The Oberlin Review

OSCA: The Problem and Opportunity

John Petersen, Contributing Writer

May 10, 2019

 “Oberlin’s relevance as an institution is more important today than it’s ever been.” So said President Carmen Twillie Ambar in the pages of the Review at the time she became our 15th President (“Off the Cuff: Carmen Ambar, President of Oberlin College,” Sept. 1, 2017). I think just about every student, alumnum, and faculty member strongly agrees with her on this point.  And at the same time, I think most of us have also been convinced that Oberlin College needs to tighten its belt in order to achieve financial sustainability so that we retain our ability to positively impact the world well into the future. So the question that the Academic and Administrative Program Review steering committee members and th...

Students working in the Science Center, where future global health classes could be offered for a proposed new academic concentration.

Global Health, Business Concentrations Proposed

April 12, 2019

An area of recommendation from the Academic and Administration Program Review steering committee has sparked a conversation about two potential new academic concentrations — one in Business and one in Global Health. The AAPR believes that adding these concentrations would both attract potential students to Oberlin and increase retention among current students. The AAPR’s Summary of Work to Date document, made public to students March 29, claims that more than a third of prospective students...

Career Center Supports Entrepreneurship

Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura, Student Engagement Fellow, Career Center

April 7, 2017

To the Editors: I write in response to Katie Lucey’s article last week (“College Lacks Opportunities to Study Business”). As a recent graduate and staff member of the Career Center, I wish to clarify some additional opportunities to study business and entrepreneurship and speak to Lucey’s insight into a fear of failure among students. First, Lucey argues that Oberlin’s lack of major in business or entrepreneurship is a sign of limited opportunities to study these subjects. Oberlin actually created a program 13 years ago to help fill this gap: the Business Scholars program, which trains 12 students in business, finance and leadership fundamentals before sending them to learn firsthand from prominent alumni in ...

College junior Abby Cali (left) and College senior Anna Droege begin painting a new mural to
decorate the SEED Ventures pop-up store in downtown Oberlin. The SEED Ventures program
helps local entrepreneurs with their various creative ventures.

SEED Ventures Aims to Help Local Entrepreneurs

September 11, 2015

Handcrafted chocolate, personalized cards, DIY art, dinnerware products made from recycled fabrics and soap for dogs: On Oct. 1, all of these things and more will be available at the Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development Ventures pop-up store in downtown Oberlin. SEED is an Oberlin Project initiative that seeks to help local entrepreneurs in Oberlin start businesses by providing them with business education and a space to sell their products. The program also connects the fledgling bus...

Oberlin Not Incompatible With Business World

The Oberlin Business Scholars

February 15, 2013

Over Winter Term, Oberlin hosted a reception at the Yale Club in New York City to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Oberlin Business Scholars program. Though this may be changing, a prevalent notion that “business” and “finance” are dirty words still lingers at Oberlin. In Oberlin’s perpetual drive to push against conventional boundaries and stereotypes, we often forget that even within those institutions that we find ourselves frequently pitted against, there exists a diversity of experience. This Winter Term, 13 of us had the opportunity to be part of the Business Scholars program. Traveling between Cleveland, Chicago, and New York, we met with more than 35 people, each involved in different aspects...

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