Penni Martorell FP’05

Name: Penni Martorell FP’05

Current Title/Profession: Interim director/curator/city historian, City of Holyoke, Massachusetts

City: Holyoke, Massachusetts

Major: Art history

Additional/Advanced Degrees: MLS

What was your first job after MHC?: Freelance graphic designer

Favorite class/professor and why: Printmaking with Nancy Campbell (art) gave me a much deeper appreciation into the creative process and art criticism, and tapped into my own creative energy. Plus Nancy had a quiet and kind teaching style that engaged me as a student, and she is such a creative person.

Talents and/or passions discovered at MHC: I developed a love for the history of printing, letterpress printing, book design, and history. I connected to a creative energy inside myself that I had never allowed to grow and express itself.

What do you value most about your liberal arts education?: The people who I met at Mount Holyoke, students, faculty, visiting professors, librarians, etc. Mount Holyoke’s exemplary reputation is owed to its staff and faculty.

Why is a women’s education still relevant today?: Because women’s rights are human rights! Where women are valued and nurtured to become leaders, there is an uplifting of all humans. Where women are subjugated, so often all human rights are subjugated. We need more women leaders to bring about change that will improve the world for everyone, not just the one percent of the wealthy.

What do you want the world to know about MHC?: That Mount Holyoke offers a world-class education that can be tailored to be as rigorous and challenging as you want.

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