Who cares?--Asoka Bandarage, associate professor of women's studies, was the closing keynote speaker at a Simmons College conference titled "Who Cares? Transforming Visions of Self, Other, and Communities." She spoke October 17 on "Caring in an International Context." Bandarage was also recently interviewed by a Channel 22 TV reporter for a new series on women's issues.

Fighting fire with mutual aid--In the latest of a series of town-gown collaborations, the College recently helped South Hadley District 2 purchase its new 1997 pumper fire engine, shown below. The new vehicle is expected to be in service protecting South Hadley property--including Mount Holyoke's--for the next quarter century. Fire Chief Allan Simpson called the working relationship between the College and the town fire department "an excellent example of mutual aid," and said, "In the eleven years I have served as chief, I believe the cooperation between Mount Holyoke College and Fire District No. 2 is something we can both be proud of."

Mountain seminar series takes Millette to Montana--The Montana State University Mountain Research Center develops, synthesizes, and disseminates knowledge of the natural and interrelated cultural factors influencing the future of montane ecosystems (the parts of mountains containing vegetation). As part of its seminar series, "The Future of Montane Ecosystems: Ecosystem Resilience and Human Activities,"on November 4 Assistant Professor of Geography Thomas L. Millette will discuss his work on the Himalayas and remote sensing.

Making WAVES and saluting American servicewomen--Tomorrow, October 18, in Washington, D.C., the new Women in Military Service for America Memorial will be dedicated to pay tribute to the nearly two million women who have served in defense of our nation

throughout its history. A week-long commemoration for this first major women's memorial was launched October 16 and was expected to include some 30,000 female veterans and active-duty servicewomen, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Clinton, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other executive and legislative leaders.

In honor of this important page of women's history, Massachusetts congressman Richard Neal was asked to read into the Congressional Record a letter from President Joanne Creighton that detailed MHC's link to this historic moment. In the letter, she welcomed the memorial's addition to our nation's heritage and explained how MHC had served during World War II as a training site for women officers of both the Marine Corps and the Navy's WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) program.

During that time, North and South Rockefeller Halls were renamed the "USS Rockefeller," and the WAVES followed a demanding schedule during their five weeks of learning about naval organization, administration, customs, and traditions. Sleeping in hastily constructed bunk beds, the young women ate the same meals as regular students at MHC but attended separate classes, recitations, drills, athletic events, and evening lectures. Approximately 2,500 officers graduated from the USS Rockefeller and assumed military duties throughout the U.S.

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