faculty: notable and quotable rita roberts, associate professor of history and black studies, was the speaker at an event at the Los Angeles Public Library celebrating the early African American experience in California. The early December event was produced in conjunction with Los Angeles-area NPR station KPCC and the Emancipation Proclamation traveling exhibit. On March 14, Chicago Botanic Gardens hosted eric t. haskell, professor of French and the humanities, for a lecture focusing on three private gardens designed during the second half of the 20th century by famed landscape architect Russell Page. Essence magazine quoted sheila walker, associate professor of psychology, in two recent issues. In a February 2004 article on female ’tweens and self image,Walker advises parents to focus on their daughters’ accomplishments based on personal achievement rather than physical appearance. In a March 2004 article, “Sex and the Single Mom,” Professor Walker advises mothers on how to construct appropriate boundaries with their children. Walker was also a featured speaker at the Teach AFRICA Conference held last November at Georgetown University and at the Embassy of Tunisia,Washington, D.C.Walker’s address focused on Africans’ contribution in the foundation of the Americas. The recently published book, Banana Wars, includes a chapter written by cindy forster, associate professor of history. Forster investigates the history of the United Fruit Company workers’ revolution in Tiquisate, Guatemala, from 1944–1954, and shows how the grassroots efforts of these workers resulted in the Agrarian Reform. Macondo references the fictional town and people of Santa Marta, Colombia, immortalized by Gabriel García Márquez in his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Forster draws upon the lives of these imaginary plighted workers to encourage recognition of the sufferings of the people of Tiquisate. Professors thierry boucquey and nathalie rachlin comprised the local organizing committee for the Second International Women in French Conference, which took place at Scripps, April 22–24, 2004. In addition to their behind-the-scenes work, Boucquey and Rachlin led a variety of scheduled sessions and discussions.
Johnson Faculty Awards Each year, the Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Awards are given to Scripps professors with extraordinary achievements in teaching, research, and community service. For the 2002–03 academic year, honorees are: Teaching Melissa Coburn, Italian Newton Copp, biology Mary Hatcher-Skeers, chemistry Chris Towse, mathematics Sheila Walker, psychology Scholarship James Higdon, physics Hao Huang, music Amy Marcus-Newhall, psychology Marion Preest, biology Cheryl Walker, English literature Community service Dion Scott-Kakures, philosophy Susan Seizer, anthropology/women’s studies In Memoriam
Colleges Mourn Catholic Chaplain after seven years of dedicated service to The Claremont Colleges, Catholic chaplain Father Wayne A. Maro died at the age of 55 on December 1, 2003, due to complications from cancer. He was devoted to the community and beloved by students, staff, and faculty both within and outside the Catholic community. Despite suffering from a rare type of cancer for the past 14 years, Father Maro continued to work hard to create and maintain a close-knit Catholic community within The Claremont Colleges. Pomona College senior Megan Gall explained, “He made every effort to include all people in his ministry; he was especially concerned about creating a interfaith community.” “Any time there was a crisis on these campuses,” said Rabbi Leslie Bergson, the Jewish chaplain at The Colleges’ McAlister Center, “I was just accustomed to having Catharine [the Rev. Catharine Grier Carlson, the Protestant chaplain] on one side, and Wayne on the other. It makes it really hard to deal with this tragedy.” “He encouraged people to share the ups and downs of their own lives, and he guided them to improve themselves spiritually,” said David Murphy, a Claremont McKenna College senior. He added, “Father Wayne was a very special human being, a wonderful friend for students, and one of the most loving people I’ve known.” The Council of Presidents of The Claremont Colleges has approved a national search for a new Catholic chaplain. Father Maro is survived by his father, Frank Maro; his brother, Dean Maro; a sister in law, Mary Maro; a niece, Joan; and a nephew, Chris Maro.
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