Alumni Weekend Offers Something for Everyone

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This year’s Alumni Weekend featured reunions for classes with years ending in ‘0 or ‘5, though alumni from all years of St. Anne’s, Belfield, and St. Anne’s-Belfield School were warmly welcomed for a schedule of events offering a little something for everyone.

“This year we invited our Alumni Board to enjoy the Outdoor Chapel and lunch with our senior class on Friday,” said John Blake, director of alumni relations.  “It was a great chance for these individuals to find out more about our current students and some of our newer traditions. Later that afternoon we had an open conversation about just that, the aspects of the School that make it so unique and impactful to our students.”

Facilitated by June West, assistant professor of business administration, and area coordinator of management communication at U.Va.’s Darden School of Business, the discussion covered the themes that have mattered most to current alumni. West helped the group define the values and experiences that they want to pass on to future alumni. Following the discussion a bench was dedicated in memory of Terry Brownfield ’68.

At Friday evening’s cocktail party the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Corwith Davis ’95 in honor of his devotion to service and inclusivity. Upon hearing of his death in August of 2012, classmates came together to establish Camp Corwith, a summer program held at the School free of charge to a group of rising fourth through sixth grade boys and girls from the Charlottesville-Albemarle community who otherwise may not have the means to attend a summer camp. Corwith’s mother, Cynni Davis, accepted the award.

Also recognized was Jack Rossi, recipient of the Honored Faculty Award. The award was given by the Alumni Association in appreciation of the twenty-six years of service Rossi has given to St. Anne’s-Belfield School students as a teacher, Advisor, College Counselor, and, above all, a role model of honesty, patience, and dedication.

Saturday saw alumni dropping by the Elizabeth Norfleet Archives and the Walker Alumni Suite to chat with Kay Butterfield, School historian and author of the centennial history of the School, Teach Them Diligently, as well tailgating at School sporting events and attending class parties. A brunch on Sunday completed the weekend.

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