A football player and research assistant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Melancon has established himself as a leader both on and off the field. He was a member of Palaeopitus, the senior society, and an intern for the Office of Pluralism & Leadership (OPAL), where he managed communications, outreach, and created the OPAL News. During his off-term, he worked as a clinical research assistant at the Cardiopulmonary Research and Science Technology Institute in Dallas, analyzing various heart surgery procedures on elderly patients. He is photographed in his apartment in front of his fraternity letters, Alpha Phi Alpha, an organization he served as president and treasurer.Melancon made two tackles as a sophomore, was fifth on the squad with 49 stops (and three sacks) as a junior but was unable to play last fall.
•A story in The Dartmouth looks at four senior athletes who "excel in academics, extracurriculars." Leading off the list: St. Lois Rams' rookie tailback Nick Schwieger.
•The circumstances of his leaving the job are unclear, but this much is known: former Dartmouth football standout Jimmie Lee Solomon '78 is no longer executive vice president of business development with major league baseball after 21 years working for MLB. Baseball America had an early story.
•Speaking of baseball, add junior catcher Chris O'Dowd to the list of Dartmouth players drafted under coach Bob Whalen. Despite having an uncharacteristic struggle with the bat this spring, O'Dowd was taken by the San Diego Padres in the 23rd round of the MLB draft. Teammate Joe Sclafani was taken in the 14th round by the Houston Astros the day before. All totaled, 13 Ivy League players were taken in the draft.
•As long as we are on baseball, for those of you keeping score, our Green Machine youth team advanced in the Ripken playoffs yesterday. Although our bats were quiet in the early going, the arms took up the slack as three pitchers combined for a perfect game in a 10-0 win. Of the 15 outs in the "mercy rule" game, 13 were by strikeout, including every batter until the final inning.
•And finally, The Dartmouth has a Q&A with President Kim looking back over his three years at the college. Asked what he'll miss most, his answer in part:
That’s easy: the people. Dartmouth students, faculty and staff have all been so good to my family and me.
I love their passion. Whether it’s at an alumni event, a football game at Memorial Field, conversations with students at a Palaeopitus event or meeting with faculty to discuss their latest scholarship, Dartmouth binds people together in a wonderful way.By the way, the forecast for Sunday's graduation is 77 degrees with intervals of clouds and sun.