November 2012 Articles

Alumnae News

Record Turnout for Alumnae Volunteer Summit

Alumnae gear up for a full day of volunteer training in Thomas Great Hall during Alumnae Volunteer Summit 2012. Photo by Elizabeth Kimmelman Schwartz.

On October 5–7, the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association and Development Office welcomed nearly 200 alumnae class volunteers, from the years 1943 to 2012, to campus for Alumnae Volunteer Summit—the largest turnout on record for this event. The busy but fulfilling weekend included volunteer training, class meetings, learning about the College from senior administrators including President McAuliffe, and getting to know fellow volunteers. A big highlight of the weekend was welcoming nearly 60 new class volunteers back to campus. Their energy and ideas were both exciting and infectious.

Another hallmark of the weekend was the collaboration between the Alumnae Association and The Bryn Mawr Fund. Volunteers agreed that both Alumnae Association and fundraising volunteers need to be supportive of each other’s efforts, and we are all looking forward to embarking on this invigorated journey of collaboration.

The Alumnae Association is energized by our knowledgeable and talented volunteers. We could not undertake everything we do without them, and we are forever grateful for their time and support.

Joanna Semel Rose ’52 Inducted Into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Joanna Semel Rose ’52, pictured with her husband, Daniel Rose, signs the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Book of Members, a tradition that dates back to 1780. Photo courtesy of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Anassa kata to Joanna Semel Rose ’52 and her husband, Daniel Rose, who were among the 180 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October. Rose is a prominent philanthropist who served as the longtime chair of Partisan Review magazine. Daniel Rose is chairman of Rose Associates, Inc., a New York-based real estate organization, and he has pursued a career involving a broad range of professional, civic, and nonprofit activities.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious learned societies, as well as an independent research center that draws from its members’ expertise to conduct studies in science and technology policy, global security, the humanities and culture, social policy, and education. The Roses join the company of more than 300 Nobel laureates, some 100 Pulitzer Prize winners, and many of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers.

“Induction recognizes the achievement and vitality of today’s most accomplished individuals who together with the Academy will work to advance the greater good,” said Academy President Leslie Berlowitz in a press release. “These distinguished men and women are making significant strides in their quest to find solutions to the most pressing scientific, humanistic, and policy challenges of the day.”

Special Holiday Price for Offerings to Athena

Searching for the perfect holiday gift for a Bryn Mawr student or alumna? How about Offerings to Athena: 125 Years at Bryn Mawr College, a vibrant account of Bryn Mawr’s history? This 400-page, full-color, oversized volume features hundreds of vintage and contemporary photographs, student profiles of alumnae, articles from the College News and the BiCo News, and newly uncovered manuscript material.

“What a joy to open Offerings to Athena and find both the Bryn Mawr I know and the one I knew as a student! Here are recollections in text and brilliant color, a time capsule to open whenever I want to indulge in reminiscence or see what’s happened on campus in the years since my undergraduate days.” —Caroline Willis ’66

Special price for the holidays: $49.99 (normally $79.99)

Available from and on campus at the Bryn Mawr College Bookstore.

Amendments to Alumnae Association Bylaws

In order to strengthen the Alumnae Association’s governance structure and to provide more flexible ways of working, the Executive Board (AAEB) has amended its bylaws. A complete copy of the bylaws is available on the Alumnae Association website. Below are some of the changes, which took effect in October 2012:

  • Our new mission statement: The Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association supports alumnae/i as they continue to transform throughout their lives, connecting them to the College and Bryn Mawr community, while enlisting their talents and encouraging their generosity in support of the College.
  • The term of the AAEB president has changed from three to five years, and the president is now a voting member ex officio of the Board of Trustees (BoT). These changes bring the position into congruence with other members of the BoT.
  • Every five years, the AAEB will have a president-elect with a one-year term, during which she will shadow the president and be a non-voting member ex officio of the BoT.
  • The staff of the Alumnae Association is now a distinct operating department of the College.
  • The Association’s executive director now reports to the president of the College and is a member of the Cabinet.
  • Several AAEB representative positions have converted to at-large: Gold and Alumnae Regional Scholars, Admissions, Electronic Communications, and Class Activities and Reunion.
  • The Nominating Committee has become the Committee on Leadership Development and the scope of its work broadened. In addition to filling vacant positions, it will work more closely with the BoT’s Committee on Trustees and the Alumnae Association staff to develop a pipeline of alumnae leaders with varied talents, training, and experience
  • The AAEB has adopted a task-force structure to provide a flexible and focused vehicle for dealing with specific challenges.

Alumnae Association on Facebook

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The Alumnae Association launched its Facebook page this fall to offer up-to-date information about the College and the Alumnae Association and stories, photos, and videos of Mawrter news. Now you can stay even more connected with the alumnae/i community by liking, sharing, and commenting on posts. Just go to and like us!