Contributing and Collaborating

White Mountain administrators and faculty members have participated in a number of professional outreach initiatives this fall. We are proud of our School’s strength and grateful for the opportunity to share what we have learned , experienced and created with others in the field.

Head of School Tim Breen, Associate Head for Enrollment Management Allison Letourneau and Board Chair Deborah Lowham presented at the IECA Conference in Washington D.C. The following is a description of their presentation, Enrollment Management Beyond the Admission Office:

Small schools are inherently individualized, intimate, and intentional – their approaches to enrollment management should be too. Come learn how a small school has taken an innovative approach to ensuring consistency among culture and communication by strategically aligning the key players from varying vantage points. Whether you’re operating at ground level (Admissions), or flying from 10,000 feet (Head of School) to 30,000 feet (Board Chair), there’s an exciting opportunity to align people and program to ensure authenticity and access for families and IECs. All of the key players need to understand the value of being accessible to students, families (past, present, and future), and IECs.

alumni-panelJulie Yates, Director of Development and Alumnae/i, presented at the ISANNE Advancement and Communications Conference with Bonny Morris, Director of Annual Giving at Proctor Academy. In their breakout session, The Annual Fund – Everyone’s Favorite Campaign, they laid out strategies for tracking growth to help with achieving goals and also facilitated an idea exchange so that attendees could share their own successful initiatives. Kyllan Gilmore ’08, a member of the White Mountain Board of Trustees, also participated on a panel called “Alumni Engagement” at the conference. He and a number of other independent school graduates shared their experience and insight about how to engage alumni in a meaningful way. In addition, Ethan Kuhn, Associate Director of Development and Alumnae/i, was on the Conference Planning Committee and played an important role in making it the beneficial experience it was for those who attended.

Rachel Van Wylen who teaches Visual Arts is an accomplished artist in her own right and a piece of her work was recently selected for a show at WREN (the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network). Here is what Rachel had to say about her piece:oddments

“The show is a small works show, so everything submitted has to be 10″ x 10″ or smaller.  I submitted a tiny, 7″ x 7”, still life painting titled “Oddments”.  The items in the still life are all random bits of things that probably seem unrelated to each other, but for me, they are all happy bits of ordinariness – vanilla for baking, a spoon and a canning jar for making jam, dominoes for fun.”

Lawrence Alexander P’20, Director of College Counseling and Diversity of Diversity & Inclusion, was recently featured in Niches, a donor communication sent out by the National Association of Episcopal Schools. Lawrence wrote about his own personal experience, as well as the experience of many White Mountain students, of living on a diverse campus in a significantly less diverse community. Click here to read his article.


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