Dear Alumni Community,

We want this newsletter to be for you and by you. We would love to hear from you: tell us what you are doing now, send us pictures of you and your family, and old TASIS pictures you rescued from your Kodak album. Also, if you would like to write an article about any subject you think it could be interesting to the community, we will consider publishing it here. Our email is alumni@tasisengland.org

A Message from Chawki L. Karam, Class of 2003

Dear Alumni Community,

It is with great pleasure and honor that I write this letter to you. For those who do not know, I am originally from Lebanon and attended TASIS England in 2001 as an 11th grade boarding student, and graduated in 2003. I have been living in London since then, whereby I completed my bachelor’s degree, then went on to pursue two different master’s degrees, after which I started my career in finance. Hence, in total, I have been living in the UK for almost 18 years – which I still find hard to believe!

The whole ride itself has been wonderful so far. Of course, with no doubt and like many of you, I have personally been through and continue to face many challenges – undoubtedly, losing my father in 2009 has been the most difficult of all. But, with all honesty, the TASIS England experience has been a valuable foundation for facing the realities of life.

This brings me to the key point of writing to you today – "What makes TASIS England so special, and what is it for me to be a TASIS England alumnus?" We may only realize how privileged we are to have attended TASIS England after completing our studies there, taking a step back, and reflecting.

To start with, the School’s strong and diverse academic system is remarkable. On a personal basis, this has opened a door of opportunities for me; I received multiple offers from the top universities in the UK and ended up pursuing three degrees, which has consequently led me to a career in finance. Another key feature of TASIS England is the international community. As an alumnus, I have close friends from TASIS England that are based in the US, Italy, UAE, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Japan, Brazil, etc. – basically, almost in every continent! This is truly special, and something that I am personally always grateful for.

I remain very much devoted to the School, having recently joined its Board of Directors. As an alumnus, I believe this is one form of "giving back" to the School. I will never be able to match how much the School has given me but, by joining the Board, the aim is to maintain and further strengthen the School’s outstanding reputation in its academic programme and the international community.

I hope that you will get to visit the School soon with your family. Depending on how long it has been since you left TASIS, you will be pleasantly impressed with how much the School has developed throughout the years – yet still maintains the "feels like home" sensation.

Sincerely, 
Chawki L. Karam

TASIS England News

The 2019 TASIS GALA committee is delighted to announce the 2019 Gala will be held on March 30, right here on our beautiful TASIS campus! BACK FOR OUR FUTURE will be an 80s-themed prom for all to enjoy. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund an exciting Development Institute for TASIS England faculty and staff.
Alumni can join us in person or through a donation or pledge. More info will be shared soon. As we’ve done in years past, the Gala will feature live and silent auctions which are always highlights of the evening. If you wish to make a donation or have ideas, please email gala@tasisengland.org.

TASIS England Summer Programs. Last year, we celebrated our 40th anniversary. Every summer, 400 students from all over the world enjoy our summer programs. We offer a 10% discount to the children of our alumni community. Check out the amazing program we offer here. For inquiries, please contact uksummer@tasisengland.org

Every year, we celebrate Career Day, a great opportunity for our Upper School students to interact with professionals in a variety of fields and learn about their jobs and careers. We are looking for alumni who are passionate about their profession. If you live in the London area, please join us for Career Day. Email us at communications@tasisengland.org  and we will tell you all about this event.

If you are looking for a summer experience for adults, we can recommend ARCH (Arts, Reflection and Creative Health). This program was a big success for the 17 participants who attended last summer. It offers innovative art workshops, yoga and mindfulness activities, and French Cuisine and Wine-tasting in a beautifully restored 17c. hamlet in the South of France. Directed by TASIS veterans Fernando Gonzalez, John Smalley, and Perrin Tingley, ARCH takes advantage of its idyllic location in the Ardeche to offer a wide range of excursions to such cultural attractions as Aix-en-Provence. Open to adults over 25 of all abilities, the program runs August 3-15 and alumni are offered a 10% reduction on the fees. For more information, please refer to the website at www.archlestapies.com.

Class of 1984 Reunion!

Darcy Weber Gibson has emailed us with great news!
"TASIS England's Class of 1984 invites you to join us in London to celebrate our 35th (yes, 35 years!!) reunion! Time passes so quickly but we are all still pretty fabulous, so we hope you can join us on June 14–16 for fun and friendship. For more information and to join our FB group, please contact Darcy Weber Gibson at okdarcy@yahoo.com.
I was at TASIS England from 1981-1983 and left when my dad was transferred back to the States. Over the last 30+ years, a sizeable group of us have kept in touch and, in 2014, I put together a 30-year reunion in Denver, Colorado. Now my job has taken me to Belgium where I am working with NATO."
Darcy has also created a Facebook page for this reunion.

Alumni Event Kit

We are currently producing the TASIS England Alumni Event Kit. This kit will help you to organize a mini-reunion with those alumni friends who live nearby. If you are interested in receiving this kit, send us an email to alumni@tasisengland.org.

Family Photo Album

Jeff Kohley, a Middle School Math teacher at TASIS from 2007-2009, just sent us these wonderful pictures of his family. 2018 was a big year for the Kohley family! We encourage you to send us pictures and information you would like to share with the community.

Jeremy Kohley married Whitney (Dixon) Kohley on March 7, 2018 in Bora Bora. Jeremy is an area risk manager for Enterprise in the Columbus, Ohio area. 

Jeremy and Whitney also celebrated the birth of their first child Kensington Paige Kohley on November 15, 2018.

Annalyse Kohley married Michael Murphy on June 2, 2018. Annalyse is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Illinois. She graduated from Boston U. with a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology in 2016. 

What are you doing now?

When you are proud of your achievements, we are too. Please share with us what you are currently doing professionally. Send the details to alumni@tasisengland.org

Chang Hun Lee, Class of 2012, is a senior at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business. In 2016, he founded a startup called OneSoftDigm (OSD) and in 2017 released a product called One Smart Diet – the first pocket-size device that measures body fat, skeletal muscle mass, basal metabolic rate (BMR), BMI, body water, heart rate, body temperature, stress index, calorie intake, and daily activity. One Smart Diet uses bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) along with infrared (IR) and photoplethysmographic (PPG) sensors to measure and analyze the data with 95% accuracy. That data can be monitored through an IOS or Android mobile application, which makes it easy to understand the results, analysis, and recommendations. His impressive company is receiving a lot of media attention

Campus Visits

One of our favorite things in the Alumni Department is to meet our alumni when they come back to campus. We love to see their faces when they tell us their memories. During the year we have a lot of visits, and you can book your visit here.  We post all our alumni visits on our Facebook page

Stay connected!

Our email address: alumni@tasisengland.org
Contact person: Angel Lozano, Director of Institutional Advancement
Our Alumni Facebook Page.
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