Class of 2017

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Congratulations, ’17s! We did it! We are now entering the realm of alumni land. We’ve accomplished a great deal during these past four years. We’ve pushed through the hardest of times together and have celebrated each other’s successes. Now my role as your class secretary is to keep you updated on the continued achievements of our classmates.

If you have any information about what you and your friends are up to, please reach out to me (blitz, text, Facebook message, slide into my DMs) and I’ll certainly include the news in the next edition of our Class Notes. We should update each other about all of our achievements, no matter how big or how small, no matter how near or how far. Everything that we do should be celebrated and I’d like to highlight the diversity of our class.

Thank you to all the ’17s who reached out to me about their summer and fall plans. Please continue to inform me of all of your awesome triumphs. Below you’ll see what some of your classmates have been up to.

Liz Klein has been traveling all over the place since graduation. The day after Commencement she visited Bar Harbor, Maine, where she used to go on vacation with her family as a child, but this time she went up north with Cody Bell. The two later spent the Fourth of July together in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Liz will then take her third plane ride ever to visit her sister in San Francisco and travel around the West Coast.

This summer Phoebe Liang is going to China. She will be traveling for two weeks with her mother in Sichuan, Yichang and Shandong. Afterwards, she will attend the martial arts academy in the Kunyu Mountains to learn Wing Chun and Qigong. After completing her studies there, she starts work at Oliver Wyman in New York.

Ryan O’Hanlon will also travel abroad, but with Dartmouth’s heavyweight crew team. They are competing in England at the Henley Royal Regatta, which is the biggest race in the world after the Olympics, so it is an honor to be able to compete for the Big Green again, according to Ryan.

Similarly, Douglas Phipps is staying connected with the Dartmouth community. Doug will be on campus directing the DOC first-year trips program, which is bittersweet seeing some of his closest friends leave campus, but he will have the privilege of welcoming the ’21s in Hanover.

Joby Bernstein is continuing his love of the outdoors as a leader for Apogee Adventures, which is a global outing program for teenagers. Joby departed for Maine directly after Commencement to complete his three weeks of training before traveling out west to lead his two back-to-back hiking trips.

Connor Clark will also move towards the Pacific for a bit of time. Connor was a decorated runner at Dartmouth, and he will take his talents to the University of Oregon. In Oregon he’ll earn a master’s of public administration with a focus on environmental policy while also competing with Oregon’s track and cross-country teams. He is in a two-year master’s program, but will only compete with the team for the first year due to limited eligibility. Of course he will continue to run competitively, but unattached, during his second year in school.

Thanks again to everyone who wrote in. I look forward to keeping in touch and hope we can all reconnect in Hanover for Homecoming Weekend (October 6-7)!

Dorian Allen, 33 Kensington Terrace, Maplewood, NJ 07040; (973) 986-5988; dorallen@comcast.net

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