Nearly 100 local business and community leaders met at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Tuesday to take in the current exhibition--Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology--and to meet College President Joanne V. Creighton.
Creighton welcomed the members of the South Hadley and the Holyoke Chambers of Commerce, and the South Hadley Lions Club, noting that, "Since our beginning, we've been indebted to our neighbors in South Hadley, Holyoke, and surrounding communities for the support you have given us. In return, we've tried to hold up our end of the bargain in a number of ways: by supporting the local economy and by providing educational opportunities to many residents of western Massachusetts.
"I am proud that 240 of our 2,100 students are from the four counties of western Massachusetts, and more than 1,650 alumnae of the College live in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties."
Joining Creighton at the event were Doris Ransford, president of the Holyoke Chamber; Susan Stockman, executive director of the South Hadley Chamber; Norm Stafford, King Lion of the Lions Club; and Marianne Doezema, director of the art museum.
Doezema spoke about and led a tour of the exhibition, on view through July 22, and encouraged attendees to take advantage not only of the MHC art museum, but also of a consortium of museums in the area, known as Museums10.
Also among those attending were state representative John Scibak and South Hadley town administrator Patricia Vinchesi.
[Photo: Joining together at a reception at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum April 17 were, from left to right, Susan Stockman, executive director of the South Hadley Chamber of Commerce; Norm Stafford, King Lion of the South Hadley Lions Club; Mount Holyoke President Joanne V. Creighton; Marianne Doezema, director of the MHC Art Museum; and Doris Ransford, president of the Holyoke Chamber.]