Mills Quarterly Fall 2012
Mills College alumnae magazine
N e w fac u lt y The MBA Progr am marks 10 years The senior gift Mills Quarterly Fall 2012 Back to school Girls on three continents gain access to education through the efforts of Mills alumnae John Bischoff, MFA '73 Composer and pioneer of live computer music Associate professor, Mills College Music Department Donor to the Mills College Annual Fund "Your giving to Mills means a great deal to the College, even if your gift is modest. I do whatever I can to support Mills because my experience here has been so important to my musical education and artistic development." -- John Alumnae/i contributions to the Mills College Annual Fund send the message that we value the education Mills provides. When thousands of alumnae/i give, no matter the size of each gift, we amplify this message, which influences prospective students and donors. And we provide essential support for Mills' academic programs, faculty salaries, and financial aid. Make your gift today and show your Mills education is important to you. Give to the Mills College Annual Fund by calling 510.430.2366, picking up the phone when a student calls you, visiting www.mills.edu/giving, or returning the enclosed envelope. Photo by Joe Johnston 8 Mills Quarterly 12 8 Pay it forward by Caitlin Graveson 17 contents Fall 2012 The graduating Class of 2012 demonstrated their philanthropy with a well-orchestrated gift campaign that raised more than $8,000 and achieved a 42 percent participation rate. Plus: Bent Twigs 12 Teach a girl, change the world by Jessica Langlois, MFA '10 Success in school can make all the difference in a girl's life, but overwhelming cultural, physical, and financial barriers keep many girls from gaining that advantage. We profile four alumnae who have had remarkable results improving access to education for young women from disadvantaged communities in Kenya, China, and northern California. 17 Risk and reward by Allison Marin '12 A decade ago, the Mills MBA Program--and its first entering cohort of 12 students--forged new pathways in business education for women. We caught up with several of those first graduates to see where their paths have led. 32 What the body craves by Tarrin Griggs '12 Excerpts from the winning submission that earned the 2012 Mary Merritt Henry Prize for outstanding poetry by an undergraduate student. Departments 2 4 20 21 30 Ask Alecia Mills Matters Class Notes Bookshelf In Memoriam Join us in celebrating the new academic year at Convocation on September 28--and enjoy all that Reunion has to offer September 27�30. See alumnae.mills.edu/reunion for details. On the cover: As summer turns to fall, students everywhere are heading back to school. This issue of the Quarterly looks at the benefit that education brings to young women who are most in need; at the opportunities Mills offers to women pursuing advanced degrees; and at the joy of those who completed their degrees at Mills last May. Illus tr ation by MG & Co/IS tock .com Ask Alecia Volume XCXI Number 1 (USPS 349-900) Fall 2012 President Alecia A. DeCoudreaux Vice President for Institutional Advancement Cynthia Brandt Stover Senior Director of Communications Dawn Cunningham '85 Managing Editor Linda Schmidt Design and Art Direction Nancy Siller Wilson Contributing Writers Caitlin Graveson Jessica Langlois, MFA '10 Andrew Faught Editorial Assistance Allison Marin '12 The Mills Quarterly (USPS 349-900) is published quarterly by Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613. Periodicals postage paid at Oakland, California, and at additional mailing office(s). Postmaster: Send address changes to the Office of Institutional Advancement, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613. Copyright � 2012, Mills College Address correspondence to the Mills Quarterly, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613. Letters to the editor may be edited for clarity or length. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 510.430.3312 Printed on recycled paper containing 10 percent post-consumer waste. alumnae.mills.edu/ask_alecia Q: Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands is dedicated to sustaining a quality MBA Program at Mills' Lokey Graduate School of Business. Are you providing the strongest support possible for the Mills MBA and will you continue this support for the foreseeable future? --Alisa Rodriguez '11 A: I am very proud of all that Dean Deborah Merrill-Sands has accomplished in the past two years to build on the strengths of our Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. I'm also proud of the achievements of our MBA students, who have been winning scholarships, grants, and accolades from a number of national organizations. One significant way that Mills is investing for the long term in the Lokey Graduate School of Business is by adding faculty. Previously, all MBA faculty were either based in our outstanding Economics Department or were visiting professors and lecturers. This spring, we hired the first-ever tenure-track professor specifically for the Business School, and she will start teaching this fall (see page 4). A very different way the College supports the Business School is by celebrating its 10th anniversary at Reunion 2012 on September 29. We invite all MBA students and alumnae--and anyone curious about the program--to come and join us. Q: Will you please reinstate the theater arts department? --Shelley Fernandez '55 A: Yours is a question I've heard from a number of alumnae in the past year! The Dramatic Arts Department, which was closed in 2004 because of the budget deficit the College faced at that time, clearly holds a very special place in the hearts of generations of Mills graduates. Many in the Mills campus community, myself included, share your belief in the importance of theater for the liberal arts curriculum. Because an understanding of theater is essential in dance performance, our acclaimed Dance Department has begun offering an acting fundamentals class taught by the casting director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Amy Potozkin. The class is open to Mills students of any major. In addition, the Dance Department teaches courses in costume design and dance theater. Although we are reintroducing drama through the dance curriculum, the College is not currently in the financial position to invest in rebuilding a drama department. Among other challenges, Mills lacks a theater facility that could support a wellrounded, state-of-the-art theater program. Lisser Hall, which opened in 1901, is full of character and history--but badly needs renovation. This is a situation in which a very generous donor could make a big difference for the College! 2 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly Each month, President Alecia DeCoudreaux answers questions submitted by alumnae and friends through the Mills College Alumnae Community website. A selection of these questions and answers is reprinted here. Q: Did you know when you became president that the College had sig- nificant financial problems? What is your analysis of the cause(s) of these? --Margaret Goldsmith Fawcett '63 A: I became aware that Mills College faced some financial strain when I was a candidate for the position of president in the fall of 2010. The Presidential Search Committee shared budget reports with me and briefed me on fiscal concerns, such as the effect of the recession on the Mills endowment and the College's high tuition discount rate (the amount of financial aid Mills awards to students in relation to tuition revenue). When I arrived at Mills and began working with my cabinet to analyze the budget in detail, I realized how complex and interrelated these financial problems are. Like other colleges, Mills saw the value of its endowment decline in 2008, and it has not yet fully rebounded. In June 2007, the endowment was worth $233 million; when I began as president here more than one year ago, it was worth $183.4 million. This decline in endowment value had a domino effect. It led to a significant decrease in the amount of income we receive from the endowment--income that used to cover as much as 20 percent of the College's operating budget. Less endowment income meant that Mills had less scholarship funding to offer prospective students. Fewer and smaller scholarship offers meant that fewer stu- dents matriculated in fall 2011. And with fewer students, Mills also received less tuition and room and board revenue. The decline in student revenues contributed $3.5 million to the budget shortfall in the 2011�12 fiscal year. The College is pursuing several strategies for reducing the deficit, increasing enrollment, and becoming more sustainable in the long run. One strategy is to reduce our expenses wherever possible without compromising academic excellence or the financial support we offer students. We have achieved this through temporary salary reductions and furloughs and by eliminating a few admin- istrative positions. Another strategy is to boost enrollment. We are dedicating as much of our budget as possible to scholarships, and we have just hired a vice president of enrollment management who will help to reinvigorate our recruitment efforts and develop a strategic enrollment plan (see page 6). A third strategy is to engage as many alumnae and friends as possible in supporting the College financially and restoring it to financial health. I am thankful for the many donors who have given to Mills in the past year. As of June 30, these donors provided a total of $11.9 million, 8 percent more than last year! At Mills, for Alumnae Alumnae Relations alumnae.mills.edu 510.430.2123, email@example.com Alumnae Admission Representatives Vala Burnett, Assistant Director of Admissions 510.430.2269, firstname.lastname@example.org Career Services 510.430.2130, email@example.com Giving to Mills www.mills.edu/giving 510.430.2366, firstname.lastname@example.org Library Services 510.430.2377, email@example.com M Center/Transcripts 510.430.2000, firstname.lastname@example.org Pool and Gym Trefethen Aquatic Center 510.430.2170, email@example.com Haas Pavilion Fitness Center 510.430.3376, firstname.lastname@example.org