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A fundraising initiative asks the Tufts community to focus on new resources for financial aid. sorority Chi Omega and handling a workstudy job at the Tower Café. She has been active in the Tufts Dance Coalition and has traveled to the Andes for a summer internship with Threads of Peru, a nonprofit that helps Quechua women market their woven goods. Looking ahead, she expects to travel more, and perhaps pursue graduate studies at the Fletcher School. For now, though, she ­ ndergraduate is making the most of her u experience, one she says she does not take for granted. Her father is a physician and her mother manages the office at his medical practice. With a younger sister in high school and looking ahead to college, financial aid is a significant support for her family.


hen Carolina Reyes, A14, applied to Tufts, she did so with laser-like certainty—even with what could be called joy.

It’s hard to believe that the often nervewracking application process could be fun, but for Carolina, “it was really cool. The questions that they asked made me want to answer all of them. They were so out of the box!” To her, Tufts matched everything she was looking for: the students were “very focused, very driven” and the faculty, both approachable and among the best in their field. Alongside that was the chance to study international relations—one of Tufts’ most popular programs—and this exerted a powerful pull on not only her wide-

ranging curiosity, but also her hopes and dreams for a fulfilling career working on global issues, particularly fair trade. “International relations is close to my heart,” says Carolina. “It embraces my heritage and culture, and gives me purpose.” Carolina grew up in Wilmington, Del., the daughter of emigrants from Colombia. In high school, she spearheaded a Model UN and competed on the Mock Trial team. “I realized international relations was not only what I wanted to study, but what I wanted to do the rest of my life,” she says. Carolina brings that high energy to bear on all her Tufts studies and activities. Fluent in Spanish, she is learning Portuguese. She juggles coursework with serving on the executive board for the

The Gregory G. and Christine D. Randolph Scholarship is a generous gesture she says she will always appreciate. She opens a file on her laptop and reads aloud her response to an application question: Tell us, briefly, what is Tufts? Tufts, she wrote, is home to “Jumbo maximus, a rare species of students and professors,” people, she says, who thrive in an environment “where diversity and open-mindedness are treasured.” Those words ring even more true today, she says. “I am grateful for the kind donations of alumni and friends of the university, such as the Randolphs, for giving me the opportunity to study at Tufts. It’s a place where I have been able to explore my interests and push my limits, and that has become my home.”

As part of a drive to increase financial aid for its students, Tufts is offering to match any newly established scholarship of $100,000 or more. During this initiative, the match thereby doubles the size of the fund the donor has endowed. The larger objective is to raise $25 million over two years in endowed scholarships. Even after the university’s most ambitious fundraising campaign ever, demand for financial aid remains pressing. In a time of economic recession, more families are requiring more financial aid. Hence, this financial aid initiative. Scholarship dollars are critical to closing the affordability gap. Aid can make all the difference in enabling a student to take advantage of the opportunity of a Tufts education. Endowed scholarships open a world of opportunity. Take it from these students who have received them.


inancial aid is helping Louie Zong, E13, accomplish not just one dream, but three. The soft-spoken student from the Utica, New York, area, is enjoying a multitrack undergraduate experience, majoring in civil engineering, minoring in studio art—he’s a cartoonist for the Tufts Daily—and performing jazz piano. “It’s been a terrific experience,” he says. “Tufts, and the financial aid I’ve received, have enabled me to experience all the facets of the things I enjoy—it’s a great place and in a great city—it’s got it all. “

He was drawn to the School of Engineer­ ing because he’s been fascinated since he was a child with anything to do with transit systems. Since arriving at Tufts he also has heeded his own natural artistic gifts. “I never took an art class before Tufts,” he says. He has taken classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in animation, children’s book illustration, and comic book art. Skilled at merging graphic design and type, he digitally illustrated a children’s book written by fellow students. (See samples of his work online at

sort of cartoon, like Calvin and Hobbes, but a bit less philosophical,” he says.

the same kind of mindset,” he says. “You’re thinking on your feet to solve a problem.”

