Faculty tenured and promoted Trustees approved the recommendations of departments and programs to tenure four professors: Susan R. Barry, assistant professor of biological sciences; Vanessa James, associate professor of theatre arts; Helen Leung, assistant professor of chemistry; and Thomas L. Millette, assistant professor of geology. Barry, Leung, and Millette were also promoted to associate professor. Trustees also approved promotion to the rank of full professor for Eva Paus (economics) and Corinne Demas (English).
Law on our side Sociologist Richard Moran has been recently appointed to serve as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Law and Society Review for a three-year term that began January 1. The review is one of the most prestigious journals in the field of legal studies and rejects more than 95 percent of the articles submitted to it for publication. Moran is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.
Mary Lyon awards The Alumnae Association recently honored Nelia W. Dunbar '83 and Norean Radke Sharpe '82 by presenting them with Mary Lyon Awards. This recognition is given to alumnae who have graduated within the last fifteen years who "demonstrate promise or sustained achievement in their lives, professions, or communities, consistent with the humane values which Mary Lyon exemplified in her life."
Dunbar is a research geochemist who has traveled around the world carrying out volcanic field studies. "Focusing on chemical fingerprinting of material within volcanic ash layers, you have provided deeper perspectives into eruptive and ice flow processes and hence climate variations through time," according to the award citation. Her previous work in petrology included demonstrating "a viable means of treating radioactive and hazardous waste sites by locking up pollutants and other harmful materials in synthetic glass." A widely respected researcher, Dunbar is also an adjunct faculty member at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Sharpe is an engineer who has achieved in the fields of applied mathematics and statistics both as a researcher and as a "compassionate, motivated, and challenging educator," according to the award citation. She is an assistant professor of statistics at Babson College, and was recently the recipient of the William H. Cruickshank, Jr., professional chair. Sharpe's research includes a 1995 study of institutions whose female alumnae go on to earn science doctorates, and 1997 groundbreaking work examining the impact women faculty have on the proportion of women mathematics majors.
Versatile athlete wins gold medal If you see him hard at work moving plants or weeding flower beds at the greenhouse, you might not guess you're looking at a Special Olympic athlete. But Mark Brunelle, a part-time greenhouse laborer for the past decade, helped his hockey team win a gold medal at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Special Olympics earlier this month. Brunelle, who has played hockey for the past thirteen years, played forward in the medal-round game, but says he was most effective as a defensive player for the Hampshire Eagles. Surprised to find they had won the gold medal, Brunelle says, the team started yelling with excitement when the final goal was scored. At past Special Olympics events, Brunelle has competed in basketball, soccer, bowling, and track-and-field events. He is equally versatile as a greenhouse worker, whose duties include "repotting plants, pulling weeds, and washing flower pots--whatever they need me to do."
Pentagon star to direct Aspen Institute Catherine McArdle Kelleher '60 has been named director of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, which organizes international conferences, study groups, and workshops on major contemporary issues. It is particularly active in promoting discussions about European-American and East-West relations as well as the economic, cultural, and intellectual life of Germany and Berlin. Kelleher formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, serving as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. MHC recognized her accomplishments with an honorary doctor of letters degree in 1980. Kelleher's new mission will be to use her worldwide contacts to bring together the next generation of leaders in Europe and Eurasia to resolve differences and find solutions to current issues.
Postsabbatical industriousness Commenting on everything from the Spanish Civil War to press coverage of Iraq, history professor Daniel Czitrom has been extra busy since returning from sabbatical. Recently appearing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette's article about the Art Museum's exhibit of posters from the Spanish Civil War, he explained his family's connection to the struggle and that the colorful and political posters served as a form of mass media during the conflict. Czitrom was also a guest on a weekly radio program called On the Media, which is nationally distributed on National Public Radio stations and covers the "inner workings" of the press. In his appearance, which aired February 22, Czitrom commented briefly (too briefly, he relayed to the CSJ) on the role of the media one hundred years ago during the U.S. involvement in the Cuban revolt against its colonial power and the press's role today in the coverage of Iraq.
