Thank You for Your March Donations!

What an incredible two days! Our first March4MHC Community Challenge was a huge success!

Thank you for a truly impressive outpouring of support for Mount Holyoke and our community. During this short challenge, 3,480 donors gave $868,702 to The Mount Holyoke Fund*. This tremendous outpouring of support, from  the entire Mount Holyoke Community — alums, students, faculty, staff, family and friends of the College — helped us earn an impressive additional $300,000 for MHC, thanks to the generous challenge from a group of anonymous donors.

The result?

More than $1.1 million that will go to work immediately to support every aspect of the Mount Holyoke experience, from scholarships to student life to sustainability and so much more.

Congratulations to all of the winning classes, and a hearty thank you to all of our volunteers and advocates for your wonderful outreach. We could not have done this without you! The Participation Leaders will be announced in the near future, and advocates will receive their incentives soon.

Congratulations to everyone who helped make our first-ever community challenge a success! You truly demonstrated the power of the MHC community.  We know that when we come together, we can accomplish great things! 

*Initial results. Final results will be available after all gifts have been reconciled.  Class of 1974 is currently in fifth place.

 

https://blog.mtholyoke.edu/mhcforever/march4mhc-results

 

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Mini Reunions – MHC MAY IN MAINE MINI LAST WEEKEND IN MAY MAY 29, 30, 31
, 2020

Dear MHC 1974 Classmates,

May 2020 will be a year since our phenomenal, record-breaking 45th Reunion, and the Class of 1974 Mini-Reunion Committee has been humming, planning all sorts of wild and wonderful mini-reunions to keep us in connection with one another and to gather momentum for our upcoming 50th reunion in 2024. 

Let’s energize that spark that we all felt last May and get together just as often as we can!  Jane Zimmy and Tracy Thompson set the scene when they gathered classmates spontaneously in San Francisco last November; Mary Feeney master-minded the December Boston Vespers gathering. Other small groups have met across the globe…and Saturday 18 classmates gathered in NYC at the MoMA for a guided Dorothea Lange tour to celebrate Mary Lyon’s birthday!

And May is our next planned full mini-Reunion at my place in Boothbay, mid-coast Maine.  Here are the details and they can also be found here on the Bold Colorful Life Inn website. 

MHC MAY IN MAINE MINI
LAST WEEKEND IN MAY
MAY 29, 30, 31, 2020

Enjoy a sure-to-be-beautiful end-of-May long weekend at
Melissa Thornton’s Bold Colorful Life Inn, in Boothbay Maine

Located in Boothbay, in mid-coast Maine, the Inn offers stunning views of the Back River, where you can swim or kayak…or watch the local eagles and osprey dip for their dinner in the cove at the bottom of the lawns…. or wander through the gardens….listen to the chorus of spring peepers and bullfrogs on the freshwater pond….enjoy a hammock….come away from it all….catch your breath….read about it all HERE.

And within 10 miles are opportunities to hike, paddle kayaks,  shop, visit galleries, hunt for puffins or whales, wander the world-famous Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, explore lighthouses…museums…historic houses…the list is endless.

Activities

FRIDAY, May 29th: Check-in is any time after 2pm. Cocktails will be served at 5pm and then dinner is on our own. Melissa’s suggestion is that we all gather at the nearby Watershed Tavern for oven-fired pizza and locally crafted beer. All suggestions welcome.

Please note: At the end of each night, in true Mt Holyoke tradition, ‘milk and crackers’ will be available in both buildings on site. These days, they’ll include gluten free, organic, etc. options.

SATURDAY, May 30th: Saturday morning, we’ll gather around the barn-door dining table in the Farmhouse at the Inn for a bold and bountiful hot brunch buffet, including creative eggs, fruit salad, a myriad of bagels, muffins and pastries, fruit juice and your choice of hot drinks.

Brunch will be followed by a wonderful wander around the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. It takes about 90 minutes to enjoy it all.

