May 2013 Archways

Campus News

Kim Cassidy Named Interim President of Bryn Mawr College

Provost Kim Cassidy

Provost Kim Cassidy

The Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College announced recently that the College’s Provost, Kimberly Wright Cassidy, will become interim president of Bryn Mawr College on July 1, 2013. A distinguished scholar and respected leader, Cassidy was first elected to serve as provost in 2007 and was reappointed for an additional five-year term in January 2011.

During her tenure as provost, Cassidy has been instrumental in leading a number of important initiatives, including facilitating the faculty’s curricular renewal process, the development of the College’s new interdisciplinary 360° courses, the introduction of new majors reflecting students’ interests, and the advancement of digital initiatives within the classroom. She has also served on numerous committees steering academic and faculty life on campus and has been an active supporter of Bryn Mawr’s athletic and cultural programs.

Cassidy has served on the Bryn Mawr faculty since 1993. Prior to her appointment to provost, she served as chair of Bryn Mawr’s department of psychology from 2004 to 2007. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in psychology from Swarthmore College.

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Care International and Women’s World Banking Shape Bryn Mawr Women for the World

Thanks to the generosity of a Bryn Mawr trustee and several other donors, Bryn Mawr seniors can now take advantage of two $30,000 paid internships after they graduate. One is at CARE, the international relief and development organization, and the other is at Women’s World Banking, the only microfinance network with an explicit focus on women. These internships support Bryn Mawr’s Women for the World initiative set forth in The Plan for Bryn Mawr. Women for the World is built on the belief that a developed capacity to engage the broader world thoughtfully and collaboratively through a range of international experiences is crucial to the success of our students.

Student and Alumnae/i Teacher Scholarship Extended to Penn Master’s Program

Bryn Mawr students and alumnae/i chosen to participate in The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program now have the option of using Noyce funding to complete a master’s degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania. The program began in 2009 but was limited to Bi-Co study. Interested alumnae/i must concurrently apply for the Noyce Scholarship and the master’s program at Penn to be eligible, and for each year of support, Noyce Fellows are expected to teach for two years in a high-needs school in the greater-Philadelphia region. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and is intended to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K–12 mathematics and science teachers.

Alumnae Association Pilots Student Ambassador Interview Program

The new Student Ambassador Interview Program, piloted by the Alumnae Association, provides informal opportunities for students and alumnae to connect via their respective Bryn Mawr experiences with the goals of strengthening the student/alumnae network, connecting alumnae with the College, and discovering alumnae attitudes and needs regarding programming. During winter break, 17 students representing all class years and diverse majors interviewed 35 alumnae, ranging in age from 31 to 71, in their hometowns of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Student Ambassadors were selected with the help of the Undergraduate Dean’s Office and had to complete a comprehensive training session to prepare for their role as College representatives and interviewers. President Jane McAuliffe and Alumnae Association President Eileen Kavanagh ’75 extended the invitation to all alumnae in the selected regions. Student ambassadors say they love the one-on-one opportunity, and alumnae report that the program is a valuable way to engage with current students and learn about the College today. Plans are being developed to expand the program to other cities, including Philadelphia, in the coming year.

Enhanced Career Development For Students Through the New Center for Leadership, Innovation, and the Liberal Arts

This fall, students at Bryn Mawr and Haverford will enjoy an even greater level of career and professional development services as each school launches independent career development programs. Bryn Mawr’s offerings will be managed by the College’s new Center for Leadership, Innovation, and the Liberal Arts, launched to better integrate career-development strategies with Bryn Mawr’s curriculum and create greater synergy between career services, professional and personal skill development, civic engagement, and Praxis. Students will have access to more funded internships and personalized internship advising, additional community-based learning opportunities, and certificate and career pathway programs. The Center will also coordinate increased alumnae/i engagement with students for mentoring, internships, and networking. Services and programs currently provided by the Career Development Office will be housed in the new Center, but Bryn Mawr and Haverford will continue to collaborate on initiatives such as the popular externship program, employer information sessions and recruiting days, and a shared employment opportunity database.