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Paus Named to New Position of Director of Global Initiatives

Plan for Mount Holyoke 2010 Receives Trustee, Faculty Backingg

Mount Holyoke to Offer New Major in Architectural Studies

Going Where No Women Have Gone Before: Martha Ackmann and the Mercury 13

Paul Lopes and All that Jazz

Local Teen Mothers and Mount Holyoke Students Team up for Park Clean up

A Bit of a Riddle: Mount Holyoke Class Colors and Emblemse

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The Great Wave: Talking with Christopher Benfey

Amelia Chappelle '03 Reigns as Dressage Champion

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Mount Holyoke College News and Events Vista The College Street Journal Archives

May 23 , 2003

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Audry Longo '05

In the Forefront Sophomore Audry Longo represented MHC at the 2003 NCAA Division III Golf Championships May 13–16 in Greenlake, Wisconsin. She was one of ten individual Division III golfers chosen to compete at the event. Longo was also selected to participate in the 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference, which will take place in Florida May 25–29. Colleges and universities from across the country nominated 1,172 student-athletes for the conference, and 302 were selected to attend.


Trustee News The College's board of trustees met May 2 and 3 for a series of productive meetings. The board unanimously approved The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2010 (see article in this issue) and applauded President Joanne V. Creighton and the College's senior staff for their leadership. The board approved the operating budget for fiscal year 2003–2004, degree candidates, and recommendations for department chairs, sabbaticals, and leaves. The board reviewed the operating budget projection for the current fiscal year, noting with pleasure that the College is projecting a modest surplus in addition to meeting all the conditions of "fiscal equilibrium" set as a goal in The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2003. Recognizing the severity of the budget challenges of the current economy, the board commended the cost reduction and containment measures undertaken by the administration to develop a balanced budget. Faculty and staff base salaries will increase by 2 percent across the board, plus equity and promotional adjustments, beginning January 1, 2004. The board also approved the capital budget for 2003–2004, which included a $1 million capital allocation for Mount Holyoke's share of the cost of the proposed Five College fiber-optic network. Trustees toured the Blanchard construction site and heard a presentation by architect Julie Moir Messervy on the proposed landscape designs for the Blanchard/Lower Lake area. While urging President Creighton to move the process forward expeditiously, the board endorsed the continuation of community review of this project. The board also conferred emeritus status on Angelo Mazzocco, professor of Spanish and Italian. Trustees enjoyed dinner with a large group of students who have received major awards for scholarship, research, or service to the community over the past year. Trustees also celebrated five colleagues who have completed their terms of service or retired from the board: Alicia I. Barela '65, Linda Maria Yu Bien '75, Karen M. Hendricks '76, Astrid E. Merget '67, and Avery B. Ouellette '98. They welcomed Jesse H. Lytle as the new secretary of the College and thanked Stephanie Hull, W. Rochelle Calhoun '83, and Sally J. Lemaire '68 for their service to the College. Trustees also enjoyed a lunch with a group of faculty members, an event hosted by the Faculty Conference Committee.

 

Lisa Rodriguez-Ross

Kudos Frances Perkins Scholar and political science major Lisa Rodriguez-Ross, who was named a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar in 2000, has now received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, an annual stipend of $10,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for up to one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Rodriguez-Ross will use her award to create a lay advocate program in the Springfield Hampden Housing Court. The program will offer assistance to tenants who do not have legal representation. Rodriguez-Ross has been a leader in combating drugs and gang violence in her Jarvis Heights Apartments community in Holyoke. Despite early struggles as a teen mother, she became a rental agent, then the assistant manager for her apartment building, and was later promoted to property manager. She has served on the board of Holyoke's Neighborhood Network Center and was a member of the nominating committee for the Western Massachusetts Girl Scouts. Rodriguez-Ross plans to attend law school and is considering a career in immigration law. Samuel Huntington, former president and chief executive officer of the New England Electric System, was deeply interested in public service. Following his graduation from college, Huntington taught in Nigeria. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award was established by his friends to allow other students to realize similar experiences and to provide public service.

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