The Alumni Beat

  Alumnus Warren Johnson '02 (far right) mixes sound for Ashlee Simpson and brought members of her entourage to Berklee for a visit. From the left: Poet, George Robertson (of InterScope Records), guitarist Ray Brady, faculty member Kenwood Dennard '76, and Johnson
  Grammy-winning engineer Andrew Dawson '01 gave a presentation to MP&E students on February 21.
  Phil Farnsworth
  From the left: Carlos Fermin '00, Associate Professor Steve Wilkes, and David Perez '90 met at the February 13 alumni dinner in Orlando, Fl.
  On February 26, President Roger Brown addressed alumni members of the Berklee faculty and staff at the annual alumni luncheon.
  Phil Farnsworth
  On February 21, the alumni panel "Success after Berklee" took place. From the left: Assistant Professor Jeff Ramsey '90, Joy Daniels '07, Black Student Union President Kenneth DaVon, Lynne Fiddmont '84, Lenora Helm '82, and Professor Jetro Da Silva '95
  On March 4, Associate Professor Martin Dennehy (with glasses) gave a seminar on tax preparation for musicians.
  Indonesian alumni met with President Roger Brown at the Sultan Hotel in Jakarta on March 8. Back row, left to right: Rezky Ichwan, Leonard Kristianto, Ricky Lionardi, Bernard Soetarman, Nial Djuliarso, Taufiq S., Angga Tarmizi, Stefen Thiele, Eramono Soekaryo, Kinolus Thenara, and Doddy Sukaman. Front row: Cynthia Kristianto, Lia Sundah Suntoso, Roger Brown, Meidi Ratnasari, and Rita Agustina Silalahi.
  Kinolus Thenara

Many of our alumni are on the move doing great things in many places, including on Berklee's Boston campus. We've begun a new format for this page, so look for more alumni photos here in upcoming issues of Berklee today.

Once again, Ernie Boch Jr. '82 has issued a fundraising challenge to alumni. If 2,000 alumni will make donations by May 31; Boch, also a trustee, will give $70,000 for student scholarships and other needs. So far 1,465 alumni have made a financial contribution. We need just 535 more to make a gift in any amount to reach the goal. I'd like to thank all those who have given for their generosity and invite others to join them.

In other alumni business, applications for the 2008-2009 alumni grants are for downloading at Applications are due by June 30. We received some alumni 3,000 surveys and appreciate the effort of those who took the time to share experiences and suggestions. We are processing the results.

New procedures for selecting Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are almost complete. Soon, you will be able to submit nominations for alumni you believe deserve consideration. We plan to present five or six Distinguished Alumni Awards at various alumni events each year.

More alumni have made a point of returning to campus to share their musical experiences with Berklee students. Please let me know when you'll be in the Boston area so we can make the arrangements for you to speak with students. They really appreciate hearing from you.

Keep up with all the happenings in your chapter at the alumni website. Updates are coming soon. If you have suggestions or feedback about the website, please shoot me an e-mail at Until next time, take care!