We recently caught up with San Domenico alum Nia Coffer, now developing a strong portfolio as a matte painter and digital artist as a student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD, set to graduate from there in 2022. Here’s what she had to say:
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Read about some of the ways our SD alumni are finding purpose in the world.
Melissa Reiner ’92 is a multitalented violinist whose career has included performances and recordings with the Royal Philharmonic, Adele, and the film score for the Hobbit movies.
Aurora Schünemann ’18 started taking cello lessons at SD when she was 11, so it was a natural progression for her to enroll in the Virtuoso Program at SD for high school.
The values of social and environmental justice have stayed with me in all the work that I have done. I think that these values in education are so important for us to respond to all the challenges we face.
"San Domenico has helped me to develop a strong sense of responsibility to both the local and global community. There will always be others to serve, and it is our duty to serve them. This is something I have taken with me throughout my years in college, and is something that will drive me throughout my career."
Michele “Mikki” Williams Kuchta, Class of 1982, interviewed by classmate Joan Downs ’82
The lasting influence of San Domenico’s natural beauty has been an inspiration to SD alumni for generations, encouraging sustainable living and environmental stewardship within communities long after graduation. A living embodiment of this influence is seen in alumna Satomi Hofmann Arnold ’90, actor, singer, musician, and sustainability advocate.
The number of proud alumni in attendance at our 50th Anniversary Celebration in September was truly inspirational. One such alum we were honored to host was Middle School graduate Joe Boswell ’98.
There’s something we like to call the SD Difference; a “je ne sais quoi” that we believe is tied to our rich history, our alumni, and our Dominican values, all of which leads many to consider San Domenico a second home. We know our past will always be tied to our future. For some alums, SD beckons a return.
Elisabetta Colabianchi MS ’05 is currently making a difference in the world through her work in Mozambique. After graduating from the University of San Diego, Elisabetta moved to New York City to work with the United Nations and non-profit organizations.
As our outgoing Student Body President, Milo leaves our community having made a vast impact. He felt equally as strongly about his experience at SD. “San Domenico has been the perfect college preparatory experience.
Edie quickly immersed herself in the San Domenico community when she joined us as a sophomore. “When I first transferred to San Domenico I knew what I was interested in but was afraid of exploring these interests out of fear of being the ‘new kid.’ But with an encouraging community I built confidence and was able to expand my horizons by participating in dance performances, doing tech for the school musicals, and running for Student Council.
An artist, musician and a scholar, Rumi spent her time at San Domenico embracing her high school experience. As a committed member of our Virtuoso Program, Rumi was fully immersed in lessons, rehearsals and performances as a pre-professional musician.
Since her arrival to San Domenico in sophomore year, Rhiannon quickly embedded herself into the community. She credits San Domenico for helping her grow as a student. She learned to “manage and balance a heavy workload successfully and to be a self advocate.”
A curious, talented musician and world music enthusiast, Kinley started his time in high school sharing a song that quickly became an anthem for the Class of 2020 - “Speck of Dust.” His “greatest hits” at San Domenico do not stop there.