GreetingLynn Pasquerella, President of the College
RemarksCerri Banks, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of the College
Lauren E. Abbate '13 is an English major and gender studies minor. This year she was chosen to represent Mount Holyoke in the 90th annual Kathryn Irene Glascock '22 Intercollegiate Poetry Competition. She aspired to turn her lifelong love of words into a career in publishing, and after graduation will be attending the New York University Publishing Institute.
Grace P. Hudkins '13 is a double major in psychology and education and religion, and she has earned her teacher licensure for early childhood education. Throughout her MHC career, she has been an active participant in the Choral Forces and Project: Theatre. She looks forward to sharing her passion for the arts with young people both inside and outside the classroom.
Alexi Arango is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. He holds ten patents in fields ranging from electrophoretic displays found in e-readers to organic light-emitting diodes (a new type of efficient lighting) to quantum dot solar cells. At Mount Holyoke, Arango has built the Next-Generation Solar Cell Fabrication Lab, which investigates solar cells that aim to be both highly efficient and less expensive. Arango holds a B.S. in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at Mount Holyoke in 2010.
Melinda Darby Dyar teaches introductory astronomy and advanced classes in planetary science, and works with students who do research in astronomy, geology, chemistry, astrobiology, and computer science. She credits her interdisciplinary approach to her liberal arts education at Wellesley College, where she majored in art history and geology. She received her Ph.D. in geochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. Her research on the evolution of terrestrial planets uses spectroscopy and statistics to study minerals, meteorites, lunar samples, and planetary surfaces. She is currently a participating scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission to Mars. She has been chair of the Department of Astronomy since 2002, and will become the Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor of Astronomy on July 1. She is in her 14th year at the College.
ClosingJennifer Sanborn, Interim Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life