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Please join us on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library, Room #418, with Bernie McCann, Ph.D, Certified Employee Assistance Practitioner (CEAP), presented by LifeScope, to learn to assess your own reactions to organizational change, improve your ability to cope with new systems and discover different ways to feel secure within the changing work environment. To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or e-mail mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library, Room #419, with Mary-Ellen Sposato Rogers, founder and former CEO of WorkLife Innovations, presented by LifeScope. Please join this communications development seminar and learn the skills to talk to anyone about anything in order to increase productivity and improve relationships by addressing problems, conflicts or misunderstandings proactively. To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or e-mail mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

Tickets for the African folk opera, “Queen Moremi”, are available for sale in the Music office in Pratt and at the door. They will also be sold on Monday, April 21, 2014 through Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Blanchard from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Performances will be in Rooke Theatre on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for general admission and $3 for students/seniors. For more information, please contact the Music Department at extension 2306.

Gorse Open House

The Gorse Children’s Center Open House is being held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Prospective families are welcome to come visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn about our programs for infants, toddlers, preschool, prekindergarten, and after school care. Please call (413) 533-9819 or email gorse@brighthorizons.com for Summer and Fall registration information.

Benefits Review Q & A

The Benefits Group from Human Resources is offering a series of Q & A sessions on April 14, April 16 and April 17, 2014. We will be discussing health insurance, dental, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, vendor discounts, employee assistance program, tuition benefits, and retirement benefits offered by the College. For times and locations, please click here.

Campus Police offers several community outreach programs that are available to the college community. These programs can be arranged in the comfort of your office or common area of your residence halls. Please contact the Outreach office to arrange a program in your area. Please visit our website to learn more about our programs. For more information, please contact Campus Police at extension 2304.

Six Flags Passes

Six Flags season and daily passes are now available in Human Resources. The cost for the season pass is $54.99 (limited free parking passes available with purchase of a season pass) and the daily pass is $36.00. Please see either Sandy or Joy in Human Resources between 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by calling extension 2503.

The 91st Annual Kathryn Irene Glascock ‘22 Intercollegiate Poetry Competition will take place:

Friday, April 11, 2014
3:00 pm, Stimson Room, Williston Library
a conversation with the judges

8:00 pm, Gamble Auditorium
Competition

Saturday, April 12, 2014
10:30 am, Stimson Room, Williston Library
Judges’ Reading & announcement of winner

For more information, please contact the English Department at extension 2146.

Correlation. Core relation. Core elation. Co relation. Creation results as a result of its composition. Join the dancers of Mount Holyoke College as they question, create and recreate through dance in the MHC Student Dance Concert on April 11, 2014 and April 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for the general public and $3.00 for students and seniors. To reserve, call the box office at (413) 538-2848 or email mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com.

Childrens artwork from the Gorse Children’s Center is on display in store windows at the Village Commons through Sunday, April 13, 2014 in celebration of the “Week of the Young Child,” a national recognition of children and families. Please visit the garden behind the MHC greenhouse to see a StoryWalk of the children’s book, “The Mixed-Up Chameleon”, by Eric Carle through the month of April. For more information, please contact the Gorse Children’s Center at (413) 533-9819.

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Archives & Special Collections (on the ground floor of Dwight Hall), please join a group of LITS staff members, who will provide basic, practical tips for preserving personal digital collections (photos, e-mail and other files)! To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or e-mail mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

Spice up your presentation tools! Excel pivot tables, Publisher and Powerpoint can be dynamic presentation tools. Learn powerful techniques in building engaging presentations that will capture and intrigue your audience. Visit the Mount Holyoke registration site for class descriptions, schedules and class registration. For more information, please contact Sue LeDuc in LITS at extension 2348.

The Multicultural Community and College Life Committee (MCCL) is looking for your ideas to promote diversity and inclusion at Mount Holyoke. We are seeking innovative projects that promote inclusion in our work environment, our community, and especially in the curricular and co-curricular dimensions. The first deadline (of two) for Fall 2014 projects is April 4. The application form and evaluation criteria can be found on the MCCL website.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:30pm to 8pm. Come discuss your thoughts and feelings about the current culture of marijuana, on this campus and beyond. How do international differences in law and culture impact? What are new trends in national medical marijuana laws bringing to the table? Facilitators: Lindsey Spratt ‘15, Cate Cantler ‘16, Carrie Carter ‘16. Location: Blanchard Lounge 227.

This is Spring; renew hope. Each donation can help save up to three lives. Donate blood on Monday April 7, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Chapin/Mary Wooley Hall. Walk-ins are welcome and a positive ID is required. For more information, please contact Health Services at extension 2121.

Please join us for our annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Seatings are at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please make your reservation soon by calling (413) 538-2217.

Thursday, March 27th, 10am-4pm. Earth Elegant carries organic clothing, scarves & bags, as well as jewelry and skin care products.

Medicare 101

There is an overview session of Medicare and options available for supplementing Medicare coverage on March 25, 2014 and March 28, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Blanchard Great Room. Additional sessions will be offered on April 10, 2014; April 11, 2014; April 21, 2014; and April 23, 2014.  For more information, please contact Human Resources at extension 2503.

On Monday, March 24, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Kendall, there will be a fun tour in the fitness center with Barbara Sadlier, Assistant Athletics Director and Charity Sweeney, Athletic Trainer/Fitness Center Director. To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or e-mail mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

Spring is almost here! Celebrate the season at our Taste of Spring Dinner & Cooking Class on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Seating is limited and reservations are required by March 16, 2014. Please call the Willits-Hallowell Center to reserve your seating for this special event at 413-538-2217.

The Faculty Show only comes around once every 4 years! Thursday, March 27, 2014 & Friday, March 28, 2014 in Chapin Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain rises at 7:00 p.m. You must have a ticket, but they are free and will be available in Blanchard on Monday, March 24, 2014 & Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Staff and faculty night is Wednesday, March 26, 2014. For more information, please contact the Economics department at extension 2432.

In the Marrow, a performance of choreographed works by Rachel Blair and Mariam Dingilian, featuring work by Paul Matteson and music by Eljebel, will be held on March 28th and 29th at 8:00 p.m. in the Kendall Studio Theatre. General admission is $5.00 for students and $3.00 for seniors. There will be a Reception following the Friday night performance. Contains mature content. Please call (413) 538-2848 for reservations or e-mail mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 12, 4:30 to 6pm. Does humor give a free pass to terms and isms that would otherwise be offensive? Can we use racist / sexist / genderist / homophobic / ableist / ethnicist / other slurs if we “don’t mean it that way”? What if we are part of the identity group in question? How does our use of language, and our tolerance of it, shift with the spaces we occupy? Facilitators: Sadia Khatri ‘15 and Cari Morrison ‘17. Location: Blanchard Lounge (227).

Friday, March 7th, 3pm - 4:30pm. Mount Holyoke is known as a place where people can celebrate their identities and works to support people to be their authentic self. But what happens when the culture around you tokenizes your existence or even calls into question your place on this campus? Facilitators: Todd Porter (Residence Life), Kris Bergbom (Student Programs). Location: Blanchard Lounge (227)

TABOO: Good Hair Day

Wednesday, March 5th, 4:30-6pm. There’s no way that talking about HAIR -especially Womens’ Hair - isn’t a loaded topic for dialog. We are wearing the politics of gender, race, ethnicity, age, class, and personal health on the top of our heads everyday. However, you prepare the top of your head in the morning….its a Hair Day…..Let’s talk about Hair! Facilitators: Latrina Denson (Asst. Dean of Students), Sara Blair (Residence Life). Location: Blanchard Lounge (227)

TABOO: Trigger Warning!

Tuesday, March 4th, 4:30-6pm. Trigger warnings have become increasingly attached to internet postings, blogs, websites, and news articles in some circles. Many folks find value in also including these warnings when introducing educational presentations, social events, film screenings, news reports, and even interpersonal conversations. What role are Trigger Warnings playing in our community? Facilitators: Karen Jacobus (Health Education), Kris Bergbom (Student Programs). Location: Blanchard Lounge (227).

The State of Asian, Pacific, and American Studies in the Five Colleges, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, March 8 in Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, MHC Keynote Lecture, “Why Asian American Studies Matters Now” by George Lipsitz at 4:30 pm on Saturday, March 8 in Gamble Auditorium. For more information, please contact the English department at extension 2146.

On Friday, March 7, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wa-shin-an in Eliot House is holding a tea house tour, coordinated by Heath Atchley, Caretaker. To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or e-mail mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

The annual Five College faculty concert offers new and re-staged works by faculty and guest artists. It also includes excerpts from Andrea Miller’s company, Gallim’s ‘Wonderland’ and the re-staging of Freedman and Coleman’s ‘Falling’ dry to 5 Roy Orbison songs. The event is free and will be held at Amherst College in the Kirby Theatre from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on March 6th through the 8th. For more information, please contact Terese Freedman at extension 3313.

The Campus Police Survey for 2014 is now open. Please help us evaluate our services to our communities by completing our online survey. Students can enter to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card. The survey is open through March 31, 2014. We appreciate your feedback! For more information, please contact the Campus Police at extension 2304.

LITS will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Library atrium as part of the Seven Siblings Women’s History Month Edit-a-thon! New and experienced editors are all welcome! There will be progress and popcorn! This event is open to all in the community.

The Employee Service Awards committee, through the generous support of the Office of the President, is seeking nominations for the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. For more information, please contact Human Resources at extension 2503.

On March 28, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in Cleveland L3, please join us for pitch3, which is a student competition that celebrates entrepreneurship, creativity, and the ability to concisely and convincingly sell a new idea. Please register by March 19, 2014 to enter. For more information, please contact the Career Development Center at extension 2080.

Staff Council is happy to announce that nominations have officially opened for the Staff Council Peer Recognition Award. Nominations will be accepted now through March 7th. For more information, please visit the Staff Council website page or by email to staff-council-l@mtholyoke.edu.

Due to the weather and to allow for proper snow removal, the College will not open until 11am today, February 14th. Classes are canceled until 11am. For more information about adverse weather, please see https://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/adverse_weather.

Employees who have been designated essential personnel should report to work according to their department’s emergency practices or contact their supervisor. All others are asked to please avoid bringing motor vehicles to campus until the College reopens at 11am to permit the snow removal team to work effectively. During the closure, as with any snow storm, parking is prohibited on campus roadways.

Please travel safely today.

Due to the weather, the College is closed today, February 13th. For more information about adverse weather, please see https://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/adverse_weather.

Employees who have been designated essential personnel should report to work according to their department’s emergency practices or contact their supervisor. All others are asked to please avoid bringing motor vehicles to campus until the College reopens to permit the snow removal team to work effectively.

This workshop will be held on February 27, 2014 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Room #111 and is recommended for Seniors and Juniors. This will introduce you to the value of personal branding, help you to understand how to develop a positive and effective brand and how it can impact your job search. For more information, please contact the Career Development Center at extension 2080.

What You Can Do in Kendall

On Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Kendall, there will be a fun tour with Barbara Sadlier, Assistant Athletics Director, and Charity Sweeney, Athletic Trainer/Fitness Center Director. To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or e-mail mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

Join us for a special event! We are hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner & Cooking Class on Friday, February 14, 2014. The reception starts at 6:00 p.m. and is followed by a 5-course dinner and cooking demonstration. Please RSVP by February 11, 2014 for this unique dining experience. For more information, please contact Willits at (413) 538-2217 to make a reservation.

We are featuring new menu items for the a la carte community lunch. Please join us, Mondays-Fridays, February 3, 2014 - February 7, 2014; February 10, 2014 - February 14, 2014; and Monday - Thursday, February 17, 2014 - February 20, 2014. For more information, please contact Willits at extension 2217.

The deadline for students to add Spring courses is Monday, February 3, 2014. All students should check their class schedules via ISIS to make sure their schedules are complete and correct by the end of the day on Monday, February 3, 2014. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at extension 2025 or by email to registrar@mtholyoke.edu.

Active Threat Workshop

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm in Skinner Hall Room #216, there will be an Active Threat Workshop with Earl Brown, Outreach Coordinator from the Campus Police Department.  To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or e-mail mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

The Multicultural Community and College Life Committee (MCCL) is looking for your ideas to promote diversity and inclusion at Mount Holyoke. We are seeking innovative projects that promote inclusion in our work environment, our community, and especially, in the curricular and co-curricular dimensions. Please visit the MCCL website for more information and to view the application form and evaluation criteria.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - 4pm - 5:30pm. Blanchard Lounge (227). Sure, the idea of greeting your world with a smile can seem like a simple, pleasant way to make the world better around you. “Smile and the world smiles with you” and all that. But are smiles as a form of social communication also sometimes about power? And gender? And rank and promotions? And Sexism? And safety? And race? And social class? …Let’s get serious talking about smiling. Join us for the dialog. Facilitators: Latrina Denson (Asst.Dean of Students), Kris Bergbom (Student Programs)

Shannon Gurek, Vice President for Finance and Administration, will give an overview of the current financial health of the institution and how things have changed over the past 5 years. She will also discuss budget parameters in place as we plan budgets moving forward. Join us in the Blanchard Great Room for a light snack and beverage at one of these three sessions: January 29, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.; January 30, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; and January 30, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Shelley Leclerc in Finance & Administrative Services at extension 2415 or by email to sleclerc@mtholyoke.edu.

On Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Willits-Hallowell Center, please join us for the Real Talk Intra/Intergroup Dialogue. Registration is due by February 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided! For more information, please contact the Dean of Students office at extension 2550.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Show how much you care and give blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Chapin/Mary Woolley Hall. Walk-ins welcome. Positive ID required. For more information, please contact the Office of Health Education at extension 2466 or extension 3200.

On Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., please join us in Pratt Hall. Check-in is at 12:30 p.m. and a RSVP is required. Please join a campus-wide dialogue with established and emerging artists! For more information, please contact the Career Development Center at extension 2080.

Join the Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies department and the Office of the President on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the New York Room to celebrate 30 years of contributions to Mount Holyoke College and Latina/o Studies by Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez. The opening remarks will be given by President Lynn Pasquerella and the panelists include distinguished scholars in Spanish and Latina/o Studies. For more information, please contact the Spanish, Latina/o, Latin American Studies department at extension 2347.

Please join staff members from around the College for the third informal social hour gathering on January 23rd from 4:30−6:00pm. Come check out Willits-Hallowell and enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres as well as a cash bar. Mingle with friends, meet new people, and learn more about the individuals who are in the MHC family! Looking forward to seeing you!

Please join us on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Chapin Auditorium for a performance that is a wonderful kaleidoscope of music, theater and film. This tells real Mount Holyoke stories through the exploration of social identities. Come look at the complexity of our world through multiple dimensions including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class status and more. You will gain insight and questions about identity and multiculturalism, while contemplating aspects of life you never fully appreciated! For more information, please contact the Dean of Students office at extension 2550.

Unfortunately, we have cancelled our Winter Brunch that was previously scheduled for Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you for our annual Valentine’s Brunch.

Gorse Open House

The Gorse Children’s Center is holding an Open House Showcase on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (snow date is January 30, 2014). This event is for current and prospective families, with activities for children and parents. Please call (413) 533-9819 for more information.

Students who need to make Spring registration changes may use ISIS to do so starting Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Advisor approval is required first. Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their Advisors during Orientation. For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at extension 2025.

Celebrate the new year with our Winter Brunch on Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 413-538-2217.

Mount Holyoke will close at the end of business on Friday, December 20 and will remain closed through Thursday, December 26. The College will reopen on Friday, December 27. Please note: While the College will be open during normal business hours December 27-31, many employees will be enjoying much deserved vacation and personal time away from campus; some departments will be completely closed during this period. If you need to transact business with the College during this time and are unable to reach the intended person or office, you may contact Campus Police (413-538-2304), who will notify the department needed. Thank you for your understanding. We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season! For more information, please contact the Office of the President at extension 2500.

W.B. Mason Company is offering all Mount Holyoke College faculty and staff the opportunity to purchase Keurig Commercial Brewers at a significant discount through December 31, 2013. For more information, please see this flyer or contact purchasing@mtholyoke.edu for assistance.

The Willits-Hallowell Center and Conference and Event Services will be closed for the December break beginning on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. If you need reservations, catering or event support for events through the 3rd week of January, please be sure to contact the appropriate department by Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2014. Happy Holidays! For more information, please contact Willits at extension 2217 or by email to eventservices@mtholyoke.edu.

Power Down Before You Leave

Just a few more days until a well deserved break. Give the energy hogs a break too by turning off and unplugging equipment; and remember, last one out, turn off the lights! For more information, please contact Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability at extension 3632.

The Human Resources (HR) department is pleased to offer a special writing class for staff. This class will be given by Carolyn Collette, Professor Emeritus of English at MHC, with experience of over 40 years of teaching English and courses on women, language and power in the late medieval and early modern period. This writing course will focus on how to write clear and simple prose that will engage readers’ attention and interest. There will be six weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Skinner Hall, Room 202. The dates are January 8, 2014; January 15, 2014; January 22, 2014; January 29, 2014; February 5, 2014; and February 12, 2014. The maximum number of participants is 15 and this is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please complete the following registration form or for questions or more information, please call Human Resources at extension 2503.

Check our funding opportunities from the Campus Sustainability Fund. Deadline for applications is January 17, 2014. For more information, please contact Nancy Apple in the Environmental Health & Safety department at extension 2529 or by email to neapple@mtholyoke.edu.

Thursday, December 5th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Do people still “date” or is that just a culture of hooking up? Is there a space for relationships between “hooking-up” and “partnered”? Has it gotten harder to date satisfactorily? How has our digital age changed the dating landscape? What challenges has “Gender Fluidity” added to the scene? Do racial/ethnic identities still play a deciding factor in who we choose to date? What about polyamory? Has the economy shifted our dating customs? Facilitators: Hannah Trost (Student Programs), Kate Wasserman (Dean of Students Office)

A workshop for parents of young children on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gorse Children’s Center, 27 Morgan Street, South Hadley. Free and open to the public. Please call (413) 533-9819 or email jaldrich@mtholyoke.edu at the Gorse Children’s Center for more information.

Give Blood Today!

This holiday give something that means something. Red Cross Blood Drive today, December 2, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Chapin/Mary Wooley Hall. Walk-ins are welcome! For more information, please contact College Health Services at extension 2121.

Our annual Holiday Brunch is on Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Willits-Hallowell at (413) 538-2217 to make reservations or for more information.

Willits-Hallowell is hosting a la carte community lunch from Tuesday, December 3, 2013 to Friday, December 6, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please join us! For more information, please contact Willits-Hallowell at extension 2217.

Monday, December 2nd, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Microaggressions - whether about race or other marginalized social identities - can impact significantly our comfort and well-being in a community, and our academic achievements. How do we experience, recognize, understand, and eradicate these instances of intentional or unintentional bias, disrespect, and/or hostility? Whose responsibility is it? Facilitators: Angelica Castro (Asst. Director of CBL/ CAUSE Advisor) and Abigail Hermandez ‘14, Diana Alvarez and Natasha Payes (Asst. Directors of Admissions)

College Health Services and the Student Health Committee are sponsoring the Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Chapin/Mary Wooley Hall. Please consider donating! For more information, please contact College Health Services at extension 2121.

Ready to lead change? Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) can provide powerful tools to get you started. Students who develop “Commitments to Action” related to Education, Environment/Climate Change, Peace/Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation and Public Health are invited to apply for seed funding and access to a global network of leaders and experts. To get started, attend an info session. For more information, please contact the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives at extension 2072.

Join us for this program on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Gamble that will focus on what to eat before you exercise; the best recovery foods after a hard workout; sweets, snacks, snack attacks and much more! The program will be presented by Nancy Clark, Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). This is sponsored by the MHC Athletic Department, Health Services, and the Purington Fund. For more information, please contact Ellen Perrella at extension 2640 or by email to eperrell@mtholyoke.edu.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Library, Room 418 with Richard Dufresne, Wellness Corporation, to learn how to identify a multitude of relationships that are important. Learn strategies to build and grow a relationship; learn that relationships that grow do change; learn how to express your needs effectively; and learn how the EAP can support you with challenging relationships. To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or by email to mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

Vendors in Blanchard

On Friday, November 15th we have two vendors in the Campus Center, selling scarves, slippers, jewelry, and more! Come by and check them out!

The Office of Student Programs now has a page on Facebook! Check it out to see all of the amazing things our students are doing!

Taboo: International Edition

Tuesday, November 19th, 7-8:30pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Every year 26% of Mount Holyoke’s student population is “Studying Abroad” RIGHT HERE on our own campus…hailing from over seventy countries worldwide. This dialog seeks to celebrate the diversity on campus and to strengthen our community by sharing our experiences adjusting to a new culture. Join the International Student Organizing Committee for a candid conversation about what it’s like to study abroad! Domestic students are more than welcome to join.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Kendade, Room 305, please come and see presenters from the McCulloch Center, Joanne Picard, Dean of International Studies & Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential Learning. Many pre-health students worry that learning abroad is difficult to incorporate into their busy academic schedules. This session will demonstrate how term time study abroad, as well as international internships and research in the Summer are not only possible, but do much to enrich the MHC curriculum and competitiveness for many health careers. For more information, please contact the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives at extension 3389.

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Brunch on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call Willits at (413) 538-2217 to make a reservation.

Follow the Twitter hashtag, #MtHolyokeAtWork, today to gain an insider’s look into what it is like to be the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune. Elizabeth Taylor spent thirteen years as a correspondent with Time Magazine before joining the Tribune in 1996. Taylor has been the President of the National Book Critics Circle and has served on three Pulitzer juries. For more information, please contact the Alumnae Association at extension 2300.

Interested in learning some tips to help mange your Google mail? Like to know more about using Microsoft Access? Don’t miss this training opportunity! Classes are open to faculty and staff and are free of charge. Registration is required. Classes start on Friday, November 15, 2013. Please check our registration site for schedules and course details. For more information, please contact Sue LeDuc in LITS at extension 2348 or by email to sleduc@mtholyoke.edu.

Hump Day is Coming!

Celebrate Hump Day by stopping by our table on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Campus Center. Meet MoHealth Mona, who will be sharing tips on colds and flu prevention and giving away free cold self care kits! Like us on Facebook to learn more about Mount Holyoke College Health Education. For more information, please contact Health Services at extension 2121.

Tonight, Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Cleveland L1, please join presenter, Pamela B. Matheson, Ph.D. & Pre-Health Advisor. The essay you create to accompany your primary application to health profession schools has a high standard to meet. Tell the reader, typically in 5,300 characters or less, why they should choose you from among six thousand other applicants! Where do I start? What should I say? What should I not say? Come learn the ins and outs of writing good application statements. For more information, please contact Pre-Health Programs.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library, Room 419 with Stephanie Bertagnolli, Associate Director from Student Financial Services. Do you have a child applying to college? This workshop will focus on the tuition exchange process and also provide a brief overview of applying for financial aid. Bring your questions! To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503 or e-mail mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu.

Registration for Spring 2014 credit courses at Mount Holyoke and through the Five College Interchange begins Monday, November 11, 2013. Students should consult ISIS “Approvals…” display to see their individually assigned start dates/times. Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013. For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at extension 2025 or by email to registrar@mtholyoke.edu.

Mount Holyoke College Dance presents an evocative concert by guest artists and resident faculty choreographers Sidra Bell, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, Paul Matteson, Marilyn and Sekou Sylla and Tong Wang. The concert will be held November 14, 2013 through November 16, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at Kendall Hall. For tickets or more information, please contact Mount Holyoke Dance at (413) 538-2848 or by e-mail to mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com.

Open enrollment for flexible spending is available from November 1, 2013 until the end of business on December 2, 2013! Flexible spending saves tax dollars on expenses for daycare or medical needs. You must re-enroll in this benefit every year. You may enroll via the online form or if you prefer, you may print the enrollment form and mail it to Human Resources. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Human Resources at extension 2503 or by email to hr-benefits-g@mtholyoke.edu.

Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Blanchard in Room 213, Eleanor Townsley, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Sociology, will conduct a workshop on “Writing Letters of Recommendation”. Bring your lunch and enjoy Chef Jeff cookies with us! For more information, please contact Janice Kane, Career Development Center and Student Employment Office, at extension 2576 or by email at jkane@mtholyoke.edu.

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium B. Author Daniel Alarcon will discuss his new novel, At Night We Walk in Circles. Alarcon is the author of War by Candlelight and is a finalist for the PEN-Hemingway Award. His fiction, journalism and translations have appeared in various publications. The New Yorker named him one of the best 20 Writers under 40. For more information, please contact the Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies Department at extension 2347.

Willits is hosting a la carte Community Lunch, Wednesday-Friday, October 30, 2013 through November 1, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 413-538-2217.

Car Insurance 101

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Library in Room 418, with David Fesko, Liberty Mutual Sales Representative. Learn about what car insurance covers, why it is necessary, and most importantly, the information you need to determine the protection that is right for you. David will also be available for one-on-one sessions. Please see the details here. To register, please call Human Resources at extension 2503.

LGBTQ Career Information

Tuesday, 10/29, 6:00pm, Kendade 107. Join the CDC for LGBTQ career resources and a discussion of specific topics such as coming out in the workplace, workplace benefits and employer laws, supportive communities, interview and job search tips and more.

Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences - Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Kendade, Room 203. If you are interested in nursing, physical therapy, nutrition or post-bac programs, come and find out more about Simmons College and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Meet Carmin Fortin, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions from Simmons College and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-Health Programs at extension 3389.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in Dwight 101. Meet Ellen Cosgrove, ‘84, Associate Dean and Dean of Students at Harvard Law School, along with a number of MHC alumnae working in the legal profession in a panel discussion. Topics include financial aid/debt management, employment and methods for facing the changes in the legal market, with a Q&A session to follow. For more information, please contact the Career Development Center.

The Five College Clothesline Project will be on exhibit in the Blanchard Student Art Gallery from October 21, 2013 through October 25, 2013. The Clothesline Project symbolizes a lifeline, which joins survivors of assault, relationship violence, rape and incest to feel empowered and supported by one another. T-shirts made by students at Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College and the University of Mass/Amherst will be displayed. We welcome survivors of all genders to create a T-shirt for the display. We feel it is important to acknowledge the degree to which silence has been ongoing for women, men, transgender and intersex people and for anyone whose gender does not fit into the box. For more information, please contact Health Services.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Cleveland L1, Brenda E. Armstrong, MD, will be presenting. She is the Associate Dean of Medical Education, Director of Admissions and a pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Armstrong will present an overview of Duke, talk about what medical schools look for in successful applicants and discuss the admission review process. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-Health Programs.

Staff Happy Hour Today!

Please join staff members from around the College for the second informal happy hour gathering at the Yarde House today, October 15, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mingle with friends, meet new people, and learn more about the individuals who are in the MHC family! For more information, please contact the Career Development Center at extension 2080.

Gorse Family Fall Festival

Join the fun at the annual Gorse Children’s Center Fall Festival! There will be children’s activities, entertainment and refreshments for the whole family from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013. Please call 533-9819 or contact us at gorse@brighthorizons.com for more info. This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for our Autumn Harvest Brunch on Sunday, October 20,2013 from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call (413) 538-2217 to make a reservation.

Halloween Costume Tag Sale

Costumes, clothing, and accessories. Get ready for Halloween. Nothing over $3. For more information, please contact the Theatre Arts department at extension 2180.

The Wellness Corporation offers employees helpful resources regarding the recent shutdown of the Federal Government. For more information, please contact Human Resources at extension 2503.

You may have noticed that Lower Lake is currently at a very low level. On Friday afternoon it was discovered that a sinkhole in the earthen dam had developed. Facilities Management and outside engineers have been monitoring the situation over the course of the weekend. In order to determine the cause and to fix the problem, we have deliberately lowered the level of the water. In addition, we have determined that there are no current safety issues related to the bridge or the dam. We expect to have more information in the coming week. For more information, please contact Facilities Management at extension 2012.

Student Supervisors: Join us in Blanchard 318 at 12:00 on Friday, October 11, 2013 - hear Deborah Cohen, Director of AccessAbility Services speak about the services they offer and how it relates to student employment. For more information, please contact Janice Kane, Career Development Center and Student Employment Office, at extension 2576 or by email at jkane@mtholyoke.edu.

Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Blanchard in Room 213, Eleanor Townsley, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Sociology, will conduct a workshop on “Writing Letters of Recommendation”. Bring your lunch and enjoy Chef Jeff cookies with us! For more information, please contact Janice Kane, Career Development Center and Student Employment Office, at extension 2576 or by email at jkane@mtholyoke.edu.

Staff Happy Hour!

MHC Staff Meet & Greet! Please join staff members from around the College for the second informal happy hour gathering at the Yarde House on October 15, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mingle with friends, meet new people, and learn more about the individuals who are in the MHC family! For more information, please contact Taylor Scott, Alumnae Association, at extension 3159 or by email at tscott@mtholyoke.edu.

LITS is excited to announce upcoming training opportunities scheduled for this month. Besides Excel training, we are offering classes on ‘Best Practices in Using Google Docs and Drive’ and ‘Managing Google Calendars’. Registration is a must. Classes will start next week. Schedules and detailed course outlines can be found at the registration site. For more information, please contact Sue LeDuc in LITS at extension 2348 or by email to sleduc@mtholyoke.edu.

The Office of Student Programs is piloting a new weekly email called “WordOut!” which highlights upcoming student organization-sponsored events. Keep yourself abreast of all the wonderful student organization initiatives on campus! You can opt-in here.

Today. (Mountain Day) Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. New York Room, Mary E. Woolley Hall. Please join the UFS Scholars as they share their reflections on their visit to the Mount Holyoke College campus and ask parting questions of our community to enhance their studies in the bold Leadership for Change program at their university in South Africa. All are welcome. Pizza will be served.

The Dean of Students Office is hosting Diversity Educator, Jessica Pettitt, to inspire our community to “Be The Change You Want To Be”. Jessica Pettitt will offer an exciting keynote that will use humor to break down the barriers that get in the way of social change. This is by no means your typical diversity speaker, as Pettitt uses humor reminiscent of George Carlin, Wanda Sykes and Margaret Cho in her message. Participants will be laughing, as she promises no drum circles, guilty tears or finger pointing. This will be a HIGHLY interactive program that will leave participants with actual action steps to make REAL social change in their lives. For more information, please contact the Dean of Students office.

TABOO: Let’s Talk About Sex

Thursday, October 3rd, 7:30-9pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Oftentimes it is difficult to tell your partner(s) exactly what you want between the sheets - conversation is awkward and speaking up can be stressful. This dialog seeks to start a conversation that addresses some of those concerns and will spill over into the bedroom. Facilitators: Catie Havemann, and Sidney Lane Smith

The Multicultural Community and College Life Committee (MCCL) is looking for your ideas to promote diversity and inclusion at Mount Holyoke. We are seeking innovative projects that promote inclusion in our work environment, our community, and especially in the curricular and co-curricular dimensions. The deadline for the Inclusiveness Initiative Funding (IIF) proposals for Spring 2014 projects is Monday, November 4, 2013. The application form and evaluation criteria can be found on the MCCL website. If you have any questions,please contact mccl@mtholyoke.edu.

The 2013 Annual Crime and Fire Report, including statistics for the calendar year 2012, has been posted on the Campus Police web site. If you need a paper copy, please contact Campus Police at extension 2304.

Give Blood Today!!

College Health Services and the Student Health Committee are sponsoring the Red Cross Blood Drive today, September 30, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Chapin/Mary Woolley. Coupon for free oil change or discount on tires from Monro Muffler/Brakes & Service. All donors welcome! For more information, please contact Health Services.

Come enjoy a lakeside view of the foliage at Willits-Hallowell Center. A la carte community lunch is available Monday through Friday, September 30, 2013 - October 4, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Providing patient care, a professional panel discussion with Smith College Professions include: Allopathic (MD), Osteopathic (DO), Nurse Practitioner(NP) and Physician Assistant (PA). Meet four local healthcare professionals to learn about careers in patient care. They will talk about their paths, their work and offer advice about what you need to consider in pursuing a degree as a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Our panelists include: Jonathan Bayuk (DO) , Karen Engell (RNC MS WHNP), Audrey Guhn (MD) and Jenn Hixon (DHSc, PA-C). For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-Health Programs.

Thursday, September 26th, 7-8:30pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: On the one hand, sharing a college campus at times can feel like a social and economic class ‘leveller’. The majority have basically the same access, to basically the same resources once on campus. Some differences get hidden. We also have the ‘opportunity’ to re-invent ourselves, to ‘perform’ like we are different from the selves we may have been while growing up ‘back home’. We can avoid conversations and conflicts about social class differences by changing the subject, or skirting the deeper truths, or being very ‘polite’. But what’s the real deal when it comes to understanding the role class and classism plays in our college life? Facilitators: Emma Jobinpicard ‘15, and Bridie Duffey ‘16

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:00 p.m., CDC Workshop Room 111. Pizza will be served at noon! Brenda Hernandez, MHC ‘04 and Associate Director for Academic and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Law, will share reflections on her transition from MHC to law school, provide general information on the law school admissions process and highlight Boston University School of Law’s offerings. This lunch-time session also includes pizza! Ms. Hernandez will also be at the Smith and Mount Holyoke College Graduate School Fair later that afternoon from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Smith College Campus Center Carroll Room. For more information, please contact the Career Development Center.

Red Cross Blood Drive

College Health Services and the Student Health Committee are sponsoring the Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Chapin/Mary Woolley. Coupon for free oil change or discount on tires from Monro Muffler/Brakes & Service. All donors welcome! For more information, please contact Health Services.

Betsey O’Boyle will be on campus next week, September 26, 2013. If you have questions about your account with TIAA/CREF and would like to take advantage of a face-to-face, free consultation, please call (800) 732-8353 to schedule an appointment!

Tuesday, September 24th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Please join us for an open, honest, challenging conversation about suicide and stigma. This dialog is a place to break throught he taboo of silence surrounding the topic of suicide, and share thoughts, and encourage deeper understanding in our selves and our community. Facilitators: Erica DeBlase, LICSW and Laura Mackie, LCSW (Counseling Service)

Monday, September 23, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: One month ago, folks from all over the country gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights March on Washington. The month prior a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin. These and other recent headline stories only begin to shed light on the complex and enduring issues of race in this country. Join us for an inter-generational conversation about race/racism. This dialog will be made extra rich by the participation of our visiting Univ. Free State, South African guests. Facilitators: Rene Davis (Dean of Students), Sara Blair (Residence Life), Anna Hope (Counseling).

Get your annual flu shot for the 2013 & 2014 Flu Season. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts remains committed to helping limit the spread of the flu virus in our community. For more information, please contact Human Resources.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Cleveland L-1. Mount Holyoke College will host a presentation by Gregory Vaughn, Assistant Director of MD Admissions at Stanford University School of Medicine. All students interested in attending medical school are invited to attend. Mr. Vaughn will be talking about what medical schools look for in successful applicants and discussing the admission review process. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre Health Programs at (413) 538-3398.

Lunch at Willits

It is a great week for a walk!! Willits is offering lunch Wednesday - Friday, September 18, 2013 - September 20, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Our a la carte menu will be offered.

The deadline for students to add Fall courses is Tuesday, September 17, 2013. All students should check their class schedules via ISIS to make sure their schedules are complete and correct by the end of the day on September 17, 2013. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Join artist Barbara Bosworth in a gallery talk about her multi-venue photography exhibition “TO BE AT THE FARTHER EDGE: Photographs along the New England Trail,” at Amherst College’s Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Following the talk, there will be a reception in the Mead Art Museum. Both events are open to the public.

Finding an Internship

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in Dwight 101. Learn the basics of how to prepare for and begin an internship search process. Find out about the internship programs sponsored by Mount Holyoke College, the Summer internship funding program and the resources available through the CDC for your search and preparation.

TABOO: My Religion vs. MY Faith

Tuesday, September 17th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: How taboo is it to hold values and ethical beliefs that don’t match with the majority doctrines of your church, temple, mosque, or that of your family? Are there respectful ways to negotiate the differences, or does being faithful, and/or religious require the individual to adapt to the ways of the church? Are there limits to adaptability - for both the mosque and the individual? Do the decisions of religious communities ever become ‘too political’, or do politics ever become “too lacking” in faith? How do you name and claim your own FAITH? Facilitators: Annette McDermott (Chaplain to the College), Hannah Trost (Student Programs)

Willits-Hallowell Center is offering a la carte community lunch, Monday - Friday, September 16th-20th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, September 13th, 2:30-4pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Discussions of reincarnation aside, is employing a mind-set/attitude/pose of ‘You Only Live Once’, a healthy part of our culture or a detriment? Does the energy of YOLO empower creativity, daring, innovation, and fun, or become an excuse for dangerous, high risk, regrettable behavior? or both? Is YOLO a natural by-product of a unique “Generation Z’ or a marketing ploy? Is it really new, or just new slang for what being young adult has always been? Let’s see what a dialog brings out. Join us. after all… YOLO! Facilitators: Kris Bergbom (Student Programs), Kate Wasserman (Dean of Students Office), and Erin Mosher (Residence Life)

Thursday, September 12, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., CDC Workshop, Room 111.  If you are considering applying to law school (or just want more information on law school), come to this info session led by Pre-Law Advisor Meghan Godorov.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., Cleveland L1 Presenter, Pamela B. Matheson, Ph.D. and Pre-Health Advisor. Thinking about a career in medicine or other health professions? Exploring your options? Wondering if it’s right for you? Wondering how to make it happen? This workshop is for first-year and sophomore students (and others still making up their minds). For more information, please contact Jackie Collette, Office of Pre-Health Programs, at (413)538-3389.

Students who need to make Fall registration changes may use ISIS to do, starting Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  Advisor approval is required first.  (Most non-new students already have approval.  New students will meet with their Advisors during Orientation.)  For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at extension 2025.

ING now provides the opportunity to schedule an appointment with MaryEllen Gordon, certified financial adviser, online via the customized MHC / ING website. To make an appointment, visit the Retirement Plan Page; select “Your Representative” and follow the instructions to schedule an appointment. You may also phone 877-645-5206.

MHC: Meet and Greet

Join Meghan Godorov, Assistant Director and Pre-Law Advisor, from the Career Development Center and several other staff members from across campus at the inaugural MHC: Meet and Greet at the Yarde House on Friday, August 23rd starting at 4pm. We invite you to meet new people and learn more about the individuals who are part of the MHC family!

The deadline to order regalia for Convocation is Monday, August 19 by 3pm. Please contact the Campus Store at x2111 or email Michele at mramgren@mthoyloke.edu.

Blanchard Circle Open

Blanchard Circle Has been re-opened. Final touches remain and there will be workers in the road. Please drive carefully.

Blanchard Circle will be closed to through traffic starting Wednesday, July 10 and will remain closed for approximately three weeks. The job consists of replacing the pavement, from the west side of Porter to the Skinner stairs. Skinner Hall will be accessible from the south, north and west entrances. Brigham, Safford and Porter will be accessible from Gateway Rd. During this time there will be no parking available at Skinner Hall. The parking lot on the south and east side of Porter will have limited access and it will be best to plan on parking elsewhere during this time.

Motor Vehicle Break Ins: Two reports of cars broken into in Mary Lyon Lot were reported yesterday. Side windows were broken on the vehicles to gain entry and small portable items were stolen. To reduce the likelihood of similar thefts, do not leave any valuables in plain view in your vehicle; close windows, lock car doors and enable your car alarm (if equipped). If you notice someone looking into car windows, notify Campus Police immediately at 413-538-2304. For more prevention tips, visit the Campus Police webpage.

Betsey O’Boyle, TIAA/CREF representative, will be available on Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, July 17 for personal appointments in room 216 Blanchard. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting, please call (800) 732-8353.

Mary Lyon and her students walked a mile every day….Are you Lyon enough to “TRI” it?! How many miles can you run, bike and swim throughout six weeks? This is a cumulative, self-paced summer challenge running June 10 - July 21, 2013. For more information and to sign up, visit the Kendall Fitness Center!

Campus Police and other certified technician’s will be at Gorse Children’s Centers front parking lot, checking child seats for wear and tear and making sure they are installed properly. Date: June 19th from 1pm to 5pm.

The ING Onsite Education Team will be hosting a webcast on June 18, 2013. Designed for all ages, this webcast covers the benefits and hurdles of saving for retirement, analyzing potential saving options, and projecting income. Offered at three different times: 12pm, 3pm, and 7pm.  Register here.  The webcast will also be available in the Resource Center on the participant website within 2-3 weeks after the live event.

Campus Flag

Today, May 28, 2103, the campus flag is lowered, along with other flags in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in honor of U.S. Army SPC Mitchell K. Daehling of Dalton who died on May 14, 2013 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

In addition to MS Office training in Publisher and Excel, LITS has added a new class this summer which will provide you with tips and best practices in using Google Docs and Drive. Classes start on May 29 so do not hesitate to review the schedule and detailed course outlines at our registration site. Don’t miss out on this exciting training opportunity! Sign up today!

Campus Flag

Today, May 15, 2013, the campus flag is lowered, along with other flags in the United States, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 9, 12:20-12:50pm at the Skinner Museum. Explore the maritime treasures from the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum with Assistant Curator Aaron Miller. Season opening. Visit the Skinner Museum website.

Join us at Willits-Hallowell on Sunday, May 12th for our Mother’s Day Brunch. Seatings are available at 11:00am and 1:30pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 413-538-2217. View the menu.

Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), recognized as one of the world’s premiere scientific conferences, is offering 4 scholarships for MHC faculty to attend GRC conferences this summer. The scholarships are for non-residential participants and cover the registration fee and meals. Interested faculty should contact Lauren Ruiz (lruiz) by May 15.

Monday, May 20, 2013 @7:30pm. Welcome session for returning and prospective rowers. No Experience Necessary. MHC Boat House, 240 Ferry Street, South Hadley, MA . Information will be given on: start and end dates, session costs, sweep and sculling days. If unable to attend contact: dr.lhutchinson@gmail.com for information.

Old and new athletics gear (uniforms, bags, t-shirts, etc.) at great prices! Will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2pm-4pm in the Kendall gym. Cash and checks only.

The spring Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available on campus. Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (entryway facing Skinner Green) Or you can read the Quarterly online at alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/q

The MCCL is seeking proposals for projects supporting diversity and inclusion next year. The deadline for Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund (IIF) funding for Fall 2013 is Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Please visit the MCCL website or contact mccl@mtholyoke.edu for more information.

Wednesday, 4/24/13, Cleveland L1, 7pm. Mitchell A. Cahan, M.D., F.A.C.S. Associate Professor of Surgery @UMass Medical School, will screen a film/DVD called Redefining Surgery. This DVD was produced by the American College of Surgeons and is designed to promote surgery as a career to students interested in medicine. An overview and Q&A session with Dr. Cahan will follow the film.

Wednesday, April 24, 12-1pm, Archives & Special Collections (ground floor of Dwight). You want to keep some digital photos, e-mail, and other files so that you, your family and friends can look at them in the future. But how? Join a group of LITS staff members: Leslie Fields, Sarah Goldstein and Shaun Trujillo for some basic tips on preserving personal digital collections! Call HR at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu) to register. View the Brown Bag schedule.

Wednesday, April 24 @4:30 pm, Gettell Amphitheater (rain location Eliot House Lounge).  Join the Department of Religious and Spiritual Life in giving our Senior Students a spiritual blessing as they prepare to leave Mount Holyoke College. This event is the beginning of the leaving process for them. We welcome faculty, staff and undergrads to join us and take a few contemplative moments with our seniors to recognize their accomplishments. Ice Cream Sundaes to follow.

Seniors who wish to apply for a Five College African Studies Certificate should submit an application, including an unofficial transcript, to Professor Hanson by Friday, April 26. These will be reviewed by the Five College African Studies Council on May 3. Address questions to Professors Corson, Gadjigo, Kebbede, Lemly, Omojola, or Hanson. The certificate requires 6 courses with 50% Africa content, passed with a B or higher, and study of an indigenous or colonial language of Africa.

Urgent appointments will be available throughout the day for students who may be affected by the events unfolding in Boston. Walk-in appointments are welcomed or call us at: 413-538-2037 to make an appointment. We are located in the Patti Groves health center and will be open till 5 p.m this evening. We also have an emergency clinician available over the weekend for urgent care. Visit the counseling center website.

MHC’s Conference & Event Services welcomes 30 conferences and events this summer with worldwide participants. The US Gymnastics Training Centers has generously offered scholarships for children of staff and faculty. For details, please visit Conference Services website for the scholarship application form.

Giving Blood

In response to the tragedy in Boston, many have asked about ways to help. Here are some local blood drives being sponsored by the Red Cross: 4/18–Amherst College @10am-4pm 4/22–South Hadley, 27 Bardell St @12nooon-6pm 4/30–UMass @ 10:30am-4pm 5/3–UMass @10:30am-4pm

Wednesday, 4/17/13, CDC Room 111, 6pm. Dr. Joel Oppenheim, MD, Sr Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences & Director of the Sackler Institute for Graduate Biomedical Sciences Graduate Education will present an overview of the Sackler MD/Ph.D. program, NYU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and will share information about MD, Ph.D and MD/PhD application strategies. Kelsey McNew ‘13, a participant in NYU’s SURP program last summer, will also talk about her experience.

Artwork from the Gorse Children’s Center is on display at the Village Commons to mark the “Week of the Young Child,” a national celebration of young children and their families. Each class, from infants through school-age children, is represented in the windows of People’s Bank ATM, Berkshire Yogurt, IYA Sushi
Kitchen, and Comfort Shoes.

Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary will be open during the day or evening today, Wednesday and Thursday and also Friday morning for those who might want to pray or reflect on yesterday’s events in Boston. Students or faculty may be practicing the piano or organ in the Main Chapel, however, you are most welcome to enter the Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary during that time. You are welcome to light one of the candles while you are there. Please extinguish all flames before you leave.

The Multicultural Community and College Life Committee (MCCL) is conducting a Campus Climate Inventory on behalf of the recently announced Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. We are gathering information on how and what Mount Holyoke is doing in relation to diversity and inclusion. We will be hosting an open forum for faculty/staff on Thursday, April 18 at 4:15pm in the Cassani Lounge.  See our website for more.

The second candidate interviewing to be our next chief of campus police will be on campus Monday, April 15th, and available to meet with members of the community at 4 pm in the New York room in Mary Woolley Hall. Cookies will be served.

Auxiliary Services is hosting a bus trip to see the Red Sox play LA on Friday 6/7/2013. The bus will depart Kendall at 3:30pm. Cost per ticket is $95. If you are interested or have questions, contact Amanda auxiliary-services@mtholyoke or x3111.

Six Flags Passes

Six Flags passes are now available in Human Resources, Skinner Hall, Room 1. The cost is $33.00 for a daily pass and $54.99 for a season pass. Please see either Sandy or Mika.

The Employee Service Awards committee is seeking nominations for the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. The President’s Award will recognize two staff members whose contributions enhance our community and reflect our institutional values of integrity, creativity, service and excellence. Any staff member with one year of service who is not a member of the teaching faculty is eligible.  Click here to download details and instructions.

Friday, April 12, 12-1pm, Language Resource Center (Ciruti, Rm 6 - Basement level). Interested in language learning? Join Daryl Weber, Director of the LRC to learn about the free resources available to the MHC community: books and newspapers, various software programs, opportunities for conversation and more! Call Human Resources at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu) to register. View the Brown Bag schedule.

Wednesday, April 24, 4:30pm, Gettell Ampitheater (rain location Eliot House lounge). Join Religious and Spiritual Life in giving our Seniors a spiritual blessing which is the beginning of the leaving process for them. We welcome all faculty, staff and undergrads to join us and take a few contemplative moments with our seniors to recognize their accomplishments. Reception to follow immediately.

Blood Drive Today!!

Red Cross Blood Drive today, Monday, April 8 in Chapin from 11am-4pm. Please donate !!

A new version of the Facilities Management Maximo on-line work request system will go live on Monday, April 8, and will be compatible with most operating systems/browsers including Macs. Please Note: all current users will need to re-register. If you have trouble, please go to our website which will assist you further.  For help changing your password, please e-mail pzieja@mtholyoke.edu.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, April 8, 11am-4pm, Chapin Auditorium. Sponsored by College Health Services and the Student Health Committee. FREE T-shirt to all donors. Enter to win a MacBook Pro, iPad or mini iPad!

Thursday, April 4, 4:30pm, Gamble. MHC President and Professor of Philosophy Lynn Pasquerella will present a lecture entitled “Aesthetic Disruption and Ontological Doubt in Kara Walker’s Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated).” The talk is offered in connection with the Art Museum’s special exhibition, “Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)” which is held over until May 26. Reception to follow.

Senior dancers express themselves through choreography and performance in this program of student works, April 19 and 20 at 8pm in the Kendall Studio Theater. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (413) 538-2848 or emailing MHCSeniorTix13@gmail.com. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for children, students and seniors.

Wed., April 7, 7pm, Kendade 203. Dr. Larry Dunham, Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of General Dentistry from BU School of Dental Medicine will host an informational session giving an overview of their program, and advice on the application process.

Sunday, April 7, 3-6:30pm, Cassani Lounge. Students of diverse backgrounds, along with scholars, survivors, and second-generation survivors are invited to a panel discussion & interactive dialogue about victimization, inclusion, trauma, and collective memory. Simple shared meal to follow. See our facebook page, or email forgettingforum@gmail.com for more information.

Seize the moment April 12-13 at 8pm in the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex Studio Theater for a unique celebration of daring risks, striking creativity, and refreshing ingenuity developed by 10 of MHC’s emerging student choreographers. Contact the MHC Dance Box Office at 413-538-2848 or mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors.

Thurs., April 11, 4:30pm, Cleveland L1. Professor Haber, Professor of Biology at Brandeis, will speak on “Genome Stability and Instability: How Cells Repair Broken Chromosomes” Dr. Haber studies the repair of double strand breaks using genetic manipulation of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast) mating type switch system. These studies can inform our understanding of the development of cancer.

Sunday, April 7, 7pm, Blanchard.  Zolotoj Plyos (Russian folk singing group) will perform folk music from Russia, Gypsy music, and traditional Jewish music.

The Human Resources department has an arrangement for faculty and staff to purchase discount tickets to events at the MassMutual center in Springfield, including:  WWE Presents Road to Wrestlemania Supershow, Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent and Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy. Visit the Human Resources page for details.

