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Board of Managers Welcomes Five Members

At the Board’s annual meeting in May, five managers were appointed to replace those cycling off the Board.
Delvin Dinkins ’93 is the director of assessment and accountability for the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District in Berwyn, Pa., and served on the Swarthmore Alumni Council from 2006 to 2011.
Marilyn Holifield ’69 is a partner at Holland & Knight [...]

Farewell to four Retiring Professors

Lillian Li
Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Professor of History
Year She Came to Swarthmore: 1974
Areas of Expertise: Chinese economic history; food and famine in China, Africa, and Europe; Japanese history and culture; and The Silk Road.
Lillian Li’s tenure at the College has been full of firsts. She pioneered the school’s Asian history program, the first-ever professor hired [...]

Moving Tributes Mark Tragic Loss

Connecting to a tragic event that occurred late in the spring semester, Chairman of the Board Gil Kemp ’72 invoked a moment of silence during Commencement, May 27, to honor Ravi Thackurdeen ’14, whose dynamic life ended while studying abroad in Costa Rica. Ravi had been reported missing on April 29 after being pulled out [...]

Graduates See the Light

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Graduation Day dawned sweltering and sticky, but the robe-clad seniors remained undaunted, as did their fans. Cheering College staff members lined Parrish Walk, scrutinizing the stream of 369 graduates, trying to spot those with whom they’d developed special relationships.
With caps bobbing, gowns swaying, each adorned with a splendid bloom from the Dean Bond Rose Garden, [...]

Sport season highlights

New Basketball Coach on Board
Landry Kosmalski, an assistant coach at Division I Davidson College, was named the head men’s basketball coach. A 2000 Davidson graduate, Kosmalski was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2004 to ’06 and 2009 to ’12. Kosmalski helped lead the Wildcats to two Southern Conference championships and NCAA tournament [...]

Cross-Cultural Classroom Unites Ghana and Swarthmore

By David Fialkow ’15

Seven Swarthmore students sit in the Language Resource Center, slightly disoriented, with eyes glued to a dark screen. They listen to the sounds of a tour guide talking about African slaves in a former compound, forced to shuffle around in this darkness in chains.
This video is not a typical educational documentary. It is footage shot [...]

150 years ago: Benjamin Hallowell, man of peace

By Christopher Densmore
Curator, Friends Historical Library

By 1862, the campaign to create what would become Swarthmore College was renewed, but there were conflicting ideas on the nature of what was then being referred to as “the boarding school.” Some supporters wanted a grammar school, some looked toward a “normal school”—to supply teachers to local Quaker primary and secondary schools. Benjamin Hallowell [...]

Dynamic new website debuts this spring

In late March, the College launched a dynamic new website ( Larger and more dramatic visual imagery and improved site navigation are among the ways in which the new site eclipses the former one, which had been in place for six years. The site was also developed with attentiveness to compliance with the Americans with [...]

Deep and Abiding Commitment

After serving on the College’s Board of Managers for the past nine years, Giles “Gil” Kemp ’72 will become its 13th chair in May. The appointment was announced at the Board’s quarterly meeting in late February. Kemp will succeed Barbara Mather ’65, who held the position for eight years.
Kemp—the founder and former president of Home [...]

Inaugural TEDxSwarthmore Event Asked: "What Makes a Good Society?"

What makes a good society?” Now there’s a question that many members of the Swarthmore family tackle often. On March 31, 12 speakers addressed the topic at the first TEDxSwarthmore event. One of them was Mary Jean Chan ’12 (kneeling, fourth from left). A political science honors major and English literature minor from Hong Kong, [...]