The Westletter: Week of 1/22/17

THE WESTLETTER for the week of 1/22/17

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— We had an excellent House Professor’s Tea on Friday afternoon with Prof. Brendan Nyhan (Government) who led a fascinating discussion about the current political environment in the age of President Trump.

Our next House Professor’s Tea will be this Friday, Jan 27 at 4:30 with guest Prof. David Kotz (Computer Science Professor, former Associate Dean for the Sciences, and Dartmouth alum). Hope to see you there!

— The West House IM basketball team made a strong effort in their game against North Park (who had a team with a complement of varsity football players) and went down in a thriller 37-34. Their final game is against Allen House this Friday at 7pm.

 ·        Free HOP tickets

West House has available free tickets for House members to attend world-class performances at the Hopkins Center each term. Please see below the list of upcoming performances for this week; a full list of shows for upcoming term is available here. If you’d like tickets, please contact House Administrator Pamela Duffy at

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s “Bird Calls”

Fri Jan 27 2017 – 8:00 PM

A fiery, forward-looking tribute to jazz icon Charlie “Bird” Parker by one of today’s most celebrated sax players.

·         Mini-Seminars in West House

This term we will have AVDF mini-seminars on exciting topics with our esteemed faculty. These are free, informal, and short! and a great way to connect with faculty and each other in the West House community. If interested, please contact Pamela at 

·         West House Mugs

We have a few remaining West House travel mugs (with our House tree insignia that is an image of the iconic elm tree in between Fahey and Russell Sage). They’re great for enjoying the drinks at House Teas or taking advantage of the promotions at KAF. To get yours, stop by the House Office and pick one up from Pamela! We’ll be putting in another order soon. 

·        Dartmouth Posse Retreat

A note from Westians Karla Rosas ’20 and Natalie Freitas ’20:

We are two of the Posse veteran scholars on campus who are organizing a weekend retreat with all expenses paid to Lake Morey Resort. The event will take place February 24 at 4pm through February 26 at 12pm with transportation included to and from campus. The Posse Plus Retreat is a unique space where students, faculty, and staff come together to participate in a powerful discussion about a topic relevant to Dartmouth’s community. We will engage in dialogue on the topic of Division, Community and Identity in American Society. It is an incredible opportunity for students and faculty to voice their ideas and experience this important national conversation.

This invitation is extended to everyone in the Dartmouth community. The Facebook invite is here:

·        Relay For Life Winter Bazaar

 West House will be hosting a booth at the Relay for Life Winter Bazaar at Collis Common Ground, Friday, Jan 27 from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Come play bag toss (i.e. “cornhole”) on our own Dartmouth-themed set and win prizes!


The next Executive Board meeting will take place on Sunday, January 22 at 8pm in the McLane seminar room. Minutes to all Exec Board meetings are available here. All are welcome to participate!

West House Exec Agenda for Jan 22, 2017

1. Archive: Alexis

2. Cancer Carnival:

o 4:30-6:30 pm on Friday, Jan 27

o Shifts?

3. Café West

o Interest? Plan?

·        Communicate Science!

As the editor of your Westletter (and your House Professor) I’d like to take the opportunity to advertise an exciting opportunity for Dartmouth students later this term to develop and utilize their science communication skills:

A huge part of success in almost any career is strong communication skills. This term we are excited to announce an opportunity for Dartmouth students to develop your ability to connect with audiences and in particular to share your love of science with your peers and the public.

 In partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the National Science Foundation, we will be holding a workshop, consisting of five sessions over two weeks, to teach students skills in science communication.

 We’ll be using fun and engaging improv techniques developed from acting training to help you connect with audiences.

The five sessions will be held on the following dates:
Feb 21, 23, 28, Mar 2, 7 (precise times to be scheduled).

Students who complete the workshops will be eligible to apply for a program of astronomy outreach in Appalachian Mountain Club lodges and huts over summer 2017. This program has previously hosted a number of Dartmouth students and is a great way to spend the summer in the outdoors while staying engaged with science. 

Students in the program will also be encouraged to build and execute their own public outreach program using the skills they’ve developed.

If interested or if you have any questions, please email Prof. Hickox at