During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, 9,908 alumnae, family members, friends and students made gifts to Mount Holyoke totaling $37.8 million. 32.1% of alumnae (9,187) gave back to Mount Holyoke, and $8.59 million was raised for The Mount Holyoke Fund to meet the College’s immediate needs. These investments in Mount Holyoke pave the way for current students, empowering them to become agents of change — globally competent, environmentally responsible, ready to lead. Thank you for sustaining Mount Holyoke’s legacy of generosity. Because of you, Mount Holyoke forever shall be.
Thank you to everyone who joined in our two June Challenges — Destination: $1 million and the Meme-ingful Challenge for young alumnae from the classes of 2003-2017. Between the two challenges, 1,382 alumnae, friends, parents, and current students stepped up to raise a total of $501,984 in new gifts. Thanks to this outpouring of support, along with a challenge pool from an anonymous group of generous alumnae, we raised over $752,000 for Mount Holyoke in just a few short weeks!
Meet Samantha Haddad ’19, who came to Mount Holyoke from Mount Kisco, New York. A rising senior with a double major in history and art history, Samantha is Co-President of the Planned Parenthood Generation Action Mount Holyoke College Chapter, a Student Outreach Coordinator and a member of the Amherst Irish Association. A recipient of the 2018 Dorothy M. Cogswell Merit Scholarship in art history, Samantha plans to move to Northern Ireland after she graduates and hopes to work in Irish Civil Service and Public Policy.
Meet Cassie Peltier ’18, who came to Mount Holyoke from Williamstown, Massachusetts. A history major with a Nexus in Museums, Archives and Public History, Cassie served as a board member for the Mount Holyoke Folk Music and Dance Society, where she taught Irish step and ceili dances, co-organized contra dances, and helped host a Scottish Highland dance workshop. She also studied modern Irish Gaelic through the Five College Supervised Independent Language Program. After graduation, Cassie hopes to complete fellowships and internships at museums, learning all aspects of the field, and then study textile conservation.
Meet Sofia Rivera ’18, who came to Mount Holyoke from San Juan, Puerto Rico. An international relations major with a minor in American politics, Sofia served as the Latinx Caucus Chair and Membership Director for the College Democrats of Massachusetts and was a Department of State virtual intern with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where she researched migration trends and human rights abuses in the region. She also interned with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a grassroots organization that focuses on building power at the local, state and federal levels. After graduation, Sofia will be pursuing a career in public service and community engagement, with a focus on electoral politics within the Latinx community.
The LEAP (Learning from Application) Symposium is Mount Holyoke's premier showcase of student summer work, organized by and for Mount Holyoke students.
LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community — family, friends, faculty, staff and alumnae — to come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.
Mount Holyoke students are many things all at once: bold, smart, collaborative, strong, passionate, ready to face the future. The Lynk is a college-wide approach that prepares students for lifelong success by connecting their personal interests and coursework, practical experience and career exploration. Each student's Lynk experience is unique, reflecting their values and aspirations.
A central goal of Mount Holyoke's Lynk initiative is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to explore their career interests, gain practical experience and begin to develop a professional network through an internship or research project. The College’s Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) program helps make this possible by offering each student a grant of up to $3,600 to pursue at least one unpaid or low-paid summer internship or research opportunity during her four years at MHC.
The Lynk is Mount Holyoke's signature approach that connects curriculum to career by ensuring that each MHC student has the opportunity to explore their career interests, gain practical experience and begin to develop a professional network through an internship or research project.
During the last two weekends in May, we welcomed more than 1,500 alumnae MoHome to reconnect with classmates, usher in the class of 2018 as our newest alumnae and create new memories on campus. Take a look at this fantastic Reunion highlight reel from the Alumnae Association. Do you recognize any of your favorite moments?