May 2015 ArchwaysUncategorized

Campus Buzz

In March, President Kim Cassidy announced the appointment of Mary Osirim as the next provost of Bryn Mawr College. A professor of sociology, Osirim has served as interim provost since July 2013. “As interim provost, Mary has been a wonderful and invaluable colleague,” Cassidy says. ”She is fair, open, thoughtful, passionate, collaborative, and creative. I am deeply grateful for what we have already accomplished under her leadership and look forward to our continued work together as we join with members of the community to move Bryn Mawr forward.” Read more

Cost-conscious Mawrters contemplating law school might now have the opportunity to attend one of the top public law schools in the country. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has partnered with Bryn Mawr to provide scholarships to at least two students and/or alumnae who meet Maurer’s admission criteria. The scholarship covers approximately half the cost of tuition and provides access to a formal mentoring program. Joining Bryn Mawr in the program are Mills, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley colleges. Says Maurer School of Law Dean Austen Parrish, “These are some of the very best schools in the country, with sophisticated and impressive pre-law programs.” Read more


At its February meeting, the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College voted to accept the recommendation of its working group charged with reviewing the College’s mission with regard to transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming applicants. Specifically, the recommendation accepted by the board strongly affirms the College’s mission—to educate women to be future leaders—and more clearly articulates the eligible undergraduate applicant pool. In addition to those applicants who were assigned female at birth, the applicant pool will be inclusive of transwomen and intersex individuals who live and identify as women at the time of application. Intersex individuals who do not identify as male are also eligible. Those assigned female at birth who have taken medical or legal steps to identify as male are not eligible for admission. Read more

With just months left until the fall 2015 grand opening of the new Perry House, plans for the facility are coming into shape. Part of the larger construction project of the new residence hall rising on the site of the former Haffner Hall, it will be located in the former French tower. In February, the Relaunching Perry House Committee toured the old Perry, which has been offline since 2013, on a hunt for historically significant items or architectural details that can be repurposed in the new Perry. With a total of 29 new beds, the new facility will house 22 more students than the old Perry House and will also feature a community room, kitchen and dining areas, library space, and a faculty office. Read more

Donated by Asian art historian Helen Burwell Chapin, Class of 1915, a 19th-century Japanese screen in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections is the work of Kano Seisen’in Osanobu, the last great master of the Kano School of painting. With support from a $20,000 grant from the Sumitomo Foundation of Japan, Marianne Weldon — collections manager for Bryn Mawr’s Art and Artifacts Collection — will be overseeing conservation work on the screen. The restoration will take about two years, and when the work is completed, the screen will be displayed in Canaday Library. Read more.

Bryn Mawr ranked #22 in a Princeton Review list of Best Financial Aid schools. Princeton Review’s Colleges That Pay You Back uses a return-on-education rating they created that uses data from their surveys and from The ratings covered three areas: academics, affordability, and career prospects. “Awesome school,” Princeton Review publisher Robert Franek said in a recent Today show appearance, “with $21 million in aid given out this year.”