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New trustees Two alumnae, Alicia I. Barela '65 and Astrid E. Merget '67, joined the MHC board of trustees July 1 and will each serve a five-year term. Merget was elected by the alumnae to one of the five alumna trustee slots on the board and Barela was elected by the board of trustees.

Alicia Barela is a physician in the Department of OB/GYN at The Permanente Medical Group in San Jose, California. After graduating from Mount Holyoke with a Latin American studies major, she worked as a teacher in the New Haven, Connecticut, public schools until 1970. Barela received her M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine in 1981 and is an American College of OB/GYN fellow and the second vice president of the California Hispanic American Medical Association. She is active in the Mount Holyoke Club of Peninsula, a member of Friends of the Library in Los Gatos, a life member of the Sierra Club, and a member of Rails to Trails and the Nature Conservancy. She is the author of "Septic Shock with Renal Failure after Chronic Villus Sampling," which appeared in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. For her contributions to student affairs, Barela received the Upjohn Award from Yale University in 1981.

Public policy leader Astrid Merget is associate dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and chair of the department of public administration at Syracuse University. The MHC political science major went on to earn a PhD from Syracuse University and later taught at Barnard College and George Washington University. She moved into the administrative realm at The Ohio State University, where she served as director of the School of Public Policy and Management and acting dean of the College of Business. Merget also spent a year as a senior adviser to Donna Shalala, secretary of health and human services, and has been a research consultant to various foundations and governmental organizations. Her community service activities include work with Independent Sector, an umbrella organization of 800 philanthropic groups. For MHC, Merget has been secretary and director of the board of the New York Alumnae Club.

"Pointe people" for a new ballet organization Charles and Rose Flachs, assistant professors of dance, are founding officers and members of a new international organization that has banded together to develop the study of ballet within the academy. Called Corps de Ballet International, the group was created June 7 during a three-day meeting held at Florida State University. Attending the founding meeting were professors representing ten states, Canada, and fourteen institutions. Charles and Rose Flachs are jointly the first treasurer and secretary of Corps de Ballet International, and they are spending part of their summer recruiting new members for it.

Corps de Ballet International will support ballet as an art form and as an academic discipline in higher educational settings. The group's mission statement adds that the organization will foster excellence in ballet teaching, creation, performance, and research; promote recognition of ballet's contributions to society; and sponsor research and activities to fulfill these goals. The group plans to meet yearly and has formed eight committees.

In addition to their role in the advent of this new professional group, the Flachses performed in June and July at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's "Inside\Out" series. They were chosen from a group of twenty artists to represent local talent at the Pillow, which is located in Becket, Massachusetts. The rest of July is being spent dancing, studying, and visiting family.

Interlibrary loan stars At its annual meeting last month, the New England Library Network (NELINET) named Mount Holyoke's interlibrary loan (ILL) group the ILL Department of the Year. The award "is given by the New England resource sharing community to the department that consistently demonstrates a spirit of interlibrary cooperation." Gail Scanlon, LITS director for access services, says the ILL group was presented with a beautiful plaque at NELINET's "Digital Reality" conference in Marlborough, MA. "We were chosen by our peers from over 500 academic, public, and special libraries throughout New England and New York," Scanlon reports. "In addition, we remain on the 'Top Twenty' list. This is NELINET's list of the twenty libraries that lent the most books through OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) during the calendar year. The breadth and depth of our collection, coupled with the efficiency of our service, keep us in line with institutions such as Harvard, Brown, MIT, and Wellesley."

Grants granted For the second consecutive year, Musicorda has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to provide residencies for talented young musicians. This year's residents are the Caspian String Quartet, a highly acclaimed group from the Juilliard School of Music. The quartet made its Musicorda debut July 10.

Up close and personnel New employee: Kristen M. Mesheau, Willits-Hallowell. Departures: Kimberly Condon, financial aid; John Delano, public safety; Suzanna Heard, Gorse; Devorah L. Jacobson, religious life; S. Lacey Johnston, Alumnae Association; Teresa Moffa, biological sciences; Jennifer Torres, Gorse; William T. Hanna, theatre arts.

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