Gearing Up for National Coming Out Day

Time to dust off your rainbow flags, National Coming Out Day is right around the corner! On the hill, the LGBT Center has planned a number of events leading up to National Coming Out Day like the week of flags, painting the cannon “in a glorious rainbow (THERE WILL BE HELLA GLITTER),” and a feature in the Tufts Daily where “Out and Proud” community members “out themselves.”

Tufts has a rich tradition of supporting the LGBT community — both professors and students rally in support of LGBT students. This love and support is perfectly portrayed in the following “It Gets Better” video by the Fletcher GLBT club and their allies:

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Vote for STOMP!

The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach‘s Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP) program has been nominated for the Partnering for Excellence Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math (STEM) Education competition. STOMP seeks to create an engineering curriculum that reaches across all disciplines, piques K-12 student’s interest in engineering, and improves the student’s problem solving skills while preparing Tufts undergrads in the School of Engineering, as well as k-12 teachers, with the necessary tools to become educational change agents.

Want to help them take the “People’s Choice” title? You have until Oct. 26 to cast your vote. You can also vote via Facebook. Good luck, Jumbos!

Check out a video of the 2009 STOMP fellows in action:

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Benjamin Hescott Awarded 2011 Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award

This year one of our own TDC-dancing, It Gets Better-supporting Jumbos was honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. The honoree was none other than beloved computer science assistant professor Dr. Benjamin Hescott, who received the 2011 Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award. The IEE highlighted Dr. Hescott’s commitment to his students, creative teaching methods, and passion for increasing gender diversity in the computer science field. Congratulations, Dr. Hescott!

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Tufts Gets Green

The Office of Sustainability has spent the month of August writing about awards, job openings, events and much more over at their blog, titled Tufts Gets Green. According to their site, the Office of Sustainability serves as a resource, a catalyst, and an advocate for environmental sustainability at Tufts. The blog has posts in many different categories, as well as an environmental events calendar. Most recently they posted about Eco-Ambassador Laurie Sabol receiving the Bridge Builder award at the 2011 Tufts Distinction Awards, saying:

On being an Eco-Ambassador, Laurie says she really enjoyed networking with people she otherwise would not have met. She found the session on “Social Marketing and Communicating Change” most helpful because she found that the biggest challenge is convincing people to actively participate in sustainable initiatives.

Read all their posts at Tufts Gets Green and check out their Facebook page and their Twitter account

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Lacrosse Coach Mike Daly on Lax School

Bill Daye’s LAX School posted a video interview with Tufts’ Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Mike Daly last week. Bill Daye is the head coach of the Boston Cannons, the city’s Major League Lacrosse team. In the interview he talks with Daly about Daly’s many years with the Tufts program and team’s recent success.


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Back-to-School Playlist

Last week on Facebook and Twitter, we asked our followers to share their suggestions for a back-to-school playlist. The response was tremendous, ranging from alums’ favorite songs from their college days to some inspiring, thematic tunes about home, beginnings and determination.

We curated the playlists on both Grooveshark and Spotify for your listening pleasure. If you have any suggested additions, please let us know by commenting on our Facebook post.

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It Gets Better

The Tufts LGBT Center has started to post a series of videos on their YouTube channel as part of the “It Gets Better” project.  Each video features an interview with a Tufts faculty or staff member reflecting on their experiences with coming out and embracing their sexuality. Thus far, they have interviewed Michelle Bowdler, senior director of health and wellness services, and Ben Hescott, senior lecturer in computer science.

Check out the “It Gets Better” interviews here and all the rest of the LGBT center’s videos on their YouTube channel

Here is the interview with Ben Hescott


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Wonder Wednesday: A Year From Now….

As July came to a close, we asked people on Twitter what they hoped to accomplish or be better at in a year.

[View the story “A year from now, I will be better at __________” on Storify]

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Tufts Idea Exchange

This year’s first-ever Tufts Idea Exchange, hosted by Tufts OneWorld and Tufts Synaptic Scholars, featured 10 speakers chosen from among Tufts students, faculty and staff.

The speakers, in the style of the popular TED talks featuring “ideas worth spreading,” each had eight minutes to share an innovative idea with the Tufts community. Videos of the event can be viewed through the Tufts Idea Exchange YouTube channel.

Here’s a clip of one speaker, Kathleen Greenman, A12, sharing her vision for better friendships and community at Tufts:

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Tufts Relay for Life

Tufts Relay for Life will take place on April 15-16 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the Gantcher Center. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life “gives communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.”

Here is an inspirational video made by Tufts Relay for Life about the event:

And a slightly more zany video, in which Jumbo chases around a giant cigarette in an attempt to tackle cancer:


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