From the monthly archives: May 2010

Not long after I hit the button to put up my previous post today, a comment came in asking if I could provide an update on the waitlist.  (Thanks, Samantha, for reminding me!)  Here’s what I can say:

A tiny group of students has been admitted off the waitlists for the MIB and PhD programs.  So far, we haven’t drawn from the MALD/MA waitlist.  There are still requests for deferrals coming in, and we continue to assess the number of enrolling students.  We also haven’t told any waitlisted candidates that we won’t admit them this year.  On the other hand, we know that many people who originally said they would wait have since made other plans.

I realize that all of this is to say that there’s no news.  At least, if you haven’t heard from us, you know that almost no one else has either.

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In each of the past three springs, just as the Fletcher admissions process wrapped up, I’ve started reading nominations for the Tufts Distinction Awards.  It’s a heart-warming but challenging activity — even more selective than choosing Fletcher’s new students.  Submitting a nomination is a genuinely kind act, and the nominations themselves are a pleasure to read.  The awards program offers an opportunity for an above-and-beyond thank you for above-and-beyond work.

There were quite a lot of Fletcher nominations this year — written by students, staff, and faculty, individually and in groups, on behalf of professors, staff members and teams.  That Fletcher is somewhat over-represented in the overall pool says something wonderful about this place — we spend our days in a community where people know and respect each other.  (The other even more over-represented division of the University is the Cummings School, which seems a lot like Fletcher with cats, dogs, and cows thrown in.)

This was definitely my last year on the selection committee, which means I can start writing my own nominations next year.  But first, this year’s winners will be notified and then celebrated in June.

 

I was in the elevator on Tuesday with Prof. Shultz and other members of the International Security Studies Program staff as they returned from a luncheon/lecture.  Since classes ended last Friday, it seemed logical to ask whether anyone turned up to eat/listen.  It was packed, they told me.  People standing outside to hear the comments by the panel of three marine generals, General John Kelly, General Richard Zilmer and General Lawrence Nicholson.

Also on Tuesday, an alternate source of food/knowledge.  The International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program sponsored a lunch/talk entitled “Battle for NREGA: An Indian NonViolent Movement for Strategic Social Change,” by Reetika Khera an advocate for India’s rural workers and an economist by training.

And if the topics of the lunch talks didn’t draw certain students, they still didn’t need to go hungry:  the Ambassachords provided mid-afternoon “finger food” and music for hungry stomachs and weary brains.

With exams having formally begun yesterday, surely the extra-curricular events will have ended.  But no!  More events, and more food.  Hungry students tomorrow can take in the “Soul Food Study Break” co-sponsored by the Ralph Bunche Society and the Africana Club.

By the weekend, first-year students will start to peel off, heading to their summer internships, but the events roll on.  Tuesday evening, those still in town will celebrate the accomplishments of Ushahidi Haiti.  Naturally, food will be served.

 

Tired of reading about Fletcher, and want to see and hear a little something?  Check out the Fletcher YouTube Channel.  There you’ll find a growing selection — mostly serious, but a few less so — of events, speeches, and student performances.

In the “less so” category is a student-produced video (not yet on the official channel) of far-flung Fletcherites dancing in the viral-sensational style of “Where is Matt?”  It was presented at this year’s Fletcher Follies (an evening of home-style humor — read here about last year’s event), and was edited by Leigh Stefanik’10.  Strap on your dancing shoes and enjoy!

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An unusual aspect of admissions work at Fletcher, as compared (for example) to marketing a typical consumer product, is that our competitors are also our friends.  Fletcher is hosting a meeting today of the Admissions Group (directors and a few others) of APSIA, which has done a great deal over the years to establish the concept of a professional school of international affairs.  Those of you who have already gone through the admissions process may have attended an APSIA forum.  If you’re just getting started on the process, you should try to attend one of these fairs in the fall, as they’re targeted to the interests of current and future international affairs professionals.

Also at today’s meeting, I had a chance to chat briefly with my blogetition from Columbia.  Matt’s blog covers SIPA a bit more broadly than the Fletcher admissions blog is tasked to do, but there are always topics that we both tackle.

 

I have a bunch of meetings today, so I’ll just add one quick little tidbit to your knowledge of the area.  A recent New York Times article describes new exhibits at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts that define “America” in an uncharacteristic way.  I can’t say that most of our students hang out at the museum overly often (coursework tending to get in the way), but it’s a “must visit” for everyone who spends a couple of years in this area.

 

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