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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of December 7, 2019

December 10, 2019 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of December 7, 2019:

  • Durham, NC Mayor Pro Tem Jillian Johnson (’99) is building affordable housing on her property.  “I’m just happy to be in a position to do it,” she said.
  • UVA Law profiled Christopher Benos (’14), who released his third album of piano music in November.  “Music is about stories for me. When I look at poetry, when I look at art, when I look at landscapes, I find a lot of inspiration. And I think Charlottesville, as a community, has so many stories that can easily be told and put into music.”
  • The Washington Post talked to bestselling author Jenny Han (’98) about self-care, creativity, and baking.  She also appeared on The Today Show to give her book recommendations for the holiday season.
  • Forbes spoke with Bailey Thomson Blake (’06), Chief of Schools at SPARK Schools, about creating affordable, innovative educational opportunities for South African children based on the shared values of service, persistence, achievement, responsibility, and kindness.
  • Ubongo, founded by Nisha Ligon (’04), is one of the organizations that make up PlayMatters, a consortium that just received a $100 million grant from the Lego Foundation. The grant will support their work with young children affected by the refugee crises in East Africa and plans to reach 10,000 pre-primary and primary school teachers and educators and 170,000 primary caregivers.
  • Thanks to Abbey O’Farrell (’12) for doing our third alumni takeover of @gsgisfoundation on Instagram!
  • The annual Alumni Holiday Party is scheduled for 12/26 from 5-7 PM at The Veil.  Pass it on!

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