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College Celebrates 165th Commencement May 26

Fulbright Scholarship to Take Jennifer W. Kyker '02 to Zimbabwe

Boram Lee '04 Wins International Public Policy Fellowship

Suchi Saria '04 Wins Full- Tuition Scholarship from Microsoft

Sure to Be a Virtuoso Performance: Sara Curtin '02 Speaks for the Class of 2002

Red Pegasus Class Takes Wing

DAAD Scholarship Music to the Ears of Katherine Kaiser '02

2002–2003 Budget Meets Financial Goals of Plan for 2003

Storm Ends Everest Bid Just Short of Summit

Students Teach Each Other about Bioethics by "Cloning" National Council

Mount Holyoke Actors Take to the Italian Stage

Three Faculty Members Retire as Emeriti

Mary Renda: Teaching Students to Think Historically

Theresa Grof: Fulfilling a Dream at MHC

Weissman Center Honors Students

On Broadway with Suzan-Lori Parks '85

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

May 24, 2002


Board News The College's board of trustees met May 3 and 4 for a series of meetings, during which the group approved degree candidates, the operating budget for fiscal year 2002–2003, and recommendations for reappointments, promotions, department chairs, sabbaticals, and emeritus status. The trustees endorsed promotion to full professor for Nancy Campbell, Claude Fennema, Samba Gadjigo, Linda Laderach, Helen Leung, Louise Litterick, Margaret Robinson, Gary Steigerwalt, and Kenneth Tucker. The trustees approved promotion to senior lecturer for Aldo Santiago and Susan Scotto and approved emeritus status for Jeanne Brownlow, Michael Burns, and Viktoria Schweitzer. In a plenary session, the board heard presentations on recent work by faculty members Anthony Lee and Lynn Morgan. Trustees also toured the construction site of the new science center. On May 2, board members enjoyed dinner with a group of students who had received major awards for scholarship, research, or service to the community over the past year. The board also celebrated three colleagues who have completed terms of service or retired from the board: Eileen Shanley Kraus '60, Gloria Johnson-Powell '58, and Jill Ker Conway. A number of trustees, donors, and chairholders gathered on Saturday evening for a dinner to celebrate endowed professorships, at which Sohail Hashmi gave a presentation.

When in Rome Assistant Professor of Music David Sanford has won the Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellowship, one of two Rome Prizes awarded to musical composers. This award will allow him to stay at the American Academy in Rome for eleven months with a group of twenty-five to thirty scholars in many areas of the humanities. These prestigious fellowships cover travel and lodging and provide a stipend. Sanford plans to compose seven to ten contemporary works for large jazz orchestra.

Honor Times Two Anthony W. Lee, associate professor of art, has won the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art, which is administered by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The prize, named in honor of the former director of the museum and awarded annually, is sponsored by the American Art Forum, a patrons' support organization, and seeks to recognize originality and thoroughness of research, excellence of writing, and clarity of method. Single-author, book-length publications in the field of American art history appearing within the three previous calendar years are eligible. It is especially meant to honor those authors who deepen or focus debates in the field or who broaden the discipline by reaching beyond traditional boundaries. Lee will deliver a lecture associated with the prize in Washington in the fall. Lee has also been awarded one of three Millicent C. McIntosh Fellowships for recently tenured faculty in the humanities by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This is the first year that these fellowships have been offered, and they are underwritten by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Lee's award is for two years, and his project is titled "When the Cobbling Began: Photography, Visual Culture, and Chinese Shoemakers in a Nineteenth-Century New England Factory Town."

Case Study The Smith Richardson Foundation has awarded $103,290 to Associate Professor of Russian Studies Stephen Jones for his project "U.S. Policy in Georgia and the Caucasus: Four Case Studies" to begin July 1. The grant will allow Jones to write a book that will evaluate U.S. national interests in Georgia and Georgia's role in U.S. policies toward Iran, Turkey, and Russia. Jones will assess the history of U.S. policy in Georgia since 1991 and analyze the arguments for more or less U.S. commitment.

