[New & Notable]

Trustee Doings At its May meeting, MHC's board of trustees approved degree candidates, the operating budget for fiscal year 2000 & 2001, and new faculty hires, reappointments, promotions, sabbaticals, and emeritus status. The board celebrated the contributions of four retiring trustees: Ann Neuberger Aceves '56, Janet C. Hall '70, Judith Kurland '67, and Ashanta N. Evans '95 and welcomed new members Thomas DeLong P'01; Avery Ouellette '98, new young alumna trustee; Leslie Miller '73, and incoming Alumnae Association president Karen Hendricks '76, who will join the board officially on July 1. The board voted to invite Brian Keane and Anthony Ocepek to join its ranks as of July 1. The board approved Dean of the Faculty Don O'Shea's recommendation that Girma Kebbede, Michael Robinson, Carole Straw, and C. Sean Sutton be promoted to full professor and O'Shea's request that faculty members Diana Stein and Virginia Ellis and Dean of Administration Wayne Gass be granted emeritus status.

President Joanne Creighton shared with the board preliminary plans and research design for a five-year experiment to make the SAT optional for admission at the College. Dean of Enrollment Jane Brown and a group of colleagues have met with a researcher for the Mellon Foundation to begin research design for this project and determine funding needs. The board expressed particular interest in the quality of the project's quantitative analysis. The research trial is expected to begin with the class entering in the fall of 2001. In a plenary session, a panel of students and faculty joined Dean of the College Beverly Daniel Tatum and the Trustee Task Force on Diversity for a presentation on diversity. Led by Trustee Gloria Johnson-Powell '58, the session reaffirmed the College's commitment to fostering diversity in all aspects of the community learning environment.

Trustees Vote 4 Percent Across-the-Board Adjustment in Staff Salaries Also at its May meeting, MHC's board of trustees approved a 2000 - 2001 budget that includes a 4 percent across-the-board increase in staff salaries effective July 1, 2000. This increase was recommended by the human resources department and is based on market information for staff salaries. "It is great news that the College was able to support this increase, which maintains the competitiveness of our staff salaries," says human resources director Lauren Turner. In addition to this 4 percent across-the-board increase, an additional $125,000 was approved to fund additional staff equity adjustments recommended by the human resources department. Individual staff salary information will be included in the annual personalized compensation statements that will be sent out in late summer. Employees who receive an equity adjustment to their salary this year, in addition to the 4 percent across-the-board increase, will receive a special letter providing them with this information before July 1, 2000.

The human resources department continues to work closely with senior staff and department heads to maintain competitive staff salaries and plans to conduct another comprehensive benchmark study of staff salaries during 2000 - 2001. "We would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the MHC community for their efforts and contributions this past year," Turner added, "and we look forward to working with you during the upcoming fiscal year."
CBL Kudos Winners of the Sally Montgomery Prize in Community-Based Learning (CBL), which was awarded for the first time in February, were recently selected for the second semester. Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of Economics on the Alumnae Foundation and dean of the college emeritus, played a pivotal role in establishing CBL at Mount Holyoke The prize for the best class was awarded to Theatre and Community, taught by Rena Down, visiting lecturer in theatre arts, for its work with the Holyoke-based social service agency Girls, Inc. Class members learned techniques involving gathering oral histories and taught these methods to the young girls served by Girls, Inc. The girls then collected oral histories of their mothers. Those histories were adapted as a theatre piece, titled Generations, which was performed at Girls, Inc. in late April before parents and friends.
Seniors Molly Cochran and Kristin Hilton shared the best individual student CBL project prize for their projects in the women's studies senior seminar. Cochran worked with the National Priorities Project in Northampton (NPP), a think tank that produces data on federal spending and local needs. Her project focused on how best to present data for NPP's future Web site. Hilton worked with Pride Zone in Northampton, a social and support organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning and allied youth. She created a workshop for the group that enabled them to explore issues of race and racism and their effect on gay youth.
In Memoriam Doris E. Hutchinson, who retired from the College in 1968, died May 4 at the age of ninety-six in Gardner, Massachusetts. She served in the dual capacity of secretary to the dean and dean of residence from 1925 to 1956 and from 1956 to 1968 was assistant to the dean of residence and dean of students. Hutchinson dealt with virtually every student who entered the College from 1925 to 1968.

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