2009 PBHA-A Alumni Weekend: Recap and Pictures

December 21st, 2009
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Pictures from Geoffrey Canada’s “Call of Service” speech
Pictures from Saturday’s Alumni Reunion activities
Pictures from Geoffrey Canada’s workshop for students and community members

PBHA and PBHA-A gave a warm welcome to leading educational thinker and charter school founder Geoffrey Canada on the Friday of the alumni weekend, when he met with students in workshops before delivering his inspirational Coles Lecture that night.  His speech drew 1000 people to Memorial Church, a crowd that included President Faust, Robert Coles and local notables, but mostly students as well as a number of parents in town for the Freshman Parents Weekend.  Informative and impassioned, Canada’s talk critiqued America’s current education system and challenged the audience to help reform it. You can read The Crimson’s more in-depth coverage here.

On Saturday afternoon, at the Annual Meeting of members, attendees welcomed new officers Trevor Cox ’01-’02, President, and Zach Lazar ’04, Treasurer; they replace Walter Birge and Toby Romer, who deserve our warmest thanks for all their work to get the organization off the ground.  Members also discussed a proposed bylaws change—extending PBHA-A membership eligibility to all Harvard alumni, not just those that were formerly PBHA volunteers—that was subsequently passed by the PBHA-A Board of Directors.

Saturday afternoon also featured a well-attended career panel composed of a number of PBHA alumni.  An orientation for PBHA-A’s mentoring program concluded the afternoon programming.  At the banquet and awards ceremony Saturday evening, honorees Farah Stockman ’96 and Allan Powell of the Harvard COOP gave heartwarming acceptance speeches. Sunday morning saw alums participate in a “fun run” along the Charles River and attend the light brunch at PBH marking the end of the weekend.

As we plan for the 2010 Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Alumni Weekend, we welcome your feedback about the 2009 weekend as well as ideas for next year’s.  Please direct your thoughts to alumni@pbha.org.

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