following classes are having reunions during the 4th of July
weekend this year. Please click your class year to see your
reunion page. THANK YOU to the alums who have volunteered to
chair their class reunions this year!
SCHOOL STORE OPEN DURING UA ALUMNI DAY ON JULY 3!
is a special treat in store for all alumni on Sunday, July
3 during UA Alumni Day at UAHS.
Essentials, the school store at UAHS, will be open from
noon to 4:00 pm. You can find great Golden Bear apparel
and accessories here. Once a Golden Bear ... always a Golden
Bear! And remember that Bear Essentials merchandise makes
and shop the best selection of all things UA, sizes infant
to adult. The store accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard,
and Discover. From the main doors on Ridgeview, the store
is to the left directly down the hall.
Day is a wonderful time to reflect on our Military Alums and
the many ways in which they have selflessly served our country
and all Americans.
haven't visited the Military
Alums page of Bearalums.com recently, please stop
by and see why we are so very proud of our Golden Bears who
went on to join the Armed Forces and bravely serve our country
through the decades.
to receive submissions of names and information, and hope
to make our list as complete as possible.
have served, or are currently serving in the service, please
visit this page and complete the form, so that we can
add your name, branch of service, and experience to this important
page of our alumni web site! Thank you to all our Military
CIVIC ASSOCIATION 4TH OF JULY PARADE AND PARTY IN THE PARK
loves the Upper Arlington 4th of July parade! The
UA Civic Association (UACA) works hard to ensure that
every year, those who participate in or watch the parade have
a fun and memorable experience.
year's parade, look for your friends on their class reunion
floats and watch for signs for our Outstanding and Distinguished
at 5:00 pm on the 4th of July, UACA invites everyone to gather
at Northam Park for Party in the Park. You can reserve
a table, or you can bring your blankets and find a place
on the ground to enjoy dinner and the fireworks.
YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THE GOLDEN BEAR ROCK FEST!
YOU to all our Rock Fest sponsors and attendees who made the
2016 event a huge success!
enjoyed music by Temple Monkey and The Majestics,
and were thrilled to have an opportunity to honor four of
our outstanding former UAHS coaches: Neal Billman, Pete
Corey, Dick Fryman, and Dale Hartney.
from the Golden Bear Rock Fest enable the UA Alumni Association
to continue to provide services and products to our broad
base of alumni, including:
housing of our database of more than 36,000 alumni names,
graduation years, and contact information
housing of our database of more than 16,000 alumni names and
of our Bearalums.com
of our Bearalums.com web site and registration of our domain
of our GoldenBearRockFest.com
web site and registration of our domain name
and emailing of our Traditions
costs associated with mailing labels for reunion
classes each year
associated with the Block Party (in previous years) and this
year's UA Alumni
Day Open House.
WOULD YOUU LIKE TO SEE US HONOR NEXT YEAR?
already thinking about possible honorees for the 2017 Golden
Bear Rock Fest, which will be held next spring. Is there someone
special (administration, faculty, staff or coaches) whom you'd
like to see us celebrate? If so, please complete
this online form and we will consider them!
UP ON CLASSMATES' NAMES AND FACES BEFORE YOUR REUNION!
you lost your Norwester yearbook? Do you wish you could
look through it before your class reunion to refresh your
memory about your classmates?
of the library's agreement with the schools, there will always
be a ten-year delay for any yearbooks presented online. Digitization
of the pages took nearly two years to complete, and is ongoing
since a new volume will be added each year.
is searchable by keyword or exact phrase, which makes
it easy to find friends and family. In addition, most of the
yearbooks after 1969 included an index near the end of the
book, which can be used as a further finding aid. Browsing
is also encouraged, and a navigation panel listing sections,
such as sports, clubs, seniors, underclassmen, or faculty
is provided for each yearbook.
present an invaluable picture of Upper Arlington's educational
system and the community over eight decades, and each book
serves as a virtual time capsule of daily life at that time.
The yearbook collection is an important resource for Upper
Arlington High School alumni, genealogical researchers, history
buffs, and anyone interested in Central Ohio's past.
