Associated Press--At 19, sophomore Jenny Kaleczyc was the youngest delegate from Montana to take part in the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Kaleczyc comes from a very politically active family; her grandmother was one of 23 other Montana delegates picked to go to the convention this year.
Kaleczyc, who is considering a career in politics, feels that Oberlin is the best place to nurture her talents. "It's a very liberal and progressive school," she said, "and I just knew that it was the place for me. It's heaven on earth for me."
Washington Times--She was called "Dog Mom" by her classmates. Now Shari Kalina '94, who organized Oberlin's 99% no-kill animal shelter OASIS, has written a successful book on pet adoption with friend and former classmate Eliza Rubenstein '95.
The Adoption Option: Choosing and Raising the Shelter Dog for You (Simon & Schuster Macmillan/Howell Book House) is a detailed how-to book, outlining the steps toward the successful adoption of a shelter animal. Kalina found her devotion to the plight of stray animals in March of 1990, when she ran barefoot into a legendary Oberlin snowstorm to rescue an abandoned dog.
The New York Times--Oberlin students were among the 1,200 Union Summer interns involved in intensive, three-week labor movement projects across the country this summer. Union Summer, modeled after the Freedom Summer of 1964, is an A.F.L.-C.I.O. initiative aimed at strengthening the labor movement by building bridges with young adults, a segment of the population traditionally ignored by unions.
The interns helped to organize strawberry pickers in California, picketed with striking newspaper workers, distributed fliers to drug store workers, and held demonstrations at non-union hotels. A few of the interns took a bus trip through the South, visiting historic civil rights sites and organizing workers along the way.
Chronicle of Philanthropy--This journal duly noted a generous gift of $1 million, given to Oberlin College by W. Shelby Oliver and his wife Evelyn, to endow the directorship of the athletics department.
The Toledo Blade--The Allen Memorial Art Museum, called "OberlinŐs superb showcase," was given front-page attention in a Sunday edition of the paper's Arts & Entertainment section. A substantial gift of 8,000 objects from Charles F. Olney of Cleveland formed the basis of the museum's early collection in 1903. Part of this original gift was on display this summer in an exhibit titled "Charles F. Olney and the Collecting of Curiosities." Today the museum's collection includes more than 14,000 objects, including the best 700 works from Olney's bequest.
Oberlin's respected collection is often tapped as a source for art exhibitions around the world. This year, works from the Allen have been loaned for shows at the Louvre, the Pompidou Center, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Columbus Dispatch--This paper devoted an entire page to sports at Oberlin. From Oberlin's glory football days when the Yeomen were led by the legendary John Heisman, to today when even Coach Pete Peterson will acknowledge that "when we get better more people will come watch," Oberlin has had at best a rocky love affair with sports. This past year, however, as sophomore Andreas Pape pointed out, "our Ultimate Frisbee team was wonderful." Which led the reporter to conclude that "whatŐs considered important elsewhere is not necessarily so at Oberlin. And what's snubbed at other schools is often embraced here. That is both the beauty and the burden of the place."
Elsewhere in the same paper, Ann Gilbert '91, Oberlin's women's basketball coach, was profiled for her efforts in recruiting. Gilbert played for the team from 1989 to 1991. She was a member of the only winning women's basketball team in Oberlin's history, playing on small but dedicated squads her junior and senior years. Those years now give her hope, when she sometimes thinks it would be easier to pull in students if instead of talking up basketball, she were "giving music lessons."
The Plain Dealer--Over 800 students each year volunteer in organizations around Lorain County. During the summer, the Center for Service and Learning continues to make connections between the community and Oberlin College by placing summer fellows in internships throughout the area. The Plain Dealer interviewed three of these students about their experiences and what they have gained by working within the community.
The internships, said senior Shannon Hall, "allow you to see your education in action. When you put your theories in practice, maybe you find out they're wrong and you have to change your theories." Learning from volunteer work continues for students throughout the school year. They soon understand that the relationships that exist are not one-sided. "There's an equal exchange between what they learn and what they give to the community," said senior Julianne Donnelly.
The Journal of Chemical Education--Professor of Chemistry Martin Ackermann has received a Catalyst Award for excellence in teaching from the Chemical Manufacturer's Association. A total of eight awards are given annually to teachers across the nation. Only two of those awards go to professors at four-year colleges.
The Philadelphia Inquirer--In an editorial calling for the construction of a new park for Philadelphia--to be called "Liberty Square"--Oberlin was noted as the site of "America's most elegant town square...a glorious wooded park with magnificent trees, a graceful memorial arch, a gazebo, and a network of brick walkways." Tappan Square, the writer continued, "should serve as the model for Philadelphia's new town square."
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