Lecture by Glenn Smith, BMC Director of Facilities

Date: October 26, 2006
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Home of Irena Bronstein ’67

On Thursday, October 26th, the Club was pleased to host Glenn Smith, Bryn Mawr’s Director of Facilities Services, at the home of Irena Bronstein ’67. A group of 17 Mawrters and 3 guests watched Glenn’s PowerPoint presentation about the campus and the changes it has seen in the twenty years since Glenn started working at Bryn Mawr. We learned about the challenges Glenn faces trying to balance maintaining these very expensive buildings while preserving their historic beauty. Improving the campus is part of the Plan for a New Century and it is moving along quickly. In particular, we were fascinated by the renovations to Dalton, a building in which most of us had never set foot, and those who had were usually disappointed. Now Dalton is the computer center, most of it is underground, and the entrance is a large and beautiful glass structure.

Many of us at the lecture remembered leaky dorm roofs, drafty rooms, mold and fungus on the walls… now all the dorms have been renovated and the roofs fixed. Glenn informed us that renovating Goodhart (the theatre) is a very high priority now as most of the major systems in the building are in failure. We saw preliminary plans for a renovated theatre and they were very cleverly trying to turn a very large space into two workable theatre spaces. After the lecture, Glenn stayed for a lasagna dinner provided by Board members. During dinner Glenn talked about his military background that led to many fascinating discussions.

Alumnae attending the event were: Nan Harris ’51, Mary Woll ’54, Pat Griffith ’56, Fran Colburn ’58, Barbara Powell ’62, Sydney Owens ’64, Dorianne Low ’66, Irena Bronstein ’67, Debby Weiss ’68, Martha Levinson ’74, Jane Lifton ’76, Artemis Hionides ’82, Margaret Hoag ’86, Erika Jerram ’94, Ann Rudy ’95, Bree Horwitz ’96, and Cassandra Phillips-Sears ’04.

Lecture by Provost Ralph Kuncl

Date: February 24, 2005
Location: Home of Barbara Powell ’62

Invited at the suggestion of lrena Bronstein ’67, Bryn Mawr College Provost Ralph Kuncl warmed us up during the winter’s 17th snowstorm on the topic of “National Trends and the Bryn Mawr Experience: How People Learn.” Kuncl is a terrific speaker. He began by showing how federal support for education research gets the short end of the stick when compared to research and development in healthcare and defense. He ended by painting future scenarios of Bryn Mawr students in interdisciplinary endeavors, such as geo-archaeology in which a student uses ground penetrating radar to locate buried camel’s teeth in order to understand camel domestication in the ancient Middle East. Throughout, he was peppered with cogent questions from Carol Cerf ’48 and others about everything from the topic at hand to the current admissions picture.

We had alumnae spanning 8 decades, from Nancy Bucher ’35, Letitia Upton ’37 and Flossie Trefethen ’43 who taxied in from Brookhaven, to Grace Chou ’01, Emily Engler ’01, and Sierra Laidman ’04, who all graduated in the 21st century. People had a chance to catch up with classmates or talk with people who had graduated a half century before them, while sampling wine, shrimp, fruit, and cheeses prepared by Margaret Hoag ’86, Barbara Worcester ’53, Grace Chou ’01, and Jane Lifton ’76. Also present were: Martha Bimbaum ’62, Margie Bride ’61, Laura Costello ’98, Anne (Roo) Dane ’61, Sharon Duncan ’86, Susan Jackson ’40, Eileen Kavanagh ’75, Jennifer Lawrence ’83, Ellen Lewis ’58, Dorianne Low ’66, Claire Neely ’69, Sydney Owens ’64, Jill Pike ’96, Barbara Powell ’62, Anne Smith ’53, Lieselotte Suskind ’43, Mary Woll ’54, Gene Buntz, Art Powell, and Win Smith (the latter two both Amherst ’58.)

Artemis Hionides ’82 summed up the evening: “It was a great idea to have such a rara avis talk about Bryn Mawr and women’s education because of his perspective and sense of humor.” This is why the Boston club works so well: most of us are rarae avis in some form or other and we appreciate each other for our perspective and sense of humor.