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Oberlin in the News - Summer 2006

August 2006
August 27 — The New York Times Reviews Recording Featuring Cellist Darrett Adkins ’91
Darrett Adkins ’91, Assistant Professor of Cello at the Conservatory, along with Ronald Copes ’71 and his ensemble, the Juilliard String Quartet, received an enthusiastic review of their recording of Quintet for Strings by 15-year-old American composer Jay Greenberg in the August 27 issue of The New York Times. Regarding the musicians, the Times predicted: “If Mr. Greenberg can still enlist such compelling interpreters as his music matures and deepens, he will be a fortunate composer indeed.” The album, recorded for the Sony Classical label, also featured Greenberg’s Symphony No. 5 performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. 

August 21 — Oberlin's Robert Spano Takes the Measure of Conductors and Conducting in the August 21st Issue of The New Yorker
Conductor Robert Spano ‘83, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Conducting at the Conservatory, is music critic Justin Davidson's guide through the methods and mysteries of conducting in Davidson's article “Measure for Measure,” which appears in the August 21st issue of The New Yorker magazine. The considerable time that Davidson spent with Spano — observing recording sessions and rehearsals, talking shop over lunch, and analyzing great conductors on a DVD documentary (“'I feel like a retired football player on ESPN calling the plays,' [Spano] joked.”) — was “both invigorating and exhausting,” Davidson writes.

August 15 — Advocate College Guide Places Oberlin Among the “Best of the Best”
The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students has ranked Oberlin one of the top 20 “Best of the Best schools." The criteria include resources, social-scene tips, factoids — plus a definitive checklist of 20 LGBT services, curricula, groups, and policies each school does (or does not) have. "Oberlin is special because of the collaborative strength of both the curricular and co-curricular resources available," says Erik Estes, director of Oberlin’s Multicultural Resource Center. "Oberlin also does a great job integrating LGBT issues within a larger commitment to social justice concerns around race, class, gender and other categories of analysis."

August 14 — Barron’s Names Clyde McGregor ’74 Best Fund Manager
Building on his reputation as one of the country’s leading money managers, Clyde McGregor ’74 is listed as the top manager of balanced funds in the 11th annual Barron’s/Value Line survey. “Some fund managers consistently outshine their peers,” according to Barron’s, which designed the survey to identify the top 100 mutual-fund managers. A member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees, McGregor also was featured on the “Meet the Masters” list that highlighted the nine managers who added the most value in their fund categories in the past year. Portfolio manager of the Oakmark Equity and Income Fund and a partner with Harris Associates L.P., McGregor has been named the top manager in the balanced funds category by Barron’s in each of the past three years.

August 10 — Cleveland's Karamu House to Honor Co-founder Rowena Jelliffe '14 in Hall of Fame Ceremony
Oberlin alumna and social activist Rowena Woodham Jelliffe ’14 and her husband Russell, the late founders of Cleveland’s Karamu House, will be inducted into the Karamu’s Hall of Fame, Sept. 9, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Jelliffes founded Karamu, the nation's oldest black performing-arts center, in 1915, a year after Rowena graduated from Oberlin. The Jelliffes and eight other inductees, including veteran film and television actor Robert Guillaume (Lion King, Benson), will be the first to be honored with a national ceremony at Karamu.

August 7 — Oberlin Ranked 13th in Washington Monthly College Rankings
The second annual Washington Monthly College Rankings places Oberlin 13th among more than 200 liberal arts colleges. To generate the rankings, Washington Monthly asks "not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country." Rankings were based on scores in each of three categories including community service, scientific and humanistic research, and social mobility.

August 3 — The New York Times Profiles Alternative Press Cartoonist Alison Bechdel
Today's New York Times features a profile of Alison Bechdel '81, an alternative press cartoonist best known for the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For. Bechdel recently published Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which chronicles her childhood and focuses on her relationship with her father. A Times book review calls Fun Home “an engrossing memoir that does the graphic novel format proud.”

