May 2012 Archways

Campus News

Makeover for Guild

Guild Renovation

Michele Rasmussen, dean of the Undergraduate College, in Guild’s new student reception area. Photo by Kit Farman for Bryn Mawr College.

Guild Hall

Guild Hall before the renovation. Photo courtesy of Bryn Mawr Collections.










For some alumnae/i, the mention of Eugenia Chase Guild Hall conjures memories of looming deadlines, all-nighters in the computer lab, and fingers cramped from typing. But new generations of Mawrters are likely to have more reassuring experiences in the building. This past January the College completed renovations to Guild (which began in spring 2011) that transformed the facility into a student-centered space that brings together several advising and student-services offices under one roof. Guild’s computers moved to Canaday, as did its previous tenants, a handful of Information Services personnel. New residents of Guild include Dean of the Undergraduate College Michele Rasmu

ssen, the advising deans, the Office of the Registrar, Residential Life, Student Activities, International Programs, Student Access Services, and the academic-support and learning-resources specialist. “All of these changes are about putting the student at the center of what we do,” says Rasmussen. “Rather than make students run around campus for these things, we’ve created a hub where they can take care of just about everything they need.” View a slide show of the Guild renovation.

Record High For Applications

As the newest group of Mawrters gears up to enter Bryn Mawr this fall, let’s give them an Anassa kata for braving some of the stiffest competition in the College’s history. More than 2,600 students applied to enter the class of 2016, representing an all-time high in admissions applications and a 12-percent jump from last year. Forty-one percent of applicants were admitted—the lowest percentage in many years.

Chief Enrollment and Communications Officer Jenny Rickard credits the admissions team as well as the entire College community for this record increase. Departments across campus have worked together to support recruitment with projects such as repairing campus walkways, updating the College’s website, and opening up more labs, classrooms, and events to touring prospective students.

Dean of Admissions Laurie Koehler says students have also been crucial to the admissions efforts; whether they’re serving as tour guides and ambassadors or simply demonstrating their enthusiasm for Bryn Mawr, they are “the College’s greatest asset.”

“The class of 2016,” Koehler says, “will be among the most academically accomplished, diverse, and socially engaged classes in Bryn Mawr’s history.”

Know A Future Mawrter?
Alumnae/i play an important role in helping talented young women discover Bryn Mawr—and helping the College maintain a strong applicant pool for the next generation of Mawrters.

“There is no question that Bryn Mawr alumnae/i are one reason that bright, bold, and thoughtful young women continue to hold a Bryn Mawr education in such high esteem,” says Dean of Admissions Laurie Koehler. “From displaying genuine admiration for their peers to posting good news about the College on their Facebook walls, they convey a passion about the Bryn Mawr experience that is infectious.”

Here are some steps you can take to support recruitment efforts.

•  If you have high-school-age children or grandchildren, sign up for our Parent Newsletter at This e-newsletter includes general tips on navigating the admissions process, specific information about Bryn Mawr College, and announcements about campus programs and admissions events in your area.

•  Visit us this summer. The College will be open weekdays and many Saturdays, and will offer tours, information sessions, and interviews. Learn about curricular innovations (like the interdisciplinary 360˚ Program), the women’s college experience, student life, the application process, financial aid, and more. There’s always lots of time for questions and dialogue. Check out the campus-visit schedule at

First Women’s STEM Posse

In fall 2013, Bryn Mawr will welcome the very first women’s Posse in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to campus. Highlighted by the White House in connection with the White House Science Fair, this initiative grows out of the College’s decade-long partnership with the Posse Foundation, which provides support to public high-school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college-selection processes. “When it comes to helping students succeed, we know the Posse model works,” says President Jane McAuliffe. “And when it comes to helping young women achieve the highest goals in math and science, we know the Bryn Mawr model works.”

Read more about the STEM Posse.

President’s Seminar Goes Global

The 2012 President’s Seminar is crossing cultural and geographical boundaries to explore women’s higher education as an engine for social change and progressive leadership. Employing technology such as Skype and videoconferencing, President McAuliffe and small groups of Bryn Mawr students had virtual conversations this past spring with students and administrators at women’s educational institutions in three different nations: Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Lady Shri Ram College for Women in New Delhi, India; and Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan. Susan Sutton, senior advisor for international initiatives at Bryn Mawr, was also in attendance at the sessions.

These global dialogues, which covered topics ranging from role models for women to pedagogies in women’s education, have the shared goal of establishing common ground about the impact and future of women’s higher education. More conversations are in the works for fall, with one already planned with Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. In the meantime, students at Bryn Mawr and the partner institutions are continuing their discussions—and their friendships—online through email, Facebook, and other social media.