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April 17, 2009


wrightPresident James Wright to throw out first pitch at Boston Red Sox game

President Wright will throw out the first pitch at Boston's Fenway Park to kick off a Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers baseball game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009. The Red Sox are honoring Wright, who has served Dartmouth for 40 years, and his efforts to help military veterans attend college. Wright says that his wife Susan DeBevoise Wright has been graciously serving as his "battery mate" as he practices throwing the 60-foot 6-inch pitch in the yard of his Webster Avenue house. "Of course I want to throw a strike," he says. Michael McClintock '80 and James Beattie '76 first suggested the idea to the Red Sox. Tickets may be available: Call 1-877-REDSOX9.

Photo: President Wright with a David Ortiz jersey given to him by the Dartmouth Alumni Club of Boston.


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daukasAlumni Council president urges support for proposed amendment

As Dartmouth alumni continue to vote on an amendment to the Association of Alumni constitution, Council President John "J.B." Daukas '84 and a variety of alumni leaders and faculty are asking them to say "yes." The amendment requires a two-thirds majority of votes in order to pass.
Visit the Vox the Vote website to cast your vote.

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bostonDartmouth baseball (11-1 Ivy) showcases stellar play at new Biondi Park

Dartmouth baseball enjoyed a 13-game win streak after returning from California, including nine straight wins at the new Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park. The new park, which will be dedicated on April 25, 2009, was made possible through a gift from the late Mike Biondi '79 and Cindy Ginn Biondi '80. See views of the new park in this footage of the inaugural home game. Follow the team live through the Big Green Insider.

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kimPresident-elect Jim Yong Kim meets with Dartmouth alumni leaders, delivers talk on global health at Brown

Along with Chair of the Board of Trustees Ed Haldeman '70, President-elect Kim met with leaders of Dartmouth's two alumni groups, Alumni Council President John "J.B." Daukas '84 and Association of Alumni President John Mathias '69, in Boston on April 15. The day before he delivered a public lecture, "Global Health and Human Rights: A Time for Change," at Brown University. The Brown Daily Herald reported on the talk.

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dhallIn most competitive year ever, admissions accepts 12 percent of applicants for Class of 2013

Accepted students respond by May 1, 2009, on their plans to matriculate this fall. Of the admitted students who were ranked by their secondary schools, 95 percent are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes, including 42.5 percent who are valedictorians. Among the accepts are 162 sons and daughters of alumni. Jacques Steinberg '88 reported on Dartmouth's admission rates in his New York Times blog, The Choice.

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earlTenth Earl of Dartmouth visits campus

In only the third visit by an Earl of Dartmouth to the College, William Dartmouth mingled with seniors at the Hanover Inn, took a campus tour, and had lunch with the Hill Winds Society. William Dartmouth said his family is "immensely proud of the school's name." Dartmouth College was named for the second Earl of Dartmouth in gratitude for his support of Rev. Eleazar Wheelock's efforts to establish the College. View a video of the Earl's visit.

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freshGeography professor studying fresh food receives Mellon fellowship

"I became a geographer because I wanted to explore the culture and power relations of food provisioning in and between different parts of the world," says Susanne Freidberg, associate professor of geography. She received a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to support her cross-disciplinary research, which examines in part the social history of the concept of "freshness." In her 2009 book, "Fresh: A Perishable History" (image right), Freidberg examines six foods commonly found in our refrigerators.

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omegaGreek life: Native American sorority and Robert Kaiser '39 honored at ceremony

At Dartmouth's student-led Order of Omega Awards, Alpha Pi Omega sorority received the evening's highest honor. Robert Kaiser '39 and his wife Evelyn were honored for their work as advisors to Psi Upsilon fraternity for the past 44 years. "We never dreamed we'd be at it for so long," said Evelyn. Robert Kaiser also served as one of Dartmouth's first full-time employees dedicated to fundraising, and he became a national expert on the subject. See a list of all the honorees here.


