Join Co-chairs of the Board, Ann Balderston and Richard Yates, and Board members representing the AC alumni community, including AC Alumni Association President Bridgette Rivers ’81, at an AC Alumni Town Hall on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST.
Join us for authentic Mexican food and our signature sangria as we celebrate AC’s independence and progress towards our financial goals. The evening will feature a guacamole bar, salsa lessons, and a mixology class to learn to make the perfect margarita! This is a great opportunity to have fun with friends, raise additional money, and hear about what is happening at AC.
Friday, November 1st
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Allendale Columbia Dining Commons
$35 per person
Drinks, tapas, and classes included
Attire: business casual and colorful!
RSVP by: October 25th
Friday Night Fiesta
Thanks to our 170 guests at the November 1st Friday Night Fiesta
we raised $29,300!
Couldn’t make it to the Fiesta but want to donate?
You can donate anytime!
Reunion 2019 brought out a record-breaking number of alumni, despite being held indoors for the first time in decades. Spirits and energy were high as nearly 287 members of the classes of 1954-2019 gathered together for a weekend of fun!
Check out the links below to view even MORE photos!
Friday, June 14th
Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon
Country Club of Rochester, 2935 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Members of the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Board presented the 11th annual Distinguished Alumni Award to Bob Tait ’75. The award was established in 2009 to honor alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to both Allendale Columbia School and their local community.
Class of 1969 Cocktail Party
30 The Highlands, Rochester, NY 14622, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Columbia alumnae from the Class of 1969 gathered for cocktails at Sue’s home Friday evening. A dutch treat dinner followed at a location of their choice.
Saturday, June 15th
Alumni Ultimate Frisbee
Lower Field, 10:00 a.m.
Chip Bradford ’99 once again lead the casual morning game to help kick off the day.
The Mark von Bucher ’08 HAC Alumni Soccer Game
Upper Field, 10:30 a.m.
Long-time coach Ted Hunt organized the 13th annual Mark von Bucher ’08 HAC Alumni Soccer Game. The game started at 10:30 a.m. and welcomed back many former HAC soccer players.
Class of 1969 Voyage on the Sam Patch
Schoen Place, Pittsford, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Boat departed promptly at 12:00 p.m.
Members of the Class of 1969 and their guests enjoyed lunch on a private charter going 15 miles down the Erie Canal aboard the authentic packet boat replica: Sam Patch.
All Alumni Lunch
Dining Commons, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Alumni joined us in the Dining Commons for a family-friendly, complimentary lunch that featured drinks, wraps, sandwiches, salad, and dessert. It was the perfect stop between alumni games and before the campus tours!
Tour of the School
Welcome Desk, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Alumni and their families stopped by the front desk to once again walk the hallways of AC and explore their favorite spaces on campus. They rediscovered the reading nooks in Lower School and checked out newer spaces, like the Design and Innovation Lab. Feel free to stop by campus any time to join us on a guided tour!
HAC Men’s Alumni Basketball Game
Gannett Gymnasium, 1:00 p.m.
HAC boys’ basketball alumni returned to join Peter Gregory ’03 for the 10th annual HAC Men’s Alumni Basketball Game. Check out the “HAC Men’s Basketball Alumni” Facebook group for more information.
Paint & Sip
Dining Commons, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Alumni of all ages, accompanied by their families, enjoyed our newest addition to the Reunion Weekend lineup: Paint & Sip! Participants sipped their favorite beverage and enjoyed step-by-step instruction from our experienced and enthusiastic art teacher while catching up with fellow AC alumni. Each participant left with a one-of-a-kind creation to remember reunion for years to come.
All Alumni Cocktail Party
Birches Courtyard, 5:00 p.m.
More than 200 AC alumni returned to campus to join us for delicious hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and the opportunity to mix and mingle with former and current faculty as well as friends, old and new.
50th Reunion Anniversary Dinner
Country Club of Rochester, 2935 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 7:00 p.m.
Alumni from the Class of 1969 and their guests enjoyed a special dinner at the Country Club of Rochester in honor of their 50th reunion.
Out of the Mouths of Babes: A Brief Overview of the Allendale Columbia Student Commencement SpeakersPosted on June 18th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School
By Ted Hunt, AC History Teacher
“A few weeks ago, I was thinking about A/C and what it has meant to me over the last four years; after all, I had a graduation speech to write.”
With those words, Brandon Block, Class of 1985, began the first senior Commencement speech in Allendale Columbia School history. The list of student speakers now numbers thirty-five, and what a group it has been: articulate, poised, thoughtful, and diverse in just about every parameter imaginable: gender, race, and ethnicity; urban, rural, suburban. Over the course of the last thirty-four years, these speakers have had two commonalities. First, their speeches collectively represent some of the most impressive student prose imaginable and, secondly, I have had the pleasure to work with all of them as they crafted and rehearsed their speeches. Year after year, our student speakers were able to distill the essence of Allendale Columbia, its programs, and its people as well as any group of professionals we could have hired to market the school. I saved each and every one of those thirty-five speeches and I would like to share some of their highlights. (more…)
Posted in: Alumni News, Highlights, Twelfth Grade, Upper School
Congratulations to the
Allendale Columbia School
Class of 2019!
- Commencement 2019 Program (PDF)
- Commencement 2019 Senior Address by Mikayla Gross ’19
- Commencement 2019 Address by Ted Hunt, History Teacher and Soccer Coach
- Commencement 2019 Arch Photos
- Commencement 2019 Pre-Ceremony Photos
- Commencement 2019 Ceremony Photos
- Commencement 2019 Post-Ceremony Photos
Senior Class Dinner
This year, we recognized Bob Tait ’75 as the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Bob has been a tremendous contributor to Allendale Columbia School throughout his lifetime.
Posted in: Alumni News, Highlights
“First, relax. Get together with other people. Start with one thing. Get off screens and get outdoors,” encouraged Allendale Columbia alumna Mary DeMocker ’80, in her talks with parents and students while visiting her high school alma mater. She talked about her book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep, which is a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Award.
“Parents are hardwired to protect their kids,” she said at the event and in her book, providing them with food to eat, providing care and comfort when they’re sick, helping make sure they get their homework done, and more. And that’s why, she says, parents are the key to saving children from the chaos of climate change. She started when she became a parent and realized she needed to do more than recycle and change lightbulbs, that change would only come from community and political action. (more…)
Posted in: Alumni News, Highlights, Middle School, PACK, Upper School