In this interview Tatiana Androsov talks about her book, "Before They Cut The Ivy."
Interview of Tatiana Androsov, author of book, Mangoes and Blood. Available on Amazon and Kindle. Tatiana worked for the U. N. and attended Mount Holyoke College.
Your class officers have many good things to report this year. But even this annual letter has word limitations. For a full picture of the activities of our class, please check our class website at www.mhc1968.com often. It is updated frequently and also has historical entries and reference material. Class Scribe Eloise Killeffer (firstname.lastname@example.org.) posts longer messages over the 400 words allotted for us in The Quarterly Notes on the website, too.
Website Update (www.mhc1968.com)
Due to the excellent work of Cornelia Davis, we now have an online Art Gallery to show off our class members' creative talent. Eight classmates have contributed so far. To add a photo of your art work, please send one jpg with your name, title of artwork, medium, size, and date of creation to Cornelia at email@example.com. We are planning to have a physical Art Show at our 2023 Reunion somehow.
We also have a section of the website for authors to tell us about their publications. It's currently incomplete. Please send additions (old publications or new) for the website to Eloise at firstname.lastname@example.org with the usual bibliographic info.
Hearty thanks to those who organized or attended a mini-reunion and let the class know about it! Pictures and descriptions are at our website, and they show how much we value the friendships made 55 years ago. Send info and pictures to Susan Iverson at email@example.com.
Keeping Connections with the Class of 2018
This fall the Class of '68 made a Connections gift of $2018 to our sister class, in fulfillment of a tradition for the 50th Reunion Class to give the graduating class the amount of their year in dollars. The money is to be used for scholarships to assist new grads to attend their 2nd reunion this May.
This "tradition" blindsided us, but thanks to the 53 people who had paid their dues, we were able to make the gift. Now, of course, we would like to restock our treasury, and we are asking the 351 who have not paid your dues to consider doing so. Dues are $50 for 5 years. Send a check to Class Treasurer Stephanie Whalen Cosgrove at her new address: 56 Spruce Ridge Dr., Brentwood, NH 03833. If you are not sure if you have paid, check the list on the website at www.mhc1968.com.
Stephanie suggests another reason to pay your dues. MHC informed all Class Treasurers that new banking regulations require account activity or the account will automatically be frozen. Our Class has squeaked by so far, but our account is currently pretty quiet. Dues are tax deductible and cover class letters, website management, and scholarships for Reunion attendance. Please help us stay unrestricted-and solvent.
2020 and Beyond
Thank you to the 112 class members who already have given or pledged to the Mount Holyoke Fund this fiscal year. You have given $123,000, putting us almost three quarters of the way toward our modest post-Reunion goal of $175,000. Special thanks go to Mobby Brown Larson for a generous gift of the proceeds of an annuity to the Mount Holyoke Fund and to Co-Head Class Agents Ellen Jacobson Petrino and Linda Gross for their good work.
While our participation is higher (33% vs. goal of 55%) than this same time last year, we still need 76 classmates to go the mtholyoke.edu website or send in the mailer and make a gift before the end of June. Those who don't act today will receive notice of a new March4MHC Challenge happening March 4th to 5th to promote participation, so important in demonstrating alumnae support when MHC applies for grants. If applicable, consider a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA to reduce your adjusted gross income and/or gifting an appreciated stock now while the stock market continues strong.
Special thanks in the "Other Gifts to the College" category go to Christine Balko Slywotzky and Shelley Weiner Sheinkopf for large endowment gifts this year and to the seven others who have contributed directly to the College. On a personal note, let me say it's crazy fun to watch your money at work! Mount Holyoke couldn't have pleased me more with the decisions made about what has become the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab. Also of note is Diane Hashim Glynn who is featured in a recent planned giving mailing about specifying MHC as a beneficiary in her will.
Momentum is already building for our 55th Class Reunion in May 2023! And here's a good reason to come: The Alumnae Association, understanding alumnae feedback, has lowered registration fees for reunion classes and added more flexibility to weekend packages. Together with reunion scholarship funds set aside from our dues, our next reunion will be more accessible for many.
