ONE MORGAN PLACE :: Community Bulletin

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 30  |  July 23, 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE:  First daughters buy alumna’s novel  ::  Community Meeting update  ::  Diversity Group Meeting update  ::  Global Seminar: “The Business of Energy” with Eric Markell  ::  Upcoming events

Students: There will be an important Dining Collective Meeting on Friday, July 27, in Birch Kitchen at 7:00 p.m.

Students: There will be an important Dining Collective Meeting on Friday, July 27, in Birch Kitchen at 7:00 p.m.

:: First daughters buy alumna’s novel

The word got out early last week that alumna Nova Ren Suma ’97 had quite an honor bestowed upon her on Sunday, July 15, when President Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha were spotted at Manhattan’s Strand Bookstore buying Suma’s latest novel, Imaginary Girls.

The young adult novel, for ages 14 and up, was released in paperback on June 14 by Penguin Books.

Suma commented on the news on her blog, “I am thrilled to think of the Obama sisters reading the book I wrote for my very own, beloved little sister Laurel Rose,” she said. “We think of it as the ‘sister book,’ and we both love when sisters read it. My sister is amazingly supportive of my writing and this book, and I adore her!”

The news made the rounds on most gossip and celebrity websites, including the New York Daily News,, and even

“I discovered my name on the gossip page of the NY Daily News…something I never thought I’d see in this lifetime!” Suma said.

Suma has also published Dani Noir in 2009 and her third novel, 17 & Gone, is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin in spring 2013. She’s been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Millay Colony. She was also chosen to attend the Launch Pad Workshop this summer, a NASA-funded astronomy workshop for established writers to encourage use of modern science in novels.

Imaginary Girls is available via Visit her website and blog at

If you’d like to borrow a copy of Imaginary Girls, there is one available in the Writing Institute.

:: Community Meeting update

The next Community Meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The agenda includes a discussion on small group processes and some re-assigning of groups for the summer term. Leaders will also offer an update on Council of Conveners business, a report from the Safety Committee, a call for participation on the Events Committee, and a small group discussion of the student handbook.

The current student handbook has a lot of information, as well as policies and procedures. What aspects of the handbook are clarifying? What is of concern to you? This meeting will give students, staff, and faculty a chance to offer feedback as we go into our new governance structure in the fall.

Community Meetings for the rest of the term are as follows: July 24, August 7, August 21, September 4, and September 19.

:: Diversity Group Meeting update

Diversity Group will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Coretta Scott King Center to accommodate students’ getting out of class later this term. We will work to have lunch available for students who wish to attend. E-mail Louise Smith at to arrange for lunch at the meeting.

Current Diversity Group business includes planning for Friday Forums and summer movie night.

:: Global Seminar: “The Business of Energy” with Eric Markell

Eric Markell will host a talk titled “The Business of Energy” on Thursday, July 26, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. during week three of the Global Seminar on energy. Markell will be discussing his article “20/20 Vision for 2020, Power at the Crossroad: Which Way Forward?” The article outlines some of the problems with our current power infrastructure and discusses some of the policy steps necessary to achieve a secure, stable, and economical solution to these problems. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.

Markell is founder and CEO of Markell & Company LLC, a business advisory service specializing in business strategy, special situation investing, and turnaround services. He has over 30 years of experience in the utility and power industry, including senior positions at Puget Energy Inc. and United American Energy Corp. Markell has been a frequent speaker and panelist on energy matters and has been a guest lecturer at various colleges and universities. He holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics from Union College and a master’s of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

The presentation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in McGregor 113 and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lewis Trelawny-Cassity at

:: Upcoming events

Tuesday, July 24
Community Meeting
1:00–3:00 p.m. McGregor 113

Thursday, July 26
Global Seminar: “The Business of Energy”
1:00–3:00 p.m. McGregor 113
Friday, July 27
IMPORTANT Dining Collective Meeting
7:00 p.m. Birch Kitchen

Saturday, July 28
Mad River Canoe Trip
Contact Randle Charles if you wish to attend

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