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SUMMER 1999
VOLUME 4
NUMBER 1


Build Your Own Major
Build Your Own Major

Taking The Lead
Taking The Lead: The Weissman Center For Leadership

This Isn't Rocket Science...Oh Wait, Yes It Is!
This Isn't Rocket Science...Oh Wait, Yes It Is!

"Founding Feminists" Discuss "Does Feminism Have A Future?"
"Founding Feminists" Discuss "Does Feminism Have A Future?" Devil's Advocates and Other Enticing Course Titles
Devil's Advocates and Other Enticing Course Titles

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Dance major Suzanne Wiltgen '99 (left) landed a Luce Foundation scholarship to study arts in Asia, while Helen Huarca '00's Truman Award will help her down the path of bringing medical help to underserved urban areas.
A bumper crop of MHC women came up winners in prestigious national scholarship competitions this year. Norma Anderson '99, a double major in religion and African American studies, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship, which she will use to investigate women's tobacco clubs as an indicator of women's roles in the economy of Malawi. Nicole Fabricant '99 will use her Fulbright scholarship to study the ways a Bolivian school uses sports to combat poverty, hoping to gain insight into ways of working with America's poor. Hannah Gilbert '99 also won a Fulbright; she will study culturally appropriate ways to introduce anti-HIV medication into Senegal. Dance major Suzanne Wiltgen '99 will study arts in Asia on a scholarship from the Luce Foundation. Neuroscience major Helen Huarca '00 was honored with a Truman Award, which will help her move toward the goal of becoming a physician in an underserved urban area. Jessica Whiteside '01, a geology major who plans to pursue teaching and research in paleontology, has been named a Goldwater Scholar. Ashley N. Biser '00, a double major in German and politics, has won a Beinecke Scholarship to develop her passion for political theory in graduate school. And Tashi Zangmo FP '99 won a Huntington Fellowship to create a program to encourage women and girls in her native village in Bhutan to pursue education.

More women applied for first-year admission to Mount Holyoke this year than ever before in the College's history! The final tally of 2,438 applications was an increase of 13 percent over last year, and beat the previous record for applications set in 1980. And more students applied "early decision"--made MHC their first-choice college--than ever before.

Vista was awarded a silver medal in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education's national publications competition.

The all-campus card: don't leave home without it. Students' new photo ID cards also unlock doors to residence halls, provide later-night entry to the library and other buildings, and tally students' meals. Plans include using the IDs as debit cards for campus purchases.


Encore, the first foal born on the MHC campus since the 1970s, is helped by mother Saucey and Equestrian Center workers.
Encore! Encore! For the first time in a quarter-century, a foal has been born on campus. Encore was born to quarter horse Saucey on January 27. The handsome chestnut colt, who has a white blaze and four white "socks," attracted quite a campus following. In the days before and just after his birth, volunteers kept a round-the-clock "foal watch," checking the mother-to-be's condition with a video camera and TV monitor.

Satisfied! At least nine out of ten Mount Holyoke students surveyed said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with all these aspects of their education: overall college experience, overall academic experience, accessi bility of faculty, career counseling, the registrar's office, campus security, athletic facilities and programs, and availability of College computers.


Novelist/journalist Anna Quindlen delivered the commencement address to the MHC Class of '99.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Anna Quindlen spoke and received an honorary degree at commencement exercises on May 23. She urged the audience to give up the quest for perfection and begin the work of becoming individuals. "Begin to say no to the Greek chorus that thinks it knows the parameters of a happy life when all it knows is the homogenization of human experience. Listen to that small voice from inside you that tells you to go another way. George Eliot wrote, 'It is never too late to be what you might have been.' It is never too early, either. And it will make all the difference in the world." Quindlen had a meteoric rise in the newspaper business, writing popular columns for the New York Timesbefore leaving to spend more time with her family and to craft a successful career as a fiction writer. Honorary doctorates were also awarded to Ghanaian author Ama Ata Aidoo; Frances Hall Miller '60, a lawyer active in the health-care field; art collector, patron of the arts, and financier Roy Neuberger; and Nancy J. Vickers '67, president of Bryn Mawr College.


Liz Phair rocked an appreciative crowd at Chapin Auditorium on April 23.
Recent campus visitors included indie rock goddess Liz Phair, touring in support of her latest release, whitechocolatespacegg;natural history writer Terry Tempest Williams author of Refuge;independent filmmaker Allison Anders, director of Gas, Food, Lodging;photographer Sally Mann; and social activist and educator Jonathan Kozol.

Mount Holyoke was ranked in the Top Fifty Colleges and Universities for African Americans by Black Enterprise magazine. The academic and social environments for African American students, the percent of black undergraduates in the student body, and the percent of black students in the graduating class were considered in compiling the rankings.

Starting this fall, nine of the College's student residence halls will be smoke free. The move reflects student requests and a trend among colleges nationwide toward providing more smoke-free campus space.

Mount Holyoke's representative in the Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Contest, Erika Dyson FP '99, won the prestigious competition this year by reading her work before a panel of poet-judges.


Barbara Margulies Rossotti '61 recently retired from the MHC Board of Trustees after 15 years, including five as chair.
Barbara Margulies Rossotti '61 recently finished an impressive fifteen years of service on Mount Holyoke's board of trustees, including five as its chair. President Joanne V. Creighton lauded Rossotti's quiet but effective leadership. She particularly emphasized Rossotti's role in transforming the board "into what I believe is a model in nonprofit governance: a board with a clear focus on the strategic issues facing the College; clear expectations of membership; superb and inclusive processes for undertaking key responsibilities; and the rare combination of passionate commitment and dispassionate analysis required for true success." Her accomplishments include key roles in the past two major fundraising campaigns, and chairing the steering committee that planned the current Campaign for Mount Holyoke. Rossotti has been awarded both the Alumnae Association Medal of Honor and the President's Award.

Eleanor Graham Claus '55 becomes the new chair of the board of trustees this month. Claus, cochair for The Campaign for Mount Holyoke College--Advancing our Legacy of Leadership, was a member of the board from 1987 to 1992 and rejoined in 1994. She has received the Alumnae Association's Sesquicentennial Award and the Alumnae Medal of Honor.

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