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College Access Partnership Between Bryn Mawr and Latino Community Organization Continues to Grow

Posted July 28, 2015

Ana Cordova ’13 knows how lucky she was to be recruited in high school to participate in Bright Prospect, a program that helps high-achieving students from low-income families attend college. “Bright Prospect believed I was capable of not only attending but also graduating from a four-year institution. I would have never heard of Bryn Mawr […]

A Love of Russian Literature Leads Mikayla Holland ’15 to a National Security Fellowship

Posted May 28, 2015

Mikayla Holland ’15 has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study the Russian language at the Flagship Language Program at Al-Farabi National Kazakh University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. “While my primary area of interest is Russia, I value the opportunity to study in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the coming year,” says Mikayla. “Central Asia is a fascinating […]

Saying Goodbye To Perry House While Looking Ahead to “New Perry”

Posted May 8, 2015

On Saturday, May 2, a number of Bryn Mawr community members, as well as members of the Perry family, came together to toast the legacy of Perry House one last time. Speakers included President Kim Cassidy, former Associate Chief Information Officer and Equal Opportunity Officer Florence Goff, Nia Turner ’05, and current students Khadijah Seay […]

Professor of Russian Dan Davidson Testifies Before House Subcommittee

Posted April 30, 2015
Dan Davidson

Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition and Director of the Russian Language Institute Dan E. Davidson recently testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations on the need for support of international exchange, research, and training programs with the regions of the world critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. […]

Students Flock to Free Trip to MoMA to see Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

Posted April 30, 2015

Seats went fast for the free April 24 trip into New York City to see the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. Within minutes of posting the all-campus email invitation earlier this month, the  History of Art department was deluged with eager responses. That enthusiasm carried through to the day itself, when a busload […]

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Honored With 2015 Hepburn Medal

Posted April 23, 2015

The 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal was awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday, April 17 at a ceremony in Goodhart Hall. In accepting the award, Justice Sotomayor noted the influence Bryn Mawr had on the life of the women for whom it is named and the enduring power of sisterhood. “During a […]

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 Receives Funding to Restore Major Japanese Artwork

Posted April 13, 2015

With its golden pigments and delicately painted detail, the 19th-century Japanese screen in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections illustrates the moment when the “shining prince” Genji first sees his future beloved, Murasaki. Donated by Asian art historian Helen Burwell Chapin, Class of 1915, the screen is the work of Kanō Seisen’in Osanobu, the last great master […]

Using Everything but the Table to Look at East Asian Literature and Film

Posted April 9, 2015
Students at the zine workshop

What do zines have to do with a cultural-studies analysis of the topic of food in global East Asia? Or, for that matter, how does Googlemaps relate to the food practices of communities of the Chinese diaspora? Students in an advanced topics class taught by Shiamin Kwa, an assistant professor of East Asian Languages and […]

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to Deliver Bryn Mawr College Commencement Address

Posted March 26, 2015
Billy Collins © Suzannah Gilman

Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, will deliver the Commencement address to the Bryn Mawr College Class of 2015 and degree candidates from its two graduate schools at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Collins has been called “the most popular poet in America” by The New York Times and has appeared […]

Campus Comes Together for Community Day of Learning

Posted March 20, 2015

As many as 1,000 students, faculty, and staff members turned out for the first-ever Community Day of Learning on Wednesday, March 18. Titled “Race and Ethnicity at Bryn Mawr and Beyond,” the day featured performances, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and lectures designed to illuminate and consider the benefits and challenges of living and learning in […]

By Questioning Conventional Wisdom, Archaeology’s Peter Magee Unearths the Arabian Peninsula’s Past

Posted February 27, 2015
Image from a drone of the Tell Abraq settlement in the UAE

For nearly a quarter century, Magee has worked to bring understanding and attention to the Arabian Peninsula, a vast area that takes in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. His groundbreaking research on the region’s unique irrigation systems and on the domestication of camels has added to the growing record that Arabia has a rich archaeological history.