The Multicultural Community and College Life Committee (MCCL) is conducting a Campus Climate Inventory on behalf of the recently announced Presidential Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. We are gathering information on how and what Mount Holyoke is doing in relation to diversity and inclusion. We will be hosting five identity group discussions for faculty and staff and an open forum in April. For details please visit the MCCL website.

The Campus Police Survey for 2013 is now OPEN. Please help us evaluate our services to our communities by completing our online survey. Enter to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card. Survey is open through April 22, 2013.  Take the survey here.

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 4:30pm, Dwight 101. Consul General Rolf E. Schuette of the German Consulate General Boston will speak on Germany’s role in Europe. Event hosted by the MHC German Studies Department. The presentation will be in English and is open to the public. Click here for more information on the Consulate General in Boston. Click here for more information on Consul General Rolf E. Schuette.

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00-8:00 pm, at the Gorse Children’s Center, 27 Morgan Street, S. Hadley. Join us for ideas and advice on helping children to develop social awareness and responsibility. Call 533-9819 or email gorse@brighthorizons.com for more information.

Due to the weather and to allow for proper snow removal, the College will not open until 10:00 today, Tuesday, March 19. For more information about adverse weather, please see https://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/adverse_weather. Employees who have been designated essential personnel should report to work according to their department’s emergency practices or contact their supervisor. All others are asked to please avoid bringing motor vehicles to campus until the College reopens to permit the snow removal team to work effectively. During the closure as with any snow storm, parking is prohibited on campus roadways

The Parking Office will be closed on Friday, March 15 until 11:30am. The office will open at 11:30am and remain open until 4:00pm.

Swim & Diving Lessons

The MHC Swimming & Diving team is offering lessons to children (9 mos. to teenagers) and adults this spring. Classes are in Kendall and are taught by members of the team.  Lessons begin April 1, 2013.  Pick up a registration form at the Kendall front desk or email David Allen (dmallen@mtholyoke.edu) for more information.

Monday, March 25th, 4:30 p.m., Gamble B, Art Bldg. Dr. Haines is Head of Modern Languages at Swansea University (UK) and Director of the Center of Research into Gender in Culture and Society. She has published widely on Herta Mueller and on German women’s writing, gender in German literature, and contemporary German writing from Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Haines is co-editor with Lyn Marven of the collection of critical essays “Herta Mueller,” forthcoming June 2013 from Oxford University Press.

Wednesday, 3/13/13, 7pm, Kendade 203. Admissions representatives from Yale School of Nursing will host an informational session giving an overview of their program, examples of employment opportunities and advice on the application process.

Mon, 3/11/13 - Cleveland L1, 7pm. Applying to Medical (and other heath profession) Schools. Students entering the application cycle and other interested students are urged to attend. Learn about the application process for any postgraduate program in the health professions, including medical, veterinary, dental, nursing, public health, physical therapy, pharmacy, genetic counseling, and physician assistant programs and ensure that your application materials are of high quality and completed in a timely manner. Deadline is 3/29/13.

Wednesday, March 13, 12-1pm, SFS Conference Room, Skinner Basement. Earl Brown, Outreach Officer, Campus Police will be sharing safety tips and crime prevention information. To register, please call Human Resources at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu). View the Brown Bag schedule.

A la carte community lunch will be offered Monday-Friday, March 11th-15th from 12pm-1:30pm. Join us for lunch and then enjoy the Annual Spring Flower Show at the Talcott Greenhouse. View the menu.

Join us for our annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Seatings are at 11am and 1:30pm and space is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 413-538-2217. View the menu.

Wednesday, 3/6/13, 7pm, Kendade 203. Lili Young, Assistant Director for Admissions for the school of Podiatric Medicine will host an informational session giving an overview of their program, and advice on the application process. Surgery, pediatrics, sports medicine, biomechanics, and trauma -Podiatrists do it all!

Get your reservations in by Friday, March 8 to make sure you can have your Kosher for Passover Meals. The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and the Jewish Student Union provide Kosher for Passover Meals at Eliot House starting March 25 dinner through April 2 dinner. Reservations are required and are online.

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 7pm, Hooker Auditorium. This deeply moving documentary profiling Chinese adoptees in the wake of China’s “One Child Policy” illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. The film intimately follows four teenagers, featuring Mount Holyoke’s own Jenni Lee. Free and open to the public. Q&A with Jenni Lee following the movie. View the poster.

Thursday, March 7, 12:20-12:50. Art Museum. John Stomberg, Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Art Museum, and Timothy Farnham, Director of the
Miller Worley Center for the Environment, examine artist Albert Bierstadt’s continuing concern for the environment and his approach to the West as a theme in American art in this Spotlight on the Collection.

Come to the StoryWalk

Stroll along the garden path behind the Mount Holyoke College Greenhouse to view the children’s story, “A Hat for Minerva Louise.” The StoryWalk will be on display through March 29, and is made possible by a grant from the Mass. Department of Early Education & Care, administered by the Collaborative for Educational Services, and by the Gorse Children’s Center.

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30pm, Hooker Auditorium. Do I Need a Pill for This? Growing up in the Age of Psychiatric Medications: A public lecture by Katherine Sharpe followed by a panel discussion and open community dialogue. Katherine Sharpe is the author of the highly-praised Coming of Age on Zoloft. Free and open to the Public.

Tuesday March 5, 8pm, Hooker. What is Bisexuality? What does it mean to identify as bisexual? What are some of the challenges to understanding and representing this often overlooked segment of the LGBTQA community? Please join us for a lively presentation by award winning speaker, writer and educator Robyn Ochs. Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund, The Purington Fund and College Health Services.

Tuesday, March 12, 4-5pm, Stimson Room (Williston Library). To help celebrate Mount Holyoke’s 175th anniversary, please join Archivist Patricia Albright for an exploration of the shared history of South Hadley residents and members of the College community. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 7: 4:30 - 6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Did anyone see Seth McFarlane’s painfully sexist and racist jokes during the Oscars? Why is it that when sexism is hidden behind comedy, especially in Hollywood, we are expected to laugh because it’s “just a joke”? When we see these things and get angry are we simply overreacting? Is Hollywood given a free pass when it comes to diversity and inclusion? Facilitator: Zara Nizami (Assistant Dir. Student Programs).

Wed., Mar. 6, 12-1pm, Library 431 with Sean Capaloff-Jones, Manager of Member Outreach, UMass Five College Credit Union. Debt is a burden many of us want to lighten. Learn useful tips on paying down debt quicker, all while avoiding late fees, through these workable tips!  To register, please call Human Resources at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu). View the brown bag schedule.

Staff members have the opportunity to recognize one of their peer colleagues whom they feel has created a positive impact on the community, has achieved a special accomplishment, or has provided exceptional service to a member of the College community. Nominations are due by TOMORROW - February 28, 2013.

Wed., Feb. 27, 7pm, Kendade 203. University of Bridgeport PA & Nutrition. Ariana Balayan, M.Ed., Admissions Counselor will give an overview of all of the University of Bridgeport’s Health Sciences Graduate programs featuring physician assistant and nutrition providing information on careers and the application process.

Sunday, March 3, 4pm, McCulloch Auditorium.  Wai Lau, grand prize winner of the 2010 Canadian National Music Festival Competition, the 2011 Harold Wright Award from Boston Woodwind Society , and the 2012 Alumni Assoc. Prize from Yale School of Music, will perform with pianist Lee Dionne. Program features music by Beethoven and Brahms and contemporary works for solo clarinet. Free Admission. Visit the music events page for more.

Archives & Special Collections will be hosting another Faculty Open Houses on the lower level of Dwight Hall on Monday, March 4 from 4-5p.m. Please join College Archivist Patricia Albright and LITS Research and Instruction Librarian Bryan Goodwin to learn how sources in the collections can enhance faculty teaching and research. Everyone is welcome!

The Positive Body

Wed. Feb. 27, 7:30pm, Gamble Auditorium. Ragen Chastain, author, researcher, activist, three-time National Dance Champion and certified fitness professional whose work focuses on self-esteem, body image and health for people of all sizes will present a program on real options for happiness and high self-esteem starting wherever you are right now! Read her blog.

Tonight–Monday Feb. 25, 7:30pm, Hooker Auditorium. Local author Annette Aberdale-Kendra will share excerpts from her book, about her experience as a facilitator of an Eating Disorder Support Group, and will discuss her thoughts on recovery with insight, support, and hope. A book signing with the Odyssey Bookshop will take place immediately her talk. Free and open to the public.

The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life & the Jewish Student Union provide Kosher for Passover Meals at Eliot House starting March 25 dinner through April 2 dinner. Reservations are required and are online. Reservation ends 7 pm on March 8 so don’t forget. Eliot House Lounge is also available as a ‘mini-Blanchard’ for those who prefer not to enter Blanchard during this time. Fill out the online registration form.

Wednesday, February 27 7:00 pm Stimson Reading Room, Williston Library. Please join MHC alumna and former English major Violet Kupersmith ‘11 for a reading. Her collection of short fiction, based loosely on Vietnamese folklore, is titled Reception and will be published by Spiegel & Grau in 2014. Visit the English department events page.

The President’s Commission on Work-Life-Family presents “Re-Work It: Recalibrating Our Work-Life-Balance”, a one-week community conversation and experiment in new work patterns and habits, from Monday, February 25 to Friday, March 1. Please consider participating in one or more of the many campus conversations taking place. Departments are also encouraged to take one action to improve work-life balance. Visit the Re-work It page.

Art Museum Advisory Board Fellow Emily Wood will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the Museum’s current exhibition, “Vedute di Roma,” views of Rome portrayed in prints produced from the 16th to the 18th century. Thursday, February 21, 12:20-12:50 p.m. Visit the event page for more information.

What you can do in Kendall

Tuesday, February 19, 12-1pm, Kendall. Barbara Sadlier and Charity Sweeney, PE and Athletics will do an overview of what Kendall and the Fitness Center offer to employees. Learn about what you can “do” in Kendall (everything from basketball, to squash, to swimming), get an orientation of the equipment in the Fitness Center, and learn about Drop-In classes. To register, please call Human Resources at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu).

February 13.  Catholic Ash Wednesday Services will be from 4-5pm, Abbey Memorial Chapel. Mindfulness Meditation will be from 4:30-5:30 pm, Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary. Protestant Ash Wednesday Services will be from 5-6 pm, Abbey Memorial Chapel. Taize Service will be from 7-8 pm, Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary.

Open Houses for Faculty

Archives & Special Collections will be hosting Faculty Open Houses on the lower level of Dwight Hall on Monday, February 18 from 4-5p.m. and Thursday, February 21, from 12-1p.m. Please join College Archivist Patricia Albright and LITS Research and Instruction Librarian Bryan Goodwin to learn how sources in the collections can enhance faculty teaching and research. Everyone is welcome!

Do you speak another language? Display your daring and steal the show at the Language Resource Center’s 5th annual Language Theater Contest on Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm. Win prizes & goodies! Applications available online and in the LRC. Click here for details.

The Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project and the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Committee are looking for multimedia art submissions to be part of the exhibit “You are Not Alone: Stories of Substance” to be displayed in the Blanchard Art Gallery and the Library Atrium. This exhibit will explore the continuum of use of alcohol and other drugs that many experience: non-use, low risk use, abuse, high risk use, dependency, and recovery. Deadline is Monday February 25th.

Due to the heavy accumulation of snow overnight, the College will remain closed until tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 10 at noon to allow time for roadways and sidewalks to be cleared. All activities and events during this time, including the Drag Ball, are cancelled. Please do not bring a car to campus if you are not designated as essential personnel. See the MHC Facebook page and email for further updates

Storm Updates on Facebook

For the latest campus updates on winter storm Nemo, check the Mount Holyoke Facebook page. Students should also watch their email for updates from College administrators.

Due to the weather, the College will be closed all day on Friday, February 8. The College is expected to reopen on Saturday, February 9th at noon. Another announcement will be posted by 10 a.m. on Saturday with new information about the operating status of the College. For more information about adverse weather, please see https://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/adverse_weather.
Employees who have been designated essential personnel should report to work according to their department’s emergency practices or contact their supervisor. All others are asked to please avoid bringing motor vehicles to campus until the College reopens to permit the snow removal team to work effectively.

Have an idea for greening the campus? The MHC Sustainability Fund is still looking for proposals. Proposals are due the end of February.

Thursday, 2/7/13, 7pm, Kendade 203. If you’re interested in health care challenges and you’re considering leadership positions in health care management or measurement, come learn about The Dartmouth Institute’s 1-year programs. The MPH and MS programs will give you a strong foundation in epidemiology, health decision making, health economics, and biostatistics.

The Center will be serving Brunch on Sunday, February 10. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available including a carving station and dessert table. Brunch is served from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations can be made at x2217. See the full menu. Plan on joining us!

Thursday, January 31, 7pm, Kendade 203. Dr. Kathryn Rapperport, a geriatric psychiatrist will join us for an informal chat about her work, her path and women’s choices in medicine.

The deadline for students to add spring courses is Monday, February 4. All students should check their class schedules via ISIS to make sure their schedules are complete and correct by end of day February 4. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Red Cross Blood Drive

College Health Services is sponsoring the Red Cross Blood Drive being held Monday Feb 4th from 11am-4pm in Chapin Auditorium. Free coupon for lunch at Cumberland Farms for all who donate. Walk-ins Welcome!  Visit the Red Cross site for more information about giving blood.

Wednesday, January 30, 7pm, Kendade 203. Rachel Grob, Director, National Initiatives at the University of Wisconsin Center for Patient Partnerships will host an informational session describing the health/patient advocacy program. The growth of advocacy education and an emerging federal commitment to patient protection highlight growing recognition of an essential role for health advocates.

Thank you to all participants in the Career Development Center’s recent survey to supervisors of students. Your input is very helpful as we think about future programs and services related to student employment. Congratulations to Todd Porter in Residential Life. He is the winner of our drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Food 101.

Tuesday, February 5, 12-1pm, Library 419 with Sharon Maryea, Director, The Gorse Childrens Center. Explore how social awareness develops as your child grows; the role of the family, school and community in raising our children; and steps that families can take to make a difference in their communities and in the world. See the complete list of the Brown Bag Lunch Series. To register, please call Human Resources at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu).

Wednesday, 1/23/13 in Cleveland L1 @ 7:00 p.m. Thinking about a career in medicine and the health professions? Exploring your options? Wondering if it’s right for you? Wondering how to make it happen? This workshop is for first-year and sophomore students (and others still making up their minds). Presenter: Pam Matheson.

The Campus Police Outreach Department, offers safety programs to the campus community by request. These programs can be arranged in the common areas in residential halls or offices. Programs are; safe program, alcohol awareness, laptop engraving and safety talks. Contact the outreach department at embrown@mtholyoke.edu to schedule in your area. Visit the community outreach page for more details.

Kids Eat Smart: Good Nutrition for Your Children. A workshop for parents, with Nutritionist Jessica Collins, Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm, at the Gorse Children’s Center, 27 Morgan Street, South Hadley. This event is free and open to the public. Call 413-533-9819 for more information.

Due to today’s snowstorm, the College will open at 10 a.m. today.

Students who need to make Spring registration changes may use ISIS to do so, starting Wednesday, January 16. Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during Orientation.) For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office x2025.

The Gorse Children’s Center invites you to a Showcase event–our annual open house for parents and children. Tour classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn about curriculum for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and PreK/Kindergarteners. Thursday, February 7, 6:30-7:30 pm. Gorse Children’s Center, 27 Morgan Street, South Hadley. Call 413-533-9819 for more information, or visit our website.

Join us for our annual Winter Brunch on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations strongly encouraged and can be made by calling
413-538-2217. See the menu.

Willits-Hallowell will be serving a la carte community lunch Monday-Friday, January 14th-18th from 12pm-1:30pm. See the menu.

TABOO:Can You See Me Now?

Wednesday, Dec. 12th ~ 1pm to 2:30pm Blanchard Lounge (227) The word “respect” comes from the Latin verb respicere, meaning “to look back at, regard.” To what extent can we respect others enough to regard them authentically and allow them to regard ourselves authentically? How can you know how other people want to be treated? Where do “Political Correctness” and “Cultural Relativism” come in? Learn more about TABOO.

The Willits-Hallowell Center and Conference & Event Services will be closed for the December break beginning Wednesday, December 19 at noon. If you need reservations, catering, or event support through the 3rd week of January, please be sure to contact the appropriate department by Monday, December 17. Offices reopen Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Thank you and Happy Holidays to all!

No Study Zone on Tuesday

Exams already got you down? Don’t fear, No Study Zone is here! Come join us for this annual event on December 11th from 6-8pm at Chapin Auditorium! Enjoy the fun brought to you by the Mount Holyoke faculty and staff before hitting the books again.

Microsoft Access training sessions begin on Friday, Dec 7th. Don’t miss this opportunity to start learning about Access in a hands-on, instructor-led class! Registration is a must. Training is at no cost to the department. Please check with dept head before registering as there will be a dept charge back for a ‘no show’. Details on our registration site. Log in with your mhc username and password.

Campus Police will be in Blanchard from 12:30 - 2:00 pm on December 5th. We will be located on the second floor next to the cafe, with campus safety information and to address any concerns you may have. Please stop by to say hello!

Wednesday Dec. 5, 7 pm, Eliot House. We invite all Students, Staff, Faculty and their children to join the Eliot House Staff and our faith groups for an evening of honoring the winter solstice. We will call in The Four Directions, light the Advent wreath, Hanukkah Menorah and hear from each of our faith groups as we honor our different faith traditions. Concludes with hot cocoa and homemade cookies. See the event page for details.

Red Cross Blood Drive

College Health Services is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive that will be held on Monday Dec 3rd from 11am-4pm in Chapin Auditorium. Free coupon for a Chili’s dessert or appetitzer to all who donate. Schedule an appointment here. Walk-ins Welcome!

Join us for our annual Holiday Brunch on Sunday, December 16th from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations strongly encouraged, and can be made by calling 413-538-2217. View the menu.

Thursday, Dec. 6th ~ 6:30pm - 8pm, Blanchard Lounge (227). Taboo Extreme Dialogues: no homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome!

Tuesday, Dec. 4th ~ 4:30 to 6pm, Blanchard Lounge (227). Taboo Extreme Dialogues: no homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome!

The Gorse Children’s Center is holding a discussion workshop for parents of young children, “How to Support Healthy Play in a Commercialized Age” on Tuesday, November 27th, 7:00-8:30 pm, 27 Morgan Street, South Hadley. This event is free and open to the public. Call 413-533-9819 or email gorse@brighthorizon.com for more information.

“Comfort In Books” The Gorse Children’s Center is hosting a book drive by collecting books for children of all ages to be delivered to shelters and schools for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. New and used books can be dropped off at Gorse at 27 Morgan Street until Nov. 30. Call 533-9819 for more info.

To reduce energy costs and our campus environmental footprint, please remember to shut off all equipment and lights and close windows before you leave for break. Learn more about energy hogs on the Environmental Stewardship page.

Annie Heath Midwifery

Tonight, Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-8pm, Kendade 305.Annie Heath, a certified nurse-midwife who has spent 20 years working with Hispanic communities nationally and internationally will speak about her path through Peace Corps to nursing/midwifery. From 8-9pm Annie will discuss her role with Proyecto ADAMES, an NPO helping women in the Dominican Republic to reduce complications while giving birth.

Pick up your copy from the metal racks at these campus locations: * Blanchard Campus Center (entryways) * Library entryway * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (main stairway toward Skinner Green) You also can read the Quarterly online at alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/q

Vendor: Kerry Blue Knits

Wednesday, November 14th 2012, 10 am-5 pm, Blanchard Campus Center. Karen sells hand knit scarves, cowls, hats, and earwarmers.

The Mount Holyoke Pagan/Wiccan Community is sponsoring a workshop on Saturday November 17th from 12-5 pm in Eliot House lounge. You will have a chance to walk the labyrinth in ceremony with gentle live snakes facilitated by an experienced snake handler. RSVP to jenlewis@mtholyoke.edu.  Learn more.

Thursday, November 15, 12-1pm, Warbeke Gallery, Art Museum. John Stomberg, Florence Finch Abbott Director, presents “Transatlanticism,” an examination of the transatlantic exchange as it relates to episodes in the history of American art. See the complete list of the Brown Bag Lunch Series. To register to participate, please call Human Resources at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu).

Professionalism Workshop

Monday, Nov. 12, 7pm, Cleveland L1. David M. Gardner, Ph.D., Dean of Pre-Medical Programs and Pamela B. Matheson, Ph.D., Associate Director of Pre-Health Advising will present a variety of sometimes-overlooked details critical to your success as you prepare for internships, interviews, and admission to health professions schools. Topics: “You’re not wearing that to your interview, are you?!”, “OMG, your Facebook picture was like ROFLMFAO!”, and Overheard in the hospital elevator: “I thought that court record had been sealed.”

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Brunch on Sunday, November 18th from 11:30am-1:30pm. See the menu.

Sunday, November 11, 8 pm Abbey Interfaith Chapel. Celebrating the Birth of Baha’u'llah with the Baha’i Community with Indian Classical Dance by Vasu Mohan. On Monday, November 12, 12pm, Eliot House Lounge. Vasu Mohan will talk on “The Role of Religion in Empowering Women’s Democratic Participation”

Vendor: Rockpile Bindery

Friday, November 9th 2012, Blanchard Campus Center 10 am-4 pm. Rockpile Bindery sells books and crafts.

Join us November 8 and 9 when the campus community celebrates MHC’s 175th anniversary. Festivities begin at noon Thursday with the traditional Founder’s Day ice cream at Mary Lyon’s grave, continue through the main event at 4:15 in Chapin Auditorium (also on the web) and an evening concert, to a full day of activities on Friday.

VariAsians Culture Show

Saturday Nov 10, 6pm (dinner), 7pm (show), Chapin; 10pm-2am (after-party), Blanchard. The MHC Asian Students Association hosts VariAsians, the biggest Asian cultural show of the Fall semester. Performances include singing, dancing acts from all Asian organizations and a fashion show. Tickets sold in Blanchard starting Nov 5. Ticket prices: Show ($5), Show + Dinner ($10), After-Party ($3), Full Package ($12)

Keeping Safe On Campus

Tuesday, November 6, 12-1pm, Blanchard 213 with Earl Brown, Outreach Officer, Campus Police. Come by and learn some tips on how to help reduce crimes of opportunity on our campus. See the complete list of the Brown Bag Lunch Series. To register to participate, please call Human Resources at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu).

MHC is participating in President Obama’s interfaith challenge to colleges to increase multifaith engagement, action and understanding. Join Religious & Spiritual Life and participate by visiting a faith or spiritual practice that’s new to you. Develop an understanding of different faiths. Pick up the itinerary & passport at Eliot House Lounge. 6+ stars on the passport, gets you a gift certificate to Rao’s. View the calendar of events.

The College will resume normal operations first thing in the morning on Tuesday, October 30. Commuters are urged to use caution on the way in. All classes, events, and business operations are expected to proceed as scheduled.

Mount Holyoke College will be closed all day on Monday, October 29, 2012 with all classes and events being cancelled through midnight Monday. We will continue to monitor the storm and keep the community informed.

Tuesday, October 30, 12-1pm, Library 419. Come to join Mary Ellen Gordon, ING, to learn about a unique opportunity to save for tax-free retirement income. See the complete list of the Brown Bag Lunch Series. To register to participate, please call Human Resources at x2503 or email Mika Keezing (mkeezing@mtholyoke.edu).

Willits-Hallowell is featuring a la Carte Community Lunch, Monday-Friday, October 29th-November 1st, from 12pm-1:30pm.

Have an idea to support diversity and inclusion on campus? The Multicultural Community & College Life Committee (MCCL) is currently seeking project proposals for the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund (IIF). The deadline for funding for Spring 2013 is Monday, October 29.  See the call for proposals site.

Tuesday, Oct 30th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard Lounge (227). What is consent? Does “NO means NO” cover everything? What might make it hard to hear other people’s boundaries? Does a NO or a YES have to be enthusiastic or assertive to be heard? Can the idea of consent extend beyond sex? How can we create a culture of consent in everyday life? Facilitated by Susanna Holmstrom ‘14, Janice Shiu ‘14, and Kris Bergbom (Student Programs). For more information visit the Taboo website!

Today, Thursday Oct 25th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard Lounge (227).  Are you concerned about factory farming, toxic pesticides, and GMOs?  How can we actually move towards a more sustainable food system? How much of ourselves do we have to change to make it work? Join us for the local premiere of food activist Anna Lappé’s new animated short film about industrial agriculture and a discussion about sustainable farming on a local and global scale. Facilitators: Becca Neubardt ‘13 and Maxine Getz ‘13. For more information visit the Taboo website!

MHC Dance presents an evening of dances by guest artists and resident faculty choreographers: Terese Freedman, Zoe Henrot, Nina Joly, Paul Matteson, and Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. The concert runs November 8-10 at 8pm in the Studio Theatre, Kendall Hal. For tickets: call 413-538-2848 or email mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com.

