Calendar of Events
Contact Corey Stranghoener Reuwee '97 at 314-993-4045 ext 283.
- Alumni Weekend
- Remembering Ed Cissel
- Lt. Roz Schulte '02 Field Dedicated
- Young Alumni Weekend
- Holiday Program & Winterlude
Every fall, we host several days of events for alums and their families. Here's a recap of Alumni Weekend 2021:
- In three separate morning assemblies, we honored and heard from Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Andrea Stolz LaBarge ’70 and Kim Kuehner ’71; and Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Carolyn Kindle Betz ’95, Beau Willimon ’95 and Alec Lee ’76.
- We held art openings for this year's alum artists, Michael Marshall ’71 (whose work can be seen in the Kuehner Gallery), and Jon Bunge ’80, who has created an immersive installation, Presence, in the Bonsack Gallery. Michael was unable to come to St. Louis, but Jon came to install his show and speak with faculty, students and fellow alums about his work.
- We dedicated the Antonio V. Glassberg Outdoor Classroom (a reunion gift from the class of '96) and planted three ginkgos and a magnolia at the Price Road entrance (a reunion gift from the class of '71).
- We hosted reuning classes and all local alums for an on-campus cocktail & food truck party as well as a family picnic.
- We gathered in Haertter Hall to remember former Head of School, Ed Cissel.
- We dedicated the Lt. Roz Schulte '02 Field during halftime of the girls varsity field hockey game, and paid tribute to JBS Women in Coaching, honoring female coaches who have inspired JBS athletes (including Roz) for 20+ years: Beth Kinsella, Ellen Port, Margaret Altvater Clark '73, Susie Greditzer, Skippy Keefer, Claudia Decker Dougherty, Leslie Kehr and Chris Bugnitz.
To see photos of this incredibly busy (and celebratory) weekend, check out this video!
It was serendipitous that JBS celebrated the life of its third head of school, Edward W. Cissel, on the 98th anniversary of our opening day in 1923. On Saturday, October 2, more than 300 friends, family members, faculty and students gathered in Haertter Hall to celebrate his impact on Burroughs. Speakers included current head of school, Andy Abbott; Ed's son, John Cissel; Don Whelan (former director of Development & Public Relations); Bob Henningsen (English); Mark Schnuck ’74 (president of the Board of Trustees); Margaret Bahe (Science); Margaret Altvater Clark ’73 (PE/Athletics); and Jim Lemen (former history teacher, coach and athletic director).
Here's a video of the memorial, which runs about an hour:
On June 16, 2020, Ed Cissel died peacefully in Little Compton, Rhode Island, where he and his wife, Jane, retired in 1986 after a 19-year run as head and first lady of Burroughs. Jane predeceased Ed in February 2016. Due to the pandemic, it wasn't possible to gather safely, so the Burroughs tribute was delayed until this fall.
Ed came to Burroughs from the Pingry School (New Jersey) when Burroughs needed a strong leader. Following two heads who served over a relatively short time period, his first task was to solidify a coherent and stable community and build parental and staff confidence—and he did that primarily by investing in people. He is responsible for some of the school's most valued traditions. He launched the Drey Land program, masterfully negotiating a cost-free lease with Leo Drey '34. He broadened enrollment by doubling tuition aid. He encouraged students to engineer a new form of self-rule, resulting in today's Student Congress. He instituted Senior May Projects. And arguably the greatest of them all, he inaugurated daily assembly.
To read more about Ed Cissel's life and legacy, including his considerable influence on Burroughs, see the Summer 2020 issue of The Reporter.
On Saturday, October 2, the school dedicated Lt. Roz Schulte '02 Field during halftime of the girls varsity field hockey game. As Mr. Abbott noted in his remarks, the field was widened and re-turfed a year ago, but the dedication was delayed until it was safe to host a live event and gather parents, alums and students to celebrate.
Roz was a lieutenant and intelligence officer with the Air Force when she was killed by a roadside bomb near Kabul in May 2009. She was a standout member of the JBS community, the Air Force Academy and the U.S. Air Force, and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal for Valor posthumously.
The now-renamed field hockey field was initially the result of a gift from a past parent and was dedicated to our female athletes when it first opened for play in 2007. As Mr. Abbott noted, Roz participated in many sports, including field hockey, swimming and lacrosse, excelling at all of them.
In that spirit, the school paid tribute to JBS Women in Coaching, honoring female coaches who have inspired JBS athletes (including Roz) for 20+ years: Beth Kinsella, Ellen Port, Margaret Altvater Clark '73, Susie Greditzer, Skippy Keefer, Claudia Decker Dougherty, Leslie Kehr and Chris Bugnitz.
