Harvard Student Agencies Turns 50

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Harvard Student Agencies (HSA), the world's largest student-run corporation, will celebrate its 50th year in business this October. HSA started from humble beginnings, but now stands as a $4 million corporation with global reach.

Harvard Student Agencies (HSA), the world's largest student-run corporation, will celebrate its 50th year in business this October.

Founded in 1957 as an entirely self-funding, nonprofit corporation, HSA still carries out its original mission: to help defray tuition costs while providing practical business experience and supplying valuable, necessary services to the Harvard community. Today, HSA's nine agencies provide employment opportunities to more than 500 Harvard undergraduates each year.

The 50th Anniversary will celebrate HSA's rise from its humble beginnings. Started as a beer mug business in the dorm rooms of students, HSA now stands as a $4 million corporation with global reach. Let's Go, a subsidiary of HSA, produces the popular budget travel guide series whose 48 titles span six continents and are translated into seven languages.

Other agencies include Harvard Student Resources (HSR), which runs the popular Harvard Bartending Course, and The Harvard Shop, a Harvard insignia retail store in Harvard Square.

"HSA is like an undergraduate MBA" said Timothy Creamer '09 from London, England, who manages a staff of ten students at HSR. "It's not just a job, it's an education."

HSA alumni include Governor Deval Patrick '78, Staples founder Tom Stemberg '71, and financial guru Andy Tobias '68. Stemberg headlines the "Celebration of Historic Proportions" on October 20 as the keynote speaker for the 50th Anniversary dinner.

For more information, please contact William Hauser at 617-495-5028.

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