Alumnae Association of Mills College (AAMC) aamc.mills.edu Linda Jaquez-Fissori '92, President 510.430.2110, email@example.com AAMC, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., MB #86, Oakland, CA 94613-1301 For more information on these and other alumnae services at Mills, visit alumnae.mills.edu. Some benefits, such as access to the pool and fitness center, require you to show your AAMC membership card, available from Alumnae Relations and the AAMC. fa l l 2 0 1 2 3 Mills Matters Fresh faculty bring scholarly skills and teaching talent Mills continues to invest in academic excellence and quality teaching with the addition this fall of the following new faculty members: Audrey Calefas-Strebelle, assistant professor of French and francophone studies, received her BA in history and art history as well as her MA in French and American history at Sorbonne University in Paris. She studied Turkish at Bogazici University in Istanbul and completed her PhD in French at Stanford University in June. She has previous teaching experience at Stanford University and Notre Dame de Namur. Meryl Faith Bailey, a visiting assistant professor in fall 2011, returns as assistant professor of art history with specialization in late Italian Renaissance art and architecture in Venice. She received her BA in anthropology at Harvard, her JD at Harvard Law School, and her MA and PhD in art history at UC Berkeley. Amy Franceschini will join the faculty as assistant professor of studio art, with a focus in new genres, in spring 2013. With a BFA in photography from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Stanford, her works focus on themes of sustainability and community and perceived conflicts between humans and nature. She has taught at Stanford, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, and UC Berkeley. Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer E. Smith comes to Mills following postdoctoral work at the Center for Society and Genetics in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received an Innovative Courses in Undergraduate Education grant award. Smith earned her doctorate in 2010 at Michigan State University, where she studied social ecology of spotted hyenas. Her research focuses on the interface of behavior, physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business welcomes its first tenuretrack faculty hire: Assistant Professor of Business Carol Theokary earned her doctorate of business administration in 2010 from the School of Management at Boston University, where she specialized in operations and technology management with a minor in economics. She earned her MS in computer and communications engineering in Lebanon and worked for several years as an engineer in the telecommunications industry. Theokary has been a visiting assistant professor in the Mills MBA Program, teaching operations management and quantitative methods and supervising students in their management practicums. Former Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Ann Murphy has been promoted to assistant professor, a tenure track position, as has Jay Gupta, assistant professor of philosophy. As we went to press, Chiu-Hung Chen was confirmed as the Peng Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature. Look for more news on this appointment in the next issue. Meryl Faith Bailey Jennifer E. Smith Carol Theokary September 27�September 30 Convocation on September 28 Join your classmates for a weekend of friendship and fun. See alumnae.mills.edu/reunion, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.430.2123. Reunion '12 Celebrating alumnae from class years ending in 2 or 7, including the Golden Girls of 1962 In Celebration of Julia Morgan As part of a statewide festival honoring Julia Morgan, Reunion 2012 includes an exhibition of the architect's drawings and photographs of the buildings she designed for the campus. Come enjoy an opening reception on Friday and tours led by Campus Architect Karen Fiene of the five Morgan�designed Mills buildings on Friday and Saturday. Calendar Generous gifts strengthen College Mills College gratefully acknowledges the following gifts and grants of $50,000 and more received between March 1 and June 15, 2012. Trustee Mei Kwong '70 and her husband, Laurence Franklin, made a generous gift through the Morris S. Smith Foundation that will support the Mills College Annual Fund, strengthen career services provided to students and alumnae of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, increase the visibility of the Business School, and enhance activities to engage MBA alumnae. Alba Witkin and her family have been longtime donors and advocates for early childhood education and teacher training at Mills. Their most recent contribution, through the Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation, will fund assistantships for graduate students in the Children's School's Preschool and Infant Care Program and scholarships for the Children's School. Trustee Barbara Ahmajan Wolfe '65 directed a gift from the Barbara A. and Thomas F. Wolfe Foundation to support efforts to increase student enrollment at Mills. The Hellman Foundation made a grant to support the Hellman Summer Science and Math Fellows Program. Ann Sulzberger Wolff '42 made a leadership gift to the Mills College Annual Fund. The College received three distributions of bequests: from Kathleen Nordman Smith '57 of San Mateo, California, to support the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business; from the estate of Betty Jean Brosinske Erickson '47 of Eugene, Oregon, to support undergraduate student scholarships; and from Priscilla-Joy "PJ" Everts '40 of Alhambra, California, to endow Priscilla-Joy Everts and Joy McCauley Everts Memorial Scholarship. Joy McCauley was PJ's mother. Mills Music Now September 15 Bill Evans: Banjo in America September 28 Music by Darius Milhaud: Mills alumnae/i perform during Reunion October 5�6 John Cage and Pauline Oliveros birthday celebration (see back cover) October 13 Thingamajigs: Music and art created with made and found materials October 26 Jean-Philippe Colard: Dewing Piano Recital November 16 Laurie Anderson, Jean Macduff Vaux composer-in-residence All events start at 8:00 pm in the Littlefield Concert Hall. $15 general, $10 senior and non-Mills students, free to alumnae with AAMC card. See musicnow.mills.edu or contact Steed Cowart at 510.430.2334 or email@example.com. All events start at 7:30 pm in the Ensemble Room. Admission is free. For information, see musicnow.mills.edu or contact John Bischoff at 510.430.2331 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contemporary Writers Series September 1 Rub�n Mart�nez (7:00 pm, Student Union, co-sponsored with Latina/o Heritage Month) October 16 Rikki Ducornet October 30 James Thomas Stevens November 6 Nina LaCour, MFA '06 November 13 Erin Moure All events are at 5:30 pm, Mills Hall Living Room (unless otherwise noted), free. For information, contact Stephanie Young at 510.430.3130 or email@example.com. Mills College Art Museum Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik's World of Ballet and Theater September 12�December 9, 2012 Hung Liu January 23�March 17, 2013 For information, see mcam.mills.edu or contact 510.430.2164 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is open 11:00 am�4:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 am�7:30 pm Wednesday, and is closed Monday. Admission is free. Songlines Series September 24 Magda Maya and Tony Buck: Improvisational piano and percussion interplay October 8 Keith Kirchoff and Eric Glick Rieman: Prepared acoustic piano and prepared Rhodes electric piano October 22 Bryan Eubanks and Cat Lamb: Solos and collaborative pieces using electro-acoustic sources and generative techniques Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective Jay DeFeo (1929�89), an associate professor of art at Mills College in the 1980s, is recognized as a unique and influential figure in 20th-century American art. She inspired a generation of students and endowed the Jay DeFeo Annual Prize to support and encourage the artmaking of MFA students graduating from Mills. A major retrospective of DeFeo's work will be presented in San Francisco and New York. The exhibition encompasses the extraordinarily wide range of media in DeFeo's art--including three major works on loan from the Mills College Art Museum's permanent collection--and reveals the incredible scope and depth of her artistic vision, ideas, and influences. The exhibition catalogue, by Curator Dana Miller of the Whitney Museum, is the first comprehensive monograph on DeFeo. Untitled (Florence), 1952, � 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York � November 3, 2012�February 3, 2013 , at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art � February 28�June 2, 2013 , at the Whitney Museum, New York � November 5 , 7:30 pm, Lisser Theatre on the Mills College campus Greil Marcus delivers "Jay DeFeo and All That Jazz," the 2012 Jane Green Endowed Lecture in Art History and Criticism fa l l 2 0 1 2 5 Mills cards now available The 5.5 x 4" folded notecard (below) displays a eucalyptus branch across the front and is blank inside. A 4 x 6" correspondence card featuring a small eucalyptus leaf is also available. Each comes in packets of six, with envelopes, for $10, plus $2.50 shipping and handling for up to five packets. Proceeds benefit Orange County Mills College Alumnae chapter activities, including an annual scholarship for a Mills student. To order: Mail your check, payable to Orange County Mills College Alumnae, along with a note indicating the quantity of each style, to Jana McDonough, 29262 Country Hills Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. For more information, please contact Jana at OCMCA@gmail.com or 949.347.8744. New VP unifies oversight of admissions offices Brian O'Rourke has been named vice president of enrollment management at Mills College, a new position that will be responsible for both undergraduate and graduate admission as well as student retention. The position will also oversee financial aid and student accounts. O'Rourke comes to Mills after 10 years as dean of admission and