Alumnae

Alumnae Weekend

Laurel School's 2022 Alumnae Weekend -- themed "Circle Back to Lyman" -- celebrates ALL alumnae, especially those in Classes ending in 2 and 7 and honors our three Alumnae Award recipients: Deborah Hannon Rosenblum '80, Jane Startzman '70 and Jamie Taylor '02. Read their bios here.

Registration opens on Friday, April 8.

Schedule of Events

After two years of a global pandemic, we are thrilled to be able to gather in person again at our Lyman and Butler Campuses. However, we don’t want to lose the silver lining of virtual events where travel is not required. Therefore, Thursday and Friday will feature virtual events and Saturday and Sunday will be in person and mostly outside. Masks optional.

Whether or not you are in a reunion class, we hope you will Circle Back to your Laurel roots and join us for one or more events!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

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  • 7:00-8:30 PM (EDT): State of the School Remarks by Ann V. Klotz and Distinguished Alumnae Awards (Virtual)

    Join the webinar for a short presentation by Head of School Ann V. Klotz on Laurel School today followed by an engaging virtual conversation honoring the 2022 Alumnae Award recipients:
    • Deborah Hannon Rosenblum ’80, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs (Distinguished Alumna)
    • Jane Startzman ’70, Arts Advocate and Director of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival (Lifetime Achievement)
    • Jamie Taylor ’02, LPGA Professional and Founder of the Black Golf Directory and JT Mobile Training (Young Alumna of Distinction)

Friday, May 20, 2022

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

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  • 11:30 AM-1:00 PM: Alumnae Picnic and Annual Meeting at the Lyman Campus, Followed by Green Key Tours (Lyman)

    Come to Lyman for a casual opportunity to catch up with classmates and Laurel friends. Enjoy a boxed lunch from Caterology under a tent, indulge with a treat from an ice cream truck and have fun playing lawn games. $20.
    • At NOON, President Maia Hunt-Ledford Rucker ’97 will give some welcoming remarks and we will vote on the Nominating Slate. 
      • The Nominating Committee presents the following slate for 2022-25 Alumnae Board Members-at-Large:
        • Laurie Wilde Oswald ’87
        • Marlana Strange Harris ’97
        • Arnetta Dean Matthews ’02
        • Sara Hollabaugh Serbanoiu ’13
    • Green Key tours will start at 12:30, 12:45 and 1:00 pm.
  • 5:00-7:00 PM: Four-School Fling at University School

    The Four-School Fling will be held at University School’s Hunting Valley Campus.
    • Admission is $25 by May 13 or $30 at the door.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

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  • 10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Breakfast at Butler

    Come join us for breakfast at the Butler Pavilion with special guests Nurse Susan Kramer, math teacher Mark Mulac and chemistry teacher/director of Speech and Debate Rich Kawolics, all retiring after 20 or more years. Families welcome! $10 per person (children ages 0-5 eat for free).
    • Explore the Butler Campus where Outdoor PrePrimary and Grades 3-5 learn and where athletes compete.
    • Hike the trails.
    • Take a tour.

Monday, May 23, 2022

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  • 10:30 AM-7:00 PM: Gator Golf Outing

    Make it a long weekend! Our 12th annual Athletic Boosters' golf outing is on Monday, May 23, 2022 at Mayfield Country Club. The event includes lunch and dinner as well as an auction, with the proceeds directly benefiting Laurel’s scholar-athletes in both Middle and Upper School. Gator Golf registration is seperate from Alumnae Weekend.

Class Reunions 1957-1982

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  • 1957 (65th)

    Friday, May 20 at 6:00 PM
    Classmates and significant others are invited to dinner at the home of Norma Goulder Savin in Cleveland Heights.
    • Please bring a bottle of wine (or some beer), and a small dish to share.
    Thank you to class reunion planners: Mary McConnell Meinig and Norma Goulder Savin
  • 1962 (60th)

    Friday night dinner for classmates.
    • We will not  have online registration here on the website for the dinner. Watch your email with details from your class planners.
  • 1967 (55th)

    Friday, May 20
    Classmates and significant others are invited for appetizers and drinks the home of Nicki Visconsi Mawby in Gates Mills.
      • Please bring an appetizer to share.
    Saturday, May 21
    Classmates and significant others are invited to dinner at Flour in Moreland Hills.
    • Details regarding Dutch Treat or prix fixe to come.
    Thank you to class reunion planners: Jeannine Furrer and Nicki Visconsi Mawby
  • 1972 (50th)

    Friday, May 20 at 6:00 PM
    50th Reunion Four-School Party at the Home of Frank (US ’72) and Penny Floyd in Hunting Valley.
    • Enjoy Blazin Bill’s BBQ and live music from the Andrew Williams Band.
    • Valet parking.
    • $75 for one; $100 per couple.
    Saturday, May 21, 9:30-11:15 AM
    50th Reunion Breakfast and Green Key Tour
    • Open only to the Class of 1972, the 50th Reunion Breakfast will take place indoors at the Lyman Campus.
    Saturday, May 21 at 6:00 PM
    Dinner at the home of Sarah Wiseley Allyn in Novelty
    • A casual, classmates-only evening with pizza, Hough Bakery cake and drinks.
    • $40
    Thank you to class reunion planners: Sarah Wiseley Allyn, Paulette Balin, Bobbie Brown, Alisa Taylor Cowen, Peg Sussen Gift, Cally Robinson Hoyt, Mary Izant, Michelle Miller and Barb Hart Yorks
  • 1977 (45th)

