first_imgMany Harvard graduates are moved to give back to the School that gave them so much. But few can claim they have done so for half a century.Ruth Gove, 92, and Marion Cameron, 83, are original members of the Harvard Extension Alumni Association (HEAA). With the association celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the two of them met at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education. There, in front of stacks of immaculately preserved photos, magazines, bulletins, letters, and documents, they remembered the people, places, and events that shaped the School and their own lives, and inspired them to dedicate decades to the association.Gove (left) and Cameron at a recent alumni gathering. Credit: Jill Felicio“It’s [about] giving back, because I had received so much as a student,” Cameron said.Cameron and Gove attended Harvard Extension during a period when many women didn’t pursue a career, let alone a degree. But Gove had aspirations of becoming a special education teacher, and Cameron wanted to complement her health care background with classes in computer programming, and the School was — as it is to this day — a place where students of almost any age or education level could take affordable courses on their own schedule.“It was a time when my dentist would say to me, ‘How does it feel to be an oddball?’” Gove recounted. “Someone else would say, ‘How can you sit there and listen to those boring talks?’ And I kept thinking, if they only knew!”Many students who cannot pursue a traditional degree program find their academic community at the Extension School, which was founded on the idea that a College education should be accessible to anyone with the will to pursue it. The formation of the HEAA bolstered that mission.In 1968, Dean Reginald H. Phelps and two Extension School alumni, Ella Smith ’66 and Edgar Grossman ’66, established the HEAA to give graduates a network to support their personal and professional enrichment. Today, HEAA is under the umbrella of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), and members share many of the same benefits as other University graduates.The association keeps graduates connected and engaged, in part thanks to Cameron’s long involvement. At Smith’s urging, Cameron was on board from the beginning, serving as the HEAA’s president from 1980‒1982 and representing it on the HAA’s board of directors from 1983‒1985.“I took [Smith] at her word, and I never regretted a moment,” Cameron said.HEAA events introduced her to such notable figures as Mother Teresa, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Tennessee Williams, and violinist Itzhak Perlman. At $15 a class, the School took her from a job as a medical secretary to a career in medical informatics — making her a pioneer not only for women, but for the industry in general. At Massachusetts General Hospital, she worked with Dr. G. Octo Barnett in his Laboratory of Computer Science, where they helped initiate the use of computers in health care.,Cameron would achieve other firsts. During her time as HEAA president, she worked with Dean Michael Shinagel to get equity for Extension School alumni, and she helped earn the School its own shield.Like Cameron, Gove was first drawn to the Extension School for enrichment. She turned to education to keep herself occupied after her children were in school.“I began thinking I would rather prepare myself to do something which I hadn’t done before, and someone suggested I write to Harvard to ask about their programs,” Gove said. “I thought, ‘Well, my family comes first, but I’ll see how far I can go.’ All of a sudden, I was halfway through, and I knew I was going to get my degree. It changed my life.”After earning her bachelor’s degree Gove went on to Northeastern University for her master’s in special education, a field in which she worked for more than 20 years. Gove taught at St. Ann’s Home and School in Methuen before taking a job with Lynn Public Schools, where she helped establish a program for emotionally impaired students. She later was one of the first teachers at the Lynn Community Day School, a collaboration with the NSMC Union Hospital. Gove spent the last years of her career as the head teacher of special needs at Eastern Junior High School in Lynn.For Gove, staying involved in the HEAA throughout those years was a respite from a rewarding yet emotionally consuming career. “When you have a difficult job, a job that takes emotional energy, having something like that to attend to was a joy,” she said. It also gave her a social network of people with whom she made lifelong friends and traveled the world.Gove and Cameron were both integral players in continuing the Commencement Day alumni gathering at Weld Hall started by Smith. Each year, HEAA members gather on the second floor of Weld to watch the Commencement ceremonies in Harvard Yard, while socializing and gearing up for the alumni parade in to the Afternoon Exercises.The Weld gathering and the annual alumni banquet in Annenberg Hall are traditions that have endured since HEAA’s inception — as has Gove and Cameron’s attendance. Last year, Gove received the Michael Shinagel Award for Alumni Excellence at the banquet. This weekend, she’ll speak at the 50th anniversary luncheon at Loeb House.Asked why they would put in all the effort, decades later, Gove and Cameron said it was simple.“It was a testament to how much we appreciate what we received,” Cameron said.last_img read more