Wednesday, 10/24/12, 7pm, Kendade 303. Emily Follo ‘12 will present an overview of her experience with Project Horseshoe Farm. This one-year fellowship in rural Alabama provides social support to vulnerable community members, operates a housing program for elderly women with mental illness, and manages an after school program for 5th-7th graders. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 12:20-12:50 p.m. Ellen Alvord, Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Affairs, discusses “African American Artists and the Experimental Printmaking Institute: The Janet Hickey Tague ‘66 Collection” featuring works by Emma Amos, David C. Driskell, Melvin Edwards, Sam Gilliam, and others.  View the event page for details.

The Naked I: Wide Open

Fri., Oct. 26, 10:15pm, Gamble. Featuring monologues and short scenes filled with fresh, sexy, humorous, gut-punching, and unbelievably honest and true stories by transgender/gender non-conforming individuals and allies - exploring gender identity far beyond the land of “male” and “female”. Approximately 50-60 minutes, followed by a post-show discussion with the artists. View the facebook event page.

Wed. Oct. 24, 12-1 pm, Library 419. Gail Holt, Sr. Assoc. Director and Stephanie Bertagnolli, Assist. Director of Student Financial Services will answer questions about the Tuition Exchange process, financial aid application and assessment of family ability to pay. See the complete list of the Brown Bag Lunch Series. 

Oct 22-26th MHC will host the 5 College Clothesline Project on Skinner Green and in the Blanchard Student Art Gallery. The Clothesline Project symbolizes a lifeline which joins survivors of assault, relationship violence, rape, and incest to feel empowered and supported by one another. T-shirts made by students at Amherst, Hampshire, MHC, Smith and UMass will be displayed. We welcome shirts from survivors of all genders and for anyone who has died as a result of violence.

Friday, October 19, 10-3 pm, Rooke Theatre Lobby.  Costumes, vintage, and other treasure.  Nothing more than $3.

Thursday, 10/18/12, 7pm, Cleveland L1 Brenda E. Armstrong, MD, Associate Dean, Medical Education and Director of Admissions at Duke, pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist, will present an overview of Duke, talk about what medical schools look for in successful applicants, and discuss the admission review process.

This year’s United Way campaign will run from October 15-29. Please join us in meeting our goal of $22,000 given by Mount Holyoke faculty, staff, and emeriti for the benefit of the Pioneer Valley. For more information, please call Penny Lebel (x2663). Thank you for your help in making this year’s campaign a success.

Vendor: Brace Yourself

Wednesday, October 17th, 10am-5pm, Blanchard Campus Center. Brace Yourself sells bead bracelets, charms and accessories.

Join us for our Autumn Harvest Brunch on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations strongly encouraged, and can be made by calling 413-538-2217.  See the menu.

So many die each day, waiting. So many others die, unregistered, who could have given them a chance to live. Together, we have the power to change that. The Mount Holyoke Organ and Tissue Donor Registration Drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Kendade Atrium abd Thursday, Oct. 25 at Blanchard Campus Center and Kendade Atrium from 11:00am-1:00pm. View the Donate Life website for more information.

Thursday, October 11, 7pm, Kendade 203. Jeanne DiPretoro, Associate Director of Admission-New England Area from Ross University School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine will be giving a presentation on their medical and veterinary programs and application process.  Their Caribbean-based campuses are located in Dominica and St. Kitts.

Taboo: Imposter Syndrome

Tuesday, Oct 16th, 6pm-7:30pm. Blanchard Lounge (227), Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Do you feel like an Imposter? Pressured to be impressive? In a campus culture where students have founded NGOs, traveled the world and become alumnae who earn terminal degrees from prestigious graduate schools, do you ever feel like an imposter? Do you feel lost in the shuffle?  Listen and share experiences of feeling inadequate in a high pressure environment. Facilitators: Marianna Spera ‘13, and Elizabeth Thompson (A.D.,Residence Life).

Join us for our annual Fall Festival, Friday, October 12, 6:00-7:30 pm, at the Gorse Children’s Center, 27 Morgan Street. It’s fun, festive, and free, with children’s activities, music & dance, and refreshments! Call 413-533-9819 or email gorse@brighthorizons.com for more information.

Tuesday, October 23, 4pm, Library Stimson Room. Sara Jonsberg, Class of 1960, will share the history of the amazing pageant and procession that over 700 students and alumnae participated in to celebrate MHC’s 75th Anniversary in October 1912. Join us for delicious treats, beautiful photos from the Archives, and the opportunity to see Mount Holyoke History come alive!

Tues., Oct 23, Kendade 305. MHC  CT Valley Mathematics Colloquium Presents the Lester J. Senechal Lecture featuring Donal O’Shea, President, New College of Florida and former VP for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty at MHC. When is a Cone not a Cone? A non-technical explanation of a new theory that is transforming our understanding of the topology and geometry of complex algebraic singularities.  Accessible to undergraduate mathematics majors.  Refreshments served 4-4:30pm, dinner 6pm in Willits. RSVP for dinner (Chicken Marsala) by October 16 to Laurie Kamins. Indicate if you would prefer a vegetarian entree.

Thurs., Oct, 4, 7-9pm, Cleveland L1. A workshop for first-year and sophomore students (and others still making up their minds). Covers essential information about preparation for graduate study in the health professions. A record of having attended this workshop is required prior to scheduling an advising appointment with the Office of Pre-Health Programs. Presenter: Pam Matheson, Ph.D. Associate Director of Pre-Health Advising

Join the conversation at the Art Museum this Thursday, October 4, 12:20 - 12:50 p.m. for the first of our lunchtime gallery talks. Emily Wood, Art Museum Advisory Board Fellow, will discuss the works in the special exhibition, “Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated).”

Media Relations staff will offer media training sessions for faculty Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the New York Room. These workshops are designed to increase your comfort and confidence in doing print, radio, and television interviews. If interested, please email Mary Jo Curtis (mjcurtis@mtholyoke.edu) and indicate the date you prefer.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Fri, Oct 5, 12-1pm, Language Resource Center (Ciruti Rm 6 Basement Level). Topic: Language-Learning Resources for MHC Employees. Interested in language learning? Join Daryl Weber, Director of the Language Resource Center to learn about the free resources available to the MHC community in the LRC from books and newspapers, various software programs; opportunities for conversation and more!

Poster sale!

Tuesday, September 25th 11am-4:30pm Blanchard 108
Looking for fun posters? Want fill your bare walls with interesting posters?
Come get your posters at Blanchard, Room 108.

Wed. Sept. 26 9am-5pm, Blanchard.  Verizon Wireless representatives will be on hand with live devices and inventory. You will be able to process upgrades and new lines of service on site. Discounts on phones - include free iPhone 4 (a $100 discount) are available. They will also be taking orders for the new Iphone 5.  See the benefits handbook for details on the Verizon discount.

Thurs. Sept. 27, 5-6pm, Abbey Inter-Faith Sanctuary. A space for anyone and everyone to unload and channel their thoughts about the recent events in the press in Pakistan and elsewhere, into proactive action. Join us for a moment of silence, light a tealight, reflect upon these events, and also discuss alternative non-violent forms of protest that have been taking place regarding the issue. See the event on facebook.

Course Drop Deadline

Tuesday 9/25 is the deadline for any student who wishes to drop a course, without trace, from her Fall 2012 schedule. Drops must be completed through ISIS by 11:59pm Tuesday 9/25.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard Lounge (227) What does it say about inclusivity to hold to a single-gender admissions policy? How does this effect who we are in the world? Would you consider this a feminist institution? Facilitators: Diane Alvarez (Assistant Director, Admissions) and Melina Baron-Deutsch ‘16. More Series Info at www.mtholyoke.edu/go/taboo

Poster Sale!

Monday, September 24th 10am-6pm, Blanchard 108
Tuesday, September 25th 9am-5pm Blanchard 108
Looking for fun posters? Want fill your bare walls with interesting posters?
Come get your posters at Blanchard, Room 108.

Sept. 27, 12-1pm and 4-5pm, Dwight lower level. Archivist Patricia Albright and Reference and Instruction Librarian Bryan Goodwin will be hosting an Open House to introduce Five College faculty to the collection, discuss ways in which these sources have been used by faculty and students, and answer questions. All faculty members are welcome!

Thurs, Sept. 20, 4:30pm, Gamble Auditorium. World-renowned sculptor Kenneth Snelson is featured at the second annual Louise R. Weiser Lecture in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership through Art. His recent design has been selected to crown the top of the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center, New York. Two Snelson sculptures are on view in the Museum lobby during this semester. Free.

Brown Bag Luncheon Series

Wed., Sept. 26 from 12-1pm in Blanchard 213: “The Benefits of Humor - No Kidding!” with Rich Dufresne, Wellness Corporation. Learn the psychological and physical benefits of humor. Understand what makes for appropriate humor in the workplace. Learn some strategies for improving your sense of humor. Learn some tips for using humor successfully at home and work. Benefits of your Wellness Work/Life Program.

The deadline for students to add fall courses is Tuesday, September 18. All students should check their class schedules via ISIS to make sure their schedules are complete and correct by end of day September 18. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Join us for our annual End of Summer Brunch on Sunday, September 23, 2012, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations encouraged, and can be made by calling 413-538-2217.  See the menu.

Campus Police Meet & Greet

Department members will be available to meet with many of our new and returning students, in a relaxed social environment. Please stop in and say hello, and enjoy light refreshments. Officers will give out a free room lock-out pass to students that stop by. We will be in Blanchard room 227 from 5pm to 7pm on September 26, 2012.

After conferring with state health officials and other members of the Five College Consortium, Mount Holyoke is canceling all outdoor campus activities planned for the hours between dusk and dawn as a precautionary protective measure against the mosquito-borne illnesses Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus. Read the story.

Friday, 9/14. 4:30 - 6pm. Blanchard Lounge (227). All are welcome. TABOO: Am i a Feminist? Does the word feminism primarily represent a white middle class American women’s movement? Is the feminist struggle a unified struggle against a single oppressive system? How do sexuality, ethnicity, religion, class and ability play a role in ‘feminist’ discourses. Facilitators: Ajapa Sharma ‘13, and Sadia Khatri ‘14 More Info about TABOO at www.mtholyoke.edu/go/taboo

Exploring Careers in Medicine

Thursday, 9/13/12 - Cleveland L1 @ 7:00 p.m. Thinking about a career in medicine and the health professions? Exploring your options? Wondering if it’s right for you? Wondering how to make it happen? This workshop is for first-year and sophomore students (and others still making up their minds). Presenter: David Gardner and Pam Matheson.

A traveling exhibit of photographs by Gigi Kaeser and text edited from interviews conducted by journalist Peggy Gillespie and students at the Four Rivers Charter School. Peggy is a Co-Advisor to the Buddhist Faith Group on campus and has arranged for this display in the MHC Library Atrium from 9/12-10/12/2012 through a grant from MCCL’s Inclusiveness Initiative Fund & the Office of Diversity & Inclusio.  Read more about The Road to Freedom.

MHC Area at High Risk for EEE

The State Department of Public Health is warning South Hadley residents and MHC students to take extra precautions to avoid dangerous mosquito-born illnesses. Please familiarize yourself with the DPH recommendations to stay safe!

Thursday, September 13, 4:30 p.m. Gamble Auditorium. Professor Elizabeth Young (English), Associate Professor Patricia Banks (Sociology), and Museum Director John Stomberg (Art Museum) discuss the exhibition “Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)” from different perspectives. Join us for a lively discussion and opening reception.

Wednesday, 9/12/12 - Cleveland L1 @ 7:00 p.m. MHC will host a presentation by Gregory Vaughn, Assistant Director of MD Admissions at Stanford University School of Medicine. Mr. Vaughn will talk about what medical schools look for in successful applicants and will discuss the admission review process.

A la carte Lunch at Willits

A la Carte Community Lunch is available at Willits-Hallowell, Mondays-Fridays, September 10th-14th and September 17th-21st, from 12pm-1:30pm. See the menu.

TABOO: Am I a Feminist?

Does the word feminism primarily represent a white middle class American women’s movement? Or is the feminist struggle a unified struggle against a single oppressive system? How do sexuality, ethnicity, religion, class and ability play a role in ‘feminist’ discourses?

Students, staff and faculty welcome.

When: Friday, September 14th, 4:30pm - 6pm.

Where: Blanchard Lounge (Room 227)

Join us for a gallery talk with art museum director John Stomberg Thursday, September 6, 4:30 p.m. Art Museum Futter Gallery. Reception to follow. Free.

India Cottage will be set up in Blanchard for the first day of classes. Jewelry, fibers and other Indian crafts available for purchase.

Parking Asssistance

Campus Police is working to ease traffic congestion on Move-In day, Wednesday August 29. Faculty & staff are encouraged to stay clear of core campus parking lots including Porter Lot, Mead Lot, and all roadway parking. Please use the Morgan Street Lot, Gorse Lot, the rear of Gorse lot in addition to other lots exterior to the center of Campus. Many streets on or near campus will have non-standard traffic flow from August 28 - September 4. Help make our returning students feel welcome and safe by using extra caution and cooperating with police personnel directing traffic to residence halls and unloading zones. Thank you.

Students who need to make fall registration changes may use ISIS to do so starting Wednesday, August 29. Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during Orientation.) For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office (x2025).

Summer Hours End

Summer hours will be ending on Friday, August 24, 2012. Regular hours of 8:30am - 5:00pm will resume on Monday, August 27, 2012.

The Gorse Children’s Center has openings for September in most age groups for full and part-time programs. For information about our Infant, Toddler, Preschool, PreK/Kindergarten, and After-School programs or to visit the Center, please call Sharon Maryea at 413-533-9819, email gorse@brighthorizons.com, or visit our website at www.brighthorizons.com/gorse.

Please be advised that parking in the Kendall parking lot will be difficult due to tennis tournaments occurring on 8/17-8/19 and 8/24-8/26.

Ice Cream at the Museum!

Got the end of summer blues? The MHC Art Museum is hosting an ice cream social break for all MHC faculty and staff. Our treat! Join us on Friday, August 17 from 12noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Art Building lobby. The galleries will be open.

A classical Arabic recital presenting music from the eastern Arab world. Performances by some 75 musicians, chamber groups, and selections by the Retreat’s all-star faculty. Concert is free and open to the public. August 17, 2012, 7:30pm, McCullough Auditorium, Pratt Hall.

The Office of Development has a new name: Office of Advancement. Same mission, new name. This change better reflects the work of the department: to advance the mission and interests of Mount Holyoke. In addition, The Annual Fund is changing its name to The Mount Holyoke Fund to make more explicit the connection between alumnae giving and the College. Mount Holyoke is, in fact, what alumnae gifts support, each year! Contact giving@mtholyoke.edu with questions.

Pick up your copy from the metal racks at these campus locations: * Blanchard Campus Center (entryways) * Library entryway * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (main stairway toward Skinner Green).  You can also read the Quarterly online at http://alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/q

Parking Office Closed

The Parking Office will be closed on Wednesday, August 1 and Friday, August 3.

The Gorse Children’s Center has openings in the Camp Explorations summer program for Kindergarten through Third Graders, now until August 17th. Fall openings available in our full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Preschool, PreK/Kindergarten, and After-School programs. Call 533-9819 or contact gorse@brighthorizons.com.

Parking Office Closed

The Parking Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 25. We will reopen on Thursday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m.

Drupal Workshops

Drupal workshops for faculty, staff, and students are available for Introduction to Drupal, Beyond Drupal Basics, and Drupal Web forms. Register here: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/go/drupalworkshop

Heat Got You Beat?

Got the Blanchard BBQ Blues? The MHC Art Museum is hosting an ice cream social break for all MHC faculty and staff. Our treat! Join us on Friday, August 17 from 12noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Art Building lobby. The galleries will be open.

The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum and the Wistariahurst Museum are hosting a bus tour of Skinner sites Saturday June 30th from 12:30-4:15. Starting at Wistariahurst, the tour will include visits to the Skinner Museum, the Berkshire Hills Music Academy (former home of Joseph Skinner), the Orchards Golf Course, where refreshments will be served, and the Skinner Chapel of the United Congregational Church, among others. Call Marjorie Latham at (413) 322-5660 for reservations. Tickets $30 per person, $25 for students and seniors.

NYC Bus Trip July 14th

Auxiliary Services is hosting a NYC bus trip for the day on Saturday July 14th. The bus departs campus at 6:30am, dropped off near times square and picked back up at 6:30pm. $30 per person.  Contact Amanda Florek (aflorek@mtholyoke.edu).

Tuesday, June 26; noon to 1pm; Archives and Special Collections reading room - ground floor Dwight Hall. Digitization Center Coordinator James Gehrt curates a selection of archival photos that present an evolving campus, and also tell a story of the medium, innovations, processes, and techniques leading to today’s digital images. A hands-on experience of both the images and processes of their time. Examples: Daguerreotypes to Tintypes, contact printing images to enlarged darkroom prints, and 35mm slide film to digital files.

“Gratitude” by Bonnie Diamond on Thursday, June 7 in Library 419, 12:00-1:00PM Life is a miracle. Each day the sun rises, the seasons shift. We live in a vibrant and beautiful area. We are sheltered, clothed and fed. Our work awaits us. This is a moment (actually an hour) to take pause and be thankful for the blessings in our lives. Visit the Brown Bag Lunch page.

Wanted: MHC staff, faculty, and FP children in the South Hadley Children’s Chorus. The SHCC enrolls boys and girls ages 7-14 from throughout the Pioneer Valley, rehearsing during the school year on Wednesday afternoons at Center Congregational Church, adjacent to the College. Gentle informal auditions–June 6 and 13–for the coming year, the seventh season under the baton of Cathy Melhorn, for many years Choral Director at MHC, Music Professor Emeritus. Visit the Together in Song website for more information.

The Lyon Triathlon Challenge is a 6-week self-paced challenge… How many miles can you run, bike & swim throughout six weeks? Challenge runs June 1-July 22. More details and participant registration in Kendall Fitness Center, now through June 11. Are you Lyon enough to “TRI” it?

Beginning this fall, the Gorse Children’s Center will offer an extended “Lunch Bunch” option for the Morning Preschool class (8:45-12:30) and a Full-Day PreK/Kindergarten class (8:45-3:15) with Half-Day ad Lunch Bunch options. For enrollment information on these new options or our Summer Camp and year-round programs, call 533-9819 or visit the Gorse webpage.

Child Safety Event

Campus Police, along with several Public Safety agencies, will host a Child Safety Event on Thursday, June 7, from 3:30-5:30pm in the parking lot of the Gorse Children’s Center, 27 Morgan Street. Child car seat checks, child ID registration, a fire truck, and more! Call the Gorse Children’s Center at 533-9819 for information.

A number of changes to the Defined Contribution plan will be effective July 1, 2012. Human Resources is sponsoring group sessions to review the changes and to answer any questions. All sessions will be held in Skinner 216. Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 12:30 - 2:00pm; Friday, May 18, 2012 from 9:00 - 10:30am; Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 3:30 - 5:00pm; Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 12:00 - 1:30pm.

Please take 15 minutes today to respond to the survey; your voice matters! Respond to survey here.

MHC faculty and staff who already have a locker in Kendall may re-register their locker for the summer and next academic year between 5/1/12 and 6/1/12 at the Kendall Info Desk. Any lockers not re-registered will be cleared out after June 1 and items donated. Please call the Kendall Info Desk if questions: x2284.

Join us on Sunday, May 13th for our annual Mother’s Day Brunch. Seatings are at 11:00am and 1:30pm and reservations are required. Please call 413-538-2217 to make your reservation.

Join us at our annual Benefits Fair, Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Chapin Auditorium, 10:30am-3:30pm. Vendors will be there to answer your questions and are offering some great raffles!

Summer Hours 2012

Summer hours will start Monday, May 21, 2012 through Friday, August 24, 2012. Core office hours are 8:30am-4:00pm. Employees continue to work 7.5 hours per day. With department head approval, employee may choose to start at 7:30am, 8:00am, or 8:30am through 4:00pm, 4:30pm or 5:00pm, with a 30 or 60 minute lunch break. Contact Human Resources if you have questions, x2503.

Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), recognized as one of the world’s premiere scientific conferences, is offering 4 scholarships for MHC faculty to attend GRC conferences this summer. The scholarships are for non-residential participants and covers the registration fee and meals. Interested faculty should contact Lauren Ruiz (lruiz) by May 1.

Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (entryway facing Skinner Green) Or you can read the Quarterly online at alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/q

MHC’s Conference & Event Services welcomes 30 conferences and events this summer with worldwide participants. The US Gymnastics Training Centers and the USSC Swim Camp have generously offered scholarships for children of staff and faculty.  For details, please visit Conference Services.

Children’s artwork from the Gorse Children’s Center is on display in the windows of the Main Moon Restaurant in the Village Commons now through Sunday, April 29. The exhibit is part of the South Hadley Network for Children’s celebration of the Week of the Young Child. For information about the Gorse Children’s Center, please call 533-9819 or visit our websites: www.brighthorizons.com/gorse or www.mtholyoke.edu/go/gorse.

Please keep them coming! All your answers can remain anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential. A prize raffle opportunity is available at the end of the survey. Take survey here.

Sat. April 28, 10am on Skinner Green.  Need to unwind before the stress of finals kicks in? Come experience HOLI - the festival of colors, merriment and happiness commonly celebrated during March in South Asia to celebrate the welcoming of spring. Free. Early birds get a free t-shirt. Visit the facebook event page for more information.

Seniors, Undergrads, Faculty and Staff, join the MHC Religious Chaplains and the Class of 2012 in sharing some reflective time as our seniors move closer to graduation and look with anticipation on the great futures that await them. Mary Lyon Garden outside of Abbey Chapel (Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary rain location).

Shredding Fundraiser

Friday, April 27 (Pangy Day!), 1-4pm, near Skinner Green. Look for the big INFOSHRED truck. Suggested donation is $5 a box. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of replacement trees on campus, due to the October storm. Discard your confidential documents safely, protect yourself against identity theft and participate in this green initiative which will help restore our beautiful campus.

Now enrolling for summer and fall programs for infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, and school-age (kindergarten through third grade). Full and part-time programs available. For information or to schedule a tour of the center, please call 413-533-9819, email gorse@brighthorizons, or visit our websites at www.mtholyoke.edu/go/gorse or www.brighthorizons.com/gorse.

Thursday, April 19, 12:00-1:00 pm in Blanchard Room 213. Please join us to learn about Social Security with David Ricci, UMass Five College Credit Union.

Please log in to take the Work-Life Balance Survey, brought to you by the President’s Commission on Work-Life-Family. Responses can be anonymous and a prize raffle opportunity is available at the end of the survey. Take the survey here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 4-6pm, Morrison Room, Willits Hallowell Center. The Celebration of Excellence ceremony honors students and alumnae who have consistently given their time, energy, and talents to promote positive change and growth in the Mount Holyoke community, and in so doing motivate others to do the same. Student academic achievement is also celebrated with the naming of the Phi Beta Kappa and Sarah Williston Prize Winners. Open to the community.

Hosted by MHC this year! Saturday, April 14, 9:30-2:15 pm @ Willits-Hallowell. An inspiring event featuring Five College anthropology undergraduate presentations which include Moral Reasoning, Nation-Making, Making Class Visible, Gender/Sexualities/(Dis)empowerment, Positionalities in Space and Time, and Economies of Consumption. Come support student work that is themed around what gets in the way of connection across our differences! Find us on Facebook!

Tonight, Wednesday, April 11, 7pm in Cleveland L1. The essay you create to accompany your primary application to health professions school has a high standard to meet: Tell the reader, typically in 5300 characters or less, why they should choose you from among six thousand other applicants! Bring your draft essay and a pencil. Presenter: David M. Gardner, Ph.D.

Jobs with Justice

Wed. 4/18, 4:15pm in the New York Room in Mary Woolley. Sarita Gupta ‘96, executive director of Jobs with Justice (JwJ), will lecture on “Jobs with Justice: Workers’ Rights in the 21st Century.” JwJ works with community, faith, and student organizations in 24 states to build a broader global movement for economic and social justice. Gupta will discuss challenges for workers’ rights in the United States and worldwide today. View details on the event page.

Please join us for an Open House on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 2-6 p.m. Come tour the Central Dispatch Station, Emergency Operations Center, and more. Preceded at 1:30 p.m. by a Blessing of the Building by Reverend Gladys Moore. Refreshments will be served.

LITS is considering the next generation email and calendaring system for Mount Holyoke. LITS and LITS Advisory Committee are interested in your input and questions about the next generation email/calendering. Join us on April 11 at 4pm in the Library’s Stimson Room. Coffee, Tea and Cookies will be served. View the Study Group report.

Monday 4/9 is the deadline to withdraw from spring courses and to request the ungraded option. Withdrawal forms are available for printing on the Registrar’s website. Once signed by the instructor, the form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by 5pm on 4/9. A “W” grade will be assigned. The Ungraded Option form is available for direct submission on the forms tab of the Registrar’s website.

Registration for Fall 2012 credit courses at Mount Holyoke and through the Five College Interchange begins Monday 4/9. Students should consult ISIS “Approvals…” display to see their individually assigned start dates/times. Registration ends 11:59pm on Friday 4/27. Call 538-2025 or email registrar@mtholyoke.edu for more information.

