"When we wander, wander, wander far away from you…"
Welcome, Perkiomen Alumni! Perkiomenites are a proud, diverse, talented group of people who reside around the globe. Alumni are currently living in 58 countries, 47 states, the District of Columbia, three territories, and right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Reflecting on your time at Perkiomen might bring to mind the people and places that made your Perkiomen experience uniquely yours. Which faculty member was most inspiring? Which dorm did you call home? Did you have a favorite meal in Parents Hall? Each of us had connections that shaped our years at Perkiomen. We would love to hear about yours.
Being an alum of Perkiomen provides you with many opportunities. I encourage you to connect with the Perkiomen of today. Attend events in your area or on campus, read about our students and faculty in our publications, reconnect with classmates and faculty at alumni weekend, nominate someone for an alumni award, come to a play, game or concert, volunteer to be a speaker, mentor, or host an event. There are so many ways to stay involved and support Perkiomen.
I welcome the opportunity to engage with you on how you can be a part of Perkiomen today and celebrate the amazing history of this outstanding school so many of us call home.
“...Perkiomen we are loyal – Loyal, tried, and true.” Alma Mater, Lyrics by Al Dubin, 1911
Diana Weir-Smith ’85, P’19
At Perkiomen School since 1998
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Whether you come home to Perkiomen or Perkiomen comes to your hometown, join us for one of this year’s alumni events! We hope you can join us to reminisce and reunite with your classmates and rediscover what your Perkiomen family means to you. And don’t miss out on an opportunity to develop professional relations with fellow alumni. We’d also love for you to get to know Mark Devey, our 15th Headmaster. We look forward to enjoying your company soon!
- Alumni Baseball Game - September 23, 2017 - 6 pm - Baker Field
OFF CAMPUS AND GATHERINGS
- Washington DC Gathering - September 19, 2017 - 6 pm - 701 Restaurant
- New York City Gathering -October 12, 2107 - 6 pm -230 Fifth Avenue
- Philadelphia Gathering - October 17, 2017 - 6 pm - R2L
- Lehigh Valley Gathering- October 18, 2017 6 pm Melt
- Florida Gatherings - January 2018
- Los Angeles Dinner - February 2018
Earlier this month, Headmaster Mark A. Devey announced the completion of a visual rebrand for Perkiomen School. The project, which includes multiple styles and variations of a new logo, was approved by the Board of Trustees in May.
“Perkiomen School has been a leader in education since 1875,” said Devey. “When I arrived on campus in 2015, I identified multiple long and short-term projects, including a complete rebrand. It was critical that our visual brand be an accurate representation of the curriculum that is so unique to Perkiomen School: a logo that is vibrant, clean, and modern with a nod to our storied roots.”
Perkiomen School enlisted the help of J2 Design out of Philadelphia. The teams worked together over the course of six months to identify themes, colors, and visual markers that best represented the School. It was important to honor the existing seal, as well as the established school colors.
“It was a pleasure working with the Perkiomen team on their rebrand, said Lucy Price, Senior Designer for J2. “They were able to communicate a clear vision of how they wanted to represent the School, which was helpful in narrowing down possibilities—giving us plenty of time to focus on the finer details. Through our research and collaborative work sessions, our teams were able to strike a balance between the School’s strong history, and their fresh & modern approach to education, producing a mark that honors the School’s legacy, and reflects the pride they feel in Perkiomen.”
The new logos will be rolled out over the next few months over a variety of medium, including uniforms, external signage, and via the new www.perkiomen.org.
“It is an exciting time to be a part of the Perkiomen School community,” continued Devey. “From the launching of the Entrepreneur Institute to the complete renovation of the lower level of the Carnegie Library into the new Innovation Center, Perkiomen School is changing the face of middle school and high school education. Our dynamic faculty, curriculum, globally diverse student body, and top-notch after school activities are setting us apart with a cutting edge educational experience. We now have an identifying brand to match.”
Orientation Leaders Jayden Kemp ’20 and David Smith ’19 proudly wore the new Perkiomen logo for Registration Day 2017.
Whether you come home to Perkiomen or Perkiomen comes to your hometown, join us for one of this year’s alumni events. We hope you can join us to reminisce and reunite with your classmates and rediscover what your Perkiomen family means to you. And don’t miss out on an opportunity to develop professional relations with fellow alumni. This year we have scheduled four Gatherings on the East Coast. Check your mailbox for your invitation postcard, arriving soon!
Washington DC: September 19, 6 – 9 p.m.
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Alumni Baseball: September 23, 2 p.m.
Baker Field, Perkiomen School
New York City: October 12, 6-9 p.m.
230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Philadelphia: October 17, 6 -9 p.m.
50 s 16th ST 37th Floor
Lehigh Valley: October 19, 6-9 p.m.
The Promenade @ Saucon Valley
Faculty member Pete Dougherty caught up with Victor Rodriguez ’01 and Miguel Valcarcel Valles ‘06 during the Puerto Rico Gathering in spring 2017.
Friday, September 22
The annual Hewett Concert provides an opportunity for Perkiomen students, faculty, and the greater community to engage with outstanding musical artists. In addition to the cultural benefits of live, professional music, the event provides the school with the wonderful opportunity for our student musicians to gain performance experience and interact with professionals.
This year’s Hewett Concert will be Friday, September 22 as part of Fall Family Weekend and features Adam DeGraff and Morgan Weidinger, dueling rock fiddlers.
