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T h e S i d n e y S u ss e x N e w s l e tt e r American Connections Photograph: Ed Strauss With the support of Cambridge in America, Andrew and Jo hosted a lively and enjoyable dinner at the Cornell Club in New York, following “Cambridge in America Day.” The evening was a very Dinner at the Cornell Club special opportunity to meet Sidney Americans, including several Directors of the Sidney Sussex Foundation (described below) and to discuss future visits and plans. The Master was impressed by the loyalty and enthusiasm of Sidney’s American Members, and looks forward to hosting regular events in New York, San Francisco and other regions. A smaller alumni gathering in New Haven, CT was equally congenial. The Fox International Fellowship Program One highlight of the Master’s US trip was an opportunity to meet Joseph Fox and to visit the Fox International Fellowship Program at Yale University. This student exchange partnership between Yale and eleven leading world universities offers talented graduates and postgraduates the chance to pursue academic research and to develop their leadership skills while experiencing the culture of another country. Sidney Sussex is privileged to be the only Cambridge or UK College presently working in partnership with the Fox International Fellowship Program; the other partner institutions are Moscow State University, the Free University of Berlin, Fudan University in Shanghai, the University of Tokyo, Institut d’études de Politiques de Paris, Jawaraharlal Nehru University, El Colegio de Mexico, Bogazici University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Cape Town. Boat Club US travels and Alumni dinner 24 Sidney rowers and two coxes travelled to Philadelphia in late June for the Independence Day Regatta, held between the 2nd–4th of July on the Schuylkill River. Hosted by a local club, the Sidney rowers trained hard and rowed well, staying on in Philadelphia for several extra days to see the sights. The Sidney Boat Club is pleased to announce the 2010 SSBC Alumni Dinner, to be held in College on 6th November (booking form enclosed). All who rowed or coxed for Sidney are welcome to attend. There will be alumni outings during the day. The dinner two years ago was very well attended and by all accounts a great success; the dinner helped to fund a new boat for the 1st women and there have already been noticeable benefits across all levels of the women’s side of the boat club. This year the aim is to raise money for two new fours. Photograph: Zoe Swenson-Wright In March, the Master, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, travelled to the US with his wife Jo to meet Sidney alumni in New York, Maryland and New England and to give public lectures on his project at Herculaneum at Yale and Washington and Lee Universities. The Sidney Sussex Foundation Christopher Stoneman and Tony French The Sidney Sussex Foundation was established in 1973, the brainchild of Sidney alumnus Christopher Stoneman (Law, 1947). A Vermont and New Hampshire attorney, Christopher has had a remarkably long association with Sidney, through four generations of his family. The 1973 Sidney Sussex College Annual recorded the establishment of the Sidney Sussex Foundation, announcing that: ‘The five Directors (Founding Fathers) are: The Reverend Sewall Emerson (1928, Theology), President; Dr Ronald N. Bracewell (1946, Physics research), Vice-President; Christopher G. Stoneman (1947, Law), Secretary and Treasurer); Peter G. Andrews (1938, Mechanical Sciences); and Howard L. Meyer (1957, Law).’ The Foundation was set up to support the College financially, and to assist alumni in need. It was conceived of as an organization that could bring Sidney’s American alumni together in support of the College and each other. This mission evolved over time; by the mid-1990s, the Foundation was raising substantial sums, and funding annual North American Fellowships to build links between Sidney and the US. In all this, the Sidney Sussex Foundation (cited by College historian C.W. Scott Giles as a highlight of Sidney’s modern period) was very much ahead of its time. In 1973, neither Cambridge nor Sidney had any organized fundraising or alumni activities, beyond the traditional Commemoration dinners. The five original Directors not only raised money for the College, but introduced Sidney to the concept of modern, American-style fundraising and alumni relations. Sidney took this lesson on board, becoming one of the first Colleges in Cambridge to recognize the need for alumni fundraising, and the first to launch an Annual Fund. In 1995, Professor Anthony P French became the President of the Foundation. Howard Meyer (now sadly deceased) and Christopher Stoneman continued in their roles, together with John F Scott (1951) and Derek T Weatherill (1948) . When Christopher Stoneman retired in 2003, he was replaced by another attorney, the indefatigable Tom Viles (1992), an alumnus and former Fellow of the College. On the retirement of Derek Weatherill, David Smith (1958) joined the Board of Directors. Over the years, the Sidney Sussex Foundation has hosted many visitors from Sidney, including Masters Gabriel Horn and Sandra Dawson, and Vice-Master Tony Badger. During their recent American tour, Andrew and Jo Wallace Hadrill met with Tony French and Tom Viles to discuss the future of the Foundation. Although Cambridge in America, with its modern offices and substantial, professional staff, is now better placed to fundraise in the US on behalf of the College, the spirit and alumni connections created by the Sidney Sussex Foundation go far beyond legalities. Although the Foundation has now wound up its fundraising activities, the community of support created in 1973 has become a permanent part of Sidney’s history and future. Sidney’s men’s quad on Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River For more information, please contact the Captain of Boats, Sam Harrison, at or Elin Gosby at alumni-officer@ If you would like to be kept informed of boat club events please return the relevant section of the form, even if you can’t attend the dinner. 1 26 ISSUE TWENTY-SIX Summer 2010 CONTENTS Thank you to donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Honouring Donald Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 The Donald Green Fund .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Engineering triumph at the May Ball . . . . . . 3 Befriend the Sidney Choir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 The Sidney Sussex Society .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Past and forthcoming events .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Pass it On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2010–2011 Diary Dates 12 September 2010 Reunion garden party for the matriculands of 1990, 1980, 1970, 1960 and all earlier years 16 October 2010 The annual John Thornely dinner in Hall, all Sidney lawyers welcome 6 November 2010 SSBC Alumni dinner in College 20 November 2010 Dinner in honour of Donald Green, all Sidney engineers welcome 6 December 2010 The Sidney Sussex Society Christmas Party in London (details TBA) 5 February 2011 Arts at Sidney Lecture and Dinner 27 February 2011 Celebration of the Quatercentenary of the King James Bible February 2011 The John Thornely Lecture in London (details TBA) 14 May 2011 MA Graduation Dinner 21 June 2011 Sidney Sussex Society BA Graduands Party 8 October 2011 Sidney Sussex Society visit to Duxford Commemoration of Benefactors Dates for 2010 – 2014 25 September 2010 1956–1960 (inclusive) 25 June 2011 1989–1991 (inclusive) 24 September 2011 1980–1982 (inclusive) 30 June 2012 1961–1962, 1964, 1950 & older 29 September 2012 2001–2003 inclusive 29 June 2013 1983–1985 inclusive 28 September 2013 1974–1976 inclusive June 2014 1967–1970 inclusive September 2014 1977–1979 inclusive Forthcoming events are posted on the Sidney website at:

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