“On occasion I see art as a release from engineering, but just as often, I believe art and engineering are connected: I am a visual thinker, and art allows me to convey what’s in my mind more easily.”

Louie has kept a close eye on expenses while attending college. Part-time and summer jobs have included working as an arts-and-crafts coordinator at a daycare center in Arlington and painting houses.

His aesthetic—and voice—emerges through his cartoons. One project is a webcomic/cartoon series called “The Sun Also Rises.” The Tufts Daily also runs his editorial cartoon once a week and his comic strip three days a week. “It’s a slice of life

Then there is piano. He has played with the Tufts Jazz Orchestra (formerly the Big Band) and performed in small jazz groups. Recently he got together with friends to form a trio to play “Sinatra type” music in local clubs. Does he see some overlap in the innovative, experimental approach to both engineering and jazz? “They use

With both parents working in academia and with a younger brother, only a generous financial aid package would have made it possible for him to attend Tufts. For that reason, he says, he is profoundly grateful for his scholarship. “It’s completely accurate to say that I would not be here without this generous gift,” he says. Chair, Board of Trustees James A. Stern, E72, A07P

Provost & Senior Vice President David R. Harris

President Anthony P. Monaco

Vice President for University Advancement Eric Johnson


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The built environment at Tufts

—the focus of this issue of Blueprint—is much more than bricks and mortar. It is a measure of the culture of our institution, of the collegiality of the Tufts community and its collaborative approach. Take, for example, the interdisciplinary laboratory complex for our scientists and engineers we hope to build on the Medford/Somerville campus. The environment we create there will be one of inter­ disciplinary research and innovation, which will help and inspire investigators to move forward on the important global issues their research engages. These spaces enable us to do what we do as a university. Maintaining them is a full-time job, and an expensive one. The schedule of capital proj­ ects this past summer across our campuses makes the point. The new Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center in Medford was being readied for its grand opening as a hub of athletics. Sidewalks, landscaping, and traffic flow were upgraded on Packard Avenue and Professors Row to make the intersection safer for pedestrians. Much-needed repairs and renova­ tions were being completed on Bromfield-Pearson, Dewick-MacPhie, Gifford House, and South Hall. In Boston, research space was renovated in South Cove 3 for neuroscience and planning was begun on a microbiology lab in Arnold 8, both proj­ ects part of a long-term commitment to renew the former M&V complex. In Grafton, we upgraded the generator in the McGrath Building, and renovated the Hamilburg Lecture Hall in the Lowe Building to ensure the continuing quality of the Cummings School’s classroom and laboratory teaching spaces. Deferred maintenance of our five-million square feet of facilities remains a high priority. A recent outside review of the status of our build­ ings indicated we need to increase our investment in this area to prevent the deterioration of our physical assets. Last spring, the university issued a $250 million 100-year “century” bond in support of ­capital spending over the next five years. Among the ­projects we hope to begin is the science-andengineering lab complex on the Medford/

Somerville campus, where the need for new research and teaching space remains great. Not surprisingly, the total of desired projects outweighs available funding. Careful and strategic choices will have to be made as to which projects are most important now, and which must be either deferred or funded when philanthropy is available for them. This is an important year for our planning efforts, as we will be developing our long-term capital plan in tandem with “Tufts: The Next 10 Years,” the uni­ versity-wide strategic planning process launched in October. To learn more about our planning process, I encourage you to visit The generosity of alumni, parents, and friends like you is a vital ingredient to maintaining the buildings and labs and classrooms and public spaces at Tufts, to preserving the places—and the sense of place—that are unique to the university we love. With thanks for your continuing support, Tony Monaco

Five million:

The opening of the 42,000-square-foot Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center on College Avenue proclaims a university-wide commitment to healthy living, while at the same time providing an inviting new entrance to campus from the Route 93 side.

