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james muirhead
James Russell Muirhead Jr.
(photo by Stanford Visual Art Services)

James Russell Muirhead Jr. has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Robert Clements Professorship of Democracy and Politics. Muirhead is currently associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, and he will join the Dartmouth faculty on July 1. "Professor Muirhead is a prominent expert in politics and democracy, and he is known for his excellence as a teacher and his dedication to being a mentor for his students; he is the ideal person to be the inaugural holder of this chair," says Professor Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Muirhead previously taught at Harvard University and Williams College. The professorship is funded by gifts from Robert Clements '54 and the trustees of the Clements Foundation. Clements, an international leader in the insurance industry, says, "It is our hope that the establishment of this chair will enable Professor Muirhead, as well as those who follow him, to create new knowledge about the relationship between democracy and freedom and, most importantly, share that knowledge with tomorrow's leaders."

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Dartmouth's Energy Campaign has reached its Energy Pledge goal. Two thousand members of the Dartmouth community took the pledge, making individual commitments to reduce energy use by taking 8 to 12 actions. "This has been a team effort and thanks go out to the whole community for working together to reach the goal," says Kathleen Lambert '90, sustainability coordinator. "The commitment of students, staff, and faculty to sustainability and energy conservation at Dartmouth is truly inspiring." The pledge remains open to anyone who wants to sign. Students will be also working over the summer to prepare a pledge for incoming first-year students. Take the pledge and learn more about the energy campaign at

2009 is a banner year for national scholarships at Dartmouth, with students and alumni having won more than 20 major awards, including 12 Fulbright fellowships and four DAADs (German Academic Exchange Scholarships) as of press time. Kathryn B. Holroyd '11 and Alison M. Stace-Naughton '11 both won Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, while Gabrielle Ramaiah '10 collected a Beinecke Scholarship and Joshua D. Proper '10 received a Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Kathryn Twyman '09 and Ibrahim M. Elshamy '09 were honored with a Rhodes Scholarship and a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, respectively. Read more about the scholarship recipients .

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As part of the institution-wide effort to reconcile the College's budget, VOX of Dartmouth will reduce its print publication schedule from 18 times per year to monthly, beginning in July 2009. VOX will continue to be available online. With the new schedule, VOX will offer a comprehensive monthly calendar of events—many of which are free and open to the public—to the campus and wider communities. To continue (or begin) publicizing your department's or program's events in the VOX calendar, take note of the new deadlines. Questions? Contact us at

Ravine Lodge
Ravine Lodge
Make plans to visit the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge this year, its 70th anniversary. Open through mid-October, the Dartmouth Outing Club's (DOC) picturesque lodge is located on the southern side of Mount Moosilauke. (About an hour's drive northeast from campus.) Over 30 miles of hiking trails connect to the Lodge. On clear days the summit of Moosilauke, the 10th highest peak in New Hampshire, offers 360-degree views of the White Mountains, Vermont, and beyond. Guest rooms and bunkhouses can sleep groups from 2 to 12. A crew of students and young alumni serve guests hot breakfasts and family-style dinners. Building the lodge was the most massive construction project ever undertaken by the DOC. It was completed in 1938 (despite the hurricane of that year) and opened in 1939. The DOC, which celebrates its centennial this year, is recognizing the Ravine Lodge in a number of events. Click here for more information or call (603) 764-5858.

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This summer, 14 Dartmouth students will embark on the fifth-annual cross-country trek of the Big Green Bus to raise awareness of conserving energy and using alternative fuel. This year's crew will travel in a 1989 MCI coach-style bus with an engine rebuilt to run on waste vegetable oil and an interior renovated to drive home the message (so to speak) about green living. "I am particularly excited about the new education program we have developed, which will be tailored to each region we visit," says Kate Parizeau '10, co-general manager this year, who was also on the 2007 Big Green Bus trek. For details on the tour schedule and to meet to 2009 crew, visit and follow them on Twitter at Dispatches from the road, along with photos, will be posted at Also listen to Parizeau and Merritt Jenkins '10 discuss what's new for 2009 in this podcast.

UV Haven Director Tom Kettridge & Dartmouth students
(Photo courtesy of Jan Tarjan '74)
The Tucker Foundation's First Book Project donated more than 400 books in April to The Upper Valley Haven shelter in White River Junction, Vt. The donation was made in honor of the retirement of The Haven's director, Tom Ketteridge. In photo, from left: Susanne Monteiro '10; Cris Kendig '09; Kaite Yang '09; Tom Ketteridge; and Jan Tarjan '74, senior program officer at the Tucker Foundation. The First Book project is a collaboration between the Tucker Foundation and the national organization.



Last Updated: 5/27/09