Keshia M. Pollack, J00
Her current work on two Alumni Council committees is bringing bright ideas to student and alumni outreach and engagement.
Tufts in 150 Characters
How would you describe Tufts in 150 characters or less?
That's the question we've asked thousands of Tufts alumni as the 150th anniversary of the Tufts University Alumni Association approaches.
We got the idea from Twitter. Our hope has been to invite replies – word pictures, haikus, bits of verse, brief reminiscences – that portray the colorful mosaic that is Tufts.
The response has been remarkable. A few criticized the grammar of the question. (Yes, it should be 150 characters or "fewer" – Ed.) But many more expressed great enthusiasm for the assignment.
Below are some of the very creative, colorful, and sometimes poignant replies received to our initial e-mail this past fall.
If you haven't already, we invite you to send us your description of Tufts in 150 characters or less by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Bill Nowlin, A66, Ph.D. ’80
—Robin Benty, J91
—David R. Ackerman, A83
—Melissa J. Pugash
Lights out, the pause before the play
Audience intimate, still; our collective breaths held
Anything is possible
—Robi Polgar, A87
Both sides of the 2nd floor of Miller Hall converge at the stairs.
Together we march to brunch at Carmichael Hall.
Conversations are lively.
Laughter is shared.
Lifetime friendships are forged.
—Melanie Wallack Cadenhead, J86
—Warren M. Little, Ed.M '66
—Caroline Larson, BSOT73
Peeps singing, Cheap Sox, spring flings
Life-long friends frolic
—Karlynn Cory, E94
—Liz Milman Christo, J87
—Cristin Gallup Rich, J83
—Diana Jacobson Zankowsky, J74, E74
great teachers offering a life in words. I am still
in that life each day. Tufts gave me France, too, and I go back
to teach every June or May. Come with me!
—Marilyn (Zimmerman) Kallet, J68
—Jane Leu, J91
Lifelong friendships are nurtured in an atmosphere of exploration, collaboration, and celebration of hope in what is possible.
Diversity of ideas and people are the rule at Tufts and the resulting adventures are savored for a life time.
Waking each morning with great anticipation of what the day holds and what new and exciting challenges will arise is a luxury that is priceless.
The depth of genuine interest and involvement of faculty and staff creates an extended family that is remembered with fondness and great appreciation even as time and distance accelerate.
The gift of time at Tufts engenders a desire to stay connected and help others experience this very special place.
Tufts is an attitude, a state of mind, a celebration of what it means to learn everyday we have the opportunity to take a breath.
Forever to share Jumbo,
Love for reading and writing,
And calling the third floor of Stratton Hall home.
—Tracy D'Allesandro Carreiro, J84, V88
—Burton B. Bruce, P.E.
—Mari-Vaughn V. Johnson, Ph.D.
—Carol Schneider Anderson, J57
—Abbe Schiffman, J81
—Hali Ganbold, J06
Rehearsals, dress rehearsals, scenery building, costume construction, opening night! The stage so intimate you can hear the audience breathe. Sit down beside them and draw them into the play. The utter darkness of the house. Creeping on stage for the opening act; no more run throughs, no more rehearsing, no last chances. Cue lights, cue sound, Act I, Scene One!
Doc Collins’ booming voice directing Arthur Miller, Kal Burnim’s Diary of Anne Frank, Laurence Senelick and his mad Russians, Peter Arnott and his ancient Greeks, Tony Cornish and Shakespeare. An eclectic collection of artists and actors and directors, designers and writers pouring their souls into this collaborative effort that might, just might produce something wondrous and magical. It always did.
—Chris Romano, A79
Torn Ticket II theater + Jumbos sports
Music + Science + Engineering + Liberal Arts
Friends for life, Life with friends
—Charlie Seymour Jr., A73
—Michael DeAngelis, M.S., M.P.H., R.D., Tufts N00
—Barbara Lickstein, J63
—Devin Toohey, A09
—Steve Leichman, A06, BEATs co-founder
—Candice N. Lewis, A05
Hard to walk up in the cold
Easy to walk down
—Sam G. Baris
respect for self and others
the wonder and joy of knowledge
ethical paths to achievement and service:
Peace and Light
—Jon (Jim) Oxman
Art! Drama! Politics! Literature! Just what I was looking for.
—Peggy Wagner Kimble, J71
reverted to ash in a fire
and left for peanut butter in a Peter Pan jar
On a forgotten shelf in Jackson Hall.
A taxidermised tail somewhere lost to book-stacks.
The school on the hill--
With its three meals a day and cereal wall.
My first grilled cheese with tomato,
The way only in Boston they use white American instead of yellow
And it melts like cream.
A Medford/Somerville/Davis Square dream
A redline bisection,
A safety shuttle invention,
A hockey detention
A round sounding cheer, a victorious scream.
Boston Ave. for Pizza, College Ave. on a jog.
Opportunities to row, swim or picnic on the Quad
Deciding on the Future, learning from the Past.
Engineers writing poetry and poets doing math.
Do you want to be a Doctor, a Lawyer, a Writer, a Vet?
At Tufts University, there is learning to be done yet.
—Joselin Linder, A97