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A Conversation with the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

A Conversation with the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

On November 29, the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, spoke with students and faculty as Milton’s 49th Alumni War Memorial Lecturer. Both in Straus Library, and later in the Fitzgibbons Convocation Center, Vice Admiral Murthy answered students’ questions about his role and about some of the most pressing public health issues facing America.

“I came here today because I believe you, young people, are the best shot we have in this country of overcoming the challenges that we face,” said Dr. Murthy. “It’s easy to think it’s someone else’s job to solve the country’s problems. You have to be that someone. … A leader is someone who has a voice and chooses to use it.”

Dr. Murthy explained that as Surgeon General his primary roles are to oversee the United States Public Health Service—one of the seven uniformed services of the United States—and to communicate the best possible information on health-related issues, so that medical professionals and all Americans can make informed decisions about health care.

“At a time when we are inundated with all kinds of news—some of it fake, some of it real—ensuring that people have access to the truth and to scientific information could not be more important,” said Dr. Murthy.

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Milton’s Houses Sparkle with Holiday Cheer

Milton’s Houses Sparkle with Holiday Cheer

December at Milton brings lights, music and holiday treats to every part of campus. Each house is decorated with signature style, from the wreaths that spell out “Robbins” to a lighted, candy-cane “M” adorning Millet House, which faces the sparkling “H” that marks Hallowell. As boarding students prepare to leave for winter break, they follow traditions, both time-honored and new, to get into the holiday spirit in their home away from home.

In Goodwin House, one long-standing tradition is that the house monitor dresses like Santa to run the Secret Santa exchange, which takes place the night before break. The Goodwin boys will also celebrate their second-annual holiday cookie baking and decorating contest and adorn a “traditions tree,” making paper ornaments that depict a special way their family celebrates any holiday.

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Day of Debate for Milton’s Model UN

Day of Debate for Milton’s Model UN

Students in Milton’s Model UN traveled to Brown University this fall for a day of debate and collaboration. At the Model UN Conference, students took the perspective of a country or political figure, engaging with peers from around the country, debating and writing proposals on issues like cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and global social and military threats.

Caleb Rhodes (I), co-head of Model UN, earned Best Delegate for his representation of Lt. Col. Manuel da Costa Braz in the Alvor Agreement of 1975.

“Before this conference, I didn’t know much about Portuguese history and how they controlled Angola until the early 1970s,” says Caleb. “The Alvor Agreement was supposed to unite the different factions within the country after Portugal left. With my character, I had a lot freedom. He was a moderate socialist, and my goal was to create stability between all the competing factions. It was an opportunity to correct history, because in real life the agreement fell apart.”

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The Spirit of Giving is Alive at Milton Year-Round

The Spirit of Giving is Alive at Milton Year-Round

This fall, the Community Engagement Program has been dedicated to lots of projects involving students, staff and faculty, aimed at helping others. After Hurricane Matthew devastated areas of Haiti in early October, the program raised more than $2,000 for hurricane relief efforts. The donation was divided among four Haiti-based organizations focused on health and education. Milton has a history of contributing to Haitian relief efforts; many staff members have close connections with the country, with family and friends living there.

In November, the Community Engagement Program hosted the annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet, in which 750 people participated in the dining halls during lunch.

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Alumna Frankie Shaw ’00: Empowering Women in Film

Alumna Frankie Shaw ’00: Empowering Women in Film

Milton alumna and filmmaker Frankie Shaw ’00 was tired of struggling to work as an actor: tired of uninspiring roles, not earning enough money, and telling stories through a male lens.

Setting out to make her own films after a decade of acting, Frankie made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, winning the Short Film Jury Award with SMILF, a semi-autobiographical comedy about her life as a single mom. She wrote, directed and starred in the film, which she is now developing as a pilot for Showtime.

“I’ve been on an amazing trajectory recently, all because I went off and made my own thing,” Frankie told students in a talk on “Empowering Women in Film,” sponsored by the Hollywood Filmmakers’ Club and SAGE.

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Milton Is StormReady, Thanks to the Campus Safety Team

Milton Academy is the first K–12 institution in New England (second in the country) to be recognized by the National Weather Service and U.S. Department of Commerce as StormReady, joining the ranks of local schools and communities including Harvard University, Tufts University and the City of Boston.

The designation officially recognizes communities that are prepared for significant weather events, with the communication and response tools aimed at keeping people and property safe in the case of a weather emergency. The StormReady program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving hazardous weather operations and awareness.

Milton met much of the program’s criteria prior to the assessment team’s visit, prepared in areas including weather monitoring and information systems, communication and warning dissemination, public awareness and protocols, and administrative resources. Officer Ron Dardano managed the application and evaluation process with assistance from Supervisor Katie Williams. Milton’s Campus Safety department sought the designation on the heels of their award from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, since the criteria are all considered best practice in safety management.

In an on-campus ceremony on December 6, representatives from the National Weather Service, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency presented members of Milton’s Campus Safety team with the certificate of recognition and signage commemorating the achievement.

As winter approaches, remember that you can learn of School cancellations or delays on the Milton website, through broadcast alerts—via email, phone and text—and on several Boston-based television networks or radio stations.

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Our Students Have Spoken: Meet Stan the Stang

16-09_mustangOver the summer, Milton’s mascot underwent a physical transformation—sporting a new uniform, growing out the orange mane, and showing off a stronger physique around the cannon and stifle. With this new look, Milton’s athletic department and student activities office thought it would only be appropriate to brand the mustang with an official name. An appointed committee of students narrowed the field of proposed names down to four finalists. The list of finalists included Stoky the Stang, in honor of Mr. Stokinger; Millet the Mustang, in honor of Mr. Millet; Marty the Mustang; and Stan the Stang. All students, faculty and staff were offered the chance to fill out an online survey to pick their favorite. Nearly 600 votes were cast, and when the virtual dust settled, the winning name stood triumph. At the next athletic contest you attend, make sure you say “hello” to Stan the Stang.

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