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Mills: Inside and Out

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Presidential Communication
March 2, 2018

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

Dear all,

This morning's storms brought two rounds of hail to the campus, with bright sunshine in between. The unsettled weather mirrors the vicissitudes of our national political climate this week, with high school students leading the way on gun policy, trade policy in turmoil, and the status of our Dreamers and other undocumented students not yet resolved. Despite the storm clouds, spring is nearly upon us and our students are well into their semester of study. I write to share the sometimes unseen labor of our expert facilities team this spring and to note an upcoming conference that's celebrating its 10th anniversary at Mills.

Already our facilities staff is preparing for commencement, which brings more people to Mills than any other event, by trimming trees & shrubs, filling the lake, and testing irrigation lines. They're also looking ahead to gather bids and plan for the installation of new equipment and upgrades in buildings that include the sculpture bays, the Reinhardt alumnae house kitchen, and the ensemble room. At the same time, they're doubling down to maintain our heating systems during the cold nights that tax our boilers; addressing a large leak behind the Aron Art Center that has saturated the lawn; and closing out nearly 100 work orders from the campus community related to lights, radiators, drains, faucets, and more. Please thank Associate Vice President for Operations Linda Zitzner, our engineers and facilities staff when you see them on campus for their care and diligence in preserving a safe, comfortable, and beautiful environment for learning at Mills.

Next Friday, March 9, the Lokey School will host Investing in Community Power: Elevating the Collaborative Bay Area Economy, the 10th annual Center for Socially Responsible Business (CSRB) conference. Konda Mason, co-founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, headlines a remarkable group of community leaders who will join us to share ideas and inspiration at the conference, which is sponsored by the Lokey School's CSRB. With a decade of community-oriented conference behind it, the CSRB is ready for its own transformation. Next week's conference will mark the public announcement of an exciting development: The renaming and re-launch of the CSRB under the leadership of Dr. Darcelle Lahr, who has been appointed director of the new Center for Transformative Action. The new name better reflects the Center's goal of educating ethical leaders, change makers, social entrepreneurs, policy advocates and management executives whose work is both socially responsible and transformative. I'm grateful for everyone in the Lokey School, especially Dr. Lahr, Dean Kate Karniouchina, and Professor Seth Barad, for making this relaunch and conference possible.


Beth Signature



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