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News from the HAA

May-June 2002

Take Your Pick

To be counted, all votes for Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association elected directors must be returned by noon on May 31. Degree holders are eligible to vote.

For Overseer (six-year term, five to be elected):

Nominated by the HAA

Anderson Fergusson
Anderson Fergusson

Rozlyn L. Anderson '77, J.D. '80. New York City. Senior vice president, Merrill Lynch Trust Company, and director of wealth management strategies, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Services.

Frances D. Fergusson, Ph.D. '73; B.A. '65, Wellesley. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. President, Vassar College.

Lee Melvoin
Lee Melvoin

William F. Lee '72; J.D.-M.B.A. '76 Cornell. Wellesley, Mass. Attorney; managing partner, Hale and Dorr LLP.

Richard I. Melvoin '73; Ph.D. '83 University of Michigan. Belmont, Mass. Head, Belmont Hill School.

Pritzker Sepulveda
Pritzker Sepulveda

Penny Pritzker '81; J.D.-M.B.A. '85 Stanford. Chicago. President and CEO, Pritzker Realty Group; chair and CEO, Classic Residence by Hyatt.

Jaime Sepulveda, M.P.H. '80, S.M. '81, S.D. '85; M.D. '78 National Autonomous University of Mexico. Mexico City. Director general, National Institute of Public Health; dean of the School of Public Health of Mexico.

Werner Zare
Werner Zare

Thomas C. Werner '71. Los Angeles. Co-owner, Carsey Werner Mandabach Co.; founding Partner, Oxygen Media.

Richard N. Zare '61, Ph.D. '64. Stanford. Marguerite Blake Wilbur professor in natural science, Stanford University.

Nominated by petition

Dulles
Dulles

Frederick H. Dulles '64; J.D.-M.B.A. '68 Columbia. New York City. Attorney; partner, McFadden, Pilkington & Ward LLP.

 

For HAA Director (three-year term, six to be elected):

Cartanga Clair
Carfagna Clair

Peter A. Carfagna '75, J.D. '79; M.A. '77, Oxford. Cleveland. Chief legal officer, general counsel, and senior staff vice president, IMG Worldwide Inc.

Walter K. Clair '77, M.D. '81, M.P.H. '85. Nashville. Cardiac electrophysiologist and assistant clinical professor of medicine, Vanderbilt Page-Campbell Heart Institute.

Dora Garza
Dorn Garza

Angela K. Dorn '87, J.D. '90. New York City. Managing director and general counsel, Fletcher Asset Management Inc.

Melita M. Garza '81. Chicago. Journalist, Chicago Tribune.

Irving Lonergan
Irving Lonergan

John F. Irving '83, M.B.A. '89. St. John, New Brunswick. Vice president, J.D. Irving Ltd.

Joan Z. Lonergan, Ed.M. '84; B.S. '74 University of New Hampshire. Palo Alto. Head, Castilleja School.

Lopez White
Lopez White

Andres W. Lopez '92, J.D. '95. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Attorney; senior law clerk to U.S. district judge Jay A. Garcia-Gregory.

Eleanor Greenberg White '67, Loeb Fellow '79 (Graduate School of Design); M.P.A. '75 Northeastern University. Watertown, Mass. President, Housing Partners Inc.

Wong
Wong

Stephen R. Wong '81, M.B.A. '85. San Francisco. Chairman and CEO, Embarcadero Technologies Inc.

 

A New Home for Alumni

Out of the old and into the new. At the end of March, the Harvard Alumni Association moved into plush, renovated office space at 124 Mount Auburn Street, on the opposite side of Harvard Square from the organization's long-time home in Wadsworth House.

The new space not only allows all 33 HAA staffers to work on the same floor—instead of on three separate floors at Wadsworth House and auxiliary space on Dunster Street—but also offers high-capacity rooms for conferences and entertaining and a much-anticipated alumni visitors' center. "As we have tried to meet the needs of alumni," said HAA executive director John P. Reardon Jr. '60, "this space at Wadsworth House became more and more difficult." The cozy, historic structure, with its winding hallways, wood moldings, Colonial décor, and oddly shaped rooms has been likened to a "rabbit's warren," Reardon said, not unaffectionately, in an interview just before the move. Staff members on the first floor, for example, have had to walk through a conference room, down a corridor, and up two flights of creaking stairs to get to the organization's only photocopier. Reardon's office had only half a window—divided vertically by a wall—left over from a previous remodeling.

The new, undeniably modern, sixth-floor suite of rooms (located three floors above the University's development office) has "high ceilings, lots of light, and patios," Reardon said. "People can go outside, sit down, and have a meeting over lunch. As soon as I saw the place I liked it a lot. I believe just about everyone in the organization is happy about it." Some people "have winced" at the loss of Wadsworth House, and its central Harvard Yard location, Reardon conceded, but he believes even they will be won over by the new office. HAA directors and other guests will tour the space during their spring meeting in May.

