Newsletter – Fall 2017


Dear Members of the Sarasota Area Harvard Community,

It is my pleasure, on behalf of your Board, to provide you with the second update on plans for your Club’s 2017-2018 season.


I. Program

After a busy late-summer we have an almost complete line-up of guest speakers, and a dinner event at Ringling College of Arts and Design!

Make sure to SAVE THESE DATES!


Register now!

Sunday 5th: All Alumni Welcome Back Party – 4:30 pm at Sarasota Yacht Club. Register online

Friday 10th:  Luncheon at Michael’s on East – 11:30am. Kirk Boylston, President of Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty will tell us about the ambitious plans for the CORE Project. Register online

Wednesday 15th:  Happy Hour – venue TBA.

Saturday 18th:  Harvard-Yale Football Game on the big screen – 12:30pm at Libby’s.



Friday 8th:  Luncheon at Michael’s on East – 11:30am. Matt Walsh, CEO & Owner of The Observer Media Group Inc., will speak to us about his vision for Sarasota.

Wednesday 13th:  Happy Hour – venue TBA.



Friday 12th:  Luncheon at Michael’s on East – 11:30. Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Lecturer on History and Literature, Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy; Core Faculty and Director, Culture Change and Social Justice Initiatives at the Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School. Professor McCarthy will provide a compelling sequel to his speech last spring.

Friday 12th:  Dinner - Harvard Crew Coaches – venue & speaker TBA

Wednesday 17th:  Happy Hour -venue TBA

Monday 22nd:  On hold for potential cocktail reception - Philip Lovejoy, Executive Director, Harvard Alumni Association

Wednesday 24th:  Cocktail reception in Naples, venue TBA – Harvard President Drew Faust, on her “farewell tour” – arrangements with possible bus transportation subject to our members’ interest in attending. Our Club will co-sponsor, along with Naples and Lee County Harvard Clubs. HAA will host.



Friday 9th:   Harvard-Yale-Princeton Luncheon at Michael’s on East – 11:30am. Professor Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Past Dean, Harvard College.

Thursday 15th:  All Ivy Young Alumni (Classes of 1980-2017) cocktail reception & speaker at Aloft Hotel

Wednesday 21st:  Luncheon at the new Art Ovation Hotel – 11:30am. Jesse Biter of Biter Enterprises will talk about his vision for a technology hub in Sarasota and his role in the renewal of part of Main Street.



TBA:  Orioles vs. Red Sox Baseball Game

Friday 9th:  Luncheon at Michael’s on East – 11:30am. Speaker TBA

Wednesday 21st:  Happy Hour – stay tuned, we have an interesting idea in the works

Monday 26th:  Dinner in the Orkin Room, Goldstein Library at Ringling College of Art and Design. Our host, President Larry Thompson will speak and introduce a presentation by Professor James McCampbell, head of Computer Animation & Game Art.



Friday 13th:  Luncheon at Michael’s on East – 11:30am. Tim Seldin, President of the Montessori Foundation will describe current initiatives.

Wednesday 25th:  Happy Hour – venue TBA


II. Membership – Renew or Join!

Here’s what you get as a dues-paying member:

  • Favorable event pricing (non-member Alums pay additional $10/person/event);
  • Access to the online directory and continued inclusion in and distribution of the inclusion in and distribution of the annual printed directory;
  • Advance access to events that may be capacity-limited, and access to member-only events;
  • Attractive re-usable name labels.

If you have not already done so, go to our website at and renew or join. Consider the convenience of signing up for three years as a Sustaining Member.


III. Harvard College Admissions Interviews

If you are interested in participating, please email Schools Committee Chair Karen Chapman, MD: as soon as soon as possible.


Most of the refresh of the Club’s website has been completed but we did run into a few glitches due to the somewhat inflexible design of the underlying system Harvard Alumni Association uses. We apologize for difficulty in linking to the website from earlier Newsletters – we think the glitches have now been corrected.


On behalf of your Board, we look forward to seeing you at our events and to hearing from you with any suggestions and comments.



Peter Cooper