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Ellis Virtual Reunion Weekend: October 8–10, 2020

Join us as we celebrate classes ending in 0’s and 5’s during Reunion Weekend from October 8 to 10, 2020. Although we are unable to meet in person, we wanted to make sure you are able to get connected with your classmates, and Ellis, during the weekend. We'll have three fun-filled days of activities and events, some live and some prerecorded, that will bring together classmates of all decades to celebrate friendships and the place where those friendships began––Ellis!

Virtual events will still include long-standing Ellis traditions like the presentation of the Sara Frazer Ellis Award and newer traditions like the Alumnae Career Panel. Check out our Faculty Art Show online, hear from current Ellis students at our Student Panel, and join us for our Saturday Evening Toast. All alumnae, from all class years, are invited to participate in the online festivities and get caught up with Ellis in 2020.

ALL ALUMNAE ARE WELCOME
While the past few months have been challenging and filled with uncertainty, I have never been more proud to be a part of the Ellis community, as an alumna and current administrator—nor have I been more confident in the importance of all-girls education. Ellis faculty and students showed strength, resilience. and creativity in pivoting to online learning for Spring 2020, and our Ellis alumnae and students are out in the world each and every day making a difference. From volunteering with local organizations to providing healthcare in the face of adversity, Ellis women are true changemakers. 

For the safety of everyone involved, we made the difficult decision to move all our Reunion activities online for 2020. While we will miss having you on campus, we have planned a variety of exciting live and recorded activities where you can still 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. Now more than ever all-girls education, and the women it helps create, is critical.

Enjoy the traditions you know and love. See how we are empowering tomorrow’s changemakers.

Warmly, 

Giving

Milestone reunion years are a great time to celebrate the friendships and experiences you forged at The Ellis School. Gifts in honor of your class power The Ellis School and allow us to continue to educate and graduate future female changemakers. While you were a student, alumnae supported you by donating to the Ellis Fund and now we ask you to do the same! Together, your class can make a difference in the lives of today’s students while honoring the legacy of your time at Ellis.

At Reunion 2020 we will honor and celebrate the classes with the highest participation rate and largest combined gift. These classes will be thanked at Reunion, acknowledged in the Ellis Magazine, and receive limited edition Ellis swag. Your Gift + Your Choice = Your Impact!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Kick off Reunion Weekend 2020 by joining a panel featuring Upper School students to learn about what it’s like to be a current Ellis girl. Then, in the evening, browse through artworks created by our current faculty members.

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  • Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Schedule

    Time | Location
    Invitees
    Event | Description
    3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Open to all classes
    Student Panel
    Hear from current Upper School students to learn about what life at Ellis looks like in 2020. Learn about classes, clubs, sports, and more!
    Available online at 6:00 p.m.
    Open to all classes
    Faculty Art Show
    Click through and explore an art show featuring works from our current faculty as well as a virtual showing of alumnae artwork. 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Join us online throughout the day for the chance to connect with current Ellis students, see alumnae talk about their careers, and join a class. Also, be sure to register to get more fun videos, like a campus tour and other surprises, directly to your inbox!

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  • Friday, October 9, 2020 | Schedule

    Time | Location
    Invitees
    Event | Description
    9:30–10:00 a.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Open to all classes
    State of the School
    The Ellis School has evolved in dynamic ways over the past 100 years, but we have maintained our fierce focus on being an outstanding place for girls. Join Head of School Macon Finley as she gives an update on the current state of the School.
    10:10–10:50 a.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Open to all classes, limited to 12 alumnae
    Grade 1 Interviews
    Join some of Ellis’ youngest students to hear what life is like in the Lower School today and to share what your own experience was like as an Ellis girl!
    10:00–10:50 a.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Open to all classes
    Join a Class
    “Sit in” on a class to see what Ellis students are currently learning and how the curriculum has changed. A variety of classes will be available for sign up on a first come, first serve basis.
    11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Open to all classes
    Career Panel Featuring Ellis Alumnae
    Watch as alumnae share their professional experiences, answer questions from current Upper School students, and reflect on how Ellis influenced their career paths.
    2:00–2:45 p.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Class of 1970 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 1970 will find out when they meet their rambunctious, spirited, and silly pen pals from the Class of 2029!
    2:00–2:45 p.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Open to all classes
    Join A Class
    “Sit in” on a class to see what Ellis students are currently learning and how the curriculum has changed. A variety of classes will be available for sign up on a first come, first serve basis.
    6:00–6:30 p.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Open to all classes
    Presentation of the Sara Frazer Ellis Award
    Join us as we celebrate Kathy McMORRAN Murray ’70 and present her with the Sara Frazer Ellis Award.
    Evening
    All classes
    Individual Class Activities
    Contact your Class Reunion Representative for more information. The list of Representatives can be found on the Reunion webpage. Please note, these class events will vary by class. If your class would like to virtually gather on a different day, please feel free to do so.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Introducing Ellis Impact Day! Open to all alumnae and their families, this is an opportunity for alumnae to give back to their communities by going and doing something or from the comfort of their own home. Finally, join us in the evening for a toast to close out Reunion 2020.

