A year in the life of Dartmouth students, faculty, alumni, and staff.
Dartmouth News stories, videos, and slideshows reached more than 660,000 readers this year from almost every country in the world—an increase of more than 25 percent over 2017. The site published 350 stories and 65 videos, garnering well over a million views.
In words and images, these stories paint a picture of the people and places that make Dartmouth extraordinary: scholars who love to teach and believe in the value and power of the liberal arts, and adventurous students who are using Dartmouth as a basecamp to follow their intellectual curiosity around the globe. The most popular feature? The delivered by writer, actor, and comedian Mindy Kaling ’01, which was viewed 85,000 times from the Dartmouth News website (and more than 300,000 times overall).
Here are some of highlights from the year past.
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More than a dozen Dartmouth alumni and students in Pyeongchang, South Korea, representing the United States, Bermuda, and Canada—the greatest number of Dartmouth athletes ever to . Dartmouth News followed their Olympic journey to competing in the .
Alumni and students also competed in the political arena, for everything from the U.S. Senate to the office of New Hampshire Secretary of State. In December, , to see an alumnus and a member of the class of 2020 sworn in to the New Hampshire legislature.
Dartmouth News with students and faculty doing research on the front line of climate change.
Among the notable alumni achievements featured this year, TIME magazine devoted to photojournalist and provostial fellow James Nachtwey ’70’s searing documentation of the opioid crisis; composer Tyné Angela Freeman ’17, Guarini ’19, was ; Julia Dressel ’17 was first author on ; and human rights lawyer Becca Heller ’05 .
this year, including . Dean of Faculty Elizabeth Smith on the College’s efforts to increase hiring of underrepresented minority faculty (up 2 percent over the previous year), part of the College’s Inclusive Excellence initiative. Eight members of the faculty were honored with . Among numerous achievements this year, faculty and ; presented work at the ; ; made the ; with avant-garde animation; and received funding to . Dartmouth News also published in-depth interviews with chemist , economist , Arabic literature scholar , and philosopher .
Students did extraordinary things, including searching for , winning an award for , , and .
this fall as admissions applications (and the acceptance rate reached ). The ’22s were the first to experience . The “most diverse early decision group ever”—and one of the strongest academically— after early decision applications rose by 9 percent. It’s the fifth consecutive year early applications set an institutional record, rising 24 percent in just the past two years.
In sports, Dartmouth athletes won big in
, , , and —all while maintaining the in the NCAA. Football led by hiring the in Division I.
—a comprehensive campaign to raise $3 billion to advance Dartmouth’s distinctive liberal arts model, pursue research with global impact, and prepare students for lives of leadership—was . The College announced several milestones toward those goals—including major gifts to , to help from financial aid packages, and at the Tuck School for Business, as well as a new plan to redesign the west end of campus to better integrate .
There were some new faces in leadership roles on campus as the College hired Timothy Burdick ’89, MED’02, to direct
, Sarah Palacios to direct the , Rabbi Meir Goldstein to lead , and Cheryl Bascomb ’82 as . And some familiar faces also assumed leadership positions: Joe Helble, former dean of Thayer School of Engineering, , while computer scientist David Kotz ’88, who had served as interim provost since late in 2017, was named . Professor of Sociology Kathryn Lively . Professor of Mathematics Scott Pauls of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. Kristi Clemens , Tracy Dustin-Eichler , and Professor of Engineering Laura Ray began .
Among the notable events on campus in 2018, Dartmouth hosted a and reconvened a historic first held in 1998, when theater legend August Wilson was a Montgomery Fellow. The Hopkins Center for the Arts of the Stratford Theater Festival’s multimedia production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, which and master classes with faculty and members of the theater company. met with students in September, Godfather father came to Dartmouth Library’s Rauner Special Collections Library, and , Mindy Kaling ’01 reminded the Class of 2018 that
This year, Dartmouth joined other universities in a brief . bones excavated from Inuit gravesites in the 1960s, and a study group recommended moving the to storage. Heading into 2019, the College is preparing to announce .
The Hood Museum of Art hired its first . The museum has been closed for renovation since spring 2016, but staff this fall and have been hard at work ahead of its Jan. 26, 2019, opening.
was closed for renovations over the summer, and were installed on eight College buildings. In other building and facilities news, the community gave input into . The public also weighed in on the . In September , and in November, the College received the green light to build and
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