that’s how many square feet of space Tufts’ facilities encompass. Our built environment enables and enhances all the things we do here: learning, teaching, research, and the many other ways we promote a healthy and active life. Any scholar or scientist needs an environment conducive to her work. Any member of the Tufts community needs surroundings that enable him to realize his potential as a whole person. Maintaining the physical world in which we function at Tufts is a big job: this past summer alone, $24.5 million in campus renovations were underway. The sense of place—the collegiality and collaboration contained within the bricks and mortar—is central to our university. In the following pages, Blueprint spotlights some of our spaces and the individuals and gifts that help us provide a setting for excellence at Tufts. Fall 2012

Jumbo’s Big Top “Boy, was it worth the wait,” says Athletics Director Bill Gehling, A74, AG79, A05P. “I’ve always been proud to be a Jumbo—now I’m even prouder still.” The new Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center features a central plaza made possible by the Howe Family Foundation, which leads visitors into the heart of the new facilities, adjoining the existing Gantcher Center and Cousens Gymnasium. At the building’s center is the new Kraft Family Atrium. Of the new center, Trustee Dan Kraft, A87, says, “Athletics encourages personal development and the growth of students as leaders. It’s good to see sports and fitness even further inte­ grated into the life of Tufts undergraduates.” Kraft is also a member of the Board of Advisors for Tufts Athletics. Expanded fitness space with state-of-the-art equipment meets increased stu­ dent demand. Student-athletes and coaches have access to new locker rooms, a film classroom for off-the-field instruction, and the new Mugar Sports Medicine Suite. Multipurpose teaching and activity rooms provide space for aerobics, Pilates, dance, and physical education classes. Dedicated space will support the university’s Personalized Performance Program that many members of the Tufts community use to keep in shape. New offices for coaches and administrators are also included. (continued next page)

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A trainer is helping more people reach higher goals


To call Mike Pimentel’s new digs nice is “an understatement,” he says with a laugh.

“Learning to try new things can happen at any point in life. The question is, ‘What are you willing to do to succeed?’”

Jumbo’s Big Top (continued from page 5) The striking brick, glass, and copper-clad building is a showcase for energy-efficient “green” tech­ nology. Building systems include high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, heat recovery, demand ventila­ tion, high-performance glazing, solar-shading devices, automatic lighting controls, and natural day lighting. Steve Tisch, A71, chairman of the New York Giants football team and an Academy Award–win­ ning film producer, led the support of the facility with $13 million in gifts, including a $3 million challenge to inspire other alumni and friends to participate.

Stanmar Inc., of Wayland, Mass., working with architectural firms RGO Partnership (Newton, Mass.) and DiMella Shaffer (Boston), developed the facility design and constructed the project. The new Nelson Gateway Garden, made pos­ sible by a gift from John Bello, A68, A13P, and Nancy Bello, J69, A13P, has been built across the street from the new center, helping to further beautify this new entrance to campus. The fitness center opened to students, faculty, and staff in late August. A formal ribbon-cutting and opening celebration was held October 22.

In 24 years as an athletic trainer at Tufts, the director of the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center says he has seen changes “like you wouldn’t believe.” When he started in sports medicine here, before Chase Gym was built, the weight room was roughly the size of a two-car garage and, because it was underground, flooded every summer. All the weights—“handwelded vintage museum pieces”—were rusted. The crew team trained with coffee cans filled with cement. Today, the new fitness center offers 7,500 square feet of new space for general use—in addition to the existing 6,000 square feet in the Ames Human Performance Center featuring the Lunder Fitness Center. A conference room is available for use as a classroom, and trainers in the Personalized Performance Program have their own office. “Crowding and waiting in line are things of the past,” Pimentel says. “This is probably the most-used space on campus after the library or the student center. We get an average of 600 people a day, not counting varsity athletes. “It’s really exciting, the variety of equipment we have now. Aerobic equipment is doubled. We have six or seven different styles of equipment for people to use—