recruitment at Holy Names University (HNU), where he was responsible for reversing a decade-long enrollment decline and growing their student body to the largest in the university's history. He counts his early-admit program guaranteeing admission at HNU for local college-bound students as one of his most gratifying accomplishments. He previously was director of undergraduate admission at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, where he also increased student enrollment to record levels. O'Rourke began his admission career at his alma mater, the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelor's degree in public relations and business administration. He was selected from a slate of candidates from across the nation by a search committee including representatives from Mills faculty, staff, and students. He took office on August 13. College and alumnae leadership looks to the future The Mills College Board of Trustees has appointed three new members to help guide and support the College in its mission of advancing women's education. Lyn Flanigan '65, who previously served as alumna trustee from 2008 to 2011. A resident of Honolulu, Hawaii, she earned her JD at the University of Hawaii and has been executive director of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Her previous years of service to the College give her a strong sense of the campus' strengths and challenges. Liz Parker '85, of Chicago, Illinois. She was ASMC president while at Mills and completed her MA in international relations at the University of Chicago. Parker brings extensive volunteer experience gained through leadership roles with the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Service Club of Chicago, and other organizations. Marjan Soleimanieh '11 is the recent graduate trustee. During her time as an economics major at Mills, Soleimanieh served on the Mills College Presidential Search Committee and was a member of the Retention Task Force. Since graduation, she has coordinated events for recent graduates as a committee chair with the Palo Alto Area Mills College Club and works as a financial analyst with Siemens Medical Solutions. The Alumnae Association of Mills College (AAMC) also welcomed new--and returning--members of its Board of Governors. Julia Almanzan '92 has been elected to a second term as alumna trustee on the AAMC board and the Mills College board, and will serve in that role until June 30, 2015. In addition, five new AAMC board members are Rebecca Freeman '13, student governor; Lesli MacNeil '75; LaKimbre Brown, EdD '10; Bianca D'Allesandro, EdD '12; and Merritt Richmond, MA '12. These alumnae began their terms on July 1. 6 Clockwise from top left: Lyn Flanigan, Marjan Soleimanieh, Merritt Richmond, Lesli MacNeil, and Bianca D'Allesandro M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly Campus kudos A selection of recent achievements by faculty, staff, and students Kay Gilliland '50, a teacher supervisor in the School of Education, received the Walter Denham Memorial Award for Advocacy for Mathematics Education from the California Mathematics Council. The award recognizes lifetime achievement by an individual who has demonstrated "advocacy for leadership, curriculum, assessment, and quality mathematics education, as well as a broad knowledge and deep beliefs about the myriad issues related to mathematics education." The Jeannik M�quet Littlefield Concert Hall was recognized with a Historic Preservation Award from the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects for outstanding restoration work that has preserved part of the San Francisco Bay Area's cultural heritage. Professor of Education Joseph Kahne, with researchers from Mills College and the University of Chicago, released a new study entitled "Participatory Politics: New Media and Youth Political Action" in June, which found that young people are engaged in online participatory political acts across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines: 43 percent of white, 41 percent of black, 38 percent of Latino, and 36 percent of Asian American youth have engaged in at least one such act during the prior 12 months. President DeCoudreaux wrote a blog entry for the Huffington Post discussing the results and implications of this research. Marc Joseph, associate professor of philosophy, presented a paper at the fall 2011 Northwest Philosophy Conference on the relation between Wittgenstein's early treatment of meaning in the Tractatus and Wilfrid Sellars' conceptual role semantics. He also published an article on Donald Davidson's philosophy of language in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Greg Tanaka, visiting professor of education, facilitated two workshops at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in late May in New York City: "How to End Racism in America" (presented with Mills doctoral student Nolan Jones) and "The Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Higher Education." Audio Combine, a solo CD by Associate Professor of Music John Bischoff, was released in February on New World Records. His new solo piece, "Field Transfer," was featured in the 2011 edition of The Experimental Music Yearbook, www.experimentalmusicyearbook.com. Mitch Allen, visiting professor of anthropology, was added to the Professional Advisory Board of Digital Antiquity, a Mellon Foundation�funded initiative to create a permanent repository for archaeological research data. He presented a paper on archaeologists' experiments with creative nonfiction writing at the International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in May. In Napa, California, di Rosa's Gatehouse Gallery featured a display of new works by Professor of Studio Art Hung Liu through June 10. Her work was also included in the Gold show at the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, through June. Nalini Ghuman, associate professor of music, gave the keynote lecture at the annual event for the Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum in November. In January, she also gave the program commentary for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's concert of "Tchaikovsky, Elgar, and Shakespeare," which was broadcast to nearly one million listeners. Priya Shimpi, assistant professor of education, has been selected to receive an American Association of University Women Fellowship for the 2012�13 academic year. Professor of Spanish and Spanish American Studies Carlota Caulfield was a guest poet at the Taller de Creaci�n Po�tica de Bonsucc�s in Barcelona in March. Her translation of Antonio Beneyto's "Carta desde el G�tico. Para Patti Smith" ("Letter from the Gothic. To Patti Smith") was published in the Spanish magazine El perro blanco and she has been reappointed to the advisory board of the review Caribe. Professor of History Bert Gordon presented a paper, "The Reinvention of a Tourist Town: Politics, Medicine, Society, and Tourism in Vichy," at the University of California, Berkeley, in April. His article on Vichy was published in the April 2012 issue of Journal of Tourism History. The Yale Art Museum has acquired several photographs by Professor of Studio Art Catherine Wagner for its permanent collection. Within the past several months, Wagner has delivered lectures at Harvard University, Boston University, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Joseph Kahne Priya Shimpi John Bischoff Hung Liu fa l l 2 0 1 2 7 Pay it forward Senior Class Vice President KC Callender and President Jack Elliott present the class gift, right, which would continue to grow in the days following Commencement. The Class of 2012 sets a philanthropic benchmark By Caitlin Graveson � Photos by Steve Babuljak 8 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly Members of the Class of 2012 not only celebrated their individual accomplishments when they received their baccalaureate degrees at Commencement on May 12, they also a marked a great collective achievement with the legacy they left behind: the Class of 2012 Lavender Scholarship. Established with the senior class gift of more than $8,000, the scholarship is being awarded this fall to a Mills student with financial need. But there's more to the class' legacy than the scholarship itself. Forty-two percent of the class donated to the senior gift--an impressive participation rate that is now the benchmark for future graduating classes to beat. The class mobilized such high participation through a semester of creative effort. The Senior Class Council began with a fundraising goal of $5,000 for the class gift, but its main focus was to get as many students as possible to participate actively in the campaign. By Commencement, the seniors had exceeded their dollar goal, recruited nearly half their class as donors, and procured additional support from faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae. "The point of emphasizing participation was to bring our class together and to make our entire class feel like they were making a difference," says KC Callender, vice president of the Class of 2012. Modesta Tamayo, who served as president of the Associated Students of Mills College during her senior year, understood the importance of getting everyone involved. She found that many students were reluctant to donate because they could only give a small amount. "We tried to combat that by telling people that their contribution could be just a quarter or a dime," she says. "It is whatever you can do." Following a conversation with a student who explained that she couldn't donate to the senior gift, Tamayo came up with a creative way to address a need, bolster participation, and foster community. "I asked, `If I gave you one dollar right now, what would you do with it?' and she said, `Well, I guess I would donate it,'" Tamayo recalls, and they did just that. Over the course of the campaign, Tamayo gave multiple classmates money from her own pocket so that they could participate. In the end, most students who accepted money from Tamayo turned around and offered money to other classmates so that they could participate, too. "It makes a difference when you are that up front," Tamayo explains. "For many students, the