The Westletter: Week of 1/29/17

THE WESTLETTER for the week of 1/29/17

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— We had a very enjoyable House Professor’s Tea on Friday afternoon with Prof. David Kotz (Computer Science) who led a fascinating discussion about the mobile technology in healthcare and associated challenges with security.

Our next House Professor’s Tea will be this Friday, Feb 3 at 4:30pm with special guest Scott Listfield ’98.

Scott Listfield ’98 is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott grew up in Boston, MA and studied art at Dartmouth College. After some time spent living abroad, Scott returned to America and, shortly before the real life, non-movie version of the year 2001, began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.

— The West House IM basketball team closed out their season on Friday going down to Allen House. However an opportunity for payback looms over Winter Carnival, when there will be a skating rink set up on the Green with House tournaments in broomball(like hockey, but with no skates) and if there is enough interest, ice hockey! If you’re interested in representing West House on the ice, contact Exec co-chair

— West House was well represented at the Colleges against Cancer Winter Bazaar on Friday, where we operated the popular cornhole game. Thanks to the Exec for organizing.

  • Reserving Fahey Lounge space

With the transition of the residence halls to House Communities, starting this term the lounge spaces in Fahey Hall have been set aside for general use by members of the House in the evenings. However, our House Admin Pamela Duffy is now able to book these spaces for student groups in some cases – if you’re interested in using one of the Fahey Lounges for an event, please contact Pamela The criteria for event approval are still being determined; in general the ground-floor lounge will be more often available for use by groups as it is less commonly used as a general studying/gathering space.

  • 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

Danish String Quartet

Tue Jan 31 2017 – 7:00 PM

Program includes Beethoven’s bracing, soulful E-minor quartet and the sounds of Scandinavia in luscious arrangements of sprightly folk tunes.

  • Mini-Seminars in West House

Please see here the flyer for this term’s 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

  • 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:


The next Executive Board meeting will take place on Sunday, January 29 at 8:30pm in the McLane seminar room. Minutes to all Exec Board meetings are available here. All are welcome to participate!

Agenda for Jan 29:

  1. Update on College Bazaar
  1. Update on Plans for Winter Carnival
  1. Discussion of a statement to send to West House
  1. Recap of meeting with administrators re: winter/spring plans
  • Hill Winds Society

A note from our own Shivam Chadha ’17:

Hey 20’s!

Do you want to meet alumni and be a student ambassador for the college?

Do you want to learn more about Dartmouth’s history and traditions?

Do you want to hang out with a super cool group of students?

Then learn about the Hill Winds Society!

Come to one of our mandatory information sessions and optional drop-in office hours to learn more!


Mandatory Information Sessions

Tuesday, January 31st 7:00 – 8:00 pm in Paganucci Lounge

Thursday, February 2nd 7:00 – 8:00 pm in Paganucci Lounge


Optional Drop-In Office Hours

Monday, January 30th 6:00 – 8:00 pm in KAF

Wednesday, February 1st 6:00 – 8:00 pm in KAF

Applications due Wednesday, February 8th at Noon


The Hill Winds Society, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, is comprised of a diverse group of students selected to be ambassadors to the alumni body. Founded in 2006, the society represents a variety of student interests, backgrounds and academic disciplines. Members are selected on the basis of their campus involvement, communication skills, leadership ability and potential, and infectious Dartmouth spirit.

  • 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