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					Spring 2009                                                                           

Pedal and Picnic this Summer!
by Jarek Harezlak, Board Member |

S   ummer is a great time to meet
    fellow Harvard alumni and
their families! Our summer picnic
                                                                      Enjoy June’s Bike Ride and Picnic

is scheduled for June 13 at the                                       Saturday, June 13
Lawrence W. Inlow Park in Carmel.*                                    Lawrence W. Inlow Park in Carmel
We will have a potluck-style lunch
and activities for kids and adults.

The park is at 6310 E 131st Street in
Carmel, and features nature trails,
playgrounds, an interactive fountain,
and a basketball court. Dress                                         Go to the Inlow South shelter at the park.
comfortably in case you’re going to
                                                                      Bike ride will start at 9:30 a.m.
get wet or shoot baskets!
                                                                      Lunch will start about noon, potluck style!

We will start with a bike ride on the                                 If your last name begins with initials:
Carmel Access Bikeway at 9:30 a.m.,
and we will congregate at the shelter                                      A-I:      Please bring a warm dish
for lunch around noon. Please RSVP                                         J-R:      Please bring a salad
to me by Wednesday, June 10 so our                                         S-Z:      Please bring a dessert
club will know how many to expect
for the ride and the picnic, and so                                   Please bring enough for five people, and
I can update you in the event of                                      we will have plenty of food for everyone!
inclement weather.
                                                                      The bike ride will start and finish at the
See you at the park!                                                  park, so you can leave items in your car
                                                                      during our ride. If your initials are A-I
                                                                      and you’re going on the bike ride, please
                                                                      bring a salad or dessert (ice cream not

                                                                      The club will provide drinks, plates,
                                                                      napkins, and utensils. If you have
                                         * Lawrence Inlow was
                                           a Carmel resident.         questions, please call Jarek at (617) 852-
                                           He received his            9390.
                                           law degree from

Onward and Upward!
Bryan Richards, President |

Oindicated substantial interest
    ur fall membership survey                                       others, so you can spend many happy hours
                                                                    perusing the latest campus activities and research
in intellectual gatherings, social                                  findings in Boston and Cambridge.
activities, and public service.
The Club’s winter and spring                                        Behind the scenes, we have bolstered management
Indianapolis Museum of Art tours                                    through the creation of a board conflict of interest
have received high marks and the                                    policy, ongoing refinement of bylaws, and more
Ivy League Dinner series draws a steady crowd                       frequent communication between board members.
under the guidance of Amy Weir. This summer,                        We have also distributed responsibilities among
activities such as the bike ride, picnic, and evening at            leaders to expand and deepen our institutional
Conner on the Prairie will enrich our social calendar.              knowledge, skill base, and capacity to run events. As
Keep an eye on our electronic newsletter for news of                volunteers, we have limited resources, yet we have
more such events coming this year.                                  been able to build an ever more vibrant Harvard
                                                                    community far from the Charles River.
The Club’s growth has drawn attention from the
University. In February, I gave a presentation to over              The Harvard Alumni Association continues to
one hundred Harvard Club leaders from around the                    provide us with access to its electronic mail system,
world at the 2009 Alumni Leadership Conference in                   and we still await the launch of a new web system
Cambridge. This event enabled me to share insights                  which should enable us to offer a much more
with fellow Harvard graduates and officials, and                    interactive and dynamic online presence.
gave Indiana national and international exposure.

                                                                    As a Harvard graduate, student, or parent, you are
Our public service efforts have long focused on                     welcome to participate in Club activities regardless
admissions interviews, a tradition that has run                     of your class year or location within Indiana.
smoothly under the management of Robert Justice
and Charlene Wickersham. We hope to expand our
service activities with a pilot high school guidance
program. Recently elected board member Korlon
Kilpatrick plans to start this program in the fall.

The survey also revealed interest among alumni for
the Harvard Club to affiliate with a regular physical
location. Accordingly, board member David Wu
has been exploring prospects for a special group
membership package at Indianapolis’s longstanding
Columbia Club (no relation to Columbia University).
We have not yet negotiated an attractive deal with
this organization, but we will share news if and
when we have structured an arrangement for
members of the Harvard Club of Indiana.

