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

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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.

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(left to right) Oscar Wang ’14, Gogo Wang ’15, and Shan Shan ’17 explain the details of Chinese dining etiquette
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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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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:

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Conjuring the Great Pumpkin

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In honor of Halloween on Thursday, the Women’s Center hosted a  pumpkin decorating craft session in the Sunken Lounge of the Dining Center.

Participants at the free evening event were each given a small pumpkin to decorate however they wished, using a wide variety of craft supplies that included glitter, paint, glue, ribbon, markers, and colored craft pom-poms.

Students had a great time getting into the holiday spirit with their creative and spooky designs, and were encouraged to take their embellished pumpkins back to their dorm rooms.

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