Donor Spotlight: Rochelle Thomas ’01. “It was the greatest academic experience of my life.”

By MHC Development on June 30, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Rochelle Thomas '01 recalls Mount Holyoke as being the greatest academic experience of her life: "I try to give something to MHC every year because I will never forget the experiences I had and hope that it continues to inspire more women for centuries to come. I am ever so jealous of the FPs, because I wish I could walk through the MHC gates with the knowledge of the world as I now know it. I don't think I would ever leave!"

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? We were all once fish!

What's your favorite spot on campus? So many! I always remember the flowering trees that were just outside of Buckland. They were probably insignificant to almost everyone else but it was a reminder of all of the touches of beauty around campus. But, the waterfall, the equestrian center, the path around the lake—the possibilities are endless!

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I received a very generous financial aid package that enabled me to attend MHC and I hope many other women are able to benefit from such a gift in the future. Additionally, I hope that the College continues to attract such world class educators. Not a day goes by when I don't think about how much the faculty was invested in its students, taking the time to have lunch with us, invite us into their homes and answer e-mails about anything. A lot of learning happened outside of the classroom. And, the campus ain't too shabby to look at either!

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Donor Spotlight: Ifeoma Aduba ’95. “Investing in the education and development of women is priceless.”

By MHC Development on June 24, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Ifeoma Aduba ’95 majored in politics with a minor in African American studies at Mount Holyoke. Now she's making a difference for her community helping victims of domestic violence as the Executive Director of A Woman's Place. Her life changed the moment she was accepted to Mount Holyoke—she knew then she would be seen and her voice heard.

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? There have been two that I have carried with me and grow in value for me every day—investing in the education and development of women is priceless for the whole community and to be thoughtful in building a case for support. They are lessons that I have benefited from and that have never failed me!

What's your favorite spot on campus? I love to wander and see what's changed over time... but I always come back to Upper Lake. That's where it started for me, living in MacGregor Hall my first year.

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I give regularly to MHC—literally out of every paycheck I receive. I know that my experience at MHC and what I have accomplished since was made possible by the generosity of those who came before me and I try to honor that with a piece of every paycheck. That legacy of generosity and investment in women inspires me constantly.

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Alumna Spotlight: Kat Calvin '05. "Always speak up no matter the consequences."

By MHC Development on February 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Kat Calvin graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke in 2005 with a degree in theatre and minor in religion. Kat has been recognized for numerous achievements and leadership, including being named one of Business Insider's  Top 30 Women Under 30 in Tech and one of BET's Blacks on the Brink of Greatness.

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? To always speak up no matter the consequences. My motto is from a Scissor Sisters song: "No one's ever gonna listen if you haven't made a sound." I learned that I could survive anything on my own but I couldn't survive staying silent.

What's your favorite spot on campus? The library. I found some amazing treasures wandering in the stacks in the middle of the night.

What are your top 5 favorite things about MHC?
1. M&Cs and having a dining hall in each dorm was so important for building community and comfort while I was in school. Especially in winter!
2. The fact that MHC is on the perfect college campus far away from distractions. It allowed me to focus solely on myself and my own education and development without anything getting in the way.
3. Study abroad. Because three years of #2 is enough, sometimes you really do need to go out into the world.
4. Alums.
5. The students. Every time I go back to MHC, I am in awe of the amazing young women I meet. They're so smart and focused and independent and I could go on and on. They give me so much faith in the next generation.

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Alumna Spotlight: Ruanjia Hu '05. "There's no time that is wasted. However many turns it takes on the road to your destination, every turn counts."

By MHC Development on December 30, 2015 at 12:53 PM

 

Ruanjia Hu '05 is currently a vice president in the mergers and acquisitions team of China Renaissance, a boutique internet and technology investment bank in Hong Kong. 

Ruanjia Hu '05 graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke in 2005 with a double major in economics and psychology. She is grateful for the education she received at MHC, which led her to where she is today. We recently caught up with Ruanjia:

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? There is no time that is wasted. However many turns it takes on the road to the destination, every turn counts.

What's your favorite spot on campus? I like brunch time shared with friends at Prospect by the lake, starry night with a cup of hot chocolate at the observatory, and all the time I spent in the antique book room in the library. My ultimate favorite has to be Reese lower level which are all lab rooms and workshop.

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I have given before. Lately work has been hectic and I have not got enough time to reflect. The recent mail I received from MHC "Because we met" was very touching and brought back many fond memories.

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Happy holidays from Mount Holyoke

By MHC Development on December 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Festive lights are up around campus and students are finishing up their coursework, eagerly anticipating the chance to connect with families and loved ones over the winter break. In this season of giving and good will, many of us are thinking about the ones with whom we share fond memories and those who made a difference in our lives. Here are a few of the meaningful Mount Holyoke connections you've shared with us:

"Ally and Asmaah, you are the sisters I never had and my uncommon partners in crime. Whether we are backpacking in Eastern Europe, plotting a hiking adventure to Peru, or texting about our daily lives, I know that I can always count on you. In true Mount Holyoke fashion, you are both exceptional in every single way. Your love of travel, food, and, yes, driving, is truly unparalleled. Because we met, Ally and Asmaah, I not only know the true meaning of adventure but the true meaning of sisterly love. " —Marija Tesla '11

"Mom...because I knew you...I received a greatest gift in Mount Holyoke. First, it was a beautiful brick and ivy dream; an aspiration I had, something powerful to work toward. Then, being there, finding academic success was a miracle. Finally, as a Mount Holyoke alumna my identity has been sealed, as if in a book of life. It is a source of pride that I wear as a badge; and it is a source of connection to you that I cherish. Now and forever. Thank you for the gift of my Mount Holyoke education and identity. I’m pleased to make this gift in your honor." —Susan Lowenthal Axelrod '84

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Julie Pons, because we met...

By MHC Development on October 22, 2015 at 2:30 PM

 

"Thank you for being a true friend and Mount Holyoke sister to me." — Juliette Teinturier '13, with Julie Pons '11 

"Because we met at brunch in Abbey in Fall 2009 through a mutual friend, we became inseparable, always laughing through thick and thin!

I can still remember studying with you for finals in the library during mid-terms—you would help me with my French assignments and I would correct your English emails. Not only has our friendship enabled us to understand different cultures, but it has also helped us open our minds to different points of view. What I mean is that although you and I have very different personalities, we find common ground in our values and joy for the little things in life, like Milk and Cookies at Mount Holyoke College! Thank you Julie Pons '11 for being a true friend and Mount Holyoke sister to me, cheers to many more years of sisterhood!
Juliette Teinturier '13

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It's Thank an Alum Days!

By MHC Development on April 7, 2015 at 10:08 AM

So far this year, during our most ambitious campaign ever, almost 7,000 have joined the movement bringing us closer to our goal of 10,000 alumnae for Mount Holyoke. Thank you to all who have donated your time, energy, and resources to help our students!

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