Haverford Gift Guide

[This article appears in the Winter 2013 issue of Haverford magazine.]

We know the holidays can be stressful. No matter what (or if) you celebrate at the end of the year, there are so many opportunities for gift giving and receiving that it can be hard to be imaginative with your presents. This year, why not fill your shopping bag with items made and sold by your fellow Fords? Current students and alumni create all sorts of one-of-a-kind artworks and handmade crafts and even teach classes that would make great gifts. Here’s a list of a dozen gift ideas that will make your season bright.



jewelryA second-generation goldsmith and Haverfordian—his father James Meyer is Class of ’62—Caleb Meyer ’89 produces fine jewelry and runs an American craft gallery in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. His sophisticated pieces, such as the engraved 18-karat yellow-gold cuff ($3,553), emerald cabochon and diamond ring ($1,651), and freshwater pearl earrings ($795) shown here, would make the perfect special-occasion gifts. There are items for men, too, such as rings and belt buckles. “I am designing jewelry for people who live an active lifestyle and who appreciate a certain understated grace in their jewelry,” says Meyer. “From our total commitment to bezel-setting [a technique that eliminates the need for prongs when setting diamonds and colored stones] to the subtle and graceful hammered textures and handmade details, this is heirloom jewelry to wear comfortably every day.” calebmeyer.com




gabbyfeltKate Mahoney ’14 has a busy year ahead of her as a senior Russian major at Bryn Mawr, but she still has time to make felted animals, like this dog, and sell them via her online Etsy store. Mahoney can make any kind of animal out of wool—horses, cats, tigers—but in addition to the stock available for purchase online, she can also create a custom likeness of your pet! That way you’ll never be far from your beloved Fido or Fluffy. All animals are $40, plus shipping, which is a small price to pay to thrill all of the animal lovers on your list with original gifts. etsy.com/shop/GabbysFeltedFriends




Do you know someone who loves the ocean? If so, the Etsy store of Cora Hersh ’16 is the perfect place to find a present for him or her. Hersh, who hails from Wellesley, Mass., a brief drive from the sea, is inspired by aquatic imagery for the crafts, jewelry, and clothing that she makes. At her online storefront you can buy organic cotton T-shirts or baby onesies featuring colorful, hand-screened pictures of dogfish, sailboats, lobsters, seahorses, or octopuses ($18 to $20 each). Hersh also makes and sells pearl and beaded jewelry ($15 to $30) for those who like to add a little luster to their seasonal attire. etsy.com/shop/TheJetty




socksThere are mail subscription services for everything now. Netflix and GameFly keep subscribers up-to-date with new movies and the latest videogames. Birchbox and Glossybox send beauty addicts new products every month. And now you can get your socks in the mail too. For $11 a month, SockPanda, founded by David Peck ’03, sends subscribers new footwear that they can’t find anywhere else, surprising them with one pair of either “cool” or “bold” (the wilder of the two) socks made of high-quality fabrics and featuring colorful designs. And Peck is offering a deal to friends of the College—enter the word “Haverford” at checkout and get 50% off your first month. As a subscriber, you’ll be in good company: James T. Kirk himself—William Shatner—gets his socks from SockPanda. www.sockpanda.com



DogwoodThose looking for ecologically conscious gifts will be pleased to hear that the beautiful bowls laboriously crafted by Tom Pleatman ’69 are made from fallen trees. “I collect the wood from wherever the trees came down,” says Pleatman, who transforms that wood into a bowl by splitting a log in half, spinning the wood on a lathe to get a bowl shape, and then letting the wood age in that shape for more than a year. He then shapes the bowl again on the lathe and gives it about 18 coats of tung oil (a food-safe finish made from the nut of the tung tree) and beeswax. “There are two ways of looking at the finished bowl,” he says. “One is that it is an empty container that longs to be filled with something—food or trinkets. The other is that a finished bowl is completely filled as is, with all of the beauty of the wood, and not a single thing could possibly be added to it. My personal goal with each piece is to try to bring out as much of the wood’s characteristics as possible, so that this latter view is the one people see.” Prices vary with the piece but generally range between $100 and $400. treasuredwood.com