The move is part of the HAA's long-range plan to increase efficiency. An organizational reshuffling during the last two years has resulted in an expanded staff, efforts to streamline the committee structure, and a new focus on University-wide (instead of just College) relations.

The University Library, as well as the Marshal's and Commencement offices, will stay in Wadsworth House. Other future tenants have not yet been announced.

The HAA's new address is 124 Mount Auburn Street, 6th floor, Cambridge, 02138. All phone and fax numbers remain the same. In a change unrelated to the move, however, the name of the HAA's website has been changed from "Harvard Gateways" to "Post.Harvard." The address is still www.haa.harvard.edu.

 

Alumni in Asia—and Beyond

Harvard alumni throughout Asia are gathering in Beijing from May 11 to May 13 for a conference on globalization. President Lawrence H. Summers is the keynote speaker; while in China, he also plans to visit government officials, academic leaders, and key universities. A faculty delegation will accompany him and some members will speak at the conference, as will alumni and local scholars.

The conference, Asia in a Converging World: The Impact of Globalization on Economics, the Environment, and Education, is hosted by the Harvard Club of Beijing in conjunction with the HAA and an umbrella group called the Association of Harvard University Alumni Clubs of Asia (AHUACA), which formed in 1977. The group's first Asian conference took place in Taiwan in 2000. "The basic purpose of the conference is to foster closer cooperation and better understanding among the many Harvard clubs," says Paul Keenan, director of interfaculty and international initiatives at the University development office. Organizers, he explains, want to bring people "together across national boundaries to talk about shared issues." For more information on the Beijing conference, visit www.haa.harvard.edu/events/html/AHUACA.html, or call the HAA's clubs and programs office at 617-495-3070.

University officials are also looking into the feasibility of organizing a worldwide alumni conference to be held either in Cambridge or Europe, Keenan reports. The law and business schools have put on similar conferences in the past.

 

Shakespeare To Go?

The first Alumni College to be held outside Cambridge in more than a decade takes place in Chicago on the weekend of May 31. Kenan professor of English Marjorie Garber leads off with an introduction to The Tempest, followed by dinner and a performance of the play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Saturday opens with a session on "Performance as Interpretation," with Garber and the theater's artistic director, Barbara Gaines. The day includes other lectures on Shakespeare and discussions including members of the audience.

The price is $150 per person ($275 per couple) and includes all sessions, dinner on Friday, and continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. (Tickets to the play are not included in the price.) Space is limited. For further information, interested alumni may call the Harvard Club of Chicago at 866-482-5827.

 

Comings and Goings

Many Harvard clubs host alumni gatherings in May and June. The list below offers a glimpse of the social and intellectual events available. For further information, contact the HAA's clubs and programs office at 617-495-3070 or visit www.haa.harvard.edu.

On May 1, Kennedy School dean Joseph S. Nye speaks to members of the Harvard Club of Ottawa. Ali Asani, professor of the practice of Indo-Muslim languages and cultures, addresses the Harvard Club of Worcester on May 6. On May 8, Rev. Peter Gomes meets with the Harvard Club of New Bedford to discuss his new book, The Good Life. The Harvard Club of San Francisco and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences invite alumni to hear psychology professor Marc Hauser deliver a lecture on "Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think" on May 9. China expert Peter Bol discusses "Modern China" at the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., on May 15. On May 19 the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan hosts the University marshal, Richard Hunt, who will talk about "Harvard on the World Stage." Also on May 19, Radcliffe Institute executive dean Louise Richardson, an expert on international relations, lectures on "Terrorism and the United States" for members of the Harvard Club of Westchester. The following evening, at the Harvard Club of New York City, Krupp Foundation professor of European studies Charles Maier has titled his talk, "If It's 9/11, It Must Be 1941: Analogies and 'What-ifs' in History." On May 22, Peter Gomes presents The Good Life to the Harvard Club of Los Angeles, and the Harvard Club of Western Pennsylvania hosts athletic director Robert Scalise. Gomes also addresses the Harvard Club of Seattle on May 29 and the Harvard Club of Portland, Oregon, on May 30.

On June 5, American literary scholar John Stauffer meets with members of the Harvard Club of Chicago to discuss "The Black Hearts of Men and the Coming of the Civil War." On June 11, athletic director Robert Scalise visits members of the Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut. And on June 20 and 21, Louise Richardson again discusses "Terrorism and the United States," this time before the Harvard Club of San Francisco and the Harvard Club of Santa Barbara, respectively.