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Alumni connect at regional events in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Since the start of the new year, Cranbrook Regional Alumni Networks (CRAN) across the country have been building community, and regathering, in some cases after several years hiatus due to the pandemic. In January and February, events took place in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, bringing together generations of Cranbrook Kingswood alumni, spanning from the 60’s through to the 2020s.
 
On January 22, Austin-area alumni gathered at The Well in the 2nd Street District and shared with staff that traveled the growth that has taken place in their city over the last several years. A huge hub for the tech industry has brought many of our alumni there.  Some alumni relocated from California, some are new to the area, and others have been there for several years or decades. The alumni that came out for the event are ready to plan the next one and excited to meet more area alumni.

That same week, on January 24, Chicagoland CK and HUB alumni gathered at The Tavern Club, situated at the corner of two of Chicago’s most recognizable streets, Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue. Special guests were Director of Schools Dr. Jeff Suzik, and Director of Horizons-Upward Bound Lisa Smoots.

On February 3, the Southern California regional alumni network gathered at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, building off last year’s event at the LACMA Museum. Director of Schools Dr. Jeff Suzik provided guests with an update from campus and shared the new mission statement for Cranbrook Schools. This group brings the energy and ready for the next gathering!

Finishing out the week in California, on February 5 the Northern California CRAN Event took place at Miller & Lux in San Francisco with an impressive showing of CK alumni! Alumni heard updates from Director of Schools Dr. Jeff Suzik and connected for the first time as a community in over 5 years. Alumni gathered in the Bar and Lounge to enjoy good food and conversation.

If you’re interested in future CRAN events and programming, or becoming more involved on a CRAN committee, contact Mackenzie Friedman, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at mfriedman@cranbrook.edu for more information. Send along your current address, as invitations to regional events are sent to alumni by the mailing address listed in our alumni database. Let us know where you live so you can take advantage of the CK network in your area!

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    • Anand Parikh '04, Leila Kalley, Michele LoDuca and Dan Valbracht, all '05 in Austin

    • Emily Harvey '16, Zach Feldman '13, Greg Aikens '16 and Alex Relle '16 in Chicago

    • Maya Ganguly '98, Eric Rothfeder '98 and Laura Demanski '86 in Chicago

    • Susan Iskiwitch and Meredith Gannes Alves, both '03, Kelsey Zukowski '07, Rob Edwards '81, Elyse Cantor '08 and David Baxter '81 in Los Angeles

    • Seran Kim Chen '94 with David Chen '93 and Katie McCann '92 in San Francisco

    • Adam Wells, Sefora Armstead and Amanda Orley, all '09 in San Francisco