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6–8, on campus
Fall Alumni Council Meeting
10, Boston
Reception, President Rebecca Chopp’s Listening Tour
18, New York City
Reception, President Rebecca Chopp’s Listening Tour
In early 2010, further stops on President Rebecca Chopp’s Listening Tour are planned for the following areas: Atlanta, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Portland, and Seattle. For more information, visit

President Chopp Embarks on a Listening Tour

It seemed appropriate that President Rebecca Chopp (watch: first listening tour event) should host the first event of her Listening Tour series right here on campus on Sept. 16. The event began with alumni, parents, and friends mingling to chat informally with the president over delicious snacks in the foyer of the Lang Performing Arts [...]

Five Ways to Volunteer for Swarthmore

1. Make a Connection
Swarthmore’s regional alumni organizations are called “Connections.” Connection events range from a guided tour to a museum to a family picnic in the park. The Alumni Office seeks volunteers to help organize and staff Connection events.
For more information, contact Geoff Semenuk at at (610) 328-8453.
2. Have a Great Reunion
Did [...]

Welcome to Swarthmore, Class of 2013

In Los Angeles, incoming freshmen gathered at the home of Deborah How ’89 to get to know each other and meet alumni before flying cross-country to begin their first semester of classes at Swarthmore. Send-off receptions were also held in Denver; New York; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

They've Been Mugged

Tuesday, Aug. 25, was the official move-in day for Swarthmore’s Class of 2013. Our quiet campus quickly came to life with the first-year students finding their way around, settling into their new dorms, listening to speeches, taking swim tests, and beginning to experience what it’s like to be at Swarthmore. A couple of days later, [...]

Young Graduates: Welcome to the City

On Sept. 26, high atop a Manhattan skyscraper, George Hang '07, Ken Short '82, Derrick Gibbs '76, and Arpita Das ’08 joined more than 100 alumni in New York City and 700 others in 21 other cities worldwide, when Swarthmore's third annual Welcome to the City events took place. Alumni and friends came together at [...]

Did you remember your Swarthmore gear?

We want to know! As you travel the world for business or pleasure, snap a photo of yourself in your stylish Swarthmore duds and it may land here in a future issue of the Bulletin. Send digital photos to Please note who is in the picture and when and where it was taken.
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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 [...]