December 2011 Archways


Alumnae Eligible for NOYCE Scholarships up to $35,000

Bryn Mawr and Haverford alumnae/i with math, biology, chemistry or physics degrees are eligible for scholarships of up to $32,000—funded by the National Science Foundation—to enter the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program. In exchange for one year of scholarships, recipients will be expected to teach for two years in a high-needs school district in the greater Philadelphia region.

The deadline for application is December 2, 2011. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong knowledge in math or science, the potential to be a successful teacher, and a commitment to teaching in a high-needs school district.

More information is available on the Noyce Program’s website.

Trustee Task force Aims for Enhanced Alumnae Engagement

Alumnae Association logoIn the spring of 2011, a Board of Trustees Task Force produced a set of recommendations for the College to strengthen its services to alumnae/i. One recommendation was to restructure the Alumnae Association so that it can be more responsive to alumnae in different life stages.

“Part of the core mission of the Alumnae Association is to enrich the personal, professional and cultural lives of our alumnae/i,” says Wendy Greenfield, executive director of the Alumnae Association and member of the Task Force. “For our youngest alumnae/i, support for professional development is probably a much greater need than it is for those who have already established themselves. Our new structure allows us to be more responsive to those differences.”

In the new structure, members of the Alumnae Association staff will be responsible not only for individual events such as reunions but will also be “primary cohort managers” for alumnae/i in different generations. For example, one manager will focus on recent graduates and current students, another on those aged 30 to 45, another on those 46 to 70, and another on those over 70.

“This is an exciting time for the Alumnae Association,” says Greenfield. “It’s a time of change. However, one thing that won’t be changing is the independent spirit and passionate support of Bryn Mawr graduates that have been the hallmarks of the Alumnae Association since its first meeting in 1890.”

Alumnae Association to Offer Comprehensive Career Services

Looking for a job? The Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association has launched a new career initiative tailored to age and professional fields—from medicine to community service—to provide additional resources to our alumnae/i in these challenging economic times. Bryn Mawr’s powerful web of alumnae in many different occupations represents a critical asset in the lifespan of Bryn Mawrters to support career development. At the core of this initiative is the use of technology to offer webinars and podcasts in addition to in-person seminars and panel discussions hosted at venues around the country. The first of these electronic offerings—“Managing Relationships for Professional Success: You Gotta have a Gang”—can be found archived under “Past Webinars” on the Webinars section of the Alumnae Association’s Career Services webpages.

The Alumnae Association has retained Cori Ashworth, veteran career coach and management consultant, to spearhead the development and implementation of the new programming. Sarah Doody, Director of Alumnae Leadership Engagement and Enrichment is coordinating the initiative. To find out more about career services, visit

Katherine Marenco Attends White House Event Announcing New Family-Friendly NSF Initiative

Katherine MarencoResearch Associate Katherine N. Marenco joined First Lady Michelle Obama, fellow researchers and scientists, university presidents and administrators, heads of various scientific organizations, and others at the White House for an event marking the announcement of the National Science Foundation Career-Life Balance Initiative.

The initiative implements across all NSF programs a standard set of new family-friendly workplace flexibility policies that had previously been developed and applied on an ad hoc basis.

One of the main goals of the initiative is to increase the representation—and retention—of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) departments in academia. The new policies are likely to have the biggest impact on women but will also help men in STEM fields pursue their professional careers while caring for their children or aging parents.

Marenco is an NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, married to new Assistant Professor of Geology Pedro Marenco. The new policies have particular relevance for her.

“Pedro learned that he had gotten the position at Bryn Mawr just before I received the news about my NSF Fellowship in the spring of 2009. Both of us were at the University of California- Riverside at the time—he as a postdoctoral fellow and I as a lecturer. I had proposed to carry out my fellowship research at UC Riverside, but we were preparing to move across the country for Pedro’s job. Very fortunately for me, NSF approved my request to transfer my fellowship to BMC. The increased flexibility introduced by NSF’s new initiative will make these kinds of life transitions smoother for other young women scientists like me, many of them surely BMC graduates,” says Marenco.

