Around Campus

This is an artist's rendering of two dinosaurs circling each other; the cloaca of one is clearly visible.

A revealing look

Researchers have developed a 3D model of a dinosaur’s cloaca, a glimpse into prehistoric pudenda that has never before been seen.

Rabbis Sandra Lawson and Josh Lesser staring into the camera side-by-side

“Justice, justice we shall pursue”

Rabbis Joshua Lesser and Sandra Lawson discuss Judaism, race and justice as part of Mount Holyoke College’s Week of Racial Justice and Reconciliation.

President Sonya Stephens with a mask at the open gates of Mount Holyoke College’s campus

Opening the gates to the spring semester

Mount Holyoke College held its first residential move-in since March 2020, when students were sent home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Mara Benjamin in her office, looking at the camera

Mob at Capitol was an “attempted putsch”

Mount Holyoke College Professor Mara Benjamin was part of a group of Jewish scholars who called for Trump’s removal after January’s Capitol breach.  

Variety of students on campus smiling

Meeting the moment

Mount Holyoke College has received $11 million in gifts to support financial aid and launched the “Meet the Moment Scholarship Challenge.” 

Jelani Cobb in his study, smiling at the camera and surrounded by books and a computer screen.

Jelani Cobb on the half-life of freedom

As part of Mount Holyoke’s Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Week of Racial Justice and Reconciliation, Jelani Cobb will give a public lecture.

Braille graphing paper

Making remote learning accessible

Mount Holyoke College’s AccessAbility Services has the same goal during COVID-19 — to make sure all students have all the tools they need to thrive. 

Katherine C. (KC) Haydon

A focus on community from a distance

Mount Holyoke’s KC Haydon flipped her classroom to make discussion and building  community among her students the focus of her course.

Kathleen Hicks ’91 standing in front of an American flag.

Alum tapped for deputy secretary of defense

Mount Holyoke College alum Kathleen Hicks ’91 has been nominated as the deputy secretary of defense. She would be the first woman to serve in the role.  

Archival photograph of Mignon Talbot, who taught geology and geography at Mount Holyoke from 1904 to her retirement in 1935.

A chance fossil find leads to fame

The Podokesaurus holyokesis, which was discovered by late Mount Holyoke professor Mignon Talbot, is the official state dinosaur of Massachusetts.

Kate Ballantine

Pushing the edge of knowledge

Mount Holyoke associate professor Kate Ballantine shipped lab kits worldwide to give her students hands-on experience creating new scientific knowledge.

Cora Fernandez Anderson

The road to legal abortion in Argentina

Mount Holyoke’s Cora Fernandez Anderson’s recent article in Ms. magazine outlines the successful fight to legalize abortion in Argentina.   

Harriet L. Weissman and Carmen Yulín Cruz hugging and smiling at the camera.

Carmen Yulín Cruz joins Mount Holyoke College

Carmen Yulín Cruz has been named the Harriet L. Weissman and Paul M. Weissman Distinguished Fellow in Leadership at Mount Holyoke College. 

Marcella Runell Hall

Marcella Runell Hall joins Scott Academy

Mount Holyoke College Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Marcella Runell Hall has joined the board of the Scott Academy of NASPA. 

Image of student on laptop

Alums go the distance with remote internships

When COVID-19 scuttled her plans, Hannah Pozzebon ’20 interned for Mount Holyoke alum Tatum Albertine ’14 at the American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar.

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