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It’s been a tradition since 1995 and it’s difficult to imagine a better way to kick off the new academic year than our all-school picnic. The Annual Welcome Back Cookout was initiated by Dean Stuart Greenbaum, continued under Dean Mahendra Gupta, and hosted this year for the first time by Dean Mark Taylor Sept. 6. Over one thousand members of the Olin community enjoyed the perennial party under blue skies in the Knight Center’s Reid Courtyard.

Link to post on the history of the Cookout.

According to tradition, the Dean, staff and faculty don aprons and toques to serve the grilled fare to the hungry masses. Chief of Staff Jessica Martin reminded everyone in a tweet that Dean Taylor’s first job as a young man in England was as a hot dog seller! His skills came in handy on the serving line. Thanks to the Aramark staff for grilling and preparing everything on the menu.

Inside the Atrium, student clubs and campus groups representing a wide variety of interests and activities to promote diversity and inclusion shared information at the third Annual Diversity and Inclusion Expo.

Enjoy the photos taken by Jerry Naunheim, Jr. at the events.




Olin’s 20th Annual Welcome Back BBQ served more than 1,000 hungry students, professors, and staff on Aug. 25, 2014.

For the first time in its history, the cookout was held in the Knight Center Courtyard. The 95-plus degree heat drove many guests inside to tables in the new Atrium and the Knight Center Dining Room. An ice sculpture melted quickly as Dean Mahendra Gupta, faculty and staff dished out 730 hamburger and veggie burgers, and 300 hotdogs. Baked beans, salad, cake, and lots of lemonade completed the perfect menu for the first day of classes.

Undergrads and graduate students share their reactions to the renovations in Simon Hall and the new Knight and Bauer Halls in this video.


Videographers: Emma Kane and Tucker Pierce, members of the Class of 2015


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