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Welcome to our Class of 1963 Alumnae Association website. Actually, we now have not one, but two class websites– this one and www.mountholyokecollege1963.org . We hope both will be useful. There will be considerable duplication, but one wonderful posting on this site is ourJunior Show page listed above under Memories. Check it out for the original cast recording.

Our reunion was a great success.  Check out both sites for a summary of activities and pictures, but there are more pictures on the other site.

And keep posted on both sites for news of our upcoming mini-reunions.  See the list of planners on the Class Officers page.

For website help, please contact Mary Ann WeissStephanie Smith or Sally Nunneley.

Here is the most recent letter from our class president, Alice Godfrey Andrus:

Bright and Illuminating Classmates of 1963:

I’m writing from Boston where the mild weather is a temporary respite from the wintry blast. In warmer times this past year, many of us shared friendly get-togethers in Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and in the Washington D.C. area. Other smaller gatherings of close friends have been taking place as well. Why not share who you have seen and what you have done? Our class website, www.mountholyokecollegeclassof1963.org, is a great place to share comments (Member Forum), to wish each other happy birthday and to keep abreast of happenings both on campus and with each other.
 
Exciting news! The west coast organizers have met and decided on a date for a destination get-together on the Peninsula over the weekend of March 18-20, 2016. Great support from Sandy Drew, Barbara Preuss, Bev Bryant, Cyndy Curry-Nielsen as well as Libby Short, Mirja Muncy and Marged Sugarman. Stay tuned for details.
 
We vowed not to wait until our 55th reunion to enjoy all Holyoke has to offer. So, we are planning a Back to Campus weekend in October, 2016. Early plans include attending classes, enjoying the countryside and a communal read. Academic information is available on the college’s Academic website if you’d like to review classes we might attend. I liked hearing about Embedded Practitioners, which brought together practitioners from the political campaign spectrum for Professor Liz Markovits’ Politics & Rhetoric seminar. If you would like to help plan this weekend, please let me know.
Your Leadership Gift Team met this fall in D.C. Plans are under way for a committee to provide guidance for a class endowed fund. Ann Sadowsky has updated our website about our recent giving. I second her urge that we all give something, no matter how small, so that we help the college meet its goal of 10.000 alumnae gifts by the end of this fiscal year. How about 60% of us giving this year, up from 41 percent?
 
Sadly, we report the loss of four classmates; Dorothy Key Bell, Melinda Clancy Hegarty, Kathy Kirk Bell and Sally Smith Nason. Memorials of each can be found on our website (In Memoriam.) Melinda, who left MHC early, became a well-regarded Renaissance scholar who taught at the U of Iowa. She has two sons, Blake and Aran. Dorothy left after one year, went on to the U of Texas. Her life was devoted to supporting a large family and numerous Catholic religious endeavors. Kathy lived in Frisco, Texas before her death this past July, her surviving son is Charles Raymond Bell II. Tragically, Sally lost her life when hit by a car near her home.
 
“Never fear/change” has been the MHC slogan for a while now. Certainly changes in the admission policy regarding trans-gender admissions have caught us a bit off-guard. Some of our classmates have questioned the process and the decision. Gradually, we are beginning to learn more about it and how it affects the college. We listen with patience and understanding to our sisters, whether or not they support the decision. I have expressed the concerns of our class about the process and the need for more alumnae participation.
 
Similarly, since some classmates are distressed by MHC’s falling national rankings, I spoke at length with Sonya Stephens, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Sonya, who has been at the college a little over a year, is making major changes in areas of faculty development and other issues negatively perceived by national polls.
 
I am inspired by my Mount Holyoke granddaughters; Keshia and Jessie. Keshia is pursuing a divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary and Jessie is a computer programmer at Intuit, the financial software company. They’ve made a seamless transition to their lives after Holyoke. Their intelligence and self-confidence amazes and delights me. I hope that you find time to stay in touch with your 2013 granddaughters. Viewing the world through their eyes keeps us young and engaged.
 
I look forward to seeing you in 2015… our year to celebrate each other and the affection shared across the miles.
 
Love, Alice

**Please disregard date listed at the top of this page; this welcome note has been updated many times since it was first posted in 2013.

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