Chain Reaction In addition to the National Science Foundation grant that she received last month, Wei Chen, Mary E. Woolley Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded a grant of $35,000 by the Petroleum Research Fund for her project "Probing the Fundamentals of Wetting."

Award of the Rings Kathryn M. Peek '02 has been awarded a Mary Daily Irvine Prize by the Five College astronomy department for her research that challenges an existing theory about the formation of Saturn's rings. Her work, "The Disruption of an Icy Satellite and the Evolution of the Resulting Debris Ring: A Formation Scenario for Saturn's Rings," casts doubt on the theory that the rings were formed from the dust of a moon pulverized by a passing comet. Peek was one of three Five College students to receive the prize, a cash award of $500.

Stand Outs A number of MHC equestrians won awards at the Intercollegiate National Horse Show hosted by Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York, May 1–6. Laena Romond '05 placed first in the USA Equestrian Cacchione Cup class and won a second-place title in the individual over fences class, earning the reserve national championship title for this event. Janet Obee '02 won the individual walk-trot class, and Andrea Bill '01 placed second in both the alumni over fences and alumni flat classes. Romond qualified to compete at the nationals in the Cacchione class by earning the individual high point open rider award for region III. At the show, it was announced that Amy D'Itri '02
was the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Senior Athletic Academic Achievement Award Essay Contest winner. She received a $500 scholarship. This contest is for seniors who have been on their equestrian team for at least three years and who have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Not Dark Yet (2001), pencil, colored pencil, and ink on paper, by Bonita Sennott

Moving Pictures Not Dark Yet, a drawing by Bonita Sennott, copy editor/project coordinator in MHC's Office of Communications, is one of seventy artworks by New England artists to be shown in Agrarian Abundance, an exhibition of art about the Connecticut River Valley sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Institute of Greenfield Community College. The exhibition (June 2–27), will take place at Artspace, 7 Franklin Street, in Greenfield, with an opening reception Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 4 pm. Sennott, who holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Chicago, will have an exhibition of her paintings and drawings at the Center for the Arts in Northampton in November. Last month, fifteen of her recent drawings were chosen for inclusion in the Boston Drawing Project at Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston's South End. Sennott has had one-person shows at Artemisia and Inside Art galleries in Chicago; in Massachusetts her work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, the Copley Society in Boston, Artworks at Dover Street in New Bedford, and Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington.

On the Ball Nana Osam-Tewiah '04 has been named a 2002 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar. This annual award was established by Black Issues in Higher Education ten years ago. Osam-Tewiah is a mathematics and computer science major and is a member of the squash team. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Ashe Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. Osam-Tewiah currently maintains a 4.0 GPA, has completed her first season on the squash team, was named its most improved player, and is actively involved in campus and community service.

The Secret's Out Secret Boston: The Unique Guide to Boston's Hidden Sights, Sounds & Tastes by Laura Purdom, writer for MHC's Office of Communications, has just been published by ECW Press/Montreal. The making of the guidebook required a year of intensive research in and around Boston, the author's former home. "Secret Boston is all about exploring your own backyard," says Purdom. "It tells you where to find Boston phenomena even 'lifers' don't know about: Armenian art, Sardinian restaurants, tiara collections, Franco-Japanese pastries, a technology flea market, al fresco tango lessons, and bed-and-breakfast lodging on a sailboat," along with 300 pages of other events, sights, eateries, and lodging. The book is illustrated with photographs by Linda Rutenberg. ECW Press is sponsoring a launch for Secret Boston June 6, from 5 to 8 pm at the Hamill Gallery of African Art, Boston. Purdom's previous publications include travel guides to New England, Great Britain, and Canada.

Out of This World Jane Crosthwaite, professor and chair of religion, was the Frank L. Nickerson lecturer at Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, Massachusetts, May 18. She spoke about "Shaker Spirit Drawings: Earthly Emblems of Spiritual Realms" in conjunction with the museum's special exhibition titled Inspired Choices: Creations of Shaker Life.

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