A Look Back at the Past Year at Agnes Scott College
2022 is almost in the books! As we prepare for 2023, it’s worth it to look back at the events of the past year.
We began to move into a new world with COVID-19 vaccines and ongoing issues surrounding global health; national and world events have been dramatically altered; and the campus itself continues to innovate and become a different place than it was at this time last year.
Let’s take a look at a few of the major events of 2022:
- Agnes Scott announces a new partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine for early commitment and pre-medical linkage programs, programs that offer qualified Agnes Scott undergraduate and graduate students admission to Morehouse School of Medicine’s M.D. program.
- The Center for Writing and Speaking celebrated founder and longtime director Dean Christine Cozzens, who retired in June 2022.
- Professor Chris De Pree publishes a new book on “Astronomical Mindfulness: Your Cosmic Guide to Reconnecting with the Sun, Moon, Stars and Planets.”
- Students take part in the second section of Legacy: Exploration of Self, preparing new first-year students for the spring semester, featuring keynote speaker Katherine Lo.
- Students take part in the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Day of Leadership of Service, capped by a keynote from Dr. Regine Michelle Jean-Charles.
- Blog Posts: Finishing Strong as Senior | Major Spotlight on Dance
- Agnes Scott Athletics joins a new conference, the Collegiate Conference of the South (CCS), including Agnes Scott College, Belhaven University, Berea College, Covenant College, Huntingdon College, LaGrange College, Maryville College, Piedmont University and Wesleyan College.
- The Office of Internships & Career Development hosts their “Connecting Majors to Careers” event, with alum panels featuring alums from all over the country who majored in different fields.
- Blog Post: The Real Questions
- Professor Alan Koch contributed to the newly published book “Hopf Algebras and Galois Module Theory” with the intention to simplify mathematics for a broader audience.
- Professor Rafael Ocasio co-authored a ninth book “The Dissidence of Reinaldo Arenas” on the sexual politics of a Marielito Activist.
- Professor Willie Tolliver, Jr. published a new book, “Deconstructing Will Smith: Race, Masculinity and Global Stardom,” a timely release in the wake of the Oscar’s “slapping” incident.
- First-year students participated in their Global Journeys experience, going to varied locations such as Martinique, Tuscany, Belize, Bulgaria, France and the Navajo Nation.
- Sophomore students participated in SCALE, weeklong externships at locations such as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Aurora Theatre, BlackRock, the CDC, Enterprise, Morehouse School of Medicine, Operation Hope, Plywood People, Semaine Health, Tapestri, The Task Force for Global Health, UPS and Zoo Atlanta.
- Agnes Scott’s programming board hosts the annual AgnesPalooza, with the theme being “Campus of Illusions.” Events included a movie viewing, DIY crystal ball construction, an escape room, a magic show, a carnival and a dance party.
- Agnes Scott’s SUMMIT experience was highlighted during a panel at SXWS EDU in Austin, TX.
- The Center for Writing and Speaking hosts the 51st Annual Writers’ Festival, with events including student readings and readings and talks by Lauren K. Alleyne, Tina Chang, Lidia Yuknavitch and Anna Cabe ’13.
- Agnes Scott Class of 2022 takes part in commencement ceremonies. Speakers include Tony Award-nominated actress and activist Saycon Sengbloh ‘00x and student speaker Ryan Hayes-Owens ‘22.
- The college was named to The Princeton Review’s “Best Value College” rankings for 2022, specifically named to lists for “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” “Top 20 Best Alumni Networks” and “Top 50 Green Colleges.”
- Blog Posts: Meet the Class of 2026 | Inhabiting Curiosity
- The college was able to host its first on-campus Alumnae Weekend event, inviting numerous alums to campus to celebrate and reunite.
- Agnes Scott hosts numerous summer events, including Astro Camp, High School Young Writers Intensive Workshops and the National Youth Leadership Forum.
- Blog Posts: A Year in SUMMIT | What to do when you want to do everything
- New Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rachel A. Bowser began her work at Agnes Scott on July 1.
- Agnes Scott received a $750,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for a project on “Acknowledging our Past: Acting Now for a Transformed Future,” a plan based on elevated the lives of BIPOC artisans and workers who built Agnes Scott’s campus and the city of Decatur.
- Blog Posts: SCALE
- Agnes Scott welcomes its newest class of 276 first-year students in the Class of 2026, taking part in Legacy: New Student Orientation.
- Blog Posts: Certified Scotties of the Class of 2026
- The Princeton Review named Agnes Scott to their lists of “Best 388 Colleges,” “Best Southeastern Colleges,” “Best Value Colleges,” “Most Green Colleges” and “Town & Gown Relations are Great Colleges.”
- Professor Nicole Stamant publishes a new book, “Memoirs of Race, Color, and Belonging,” focusing on marginalized populations and historically marginalized forms of literature.
- U.S. News & World Report once again named Agnes Scott to numerous of their “Best Colleges” rankings, including naming the college #1 Most Innovative Liberal Arts College for the fifth consecutive year; #1 for First-Year Experiences; #3 for Learning Communities; #3 for Study Abroad; #3 for Best Undergraduate Teaching; #6 for Senior Capstones; #7 for Social Mobility; and #26 among Best Value Schools.
- Agnes Scott received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, acknowledging the strides the college has made in creating an increasingly inclusive community for students, faculty and staff.
- Agnes Scott holds the third annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference on campus, with the topic of Leading Inclusively: Transformative Change Across the Globe. Speakers included Agnes Binagwaho (former minister of health for Rwanda and vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity), Paige Alexander (CEO of the Carter Center) and Ed Bastian (CEO of Delta Air Lines).
- The campus celebrates Black Cat Week, a week of festivities celebrating the official end of orientation.
- Agnes Scott celebrates Latinx Heritage Month (check out our video on the festivities).
- Blog Post: Behind the Rankings
- Human rights advocate, activist and Agnes Scott alumna Loretta J. Ross ‘07 was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in the Class of 2022, receiving what is commonly known as the “Genius Grant” for her work as a reproductive justice and human rights advocacy.
- Agnes Scott received a one million dollar grant from Delta Air Lines Foundation to finance the SUMMIT Global Journeys program, announced by Delta CEO Ed Bastian at the Women’s Global Leadership Conference.
- Students celebrate Georgia Pride Month (check out our video on the festivities).
- Blog Posts: Major Spotlight on Business Management | The College Visit Your Way
- Agnes Scott’s new Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Chicora Martin, begins her tenure at Agnes Scott on November 1.
- Blog Posts: Major Spotlight on History | Agnes Scott Traditions
- The fall semester wraps up!
We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season; we’ll see you when the spring semester begins!