From the Fall 2017 Alumnae Quarterly President's Pen
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.
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!
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!
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.
“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
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.