Club & SIG Awards

Each year, the HAA Clubs & SIGs Committees recognize volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to a Club or Shared Interest Group (SIG), as well as Clubs and SIGs that have organized innovative and creative programming.

The Outstanding Contribution Award recognizes Harvard Club or SIG volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make an exceptional contribution to their Club or SIG. Initiated in 2000, the HAA Clubs & SIGs Committee presents this award annually at the Alumni Leadership Conference.

The Club/SIG Recognition Award recognizes a Harvard Club or SIG for exceptional efforts resulting in outstanding improved or innovated programs in areas including: membership, technology, succession planning, community service, outreach, schools and scholarship efforts, or programming. Established in 2002, the HAA Clubs & SIGs Committee presents this award at the annual Alumni Leadership Conference.

The HAA Club & SIG Awards honor individuals who provide exemplary service to a Harvard Club or Shared Interest Group (SIG), and recognize Clubs and SIGs that have organized exceptional programming. Awards were presented to the following recipients at the HAA Board of Directors’ winter meeting on February 4, 2016 at The Charles Hotel.

Timothy J. Pearson MPP ’89 of Anchorage, Alaska. As Secretary of the Harvard Club of Alaska since 2006, Tim has gone above and beyond to help the alumni community in Alaska flourish. He has coordinated numerous Club activities, built partnerships and created collaborations with other Ivy organizations, and has taken great initiative to get new members of the Club involved with the community and the board. Tim has bolstered bonds with the Alaskan academic community and his contributions have had a tremendous impact for both Harvard and Alaska.

E. Andrews Grinstead AB ’97 of Mobile, Alabama. Having served as the HAA Alumni Leadership Conference co-chair, HAA Director of Southeastern States, and HAA Director of General Interest Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), Andrew has been an invaluable alumni leader. He has worked as a mentor for numerous Clubs and SIGs, assisting with organizational revitalization and development. Additionally, Andrew served as President and Vice President of the Harvard Club of the Mid-South. His work has helped Clubs and SIGs around the world to strengthen their organizations.

Jeanne E. Gullahorn AB ’54 of Naples, Florida. Jeanne joined the Harvard Club of Naples’ Board in 2008, during which time she re-established the HAA’s Summer Community Service Fellowship for Collier County and raised funds to sponsor 22 summer internships for undergraduates. As Club Vice President and President, Jeanne has worked to coordinate internships for incoming freshmen as well as organize winter break internships for students. Her many initiatives, including expanding the vision for the use of the Club’s endowment fund, have continued to strengthen the Harvard community in Naples. 

Harvard University Muslim Alumni
Since its founding in 2004, Harvard University Muslim Alumni (HUMA) has grown to include over 300 University-wide alumni. The group has made tremendous strides to bring together Harvard’s Muslim community, with initiatives such as the Global Iftaars Program during Ramadan, which was held in numerous cities around the world. Other initiatives include alumni mixers, mentoring programs for students, networking events, and the widely attended HUMA Annual Dinner held in Cambridge. The HUMA Muslim Life Fund also currently funds the first paid Muslim chaplain at the University, beginning in 2015. 

Harvard Club of Quebec
After having been reinvigorated in 2012, the Harvard Club of Quebec has grown from just eight to nearly 200 members in three years. Under the leadership of HCQ President Andre DuSault MPA ’00, the Club established a Board of Governors, wrote a new constitution, and established a nomination committee for succession planning. HCQ has collaborated with several other organizations, such as the Montreal U.S. Consulate, to coordinate meaningful events and initiatives. Since 2012, the Club has organized 30 high-quality events, including a successful Young Professional Speakers Series, to engage recent graduates.