Around the Square: Your Inside Connection to Oberlin Stories, News, and Eventsis 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
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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.

Photo by Yevhen Gulenko

Feature Story

Peggy Orenstein '83

Q&A with Peggy Orenstein '83

Peggy Orenstein '83, author of the New York Times best-sellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy, recently returned to campus to give a lecture about her work as a writer. During her time on campus, Danielle Young, executive director of the Oberlin Alumni Association, sat down with Peggy to discuss her experience as a writer, speaking to boys about sex, and having conversations about sexual assault and what happens after consent.

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Videography by Mathias Reed

Alumni Updates

Roger Falcon '92

Roger Falcon '92

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Roger Falcon '92, Annual Fund Advisory Board Chair of the Alumni Leadership Council.

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Jennifer Jackson '88

Jennifer Jackson '88

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

Learn more about Jennifer Jackson '88, at-large member of the Alumni Leadership Council.

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Miliaku Nwabueze '16

Miliaku Nwabueze '16

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Miliaku Nwabueze '16, at-large member of the Alumni Leadership Council.

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Inside the Square

President Ambar Phonecast

President Ambar Phonecast

Photos by Danielle Young, President Ambar, and Marissa Evans

On May 30, Carmen Twillie Ambar was named the 15th President of Oberlin College. President Ambar, who officially started on September 1, participated in live calls with alumni on Thursday, November 9 to provide insight into her vision for Oberlin. Listen to the recording of the conversations.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Sports

A new course this fall, Thirteen Ways of Looking at Sports, provides an innovative platform to talk about sports’ dynamic role in society. Learn more.

Photo by Yevhen Gulenko

PAL Program

Members of the Oberlin Student Finance and Investment Club manage a fund currently valued at more than $335,000. Learn more.

Photo by Anna Norris

Additional Stories

Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Designates Major Gift to Oberlin

This fall, Rollins designated a generous gift to Oberlin College for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble Fund.

A phenom in the jazz world while still in his teens, Rollins was already playing and recording with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Bud Powell by his early twenties. His gift to Oberlin grew out of his friendship with author and musician James McBride, a 1979 graduate of Oberlin College. The gift was made in recognition of the institution’s long legacy of access and social justice advocacy. In particular, Rollins was moved by Oberlin’s place as the first institution of higher learning to adopt a policy to admit students of color and the first to confer degrees to women, and by the contributions of alumni such as Will Marion Cook, a black violinist and composer who graduated in 1888 and who went on to become an important teacher and mentor to Duke Ellington.

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College Earns Gold Rating in Sustainability

The college has earned a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It is the leading tool to assess sustainability progress across a spectrum of indicators, from operations to academics to governance.

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Hollywood & Fine

The Double Degree Program at Oberlin is famous for producing high-achieving students, and Meredith Crawford ’09 can readily claim to be among them. During her time on campus, Crawford pursued a BM in viola performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a BA in English literature from Oberlin College. She was the first violist to win the Senior Concerto Competition since Kirsten Docter ’92, and she won her first job—with the Pacific Symphony—in her penultimate year at Oberlin.

Since then, Crawford has quickly risen through Pacific’s ranks, first as assistant principal and now as principal violist in the symphony’s Catherine and James Emmi Chair. She is also a substitute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other L.A. orchestras, a member of various chamber music groups in Southern California, and a regular contributor to Hollywood studio sessions.

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“I feel incredibly lucky to get to do so many different things on any given day. It's always been important to me to be attentive to as diverse a range of my musical interests as possible. In particular, recording movie and television scores has been incredibly fun and something I've dreamed of doing since I was young. If I could go back in time and tell 10-year-old me that I would be a part of the newest Star Wars soundtrack, I think she wouldn't believe me!”

-Violist Meredith Crawford ’09 on her successful career in Los Angeles.

Organ Professor James David Christie '75 Named International Performer of the Year

ALT TEXT - Jim Christie

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

James David Christie, a 1975 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and professor of organ since 2001, has been named International Performer of the Year for 2017 by the American Guild of Organists’ New York City Chapter.

Christie received the news in October as he boarded a flight to Europe during Oberlin’s fall break. While there, he taught, performed, and served on juries for international competitions in Italy and Amsterdam.

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“Nobody was more shocked than I was. I was getting on a plane and I opened my email for one last time, and it blew me over. I was so excited!”

-James David Christie ’75 on the significance of the award.

After Oberlin: Sparking Interest in Sexual Health Education

Just a few months after graduating, Tory Sparks ’17 has landed her dream job as a community outreach educator with Planned Parenthood. In her position at the organization’s Washtenaw County location in Michigan, Sparks teaches sexual health in local high schools, runs a peer-education program that trains high schoolers to be informed resources for their classmates, and is a member of an advisory board for Washtenaw County’s sexual health curriculum.

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Home Away from Home

Whether it’s 3,000 miles or just an hour’s drive, college can feel worlds away from home. The familiarity of gathering at the dining table to enjoy a home-cooked meal can go a long way toward easing that homesick feeling.

Starting in spring 2018, the Office of Community and Government Relations will launch a new host family program open to all students. The program matches any interested student with Oberlin families to meet once per month for coffee, a meal, or an excursion.

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Venetian Masterpieces with Curator Andaleeb Badiee Banta

Venice Sunrise

June 2-9, 2018

Discover the rich tapestry of artistic and architectural marvels that transformed Venice from a small harbor into the ‘Queen of the Adriatic.’ Explore the city’s greatest art collections, from the lauded halls of the Accademia to the tiny local churches that house magnificent paintings. Learn about the rich history of performance and operatic traditions with visits to the oldest theaters in the city. Leave the bustle of the Grand Canal behind for the quiet local neighborhoods of Cannaregio and the Old Ghetto, where Venetian history has been painstakingly preserved. Tour the best contemporary art exhibits the city has to offer and visit local galleries to get a sense of what modern Venetian artists are creating. Discover the depths of Venice beyond the Grand Canal.

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Attend an Alumni Event

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

December 18

51st Anniversary Messiah Sing Along

December 29

OC Women's Basketball in Denver

December 30

OC Women's Basketball in Colorado Springs

January 5

Economics Department Reception in Philadelphia

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