President's Perspectives

A Note from President Pasquerella
Alumnae Association E-News

2013

  • May 13, 2013
    Alumnae, parents, and MHC staff gathered in Minneapolis and Chicago last month to celebrate 175 years of Mount Holyoke. Held at the Edina Country Club in Minneapolis (hosted by Nancy Herman Jarrett ’77) and the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, both events featured special...
  • April 11, 2013
    Mount Holyoke president, Lynn Pasquerella ’80, welcomed former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, to campus on March 9 to discuss “Looking at Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue.” Author of Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice, which was published March 5, Robinson has spent most of...
  • April 10, 2013
    Two years ago, Maine’s governor Paul LePage removed from the Department of Labor building a mural depicting the state’s labor history and featuring 1902 Mount Holyoke alumna Frances Perkins. The governor was concerned...
  • March 13, 2013
    The president’s house continues to be filled with beautiful music this season. The Glee Club and the Chorale during the winter, as highlighted during February’s MHC Moment. Now the Piano Quartet has stopped by to performed the first movement of the Schumann Piano Quartet at Lynn’s home on Wednesday, March...
  • February 8, 2013
    The president’s house has been filled with music this winter. The holiday season began with a visit from Glee Club and Chorale, who caroled for the president during their final Vespers rehearsal. Alumna Lindsay Pope ’07, director of the ensembles, shared that this age-old practice was recently rediscovered by a...
  • January 9, 2013
    What an exciting time to be at Mount Holyoke, as we celebrate 175 years of educating women of influence! We take pride in Mount Holyoke’s historic role in higher education and reaffirm our commitment to providing access to educational excellence for women from around the world, to upholding the centrality...
  • January 2, 2013
    During this year-long recognition of ‘175 Years of Women of Influence,’ President Pasquerella is celebrating with alumnae both on-campus and around the country. In addition to the Founder’s Day celebration in South Hadley, fall events were held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City, and plans are in...

2012

  • December 13, 2012
    I hope each of you has watched the 175th celebration video, a tribute to Mount Holyoke’s founding, mission, and future. I particularly love the parallel images of past and present. Whether rowing on the river, studying in the library, or gathered around a seminar discussion table, students have...
  • November 20, 2012
    Mary Lyon’s Dream: How a Frail Boat on a Boisterous Sea Changed the Course for Women Around the World
    In 1834, Mary Lyon wrote, “I am about to embark in a frail boat on a boisterous sea. I know not whither I shall be driven or how...
  • October 20, 2012
    Connecting with Alumnae around the Country
    I could not have asked for a better launch to Mount Holyoke’s celebration of educating 175 years of women of influence! Following our spectacular convocation, I had the chance to meet with alumnae, parents, and prospective students at record-breaking events in...
  • September 5, 2012
    Our Newest Women of Influence
    We launched the academic year on Tuesday, September 4, with convocation, our spirited celebration of the individuals and cohorts who comprise Mount Holyoke’s community. Some years, our newest students enter the amphitheater hesitantly, timidly. “Are we in the right place?” they ask...
  • August 5, 2012
    Mission to Mars
    This month, my Mount Holyoke moment occurred when I was attending the Triennial Council meetings of Phi Beta Kappa in West Palm Beach, Florida. Sitting next to my colleague, biology professor Stan Rachootin, at the opening of the event, I was eager to hear...
  • July 27, 2012
    A Global Campus
    A recent trip through Asia was launched in Nanjing, China, home to Ginling College, our hosts for this year’s Women’s Education Worldwide gathering. I have noted throughout my time as president that Mount Holyoke alumnae are everywhere, and this was certainly true in Asia. In...
  • June 5, 2012
    What’s in a Cookie?
    In addressing the class of 2012 at this year’s baccalaureate, Amber Douglas, assistant professor of psychology and education, reflected on recent conversations with seniors anticipating graduation. In these conversations, the soon-to-be graduates almost always gave voice to anxiety about...
  • May 5, 2012
    May is filled with countless moments that make Mount Holyoke distinctive, from the laurel parade and the singing of “Bread and Roses” at Mary Lyon’s grave to the baccalaureate ceremony in Abbey Chapel and the canoe sing on Lower Lake. I treasure each of these traditions and...
  • April 28, 2012
    If you were to glance at my calendar, stop at random, and ask me what was distinctly “Mount Holyoke” about the event or meeting on which you landed, it would be a simple question for me to answer. My days, weeks, and months are filled with “Mount...
  • March 15, 2012
    President Puts Into Action in Kenya: The Stakes Don't Get any Higher
    The work of the international team led by President Lynn Pasquerella is a matter of life and death. Western Kenya suffers from both floods and widespread droughts; contaminated water is a common killer; one-third of the area’s population has HIV/AIDS; and starvation kills five...
  • March 5, 2012
    The leadership of Mount Holyoke is compelled daily by the question of how a college reconciles a reliance on tuition dollars with a mission of providing access to academic excellence regardless of socioeconomic status. When the board of trustees voted at its February meeting to institute a...
  • February 5, 2012
    The month of February began with the launch of a series of extraordinary events at Mount Holyoke, each celebrating the arts and humanities. The 2012 MHC studio art faculty exhibition, Artists and the Noble Profession, showcases stunning works by our faculty, ranging from photography, painting, collage, assemblage...
  • January 5, 2012
    It is such a pleasure each month to consider what I have learned about Mount Holyoke that I can share with all of you...