They have routinely performed for United States Presidents, Senators, and Governors; at NFL halftime shows and for Major League Baseball; and at Las Vegas casinos, Carnegie Hall, and for Fortune 500 Company special events. Millions of YouTube views have catapulted Adam and Morgan into the spotlight, highlighting their intensive classical training, but more importantly, their heartfelt connection to their music, their audience, and to each other. They will be performing two sets of live rock violin music. Including will be covers of classic, well-known rock songs as well as unique ballads and high energy originals. For more information on Adam and Morgan, visit www.AdamViolin.com.
Perkiomen School’s Hewett Concert Series is made possible through the Hewett Concert Endowment Fund. Endowment funds are a key component to the future of not-for-profit institutions like Perkiomen School. The Hewett Endowment Fund is a prime example of an endowment that funds a project that would not be possible without extra financial support.
Over the past 30 years the series has presented outstanding, diverse talent such as Maynard Ferguson, the Brubeck Brothers, U.S. Navy Band Commodores, The Girls Choir of Harlem, Tae Sakamoto, Mose Allison, Top Brass, Leon Bates, The Ahn Trio, the Georgia Guitar Quartet, Norman Lee, and the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus.
The 2016 Hewett Concert featured Soprano Louise Toppin and pianist Leon Bates who presented an Evening of Gershwin on Broadway.
Max Eckert ’04 read a Facebook post about the Perkiomen varsity baseball team traveling to Puerto Rico for spring training. He was flooded with memories of his time at Perkiomen and reached out to Coach Baker. He wanted to give back to Perkiomen and as owner and coach of Wild Bill Sports he had a unique skill set to offer.
Eckert decided to fly to Puerto Rico to join the team for a week as a volunteer coach.
“Perkiomen and Coach Baker’s program in particular was instrumental in giving me the structure and discipline I needed to develop as a student athlete and as a man,” says Eckert. “I am forever grateful.”
Coach Baker was impressed with Eckert whose philosophy matched Perkiomen’s coaching staff. “He was an invaluable fresh voice to us,” said Baker. “The players responded to him and Max set a great example of how you can give back by doing something you love.”
Eckert was joined by fellow alumni Jorge Montes, Juanky Sierra, Axel Rivera, and Victor Rodriguez who all gave time that week to practice with the team.
Max Eckert ’04 and teammates in Puerto Rico
Editor’s note: One of Perkiomen’s summer interns in the Office of Alumni and Development, Abigail Rose-Craver ’14, is a rising senior at McDaniel College majoring in social work and Spanish with a minor in Latino and Latin American Studies. In addition to working here over the summer, she also completed an internship at Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos in Pottstown as well as a service trip to La Labor, Honduras to install water purification systems.
This past June I had the opportunity to travel to Honduras with my church through an agency, Living Waters for the World. The mission of this organization is true to its name, as it provides sustainable clean water and fosters long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between volunteers and communities in need. My mornings were spent helping the water purification system installation team to build the system. Because of my knowledge of Spanish, I was also able to serve as an interpreter. I spent the afternoons implementing lesson plans with the health and hygiene team to educate locals on topics surrounding germ theory and how to prioritize the various uses of purified water.
Besides the system installation and teaching, we familiarized ourselves with the local scene and became well acquainted with all we encountered. One afternoon we ventured to the municipality’s sewage treatment plant. I can definitely say that it’s not a typical tourist destination, yet our tour was incredibly informative. We learned that this facility was very innovative for that region of the country and has contributed greatly to a decrease in waterborne diseases in the area in the past three years. Another day, we visited a female-led coffee co-op to purchase almost 200 pounds of coffee. In addition to their own coffee sales, this co-op processes coffee beans from family farms to be sold independently. It also primarily employs women in La Labor, providing opportunities for job training and financial independence.
Experiences like this trip with Living Waters for the World and my semester abroad in Costa Rica in 2016 have helped me to better understand the social, historical and economic context of the Latin American world and how they relate to themes back home in the US in ways reaching far beyond the classroom. Although these have just been the first of many adventures, I feel confident that I am prepared to apply these lessons to solving real-world issues, and I am eager to do so.
Abi Rose-Craver ’14 is presented with a gift of artwork by Nery, director of the Centro Cultural, the cultural center in La Labor, Ocotepeque, Honduras.
The completed water system built and installed by Abi and her church group.
Bryce Manthorne ’64 has been supporting his alma mater in many ways, as former President of the Alumni Council and as a former member of the Board of Trustees. He also has been supporting scholarships and financial aid at Perkiomen by participating in the Pennsylvania State Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
“It just makes sense,” says Manthorne. “I got together with my accountant and we easily filled out the form online. It is fulfilling knowing that I was able to make a difference in the lives of deserving students by paying what my business owed in PA taxes right to Perkiomen.”
A gift to the Perkiomen School can provide your company with a substantial tax credit though the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. By making a contribution to the Perkiomen School, your company can save in Pennsylvania tax as much as 90% of the value of a gift up to $750,000. By participating in either of these programs, your company will play an integral role in providing more families with access to the life changing and unique education opportunities that Perkiomen has to offer. Curious? Click HERE for more information or contact Christe Konopitski ’09 at email@example.com.
Bryce Manthorne ‘64
The impact of your support is visible on our campus. This year, our students started companies, worked with alumni mentors, tackled AP tests, won championships on the athletic fields, worked hard both on and off the stage, conducted research in our laboratories, and so much more. Because of your generous support, Perkiomen students aren’t just learning about how they might affect a change in their communities, they are impacting the community now through experiential learning and civic engagement. With your help, we finished the year with support from 529 donors, surpassing the goal that we set and illustrating the strength of Perkiomen and our community. Thank you for helping to make this great achievement possible!