dorksporkNeed a Secret Santa gift for that Game of Thrones superfan, Sherlock lover, or Pokemon collector in your life? Look no further than DorkSpork, the Etsy shop of quirky crafter Justine Garcia ’06 and her high school friend Carrie Pena. The duo’s pop-culture-inspired small polymer charms, featuring characters from Donkey Kong and Avatar: The Last Airbender, can decorate cell phones, water bottles, wine glasses, or coffee mugs to distinguish yours from the rest. And they are a mere $8 each. “Our goal is to provide people with unique products, and we are constantly striving to produce work that can’t be found anywhere else,” says Garcia. She’s got a point; we’ve never seen a set of six beverage charms that display all the different Game of Thrones house symbols ($45) anywhere else before. etsy.com/shop/dorkspork



yogaDon’t know your downward-facing dog from your plow pose? No problem. Dana Miller ’86 can help. The certified New York-based yoga teacher offers classes for all levels of fitness and yoga awareness. Miller teaches a Vinyasa style of the practice, in which one pose flows into the next on the breath. If someone you know has made a New Year’s resolution to become stronger, more limber, more mindful, or less stressed, yoga classes could be the perfect gift. Especially for friends of the College, Miller is offering a fiveperson group yoga class package for $35 for anyone in the New York City area, and for those in Manhattan there’s also a package of three private one-hour sessions in your home for $225. To schedule, call Miller at 917-545-0082 or email stayatomyoga@gmail.com.



stonegroundAs a holistic-health coach and organic-foods demonstrator, Tim Richards ’10 was tired of the subpar almond butters on the market, so the former philosophy major decided to make his own. His Philosopher’s Stoneground line is made with sprouted almonds, which provide more nutritional value than typical roasted almonds and are easier to digest. And Richards’ almonds are stoneground—the process sustains the important nutritional enzymes, fats, and proteins in the nuts that typical nut processing destroys. The butters, which come in two flavors and in creamy and crunchy versions ($12 to $25), are currently available in some California health-food stores and farmers’ markets and should be available for purchase online soon. thephilosophersstoneground.com



botanicafloraPhiladelphia-based immigration attorney Djung Tran ’98 makes more than just legal arguments; she has also started her own line of photographic greeting cards. The cards, which feature Tran’s close-up photos of lush flowers, brightly plumed birds, and colorful butterflies, are blank inside, so they are appropriate for any occasion. The cards come in two sizes (5×7 and 6×8) and are $5.95 and 9.95, respectively, including shipping. Her Etsy store is forthcoming, so for now you can order cards by contacting Tran directly at djung253@gmail.com.



printsThink original prints are out of your price range? Think again. Printmaker Anna Benjamin ’13 has something for every budget. The artist, who designs all of her bold, graphic patterns digitally, sells stationary ($12), coaster sets ($35), iPod and iPhone cases ($35), framed ($59) and unframed ($38.48) art prints, prints on stretched canvas ($85), and large, hand-printed lithographs via her Society6 and Etsy online storefronts. Benjamin also takes commissions, not just for lithographs and prints, but also to handprint any of her designs onto furniture. Contact her directly at art@annabenjamin.com to commission work. Society6.com/AnnaBenjamin; etsy.com/shop/AnnaBenjaminArt



stacking ringsFans of sparkle who care about the ecological impact of their twinkle will be pleased to learn that the pieces that Cassie Nylen Gray ’97 creates for her Clementine Jewelry line are not only delicate and beautiful, but are also forged from recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds using environmentally friendly tools and practices. The Ashfield, Mass.-based designer and metalsmith, who studied at Snow Farm, Metalwerx, and the Penland School of Crafts, makes chic, dainty pieces at many different price points: from gold teardrop earrings for $20 to a silver and white-topaz necklace for $72, to sophisticated black diamond studs for $315. Stumped as to what the lady in your life might want this season? Why not get her one of Gray’s stacking rings (pictured left), which are made from recycled sterling silver, recycled gold, and gems, and are individually priced from $20 to $295. clementinejewelry.com