Thursday, 4/5/12, Cleveland L1 @ 7:00 p.m. Brenda E. Armstrong, MD, Associate Dean, Medical Education and Director of Admissions at Duke University School of Medicine will present an overview of Duke, talk about what medical schools look for in successful applicants, and discuss the admission review process. Dr. Armstrong is a pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist. Visit the Duke University School of Medicine website.

Seniors who wish to receive a Five College African Studies Certificate should submit a completed application to Samba Gadjigo, John Lemly or Holly Hanson by Thursday, April 5. Requirements for the Certificate and application forms may be found at the African Studies web page, and application forms are also available on the bulletin board outside Skinner 314.

Six Flags Tickets

Six Flags daily passes are now available in Human Resources, Skinner Hall, Room 1. The cost is $31.00 per ticket. Please see either Mika or Sandy.

Come explore different dimensions of exceptional nights of ten Mount Holyoke College choreographers in Midnight Red. The concert will be held April 13-14 at 8:00 p.m. in the Kendall Studio Theater. Ticket prices are $5 for general admission and $3 for students or seniors. Reservations are recommended. Call 413-538-2848 or email mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com for reservations.

Thursday, 3/29/12, Kendade 203 @7pm. Dr. Walter Wolf, DPM will present an overview of Podiatric medicine discussing his practice in South Hadley and what is involved in becoming a Podiatrist. Surgery, pediatrics, sports medicine, biomechanics, and trauma. Podiatrists do it all. Dr. Wolf will explain the importance and the possible implications of not caring for feet.

Thurs. Mar. 29, 7:30pm, 305 Kendade. Dessert to follow. Speakers: Deanna Haunsperger and Stephen Kennedy, Professors of Mathematics at Carleton College. Title: “Bright Lights on the Horizon.” Abstract: What do stand-up comedians, square-wheeled bicycles, magical birthdates and spherical painting have in common? All were featured in “Math Horizons”, the MAA magazine for undergraduate math majors. Steve and Deanna edited the magazine for 5 years and assembled a 10-year “Best of MH” retrospective volume and will share highlights from that volume.

Does separation of church and state imply removal of ethics and morality from politics? Has the concept of ’separation between church and state’ evolved in the United States? Should the religious beliefs of an institution impact the rights of its people? Does this idea damage interfaith work, or make space for it?

Staff, Faculty and Students welcome

When: Tuesday, April 3 ~ 4:30 to 6pm

Location: Blanchard Lounge (227)

Whose responsibility is it for LGBTQ people to receive adequate health care? Should doctors to educate themselves? Should health insurance companies, hospitals or the government be involved? What is the safest way for trans* people to navigate the medical field?  Should you come out to your doctor?

Students, Staff & Faculty welcome

Friday, March 30th ~ 1:30pm to 3pm

Blanchard Lounge (227)

Art Museum Lecture

March 29, 4:30 p.m., Gamble Auditorium “Collection-Building in the 21st Century” Lecture by William Metcalf, Adjunct Professor of Classics and Ben Lee Damsky Curator of Coins and Medals, Yale University Art Gallery. In conjunction with Reconstructing Antiquity. For more information, see the Art Museum Events page.

Tuesday, April 3, 4:30pm, Gamble. A Shakespeare symposium in honor of Gwen and Allen Smith Professor of English Frank Brownlow with featured speakers, William Carroll of Boston University, and Martha Tuck Rozett of University of Albany. Read more on the Department of English Events page.

The Gorse Children’s Center is having an Open House on Saturday morning, March 31, 9:30-11:30 for prospective families. Learn about our full- and part-day programs for Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, part-day Kindergarten, and after-school & summer camp programs. Get registration information, visit the classrooms, and explore the learning environments. Visit the Gorse website for more information.

Kosher meals will be offered in the Eliot House Lounge during Passover from April 6 with the First Seder dinner through April 14 dinner. If you are a student or employee who would like to share one or more Kosher for Passover meals during this time, please go to the Keeping Kosher for Passover page to fill out and submit a registration form.

Wed. March 28, 2012, 5:00 to 6:15pm. Join us for the Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary which houses altars, photos, and statues from the 9 faith groups supported by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian, former Dean of Religious Life will be the guest speaker. A reception will follow in the Eliot House Lounge. Visit the Religious & Spiritual Life Announcements page for more information.

Monday, 3/26/12, Cleveland L1 @ 7pm. This workshop will assist you through the application process for any postgraduate program in the health professions, including medical, veterinary, dental, nursing, public health, physical therapy, pharmacy, genetic counseling, and physician assistant programs. Presenter: Dr. David M. Gardner. Interested students from all class years are strongly urged to attend. Find more information on the Pre-Health Program Resources page.

The 2012 Campus Police survey is online. We know not everyone loves surveys, so to thank you for helping us, you can enter to win a $100 gift card from Amazon.com. Take the survey.

In order to perform required maintenance, part of Chapin Road will be closed for the day on Friday, March 22. Cars may travel from Route 116 around Chapin Circle and out toward Pratt, but no traffic will be able to travel from North and South Rockefeller to the south side of Mead Hall.

Willits-Hallowell is serving a la carte lunch 12pm-1:30pm, Mondays - Fridays, March 12th - 30th.

Join us on Sunday, April 8th for our annual Easter Brunch. See the menu here. Seatings are at 11:00am and 1:30pm and reservations are required. Please call 413-538-2217 to make your reservation.

Members of the Social Media Users Group (SMUG) and other social media administrators on campus are invited to join the webinar “What You Need to Know about Facebook Timeline for Brands” 3/20, 1:30-3 pm in the New York Room in Mary Woolley Hall.

Kosher meals will be offered in the Eliot House Lounge during Passover from April 6 with the First Seder dinner through April 14 dinner. If you are a student or employee who would like to share one or more Kosher for Passover meals during this time, please go to the Keeping Kosher for Passover page to fill out and submit a registration form.

SMUG to Meet March 29

If you’re the administrator for the social media accounts used by your department or campus organization, please join us for a meeting of the MHC Social Media Users Group (SMUG) on Thursday, March 29 at noon in the New York Room in Mary Woolley Hall. Come and share tips and resources.

Come to the StoryWalk

“Over In the Meadow,” the children’s storybook illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, is on display now through March 26. Start next to the MHC Greenhouse and follow the path up through the garden! (Funded by a CGCE grant and organized by the South Hadley Network for Children which includes the Gorse Children’s Center).

Saturday, March 10th, 10am - noon. Relax, Renew, Reduce Stress, and Revitalize Your Energy. A gentle and welcoming introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for all. No experience needed. Eliot House Lounge (2nd Floor). Led by Adi Bemak & Peggy Gillespie, Buddhist Co-Advisors. Stressed Out? Then give yourself this renewing gift! You deserve it!! Visit the Buddhist website for more information.

When: Monday, March 12 4:30-6pm

Where: Blanchard Lounge 227

Taboo Extreme Dialogue: No homework, no prep, just real conversation!

Faculty, staff, students all welcome

Cyberbullying Taboo

Cyberbullying vs. A Safe Outlet for Feelings

Friday, March 9, 2012 4:30 -6pm in Blanchard 227

Taboo Extreme Dialogues: No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome

Help feed hungry families at the Family Place Shelter in Holyoke. $1 buys 10 meals at the Food Bank of Western MA, and would cost you $13 at the supermarket. Bring your dollars to Blanchard on: Tuesday 3/6, 11:30am-1pm; Wednesday 3/7, 7-9pm; Thursday 3/8, 11:30am-1pm; 7-9pm; or bring dollars to the Eliot House Office, 2nd Floor. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Wed., 3/7/12, Kendade 305 @ 7pm. Summer General Chemistry I & II open to undergraduates in good academic standing who wish to catch up or get ahead on chemistry requirements. Postbac Program Highlights: Kaplan MCAT and GRE courses; Summer General Chemistry I & II; Internships at five local hospitals and practices; Training in art & medicine observation skills; Medical scribe program. Visit the program website for more information.

Tues. Mar. 13, 2012, 7:30pm, New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall.   Panel presentation by MHC Spanish Prof. Alberto Sandoval, Dir. of UMass Amherst Inst. for Global Health Prof. David Buchanan, Dir. of Health Services @Tapestry Health Services Mr. Robert Reardon, and MHC Assoc. Dir. of Pre-Health Advising Dr. Pamela Matheson share their insights on the effects, struggles, stigma and discrimination shrouding families living with HIV/AIDS. Sponsored by Student Global AIDS Campaign, Pre-Med Assoc. and Community Based Learning (CBL) and Tapestry Health Systems.

The Employee Service Awards committee, through the generous support of the Office of the President, is pleased to announce the creation of the President’s Award for Outstanding Service. The President’s Award is presented to a staff member or manager whose contributions enhance our community and reflect our institutional core values of integrity, creativity, service and excellence. Visit the President’s Award website for more information.

Please stop by the table in Blanchard Campus Center and Kendade atrium from 11am-1:30pm Thursday March 8th and Friday March 9th to learn more about organ donation.  As more and more uses for organs and tissues become available, the need becomes even greater. They say that 90% of the population thinks organ donation is a great idea but only about 30% actually make the effort to sign up. Together we can change that and save more lives. Click here to learn more.

Vendor: Global Odyssey

Monday, March 5th, Blanchard Campus Center. Global Odyssey: Sterling jewelry with gemstones. Brought to you by Student Programs.

Join us on Sunday, March 11th from 11:30am-1:30pm for our annual St. Patrick’s Brunch. See the menu here.

March 6, 7-9pm, Cleveland L2. The Jewish Student Union would like to cordially invite you to attend the exciting, infamous and hilarious annual Latke vs. Hamentashen Debate. Come watch your colleagues and professors in the mock debate about which is superior: the Latke or the Hamentashen. Free hamentashen for everyone after the debate.  Read more about the debate here.

Willits is serving la Carte Lunch from 12pm-1:30pm from February 27th - March 16th. See the menu here.

Thursday March 1, 2012 4:30-5:30pm, Cassini Lounge in Shattuck. This workshop, presented by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., Wellness Education Director at Smith College, will explore the ways in which our conversations about our bodies can actually change our bodies - for better or worse. It will discuss the difference between the “thin ideal” and the “healthy ideal.” Participants will leave with a clearer understanding of how to create a more body-positive culture for themselves and their community.

Art Museum Gallery Talk

Thursday, 23 February, 4:30 p.m. Nancy Campbell, Nancy Friese, Matt Phillips, and Kane Stewart discuss their works on view in the special exhibition “Artists and the Noble Profession: The 2012 Mount Holyoke College Studio Arts Faculty Exhibition.” See the exhibition web page for more details.

Every family has some skeletons in its closet but no one wants to talk about it. Family issues are rarely an accepted topic of conversation. What taboos of family structure and dynamics are acting most powerfully in contemporary families? Who influences these priorities?

For more information visit http://www.mtholyoke.edu/programs/taboo/

Thurs. Feb 23, 2012, 4:30pm - 6pm  Blanchard Lounge (227)

Join Rev. Gladys Moore, Anita Magovern and Leslie Fraser for an Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service at 5:00pm in the Abbey Memorial Chapel. Ashes will be distributed.

VERIZON Re-Registration Link

Verizon sent notices out to all of their wireless users to re-register your phone number with them during their audit process. The link on the post card is not correct for Mount Holyoke College. Use the link below to have direct access. This must be done by February 29, 2012 in order to continue receiving the 15% discount on your monthly bill. See the Verizon discount page for details.

“Open Doors: Campus Conversations” on Tuesday, February 21 from 8-9AM in the Blanchard Great Room! Come join us for a continental breakfast and another opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to build relationships through intentional conversations across campus positions. We hope to see you there!

Art@Work Opening Reception

Come celebrate the opening of Art@Work, the MHC staff art show, Monday, February 20th from 3:00 - 4:30pm in the Kendade Atrium. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. The Art@Work exhibit remains open from February 20th through March 2nd in Kendade.

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents a Five College Dance Department faculty dance concert in Kirby Theater March 1-3 at 8:00 p.m. Only $5 for students! The concert features choreography and performances by Five College faculty members Thomas Vacanti and Wendy Woodson and guest artists Monica Bill Barnes, Diane Coburn Bruning and Cathy Nicoli. Contact fcddance.reservations@gmail.com for reservations.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012, 4:30 - 6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: Why aren’t we normal like that family? No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, and staff all welcome.

Friday, February 17th, 2012, 3:30 - 5pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogue: “Backwards” or Brilliant? - Cultural preservation and protection of indigenous cultures. No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty and staff all welcome.

TABOO: Sex Work

Thursday, February 16th, 2012, 4:30 - 6pm, Blanchard Lounge (227). Taboo Extreme Dialogue: Sex Work. No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Monday, March 12, 2012, 4:30pm, 305 Kendade. Yanir Rubinstein will speak on Uniformization and geometry: the quest for canonical geometric structures on manifolds. Refreshments to follow. Dinner at the Yarde House at 6:30pm ($20pp). RSVP to Laurie Kamins (lkamins@mtholyoke.edu) by March 7 for dinner.

Enjoy a unique dining experience at the Romantic Tour of the Mediterranean Dinner & Cooking Class on Saturday, February 18th at 6pm in the Willits-Hallowell Center. Seating is limited and reservations are required by February 15th. Please call 413-538-2217 to make your reservation. See the cooking class flyer for more information.

Willits is serving la Carte Lunch this week from 12pm-1:30pm, Monday- Friday, February 13th - 17th. We will also be open for lunch next Monday-Wednesday, February 20th-22nd. See the menu here.

Pick up your winter Quarterly from the metal racks at these campus locations: * Blanchard Campus Center (entryways) * Library entryway * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (main stairway toward Skinner Green).  Or read the Quarterly online here.

The Vagina Monologues 2012

Join us for a Mount Holyoke tradition — Friday 2/10 at 5pm or 9pm, Saturday 2/11 at 2pm followed by a talkback with the cast moderated by Gender Studies professor Jaclyn Pryor! See the facebook page for more details.

Thursday, February 9, Kendade 303, 7:00 p.m. If you’re interested in health care challenges and you’re considering leadership positions in health care management or measurement, come learn about The Dartmouth Institute’s 1-year programs. The MPH and MS programs will give you a strong foundation in epidemiology, health decision making, health economics, and biostatistics. For more information, see the Dartmouth Medical School website.

Enjoy a unique dining experience at the Romantic Tour of the Mediterranean Dinner & Cooking Class on Saturday, February 18th at 6pm in the Willits-Hallowell Center. Seating is limited and reservations are required by February 15th. Please call 413-538-2217 to make your reservation. See the cooking class flyer for more information.

German Studies Symposium

Feb. 23, 7-9pm, Hooker Auditorium. Responses to a Changing World: German Studies in the 21st Century Roundtable Discussion. Gabriele Wittig Davis (MHC), Mary Helen Dupree (Georgetown Univ.) Martin Kagel (Univ. of Georgia), Sara Lennox (UMass), Karen Remmler (MHC), and Christian Rogowski (Amherst College).  The discussion will be accessible online via live-stream and we cordially invite you to join us online. More information and instructions on how to access the live-stream will be posted on the German Studies Symposium website.

Language Theater Contest

The Language Resource Center (LRC) brings to you its annual Language Theater Contest (LTC). Fancy a night in the spotlight? Sign up individually or with friends to perform in a language of your choice (except English) and win prizes. Don’t want to perform? Take a break from studying and come support your friends and enjoy a night of entertainment. Completely free. Refreshments served. Don’t miss it!

The deadline for students to add spring courses is Monday, February 6. All students should check their class schedules via ISIS to make sure their schedules are complete and correct by end of day February 6. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Social Media Group to Meet

If you are the administrator for the social media used by your department or organization, please join us for the first meeting of the MHC Social Media Users Group (SMUG) on Friday, Feb. 10 from noon to 1:30 pm in the New York Room of Mary Woolley. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome.

Join us for our annual Valentine’s Brunch on Sunday, February 12th from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 413-538-2217.  See the menu here.

Join us at Willits for la Carte Lunch served from 12pm-1:30pm, Monday- Friday, February 6th - 10th and February 13th - 17th. See the menu here.

The 5-College Board of Directors is seeking ideas for new initiatives and programs in academic, co-curricular and operational aspects of sustainability. All members of the MHC community are invited to meet and brainstorm ideas for incorporating sustainability into the campus, the consortium and the community. Open meetings are scheduled for: Wed., Feb. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Dwight 10. Two brown bag lunch meetings Wed., Feb. 8 and Tues., Feb. 14 at 12:15 p.m. in Dwight 201. Enter your ideas via the online form.

Check the Human Resources web page to view the nights designated for Mount Holyoke to attend the UMass basketball game and the UMass hockey game at a discount price. Click on the link here and go directly to the dates and times.

Check out the Human Resources web page or click on the link here to see the upcoming events and discounts. Examples include Harlem Globetrotters, Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships and Disney on Ice - Mickey and Minnie.

Learn what’s ahead for your child at the Gorse Children’s Center. Join us for an informational evening for parents. Meet the teaching staff and visit
classrooms to find out more about our program on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 PM, 27 Morgan Street, South Hadley. Call 533-9819 or visit the Gorse website for more info.

Art@Work Registration

Did you register yet? Art@Work registration ends Friday, February 10.  Register here.

Brown Bag Luncheon Series

“Eat Those Fruits and Veggies.” Thursday, February 2 in Library 419. We hear this all the time, but how do we really incorporate this message into our busy lives? Create a plan for eating four servings of vegetables each day. Learn how to substitute fruits for sugar snacks. Get a taste of a delicious vegetable dish. Click here for more information.

A consultant from TIAA-CREF will be on campus to meet with you one-on-one to review your portfolio and to make any changes going forward. Call Mary Cerone at 1-781-314-2402 to schedule your appointment. Meetings will be in Blanchard Campus Center room 216.

Willits-Hallowell Center is serving a la carte lunch next week too! Join us Monday- Friday, January 23rd-27th from 12:00pm-1:30pm. See the Willits-
Hallowell webpage for additional lunch and brunch dates and menus.

The Art Museum presents Steven J. Tepper, sociology professor at Vanderbilt University, who will deliver the lecture, “Creative Work and the Work of Creativity: How Colleges and Universities Can Prepare Graduates to Reinvent the World.” This lecture will kick off the new show, Artists and the Noble Profession: The 2012 Studio Arts Faculty Exhibition. Friday, February 3 at 4:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Click on the art museum events page for more information.

Campus Police is moving to our new location on Everett Road opposite Health Services and the Career Development Center. While the emergency lines (x1-911) will not be disrupted, business lines (including x2304) may be very briefly interrupted during this transition. We expect to be operational in the new building by the afternoon. Administrative Offices will move today between 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Art@Work is celebrating its 10th year showcasing the artistic talent of Mount Holyoke College staff February 20 - March 2, 2012 in Kendade Atrium. Go to our web site for more information and to register before February 10.

Wireless Network Changes

Faculty/Staff & Students should now use the Wireless Network named: Lyonnet-Encrypt as their regular wireless network as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 17. Campus guests should continue to use MHC-Guest. Campus wireless networks are being consolidated. Faculty and staff who have previously used the MHC or MHC-Encrypt and students who have previously used Lyonnet will need to choose Lyonnet-Encrypt. If prompted, users should enter the standard wireless network password ‘marylyon’ . If the device was previously registered on any campus wireless network there should be no need to re-register the device. Click here for details.

Students who need to make Spring registration changes may use ISIS to do so, starting Wednesday, January 18. Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during Orientation). For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office x2025.

Join us on Sunday, January 15th from 11:30am-1:30pm for our annual Winter Brunch. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 413-538-2217. See the menu here.

Publicizing Your Events

Ensure a good audience turnout for your next event! Mary Jo Curtis and Taliesin Nyala from Media Relations will discuss publicizing your department’s events both on campus and off Jan. 18 at 1 pm in the New York Room. Please RSVP with Taliesin (tnyala@mtholyoke.edu).

Winter Rowing Classes

Kick off your 2012 fitness on the rowing machine. Classes start 1/17 - two weeks of 2 sessions/week. No experience needed- all levels welcome. Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-6:30PM in Kendall. $30/session (4 classes) Sessions also start on 1/31 and 2/14.

Holyoke Bound

Holyoke Bound is an orientation to the City of Holyoke for members of the Five Colleges and Holyoke Community College who are working, interning or volunteering in Holyoke. Saturday, February 18th 2012, 10am-4pm. Transportation will be provided! Please be sure to preregister on the Holyoke Bound site by Friday, Feb. 10th in order to confirm transportation and food needs.

The Fidelity Investments consultant will be on campus Wednesday, February 29th from 9am-4pm, Blanchard Campus Center, Room 216. Call Michelle Gallagher at 800-842-7131 to arrange for your individual meeting.

The TIAA-CREF consultant will be on campus on Monday, January 30th from 9am-4pm, Blanchard Campus Center, Room 216. Call Mary Cerone at 781-314-2402 to arrange your individual meeting.

NY Bus Trip, Sunday 1/8

New York City Bus Trip, Sunday, January 8, 8am – 6pm. Depart from the Blanchard Bus Stop via MHC van (near Pratt Hall) @ 8 am. Explore the Big Apple on this NYC day trip. Arrive in NYC at approx. 11:30 am & depart NYC at 6 pm sharp. Pickup & drop off in NYC is at 53rd & Broadway. Check the January Intersession website for trip updates & weather info.  Tickets are $20 for round-trip. Sign up (with payment) at Student Programs (327 Blanchard, M-F, 9am-3pm) or the Blanchard Info Desk (Every day, 3pm-midnight). Trip open to MHC students and staff.

Join us on Sunday, January 15th from 11:30am-1:30pm for our annual Winter Brunch. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 413-538-2217. See the menu here.

A la Carte Lunch will be available 12:00pm-1:30pm, Tuesday-Friday, January 10th - 13th and 17th-20th. See the menu here.

The Campus Police Department will be moving its operations to the new Campus Police Building at 1 Everett Road (opposite Health Services and the Career Development Center) on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Please visit us in our new location for any campus police and parking services you may need. Our phone number, 538-2304, will remain the same.

Pedestrian Safety

Work has been completed on Rte. 116 to improve visibility of pedestrians crossing the street. Reminder: cross only at marked crosswalks; push the button and wait for the lights to flash; exercise caution when crossing. The activation of the crosswalk lights does not guarantee that vehicles will stop. See the pedestrian safety page for more details.

The Willits-Hallowell Center and Conference & Event Services will be closed for the December break beginning Tuesday, December 20, at 4:00pm. If you need reservations, catering, or event support for events through the 3rd week of January, please be sure to contact the appropriate department by Monday, December 19. Offices reopen Tuesday, January 3. Happy Holidays!

Recycling Toner Cartridges

For updated information on how to recycle printer and multifunction device cartridges, please visit the Environmental Stewardship web page.

Don’t miss this free training opportunity. Learn to convert an Excel database into Access. Discover how to use Word effectively in an academic setting. No experience in Excel? - Take Excel Essentials. Need to analyze data? - Learn to use pivot tables to display your data effectively. Registration is required. Class locations and detailed outlines can be found on the registration page.

Multicultural Community and College Life Committee’s (MCCL) Inclusiveness Initiative Fund (IIF) is seeking innovative projects that promotes inclusion in our work environment, our community, and especially in the curricular and co-curricular dimensions. We have extended the deadline for Spring event proposals to 1/31/12. For more information, please see the IIF page.

Come and enjoy a night of stress- free fun: decorate your own cookies, zumba and so much more! Students are encouraged to take a break from studying and take part in activities planned by faculty and staff. Tuesday, December 13, 6-8 PM in Chapin Auditorium.

Join us on Sunday, December 11th, 11:30am-1:30pm for our annual Holiday Brunch! Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 413-538-2217. Read the menu here.

Willits-Hallowell Center is serving a la care lunch Monday- Friday, December 5th-9th from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Join us! The menu is available on the Willits-Hallowell page.

Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, December 7, 1-4pm Abbey Chapel.  The MHC Sacred Circle Dance Troupe Invites you to Come Dance with Us!!! Drop in for a few dances to see what we are all about! No experience required ~ all dances are taught 1:00 - 4:00. At 3:30 we will hold the special event “Candle Dance Indwelling Star” with special guest Intentional Musician Deirdre Drennen of Celestial Harp Journeys.

Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm at the Betty Shabazz House. Join the Eliot House Staff for an evening of honoring the winter solstice. We will call in The Four Directions, light the Advent wreath and Hanukkah Menorah, and honor each of our faith traditions concluding with hot cocoa and cookies. Students, Staff, Faculty and their children are welcome.

Brown Bag Luncheon Series

Thursday, December 8: “Happy, Merry You! A holistic approach to the holidays.” by Bonnie Diamond. Are you feeling stressed by the thought of the holidays? Afraid that Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve will translate into extra pounds, shopping frenzy, and upsetting emotions? Looking for more meaningful experiences? Come learn to slow down as we approach this special time of year. Gain concrete solutions to holiday dilemmas and use the breath and meditation to remember the true meaning of the holidays. Location: Skinner 124. See the brown bag page for more information on the wellness series.

The Annual Fund invites all students, faculty and staff to MHC Trivia Night in the Blanchard Great Room on Wednesday, December 7th at 8 p.m. Test your MHC knowledge in this trivia game, enjoy gourmet cookies and milk, and win prizes! Play in teams of 3 or 4. All student attendees will be eligible for a raffle to win a new Kindle Fire!

