Government Honors Professor for Role in Restoring Democracy
of History Steven Volk was among those recognized last fall by the
Chilean government for their participation in that nation's struggle
for democracy. He received a plaque at a ceremony in New York.
went to Chile in 1972 to work on his dissertation and witnessed
the 1973 overthrow of the government by General Augusto Pinochet.
Two of his friends were casualties in the coup.
his return to the U.S., Volk became research director for the North
American Congress on Latin America, an organization that publicized
the political situation in Chile. He also became involved in the
Chile Solidarity Movement, a group that worked to pressure Pinochet.
Chilean people succeeded in voting Pinochet out of office in 1988.
"I'm very proud that I was recognized. It's a good feeling
to have a government thank you," Volk said.
Wins Girl Scout's Highest Honor
First-year student Tami Reed traveled to Washington, D.C., last
March to receive the Girl Scout Gold Award for Young Women of Distinction.
Gold Award is roughly equivalent to the Boy Scout's Eagle Scout
Award and is presented for exceptional community activity and demonstrated
leadership skills. Only 1 percent of Girl Scouts receive the Gold
Award each year, and of those, only 10 nationwide earn the status
of Young Women of Distinction.
her service project, Reed organized and taught a series of summer
science workshops for elementary school children at the Houston
seeing the spark of understanding in young children was a thrill,
Reed plans to continue in science, eventually going to medical school.
She hopes one day to work at the Centers for Disease Control.
Why, 250 years after his death, is Bach still popular? How do musicians
overcome stage fright? Can you enjoy music even if you're not a
and other musical musings were the topics of "Musical Wonders,"
a radio program from Oberlin that aired this semester on Cleveland
program, hosted and produced by radio personality Paula Gordon '68,
consisted of two-minute interviews with Conservatory faculty members
on topics that illustrate the connections between professional music
making and the everyday world. (The questions above were answered
by professors Steve Plank, musicology; George Sakakeeny, bassoon;
and Robert Shannon, piano, respectively.)
you somehow missed the broad- casts, don't despair. Audio clips
of the show are available on the Conservatory web site (www.oberlin.edu/con).
Click on the "Musical Wonders" box on the left side of
the page. ATS