Tatiana Spinosa ’18 and Sam Glavin ’18 share their thanks for your generous support of Perkiomen.
Perkiomen graduates who returned to campus for Alumni Weekend (June 9-11) reconnected with friends and classmates under blue skies and white tents. Alumni gathered around the dinner table, lacrosse field, and art gallery to make new memories, while reminiscing about their days as students. The weather was perfect and the overall feeling was warm as many shared they had “come home” to Perkiomen.
The weekend kicked off with a dinner and awards ceremony on Friday evening. We toasted the Class of 1967 who celebrated their 50th reunion. Two alumni were honored with awards - Doug Rea ’67, Distinguished Alumnus, and Warren Schmidt ’81, Hall of Athletic Honor.
On Saturday morning we remembered members of our Perkiomen family who have passed on, with a memorial in the Stefano Garden. Alumni toured the newly opened Innovation Center and had the opportunity to participate in an Innovation Challenge, much like our current students completed throughout the year.
Following a delicious lunch where we recognized the classes with the most participation and highest number of donors (1966) and dollars raised for the Perkiomen Fund (1964), we heard from Headmaster Mark Devey, who shared the vision for the future of Perkiomen and our campus. Then 25 alumni from a wide range of years competed in an intense Lacrosse Game, while other alumni and their families experienced the humanitarian photography exhibit by Doug Rea ’67.
Saturday night continued with a BBQ dinner and music by Perkiomen’s student band, WIGS. There was a gathering of young, and young at heart, enjoying the magical experience of launching sky lanterns silently into the evening air while others continued to reminisce and deepen friendships with stories of the present and hopes for the future. The festivities came to a close Sunday morning with a delicious brunch.
Perkiomen graduates participated in the Alumni Lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon.
Purple sky lanterns floated in the night air on Saturday.
I recently returned to Perkiomen for my 50th reunion. The mere fact of it being 50 years almost prevented me from attending. It took me a year to get over being 65 and the Medicare card gave me nightmares, but in spite of this I came back for the first time since I graduated.
I enjoyed interacting with my classmates. Some of memories had faded and others came flooding back and not in a bad way. Perkiomen afforded me the opportunity to play sports, get involved in student government and learn how to take care of myself without my parents at a very young age. The controlled atmosphere was not stifling and it gave me the opportunity to interact and learn to get along with many different people with different backgrounds and interests. It made me understand that there are different shades and colors in life and how you react to them will shape what type of person you will become. I developed empathy for people and it started at Perkiomen and continues today.
I was impressed with changes and progress and applaud the staff and teachers for their diligence in raising the standards of the school and keeping it vibrant and relevant in a society that is increasing stratified and confrontational. I have always supported the school, but now plan on increasing my involvement and support.
Neil Amper ’67 (standing) spends time on Friday evening with Luis Betancourt ’62, Frank Stefano ’48, and Ridge Goodwin ’60.
In May, a new nuc of bees arrived at Perkiomen. Students Megan and Molly Hughes have brought bee hives to campus. Their work is connected to earning their Girl Scout Silver Star award, but their effort and commitment extends further. Megan and Molly are invested in helping to save bees, learning as much as possible about bee colonies, and creating a unique learning opportunity at Perkiomen. The two hives are located behind the pond adjacent to the tennis courts. In addition to maintaining the hive, Megan and Molly are working to develop a strong bee environment with multiple nectar sources. To see the progress, follow the Perkiomen Bee Team on twitter @Perkiomen_Bees.
Students Molly and Megan Hughes are sharing their passion for bees with Perkiomen. Pictured here is Megan.
The Perkiomen Fund closes June 30 - have you made your gift yet?
This month, give the gift of a bright future: support a Perkiomen education.
In a world that is constantly growing, changing, and modernizing, education is truly the key to success. Invest in a Perkiomen education that will outfit current and future students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to reach their personal and professional goals. Click HERE to donate. Thank you for your support!
Cruise back to Perkiomen for Alumni Weekend, June 9-11. There is nothing like reconnecting with friends and faculty to celebrate all things Perkiomen.
Highlights of the weekend include the Parade of Classes, photography exhibit featuring Doug Rea ‘67, and an alumni lacrosse game. On Saturday, we also invite you to tour our new Innovation Center, located on the lower floor of Carnegie Library, and to ignite your imagination by participating in an Innovation Challenge. To view the full schedule for the weekend, and register, click HERE.
Alumni Weekend is a wonderful time to reconnect with Perkiomen friends and faculty. Join us June 9-11.
Memorial Day Service and Prize Day
On Monday, May 29 the Perkiomen community gathered for our annual Memorial Day Service. After a historic reflection and a reading of Walt Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! faculty, staff, and students read aloud the names of the 39 alumni who gave all on behalf of their country.
Later that morning, we gathered again to honor the achievements of our underclassmen during the annual Prize Day ceremony. Prize Day is a great tradition at Perkiomen and also an opportunity for alumni and community friends to give to the school by sponsoring awards. Special thank you to Frank Stefano ’48 for sponsoring the Marian Stefano Award, given to Yana Menadzhieva and John “Sandy” Auld ’58 for sponsoring the Brown Book Award, given to Tangchao Chen.
The Perkiomen Community gathered to remember 39 alumni who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Headmaster Mark A. Devey presents Yana Menadzhieva with the Marian Stefano Award at Prize Day 2017.
Have you made your gift to the Perkiomen Fund?
