New Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana paused for a moment, peering at an American flag in front of his office window, barely moving in a soft summer breeze. It was his first day in the job, and that glimpse of flag, just three days before Independence Day, caused him to reflect on the journey that brought him from India to Queens, N.Y., to Harvard Yard.“I can’t help but remember that 43 years ago this month, my family immigrated to the United States. Looking outside my window and seeing the flag and the John Harvard Statue, I just feel incredible gratitude to my parents, who had the courage to come to this nation,” said Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development and professor of sociology. “I am grateful to this nation and institution for making dreams only quietly imagined come true.”Born in India, Khurana was a child when his family came to America, and he grew up in the New York City borough of Queens. He received his B.S. from Cornell University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in 1998 through a joint program between Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). A scholar of organizational behavior and leadership, an award-winning teacher, and a co-master of Cabot House, Khurana has been deeply involved in undergraduate issues throughout his time at Harvard.As dean, he said he wants to build on his experience and the work of his predecessors and continue to ensure that the College sets the standard for higher education in the 21st century.“For almost 400 years, Harvard College has been educating its students to be the responsible citizen leaders and the citizenry of our society. At a time when we face a significant amount of challenges, we also have an incredible opportunity where knowledge has never been more valued and where education has never been more important in determining the course of one’s life and making the world a better place,” he said. “We have an obligation and a duty to do what we have always done, but with a greater urgency than ever before.”Outside his office windows, the voices of tourists could be heard as they snapped photos in front of the John Harvard Statue. Inside, bare walls and empty bookshelves framed the dean as he began settling in.“I think I identify with how the freshmen are going to feel,” Khurana said of his first day. “I am elated, nervous, and admiring of all the people who are here, and I am hoping that I can make a positive contribution to this community in the same way that this community has made a positive contribution to me.“Though he had yet to adorn the office with his personal books, photos of his family had already made their way onto his desk. Khurana’s wife, Stephanie (M.B.A., M.P.P. ’96), is a co-master of Cabot House, where they live with their three children.“I think my kids would prefer if I were the lead singer of Coldplay,” Khurana joked. “But seriously, this role does remind us what an impact Harvard has had on our collective life. Our family has been very fortunate to interact with so many faculty, staff, and students who are some of the world’s best thinkers, devoted professionals, and talented young people, and to get to know them as neighbors, role models, and friends.”Looking toward and beyond the upcoming academic year, Khurana said it is important that the College continue to provide a transformative experience — intellectually, socially, and personally — for all undergraduates.“The College has the potential to change and transform lives. I want to ensure we remain a place where nothing limits the dreams of our students,” he said. “I want to serve this institution well, and be a steward for all of the great work of those who have come before me, and build on that work.”
Star Files View Comments It Shoulda Been You Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 A new Broadway musical is walking down the aisle: It Shoulda Been You! And if there’s one thing we can say about the show’s star-studded cast, they’re looking extremely glamorous in the newest issue of Vanity Fair. Directed by David Hyde Pierce and featuring music by Barbara Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, the tuner puts a modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy. Starring Sierra Boggess as Rebecca, David Burtka as Brian, Tyne Daly as mama-of-the-bride Judy and Harriet Harris as mom-of-the-groom Georgette, It Shoulda Been You tells the story of two families from very different backgrounds who unite to celebrate a wedding…until the bride’s ex-boyfriend arrives. Get a sneak peek of the cast and creative team in these Vanity Fair shots by Andrew Eccles, then see It Shoulda Been You beginning March 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre! Sierra Boggess
Wellington Police notesÂ for Wednesday, August 5, 2015â€¢9:45 a.m. Officers took a report of a barking dog complaint in the 1500 block N. Plum, Wellington.â€¢1:15 p.m. Non-Injury accident on private property in the 1200 block N. Day, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Cyndee J. Palmateer, 61, Belle Plaine, Ks and Robert A. Wood, 54, Wichita.â€¢2:19 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢2:25 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal welfare check in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢2:55 p.m. Officers investigated a theft and obstruction of law enforcement officers by known suspects in the 800 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢3 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢4 p.m. Stuart A. Erwin, 33, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County order to arrest and detain for probation violation.â€¢9:36 p.m. Chasity J. Opfar, 36, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with speeding 58 mph in a 45 mph zone (radar) and driving while license is suspended.â€¢9:15 p.m. Officers assisted an outside sgency in the area of Longton, Kans.â€¢11:03 p.m. Officers took a report of a civil matter in the 100 block E. 15th, Wellington.
BEIJING, China:When Sanjay Ayre slipped from the silver-medal spot to fourth place in the men’s 4x400m final in the space of a few metres at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, it hurt.Not even that colossal anchor leg failure could have given as much grief as Jamaica’s agonising fourth-place finish on the final day of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.The team of Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, and Javon Francis clocked 2:58.51, the same time as bronze-medal winners Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the USA running away with the gold medal in 2:57.82 and Trinidad and Tobago getting the silver in 2:58.20.The Jamaicans were in a good position up to the third leg, when McDonald slipped to almost sixth, before handing over the baton to Francis.FAst moveFrancis wasted little time in moving to the front of the pack, showing his 20.58 200-metre speed at the first opportunity. It looked familiar, as his 44.00 split from the Moscow 2013 World Championships, which dragged Jamaica from fifth to second in the event, looked like it was about to repeat itself.As brave as he was, Francis faded towards the end and was caught on the 100m stretch. Clinging for dear life to the bronze medal now, the Jamaican stepped across the line as Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Martyn Rooney clipped him for third, despite both times being rounded up to reflect 2:58.51, as was confirmed by the photo-finish camera.It was a heart-crushing defeat. Francis was devastated.”From I have been losing races, this is one of the most hurtful losses I have ever experienced,” lamented Chambers. “But we came out here as a team, and we fought as a team, but today we didn’t have enough to win.”We got the same time as Great Britain, but we just have to accept the result and move on to next year and different targets,” added Chambers.disappointedThe Jamaican team management didn’t readily accept the result, as they had the tape reviewed to see if they could have gotten a share of the bronze medal.”To be honest, I am really disappointed that we didn’t make the podium, but we are thankful at the same time,” said Peter Matthews. “I am really feeling hurt, and I’m sure the other fellows are as well; we really wanted this.”Matthews is hoping that the team can stay together and believes that the capability is there for a medal at next year’s Olympic Games.”With everyone, healthy next year, we have a good chance of even winning the 4x400m in Rio. We had a good side this year, but the competition was also very good, too,” Matthews said.