Arlington High School's first graduation was held in 1925,
so today - just ten years shy of the centennial class - is
an opportune time to start planning for this important milestone
and kick off a program that will commemorate 100 years of
in this club begins as soon as donors fill out a 10-year pledge
card for their gift to the UAEF's
Unrestricted General Fund. Members
will be included in all UAEF publications and on our Web site.
the Upper Arlington Schools were founded, an outstanding Golden
Bear education has always been a priority for our community
and a gift to our children. While
the cost of education rises and governmental funding decreases,
the UA Schools depend on donors like you to help continue
GOLDEN BEAR APRONS TO BENEFIT KIP GRENHILL SCHOLARSHIP
Arlington High School PTO has established a scholarship fund
in retired principal Kip Greenhill's name. Each year The
Kip Greenhill Scholarship Fund provides an college scholarship
for a deserving UAHS graduating senior. The scholarship is
awarded during the school's
Senior Honors Assembly in the spring.
wife, Katy Greenhill, is offering handmade aprons for
sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Scholarship
Fund. Katy beautifully hand crafts each apron with a UA Golden
are available for both adults and children, and the adult
aprons are available in a traditional bib style or a wraparound
variety with pockets. All aprons are adjustable.
punched their tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic
Games as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials for Rowing
came to a close Sunday in Sarasota, Florida. The first seven
rowers on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team were determined, as well
as the first two on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team. An additional
two boats (three athletes) who won at the trials will travel
to Lucerne, Switzerland, next month to qualify the quota spot
for their boats at the Games.
off the starting line was mens arms and shoulders single
sculls, where Blake Haxton (UAHS '09) earned his first
Paralympic Games berth, defeating Robbie Blevins in a time
of 4:57.56. Haxton will makes his third major international
appearance after placing fourth and fifth at the last two
world championships. A successful able-bodied rower in high
school, he lost his legs to amputation after he suffering
a flesh-eating bacteria infection. He will return home to
Columbus, Ohio, to take his law school finals at Ohio State
University before heading to Rio.
WEEKLY MAGAZINE STORY ABOUT ABBY JOHNSTON '08 AND
Weekly Magazine: June 7, 2016 How Taylor Swift Helped Olympic Diver Abby Johnston After
the London Games
training for the London Olympics, Abby Johnston '08
listened to a lot of Taylor Swift. The music must have been
motivating, because the diver nabbed a silver medal in synchronized
diving with partner Kelci Bryant at the 2012 Games.
to real life, however, Johnston admits it wasnt easy
to transition from Olympian to college student at Duke University.
fall, it was a really, really tough transition coming back
from the Olympics, going back to school all my friends
had graduated, and I was graduating a year later. It was a
weird vibe on campus, the athlete, now 26, tells Us
Weekly. At the time, still in a funk and approaching her
23rd birthday on November 16, Johnston just wasnt into
celebrating. Her mom, Elaine, was worried and went to visit
her daughter. She said, Were going to make
this the best birthday, Johnston explains.
my mom came down, went into Walgreens and was like, Is
there any way I could borrow this cutout of Taylor Swift for
my daughters birthday? the medical student
recalls, noting that Swift had just released her 2012 album,
manager was like, Sure, thats kind of hilarious.
I got out of class and Taylor was standing on the side of
my car. And we took her out with us! We took her to Krispy
Kreme, we went to bars everyone thought it was hilarious!
They were like, Can we buy Taylor a drink?"
cheering Johnston up, the cutout now mostly stays in her apartment.
My complex has a pool, and Taylor looks out on the pool
and people are like, Taylor is in the window!
People think its really funny. They love to borrow it!
Johnston says. Theyre like, I have this
thing, Im doing this video thing for school, is there
any way I can bring Taylor?"
Olympians interactions with Swift arent limited
to the cardboard cutout. Johnston sneaked in a meeting with
the Wildest Dreams singer during a concert stop
on her Red tour in Charlotte. This kid called and pretended
to be my agent and arranged a meet-and-greet with Taylor and
I, Johnston explains. I dont even have an
agent! But he did it! So then they invited me to go backstage
and meet her before."
visited our Bearalums.com Alumni
Web sites page lately? Many of our alums have sent in
the addresses of their personal or company sites, and we've
linked to each of them. They are organized by graduation year.
People like to do business with people they know and trust,
and it's interesting and fun to look through these Web sites
to find out what kinds of businesses, organizations, and hobbies
our fellow UAHS grads are involved in and enjoy.
LIKE TO HELP ALUMS PROMOTE THEIR WEB SITES!
few months, we will feature several of these Alumni Web sites.
If you would like for us to link
to your Web site, please
complete this form and we will add you! You could be featured
theory of art has been to do it when you can and have fun. I
have graphic and design degrees, and I've spent years in the
real world making a living while doing art as much as life will
allow. Finally time allows my focus to be on art, and worrying
less about making it in the real world. So I'm having fun, and
I hope it shows and that you'd like to own a little piece of
it. Please enjoy bringing into your home or office an oil or
acrylic painting, or an oil pastel drawing. They are meant to
bring interest and pleasure to your life.
an adventurer at heart, a photographer by trade, and a storyteller
and people watcher. I specialize in photographing the LOVE between
couples. I encourage my couples to tap into their own special
brand of creativity, it's even highly encouraged! This is the
stuff that makes me super excited and ultimately why I became
a photographer in the first place. I feel truly touched anytime
someone contacts me to photograph their wedding day. It means
that there is a couple out there who thinks I'm worthy of capturing
the most kick ass day of their life. It's truly an honor and
I feel so lucky! Plus I get to meet amazing and inspiring couples
all the time.
newsletter, Traditions, is UAAA's way of connecting
our alums and passing along all kinds of interesting news.
