We look forward to helping you make the transition from high school to college and navigate your choices here at Bryn Mawr and beyond. But, before we do, we thought we'd share a little bit about ourselves.
Meet the Deans....
What I do at the Dean's Office: As Interim Dean of the College, I look out for the well-being of all undergraduate students, in and out of the classroom.
My major in college: Music and Archaeology, with very little interest in anything that overlapped, like ancient music!
What I wish I’d done in college but didn’t: study abroad for a semester
Favorite books I've read recently: Gone Girl and How College Works.
Favorite foods: grilled vegetables
Tip for the first year at BMC: Befriend people who are really not like you at all.
What I like about working with new students: Your curiosity, your youth, your willingness to try new things.
In my free time, I enjoy: woodland gardening in my shaded yard, hiking in the mountains out west.
What I do in the Dean's Office: In addition to advising students on academic matters, I am the campus liaison for the national Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and the Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship. I also oversee a research and conference grants program out of the Dean's Office. Finally, I oversee the Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship program, which provides 15 students with summer fellowships to undertake their own research in the humanities and social sciences.
My Major in College: Women's Studies at Wesleyan University (now Feminist, Gender + Sexuality Studies)
Favorite Book I've Read Recently: The Age of Acquiesce: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser. Not necessarily a page turner, but a fascinating big picture view of the political and economic development of the United States.
Dream Vacation Spot: Hiking along the Italian coast of Cinque Terre
Favorite Dessert: Banana Split
Favorite Spot on Campus: Walking along Cambrian Row, taking in the amazing view of the campus, and being inspired by all the great student programming going on there.
What I wish I had known my first year of college: I was a very shy student in college classes and felt very intimidated by my classmates who had gone to high schools that seemed to have better prepared them for small college seminars. I rarely spoke up during class discussions. I realize now that in the first year of college, everyone is getting their footing in different ways. Also, from my experience of teaching college classes and working as a dean, I have a much better understanding of how important everyone's voice is in class discussions. I wish I had know this and spoken up more in class.
Course that made me glad we had distribution requirements: Geological Catastrophes. The course was taught by a geologist who was an amazing story-teller. To this day, I regret that I threw out my notes from that class at the end of my sophomore year.
On my summer to-do list: Getting creative! I'm taking classes to learn how to draw and learn basic woodworking.
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What I do at the Dean's Office: In addition to advising students on academic matters, I am the campus liaison and fellowships advisor for DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, Undergraduate Fulbright Grants, the NSEP Boren Scholarship, the Gilman International Scholarship and the St. Andrew’s Foundation Scholarship. I also oversee the dean's office summer study abroad scholarship program (The Judy L. Gould Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad and the Thomas Raeburn White Scholarship in Foreign Language Study) which provides funding for students, who otherwise cannot study abroad during the academic year, to do so in the summer. Finally, I coordinate the admission process for incoming international guest students and serve as their adviser during their short stay at Bryn Mawr.
My major in college: French
Favorite book I've read recently: Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders
Favorite dessert: Cheesecake
Favorite spot on campus: The bench underneath the tree on the hill that overlooks the athletic field and Cambrian Row
Dream Vacation spot: Tibet
BMC club/activity I'd like join: Hepburn's Closet, Bryn Mawr College's online and beauty magazine (http://issuu.com/hepburnscloset)
Favorite thing about my job: Talking to students and learning about their hopes and aspirations
Tip for the first year at BMC: Remember to relax and practice self-care. The Self-Care at BMC Facebook page and the Self-Care at BMC Blog offer some good tips on how to stay healthy and balanced and, perhaps most importantly, to have fun!
In my free time, I enjoy: dancing, collecting artifacts from around the world, and reading children’s picture books
What I do at the Dean's Office: In addition to advising students, I’m in charge of the re-enrollment
process and the Independent Major program. I also organize luncheons
between the deans and the new faculty at the beginning of the year.
My major in college: English and French literature.
Favorite book: Uh-oh, an impossible question to answer! Here are three: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano, and Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Dream vacation spot: Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh
Favorite course during my first year of college: French symbolist poetry
Favorite dessert: my flourless chocolate torte
Favorite spot on campus: the walkway to Carpenter Library when the cherry trees are blooming
BMC club or activity I would join: Culinary Club
Tip for the first year at BMC: Make sure to save your work onto a USB drive or onto the Bryn Mawr server. Do not simply save your work to your laptop! Save at the end of every paragraph. And when you send a paper to a professor by email, copy yourself on the email so you can check your own inbox and make sure you didn’t forget to send the attachment.
In my free time, I enjoy: reading and writing fiction
What I do in the Dean's Office: Advise students in all four classes, mentor Houston Posse 3, assist Dean Balthazar in work with the Honor Board and Conflict Resolution Committee, and serve on the Self-Care Committee.
