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12/6/2021 - National Champions
Men’s soccer downs Amherst to win the NCAA Division III National Championship

12/3/2021 - Arabic Debate Team qualifies for international championship
With a top four finish at the 2nd U.S. Universities Arabic Debating Championship in November, Maged Hassan ’25, Iyad Ait Hou ’22 and Abubakr El Sobky ’23 have qualified to participate in the international championship in Doha, Qatar, in the spring of 2022.

12/2/2021 - New York Times: Raja Feather Kelly ’09 gives ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ a multilayered makeover
Dancer and choreographer Raja Feather Kelly ’09 was a student at Conn when he first saw the 1975 film “Dog Day Afternoon,” he told The New York Times. The film—and Kelly’s reaction to it—inspires Kelly’s new live dance-theater documentary, “Wednesday,” which opens this week at New York Live Arts. 

11/30/2021 - Rodmon King named new Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Rodmon Cedric King, currently the chief diversity and inclusion officer at the State University of New York at Oswego, has been named the next dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College. He will begin his new role Jan. 31. 

11/22/2021 - National Champions
Connecticut College wins NCAA Division III National Championship

11/18/2021 - Connecticut College sees 17% increase in student voting rate
Connecticut College saw 77% voter participation in 2020—a 17% increase over 2016—according to a report from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE). This distinction is in addition to the College winning the 2020 ALL IN to Vote challenge for the highest percentage of the student body pledged to vote, placing Conn fifth in the nation and first in NESCAC. 

11/16/2021 - Three to compete in NCAA Cross Country Championships
Matt Carter ’23, Julia Curran ’23 and Jeffrey Love ’23 have qualified to represent the Camels at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Nov. 20.

11/15/2021 - Professor Daniel Maser awarded American Chemical Society grant for broadband laser research
Assistant Professor of Physics Daniel Maser has been awarded a $55,000 Undergraduate New Investigator (UNI) grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF). The grant will support his research into using broadband laser sources, known as optical frequency combs, to precisely measure a group of rotational transitions in benzene, a common hydrocarbon and solvent.

11/15/2021 - Sweet 16 bound
Men’s Soccer advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament

11/11/2021 - Conn teams competing in NCAA Championships
Conn hosts men’s NCAA soccer action and cross country mideast regionals. Women’s soccer on the road.

11/9/2021 - Conn to host 2021 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Cross Country Championship
For the third time in program history, Connecticut College will serve as host for the NCAA Division III Regional Cross Country Championship, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 13, at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut.

11/9/2021 - Men’s and Women’s Soccer selected to NCAA Division III Tournament
The men’s team will host first and second round action at Conn.

11/5/2021 - ‘Brilliance on display’ at Conn’s third annual All-College Symposium
200 seniors showcased how their coursework and experiences have informed their studies over the past four years

11/3/2021 - Camels to host NESCAC Championship
Alex Robles ’23 set up a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner scored by Steve Yeonas ’23, to lead the Connecticut College men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win against Williams College in the NESCAC tournament’s quarterfinal match on a wet Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field.

10/28/2021 - Sophie Hage ’23 explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on musicians
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, people stayed home, concert halls went silent and life was significantly altered for so many. To explore the impact on musicians, Sophie Hage ’23 interviewed three of Conn’s music professors. 

10/25/2021 - Defy Boundaries
Conn launches the public phase of a campaign prioritizing academics, the student experience, and global reach

10/19/2021 - Concrete Reef
Creating a sustainable aquatic habitat along Conn's riverfront

10/6/2021 - One Book One Region: Conn hosts ‘Interior Chinatown’ author Charles Yu
Yu’s "Interior Chinatown" was the 2021 selection for One Book One Region, in which first-year Conn students do a shared summer reading with faculty, staff, advisers and community members.

09/21/2021 - History Professor Sarah Queen awarded NEH grant to translate influential early Chinese texts
Connecticut College Professor of History Sarah A. Queen has been awarded a $199,959 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to translate two of the world’s earliest written commentaries on the Confucian classic Chunqiu, or “Spring and Autumn Annals.”  