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  • Saturday, October 10, 2020 | Schedule

    Time | Location
    Invitees
    Event | Description
    Published Online
    Open to all classes
    State of the School Recording
    In case you were unable to attend the Zoom event on Friday, we will be publishing a recording of the event on the website Saturday morning.
    All day
    Wherever you are!
    Open to all classes and their families
    Ellis Impact Day
    In the spirit of giving back, we are launching Ellis Impact Day! Join your fellow alumnae across the country in giving back to your community in some way and tagging us on social media. Learn more
    6:00–6:30 p.m.
    Live via Zoom
    Open to all classes and their guests
    Evening Reception
    Toast to a fabulous Reunion Weekend alongside your fellow classmates to close out Reunion 2020. Grab a drink and join us for a slideshow of images from the milestone years and the induction of Dr. Elissa McCARTHY Tessier ’95 into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
    Evening
    All classes
    Individual Class Activities 
    Contact your Class Reunion Representative for more information. The list of Representatives can be found on the Reunion webpage. Please note, these class events will vary by class. If your class would like to virtually gather on a different day, please feel free to do so.

Reunion Information

Frequently Asked Questions

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Connect & Communicate With Us

Update your contact information to connect and communicate with Ellis all year long. From our alumnae newsletter and private Alumnae Facebook group, to the Ellis Magazine and Ellis Alumnae Connect, we want you to stay in the know on all things Ellis. We’re also posting, tweeting, and Instagramming campus life seven days a week, so give us a follow, like, or retweet next time you’re browsing your feeds!

Award Recipients

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  • Sara Frazer Ellis Awardee

    Kathleen McMORRAN Murray '70

    Kathy McMORRAN Murray graduated from Ellis in 1970, got her B.A. in Math and General Science from the University of Rochester, and received her Advanced Management Program degree from Harvard Business School. She is an experienced and creative business growth executive, angel investor, and advisor. Kathy is currently Principal of McMorran Strategists, LLC. Earlier, Kathy held key C-Suite roles at publicly-traded firms and partnerships—Aetna, PwC, and FARO—in operations, real estate, sales, and marketing. After living in Pittsburgh, Dallas, West Hartford, and Westchester, she now lives in New York City with her husband, Alan. Here she is a deacon at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and a member of the Harvard Club of NYC and the University Club of NY, where she leads the Risk Sub-Committee of Audit, and she is an active squash and backgammon player.
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee

    Dr. Elissa McCARTHY Tessier '95

    While at Ellis, Elissa McCARTHY Tessier played field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse for the Tigers in grade 7 through grade 12. During her athletic career, she was awarded MVP in Varsity Field Hockey in 1994 and 1995, MVP in Varsity Basketball in 1994, and MVP for JV Lacrosse in 1992, as well as Varsity in 1994 and 1995. During her senior year, she was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.

    After graduating Ellis, Elissa was a four-year letter winner for the Denison University field hockey and lacrosse teams between 1995-99. Elissa was a five-time All-American and eight-time All-NCAC honoree. Her career was highlighted by a pair of first-team All-America honors in 1996 and 1998 for field hockey. In 1997, she was named the NCAC’s Offensive Player of the Year, and in 2004 she was named to the prestigious NCAC 20th Year Anniversary Team. She remains the only three-time All-American in Denison field hockey history. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut and has worked for the Veteran Healthcare Administration since 2006. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband and three daughters.

