Alumni News

List of 20 news stories.

  • Class Notes May 2015

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  • Jim Coddington '70

    Distinguished Alumni Gather for Discussion

    Four PDS and USN graduates who have been honored in past years as our Distinguished Alumni will gather on May 2 at University School for a wide-ranging panel discussion.
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  • Michael Puett at Convocation 2012

    Michael Puett '82, 2012 Distinguished Alumnus, to Speak April 30

    Michael Puett '82, the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History at Harvard University, will talk at 4:30 on Thursday, April 30 in the Payne Libary Room at USN.
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  • Sam Perlen '14, Globetrotter for BBYO

    Here is what Sam had to say about his role as International President of BBYO, the Jewish youth organization, this year.
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  • Give Back Challenge Exceeds Goal

    by Sam Jackson, Annual Fund director

    It was an incredible 36 hours with one goal: for 100 alumni show their support of this school and honor their favorite teachers and coaches along the way.
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  • Bailey Conner '13

    Class Notes: April 2015

    Here are your fellow Tigers making headlines this month.
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  • Send in your Gil Chilton Memories!

    Sibley Edwards Kelly '91 and Sarah Batey Ice '96
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  • Breaking News: GB Challenge Update

    An alum from our 50th reunion class has challenged YOU to make a gift of $5 or more during our 36-Hour Give Back Challenge.
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  • Class Notes: March 2015

    Here are your fellow USN/PDS alumni making headlines this month.
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  • Jim Coddington '70

    Four Distinguished Alumni Come Home for Centennial Birthday Speaker Panel

    Please join us at noon on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for a special speaker panel featuring four of USN/PDS's Distinguished Alumni. 

    Distinguished Alumnus of 2003, Jim Coddington '70Agnes Gund Chief Conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY. 

    Distinguished Alumna of 2005, Amy Kurland '73, founder of the famed Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, pioneering contributor to the vitality of music in Nashville. 

    Distinguished Alumnus of 2010, Greg Downs '89award-winning fiction writer, historian, and City College of New York CUNY professor.

    Distinguished Alumnus of 2011, Gideon Yu '89tech entrepreneur and past CFO at Facebook and Youtube, and former President of the San Francisco 49ers.

    This event is free and open to the public. 
  • Make Your Alma Mater Matter

    Tory Sally Fitzgibbon '86
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  • New Exhibit to Honor Christine Slayden Tibbott

    Please join alumni, family, and friends for an opening reception of a special gallery exhibit.


    Friday, April 10, 2015
    5:00 - 7:00 PM
    Christine Slayden Tibbott Visual Arts Center
    University School of Nashville

    Enjoy refreshments and visit with one of USN/PDS's most beloved teachers, Chris Tibbott.
  • 2013 Alumni Collaborate on Children's Book/Album

    Britt McCauley
    Bryard Huggins '13 & Alexandria Churchwell '13 recently collaborated on a children's book album together. We caught up with these two talented alumni and asked them about their project.
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  • Hrant Arakelian '97 in Nashville Lifestyles magazine.

    Class Notes - February 2015

    Here are your fellow Tigers making headlines this week.
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  • Decade Facebook Groups Created for Centennial Reunion

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  • Alexander Dykens-Hodapp '17

    Centennial Writing Project - Part II

    Betty Pearson White
    A Story to Tell
    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 ( or the alumni office (  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.
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  • Is Piper Jones '08 your next #AmericanIdol?

    Class Notes: January 2015

    Here are your fellow Tigers making headlines this month.
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  • Jackie Diamond Hyman '67 today.

    Jackie "Diamond" Hyman '67

    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,, and say hello at her Facebook site, JacquelineDiamondAuthor. On Twitter, she’s @jacquediamond.
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  • Students in the high school’s two Advanced Placement Environmental Science classes analyzed data from the solar panels at the River Campus that were installed in 2012 thanks to a challenge grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. Matching this $50,000 grant with new gifts totaling $50,000 provided the funds for the solar equipment and their installation costs.

    Think Green

    Dana Morris Strupp '77
    Is this the PDS/USN you remember?
    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.
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    Evan Sussman '99 is Your Hero4Hire

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