We occasionally highlight campus resources and
news from the Harvard News Office and Harvard
Alumni Association. Our web site’s Campus News
page now features links to undergraduate and
graduate school papers throughout the university,
including The Harvard Crimson, Harbus, Ed., and

Express Artistic and Culinary Tastes
by Amy Weir, Board Member |

W     e have several intellectual and
      events this spring, including
a recent art museum tour and our
                                                              O    n Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m., the Ivy League
                                                                   Dinner Club dined at Ralph’s Great Divide,
                                                              located at 743 E. New York Street, just east of
continuing Ivy League Dinner series.                          downtown Indianapolis. Our conversation explored

On Thursday, May 7, Harvard alumna
and IMA docent Jennifer Hendrian
led a special tour of the IMA’s current
exhibit, “European Design since 1985:
Shaping the New Century.” Participants
exclaimed how surprised they were at
the novel uses to which designers had
put everyday household items.

                                                              the history of famous architectural works in Indiana,
                                                              trends in college admissions, and other intriguing

                                                              See below for our list of upcoming dinners. Seating
The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s CEO,                         is limited, so RSVP to me at least three days in
Max Anderson, is a Harvard graduate.                          advance.

See Cambridge Online
                                                                Reserve These Dates for Future
Harvard is active all year long.                                Ivy League Dinners
Visit these sites to stay abreast
of campus activities:                                           Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m.
                                                                Thai food at Sawasdee                                         1222 West 86th Street in Indianapolis
Vote for the Harvard Board of Overseers and HAA                 Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Elected Directors by May 29, 2009.                              Peruvian food at Machu Picchu
                                                                5356 West 38th Street in Indianapolis
Read, watch, and hear Harvard Commencement                      Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.
stories, slideshows, videos, and transcripts!                   Location to be announced
                                                                (Amy’s taking suggestions)
Watch short videos of campus.
Learn about events at the University.

Share Advice through Our Education Initiative
by Korlon Kilpatrick, Board Member |

T   his coming fall, the Club will embark upon an exciting new
    educational initiative with the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated
School. Members from the Club will conduct a program for
freshmen, sophomores, and select juniors on applying to highly
selective colleges. The intent of the program will be to give
the students tips on building a more competitive profile when
applying to such colleges.

We are developing this program based on anecdotal information
from club members who participate in the alumni interview
process. It has been observed that there are a number of Central
Indiana students that could have been more competitive in the
application process had they made different decisions earlier
in their secondary school careers. By focusing on freshmen and
sophomores, we hope to provide them information that can help
them build stronger profiles as they prepare to apply to colleges.

Members from the Club have met with Tindley administrators
and have started to design a program that all believe will be
beneficial to the students. The initial program will serve as a
pilot program. We envision a panel-style discussion plus break-
out sessions with small groups of students. It is the hope of the
board that this will be the beginning a long-term partnership with
Tindley and, possibly, a collaboration model for other schools.

For more information on the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated
School, visit the school’s website, For
more information on this initiative or to see how you can get
involved, please contact Rodney Byrnes at rodney_byrnes@ or Korlon Kilpatrick at korlon_kilpatrick@

Reach Out to Harvard Students
and Indiana’s College Towns
Bryan Richards, President |

W      e continue to grow the leadership of the
       Harvard Club of Indiana. This spring, we
invite enthusiastic and reliable Harvard parents and
alumni to join us in these areas:

ƒ    Reach out to current Harvard undergraduates,
     graduate students, and parents
ƒ    Offer more Club activities in university
     communities such as Bloomington, West
     Lafayette, and South Bend

Founded in 1857, the Harvard Club of Indiana is
the oldest Harvard Club in the world and is one
of the most active, as demonstrated by our steady
attendance and high frequency of events. Write to to learn more
about how you can join the leadership team.

                                                                    Purdue, Indiana, and Notre Dame’s
                                                                    communities are home to dozens of Harvard
                                                                    alumni and families.

Students take stock of a case study at Harvard Business
School and hold court at the Law School’s gym.