Vendor: StockKeeper

Friday, Dec 2nd, 10am-5pm, Blanchard Campus Center.  StockKeeper sells original and unique vintage accessories.

Saturday, Dec 17, at 7:30 PM in Abbey Chapel.  Free to MHC students with ID & half price for MHC faculty and staff at  the door with ID. Come and experience this perennial favorite as Handel would have heard it, in a fabulous venue played on period instruments. MHC attendees: please email sjlemaire@comcast.net in advance to arrange your discount admission. More performance info.

Taboo: Femme

Thursday, December 8th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Tuesday, December 6th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Monday, December 5th, 4-6:30pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues: No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Flexible Spending Enrollment

Have you submitted your Flexible Spending Enrollment for the plan year beginning January 1, 2012? If you wish to use FLEX spending for the coming 2012 year and have not yet done so please fill out and submit your forms today to the Human Resources department. This window of opportunity is quickly closing. Any questions please call Elizabeth (Beth) Haber x3194 in the payroll section of Human Resources.

Permanent Winter Parking Ban

Just a reminder to take note of signage regarding the permanent winter parking ban in effect from December 1 - March 15; 2 a.m. - 5 a.m. Cars WILL be towed in these areas. Please observe the signage. Thank you.

Tuesday’s Blanchard Vendor

Tuesday, November 29th, 9am-5pm, Blanchard Center. Gyuri Kepes sells accessories and jewelry. Vendor Information

Monday’s Blanchard Vendor

Monday, November 28th, 9am-5pm, Blanchard Center. Chatham Caravan sells accessories, hats,scarves, wools from Nepal, and jewelry. Vendor Information

Monday, Nov.28 ~ 4:30pm to 6pm

TABOO:  Religious Expression in your MHC Life ~ Free or Oppressed?
Religious expression can be something that is deeply personal and can vary just as much between different people within the same faith group as it can between different faith groups. What role does religious expression, or the lack thereof, play in your spiritual identity?  Do you feel free to express yourself religiously on campus? Have you ever felt offended by how someone expresses the their religious/lack of religious leanings?

more info: www.mtholyoke.edu/go/taboo <http://www.mtholyoke.edu/go/taboo

To reduce energy costs and our campus environmental footprint, please remember to shut off all equipment and lights and close windows before you leave for break. Learn more about energy hogs on the Environmental Stewardship page.

The Center’s catering office & kitchen, along with Conference & Events Services will be closed for the Thanksgiving break from noon Wed., Nov. 23 thru Sun., Nov. 27. Guestrooms are still available for those looking to accommodate family and friends over the holiday. We hope you, your family, and friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Morgan Street Paving Project

Morgan Street rehabilitation, between Route 116 and East Street, is scheduled to begin on Nov 16th. Milling of the existing pavement and laying of a leveling pavement course are scheduled for completion this fall. The finish pavement course will be installed next spring. Expect delays and seek alternate routes where possible. The project is being implemented by MassDOT. Information received from the Town of South Hadley.

Storytelling Tellabration!

True or tall, fact or fantastic, folktales or family yarns, stories have a way of creating bridges between and among people. Come to listen and/or tell at one or both events: Sat., Nov. 19th from 7-9pm in Eliot House Lounge and Sun., Nov. 20th from 4:30-6:30pm in Shattuck Hall, Cassani Room. Free. Refreshments. All are welcome to listen. To tell a story, call Gail Herman at 413-315-3391.  See the Tellebrations link for more information: http://tellabrationpvalley.vpweb.com

Child care is available at the Gorse Children’s Center on Wednesday, November 16th from 3:30-6:30. Please call the Center at 533-9819 by Monday, November 14th to make arrangements for Infants through Third Grade children. Information on the Gorse Children’s Center can be found on their website: http://centers.brighthorizons.com/gorse.

Art@Work Exhibit Postponed

The Art@Work Committee regrets that we are in a position where we must postpone the exhibit until sometime in the near future. We will keep you informed as to when the 10th annual exhibit has been rescheduled, meanwhile please keep being creative!

Yale School of Nursing

Thursday, 11/10/11 - Kendade 203 @ 7:00 p.m. Yale School of Nursing will host an informational session. Melissa Pucci, Director of Admissions will be giving an overview of nursing school education, examples of employment opportunities and advice on the application process. For more information please visit their web site: http://nursing.yale.edu/

Thursday, November 10th, 10am-5pm in Blanchard: Global Odyssey selling sterling jewelry with gemstones.

Mount Holyoke College Dance Department presents an evening of dances by guest artists and resident faculty choreographers: Ranjanaa Devi, Rose Flachs, Terese Freedman, Jennifer Weber’s Decadancetheatre, and the first concert performance of Merce Cunningham’s, MinEVENT, an abbreviated version of his renowned, site-specific collage piece, EVENT. November 10th-12th, 8pm, Studio Theatre, Kendall Hall. Tickets: call 413- 538-2848 or e-mail mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com. Details can be found on our facebook page.

Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm in Gamble.  Gus Speth, one of America’s most distinguised environmentalists, will challenge our thinking about the current environmental conditions in the United States, building a compelling case that our country is in the midst of a difficult, multi-faceted decline. How can America become a leader in the international environmental movement? See this link for more information: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/mwce/featured_event.html

Tuesday, November 15th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Thursday, November 10th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

India Cottage - clothing, jewelry, gifts

All members of the community are invited to submit proposals for funding from the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund (IIF). The Presidential Commission on Diverse Community recommended this fund be established to support initiatives designed to enhance the role diversity plays in our work environment, our community, and especially in the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of our students education.  The IIF application form can be found here.  Please submit completed applications to Winnie Rivera-Vallejo at wvallejo@mtholyoke.edu by Tuesday, November 29.

Alumnae Quarterly Magazine

The fall Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available. Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (entryway facing Skinner Green) Or you can read the Quarterly online at alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/q

Registration for Spring credit courses at Mount Holyoke and through the Five College Interchange begins Monday 11/7. Students should consult ISIS “Approvals…” display to see their individually assigned start dates/times. Registration ends 11:59pm on Friday 11/18. Call 538-2025 or email for more information.

TABOO: Asexuality as a ‘Sexual Orientation’

“What is asexuality?  What is aromanticism?  How does asexuality fit
into our sexually charged society?  Is asexual a queer identity?  Is
it necessary to “come out” as asexual?  Come discuss these questions,
along with common myths and misconceptions about asexuality.”

Blanchard Lounge (227)
Facilitators:  Rachael Coombes ‘12, and  Jamie Theophilos ‘13 (of True Colors).

Mount Holyoke College Dance Department presents an evening of dances by guest artists and resident faculty choreographers: Ranjanaa Devi, Rose Flachs, Terese Freedman, Jennifer Weber’s Decadancetheatre, and the first concert performance of Merce Cunningham’s, MinEVENT, an abbreviated version of his renowned, site-specific collage piece, EVENT. November 10th-12th, 8pm, Studio Theatre, Kendall Hall. Tickets: call 413- 538-2848 or e-mail mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com. Details can be found on our facebook page.

The Department of German Studies presents this symposium on Friday, November 4th, 12:15 - 2:15 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium. All are welcome!  See the link under Upcoming Events on the German studies page for more information.

Cleveland L-1, Wednesday 11/2, 7:00 p.m. Exploring Careers in Medicine is being offered again for students who were unable to attend on 9/8/11. Thinking about a career in medicine and the health professions? Exploring your options? Wondering if it’s right for you? Wondering how to make it happen? This mandatory workshop is for first-year and sophomore students (and others still making up their minds). Presenter: Pam Matheson

The Admission Office will welcome 150 prospective students this weekend for our open house, Focus on Diversity.  we are looking for a few more hosts for Sunday, 11/6. Hosts will meet their prospies on Sunday around 5:15pm. You will have the option to join for dinner and a show @ Chapin, 6-8pm, and then the prospies will have activities most of the evening until 10pm. If you already signed up, thanks! If you want to help out, please go to the link below to enter your information. You can also contact Lynn Biela at lbiela@mtholyoke.edu with any questions or to sign-up. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/go/hosting

Open enrollment for Flexible Spending Accounts begins November 1, 2011, and ends November 30, 2011, for the calendar year plan which begins January 1, 2012. You must enroll every year as the continuation in this plan is not automatic. For more information, you can visit the Human Resources website and click on the Benefits link.  http://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/flex_spending_account.html

Calling all STAFF: Art@Work celebrates its 10th year showcasing the artistic talent of Mount Holyoke College staff! In tribute to this special anniversary, Art@Work committee members have decided to have fun with the number 10. Visit our web site for more information and to register by November 9. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/artatwork/

Join us for our annual Fall Festival for children and families! Fun activities, entertainment, and refreshments. Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30 at the Gorse Children’s Center, 27 Morgan Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Interfaith Lunch for 11/2 is canceled. Because of the problems the recent weather has caused, our caterer cannot cater our lunch tomorrow so we will not be having an Interfaith Lunch this week. See you all next week - 11/9 12-1 pm for Interfaith Lunch at Eliot House.

Inés París, President of the Women Filmmakers and Audio-Visual Media Asociation (CIMA) will hold a workshop on screenwriting and directing on Monday, October 31, 2011, in Dwight 101 from 4:30-5:30pm. She will also discuss her 2002 film “A mi madre le gustan las mujeres” (“My mother likes women”). This event will be conducted in both English and Spanish. The film will be screened Sunday, October 30, at 7:00 pm, also in Dwight 101.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Lecture by Eric Varner, Professor of Classics and Art History, Emory University. Thursday, October 27 at 4:30pm in Gamble Auditorium. Reception to follow.

Tuesday, October 25, 7pm in Gamble. The Haywood lecture series presents Judge John E. Jones III, the Republican appointed federal judge who decided the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case, which was the first direct challenge in a federal court against teaching intelligent design. His lecture will trace both the jurisprudential and social developments in the debate over teaching evolution, and alleged alternatives, over the last 80 years.

Saturday, 10/22/11, Cleveland L-1 from 1:15 - 2:15pm. Faculty and alumnae representatives from the field of medicine will discuss realities and trends in preparing to apply for these competitive programs. The Office of Pre-Health Programs will present information about programs and services offered at MHC. Presenter: David M. Gardner, Ph.D., Dean of Pre-Health Programs

October 24, 7pm, Cleveland L1. What does it mean to live in the post 9/11 world? Has your life changed because of 9/11? Do you think you were too young to understand the world-wide changes caused by this event? Join the Muslim Student Faith Group for a screening of their film asking MHC students, faculty and staff these questions.

Vendor: Balfour Class Rings

Friday October 21st & Saturday October 22nd, 9am-5pm, Blanchard Campus Center. A representative from Balfour Rings will be available to answer questions about rings and graduation announcement programs. Vendor Information

Rooke Theatre Yard Sale!

Just in time for Halloween….vintage clothing and costumes, accessories, patterns, yardage, buttons, and misc items. Join us in the theatre lobby, Friday, October 21, from 10:15am - 4pm. Nothing over $3.00!

Please join us for our second “Open Door: Campus Conversations” on Monday, October 24 from 8-9am in the Blanchard Great Room! Open Door Campus Conversations (which include a continental breakfast) are opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to build relationships through intentional conversations across campus positions. President Pasquerella will join us in our conversations and singing. We hope to see you there!

Annie Heath Nurse-Midwife

Wednesday, 10/19/11, 7pm, Cleveland L-1. Annie Heath, Nurse-Midwife will visit MHC to talk about Careers in Women’s Health and International Nursing in the Dominican Republic. Annie is a certified nurse-midwife who has spent almost 20 years working with Hispanic communities nationally and internationally. In 2004 she founded the non-profit Proyecto ADAMES, where she is now director. She was previously a member of the faculty at the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Chatham Caravan - jewelry, scarves, purses

Chatham Caravan

Tuesday, October 18th and Wednesday, October 19th, 9am-5pm, Blanchard Center. Chatham Caravan sells accessories, hats,scarves, wools from Nepal, and jewelry. Vendor Information

Family & Friends Weekend

Join us for a fun, relaxing fall weekend on Mount Holyoke’s beautiful campus!  Programming begins on Friday afternoon with several “Open House” sessions around campus, and the MHC Jazz Ensemble’s concert that evening.  Choose one or two events, or choose them all—it’s up to you.

Thursday, October 20th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Tuesday, October 18th, 6:30-8pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Facebook Webinar Oct. 19

Are you the social media administrator for your MHC department or organization — and are you confused by the latest wave of changes on Facebook? Join us for a webinar Wednesday, October 19 at 1:30 pm in Dwight 101 to learn to successfully navigate Facebook’s updates and keep your followers engaged. For more details on the webinar, click here.

Friday, 10/14/11 - Cleveland L-2 @ 7:00 p.m. The Consortium of Women’s Colleges and Medical Schools invites you to attend a medical school admissions discussion panel featuring University of Rochester School of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Yale University School of Medicine.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30-9:00pm at Blanchard, student orgs AASIA, APAU, MHACASA, RAW, and C.A.U.S.E. are holding a Charity Benefit Concert. Proceeds will go to fighting the “world’s worst humanitarian disaster” (UN, July 2011) - the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa. 12,000,000 are affected and 750,000 are at risk of death. For more details see: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164717403616387

The TIAA-CREF financial counselor will be on campus Wednesday, October 19, to meet with you to review your plan. Call 1-866-904-7802 to arrange a one-on-one appointment. Meetings will be held in Blanchard Campus Center room 216.

Thursday, October 13th, 4-6:30pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

A team including MHC employees are walking to raise money for breast cancer research in the annual Rays of Hope event on October 23rd. You can show your support on Friday, October 14th by wearing PINK and donating to the cause. Collections may be made in the library court by Rao’s coffee bar or in Blanchard. No donation too small! Put on your PINK and stop on by!

Thursday, 10/13/11 Kendade Atrium from 1pm - 4pm. Admission officers from UMass, Yale, Tufts, and Boston University schools of public health will hold a graduate school fair.

LEAP Symposium

This Friday, October 14, over 125 Mount Holyoke students will talk about their recent internship and research experiences at the 2011 LEAP symposium. The event will take place in Kendade from 10am - 3:15pm.  See http://www.mtholyoke.edu/leap/ for details.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics presents The Lester J. Senechal Lecture on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in 305 Kendade. Refreshments to follow. Mathematics changed dramatically over Galileo’s lifetime, but without the discovery of anything particularly new. After Galileo, mathematics was suddenly able to model the world in brand new ways. Join Mark Peterson, Professor of Physics and Mathematics for this lecture which aims to discover what Galileo’s (considerable) part was in this development.

The Heat is On!

Please close your storm windows. If you need help or would like your windows caulked to prevent drafts, please put in a work order with Facilities Management.

Interfaith Lunch, Wednesday, October 5, from 12-1 at Eliot House Lounge. Come join us for a delicious vegan lunch and conversation with internationally acclaimed, creation-centered theologian Matthew Fox. Fox writes: “The authentic warrior remains humble, or close to the earth and aware that he or she is only an instrument of the work of Spirit.” All are welcome.

Pre-Retirement Program

The Pre-Retirement program will not be taking place this year due to lack of participation.

Torrey Circle to be Closed

Torrey Circle will be closed from Wednesday 10/5 through Wednesday 10/12 for removal of the old blacktop and guardrail. Additional Faculty/Staff parking can be found on Dunlap Place and in the Kendall Lot.

Stockkeeper - Vintage clothing and jewelry

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium. Matthew Fox has been renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality. This tradition is feminist, welcoming of the arts & artists, wisdom centered, prophetic and committed to eco-justice, social justice and gender justice. He has written many books. His current book is titled The Pope’s War. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/religiouslife/events.html

A la carte Lunch at Willits

Join us for Lunch! A la carte community lunch returns. Monday-Friday, September 26-30th, from 12pm-1:30pm. We hope you’ll be able to join us for the start of the new semester! The menu can be found under Announcements on the Willits page: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/willits/

Vendor: Stock Keeper

Tuesday, September 27th, Noon-5pm,Blanchard Campus Center. Stock Keeper sells original and unique vintage accessories. Vendor Information

Our annual Pre-Retirement Planning Program is offered to all staff and faculty 45+ years of age who are interested in learning about planning for retirement.
Meetings will be held Tuesday nights in October, from 6-8pm in the Morrison Room, Willits Hallowell. Space is limited. Click on the following link or contact Lorraine Gendron x3132 for more details. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/preretirement.html

Thursday, September 29th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Taboo: Breasts!

Tuesday, September 27th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Taboo: Open Topic

Monday, September 26th, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

The change of seasons also brought enhancements to the Mount Holyoke College Retirement plan (403(b)). Drop in an find out about all that’s new! Sessions will be held Monday 9/26 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Friday 9/30 at 10am, 12n and 2pm and Tuesday 10/4 at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Additional information as well as the handout for the sessions can be found on the HR website. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/defined_contribution_retirement_plan.html

Retirement Planning Workshop

Our annual Pre-Retirement Planning Program is offered to all staff and faculty 45+ years of age who are interested in learning about planning for retirement.
Meetings will be held Tuesday nights in October, from 6-8pm in the Morrison Room, Willits Hallowell. Space is limited. Click on the following link or contact Lorraine Gendron x3132 for more details. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/preretirement.html

Thursday, September 22, 10am-5pm, Blanchard Campus Center. Love, Mod, and Vintage - vintage clothing and jewelry.

Please join us for the first “Open Door: Campus Conversations” of the year on Wednesday, September 28 from 8-9am in the Blanchard Great Room! These breakfasts are opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to build meaningful relationships through intentional conversations across campus positions. Dean Cerri Banks will join us. Come for community-building and singing. We hope to see you there!

Starting on September 26 the Campus Store will be open Monday through Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 12n-5pm. The Campus Store is closed on Sundays except for special events.

Deans’ Discussion

This week Justin Crumbaugh from the Department of Spanish, Latina/o Studies, and Latin American Studies, will be discussing his research. Please join us on Thursday, September 22 at 12:20 in Dwight 202.

MHC will host a presentation by Gregory Vaughn, Assistant Director of MD Admissions at Stanford University School of Medicine on Wednesday, 9/21/11 at 7:00 p.m. in Cleveland L-1. Mr. Vaughn will talk about what medical schools look for in successful applicants and will discuss the admission review process.

Love, Mod, and Vintage - vintage clothing and jewelry

Planning for Retirement?

Our annual Pre-Retirement Planning Program is offered to all staff and faculty 45+ years of age who are interested in learning about planning for retirement. Meetings will be held Tuesday nights in October, 6-8pm, Morrison Room, Willits Hallowell.  Space is limited.  Click on link or contact Lorraine Gendron x3132 for more details.

Vendor: Randy Orchids

Tuesday, September 20th, Noon-5pm, Blanchard Campus Center. Randy Orchids sells plants. Vendor Information

Friday’s Blanchard Vendor!

Octopus Garden- Imported carpentry, rugs,clothing, jewelry and more

Brown Bag Seminars 2011

The Human Resources Department is announcing their Brown Bag seminars for the fall 2011. Please click on the link to view the offerings: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/hr/brownbags.html. To register please either call Human Resources at X2503, or e-mail Sandy Kacenski (skacensk) or Mika Keezing (mkeezing).

Vendor: India Cottage

Monday, September 12th, Blanchard Campus Center. India Cottage: clothing, gifts, and jewelry.

Friday’s Blanchard Vendor!

Randy’s Orchids - Beautiful Orchids for sale

A workshop covering essential information about preparation for graduate study in the health professions will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Cleveland L1 for first-year and sophomore students (and others still making up their minds).  A record of having attended this workshop is required before scheduling an advising appointment with the Office of Pre-Health Programs.

Convocation 2011

Convocation will be held in Gettell Amphitheater as scheduled. The picnic has been canceled, but the dining halls will be open for students as usual.

The entrance to the College at the main gate is now One Way into the College; vehicles may no longer exit onto Route 116 through the Gate. Main Gate Road beyond Safford Hall remains two-way.  Two Do Not Enter signs have been put in place.  Please see the map posted under News on the Parking Office website for further clarification.

Hurricane Preparation

The campus Emergency Response Team has developed contingency plans for potential high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Irene. Decisions on which plans need to be implemented will be made as the storm track becomes better defined. Facilities is checking all areas to minimize the potential for flooding. Before you leave on Friday, shut and secure all windows, shut off all electronic equipment, and remove all electronic equipment and other items from the floor, regardless of your location. (Roof damage could cause water infiltration.)  If there is significant damage in the area, check the emergency delay/closing line (538-2330) Monday morning for campus status.

Summer Hours End

Effective Monday, August 29, 2011, offices return to their regular hours of 8:30am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

If you and a group are interested joining the Mount Holyoke team for the 18th Annual Walk on Sunday, October 23 in Forest Park, Springfield, please register on our team web site ASAP. Team name suggestions are welcome! All t-shirt orders must be submitted to a team captain by September 2.  http://foundation.baystatehealth.org/netcommunity/mountholyokecollege

Representatives will be on campus on the following dates to meet with you to review your pension plans.  ING: 9/14 and 9/15 (1-877-645-5206);  TIAA: 8/29 (1-866-904-7802); Fidelity: 8/30 (1-800-642-7131).  All meetings are in Blanchard Campus Center, from 9am-4pm, Room 216. Call now to setup your personal meeting.

The summer Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available on campus. Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (upper-level entrance) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (entryway facing Skinner Green). Or you can read the Quarterly online at alumnae.mtholyoke.edu

Representatives will be on campus on the following dates to meet with you to review your plans. TIAA-CREF: Monday, August 29, 9 am-4 pm, call 1-866-904-7802 for an appointment. Fidelity Inv.: Tuesday, August 30, 9 am-4 pm, call 1-800-642-7131 for appointment. Both dates: Blanchard Campus Center, Rm 216.

This year Art@Work celebrates its 10th year showcasing the artistic talent of Mount Holyoke College staff! Find out more on our web page.

The Gorse Children’s Center has full- and part-time openings for the fall in most age groups, infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, and after-school care (K-3rd grade). Contact us at 533-9819 to schedule a visit and receive more information.

Road Closure

The Main Gate of Campus will remain closed during construction this summer. Laurel Lane (between Safford and Porter Halls) will be closed tomorrow and periodically over the next few weeks during this construction. Traffic will be rerouted behind Porter Hall in a two-way traffic pattern. Please travel slowly in this area and observe the posted signage.

The Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce that our assessment for re-accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, Inc., is June 28-30. Assessors from several other police departments will review policies, tour our offices, and interview our staff to verify continued compliance with the more than 300 professional standards. Any questions about this process can be directed to Public Safety at x2304.

Blanchard Cafe is now open Monday through Friday, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, through July 15. Also, join us every Tuesday for the “Cafe Patio BBQ.” Hope to see you all soon!

Tornado Relief Efforts

Members of the Mount Holyoke community are working to collect donations (see list of needs below) for drop-off at Mary Mother of Hope Church in Springfield to aid victims of the recent tornado.  Items may be dropped off through July 6 with Deb LaBonte in Financial Services or in a drop-off area organized by Sven Aas and Debra Morrissey in the Library’s atrium.

  • Household items: lamps, dishes, flatware, cups, glassware, small kitchen appliances, pots and pans, linens, blankets, towels
  • Toiletries for adults and children
  • Clothing: spring/summer clothing, all sizes and genders
  • Baby needs: diapers, baby food, formula
  • Non-perishable food supplies

In addition, Cindy LePage’s family is involved in a tornado relief fundraiser. Donations of $10 or more enter the donor in a July 29 drawing for prizes including gas, grocery, retail, and restaurant gift cards. Please contact Cindy for more information, to purchase tickets or help sell them, or to nominate local agencies to receive a portion of the funds raised.

Thanks for any help you can give.

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Tuesday, June 28, from 9 am to 4 pm, to meet one on one to discuss your funds. Call 1-866-904-7802 to arrange an appointment.

On Friday, June 10, Facilities Management will be shutting off electrical power to the following buildings to complete work on a newly installed electrical cable. We expect the power to be off for the entire work day. *Kendall *MacGregor *Torrey *Health Center and CDC (primary will be interrupted). If you have any questions please contact FM x2012.

To the Mount Holyoke Community:

There is a lot of good information regarding volunteer and donation opportunities in the media today, including a story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The Republican also has a How to Help section on their homepage, and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is maintaining a list of organizations which are raising funds for relief.

Deb LaBonte in Financial Services is collecting donations of summer clothing, household items, personal care products, items for children, etc. for drop off at Mary Mother of Hope Church in Springfield on Friday 6/17/11. If you have items to donate, please drop them off to her in Skinner Hall.
Yours,
Kevin McCaffrey

To the Mount Holyoke Community:

We are all concerned about the effects of the tornado and severe storms that swept Springfield and other local communities yesterday, resulting in loss of life, injury, and significant damage. I hope that all Mount Holyoke employees, their families, and their neighbors came through these storms safely. Many of us are interested in contributing to the relief and clean-up effort. The Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter has posted information about opportunities to volunteer and make donations.

Yours,

Kevin McCaffrey
Director of Government and Community Relations

Mary Ellen Gordon from ING is available to meet individually with staff and faculty. To schedule an appointment, call (877) 645-5206.

