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Read feature, general interest, and campus-based news stories about the Oberlin College campus community.

Who is Shelby Pykare?

January 18, 2022

Yvonne Gay

The excitement a student has when they receive the internship or job they want is what Shelby Pykare enjoys most about her work in the Career Development Center. But why did she end up swimming in the ocean and ziplining in Panama? Find out in this installment of Who Am I?
A portrait of a young woman with curly long hair.

Who is Heather Martin?

January 10, 2022

Yvonne Gay

In her former position, Heather Martin was responsible for tracking all of the many events held during Commencement/Reunion Weekend. Today she schedules nearly 500 performances and thousands of rehearsals as a member of the Concert Production Office. What’s her trick to managing it all? Find out in this installment of Who Am I?
A portrait of a woman.

Who is Sally Moffitt?

January 3, 2022

Yvonne Gay

Since beginning her career at Oberlin College more than 16 years ago, Sally Moffitt has held positions in several departments. After spending 11 years with the Allen Memorial Art Museum, she recently took a position with the Counseling Center. Learn more about Moffitt in this installment of Who Am I?
A portrait of a woman.

Former Associate Professor bell hooks Dies

December 20, 2021

Office of Communications

The author of more than 30 books, writer and social activist bell hooks died December 15 after an extended illness. From 1988 to 1994 hooks was as an associate professor in English and women’s studies at Oberlin. Her book Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism was named one of the twenty most influential woman’s books by Publishers Weekly and she was named one of the most influential women of the past century, by TIME.
Bell Hooks wearing orange top and talking on stage with a microphone in hand

This Week in Photos: Dancing, Swimming, Singing, Celebrating

December 14, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A student takes a few steps on a ladder and stretches one arm to the top of a large glowing menorah in the center of Tappan Square. The gold branched candelabra and flames glisten against the night sky, and those surrounding it look up at its brilliance. This Oberlin community gathering, in celebration of the last night of Hanukkah, leads off this week’s photo series.
A girl lights a large menorah.

Who is Jess West?

December 13, 2021

Yvonne Gay

Head Field Hockey Coach Jess West is in her happy place when she’s on the field. This might explain why she recalls playing during white-out conditions as a defensive player in college with such fondness. Learn more about West in this installment of Who Am I?
Photo portrait of a woman.

Teacher and Preservationist Jane T. Blodgett ’54 Dies

December 9, 2021

Office of Communications

Jane T. Blodgett, 89, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2021. Blodgett met her future husband, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History Geoffrey T. Blodgett, during her first year at Oberlin. After graduating, they returned to Oberlin and she spent 26 years teaching in the community. She was also an ardent historian who chaired the Oberlin Historic Preservation Commission for ten years. UPDATE: the memorial service for Jane Blodgett that was originally scheduled for January 8th has been postponed due to Omicron. This page will be updated with the new date as soon as it becomes available. Contributions may be made in Jane’s name to the Geoffrey T. Blodgett Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, Oberlin College Office of Advancement.
Head shot of Jane Blodgett

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