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Bryn Mawr College Names New Residential Space in Honor of School’s First African-American Alumna

Posted August 31, 2015
President Cassidy and students Grace Pusey, Khadijah Seay, and Danielle Cadet unveil at the Cook Center dedication.

UPDATED ON SEPT 3: WATCH VIDEO OF PRESIDENT CASSIDY ANNOUNCE THE NAME CHANGE AT CONVOCATION Bryn Mawr College is pleased to announce the opening of The Enid Cook ’31 Center, a newly renovated residential space that will also serve as the Black Cultural Center. It is the first building on Bryn Mawr’s campus named in […]

Digital Media and Collaboration Lab Debuts

Posted April 16, 2015

In today’s workplace, the ability to team up with others is crucial, as is the ability to communicate ideas in compelling ways using contemporary modes of expression. Bryn Mawr’s new Digital Media and Collaboration Lab enables students to hone these skills as they work individually and together on technology-based projects. Housed in Carpenter Library, the […]

College to Take Over Management of Book Store

Posted April 3, 2015

The College will once again manage its own bookstore beginning in May 2015, right after graduation. “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 Chief Administrative Officer Jerry Berenson. The Bryn Mawr College Bookstore has been […]

Exterior Nearly Complete, New Residence Hall on Schedule for Fall Opening

Posted April 3, 2015

When we last posted an update on the new residence hall being built on the corner of N. Merion Ave. and Yarrow Street, Haffner Hall had just been taken down and the wood framing for the new structure was just being erected. Now, the new building is completely enclosed, including the roof. The brick siding […]

Plans for New Perry House Shaping Up, Committee to Take Last Look at Old Perry

Posted February 27, 2015
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With just about six months left until it opens, plans for the new Perry House are rapidly becoming more concrete. Earlier this week, Perry House Committee member Khadijah Seay ’16 posted the first update to the “Project Perry” blog, detailing information from the on-campus information session that was held last month. Next week, Seay and […]

New Residence Hall Begins to Take Shape

Posted October 16, 2014

After a summer of demolition that left only the former French tower and dining hall sections of the old Haffner Hall standing, Bryn Mawr’s  new dormitory  is beginning to rise up on the corner of Merion and Yarrow. Slated to open for the fall 2015 semester, the new residence hall will be an entirely three-story […]

Bryn Mawr Community Shares Spring Photos Through Instagram

Posted April 17, 2014

After a brutal, bone-chilling winter, Bryn Mawr’s campus has finally bloomed! Almost overnight, cherry blossoms have opened, the weather has warmed up, and students are getting to enjoy their Spring semester here on campus. Each of these photos was taken by a member of the Bryn Mawr community and posted to Instagram with the #BMCbanter hashtag. […]

Bryn Mawr Continues Commitment to Sustainability with Renewable Energy Investment

Posted April 3, 2014

February 28, 2014 quietly marked a milestone for sustainability at Bryn Mawr. The date was the College’s first day as an institution operating on 100 percent wind power, thanks to the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). RECs are sold by renewable energy generators who use the proceeds to fund industry operations and projects. A […]

Bryn Mawr Community Shares Snow Photos Through Instagram

Posted March 12, 2014

Bryn Mawr’s campus has been quite a wonderland this winter! As we begin to shift to warmer spring weather, here is a look back at campus in the snow! To see full size versions of the images, visit this gallery. Each of these photos was taken by the Bryn Mawr community and posted through Instagram […]

Students Seed New Cherry Trees with Wishes at Tree-Planting Event

Posted November 12, 2013

The Facilities Department hosted a campus-wide tree-planting event last Friday to add four new cherry trees to campus. Students were encouraged to write their wishes and dreams  on pieces of paper and seed them with the trees. In the spring, they will be reminded of their dreams as the cherries blossom. The idea for the […]

New Residence Hall Plans Pass Initial Hurdles

Posted September 26, 2013
A tentative sketch of the new Haffner Hall

The Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners has approved the tentative sketch for the project.

“Lighting the Way” Event Highlights Campus Sustainability Efforts

Posted January 31, 2013

The Sustainability Leadership Group celebrated the one-year anniversary of the LED light bulbs in the Thomas Great Hall chandelier on Tuesday. Since being installed, the lights have not yet required changing. The “Lighting the Way” celebration, co-hosted by the Noyce Math and Science Teacher Scholarship program, featured a talk by David Shiller, an environmental activist […]

The Year in Review: 2012

Posted January 17, 2013

Click to view the 2012 Year in Review slideshow. As the spring semester gets underway, we take our annual look back at the year that was. Faculty News Fellowships. Prestigious fellowships included a Sloan Research Fellowship awarded to Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat, a Guggenheim to History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman, and two […]

Extraordinary Gift by Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and Howard Levine Reinvigorates Bryn Mawr’s Art Collection

