by Megan Chang ’19
Eighty-five members of the faculty and staff were invited to attend a free screening of the new movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Dec. 19, the day after its release. The showing was held at the IMAX headquarters in Playa Vista. Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn (P ’06, ’08) and IMAX President Greg Foster (P ’08, ’11, ’13), as well as alumnus Steve Bing ’82, arranged the showing as a holiday gift to thank the faculty and staff for all that they do throughout the year.
Chief Advancement Officer Ed Hu asked faculty and staff who were interested in attending the screening to enter a lottery with the possibility of winning up to two tickets.
“There was a great outpouring of interest. Faculty were really appreciative of the opportunity, even those who didn’t ‘win’ the lottery,” Hu said in an email.
Faculty who attended expressed their gratitude for being offered this special opportunity.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it from the moment the words started scrolling. It brought back so many memories from 1977 when I was wowed by the first movie. I was 12 all over again,” middle school dean Betsy Ilg said.