S: Tufts University Oliver Chapman Leadership Award 20th Anniversary Celebration, March 2012
FC: Oliver Chapman | Celebrating a Legacy: 20 Years of the Oliver Chapman Leadership Award
1: Dear Chapman Family, In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Tufts University International Center, the 40th anniversary of the International House, and the 20th anniversary of the Oliver Chapman Leadership Award, we present to you a book of memories from the weekend of March 2-3, 2012! From the dinner with Dean Joanne Berger-Sweeney, to the International Center 60th Anniversary Luncheon and Parade of Nations, we were so thrilled to have your family present - it made the weekend all that much more special for us and the international community at Tufts. The importance of Oliver's legacy at Tufts cannot be understated and it was special that you shared this wonderful weekend of celebrations with us. I am especially excited to have been able to re-launch the Oliver Chapman Fund with your help, which recognizes the importance of supplemental financial aid for international students! Please accept this book as a symbol of the gratitude that we feel for you. Warmest regards, Jane Etish-Andrews
2: Oliver Chapman Leadership Award 20th Anniversary Celebration
8: Tufts University International Center 60th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon
13: Oliver Chapman Leadership Award | The award was established in the spring of 1993 in memory of Oliver Chapman. Oliver was an undergraduate student from Panama who passed away in May of 1992. Oliver had many friends within the international community, was loved by all who knew him and he was always ready to help others. Oliver's openness to other cultures allowed many people to learn from each other through their interactions with him. Oliver is also remembered by his friends as having an incredible smile! In honor of Oliver's legacy at Tufts, the Oliver Chapman Leadership Award celebrates the altruism and active citizenship of the Tufts international community. On the following pages, we introduce the twenty-one students who have received the award.
14: "Receiving any award is an honor. Receiving the Oliver Chapman Leadership Award was an honor and then some. I had created the Cultural Exchange Circle that bridged the gap between international and US students at Tufts. CEC brought together students who would have otherwise not met, as everyone shared perceptions and biases around cultures during weekly gatherings. Not being part of the “popular” international group but rather on the fringe, walking my own path, I was so surprised to receive this award that represented leadership. That day I learned that silent leaders, those of us in the background, doing the work we love and have a passion for, can be recognized." | Christine Overholt Dunn, 1993 | "I remember feeling incredibly honored to receive the Oliver Chapman Award when I graduated from Tufts. I have carried my plaque with me over the years, and always set it close to my desk -- one of a few reminders that I keep near me for inspiration and reflection. I was flattered, and gratified, to be recognized for what to me was a very simple idea, and yet held great meaning for me, and a group of people I became close to, during my senior year at Tufts. " | Saskia Meckman, 1994 | Saskia and her husband, Fares
15: Carlos has followed his passion for helping others. He began his career in non-profits A Better Chance Inc. and INROADS. He left the non-profit world for a period of time to work in retail at Stop & Shop in Human Resources. However, he was drawn back to his passion of working with talented but underserved youth through INROADS, Boston. Carlos’ strong roots in community service engages him as a Board Member for Earthen Vessels, a program to help inner-city minority students with college preparation at Harvard University. | "The award meant a great deal to me. It was the first thing I ever received for community service so it's near and dear to my heart. I believe it represents people of all different cultures and races uniting for betterment of their new, common community. I was very honored to receive it and still have it in my room!" Anita pursued her dream of going to medical school at Drexel University. Anita is now a faculty member at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and is the Medical Director of diabetes at the Chicago Children's Diabetes Center. | Juan Carlos Cedeño 1995 | International Orientation Host Advisors, 1991 | Anita Swamy, 1996
16: Shalini Bhatia, 1997 | Julio Terra, 1998 | "I was humbled, proud and honored to have received the Oliver Chapman Award 15 years ago! My time serving the Tufts University International Community was one of my fondest memories and has gotten me to where I am today. I change lives, organizations, and the world at Stanford University by supporting business education to Senior Executives from around the world! Thank you to the Chapman family for all that you do." | Julio is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He has fond memories of receiving the Chapman Award: "Receiving the Oliver Chapman award was a great honor for me. The international community at Tufts made such a huge contribution to my personal development that I was deeply touched to know that I had helped the community make a similar contribution to the lives of other students."
