Harvard’s alumni impact

first_imgThe oldest American university, Harvard has launched thousands of graduates who became important, trailblazing figures in politics, business, law, education, medicine, science, and the humanities. Some have made technological breakthroughs, developed innovative products, or discovered lifesaving treatments, while others have led nations and revolutions, created timeless artwork, or written words that changed the course of history.But what do we know about the many thousands of present-day alumni who make valuable economic and social contributions after they leave Harvard, but who aren’t necessarily so well known? It turns out, not very much — until now.According to the first University-wide survey examining Harvard’s global impact, alumni are deeply engaged with the world and strongly committed to contributing to society through entrepreneurship, board service, and volunteerism.Courtesy of Harvard UniversityThirty-nine percent of Harvard alumni have founded a for-profit or nonprofit venture, launching more than 146,000 companies and organizations operating in more than 150 countries. These enterprises account for 20.4 million jobs worldwide and generated nearly $3.9 trillion in revenue in 2014, according to the study.While businesses naturally constitute a significant basis of activity, a third of the 146,000 ventures established by alumni are nonprofit.The study found that nearly 31 percent of the for-profit entities started by alumni are in the fields of professional/scientific/technical services, followed by finance/insurance (13 percent), and media/information (8 percent). Nonprofit ventures tend to be in business/professional/labor/political industries (14 percent), followed by schools/universities/libraries (13 percent), and arts/humanities/cultural (12 percent).Courtesy of Harvard UniversityFurther details about the study, including comparisons by industry, age, and geography, are available online.“The Harvard Impact Study captures the diverse contributions alumni make around the world,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “Whether founding an organization or offering their time and talents to a nonprofit through board service or volunteerism, alumni around the world are working to better their local and global communities.”Lending expertise to another organization is also popular. In all, alumni sit on nearly 300,000 boards, the study said, with 66 percent of alumni serving on either a for-profit or nonprofit board. Their participation is for the long haul: Alumni serve a median of six years on a board, while 35 percent say their board tenure clocks in at more than 10 years. And 72 percent of alumni currently on a board serve on nonprofit boards.“There’s no doubt in my mind there would be no City Year if not for my experiences at Harvard, which ignited my passion for civic engagement and set me on a lifelong path helping to grow national service opportunities across the U.S.,” said Michael Brown ’83, J.D. ’88. Brown co-founded City Year, an urban public service corps for young adults.Courtesy of Harvard UniversityIn addition to shepherding their own careers, Harvard alumni give back. Nearly 116,000 non-founders, or 31 percent of alumni, dedicate a cumulative 1.6 million hours each month to volunteer efforts in their local communities, regions, or home countries. Both U.S. and international alumni say education is the area in which they most often volunteer, followed by a mix of human spirituality/religion, public governance/public service, and international humanitarian aid. The total hours volunteered by alumni each month is equivalent to 6,575 full-time jobs.“The findings of the impact study reinforce Harvard’s longstanding ability to educate and train future leaders throughout the world,” said Paul Choi ’86, J.D. ’89, president of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). “I think if you’re an alum and you read the study’s results, you’re just really proud — proud to be associated with a community like this and proud that we have so many talented and accomplished people.”The survey results affirm how alumni are a “fantastic resource for one another” and reinforce the value of HAA’s ongoing efforts to encourage alumni-to-alumni connections through its global network of Harvard clubs and shared-interest groups, the alumni directory, and new initiatives such as HAA’s public service forum, he said.Courtesy of Harvard UniversityThe New York City-based group offers an opportunity for representatives from nonprofits to meet Harvard alumni who are interested in serving on nonprofit boards. It’s been such a successful concept that HAA plans to expand to other cities around the world, he said.Last summer, just over 10 percent of the 244,835 alumni with whom Harvard remains in touch took a 50-question survey conducted online by Market Strategies International, an opinion research firm that produced the final report. The University estimates there are a total of 375,000 alumni from all Schools living in 201 countries.To make the survey less onerous to complete, the University partnered with LinkedIn so that those with accounts there could automatically fill out some questionnaire sections by simply uploading their profiles.Josh Lerner, the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School and co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, helped shape the survey’s scope and questions so they would yield the best insights for future research. He also analyzed the results, which will become part of a new dataset about entrepreneurship.“One of our goals is to create a database for faculty around the University — probably mostly for those in the social sciences, economists, and sociologists — so they can develop a comprehensive understanding of what Harvard graduates are doing over time,” said Lerner.Future surveys may consider alumni involvement in other important areas, such as public service or the arts, he said.“I think there’s a lot more that we will know.”last_img read more

