The Next Ali

Sad to say, but our Program Assistant, Ali Mehlsak (A09), will be leaving us soon, and we are on the hunt to fill her Frye boots. We usually hire a just-graduated Tufts alum for the upcoming academic year. Unlike a lot of stuff out there, this is an honest-to-goodness paid position with benefits. If you are interested or know someone who might be, contact Cindy Stewart at

New Faces

Members of the 2010-2011 ExCollege Board

Last night, the ExCollege Board finished interviewing the candidates for next year’s board. It’s a great group of students, all of whom are interested in what the board does and in expanding upon or improving on what we do. It’s always exciting hearing from students about their perceptions about the ExCollege. The positive feedback is nice to hear and the constructive feedback is crucial to hear – even if it twinges our ego a little. Final decisions will be made at next week’s meeting!


piles of paperworkToday is the deadline for butchers and bakers and candlestick-makers to submit course proposals to teach in the Fall 2011 semester through the ExCollege. It’s an exciting time here, as we get to peruse the interesting courses that folks are proposing to teach. Piles of mail and regular walk-ins produce proposals about everything from acoustical architecture to branding and identity to cultural communication. And that’s just the As, Bs, and Cs! As our office staff scrambles to process all of the applications, we prepare to send out requests for letters of recommendation and then reviews by Tufts faculty members. If proposals make it through that, it’s on to interviews with a Tufts faculty member and two students. And then finally, the ExCollege board will make selections for the fall offerings. The application count isn’t final yet, but looking at the piles we’re processing, I’d say we’ll top 100 proposals again. So narrowing it down to 22 or 23 final selections isn’t easy or fast. But it IS exciting.