17: Nahid Bhadelia, 1999 | Aparna Basnyat, 2000 | "I think that receiving the Oliver Chapman Award helped me recognize how important it was to me to choose a career where I can make a difference. The award encourages us to continue on that the path of community service by marking its importance in both personal and professional growth." Nahid practices medicine as an infectious diseases physician at Boston University. She works as a hospital epidemiologist with a research focus on emerging pathogens and the comparative effectiveness of healthcare interventions related to decreasing healthcare associated infections. And if Nahid hasn’t had enough education, she is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health program at Columbia University! | An International Relations major at Tufts, Aparna went on to receive a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics after graduation. She has worked for United Nations Development Program at the Asia Pacific Regional Center as a Human Rights Development Analyst
18: Nee-Kofi pursued his dream of going to medical school. After medical school and residency training, he was hired by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is now living out his dream as an Emergency Medical Physician! "The honor and privilege of receiving the Oliver Chapman Award in 2002 still serves as a reminder and motivation for me to continue to dedicate time and energy to humanitarian efforts, despite my hectic life as an emergency room physician." | Shou Min Tan, 2001 | Carl Nee-Kofi Milliman, 2002 | Shou Min practices law in Singapore. His main area of practice is commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Additionally, he teaches Legal Analysis, Writing and Research twice a week at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Law, which aims to train law students how to think, write and speak like lawyers. "The Chapman Award serves as a constant reminder that I once had made a positive contribution to the international community at Tufts, and that I should continue to make positive contributions wherever I am, and in whichever community that I am in."
19: Gerald Sean McDermott, 2002 | Rodolfo Alborelli, 2003 | "Receiving the Chapman Award was a terrific honor to me since the international student community at Tufts was such an important part of my experience there. As an I-Club executive and two-time Host Advisor, I knew how hard the selection process was and the values it reflected." Sean is currently a Vice President at Eastdil Secured in Washington, DC. He has worked in commercial industry as an investment sales broker for a decade. Right out of Tufts, he worked for Tufts in Talloires, which was a terrific way to continue his international experience and a chance to work in France. | After graduating from Tufts, Rodolfo continued his studies and earned a Master's Degree in journalism. He then worked for the largest newspaper in Argentina. Since 2005, Rodolfo has been living and working in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He left the newspaper position to pursue a position in the banking field. He is currently working at Standard Chartered Bank and focusing on Global Corporates and Commodity Traders.
20: After Tufts, Carolina worked for the American Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador, followed by a position with Unilever in their Regional Marketing Trainee program for El Salvador and the trade marketing department in both Panama and Colombia. She gained strong business experience while learning to work in different countries in Central America. Currently Carolina is working for Nine West Central America as Retail Manager. She is responsible for the stores in 6 countries, while supervising a sales team to ensure they meet their sales targets. | Carolina Schildknecht, 2005 | Eli Levin-Goldstein, 2004 | "Having the chance to be involved with the international community helped define my time at Tufts and receiving the Chapman award gave me the confidence that I can really make a difference through participation and hard work. After Tufts the award is a constant reminder that I can be a positive example for America whenever I travel or interact with people from different countries and cultures." After DJing countless parties at Tufts, Eli went on to DJ and produce electronic music professionally. In the last 3 years his group, Soul Clap has released more than 20 records, toured all over the world and were voted #14 in the prestigious Resident Advisor DJ poll. This year he finished his first album, which is coming out in the spring of 2012.
