Katherine Sandoz ’91

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Name: Katherine Sandoz ’91

Current Title/Profession: artist and collaborative designer

City: Savannah, Georgia

Majors: French, international relations

Additional/Advanced Degrees: Master of fine arts degrees in illustration and painting, Savannah College of Art and Design

What was your first job after MHC?: Junior account executive for a telecommunications and marketing company in New Orleans

Favorite class/professor and why: There are so many unique and special classes and professors, I would not be able to choose just one. But many have provided fodder for stories that have been repeated throughout the years to illustrate an idea or concept, or simply to present the impact the personalities and teaching styles have had on me as a student, young adult, and adult. Almost all are memorable in the sense that I recognized in them a passion for their chosen field, and/or what they wanted relayed to the student body.

Talents and/or passions discovered at MHC: I appreciate that no one said one couldn’t knit, stitch, or draw in class. And while I’ve made a career of just that, my work would not be as personally interesting or challenging to me without the encouragement, challenges, and patience extended to me as a student at Mount Holyoke.

What do you value most about your liberal arts education?: In the classroom, my experience felt safe and rigorous at once. On the way to class, each day presented a new discovery and another wonder. The greenhouse always seemed to have at least one door open; that was a favorite place of beauty and possibility.

Why is a women’s education still relevant today?: Excellence is always relevant. Single-gender education seems to focus the rays (staff, faculty, facilities, student body) through the magnifying lens, providing models and methods to efficiently observe, analyze, draw conclusions, and declare a point of view.

What do you want the world to know about MHC?: The College offers students a challenging environment that rigorously studies the present, looks to the future, and honors history and tradition. Further, the campus stands to this day as one of the most beautiful and well cared for in the country. It was evident to me that so many of my professors (and administrators, staff, and facilities personnel) had rich cultural, intellectual, and spiritual lives that the College not only supported, but also shared with the student body.

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