Women in STEM

Last Thursday, Ms. Cook and Ms. Rangel invited a team of young engineers to share their college and work experiences with the APH community. Our guests were Samantha Eaton, a Structural Engineer at edm, Alex Moore, a Mechanical/Aerospace engineer with Pratt & Whitney, and Erin Dixson, a Biomedical Engineer with Boston Scientific.

APH Women in Leadership Speaker Series: Vanessa Farino

As part of APH’s Women in Leadership Speaker Series, last week entrepreneur Vanessa Farino visited to give us insight into her illustrious career as a businesswoman. From the outset, Ms. Farino made it clear that the business world isn’t always glamorous and easy to navigate with all its trials and tribulations, but to survive, you must be willing to take an unconventional approach. Ms Farino has been named by Boston Business Journal “40 under 40”, El Mundo Boston “30 under 30”.

Students Commemorate the History and Ripple Effects of Racial Slavery

For their culminating project, Dr. Kimberley invited students to create memorials that commemorate the history of racial slavery. She tasked students with understanding the concept of historical memory; exploring the complex decision making processes behind designing a memorial; examining the role of memorials in shaping historical memory of racial slavery; and using diverse forms of expression to memorialize racial slavery.

An Interview with Hollywood Screenwriter, Olivia Krebs

It is a crisp, breezy Saturday afternoon in October in Greenwich, a small, eerily quiet Connecticut town. My interviewee, Ms. Olivia Krebs, and I, are brought together by both the circumstance of a family reunion and our mutual affinity for writing. She has worked as a screenwriter on projects at Dreamworks, HBO Max, and Paramount Animation. At this particular moment, Olivia has agreed to talk to me about the complexity of the world within Hollywood, her identity as a writer, how she was led to the path of writing, and even her stance on Harry Styles.

Envisioning Information Class Visits the Boston Public Library and the Mapparium

Last week, Ms. Cook and Ms. Clarke took the Envisioning Information class on a field trip into Boston to visit the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library and the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. While at The Boston Public Library, they explored the Leventhal map room, including the Bending Lines: Maps and Data From Distortion to Deception exhibit.

A Murderous Meal: Biology Students Experiment with Sugars, Protein and Lipids

In their Biology class, APH students receive a strong grasp of the biological concepts and the major themes that can be applied to life sciences. Students gain an understanding as to how interdependent these things are to life on Earth. In this case, Ms. Lilly presented a faux murder case (with it being almost Halloween!) to showcase biological reactions. Students were tasked with trying to decipher where the victim was killed and who killed him by analyzing the contents within his stomach.

Capturing Oral History

The one-semester elective course Capturing Oral History introduced students to the techniques and practices of the oral history interview, including: the background research, drafting the interview questions, and planning the interview with awareness of the ethics and etiquette of oral history. APH students were tasked with discovering the history of a topic of their choosing, and conducting an interview with someone who shares an experience from that particular topic and presented their interviews during the Academic Showcase of APH’s Spring Symposium: Express Yourself!

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Mastering Cemetery Iconography

For Symposium Week 2021, Ms. Healy offered a Master Class titled “Cemetery Iconography,” which was a two-hour course that would take place off-campus. The master class drove north to the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich, MA. It was established in 1634 and is one of the oldest cemeteries in North America.

A Celebration of the Arts: APH Hosts Its Spring Arts Festival

On Friday, May 21, the South Lawn transformed into an oasis for the arts. Weeks of preparation included building a stage complete with lights, curtains and microphones for the three-act extravaganza. Our tent housed carefully curated artworks created by students. Early Friday evening, the sun began to slip into golden hour and filled the campus with its glow--a spotlight on what would be Penguin Hall’s first spring production in a year.

Welcoming Spring with Community and Prayer

At Penguin Hall, we believe that there is a place for you here--no matter your beliefs. To be truly empowered to live and lead exemplary lives, the students at Penguin Hall are invited to grow in inner wisdom as well as intellect and learn to navigate their unique inner truth. Students held an Interfaith Spring Prayer Service during Morning Meeting, which was also a celebration of the diverse religions held by many members of the APH community.

APH Celebrates Return of Entire Student Body to Campus

On Monday, March 22, Penguin Hall welcomed its entire student body back to campus for fully in-person classes for the first time since March 2020--marking almost a full year. This was a momentous occasion and cause for celebration! While the first week back was a time of becoming reacquainted with the classwork after two weeks of Spring vacation, students were able to take time out of their rigorous academic schedules for some good, old-fashioned fun!

A Message On Recent Events

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in the Atlanta, Georgia area in which eight people, six who identified as Asian American, were senselessly murdered. This violent act is the latest in a series of brutal attacks on members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in our country.

Stronger Together: One Year Later

What was unthinkable to us a year ago has become all too familiar. The ring of a Zoom call signaling the start of class, the sting of hand sanitizer over a small papercut, the adjustment of a mask as it slips off the nose. March 2020 marked the beginning of these daily routines not only for the community at APH, but the world.

Students Commemorate Racial Slavery with Own Memorials

For their culminating project, Dr. Kimberley invited students to create memorials that commemorate the history of racial slavery. She tasked students with understanding the concept of historical memory; exploring the complex decision making processes behind designing a memorial; examining the role of memorials in shaping historical memory of racial slavery; and using diverse forms of expression to memorialize racial slavery.

The Top Three Reasons to Transfer to Penguin Hall

Change is not always easy and starting something new is full of unknowns. But more often than not, change is worth it and can open the door to greater opportunities! At APH, you have the ability to blaze your own trail.   During this time of great uncertainty for schools, parents and students need an academic institution they can rely on--one that prioritizes engaging education, health and safety, and the overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being for students. 

A Prayer for Peace: Reflections from President Molly Martins

Our country is in the midst of two pandemics. One has taken hold of us for over a year. And the other pandemic has had its roots in our nation for far longer than it should: racism. As I searched for words to share with you this morning, I was reminded of a sermon of Peace and Hope given by the Late Honorable John Lewis of Georgia on January 17, 1999 at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

Civil Discourse: Celebrating, Not Excluding, Diverse Voices: A Reflection From Humanities Teacher, Alick McLean

Let’s invite one another to talk about these and other events that trouble us. Not only peaceful marching makes a difference. We can make a difference in the very act of inviting discussion, and, super important, in how we engage in discussion. Embrace, even celebrate, the diversity of points of view that make up our community.

Art as Activism: How APH Students Respond to the Climate Crises

Just steps from the Great Hall you can walk into one of APH’s Student Art Galleries. Once you enter the Gallery you will see this message on the wall: “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues worldwide, as the clock towards irreversible global warming and unfixable worldwide change ticks down by the day. However, there are millions of people worldwide protesting, researching, and reaching out to make change as much and as quickly as possible. Climate change is a real current issue, affecting everyone--but there is still time to stop it.”

Penguin Hall’s New Core Value: Respect

At Convocation on September 8, all students gathered on the South Lawn to welcome in the new academic year. Campus Minister Brigid Beckman, opened with prayer and some of our students prepared special music to open and close the ceremony.