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2020

  • April

    Distinguished Alumni for 2020, Mike Acheson '80 and Selma Blair '90

    Milestone Celebrations for Reunion 2020 Postponed

    Fellow Alumni,
     
    I want to extend my support to all members of our alumni community who are or have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. Our network of alumni around the world are important to us and we are thinking about everyone's health and well-being.
     
    In light of safety measures being taken to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan and across the U.S., we have made the difficult decision to cancel Reunion 2020, originally scheduled for June 5-6-7. Reunion typically brings 800-1000 alumni and guests back to Cranbrook’s campus. We believe hosting such a large-scale gathering with participants from around the globe would place the health of those participants at high risk.
     
    Milestone class reunions scheduled for 2020 will be postponed and celebrated during Reunion Weekend 2021 on June 11-12-13. Celebrating reunion classes ending in 0s and 5s along with next year’s milestone classes ending with 1s and 6s will certainly provide for a spirited weekend on campus in 2021. We will be reaching out for reunion planning support from alumni in these classes in the fall.
     
    This spring we will find creative ways to honor our Distinguished Alumni for 2020, Selma Blair ’90 and Mike Acheson ’80 and to mark the 50th anniversaries of science faculty members Russ Conner and Randy Tufts and the 40th anniversary of performing arts instructor Katie Lorts. The Schools’ current administration is still considering how to best honor the graduating seniors – the class of 2020 – and whether Commencement exercises in any form might be held this June.
     
    I hope you have had a chance to read the update Director of Schools Aimeclaire Roche sent to all alumni. It comes as no surprise that the leading inquiry our team has received thus far from our alumni pertains to the welfare of our students. The upcoming issue of Tradition will provide more information on life at the schools during the pandemic and ways in which our alumni can provide support. It is inspiring to see our faculty and students working together within the constraints created by the health crisis and rising to the challenges it presents.
     
    Our bonds as a community are more important than ever. We continue to work to keep alumni connected, and invite you to share stories of ways in which you and your classmates are coping and supporting each other by emailing alumni@cranbrook.edu. In the midst of all of the challenges we are facing it has been heartening to hear stories of ways in which our alumni are making a difference, from the vital work of our alumni in healthcare and research, to smaller acts of checking in on isolated neighbors.
     
    Our Cranbrook Schools advancement team staff will be working remotely until restrictions are lifted in Michigan. We will continue to monitor this unprecedented situation and respond in a manner that keeps the health and well-being of our community a top priority. We look forward to the day when we are all able to come together on our beautiful campus to celebrate our community of Cranbrook Kingswood alumni and friends. Until then, take care of yourself and please stay in touch — via email, on our website and through our social media channels
     
    With gratitude for our alumni community and for your support,
     
     
    Susan Aikens Post ‘78
    Cranbrook Schools’ Director of Alumni Relations
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  • Selma Blair '90 and Michael Acheson '80 named Distinguished Alumni 2020

    Each spring, the Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumna and alumnus who has brought honor and distinction to herself/himself and to Cranbrook Kingswood through career achievement, public service or contributions in other areas. This year’s recipients serve as inspiration to all in the talents and passions they bring not only to their careers, but in the active role they take in the social causes in which they are involved. Actress Selma Blair ’90 and investment entrepreneur Michael Acheson ’80 have been named our Distinguished Alumni for 2020.

    Actress Selma Blair has been a familiar face on screens both large and small for more than two decades with roles in more than 50 films (Hellboy, Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde and Storytelling) and more than 30 TV series (Anger Management and American Crime Story). After earning a degree in photography from the University of Michigan, Blair went to New York to pursue a career behind the camera. Instead, a series of acting classes resulted in her discovery by an agent and launched her career as a performer. Blair also has held a lifelong interest in fashion and considers her work alongside legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld a highlight of her career. Following a 2018 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, Blair has helped raise awareness surrounding the illness and is continuing to pursue a range of creative projects.

    A venture capitalist and committed philanthropist, Michael Acheson goes all in on the programs he supports. For more than 20 years, he has served as managing director of Interlaken Capital LLC, a private investment firm he launched to help fledgling firms in all aspects of corporate development. As a board member and donor, he has applied his business acumen to assist numerous nonprofit organizations throughout southeastern Michigan, focusing primarily on programs that help underprivileged children in Detroit. These include Math Corps, which empowers children through mathematics, as well as City Year, Detroit Public Television, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Cranbrook Schools and Cranbrook Institute of Science. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
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  • February

    CKAA hosts Alumni Event at CIS

    On Sunday March 8 from 4:40-6:30pm, the Cranbrook Kingswood Alumni Association hosts an alumni takover at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Mingle with fellow alumni and their guests, explore all of the exhibits including "Robot Revolution," and enjoy pizza and refreshments. Alumni are invited to come and bring family members, children, grandchildren, robot fans of any age, a fellow alum or a date.It will be fun to check out the exhibits with alumni groups of all ages and compositions.The CKAA will keep everyone fueled up with pizza, salad and dessert.Please reach out to fellow alumni who might be interested in joining! RSVP to Madison Sanders at msanders@cranbrook.edu or call (248) 645-3132. There is no charge for tickets, but space is limited so let us know how many are in your group.
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  • March 5 - Colorado Regional Alumni Event

    On Thursday, March 5, from 5:30-8pm Denver-area alumni and guests are invited to gather at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver. Aimeclaire Roche, Director of Schools and Charlie Shaw, Director of Stewardship will be on hand to greet alumni. You will have a chance to meet Cranbrook Schools' new Director of Advancement, Harold Brown. The event is hosted by Cranbrook Schools and the directors of the Colorado Cranbrook Regional Alumni Network (CRAN) Gregg Barker '80, Meg Richard Ferron '92, Missy Christie DeKoning '80 and Betsy Rumely '72. Denver alumni will get a few updates on the schools and have a chance to mingle with fellow alumni and enjoy cocktails and appetizers. To reserve space, email alumni@cranbrook.edu. If you have questions, call Madison Sanders at (248) 645-3613. For photos of past regional alumni network events and other alumni events, click here.
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