My major in college: Psychology (after changing from Philosophy and then English)
Favorite book: On Becoming a Person by Carl R. Rogers
Dream vacation spot: Maine coast
Favorite course during my first year of college: English composition
Favorite dessert: cappuccino
Favorite pets: our cats Otis, Faith and Lila (it’s a tie!)
What I like about working with new students: Their fresh perspectives and ideas
What I wish I had known my first year of college: That I would learn as much about myself and organizations (like college) as from my formal studies
Favorite quote: “The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work.” - Erik H. Erikson
Tip for the first year at BMC: "To thine own self be true..."
In my free time, I enjoy: do-it-yourself home renovations, hiking, watching college basketball
What I do in the Dean's Office: In addition to advising
students, I oversee many of the day-to-day functions of the Dean's
Office. I also work with students applying for some national
fellowships. Since I used to teach writing classes, I'm glad I still
get to work with students on the essays they're required to write for these applications!
My major in college: English (at BMC -- I'm an alum -- and from a Green year just like you)
Favorite book I've read recently: I have a nine year-old daughter who's a real reader, and so I sometimes read what she's reading. Recent favorites: Lois Lowry's Anastasia Krupnik, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede, and Dumpling Days by Grace Lin.
Dream vacation: I'm going on a five day backpacking trip from Alaska into British Columbia this July -- sort of a dream come true!
Course that made me glad we had distribution requirements: Neurobiology and Behavior, which I took in the spring of my junior year. It tapped into my childhood fascination with science and at the same time sparked lots of interesting connections with the things I was learning in literature and philosophy classes.
Favorite foods: I eat mostly vegetarian and am always excited to see vegetarian versions of classic American sandwiches: BLTs, Reubens, even veggie hot dogs with lots of interesting toppings.
Favorite spot on campus: The woods behind English House. A winding path, a small babbling brook, big trees, songbirds, wildflowers: you'll feel like you're a hundred miles away. And there's an old cemetery tucked away at the end of the path.
Tip for the first year at BMC: There is so much going on and so many people around you that you can feel like you never have time just to breathe. But you do, if you give yourself permission to take time just to be. If you want some help with that, keep an eye out this fall for the mindfulness classes that I and a few other staff members teach on campus. They're once-a-week for four weeks, not for credit, and -- free!
In my free time, I enjoy: bicycling around Philly, sometimes on one of my own bikes, sometimes on one of Philadelphia's new bikeshare bikes. Check it out if you're interested: http://www.rideindego.com/
What I do in the Dean's Office: I advise students at all levels, including all transfer and McBride (non-traditional age) students. Additionally, I work on the first-year experience on campus, including teaching a class about navigating the transition from high school to college (which you can take as an alternative to Wellness). I also serve as the Brecon dorm leadership group adviser.
My major in college: English Literature
Dream vacation: Tangoing my way throughout Argentina
Favorite book I've read recently: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Course that made me glad we had distribution requirements: Religion and Ecology
Favorite dessert: Mississippi Mud Cake
BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Rhythm 'N Motion
Favorite thing about my job: I'm a nerd at heart, so I love hearing about all the classes students are taking and seeing new ideas and possibilities open up for them intellectually.
Tip for the first year at BMC: Get involved on and off campus: join clubs, go to the free activities and lectures offered here and throughout the Tri-Co!
In my free time, I enjoy: weight-lifting, yoga, crocheting, and seeing movies at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Monday, June 1, 2015
Housing Form Due
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Health Forms Due to ADMISSIONS
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Fall Semester Bill Payments Due
Monday, August 17, 2015
Arrival for Fall Athletes traveling >4 hours to campus
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Arrival for all other Fall Athletes
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Practice for Fall Athletes begins
Monday, August 24 - Wednesday, August 26, 2015
International Student Orientation (ISO)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Dorms open for new students at 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 26 - Sunday August 30, 2015
Customs Week Orientation - all new students required to participate
Monday, August 31, 2015
Classes Begin at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges
Friday, September 4, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Labor Day- NO CLASSES
Friday, October 9, 2015
Fall Break Begins after last class
Monday, October 19, 2015
Fall Break Ends - Classes resume 8:00 am
Friday October 23 -
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Lantern Night - TBA
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving vacation begins after last class
Monday, November 30, 2015
Thanksgiving vacation ends at 8:00 am
Friday, December 18, 2015
Exams end 12:30pm at Bryn Mawr & Haverford
Winter Break Begins DORMS CLOSE AT 6:00 pm
Friday, January 1, 2016
Spring Semester Bill Payments Due
Friday, January 15, 2016
Winter Break Ends
Dorms re-open at NOON
Monday, January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO CLASSES
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Spring semester classes begin
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