May 2013 Archways


Play it Forward


Photo courtesy of BMC Athletics.

The Bryn Mawr College field hockey team traveled to Bache-Martin Elementary School in Philadelphia to introduce and teach the sport they love to fourth- and fifth-graders. Spearheaded by Madison Beckmann ’15, the team received sticks, balls, cones, and a practice plan from USA Field Hockey and Harrow Sports as part of their FUNdamental field hockey initiative. After mastering dribbling, passing, and pulls, Bache-Martin students put their new skills to the test in games and relays. “I believe it is very important to give back as a team,” Beckmann says. “We are so lucky to play at the college level and should share our passion for field hockey with those who do not have access.”
 This event was not the first time Beckmann has given back to the community. In her native St. Louis, Mo., Beckmann founded Coat-A-Kid, Inc., to make sure all children in the greater St. Louis area had a coat. Since November 2001, Coat-A-Kid has donated coats to more than 6,200 kids.

Student Investors Race to the Finish

The Bryn Mawr College Owl Investment Group (OIG) competed for the first time in the Adirondack Cup, an initiative through which college and graduate students can create their own hypothetical small cap portfolio for six months. The Adirondack Cup ran from October 2012 to April 2013, and Bryn Mawr finished in sixth place among the 18 competing schools. OIG began in 1976 when an anonymous donor gave $100,000 to the College for the purpose of helping students learn to invest money in the stock market. Since then, the group has tracked its portfolio and traditionally given money back to the College in the form of club and other donations. This year, OIG will donate $5,000 toward Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and forgo its annual donation to Bryn Mawr. The group currently has a stock portfolio valued at more than $130,000 and has investments in 24 companies, including Apple Inc., Kraft, Cisco Systems, Inc., Microsoft Corp., AT&T, and Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais.
 “OIG has opened doors for many people,” says OIG President Andrea Parra ’13. “We are one of the few organizations on campus that directly links students with job opportunities in some of the most sought-out companies.”

Project Dorm Room


Photo by Kit Farman for Bryn Mawr College.

Bryn Mawr might have “dorms like palaces” (according to The Princeton Review), but the annual Project Dorm Room competition reveals that students bring a great deal of creativity and flair in designing their own living spaces. This is the fifth year that Residential Life has held this photo contest, which is open to all resident undergraduate students. Rooms entered into Project Dorm Room are first judged by the student body, and then the grand prize winner is chosen by a voting panel of deans, Tuesday Group staff, and Residence Council members. Pictured at right is this year’s winner, Rae Hamilton ’15, in her room in Haffner.

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