Tufts Blueprint Fall 2013
Engaged and Activated Idealism, hard work, and a Dimon Foundation gift add up to a summer of service. See page 3. Will Freeman, A16, at Fiver Childrenâ€™s Foundation in Manhattan News of G ivin g , G rowth, and Grati tude 2 Fall 2013 Over the course of the past year, we have engaged our community in the development of a university-wide strategic plan that will guide the future of Tufts. We’ve been thinking about what makes this university strong and how we can make it even stronger as we face new challenges and opportunities ahead. Inclusivity has been a hallmark of our strategic planning process. In working groups and core committees, scores of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents have examined Tufts’ unique institutional makeup and philosophy, reviewing our strengths and weaknesses and formulating ambitious recommendations for the future. The entire com- alumni about their ideas regarding the future of Tufts. munity has been drawn into the process through a preliminary engagement document, a subsequent survey, public comment opportunities, town hall meetings, focus groups on major themes, and other modes for community involvement. David Harris, our provost and senior vice president, hosted a webinar in the spring in which he talked with In November, the Board of Trustees will vote to endorse the results of this robust process. The T10 Strategic Plan has been developed as a guiding document for all the schools. Many of you helped shape this plan with your feedback and participation, and I am grateful for your involvement. This will be a “living document,” to be consulted and amended as we move forward. This process will ensure that we remain true to our vision, mission, and core values, as well as responsive to emerging challenges and opportunities. Honoring a leader IN1982, at the age of 32, James Stern, E72, A07P, became the youngest person ever elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees. Since then, he has served the university with distinction. His numerous accomplishments include spearheading two successful comprehensive campaigns that together raised more than $1.8 billion for Tufts. This fall, after leading the board for a decade, Stern hands the chairmanship to Peter Dolan, A78, A08P. In recognition of Stern’s remarkable 10 years as chair and 31 years on the board, Dolan and Vice Chair Jonathan M. Tisch, A76, have led a fundraising campaign in his honor. They have raised over $1 million from other board members whom they have asked to follow Stern’s example of generosity, either by contributing to the Stern Family Endowed Scholarship Fund or by adding to other existing scholarship funds. “For more than 30 years, Jim has helped Tufts grow even stronger, through his committed participation in and eventual leadership of the Board of Trustees,” Tisch says. “There is no more appropriate way to express our sincere thanks and appreciation than by raising these muchneeded endowment dollars in his honor.” During his tenure, Stern guided four Tufts presidents. His colleagues recall his leadership as marked by a commitment to good governance through full and open participation, transparency, and strong committee involvement. But strong leadership has been only one piece of his contribution to Tufts. Stern and his wife, Jane Y. Stern, A07P, have also endowed three professorships at the university (in American history, humanities and social sciences, and engineering) and made generous gifts to boost financial aid for both undergraduate and graduate students. Every year, Stern makes a special trip to campus to meet with the Chair, Board of Trustees James Stern, E72, A07P Provost & Senior Vice President David R. Harris President Anthony P. Monaco Vice President for University Advancement Eric Johnson University Advancement Tufts University, 80 George St., 200-3 Medford, MA 02155 USA 617.627.3200 • firstname.lastname@example.org Published by Advancement Communications. Heather Stephenson, editor; Michael Sherman, design director. As we move into the implementation phase of our plan in mid-November, we will again call upon the collaborative spirit that is core to the Tufts community. School deans will lead a series of activities to determine how the strategic plan goals can be pursued at the individual school level. The provost and I will hold office hours to which all members of the community are invited to come share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas. Only the entire community working together can secure our best possible future. Only together can we fulfill the vision of Tufts as an innovative university of creative scholars, across a broad range of schools, who have a profound impact on one another and the world. Thank you for all the ways you help us fulfill that vision. Best wishes, Tony Monaco “For more than 30 years, Jim has helped Tufts grow even stronger, through his committed participation in and eventual leadership of the Board of Trustees.” —Jonathan M. Tisch Stern Scholars, something the students eagerly anticipate. Says Dolan, “Throughout his service to the university, Jim has set the bar very high, in terms of his vision, his commitment, and his own generosity—along with that of his wife, Jane. In recognition of that kind of dedicated and inspired leadership, it is both fitting and fulfilling to secure more support for Tufts in Jim’s honor.” —Heather Stephenson