Class Officers Weekend 2015

Dartmouth College
Recognizes with Deep Appreciation
the Extraordinary Achievements of


2015 Class Secretary of the Year
25 Years Out or Less

From CEOs to published authors, college deans to artists, NASA scientists to Hollywood filmmakers, the members of the Class of 1997 find their stories told with wit, character, and charm by their class secretary, Jason Casell.

Jason, you are an exemplary class secretary. In your decade-long tenure, you have not missed a single deadline, even when one came just weeks after the birth of your son, Sascha, in 2014. News and nostalgia both have their place in your writing. Your work this year included a particularly delightful collection of memories from your sophomore summer twenty years ago, appropriately placed in the July-August 2015 issue. You have memorialized your deceased classmates with care. Your columns are newsy and colorful, and as Theresa D'Orsi notes, the affection you feel for your classmates "shines through your copy."

Perhaps it was inevitable that you would someday hold this role for your class. A history major who graduated cum laude, you served as a senior editor for The Dartmouth and participated in World Outlook, the undergraduate journal of international affairs. You also served on the Green Key Society. You went on to receive a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University before pursuing a J.D. at the University of Michigan.

Your own life is as full and rich as those of your classmates you write about for the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. You are a senior associate with Reed Smith LLP in Houston, Texas. You and your wife, Faye, are blessed with two children: Ellery, seven, and one-year-old Sascha. You are active in the civic life of your community, a member of the board of the Main Street Theater, and involved with the Houston Food Bank and the United Way of Greater Houston. You have also represented your region on Dartmouth's Alumni Council.

Jason Casell, today we celebrate your outstanding work as class secretary, with sincere appreciation for all that you do for the Class of 1997 and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Congratulations and thank you on behalf of the Class Secretaries Association.