1. That is,
while physically on campus and connected to PA’s network, visit and log in with your
account associated with your school e-mail address.
The 60-second video at
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If you encounter any problems, just stop by the OWHL and any
librarian will help you get started.
Download a Free e-Book by March 31
during OverDrive’s Big Library Read
While many of us were away on spring vacation,
OverDrive, one of our suppliers of recreational
e-books and e-audiobooks, launched its annual
Big Library Read. Offered several times throughout the year, Big Library Read provides participating OverDrive library and school partners free simultaneous
access to a selected title that any reader with a library card or
student ID can instantly start reading without holds or waitlists.
Through March 31, the e-book Shakespeare Saved My Life, by
Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates, is
available for unlimited simultaneous download. This nonfiction title is the story of Bates’s experience teaching Shakespeare
to a convicted murderer being held in solitary confinement in a
super-maximum security prison.
So it is very good news that the app has been updated. All
150,000 math exercises that are on the Web are now available
via the app. Because the new iPad version syncs with the Web
version on your desktop, you can keep track of your progress
in any module. The update takes advantage of some unique
iPad capabilities, such as touching and manipulating geometric figures to help answer geometry questions. More information is available in the article “Every Khan Academy course is
now available on the iPad for the first time,” at www.theverge.
Another App to Try: StoryCorps
Founded in 2003, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps, based
in Brooklyn, N.Y., has given 100,000 people the chance to record
interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation
to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. StoryCorps shares
edited excerpts of these stories with the world through weekly
NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and books.
StoryCorps interviews have traditionally been recorded in StoryCorps booths in the United States with the assistance of StoryCorps facilitators. With the introduction of a new app for iOS and
Android—the development of which was funded through the
$1 million TED Prize awarded to StoryCorps founder Dave Isay
last November—interviews can now be recorded anywhere,
anytime, and shared to the company’s companion website at For at least one year after launch, interviews
shared to through the app will be archived at the
American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of Congress.
The implications of this for the PA community are enormous. Just
imagine if every graduating senior were interviewed about his
or her experiences at Andover. How about interviews with our
reunion classes, particularly the Old Guard? And the possibilities
for community service projects are endless.
To download the StoryCorps app, go to For
more information on StoryCorps, go to
—Elisabeth Tully
Director, OWHL
MARCH 27, 2015
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Employment and Benefits News
Benefits Open Enrollment Period Begins April 6
The annual benefits open enrollment period is right around the
corner! During this time, benefits-eligible employees (.5 FTE or
greater) will be able to enroll in or change their participation in
the Academy’s medical and dental insurance plans, and enroll
in Section 125 Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts for the upcoming plan year beginning June 1,
2015. Open enrollment begins on Monday, April 6, and ends on
Wednesday, April 22.
As we shared last month, we received favorable renewal rates
from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for the 2015–2016 plan year.
The renewal rates reflect a 3.7 percent increase compared to last
year’s increase, which was approximately 11 percent.
Rates for Delta Dental will remain unchanged.
As we did last year, we will use the employee self-service feature
of the ADP portal to elect and waive benefits, eliminating most,
if not all, paperwork. Please note that the recent upgrade to the
ADP portal will result in a new look and feel to the open enrollment process.
Detailed information, including rates and a schedule of events,
will be communicated to employees on Monday, March 30. The
human resources department will work with you during open
enrollment to ensure a smooth and efficient enrollment process.
PA Contributions to the Health Savings Account
The Academy will continue to fund 50 percent of the health plan
deductible via the employee health savings account (HSA) for
the 2015–2016 plan year. After a few years of making adjustments
to the Academy contribution schedule, we believe the following
schedule will be beneficial to employees:
The Academy will fund 25 percent of the Academy contribution
for the plan year 2015–2016 in June 2015, and 75 percent
in September 2015. For calendar year 2015, this means the
Academy will contribute an additional 25 percent, since the
last quarterly contribution for plan year 2014–2015 was deposited
in March 2015.
Employees who elect to maximize their annual contributions to
the HSA for calendar year 2015 should note that the change in the
Academy contribution schedule will impact the annual employer
contribution for the year, thus having an effect on the maximum
employee contribution for the year. Please complete a new HSA
Salary Reduction Agreement (SRA) if you wish to make changes
to your contributions for this or any reason.
Affordable Care Act and
Covered Dependent Social Security Numbers
Without a doubt, many of you have heard about the Affordable
Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as PPACA or ObamaCare.
Please know that we are working with our benefits broker to
ensure that we stay up to date with all requirements.
