Admission CD-ROM Wins Gold
|A Record Year for Admission
It is taking some heavy lifting to narrow the field for Haverford’s Class of 2007. Nearly 3,000 high-school students applied last year, the largest applicant pool in the College’s history. The exact number of applicants, 2,981, was nearly 15 percent more than the previous year and 6 percent more than the previous record.
Director of Admission Delsie Phillips attributes this success to the College’s vital network of volunteers, her dedicated staff, and her award-winning mini-CD.
“Our staff and alumni volunteers were highly visible,” she explains, “and we traveled to as many college fairs, schools, and recruiting events as time and money would allow. We sent out more than 33,000 CD’s and handed them out at every venue. We also hosted more groups on campus and were able to increase our mailing and e-mailing contacts using sophisticated recruitment technology. A lot of this can be attributed to plain hard work. We are, like other institutions, enjoying the beginning of a Baby Boom cohort, but that alone doesn’t account for a 15 percent jump in one year.”
|Whitehead Wins in New York
On Feb. 1, 2003, John Whitehead ’43, emeritus member of the Board of Managers and honorary co-chair of the “Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve” campaign, received the Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Achievement and Recognition Awards ceremony at Tavern on the Green. The award is given annually to “an individual who demonstrates leadership in advancement programs, furtherance of the philanthropic tradition, and public articulation of needs, goals, and issues in education.”
Frank Conroy ’58 took part in a White House ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 27, to accept the National Humanities Medal for the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop — the first university-based organization to be presented the Medal. Administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medal “honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.”
In 1987, when Conroy became the fifth director of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, then University President James O. Freedman predicted, “his appointment insures that The Writers’ Workshop will remain the most distinguished program of its kind in the country.”
|2003 Honorary Degree Recipients
The College will confer honorary degrees on the following four recipients during Commencement Day exercises on Sunday, May 18, 2003:
Hafsat Abiola, a Nigerian whose father, the elected president of Nigeria, was denied the opportunity to form a government, deposed by a military takeover, and died in prison in June of 1998. Her mother worked for his release during the imprisonment and was gunned down by agents of the military in 1996. Hafsat graduated from Harvard in 1997 and established an organization memorializing her mother’s life called the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND). She has served as the president of the International African Students Association, as a Fetzer Fellow, and on the boards of the State of the World Forum and the Special Olympics. She currently works on issues of women and youth leadership programs, conflict resolution and prevention programs, and supporting multinationals in developing their roles as global citizens.
David Bourns, head of the Paul Cuffee Charter School in Rhode Island. The school, named after an 18th-century Quaker who spearheaded a movement to resettle slaves in Africa, is in its second year of operation and has a mission to increase the diversity of students pursuing scientific and technical careers and give them high quality academic training. Prior to taking his current position, Bourns served as head of George School for 21 years and spent his life preoccupied with issues of social justice, nonviolence, and conflict mediation. He is also a Quaker, a sailor and shipbuilder, and a furniture maker.
David Maybury-Lewis, born in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1929. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Oxford University in 1952. Four years later he earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from Oxford University and then emigrated to the Unites States in 1960 to join the Harvard University faculty as a cultural anthropologist. His interests encompass cultural survival of tribal people and ethnic minorities. He has authored several books including Dialectical Societies: The Ge and Bororo of Central Brazil and The Attraction of Opposites: Thought and Society in the Dualistic Mode. Through his work Maybury-Lewis has chronicled the lives of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, especially Brazil. Because of his contributions to Brazilian social science, Maybury-Lewis was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Scientific Merit in 1997, Brazil’s highest academic award. In the spring of 1998 he was awarded the Anders Retzuis gold medal of the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography by the King of Sweden.
Willie Ruff, hornist and bassist of the Mitchell-Ruff Duo. He graduated from Yale as both an undergraduate and graduate student and has been on the faculty at the Yale School of Music since 1971, teaching music history, ethnomusicology, instrumental arranging, and an interdisciplinary seminar on rhythm. He is also the Director of the Duke Ellington Fellowship Program at Yale which brings together world-class musicians, college students, and young musicians from the new Haven public schools. Ruff has written widely on Paul Hindemith, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn and has created the interdisciplinary “Planetarium for the Ear” on the musical astronomy of the 17th-century scientist Johannes Kepler. He has also written on music and dance in Russia, jazz in China, and is at work on a book, Six Roads to Chicago exploring cultural life in that city.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher Scholar Award for 2002 has been awarded to Karin Åkerfeldt, associate professor of chemistry. Only six awards were made this year and only one other to a teacher at an undergraduate institution.
Professor of Physics Suzanne Amador Kane’s article “Quantitative Chirality Measures Applied to Domain Formation in Langmuir Monolayers” appeared in Volume 18, Issue 25 of the journal Langmuir.
Rebecca Compton, assistant professor of psychology, contributed “Interhemispheric interaction facilitates face processing” to the November issue of the journal Neuropsychologia. The article details the results of Compton’s study, which confirms that it is easier for people to recognize emotional expressions on human faces when the brain uses both hemispheres to process the information.
Richard Freedman, professor of music, attended the conference on Music and Melancholy, 1400-1800, at Princeton University October 26-27. He contributed the paper “Listening to Melancholy: Lassais un triste coeur and the French Medical Tradition.”
The selection committee for the Mellon New Directions Fellowships selected from Haverford Laurie Kain Hart, associate professor of anthropology, and Michael Sells, professor of religion and Emily Judson Baugh and John Marshall Gest Professor in Comparative Religion. Each fellowship carries with it a semester of leave and a $5,000 grant that may be used to defray research, travel or educational expenses related to the proposed fellowship.
Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Anthropology Martin Hébert presented his paper “Peace Studies and Popular Culture: Addressing Militarism in the Classroom” at the Peace and Justice Studies Annual Conference, held at Georgetown University October 4-6. Hébert also attended the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in Montreal October 24-26, where he presented “From the Exchange of Saints to the Zapatour: Pilgrimage as a Political Ritual in Rural Mexico.”
At the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, held in Toronto November 22-25, Assistant Professor of Religion Tracey Hucks chaired a session for the Womanist Group, honoring the work of Delores Williams and her book Sisters in the Wilderness.
Ken Koltun-Fromm, assistant professor of religion, traveled to the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Los Angeles, December 13-17. He chaired two committee meetings: one for the Works in Progress Group and one for Aesthetics.
Naomi Koltun-Fromm, assistant professor of religion, presented a paper on the oral transmission of Biblical interpretive traditions between Jews and Christians in third and fourth century Persian Mesopotamia at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Los Angeles, December 13-17. She also chaired a panel called “Jews and Romans in Society and Imagination.”
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Zolani
Noonan-Ngwane attended the American Anthropological Association
conference in New Orleans November 20-24, where he contributed his paper
“Anthropology and Changing Geographics of Migrancy in Rural South
Africa” for the panel “New Directions in Southern African
Margaret Schaus, reference librarian, has received a
$20,000 grant from the Delmas Foundation to continue work on FEMINAE,
a database index on medieval women and gender.