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Ellis Reunion Weekend October 11–13

Join us as we celebrate classes ending in 4’s and 9’s at Reunion Weekend on October 11–13, 2019. We'll have three fun-filled days of activities and events that will bring together classmates of all decades to celebrate friendships and the place where those friendships began––Ellis! Learn what The Ellis School is up to now as you explore campus, reconnect with faculty, interact with current students, and more! 

Events will include long-standing Ellis traditions like the presentation of the Sara Frazer Ellis Award and newer traditions like the Alumnae Career Panel. All alumnae, from all class years, are invited to come “home” to their beloved alma mater, Oh Ellis School, Fair Ellis, for Reunion Weekend 2019.

I am so very proud to be a part of the Ellis Community, as an alumna and current administrator. Ellis alumnae and students are out in the world each and every day making a difference. From staging walkouts on climate change to breaking through glass ceilings in the boardroom, Ellis women are true changemakers. 

I hope to see you this October for Reunion 2019 where you can reconnect with old friends, network with fellow alumnae, be inspired by current students, and learn all about how Ellis is continuing to educate and graduate future female leaders. Enjoy the traditions you know and love. See how we are empowering tomorrow’s changemakers. #ComeBackLookForward


Friday, October 11, 2019

On Friday, alumnae are invited to catch up with classmates, friends, and former teachers at events on campus all day. Tour the School alongside fellow Ellis women and share memories as you walk through the place that built the foundation upon which you stand today. Watch the Alumnae Career Panel to see and hear how Ellis influenced and inspired your fellow classmates, and attend a discussion with Head of School Macon Finley to learn about Ellis' new strategic plan and exciting future.

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  • Friday, October 11, 2019 | Schedule

    Time | Location
    Event | Description
    9:30–11:00 a.m.
    Fred C. Babcock Library
    Open to all classes
    Welcome Reception
    Join fellow alumnae and Head of School Macon Finley in Ellis’ new multi-purpose library space for coffee and breakfast (or shall we call it snack…) to start your day!
    10:00–11:00 a.m.
    Meet in Fred C. Babcock Library
    Open to all classes
    Welcome Back Campus Tour
    Find out what has changed, and what has stayed the same, since graduation as you walk through the halls of your alma mater. Led by a Touring Tiger (current Ellis Student), hear firsthand what it’s like to be an Ellis girl circa 2019!
    10:30–11:00 a.m.
    Fred C. Babcock Library
    Open to all classes
    Ellis on the Move: A Strategic Vision for the Future of The Ellis School
    The Ellis School has evolved in dynamic ways over the past 100 years, but we have maintained our fierce focus on being a place for girls. Join Head of School Macon Finley as she shares how the School's strategic visioning process has deepened the School's commitment to its existing values and inspired a dynamic, ambitious, and clear directive for the coming years. 
    10:00–10:45 a.m.
    Lower School, Room 103
    Open to all classes, limited to 12 alumnae
    Grade 1 Interviews
    Bridge the gap between the past and present for the next generation by joining grade 1 for alumnae interviews. Share what Ellis was like during your years in the uniform as you flip through yearbooks and old photos with grade 1 students!
    11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Open to all classes
    Career Panel Featuring Ellis Alumnae
    Watch as alumnae share their professional experiences, answer questions from current Upper and Middle School students, and reflect on how Ellis influenced their career paths.
    12:00–1:45 p.m.
    Location TBD
    Open to all classesAll Alumnae Lunch
    All alumnae are invited to join us for lunch. Enjoy a performance by the Glee Club and the presentation of the 2019 Sara Frazer Ellis Award to Sally RIAL Phelps ’58.
    2:00–2:30 p.m.
    Open to all classes
    Class Photos
    Transport yourself back to Picture Day—this time, sans braces—and pose for a group photo with your classmates. Cheese! (Please note, the 50th Reunion photo will take place earlier so they can meet with their Grade 4 Pen Pals).
    2:00–2:45 p.m.
    Lower School, Room 201
    Class of 1969 only
    Grade 4 Pen Pals
    What’s it like to be an Ellis girl today vs. an Ellis girl five decades ago? The Class of 1969 will find out when they meet their rambunctious, spirited, and silly pen pals from the Class of 2028!
    2:30–3:15 p.m
    Fine Arts Building 
    Open to all classes
    Discover The Foundry 
    What’s the buzz around makerspaces and what is Ellis doing to grow our programming? Come learn all about The Foundry, our modern workshop devoted to Maker Education and STEAM––science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. It is the only all-girls, student-run digital fabrication classroom in the region. Ellis faculty will demonstrate some of the fantastic tools available in The Foundry and discuss how they implement them in their courses.
    2:30–3:15 p.m.
    Meet in Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
    Open to all classes
    Welcome Back Campus Tour
    Find out what has changed, and what has stayed the same, since graduation as you walk through the halls of your alma mater. Led by a Touring Tiger (current Ellis Student), hear firsthand what it’s like to be an Ellis girl circa 2019!
    3:30–5:00 pm
    Open to all classes
    Lecture on Pittsburgh’s Historic Bridges
    Embrace your love of learning with this educational and entertaining lecture on Pittsburgh’s first bridges with Richard Wertheimer, Ed.D. He will cover the first three bridges in Pittsburgh: 6th Street, Smithfield, and the PA Canal Aqueduct. With a fascinating story for each bridge, we’ll learn how they were integral to the growth of Pittsburgh, especially during the Industrial Revolution.
    All classes
    Individual Activities
    Please contact your Class Reunion Representative for more information. Please reference the Reunion webpage for a list of Reunion Representatives.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday’s events are all about bringing your family into the Ellis fold—make sure they pack their green and white! Introduce your partner, spouse, and children to campus as you cheer on the Varsity Field Hockey Team and create in the studio with Ellis Fine Arts faculty. When you pull on the Ellis paint-splattered apron, you’re sure to be transported back to your days in a clay-covered kilt! Alumnae know there’s no place like Ellis, and we think your family will agree.

