Donor Spotlight: Ellen Safier Goodman ’64. “My experiences on campus continue to inspire my life.”

By MHC Development on June 30, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Ellen Safier Goodman '64 says her “MHC experiences on campus continue to inspire my life,” even though her few years here were many years ago. After graduating from Mount Holyoke with a degree in English and teaching for a few years, she earned a PhD at Brown University and dedicated her entire career to education. Her passion for learning continues each and every day in all the artistic, cultural, and community activities she engages in.

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? How to be fully engaged in life in all its variety.

What's your favorite spot on campus? Two come to mind: the breath-taking library and the waterfall between Upper and Lower Lake.

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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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Celebrating Community #23: Mount Holyoke College Model United Nations

By palme22c on February 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Students practice for a Model UN competition. Photo: Jim Gipe.

The Mount Holyoke College Model United Nations (MHCMUN) is a wholly student run organization comprised of a committed and dedicated membership. The interest on international debate may have first arose on campus in the 1930s when Mount Holyoke had a League of Nations simulation club. MHCMUN itself has been around since the 1970s and has been a powerful contender in the Model UN circuit since its creation. Currently Mount Holyoke has been placed in the top 50 Model UN teams in the nation. In the 2015 season, the team was ranked third among liberal arts colleges and was the number-one women’s college in the United States.

Merita Salihu ’15, a MHCMUN alumna, is no stranger to living life with an international focus. During her time at Mount Holyoke, Salihu interned with UNICEF’s child protection sector, with the Foreign and Security Policy sector of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and in the Department for European Integration and Policy Coordination for the Republic of Kosova. She was named a Clinton Global University Fellow, a title awarded to those tapped as the next generation of international leaders on college campuses. She was also named a Ruth C. Lawson Fellow in International Politics through Mount Holyoke, granting her an academic award to pursue advanced study in international affairs. After graduation, Salihu began an Associateship in the energy sector at the Ministry of Economic Development, Government of the Republic of Kosova. She currently attends Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, furthering the international and political interests she nurtured while a student at Mount Holyoke and a member of the MHCMUN.

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Alumna Spotlight: Markeisha Miner '99. At Mount Holyoke, "I learned to speak with the courage of my convictions without drowning others out."

By MHC Development on February 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM

As a student at Mount Holyoke, Markeisha Miner '99 majored in African/African American studies with a concentration on history and politics, but she gained far more than an excellent education here. She knew that the minute she first walked on campus, her life was forever changed.

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? At Mount Holyoke, I knew I could be whoever I wanted to be and do whatever I wanted and dreamed of doing. Over the years, whenever I need to come back to my center, I think about the young woman I wanted to be, and started to become at Mount Holyoke—the goals and aspirations I formed there—because that is where I learned to find my own voice. I learned to speak with the courage of my convictions without drowning others out.

As an example, during the spring of 1997, early in President Creighton's tenure, I was one of the students who vocally protested the proposed reductions to the Office of Religious Life and the lack of cultural housing space. I learned that, even in the midst of principled, passionate protest, I could learn from and respect people on the opposite side of an issue, while fully hearing their points of view. President Creighton later called that "passionate commitment with dispassionate analysis"—a lesson I applied daily when I was a practicing attorney and that I still rely on now as a law school administrator.

What's your favorite spot on campus? As a student, my favorite place was the garden behind the greenhouse that has the sundial and the wooden stairs that lead up to Reese (even before those stairs were so beautifully renovated!). Every time I return to campus, I make time to walk through that space. I always find serenity there.

Was there a moment you knew your life was forever changed? The minute I walked on campus as a prospective student. When I saw the t-shirt project on the green to raise awareness about domestic violence, met the then-first year student who had just published her own poetry anthology, and saw all of the student organizations in Blanchard, I knew not only that MHC was the school for me, but that my life would be different for having gone there.

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Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: TIME names "the most powerful woman in the world" their Person of the Year for 2015

By MHC Development on December 22, 2015 at 3:53 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was recently named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Merkel is only the fourth woman to receive the distinction in the 88 years that the award has been issued, and the first since 1986.

Merkel, who was elected the first female Chancellor of Germany in 2005, is a renowned political figure not just in her own country, but throughout the rest of Europe and the world.

A scientist first, Merkel earned a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry before entering politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. As Chancellor of Germany, Merkel has helped her country rise to the position of Europe's leading economic powerhouse through a series of domestic policies and international economic trade agreements.

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Womens promoting women's issues through journalism

By MHC Development on December 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Interested in seeing the latest in women's issues worldwide? Check out—an online resource of stories and breaking news, covering issues of media, culture, politics, law, health and science, and more.


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Women leaders inspire at MHC

By MHC Development on November 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM


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Alice Bliss Studebaker, because we met...

By MHC Development on November 3, 2015 at 10:18 AM


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Penny, because we met...

By MHC Development on October 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM


"Penny Gill taught me to think smarter, write better and to feel comfortable discovering myself." - Leslie Green '94 

"Penny Gill was my Pasts & Presences professor my first year at MHC. She taught me to think smarter, write better, and to feel comfortable discovering myself as a student away from home for the first time.

By my senior year, after working with her in the Politics Department and taking additional classes with her, I considered her a mentor. She prepared me for my security clearance interview with the State Department and even allowed us to use her office for the very lengthy interview. 

Penny, because we met, I have worked and traveled globally with confidence." —Leslie Green '94

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Arielle Derival '17 in Lima, Peru, working to promote and defend the rights of women domestic workers.

By MHC Development on August 7, 2015 at 12:23 PM


Arielle Derival '17, center, at La Casa de Panchita in Pima, Peru.

Arielle Derival '17, an Africana Studies and Spanish double major with a Nexus minor in law, public policy, and human rights, writes from Lima, Peru, where she is working with La Casa de Panchita. This NGO promotes and defends the rights of women domestic workers who are often discriminated against based on age, gender, color, language, or culture. It also aims to protect children and prevent the employment of children 14 years or younger who go to the cities in search of domestic work:

The journey so far has been nothing but amazing. I have had the opportunity to work with the lawyer who helps domestic workers with any conflicts they may be having at work, speaking to them in detail about their rights and letting them know about protective laws.


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