2012 Alumni/ae Weekend was a categorical success. Close to 200 High Mowing alumni/ae from across the continent, and representing all seven decades that this little school has sat upon Abbot Hill, came back to meet old friends, make new friends, and see for themselves where their beloved school is today.
Many people were instrumental in making the weekend a success. But two stand out—Alexis Pittman ’77 who finished a three-year term as President of the Alumni/ae Association at the Annual Meeting, and Maggie Stenquist Fuller ‘82, who, by virtue of her ability to reach out to fellow alumni/ae, was resoundingly elected to be the incoming President of the Alumni/ae Association.
The son of two High Mowing Alumni, Robert Pittman ’44 and Penelope Packard ’56, who also served for many years as faculty, and the father of three daughters who graduated from High Mowing, Alexis has played many roles at the school. In addition to being the Alumni/ae Association President for the last three years, he has been an employee of the school and a two-term member of the Board of Trustees. During his time as Alumnae Association President, he focused on improving communications with alums, growing the attendance at Alumnae Weekend, getting a grip on the financial and legal affairs of the Association, facilitating Mrs. Karl's tenancy in the upstairs of the Emmet House, and “trying to make sure that a good time was had by all.”
Maggie Stenquist Fuller began her term as Alumni/ae Association President at the Annual Meeting and hit the ground running. As Alexis puts it, “she is a dynamo by any standard and will bring new energy and a fresh breeze to the work of the Association.” A ceramics artist, Maggie has also worked as a teacher and a cook. She was inspired by many of the teachers at High Mowing including Ruth Pittman, Mrs. Karl and many others. But the words that have resonated for her through the years are the words of Mrs. Karl, “Nature does not grow in straight lines. Only man makes things in straight lines.” This is reflected in the organic and flowing forms of her art. “I kept coming back to clay,” she says, “And now, it is such an important part of my life, it is my voice when I need to be silent and just observe the world around me.”
But anyone who knows Maggie knows better than to expect silence when it comes to her new role as President of the Alumni/ae Association. Already she is working with the Alumni/ae Office on plans to create stronger networks for alumni/ae and to put into place tools that alumni/ae can use to find one another, learn about careers and much more. Stay tuned!