Different and not

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Cesar Alvarez, president of Native Americans at Harvard College (NAHC), couldn’t stop dancing.In a single day during the recent Arts First festival, he joined a performance with NAHC’s Harvard Intertribal Dance Troupe, and then served as Head Man Dancer in the Harvard Powwow: six straight hours of dancing, in total.“I loved every minute of it,” said Alvarez. “Being the Head Man Dancer is a great honor.”Alvarez is from Four Bears in western North Dakota, a community of about 400 in the Fort Berthold Indian reservation. If the move to Harvard was a major transition, the experience has reinforced values he’s carried since childhood.“I understood that sense of community from an early age,” he said. “If you saw someone was having a hard time, then you reached out to that person. That concept really follows you wherever you go.”As a sixth-grader, Alvarez got his first hint of where he might end up when he asked his mother what college was and her answer included mention of Harvard.“When I asked her what that place was, she said, ‘That’s where you go to really make something of yourself,’ ” he recalled. “When I told her that’s where I wanted to go, she just said, ‘OK. You’re going to do this.’ ”It was that matter-of-fact determination, Alvarez said, that drove him to do his academic best — a challenge he sometimes took to extremes, such as when he drove three hours in a 30-degree-below wind chill just to take the SATs during his junior year, a score crucial for a student’s college application.And his mother, who often worked double shifts as a bartender in the reservation’s casino, was a steady inspiration.“She did what she needed to do to provide for us,” he said. “Sometimes she’d leave for work at 8 a.m. and come home at 2 a.m., but I remember staying up just to talk to her. We had humble beginnings, but she worked for everything we had, and we always had each other.”On graduation day mother and son will celebrate face to face. Alvarez’s grandmother and uncle will also make the trip.While deeply proud of his roots, upon arriving at Harvard Alvarez was determined to stretch beyond his identity as a Native American, embracing his Hispanic heritage and exploring his love for music as a drummer in the Harvard University Band.Alvarez chose a government concentration. Last summer he interned with Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota; he’s also spent time working for his tribal government in North Dakota. Although he plans to enroll in law school and perhaps pursue public service down the road, his immediate interest lies in the nation’s capital, working on Indian policy and issues concerning his home state.“Harvard’s broadened my worldview and made me more appreciative of culture in general, it’s reaffirmed and strengthened my personal commitment and views both to my Native American and Hispanic side …  and it’s just made me more worldly, in academia and with people.”last_img read more

Benefit 5K April 4 for Andy Lacher of BookStacks

first_img Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Latest Posts BUCKSPORT — There will be a benefit 5K race to benefit BookStacks owner Andy Lacher Saturday, April 4, at Bucksport High School.Lacher suffered a Christmas Eve fall, ripping four tendons in his knee and crushing his ankle. Supporters have organized several fund-raising events to help cover his uninsured medical expenses.The 5K (3.1-mile) event will include “Legs for Lacher” for runners and “Lacher’s Walkers” for walkers.“Legs for Lacher” will be a timed event, with prizes awarded to top finishers. General prize drawings will be held for all participants, and grand prizes for top fund raisers will also be awarded after the race.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textRegistration is at 8 a.m. and the 5K will start at 9.The tax-deductible entrance fee is $10 for adults and $8 for students. Registration forms and sponsor sheets are available at BookStacks and other area businesses, or they can be printed from www.sub5.com online.Completed forms can be dropped off at BookStacks, or mailed to Kristin McDermott, 4 Cedar St., Bucksport, ME 04416. Participants may also register on race day. The first 50 participants will receive a free nylon drawstring bag. Everyone can order a bag or T-shirt on race day.McDermott is now seeking volunteers, cash donations and prize offerings from the community. Contact [email protected] or 469-3801.There will be a spaghetti supper benefit the night before the race at Duffy’s Restaurant in Orland. Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015center_img Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. [email protected] Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Biolast_img read more

Lancashire’s David Prior wins Northern Golf Steward of the Year

first_img Lancashire’s David Prior has won the title of the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s North region. David, from Blackley Golf Club, received his trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the 2014 national and regional winners were celebrated. The competition to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards was in its eighth year and attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards. David commented: “I’m really proud to have won this award. Blackley is a fantastic, friendly club and I get support from all the sections.” David has been at the club for 25 years, starting as a ‘pot-boy’ and is now the Operations Manager. Under his guidance there is quick and effective communication between the various teams, from pro shop to green staff to bar staff and everyone is focussed on making functions, golf matches and society bookings as smooth and efficient as possible. As a result the catering and bar takings have moved from a loss two years ago to profit in the latest financial year. David offers the members regular activities almost every night and is starting to introduce special social nights, including St Patrick’s, Halloween and a Christmas Kids Party. There are about 120 external functions held at Blackley each year and about 40 society bookings, with new bookings having to be made two years in advance. David and the other winners all received their trophies from England Golf Chief Executive, David Joy, and from Richard Fuller, Fuller’s Corporate Affairs Director. The other winners were: national and South East winner, Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk; Midlands winner David Guest of Halesowen Golf Club, Worcestershire; and South West winner, Kevin Brown of Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2013 Stewards of the Year, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire, joined the judges to whittle down the record entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: David Prior (centre)  is pictured with Richard Fuller (left) and David Joy. 1 Apr 2015 Lancashire’s David Prior wins Northern Golf Steward of the Year last_img read more

Ballet Northwest Brings Professional Dancers of the Eugene Ballet to Olympia…

first_imgSubmitted by Ballet NorthwestBallet Northwest brings The Eugene Ballet to Olympia for a performance of “Cinderella”.Twenty-five years ago the Eugene Ballet Company came to Olympia to perform Cinderella. This professional dance company tours the world, yet they often recruit local dance students as extras in their performances. Ken Johnson, now one of two artistic directors at Ballet Northwest, was an extra in that production. “I was nine-years old and was a ballet student at the Johansen Olympia Dance Center. I was a gnome. It was a lot of fun and it was a great opportunity to be able to dance with professionals,” he said.This year, on October 19, 24 local children, ages 10 to 12, will have the opportunity to perform on stage with the Eugene Ballet when they, once again, journey to Olympia to perform Cinderella, set to Prokofiev’s beautiful score. Auditions for a role as a gnomes or sprite will occur simultaneously as the Ballet Northwest Nutcracker auditions.“The Eugene Ballet is one of the few ballet companies in the region that will go on tour. Ballet Northwest is excited to bring Cinderella to Olympia because it appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. If someone has seen a lot of dance or is totally new to dance they’ll enjoy the experience,” said Johnson.  “This is a great performance for introducing ballet to children.”Eugene Ballet tours the country extensively and most recently visited Olympia in 2011 with its production of Romeo & Juliet. Toni Pimble is the Artistic Director and Choreographer. The New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Atlanta Ballet have all performed her work.Tickets are available at olytix.org and proceeds benefit Ballet Northwest.Since 1970, Ballet Northwest has been a community-based group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwest Washington. Facebook54Tweet0Pin0last_img read more