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Practice : Winter 2009
bernie goba, ’69 aIa, D.f.a . (hon., bac): Nourishing bac We are bringing the Alumni back to “ the tent” and expanding their involvement in the school. alUmNI NEWS ] bERNIE gOba aS vOlUNTEER, Faculty, Director, Practice Firm Principal, Alum : Bernie Goba has served tirelessly in nearly every volunteer capacity at the BAC. He embodies the principles upon which the BAC was founded: volunteerism and service to the common good. As outgoing President of the Alumni Association, we asked Bernie to share his insights and the lessons he has learned through his involvement with the BAC. a lIfETImE Of SERvIcE TO ThE bac Massier of the Atelier; Awarded the BSA Traveling Scholarship; Graduate ’69 (BAC); Faculty member for seven years; Member, Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of the BAC Board of Directors; Member of the Board of Overseers from 2003 to 2006; Chaired the Centennial Dinner Committee in 1989; Served on Finance, External Affairs and Development Committees; Current Institutional Advancement Committee member, Mentorship, and Student Development Committees; Member of the Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities Committees for six years and Chair for 14 years; Established the Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities Endowme nt ; Permanent Secretary of the Ames Scholarship for 6 years; Treasurer, Vice President , and President of the Alumni Association; Hono rary Member of the BAC, 1999; Received Distinguished Alumni Award at 2002 BAC Commencement; Received Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at 2007 Commencement; Suppor ter of the Solar Decathlon BAC Tufts competition! What has it meant to you personally to have ser ved as the Alumni Association President ? This has been another step in the growth of the school. It has been an opportunity to raise the public perc eption of the BAC, her students , volunteers, fac ulty a nd sta ff. Concurrently, we have b een bringing the alumni back to “the tent” a nd expa nding their involvement in t he school. Your tenu re of volunteerism at the BAC is a long one...what keeps you so involved ? What is it about the BAC that continues to inspire you to serve? My involvement with the BAC is driven by an ideal, a n ideal that provides opportunity for profes sion al growth regardless of one’s sta rting point or pedigree. This opportunity to serve a nd to work with a n engaging staff and enthusia stic volunteers is not without “ bumps in the road.” Howe ver, the experience of a suc ce ssf ul, unique process manifests itself in personal joy. There is no place like the BAC; it embraces each person, and then each person embraces the BAC. Testimony to this is s een in the “non-BAC alums,” pe ople who volunteer to tea ch, to mentor, to serve on committees, to serve on the Board. They are drawn to the BAC mission and philosophy with a found passion, and that passion serves the BAC for years and decades beyond. These non-BAC alums who give so much to the BAC are my heroes. They truly serve because they believe! You have an incredible sense of alumni pride. What drives this? It’s driven by the de sire to rec ognize a nd acknowledge the talents of the alumni. Their work a nd skills need greater rec ognition in order that the uniquenes s of the BAC profes sional educ ation is a lso re cognized. If you could communicate one central message to our newest alums, what would that be? Remember that the term alumni is from the L atin meaning, “to nourish,” a nd as the sc hool provided an educ ational experienc e, it is your respon sibility “to nourish ” future generation s and give ba ck. What advice would you offer someone considering the BAC for a design education ? If you are serious about design, serious about the built environment, serious about the well- being of the Earth, and you have the focus and courage to work and study concurrently, then the BAC is for you. It is not for e veryone, only those committed to an integrated de sign education. bernie goba pRacTIcE 47