Unknown to many students, the current North and South Rockefeller Halls actually represent the second instance of a Rockefeller dormitory to exist on campus. On a chilly December morning in 1922, disaster struck Mount Holyoke when a fire broke out in Rockefeller Hall at 8:30 a.m. The blaze was out of control within an hour. Fires were not an uncommon occurrence on campus at the time — in 1896 the original Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Building was destroyed by fire and later, in 1917, Williston Hall was also consumed by flames.
Mount Holyoke College is known for its stunning campus: from the majestic stone buildings to its lush, varied greenery. Contributing to MHC’s beautiful campus landscape are the various trees that are scattered across campus. Dating back to the earliest plans presented in the late 19th century by acclaimed landscape architects, the Olmsted Brothers, the trees of Mount Holyoke have long been admired as an important part of the campus terrain.
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!
The last two weekends in May marked a special time at Mount Holyoke. As we celebrated the accomplishments of our senior class, we also welcomed more than 1,500 alumnae back to campus for Reunion. This year, classes ending in 4s and 9s, as well as the class of 2017, returned MoHome to usher in the class of 2019 as our newest alumnae and create new memories with old friends. Take a look at these fantastic highlight reels from the Alumnae Association for Reunion I and Reunion II. Were any of your favorite moments captured?
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.
It’s National Philanthropy Day — a day when we celebrate the selfless contributions of service and resources that better the world around us. Philanthropy takes many forms, whether it is financial support of causes that are close to your heart or volunteer service to an organization whose beliefs align with your own. No matter the form, philanthropy helps make a positive impact on our society. Today, we shine a spotlight on the culture of philanthropy at Mount Holyoke through the lens of our campus organizations. From educating their peers to performing benefit concerts, these groups embody the tenets of philanthropy in their dedication to the enrichment of their communities — on a local, regional and global scale.
The month of November is known for many things — the opportunity to gather with friends and family, a chance to express gratitude for life’s blessings, a time for pumpkin pie and stuffing. This month is also the perfect time to reflect on the many ways that the generosity of others impacts our lives. There are a number of events throughout the month — at Mount Holyoke and around the world — that help us to celebrate:
During the last two weekends in May, we welcomed more than 1,500 alumnae MoHome to reconnect with classmates, usher in the class of 2018 as our newest alumnae and create new memories on campus. Take a look at this fantastic Reunion highlight reel from the Alumnae Association. Do you recognize any of your favorite moments?
Thank you for a wonderful Reunion!
These past two weekends, hundreds of alumnae gathered on our stunning campus to reconnect with classmates, welcome the class of 2017 as our newest alumnae, and create new memories at our beautiful alma mater. Take a look at this wonderful Reunion recap from the Alumnae Association. Did your favorite moments make the cut?
While the 2017 International Women’s Day celebrations have come to an end, the call to #BeBoldForChange remains. Every day members of our community work towards creating lasting change, through work, advocacy, education, research, and philanthropy. In times when women are still fighting to have their voices heard, investing in Mount Holyoke makes a powerful statement — that you believe supporting women's education is the surest way to effect positive change.