perfumeA gift of perfume is a romantic, charmingly old-fashioned gesture—who doesn’t like to smell good? But for those tired of paying for major designers’ multimillion-dollar marketing campaigns in every expensive bottle they buy, why not go artisanal and small-batch with your purchase this winter? Jessica Dunne ’98 started her own perfumery in 2007, inspired by the memories of her grandmother, Ellie (her fragrances’ namesake), and her mother. “I have always loved perfume, even though I never thought I would turn my passion into a business,” says Dunne, a Chicago-based mother of two. As a kid, “I actually created ‘perfume’ from berries and flowers in my backyard and sold it at my lemonade stand, so this was meant to be!” Dunne’s Ellie D line features two fragrances: Ellie, a combination of white florals, vanilla, vetiver, and musk; and Ellie Nuit, a blend of rose, violet, fig, cashmere wood, sandalwood, and coriander seed. The fragrances are available as 7mL roll-ons ($50) and half-ounce glass bottle parfums ($180). elliedperfume.com; luckyscent.com


More Gift Ideas

Did you know that the Haverford College Bookstore now offers online sales? To purchase all manner of Haver-themed apparel and gifts, including caps, tees, mugs, paperweights—even a black squirrel plush toy—go to haverfordbookstore.com.


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President Dan Weiss Speaks to Alumni in New York


Dan Weiss at the Penn Club.
Dan Weiss at the Penn Club.


On a snowy Tuesday, Dec. 10, Dan Weiss spoke at the Penn Club in New York City—the first in a series of events created to give the Haverford community an opportunity to get to know the new College president. Despite the inclement weather, the audience grew to 115 attendees, including alumni, parents, and friends.


Dan Weiss takes a question from Joe Ballou ’06 during his event at the Penn Club in New York.
Dan Weiss takes a question from Joe Ballou ’06 during his event at the Penn Club in New York.


After an opening reception, Weiss highlighted the special opportunities but also unique responsibilities of a liberal arts college like Haverford. “The world of higher education means that our objective is raised to an even higher level,” he said. Weiss discussed the importance of a financial model that reflected strict accountability to the strategic plan and addressed positioning a learning environment in a fast-changing technological landscape. “If changes are necessary, we are prepared to make them,” he added. Weiss emphasized the College’s collaborations with Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and Penn and the need to leverage these partnerships to build an exciting new college environment.

Weiss was eloquent on the standards set by his predecessor Isaac Sharpless, who spoke a century ago of the need for an undergraduate experience of uncompromised quality. “And now we must build on these Quaker values,” Weiss said, “to create new learning environments—not just those that do exist, but those that should exist, where people can engage their own values.”

Weiss concluded by answering a number of thoughtful questions from the audience, and then spent time speaking informally with attendees. After the presentation he accepted an offer to grab a post-event drink with a group of young alumni, including Katherine Dopulos ’13.

The next stop on the presidential tour will be in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12, with Boston and Chicago in the spring (April 9 and May 6, respectively).