first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer North Dining Hall now features NDH Marketplace in place of Grab ‘n Go, where students can buy smaller snacks using flex points instead of a full meal swipe. The changes were mainly student-driven.Director of student dining, Scott Kachmarik, said meal counts have been up this semester, as students are coming into both dining halls to explore the changes to the facilities.“ … If you’ve seen the dish line or some of the server-y things, students have been coming in,” he said. “So that’s a good thing. But like I said, we’re trying to figure it out — timings and things — and we’ve got to get everyone settled into a routine.”The meals served at both dining halls will now feature more “plant-forward” and “plant-centered” foods, senior director of campus dining, Chris Abayasinghe said.“Our program is a signatory of a program called Menus of Change University Research Collaboration,” he said. “This is a cross-university collaborative to look at the future of what food is and also being able to kind of be a central voice, if you will, for foods from a dietary perspective … and essentially say, ‘Can we take all of these dining trends as well as concerns with the social, ethical and environmental impacts and have a consolidated response to this?’”Students now enter into South Dining Hall through the dining room, rather than going directly into the buffet area, Kachmarik said.“We were able to take where those severies — where [students] used to enter before — and we’ve now expanded the breakfast area on one side and consolidated our allergen friendly on the other,” he said of the change.In the renovated North Dining Hall, students enter through an automated turnstile system which reads their new ID cards, Abayasinghe said.“Sometimes when [students] go through the turnstile system and they tap the card, they’ll tap again before the gate opens so it’ll deduct a couple of meals,” he said. “So I know that our folks over in card services are working to address this specific issue, including the option of ‘Should we do a built-in buffer?’ so that way if the system reads your card, it won’t read it again for another 10 seconds or something along those lines.”North Dining Hall’s monitors, who previously swiped students’ ID cards upon entry, will begin to work as cashiers or ambassadors in the dining rooms, Kachmarik said.“The ambassadors are really going to play a different role,” he said. “Rather than taking your card and swiping you in, they’ll be roaming throughout the dining room and they’ll be bussing tables and helping clean up — [when] we get spills and things like that — but really to engage the students, more so than what they were doing just at the greeting.”Abayasinghe said throughout the planning process of renovations, campus dining consulted student feedback. The decision to replace the Grab and Go in North Dining Hall with the NDH Marketplace  — where students pay with flex points and Domer Dollars instead of a meal swipe — was “student-initiated” he said.“Through the process, student government identified an advisory council called the student advisory council for us,” Abayasinghe said. “And what we heard was that exchanging [a meal swipe] — and I’m trying to use the exact terminology that the student raised to me — ‘It feels to me like swiping for Grab and Go for a dining hall meal, I just feel like I’ve lost something.’”The suggestion by student government to adjust Grab and Go was not intended as a call to replace the service in North Dining Hall, student body president Becca Blais said.“According to our co-director of student life, Caitlin [Murphy], while the suggestion of improving Grab and Go did come from our office, the suggestion of replacing Grab and Go did not originate from our office or any of our discussions,” Blais said in an email. “We’ve heard quite a bit of student feedback on improvements, and we’re continuing to gather feedback on the changes in order to share with Campus Dining.”Campus Dining remains positive about the change, however, as using flex points or Domer Dollars instead of meal swipes at the marketplace will allow students more flexibility, Abayasinghe said.“If you’re running between classes, or if, for example, you don’t have the time to be able to enjoy a meal in the dining hall, you can go into this place and instead of you losing a whole meal swipe, you can choose to utilize two or three dollars,” he said. “You can choose to utilize whatever amount you want based on what you want so that way you get to make that determination.”Students can now swipe into the dining halls multiple times within a meal period, allowing additional freedom to students, Abayasinghe said. The number of flex points allotted to each student this semester has also increased when compared to the fall of 2016 semester, he said.“What we wanted to do is to say “Well, tell you what. You have x amount of swipes a week. If you choose to utilize all of those swipes within the first two days, that’s your prerogative, because it has to match how you dine,”” Abayasinghe said.Reggie Kalili, assistant director of marketing, said he enjoyed the new environment in the dining hall.“I used to work in North Dining Hall so for me it’s quite the transformation in terms of just the overall atmosphere,” he said. “It’s brighter. It’s more welcoming and from the employee end, if you’re working in a nice new place, it just lends to a better attitude so people are just happy in general.”Tags: dining, Food Services, NDH With the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year came a number of changes to campus dining. Reckers shortened its hours to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weeknights and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights, while three additional South Bend businesses — a Pizza Hut off-campus, the Philly Pretzel Factory and Danny Boy Draft Works — have started accepting Domer Dollars. The full North Dining Hall (NDH) facility reopened and both dining halls began operating technology consistent with the new ID cards.last_img read more

first_imgTHERE is much excitement in the tennis fraternity as Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA) prepares to serve off the Annual GBTI Open tournament on June 7 at its tennis courts, Kaieteur Road, Bel-Air Park.The competition, its 10th edition, is the most anticipated one on the GLTA calendar of events. The action starts at 17:00hrs on weekdays and 09:00hrs on weekends.The tournament coordinators are Shelly Daly, Leyland Leacock and Benjattan Osborne and they have distributed application forms. They can be reached on 642-5672, 660-4011 and 645-6054 respectively.As the tournament grows annually, GLTA continues to be grateful to GBTI for their annual sponsorship, as it demonstrates unwavering support for the development of tennis in Guyana.The categories are: Ladies’ Open Singles, Men’s Open Singles, Junior Girls’ Open Singles, Junior Boys’ Open Singles, Novice Medley Singles, Men’s Over-35 Singles, Men’s Over-45 Singles, Ladies’ Open Doubles, Men’s Open Doubles, Mixed Open Doubles, Men’s Over-35 Doubles and Novice Medley Doubleslast_img read more

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Defense lawyers for the man charged in the killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts are asking a judge to delay his trial.Lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera say they need to push back the Feb. 4 trial date so that they have time to appeal a judge’s ruling that allowed key evidence to be used against their client. The Iowa Supreme Court will consider whether to take the appeal before trial.Rivera’s lawyers also say they would now like to depose several individuals recently added to the prosecution’s witness list, including Tibbetts’ boyfriend at the time of her July 2018 disappearance.Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tibbetts, who was 20 when she vanished while out for a run in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. He faces life in prison if convicted at trial, which will take place in Sioux City, Iowa.Investigators say Rivera, a dairy farm employee, led them to Tibbetts’ body in a cornfield in August 2018 after an interrogation. They also say Tibbetts’ blood was found in the trunk of Rivera’s car, which is seen on video driving near Tibbetts while she was running.Prosecutors say there’s “no basis” for any delay in the trial.last_img read more