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Oberlin in the News - Fall 2005

November 2005
November 30--Campus Improvements Are Coming, Courtesy of Three Generous Alumni
An article
in today's Lorain Morning Journal announced Stewart Kohl's recent gift of five million dollars to fund the construction of a building for the Oberlin Conservatory of Music's Jazz Studies program. Kohl, who has been a trustee at the college for three years, graduated from Oberlin in 1977.
Robert Kahn '55 and Richard Bailey '51 have also made recent donations to the school, which will be used to fund an eight-lane outdoor track and soccer/lacross field. Other area papers, including Cleveland's Plain Dealer and The Akron Beacon-Journal have published articles about these recent gifts.

November 28--Professors Publish Article in Presitigious Publication
In a recent article published by The American Prospect, Associate Professor of English and Cinema Studies Geoffrey Pingree and Assistant Professor of History Lisa Abend examine Morocco's recent attempts to become a more open and democratic society in the face of crushing poverty and high unemployment rates. A similar article written by the duo also appeared in the November 22nd issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

November 27--Eclectic Art Museum Owes Its Popularity to Director Terri Hopkins '71
Today's Oregonian featured an article about the Art Gym at Marylhurst University and its director Terri Hopkins '71. For the past 25 years, Hopkins has pushed, promoted, and shepherded the Gym, scouring the region for notable artists and trends, all while mounting four highly anticipated shows a year.

November 23--Conservatory Ensemble Receives Rave Reviews after New York Performance
Bradley Bambarger of the New Jersey Star Ledger praised the sold-out performance by Gardner Professor of Music Timothy Weiss and the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Miller Theatre last weekend. The program featured trumpet soloist Peter Evans '03 (who played with "ear-tweaking elan"), violin soloist Jennifer Koh '97 ("the best was last"), and members of the Oberlin Percussion Group, conducted by Professor of Percussion Michael Rosen. Of the CME, Bambarger wrote: "the young Oberlin performers played not only with precision but zeal."

November 22--Zahin Hasan '93 Pens Article for The New York Times
Today's New York Times features an article by Zahin Hasan '93, who directs the production operations of the largest poultry breeder in Bangladesh. The article calls on North American and Western European governments to help Asian countries pay for an effective bird flu eradication program that would compensate farmers if they are forced to destroy healthy chickens in areas affected by the virus.

November 21--Akron Paper Announces Conservatory Students' Trip to China
Today's Akron Beacon Journal announced that sixty-six students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music will soon embark on a nine-day, six-city concert tour of China. The musicians, who were selected by audition, will perform 10 concerts, including performances at the Beijing Poly Theater and the Shanghai Concert Hall.

November 18--Professor Speaks Out in Favor of Job Sharing Trend
A recent article about job sharing appeared online at Newhouse News.com. The article, which likened job sharing to a "workplace marriage," included a quote from Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Anne Trubek, who shares a professorship with Laurie McMillin at Oberlin College.

November 14--New York Times Praises CME's New York Performance
An article in today's New York Times features a review of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble's recent performance at New York's Miller Theater, where they played music by composer Gyorgy Ligeti.

November 13--Cleveland Paper Explores Co-op Living on Campus
Today's Sunday Magazine (The Plain Dealer) includes an article about the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA), which feeds and houses more than 630 Obies in exchange for its members spending five hours a week in the kitchen or on household chores. OSCA represents nearly a quarter of Oberlin College's student body -- the largest percentage of co-op involvement on the nation's campuses.

November 12--Plain Dealer Interviews Kate Oberg '06
Kate Oberg '06 was recently interviewed by Plain Dealer reporter Tim Harrison, who questioned her about the Quaker tradition of silent worship and outspoken advocacy. Oberg, who was raised a Quaker, is active within Oberlin College's Quaker community as an advocate for social justice.

