Volunteer Story, David Meyers, A96
Current occupation: Journalist/managing editor of member information and research, CQ Roll Call
Volunteer experience at Tufts: Present: Executive vice president, Tufts University Alumni Association; co-founder and chairman, Tufts Journalism Society; TAAP volunteer; 15th Reunion Committee member; host/supervisor, Tisch Active Citizenship fellowship program Past: Regional vice president, TUAA; chairman and vice chairman, TUAA Communications Committee; president, Washington Tufts Alliance; co-chairman, 5th and 10th Reunion Committees; class co-chairman, Tufts GOLD
Most memorable volunteer experience: Not many volunteer opportunities offer the opportunity to provide a service to your friends, the alumni association and the university all at once—reunion planning does. Helping to organize my 5th and 10th reunions were fun, rewarding experiences. Our committee spent much of the year soliciting donations for our class gift to the university, encouraging our classmates to join us for the reunion and planning activities. And when the reunion weekend finally arrived, we had a blast getting together with close friends, reminiscing with others we’d lost contact with and celebrating our time at Tufts. Hopefully, I can attend my 15th reunion next May, but even if I can’t I’ll help make sure everyone has a great time.
Why volunteer? Volunteering, for me, is really an extension of my college experience. I always saw my work with The Tufts Daily as a service to the Tufts community (in addition to a step toward my chosen career path, of course), and when I graduated I knew I wanted to continue my involvement. And it didn’t hurt that one of Tufts' greatest cheerleaders, then-Alumni Relations director Ron Brinn, was encouraging me to remain an active part of the Jumbo family. Volunteering for Tufts does, in fact, remind me of the fun my wife and I had as students, but I’ve also found it to be incredibly rewarding because I know I’m providing a service to my fellow alumni, who (hopefully) will one day include my daughters.
Favorite spot on the Hill: The most memorable spot on campus has to be the place I spent the most time: the basement of Curtis Hall, home to The Tufts Daily. Five days a week, we suffered through bad food, a leaky roof and a lack of natural light just to share the challenge of putting out a newspaper. We built great friendships, shared the stress that came with the job and, yes, produced a newspaper read by nearly everyone on campus (well, at least they were doing the Jumble). And that made the hours and conditions tolerable.
If you could bottle up any piece of Tufts and take it home with you forever, what would it be?
Stratton Stadium—the name doesn’t mean anything except to a few close friends. That’s what we named the grassy area between the Campus Center and Stratton Hall, and nearly every day of our senior year we spent time there playing wiffle ball. The spot was perfect because we could tape a strike zone on the Campus Center wall, use Stratton as home run territory and use a manhole cover as the pitcher’s mound. Even now, approaching our 15th anniversary, we remember all the rules, highlights and lowlights—and if we were younger and could replicate the Stadium, we’d be out there playing every day.
Dave was recently awarded the Tufts University Alumni Association’s Alumni Chapter Leadership Award for his role in founding the Tufts Journalism Society. This award is presented to deserving alumni who have demonstrated leadership capacities in support of their alumni constituencies. Congratulations, Dave!