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  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 | Schedule

    Time | Location
    Event | Description
    9:30–11:00 a.m.
    Fred C. Babcock Library
    Open to all classes and their families
    Coffee and Pastries
    It’s a family-friendly Saturday at Ellis! Join us for coffee and pastries Saturday morning after you walk Mellon Park or stroll the streets of Shadyside.  
    Fred C. Babcock Library
    Open to all classes
    Ellis on the Move: A Strategic Vision for the Future of The Ellis School
    The Ellis School has evolved in dynamic ways over the past 100 years, but we have maintained our fierce focus on being a place for girls. Join Head of School Macon Finley as she shares how the School's strategic visioning process has deepened the School's commitment to its existing values and inspired a dynamic, ambitious, and clear directive for the coming years. 
    10:00–12:00 p.m.
    Fine Art Buildings
    Open to all classes and their families
    Art Workshops with Fine Arts Faculty and Middle School Students
    Revisit your days in the Fine Arts Studios and reawaken your creative side during Art Workshops (including painting on silk scarves and bookbinding) led by Fine Arts faculty and Middle School students. Create and make alongside your family and friends as you reminisce about your days on campus.
    12:00–2:00 p.m.
    Ellis Athletic Field 
    Open to all classes and their families
    Tailgate Lunch
    Grab a burger or hot dog and enjoy lunch outside before the Tigers take the field. Family-friendly activities will be available in the area around the field. 
    12:00–1:00 p.m.
    Arbuthnot House
    Open to all classes and their families
    Welcome Back Campus Tour
    Is your 1999 cast photo from the Upper School musical still hanging on the wall outside the Auditorium? Does the Oedipus statue have a new home? Find out on our last campus tour of the weekend.
    1:00  p.m.
    Ellis Athletic Field
    Open to all classes and their families
    Ellis Field Hockey Game
    Come cheer on the fantastic Ellis Field Hockey Team as they battle it out on the field against Peters Township!
    6:00–8:30 p.m. 
    Alumnae Hall
    Open to all classes and a guest
    Alumnae Reception
    Toast to a fabulous Reunion Weekend alongside fellow Ellis women, faculty members, and trustees at our Alumnae Reception on Saturday night. Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served, and alumnae are welcome to bring a guest. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Join Performing Arts Department Chair and Visual Arts Teacher Sara Sturdevant for a tour of the Carnegie Museum of Art. Rejuvenate your mind and creative spirit with us before you head home and back to reality!

