About Around the Square June 25, 2009


Reunion Weekend: You Had to be There
Even in the midst of an economic recession, many alumni, parents,and family members returned to campus for an activity-packed reunion weekend.

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Oberlin in the News
Chicago Tribune names Oberlin a vacation spot, Chemical and Engineering News highlights Oberlin research on Alzheimer’s disease, an acclaimed documentary by Norma Percy ’63 to air on National Geographic.

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The Gift That Keeps Giving
Even if you never took chemistry or sat down at a keyboard, when you give to the Oberlin Alumni Fund, you become part of each Oberlin student’s success on campus and wherever their education leads them. The College’s fiscal year ends Tuesday, June 30, so the time for making the last-minute gift that will keep on giving to Oberlin students is now. [Read More]

SEED House Residents Featured in New Book
The photography book, American Youth, examines the generation of 18 to 24 year olds by featuring individuals from all walks of life and exploring how they are different and how they are the same as the generations that came before. SEED House and its residents figure prominently on the section "Work." [Read More]

Farewell to Retirees
In recognition of the faculty and staff members who retired this year. [Read More]

Folk Fest Brings a Sweetback Sister Back to Oberlin
Stefan Amidon '08 hasn't wasted any time establishing himself as a musician to watch. As drummer and backing vocalist for the Sweetback Sisters, an up-and-coming country, roots, and folk music-inspired band, he returned to campus in May to play the 11th Folk Festival. After the concert, he talked with ATS. [Read More]

Faculty and Staff Publications, Recognitions, Exhibitions
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. [Read More]

Graduates of Distinction
A Rhodes scholar, 10 Fulbright fellows, and a Watson fellow were among those who graduated with distinction in May. [Read More]

NCAC Names Prestigious Award After Don Hunsinger
The North Coast Athletic Conference named one of its most prestigious awards after former Oberlin administrator and coach Don Hunsinger. [Read More]

Save The Date: Tailgate Party in Washington, PA
Alumni and friends are invited to attend a tailgate party on Saturday, September 5, at Washington & Jefferson College (located just outside of Pittsburgh) from 5 to 7 p.m., just before kickoff. The pre-game tailgate will include guest speakers President Marvin Krislov, Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard, and Heisman Club President Carla Freyvogel. Tickets for the game cost $6. Be sure to mark your calendars and check the Oberlin Athletics web site for details.

President Krislov Discusses the State of the College
“While the College continues to flourish, much has changed since I stood here one year ago,” remarked President Krislov during his address to alumni and the Oberlin College community in May. “Some of the changes resulted from careful planning, hard work, and a bit of good fortune. I am thinking here of the many remarkable achievements of Oberlin’s students and faculty, our increased emphasis on academic rigor and scholarly achievement, and the exciting new facilities we are building.” Click here to read and/or hear the entire speech.

A Chat With:

Derry Kiernan '09<br><i>President, Class of 2009</i>
Photo by Harmony Pringle '10
  Derry Kiernan '09
President, Class of 2009

"Sometime in the next five years I'm going to take a two-year hike into the bush of Australia."
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Retrace the Civil Rights Trail in Alabama
The stoic dignity of Rosa Parks; the heartbreaking murder of the “Four Little Girls;” the bravery of citizens beaten with billy clubs and attacked by police dogs—these images have helped shape our nation’s collective conscience. Pamela Brooks, associate professor of African American studies, will escort a tour to the places where the civil rights movement was born October 2-6, 2009. [Read More]

Not Just for Recent Graduates: Booklet about the Alumni Association
During this spring’s senior supper, the Alumni Association distributed gift bags to the members of the Class of 2009. Among the gifts was a Blue Book designed to help seniors make the transition from student to alum. The book contains information that alumni from other years might find useful, including basic information about the Alumni Association and how to stay in touch. For information about volunteer opportunities within the association, visit the volunteer page on OBIEWeb or contact the Alumni Office at alumni@oberlin.edu.

Roberta Maneker ’57 Receives Alumni Medal
Roberta Maneker received the Alumni Medal during commencement services in May for more than 50 years of volunteerism service to the College. Her leadership roles have included membership on the Board of Trustees, president of the Alumni Association, and president of the Oberlin Club of New York. In 1993, Roberta received the Alumni Certificate of Appreciation. Read more about her achievements on the Commencement/Reunion web site (scroll down). Visit OBIEWeb to learn how you can nominate someone for an Alumni Award. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, July 1.

EnviroAlums and Environmental Studies Plan Special Reunion
Join the Environmental Studies Program faculty, staff, and students on campus in October for a dynamic weekend of symposia, panel discussions, walking tours, hands-on activities, entertainment, and other events. The weekend begins Friday, October 9 with a welcome from President Krislov and opening address by Professor David Orr and closes Sunday afternoon after a final luncheon. Don’t miss this inspiring weekend. [Read More]

In Focus

Champagne Luncheon

Commencement/Reunion Weekend in May brought alumni, graduating seniors, and family members together in the big tent for the annual Champagne Luncheon.

Save the Date - Off Campus

Colorado Club Picnic
Saturday, June 27, noon – 3 p.m.

Village Life in England's Cotswolds
October 18 - 26

The Civil Rights Trail in Alabama
October 2 - 6

Chicago Club Picnic
Sunday, August 16, noon

Milwaukee Club Picnic
Saturday, August 15, noon – 3 p.m.

Baltimore Club Picnic
Sunday, August 9, 2 – 4 p.m.

San Francisco Club Picnic
Saturday, August 1, noon – 3 p.m.

Minnesota Club Picnic
Sunday, July 26, 5 – 7 p.m.

Seattle Club Picnic
Saturday, July 25, noon – 3 p.m.

Portland Club Picnic with President Krislov
Sunday, July 19, 6 – 8 p.m.

Milwaukee Club High Wind Eco-Neighborhood Tour
Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m. - noon

Philadelphia Club Picnic with President Krislov
Saturday, July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.

Copper Canyon and the Sea of Cortez
January 6 - 14, 2010

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Save the Date - On Campus

Imaging Rome Through Artists’ Eyes
Wednesday, June 24 - July 19, 5 p.m.

Oberlin Summer Theater Festival
Opening Friday, June 26

Weltzheimer/Johnson House Tours
Sunday, July 5, noon - 5 p.m.

Saturdays at the Schoolhouse
July 11, 18, and 25, noon - 2 p.m.

Baritone Edward Parks '06 Performs
Friday, July 17

Underground Railroad History Walk
Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m. - noon

Thursday, July 30, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Family Fun and Vintage Car Show
Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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