VOLUME 9, NUMBER 1
"Black Women in the Media:
The Power of Representation," this year's Women in Public Life Forum,
featured actress Michelle Hurst '74, Fierce magazine's Tara Roberts
'91, newspaper journalist Cassandra West '79, and TV news producer
Angela Terrell Heath '93. The speakers discussed how black women
leaders have shaped, and been shaped by, diverse images of women
of color in the media.
MHC students who took a snowshoeing and dogsledding class in Vermont
during January Term, "mush" now means something more than melting
snow on campus pathways. Director of athletics Laurie Priest,
who taught the course, was amazed by its popularity and said she
definitely will offer it again next year.
of astronomy and geology Darby Dyar has had more than a passing
interest in this year's Mars Exploration Rover Mission. As a leading
expert in Mössbauer spectroscopy of minerals, a procedure
for identifying and analyzing the mineral composition of rocks,
she has played a critical role in gathering background data for
the Mars rovers.
Becky Wai-Ling Packard,
assistant professor of psychology and education, has been awarded
a $441,530 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant to study
how low-income urban youth develop and pursue interests and careers
in science and technology. Packard is the fifth MHC faculty member
to receive a CAREER grant, the NSF's most prestigious award for
new faculty members.
The Mount Holyoke
College Art Museum hosted artist Rosamond Purcell's Two Rooms
exhibition this winter. In Two Rooms, Purcell paired an exact-scale
replica of a seventeenth- century curiosity cabinet with a reproduction
of her own studio and collection of "curiosities."
Tibetan monks from
the Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala in Blanchard
Campus Center in February. The monks' visit was sponsored by Students
for a Free Tibet.
winning the Seven Sisters Championship and defeating Smith in
the first round of NEWMAC Championships, the MHC Lyons basketball
team advanced to the semifinals for the first time in school history.
MHC's record-breaking season ended with a loss to Clark University.
production designer Jeannine Oppewall, who was nominated this
year for an Academy Award for Seabiscuit, discussed her
film work with MHC students in November. Oppewall's design credits
also include Catch Me If You Can, Pleasantville, and LA Confidential.