campaign became a way to `pay it forward.'" Isabel Cortes, above, can't contain her excitement. Bottom row, left to right: Jillian Harris gives the day's ceremonies "two thumbs up;" Michelle Mitchell helps Barbara Blackwell adjust her stole; Commencement speaker Luma Mufleh, a civil rights advocate for refugee and immigrant families; Martinet Phan, Michelle Ho, and Dawn Yanogacio share a moment of pride. fa l l 2 0 1 2 9 President DeCoudreaux presents a well-earned diploma; beaming graduates line up to receive their degrees. The Senior Class Council initially set a participation goal of 30 percent, well above Mills' alumnae participation rate, which has averaged 25 percent in recent years. "I was really nervous that they wouldn't get up to that level because it represented such a big leap forward," says Elizabeth Coyle, associate director of alumnae outreach, who served as staff support for the campaign. "But the students were just so eager to make it work. They really blew it out of the water." President Alecia DeCoudreaux provided further motivation when she offered to make a personal contribution to the campaign based on the participation rate: $2,012 if the class met their 30 percent goal. "It was important to me to indicate to students that I supported their efforts and wanted to see them succeed," DeCoudreaux says. "The challenge really got the students' attention," says Coyle. "It showed how much their campaign was recognized and valued by the College." The President's donation was also a tangible demonstration of her dedication to students, many of whom felt a sense of disillusionment following staff layoffs in December. "We all knew and experienced the fallout of the financial crisis, and we as a class wanted to feel supported," says class historian Meaghan Leferink. Senior Class President Jack Elliott feels the gift showed DeCoudreaux's commitment to students' goals. "She was grateful that we were working so hard," says Elliott. "I really think that President DeCoudreaux is a huge champion of Mills and its students." In return, surpassing their participation goal shows students' dedication to the College, Elliott says. "We sent a message that Mills is worth something to us and that it should be worth something to other people as well," Elliott explains. "It tells everyone else that they should pay attention to Mills." From the beginning, the campaign was inclusive of all voices. The council surveyed the class, asking for feedback on how to use the funds, then hosted an open forum where students could vote and share opinions about where the gift should go. The class also reached out to students in new ways: Callender put together Mills' first ever YouTube solicitation, a video of President DeCoudreaux offering her challenge gift. Another student, Susan Summerfield, sent an email appeal to every senior, asking them to forgo a coffee and instead put that money toward the campaign. Leferink, a music major, wrote an original song to promote the cause. With lyrics that emphasize donating as a way to leave a legacy, the chorus appeals to the need to give back: "We're working for a scholarship / Donate / In many convenient ways / Donate / And show that a Mills education pays." She posted a video of the song on Facebook, where it scored hundreds of views. She also performed her song at fundraising events and at a thank you reception for senior class donors hosted by President DeCoudreaux. "People thought it was hilarious. By the end, they were singing the chorus with me," Leferink says. "That was a really awesome feeling." With all the success that the senior class had this year, they expect the tradition will live on. "A standard has been set and the other classes are very much aware of it because the senior class did so much bragging," Tamayo says, adding that other classes have already responded to the challenge by indicating that they intend to surpass this year's participation rate. "The Class of 2012 welcomes that," Tamayo explains, "because every time the participation rate goes up, we are all winning." 10 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly 1 2 3 4 6 7 5 8 9 Bent twigs '12 A Bent Twig is a Mills student or alumna whose family tree includes another Mills alumna. 10 1 Divinia Anderson '11, MPP '12, with her mother, Drucilla Anderson '11 2 Zoe Marcus and her mother, Tiffany Renee '97 3Helen Kennedy and her sister, Jane Kennedy '09 4 Charlotte Martin with her mother, Lesley Manheim Martin '78, EdD '07 5 Christina Kwong and her sister, Stephanie Kwong '10 6 Veronica Perry and her mother, Maria Baraona Perry '80 7Ellen Newton and her mother, Mary Loeser, MA '93 8Ashley Roaseau with her aunt, Annie Neves, both members of the Class of 2012 11 12 9 Dawn Yanogacio and her sisters Stephanie Yanogacio '05, MBA '06, and Kimberly Yanogacio '06, MBA '07 10 Caitlin Osborne with her adopted Bent Twig, Lucy Barron-Gitter '82 11Ashley Mason with a photo of her grandmother, Nancy Griffitts Mason '47 12 Dana Doughty '11, MPP '12, with her mother, Carol Evans Doughty '63, and daughter, Madeleine, Mills Children's School '12 13Lynn Burnett, MEd '12, with his sister, Vala Burnett '05 14 Mary Moon and her mother, Barbara Seid Moon '74 14 13 photos by dana dav is fa l l 2 0 1 2 11 Teach a girl, change the world By Jessica Langlois, MFA '10 year after retiring from teaching high school and several years after losing her husband to cancer, Margo Manin McAuliffe '58 traveled to Naivasha, Kenya, a rural town on open, fertile land about 50 miles northwest of Nairobi. It was 2005, and she had volunteered to teach math to girls at a co-ed Catholic boarding school there. Ever since she was a young girl herself, McAuliffe had known that she wanted to do something to leave the world better than she had found it, she says, her lively green eyes shining behind oval, wire-rimmed glasses. Providing education for girls in Kenya was a sure way to improve the circumstances of those young women dramatically. In Africa, educated girls face a reduced risk of HIV infection, are less vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking, are less likely to marry at a young age, and raise children who are more likely to go to school themselves. similarly motivated a decade ago, when she created the Spring Buds program, a 13-year plan to fund the education of 1,000 girls from isolated villages in western China. And closer to home, Lacy Asbill '02 and Elana Metz '03 established Girls Moving Forward, an organization that combines mentoring and tutoring to encourage the academic and emotional growth of K-12 girls from at-risk communities in Oakland and Watsonville. Each of these four alumnae has been spurred to action by a shared commitment to using their skills and resources to advancing women through the power of education. A conducive climate for learning After arriving in Naivasha, McAuliffe learned that the high school where she had planned to teach was phasing out girl students, with the intention of building a separate girls' school. This change was a reaction to the co-ed school's high rate of teen pregnancy--which carries a heavy stigma in Kenya. According to one regional nonprofit organization, 13,000 Kenyan girls leave school each year due to pregnancy, and nearly half of all young women have had a first child by age 19. Many girls who leave school pregnant risk ending up in prostitution. Then there are those who can't afford to go to school at all. Though Kenya introduced free primary education for all in 2003, continuing on through high school is very expensive for both boys and girls. "There's a hope that if you have an education, you can get a job," McAuliffe says. "No guarantees--just like here." Girls who cannot afford high school are left with few options. Mostly, McAuliffe explains, they become "house help," or end up in arranged marriages to men two or three times their age, doing hard labor on the farm and producing children. Numerous studies show a direct correlation between women's education levels and their quality of life, including their health status, economic standing, and political power. In any country, in fact, gender parity in education is critical; numerous studies show a direct correlation between women's education levels and their quality of life, including their health status, economic standing, and political power. The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative reports that 39 million girls globally are not enrolled in school, and that two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults are women. Like a number of other Mills graduates, McAuliffe is working to educate underserved girls in one of the world's most economically and socially disadvantaged communities. Rosalyn Chen Koo '51 was 12 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly McAuliffe also learned that the Naivasha community had donated a plot of land for building the separate girls' school, which would be directed by the local Kikuyu priest, Father Daniel Kiriti. She realized, too, that by teaching math herself, she would be taking a job away from a well-trained local teacher, and came to conclude that her greatest result could be achieved by raising money to build the new school. So McAuliffe returned home to Menlo Park, California, and started sharing her experience with friends, who shared it with other friends. Her goal was to raise as much as $20,000 for the St. Francis Xavier School for Girls. She never thought she'd raise $1.3 million in just seven years. McAuliffe's foundation, Kenya Help, has little overhead and no paid positions, so all of the funds raised have gone to build the school and to pay tuition for the girls. In addition to classrooms, two science labs, a library, a computer lab, a multipurpose room, and dorms, the school has livestock and a garden so the students can cultivate their own food. Anne Chantel, a student who appears in a short film on the Kenya Help website, speaks passionately about her education: "Why I love this school is that it has a conducive climate for enabling us to participate in our studies," she says. "The teachers help us a lot." Another student, Celia Bouquet, adds, "This school is improving our culture