March 2021 Alumni Newsletter
Humanities Fair
An opportunity to spotlight and celebrate Nueva's curriculum and students, the inaugural Humanities Fair on March 14 welcomed back alumni Lyz Bush-Peel '20, Noelle Floyd '19, Peter Hartlaub '82, Emma Strebel '07 and Max Strebel '04, and former teachers Matt Berman and Gary Kaplan to participate in five different sessions.
The event was hosted by the Nueva Parents Association (NPA) and co-chaired by parents Sarah Ordody and Essy Nickolova.
Read more about each session below.
Photo: (top row) Max Strebel '04 and Willow Taylor C.Y. '21; (middle row) Emma Strebel '07 and Peter Hartlaub '82; (bottom row) Ev Williams
Fielding questions and offering insight on journalism, podcasting, building audiences, and the media’s relationship with readers and listeners, alumni Peter Hartlaub '82, Emma Strebel '07, and Max Strebel '04 joined fellow panelist and current parent Ev Williams for the moderated discussion with current student Willow Taylor C.Y. '21. 
About the participants:
Peter is the San Francisco Chronicle's culture critic. He credits his Nueva experience with igniting his passion for journalism.
The Strebels are hosts of the podcast "What's Inside," which they launched over the pandemic to chronicle unfiltered voices in solitude.
Ev is the CEO of Medium, a partner at Obvious Ventures, and co-founder of Twitter.



Alumna Lyz Bush-Peel '20 (pictured middle row, center) was accompanied by current students, writing and humanities teacher Cliff Burke, and current parent Liza Percer to discuss book writing, from idea generation to publication.

Lyz offered personal insight on her writing process, including challenges faced while working on a new project and her long-term goals.

She currently is completing her first year at Columbia University, where she continues to write novels, short fiction and creative nonfiction in a variety of genres. 



Noelle Floyd '19 led an interactive session about calligraphy and lettering. She taught the basics of calligraphy with strokes, fonts, and placement to an excited group of current students.
Noelle is a second-year cybersecurity major at Northeastern University.



Former teacher and founding director of the Nueva Center for the Humanities, Matt Berman (pictured above), led a session on the Trolley Problem, a famous philosophical test to determine what your views on sacrificing one person to save a larger number.

Recently retired history teacher, Gary Kaplan, joined a current student in a seminar discussing the literary value and historical context of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath.




In Memoriam:
Austin Veseliza '17

It is with a heavy heart that we share that alumnus Austin Veseliza '17 passed away last weekend. Austin was beloved for his kindness and dedication to building a better world. He was committed to bringing together his love for engineering and his passion for social justice, frequently engaging in service learning opportunities while at Nueva and, more recently, as a student at Olin College. 


If you would like to send a condolence message to Austin’s parents, please click here. If you would like support in processing this news, Director of Counseling Services Carmen Chow is available to speak with you. To reach her, please email

Summer Opportunities
The Alumni Office is seeking interns to support archival projects over the summer of 2021. Work will be done remotely, but interns must live locally to pick up historical materials. Internships will range from four to eight weeks, and may be completed for course credit or paid.
If you're interested in learning more, please email by March 31.
Each month, we will highlight a photo from our archives.
If you are able to identify the location, people or event of the mystery photo,
email with your answer. 
March Mystery Photo:
Are you in this photo and do you remember what event this was?
February Mystery Photo:
Can you identify the students on this field trip?
Thank you to Jessica Shult Huppi '89, Kelley Maulbetsch '90, Elizabeth Yoerg Majoch '89, Lyla Smith Reinero '83, Gwynne Smith Rinker '89, Beth Rolandson '85, Mike Ryan '85, and Tom Travis '82 for helping to identify themselves and their classmates in the photo! It was the part of the third and fourth grades Intersession.
Diana Chamorro   
Director of Alumni Relations • (650) 350-4562
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