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The SIGnboard

May-June 2014

A number of Harvard’s 49 Shared Interest Groups (SIGs; are hosting get-togethers during Commencement and Reunion week. Early listings appear below; updates will be posted here as they arrive and at

Alumnae/i Network for Harvard Women

ANHW ( will host a multimedia event—“Surviving Silence”on Saturday, May 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. in
 Canaday Hall Basement (wheelchair accessible). In a welcoming and compassionate environment, all survivors of on-campus sexual assault and their supporters are welcome to spend some healing time in the midst of the chaos of reunions. Registration is not required; for more information, e-mail [email protected]. Our SIG is for women from all schools at the University, and welcomes alumnae/i, students, faculty, and administrators.

Alumni of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

Our Alumni Sing and Mini Reunion takes place on Saturday, May 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Straus Hall Common Room, in Harvard Yard. Alumni of the group are invited to join other alumni and current group members for an afternoon of song, praise, and fellowship. For details, contact Joshua St. Louis at [email protected] or visit

Harvard Alumni for Global Development

HAGD seeks to advance global development by connecting the Harvard alumni community through a collaborative network. Join us for a Face-to-Face Networking Event for members and Harvard alumni with an interest in global development and cross-sector partnerships on Saturday, May 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. at a wheelchair-accessible TBD location. Registration is not required; for more information, e-mail [email protected].

Harvard Alumni for Mental Health

Our new SIG, for all alumni interested in mental health and related topics at Harvard and beyond, hosts a Reunion Reception on Saturday, May 31, at 3 p.m. in Monks Library at Harvard University Health Services, 75 Mt. Auburn Street (second floor; wheelchair accessible). To register (required) or for more information, e-mail [email protected].

Harvard Alumni Global Financial Markets Forum

Our new SIG will host a Meet and Greet Networking Event in Cambridge during Commencement week. For an invitation, contact Naushard Cader at [email protected].

Harvard Arab Alumni Association

Meet the new Arab graduates from Harvard and reconnect with old friends at the Graduation Ceremony hosted by HAAA on
 Wednesday, May 28, from  7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street (not wheelchair accessible).
 Registration is required; for more information or to register, e-mail [email protected].

Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance/South Asian Alumni Alliance

All alumni are invited to meet old friends and make new connections at the annual Spring Reunion Reception, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, in the Lowell House JCR. Details at HAAAA.Net; for questions, visit [email protected]. Refreshments served! Families welcome!

Harvard Black Alumni Society

HBAS holds its annual Reunion Reception on Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m. (location to be determined). Gather with family, faculty, and friends in the spirit of community, reconnection, and fellowship. For details, visit or e-mail Heather Johnston at [email protected].

Harvard College Democrats Alumni Network

Please join us on Saturday, May 31, from 3 to 5:00 p.m. in Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall, for the second annual Reunion Event for one of the HAA's newest SIGs, the Harvard College Democrats Alumni Network. Connect with friends old and new, and help us to strengthen Harvard’s progressive community. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
Registration required at For more information, e-mail Jason Berkenfeld at [email protected].

Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus

HGSC welcomes all LGBTQ reunion-goers and their friends to our All Reunion-Classes Reception on Wednesday, May 28, at John Harvard’s Brew House, 33 Dunster Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. On Thursday, May 29, our annual dinner (at Lowell House; dinner at 7 p.m., program at 8) honors Barney Frank ’61, K ‘71, J.D. ‘77, the first congressman to come out and lead an openly gay life in office. To register or obtain details, visit or contact Lano Williams at [email protected]. On Saturday, May 31, LGBTQ reunion-goers (and families and friends) are invited to an Open House in the Quincy House SCR from 3 to 5 p.m.

Harvard Humanist Alumni

HHA invites alumni to an Open House for the Humanist Community at Harvard at our new Harvard Square Humanist Hub, at 30 JFK Street (fourth floor) on Sunday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m. to explore our space and meet members of our community, or to join our young adult/young professionals group there for the final episode of Cosmos (social at 8 p.m., program at 9 p.m.). Visit for details and possible updates.

Harvard Jewish Alumni Network

Please join us at Harvard Hillel’s Rosovsky Hall, 52 Mount Auburn Street, on Friday, May 30, for a reunion-classes only Shabbat Dinner at 8 p.m. and dessert reception (9:30 to 10:30  p.m.). Register at; for more information, call Harvard Hillel at 617-495-4695. On Saturday, May 31, join us for an ice-cream social and cocktail reception for all young alumni classes in Hillel’s Safra Courtyard from 3 to 5 p.m. Register at

Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (Pierian Sodality of 1808)

The Harvard Pierian Foundation invites alumni and supporters of the HRO to a Reunion Reception to celebrate 206 years of music and camaraderie.
on Saturday, May 31, from 3 to 5 P.M. in the Common Room at the Office for the Arts, at 74 Mount Auburn Street.
 For more information, e-mail Matthew Boch at[email protected].

Harvard Student Agencies/Let’s Go 

All HSA and Let's Go alumni are invited to a Reunion Open House on Friday, May 30, from 4:30 to 6:30P.M. at The Harvard Shop, 65 Mount Auburn Street (not wheelchair accessible). Meet and catch up with your fellow HSA/LG alums over drinks and snacks, check out the new Harvard Shop, and meet the current class of student managers. Registration is not required.
 For more information, e-mail Chris Smiles at [email protected].

Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization

HVAO invites all members of the Harvard community to join us at the Memorial Day Service of Remembrance at The Memorial Church on Monday, May 26, at 11 a.m. We encourage the wearing of dress uniforms. There will be a walk focused on Harvard military symbols and memorials that afternoon. For details, visit or contact [email protected].


Drop by our annual Reunions Mixer, held at Charlie’s Kitchen (in the beer garden), 10 Eliot Street in Harvard Square, on Friday, May 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. Find details at

Holden Alumni

The Harvard Glee Club Foundation, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Foundation, and Radcliffe Choral Society Foundation hold their Holden Alumni Reunion Weekend Sing on Saturday, May 31, in Paine Hall; downbeat at 3:20 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to join us for the Fauré Requiem and some motets just for fun. Send questions to Samantha Morrison-Ma at [email protected].

Phillips Brooks House Association Alumni

You're invited to a PBHA Reunion Reception on Saturday, May 31, from 3 to 5 P.M in the Phillips Brooks House Parlor. Come reconnect with your public-service friends, say hi to PBHA staff, and learn how you can get involved in PBHA Alumni activities.Registration is not required; for more information, e-mail [email protected].
 Updated on 5/2/14 to reflect a change in the date and time.

Radcliffe Choral Society Foundation

We invite all alums in the Cambridge area to participate in our Reunion Sing, followed by our annual meeting, on Wednesday, May 28, at 4:30 P.M. in Holden Chapel (

Signet Society

Signet Society alums and their mates are most welcome to share memories and refreshments, see how the house has been lovingly refreshed, and learn how alums can get involved at a Reunion Reception on Saturday, May 31, from 3 to 5 p.m.
at 46 Dunster Street.
Registration not required; for more information, e-mail [email protected].

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