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PULTENEY STREET SURVEY - SUMMER 2016

PARALLELS

MAUREEN COLLINS ZUPAN ’72, P’09, L.H.D. ’16

  • First William Smith Alumna to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees (2012-2016)
  • Served as Tri-Chair of Campaign for the Colleges
  • Owned a financial planning firm, retired in 2016

1. What is the most pressing issue facing the Colleges? Cost and access

2. How do you envision HWS in 20 years? Proudly liberal arts; academically challenging; diverse and welcoming community.

3. What quality defines a successful Trustee? Dedication

4. What makes the Colleges’ mission meaningful? Being able to help students begin to lead “lives of consequence” and then watching them do so as alumni and alumnae.

5. Who inspires you? Congressman John Lewis (D-GA)

6. Why is serving the Colleges important? I was the beneficiary of significant financial aid as a student; it’s my way of “paying it back.”

7. What was the last book you read? Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates was recommended by Solomé Rose, the Colleges’ Interim Chief Diversity Officer. I was so affected that I started reading it a second time as soon as I finished.

8. Last gift you gave? I sent ice cream to someone on campus recovering from surgery.

9. Last gift you received? When I retired, my business partner gave me a scrapbook of letters and cards from our clients, explaining how my work as their financial planner had affected their lives.

10. Proudest achievement? Serving as Board Chair of my alma mater.


SYDNEY GOMEZ ’17

  • Elected by her peers to serve as a voting member of the Board of Trustees
  • Psychology Major; Artistic Director of Sankofa; working in publicity for the Office of Student Activities

1. What is the most pressing issue facing the Colleges? They’re all intertwined – campus culture, inclusion, and race, gender and sexual orientation relations.

2. How do you envision HWS in 20 years? A community with greater ambition, hope, pride and inclusion.

3. What quality defines a successful Trustee? Caring

4. What makes the Colleges’ mission meaningful? Being able to take advantage of the many opportunities on campus to “lead a life a consequence.”

5. Who inspires you? My mother

6. Why is serving the Colleges important? HWS has given me so many opportunities to succeed and grow, so serving is the least I can do.

7. What was the last book you read? The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay.

8. Last gift you gave? For Mother’s Day I sent all the women in my life cupcakes to show my love and appreciation.

9. Last gift you received? It wasn’t anything physical but the gift of listening. When I needed to vent my friends were there to listen.

10. Proudest achievement? Being able to represent my peers as their Student Trustee.

 

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