Summer in Brief 2018

Hafsat Abiola ’92, a Nigerian activist for human rights, civil rights, and democracy, was appointed Executive President of the Women in Africa Initiative (WIA) on June 5. According to its website, WIA is an organization committed to supporting women’s entrepreneurship in Africa and the next generation of leading African women.

In early July, a United States team took first place in the 2018 International Math Olympiad, an annual mathematics competition for high school students across the world. Michael Ren ’18 was one of the six high school students selected to represent the United States. Ren also took gold in the competition’s individual round. This year the competition took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Stephen Matloff ’91, Karen Humphries Sallick ’83, P’14, ’17, and Patricia Doykos ’82, P’15 joined the Board of Trustees on July 1. Sallick and Doykos will serve as Alumni Trustees for four years each, and Matloff will serve as President of the Alumni Council for three years.

On August 9, Head of School John Palfrey sent out a school-wide email sharing news that, after a vote by the Board of Trustees, the Great Quad will be renamed the Richard T. Greener Quadrangle in honor of Richard T. Greener, Class of 1865, a scholar, teacher, lawyer, and diplomat. Greener was also Harvard University’s first African American graduate and, according to Palfrey’s email, influenced many lives in his post-Civil War work. The official ceremony will take place at the Great Quad on September 29.

Every year the Tang Institute programs Learning in the World trips that extend across the globe.This summer, the faculty-led programs included trips to Argentina, Brazil, Bhutan, Ecuador, Scotland, France, Germany, Russia, and Vietnam.

New International Student Orientation (NISO), took place on September 3 and 4, one day before domestic students arrived on campus. In addition to playing icebreaker games, NISO aimed to bring together international students and ease feelings of homesickness, according to Jennifer Lu ’19, co-president of International Club.

“As an international student myself, NISO provided me the ability to get a feel for campus, and how people at Andover acted (greeting each other, hugging, asking ‘how are you?’ etc). By getting used to it beforehand, I felt more comfortable meeting domestic students,” wrote Lu in an email to The Phillipian.