    Friday, May 20 6:00-9:00 PM
    Dinner and drinks at the home of Linda Schambs Hatch in Shaker Heights.
    • This is for classmates only
    • $25
    Thank you to class reunion planners: Mary Garner Ganske, Linda Schambs Hatch and Maggie Bigley Musnuff
  • 1982 (40th)

    Friday, May 20 at 6:00 PM
    Casual dinner at the home of Vikki Anderson in Cleveland Heights.
    • We will be out on the patio, weather permitting.
    • This is for classmates only.
    • No cost, but if you are able, please bring along an appetizer or a bottle of wine (and let Vikki know).
    Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 PM
    Immediately following the alumnae picnic lunch, please join us for a Class of 1982 gathering in Laurel’s Butterfly Garden to remember our five lost classmates. We will pause to reflect and remember Diane McCorkle, Sally Brasfield Simmons, Nancy Blazey Wilkinson, Onee Bergfeld Lowe and Jennifer Smith Collison.

    Saturday, May 21 at 6:30 PM
    3-School Class of 1982 dinner (Laurel, US, HB) at the home of John (US ‘82) and Betsy Feighan in Cleveland Heights.
    • Enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Catered by Hungry Bee Catering.
    • $85 per person; guests welcome
    Thank you to reunion class planners: Vikki Anderson and Cindy Schulze Flynn

Class Reunions 1987-2012

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  • 1987 (35th)

    Friday, May 20 at 6:30 PM 
    Classmates and significant others are invited to dinner at Angelo’s Nido Italia in Little Italy.
    • Dutch treat; ordering from the menu.
    Friday, May 20 at 9:30 PM
    After dinner, head to Tina Stefanski’s home in Shaker Heights for late night laughs and libations.

    Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 PM
    Come to Sara’s Place restaurant in Gates Mills for a classmates-only dinner.
    • Dutch treat; ordering from the menu.
    Sunday, May 22 at 11:30 AM
    Classmates and significant others are invited to brunch at 17 River Grille in Chagrin Falls.
    • Dutch treat; ordering from the menu.
    • The restaurant is just 15 minutes from Butler should you plan to visit the campus before or after our brunch.
    Capacity is limited at all three restaurants so RSVP promptly!

    Interested in sharing a VRBO with other classmates traveling in from out of town? Email Nicole Wolf for more info. First come, first served through May 1.

    Thank you to class reunion planners: Julie Altschul Leizman, Darby Bentoff Schwartz, Tina Stefanski and Nicole Wolf
  • 1992 (30th)

    Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM
    Classmates and their significant others are invited to a Dutch treat dinner. Location TBD.
    • RSVP as final plans will be dependant on numbers.
    Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 PM
    Join classmates for appetizers, dinner and dessert at the home of Myra Barsoum Stockett in Avon Lake.
    • $40 per person.
    • Please also bring a beverage (sparkling water, wine, beer, etc).
    Thank you to class reunion planners: Cindy Langmack and Myra Barsoum Stockett
  • 1997 (25th)

    Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM (Virtual)
    Catch up with classmates near and far on Zoom!

    Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 PM
    Classmates only will gather for dinner at Tres Potrillos in Beachwood.
    • Dutch treat; ordering from the menu.
    Thank you to class reunion planner: Sarah Shatila
  • 2002 (20th)

    Friday, May 20 from 6:00-9:00 PM
    Significant others are welcome and encouraged to join classmates for heavy appetizers and drinks at Mayfield Country Club in South Euclid.
    • $75 per person.
    In memory of our late classmate, Vera Pereskokova Omidpanah, please consider making a donation to https://www.metavivor.org. METAvivor is an organization for metastatic breast cancer research, support, and awareness that Vera was involved in.

    Thank you to class reunion planners: Courtney Batt, Rebecca Brakeman, Gausia Chowdhury and Lela Gascoigne
  • 2012 (10th)

    Friday, May 21 at 5:30 PM
    Classmates and their plus ones are invited for an evening out at Market Avenue Wine Bar in Cleveland.
    • Wine, beer, spirits, cheese and charcuterie plates are available to order off the menu (Dutch Treat)
    Thank you to class reunion planner: Jenna Bailey

A Round of Applause!

Please join us in thanking the Alumnae Weekend Committee of the Alumnae Board for putting together these great events! Meredith Stewart Reimer '95, Co-Chair • Shanika Ranasinghe Esparaz '05, Co-Chair • Jeannine Furrer '67 • Ellen Donahue Hartup '87 • Susan Opatrny Althans '80 • Maia Hunt-Ledford Rucker '97 • Sarah Shatila '97 • Rosemary Mudry '02

Area Hotels

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