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Making beautiful music Perry and Marty Granoff continue their generous support for the arts at Tufts, page 2

Giving from the start

A focus on Tufts people, programs, and facilities that promote healthy living:

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4/19/2010: Don Leach, E79, runs the 114th Boston Marathon with the President’s Marathon Challenge team

Young alumna follows family tradition as Tufts supporter, page 3

His Tufts spirit hasn’t waned School of Engineering bene­ factor stays plugged in to life on the Hill, page 10

Honoring Jeff Metzel Fletcher scholarship carries on late economist’s commitment to developing nations, page 11

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Granoff Center, Home to Tufts’ Love of Music “The latest gift is meant to keep a good thing going and growing.”


—Martin Granoff, A91P

Spring 2010

It was an evening Tufts

music students in attendance said they would long remember. Stephen Sondheim, the celebrated composer and lyricist, one of the great figures in American musical theater, joined former New York Times drama critic Frank Rich for a conversation and Q&A at the Granoff Music Center on January 30. Some of the students sang for Sondheim, lyricist for West Side Story and Gypsy and winner of nine Tony Awards, and said it was like “performing for Beethoven.” The event, like the venue in which it was held, owed much to Tufts Trustee Emeritus Martin Granoff, A91P, and his wife, Perry, A91P. The donors of the naming gift for the Granoff Music Center that opened in 2007, they sponsored the appearance by Sondheim and Rich, as they had previous performances


Left to right: Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim; the Tufts Symphony Orchestra performing for schoolchildren in Medford; Broadway star Audra McDonald; Perry and Martin Granoff.

Blueprint for Tufts University Campaign Chairs

Chair, Board of Trustees James A. Stern, E72, A07P

Pamela K. Omidyar, J89 Pierre M. Omidyar, A88 Jonathan M. Tisch, A76

President Lawrence S. Bacow, Ph.D. Provost Jamshed J. Bharucha, Ph.D.

University Advancement

Honorary Chairs William S. Cummings, A58, M97P, J97P Dr. Bernard M. Gordon, H92 Daniel F. Pritzker, A81, A12P Karen M. Pritzker, J83, A12P

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Executive Committee Kathryn C. Chenault, Esq., J77 Steven B. Epstein, Esq., A65, A96P, A01P, A07P, AG04P Nathan Gantcher, A62, H04 Martin J. Granoff, A91P Daniel A. Kraft, A87 Joseph E. Neubauer, E63, J90P Agnes Varis, H03 •


by Broadway stars John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, Audra McDonald, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Recently, the Granoffs, of Saddle River, N.J., announced a new $2 million gift to benefit Tufts and, specifically, the Department of Music. This latest gift brings the Granoffs’ total philanthropy to Tufts to $10 million. Professor Joseph Auner, chair of the music depart­ ment, describes the Granoffs as “great friends to music, to the arts, and to Tufts.” President Lawrence S. Bacow spent some time with students after the Sondheim event. “They were absolutely on cloud nine,” he said. “They said singing for Stephen was the highlight of their lives. Everyone

who attended the conversation came away from it with a far deeper understanding of what it takes to create great music. “We feel very grateful to Perry and Marty Granoff for bringing such extraordinary programming to Tufts, and for their new commitment to Beyond Boundaries,” Bacow said. “Their wonderful generosity lifts our spirits.” The Granoffs have been generous benefactors of Tufts since their son Michael graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences in 1991. They gave the naming gift for the Granoff Family Hillel Center at Tufts, and Mr. Granoff, chairman of Val d’Or Inc./Cannon County Knitting Mills, serves on the executive committee for Beyond Boundaries.

Eveillard, a founder of Young Friends of Tufts Advancement, encourages recent grads to reconnect with their alma mater.

It all adds up Young alumna champions the Tufts Fund

Music is a great love. “With music being such an important part of most people’s lives, it follows that every great learning institution should provide as good a music education as possible,” Mr. Granoff said. “This is consistent with any great university’s mission.” Granoff praised the “exemplary manner” in which Tufts’ music pro­ gram is being run by Professor Auner and staff. “The program’s growth and popularity and its impact on the larger Tufts community have been extraordinary,” he said. The Granoffs’ recent donation indicated “continued support for a job well done,” he added. “The latest gift is meant to keep a good thing going and growing,” he said. Spring 2010

alumni celebrated the group’s fourth anniver­ sary at a restaurant in Manhattan.

