Mount Holyoke ranks as one of the most diverse colleges in America

By MHC Advancement on July 14, 2016 at 9:17 AM

"Of the 10 most diverse liberal arts colleges on this list, five of them are all women’s colleges (Agnes Scott, Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Smith, and Mount Holyoke). This trend may seem surprising, but it is supported by these school’s founding ideologies. Women’s colleges were created to educate people excluded from the ivory tower, and although this initially meant women, administrators applied the same inclusive attitude to admitting minorities."

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Mount Holyoke’s commitment to conversation, comradeship, and change.

By Sonya Stephens on July 11, 2016 at 11:33 AM

Dear Members of the Mount Holyoke Community,

This summer has brought so much tragedy to society and our screens that, as we find ourselves grieving one event, trying to make sense of the act and the loss, we are swept into another.  Some happen at a distance, while others happen here on US soil. Some are classified as acts of terrorism, and the others are, at root, also about fear. All strike close to home in a community such as ours at Mount Holyoke College, comprised of many races and ethnicities, religions, nationalities, gender identities, and political affiliations.

The senseless murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in recent days—within a day of each other and less than two years after that of Michael Brown—reminded us, if we needed reminding, that this happens every day and everywhere in the United States, and of the urgency with which we all must act to protect black lives and to address the structural racism that allows such violence. It reminded us, as does the journalist Gary Younge, that “justice is indivisible,” and that anything less than justice for all is privilege for some.

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Thank you!

By MHC Advancement on July 1, 2016 at 9:19 AM

On behalf of all our students, thank you for your gifts to The Mount Holyoke Fund! Your gifts will support every part of the MHC experience for our students, from once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to beloved MHC traditions, as well as our amazing faculty and this beautiful campus. With your gifts, you have shared many heartfelt comments on what inspired you to pay it forward. Here are just a few:

"Mount Holyoke was the type of school that I needed after graduating from a small public high school with only about 30 students who planned to go on to college. I had been told that as a girl, I needed to keep my mouth shut and not to excel in ways that would make boys uncomfortable! I needed outstanding professors, but most of all I needed to be allowed to ask questions, seek answers, work hard, and do my best. I loved my liberal arts education and the breadth of experiences that was very different from anything I had experienced before. I loved having classmates and fellow students who were also interested in a variety of issues and subjects." —Claire Offutt Leonard '67

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Donor spotlight: Pamela Freeman Dear ’83. “My MHC education allowed me to become the person I am today.”

By MHC Advancement on July 1, 2016 at 8:35 AM

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I give to Mount Holyoke every year because my MHC education allowed me to become the person I am today. I gained self-confidence that I didn't know I lacked and was able to stand up for myself in the working world because I had already done it at Mount Holyoke.

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Donor Spotlight: Christine Ianni ’15 pays it forward for future generations.

By MHC Advancement on June 30, 2016 at 3:47 PM

Only a few more hours left! Mount Holyoke's fiscal year ends tonight at midnight. Each year, every year, MHC counts on the community for support so that students today—and for generations to come—will have the amazing MHC experience. With so many opportunities and so many reasons to give, here's what inspired Christine Ianni '15 to pay it forward:

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities Mount Holyoke provided me and I hope my gift will help guarantee the same for others.

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Donor Spotlight: Rochelle Thomas ’01. “It was the greatest academic experience of my life.”

By MHC Advancement on June 30, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Rochelle Thomas '01 recalls Mount Holyoke as being the greatest academic experience of her life: "I try to give something to MHC every year because I will never forget the experiences I had and hope that it continues to inspire more women for centuries to come. I am ever so jealous of the FPs, because I wish I could walk through the MHC gates with the knowledge of the world as I now know it. I don't think I would ever leave!"

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? We were all once fish!

What's your favorite spot on campus? So many! I always remember the flowering trees that were just outside of Buckland. They were probably insignificant to almost everyone else but it was a reminder of all of the touches of beauty around campus. But, the waterfall, the equestrian center, the path around the lake—the possibilities are endless!

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I received a very generous financial aid package that enabled me to attend MHC and I hope many other women are able to benefit from such a gift in the future. Additionally, I hope that the College continues to attract such world class educators. Not a day goes by when I don't think about how much the faculty was invested in its students, taking the time to have lunch with us, invite us into their homes and answer e-mails about anything. A lot of learning happened outside of the classroom. And, the campus ain't too shabby to look at either!

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

By MHC Advancement 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: Caitlin Reilly Smith ’98. “It is important for me to give back, and to help provide more young women the opportunity…”

By MHC Advancement on June 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Caitlin Reilly Smith '98 majored in anthropology at Mount Holyoke. As it is with so many other alumnae, the lessons learned and the confidence gained from her years at MHC continue to serve Caitlin throughout her life.

What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? I learned how to listen carefully, think critically, write effectively, and speak thoughtfully. Lessons that have been used every single day of my life since graduating.

What's your favorite spot on campus? I always loved walking past Babbo's bench (next to the art museum) on my way to and from class, so now I like to stop and sit on it when I visit campus.

You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I support MHC so that it can continue to provide a top-quality liberal arts education to the women leaders of the future! I have been so impressed by every alumna I have met throughout the years. Their career accomplishments, leadership abilities, and sense of purpose in life are a common thread that I have found ties all MHC alumnae together. It is important for me to give back, and to help provide more young women the opportunity to build that same foundation that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

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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 Advancement 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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Our students value your support.

By MHC Advancement on June 27, 2016 at 1:10 PM

 

With every gift, you can inspire, motivate, and drive our students to do more. Continue paving the way. Please make your gift by June 30.

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