Fall 2013 Called to serve COVER STORY by Laura Ferguson A generous gift from the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation is expanding a summer internship program that gives Tufts students a chance to strengthen their leadership skills as they explore their call to service. M ore than 60 students parti cipated this s ummer in the 2013 Active Citizenship Summer (ACS) Fellowship Program at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service—a leap forward for the program. The program recently expanded from Washington, D.C.; Somerville, Mass.; and select international place ments to now include New York City and additional Massachusetts communi ties. Thanks to a $1 million gift from the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, this year’s placements more than dou bled in New York, jumping from 4 to 11, and placements in Massachusetts grew at a similar pace, from 7 to 17. The fellowships come with sti pends, which allow students who might otherwise need to take a paying sum mer job to instead devote their time to these life-changing opportunities. The program also connects students with alumni mentors in their host cities, and includes regular gatherings at which fellows reflect on their experiences and share what they’ve learned. N ews of Giv ing , Growth , an d G ratitu d e “There is a tremendous demand from Tufts students to work closely with organizations tackling complex social issues. They want to develop the skills to be part of the solution.” Nancy Wilson, dean ad interim of Tisch College, says the funding gives a welcome boost to a program that immerses students in addressing problems such as poverty, literacy, and child labor. “There is a tremendous demand from Tufts students to work closely with organizations tackling complex social issues,” she says. “They want to develop the skills to be part of the solution.” Jamie Dimon, A78, chair, president, and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, says he and his wife are pleased to support ACS Fellows. “We hope we can give more Tufts students the chance to become active and engaged citizens,” he says. “When you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life, there really is no substi tute for hands-on experience.” Everyone shares some responsibil ity, Dimon added. “For our part, busi ness leaders, elected officials, and others need to focus on making sure young people have opportunities so they are ready to step up and help our country continue to lead in a complex global economy.” Nancy Wilson Dean ad interim Tisch College 3 Tisch Active Citizenship COVER STORY “You have to have a sound understanding of why you’re doing the work in order to do it well.” Wil Freeman arrived in midtown Manhattan this past summer with the charge of develop ing a 10-week educational program for underserved youth. A newcomer to New York City himself, he crafted a series of thoughtful field trips that took as many as 30 children between 8 and 12 years old to a wide range of venues informed by weekly themes, such as the environment and the arts. Destinations included Union Square farmers’ market, the Brooklyn Grange (home of the world’s largest rooftop farm), and an exhibition of Maurice Sendak’s art at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. Freeman led the outings in his role as program coordinator for Summer in the City, a project of the Fiver Children’s Foundation, which has an ambitious agenda but a staff of only 10 people. Will Freeman, A16 4 “I was given tremendous freedom and responsibility, and I really appreciated that,” he says. “I wanted to do real handson work, and because the Fiver Foundation is small, I had a chance to work closely with everyone. I could see what makes people feel so committed to Fiver.” The Fiver Children’s Foundation pledges 10 years of free, comprehensive support and personalized guidance to children who are referred by partner organizations. Children enter the year-round program at age 8 and graduate at age 18. The foundation takes its name from the young, intuitive rabbit in Richard Adams’s novel Watership Down. It is Fiver who, convinced of dangers ahead, leads a small band of rab bits to search for a better future in a new home. “Through my work with the youngest age group, I played a crucial role in bringing young children into the Fiver cul Fiver Children’s Foundation, New York City ture and preparing them for the years ahead at Fiver, which will certainly empower them,” says Freeman. “The 17- and 18-year-olds display a great degree of maturity and profes sionalism. Many are headed to college and clearly have the motivation to match their great ambitions.” Freeman, who expects to double major in international relations and political science, says working with Fiver also helped him explore why he’s drawn to active citizenship. “I’m motivated by a desire to learn and expand my per spectives, to build connections,” he says. “I love meeting and interacting with lots of different people. That’s something I’ve more clearly defined for myself, and it’s an important outcome that I will carry with me going forward. You have to have a sound understanding of why you’re doing the work in order to do it well.” —LF News of G ivin g , G rowth, and Grati tude Fall 2013 Fall 2013 N ews of Giv ing , Growth , an d G ratitu d e hip Summer Fellowship Program Julie Margolies, A15 5 Summer Program for English Language Learners, Somerville “The summer internship confirmed that I like to be directly involved in public service that meets an important need.” Julie Margolies says that 30 minutes rarely went by during her summer internship without her hearing Spanish, Portuguese, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, or Haitian Creole. That multicultural experience came with working at SPELL (Summer Program for English Language Learners), a free program in Somerville, Massachusetts, that helps qualifying students enter ing grades 1–9 practice English language skills. SPELL runs alongside a program that provides parents with tools, such as English language classes and access to educational resources, that can help them support their child’s development. “The takeaway from this internship was that I was able to see the bigger picture of people who are learning English as a second language,” says Margolies, who grew up in suburban Carlisle, Massachusetts. “I also learned a lot about Somerville and how exciting it is.” Margolies began her internship in June with administrative work and policy research for the director of the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, an arm of the Somerville Public Schools supporting atrisk youth and their families. After public school let out, she joined SPELL. As programming assis tant, she was a central point person in a busy office: she coordinated the work of six parent leaders who serve as con nectors with students and help bridge language barriers, and she was a com munication liaison between program administrators and 16 teachers. She also organized field trips to places such as the USS Constitution, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Somerville Public Library. When her schedule permitted, she would drop in on ESL class rooms and help teach 7th, 8th, and 9th graders, and sometimes also their parents. “I was working one day with adults to introduce them to computers and asked them to create a Word document and then write me a sentence in English,” she says. “I walked away and when I came back to this one man, he had written: ‘I am really enjoying this class— you are a great teacher.’ He had connected his learning with new skills. That was great to hear.” A double major in sociology and child development, and an ESL tutor for Tufts cleaning staff, Margolies has continued to work at the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative this fall. “The summer internship confirmed that I like to be directly involved in public service that meets an important need,” she says. “The focus on language skills is really about creating and expanding connectivity between people and strengthening the Somerville com munity as a whole. It’s very rewarding to be part of that.” —LF News of G ivin g , G rowth, and Grati tude Fall 2013 6 To learn more about supporting the renovation at Halligan Hall and naming opportunities, contact Cindy LuBien, senior director of development for the School of Engineering, at 617.627.4512 By Heather Stephenson or email@example.com. Can a building’s architecture support better teaching and learning? Professors in Halligan Hall hope so. A $4 million renovation has just been completed in the building, which houses two School of Engineering departments that are rapidly growing in popularity: computer science and electrical and computer engineering. One of the cornerstones of the project is the creation of several open spaces meant to foster collaboration. The new spaces are furnished with comfortable chairs that can be moved into clusters and have whiteboards on the walls, for sketching out ideas. A kitchenette for students and faculty is strategically located nearby. “You really can’t overestimate the benefits of random collision, people bumping into one another over coffee or at lunch, in places other than the office,” says Eric Miller, a professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering. “The spaces that have opened up will help foster that. It will provide a central location where people will collide, and hopefully interesting things will happen.” Computer science professor Carla Brodley agrees. “The shortest route to get to offices from one side of the building to the other is through the collaboration space,” she says. “And that’s a good thing.” Brodley, who served as chair of her department until return- ing to full-time teaching and research at the start of this academic year, sees tremendous value in faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students having more room to share ideas and work together. Collaboration is central to teaching, research, and jobs in the industry, she says, so professors regularly assign class projects that involve group problem-solving. Once they are in the workforce, Tufts graduates are “going to work with a team to develop a product,” Brodley says. “A big part of computer science is learning to work collaboratively.” Even before the building enhancements, Tufts students have been embracing this team approach—and flocking to the classrooms and corridors of Halligan. The building is a hub of student activity 24 hours a day; on any given night, all computers are taken and students are camped out in classrooms with their laptops. The expansive new conference rooms, as well as the new collaboration space, will ease the congestion. And more natural light, filtered through solar tubes, makes the interior more inviting. As computer