Partnership with Indiana University Maurer School of Law Creates a Great Opportunity for Bryn Mawr Scholarship Recipients

Posted February 19, 2015

Bryn Mawr graduates planning on law school now have the opportunity to attend the Indiana University Maurer School of Law on a generous scholarship that will cover approximately half the cost of admission and provide access to a formal mentoring program. Announced earlier this month by the law school, the scholarship and mentoring partnership is […]

Power to the Posse

Posted January 29, 2015

Fransheska Clara ’17 and Carol Bowe ’17 are among the Bryn Mawr Posse students highlighted in an article in the Winter 2015 edition of the HHMI Bulletin.   From the article: For Bryn Mawr College sophomore Fransheska Clara, going to college wasn’t just a personal goal: it was a family one. Neither her father, who […]

New Site Updates Community When Bad Weather Hits

Posted January 22, 2015

After last year’s blizzard of storms, the Communications and Web Services offices worked with Campus Safety and other offices on campus to create a new page for the community to turn to in times of bad weather. Now live,, provides updates on transportation, dining services, and many other campus services during inclement weather. Community […]

Biology Students Take Top Spots at Research Symposium

Posted December 4, 2014
Biology students

Three students who do research with Biology Chair Tamara Davis took home separate first place awards for poster presentations at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. Carolyne Face ’15, Rachel Shields ’15, and Nicole Hamagami ’16 were all recognized for the quality of their presentations with first place awards […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes the Class of 2018

Posted August 28, 2014

It’s been one of the mildest summers in recent history but the 90 degree heat returned just in time for move-in day for Bryn Mawr College’s class of 2018. The 354 member class was selected from a pool of 2,706 applicants. Thirty four states and 29 foreign countries—including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ghana, Haiti, Israel, […]

Bryn Mawr Recognized in Several Categories by Princeton Review

Posted August 7, 2014

The 2014 Princeton Review College Guide was released this week and Bryn Mawr was recognized in several categories: Best Campus Food #8 Best College Dorms #9 LGBT-Friendly #6 The Princeton Review‘s annual lists are published in connection with its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” The guide does not rank the colleges academically or […]

Event Celebrates the Generosity of Bryn Mawr Alumnae, Parents, and Friends

Posted April 24, 2014

Dozens of students and President Kim Cassidy gathered on campus on April 16 to celebrate the College’s generous alumnae, parents, and friends who have provided scholarship funding to Bryn Mawr. See the below slideshow for images from the event or view the online gallery.

Winter Break Schedule and Information

Posted December 12, 2013

Bryn Mawr College will be closed for winter break from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2. Spring semester classes begin on Jan. 21, 2014. Information for students about winter break schedules can be found on the residential life website. Faculty and staff are reminded to make sure offices are secured and electronic devices turned off prior […]

Angela Allard ’14 Blends Cultural Awareness with Public Health Studies in Ghana

Posted October 3, 2013
Angela Allard

By Ivy Gray-Klein ‘14 Angela Allard ’14 spent this past summer volunteering for Unite for Sight, a nonprofit health organization devoted to empowering global clinics with a focus on eye health and preventing blindness. Stationed in Ghana, Allard facilitated check-ups and provided educational health talks. “I literally spanned the whole country,” said Allard. “I went […]

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley on Lone-actor Violence

Posted September 26, 2013

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley, co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, wrote a blog for the Psychology Today website in response to the recent shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C.. McCauley examines whether the perpetrator of the Navy Yard attack, Aaron Alexis, fits the profile of lone-actor grievance-based […]

How I Spent My Vacation: Students Share ‘Postcards’ via Summer at BMC Blog

Posted September 5, 2013
Mikah Farbo

At the end of the 2012-13 academic year, the College Communications Office asked students to “send a postcard” from their summer internship or research experience. We received responses from students representing a diverse range of areas of study and exciting internships from around the world. Submissions were published throughout the summer on the Summer at […]

Inaugural Pensby Center Internship Honors the History of Diversity

Posted June 24, 2013
Pensby Center Interns

A luncheon and discussion group served as the kickoff event of the inaugural Pensby Center summer internships at the College. The two interns, Alexis De La Rosa ’15  and Lauren Footman ’14, discussed their planned research and projects, centered on uncovering the history of diversity at Bryn Mawr College. The internships are the result of […]

BMC English Professor Michael Tratner Discusses The Great Gatsby on WHYY

Posted May 9, 2013

Bryn Mawr English Professor Michael Tratner was among the guests on WHYY radio’s “Radio Times” today for a discussion of the latest Hollywood adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Tratner teaches courses in Bryn Mawr’s Film Studies program  and his second book, Deficits and Desires: Economics, Sexuality and Literature in the Twentieth Century, examines how morality […]

