Partners in Brilliance

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 in Blog, Musings
Partners in Brilliance

Wow! We are excited to be recognized twice in the inaugural year of the InspirED School Marketers Brilliance Awards. The judges awarded Gold to the Brooks School campaign microsite and Bronze for the Nightingale-Bamford campaign microsite. Especially because Cheney & Company is known for our excellence in print work, these accolades come as a happy […]

Homage to CASE

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog, Musings
Homage to CASE

In 2010 I was honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with the Frank L. Ashmore Award for outstanding service to CASE and the advancement profession. I was nominated by my alma mater Sarah Lawrence College, and I am still amazed you can win an award for signing up to help out. […]

Bicentennial Birthday—1816 to 2016

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog, Musings
Bicentennial Birthday—1816 to 2016

King’s Block We have just celebrated the bicentennial of our building, King’s Block, the oldest surviving Federalist style building in New Haven. We are located on the west bank of the Quinnipiac River, with just a lovely narrow park separating us from the tidal waters that flow into New Haven Harbor. In 1816, our neighborhood […]

9th Period—Time to Stretch

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 in Blog, Musings
9th Period—Time to Stretch

I am an enthusiastic joiner. NAIS, CASE, CAIS (CT), SSATB, AISAP, ICG, AFP, PRSA, our regional chamber. Mingling with members of these organizations gives me my tribe. We’re all about supporting education. I am one of those weird people who like meetings. I go to a lot. I feel useful, valued, friended. Not a member? […]

Recipe for the Wow Factor Soufflé

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Blog, Musings
Recipe for the Wow Factor Soufflé

1 C school identity self-awareness 4 C savvy communications strategy 2 C marvelous messaging 2 C fabulous photos 2 C culinary creativity 1 C big enough budget 1 C conscientious calendar To get the wow factor in your cornucopia of marketing materials, you have to start with the finest ingredients. Gently mix and place in […]

Music Lesson

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog, Musings
Music Lesson

It’s spring, and the plants are wide awake. I believe that music helps them grow. I’m not sure exactly what my geraniums are experiencing when they’re overhearing car radios or kids singing, but at least it must be pleasant vibrations. Since we call music the universal language, I like to think of it as cosmic […]

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 in Blog, Musings
Happy Birthday, Blog!

One year ago this week we launched our blog, 9th Period, figuring that even grownups like a break from the regimen of the regular school day. I was terrified. What if I couldn’t come up with the topics for our content calendar? What if it took three hours to write a post? What if I […]

May Your Days Be Merry & Bright

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 in Blog, Musings
May Your Days Be Merry & Bright

“White Christmas” was first heard on the radio on Christmas Day, 1941, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Bing Crosby sang Irving Berlin’s beloved carol that day, and this musical story has filled us with yearning and wishfulness for peace and well being ever since. We do long for the old days, sometimes. But […]

What I Love About Needlepoint

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Blog, Musings
What I Love About Needlepoint

As a newlywed, I resettled in Houston from New York City, taking with me a cat, a car, Uncle Russell’s “Trees” painting and miscellaneous stuff. I left behind my job as project manager of the first full multi-media curriculum in sex education produced for American schools. No kidding. I’ll tell you about that later. A […]

Things That Go Together

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Blog, Musings
Things That Go Together

Some things just go together. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Click and clack. Ham and eggs. These twosomes are ingrained in our culture and, like fun and games, many are learned in earliest childhood. The sum adds up to more than the individuals in the pair. According to one of the Webster definitions, coupling is […]