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Supporting Students and Advancing Innovation

January 31, 2017

Dear alumni, parents, and friends,

Although it seems not long ago that we welcomed new students and faculty across the university, we have now launched the spring semester—a semester that will surely see continued impact and innovation.

Activities across all our campuses last semester reflected the dynamism of the university's work. I invite you to view our photo gallery for a big-picture look at these exciting ventures. I also urge you to read my full message to the campus community, where you'll find detailed updates on our students' brilliant performances in arenas from athletics to drama, our progress on campus construction projects, and links to important messages to our community about DACA and the recent Executive Order regarding immigration.

Because of the strong support of our dedicated alumni, friends, and parents around the world—especially on our very successful #GivingTuesday—great accomplishments have been made possible, such as the renovation and expansion of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School. Thank you for your continued dedication and support.

I hope that all of you are as excited as I am about the prospects for Tufts. The spring semester—always a busy and vibrant time—is sure to see even more notable developments as we work together to advance our academic mission.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco

Tony Monaco

On Campus

Facilitating student participation in the Presidential election

We launched an unprecedented effort to facilitate students' participation in the presidential election.

2nd among NCAA Division III schools in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings

Tufts Athletics ranks second among NCAA Division III schools in the fall release of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.

Students performing August Wilson's play, Gem of the Ocean

Students performed brilliantly in August Wilson's play, Gem of the Ocean, the first of a 10–play series on African-American life throughout the 20th century.

Bust of abolitionist John Brown

We learned more about the shared history linking Tufts' early benefactors and America's 19th-century movements for social justice.

Supporting Our Community

Tufts students learning

Highlights include:

  • Members from across Tufts are actively engaged in the work of the newly launched Task Force on Student Mental Health.
  • We are finalizing the membership and charge of the committee to review the culture of undergraduate student life—information on its work will be posted on the President's website as available.
  • In November, President Monaco affirmed support for our DACA and undocumented students so that all our students have the opportunity to pursue their studies as full members of the Tufts community. After a recent Executive Order regarding immigration in January, we reiterated our support for our students, faculty, and staff who may be affected by these new government policies in a letter to the community.
  • A search for our next chief diversity officer will begin shortly; Robin Glover, associate dean for public health and professional degree programs at the School of Medicine, will serve in the role on an interim basis for the Boston and Grafton campuses, while Professor Ellen Pinderhughes of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development will serve on an interim basis for the Medford/Somerville campus.

Faculty Updates

Professor Athena Papas

Congratulations to Professor Athena Papas, head of the division of oral medicine at the School of Dental Medicine, whose appointment as one of the university’s Distinguished Professors was recognized in December.

Dr. Esther Wilkins

At the same ceremony, the school presented its Dean's Medal to two alumnae who went on to have illustrious careers on its faculty, Professor Hilde Tillman and the late Dr. Esther Wilkins (pictured above), who had passed away just a few days before, shortly after her 100th birthday.

Campus Facility Updates

Interior of Foster Hospital for Small Animals Exterior of Foster Hospital for Small Animals

Gifts for capital projects are helping make possible such exciting accomplishments as the renovation and expansion of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School in Grafton, whose new reception area opened in October.

Rendering of renovated anatomy laboratory on Boston health sciences complex

The latest in a series of major gifts to the university from the Jaharis Family Foundation is making possible the renovation and expansion of the anatomy laboratory that serves medical and dental students on the Boston Health Sciences campus while also easing the debt burden on students specializing in family medicine.

More Facilities and Operations Updates:

  • Construction moved ahead through the fall on both the Central Energy Plant and the Science and Engineering Complex on the Medford/Somerville campus.
  • In December, I joined presidential colleagues from universities around the country in calling on our national leaders to accelerate progress toward a clean-energy future.
  • This semester we will relaunch the Sustainability Council to ensure continued focus on the environmental responsibility of our own campus operations.