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The Pre-Show Eats Guide To Denver

first_imgColorado in the summertime is a music lover’s dream. Between peak Red Rocks season, Phish’s annual Dick’s run, and the dozens of shows and superjams that go down in Denver and Boulder on a nightly basis, there’s really no place like it. The culinary scene in Denver and surrounding areas has really exploded in recent years, making no pilgrimage out there complete without some solid grub. Whether you live in the area or are planning your next trip, here are some of our favorite Denver spots to grab a bite before a show.For more, follow @EatHearNow on Instagram, join the Pre-Show Eats Facebook group, and tag your photos with #PreShowEats!Best for Vegetarians: Watercourse This elevated food hall has something for everyone, so skip the dreadful process of getting a whole group of people to agree to one category. A spacious patio with killer views makes this the perfect spot for pre-show eats or drinks with a group in the summertime.Runners Up: Linger, Postino, Recess Beer GardenBest Italian: Bar DoughBar Dough offers a wide array of pizzas, pastas, proteins, and veggies with a mix of traditional and slightly out-of-the-box dishes. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the pasta can be ordered in small or large portions, so that you can carb up before a show without hating yourself after.Runner Up: CopertaBest Views: El Five Save this one for the night before or after the show, as it should be the main attraction of the evening. A cozy, romantic atmosphere paired with an impeccable food menu consisting of fresh, seasonal dishes makes for a fantastic experience every time. This is hands down one of the best spots in town.Runner Up: The Way Back, PotagerBest Deli: Masterpiece Delicatessen White Pie Pizzeria is just down the road from the Odgen Theatre and the Fillmore Auditorium and offers up some of the best pizza in the city. With first-come, first-serve seating and no reservation, it’s not a bad idea to head there early to give you plenty of time to sample their delicious gourmet pizzas. Favorite pies include the Porky Porkorino, which is topped with mozzarella, soppressata, pickled chiles, and hot honey, and the restaurant’s namesake, the White Pie, which sports crème fraîche, mozzarella, garlic, bacon, crimini mushrooms, and a sunny-side-up egg.Runners Up: Hops & Pie, Cart-DriverBest Ramen: Uncle[Via Uncle]This one may not be your best bet for pre-show eats, as Uncle doesn’t take reservations and you can usually expect a wait. But their ramen is some of the best out there. Their menu changes frequently, but the Spicy Chicken Ramen is on another level.Runner Up: Bones Whether or not you prefer the carnivore life, Watercourse’s cauliflower and seitan “wings” are more than comparable to the real deal. Both the buffalo and Korean BBQ sauces are crack, so we recommend getting a mix of both for the full experience. The whole menu consists of elevated, next-level vegetarian and vegan food that qualifies this as one of the best restaurants in Denver, veggie or otherwise. Plus, they serve breakfast all day, every day, which is always a tasty bonus.Runners Up: City o City, Vital RootBest Brunch: Root Down Ophelia’s is just awesome in every possible way. Most nights, they’ve got a killer calendar of live music lined up. The space is located in a former brothel that maintains a swanky, vintage vibe, with dim lighting and provocative artwork lining the walls. Another one from the Cucci empire, everything on the menu is creative and interesting, including an impressive cocktail selection. Go with a crew, order a bunch of stuff, and enjoy the music right from your seat.Best Mexican: Los ChingonesVia Los ChingonesLos Chingones is a colorful, vibrant spot with graffiti-covered walls and a relaxed vibe located on Larimer, making for a great meet-up spot before heading out to Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, which is a few blocks away. Good for groups and pre-show margs and tacos, and to top it all off, they’ve got a great rooftop patio situation going on.Best of Boulder: Oak This newest venture from Justin Cucci sits five floors up and offers the best view of the Denver skyline we’ve yet to find. Sit on the patio on a nice evening for sunset cocktails or tapas-style small plates. Drawing flavors and styles from all around the Mediterranean region, Cucci celebrates and reinvents cuisine from Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, and beyond in completely new and unique ways.Best Date Night: Fruition A New-American favorite that’s nice enough to bring your parents to yet laid back enough for some pre-show grub with a group. It’s conveniently located just next to the Boulder Theater. Reservations recommended.Runners Up: Frasca, Salt, LeafBest for Carnivores: Beast + Bottle The brainchild of a New York native, Rosenberg’s actually mimics the water filtration system of NYC to achieve the perfect crispy/chewy ratio. It’s the only place to get a true New York-style bagel in Colorado, and it lives up to the hype.Best Pizza: White Pie Pizzeria We love Root Down for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and would gladly come for all three meals on any given day. But their brunch is one of the best in town. Chef/owner Justin Cucci is a mastermind of farm fresh, innovative, mostly healthy-ish and plant-based dishes that will leave you feeling satisfied without the guilt.Runners Up: Sassafras, Lucille’s Creole CafeBest for Groups: Avanti F&B True to its name, Beast + Bottle’s creative, clever meat dishes parallel an impressive wine selection. Chef/owner Paul C. Reilly is a visionary of farm to table, with a rotating menu to reflect their relationships with local farmers and seasonal availability. If pig heads are your thing, you can call ahead to reserve yours, though there are a number of seafood and veggie dishes for non-meat lovers. They’ve also got one of the best brunches in town.Best Sushi: Sushi DenVia Sushi DenDenver isn’t generally known for having the greatest sushi, but Sushi Den is where it’s at. The restaurant was actually one of the first in the US to buy their fish directly from Japan, and it’s flown in from a Japanese fish market daily, so you could say it’s pretty fresh. Don’t skimp on their daily specials.Runner Up: Izakaya DenBest Coffee: Black Eye Coffee This is a great neighborhood spot located in the up-and-coming LoHi area with quality coffee and tea options and a solid all-day menu for breakfast and light bites.Best Bagels: Rosenberg’s Bagels This quick, casual spot has some of the best deli sandwiches Denver has to offer. The chicken salad is to die for.Best Venue Food: Ophelia’slast_img read more