With the opening of the Tisch fitness center, this Jumbo family has a new home. “It’s as exciting for me as it is for the girls,” says Thompson, who has coached the volleyball team for 10 years. Thompson played for the team herself as an undergraduate in the mid90s. When she started with the volleyball team as a player, it still played in Jackson Gym. In recent years her coach’s office was tucked at the top of the stairs on the second floor of Halligan Hall. “It has made it challenging to recruit when the schools we are competing with have facilities that are dedicated solely to athletics, health, and wellness,” she says. “Now we will have a true home that is easy to find,” she says. “Tufts athletics has had a great tradition all along, but it has been hard to keep the old buildings up to pace. All of us coaches take pride in being part of Tufts’ legacy and tradition, and now you’ll see our pride in Tufts athletics reflected in the building. This will make it even easier to convey this feeling to recruits.” bikes, ellipticals, treadmills, spin bikes, stairsteppers, cross-trainers—all in a light-filled space with full views of Tufts playing fields and the Boston skyline.” Pimentel, who competed in the pole vault in his own student-athlete days, has taken up judo in recent years and earned a black belt. “Like anything, it took commitment and dedication,” he says. “Learning to try new things can happen at any point in life. The question is, ‘What are you willing to do to succeed?’” That is the question he asks the men and women he trains today. “The people are what I enjoy most about my job,” he says. “Every day presents a different coaching challenge. I match my coaching style to the individual, and I love to get results.” As director of the fitness center, he offers a standing invitation to members of the Tufts community: “Come down and find out what you can do!”

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A coach is primed to see Tufts Athletics entering a new era Ask coach Cora Thompson, J99, AG01, to describe the spirit of the Tufts volleyball team that has made it to the NCAA tournament five of the past seven years, and she’s quick to reply: “Family.” “They understand it’s about more than x’s and o’s,” she says. “Our students understand that they’re part of something special, helping a strong tradition grow even stronger. They’re excited about the program, where it’s been and where it’s going. They’re also Tufts kids in the sense that they want to get involved in everything they possibly can in the classroom and on campus. We have had girls in the Tufts Gospel choir, in various dance groups, as well as on the board of the Leonard Carmichael Society. We take as much pride in our team GPA as we do in our win-loss record.”

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Tufts volleyball has played in the NCAA Division III tournament the past four years, and five of the last seven, making it to the Sweet Sixteen twice, and in 2009, advancing to the Elite Eight. Visions of a championship? “It’s a realistic goal,” Thompson says. “It’s something we talk about, and when we recruit, our intent is to find those student-athletes who can help us reach this goal.” She notes that the Tufts athletic program finished seventh in the nation in this year’s Learfield Director’s Cup standings. “All of the teams work together, support one another, and take great pride in each other’s success,” she says. Often a passerby will reach through her office door to give a knuckle bump, with the words, “Great job, Coach,” after a win the night before. As a coach she takes great joy in watching her players “come in as freshmen and leave as seniors, having grown and succeeded both as students and as sportswomen,” Thompson says. “I’m carrying on what my coach, and the coach before her, started. I’m part of a tradition, part of something bigger than myself, and I couldn’t be more proud of the next step we are taking with Tufts Athletics.”

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Scientists are developing gene therapies for macular degeneration in Dr. Kumar-Singh’s lab.


Seeing R solutions in a research lab

esearch in gene therapy being done by geneticist Rajendra Kumar-Singh at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences may one day save the sight of countless people facing vision loss or blindness. Fittingly, his lab has a great view. Sunlight streams through the large win­ dows of the research space on the sev­ enth floor of the South Cove Building

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that looks out on Chinatown and the high-rises of State Street. “Good light is so important!” the vision researcher exclaims. “When we recruit, we show people this space as a good working environ­ ment,” said Kumar-Singh, an associate professor of ophthalmology. “I would like to think that people are happy and that this makes them want to be at work. A good working environment makes people more creative, and cre­ ativity is very important in science.” Expanding space for research is one of the top fundraising priorities at the School of Medicine. Kumar-Singh’s is among the new labs in the renovated South Cove and adjoining buildings that compose Tufts’ biomedical research and public health complex on Harrison Avenue in Boston. In the past few years these one-time garment factories bordering Chinatown and the South End have been trans­ formed into hubs of cutting-edge research in neuroscience, microbiology, and, in the case of Kumar-Singh, gene therapy in the area of eye disorders. The Kumar-Singh Lab’s research into age-related macular degeneration targets a common cause of blindness among the elderly, affecting one in four

