MoHoCares Card Exchange Has Returned for Spring!

On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 8:33 AM Christine Albain <> wrote:
It’s finally here! 💌 The #MoHoCares Card Exchange has returned for spring 2021! As a participant in the exchange in the fall, we wanted to let you know directly that the forms are open again. 🙂 Feel free to sign up and share with your MHC Community. 
Matching will begin on Monday, March 22nd and continue on a rolling basis until May 3rd, 2021 (with a final mailing date of May 7th). 
Student Link –  
Faculty/Staff/Alum Link –   
Questions? Thoughts? Puppy Pictures? Send them my way!

Christine Albain

Area Coordinator, Community & Inclusion
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Remembering Suzanne Stewart

From Ellen Pawelczak ‘77

It is with great sadness that I inform the Class of ’74 of the sudden death of Suzanne Stewart on March 3, 2021, from heart failure stemming from a recurrence of scleroderma. It was a merciful end – she was at home, in good spirits, and had a much loved home aide staying with her. It was just way too soon. Suzanne was her feisty, funny, demanding, honest, generous self right up until the end. She will be sorely missed by her very wide circle of friends, including her old friends from Mount Holyoke. Suzanne is survived by her brother Bill Stewart of Hollywood, Florida. A memorial for Suzanne is being planned for later this year (probably summer or fall). If you are interested in attending please email Ellen Pawelczak (Class of ’77) at

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Winter 2021 Message from Melissa Thornton, Class President

Dear Mount Holyoke Class of 1974,

It’s a new year…with endless new opportunities to get and to stay connected with our classmates.

Here’s a quick note with reminders of upcoming events and class updates. I expect to send out these notices approximately quarterly to each classmate with an email address on file with the College. They’ll also be posted on our Class of 74 Facebook page and website, thanks to Laurie Averill, our Social Media Coordinator.

  1.  DON’T MISS THE UPCOMING TOWN HALL with Mount Holyoke President, SONYA STEPHENS and her leadership team this TUESDAY, JANUARY 26 FROM 6:30-8:00 PM.
  2. FOUR AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED AT OUR JANUARY ZOOMTAILS MEETING. Please ‘tune in’ and join us this Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30pm to witness this presentation to four of our most active and innovative classmates. Be sure to RSVP at to receive the meeting link.
  3. ZOOMTAILS SCHEDULE ( Be sure to RSVP at to receive the meeting link.)
    February 24, 8:00-9:00am Early Bird Zoom, Wednesday: Mary Lyon’s Birthday Celebration
    February 25, 7:00-8:30pm Thursday: Mary Lyon’s Birthday Celebration
    March 30, 7:30-9:00pm Tuesday
  4. MAKE A NEW FRIEND INVITATION: TAKE THE TIME TOREWARD YOURSELF WITH A NEW FRIEND FROM OUR CLASS. As you know, our Class Vice President, Denise McLeod Thomas was unable to join us for our 45th reunion, but she sent the “Make a New Friend” challenge/invitation to us all at that time. “Choose 1 or 2 classmates (more if you wish) and invite them into your life as a friend. Cross all the lines you think our American culture creates and REWARD YOURSELF WITH A NEW FRIEND. We all win because we all have the opportunity to choose someone with whom we can share the core of who we are. My invitation is to get into the life of another classmate on a deeper level than simply sharing a course or dorm or even a dining room table at a meal.  I would encourage each of us to make the first move and/or to be receptive when an invitation for a new friendship is extended.  I think it will be interesting to see at our 50th Reunion what alliances have been cultivated from this purposeful endeavor of making a new friend at our age.  The grace and mercy we extend in friendship to one another are the real connections that will endure going forward.” Carole LaMond, Chair of our Nominating Committee, will be working closely with Denise to roll this out throughout the class. Contact Denise with your updates:
  5. TRIBUTES TO OUR LOST CLASSMATES: Our Class Scribe, Marylloyd Claytor, will lead a new project, based on her own idea, to create a video memorial to the classmates who are deceased, to be shared in many ways, including at the 50th reunion. She is looking for a committee of helpers in order to complete this project. Please reach out to her if you are interested: Here’s her vision: “I think a way to begin the video memorial could be to scan a photo from the MHC yearbook or any photo the family would like to share and then have a voice-over about the person.”
  6. CLASS DUES: Thanks to the 22 classmates who have paid their class dues in the last 22 days! Attached is our Treasurer, Mary Grantham-Sleet’s updated list, as of 12/31/2020. The most recent 22 classmates will be included on her next list, dated 1/31/21.
  7. CLASS GIVING: Our Class will be participating in a Mount Holyoke Fund Participation Challenge in early March and details will follow…stand by to hear from our Development team: Jane Zimmy. Debby Hall and Leslie Bowen.

I look forward to seeing many of you at this Wednesday evening’s 6:30pm Zoomtails!

Warmest wishes for the best year yet,

Melissa Thornton, Class President

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Class of 1974 Year End Letter by Melissa Thornton

Dear Members of the Class of 1974,

It’s time for my year-end class letter–to report on all that we’ve been doingduring the year, despite challenges, limitations and loss…to happily say goodbye to 2020, which will most certainly go down in history as a turning point for the planet…and to say hello to 2021, which will be filled with exciting and challenging new beginnings of every kind.

