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Chana Bloch

Mills College Mourns the Loss of Acclaimed Poet and Professor Emerita Chana Bloch

Oakland, CA–May 22, 2017 Professor Emerita Chana Bloch passed away on May 19, 2017 after a prolonged battle with cancer. At Mills from 1973 to 2005, Chana’s powerful teaching and mentoring touched generations of students and faculty. Learn more »

Betty Reid Soskin Honorary Degree

95 Year-Old National Park Ranger Receives Honorary Degree Amid Throng of News Media

Oakland, CA–May 17, 2017 Amid a throng of news media and a documentary film crew, Mills College awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree to National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin, a tireless, outspoken voice dedicated to raising awareness about the discrimination and segregation of African Americans who worked in Richmond, California shipyards during World War II. Learn more »

Betty Reid Soskin

Mills Awards Honorary Degree to 95-year-old National Park Ranger

Oakland, CA–May 02, 2017 Mills College will award an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree to Betty Reid Soskin, a tireless, outspoken and articulate voice dedicated to remembering discrimination and segregation of African Americans who worked in Richmond, California shipyards during World War II. Learn more »

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Mills MFA Alumnae Authors Featured by The New York Times, NPR

Oakland, CA–April 26, 2017 Graduates of the Mills College MFA in Prose Program, Nina La Cour and Christine Hyung-Oak Lee have each published new works garnering critical praise. Learn more »

Deborah Vaughan

Mills Alumna Deborah Vaughan Awarded Prize for Innovation in Dance

Oakland, CA–April 26, 2017 Mills College alumna Deborah Vaughan ’71 was awarded the Della Davidson Prize by Dancers Group, a San Francisco Bay Area arts nonprofit focused on promoting dance through sponsorships and outreach. Learn more »

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Mills Alumnae’s Unique Spin on Modern Dance Training for Youth

Oakland, CA–April 19, 2017 In Berkeley, Luna Dance Institute co-directors and Mills College alumnae Patricia Reedy and Nancy Ng teach modern dance to children with a twist. Learn more »

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Mills Awarded $200k to Support Undocumented Students, Oakland Grads

Oakland, CA–April 10, 2017 The Alumnae Association of Mills College (AAMC) has donated $200,000 to Mills College to create two new scholarship funds in honor of the late Mills alumna Audrey Gibney ’46. Learn more »

Elizabeth Hillman

Mills President Testifies Before Congress on Nonconsensual Pornography in US Military

Oakland, CA–April 07, 2017 Mills College President Elizabeth Hillman, an expert on sexual assault, harassment and discrimination in the US military, testified before Congress Wednesday in a hearing to address nonconsensual online pornography in the military. Learn more »

Catherine Wagner

Italian Art Museum Features Works by Mills Studio Art Professor

Oakland, CA–April 03, 2017 The Morandi Museum in Bologna, Italy opened an exhibition by Mills College Studio Art Professor Catherine Wagner this month, featuring 21 photos inspired by works of the late Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Learn more »

Trisha Brown

Mills College Mourns the Loss of Postmodern Dance Giant Trisha Brown

Oakland, CA–March 24, 2017 Trisha Brown, postmodern dance giant, visual artist, opera director and Mills alumna (1958) died March 18 in San Antonio, Texas after a six-year battle with vascular dementia. She was 80 years old. Learn more »

Jen Ramos

Alumna Could Be First Non-binary Executive in Pro Sports

Oakland, CA–March 09, 2017 Mills College graduate Jen Ramos has been appointed assistant general manager for California’s Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, which won last season’s championships in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. Learn more »

Kathryn Reiss

Mills English Professor Celebrates Publication of 20th Novel

Oakland, CA–March 07, 2017 Mills College English Professor Kathryn Reiss is celebrating the publication of her 20th novel, a mystery about a girl who finds a message in an abandoned California gold mine that hints at long lost treasure—and a bit of danger. Learn more »

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Mills’ Groundbreaking Admissions Policy Featured on ABC7 KGO News

Oakland, CA–February 06, 2017 Mills student Saly Entislia has been fighting for her female identity since high school, but finally found a home at Mills College. Learn more »

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Painter and Mills Alumna Elizabeth Murray Subject of Acclaimed Documentary

Oakland, CA–February 14, 2017 The character and art of the late Elizabeth Murray, who received her MFA from Mills College in 1964, has been captured in a new documentary narrated in part by Meryl Streep. Titled Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray, the one-hour film showcases the variety of the artist’s work and culminates in her 2006 retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Learn more »

Soo Yeon Lyuh

Mills Music Scholar to Compose Works for World-Renowned Kronos Quartet

Oakland, CA–March 02, 2017 The world-renowned Kronos Quartet has selected Mills Music Department scholar and performer in residence Soo Yeon Lyuh as one of 10 emerging musicians to compose new works that will be played and recorded in concerts around the world. Learn more »

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Mills Physics Professor Sheds Light on Soundscape of Electric Guitar Amplifiers

Oakland, CA–February 13, 2017 In a new scholarly paper published this week in the journal Physics Education, Mills College Physics Professor David Keeports explains why rock music guitar riffs sound better through old-school vacuum tube amplifiers as opposed to the relatively newer transistor models. Learn more »

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Mills Professor’s Efforts to Save Critically Endangered Marin County Wildflower Featured on KGO 7 News

Oakland, CA–January 30, 2017 Mills College Biology Professor Sarah Swope and her students are working to help save a critically endangered Marin County wildflower that exists nowhere else on Earth. Learn more »

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Mills College Leads Local Competitors in Providing Upward Income Mobility

Oakland, CA–January 23, 2017 Mills College leads its top 10 competitors in Northern California in how well it improves student income mobility after graduation, according to an interactive New York Times story that uses data from a new study. Learn more »

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Mills to Rally at Women's March in Oakland

Oakland, CA–January 17, 2017 In the spirit of its commitment to social justice, Mills College will participate in the Women’s March in Oakland on Saturday, January 21, as part of the larger movement organized that day in cities across the country. Learn more »

Professor Chris Brown

Mills Music Professor’s Artistic Inspirations Profiled in Keyboard Magazine

Oakland, CA–January 5, 2017 Recent work by Mills College Music Professor Chris Brown is featured in a Keyboard magazine article detailing technical aspects and artistic inspirations that form the basis of his compositions. Learn more »

Last Updated: 8/15/11