09/14/2021 - Building an equitable future
Funded by the Mellon Foundation, a new initiative within the New London community seeks to create localized reparations for communities of color.

09/10/2021 - Conn remembers James A. Greenleaf Jr. ’91 on the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001
Sept. 11, 2021 marks 20 years since the terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda killed 2,977 people. It also marks 30 years since James A. Greenleaf ’91 graduated from Conn. Greenleaf, a foreign currency trader at the World Trade Center, died in the attacks on the Twin Towers.

09/2/2021 - Welcome & Welcome Back: Connecticut College 2021-2022
The Connecticut College community is celebrating our full return to campus and the extraordinary efforts that allowed us to come back together while so many communities across the world must remain apart.

08/31/2021 - Academic year opens with 107th Convocation
President Katherine Bergeron officially opened the 107th academic year at Connecticut College, welcoming to the community the 40 new faculty and 64 new staff members who have joined Conn since the last in-person Convocation in 2019, as well as the 528 newest Camels, including 26 transfer students, one return-to-college student and the 501 members of the Class of 2025. 

08/27/2021 - Conn welcomes the Class of 2025
As they arrived on campus in the late August heat, Connecticut College’s newest Camels were greeted by brilliant sunshine, cheering student leaders, colorful signs and a simple message: We are so glad you’re here.

08/24/2021 - Connecticut College history chair awarded prestigious international grant
An expert in the history of Peru and the Andes, as well as the African diaspora in Iberia and Latin America, Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department Leo J. Garofalo will receive six months of research funds from the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Germany.

08/16/2021 - Conn appoints new members to Board of Trustees
Eight alumni have joined Connecticut College’s Board of Trustees, including a Young Alumni Trustee from the Class of 2021. The new trustees began their service on July 1. 

08/12/2021 - Summer internships
Meet some of our 2021 interns

08/11/2021 - Professor Peter Siver awarded Phycological Society of America’s highest honor
In recognition of his remarkable contributions to the field of phycology—the study of algae—Professor Peter Siver has been awarded the Phycological Society of America’s Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.   

08/5/2021 - 94 named to NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team
A four-time All-American water polo player, 22 members of the women’s outdoor track and field team, and three student-athletes previously recognized for their sportsmanship are among the 94 Connecticut College student-athletes named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) 2021 Spring All-Academic Team.

07/30/2021 - Connecticut College receives rare GOLD rating for sustainability
Conn has been recognized with the coveted Stars GOLD rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

07/14/2021 - Debo Adegbile ’91 discusses voting rights on NPR
At a moment when multiple state legislatures across the U.S. are scaling back ballot access to voters who have historically been underrepresented in American politics, leading civil rights attorney Debo Adegbile ’91 appeared on NPR this week to discuss the erosion of voting rights in America.

07/12/2021 - Summer Civic Leaders support six New London organizations
Not even a pandemic could stop Connecticut College’s Summer Civic Leaders program from doing good this year, as 13 students spent six weeks working to support a variety of local organizations.

07/2/2021 - Staying put: Professor wins grant to explore alternatives to the Great Migration narrative
Amanda Russhell Wallace, assistant professor of art at Connecticut College, has received a research and development grant from the prestigious Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.   

06/29/2021 - Conn’s waterfront has new look, functionality
Connecticut College's riverfront is getting a huge makeover.

06/25/2021 - Knotweed dispensary
Rhode Island–based Herd of Hope brought its eager goats to campus in June to gorge on invasive knotweed.

06/10/2021 - Conn wins two Grand Gold CASE awards
Connecticut College’s Office of Communications has been awarded two 2021 Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in the marketing and writing categories. 

06/9/2021 - Erika J. Smith appointed Conn’s new Dean of the College
Erika J. Smith, the current dean of academic services at Brandeis University, has been appointed Connecticut College’s new dean of the college, effective Aug. 1. 

