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Allison Pataki ’03 Discussed Her New Book The Traitor’s Wife
The Hackley Alumni Association and the Hackley Parents' Association held a book reading, reception, and book signing for New York Times bestselling author and Hackley alumna Allison Pataki ’03 on Monday, April 7th. Allison discussed her new book The Traitor’s Wife, a riveting historical novel set in the Hudson Valley about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason.
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Code.org Founder Hadi Partovi '90 Visits Hackley
On Friday, April 4, Hackley graduate Hadi Partovi '90 offered two presentations, one to our Middle School and the second to our Upper School. Hadi and his twin brother Ali co-founded the non-profit group Code.org. This organization has become a leading and influential national voice working to raise our nation’s collective awareness of the need for our youth to be prepared with the foundational technical knowledge required to meet a future driven by technology.
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Hadi Partovi ’90 goes to Washington
Hackley alumnus Hadi Partovi founded Code.org with his brother Ali '90. Code.org's Hour of Code last month had 20 million users, including Hackley students & teachers. Hadi appeared before Congress on January 9, 2014, to help boost computer science education in US schools, and his congressional testimony was a big success. House Science & Technology CommitteeChair, Congressman Lamar Smith announced during Hadi’s testimony that he would sponsor the Computer Science Education Act, and he urged others to support it too. To support the Computer Science Education Act, click here to sign a letter to your congressman/congresswoman. (Click here to read more Hackley Alumni News.)
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Allison Pataki ’03’s first historical fiction novel is published
“The Traitor’s Wife” by Allison Pataki is a riveting, historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, Benedict Arnold’s cunning wife and the mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason. The story takes place in and around the Hudson Valley. Fellow Hackley alumna, Margaret Copeland ’04 is the cover model, in case you thought that perfect profile looked familiar. The book can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Books-A-Million. Allison will visit Hackley on Monday evening, April 7, 2014, 6:30 PM, for a reading and reception to discuss her new book. This event is co-sponsored by the Hackley Parents Association and the Hackley Alumni Association.

Allison will be in New York City at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 PM. For tickets go to www.AllisonPataki.com/February12.

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Fuzzy Khosrowshahi ’85 hosts Hackley students at Google
Fuzzy Khosrowshahi hosted Hackley’s AP Computer Science students, Computer Science teacher Melissa Brennan and Science teacher Andrew Ying at Google.

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Young Alumni Networking Reception
The Young Alumni Networking Reception took place in early January and was a great success. Despite the rare occurrence of the polar vortex, 30 young college-age alumni and 20 Hackley seniors braved the cold to mingle with friends and to learn about various careers from the six networking panelists: Eric Gyasi ’01, Trish Raciti DeCenzo ’02, Sarah Unger ’03, Noah Silver ’06, Julia Nathan ’07, and Tony Petitti (Hackley parent).
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Tony Gerber ’81’s documentary to debut at Sundance Film Festival
Tony Gerber's latest documentary, "The Notorious Mr. Bout" tells the true story of "the Russian entrepreneur, aviation magnate, amateur filmmaker (really) and arms smuggler, who spent a life dancing between the legalities of international law while becoming one of the most infamous people in his trade."

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Harlow Giles Unger discusses his new book at the Mid-Manhattan Library
Harlow Giles Unger, a former Hackley Trustee and parent of Rich Unger ’83, will be discussing his new book “Mr. President” George Washington and the Making of the Nation’s Highest Office on Thursday, February 6th at 6:30 PM at the Mid-Manhattan Library. The Library is located at 455 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Mr. Unger is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, historian, and is the author of more than twenty books on the founding fathers and the history of the early Republic.
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Eliot Smith and Erick Storckman's new Album is an eclectic blend of sound
Music fans: Eliot Smith and Erick Storckman’s new album of all-original compositions “Algorhythms” is now released on the “Twin Rivers” record label.

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Melissa Rodriguez '09's first flim is generating buzz
"Nevermore," a film directed by Melissa Rodriquez was selected and screened at two film festivals: The 2013 Faculty Select Film Festival at Brooklyn College and the 30 Under 30 Film Festival in NYC. Melissa’s film is about obsession and love going too far, and its generating buzz in online media. To see her film go to www.bctvr.net.

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Takao Hensch ’84 studies a new drug which might allow adults learn perfect pitch
Harvard Professor Takao Hensch is studying a drug which might allow adults to learn perfect pitch by re-creating a critical period in brain development. NPR interviewed Takao this month. Click here to listen to his interview. Takao delivered Hackley’s 2007 cum laude induction address. He teaches molecular and cellular biology at Harvard.


Lauren Lichtenberg ’10 Interns at Christie’s
When Christie’s was chosen to handle the sale of the three Impressionist paintings bequeathed to Hackley by Ethel Strong Allen last year, the auction house offered a wonderful opportunity for a Hackley student or young alum: a summer internship at Christie’s. Lauren Lichtenberg was the first Hackley-Christie’s intern this past summer – read about her experience here.
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Pavel Litvinov’s opinion piece published in The Washington Post regarding his son’s arrest in Russia for a peaceful protest

Long time Hackley teacher Pavel Litvinov wrote a piece which appeared in The Washington Post on October 25, 2013. Pavel's son, Dima Litvinov, was arrested in Russia, in connection with his work with Greenpeace. Pavel, a former Soviet dissident and retired Hackley mathematics and physics teacher, is a member of the board of the Andrey Sakharov Foundation. Read this powerful piece to get a better understanding of Pavel and his son. Dima and other activists were arrested in high-seas and are being held in prison in Murmansk. As a child, Dima spent four years in Siberian exile with Pavel, after Pavel protested the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Click here to read the NY Times cover article (10/30/13) about Dima’s imprisonment.

