Long-time Kinkaid faculty members John Germann and Barbara Cooney tell me that when they first arrived at Kinkaid in the late 1960's and early 1970’s, people here were talking about the land between our campus and Stillforest. So for at least the last 35-40 years Kinkaid faculty, staff, parents, and trustees and perhaps alumni have been thinking about the possibility of acquiring some or all of the land on our western boundary. On September 21, the possible became real as the purchase of the land was finalized.
What does this acquisition mean for Kinkaid? It means everything! The opportunity for a school of Kinkaid’s size, stature, age, and location (in the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country) to secure a large parcel of adjacent property (24.6 acres) is nothing short of extraordinary. This purchase, which will eventually increase the size of the campus by more than sixty percent, means immediate improvements to our campus and transformative change for the future.
The new property will impact our children today and for generations to come. The Board of Trustees will ultimately develop the long-range plan with a focused working committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and other visionary leaders. Our community -- parents, faculty, staff and alumni -- will have an opportunity to play an important role in helping us identify priorities as we move forward with the planning process. In the longer term, we will have the time to plan for needs the School will face in the coming years, which include a new upper school building, a new cafeteria, new state of the art outdoor learning center that will educate, challenge, and inspire all our students, new athletic space and fields as well as additional green areas around the campus. In the shorter term (the next one to two years), we hope to make initial changes that will address the access issues and parking needs that the School currently faces. Moreover, this acquisition, which allows Kinkaid to control its future without being landlocked, means that the School will remain in its location for generations to come.
You shortly will receive a special edition of the Kinkaid magazine devoted to the Tomorrow’s Promise Capital Campaign that will fund the land acquisition and to the initial improvements planned for the next two years. I hope you enjoy reading about the plans. This is an unprecedented opportunity, and enormously exciting. I can’t wait to get started!
The School is very pleased to have Leslie Roemer Labanowski ’02 as our Alumni Activities Manager. Since joining the Advancement Staff in June, she has accomplished many great things thanks to her enthusiasm, her connections with fellow alumni and her ability to effectively handle multiple responsibilities. I hope you have an opportunity to get to know her very soon, if you haven’t already had that pleasure
The accomplishments of our alumni – 5,600 graduates strong – are one of the strongest measures of the value of a Kinkaid education. Thank you for making the world a better and more interesting place, and for helping the School earn such high regard in the community.
Donald C. North
Friday, October 29, 2010
Looking for a way to kick off your REUNION? Why, not start with one of the oldest traditions, the Kinkaid vs. St. John’s Football Game!
Please join the entire Kinkaid community “Tailgate” before the 60th Annual Kinkaid vs. St. John’s Game. Becks Prime will cater dinner, and desserts will be out for all to enjoy. We hope you can join us for the newest addition one of our oldest traditions! It should be quite a game as the series now stands: Falcons 35 vs. Mavericks 13.
Advance ticket pick-up available at Harrison House, Wednesday, October 27 – Friday, October 29, otherwise you can pick up tickets for both the Feast and Game at the Feast check-in.
Click here to buy your tickets!
It’s a busy time!
Support your fellow classmates to try and get the largest class participation. This year the class with the highest participation will have a plaque and special gift in their name given to the school.
Washington DC Area Alumni Event
Come mix and mingle with fellow Kinkaid Alums living in the Washington area. We promise some great times and good food. Be on the lookout for the invitation in the mail and email.
New York City Area Alumni Event
Alumni Holiday Party
KYPO Holiday Party
Hey all you alums from classes 1997 – 2006, hope you can make it home for the holidays and meet your fellow classmates to enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials at the Annual KYPO Holiday Party. Everyone will be there!
May 6-7, 2011
Join us on the Roadway to Reunions!
Did you graduate in 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 or 2001? If so, this is your reunion year. Mark your calendar for a fun-filled weekend of events.
Friday, May 6 – Alumni Back to School & Distinguished Alumni Cocktail Party
Saturday, May 7 – Alumni Family Brunch & Class Parties
For more information, please check out the website kinkaid.org/reunionweekend or contact the Alumni Activities Manager, Leslie Roemer Labanowski ’02, at email@example.com or 713-243-5054.
Put Your Thinking Caps On!
It is that time of year to send in your nominations for the Alumni Awards –Distinguished Alumni Award, Honorary Alumni Award and Young Alumni Award.
For the Distinguished Alumni Award we are looking for an alum (over 40 years of age) who has been significantly involved with Kinkaid and represents achievement and excellence in his/her life.
For the Honorary Alumni Award, keep your eyes out for someone who has been significantly involved with Kinkaid but did not attend.
Finally, for the Young Alumni Award we are looking for an alum (40 years of age or younger) who represents achievement and excellence in his/her life.
Please note that all Alumni Award Nominations are due by Friday, November 19th.
To nominate a fellow alum, please contact Leslie Labanowski, Alumni Activities Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.243.5054 or fill out the Alumni Award Nomination Form on www.kinkaid.org/alumni.
Say Adios to Falcon Connections and Hello to the New Alumni Portal!
Kinkaid is proud to announce the newest addition to staying connected—the Alumni Portal. The portal is an online tool exclusively for Kinkaid alums that allows you to search for and connect with your fellow Falcon friends, provide a place to update your contact information and keep a pulse on the happenings around Kinkaid. The new portal will be activated in November. Watch for an email and letter in the mail regarding your log-in username and password. We hope everyone will use all the wonderful new features we have been working on.
For more information, contact Leslie Labanowski, Alumni Activities Manager, at email@example.com or 713.243.5054.
Let’s be Friends and Follow Me!
If you are not already a “friend” of Kinkaid Alums…go quickly and find us on Facebook! We update our page with all sorts of shout-outs and information to keep the Kinkaid alums informed.
Follow the Varsity football team on its quest to win the SPC title, find out when the next Fine Arts performance is taking place, know exactly what is in store for Reunion Weekend…all of these things can be done by following Kinkaid on Twitter!
Yes, that is right, Twitter has also landed on the Kinkaid campus and is ready for you to follow. Stay up-to-date all the happenings for Alums, the School, Athletics and the Arts!
All of the accounts are live and are ready for you. Don’t know how to sign-up? There is a self-paced tutorial online, check it out here. Still have questions, contact Georgia Ellis Piazza, Manager of Special Events and Electronic Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.243.5078.
Don’t let SJS beat us again!
The 2010-2011 Kinkaid Annual Fund is underway! Last year, 26%% of Kinkaid Alumni participated, raising over $600,000, a remarkable show of support! However, St. Johns beat us in the challenge by hitting 28%%. Our goal for this year is 30%%, and we can't reach it without your help!
Go online now and make your gift to avoid extra mailings and help the school save paper and administrative costs. You can make a pledge or set up installments. Your final payment is not due until July 31, 2011. As you know, the Annual Fund helps provide the extras that make Kinkaid so special. Your gift will support today's students and faculty.
For more information or to make a gift, please visit www.kinkaid.org/support.
Let the competition begin!
This year we are introducing two new competitions for reunion class giving to the Annual Fund. First, each reunion class (1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001) will have the opportunity to set the Annual Fund participation standard for future reunion classes to beat: Class of 1991 sets the bar for future 20th Reunion classes, etc.
Second, all reunion classes will have a separate challenge: the class with the highest participation rate will be recognized at the Distinguished Alumni Award reception on Friday, May 6th and a special something will be delivered to your class party on Saturday night, May 7th of Reunions!
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