August 1 — Oberlin Jazz Septet Featured at Detroit Jazz Festival
According to PR Newswire, Oberlin is among “the finest regional collegiate jazz bands” that will be performing during the 27th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend. The Oberlin ensemble will play for passengers during daily jazz cruises on the Detroit Princess riverboat. The student musicians will be in distinguished company. The headliners who will offer 100 performances on six stages include Sergio Mendes and Brazil 2006, Diane Schuur ,Taj Mahal, Joan Osborne, and the Holmes Brothers.

July 2006
July 26 — Oberlin Student Has Co-founded a Myspace.com-like Web Site — “But With a Conscience.”
Reid Schoffelen, a rising sophomore from Princeton, New Jersey, and two students at Princeton University are launching Rethos.com, a social networking web site targeted to people ages 18 to 24, according to The Princeton Packet. Designed to unite socially and environmentally minded individuals with nonprofit organizations and responsible businesses, the site will provide information about environmental, social justice and conflict-resolution issues in an entertaining way as well as allow registered users to link up with established organizations and companies.

July 23 — Washington Post Poll Shows Adrian Fenty '92 Holds Early Lead in D.C. Mayoral Race
Washington D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty '92 has opened a clear lead in his campaign to become Washington's next mayor, according to a new Washington Post poll. Seven weeks before the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, the poll indicates a two-person race between Fenty, 35, a second-term council member from Ward 4, and longtime Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp, 58. Among all Democratic voters surveyed, Fenty leads Cropp 39 percent to 31 percent, and his margin jumps to 10 percentage points among those considered most likely to vote.

July 20 — Portland Tribune Profiles Jazz Trumpeter Farnell Newton
The Portland Tribune started off a recent profile of trumpeter Farnell Newton '00 by saying he “has everything he needs - talent, temperament, pedigree - to make it to a larger stage. The only question is the route he'll take to get there.” The publication also says the spring release of Newton's CD Sense of Direction “garnered much acclaim,” and notes that Newton attended the prestigious Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he got the chance to back up Aretha Franklin.

July 17 — Marin Independent Journal Announces Latest Work by Conservatory Alumnus
Musicals, operas, choral works and instrumental pieces by composer Richard Evans '64 have been performed throughout the country. Most recently, Marin Independent Journal reported his score for a musical comedy titled "Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class has been staged at festivals in Kansas City, Chicago and Cardiff, Wales, and produced by New York University's musical theater department. “He has a really marvelous sense of harmonies," says librettist Charles Leipart. "His score is suggestive of the period of turn-of-the-century, 19th-century music, but it's not rigid. It's still contemporary."

July 14 — The Oakland Tribune Says Michael Morgan Was Early Mentor for Conservatory Student
The Oakland Tribune credits Michael Morgan '79, East Bay Symphony Orchestra conductor, with “changing the life” of violinist Danielle Taylor '09. Eight years ago Morgan spotted Danielle and her sister Rachel during a visit to their Oakland, California, elementary school and offered private violin lessons through the symphony's MUSE program. Today the two are considered virtuosos, according to the Tribune. It also points out that Danielle and Rachel are seen as heroes in their neighborhood for playing the violin, which gratifies Morgan: “You hope a victory has a multiplier factor like that,” he says.

July 13 — Vancouver Sun Interviews Conservatory Professor Angela Cheng
"Unquestionably one of Vancouver's favourite musicians" is how The Vancouver Sun describes Angela Cheng, associate professor of keyboard studies at Oberlin College. A lengthy Q&A article adds that the Edmonton-raised pianist has been an active contributor to the local classical music scene for two decades through her many performances for the Vancouver Recital Society, the CBC Radio Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony.

July 13 — New York Times Reviews Grendel, New Opera Directed by Julie Taymor '74 and Featuring Denyce Graves '84
Grendel, Julie Taymor's latest venture into the world of opera, received numerous reviews in The New York Times and other national publications when the work opened July 11 as part of the 10th anniversary Lincoln Center Festival. Featured prominently in the production, which Taymor '74 directed, was Conservatory alumna Denyce Graves '84 as the Dragon, a role that was conceived for the mezzo soprano. The opera includes Taymor's “trademark puppets, masks, tree-man creatures and flying dancers,” said the Times. "Taymor's fans will undoubtedly be thrilled by some of the staging effects: notably, a fleeting battle scene played behind a scrim with flashing strobe lights, in which we see warriors suspended in midair and flying furniture.”

