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Christina Paxson ’82 Tapped to Lead Brown

Christina Paxson ’82, dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Hughes Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, was appointed president-elect of Brown University in March. Paxson, who joined the Princeton faculty in 1986, is an award-winning economist, whose research—focusing on health, economic development, and public policy—has been published widely [...]

Helen North—Brilliant, Gracious Scholar

The campus community was saddened by the death of Centennial Professor Emerita of Classics Helen North, on Jan. 21. More than just a brilliant scholar and teacher, North cultivated relationships among Swarthmore students for more than 60 years. Gentle and gracious, with a robust and ready sense of humor, she was fiercely and firmly committed [...]

Students Celebrate Movies With Popular Oscars Party

When it comes to the Oscars, it’s not only Hollywood that knows how to do glitz and glamour. While much of the U.S. population sat with eyes glued to the TV on Feb. 26, about 50 students—some in seriously red-carpet-worthy garb—gathered in Upper Tarble to witness on a large screen that most famed night in [...]

Former Arboretum Director posthumously Honored

Last year, the late Judith Zuk, director of the Scott Arboretum from 1983 to 1990, was honored posthumously when the east entrance to the Scott Amphitheater was dedicated to her. The entrance is now identified by a plaque bearing her name, followed by the words “In memory and appreciation of her vision of the Arboretum [...]

8 Faculty Members Promoted

In February, the Board approved the following promotions: From associate to full professorship: Aurora Camacho de Schmidt (modern languages and literatures—Spanish); Eric Jensen (physics and astronomy); and Elizabeth Vallen (biology). From associate professor to associate with continuous tenure:  Jane Gillham (psychology). From assistant professor to associate with continuous tenure: Tariq al-Jamil (religion); Linda Chen (mathematics); [...]

Garnet Swimmers Smash Several Records

By Mark Anskis

Women’s Basketball (9-15, 7-13 CC )An All-Conference season from Katie Lytle ’14 and extraordinary debut season from first-year Elle Larsen helped the Garnet achieve a nine-win season in 2011–2012. Lytle led the Garnet in scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg) during the season, finishing seventh and fourth in the Centennial Conference (CC) in each [...]

Making Art

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Early December visitors to the Old Tarble art studio were startled to find a looming three-dimensional rendering of the Thomas Eakins painting The Gross Clinic—created by students in Assistant Professor of Studio Arts Logan Grider’s first-year seminar Making Art. [watch: time-lapse video] The students reclaimed a week’s worth of cast-off cardboard from campus Dumpsters, then [...]

Starting from strength

By Jeffrey Lott

At its December meeting, the Board of Managers approved a comprehensive set of strategic directions that builds on the College’s acknowledged strengths and emphasizes its core values.
The strategic plan’s six major recommendations encourage curricular innovation while preserving intellectual rigor; envision Swarthmore as a model residential community for the 21st century; support faculty excellence in teaching, [...]

150 Years Ago: Martha Ellicott Tyson proposes a new school

By Christopher Densmore
Curator, Friends Historical Library

Martha Ellicott Tyson (1795–1893) had a long-standing concern for Quaker education. It was at her home in Baltimore, Md., in 1860, that a group of Quakers decided it was time to begin the campaign that would lead to the creation of Swarthmore College. Tyson was a remarkable woman. As a young girl, she came to [...]

Farewell to an advocate for women’s athletics—"Pete" Hess

By Mark Anskis

Professor Emerita of Physical Education Eleanor Kay “Pete” Hess, died on Dec. 14 at age 87. A fierce advocate for women’s athletics at a time when women were not provided the same opportunities as men in collegiate sports, Hess changed the lives of countless female student-athletes at Swarthmore during her 33 years as a coach [...]