August 2011 Archways


Deborah Ahenkorah ‘10 Wins Echoing Green Fellowship

Deborah Ahenkorah ‘10

The Echoing Green Foundation, which supports emerging visionaries of social change, has awarded a 2011 Echoing Green Fellowship to Deborah Ahenkorah ’10 of Accra, Ghana. As an undergraduate, she developed the Golden Baobab Prize, an organization for children’s literature by and about Africans. Echoing Green chose her project as one of 15 to fund this year.

As a fellow, Ahenkorah will receive seed funding of $60,000 over two years, health insurance, strategic planning support, legal assistance, and financial modeling, as well as mentoring from Echoing Green’s network of alumni. “A fellowship like this is really an open door. It confers legitimacy and a lot of opportunities,” she says.

Over 2,500 applicants from 100 countries vied for the fellowships.

Rare M. Carey Thomas Award Goes to Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison

Dance icon Judith Jamison, choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, gave the Commencement address to Bryn Mawr College’s graduating class on May 14. During the commencement ceremony, Jamison received Bryn Mawr’s highest honor, the M. Carey Thomas Award, given only 18 times since 1922. Past recipients of the award have included Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Katharine Hepburn ’28. Jamison was a dancer with the Alvin Ailey troupe from 1965 to 1980, perhaps best known for her tour-de-force solo “Cry.” In 2009, Time magazine put Jamison on its list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Her numerous awards include Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. She was recently feted at a White House ceremony celebrating dance and ballet hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Class of 2011 Wins 5 Fulbrights

The Fulbright Commission of Turkey awarded an English Teaching Assistantship to Didem Uca ’11, who graduated with a double major in German and comparative literature. After graduation, Gretchen Knoth ’11 will pack her bags for Indonesia to teach English to secondary-school children. Elaine Lavin ’11, a psychology major from New York City, will be teaching English in Taiwan next year. Political science major Alicia Steinmetz ’11 will be a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Slovakia. Sarah Watson ’11 will be a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Luxembourg.

Mary E. ‘Mel’ McCombie ’76 Named Fulbright Scholar

Mary E. “Mel” McCombie has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research at the American University in Cairo. Her research project compares advertising for products aimed at women in the United States and Egypt. An undergraduate history of art major at Bryn Mawr, she teaches in the American studies program at Trinity University in Connecticut.

Five Alumnae Win NSF Support

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports Fellows for three years, including a $30,000 annual stipend, $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, and many international research and professional opportunities. This year’s Bryn Mawr grantees are Kerstin Baer ’11, who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at Stanford University; Rebecca Rebhuhn-Glanz ’11, who will study for her Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Michigan; Evan Schneider ’10, now a graduate student in astrophysics at the University of Arizona; Katy Tolfree ’99, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in astrophysics at Johns Hopkins University; and Samantha Wood ’11, who will pursue a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of California, San Diego.