A $30M gift to University

first_imgHarvard University announced today that the Hutchins Family Foundation (HFF), which was endowed by Glenn Hutchins ’77, J.D. ’83, M.B.A. ’83, has given the University $30 million.The gift will support academic initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and also launch the Hutchins Family Challenge Fund for House Renewal. The challenge fund will award matching gifts to alumni and friends interested in supporting the revitalization of Harvard’s undergraduate House system through naming opportunities.For Hutchins — a longtime University supporter and co-founder of Silver Lake, one of the world’s largest firms investing in technology companies — this gift illustrates his belief in the fundamental role of House life in Harvard’s undergraduate experience. Hutchins serves as an FAS campaign co-chair.“When Harvard alumni are introduced for the first time, the first question they ask is not ‘Which year?’ but, rather, ‘Which House?’ ” Hutchins said. “Graduates of the College all know the vital role the Houses played in their lives as students.“But this donation is not about our fondly remembered undergraduate days or even historic preservation — it is about the future. The renovation of these magnificent buildings will enable Harvard to do for future generations what it did for us. Perhaps most important, it underscores Harvard’s commitment to offer an undergraduate experience which is the best among its peers.”Drew Faust, Harvard’s president and Lincoln Professor of History, praised Hutchins for his philanthropy and commitment over the years. “This extraordinarily generous gift exemplifies Glenn’s leadership and dedication to Harvard,” Faust said. “Glenn is a University citizen, but he possesses a great passion for the College and is committed to providing an unparalleled undergraduate education. Because of his efforts to create this challenge fund, we are another step closer to strengthening one of our most cherished traditions. I join the entire Harvard community in extending my gratitude to Glenn and his family.”FAS Dean Michael D. Smith, John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, saluted Hutchins for embracing Harvard’s vision for House renewal. “The House system is the cornerstone of the undergraduate experience at Harvard,” he said. “It’s the place where Harvard College students, graduate students, and faculty live, work, and learn together, delivering a University experience on a human scale. As a former resident of Winthrop House, Glenn understands the transformative power of the House system and the powerful role it can play for 21st-century teaching and learning models.”In the 1920s, Harvard College created a unique system of residential education for undergraduates centered on 12 Houses, home today to 98 percent of the College’s student population. Each House is presided over by a Harvard faculty member and by a staff of scholars and graduate students, all of whom live and work alongside the undergraduates. The House system is designed to represent the larger University in a more manageable, personal size, where College services are readily accessible to students. It also creates smaller, inclusive communities where peers of different backgrounds can interact and where informal interaction among undergraduates, faculty, and other scholars and professionals is encouraged. The system provides an enriching residential community — culturally, intellectually, and socially.Nearly a century later, Harvard’s undergraduate Houses are beginning a process of renewal, both physically and programmatically. The FAS and the College unveiled plans to revitalize the Houses this past July. Moving forward, the buildings will feature new physical structures — from “smart” classrooms and study nooks to new social spaces and music/art practice rooms — that support and further Harvard’s extraordinary residential programming. While meeting the needs of today’s students, the project will also preserve each House’s historic character.In addition to creating New York–based Silver Lake, Hutchins is chairman of the board of SunGard Corp. and is a director of the NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. and Mercury Payment Systems.He served former President Bill Clinton as a member of his presidential transition team and in the White House as a special adviser on economic and health care policy. He is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vice chairman of the board of the Brookings Institution, and a trustee of New York–Presbyterian Hospital. He is also an owner and member of the executive committee of the Boston Celtics.Hutchins is a director of Harvard Management Company and chairman of the National Advisory Board of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard. His gift will support Harvard’s long-term mission as planning continues for an eventual University-wide capital campaign. Harvard expects a late 2013 launch, though the timing is not finalized.last_img read more