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  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 | Schedule

    Time | Location
    Event | Description
    1:00–3:00 p.m.
    Carnegie Museum of Art
    4400 Forbes Avenue
    Open to all classes and a guest
    Tour the Carnegie Museum of Art with Ellis Students
    Join Performing Arts Department Chair and Visual Arts Teacher Sara Sturdevant as she leads alumnae on a tour of the Carnegie Museum of Art alongside current Ellis students.
    A limited number of complimentary tickets will be provided, registration required.

Reunion Information

Frequently Asked Questions

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Award Recipients

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  • Sara Frazer Ellis Award

    Sally RIAL Phelps ’58

    Sally RIAL Phelps graduated from Ellis in 1958 and from Wellesley College in 1962, majoring in Biblical History. Her first career was teaching, at Fox Chapel Country Day School in Pittsburgh, The Meadowbrook School in Massachusetts, and, as part of a government grant, at Bucknell University. Her second career was banking in New York City. From 1973 to 2000, she was a lender with three banks: Chase Manhattan Bank  (1973–1983 and 1989–1995), Citibank (1983–1989), and ABN AMRO (1995–2000). In 1980, Sally was one of the early women to be promoted to Vice President at Chase. In 2000, Sally married Richard “Dick” Phelps and retired from banking. Together, Dick and Sally have five children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Sally has been an Ellis Class Representative from 2007 to date and was on The National Board of Alumnae Visitors from 2009 to 2013. She organized her Ellis class's 50th Reunion in 2008 and did the same for her Wellesley 50th Reunion in 2012. In her retirement years, Sally has learned how to play golf and paint pictures. 
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

    Jordan ZAPPALA ’99

    Jordan played field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse during her four years at Ellis, eventually rising to the position of captain and taking the reigns as president of the Ellis Athletic Association. Thanks to camaraderie on the field and the leadership of her beloved coaches and fellow teammates, she found her happy place and learned how impactful physical activity is to her mental wellbeing. After a PCL tear during a lacrosse tournament in her senior year at Ellis, Jordan had to shift away from more high-impact athletics, but physical activity has always remained an integral part of her daily life. She picked up yoga in college and began professionally teaching in Washington D.C. in 2011. She also admits to joining the Peloton cult more recently, riding at least several times a week while home with her kiddos. Jordan looks forward to showing her own children how valuable physical activity is to their lives, as well as how impactful team sports can be to their budding psyches.

    Rebekah HUGHEY ’94

    During her time at Ellis, Rebekah played a sport every season starting in grade 7. She played field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, and softball over the course of six years. She made the varsity basketball team freshman year and served as softball team captain. Rebekah also served as treasurer of the Ellis Athletic Association and received the Sportsmanship Award.  Rebekah went on to attend Spelman College, where she played intramural basketball and played on their first soccer team (albeit not that well, as it was also her first-ever soccer team!) She did a teaching fellowship at Ellis upon graduation, and she helped coach the JV basketball team. Rebekah still enjoys staying active. She has played co-ed softball for years, and she participated in the Pittsburgh Triathlon three times (2013, 2015, and 2016). Her newest sport is rowing, which she did for the first time last summer, and she enjoys running, swimming, and biking.

Alumnae Career Panelists

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  • Abigail BAYLES Wiebenson '59

    A true lifelong learner, Abigail BAYLES Wiebenson ’59 has spent her career wearing various hats in the field of education. After 19 years as Head of the Lowell School in Washington, D.C., Abigail switched gears and became a leadership coach, working with scores of school administrators locally and globally to identify their deeply held beliefs, hone their vision for leadership, and to plan for the many facets of their schools. A ubiquitous force on the Washington school scene, Abigail has also served as a trustee at three Washington independent schools, chaired accreditation teams, taught at Johns Hopkins University, and acted as a mentor for the National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring School Heads fellows.
  • Brooke Nicole GENERETT '99

    Brooke GENERETT ’99 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Brooke started her counseling practice, Generett Counseling Services, LLC at the end of 2012 with the primary goal of assisting individuals (i.e. adolescents, adults, and the elderly) in developing the life skills necessary for problem solving in a challenging environment. In using the strengths-based approach for improving mental health, she emphasizes each client’s strengths and assists them in identifying barriers to achieving personal success and in developing and implementing strategies which create positive outcomes. 

