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For the Alumnae: we just got an email chock-full of good news from President Kiss (including enrollment going up, being named Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars, and achievements by students, faculty, and alumnae):


Dear Agnes Scott Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we race to the semester’s finish line and prepare to gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays, I want to share a brief round-up of college kudos and news. First, on the news front:

• I am delighted to report that applications for fall 2010 are running well ahead of last year. We have received 1,258 applications so far, a record for early December. Most heartening is that completed applications for the class of 2014 are up 43 percent over this time last year.
• The college’s endowment is beginning to recover. It fell 19.3 percent between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009 (right on the national average for college endowment losses during this period), but has gained an estimated 8.4 percent between July 1 and November 30.
• Agnes Scott has received a 3-year, $150,000 “green campus” grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support our sustainability efforts, including a campus-wide energy audit and our sustainability fellow position.
• Agnes Scott was named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Institute for International Education. Fulbright Scholarships support college graduates in the pursuit of international research projects and in teaching English abroad.
Inman Hall will receive a much-needed upgrade to its air-circulation system in two stages, beginning this winter break and concluding next summer. This will prevent moisture problems in the future. A new Residence Hall Task Force will be formed in January to assess and prioritize improvement needs across all our residence halls. Watch for an announcement early next year.

Next, the kudos! We celebrated two notable “firsts” this semester:

Meg Beyer ’10 is Agnes Scott’s first Marshall Scholar, one of only 40 U.S. college students selected for this fellowship, which supports graduate study in the U.K. She is joining some very distinguished company: Marshall alumni include Supreme Court justices, Nobel laureates, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize.
 Soccer player Briana Karettis ’13 became Agnes Scott’s first conference Freshman Athlete of the Year in a team sport. She was selected for this honor by the head soccer coaches across the Great South Athletic Conference.

Other notable student achievements include:

 Two seniors, Samantha Corvino and Indira Cruz, have already been accepted by Teach for America.
Lucia Hulsether ’11 published an article on girls’ gender construction in the scholarly journal Practical Matters.

Agnes Scott alumnae also continue to make us proud. Recent achievements include:

Simone Bell ’03 was elected to the Georgia State House in District 58.
Jennifer Nettles ’97 of Sugarland was nominated for a 2010 Grammy.
Karen L. Anderson ’90 was named chief of staff to President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Constance Curry ’55 won her second Lillian Smith Book Award recognizing works of outstanding literary merit that promote the ideals of a racially just society.

And there’s more! Notable achievements by faculty and staff include:

 An essay by The Dalton Gallery Director Lisa Alembik and several works of art from Agnes Scott’s permanent collection are featured in a new book,Georgia Masterpieces.
Professors Doug Fantz and Tim Finco have received a $127,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the purchase of new research equipment in molecular biology and biochemistry.
Professor Bill Hopkins’ research on chimpanzee brain function and communication skills will appear in the January issue of the journal Cortex and has already been featured on the National Geographic Web site.
Professor Tina Pippin has a new book, Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children, published by the Society of Biblical Literature last month.
Professor Amy Sullivan received a $6,400 grant from the American Physical Society for “Beam Me Up, Scottie!”—an outreach project to teach people about lasers and optics.
Professor Rachel Trousdale’s new book Nabokov, Rushdie, and the Transnational Imagination will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2010.
Professor Madeline Zavodny published a Migration Policy Institute report on how immigrant workers are faring in the recession. The report’s findings were featured by many news outlets, including the Dallas Morning News.

As these and many other wonderful achievements by members of our campus community demonstrate, Scotties Rule. In fact, a Scottie named Sadie won the 2009 National Dog Show in Philadelphia over Thanksgiving weekend. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

My best wishes to all of you for a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Joyful Kwanzaa, lovely Winter Solstice and a fun, relaxing and restorative break.

Elizabeth

Comments

the dog show bit was my favorite part, honestly.
That's great, thanks for posting! :)
Noooo! I wanted to see all of this in a printed letter form begging me for money from that good job I still don't have a whole year later! (Good job? Wait, I meant any job. If you have one, cherish it.)