One such requirement impacting the Academy, as well as each
individual employee, is a new federal mandate requiring proof of
medical coverage for employees and their dependents on federal
tax returns in 2016. To generate the appropriate document that
employees will need in order to complete their federal taxes, we
must have the Social Security numbers of all covered dependents.
Employees will be asked to provide that information through the
ADP portal.
Open Enrollment Events
The following optional sessions will be held in the Mural
Room in Paresky Commons. No prior registration or sign-up is
• Biometric Screenings—Cholesterol and glucose, blood
pressure: Monday, April 6, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
• PPO Overview—Monday, April 6, 2–3 p.m.; Friday,
April 10, 9–10 a.m.
• Managing a High-Deductible Health Plan (new offering)—
Monday, April 6, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
• Becoming a Smarter Health Care Consumer—Friday,
April 10, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
HR at Your Service
Members of the human resources team will be in Paresky
Commons, lower left, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
April 7, and Thursday, April 16, to answer any questions you
have. Of course, you are always welcome to stop by the HR office
at any time, especially to have private conversations.
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Date, Time, and Location
How to Participate
Bioetric Screenings
Cholesterol and glucose,
blood pressure
Monday, April 6, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.;
Mural Room, Paresky Commons
All employees
Simply show up during the
assigned time (no insurance
card needed).
Community Shred and
Food Drive
Tuesday, April 21, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.;
location TBD
All employees and spouses
Simply show up (drive or
walk) during the assigned
”Money at Work 1: Foundations
of Investing” (TIAA-CREF)
Monday, April 27, 5:30–6:30 p.m.;
Mural Room, Paresky Commons
All employees and spouses
Registration required. E-mail
[email protected] or
call ext. 4197.
Wellness Wednesdays
Upcoming Wednesdays, 5–6 p.m.
(more information will be forthcoming)
All employees and spouses
Show up at designated time
with your sneakers on!
Community Shred and Food Drive
“Money at Work” Workshop through TIAA-CREF
The Employee Wellness Committee and the risk management
office are pleased to offer employees a free Community Shred on
Tuesday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We are also proud
to partner with the community service office to combine our
event with a food drive for Neighbors in Need, a local organization that feeds the hungry in our neighboring communities.
Though the shred event is free to employees, we ask that you
bring a food item from a list of suggested food items obtained
from Neighbors in Need along with the material you want to
shred. We will provide more information about this event in the
weeks to come.
The human resources office and the Employee Wellness Committee are pleased to offer a workshop with Laura Adamski, a financial consultant from TIAA-CREF, on Monday, April 27, from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m., on the basics of investing. You will learn about
the various investment vehicles available and how to choose the
right ones for your individual financial goals. All are welcome.
More information is coming soon. Please register for the workshop at [email protected] and mark your calendars for this
informative, commonsense approach to saving for your future.
Employment Opportunity
Assistant Director, Annual Giving
The assistant director is responsible for
the implementation and management
of Annual Giving programs to achieve
annual financial and participation goals.
The assistant director manages activities including cultivation, solicitation,
and stewardship of volunteers and their
prospects. Responsibilities include implementation and oversight of programs
to encourage and increase giving from
alumni to the Andover Fund in their
reunion and nonreunion years. This
includes staffing three or more reunion
campaigns and multiple nonreunion
classes. Particular emphasis will be
placed on securing a growing number
of annual gifts in the range of $1,000 to
$10,000. Travel will be required, as appropriate, for cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship visits, meetings, and events;
some night and weekend work will be
necessary to complete the requirements
of the role.
Qualifications include a bachelor’s
degree in a related field, three to five
years of related work experience in a fastpaced development office, demonstrated
leadership skills, analytical and database
management skills, strong organizational
skills, and superior communication/
interpersonal skills.
The successful candidate will be collaborative, self-motivated, and highly
energetic; will effectively meet deadlines
while managing multiple projects; will
be responsive, resourceful, and serviceoriented; and will respect and maintain
A full background check is required.
Please send cover letter and resume to
[email protected] by Friday, April 10.
Phillips Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
—Leeann Bennett
Director, Human Resources
MARCH 27, 2015
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Athletics Schedule
Come cheer for Andover at these upcoming contests. Dates and times below are subject
to change! For updates, go to Athletics → Team Pages → Schedules & Scores on the PA
website, or call Lisa Buckley (ext. 4092).
