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Alumni Day is going virtual, and everyone is invited!

Community means everything at AFS and we can’t think of a better time to connect our AFS Alumni worldwide. We have created new and special ways to bring the AFS community together for this important online event this Fall.

Additionally, class years ending in ‘0 and ‘5 will celebrate milestone reunions. 

Curious about your class? Want to help bring your classmates together for your reunion? Be a Class Clerk! Working in tandem with the Alumni Office, the primary responsibilities of the Reunion Class Clerk(s) are:

  • to connect and communicate with your classmates
  • to help build excitement and encourage attendance on Alumni Day
  • to encourage gifts of any size to the Fund for AFS in honor of your reunion

Communication efforts can be done over email/phone or through the AFS Alumni Facebook Group. There are no required meetings. The Alumni Office administratively supports the Class Chairs.

Any questions, please contact Lisa Budd, Director of Alumni Engagement, lbudd@abingtonfriends.net or 215-576-3968.

Add AFS Alumni Weekend to your Calendar

Register for AFS Alumni Weekend

Please register to let us know you plan on attending! Zoom links for the AFS Alumni Weekend events will be emailed to those who register.


Alumni Day Schedule

Alumni Day Schedule of Events

Friday, October 2

Networking with Alumni, 4:30 p.m.

Join us for an informal panel discussion with five AFS Alumni in various sectors. Panelists will share their professional experiences and how those experiences prepared them for their careers. Panelists will also answer questions about their current jobs and career paths.
Alumni Panelists include:

Clifford Hudis, AFS Alum

Clifford Hudis ’77, MD, FACP, FASCO Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Dr. Hudis is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He also serves as the Executive Vice Chair of its Conquer Cancer Foundation and Chair of ASCO’s CancerLinQ. Dr. Hudis previously served in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles at ASCO, including as its President during the Society’s 50th anniversary year (2013-14). Before coming to ASCO full-time, as a medical oncologist he was the Chief of the Breast Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City and Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In that role he oversaw a team that studied breast cancer, developed new therapies to treat and prevent it and delivered integrated and multidisciplinary care to patients with all stages of the disease. As CEO of ASCO, Dr. Hudis is responsible for delivering on the board’s strategic goals through education, research, and support for the delivery of the highest quality of care by the Society’s nearly 45,000 members.

 

 

Alumni Success at Abington Friends

Adrienne Sheares ’05, Owner of digital communications consultancy ViviMae Labs

Adrienne Sheares is a proud graduate of Spelman College. While getting her master’s in communication from Johns Hopkins University, she realized her passion for entrepreneurship. For nearly ten years, Adrienne has created digital marketing solutions for companies such as Issa Rae Productions (creator of HBO’s Insecure),  AARP, Discovery Education, Lego Dimensions, The Root and several small DC area businesses. In addition to her marketing work, Adrienne served as a co-founder of the mobile app, Urban Delivery, which was featured in top publications such as Black Enterprise, The Washington Post and ABC 7 News.   

 

Jared SolomonJared Solomon ’97, State Representative, 202nd Legislative District

Jared Solomon, a community leader, attorney and Army Reserve JAG officer was elected to serve his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2016.

His priorities as a legislator include workforce development, supporting veterans, election and government reform, and landlord-tenant issues. Solomon’s priorities in his district include improving business corridors, revitalizing the infrastructure stock, addressing safety concerns in the neighborhood, providing opportunities for kids after school, and creating more jobs with higher wages to address local poverty issues. In the legislature, Solomon hopes to broaden opportunities for kids looking to work after high school, streamline the process for new businesses wanting to settle in Pennsylvania, and providing businesses with incentives to come and stay in the state.

Prior to his work in the legislature, Solomon founded a local community organization and served as the association’s president for nearly 10 years, starting youth sports programs, cleaning up parks and streets, building playgrounds for our youth, and collaborating with local law enforcement to promote safety and trust. He credits his success to remaining loyal to the neighborhood in which he was brought up and believing in the power of ordinary people to make a difference.

Solomon is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Villanova Law School. He was raised in the Castor Gardens neighborhood by his mother. He credits his success to remaining loyal to the neighborhood in which he was brought up and believing the power of ordinary people can make a difference.

