2018

  • November

    Amazing Life Experience. Once Is Enough

    A couple of years ago, Donate Life America issued a challenge to folks in the organ transplant community to tell their stories in six words.
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  • Rear Admiral Frank D.

    A Noble Calling

    Duty. Honor. Country.
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  • Brenda Conlan, prevention specialist

    Lessons From the School of Hard Knocks

    Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.
                      Pema Chödrön
     
    So very true, and Brenda Conlan is living proof.
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  • Jake McGee, Collegiate Class of 2010

    Perspective Through Adversity

    Rehabilitating a serious injury is not for the faint of heart. It requires both physical and psychic energy. It tests one’s mettle, heart, and patience. Indeed, it tests one’s character.
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  • October

    Seeking Digital Balance

    Technology, with all its joys and perils, is here to stay.
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  • Stephen Adamson, Collegiate Class of 1992

    Honoring an Amazing Life

    The time had arrived for Stephen Adamson to blow out the candles on his birthday cake, but the adventuresome two-year-old was nowhere to be found.
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  • Making a Difference

    The organ transplant world can be fraught with seemingly insurmountable challenges, wide-ranging emotions, and, all too often, fear.
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  • Shawn Fenner (right) and Erin Schulz, outpatient transplant coordinators at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center

    Civic Engagement, Sensitivity, and Compassion

    UNOS. United Network for Organ Sharing. Not Uno, the card game. Not Uno, the pizzeria. UNOS. Pronounced “you-nos.” You and me, working together, every day, to save lives.
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  • Photos compliments of Robin Reifsnider

    Team First

    How do you act when you’re exceeding expectations and everybody’s patting you on the back?
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  • Coach Karen Doxey and University of Richmond field hockey coach Jamie Whitten Montgomery '03

    Paying It Forward

    You noticed, first, the spunk.
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  • Charlie Blair, head of Collegiate's Middle School since 1991, will retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

    "What's Best for Kids?"

    Charlie Blair had no idea this column was in the works.
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  • Don Pate (right) and Wortie Ferrell '88

    Lessons From the Fall

    The young lad’s road to excellence began with a good, old-fashioned, behind-the-woodshed thumping.
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  • Commitment to Excellence

    The verdict is in.
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  • September

    Sara Noftsinger and Carson Daly backstage at The Today Show in December 2016

    A Life of Significance

    At Collegiate School, every adult plays a vital role.
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  • Bill Rider explains

    Building Community

    The day was gray as gray could be. Heavy rain pummeled Central Virginia causing limited visibility, treacherous driving conditions, and hazards at every turn.
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  • Emily Disler '14

    A Dream Come True

    In the lexicon of rowing, “swing” is a phenomenon created when hearts, minds, and bodies function as one single, smooth, cohesive unit.
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  • A Solemn Reminder

    It was an idyllic, early fall Tuesday morning: brilliant azure sky, a few gentle tufts of clouds, temperature in the low ‘70’s.
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  • Richard Towell taught math at Collegiate from 1963-1987 and at St. Christopher's from 1987-2012

    Remembering Richard Towell

    My first year at Collegiate, I spent a lot of time asking myself the question, “What in the world am I doing here?”
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  • August

    Trips to Take, Decisions to Make

    Thursday afternoon, Robbie Beran will fly to Atlanta courtesy of the Georgia Tech athletic department, attend a class Friday, tour the campus, and listen to all the reasons he should join the Yellow Jackets’ basketball program.
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  • Steve Hickman, Collegiate's Head of School

    Standing the Test of Time

    Just the other day, it seems, Steve Hickman, Collegiate’s Head of School, stood tall behind the podium at Commencement and spoke earnestly and compellingly of optimism, courage, spirit, and gratitude.
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  • Helen Tanner (left) with Malcolm U. Pitt Jr. and Julia Williams

    Helen Tanner '49: A Collegiate Treasure

    Long before there was Facebook, Helen Tanner cornered the market on “Likes.”
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  • Ned Fox served as head of the Boys School at Collegiate from 1972 through 1976.

    The Guide on the Side

    Forty-two years ago, Edward J. Fox, Jr. departed Collegiate to become headmaster of Charlotte Latin School.
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  • Sterling Brown (left) of Growing Leaders reconnected with Collegiate head football coach Mark Palyo. Palyo served on the UR football staff when Brown played for the Spiders.

