Friedman School reunion reminds alumni of community impact
May 30, 2012
The weekend of April 28 was a very special occasion for the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, marking their tenth All-Alumni Reunion. Alumni, students, and faculty members were treated to an array of events, from a cocktail reception to a service learning project at the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Adding to the excitement, alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers were presented with Alumni Association Awards: Karen Weikel, Ph.D, NG11, recipient of the Up and Coming/Innovation Award; Xiang Gao, Ph.D., NG05, recipient of the Leadership and Expertise Award; and Randa Wilkinson-Bouvier, N85, recipient of the Leah Horowitz Humanitarian Award.
Xiang Gao, Ph.D., NG05, receives the Leadership and Expertise Award at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy's tenth All-Alumni Reunion.
Says reunion chair Sai Das, NG02, every event had a special moment, but “my favorites were during the student-alumni networking cocktail evening; the lively chatter and the incredible energy around the room was a testimony to why we have reunions.”
Delivering the keynote speech at the Sunday brunch was Theresa Marquez, chief mission officer of Organic Valley, the largest organic farmers’ cooperative in the U.S. and the largest farmer-owned organic brand. Marquez’s speech resonated strongly with all of the alumni in attendance, like Das, who says, “The keynote was a reminder of who we are, what we do, and the impact of our work on our community.”
Of reunion weekend, Friedman School alumni association president Abigail Usen Berner, N03, says she couldn’t have been happier. “I loved that we were able to bring alumni, professors, and students together to learn what great things everyone is doing,” she says, “as well as make valuable personal and professional connections. I came away from the weekend with such a sense of admiration and feel so privileged to be a part of the Friedman School.”