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Built on Tradition: Join Us for Rowland Hall's 100th Candle and Carol Service

Ask older alumnae of Rowland Hall what their favorite tradition is, and many will name Candle and Carol. Modeled after the English Lessons and Carols services of the late 19th century, the Rowland Hall evening program began in 1917 as a celebration of the holiday season. Traditionally held in St. Margaret's Chapel, and later at St. Mark's Cathedral, the service includes music, scripture readings, and dances performed by students.

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Tracing our Roots Back to 1867

Rowland Hall has observed a handful of different anniversaries during the past 50 years, which has left some in the community confused about the math behind our sesquicentennial celebration. They might remember celebrating 125 years not too long ago, and wonder: how and when did 1867 become the date we cite as the school's founding?

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Six Years After Near-Fatal Rowmark Car Accident, Tenacious Hank Shipman '13 Sets Sights on Med School

Train daily for a month. Focus on even the smallest details to shave milliseconds off your time. Travel across the country to a race. Crash right out of the gate. Your weekend's over.

It's a seemingly discouraging chain of events for ski racers. But it primed Hank Shipman '13 for perseverance after a near-fatal Rowmark Ski Academy car accident April 9, 2011.

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Bonnie Phillips '60 Lives a Vibrant Life Championing Utah Artists—and the Golden Rule

Bonnie Phillips '60 and husband Denis founded the Phillips Gallery in 1965, and now it holds the title of the oldest-running commercial art gallery in the Intermountain West. Mature shade trees form a canopy over their tidy historic storefront that for 50 years has held its own against newer, bigger commercial buildings on the block. Much like its owners, it's comfortably elegant and teeming with fascinating stories.

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Celebrating the Sesquicentennial

Spontaneously breaking out into a 1955 school song on the old Avenues Campus. Hearing Rowmark Ski Academy co-founder Olle Larsson's distinctive guffaw. Dancing the night away on the McCarthey Campus. A record-breaking 1,200 community members attended Rowland Hall's Sesquicentennial Kickoff Weekend September 8-9 to celebrate—and make—school history through a series of unforgettable, hilarious, and heartwarming moments spread over six events.

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Alumna Named One of Most Influential in Pay Equity Fight
The conversation about pay inequality is as heated today as it was in 2003 when Rowland Hall alumna Susan Sparrow '04 inspired 22 other like-minded RH students to champion The Compensation Study Act. The group of organized students spent vacations and weekends collecting research and lobbying the Utah legislature, resulting in an overwhelming thumbs up on House Bill 81 in both the Utah house and senate.
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Alumni, Drones, and Multi-Copters Fuel a New Industry
The answer is found in the fast-moving technology itself and the industry springing up around it. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, uses an alphabet soup of acronyms to describe the varied and exciting potential for expanded use of the technology in domestic airspace. Nathan Hall-Snyder '08 Rowland Hall class of 2008 grads, Tyson Call and Tristan Buhler launched their full-service video production company Full Collective Media
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Former Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles '77 Finds Poetry in Science

Katharine Coles, Utah's Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2012, Guggenheim Fellow, and a University of Utah 2017 Distinguished Professor, returned to Rowland Hall for the first time since graduating in 1977 to share her fifth published collection of poems, "The Earth Is Not Flat," written under the auspices of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.

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Meet the Co-Chairs of Rowland Hall's Sesquicentennial

Meet the Borgenichts, one of Rowland Hall's celebrated four-generation families, proudly representing our legacy of academic and personal excellence in Utah. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Rowland Hall will honor its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration. Leading the charge is Sesquicentennial Committee Chair Nancy Borgenicht '60. Serving as co-chairs are Nancy's son Joe and his wife, Melanie, whose sons Eli (seventh grade) and Jonah (a junior) proudly represent the fourth generation Borgenichts. They invite you to connect, reflect, and kick up your heels with fellow Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School alumni.

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Frontier of the Mind: 1930 Alumna Remembers
Have you ever noticed the collection of haunting, primitive paintings in the west wing hallway of the Lower School building? Because the paintings often provoke questions about the artist, this seemed the perfect spot to tell the story of Phyllis Jane Luman Metal. The first thing you need to know is that she was put on a train from Rock Spring, Wyoming, in 1918, at the age of six, with a note pinned to her coat directing her to be taken to Rowland Hall.
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Meet Eleanor Wasson: A Woman Who Lit Fires
Ten years ago, Eleanor Wasson '26, reflected on her time at Rowland Hall. Three years later, she died at the age of 100. Her words about our school here are republished from the 2005 Rowland Hall Spring REVIEW and her 2008 obituary is reprinted from the Santa Cruz Mercury. She was a fascinating, well educated woman and the obituary -- an incomplete summary of a large presence -- is well worth reading. Ms. Wasson, her individuality, her passion, her depth, and commitment to helping her fellow human beings, we believe, live on and continue to represent the spirit of our school.
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