technologies have become increasingly important to the global economy, the computer science department has seen a 67 percent jump in enrollment in classes over the past three years, Brodley says. Its doctoral program has grown from 11 Ph.D. students in 2002 to 44 in 2013. In electrical and computer engineering, the number of funded research assistants grew from fewer than five in 2005 to more than 20 in 2013. Both the computer science and the electrical and computer engineering departments have seen a significant increase in research over the past decade, with even greater involvement of undergraduates. Students leaving Tufts with a bachelor’s degree in computer science have gone on to graduate schools such as Princeton, Brown, and Berkeley, while others have joined companies such as Google, IBM, Microsoft, TripAdvisor, LinkedIn, and Facebook, with a mean starting salary for new graduates of $95,000. Similarly, graduates with degrees in electrical and computer engineering are employed at companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Intel, and MathWorks, or have gone on to attend graduate schools including MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and Duke. Faculty members are hopeful that such successes will only grow, now that the space in Halligan Hall is renovated to encourage collaborative learning and team-based problem solving among the next generation of engineering leaders. And professors like Brodley and Miller hope that future investments will make the space even better. On the top of Brodley’s wish list? “State-of-the-art classrooms, with lots of outlets for laptops.” Giving Opportunity By Micah Bluming Her father stared at the financial aid package in disbelief. This is enough money to send our whole village to school, he said. Tufts, the only college that Tabitha Amondi, A14, had applied to in the U.S., was suddenly a real option. Now a senior majoring in chemistry, Amondi grew up in Kisumu, a town abutting Lake Victoria in western Kenya. As a young girl, she walked to school in the sunshine and spent free moments playing in the park with friends and her three older brothers. But the great expanse of Kisumu quickly narrows for girls in her community as they become young women. Most of them, destined for marriage and motherhood, do not get the chance of a university education. Fortunately for Amondi, her mother, a teacher with a college degree, was determined to educate her only daughter. It was a mentality passed on by Amondi’s grandmother, who did not have the opportunity of higher education. “As long as it was up to my mother, I was going to college,” says Amondi. “She would have sacrificed anything.” Fortunately, Amondi received a generous financial aid package from Tufts. She saw the Hill as a perfect fit: She could study chemistry and get lab experience while still receiving a broad liberal arts education with an eye toward the global com munity. And, more importantly, the university has a critical mass of students from abroad, people who she says “understand what it means to be an international student on scholarship.” Amondi has received tremendous support from the Tufts community, in particular husband and wife Rob Gheewalla, A89, and Lisi Criss, J88, who have set out to assist Jumbos hailing from around the world. Gheewalla and Criss first met as undergradu ates during a study abroad program in London, where they discovered firsthand the importance of connecting Tufts students with the wider world. But Gheewalla himself is also the son of immi grants. His father, Russi Gheewalla, DG58, D64, J85P, A87P, A89P, D91P, DG93P, came to the U.S. from India to attend Tufts University School of Fall 2013 Dental Medicine, where he would later teach. Given that family history, Gheewalla saw a special importance in giving non-U.S. students the chance to study at Tufts. It was a chance he thought especially crucial for young people from developing countries, where women in par ticular often lack the opportuni ties enjoyed by men. “The only way that will change is through education,” he says. In 2010, Gheewalla and Criss endowed a scholarship fund for international students with financial need. During her sophomore year, Amondi was chosen as the recipient of a scholarship from the Gheewalla Fund that would help support her for the rest of her under graduate career. Without the award, Amondi says, she would have had to work a great deal outside of school in order to cover her costs. Instead, she has been able to focus entirely on her studies and lab work with Professor David Walt. Together, they are embark ing on a project to make DNA sequencing con cepts accessible to high school students. Once she completes her degree, Amondi wants to go to graduate school in chemistry then return to Africa as a professor, conducting research and educating the next generation. Thanks to Tufts and the Gheewalla scholarship, she feels right at home in a university setting. “She’s been doing great things at Tufts,” says Gheewalla. “It goes to show you that sometimes very smart people just need an opportunity.” N ews of Giv ing , Growth , an d G ratitu d e As part of a university-wide drive to increase financial aid, Tufts is offering to match, in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, any newly established endowed scholarship of $100,000 or more. For more information about endowing a scholarship through the Tufts Financial Aid