Pauline Eveillard’s mother, Elizabeth, created the John Martin Mugar Scholarship to honor her father’s memory by helping other young people attend Tufts. Now, Pauline Eveillard is carrying on in the family tradition.

“It’s important to keep alumni involved through small donations. Those small amounts can add up to large amounts when there are a lot of people involved,” she says.

Just five years after graduation, Eveillard has already become a leader among Tufts alumni. As one of the founders of the Young Friends of Tufts Advancement (YFTA), a committee of 13 who garner Tufts support among other young alumni, Eveillard has helped encourage recent graduates to reconnect with the university. A former art history major at Tufts, Eveillard now works for the World Monuments Fund in New York, and helps host the YFTA event each year in the city. Last year, more than 450

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“Students spend four years at Tufts, and are still interested in what’s happening on campus when they graduate,” says the Tufts Fund gift officer. “This event is a great opportunity to get everyone together and help them reconnect.” She was also among a group who initiated the first young alumni Conversations with the President, where President Lawrence Bacow attended small dinners to keep the recent graduates up-to-date with Beyond Boundaries.

Along with her volunteering efforts, Eveillard has been giving at the Ivory Tusk level, $100 times the number of years since graduation, and this year doubled her gift in honor of her five-year reunion. Eveillard and President Bacow shared the same first year at Tufts in 2001. She was so touched when he knocked on her door as he made his way around the dorms introducing himself to each freshman. “It’s those types of personal touches that made me feel like I was part of a Tufts family.”

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rom a young age, Pauline Eveillard, A05, has understood the meaning of giving back. Her family has a long tradition of contribut­ ing to the community—and to Tufts. Her late grandfather, John Martin Mugar, A37, president of Star Market Co., helped build a major New England supermarket chain. The son of Armenian immigrants, Mugar helped his fam­ ily during the Depression working at his cous­ in’s small grocery in Watertown, Mass., which became the first of the Star Markets. He went on to serve as a Tufts trustee and member of the board at The Fletcher School.

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Park Family’s Ongoing Support Creates Opportunity at School of Medicine


ames and Dorothy Park, A03P, M11P, immigrated from South Korea to the United States in the late 1970s. Their three children distinguished themselves academically, with daughter Caroline, A03, M11, graduating from the School of Arts and Sciences and currently attending the School of Medicine at Tufts. As they have lived the American Dream, the Parks also have made a priority of giving back. The Parks have contributed generously to the School of Medicine, establishing in their daughter’s name the Caroline Park, A03, M11, and Family Endowed Schol­ arship Fund, which benefits talented and deserving students who could not attend Tufts without financial aid. They also have supported the new Clinical Skills

and Simulation Center at 35 Kneeland St. that has greatly enhanced clinical education on the Boston medical campus. In gratitude for their support, the Park Family Observation and Monitoring Center has been dedicated at the simulation center. “Time and again, Dorothy and James Park have given generously and without being asked,” says President Lawrence S. Bacow. “Tufts is better for it. They have given our students the greatest gift one can give, the gift of opportunity.” “It is a great honor to be part of the Tufts family,” Dorothy Park says. “The university and President and


“As I’ve gotten to know the dedicated students who benefit from our funds, I couldn’t be happier.”

Osher Scholarships Embody Couple’s Devotion—to the School of Dental Medicine, and to Each Other

W Suzi Osher and Assoc. Dean Mark Gonthier (center) with Osher Scholars, from left: Natalia Tchere, D10; Jeannette Suh, D10; Aerwen Pollard, D10; Margaret Pierce, D10; Hakam Al-Samarrai, D10; and David Chan, D10.

hen I make a gift, I always follow it,” states philan­ thropist Dorothy Suzi Osher, who established the Dr. Alfred Osher, DG62, and Suzi Osher Scholarship at the School of Dental Medicine to honor her late husband, a long-time faculty member at the school. “And as I’ve gotten to know the dedicated students who benefit from our funds, I couldn’t be happier.” Osher is seated in a graciously appointed, former car­ riage house on a quiet street in Portland, Maine, a building once intended to house Dr. Osher’s orthodontics practice. When he passed away in 1999, Mrs. Osher kept her promise to complete the building’s meticulous renovation. Today, she uses it as her own office, where she skillfully oversees her business interests and philanthropic investments in ­education and health care. The daughter of French-Canadian immigrants who faced substantial hardships weathering the Depression in Biddeford, Maine, Osher was raised to value education and hard work. “My first job was playing the piano at a local