This is no time to be snoozing… classes are vying for the coveted honor of raising the most dollars and energizing classmates for the greatest participation. Wednesday, May 31 is final day to make your gift to the Perkiomen Fund (our annual fund) to be eligible for the class competition. Diana Weir-Smith, Alumni Director, will be announcing our loyal, tried, and true class winners at Alumni Weekend. The gauntlet has been thrown!
Wondering where your Perkiomen Fund dollars go? Donations to the Perkiomen Fund support the school’s annual operating budget and offset maintenance costs, help with financial aid, and purchase items our students use every day, like printer ink, paper products, and team uniforms.
Annual giving is not only a source of regular financial support, it is often the origin of all fund development (capital, endowment, other), an opportunity to express loyalty, as well as a source of pride for the entire Perkiomen community.
Click HERE to make your online gift today. Please encourage your classmates to join you!
Donations to the Perkiomen Fund support our students in the classroom, on stage, and on the field.
Making Prize Day possiblePrize Day remains a Perkiomen Academic Tradition. Each May underclassmen anxiously await to hear their names at the Prize Day ceremony. While you were a student did you ever think about how an award was funded or received its name?
Throughout the years many of the Prize Day and Commencement Awards have been funded by gifts to the school from alumni, parents, and faculty. Recently Perkiomen’s beloved former Chaplain Reverend George Thomas made a significant contribution to the Prize Day awards. Thomas’ gift funds three monetary awards to recognize members of the junior class who best exemplify scholarship in music, world languages, and religion. Additionally, Thomas also supports The Carmel M. “Midge” Thomas Award, a monetary award given to an eighth grade student who shows great promise in world languages. It is presented at the Middle School Moving Up Ceremony. These awards were created in memory of Thomas’ wife, Midge, a much loved and respected former Perkiomen French teacher.
Frank Stefano ’48 has been financially supporting the Marian Stefano Award, in honor and memory of his mother, Marian Stefano, for decades. This award is presented each year to the student who best typifies the spirit and qualities that Marian Stefano represented including a belief in the creation of miracles in everyday life, a concern and compassion for others, an active love of life, and a tolerance for individual differences. The prize is a monetary award, certificate and book, pink roses (which were Marian’s favorite), and the winner’s name is engraved on the Marian Stefano silver bowl.
Two years ago John “Sandy” Auld ’58 was looking for another way to support Perkiomen students. After reading that his collegiate alma mater, Brown University, sponsors a book award, he decided to participate immediately. The Brown University Book Award is presented to a junior who exhibits excellent verbal and written communication skills. The award itself is a book written by a Brown University faculty member or alumnus.
There are many different ways to support Perkiomen School and our current students. Think outside the box to determine how you can reconnect in a way that is personal to you. Perhaps being a mentor to one of our budding entrepreneurs, contributing to a class lecture, sharing your art work, or welcoming a class to visit your workplace…the possibilities are endless.
Headmaster Mark Devey and Steve Ratigan ‘17, winner of the Marian Stefano Award, at Prize Day 2016.
Meghan Elizabeth Soon Seok ’07 received the Marian Stefano Award at Prize Day 2006.
As their Capstone Project for the Entrepreneur Program, Seniors Grayson and Daniel are creating a part-time movie theatre space in the existing Kreible Theater in Kehs Hall. They have established a plan for equipment and licensing, as well as a business model for a profitable concession stand, which will fund the costs of running the theatre and future upgrades of the sound system. They are currently looking for funders to invest in the project, which will be taken on by underclassmen after Grayson and Daniel graduate.
This value creation business, an endeavor which over time will increase the worth of goods or services, can be utilized by various Perkiomen departments including admissions, student life, and academic departments such as History.
The Entrepreneur Program, launched this academic year, is an innovative educational model that combines the best of traditional education with preparation to thrive in a global environment of change. Students learn how resiliency, cooperation, calculated risk-taking, creative thinking, and problem solving help them achieve success. The Capstone Project is a requirement of graduation and while working with a Project Board, students document all adaptation and iteration, striving to test their assumptions with as little risk as possible. The process culminates in a presentation and a portfolio of student work.
Grayson and Daniel in Kreible Theatre
This year, the Perkiomen School and St. Andrew’s Gymnasium in Hildesheim, Germany, celebrated their 6th year of successful student exchange programs. The exchange programs allow Students from Hildesheim to spend ten days at the Perkiomen School each fall and Perkiomen School students to visit Hildesheim each spring during spring break. Both schools have dedicated themselves to providing home-stays for up to 20 students.
The Program in Hildesheim is tied directly to the Perkiomen curriculum and builds connections and understanding essential to global citizenship. Both Perkiomen and St. Andrew’s have long histories in their respective countries. St. Andrew’s was founded in 1255 and is located in the historic Bishopric of Hildesheim, which became an important city in the Reformation and—more recently—has proudly dedicated monuments to its Jewish heritage.
A diverse group of 16 Perk students and three faculty members have returned from their March visit to Germany and Poland full of excitement for what they have learned and seen. Their connection with the host families in Hildesheim provided a window into a different culture and language. Exploring and staying in the cities of Berlin, Potsdam, Wittenberg-Lutherstadt, Hildesheim and Celle, Germany, as well as Poznan, Poland, gave them an insight into the depth of the history and architecture of Germany and Poland spanning over 1,000 years. Students were required to report on the people, places, and ideas they encountered during their visit and tie those topics into current events.
Students and faculty in Rogalin, Poland
Students met with the mayor of Hildesheim, Germany
Perkiomen School has purchased an Atari Micro-computer Model 800 to complement the Wang which was donated by Dr. William F. Brouzarth ’44 several years ago. While many students had varying degrees of success at programming and much pleasure game playing, it was felt that there was a need to upgrade both the accessibility and capability of our technology.
