Wednesday October 31, 2012

Williams College President Adam Falk announced this week that Nancy A. Roseman, professor of biology, has been named the 28th president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

"Nancy is certainly well prepared for this position, with her great experience in teaching, research, and administration, including as dean of the college and director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford. She is also steeped in faculty governance, having served on a variety of committees, including the Faculty Steering Committee, and Committee on Educational Policy," said Falk in a written statement to the Williams community.

"As much as we'll miss her here at Williams, I'm absolutely delighted for Nancy and for Dickinson," he said.

Falk also referred to two other Williams alumni, Clayton Spencer ('77) and Catharine "Cappy" Hill ('76), who were recently named as presidents of Bates College and Vassar College, respectively.

Add your boost to the effort: A local family is looking for a bit of a holiday miracle. The Keefner family has formed the Emily's Fund for The Craniofacial Clinic at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center to help buy a comprehensive database system for the clinic, located in Worcester.

Elizabeth Keefner is the office manager at Mildred Elley school in Pittsfield. Her daughter, Emily, is a 17-year-old junior at New Lebanon Junior/Senior High School and a volunteer firefighter with the Canaan Protective Fire Company in nearby Canaan, N.Y.

Emily was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, and has been a patient of the clinic for many years.

"After 34 surgeries, Emily understands how this database system can benefit the Craniofacial Clinic and its young patients. The Craniofacial Clinic ... helps an estimated 400 children and families annually," Elizabeth Keefner writes.

The $50,000 system will serve to manage patient data that is used for treatment planning, care coordination, outcomes analysis, epidemiology studies, strategic planning, and, potentially, research.

Dr. Janice Lalikos of Shriner's Hospital in Springfield shared the following comment regarding Emily and her efforts: "Emily has raised $8,000 thus far. Most would think that a laudable donation to the cause and of course we have thanked the family profusely. It actually takes my breath away. I don't think Emily and her family will quit until Emily sees her own patient data sheet emerge from the software. ... It has been my honor to be one of her doctors."

Last week, the Keefners hosted a fall festival to help raise funds, but more help is needed to meet a Dec. 31 fundraising deadline.

Information: http://bit.ly/QSSJ0b.

Share your story: The Berkshire Immigrant Center is seeking immigrant women who would like to share their stories as part of the Berkshire Festival of Woman Writers. BIC will sponsor a series of writing workshops in January at Williams College with the final dates to be determined by the availability of the participants.

The stories will be compiled into a booklet to be distributed and read at a forum in March. Greta Phinney, who has successfully conducted writing workshops both in Pittsfield and abroad with English as a second language-learning adults, will lead the workshop and prepare participants to write and share their stories.

Information: (413) 445-4881 or secretary@berkshireic.com.

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