Dan chats with Tony Walton ’63 (right) and David Sloane ’72 (center), who was kind enough to secure the Penn Club as the evening's venue.
Dan chats with Tony Walton ’63 (right) and David Sloane ’72 (left), who was kind enough to secure the Penn Club as the evening’s venue.
Alumni from a range of years attended, including (left to right) Karen Muñoz ’01, Melissa Atwood ’01, and Matthew Spigelman ’02.
Alumni from a range of years attended, including (left to right) Karen Muñoz ’01, Melissa Atwood ’01, and Matthew Spigelman ’02.
(From left) Evelyn Roberts and Norb Roberts, Jr. ’66 enjoyed themselves, along with Clark de Schweinitz ’66 and Johnnie de Schweinitz.
(From left) Evelyn Roberts and Norb Roberts, Jr. ’66 enjoyed themselves, along with Clark de Schweinitz ’66 and Johnnie de Schweinitz.
There was a strong turnout of young alumni, including Liz Zoidis ’11, Charlie Michelle II ’13, Jayde Lawson ’12, Caity Tully ’11, and Kate Mundell ’12.
There was a strong turnout of young alumni, including Liz Zoidis ’11, Charlie Michelle II ’13, Jayde Lawson ’12, Caity Tully ’11, and Kate Mundell ’12.
Dan Weiss thanks Norm Pearlstine ’64, who hosted the event.
Dan Weiss thanks Norm Pearlstine ’64, who hosted the event.
Mike Sargent ’81 enjoys a moment with Dan after the talk.
Mike Sargent ’81 enjoys a moment with Dan after the talk.
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Chinese Culture Dinner and Dining Etiquette Workshop


Among the aims of the Rufus M. Jones Institute for Leadership is to help Haverford students “build the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to become positive change agents in our increasingly global society.” Earlier this month, the organization put the global focus on China when it hosted a Chinese Culture Dinner and Dining Etiquette Workshop.

This well-attended special event, co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, was held in the Dining Center on December 4 and was catered by Hong Garden, a local restaurant owned by the family of alumnus Jon Yu ’12. Three students, Oscar Wang ’14, Gogo Wang ’15, and Shan Shan ’17 (members of the International Students Association and the Asian Students Association), gave presentations throughout the meal on the specifics of Chinese dining etiquette. Along with a description of each course, topics discussed included how to use chopsticks, proper professional behavior at a Chinese dinner, and the custom of “fighting” over the bill at the end of the meal.

The Chinese Culture Dinner is just one of a number of events hosted by the Rufus M. Jones Institute, whose executive board includes students, faculty and staff.  To complete the Institute’s leadership development program, participating students must meet a list of requirements that includes attendance at leadership-related retreats, conferences, and on-campus talks; participation in self-designed leadership experiences (such as internships or externships, captaining a team, or heading a campus club); and the completion of a six-week, non-credit leadership course. For more information about the Institute, explore their website.

(left to right) Oscar Wang ’14, Gogo Wang ’15, and Shan Shan ’17 explain the details of Chinese dining etiquette
Attendees learned how to eat with chopsticks, the ins and outs of different courses in a Chinese meal, proper behavior and etiquette while eating, and how to handle a restaurant bill.

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Being a Haverford House Fellow


The CPGC Café in Stokes was the venue last week for an informal presentation by the 2013-2014 Haverford House fellows.  The six recent Haverford grads, all from the Class of 2013, spoke about their experiences as fellows, their placements with Philadelphia social service agencies, and about the opportunity for some current Haverford students to see social justice in action by shadowing them for a week during the winter break.

Janice Lion, domestic programs coordinator for the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, talks about the history of the Haverford House program.
Janice Lion, domestic programs coordinator for the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, talks about the history of the Haverford House program.

Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the yearlong Haverford House fellowship program was founded by Professor Kaye Edwards 12 years ago to strengthen the relationship between the College and the Philadelphia region. The program provides six graduating seniors with group housing in a West Philadelphia row home, and placements with nonprofit organizations. The fellows work four days a week in their placements and spend their fifth workday on projects that directly engage current Haverford students with urban issues.

This year’s fellows, all from the Class of 2013, include anthropology major Jemma Benson, who is working with Hacia El Futuro (Toward the Future); psychology major Hannah Michelle Brower, who works with the Center for Hunger-Free Communities; chemistry major Sumin Park, whose placement is with Project H.O.P.E.; psychology major Benjamin Van Son, serving with HIAS Pennsylvania; and political science major Bridget Gibbons, and sociology major Michael Riccio, who are both employed with Community Legal Services.

(from left) Haverford House fellows Ben Van Son, Hannah Brower, and Sumin Park.
(from left) Haverford House fellows Ben Van Son, Hannah Brower, and Sumin Park.