Saturday, March 28
Baseball V
Lacrosse BV
St. John’s Prep
Noble & Greenough
Wednesday, April 1
Tennis BV
Lacrosse GV
Lacrosse BV
Ultimate Frisbee
Softball V
Volleyball BV
B. B. & N.
Belmont Hill
Andover Ultimate
Andover HS
Central Catholic
Spring Term All-School Meeting &
All-Class Meeting Schedule
April 1: All-Class Meeting (uppers meet with
CCO by counselor)
April 8: Cluster Elections (no ASM)
April 15:
Means Declamation
April 22:
Earth Day Celebration (speaker TBA)
April 29: Non Sibi Weekend Reflections
May 6:
Head of School Guest Speaker
May 13:
Faculty Entertainment
May 20:
Student Entertainment
May 27:
Celebration of Teaching
For Sale: Wii Game System—Includes
Wii console w/ 2 controllers, 2 operation manuals, Balance Board w/ manual,
2 guitars, 2 waistband holders, and the
following games: Wii Fit Plus, Just Dance,
Just Dance 2, Just Dance 3, Just Dance
Summer Party, Wii Sports, Wii Sports
Resort, Wii Play Biggest Loser, Zumba Fitness, Wii Active, and Guitar Hero World
Tour. $150 for the works. ♦ Pro Form 880
Body Mech silent resistance recumbent
stationary training bike: $50. Please e-mail
[email protected]
For Sale: Yamaha Upright Concert
Piano—Excellent condition. For more
info, e-mail [email protected]
Wanted: Sublet for the Summer—
Former Andover couple with strong
local references looking to rent modern,
furnished, 2-bedroom home or apartment
in Andover area this summer. Flexible on
dates. Call Jim (friend of Belinda Traub) at
For Sale—Sharp Carousel microwave
oven (silver), 1,100 watts: $40. ♦ Rubber,
all-weather trunk liner for Mazda 3 hatchback: $30. ♦ Bissell Powerforce upright
bagless vacuum cleaner: $25. Prices open
to best offers. Please call 508-572-6702 or
e-mail [email protected]
MARCH 27, 2015
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Meeting Minutes
Senior Administrative Council (SAC)
Minutes from Monday, March 2, 2015
In attendance: Steve Carter, Pat Farrell, Linda Griffith, Nancy Jeton
(scribe), Thom Lockerby, Sean Logan, Paul Murphy, John Palfrey,
Trish Russell, Tracy Sweet, and Jim Ventre
Excused: Rachel Skiffer
Noting ongoing appreciation for the dedication of the folks who
are working long hours in exceptional circumstances to support
the continuous operation of the Academy this winter, the group
discussed alternatives for a comprehensive thank-you once the
season is behind us.
Maureen Ferris, director of risk management, and Tom Conlon,
director of public safety, presented a proposal to expand the
public safety dispatch function, which is currently staffed
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to provide continuous coverage from 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. The
Open Positions Committee forwarded this request for 1.8 additional FTEs to the SAC, given the scale of the proposal. After discussing the impact of the advent of the card access system (due
to go live in July), the volume of weekend events on campus, the
nature of changes in campus security issues, and the Academywide commitment to fiscal restraint, the group approved the
addition of 1.0 FTE. Further, Maureen and Tom were asked to
explore potential alternatives for staffing and supporting campus
safety, and to return to the SAC several months after the card
access system is inaugurated to provide an updated analysis
of needs.
Responding to a request from the SAC to evaluate elements of
the opening of school, the planning group brought a proposal
to amend the schedule by starting the term with two days that
combine a half-day of classes with orientation and settling-in
activities. The SAC gave a nod to this proposal, subject to a positive response from the music department, which has not yet had
an opportunity to review. The group also considered proposals
to change the timing for the return of athletes and decided not to
advance these ideas this year, given the number of other changes
and where Labor Day lands on the 2015 calendar.
Thom Lockerby asked for the group’s input on the Office of
Alumni Engagement’s consideration of possibly moving the 55th
and higher reunions from the June reunion weekend to a weekend during the school year. This group of alumni has expressed a
desire for a different reunion experience, one that is more focused
on interaction with the life of the Academy than on catching up
with one another. Approximately 225 attendees per year are in
this cohort. The SAC developed a list of potential pros and cons,
focusing on the impact on the academic year community, and
forwarded those to the OAR staff for consideration within its
comprehensive annual programming.
Spring Term Faculty Meetings
March 30: Strategic Plan (Athletic Philosophy)
April 6: Strategic Plan (Embedding Intellectual
April 13:
Evaluation Review Committee
(feedback on proposal); Student
Reports Working Group
April 20:
Patriot’s Day (no faculty meeting)
April 27: Strategic Plan (Schedule/Calendar)
May 4:
Tang Institute (Carol Dweck)
May 11:
Strategic Plan
May 18:
Evaluation Review Committee
(revised proposal/vote); Student
Reports Working Group
May 25:
Memorial Day (no faculty meeting)