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Oberlin in the News - Summer 2005

August 2005
August 29--Eric Estes Interviewed by the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel recently featured an article about the increase in transgender awareness on college campuses around the nation. The article included a quote from Eric Estes, director of Oberlin College's Multicultural Resource Center.

August 28--Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull Talks with Cleveland's Plain Dealer
Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull was quoted in today's The Plain Dealer about the Conservatory's participation in the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival. "I think it's critical for Oberlin to be involved in this," he is quoted as saying. With Ingenuity, Oberlin students will get to "witness firsthand what cities can do when arts organizations come together."

August 26--Broadway World.com Reviews Obie's New Musical
The current issue of Broadway World.com features a review of Gregg Coffin's new musical, Five Course Love. Coffin, who has contributed the incidental music to more than 50 productions in regional theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada, graduated from Oberlin College in 1986.

August 24--Oberlin Receives Kudos for Participating in the Growing Farm-to-Cafeteria Revolution
An article in today's New York Times includes Oberlin College as one of the many schools nationwide that has joined the farm-to-cafeteria movement by serving meals cooked with fresh local ingredients.

August 22--Plain Dealer Article Quotes Historian Geoffrey Ward '62
Historian Geoffrey Ward '62 weighed in about U.S involvement in Iraq in today's Plain Dealer. The article, which examines America's growing crisis of conscience as more and more U.S. soldiers are killed, includes this unique perspective from Ward: "World War II had lots of discouraging moments, but almost everyone saw that it had to be carried out to its conclusion. The difference here is that increasing numbers of people aren't sure if it [the War in Iraq] is worth it."

August 22--Dennis Barrie '70 Tapped to Head University Circle Project
According to a recent article in the Plain Dealer, former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame director Dennis Barrie '70 has been hired by University Circle Inc. to head up a project that will revitalize Cleveland's University Circle area. In addition to his time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Barrie has been involved with the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and the soon-to-be opened maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio.

August 19--Tuba Teacher Ron Bishop Retires from Cleveland Orchestra
Today's Plain Dealer features an article by classical music critic Donald Rosenberg on Oberlin Conservatory Teacher of Tuba Ronald Bishop, who is retiring as principal tuba of the Cleveland Orchestra after 38 seasons. In the article Rosenberg notes that Bishop is the last brass player still in the ensemble who was hired by legendary conductor George Szell, who is credited with honing the orchestra's unique sound and making it a world-class ensemble.

August 18--Oberlin Playwright's Interview Appears in Newsday.com
An interview with playwright and actress Oni Faida Lampley '81 appears online today at Newsday.com. Lampley's latest production, which premiered at this summer's prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, is based on her struggle with breast cancer and on her fight to carve an identity as a Black feminist in American society today.

August 16--Inside Higher Ed Picks Gregory Scranton '99 as This Week's Hot Hire
The current issue of Hot Hires, from Inside Higher Ed.com, reports that new media artist Gregory Scranton '99 will begin teaching courses in media and communications studies at Ursinus College this fall. Scranton's other duties include creating a digitial media laboratory at Ursinus, and helping the college's radio station expand its online presence.

August 15--Michael Christie '96 Named Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
According to the New York Times, Michael Christie, a 1996 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, has been named music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. A former student of famed conductor Robert Spano'83, Christie will conduct three of the orchestra's four subscription concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this season. Christie takes over the Brooklyn ensemble after the departure of Spano, who had stayed on as an adviser for the last two years. Christie  was also recently appointed chief of the Phoenix Symphony, and is a guest conductor at the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, where he was artistic director and chief conductor from 2001 to 2004. In 1995, his junior year at Oberlin, Christie won a special prize at the First International Sibelius Conductor's Competition in Helsinki. The award led to an apprenticeship at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and work with Daniel Barenboim.

August 15--Oberlin College's Community Service Programs Praised by The Princeton Review
Oberlin College is among 81 universities and colleges chosen by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact for a new guide to colleges with the most exemplary public service programs. Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement, includes detailed profiles on the schools and advice for students interested in attending colleges that foster civic engagement.

August 11--Oberlin Conservatory of Music Named One of Nation's Top Schools that Rock
The current issue of Rolling Stone magazine lists Oberlin College as having one of the five best music programs in the country, along with the Berklee College of Music, Juilliard, Full Sail Real World Education, and the University of Southern California. The list comes from Rolling Stone's new college guidebook, Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide (Wenner Books), which describes Oberlin as "home to one of the best music conservatories in the U.S."

