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Alumni College Abroad Journeys to India

The 22 travelers on Swarthmore’s Alumni College Abroad journey to India in March visited the Taj Mahal (right) and the Red Fort complex of Agra on the banks of the sacred Yamuna River and explored many other sites such as the Jama Masjid, the expansive Mughal period open-air Friday Mosque in old Delhi; Akbar’s Fatepur [...]

Garnet Sages Activities

The Garnet Sages have planned several events this year. John Alston, associate professor of music and director of the Chester Children’s Chorus, was the guest speaker at a lunch on April 16, as part of the College’s Arts Weekend. Following lunch, the Sages had the option to see a senior art exhibit; enjoy a concert; [...]

Recent and Upcoming Alumni Events

Atlanta: At an Atlanta Connection “Swarthmore Cares” event on March 12, Swarthmore alumni gathered at MedShare International to help collect surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, medical distribution companies, and individuals in order to redistribute them to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world. Afterwards, the group headed to the Brickstore in Decatur [...]

Alumni Council Welcomes New Members

The following alumni will join the Alumni Council in fall 2011 for a three-year term:
Zone A
Sarah Mooers ’88
Ambler, Pa.
Associate director of
quality systems
Merck & Co., Inc.
Kevin Wilson ’92
Gettysburg, Pa.
Associate professor,
Gettysburg College
Zone B
Nicole O’Dell Odim ’88
Bellport, N.Y.
John Randolph II ’97
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Executive vice president of real estate
Sciame Development Inc.
Zone C
G. Demetrios Karis ’74
Still River, [...]

Alumni-Student Performance a Huge Success

By Emily Aubrey ’89

Alumni Council meetings are always packed with activities, including working-group sessions, department receptions, and networking dinners with students. New member Deborah How ’89 added an activity to the list—a Student and Alumni Composers Concert, with music from classical to folk to ambient and a mixture of live performances and video. How hopes to create a [...]

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore offers eight-week seminars taught by Swarthmore faculty members that are reminiscent of the experience of being a Swarthmore student. For more information and to register, visit
Offered at Swarthmore
Are We Alone?
Amy Cheng Vollmer,
professor of biology,
assisted by Eric Jensen, associate professor
of astronomy
Thursdays at 7 p.m.,
starting March 17
A Century of American Short Stories
Philip [...]

Nominations Sought for Arabella Carter Award

Do you know of a classmate or another Swarthmore alumnus/a who goes above and beyond the call of duty in his or her volunteer work? Honor them with a nomination for the Arabella Carter Award.
Arabella Carter was one of the great unsung heroes who worked for peace and social justice in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in [...]

Behind the Scenes at Ben Franklin Bridge

The Philadelphia Connection was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge by construction engineer and bridge director Valerie Priscott Bradford ’78 (far right). Before their walk across the bridge, the group was given a presentation on the history and construction of the bridge by Mike Howard, Delaware River Port Authority engineer and [...]

A Swarthmore Small-World Moment

From Sarah Shirk ’87: “I must share a coincidental, small-world, Swarthmore moment in Rome, Italy, last fall semester. While living in the Trastevere neighborhood and conducting some serious gelato research, I discovered several gents sporting Swarthmore jerseys at the base of the Janiculum Hill. What a coincidence to discover they were living just one block [...]

Alumni College Abroad: Amazon Expedition

Join Associate Professor of Biology Jose-Luis Machado, alumni, and friends for an Amazon River Expedition from Oct. 7–16, 2011.
The 10-day adventure includes a six-night cruise from Iquitos, Peru, up the Amazon, Maranon, and Pucate rivers. Highlights of our journey include an optional maloka jungle camp stay in the Amazon Natural Park; visits to Amazon villages; [...]