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Alumni Weekend 2009: An All-Around Good Time

By Karen Bernier, assistant director of alumni relations and
Lisa Lee ’81, director of alumni relations

A good time was had by all 946 alumni from 65 graduating classes and nearly 450 guests who attended Alumni Weekend 2009 (watch: alums at play). Not surprisingly, according to a survey of the weekend’s highlights, “reconnecting with classmates” came out on top, hands down. Alumni and their families caught up with old friends and [...]

Lifelong Learning—Fall 2009

Swarthmore alumni, adult family members, and friends are encouraged to enroll in 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. Fall 2009 courses begin the week of Sept. 13 and run through the week of Nov. 8. Tuition is $460 for [...]

Alumni Council Reunion

Current and former Alumni Council members gathered on campus in early April for the first-ever Alumni Council Reunion. Alumni spanning seven decades came together to hear about both the impact of past Alumni Council projects as well as current campus hot topics from students and staff members. Current Alumni Council members then tackled projects relating [...]

Alumni Council Welcomes New Members

The Alumni Council welcomes the following new members, who have been elected to serve 3-year terms:
Emily Aubrey ’89
Linda Bovard ’72
Carol Church Holm-Hansen ’76
Deborah Smith Dempsey ’57
Joshua Farber ’02
Michael Fields ’69
David Ko ’92
Steven Kyle ’77
Danielle Moss Lee ’90
Rohit Malhotra ’95
Nina Palanza Paynter ’97
Albert Williams III ’62
Richard Wilson ’73
Lynda Yankaskas ’99

Swarthmore Connections Events

In New York City, Emily Zackin ’02 and Roban Kramer ’03 attended the March 29 Faculty on the Road lecture “Why Swarthmore Professors Can’t Teach Practical Wisdom, But Why They Often End Up Teaching It Anyway,” given by William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science Kenneth Sharpe.

Alumni gathered at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum [...]

Black Alumni Celebration

Nearly 200 alumni and students came together March 20–21 on campus for the Black Alumni Celebration, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Swarthmore African-American Student Society. Alumni attending represented more than five decades of classes. Events included panel discussions on black history at Swarthmore, the events of 1969, campus tours, and a [...]

2009 Lax Conference on Entrepreneurship

Shalom Saar ’74 (right) synthesizes some of the discussions that took place during the 2009 Lax Conference on Entrepreneurship. After an informative talk by Richard Teerlink on the challenges he and his management team overcame to turn around Harley Davidson, participants broke into several small discussion groups to explore key skills for successful entrepreneurs. The [...]

Honorary Degree Nominations

Do you know a classmate or other alum who should be considered for an honorary degree? The Honorary Degree Committee encourages you to submit nominations to 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 [...]