Thank you!

By MHC Development 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: Felisa Ver Friesen ’06. “Our parents and MHC are two of the biggest reasons why my sister and I are the women we are today.”

By MHC Development on June 27, 2016 at 11:06 AM

As the end of Mount Holyoke's fiscal year draws near, we want to continue to celebrate all the alumnae and friends who are making a difference for students today. Whether it was an amazing class, an inspiring professor, or the lifelong friend you met your first-year, we all have different reasons for giving back and paying it forward. Felisa Ver Friesen '06 majored in sociology with a minor in dance when she was a student at Mount Holyoke. Her Mount Holyoke education prepared her well for life beyond the gates and made her the confident woman she is today but her reason for giving back was a very personal one.

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? My father passed away in February 2016. He was a hard working man who never wavered in his support for me or my sister, Ana Cecilia Ver '03. Our education and success were his priority and he was so proud that we were able to graduate from such a prestigious school, one that fostered our strengths. The gift was in memory of our father; without MHC's financial aid and our familial contribution, neither of us would have been able to attend MHC. Our parents and MHC are two of the biggest reasons why my sister and I are the women we are today: strong, thoughtful, and committed.

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“A choice doesn’t have to be perfect to be the right one” — Emily Kyte ’17, taking on risks and redefining bounds, to make a difference in the lives of refugees.

By MHC Development on June 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Emily Kyte ’17 (pictured kneeling) at a medical clinic in Jordan recording basic patient demographics in Arabic.

Emily Kyte ’17, a geography major and Arabic minor, left her comfort zone far behind to study abroad in Amman, Jordan this past spring semester. With support from Lynk-funding, she has taken on a new challenge this summer and is making a difference in the lives of refugees, working as an intern for Alhadaf, a non-profit in the Hashemite Kingdom that serves marginalized populations through education, training, psychosocial support services, and medical campaigns. So far this summer, she has designed and taught an ELL (English Language Learner) course for Iraqi refugees, worked with logistics and translation at a health clinic, and is helping to open a new community space for refugees. She writes to us from Jordan:

I started taking Arabic my first year of college. My "Arabic community" was the foundation to my community and finding my place/self at Mount Holyoke. The intensive, daily instruction gave me work ethic, and taught me to laugh at myself a little more and take more risks in all parts of my life. As a first-generation student (who would not be here without generous financial aid) from a nontraditional home structure, this was key to deciding to stay after a really challenging adjustment my first year. With an incredible degree of encouragement from Jordanians, Arabic speakers, and Arabic learners, quiet ideas turned into a reality. After lots of Facebook-stalking my Arab friends, YouTube videos, and "head-nods" from those who have lived in Jordan, my family approved of my decision. I am the first person in my family to ever really travel outside of the U.S., so this experience meant redefining bounds, meanings, and conceptions of the world for my entire family.
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“Go forward. Attempt great things. Accomplish great things.” —A thank you to President Lynn Pasquerella ’80 from the Mount Holyoke community.

By MHC Development on May 31, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Nearly 2,000 alumnae, parents, and friends contributed to a month-long campaign, giving to financial aid in honor of President Lynn Pasquerella's commitment to access to education.

Pictured here, President Pasquerella holds a framed keepsake photo of Mary Lyon Hall inscribed with Mary Lyon's words: "Go forward. Attempt great things. Accomplish great things." The photo, as well as a book listing the names of all contributors, was presented to President Pasquerella at the Alumnae Association meeting on the second weekend of Reunion.

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Thank you President Pasquerella

By MHC Development on April 18, 2016 at 12:04 PM

In recognition of President Pasquerella’s leadership, and in honor of her commitment to providing deserving students the opportunity to benefit from an excellent Mount Holyoke education, join other alumnae, parents, and friends in supporting financial aid at Mount Holyoke. A group of generous alumnae have pledged to add $50,000 for each $200,000 raised. Make a gift or pledge before May 15, 2016, and your name will be added to a special acknowledgement that will be presented to President Pasquerella. 

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Your support makes a world of difference and our students are grateful!

By MHC Development on April 8, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Thank you for helping me to find my passion. If it weren’t for your generous donation, I would never have learned to row, speak Arabic, or gotten the opportunity to study abroad. Thank you for continuing to support Mount Holyoke and the many, many students who rely on your help to attend. - Azulina Green ’17

Thank you so much for your generous donation and support of MHC! I really appreciate the support of our amazing science programs. As a neuroscience major, I’ve benefited immensely from our school’s resources and incredible professors that have prepared me for my career in occupational therapy. - Joy ’16

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Trustees Kait Szydlowski ’09 and Casey Accardi ’15 tell us their two cents. Why participation matters.

By MHC Development on January 29, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Why is FebruMary, and alumnae participation important to MHC? We asked our youngest alumnae trustees for their two cents:

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Mount Holyoke highlighted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities for its Signature Work in community engagement and applied learning

By MHC Development on July 23, 2015 at 9:19 AM

In the centennial annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), President Carol Geary Schneider '67 called on colleges and universities to engage students in "signature work" that prepares them to integrate and apply their learning to real-world issues. A recent article in the AAC&U's Liberal Education highlights MHC's signature work with programs such as The Lynk, the College's curriculum-to-careers initiative. Students are required to participate in an applied learning experience outside of the classroom after their sophomore or junior year.

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Building Community Fact #12: Skinner Hall

By MHC Development on February 12, 2015 at 1:30 PM

On the occasion of Mount Holyoke’s 75th anniversary, the Skinner family of Holyoke and South Hadley promised to construct a classroom building for non-laboratory academics, but only if the College succeeded in raising a sufficient total with its Half Million Dollar Fund.

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