Initiative, please contact Jeff Winey, director of principal and leadership gifts, at 617.627.5468 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 Reaffirming democracy— and its birthplace Fletcher Initiatives Boost Greek Scholarship By Kristen Laine Kostas A. Karamanlis, F00 N early 40 years ago, when Constantine G. Karamanlis returned from self-exile to lead Greece in a time of crisis, it wasn’t clear if democracy would ever be restored to its birthplace. The cradle of democracy had swung far from the revolutionary idea that had emerged in Athens in the fifth century BCE. During Karamanlis’s life alone, the country had endured two civil wars, four dictatorships, four deposi tions of monarchs, and eight coups. Undaunted, Karamanlis worked decisively to re-create a func tioning democracy. He reinstituted due process, legalized Greece’s communist party, abolished the monarchy, and reduced the military’s power in the government. The foundation he built would usher in decades of prosperity and eventually gain Greece entrance into the European Union. Once again a crisis threatens to rock the cradle of democracy. And once again Karamanlis is there—though now it’s through the endowed Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School, which brings Greece’s finest scholars to Tufts and engages them in the process of reassessing and reaffirming democracy’s principles. The Karamanlis Chair is part of the school’s Hellenic Initiatives, which also include scholarships (funded by both the National Bank of Greece and the Andreas A. David Trust) for Greek nationals to attend Fletcher. “Having lived in Athens as a child in the 1960s, I am espe cially supportive of our Hellenic Initiatives,” says Fletcher Dean James Stavridis. “They are powerful tools in our efforts to educate and train global leaders for the turbulent 21st century.” A Greek-American as the new dean of the school brings “a new dynamism to the chair and initiatives,” according to Kostas A. Karamanlis, F00, nephew of the modern republic’s first leader and treasurer of the foundation that initiated the Karamanlis Chair in 2001. Yet the endowment for the Karamanlis Chair still needs more sup port. The Karamanlis Foundation has committed $100,000, matching any contribution dollar for dollar, to boost gifts for the chair. The current financial crisis in Greece may be “a blessing in disguise,” says Kostas Karamanlis, in that international and academic communities are expressing renewed interest in the region. That Karamanlis sees the hope in a crisis is perhaps not surprising, given his family history—and given the enduring power of an ancient idea. hellenic initi ati v es 8 To learn more about the Hellenic Initiatives at the Fletcher School and how to support them, contact Assistant Director of Development Georgia Koumoundouros at 617-627-6082 or email@example.com. News of G ivin g , G rowth, and Grati tude Fall 2013 Fall 2013 N ews of Giv ing , Growth , an d G ratitu d e This research is just one example of how the Feinstein International Center’s work helps communities suffering from famine, war, human-rights abuses, and other crises. To learn how you can support the center’s vital projects around the globe, contact Cindy Briggs Tobin, senior director of development and alumni Professor Dan Maxwell is director of the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance program at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. relations, at 617.636.0962 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Grants support research on humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa By Dan Eisner IN 2011 and 2012, famine ravaged Somalia and killed 260,000 peo ple, half of whom were under the age of six. It was the fifth food crisis to strike the Horn of Africa in the past three decades. “Every time in the aftermath, there’s a lot of talk about how we have to do something so that this never happens again,” says Daniel Maxwell, the director of the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance pro gram at the Friedman School’s Feinstein International Center and an expert in food security. “There’s some action, but that tails off after a few years, and five or six years later you have another one of these big crises.” Maxwell is trying to end this pat tern and reduce the impact of future famines. With the help of a $291,678 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a $366,000 grant from USAID, he is researching the response to the 2011–2012 famine and its effect on the region. “There’s a lot of talk about how we have to do something so that this never happens again.… And five or six years later you have another one of these big crises.” The brunt of the crisis occurred in areas controlled by Al Shabab, a Somali militant group affiliated with Al Qaeda. The organization wouldn’t allow the international community to provide aid to those places, and Maxwell hopes to learn about the extent of the suffering there and how the affected populations coped. He’s also researching the impact of nontraditional humanitarian actors, including Middle Eastern NGOs and Red Crescent societies, on the response. They played a significant role, unlike in previous crises, when emergency responses were led almost entirely by the United Nations and NGOs based in Europe and Western nations. Maxwell hopes his research will strengthen efforts to make the countries in the Horn of Africa less vulnerable to the next crisis and reduce the suffer ing in the region. “The question is, how can we make use of what we’ve learned from this crisis to prevent or better prepare for subsequent crises?” he says. In 2008, Maxwell, right, works with local officials in a camp for internally displaced persons in Afgooye, Somalia. 