Posted September 6, 2012
Howard Levine & Brian Wallace, curator and academic liaison for art and artifacts, in the Levines’ home gallery before the collection’s move

This summer, Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and her husband, Howard Levine, have reinvigorated Bryn Mawr’s extensive collection of works on paper thanks to an extraordinarily generous gift of nearly 500 pieces. “Over the course of 20 years, Jacqueline and Howard have assembled an unparalleled collection of works by 19th and 20th century artists,” says Brian […]

Collaborative Effort to Measure Food Waste Moves BMC One Step Closer to Composting

Posted May 17, 2012
Daniele Arad-Neeman and Karen Leitner sponsored a Plenary resolution supporting the composting of food waste

Letting nature take its course sometimes requires a surprising level of effort. Bryn Mawr College produces a substantial quantity of food waste, and composting it—allowing natural processes to transform it into nourishment for growing plants—has long been an appealing prospect to environmentally conscious members of the college community. Last year, a group of students investigated […]

May Day 2012: In Photos and Behind the Scenes

Posted May 3, 2012

Because it is such a valued tradition, expectations of May Day are high, and it takes a well-oiled crew of people to keep May Day running smoothly. “The May Poles don’t go up by themselves, trash cans don’t just appear, sound doesn’t just happen,” says Mary Beth Horvath, director of student activities. “That’s why an event like this is a team effort … Read more»

Bryn Mawr Named a “Tree Campus USA” for Second Year

Posted May 3, 2012
photo of a large, old tree

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Bryn Mawr College a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the second year of recognition for Bryn Mawr, which has more than 3,600 trees on campus. Tree Campus USA is a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor […]

As Earth Day Approaches, Campus Community Reports on a Multitude of Greening Efforts

Posted April 19, 2012

Bryn Mawr has much to celebrate on Earth Day this Sunday, according to the College’s Environmental Sustainability Leadership Group. The ESLG, chaired by Professor of Mathematics Victor Donnay and composed of representatives from the faculty, the student body, the president’s office and several key offices on campus, was formed to help implement the Climate Action […]

Understanding Bryn Mawr’s Room Draw Tradition

Posted April 5, 2012
The students who decorated this Erdman suite won a room-draw boost in the Project Dorm Room competition.

April is a notoriously busy time for Bryn Mawr students. There are finals to prepare for, theses to be written, summer plans to be made. And for those returning to campus next fall, there’s a chance to snag that coveted single with a window seat overlooking the green—by negotiating room draw … Read more»

Ten Bryn Mawr Room-Draw Archetypes

Posted April 5, 2012

Part Hunger Games, part Survivor, part cut-throat Monopoly, room draw is quintessentially Bryn Mawr. During a recent fact-finding mission with a self-described “tiny group of room-draw veterans,” a list of the Room Draw Archetypes was created. Are you on this list? Read more»

New Geochemistry Lab Allows Faculty and Students to Complete Cutting-Edge Research in a Liberal-Arts Setting

Posted March 8, 2012

Bryn Mawr’s new Geochemsitry Lab Suite brings the latest technology to students and faculty as they work to unlock answers to everything from climate change to the Earth’s most severe known extinction event.

Move Into Guild by Deans and Other Student-Support Offices Tops List of Winter-Break Changes

Posted January 12, 2012

Several changes have occurred on Bryn Mawr’s campus over the break, but none will be as profound as the consolidation of many of the offices that serve students into the revamped Eugenia Chase Guild Hall.

BMC Featured in Travel and Leisure Roundup of “America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses”

Posted October 11, 2011

Travel and Leisure has included Bryn Mawr in its roundup of “America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses.” Travel and Leisure‘s thumbnail sketch notes that Bryn Mawr is “the first example of the Collegiate Gothic style created by architects Cope and Stewardson” later emulated by colleges and universities “across the U.S., including Princeton and Washington University in […]

Thomas Cloister To be Open in Time for Lantern Night

Posted September 29, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Ashley Nguyen

When the class of 2015 receives its lanterns on Sunday, Oct. 30, in one of the College’s most cherished traditions, the ceremony, like more than 100 before it, will take place in the Cloister, says Bryn Mawr Engineer Jim McGaffin. The Cloister has been closed since renovation work on Thomas Great Hall began in March […]

Bryn Mawr Grounds Manager on How Bryn Mawr’s Trees Weather the Storms

Posted September 15, 2011
photo of a large, old tree

Record rainfalls and hurricane-strength winds have wreaked havoc in many areas surrounding Bryn Mawr’s campus in recent weeks as downed trees have led to damaged homes, power outages and commuting headaches. While downed power lines did lead to the closure of New Gulph Road, English House, and Russian House for more than a day following […]

