Upcoming Reunions

Every year we have a reunion during the first or second weekend in August (and sometimes in June or July). West Virginia reunions are held during July to allow for visits to Camp Pocahontas and other memorable camp locations.

In order to optimize alumni participation around the country, we rotate the location site of the reunion every year. The current rotation order is:

Reunion Region Location Date
61st West Coast TBA Summer 2024
62nd East Coast TBA Summer 2025
63rd Midwest TBA Summer 2026
64th South TBA Summer 2027
65th West Virginia WV Summer 2028


Jan 20th Webinar with Dr. Shobi Ahmed on the “Age of Precision Neuropsychiatry & Sama Therapeutics”

Shobi Ahmed Photo

Date: Friday, January 20, 2023
Time: 3:30 pm EDT

Watch the video replay on YouTube!

Dr. Shobi Ahmed is a Physician-Scientist who received his MD/PhD from Yale & Harvard respectively. He has worked not only as pediatrician but also at various biotech companies in various capacities- Research & Development, Clinical Investigator, Clinical & Scientific Operations, Pipeline development prior to starting Sama Therapeutics, where he serves as CEO.

Background on Sama Therapeutics
Neuropsychiatric disorders are the single largest cause of human suffering. Yet, prevailing symptom-based classifications often obscure the subtle variations and common overlaps between disorders. In the absence of objective and quantitative biomarkers, psychiatric treatment decisions essentially unfold via trial and error. Sama Therapeutics synthesizes and validates predictive biomarkers grounded in neural, physiological, multi-omics, and behavioral phenotypes. The iMAGiNE𝑇𝑀 transdiagnostic discovery platform and rigorous dataset curation constitute our core expertise and intellectual property. We are seeking R&D partnerships for clinical trial stratification, target ID, optimal dosing, and endpoint selection in psychedelic therapeutics. Analytics pipelines will be advanced alongside Sama’s existing ketamine clinic partners for FDA regulatory “software as medical device” 510(k)/de novo approval. Ultimately, the company aims to:

  • Accelerate Drug & Device Development
  • Discover Fundamental Neuroscience
  • Deliver Patient Clinical Decision Support

Oct 26th Seminar with Dennis Schatz (2022 NYSC Alumni of the Year) on “Making Science Learning Lifelong, Lifewide, and Lifedeep”

Dennis Schatz Photo

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm EDT
Location: Geary Student Union Ballroom, University of Charleston campus

Watch the live video on YouTube!

What's the value of out-of-school STEM learning in an inspiring lifelong interest in STEM? This lecture will explore the evidence for the impact of out-of-school (informal) STEM learning. Lifelong learning is about making science learning something people engage in throughout their lives. Lifewide learning means making science learning something people experience in various situations throughout their lifetime. And lifedeep is about encouraging people to engage in science learning at a level that is right for them. Updating our model of STEM education to embrace both in-school and out-of-school learning has policy and funding implications as well, and the challenge is how to best increase support for schools while also expanding it to foster lifelong STEM learning as well.

About Dennis Schatz: Based in Seattle, Washington, Dennis Schatz is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Learning Innovation. He spent more than 40 years at the Pacific Science Center in several leadership positions, including senior vice president for program development. He is the retiring president of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) board of directors. He serves on the board of BSCS Science Learning as well as a Technical Advisor to the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). He was the founding field editor of the journal Connected Science Learning which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school learning. He is also the author of 26 science books for children and co-author of several teacher curriculum resources.

Schatz has received numerous honors. Most recently, Asteroid 25232 was renamed Asteroid Schatz by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in recognition of his leadership in astronomy and science education. He is also the author of 26 science books for children, and co-author/editor of several curriculum resources for teachers.

Mar 20th Webinar with Dr. Tim Cripe on the “The Good Side of Viruses”

Timothy Cripe Photo

Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm EDT

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Timothy P. Cripe, MD, PhD (Maryland 1978, Staph 1979-1982) is Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a Gordon Teter Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and a professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University. His lab's current research focuses on developing and testing new, targeted therapies for pediatric solid tumors and translating those findings into clinical studies. Tim and his team investigate the use of viruses that selectively infect and kill cancer cells, study their utility for killing cancer stem cells, and were among the first in the country to launch clinical trials of attenuated viruses in children.

Jan 24th Webinar with Raj Madhok, MD on The Art and Science of Magic

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Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm EST

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Raj Madhok, MD (ND 1977, Staph 1978-1981) will present on The Art and Science of Magic. Peer behind the curtain into the world of magicians and discover how science, the arts, and magic are intertwined plus experience some onscreen magic as well!

Raj is a physician by day and magician by night. He has practiced dermatology in Minneapolis for the last 32 years. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and completed his dermatology residency at the Mayo Clinic.

Nov 7th Webinar with Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt on Molecular Engineering – building new molecules for new challenges (and how you can help cure COVID-19)

Karla-Luise Herpoldt Photo

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm EST

Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt (Germany 2006, Staph ‘08+, Presenter ‘14+) will present on Molecular Engineering – building new molecules for new challenges (and how you can help cure COVID-19). Karla-Luise is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Protein Design at the University of Washington. Here she designs and builds proteins which don’t exist in nature and uses them to tackle problems in chemotherapy delivery and to build vaccines to prevent the world’s most vulnerable children from dying from something as simple as diarrhea. She has a Master’s in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Imperial College London. Karla is a keen educator and science communicator who has lectured internationally. She is particularly passionate about encouraging young women in science, both through mentorship and policy work on an international level.

Reunion 2003 Group Photo
Reunion 2003 Group Photo at Snowshoe Mountain Lodge (7/4/2003)