Starting Tuesday, May 31 the Torrey Lot will be closed. This Lot will remain closed for approximately two weeks. This is necessary for drainage installation. Everett Road will be closed for the summer beginning Tuesday, May 31 to allow for construction. There is ample parking available in the Greenhouse, Ham/MacGregor, and Kendall Parking Lots.

The third candidate interviewing for the Vice President of Finance and Administration will be on campus Thursday, May 26th. All community members-staff, faculty and students, are welcomed to meet the candidate from 1:30-2:30pm in the Wiese-Merriwether Room at Willits.

Mead Lot Closure

Please observe the parking lot closure road horses that will be erected behind Mead within the next two weeks in order to accommodate construction. The parking lot will remain closed for the duration of the construction period. Please seek alternative parking.

In celebration of the completion of our 12-Week Wellness Challenge, we invite you to join us on Skinner Green on Monday, May 23 from Noon-1:00. (Rain date - Tuesday, May 24). Bring your sneakers, your lunch and something to sit on. We’ll have gifts for attendees, music and fun. Come walk the green!

On Tuesday, May 24th, the second candidate interviewing for the Vice President of Finance and Administration will be on campus. If you wish to meet this semi-finalist, please come to the Faculty Club Room in Willits from 1:30-2:30pm on the 24th.

ING continues to offer group information sessions through May 24th. All sessions are held in Kendade 305. Sessions are offered at a variety of times throughout the day for your convenience. For a complete schedule please visit ING Meetings.

Auxiliary Services will be hosting a bus trip to see the Pawsox on July 16. The bus will leave at 1:30 pm. Before the game, you will be able to enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ. The cost per person is $36. If you have any questions or would like to sign-up, please contact Amanda by email at Auxiliary Services or call 413-538-3111.

Due to the recent heavy rains, the Morgan Street Parking Lot at the corner of Morgan Street and Route 116 will be closed until further notice.

See us at the Benefits Fair! Openings for fall in the morning or afternoon Preschool and Kindergarten classes, as well as summer and fall openings for infants, toddlers, preschool, and after-school care. Call 533-9819 for more information and a tour of the Gorse Children’s Center.

MHC’s Conference & Event Services welcomes 27 conferences and events this summer. Program participants will include young women and men, alumnae, parents and faculty from institutions worldwide. The US Gymnastics Training Centers and the USSC Swim Camp, two youth Summer Camps, have generously offered scholarships for children of staff and faculty. For details, please visit Conference Services.

Please be advised that the May 12th Office 2007 training sessions in Word and Excel have been rescheduled for Thurs June 2, same time, same place. The registration page has been changed to reflect the new date. However in doing so, those folks who had previously registered for the classes will need to re-register. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Voting is now open for new Staff Council Representatives. Place your vote now for candidates from each division. Voting ends this Friday, May 13th at 5pm. Voting is done online through “Webshell“. Voting will also be available at the Benefits Fair on Thursday, May 12th in Chapin Auditorium at the Staff Council table.

This year Art@Work celebrates its 10th year showcasing the artistic talent of Mount Holyoke College staff!! In tribute to this special anniversary, Art@Work committee members have decided to have fun with the number 10. Visit our web site for more: Art@Work.

MHC faculty and staff can re-register their Kendall locker beginning May 9, 2011 through June 1, 2011. Just stop by the Kendall Info Desk, show your OneCard and ask to re-register your locker. You will then be set for this summer and next academic year and do not need to clear your locker. All lockers that have not been re-registered by June 1, 2011, will be cleared out and items donated to charity.

Meet the first candidate interviewing for the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Willits-Hallowell in the Wiese-Merriwether Room on Monday, May 9th from 1:30-2:30-pm. Staff, faculty and students are welcomed to attend this community opportunity to talk with this candidate and learn about her interest in this role.

Last sessions for this academic year, don’t miss out! Classes are sponsored by LITS  and are free of charge. Each class is a 2 hour, hands-on workshop led by Pioneer Training. Registration is necessary. Cancellations if any, should be made 24 hours prior to class to avoid a departmental charge-back fee. Click on link for on-line registration page and course summaries.

During the month of May, employees have the opportunity to review and make changes to their benefit elections. We will be holding our Annual Benefits Fair on Thursday, May 12th in Chapin Auditorium; 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please stop by to meet our vendors for health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance as well as the representatives from ING!

Photographer Ben Barnhart will be on campus Tuesday, May 17 from 1 to 5 pm in the Cassani Room to take head shots of faculty and staff who may need new or updated photos for faculty profiles, web pages, or other professional purposes. To schedule a sitting, contact Taliesin Nyala in Communications.

The Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center is currently accepting applicants for their Summer Riding “On-Course” Program. From May through August, the Equestrian Center will be conducting a series of sessions each lasting two weeks, for intensive horseback riding lessons. Lessons will be held weekday evenings. Private lessons are also available by arrangement. Click here for more information.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Willits-Hallowell on Sunday, May 8th. Seating for brunch at 1:30pm is still available. Reservations strongly encouraged. For more information or to reserve call the Willits-Hallowell Center at 413-538-2217.

Summer Hours

Summer hours will start May 31 through August 26,2011. Core hours are 8:30am to 4:00pm. All offices must be fully staffed during these hours. Employees continue to work 7.5 hrs per day with various start and lunch times. See the Human Resources web page for more details.

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 4:15-5:30 PM, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

You can teach a non-credit course or workshop during J-Term/ Intersession 2012. The deadline for proposals has been extended to Monday, May 2nd. Information can be found on the J-Term website.

On May 1, 2011 Public Safety received a report of a male exposing himself near the Upper Lake. Please visit the Public Safety safety alerts website for full information.

Vendor: India Cottage

Friday, April 29th, Blanchard Vendor: India Cottage with clothing, gifts and jewelry. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

May 2, 12:15 pm outside Abbey Memorial Chapel. A reading of 37 names out of the many lives destroyed by the Nazi Regime, followed by a short service of remembrance, and the Tolling of the College Bells in honor of Yom Ha-Shoah Day.

Car breaking and entering reported at Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges on April 27; visit the Public Safety web site for hints to protect your belongings. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/publicsafety/alerts.html

Vendor: Global Odyssey

Thursday, April 28th, 10am-5pm, Blanchard Campus Center. Global Odyssey sells sterling jewelry with gemstones.  Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Seniors who wish to receive a Five College African Studies Certificate should submit a completed application to Samba Gadjigo, John Lemly or Holly Hanson by Wednesday May 4. Requirements for the Certificate and application forms may be found at http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/african/certificate/ and application forms are also available on the bulletin board outside Skinner 314.

The spring Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available. Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (entryway facing Skinner Green) Or you can read the Quarterly online at alumnae.mtholyoke.edu/q

You can teach a non-credit course or workshop during J-Term/ Intersession 2012. Proposals due Thursday, April 28th, 2011. Information can be found on the J-Term website.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Today at 12:05, Reading of a small portion of names,service and tolling of the MHC Bells. Abbey Chapel stairs; if it rains, we will move in to the Chapel.

Pawsox Bus Trip

Auxiliary Services will be hosting a bus trip to see the Pawsox on July 16. The bus will leave at 1:30 pm. Before the game, you will be able to enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ. The cost per person is $36. If you have any questions or would like to sign-up, please contact Amanda in Auxiliary Services at 413-538-3111 or auxiliary-services@mtholyoke.edu.

FY2012 Budget

There is a new posting to the budget blog. FY12 Budget Summary.

Friday, April 22nd, Blanchard Campus Center: India Cottage with clothing, gifts and jewelry. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Join us on Sunday, April 24, for our annual Easter Brunch. Seatings are at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 413-538-2217. Click here for the menu.

Bicycle Registration

This is a reminder that all bicycles left on Campus must be registered with the Department of Public Safety. Registration is free and can be done Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm. To register, please bring the make, model, serial number, color, style, number of speeds, and value of the bicycle. Any bicycle in violation of the College’s bicycle policy, unregistered, or with an expired decal is considered abandoned and will be confiscated, and if not claimed within 30 days, discarded.

This is your last chance to enjoy a la carte community lunch at Willits, Monday-Friday April 18-22 from 12-1:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 12:30 pm. Seniors, Undergrads, Faculty and Staff, join the MHC Religious Chaplains & the Class of 2011 in sharing some reflective time as our seniors move closer to graduation. Come look back with the Seniors on their years here at MHC & anticipate the great futures that await them. Eliot House outside, lounge if rain.

Summer Riding Lessons

Mount Holyoke Equestrian Center Announces Summer Riding “On-Course” Program From May through August, the Equestrian Center will be conducting a series of sessions each lasting two weeks, for intensive horseback riding lessons. Students may ride 4, 6, or 8 times in each session. Lessons will be held weekday evenings. Private lessons are available by arrangement. Click here for more information.
For more information contact Anne Wiktor or 413-538-3018×2.

Black Took Collective: Live Feed from a Black Unconscious performance Thursday, April 21, at 5:30 Rooke Theatre.

Spring Weekend At MHC!

The Network Kicks Off Spring Weekend with Caitlin Canty and Darlingside! Friday, April 15th, 7:30pm-11pm, Blanchard patio and a Carnival Saturday, April 16th 1pm-5pm, Skinner Green. (Free entry)  Tickets to Vapor Saturday, April 16th 10pm-2am, Chapin Auditorium are available April 11 at Blanchard for a general presale price of $5 between 12:30-1pm & 6:30-8pm. Door price: MHC $7, Others $10.

Wednesday & Thursday, April 13th-14th, Blanchard Campus Center. Chatham Caravan sells accessories, hats, scarves, wools from Nepal and jewelry. Cash, MC, Visa and AmEx accepted. Vendor information.

Several of the graduate programs from Harvard University will be doing a recruiting visit here on campus Thursday, April 14 in Blanchard from 4-5 p.m. they will have display tables  and will do a joint presentation in Kendade 305 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Mind the Gap!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 and 13, the Annual Fund will host Mind the Gap Days, symbolizing the point when student tuition revenue “runs out” and gifts from alumnae begin to help bridge the gap in covering the cost of educating every student. Stop by our tables in Blanchard/Kendade, write a thank-you postcard to an alumna donor, and grab a FREE Chef Jeff cookie. For more information, contact Allison Butler in the Development Office.

Please join us for this spoken word performance, by Professor Alberto Sandoval who shares his real life journey from his childhood in Puerto Rico to his life long battle with HIV/AIDS. Tuesday, April 12 at 7 pm in the LITS Stimpson room.

Thursday, April 14th, 2011 4:30-6:00 PM, Blanchard 227. Taboo Extreme Dialogues : No homework, no prep, just real conversations! Students, faculty, staff all welcome.

Sesame Street Live is coming to the MassMutual Center on May 7th and May 8th. Purchase tickets for Sesame Street Live.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, “Language Resource Center for Staff”, by Daryl Beres, Language Resource Center.  Interested in languages? Learn about the free resources available to staff in the Language Resource Center, from books and newspapers, software, opportunities for conversation and more! Location: Ciruti - Language Resource Center (Room 6 - Basement level).

The Department of German Studies and the European Studies Program present: “Halving” It All? Gender and Workers’ Issues In The Charter of Fundamental Rights of The European Union, April 12th, 4:30 pm, New York Room in Mary Woolley Hall.

Need to make some money? Apply to teach a non-credit course or workshop in J-term 2012. $150 honorarium paid per course, $50 honorarium paid per workshop.

Students, faculty and staff should return their proposals by Thursday, April 28th to the Office of Student Programs, Blanchard 327 or email to jlaprade@mtholyoke.edu

Proposal forms are available in Blanchard Information Desk or online at www.mtholyoke.edu/go/students

For more information contact John Laprade, Director of Student Programs at jlaprade@mtholyoke.edu or x2478

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, “Creating Your College Financing Plan”, by Gail Holt and Stephanie Bertagnolli, Student Financial Services. Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Location: Skinner Hall, Room 210. More Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Employee Bus Trip to NYC

Auxiliary Services will host a NYC bus trip on Saturday 5/14/2011. The cost is $30 per person. Seats are limited & available on a first come, first serve basis. Departure from Kendall Lot at 6:30 am. The drop off area is around the 53rd & Broadway area. The bus will leave NYC at 6:30 pm from the same location.

Women are supposed to cook all the food, but never eat it.  Society is pre-occupied with women who eat too much and who eat too little.  Food commercials often use women to fetishize food and eating.  What does it mean for a woman to have a “healthy relationship with food”?  Should nutrition and eating be considered “women’s issues”? Facilitators: Gender Studies Senior Seminar, Blanchard Lounge (227).  More info at www.mtholyoke.edu/go/taboo

Today on the anniversary of the murder of Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr., Eliot House, the Multifaith Council, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcome Victoria Christgau, director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, for a workshop on Kingian Nonviolence. Reception to follow. 4:15 pm, Monday, April 4, Eliot House Lounge. This is part of the Interfaith Awareness Week.

Six Flags Passes

Six Flags daily passes are now available in Human Resources, Skinner Hall, Room 1. The cost is $28.00 per ticket with an option to upgrade to a season pass for an additional $24.99 the day you visit the park. Please see either Sandy or Mika.

FY2012 Budget Forum

Mary Jo Maydew, Vice President for Finance & Administration, is holding a forum on the fiscal year 2012 budget on April 21, 1:30pm-3:00pm in Hooker Auditorium.

Is it hard to think of someone who could represent you without reinforcing stereotypes that hurt you? Are there Hollywood films or TV shows that accurately reflect your circle of friends and your family? When is racial/ethnic accuracy in casting important? What about “colorblind” casting? Everyone welcome. Facilitators: Lexi Myers ‘14 and ASA. 4:30pm, Blanchard Lounge (227). http://www.mtholyoke.edu/programs/taboo/

Join us on Sunday, April 24th for our annual Easter Brunch. Seatings are at 11am and 1:30pm. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 413-538-2217.

On the anniversary of the murder of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eliot House, the Multifaith Council,and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcome Victoria Christgau, director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, for a workshop on Kingian Nonviolence. Reception to follow. 4:15 pm, Monday, April 4, Eliot House Lounge. This is part of the Interfaith Awareness Week.

There will be a Soccer Camp at MassMutual Center on April 2nd. If you attend, you will receive a ticket to attend the Falcons hockey game that evening.

Farewell Lauren

Please join us for a farewell party as we honor Lauren Turner, Director of Human Resources, on Monday, April 18, 2011, 1:00-3:00pm at The Willits-Hallowell Center.

Senior Gift Week in Blanchard! Please stop by our Senior Gift Tables March 28-31 from 11 am-2 pm and 6-8 pm to VOTE on the designation of our Senior Gift and make your Senior Gift. Seniors can also VOTE online on Facebook: MHC Class of 2011 Senior Gift Fund. We hope you return and watch for our updates!

Willits is serving a la carte lunch, Monday-Friday March 28 - April 1. See the Menu.

Organ and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive, normal lives and return them to their families, friends and communities. You have the power to change someone’s world by being a donor. It’s about living. It’s about Life. Registering takes just moments, so please visit our table in the Blanchard Campus Center on April 5th & 6th from 11:00am-2:00pm and register…because if we all sign up, we can save each other. See Donate Life New England.

Thursday, March 24, from Noon - 1:00 p.m. at the Art Museum. Join us for a tour of our special exhibition: “Reconstructing  Antiquity.” More than 70 ancient Greek and Roman objects from Yale and Mount Holyoke provide insight into daily life in the ancient world, representations of ancient women, and aspects of storytelling and mythology.

The TIAA-CREF representative will be on Campus Tuesday, April 5th to meet with you confidentially to discuss your pension investments of where you are now, where you would like to be in the future and how to achieve your goal. Call Marian Morgante at 866-904-7802 to schedule your appointment. Meetings will be in Blanchard Campus Center rm 213.

Lynn’s Senior Challenge

President Pasquerella has offered up a challenge to the senior class. For every senior who makes a senior gift, President Pasquerella will add an additional $5 to the Senior Gift Fund. If all 570 seniors contribute, President Pasquerella will add $2,850 to the Senior Gift Fund at Commencement! Seniors, please make your gift now!

There is still time left to provide feedback and suggestions to Public Safety; we need your input to plan programs for the future. Visit Public Safety 2011 to complete the survey.

“Applying to Medical (and other Health Professions) Schools” Workshop, Wed. 3/23, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in Cleveland L1. For details on the workshop and pre-application deadlines are available at Pre-Health Programs.

The squad will play a charity exhibition match with a Japanese travel team at the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex’s turf field on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. The team will be selling $5 “We Pray For Japan” bracelets at the game, with all contributions going to the Japanese Red Cross.

The Human Resources Department has been engaged in consultation with members of the community and with various consultants and financial advisors to plan for the College’s response to new federal regulations which govern how we administer our Defined Contribution Retirement Plan.  Please come to one of the open forums that are offered over the course of the next few weeks. Come see how this affects you: schedule.

Blanchard Cafe & Uncommon Grounds will be closed from Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 20. Both will reopen-Regular hours on Monday, March 21, 2011.

Engraving of  bikes, laptops, and other electronic equipment. An Officer will be available to give instructions on how to personalize your belongings for identification in case of theft. April 29th, room 108 Blanchard from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

The CBL Program is hosting an “Engaging the Pioneer Valley” panel discussion entitled “Adult Learning in the Pioneer Valley”. The session is free and open to the public, to be held in Gamble Auditorium 7-8:30pm, Monday March 21.

LITS Open House

LITS will be hosting its second annual Open House on Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, in the main Reading Room. For more information see LITS 2011 Open House.

The winter Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available on campus. Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (entryway facing Skinner Green) Or you can read the Alumnae Quarterly online.

Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Brunch on Sunday,  March 13, 2011 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations strongly recommended. Please call 413-538-2217

Meet the Public Safety Director, Associate Director, and Outreach coordinator in the lounge next to the Cafe, second floor of Blanchard from 4 pm - 6 pm on March 22nd.

“Art and Ethics”

A public lecture at the Art Museum features Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet, Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Offered in conjunction with our special exhibition, Transported and Translated: Arts of the Ancient Americas. Thursday, March 3, 5:00 p.m. Gamble Auditorium  with a reception to follow.

Parking Office Notice:  Please do not park in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church lot on Fridays during Lent. March 11,18,25, and April 1,8,15.  All are welcome for lunch, take out orders accepted before 11am.  For more information, please call 413-532-8917.

Language Resource Center is hosting the annual Language Theatre contest on Thursday, March 3rd, at 8pm in Blanchard Great Room. Contestants will perform dramatic or musical pieces in languages other than English. Both our recruited student judges and audience will involve in the voting process. The contest offers us a chance to appreciate diverse languages on campus.

Around 40 middle school students from the STEP after-school program in Holyoke will come to Mount Holyoke College February 23 for a field trip to learn more about college life. After first meeting for food and introductions, the students will split up into groups based on academic interest and tour the campus with a college student who studies that subject. The college student leaders will give a glimpse into their daily schedule, from academics to residential life, and show the middle school students what they love about MHC. STEP is a program that encourages seventh- and eighth-grade students to overcome barriers to academic success and pursue higher education.

A Fidelity representative will give a presentation on “Designing Your Financial Roadmap.” Come learn how to maximize workplace savings, manage personal savings, and address additional savings needs. This event will take place from 12-1 pm in room 418 in the Library.

If you’re interested in health care challenges and considering leadership positions in health care management or measurement, Dartmouth’s Kimberly Haller will explain their MPH and MS programs Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 pm in Kendade 303. The Dartmouth Institute is recognized as one of the leading research institutes for health care delivery.

NYC Bus Trip March 12

Mount Holyoke College Auxiliary Services will host an NYC bus trip on Sat., March 12. The cost is $30 per person. Checks are preferred, made out to Mount Holyoke College. Payment is due within two weeks of your reservation. There are no refunds. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Departure from Kendall Lot at 6:30 am. The drop off area is around the 53rd and Broadway area. The bus will leave NYC at 6:30 pm from the same location. Please contact the Fleet Office to sign up or if you have any questions.

Prof. Rachel Freudenburg (Boston College) presents her documentary film “Freya!” Feb. 22 at 6 pm in Dwight Hall 101. Freya von Moltke (1911-2010) and her husband Helmut James von Moltke were members of the Kreisauer Circle opposing Hitler’s regime.

Applications are currently being accepted for children 2.9 - 5 years of age for morning preschool and afternoon preschool and kindergarten classes for the 2011-2012 academic year. Please call 533-9819 for more information and to schedule a tour of the center, or go to www.mtholyoke.edu/gorse for an on-line application.

Thursday, February 17th’s Blanchard Vendor: Amber Forest.  Featuring silver custom jewelry and handmade earrings. 10am-5pm.  Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Wednesday’s Blanchard Vendor

Wednesday, February 16th’s Blanchard Vendor: Chatham Caravan. Accessories, hats, scarves, wools, jewelry from Nepal. Cash, Mastercard, Visa and AmEx accepted. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Parking Lot/Snow Removal

Facilities will remove snow and clear the parking lots at Ham-MacGregor on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Vehicles must be moved from this area prior to 6:00 pm Wednesday night. Cars may return to this area that same evening, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 after 10:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation. Other Parking locations to move your car to include: the Equestrian Center; the Greenhouse lot; or Torrey lot.

Are you ready for a Challenge? The office of Human Resources is sponsoring a 12-week Wellness Challenge. Participants will compete on teams of 5-8 people. You will accrue points for a number of wellness initiatives (not just physical activity)! The deadline for submitting your team is Wednesday, February 16. Email your team name, name of the team captain, and a list of the team members to Cindy Legare by the end of the day on Wednesday.

Parking Lot/Snow Removal

Facilities will remove snow and clear the parking lots at the Mary Lyons Parking Lot and Pearsons Parking Lot on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Vehicles must be moved from this area prior to 6:00 pm Tuesday night. Cars may return to this area that same evening, Tuesday, February 15, 2011 after 10:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation. Other Parking locations to move your car to include: The back of Gorse lot; the Morgan Street lot; or the Facilities lot (vehicles MUST be removed from the Facilities lot by 6:00 am Wednesday, February 16).

Friday, February 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm in 305 Kendade; Speaker: Sastry Pantula, Director of Mathematical Sciences, NSF; Professor and Head, Department of Statistics, NC State University; Title: Statistics: A Key to Innovation in a Data-Centric World. Reception will follow talk outside of 305 Kendade. Dinner: 6:15 pm at Willits-Hallowell Center. $20 per person. Please contact Laurie Kamins  for dinner reservations.

Parking Lot/Snow Removal

Facilities will remove snow and clear the parking lot at the Mandelles/1837 on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Vehicles must be moved from this area prior to 6:00 pm Thursday night. Cars may return to this area that same evening,Thursday, February 10, 2011 after 10:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation. Other Parking locations to move your car to include: The back of Gorse lot; the Morgan Street lot; or the Facilities lot (vehicles MUST be removed from the Facilities lot by 6:00 am Friday, February 11).

Join us on Thursday, February 17th at 6pm for a Romantic Tour of the Mediterranean Dinner & Cooking Class. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by a five; course dinner. Reservations are required, please call 413-538-2217.

Public Safety Survey Online

In an effort to evaluate our services and develop programming that meets the needs of our communities, the Department of Public Safety is conducting a survey with the communities we serve. Your input can help us prioritize our efforts. We would appreciate your response by March 10, 2011. Your input is very important to us and will be kept confidential. If you would prefer to complete a paper survey please stop by the Public Safety Office.

The deadline for students to add spring courses is Wednesday, February 9. All students should check their class schedules via ISIS to make sure their schedules are complete and correct by end of day February 9. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Brilliantly-painted Nasca pots, striking Chimu blackware, and animated West Mexican figurines are among the captivating objects on display in Transported and Translated: Arts of the Ancient Americas, opening at the Art Museum on February 8. The exhibition explores the visually rich cultures of Mesoamerica and the Andean region of South America from 600 BCE to the early 16th century.

Celebrate your loved ones at our annual Valentine’s Brunch, Sunday, February 13th, 11:30am- 1:30pm. Reservations strongly encouraged. Reservations can be made by calling 413-538-2217.

A la carte Lunch at Willits

Willits is open and serving a la carte lunch, Monday-Friday, January 31- February 18th, from 12pm-1:30pm.

Parking Lot/Snow Removal

Facilities will remove snow and clear the front of Gorse Parking Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Vehicles must be moved from this area prior to 6:00 pm Wednesday night. Cars may return to this area that same evening, Wednesday, February 9, 2011 after 10:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation. Other Parking locations to move your car to include:The back of Gorse lot; the Morgan Street lot; or the Facilities lot (vehicles MUST be removed from the Facilities lot by 6:00 am Thursday, February 10).

Auditions

Thornton Wilder’s “Skin of Our Teeth”, directed by Roger Babb in Rooke Theatre, Feb. 10, 7-10 pm and Feb. 11, 4-6 pm. Callbacks: Feb. 11, 7-10 pm multiple roles and chorus. For performance April 14-17.

Snow and Ice Announcement

With the recent snow storms the risk of snow and ice falling from campus buildings has increased. Everyone is urged to use caution when walking near buildings. If an area is blocked, please use an alternate route. Also, be aware of the parking policies and the signs as to specific times and/or dangerous areas. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Five College Dance Concert, Wednesday through Saturday, March 2-5 at 8pm Studio Theatre, Kendall Hall, Mount Holyoke College Tickets:  $15 general, $5 students & seniors, $3 general & students/seniors on March 2 Reservations:  (413) 538-2848 or email MHC Dance.

