Meet Lanie Richards ’21, who hails from Orange Park, Florida. Majoring in psychology and education, she was drawn to Mount Holyoke because of its academic rigor as well as it’s welcoming community. On campus, she’s also a research assistant in the Office of Advancement, a member of the MHC Rugby Football Club and an SGA Senator for the Rugby team.
Because no two college journeys are alike and academic success hinges upon personal wellbeing, Mount Holyoke provides professionals across campus — specializing in student programs, residential life, diversity and inclusion, religious and spiritual life, health, counseling and accessibility — who provide the resources, support and programs to help every student thrive on campus and beyond. This vibrant community of student scholars needs you.
Meet Emily Carle ’21, a religion major from Newington, Connecticut. Emily fell in love with Mount Holyoke’s academic offerings, vibrant spiritual life and endless opportunities for involvement within the campus community. In addition to the numerous clubs and organizations that she’s involved with on campus, Emily is also the youth director at Center Church in South Hadley and an intern for Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor Christian community in downtown Northampton. She also manages an instagram account featuring photos of Mount Holyoke (@picturesofmhc) and enjoys skiing, eating, watching the Patriots and researching her family genealogy.
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.
Thank you again to everyone who participated in our third annual FebruMary celebration this past month. In 29 days, we learned about some of the incredible student organizations in our Celebrating Community posts, shared information about the wide variety of Black History Month programming on campus, tested our knowledge about some of the more obscure student orgs in Mount Holyoke’s history, shared photos of Mary celebrating with alumnae all around the world, and toasted to our fearless founder on here 219th birthday.
We also joined together to support the tremendous work happening on campus; over 2,600 alumnae joined together this month to invest in current students and the future of Mount Holyoke. This was a 25% increase in the number of donors from last FebruMary, and helped us increase overall alumnae participation in giving by 7.2%.
And the final FebruMary contest winners are...
Over the 2016 winter intersession, I completed an internship at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD—an amazing opportunity which enriched both my college experience and my personal life. Over a span of 3 weeks and 120 hours, I gained practical, hands-on knowledge of animal husbandry which will prove extremely useful in my pursuit of a career in this field. I worked alongside a highly committed and coordinated group of individuals who ensured animal safety and created positive interactions with the public.
I was also privileged to work under the direction of Holly Martel Bourbon ’87, who serves as the Head Dive Safety Officer and Curator of Large Fish exhibits. While we did not work together every day, the time that I did spend with her allowed me to see the immense and lasting impact that a Mount Holyoke education can provide. Working with someone as dynamic, inclusive, and inspiring as Holly has allowed me to truly experience the magnitude of our worldwide alumnae network. Through my time observing, working, and talking with her, I was able to put myself in her shoes and to view more clearly the possibilities for my own future.
While it was in part through my own effort that I was able to secure this opportunity, the collective efforts of others in the community have been critical to my success. The assistance, encouragement, and investment of my professors have proved invaluable in motivating me to pursue opportunities such as this one. One professor in particular, Renae Brodie, has provided extensive support since I transferred to Mount Holyoke last fall, and has henceforth served as an important mentor. Early on, she opened my eyes to the many opportunities that lay before me as a woman of color in a field that has historically been dominated by Caucasian males. It is largely because of the encouragement of Professor Brodie, and several others, that I have been able to secure first a National Science Foundation-funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), and now this internship at the National Aquarium.
Thank you for making the third annual FebruMary amazing! We've learned, laughed, celebrated, and helped advance the mission of MHC.
Here is your last chance to test your knowledge and win some special MHC prizes!
Which of the following was never a Mount Holyoke student organization?
a. The Missionary Association
b. The Mount Holyoke Marching Band
c. The MHC Paranormal Society
This month we have highlighted 28 student organizations that allow students to pursue their passions and make an impact in their community. There are currently over 100 registered student organizations at Mount Holyoke, and hundreds more that have existed over our 179 year history. These groups range from cultural orgs that celebrate our diverse community to sports teams that show the power of being a part of team, from musical ensembles that entertain thousands of people to advocacy groups that work to improve our wider community.
With so many wonderful student organizations at Mount Holyoke, we were only able to cover the tip of the iceberg. Did we highlight your favorite group?
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.
Announcing our fourth Trivia Tuesday and Where’s Mary winners! Congratulations to Lisa Caputo '82, the winner of #TriviaTuesday, and Stephanie Rohr '12, winner of #WhereIsMary contest.
Lisa correctly identified the Lyon Lumberjacks as the fake student organization. It may surprise some to know that we had a synchronized swimming group. The Lorelyons, pictured left (previously known as Lorelei and Water Ballet), graced the pools of Mount Holyoke from 1966-1985. And Treble Effect is "Mount Holyoke's one and only show choir group." Established in the fall of 2013, this group is made of singers and dancers of all class years. Treble Effect uses popular songs and synchronized movement to promote teamwork, self confidence and fun.
Stephanie, along with many others, correctly identified Mary as being at the Mount Holyoke Community Boathouse, located a little ways away from campus. The boathouse, which was opened in the spring of 2010, houses the MHC crew team while also giving community members access to the Connecticut River. You can read more about the crew team in today’s Celebrating Community post.