Alum Ellie Wells ’15 partnered with St. Anne’s to donate unsold books from our annual Used Book Sale in March to the African Library Project, an organization that coordinates book drives in the United States with starting small libraries in African villages. The book drive was a huge success on all fronts. Because of the many book donations from our community, we were able to donate over 1,600 books to the Africa Library Project, far exceeding the 1,000 books needed to start a new library in a school ironically named St. Anne’s in Malawi, Africa.

In April, the Alumni Board hosted its annual Wine Tasting Event, where a portion of the proceeds from the sale of wine are donated back to St. Anne's. This year's theme was "Around the World" and we served wine from various regions across the globe. Special thanks to Primo Vino for supplying the wines and the Dawson family for donating beer from their new brewery, Briar Common. With over one hundred attendees, it was a successful event.

Click HERE to see a slideshow from the event.

Alum Mums' Tea - February 2017

February 16, 2017

The 2017 Alum Mums' Tea was a huge success and a lot of fun. Click HERE to see pictures from the event.
Thank you to everyone who could join us for the evening. Please mark your calendars for next year, Thursday, February 15, 2018.
We look forward to seeing you then!

JP Box (class of ’95) and his wife, Sarah, have co-founded a merino wool children’s apparel brand called Chasing Windmills (  

Sourced from mountainous New Zealand ranches, the merino wool used in their collection is naturally super soft, antimicrobial, breathable, and temperature-regulating -- truly an ideal fabric for little ones all year round. Their collection includes essentials for babies (such as crib sheets, swaddles, and rompers), t-shirts and hoodies for toddlers, and thermal long johns for kiddos up to size 8T.

JP recently shared his story with the St. Anne’s Alumni Board and talked about his motivations for launching Chasing Windmills. 

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If you had told me ten years ago that I’d be running a merino wool children’s wear company, I probably wouldn’t have believed it.  At that time, I was practicing corporate law and my wife (Sarah) was an actuary.  In short, we were both on well-defined corporate tracks and, by outward appearances, successful.

But, to be honest, neither of us felt fully satisfied with our chosen careers.  Sarah eventually turned to photography, transforming herself from an actuary into a wedding and family photographer.

On weekdays, I wore a suit and tie to work, but on the weekends I was always wearing merino wool — whether skiing, hiking, or just around the house.  I felt at home, at ease, and at peace wearing a super soft natural fiber. I felt a connection to the natural world, and I cherished my merino weekends. 

Inspired by Sarah’s leap to photography, I felt emboldened and inspired to dream about my next adventure in life, but I wasn’t quite certain what it would be.  My path became clearer on a November night in 2012 when we welcomed newborn twins, Patrick and Anna, into our lives.

I searched for merino wool baby clothes for Patrick and Anna, but I was surprised by how limited the options were. A persistent thought followed me: what if we did it ourselves?  What if we created merino wool children’s wear for Patrick, Anna, and other kids?

And so, what started out as an idea in between double midnight feedings, neighborhood strolls, and soul searching, now exists as Chasing Windmills -- our vision for a beautifully simple and timeless collection of merino wool items for children.  I am very grateful to be on this new path and to be able to share something that inspires me with my family and friends.  

During my time at Bowdoin College, our school president — who went from being a lawyer to a chemist to a college president — noted that a liberal arts education prepares its students, not just for their first job, but for their first ten jobs.  

Looking back on my days at St. Anne’s, I can see the seeds of that liberal arts education taking root.  I learned how to be a confident problem-solver, to trust my intuition, and to know when to take a leap.

It may have taken me a little bit of time, but I now believe that I’m exactly where I should be with Chasing Windmills.

Congratulations to Bailey Tills 2008 who has joined the professional lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws!
A graduate of Brown University, Tills helped lead the Bears to an appearance in the NCAA Men's Division-1 Lacrosse tournament in 2016. Prior to Brown, Tills was a captain of Kent Denver's lacrosse team where he was named the team's "Most Valuable Attackman" and was the winner of the Begattaway Award for being the hardest working player who best embodies the program, players, and the game. While at Kent, he was also named Denver Athletic Club's "Athlete of the Year" as the best Colorado student-athlete. Given Bailey's accomplishments both on and off the field, we are not surprised to see him doing so well.
Bailey has joined fellow alums Alex Sadler and Freddie Couzens in San Francisco - Alex graduated from Denison University and Freddie from Miami University of Ohio. We wish the best of luck to all three! 