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Blaze displaces several

first_img The occupants all inhaled smoke but were not hurt, Boyd said. Her father, who suffers from congestive heart failure and diabetes, sat in an ambulance until paramedics were sure he was all right. Her youngest son, age 10, was upset, Boyd said. “He was just crying and holding on to his doggie,” she said. The fire damage seemed confined to the bedroom, but smoke damage was heavy throughout the house and the heat was intense enough to melt plastic objects in rooms that didn’t catch fire. Among the damaged furniture was a new pool table and a flat-screen television bought for Christmas. “Everything’s gone,” Boyd said, tears coming to her eyes. “I don’t have a lot of money. I have children. I have my daddy. I have my foster kids. All my dad’s medicine is gone.” Boyd rented three rooms at Motel 6 on Thursday night and was visiting relief agencies Friday looking for help. Boyd’s father has lived in the house for 16 years and she moved in after his health worsened, she said. They rent the house, but were arranging a loan to buy and had expected to sign documents next week. They have no insurance on their belongings, she said. Anyone interested in helping the family can contact Boyd through her sister Dorene Goldman at (661) 209-4034. Charles Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Fire officials estimated damage at about $80,000 to the house, which sits on an acre on Avenue R in Palmdale. Boyd said she was asleep when her children awakened her and told her their grandfather’s room was on fire. Her sister Shannon Reid and friend Michael Davis grabbed garden hoses and fought the flames until firefighters arrived. “It was just flaming up,” Davis said. All the occupants got out safely: Boyd, her sister, their father, Davis, Boyd’s three children and two teens she has taken in, and an invalid man and a woman she cares for. They had to carry the invalid man out. The family dog also got out. “The neighbors came to my help. They came out running in slippers, socks,” she said. PALMDALE – Nearly a dozen people were left homeless after a late-night house fire blamed on a portable electric heater under a bed in an elderly man’s bedroom. Samuel Goldman, 73, escaped unharmed only because he had awakened to get a glass of water before the fire started, his daughters said. “God saved him,” daughter Amy Boyd said Friday morning, standing outside the fire-blackened Spanish-style house. “Everybody’s safe, by the grace of God. I lost everything, though.” Firefighters said flames were coming from the roof when they pulled up just after 10 p.m. Thursday. It took them 25 minutes to knock down the fire, and one firefighter burned his hand battling the blaze. He was treated at a hospital and sent home. last_img read more

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Govt will use AI to pick future sports stars, says Rajyavardhan Rathore

first_imgAt a time when millions of Indians are glued to TV screens for the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon and the Men in Blue touring England, the government has announced that it will use artificial intelligence to spot young sporting talent in the country with eyes on the Olympic events in 2024 and 2028.Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports (independent charge) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said on Tuesday that all state governments have partnered with the Centre to create a database of students and introduce them to sports based on their “natural abilities” and not just skills acquired through the process of training.He was speaking at the 4th Mail Today Tourism Summit, which also saw the participation of union ministers Jayant Sinha and Dr Mahesh Sharma, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani, noted actor and director Nandita Das as well as a host of bureaucrats and delegates from the hospitality, film, food and tourism sectors.READ | Rahul Gandhi jumps on other’s platform and falls: Rajyavardhan RathoreRathore said the government will provide the selected sporting talents with scholarship of Rs 5 lakh annually to ensure all-round development of their skills.”We are creating an app where all state governments will be our partners. We intend to create a database of nearly 3 crore young children in the age group of 5 to 18 years. On the basis of detailed tests, they will be further shortlisted to 20,000 and ultimately 5,000 students will be selected after DNA test, IQ test and sports skill tests. These talents will be further trained as per their abilities in different sports,” the minister said.advertisementAccording to Rathore, the idea is to ensure that young talents are not just tested by the marks they obtain in examinations but on the basis of their fitness and overall approach.Rathore, who has initiated a slew of measures to harness the future sports stars in the country, said in the next four years at least 150 schools with excellence in education will be provided with government funds to develop sporting skills in students.”To begin with, 20 schools with boarding facilities will be given a fund of Rs 7 crore to Rs 10 crore for developing sports infrastructure and training the students as per their abilities. One school in each district will be identified so that students get the required training while staying close to their natural environment,” Rathore said. He urged private players and the corporate sector to contribute to the National Sports Development Fund.The minister said schools must ensure that kids get more time to play instead of just completing bulky syllabi. He said the union HRD ministry has already recommended to the government to halve the school syllabus.last_img read more

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