Last year (2010–2011), as a temporary lecturer, Marenco taught the lab sections for the geology department’s three introductory courses and a new quarter-length course called Origin and Early Evolution of Life. She also supervised a senior geology major on her thesis project and two student participants in the Summer Science Research Program, and has taken a total of four BMC students to Utah to do fieldwork during the past two summers.

At the event, Mrs. Obama said, “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone. We need all hands on deck. And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Bryn Mawr Hosts ACE Fellow Susan Mackey-Kallis

photo of Susan Mackey-KallisSusan Mackey-Kallis, an associate professor of communication at Villanova University, comes to campus as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. The ACE Fellows Program mentors leaders in higher education by preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.

Mackey-Kallis is one of 50 fellows selected this year in a national competition. Of the more than 1,700 participants in the first 46 years of the program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

“Programs like this offer access to important conversations on the future of higher education,” she says. They are also an opportunity to build relationships that are critical in a life-long career.

At Villanova, Mackey-Kallis held several administrative positions, and in 2008–2009 she was granted a leave to serve as the interim dean of Gwynedd-Mercy College’s School of Arts and Sciences. At Gwynedd-Mercy she initiated the School of Arts and Sciences’ first strategic plan and developed a proposal for a new major in communi­cations, among other achievements.

In the ACE program, each fellow works with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution. With the guidance of President Jane McAuliffe, Mackey-Kallis is looking into best practices related to internationalization efforts in higher education.

“I am excited by the opportunity to shadow a president who is committed to empowering and advancing the lives of women around the globe. The ‘glass ceiling’ is as real for women in higher education as it is for women in business and industry,” says Mackey-Kallis. “It is important for women of all ages to find and be mentors for other women. I am deeply honored to be at Bryn Mawr this year.”

BMC Past and Future Finance Network

BMC Past and Future

Above: members of the Bryn Mawr Owl Investment Group, along with C.F.O. John Griffith, at BlackRock in New York City.

On July 21, more than 60 Bryn Mawr alumnae/i working in finance gathered for a New York City reception/networking event hosted by members of Bryn Mawr’s Investment Committee (Chair Cheryl Holland ’80, Susan Barnes ’76, Susan MacLaurin ’84, Bill Rankin P’04, and advisory members John Hull and Marc Reinganum P’12). Bryn Mawr C.F.O. John Griffith and Eileen Kavanagh ’75, the new president of the Alumnae Association, were also in attendance. This fall, 25 students in the Owl Investment Group met with the C.F.O. of BlackRock and 18 women in hedge funds, including four alumnae, to learn more about careers in finance.

Cheryl Holland ’80, Trustee, Named Among Top 50 Women in Wealth Management

photo of Cheryl HollandTrustee Cheryl Holland ’80, the president of the financial advising firm Abacus Planning Group, has been named one of the top 50 women in wealth management by AdvisorOne.

It’s not the first time Holland has been celebrated by the press: she has appeared on Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors, Wealth Manager Magazine’s Top 50 Women in Wealth Management, and Financial Planning’s list of “Movers and Shakers.” In 2007, Holland’s Abacus Group earned the Charles Schwab IMPACT Pacesetter Award, which recognizes “advisors and firms that have advanced the industry through their visionary leadership, operational excellence and technology innovation.” Abacus donated the $10,000 award to Bryn Mawr College.

Kim Masters ’76 is Entertainment Journalist of the Year

photo of Kim MastersKim Masters ’76, editor at large of the Hollywood Reporter and host of the show The Business on KCRW public radio, was named Entertainment Reporter of the Year at the Los Angeles Press Club’s 53rd Awards Gala on June 26, 2011. Singled out for particular praise was Masters’ coverage of Fair Game, a feature film about the exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame, noting that Masters “tracked down Plame to comment on her portrayal, rather than just talking to the actress.” The citation also noted Masters’ attention to the work of entertainment agents, which “broadened the picture the public was likely to have of that occupation.” Before joining the staff of the Hollywood Reporter, Masters covered the entertainment business for The Daily Beast and NPR. She is the author of The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else.

