How college rocked my world

first_imgWith their poems, essays, videos, and photographs, students helped launch the Transcript Project this year, reflecting on their academic paths with submissions that matched the variety of their experiences.Audrey Pettner ’21 of Fort Collins, Colo., focused on a first-semester seminar called “Money Matters,” which crossed disciplines in its examination of coins, while Amanda Flores ’18, an anthropology concentrator, submitted a poem with five stanzas, each written in a different language.“It was a good reminder about what it means to be in college,” said Pettner. “These next four years are going to be influential, but there is more to be gained from this time than what it says on my grades.”Pettner’s perspective reflects exactly why Robin Kelsey, Arts and Humanities dean and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, launched the project, inviting students to submit entries across three categories: read, hear, and see.“Harvard is already very good at recognizing students who receive top grades,” Kelsey said. “But we should do more to recognize the curiosity-driven intellectual journey that college is meant to be. The Transcript Project is a way for our undergraduates to affirm whatever adventurous spirit informed their time here.”Paul Lewis ’18 took a multimedia approach with his submission, sharing an essay, photos, and a video about the impact that global health courses, in particular “Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives,” had on his extracurricular life.“It was taught by Paul Farmer, Arthur Kleinman, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee,” said Lewis, a neurobiology concentrator. “It was an inspiration, and I got to work with Professor Kleinman to restructure an organization I had started here to make sure the work I was doing was really centered and making an impact. The following year, I hosted our first Global Health Conference.”The Eliot House resident said the course led him to more global health courses, which, in turn, prompted him to plan a gap year in Japan upon graduation.,“I’m going to study end-of-life care,” he said. “All of the passion for understanding different cultures also stemmed from those classes. Knowledge for the purpose of knowledge can be nice, but it can have added benefits when it’s paired with out-of-classroom experience.”Kelsey convened a jury made up of Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Memorial Church; Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value; Sarah Lewis, assistant professor of history of art and architecture and African and African American Studies; and Karthik Pandian, assistant professor of Visual and Environmental Studies.Pandian, who is completing his first year teaching at Harvard, said that submissions for the project brought to light “more narratives that might not necessarily otherwise receive attention.”“As a visual artist myself, the form of the submission seemed to be the most interesting lens through which to review the entries,” he said. “I was moved by Sarah Perlmutter ’19, who sent in photographs. Our lives are saturated with images, and it can be a difficult terrain to make something that distinguishes your vision in that field. She was really honoring what photography can achieve on its own terms.”In broader terms, he commended the students for honoring what the study of studio art calls “double movement,” or the process itself and the reflection.“Students feel they can take informed risks, but they also step back and can articulate what they and their peers are doing,” he said. “It’s in that double movement that a lot of learning happens. I think the students are entering a world where there is so much crossover. It’s great to see the faculty and our institution can embrace that cross-disciplinary interaction or exchange.”Flores, Lewis, Perlmutter, and Pettner were recognized along with the two other winners in the inaugural Transcript Project, Alana Davitt ’19 and Michelle Ko ’19, in a ceremony Tuesday in the Thompson Room.last_img read more

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Silver medal finishes for discus pair

first_imgThen, bronze medallist Ellen Keane swims in the heats of the 100 metre backstroke.And then just after 5pm the sonar sailors of John Twomey, Ian Costelloe and Austin O’Carroll sail in Race 10 before the medal race on Saturday. Day 8 in Rio brought yet more medals for Ireland, with Orla Barry and Niamh McCarthy each taking silver in their respective discus events. Some more of Ireland’s medal winners will be hoping for further success on Day 9. Eoghan Clifford, who has already won gold and bronze, cycles in the H1-3 Road Race…also taking part in that one is Colin Lynch who has a silver medal to his name.last_img read more

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United Ways from Washington and Oregon Form Regional Organization

first_imgSubmitted by United Way of Thurston CountyUnited Way is a vital part of the support network for the community.United Way Associations in Washington and Oregon are joining together to have a stronger impact on education, income and health outcomes in the Pacific Northwest.Thirty-nine United Ways in the multi-state region, including United Way of Thurston County agreed to form United Ways of the Pacific Northwest last month and will participate in this enhanced regional trade association. Each local United Way is fully independent and focused on their local community. By coming together in this larger regional strategic collaboration, they will be able to do more for their local communities as well as have a wider impact regionally.  United Ways of the Pacific Northwest supports training and skill development for local United Way staff and boards, advocates for state level public policy and systems change and supports initiatives to grow the value and outcomes of United Ways across the region.“We’re excited about the possibilities moving forward,” said Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County, Paul Knox. “By working together, we will be able to do more for our communities,” he added. Knox was the Chair of United Ways of Washington in 2014 and will continue to serve on the executive committee of the newly formed organization.The current president and CEO of United Ways of Washington, Jim Cooper, will play the same role for the new, expanded organization.“At the end of the day, collaborating throughout the region will help us bring in additional resources and make it possible to have a larger impact on the communities we serve,” said Cooper.The new organization includes 23 members from United Ways of Washington and 16 from the Association of United Ways in Oregon. Two longtime members of United Ways of Washington are headquartered in Idaho.The full slate of officers for United Ways of the Pacific Northwest include:Chair: Dennis Smith (President and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County)Vice Chair: Keith Thomajan (President and CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette)Treasurer: Peter Theisen (President and CEO of United Way of Whatcom County)Secretary: Debra Lancaster (Executive Director, United Way of Skagit County)Past Chair: Paul Knox (Executive Director, United Way of Thurston County) Facebook6Tweet0Pin0 The new organization can be found online , on Facebook  and on Twitter @UWPNW.last_img read more

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