At Convocation, President Notes What’s New on Campus: Athletic Field, Dining Hall Makeover, Student Lounge, More

Posted September 1, 2011
bagpipers lead the procession at convocation

At Fall Convocation on Monday, Aug. 29, President Jane McAuliffe welcomed the campus community back to Bryn Mawr with a brief overview of some of the changes that took place over the summer (see photos from Convocation and the community picnic that followed in the slideshow above. If your device doesn’t support Flash, see the […]

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe’s 2011-12 Academic Year Welcome Letter

Posted September 1, 2011

26 August 2011 Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, Welcome to a new academic year at Bryn Mawr. I hope you each enjoyed a relaxing and restorative summer. Classes begin Monday, 29 August with the official opening of the 2011-2012 year occurring at Convocation in Goodhart Hall at 4:30 pm. I invite each of you to […]

Bryn Mawr Tops Princeton Review’s List of “Dorms Like Palaces” for Second Year In a Row

Posted August 2, 2011

For the second year in a row, Bryn Mawr tops the Princeton Review’s list of schools with “Dorms Like Palaces.” We’re also among the schools featured on this Today Show clip announcing the release of the rankings. Other lists Bryn Mawr scored highly on include “Best Campus Food,” “LGBT-Friendly,” and “Students Study the Most.” Visit […]

Online Database Makes Bryn Mawr Collections Searchable

Posted March 3, 2011

Now, for the first time, community members can browse through the College’s art and artifact collections online … Read more»

Bryn Mawr’s 2010: the Year in Review

Posted January 20, 2011
woman at posium with 125th-anniversary banner

As the spring semester gets into full swing, we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some of the things that made 2010 special. 125th Anniversary Bryn Mawr’s 125th anniversary officially kicked off on Reunion weekend. The celebration got into high gear during the fall semester with fall convocation, the start of the […]

Family Weekend Celebrates Bryn Mawr’s 125th, Athletic Association’s 120th

Posted November 3, 2010

From Friday, Nov. 5, to Sunday, Nov. 7, Bryn Mawr will host almost 525 members of students’ families at Family Weekend 2010. The three-day event will feature activities all over campus led by faculty, staff, and students. The visitors will attend lectures by faculty and staff, receive tours of the campus and of Philadelphia, and […]

Coombe Suite Offers Space for Viewing, Study of Art and Historical Collections

Posted November 2, 2010
Alumnae and students chat at the opening of the Coombe Suite

the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe ’52 Special Collections Suite provides new spaces for the exhibition and study of the College’s collections of art and historical collections … Read more »

Math Course on Environmental Modeling Leads to Real-World Solutions, on Campus and Beyond

Posted October 21, 2010
Alyssa Martin and Sasha Bereznak present their findings in Victor Donnay

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Bryn Mawr students Katie Link and Yufang Wang, along with Professor of Mathematics Victor Donnay, were officially recognized by the Haverford Township board of commissioners for their work in helping the municipality successfully apply for a $300,000 grant from the state of Pennsylvania to help finance the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system in the township’s new community recreation and environmental education center.

Guild Hall to Become Student Advising and Support Center

Posted September 2, 2010

Eugenia Chase Guild Hall, which once served as home to the college’s professional computing staff and a public computer lab, will become a student-centered space that brings together several advising and student-services offices under one roof. While the roster of future tenants is still being finalized, confirmed new residents of Guild include Dean of the […]

Bryn Mawr College Tops The Princeton Review’s list of “Dorms Like Palaces”

Posted August 3, 2010

The Princeton Review has placed Bryn Mawr #1 in the category “Dorms Like Palaces” as part of its annual college rankings. “They are truly, truly glorious at Bryn Mawr,” says Princeton Review Editor Robert Franek of our residence halls. CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric reports on the annual survey and Bryn Mawr’s ranking at […]

Bryn Mawr Named a “Green College” by The Princeton Review

Posted April 27, 2010

Bryn Mawr has been named a “Green College” by The Princeton Review in its new Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Many energy-saving initiatives have reduced energy consumption at Bryn Mawr during the past decade, including the installation of a computerized energy/temperature-management system that placed temperature sensors in over 500 indoor locations throughout campus. Students recently […]

Open Campus Days Draw Record Number of Admitted Students to Bryn Mawr

Posted April 22, 2010
Photo of admitted students jumping

Last weekend 286 students and their families descended on Bryn Mawr’s campus to attend Open Campus Days.  Students stayed overnight in the dorms with hostesses, ate in the dining halls, went to an a cappella and spoken-word concert, met departmental representatives at the  academic fair, and visited classes on Monday to get a feel for […]

College Saves Thousands on Reduced Energy Costs Thanks to Student-Run “Energy Diet”

