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 (K16) here in Massachusetts.
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 studiosome 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.'"
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.