November 11 -- CBS’ 60 Minutes to Highlight Alum’s Humanitarian Efforts
When Nicholas Lobel-Weiss ’95 traveled to Pakistan to help earthquake victims, he didn’t expect to attract the media’s attention. But the humanitarian efforts of Lobel-Weiss and 12 other paramedics from New York City caught the eye of 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon, who will report on their relief efforts from an earthquake-ravaged valley in the Kashmir region on Sunday, Nov. 13. The medical team’s experience is also outlined on cbsnews.com.

November 9--Activist Nan Aron '70 Interviewed by Washington Post
Today's Washington Post includes an article about Nan Aron '70, founder and president of the Alliance for Justice. Aron formed the Alliance in 1979 to oppose the nomination of conservative judicial nominees, and is currently leading the fight against Judge Samuel Alito and his nomination to the Supreme Court.

November 7--Crain's Cleveland Business Publishes Student's Essay
A recent issue of Crain's Cleveland Business features an essay by Matthew A. Kaplan '07, a member of the College 360 brain gain initiative. Kaplan's essay explains why it is important to attract college students to local institutions, and how the region's business, political, and civic leaders can entice them to stay in Northeast Ohio after graduation.

November 6--Obie's One-Act Opera Steals Headlines
Writer Elizabeth Searle's most recent creation, Tonya and Nancy: The Opera, is stealing headlines in the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe, and USA Today. Searle, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1983 with a degree in creative writing, based the libretto for the one-act opera on Tonya Harding's notorious attack on Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships.

November 4--Best-Selling Author's Second Novel is Subject of AP Wire Article
Today's AP Wire features an article about best-selling author Myla Goldberg '93 and her second novel, Wickett's Remedy. Goldberg is also the author of Bee Season, which sold 80,000 copies in hardcover format, eclipsing the 10,000 copies in sales expected for a first novel. Bee Season was recently released as a film starring Richard Gere.

October 2005
October 31--Conservatory Professor Featured in Jazz Hot Magazine

Billy Hart, assistant professor of jazz percussion, was featured on the October 2005 cover of the French magazine Jazz Hot.

October 31--Economics Professor Opines About New Fed Chair
The current issue of SmartMoney.com and The Globe and Mail feature interviews with Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics Kenneth Kuttner, who shares his opinion about incoming Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Kuttner, who worked in the research departments of the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Chicago before moving to Oberlin, recently co-authored an article with Bernanke for the Journal of Finance.

October 29--Cleveland Paper Highlights Conflict Resolution Symposium
Today's Cleveland Plain Dealer includes a mention of "Local Realities, Global Responsibilities: Conflict Resolution at Oberlin and in the World," a four-day symposium sponsored by the Oberlin College Dialogue Center that brings together leaders in the field of conflict resoultion with current students, faculty, and staff members.

October 28--New Museum Show Featured in Chronicle-Telegram
Today's Chronicle-Telegram features an article about the Allen Memorial Art Museum's newest exhibition, Trace Elements: New Work at Oberlin. The show, which is on view through January 15, is the first faculty-only exhibition at the museum in more than 30 years.

October 26--Rock Sensation Liz Phair '89 Takes Media by Storm
With the release of her fifth CD, Somebody's Miracle, rock sensation Liz Phair '89 has taken the media by storm. Today's St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota) and Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) feature interviews with the outspoken musician, who talks openly about both her career and her critics, as well as the importance of a song's lyrics.

October 23--Obie Encourages High School Students to Persevere
The Durham Herald-Sun followed New York Times bestselling author and award-winning composer James McBride '79 on a visit to a local high school, where he encouraged students and educators to persevere in the face of failure and to remember that "ninety percent of talent is showing up, smiling, and hitting the job as hard as you can."

October 23--AMAM's Newest Exhibition Featured in Akron Paper
Today's Akron Beacon Journal featured an article on the Allen Memorial Art Museum's new faculty exhibition Trace Elements: New Work at Oberlin.

