The year ahead will be my third and final as the President of the Alumni Council. While I am happy with our accomplishments over the last two years, I am most excited about pushing forward to build on the Council’s mission - increasing participation in alumni attendance at Dalton events and in Alumni Annual Fund giving.
The Alumni Council had an active 2017-2018 year. We began by starting a new Dalton Homecoming tradition: Three Dalton restaurateurs (Dean Palin ’86 — Duke’s, Michael Stillman ’98 — Quality Eats and Steven Kay ’90 — Mel’s Burger Bar), all located on Second Avenue and within close proximity to each other, offered specials for fellow Daltonians in honor of Homecoming weekend. This year from September 21 to September 23, please join us, and have a drink or bite in celebration of Dalton Homecoming.
Last year was also very meaningful as we celebrated, recognized and thanked fellow Alum Ellen Stein for her years of outstanding service and leadership as Dalton’s Head of School. While many events took place throughout the year, I don’t think anyone would argue that the party thrown in her honor at the American Museum of Natural History was a most memorable night. The attendance was so strong that a rollover room was needed to expand capacity. It was truly a fantastic evening that brought together generations of people connected to our amazing Dalton community—alumni, parents, faculty & staff—each had a special part in celebrating Ellen’s lasting legacy.
All that said, we cannot rest on our laurels, and I continue to strive to do better and more…the year ahead is again expected to be a truly busy one with events celebrating the Dalton Centennial, including an end of year Benefit Gala on April 18, 2019. Alumni, with special thanks to Peter Shapiro ’91 (owner of Brooklyn Bowl), have organized Phase 100 on October 3rd. Also, our unique Dalton Conversation Series continues this year with a very strong start: Anderson Cooper ’85 will speak with and Andy Cohen in the Martin Theater on Sunday, October 21st, followed by Carlos Beltran and Alvaro Martin on Thursday, November 29 and rounding out our year in the Spring with Rhonda Ross ’89 with her sister Tracee Ellis Ross ’90.
As we reflect on Dalton’s 100-year history, some community members face exciting beginnings: new students, new faculty & staff, new alumni (Welcome Class of 2018!) and a special beginning for Head of School Jim Best.
It’s going to be a very full year for the Alumni Council, and I’m looking forward to all of it! I hope that you will show your support for Dalton by attending alumni events, student performances & athletic events and making a contribution to the Annual Fund.
You can find information for activities and events in the monthly alumni e-newsletter, website and emails. If you wish to become more involved or have ideas on how the Dalton Alumni Council can be a better channel for serving the alumni, please feel free to contact the Alumni Office or reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy Frischling ‘86