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Jim James, The Claypool Lennon Delirium Announce Joint 2019 Summer Tour

first_imgThe Claypool Lennon Delirium and Jim James have announced their plans for a joint 2019 summer tour.The 8-date summer run will begin on June 21st at Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT. From there, the two acts will make their way to Bonner, MT (6/22); Seattle, WA (6/24); Vancouver, BC (6/25); Portland, OR (6/27); Anaheim, CA (7/2); Los Angeles, CA (7/3); and Paso Robles, CA (7/5).As James noted in his announcement of the tour on Instagram,friends! for over 150 years, the firm of claypool and lennon has been providing clients with only the finest in rock and roll delirium and stark raving madness. this summer i am excited and honored to say that we will be teaming up to offer a brand new twist on one of the most time tested and proven methods for inducing beautifully swirling and whirling delightfully delicious delirium: the healing power of rock and roll!As Les Claypool adds in a press release,Tour pairing is often a challenge in my world but I think we have a good package with The Delirium and Jim James. Jim’s music, from my perspective, is palatable to the masses yet has just enough eclecticism to keep an oddball like me intrigued. I look forward to shambling around the country with him.The tour will see The Claypool Lennon Delirium, led by Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, continue to support their brand-new sophomore release, South of Reality. James will continue to support his robust 2018 album, Uniform Distortion, and its stripped-down sister album, Uniform Clarity.A special fan pre-sale including VIP upgrade options will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6th, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. local time.Pre-sales begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6th at 10 a.m. local time. Local presales follow on Thursday, March 7th at 10 a.m. local time-. All presales conclude Thursday, March 7th at 10 p.m. All remaining tickets will then be released to the general public on Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. local time. In partnership with RPM, $1 from every ticket purchased for the Jim James + Claypool Lennon Delirium summer 2019 tour will benefit My Morning Jacket‘s Waterfall Project, this time benefitting the Young Authors Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization in Louisville, KY that inspires students ages 6-8 from diverse communities to grow their imaginations through writing.For more information on the upcoming Jim James and Claypool Lennon Delirium tour, head to James’ website here or the Delirium’s website here.last_img read more

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Austin Rockers Mamafesta Prepare For KAABOO Texas Edition