August 11--Joe Karlgaaard Named Oberlin College's Interim Delta Lodge Director of Athletics
Today's Morning Journal (Lorain, Ohio) announed that Joe Karlgaard has been named the interim Delta Lodge director of athletics at Oberlin College after the resignation of Vin Lananna, who recently accepted a position as associate athletics director/director of track and field and cross country at the University of Oregon.

August 5--Boston Herald Article Features New-Music Sextet eighth blackbird
The Boston Herald recently interviewed new-music sextet eighth blackbird for an article that appeared in today's paper. The group formed at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1996, and is celebrating its 10th season together with some high-profile gigs, including a performance at Tanglewood's annual Festival of Contemporary Music this weekend.

August 5--Alumnus Remi Barbier '83 Featured in The Seattle Times
Remi Barbier '83, founder and chief executive of Pain Therapeutics in San Francisco, California, was featured in a recent Seattle Times article that explored the nation's growing "brain industry," and the development of brain-related products for everything from sleep and anxiety disorders to multiple sclerosis and stroke. Barbier's company is currently at work on a drug to supplant the popular narcotic painkiller oxycodone, which will become available within the next two years.

August 1--Piano Competition Draws Participants from Local Communities
Today's Morning Journal featured an article about 17-year-old Sean Wilkins, of Elyria, and 16-year-old Corey Knick, of Amherst, both of whom competed in this week's Oberlin International Piano Competition. Knick, a junior at Amherst High School, studies with Oberlin Conservatory Professor Sanford Margolis, and Wilkins, a senior at Midview High School, told reporters he'd "like to attend Oberlin College after high school."

July 2005
July 28--Obie "Not in the Classroom" This Summer
Today's Tuscon Citizen includes an article about Clare McNulty '07, a theater major at Oberlin College, and a troupe of her acting friends who wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short theatrical production "Not in the Classroom" during their summer vacation.

July 26--Natasha Katz '81 Interviewed by Backstage.com
Lighting designer Natasha Katz '81 is the subject of a recent article posted on Backstage.com. In the article, Katz--who is currently working on "Lennon," an upcoming musical based on the life of John Lennon--discussed the challenges she faced in giving the piece a "visual emotional background" through stage lighting.

July 22--AMAM Exhibition Travels to Houston's Museum of Fine Arts
A press release posted on Artdaily.com announced the grand opening of "The Splendor of the Ruins in French Landscape Painting, 1630-1800" at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The exhibition, which was organized by Stephen D. Borys, curator of Western Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, will be on view through October 16.

July 22--Naturalist's Guidebook is Republished by Local Press
Today's Plain Dealer features an article about naturalist Harriet Keeler, who documented plant life 100 years ago by hopping a rail car and traveling to rural landscapes within a 10-mile radius of Cleveland's Public Square. Keeler, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1870, is the author of Our Native Trees and How to Identify Them, a guidebook that has recently been republished by Kent State University Press.

July 18--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Interviews Robin Hok '06
Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette features an article about Robin Hok '06, who is working as a naturalist at Todd Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. Hok recently organized a series of recreational and educational activities for local residents as part of the Sanctuary's "summer family fun day."

July 17--Bruce Cole '64 Nominated Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
In a recent press release issued by the White House, President George W. Bush announced that he intends to nominate Bruce Cole '64 to a second four-year term as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to his nomination, Cole served as a professor of fine arts and comparative literature at Hope School of Fine Arts in Indiana University and as a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

July 16--Ottawa Citizen Reviews Ritter's Recent Canadian Performance
A review of singer-songwriter Josh Ritter's recent Canadian appearance was published in the Ottawa Citizen. Ritter, who graduated from Oberlin in 1999, performed at the Cisco Systems Bluesfest, where he won over the crowd with music from his infectious 2003 CD Hello Starling.

July 14--Soundgenerator.com Announces Appointment of New Conductor
A recent article posted online at Soundgenerator.com announces Bridget-Michaele Reischl's appointment as visiting associate professor of conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition to her duties at Oberlin, Reischl will retain her current appointment as music director of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.