 

Abington Friends Successful Alumni

Ellen Carney ’11, Managing Director, Happy Kids Center, an international nonprofit and Geneva Global Education Team Associate Program Director

Ellen Carney, an Abington Friends School class of 2011 alum, has spent 5 years working in the social sector, ensuring children in the developing world have access to education. In 2016, Ellen founded Happy Kids Center, a nonprofit organization in Nepal with a mission to end the cycle of poverty by leveling the playing field for marginalized people and ending the practice of child labor and child marriage. Ellen spent four years in Nepal before returning to the United States, taking a new role at Geneva Global Incorporated, a Paoli, PA based philanthropic consulting firm where her focus is the Speed School Program. Speed School is an accelerated education program operating in Ethiopia and Uganda supporting out of school children, providing them with a second chance at education. Ellen holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University where she studied Strategic Communications with a focus on Rhetoric and Public Advocacy and a Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Michael Harding, AFS AlumMichael Harding ’14, Public Interest Scholar at Villanova University School of Law and a Fulbright Scholar

Michael graduated from Abington Friends in 2014. He is currently pursuing his law degree on a full scholarship as a Public Interest Scholar at Villanova University School of Law. His service and research have taken him abroad to nearly 20 countries, including places such as Spain, Ghana, and Tanzania. He is fluent in Spanish and recently returned from a life-changing opportunity conducting research on social memory and human rights as a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile. 

Michael is a legal intern at The Public Interest Law Center, a nationally renowned public interest law firm using high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of marginalized communities in the Philadelphia region. As an aspiring public interest lawyer and lawmaker, he aims to leverage law and policy as tools for a lifetime of work committed to social and environmental justice.

Michael graduated from Fairfield University in 2018, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Politics.

 

Open Mic, 7 p.m.

Grab a drink and kick-off the weekend with a showcase of alumni talents: music, poetry, readings and more. Interested in performing at Open Mic, sign up here.

Saturday, October 3

Coffee Hour with Mary Lynn Ellis, AFSA, 9 a.m.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea as Mary Lynn leads us through readings and poetry.

Alumni Meeting for Worship, 11 a.m.

Join us for what is always one of the most meaningful aspects of Alumni Weekend.

RooPRIDE with Erica Groomes ’15, Morgan Burrell ’15,
Mia Panzak ’17 and Cyndi Silverman, AFSA, 2:00 p.m. 

A call to action for people of color and allies mobilizing change.

Lifelong Learning

“Presidents and the News Media” with Drew Benfer, US History Teacher, 3 p.m.
This year, Drew and his students are comparing the relationship of the news media with presidents past and present – President Richard Nixon and President Donald Trump. They are discussing a variety of questions. Should reporters play the role of embattled truth-seekers fighting the president’s vast public relations machine? How should a president view members of the news media? Should members of the news media report the facts or editorialize too? If you would like to share your thoughts about President Nixon, President Trump, or another president from history and their relationship with the news media, then please come join us for a lively discussion. We look forward to you sharing your opinion, but please know that Drew is not moderating a debate to determine winners or losers (or who gets an A for the assignment).

“Got Games?” with Jordan Burkey and Matt Slagter, US Teachers, 3 p.m.
Whether you love the old classics (Monopoly, Risk, Uno), the new classics (Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples) or the latest hot games (Pandemic, Azul, 7 Wonders), there’s one thing we all have in common…we love games!!  Board games, card games, strategy games, role playing games, party games…they all bring us together with friends for fun times, great laughs, and often stories that we tell for years afterwards.  Let’s get together and share our favorite games.  We can take turns describing a game to others who haven’t played it, explain whether it is a suitable game to teach to a new gamer or is for more experienced players, how many players it can handle, and maybe give an idea of how long a typical game takes.  Come prepared to share three great games, and show the boxes if you’ve got them on hand.  We can’t wait to see you all and all the great games you love to play!

“Women’s History Hour: a Tour of Philadelphia” with Rebecca Fisher ’13, 3 p.m.
Beyond the Bell Tours is a social enterprise that designs inclusive historical walking tours of Philadelphia. Join Rebecca Fisher ’13 for this engaging virtual tour. Hear about cool colonial women, change-makers, women in medicine, and pioneers who have made their mark on this city of brother love and sisterly affection. Rebecca encourages active participation and critical questions.

Happy Hour Jams featuring Head of School Rich Nourie, 5 p.m.

Music presented by AFS faculty and administrators Keisha Hirlinger, Raji Malik, Justin Solonynka and Rich Nourie.