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By MHC Development on June 27, 2016 at 1:10 PM


With every gift, you can inspire, motivate, and drive our students to do more. Continue paving the way. Please make your gift by June 30.

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A message from Lynn Pasquerella ’80 and Sonya Stephens regarding the Orlando tragedy

By MHC Development on June 14, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Dear Members of the Mount Holyoke Community,

We join the world in expressing our condemnation of the senseless act of violence and hatred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this weekend. We grieve those who lost their lives, and send our condolences to their families and friends. Our heartfelt good wishes go out to those who survived the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.

Now more than ever, Mount Holyoke stands with the LGBT community and reaffirms its commitment to the values that make us the institution that we are—a college that embraces diversity and rejects hatred and discrimination in all its forms. Our response to such acts must continue to be respect and compassion for each other globally, nationally, and here on campus.

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High-impact practices work: Carol Geary Schneider ’67 on the new design for learning

By MHC Development on June 2, 2016 at 2:42 PM

At Mount Holyoke, programs such as The Lynk allow students to connect their academic work with practical applications. In addition to a liberal education, experiential learning through internships, research, community-based projects, and more offer high-impact experiences for students, giving them a leading edge in a competitive world. In a recent interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carol Geary Schneider '67 explains how there's a new design for learning now, and there's evidence it works:

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"There is, simply put, no better place than a women's college to explore questions of identity, and to discover the mind-broadening and skill-deepening power of a liberal education." —Sonya Stephens

By Mount Holyoke College on January 7, 2016 at 11:10 AM


Sonya Stephens has been appointed as acting president of the College for three years, effective July 1, 2016. 

In July, Sonya Stephens will succeed Mount Holyoke's 18th president Lynn Pasquerella '80, who announced yesterday that she will be stepping down from her role June 30 to lead the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Stephens, currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Mount Holyoke, will serve as acting president for three years.

On the relevance of women's colleges in the 21st century, Stephens replies:

A women's college and a liberal education invite students to find meaning and a voice, to see themselves and the world anew, to find strength in who they are and a resolve to be who they want to be... An education for women is synonymous with opportunities, advocacy, and rights for all women, because what a Mount Holyoke education represents at its most powerful is self-determination, and we stand for that for every one of our students, and for every woman."

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Transition in MHC leadership: Lynn Pasquerella '80 named the next president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities

By Mount Holyoke College on January 4, 2016 at 2:04 PM

MHC President Lynn Pasquerella '80 announced today that she will be stepping down from her role, effective June 30, after six years of leading transformative growth at the College. Pasquerella has been named the next president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. She will succeed Carol Geary Schneider '67.

"It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege for me to serve as Mount Holyoke College's 18th president, and I will be forever grateful for the many ways in which the members of this community have shaped both my life and my career," said Pasquerella in a letter to the MHC community.

The Board of Trustees appointed Sonya Stephens, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, to acting president of the College for a period of three years, beginning July 1.

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MHC receives award for global education

By Mount Holyoke College on November 18, 2015 at 12:01 PM

This week marks the 16th anniversary of International Education Week and yesterday in Washington, DC, MHC President Lynn Pasquerella '80 accepted the 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for excellence in international education on behalf of the College.

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Lynn Pasquerella's advice to her 22-year old self: "Be yourself, follow your passions, remember where you came from, take some risks, and hang on—the best is yet to come!"

By MHC Development on August 21, 2015 at 8:46 AM


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You did it! 10,000 alumnae for Mount Holyoke!

By MHC Development on July 1, 2015 at 12:44 PM

From all of us at Mount Holyoke, THANK YOU!

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Giving light to earthquake victims in Nepal

By MHC Development on May 4, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta are teaming up with the Nepali Children's Education Project to distribute LuminAIDs—inflatable, waterproof, solar-powered lights—to victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Each LuminAID lantern provides up to 16 hours of light after a 6-hour charge. They can also be packed flat, allowing 50 lights to be shipped in the same space needed for 8 conventional flashlights. The two young entrepreneurs came up with LuminAIDs for an assignment when they were graduate students at Columbia University.

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Careers in Public Service: MHC's Lynk goes on the road to the Massachusetts State House

By MHC Development on March 27, 2015 at 12:39 PM

A daylong event at the Massachusetts State House brought current students with an interest in public service together with alumnae working in the field to strengthen their connections and help launch them into careers that will make a difference in the world.

Distinguished speakers, Judith Kurland '67 and Senator Kathleen Connor Ives '99 (pictured above near center, in green) inspired students with their keynote speeches. In her welcome, President Pasquerella noted the "staggering achievements" of Frances Perkins, class of 1902, saying that "Today, we continue the experience that so galvanized Frances Perkins. We are taking Mount Holyoke students out of the classroom and into the world of work."

“We see the power of alumnae encouraging the next generation of women leaders in the public sector,” said Becky Wai-Ling Packard, director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and professor of psychology and education. “The world needs women at the table, from running for a local town office, to shaping the policies of our nation, to representing nations across the globe. We see Mount Holyoke's Lynk initiative and the Weissman Center's Leadership and Public Service (LAPS) program contributing to this sea change.”

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