The Westletter: Week of 9/17/17

Hi Westians,

Great to see so many of you (including our new grad student Westians) at the kickoff BBQ on Friday afternoon, and at the Exec Board meeting tonight. Looking forward to a great term.

(If you didn’t get to pick up your new House gear on Friday, we still have hats in the House Office in Fahey Hall; please stop by and see Pamela or Ted to get yours.)

Lots of exciting activities this week!


THE WESTLETTER for the week of 9/17/17
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Westians in the News

West House faculty affiliate Alexander Chee won the 2017 Paul Engle Prize, awarded by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, to excellent writers who have improved his or her community. Congratulations!
Haley Gordon ’18, a double major in theater and government, is serving as an intern at the Hop this year. See her top picks for the Hop calendar in the article (West House has free tickets for many of these).

Graduate welcome reception Tuesday night, Sept 18

We’re delighted to welcome our new graduate student members to West House, and will be holding a graduate welcome reception on Tuesday at 5:30pm in the Fahey Lounge. We’ll have hors d’oevres and refreshments, including beer and wine for 21+. All House members are invited; please come along, enjoy some wonderful conversation, and welcome our newest members to the community.

First-year dinner at Moosilauke Lodge on Wednesday, Sep 20

On Wednesday, West House ‘21s will be among the first to enjoy a meal at the newly renovated Moosilauke Ravine Lodge! The ‘21s will have received an invitation via OrgSync. Space is limited, so please be sure to sign up!

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Sophomore Outing: Lake Winnipesaukee Boat Cruise! Sat Sept. 23

On Saturday, Sep. 23rd we will be having our first West House Sophomore Outing: A chance for the sophomores in the House to take a fun day trip, hang out together, and make new connections among House members. This year we’ll be going for a boat cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire. The trip is FREE and will leave around 9:30am and return before dinner. Space is getting limited, and priority will be given to ‘20s, but faculty and staff (including families) and students from other years are welcome to sign up in case there’s extra space. To sign up, please go to:

Fellows Dinner Sunday Sept. 24

On Sunday, Sep. 24th we will host our second annual West House Fellows Dinner. West House faculty and staff affiliates, students, and families are all invited to the House Professor’s residence for an evening of wonderful dinner and conversation. The dinner starts early (5pm) and we will once again have babysitters for those with kids! RSVP to

IM Soccer

After finishing as runners-up last fall, the West House IM soccer team will once again be playing in the House league this term, on Fridays at 4:50pm. The IM competitions will all count toward an overall House Cup this year, so we’ve got extra incentives to represent our House and come out on top at the end of the year! If interested in playing, please contact our IM Captain, Resident Fellow Cory Cline at IM registration is FREE for members of House teams. If we’re limited in space, spots on the team will be first come first served, so let Cory know right away.

Free HOP tickets

West House has available free tickets for House members to attend world-class performances at the Hopkins Center each term. A full list of shows for Spring term is available here. If you’d like tickets, please contact Pamela at

yle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion “Dearest Home”
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion “Dearest Home”
Thu Sep 21 2017 – 7:00 PM
MacArthur “genius” choreographer Kyle Abraham returns with poetic show about love, longing and loss.
merson String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
Sat Sep 30 2017 – 8:00 PM
Nine-time Grammy winners bring luminous intellect, musicality and joy to Mozart, Beethoven and more.
azz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Tue Oct 03 2017 – 7:00 PM
Premier jazz big band’s program includes tribute to jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton.

Photos from the weekend

Here are some photos from the weekend. Good to see Westians enjoying the ballooning adventure on the Green yesterday!

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Department of Physics & Astronomy
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