Reflections of a graduating senior: my favorite Mountain Day

By Inayat Gill ’19 on May 17, 2019 at 9:02 AM

As a senior, the start of the fall semester was also the start of the countdown to my last Mountain Day. Every year, the anticipation and conversation surrounding Mountain Day becomes a staple at every lunch and dinner table in the Dining Commons. One person wants Monday off so they don’t need to worry about homework that’s due, another doesn’t want it on Monday because they don’t want to miss a work shift. Each day is filled with excitement and nervous mornings as October approaches. For seniors the anticipation is bittersweet, as we realize that our “lasts” at Mount Holyoke are about to begin.

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Celebrating Community #27: Outing Club

By palme22c on February 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The Outing Club seeks to cultivate and enrich Mount Holyoke students' appreciation for nature by providing accessible trips, leadership training, and community outreach in the outdoors. The organization believes in being all inclusive and respecting the differences of all members by striving to create an environment in which everyone feels capable and comfortable. As a club, they also strongly believe in the importance of cultivating leadership and hope to do so through sound training and having fun in the outdoors. 

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Carol Barrett, because we met...

By MHC Development on November 11, 2015 at 1:09 PM

"Dear Carol—You introduced this suburban Boston girl to the wonders of Manhattan, good museums, and theatre. You always modeled decorum, steadfastness, intelligence, warmth, and loyalty, and remain for me a model of what Mount Holyoke women are at their core.

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Professor Hartley, because we met...

By MHC Development on October 15, 2015 at 3:45 PM


Professor James Hartley and Mallory Cohn '08

"When I signed up for Professor Hartley's first-year seminar, I expected to learn a thing or two about great books. I didn't expect to gain a mentor and friend that would be my mainstay throughout my college years, whose door would always be available for intellectual conversation, goofy chats, and (most important of all) deeply felt encouragement and support. I'm 7 years out of college, and yet on a recent trip back to campus, I found that nothing had changed. At a time of deep personal doubt, I was given the gift of his abiding faith in my abilities as a scholar and teacher.

Jim, thank you for being the kind of support that never falters. Because we met, I have the confidence to soldier on." —Mallory Cohn '08

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Holly Regan, because we met...

By MHC Development on October 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM


Holly Regan '15 (left) and Hannah Leffingwell '15 (right) on Mountain Day. 

"If I have one regret about my time at Mount Holyoke, it is that I didn't meet you sooner.  Do you remember that day, one year ago, when we first sat down for lunch at Blanchard?  So much has changed since then, for better or for worse, but through it all I have found a true friend in you.  Your kindness, loyalty and integrity have helped me to face the uncertain future with courage.

Holly Regan, because we met, I am a stronger, truer person more capable of loving myself and the world." —Hannah Leffingwell '15

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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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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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