New FP leaders chosen--Six women were recently elected officers of the Frances Perkins Scholars Association, through which FPs share their experiences, offer support, and interact with the rest of the MHC student body. Congratulations go to Cynthia Sayre, president; Karina Eszter, vice president; Trish Formanski, secretary; Kim Wisk, treasurer; and Student Government representatives Michelle Moore (fall semester) and Michelle (Sines) Benoit (spring semester).
Croatia bound--International relations major Jermar Inman FP has been studying issues affecting eastern Europe and learning the Croatian language independently, but this summer she'll get to see for herself the effects of war on that country. Inman has been awarded a grant from MHC to conduct research in Croatia from late May through July. With help from Josipa Roksa '00, who is Croatian, Inman will conduct personal interviews with individuals from diverse political and economic backgrounds, conduct library research into the Croatian perspective on recent events, and keep a journal on her experience of the many facets of life in Croatia.
"This research will give me firsthand interaction with the people of Croatia and provide insights enabling me to be a more effective leader in foreign policy," Inman wrote in her grant application. She plans to turn the results of her summer research into an honors thesis, and will also present a narrative slide presentation for the College community this fall.
And Paris bound--Through the Mount Holyoke News, Insiya Rasiwala '99 has been giving the campus each week's news. This summer she'll have a much larger audience as an intern for Newsweek's Paris bureau. The French minor and international relations major found the two-month internship through international relations professor Fred McGinness, passed a surprise phone interview (at 8 am one Monday!), and will join the Newsweek staff in June. The Bombay, India, native has already completed an internship at the Times of India, and is assistant editor of the arts and entertainment section of the Mount Holyoke News this year. "Just as international relations allows me to study many academic fields, journalism allows me to tie in lots of interests and write about many different things," Rasiwala says. "I was inspired by Charlayne Hunter-Gault's visit, and ultimately I'd like to report on international news."
New faces in new places--New arrivals: Tanya M. Lane, Office of Communications; Maureen E. Heady, Willits-Hallowell Center. Departures: Nancy M. Pickle, Health Center; Kathleen M. Roy, Public Safety
Hey-la, Hey-la, the girl groups are back--Mark Gionfriddo, an accompanist for the music department and director of the Abbey Singers, will be assistant music director and conductor of Beehive, a tribute to female singers and "girl groups" of the 1960s that will be performed at Stage West in Springfield from May 16 through June 15. The musical features hit tunes by The Chiffons, The Angels, The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and many others.
An ice horse?--There will be plenty of horses at the ISHA national horse show at the equestrian center this weekend, but only one will be made of ice. Created by Woodbridge's restaurant, it's a small scale model of "Il Cavallo," originally designed by Leonardo da Vinci. His model for the twenty-four-foot-high equine statue was destroyed, but it became famous over the centuries as "the horse that never was." Now a group is making da Vinci's dream reality by casting the ten-to-twelve ton horse in silicon bronze. When finished, it will be presented to the people of Milan, Italy. Fundraisers for the project will display the ice horse model at the show to attract support for their cause.
In memoriam--Professor emeritus of music Myrtle Regier died on April 16 at the age of eighty-one. She started at Mount Holyoke in June 1951 and retired in June 1980. Regier had been appointed to the National Screening Committee for Fulbright-Hays grants in music, was an organist-director in the Midwest, and performed concerts throughout the United States. Celebratory music of her choice was part of her April 20 memorial service.
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