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Coming Soon: An On-line Community for Alumni

Tufts this fall will offer graduates a free e-mail forwarding service and the ability to update biographical information through an on-line directory.

The services are part of a new venture, Alumni Connections On-Line Community, and are just the beginning of a wider range of on-line tools that promote lifelong ties to Tufts by helping alumni reconnect with classmates and friends.

"We're delighted to be able to provide our alumni with this state-of-the-art technology," said Ron Brinn, A58, director of University Alumni Relations. "It will bring our far-flung 75,000 graduates closer to alma mater through easy access to a variety of interactive services."

The on-line community comes to Tufts through a partnership with Bernard C. Harris Publishing Co., White Plains, NY, a leader in developing an array of on-line services for colleges and universities across the country.

At the heart of Alumni Connections is an on-line directory that features complete biographical listings. The data will be housed in an updatable directory that is searchable by a variety of criteria, including name, class year, occupation, and employer name.

Alumni will be able to make on-line updates, via a password, but only to their own individual listings. E-mail addresses also will be made functional at the subscriber's request.

Alumni may also receive a free permanent Tufts-affiliated e-mail address that will not change if they change Internet access providers. Mail sent to this "alias" will be forwarded to a mailbox at the current access provider.

Planned for an early October launch, the on-line community will be available to graduates from all schools. Subscribers may access it through the current web site for alumni relations, Tufts Alumni On-line (www.tufts.edu/alumni).

A letter will be mailed to graduates from the Office of Alumni Relations in September explaining password procedures and how to register for the service.

Tufts has signed on with Harris not only because of the firm's range of services, but because the site's design protects against using the community for mass mailings by unauthorized users.

Looking ahead, Tufts hopes to make full use of other Internet tools offered through Alumni Connections, including on-line bulletin boards and personal web-page links.


The Jumbo Club applauded alumni contributions to Tufts athletics at a special dinner on March 12.

This year's winners are: Reginald Alleyne, A54, of Los Angeles; Jeffrey Bloom, A88, of Boca Raton, FL; Arnold Castagner, A50, of Tunbridge, VT; Mark Doughtie, director of sports medicine, of Stoughton, MA; Walter Hall, A42, of Sudbury, MA; Helen Jane Sears, J43, of South Weymouth, MA; and Edmund Tapscott, A75, of McLean, VA.

A former Boston English High School track star, Alleyne was a fierce dash competitor and senior captain for coach "Ding" Dussault's outstanding Tufts track teams. He was also involved in numerous campus activities such as NROTC, junior class vice president, AETT Fraternity, Varsity Club and was a Tufts Weekly reporter. He has since distinguished himself as a UCLA professor specializing in labor, employment and arbitration law.

Bloom's outstanding feats on the pitcher's mound are a source of great pride to Tufts. He pitched three consecutive no-hitters during the 1986 season, then battled his way back from a serious elbow injury and returned to the mound as a reliever later in his career.

Castagner was a four-year varsity player and a multi-talented infielder for the 1950 New England Champion baseball team that reached the semifinals in the College World Series. As an alumnus he is a successful coach and a longtime supporter of Tufts' athletic programs.

For more than 20 years, Doughtie has cared for and helped heal the body, mind and spirit of Tufts athletics. He is largely responsible for the recovery and rehabilitation of several athletes during his tenure, including Jim Ford, who recovered from a paralyzing neck injury in 1978 and is now a surgeon.

A Penn Relays and New England intercollegiate champion, Hall and teammate Eddie Dugger formed one of the greatest hurdlertandems in collegiate track. Hall's numerous undergraduate activities included Class

Marshal, Student Council, Band, Glee Club, Varsity Club, Mayor and Sword and Shield, Ivy, Tower Cross.

As an undergraduate, Sears earned a total of 12 letters in basketball, field hockey and tennis. She participated in many campus activities-sorority, freshman class treasurer, Non-sectarian, Unity and Canterbury Clubs, Glee Club, Yacht Club and History Society. She continues to enjoy a deep love of sports and Tufts and serves Tufts as a member of the Alumni Council, class secretary and reunion co-chair and Homecoming Marshal.

Tapscott achieved outstanding success on the basketball court as a player, captain and assistant coach and in the classroom while at Tufts. His impressive accomplishments have continued on and off the court as an attorney, a Division I basketball coach, a player representative, and in his current position as an executive with the NBA's New York Knicks.



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