President Welcomes Students
On Wednesday, September 25, incoming graduate students, Graduate Student Council (GSC) executive board members, graduate faculty, the associate dean of faculty for the sciences, and the Graduate Studies Office gathered at the president’s house for a lovely outdoor reception and dinner. The relaxed event provided the ideal setting for mingling with peers and faculty. Guests enjoyed brie cheese, lemon tarts, bacon-wrapped scallops, warm apple cider, and other delicious foods catered by the Hanover Inn.
As the guests arrived, President Hanlon and his wife, Gail Gentes, took time to speak with each group of students. Gentes’ warm demeanor made everyone feel welcome and at ease. Sarah Hale, a first year chemistry student, observed, “Gentes was very approachable, and it was nice to learn a little more about her and her family.” President Hanlon made a similar impression. His dedication to the betterment of Dartmouth was evident in his conversations that evening.
When asked about her experience at the reception dinner, Madelyn May of the molecular and cellular biology (MCB) program remarked, “I feel honored to have been welcomed with such open arms by President Hanlon and his wife, Gail. The presidential dinner really gave me a sense of community, and President Hanlon showed me that Dartmouth embraces and values its students. He welcomed me to his office hours and encouraged me to discuss any concerns directly with him; I am thrilled to call Dartmouth my home for the next several years.”
The staff of the Graduate Studies Office, faculty members, and GSC executive board reps also joined various tables of new students. They introduced themselves to the new graduate students, asking them about their plans for graduate school. In return, they offered encouragement and insights into the community.
By the end of the reception, the desserts were gone, appetites satiated, and new connections made; a successful dinner indeed.
by Perry Scheetz