ARS Scholar Program
I write to thank you for the wonderful article, “Batties,” that appeared in the May 2006 issue of the Alumnae Bulletin and the accompanying information on the Alumnae Regional Scholars Program. I have been involved with the ARS program for a number of years, serving at different times as a member of the ARS committee in the New England Region, and currently on the Executive Board of the Alumnae Association as its ARS representative.
As noted in the sidebar to the “Batties” article, this wonderful program has enriched Bryn Mawr students for over 80 years. It provides funding for students to explore their interests and enables them accept an internship they might not otherwise be able to afford.
Often, these internships or areas of study coincide neatly with career choices firmly in mind; and sometimes, as related in the “Batties” article, they open up whole new vistas for the student. They learn as much about themselves as they do about their subject matter!
The Alumnae Regional Scholars from the Class of 2007 are involved in a variety of programs this summer, as diverse as the students themselves. One will bea Parliamentarian for Global Action at the UN in New York whileanother isinterning at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. One of the students will be working at the Ministry of Education in Chile while her classmate is involved in the Mayor’s Youth Institute in Washington, D.C. We have a student who will spend her internship at a medical clinic in Tanzania and another will be working closer to home with Planned Parenthood.
Also this summer, the Alumnae Regional Scholars from the Class of 2008 are engaged in a wide range of projects including conducting psychological research in Rumania, working at the West Chester (Pennsylvania) University Speech Clinic, interning with the Physician Scientist Training Program at Temple University and interning at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas.
As noted in your article, the funds for this fabulous program are raised primarilythrough the Bryn Mawr bookstores around the country and through a variety of initiatives set up by the local Clubs. Recent activities included the Ashland, Oregon, Shakespeare Festival; a May Day luncheon in Houston, Texas, and the Southern States Citrus Sales. These Club events also offer yet an opportunity to meet and reconnect with alumnae in your local area.
Thank you again for highlighting this terrific program!
— Eileen P. Kavanagh ’75
Alas, my eyesight still prevents me from attempting to cope with email, so I write to congratulate you on the splendid February issue, which has reached me here in Scotland this spring.
I am working on my memoirs and have just come across a reference to Saint George’s Day (April 23), which was firmly fixed in my memory by a check from my father to remind me of Shakespeare’s birthday. (This was in 1938, when I was a sophomore at BMC.)Serendipity again, from my point of view. St. George is always associated with dragons. How appropriately you have combined your stories and illustrations to cover every possible “connection” from dragon boats and Mayday hoops to engineering education and nanotechnology as well as aboriginal art!
— Louise Morley Cochrane ’40
First business school Ph.D.
In appreciation for your sending me the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin, which I enjoy reading very much indeed, I am sending you an interesting “footnote” to the College’s history. I got a call from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business about three months ago, asking if I had a photograph of my mother, Ursula Batchelder Stone ’22. Mother went on after BMC to get her Ph.D. there.
Researching her career, I discovered she was the first woman in America to get a Ph.D. from a school of business, a fact I doubt she ever knew. I have often wondered how my father ended up marrying here, since she met him as a professor there but told him when she took his class that she had studied “all that stuff” at Bryn Mawr! Probably in retaliation he persuaded her thesis committee (on which he was serving, although their engagement was secret) to flunk her to make her do better, which she did!…Incidently, I suspect that her younger sister. Gay Batchelder Kramer ’26, who attended Bryn Mawr but got married and did not graduate from there, at 102 is one of your oldest living alumnae!
—Mary Alzina Stone Dale
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