The Bay Area
We gathered at St. Gregory of Nyssa church on April 25th to celebrate AlumniCorps’s 25th Anniversary. Fellows, mentors, and volunteers, including several from the Class of ’55 shared memories and experiences with the organization over the years. We were especially thrilled to see several children of ‘55ers ready to lead AlumniCorps for future generations!
This has been an exciting time for Boston as we celebrated the 25th anniversary with the greater Princeton in New England community at a panel centered around education. With the help of committee member and former fellow, Anu Pattabiraman ’10, the event featured Princeton alumni who are deeply involved in education from various perspectives. The event was buzzing with enthusiasm and eagerness to solve and unpack challenging issues as we reflected upon the advancements in education over the last 40 years since the Garrity Decision on Boston school desegregation.
We will continue this momentum through June by partnering with Princeton Internships in Civic Service and Harvard Center for Public Interest Careers to welcome new students to the area at a brunch, but will also be sad to say goodbye to our wonderful fellows, Anne Brown ’13 and Amali Gunawardana ’14. Fortunately for the AlumniCorps community, Amali will begin her second fellowship at the New York Center for Child Development in July. Good luck Anne and Amali!
This year’s PP55 fellows Suchana Costa ’14 and Damali James ’14 are wrapping up there fellowship at Housing Development Fund. The Connecticut area committee is actively seeking alumni to serve on the area committee. Please contact Frank Cruz ’89 at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.
The Chicago area committee gathered to celebrate the completion of the fellowship year. The event was hosted by Vince Anderson ’65 and PP55 fellows, fellowship alumni, mentors, and volunteers were in attendance.
We are very excited to have TWO fellows in our reconstituted New Jersey program: Jeanette Beebe ’14 and Allegra Wiprud ’14, who will be fellows at the Rita Allen Foundation and D&R Greenway, respectively. We are furiously working to develop the support this new responsibility demands.
The NY Fellow Support Committee hosted its annual Career Night in coordination with the Harvard CPIC committee in February. The event was held at the Social Science Research Council. Many members of the NYC community led small group discussions on a variety of fields from education to law.
On March 4th, the NYC AlumniCorps community celebrated AlumniCorps’ 25th Anniversary. The well-attended and universally enjoyed event was graciously hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation. Alumni and friends enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres before hearing from a fantastic group of speakers, featuring Sheryl WuDunn *88 and others who have contributed to, shaped, or been deeply touched by AlumniCorps. The event showcased both the amazing work of AlumniCorps in the past 25 years and the promise of the future with many exciting new programs, renewing excitement and commitment to the mission and vision of the organization.
During Princeton’s spring break, the NY Social and Alumni Relations Committee organized a panel on modern school segregation for one of Princeton’s Breakout trips, an alternative spring break trip focused on civic engagement. The event brought together Princeton alumni and current students for a lively discussion of an important social challenge we face today.
In April, the Seminar committee also organized a private tour to the 9/11 memorial and museum, which was as educational as it was deeply moving. 12 people attended and experienced the memorial and museum together in a unique way.
Looking back on the 2014-15 fellowship year, AlumniCorps in NY had a fruitful and fun-filled year! Beyond the 8 social events ranging from happy hours along the river to mini-golf, 5 seminars on topics ranging from adolescent health to the history and design of Central Park, and a career night, we continued to expand the AlumniCorps community and engage many more in it. As another year’s fellows are nearing the end of their fellowship experience, we look forward to capping the year with a closing dinner and welcoming next year’s fellows!
In February, the Washington DC cohort of P55 Fellows met for a seminar at the National Postal Museum. The session was organized by John Nolan of the Washington & Lee Program and featured a guided conversation with Suzanne Laporte, Executive Director at Compass, based on Jim Collins’ Good to Great and the Social Sectors.
In March, Fellows convened at the National Council of Nonprofits to meet with Jenny Chandler, Vice President and Director of Network Support and Knowledge Sharing. Jenny presented on trends and challenges for charitable nonprofits and gave an informative overview of the independent sector. Thanks to Bob Davidson from the Dartmouth program for connecting us!
In April, Lisa Lazarus ’02, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region for Reading Partners hosted us at her office for a workshop on negotiating techniques and strategies. Fellows learned how to think strategically about what they ask for and how to react to different scenarios.
In May, TAN affiliates, mentors, and P55 Fellows were all invited to a social and networking dinner at Local 16. Thanks to current fellow Evaline Cheng ’14 and Social Chair Amy Sweeny ’12 for organizing such a fun night!
Our final events for the year will include a debriefing brunch with all current PP55 Fellows and a 25th Anniversary Celebration for the entire extended AlumniCorps network in DC featuring remarks Eric Lavin, Manager of the DC Urban Innovation Lab at the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation.
We look forward to seeing the rest of the AlumniCorps community at Reunions in just a few weeks!