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Atlanta: The Swarthmore College Atlanta Connection participated in a Swarthmore Cares service event on Saturday, Nov. 24, packaging meals at Project Open Hand, an organization that delivers healthy meals to ill people in the local community.
New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.: The Swarthmore Business Network organized simultaneous events in November. Many thanks to [...]

Postelection Collection Draws Out Thoughtful Discussion

By Emily Aubrey ’89, Alumni Council Communications Chair

On the Friday evening after the election, alumni and students flocked to Science Center 199 for a Postelection Collection presented by the Swarthmore Alumni Council and organized by David Ko ’92. Moderator Sen. Josh Green ’92 opened the event with humorous stories about running for the Hawaiian legislature before yielding the floor to professors Mark [...]

Travel to Italy, Greece, and Israel

Classic Greek Isles
With Michael Cothren, professor of art history and Scheuer Family Professor of the Humanities
April 29–May 11
Under Michael Cothren’s guidance, learn about the great works of Byzantine art as part of our small-group adventure.
Cruise the azure waters of the Aegean to classic whitewashed islands where the sun shines, the sea provides, and tradition prevails. [...]

Inaugural Class Enters Athletics Hall of Fame

By Mark Anskis, athletics communications director

In recognition of its 134-year history of athletics, Swarthmore College inducted 12 outstanding members of its athletics community into its inaugural Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame class in late October.
The public unveiling of the Hall of Fame and the induction of its first class occurred during the College’s annual Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend on [...]

Alumni Pack Their Bags for Prague

Swarthmore alumni and their families traveled to Eastern Europe in June with the Alumni College Abroad program. One of the highlights of the trip was a reception in Prague at the home of Elizabeth Smith Kolowrat ’56. Participants were, back row, from left: Stephen Zimmermann ’74, Pieter Judson ’78 (faculty director), Caroline Hussman, Seth Armstrong ’63, [...]

Bay-Area Business Group Hosts Robotics Event

By Sohail Bengali ’79

The San Francisco Business Alumni Group hosted 36 alumni, parents, new students, and friends at a recent event at the headquarters of, a “research park” setting in Menlo Park, Calif. Gil Jones ’01 of WillowGarage and Nathaniel Fairfield ’01 of Google were the key presenters.
The day before the event, Gil had some especially good [...]

New York Networking Event Draws Student Interns

This summer, the New York City Connection and the New York Business Network teamed up to host a reception for students with internships in the city. Organizers Cong Cao ’07, Robert Steelman ’92, and Connection co-chair Lily Ng ’08 sought this opportunity for the students—many of whom will look for full-time jobs in New York [...]

Other Recent Events

Santa Fe: Twenty-eight alumni, parents, and friends came out to enjoy the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest Native-American arts market and exhibition in the country. After visiting the market and interacting with the more than 100 tribal artists presenting their work, the Swarthmoreans shared refreshments and conversation at the home of Jan Merin [...]

Alumni Greet First-Year Students and Parents

Alumni around the country welcomed incoming students and their parents to the Swarthmore community over the summer. Five send-off events were held—in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Durham, N.C,. and Washington, D.C. Attendance was the highest in recent memory, with D.C. leading with 41 participants, 12 of whom were first-year students. Many thanks [...]

Alumni Around the Globe Welcome Latest Graduates

The sixth annual Welcome to the City (WTTC) was a great success, as alumni from more than 30 cities around the world gathered Sept. 29 to welcome new alumni arrivals. For young alumni just graduating from Swarthmore, entering or finishing graduate school, or starting new jobs, WTTC offers a chance to meet the local Swarthmore [...]