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September 12 , 2003

Alumnae Association Sponsors Essay Contest

The Alumnae Association wants to know what’s on your mind and is willing to pay for the privilege. A new Alumnae Association-sponsored writing contest invites current MHC students, faculty, and staff, as well as alumnae, to submit essays on the topic “What Concerns Me Most.”

The winner will receive $500, and his or her essay will be published in the spring 2004 Alumnae Quarterly magazine. The second-place essayist will receive $250, and essays earning honorable mention will be given noncash prizes. Essays by runners-up will be published on the Alumnae Association’s Web site.

Avice A. Meehan ’77, chair of the committee that conceived the contest, says it aims to showcase the power of ideas. “Mount Holyoke is—and always has been—a community of independent, critical thinkers who connect the work of the academy to the concerns of the world. The Quarterly is excited to offer a forum for students, alumnae, faculty, and staff to voice their diverse perspectives on a theme that reflects intellectual vigor and leadership.”

Essays should be 500 to 1,000 words, must not have been published, and must be received no later than October 15. Judges will evaluate entries for content and writing style, considering the writer’s status (as student, alumna, faculty, or staff member). Writers’ names will be removed before judging. A panel of alumnae and faculty judges is currently being formed.

To submit an essay, email it to; send it by campus mail to Emily Weir at the Alumnae Association, Mary Woolley Hall; or send it by U.S. mail to Essay Contest, Alumnae Quarterly, 50 College Street; South Hadley, MA 01075-1486. Your name, class year, faculty/staff status, and email or phone number must accompany the entry; entries will not be returned.

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