Kappa Delta national sorority will become Dartmouth's eighth Panhellenic sorority, starting this summer with a "colony" of 19 women. The move was decided by a May 25 vote of the Panhellenic Council, following discussion of current sorority memberships of 120 to 150 women. "While we are pleased that our sororities attract a large and diverse membership, we have been concerned that the growing chapter size makes it difficult for our sorority women to form close bonds with all of their sisters," says Jessica Lane '09, chairperson of the Panhellenic Extension Committee that recommended Kappa Delta. "Kappa Delta is a very strong organization," she adds, citing its commitment to service and philanthropy, previous success at establishing new chapters, and consideration of Dartmouth's culture. Next fall, Kappa Delta will participate in Panhellenic recruitment.
The Class of 2009 set a new record for the Senior Class Gift program with 96 percent participation, making this the fifth class in a row since 2005 to outdo its predecessors. Three seniors-Taylor Dryman, Leah Adkins, and Rembert Browne-led the effort. Michael Bamberger '09 created the gift website www.seniorclassgift2009.com. Gabriela Collins-Fernandez '09 created the poster that was given to all student donors. Bill Boyle '59, Chris Cundey '59, and an anonymous alumni donor challenged the seniors by collectively pledging $1,000 for every percentage point of the class who contributed.
At Commencement 2009 (June 14), Dartmouth confers seven honorary degrees. The honorands are: U.S. Army General (Ret.) John P. Abizaid; cartoonist Roz Chast; author and Commencement speaker Louise Erdrich '76; physician and researcher Dr. Raymond B. Johnson ‘59; environmental scientist Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.; microfinance advocate Maria Otero; and National Basketball Association athlete and coach Bill Russell. Read more about the honorees, and an interview with Louise Erdrich '76.
Alumni have re-elected the Association of Alumni (AoA) Executive Committee and passed a constitutional amendment to simplify trustee election procedures. The amendment passed with 82 percent of the 12,668 votes cast (representing approximately 19.5 percent of the alumni body). It replaces the previous approval voting method with a one-person, one-vote system that ensures head-to-head races and majority victories. "These are all very welcome improvements," says AoA President John Mathias Jr. ‘69, noting that the petition process remains unchanged. Voting closed May 6, 2009. Read more about the Alumni Association election results.
The Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Alumni/Alumnae Association (DGALA) celebrates 25 years with an all-class reunion Friday, October 30, to Sunday, November 1, 2009. Join reunion co-chairs Sarah Burgamy '00 and Garrett Hornsby '87 to connect with former classmates, current students, faculty, and new friends. The weekend will include educational workshops, presentations, social events, and a banquet. For more information, visit http://dgala.org/reunion09.
Senior Assistant to the President Daniel Nelson '75 will move to a new position as director of Outdoor Programs this summer. As director, Nelson will oversee the Dartmouth Outing Club, the NCAA Division I ski teams, and a host of facilities. A 22-year employee of the College, Nelson fondly recalls his "first-year trip-a traverse of the Presidential Range" and "learning how to cross-country ski on the Moose Mountain trails" from his time as an undergraduate.
More than 2,000 members of the Dartmouth community have taken the Sustainability Pledge to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases on campus. Participants agree to take 8 to 12 simple actions, ranging from turning out lights to drinking tap water instead of bottled. The pledge is part of the College's new Energy Campaign. Learn more—and take the pledge—at www.dartmouth.edu/~sustain.
The April meeting of the Board of Trustees saw votes on bonds, construction, and trustee re-elections. Six trustees were elected to a second term: John J. Donahoe '82, R. Bradford Evans '64, Board Chair Ed Haldeman '70, Albert G. Mulley '70, Peter M. Robinson '79, and Thurman J. Rodgers '70. Todd J. Zywicki '88 was not re-elected. The Board also authorized the construction of a new loading dock for Spaulding Auditorium and the sale of tax-exempt bonds to fund facilities projects. Click here to read more about Dartmouth's budget.
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