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Tuesday
Feb032015

Colonel Dean Smith

Colonel Dean Smith is well-known to many in the broader ANC community, as a graduate himself, a father and grandfather of a number of graduates (including a granddaughter graduating this year), a member of the ANC Corporation and Board of Trustees over a number of years, and a pillar of the Washington New Church Society.

The Colonel took time from a distinguished career in the United States Air Force to serve the Academy in a wide array of capacities. In a statement from the Chancellor of the Academy, Bishop Brian Keith quoted from an ANC commencement speech Mr. Smith offered in 1975:

"To many of you in this room, this is the most exciting moment in your lives, and it should be. Seldom do we have the real opportunity to know how much we need each other than when we are about to part. With that state there is sorrow, and yet there is joy. For that is really what the Lord gives all of us-the ability to share the joys of His revelation."

Our thoughts go out to his extensive family, his friends and the community he loved, and especially his gracious wife Cathy, with whom he is pictured above.




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Monday
Feb022015

Setting an Example

Rakeem Christmas, ANC 2011, is continuing to establish himself among the elite players in college ball, having already earned his Bachelors at Syracuse and continuing with post-graduate work. An article in The Black Cager makes the case that, at a time when many players are struggling academically, the Rak is setting an example by setting priorities.




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Monday
Jan052015

A Glorious Season

The “Bryn Athyn Academy” (comprising ANC Secondary Schools and College) played its first ice hockey game in 1901. In the early days the hockey teams included both high school and college students. At first, these combined hockey teams generally played against other high schools or prep schools, but then, starting in the late 1960s, games against colleges and universities were included on the game schedules. Since 1971-72 the institution has been part of intercollegiate league play, and the College and the Boys’ School have had entirely separate teams since the 1970s. Even though several of the historic hockey teams achieved success and won championships, much of the institution’s hockey history has become largely forgotten. Dr. Fredrik Bryntesson therefore undertook a summer research project to elucidate the ice hockey history of Bryn Athyn.

This presentation will give an overview of the hockey history of the Bryn Athyn Academy including the development of the College’s hockey program. The main focus of the presentation is on the championship season of 1920-21. This team, composed of high school and college students, was arguably one of the best athletics teams in the history of the institution. Such was the strength ofthis team that it also played the Ivy-league teams from University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Its captain, Werner Schnarr, is the only Bryn Athyn Secondary School and College alumnus to have played professional ice hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Wednesday
Dec102014

A Seussified Success!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of A Seussified Christmas Story. Once again, the students and directors have outdone themselves, and immensely entertained the community in the process.

Time to enjoy a well-deserved break, and then it is time to ramp up for Peter Pan in the Spring!

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Thursday
Oct162014

Blue Ribbon for the ANC Garden

As part of it's Community Greening Contest, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has awarded a Blue Ribbon to the ANC Educational Garden. Noting that the gardens were selected from over 350 entries, the PHS invited representatives to attend the award ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in December, as well as to the award ceremony at the PHS sponsored Philadelphia Flower Show in the first week of March.

In an article in the Weekly Wire, reporter Matt Schickling remarked on the dual function of the gardens, both as something that adds aesthetic beauty to the neighborhood and as an outdoor classroom. The ANC Educational Garden and the Bryn Athyn College Garden were nominated anonymously in tandem, and receive the award jointly.

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