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"Greening" Mount Holyoke's Curriculum

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Hannah Kolak '03: Her Worlds Collided

Getting Concrete about Environmental Stewardship

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Plan goal: Increase linkages between liberal arts education and purposeful engagement in the world

  Katherine Blake '03 and friend
Each year, January Term internships give Mount Holyoke students hands-on experience and a taste of future careers. This year, aspiring physicians, politicians, lawyers, businesswomen, and scientists, among others, worked in a wide range of fields at sites as close as Amherst, Massachusetts, and as far away as Accra, Ghana.

Katherine Blake '03 spent four weeks with more than 350 monkeys at the Texas Snow Monkey Sanctuary. The environmental studies major, who is graduating with a concentration in wildlife/primate conservation, found that the sanctuary was "the perfect experience for my interest in nonhuman primates." Situated among the cacti and mesquite brush of Dilley, Texas, the organization offers sanctuary to Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) that have lost natural habitats to human development. It also cares for vervet monkeys and baboons whose owners can no longer care for them. "I spent a good deal of my time feeding Japanese macaques in the main 'semifree range' enclosure," says Blake. "This was one of the most amazing parts of my experience. We would drive in on the back of a pickup and throw food out to more than 200 snow monkeys. The truck would often be taken over by swarms of juveniles looking to get the food themselves! Some of my other responsibilities included assisting with medical procedures, captures, and releases and giving the extra TLC that the monkeys needed and deserved, such as grooming or baby-sitting a sick monkey. My stay at the Texas sanctuary showed me that running a sanctuary requires a great deal of responsibility and inspired me to pursue veterinary medicine."

This January Term found Taoran Sun '05 interning at Morgan Stanley's Boston office, where she assisted sponsor Richard Turcotte with a major marketing campaign directed to more than 40,000 people. "I performed all computer and technical assistance such as research, data processing, printing, sorting, and mailing," says Sun. "I also helped with monitoring financial advisers' performance in the firm, coordinating business seminars, and other general administrative responsibilities. The internship let me get a sense of the job and life in the real business world, which was part of my goal. My sponsor gave me full freedom to work on my own and assist him. He treated me like a colleague, and he strongly encouraged me to give him suggestions and advice that might enhance efficiency. I have declared a double major in economics and mathematics, and I am thinking about a career in finance. This was a great opportunity to get experience in a top financial group."

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