9 News of G ivin g , G rowth, and Grati tude Fall 2013 Replenished scholarship fund honors a father, aids aspiring dentists 10 By Micah Bluming “That was it: ‘Do the same for someone else.’” —Elizabeth Bernstein Sisters Elizabeth Bernstein and Scotti Romberg don’t know the name of the man who took a chance and helped their father nearly 100 years ago. But his kindness is something they will never forget. On a fateful day in 1923, Frederick A. Romberg, A26, D29, (pictured at left) arrived in Medford ready to enroll as a Tufts under graduate with almost no money in his pockets. His father, a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine, had brought the family to America when Romberg was two and earned only a modest income at their dry-goods store in West Haven, Conn. To pay his tuition, Romberg would need a loan. He tried a local bank, but since he was young and from out of town, he was told that a reputable mem ber of the community would have to cosign for him. Though Romberg knew no one in Medford, when he left the bank he passed the office of a lawyer and decided to take a chance, Bernstein says. He walked in, introduced himself, and explained his situation. “The lawyer said he seemed like a focused, deter mined young man,” she says. “So he agreed to cosign.” With that lawyer’s leap of faith, Frederick Romberg was able to become a Jumbo. He had his work cut out for him, though, taking on three jobs amid his studies Jeremy Plourde, E08, EG09, D13, met Scotti Romberg, center, and Elizabeth Bernstein at the School of Dental Medicine’s Senior Awards dinner last May. to repay his loan. When everything was finally paid back, he returned to the lawyer’s office and asked how he could thank him for his generosity. According to family lore, the lawyer responded, “Someday when someone else needs help, you help them.” “That was it,” Bernstein says. “Do the same for someone else.” Romberg took the lesson to heart. After earn ing his bachelor’s degree, he went on to Tufts School of Dental Medicine, the first step in a life of helping others. Scotti Romberg, who worked briefly as an assistant in her father’s office, says he took extra care to tend to his patients and lend a hand to others whenever he could. “He was always so gentle and concerned with his patients’ health,” she recalls. “And he would help anyone. During the Depression, people had no money, so he would barter and accept anything for his services—sometimes a chicken or even a head of lettuce.” Even outside of dentistry, Romberg made a point of doing as much as he could for others. In 1983 he established the Frederick A. Romberg Scholarship Fund, to provide assistance to Tufts dental students as they finish their studies and begin their careers. But when an unscrupulous financial advisor ran his savings into the ground, the fund was depleted. It remained dormant after his death in 1993. When their mother passed away in 2007, leav ing them a small inheritance, Romberg’s daughters seized the chance to make things right and used the money to replenish their father’s scholarship fund. It was their way of carrying out what he taught them—the lessons of that long-ago lawyer who gave without asking for anything in return. Young dentists like Jeremy Plourde, E08, EG09, D13, now reap the benefits of such generosity. Plourde was selected for the Romberg Scholarship in recognition of his high achievement as a den tal student. Now, as he begins practicing general dentistry in Maine, he says the financial boon has been invaluable, helping him pay down his debt as he gets his professional footing. And Frederick Romberg’s lesson is one he won’t soon forget. “I hope I reach a point in my career where I can pay it forward myself,” he says. David A. Fisher, M63, pictured at right, recently named Tufts as a remainder beneficiary of his retirement plans. This gift will extend his family’s legacy at Tufts and honor his father by establishing a new endowed professorship, the Alexander Newman Fisher, M.D., A1927, M1931 Professor of Family Medicine. Here, he shares in his own words the inspiration behind the gift. I have had seven members of my family graduate from Tufts Medical School starting with Leon Medalia Class of 1905 including my father Alexander N. Fisher Class of 1931. All were loyal as expressed by making regular financial contributions. Tufts Med. provided my classmates and myself a superb medical education taught by excellent physicians, who while demanding, instructed us in a concerned and caring fashion. The fact that many of our classmates became professors, heads of medical departments and editors of medical journals attests to that. The education we received provided us the tools to carry out our mission of alleviating pain and suffering and to heal the sick and injured. It also provided the means to have productive and meaningful lives in a comfortable fashion. I am pleased that I can express my gratitude by making a bequest for a Chair in Family Practice in the name of my father, Dr. Alexander Newman Fisher who for over 40 years was the skilled, dedicated, beloved doctor