Ellis alumna Holland Banse ’06 has been awarded a $20,000 stipend through the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) MET Dissertation Fellowship Program to continue her research in the field of education. Holland is a pre-doctoral fellow in the Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) program supported by the Institute of Educational Sciences.
Although the address of the school may have changed in the 70 years since Nancy and Barbara GILLIES first came to Ellis in 1947, followed by cousin Molly RUST Montgomery in 1952, the heart of Ellis has not.
Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Ellis Community, the 2016 Centennial Reunion Weekend was a smashing success! The weekend included a celebration assembly and Laureate panel discussion for students, a Centennial luncheon, and a sold-out Centennial Gala at Carnegie Music Hall. Excitement had been building for weeks as our community came together in preparation for the Centennial celebration. The Gala event on Saturday night crackled with Ellis pride and energy, as 425 people shared in celebration of a century of preparing, empowering, and inspiring girls.
As part of The Ellis School’s Centennial Celebration, this dynamic and diverse group of women have been chosen to represent the School’s ten decades. The Ellis Centennial Laureates are a group of highly accomplished alumnae whose creative and intellectual achievements span fifty years. The Laureates’ tenacity, vision, and genius were cultivated at Ellis and we celebrate them as individuals, history-makers, and alumnae.
Congratulations to Ellis alumna Ngani Ndimbie ’05 for making Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2016 40 Under 40 list! Honorees are chosen based on their dedication to making a difference in the Pittsburgh area, as well as their creativity, vision, and passion in their personal and professional accomplishments.
Leading global investigations firm Nardello & Co., today announced that Lucy Fato will be joining the firm as Managing Director, Head of the Americas, as well as global General Counsel effective October 11. Ms. Fato brings more than 25 years of legal, compliance, regulatory and corporate governance experience advising corporations, financial institutions and boards of directors to her new position. Nardello & Co.’s clients, including legal and compliance teams, as well as Boards of Directors of publicly-listed multinational corporations, will benefit from Ms. Fato’s expertise.
Bayh Sullivan `02, The Ellis School’s Director of Enrollment Management, has been nominated for the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award. Bayh is one of 24 nominees who exemplify what it means to be an emerging leader in our community.
The face of infant Gigi Nieson came through on a fax from China shortly before her American parents adopted her. "I was imaging even then," the 18-year old Friendship resident and fashion student said. Nieson recently received a full scholarship to attend New York City’s Pratt Institute this fall.
The Ellis School is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Elisa Lenore Lucke, Jill J. Swensen, and janera solomon. Effective July 2016, these new appointees joined the Board of Trustees in guiding The Ellis School in its mission of preparing, empowering, and inspiring girls through an excellent education in an all-girls environment.
As a three-sport varsity athlete at Ellis, Sophia Ogot '16 is encouraging, hardworking, and always shows a positive attitude towards sports, and everything that she does. Her character stood out to Shayla Scott, Director of Athletics, who nominated Sophia for Positive Athlete Pittsburgh, an organization led by Hines Ward to promote the benefits of positivity to young athletes. The program shares positive stories about the kind of role models young athletes should aspire to be.
Leila Reines ‘16, who will attend Cornell University in the fall, has been selected a Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. Reines was one of just 200 incoming students at Cornell University selected for this honor due to her academic excellence and devotion to research.
PITTSBURGH—SLB Radio Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that two of its student-produced features were honored as Best Youth-Made Radio of 2015 by Public Radio Exchange (PRX). PRX is an internationally-respected clearinghouse for the distribution of established radio programs and independent features and programs from all over the world. Only 14 other stories were honored as the Best Youth-Made Radio of 2015 and originate from cities throughout the country including Boston, Oakland, and Seattle. All of the winning pieces can be heard at: www.prx.org/playlists/356820.
Deane Marchbein, M.D. ’68 will be the speaker at this year’s Cum Laude ceremony on April 20, 2016. Dr. Marchbein is currently the President of the United States Board of Directors for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. She began her association with Doctors Without Borders in 2006 as an anesthesiologist in the Ivory Coast.
Jean Yang ’04 will be the featured speaker at the 2016 Ellis School Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Jean received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a graduate of Harvard University and specializes in programming languages. This fall, Jean joins the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. She has an affiliate appointment at CMU in Computational Biology as well.
Nancy HAYES Kilgore '65 is the winner of the 2016 Vermont Writers’ Prize. Her story, “A Thousand Half Loves,” is of a small town in Vermont, but at the center is the love story between the primary characters, Mona and Frank.