Mount Holyoke College Office of the President

A community dedicated to leadership

Leadership is an inherently social endeavor, rooted in listening and conversing, gathering and collaborating, envisioning and engaging. While the College has long cultivated leaders of thought and action, we are thrilled to introduce a new hub that is specially dedicated to the social aspects of the endeavor.

Stepping into the central heating plant

Ever wonder how the campus is heated? Hint: It involves five hot fires, boiled water, a steam turbine generator set and an extensive network of underground pipes — aka the north and the south loops. The process generates seven percent of the College’s electricity.

Watch the video to learn more about the efficient role of the central heating plant, courtesy of Richard Bigelow, associate director and chief engineer of facilities management.

Full steam ahead!

An interlude of light

Season after season and year after year, the beauty of Mount Holyoke and the light of learning connect us, across generations and across the world.

In “What Shines,” Marjory Wentworth ’80, poet laureate of South Carolina, evokes this sense of wonder and shared experience. May her poem, set to music by composer Nathan Jones and performed by the Glee Club for Vespers 2016, bring you a moment of connection to the College, to your own memories, and to friends near and far.

The beauty, the magic, the story

Resilience—and good, balanced decisions. Prudence—and expediency.

After the devastating fire of 1896, the College took a series of actions that continue to resonate to this day. Magical and phoenixlike, key elements of Mount Holyoke’s unconventional and beautiful campus rose out of the ashes in an amazingly fast fashion. Yet with an equally impressive level of classic grandeur and detail.

Hear the details courtesy of Paul Breen, director of facilities management and planning.

Built. To. Last. Enjoy the video!

The magic of sustainability

To what extent will the new Community Center contribute to the College’s sustainability efforts? In fantastic and exciting ways. Gain a glimpse into the construction of this game-changing building on campus—featuring solar panels, dehydrator digester units, and other state-of-the-art equipment—courtesy of Paul Breen, director of facilities management and planning.

It’s hard-hat time. Enjoy the video!

MHC: True. Love.

My first Mountain Day as acting president was nothing short of a thrill. It was a wonderful day to hike. The leaves were just turning. And there were loads of students and faculty at the summit, taking in the great views of the river.

Welcome to our Mount Holyoke!

 

Welcome to a new academic year at Mount Holyoke College—marked by the spirited tradition of Convocation. There is much to celebrate today, and every day, in this dynamic community of students, faculty, and staff. At my first Convocation as acting president, I am honored to kick off the semester alongside you and amid a host of exciting changes happening all around us on campus.

The turn of the key

 

“It is a real privilege to be serving Mount Holyoke in a new way.”
–Acting President Sonya Stephens

“I like the energy in the house—and there’s so much to look forward to.”
–House Manager Brenda Adams

President’s Pen: Summer 2016

As I step into the position of acting president, I am more reflective than usual about the long history of the College and symbolism of the threshold. In the early days of Mount Holyoke, when one student, arriving at the new seminary, found no steps leading up to the entrance, she walked around to the back of the building, where Mary Lyon greeted her with the words: “Come right up the stairs. You have come to help us.” And there is something still important today about that sense of collective endeavor.

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