July 10 — New Yorker Quotes Iran Expert Patrick L. Clawson '73 in latest Seymour Hersh Article
Iran expert Patrick L. Clawson '73 discusses the Pentagon's war over Iran in "LAST STAND: The military's problem with the President's Iran policy," an article by Seymour M. Hersh in the July 10 New Yorker. Clawson is the deputy director for research at the Washington Institute for Near-East Policy, a conservative think-tank. He is also the author of Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos and has been sought for his views on Iran by Congress as well as by the national media'most recently U.S. Newswire, Washington Post, and National Republic.

July 10 — Milford Daily News (MA) Says Matt Iorio's Racing Career "has been nothing short of remarkable."
On August 3, Matt Iorio '03 will take a spot in ESPN's first rally car racing event at X Games 12 in Los Angeles, California. A psychology major, he became interested in racing between his sophomore and junior years. Since then, Iorio's 'progress has been nothing short of remarkable, according to the Milford Daily News. In 2004, his first full year as a racer, he was named the circuit's rookie of the year and in 2005 he won the North American and Rally America Open Class title. In June, he captured his first tour win at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally.

July 7 — Associated Press Announces Frank Burgos '82 Named Managing Editor of Bergen County Record
Oberlin alumnus Frank Burgos, editorial page editor at the Philadelphia Daily News, has been named managing editor of The Record of Bergen County, relates the widely circulated Associated Press story. Burgos, 46, had been at the Philadelphia paper since 1996. Burgos, a Chicago native, is a 1982 graduate of Oberlin and a 1984 graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2002. Record editor Frank Scandale said Burgos was picked after a national search for someone to run the paper's day-to-day operations. "I liked the fact that that he comes from a real competitive newspaper," Scandale said. "He understands local news.''

July 2 — Knight/Ridder Tribune News Service Reports Obie Runner Takes First Place at Chileda-Classic-5K
"Success has had a way of following Flannery Cerbin wherever she runs," says an article distributed recently by the Knight/Ridder Tribune News Service. The Oberlin rising sophomore took first place in the women's 5-kilometer race July 1 at the La Crosse Chileda Classic. The news service also reported Cerbin placed seventh for Central High School at the WIAA state cross country meet her senior year in 2004, placed sixth in the NCAA Division III regional meet last fall for Oberlin, and finished 20th overall at the NCAC championships as a freshman. " 'The dedication to running, and the discipline needed to get through it all, has spilled over into other aspects of her life, namely school,' she said."

June 30 — Iowa Paper Heralds Conservatory Professor's Appearance at Jazz Festival
"This weekend's fete de jazz will draw some big headliners from across the nation, one of whom is Robin Eubanks," reported The Daily Iowan. "No, not the guitar guy from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno band — his brother, the Oberlin College professor of trombone, who appears in numerous big-name jazz ensembles... ." Eubanks' performances with the University of Iowa Faculty Jazz Ensemble and the Mingus Dynasty concluded his three-day residency in Iowa City.

June 3 — Tulsa World Says Miró Quartet Brought "Thrilling" Program to Tulsa
Since its founding at Oberlin a decade ago, the Miró Quartet has risen rapidly to become one of the country's top string ensembles, according to the Tulsa World. The string ensemble made its Tulsa debut the first weekend in June as the final guest of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2005-2006 season. The quartet won the top two prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the first prize at the 50th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in its first few months of existence. Most recently, the Miró Quartet won the Cleveland Quartet Award and became the first ensemble ever to receive the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

July 3 — Terpsichore Brilliantly Ends Oberlin Baroque Fest According to Cleveland Plain Dealer
Plain Dealer Music Critic Wilma Salisbury says, "Brilliant music, intricate choreography, and elaborate costumes evoked the splendor of the baroque era Friday night at Oberlin College, wh ere a semi-staged performance of 'Terpsichore' provided a grand finale to the 2006 Baroque Performance Institute."

