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Welcome the New HESA Board Members

May 2, 2017

By Niki Lanter

Congratulations to the newly-elected HESA Board!

The Student Clubs & Activities Office has released the results of the Harvard Extension Student Association 2017-2018 Executive Board Elections. The new administration, to be lead by Jasmin Frankel (President) and Colin Rudd (Vice President), includes two HESA veterans: Tracie Gordon (Director of Club Affairs), formerly the HESA Director of Events; and incumbent Christopher Nagle (Director of Student Affairs), who will continue in his role this academic year.

Election ResultsJoining the incoming team will be Eduardo "Tino" Herrera (Director of Web Technologies), Jillian Mackenzie (Director of Communications), Josh Smith (Director of Outreach), Nicole Urbanowicz (Treasurer), and Alexis Williams (Director of Finance). The newly-elected board members will officially take over HESA on the first day of June.

Meanwhile, HESA continues to reach out to the student body to recruit new volunteers for the following open positions:

  • Chief of Staff
  • Secretary
  • Director of Events

Read this announcement for complete details.


Frankel and Rudd, Incoming 2017-2018 HESA Leaders

April 19, 2017

By Niki Lanter

Congratulations to President-elect Jasmin Frankel and Vice President-elect Colin Rudd!

In an official release by the Harvard Extension School's Student Clubs and Activities Office, Ian Jackson announced the incoming 2017-2018 HESA leaders: President-Elect Jasmin Frankel and Vice President-Elect Colin Rudd.

2017-2018 HESA President Jasmin Frankel and Vice President Colin Rudd

Jackson went on to congratulate all the candidates for remaining positive and professional during their campaigns, and thanked the hundreds of degree candidates who participated to cast their vote during this election.

Meanwhile, the Call for Nominations for HESA Directors will close tomorrow, April 20th, at 12:00 p.m. ET. The election period for directors will run between April 21st and April 30th. Winners will be announced on May 1st, and HESA's new administration will take over the student association on the first of June.


Announcing the Launch of the HESA Elections 2017 Website

April 12, 2017

By Niki Lanter

New online resource to showcase candidates in upcoming HESA elections

The Harvard Extension School's Dean of Students Office launches the HESA Elections 2017 website today. The site contains information about and personal statements from the Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) Executive Board Candidates for the 2017-2018 academic year. Election-related events and deadlines are published in the Calendar page. Moreover, the site also provides a copy of the Election Rules as a reference to both candidates and voters alike.

HESA Elections 2017 Website

Meet the 2017-2018 HESA Executive Board Candidates

Concurrent to the launch of the website is the beginning of the election period for the 2017-2018 Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates. HES Degree candidates received an email from the Dean's Office today containing a unique link through which the students could cast their votes for the next HESA President and Vice President of their choosing. Winners of this week's elections will be announced on Wednesday, April 19th.

For more information and to view the complete and most up-to-date election schedule, please visit the new HESA Elections 2017 website at

NOTE:  The author is acting as current web administrator for the HESA Elections 2017 website, under the direct guidance and oversight of the Office of the Dean of Students at Harvard Extension School.


Scholar Spotlight on La'Toya Princess Jackson

April 4, 2017

By Niki Lanter

Jackson debuts excerpts from her original ballet, Vanity Lane, at Harvard's ARTS FIRST Festival this month

On April 29th, Harvard Extension School student La'Toya Princess Jackson will take center stage at ARTS FIRST Festival for DanceFest to debut excerpts from Vanity Lane, an original ballet created and written by Jackson. Harvard's annual ARTS FIRST festival is a showcase of student and faculty creativity produced by the Office for the Arts.

Vanity Lane by La'Toya Princess JacksonSongwriter, dancer, and performing artist La'Toya Princess Jackson will present excerpts from the original libretto, Vanity Lane, with original choreography and music. In collaboration with Boston musicians Jared Hettrick and Gordon Williams, Vanity Lane includes original music inspired by ElectrKPrincess' "Vanity Lane" recording written and recorded by Jackson. Atlanta producer Gerald Coby provides additional music production along with EDM DJ and Houston producer Kool Kat. Teaming up with Boston choreographer Erin McNulty and emerging Harvard College choreographer Margaret Canady, Jackson will debut original choreography to present excerpts of the ballet.

Vanity Lane is a study in opposites: cutting edge electronic music with retro 80s influence, classical ballet blended with contemporary choreography, and a study of modern media images told in a timeless fairy tale format. The result is a stunning visual and auditory production that follows ElectrKPrincess on a journey of self-awareness and acceptance. The morality tale urges young people to look behind the mask of superficial beauty to find the true beauty within. It rejects unhealthy media images and encourages self-awareness, enlightenment, and individuality.

