Picture This

From the March 2015 issue

Bryn Mawr and the End-of-Term Feast Like Harry Potter, Bryn Mawr students had never imagined such a splendid place. Lit by flickering candles, four long, wooden tables ran down the length of Thomas Great Hall, and presiding at the High Table was none other than Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. As if by magic, TGH had undergone a transformation as Bryn Mawr’s Dining Services staff conjured up Hogwarts for an End-of-Term Feast in December. The spell proved to be a strong one, as faculty and staff metamorphosed Read more

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Campus Buzz

Campus Buzz

From the March 2015 issue

Grantsmanship The First in the World grant, a $1.65 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is focused on improving student math skills and targeted to students enrolled in a gateway STEM course. Bryn Mawr’s winning project takes a blended-learning approach to personalized, self-paced instruction that’s combined with face-to-face coaching. The goal? Increase the number of underrepresented, underprepared, and low-income students earning STEM degrees. Bryn Mawr, one of only 24 institutions to receive the funding, is partnering with 12 colleges on this project. Associate Read more

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

From the March 2015 issue

Interview by Nancy Schmucker ’98 In 1986, Kathy Luneau Simons ’74 found herself at a crossroads. She had spent the first part of her career as a teacher, then as the director of a child care center serving low-income and at-risk children north of Boston. It was a stressful job, and after having her first child, she decided to take some time off to think about the future, and maybe change direction. After two years of part-time consulting and volunteering, Simons landed a part-time job Read more

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Alumnae Career Services

From the March 2015 issue

The Mysterious Research Behind a Successful Career Strategy By Cori Ashworth, Director for Alumnae Career Programs We all know the internet can be overwhelming. It is all too easy to get lost in gathering data and lose sight of what you started out exploring in the first place. That said, a good research strategy can make your job search much more successful (and likely shorter). Of course, every job search should begin with a careful self-assessment, but for purposes of discussing research, we will assume Read more

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Alumnae in Residence

Alumnae in Residence

From the March 2015 issue

Sharing Wisdom Alumnae help students think strategically about life after Bryn Mawr.   By Nancy Schmucker ’98 This fall, a quartet of alumnae came back to campus to meet with students as part of an Alumna-in-Residence program sponsored by the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC). Each alumna spent a day speaking with small groups of students on such topics as graduate programs, the job hunt, work-life balance, and the definition of success. The program was piloted last spring with visits from Rebecca Katz Read more

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Anassa Kata

Anassa Kata

From the March 2015 issue

Ana Patricia Botín ’81 was named chairman of Spain’s largest bank, Banco Santander, in September. As reported by Fortune, she is one of only six women leading a Fortune Global 100 company—Santander is at no. 73—and the first to chair a global financial organization. She ushers in the fourth generation of Botín leadership at the 157-year old institution. Botín attended Harvard Business School after graduating from Bryn Mawr.         Marie Bernard ’72 was awarded the 2014 Donald P. Kent Award from the Read more

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FitMawrter Facebook Group

From the March 2015 issue

With more than 200 members, the FitMawrter Facebook group provides a great venue for support and inspiration to make health and fitness a top priority. Recently, Cynthia Burr Ramsey ’92 issued a December Health Challenge to her fellow FitMawrters. The response was immediate and overwhelming—showing just how committed these women are. Here are posts from just a few of these smart, strong women. You can find the FitMawrters at facebook.com/groups/fitmawrter/.   Cynthia Burr Ramsey Mine is to keep up with planning for (and actually doing) Read more

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Dissent, Violence, Justice

Dissent, Violence, Justice

From the March 2015 issue

  TAHRIR SQUARE. FERGUSON. GAZA. NEW YORK. BOKO HARAM. UKRAINE. PARIS. Read the news and you might wonder what the world is coming to. This year, Bryn Mawr set out to examine that question with a yearlong, campus-wide, multidisciplinary conversation devoted to the topic of Dissent, Violence, Justice. Mawrters talk about the Bryn Mawr Bubble, but the truth is, they love nothing more than to take “a deep dive” into the issues of the day. So the format of the DVJ series, spearheaded by the Read more

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Our Collective Endeavor

Our Collective Endeavor

From the March 2015 issue

As part of the fall Our Collective Endeavor series, President Kim Cassidy visited with alumnae/i in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City to discuss how Bryn Mawr’s commitment to research, academic excellence, and curricular innovation has prepared the College to exceed expectations in the 21st century. The series continues with a stop in Chicago (April 29) and Los Angeles (TBD). For more information, visit www.brynmawr.edu/president/endeavor/. New York City   Washington, D.C.                Another mini-reunion for recent Read more

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Alumnae/i Books

Alumnae/i Books

From the March 2015 issue

  You’re the Best Parent for your Child: 31 Truths from AskMoxie.org, Magda Pecsenye ’94, MagdaMedia 2014. From the cult favorite parenting advice website, this book provides essential wisdom about the “long conversation with your child.” Pithy, kind, and empowering, it helps you acknowledge the good and bad parts of being a parent, while honoring your relationship with your child.   Now History: One Home Front in World War II, Betsy Wing ’58, CreateSpace Publishing 2014. This book offers a unique perspective on the shattering events Read more

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