Click here to sign the petition.

(Read more Hackley Alumni News stories here.)

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Mike Karger ’89 Plays “the round of a lifetime” and wins MGA Mid-Amateur Championship

Congratulations Mike Karger ’89 for winning the prestigious Westmoreland Cup at the MGA Mid-Amateur Championship in Lincolndale, NY. He is the first player to win both the MGA Mid-Amateur and WGA Mid-Amateur championships. Just days before, he also won the MGA’s father-son championship with his father, Hackley alumnus, Tom Karger ’63. Click here to view an interview with Mike from the Metropolitan Golf Association website.

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Pianist and Composer, David Ecker ’10 releases new EP

David Ecker ’10
releases his latest EP “Passage”, a culmination of an intense year of musical exploration, composition, and production. While it’s pianistically rooted in Jazz, it features a variety of electronic influences and doesn’t shy away from messing with genre expectations.

David, who has played jazz piano for 14 years and attends Columbia University, recently returned to the hilltop to perform with Erick Storkman and Elliot Smith at Erick’s tribute concert on Alumni Day. You can find the Facebook page for the “Passage” release here and Ecker’s Bandcamp page here.

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Alex Cadicamo ’06 Places 26th in NYC Marathon
Congratulations Alex Cadicamo ’06 for placing an impressive 26th in the NYC Marathon women’s race, with a time of 2 hours 51 minutes 33 seconds. The NY Times reported that among female runners who work on Wall Street, Alex was the fastest. At Goldman Sachs, where she works, that accomplishment earned her lots of kudos.

(Read more Hackley Alumni News stories here.)

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Keith Olbermann Returns to ESPN with new show

Keith Olbermann ’75
returned to ESPN to host a new late-night show, "Olbermann," which airs at 11 p.m. EST weeknights and mixes perspective, commentary, interviews, panel discussions and highlights. The hour long show often follows live events and is based at the Times Square studios in New York City.

(Read more Hackley Alumni News stories here.)

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Congratulations Rand Otten ’90

On September 17, 2013, Rand Otten ’90 received the Distinguished Service Award from the Putnam Community Service Network for her passion for fundraising and increasing the profile of both PARC and Partners with PARC. Rand, an award-wining fundraiser and former journalist, is the Director of Development at PARC-Partner, Achieve, Reach, and Connect. She recently received the Katie O’Donnell Award of Excellence for Leadership from the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce.

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Haiti and Hackley
Hackley alumni, students, parents, and faculty are crossing paths as they try to help Haiti’s recovery, including Nick Cannell ’98, Roger Garrison ’62, Ken Bernhard ’62, and Hackley English Teacher and Fifth Grade Dean, Cyndy Jean. Last summer, they traveled to Haiti, and this month Nick, Roger, and Cyndy hosted a fundraiser celebration of Haitian culture and music in NYC. Click on Read More to find out about their inspiring organizations (Konbit Mizik and Tree of Life Orphanage) and efforts.
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David Frankel '97 Pays Tribute to Mariano Rivera
Attention Yankee fans and those who taught or remember David Frankel ’97: Check out this fun video of David with his Latin Boogaloo band Spanglish Fly paying tribute to Yankee closer Mariano Rivera with their original song, “42” (El Cuarenta y Dos). See if you can spot David who appears at about the 1:42 mark singing in Spanish. “42” was featured during the September 15th ESPN nationally televised Yankees vs. Red Sox game.

David and his band will be performing on Thursday, September 26th 10:00 PM at Drom in New York City.

(Read more Hackley Alumni News stories here.)

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Sherry Blockinger’s ’87 desserts!
Sherry Blockinger’s ’87 "sb cookie bar" recently received a Westchester Magazine Best of Westchester Award in the “Custom Treat” category. Sherry is the Executive Chef and Owner of Sherry B Dessert Studio in Chappaqua. Visit her website to learn more about how Sherry’s desserts are “designed to take you back to that time when dessert really was the most important meal of the day.”
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Gold for Robert Scherl '13
Robert Scherl ’13 (center) and his Team USA baseball teammates won the gold medal at the Summer 2013 Maccabiah Games with a 9-0 victory over Canada. Robert had a terrific tournament going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs in the team’s first game against Canada and going 1 for 4 with a double in the gold-medal game.

(Read more Hackley Alumni News stories here.)

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Lowell Gallin '74 on You Tube Channel
Lowell Gallin ’74 was featured in an article that ran in the “Riverdale Press” about his new online show – “The Laura and Lowell Show” running on YouTube Channel. Lowell interviews interesting New Yorkers and discusses real issues, real problems, and real successes. Click here to watch Lowell’s interview with Scott Moss ’84 of the Tolstoy Foundation.

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The Dial
Pete Barrett ’11 wrote an excellent piece for this summer’s Hackley Review about The Dial’s first 85 years, entitled "Renaissance Again Hackley's Dial." Also check out a separate piece Pete wrote for his blog, “With the turn of The Dial: a trip back to my high school newspaper.”

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Zak Petkanas '03 joins Michelle Nunn's Senate Campaign
Zac Petkanas ’03 joins Michelle Nunn's Senate Campaign as Deputy Campaign Manager.
“So, it's official everyone. I'm very excited to join Michelle Nunn's senate campaign as Deputy Campaign Manager. I'm now on the ground in Atlanta, have an apartment in Midtown and am requesting that you come visit me. Seriously... come visit me.”
 

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