By having two micro-computers both using Basic language, the bulk of our algebra student population will have access in class on a daily basis. Our textbooks do include some training on programming.
We are excited by the Atari for many reasons. Color and tonal sound are included and high resolution graphics are not a tremendous chore to achieve. It is streamlined and expandable. We do not have the disk drive nor the game paddles or any game cassettes. But we do have the interface and high speed printer. We have been working on a titration program for the science department and educational cassettes are available in almost every discipline.
As far as we can see the limits of the Atari are only in our imagination.
Computer Instructor Adam Cohen observes students in the computer room in 1980.
“Labor, capital, and ability are a three-legged stool... They are equal members of the great triple alliance which moves the industrial world.” — Andrew Carnegie
These words from American Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie ring true at Perkiomen today. In the lower level of the building which bears his name, we follow Carnegie’s lead.
Students contribute the labor and hard work, and by providing exceptional work spaces, equipment, and faculty members, Perkiomen enriches their natural ability to succeed. Our next step is to offer the capital needed to have students further explore their passions - via an Endowment for Student Engagement, funded through the Invest to Ignite Campaign in support of the Entrepreneur Program.
Like Carnegie, Perkiomen values the idea of an endowment - a fund set in perpetuity to support advancements of knowledge and understanding. An endowment is money permanently set aside by a not-for-profit organization or school to fulfill a designated purpose. Endowment funds are invested and generate income to support a specific mission. As more money is raised, the principle, or main pocket of money, grows and earns interest.
The Perkiomen School’s endowment spending policy authorizes the Board of Directors to withdraw from the Endowment Fund and transfer to the Operating Fund up to 5% from the Endowment balance each year. With an endowment fund of $300,000, that is equivalent to $15,000 annually. Once fully funded, the Endowment for Student Engagement will provide $15,000 each year for student engagement.
“Our hope is to provide students the means to take their ideas one step further,” says Mark A. Devey, Headmaster. “We want to encourage them to advance their education by financially investing in their passions. This critical addition is what sets Perkiomen’s Entrepreneur Institute apart from other schools’ programs.”
When established, the Endowment for Student Engagement could fund:
- seed money for a start-up business venture,
- transportation costs to travel to and from a summer internship,
- registration fees to enter a pitch competition,
- or other related student ventures.
Overall, the Invest to Ignite Campaign is a $2 million endeavor - $1.7 million to build the Innovation Center and $300,000 to establish the Endowment for Student Engagement. Early contributors have enthusiastically pledged their support, and now we turn to our community and ask that you join us to raise the final $300,000 for this endowment to further our students’ experiences.
To support the Invest to Ignite Campaign, and specifically the Endowment for Student Engagement, contact Director of Development Karl Welsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaun Yorgey ‘97, Director of the Entrepreneur Program, instructs in the Main Workroom of the Innovation Center.
Nine 3D printers, a vacuum former, and a 50-Watt laser engraver are available for student use to support capstone projects.
Irad Eshbach, Class of 1917 at 97, and Jonathan Moser, Class of 1997 at 17, appeared on the cover of the Perkiomen Alumni News in Fall 1997. That year, Eshbach was celebrating his 80th Reunion and Moser served as president of student government.
Jon Moser is now Perkiomen’s Chaplain, teacher in the History Department, and advisor to our Model UN club.
Front cover of Perkiomen Alumni News, Fall 1997
The rebuilding of the parking area behind Kriebel Hall following the 1994 fire provided new opportunities. Previously, the surrounding landscape was a soggy mess that was difficult to keep mowed. The creation of the Rain Garden turned the excess water into an advantage.
A Rain Garden is an attempt to “give back” to nature in several ways. A rain garden provides a place for the rainwater to collect, while sustaining nearby trees and shrubs.
Perkiomen’s Rain Garden also provides habitat – food and shelter – for native wildlife. Species interact to form a mini-ecosystem. Many birds eat the catkins (flowers) of the river birch tree. Mourning Cloak butterfly caterpillars eat its leaves, and peeling bark supplies nesting materials for birds. The berries of winterberry shrubs feed birds all winter long.
Evergreen trees such as Eastern red cedar give birds a place to nest and hide from predators. Over forty pieces of birds, including, Cedar waxwings, relish the blueberries. Hairstreak butterfly caterpillars munch on cedars as well.
The fragrance of sweet pepperbush attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Butterflies hover around the nectar of false sunflower, and Silvery Checkerspot caterpillars eat its leaves. After the flowers fade, the seed heads provide nourishment for goldfinches and other birds. Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on plants in the milkweed genus. In our garden, Swamp milkweed presents jewel-like flowers.
And recently, a pair of mallard ducks have been spotted nesting in the Rain Garden!
During Alumni Weekend 2014, the Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th Reunion. On Saturday afternoon, several members of that class sat under the marquee tent with then Headmaster Christopher R. Tompkins, discussing the challenges facing students then and now. The alums learned things were quite different for students 5 decades later and for Buzz Baylis, that really hit home.
Baylis was struck by the story of students who had worked hard in AP classes only to realize they might not be able to afford the cost of taking the final test. At $90 per exam, some students were at risk of missing an opportunity to advance their profile for college admission.
After some thought, Baylis decided to make a gift to provide scholarships for AP exams. These funds would be used to assist students with the greatest financial need. The Office of Alumni and Development and The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, along with the Assistant Headmaster for Academic Affairs, worked together to match four students to the first scholarship awards.
“It made a big difference not to have to worry about it,” said one student. “I was able to concentrate on my three exams and not on how my parents were going to pay for them.”