music store when I was just 10,” she recalls, “and at 15, I was working for the government Census Bureau.” After high school, she became a bookkeeper for Dr. Osher, a Biddeford oral surgeon. Several years later, at his request, she completed a course in anesthesiology at Boston City Hospital and began assisting in procedures. “At the time,” she notes, “Al was the only board-certified oral surgeon in Maine, so 70-hour work weeks were not unusual.” In 1962, Dr. Osher completed the Tufts program in orthodontics, becoming the first board-certified orthodon­ tist in the state. He began teaching at Tufts, traveling to Boston every Tuesday, even in the worst winter weather. After their marriage, Mrs. Osher found time to pursue her own passionate interest in business and fashion, opening a specialty clothing store in Biddeford, a pursuit she calls “my real career.” However, even as she managed her own successful venture, she stayed involved in her husband’s growing practice. “We were one of those rare couples who enjoyed working together,” she relates. Osher says the scholarships at Tufts are “another promise I made to Al that I’ve been delighted to be able to keep.” Since their establishment in 2006, the Osher Scholarships have supported more than 34 students from across the globe, many of whom are the first college graduates in their families. “That’s exactly what Al would have wanted, and of course, it fits with my own values as well,” notes Osher. “It’s been a wonderful way to support promising young people and an institution that has meant so much to both of us.”


A message from President Bacow DEAR FRIENDS: Healthy living is one of the things we work hard to promote at Tufts. Thanks to your philanthropy, we have been able to realize some particu­ larly noteworthy achievements in the areas of fitness and nutrition during Beyond Boundaries. For example, the pioneering Shape Up Somerville partnership between the community and Tufts researchers has helped raise the national profile of the fight against childhood obesity. First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted Shape Up Somerville when she launched her own Let’s Move initiative on that front. On the Medford/Somerville campus, the historic Cousens Gym has been renovated and its basketball court’s vintage dimensions have been brought within modern NCAA standards. This means that, when our Jumbo teams make the tournament in future years, the games can be hosted at our own house. In Grafton, the new Agnes Varis Campus Center features a 1,000-square-foot fitness center (right), in addition to a cafeteria, bookstore, and auditorium. This wonderful project has been hon­ ored with awards from the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Builders and Contractors. And in Boston, one of the most popular and well-used venues in the newly renovated Sackler Center is the Lazlo N. Tauber, M.D., Fitness Center. At Tufts, getting fit goes hand in hand with building community. That has been true of all of these projects. It also distinguishes such challenges as the virtual Trek to Talloires, which attracted well over a thousand Trekkers this spring. Your generosity keeps Tufts in good shape, with good effects that radiate from College Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue and beyond. Thank you for your support! Sincerely, Lawrence S. Bacow

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Mrs. Bacow will always have a special place in our life. We are so happy to support Tufts, and take pride in all its accomplishments, passion, and humanity.” “More than three decades ago,” says James Park, “Dorothy and I arrived in this land of open arms with plenty of ambition and a dream. We were in search of the freedom and infinite opportunity that America offers to those willing to work hard. We have been lucky to watch this nation continue to grow and to offer people from all over the world the same opportunities we had. We are so proud to be citizens of this country, which we consider the most God-blessed place on earth. We are also very grateful to the previous generations of Americans who built this country, and that’s why we want to be sure that this nation continues to stay strong. “In thinking about how we can contribute to gener­ ations to come, we have come up with some guiding prin­ ciples. We have tried to instill in each of our children a spiritual lesson to live life honestly, responsibly, and with humility; to always put forth his or her best effort; and to be the most helpful person wherever he or she may be. We hope our children give back to the society that has supported their lifelong achievements. And we wish to help students who have the dreams, but not the means, to achieve higher education. These are the people who will grow up and make sure our world exists with love, peace, and harmony.”