first_imgHailing from Austin, Texas, Mamafesta is a band creating waves on both the local and national level. This unique five-member band brings a sound that is the “sum of all of our individual musical influences,” says Zack Morgan (keys/vocals). Mamafesta made their KAABOO debut at KAABOO Del Mar 2017 and returned again in 2018. They are set to play the festival’s debut Texas edition the weekend of May 10-12th at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.All Things KAABOO Texas: An Indulgent Adult Escape In TexasWe sat down with the band to catch up on all things Mamafesta, KAABOO, and what is in store for the future of this Texas Groove-Rock bowl of musical gumbo. Born in 2011 from a broad palette of sounds and a conscious awareness for the rhythms of the universe, Mamafesta has created a sound that entirely stands on its own two legs. 2019 has already been loaded with success for these guys– with highlights including a Texas run with Perpetual Groove and a slew of new music for their upcoming second album.Morgan says that “the band itself represents a sound reminiscent of The Allman Brothers, Little Feat, The Meters, and other southern rock and funk staples.” Lowell Carrico (guitar/vocals) voices that as a writer, his “role models include Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Hunter Thompson, and Ken Kesey.”A distinctive feature of Mamafesta is that every member of the band contributes to the vocals of their songs. Morgan says the band “puts a lot of work into the lyrics and vocal arrangements…each voice has its own characteristics and when they’re blended together it makes something special.”Lowell comments on the writing process of the band and that “regardless of how the song is conceived, it always matures with the help of all members of the band, the audience and the environment in which it is raised up in. No song shall be served before its time.”The band is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the KAABOO Texas lineup after playing two years at the fest’s Del Mar gathering. The 2019 KAABOO Texas lineup showcases some legendary musicians, and Morgan adds “we are honored and blown away every time we look at the list of artists. This year at KAABOO Texas I am really looking forward to Sting, The Avett Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Lukas Nelson, and many others.”Carrico sums up the festival quite wonderfully, “KAABOO, at its core, is the idea that a high end, luxury experience can take the shape of a giant, living, outdoor, feel good, let your hair down, rock and roll show and still provide the decadent culinary, world-renowned artwork and top tier comedic relief for the concert goer who thought their festival days were over as well as the youth of America in their coming of age.” We could not have said it better ourselves.We also heard that their tour DAD-AGER (tour manager/dad), Steve Sullivan, is making synthesizers inside of Tupperware containers that the band is now using at live shows…for real! Be sure to keep up with all things Mamafesta on the band’s Facebook and Instagram pages as well as catch their set at KAABOO on Sunday, May 12th. KAABOO Texas will feature performances from The Killers, Kid Rock, Sting, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Big Town, The Avett Brothers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Pitbull, Counting Crows, Alanis Morissette, The Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, Flo Rida, Garbage, Andy Grammer, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Violent Femmes, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and many more.last_img read more

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Improving the classroom experience

first_imgStudents in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) can look forward to less shuffling between classrooms, more books on the shelf at the Coop, and a better experience in section next spring, thanks to a new pre-term planning (PTP) initiative that will be implemented this October.“Pre-term planning will allow us to use resources more effectively to improve students’ overall educational experience,” says Noël Bisson, associate dean of Undergraduate Education. “Best of all, the system allows us to preserve the traditional exploration of classes at the start of a new semester.”In late October, students will be asked to identify courses they are thinking of taking in the spring using a new online PTP tool on the Office of the Registrar’s website. College seniors and first- and second-year students at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) will get to participate first. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will follow on a staggered schedule. The process will wrap up for the College in mid-November; early December for the GSAS.Bisson and her colleague, Stephanie Kenen, also an associate dean of Undergraduate Education, say that it’s important for students to understand that PTP is not pre-registration. Students are not bound to take the courses they select and are free to explore different classes early in the semester. Registration will proceed as usual, which also means that participation in PTP does not guarantee a place in a limited-enrollment class.Faculty will provide useful information about spring term courses so that students can make informed selections during PTP. Jay Harris, dean of Undergraduate Education, has asked faculty to activate course websites and update with relevant information — including course descriptions, a list of preliminary topics and readings, and a rundown of assignments and requirements — at least a week before the process kicks off.With some sense of student interest, administrators and faculty can make better decisions about resources. They can, for instance, hire teaching fellows in numbers more appropriate to each class. The fellows in turn will know earlier what subjects they will teach, and will have more time to prepare. Bisson says this will lead to better section meetings.“It’s not counterintuitive,” she says. “Graduate students who know what they’re teaching ahead of time will do better as teachers.”Bisson says that PTP will also give the Registrar’s Office a better idea of how many students will enroll in a class, allowing them to place courses in spaces that are neither too big nor too small. As a result, students will be subject to less disruption and scrambling in the first weeks of the semester.“The information will help enormously with classroom assignment,” she says. “The way things are now, we have no idea how many students will be in any given course at the end of the first week. So many can show up to the first couple of classes that we need to move it to a larger room. Then half of them decide not to take the course, so we have to move it someplace smaller. This can happen two or three times, so students and faculty can’t really settle down until the second or third week.”Bisson also says that PTP data will lead to more accurate ordering of course materials, reducing the chances of a Harvard student’s least favorite sight: an empty shelf in the Coop’s textbook department.“When course materials sell out, students put their energy into tracking down books instead of class work,” she says. “That leads to a poorer educational experience.”Even though PTP selections are not binding, they will still give faculty and administrators the information they need to make improvements. That’s because PTP numbers should accurately track enrollment for many courses, even when students who initially express interest in a course do not end up taking it.“Pre-term planning undertaken at peer institutions has shown that what matters is the overall number of students interested in a particular course, rather than the interest of any particular student in that course,” Bisson explains. “For instance, say 100 students indicate interest in a particular course. When registration time comes around, it’s likely that close to 100 students will end up enrolling — but not the same 100 who had originally selected the class. Someone usually takes the place of the student who decides not to enroll.”Bisson says that PTP will begin paying dividends in a few semesters, when enough data has been collected and analyzed. Until then, there will be bumps along the road.“We don’t expect the PTP numbers and enrollment numbers to match exactly,” Bisson says. “Some courses will correspond more closely. Some will have larger error rates. We’ll understand enrollment patterns a lot better after a few times through the process.”PTP will be back in the summer to allow students to make selections for fall term. Incoming freshmen will not participate, however, so that they can have access to advising resources before picking classes. For now, students can find out more at the PTP website, by emailing ptp@fas.harvard.edu, or by visiting the website of the Office of the Registrar and clicking from Undergraduates to Pre-Term Planning.last_img read more