Growing pains: The Fletcher School looks at increasing size an


n a given day in the Hall of Flags at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, clusters of students from around the world gather under the banners of many nations for impromptu study group sessions. The connections formed here will serve as the basis for networks in business and diplomacy and humani­ tarian relief work that will address the globe’s most nettlesome problems. If only there were more room. With quarters increasingly tight, the Fletcher School is considering short- and long-term approaches to expanding its space. “The facilities are getting cramped,” says Gerard Sheehan, executive associate dean at the Fletcher

School. “The student population has grown by 40 percent over the last decade, and the faculty has grown by the same amount.” Sheehan adds: “The way students interact with each other and learn also has changed. There has been an explosion in group study. Right now, it is hard to find a class where there is not group study. That has put pressure on space.” Fletcher, he says, needs more office space, more rooms with a seating capacity of 25–30 that can be subdi­ vided for seminars and other uses, and more classrooms in which everyone can interact with one another. As an exam­ ple of the latter, he cites the Thomas Schmidheiny Lecture Room (Mugar

• 40-percent growth in enrollment and faculty over past 10 years • space for group study at a premium • Schmidheiny Lecture Room a model for future • new program development constrained • simple solutions to provide short-term relief

people in the United States over the age of 65. “In the United States, 8.5 million people suffer from macular degenera­ tion, and this number is getting larger with the aging of the population,” he said. “For 90 percent of patients, no treatment currently is available. We have developed a treatment here in the lab to treat the 90 percent, and are rais­ ing funds to bring it to clinical trials in humans. “If we can solve this, we will pre­ vent millions of people from going blind,” he said. In recent years, Kumar-Singh’s lab has benefited from the generosity of the Ellison Foundation. Their philan­ thropy has accelerated his work on gene therapy to treat age-related macular degeneration, paving the way for clin­ ical trials. Support from benefactors like the Ellison Foundation has laid the neces­ sary groundwork for success, and the research already is paying dividends: The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the lab a $1 million grant in support of related work that one day may help save the vision of sol­ diers whose eyes have been injured. “This time at Tufts has been the most productive time of my career,”

said Kumar-Singh, interviewed recently at his laboratory on Level Seven of the South Cove Building. His lab currently has eight people and recently advertised for two more postdocs. What makes a productive work­ space? “Having big windows and light are not the top priorities,” Kumar-Singh observed. “What is most important is a collegial, collaborative environment with access to colleagues and to shared resources.” These things Tufts provides in abundance, he said. “The research environment and collaborative spirit at Tufts rank highly amongst the institutions I’ve worked at,” said Siobhan Cashman, assistant professor of ophthalmology and a member of Kumar-Singh’s lab. Lab member Derek Leaderer said: “We know what’s happening in other labs, and help each other with equip­ ment. Instead of worrying they might get scooped, people are extremely helpful.” As an M.D./Ph.D. student in a pro­ gram of study that could stretch eight years, Leaderer appreciates the trans­ formation underway at TUSM, from the “learning communities” to the new Tauber Fitness Center. “All these spaces matter in terms of your mental happi­ ness,” he said. “They make a difference.”

ze and number of working spaces 200), sloped and U-shaped, among the school’s most popular venues for classes and lectures. “It’s constantly booked, starting at 8:30 in the morning through 7:30 at night and often later,” Sheehan says. This room was created with a gift from Fletcher Board of Advisors mem­ ber Thomas Schmidheiny, H99. The school would like to expand its executive education offerings, now restricted to summer because facili­ ties are at capacity during the academic year, he says. And there has been talk of establishing a Leaders-in-Residence program, whereby former prime min­ isters, presidents, or CEOs would come to Fletcher to lecture and teach. The question remains one of space. Fall 2012

