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The Link: Olin’s Campus-Wide E-Bulletin                             11.4.05
This bi-weekly newsletter includes news and information that will keep you informed of campus happenings.

If you have information you would like distributed to Olin the community, please send it to Announcements@olin.edu.

News You Can UsE
Still Time for Capsules
The time capsule from Big Conversations is still in the Dining Hall, awaiting your contributions.

The collection box for personal letters is located in the hallway outside OIR (OC 256). The cut-off date for dropping off a letter is Friday, November 18.


Olin Gives Thanks
The Social Committee will be selling raffle tickets during lunch in the Dining Hall beginning Monday, November 7. Tickets will be available until the day of the social. Proceeds will be donated to the Needham Community Council to benefit local families in need this holiday season. The Thanksgiving themed Faculty/Staff social will be 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. Raffle winners will be drawn at the social. You do not need to be present to win. Prizes include gift certificates to restaurants, car washes, Dunkin' Donuts, as well as a grand prize of an iPod. 

Olin College is Hiring
The College is currently seeking qualified candidates for several positions. Employees are reminded that HR is always happy to accept referrals.


Upcoming Events


Community Bulletin Board
Olin Seminar Series Features Speakers
On Friday, November 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Olin Seminar Series will feature Dr. Joseph Barranco, NSF astronomy and astrophysics postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University. Dr. Barranco will discuss “Planet Embryos in Vortex Wombs.”

On Tuesday, November 15 from 2-3:00 p.m. in the Olin College auditorium, Dr. Maury Goodman, a member of the High Energy Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory will present "The Neutrino Oscillation Industry."

Faculty Lectures Series Begins
In conjunction with the Needham Adult Education program, Olin College will present the following faculty lectures on campus:

  • November 9, Dr. Jessica Townsend will discuss” Renewable Energy” in AC 113 from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • November 15, Dr. Ben Linder will discuss “Experiences in Design” in AC 206 from 7-8:30 p.m.

All lectures are offered at no charge to Olin community members with Olin ID. Residents of Needham can attend for $10.

Venture Capital Panel at Olin
Join Information Technology, Post Graduate Planning and Interested Entrepreneurs for an informative and interactive panel discussion with leading Boston Venture Capitalists. Venture Capitalists will share their experiences November 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. in AC 328. Attendees include:

David Aronof, IDG Ventures Boston: Aronoff is a General Partner at IDG. He brings nearly a decade of early-stage investment experience to the firm from his previous position at Greylock Partners where he led several of the firm's successful investments in the communications and systems markets.

Chris Baldwin, Charles River Ventures: Baldwin joined CRV in 1999 and is focused on making investments in the information technology sector, with an emphasis on storage and networking convergence, optics technologies and new computing paradigms. Currently Baldwin serves as a director of Acopia Networks, Conformative Systems, EqualLogic and Revivio.

Greg Gretsch, Managing Director, Sigma: Gretsch has been in the high-technology industry for more than 17 years and joined Sigma in 2000, bringing to the firm expertise in business operations, information technology and marketing. As a former founder and executive of four start-up technology companies, Gretsch uses his expertise to assist entrepreneurs in building strong business foundations.

Richard Grinnell, Vice President and Director, TD Capital Ventures: Grinnell joined TD Capital Ventures as a founding member in January 2001. He has over 12 years of engineering, marketing, and venture capital experience. His areas of focus include enterprise and communications infrastructure. He is a Charter Member of TiE and holds a United States Patent.

Annual Benefits Fair Held Nov. 10

The annual Benefits Fair for all faculty and staff of Olin and Babson Colleges will be held Thursday, November 10. The fair will be held in Knight Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Free flu shots will be offered at the fair on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that due to staffing, Health Services will only offer the shots at the fair. This will be the only opportunity to get a flu shot, no exceptions. Please call Anne Jew at (781) 239-5498 if you have questions.

Learn Karate and Jujitsu at Olin and Babson

Ever want to learn practical, effective self-defense? Study the traditional martial arts of either Karate or Jujitsu but never tried them out? Now is your chance to give it a try. Kokondo Karate and Jukido Jujitsu classes are now being taught at Olin/Babson every week on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

What: Kokondo Self-Defense Class --Introductory Class and Demonstration for New Students to Kokondo Karate and Jukido Jujitsu; we emphasize self-defense, safety in practice, self-confidence, and traditional study of martial arts
When: November 7 and November 9 (attend one or both)
Where: Chandor Dance Studio, Webster Center, Babson
Time: 6:30 p.m.(sharp)-7:45 p.m., both nights
Attire: Loose comfortable clothing
Who: Babson and Olin students, faculty and staff - come one, come all

Previous martial arts experience not required, but welcomed. Taught by Internationally Certified Black Belt Instructors (Senseis). For more information, visit www.babsonkokondo.com.

