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Mills: Inside and Out

Mills College
Presidential Communication
January 12, 2018

TO: Mills College Faculty and Staff
FROM: Beth Hillman
SUBJECT: Mills: Inside and Out

Dear all,

As we head into the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and our campus finishes preparing for the start of classes next week, I write from Washington, D.C., at the end of an extended trip to meet with the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering study group, Congressional staff, alumnae, and higher education leaders. I want to share some of what I've learned and remind you of a resource that allows us to share good news on campus that those outside of your department might not see.

The opportunity to hear from those who graduated from Mills at various points in our history is one of my favorite ways to learn more about the transformative impact of a Mills education. I talked to Lucy Maisel '38, who turns 100 years old in March, and learned that she eagerly follows Mills through our correspondence, including the Mills Quarterly and was looking forward to connecting to other Mills alumnae in South Florida. Lucy came to Mills on a scholarship created by the Board of Trustees, she said, because Mills was struggling financially and with enrollment during the 1930's. She fondly remembered skiing near Dukski, Mills' Lake Tahoe area property (sold years ago!). I also met with an accomplished Class of '65 alumna who came to Mills after two years at a junior college because of learning differences that made her high school teachers underestimate her intellectual fitness for college. She graduated from Stanford Law School and practiced as an attorney in the Department of Justice. She described an equestrian course at a stable in the Oakland Hills as her most thrilling class, because the instructor had them ride around the ring side-by-side as fast as possible, with a foot in the stirrup of the rider on the horse next to hers!

If you have good news about your colleagues' or students' work at Mills, I hope you'll share it with us by writing to goodnews@mills.edu, an email address that Renee Jadushlever, our chief of staff, monitors. So many talented staff and faculty at Mills solve problems so quickly that we never hear about them. For but two examples of the hidden work of our staff: Last weekend, the campus suffered a major power outage that lasted nearly a full day. Our facilities and engineering team, led by Linda Zitzner and Mike McBride, worked overtime to solve the problem, coordinating with PG&E and outside high voltage experts, discovering that the source of the problem was a faulty switch. And over the winter break while the rest of us were on vacation, members of our advancement team—especially Suzanne Alexander—processed end-of-year gifts while the campus was closed. Their work, and the generosity of our donors, enabled us to end the calendar year with more than $6 million in new gifts since the fiscal year began on July 1, 2017. Those of you who were able to join the College officers earlier this week for the welcome-back coffee and donuts in Mills Hall probably learned about other staff and faculty accomplishments; I hope you'll send them to goodnews@mills.edu.

Our students also continue to garner awards: This week, we learned that four students—Emmely Tot Mairena, Tamika Daniels, Mckenzi Thompson, and Jessica Olivares -- whose applications were coordinated by Professor Andrew Flores—were selected as Stanford Innovation Fellows.

Enjoy the first holiday weekend of the new year, keeping the civil rights that Dr. King fought for in mind as we await a political solution for our DACA students.

Beth Signature

 



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