ALUMNI COURIER
SPRING 2019

Remembering Michael Sverdlove, Class of 2014

Members of the class of 2014, family and friends filled St. Athanasius Church on Monday, March 18th to celebrate the the beautiful life of Michael Sverdlove, member of the class of 2014. Michael passed away tragically on March 10th while volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel. 

Michael's smile was infectious. His zest for life, unmatched. We mourn together as a community and our doors are open for those who seek solace. In your kindness please remember Michael, his parents, his sister Rachael, and all those who mourn his loss in your prayers

The Sverdlove family has set up a memorial fund at Austin Prep in Michael's name. Contributions to the Michael G. Sverdlove '14 Memorial Fund may be made through this link.

Launching of Alumni Writers Workshop Series

Mrs. Marla Pascucci-Byrne and the Office of Alumni Relations launched the Alumni Writers Workshop series, bringing alumni into the classroom to share their personal and professional journeys as writers with current students. The first two guests of the Series, Drew Garland '07 and Hannah Andry '12, shared their gifts with Mrs. Pascucci-Byrne's Creative Writing course and Mrs. Nicole Putney's Writing Tutors this month.

"Being able to be creative is the best part of my job," asserted Drew Garland '07, a content producer for NESN, who shared his own career path and experiences with our students. While the perks of his job include interviewing celebrity athletes, the creation of content, while exciting, does pose its challenges by requiring quick turnover and a quest for fresh perspective. He provided students with helpful insight with the following advice; "Find the hook; make something memorable and inspiring. You have to constantly be improving; with each piece, I have to make something that I’m proud of and make sure it’s better than what I've created previously."  His best advice for writing - and life - came from his experience on the first day of college. "Keep your door open - whether in college or in life - be open to what's around you. Keep writing, keep improving, be open to feedback and have an open mind. Surround yourself with a community of good people, both at Austin and beyond, and you will succeed."

Hannah Andry '12, a published author, is currently working on a collection of short stories and poems, and shared writing tips about following your passion and writing from the heart. "Write every day," she encouraged. "On napkins, in journals, in a blog, in letters to friends. Keep your mind moving. Watch people around you for inspiration, and keep friendships with those who inspire you. It will not always be easy to create something meaningful, but it will be worth it to share your story with the world." Hannah's story was recently featured on the podcast "She Explores," and her collected works, Tapestry, will be published this summer.

Both students cited their Austin Prep days as being highly influential in their career choices, and they have maintained connections in the spirit of unitas with their former teachers and mentors.

Future guests in the Writers series will include Mia Lazarewicz '02, Beau Batchelor '09, Elizabeth Dowd Basile '01, Christina Saropoulos Kakambouras '03, and Michael Stanley '03. Alums interested in sharing their stories and writing process in the Writers Workshop should contact Mrs. Pascucci-Byrne at mpascuccibyrne@austinprep.orgUltimately, we hope to expand the Alumni Workshop series into other subjects.

Reunion Survey for Classes Ending in 4 & 9

This reunion year we celebrate Austin Prep classes ending in 4 and 9!

Alumni from the classes ending in 4 & 9 (1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014) are invited to use the QR code above or this link to participate in a brief survey to assist the Office of Alumni Relations in supporting this year's reunion events. Survey will be open until April 15th.

We appreciate your feedback!

32nd Annual Austin Open

The 32nd Annual Austin Open is just around the corner on Monday, May 20th and we want you and your business to be part of it! 

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Held at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, this event brings together our alumni, current families and friends for a spirited day of fundraising to directly benefit current students, and generations of Austin Prep families in years to come.

Check out our website here to learn about how you can participate!

Alumni Hockey Charity Challenge

Austin Prep alumni have always been invaluable supporters of our community. In particular, we recognize two annual events established for and by alumni which directly benefit the Austin Prep experience of current students**:

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Austin Prep will host the Annual Alumni Hockey Men's and Women's Charity Challenges at Gallant Rink at Merrimack College in North Andover. The net proceeds from these games benefit the George "Matt" Miller Memorial Scholarship, the David E. Nelson ’81 Memorial Scholarship, and the Kristen M. Corbett '08 Memorial Scholarship Fund, respectfully.

All players are asked to make a minimum donation of $50 to play in the game. This fee covers the ice rental and other costs associated with hosting the game.

We hope you will join us for the 2019 Challenges on April 27th as a player or a fan!
Information on Men's game
Information on Women's game

**Photo above: Dr. Jim Hickey with scholarship benefactor Carolyn Corbett and Elizabeth Richards '19, the 2017 recipient of the Kristen M. Corbett '08 Memorial Scholarship

Class of 1969 Reunion

Austin Prep is excited to celebrate the Class of 1969's 50th Reunion, May 24-26, 2019!  

Friday, May 24th
4:00 p.m.~ Baccalaureate Mass, Richard J. Meelia Hall, Austin Prep (business/business casual attire)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.~ Class of 1969 informal gathering at Bunratty Tavern, Main Street, Reading (business/business casual attire)
Saturday, May 25th
1:00 p.m.~ Headmaster’s Reception, Dr. Hickey’s Office (business attire)
2:00 p.m.~ Commencement Exercises, followed by tour of Austin Prep campus led by Green Key Student Ambassadors (business attire)
5:00 p.m.~ Class of 1969 Reunion Dinner hosted by the Headmaster, Heritage Room, Austin Prep (business attire)
Sunday, May 26th
8:30 a.m.~ Mass in memory of deceased members of the Class of 1969, Saint Augustine Chapel, Austin Prep followed by continental breakfast in the main foyer (business/business casual attire)
11:30 a.m. ~ For those interested in playing golf, we have reserved 2 foursomes at the private Vesper Country Club in Tyngsborough. Reservations for these foursomes are first come, first served. Please email Director of Alumni Relations & Giving Jennifer Hodgdon to reserve your space, Jennifer.hodgdon@austinprep.org

Alumni Networking Reception in Boston

Alumni are invited to the Annual Alumni Networking Reception at The University of Massachusetts Club, Boston on Monday, April 29, 2019.

Join fellow alumni for an evening of catching-up and networking while enjoying the view from the University Club. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. Business attire. Register here.

Weddings & Onesies

Are you getting married? The Office of Alumni Relations will loan you an Austin Prep banner for photos at your wedding.

Did you recently welcome a new cougar cub into your family? Let us know what size onesie your little cougar needs and the Office of Alumni Relations will send along one of our new Austin Prep baby onesies.

Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 781-944-4900, ext. 852.

Spring Musical Announced

Save-the-Date for Austin Prep's Annual Spring Musical:
May 4th (7:00 p.m.) and May 5th (2:00 p.m.)
We look forward to welcoming alumni back for this fun-filled performance! To reserve your tickets, please contact Jennifer Hodgdon, Director of Alumni Relations & Giving. 

 

Thank you, Alumni!

We would like to thank our generous alumni who have made a gift to the Annual Fund at Austin Prep this fiscal year. Many of the outstanding educational opportunities made available to our students, and professional development opportunities for our faculty, are a result of significant support from the Austin Prep alumni community. Your contributions allow us to continue to provide unique and distinctive learning experiences not only for our current students, but for future generations to come.

If you have not yet participated in supporting the Annual Fund, we encourage you to help us continue the upward trajectory of success at Austin Prep. Our fiscal year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Please consider making a gift today!

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Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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