And in the early afternoon, options are many: 

  1. Those who are up for an adventure trip will drive together to Camden Maine (a beautiful hour-long trip up the Maine coast) where we will (your choice) either drive up Mount Battie or hike up the mountain. The views of the Camden harbor and the ocean and islands beyond are memorable. Or visit the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland (home of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth’s works.)
  2.  Those who’d like a shorter trip will visit the Frances Perkins homestead in Damariscotta and have a tour of the waterfront grounds and house, hopefully, by her grandson, Tomlin Coggeshall.
  3. You can also relax on site or enjoy the Boothbay peninsula: wander the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden for a longer period, hike any of 13 Boothbay Region Land Trust preserves, stroll through Boothbay Harbor shops and galleries…
  4. Or book any of a variety of local tours to wander nearby harbors, whale watch, deep sea fish or island hop.
    More detail about all of these options in the next Email Blast….

SATURDAY LOBSTER BAKE:  Saturday night, around 7pm, there will be a catered Lobster-Bake*  for the entire group at the Bold Colorful Life Inn. *Substitute menu items will be available. The price will be in the $35 dollar range, depending on lobster costs. And we will need your commitment ASAP for the caterer.

SUNDAY, May 31st: Sunday breakfast buffet will be held at the Inn, followed by a wander around Boothbay Harbor shops and galleries…or any of the activities detailed below.

Sunday, early afternoon, all those who are seaworthy and adventurous will take an Audubon Puffin and Scenic Cruise from Boothbay Harbor at 1 pm to 3:30pm. The boat takes off from/returns to Boothbay Harbor. The cost is $41.00 and sign-up should be ASAP to ensure we get tickets. Some dates are already booked!

After more wandering around Boothbay Harbor or taking nearby hikes in the afternoon, we’ll return to the Inn for cocktails.

Or for those who need to get home, you can be back to the Inn by about 4pm, with lots of daylight left for travel.

Sunday night, dinner will be on our own at one of the Boothbay Harbor restaurants. More detail will be shared in a later message, so that we can make a reservation.

MONDAY, June 1st:  Buffet breakfast will be available as you pack up and ready yourselves for your trip home…where you will commence an even more ‘bold and colorful life’. 😊 Checkout will be midday Monday, or as agreed.   

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In addition to these events and meals:

  1. All classmates are invited to wander the 15 acre waterfront estate, stopping to experience the 50 marked Forest Bathing sites.
  2. Or take a stroll on the newly expanded Enchanted Circle and perhaps build a fairy house on the Fairy Walk. 
  3. We have 6 adult kayaks for Inn guest use, lots of hiking poles, badminton and volleyball games, etc. 
  4. Also, we may gather for early morning or late afternoon YOGA with views of the pond or Back River.
  5. And we may create a Women’s Circle with singing crystal bowls and drums. 

For budget-planning purposes, here’s an overview of all non-lodging options and their costs:

Additional Cost Summary
Friday/Saturday/Sunday Cocktails: $5 contribution per event

Saturday Hot Brunch: included in B&B fee for those staying on site; $12 for those staying elsewhere and coming over for brunch

Saturday Lobster Bake: Estimate = $35 per person

Sunday/Monday Breakfast Buffet: included in B&B fee for those staying on site; $10 for those staying elsewhere and coming over for brunch

Tickets to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: $16 senior (purchased at the Gardens)

AUDUBON Puffin and Scenic Cruise: $41.00 Reserve ASAP please

Frances Perkins Homestead Tour: ~ $20.00 Purchased at the Homestead

Other Boat Excursions: See Cap’n Fish online

Lodging:

The Bold Colorful Life Inn can sleep up to the first 20 participants in 10 bedrooms and there are nearby alternatives for additional attendees-see below.
 Melissa is charging us the ‘off season’ rates, (the same rates we had in 2013 for our ’74 turns 60 Mini-Reunion), a 15% savings for MHC classmates.

MHC MAY IN MAINE MINI Special Rates at the Bold Colorful Life Inn
Type of Bed Price per night Name of Room Which House? Sleeps How Many
QT: Queen + Twin $189.00 Lapis Lazuli Farmhouse 3
King or Two Twins $169.00 Malachite Farmhouse  2
TT: Two Twins Suite $169.00 Butterscotch Amber Cape 2
Q: Queen $149.00 Watermelon Tourmaline Farmhouse 2
  $149.00 Tangerine Citrine Farmhouse 2
  $149.00 Ruby Cape 2
SF: Standard/Full $129.00 Amethyst Farmhouse 2
  $129.00 Garnet Cape 2
  $129.00 Turquoise Cape 2
T: Twin $109.00 Peridot Cape 1

 • Rooms will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. 