Each of the students who benefited wrote a thank you note to Baylis. “The joy of reading the students’ notes last year touched me.” said Baylis. The impact of his original gift motivated Baylis to double his contribution in 2016. Thank you, Buzz!
Director of Alumni Affairs Diana Weir-Smith ’85, P ’19 and Buzz Baylis ‘64
Back To The 80sPerk students, faculty, families and friends hopped in their DeLoreans, made their hair big, and went back to the 80s this month. Perkiomen’s Fine Arts Department presented the musical Back to the 80’s on February 17-19.
On Opening Night, guests wore their finest 80’s gear for a pre-show reception in the Innovation Center and snacked on Pac-Man cheese, Pretty in Pink cupcakes, and Blue Lagoon punch.
Back to the 80’s tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980s, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something. Featuring classic 80s tunes by Wham!, Cindi Lauper, and Madonna, the show took the audience back in time to experience the fun and heartbreak of being a teen during this awesome decade.
The cast and crew of Back to the 80s
Perkiomen students in 1987
Lifetime events such as the arrival of a grandchild, starting retirement, or a milestone birthday are opportunities to celebrate but also reflect on your life, your family, and what might be next. It is also a chance to think about the values you wish to pass on to future generations.
One way you can ensure that your values endure is through estate planning. Estate planning is the highly personal process of deciding how your assets will be distributed after your lifetime.
Do you have a will?
If you don’t have one already, it is time to create a will. Through this important document, you can direct the division of your property the way you choose.
Already have a will? Don’t forget about it. Review it every couple of years to ensure that it reflects your life. A new marriage, divorce, or birth of a family member are events that should trigger a review to make sure that your will continues to protect the people you love.
If Perkiomen has played an important role in your life, you can also include a gift to support our future.
Have you discussed your plans?
If supporting Perkiomen is a part of your future plans, share your intentions with loved ones. Does your family know why our school is important to you? Tell them! These conversations help ensure that your family understands your intentions and gives you an opportunity to share your memories of Perkiomen and how it shaped your life.
Not sure of your next step?
Contact Director of Development Karl Welsh at email@example.com to help you get started with creating a plan that protects the important people in your life and your values and related causes you want to endure.
The information in this article is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in early June each of you will be handed a small card encased in a leather binding which may seem at the time to be a rather ordinary and simple presentation. But in this day of credit cards you will come to find that this little card will be one of the most important documents you own.
It will immediately introduce you to over 5000 alumni of this honored school. It will place you among a select group of men and women. It will open doors to you all over the world, as it did to a recent graduate who was entertained this summer as a Perkiomen Alumnus in the royal palace of a foreign country. This “credit card” comes to you because of your own effort, surely, but also because of the sacrifice and the dreams of many generations of enlightened people who worked to establish Perkiomen, to maintain it through difficult times, and to stand ready to support it with their prayers and their material goods.
The card you will receive as a Perkiomen Alumnus carries with it a great real responsibility. It challenges you to become another Frank Laubach or General Spaatz. It demands that you become a strong member of your chosen community. Remember to live up to the title it bears – a proud son of a proud school, with “Service to Others” as its creed. God’s blessing on you.
I believe that every alumnus of Perkiomen – man, woman and boy – should feel greatly honored by this connection, should rely on its strength, enjoy its benefits, and add his or her own measure of ability and skill to the whole so that we become stronger as we go – so that this credit card we hand to each graduate has full meaning and worth.
Open your doors to a fellow card holder; open your mind to the great possibilities of the future; open your hearts to the continuing needs of your school; and take honest and proper pride in its past history, its present success and the sure progress and growth which lies ahead. -- Stephen W. Roberts
Former Headmaster Stephen W. Roberts
Alumni E-Newsletter and Blog
The Alumni E-Newsletter, sent monthly by the Office of Alumni and Development, will allow you to connect with all things Perkiomen: alums, events, and news. Our hope is that these stories will allow you will engage and define what Perkiomen means to you. Please share your e-mail address with us to receive this monthly electronic publication. Between editions, read our blog for additional campus and alumni news.
Alumni Weekend 2018: June 8, 9, 10
Come back home....We've saved you a seat.
Join the crowd gathering at Perkiomen. There is no substitute for reconnecting and celebrating with classmates, faculty and new friends.
Alumni Weekend is just around the corner, and it is a three day spectacular you won’t want to miss! Dust off your best purple and gold attire, gather up a classmate or two, and get ready to engage yourself in all things Perk. On Friday, be a part of the Welcome Celebration as you greet classmates and friends. Saturday, join us for the Parade of Classes, Ignite Your Imagination at the Innovation Center, and more! In the evening, enjoy a spectacular BBQ and the camaraderie of an evening under the stars and our sky lanterns. The weekend will culminate on Sunday at our amazing brunch.
We will celebrate the classes of
1958 60th Reunion
1963 55th Reunion
1968 50th Reunion
1973 45th Reunion
1977 40th Reunion
1983 35th Reunion
1987 30th Reunion
1993 25th Reunion
1997 20th Reunion
2003 15th Reunion
2007 10th Reunion
All alumni are welcome to attend. If you have any questions or would like to help plan your class reunion contact Diana Weir-Smith '85, P'19, Director of Alumni Affairs at 215-679-1142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you then!
- Calendar of events
- Where can I stay?
- How do I get to Perk? It has been awhile!
- Where do I park when I arrive?
- What should I wear/pack?
- Can I bring my spouse, partner or significant other?
- How about my children? Is the weekend family friendly?
- Can I use the gym and fitness facilities?
