Alumni Council News May 2013 - Crumbine



Fellow ‘60’s: The 206th meeting of the Dartmouth Alumni Council (DAC), my fourth as your representative, was held May 16-18 in Hanover. This email will provide you with the highlights from my notes to be followed up in about three weeks when the Communications Committee of the DAC issues its formal minutes.

Thursday, May 16
Curbing High-Risk Behavior on Campus: Student Panel

The discussion focused almost entirely on binge drinking and sexual assault, issues that are often related. The students thought the actions of the administration were too often “top down” with insufficient consultation with the students. They hoped that President Phil Hanlon would meet on a regular basis with student leaders. 

There is more awareness on campus of these two problems. For example, a few years ago, pong could only be played with beer. Now a participant may play with water, should he or she so choose.

Friday, May 17
Enrollment and Admissions Committee: Maria Laskaris, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Preliminary results for the Class of 2017:

22428 Applications
2245 Admitted to date
1101 Accepted to date
1120 Eventual class size

Other stats: 50/50 male/female, 33% valedictorians, 90% in top 10% of class, mean SAT’s—718/723/723, mean ACT 32, 48 states/40 countries, 37% of color, 9% international, 14% legacies, 10 % first generation, 19% athletes, 46% on scholarship with average of $42,000/year. 

Based on tracking this year vs. last, the disruption of the Dimensions meeting appears to have had no effect on acceptances.

We had a long discussion on the Supreme Court case Fisher v. U. of Texas. If affirmative action were to be overturned, the common app would have to be revised to delete questions about race. 

As part of a review of the alumni interview program and as a protection to minors, interviewers will be asked to complete an on-line form beginning this fall. To demonstrate the importance of alumni interviews, Dean Laskaris offered the following:

Favorable interview: 2-3 times the overall acceptance rate
Unfavorable interview: 1/3-1/10 the overall acceptance rate

Regarding the screening of illegals, Dartmouth’s Office of Visa and Immigration reviews any questionable application in coordination with the Federal Dept. of Homeland Security.

Plenary Session #1
Interim President Carol Folt provided some general comments about the state of the College.

Mike Mastanduno, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences: 

1. Limit transfer credits for students enrolled in programs other than D Plan. For example, there were 66 students in Portland State’s winter program in Sydney, Australia (snow birds?). New rules: Must get prior approval and no more than 5 students at a time in any given program.
2. No credit for high school AP courses. The motivation is not financial. Rather it is that the high school courses are not up to the standard of Dartmouth courses. However, taking AP courses could allow students to take advanced courses earlier.
3. Curriculum review. Looking at evening classes and more than 10 minutes between classes. Results will be published next year.

Panel presentation moderated by Charlotte Johnson, Dean of the College. Panelists were Elizabeth Lee Agosto, Special Assistant to the Dean of the College; Harry Kinne, Director of Safety and Security; Inge Lise-Ameer, Associate Dean of the College for Student Support Services; and Aurora Matzkin, Health Improvement Team Project Leader. (No shortage of job titles at Dartmouth.) Discussion focused largely on measures to counteract sexual assault and binge drinking. There is a 24-hour help line for both problems. In situations involving sexual assault, the victim controls what comes next, e.g. whether to report the incident to police. Binge drinking, which is not confined to the Greeks, results in 250-300 visits/year to Dick’s House or Hitchcock. 

Dinner program: Remarks by James Nachtwey ’70, photojournalist and Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar; Alumni Award to Andrea Lordan ’86; Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award to David Wagner ’99.

Saturday, May 18
Plenary Session #2

John Daukas ’84, President of the Association of Alumni: There are 26 trustees as follows:

2 Governor of New Hampshire plus President of the College
16 Selected by the Board of Trustees
8 Nominated by the Dartmouth Alumni Council and elected by the alumni at large

Considering that it costs $75,000 to hold an election, the Association of Alumni Executive Committee is likely to propose a constitutional amendment which would allow that elections be held only when contested. A petition candidate has 60 days after the DAC’s nomination to gather 500 signatures in order to get on the ballot.

Annette Gordon-Reed ’81, Trustee: Student life will be a priority for Phil Hanlon, our new President. Use of web lectures is a good way to showcase Dartmouth, but we are not leading in this field.

Maria Laskaris ’84, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid: See discussion above on the Enrollment and Admissions Committee.

Martha Beattie ’76, Vice President for Alumni Relations: Phil Hanlon begins on June 10. He is an inspiring leader who reminds her of John Kemeny. Executive positions to be filled by him are:

Exec. VP Finance (CFO)
SVP Advancement
VP Development
VP Marketing and Communications
VP Facilities

Reunions will revert to the cluster approach, e.g. ’59 and’60 together. Also, the Alumni Office will be taking over the financial management of reunions, relieving the classes of that burden. 

Caroline Kerr ’05, Co-Chair of the DAC Ad-hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion: The objective of this committee is to study ways to increase the diversity of Dartmouth’s workforce by recruiting and retaining “underrepresented” staff. It was noted that Dartmouth compares well with other schools in rural settings but not with schools in more urban environments.

Committee reports: The Alumni Awards Committee announced that our own Ken Johansen will be receiving the Distinguished Alumni award. Congratulations Ken!