Here is more information about the various rooms: http://boldcolorlifeinn.com/accommmhc2020.htm Just click on the link to see more room detail.

Choose a room and email Melissa with your choice at boldcolorlife@gmail.com; then send your check for the above amount x the number of nights (2 minimum) plus 9% Maine lodging tax, and any other events you’re signing up for, to: Melissa Thornton, Bold Colorful Life Inn, 802 Back River Road, Boothbay, ME 04537.

See the RESPONSE CARD below and attached…to help you do the math and to include with your check:

MHC MAY IN MAINE MINI-REUNION WEEKEND

RESPONSE CARD

Please let us know your interests:

  1. ___ I would like to stay at the Bold Colorful Life Inn
  2. ___I would like this kind of room (check room cost and add 9% for Maine lodging tax)
  3. ___I would like to have it to myself or ___share it with a room mate
  4. ___ I would like to attend the cocktail party on Friday night ___Saturday night ___Sunday night___ ($5 each evening)                          
  5. ___I have these dietary needs for the breakfasts ______________________________________
  6. ___I will attend the Saturday evening Lobster Bake ($35)
  7. ___I will attend the Sunday afternoon Audubon Puffin and Scenic Cruise ($41)

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TOTAL CHECK enclosed __________

Please make check out to Melissa Thornton or Bold Colorful Life and send it to 802 Back River Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537 and Melissa will confirm receipt. 

Thanks and can’t wait to have you here for our awesome mini-reunion!

Other Lodging Options Nearby, on the Boothbay Peninsula
A little MORE expensive than the Bold Colorful Life Inn:

FIVE GABLES INN
In East Boothbay, about 13 minutes away.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR OCEANSIDE RESORT

In Boothbay Harbor, about 10 minutes away.

FISHERMAN’S WHARF INN

In Boothbay Harbor, about 10 minutes away.

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About the SAME cost as Bold Colorful Life Inn

HOWARD HOUSE LODGE

On the edge of Boothbay/Boothbay Harbor, about 8 minutes away.

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A little LESS Expensive than the Bold Colorful Life Inn

 Cottages at the Boothbay Resort and Craft Brewery

In Boothbay, about 6 minutes away

MID TOWN MOTEL

In Boothbay, about 11 minutes away

OTHER MHC MINI-REUNION SITES ARE IN THE WORKS!

We have lots of conversations going on in the Mini-Reunion Committee and throughout the Board, Committees and beyond. Let us know your thoughts and where you’d like to gather with MHC Class of 1974 classmates…and whether you’d like to host a special event in a special site. 

Cindy Polk: cynthia.polk.allen@gmail.com  or Melissa Thornton: boldcolorlife@gmail.com

MINI-REUNION SITES AND POTENTIAL DATES
LOCATION YEAR DATE AND DESCRIPTION
NYC Vespers 1st Week in December Even years: 2020, 2022  
BOSTON Vespers 1st Week in December Odd Years: 2021, 2023  
DC AND AREA TBD  
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN  TBD Summer Summer Art Fair
AMHERST, MASS 2022,2023 Glascock Poetry Contest/ EMILY DICKINSON home tour
CHICAGO Summer 2020 

Summer 2021

 Ravinia Festival July 31
August Lalapalooza Festival
PORTLAND, OREGON TBD  
SAN DIEGO TBD  
CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY TBD Wine Country Spa and Wine tasting
NEWPORT, RI/CAPE COD TBD  
ALBUQUERQUE/

SANTA FE, N.M.

