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Updates for Alumni & Parents

Winners of the 2013 Alumni Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Alumni Awards! Each year, the Haverford Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni who have provided sustained support to the College in a variety of areas. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony during Alumni Weekend on June 1.

  • GENE LUDWIG '68 – The Kannerstein Award
  • CHARLES VINCENT ’77 – The Haverford Award
  • GARY BORN ’78 – The Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award
  • TIM IFILL ’03 and MATT JOYCE ’03 – The Young Alumni Award
  • MITCHELL COHN ’80 – The William Kaye Award
  • BILL KELLEY ’63 – The Charles Perry Award
  • MICHAEL FOGEL ’58 – The William E. Sheppard Award
  • JOHN COOK ’63 and STEVE LaMOTTE ’73 – The Archibald MacIntosh Award
  • VIOLET BROWN – The Friend of Haverford College Award

Learn more about the awards and this year's winners.

Ira De A. Reid House/Black Cultural Center To Be Rededicated Next Month

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will rededicate the Ira De A. Reid House/Black Cultural Center (BCC) on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the House with a discussion and a reception honoring the legacy of Ira De A. Reid, Haverford's first tenured African American faculty member. Following the rededication and reception will be a panel featuring alumni of color from classes in the 70s, 80, 90s and 00s. The panel discussion begins at 3:35 p.m. in the Whitehead Campus Center, Room 313.

Ira De Augustine Reid was chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Haverford and published nine books focusing on social conditions and educational aspirations of African American communities throughout the country. The house named for Dr. Reid continues to be a residential space for students invested in the histories, legacies and traditions of the African Diaspora as well as a cultural center for the campus community. The residents work collaboratively with the Ira Reid Advisory Council as well as with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) to articulate and sustain programming that extends Dr. Reid’s legacy. Whether you were a former resident of the BCC or not, you have experiences, stories and reflections that we hope you can share with your fellow alums and with current community members. The President’s Office, Provost’s Office and OMA foster an ongoing exchange between students, faculty, staff members and alumni on the significance and success of past and present diversity initiatives as part of a campus-wide discussion of our collective visions for the College's future.

R.s.v.p. to or 610-896-1004.

Annual Fund Mid-Year Update

We are so grateful for the support of the nearly 4,500 alumni, parents and friends who have donated to the Annual Fund since the start of the fiscal year on July 1. To date we have raised $2,429,097 toward a June 30 goal of $5,750,000, which represents seven percent of the College’s budget.

This year, donors may choose an area of the College to support or allow the College to determine how it is used. Here’s how donors have chosen so far:

77% Haverford’s Greatest Need (unrestricted) 12%  Financial Aid 6%  Academic Enrichment 3%  Athletics 2%  Student Life 1%  Campus and Facilities

The impact of the Annual Fund is felt on campus each and every day. For example:

  • 348 students took advantage of the new Office of Academic Resources in December alone.
  • Six fall teams competed for a Centennial Conference championship, and three of them won: Men’s cross country, men’s soccer and women’s soccer.
  • At plenary, students passed three resolutions, including an environmentally conscious measure to reduce paper towel consumption on campus.
  • Fifty percent of students receive financial aid from the College, of which 100 percent is in the form of grants, not loans.
  • Forty-four new trees were planted on campus, including a Yoshino cherry tree that was a gift to the Class of 2016 from the Arboretum.
  • New laundry facilities were installed in the basement of Comfort Hall.
  • The inaugural TEDxHaverford was organized entirely by students and featured an array of notable speakers, including Haverford’s President-Elect Dan Weiss; Swarthmore President Rebecca Chopp; former CEO of National Public Radio Ken Stern; Jane Golden, founder of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program; and Tim Wilson, special advisor to the Maine-based nonprofit Seeds of Peace.

To support programs and projects like these, please consider making a gift to Haverford’s Annual Fund for 2012-2013 if you haven’t done so already. Thank you!

Senior Class Supports the Annual Fund

The Senior Class Gift Committee has secured 128 donors—or 41 percent of the class—in the first half of the Senior Class Gift campaign. The class is well on its way toward a goal of 85 percent participation by commencement, striving to surpass the 81 percent rate set last year by the Class of 2012.

IRA Charitable Distribution Renewed by Congress

A charitable distribution from your IRA can make a very positive impact on your tax return while preserving the Haverford experience for students today and in the future.

If you are age 70½ or older, you can make a charitable gift to Haverford directly from your IRA without paying income tax on the distribution. And, the full amount counts toward your required minimum distribution for the year if you make the transfer to Haverford by December 31, 2013.

Please contact Director of Gift Planning Steve Kavanaugh at 610-896-1141 or for a confidential discussion of how to make a charitable IRA distribution work for you.

The Climbing Stone, by Peter Rockwell '58, is located outside Magill Library.

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