Work is ongoing to consider what the best alternatives might be for the school. Meantime, in the short term, some “very simple” changes that can be made within the existing footprint include moving walls to create better space for group study, improving light­ ing, and upgrading furniture. “Our students spend a full day here, early in the morning to late in the evening: classes, meals, events, lectures, studying,” Sheehan says. “This is their life. The more that this space enhances their life, the better their school experi­ ence will be.”

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Benjamin Weitzman, E13

From my app to your ears Engineering music in a digital (and mobile) age Ever wanted to build a synthesizer? Or create your own digital drum set? Or learn how to sing without paying for voice lessons? There’s an app for that—or there soon will be, thanks to Tufts engineers and a pioneering course they have devised. Music Apps for the iPad is just the sort of innovative course in computer science and computer engineering that will benefit— by ripple effect—from the opening of the new Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center. With the arrival of the Tisch fitness center next door, all the athletics offices that had been occupying Halligan Hall will be moved to the new building—freeing up space for teaching and research in computer science and computer engineering. Computer education at Tufts already includes a minor in music engineering with a focus on music and technology; the Music Apps for the iPad course is an innovative opportunity to include students outside of that minor. Music Lecturer Paul Lehrman, AG10, and Computer Science Lecturer Ming Chow, E02, EG04, teamed up last spring to create a course that would foster musical composition skills and competition while teaching mobile development, hopefully resulting in the creation of commercially viable apps that would set talented students on the path to early business success. Funded by a grant from Steinway Musical Instruments Inc., makers of the legendary pianos, the course was an instant hit. “It was oversubscribed twice within a few hours,” says Chow. Final projects ranged from sound mixers to auto-soundtrack systems that can detect the mood of YouTube videos and suggest a soundtrack from a library of music, and even to a method for building and playing any kind of musical scale imaginable and changing it on the fly. Chow says he was grateful to Steinway for “enabling a new generation to play music and share it with people all over the world.”


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One World. One Health.

Grant funds Cummings’ International Veterinary Medicine program 10


ummings Foundation, through its grantmaking affil­iate, OneWorld Boston, has awarded the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine $100,000 to recruit a new faculty member for the school’s International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) ­program. A commitment to support at-risk international communities where diseases spread from animals to humans is an integral part of the school’s mission, and is a wellsuited match for the philanthropic priorities of Bill Cummings, A58, J97P, M97P, H06, and his wife, Joyce, J97P, M97P. “The promotion of social equality and justice is among the priorities of OneWorld Boston,” says Joel Swets, executive director for

Cummings Foundation. “We recognize that the Cummings School’s global health initiatives have the potential to affect food access and small business development in a positive way, improving health and economic opportunities in unstable areas. We are delighted to support the school in these promising efforts.” Dean Deborah T. Kochevar says the gener­ ous gift will greatly help the school stabilize and expand a signature program of the school. “We are very grateful for this opportunity to enhance the IVM program and Tufts’ entire global health network,” she said. “We look forward to bringing on board an exemplary leader who will not only build the Cummings School program, but who also will collaborate

with colleagues at other Tufts schools focusing on solutions in medicine, nutrition, law and diplomacy, and citizenship and public service.” Founded in 1982, Tufts’ IVM program was unusual then for its breadth of vision, and anticipated the need for veterinarians who are well prepared to address human and animal problems that interrelate to agriculture, cul­ tural and economic realities, and ecosystems. The program combines a variety of class­ room with field-based learning opportunities; student research projects have studied issues as varied as rabies control in Nepal, poultry health in Southern Africa, and avian influenza control in Indonesia.