for the town of Westwood, Massachusetts. The hope is that other graduates will step up to the plate and make generous bequests so that Tufts University School of Medicine can continue to provide a high quality education to medical students like it did for my classmates, myself and myriad others. — David A. Fisher, M.D. Class of 1963 Quite a few cared for, and counting… On the campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Mass., a major renovation and expansion of the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals (FHSA) is in the works. While the facility cares for pets 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, here are a few more numbers to appreciate about the hospital and this $8 million project. Veterinarians who work at FHSA Pets cared for at FHSA each year Increase in the number of patient exam rooms the project provides Students, interns, and residents who have trained at FHSA over the past three decades Fourth-year veterinary students who will rotate through FHSA each year once renovations are complete 11 Fall 2013 N ews of Giv ing , Growth , an d G ratitu d e NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PA I D BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO. 1161 University Advancement 80 George Street, Suite 200-3, Medford, MA 02155 An Advisor’s perspective… When Robert J. Haber, E79, EG80, sees a problem, he leads the search for solutions. Robert J. Haber, E79, EG80, is a member of the Board of Advisors of Tufts University School of Engineering As a young chemical engineer, Haber got a close look at the international oil crisis of the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Now he strongly advocates for energy sustainability. To help spark discoveries, he and his wife, Marcy, pledged $2 million to establish the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professorship in Energy Sustainability at Tufts University School of Engineering in 2007. Realizing the need for more financial aid at Tufts, the Habers also endowed a scholarship fund. Robert Haber has served on the School of Engineering’s Board of Advisors since 2002 and is a member of the Tufts Alumni Council. He is also active with the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. A chartered financial analyst, Haber was chief investment officer of Fidelity Investments Canada for 12 years. Earlier in his career with Fidelity, he held the positions of analyst, portfolio manager, director of research, and head of equities. He is currently the CEO and CIO of Haber Trilix Advisors in Boston. He is also an owner of the Boston Celtics basketball team and a member of its board of directors. Blueprint asked him to share his perspective on engineering, energy, and philanthropy. Q. W hy did you endow a professorship focused on energy sustainability? A. If we can find effective substitutes for oil, especially in transportation, the world will be a better place. My wife and I chose to establish the professorship at Tufts because of my close affiliation with the university and because I imagined that whatever we did, if it worked, would contribute to a disruptive technology. I thought a small, innovative place like Tufts and the School of Engineering, with Dean Linda Abriola’s leadership, would be the place for groundbreaking work. Q. W hy is providing financial aid important to you? A. T he university needs a lot more endowment for scholarships. Schools that compete with Tufts can offer more aid to attract the best students. Sixty thousand dollars is a challenge for most families. You can’t do what I did, which was to work my way through college. Tuition wasn’t that much back then, so I could manage. Not now. Q. Y ou try to share a meal with each recipient of your endowed scholarship. Why is that important to you? A. In so much of philanthropy, you don’t know the people it’s affecting on a daily basis. It’s fascinating when you can say, “Here’s the person whose life you changed.” The student who receives the scholarship writes to us, and when that letter comes, everyone in our family feels good about it. A few of the students have kept in touch, and it is interesting to hear that those I met as sophomores or juniors have now gone on to get really interesting jobs around the country. Q. H ow do you stay connected to campus? A. A bout 10 years ago, I started taking classes at Tufts every summer. It began when a Tufts buddy of mine said, “That’s very Kafkaesque,” and I said, “What does that mean?” I had heard of Kafka but didn’t really know much about him. The next summer I audited a course on existentialism. I’ve been taking classes I never had time for as a chemical engineering student: history, anthropology, sociology, Russian literature. I also taught a course there four years ago, on the Federal Reserve. I’d like to do that again. I’m still as attached to Tufts as I could be. It’s still giving me lots of great experiences. Q. W hat is most gratifying about your work with the Board of Advisors for the School of Engineering? A. W hat’s gratifying is watching the School of Engineering become world-class under Linda’s tenure. I feel lucky to have been associated with that meteoric rise. You take any set of numbers you want and it’s unbelievable what’s going on at the school. It’s still in its ascendancy. The quality of the students who are now choosing Tufts Engineering is astounding. It’s been fun to be associated with that.