September 2015 Archways

Campus Buzz

Taking the Lead

In recent months, President Kim Cassidy has been much in demand to share Bryn Mawr’s curricular innovations at conferences around the country. At one such event, an April conference on online learning co-hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, Cassidy participated in a panel with senior leaders from MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan to discuss the impact of online innovations on residential education. “What really struck me as interesting was how many of these larger institutions are reframing the use of technology in ways that are similar to how we have approached digital learning,” says Cassidy. “The tools may be constantly changing, but the focus has to remain on pedagogical goals and student success.”

In the summer, Cassidy headed to San Diego to join a host of national corporate, education, and nonprofit leaders for the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference. As a participant on a panel, she discussed the progress in STEM education for women and other underrepresented groups and also shared insights into Bryn Mawr’s efforts and impressive, decades-long record of graduates pursuing STEM careers.

An Independent Bookstore

The College has declared independence in taking back management of the Bryn Mawr College Bookstore.

“An independent store will provide better service to meet the academic program needs of the community and offer merchandise more attractive to all of its customers,” says Jerry Berenson, chief administrative officer. Four years ago when the College contracted with Follett Higher Education Group, competition with online booksellers was a challenge. “But new technologies are now available to assist independent bookstores to price books competitively with online sellers,” Berenson explains. “Also, excellent used book and book rental programs can now be more easily managed by an independent store.”

The store’s new director, Jim Huang, managed Kenyon College’s bookstore for the past five years. Previously, he owned independent bookstores specializing in mystery books and currently owns a small mystery book publishing company.

Former BMC President Takes on New Role at Library of Congress

Former Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe, who has been serving as director of the John W. Kluge Center and the Office of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress since October 2014, has been appointed as director of a new service unit at the library. In her expanded role, McAuliffe directs the library’s national and international outreach activities.

Her portfolio now includes the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Center for the Book, the Federal Research Division, FEDLINK, the World Digital Library, national digital initiatives, and the publishing office and business enterprises.