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News from Former Students, Parents and Staff

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Jon Baskin (attended 1984 – 1985) along with two fellow University of Chicago graduate students recently launched Chicago’s newest cultural journal, The Point.


Clothing designer Katie Difiore’s (attended 1992 – 1994 and is the daughter of teacher, Joseph Difiore, and also a Camp Sunshine staffer) work was featured in the May issue of Laundry Magazine. A recent Columbia College graduate, Katie had her designs showcased in the Growing Works runway show of emerging local designers at Garfield Park Conservatory this past spring. Keep your eye on the fashion pages to follow Katie’s career.


Was that Walker Shadle (attended 2000 – 2002) on the cover of the Sunday Tribune Magazine? It sure was! Walker was one of five local teens who have followed their own paths to work toward their dreams. Also watch for news coming soon on Walker’s sister Caroline Shadle (attended 1997 to 1999) who has been shaking up the world of ballet.


Park West Coop is popping up all over! Thanks to the Cohen Family for sending this photo from the Trevi fountain in Rome with their Park West gear! Please send your "where in the world" photos to memories@parkwestcoop.org.



Parents & Staff:


Author/illustrator Elisha Cooper, father of Zoe (attended 2005 – 2006) published his new children’s book, Farm.


Chicago architect Gordon Gill, father of Harrison, Hadrian, Elizabeth and Odin (attended 2000 – Current), along with Adrian Smith submitted the winning plans for the word’s first kilometer-tall skyscraper in Saudi Arabia. Read the article.


Welcome back to Chicago Susan Sher, mother of Graham Moore (attended 1985 – 1986). Susan had been White House Associate Counsel and then a top aide to First Lady Michelle Obama. Susan has returned to the University of Chicago Medical Center as Executive Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs at the Medical Center and Senior Adviser to University of Chicago President, Robert Zimmar. See the full story.


Haley Weldon, former President of Park West’s Board of Directors and mother of Theo, Spencer and Nate (attended 2005 – 2010), offered her reflections on her family’s move to Turks and Caicos in her article in the April 2011 Chicago Parent Magazine.