Donor Spotlight: Kira Kmetz FP’06. “For me, MHC will always be a place where women’s beautiful minds are both challenged and respected.”

By MHC Development on June 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Kira Kmetz FP'06 majored in geography with a minor in history at Mount Holyoke. She currently lives in San Francisco, CA with her partner of twenty years. Kira writes poetry and is currently working on a historical novel. She also tutors elementary school students, volunteers at the San Francisco SPCA, and enjoys practicing and performing the Japanese ensemble-drumming art of taiko. With all her activities, Kira finds the time each year to give back to her alma mater:

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? That women's colleges are truly vital and must be supported and championed, so that current and future generations of smart, eager women have the opportunity to become their best selves.

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Donor Spotlight: Holly Thompson ’81. “MHC has played such an important role in my family... MHC has shaped, inspired and empowered us all.”

By MHC Development on June 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM

MHC runs in the family. From left to right: Emily Thompson ’87, Isabel Thompson-Pomeroy ’19, Eleanor Ernst Thompson ’51, Holly Thompson ’81, Pamela Thompson ’84.


When Holly Thompson ’81 first came to Mount Holyoke, she, like many other Mount Holyoke students took advantage of the broad range of liberal arts courses, intending to double major in biology and music. Her Mount Holyoke journey would lead her on a different path to find "her heart's home"—her true passion of creative writing.

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? There are so many! Here are a few: To have the courage to try things far outside my comfort zone. To be present, active, caring and positively engaged in this complicated world. To learn from others yet trust my own uncertain voice.

What's your favorite spot on campus? The copper beech tree by Dwight Hall. Every time I visit campus, I stop for some moments with this tree.

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? MHC has played such an important role in my family—my mother, my two sisters and I all graduated from MHC, and my daughter is currently attending. MHC has shaped, inspired and empowered us all, and by extension has impacted our families, our colleagues, and our communities.

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"[Mount Holyoke] has taught me to live for my passions..." -- Tayllor Johnson '15, spoken word poet

By MHC Development on May 21, 2015 at 12:37 PM


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Mythology in Gold

By MHC Development on May 19, 2015 at 4:04 PM

By Poorna Swami '15. Read at Baccalaureate, May 16, 2015.

I stopped the Sphinx Oedipus said, as if

a riddle could kill

a beast. That chanting Fury he called her, and thought

he set a city free. But the Greeks, they got it wrong

this time, and Oedipus, well, ignorance was always

his tragedy. This is the mythology

they forgot to tell: the Sphinx never fell, or threw her body

from a cliff into the Aegean, her gold armor

never touched that watery blue—she could not have drowned.

The Sphinx grew old, took naps on beaches littered

with shells, and oysters, and sand treaded by gods.

She had children, replicated herself

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“Sisterhood is a verb.” For Tayllor Johnson ’15, poetry provides power, inspiration… and a career path.

By MHC Development on April 14, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Until she was 15, Tayllor Johnson didn’t have a good word to say about poetry. Now, the senior psychology major and English minor says, "Poetry is the essence of my being."

Johnson's passion for poetry has led to remarkable opportunities. As a high school senior, she was invited to take part in a poetry workshop at the White House. And this past fall, author and activist Kevin Powell, who was giving a talk at Mount Holyoke, unexpectedly asked Johnson to perform a poem before he spoke. She had only three minutes to prepare, but brought down the house with a spirited performance of "Verification."

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