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February 2013

In this issue, the Bulletin hosts the 2011-2012 Annual Report of the College, edited by Associate Director/Publications Editor Robin Parks. Download the PDF to read stories from the past year at the College that bring to life The Plan for Bryn Mawr, the strategic vision for the College approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2012. Learn about Bryn Mawr’s cutting-edge accomplishments in the STEM fields, such as the College’s $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for being a top producer of scientists; internships that connect liberal arts learning with contemporary career paths in fields ranging from theater and film to women’s health; and innovative new options for students to engage in international experiences. If you haven’t had a chance to do so already, check out stories from the November 2012 issue below, and give us your feedback on the online and print Bulletin.

On the cover: This image is part of a still from The Poetry Winner, an animation created by Philadelphia painter/animator Jennifer Levonian for Docu-Commencement, held last fall at Bryn Mawr College. The exhibition presented new works by four artists who participated in intensive residencies during 2012 Commencement weekend. Levonian, along with artists Kay Healy, James Johnson, and Gilbert Plantinga, worked with students and created pieces inspired by the Commencement experience. In The Poetry Winner, voiceovers by Bryn Mawr students, references to actual senior thesis titles, and imagery from Move-Out Day anchor in the real world Levonian’s depictions of fictional graduates. The short piece focuses on the winner of a college poetry award as she returns with her parents to her provincial hometown and a job in retail that she hates. “She’s changed,” Levonian states, “but things fall back into the routine of her old self.” But in the end, “the character is triumphant because she has chosen to identify as a poet and pursue a life devoted to art.” Images courtesy the artist and Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia.
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President’s Column

President’s Column

Bryn Mawr’s distinctive commitment to combining its founding mission with a global role for the College.

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On Course: Big Oil’s Legacy

On Course: Big Oil’s Legacy

Students explore the global impact of the petroleum industry in a new 360˚.

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Campus News

Campus News

Move-In Day and Fall Convocation; Bryn Mawr ranks number one in
Washington Monthly; students get out the vote; Levine Collection comes to Bryn Mawr; and more.

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Graphic Pioneer

Graphic Pioneer

The Emily Balch Speaker Series features acclaimed author and comic artist Alison Bechdel.

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Summer of Service

Summer of Service

Linet Suarez ’13 teaches English to refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia.

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The Night Belongs to Us

The Night Belongs to Us

As Bryn Mawr’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center prepares to present the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Patti Smith, a generation of Mawrters recalls their discovery of the inspirational rocker/poet/artist.

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Learning That Defies Gravity

Learning That Defies Gravity

Geology majors conduct research in zero-g as part of an elite NASA program.

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Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President

Bryn Mawr alumnae and faculty experts write letters of advice to President Obama on some of the most pressing challenges he will face.

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Determined Spirit

Determined Spirit

Remembering quintessential Mawrter Barbara Cooley McNamee Dudley ’42.

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A Promise  Is a Promise

A Promise Is a Promise

Martha Cummings ’80 enlists a network of Mawrters to support education in South Africa.

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Alumnae News

Alumnae News

Record turnout for Alumnae Volunteer Summit; Joanna Semel Rose ’52 inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences; special holiday price for Offerings to Athena; amendments to Alumnae Association bylaws; Alumnae Association on Facebook.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Katharine Hepburn: Fashion Forward; 360º of Innovation; Spring webinars; event calendar.

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Reading Room

Reading Room

A new book by Marcia Cantarella ’68 guides students to college success; alumnae books.

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GSAS: Math Ph.D. Opens Doors

GSAS: Math Ph.D. Opens Doors

Graduate alumnae/i draw on their mathematics doctorates in a range of career paths.

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GSSWSR: Bryn Mawr Squared

GSSWSR: Bryn Mawr Squared

Social Work alumnae who also received their undergraduate degrees at Bryn Mawr discuss the benefits of their experience.