July 11--Plain Dealer Reviews Local Campus' Ecological Innovations
According to an article in today's Plain Dealer, ecologically sound innovations are becoming more and more common on campuses across the nation. Many colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, have added wireless monitoring systems that record and display up-to-the-minute statistics on energy consumption to residential buildings. In addition, a solar-paneled parking pavillion that will generate power for an adjacent building is in the works at Oberlin College. Articles in the Akron Beacon Journal and online at WKYC.com also mention Oberlin's recent ecological innovations.

July 11--Michael Lynn Interviewed by Flute Talk Magazine
The July/August 2005 issue of Flute Talk magazine features an interview with Associate Dean of the Conservatory and Professor of Recorder and Baroque Flute Michael Lynn. The comprehensive article, complete with photos and biographical and professional information, was written by Victoria Jicha.

July 5--Alumnus Indulges His Inner Twain
Recent articles in both the New York Times and Newsday trace author John Wray's 600-mile trip down the Mississippi to promote his latest novel, Canaan's Tongue. Wray (aka Henderson) '93 built the raft that carried him along the mighty river on this spectacular adventure, stopping only for impromptu book readings before reaching his final destination of New Orleans.

July 4--New York Times Speculates on Future of Taymor's "Magic Flute"
An article in today's New York Times speculates on the possibility of the Metropolitan Opera revamping Julie Taymor's production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" and making it more accessible to children. Taymor, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1974, debuted the opera in New York last fall.

July 4--Plain Dealer Article Reviews Baroque Performance Institute's Concert
Today's Plain Dealer featured a review of the Baroque Performance Institute's recent concert at Oberlin College.

June 2005
June 30--Rocker Liz Phair to Release New CD
A short article in today's Chicago Tribune announced that Oberlin College alumna Liz Phair's new album, "Somebody's Miracle," will drop on October 4, 2005. Phair graduated from Oberlin in 1989.

June 30--Student Gains Attention by Co-authoring Book with Father
Elizabeth Harper '08 and her father, freelance writer Timothy Harper, were recently interviewed for Dallas News.com. Harper and her father have co-authored a book titled Your Name in Print: A Teen's Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit, and Academic Success.

June 29--Recent Graduate Records First CD
Matt Mehlan '04 and his band Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys, have released their first CD with the Ghostly International label. The CD, titled Git, was recently reviwed in Cleveland's Scene Magazine and in the Akron Beacon Journal.

June 27--Benjamin Joffe-Walt '02 Receives Journalism Award
Benjamin Joffe-Walt '02 recently received the CNN Africa Print Journalist of the Year Award for 2005 for an article about refugees in Darfur. The winners of the MultiChoice African Journalist Awards were announced on CNN.com, and highlights of the Awards cermemony were broadcast on CNN International.

June 27--Jim Rokakis '77 Proposes Plan to Help Senior Citizens Pay Property Taxes
Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis '77 has proposed a plan to let older homeowners put off paying their property taxes by applying for reduced-interest loans from banks where counties deposit money. Rokakis' plan was the subject of a recent article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

June 27--Cleveland Plain Dealer Critic Reviews Oberlin Concert
Plain Dealer Music Critic Wilma Salisbury gave Friday night's 34th Baroque Performance Institute Faculty Concert a positive review in today's entertainment section.

June 26--Chicago Sun-Times Interviews Jennifer Koh '97
A recent edition of the Chicago Sun-Times features an interview with Jennifer Koh '97, a talented young violinist who studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Professor Almita Vamos.

June 26--Museum Exhibit Advertised in Akron Beacon Journal
Today's Akron Beacon Journal includes an article about "Jim Dine, some drawings," on display now through July 17 at Oberlin's Allen Memorial Art Museum. The show, which was curated by museum director Stephanie Wiles, features 85 of the Ohio native's drawings and commemorates the 40th anniversary of Dine's first visit to Oberlin College.

June 24--Conservatory Student's Harpsichord Talent on Display
John McKean '06, a harpsichord student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, was recently interviewed by the Bangor Daily News (Maine). McKean has been playing the harpsichord since the age of 12, when he was hired to impersonate Mozart during a musical performance with famed harpsichordist R.P. Hale, and has even build a replica of a circa-1584 instrument for himself.

