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Presidential Communication
November 10, 2017

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

Dear all,

Before Congress recessed for Veterans Day today, both the House and the Senate made progress on a tax bill that Moody's, the credit ratings agency, described as a threat to revenue streams in higher education. The proposed bills intend to limit Pell Grant growth, tax private university endowments, eliminate education tax credits, and reduce incentives for charitable donations, each of which would have a negative financial impact on colleges and universities. Mills' Chief of Staff and Vice President for External Relations and Communication Renee Jadushlever sent out information earlier about how the Mills community can respond. More information is also available at the American Council on Education's site on tax and higher education.

Veterans are also affected by higher education policy, since many benefit from educational opportunities and transition support as they move from military into civilian life. This week, I had a chance to lecture to a full house at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, a UCSF teaching hospital and research facility located at the former Fort Miley and surrounded by the trails and ocean views of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. I spoke about the impact of sexual assault on veterans and learned about the VA's trans health programs, neuroscience research, and outreach.

Here at Mills and beyond, our faculty have been busy sharing their own research with engaged communities of scholars. Professor Kathleen Walkup, who holds the Lovelace Family Chair in Book Art, presented "Women and the Labor of Print: An American Story" as the joint Lieberman/Mitchell Lecture at the University of Iowa on November 2 (see attachment). Our Germaine Thompson Professorship in French Studies is held by Assistant Professor Audrey Calefas-Strebelle, who brought the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Interdisciplinary 17th-Century French Studies to Mills and Stanford. The meeting included a musical performance by Professor and music department head Nalini Ghuman and colleagues. Nalini holds the Frederick A. Rice Professorship. In a time of uncertain funding for higher education and the arts, faculty efforts like these are a sign of resilience and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge and meaning.

In case you are looking for some activities this weekend, please consider attending the Sunday, November 12th concert in Littlefield Concert Hall, beginning at 4:00pm. Purloined Pages is a concert of translations from one genre to another, e.g. taking a four-hand piano duo and making it a trio. The works of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and Frith will be featured.  Tickets, priced at $15 general/$10 seniors, non-Mills students, and Mills alums, may be purchased at the door or online.

Beth Signature



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