Posted April 22, 2010

The BMC Greens recently announced that the residents of Denbigh Hall won the 2010 Energy Diet Competition, cutting their energy usage for the month of February by approximately 26 percent. It’s estimated that the College saved almost $7,000 overall during the month thanks to reduced energy consumption by students in the residence halls during the […]

Bryn Mawr Climate Action Plan Calls for Reduction in College’s Carbon Footprint

Posted March 22, 2010
graphic: American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

Earlier this year, Bryn Mawr College submitted its Climate Action Plan as part of The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The plan calls for a 10-percent decrease in overall college emissions over the next 10 years; an expansion of course offerings in environmental studies; increased efforts to educate the community on sustainability issues; […]

CNN Article on Quirky College Donations Includes 200-Year-Old Clock at Bryn Mawr

Posted March 9, 2010

In 1957 Philadelphia physician Florence Chapman Child left Bryn Mawr $50,000 in her will if the school would also agree to take her 150-year-old grandfather clock, reports in this article about quirky college donations . You can see a 1957 story about the bequest in the Free Lance-Star of Federicksburg, Va. We’re pleased to say […]

Performing Arts Series Returns to Goodhart Theater with Spectacular Sold-Out Performance

Posted February 22, 2010

The Performing Arts Series’ return to Goodhart Theater Feb. 13, featuring the dance troupe Urban Bush Women, was a huge success. See photos of the standing-room-only performance and associated events at which the College played host to many of the Philadelphia area’s art and culture leaders … Read more »

BMC in the Media: Professor’s Radio Interview, Goodhart Renovation, BHM Speaker, and a Movie Trailer

Posted February 4, 2010

A few recent media offerings in which the College played a prominent role : Professor of Political Science Michael Allen was a featured guest on the Jamaican national radio show “The Breakfast Club” on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 4. The interview focused on issues of development, both personal and national, in the postcolonial economic […]

Urban Bush Women, Acogny Celebrate Reopening of Goodhart

Posted February 1, 2010

Celebrate the reopening of Goodhart Hall with an evening of powerful, compelling dance as renowned dance troupe Urban Bush Women performs with Senegalese dance legend Germaine Acogny and Pape Ibrahima Ndiaya on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. Read more»

Bryn Mawr’s Year in Review and a Peek at What’s Ahead in 2010

Posted January 12, 2010

There are still a few more days before the hustle and bustle of the spring semester has everyone so busy that they can’t remember what happened last week, let alone last year. So we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some of the things that made 2009 so special and to take […]

To Inaugurate a Reconceived Goodhart, Bi-College Theater Production Probes Language, Space

Posted November 11, 2009

As Mark Lord planned the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Theater Program’s 2009 fall production, he took into account a factor he hadn’t needed to consider in previous years: a beautifully renovated, state-of-the-art theater facility. Goodhart Theater, dedicated in 1928, has always been a stunningly beautiful building, said Lord. Now it is also a great working theater, capable of transforming space in myriad ways. But Lord has chosen to inaugurate Goodhart’s new teaching theater with a text that resolutely resists the illusion of transformation. Read more»

Bern Schwartz Gym to Close for Renovation Nov. 23, Temporary Fitness Center to be Set Up in Rhoads Hall

Posted November 2, 2009

The $7.5 million dollar renovation of Bern Schwartz Gymnasium, dubbed the Smart Women, Strong Women initiative, will soon be in full swing, and as of Monday, Nov. 23, the fitness center will be closed. The pool will be closed for all recreational swimming Friday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. The former Rhoads Hall dining space […]

Gym Renovations to Create More Inviting Fitness Center and Improved Training Facilities

Posted September 22, 2009
Image Courtesy Buell Kratzer Powell

Bryn Mawr’s Bern Schwartz Gymnasium is set to undergo a $7.5 million renovation that will give students a better-equipped, more inviting contemporary fitness center and the Athletic Department a much-improved training facility. Read more»

Bryn Mawr Welcomes its Most Diverse Class Ever

Posted August 28, 2009

The 380 incoming students who arrived on Bryn Mawr’s campus on Wednesday, Aug. 26, joined generations of young women who have come from all over the world each year to gather in Goodhart Hall after an arduous morning of hauling and unpacking luggage. But the newly arrived Class of 2013 is “the most international” yet, […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted August 26, 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Bryn Mawr Chief Financial Officer John Griffith and Facilities Manager Glenn Smith in this article about how, along with Trustee Cynthia Archer and other college officials, they managed to save the College money by accelerating planned campus repair and restoration projects.

Students Return to a Rejuvenated Taylor Hall and Other Improvements as ‘Opportunity Meets Preparedness’

Posted August 18, 2009

This summer, while many colleges and universities had seriously curtailed repair and restoration efforts, College officials took advantage of the weak economy to reap major savings on construction by accelerating the pace of planned repairs. Read more

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