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lewinScenes from the Southwest: Two alumni report on fellowship established by Andrew Lewin '81

On the Olga Gruss Lewin Post-Graduate Fellowship, Becca Wehrly '06 participated in medical projects in South Texas' underserved communities, and Dailan Long '07 worked with his native Navajo community in New Mexico to weigh the environmental impact of a proposed coal-burning power plant. "You can't go out and be a one-man show. Real systemic change happens when people embrace the issue," says Long in this podcast.


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ajPacking fruit in Florida, roofing in Kentucky, and mentoring in South Dakota: photos of spring breaks

"The trip gave me the opportunity to connect service directly to my studies (geography major and government minor)," says trip leader Ana Jackson '11, who worked alongside migrant workers in Florida. "I am now even more motivated to understand and fight for solutions to national and international issues of poverty." Jackson was one of 52 Dartmouth students to participate in the Tucker Foundation's Alternative Spring Break trips.

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ajMusic video: "Dartmouth Idol" clips, Dartmouth Aires sing with front man for Weezer

See the performances of the top three finishers—Michael Odokara-Okigbo '12 (Portland, Maine), Courtney Davis '09 (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), and Jamie Hwang '10 (Marlboro, N.J.)—at the Idol website. Odokara-Okigbo also recently joined three other members of the Dartmouth Aires in singing "Don't Worry Baby" and "I Was Scared" with Rivers Cuomo, the leader singer for the rock band Weezer.

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ajHood Museum of Art opens new community-based multimedia exhibition by Felix de la Concha

Fifty-one individuals gave interviews and had their portraits painted (two hours each) for a new project commissioned by the Hood Museum of Art. The multimedia exhibition is on view at the Hood and Baker Library through Sept. 27, 2009. (The section in Baker closes Sept. 14.) The photo at left is of sitter Charles Nearburg '72, Thayer '74. See portraits, video clips, excerpts from interviews, and a two-minute split-screen compression of an entire two-hour portrait session at the Hood's website.

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alumniStudents celebrate Alumni Appreciation Week

In a range of events this week, Dartmouth's undergraduates are celebrating the many ways alumni contribute to the College. If you're in the area, stop by Saturday, April 18, for a Women's Lacrosse Pregame Tailgate at Fahey Lacrosse Field.

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wgWearers of the Green, Dartmouth's athletic hall of fame, is May 16 in Boston

Attend this event to honor Dartmouth athletic excellence and talented students, alumni, and coaches at the sixth induction of the Wearers of the Green. Olympians and national champions, members of major professional teams, Ivy League performers of the year, and members of national teams are among those to be recognized at the ceremony, which takes place every five years. Tickets are available here.

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alumniSign up for Reunions early and get discounts on flights, car rentals, and bus fares

The Alumni Relations Office is offering Dartmouth alumni discounts on United Airlines airfare, car rentals through Hertz, and Dartmouth Coach bus fare. Reminder: Residence Hall applications for Reunion are due April 20, 2009.

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wgShare notice of job openings with members of the Class of 2009

Career Services recently launched an '09 graduating class "stimulus plan," called Senior Job Jam, to aggressively develop entry-level job listings. All alumni are asked to reach out to friends, associates, employers in companies, government agencies and non-profits to identify and forward job postings suitable for our seniors. The openings will be visible only to Dartmouth students and alumni. Skip Sturman '70, Dartmouth's director of Career Services, wrote about the importance of networking on Career Services' blog.

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coachNew luxury bus service to NYC exceeds ridership expectations, has 60 fans on Facebook

After the first month in business, Dartmouth Coach's new service from Hanover to New York City's Yale Club ($169 roundtrip) has drawn hundreds of passengers. The service also stops in Stamford, Conn., and Lebanon, N.H. The Dartmouth Coach Facebook page includes updates, movie listings, and a 30-minute video. "It's been a home run," says Peter Glenshaw, director of Community Relations.

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Last Updated: 5/15/09