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Editorial Board: Betsy Hastings Block ’83, Christopher Farr, Elizabeth Kolb, Dorothy Bond Maddock, Susan Manix, and Rachel Welsh.

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Shipley Magazine

The Shipley Magazine, formerly known as the Bulletin, was redesigned and re-imagined based on feedback provided in the 2013 Bulletin Readership Survey. It is produced bi-annually by the Communications & Marketing Department to highlight distinctive Shipley alumni, faculty, students, and programs, and to explore important questions in—and beyond—the world of education.


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The Shipley Magazine - Spring 2015
  • What’s Your Shipley Story: The Benardete Family—Choosing a School with a Vision Niki and Ethan Benardete chose Shipley for their children because of the School’s emphasis on character education. For Niki, an educator and administrator herself, the vision of the Shipley community was quite clear, going above excellent academics to instill confidence and educate children about being the best people possible.
  • Donor Profile: Karen Krok ’93 Karen Krok ’93, a transplant hepatologist and medical director for the live donor transplant program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, benefitted from the generosity of gifts made to Shipley when she attended the School with the help financial aid. Now, she gives back to Shipley to give others the same opportunities that she had.
  • Notable & Noteworthy Shipley is proud of its graduates, who go on to pursue a wide range of successful careers and personal interests. Here, we highlight a varied assortment of achievements and honors that some Shipley alumni have attained over the past few years.
  • Alumni Profile: Tom Stewart ’05—Kickstarting a Career in the Great Outdoors Young alumnus Tom Stewart ’05 was determined to launch a successful business after graduation from college. After a few failed attempts, he and his business partner found success with Sunski, which sells vintage-inspired sunglasses for people who love the outdoors.
  • Bragging Rights: Shipley Girls' Basketball Three-Time State Champs Shipley’s girls’ basketball team has a lot to be proud of. Despite a tough season filled with injuries and other setbacks, the Gators pulled together to win the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletics Association finals for the third time in four years.
  • Meeting of the Minds: Is Independent School Worth It? The median cost of a Shipley education is about $28,000 annually. With some of the best public schools in the nation for neighbors, we asked, “Is it worth it?” A Lower School parent, current Shipley junior, and Shipley alumna weigh in on the value of a Shipley education.
  • Alumni Profile: Katherina M. Rosqueta ’85—Making an Impact through Innovative Philanthropy Katherina Rosqueta ’85 established an instinct for innovative ideas during her time at Shipley. She has since made a career of spearheading emerging programs, including her latest launch: the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy.
  • Innovations: What’s in a Logo? The Shipley logo is getting some much-needed company. The iconic Shipley logotype, which was originally created in 1987 to represent the School and supplement the use of the traditional seal, now has a modern graphic counterpart to call its own.
  • Faculty Profile: Jackson Collins—Upper School Dean of Students and History Department Co-Chair Inspired by his grandmother’s legacy, Jackson Collins left Wall Street to pursue a career in education. Outside of Shipley (and in addition to his many hobbies), Collins blends his skills in personal finance and his passion for education as founder of Nine Nickels, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to under-resourced students.
  • Academic Milestones: Think Care Act—Making a Difference, One Project at a Time Shipley’s fifth grade Think Care Act project is the capstone learning experience of the Lower School’s Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) program. Students match their skills and passions to implement projects that make a real difference in the world and lead to deeply rooted learning.

The Shipley Magazine - Fall 2014
  • Collegebound: Class of 2014 Profiles Learn more about some of the members from the Class of 2014: where they’re going to college, what they love about Shipley, and how they’re following their individual paths to success.
  • What’s Your Shipley Story: The Gundy Family, 13 Years and Counting Dee and Roy Gundy joined the Shipley community 13 years ago, when their daughter, Kaela ’15, was in preschool. A word-of-mouth recommendation put Shipley on their radar, but it was a commitment to each individual child that made them choose the School. Now, with three children here, Dee and Roy feel blessed that they are all thriving, despite their different interests, strengths, and traits. And even with their busy schedules, the Gundys find ways to give back to the community that has given them so much. Learn more about the Gundys and their Shipley story.
  • Faculty Profile: Dr. Emily Pickering, Lighting Sparks in Upper School History, English, and Interdisciplinary Studies Shipley’s Dr. Emily Pickering is the consummate scholar with a deep passion for literature and history, and she delights in passing on that passion and scholarship to her students. Her Hungarian background and a year spent traveling Europe early in life have given her a unique perspective on the connections among cultures and disciplines.
  • Meeting of the Minds: The Concussion Discussion All parents want their children to be safe. But can young athletes be safe and competitive in contact sports? Our panel discusses the impact of brain injuries and safety on the culture of youth sports, as well as the implications of Shipley’s no-heading policy in Middle School soccer. Read our panel discussion to learn more about the Concussion Crisis.
  • Alumni Profile: Ali Lambert Voron ’96, Expert in the Field of Overcoming Adversity Ali Lambert Voron ’96 knows something about overcoming adversity. A dynamic wife, mother, voiceover actress, motivational speaker, and blogger, Voron also happens to have alopecia universalis and has suffered from ulcerative colitis. And while these two very different conditions have been life altering for Voron, neither has diminished her incredible spirit nor her optimistic outlook. Voron attributes her positive spirit to her Shipley experience and hopes to positively impact others coping with health issues. Learn more about this very special Shipley alumna.
  • Academic Milestones: A New History In Peter Schumacher’s eighth grade class, the history of the modern world is studied through the interdisciplinary themes of urbanization, technology, and government. The thematic approach aims at getting students to understand the world they live in today—where it came from, how it came to be, and why. Learn more about how Schumacher’s creative approach to history inspires deeply rooted learning in his students.
  • Innovations: Yarnall Gymnasium Renovations Shipley’s athletics facilities received a much-needed upgrade this summer. Major renovations to Yarnall Gymnasium’s auxiliary spaces were completed, including improvements to the locker rooms, athletics staff offices, fitness center, and training room. View a slideshow of the newly updated spaces.
  • Alumni Profile: Felicity Barringer Taubman ’68, Exploring the Complexities of World Affairs For not quite three decades, Shipley alumna Felicity Barringer Taubman ’68 has served as a correspondent for The New York Times. From her start writing for The Bergen Record and The Washington Post, to her years of writing for The Times about the dying Soviet Union in the Gorbachev-era, and through her current work as a national environmental correspondent, Barringer has concentrated on explicating complex issues. She wants to show the subtleties of world affairs to the general public. Here, Barringer reflects on her experience at Shipley, the evolution of her career, and why she feels it’s important to remain connected to her alma mater.
  • Why I Give: Colin Gardner ’88 Though Colin Gardner ’88 lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family, his ties to Shipley are as strong as ever. Gardner recognizes with great appreciation the lasting effects of his Shipley education, from the enduring relationships with school friends to the multiplicity of ways in which Shipley’s influence manifests itself in his career choices in television news production and later, landscape architecture and urban design. As such, he makes it clear that Shipley factors large among the institutions that he supports each year. Read this donor profile to find out more about why.

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