Mount Holyoke students eagerly await for their senior year, excited to begin the final chapter of their Mount Holyoke story. This memorable year kicks off during Convocation, as seniors don their graduation robes for the first time. A lesser-known rite of passage occurs later in September, however, when students line up in the library to choose their carrels — highly sought-after study desks tucked away in the Williston Library stacks — for the year.
Throughout the centuries, history has been recounted through countless media: books, photographs, movies and more. One of the newest modes of storytelling comes in a cute pocket-sized booklet, a zine (pronounced zeen). Short for magazine or fanzine, and usually handmade, zines can be thought of as small scrapbooks that are reproduced several dozen times for a larger audience and used to document everything from recipes to historical movements.
Mount Holyoke’s Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) is many things at once: a premier research library, an award-winning teaching and learning facility, a technology and media hub, a repository for the College’s rich history. With a dedicated team serving the Mount Holyoke College community, the library and archives inspire learning, reflection and creativity, stimulating ideas through the power of technology, discovery and collaboration.
The Williston Library, one of the most stunning college libraries in the country, is home not only to thousands of books, journals and online resources, but also to myriad places for students to research, try new things and build on their skills. From reading rooms to a computer diagnostic center, these diverse and unique spaces offer a haven for students to work, discover and reflect.
Every aspect of Williston Library — one of the most beautiful campus libraries in the country — is central to a student’s Mount Holyoke education. In addition to housing extensive print collections in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, the library provides access to digital resources from anywhere on campus or around the world.
After busy Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays, #GivingTuesday has become an international movement, responding to consumerism with a focus on philanthropy. For this occasion, we spoke with Mount Holyoke’s very own Asha Curran ’95, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, who led the team that launched #GivingTuesday back in 2012.
Are you interested in supporting Mount Holyoke’s world-class faculty? Or are you passionate about creating an exceptional intellectual environment? By choosing a destination — such as Faculty or Technology and Teaching Tools — for your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you help support Mount Holyoke’s incredible learning experience.
It’s National Philanthropy Day — a day when we celebrate the selfless contributions of service and resources that better the world around us. Philanthropy takes many forms, whether it is financial support of causes that are close to your heart or volunteer service to an organization whose beliefs align with your own. No matter the form, philanthropy helps make a positive impact on our society. Today, we shine a spotlight on the culture of philanthropy at Mount Holyoke through the lens of our campus organizations. From educating their peers to performing benefit concerts, these groups embody the tenets of philanthropy in their dedication to the enrichment of their communities — on a local, regional and global scale.
Are you passionate about sustainability? Are you interested in supporting Mount Holyoke’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2037? By choosing a destination — such as Sustainability Initiatives — through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you support energy efficiency and conservation efforts on campus, prepare students to tackle issues as environmental leaders and help Mount Holyoke shape a legacy of sustainability for future generations. You support incredible students like Jahiya Clark ’20.
This Founder’s Day, we celebrate Mary Lyon, a pioneer in women’s education. Her vision and conviction inspired the founding of Mount Holyoke College, the first institution of higher education for women. Today we commemorate Mary and her tireless work to open Mount Holyoke’s doors. Her fierce fundraising efforts were driven by her passionate conviction that women deserved access to higher education. That legacy is now carried on through the students that step on to this campus and pass through the gates into the world ready to lead. It also endures through continued philanthropic support from the community of alumnae, parents and friends who share Mary’s belief that an investment in women’s education is a powerful tool to empower future leaders and innovators.