About Around the Square February 13, 2009


Sharing the Excitement of Oberlin
Welcome to Around the Square: Your Inside Connection to Oberlin Stories, News, and Events. This electronic newsletter will provide you with a direct connection to daily life on Oberlin’s campus, whether you’re in Europe or Elyria. It will also provide us with a mechanism through which to share timely information about upcoming events and opportunities available to you.

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Williams Ice Rink Converted Into New Practice Facility
Since a crack in a truss resulted in the closing of Jones Field House last February—the main practice space for varsity and club sports—the College has wasted little time seeking a much needed replacement structure. Now, not only will the campus soon gain a more modern facility but the new field house will likely become the first LEED rated building on campus.

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Oberlin Named “Best Value”
The College is one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" private colleges and universities, and the only college in Ohio to be selected for The Princeton Review’s "Best Value" Colleges list for 2009. Oberlin also ranked 36th in the Kiplinger 2008-2009 Best Values in Private Colleges (50 private universities; 50 private liberal arts colleges). Kiplinger ranked Oberlin 40th last year. The College also moved up five spots this year to earn a top-25 ranking on the annual “Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities” list. With 21 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, Oberlin ranks sixth nationally in its category.

Oberlin Holds First Playwrights' Festival
The Oberlin Playwrights’ Festival, which takes place between January 29 and February 15, showcases works written and performed by students. It includes two full-length plays; OShorts, five one-act plays presented by the Oberlin Student Theater Association; and an original musical staged by the Oberlin Musical Theater Association. [Read More]

Oberlin Named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service
Oberlin College’s Bonner Center for Service and Learning (CSL) was honored for the third consecutive year with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary civic engagement and service to America’s communities. [Read More]

Alumnus Eric Bogosian Kicks Off Spring Semester Convocations
Award-winning actor, author, and playwright Eric Bogosian '76 delivered the first Convocation Series address of the spring 2009 semester on Wednesday, February 4, in Finney Chapel. [Read More]

Energy Orbs Win “Best Of” Energy Efficiency Contest
Oberlin's innovative energy orbs have taken the top spot in the Energy Efficiency Markets (EEM) first annual "best of" contest. EEM, which keeps tabs on energy efficiency industry trends, selected the orbs as its favorite in the best appliance category.

Oberlin Celebrates Inauguration
While nearly 1,000 Oberlinians united in their celebration of President Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, Conservatory professors Michael Lynn and Marilyn McDonald were ensconced in a balcony in the Capitol's Statuary Hall as members of a sextet that had the honor of playing for the inaugural luncheon. [Read More]

Publications, Exhibits, and Research
From the theater to the sciences to historical undertakings, faculty and staff members at Oberlin are tops in their fields and well versed in their avocations. Here's what some of them have recently accomplished. [Read More]

Read Current Winter-Term Experiences and Share your Own Past Project
This January, 2,350 students pursued their academic interests outside of Oberlin’s regular course offerings, traveling to such places as Kenya, Tanzania, and Amsterdam, as well as Florida, California, and the city of Oberlin. Some of them kept journals of their amazing experiences, and now you can travel with them. Perhaps you'll even be inspired to share your past winter-term experiences, too. [Read More]

Nearly 2,000 Gather for Campus-Wide Photo
For the first time in decades, nearly 2,000 students, staff, and faculty took part in an all-campus photograph, this one to commemorate Oberlin’s 175th anniversary year. View the photo in the winter 2008-09 issue of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine by clicking on "The Big Picture" in the featured stories section. [Read More]

Share Your Oberlin Story
The Oberlin Stories Project is collecting first-person narratives about the value of an Oberlin education to share on its web site, and project members want to hear from you. [Read More]

Meet Oberlin's Senior Administration
Since joining Oberlin as its 14th president, Marvin Krislov has added several new faces and positions to his senior administration. Take a moment to get acquainted with all of the members who make up Oberlin’s senior staff. [Read More]

Conservatory Faculty to Perform at Benefit for the Homeless
To help Family Promise continue its work sheltering and finding housing for homeless families and children, a benefit concert is set for Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at the First Church in Oberlin. Acclaimed musicians from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s faculty are donating their time and talent to the cause, and will present a program of works by such composers as Gabrieli, Praetorius, and Brahms. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. [Read More]

A Chat With:

Jeff Hagan<br><i>Editor of External Communications</i>
Courtesy of Jeff Hagan
  Jeff Hagan
Editor of External Communications

"I found that my own experience at Oberlin wasn't as universal as I originally assumed..."
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Alumni Fellowships Available
Oberlin has fellowships for recent graduates who wish to pursue graduate study in this country or abroad. Find out more information from Carol Sedgwick. Applications, including all required supporting documentation, must be received by February 16, 2009. [Read More]

Log on and Get OB Fit
Last year, OB Fit encouraged the campus community to take charge of its physical fitness, and this year that challenge has been extended to alumni near and far. Whether you live in New York, California, or Wisconsin, exercise with the Oberlin community and maybe even win a prize. [Read More]

New Faces in the Alumni Association Office
This academic year has brought a number of new faces to the Alumni Association Office. Meet your recently appointed executive director, director of alumni regional activities and education, assistant director of alumni events, and support staff members who work hard to keep you connected to your alma mater. [Read More]

Alumni Featured on Postage Stamps
Anna Julia Cooper and Mary Church Terrell, two of Oberlin's earliest African American female graduates, will be inducted into the United States Postal Service's (USPS) Civil Rights Pioneers and Black Heritage stamp series. [Read More]

Two Alumni Win Grammy Award
The Pacifica Quartet, which includes violinists Sibbi Bernhardsson and Simin Ganatra, both 1995 Conservatory graduates, has won its first Grammy Award. The honor was bestowed on Sunday, February 8, with a win in the category of Best Chamber Music Performance for the ensemble’s Naxos recording of Elliott Carter’s String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5. [Read More]

In Focus

Apollo Front Cropped

Acting to preserve a cherished local institution, College Properties of Oberlin, a wholly owned subsidiary of the College, announced Monday, February 2, that it has reached tentative agreement to purchase Oberlin's historic Apollo Theatre one of the few single-screen movie houses still operating in the United States. [Read More]

Save the Date - Off Campus

An Evening with Krislov in Houston
Wednesday, February 25, 6-8 p.m.

Frumkins Host Krislov in Austin
Thursday, February 26, 6-8 p.m.

An Evening with Krislov and Orr in Atlanta
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.

Tour Alaska, London, and England's Costwolds with the Alumni Association
Register by Friday, February 27

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Save the Date - On Campus

Black History Celebration in Oberlin
February 10 to March 1

Physicist, String Theorist, and Author Brian Greene in Oberlin
Wednesday, March 4, 8 p.m.

The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice in Oberlin
Monday, March 30, 10 p.m.

NPR Host Diane Rehm at Oberlin
Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m.

Kevin Roose Lecture in Oberlin: The Unlikely Disciple
Tuesday, April 2, 8 p.m.

Author Toni Morrison in Oberlin
Thursday, April 23, 8 p.m.

2009 Heisman Club Golf Outing in Oberlin
Friday, May 22

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