To find out more about life at Haverford House, and the fellows’ plans for engaging Haverford students around such issues as digital literacy, homelessness, restorative justice, immigration, and public health, go to the CPGC webpage and the Haverford House blog.






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Late Night Bites at Lunt Café

The Lunt Cafe.

Haverfordians in need of a late night snack head on over to Lunt Café, the student-run hub for grub on campus. Located in the basement of Lunt Hall (one of the three North Dorms), the café is open from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. every day, and provides the necessary sustenance to make it through long nights of studying. Along with coffee and tea, the menu includes the famous Oreogasm (a vanilla shake with Oreos), as well as nachos with guacamole and salsa, and bagel sandwiches.

Lunt Café has been in operation on and off since 1982, when it took over from the Three Seasons Café which was housed in the basement of Comfort. The café was closed for several months in 2011-12, but reopened in April 2012 after extensive renovations and upgrades.

To take a peek at the full menu, visit the website, or check out the blackboard in the photo below.

Alexis Auer '17 and Ariel Dineen '17 talk in the Lunt Cafe.

Shewit Zerai '17 prepares a sandwhich for a fellow student in Lunt Cafe.
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Find it all at the Bookstore


Need anything?

The Haverford College Bookstore, located in the basement of the Whitehead Campus Center, is the perfect (and only!) place on campus to grab supplies of any kind. With sections for things like textbooks, study supplies, non-class readings, food and drink, greeting cards, Haverford apparel, and even a shelf of Free Trade items, the store offers students options for shopping without having to leave campus. Newly renovated, this space is always a hub of activity, with its convenient location near the mailroom and beneath the Coop.

If you’re away from campus, though, you’re not out of luck! You now can use the Bookstore’s website to purchase Haverford-related merchandise. And with the holidays approaching, its site is a quick and easy way to shop for the Ford in your life.






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Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series Brings Fords Back to Campus

The Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series (YAALS) connects current students, faculty, and community members to Haverford’s vibrant alumni presence in the academic world. Now in its eleventh year,  the lecture series, which invites Fords in academia to return to campus to speak about their  work, is flourishing, with three presentations and one colloquium so far this semester. These presentations, which usually take place in the Phillips Wing of Magill Library, are sponsored by the Library, which partners with different academic departments on campus to host.

In November, the Library welcomed Arunabh Ghosh ’03, a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University, who gave a lecture on statistics and state-society relations in the early People’s Republic of China. The event was co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Department and the Department of Economics.

Also in November, James Chappel ’05, Assistant Professor of History at Duke University, gave a talk on the Christian Democracy political movement in Europe in the 1920s-1950s. His presentation was sponsored by the Library and the Department of History.

In September, the Library partnered with the Spanish Department to bring Rebecca Hey-Colón ’05 to campus. Hey-Colón, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, discussed her dissertation project, which focuses on the use of water in contemporary Caribbean and Latino literature.

Learn more about the Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series this year and in years past at their page on the Library website.

Arunabh Ghosh ’03, a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University, gives his presentation, entitled “Crisis in Counting: Statistical Struggles in the Early People’s Republic of China” on November 14th.

Photos by Thom Carroll.

Young Academic Alumni, James Chappel '05
James Chappel ’05, assistant professor of history at Duke University, spoke on “The Miracle of Reconstruction: Catholic Political Economy and the Origins of Christian Democracy in Europe, 1920-1950″ in Magill Library’s Phillips Wing on Friday, November 1st.

Young Academic Alumni, James Chappel '05

Rebecca Hey-Colón ’05, a Ph.D. candidate in romance languages and literature at Harvard University, at her presentation, entitled “Reading the Sea: A Caribbean Proposal,” on September 26th, 2013.

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Friday Night Fun

The Throng improv group performs in the Lunt basement.

Last Friday, November 8th, was a busy night for students on campus!