TUSDM’s Class of 2012 gives and gets lessons in inspiration


avigating four years of demand­ ing clinical and course work to graduate from dental school is a challenge under the best of circumstances. To graduate at the top of the class while battling can­ cer “takes enormous spirit,” says Inga Keithly, D12, president of the Class of 2012. “And Catherine did it.” She refers to Catherine Dahl, D12, the student “unlike any other” whose inspiring fight against cancer gave the Class of 2012 a rallying point. In Dahl’s honor, 99 per­ cent of her graduating classmates contributed to the D12 Class Gift. The participation rate set a new school record. “We had someone in our class who just stood out the very day we started,” says Keithly. “To know and work with somebody who was putting it all on the line, saying ‘I want to achieve something remarkable’ and then has this large medical setback and still rocks it—it wasn’t too difficult to get the class behind her.” When Dahl received the Norris Award at the annual Senior Awards Dinner, she imme­ diately donated the gift back to the school, specifically to DOTS, Tufts’ Dental Outreach to Survivors program that treats victims of abuse to free dental care.

Dahl, who attended on an Army schol­ arship, currently is stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State. A dental hygien­ ist, wife, and mother of two from a farm in Oregon, she was 43 when she entered Tufts. Last year she became a grandmother. Like a mother hen, Dahl often took classmates under her wing. They recipro­ cated when she was diagnosed with stagethree breast cancer. Dahl rejoices with her classmates Dahl would spend three and half years in and out of clinics and hospitals. During “I am so proud to be a member of the chemotherapy she wasn’t able to come to Tufts Dental Class of 2012,” Dahl says. “When class, so she studied from the treatment center, my classmates found out about my diagnosis biochemistry books on her lap—and beat her they organized a fundraiser to help pay medi­ peers in exam scores. cal and house-cleaning bills, and took turns “I sat through every class, took all the notes, cooking and delivering meals to my home. I and she scored higher,” Keithly says, with a just couldn’t let them down after everything laugh. “She’s awesome. She’s a brave individual they were doing for me.” and she’s an achiever and there isn’t a reason Nontraditional students older than most why we wouldn’t all want to gather behind her.” of their classmates, Dahl and Keithly became One-hundred-seventy-five members of the friends on their first day of dental school. Their graduating class contributed to the D12 gift for shared experience has extended from profes­ a record-setting participation rate of 99 per­ sional school to boot camp. Both now serve in cent. Of those who donated, 55 percent gave the military. Keithly, a former skiing and surfing instruc­ at the Dean’s Inner Circle (leadership) level. The gift will create a scholarship in Dahl’s tor, completed her degree on a scholarship from name for a similar nontraditional student who the Navy and now is at Camp Lejeune in North has faced adversity. Carolina.

“[Catherine’s] a brave individual and she’s an achiever and there isn’t a reason why we wouldn’t all want to gather behind her.”

Turning around an epidemic Philanthropy fuels a strategy to prevent childhood obesity As an athlete, Peter Dolan, A78, A08P, has run marathons, competed in triathlons, and completed the grueling Hawaii Ironman challenge. As a philanthropist, he is tackling an even bigger challenge: childhood obesity. A Tufts University trustee and former CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dolan and his wife, Katie, have donated $1 million to a national initiative known as ChildObesity180, which he is chairing at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. ChildObesity180 ( seeks to become a major catalyst for prioritizing and driving the necessary systemic changes to reverse the trend of childhood obesity within a generation. Founded in 2009, ChildObesity180 draws on the expertise and reach of senior decision-makers from the highest levels of government, academia, public health advocacy, community organizations, the food industry, and the media to drive an integrated national strategy to prevent childhood obesity. With this new donation, Peter and Katie Dolan have added to previous gifts and pledges to Tufts University in support of financial aid, the Summer Scholars undergraduate research program, the Tufts Marathon Challenge, the School of Medicine, and athletics. A previous milliondollar donation established the Dolan Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Dolans’ latest gift supports the fundraising campaign under way for this largescale campaign to make our kids healthier. ChildObesity180 was publicly launched Fall 2012

last fall with a $6.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and $14.6 million in total funding has been raised so far. “This epidemic is too important to wait another moment,” says Christina Economos, Ph.D., N96, the Friedman School’s New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, who is vice chair and director of ChildObesity180. “Childhood obesity is the preeminent public health issue of our time,” she says. “Today, one-third of children in America are overweight or obese and on track to experience catastrophic health conditions, swamp health-care budgets, and create unprecedented challenges across society.” The Dolan gift will provide core support for ChildObesity180 and serve as an engine to advance the group’s work, says