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Harvard visits inspire Greenwood and Agassiz students

first_img“I’ve never seen a museum inside of a University,” said 10-year old Sabrina Ortiz from Boston Public School’s Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy standing inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History, “Its amazing and inspiring me to learn.”She summed up the goal of the Harvard visit with those final words.Ortiz was part of a group of 30 students from the Greenwood who visited Harvard University for a multi-faceted campus experience as part of Step UP’s “Science Across the Semester.”  The fourth grade students spent the whole school day on Harvard’s campus April 12.  The mission: to engage in an authentic college campus visit where science learning is highlighted.Like any other Harvard college student, these BPS children enjoyed lunch in Harvard’s historic, wood-paneled Annenberg Hall, They sat on the green outside Annenberg and learned first hand what college life is like from Jorge Pozo, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who also encouraged the students to achieve their dreams with his own personal story.They toured the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and later received four free passes to return with their families.  Then when they thought they had seen it all, the students took in the sights of the oldest college campus in the nation under the expert guidance of Harvard college students.“These exposures to college and campus science are a small example of what Harvard is doing through Step UP to support teaching and learning,” said Emily Barr, program coordinator at the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative. “It’s incredibly satisfying for us to watch their eyes light up  — to be part of an initiative that is providing opportunities for new experiences that will motivate these Boston Public School children.”The Greenwood field trip was one of a series of four Harvard Step UP visits on campus this April that gave 140 fourth and fifth graders at the Greenwood and Louis Agassiz Elementary Schools their first in-depth experience incorporating both college life and campus science.  Harvard participates in a range of early college awareness programs that bring a total of about 700 local children onto Harvard’s campus each year.Step UP is a collaboration among local universities and Boston schools that promotes student achievement. Harvard is a founding member of Step UP and has been offering after-school program support, learning materials, and professional development at the schools for the past four years.last_img read more

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Faculty Council meeting held Nov. 9

first_imgAt the Nov. 9 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members discussed the undergraduate research programs BLISS, PRIMO, and PRISE and the work of the Harvard University Committee on the Arts. They also approved updates to the Memorial Minute guidelines.The council next meets on Nov. 30.  The preliminary deadline for the Dec. 6 meeting of the faculty is Nov. 22 at noon.last_img

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HKS announces Fisher Family Fellows

first_imgThe Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has announced the 2012 Fisher Family Fellows. They include the former foreign secretary of India, Shyam Saran; the former high representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU and former secretary-general of NATO, Javier Solana; and Tim Shriver, the president and CEO of Special Olympics. All three fellows will deliver public addresses and work closely with HKS degree students during their time in Cambridge.“We are pleased and honored that Javier Solana, Shyam Saran, and Tim Shriver have agreed to be Fisher Fellows for the Future of Diplomacy Project. All are outstanding leaders in government, diplomacy, and the nonprofit world. Our students at the Kennedy School will benefit from their wisdom and experience,” said R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at HKS and faculty director of the Future of Diplomacy Project.Read more about the fellows.last_img read more

