welcome-admissionsambassador-2016.jpg50 Stories for 50 Years: Introducing Dartmouth's Milestone Storytelling Project

Dartmouth alumni have been making their mark on the world since 1769. During the last five decades, countless Dartmouth alumni belonging to three extraordinary communities have left the Hanover Plain and gone into the world to achieve a diverse array of outstanding accomplishments.

This is a year of milestones. Dartmouth celebrates: 

  • Coeducation opening up undergraduate matriculation to women
  • The founding of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association (BADA)
  •  The Native American and Indigenous Studies Department (formerly the Native American Studies Program)

These Dartmouth communities have individuals with compelling stories—some you may know and many you’ve never heard. The goal of the 50 for 50 Storytelling Project is to bring attention to these communities by sharing stories from 50 different alumni, spanning 50 classes over the last 50 years. We searched for stories representing each of the three milestone communities to give attention and visibility to the amazing work they are doing in the world. 

The 50 for 50 Storytelling Project, a Limited-Series Podcast

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In celebration of our milestone anniversaries, Dartmouth is introducing the limited series podcast, The 50 for 50 Storytelling Project  

The 50 for 50 Storytelling Project podcast brings you several alumni from each milestone anniversary community to talk about their Dartmouth experience and careers. Host Jennifer Avellino ’89 interviews the alumni in this exciting new podcast. 

Guests include Dartmouth alumni innovators in:

  • The Arts
  • Professional sports
  • Supporting indigenous communities
  • Culinary arts
  • And more

You won't want to miss this exciting new platform for telling Dartmouth alumni stories. 

Listen to the Latest Episode


Jessica Metcalfe ’03 Takes to the TED Talk Stage to Discuss the Ethics of Native American Culture in Fashion

Jessica Metcalfe ’03, Turtle Mountain, Chippewa, is the founder and owner of Beyond Buckskin Boutique. In 2019 she gave a TED Talk about the tribal trends and Native American-inspired designs in the fashion industry. In this talk, Jessica shares ways to ensure that Native American culture is represented in an ethical way that avoids harmful exploitation and cultural appropriation.  Watch her TED Talk

Mali Obomsawin

Mali Obomsawin ’18 in Kennedy Center: Arts Across America

Mali Obomsawin '18, an Abenaki musician and member of the acclaimed folk group Lula Wiles, performed in the virtual Kennedy Center: Arts Across America program featured by the HOP in 2020. The performance celebrates Indigenous and immigrant peoples' contributions to the Upper Valley and to the musical traditions these artists practice.  See the Performance

Sope Ogunyemi

Sope Ogunyemi ’01 on Cultivating Joy and Peace

Sope Ogunyemi ’01 reflected with the INSPIRE: Women of Dartmouth Stories project on her years at Dartmouth where she developed lifelong friendships and honed an approach to life challenges that she still employs today in solving problems.  View her Story

Alex Friedman

Alex Friedman ’04 Talks About Gratitude and Life

Alex Friedman ’04, founder of LOLA, muses with the INSPIRE: Women of Dartmouth Stories project about the defining moments of her life.  Check Out her Story

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Adrienne "Tee" Lotson ’82 Tells a Breathtaking Story of a Chance Meeting with Nelson Mandela She'll Never Forget.

Adrienne "Tee" Lotson ’82 shared her fascinating story with the INSPIRE: Women of Dartmouth Stories project. Watch her tell the story in her own words.  Watch the Video

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Tracey Deer ’00 Gives us a Glimpse at Contemporary Indigenous Life On-Screen

Tracey Deer ’00, Mohawk, First Nation, Quebec, is a renowned filmmaker, screenwriter, and director. She is the creator of the show Mohawk Girls and the 2020 film Beans, a film telling the true story of the 1990 78-day standoff between two Mohawk communities and government forces in Quebec. Dartmouth Alumni Magazine spoke with her in 2021. Read her story

From Memorial Field to the College Football Hall of Fame: The Legendary Reginald Williams ’76

Reggie Williams ’76 was one of the best players in Big Green gridiron history. After Dartmouth, his talents took him from the NFL to the Disney C-suite, and finally to the College Football Hall of Fame. Revisit his talk with Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, where he discusses his challenges and triumphs on and off the field—including his harrowing journey to recovery after several injuries.  

“I had a community of artists and the Native community around me at Dartmouth.”

Artist Jordan Craig ’15 honed her skill and passion for art at Dartmouth. Since graduation, she’s received several prestigious fellowships around the globe. Now, she’s an artist-in-residence fellow at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM—the world’s only college dedicated to studying contemporary Native American art. Read about her in the March-April 2-19 issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.

David Bonga

David Bonga ’74: Member of the Founding Group of the Native American Program and Native American Studies 

Explore this compelling, first-hand account of the early days of the Native American Program at Dartmouth, where David Bonga ’74 was one of the very first students. Mary Donin interviewed David Bonga at Rauner Library in 2013 as a part of the Dartmouth College Oral Tradition Program. Listen to the interview or read the transcript

Kelly Caputo '10

How Kelly Caputo ’19 Navigated Dartmouth as a First-Generation College Student

At Dartmouth, Kelly Caputo ’19 was the Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP). Today, Kelly works as a manager in marketing & sales for a leading global commerce and digital cloud transformation company. Hear her story in her own words about the transitional struggles she experienced while navigating Dartmouth as a first-generation college student, brought to you by INSPIRE: Women of Dartmouth Stories page.