About Around the Square January 19, 2010

Rounding up the Square

Litoff Building

Great Design

The design and sustainability features of the Litoff Building by Westlake Reed Leskosky were honored with the American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region 2009 Honor Award for Unbuilt Work. The Litoff Building, the future home of Oberlin’s jazz studies and academic programs in music history and music theory, is scheduled to be dedicated in May. Read more.

Bassoon Competition

More than 100 bassoonists from throughout the Americas gathered in Oberlin January 15-17 for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium. Established in 2004 by Nicolasa Kuster ’93 and Kristin Wolfe Jensen ’89, the competition offers top women bassoonists the chance to compete for more than $20,000 in total prizes, including a grand prize of $9,000. Read more.


A Twist on Art

sculptureBound Tetrahedron, an 8-foot, twisting bronze sculpture was installed Tuesday, November 3, outside the William and Annabel Perlik Commons at the Science Center. Designed by California artist Roger Berry, the sculpture is an artistic representation of the tetrahedron, an essential figure in many scientific disciplines.

The creation and installation of Bound Tetrahedron was supported by a gift to the college from Ellen Uhrbrock ’51. Uhrbrock, a champion of public art, also supported the conservation and reinstallation of Claes Oldenburg’s Giant Three-Way Plug (1970) outside of Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum this past year. Read more.

Faculty Endorses Open Access Policy

The Oberlin College General Faculty has unanimously endorsed a resolution to make their scholarly articles accessible on the Internet. As a result of the measure, the rich scholarly output of the Oberlin faculty will become available to a much broader national and international audience. The Oberlin resolution is similar to policies passed at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Kansas, and Trinity University. Read more.


GTEP Discontinued

The College Faculty Council and the General Faculty Council have made the decision to discontinue operations of the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) at the conclusion of the current academic year. This was a very difficult decision, made after careful and thoughtful deliberation and the consideration of a range of perspectives and voices including those of students, community members, and alumni. Oberlin remains committed to community and school partnerships, including the many outreach programs currently in place, says Sean Decatur, dean of the College of Art and Science.

Editor’s Note - Effective April 22, 2010: Since this article originally appeared, the Litoff Building has been renamed. Oberlin's new home for jazz studies, music history, and music theory is now the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building.

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