21: Sebastian Chaskel, 2007 | Mauricio Artinaño Guzman, 2006 | "My arrival at Tufts University would not have been the same without the warm welcome that I received during International Orientation. I felt right at home as soon as I set foot at Tufts and for the next four years (and beyond!) they gave me a network of support, friendship and community. It was very meaningful and special for me to receive the Chapman Award because it meant that I was able to give back to the Tufts international community a little bit of what it gave to me." Mauricio worked as a Program Officer for the Project on Justice in Times of Transition followed by two years at the United Nations during Costa Rica's 2008-09 term on the UN Security Council. Mau is currently back home in Costa Rica working at the Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo, working to promote a culture of corporate social responsibility. | Sebastian worked for two years as a Research Associate for the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. When he left the Council on Foreign Relations he moved back to Colombia where he worked for a year as an independent researcher. He then joined a corporate foundation called the Cerrejon Foundation for the Institutional Strengthening of La Guajira and worked there for a year. He is now studying toward a Masters in Public Affairs at Princeton University.
22: "Receiving the Chapman Award back in 2008 was a great honor to me, as it embodied the good will and passion of students like Oliver to unite us as a community and reach out to others. I was really thankful to receive the award, which certainly energized me to continue my work with the international community on and off-campus." José works at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute doing basic science research in neuroscience and cancer. As an undergraduate, he dedicated much of his time to public service. After graduating, he decided to explore his interest in biology through research. Working at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has proved to be very rewarding. He developed an interest in neuroscience and realized that he was able to contribute to society in a different way: in fall of 2012, he will enroll in medical school. | Since graduating from Tufts, Malek went on to complete an M.Sc. at Imperial College in Environmental Technology and is currently a graduate student at the University of Oxford, U.K., School of Geography and the Environment. "Receiving the Chapman award was a great privilege and honor - I was very touched. " | Jose Alfaro, 2008 | Malek Al-Chalabi, 2009
23: "The recognition of leadership in the international community is extremely humbling. I grew up with the values of hard work and compassion. As a result, I have injected those cultural values in everything I do. Those are values I will always take with me and act on every day. The day I received the Chapman Award will forever be memorable for me and I thank the international community for allowing me that honor." Antonella works at French, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, California, an advertising agency where she works as an Accounts Manager. | Antonella Scarano, 2010 | Michael Niconchuk, 2011 | "Receiving the Chapman Award was not something I had expected, and it wasn't until I was on stage that I realized what an honor, and what a privilege I had been given. The award is emblematic of my professional and personal priorities, and representative of the ideals of multiculturalism. Professionally speaking, the Chapman award is a symbol of the importance of inclusive leadership, of creating shared goals and values in diverse or even at-odds communities. To be considered among the ranks of my predecessors who have won the award is an honor, and I will value the Chapman Award as a testament to what Tufts' international community has given to me, to what my friends and peers and colleagues have taught me, and as a commitment to continue to work with a global mindset, dedicated to the service of others wherever my career will take me."
24: "Winning the Chapman Award was a humbling and rewarding moment for me. I have had many struggles with my academics and personal life as an international student, particularly in my freshman and sophomore years at Tufts. Without the international community, where I have found some of my closest friends, I would have floundered and perhaps not been able to achieve the same success in college that I have today. I have spent everyday at Tufts trying to make sure that students going through many of the same struggles as me, and often much more than I have ever experienced, do not get disheartened and give up. I have tried to mentor and guide as many students as possible. I choose to mentor and befriend so many people primarily because I learn everyday from their experiences, and am constantly humbled that they choose to share their pain and joy with me. Many of us, especially international students, are too proud to reach out. It took me a long time to reach out to others, and I have tried to make it easier in my time at Tufts for other students to reach out to me. Winning the Chapman Award reassured me that my time at Tufts has been well spent, and inspired me to continue to be a leader in the future." | Alisha Sett, 2012
25: Tufts University International Club Parade of Nations and Oliver Chapman Award Ceremony