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Volunteer Spotlight: Pauline Eveillard, A05

About her family

From a young age, Pauline Eveillard, A05, has understood the meaning of giving back. Her family has a long tradition of contributing to the community-and to Tufts. Her late grandfather, John Martin Mugar, A37, president of Star Market Co., helped build a major New England supermarket chain. The son of Armenian immigrants, Mugar helped his family during the Depression working at his cousin's small grocery in Watertown, Mass., which became the first of the Star Markets. He went on to serve as a Tufts trustee and member of the board at The Fletcher School.

Pauline Eveillard's mother, Elizabeth, created the John Martin Mugar Scholarship to honor her father's memory by helping other young people attend Tufts. Now, Pauline Eveillard is carrying on in the family tradition.

How she stays involved

Just five years after graduation, Eveillard has already become a leader among Tufts alumni. As one of the founders of the Young Friends of Tufts Advancement (YFTA), a committee of 13 who garner Tufts support among other young alumni, Eveillard has helped encourage recent graduates to reconnect with the university.

A former art history major at Tufts, Eveillard now works for the World Monuments Fund in New York, and helps host the YFTA event each year in the city. Last year, more than 450 alumni celebrated the group's fourth anniversary at a restaurant in Manhattan.

She was also among a group who initiated the first young alumni Conversations with the President, where President Lawrence Bacow attended small dinners to keep the recent graduates up-to-date with Beyond Boundaries.

"It's important to keep alumni involved through small donations. Those small amounts can add up to large amounts when there are a lot of people involved," she says.

Along with her volunteering efforts, Eveillard has been giving at the Ivory Tusk level, $100 times the number of years since graduation, and this year doubled her gift in honor of her five-year reunion.

Why Tufts

"Students spend four years at Tufts, and are still interested in what's happening on campus when they graduate," says the Tufts Fund gift officer. "This event is a great opportunity to get everyone together and help them reconnect."

Eveillard and President Bacow shared the same first year at Tufts in 2001. She was so touched when he knocked on her door as he made his way around the dorms introducing himself to each freshman. "It's those types of personal touches that made me feel like I was part of a Tufts family."