physically, mentally, and emotionally; it helps me as a student improve and become a better person in the future." At St. Francis Xavier, education extends beyond just the classroom. The girls often put on fashion shows, skits, and other performances to let loose and express themselves. The school also brings in speakers to hold workshops and lead discussions on topics including relationships, careers, and sex, which encourage the students to make responsible decisions and bolster their feelings of self-worth. Both in her fundraising and in her summers tutoring at the school, McAuliffe frequently considers her position of relative privilege and recognizes the limitations of her status as a foreigner. "I realize that it's not my country or my culture, and it's not my school," says McAuliffe, who leaves the planning to Father Kiriti. McAuliffe particularly struggles with some disciplinary policies, but maintains an open conversation with school leaders about the ineffectiveness of physical punishment and the anger it breeds--and hopes her continued presentation of alternatives is having an effect. Margo McAuliffe (inset) and the students at the dedication of St. Francis Xavier School for Girls. All of a sudden you are special Rosalyn "Roz" Koo is a petite woman with a quick sense of humor; she is never at a loss for words, or at a loss for something sweet to offer visitors. Koo came to Mills from an elite all-girls school in Shanghai in the late 1940s, but her mother had always encouraged her to question the inequities women faced in China and globally. With this background, Koo knew she wanted to serve underprivileged women, but determined that she had to work and train herself before she could help anyone else. fa l l 2 0 1 2 13 Rosalyn Koo (above, center) and her Spring Buds in Shaanxi Province, China. Lacy Asbill and Elana Metz (opposite page, standing at left) with a group of Girls Moving Forward participants. In 1949, at the onset of the Chinese civil war, Koo's family moved to Taiwan. "I searched my soul and decided I would stay here in the US," she says. After several decades working in education and philanthropy, both in the US and in conjunction with government agencies in China, Koo was ready, at age 72, to start a major project. But she had one rule: she would run things her own way. In her four decades of organizing, Koo came to understand that the success of a project relies on three "circles" of factors: a strong need for change, a dedicated interest in the project, and the demonstrated capability of the organizer. "When the three circles meet in the middle," Koo says, "That's when you can get things done." She sought out Wang Hong, vice chair of the AllChina Women's Federation in Shaanxi Province, to help her bring a foundational education to the "poorest of the poor" girls in the region. Shaanxi, home to the famous Terracotta Army and once an important dynastic province, is when Koo started planning for the Spring Buds project, girls were seen as just another mouth for their families to feed and often stopped going to school after the third grade. "So you married," Koo says, "not for love, but to produce children. And if you only have a girl, heaven help you...that's the end of your life." Suicide rates were high among teenage mothers. Women who remained single or married poor became domestic servants-- "indentured slaves," Koo calls them. Many of the girls in Spring Buds are orphans, "abandoned by their villages," Koo explains, whose parents have died from illness or accidents or have left their homes to become migrant workers. Koo instructed Wang Hong to choose 1,000 of the neediest girls entering fourth grade. These girls were placed in 22 primary schools across the region, and each group was assigned a homeroom teacher to nurture them through at least ninth grade, when they could choose to work, attend vocational school, or continue on an academic track. Meanwhile, Koo organized 400 foreign donors--professional, mostly Chinese-American women who were passionate about education--to fund up to 13 years of education for these girls. Koo's goals for the Springs Buds project are clear: to build up a middle class and to create new women leaders. But the program also has another, less tangible result: as the students advance in each stage of schooling, they develop a sense of control over their lives, learning to think independently and make their own decisions, and connecting with mentors and peers outside of their home counties. As the students advance in each stage of schooling, they develop a sense of control over their lives, learning to think independently and make their own decisions. a mountainous region with dry soil and barely accessible transportation. The options for poor girls there are similar to those of the girls in Naivasha. The United Nations Girls Education Initiative reports, "An estimated two thirds of China's school-age children who are not enrolled in school are girls. When girls are enrolled, they are usually the first to drop out of school when economic pressures affect their families." In 2000, 14 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly Koo, whom the girls call Grandma Koo, has carefully monitored the progress of all her Spring Buds from her home in San Mateo, California, and has visited the young students almost every year. She funneled those who chose to go into vocational school after middle school into three professions-- nursing, nursery school teaching, and computers-- that have high possibilities for employment, and that she sees as the foundation for the emerging middle class. The 163 girls who have passed the highly competitive college entrance exams are studying a diverse array of fields, including education, art, music, environmental science, medicine, and engineering. These women will graduate from university with student loans, but if they return to their home county and work for two years to benefit the community, they can apply to Koo to have their loans reduced. Though Koo says the Spring Buds project's focus is economic support, it's clear that it is more than just that both for her and for the girls. For these young women, the investment in their education is a transformative affirmation. "Just think: the girl feels like nobody," Koo says of her Spring Buds. She pauses at length, the words seeming to catch in her throat. Her voice wavers as she continues and she blinks back the moisture in her eyes; the reach of her empathy and emotional investment in these young lives is palpable. "Overnight, you have an American sponsor," she says. "All of a sudden you are special." conviction Asbill says she took from her education at Mills. They want to take the experience they had at Mills--of feeling supported and encouraged to take risks in small classrooms of women--and bring it to younger girls who may not otherwise have a chance to benefit from such a setting. The cornerstone of their program is providing positive women role models to ensure the success of girls in need. After graduating from Mills as women's studies majors, Asbill worked in a bank and Metz worked in a nonprofit health clinic. They both quickly realized they were unfulfilled by their jobs and decided to combine their work experience and feminist education to create an endeavor that would be more meaningful to them: an organization run by and for young people. "We see the education system as being pretty broken," says Metz, who wears her bobbed, curly hair clipped back, and speaks with the conviction and eloquence of a seasoned organizer. "The inequity we see in Oakland, let alone nationwide, is overwhelming." Although the United States has a long history of providing free and compulsory education to youth, not all students have the access, support, or confidence to stay enrolled or engage in the material. Girls Moving Forward seeks to help the most at-risk youth by offering a blend of academic and social skills development through partnerships with public schools--especially "continuation" schools that provide a flexible schedule and specialized curricula for students who were unsuccessful in standard schools. They also offer their services through after-school programs. Education by and for young people Like Rosalyn Koo, Lacy Asbill and Elana Metz share the desire to run an organization their own way, a fa l l 2 0 1 2 15 "We're working with girls at continuation high schools, with girls at a pregnant and parenting teen school, with girls at a school for kids who've been expelled from Oakland schools," Asbill says. "There is a persistent culture of low expectations for these young women," she adds. "They know it and they feel it." Asbill and Metz base their methodology on a 1991 study, "Shortchanging Girls, Shortchanging America," that found girls' academic performance was directly affected by their confidence level. The outcomes achieved by Girls Moving Forward are impressive: the continuation high school students who participate in the program pass the high school exit exam at double the rate of average continuation students. The organization's tutors work with the girls on body image, self-acceptance, communication, and friendship. "Participants build social and emotional connections that allow them to be open to academic learning," Asbill explains with an easy smile that conveys her warm, charismatic demeanor. In 2011, Asbill and Metz were named Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs by the Hitachi Foundation, and were awarded a $40,000 grant in addition to professional guidance in growing their business. Girls Moving Forward is now headquartered in an woman." Touched at the effect she'd had, Castillo says, "That's my only drive everyday--to hope that I can make a difference." The ripple effect Asbill and Metz hope their work will not only influence the girls they tutor, but also the young people who are doing the tutoring. "We see our organization as the beginning of a ripple," Metz explains. "Part of the reason we do this is to train the next generation of educators." In addition, Asbill and Metz have spent the last two years developing a reading curriculum that suggests more contemporary books like Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie