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March 26 , 2004


100 Days and Counting The 2004 U.S. Women’s Open, the world’s most prestigious women’s golf championship, is less than100 days away. The championship will be played at The Orchards Golf Club June 28–July 4. Annika Sorenstam, Juli Inkster, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, and a host of the world’s greatest women golfers are coming to South Hadley. The setting will be legendary. The atmosphere will be electric. The competition will be outstanding. This challenging Donald Ross-designed course will be a fitting venue for the crowning of a national champion. Children 16 and under will receive complimentary admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets for the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open Championship can be purchased securely online at or by calling 1-800-513-OPEN, Monday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (EST).

According to My Research… The MHC chemistry department is organizing this year’s Five College Chemistry Lecture Series. The first of three lectures by Professor John Bercaw of the California Institute of Technology will be given Wednesday March 31, at 4:15 pm in L1 Cleveland Hall. Bercaw’s talk is entitled, “Catalysis from the Perspective of an Organometallic Chemist Seeking New Routes to Chemicals and Materials.” Bercaw will speak at Smith Thursday, April 1, at 4:15 pm in Room 202, Engineering Building, and at UMass on Friday, April 2, at 11:15 am in Room 1634, Lederle Graduate Research Tower.

Flying High Irene Leverton will be speaking to the Introduction of Women’s Studies class, taught by women’s studies senior lecturer Martha Ackmann, Thursday, April 1, from 2:40 to 3:55 pm in Shattuck 216. Leverton’s talk is open to the MHC community. Leverton was one of the Mercury 13—women who were secretly tested for astronaut viability in 1961. After the Mercury 13 tested as well as male astronaut candidates, including John Glenn and Alan Shepard, NASA scrapped the secret program. As a pilot, Leverton won national air races, held dangerous jobs including fighting forest fires from a plane, and amassed thousands of hours in the air. She is one of the subjects of Ackmann’s book The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight. Leverton will be in Massachusetts to be honored at a special dinner for Girls Inc. of Holyoke. Girls Inc. is saluting women in space, including associate professor of astronomy and geology Darby Dyar. Following her trip to the Pioneer Valley, Leverton will return to Arizona where she is being inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame April 3.

Move Over, Ken Burns History professor Dan Czitrom was the chief historical adviser and “talking head” for a new documentary, Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery, which will be shown at the UMass Multicultural Film Festival April 7. The film traces the 200-year history of the characters, locations, stories, and events that made the Bowery a central place in the creation of New York City and modern pop culture. “What I find most exciting about the film,” Czitrom observed, “is its portrayal of how the city’s street life and its commercial popular culture have reflected and shaped each other for two centuries. The Bowery is where the ‘real’ New York meets the New York of our collective imagination.” The screening will be at 7:30 pm in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. Czitrom and director Scott Elliot, an Amherst alumnus, will speak afterward.

Afternoon Tea LITS will host a visit by 11 library professionals from Kyrgyz Republic April 7. The visit is part of a three-week trip to the U.S. under the auspices of the Institute for Training and Development in Amherst. The 11 participants, all women, come from a wide range of library backgrounds. One of the primary goals of the program is to increase the participants’ understanding of the overall functioning of libraries in a democratic society so they can contribute to better, more efficient services and dissemination of information in their own country. The MHC community is invited to have tea with the Krygyz librarians at 4 pm in the Stimson Room of the library.

Tuition Set The Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees set tuition, room, and board for 2004–2005 at $39,830, a 5.5 percent increase. “The Board recognizes that many challenges exist for families as well as the College due to the economic downturn,” Board Chair Eleanor Graham Claus ’55 and President Joanne V. Creighton wrote in a letter to faculty, staff, and students. “While the College must make reductions in a number of operational areas, we hold among our highest priorities maintaining current financial aid policies and support for our students. We are committed to helping the College get through these difficult, but hopefully short-lived times, and we are all optimistic about the long-term health and excellence of Mount Holyoke.”

In Memoriam: Isabelle Baird Sprague ’37, professor emeritus of biological sciences, died March 8, in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 87. After graduating from Mount Holyoke, she stayed to earn a master’s degree in zoology and completed her Ph.D. in insect physiology at the University of Kansas. She returned to the College after the war, becoming a professor in 1964. She served briefly as an associate dean and became a David B. Truman Professor in 1978. She was also department chair and active in a number of Five College committees and courses. Professor Sprague was a naturalist and particularly enjoyed teaching ecology and played a central role in protecting rare habitats. She was active in academic environmental studies, as well as in local and regional conservation projects, including the Kestrel Land Trust, the Hawley Bog purchase, the MHC wildflower garden, and the South Hadley Conservation Commission. Services will be private. Contributions may be made to the Isabelle Sprague lectureship fund at the College. There are tentative plans for a celebration of her life sometime this spring. For more information, please contact Linda Young at x2482.


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