October 22--Plain Dealer Praises Quartet's Recent Performance at Oberlin
Plain Dealer music critic Don Rosenberg penned a rave review of the Miro Quartet's most recent performance at Finney Chapel, crediting the musicians with a "bountiful expressivity and corporate elegance" during their campus appearance.

October 21--Family-Friendly Musician Interviewed in New Hampshire's Times Argus
Today's Times Argus (New Hampshire) features an article about the "modern-day pied piper of family music," Dan Zanes '84. A former frontman for roots rock pioneers the Del Fuegos, Zanes now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he and his bandmates are hard at work producing family-friendly music in a lo-fi setting.

October 20--Obie Named Chair of National Medical Association's Board of Trustees
A press release issued by U.S. Newswire announced that Carolyn Barley Britton '65 was recently named chair of the National Medical Association's Board of Trustees. Britton is a recognized expert in neurology and infectious disease of the nervous system, and is an authority on rare viral complications. In 1981, she became one of the first doctors to describe the neurological complications of AIDS and has since been a tireless advocate for the funding AIDS clinical trials.

October 19--Jacqueline Berrien '83 Named Associate Director Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
An article in today's Amsterdam News (Maryland) announced Jacqueline Berrien '83 as the new associate director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. A lawyer in the non-profit sector, Berrien interned for the NAACP almost two decades ago, during her studies at Oberlin College.

October 17--Will New Fed Chair Upset Nation's Financial Markets? Oberlin Professor Says "No"
In a recent article posted at CNNMoney.com, Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics Kenneth Kuttner joined other prominent economists in discussing how financial markets are preparing for the January retirement of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, as well as for his successor's rise to power. Kuttner, who predicts that the changing of the guard won't negatively affect the nation's financial system, says he hopes Greenspan's successor "will demonstrate that the good policy we've had over the past 18 years is as much due to the evolution of the institution as it is to Greenspan [himself]."

October 17--IBM's Caroline Kovac '74 to be Keynote Speaker at BioOhio 2005
Businesswire.com and Genetic Engineering News (New York) recently announced that Caroline Kovac '74--one of the 50 most powerful women in business last year, according to Fortune magazine--will be the keynote speaker at the BioOhio 2005 conference. When the Ohio native took over leadership of IBM's life sciences unit in 2000, she had just two employees. Today, as general manager of the company's health care and life sciences unit, she has transformed the unit into a multi-billion dollar business with more than 1,500 employees worldwide. It's one of IBM's most successful ventures to date.

October 17--Conservatory Student Heads to Paris for International Competition
Dayton native Brandon Patrick George '08, who is studying flute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is the subject of a recemt article in today's Dayton Daily New. Porter is one of eight flutists to represent the United States in the seventh annual Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition, which takes place in Paris October 20 - 30.

October 15--Charles Schwartz '03 Receives Wexner Graduate Fellowship
Charles Schwartz '03 recently recieved a Wexner Graduate Fellowship, which he is using to study for the rabbinate at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Today's Jewish News reports that each fellowship is worth up to $20,000 a year for three years, and is awarded to individuals pursuing careers in the rabbinate, cantorate, or Jewish communal leadership/education fields.

October 14--Houston Chronicle Interviews John Kander '51
Today's Houston Chronicle features an interview with composer John Kander '51, who -- along with lyricist Fred Ebb -- created such award-winning musical theater masterpieces as Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

October 14--Minneapolis Star Tribune Interviews Farheen Hakeem '97
Today's Minneapolis Star Tribune features an article about Farheen Hakeem '97, who ran as the Green Party's candidate for mayor of Minneapolis in last month's primary election. Hakeem, who works as a membership coordinator with the Girl Scout Council of Greater Minneapolis and a stand-up comic, received a surprising 14 percent of the vote.

October 12--Plain Dealer Interviews Mezzo-Soprano Marilyn Horne
Today's Plain Dealer announces Marilyn Horne's upcoming residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Horne, who has graced operatic and concert stages for close to four decades, will hold public master classses Friday and Sunday at Oberlin College's Finney Chapel.