Student performance groups, community housing affinity groups, and religious clubs were all represented in the packed schedule of popular events hosted that evening. The Throng (pictured above), a student improv comedy troupe, staged their first performance of the semester in Lunt Basement. Three a cappella groups, the all-male S-Chords, the co-ed Mainliners, and the Bi-Co all-female Counterpoint, teamed up to provide a mid-semester show in Zubrow Commons.

The Spanish-language community house La Casa Hispánica hosted a craft celebration in honor of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). In keeping with one of the traditions of the a Mexican holiday, which is celebrated Oct. 30-Nov. 2,  attendees decorated sugar skulls with glitter paint, pipe cleaners, and feathers.

Elsewhere on campus, the QuaC, or Quaker Community, hosted a sing-along session in the Skatehouse, the historic building right next to the Duck Pond. Some students brought guitars to play and marshmallows to roast over the roaring fire.

Here are some snapshots of each of these events:

Improv group The Throng performs their show “Taha, A Man Gone Insane”:

The Throng improv group performs in the Lunt basement.

The Mainliners perform at a joint a cappella midsemester concert with the Ford S-Chords and a Bi-Co group, Counterpoint:

The Mainliners perform in Zubbrow Commons. The Mainliners perform in Zubbrow Commons.

The QuaC (Quaker Community) Group’s Skatehouse Singalong event:

Students sing along in the Skate House. Damon Motz-Storey '16 sings by the fireplace at the Skate House. Students gathered around the Skate House fire place to sing songs.La Casa Hispánica’s ‘Día de los Muertos’ Craft Celebration:

SpanishHouse001 Students decorate skulls at a Dia de los Muertes event at the Spanish House. Sarah Gebre '16 decorated herself, and a skull, at a Dia de los Muertes event.All photos by Brad Larrison.

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Environmental Studies Students Seek Haverfarm

Students participating in the Environmental Studies Senior Capstone class are exploring the potential of available agricultural space on campus to encourage environmental awareness, community involvement, and multidisciplinary learning. Calling themselves the Agricultural Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), they are working on plans to develop a Haverfarm and greenhouse and have engaged President Dan Weiss, faculty, facilities staff, and the local community in their discussions. They hope to create a student-run agricultural space that brings the Haverford community together around food, justice, and environmental education.

At the cover crop party. Photo by Estefania Hecht-Toltl '16.
The cover crop party. Photo by Estefania Hecht-Toltl ’16.

The students held an open forum in October to gauge student interest and answer questions about the future of the student farm plot located between Featherbed Field and the south side of the Nature Trail. And earlier in the fall the students held an event to celebrate a cover crop planting.

Students meet in Ryan Gym for an open forum. Photo by Darwin Keung '14.
Students meet in Ryan Gym for an open forum. Photo by Darwin Keung ’14.

To learn more about these efforts, check the Haverfarm Facebook page.

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Exhibits Abounding


It’s a great season for art at Haverford, where three notable exhibits recently opened  on campus. Brian Dettmer: Elemental, a show of fascinatingly intricate works by New York-based book sculptor Brian Dettmer,  is up in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and runs through Dec. 15.  At the Atrium Gallery in the Marshall Fine Arts Center, you can see photographer Gerald Cyrus’s show, Portrait of Camden, New Jersey, in Photographs, 2001-2008.  The show will be up until Dec. 1. Finally, in Magill Library and four other locations on campus is the blockbuster Lasting Impressions: Monumental Brass Rubbings. That exhibit showcases 23 figures depicted on medieval and early modern tomb monuments in England and Germany.

Here are some photos from the opening receptions for Brian Dettmer: Elemental and Lasting Impressions, and from a gallery talk event with Gerald Cyrus.

Brian Dettmer’s Elemental:

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Gerald Cyrus, Portraits of Camden, New Jersey, in Photographs:

Gerald Cyrus talks about his photographs of Camden, Nj. Gerald Cyrus talks about his photographs of Camden, Nj. Gerald Cyrus talks about his photographs of Camden, Nj. BL_Cyrus_Talk007Photos by Brad Larrison.

Lasting Impressions:

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Photos by Dan Johnson.



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