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School Notes: Yale College
September/October 2008

Assistant dean will help manage freshman programs

Since the position of dean of freshman affairs was created in 2005, programs for freshmen have grown dramatically, most recently with the addition of the Old Campus Fellows and the expansion of the freshman counselor program. The job of managing freshman academic and student life has grown to become two positions, and the dean's office has created the post of assistant dean for freshman student affairs to fill the second position.

The first person to fill this role is Raymond Ou, who comes to Yale from Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute, where he has held positions in student affairs, residential life, and conference services. At Yale Dean Ou will work with Dean of Student Affairs Marichal Gentry, and will administer freshman orientation, the Old Campus Fellows program, and the expansion of the freshman counselor program; he will also help develop a network of peer counselors for freshmen that will be implemented next year.

Symphony Orchestra tours Italy

The Yale Symphony Orchestra made its debut in Italy this summer, with performances in Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Milan over a week-long visit. Under the direction of YSO music director Toshiyuki Shimada, the program included works by Berlioz, Brahms, Ives, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Vivaldi. A total of 70 orchestra members went on the trip. The Yale Symphony Orchestra, established in 1965, is considered one of the premier undergraduate orchestras in the United States.

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