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

Commencement Speakers 2017

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, is 2017 Commencement Speaker

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second-largest philanthropy, and for two decades has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy, and he chairs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance.

In addition to Walker, the college will present honorary degrees and service awards to the following alumni and friends of the college:

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Photo by Yevhen Gulenko

Alumni Updates

Carol Levine '84

Carol Levine '84

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Carol Levine '84, president elect of the Oberlin Alumni Association.

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Bálint Gergely '00

Bálint Gergely '00

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Bálint Gergely '00, secretary of the Oberlin Alumni Association.

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Andréa Bradford ’70

Andréa Bradford ’70

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Andréa Bradford ’70, at-large member of the Alumni Leadership Council of the Oberlin Alumni Association.

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Alumni Voices

"There is no better place where the voices of tomorrow are nurtured and multiple generations of forward-thinking people come together to challenge and inspire one another.”

Carol Levine '84 shares why she volunteers for Oberlin.

Beyond the Square

Interested in being featured in Beyond the Square? Share your Oberlin connections with the outside world on the Oberlin Alumni Facebook Group.

DC Day of Service

Washington Obies participated in the Oberlin Day of Service by sorting and boxing food at the Capital Area Food Bank.
Photo courtesy of Mark Moverman '83

Eri Akiva Samuel, Oberlin College Class of 2039

Pictured: Eri Akiva Samuel, Oberlin College Class of 2039. Father: Seth Samuel '07, Grandparents: Melissa Greene '75 and Donald Samuel '75, great aunt and uncle: Tracy Sapp Samuel '78 and William Samuel '78, and aunts: Molly Samuel '04, Lily Samuel '14, and Helen Samuel '19.
Photo courtesy of Seth Samuel '07

Additional Stories

Presidential Search Committee Update

The Presidential Search Committee (PSC) and its consultants from Isaacson, Miller are actively vetting and assessing a broad and diverse pool of compelling candidates. The position profile was posted on the presidential search and consulting firm websites and posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education (online and print), the newsletter of the College Music Society, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook, Inside Higher Education and Women in Higher Education. We also received nominations from alumni, students, administrators, staff, current and emeriti faculty, and the Board. We sincerely appreciate the community’s enthusiastic support as the PSC continues its work during this silent phase of the search.

Read the latest update from the Presidential Search Committee.

Obies Take SXSW by Storm

More than a dozen Oberlin alumni, as well as two current students, made appearances at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences. Obie participants included an improviser whose sidekick is a robot with an iPad for a face; a vocalist and bassist for a punk rock band whose members can barely order legal drinks; and a former editor of the Washington Post now exploring the intersection of virtual reality and journalism. Read on for a round-up of their appearances, which spanned every sphere of the multimedia festival.

"If there’s anything I’ve learned over all these years it’s that we can be passionate about a great many things and, regardless of where we land, the skills we learn as artists in school—driving consensus, telling meaningful stories, following your passion and your beliefs—are extremely useful."

Asher Rapkin ’04

Obies – Are you All in for Oberlin?

All in for Oberlin

On April 27, Oberlin College is looking for 1,000 donors from the Oberlin community to go All in for Oberlin!

That’s right – ONE THOUSAND donors in ONE day. And if we reach this goal, Chris Canavan ’84 has promised to match every gift with an additional $100 dollars. That means your gift of $5 will equal $105. Your gift of $25 will equal $125. Your gift of $100 will equal $200. And so on.

Help us hit our goal of 1,000 donors, and Chris promises to unlock an additional match!

Alumni Leadership Council Update Spring 2017

Trying to inconspicuously blend in with the students, albeit with a few more wrinkles and the occasional gray hair or two – it was us, the alumni volunteers… The Alumni Leadership Council of the Oberlin Alumni Association (ALC) was back in Oberlin the weekend of 3-5 March for its spring meetings.

Some key ALC discussion topics: how to build a relationship of trust and good communication with the incoming president of Oberlin; strengthening support for multicultural alumni interest groups; alumni interactions on social media; and various governance topics. The Alumni Office updated us on the many activities they organize to engage alumni around the country and the world. Read the full update of the spring ALC meeting from Bálint Gergely ‘00.

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.

Classic Highlights of Japan: Tokyo, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara

Classic Highlights of Japan: Tokyo, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara

October 11-21, 2017

Escorted by Professor of East Asian Studies and History Suzanne Gay

Join us on a journey through Japan and be amazed at the rich culture and natural beauty of this island nation. Explore the spiritual center of Tokyo at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Walk through the lively Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale seafood market in the world. The ancient castle town Kanazawa has been the center of Japanese art and crafts and exquisite landscape gardens. In the ancient capital city, Kyoto, wonder the geisha district Gion and tour Kinkakuji Temple, the beautifully designed pavilion completely gilded in gold leaf. A special day trip to Nara will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Todaiji Temple as well as the Nara Deer Park. Throughout your travels you will dine at fine Japanese restaurants that reflect the beauty and elegance of Japan. A pre-tour extension to Mt. Fuji and Hakone is also available.

Download the brochure.

Electronic Journal Database Access

Oberlin alumni can access the full text of more than 1,300 journals at JSTOR and hundreds of journals and eBooks at Project MUSE. JSTOR includes the full text of journals across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Project MUSE features the full text of hundreds of humanities and social studies journals and eBooks. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Oberlin College Library, the Oberlin College Library, and the Oberlin Alumni Association.

Attend an Alumni Event

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

May 19-22, 2017:
Commencement/Reunion Weekend

“I really regret going to my Oberlin reunion.” - No one, ever

Past attendees of Commencement/Reunion Weekend (CRW) will tell you that connecting with classmates and revisiting campus was a highlight of their year. CRW 2017 promises to be an amazing celebration with Commencement, class/cluster reunions, and more!

Planning to attend? Be sure to register online and see who’s coming!

April 8

Oberlin College Jazz Ensemble - Cleveland 2017

April 8

Denver Swing Dance

April 20

San Francisco Spring 2017 Meetup

April 22

San Francisco Volunteer Day

April 29

FEMALE, ASHKENAZI WITH A SEWING MACHINE

May 6

Bang On a Can Reception

May 7

Fun Home Matinee Washington, D.C.

May 7

D.C. Obies Gathering at The Hamilton

June 25

Fun Home Matinee Hartford, CT

June 25

Hartford Alumni Gathering

July 17

Obies Day at the Ballpark SF Giants 2017

August 14-August 16

OBIEAdventures! 2017

Oberlin Alumni Association
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email: alumni@oberlin.edu
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Oberlin, OH 44074