- Can I make a gift to Perkiomen in advance of the reunion?
You can stay in a nostalgic dorm room on campus. Kreibel Hall suites can accommodate 1-4 people in rooms adjoined by a shared bathroom. Kreibel Hall has air conditioning and an elevator. Each room has two single beds, and sheets, a pillow, pillow case, blanket, two towels, and a wash cloth are provided for each guest. We are recommending this for couples and families. Best for couples or those wishing for private baths. (Limited space available, priority given to 50th Reunion Class).
Kolbe Hall (new dorm) has single or double rooms with a semi private bathroom. Kolbe Hall is air conditioned and has an elevator.
What about hotel accommodations nearby? If you are looking to stay off campus, the closest hotel is the Globe Inn followed by the hotels near the PA Turnpike in Quakertown. The Inn at Bear Creek provides a full service hotel experience. Here is a link to local hotel information.
Air, Train, Plane or Bus
- Driving Directions: Perkiomen’s address is 200 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA 18073
- Airports: The closest major airports are Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Lehigh Valley International (ABE). If you are interested in ride sharing please contact the Alumni Office.
- Train Stations: 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, located approximately one hour from campus, is the closest Amtrak Station. Norristown, PA also has a train station that is approximately 40 minutes away by taxi and is accessible from the Philadelphia Airport.
- Car Services and Cabs: Call J & J Transportation at 1-800-726-5466 or 610-776-1516. Call Valley Cab Company at 215-679-6215.
For those visiting for the day, there is parking available at Schumo Academic Center, Parents Hall and along Second Street. Overnight guests in Kriebel Hall may park behind Kreibel Hall and enter in the lower level Second Street side. Overnight guests staying in Kolbe Hall may park behind Kolbe Hall.
The Welcome Celebration on Friday evening is country club casual, and the rest of the weekend is casual. One thing we can’t control is the weather; check the forecast and be prepared for hot, rainy, or chilly weather.
Unsure about country club casual? Here is a link to the Wall Street Journal definition.
The Office of Alumni and Development is pleased to recognize Perkiomen’s most outstanding and influential alumni each year during Alumni Weekend.
- Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award
- Young Alumni Achievement Award
- Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award
- Distinguished Alumni Award
- The Carl Pfrommer Distinguished Service Award
- Hall of Athletic Honor
- The Ralph Hossman Award
The Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award is presented for service to Perkiomen School. The recipient shall be one who, through unselfish interest, loyalty, or personal commitment, has enhanced the quality of life in the Perkiomen School community and promoted the prestige of the School. The Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award recognizes someone who has served Perkiomen School from their heart with their time and talents. The first award was given in 2006 to Jim Schulz ’81 P’02,’11, who inspired the Alumni Council to create this award.
The Young Alumni Achievement Award is given for outstanding achievement in a chosen field. The recipient shall be one who has brought honor to him or herself and Perkiomen School by achieving recognition and respect within their field. An alumnus/alumna must be nominated by a member of Perkiomen School community and have graduated within the last 25 years.
The Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award is presented in recognition of one’s valuable service to the school or interest shown in its progress and welfare. One of the first accomplishments of the Perkiomen School Alumni Association when it was first founded more than 110 years ago was the establishment of the Honorary Alumnus Award. The Association established this award within its first year of existence. The first award was presented in 1896, and to date, over 106 individuals have been so honored.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented for outstanding achievement in both of the following areas.
Service to the Community: The recipient shall be one who has brought honor to him or herself and to Perkiomen School by service to others at a local, state, national or international level.
Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Field: The recipient shall be one who has brought honor to him or herself and Perkiomen School by achieving recognition and respect within a chosen field.
A member of the Perkiomen School Community must nominate an alumnus/alumna.
The Carl Pfrommer Distinguished Service Award, formerly known as the Perkiomen Key for Distinguished Service, represents the highest honor the school bestows upon one who has given continued support to Perkiomen and has been willing to give his or her time, energies, and talents insofar as location and opportunity have permitted. The recipient will have contributed significantly to the civic, governmental, religious, educational, social, industrial, business, or professional life of the nation, state, or community.
- MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS There shall be three (3) categories of membership: athlete, coach, and contributor, for each of which the following selection criteria are specified:
- Athlete – Individuals (Male or Female) selected to membership in this category shall:
- have graduated 10 or more years from Perkiomen and excelled in one or more varsity sports at Perkiomen School as an undergraduate, and
- in most instances, shall subsequently have gained outstanding success in their respective sports at college or professional levels, as reflected by objective performance data (when available), won-lost records, championship titles, all-star team selection, etc.
- (while specific guidelines are not indicated) it is intended that all candidates considered for membership shall epitomize responsible citizenship and good sportsmanship, and shall have gained recognition as truly superior performers in their respective sports.
- Coach – Membership shall be granted to The Perkiomen School coaches who have demonstrated strong moral leadership and outstanding coaching expertise in one or more sports as reflected by the performance records of their teams and/or significance in the eyes of those coached.
- Former athletes who subsequently pursue coaching careers in school, college, or professional ranks shall be eligible for membership consideration in accordance with the criteria outlined in the preceding paragraph.
- As in the selection of athletic members, the intent in this category is to recognize only those who have achieved truly outstanding success in the coaching field.
- Contributor – This category of membership shall serve to provide appropriate recognition for those who make truly significant contributions to The Perkiomen School athletic program in capacities other than athlete or coach. Conceivably, this type of membership would be available to school physicians and others who contribute beyond the call of duty to the success of the program.
