David Schiff receives sixth ASCAP award

David Schiff, professor of music, has been chosen as a 1997-98 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) award recipient for music composition. This is the sixth year Schiff has received this prestigious national award.

The cash ASCAP awards represent their continuing commitment to assist and encourage writers of serious music. They are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writers' catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works in areas not surveyed by the society.

The members of the award panel are Harold Best, dean of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music; JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Virginia Symphony and Women's Philharmonic Orchestras; Tim Page, author and classical music critic for the Washington Post; H. Robert Reynolds, director of bands and instrumental studies at the University of Michigan; and Fred Sherry, world-renowned cellist and member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

In a letter to President Steven Koblik, Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP president and chairman of the board, notes, "In making grants such as this, we are delighted to join with your educational institution in supporting the growth and development of our nation's musical future."

In addition to his six ASCAP awards, Schiff has won many other fellowships, awards, and competitions. Schiff, who joined the Reed faculty in 1980, frequently contributes articles on music to various national publications, including the New York Times. Schiff's article "Classical Appeal," appeared in the August 1997 issue of Atlantic Monthly. He wrote about the experience of having a work he composed, "Bridge City," performed in a concert called "Nerve Endings" last December by the Oregon Symphony and the Curtis Salgado Blues Band. He also discussed how this experience reflects the current situation of symphony orchestras.

Some of Schiff's articles can be found on Atlantic Unbound (www.theatlantic.com), the web site of the Atlantic Monthly.

Forum '97 lecture series on community and conscience

The Reed College Women's Committee Forum '97 four-part lecture series, Conscience and Community, began with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, who discussed aspects of community living, both in India and worldwide. Gandhi was followed by three other speakers who have made a difference in their communities and in the wider world: Harold C. Hart, a Portland super-volunteer who has led Lincoln High School's Constitution team to victory through his "We the People" courses; Tony Hopson, founder and president of the nationally recognized program Self Enhancement Inc.; and Leonard J. Duhl, the force behind the "Healthy Cities" program, which aims to improve the quality of life and health in communities of all nations.

An art exhibition,Community Expressions: Student Art from Oregon, accompanied the series, focusing on works of art--paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs, and video--made by students working through school and community programs in Oregon.

The Reed College Women's Committee was founded in 1956 as an educational and social liaison between the college and the Portland community. The committee's goals are to enlarge and enhance the reputation of Reed in the community and to provide stimulating intellectual activities associated with the college to the public.

All proceeds from the lecture series support the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship fund, which over the years has contributed significantly to the opportunity to attend Reed for 44 recipients. As testimony to both Reed's estimable national standing as one of the country's outstanding colleges of the liberal arts and sciences and to the goals of the committee, the speakers who participate in the lecture series waive their usual fees and honoraria so that the proceeds from the lecture series can all be used for scholarships.

Hanawalt speaks at national meeting

Reed librarian Victoria Hanawalt addressed more than 1,000 library leaders this spring at the president's luncheon of the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) during the American Library Association's annual conference in San Francisco.

Hanawalt, president of the OCLC Users Council, discussed the Users Council's 1996-97 program, which followed the theme "Model Partnerships: Building the Electronic Library."

"It was through partnerships and cooperation that OCLC was founded 30 years ago," said Hanawalt. "Those principles have guided the membership through the emerging global, digital library of today, and charted a course into the 21st century."

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 24,000 libraries in 63 countries and territories. More information is available at the OCLC Web site (www.oclc.org).

Botsford tribute in new hall of fame

An exhibit area in the newly opened Oregon Sports Hall of Fame has been named for Charles Botsford, longtime director of physical education at Reed. A plaque about Botsford and his son, Charles Goddard '34, who was a donor to the hall, appears in the exhibit area. Charles Botsford came to Reed in 1912 as part of the original faculty and was director of physical education from 1922 to 1950; Botsford Drive, the street next to the sports center, is named for him. The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame is at 321 SW Salmon St. in downtown Portland.
Reed was recently notified of the death of Kathryn Frewen, a friend and a former employee of the college who worked in the office of admission. She was married to Thomas F. Frewen '32. Kathryn died on July 1, 1997: a memorial service was held in the Reed chapel on July 7.

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