The Power of Investing in Women: Marwa Mikati ’17

By MHC Advancement on April 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Meet Marwa Mikati ’17, who came to Mount Holyoke from Beirut, Lebanon. A double major in neuroscience and behavior as well as mathematics, Marwa has found her voice as a student leader on campus, serving as the president of both the Student Government Association and the Model United Nations. Connecting her academic work with her career aspirations, Marwa used Lynk funding to pursue an internship working on drug development for malaria at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A key component of The Lynk is guaranteed funding for all students to pursue one internship or research experience during their academic careers. Marwa’s success in this initial internship resulted in a paid internship the following year. When she graduates in May, Marwa will return to that same research lab as she prepares for medical school. She plans to pursue graduate degrees in medicine and public policy and intends to run for public office.  

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The Power of Investing in Women: Arielle Derival ’17

By MHC Advancement on April 18, 2017 at 1:26 PM

At Mount Holyoke, we see the transformative power of investing in women on a daily basis. For generations, women from all around the globe have found their voices, discovered their passions, realized their dreams, and stretched their perceptions of what is possible at Mount Holyoke.

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Thank an Alum Days is here!

By MHC Advancement on April 4, 2017 at 11:03 AM

The time has come once again call attention to how alumnae gifts - large and small - allow for students to have the incredible "Mount Holyoke experience" that makes our alma mater unique. To honor the thousands of alumnae who support Mount Holyoke each year, the Mount Holyoke Fund will host its fourth annual Thank an Alum Days on April 4-6.

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Investing in women’s education makes a bold statement.

By MHC Advancement on March 9, 2017 at 1:58 PM

While the 2017 International Women’s Day celebrations have come to an end, the call to #BeBoldForChange remains. Every day members of our community work towards creating lasting change, through work, advocacy, education, research, and philanthropy. In times when women are still fighting to have their voices heard, investing in Mount Holyoke makes a powerful statement — that you believe supporting women's education is the surest way to effect positive change.

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International Women’s Day –#BeBoldForChange

By MHC Advancement on March 8, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and a call for gender parity in the world. International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over a century, beginning in 1908, where 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Then, on February 28, 1909, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States. (Coincidentally, February 28 is also Mary Lyon’s birthday, whose contributions to women’s education and empowerment are certainly well known!)

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Thank you for a fabulous FebruMary!

By MHC Advancement on March 3, 2017 at 8:32 AM

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 4th annual FebruMary! In 28 days, we celebrated our amazing community and toasted our fearless founder for her 220th birthday through puzzles, photo campaigns, fundraising challenges and even finger puppets! (Mary even found her way to Antarctica!)

Thanks to the 2,865 alumnae who participated in this challenge, this was our most successful FebruMary to date! Together we raised over $340,000 for The Mount Holyoke Fund, a powerful statement of support for Mount Holyoke's mission.

Our challenges had some of the closest competition we have ever seen. Earlier this month we celebrated the classes of 1972, 1984, 1994, 2005, and 2010 and 2011 on their success in the 24-hour Decade Challenges. We are now happy to announce the winner of our New Donor Challenge, the Class of 1994, who brought in an incredible 125 new fiscal year 2017 donors this month, a new all-time record for FebruMary! Check out this infographic for even more information about the impact of FebruMary.

If you have any feedback for us, or you would like to share any additional stories or photos, please feel free to email us at Thank you again to everyone who took part in our FebruMary festivities!
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Elli Kaplan ’93 fights to stop Alzheimer’s before it starts

By Abigail Meisel on February 14, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Tests to predict the onset of diabetes or heart disease are commonplace — and they save lives. But there has never been a test to predict the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease — until now.

Thanks to the innovations of the health care startup Neurotrack, anyone with a home computer can take a five-minute online assessment to predict their risk of age-related cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s. Elli Kaplan ’93, co-founder and CEO of Neurotrack, has been instrumental in making this assessment tool available to the public.

In the assessment, subjects sit in front of a computer and watch a series of images flashed onto the screen while the webcam tracks their eye movements. Some of the images are familiar and others are novel. People with healthy brains look at the new images first, while those whose brains are deteriorating are attracted to familiar ones.

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Decade Challenges Results

By MHC Advancement on February 13, 2017 at 3:32 PM

Last week 47 classes (1971-2016 and FPs) competed in our 4th annual FebruMary Decade Challenge, the most successful and most exciting year to date! After a week of intense competition, we ended with a new record — 2,616 donors contributed over $261,000 in just five days.  What a remarkable demonstration of the power of the Mount Holyoke community when we come together!

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Defining Community #7: Welcome Ceremony for New Alumnae

By MHC Advancement on February 8, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Commencement and Reunion are two traditions that work hand in hand to define a student's experience.  As a graduating senior, you eagerly anticipate the moment when you and your classmates carry the chains of laurel towards Mary Lyon’s grave surrounded by the smiling faces and cheers of encouragement from alumnae spanning the generations. As an alumna returning for Reunion, you can’t wait to enthusiastically help welcome the newest class of alumnae into the fold. For many years, the Laurel Chain Ceremony served as this first point of connection, but in 2011, a new tradition was formed that has quickly become a cornerstone of the Commencement/Reunion event.

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Celebrate Black History Month with APAU

By MHC Advancement on February 7, 2017 at 1:29 PM

February is Black History Month, where we honor the black leaders, artists, and activists that defined our past and shape our future. The Association of Pan African Unity - APAU has planned a number of wonderful events on campus throughout the month.

The 2017 Black History Month programming includes:

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