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April 12, 2002

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Preview 2002 The Office of Admission will host Preview, the College’s annual open house for admitted students, April 20–22. The event will begin Saturday, April 20, with ALANA Preview, an optional day and overnight for students interested in the opportunity to get acquainted with Mount Holyoke’s ALANA community and its various cultural offerings. The rest of the prospective class will arrive on Sunday, April 21, for a variety of events including panels, class visits, and an overnight stay. This year, admission is expecting close to 400 prospective students and 400 parents for the program. Please extend your warmest welcome to these special guests! For more information or to volunteer, call x2023.

African Studies Certificate The Five College African Studies Program offers a certificate in African Studies to graduating seniors who have taken at least six courses in African studies, receiving a grade of B or better. Seniors who wish to apply for a Five College African studies certificate should obtain an application from the bulletin board outside Skinner 312, and submit it to John Lemly, Holly Hanson, or Samba Gadjigo by May 1. The African Studies Council will decide on 2002 applicants at its meeting on May 3.

History Department Grants The Department of History is pleased to invite applications for the Wilma J. Pugh Grant for 2002. Established by Professor Emeritus of History Wilma Pugh and her nephew, Emerson Pugh, the award consists of a research grant to a history major who will be undertaking an independent project in history during her senior year. The size of the grant may vary from year to year, but recent awards have ranged between $1,000 and $2,500. The purpose of the grant is to help cover the cost of travel to a research site and/or related expenses. Juniors who wish to apply should submit an application to the chair of the history department by April 15. Interested students should consult a member of the department about what is required to apply.

The history department is also pleased to invite applications for the Almara grants for 2002. Established by an alumna, the grants—which number several each year—are meant to encourage independent research by students in the history department. Recent awards have ranged between $50 and $1,000 and have helped MHC undergraduates conduct interviews or research in a variety of places, including Washington D.C., New York City, Bangladesh, France, and South Africa. Students who wish to apply should submit materials to the history department by April 15. Interested students should examine the bulletin board in the department common room (which contains not only forms but also application-writing suggestions and copies of successful applications). They should also consult with members of the department about what is required to apply.

Chinese Language Fellow Position for 2002–2003 The Office of International Affairs invites students to apply for the position of Chinese language fellow in Ham Hall for the 2002–2003 academic year. The language fellow is responsible for organizing a weekly language table, an annual Chinese "gracious dinner," a Chinese New Year celebration, and other occasional activities to promote Chinese language and culture. The Chinese language fellow works closely with the Asian studies department (particularly the instructor of Chinese language) and with the other language fellows in Ham Hall to coordinate activities. Requirements for the position include native or near-native fluency in Mandarin Chinese, the ability to work with students at all levels of Chinese language proficiency, and good organizational and interpersonal skills. The Chinese language fellow lives in a studio-bedroom with private bath in Ham Hall and receives a stipend of $700 for the year. To apply, submit a résumé and a brief statement explaining the reasons for your interest and your ideas for the coming year to the Office of International Affairs, 303 Mary Lyon, by Wednesday, April 17.

Department of English Prizes The following prizes are awarded each year by the English department. For details on submitting entries and to pick up an application form, stop by the department office, 201 Clapp. The deadline for all entries is 4 pm Monday, April 29. The Virginia Lee Barnes Prize is awarded for the best critical essay by a senior in English, American studies, medieval studies, or women’s studies. The Gertrude Claytor: Academy of American Poets Prize is awarded for the best poem or group of poems of not more than four pages and is open to all students. The Minnie Ryan Dwight Prize is awarded for excellence in journalistic writing. The MacArthur-Leithauser Travel Award is open to sophomores and juniors of creative promise who would benefit from travel abroad. The Kathryn G. McFarland Award is awarded for any form of creative writing and is open to all students. The Sydney Robertson McLean Prize is awarded for short stories and is open to all students. The Anne Singer Award is awarded to a student who shows the promise of a gift for writing and a dedication to craftsmanship for poetry, stories, plays, or any other form of creative writing. Preference is given to first-years, sophomores, and juniors. The Ada L. F. Snell Poetry Prize is given for the best poem or group of poems of not more than fifty lines and is open to all students.

Announcement for Seniors with Federal Direct Student Loan(s) It is a federal regulation that all graduating students with Federal Direct Student Loan(s) must complete exit counseling before leaving in May. This counseling session can be completed online at or in person. You must have your PIN to complete the online session. The PIN was sent to every student who filed a FAFSA. You would not have been eligible for a federal loan without filing a FAFSA. It is strongly recommended that anyone who does not have or know her PIN, request another one at the Web site listed above. The PIN will allow you the opportunity and convenience of accessing your loan account information, checking on payments, and submitting a change of address, all electronically. The majority of you will have loan debt for ten years or more. You must be in contact with the U.S. Department of Education for the duration of your repayment period. If you request a new PIN, it must be mailed through the U.S. postal service to your home address. Please alert someone there to look for delivery within two weeks. If you prefer to complete the session in person, you must book an appointment. Sessions will be held as follows: Monday, April 22, in Blanchard room 215 at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm or Tuesday, April 23, in Blanchard room 212 at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Each session will begin promptly on the hour. It may not take the entire hour but plan accordingly. Space in each room is limited, so a session commitment is mandatory. Just respond to with your preference, and mark it on your calendar. The loan department will contact you only if we cannot honor your request. If you cannot attend any of the sessions listed, please attempt to complete your exit counseling online. Feel free to contact the loan department at x2034 if you have questions or concerns.

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