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Ellen Heck ’02 to give artist talk on Nov. 6

Ellen Heck (’02) has a new exhibition “Connections” opening at the Wally Workman Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 1. Some of her pieces in the show are now viewable online. Ellen will be giving an artist talk on Thursday, Nov. 6, and she has much to discuss: her works have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Cleveland Museum of Art , Dartmouth University, and Brigham Young University, among others. Ellen has degrees in printmaking and painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in philosophy from Brown University. She currently resides in California’s Bay Area working as a fine art printmaker and is an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute.

See Ellen’s work and visit with her at the Wally Workman Gallery: Thursday, November 6 at 6pm. 1202 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703


St. Andrew’s Celebrates the Classes of 2004 and 2009

St. Andrew’s Celebrates the Classes of 2004 and 2009

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St. Andrew’s welcomed home graduates from the Classes of 2004 and 2009 for their tenth and fifth year class reunions on October 4.  Current and former faculty and staff joined our alumni in the Dell Fine Arts Center for a delicious brunch, presentations by our Heads of School, campus tours, and an afternoon at ACL at Zilker Park.  Alumni traveled from around the state to attend and teachers and graduates alike enjoyed reminiscing, touring the new Upper School facilities, and catching up with old friends.  We look forward to seeing them all again at the Alumni Holiday Get-Together on Saturday, December 20th!

’04 and ’09 graduates, St. Andrew’s is celebrating YOU!

Join your classmates and former teachers this fall to celebrate your 5 or 10-year reunion! RSVP to reserve your spot at brunch and your ticket to ACL. Spread the word to your classmates; it is going to be a GREAT time!

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Welcome Newest St. Andrew’s Alums: Class of 2014

It is official! The members of the Class of 2014 are now alumni of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.
This year, we were too big for the tent on the green, as graduation moved inside Founders Hall. Our task was to transform a gym that had housed winning athletes and cheering fans to a theatre for honoring outstanding graduates and cheering supporters. The new venue was a success, (without a thought about the possible rain), as we watched ninety-one graduates receive diplomas in front of fourteen hundred proud family members and friends.
01_SASAlumBlog_Class2014_04After diplomas were received, Catherine Chlebowski ‘10, sister of graduate, Claire Chlebowski, welcomed our newest alums. “You are the future leaders of the school, and your involvement with the community will ensure that St. Andrew’s will continue to be a wonderful place to learn.”

And, it’s already time to save the date for an annual alumni event. Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 3rd, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, for the Senior Send-off in the Dell Fine Arts Center. You will be the first to receive a copy of The Shield, the St. Andrew’s yearbook. This is a casual event, so you can linger, trade college email addresses with your classmates, and write your favorite memories in your friends’ annuals.

Thank you to Vince and Sue Totero for working with students to create our excellent yearbook, as well as their tireless production of the thousands of photographs they have taken and processed through the years. They are always there to record the events and daily life that our graduates will remember from their time at St. Andrew’s.

New alums, since this may be the first time you have visited the Alumni Blog, please take a moment to look immediately to the right side of the page. Go ahead and subscribe! It just takes a minute. By subscribing, you will receive new blog articles through your email account. We usually post two items a week during the school year, so your email account won’t be too crowded. It is an easy way to keep up with friends and upcoming alumni activities.

See you on August 3rd, and welcome Class of 2014!

Alumni Association Approved And Ready To Grow

Thank you to some important alums who helped to create the springboard for our Alumni Association.

Last spring, a group of dedicated alums began to gather bi-weekly with me through teleconferences, dinners, and a lot of emails. Their charge was to brainstorm and design a structure for an Alumni Association, in which they would enjoy remaining active. The result of the work was presented to Interim Head, Michael Eanes, who provided the findings to the St. Andrew’s Board of Trustees and new Head of School Sean Murphy, as the school was forming the new strategic plan last fall.

The first task of the committee was to create a Mission Statement, which is:

The mission of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Alumni Association is to maintain and promote the connection of alumni to the School and to strengthen the mission of the School and its community through alumni involvement.

Through extensive discussions, presentations of the experiences each committee member had experienced with his or her college alumni offices, and reflecting on the school community, the group created the bylaws which have been accepted by the Board of Trustees. While everyone on the committee contributed and debated thoughts for the philosophy of the document, special thanks go to John Bennett, who produced the framework and patiently nursed the document to completion.

The bylaws call for an Alumni Board, a liaison with the St. Andrew’s Board of Trustees, Class Agents, and meetings centered around natural opportunities for alumni to gather, like the Holiday Get-Together and the 5-year and 10-year reunions. No dues are required!

In addition, the group created a survey to send to alums soliciting opinions about ways to stay in touch, ideas for remaining active in the life of the school, and operational guidelines for Alumni Association leaders that would not be too time consuming, but would be meaningful interfaces with the school.

Other thoughts that arose included the creation of a private group on LinkedIn, the continued use of the Alumni Blog and Facebook for sending news and alumni updates, the creation of an available job billboard, and a searchable directory.

Thank you to these devoted and enthusiastic alums for helping us to establish the foundation for an exciting alumni community.

Allison Brubaker will be taking the lead on following through with the next phases of the formation of the Alumni Association. She will be looking for willing volunteers beginning this summer. The future of St. Andrew’s will always be influenced by its alumni. If you would like to get involved, Allison would love to hear from you.


Walker Wroe ’09 graduated from Ole Miss and is currently pursuing a master’s in engineering at the University of Texas.


Margot Miller ’04 graduated from Pomona and is currently the Operations Manager for MidWest Roots in Chicago.


John Bennett ’02 graduated from Williams and the University of Virginia School of Law and is an oil and gas attorney with Walker Keeling, LLP, in Victoria, Texas.


Katie Fitzpatrick ’07 graduated from Yale and has been a derivatives analyst at Greenlake Capital in New York, but begins nursing school at Columbia in the fall.


Callie Clemons ’07 graduated from Washington and Lee in 2011, returned to Austin, and just graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. She is pictured above with new College of Charleston grad, Flo, and new St. Andrew’s grad, Skip.


Nancy Garrison ’77 is a current St. Andrew’s parent with Sam as a rising senior and Tucker a rising ninth grader. Nancy, and husband, Dan, are owners of Garrison Brothers Distillery and are award winning makers of Texas Bourbon.


Dr. Christy Tucker ’05 (left) is a graduate of Davidson University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and is currently working as a post doctoral fellow in Clinical Psychology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.


RJ Axe is a graduate of the University of the South and is currently in the construction business in Nashville, Tennessee. He is pictured with ’08 friends Bowman Townsend and Clara Merchant.


Alex Wolford ’10 is just back from Australia and continuing her degree in business at the University of Texas.


Trey Garza ’04 graduated from Notre Dame and is a engineer for Myriad RBM, an Austin company providing biomarker solutions. He is pictured with ’06 friend Sara Taube.

Thank you again to all of the graduates who not only helped to create the school that St. Andrew’s is today, but who continue to build our new alumni community.

It has been a joy for me to share the inspiring stories about Upper School graduates and alums who attended St. Andrew’s in the early days. I have loved celebrating the passions and achievements of the St. Andrew’s alumni, and look forward to reading the news to come.