Events of Note at Reunion!

For the Class of 2000, here are some events we know you don’t want to miss:

Friday, at the Back-to-Class Sessions:

  • KC Haydon ’00, Assistant Professor of Psychology at MHC, part of the panel at “The Transgender Conversation Continuum,” 3:15-4:45 pm, Gamble
  • Catherine E. Herrold ’00, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, “All You Need is Tea?  Political Transformation and the Arab Spring,” 3:00-3:45 pm, Kendade 305
  • Nadine Verna ’00, Associate Director of Career Development, Yale School of Management, “Never Fear–You CAN Redirect Your Career,” 4:00-4:45 pm, Shattuck 217

Saturday:

  • 9 am, Class Photo, Skinner Steps (Rain: Pratt)
  • 10 am, Line up for Alumnae Parade near Mary Lyon’s grave (wear white!)
  • 5:00-5:30 pm, Class Meeting, MacGregor Living Room
  • 5:30-6:00 pm, Social Hour with the Class of 1980, Library Atrium
  • 6:30-8:00 pm, Class Dinner, MacGregor Dining Room
  • 8:30-10:00 pm, Saturday Night Live at the Art Museum
  • 9:30 pm-12:30 am, Party with Class of 2010, Blanchard Great Room

November Reunion Letter

May 22–24, 2015 is the big celebration for our fifteenth Mount Holyoke reunion! We are certain that it will be a wonderful chance to reconnect, celebrate, remember friends no longer with us, and—most importantly—have a great time. The campus has grown and changed since we graduated, but it is still beautiful and well equipped to meet the challenges of women’s education today. Come and see for yourself. Continue reading

Giving is Important and Here’s Why

Hi friends,

You probably received an email this morning from Cynthia Reed and the MHC Alumnae Association. It contains a link to the preliminary strategic plan for the college over the next five years. I wanted to draw your attention to a few excerpts from it, and ask that you consider making a financial contribution to the college before the fiscal year ends on June 30th.

Under the section regarding Financial Challenges (page 5):

* An array of financial factors, some external and some internal, are affecting Mount Holyoke’s present and its foreseeable future.
* Barring a change in the financial model, Mount Holyoke projects a structural deficit of approximately $5 million annually.
* Mount Holyoke is competitive with peers in terms of giving, and the generosity of alumnae has played a major role in the success of Mount Holyoke in recent years. But gift revenues are not a large enough percentage of the operating budget (about 12%, including the annual fund at 8% and another 4% for specific operating budget purposes) nor are they growing at sufficient rates to have a material impact on the basic financial structure.
* Expense budgets have been constrained for a number of years, resulting in departments that are struggling to support the programs and services that the College requires to remain in its current position as a selective liberal arts college.
* Balancing the operating budget in coming years will require either significant new sources of revenue or a significant reduction in the programs and services the College offers. Or both.

Under Section VII (page 13):

GOAL TWO
Mount Holyoke College will develop and begin to implement a financial model that is sustainable and achieves the College’s goals while continuing to produce a balanced annual operating budget.

1. Increase revenue from current sources.
1.1 Complete current fund-raising campaign.
1.2 Develop a plan for post-campaign fundraising that supports institutional priorities, including budget relief.
1.3 Increase annual fund giving by 4% annually and alumnae participation percentages by 1% annually.

2. Seek new revenue sources.
2.1 Fast track the Complementary Program Development initiative, focusing on programs that have the greatest potential for significant, near-term net revenue production.
2.2 Evaluate the opportunity to appeal to a broader student population by making some alterations in the current curriculum and implementing those that have promise.
2.3 Perform a comprehensive review of the likely costs and benefits of admitting men to the B.A. program.

There are a number of other elements mentioned in the report, including one that I find encouraging, about working to improve the connection of classroom skills to post-MHC careers.

This is a long email, all with the point of saying that Mount Holyoke needs us. We think our small gifts don’t matter, but together they add up to a lot. Please think about making a contribution in the next 6 days, whether you already have this year or not, and then signing up for a monthly pledge in the new fiscal year. Every dollar helps.
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Written by SH, Class of 2000

Mountain Day!

Yesterday was Mountain Day at MHC. We hope that you took some time to commune with nature, a bowl of ice cream, or a friend from Mount Holyoke. No? It’s never too late to have your own personal Mountain Day. Scrounge up some folks from MHC and relive old memories or make some new ones! Be well & stay in touch — someone from MHC misses you!