Angela Davis, activist, scholar, writer, and teacher, lectured to a packed house at Mount Holyoke this fall on the topic of women and the criminal justice system.
More than 300 traditional students, foreign fellows, transfer students, and Frances Perkins scholars participated in "Second*Saturday," a new orientation initiative inaugurated this fall. Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae traveled to locations across the Pioneer Valley for a day of recreation or community service.
Authors Elizabeth Topham Kennan '60, president emeritus of the College, Jill Ker Conway, Mount Holyoke trustee and former Smith College president, and Terry Tempest Williams visited campus this fall. The former presidents spoke about Overnight Float, a new mystery they wrote together. There was an all-campus read of Refuge by Williams, who led one of four community dialogues focusing on the book.
Laurel Moulton '01 spent summer and fall studying the effects of beaver activity on water quality in the Quabbin Reservoir Underhill Brook watershed. Her research will assist Quabbin officials in timber-harvest planning and in assessing the effects of the growing beaver population.
The College's Weissman Center for Leadership launched its fall series, American Democracy in Crisis? Money, Politics, & Civic Participation, with "Money in American Politics," a discussion featuring Maine state senator Susan Longley '78, Washington Post political reporter Thomas Edsall, and Ira Glasser, executive director of the ACLU.
At fall convocation, President Joanne Creighton announced the largest gift in the College's history, $10 million from an anonymous alumna. The gift will help fund the new $33.2 million science complex, which will meet the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and is expected to be completed by fall 2003.
Last May in Tokyo, Mount Holyoke religion professor Tadanori Yamashita received the Order of the Sacred Treasure for promoting Japanese culture in a foreign country. He met with Emperor Akihito at a reception at the imperial palace following the award ceremony. The emperor bestows this high honor based on the recommendations of the Japanese cabinet.
Erica Spector '04 participated in a roundtable in New York City with Vice President Al Gore and his daughter Karenna Gore Schiff in September. The group discussed issues affecting young people.
In July, Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded the College a four-year $1 million grant for biological sciences education. The grant will enable Mount Holyoke to continue its Hughes Scholars program of summer research for first-year students; to appoint a new faculty member in biomechanics or computational biology; and to incorporate a new focus on quantitative analysis, biomechanics, and mathematical modeling into the biology curriculum.
The September/October issue of Sports Illustrated for Women included a guide to top colleges for women athletes. Mount Holyoke was rated number one in the category of women's schools.
Frances Perkins Scholar Elizabeth (Lisa) Bedoya and Stacey Pulmano '04 were named Bill Gates Millennium Scholars. They are among 4,000 high-achieving students from low-income, minority families, chosen from more than 60,000 nominees nationwide, to receive the scholarships, which are funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.