06/7/2021 - Water Polo’s Stephania Lopez ’21 named All-American for the fourth time
Women’s water polo captain Stephania Lopez ’21 has been named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III All-America First Team. This is the fourth time Lopez has been honored as an All-American during her impressive collegiate career.

06/3/2021 - Maggie Shea ’11 makes Olympic sailing team
The team that will represent the United States in sailing at this summer's Tokyo Olympics is set—and the 13-member squad features a Camel.

06/3/2021 - Connecticut College joins The White House’s COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge
The White House and the U.S. Department of Education is challenging colleges and universities across the country to join their efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic, and Connecticut College is rising to that challenge.

06/2/2021 - Two compete in NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Tarvis Hintlian ’21 and Matt Carter ’23 both notched top 15 finishes at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week.

05/25/2021 - Rob Hale ’88 makes headlines with string of academic and cancer research gifts
Rob Hale ’88 and his wife Karen P’20 have continued their season of philanthropy with a surprise gift to the graduating class at Quincy College in Massachusetts.

05/25/2021 - Debo P. Adegbile ’91 elected chair of Conn’s Board of Trustees
Debo P. Adegbile, a 1991 graduate of the College and current vice-chair of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees, has been elected to serve for a three-year term as the next chair beginning July 1, 2021. He is the first African-American in College history to serve as chair.

05/20/2021 - Justin Nwafor ’21 wins the 2021 Oakes and Louise Ames Prize
Justin Nnaemeka Nwafor ’21, an ACS-certified chemistry major and mathematics and physics double minor, was awarded the Oakes and Louise Ames Prize at Commencement for his honors thesis, “Why are Glycines 31, 33, and 35 Highly Conserved in all Fluorescent Proteins?”

05/20/2021 - Grace Amato ’21 wins the 2021 Anna Lord Strauss Medal
Grace Frances Amato ’21, a gender, sexuality and intersectionality studies and Latin American studies double major and Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy scholar from Melrose, Massachusetts, has been awarded the 2021 Anna Lord Strauss Medal.   

05/20/2021 - Commencement 2021
Class of 2021 told ‘Seek your own truth as a foundation for life’

05/17/2021 - Conn Faculty and Staff Awards Announced
At a virtual all-campus faculty and staff meeting, President Katherine Bergeron and Dean of the Faculty Jeffrey Cole announced the winners of the annual Faculty Awards along with the annual Presidential Staff Awards.

05/17/2021 - Ready to launch: The Class of 2021
Meet some of the members of the Class of 2021 as they reflect on their Conn experiences and prepare for the future.

05/12/2021 - English Professor Hubert Cook awarded Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars
Hubert Cook, the Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Assistant Professor of English at Connecticut College, has been awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars to complete his book project, Empathy’s Dark Labor: Feeling, Fact, and Late Nineteenth Century U.S. Black Narrative (1892-1905).

05/12/2021 - Three awarded U.S. Fulbright grants
Two Connecticut College seniors and one recent alumna will receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to teach English and conduct research abroad for an academic year. 

05/10/2021 - 13 seniors named Winthrop Scholars; 40 inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
Continuing a tradition that dates back nearly 100 years, Connecticut College has named 13 seniors as Winthrop Scholars, the highest academic honor bestowed by the College. An additional 27 students were also selected for initiation into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education.

05/6/2021 - Green Sun
Students, alumni and faculty install solar array to generate Conn's first-ever on-site renewable energy.

04/30/2021 - Persephone Hall to be honored at 100 Women of Color Gala
The Hale Family Executive Director will receive the prestigious award in May

04/28/2021 - With New Gift, Rob and Karen Hale Contribute $50 Million to Connecticut College
Students, faculty and staff gathered on Tempel Green on April 28, 2021, to celebrate the largest gift in Connecticut College history—a $30 million gift from Karen and Rob Hale ’88 P’20.

04/27/2021 - Eclipse 2021
More than 100 students participated in the multicultural dance show Eclipse on April 24, continuing a 46-year-old Connecticut College tradition.

