Get the latest updates on the presidential search

Visit for news about the search for a successor to President Higdon, who is stepping down at the end of December 2013.

You’ll find the names of committee members, information on community outreach and updates from Pamela D. Zilly ’75, chair of the trustees and of the search committee. The latest update is the presidential search statement, which introduces candidates to the College and outlines the capabilities and qualities the College seeks in the new president. View the search statement.

Countdown to Reunion 2013

Come back to campus May 31-June 2 to revisit and rediscover what you love about Connecticut College. Register now and visit to see which of your classmates are coming back, view the schedule of events and find everything you need to plan your weekend. Looking for contact info for classmates? Check the alumni directory.

The speaker for the Sykes Society Luncheon on Friday, May 31 is Amy Gross ’63, retired editor-in-chief of O, the Oprah Magazine. Gross also was an editor at Vogue, Elle and Mirabella. Her talk, “Waking Up: The Search of a Lifetime,” will focus on her current work teaching Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). It was developed at the UMass Medical Center by molecular biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn.

IRA charitable rollover is back!

Using IRA funds to make a gift is a great way to support the College — and your class Reunion effort — if you are 70 ½ or older. 

The distribution will flow directly from your IRA account to the College and will count toward your required minimum distribution, helping you avoid any income tax liability.

This popular provision in the tax code was revived by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. It is particularly beneficial for people who do not itemize deductions, and for higher income taxpayers subject to income tax deduction and exemption phase-outs.

For more information, contact Ken Dolbashian, senior planned giving officer, at 860-439-2416 or

In the news

Women’s ice hockey captain Molly Murphy ’13 organized a bone marrow drive to honor the memory of former Yale player Mandi Schwartz, who died of leukemia. The drive included a T-shirt sale, with the proceeds benefitting The Bone Marrow Foundation. View clip.

Jessica Soffer ’07, author of the forthcoming novel, “Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots,” writes about growing up in New York City and living in small spaces in this online New York Times piece. View article.

Anthropology professor Anthony Graesch, co-author of “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century,” is quoted in this New York Times story about how electronics are changing the way we use and design bedside tables. View article(Professor Graesch will be the keynoter during a CC reception at the Portland Country Club in Maine on June 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn more.)

The Quinnipiac University ice hockey team coached by Rand Pecknold ’90 was the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament this spring. The Hartford Courant profiled him before the tournament. View article. Pecknold was also named Division I Coach of the Year by the New England Hockey Writers Association. The team made it to the finals but lost to Yale.