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MHC Update
September 2013 :: Newsletter for Families and Friends

It's a new year and MHC has a new message:  MHC: never fear / change

Orientation 2013The School Year Begins! Students moved in (with a little help from parents) Fall Orientation 2013 was chock full of activity with sessions that sparked dialogue among new students on a wide variety of subjects: academics, the common read, alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault and awareness, the honor code, LITS, an identity workshop, and other areas essential to being prepared for campus life. The Orientation Leaders prepared their traditional "Orientation 101", a variety show of skits poking fun at Mount Holyoke life, with upper class students lining the balconies of Chapin Auditorium cheering for and welcoming the new students. The feedback around campus was that it was a successful Orientation with new friendships being formed, thoughts, and ideas being shared—exactly what we want for our new students.

Once oriented, we kicked things off with high-energy Convocation activities.

MHC StudentsIntroducing The Lynk.The Lynk initiative is a key part of the College’s promise to prepare students to face the future with confidence. It’s a systematic approach connecting  academic work with practical experience and career exploration.

Dale Chihuly SculptureOn your way to LITS (Library, Information, and Technology Services), be sure to pause to take in MHC’s own sculpture from renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Watch this video to learn more about this gorgeous addition to the campus.

MHC Athletics Hall of FameAthletics Hall of Fame (and tickets to dinner)
The Mount Holyoke College Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces the seven individuals and one team that have been chosen as the inaugural induction class into the Mount Holyoke Athletics Hall of Fame. All will be inducted at Mount Holyoke's Inaugural Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held during Family & Friends Weekend on October 19. Tickets for the induction ceremony are available for purchase through the Department of Athletics. To request a ticket application, email Joan Perez or call (413) 538-2310.

MHC CUSP courseOne of the First Year Seminar Programs visited the archives and parents will be glad to know that their students began writing letters home on their first Saturday morning on campus. Using their great-great grandmother class of 1917 as inspiration, these students read letters home from the turn of the 20th century to reflect on all that has changed and all that remains the same. Check out the exhibit used in the course here: https://dla.mtholyoke.edu

Cakes and Cookies ServiceSupport Student Organizations. You can stay in touch with the student point of view and send your student a special treat. Subscribe to the Mount Holyoke News and find out more about student fundraisers like the Sophomore Class Cakes and Cookie service.

The Campaign for Mount HolyokeThe Campaign for Mount Holyoke concluded this June, having raised $305.4 million. Thanks to all those who contributed. Look what you've done.

Upcoming Events

It’s not too early to look forward to joining us for Family & Friends Weekend October 18-20, 2013. This year, programming begins on Friday afternoon with the LEAP Symposium, the College’s annual showcase of student research projects and internship experiences and also includes inaugural events for MHC’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Final planning in still in process, but you can preview scheduled events and make your plans now!

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This Mount Holyoke College Update is brought to you by the parent communication work group, with representatives from across the campus. Special support is provided by The Mount Holyoke Fund. Annual giving by parents, friends, and alumnae supports the College’s highest priorities, enriching the experience of our current students.