September 8, 2014  olin.edu  SUBMIT TO oLINK
Welcome to a new year

Welcome to the new academic year and edition of the oLink! For the new faculty, students and staff, the oLink is a weekly eNewsletter highlighting the top happenings or news on campus. These happenings can be anything from club recruitment, bragging about interesting projects or an event promotion for the week. It’s up to you! The point of the oLink is to be a quick read, relevant and interesting. Any faculty member, staff member or student can submit content.

Be on the lookout for more information regarding the fall Town Meeting, which takes place on September 17 at 11:00 a.m. and is open to the entire community. More information will also be available for Alumni Weekend, scheduled for the weekend of September 19.
As always, if you have any questions/comments/suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email me or stop by my desk in Milas Hall, directly at the top of the stairs!

Jonathan Adler named Chief Scientific Officer of the Health Story Collaborative

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jonathan Adler has been named Chief Scientific Officer of the Health Story Collaborative. The Collaborative works to "create a forum for story sharing to make the process of navigating illness less isolating, and to empower individuals and families facing health challenges." In one of their signature programs, the Healing Story Sessions, medical patients work with Professor Adler and Health Story Collaborative Executive Director, Dr. Annie Brewster, to write and share the story of their experiences with illness and healing.

Read more here and be sure to congratulate Jon as you see him around campus.

Recent awards & accomplishments

Please join us in congratulating the following community members on recent accomplishments:

The Olin Facilities team has been awarded the Green Star Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Maintenance Society in the category of Universities and Colleges. The Honor award is a step up from the Merit Award achieved last year. The Olin team was honored along with universities far larger in size.

Joanne Kossuth, vice president of operations and CIO, has been awarded the 2014 Community Leadership Award from EDUCAUSE. She has been an active member of the EDUCAUSE community for many years, making an impact in myriad ways. Among her contributions are serving as the chair for the 2009 Annual Conference, being appointed to the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors (2008–2010), playing an active role in starting the New IT Managers Program, and overseeing the reimagining of the Frye Leadership Institute, which resulted in the Leading Change Institute.

A Whole New Engineer due out October 1

In their new book (scheduled for release on October 1, 2014) A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering, David E. Goldberg, president of Big Beacon and emeritus professor at the University of Illinois, and Mark Somerville, professor and associate dean at Olin, contend that engineering education requires a thorough overhaul. 

“To move students from being passively obedient to courageously inventive,” says Somerville, “students need to be unleashed.”

Goldberg and Somerville get inside the minds – and hearts – of some of the country’s deepest thinkers to find out what’s broken in engineering education and how to fix the system.

Read more about the book here.

Comings & goings

Next Monday will be a special edition of the oLink. Many new faces can be seen around the oval these days, including new faculty members. Next issue, we will briefly profile new faculty. For now, meet some new staff members:

New Hires

Jeff Goldenson joins Olin as the new library director. Jeff joins us from the Harvard Innovation lab. Please join us in welcoming him and be sure to visit his office, MH154.


It’s hard for Olin alumni to stay away for long, and that is lucky for us. Graham Hooton ’14 is back on campus as the new assistant director of admission. His office is MH111.

Erik Ryan joins Olin as a leadership gift officer. He joins Olin from Wellesley College and is excited to be a part of the Olin family. His office is located in Edison House, EH205.

  • The marketing team is looking for a student worker for the fall semester. This paid position is a great way to introduce yourself to marketing and communications concepts and also a terrific opportunity to be involved with photo management, social media, publications and the college website. Interested? Contact Sarah Pickering.
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