It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we share with the community that James E. Cavalier, our revered founding Head of Senior School, passed on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at age 93 due to complications from COVID-19.
Alumnus Earns Full Scholarship to Study Abroad in Italy
That’s how Nicholas Valenta ’20 described being awarded a full scholarship from Eduitalia, an association of 111 qualified schools, colleges, and universities that offer courses for international students in Italy.
Official Selection at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Heartland Film Festival
REJECT is the first documentary to examine the universal experience of social rejection. Blending cutting-edge science with intimate stories, the film is driven by research that demonstrates a chilling correlation between social rejection and physical pain, which can ultimately lead to acts of violence against the self or others. From neuroscientists to broken-hearted moms, the film's lead characters are rejection experts by choice or by fate. The film is ultimately about human potential, and the price we pay as a society as long as this universal truth is not understood and addressed.
SA alumna Ruth Thomas-Suh ’83 directed and produced REJECT. Ruth was inspired to make the film by the work of her father, Dr. Herbert E. Thomas. A psychiatrist for 30 years at Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh, he published his experiences with prison population violence in his book, The Shame Response to Rejection.
A Q&A with Ruth and ostracism researcher Kipling Williams, a professor at Purdue University, will take place after the film.