In the theatrical world, Czitrom geared up for a dramatic reading in New York of a play he cowrote with award-winning playwright Jack Gilhooley. Held at the prestigious New Dramatists Center, the reading was produc-ed on March 16 as a way for the piece to attract attention from directors, producers, and investors. The play, titled Big Tim and Maggie, revolves around a love affair between a prominent and shady politician and a flamboyant actress, and is set in the tumultuous world of New York's Lower East Side a century ago. The play, an earlier version of which had its world premiere in 1992 at MHC's Rooke Theatre, next travels to Sarasota, Florida, for a similar engagement on April 19. All of these activities are in addition to Czitrom's recent role as head of the dean of the faculty search committee, his chairing of the history department, and the arrival of his second daughter.
Grants Granted The following grants were announced at the March faculty meeting: Howard Nicholson, physics, received another $85,000 from the Department of Energy to support his research on double beta decay. This ten-year project has accrued a total funding of $720,000 from the DOE since 1990. Sean Decatur, chemistry, was awarded $27,400 from the Henry and Camille Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences to support a project titled "Integration of Chromatography throughout the Chemistry Curriculum through Project-Based Learning." Virginia Bastable, SummerMath for Teachers, was awarded $279,987 by the National Science Foundation for the next three years to support her project titled "Teach to the Big Ideas." Jim and Charlene Morrow, SummerMath Program, received $117,537 from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to support the SummerMath Program for Minority Girls this summer.
Bibliomancy Lecturer in English Sven Birkerts delivered a talk at The Boston Athenaeum on March 19 titled "Sense and Semblance: Implications of Virtuality." The talk was presented in conjunction with an exhibition of holograms by Michael Wenyon and Susan Gamble known as "Bibliomancy." Birkerts is the author of four books of essays, the most recent of which is The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age.
German art songs highlight concert Soprano and MHC Professor of Music Melinda Spratlan recently performed with Judith Jones-Gale a mixed program of early and contemporary music including four songs by Kurt Weill. The latter pieces are rarely performed, and may never have been sung in the Pioneer Valley before. Spratlan and Jones-Gale also performed duets by Monteverdi, Purcell, and Brahms, as well as songs by D'India and Britten.
Up close and personnel New arrivals: Luisa M. Tavares, Alumnae Association; Margaret A. Cunningham, LITS; Kirsten J. Hunt, financial services; Julie Brand, admission; Louise M. Pinho, LITS; Barbara A. Levy, equestrian center; Vicki L. Kucia, biological sciences. Departures: Harold R. Albertson, equestrian center; Jennifer Mullins, human resources; Karen M. Schiaffo, health center; Amy A. James, admission; Trudy E. Turcotte, health center; Jennifer R. Nesbitt, equestrian center; and Melinda S. Partridge, Alumnae Association.
In Memoriam Norman F. ("Sarge") Faucher of Fairview died March 8 at the age of seventy-five. He worked in the maintenance department at Mount Holyoke for eighteen years and retired in 1984. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the National Guard for thirty-one years, retiring in 1982 as a first sergeant. He leaves his wife, two sons, three sisters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Norman Faucher Memorial Fund, Tabernacle Baptist Church, 603 New Ludlow Road, Chicopee, MA 01020.
In Memoriam Helen B. Bowen Ganney died March 11 at the age of seventy-seven. She began at MHC in August 1973 and worked in the purchasing department. She was the secretary for Career Services and typed for the faculty, from longhand manuscripts, many of their published books. She retired in October 1987. She was a student at Northampton Commercial College, attended the First Congregational Church in South Hadley, and was a former membership chairman of the Swift River Valley Historical Society. She leaves her husband, a son and a daughter, three sisters, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Swift River Valley Historical Society, PO Box 22, New Salem, MA 01355; or to the Pioneer Valley Hospice, PO Box 9058, Springfield, MA 01102.