October 9--Toledo Blade Praises Surgeon's New Book
An article in today's Toledo Blade features an interview with Bethanne Snodgrass '75, a Sylvania-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is the author of When Less is More: The Complete Guide For Women Considering Breast Reduction Surgery. Published only last month, the book includes chapters on the invention of breast-reduction surgery, how to find a surgeon, and what happens in the operating and recovery rooms.

October 8--Local Web Site Features Student as Guest Blogger
Matthew A. Kaplan '07 is featured as a guest blogger on Cool Cleveland.com, where he explains why he left California for school in Northeast Ohio. Kaplan is a member of Team 360, a student advisory group for the College 360 brain gain initiative, which targets 18 to 24 year olds and encourages them to make Northeast Ohio their choice to learn, play, and work.

October 8--Local Paper Announces Opera Superstar's Residency at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Today's Lorain Morning Journal announces Marilyn Horne's upcoming residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Horne, who is known as a "superstar of opera" will serve as Distinguished Professor of Voice at Oberlin College from October 14 - 17, a position that will be renewed during the coming years.

October 7--New York Times Interviews Contemporary Musician Blair McMillen '93
Blair McMillen '93, a rising star on the contemporary music scene, is the subject of an article in today's New York Times, winning high praise from critic Allan Kozinn for his technique, authority, imagination, and "irresistible energy."

October 3--Liz Phair '89 Appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Liz Phair '89 celebrated the release of her fourth CD Somebody's Miracle with performances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, the Ellen Degeneres Show, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Phair will kick off a headlining tour of North America later this week to promote her newest release.

September 2005
September 29--The New York Times Goes Behind the Scenes with Director Jim Burrows '62
An article in today's New York Times features an extensive interview with James Burrows '62, director of the Emmy Award-winning television show Will and Grace. Burrows, who has spent three highly successful decades behind the camera, reveals some tricks of the trade and reminisces fondly about his experience directing some of television's most popular sitcoms, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, and Cheers.

September 29--Matt Kaplan '07 Quoted in Plain Dealer
An article in today's Plain Dealer announces the formation of the College 360 brain gain initiative, which targets 18 to 24 year olds and encourages them to make Northeast Ohio their choice to learn, play, and work. Matt Kaplan '07, a member of Team 360, a student advisory group for College 360, is quoted in the article as saying: "Team 360 and those we represent want to know what the region is going to do to meet that challenge." A similar article about College 360 also ran on Businesswire.com.

September 27--Plain Dealer Praises Pianist's Performance at Oberlin College
Today's Cleveland Plain Dealer featured a rave review of Richard Goode's recent performance at Oberlin College. Goode, who is known as one of today's leading Beethoven interpreters, opened the Oberlin Conservatory's 127th Artist Recital Series in Finney Chapel.

September 26--AMAM Exhibit Travels to New York, Illinois
An article posted online at Artdaily.com traces the path of Jim Dine, some drawings from Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum to the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, New York. The show, which was curated by Stephanie Wiles, director of the AMAM, will also be on display at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.

September 21--Obie Author's Latest Book Hits the Shelves to Rave Reviews
Myla Goldberg '93, author of the critically acclaimed novel Bee Season, has delivered her much anticipated follow-up book into eager readers' hands. The novel, Wickett's Remedy, is about a poor, impoverished Irish Catholic woman living in South Boston during the early part of the 20th century, and her husband, who invents a patent medicine during the 1918 flu epidemic that left millions dead. Goldberg's latest effort has been reviewed in USA Today, The New York Times, The New York Sun, and TIME magazine.

September 19--AMAM Exhibition Announced Online
An article posted online at Artdaily.com announces the opening of the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the work of the Studio Art faculty at Oberlin College in more than 30 years. Trace Elements: New Work will feature paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture, film, video, and installations by artists Rian Brown, Johnny Coleman, Pipo Nguyen-duy, John Pearson, Sarah Schuster, and Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias.

