“Sleepy” Students Start Pajama Drive

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Lower School students in grades one through five are bringing community service into their annual musical, which will take place on Thursday, February 15th, at 7:00 p.m. This year’s show, I’m Not Sleepy…Yet, tells the story of a large sleepover party in the Lower School, where the teachers try desperately to get the students to fall asleep. Needless to say, they are not terribly successful.

Students start pajama driveWe always look for opportunities for our students to develop a sense of responsibility to self and others and to engage globally and in the community around us to make a positive impact, key elements of our mission and vision statements. So, fitting with the sleepover theme, the cast and production team are excited to host a pajama drive in conjunction with the show to support the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN).   (more…)

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AC Connects with SF Bay Area Alumni

Posted on January 19th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

AC is happily exploring California this week!

The hospitality of our west coast alumni and friends has been more than generous as they kick off our visit by welcoming us to the San Fransisco Bay Area, showing us their favorite spots, reminiscing about their time at AC and on the east coast, and asking great questions about where Allendale Columbia is headed. On Wednesday evening, Tony Tepedino, Karyn Vella, and Kayla Himelein enjoyed catching up with loyal alums and friends at the University Club while sharing strategic plan updates and throwback yearbook photos — even some of Mr. Tepedino when he joined the AC family 21 years ago.

Tepedino, AC’s Hybrid Learning Coordinator and teacher with the AC Center for Entrepreneurship, noted how AC at its core is the same, but continues to evolve. “We believe strongly in creating and establishing connections with students. AC is evolving to meet the current needs of our students,” Tepedino remarked. “I have been fortunate to evolve with AC during that time, and it has been exciting and transformative for me as an educator to see how this evolution is impacting our students.” Tony also mentioned the importance of alumni as resources for student growth and learning, another way they can give back to AC.

On Friday, AC heads to southern California to continue the fun with alumni and attend the 2018 CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference. We warmly welcome all of our friends in or around the Los Angeles to join us at The Fifth’s rooftop bar in Anaheim this Sunday for a drink, appetizers, and to hear what’s new at AC.
Can’t make it SundayContact Kayla and we’ll do our best to schedule time come to you!”
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Alumni Discuss College Life (2018)

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

By Kristin Cocquyt, AC College Advisor

On Thursday, January 4th, over 20 Allendale Columbia alumni from the classes of 2014-2017 enjoyed an afternoon back on campus for the annual College Life Program. A joint effort between the College Advising Office and the Alumni Office, this annual tradition welcomes back recent alumni for an opportunity to reconnect with friends, faculty, and staff and to share their words of wisdom about their college experiences with Upper School students during a panel discussion.

This year’s panelists included Samantha Bilinski ’16 (RIT), Yasmine Kangbeya ’17 (Northeastern University), Ethan Kennedy ’14 (Cornell University), Nicole Salpini ’17 (Syracuse University), and Xinyuan “Tom” Yi ’16 (University of Rochester).

The top three tips from our panelists to our Upper School students:  (more…)

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Alum Greg Byers ’04 in Rochester Fringe Fest

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by Allendale Columbia School

Rochester Fringe FestivalAllendale Columbia alumnus Greg Byers ’04 will be performing two shows in the Rochester Fringe Festival. Both shows, on Thursday, September 21st, at 9:00 p.m. and Friday, September 22nd, at 8:30 p.m., will be presented at the Geva Theater Center’s Fielding Stage. The following information is from the Rochester Fringe Festival website, where you can get more information and buy tickets for Greg’s and other shows, at http://rochesterfringe.com/tickets-and-shows/memento-anima.

Greg Byers '04 at Rochester Fringe FestivalGreg Byers (cello, composition) and Hannah Nemer (film) have collaborated to create MEMENTO ANIMA, a sensitive exploration of movement, entropy, and the soul’s journey. Latin for “remember life,” MEMENTO ANIMA focuses on lost moments spent traveling, so that we might see their inherent beauty. This innovative suite for cello with effects is performed live alongside immersive visual accompaniment. Byers is a native of nearby Honeoye Falls, while Nemer draws inspiration from her time in Rochester documenting Civil War reenactments.

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Gay Pepper ’60 Honored with 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia School is pleased to announce Gay Pepper ’60 as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018.

Established in 2009 to honor alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to both Allendale Columbia School and their local community, the AC Alumni Board is proud to recognize Gay as an alumna who has made a regional, national, and international impact while also serving as a role model for young people around the world.  (more…)

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Nancy Northup ’77 Honored with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by Allendale Columbia School

Nancy Northup '77Allendale Columbia School is pleased to announce Nancy Northup ’77 as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017.

Established in 2009 to honor alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to both Allendale Columbia School and their local community, the AC Alumni Board is proud to recognize Nancy as an alumna who has made a regional, national, and international impact while also serving as a role model for young people around the world. As one nomination letter stated, “Nancy is a credit to AC, but, more importantly, she is someone who young people can look up to and see that one person can indeed make a difference in people’s lives.” (more…)

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Aedin Brennan ’12 Wins National Championship in Heptathlon

Posted on May 27th, 2015 by klapa

After three years and six trips to the national meet, Aedin Brennan, who graduated as part of AC’s Class of 2012 and is currently a junior at Denison University, achieved the ultimate college track & field experience by earning the right to stand atop the NCAA podium as the Division III National Champion in the heptathlon.

“I am still processing the win and what it really means, but I am certainly very happy and excited,” Brennan said. “The team has been sending me messages of support and congratulations for the last few hours. These past two days have provided me with wonderful memories, and I am very thankful for the Denison Track and Field program and all of those involved (coaches and teammates)!”

Click here to read more and join us in congratulating Aedin!

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Rick Garrett ’70 being honored with 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted on May 26th, 2015 by egillette

Richard J. Garrett, Jr. from the class of 1970 will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award, first presented in 2009, was established to honor alumni of Allendale Columbia School for their outstanding achievements and contributions to society following graduation. Recipients reflect strong role models for current students of Allendale Columbia School. This award is presented annually at the June luncheon, this year to be held at the Country Club of Rochester on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Past recipients include Richard H. Eisenhart Sr. ’33 (2009), Robert C. Silver ’42 (2010), Elisabeth W. Judson ’64 (2011), Edward P. Curtis Jr. ’47 (2012), Anne F. Foulkes ’52 (2013), and Tracy R. Gleason ’80 (2014).

Rick Garrett ’70 is being honored for his commitment to Allendale Columbia both as a student, and now as a beloved neighbor, alumnus, parent of alumni, donor, former board member, and friend. Rick’s countless hours spent volunteering on various projects and supporting the school must not go unnoticed. The Allendale Columbia Alumni Association Board is proud to award the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to Rick.

If you are interested in attending the event, seats are still available. Please register online by clicking here or call (585) 641-5226 and speak to Emily Gillette, Director of Alumni Relations. Luncheon tickets are $25 per person.

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