Around the Square: Your Inside Connection to Oberlin Stories, News, and Events is an e-newsletter produced by the Alumni Association in cooperation with the Office of Communications for alumni, emeriti, and friends of Oberlin College.
Around the Square
Tappan Square Photo
Around the Square: Your Inside Connection to Oberlin Stories, News, and Events is an e-newsletter produced by the Alumni Association in cooperation with the Office of Communications for alumni, emeriti, and friends of Oberlin College.

Feature Story

Vote in the 2017 Alumni Trustee Election

Oberlin is unusual among liberal arts colleges in that six of the 29 to 37 seats on its Board of Trustees are filled through direct election by alumni. Alumni have a unique opportunity to elect trustees who will join a board that is mindful of the traditions and heritage of the institution and whose current members take their important fiduciary responsibilities very seriously. The alumni trustee elected this spring will serve a four-year term starting July 1, 2017.

Any person upon whom the college has conferred a degree is eligible to participate in this election. All eligible voters for whom Oberlin College has an e-mail address will be sent an electronic ballot. Eligible voters who graduated before 1960, and those for whom we do not have an e-mail address, will be sent a paper ballot. To accommodate this online voting process, we are sending invitations and reminders in waves. The first wave of e-mails will be sent February 6-February 22. The second wave will take place March 8-22.

This website provides information about the board and the election process. Learn more about the candidates below.


Menna Demessie ’02

Menna Demessie ’02

Learn more.

Georgia Yuan '75

Georgia Yuan '75

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Beyond the Square

On January 21, Oberlin alumni and students participated in Women's March events around the world. Learn more.

Mudd Library

Clyde Owan '79 at the Women's March in Washington, D.C.


Henry McKay '09, Sarah McKay '09, and Theora Kvitka '09 at the Women's March in Pittsburgh, PA.

Additional Stories

A message from President Krislov

Marvin Krislov
Photo by John Seyfried

As we begin the second semester, our country, our community, and Oberlin’s campus are facing unprecedented and disturbing developments in national politics and international relations. Like so many of you, I am deeply concerned by the President’s executive order banning or freezing immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Oberlin has a long and proud history of embracing diversity, inclusion, freedom of religion, and internationalism. The ban is antithetical to those enduring core values which are embodied in our mission statement:

“The mission of Oberlin College and Conservatory is to educate students for lives of intellectual, musical and artistic rigor and breadth, sustained inquiry, creativity and innovation, and leadership. Oberlin aims to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives essential to confront complex issues and to create change and value in the world. Oberlin is committed to educational access and opportunity. It seeks to offer a diverse and inclusive residential learning environment encouraging a free and respectful exchange of ideas and shares an enduring commitment to a sustainable and just society.”

Focusing on Oberlin’s mission in these turbulent times will be challenging. That is why it is more important than ever that we remain true to our shared values as a college, a community, and a nation. Read more.

LaunchU Pitch Day 2017 is March 4!

LaunchU is an intensive startup accelerator and pitch competition designed to empower the Oberlin College community to create the change we want to see in the world through entrepreneurship, broadly defined. It is open to all current Oberlin College students, faculty, staff and alumni who are launching or growing all types of ventures—arts ensembles or tech companies, local businesses or global-impact enterprises.

Our fifth-annual Pitch Day competition will begin at 9 a.m. on March 4, 2017 at the Apollo Theater. Qualifying teams will pitch before a panel of potential investors and judges. The college community and members of the public are all invited to attend. An award ceremony will follow at 4 p.m. in the Birenbaum, the new performance and innovation space in the lower level of the Hotel at Oberlin. This event is also open to all.

Both the pitch competition and award ceremony will be live streamed via Additional information about LaunchU 2017 can be found at Please join us!

Winter Term: Hello from the Other Side

The month of January at Oberlin is winter term. Instead of returning headlong to the regular classroom, students use the month to dive into a single project or group endeavor. The beauty of winter term is that you create your own project. It could be an internship, an artistic creation, research-based, or even learning a new skill or hobby.

Students are required to complete three winter-term projects for graduation, but in typical Oberlin fashion, most do something great during all four years.

We asked Obies to write home and send pictures. Some even called to say hello.

#ObieValentine 2016 Photo Gallery

This year, we asked alumni to share their Oberlin love stories. To read them and add your own, visit

Connect with Alumni and Students on Switchboard

Oberlin students and graduates are looking for your advice and expertise. Below are just a few posts from students and recent graduates hoping to connect with alumni like you.

Attend an Alumni Event

Join us for an event in your region. For a full listing of events, visit this web page.

February 18

Byers-Evans House Museum Tour

February 23

Heisman Club in a New York State of Mind

February 25

Tilden Park Hike

March 4

Fun Home Matinee L.A.

March 7

Ask the Professionals: Student/Young Alumni Mixer & Panel

March 18

DC Annual Volunteer Day

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