Save The Date - City Gatherings
President David Neidorf will be attending a series of regional gatherings for alumni and friends of Deep Springs this fall, which are being hosted by various alumni and members of the board of trustees. Invitations will be forthcoming, but dates are as follows:
November 9 - Boston
December 2 - Brooklyn
December 3 - Manhattan
December 6 - San Francisco
December 7 - Seattle
December 13 - Los Angeles
As we approach the 100th anniversary of Deep Springs' founding in 2017, many alumni naturally want to revisit the campus. In order to accommodate everyone's interest without overwhelming the current students, we are scheduling a series of smaller group reunions over the next four years. Please check back for announcements of future events.
Reunion of Alumni 1935--1955 -- Sept. 22-25, 2013
Deep Springs hosted a mini-reunion of alumni under sunny skies and mild temperatures. Despite some last-minute cancellations (due to illness or unexpected snow on the Sierra passes) which reduced the number of attendees, those alumni who came ranged from class of 1943--1953. One of them had not spent a night in the Valley since his student days in 1948. Activities included a tour of the lower ranch environs and the lake corrals (with a thorough description of operations from Ranch Manager Janice Hunter), probing discussions about student/staff dynamics in the 1940s & 50s, a presentation on the history of the period from former president Jack Newell DS'56, an evening of public speaking with both students and alumni, and plenty of great food from the staff & students in the Boarding House. All those who attended reported that it was one of the most meaningful visits they had ever experienced to Deep Springs. Many thanks to the attendees and to the students/staff for their assistance.
1990s Decade Alumni Reunion - Sept. 3 & 4, 2011
The college was pleased to host over 30 alumni from the 1990s throughout the Labor Day weekend, joined by numerous spouses and families. Tents could be found throughout the ranch. The weekend's activities included a group discussion on the question of coeducation at Deep Springs, a lively night of impromptu public speaking and performance, and fire training for the current students by Zac Unger DS'91 of the Oakland Fire Department. Thanks to everyone for attending!
Boston - August 14, 2011
Diane & Will Masters DS'79 hosted another reception at their home with a dozen former students and faculty from Deep Springs. As a member of the Deep Springs Board of Trustees, Will collected further input on the question of coeducation at Deep Springs during a lively discussion (including those who attended via Skype).
Los Angeles - July 19, 2011
Kevin West DS'88 hosted a reception at his house in Laurel Canyon for two dozen friends and alumni. Deep Springs Trustee Kinch Hoekstra DS'82 moderated a discussion with the group on the question of whether Deep Springs should become coeducational, the minutes of which will be provided to the other members of the board for consideration. In addition to providing the venue, Kevin also cooked the fantastic meal which included some of the preserves he's been working on for his forthcoming book.
San Francisco regional reception - July 17, 2011
Several members of the Deep Springs Board of Trustees gathered for a reception hosted by board member Frank Wu and his wife Carol Izumi at their San Francisco home. The group included current student body trustee Cory Myers DS'10 and several recent graduates from DS'09, DS'07, DS'04 & DS'03. Trustees heard input from over 30 members of the broader DS community on the question of coeducation at Deep Springs College.
Washington D.C. regional reception - June 15, 2011
President David Neidorf joined TDS Vice-Chair Beth Thomas for a reception and discussion hosted by Devon Hodges and Eric Swanson DS'65 at their home in Arlington, VA. This was an opportunity for the board of trustees and the administration to connect with and hear the views of alumni and friends of the college.
Memorial Day weekend May 28-30, 2011
Deep Springs hosted alumni from six decades for the 94th anniversary gathering at the college. They were joined by numerous family members as well as friends of the college from Bishop, including former Ranch Manager Geoff Pope. People camped on lawns at the upper ranch and under the elm trees of the dairy barn. Festivities included an evening of alumni Public Speaking (a reprise of their student days); a presentation by George Taylor DS75 on the future of electricity after fossil fuels; group trips to far-flung corners of the valley; and a community discussion of the question of coeducation at Deep Springs.
As part the weekend's schedule, the board of trustees presented Robert Gatje DS'44 with the Deep Springs Medal in honor of his many years of service. See the college news page of the website for details.
New York City regional reception - May 19, 2011
President David Neidorf joined TDS Chair Dave Hitz DS'80 and Vice-Chair Beth Thomas at a gathering of DS alumni and friends hosted by Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge DS'04. Over 40 guests joined in for a lively and wide-ranging discussion addressing the question of coeducation at Deep Springs.
San Francisco - February 20, 2011
Forty alumni and friends of the college gathered at the home of Trustee Frank H. Wuand his wife Carol Izumi in central San Francisco. Guests included former president F. Ross Peterson and his wife Kay, several parents of Deep Springers, and alumni from the 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Also in attendance were board trustees Sally Carlson, Dave Hitz DS'80, and Kinch Hoekstra DS'82 as well as three current Student Body members on break from the college. President David Neidorf updated those attending with the latest news and views from the college and second-year stduent Will Stoutin DS'10 answered questions concerning students' committee work. Thanks to Frank & Carol for being such marvelous hosts.