04/23/2021 - The Biggest Announcement in Conn’s History
Let the countdown commence! President Katherine Bergeron will make a big (BIG!) College announcement at The Dune on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Check your inbox on Wednesday for the news.

04/21/2021 - The Arboretum partners with local group working to make New London greener
The Connecticut College Arboretum is partnering with a local grassroots organization to help increase the number of, well, tree roots in the city of New London.

04/20/2021 - Conn hosts COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus
As part of Conn’s nationally recognized response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College partnered this week with the Community Health Center of New London to provide vaccines to students, faculty, staff and their family members in a campus clinic.

04/19/2021 - Reading the Wrack Lines
Professor of Art Andrea Wollensak launches ongoing exhibition about our changing climate.

04/13/2021 - Michael Collier ’76 publishes new book of poetry
The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems by Michael Collier ’76 will be published in August by The University of Chicago Press.

04/8/2021 - 72 named to NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team
Two All-American swimmers, an athlete who ran every street in New London and 19 members of the women’s indoor track and field team are among the 72 Connecticut College student-athletes named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Winter All-Academic Team.

04/6/2021 - Founders Day 2021
Founders Day celebration launches successful giving challenge.

04/5/2021 - Connecticut College students unveil global COVID research project
Researchers from Conn and its partner institutions around the world presented their findings during a virtual symposium.

04/1/2021 - Multiple news outlets publish professor’s 6 tips for spotting fake science news
How can you tell if science news is fact or fiction? Marc Zimmer, Jean C. Tempel '65 Professor of Chemistry, has six tips to help media consumers detect fake science.

04/1/2021 - Joseph Walewski ’23 runs every street in New London
In the year since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, avid runner Joseph Walewski ’23 has run every street in two Connecticut towns: first his hometown of Fairfield, while Conn was remote last spring, and now Conn’s home city of New London.

03/23/2021 - Two students add to Conn’s impressive record of Critical Language Scholarship winners
Emily Hackett ’23 and Devon Rancourt ’21 have both won 2021 Critical Language Scholarships to continue their studies of Russia’s language and culture.

03/19/2021 - Conn announces Summer Session
The College has announced a five-week virtual summer session that will offer courses from a variety of departments, including psychology, government, economics and computer science.

03/18/2021 - Two awarded $10,000 Projects for Peace grants
Alireza Mohammadi ’22 and Camila Adrianzén Yndigoyen ’23 have been awarded $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grants to promote peace through education and community building in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Lima, Peru, this summer. 

03/17/2021 - Two Conn students awarded distinguished Watson Fellowships
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship awarded Tashayla “Shay” Borden ’21 and Jack Rider-McGovern ’21 Watson Fellowships for 2021. Borden and Rider-McGovern, who will embark on a year of travel starting August 1, join 40 students from 22 states and eight countries who make up the 53rd Class of Watson Fellows.

03/12/2021 - Staff and faculty researchers publish article on the Black Church and liberal arts institutions
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion John McKnight, Professor of Human Development Michelle Dunlap and Director of Race and Ethnicity Programs Maurice Tiner are co-authors of “The Black Church and Liberal Arts Institutions: Forming Reciprocal Relationships for Thriving Urban Communities and Churches."

03/11/2021 - Ethan Brown ’94 and Beyond Meat expand global partnerships in major new deal
Brown, the founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, will be Conn’s next Commencement speaker

03/9/2021 - DISCARDED: Lear-Conant Symposium explores impact of human-generated waste
The long-term implications of our severance of relationships with possessions was the topic of discussion for hundreds of experts, faculty, students, alumni and community members from around the world who gathered virtually March 6 for the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment’s 2021 Lear-Conant Symposium, “DISCARDED: Unmasking and Understanding the Waste Stream.”

03/5/2021 - Professor Mónika López-Anuarbe lends her expertise to Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout
As Connecticut undertakes the largest, fastest vaccine rollout in history, Associate Professor of Economics Mónika López-Anuarbe is serving on multiple state committees to help make the process as equitable as possible for vulnerable communities. 

