Aloian Winners

Established in 1988 to honor the late David Aloian '49, a former executive director of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) and Master of Quincy House, the Aloian Memorial Scholarships recognize two seniors who have made unique contributions to their Houses and to undergraduate life.

Fentrice D. Driskell Õ01
Fentrice D. Driskell '01
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This year's Aloian Scholars are Fentrice D. Driskell '01 and Nancy M. Poon '01, who will be honored at the fall dinner of the HAA Board of Directors on November 2.

Driskell, from Lakeland, Florida, and Mather House, believes the best way to foster a sense of community is to pursue "one relationship at a time," whether that means serving on her House Committee, playing for Mather intramural sports teams, or attending other House events. Driskell was one of the initiators of the Mather House Creed, a document developed with the House council following some incidents of vandalism and bigotry. Signed by most House members, the creed affirmed three central principles: that people feel safe, that they feel respected, and that they have ample opportunity to interact with other House members. Outside the House, Driskell--a government concentrator who plans to attend law school--is past president of the Undergraduate Council and a member of Kuumba Singers, the Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship, and Harvard's NAACP chapter.

Nancy M. Poon Õ01
Nancy M. Poon '01
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Poon, of Brighton, Massachusetts, and Dunster House, says she values House life as "an opportunity for diverse students to come together, share common interests, and use those interests to better serve the campus and neighborhood areas at large." As cochair of the Dunster House Committee and the coordinator of several House-based organizations, she recruits for the Dunster Café, a weekly cabaret, and has increased student participation in the venerable Dunster House Opera. She also works with Dunster's House and Neighborhood (HAND) program to "bring our energy to the community around us"--organizing projects such as sandwich drives for local homeless shelters and a day of pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating at Dunster House for Cambridgeport students. Herself a cox for the Radcliffe varsity crew, she revived the House crew program and launched the Big Moose and Little Moose "buddy system" to match rising sophomores with current House residents. An English concentrator with special interests in government and education, she hopes to work in the field of urban education.

 

Let's Go, Harvard!

Come see old friends, cheer for the team, and have fun at events before and after The Game on November 18. (The kickoff time is 12:30.)

Reservations are required for the pregame gathering sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association and Harvard Varsity Club at the Gordon Track; a postgame cocktail reception at the same location is open to all. The class of 1952 will meet before the game at Dillon Field House. Members of the class of 1937 are invited to a luncheon at the Weld Boathouse. Meanwhile, the major reunion classes of 1951, 1966, and 1976 will all gather before and after the game at the Palmer-Dixon Tennis Courts. Pregame events usually begin around 10 a.m. For more information call (617) 495-2555.

 

Comings and Goings

If you miss the intellectual stimulation of the classroom, you may need to look no further than your local Harvard-Radcliffe club for lectures, social gatherings, and discussions this fall. Below is a list of events organized by the Harvard Alumni Association.

Professor of American religious history David Hall will speak at the Harvard Club of New York City on November 9. The following Tuesday, November 14, the club will host a double-header featuring Feldberg professor of government and Russian studies Timothy Colton and Marshall Goldman, associate director of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian Studies. The Rocky Mountain Harvard University Club will also focus on Slavic issues with presentations by Davis Center fellow David Powell and by Carol Saivetz, executive director of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, on November 8. On November 16, David Cobb, director of the Harvard Map Collection, will lead the Harvard Club of the Research Triangle on "A Journey through the Harvard Map Collection." And a December 8 meeting of the Harvard Club of Sarasota treats participants to a talk entitled "International Economic Organizations at a Turning Point," by professor of government Lisa Martin. To find out more about club activities around the country, you may call (617) 495-5194 or visit the HAA's website at www.haa.harvard.edu.

 

Help Wanted

There are many ways to help undergraduates find their place in the professional world. If you would like to offer a paid or unpaid position or mentor a student during the spring or summer breaks, please contact staff members at the University programs listed below.

The Harvard Career Internship Program, in its sixteenth year, matches students with unpaid internships during the week of spring recess. For information or to register as a sponsor, contact program coordinator Nancy Saunders at the Office of Career Services, at (617) 495-2595, or e-mail her at nesaund@fas.harvard.edu. Students are matched through an on-line database. For women students, the Radcliffe Externships program offers the chance to accompany alumnae for several days at work and at home during spring break. To post an externship, call Susan Shemo at (617) 495-8641, e-mail rcaa@radcliffe.edu, or visit www.radcliffe.edu/alumnae/net/externs. If you're interested in hiring an undergraduate for a paid summer job, you may want to list the position through the Student Employment Office. Send information to Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street, Cambridge, 02138; call the office at (617) 495-2585; or post details on the SEO website at www.seo.harvard.edu. Opportunities will be posted on the SEO's bulletin board as well as on the Internet, but alumni are encouraged to use the website because it is the place students are more likely to look.

 

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