It gives me joy to write this letter, because this class has shown its courage, its commitment to staying connected, its creativity and its refusal to bow to limitation. We have been in touch with as many as 130 of our classmates at a time, seven times this year! We have laughed together, talked together, brought each other up to date on our lives, shared recipes for great food…and recipes for keeping our sanity. And we have even sung together at theholiday meeting December 15th!

Here’s how we’re going to keep up the connection in 2021.


    A. ZOOMTAILS: We will kick off 2021 with our Wednesday, January 27 gathering at 6:30pmPlease note the varying EDT times, as we are attempting to make it easier for all classmates to attend as often as possible.
Upcoming formats will include classmate travelogues, classmate presentations on topics of interest (see below) and MHC trivia games. Other ideas are welcome.

Here are the upcoming dates of our next three evening and our new ‘EarlyBird’ morning Zoomtail Gatherings: 
January 27, 6:30-8:00pm Wednesday
February 24, 8:00-9:00am Early Bird Zoom, Wednesday: Mary Lyon’s Birthday Celebration
February 25, 7:00-8:30pm Thursday: Mary Lyon’s Birthday Celebration
March 30, 7:30-9:00pm Tuesday

As you know, we have our own class Zoom ‘Pro’ account, and we do need to have your RSVP to let our Co-Hosts know whether to buy an add-on for any specific meeting. We DO NOT want to turn anyone away. This is our major means of gathering, until there’s a real transition in containing the spread of COVID-19.

Also, as you know, we have our own MHC Class of 1974 email address: Please make a note of this, as this is the email address to which you’ll RSVP if you can join us for Zoomtails.

CLASS PRESENTATIONS: I haven’t had any response over the last 18 months to my requests to have someone start up a “Story Corps” type video project, mirroring the “Farm to Fashion” event at our 45th Reunion. BUT NO WORRIES! We’re going to ask for classmate volunteers to make 15-20 minute presentations at future Zoomtails on a topic within their area of expertise, and of interest to our class. And then we’ll break into smaller groups to discuss each topic. Please reach out to our class email address with topics you’d either like to present, or you’d like to hear about.

    B. MHC WEBINARS: We plan to organize some simultaneous attendance at MHC webinars, followed by Zoom meetings to discuss.

    C. MAKE A NEW FRIEND: Just a reminder of our Class VP’s suggestion to reach out during these next years to make a new friend of a classmate that you didn’t know before…we’ll hear more from DeniseMcLeod Thomas about this in the new year.

II. LOCAL GATHERINGS: When traveling becomes part of the ‘new norm’, we will be looking for classmates to suggest short, local gatherings throughout the country (and world), such as walks/hikes, museum and historical site visits, botanical garden explorations, etc. with safe, distanced enjoyment and perhaps outside food options. Please be thinking about what might be planned in your area.

III. LONG WEEKEND MINIS: And we haven’t given up on the idea to hold MHC minis in wonderful places, attended in person with overnight stays, when the world is safe.

IV. KEEPING OUR CLASS SCRIBE UP TO DATE: Marylloyd Claytor, our Class Scribe, has the challenge of keeping us up-to-date on a quarterly basis. Please reach out regularly to her with updates about you and classmates you know. ( ) And please help her with the difficult job of finding class friends to write tributes to our classmates who have died. Please take a moment to read the attached list of classmates who are no longer with us, and to hold them in your thoughts. Hopefully, none of our deceased classmates died due to COVID-19!

V. OUR CONNECTION CLASS, 2024: As you may know, each 50thReunion class connects with the class that will be graduating when we are holding our 50th Reunion. Ours is, of course, the Class of 2024. In Spring, 2021, their Class Board will be elected and our Alumnae Association representative will introduce me to them, after which we will connect in whatever manner is safely possible. Your Class Board will be putting together a plan to support them in their last three years at MHC.

And a final topic of importance, MONEY:
First, DUES. If you haven’t yet paid your Class Dues–$50 for 5 years—please send a check to Mary Grantham-Sleet at 8710 Cameron St #407, Silver Spring, MD 20910. It’s easy to forget whether you did pay dues, so the list of paid classmates is attached to this email. Please let us add your name, if it’s not already there.

Second, DEVELOPMENT: Here’s the fund-raising update from our Co-Chairs, Jane Zimmy and Debby Hall: Through mid-December, our class has raised more than $350,000 toward our 50th Reunion Gift, with 52% of us participating.  Since July 1, 2020, 104 classmates have made gifts amounting to nearly $184K. Please support scholarship aid at Mount Holyoke

And there’s always a big push to gather larger-than-normal amounts of money to commemorate our 5oth Reunion. To that end, the Co-Chairs are looking for additional help and they have designated Leslie Bowen as Vice Chair. If you think you’d be a good fit for this project, please reach out to Jane Zimmy at her email:

I hope that your holidays have been filled with joy and that you join me in great anticipation for the New Year.


With gratitude to be part of this remarkable class,

Melissa Thornton, Class President

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