We invite you to send
us any news about your own life so that we can share it
with other grads.
complete this "News Item" form. We
welcome photos to accompany your story, and the pictures will
be used on the Announcements page of Bearalums.com rather
than in the newsletter (we are keeping Traditions text-only
for fast loading and readability even on your phone!).
- we love to hear about what's happening in your life, whether
it is related to education, marriage, family, relocation,
career accomplishments, or anything else! Thank
you for helping us keep our newsletter interesting and fun
with your input!
Ezell '69 retired in March from his 23-year OB/GYN medical
practice in Billings, Montana.
that he delivered between 4,000 and 5,000 babies during his
career. One of Ezells main focuses was fertility. He
said that he dedicated about a third of his time toward helping
families find ways to conceive.
helped to form the Mid Life Chryslers, a Billings band
for which he plays piano, bass, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica
and plans to continue playing. Ezell also produces the Strings
and Things weekly bluegrass broadcast on Yellowstone Public
Radio. Ezell is looking forward to spending more time with
his two grown children and grandchildren.
Isabel Geupel '70 and her husband, John, recently
celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary!
in 1970 and moved to Colorado and then Alaska, where they
built log homes. Eventually they moved back to Ohio, where
John became vice-president of Geupel Construction Co. Paula
and John then moved to Arizona in 1986. Al;though they moved
back to Alaska in 1996, they kept the home in Arizona. John
retired in 1991 and the couple has traveled and played golf
ever since. They have one son, Abraham, and one grandson,
Cole. Life has been, and is, good.
Putnam '71 was born and raised in the shadow of the Ohio
Stadium and saw his first game there at age 5. He has published
two novels, Team
(2011) and Young Republican (2013), and two nonfiction
works, Imaginary America (1998) and Controversies
of the Sports World (1999). Doug is a graduate of Earlham
College and Wisconsin Law School.
most recent publication is Stadium. In 1920, as a university
and city combined forces to build a magnificent football stadium,
Anna Cormany's neighbor in the village of Upper Arlington
raises his voice to protest what he calls "a monument
a paperback copy of Stadium, please send your name,
address, and $16 to Douglas Putnam, 1969 Kentwell Road,
Upper Arlington OH 43221. Cash, checks made payable to
Douglas Putnam, and money orders are accepted. Sorry - no
a life changing trip to Africa, Brian Trotier and his
wife, Judy, decided to start a non-profit called One World
United to support educational and healthcare initiatives
in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Kenya.
Rouda Smith '75 is featured on the cover of the January-February,
2016 issue of Texas Realtor Magazine. She has been named Chairman
of The Texas Association
of Realtors (TAR).
of prominent realtor Harley E. Rouda, Leslie has had an interesting
career journey in real estate herself. Leslie and her husband,
Brian Smith, have two children who are also licensed realtors.
graduates of Upper Arlington High School, we share a special
bond that lasts a lifetime, and it is with sad hearts that
we announce the passing of the following UAHS alumni and faculty.
To their families and friends we extend our sincere condolences.
Peggy McBride Fornshell
UAAA MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!
NOTE: If you enjoy visiting Bearalums.com, if
you attend your reunions, and if you enjoy reading
news about your classmates and other UAHS alums
in Traditions, won't you PLEASE help support
the Upper Arlington Alumni Association with a membership
at one of the levels below? We are really working
to be able to keep our Web site free and available
to everyone, and we really do need our alums' financial
JOIN UAAA TODAY!If you are already a member,
please encourage your classmates to join.
you so much to all of you who pay dues
to the UAAA. These dues are critical to the support of our
organization. Many alums think that funding for the Alumni
Association comes from the school district. WRONG! We are
completely self-sustaining and need these dues in order
to maintain our database of nearly 30,000 graduates
and to pay the ongoing costs of maintaining our database and
running our Web site, Bearalums.com.
do not restrict access to our Web site to dues-paying members.
We enjoy making it available to EVERYONE, members or not.
However, over the past few years, we have seen our number
of dues-paying members decline. We need
YOU! Our tax-deductible dues are modest,
so it is our goal to increase membership, and we hope that
we can count on you. Membership in UAAA is available at
- 5 years
(One year free!)
We offer a payment plan for theLife
Bear Membership levels! You can commit to the level
you wish and pay it off over a 10 month period; they don't even
need to be consecutive months. We truly hope that you will help
us out at whatever level is comfortable for you, and we thank
you for your support AT ANY LEVEL!
people are online a great deal and prefer to pay with Paypal;
others prefer printing the membership form and mailing us
a check. We appreciate your dues, and we want to make it easy
for you, so please select your preferred method of payment.:
T T E N T I O N A L U M S : M
A Y W E H E A R F R O
M Y O U ?
