January at Mount Holyoke

In January, Mount Holyoke welcomed spring admits, congratulated professors and student-athletes, and celebrated the community.

Photo of Kate Meacham ’20

A guide to women’s colleges
US News & World Report says women’s colleges are “a great choice for students interested in leadership.” Kate Meacham ’20, reflecting on the unique power of our alumnae network, said, “Even if people don’t know you, they want to support you and help you.”⁣

Remembering Shirley Chisholm
The former Mount Holyoke professor took her seat in the House of Representatives in January 1969, making history as the first Black woman to be elected to Congress. Pictured here in 1981 with the College’s 16th president, Elizabeth Kennan.

Lexi Lobdell '20

Do horses keep the beat?
Neuroscience and behavior major and equestrian Lexi Lobdell ’20 takes to the Equestrian Center to find out. Read her blog.

Tianhui-Ng- Pioneer Valley Symphony

A community of music
Music professor Tianhui Ng conducts the Pioneer Valley Symphony as a way to build community. Next performance: Feb. 15, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., at John M. Greene Hall, Smith College.

Mount Holyoke’s newest students prepare to serve lunch at the Bag the Community food-pantry event.

Bag the Community
Spring admits kicked off their Mount Holyoke College careers by volunteering for South Hadley’s annual food drive.

Erin Hancock placing a loom part

The weaving life
Erin Hancock ’20’s lifelong interest in weaving and folk arts came together when she found a 200-year-old loom in the Skinner Museum.

Katherine Aidala

Alumnae Association launches Alums in Tech
Physics professor Kathy Aidala helped launch a pilot event for alums in tech, hosted by the Club of Northern California.

swimming and diving team

Student-athletes rock January
The 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame class was announced. The swimming and diving team (pictured) posted the seventh-best team GPA in Division III. And junior Hannah Rieders broke the College’s 12-year-old women's 5K record in track and field.

Jessica Maier Assistant Professor of Art History

NEH Fellowship award
Jessica Maier, associate professor of art history, was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to finish her book on Italian Renaissance prints.


Graduate programs shoutout
Students and teachers share what they love about studying teaching at Mount Holyoke. Watch the video.

A group of smiling students and organizers pose for the camera with fists aloft in a gesture of solidarity.

Students unite for collective bargaining 
Sophomore Lucy James-Olson was featured in an article about a UMass Amherst conference on student labor unions.

First-year student Gina Pasciuto (left) and sophomore Hannah Dubé (right) take a break from all-day rehearsals for the musical “American Idiot.”

“American Idiot” comes to town
First-year student Gina Pasciuto and sophomore Hannah Dubé spent January in rehearsals for Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the musical, produced by Amherst College.