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Aloian Scholars

September-October 2009

Karl Kmiecik ’10, of Cabot House and Augusta, Georgia, and Kirsten E. M. Slungaard ’10 of Eliot House and Saint Paul, Minnesota, are this year’s David Aloian Memorial Scholars, and will be honored at the fall dinner of the Harvard Alumni Association in October. The scholarships, established in 1988 to honor the late David Aloian ’49, a former HAA executive director and master of Quincy House, and his wife, Mary “Mimi” Aloian, are awarded to two seniors who have made unique contributions to their Houses and to undergraduate life.

Kmiecik, a history and science concentrator, is “a friend to all” who organizes multiple formals, at least a dozen study breaks and stein clubs, and a lively Dutch Auction that raises money for student events. He was instrumental in Cabot’s three-year drive to win the Green Cup (for greatest reduction in energy consumption), and serves on the House tutor interview committee. Kmiecik is also president of the Harvard ROTC Association, a volunteer for the Peer Health Exchange, and a member of  his department’s student-faculty committee.  

Kirsten Slungaard, an English concentrator, has been a driving force behind numerous Eliot House initiatives. She spearheaded the renewal of its Grille, a popular late-night gathering spot; as its manager, she organizes study breaks and hires and trains employees, among other duties. A founding member of the Eliot Writing Circle, she is an aspiring professional writer, and a sound supporter of others’ creative endeavors. And as a member of the Eliot Boat Club, she rises early most mornings to contribute to Eliot’s dominance in intramural crew.