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August 3, 2010 issue

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bloombergNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Jim Yong Kim are first speakers in Dartmouth's Presidential Lecture Series
"Being the mayor of New York is the best political job in the world," Michael Bloomberg told students on July 16, as he explained why he would not run for President of the United States. Read more about Bloomberg's visit and his "B-Plan" for students—to be independent, innovative, generous, and prepared—on DartmouthNow or in the Associated Press story, "NYC Mayor opens Dartmouth's presidential lectures."

An excerpt from Bloomberg's talk at Dartmouth was shown on NBC-TV's Meet the Press on August 1.

Watch the lecture and listen to Bloomberg's comments on the most important problem facing our country today.


kim In the second lecture on July 29, President Jim Yong Kim described habits of the mind—including creativity, metacognition, persistence, empathy, and wonderment (the "anti-cynicism pill")—that he said are critical for success and effectiveness in life. "You're at the height of possibility in terms of developing great habits of the mind," Kim told the students. Read more about Kim's lecture.

Listen to the lecture and see a playlist with excerpts, including one in which President Kim talks about his own habits of mind.

President Kim aligned the series with the College's former "Great Issues" course, created by Dartmouth's 12th President John Sloan Dickey in 1947.


MastandunoMichael Mastanduno appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Mastanduno will oversee the humanities, sciences, social sciences, interdisciplinary programs, and graduate studies—divisions that comprise some 40 academic departments and programs with more than 400 faculty members. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, Mastanduno has served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences since 2003.

Read more about Mastanduno.


KotlowitzAuthor and former Wall Street Journal staff writer Alex Kotlowitz teaches writing course
The Montgomery Fellow in residence, Kotlowitz's course is filled with "revealing insights into journalism and the story-telling techniques he's picked up throughout his career, such as scene-by-scene construction," says Kevin Niparko '12, a government major from Towson, Md. Read more about the course and see a copy of the syllabus.

Watch Kotlowitz's July 23 lecture at Dartmouth, "The House of Secrets: Storytelling and Human Rights."


SheehyDartmouth's new Director of Athletics and Recreation is Harry Sheehy of Williams College
Sheehy will oversee 34 Division I varsity sports at Dartmouth — 16 men’s, 16 women’s and two coed — as well as 34 club sports and an extensive intramural program. Sheehy has led Williams College to 17 Division III national team championships during his 10 years as Williams's Chair and Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.

Read more about Sheehy, a 1975 graduate of Williams, and watch a video of today's press conference.

DaughtryThe Reverend Leah Daughtry '84, former CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, will deliver the Convocation Address
Leah Daughtry has served as Chief of Staff for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and was founder of the party's Faith in Action initiative. Since 2002, she has been Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C.

Read more about Daughtry and see the 2008 New York Times Magazine profile, "Can Leah Daughtry Bring Faith to the Party?"


Quick links:
bgbUpcoming stops for the Big Green Bus: San Francisco (8/6/10) and Silicon Valley (8/8/10)


payscaleDartmouth graduates continue to be among the highest paid, according to July PayScale survey (
Also, Bloomberg Businessweek ranks Dartmouth fifth in answer to the question, "What's your College degree worth?"


parkerDartmouth golf coach competes in the U.S. Senior Open (New York Times)
Parker finished the tournament in 51st place.
cultureCollege receives grant to support Dartmouth student presentations on international experiences to local high schools
booksGood Reads: Book recommendations from Dartmouth faculty members
fureyAlumni making headlines include javelin thrower Sean Furey '04
greenlandAmid musk ox, caribou, and "unicorns," graduate students blog about summer research in Greenland
careerFind your next star employee by hosting a booth at this year's Employer Connections Fair, September 28 + 29
Stay connected:
badaThe Black Alumni at Dartmouth Association (BADA) Reunion is October 28-31
bonfireFall for Dartmouth events include new faculty "Chalk Talks"
Lectures on Saturday mornings before football games include "The Lee Harvey Oswald Backyard Photos: Are They Real or Fake?" by Professor of Computer Science Hany Farid.
travelThe Everglades: An Adventure in Subtropical Paradise
Join Dartmouth Alumni Travel and explore the marl prairies, cypress swamps, and mangrove estuaries of south Florida's historic wetland, one of the world's most environmentally significant habitats. January 30 to February 5, 2011.
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