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

Presidential Search Announcement: May 1, 2017

The selection of the president is one of the most important duties of the Board of Trustees at any college or university. Although the Trustees are the sole decision-makers in this process, we honor the vital role that the entire community plays as stakeholders in Oberlin’s future and in having shaped its past and present. Thus, our process of vetting candidates has been inclusive, starting with the community’s representatives serving on the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) and the inclusion of additional community constituents in the final stages. Both of these screening groups have included faculty, students, administrative and professional staff, alumni and Board members. When the search is completed, the PSC will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees whose vote will determine who will be the next president of Oberlin.

Read the progress update

Alumni Profiles

Cristina Briboneria ’05

Cristina Briboneria ’05

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Cristina Briboneria ’05, affiliate group representative of The Network of Oberlin Asian Alumni (NOAA) of the Alumni Leadership Council.

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Christine Duque '01

Christine Duque '01

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Learn more about Christine Duque '01, chartered group representative of the Oberlin Club of Metro New York (OCMNY) of the Alumni Leadership Council.

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Jed Johnson '80

Jed Johnson '80

Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Jed Johnson ‘80 shares a Mother’s Day tribute to Oberlin.

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Alumni Voices

"As someone who has committed my life’s work to the cause of new and experimental music and to advocating for composers, performers and artist collectives, I embrace this award as recognition of that cause as a whole and the tremendous work of the new-music community at large.”

Claire Chase ’01 on winning this year’s Avery Fisher Prize.

Beyond the Square

Oberlin Magazine Science March for Science

My mom, Jean Durning ’56, and this woman we didn't previously know, Jennifer Hoock ’83, had the same idea of using the Oberlin Alumni Magazine as their signs for the March for Science. I got in the picture too. My son and Jennifer’s son are both at Oberlin now.
-Alan Durning ‘86
Photo Courtesy of Alan Durning ‘86

Do you have photos that you'd like to share with the alumni community? Submit your photos to with a brief caption for a chance to be featured in Beyond the Square.

Additional Stories

Comedic Instincts

Comedic Instincts

Photo by Scott Shaw

Daniel Radosh ’91 and Ed Helms ’96 along with Oberlin President Marvin Krislov explored the topic, “What’s the Point of Comedy? (And other pointless questions).” Aside from sharing alumni status, the duo also worked on the same television show but at different periods. Radosh is the senior writer for "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah and was as a writer for the previous host, Jon Stewart. Helms was a correspondent on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

In a packed Finney Chapel for the academic year’s final Convocation, Krislov moderated their discussion that included such topics as how they began their careers in comedy and how politics influences satire.

Seventeen Again

In 1982, the squeaky-clean young women’s magazine turned sneaky, sending a young reporter undercover to Oberlin for orientation. At Oberlin’s invitation. Read Seventeen Again in the spring 2017 issue of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine.

“Seventeen magazine will be sending an editor out to Oberlin for two weeks beginning Thursday to prepare an article about what it’s like to go off to college for the first time.”

Director of College Relations James G. Lubetkin ’64 in an August 1982 memo to college administrators.

Announcing the 2017 Baccalaureate Speaker

Rabbi Jill Jacobs will give the Baccalaureate address "From Private Conviction to Public Action" at 1:30pm on Sunday, May 21 in Finney Chapel.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which mobilizes 1,800 rabbis and cantors and tens of thousands of American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community (Jewish Lights, 2011) and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition (Jewish Lights, 2009). Read more.

Memory_Archive Explores Digital Identity

When it comes to socializing, fifth-year Kirk Pearson says, “The virtual version of me has a much more active social life than the actual me.”

“I’d say this is true for nearly every college student today. Your digital profile is really just a surrogate of you that lives in a world where geography isn’t an obstacle,” says Pearson. “It makes no difference if my friends are in California or Indonesia. I communicate with all of them using the exact same series of clicks.”

This realization about his social habits prompted Pearson to examine the implications of living such a large portion of his life online. But instead of these reflections amounting just to dorm room ponderings, Pearson pursued his musings further: “What would happen if the characteristics of the digital world started to permeate our physical lives?” 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.

  • Seeking LSAT and JD/MSW advice
  • Job Openings @ NYC Marketing-Tech Startup!
  • Job application advice &or contacts at WOTC?
  • Seeking career advice & opportunities in industry research
  • Moving to Twin Cities, looking for job, housing, and connections.
  • 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.

    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.

    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 class/cluster reunions, art exhibitions, concerts, and more!

    Planning to attend? Be sure to register online and see who’s coming! The deadline to register is Friday, May 12.

    May 8

    Carol Robinson '78 Concert in Montreuil

    May 10

    Boston Happy Hour May 2017

    June 8

    Oberlin at Ojai

    June 17

    Philadelphia Fun Home Outing

    June 17

    Philadelphia Fun Home Happy Hour

    June 24

    Seventh Annual D.C. Obies Day at the Ballpark

    June 25

    Fun Home Matinee Hartford, CT

    June 25

    Hartford Alumni Gathering

    June 30

    Opera at the Ballpark 2017

    July 17

    Obies Day at the Ballpark SF Giants 2017

    August 5

    San Francisco Bay Area Picnic 2017

    August 14-August 16

    OBIEAdventures! 2017

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