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

Carmen Twillie Ambar

Carmen Twillie Ambar Named 15th President of Oberlin

On Tuesday, May 30th the Oberlin College Board of Trustees announced that Carmen Twillie Ambar will become the College’s 15th president and first African American leader in the institution's 184-year history. Ambar, currently president of Cedar Crest College, will be on campus full time beginning in September.

Watch Ambar’s announcement address to the Oberlin community.

Read more

Photo by Tanya Rosen Jones ’97

Marvin Krislov

Celebrating President Marvin Krislov

After a decade of leadership, Marvin Krislov will step down as the 14th president of Oberlin College and Conservatory on June 30, 2017. Watch Marvin Krislov: A Celebration of His Decade of Dedication and Service. Share a memory or farewell message for President Marvin Krislov by posting a comment at Submissions will be presented to President Krislov and submitted to the Oberlin Archives.

Photo by Yevhen Gulenko

Alumni Profiles

Justin Chen ’11

Justin Chen ’11

Photo and video by Ian Kelly '17

Meet Justin Chen ’11. Justin is currently a PhD student at MIT and intends to pursue a career in scientific journalism.

Watch video.

Walt Galloway '69

Walt Galloway '69

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Walt Galloway '69, Annual Fund Advisory Board Chair of the Alumni Leadership Council.

Learn more.

Erin Herlihy ’97

Erin Herlihy ’97

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Erin Herlihy ’97, at-large member of the Alumni Leadership Council.

Learn more.

Alumni Voices

“My goal down the road is to direct a school that holds the arts, global entrepreneurship, and multiculturalism at its core. I would love to lead an arts magnet school or start a performing arts center where there is a need. I would, of course, employ all of my wildly talented Oberlin friends to teach there.”

Rebecca Deutsch ’13 receives Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Greece

Inside the Square

Oberlin Instagram Frames

During Commencement/Reunion Weekend, selfie stations were placed around campus for meta impromptu photo shoots. To view more photos of Commencement/Reunion Weekend, visit Oberlin's Flickr account.

We hope everyone who attended Commencement/Reunion Weekend had a wonderful time. Here's a view of Commencement/Reunion Weekend through the eyes of alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Additional Stories

Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2017

Comedic Instincts

Photo by Yevhen Gulenko

This year nearly 4,000 people returned to campus for Commencement/Reunion Weekend, which included recitals, student art exhibits, film screenings, panels featuring alumni speakers, and more. On Monday, May 22 Darren Walker delivered the 2017 Commencement address.

Class of 2017: We are endowed with the freedom of belief. But we must work to make sure that we accept each other. To empathize with others, but not normalize the act of othering. To protect the dignity of all—including and especially the people we disagree with. To walk in each other’s shoes. To be part of an American story that binds us together, rather than breaking us apart.

Read the transcript of Darren Walker's address to the Class of 2017.

Monique Newton '18 Selected for American Political Science Association Summer Institute

NAS Symposium

Photo by Jennifer Manna

Monique Newton, a third-year scholar athlete with a double major in politics and law and society, has been named a 2017 American Political Science Association (APSA) Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Scholar.

Newton, who is from Sacramento, California, is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow at Oberlin. She is currently working on a research project that examines the relationship between African Americans and the government through an analysis of African American political participation. Her project is titled “Myths vs. Reality: Uncovering the Causes of African American Voter Turnout in the United States.” She has also conducted research for a member of Boston City Council on a potential policy that guarantees state housing for citizens who have just been released from jail or prison. Her overall research interests include African American voting behavior and the effect public policy has on disadvantaged groups in the United States. Read more.

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.

  • Advice/opportunities in art conservation
  • Looking for Stop Motion Animation advice and resources
  • Teach English in China for 1 year!
  • Cleveland Arts Education Jobs
  • I live on a rural commune: AMA
  • 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.

    CUBA’S “ORIENTE”: Arts and Ecology in the Sierra Maestra

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

    October 14-21, 2017

    Escorted by Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana Cara

    Oberlin College’s fourth trip to Cuba is an opportunity for alumni to visit the Eastern tip of the island to experience what Cubans call “El Oriente.” From Miami we’ll fly in and out of Holguín and drive to Santiago de Cuba, the historic city where the Castro family is from and where the Cuban Revolution began. Off the coasts of Jamaica and Haiti, the culture here is rich with music and dance, conga lines, and Carnival parades, making it widely known as the “Capital of the Caribbean.” We’ll pass by our controversial naval base at Guantánamo. Then we’ll spend a couple of days in Baracoa, a paradise at the edge of the world, where chocolate, coconut, and coffee abound in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery of tropical rainforest, mountains, beaches, rivers, and Taíno traditions.

    As you know, Cuba and US policy have been changing recently. It is expected that President Trump will announce his new policy on Cuba but it is unlikely that he will make it impossible for Americans to travel there. During these fragile and changing political tides, it is ever so important for us as citizens to be present in direct communication with the people of Cuba and to support and continue building our relationship independent of what our governments are doing.

    Download the brochure.

    Attend an Alumni Event

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

    June 8

    Oberlin at Ojai

    June 12

    NYC Arts Panel and Networking Event

    June 17

    Philadelphia Fun Home Outing

    June 17

    Philadelphia Fun Home Happy Hour

    June 21

    Obies Night Out with the Sounders

    June 24

    Metropolitan New York Summer Picnic 2017

    June 24

    Seventh Annual D.C. Obies Day at the Ballpark

    June 24

    Rancho San Antonio Hike

    June 25

    Hartford Alumni Gathering

    June 25

    Fun Home Matinee Hartford, CT

    June 30

    Opera at the Ballpark 2017

    July 1

    Orioles Outing with the Heisman Club

    July 16

    Colorado/Wyoming Summer Picnic 2017

    July 17

    Obies Day at the Ballpark SF Giants 2017

    July 22

    Boston Summer Picnic 2017

    July 22

    Seattle Fun Home Matinee

    July 22

    Seattle FH Happy Hour

    August 5

    San Francisco Bay Area Picnic 2017

    August 6

    Washington, D.C. Ice Cream Social 2017

    August 12

    Portland Summer Picnic 2017

    August 13

    Seattle Summer Picnic 2017

    August 14-16

    OBIEAdventures! 2017

    Oberlin Alumni Association
    phone: (440) 775-8692
    65 East College Street, Suite 4
    Oberlin, OH 44074