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News & Notes
Hiking || Music || Independence Day || Skip Day || Big Brother / Big Sister Day
STAFF: Mangal || New Full-time Staff || New Part-time, short-term or Volunteer Staff

Around 100 staff and students have been involved in the expanded voluntary hiking programme during this quarter alone, 35 of these being new students. There has been at least one hike every weekend, and the participants have earned 2100 points so far. Two new students, Tristan Skinner and Rajat Bhargava, have already excelled themselves by earning 100 points each. Shabash!

On September 23 five students entered 'Spandan 2000', an inter-school cultural competition run by the Mussoorie Rotaract Club and held at Mussoorie Public School. They competed in Indian dance, voice, and solo instrument. Anne Davidova, accompanied by Jetsun Deleplanque on the tabla, scooped up the trophy for first prize in solo instrumental, Priyanka Prasad and Shivangi Chaturvedi winning second place for their performance in dance.

The National Seminar on European Classical Music in India was held in Delhi from June 15th - 17th. The objective of the Seminar was to appreciate 'the relevance of European Classical music and evolve a policy for the promotion of music instruction as a compulsory subject in school training'. Mr. Ravi Arthur, Woodstock Orchestra Director, presented a paper at the conference. The seminar was attended by many music dignitaries, including Mr. William Walck, previous Head of Music at Woodstock, and Ms. Roberta Swedien, who taught a year of Advanced Piano and Choir at Woodstock. The special guest was the Ambassador of Austria, Dr. Herbert Traxl.

Independence Day
Woodstock's celebration of Indian Independence Day started with a flag-raising ceremony. The chief guest was Mrs Shashi Mishra, the Additional Secretary to the Government of India. She spoke on how the true way to happiness is not found in self-indulgence but in helping others.

The day featured a special lunch prepared by faculty and students, served to the service employees and their families. The Indian Cultural Programme in the evening featured Indian dance and music performed by students. The programme also included special items by Korean students to celebrate Korean Independence Day, also August 15.

Skig Day
As an alternative to the traditional Skip Day, the Class of '2000 took 3 days out at the end of the semester while other students were doing their exams. On Sunday the students had a college orientation with Jim Lehman followed by a WOSA tea. Monday was a day of swimming and relaxing in the sunshine near Kempti Falls. On Tuesday the class painted a school as a community service project, and finished the day with dinner and a movie in Dehra Dun. The purpose of these activities was to give closure time to the students as they passed from one important phase in their lives to the next.

Big Brother / Big Sister Day
This year the theme was 'Pokemon'. The event was held at Ridgewood where face-painting, feasting and games were the order of the day.


Mangal Shri Mangal -2000
Shri Mangal passed away in September this year. He had worked at Woodstock for almost 50 years, 1950-'99, touching the lives of many generations of boys. In an interview with Robert Alter in 1998, Mangal said of his time here: 'The children I worked with showed me so much love.' When asked if he had a message for the students he knew, he said simply: 'Tell them that my prayer for them is that they flower and fruit and live well.' He is greatly missed.

New full-time Staff
David and Cheryl Adair, with Matthew (3) and Ben (1), are Hostel supervisors. Cheryl is a primary school teacher. David is a nephew of James and Willi Barton with an M.A. in Social Work. Ashish ('95) and Neetu Chelvam are both trained in Hotel Management. Ashish is Relief Kitchen Supervisor, his wife, Neetu, our second duty Receptionist. Kathy Hoffmann has taught English at Woodstock since 1984, and has just completed a two-year sabbatical and an M.A. in interdisciplinary studies. She returns as Head of English. Dorothy Goertz has joined the Alter Ridge staff having taken a two-year leave-of-absence from Bethel College, Kansas. She has a Ph.D in Wholistic Nursing and experience in psychiatric counselling and Nurse Education. Min Young Kang has a B.Ed in Fine Arts. She worked for OM from 1996, and now works in the Middle School girls' residence and teaches Art. Don and Vicki McGavran, Tyler (8), Brittany (5) and Hunter (3): Don has a Masters in Counseling and experience in human resource development, and is our Human Resource Manager. Vicki has a Masters in Pyschology and is a personal counselor. Mark Windsor ('78) and Anne McGregor: Mark has a B.Eng. and is teaching High School Physics. He has worked in various companies as an engineer and taught at school and tertiary level. Anne, his wife, has recently completed a PhD in French and German Literature and is a writer / editor in the Development Office.

New part-time, short-term or volunteer Staff

Meherdad Behruzi ('97) has taken a break from a B.Sc. in Computer Science to work as a support technician in the IT Department. Joy Bennett is a Middle School homeroom teacher after a 20-year teaching career in NZ. Her father was the supervisor in charge of building Alter Ridge. Laura Boden is a Woodstock parent with a background in design and theatre, working part-time in the High School English Department. Elizabeth Chin has just completed a B.A. in Near Eastern Archeology and Anthropology and is a Dorm Parent in Midlands. Kiran Cunningham ('79), Russ Rhoads, Brian (6), Kyle (9) are here on sabbatical. Kiran teaches Anthropology at Kalamazoo College, MI., and is assisting in the development of CARE, Woodstock's service education programme. Mi Sun Jung, a Bachelor of Music and one of the first Korean staff at Woodstock, is teaching junior piano, voice and choir part-time. Amy Mall ('98) is taking a year out of a Fine Arts degree to teach Middle School Art. Sabrina Ostle has a BA in Spanish and a bilingual and cross-cultural communication teaching credential. She is teaching English for one year. Deborah Schwesig, from the former East Germany, is working in the Quad Library. She has just completed High School. Dana Smith ('92) is a Master of Music and is teaching piano and leading some school choirs. Sarah Vos completed a B.A. in Chemistry after a student teacher placement at Woodstock in 199, and is now teaching Chemistry.

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