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Ninety-one-year-old Henry Merrill ’39 plans to be one of more than 300 Dartmouth alumni and students to cover nearly the entire length of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail (AT) through point-to-point hikes on October 10. The hike honors the Centennial of the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC).

Henry merrillHenry Merrill ’39, as the Winter Carnival race chairman in 1939. (Courtesy of Nancy Merrill)

“I’m glad to help out,” says Merrill, who lives in Greensboro, Vt., and has led a full life, serving as a meteorologist in South America, a dairy farmer, an accountant, and a general contractor. “I still think about my time with the outing club—skiing, clearing trails, working at the Moosilauke hotel,” he says. He met his wife of 69 years, Mary Lois Igleheart, at what is now the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. Merrill’s father, Henry Merrill Sr., Class of 1913, also was active in the DOC.

Merrill will hike a section of the AT that goes through Hanover. Other hikers include 10 members of the cross-country ski team, who together are covering the “100-Mile Wilderness” section of the AT in Maine. Organizers Matt Dahlhausen ’11 and Athena Aicher ’11 are extremely pleased with the response. “I thought it was a crazy idea, but everyone took it seriously,” says Dahlhausen.

 

The 2010 benefits enrollment period for Dartmouth employees is November 2 through 16, 2009. As a cost-conscious and environmentally responsible measure, the mailed packet of enrollment materials will be smaller this year, with most documents available electronically at www.dartmouth.edu/~hrs/benefits. Related information will be published in the October edition of Working@Dartmouth, www.dartmouth.edu/~vox/goto/171.

 

flanaganMary Flanagan (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Game designer Mary Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities, is designing a multi-player, Internet-based game with a scholarly purpose—players will compete to add keywords and descriptive data tags to library and archival databases. The goal is an open-source tool that harnesses the power of crowd-sourcing. “Archive files often aren’t tagged with the kind of diverse, useful information you need as a researcher. And entering new keywords is a time-consuming and expensive job for libraries,” explains Flanagan, who received nearly $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop the game prototype. Learn more at www.dartmouth.edu/~vox/goto/172

 

The 2009 Fall Employee Services Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Collis Common Ground. This year’s theme, “Hands Around the Green—Connected Services Connecting Each Other,” will showcase the shared services, discounts, and programs that College departments and vendors provide to faculty and staff. Join your colleagues for this popular event, which will include information booths, presentations, and a number of prize drawings. Refreshments will be provided by Dartmouth Dining Services. Call 646-3411 for information.

 

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth recently announced the creation of a new Center for Leadership. It will expand on the activities currently offered by the Cohen Leadership Development Program, implemented in 2003. “The center will emphasize through research and practice how important it is to understand that leadership is both personally and situationally specific,” says Tuck School Dean Paul Danos. The center will offer leadership development activities for students, support research, and serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices. Pino Audia, associate professor of business administration, is the center’s founder and faculty director, and Richard McNulty, director of Tuck’s Career Development Office, is executive director.

Last Updated: 1/7/10