Milne Alumni July Newsletter
July 15, 2011

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Class of '61 Reunion
* Son of Alumnus Graduates
* Senior Room
* A Mystery; Can You Help?
* Email "Etiquette"
* Sad News

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This weekend the Class of 1961 is celebrating its 50th Reunion at the Albany Marriott with a Meet and Greet tonight, a gala dinner tomorrow night, and a breakfast Sunday morning. In addition, we have made suggestions for Saturday-afternoon activities...including relaxing poolside with classmates at the Marriott! I'm looking forward to seeing my classmates.


Daniel Brown '57, is proud to announce the graduation of his son, Benjamin Allen Brown, from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Benjamin was among 1,061 undergraduates in the University's Class of 2011, the 161st class to graduate from the University. Ben grew up in Glens Falls, NY, and now resides in Boston.

Benjamin graduated Cum Laude from the Department of Independent Studies with very high honors. He received a BA in Entrepreneurship with minors in Music and International Relations. His self-created interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship major included for-profit and non-profit business and corporate design, financing, development, management, marketing, and event-planning.

During his time at the University, Benjamin participated in the Paychex Leadership Institute program, the D'Lion organization, Grassroots, Sailing Club, Campus Times newspaper, and worked as a DJ at the University's radio station. He served as President of Internal Affairs for the University's NJR organization (No Jackets Required) and co-founded and managed USCENE.NET, which is a program of regional tours for college musicians and musical events. In 2010 Ben was accepted into an Entrepreneurship Internship Program sponsored by the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management, conducted at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Independent of the University, Benjamin helped create and co-direct several annual "Art Awake" civic events by building a coalition of city government officials, local businesses, and community organizations representing regional fine art professionals and musicians.

Ben serves as manager, promoter, designer and performs as a bassist in THE RADIUM GIRLS, a rock band that recently produced its first full-length album titled "From the Woodwork."

Congratulations Ben...and family!


Bob Abernethy, '48, asked in an email, "Remember the Senior Room?" Yes, Bob, I do remember the Senior Room. How about the rest of you? Care to share your memories of the Senior Room?


From Geoff Williams: "I just got back from a visit to the Downtown Campus looking for art. While I was in the Draper Vault, I discovered one new item and rediscovered another, both connected with the Milne School. Can any Milne graduates tell me where either or both of these two items originally hung?

"Item 1: a bronze plaque with the words 'Milne School' on the first line; the second line contains the words 'State Scholarship Award Plaque'; and under that in three columns are lists of Milne students from 1913 through 1950 who had received State scholarships--were the scholarships to attend the Milne School or possibly to go to college?

"Item 2: a relief made of plaster that originally hung on a wall. It is about two feet tall and four feet long, and the only label on it is a 'Gift of the Class of 1916.' I checked to see if it was a gift of the College for Teachers class of 1916--it wasn't--they gave funds to purchase an athletic field. I then checked the Crimson and White for June 1916--back then it was published about every other month and was a combination literary magazine/student newspaper/alumni newsletter. Sure enough, on page 120, there was a mention of the Milne Class of 1916 donating a plaster relief of 'Aurora,' the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora.

"The plaster relief is yellowed with age but probably was originally white. It looks quite like the painting... that I found on Wikipedia without the color. On our relief, Aurora is riding on a chariot pulled by horses, a cherub flies above her, and there are some figures in a cloud in front of the chariot.

"Let me know if you get any feedback as to the original location of either of these items."

Can anyone help? If so, let me (Judy Madnick) know!


Especially when sending email to recipients who don't know each other, it's considered to be a good practice to use "blind carbon copy" ("bcc"), rather than to list all recipients in the "to" field. This protects your friends' email addresses

Please use "Bcc" when addressing mass email;
I don't want my email address shared with the world!

I love receiving email you kindly send to me,
But rather than the "To" field, please use "Bcc."
That protects the privacy of those to whom you send
Your fun and useful messages, I candidly contend.

When you use the "To" field, our address is seen by plenty;
Then when others forward, it's seen by many, many!
Eventually the spammers, with all their little tricks,
Will use our email addresses -- and we'll all be in a fix.

So...use the "Bcc" field when sending mail to friends,
And delete all addresses you see from previous sends.
That will keep us safer from those who stalk and spam,
And ensure our friends and neighbors don't end up in a jam.

If you have some questions relating to this chore,
Just send to me an email and I will tell you more.
Thank you for your reading this poem and my request.
I think you will agree that "Bcc" is always best.

Judy Madnick
Copyright 2009


Please note that I rely upon the Albany Times Union and input from other alumni for this information, so if you become aware of someone who has passed away, please let me know. If a name is underlined, it represents a link to the obituary. Many obituaries are available free for a limited time only.

Helene S. Hohenstein, mother of Suzanne HOHENSTEIN Charles, '67, and Rosalind HOHENSTEIN Conway, '69, passed away on June 27, 2011.

Stella B. Levitt, mother of Sandra LEVITT Mann, '64, and Robert LEVITT, '70, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2011.

Thanks to all of you for your interest in Milne Alumni activities.

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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