Rosi Amador ’81 Chosen to Narrate New HHS Podcast

photo of Rosi AmadorThrough a highly competitive audition process, Rosi Amador ’81 was selected as the new female narrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ weekly news series, Healthcare 411. The bilingual series, which includes podcasts and public service announce­ments, is meant to improve the health of the Hispanic community in the United States. The series is produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). It is distributed to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and available by download on the AHRQ website and through iTunes. The series is also available as streaming audio on the AHRQ website (you can listen to the latest podcast at Amador, originally from Puerto Rico, is the lead singer of the acclaimed Latin band Sol y Canto, which recently celebrated the College’s 125th anniversary with a performance at Bryn Mawr’s Reunion 2011.

Bryn Mawr Hosts Two International Conferences

This past summer, Bryn Mawr hosted the International Development Ethics Association’s (IDEA) biennual conference, the first time the conference was held in the U.S. The theme—“Gender Justice and Development: Local and Global”—influenced the conference organizers to choose Bryn Mawr as its host. “Bryn Mawr’s long history of educating and empowering women, our 125th anniversary celebrations, and President McAuliffe’s commitment to a global vision and to internationalization made this a grand opportunity for Bryn Mawr College as well as for IDEA and the many other sponsors of the conference,” said Bryn Mawr Professor Christine Koggel, chair of the philosophy department and co-organizer of the conference. There were 100 papers presented by participants from around the world on a range of issues related to the conference theme. The conference was organized by IDEA with Bryn Mawr’s Center for International Studies (and its Co-Directors Christine Koggel and Cynthia Bisman) and the Centre on Values and Ethics at Carleton University. Other major sponsors at Bryn Mawr included the Department of Philosophy, the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, the Center for Science in Society, Environmental Studies, the Hepburn Center and many other units and programs.

The Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) also held its annual conference at Bryn Mawr this summer. The conference theme—“Living Our Heritage: Seeking Equality through Education”—played out in sessions on classroom practice, career paths for young academics, how FAHE member institutions live out their founding principles, Quaker studies, and building connections between colleges and secondary schools. At the core of this year’s conference were sessions focused on the continued need to remove obstacles to women reaching their full potential in the global community and the challenges and opportunities in international experiential learning, study abroad, civic engagement and welcoming international students and scholars to member campuses.

Jordan Schwartz ’15 is Changing Communities Through Service

Jordan Schwartz poses with Harris Wofford

Jordan Schwartz of Atlanta was honored this summer by Parade magazine and the Points of Light Institute’s GenerationOn initiative as a member of the All-America Service Team, a group of 15 high school students “who are changing their communities through service.”

Schwartz was recognized for her work as the founder and leader of the nonprofit Children’s Bilingual Theater, which has “staged six shows and 15 storytelling/literacy events, performed by a student cast in a mix of Spanish and English,” wrote Parade.

She began the project as a fifth-grader, in 2003, and the company premiered its first show in 2004.

After raising $3,000 in donations and soliciting schools to host the shows, Schwartz led 17 children who staged a bilingual play at four schools. She now occupies multiple roles in the organization: she produces shows, raises funds, recruits volunteers, coordinates shows, and leads literacy outreach events to bring students together with community volunteers.

Schwartz’s advocacy and volunteer efforts have brought more than 200 volunteers to perform for audiences numbering more than 5,000 and many school audiences. The goal, she says, is to “encourage her community to bridge language and cultural gaps through the theater arts.”

The All-America Service Team awards were presented in early August 2011, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Among the speakers were Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn, and Haverford College alumnus Juan Williams of Fox News. Schwartz also met former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, an advocate of national service and volunteer work who was Bryn Mawr’s fifth president.