The Spring Trustee Weekend took place at St. Mark's on April 6 and 7. In addition to the Board's regular committee and full trustee meetings, highlights for the weekend included fond farewells to trustees stepping down from the Board, a special service in Belmont Chapel, and the Thayer Society Reception on Friday evening.
On Friday afternoon there was the traditional Trustee Weekend service in Belmont Chapel. Some forty attendees—trustees, alumni, faculty, and friends—listened to a musical prelude performed by VI Formers Helynna Lin (on piano) and Riya Shankar (on violin), heard VI Form Chapel talks from Monitors Lizzie Provost and Drew D'Orsi, sang the School Hymn, and recited the School prayer. Head Chaplain Barbara Talcott and Assistant Chaplain Stephen Hebert led the service, which took place right before the start of the Thayer Society Reception.
The Thayer Society, named for the School's longest serving headmaster Dr. William Greenough Thayer (36 years—from 1894-1930) and his wife, Violet Otis Thayer, recognizes Leadership Giving ($10,000 or more) to the Annual Fund. Last year, 69 Thayer Society donors contributed $1,227,385.00 to the Annual Fund. The Thayer Society Funds for Targeted Excellence represent targeted areas of the St. Mark's educational program that profoundly influence the School's daily work of preparing students to lead lives of consequence. Gifts from Thayer Society donors have made an important impact on each of four vital areas—Student Opportunity & Enrichment, Financial Aid Impact, Teaching and Innovation for Faculty Enrichment, and Athletics Excellence— or have been directed to the School's areas of greatest need through the Head's Discretionary Fund.
There were 58 attendees at the Thayer Society event on the Friday evening of this spring's Trustee Weekend. The speakers included Head of School John C. Warren '74, Board President Alys Reynders Scott '85, and faculty member John Camp, Associate Director of the St. Mark's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning in charge of Student Enrichment. Mr. Camp spoke about the multiple facets of student enrichment program, and how it provides students with the opportunity to customize their SM educational experience, identify and pursue their passions, and make connections with mentors outside the school.
Several students shared their enrichment experiences with the audience, including A.A. Jones International Grant recipients Nick Bechard '19, Nick Karlsson '19, and Filip Kierzenka '19 (who will travel to the UK to work with SM parents and alumni who work for Cabot properties doing commercial real estate); Class of 1968 Grant recipient Katherine Ewald '19 (traveling to Los Angeles to record original songs in a professional studio); VI Former Alan Yang (on his experience learning about hotel management at the Boston Marriott/Convention Center on Career Day); and V Former Rosanna Zhao (who will be interning this summer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute with SM alumnus Dr. Stephen Hodi '84, Director of the Melanoma Center and the Center for Immuno-Oncology there).
Mr. Camp emphasized that all these programs are possible because the commitment and resources provided by the School and its donors, and the life changing impact these experiences have St. Markers in both the short and long term. The Thayer Society Reception program concluded with a performance by the Marksmen, the School's male acapella group.
All told this was a most successful Spring Trustee Weekend.