September at Mount Holyoke

From Frances Perkins to Tommy Orange, from Convocation to the Cabinet, Mount Holyoke kicks off the academic year in style.

From Frances Perkins to Tommy Orange, from Convocation to the Cabinet, Mount Holyoke kicks off the academic year in style.

Kicking off the new academic year
Mount Holyoke’s Convocation brings together the entire community at the start of the new academic year. A highlight of this lively event? The fabulous outfits as each class dresses up in its class color.

Frances Perkins Painting

Frances Perkins had a big month!
Which is especially fitting, given that September brings us Labor Day, the holiday of workers and all causes held dear by Frances Perkins, class of 1902.

Perkins, the first woman to hold a Cabinet position and the force behind unemployment insurance and Social Security, was called out as an inspiration and a role model in a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

The Washington Post put Perkins into perspective in an op ed by Rebecca Brenner Graham ’15.

The Frances Perkins Center presented the Steadfast Award to Alumnae Association President Maria Mossaides ’73 for her public service.

And a pre-broadcast showing of “Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare,” is coming to campus on November 7.

Students learning about the environment on campus outdoors in a stream.

This “most beautiful campus” is also a working classroom

The Campus Living Laboratory transforms the College’s 700+ lauded acres of both natural and built landscapes into an opportunity for multidisciplinary research and teaching. Like holding a Structural Geology lab outside.

Tommy Orange, when he was on campus discussing his book There, There.

Listening to Tommy Orange, author of “There There”

The writer of the 2019 Common Read came to campus to talk to the class of 2023 in its “first intellectual discourse based on a shared text.” The new class was raring to go, reports Shloka Gidwani ’22.

Students find a spot to study in Blanchard Hall.

The perfect study spots

Yes, the library heads the list, but that’s just the beginning.

Save the Earth sign at the climate strike several MHC students attended.

Climate strike

Mount Holyoke students joined thousands of others in Boston and Washington, D.C., in the strike of their lives.

Students sit in groups in the library awaiting one of their first traditions - M&Cs.

Traditions 101: M&Cs

Traditions are kind of a big deal at Mount Holyoke. Among the first to be introduced to the class of 2023 is M&Cs, hosted by the library during Orientation.

MacGregor: First year experience affinity housing

Affinity housing is “immersive”

Sara Sarmiento ’21 (Mi Gente), Janae Lewis ’20 (Shirley Chisholm) and Marisol Fernandez ’20 (Mosaic) talked about their experiences with the Living-Learning Communities in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about affinity housing. (Pictured: MacGregor Hall, home of the First Year Experience LLC.)

Let the games begin!

Catch a glimpse of the Mount Holyoke Invitational at the College’s 97-year-old Orchards Golf Club, designed by the legendary Donald Ross. And two hat tricks this fall season: Minerva Veeser-Bobea ’20 in a soccer game against Mitchell College and Kass Lawrence ’22 against Western New England in field hockey.

Student working in Fimbel Lab at night.

Turning ideas into hands-on reality

Named in honor of Nancie L. Fimbel ’68, the Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab celebrated its official opening on September 27.

MHC flag in front of a seaside building with a lighthouse.

Mount Holyoke takes the show on the road — come find us

Admission officers travel the country — and the world — at this time of year. Coming soon to a community near you.

Author Amitav Ghosh’s newest book is “The Gun Merchant.”

Five questions for Amitav Ghosh

The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives sponsored a reading by the internationally known author Amitav Ghosh.

Gwen Bass, director of the Teacher Leadership Programs of Professional and Graduate Education at Mount Holyoke

Beat the homework blues

NBC Online featured tips on how to relieve homework stress from Gwen Bass, director of the Teacher Leadership Programs in Professional and Graduate Education.

Unicorn Sprinkler

Unicorn sprinklers happen

Spontaneity and fun break out on a warmish fall day.


Move-In Day

Remember Move-in Day? It was just a few weeks — and a lifetime — ago. Up next: Family and Friends Weekend, Oct. 18-20.