YOUR INFORMATION UP TO DATE?
We want to make sure that everyone understands about UAAA's
two separate databases.
1: We have one database that contains the name
and graduation year of each Upper Arlington High School graduate.
This database also contains the each graduate's home address,
phone number, and other information such as the teams and
clubs to which he or she belonged. We can call on this information
when a certain group, such as a sports team, wants to have
a gathering or celebration.
Although our society certainly has moved toward electronic
communication, we still encourage our reunion coordinators
to do a general mailing to their classmates using address
labels generated from Database 1, since not every alum is
registered with an email address on Bearalums.com, and certainly
not all alums use Facebook.
2: The other database
consists of names and email addresses for Bearalums.com. Each
name and email address has to be submitted personally by the
alum, since not all grads wish to be listed in this public
forum. On the Bearalums.com web site, the email addresses
are divided by graduation year, and at the bottom of each
list is a "Lost Alumni" list, consisting
of the names of people from that class for whom we have outdated
Even if we have your email address, you will be on the Lost
list until we have updated home address information.
of our alums are already on Facebook and enjoy the social
interaction of chatting and sharing photos with friends.
has a Facebook page, too, and we hope you will visit our
page and "like" us so that you will receive notifications
of UAAA news and upcoming events. Please make UAAA a part
of your Facebook experience!
MY NAME ISN'T ON THE BEARALUMS.COM SITE ANYWHERE!
Because we respect and protect our alums' privacy, we
list names and email addresses on Bearalums.com ONLY
when they are personally submitted by the alum.
We do it this way because some people prefer not to have their
email address available on a public web site.
MY NAME IS ON THE LOST LIST, BUT I AM RIGHT HERE!
If you see your name at the bottom of your class
page as a "Lost Alum," even if you are listed in
the email section of the page, all this means is that we
don't have a current MAILING ADDRESS for you.
see someone else's name on the Lost List at the bottom of
each class page, and you know his or her location, please
let us know, or
contact that classmate and ask him or her to contact UAAA.
I GRADUATED / MOVED / GOT MARRIED / CHANGED MY NAME BACK TO
MY MAIDEN NAME
We hope you'll remember to contact
UAAA to let us know any changes in your status, your name,
your address, phone number, and email. Keeping our database
accurate is very important to us, and allows class reunion chairmen
and other school-related groups, such as athletic teams, musical
organization, to reach you when something exciting is happening.
MAINTAINING OUR TWO UAAA DATABASES
Our goal is to maintain the most complete and
accurate database that we possibly can. We are asking
for your help! And thank you to those of you who have helped
us through your membership
dues; your financial help allows us to provide the ongoing
hosting and maintenance fees of our Web site.
started Bearalums.com in 2000, we had approximately 320 email
addresses in our database; we currently have more than 13,000
alums' email addresses listed on Bearalums.com!
BANNER® ADS! SUPPORT UAAA WHILE PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS!
like to offer you the opportunity to
place an ad on one of the pages of Bearalums.com with
a link to your web site. Bearalums.com has a steady flow of
traffic throughout the year, with the highest traffic from
January through July, when alums are involved in reunion
planning and are looking up classmates and searching for reunion
information. Traffic also spikes when Traditions is
sent out (quarterly), as the newsletter contains links that
direct our alums to various pages of the web site.
BANNER® ad at the top of a Bearalums.com page will
be viewed by thousands of people each week, as we have several
hundred visitors daily. We believe that our alums value doing
business with other alums, and it's one more way we can enjoy
and benefit from the bond of being UA alums. The ads are priced
very reasonably, with DISCOUNTS for
visit our Bear
Banner Ads® page, where we have posted a chart showing
banner ad prices according to the page on which they are displayed.
Prices vary according to page traffic. Each ad will run
for three months, and requests for placement will be taken
on a first come, first serve basis. This is a cost-effective,
productive way to share your business and web site with thousands
of Upper Arlington High School alumni! While implementing
your marketing strategies, you will be supporting our UA Alumni
Association. We appreciate your help!
hope that you will make sure that we have your current postal
mailing address, phone number, and email address. Below
are the email addresses to use to send this information to
the correct person at UAAA:
update your UA Mail home address / phone number / name
Arlington Alumni Association is always looking for enthusiastic,
active alums who would like to help us with UAAA's activities.
These activities include the annual selection of Outstanding
and Distinguished Alumni, the Golden
Bear Rock Fest, and determination of content for the Bearalums.com
casual, fun, non-demanding group, and we'd love to hear from