Leadership and activism throughout the community

Parent and alumna Deb Forman '83 has been collaborating with the Providence-based One Gun Gone project on a series of works that will be shown at the Pop Up Shop, 233 Westminster Street in Providence through January 26th. Proceeds from the show will be used for One Gun Gone's gun buyback program. The opening celebration for the show will be January 12th.

One Gun Gone works with young Providence artists drawn from the communities most impacted by gun violence. "For this exhibit, we worked on issues in color theory such as saturation and neutrality," explains Forman,  "and how these elements work metaphorically in regard to the many facets of gun violence, specifically the notion of good guy vs. bad guy - the purity of single colors - and the reality of the complexity of the situation reflected in more nuanced tones and neutrality."

Forman's activism parallels Gordon students' strong interest in speaking out against gun violence, expressed through actions ranging from the student participation in an annual vigil for the victims of shootings to last spring's Gordon-student-led teach-in and walkout in response to the Parkland shootings. 

Forman credits Gordon as fundamental in her career as an artist, educator and author, saying, "the richness and depth of the visual art program at Gordon conveyed to me at a young age, that creativity was a valid and integral vehicle to express and explore the experience of the world around me." This richness and depth continues to this day, and will be on display at Gordon's schoolwide art show January 15th to January 18th.

 

More Gordonians making a difference...

Gordon's Head of School Noni Thomas López reflects on her path to school leadership in the winter issue of Independent School magazine, distributed to the membership of the National Association of Independent Schools, pictured above, and also available online.

The independent school community has also been noticing Gordon's innovative tuition model this fall. In the December 11th episode of the Enrollment Management Association's podcast, Head of School Noni Thomas López and Chief Financial Officer Tom Cicatiello tell the story of how Gordon rebuilt its tuition model from scratch, moving from a longstanding commitment to financial aid to "break the wheel" and create a new structure that better reflects the mission of the school. 

Xilian Sansoucy '13 was a student leader throughout high school, helping found the advocacy group Young Voices, and she is continuing in that vein after high school, joining the college program at Leadership Rhode Island while enrolled as a sophomore at Northeastern University.

In December, Greg Lupica, father of Janie Lupica '07 and Will Lupica '10 (and faculty spouse) was named "BlueAngel of the Year" by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, in recognition of his work on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Across the state, Middle School parent Lisa Foster was also being celebrated, as one of the honorees at Rhode Island Monthly's 2018 Design Awards.

 

Alumni parent Patrice Wood sent along this photo of her with Matt Shumate '05 at the Providence holiday tree lighting. Matt is now deputy chief of staff for Providence's Mayor Elorza (with a nephew who just started at Gordon). Ms. Wood's Gordon graduates are also making their careers in public service; Jonathan Pabis '07 has been serving as a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, for the past three years, and Stephanie Pabis '09 just graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in justice studies and digital forensics and is going into a police academy in January. Ms. Wood is no stranger to public service herself, having recently been inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. 

 

Eric Song '16 returned to Gordon in December to give a boost to his former teammates in the competitive robotics program. Before the sixth grade team scrimmaged against the eighth grade team, Eric talked about how his experience on Gordon's robotics and math teams fed directly into his success in competitive academics in high school.

Later that week, the eighth grade robotics team dominated their qualifying tournament, winning the robot design award and the performance award for highest scoring robot run, while qualifying for the state competition in January.

On the heels of the news that seven Gordon students were chosen for the All State Festival, Gordon's music department got word that Wheeler's high school a cappella group, the 18 Wheelers, was chosen to participate in a national Best of High School A Cappella compilation. The 18 Wheelers include seven Gordon alumni, five of whom are veterans of Gordon's G-Notes a cappella group. Congratulations to Jacob Wassouf '15, Henry Stanton '16, Gabi Streisand '16, Brandon Gunasti '17, Nathan Haronian '17, Theo Richter '15 and Ben Thornton '15.


 

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