Alumnae Career Panelists

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  • Susan DAVENPORT Austin '85

    Susan DAVENPORT Austin '85 currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Grace Church School in New York City. In this role, she is responsible for the overall financial management of the school. Grace Church School serves approximately 780 students from Jr. Kindergarten through 12th grade. Additionally, she serves as a board member for a number of companies and nonprofits. Prior to joining Grace Church School, Ms. Austin served as a Senior Managing Director at Brock Capital Group, a boutique investment bank, since 2013. Previously, she spent ten years at Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation, a private broadcast radio company. At Sheridan, she served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer and as President of the Sheridan Gospel Network. Prior to Sheridan, Ms. Austin worked at Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, and Salomon Brothers.

    Ms. Austin was named one of the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” in 2013 and 2014 by Radio Ink Magazine. Radio Ink also named her one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” and/or one of the “Most Influential African Americans in Radio” from 2006 to 2015. She has been profiled twice as the cover story in Radio Ink (2005 and 2013). 

    Ms. Austin received her A.B. from Harvard University and M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She and her husband, Kenneth Austin, have two children (Abigail and Kyle) and reside in New York and East Hampton.
  • Dr. Nicole VÉLEZ '00

    Dr. Nicole F. Vélez '00 graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Carnegie Mellon University and with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She then went on to complete a combined internal medicine and dermatology residency at Harvard Medical School, and received additional fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer and cosmetic dermatology.

    Dr. Vélez is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgeons. After practicing dermatology for five years in Pittsburgh, she started her own dermatology and Mohs surgery practice in Cranberry, PA. She enjoys teaching and staying on top of new advancements in her field. Dr. Vélez has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and lectured both nationally and internationally on skin cancer.

    When not at work, Dr. Vélez enjoys spending time with her husband, two young boys, and extended family.
  • Kristen HAUSER '10

    Kristen HAUSER '10 is a Powertrain Fuel Economy Integration Engineer at Ford Motor Company. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, she relocated to southeast Michigan to join the Ford College Graduate Program. In this program, she completed five job rotations in the areas of software development, program management, and product launch to deliver products including the Lincoln Continental and F-150 Raptor.  

    Her current organization is responsible for designing and implementing software that controls the electromechanical systems which allow gas engines and automatic transmissions to comply with federal emissions and fuel economy standards, as well as deliver optimal performance to customers. In her current role as a fuel economy integration engineer, she uses analytical tools and lab testing to find fuel economy opportunities within these control systems and collaborates with North American, European, and Chinese teams to implement the changes and ensure future regulatory compliance.

    In her free time, she participates in an amateur endurance road racing series called Champ Car with friends from work and explores remote international destinations with her boyfriend, Trevor. She resides in Royal Oak, Michigan with her two cats, Nugget and Shelby.  
  • Michelle GIRTS '70

    Michelle GIRTS '70, President of EnTranRight LLC, has been building successful businesses around technology and talent for 35 years. Michelle joined CH2M HILL as an Environmental Scientist to develop and commercialize the innovative, low-cost treatment technology of engineered wetlands, based on her research under a U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Fellowship at the US Bureau of Mines. Before specializing in wetland biogeochemistry, Michelle worked for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Portland, OR Water Bureau Water Quality Division. 
     
    Since retirement, Michelle was appointed to the Clark County Clean Water Commission, and she is active as Chair of the local chapter of the Ninety Nines (an international women pilot association), secretary of the local chapter of Sigma Xi (honorary science research association), and book group leader for the local American Association of University Women chapter. She also is active in Presbyterian church ministries, is a Master Gardener, dabbles in genealogy—and flies a Cirrus single engine airplane with her husband in her spare time.
     
    Ms. Girts has a B.S. (Portland State University) and M.S. in Biology (West Virginia University) with minors in geology and civil engineering, and she completed course requirements towards a Ph.D. in Engineering Water Resources at Oregon State University.

Class Representatives

If you don’t have a Reunion Representative for your year and would like to be one, please contact alumnae@theellisschool.org to become one!

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