 2021 February
WILMINGTON, NC TBD  
ASHVILLE, NC TBD  
ALASKA CRUISE 2021 August or September 
ICELAND/ GREENLAND 2022 For our 70th birthdays!
ISTANBUL 2021 Fall 
SARASOTA, FL 2022 February 
NEW ORLEANS/ MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRUISE 2023  
PUGET SOUND AND SAN JUAN ISLANDS CRUISE TBD  
NASHVILLE, TN 2022  
DENVER/FORT COLLINS 2022  
ATLANTA, GA 2021  
SOUTH HADLEY, MASS!! 2024 May 24 -27

Warmest regards, 

Melissa Thornton on behalf of the MHC 1974 Mini-Reunion Committee:

Mary Feeney, Denise McLeod Thomas, Melissa Thornton, Cindy Polk and Flo Chichester

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Class Presidents’ Letter, November 2019

 

Hello Classmates –

What a wonderful 45th reunion we had! As always we had a great turnout and won both the Margaret Caskey Cup for highest total number of attendees and the Alumnae Association Cup for highest percentage of attendees.  In addition, the Alumnae Association presented the Achievement Award to two of our classmates – Mary Platt and Barbara Dombkowski Desoer. We missed those of you who could not make it this time and hope that you will plan to come to our 50th!

Highlights included a breakfast round table discussion on retirement facilitated by Mary Feeney, the Farm to Fashion panel moderated by Susan Moch, the V-8s performance in our dorm, and a special performance by Michelle Hurst and Bonnie Panson at the Rooke Theatre. (The class of 1989 helped us sponsor Michelle and Bonnie’s performance, and it was great being able to spend some time getting acquainted with them.) And of course the parade and other reunion activities. New to us was the singing of Bread and Roses and the twining of roses at Mary Lyon’s grave.

At our Class Meeting we said goodbye to outgoing officers Vice President Mary Feeney, Treasurer Nancy Marks Arcieri, Scribe Lynn Massman Mordan, and Nominating Committee members Denise McLeod Thomas and LaVida Dowdell; and of course yours truly.

We voted in Melissa Thornton – President; Denise McLeod Thomas – Vice President; Doris O’Keefe – returning as Secretary; Gail LaBroad LaRocca – returning as Reunion Chair; Mary Grantham-Sleet – Treasurer; Marylloyd Claytor – Scribe; Laurie Averill – returning as our Web expert; Jane Zimmy and Debby Hall – returning as Head Class Agents; and Carole LaMond, Beth Connor Gibson and Nancy Marks Arcieri as members of the Nominating Committee.

We also voted for new and revised bylaws – see our Class webpage for a copy. A highlight of the meeting was the reading of a message from Denise McLeod Thomas (who was unable to attend) encouraging each of us to make at least one new friend during reunion. This resonated with many of us and led us to reach out to classmates outside of our usual groups of friends with very positive results.

It has been my privilege to serve as your president for the past five years. Looking forward to what will happen under Melissa’s leadership.

Diane Claffey


Dear Classmates,

It truly was an awesome 45th!! Gail LaBroad LaRocca and her committee achieved another magical event. Every moment of their hard work was mirrored in a memorable moment for a classmate. Classmates who had never missed a reunion to classmates who had never before attended a reunion gathered together for this sunshine-filled weekend in lovely South Hadley…and every moment was beautifully planned and executed.  Please read Gail’s reunion letter here. 

With a little bit of magic, the Class of 1974 did stay in the dorm we requested, the ‘new’ Creighton Hall, with lakeside views and suite-style living. The dorm was a pleasure, the new dining facilities required a steep learning curve, but had such a breadth of choices as to support every classmate in her eating preferences.

The campus was truly beautiful; the weather was perfect. The choices of classes, tours, events and gatherings had something for everyone. And all of that was the jewel case for the real gem…the friendship and caring energy that was generated between and amongst the women who reunited…within our class and between classes.

You could see the spark as we marched in the parade. We did look terrific as we paraded with our elegant red and black umbrellas!

You could feel the spirit as we gathered in ever-changing groups for each meal. With all the catching up, the din in the dining hall was tremendous and filled with positive energy.

You could join the momentum at our Class meeting, led by Class President Diane Claffey. She and her officers have handed the Class to me and our new officers in good shape. Check out our Treasurer’s report and Class minutes here.

Thanks to you, Diane, as President, and to all your Class Officers for taking excellent care of the interests of the Class of 1974. And thanks to Doris O’Keefe, our long-standing Class Secretary, for keeping track of the minutes of our journey together.