03/4/2021 - Career Exploration Week returns
The first Career Exploration Week of the spring semester just wrapped up its series of events focused on government, law and international relations. 

03/1/2021 - Celebrating the Harlem Renaissance
As part of Conn’s recognition of Black History Month, students, faculty and staff participated in a virtual poetry and musical event sponsored by student-run literary magazine Cadenza, the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of Race and Ethnicity programs.

02/24/2021 - Professor David Dorfman ’81 wins Connecticut’s Artistic Excellence Award
Dance professor and prolific choreographer David Dorfman ’81 has won a $5,000 Artistic Excellence Award through the state of Connecticut’s Artist Fellowship Program, which provides recognition and funding support for Connecticut artists to pursue new work and advance their artistic careers.

02/23/2021 - Conn goes green
College moves to its lowest COVID-19 alert level

02/16/2021 - Painting by late Conn art professor Barkley Hendricks sells for record $4 million
A 1972 portrait by the late Professor Emeritus of Studio Art Barkley Hendricks sold for $4,013,000 at Sotheby’s Dec. 8, 2020, setting a new record for the artist known for his life-sized oil portraits of Black Americans.

02/16/2021 - In The New York Times: E. Kristin Anderson ’05 on finding your voice in another’s words
Writer and poet E. Kristin Anderson ’05 is finding original poetry hiding in the pages of her newspapers, and she’s encouraging others to do the same.

02/15/2021 - Conn expands global partnerships with universities abroad
Connecticut College has announced new partnerships with institutions in both India and South Korea that will further enhance the College’s commitment to global education.

02/10/2021 - Conn Is All In
Connecticut College reaffirms its commitment to address climate change.

02/9/2021 - The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center hires new executive director
Tiffani Gavin represents a pathbreaking era for the legendary theater.

02/9/2021 - Conn alum publishes essay in The New York Times
Annabelle Allen ’19 was published in The New York Times “Modern Love” column, writing an essay about her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

02/2/2021 - Transition, truncated
Historian Martha Joynt Kumar ’63 discusses the history of presidential transitions. 

01/28/2021 - Continuing the Conversation on Race: Policing in the U.S. and in New London
The killings of George Floyd and multiple other Black Americans by police officers during the spring and summer of 2020 led to national calls for police accountability. But how do we move forward?

01/27/2021 - Elevate
Conn hosts inaugural social justice conference

01/21/2021 - Marcucci makes history in Major League Soccer SuperDraft
Former Connecticut College men’s soccer goalkeeper AJ Marcucci ’21 is the first-ever Conn athlete to be drafted into Major League Soccer. Marcucci was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the third round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, Jan. 21. 

01/20/2021 - Fast Forward Goes Global
Adam Romanow ’07 was so impressed with the business ideas Conn students gave him during last year’s Fast Forward program that he came back this year for another round.   

01/20/2021 - IOC VP Anita DeFrantz ’74 pens Washington Post piece in support of righting a 108-year-old Olympic wrong
Anita DeFrantz ’74, vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic bronze medalist, published an opinion piece in the Washington Post arguing that the IOC should restore the sole first-place victories rightfully won by Native American athlete Jim Thorpe in the 1912 games.

01/19/2021 - Community Policing in New London
The New London Public Safety Policy Review Committee has suggested the formation of a civilian police review board and the creation of a police commission, The Day reports.

01/15/2021 - Jeffrey Wexler ’10 named White House Director of COVID-19 Operations
President Joe Biden has officially named Jeffrey Wexler ’10 the White House Director of COVID-19 Operations.

01/14/2021 - Fridays are for fundraising
Chiara Gero ’18 is raising money to support anti-racist work around the world.

01/11/2021 - Professor Rashelle Litchmore discusses police response to Capitol rioters in media interviews
Assistant Professor of Human Development Rashelle Litchmore was interviewed on Toronto’s CP24 News and for an article on CTVNews.ca about the stark contrast between police reaction to armed Trump supporters violently storming the U.S. Capitol, and the manner in which police have responded to unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters earlier this year.

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