SPHHS Hosts Boston Alumni Night

Dean Marjorie Aelion thanks guest speaker Dr. Robert F. Littleton, Jr.

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted a special Boston Alumni Networking Night on March 15, 2012, at the UMass Club in Boston. The School welcomed alumni spanning a wide range of class years from the early 1970s through to pending 2012 graduates

Alumni dined on hors d’oeuvres and refreshments as they enjoyed an opportunity to reconnect with classmates and network among peers. They joined Dean Marjorie Aelion and Associate Dean Daniel Gerber, along with Communication Disorders Department Chair Jane Baran and other SPHHS professional staff, at the event and received first-hand updates on the School’s progress and plans for the future.

Highlighting the Boston Alumni Night was a featured talk from Dr. Robert F. Littleton, Jr., ’71, founder of numerous human service agencies including The Evergreen Center, Beacon ABA Services, and Criterion Child Enrichment. Dr. Littleton discussed "Emerging Trends & Effective Development Practices in Human Service Agencies."

His presentation touched on the key elements of his success developing programs and facilitating treatment access for families of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Among Dr. Littleton’s keys to success were to “seek out difficult tasks and populations” and to “avoid the easy yes.” Afterwards, he participated in a Q&A session with fellow alumni.

The SPHHS plans to hold future events in the Boston area. Please contact Patrick Freeman if you have ideas or wish to help organize future gatherings.