What is one day you remember as a student at PDS/USN? Was there a time which was entertaining, interesting, edifying, or simply fun? We’re looking for your stories.
Our ninth grade students are continuing to capture narratives of our alums during their time at PDS/USN, and they’ll like to interview you. We’d love to hear any memories you can share. As part of our Centennial celebration, we will be displaying narratives for all of us to read and enjoy during the month of May, and we’ll be posting stories online.
Maybe you have a certain memory of your time during the chaotic 70’s. Maybe you were a student here during the Transition in 1975. Maybe you are one of our sports stars or managers, a thespian or technician, a writer for the newspaper or literary magazine, an artist or illustrator. Maybe you helped paint Myles Maillee mural, or maybe you recall dissecting that pig in biology before we had air conditioning. Did you travel afar with People to People or one of our exchange programs, or were you one of our exchange students? Perhaps you studied Architectural Design with Mr. Ralph or enjoyed Mrs. Ralph’s cinnamon rolls when the cafeteria was up on the top floor.
Maybe you recall spending hours at Scarritt during the bomb threats of the ‘80’s or hiding in the stairwell during the tornado of 1998? Maybe you played basketball on the buckled floor at Wesley Hall or hit a tennis ball over the fence onto 21st when the tennis courts were there. Or perhaps you have an amusing anecdote about a project or group presentation.
Whatever it is, we’d love for you to share.
We welcome all memories, whimsical or serious, large or small. We’d love to talk with you. Our students are excited about learning more about our school and the days of yore. Enjoy the narrative about naming the school, written by A. J. Dykens-Hodapp ’17 and told by Rob Laird '86. Then pick up the phone and volunteer to share your story.
If you are willing to have a student contact you for an interview, please contact Betty (Pearson) White (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the alumni office (email@example.com). Interviews may be handled by email, phone, or in person. In only a few minutes of your time, you can make someone else smile and remember.
Jackie Hyman ’67, writing as Jacqueline Diamond, has published 100 novels, including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, fantasy, mystery and Regency historical romance.
A two-time finalist for the Rita Award, Jackie received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and is a former reporter and TV columnist for the Associated Press. In addition to updating and reissuing her novels as ebooks, Jackie writes the Safe Harbor Medical miniseries for Harlequin American Romance. Sign up for her free monthly newsletter at her website, jacquelinediamond.com, and say hello at her Facebook site, JacquelineDiamondAuthor. On Twitter, she’s @jacquediamond.
As I walked in the front doors on 19th Avenue the other day, I started thinking about what has changed since I was a student here. The students travel the halls just as we did in the 70’s although book bags are even a little lighter due to textbooks in digital version. The teachers are teaching in the same thoughtful and engaging way, and K-12 students mingle effortlessly with each other.
Calling all book lovers, bookdealers, music fans, gamers, and bargain hunters: USN's Fall Book Frenzy is a sale of thousands of used books for children and adults, as well as DVDs, CDs, and games (board and electronic). All are priced 50 cents to $2!
While home in Nashville celebrating her tenth high school reunion, Rosie Siman '04 took time out to speak to Lesley Patterson-Marx's Contemporary Practices in Visual Arts class. In addition to sitting in on her class time, we asked Rosie some questions about art, her time at USN, and her career.
You can watch Rosie in action by viewing any of the clips attached to this article. You can view her presentation here.
This year, USN's Evening Classes turned twenty-one. That means USN has offered the Nashville community quality courses, tours, and educational opportunities for more than two decades. From its inception, Evening Classes proceeds have benefitted K-12 need-based scholarships at University School of Nashville.
We know you all are just as excited as we are that USN/PDS will turn one hundred next year. Check out our calendar of events and make plans now to attend these events with your classmates, family, and school friends.
The stars of this year's Music Night on Edgehill are none other than BIG & RICH. The world famous country music duo will be rocking out our sweet little stage (where perhaps you yourself have performed) on February 16, 2014.
Your Alumni Board members want you to try USN's Alumni App. They've created this helpful video that shows you how easy and useful the app is. You can download the free USN Alumni App for Apple or Android devices. You need to have an email on file with the school in order to use the app.
The first question most everyone asks when I say I’ve been living in Korea is, “What’s it like?” Sometimes I get “Really?!… are you in North or South Korea?” More often than not, both groups know little about either side of the small peninsula I’ve called home for past three years. To be honest, I didn’t know much about this Land of Morning Calm before hopping on a plane. I’ve learned a decent amount about what’s gone on here since before the country was split during President Truman’s administration but I’d like to share some of my personal experience so you can know what it is like to work, eat and be unable to escape Gangnam Style.
