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.