You could feel the spark in the supportive interest we all gave to the fascinating career stories of the presenters at the Farm to Fashion Event.

It WAS a record-breaking gathering and we are hoping that even more of our classmates gather together during the next five years at our mini-reunions, our spontaneous gatherings and, of course, for our awesome 50th in 2024. Our mission is Getting and Staying Connected.

Many thanks to Laurie Averill for her ongoing commitment to keeping us all in touch and up to date in our various channels of social media. (The College actually changed her title to Social Media Coordinator!) 

To that end, please place a link to the Class of 74 website on your desktop or other device and please consider joining the Class of 74 Facebook page–so far we have 210 ‘friends’. The Facebook page is a closed page to protect our privacy, so do reach out to Laurie at ljaverill@gmail.com to join. Also, please help the College to find our missing classmates and to update their records, so that more and more of us are in regular touch.

And many thanks to Jane Zimmy and Debby Hall and the Class Agents for their tireless leadership in gathering monetary support for the College. We raised over $200,000! Here’s Jane’s summary of 2018-19 Annual and Reunion Giving.

Now, on to NEW BUSINESS.

I am delighted to be working with an exceptional set of Class Officers—listed in Diane’s letter above. Most of us remained on campus after the 45th Reunion to attend the brand new “Newly-Elected and Re-Elected Class Officer Training”. It was a great way for ‘newbies’ to get a view into the opportunities and requirements of our positions, and for returning volunteers to be updated by the college professionals. We had some collaborative discussions and have been in action ever since. Look for updates and Class of 74 information on our website page.

Lots of exciting ideas were generated from the Reunion attendees, and I’ll share a couple of them here…to get our creative juices going.  I also want to reach out to all of our classmates, whether you were able to attend or not, to hear what you’d like to have happen between now and our 50th, as well as what events you think would ‘make’ our 50th once we’re back on campus in 2024. Please email me at boldcolorlife@gmail.com.

MINI-REUNIONS to bring us together over the next five years.

Mary Feeney and I volunteered, at Reunion, to be Co-Chairs of the Mini-Reunion committee and we’re excited that Denise McLeod Thomas has recently joined as third Co-Chair. So far, our committee includes Cindy Polk and Flo Chichester. We’d love to have you join us if you have a special interest in mini-reunions.

NOVEMBER 6, 2019: Jane Zimmy and Tracy Thompson are spontaneously gathering classmates in San Francisco as I write this. Hope your hike and drinks are terrific!

DECEMBER 6-7, 2019 BOSTON VESPERS: The first planned mini is for Boston Vespers this December 6-7th. As usual, Mary Feeney is planning a dinner before the concert, but she’s also looking to hear who’d like to come and stay over in the area Friday night to attend a brunch and a museum tour on Saturday. If you’re interested, please be sure to reach out to her at mfeeney@bowditch.com and she’ll include you in her email updates. Please remember that Vespers tickets can only be purchased through the mail…and they sell out early.

MAY, 2020, BOOTHBAY, MAINE: The second mini-reunion we’re planning will be held at my place, the Bold Colorful Life Inn and Estate in Boothbay, Maine next May, 2020. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the Farnsworth museum with the Wyeth family works, art galleries, schooner trips, lighthouse tours, whale watching, lobster bakes, seaside walks, yoga, etc. will be on the schedule for that mini…not to mention ‘milk and cookies’ as we catch up and re-connect. 

I just volunteered for a day at the Class of 1972 mini-reunion at the Frances Perkins Homestead, about 20 minutes from here in Damariscotta, Maine, to assess the outing for our reunion. It was very moving to experience Frances Perkins’ life through her grandson’s eyes, as Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall gave us the tour of her home and the history of the grounds. That will definitely be one of the options for the Maine mini. More information will follow.

OTHER SITES: And about a dozen other classmates have volunteered to host minis all over the country, including Chicago, Ann Arbor, MI, DC, Portland, OR, San Diego, Cape Cod, MA, California Wine Country, Albuquerque, NM, Asheville, NC, Atlanta, GA…and even Paris, France. Would you like to suggest a location…or offer to host one?

