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The leadership of the Association of Alumni and Alumni Council have proposed an amendment to the association's constitution aimed at clarifying and simplifying alumni-nominated trustee election procedures.  The amendment will appear on the association election ballot in spring 2009. To view the letter to all alumni and a copy of the proposed amendment, click here.

guideJust in time for the holidays: In Dartmouth College: The Campus Guide (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), author Scott Meacham '95 weaves Dartmouth's history into the book's eight guided walks, which are illustrated by College Photographer Joseph Mehling '69.  The book is available for purchase ($24.95) online through Dartmouth Athletics' Big Green Store. Whether walking the campus in your mind's eye or here in Hanover, the book's a fine companion and a great gift.

John E. Wennberg received the 2008 Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine for reshaping the U.S. health-care system to focus on objective evidence and outcomes rather than physician preference as the basis for treatment decisions. Wennberg, who joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1980, is founder and director emeritus of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and holds the Peggy Y. Thomson Chair for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences.

columnA total of 575 students joined one of Dartmouth's 30 Greek letter organizations during recruitment this fall. As of November 2008, the membership total for Greek letter organizations is 1,975, or 62 percent of eligible students. This fall, a record 358 women expressed interest in joining one of the seven Panhellenic sororities, which all have over 100 members, says Deborah Carney, assistant dean of Residential Life and director of Greek letter organizations and societies. Carney says that to address the demand, the Office of Residential Life and the Panhellenic Council will consider inviting another national sorority to campus over the winter and spring terms.

The entertainment industry has been increasingly aggressive in pursuing copyright violators on campus. From March 2007 to October 2008, 79 Dartmouth students received early settlement letters demanding that they pay fees for illegally sharing movies, music, or television shows. The average settlement was between $3,000 and $5,000 each. In the 2007-08 academic year, the College received 759 copyright-violation warning notices-a 140 percent increase from the previous year. "Students often don't recognize the legal risk when they share copyright-protected materials," says Dartmouth General Counsel Robert Donin. "We're working with several groups on campus to bring these issues to the fore." Ellen Young of Computing Services adds, "As an Internet service provider, our logs identifying users are subject to subpoena. And if we receive a valid subpoena, we have to comply." To learn more, click here.

sievers Vanessa Sievers '10

Vanessa Sievers '10 was elected treasurer of Grafton County, N.H., on Nov. 4. Sievers, a Montana native and Democrat, defeated incumbent Carol Elliott, a Republican from Plymouth, N.H., with 21,389 votes to 20,803, or 50.69 percent. Elliott attributed her defeat to "brainwashed" college students and referred to Sievers as a "teenybopper" in a Valley News interview that has been picked up by other outlets, including the Guardian in London. Sievers is taking the job seriously. "I plan to explore all investment opportunities [for the county's tax revenue] and open a website for more transparency and idea exchange," she says. She takes office in early January and will reside continuously in Hanover for the duration of her two-year tenure. Sievers says she was encouraged to run by Democratic officials including Karen Liot Hill '00, mayor of Lebanon, N.H.

docThe Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year. The oldest collegiate outing club in the nation, it was founded on Dec. 14, 1909, by Fred Harris, Class of 1911. Celebratory events start with a New Year's Day ascent of Mount Moosilauke. A one-day hike of the entire Appalachian Trail is planned for Oct. 10, 2009, and a Homecoming Sunday "bag" (hike) of 100 peaks in New Hampshire and Vermont for Oct. 25. Other events include Winter Carnival (Feb. 13-15), Woodsmen's Weekend (April 24-25), and a 100-Mile Trailwalk (May 22-May 25), concluding with an alumni banquet on Dec.14, 2009. Click here to learn more or call (603) 646-1607.

The Dartmouth Alumni Council's new Alumni Liaison Committee has submitted its first annual report to the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, which is part of an accelerated effort to communicate more efficiently with the College and the Board. The report summarizes a range of alumni sentiment collected and analyzed by the council. To read the Alumni Liaison Committee's 2007--08 report, click here.

calby Karen McKeel Calby '81

Karen McKeel Calby '81, of Darien, Conn., is being recognized with a Dartmouth College Alumni Award at the Alumni Council dinner in Hanover on Dec. 5.  The award honors alumni who have demonstrated deep involvement in civic organizations, career achievement, and extraordinary service to Dartmouth.

McKeel Calby holds an M.B.A. from Wharton and has worked in strategy consulting, fixed-income management, and real estate investments.  She is currently a managing director of Guggenheim Real Estate LLC. She has served Dartmouth in many roles, including class agent, a member of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee, and two terms on the Alumni Council (with one year as its president). She is an active member of the Noroton Presbyterian Church and has participated on its strategic planning committee and pastor nomination committee. She also serves on the board of the Darien Land Trust. As an undergraduate, McKeel Calby majored in government modified with history and was a member of the lacrosse and swim teams.

artsA new website, "Arts at Dartmouth," is a multimedia gateway to the arts on campus. The site reveals the depth of the College's arts programs for current and prospective students and announces performances and programs open to the public. The website "was created out of a visionary motivation to showcase one of Dartmouth's great strengths that has gone somewhat unsung in recent years," says Kate Conley, associate dean for the arts and humanities. Click here to check it out.

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Last Updated: 11/26/08