Alumni presented with Harvard Medal on Commencement

first_imgThe Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced that Robert Coles ’50, Robert N. Shapiro ’72, J.D. ’78, and Alice “Acey” Welch ’53 will receive the 2018 Harvard Medal.First awarded in 1981, the Harvard Medal recognizes extraordinary service to the University. Harvard President Drew Faust will present the medals on Commencement Day, May 24, during the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, which is held during Commencement’s Afternoon Program.Robert Coles is a beloved member of the Harvard community. As an alumnus, professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and clinician, Coles has inspired many to answer the call of public service.Robert Coles. Harvard file photoA child psychiatrist by training, Coles started his career at Harvard as a research psychiatrist in 1963. Two years later, he began teaching at Harvard Medical School, becoming a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities. Three decades later, he was named the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. By his retirement in 2007, he had taught at several Schools across Harvard, weaving his medical training with literature and anthropological fieldwork to dig deeply into the social problems of our world. Students flocked to his courses, including the popular General Education 105, “The Literature of Social Reflection.”The Robert Coles “Call of Service” lecture and award series honors both Coles — a former Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) volunteer and trustee — and his book “The Call of Service,” which examines the idealism PBHA seeks to instill in its student volunteers.A celebrated recipient of such awards as a Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his work “Children of Crisis” in 1973, a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, and the National Humanities Medal in 2001, Coles was nominated by his Harvard College Class of 1950 to serve as chief marshal in honor of the class’s 25th reunion.Coles and his late wife, Jane Hallowell Coles ’59, raised three sons, all of whom graduated from Harvard College. Coles resides in Concord, Mass.Robert N. Shapiro is a deeply committed and loyal Harvard University citizen who has truly embraced the theme of “One Harvard.” He has served with great distinction in numerous capacities spanning the Harvard and Radcliffe Class of 1972, the HAA, the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA), and University governance.A former Lt. Charles H. Fiske III Scholarship recipient, which sent him to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, Shapiro is a longtime member and former chair of the HAA’s Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships Committee that is responsible for selecting the scholars each year from among Harvard’s graduating seniors.Robert ShapiroShapiro served as the president of the HAA from 1991 to 1992 and as president of the HLSA from 2000 to 2002. In 1996, he received the HAA Alumni Award, recognizing his longtime service and leadership to alumni and the HAA. As a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers from 2006 to 2012 and vice chair of the board from 2011 to 2012, he served on 12 different visiting committees. He was an Overseer member of the Harvard Corporation’s governance review committee in 2010 and the subsequent search committee for new Corporation members. In addition, he currently serves on the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Dean’s Advisory Council and Harvard Divinity School’s Leadership Council.His career began at the Boston law firm Ropes & Gray in 1979. A partner in the private client group from 1987 until 2016, Shapiro now serves as the chief executive officer of Ropes Wealth Advisors. He is also president of the trustees of the Peabody Essex Museum. He lives in Cambridge, Mass.Alice “Acey” WelchAlice “Acey” Welch has worked tirelessly, persistently, and optimistically in the pursuit of making Harvard a more inclusive environment. A strong behind-the-scenes presence, she has been a persuasive influence on the Committee for the Equality of Women at Harvard (CEWH) and the force behind the envisioning and founding of the HAA Shared Interest Group (SIG) the Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women (ANHW).For more than two decades following her 35th Radcliffe College reunion, Welch worked with her classmates and other Radcliffe women to launch and lead the CEWH — a group of nearly 2,000 dedicated to increasing the number of tenured women faculty at Harvard and furthering the sense of belonging for women on campus. As a steering committee member and then co-chair, she spoke often with members of the faculty and administration and made a lasting impact.Welch was again a principal voice for bringing Harvard alumnae together with the creation of the ANHW, serving as president from 2014 to 2016. This group is a vibrant intergenerational community of Harvard and Radcliffe alumni working to increase and strengthen the presence, voice, and leadership of women within Harvard and society at large. The group also worked in conjunction with the HAA and other SIGs in the planning and execution of Harvard Women’s Weekend in fall 2016. In 2017, Welch received the HAA Outstanding Clubs and SIGs Contribution Award for her efforts.Having majored in architectural sciences at Radcliffe, Welch was a technical illustrator and ultimately a graphic artist. She was married to the late Richard Welch ’53 and lives in Concord, Mass.last_img read more