May Day 2013 Scheduled for Sunday, May 5

Posted May 1, 2013

The merry respite before finals week is upon ye Bryn Mawr students! The College’s traditional May Day Celebration will be held the Sunday following the last week of classes, on May 5. At 5:45 a.m. seniors receive a sweet serenade and bouquets of flowers from sophomores kicking off a day of mirthful activities rooted in […]

Celebration Held in Connection with Public Exhibit of Hiroshima Melted Roof Tiles

Posted April 25, 2013

Since March, Bryn Mawr has been hosting a public exhibition of roof tile fragments from buildings devastated in the bombing of Hiroshima. Titled “Bridges That Stand When All Else Falls Away: TriCo, Japan, and Melted Roof Tiles from Hiroshima 1945,” the exhibition, which runs through May 17 in Canaday Library, showcases the extraordinary relationship between […]

Bee Ridgway Interviewed in USA Today

Posted April 25, 2013

Bryn Mawr Professor of English Bethany Schneider (a.k.a. Bee Ridgway) discussed the blending of genres in her new novel, The River of No Return, in a recent interview on the USA Today website. Schneider’s love of Regency romance novels fuels her narrative, but she says she consciously jostled the confines of several defined genres during […]

Creative Writing Director Daniel Torday Interviewed on

Posted March 21, 2013

Bryn Mawr Director of Creative Writing Daniel Torday recently discussed his award-winning book, The Sensualist, in the “Art Attack” column on Torday’s novella, a coming-of-age story about a Baltimore teenager, won a 2012 National Jewish Book Award — the 2012 Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Goldberg Prize for Outstanding Debut Fiction. From A big […]

Hannah Smith ’14 Talks Publishing, Politics, and Activism at Bryn Mawr

Posted February 21, 2013

On Feb. 12, the Huffington Post published junior Hannah Smith’s article, “Women’s Underrepresentation in Politics Makes Women’s Colleges Relevant.” In 2011, a piece by Smith was published on the New York Times blog “The Choice” about her experience choosing and attending a women’s college. The College Communications Office asked Smith to share her thoughts on […]

“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 […]

Bi-Co Delegation Travels to Ghana to Broaden Partnerships and Opportunities

Posted January 24, 2013

A trip to northern Ghana by a Bi-Co delegation of five served as a relationship-building visit to the Titagya Schools, a partner in the Learning and Narrating Childhoods 360° course, as well as an opportunity to broaden the relationship between Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges with Ghanaian education organizations and government ministries. Term Professors of […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes New Banter Bloggers

Posted September 13, 2012

The Communications Office is pleased to welcome nine student bloggers as part of the Bryn Mawr Banter program. Throughout the 2012-13 academic year they will be sharing their unique experiences while a student at Bryn Mawr College. Banter bloggers provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of current Bryn Mawrters. What it’s like to live […]

Bryn Mawr Students Study in St. Petersburg as Part of Russian Flagship Program

Posted May 3, 2012
Photo of St. Petersburg church

Bryn Mawr students Marina Kec ’12 and Brandy Thoma ’12 have spent the past nine months immersed in Russian culture as part of a rigorous program available only at a few select colleges and universities. The Russian Flagship Program is an academic track open to all Tri-Co undergraduates who wish to attain superior Russian-language proficiency through an […]

Students Honored at 2012 Awards Ceremony

Posted April 26, 2012

At a ceremony on Thursday, April 19, President Jane McAuliffe announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations. The complete list of awards and honorees: NATIONAL AWARDS Council on Undergraduate Research […]

Women in Public Service Project Posts Conference Video

Posted December 16, 2011
screenshot of Ntshadi Mofokeng

A videocast of the speakers at the Women in Public Service Project has been posted on the U.S. State Department’s streaming server. Don’t miss the introduction of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright by Bryn Mawr senior Ntshadi Mofokeng!

Jordan Schwartz ’15, Founder of Children’s Bilingual Theater, Recognized by Parade Magazine

Posted August 25, 2011
Jordan Schwartz

Jordan Schwartz of Altanta, Ga., was honored this summer by Parade magazine as a member of the All-America Service Team, a group of 15 high-school students “who are changing their communities through service.”

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow Katy Tolfree ’99 Returns to Astophysics to Study Galactic Evolution

Posted May 12, 2011
Katy Tolfree

The fifth Bryn Mawr A.B. to win a 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is Katy Tolfree ’99, who has recently returned to academe after an absence of several years to pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on the evolution of spiral galaxies.