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Psychologist honored by the APS

first_imgThe Association for Psychological Science has awarded John R. Weisz the James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Achievement Award for Applied Research, presented in honor of the association’s 25th anniversary. Weisz is a professor of psychology and has had a profound impact on the field of psychological science over the past quarter century. The award is the association’s highest honor, recognizing a lifetime of significant contributions to applied psychological research.last_img

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Five win Sloan Research Fellowships

first_imgFive Harvard faculty members are among the 126 scholars being awarded Sloan Research Fellowships by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Given annually since 1955, the fellowships go to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.The Harvard recipients are Joshua Buckholtz, assistant professor of psychology; Krzysztof Gajos, assistant professor of computer science; David T. Johnston, assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences; Sarah C. Koch, Benjamin Peirce Lecturer on Mathematics; and Xi Yin, associate professor of physics.“The Sloan Research Fellows are the best of the best among young scientists,” said Paul L. Joskow, president of the foundation.  “If you want to know where the next big scientific breakthrough will come from, look to these extraordinary men and women.  The foundation is proud to support them during this pivotal stage of their careers.”The fellowships are awarded in eight scientific fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.  Winners are selected through close cooperation with the scientific community.  To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists and subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars.  Each fellow receives $50,000 to be used for research.For Buckholtz, the fellowship will allow him to exploit new tools to discover brain circuit-level mechanisms governing impulsive decision-making, and to develop novel circuit-based treatments for impulsive symptoms in psychiatric and neurological disorders.“I’m honored and thrilled to be selected, and excited about the work that this award will allow me to pursue,” he said. “The pathological inability to delay gratification — what we call impulsive decision-making — contributes to distress and impairment across a range of disorders, especially drug addiction and ADHD, but also schizophrenia and Parkinson’s.”Gajos, the director of the Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), plans to use the award to support research into intelligent technology that improves the way that humans interact with computational systems, such as personalized tools that adapt to a user’s accessibility needs or preferences.One of his group’s current projects, called Lab in the Wild, studies how the geography of one’s upbringing can affect the perception and processing of information. The researchers are administering an ongoing series of voluntary tests designed to elicit information about the various users’ “online culture.”Johnston, whose research is focused on better understanding the relationship between microorganisms and the Earth surface’s evolution, said the fellowship will support his efforts to “aggressively pursue the calibration of an enzyme that is key to the modern carbon and sulfur cycles.”Such studies of the microbial reduction of seawater sulfate, Johnston said, are critically important to understanding carbon, oxygen, and sulfur on the Earth’s surface. “With this calibration, it is our hope that we will be able to better reconstruct changes in atmospheric oxygen levels throughout Earth’s long and dynamic history,” he said.A Benjamin Peirce Lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Mathematics, Koch plans to use the award to further her research into complex analysis and dynamical systems.For Yin, the fellowship will support research into the fundamental aspects of string theory, and what it can show about other fields in physics and mathematics.last_img read more

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Harvard yield hits 82 percent

