Dean of New Students Pat O'Hara Talks About What's New for Orientation 2013

Submitted on Thursday, 9/12/2013, at 4:21 PM

“We are ready for you. We have worked for one year on this year’s Orientation. The anticipation on campus is palpable.”

This is a recent message for incoming students from Patricia O’Hara, on her Countdown to Orientation blog. In addition to being the Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry, O’Hara is starting her fourth year as Amherst’s Dean of New Students. She chairs the Orientation Committee and coordinates Orientation activities. And she has the names and photos of the Class of 2017 displayed on rotation in an electronic picture frame in her office in Converse Hall, to help her get to know them before they arrive.

What They Are Reading

We asked Patricia O’Hara, the Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry, what she has been reading lately. Here’s what she told us: For the past five years or so, I have read every book that each of my two daughters has brought into the house. Reading these books allows me to find common ground with my children, especially at times when I have little other insight into their inner thoughts and struggles.