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Receptions to Highlight College’s New Directions

President Rebecca Chopp hosted an event on Sept. 10 in Washington, D.C., for alumni, parents, and friends as the first in a series of receptions around the country. The 2012-13 receptions will highlight new initiatives that have resulted from the College’s strategic-planning process. In Washington, President Chopp was joined by Professor of History Tim Burke, [...]

Swatties (Re)unite!

As always, Alumni Weekend was packed with music, panels, art exhibitions, and activities for reunioners of all ages—but mostly it was a time to reconnect with old friends, share stories and memories, and enjoy being together as a community.
Alumni organized panels on such topics as “Trying to Help Others Across Cultural Divides,” “To Frack or [...]

Presidential Reception Sparks Conversation

A multigenerational mix of about 60 alumni, parents, and prospective students greeted President Rebecca Chopp during her first visit with Swarthmoreans in Oregon.
The reception at the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., on April 18 enabled guests to hear from Chopp about the College’s new website, the TEDxSwarthmore event, Arts Weekend, and other highlights of the [...]

Recent Alumni Events

Chicago: Chicago alumni gathered in April for “MANYA—A Living History of Marie Curie,” written and performed by Susan Marie Frontczak ’77. The one-woman drama exposes the struggles and triumphs of Marie Curie—an academically impassioned, vehemently private, fervently Polish scientist, mother, and teacher. Frontczak has performed as Marie Curie more than 300 times in 24 states [...]

Alumni Council Presents First Eugene Lang ’38 Impact Awards

During Alumni Weekend, the Alumni Council presented the first Eugene M. Lang ’38 Impact awards. Created in 2010, the first, then called the Alumni Council Impact Award, was given to Lang, and then renamed in his honor. Recipients of the 2012 Lang Impact awards were Peter Schickele ’57 and Heidi Hartmann ’67.
Schickele is a well-known [...]

Lifelong Learning Fall 2012 courses Offered at Swarthmore

Chaos, Fractals, and Complexity
John Boccio, professor of physics
Meets Wednesdays, 7–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 to Oct. 31
The Strange Career of the Right to Vote in the U.S.A.
Richard Valelly ’75, Claude C. Smith ’14 Professor of Political Science
Meets Thursdays, 7–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 to Nov. 8, exc. Oct. 11
Offered in New York City at the Support Center for Nonprofit [...]

Lax Conference a big draw

Alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends came together on March 18 for the 13th annual Jonathan R. Lax ’71 Conference on Entrepreneurship. Keynote speaker David Gelber ’63 (in photo at right) described his own recent transition from veteran news producer to entrepreneur, as co-founder of Roaring Fork Films and co-creator and co-managing director of [...]

Welcome to New Members

The Alumni Council welcomes the following new members, who will begin three-year terms in June:
Joseph Armah ’98
Norwalk, Conn.
Energy financial services associate
GF Energy Financial

Diana Aronzon ’05
Cambridge, Mass.
Harris Miller & Hanson Inc.

Barbara Stubbs Cochran ’67
Washington, D.C.
Curtis Hurley Chair in
Public Affairs
Missouri School of Journalism
Paige Madeline Gentry ’07
Durham, N.C.
Law student
Duke University
Kenneth Mark Gibson ’76
Atlanta, Ga.
Physics teacher
Westminster Schools

Donna Gresh ’83
Cortlandt [...]

Alumni Council Video Project

Swarthmore’s Alumni Council has created a new way for alumni to connect with students and help them in their transition to the “real world.” Piloted by Jove Graham ’96, Nina Paynter ’97, and Martha Marrazza ’09, the Career Video Project is a series of short clips hosted on Swarthmore’s website and viewable by students and [...]

Recent Events

Chicago Associate Professor of Political Science Ben Berger visited Chicago over spring break to discuss the subject of his recent book Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement, which was named one of the Top 10 Books of 2011 by the Zocalo Public Square Institution.
London Bob Patten ’60, Scholar in Residence at the Charles [...]