Your generosity during this uncertain and difficult year has been essential. During the 2019–2020 fiscal year, 9,670 alums, family members, friends, faculty, staff and students made gifts and pledges to Mount Holyoke totaling $30.7 million. 30% of alumnae (8,793) gave back to Mount Holyoke, and $8.86 million was raised for The Mount Holyoke Fund to meet the College’s immediate needs, including $346,544 for the Emergency Student Relief Fund to support students during this unprecedented crisis.
A dedicated volunteer, Barbara Kelly ’71 has maintained an active connection with Mount Holyoke, both in service to her classmates and to the College. Over the years, she has helped plan reunions and lent her time and talents as a class agent, reunion gift caller and Cornerstone representative.
Now a member of the Reunion Lead Gift Committee for her upcoming fiftieth reunion, Barbara appreciates the continued opportunities that she has as an advancement volunteer — not only to cultivate longtime friendships but to discover new camaraderies with classmates she may not have known during her time on campus.
As a student, Riley Smith ’15 embraced all that MHC had to offer. A politics major and theatre arts minor, Riley acted in several theater productions, rowed on the College’s varsity crew team, served as a class officer and worked in the Office of Admission as a Harriet Newhall Fellow.
Riley's connection to Mount Holyoke has remained steadfast beyond the gates. Now, as a head class agent, Riley knows that the next generation of change-makers rely on the support of today's alums and is committed to ensuring the success of College and its students.
As a longtime Head Class Agent, Leslie Smith Green ’94 is deeply committed to Mount Holyoke's mission: to provide exceptional students from all backgrounds with an intellectually adventurous education that prepares them for lives of thoughtful, effective and purposeful engagement in the world.
In addition to her fundraising work to support the College, she has also spearheaded signature initiatives designed to create a deeper connection between alums, current students and the College. Her leadership in launching the MHC Alumnae International Student Sponsorship program — which matches alums to incoming international students who may need assistance and support while traveling alone to a new country — was recognized with the Alumnae Association's inaugural Innovator Award in 2019.
Andrea Lange ’71 has devoted much of her life to higher education, particularly in the public service sector. Now retired, she most recently served as Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Resources at Washington College, where she worked directly with students interested in integrative/experiential learning including job shadowing, internships and bench research on and off campus.
Her commitment to education is also reflected in her role as a Mount Holyoke Class Agent, which gives her the opportunity to support the College's efforts to provide a transformative liberal arts education to exceptional students from all backgrounds.
A dedicated leader and human rights advocate, Marija Tesla ’11 believes firmly in Mount Holyoke's important contribution to the evolution of gender equity and the College's commitment to making change in the global community. As a student, she served as President of the MHC Student Government Association (SGA) and has continued to take on leadership roles beyond the gates as both President and Head Class Agent for the class of 2011, a member of the Mount Holyoke Fund Committee and a former young alumna Trustee. Now pursuing a joint degree from The Fletcher School (M.A. in Law and Diplomacy) and Boston College Law School (J.D.), she knows that that has never been a more important time to support Mount Holyoke and the world's future leaders.
A passionate advocate for Mount Holyoke, Liz Worman Bauer ’59 resides in Ferndale, Michigan. Liz devotes her time to MHC in a variety of ways: not only does she lend her support as a regional Alumna Admission Representative and serve as the treasurer for the Mount Holyoke Club of Detroit, but she is also a tireless advancement volunteer. Through her work as a Co-Head Class Agent and as a member of both The Mount Holyoke Fund Committee and The Mount Holyoke Fund Beyond the 50th Committee, Liz has found that her connections to her classmates, the alumnae network and the College are more important now than ever before.
Thank you to the 901 alumnae, faculty, staff, students, family and friends who made gifts to The Mount Holyoke Fund for the Commencement Challenge totaling $205,031, all in honor of the class of 2020. At the same time, our generous community members also shared countless messages of support and congratulations with our graduating blue lions! Inspired by the outpouring of love from this challenge and by the powerful way that our community has come together in recent months, a group of anonymous alumnae have given an additional $100,000 to Mount Holyoke and $2,020 to The Senior Campaign.
Each year the senior class works together to leave behind its legacy, in the form of The Senior Campaign. This provides an opportunity for the class to work together towards a shared goal and a chance for new or established leaders to come up with creative ideas for ways to engage classmates. Led by Head Class Agents (HCAs), with the support of the Class Board, The Senior Campaign allows the class to join forces for the first time with the thousands of alums who paved the way before them.
At Mount Holyoke, this week would normally be the time when underclass students would be traveling home for the summer, alums in reunion classes would be packing their Laurel Parade ensembles and the seniors’ calendars would be packed with celebrations leading into Commencement.