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Writing and rhetoric director

Christiane Donahue
Christiane Donahue (Courtesy Christiane Donahue)

Christiane Donahue has been appointed the inaugural director of Dartmouth's new Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. Currently an associate professor at the University of Maine, Donahue will take up her post on Sept. 1, 2008. Josh Compton, currently chair of the School of Communication Arts at Southwest Baptist University in Minnesota, has been appointed lecturer in speech and rhetoric for the institute. He begins teaching in July. The institute will combine the existing Writing Program with new courses in speech, rhetoric, and advanced writing, and it will enhance writing support services for students.  "Our first-year seminar program has long served as a leader among colleges and universities around the country," said Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt when the institute was launched last January. "But faculty from all disciplines at the College felt that we could and should do even more to enhance our students' critical communication skills. The expanded course offerings and the cross-fertilization of writing with speech is designed to provide Dartmouth students with an exceptional opportunity to develop vital skills that will last them a lifetime."

PODCAST with president wright

An interview with President James Wright is now available from "Views from the Green," the College's online series of interviews with members of the Dartmouth community. Since 2005, Wright has made several trips to visit wounded U.S. veterans at military hospitals in Washington, D.C., and in San Diego, Calif. Wright, who served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps (1957-60) before enrolling in college, feels both a special connection to and a particular responsibility to help wounded veterans attend college. He has worked with American Council on Education, the largest U.S. higher education association, to launch an educational counseling program for wounded veterans. In this podcast, recorded May 23, Wright talks about this work and about his efforts to support a new GI Bill to help all veterans pursue a higher education. Also new to "Views from the Green" is a podcast on undergraduate veterans, with Samuel Crist '10, recorded on May 22.

Alumni magazine wins Sibley award

Alumni magazine

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine (DAM) has been named the 2008 Grand Gold Medal Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This marks DAM's fifth Sibley award (1943, 1949, 1991, and 1993). DAM was chosen for this year's top prize from a field of 219 magazines. Editor Sean Plottner says, "Congratulations and thanks to our outstanding and hardworking staff, board members, contributors, and of course, our readers. Special thanks to a College administration that values an editorially independent alumni magazine." CASE is a professional organization in the fields of education fund raising, communications, and alumni relations.

Sigep recognizes "balanced men"

Varsity Golf athlete Ryan Choi '11 won the 2007-2008 Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship at Dartmouth, awarded by Sigma Phi Epsilon's New Hampshire Alpha chapter. Dean of the College Tom Crady presented the scholarships at the chapter's annual Balanced Man Scholarship ceremony. The scholarship honors Dartmouth freshmen who "exhibit academic excellence, demonstrate leadership skills, and commit to health and well-being." A black belt in karate who has played piano since he was five, Choi was recently recognized with placement on the Dartmouth Athletic Director's Honor Roll and is an active member of the Dartmouth Asian Organization. Chris Han '11 and Andrew Purpura '11 were also named Balanced Man Scholars, taking second and third place, respectively. Three other freshman, Michael Abendroth '11, Zachary Stolzenberg '11, and John Albert '11 were named finalists. Chartered in 1909, New Hampshire Alpha is a society of leaders that was the first to implement successfully the Balanced Man Program, Sigma Phi Epsilon's award-winning leadership development program.

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Last Updated: 6/13/08