- Team managers, sports officials, and journalists would fall into this category, as would financial contributors with special interest in athletics. Guidelines, while deliberately general in language, are intended to confine selection to those whose contribution is truly outstanding.
- Athlete – Individuals (Male or Female) selected to membership in this category shall:
- Nominations for election to membership may be made by members of the Perkiomen School community.
- Nominations must be submitted in writing with complete and accurate supporting documentation to the attention of the Director of Athletics.
- A committee comprised of the director of athletics, director of alumni affairs and a Perkiomen alumnus will review the nominations and will vote on the nominees. Those elected will be subject to approval the headmaster.
- Induction of those elected to the Hall of Athletic Honor will take place at the Annual Alumni Weekend at Perkiomen School.
- Inductees, or their representatives, will be presented with an appropriate memento in recognition of their election to the Hall of Athletic Honor.
- Inductees will have their names permanently displayed in the Hollenbach Athletic Center.
- Liaison for Alumni & Parent Giving
- Host An Alumni Meetup
- College Student Alumni Panelist
- Alumni Mentoring Network
- Alumni STEM & STEAM Lecture Series
- Alumni Lecture Series
- Alumni Data Coordinators
- Perkiomen Parents Association
Perkiomen depends on the philanthropic gifts of alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends. Each year, Perkiomen solicits support specifically from our alumni community and we would appreciate your help connecting with them. You can volunteer to encourage alumni to give, share your story about why supporting Perkiomen is important to you, call to thank donors, or add a personal touch to our letters. Your connections will make a difference and any time commitment – short or long – will be worthwhile.
Consider organizing and hosting a casual Alumni Meet-up in your hometown. In addition to our regular Alumni Gatherings, we are encouraging alumni to host informal events for fellow alumni all over the world. If you have access to a special venue or experience, we’d love for you to welcome alumni to join you, reconnect and network.
Giving back to Perkiomen is so easy for college students! Join the “How to Succeed in College” Panel planned for January 4, 2018. Alumni in college and graduate school return to campus to share their experiences and discuss a wide range of topics related to college life. Share your infinite wisdom, while giving back to Perkiomen. Time commitment is approximately one hour, followed by lunch.
Perkiomen is looking to connect professionals with our students in the entrepreneur program. Be a mentor, collaborate with students on projects, offer internships, be a sounding board or offer visits to your place of business. If you don’t live locally you can still participate.
Today’s young alumni are facing a challenging work environment and are looking for career advice and a guiding hand in finding internships and job placements. The Alumni Office will work to match young alumni and alumni mentors based on common professional interests. Mentor and mentee applications are available below. Once a mentor and mentee have been matched, they will make their own arrangements for meetings and conversations.
Click here for Mentor/Mentee application.
Established in 2013, this program seeks to connect alumni involved in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math with current students and others in our community. During class and evening lectures, alumni have covered a variety of topics including aerospace and rocket engineering, statistics and laboratory methods, genetic causes of inherited blindness, disease mutation, and nuclear engineering. You can also connect with classes via SKYPE if your location prevents a visit to campus.
Great faculty aren’t just located on Seminary Street. By bringing distinguished alumni to campus Perkiomen broadens the educational experience of our students and the community. Be a part of this group of as we welcome our smartest, most engaging, and influential alumni to campus, to encourage thought-provoking conversations and ideas as we risk becoming our best.
Perkiomen endeavors to have the most up-to-date information on our entire alumni community. To keep the connection with Perkiomen strong, our alumni and professional databases must be current. Alumni data volunteers can work from anywhere in the world to help update Perkiomen’s database. The gathering of current email addresses is especially important so that alumni can receive invitations, reunion news, and the Alumni E-Newsletter.
Share with others why you support Perkiomen and help others follow your lead. Testimonials are helpful in personalizing the Perkiomen experience and not only help with fundraising, but are crucial for admissions and retention. Your thoughts may be shared in print and online, and the length can vary from a few sentences to a full article.
What's new with you? By completing the form with the correct contact information, Perkiomen is able to provide you with the latest news and invitations. When you complete a class note you are informing Perkiomen and your classmates about your life events.
Transcript request process:
- There is a nominal fee of $5.00 per transcript and a transcript request form needs to be mailed, emailed as a pdf attachment, or faxed to the registrar. If a transcript needs to be sent to some other party, then a written transcript request form is required (this must be done via postal mail or in person).
- Once a student has attained the age of 18, the registrar will not send transcripts to third parties at the request of parents. That request must come from the student
Please include the name(s) of school(s), address(s) and phone number(s) to where transcript(s) are to be mailed.
We will mail the official transcript(s) within two to three business days of receiving the form, mailing address(s) and fee. If you request that the transcript(s) be mailed via Federal Express there is also an additional charge of $75.00 (international) or $25.00 (within the United States) per FedEx envelope/package.
Upper School Office
200 Seminary Street
Pennsburg, PA 18073-0130
Payment by check/money order:
Checks/money orders should be made out to perkiomen school and mailed to the address listed above. Along with the check please include the transcript request form.
Payment by credit/debit card:
Please contact the Business Office at (215) 679-1138 and give them the credit card information.
Registrar contact information:
(267) 923-5509 (fax)
Office of Alumni and Development
Director of Development
At Perkiomen School since 2012
Diana Weir-Smith '85, P’18
At Perkiomen School since 1998
Christe (Thompson) Konopitski '09
Director of Perkiomen Fund
At Perkiomen School since 2015
Development Writer and Stewardship Officer
At Perkiomen School since 2016
Development Research Analyst
At Perkiomen School since 1994
Manager, Gift Processing and Reporting
At Perkiomen School since 2011