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Trustees have approved a five-year comprehensive fundraising campaign of $200 million, to be launched in October. The most ambitious campaign in College history will include these goals: at least $110 million for endowment; $24 million for renovations and new construction for science facilities; $6 million for stewardship of arts facilities, including $4 million for renovation of the music building and $2 million for renovation of the art building; $40 million for annual funds; and $20 million for program funds.

The emphasis on endowment reflects the trustees' conviction that "endowment is the lifeblood of the institution and the key to continuing the College's traditions of leadership and excellence," as board of trustees chair Barbara Margulies Rossotti '61 put it.

NYC at nightThe Mount Holyoke College Art Museum is one of three recipients of more than 170 important modern American works of art given by Norma Marin, daughter-in-law of prominent twentieth-century artist John Marin. MHC will share the artworks with museums at Smith and Wellesley Colleges. The Norma Marin Collection includes prints, photographs, drawings, paintings, and sculptures by such major figures as Berenice Abbott (her New York by Night is at right), Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Willem de Kooning, Walker Evans, Marsden Hartley, Franz Kline, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, Irving Penn, Katherine Porter, Jackson Pollock, Charles Sheeler, David Smith, Joan Snyder, Alfred Stieglitz, Saul Steinberg, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, James McNeill Whistler, and many others.

Amanda Salb '99 took her best shot at the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships and came away with the national shot put title. Her victory marked MHC's first individual championship title since women started competing in the NCAA. Salb's winning throw was 44 feet, 11G inches.

Although the World Wide Web is only a few years old, Mount Holyoke's site is already in its third generation. A greatly expanded and redesigned College Web site has debuted at On the main home page, viewers have immediate access to ten categories of College information (the old version offered only three choices) and can see a campus map; get information on local weather, news, and events; and search the Web site for specific topics. On the left side of the page is a "What's News" section. "Behind" the ten main pages are some 2,000 pages of information.

What a difference a year can make. Last spring, Amanda Sapir '99 was one of those representing Concerned Students of MHC's demands to the College adminis-tration. Now she's the Student Government Association president, whose job it is to work with the administration. Sapir's still "a die-never advocate for students' rights," but says she's excited to work within the institution this time.

Johnetta ColeIn her May commencement address, Johnnetta Cole [left], former president of Spelman College, quoted Sojourner Truth, Margaret Mead, and MHC founder Mary Lyon, and urged graduates to work for social and economic justice and peace throughout the world.

Cole called upon them to join with women worldwide and follow in the steps of nineteenth-century abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth to "help get the world right side up again." Emphasizing that their years in college had prepared the graduating class for this task, Cole outlined three steps necessary for success in this ambitious enterprise: knowing who you are; striving to advance the position of women; and acting in the service of others.

Four other women joined Cole in receiving honorary degrees: Mary E. Clutter, assistant director, biological sciences, the National Science Foundation; Anita L. DeFrantz, vice president of the International Olympic Committee; Nancy Gustafson '78, internationally acclaimed opera singer; and Lilian M. C. Randall '50, retired research curator of manuscripts at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore.

Andrea AyvazianActivist minister Andrea Ayvazian [right] has been named dean of religious life. She served as Protestant chaplain at the College for the last two years, and will also continue in that post. Ayvazian says she is committed to ecumenical and interfaith work, social justice action, and community service, and aims to bring together in Eliot House "three critical aspects of students' lives: emotional needs, spiritual concerns, and moral questions." She holds five academic degrees and is a minister in the United Church of Christ.

MHC women garnered so many prestigious academic awards this spring that they didn't all fit into the last issue of Vista. Aruna Sankaranarayanan '94 was awarded an Echoing Green fellowship to establish a center for remedial education for children with learning disabilities in Bangalore, India. ... Christine Gora '98 won a Fulbright grant, and will spend next year studying international relations in Poland. Gora plans to combine her interests in technological development and Eastern Europe during her Fulbright tenure ... Emily Willard '99 received a Goldwater scholarship; they are awarded competitively to promising students in science, mathematics, and engineering ... and Marcia McCann '98 received the DAAD annual grant to study neurology in Germany next year.

Rosalynn CarterAmong the parade of famous visitors MHC hosted this spring were national news anchor Cokie Roberts, who spoke about her book We Are Our Mothers' Daughters; renowned Russian ballerina Alla Osipenko, who gave a master class for dance students; and former first lady Rosalynn Carter [left], who spoke about her new book, Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compas-sionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers.

The College said goodbye and thank you in May to "two of the finest trustees in the history of the College," in the words of trustee chair Barbara Margulies Rossotti '61. Carole Corcoran Huxley '60 and Bill Smethurst gave a combined thirty years of exemplary service to the board.

Huxley was praised for getting disparate voices and personalities to work together in common cause and for producing stellar results as vice chair of the board, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, chair of the Conference Committee, and chair of the Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, among other positions.

Smethurst's success as Finance Committee chair included "growing Mount Holyoke's endowment at an annual rate of 15 percent over the last fifteen years, the envy of our peer institutions." He also pushed to diversify the endowment and enhanced the College's budgeting processes. Rossotti lauded Smethurst's "ability to speak so eloquently about the value of the endowment to the long-term health of the College that it sometimes seemed as though Mary Lyon were speaking through him."

The College said hello to two new trustees this summer: Alicia I. Barela '65 and Astrid E. Merget '67. Barela is a physician in the Department of OB/GYN at The Permanente Medical Group in San Jose, California. Public policy leader Merget is associate dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and chair of the department of public administration at Syracuse University.

SummerMath A brochure and flyer [see detail at right] to attract teenage girls to the SummerMath Program have won a bronze award in a national publications competition sponsored by CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. The publications' aim is to interest young girls in mathematical concepts by asking such intriguing questions as, "Why does chewing gum lose its flavor?" "What does the Parthenon have in common with a seashell?" and "Could you outrun a dilophosaurus?"

Photos in order of appearance: 1. courtesy of MHC Art Museum; 2. Sujeong Shin; 3. Jim Gipe; 4. Rick Diamond; 5. Marjorie Otterson

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