Greg Chittim '01 '02Th '03Th: Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award Recipient, 2014-15
Greg Chittim '01 '02Th '03Th (left) was presented the 2014-15 Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award by Lou Spelios '95, president of the Alumni Council, at the 209th Alumni Council Session on October 24, 2014.
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Growing up, you lived all over the country, but you dreamed of returning to the Granite State to follow in the Big Green path of your father, Kevin Chittim '69, and grandfather, David Chittim '41. Your grandfather was so delighted about your acceptance to Dartmouth that he invited you to lunch in the Daniel Webster Room at the Hanover Inn. There he presented you with his class ring. The ring was too large, but Dartmouth proved a fantastic fit for you.
Your parents claim they always knew you would be an engineer, but you explored several majors: premed; government, including an internship in the governor's office; and finally, engineering, which you committed to during your sophomore summer. You relished the opportunity to be a computer science teaching assistant for Professor Linda Wilson, and thrived in the rigorous disciplines of engineering and computer science.
You immersed yourself in activities outside the classroom, as a member of the Student Assembly, an undergraduate advisor, a member of Habitat for Humanity, and a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. You and three friends collaborated to solicit letters from the student body for the new College president. This collection, titled Visions of Dartmouth, warmly welcomed President Wright--and preserved student thoughts from a moment in time.
You completed your graduate work at the Thayer School of Engineering, where you kicked off your alumni involvement by joining the Dartmouth Society of Engineers. Following graduation, you served as a consultant and technical software project manager with Monitor Group. From there you joined Arcadia Solutions, where you are now a senior director with experience in consulting and technology.
As challenging as your career is, you dedicate a tremendous amount of time and energy to Dartmouth. You admit you have a hard time saying no, and you enjoy returning to campus to see professors, students, and other alumni to learn their perspectives on the world. The time you devote to advising students is admirable. Among your varied roles for Dartmouth, you've served as a webmaster for the class of 2001; Alumni Council representative, chairing both the Communications Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee during separate terms; on the Council's Orientation Committee and Young Alumni Committee; as an enrollment interviewer; member of the Thayer School M.E.M. Collaboration Council; and on the B.E. External Advisory Group.
The countless hours you spend in Hanover and on Dartmouth business would not be possible without the enthusiastic support of your wife, Jennifer. You met in high school during St. Paul's School's Advanced Studies Program, and started dating during college senior week. Jen has been a willing companion in your Dartmouth adventures, along with your children Liam and Aiden.
It is rare for a young alumnus to take on such leadership roles within the Dartmouth alumni community, all the while counseling students. For all your outstanding contributions that enrich alumni and students alike, we are proud to honor you with the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award.