Want to Play Volleyball?
Sign up to play volleyball at lists.olin.edu. Come play volleyball with folks who: are nice, occasionally trash-talk and occasionally play well. Play on Babson's sand court at 12:30 p.m. one or two days each week.

Cara Szeghy notes, “We have a small, but diligent (if not enthusiastic), group of volleyball players, who are hoping to squeak out some more weeks playing outside on the sand court at Babson. We may then start playing inside at Babson when the snow flies.”

The Laramie Project Presented by TheatreWorks @ Babson
"What's the difference if you're gay? A hate crime is a hate crime. If you murder somebody you hate 'em." Come find out more as TheatreWorks at Babson presents The Laramie Project, a deeply moving theatrical experience that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Event will take place at the Sorenson Theatre on Thursday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Night Life Comes to Needham
Cheryl Hoenemeyer is a performer “driven by lyrics, steered by piano.” Her piano style, influenced by Warren Zevon and Bill Payne is one of aerobic abandon – a curious mix of 13 years classical training and her first venture into the music business as a drummer in a rock band. Cheryl Hoenemeyer will be at the Homegrown Coffeehouse on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. The Homegrown Coffeehouse is located at the First Parish Unitarian Church, at the corner of Great Plain and Dedham Avenue in Needham center. There is free parking and wheelchair access. General admission is $15 and $12 students and seniors. Proceeds benefit the Church. For more information, visit www.uuneedham.org.

Free Talk Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist
On Monday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Olin College auditorium Scott Preller, C.S., member of the Christian Science board of lectureship will discuss, “Living Right Side Up in an Upside Down World.” This free talk is sponsored by the Needham First Church of Christ, Scientist and open to the Olin community. For more information call (508) 520-9238.

Olin HR Training Update

The latest Olin HR Training Update is now available. The update includes information on computer training classes, lunchtime seminars, Sorenson Center events, the Boston Consortium fall schedule and much more. If you require additional information, contact Beth Schirick.


Kudos
Hannabury Elected to EACUBO Post
Steve Hannabury has been elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Small College Committee of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO). 

EACUBO was founded in 1919 by higher education business officers to promote effective and ethical business and financial administration in colleges and universities. Its primary goal is to provide high quality professional development opportunities that are relevant and timely.

Today, EACUBO has a diverse membership of nearly 1,000 institutions and organizations. These include public and private colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions, as well as other agencies and for-profit organizations affiliated with or serving with higher education.

EACUBO is one of four regional associations (Eastern, Central, Southern, and Western) affiliated with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Cho, Connelly and Tatar Present at National Conference on Olin's Honor Code
On October 21 Lilly Cho, Julie Connelly and Nick Tatar presented at the Center for Academic Integrity's national conference in Virginia. The conference focused on promoting academic integrity through teaching, research and practice. The trio's presentation, titled “The Do Something Clause: A Case Study of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Honor Code,” focused on the power of community and the development of Olin's unique learning environment. Over 130 different colleges and universities attended the three-day conference.


Meet that Oliner…
This week's spotlight shines on Emily Moscol, Coordinator of Campus Services. In general, Emily is responsible for working closely with purchasing, facilities, and other departments to make sure that everyday at Olin runs smoothly. She also ensures everyone has the right key and a place to park.

LINK: When did you start working at Olin?
EM:
I started working at Olin in December of 2004, so almost one year!

LINK: What is your favorite thing about your job?
EM:
My favorite thing about my job is the interactions I have with students and staff. I like solving problems for people, and this position allows me to do just that. I enjoy the sense of community at Olin.


LINK:
How do you spend your spare time?
EM: I enjoy spending spare time with my husband, Jorge. He is a professional musician so we usually go see bands play on the weekends. I read as much as I possibly can, and I am currently beginning a terrific book, A People's History of Science: Miners, Midwives, and "Low Mechanicks,” by Clifford Conner. I also am an avid fan of the TV show Lost (Wednesday nights on ABC), and like spending time with my sisters.


Articles of Interest
Teaching the Startup Mentality,” BusinessWeek, October 25, 2005
EXCERPT: “... At the Franklin W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, entrepreneurial students have started working with neighboring Olin College of Engineering. Jim Poss, a 2003 Babson MBA graduate, met two sophomore engineering students from Olin who helped him design a solar-powered trash compactor for Seahorse Power, a business that Poss founded and now runs full time.”


Trivia
In the last issue we asked what team Franklin Olin play for in 1885 and wanted to know his batting average. Andrew Bouchard correctly answered that F.W. Olin played for the Wolverines in 1885 and batted .500. He will receive Olin Gear for his correct response.

Olin trivia buffs...

Q: A building was recently completed that is the world's tallest. Where is it located?

A: First person to correctly respond to Jennifer Thomas receives a prize.