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Tufts is celebrated for the contributions its researchers in the life sciences make to fitness and health. Through the new Live Well ­initiative, for example, Tufts investigators are working with members of the Somerville community (above left) to prevent obesity among new immigrants, a significant number of whom suffer from diabetes or cardiovascular ailments related to being overweight. The Shape Up Somerville partnership with the city remains a national model for fighting childhood obesity. Meantime, students across the university have greater opportunities to put these ideals of healthy living into practice, thanks to your philanthropy. The historic Cousens gym (pictured here) has been renovated, while new campus centers in Boston and Grafton feature well-appointed fitness centers that are popular workout venues. The President’s Marathon Challenge (front cover, and above right) remains one of the best-known and largest collegiate marathon programs in the United States. This year, 200 members of the Tufts community ran the Boston Marathon and raised $400,000 to ­support nutrition, medical, and fitness programs at the university. Over the past seven years, President’s Marathon Challenge runners have raised more than $2 million to promote health and wellness across Tufts’ campus and host c ­ ommunities of Medford, Somerville, and Boston’s Chinatown.



anqi Luo, N10, spent the past summer helping UNICEF bring basic medicine to sick children in Ethiopia, where malnutrition is responsible for more than half of all deaths among children under five years old. She was shocked to see children with diseases like edema, in which fluid trapped in the body’s tissues causes the skin to swell. She recalls skin peeling off and flies swarming around children’s malnourished bodies. Treating these children was overwhelming at first, she admits. “I caught on fast, and my supervisor let me over­ see the treatments on my own,” she says with a smile. Luo, of Beijing, did her summer internship as a graduation requirement for a master’s degree at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition. Her internship—and the vital experience she gained—was made possible by donors like the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation,

which has made a two-year commitment to support internships for Friedman students. “I was an internship recipient myself, so I know the difference a paid internship can make between taking a non-relevant job, working for free, and going into fur­ ther professional school debt, and being treated as a true team member in a study or program that directly impacts people’s lives,” says Margaret Patricelli. “My husband, Bob, and I are grateful to have this opportunity to support projects that stabilize or enhance the nutrition and health of populations at risk.” Since returning from Ethiopia, Luo has landed an interview for a nutritionist position with an international agency dedicated to fighting malnutrition. “Without this internship experience, I wouldn’t have discovered the confidence in myself to be able to handle these types of situations in the field,” she says. “It changed my life.”

Hanqi Luo


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“[We] are grateful to have this opportunity to support projects that stabilize or enhance the nutrition and health of populations at risk.� —Margaret Patricelli

Spring 2010

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For a90 alum, Looking Back Inspires Thinking Ahead

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a.m. practices on four hours of sleep, commands from his coach on the dock with a flash­ light and megaphone, gliding on the dark water completely dependent on the synchrony of his teammates—that was the life of Richard Bonsall as captain of the Tufts crew team. It was also a time he met some of his closest friends, learned discipline, and tested the

boundaries of his endurance both physically and mentally. “Rowing was my shot of espresso before beginning academics each day,” says Bonsall, A90. Bonsall recently made a bequest intention to support Tufts’ crew team. “For many, a gift from their will is the most significant gift they will make. For Tufts, these gifts hold special

meaning both for the resources they provide and for the expression of loyalty and confidence they repre­ sent,” says Rebecca Scott, director of gift planning. “In the past, most of the bequest intentions were from older alumni,” she says. “But we’ve recently been hearing from younger alumni who have included Tufts in their estate plans.” Bonsall adds, “The continuing suc­ cess and improvement of academ­ ics and sports at Tufts hinge on donations from alumni.” His Tufts coach, Ken Weisman, A82, remem­ bers Bonsall wearing a bandana with the yin-yang symbol on it during practices and races. “Rowing was like a martial art to him,” he says of Bonsall, who studied East Asian relgion and philosopy at Tufts. “Rich and his friends became the foundation of our team and brought everyone up to their level.” Bonsall says his teammates got him through the long practices and crazy hours. Being an athlete at Tufts taught him invaluable lessons he applies to everyday life. Over the course of his rowing career, Bonsall trained at the U.S. Rowing National Development Camp at the United States Coast Guard Academy and won more than 20 national and international rowing competitions. Now he splits his time between Los Angeles and Hong Kong as the vice president of business development for Skyworth TTG, a company spe­ cializing in identity and access man­ agement products and professional services. He’s also had a successful modeling and acting career. “Giving back is a gesture of thanks for an experience that has helped me become the person I am today.”

