From the President...

Welcome to the Harvard Club of Austin!

 

As Austin and the surrounding communities continue to grow, so does the HCA which now serves nearly 1,300 alums in the Austin and central Texas area.  The club offers a perfect opportunity to meet fellow alums and maintain a strong connection to the university.

 

We join the country in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Harvard is a leader in the discussion of human and civil rights and we look forward to activities, discussions and publications from the Harvard community on this momentous occasion.  It is apropos that the Harvard Global Month of Service is in April – on the heels of many events acknowledging the Edmund Pettus Bridge marches in Selma, AL 50 years ago which lent weight to the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year.  The HCA service project is something we look forward to each year and hope that you will consider participating.  Visit the site again soon for more details.

 

One of the most active areas of the club continues to be our Schools Committee.  Nearly 100 alums participate in related activities including interviewing applicants to the College, staffing college fairs, sponsoring the Harvard Book Prize, and hosting a variety of receptions and events for our newly admitted and current students.  We continue to interview approximately 200 students each admissions cycle. This year, we will also increase our outreach efforts to students in non-traditional, rural, or underserved schools.  This is a vibrant committee with ample opportunity to volunteer! 

 

The annual Global Networking Night in January was one of the club’s most well-attended social events – with many new faces joining in.  We certainly hope to sustain this level of interest and involvement across other events and programs in the months to come.

 

Throughout the year there will be a variety of social, educational and service activities.  We will continue to plan discussions with expert speakers on provocative and meaningful topics. This year, we’ll also strive to strengthen our partnerships with other clubs in the All-Ivy group so you may see an up-tick in jointly sponsored events. 

 

HCA is an engaged and growing organization.  Our goal is to make the club meaningful and enjoyable for you.  We encourage your participation and ideas.  2015 promises to be another interesting year plump with traditional events, new members and fresh activities.  We warmly welcome alums, current students and parents to visit the website, find activities of interest and dive in! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Annette Pierson Raggette

 

KSG ‘94