Fall 2010 Convocation Launches Campus Celebration of BMC’s 125th Anniversary

Posted August 26, 2010

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe invites the entire Bryn Mawr community to join her for the fall convocation on Monday, Aug. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall, as the college officially begins its academic year and the celebration of its 125th anniversary. In addition to comments from McAuliffe, representatives of the […]

Bryn Mawr Ranks #2 Among Liberal Arts Colleges in Rankings that Ask “What are colleges doing for the country?”

Posted August 26, 2010
decorative graphic:Washington Monthly 2010 College rankings

Bryn Mawr ranks #2 in The Washington Monthly’s annual ranking of colleges and universities, which asks “not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country.” “Bryn Mawr is number two this year, and Wellesley is number ten, with Smith not far behind. Most historic women’s colleges have long since […]

Bryn Mawr Alumnae, Faculty Featured In WHYY Segment on the Headlong Performance Institute

Posted August 11, 2010

Lucy Edwards ’08 and Lecturer in Dance David Brick are interviewed in this segment of WHYY’s Friday Arts Special College Edition about the Headlong Performance Institute. HPI is a unique semester-away program that offers an intensive performance curriculum shaped by liberal-arts values. Participants in HPI earn academic credit through Bryn Mawr. HPI faculty members include […]

Bryn Mawr Student Makes Headlines in India’s National Newspaper

Posted July 29, 2010

Lakshmi Somasundaram ’13 is featured in India’s National Newspaper, The Hindu, for her successful campaign to build a science lab for orphaned girls in Vedaranyam, India. Somasundaram began her $40,000 fundraising campaign two years ago after visiting the school as a 16-year-old high-school student.

English Chair Edits ‘Open Review’ Edition of Shakespeare Journal, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted July 29, 2010

English Chair Katherine Rowe has guest-edited a special edition of Shakespeare Quarterly that used the Internet to “tap the public wisdom of a crowd,” reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Katherine Rowe, chair of the English department at Bryn Mawr College, guest-edited the special issue. She and the editorial board decided that the issue’s new-media […]

Bryn Mawr Historian Wins NSF Grant for Study of Medieval Automata

Posted July 12, 2010
photo of Elly Truitt

Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt  recently received a Scholar’s Award from the National Science Foundation to fund a year’s time doing research for and writing her new book, tentatively titled Magical Mechanisms: Automata in the Medieval West. “Automata—artificial objects that are, or appear to be, self-moving—were culturally significant in medieval Europe,” says Truitt in […]

Staff Members Honored at Picnic

Posted June 24, 2010
Bryn Mawr College President Jane McAuliffe (right center) with 2010 McPherson Award Winners (from left) Sally Allison, Vanessa Christman, and Dawn Bruton.

President Jane McAuliffe and Human Resources Director Joe Bucci presented the 2010 McPherson Awards for Excellence and Service to three members of the College’s staff at the staff-appreciation picnic earlier this month. A fourth staff member was recognized for environmental stewardship with the Newberry Award … Read more»

Class of 2010 to Celebrate Convocation and Commencement Weekend

Posted May 13, 2010

Bryn Mawr’s class of 2010—320 undergraduate students from throughout the United States and the world—will be graduated at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 on Merion Green. The College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will also be granting 18 Ph.D.s and 23 master’s degrees. Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research […]

Alt-Pop Band Featuring Two Bryn Mawr Juniors Featured on

Posted April 29, 2010

The band “Post Post” featuring BMC juniors Marisa Helgeson and Michelle Zauner, Haverford student Kevin O’Halloran and former Bryn Mawr student Casey Sowa is this week’s “Needle in a Haystack” on

“Heritage and Hope: Women’s Education in a Global Context” Opens Registration on May 1

Posted April 29, 2010

As part of Bryn Mawr College’s 125th anniversary, the College will host an international conference celebrating the empowering heritage of women’s education and charting a course for its future titled “Heritage and Hope: Women’s Education in a Global Context.” Alumnae, students, staff, and others interested in attending the conference can register online via the Bryn […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr College Names Laurie Koehler New Dean of Admissions

Posted April 8, 2010
Photo of Laurie Koehler

Bryn Mawr College has named Laurie Koehler, who currently serves as director of admission at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, its the new dean of admissions, announced Jenny Rickard, Chief Enrollment and  Communications Officer. Koehler will join Bryn Mawr this summer. “After a nationwide search in which we met with many truly outstanding candidates, we […]

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