News Briefs for April 12, 2012

German Theatre Festival Set for April 26

For the 35th year, Mount Holyoke will host the annual Deutsches Theaterfest on Thursday, April 26. The day will begin with a welcome from President Lynn Pasquerella at 9:45 am, followed by a dozen 15-minute dramatic presentations in German. These will be judged by a jury of secondary school and college teachers of German and theatre arts, as well as representatives from the Goethe Institute Boston and the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston.

Prizes will be awarded on the elementary, middle school, secondary, and college levels. Further information is available on the Theaterfest website.

Rie Hachiyanagi: Inspirare

Video: Art professor Rie Hachiyanagi and her students talk about Inspirare, a handmade paper installation she created for the atrium of the College library, in a new video filmed and produced by communications videographer Clarity Risska Guerra '09.

Students and Alum Present at APS Meeting

Yineng Sun ’14, San Theingi ’12, Xiaolin Hu ’12, and Alyssa McKenna ’12 presented during the contributed sessions portion of last month’s American Physical Society (APS) annual meeting in Boston, while Hexuan Wang ’12 and Amy Plunk ’11 presented posters. Janice Hudgings, physics professor and associate dean of the faculty for science, says that is it unusual for so many undergraduates to present at this event, which is the largest physics meeting in the world. MHC’s physics department recently received an Improving Undergraduate Physics Education Award from APS.

Filmmaking Alums Help Raise Funds for Library

Filmmakers Sarah Wentworth '11 and UMass alumna Lindsay Van Dyke—former students of Bernadine Mellis, MHC's visiting artist of film and video production —have made an engaging video to help the Shutesbury community raise money for a new library. With nearly 40,000 views, the video has "gone viral" by local standards.

Gehrt Photos Selected for Physics Site

Two photos of items in the College's teaching collection that were taken by MHC's James Gehrt, the Digitization Center Coordinator for LITS, have been selected by for its April 10 Portrait of Our Planet.

Alum Organizing April 28 Rallies

Cassie Holm '79 is a member of the networking committee for Unite Against the War on Women, a grassroots, national effort to rally women to continue the pursuit of equality. The organization is sponsoring a nationwide series of marches and rallies on April 28, including one in Boston, to support women's rights and access to health care.