I have been a trivia buff for my entire life, even during my time at USN. I represented USN in the state Geography Bee in 8th grade, joined the Quiz Bowl team the next year as the only freshman and the only girl on the team, and became captain of what had become a very successful team during my junior year. Naturally, I have been a lifelong Jeopardy! watcher, and I had always dreamed about competing on the show and meeting Alex Trebek. But until the day I arrived at Sony Studios in Los Angeles for my taping on October 9, 2013, I never thought it would happen to me.
Did you know that each year USN's parent volunteer group, USNA, holds one-evening-long evening classes as a fundraiser for USN's Scholarship Fund? This year, a great group of alumni have volunteered their time to lead USN Evening Classes.
Will McLemore '94 recently talked with Jesse. An Interview with Jesse Fleisher
After years afield, Jesse Fleisher has returned to Middle Tennessee to "settle down." (I'll believe it when I see it.) He and his wife, Athena, have just purchased a 55 acre farm in the Maury County community of Fly. Grand plans to develop the tract into a training center for effective participation in international NGOs and nonprofits and a model farm for a type of farming known as permaculture are underway.
Former USN teacher Polly Fields, who passed away last month, made quite an impact on a number of her students. Recently they gathered to honor her through a memorial gift to USN's history department, sharing personal memories of one of their favorite teachers.
More than $1.2 million in support of USN students and teachers--that's something to celebrate.
USN's Annual Fund fuels every aspect of a remarkable student-centered educational experience. By directly supporting the life of the school each year, it allows us to say yes to exciting opportunities for our students. We're grateful for your gift to USN's 2012-2013 Annual Fund.
We're grateful for your support of University School of Nashville.
Did you attend the Junior/Senior prom the year it made its return to the USN auditorium?Did you buy an item in the first ever Freshman Class Auction? Did you visit the library the day every book was reversed so that the spines faced inward?Dillon Goodson, the Senior Class President of the Class of 2007, was part of creating these legacies (and legends) during his years at USN.If you remember these achievements (and exploits), you might be wondering where Dillon Goodson has made his mark since high school.
We all remember summer reading lists, and each year USN's lists are among the most popular items we include in the newsletter. We hope these lists will bring back memories of being a student and inspire reading choices during the slow days of summer.
Every year USN’s Music Night turns the auditorium stage into the center of Music City. This year, with Shooter Jennings ’97 and Gabe Dixon ’96 as our first ever alumni headliners, it was also a homecoming.
PDS and USN alumni events this year have included dinners in Atlanta, Knoxville, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. There were also a party for young alumni and an alumni basketball game here in Nashville as well as a reception in Washington, DC.
See which PDS and USN alumni have been in the news. If you or an alumnus/a you know were recently in the news, let us know. In addition to media coverage, we would love to feature items such as upcoming performances, award nominations, book publications, and life events.
Ann Meador Shayne '81, author of Bowling Avenue, and Chris Chamberlain '85, author of The Southern Foodie, will read from their latest books and sign copies at 7:00 p.m. in USN's Hassenfeld Library on November 8.
Henry Gottfried '09 appears in Pokerface, a play by John Holleman (former USN teacher and father of Maggie Jones '07) being performed at Nashville's Darkhorse Theater July 5, 6 & 7, and July 12, 13 and 14.
USN's dance department has grown tremendously over the years, both in raw numbers and programming. Alumni dancers returning to campus have played no small part in this. We spoke with Dance teacher Mindy Congleton as well as alumni dancers Julia Garrison, Jesse White, and Caitlin Del Casino, all class of 2008. You can see excerpts from the videos below. The full videos of each interview are in the Alumni Video section to the right.
This link is to an interview on German Public Radio (primarily in German) with the class of 72's Yarrott Benz, about his involvement with the creation of the now ubiquitous red ribbon as a symbol of the fight against AIDS.
Yarrott was involved with the New York City organization Visual AIDS which came together to demonstrate the devastating impact of AIDS on those in the arts. They were first in the news in 1987 with their Day Without Art project, in which most of the major museums in the U.S. shrouded a piece of art for on December 1, World AIDS Day. Yarrott organized and chaired their project, Night Without Light in 1990, in which the skyline Manhattan was dimmed for fifteen minutes on that day. Afterwards, he and six others gathered in 1991 to “devise a symbol that people could wear to make AIDS undeniable-- in a country that was doing everything it could to avoid the subject-- and to make the person across from you instantly know that you stood in solidarity with people with AIDS." They came up with the now famous red ribbon, which was introduced to the public for the first time by actor Jeremy Irons hosting the Tony Awards that year. Within a year, an American stamp had been made of the symbol.
Colley “Terry” Cobb ’61, now a jazz playing, competitively sailing neurosurgeon, only has one clear memory from his nursery school days at PDS. “I can remember finger-painting and being picked on by a large aggressive girl.”