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Historical Marker Honors Oberlin Group

Carpenters for Christmas dedication

The work of Carpenters for Christmas, a group of Oberlin College alumni who, in 1964, volunteered to rebuild a Mississippi church destroyed by fire after a voter registration rally, was commemorated on a historical marker. The marker is part of a cultural initiative that honors the men and women who were a part of the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and ’60s.

The marker was dedicated with a ceremony at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Blue Mountain, Mississippi on January 17. The idea for including Antioch church and Carpenters for Christmas was initiated by Matthew Rinaldi ’69. Although he wasn’t enrolled at Oberlin at the time, Rinaldi participated in civil rights activities in the Deep South, and he was inspired by the Carpenters’ project when it made national headlines. Until now, there had been no Freedom Trail marker for any of the destroyed churches. Photo by Danielle Young.

Learn more about Carpenters for Christmas.

Michael Rosen Receives Percussive Arts Society Award

Michael Rosen with student Oberlin Professor of Percussion Michael Rosen was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education for 2014 by the Percussive Arts Society. Established in 2002, the award recognizes the contributions of preeminent leaders in percussion education. Rosen was one of two recipients of the 2014 award, which was presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, held in Indianapolis in November. Photo by Erich Burnett.

Read about Rosen's career.

LaunchU Announces Winners

With 120 project submissions from 60 applications, 19 finalists emerged for the third annual LaunchU Pitch Competition held in Clonick Hall January 31. Camille Newman ’02 won the Joseph Rubin Venture Prize for Pop Up Plus NY, a pop up and online shop for curvy trendsetters sizes 14 and up. Several ventures in the categories of local, social impact, and startup also received prizes following the day-long event.

Explore this year's LaunchU ventures.

Register for the TAPPAN Network

We are pleased to announce we have retired the OBIEWeb online directory and replaced it with the TAPPAN Network.

You can access the TAPPAN Network at Once there, click on the new users link to register. You will need to provide your last name, your class year, and your alumni ID number.

Once you create your username and password, you will be able to connect with the entire Oberlin student and alumni community.

Tap in to your Oberlin network on TAPPAN.

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