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January 11, 2002


Top Teacher Donna Van Handle, senior lecturer and chair of the Department of German Studies, was honored October 27, by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) as the recipient of the seventh annual Massachusetts German Educator of the Year Award, in recognition of her outstanding service to the profession. Van Handle, a member and former president of the AATG's Massachusetts chapter, developed its Internet home page and serves as its Webmaster. She is currently vice president of AATG, which has more than 6,800 members in the U.S. and abroad, and will serve as president for two years, beginning in January 2002. "Van Handle's contributions to the German/foreign language profession at the national and international levels are numerous," noted MaFLA Resources Coordinator Cherie Baggs. The award acknowledges "her hard work, energy, enthusiasm, ongoing leadership and vision on behalf of all German teachers (K–16) here in Massachusetts. Wir gratulieren!"

Giving Back to the Future Becky Wai-Ling Packard, assistant professor of psychology and education, and Ruth Bass Green, dean of sophomore studies and lecturer in psychology and education, were named Arts and Education Visionaries of the Year November 14, by Generating Tomorrow's Futures Today (GTFT), a Springfield nonprofit organization. Their awards were presented at GTFT's fundraising gala at Springfield's Hippodrome by Frances Perkins student Karen Bryant '02, GTFT education director and creator of the organization's program A Novel Idea. Supporting at least forty students each week, GTFT provides Springfield-area adolescents with hands-on training in the technical and business aspects of the arts and entertainment industry and opportunities for artistic expression and academic development. Bryant serves as a student advocate, overseeing mentoring and goal setting, making classroom learning relevant to "real life," and guiding participants through the college application process. As a first-year student taking courses in educational psychology and multicultural education, Bryant requested support for GTFT from Packard and Green, who responded by sending eight MHC student volunteers to assist at GTFT's studio—some of whom ended up devoting far more hours than the minimum required to meet the community-based learning component of their classes. Bryant was thrilled by the students' enthusiasm and now hopes to expand MHC's partnership with GTFT's other programs. She credits the success of her outreach efforts to Packard's and Green's support, saying, "I have supporters who walk alongside me, whispering words of encouragement, providing hugs, and daring me to ‘Generate Tomorrow's Future Today.'"

In Memoriam Bernard M. Fox, former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Northeast Utitlities, died November 24, at age 59. Fox served on the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1997 and was a member of numerous other corporate and foundation boards, including the Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company, Hartford Hospital, CIGNA Corporation, and the Bushnell Board of Overseers. He earned a bachelor's degree at Manhattan College and a master's degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in in electrical engineering, and completed additional programs of study in management development and auditing, legal affairs, and financing. Fox is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a son and daughter-in-law; two daughters and a son-in-law; two brothers and a sister-in-law; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

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