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Renewing friendships. Discovering new relationships. Testing memories of beloved places against their actual states of being. Walking in the shoes of who we were 50 years ago. Learning what some of our classmates have made of those 50 years. Marveling at what a great party our classmates could throw to celebrate this anniversary. It was a weekend!
To help you to savor our 50th Reunion just a little longer--or help you envision it if you missed it--go to our Class Website at http://www.mhc1968.com for pictures. I'll add more over time if you send them to me at email@example.com.
On our Website you will also find the list of our class award winners. Susan Rieger was presented with the Alumnae Achievement Award and Elizabeth (Liz) Tannenbaum was awarded the Elizabeth Topham Kennan Award. Both of these are given to women who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their lives. Congratulations to both on this recognition!
Honored, too, were those who have voluntarily served Mt. Holyoke especially generously. Loyalty Awards were presented to Paula Braga Leidich, Carolyn E. Dorais, Susan Graham Simpson, and Karen Kelly Taggart. Thank you for your devotion to our Alma Mater!
Attached here are a couple of documents you might find fun: a list of children's books, compiled at reunion, that we loved, and the Commencement speech that David Riesman gave when we graduated. You will recall that Riesman was a noted sociologist, co-author of The Lonely Crowd (1950) and The Academic Revolution (1968).
Maybe more important is the third attachment, an invitation from Leslie Fields, MHC's Head of Archives and Special Collections, for us to contribute to the Archives.
- The College is sponsoring a summer internship project on the history of student activism on campus. Oral histories from us are being sought. Leslie would also like to learn about A Better Chance in which some of us participated.
- Our Memories Room impressed Leslie and she wants us to know what to save for MHC when we are ready to downsize. The attachment includes a list.
- Leslie also seeks volunteers (working from home) who are interested in transcribing letters written in cursive to add to the college's digital collection.
Huge thanks to Nancy Huttemeyer Davis, one of the Co-Chairs for our 55th Reunion, who tracked down this information. It will be on our Website in case you misplace this email.
One more time: Linda Renasco Cadigan and Debbie Dunn Rottenberg, you made it happen for us, and we applaud you!
Class President 2018-2023
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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