“Childhood obesity is the preeminent public health issue of our time.” —Christina Economos

the project’s co-director, Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., N85, N87, professor and director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention at the Friedman School. “Peter is an amazing champion and leader for ChildObesity180,” she adds. Robin Kanarek, Ph.D., interim dean of the Friedman School, notes: “Without Peter’s vision and leadership, ChildObesity180 would not be possible. We are proud to be working with him to reverse the obesity epidemic in this country.” This is an abridged version of a story that ran in the summer 2012 edition of Tufts Nutrition Magazine. To read the complete article, visit

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An Advisor’s perspective… children around the world without regard for nationality, race, or religion. Focusing on medical operations, Children Action has supported projects in Argentina, France, Peru, Romania, Switzerland, and Vietnam. Blueprint asked Angelos Metaxa to share his perspective on Tufts in the world.

Q. How is Tufts seen in the world—and how would you like it to be seen? What role would you like to see Tufts playing globally?

A. Internationally Tufts is regarded as Angelos Metaxa, A91, of Geneva, Switzerland, is an entrepreneur involved in real-estate ventures in Europe and the United States. Previously he was a founding partner of Capital Management Advisors Group, which came to oversee more than $2.3 billion in assets as an alternative investment firm specializing in multimanager hedge-fund portfolios. A member of the board of Tufts’ Institute for Global Leadership, he joined colleague and Tufts classmate Javier Macaya, A91, on the founding gift for the IGL’s EMPOWER Program for Social Entrepreneurship. EMPOWER helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop the skills and knowledge to pursue ventures with a social perspective, with a particular focus on poverty alleviation. Metaxa is a patron of Children Action, a Swiss foundation with a mission to help

one of the top U.S. universities, and public awareness of Tufts increases every year. The International Board of Advisors this past May completed a very successful trip to Turkey as part of the “Tufts in the World” program. A key goal of a trip like this is to raise awareness of Tufts in the country the International Board visits. The success of this trip was summed up by the fact that a total of 361 stories ran in the Turkish media and print, reaching an estimated audience of nearly 19 million people! Such outreach by our university excites me. I would like to see Tufts become a beacon in the world, attracting talented students from all different backgrounds. We live in an extremely complex world facing extremely complex issues. Tufts’ role globally can be one of an institution of high excellence that provides our world with active citizens who will work relentlessly to tackle these issues.

Angelos E. Metaxa, A91, is a member of the Tufts International Board of Advisors.

Q. How does an idealist make a difference in the world of international finance?

A. We have been living through a horrendous crisis over the last few years, the roots of which are based in finance. To be optimistic about our future, one needs to take courage from today’s student body, which is about to go out in this world and help shape this future of ours. To make a difference we need to support the new generation and ensure it has the right tools in hand to overcome our current problems. Knowing that the new generation can learn to be pragmatic about what can and cannot be done makes me believe that we can make a difference in our world of international finance today.

Q. What is most gratifying about your work with the International Board of Advisors?

A. What is gratifying is that we get to use our collective knowledge and experiences as a board and pass advice to Tufts’ Board of Trustees. It is most gratifying to know that our opinion is carefully considered and often acted upon. In addition, this role gives us the opportunity to be ambassadors of Tufts all over the world. It is truly electrifying when we know that our results can be quickly seen and assimilated. I aspire for a long and deep relationship with Tufts, and I am very happy to be playing a role toward developing the full potential of our university.

Tufts Blueprint Fall 2012