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April 17, 2008

NEWS:

trusteesIN FORUMS AND MEETINGS, TRUSTEES HEAR COMMUNITY'S HOPES FOR COLLEGE'S NEXT PRESIDENT. During an open forum on April 14 for students on Dartmouth's presidential search, Lee Cooper '09 imagined the job interview for the College's 17th president. "What's your hard sell?" he asked Trustees Ed Haldeman Jr. '70 and Al Mulley '70. After noting Dartmouth's reputation and strengths, Haldeman said, "the students." The exchange between Cooper and Haldeman was one of dozens that took place over the past few days as the two Trustees hosted a series of public meetings April 14 and 15 on the search for Dartmouth's next president. In sessions for students, alumni, and staff-as well as a dinner for faculty members-they engaged the community in conversations about the most important qualities the search committee should look for in the College's next leader. "Ask anything that's on your minds," Haldeman said at the session for students, echoing his words at the earlier meeting for staff and the subsequent forum for alumni. "We want to get your input early in the process." Mulley added, "There isn't a person in this room that doesn't want to see a successful search that will make Dartmouth an even stronger institution than it is now."

LISTEN TO THE MEETINGS ONLINE. Audio from the three forums is available as podcasts, and there is also a selection of photos taken by College Photographer Joe Mehling '69. Additional information about the presidential search, including video clips from the forums, is available at the Trustee's website.

CONTRIBUTE YOUR THOUGHTS TODAY. The Trustees continue to solicit feedback through an online form.

skatingDYNASTY ON ICE: FIGURE SKATING WINS 5th NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. The Dartmouth Figure Skating Team captured its fifth consecutive championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the National Championship competition held April 5 and 6. "The Dartmouth skaters were amazing," says Coach Loren McGean '92. "We're thrilled with this win." Undefeated since 2003, Dartmouth skaters get support from the College as well as from a Friends Group, the Classes of 1964 and 1949, and the J. Michael McGean '49 Endowment Fund. The senior McGean, who is still involved with the team, was the 1950 World Ice Dance Champion. Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences Ben Bostick accompanied the team to Ann Arbor.

voteCANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR DARTMOUTH ASSOCIATION OF ALUMNI ELECTION. All Dartmouth alumni will be asked to elect a president, first vice president, second vice president, secretary-treasurer, and seven committee members of the Association of Alumni. Of the 22 candidates running on two different slates, the first set of 11 candidates was officially nominated by the association, and the second set was nominated by petition. The election runs from April 28 through June 5, 2008.

polanskyCOMPOSING MUSIC THAT CAN BE HEARD IS JUST WHERE HIS WORK BEGINS. Larry Polansky, the Jacob H. Strauss Professor in Music, is broadening the scope of musical composition and performance. His work has earned him a new Mellon Foundation fellowship that supports scholarship that crosses disciplines in novel and interesting ways. Polansky has always been fascinated by the relationship between sound and meaning, and his new work involves examining American Sign Language poetry and performance art from a musical perspective. Polansky says he hopes to contribute "a new perspective on Deaf poetry, which despite its importance and longevity in Deaf Culture, is not well known in the hearing world."

prufDARTMOUTH GRAD HAS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR TYPOS. Jeff Deck '02 is on a cross country crusade aimed at rooting out abuses of the English language. Risking life and limb in his pursuit of misplaced apostrophes, inappropriate semicolons, and egregious misspellings, Deck is making news in the process. "Wearing a brown fedora, he's the Indiana Jones of typos," writes ABC news. Deck and his accomplices, including Ben Herson '02, report on their progress on the website of their group, the Typo Elimination Advancement League. Read about other alumni making headlines at Green News.

STAY CONNECTED:

D BREAKING GROUND AND PUSHING THE GLASS CEILING. From the pioneers of the earliest co-ed classes to today's iGeneration, Dartmouth women have shared their path-breaking spirit with the world in ways both extraordinary and everyday. Join fellow alumnae and friends, including keynote speaker Aisha Tyler '92, in San Francisco May 2 through 4 for a celebration of Dartmouth's daughters.

foltSPOTLIGHT ON THE CLASSROOM. Join both Carol Folt, dean of the faculty, and a Dartmouth professor for one of a series of upcoming conversations about the academic needs and experiences of Dartmouth students today. Bring your questions! The spring regional events are sponsored by the Alumni Relations Committee of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees.

hatBE ONE OF THE THOUSANDS OF ALUMNI WHO RETURN IN JUNE FOR CLASS REUNIONS. Explore your 2008 Reunion class schedule and learn about lodging, programs for kids, Dartmouth Outing Club programs, and more.

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