Future Fund to Benefit Cummings Scholars

“We didn’t want our names on some park bench. We wanted to create a fund that would go on in perpetuity.” When their beloved nine-year-old dog Tamouska was gravely ill, John and Alma Wilkinson-Heap of Winchester, Mass., were referred by their veterinarian, Dr. Susan Kelly, V88, to the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton. The emergency team there saved their beloved pet’s life, and the Wilkinson-Heaps were tremen­ dously grateful. “It was like saving our child,” said Mr. Wilkinson-Heap, who noted Tamouska went on to live eight more years, to the age of 17, thanks to the dedication and compassion of the veterinarians at the Foster Hospital. Before his wife passed away four years ago, Mr. Wilkinson-Heap said, the couple discussed leaving their estate to the Cummings School. “We didn’t want our names on some park bench,” says Wilkinson-Heap, 83, now living in Sarasota, Fla. “We wanted to create a fund that would go on in perpetuity.” This past winter the retired consultant made it official: his planned gift of approxi­ mately $2 million will endow the John and

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— John Wilkinson-Heap Alma Wilkinson-Heap Scholarship at the Cummings School. The gift, consisting of a commitment under a revocable trust as well as the proceeds of IRA and brokerage accounts, also will support the Foster Hospital. “I know what a financial struggle it was for me to get my degree,” he says. “My hope is that this gift will ease the burden, and encour­ age more people to become veterinarians.”

From the Gift Planning Office:

If Tufts is already included in your estate plans, please call 888-748-8387, or email, so we can thank you and welcome you into the Charles Tufts Society. We can also provide sample bequest language if you are interested in including a gift for Tufts in your will or trust.

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Mr. Wilkinson-Heap with Hope

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Beyond the Boardroom: Overseer Curtis Supports School of Engineering, Time and Again


Spring 2010

Jonathan and Sandy Curtis in Africa near Mount Kilimanjaro


onathan Curtis, E69, EG72, AG05P, was nothing if not involved during his years at Tufts: he sailed on the varsity sailing team; was president of his fraternity, Zeta Psi; worked as a teach­ ing assistant during his senior year; and was a member of the engineer­ ing honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Today,

Curtis is still very much plugged in to life on the Hill. As a School of Engineering over­ seer since 2002, Curtis says that he enjoys “helping the younger folks advance their careers.” Curtis, who retired last year as president and CEO of CDM Federal Programs Corp., credits Tufts with having had a signifi­

Osher Foundation Funds Ongoing Education Endows Scholarships for Nontraditional Students and Lifelong Learning Institute Matthew Tweedy, A10, was planning to attend college after graduating high school, but during his senior year, on 9/11, his plans changed. As an act of patriotism, Tweedy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he has since been deployed to Iraq, Africa, and Afghanistan. To be commissioned, Tweedy needed a college degree. “I just wanted to be a student and to get really absorbed in academia,” says Tweedy, who after earning his degree in international relations this year, will return to the Marines as an officer. “This is a good way to take a break and do something I really enjoy.” Thanks to a $1 million gift from the Bernard Osher foundation, Tweedy and other nontraditional students are returning to the class­ room to finish their degrees. Tweedy is a recipient of the Osher Reentry Scholarship, which is given to Resumed Education for Adult Learning, or REAL, students. These students are between the ages of 25 and 60, and want to come back to college to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The Osher Foundation also awarded a $1 million endowment to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides more than 500 individuals, many over the age of 50, or “third-agers,” with peer-led study groups on economics, the arts, current affairs, and other topics. “The programs of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute,” President Lawrence S. Bacow said, “are a terrific celebration of life over 50, offer­ ing participants the never-ending joy of new knowledge and discoveries.” From left, REAL students Andrew Majewski, A05, Matthew Tweedy, A10, and Jodi Waddell, A11

“I attribute much of my leadership development and success as an executive to the academic preparation and life experiences I had at Tufts.” cant impact on the success of his own career as an environmental engineer. Curtis contributes annually to the Tufts Fund at the Packard Society level and volunteers his time as a Class Gift Officer. In honor of their 40th reunion, Curtis and some of his fraternity brothers established the Zeta Psi Class of 1969 Scholarship in Memory of Paul Montle to support undergraduate students. Through the years, he has pro­ vided significant support for various financial aid priorities at the School of Engineering. He established the Jonathan G. Curtis Fellowship and worked with employees of CDM to set up the CDM Fellowship, both of which support civil and environmen­ tal engineering graduate students. He also is a member of the Charles Tufts Society, having created a charitable remainder unitrust that will provide funds for future students. During the Solar Decathlon com­ petition in Washington, D.C., in 2009, Curtis was so struck by the energy of the Tufts students that he volunteered to help with the assembly of the Curio House. And this winter, he and his wife, Sandy, ventured to Tanzania on a Tufts Travel-Learn safari hosted by two Cummings School professors. Curtis says he is dedicated to staying connected to Tufts and fund­ ing scholarships at the School of Engineering so current students may have the same positive experiences that he had. “I attribute much of my leadership development and success as an executive to the academic prep­ aration and life experiences I had at Tufts. The school excels in educating future leaders in the field of engi­ neering, and is continually striving to improve.” Spring 2010