July 2 — Tennessee Paper Announces Alumnus Will Join Conservatory Faculty in 2007
Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Vincent L. Danner '88 will join the faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, his alma mater, as a visiting assistant professor after February 2007. He is currently associate conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

June 2006
June 26 — Cleveland Plain Dealer Critic Praises Baroque Performance Institute Concert
Cleveland Plain Dealer arts critic Wilma Salisbury raved about "Airs from the South: Italian Musical Influences Throughout Europe," the faculty concert presented last Friday by the 2006 Baroque Performance Institute. The program "struck a fine balance of obscure works and masterpieces. The distinguished artist-teachers performed together with mature musicianship and collegial spirit," she said, noting that the joyous concert was dedicated to the memory of BPI founder, James Boone Caldwell.

June 15 — New York Times Quotes Geology Professor on Beach Erosion
The New York Times quotes Laura J. Moore, assistant professor of geology, in a science article detailing how global warming will affect the nation's beaches. While on sabbatical from Oberlin, Moore is a Visiting Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where she has been leading an investigation of barrier island response to sea level rise. She is using data on past barrier island migration to predict how coastal barriers will fare as the sea level rise accelerates. "The beach is attempting to find an elevation at which it can maintain its shape," she said. "For any stretch of coast, the answer depends on a number of factors, including geology, wave patterns and sand supply, whether natural or artificial. But in general, the faster the sea level rises, the faster the barrier islands will have to retreat."

June 8 — Oberlin Celebrates U.S. Distinction
The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue Monument, which represents Oberlin's historic role in the Civil War, has been accepted into the National Park Service's Network to Freedom, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. A celebration was held on Saturday, June 17, in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Oberlin. For details, go to www.OberlinUndergroundRailroad.org.

June 6 — Burlington Free Press Quotes Wilson Skinner '05 on Immigration Rights
The Burlington Free Press quoted Wilson Skinner '05, a representative from Immigrant Rights Vermont, in a front-page article. Skinner served on a panel of experts that discussed immigration issues and the push to make Burlington a sanctuary city. "We are a city of immigrants,” said Skinner. “Therefore, a sanctuary city resolution is something Burlington should pass not only because the cost will be nothing but most importantly, it affirms our belief in community: a safe haven for all who enter it with equal access to equal rights." The proposed resolution would welcome immigrants, provide equal access to city services, and protection from racial profiling.

June 6 — Associated Press Story Highlights Oberlin's Energy Monitoring System
Oberlin's system to monitor electricity and water use in the dormitories is part of increasing efforts nationwide by universities and colleges to become more "sustainable" ' while saving money, notes an Associated Press Story in the Minneapolis Pioneer. The article points out that all the data collected by Oberlin's system will eventually be available online and in real time, so students can compare energy consumption in each dorm.

June 3 — Alumna Hannah Suthers Is Awarded Prestigious Wildlife Award
Hannah Suthers, '53, who studied religion and biology, and learned about bird banding at Oberlin, was awarded the Women and Wildlife Inspiration Award from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey in March 2006. The Times of Trenton, who calls Suthers, 74, ”the Birdwoman of Featherbed Lane," reported that if her decades of banding birds and recording data were all she had done, "the Hopewell Township resident would still be remembered as making a major contribution to human knowledge of the avian world." The ‘Times went on to list Suther's many other significant contributions, including founding Featherbed Lane, one of the longest continuing privately run bird banding research and training projects in North America.

June 3 — Art Daily Announces New Allen Museum Curator
Art Daily has announced the appointment of Dr. Andria Derstine as the new curator of Western art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Dr. Derstine, who will take up her post starting on July 10, is currently assistant curator of European art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, home to one of the world's finest collections of European art.

June 2 — Oberlin Alumna Studies Health Risks to Caribbean-born Women
Dr. Nonkuli Dladla ‘93 is in the midst of examining risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease among women born in the Caribbean who make their homes in Brooklyn, the largest community of Caribbean immigrants in New York, according to the New York Daily News. A first-year fellow in the Fellowship in Health Services Research at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Dladla majored in African-American studies and comparative religions at Oberlin. She earned a medical degree at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 2002, and returned to Brooklyn to do a clinical epidemiology residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope.

    
   
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