About Around the Square March 23, 2010


Bill and Camille Cosby, Stevie Wonder to Celebrate Litoff Opening
We are getting used to a lot of excitement here on campus, but it will be difficult to top the celebration being planned for the grand opening of the Litoff Building later this spring. Tickets for both events are available to a limited number of alumni through a lottery system.

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Oberlin Joins Climate Positive Development Program
On March 5, the Oberlin community—college and city— were asked to join the Climate Positive Development Program, a joint initiative of the Clinton Climate Initiative, a program of the William J. Clinton Foundation, and the U.S. Green Building Council.

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In My Opinion: Expect More Earthquakes

According to American historian Will Durant, ‘Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.’ Rarely has this been underscored more dramatically than in the last few months with major earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Many people were caught off guard. Professor of Geology Bruce Simonson suggests perhaps they shouldn't have been. [Read More]


Alumni Return for Collegium Musicum’s 20th Anniversary Reunion
In February, more than 50 alumni joined the campus community in celebrating Steven Plank’s 20th anniversary as director of the Collegium Musicum. [Read More]

Oberlin Receives National Recognition for Community Service
Oberlin has received a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year. The award is given to colleges and universities for outstanding civic engagement and service to the local community. [Read More]

Apollo Outreach Initiative
Since a subsidiary of Oberlin College purchased the historic Apollo Theatre more than a year ago, the college has hoped to expand the educational role of the building. Thanks to a gift made by two parents, that hope is becoming a reality. [Read More]

Allen Art Museum Works Travel to NYC, D.C., and Northeast Ohio
The Allen Memorial Art Museum’s St. Sebastian Tended by Irene, one of the most important Northern Baroque paintings in the United States, is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art along with 19 other works from the Allen. [Read More]

Get Ready for Homecoming 2010
Calling all Obie sports fans. Mark your calendars for the Oberlin College Athletics Homecoming, October 1 and 2. Events this year will include a Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, football vs. Wittenberg University, field hockey vs. Earlham College, a men’s soccer alumni game, and volleyball vs. Wittenberg University. Check www.goyeo.com for updates.

New Mental Health Advocacy Group Established on Campus
An Oberlin chapter of Active Minds, a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group, is available to help students cope with mental health issues. [Read More]

Designing the Future
In an effort to explore the concept of design and its power to effect change and transform culture, the Creativity & Leadership program will host "Designing the Future," a series of panel discussions, workshops, performances, and exhibitions in April. [Read More]

Student and Faculty Awards, Exhibitions, Publications
Two students are awarded Watson Fellowships; Norman Craig receives a $20,000 research grant; Peggy Bennett publishes a new book; Peter Dominguez appears in an online publication for bass players; David Lang wins a Grammy; the book co-edited by President Marvin Krislov is released; and more. [Read More]

Alumni Return for Basketball and Ice Hockey
The college’s annual alumni basketball and ice hockey games welcomed back Yeomen from a variety of classes this winter. [Read More]

Achievements in Student Research to be recognized at April Symposium
The April 23 Senior Symposium is a campus-wide celebration of Oberlin’s students’ achievements in research, the arts, and music. The symposium will provide opportunities for Oberlin seniors to make public presentations of their independent and mentored work to the Oberlin community. [Read More]

Contest: Have an Idea?
Something about this photo looks so wrong, yet so right. [Read More]

A Chat With:

David Orr<br><i>Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Special Assistant to the President</i>
  David Orr
Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Special Assistant to the President

"I don't think of it as a career. Quite honestly, it's a lifesyle."
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Oberlin Cares: Alumni Day of Service
Oberlin Cares Day takes place Saturday, April 17, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. [Read More]

Computer Science Reunion Coming in April
Computer science alumni and enthusiasts are invited back to campus for the Oberlin College computer science department’s 25th Anniversary Symposium in April. [Read More]

Alumni, Students, and Friends Gather in D.C.
On Tuesday, January 19, nearly 400 alumni, parents, and friends joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Oberlin President Marvin Krislov in the nation’s capital to celebrate the many Obies in the Obama administration. [Read More]

Award Nominations Sought
The Alumni Association needs your help to find and recognize outstanding alumni. Any Oberlin alum may nominate a fellow Obie for an alumnus/a award. New nominations are being sought for the 2010 awards. Use the online nomination form, or print and mail a hard copy of the nominations form. Nominations are due July 1. Read more.

Alumni in Service to Oberlin College
Catherine Snow '66, Justin Wolfe '90, Wendy Levy '82, Michael Sponseller '97, Jennifer Morgan '86, Josh Neufeld '89, Nina Sarnelle '07, Ursula Lawrence '00, Corin Hewitt '93, David John Goldstein '91, Joshua Kay '93, Dr. Laura Stachel '80, and John Wray '93 have all stopped in Oberlin recently. [Read More]

Alumni Volunteer Spotlight: Fred Cummings ’89
In this issue, Around the Square recognizes Fred Cummings ’89 for his work with the Oberlin Business Scholars program—an intensive winter term project that provides selected students from all majors with a foundation of skills, knowledge, and contacts to successfully compete for jobs and internships in the fields of finance and consulting. [Read More]

In Focus

President Obama present the 2009 National Medal of Arts to Dean Stull

President Barack Obama presented the 2009 National Medal of Arts to Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull on February 25 in the East Room of the White House.

Save the Date - Off Campus

Reception for Oberlin's Masterworks at the Met
March 24

Club of North Carolina: Joanna Smith Rakoff ’94 Book Reading
March 27

Club of Boston: The Second Annual BOCA Variety Show
March 27

Ann Arbor Alumni Reception with President Marvin Krislov
April 14

Club of Southern California: ICE at REDCAT
April 18

Gospel Celebration at the Kennedy Center with Nolan Williams
April 24

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Save the Date - On Campus

Commencement/Reunion Weekend
May 28-31

Clarence Ward Lectureship
April 6, 12, and May 3

Richard Murphy Colloquium
April 6, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Convocation: Robert Sapolsky
April 8, 8-9:30 p.m.

Softball Field Rededication to Honor Mary J. Culhane
April 10

Annual Translation Symposium, with Peter Bush
April 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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