first_imgEighty-two percent of students admitted to the Class of 2017 plan to enroll at Harvard this August despite the cancellation of Visitas, the popular and long-standing introduction for admitted students to the Harvard experience. This is the highest yield since the Class of 1973 entered approximately two generations ago. The yield for the Class of 2016 was 80.2 percent.Visitas was scheduled to be held April 20-22, but the search for the remaining Boston Marathon bombing suspect forced Harvard officials to cancel the program following a security lockdown of the Greater Boston area.“Even at this difficult time, our undergraduates immediately reached out to prospective members of the Class of 2017 through social media, demonstrating a spontaneous devotion to Harvard that had a powerful effect on students’ decisions to come to Harvard,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Their concern for the students who were unable to visit Harvard was evident – and their outreach was especially appreciated, given the extraordinary circumstances of the tragedy that had occurred in Boston. The grace under pressure of our undergraduates was inspiring to all of us here at Harvard as well as to the new members of the Class of 2017.”Harvard students made YouTube videos that showcased student groups and dormitories, including Wigglesworth Hall and Dunster House. The Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones and the Institute of Politics participated, and the Office of Admissions itself created its own virtual welcoming video.The Admissions Office coordinated this activity via its website, email, and the Class of 2017 Facebook group created earlier in the year.  It also offered five Google+ student panels on study abroad, residential life (featuring student bloggers), advice from the Senior Class Committee, multicultural perspectives, and the freshman experience. Harvard students, faculty, and staff used the #virtualvisitas hashtag on Twitter to connect with admitted students and answer their many questions.Leading the Admissions Office virtual outreach was Amy Lavoie, director of digital communications. Administrative Director Vaughn Waters, Grace Cheng, and Mary Magnuson were also important in establishing a communications strategy that allowed Harvard admissions staff to reach other Harvard administrators and to keep prospective members of the Class of 2017 fully informed of events transpiring in the Cambridge and Boston areas.Students on the Undergraduate Admissions Council, the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative redoubled their efforts after the cancellation of Visitas by once again calling and emailing students and hosting those who were able to visit Cambridge after the lockdown was lifted.The 15,000 alumni interviewing volunteers around the world also reached out to admitted students by telephone, email, and hastily arranged local meetings.  Admissions staff, other administrators, and even Adams House Co-Master Sean Palfrey met stranded students at the airport during the lockdown to assist them with hotel arrangements and transportation. Dean of Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan was able to reach out to Massport officials, who responded by creating an impromptu meeting area the students quickly named “Terminas.”“We can never thank our alumni, faculty, and staff enough for all they did over the past two weeks and throughout the year,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions.  “But we are particularly grateful to the co-directors of Visitas, Michael Esposito and Amelia Muller, assisted by Jake Foley, Bryce Gilfillian, and Tia Ray, who played a critical role in shifting Visitas to a virtual visiting experience.”The contributions they made will form the basis for innovations to be used in recruiting the Class of 2018.  Already the admissions staff is on the road visiting 60 cities with travel partners Duke, Georgetown, Penn, and Stanford.Financial aid was a crucial consideration for a large segment of those enrolling in the Class of 2017.  “Harvard’s financial aid program has been greatly enhanced in recent years, opening the doors as never before to low- and middle-income students,” said Sarah C. Donahue, director of financial aid.This coming year, Harvard will spend $182 million on undergraduate financial aid.  Seventy percent of Harvard students receive some type of financial aid.  Almost 60 percent of Harvard students receive need-based grants, and the average annual cost to their families is $12,000. Twenty percent of Harvard families have annual incomes of $65,000 or less and have no expected parental contribution.Families with incomes from $65,000 to $150,000 and with typical assets pay from zero to 10 percent of their annual incomes, and families with higher incomes can still receive need-based aid depending on individual circumstances, including having multiple children in college or unusual medical expenses.Students are not required to take out loans, and home equity is not used in determining financial aid.  As always, students are asked to contribute toward the cost of their own education by working 10 to 12 hours per week during the school year and obtaining a summer job.“The Financial Aid Office was open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays during April, and we were able to reassure anxious students that Harvard remains affordable during these difficult financial times. None of this would have been possible without the commitment of Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Evelynn M. Hammonds, dean of Harvard College, and Drew Faust, president of Harvard University,” said Donahue.At this time, men make up 52.4 percent of the class. Prospective social science concentrators constitute 28.3 percent, with 24.3 percent interested in the biological sciences, 18 percent in the humanities, 13.3 percent in engineering and computer science, 8.4 percent in the physical sciences, 7 percent in mathematics, and 0.7 percent undecided.  African-Americans make up 9.4 percent of the class, Asian-Americans 20.9 percent, Latinos 10 percent, and Native Americans and Native Hawaiians 2.3 percent.  International students constitute 11.1 percent of the class.This year’s high yield means that the Class of 2017 is currently full. It is possible that later this month or in June a small number will be admitted from the waiting list.Harvard’s yield is particularly notable because the College does not offer athletic or other non-need-based scholarships. In addition, Harvard’s Early Action program, unlike binding Early Decision programs, allows admitted students to apply elsewhere and asks only that they reply by May 1 after comparing other offers of admission and financial aid.  Such freedom and flexibility give students more time to choose the college that provides the best match, a contributing factor to Harvard’s nearly 98 percent graduation rate.“The Class of 2017 was chosen through the most selective admissions process in Harvard’s history — from a record applicant pool in excess of 35,000,” said Fitzsimmons.  “But beyond these statistics, their strong personal qualities and character shone through during the challenging days of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and the uncertainties surrounding the cancellation of Visitas. Because of these experiences and the bonding that took place among future classmates at the airport and through social media, we have high expectations that they will prove to be a memorable Harvard Class.”last_img read more