September 18--Pianist Spencer Myer '00 Interviewed for The Indiana Star Press
Spencer Myer '00 is the subject of a lengthy article online at Indystar.com. Myer, who recently received a doctorate from Stony Brook University in New York, will participate in the American Pianists Association's 2006 Classical Fellowship Awards on September 25 in Indianapolis.

September 16--Chronicle of Higher Education Announces Oberlin's Decision to Help Dillard University
An article in the most recent edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education announced that Oberlin College is teaming up with Brown and Princeton Universities to help Dillard University, a historically black institution that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. President Nancy S. Dye, commenting on the unusual appeal for funds from students, employees, and alumni, said "Our mission is to help students care about the world in which they find themselves, and to care about institutions that are doing good work." Oberlin's pledge to help Dillard University also made headlines in the Akron Beacon Journal.

September 16--The Indiana Star Press Covers David Orr's Appearance at Local "Green" Conference
Professor of Environmental Studies David Orr recently spoke at Ball State University's sixth annual Greening of the Campus conference. The Indiana Star Press recorded many of Orr's comments, including his call for the movement to become political in nature. "If we don't get involved in politics, we're going to fail," he said. "We don't have a lot of time to get things right."

September 8--Today's San Francisco Chronicle Features Two Oberlin Connections
Today's San Francisco Chronicle features an article about Hurricane Katrina and the quest for national security in the face of natural disasters. The article, written by Mark Sandalow '82, features quotes from Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies Ben Wisner.

September 8--Architectural Digest Interviews One of Oberlin's Own
The September issue of Architectural Digest features an article about interior designer Carleton Varney '58.

September 6--Economics Professor Interviewed by Gaylord Herald Times
Professor of Economics Robert Piron was interviewed for an article in today's Gaylord Herald Times titled "Oh, and One Other Thing: The Psychology of Economics."

September 6--Artdaily.com Announces Allen Memorial Art Museum's Latest Grant
An article posted online at Artdaily.com announced that Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum recently received $149,687 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The museum plans to use its IMLS grant funds to acquire, install, and implement a new collections management system with a Web interface.

September 6--Conservatory Student Authors Article for Tuba News
Conservatory tuba performance major Michael Roest '06 wrote an article about his teacher, Ron Bishop, who is retiring from his position as principal tuba with the Cleveland Orchestra after 38 years. The article appears in the current issue of Tuba News.

September 2--Local Media Covers Students' Participation in Cleveland Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology
Today's Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Lorain Morning Journal announced that students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music are scheduled to participate in Cleveland's much-touted Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology this weekend.

September 2--Documentary by Oberlin Alum to Air on WVIZ-TV Channel 25 Tonight
An article in today's Elyria Chronicle-Telegram previews Oren Rudavsky's documentary, "Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance after the Holocaust," which premiers on WVIZ-TV Channel 25 tonight. Rudavsky, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1979, is a native Clevelander whose credits range from the TV networks ABC, CBS, A&E, and the Discovery Channel to Saturday Night Live and Tales from the Dark Side.

September 1--Houston Chronicle Interviews Benjy Mason '02
Today's Houston Chronicle features an article about Benjy Mason '02, who returned home to Houston's Third Ward after graduation to open a community bike center. The center offers many free programs for local residents, including after-school programs, open-shop periods, and an "earn-a-bike" program.

September 1--Three Oberlin College Football Players Interviewed for Chronicle-Telegram Article
Several members of the Oberlin College football team were recently interviewed for an article that appeared in today's Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. The article included quotes from three a trio of Lorain county natives: wide receivers Zach Lewis, a graduate of Avon Lake High School; Chad Kutting, a graduate of Lorain Catholic High School; and Chris Shubert, a graduate of Oberlin High School.

    
   
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