Sue Graham Simpson and Nancy Huttemeyer Davis, our Vice Presidents and Class Reunion Co-chairs, plan to meet on campus this summer to outline a preliminary planning schedule in preparation for our 55th Reunion. In the meantime, they appreciate all our classmates who have already agreed to help:
Many more of us are welcome to join this group of enthusiastic volunteers. In particular, help is needed in these areas: Reunion Book, Class Dinners, Memorabilia Room and Class Costume. Please contact Sue firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Nancy email@example.com with your thoughts, suggestions and offers of help.
Can't resist: May the year 2020 give you clarity of vision!
Nancie Fimbel for all the 1968 Class Officers
Other Volunteer Activities You Can Do for MHC
The MHC Archives and Special Collections welcomes donations from alumnae to enhance its collection and preserve our memories. The first step in making a donation is to contact the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archives and Special Collections collects the papers and other records of individuals, institutions and organizations associated with Mount Holyoke along with rare books. These materials are maintained as primary resources for teaching and research conducted by students, faculty and other users.
The Manuscript Collections document the social history of the United States and other countries primarily as seen through the eyes of women. The collections also document the social history of Mount Holyoke College through the letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials.
Interested in transcribing historic materials? Visit transcribe.mtholyoke.edu to learn more about this exciting project or to become a digital volunteer. Transcribers work from home on their own flexible schedule, and anyone (alumna, spouse, friend!) is welcome to request an account to join this community.
The following story was featured in a recent Alumnae Association's mailing on planned giving:
When Diane Hashim Glynn '68 read a recent Mount Holyoke publication from the Office of Advancement, she was so inspired that she penned her own story to share with other alumnae.
I have credited Mount Holyoke, all my life, with my success and happiness. From the beginning of my career, I didn't question my ability to figure things out, to survive - and to thrive.
I was in the first class of February Freshmen. I remember my interview: I had just read Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and I was very excited about it. My paperback copy was filled with notes in the margins. I suspect my enthusiasm for it helped secure my acceptance to Mount Holyoke.
My favorite classes were in philosophy, sociology and a beginning course in education that I took because everyone was talking about how great the professor was, John Fraser. I loved an interdisciplinary course on the study of time. I was the only sociology major in that class - everyone else was a physics major. When I ran into that professor years later and he remembered my paper, imagine how thrilled I was.
Since I loved books, I decided to begin a career in book publishing, which I did for 15 years. I quickly rose to leadership positions. My last position was as vice president, director of advertising, publicity, promotion and public relations. I served as president or chair of several trade associations and even founded one of them. I was on the board of the American Book Awards.
I wrote a book with my husband that took me as a guest to The Phil Donahue Show and Good Morning America - twice each - and The Mike Douglas Show, plus countless other radio and television shows. It was a great experience for a book publicist and handy when it came to coaching authors about promoting their books.
Eventually I quit my corporate executive job and opened my own public relations company for 30 years - to the day, it turned out! What gives someone the confidence to leave a very well paying job to launch their own business? To hire staff, acquire clients and pay health insurance, worker's comp, office space rent, corporate taxes, employee taxes? Somehow you have to believe in yourself.
And I credit Mount Holyoke for that. I absorbed every lesson from my professors and our president that we were "uncommon women." I believed I could figure out how to do things. I believed that I would succeed. I like people and I love helping them fulfill their dreams. It is my vocation and my mission. But being nice doesn't mean people can walk over you or that you can be taken advantage of. People who mistake my niceness for weakness learn otherwise very quickly.
And I am not unique. I believe most of us who graduate from Mount Holyoke also have this experience. We are nice. We are strong. We are often very independent and we are also team players. We are uncommon women.
Would I have had this life without Mount Holyoke? I don't believe so. I am so very grateful that Mount Holyoke saw something in that shy young woman and gave her a place in that February class.
Of course Mount Holyoke is in my will. I would not have had this life without Mount Holyoke College.
By Diane Hashim Glynn '68
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