Graduate Leaders Meet With Prominent Graduate Alums

On May 24, 2013 by Elizabeth Molina-Markham

leaders_feature_editedOn Friday, May, 17th graduate student leaders met with two graduate alumni over lunch to discuss leadership and the role of the graduate community at Dartmouth.

Student leaders, including Graduate Student Council (GSC) executive board members, met with Melody Brown Burkins and Allan Weatherwax, the current graduate alumni reps to the Dartmouth Alumni Council.

Burkins, who serves as Senior Director for Research and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Vermont, received her MS and PHD in earth sciences at Dartmouth. During her time here she also served as president of the GSC (1998-1999) and won the Hannah Croasdale Award for excellence in research and teaching.

Weatherwax , professor of physics and the Associate Dean of Science at Siena College, received his PhD in physics from Dartmouth in 1995. Weatherwax serves on numerous national and international committees and is currently a member of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He is an author of more than 75 engineering and science papers. The Weatherwax Glacier is named in his honor to recognize his research efforts in the Antarctic.

Both alums offered a great deal to Dartmouth during their time here and continue to do so with their position on the alumni council.

The discussion, joined by Dean of Graduate Studies, F. J. Kull, was organized to strengthen links between current and former graduate students.

The discussion was wide ranging. It began with a focus on career paths for graduate students. The group also got into a deep conversation about how the graduate community can better present its contributions to the wider alumni, showing what benefits graduate students bring in terms of supporting professors and students in education and research.

Speaking on the lunch, outgoing GSC President Julia Bradley-Cook said “It’s exciting to realize how quickly the graduate alumni network is growing, and how valuable it can be.”

Bradley-Cook continued “I hope that graduates from our programs consider staying involved, whether it is through the externship program, or promoting research through the alumni research grant.”

by Dan Durcan

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