    Reaching Generation iY

    From 1989 through 1992, Sterling Brown started at wide receiver for the University of Richmond football team.
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  • Scott Carson, Collegiate's director of facilities management and construction

    The Rejuvenation of Oates Theater

    Another school year is quickly approaching, which means another major bricks-and-mortar project is near completion, which means another state-of-the-art, aesthetically pleasing facility is set to debut on Collegiate’s North Mooreland Road campus.
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  • Collegiate's Del Harris (second from right) and USA Basketball colleagues at the youth development camp in Charlotte in August 2017

    Teaching Basketball and Life

    Last August, Del Harris served as a volunteer coach at a USA Basketball youth development regional camp in Charlotte and left the Queen City totally energized as he always is when hoops is the subject.
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  • July

    Cheryl Matson has worked in the Watt Library for 24 years, first as a volunteer, later as a library assistant

    A Beautiful Day

    The temperature had risen to the mid-90's, humidity was thick in the air, and storm clouds were rolling in from the west as I began the south-of-the-creek leg of my summer self-guided tour around Collegiate’s North Mooreland Road campus this past Tuesday afternoon.
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  • Jason Stone has served as Collegiate's director of campus safety and security since January 2012. He will leave July 27 to become security manager for Chesterfield County.

    "Because I Care"

    Since Jason Stone signed on as Collegiate’s safety and security director back in January 2012, he’s conveyed much more than an all-business, “just-the-facts-ma’am” persona.
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  • Elisabeth Jacobs

    One Mellow Summer Friday

    This past Friday fell two days after the Fourth of July, and the usually bustling pace of life around Collegiate seemed unusually slow and easy considering that summer programs are in full swing.
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  • "Quite a Feat"

    Affixed to the brickwork beneath the scoreboard at the west end of the Grover Jones Field are 33 attractively crafted four-by-nine inch brushed aluminum plaques bearing the names of Collegiate athletes cited by the Richmond Times-Dispatch as player of the year in their respective sports.
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  • June

    Beth Hutchins presents the Alex Smith Alumni Service Award to Jay DeVoe as Alex Smith looks on.

    Just There to Help

    There sat Jay DeVoe, front and center at Collegiate’s Commencement May 25, with hardly an inkling of what would transpire as the festivities unfolded before him.
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  • Sarah Portlock Fellman, Collegiate Class of 2003

    Honoring Sarah Portlock Fellman '03

    Over the years, whenever Sarah Portlock Fellman’s life got tough, she would always step back, take a deep breath, and draw on the words and spirit of her motto: “Head down. Power through.”
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  • The softball teams from Collegiate and Paul VI shared a bus ride to the site of the VISAA tournament on May 21

    Teaching Life Lessons

    The most significant moment of Collegiate’s 2018 varsity softball season occurred, perhaps, not on the diamond but alongside I-95 just north of Petersburg.
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  • Zrinka and Stojan Yerkic (center)

    Farewell, Friends

    The end of each school year is always bittersweet. Amidst the celebration and pageantry of graduation comes the realization that trusted colleagues are moving on and won’t be on campus and sharing the Collegiate experience each day.
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  • Jessica Joseph, Collegiate Class of '18

    Honoring Jessica Joseph

    Watch me.
    I will go to my own sun.
    And if I am burned by its fire,
    I will fly on scorched wings.
                      Segovia Amil
                      “Warrior”
     
    Jessica Joseph surely felt the fire. She flew intrepidly and fearlessly on scorched wings. That’s just what cancer survivors must do.
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  • May

    Emily Mendelson '18 was the Outstanding Field Event Performer in Division I in the VISAA Championship May 18 at Sports Backers Stadium

    Unfailing Commitment

    Call it competitive excellence.
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  • Dedicated to Excellence

    Follow big-time men’s college basketball even a bit, and you might get the sneaking suspicion that the term “student-athlete” is a misnomer.
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  • Unsung Senior Athletes, Spring 2018

    Here they are, folks, the latest class of Unsung Seniors, Collegiate athletes who have made noteworthy contributions to the success of their teams this spring but have done so often beneath the radar.
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  • Laura Fields

    Community, Connections, and Kids

    What’s it all meant?
     
     
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  • Art, Running, and Life

    The day was hot, and the pool looked oh, so enticing.
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  • Ray Crouch (left) and his good friend Claud Whitley

    Ray Will Prevail

    Meet Ray Crouch.
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  • No Excuses, Just Play

    A lacrosse ball has a diameter of 2.5 inches and weighs a seemingly benign five ounces.
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  • April

    Karen Doxey and her daughter Brooks, a senior at Wake Forest and the 2014 Richmond Times-Dispatch field hockey player of the year.

    Truly a Class Act

    Early this week, I emailed Karen Doxey to ask if she had a few minutes to talk. Didn’t mention a subject. Could have been anything, as far as she knew. She’s Collegiate’s director of athletics, after all. People call and drop by regularly so it’s not unusual when one of her coaches requests a bit of her time.
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  • Richard Bagby and Sarah Peavey

    Hidden Gifts

    The words always seem so well-intentioned.
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  • Brenda Conlan, a Cape Cod-based prevention specialist, spoke to Collegiate's Middle School students and parents this week about positive lifestyle decisions.

