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President Monaco meets European alumni

November 27, 2012

On the evening of October 4, more than 100 alumni, students, parents, and friends gathered at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid to give a warm Jumbo welcome to Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco. The event was held at the home of the U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Alan Solomont, A70, A08P, and his wife, Susan, AG81, A08P, and guests listened intently as President Monaco described his hopes and visions for the future of Tufts. A highlight of the evening was when the Solomonts surprised President Monaco with a cake to celebrate his birthday, which was the following week.

Alumni in Paris mix and mingle
Alumni in Paris mix and mingle

The Together, We Begin event was the first stop on the president’s European itinerary and continued his introductory tour to alumni that was launched last fall.

From Madrid, President Monaco traveled to London, where he was joined by 50 alumni to kick off the Tufts Financial Network’s first European event. The panel presentation titled “The European Financial Crisis and the Global Economy” featured a variety of financial experts and several Tufts alumni working in the financial industry. John McCarthy, A68, AG72, A01P; John Ball, A86; and Gary Weiss shared unique insights on their perspectives of the European financial crisis and fielded questions from the engaged audience. Tufts Alumni London chapter leader Vikki Garth, J81, served as the panel’s moderator.   

The Together, We Begin tour continued with a stop in Switzerland, where Amy Maines, J97, and her family warmly welcomed alumni and guests to their home just outside of Geneva for brunch.

On October 8, President Monaco arrived in Paris for an evening reception with alumni and guests at the residence of Mark Taplin, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy to France. Like its predecessors, this Together, We Begin event served as an excellent opportunity for old friends to reconnect, new friendships to be formed, and for President Monaco to continue to share his visions for the university.

A very special thank you to alumni volunteers Marjan White, E82, EG82; Lananh Nguyen, A04; Youssef Khlat, A84, FG84; Pierre Maman, A86, A15P; Elizabeth Borner-Knipe, J69; David Van Cleve, A83; and William Holmberg, F05, all of whom worked diligently to help coordinate and execute these alumni events.

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