AAMC News & Notes

A Message from the AAMC President: Spring 2022

Spring semester at Mills is an exciting and anxious time for graduating students. They have worked and waited, and now they are on the threshold of both promising and unknown possibilities. This is a significant year, as these students will be the last to graduate from Mills College. The Alumnae Association looks forward to welcoming them into our community and to planning special celebratory events.
 
At the end of February, the AAMC held a summit in order to begin conversations regarding the future of the AAMC with broad representation of our alumnae community. It was facilitated by Jim Langley, who facilitated a summit for the College and AAMC under Alecia DeCoudreaux in November 2015 that led to systematic engagement with alumnae, resulting in the Memorandum of Collaboration in 2018. We anticipate this process taking a few months of continued dialogue across all groups at all levels of engagement. This process will help us define our mission, our membership, and what it will mean to advance our purposes. 

The Alumnae of Color Committee (AOCC) held its annual holiday party and Kwanzaa celebrations for students, staff, faculty, and alumnae in December 2021. The AOCC’s Alecia DeCoudreaux Endowed Scholarship has grown significantly due to a large donation, and the committee members work continually to ensure its growth to support students of color at Mills.
 
Also in December, the Alumnae Student Relations (ASR) committee partnered with the Alumnae Relations staff to host the Winter Celebration for mid-year graduates. President Hillman and College Officers, along with the Board of Governors and ASR Committee members, shared congratulatory remarks. The graduates talked about their time at Mills and future plans, and were then presented with eucalyptus ornaments and roses. The event concluded with a lovely reception enjoyed by family and special guests. Each semester, the ad hoc group of the ASR committee, Alums Helping Students, mails care packages to students during finals week. This has been a beautiful way for alumnae and students to connect and network. During last semester’s finals week, the committee assembled and distributed 100 snack bags. It was wonderful to meet the students and cheer them on in their finals as they came to our tables outside the Tea Shop.

The year started with both the College and the AAMC mutually dismissing their lawsuits and meeting to negotiate our continued use of Reinhardt Alumnae House and access to the alumnae database, among other things—all essential for our continuity and presence on the Mills campus for generations to come. 

Many in our alumnae community are excited about the future of Mills College at Northeastern University while others are sad that the Mills we have all known, experienced, and cherished will not exist. Some are still holding out hope that Mills can remain Mills. I have grown to respect and value the perspectives, passions, and emotions of all alumnae surrounding the upcoming changes and know that we are bound by our love for our cherished fostering mother—Mills. We have within us this treasure of being united, which will never be taken away by any change. We are and will forever be the alumnae of Mills. We came from all around the world seeking excellent education, and we found riches at Mills in each other. That is a gift we can cherish and share with succeeding generations of students at Mills College at Northeastern. We can pass on our legacy and the fires of wisdom, and keep Mills alive in spirit on this beautiful campus.
 
I leave you with inspirational words from Maya Angelou: 

If you are going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.
 
We have inherited a great legacy at Mills that cannot be erased. 

May this spring bring you good health, safe spaces, and cherished memories of your time at Mills. I look forward to seeing you at Mills’ last Commencement in May. 

Warmly, 

Viji Nakka-Cammauf, MA ’82
AAMC President


BOG Update

We are recruiting alumnae interested in serving on the BOG for a three-year term! Governors will:

• Work with other members of the board to make decisions that best represent alumnae and promote a strong working relationship between alumnae

• Attend board meetings (typically four or five each year)

• Participate on AAMC committees to develop policies, programs, and events

Nominations for the 2022–25 term are due by Monday, April 5. See the “Leadership” section of the AAMC website, aamc.mills.edu, for more information. Send nominations to the Nominating Committee Chair at aamc@mills.edu or AAMC, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., MB #86, Oakland, CA 94613.


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All alumnae are invited to the AAMC Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 14
2:30 pm (after Commencement)
Reinhardt Alumnae House

There will be limited space available for alumnae who wish to participate in Commencement 2022. Registration and proof of vaccination will be required. Look for a link to sign up over email in the weeks ahead.


Alumnae Awards Call

Nominate honorees for the AAMC’s coveted alumnae awards, presented during the class luncheon at Reunion in October. We are seeking qualified candidates for:

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT, for distinction in professions, arts, or sciences;

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER, for commitment in serving the AAMC and the College; and

RECENT GRADUATE, for volunteer efforts that exemplify a spirit of caring and community.

Nominations must be received by July 15, and candidates must be able to attend the awards ceremony in October. To nominate candidates, please send information about their achievements to Alumnae Awards Committee chairs Kristen Oliver ’17 or Courtney Long ’01 at aamc@mills.edu or AAMC, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., MB #86, Oakland, CA 95613.


AAMC Travel Programs 2022

Changing Tides of History: Cruising the Baltic Sea
July 11–July 20
Experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic states during eight nights aboard the five-star Le Champlain. Enjoy a specially arranged presentation by former president of Poland Lech Walesa and Pavel Palazhchenko, interpreter and advisor for Mikhail Gorbachev. This cruise begins in Denmark; visits ports in Poland, Estonia, Finland; and ends in Sweden. Add a Norway Pre-Program and Stockholm Post-Program Option to this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Alaskan Heritage and Wildlife
July 24–July 31
Discover Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes, fascinating past, and abundant wildlife on a seven-night journey that will feature stays in Anchorage and Denali National Park. Encounter storied history in world-class museums, visit friendly communities, and search for remarkable wildlife! Enjoy visits to a working kennel and a reindeer farm, and witness jaw-dropping views during a spectacular train journey and scenic cruise. This small-group experience, with a maximum of 24 travelers, features first-class accommodations and a generous meal plan!

See the AAMC Travel Program website at alumnae.mills.edu/travel or email aamc@mills.edu for more information.