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
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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.

Feature Story

Progress Report from the Presidential Search Committee

Based on their research and conversations with trustees, faculty, students, staff, alumni and town leaders, the consultants of the search firm Isaacson, Miller, and the Presidential Search Committee prepared a written position profile describing Oberlin’s key institutional needs and priorities, illuminating some of the challenges and opportunities Oberlin will afford — and listing a related set of desired characteristics and talents for — our next president. The presidential search position profile for Oberlin can be found on the presidential search web site.

As you review the position profile, please pay particular attention to the qualifications and attributes most highly desired in Oberlin’s next president. We urge you to suggest people you know who could serve effectively as our next president or those who might know potential candidates. The success of our search will depend on the involvement of all members of the Oberlin community. By suggesting names of potential sources or candidates, you can immediately be involved in the search process. Please submit any name(s) to this web site.

Read the full progress report

Alumni Updates

Rosie Hertzman '15

Rosie Hertzman '15

Photo courtesy of Rosie Hertzman

Rosie Hertzman ’15 is combining her dream of working in entertainment and her passion for social justice as a production assistant at Red Thread Productions and the co-marketing and advocacy coordinator for Dark Matter Productions.

Read more.

Andrew LaVallee '98

Andrew LaVallee '98

Photo courtesy of Talking Biz News

Andrew LaVallee ’98 is named Deputy bureau chief, corporate news, for Wall Street Journal.

Read more.

Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz '97

Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz '97

Photo courtesy of NASA

Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz ’97 is selected by NASA to be the agency’s next chief information security officer.

Read more.

Beyond the Square

Alumni share what they wish others knew about their time at Oberlin on social media.

Mudd Library

"Going back to my 20th reunion and finding that my graffiti on the ceiling above my Mudd study carrel was not only still there, it'd also been augmented by students in later years."

-Young Kim ’85


"In Barrows Hall from '83 to '85 there was a janitor named Eddie who had such a friendly demeanor and brightened everyone's day. I made a point of introducing my family to him at commencement in '87."

-John Charles ’87

Additional Stories

Board of Trustees Update December 2016

The Board of Trustees’ second meeting of the academic year took place in Oberlin December 8 and 9. Aside from the usual committee meetings, the weekend’s highlights included a discussion of the Presidential Search Committee’s presidential profile draft, the review and approval of the 2016 financial statement, the approval of the adaptable theater project, and a meeting with Student Senate. Read more.

Call for Alumni-Elected Trustee Nominations

The Trustee Search Committee of the Alumni Association welcomes suggestions for future nominees for Alumni-Elected Trustee. Candidates must hold an Oberlin degree and comply with the requirements set by the Bylaws of Oberlin College. If you wish to suggest a candidate, please complete the online nomination form and provide background information on the suggested candidate and a description of the assets the candidate would bring to the board. There is no limit to the number of candidates you may suggest and self nominations will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Young, Executive Director of the Alumni Association, at or by calling (440) 775-8692.

Share your #ObieValentine Photos for a Chance to be Featured in the 2017 Valentine's Day Postcard

The Alumni Association is on the lookout for photos of alumni couples to feature in this year's Valentine's Day postcard and we need your help! Send us your photos with a brief caption about your #ObieValentine love story. The deadline to submit your photos is January 13, 2017. Read more to find out how you can participate.

Symphony on the Blue Danube

June 22 to July 1, 2017

Escorted by Professor of Musicology and Director of the Collegium Musicum Steven Plank

Visit five countries and up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites on this journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music’s Great Masters. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube River Valley has resonated with musicians, artists, poets and travelers throughout the centuries and has contributed to the world the genius of its most renowned virtuosos. This unique combination of river and land travel includes three nights in the medieval gem of Prague and a five-night cruise on the legendary Blue Danube from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, through the stunning Wachau Valley. The itinerary has been carefully orchestrated to include private performances featuring the musical heritage of Europe’s accomplished composers, including Mozart and Beethoven, and a comprehensive schedule of exclusive expert lectures and guided excursions. Berlin pre-program and Budapest post-program options are available.

Download the brochure.

Winter Term Coffee and Conversation

Interested in connecting with an Oberlin student during Winter Term? Make an offer on Switchboard to talk to a student about your Oberlin experience and life beyond Oberlin.

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.

January 11

Dissecting the 2016 Presidential Election

January 14

San Francisco Winter-Term Meet-up

January 16

London Winter Term Gathering

January 18

8th Annual Celebration of Obies in D.C.

January 21

Alumni Gathering in Paris

January 22

Fun Home Matinee

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