Standring takes any, all measures to get on field

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoIn these days, a fifth-year senior at a Big Ten school is a rarity. The leadership and knowledge of these individuals can offer much to the underclassmen on the team. Both on and off the field No. 97, Paul Standring, is able to bring this experience to a relatively young team.After suffering from an injury last season, Standring is proving his versatility this year by straying from his designated punter position.”I want to get out on the field,” Standring said. “It’s my last year. I’m just trying to give it my best shot.”So far, he has been doing just that.Participating as a special teamer in six games to date, Standring has recorded five tackles.Standring, much like the rest of the Badger fans is “hoping to get back on that winning streak” when the team returns home to Camp Randall Stadium to face Northern Illinois this Saturday.”On the sidelines [at home], the atmosphere is crazy,” Standring said. “But when I’m out there during the middle of the play, I try and block out everything and do the task of the play.”Five years ago, Standring came to Wisconsin as an all-state athlete. His broad athletic ability is clear with just a glance at his high school résumé.Playing on both sides of the ball as a quarterback, defensive back, kicker and punter, it’s hardly a surprise he was once voted USA Today National Player of the Week in 2001.Football has been a part of Standring’s life since he was a little kid. His father was a punter at Notre Dame and his uncles played at Miami and Illinois. On top of that, his brother was a punter at Northwestern.”I played other positions in high school, but my brother played in the Big Ten as well,” Standring said. “He said I had the potential to punt at a Big Ten school like this.”Although college football has always been part of his life, he still enjoys their support at games.”It was nice to have my family there,” Standring said in reference to The Citadel game this season when he recorded a career-high two tackles.By playing different positions throughout this season, Standring has been able to fully understand the power of special teams.”The other guys [on special teams], they’re a great help,” Standring said. “When I first started out I could tell.””It’s funny that I’m going to be on the punt unit and not even be the punter,” added Standring. “Everyone’s been real great about it. They’re excited for me to get out there, too.”After the past two difficult games on the road, Standring, along with the rest of the special teams, have been practicing hard to change the pace of this next game.”The special teams are working hard in practice,” starting kicker Taylor Mehlhaff said. “We need to be big on field position, whether it’s on punting or kickoffs. We need to take advantage when we have the chance.””During practice it feels like we have more energy,” Standring said. “There is more hitting going on. People are getting angrier. We need to improve each day.”In the game this Saturday against Northern Illinois, Standring is sure to be seen helping out special teams across the board. He will be starting on kickoff, kick return and punt return.Northern Illinois is a huge game this Saturday. Coming off two losses, the Badgers are anxious to play at Camp Randall.”We’d love to get a win,” starting punter Ken DeBauche said. “That’s our one goal, the most important goal.””We need to put a game together where our offense, defense and special teams are able to excel,” DeBauche added.”All three of us are always trying to push each other,” Standring said in reference to DeBauche and Mehlhaff. “It’s usually something little because we’ve been around punting so much. We always try and help each other out.”last_img read more

SU looking for balance between improving serves, resting injured players

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2018 at 10:16 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew During warmups before an Oct. 12 game against Miami, there was something different about Syracuse’s Santita Ebangwese. The senior was energetic as usual, dancing to “Titanium” by David Guetta and air guitaring to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, but her right thigh and hip were wrapped tight with athletic tape.“I don’t even think about it when I’m playing,” she said. “They aren’t serious at all.”A week later against North Carolina, it was Aliah Bowllan who was injured. Head coach Leonid Yelin made a last-minute decision to sit SU’s libero to rest her elbow, he said. Her one-game absence turned into two when she missed Sunday’s game against North Carolina State. The injuries are beginning to accumulate for the Orange.After reaching the halfway point of conference play last weekend, Syracuse (12-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast) finds itself fourth in the ACC. Its conference winning percentage of .800 through the first half of ACC play is its best since joining in 2013. In order for SU to continue winning, its injured players need to return and stay healthy. The Orange want to improve their serves and digs, and finding the right balance between rest and practice while injured, associate head coach Erin Little said, is the key.“I think every athlete understands that you’re never going to be 100 percent,” she said. “Every athlete deals with little pains, and it’s just part of being an athlete.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the beginning of the season, redshirt senior Christina Oyawale missed seven games with an ankle injury. Bowllan has now missed two because of her elbow. Ebangwese hasn’t missed any, but is still hindered by her thigh and hip.Ensuring that Syracuse’s players are eating healthy and getting enough sleep, among other treatments, helps the Orange practice through injuries, Little said. The Orange’s post game meal oftentimes includes containers of fruit.“We do still need to get reps in practice, and it’s all about management,” Little said. “I think they’ve learned how to balance the lifestyle of being a student-athlete.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorDuring the second half of ACC play, the Orange will spend a lot of time on in-game situations, searching for how they “click” together, Little said. At this point in the season, it’s expected that all of the basic skills are proficient. Now that SU’s figuring out, Little said, “can we use that skill?”On offense, the serve needs consistency. Little said the ratio of service errors to aces should be 1-to-1. Syracuse holds nearly a 2-to-1 ratio, though, with 151 service errors compared to 78 aces. Little called the serving “hit or miss.”On Sunday, the Orange had six aces, their second most of the season. They also had five service errors. Even though Yelin wants to keep the number down, he understands that SU can’t lay off the aggressive serve in fear of errors.“It was inconsistent,” Yelin said after the win over NC State. “We should be more consistent on the tough serve. We have to risk, but (it’s) different because there’s a stupid risk and a smart risk.”For the Orange to achieve their goal of playing in the NCAA tournament when December rolls around, they need to find the right balance between improving and resting their injured players.It involves a lot of athletic tape, rest, healthy foods and work in practice.“We’re just trying to perfect the things that we need to perfect,” Trotter said. “The things that aren’t clicking, that’s what we’re trying to fix.” Commentslast_img read more