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Riis Elected Alumni Trustee

Thomas Riis ’73

Thomas Riis ’73 has been confirmed by the Oberlin College Board of Trustees to serve a four-year term after winning the 2014 alumni trustee election. Following his graduation from Oberlin, Riis taught at the University of Georgia, where he developed the university’s first ethnomusicology courses. In 1992 he moved to the University of Colorado-Boulder to become director of its American Music Research Center and professor of musicology. Riis replaces trustee Jacob Gayle ’79, whose term concluded this spring. Photo courtesy of Thomas Riis.

Riis discusses his vision for Oberlin.

Are You on Switchboard Yet?


What is Switchboard? Imagine Craigslist without creepiness, specific to the Oberlin community but less localized than the Oberlin classifieds. Switchboard allows students, alumni, faculty, and staff to help each other through asks (“I need something”) and offers (“I have something”) wherever they are in the world. Registration takes only a few moments and you can preview how the system works before signing up. Ma’ayan Plaut ’10 has written a helpful tutorial to highlight many of the features of Switchboard.

What do you need help with today?

Cooper International Piano Competition

Twenty-nine high school students from around the world will take part in the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Piano Competition July 19-26. Participants will compete in four rounds in Warner Concert Hall. The top three finalists will compete on Friday, July 25 in a performance of complete concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Live streams of the competition rounds will be available starting Saturday, July 19.

Read about this year's Cooper participants.

Volunteers Needed for Oberlin Lambda Reunion

Oberlin Lambda Alumni are actively recruiting volunteers to help with planning for the affiliate group’s reunion taking place October 10-12, 2014. What ideas do you have? What topics should we discuss around the theme of Learning and Lambda? Would you like to be a featured contributor for one of our workshops?

Come out and join us this October.

Faculty, Staff Share Oberlin Pride

Throughout the month of June, faculty and staff shared their stories about why Oberlin is important to them. The entire playlist of videos is available for viewing here:

Tour: Cuba, Pearl of the Antilles

Musicians in CubaJoin Oberlin President Marvin Krislov on a people-to-people delegation to Cuba in March 2015. See the architecture, savor rich cuisine, and experience soul moving music. There is no better time to visit this fascinating neighbor on the brink of change. Our tour will include must-see destinations such as the colonial city of Havana, Ernest Hemingway’s home, museums, murals, and the beautiful Viñales Valley. Attend an open rehearsal of the first all-women string orchestra in Latin America. Visit Havana’s premier graphic arts workshop, artist studios, dance company rehearsals, and performances of African and Hispanic folkloric music. Spend evenings listening to Cuban rhythms and attending music and dance performances. Photo courtesy of Cuba Tours and Travel.

This tour is filling up fast—register today!


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Alumni Events

Oberlin Club of Cleveland - Dinner and Theater

Start Date: Jul 31 2014 5:00PM
End Date: Jul 31 2014
Location: Aladdin's Eatery | Hall Auditorium | Oberlin, OH 44074
Event Type: Theatre, Dinner
Description: Oberlin Summer Theater Festival "Come Back, Little Sheba"

Oberlin Club of San Francisco - Annual Summer Picnic

Start Date: Aug 2 2014 12:00PM
End Date: Aug 2 2014 4:00PM
Location: Lafayette Park, San Francisco, CA, at the West end near the Children's Playground
Event Type: Picnic, Meet & Greet
Description: Lafayette Park, San Francisco

Oberlin Club of Portland - Annual Summer Picnic

Start Date: Aug 2 2014 1:00PM
End Date: Aug 2 2014 4:00PM
Location: Brooklyn School Park, SE 15th Ave & Bush St., Portland, OR
Event Type: Picnic, Potluck
Description: Brooklyn School Park (not Brooklyn Park, which is nearby)

Oberlin Club of Ithaca - Annual Summer Picnic

Start Date: Aug 2 2014 1:00PM
End Date: Aug 2 2014 4:00PM
Location: Home of Will Sheppard '08 and Sarah Prenovitz '08, 7 Main St., Candor, NY 13743
Event Type: Picnic, Meet & Greet
Description: Home of Will Sheppard '08 and Sarah Prenovitz '08

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