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  News from the Hill    

In Brief

President’s Council Dinner

The annual President’s Council dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 24. The keynote speaker will be Rep. Thomas Finneran, Massachusetts Speaker of the House. Finneran’s daughters, Kelley and Shannon, both attend Holy Cross. Membership in the President’s Council currently numbers 1,572. This represents an increase of 125 members since last year.

New Tenure-Track Faculty Arrive

The start of the academic year signaled the arrival of a dozen new tenure-track faculty members in a variety of departments. They are: Susan Amatangelo, modern languages and literatures; Michael Beatty, visual arts; Daniel J. Brennock, USN, naval science; Katherine A. Kiel, economics; Laurie A. Smith King, mathematics; Vickie Langohr, political science; Sarah Luria, English; Lee Oser, English; Randolph G. Potts, psychology; Mathew N. Schmalz, religious studies; John A Schmalzbauer, sociology and anthropology; Diane M. Stewart, religious studies.

Whall Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Stephen C. Ainlay, dean of the College, has announced that Professor Helen M. Whall of the English department is the recipient of the Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award for the 1997-98 academic year. The Award carries an honorarium of $1,000.

Whall, who received her doctorate from Yale University, has taught at Holy Cross since 1976. An expert on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and modern drama, she has published extensively in both academic and popular journals and periodicals. She is currently the director of the College’s First-Year Program.

1999 “America’s Best Colleges” as ranked by U.S. News and World Report

Top National Liberal Arts Colleges (schools with the same numbered rank are tied)
1. Amherst College
2. Swarthmore College
3. Williams College
4. Wellesley College
5. Haverford College
5. Pomona College
7. Bowdoin College
7. Middlebury College
9. Carleton College
9. Wesleyan University
11. Davidson College
11. Grinnell College
11. Smith College
11. Washington and Lee University
15. Bryn Mawr College
15. Claremont McKenna College
17. Colby College
17. Vassar College
19. Bates College
19. Mount Holyoke College
21. Colgate University
21. Hamilton College
23. Trinity College
24. Barnard College
24. Colorado College
24. Connecticut College
24. Macalester College
24. Oberlin College
24. University of the South
30. College of the Holy Cross

“Holy Cross: By the Numbers”

Number of stairs from Linden Lane to Hogan:  92
Number of stairs in an average tour of Holy Cross:  366 (231 up and 135 down)
Number of snow steps on the stairs to Dinand:  53
Number of meals served at Kimball each day, on average:  4,000
Number of workers at Kimball:  55 (40 full time and 15 part time)
Number of students who work at Kimball each year:  250-300
Number of Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States:  28
Number of Holy Cross alums in the United States:  27,484
Amount of bark mulch used by Holy Cross per year:  180 yards
Amount of leaves picked up in the fall:  260 yards
Number of lawn mowers owned by Holy Cross:  18 (15 push and 3 riding)
Cost of Holy Cross’ land when purchased from Worcester:  $1
Number of students in the first graduating class of 1849:  4
Number of graduates in the class of 1998:  614
Number of students in the class of 2002:  724


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