OIT releases print quota data

first_imgNotre Dame’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), in conjunction with student government, released their Fall 2014 PrintND Report that highlights some of the key data on student printing in light of the printing quota controversy presented last semester.According to the report, 90 percent of undergraduates print fewer than 1,000 pages per semester and 90 percent of graduate students print fewer than 1,500 pages without need for additional quota.Emily Danaher | The Observer Junior Shuyang Li, student government’s director of campus technology, said findings were based on data that OIT collected from the printing systems on campus and reflects the information OIT has recollected from student printing and printer usage on campus.“At the beginning of this semester, we had a meeting with OIT to review printing metrics from last semester, and OIT provided us with all the data that came into the report,” Li said.Li said student government attempted to monitor the new system throughout the past semester and has been in constant communication regarding the print quota changes with campus technology throughout the year.“At the beginning of last semester, student government and senate formed a five-student team to get involved with and monitor the new printing system,” Li said. “We had monthly meetings with OIT as well as internal meetings to discuss what was good and not so good with the new printing system and to see how much students were using the new system.”The new print quota system was implemented last semester in response to the financial deficit OIT faced with student printing, which totaled to more than $80,000. Li said OIT is still managing other changes in the new printing systems including the streamlining of the printing queues across campus, the transition towards the point system, issues with one-sided and double-sided printing and quota rollover across semesters.Li said student government’s frequent communication with OIT addressed changes to the new quota system, such as the issues of the price raise for one-sided printing. While OIT initially implemented an increase in one-sided printing as opposed to double-sided printing, student government negotiated a return to equal pricing in one sided and double sided printing, Li said.“We thought [the change in price for single-sided printing] would be bad for students and had several discussions with OIT and pushed to change it back to the same [system],” Li said.Li acknowledged that although the Print ND Report indicated lower printing quota usage, members of student senate expressed their constituents’ complaints about the the quota’s relatively lowered limit and the elimination of rollover print quota from year to year.“There were three senators on the team who went out to their dorms heard other opinions as well,” Li said. “We heard a lot of student opinions that weren’t satisfied with the new system.”Li said OIT has not indicated to student government officials that any additional changes will be made to the print quota system.“I’m trying to make sure that everything we communicate to students at this point is accurate,” Li said.Tags: campus technology, OIT, print quota, printer, Printing, Student governmentlast_img read more

Binge drinkers buy later

first_imgStuff 5 February 2014People who buy alcohol after 10pm are twice as likely to be binge drinkers or alcoholics than those who buy it earlier, new research shows.The International Alcohol Study, led by Professor Sally Casswell, of Massey University, also found people who bought cheaper alcohol were more likely to drink a greater amount in one sitting.The research was ongoing and covered New Zealand, Thailand, Scotland, England, Australia, Mongolia, South Africa and Vietnam.This particular piece of research focused solely on the drinking habits of 1900 New Zealanders.It found heavier drinkers bought cheaper alcohol and did so at later times.Drinkers paying lower prices for their takeaway alcohol were twice as likely to drink larger amounts.People who bought after 10pm were also twice as likely as those who bought before 10pm to end up drinking more than six standard drinks. read more

Baby killer verdict: Manslaughter ‘doesn’t do justice’ says Bob McCoskrie

first_imgNZ Herald 22 July 2016Family First Comment: Children deserve the fullest protection of the strongest law we can give them. When adults thrash, bash and shake little children, they should not be able to hide behind the lesser manslaughter charge. It’s murder.Anyone inflicting violence against children should be charged with murder, rather than manslaughter, a family safety advocate says.Tawera Wesley Wichman, 24, was sentenced at the Wellington High Court today to three years and 10 months in prison for shaking his 11-month-old daughter Teegan Tairoa-Wichman to death in 2009.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said this was a tragic case which involved a vulnerable family.“He [Wichman] was young and it seemed like there was support to start with and it dissipated over time.“The support lessened over time but it was pretty evident the family weren’t out of the woods yet,” he said.He thought a manslaughter charge shouldn’t apply when extreme violence was inflicted on babies and toddlers.“Children are vulnerable. To argue that injury or death was not intentional, so therefore murder can’t be applied … it doesn’t do justice.”McCoskrie said in this case, the parents were told of the dangers of shaking a baby.“They knew they couldn’t shake a baby.“When dealing with children and babies, you should be able to foresee shaking or treating a baby or toddler roughly or with violence could result in injury or death,” he said.He said it was clear Child Youth and Family (CYF) had high concerns for the twins when they were discharged from the special-care baby unit.“To me, this shows the whole issue of when the red flags are raised and when it is clear these are the ones we need to put time and resources into.”He said it didn’t matter whether the act of violence was just one-off or over a long period of time.READ MORE: read more