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On Course

A Newsletter of the Dartmouth College Registrar's Office

Winter 2019

Donna Marlatt joined our office as Associate Registrar for Projects and Database Administration having worked previously as a systems analyst/programmer and database manager for several non-profit organizations, including Dartmouth. She will manage and provide technical support for course assessment, DCARS and DartWorks as well as engage with the student data warehouse and other key technology initiatives.

Staff changes: New colleagues, a new role, and a well-earned retirement

How would your best friend describe you?

Adventurous, positive, likes to find humor in life.

What drew you to the Dartmouth College Registrar’s Office?

The nature of this position was both challenging and working towards a greater good, which is to help students who are part of our future. The office had a “good feel.”

What is the funniest thing that happened to you lately?

I worked for an education office on an overseas military base when I was 18 where the enlisted and their dependents applied to College. My job was to look at each hand-written record and make sure that everything was correctly filled out. It dawned on me that I find myself working in education again and in many ways doing the same thing, yet at a much larger volume and all computerized!

What pets did you have while you were growing up?

Tinker, a humane society dog, and a horse for 11 years (I love horses).

What are some small things that make your day better?

A snack, sunshine, plants, a smile from my co-workers.

Where do you usually go when you have time off?

Outdoors – hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking.

Michael Volk joined the Registrar’s Office as Assistant Registrar for Operations, moving to the area from Washington, DC where he had worked at Georgetown University as the Assistant Director of the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service Program. He will supervise the operations staff and oversee office tasks and procedures as well as the operational components of course-related publications.

What drew you to the Dartmouth College Registrar’s Office?

Knowing that we facilitate the education of young people, provide students access to vital records both while they are here and after they graduate, and that we assist Faculty in obtaining many of the resources they need to teach, conduct research and advance the mission of the College. The Registrar’s Office has a powerful role to play at Dartmouth, one that I am extremely passionate about.

How would your best friend describe you?

Thoughtful, calculating, compassionate, quirky.

What is the funniest thing that happened to you lately?

I unsuccessfully attempted to bake blueberry muffins for the office holiday party. While they tasted delicious, they came out quite deflated…

What pets did you have while you were growing up?

A husky-lab mix dog, and 2 newts (which I eventually liberated into a creek near my house).

What are some small things that make your day better?

Interacting with people both at work and on the street - small, positive interactions; coffee and listening to NPR each morning.

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

Cape Town, South Africa (the plant and animal diversity is astounding).

Where do you usually go when you have time off?

For a walk or hike.

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

Perth, Australia – I loved both the people and the landscape.

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Courtney Bedillion, formerly Service Specialist in the Registrar’s Office, accepted the position of Assistant Registrar for Academic Applications and Policy where she will build and maintain academic requirements in Banner and DegreeWorks, act as a resource for Academic Policy inquiries and oversee relevant publications.

What drew you to the Assistant Registrar for Academic Applications and Policy Position?

I had originally been resistant to coding while in College, but after taking a programming course I decided I liked it. It’s not exactly the same in DegreeWorks but similar, and I like figuring out the puzzles.

How would your best friend describe you?

Caring – there to listen.

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

I came across a moose in the road who wouldn’t move, so I had to back up in the dark around 100 feet and it took me an extra 20-30 minutes to drive to Hanover!

What pets did you have while you were growing up?

Lots of dogs (I was closest to them), chickens, goats, pigs, a horse, guinea pig, a couple cats and a baby deer (I lived on a farm).

What are some small things that make your day better?

Drinking my coffee as I watch the sun rise in the morning over Cardigan Mountain, and the rotating pig in the office…

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

Where do you usually go when you have time off?

I enjoy going hiking whenever I can, but I spend most of my time off from work with my family in Pennsylvania.

David Choate is retiring after 26 years at the College, 16 of them as Classroom Scheduler.

What will you miss the most about your work at Dartmouth?

The people I work with – great people who do excellent work.

What will you miss the least?

The 100-mile commute per day; also looking forward to less stress.

What is the funniest thing that happened when scheduling classrooms?

I do fondly recall the time a class showed up at my (the Registrar’s) office instead of the scheduled classroom. They misread the room confirmation!

What Dartmouth event do you remember most clearly, and which made an impression on you?

The setup for Commencement on the Green. I enjoy watching the progress during the days preceding Commencement: the orderly setup of chairs, the assembly of the stage, and the busy grounds keepers making everything neat and tidy. I will miss seeing that.

What are some small things that have made your workdays better?

I walk on campus every day at the same time and take a similar route. I will miss the campus.

What do you plan to spend more time on after you retire?

I plan to get reconnected to my community and volunteer. I also look forward to spending time in the woods at different times of the year.

Is there any place you plan to travel or place you hope to visit more often?

There are parts of New Hampshire and neighboring states I have not been and would like to visit.

Additional Highlights

Teacher Margaret Olivarez of Austin, Texas wrote to Registrar Braz and asked if our office would donate to their “College t-shirt day” as she tries to inspire her elementary students to attend College. We not only received this lovely thank you note, but the story was also featured on Good Morning America with students wearing Dartmouth t-shirts!

Montreal, Canada.