Priscilla Lamb Schwier ’57 recently attended Ohio University’s school graduation. She was surprised and please to see Dr. Samuel Crowl ’58 receiving an Honorary Doctorate, as well as giving the commencement address.
Sam Crowl began his 44 year tenure with Ohio University in 1970, following the receipt of his Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. Since then, Dr. Crowl has served as a beloved professor, devoted ambassador, and a driving force behind many of Ohio University’s institutional improvements.
Over the course of his esteemed career, Dr. Crowl has published six books and more than forty articles and essays on stage and screen productions of Shakespeare Congress, the Shakespeare Institute, the International Globe Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Columbia University Shakespeare seminar.
As dean of University College, Dr. Crowl received the Program Excellence Award from the Ohio Board of Regents in 1990 for designing and implementing general education requirements that still serve as the blueprint for an Ohio University education. He has twice been selected by students for the prestigious University Professor Award for excellence in teaching. In addition, Dr. Crowl and his wife Dr. Susan Crowl were honored in 2007 with the founding of a funded professorship in their name. Dr. Crowl received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Ohio University during the undergraduate commencement ceremony this year. Crowl to Graduates: Don't Try to 'Out-Anticipate Life'
Erikson “EB” Blakney ’83
L-R: Blake Stoddard, Weezie Foster Stoddard ’82, Head of School Gary Boehm, Tim Lord ’82, Erikson “EB” Blakney ’83.
During last autumn's East Coast Swing a working mini-reunion took place in the heart of the Bronx. Head of School Gary Boehm, Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Fund Weezie Foster Stoddard '82, and husband Blake Stoddard were drafted into service by Erickson "EB" Blakney '83. As part of a "College Prep Day," the MVCDS team worked tirelessly with students of the DreamYard Preparatory School - a public high school in the southwest Bronx with a focus on the arts. Blakney, Boehm, and the Stoddards provided guidance to about 30 teens on college essay writing and they conducted mock interviews. DYPrep is affiliated with The DreamYard Project, the largest arts education provider in the Bronx, co-founded 20 years ago by Tim Lord '83 and Hotchkiss classmate Jason Duchin. "EB" serves as a trustee on DreamYard's board alongside former MVCDS Assistant Headmaster Charles P. "Charlie" Lord. And the world continues to get smaller. Actor Ethan Hawke recently joined DreamYard's board. Hawke stars in the new film "Good Kill", where Tyler Boehm’01 worked as the Associate Producer.
Tyler Boehm '01
Tyler Boehm is Associate Producer on “Good Kill,” which was released in theaters and on VOD on May 15th. The movie stars Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot and family man, living in the Las Vegas suburbs, who begins to question the ethics of his role in the war. Tyler's upcoming projects include the just completed “Miles Ahead,” a Miles Davis biopic starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor, and “Russ and Roger,” the true story of Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert making “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” which goes into production this November with Will Ferrell and Josh Gad to play the title roles.