    Brooke is a native of Pittsburgh and a 1999 graduate of The Ellis School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a master's degree in Social Work, with an emphasis in mental health, from the University of Pittsburgh. Brooke has held full-time positions at Gwen’s Girls, working as their therapist for three years, and Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County, working as their Therapeutic Licensed Counselor for four and a half years. She has also provided contracted mental health services at various agencies in the region.

    Brooke continues to provide free mental health services to many in the community through her private practice. Currently she is the Director of Prevention Services at Family Resources, a child abuse prevention agency in the Pittsburgh region, where she oversees four prevention programs, including the Beverly Jewel Wall Lovelace Out-of-School Time Program (BJWL), the largest out-of-school time program in Allegheny County, and the Hill District Center for Nurturing Families, one of 28 Family Support Centers in Allegheny County.
  • CAPT Anne MAGNUSSEN Lockhart '79

    A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, CAPT Anne MAGNUSSEN Lockhart graduated from The Ellis School in 1979. She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from The American University in 1983. She holds two M.A. degrees from The George Washington University and an M.A. degree from the Naval War College, where she completed Joint Professional Military Education Phases I and II and participated in the prestigious Mahan Scholars Program.

    After beginning her career as a civilian analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), CAPT Lockhart received a direct commission as a Navy Reserve officer in 1993.

    CAPT Lockhart is currently assigned to Naval Reserve Unit (NR) Office of the Secretary of Defense Technology Transfer 0166, Washington D.C., where she serves as a senior trade analyst.

    In addition, CAPT Lockhart is currently on long-term orders at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Supreme Allied Command Transformation, responsible for maritime command and control. From May 2017 to May 2018, she was on one-year mobilization orders to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where she served as the J2 (Intelligence) Director of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, supervising over 170 personnel.

    CAPT Lockhart has served as a commanding officer or executive officer five times, including twice on active duty. When she commanded NR Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters 1006, she was ranked second of five commanding officers by Major General Robert M. Haire, U.S. Air Force, and the unit was ranked first out of ten peer reserve units.

    CAPT Lockhart’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She resides in Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.
  • Hallie BENNETT '09

    Hallie BENNETT ’09 is a traveling physical therapist with AMN Healthcare. She works as a contracted PT in a variety of healthcare settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, and home health. Hallie received both her Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Health Studies and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. Currently, she is licensed through the American Board of Physical Therapy in Virginia, Colorado, and Hawaii. At present, she is working towards a specialist certification in neurology from the American Physical Therapy Association. Hallie helps companies bridge a gap of three to six months while facilities are understaffed or experiencing heavy demand. Her career is atypical in the sense that without a permanent contract with a single company, she has flexibility in her work life, allowing her to move between cities or even states. Her interests in healthcare and healing stem from many hours in the Ellis athletic trainer’s room before competitions many years ago. This initial spark continues to feed Hallie’s desire to improve her patients, peers, and herself, as well as the field of physical therapy.  
  • Indea HERNDON '04

    Indea HERNDON ’04 is the Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement Manager for the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. She partners with community leaders to establish a place for all people to openly celebrate and gain greater understanding of the African American experience and art of the African Diaspora. Indea holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies and Broadcast Journalism from Chatham University. Her love of culture, community, and social change led her to work with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh first as a Board Member for the Thelma Lovette YMCA, then as the Membership Director and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Director for the Allegheny and Homewood locations. During her tenure at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Indea was also selected to become a national trainer for the Dimensions of Diversity course, teaching staff the importance of diversity and inclusion. Indea is an active board member and is honored to serve her community as Vice President on the board of Pittsburgh Cares. Indea is also a proud member of the Urban League Young Professionals and the long-standing Aurora Reading Club, one of the nation’s oldest African American book groups.
  • Katrina “Kitty” Cook '89

    Biography coming soon!

Class Representatives

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A block of rooms has been reserved at Springhill Suites, Bakery Square for Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14 at a discounted rate.

Make your reservation online or call 412-362-8600 to reserve your room. When booking, please note that you are part of The Ellis School for a discounted rate.

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