Jul 17 2009

Classes of ’91-’94 Joint Reunion


Amanda Boyle Vining (class of ’92) has started organizing for a multi-class RVA reunion to take place in the summer of 2010. Most of this organizing is taking place on Facebook, so get on over there to find out more information. The graduation count for all four classes is approximately 320 people when combined, and Amanda is looking to get 100+ people to it.

The Facebook page for the multi-year RVA reunion in 2010

The Facebook page for the multi-year RVA reunion in 2010

“I love those I graduated with but I know, like most of you, I had and still have many friends who were in other classes. The classes of 1990 & 1995 were considered for this reunion as well, but I did not want to interfere with their landmark 15 and 20 year reunions. This has been a dream of mine for a while and, excitedly, initial reunion feedback on Facebook has been amazing! There has been enough class interest to warrant moving forward with picking a date and a location and making this happen.”

Information you need to know:

WHEN: July 1-6, 2010 (Thursday-Tuesday)
The majority of activities will take place between Friday and Monday.

WHERE: Barefoot Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
This resort is great! And, based on what Amanda have researched, appears to have the best amenities for a group like ours. They are also very willing to work with the organizers.

REGISTRATION: You have until this November to make a final decision. Amanda will be sending a registration form in the next month or two. That form will be due on November 1, 2009 along with your registration fee as I am required to pay the resort deposits by January 2010. Registration fees are per person. Kids (age 0-3): Free. Kids (age 4-10): $88. Kids (age 11-18): $175. Adults: $175 (USD).

Registration will cover the cost of:

  • Friday night barbecue
  • Saturday morning breakfast
  • Formal dinner/dance on Saturday night
  • Hot buffet breakfast Sunday morning
  • DJ, sound equipment, and other unforeseen necessities such as mail-outs, brochures, etc.

As the November date draws close, I will send the form again with a reminder; however, if you already know you are coming, hotel reservations can be made anytime. Hotel information will be included with the registration form.

UPDATE (July 31, 2009)

From Beth Turner Taggard:

Hey everybody! Amanda, Katie and I are working on getting out registration information for the 91-94 RVA Class Reunion. You should receive an email with a registration form this weekend.

In order for us to to get an estimate on POSSIBLE attendance, please take 30 seconds out of your day to fill out a 3 question survey. Click on the link below or copy/paste it into your web browser. The link will take you to a website called ‘Survey Monkey’ and it is perfectly safe. No personal information will be collected except your name.


Taking the time to do this will help us establish accurate registration fees. Please answer based on your plans at this time. We do realize that plans change.

Thank you so much for your help and we hope to see you in 2010!!

Class of ’92

Jul 7 2009

Welcome to the Kiambogo blog


In a stroke of luck, I found that the domain Kiambogo.com was available today. What a great name for a blog about Rift Valley Academy! Two interesting events happened that led me to even look for it.

RVA book - school in the clouds by Phil DowFirst, was that I walked into my local coffee shop and randomly ran into Phil Dow (author or the book on RVA, “School in the Clouds“) who usually lives in Cambridge, UK – but here he was in Orlando.

Second, I had just been having a lively discussion with other RVA alumni on Facebook about the problems we have in getting information about what’s going on beyond just our current friends from the years we were at RVA.

As an example, the Prescott finals were this weekend, Saints beat Mangu in that game. I didn’t hear this from anyone at RVA, but because someone happened to leave a comment on my personal blog regarding it I was able to tell others. What about when important news happens at RVA? How about when there is a big reunion or other alumni event?

At the root of it, there lies the question, “how we as an extended RVA community stay in touch, interact and strengthen one another beyond the few years we spend in Kijabe?

The purpose of this blog is to serve as a dynamic news source for RVA-related information. It’s for alumni, students, staff and parents alike to see what’s going on of note within the RVA community, in Kijabe itself and the alumni spread all over the world.

Mount Longonot seen from RVA

A call for more authors

My job here is to serve as curator, not the sole blogger, behind the site. To be honest, there’s no way that I can keep this site interesting on my own. That means I need some of you to help me on it. (Don’t worry if you’ve never blogged before, though at first it might sound intimidating, it’s not and I’ll help you get started) If you’re interested in coming on as another author, please contact me. Others will greatly appreciate another voice besides mine! 🙂

For those interested in figuring out who I am, my name is Erik Hersman, class of 1993. I’m a blogger at WhiteAfrican and AfriGadget and I deal with technology in Africa, so this format is native to me and my line of work. If you want to reach me personally, you can find me on Twitter at @whiteafrican and on Facebook.