To get you in the mood for minis, read about the “74 turns 60” mini-reunions, master-minded by Cathy Trauernicht in 2012! 

CAREER VIDEOS/STORY CORPS: The Farm to Fashion event, facilitated by Susan Moch, was a major hit, allowing us to experience the career trajectories of several of our classmates…on very different and intriguing paths. From that success came the idea to have every interested classmate make a video of their career/life story to be shared electronically…sort of in the ‘Story Corps’ modality. The videos could be done individually or in groups. We’re looking for someone to lead that project…from planning to execution. If this idea calls to you, (and especially if you have the technological know-how) please reach out to me and let me know. And we’d like to invite committee members for the project, as well.

It’s a true honor to be elected as Class President to lead the heart-centered and record-breaking Class of 1974 through the next five years of getting connected…and into our illustrious 50th reunion. Thank you for the privilege! 

Since leaving Reunion, I’ve had the pleasure to be involved in three MHC-related events. Jane Zimmy, Ellie McGrath, Maria Mossaides and I, as well as Class of 1972 members and former MHC President, Lynn Pasquerella met in Damariscotta, Maine where Maria Mossaides was honored by the Frances Perkins Society on Sunday, August 18th. She received the Steadfast Award for her work over the past 40 years in both the public and independent sectors, and gave a very moving talk about how Frances Perkins inspired her to achieve so much for social justice and economic security. 

And Jane and I attended the Mount Holyoke Volunteer Training on campus in glorious September. We rubbed elbows with many MHTs and learned about the intellectual life at MHC, the communications and marketing initiatives, 50th reunion planning, updates from President Sonya Stephens, and Annual Giving techniques. Frankly, I think Jane could have instructed at every session about annual giving!

Then, as I mentioned, I had the good fortune to return to the Perkins Homestead for the MHC Class of 72 event a couple of weeks ago.
Mount Holyoke has been very much on my mind. Every time I share a moment with another Mount Holyoke grad, it’s a pleasurable one…and a memorable one.

I look forward to sharing many moments with many of you during the next five years, renewing old friendships and making new ones!

Warmest regards,

Melissa Thornton

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Advancement Report, September 13, 2019

Mount Holyoke College Class of 1974
Dear Melissa,

What a spectacular reunion! If you weren’t able to join us, check out our Facebook page (search for Mount Holyoke College Class of 1974) for photos and more.

As for our fundraising efforts, I am thrilled to share that our class raised $205,583 in support of The Mount Holyoke Fund for 2018–2019! Our participation rate was an impressive 59% with 277 classmates making a gift (including 100% of class officers and agents) — 44 of them at the Cornerstone Society level ($1,837 or more). Also worth noting is that 95% of those classmates making a gift last year also made a gift this year. The Laurel Chain Society is a program that recognizes Mount Holyoke’s most loyal donors; this year 211 classmates were inducted.

All donors to the 45th reunion gift campaign are listed in this Class of 1974 Donor Honor Roll.

This wonderful accomplishment is a reflection of the hard work from our dedicated group of volunteers listed below and the support of an incredibly loyal class. We are looking for more classmates to volunteer in advance of our 50th reunion in May, 2024. There are many roles to be filled including writing thank you notes for those who don’t want to personally solicit! Just let me know if you would like to join our team!

The class of 1974’s contribution is an integral part of this year’s Mount Holyoke Fund total of $8 million. Your generous support ensures that Mount Holyoke continues to be a vibrant and extraordinary institution.

Thank you once again for your support, and my best wishes for a wonderful rest of the summer. Hope to see you at a Mount Holyoke event soon.

Jane Zimmy signature
Jane Zimmy ’74, Co-head Class Agent

Attachment: Class of 1974 45th Reunion Honor Roll

cc: Debby Hall ’74, Co-head Class Agent
Diane Claffey ’74 Outgoing President
Melissa Thornton ’74, Incoming President

P.S. We would like to make sure that we have your correct information so we can reach you with important class and college information. Please follow the steps below to update your information via Mount Holyoke’s online alumnae directory or let us know of any changes by emailing ais@mtholyoke.edu.