Fletcher Alumni Honor Dear Friend with Scholarship Fund Drive Jeffrey Metzel, F81, F85, was raised in a missionary family in the Congo and devoted his life as an economist to bettering the lives of people in developing countries. He was only 43 when he died in a plane crash off the coast of West Africa in 2000. Ten years later his friends and classmates are honoring his memory through a schol­ arship drive to benefit coming generations of Fletcher students who strive to make a difference in the world. A scholarship established in his name in 2003 sup­ ports a second-year student studying international development at The Fletcher School. Alumni fundraisers hope the current drive will bring the Jeffrey C. Metzel Scholarship Fund to its goal of $200,000. Lead fundraisers Bob Steck, F81, and Lynn Salinger, F81, recently penned this appeal: “Jeff loved his work as a development economist, often visiting the African continent to consult on agricul­ ture and trade issues and mentor young African econo­ mists. He also loved the foundation his Fletcher years had given him. Jeff enjoyed sharing his development experiences with his wide circle of friends and dreamed of teaching some day, to give back to the next generation. “Jeff’s dreams live on through your generosity. Over the past 10 years, thanks to the support of many of Jeff’s classmates, professors, friends, and family members, we have raised $125,000 to fund a scholarship in Jeff’s name. The proceeds generated from this fund have helped to offset tuition for six secondyear Fletcher students of development studies. Today, past Metzel Scholarship recip­ ients are working in various capacities on global health, finance, poverty, and climate change issues.” This year’s Metzel Scholar, Ameesha Chandnani, F10, aspires to work in energy and infrastructure development. “I sincerely appreciate the generous support provided by the Metzel Scholarship,” offers Chandnani, pictured at right with Metzel’s widow, Joann Lindenmayer, associate professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “Without it, I truly would not have been able to attend The Fletcher School.”

To contribute to the Metzel Scholarship Fund,

contact Bob Steck at or Lynn Salinger at

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“I can think of few other ways that truly honor Jeff’s life and the work that was so important to him, and I know how pleased he would be to know that wonderful young people like Ameesha are part of a small but growing group of Metzel Scholars.” —Joann Lindenmayer

Joann Lindenmayer, left, with Metzel Scholar Ameesha Chandnani


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Parents Committee Members Actively “Adopted” Their Tufts Family



soon as Phillip Artis, A12, started his college education at Tufts, his parents, Kim and Curtis Artis, A12P, began their involvement as active members of the Parents Committee, regular tailgaters at their son’s football games, and generous donors through the Parents Fund. The Artises are making sure they are taking an active role in their son’s education. “Being involved with the school keeps us in touch with Phillip’s environment, even though we can’t always physically be there,” says Kim Artis. Phillip Artis is reserved, but since he came to Tufts, his parents say they’ve seen him expand his social group and take on new responsibilities. “Tufts has made him feel com­ fortable,” says Kim Artis. “He feels like Tufts is a family place, and we’ve found that he’s right,” adds Curtis Artis. The Artises have made their own group of Tufts friends among parents at the home football games—traveling from Naples, Fla., to see their son play linebacker. They’ve also met many parents through Parents Weekend and have become admirers of President Lawrence Bacow. The Artises doubled the gift they made last year to the Parents Fund. “If we don’t give, Tufts would not have the resources in terms of finding the best teachers, speakers, and special programs to give our son the best education possible,” says Kim Artis. “We’re investing in our child’s experience.” “Tuition does not completely cover all the costs associated with running a university,” says Curtis Artis, “like fielding athletic teams and providing scholarships for people who would otherwise not be able to attend.”

The Artis Family

“Tufts has made [Phillip] feel comfortable. He feels like Tufts is a family place, and we’ve found that he’s right.” —Kim and Curtis Artis, A12P Several of Phillip’s friends at Tufts would not be there if it weren’t for financial aid, says Kim Artis, who adds that her family has been blessed and they find joy in sharing that with others. “I believe in higher education,” says Curtis Artis, who also served on the Parents Committee of Duke University, their daugh­ ter’s alma mater. “My son feels like Tufts tries to embrace and include everyone, and that’s important to us.”

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