to get students talking about race, class, and low expectations rather than more traditional texts like The Great Gatsby. "The curriculum will roll out in pilot projects with a handful of partner schools in Oakland Unified this fall," says Metz, "and will be available for general distribution to educators throughout the country shortly afterwards." The two Mills alumnae see this curriculum program as a way to expand their positive effect beyond the scope of their Oakland- and Watsonville�based programs. Similarly, Rosalyn Koo has structured the Spring Buds project to create a ripple. The 13-year cycle of schooling Koo initiated will be complete in two years but, at age 84, Koo doesn't plan to initiate another project of this scale. In order to continue and multiply the positive effects of these girls' education, she has formed the Spring Bud Student Alliance, a professional association to be administered by the more than 100 girls who will graduate from college. The The cornerstone of their program is providing positive women role models to ensure the success of girls in need. airy, lofted Emeryville office that feels like it could be a young girl's bedroom, decorated with a playful rug and presided over by an enormous teddy bear. Funded primarily through federal grants, the program has served over 3,000 girls in the past five years, at no cost to the girls' families, and has expanded to offer a separate program for boys. Asbill and Metz attribute much of their intellectual capital to the tutors they hire--the majority of whom are people of color or first-generation college students who model academic achievement for the girls. One of those tutors, Lindsay Castillo, had her own struggles with confidence as a teenager. On the Girls Moving Forward website, she describes her memory of "how scary it can be to take a math problem on and sit in a classroom of people who seem like they understand what's going on." She goes on to tell of being introduced to the mother of a student as "a mentor who is helping her become an independent, intelligent young 16 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly mission of the alliance is threefold: "Mutual support. Help the needy. Improve the community." In Kenya, St. Francis Xavier graduated its first class of 18 girls in 2010, and they are already driven to empower other women in their community. About a third of the girls said they wanted to be lawyers. One told McAuliffe that she wants to provide people fair representation in the courts; another said she wants to defend women threatened by domestic violence as well as by a legal system that tends to favor husbands in family disputes. As all of these alumnae are creating powerful change for girls in need, they too are feeling a great personal satisfaction rippling back to them. At a 2011 TEDx talk in San Jose, California, McAuliffe encouraged her audience, "If you feel something tugging at your heart, listen up, don't wait until you're 68 like I did. And when you step on that path for the first time," she added, "just be prepared, it may be a longer path than you ever imagined, and infinitely more rewarding." Ramona Smith and Yimei Wong Risk reward and The first 12 Mills MBA students struck out into uncharted territory-- and have gone on to find success in a variety of endeavors By Allison Marin '12 � Photos by Dana Davis The MBA Program at Mills College has come a long way since its inception a decade ago, and so has its first cohort of a dozen students. The fledgling program was essentially an educational start-up, with its limited course offerings and no dedicated career services staff. Classes were held in what had been the Children's School. But the MBA curriculum offered some obvious advantages from the beginning: it provided a way for students to earn an MBA in one year, it built on Mills' strong undergraduate economics courses, and it was led by faculty who were committed to helping women realize their potential as business leaders and to an ethic of business as a means for social change. Members of that first graduating class--all of whom had completed their undergraduate degrees at Mills--describe the Mills MBA as a "once in a lifetime opportunity." It was risky, but "it was like opening a refrigerator," says Yimei Wong '00, MBA '02. "We were hungry, so we made the best of it." These days, MBA enrollment hovers at nearly 100 students and more than 50 courses are offered in topics ranging from core economic theory and marketing basics to strategic philanthropy and environmental sustainability in business. When we caught up with several fa l l 2 0 1 2 17 A brief history MBA Program at Mills 2001 May Mills MBA Program launched; Professor of Economics Nancy Thornborrow named director. of the members of the class, we learned that they too have blossomed: their risk has been well rewarded with success in business, contributions to their communities, and personal achievements. Wong believes "nothing is impossible," and her bold confidence isn't surprising after reading her resume: she has been a global operations consultant for Chevron, head of operations and project development for Trina Solar, member and strategic advisor for Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and, most recently, founder and president of Chinamagination, LLC. She says her success in the years after completing her MBA has come from her everevolving goals. "We need to let our goals morph over time as the world changes," she says, "and we need to master these pivotal moments to create change." Her goal now is remarkable in its scope: her efforts in promoting solar energy and encouraging business partnerships with China through Chinamagination could potentially affect billions of people. "We can create an energy `ecosystem,'" Wong says, "that is sustainable for the future if we use corporate collaboration." Wong's endeavors have also included travel to 43 countries; lecturing for Singularity University in Mountain View, which educates leaders in sustainable enterprise; and helping former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom create the ChinaSF program, which supports business exchange between China and the San Francisco Bay Area. Ramona Lisa Smith '01, MBA '02, started at Mills as an undergraduate resumer in dance, but switched her major to business economics after deciding she "needed something more practical" to support herself and her two-year-old daughter. Pursuing an MBA had not originally been part of her agenda, she says, but "when the opportunity came, I knew it was one I couldn't pass up." She joined the new program as it found its footing, and her conviction paid off. "The MBA Program helped me understand the world economy and my personal finances," she says. "It prepared me for more than just business leadership; it prepared me to handle my life as a business." Smith now works as asset services coordinator, financial coach, and lead of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at SparkPoint/Community Action Marin, helping economically disadvantaged people understand and improve their financial standing. When entering a business venture, Smith brings her whole self to the table: "I want all aspects of my being to be present: my culture, myself as a woman, and myself as a woman of color." Her daughter, now 17, is preparing to apply to college-- with Mills on her list. Nikki Kwan '02, MBA '02, has always been ambitious and eager. Her advice to women in the workforce: "Be bold. Ask for a raise, ask for more things to do--even if you aren't ready. Be confident; you'll figure it out." Kwan has followed her own advice successfully and is now first vice president in the retail banking division of East West Bank, where she is in charge of a variety of strategy and planning initiatives as well as mergers and acquisitions. Kwan has worked in banking since 1994, when she was an undergraduate with a scholarship and an internship from Home 2001 August First 12 students admitted. 2002 May First MBA class graduates. 2004 August Lorry I. Lokey, P '85, provides funding to support construction of a building for the Business School. The MBA Program becomes a school; Thornborrow named dean; dedicated MBA career services established. 2007 Fall Mills Graduate School of Business and Financial Women's Association of San Francisco present the Linda Pitts Custard '60 Women in Business Conference. 2008 April Ground broken on a new building for the school, now named the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. 2008 September Center for Socially Responsible Business (CSRB) established; first annual conference held in April 2009. 2009 April Mills MBA Program selected as a partner in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, a global program to increase the number of underserved women studying business and management. 2009 September Lokey Graduate School of Business building opens. 2010 Fall MBA enrollment surpasses 100 students; Deborah Merrill-Sands takes office as dean of the Business School. 2011 May Summer term courses offered for first time. 2011 Fall Joint MBA/MA degree in educational leadership launched; part-time track introduced. 2012 June Mills' Net Impact chapter receives gold status. Net Impact is a national organization of MBA students and professionals addressing social, economic, and environmental problems. 2012 April Over 200 attendees participate in CSRB's 4th annual conference. 2012 August First tenure-track faculty member hired specifically to teach business courses in the MBA Program. 