Rachel Nix ’20

Rachel, a politics major and sociology minor, is a marketing assistant in the Office of Advancement and a contributor to the MHC Forever blog. Hailing from West Virginia, she serves on MHC’s Admissions and Financial Aid Advisory Committee, is deeply involved with social justice initiatives and loves spending her free time with friends, reading on the green or trying to pet Jorge, the goose.

Recent Posts

Bread and Roses: the origins of a Mount Holyoke tradition

By Rachel Nix ’20 on May 18, 2019 at 6:01 AM

This morning, as part of Commencement weekend, graduating seniors and alumnae will sing “Bread and Roses” at the conclusion of the Laurel Parade — a ceremony in which the graduates, donned in white, process across campus linked by two 275-yard laurel chains to the grave of Mary Lyon. But did you know that both the song and the attire that are such integral parts of the tradition are tributes to the women labor activists and suffragists of the early 20th century?

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Mount Holyoke forever shall Be Well

By Rachel Nix ’20 on May 15, 2019 at 2:55 PM

An essential part of the multifacted Mount Holyoke student experience includes a commitment  to wellness of mind, body, spirit and community. The new Be Well program at Mount Holyoke was developed in 2016 to encourage mental and physical health among students and help provide ways to reduce stress.

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Student Life Stories: Lanie Richards ’21

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 29, 2019 at 9:09 AM

Meet Lanie Richards ’21, who hails from Orange Park, Florida. Majoring in psychology and education, she was drawn to Mount Holyoke because of its academic rigor as well as it’s welcoming community. On campus, she’s also a research assistant in the Office of Advancement, a member of the MHC Rugby Football Club and an SGA Senator for the Rugby team.

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Student Life Stories: Emily Carle ’21

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 12, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Meet Emily Carle ’21, a religion major from Newington, Connecticut. Emily fell in love with Mount Holyoke’s academic offerings, vibrant spiritual life and endless opportunities for involvement within the campus community. In addition to the numerous clubs and organizations that she’s involved with on campus, Emily is also the youth director at Center Church in South Hadley and an intern for Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor Christian community in downtown Northampton. She also manages an instagram account featuring photos of Mount Holyoke (@picturesofmhc) and enjoys skiing, eating, watching the Patriots and researching her family genealogy.

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Happy Birthday, Frances Perkins!

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 10, 2019 at 1:32 PM

Today, April 10, marks the 139th birthday anniversary of Frances Perkins, class of 1902. Long before women's liberation was a part of our vocabulary, Frances was a trailblazer for generations of women who would follow her. As the first female Cabinet member in the nation's history, this remarkable woman tussled with politicians, industrial management and labor leaders in her capacity as Secretary of Labor, fighting for the rights of working people everywhere.

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FP Focus: Penni Martorell FP’05

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM

Meet Penni Martorell FP’05, who found a lifelong community of friends when she began at Mount Holyoke as a Frances Perkins Scholar. An art history major, Penni’s education gave her the opportunity to work in libraries and museums, opening up doors to a profession with which she fell in love. She still calls the Pioneer Valley home and is grateful for the confidence that her time at Mount Holyoke instilled in her.

 

 

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FP Focus: Julie Ogg FP’22

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 8, 2019 at 8:35 AM

Meet Julie Ogg FP’22, who lives with her family in Belchertown, Massachusetts. An anthropology major, Julie has worked at Mount Holyoke for more than 15 years - first in the Alumnae Association and now in the Office of Advancement. She calls her experience as a Frances Perkins Scholar "transformative" and draws inspiration not just from her professors, but also from the strength and intellect of her fellow classmates. Through her coursework, she has discovered a passion for women's health and looks forward to completing her training as a certified doula this summer.

 

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Student Life Stories: Rachel Nix ’20

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 4, 2019 at 5:14 PM

Before I transferred to Mount Holyoke at the beginning of my sophomore year, I remember browsing the Student Life section of the College’s website and learning about the many traditions that take place on campus each year. In particular, I recall watching a video of the 2016 Convocation, which featured a faculty flash mob dancing to “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake. This moment, though seemingly inconsequential, cemented my decision to attend.

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Celebrating Women's History Month

By Rachel Nix ’20 on March 22, 2019 at 2:34 PM

Since its founding, Mount Holyoke has been a part of the tradition of strong women in the United States. This March, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, we look back at its origins and how it came to be.

The beginnings of Women’s History Month began with the first celebrated International Women’s Day on March 19, 1911. On this day, more than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, hold public office and end discrimination.

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Purple Phoenixes: a phenomenal force

By Rachel Nix ’20 on March 1, 2019 at 5:54 PM

The Mount Holyoke College Frances Perkins (FP) Program was founded in 1980, rooted in the belief that a college education should be accessible to everyone and that the quest for knowledge has no age limit. Following in the footsteps of colleges like Wellesley and Smith, MHC’s Frances Perkins program offers a pathway for education to students of non-traditional age who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree but have the desire to do so.

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