A Busy Weekend
- by R. Ankrom
The Chatham Hall campus was buzzing with activity all weekend long. Things kicked off as the Office of Admission hosted a Big Sister/Little Sister night, allowing current students to invite younger family members and friends to get a taste of dorm life by participating in activities and spending the night on campus.
Family Day in Honor of Grandparents followed on Friday. With 119 guests attending, the day included opportunities for family members to attend classes and meet with faculty. Additionally, students, family members and guests were treated to a special address by Dr. Ainissa G. Ramirez entitled How to Change the World (With Science). Dr. Ramirez is currently a faculty member at Yale University in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and has been honored and recognized for her innovative work in technology. She is also the founding director of Science Saturdays (begun in 2004) —and currently co-hosts this program for 7th graders and higher. The program, according to its Web site, “is designed to shatter stereotypes about scientists and to show the fun of science.”
The afternoon saw both the Varsity Soccer and Tennis teams in action.
Friday night ended with a showcase of the performing arts – numbers were presented by the St. Mary’s Choir and the Chamber Choir. Chatham Hall dancers also presented several pieces.
Saturday morning was filled with a unique opportunity for Chatham Hall juniors and their parents to attend an intense “Planning For College” workshop. Representatives from Randolph Macon College, Elon University, Washington and Lee University, and Sweet Briar College led sessions in a variety of topics ranging from “Finding the Best College Fit” to “How to Make the Most Out of Your Campus Visit.”
Sunday brought Spring Convocation in the Van Voorhis Lecture Hall.
The following students were recognized:
Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing - Julia Walton '13
The Rensselaer Medal Award for Mathematics and Science - Amy MacDonough '13
The Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences - Vaden Vosteen '13
Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award - Kendahl Walz '13
George Eastman Young Leaders Award - Grace Li '13
The Hollins Creative Writing Book Award - Michelle Penot '13
William and Mary Leadership Award - Julia Walton '13
Salem College Book Award - Taina Accime '13
The Blue Ridge Wellesley Club Book Award - Sasha Seliverstova '13
The Randolph College Book Award - Stephanie Tuck '13
Chatham University’s Rachel Carson Book Award - Meg Roth '13
National Merit Scholarship Program - Marie Merrigan '12
2012-2013 Crucifer of the St. Mary's Altar Guild – Maren Sherrill ‘13
2012-2013 Student Council:
Mary Collins Atkinson
Grace Li - President
Freshman Class - Kilraine Pinyard
Sophomore Class - Dasia Moore
Junior Class - Mary Collins Atkinson, Michelle Penot, and Kendahl Walz
Senior Class - Anna Porter
Award for Spirit - Dasia Moore '14
Award for Service - Hannah Early '12
Award for Leadership - Dasia Moore '14
Photos from the weekend can be seen in the gallery section.