News Students bond with alumnae in public service Mount Holyoke students visit Washington, D.C., and find inspiration from alumnae to explore careers in public service. Preparing students to become global citizens National Endowment funds pilot program to explore global and local inequalities through humanities lens. Experiencing the living classroom More than 100 high school students spent the day at Mount Holyoke’s restoration ecology site, learning about the environment from the ground up. Giving students an engaged global education This year’s Global Challenges Conference focuses on changing global–local inequalities and features keynote speaker Diana Wells of Ashoka. From marbles to molluscs Marbles champ Whitney Lapic ’18 came to Mount Holyoke and found mollusc fossils, international paleontology fieldwork and a passion for research. Green Revolving Fund Established Providing funding to implement energy conservation, renewable energy and other sustainability projects that reduce resource use and generate cost savings. Plants. With purpose. The Botanic Garden is a living, curated collection of plants that can be used, much like the Art Museum or library, for classes of all disciplines. From passion to action, locally and globally Shannon Seigal ’19 has combined her interests in environmental sustainability and social justice and taken advantage of every opportunity. Plant research: It’s in her genes Using the College’s living lab, Tina Le ’18 developed her own independent study and gained hands-on research experience in the field of plant genetics. Greening projects enhance labs and facilities Through the Mass. College Green Initiative, Mount Holyoke is poised to save more than $580,000 with energy-efficiency projects in five campus buildings. A health checkup for the Connecticut River Thanks to an alumna and College funding, two MHC students are spending the summer identifying aquatic plants to help assess the Connecticut River’s health. Corson to lead MHC’s environmental center Catherine Corson, associate professor of environmental studies, has been named director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment. Professor helping restore local cranberry bog Kate Ballantine’s research on environmental revival and ecosystems at a former cranberry bog in Plymouth investigates the effects of climate change. LEAP: doing, learning, presenting From solar cells and architecture to an athletic app and teaching, students spoke about their internships and research at the 2016 LEAP presentations. Students at World Conservation Congress Political ecologist Catherine Corson took her three student interns to the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii to study global environmental politics. An Arbor Day honor: a tree for Mount Holyoke A prairiefire crabapple tree was planted in recognition of Mount Holyoke College’s work for the community and commitment to environmental stewardship. MHC alum has a blueprint for success Through its engineering and sustainability programs, Mount Holyoke has given Farah Rawas ’17 the resources she needs to help her community in Beirut. Ballantine wins Clean Water Action award Assistant Professor Kate Ballantine was recognized as an “Environmental Ground-Breaker” for her ecological restoration work.