To register for the Alumnae Directory and update your information:

  1. Go to the Alumnae Directory registration page.
  2. Next, enter your first and current last name.
  3. Finally, enter your Alumna ID, which is 0182167.

Trouble registering? Contact support.


Head Class Agents
Deborah J. Hall
woodshall@gmail.com
Jane A. Zimmy
janezimmy@gmail.com
Class Agents
Nancy M. Arcieri Charlotte A. LaRocca
Pamela R. Broadley Eileen M. McKenna
Christina Carr Lynn L. Mordan
LaVida Dowdell Sharon S. Nelson-Barber
Mary T. Feeney Kathe M. Shinham
Paula J. Gerden Jacqueline L. Stafford
Ellen S. Goldstein Melissa L. Thornton
Judith A. Johnson Deborah H. Vernon
Carol I. Kangas Catherine J. Whitaker
Karla A. Knight  
Cornerstone Committee
Maria M. Mandler Janet E. Rustigan
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45th Reunion Recap

July, 2019

Dear 1974 Classmates ~ 

Frazzled and dazzled, are the words that describe my feelings when I arrived on campus for Reunion 2. The months of planning and hand-holding with key classmates and the Alumnae team were about to unfold. 

It was easy to get caught up in the minutiae of mistakes: ran out of cream, broken toilet on floor three, earphones found in 352A, over-packed agenda on Saturday, not enough seats for performance and yes, all of that is detailed in my notes for the 50th.  

But the journey to reunion was about reconnecting and remembering. We all had a chance to reflect upon personal and group experiences while students at MHC. I remembered loving bio labs, cookies from Chanticleer, S. Rocky meals, lathering on baby oil and lying on the roof of Prospect with my dormmates. I recalled hating the smell of roasting lamb on Sunday mornings when I was hung-over and regretting that perhaps if I had had a mentor then I would have been a doctor and not a house painter. Yes, a jumble of emotions and much to sort out on the ride home and in the weeks that have followed. Sound familiar?

Forty-fifth reunion attendees seemed more relaxed because many are retired or can see the path to the end of work life. The weekend was packed with activities: back to classes, parade, loud cheering at the alumnae meeting, lively panel discussion, photos, cocktail parties and gatherings for LGBTQ and women of color, dining and toasting, V8s and Phenomenal Woman. There were quiet moments when we were able to sit off to the side or walk uptown for lemonade and converse with a roommate about life experiences, family issues and classmates.

This would have been my mother’s 70th reunion. My Mom and I have not provided a financial legacy to MHC (sorry Jane Z.) and I did not inherit my mother’s intelligence (Phi Beta Kappa, Sarah Williston award winner, major in mathematics/minor in physics), but she instilled the value of hard work and good humor and I like both. I was called the Reunion Chair but it was a cadre of volunteers that made this reunion successful. My thanks over and over. Your personalized thank you note is en route. It is the spirited nature of this Class of ’74 that made 2019 a great celebration!

Whether you came to reunion or not, please follow and get involved in what our current class president Melissa Thornton offers to us over the next five years. The 50th is a culmination of the days spent through the next five years.

As one classmate remarked after reunion: “Having fun is exhausting.” And as another classmate Lane showed in expression during the panel discussion: 

Come to Reunion 50 in 2024 – it’s a full FOUR days of razzle, dazzle. 

Fondly,
Gail

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MARIA MOSSAIDES AWARDED AND FETED AT THE FRANCES PERKINS HOMESTEAD

Maria’s Speech

I had the pleasure of sharing a wonderful event with our classmates Jane Zimmy, Ellie McGrath and Maria Mossaides (class of ’73 but honorary member of ’74), as well as Class of 1972 members and former MHC President, Lynn Pasquerella at the Frances Perkins homestead in Damariscotta, Maine. Maria Mossaides was honored by the Frances Perkins Society on Sunday, August 18th at their 11th Annual Garden Party Award Ceremony. Maria received the Steadfast Award for her work over the past 40 years in both the public and independent sectors as both an attorney and senior executive. and gave a very moving talk about how Frances Perkins inspired her to achieve so much for social justice and economic security.  
 
Melissa Thornton
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