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You can register and get into the dorm as early as Thursday, May 17. The reason is that it is our 50th Reunion and we have an event on that afternoon with our Connections Class of 2018, "Welcome New Alumnae!"
- Have never been to a Reunion.
- Always attend MHC Reunions.
- Have frequent flier miles that are expiring.
- Want to meet Acting President Sonya Stephens.
- Crave a new blue Mount Holyoke souvenir.
- Want to give our wonderful Class Scribe Eloise a hug.
- Want to congratulate Paula for giving us a presence in the digital world.
- Want Cindy to teach you how to ladder your CD's so you can earn interest and have them due when you need the cash.
- Plan to tour the Art Museum.
- Want to see the Chihuly sculpture in the library.
- Are a morning person and want to walk the Ecology trail at 7:00am Friday.
- Hear there are numerous meal choices at the new Community Center.
- Can't wait to see the technological changes at the library.
- Know the Back-to-Class programs will be interesting and thought provoking. It will be fun to be in a classroom and be able to take notes on your phone.
- Can't wait to meet the families of our '68 connections/sisters' Class of 2018.
- Want to hear about our connections class's MHC experience.
- Want to see the lovely campus again.
- Want to have fun exploring places that were important to you 50 years ago. Are they as different as you are now? Are they still partly the same?
- Can't wait to see old friends.
- Can't wait to meet folks from your class that you didn't know before.
- Can't wait to go to a 12-step meeting on campus. It is so great that the College has this now.
- Can't wait to see the GLBT house.
- Can't wait to visit the Greenhouse.
- Can't wait to see the changes in the gym.
- Can't wait to visit the Odyssey book store.
- Will be able to buy books written by classmates.
- Want to see if the "cat house" is still there. The what??
- Want to find our Class tree.
- Can't wait to see the Alumnae Laurel Parade costumes and Class colors again.
- Want to read the clever '68 signs in the Alumnae Laurel Parade.
- Want to see Mary Lyon's gravesite with the laurel chain draped around it.
- Want to join in singing our Alma Mater at the Alumnae Association Meeting.
- Want to present the members of the Class of 2018 with their red scarves.
- Wonder what the women in the Class of 2018 are like.
- Are curious to find out interesting things about people you didn't know before.
- Want to find out what is going on in the "Maker Space" studio.
- Want to meet the Class of 2018 recipients of the Karen Snyder Sullivan travel award.
- Do not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime golden event!
- Know that your MHC volunteer work is done and now it's time to have some fun.
- Will have fun looking at all the things in the Memories Room.
- Will have fun doing milk and crackers with friends.
- Were personally invited by a classmate who is helping Arin's attendance outreach efforts.
- Prefer a single room - so you plan to register at 12:01pm on opening day of registration, March 1st, 2018.
- Can make a confidential request for financial assistance.
- Want to remember classmates who have "graduated to the larger life".
- Pledged to attend our 50th at our 45th in 2013.
- Want our Class to win the attendance prize now and at our 80th Reunion in 2048 when we will be centenarians.
- May not have another chance - tempus fugit!
- Know that it will be energizing and inspiring to be with a group of extraordinary and intelligent women.
- Are a member of the Class of '68 PerSisters for 50 years and counting!
Thank you so much to everyone who has already given! It's not too late to be a part of making our 50th Reunion Class Gift even more meaningful. You can make a gift or pledge online from now until 8 am EDT on Saturday, May 19.
See you at our 50th Reunion!
1968 Class President
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the death of our classmate Martha Jane Bradford on March 21, 2018.
Calling all Mount Holyoke Choral Alumnae: Raise Your Voice at Commencement
May 18, 2018
Greetings, choral alumnae!
For those of you who don't know me, I'm a former member of the music department faculty at Mount Holyoke. I conducted choral ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Glee Club, and Chamber Singers, between 1988 and 1997.
I'm writing to invite you to join us for a special musical opportunity at Reunion this May. Alumnae of Mount Holyoke's choral ensembles will have the opportunity to sing together as an Alumnae Choir. We will gather to rehearse from 3:00–5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and perform as part of the Commencement concert that evening.
I know from experience the strength of the personal connections we develop when we sing together, and I'm sure you do as well. This gathering will be an opportunity to renew old connections and to build new ones among those who have been a part of the long tradition of choral singing at MHC. It would be wonderful to have all the reunion classes represented in honor of that tradition.
If you are returning for Reunion this year and are interested in participating, please email me directly at email@example.com. Include your name, class year, and voice part. I'll need to have at least a rough idea of the potential number of singers by April 1 so I can select appropriate music.
I look forward to making music with you in May!
Susan Rieger's book The Heirs
Susan Rieger's book The Heirs is in the New York Times Book Review section. It is one of the six new paperbacks named in Paperback Row.
Mini-Reunion of '68ers Sypher, Cale, and Knight
Eileen Sypher, Jody Hall Cale and Ann Knight got together in Early November at Jody's miraculously intact Santa Rosa CA home (Jody's spouse Ed and Eileen's John hung out part of the time). We had such a great time we hope to repeat it regularly! Eileen had a hard lesson though: she is no longer 20. Her shoulder met an unforgiving slab in Jody's living room. Healing, and it is hoped more wisdom, promised by reunion.
Here are pictures of Penny Schneider Calf's induction ceremony to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association - Hall of Fame. (Top) Penny is at head table with her friends and four former students who are now coaches, following her example. (Middle) Penny is with her Hilton Head friends (left to right) Rica, Suki, Penny, and Melissa, a special golf foursome. (Lower right) Penny is accepting her award. (Lower left) Her Mount Holyoke roommate, Class President Paula Braga Leidich, applauds.
This is my first time submitting for the Quarterly.
In 2011 I founded the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) with the mission of encouraging ancestral remembrance ceremonies and historic marker installations at the 50 documented Middle Passage arrival locations in the United States. These sites range from Maine to Texas and cover a period of more than 350 years (1526-1860) where captive Africans were enslaved after crossing the Atlantic. The Project honors the 2 million who died during the ocean voyage known as the Middle Passage and the 500,000 who disembarked on the North American mainland. Each place marks the beginning of a critical phase of American society influenced by Africans. Unknown and forgotten for the most part, these enslaved people and their descendants contributed greatly to the creation of this nation's culture, economy and overall development with little commemoration or acknowledgement. To date, ceremonies and markers have been completed at 25 of the 50 with approximately 8 marker installations pending for 2018.
We are a team of 5 on the Executive Board and have divided the country into regions. For most arrival sites we form a state committee that does the historical research, determines the marker text, location, and design. We try to make it as broad a representation of the community as possible (academics, activists, churches, schools, Native American representatives, etc.). It usually takes from 12-18 months from beginning to end. Connecticut has two arrival sites: New London and Middletown, and it has been a challenge to get off the ground after two years of trying. We simply keep on pushing until something clicks.
I have applied for a 2018 MHC Fellowship to support this important work.
For more information visit: www.middlepassageproject.org or
Facebook: The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project