Dean McBay approves Berman replacementBy Donald Yee
Lynn Roberson has been named staff associate for women's interests in the Student Assistance Services section of the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs, according to an announcement by Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay.
Roberson, the senior secretary for the Science, Technology, and Society program (STS), will succeed Sara Mae Berman effective Feb. 13. Berman resigned Nov. 23, 1984, to enter the publishing business with her husband.
"I think the students will like her," McBay said. "She plans to go out and meet with student groups."
McBay anticipates that Roberson will continue publishing The Cheney Room Papers. The students "indicate a need for it," McBay said.
Roberson's responsibilities should include "providing support to activities, organizations and programs on behalf of women students," according to the job description published in the Nov. 7, 1984 issue of Tech Talk.
She would also attend student meetings and review material for bulletin boards and kiosks reserved for women's interests.
"The decision was definitely reasonable," said Bonny Schwenke '86, president of the Association for Women Students (AWS) and a member of the search committee. "I think that all the candidates were good."
"I thought it was a good choice," agreed Denice Denton G, another member of the search committee. "The position is very important. I think that the women's community at MIT is still so fragmented that it needs a centralized figure to organize things."
"I know there are people who feel negatively about the existence of this position," Denton said, but she emphasized its necessity. "Anything that improves the situation for women students also improves the situation for men students," she explained. "It becomes a more friendly environment. I think that the women here have something to contribute, and it helps everybody."
Schwenke was pleased that McBay filled the position. "As president of AWS, I did not have anyone to go to with questions," although people in the Dean's Office tried to help.
Roberson received her Bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 1974. She has been at MIT since 1978, when she worked as assistant editor for the MIT Press.
Her duties as a secretary in the STS program included organizing staff meetings and student groups. In addition, she has helped edit a book written by a faculty member prior to publication.
Roberson plans to continue work toward a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Lesley College.