(Lebanon, NH 07/09/16) With a rainbow greeting early starters and showers throughout the day, more than 4500 participants and some 1200 volunteers welcomed a cool day in Hanover to raise more than $3 million for cancer care and research in the Prouty, Northern New England’s largest charity fundraiser.
People from all over the country come together every July to raise funds through a wide range of activities for people whose interests run from golf to cycling 100 miles for two days in a row. Participants pitch in by walking or cycling through neighborhoods and roads in New Hampshire and Vermont, rowing on the Connecticut River, or hitting the links at the Hanover Country Club. It all supports Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer’s innovative research and ways to ease the journey of cancer patients and their families with such efforts as support groups, art and writing programs, a comfort cart, a resource library and gas cards. Continue reading
John Arthur Rassias 90, the William R. Kenan Professor of French and Italian, Emeritus at Darmouth died yesterday at his home in Norwich, Vt. Rassias was the creator of the Rassias Method of teaching languages. Rassias joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1965, and served hundreds of students and colleagues for close to 50 years. He was a founder of the College’s Language Study Abroad programs and was the director of foreign study programs for several years. His commitment to communication and cultural understanding was the cornerstone of his life. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.
Dartmouth College announced details of “Moving Dartmouth Forward” residential communities on Monday. Six new residential communities based in current residence halls will start housing students next fall. .
College President Phil Hanlon’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” and the creation of residential communities was announced as part of policy initiative this past January. This fall a student advisory committee was formed and three working groups of students, staff and house professors were formed to contribute to the residential community plan. Houses will each have programming budgets as well, for events from field trips, social gatherings and performances to service, house dinners and athletics, according to the press release.
A new study by Dartmouth researchers helps to refute one of the most famous conspiracy theories in U.S. history. Dartmouth researchers built and posed a physiologically plausible 3-D model of Lee Harvey Oswald to match his appearance of the famous photo of him holding a rifle in one-hand and Marxist newspapers in the other. Researchers added the appropriate mass to each part of the 3-D model and were able to perform a balance analysis. The analysis revealed that although Oswald appears off-balance in the photo, his pose is stable. Oswald always claimed the photo was a fake. Over the years, it has been argued that Oswald’s facial features were inconsistent with other photos of him, and his pose is physically implausible. The research led by Hany Farid, a professor of computer science, used a new digital image forensics technique and a 3-D model of Oswald to show that the photo is authentic.
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in the United States. Becker’s developed the list by conducting research and analyzing sustainability information from Practice Greenhealth, Healthier Hospitals Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and the Environmental Protection Agency, and others. DHMC has won many awards for its sustainability efforts, including the Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award and Circle of Excellence awards for reducing waste, greening the OR (Operating room) as well as tracking and measuring greenhouse gas emissions.. DHMC serves nearly 2 million people in the New England region each year. Only three other hospitals in New England made Becker’s List, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital all located in Boston.
Dartmouth Students have started an on-line petition for more kosher food offerings. The petition states that The Pavilion’s kosher supervision is unsatisfactory to many of the Jewish Students at the college and that Dartmouth is the only Ivy League School not providing an Orthodox Jewish certificate. The petition’s creators want an Orthodox certification for the kosher food at the college in order to have equal opportunity in dinning, without compromising their religious integrity. A link to the petition can be found here
Photo by Josh Haner
Political commentator and author David Brooks will deliver the Key Note Address at Dartmouth’s 2015 graduation. The commencement takes place on Sunday morning, June 14, on the Green. Before working at The New York Times, Brooks wrote for The Washington Times and before that The Wall Street Journal. You may have seen or heard Brooks as a commentator on The PBS News Hour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press.
Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon ’77 will deliver the Valedictory Address to the graduates. A student valedictory speaker will be announced the week of the commencement after the final grades are calculated.
Photo by Dick Durrance
A New Hampshire skiing pioneer has died. Robert A. Skinner who played a significant role in the history of NH skiing died on April 11, 2015, at age 96.Skinner raced for Dartmouth when Dartmouth supplied the bulk of competitors for the national and Olympic ski teams. His teammates included Dick Durrance, Ted Hunter, Warren Chivers, David and Steven Bradley, Percy Rideout and Chapman Wentworth, part of “The invincible 1939 Dartmouth Ski Team.”
He was best known as a downhiller, registering top finishes in the famed Greylock Thunderbolt race and the Inferno down Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington. . The New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association awards the Bob Skinner Cup to young skiers at Mount Sunapee each year. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mount Sunapee Area Ski Club, Attn: Wendy Nolin, P.O. Box 344, Bradford, N.H. 03221.
NH Public Health Director Jose Montero MD, MHCDS is leaving his position next month. Montero who has been the Public Health Director since 2008 for NH’s 1.3 million residents is leaving to go to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. At Keene Montero will still be taking care of public health as Vice President of Population Health and Health System Integration. Montero believes that the private sector can have an impact on the health of a community.
Montero was in Newport to kick off the Community Health Improvement Plan for the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network.
Dartmouth College has extended its suspension of Alpha Delta Fraternity. The action follows reports that some of their new members were branded in the fraternity’s house last fall, according to a statement from college spokesperson Diana Lawrence.
The fraternity is currently under suspension for violations in the winter and spring of 2014. The new allegations of branding triggered the college to strengthen and extend the terms of the suspension. If following full disciplinary proceedings Alpha Delta is found to have branded new members the fraternity faces the possibility of probation, suspension or permanent revocation of its recognition.