president is joined at home by the newest member of
the Dye family, Farley.
President Nancy Dye's Sabbatical:
An Eploration of East Asia through Shansi
by Mavis Clark
President Nancy Dye returned from a long, arduous, and successful
trek through East Asia, determined to keep the links between
Oberlin College and the Shansi Memorial Association's far-flung
educational enterprises abroad stronger than ever.
and husband Griff left last summer on a trip that took them
from Japan to Indonesia, India, China, and finally, to the
Republic of Uzbekistan. They visited several Shansi sister
colleges and universities along the way, including, of course,
Obirin in Tokyo.
Dyes had an audience with a sultan in Jakarta. Although shocked
by the poverty they witnessed, they fell completely in love
with India. And everywhere they visited, Dye said, faculty
members at other institutions were curious about Oberlin.
says that they became particularly aware that preserving environmental
balance is a global task, and that AIDS is an alarming and
growing crisis in Asia; again, a global issue. She recognizes
that Oberlin must find avenues to attract more international
students and explore ways for students to experience international
exchanges during Winter Term or a semester away program.
referred to the College's former Crossroads Program, an exchange
program with students from abroad, and wonders if it is time
to again initiate this option into the curriculum.
and stimulated by the trip, Dye has immersed herself in the
details of managing an American college, although she admits
her head is still spinning with initiatives, memories of other
cultures, a divergent cuisine, and the Silk Road.
her six-month absence, Dean Clayton Koppes served as acting
president. Upon her return, Dye amplified his title to vice
president for Academic Affairs and dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences.
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