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P R E S I D E N T ’ S M E S S A G E

A College on the Move A

s we prepare to end one calendar year and begin another, it is a fitting time to present to you our review of the 2009–2010 academic year. We are doing so this year in a new way—in-

side this issue of the HMC Bulletin. In addition to our latest news and compelling features

about how sustainability is affecting the transportation indus- try, you’ll find our annual report and a special section honoring our donors. We had one of our best years ever at Harvey Mudd College

despite the difficult economic conditions facing the country. I invite you to read about our accomplishments during fiscal year 2009–2010, made possible, as always, through the steady and generous support of trustees, alumni, parents and friends. A record number of donors contributed to the College this

past fiscal year. We show our appreciation with an Honor Roll of Donors. In addition to 2009–2010 donors included in this issue, you’ll find these and many more acknowledged on a special website— In our annual report, you’ll read about the exciting ways

we continue to provide unsurpassed educational quality while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Our endowment substan- tially recovered from the losses of the previous year. We also saw an increase in support from foundation and government grants for faculty research. Read more about these positive developments in the Advancement Review (page 37). While many engineering and science colleges struggle to

strike a gender balance, our successful recruitment program at HMC has gained momentum in recent years. The class of 2014 is the most diverse ever, with 52 percent women—a first for HMC. The number of applicants rose to record levels, marking an increase of 15 percent.

We’ve made exceptional progress on our strategic vision

goals. Architectural plans are complete for our contemporary teaching and learning building that will enhance our ability to provide high-quality and cross-disciplinary learning experi- ences. We’re working diligently to obtain the funding neces- sary to begin construction on this energy-efficient and highly sustainable building. Another facilities-related project—the Learning Studio in the Sprague Center—has opened and is enhancing multiple forms of faculty and student interaction. As part of our strategic vision goals, we launched our new

Core curriculum during the fall semester with a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Faculty searches are now occurring to further support greater choice of electives which will help us to provide a more well-rounded experience. Our students and faculty continue to make important con-

tributions locally and globally (India, Kenya and Singapore). Your contributions guarantee that our important work will continue at Harvey Mudd College. You have set the pace for future endeavors that will maintain the College as a global leader in engineering, science and mathematics education. With each year, I am continually grateful to all who share our mission to provide an enriching educational experience for our students—one that transforms them into the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.

Maria Klawe President, Harvey Mudd College

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