“A choice doesn’t have to be perfect to be the right one” — Emily Kyte ’17, taking on risks and redefining bounds, to make a difference in the lives of refugees.

By MHC Development on June 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Emily Kyte ’17 (pictured kneeling) at a medical clinic in Jordan recording basic patient demographics in Arabic.

Emily Kyte ’17, a geography major and Arabic minor, left her comfort zone far behind to study abroad in Amman, Jordan this past spring semester. With support from Lynk-funding, she has taken on a new challenge this summer and is making a difference in the lives of refugees, working as an intern for Alhadaf, a non-profit in the Hashemite Kingdom that serves marginalized populations through education, training, psychosocial support services, and medical campaigns. So far this summer, she has designed and taught an ELL (English Language Learner) course for Iraqi refugees, worked with logistics and translation at a health clinic, and is helping to open a new community space for refugees. She writes to us from Jordan:

I started taking Arabic my first year of college. My "Arabic community" was the foundation to my community and finding my place/self at Mount Holyoke. The intensive, daily instruction gave me work ethic, and taught me to laugh at myself a little more and take more risks in all parts of my life. As a first-generation student (who would not be here without generous financial aid) from a nontraditional home structure, this was key to deciding to stay after a really challenging adjustment my first year. With an incredible degree of encouragement from Jordanians, Arabic speakers, and Arabic learners, quiet ideas turned into a reality. After lots of Facebook-stalking my Arab friends, YouTube videos, and "head-nods" from those who have lived in Jordan, my family approved of my decision. I am the first person in my family to ever really travel outside of the U.S., so this experience meant redefining bounds, meanings, and conceptions of the world for my entire family.
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Building Community Fact #17: Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

By MHC Development on February 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Some students love the physical education requirement—they relish waking up early to work out, swim laps, or walk for fitness in the field house. Others are not so enthusiastic—in winter, the sight of yoga-bound students shuffling through snow only to gently doze during “Child’s Pose” is not uncommon. But no matter the reason, the destination is clear: Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, located on the far north end of campus, beside the glorious expanse of Upper Lake.

Built in 1950, Kendall was originally a replacement for Blanchard Hall. While Blanchard transitioned into usage as a campus hub and student community center, Kendall began offering physical education and workout facilities for students. The building was named for Henry P. Kendall, a trustee of the College, and his family. Renovations to the building in 2008 expanded its dance and exercise facilities.

The Department of Physical Education and Athletics is committed to preparing MHC students for purposeful engagement in the world through participation in physical activity. A member of NCAA Division III and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), Mount Holyoke offers 14 varsity sports teams as well as club sports teams. The riding team is a regular visitor to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships—since 2000, the Lyons have taken home a pair of National titles and two Reserve Championships.

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