News Briefs for May 17, 2012

Academic Minute Wins Awards

Radio WAMC’s Academic Minute, a daily series cosponsored by Mount Holyoke and hosted by President Lynn Pasquerella, has been recognized by Communicator Awards with an Award of Excellence in the creative concept category for a segment comparing the work of Lady Gaga with that of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and an Award of Distinction in the program category for a segment on race and “passing.”

Reynolds Wins Boren Scholarship

Erin Reynolds ‘14 has won a Boren Scholarship. The award will fund her year of studying abroad in Tanzania, as well as a summer-long study of Swahili in advance of her travel. The highly competitive scholarship supports students interested in learning critical languages and connecting their academic interests with national security; it also guarantees Reynolds a job with the U.S. government following her graduation from Mount Holyoke.

Gudmundson to Edit New Publication

Professor Lowell Gudmundson will serve as senior editor for Central America for the Oxford University Press multivolume Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. The executive editors of the publication are Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University and Franklin Knight of Johns Hopkins University.

Gudmundson is charged with identifying 100 to 125 luminaries to be profiled, as well as the scholarly biographers to write those profiles. The expected publication date is 2014.

Alum To Exhibit New Art

Artist Katie Danahy Samuelson ’81 will exhibit her new show Cityscapes from May 29 through July 31 at the Good News Café and Gallery, located at 694 Main Street South, Woodbury, Connecticut. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 3 from 3 to 5 pm, during which visitors can meet the artist and view the exhibition.

Samuelson began painting and studying art as an MHC undergraduate; she continued her studies at Parsons School of Design and University of Hartford Art School.