November 8, 2002
During trustee meetings October 2426, the College welcomed
new trustees Douglas I. Foy P '04, Mary Beth Topor Daniel '82,
Ludmila Schwarzenberg Hess '67, Carole Corcoran Huxley '60, and
Audrey A. McNiff '80. In addition, the board reviewed the annual
report of the Willits-Hallowell Center and June 30, 2002, financial
statements and approved a capital project for the renovation of
Wilder Hall. During the weekend, trustee members of the Student
Affairs Committee enjoyed dinner with the Student Conference Committee.
The students joined the trustees at the board committee meeting
to report on the findings of an informal student survey on such
topics as the Weissman Center's outreach to students, dining options,
the allocation of outside scholarships, and social life. Trustees
also had dinner with the board of directors of the Alumnae Association
and met jointly with the Alumnae Association's board. The boards
of the College and the Alumnae Association came together to share
thoughts about the draft of The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2010.
In a meeting facilitated by Mary Graham Davis '65 and Arleen McGrath
Heiss '70, directors and trustees divided into groups by expertise
to discuss the ideas presented in the draft and to brainstorm
about additional ideas to be considered by the Ad Hoc Committee
on the Future of the College in its January revision of the draft.
Trustees also toured Kendade Hall, heard Professor Emeritus Robert
Herbert's lecture, "Monet and the Tourist View," visited
the Mount Holyoke (the mountain, that is) exhibition at the art
museum, attended the play Thomas Cole: A Waking Dream,
and participated in some of the other activities planned as part
of Family Weekend.
Branching Out This January, Stephen Jones, associate professor
of Russian and Eurasian studies, will be the program director
of the Georgian Library Professional Training Program that will
bring sixteen Georgian librarians to MHC to receive training in
various aspects of library science. The training will be conducted
by College librarians in conjunction with Simmons College's
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, which has
a branch at MHC. Jones worked on the grant proposal for the program
with International Training and Development, an Amherst-based
nonprofit organization that has experience running exchange programs.
International Training and Development received the $150,000 grant
from the State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural
Affairs. Jones went to Georgia this October to select candidates
for the program.
Check It Out The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Andrew Lass, professor of
anthropology, $15,000 to support his continuing work with the
Czech and Slovak Library Information Network and the Tallinn Conference
on Union Catalogues.
Associate Professor of French Catherine LeGouis was one of seven
individuals (out of 125 applicants) to receive an Individual Advanced
Research Opportunity Grant given by the National Endowment for
the Humanities and administered by the International Research
and Exchanges Board. Her project, titled "Reflections in
a Broken Mirror: The Person and Persona of Nina Petrovskaya,"
will ultimately result in a literary biography of Nina Petrovskaya,
who is best known as the model for Renata in Briusov's Ognennyi
Angel (1907) (and, hence, for Renata in Prokofiev's opera
The Fiery Angel) and for her tragic destiny, as she tried
to make her personality conform to Renata's. The grant will allow
LeGouis to travel to Paris, Saint Petersburg, and Moscow to study
Petrovskaya's correspondence, gather other materials, and converse
with specialists. LeGouis argues that Petrovskaya has been underestimated
as a creative figure in her own right.
On the Luce
The Henry Luce Foundation has approved the appointment of Jillian
McLeod as Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
The Clare Boothe Luce Program is currently supporting eight women
science faculty at MHC, a new record.