The March4… MHC: Thank you!

By MHC Advancement on March 6, 2020 at 4:54 PM

What an incredible two days! Our first March4MHC Community Challenge was a huge success!

Thank you for a truly impressive outpouring of support for Mount Holyoke and our community. During this short challenge, 3,481 donors gave $868,340 to The Mount Holyoke Fund*. This tremendous demonstration of support, from  the entire Mount Holyoke Community — alums, students, faculty, staff, family and friends of the College — helped us earn an impressive additional $300,000 for MHC, thanks to the generous challenge from a group of anonymous donors.

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The March4… body positivity: Gabi Gregg ’08

By MHC Advancement on March 5, 2020 at 6:18 PM

As decades pass, Mount Holyoke has always remained dedicated to its mission of empowering women to go out and enact change in the world — making it more inclusive, accepting and equal. This is exactly what Gabi Gregg ’08 has done. In the twelve years since her graduation, Gabi has built a social media empire revolving around size-inclusivity and self-love.

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The March4… future leaders

By MHC Advancement on March 5, 2020 at 1:47 PM

Throughout its history, Mount Holyoke has attracted students who aspire to make a positive impact on the world. MHC graduates go on to lead change in a wide variety of fields all around the globe — making scientific discoveries, spearheading political and social movements, creating lasting legacies. The Academic Centers at Mount Holyoke — the Weissman Center for Leadership, the Miller Worley Center for the Environments and the McCulloch Center — give today’s students the tools to become future leaders.

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The March4… equal rights: Lucy Stone

By MHC Advancement on March 4, 2020 at 10:04 AM

From the beginning, Mount Holyoke has attracted and fostered the growth of women who go on to make an indelible mark on the world. One of these notable students is Lucy Stone, a suffragist in the 1800’s. Now remembered as an influential women’s rights and abolitionist leader, Lucy’s origins were humble. Though she demonstrated a strong aptitude for knowledge and learning as a child, Lucy’s father forbade her from pursuing a formal education. Undeterred, she enrolled at Mount Holyoke at age nineteen, paying her own way through school from her income as a teacher. She was so confident in her decision to pursue an education that she later repaid her father the income she would have made had she not attended Mount Holyoke.

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Fundraising at Mount Holyoke: a longstanding tradition

By Rachel Nix ’20 on February 12, 2020 at 5:04 PM


Fundraising is an integral part of Mount Holyoke, allowing the College to provide excellent education from generation to generation. The offices responsible for this important task have changed and shifted throughout Mount Holyoke’s long history, but the goal remains the same: to ensure that Mount Holyoke forever shall be.

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MHC Seniors: leaving a legacy since the 1970s

By Rachel Nix ’20 on January 27, 2020 at 2:47 PM

As the spring semester begins, Mount Holyoke’s Senior Campaign kicks into high gear. This tradition, which has been ongoing since the 1970s, is an essential part of Mount Holyoke’s legacy of giving back. Each year, members of the graduating class come together to make gifts of thanks in support of the mission and future of the College.

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Skating into a new semester

By Rachel Nix ’20 on December 30, 2019 at 3:45 PM

In 1894, John D. Rockefeller gave Mount Holyoke $2,000 to build a covered skating rink, with just one condition: that the building be completed by January 1, 1896. Construction was completed over the 1895 winter break, just in time for the students’ return to campus. Originally located where Porter Hall now stands, the rink offered a fun pastime and an opportunity for physical fitness during the cold winters.

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Philanthropy opens doors: a legacy of giving back

By Rachel Nix ’20 on November 22, 2019 at 1:47 PM

Philanthropy has always played a significant role in Mount Holyoke’s history. From the very beginning, when Mary Lyon traveled across New England with her green velvet purse collecting the donations and resources to open Mount Holyoke, the College has understood the importance of giving to a greater good. In the years since its founding, Mount Holyoke has remained committed to fostering a sense of community and to cultivating the understanding that the generosity of our community can create change and opportunities for decades to come. To commemorate MHC’s extensive legacy of giving, we'd like to share a new project we’ve been working on in the Division of Advancement!

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MHC origin stories: the Mandelles

By Rachel Nix ’20 on November 18, 2019 at 2:27 PM

North and South Mandelle Halls (often called the Mandelles or the ’Delles) were built in 1923, as Mount Holyoke prepared to welcome an expanding student body. The structure — which is actually made up of two separate, smaller halls that connect to form one large building — was originally named Hillside, in tribute to its location under at the foot of the sprawling Prospect Hill. 

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A movement started by an MHC alumna

By Rachel Nix ’20 on November 19, 2018 at 8:31 AM

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.

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