Summer news in brief

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  1. Summer session on the Mills campus looks a bit different this year. The Jill Barrett Undergraduate Research Program in Biology is underway with a cohort of six students. Other usual summer academic programs—including Russell Women in Science, Summer Academic Workshop, and Hellman Summer Math and Science Program—are on hiatus until 2024 due to recruitment and space issues. Meanwhile, a handful of courses are taking place during two separate summer sessions, including an online class for incoming students to introduce them to the Mills campus and the experiential entrepreneurship tracks available to them once they enroll. More to come in the fall issue of the Quarterly.
  2. Carolyn Sherwood-Call, director of 3 business programs at the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy and a professor of practice, was the lone retirement among faculty on the Mills campus at the end of the 2022-23 academic year. She started at Mills in 2010, and at a congratulatory reception on Tuesday, April 25, her tenacity and thoughtfulness were applauded by colleagues across campus. Sherwood-Call is known as a champion for nontraditional students and a teacher who differentiates her instructional methods to accommodate a variety of learning styles. She also stepped up to serve as interim dean of the Lokey School several times during her tenure at Mills. 
  3. According to the City of Oakland’s Department of Transportation, the LAMMPS project (aka Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park, and Seminary) is heading into a second phase, which will continue to beautify and improve MacArthur Boulevard around the Mills campus. (Check the winter 2019 issue of the Quarterly for more info.) The effects of the first phase are evident on the stretch of MacArthur starting at Richards Road through the Interstate 580 underpass into the Laurel District: wider sidewalks, demarcated bike lanes, and other improvements intended to reduce accidents and increase safety. This upcoming second phase aims to extend those same features down MacArthur from Richards Road all the way to MacArthur’s intersection with Seminary Avenue on the campus’s southern edge.
  4. On June 12, Mills College at Northeastern will be hosting a new summer youth employment program. The program is being coordinated by the Community to Community Impact Engine, launched this past year in Oakland and Boston by Carrie Maultsby-Lute, MBA ’11, former director of the Center for Transformative Action and the new head of partnerships for Northeastern in Oakland; and Alicia Sasser Modestino, a professor and the research director for the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern in Boston. The program will last five weeks and employ teens from Oakland, San Leandro, and Hayward at the Mills Community Farm and Upward Bound, and with the departments of Sustainability, Facilities, and Husky Card Services. There will also be sessions on college prep and career development.