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Alison Bechdel ’81 Named MacArthur Fellow

Cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel ’81 was one of 21 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Foundation fellowships. Bechdel is the artist behind the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Her graphic memoir Fun Home was adapted for the stage in 2013 and is scheduled to begin a run on Broadway in 2015. This is the fourth year in a row an Oberlin alum has received a MacArthur fellowship, with Bechdel being the 11th to receive the honor. Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Read Bechdel's profile on the MacArthur Foundation website.

Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex Opens

More than 2,000 people gathered on Saturday, September 20, for the grand opening of the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex. The event-packed day included a campus wide tailgate, dedication ceremony, Oberlin College's first night football game, and fireworks. The complex includes a state-of-the-art press box, grandstands for home and visiting spectators, a support facility that will be home to all men's and women's outdoor sports, and a clubhouse and social suite open to the campus community. Photo by Erik Andrews.

Watch the dedication ceremony.

Can You Host a Winter Term Student?

One of the greatest challenges for students pursuing winter term internships is securing housing. It can be very difficult and expensive to find a place to live for one month, especially in large urban areas like New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. If you are able to host an Oberlin student, please contact the Career Center at

Information about housing winter term students.

Strategic Planning Process Begins

A steering committee composed of members of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees, faculty, students, staff, administrators and alumni met in mid-September to begin discussion of a new Strategic Plan for Oberlin. All members of the Oberlin community are invited to take part in this process, from watching videos of guest speakers to submitting their own ideas on what the future of the College and Conservatory of Music should look like.

Visit the Strategic Plan website.

Calling All Oberlin Entrepreneurs

LaunchU will host its third startup accelerator, boot camp, and pitch competition for alumni and current students this January. The program features expert coaching and $45,000 in cash prizes for new ventures. Participants launching and growing ventures include tech startups, social impact ventures, arts organizations, local businesses, and innovative projects. Applications are due November 9.

Apply for LaunchU 2015.

TAPPAN is Coming

In January 2015, we will be retiring the OBIEWeb online directory. Taking its place will be TAPPAN, a central hub for alumni and student services such as a directory, career mentoring, event registration, regional club organization, alumni blogs, and discussion boards. You do not need to take any action at this point, but we wanted to give you some preliminary information before we move over to this new system.

What is TAPPAN?

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Alumni Forum with President Krislov

Alumni Council Weekend 2014

Alumni Events

Oberlin Club of London - Lunch and WWI Walking Tour

Start Date: Oct 26 2014 12:00PM
End Date: Oct 26 2014
Location: Noura Restaurant - Belgravia, 16 Hobart Place, Belgravia, London, SW1W 0HH
Event Type: Recreational, Luncheon
Description: With Oberlin College Professor Leonard Smith '80

Oberlin Alumni Association & Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Music from Oberlin at Oakton

Start Date: Oct 26 2014 7:30PM
End Date: Oct 26 2014
Location: Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA
Event Type: Recreational, Concert
Description: Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Fairfax

Oberlin Club of Cleveland - Oberlin College Reception

Start Date: Oct 28 2014 6:00PM
End Date: Oct 28 2014 8:00PM
Location: Transformer Station, 1460 W. 29th St., Cleveland, OH 44113
Event Type: Reception, Meet & Greet
Description: Transformer Station, Ohio City

Oberlin Club of Portland - Oberlin College Reception

Start Date: Nov 3 2014 6:00PM
End Date: Nov 3 2014 8:00PM
Location: Portland Art Museum, Mark Bldg, Trustee Rm, 1119 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Event Type: Reception, Meet & Greet
Description: Portland Art Museum

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