"We hope every student-athlete who steps on this field will understand that when you step on this field, you do not do so lightly," Mr. Abbott said, "but hold in your heart reverence for an amazing woman who represented our country in the most noble way; for her amazing family, who inspires us with their courage and their kindness; for these amazing women coaches who devoted their lives to young people; and for this wonderful community that we are all very blessed to be a part of."
Two week earlier, during Spirit (Blue & Gold) Week, Roz was remembered during a student assembly. Soon after her death, the Roz Schulte Spirit Fund was established at Burroughs to support the spirit that so defined her. Among other things, the fund underwrites production of a special Spirit Week T-shirt designed by the senior class for the entire student body.
And every Spirit Week, Mr. Abbott talks about the kind of student Roz was and the model of leadership she represented at Burroughs and beyond. This year, he invited three of Roz’s JBS classmates (who are also JBS faculty) to talk about the kind of friend Roz was.
Knowing her since kindergarten, Mr. Salomon (Math) said, “Roz was someone…who was always safe to talk to…. Everyone was her friend.” Mrs. Ward (Science), a friend since third grade, said Roz was a source of unconditional friendship. Coach Foster (PE/Athletics) also knew Roz since childhood and shared what she called Roz’s “three rules” of sports and life: be brave and try something new; play hard, play with honor, and play with fun; and lead by example. “Roz was by far the best lacrosse player in the area but she understood that the good of the team, and the sport, came first.” All three urged students to try to find this kind of friend—and to be this kind of friend.
On Friday, November 26 we welcomed back six classes of young alums and parents back to Burroughs, sticking to this year's reunion theme of Twice the Fun in '21!
In our new squash court facility, classes of 2017 and 2018 (along with their parents) caught up over passed apps and their first alcoholic drink on campus with Mr. Abbott. In the Commons and Haertter Hall lobby, the classes of 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016 mixed and mingled with music along with good eats and drinks for a lively three hours, before heading off campus for continued connection. The alumni office enjoyed reconnecting with our young alumni community and hope to recreate a young alumni happy hour each Thanksgiving weekend for our alums 10 years out and below, allowing for special celebrations for the five and ten year reunions.
A big thank you to the class committees that assisted with inviting and promoting participation.
Tradition continued on December 16 with two performances of the annual holiday program. The recording of the holiday program was entirely student produced under the direction of Light and Sound. A special thanks to seniors Anne Grace Hooper (live broadcast editor), Erin Lamping (stage manager) and Yara Levin (camera operator).
The school orchestra and choruses were led by Robert Carter, Jerry Estes and Taylor Pietz, respectively. Andrew Herbster ’22 and Eva Kappas ’22 read from Isaiah 55:12 as well as from the works of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Danusha Lameris, John Burroughs, Jane Kenyon, Sara Teasdale, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Ryan Keeney ’14. The tableau, a dreamlike landscape, was designed by Sara Cao ’22 and Teresa Jiang ’22. The seniors selected classmates John Butka, Jacquelyn Harris and Grace Pottebaum and a faculty committee selected seventh graders Alice Craig and Margaret Gardner to be in the tableau. Milah Padda ’22 and Callie Kaplan ’22 sang the senior solo at different performances. The program cover art was designed by Isaac Tung ’24.
Between the performances, members of the Burroughs community gathered in The Commons for the annual Winterlude.
Over a 50+ alums (and other members of the JBS community) joined us on February 18, 2021 for a virtual wine tasting event hosted by Stanley and Arlene Maminta Browne '88 of Robust Wine Bar. Couldn't attend? Click here for the wine tasting sheets.
- Legacy Breakfast
- Fun Run
- Alumni Weekend
- Young Alum Reunions
- Four Years in the Making
- Skate Break
On Thursday, October 3, there was an Alum Art Opening in the Bonsack Gallery featuring the artwork of Robert Lucy '84, along with a wine & cheese reception.
On Friday, October 4, in morning assembly, we honored our 2019 Outstanding Alum Award and Distinguished Service Award recipients, Vicki Liebson Goldberg '54 and William Shearburn '79, respectively.
Friday evening we held class reunion pre-parties and the annual Alumni Cocktail Party in the Quad featuring Food Truck Fare and music by Kennedy Holmes '23 and the Ralph Butler Band.
On Saturday, October 5, Conversation STARters featured current student Gabe Fleisher '23 and other leaders from the student body, followed by a talk by artist Tom Friedman '83.
Saturday afternoon was the Alumni Family Picnic in the Quad.
Saturday evening: Individual class reunion parties were held off campus.
On Sunday, January 26, alumni and current families tested out the new outdoor rink at Centene Community Ice Center.