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Dartmouth Opens Its 2006-07 Academic Year Sept. 19 with Convocation and Dedication of McLaughlin Residential Cluster and Tuck Mall Residences

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/18/06 • Roland Adams • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth will open its 237th year Tuesday, Sept. 19 with the annual Convocation ceremonies and dedication of two new sets of student residence halls that together will house approximately 500 students: the McLaughlin Residential Cluster on the north side of campus and the Tuck Mall Residences on the west side of campus.

The dedication of the new residence halls will be the first of a number of such ceremonies this fall for major new residential and instructional facilities, including the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center and the Kemeny Hall/Haldeman Center complex.

Convocation, 11 a.m., Leede Arena, Berry Sports Center

As usual, the academic year at Dartmouth will open formally with Convocation, an annual ceremony that brings together the Dartmouth community and extends a welcome to the incoming first-year class.

Juan Carlos Navarro, mayor of Panama City, Panama, and a 1983 graduate of Dartmouth, will deliver remarks at Convocation. President James Wright and Timothy Andreadis '07, Student Body President, also will speak at the event.

The traditional cookout for Dartmouth students, faculty and staff, hosted by President Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright, will follow the Convocation exercises from 12-2 p.m. on Tuck Mall (or Thayer Dining Hall in the event of rain).

The 1,082 members of the Class of 2010 - 523 men and 559 women - were selected from the largest applicant pool in Dartmouth's history. A total of 13,938 students applied for admission to the College, up 9.2 percent from the previous year. The incoming students represent 803 secondary schools in 48 of the 50 states and 27 different countries as well as speakers of 30 different languages. Students of color comprise 31 percent of the class; international students 7 percent. The first-years bring a rich array of backgrounds, interests, and aspirations. Academically, 41 percent say they want to major in science, 32 percent are interested in pursuing a social science major, 18 percent are interested in the humanities and the rest have indicated an interest in interdisciplinary studies or are undecided. Forty-six percent of the Class of 2010 is receiving need-based scholarships from Dartmouth totaling $14 million.

Navarro was selected among the world's 100 most promising leaders by TIME magazine (1994) and as one of the key Latin American leaders for the new millennium by both TIME and CNN (1999). He founded ANCON, Panama's leading non-profit environmental NGO, in 1985 and established it as the top independent environmental group in Panama and one of the most important in Latin America. Navarro also served as the first environmental ambassador of his country (1995-1999) and was twice elected to the World Conservation Union as Regional Councilor of Latin America. He was twice elected to the Office of Mayor (1999 and 2004) and serves as Vice-President of the Revolutionary Democratic Party, Panama's largest.

Dedication of Residence Halls, 3 p.m. in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

The recently-completed McLaughlin Residential Cluster and Tuck Mall Residence Halls will have a joint dedication ceremony. Acting Dean of the College Dan Nelson '75 will preside over the event, at which President James Wright will speak and Trustee Nancy Kepes Jeton '76 will accept the facilities on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Open houses at the respective facilities will follow at 4 p.m.

McLaughlin Residential Cluster
Artist rendering of the McLaughlin Residential Cluster
Tuck Mall Residence Halls
Artist rendering of the Tuck Mall Residence Halls

Located at the corner of Maynard and College streets, the McLaughlin Residential Cluster, named for the late David T. McLaughlin ('54, Tuck '55), 14th president of Dartmouth, is comprised of six residence halls housing a total of 342 students. The six individual halls - Berry, Bildner, Byrne, Goldstein, Rauner, and Thomas - are named for Dartmouth families. The residence halls frame an open quadrangle. The cluster includes lounges and living rooms, a kitchen, and study spaces on each floor. A central student commons named for Samson Occom, the Mohegan who was instrumental in the founding of the College, provides space for lectures, dinners, and other social and educational activities.

The two Tuck Mall Residence Halls, housing 162 students in both singles and two-room doubles, sit to the west of Russell Sage and across from the Gold Coast residence halls. The two buildings are named for Dartmouth's Fahey and McLane families. Fahey Hall, the east residence, parallels Tuck Mall, following the rhythm of the existing buildings, while McLane Hall, the west residence, angles slightly to the north. A commons offering sweeping views of Tuck Mall connects the buildings, and contains the primary social spaces serving the cluster: a commons room, living room, and lounges, as well as kitchens on each floor.

The residences all feature brick exteriors, white trim, and copper roofs, echoing Dartmouth's traditional Georgian architecture within a contemporary design. Environmentally friendly and energy efficient, the halls follow guidelines from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), administered by the United States Green Building Council.

The families for whom the residences are named have made gifts to the College to support facilities projects that are high priorities in the current Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience. See details at:

Other dedications this fall

The new MacLean Engineering Sciences Center will officially open on Friday, Sept. 29. This large addition to Cummings Hall at the Thayer School of Engineering will provide additional student project design labs with surrounding support facilities, new classrooms and conference rooms, additional faculty offices, and more laboratory research space. The center is named for Barry and Mary Ann MacLean. Barry MacLean received his AB from Dartmouth in 1960 and a master's in mechanical engineering from Thayer School in 1961.

Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Center, located on North Main Street, will be dedicated on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 respectively. Kemeny Hall will house the mathematics department and honor former president John Kemeny, who built the Mathematics Department into a national model, co-authored the BASIC computer language, and presided over Dartmouth's transition to coeducation. The Haldeman Center will house the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities, and the Dartmouth Ethics Institute, creating opportunities for interdisciplinary initiatives among the centers. The building will also provide conference space for departments and programs throughout the College.

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