Donor Spotlight: Krystiane Cheetham Cooper ’92. “Thank you, Mount Holyoke, for giving my voice a place to sing.”

By MHC Advancement on December 2, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Krystiane Cheetham Cooper graduated cum laude with a double major in music and religion from Mount Holyoke in 1992. She then went on to earn a master's degree in vocal performance at Washington University, followed by a master's in social work from New York University, but it was at Mount Holyoke where Krystiane felt that she truly found her voice.

What is the greatest lesson you learned at MHC? Women's voices have value!

You recently made a gift to Mount Holyoke. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? A few reasons—Reunion, the election, and my own daughter getting close to college age.

Mount Holyoke was one of the best decisions of my life. There, I found that I had a voice—a voice of my own—a voice of wisdom, curiosity, wit, compassion, and fire. Just as importantly, my voice was heard. My voice had value, weight, and nuance. My voice could change the world. My voice: big, grounded, cacophonous, melody and harmony. A composition of my own, blended in time with the voices of my Sisters. The gates of Mount Holyoke welcomed MY voice. Welcomed the voices of women from all over the world. Mount Holyoke gave voice to all of us, each one having the space to grow in volume, intensity, and duration. Thank you for giving voice to women's work, women's thoughts, women's dreams. Thank you, Mount Holyoke, for giving my voice a place to sing.

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Donor Spotlight: Sarah Hoke ’08. “At Mount Holyoke, I learned to not be afraid to speak up.”

By MHC Advancement on November 11, 2016 at 10:21 AM


Sarah Hoke ’08
was a French major and art history minor as a student at Mount Holyoke. It's been over 8 years since she's left the College gates, but to this day, Mount Holyoke continues to change her life in so many ways.

What is the greatest lesson you learned at MHC? To not be afraid to speak up, even if my viewpoint doesn't match those around me. I'm a people pleaser at heart, so learning to stay true to my own moral compass was hard at times. But I was often encouraged to say my piece at MHC in a thoughtful and respectful way, which has carried me well through my interactions in the real world.

You recently became a sustaining donor to Mount Holyoke. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? Because as every year passes, I appreciate and value my experience there more—and I want the same experience for others.

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Donor Spotlight: Elizabeth Cook Babbin ’96. “Thank you, Mount Holyoke.”

By MHC Advancement on November 2, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Elizabeth Cook Babbin ’96 graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke with a degree in history and a special minor in journalism studies. This past spring, Elizabeth returned to campus to celebrate her 20th Reunion and reflected on what Mount Holyoke means to her: "I had no way to know how many gifts I would receive here, and I don't want to imagine where I'd be without them. Thank you, Mount Holyoke."

What is the greatest lesson you learned at MHC? That I am an intelligent, capable woman who can stand on the shoulders of my predecessors to achieve anything.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Just one? The newsroom. The barn. The green. The library...

You recently became a sustaining donor to Mount Holyoke. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? Mount Holyoke changed the course of my life. I would like to help the College help other students in the same way.

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Donor Spotlight: Scott Cantor P’12. “I could sense that Mount Holyoke would become a special place in my daughter's heart.”

By MHC Advancement on October 21, 2016 at 3:40 PM

In honor of Family and Friends Weekend, a beloved fall tradition that brings the extended Mount Holyoke community together, we share the reflections of an MHC father, Scott Cantor P'12, who saw his daughter, Miriam Cantor-Stone '12, find her voice at MHC:

What's the greatest lesson your daughter learned while at MHC? How to create special bonds with classmates.

What inspires your giving to MHC? Quality academics on an outstanding campus, creating a special experience for women.

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Donor Spotlight: Miriam Cantor-Stone ’12. “Mount Holyoke gave me so much... so I give back!”

By MHC Advancement on October 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Miriam Cantor-Stone '12  majored in religion at Mount Holyoke with a minor in gender studies. Miriam knew from the start that she would have extraordinary opportunities at Mount Holyoke. As an alum, she remains connected with the College community and now, is paying it forward to current students:

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? The greatest lesson I learned while at MHC is that while I can beand thrive at beingindependent, having a supportive, tight-knit community is even more worthwhile. The community I’ve created via Mount Holyoke is ever growing and always inspiring.

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Donor Spotlight: Charlotte Dye ’15. “Mount Holyoke is an institution that does important things for its students and for the world.”

By MHC Advancement on October 13, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Charlotte Dye '15 graduated from Mount Holyoke with a dual degree in computer science and gender studies. She currently lives in the Greater Boston area and works as a software developer for IBM. Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Charlotte knew during her first campus visit that Mount Holyoke would be an incredible and unique experience in so many ways, from the lessons she learned to MHC's passionate community:

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Donor Spotlight: Current student Elana Tsogt-Erdene ’17. “Life is always better when you love and support your fellow women.”

By MHC Advancement on September 16, 2016 at 12:27 PM

The fall semester has now begun and the campus is buzzing with activity once again! Elana Tsogt-Erdene '17 is happy to be back and took a moment to share her favorite things about MHC:

What's the greatest lesson you learned so far at MHC? Life is always better when you love and support your fellow women. The culture of kindness and the total commitment to bettering our communities, our environment, and our world that exist at Mount Holyoke is extraordinary. I especially love our communal dedication to our individual passions and the ways in which we continually inspire, encourage, and nurture each other.

Women being kind to women is a radical thing and Mount Holyoke has always been ahead of the curve on that front.

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Thank you!

By MHC Advancement on July 1, 2016 at 9:19 AM

On behalf of all our students, thank you for your gifts to The Mount Holyoke Fund! Your gifts will support every part of the MHC experience for our students, from once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to beloved MHC traditions, as well as our amazing faculty and this beautiful campus. With your gifts, you have shared many heartfelt comments on what inspired you to pay it forward. Here are just a few:

"Mount Holyoke was the type of school that I needed after graduating from a small public high school with only about 30 students who planned to go on to college. I had been told that as a girl, I needed to keep my mouth shut and not to excel in ways that would make boys uncomfortable! I needed outstanding professors, but most of all I needed to be allowed to ask questions, seek answers, work hard, and do my best. I loved my liberal arts education and the breadth of experiences that was very different from anything I had experienced before. I loved having classmates and fellow students who were also interested in a variety of issues and subjects." —Claire Offutt Leonard '67

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Donor spotlight: Pamela Freeman Dear ’83. “My MHC education allowed me to become the person I am today.”

By MHC Advancement on July 1, 2016 at 8:35 AM

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I give to Mount Holyoke every year because my MHC education allowed me to become the person I am today. I gained self-confidence that I didn't know I lacked and was able to stand up for myself in the working world because I had already done it at Mount Holyoke.

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Donor Spotlight: Christine Ianni ’15 pays it forward for future generations.

By MHC Advancement on June 30, 2016 at 3:47 PM

Only a few more hours left! Mount Holyoke's fiscal year ends tonight at midnight. Each year, every year, MHC counts on the community for support so that students today—and for generations to come—will have the amazing MHC experience. With so many opportunities and so many reasons to give, here's what inspired Christine Ianni '15 to pay it forward:

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities Mount Holyoke provided me and I hope my gift will help guarantee the same for others.

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