Celebrate a New Entering Class
by Robert Justice, Schools Committee Chair |

This has been one of our Scholarship Committee’s                     Our unsung team of interviewers included:
busiest years interviewing applicants to Harvard
College! There were fifteen admittees for the Class
                                                                          Stefan Anderson             Evelyn McCabe
of 2013, which corresponds to an admissions rate of
almost 12% among applicants who didn’t withdraw.                          Thomas Berndt               Janet McCabe
This was an extraordinary year of Indiana, as                             David Best                  John McCluskey
the College’s overall admission rate was just 7%                          Mark Bogdanowicz            Clay Miller
worldwide. Admissions offices say 11% of this                             Thomas Ciulla               Andrew Noga
class comes from the Midwest, which is just one
                                                                          Kendall Crook               Bill Pike
percentage point above the representation from US
Territories and abroad, so we were a big little state                     Linda DiMeglio              Bonnie Reilly
in our small-numbers region. Overall, 29,112 people                       David Dorff                 Charles Retherford
applied worldwide, up 1,650 from last year.                               Elise Foster                Bryan Richards
                                                                          Edward Fox                  Sandra Rothbaum
These thirteen students from Indiana plan to enroll:                      Greg Frederickson           Shari Rudavsky
                                                                          Meredith Golomb             Michael Sacopulos
     Allie Wunderlich Castle                                              Susannah Hall Justice       Joseph Sannella
     David Yang Carmel                                                    Joshua Holden               Lisa Schneider-Nelson
     Drew Simon Kokomo                                                    Frank Howland               Bob Shoemaker
     Raj Bhuptani Terre Haute South Vigo                                  Elizabeth Justice           Donald Smith
     Jade Luo Carmel                                                      Korlon Kilpatrick           Maria Stanley
     Jeffery Atwood Bloomington South                                     Keith Lerch                 Darryl Tannebaum
     Lawrence Cripe North Central                                         Martin Marciniak
     Matthew Yung Carmel
                                                                     Kudos also to Jessica Clark, our new Admissions
     Molly Wehlage North Central
                                                                     Rep. She must have been outstanding in
     Nicholas Scheidler Whiteland Community                          those Admissions Committee discussions on
     Robert Hero Indiana Academy for Science & Math                  behalf of our applicants. Indiana will be well-
     Ty Shrontz Pioneer Junior-Senior                                represented in the Class of 2013!
     Zachary Sherwood Franklin Central

Additional students are still being admitted from
the wait list, including eleven whom our Club
interviewed. Five applicants withdrew. We had 134
applicants overall.

Those who gave up their time to do the interviews
and write the reports are entitled to take credit for
the impressive admit rate. I believe we interviewed
and reported on every applicant, except those who
withdrew. I am told many other clubs didn’t.

                                                                     The Admissions Office’s visitor reception room is at
                                                                     Agassiz House in Radcliffe Yard.

Become a Member and Help Grow the Harvard Club of Indiana

W      e have individual and household membership options for the period from now through June 2010. Paid
       membership is rarely mandatory to attend Harvard Club of Indiana events, but we encourage your
participation for these reasons:

ƒ     Your support enables us to host receptions for prospective and new students, reserve park space and
      purchase items for picnics and other Club functions, mail you a printed newsletter at least once per
      year, cover facility costs at the Harvard vs. Yale game, run our annual statewide Scholarship Committee
      interview program, and cover other event and communication expenses that enable us to foster a lively
      Harvard community in Indiana throughout the year.
ƒ     On occasion, we provide discounts and special access to events for alumni who submit individual or
      family membership dues.
ƒ     Membership grants you eligibility to attend Harvard Club events worldwide at local Club member rates.
      As of this writing, every Club but New York and Boston participates in this Global Pass program. Thus
      you may attend events in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Shanghai, Zurich, Buenos Aires,
      or virtually anywhere else at local member rates.

We are also grateful for your donations. Such gifts gave us the ability to start new programs and provide more
guidance to students. Bryan Richards has called or written to many of you to thank you personally for your
donations, but even if you haven’t received a note, know that our leadership team is very grateful!

To upgrade our infrastructure, the board is studying the prospect of sponsorships for Harvard Club programs.
If your company might be interested in becoming a sponsor, write to

    Help Make the Harvard Club Great
    Visit for our
    online form, or send a check to “Harvard
    Club of Indiana”, 641 E. 80th St.,
    Indianapolis, IN 46240.

    Rates are $25 for individuals and $40 for
    households, less than the cost of one dinner
    for two at many restaurants! If you donate
    beyond the member rate, simply list one
    total in your online or postal submission.

       Follow Our Calendar
       May     18

              19 Ivy League Dinner
                                       Ralph’s Last Divide @ 7 pm
               22            Contact

       June     1

               4 Harvard Commencement
                5                         Cambridge, Massachusetts

              13 Summer Bike Ride and Picnic
                     Lawrence W. Inlow Park @ 9:30 am and 12:00 pm
               17        Contact

       July     1

              11 Summer Bike Ride under consideration

              23 Ivy League Dinner
                                              Sawasdee @ 7:00 pm
               26            Contact
Aug.            1
                6                                                          Thank you to the Aspen Impact
               7    Mozart by Moonlight                                    strategic consulting firm for producing
                8                      Conner Prairie in the evening       this newsletter. See
               10           Contact


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