From ELIF ERKAL, AES Class of 1998
I graduated from AES in 1988. After completing my BA in Political Science at Delhi University I returned to Ankara, Turkey and have been living here since then.
When I first came back to Ankara, I started my first job at the Indian Embassy in Ankara where I met Egal Egal (Class of ‘87), who at the time was studying at University in Turkey and was applying to get visa for India and I was taking the applications.
After working in different Embassies and the EU Delegation, I joined the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as Administrative Officer, where I am currently working. Several years ago I found out that Nedzad Ajanovic (Class of ‘91) was also working in FAO and it turned out that we were working in the same region and finally got together at an FAO retreat in Cappadocia, Turkey where we reminisced about the high school days and friends.
I am proud to be an AES student. The different cultures and respect that everyone had to one another has helped me so much especially working in an international multi-cultural environment such as the UN.
Elif Erkal at Bon Jovi Concert in Istanbul, Turkey
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From Class of 1993 alumni secretary, Jenny Vera Jensen
To AES Class of 1993...
Come to our 20th Class Reunion Weekend!!
In Cornelius/Davidson, North Carolina
24, 25, 26 MAY 2013
Most of the events will be in one of these two towns, so pick a hotel in either location!! You should be all set (hotels are about five minutes apart). Whichever town you choose, be sure to stay near the freeway (I-77) because Davidson extends *way* east, and there's no sense staying all the way out there.
I'd recommend these hotels:
Basic and nice: Microtel
Corporate-like: Hilton Homewood Suites
Small town inn: Davidson Village Inn
The Davidson Village Inn is probably the nicest and is right smack in the middle of town, so I'd recommend that first if their rates seem reasonable to you.
Most events will be on Saturday and Sunday, but we will definitely try to set up something for Friday evening as well.
Please let Jenny or Adarsh know if you’re coming!
If you have any questions, your Points of Contact (POC) are: Jenny Vera Jensen: email@example.com and Adarsh Carter: firstname.lastname@example.org
See pictures from the AES Alumni Dinner Reception held on Friday, April 12, 2013 here.
Sad news from Debbie Bennett, Class of 1975
With a heavy heart, I have to report the passing of my Mom, Dorothy S. Bennett, this past weekend of natural causes. I know many of you remember Mom, and wanted to let you all know. Mom's home going service will be Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11 AM, with the viewing at 10 AM, at her church, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7720 Alaska Avenue N.W., Washington D.C. , 20012. Flowers are welcome as are donations in Mom's name to Northminster Presbyterian Church.
Dorothy Bennett visiting with Julie Marquis, Class of 1981, in March 2012.
From Seiichi Sugiyama, Class of 1975
I had a nice week end, last Saturday. "Sakura", the cherry blossom in Tokyo was very early in this season in Tokyo. Generally its top of the blossom is around the 1st week of April, but it was one to two weeks earlier this year.
For us Japanese, "Sakura" means many things:
Since it gives blossom in the end of School year in Japan, it is also a symbol of graduation and farewell.
Since it last just for a week only, it is read in many historical poems to show the mortality, or "Nothing may keep its peak for long".
The blossom will fall in short that it is also taken as a symbol for manliness, which is sadly used as a image of warriors like Kamikaze in the World War II.
Any way it is beautiful, and you are very lucky to see it when you come from abroad, since the good days are limited, which changes every year.
I was invited by Jonathan Wilder (Class of 1974) to see Sakura on the evening (March 23rd, 2013), at Foreigner' Grave Yard of Aoyama Grave Yard, to have a
glass of wine with Sakura (We call it "Hanami" or Flower Observation Party). Here is a photo of us!
Jonathan Wilder ('74) and Seiichi Sugiyama ('75)
AES Alumni Dinner Reception
AES Alumni Dinner Reception
From Doug Haney, AIS Class of 1969
Becky Everett Haney
Hello AIS/AES Family...I feel that is time for me to stop mourning Becky's death and to start celebrating Becky's life! She left me with so many great life lessons learned and such a wonderful collection of her original art and jewelry creations.
Becky had very thin skin when it came to sharing her art with others. I, on the other hand, always wanted her to present her works of art to her friends. I will build some kind of site for her greeting card collections and then add other artworks. In the meantime, here are some photos of Becky representing different time periods of her life.
Photos of Becky Haney
Thank you all for the kind words, thoughts and prayers.
Welcome to our NEW CLASS SECRETARIES!
1975 - Diane Reppun
1980 - Charlie Franda
1989 - Jason L. Becker
From CHERRY CLARK FOX, AIS Class of 1966
It has been really great finding the alumni website and reading about what everyone's been up to for the last 50 years! Somehow, everyone seems to have aged, even though I'm sure I look just like I did when I was at AIS!
We left India at the end of my junior year to return to Seattle and I found myself with severe re-entry prob...lems, floundering in a huge American high school, terribly homesick for India. I read every book in the library on India, taught myself to cook Indian food, and wrote letters every week to my Indian friends.
Somehow I survived and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a major in biology in 1970, trained in Medical Technology, got married, got a job and got a horse! I worked in one laboratory or another until the end of 2007, when I retired. Unfortunately, my husband died six months later, so Retirement Plan A was out the window, and I'm still working on Plan B!
I had a horse while we lived in Nepal and India, and I've had one(or more) ever since. My husband soon figured out if he didn't ride, he wasn't going to see much of me! Over the years we did a lot of trail riding, competed in endurance riding and I've been competing in dressage for the last 20 years. The horses seem to take up most of my daylight hours now!
We adopted a baby from Korea (where we lived before Nepal) in 1985. She married last year and unfortunately moved to Oklahoma. I live in NW Washington state, about 20 miles from the town I was born in, and have most of my life, so the prospect of moving to be near her is rather daunting. But I have all that early training in moving to new places and making new friends, so I know I can do it!
I've always been very grateful I was able to spend many of my growing-up years in Asia, and especially treasure the India years. I'd love to hear from anybody and everybody!" - Cherry Clark Fox email@example.com
Alumni Meet Years Later
Mary (Flanagan) Williamson ('74), left; and Maria Sanchez ('83), right
at Arlington National Cemetery on 3 January 2013.
After corresponding for the past six years, AIS/AES alumni met for the first time! "It was as though Mary and I had known each other forever!" says Maria Sanchez. "We talked and ate lunch at Zaika Indian Restaurant in Clarendon, Virginia, and then watched the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. The last time I went there was when I was 17 years old. It was nice to view the cemetery from an adult prospective."
Our thanks to Barbara Wilcox Bitetto '69 who recently shared some AIS publications she found last summer. These publications were from the 1967-1969 era. We have scanned them for all to enjoy. Find them by clicking on the corresponding thumbnail on the right. If you know what year the American Theater Association production was presented let us know.
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Click here to find five decades of AIS and AES Yearbooks published by our school beginning school year 1960-1961. Each yearbook is complete in PDF format for easy, free, downloading. We're still missing one volume that not even the AES library can find. If you know of the whereabouts of the school year 2001-2002 annual, please send an email to arrange for the loan or scanning of the book(s).
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Your classmates want to hear from you! Please let us know what’s going on in your life and feel free to include photos. News and photographs should be emailed to Mary Williamson: MaryWilliamson74@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowman, Michael D., AES Class of 1992
Tharmaratnam Raman, Mythili, AES Class of 1987
Pursell, Arne, AES Class of 1989
Noonan Jackson, Vicki, AIS Class of 1969
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