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Alumni Weekend by the Numbers

54: Number of classes represented
79: Average high temperature for June 7 in Swarthmore, Pa.
94: High temperature on Sat., June 7
110: Number of events held during weekend
1,600+: Alumni Weekend attendees
Alumni were able to enjoy a rain-free reunion for the second year in a row. The entire weekend was beautiful, with barely a cloud in the sky, [...]

Time for Every Purpose

Marilee Roberg ’73, a self-employed attorney and arbitrator, received this year’s Joseph Shane Award in recognition of her service to the College community. An admissions interviewer since her undergraduate days, Roberg is a longtime member of Alumni Council, head of the Chicago Connections group, and founder of the Chicago book club.
“Swarthmore said ‘yes’ to me [...]

Lifelong Learning

Consider taking a Lifelong Learning course this fall. Courses are taught seminar style by Swarthmore faculty, but without grades or credit—just learning for learning’s sake. Swarthmore alumni, adult family members, and friends are encourage to enroll. Fall 2008 courses begin the week of Sept. 15 and run through the week of Nov. [...]

Alumni Council Proposes Changes to Member Selection Process

At its April 2008 meeting, the Alumni Council ratified a proposal to change the procedure for selecting new Council members. Currently, two new members are elected in each of seven geographic zones. The Nominating Committee of the Council selects four candidates to run for two positions in each zone, and alumni vote for two candidates.
Beginning [...]

Alumni Travel in Style

Richard Wilson ’73 wore his Swarthmore T-shirt while visiting Benin, West Africa. He and his wife, Emily Howe Wilson ’72, were hiking near the Chutes de Koudou in Parc National du W du Niger. Across the river behind them neighboring Burkina Faso is visible.
Where have you been in your Swarthmore gear?
We want to know! As [...]

Alumni Council

The Alumni Council welcomes the following new members, who have been elected to serve 3-year terms:
Sohail Bengali ’79
Anita Cava ’75
Lulu Chen ’05
Michael Davidson ’91
Debra Felix ’83
Deborah Frazer ’69
Mark Friedberg ’98
David Harrison ’89
Thomas Kramer ’65
Helen Lojek ’66
David Newman ’76
Susan Poser ’85
Catherine Salussolia ’04
Roger Shott ’60

Faculty on the Road Lecture and Entertain

Alumni in Chicago gathered on April 13 to hear Associate Professor of Astronomy Eric Jensen lecture on “Planets Near and Far: Understanding Our Own Solar System Better by Studying Others.” Among the participants were couples Thu Le Dong and Sam Awuah ’94, and Steve ’57 and Betty Lloyd.
In March, alumni in New York City, including [...]

Honorary Degree Nominations

Do you know a classmate who should be considered for an honorary degree? The Honorary Degree Committee encourages you to submit nominations, c/o Maurice Eldridge ’61, Vice President’s Office, Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore PA 19081-1390, or by e-mail to Please enclose complete background information, including your own reasons for nominating the individual, [...]

Alumni Weekend 2008 Photos

To view more photos of Alumni Weekend, visit or read an eyewitness account by Sydney Beveridge '03 at