Vanity Lane by La'Toya Princess JacksonAs a graduate student in the ALM, dramatic arts program at the Extension School, Jackson's focus includes an interdisciplinary study of music, dance, and performance. She dances in the Harvard Dance Project in which this semester she is collaborating as an associate member in the choreographic process for the spring show. She will also perform in the Department of Music's final presentation performance during ARTS FIRST festival with Silk Road Ensemble's Shane Shanahan.

Jackson is a member in the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company. She works for the Boston Ballet as a teaching artist, and she is a company dancer for the Roxbury Center for Performing Arts. She is also ballet mistress for Stajez Cultural Arts Center, and she developed ballet programming in the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and Boston. Jackson serves on the executive board of the Harvard Graduate Council as Vice Chair for Communications.

For the complete Harvard ARTS FIRST performances schedule, visit the Office for the Arts at Harvard, or access this online festival guide. For more information about Vanity Lane, visit To keep up with La'Toya Princess Jackson's performances, visit this page.


Call for Nominations and the Full 2017 HESA Election Schedule

March 29, 2017

A message to ALB degree candidates from Ian Jackson, Student Clubs & Activities Office

Elections for the Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) - representing Harvard Extension School students regardless of program and location - will take place online in April. The call for nominations for all elected positions will open this Saturday, April 1, at 9:00 am (EDT) here (the link will not work until then).

The HESA constitution, including general descriptions of each role, is available online here.

Student Government Elections Call for Nominations

We encourage you to consider running if you are a degree candidate, or premedical student, in good academic standing. The position of President requires candidates who will be in the Greater Boston area during the academic year 2017-18, but all other positions are for distance students as well as on-campus students. The nomination period for HESA President and Vice President ends on Sunday, April 9th at 11:59 pm. The nomination period for HESA Directors will remain open until Thursday, April 20 at noon. Once candidates have been confirmed as degree candidates in good academic standing, the elections committee will be in touch to go over campaign and election details. Please do not advertise your candidacy until we have been in touch.

When submitting your nomination, you will be asked to submit a Statement of Purpose (no more than 300 words), along with a headshot (minimum 400 x 400 px) and a link to a 1-2 minute video introducing yourself, and outlining your reasons for running and what you hope to accomplish in your term on the HESA board. You should prepare these before completing the nomination form.


The full schedule for the 2017 HESA Election is as follows: (all times EDT)

  • Saturday, 4/1 at 9:00 am: Call for Nominations opens
  • Monday, 4/3 - Friday, 4/7: Election Webinar series with current board members (full webinar schedule below)
  • Sunday, 4/9 at 11:59 pm: Call for Nominations closes for President and Vice-President
  • Wednesday, 4/12 at noon: Presidential & Vice-Presidential Election opens
  • Tuesday, 4/18 at noon: Presidential & Vice-Presidential Election closes
  • Wednesday, 4/19: President & Vice-President announced
  • Thursday, 4/20 at noon: Call for Nominations closes for Director positions; Deadline for unsuccessful Presidential & Vice-Presidential candidates to submit materials for a Director position
  • Friday, 4/21 at noon: Director Election opens
  • Sunday, 4/30 at noon: Director Election closes
  • Monday, 5/1: HESA Directors announced
  • Thursday, 6/1: New HESA administration opens its year

Roles Open for Nominations:

  • Director of Club Affairs
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Events
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Outreach
  • Director of Student Affairs
  • Director of Website Development
  • Treasurer

HESA Election Webinar series
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Friday, March 31st
HESA General Assembly - including questions about the role of President with current HESA President, Misan Oteri, 5:00-6:30 pm

Monday, April 3rd
Roy Chang, Director of Club Affairs - Monday, April 3rd 7:30-8:00 pm
Dexton Goh, Director of Finance - Monday, April 3rd 9:00-9:30 pm [Recording]

Tuesday, April 4th
Hibah Aijaz, Secretary - Tuesday, April 4th 6:00-6:30pm [Recording]
Anthony DeOrsey, Director of Student Outreach - Tuesday, April 4th 9:00-9:30pm

Wednesday, April 5th
Scott Perlmutter, Treasurer - Wednesday, April 5th 6:00-6:30pm [Recording]
Christopher Nagle, Director of Student Affairs- Wednesday, April 5th 7:30-8:00pm [Recording]

Thursday, April 6th
Jasmin Frankel, Vice President - Thursday, April 6th 6:00-6:30pm [Recording]
Cheniece Kelleher, Director of Communications - Thursday, April 6th 7:30-8:00pm [Recording]

Friday, April 7th
Karen Longo, Director of Events - Friday, April 7th 6:00-6:30pm [Recording]
Daniel Murray, Director of Web Development - Friday, April 7th 7:30-8:00pm

To contact the HESA Elections Committee with any questions, contact Ian Jackson in the Student Clubs & Activities Office by email: or phone: (617) 998-8514.

The full link to complete your nomination, opening April 1, is here:

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