18 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly Savings of America. Ultimately, her interest in how process affects change led her to pursue her MBA. "I wanted to help people become successful through incremental and sustainable change," she says--a goal she continues to pursue through offering individuals loans to support businesses and homeownership. Immediately after completing her business degree, Kerrin Parker '99, MBA '02, joined M5 Networks, a small telecommunications startup. After helping develop M5 into a pioneer in cloud-based phone systems, Parker is now the senior director of development for this public company in Chicago as well as a mother to two young children. "It was my path to attend an MBA program," says Parker, who had always aimed to manage a large company. She chose Mills over other schools because she was familiar with its supportive educational environment and outstanding faculty--and because she wanted to be a part of the new MBA Program's mission to support women in business. In February, M5 was acquired by ShoreTel for $160 million, and Parker will see the the company transition Kerrin Parker Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Mills MBA Program on Saturday, September 29 See alumnae.mills.edu/reunion for details or call 510.430.2123 Reunion '12 Tsang now works as senior compensation manager for Applied Biosystems in Foster City, just south of San Francisco. "The way I explain it," she laughs, "is that I figure out how much to pay people, but I am not payroll." Her job is specialized and requires her to manage highly confidential information about employees. "It takes a level head," she says, "to not be shaped by the information you know about your coworkers." Since 2004, Claire Norton-Cruz '01, MBA '02, has been the business manager at Midwifery and Women's Health Care at Geneva Woods in Anchorage, Alaska, which specializes in outof-hospital births, prenatal care, and cervical and breast cancer screening for low-income women. During her time in the MBA Program, Norton-Cruz tackled her fear of public speaking, learned to work in groups, and earned the Mills record--which she still holds--for fastest 100-meter individual medley swim with a time of 1:09.96. "I realized later how valuable my MBA education was," she says, adding that the degree made her "a standout job applicant" compared to her peers. She keeps her competitive spirit alive--and fosters the physical well-being of women--through her work as treasurer for the board of the Golden Nugget Triathlon for women. She also serves on the boards of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Alaska chapter, and the American Association of Birth Centers. Tina Lee '01, MBA '02, is the first person to hold the title of director of outreach and innovation for the office of California Controller John Chiang. After leaving Mills, Lee worked with the ZeroDivide Foundation, as a recruiting manager at Robert Half Technology, and as a business analyst for a global management consulting and technology services firm. She then earned her second professional degree: a master's in learning design and technology from Stanford University. "I wanted to explore how Tina Lee through before moving on to start her own enterprise. "Over the years," she notes, "I've learned the importance of building trust and keeping commitments. Being trustworthy to my clients, my coworkers, and my contractors is critical to success." "The MBA Program helped clarify the fact that I loved my career path," Lisa Tsang '98, MBA '02, says of her work in human resources. Tsang first pursued her MBA because she felt stuck in her human resources job at the time and hoped the technology is changing politics and society," she says. In her new position, she aims to use technology to encourage business enterprise throughout northern California--using Twitter (@CA_SCO_Tina), for example, to ask questions like, "How can California government help the green energy sector thrive?" The liberal arts education she acquired as a Mills undergraduate provided the foundation for a clear business ethic during her time in the MBA Program, Lee explains. As a result, her personal business philosophy is simple: "Think." fa l l 2 0 1 2 degree would open other doors. The company she worked for allowed her to continue working part time and even paid part of her tuition. Surprisingly, the informational interview exercises included in the business curriculum enabled Tsang to realize that she was not as interested in other jobs and helped confirm her commitment to her profession. 19 Class Notes do not appear in the online edition of Mills Quarterly. Alumnae are invited to share their news with classmates in the Mills College alumnae community. To submit notes for publication in the next available Quarterly, send your update to classnotes@mills. edu. Class Notes do not appear in the online edition of the Mills Quarterly. Alumnae are invited to share their news with classmates in the Mills College Alumnae Community, alumnae.mills.edu. To submit notes for publication in the next available Quarterly, send your update to email@example.com. Ruth left a legacy for Mills students. You can too. Ruth Gillard '36 (1913�2002) Ruth began her professional career teaching sociology at Mills and was later recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. She was the first woman to inspect the operations of CIA stations on three different continents. In her will, Ruth bequeathed her home to Mills. Her gift provided funding for scholarship support in 2003. Lacy Asbill '03 Lacy benefited from a scholarship from Mills in 2003. She went on to co-found a mentoring organization, Moving Forward Education, with another Mills alumna in 2005. Their organization has since offered free support to over 4,000 Bay Area youth. You may leave a gift of real estate to Mills through a bequest in your will or trust. Another option is to give the College your home now, live in it for the rest of your life, and receive a current income-tax deduction for a portion of its value. To learn more about creating a legacy of your own at Mills contact us toll-free at 1.877.PG.MILLS (1.877.746.4557) or firstname.lastname@example.org. 22 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly If you've already included Mills in your estate plans, please let us know. 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She was involved with the Modesto Mills Club and was a generous supporter of the College. She is survived by her daughter, Gaye Grenfell Cook '58. Betty Aicher Weir '32 , August 23, 2008, in Albuquerque. She is survived by her son and two grandsons. Bernice Nicoll Petty '38, December 23, 2011, in Petaluma, California. She enjoyed gardening and traveling. Kathryn "Kay" Kaser Watkins '38, May 11, in Phoenix. A world traveler and lover of languages, she served as a translator during World War II. She is survived by four children. Helene Smedley Willson '38, March 25, in San Diego. A volunteer at Sharp Cabrillo Hospital and a member of PEO Sisterhood, she loved nature, theater, sewing, and gardening. She is survived by five children and six grandchildren. Margaret Thomson Bronson '40, December 1, 2011, in Brewster, New York. She was a stage, screen, and theater actress. She was also a volunteer and fundraiser for the Putnam Hospital Center. She is survived by her husband, John, and her niece, Elinor "Lin" Herod-Vernon '67. Jane Goldstein Schear Richards '40, June 5, 2007, in Alabama. She is survived by three daughters, including Sarah Schear Cole '70. Daphne Richmond Rockwell '41 , April 16, in Eugene, Oregon. She lived in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and England and, through her art, shared the beauty and wonder that she found in nature. She is survived by three children. Julia Keys Allan '42 , August 31, 2004, in Springfield, Illinois. She was a Red Cross volunteer, a member of the Springfield Junior League, and a city golf champion. She served as secretary to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and the state governor. She is survived by three children. Edith Merrell Swayne '42 , November 15, 2011, in Lafayette, California. She is survived by a son and her sister, Marjorie Merrell Bartlett '49. Imogene "Imy" Fluno Smith Whipple '43 , April 13, in Alameda, California. She volunteered at Big Trees State Park, participated in AAUW, and was an active member of her church. She loved to play piano, sing, and compose, including a song called Mills Memories, dedicated to Aurelia Reinhardt. She is survived by two children and two grandchildren. Patricia "Pat" Chilton Martyr '46, November 15, 2010, in Medford, Oregon. She is survived by her husband, James, their three sons, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Beatrice "Betsy" Woodworth Richmond '46, in November 2011, in Camp Verde, Arizona. She spent her life teaching Hopi and Navajo children and was an accomplished poet. She is survived by her three children. Lois Ager Way '47, June 1, 2008, in Massachusetts. Barbara "Risty" Ristrom Wood '47, May 20, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. A co-owner of The Admiral Risty Restaurant, she served on the board of trustees for Marymount College and Bravo!, a local theater 30 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly support group. She is survived by her husband, Ralph; four children; and six grandchildren. Elizabeth "Dibby" Owen '48, April 7, in Seattle. She worked as a special assistant of international affairs for the US State Department. She is survived by her dear friend, Marilyn Wilson Newland '48. Joanne Beckley Newkirk '49, February 5, in Bend, Oregon. She was a concert pianist and is remembered for her musical brilliance and her dedication to her children. She is survived by her daughter. Patricia "Pat" Tiggard Boese '50, April 25, in Oakland, California. An active volunteer with the Girl Scouts, she worked as an adult education teacher. Vylma Zotti Weeks '51 , March 24, in Atlanta. She was a talented needle worker and quilter, a generous Mills supporter, and an active traveler who visited Greece, Turkey, and Japan. She is survived by her husband, Milton, and two daughters. Shelia Hair Ross '56, November 14, 2009, in Laguna Beach, California. Ruth Nemoede Jepsen '58, April 3, in San Jose, California. A lover of books and crossword puzzles, she enjoyed traveling to experience other cultures. She is survived by two sons and four grandchildren. Helen Meisnest Morse '52 , April 29, in Seattle. She worked at Harborview Medical Center and King Broadcasting and was station manager of King FM. She is survived by her daughter. Marcia Lou Herring Marsh '56, March 24, in Green Valley, Arizona. A teacher in Arizona, she earned a graduate degree in Spanish American culture. Marva Swearengin Harris '56, December 11, 2011, in