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In Memoriam: Jesse Rowsell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jesse Rowsell

If there was a choice between the easy way or the right way, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jesse Rowsell chose the path that put ethics above everything else in his life and work.

An avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, Rowsell died of exposure on a hiking trip near his hometown in northern Ontario on January 30, 2015. He was 37. In addition to his wife Rebecca Whelan, associate professor of chemistry, he is survived by his sister, Rima Rowsell, and his parents, Shelley Rollins and Murray Rowsell.

A memorial symposium will be held in his honor from 1:30 to 5 p.m. April 4 in select venues on campus. The event will include talks by colleagues from Oberlin and other institutions, as well as Rowsell’s student research assistants.

As a tribute to Rowsell, the college has established a memorial fund that will be awarded to financially deserving and academically outstanding research students. Donations can be made online by indicating that the donation is a memorial gift. Photo by John Seyfried.

Information about the Rowsell Symposium and Memorial Fund.


Asia in America Behind the Lens

“I just want to make my time well-spent,” says first-year Clover Tran. “I want to do something meaningful.” Tran’s thought is one shared by many Oberlin students with the opportunity to design a winter-term project that allows them to explore their interests and take advantage of the respite from full-time classes. For Tran and her five partners, this meant creating Finding Asia in America, a photography exhibition that sheds light on the stories and experiences of Asian Americans and Asians living in the United States. Photo by Holly Hoang ’17.

See more photos from Finding Asia in America.


The OWLS Program Spreads Its Wings

The Oberlin Workshop and Learning Sessions (OWLS) program gives students opportunities to more fully learn and review the material for their classes at regular meetings hosted by OWLS leaders—students who have already taken the course and attend classes again along with current students.

View a video about the OWLS program.


Tennis Down Under

The men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled down under for a winter term to rival other winter terms: up-close access to the Australian Open. This was one of many projects to benefit from Oberlin’s new Crowdfunding program.

Read about the tennis teams' Australian winter term.


Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2015: May 22-25

We hope to see you back on campus for our annual Commencement/Reunion Weekend festivities. This year we will celebrate reunions for the Classes of 1949, 1950, 1951, 1965, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1999, 2000, and 2001, as well as welcome the Class of 2015 to life after Oberlin. Online registration for the weekend is open until 5 p.m. EDT Friday, May 15.

Register for Commencement/Reunion Weekend.


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