Thanks to you, the Founder's Day Challenge was met... and then some!

By MHC Development on November 16, 2015 at 4:12 PM

After a very exciting week, we wrapped up our  2015 Founder's Day Challenge this Sunday night, and in true Mount Holyoke fashion, we not only met our ambitious challenge… we crushed it!!

Gifts soared past the maximum challenge pool of $500,000 by last Friday! Inspired by this incredible showing of support, and wanting to encourage further action, another small group of generous alumnae stepped up to increase the challenge pool to a total of $700,000! We are still counting the many gifts that came in over the weekend, but thanks to your enthusiasm and support, we exceeded the $700,000 mark as well.

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Double your impact: Take the Founder's Day Challenge, November 8-15

By Mount Holyoke College on November 4, 2015 at 8:30 AM


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In memoriam, Mary Lyon (1797-1849)

By MHC Development on February 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

by Sara Dalmas Jonsberg '60

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Building Community Fact #19: Abbey Chapel

By MHC Development on February 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM

After the tragic fire of 1896 that cost Mount Holyoke its original Seminary Building, the community underwent a metamorphosis from life in a single stately dormitory to cottage-style living spread across the beauty of the fledgling campus.

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Building Community Fact #15: Mary Lyon Hall

By MHC Development on February 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Mary Lyon Hall is the most widely recognized sight on Mount Holyoke’s campus. From the bright nighttime face of its clock tower to the light of candles glowing through the stained glass of Abbey Chapel, this beautiful building is a student favorite.

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Building Community Fact #14: Talcott Greenhouse

By MHC Development on February 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM

College founder Mary Lyon didn’t believe in wasting a single moment that could be used for education. On the long walks that were a feature of the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary’s mandatory physical education, students were expected to collect and identify plants at any possible opportunity, stuff them in their pockets, and bring them back to campus to be mounted in herbaria. These herbaria still reside in the science buildings on campus and in Archives and Special Collections, and Mary Lyon’s love of nature lives on in Talcott Greenhouse.

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Building Community Fact #4: Dwight Hall

By MHC Development on February 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

When Mary Lyon called for the young men of South Hadley to help in preparing student rooms for the opening of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, John Dwight answered her. Dwight had long resided in a family homestead down the street from the new Seminary Building. He spent time “putting up beds” for Mary Lyon, threading rope through the wooden frames of four-poster beds to cushion students while they slept.

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Building Community Fact #3: Blanchard Campus Center

By MHC Development on February 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Mount Holyoke students visiting Blanchard Campus Center today have a much different dress code than that of alumnae past! Built as the school’s gymnasium, Blanchard now functions as the campus social hub and beloved watering hole. Gone are the bloomers and full-body bathing suits of the early 1900s, when students practiced routines with “Indian clubs” and exercised gracefully in gymnastics classes. Today, Blanchard teems with students in down jackets and furry boots stocking up on coffee between classes, checking their mail, or grabbing a quick bite at the cafe. 

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