23 May 2010
Dear Friends & Relatives,
Our apologies for a delayed family update. We've been so busy living our lives we didn't take the chance to update you. The occasion of Hannah's High School Prom provided the pictures and the impetus to take corrective action.
Much has happened since our last update. We will focus on the highlights.
Jessica is just about to finish her sophomore year at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She is majoring in Mathematics, is a Union Scholar and is thriving academically. She is really happy and very involved in her sorority (Sigma Delta Tau), Hillel, tutoring Calculus, the Gatekeeper Honorary Society (campus tours) and her athletic passion; both indoor (Winter) and outdoor (Spring) track and field. She generally competes in four to six events including long-jump and relays but her specialty is pole vault. She just presented her sophomore research on Food Cultures Around the World at Union's 20th Annual Steinmetz Symposium. Jess will be studying in Athens for the upcoming Fall Semester. The photos below (bottom row) were taken on May 15 at Jess's sorority formal.
Hannah is about to graduate from high school. This coming fall she is off to Chicago and Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Hannah was recruited as a NCAA Division I diver by Northwestern. She is thrilled to become a Wildcat and to dive in the Big 10 League. Hannah is a very devoted diver, often getting up at 5:00 am to practice before school and again after school, 5 or six days a week. Division I athletics should not be a big adjustment for her. She is currently completing her Senior English class independent study project on the Yiddish Language. She has spent time over the past several months familiarizing herself with the history of the language and the people who speak it. She has conducted interviews with current Yiddish speakers and recently exposed her classmates and teacher to Klezmer music. Hannah has surrounded herself with a wonderful group of friends and is generally enjoying the benefits (and academic apathy) typical of a graduating high school senior. As you might guess, the photos below were taken pre-prom on May 21.
Susan's and my big news is that we have bought ourselves a small, one-bedroom co-op apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is located two blocks from Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (not to mention all sorts of other wonderful New York City locations and restaurants) and two blocks from the subway, a phenomenal location. Lately, Gary has been using the apartment when he has late meetings or dinners in the city but after Hannah and Jess leave in the fall and we are officially “empty nesters” our plan is for both of us to use it two or three days a week.
has spent this past year as President of the Parent's Association Board of Hannah's Diving team. It has been a great way for her to stay close to Hannah and to her coaches and to work closely with the dedicated parents on the team. She has also started her own business called The Closet Curator (www.closetcurator.com
) to help women eliminate their outdated garments, update their wardrobe and define their style. She has several very happy (and well dressed) clients and is doing a fantastic job of getting the word out on her new venture. You can follow Susan on Twitter @ClosetCurator or go to www.twitter.com/ClosetCurator.
is Founting Partner & Chief Executive Officer of Buyology Inc. (www.buyologyinc.com
). Working with Martin Lindstrom, a 2009 recipient of TIME Magazine's “World's Most Influential People,” and Donna Sturgess who capped her 25-year career at GlaxoSmithKline as the Global Head of Innovation. Buyology is committed to enhancing marketing's and the marketer's ability to drive transformational growth by rigorously revealing and leveraging the 85% of human decision making that operates at the non-conscious level. Buyology is funded, no small accomplishment during the great recession, and has served several leading global food, household products, media, consumer electronics, technology, and healthcare companies. Gary continues to teach several classes a year at Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University and Fordham and remains a member of the Steering Committee of Chicago Booth's Kilts Center for Marketing.
We hope that all is well with you and that we will have the opportunity to catch up more personally over the course of the remainder of 2010.
The Singer Family