Class of 2014 Reunion

August 31, 2016

Organized by Emma Domich, the St. Anne's class of 2014 hosted a reunion on campus at the beginning of August.  Over a third of the class attended the event and re-lived some special and fun St. Anne’s traditions including a game of Risk and Danish Rounders.  They completed the evening with a viewing of their class video, graciously made by Marvin Lummis.

It was a wonderful event with a great turnout! Thanks to all who participated and to those who continue to share in their St. Anne's memories.

If you are interested in hosting an alumni event, please reach out to Julia Brown, Development and Alumni Coordinator at [email protected] 

Berkeley Dietvorst ‘03

August 10, 2016

Those of you who listened to NPR recently might remember hearing a piece about the study of algorithms.  Those of you in Boston may have seen an article in The Boston Globe.  The voice of the expert being interviewed (or written about) was none other than our own Berkeley Dietvorst ’03.  He attended East High School after St. Anne’s where he graduated as valedictorian of his class.  He is presently enrolled in a PhD program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania studying judgment and decision-making.  Berkeley says:

When I was in high school, I thought that I wanted to get a job in finance, so I narrowed my college search to universities that had good undergraduate business schools. I visited a variety of college campuses, but when I walked through Penn’s campus, something just felt right. Also, it didn't hurt that it had an excellent business school. As an undergraduate student, I chose to major in finance and decision processes. I tried a finance internship after my junior year and decided that it wasn't for me; I felt drawn toward a career that would allow me to work independently and choose what I wanted to work on every day. I decided to earn a PhD studying judgment and decision-making because of my interest in psychology, economics, and decision sciences.

For my current research, I was interested in why people prefer not to use algorithms for making predictions even though an abundance of research has shown that algorithms are more accurate at forecasting than humans. My coauthors (Joseph Simmons and Cade Massey) and I hypothesized that people would lose confidence in algorithms after seeing them err and, therefore, be less likely to use them. In our research, we found that people did indeed lose confidence in an algorithm after seeing it err and were more likely to use a human forecaster instead, even when they had seen the algorithm outperform the human by a wide margin. Currently, we are figuring out how to get people to use algorithms for forecasting, even after they have learned that those algorithms are imperfect.

All of the teachers at St. Anne’s made my education better and pointed me in the right direction. In particular, Jeff Bird, Joe Figlino, Don Gifford, and John Dicker taught me many of the basic skills I needed to conduct scientific research. 

Dan Luethke ‘00

July 5, 2016

Dan Luethke started out this fall in Little Shop of Horrors as Orin Scrivello D.D.S (aka. The Dentist)  and The Voice Not Unlike God's.  Then he was in a regional premiere of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at The Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha, NE.  Dan played Wallace Walker in the first vignette titled "The Revision" about agreeing on marriage vows.  They have just finished a modern adaptation of Antigone written his our professor, Moira Magiameli, and Dan played Paul King (Polynices) and was a chorus member.  Finally, Dan will be in Othello this summer with the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival.  He is hoping to work with youth in the Shakespeare Festival’s educational arm at Camp Shakespeare.  For next year, Dan is applying at the Rose Theatre for their Teaching Artist Fellowship and he hopes to stay in the Omaha area for a bit. 
Martha Adams ‘82 is an award-winning storyteller, photographer—and St. Anne’s Alum--who travels freely between the commercial realm of TV, the independent world of filmmaking and all things social media. Originally brought on to produce the film at the center of the Girl Rising campaign, she is now the Chief Creative Officer and was featured in 2013 by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of "125 Women of Impact." She has spent years working with the girls featured in the film and frequently speaks on the subject of girl empowerment, radical change and the critical role storytelling plays.