December 10, 2013
Research benefits Oakland merchants
As part of a course on local policymaking, master of public policy students surveyed Oakland’s Eastlake District—tracking vacancies, litter, graffiti, and illegal dumping—then made a number of recommendations aimed at enhancing business development in the area.
November 30, 2013
Speaking of gender: preferred pronouns
Mouthing Off!, a Mills student group, was featured in an Associated Press article for its members’ efforts to buck the limitations of gender pronouns, including “he” and “she.” While the growing trend of preferred gender pronouns allows individuals to take control of their own identities, it challenges institutional policies and the constraints of the English language.
November 18, 2013
Take a class at Mills in January
Mills’ new January session, which is open to the general public, offers short courses on topics ranging from Jane Austen’s enduring celebrity to the economic factors driving climate change. Register by December 18 for classes that run January 6 through 17. Alumnae auditors enjoy a discounted rate. Questions? Contact the M Center at 510.430.2000.
Jennifer Johnson '73 appointed dean of Lewis and Clark Law School
Johnson, the Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law, is a widely respected teacher and scholar who has served on the law school faculty since 1980. She will become the new dean this summer.
www.thefacultylounge.org, December 9, 2013
St. Mary's Academy welcomes Samantha Sahnow '11 as swim coach
Sahnow will serve as co-head coach for the swim team at St. Mary's Academy, an all-girls high school in Portland. Sahnow was on the swim team at Mills College for four years, and her coaching experience includes working in the summer swim program at Portland Parks and the Oakland Barracudas, a USA Swim Team.
Catholic Sentinel, December 6, 2013
Rebecca Woodbury '09, MPP '10, helps create strictest city ordinance against smoking in the US
The city council for San Rafael, California, recently approved a smoking ordinance, which Woodbury helped write, that bans smoking in dwellings that share a wall with other units, such as apartments and condos.
The Washington Times, November 26, 2013
English teacher Annie Hatch, MA '10, implements Common Core requirements in Oakland
An article on Oakland's adoption of the Common Core, a new set of national education standards, shows how Hatch is implementing the standards by assigning her 10th grade class to analyze Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.
www.oaklandlocal.com, November 20, 2013