Vancouver, Washington. A high school teacher and counselor, she was an avid fan of Notre Dame and 49ers football. She is survived by a daughter, two grandsons, and a great-granddaughter. Ruth Gage by Shannon Wolfe '96 William and Helen Gaw by their daughter-in-law, Jane Farrell Gaw '52 Helen Geldhof by her granddaughter, Katja Geldhof '03 Mildred Downey Grenfell '32 by Karla Knapp Blythe Miller Grogan '38 by the Mills College Club of New York Mildred Rodgers Hauck, MA '39, by the Mills College Club of New York F. Warren Hellman by Terry Hinkle Fairman '68, Judy Greenwood Jones '60, P '92 Marcia Gambrell Hovick '45 by Patricia Boadway Cox '43, MA '44 Nancy Parsons Jones, mother of Margot Jones Mabie '66, by the Mills College Club of New York Rebecca "Beccy" Davidson Karlson '69 by her husband, Douglas Karlson Valerie Tognazzini Kieser '59 by Hope Mason Pracht '59, Barbara Christy Wagner '59 C. Rodgers Kines, husband of Barbara Newman Kines '55, by Diane Smith Janusch '55 Marjorie Woolwine Knightly '56 by Linda Denny Knox '56 Carol Lennox '61 by Barbara Li Santi and Lydia Mann '83 Lydia Nelson McCollum '43, P '70, by June Holden Schneider '43 Julia Mies by Beverly Pachner Christina Miller '71 by her sister, Kathleen Miller Janes '69 Isabel Schemel Mulcahy '44 by her husband, Thomas Mulcahy Elizabeth Pope by Elaine Bowe Johnson '62, Marion Osmun '76 Daphne Richmond Rockwell '41 by Mildred Eberle Rothrock '41 Doris Ellsworth Rogers '47 by her husband, Joseph Rogers Susan "Sue" Rubenstein Schapiro '52 by June Holden Schneider '43 Luceen Schmelke by her granddaughter, Erin Beardsley, MBA '12 Ida Shimanouchi '38 by Sarah Wong Soong '71 Israel Tribble by Deborah Wood '75 Vylma Zotti Weeks '51 by Martha McMaster Quimby '51, Jeanne Thomas '51 Ruth Siren Wheeler '43 by Patricia Boadway Cox '43, MA '44 Imogene "Imy" Fluno Whipple '43 by Jack and Lynn Broadbent, Barbara Coler, Jennifer and Dan Cooper Aquilino Zarazua by his daughter, G. Albertina Zarazua Padilla '78 p=parent; For information about making a tribute gift, contact 510.430.2097 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Leanne Haney Rhodes '62 , May 12, in Nipomo, California. She earned a PhD in special education and worked as an infant educational consultant. She enjoyed opera, antiquing, and hosting holiday dinners. She is survived by her husband, Richard; her daughters Shannon and Alisha Rhodes '93; and four grandchildren. Martha Miller Evans '63 , May 13, in Oakland, California. She raised four children then earned a BFA in metalsmithing from Portland School of Art. The family moved to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Minnesota before settling in Maine, where she lived for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Jef; four children; and five grandchildren. Margaret Cockrell, MFA '86, March 12, in Walnut Creek, California. A Catholic poet, she participated in chapel programs at Mills along with her husband George, and served as an unofficial mentor to many students, faculty, and staff. Joe Shuttleworth, husband of Rebecca Marsh Shuttleworth '64, April 17, in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. Mary Disney Vansant , daughter of Beverley Berry Disney '44, August 20, 2009, in Atlanta. Jerry Werlin, husband of Barbara Gilinsky Werlin '50 and father of Andrea Werlin '76, May 10, in Los Angeles. Faculty Elbert G. Smith, professor of chemistry, died on March 18 in Oakland. He was 98. Smith earned his doctorate from Iowa State College and taught at Hamline University, the University of Denver, and the University of Hawaii before joining the Mills faculty in 1958. In his 20-year tenure at the College, he often served as head of the department. Smith helped develop and disseminate Wiswesser Line Notation, a chemical notation system which was readily searched by early computers and was capable of identifying specific molecular fragments of larger structures. His two books detailing this notation system were translated into many languages. He also combined the principles of line notation and his love of music to develop "Tunefinder," a computer program that identifies musical pieces based on a series of notes. Spouses and family Henry Blauer, husband of Geri Green Blauer '52, June 6, in Portland, Oregon. Philip Burchill, husband of Jacklyn Davidson Burchill '44, June 6, in Los Angeles. Philip Lathrap, father of Robbie Lathrap Davis '71, February 28, in Lafayette, California. Earl Loomis Jr., husband of Muriel Peabody Loomis '52, May 10, 2011, in Greenport, New York. Lloyd Portis, husband of Leal Davidson Portis '55 and father of Amy Portis Lovin '90, March 28, in Nevada City, California. Irene Sachanko, mother of Barbara Sachanko Dalmau '75, April 4, in Henderson, Nevada. fa l l 2 0 1 2 31 What the body craves by Tarin Griggs '12 foreword do not worry if this makes no sense if this makes you feel senseless in your brain and your mind because this is not about that this is not meant to be crystal or clear it is not glass though it has been shattered and it is fragmented this is not about that this is about the body yours and mine and the ones over there distant blurry miragelike visions those peering over your left shoulder there are many things being said often simultaneously it is overwhelming that is okay how many messages confront you daily hourly this second by the color screens and your boss and your ex and your mother's father and the glossy publications consuming privates for public regurgitation when do you have time to process this is a process not of elimination because this won't stop this is not for your comprehension but it is for your eyes your ears your mouth your limbs your loins these are the things my body craves what do you crave? ... racing you are lost racing you are lost you are lost racing you are lost Drifting upward Ignore this beating Focus in-- Pulse point behind ear lobe this heartbeat Touching knuckle beat Rapidfire this heart Through the chest wall beat A hollow delay heart Fingertips diffusing beats Carpal tunnel vision slowing this beat Rhythmic blindness beats this heart Remains: resting places t-shirt cotton Rougher surfaces skin raked linen Raised in Richmond, California, Tarin Griggs '12 earned a BA in English with a minor in dance choreography. Her interests include contemporary fiction, poetry, sociolinguistics, and literary criticism, and her work was published in the 2011 edition of The Walrus. The excerpts on this page are from the poem that earned her this year's Mary Merritt Henry prize for undergraduate poetry. 32 M i l l s Q u a r t e r ly Alumnae tr avel 2013 Waterways of Russia from Moscow to St. Petersburg July 24�August 3, 2013 Join President Alecia A. DeCoudreaux on this cruise aboard a 56-cabin deluxe river ship, featuring visits to several UNESCO World Heritage sites and extensive guided tours of Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, and the State Hermitage Museum. Additional offerings for 2013: � Australia and New Zealand, January 17�30 � Treasures of Ecuador, February 5�16 � Sorrento on the Divine Amalfi Coast, April 17�25 � From Cannes to Venice: Jewels of Antiquity, May 28�June 12 � Cruising the Baltic Sea: Changing the Tides of History, June 13�24 � China: The Yangtze River, September 10�23 � Villages & Vineyards of the Mosel, Rhine & Main Rivers cruise, October 14�22 � Treasures of East Africa featuring Tanzania & Kenya, October 19�November 12 See the AAMC travel website at aamc.mills.edu for dates, prices, and full itineraries as they become available. For reservations or additional information, call the Alumnae Association of Mills College at 510.430.2110 or email email@example.com. St. Petersburg Bring Mills Home! Show off your enthusiasm for your alma mater. The Alumnae Association of Mills College offers a variety of items for purchase, with revenues benefiting alumnae and student activities such as professor talks, book discussions, social gatherings, the Pearl M Dinner, and Winter Celebration for December Graduates. Eucalyptus pins silver $30, gold $35 Print, sketch of Mills Hall by Roi Partridge $20 unframed Print, photo of Mills Hall circa 1873 by Eadweard Muybridge $20 unframed Canvas totes $15 Ornaments of campus landmarks (Campanil, Mills Hall, Music Bldg, Art Bldg, eucalyptus trees) $20 each To order: Please indicate which items you wish to purchase and the address where they will be sent. Mail payment in the form of a check to AAMC, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, MB#86, Oakland, CA 94613 For more information contact the AAMC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.430.2110. fa l l 2 0 1 2 33 Mills Quarterly Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613-1301 510.430.3312 email@example.com www.mills.edu Address service requested Periodicals postage paid at Oakland, CA, and at additional mailing office(s) Two Evenings of Artistic Innovation photo by vinciane vergue then The Fine Arts Division celebrates Pauline Oliveros and John Cage October 5: Sixteen Dances (Cage), Rock Piece (Oliveros), Event with Canfield (Cunningham) October 6: Cistern Simulation (Oliveros), Variations IV (Cage), Event with Canfield (Cunningham) Both performances begin at 8:00 pm in the Jeannik M�quet Littlefield Concert Hall and continue in Haas Pavilion To honor the 80th birthday of Pauline Oliveros and the 100th birthday of John Cage, the Mills College Departments of Music and Dance and the Mills College Art Museum present two evenings of music by the two renowned composers. Both evenings will culminate with a performance of Event with Canfield, featuring choreography by Merce Cunningham accompanied by Oliveros's soundscore, In Memoriam: Nikola Tesla, Cosmic Engineer, and original lighting design by Robert Morris. All works will be performed by Mills faculty, students, and guest artists. Join us to pay tribute to the indelible influence of these groundbreaking artists and their role in making Mills College a leading source of innovation in the fine arts. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and non-Mills students, free to alumnae with AAMC card. They may be purchased at the door or online at www.boxofficetickets.com. For additional information visit musicnow.mills.edu.