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The Gittleman Endowment for Excellence in Teaching

In the 1970s, Paul Taskier, A78, A10P, was one of many students struggling for Professor Sol Gittleman's attention after his lectures in Cohen Auditorium. "It was as if he were a rock star; everyone crowding around him, fighting for a minute of his time," Taskier says. However, Taskier was one of the lucky ones. He discovered that his birthday fell on the same day as Sol's-June 5. Since that day, Taskier has been a proud member of Sol's "June 5th club."

"After that, I took every course he taught while I was at Tufts, and was his teaching assistant for Yiddish Literature," says Taskier, a partner at Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington, D.C., who looks forward to trading a happy birthday email or phone call with Sol each year.

Appointed the Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor in 2003, Sol best exemplifies how faculty at Tufts create a thriving and vibrant academic environment that begins freshman year and lasts a lifetime. To honor all that Sol has done for the university, The Gittleman Endowment for Excellence in Teaching was established to support faculty development and create an endowed professorship. Endowed professorships elevate the quality of faculty, which in turn attracts the most talented students, a key priority in Beyond Boundaries: The Campaign for Tufts.

"Sol's unique energy, depth of learning, style of teaching, and personality were so powerful and compelling as to make him the stand-out that so many people have recognized for so many years," says Taskier. "I am proud to count myself among those who are in two-generation Sol Gittleman families. My daughter has also become a fan!"

Thousands of students and hundreds of faculty members have benefited from Sol's special brand of teaching and mentoring, his genuine care for others, and his ability to instill knowledge that far outlives any final exam.

Sol marks two very significant personal milestones this spring - his 45th year at Tufts and his 75th birthday. He will present one of his "Classic Sol" lectures as part of this year's Super Seminars during Alumni Weekend, which provides a great opportunity for us to celebrate and participate in a special way.

Alumni are invited to honor Sol with contributions to this fund, which will extend his impact and recognize his unwavering commitment to excellence in teaching at Tufts University, an institution committed to excellence in educating today's students and tomorrow's leaders.

Give to The Gittleman Endowment for Excellence in Teaching. To direct your gift to the fund, in Step 2, scroll down to Gift Designation 3 and enter "Gittleman Endowment."

For more information please contact:
Robert Ayles
Associate Director of Development