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  • Newark Academy’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Hosts Mental Health Assembly

    The Newark Academy Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted an all-school assembly about mental health and resiliency featuring keynote speaker Michelle Stevenson, chair of the department of student health, wellness and physical education at Kent Place School, on Thursday, November 17 in the Coraci Performance Hall.

    During the assembly, Stevenson talked about the importance of resilience and engaged students in several "talk and turn" discussions with each other. Students assessed their self-awareness and where they fell on the "drama meter" and learned how to identify renewing and depleting emotions. Stevenson concluded her presentation by teaching students a heart-focused breathing technique that they can use to calm their nervous systems when it gets adrenalized and build resilience.

    “When your nervous system gets adrenalized, how do you calm it down? You’ve got to breathe,” Stevenson said. “What I’m encouraging you to do is to really tap into what’s happening with your body physiologically.”
  • Newark Academy Dedicates Plaque in Honor of Alumni Veterans

    The Newark Academy Office of Institutional Advancement and Support Our Troops club dedicated a new plaque in honor of Newark Academy alumni veterans during Morning Meeting on November 9, 2022. The plaque will hang outside of the Wrightson Gymnasium.

    Alumnus Col. William “Bill” S. Kaplan ’69, Air Force, spearheaded the creation of a plaque inscribed with names of the NA alumni who have served in the United States military.

    “It is my hope that this plaque will encourage those who see it to reflect upon, honor and remember the generations of veteran alumni — past, present, and future — who have made and will continue to make the way of life we so dearly cherish possible,” said Bill. “From one veteran to another, thank you and thank you to your families for your service and dedication to our country.”

    Students from Newark Academy’s Support Our Troops club highlighted several alumni veterans and their achievements. Secretary of the NA Board of Trustees Lawrence “Larry” Cetrulo ’67 officially unveiled the plaque with a nod to the late Lt. Samuel S. Coursen ’45, the namesake of Newark Academy’s Coursen Memorial Field, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor just one year after graduating from NA.

    “On behalf of the Newark Academy Board of Trustees, it’s my great honor and privilege to thank Col. Kaplan for his service and to thank him for his dedication to bringing about this long overdue recognition of Newark Academy veteran alumni,” Larry said.

    The plaque reads: ”In Honor of those who served — since its founding in 1774, Newark Academy has instilled in our alumni a passion for learning, a standard of excellence, and a generosity of spirit. This plaque celebrates and honors our alumni who have served the United States of America in the armed forces, protecting our liberties and freedoms. This is a testament to their patriotism, courage and duty.”

    If you or someone you know is an NA veteran, please reach out to Director of Alumni Relations and Giving Evan Nisenson at enisenson@newarka.edu, so we can add those names to the plaque.
  • Paul and Irene Aspell Return to NA for Their “Yours, Mine and Ours” Art Exhibit

    Former arts faculty member Paul Aspell and his wife, Irene, will showcase their artwork at the Newark Academy David Teiger ’47 Gallery for Studio Arts from October 14 through November 18, 2022.

    The exhibit, Yours, Mine and Ours, reflects the artistic collaboration between Paul’s ceramic work and Irene’s love of printmaking. Their home and studios in Chestertown, Maryland, are surrounded by magnificent gardens that yield vegetables, fruits and flowers nearly year-round — inspiring images of “growing things” as motifs in their work.

    A potter for over 40 years, Paul finds that the process of working in clay captures his innovative outlook on functional ceramics. “The inspiration that I receive from creating one piece is infused into the next,” he says. “I enjoy the process of making, as much as the finished product.” 

    Paul holds a Master of Arts in ceramics and a Bachelor of Arts in art education. He taught fine art and craft in the public school system for 14 years before spending the next 16 years at Newark Academy. After retiring from teaching in 2002, Paul and Irene moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where they exhibit their work in several galleries and at events. The Aspell’s studio gallery is open several weekends a year to share their working space and artwork with the public. 

    Irene holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and is a practicing artist who supports herself as a floral designer and organic gardener. “With Paul’s help, I have been creating clay sculptures,” says Irene. “These slab compositions are then fired and glazed with subtle colors.” Her linocut prints evolve into small still lives or collages that incorporate images of plants, birds, and fish.

    In addition to exhibiting recent artwork at Newark Academy’s Teiger Gallery, the Aspells will hold gallery talks for IB and Advanced art students, faculty and staff. “After teaching at NA for 16 years and having a continuing relationship with the school, it seemed only natural to not only show artwork, but to lecture to the Advanced level art students, who are about to go off to college,” Paul says. “Not many may major in fine art, but art should remain an integral part of their lives. Irene and I are proof of that continuing commitment to the making of art.”

    The Teiger Gallery is located in the center of the Elizabeth B. McGraw Arts Center on the campus of Newark Academy located in Livingston, New Jersey. 


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