June 22--Alumna Takes on Federal Voting Rights Act
Do state bans on felon voting violate the federal Voting Rights Act? New York State's Second Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in an unusual hearing that claims the voting ban is a form of racial discrimination. In an article in the June 22 edition of Newsday, Jacqueline Berrien '83, associate director-counsel of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, commented on the case, saying: "The essence of democracy is making sure that everyone who has a stake in the system has a voice in the outcome of elections."

June 17--Historic Marker Recognizes Oberlin's Role in Abolition of Slavery
Today's Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Cleveland Plain Dealer announced the upcoming decication of a historic marker at the junction of state Routes 58 and 511 to commemorate the city and College's involvement in the abolition of slavery.

June 17--Summer Job Earns Robin Hok '06 an Interview with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette features an article about Robin Hok '06, who is working as a naturalist at Todd Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, where she leads visitors on daily walks through the park's woods.

June 16--Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves '85 Performs in Ann Arbor
Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves '85 recently was interviewed by the Ann Arbor News. Graves, who is best known for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson and Delila, made her local debut as part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

June 12--Commencement Speaker James McBride '79 Quoted in the New York Times
Author and jazz musician James McBride '79 was one of the many commencement speakers at colleges and universities across the nation who choose to speak about the Sept. 11 attacks and the war on terrorism. McBride spoke to the graduating class at Pratt University, where he was credited by today's New York Times as saying: "I can never remember a time when you were actually afraid to ask someone what political party they belong to, or who they voted for."

June 10--New York City Councilwoman Yvette D. Clarke '86 Interviewed in The New York Times
Yvette D. Clarke '86, a member of New York's city council, has made headlines as the brains behind the Women's Restroom Equity Bill, which ensures a supply of two-to-one, female-to-male restroom facilities-ratio in the Big Apple's arenas, theaters, and nightclubs.Clarke's role in drafting the bill will cut the waiting time for women at public restrooms, something a recent article in the New York Times dubbed "potty parity."

June 9--Digital Museum's "Cellphone Exhibitions" Grab Media Attention
W. Logan Fry '66, founder and chief curator of the Digital Museum of Modern Art (DMOMA), is making art accessible to the tech-savvy masses through a series of "cellphone exhibitions" that showcase the work of some of the museum's best-known artists. Fry recently spoke with EContentMag.com about this growing trend, saying: "We essentially enable people to have an art exhibition in their pocket. They can access it when and where they want, whether it's a bus stop at midnight or in the office during the day."

June 8--New Graduate Plans to Begin Law School Next Fall
Today's Elyria Chronicle-Telegram features an exclusive interview with Tony Richardson '05, a native of Lorain, who plans to study law at Rutgers University in the fall.

June 8--Professional Funny Man Bill Irwin '73 Receives Tony Award
Bill Irwin '73 surprised New York theater aficionados by winning a Tony Award for his portrayal of George in the revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Boston Globe called Irwin's victory the "one upset of the night" and his performance "a brilliantly ironic makeover of a role that had seemed to belong to Richard Burton." Irwin's victory is making headlines off-stage, too; his big win has been covered in the pages of the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, MSNBC News, Seattle Weekly, the Baltimore Sun, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal, and online at Broadway.com
and Playbill.com.

June 6--Richard N. Haass '79 Outlines a Strategic Foreign Policy for U.S. in New Book
Richard N. Haass '79 is making headlines with his new book The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course (Public Affairs, May 2005), in which he argues that if containment was the foreign policy of choice for the post-Cold War era, then multilateralism and integration should be the policy for the post-9/11 world . The author of 10 other books, Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating information about the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments. The Opportunity has received coverage in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and MSNBC News.

June 2--Researcher Studies How Bone Density Affects Health
AgNews, a publication of Texas A&M University's Agrictulture Program, recently published an article about Susan A. Bloomfield's current research. Bloomfield, who graduated from Oberlin College in 1974, is an associate professor with the University's department of health and kinesiology and is currently working with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute to discover ways to prevent or reverse bone loss that occurs after space flight.

June 1--Adrian Fenty '92 Enters Washington, D.C. Mayoral Race
In a recent Washington Examiner article, Adrian Fenty '92 announced his intention to take part in the city's 2006 mayoral campaign. Fenty, Ward 4's two-term councilman, has promised to fight for model schools, aggressive community policing, smoke-free businesses, and "basic services for everyone."

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