    Educating for Life

    Throughout her 24 years as a prevention specialist, Brenda Conlan has educated students, parents, and faculty at literally hundreds of schools around the globe about the hazards of the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
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  • Thoughts on the Shot Clock

    Several weeks ago, USA Basketball issued a recommendation that a 24-second shot clock should become part of high school hoops.
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  • Checkmates

    When Scott Phillips took his seat to play the make-or-break round of the Greater Richmond High School Chess League championship tournament held at Deep Run High School one recent Saturday morning, he understood full well that all eyes would be fixed squarely upon him.
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  • Honoring Her Extraordinary Gift

    Teresa Crenshaw was nice to call.
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  • Helen Coulson has served as Collegiate's director of instrumental music since 1993.

    A Culture of Excellence

    The day was damp, cold, and about as disagreeable as it could get.
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  • March

    Mark Newlen in action against Clemson

    Memories...

    If you’re even a casual fan of University of Virginia men’s basketball, no doubt you watched with incredulity and amazement as University of Maryland, Baltimore County dispatched the Cavaliers 74-54 in the first round of the NCAA tournament 12 days ago.
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  • Frank Mountcastle '83 hits a free throw in Collegiate's 44-41 victory over St. Bridget in 1979.  His 30-foot shot at the buzzer in regulation sent the game into overtime.

    One Shining Moment

    Time passes quickly. Events fade from memory, then disappear, never to return. Some, though, are just too powerful, too compelling, too stunning to forget. Years later, you see them as clearly as if they occurred the day before. You play them over in your head. The sequence never changes. The emotion endures.
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  • Grace and Class

    I don’t know Tony Bennett.
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  • Beyond Dedicated

    It was a warm, sunny early-summer day, and Caroline Hall, all of eight years old, was gleefully bounding off the 1-meter diving board at the Kanawha Recreation Association pool.
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  • Practice Makes Excellent

    How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
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  • February

    Children's book writer Adam Gidwitz visited Collegiate's Middle School today to share his passion for story-telling and writing.

    A Passion for Storytelling

    One day back in 2008, Adam Gidwitz was subbing in the library at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn when he experienced a Eureka moment.
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  • Unsung Senior Athletes, Winter 2018

    Please join me, folks, in congratulating the latest class of Unsung Seniors, six Collegiate athletes who made notable, if understated, contributions to the success of their teams during the winter athletic season of 2017-2018.
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  • The foyer in the Jacobs Gym honors Jean and Dick Wiltshire

    The Perfect Complement

    Visitors to the Jacobs Gymnasium this school year have passed through a recently refurbished space now known as the Jean and Dick Wiltshire Foyer.
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  • 2018 Prep League Swimming and Diving Champions

    Goal, Plan, Championship

    Something had to give.
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  • Triple Threat

    No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. There’s no misprint. There are really three “A. Freeman” entries in the box score of Collegiate’s girls varsity basketball games.
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  • Mark Newlen has taught Middle School physical education at Collegiate since 1989.

    From the Ashes

    The phoenix hope can wing her way through the desert skies and, still defying fortune’s spite, arise from ashes and revive.
           - Miguel de Cervantes
     
    Mark Newlen has learned far more than he could ever have imagined about the flight of the phoenix.
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  • The Arthur Ashe Statue stands at the intersection of Roseneath and Monument.  February 6 marks the 25th anniversary of the native Richmonder's passing.

    His Light Shines Forever

    Tennis! I thought. Why in the world is this guy asking me to write about tennis? I’ve never played the sport. Never even seen a whole match. Certainly don’t know the finer points of the game. You hold the skinny end of the racquet. Right? Hit the ball over the net. Try to keep it inside the lines. OK. I get it. But wait. Really. I don’t have a clue.
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  • Coach Del Harris (hands up) motivates the troops.

    Lessons Learned. Next Up...

    The wins were piling up. The poll voters were taking notice. Local media outlets were telling their story. The guys on Collegiate’s varsity boys’ basketball team were walking tall and riding high.
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  • January

    The Consummate Gentleman

    It was all in fun, or so they thought. Intentions and perceptions often differ, you see. Sometimes, they differ drastically.
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  • Tom, Sally, and Alice Chambers

    Our Heart, Our Soul, Our Inspiration

    Right time. Right place. Right person.
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  • Photos courtesy of Robin Reifsnider

    Owning the Experience

    We’re three weeks into January, and it’s already been one of those all-you-could-ask-for seasons for Collegiate’s boys varsity basketball team.
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  • Photos courtesy of Robin Reifsnider

    The Evolution of Tierra Morris

    There’s never a dull moment.
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  • Max Schnur '11, a professional tennis player, will return to action in late January following a hiatus to care for an elbow injury.

    A Visit With Max Schnur '11

    The pain is gone. Actually, the pain has been gone for a while now. The rehab? Over and done with, at long last. The touch? It’s returning. The desire? Never left.
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  • Allen Chamberlain (left) and colleague Melanie Barker in the Saunders Family Library

    "She Forever Changed Our School"

    Allen Chamberlain loved her job.
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  • Imagining Peace

    Here I sit on New Year’s Eve, in the comfort of my den, watching that huge Waterford Crystal ball descend in Times Square signaling the beginning of 2018.
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