Mount Holyoke forever shall Be Well

By Rachel Nix ’20 on May 15, 2019 at 2:55 PM

An essential part of the multifacted Mount Holyoke student experience includes a commitment  to wellness of mind, body, spirit and community. The new Be Well program at Mount Holyoke was developed in 2016 to encourage mental and physical health among students and help provide ways to reduce stress.

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Why Choose Student Life?

By MHC Development on April 19, 2019 at 1:32 PM

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.

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Student Life Stories: Rachel Nix ’20

By Rachel Nix ’20 on April 4, 2019 at 5:14 PM

Before I transferred to Mount Holyoke at the beginning of my sophomore year, I remember browsing the Student Life section of the College’s website and learning about the many traditions that take place on campus each year. In particular, I recall watching a video of the 2016 Convocation, which featured a faculty flash mob dancing to “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake. This moment, though seemingly inconsequential, cemented my decision to attend.

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Choose Student Life

By MHC Development on March 28, 2019 at 3:06 PM

The Division of Student Life complements and enhances every aspect of the Mount Holyoke College student experience. With professionals across campus — specializing in student programs, residential life, diversity and inclusion, religious and spiritual life, health, counseling and accessibility — the team provides the resources and support that students need to craft a college journey rooted in wellness. And fun!

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Donor Spotlight: Samia Seraj ’12: “MHC was where I truly found my voice and my calling.”

By MHC Development on June 7, 2016 at 11:08 AM

With summer almost upon us and as the end of our fiscal year draws near, we are ever closer to our goal of 10,000 donors for Mount Holyoke. Thousands of alums, parents, and friends have already joined the ranks, and this month, we'll be highlighting a few of you who, through your support, are making a difference for current students today. Samia Seraj ’12 tells us why she supports Mount Holyoke:

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? The value of diversity (in whatever form) in helping to shape better ideas and in the end, individuals.

What's your favorite spot on campus? Definitely the library (and some Rao's to go with the visit)!

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? MHC was where I truly found my voice and my calling. It gave me the strength of character, the power of voice and the desire to live a life of consequence and impact. Giving back to MHC, in whatever way I can, has always been a big priority since graduation.

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Black History Month events at MHC

By MHC Development on February 17, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Black History Month events continue throughout the month of February at Mount Holyoke. If you're on campus tomorrow, February 18th, check out the Black History Month Staff and Faculty Showcase in the Blanchard Great Room at 7:30 pm.

This event celebrates Black History Month by featuring staff, faculty, and students as they showcase their talents. The event is open to the whole campus community and is co-sponsored by Multicultural Community and College Life's Inclusive Initiative Fund, Student Programs, and Human Resources. To learn more about this event contact Jonathan "JB" Nelson:
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Celebrating Community #6: Unusual Suspects

By palme22c on February 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

According to their biography, the Unusual Suspects is “Mount Holyoke College's oldest, longest running, most prestigious, and only Improv Troupe founded sometime in the 1980's, we think.” This group of fun and funny human beings regularly regales the campus with ribald and rib-busting humor. Members of the Unusual Suspects are afforded the opportunity to share their voices and humor with the campus in unexpected and empowering ways, often hosting last-minute performances in dormitory common areas with inspiringly silly themes.

No stranger to sharing her voice for a good cause, Suspects alumna Dana Rubin ’12 has made a career speaking up for things that matter. Now a student in the City and Regional Planning MA program at the University of California, Berkeley, Rubin remembers well how Mount Holyoke shaped her desire to make a living out of speaking up when others cannot.

“In 2013, I packed my bags and moved to Los Angeles, California. ‘If not now, then when?’ I worked for an affordable housing developer, 1010 Development. I was tasked with writing financing applications, developing community partnerships, and designing social service programs for low-income and section 8 residents. My interactions with the tenants were the highlights of my year. Having the opportunity to hear stories, many from first generation immigrants, was sobering. And in these windows of conversation, I would hear their tribulations with public transit. They would wait patiently for a bus that would inevitably never arrive or stand along dangerous intersections without complaint. ‘How is it just?’ Without reliable transportation, opportunities for work were unavailable to my tenants.

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