Attention Poets!

The 88th Kathryn Irene Glascock ‘22 Intercollegiate Poetry Competition will be held on April 15 & 16, 2011. Students who wish to be in Mount Holyoke’s poet-contestant in the 2011 Competition are required to submit their work electronically to the Department of English  by 4:30 pm on Monday, February 21, 2011. For details see 2011 Competition or please direct questions to the Glascock Committee Chair, Professor Amy E. Martin or call 413-538-2644.

The Red Cross Blood Drive is still being held in Chapin today, from 12pm-5pm. “The blood we collect today will be pivotal in making sure we have a stable blood supply. Dunkin Donuts has offered to extend their January promotion through this Friday to help us make up for the losses we are taking because of the snow. Each presenting donor that comes in today will receive a Boston Bruins t-shirt AND a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts Coffee. “

The community service shuttle for Tuesday 2/1 has been canceled due to the weather.

Willits-Hallowell will not be serving lunch today and tomorrow, Feb 1st and 2nd. Our A la carte will continue to be offered Monday-Friday through February 18th.

Adverse Weather

Due to the current weather, and predictions through tomorrow, College offices will close at noon today, Tuesday, February 1, and will NOT open tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2.  Also, all classes scheduled for this afternoon AND tomorrow are canceled.

It will be important to keep the main campus roadways as clear of cars as possible over these next two days, so we ask that individuals responsible for hosting other meetings and campus events cancel them as well.

Please plan your travel home this afternoon mindful of the road conditions.  From what we have learned from local and state police, plows are struggling to keep roads clear and visibility is very low.   Be safe.

Join international juggling sensation Michael Karas for a night of amazing stunts and skills. Come watch tricks with hoops, bowling pins and even a mischievous puppet! Pick up some tricks with the free lessons after the show! Monday, January 31st, 8-10pm at Blanchard Great Room. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Employee Discount Reminder

Mass Mutual Center Events discount Code: GSJO.  For details on Employee Discounts or for specific events see WWE Smackdown, Disney Princess On Ice and Harlem Globetrotters.

Monday, January 31, 3:30 pm- 6:00 pm, Smith College Campus Center, Carroll Room. Meet employers and graduate schools with opportunities in engineering, the sciences, and technology. Drop your resume for internships and full-time positions. Network with people who share your career and academic interests.

*Business casual required! *** FREE SCHUTTLE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE FOR MHC STUDENTS! Leaving from the CDC at 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:00 p.m., for more details.

Friday, January 28th, Stock Keeper. Cash or check.  10am-5pm. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Wednesday, January 26th, 7 - 10pm, Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall : Intersections: Identity and Community. A program of music and theatre designed to inspire insights and questions about identity and multiculturalism. Following the performance, small groups will explore candidly the rewards and challenges of membership in Mount Holyoke’s multicultural community.

Weekend Weather Alert

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT-CAMPUS WIDE ALERT FOR LOW TEMPERATURES Predictions of extremely low temperatures for this weekend threaten our campus. Extremely low temperatures increase the exposure of the campus buildings, and their heating systems to freeze-ups, which raises the potential of water damage, and increases the stress on campus heating systems.

Facilities Management asks that all occupants of our spaces, be they student room or administrative office, be mindful of this impending weather and the effect it can have on our buildings. Please review the suggestions below and apply them where you can.

  • Everyone should make certain that all windows and storm windows are closed properly, as open windows are the most common factor in localized freezing of pipes.
  • Where you have control of a specific heating valve or damper, please check that it is in the OPEN position over the weekend.
  • If you have direct control of a Thermostat for your space, please avoid setting it any lower than 55 degrees while your space is unoccupied.

Weather Delay

College offices will open at 10:00 a.m. today.

 Other campus activites will remain as scheduled unless otherwise changed by the individual faculty member or meeting planner.

Join us for our Winter’s Comfort Dinner & Cooking Class on Thursday, January 27th at 6pm. Enjoy a dinner of specially selected foods while our Executive Chef demonstrates the preparation of each course. This is a unique dining experience you should not miss!

Community lunch at the Willits-Hallowell Center has been cancelled for Tuesday, January 18 due to adverse weather and the campus closing at noon.

Students who need to make Spring registration changes may use ISIS to do so, starting Friday, January 21. Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during Orientation.) For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office x2025.

Adverse Weather

Given the current conditions, and the forecast which is predicting continuing freezing rain through this afternoon and into this evening, College offices will close at noon in order to permit employees to travel home in the daylight.  We have not yet heard news about whether other local colleges will be closing early, but you might keep this in mind as you consider the timing of your commute.

Classes and other campus activities will remain as scheduled unless otherwise canceled by the individual faculty member or meeting planner.

The Mount Holyoke College Glee Club and Jazz Ensembles join together for an exciting tour of Philadelphia this January. Before leaving they will hold an Farewell Concert, Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7:00PM, Abbey Memorial Chapel, Free and open to the public; no tickets required (Doors open 35 minutes ahead). For more information about the ensembles please call Kimberly Dunn Adams at (413) 538-2018.

There are two openings for the J-term Watercolor Class which is today through next Tuesday, 1/18 from 4-6:30 pm. If you can make all the classes, I will take the first 2 folks, faculty, staff or students who email by 3 pm today. (ghiggins@mtholyoke.edu) All supplies are provided - there is a $15 fee for paint & paper.

Adverse Weather

Due to the storm, College offices will remain closed today.  Classes and other campus events will remain scheduled at the discretion of the individual faculty member or event planner.

We will be upgrading the Campus Wireless system on Thursday, 1/13 at 7:30 AM. We expect the campus wireless to be down for a few hours. Please plan on using a network cable when you travel with your laptop. This should not affect network connections for LITS provided desktop systems in faculty and staff offices. If you run into a problem contact LITS Helpdesk.

Our annual Winter Brunch on Sunday, January 16th from 11:30am-1:30pm is a great way to stay warm and spend time with friends. Ward off the winter chill and dine with us! Winter Brunch menu.

Willits is open and serving a la carte lunch, Monday-Friday, January 10-28th from 12pm-1:30pm. Looking for lunch when Blanchard is closed? Join us! A la carte menu.  We will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King.

Give the Energy Hogs a Break

Check out five easy steps to reducing campus energy use over break.

Blanchard Cafe–Closed J-Term

Due to a major construction project, Blanchard Cafe will be closed during J-Term. The Cafe will close Monday, December 20 at 3:00 pm, and reopen Monday, January 24 for lunch.

Upcoming events at the MassMutual Convention Center are offering discounts for individual events or for a group of events. Disney on Ice, WWE, Harlem Globetrotters. See information on the Human Resources web page. Be sure to use the discount code when ordering your tickets.

Rev. Gladys Moore will be offering an Advent Service in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary at 7 pm tonight, 12/16/2010. All are welcome.

Willits-Hallowell Closing

The Willits-Hallowell Center and Conference & Event Services will be closed for the December break beginning Wed, Dec. 22 at noon. If you need reservations, catering, or event support through the 3rd week of January, please be sure to contact the  appropriate department by Tues., Dec. 21. Offices reopen Mon, Jan. 3, 2011. Thank you and Happy Holidays to all!

Capitol Steps Tickets!

The Capitol Steps return to MHC with their all-new Liberal Shop of Horrors tour, an evening of musical political satire that pokes fun at Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, and Independents alike. This year a portion of the proceeds will benefit youth programming in South Hadley. General admission tickets are: orchestra, $47.50; balcony, $42.50 and $37.50. There is a $10 discount for MHC faculty, staff, and students on advance purchases of all tickets (other than benefit tickets), with a limit of four tickets per person available to purchase at the Office of Student Programs until 4pm on Friday, December 17th, while supplies last.  These tickets are also on sale at the Northampton Box Office.  

 

Gyuri Kepes - dresses, jewelry, and scarves

Monday’s Blanchard Vendor

Monday, December 13th, 2010, Taurus Books: Archivally matted prints in various sizes. Subjects include birds, flowers, animals, scenes, portraits, children’s subjects, historical events, maps xeroxes of humorous images and phrases, old advertising, original prints, etc. $10-30. Cash, check and credit accepted. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

There will be a $10 discount for Mount Holyoke faculty, staff, and students on advance purchases of all tickets for the Capitol Steps performance on Saturday, December 18. Full details at:

http://www.mtholyoke.edu/news/channels/25/stories/5682449

Friday, December 10, India Cottage: Clothing, Gifts, and Jewelry. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Stockkeeper - vintage accessories

Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm, Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary join Religious and Spiritual Life for a festive celebration of winter solstice. Hear stories, light the Advent wreath & Hanukkah Menorah, do some dancing, and honor various faith traditions. Then to Eliot House for hot cocoa and cookies around the fireplace. Everyone is Welcomed, including Children!

Wednesday, 12/8/10 - Cleveland L-1 @ 7:00 p.m. Jeanne DiPretoro, Associate Director of Admission-New England Area from Ross University School of Medicine & School of Veterinary Medicine will be giving a presentation. Their Caribbean-based campuses are located in Dominica and St. Kitts.

Wednesday, December 8, Global Odyssey: Sterling jewelry with set gemstones from around the world. $10-$80, cash or check. 10am-5pm. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Willits-Hallowell is serving lunch from 12pm-1:30pm, Monday-Friday during the weeks of December 6-10 and 13-17. See our full menu.

Amber Forest - silver costume jewelry and handmade earrings

Love, Mod, and Vintage - mod and vintage clothing

Celebrate the season with family and friends at our annual Holiday Brunch on Sunday, December 12th from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Reservations encouraged, please call 413-538-2217.

Flex Reminder

This is a reminder that Flexible Spending forms are due in Human Resources today for the plan year 2011.

Annie Heath Nurse-Midwife

Wednesday, 12/1/10 - Kendade 305 7:00 p.m. Ms. Heath will discuss Careers in Women’s Health and International Nursing in the Dominican Republic. She has spent 20 years working with Hispanic communities nationally and internationally. In 2004 she founded the non-profit Proyecto ADAMES. She graduated from Yale University in 1993, with a masters in nursing and certificate in midwifery.

Art@Work Staff Exhibit Open!

The 9th Annual Art@Work Staff Exhibit is open to the public until December 17 in the Kendade Atrium. Please join us for the reception on Monday, December 6 in the Atrium from 3:30-5pm. Music is provided by Jerry Marchand playing the Celtic Harp. Not to be missed!

This is a friendly reminder to be careful when parking your vehicles on campus, particularly in areas posted “Warning - Falling Ice or Snow”, as the college is not responsible for any loss or damage to your vehicle unless it is directly caused by the college. For more information please see the Risk Management web site. Have a safe winter!

Wednesday, December 1, Chelsea Girl Designs: Handmade antique brass jewelry and vintage clothing, shoes, and cosmetics. 10am-5pm. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

This year’s “Take the Pledge” campaign is an educational effort to encourage everyone to drive sober during the holiday season. On Monday, Dec 6th all campus departments and student mail boxes will receive pledge cards, which everyone is encouraged to sign and post in Blanchard to visibly show their support. Sponsored by the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project and committee.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm, Chapin Auditorium.  All proceeds go towards flood relief efforts in Pakistan.  Purchase tickets  (non-refundable) online  or in Blanchard Campus Centre, $7 advance, $10 at door. Andrea Gibson is a spoken word artist and activist. Her poetry focuses on gender norms and politics.  Learn more about Andrea and to see her work online.

FY2011 Budget Update

There is a new entry on the FY2010 Budget blog.

Please remember to shut your windows and turn off all equipment and lights before you leave for break.

Winter Parking Ban

Winter will soon be upon us. This is a reminder about parking: There is NO overnight parking on roadways from Dec. 1 - March 15. Signs have been posted. Vehicles will be towed. This is to facilitate snow and ice treatment throughout the winter.

Monday’s Blanchard Vendor

Blanchard Vendor for Monday, November 21st, 2010: Global Odyssey: Sterling jewelry with gemstones. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Crosswalk Safety Notice

Community members should be aware that there are several pedestrian lights at crosswalks on Route 116. If you are crossing at one of these crosswalks, for your safety, please cross only when the signal indicates to do so, and if traffic has stopped. For more information, visit the public safety at Pedestrian Safety.

Join us this Sunday, November 21st from 11:30am-1:30pm for our Thanksgiving Brunch! Reservations strongly encouraged. Please call 413-538-2217.

The Willits-Hallowell Center’s catering office & kitchen, along with Conference & Events Services will be closed for the Thanksgiving break from noon Wed., Nov. 24 thru Sun., Nov 28. Guest rooms are still available for those looking to accommodate family & friends over the holiday. We hope you, your family, & friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Amber Forest - silver costume jewelry and handmade earrings

Let someone else do the cooking! A la carte community lunch will be served from 12pm-1:30pm on Monday & Tuesday, November 22 & 23 and again Tuesday- Friday, November 30-December 3. Reservations strongly          recommended, please call 413-538-2217.

Brown Bag Luncheon Series

Thursday, November 18, at LITS 419; Brown Bag Lunch: “Are you in Good Hands” by Sister Kathleen Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Mercy Medical Center. Come join us for   conversation on everything you should know about the Massachusetts Health Care Proxy.

Handbags, totes, and organizational items as well as other little trinkets and gifts.
Cash and credit only.

A dialog FOR TRANSRACIAL ADOPTEES and MULTI-RACIAL INDIVIDUALS. Together we will discuss some of the complexities of bi-racial, multi-racial, and transracial adoptee identities and circumstances. It will be a chance to dialog about our commonalities and differences, and cultural elements that influence our lives. Open to students/staff/faculty. Facilitators: Aaron King (A.D. Res Life), Erica DeBlase and Holly Grant-Marsney (Counseling Services). TIME/LOCATION: 4:30pm-6pm, Blanchard Lounge (227).  See the TABOO schedule

Public Health Schools

Thursday, 11/18/10 - Cleveland L-1 @ 7:00 p.m. PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOOLS - Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Yale representatives will host an informational session, to help you learn more about public health and how their graduate programs may fit into your personal goals.

Wednesday, November 17, Library 418. Parents may start to worry early about how they will meet the rising costs of college. This session with the Director of College Planning from MEFA and colleague from Student Financial Services will provide an overview of options for saving and answer common questions that will help in financial planning. Please register by calling Human Resources - X2503.

Amber Forest - silver costume jewelry, handmade jewelry

Keep The Chill Out

If you have storm windows in your room or office, please close them. If they don’t work properly or you would like drafty windows caulked, please put in a   work order with Facilities Management.

Thursday, December 2, 2010: Talk at 4:15 p.m. in 305 Kendade followed by refreshments. Dinner at 6:15 p.m. at Willits-Hallowell Center, $20 pp (email Laurie Kamins if you plan on attending the    dinner, including your choice of Boursin Stuffed Chicken or a vegetarian entree). SPEAKER: Umberto Mosco, Worcester Polytechnic Institute TITLE: Fractals and PDEs between Scylla and Charybdis

Flu Shot Clinic

Flu Shot Clinic: Friday, November 12th, 11:15-1:30pm. Blanchard Campus Center Room 108. Charge $20.00. Payments made by cash or check, students may charge to general bill. Injections are given in the upper arm. Please make sure clothing permits for easy access for immunization.

Global Odyssey - sterling silver jewelry with gemstones

Reminder: Free Office 2007 workshops are offered this month for staff and faculty. The spotlight is on Word, Excel and Access. Hone your skills or acquire new ones. Registration is a must. Course information and schedules can be found on the registration site.  Registration deadline is November 15th. Seats are        limited, don’t miss out!

Are You Afraid of Islam?

“Who’s afraid of Islam?” goes beyond the simplistic views of radicals and apologists.  For details: Are you Afraid of Islam? Participants include the former Imam of Hampshire Mosque in Amherst, Muslim Chaplain Mohammed Abdelaal of Amherst College, and Muslim Chaplain Elizaveta Lozovaya of Mount Holyoke College. Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 pm, Cleveland L2

Watching a few minutes of the news is enough to see the discord caused by religious differences. It is crucial to understand the diversity of faiths to navigate today’s complex society without  prejudice. The first step is talking about religion with peers. We hope to bring people of different faiths together as a force for good. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Mary Woolley Hall (Chapin).

Lower Lake Road OPEN

PVTA will resume their normal route as soon as they are able.  Call Public Safety X2304, if you have further questions.

The fall Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available. Pick up your copy at these locations: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) * Skinner Hall (entryway facing Skinner Green) or you can read it online: Alumnae Quarterly.

Open panel discussion with prominent alumnae Heather Campion ‘79, Chief Administrative Officer, FHB Formation LLC; Tina Madon ‘85, Managing Director, Och-Ziff Capital Management; Raj Seshadri ‘87, Head of Global Strategy, Citigroup; and Anne Steer ‘74, Executive Vice President, National Financial Services. Come hear about their post-MHC career paths. Thursday, November 11, 5 pm, at Willits-Hallowell (Morrison Room).

The PVTA will be able to stop at the following locations on campus during the Lower Lake Road closure for today and tomorrow:

  • Route 116 in front of the Library
  • Park Street at Reese
  • Mary Woolley

The buses cannot access the Blanchard and Art Building stops until the road is re-opened. Public Safety x2304

India Cottage - clothing, gifts, and jewelry

Registration deadline for the 9th annual Art@Work Staff Exhibit is Tuesday, November 9, 2010. The exhibit is open to all staff members interested in displaying their personal artwork. This year’s exhibit runs from November 29 - December 17. For  detailed Information about the exhibit go to Art@Work Staff Exhibit. Please consider adding your talent to our show!

Friday, November 5, Jewelry by Susanne: Turquoise, coral, and pearls in interesting colors and sizes, unique pendants, unusual earrings and bracelets made by an MHC Alumna. 10am-4pm.  Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Friday Nov. 5, 2010 ~ 3:00pm - 4:30pm

TABOO: Right to What Kind of Life? “Disabilities” and Definitions
What makes something a disability? What purpose do the labels serve? Who defines the labels?
Who decides the inherent dignity and worth of the human person?

Facilitators: Emma Fialka-Feldman ‘11, and Prof. James Harold (Associate Professor of Philosophy)
Location: Blanchard Lounge (227)

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and our Dining Services bakery has just the answer for the desserts that you could have at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Order your Thanksgiving pies today! Return your form to the Uncommon Grounds counter in Blanchard. ALL orders must be placed no later than Thursday, Nov. 18th at 9:00 pm.

Stock Keeper - vintage accessories

Come to our annual Fall Festival! All families are welcome to come join in the fun on Friday, Nov. 5 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. There will be music, dance, crafts, refreshments, and more at the Gorse Children’s Center, 27 Morgan Street, S. Hadley.

Registration for J-term and Spring credit courses at Mount Holyoke and through the  Five College Interchange begins Monday 11/8. Students should consult ISIS “Approvals…” display to see their individually assigned start dates/times. Registration ends 11:59 pm on Friday 11/19. Call 538-2025 or email for more information.

Wednesday, November 3, Chelsea Girl Design: Handmade antique brass jewelry and vintage clothing, shoes and cosmetics. 10am-5pm. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Amber Forest - Silver costume jewelry, handmade earrings

MHC Fall Dance Concert

The Mount Holyoke College Fall Dance Performance will be held November 11th through 13th at 8pm in the Studio Theatre, Kendall Hall, Mount Holyoke College. The concert features Doris Humphrey’s Passacaglia and faculty choreography. For tickets call 413-538-2848 or e-mail MHC Dance.

Registration deadline for the 9th annual Art@Work Staff Exhibit is November 9, 2010. The exhibit is open to all staff members interested in displaying their personal artwork. This year’s exhibit runs from November 29 - December 17. For detailed Information about the exhibit go to Art@Work Staff Exhibit. Please consider adding your talent to our show!

Friday’s Banchard Vendor

Friday, October 29th, Gyuri Kepes: Trendy, chic, and affordable jewlery, dresses and scarves! All jewlery: 2 for $15, 1 for $10. Scarves $5-$20. Dresses $15. Cash, check, credit. 10am- 5pm. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

FLU SHOTS

Flu shots are now available at the Health Center. Please call 413-538-2121 and select option #1 to schedule an appointment. Please post flyer. COST: $20.00 Payable by cash, check, or one card.

Willits-Hallowell will be featuring the a la carte lunch menu November 1-5, 12pm-1:30pm. Reservations suggested but not required. Call 538-2217 for more information.

India Cottage - Scarves, jewelry, and more

Wednesday, October 27, Stock Keeper: Original and unique vintage accessories. $10-$60, cash, check MC/Visa. 10am-5pm. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

The campus community is invited to celebrate the dedication of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment on Friday, October 29, 5:00 pm, Dwight Hall.

The campus community is invited to celebrate the dedication of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment on Friday, October 29, 5:00 pm, Dwight Hall.

“Sushi and Satellites: Tracking Ocean Giants Across the Globe”; Barbara Block, Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Professor in Marine Sciences, Standford University; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment. Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:30 pm, Gamble Auditorium. Open to the public. For more information see Miller Worley Center for the Environment.

Chatham Caravan - Scarves, gloves, hats, and more from around the world

Monday October 25, Chatham Caravan: Accessories, Scarves, Hats and Bags. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

On October 26, 7 pm in Cleveland L-3, Rigo Nunez, Director of Admissions at The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon will be giving an overview of natural medicine education, the curricular features of NCNM, and advice on the medical school application process,   NCNM trains physicians in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine.  All students interested in medical school are encouraged to attend.

Friday, September 22, Balfour Class Rings: It’s time to order your class ring! 10am- 5pm. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Every year thousands receive the ultimate gift of life. You have the power to change someone’s world by being an organ donor. Stop by our table in Blanchard on Nov 2-3 and join us for a panel presentation Wed, Nov 3rd @ 7:30pm in Cleveland L-1 featuring a donor, a recipient (MHC Student) and ways you can become a donor. Donate Life New England.

Crime Prevention Notice

Public Safety has issued a Crime Prevention Notice in response to the theft of several computers from Clapp and Cleveland Halls. Please visit our Public Safety for more details.

2010 John Lax Memorial Lecture: A lecture by Daniel T. Rodgers, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, Wednesday, October 27, 2010,
4:15 pm, New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall.

Love, Mod, and Vintage - mod and vintage clothing

Wednesday, September 20th, Chelsea Girl Design: Handmade antique brass jewelry and vintage clothing, shoes and cosmetics. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Join us on Sunday, October 24th, 11:30am-1:30pm for our fall harvest-inspired Autumn Brunch. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available, see the full menu. Reservations strongly suggested, please call 538-2217. We hope to see you there!

Ambrosia - seasonal garments, accessories

Be involved in your child’s learning through science by checking out chemistry kits from one of the participating libraries, earn five stamps before May 1 and get a visa application to the chemistry adventure day at Mount Holyoke College. For more details: Passport to Chemistry Adventure Program.

Monday’s Blanchard Vendor

Monday, October 18th: Global Odyssey: Sterling jewelry with Gemstones. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Halloween Tag Sale

Costume pieces and accessories for sale in Rooke Theatre Lobby, Fri, October 22, 11am-3pm. All items $3 each - fill a bag for $6.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Wednesday, October 20, Meeting College Costs for the Entering Student and Family, by Student Financial Services. Location: LITS, Room 419 Thursday, October 28, Card and Envelope Making, by Eileen Campbell. Location: Blanchard-Rotunda Room 226 For more information please visit our Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Friday October 15, India Cottage: Clothing, Gifts and Jewelry. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Friday, October 15th, 12:30-5:30 p.m. in Kendade. More than 100 MHC students will report on their summer internships and research projects.  Welcome and refreshments 12:30 - 1 p.m and student presentations 1 - 5:30. For the full schedule go to Leap 2010.

4:30-6:00 - Porter Lounge. Come together for a casual exchange of ideas on the theme of food (no talking shop!). “Mystery guests” are bringing Syrian Jewish canapes and sparking conversation on the topic of food fusion, and beyond. . . BYOB.

India Cottage - costumes, clothing, and jewelry

Join us on Sunday, October 24th, 11:30am-1:30pm for our fall harvest-inspired Autumn Brunch. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available, see the full menu. Reservations strongly suggested, please call 538-2217. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday October 12th and Wednesday, October 13th, Randy Skolnick’s Orchids: Make your room beautiful with orchids, orchids orchids. Brought to you by The Office of Student Programs.

On October 19th-20th, faculty and staff are invited to take part in this year’s Days of Dialogue! The dialogues will be led by pairs of trained peer facilitators. Each group will meet in 2 1/2 hour sessions on one of three topics: race/ethnicity, gender, or class/rank. For more information go to Days of Dialogue! Registration closes October 13th.

Friday October 8, Ambrosia: Seasonal Garments, Accessories, Bumper Stickers. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Davey Jones Locker - Vintage Clothing and Jewelry

Thursday, 10/7/10 - Cleveland L-1 @ 7:00 p.m. NYCOM will host an informational session. Taryn C. Croot, Assoc. Director of Admissions will be giving an overview of osteopathic medical education, the curricular features of NYCOM, and advice on the medical school application process. All students interested in medical school are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, September 6th, Chelsea Girl Design:Handmade antique brass jewlery and vintage clothing, shoes, and cosmetics. 10am-5pm.  Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

All staff are welcome to participate in the 9th Annual Art@Work Staff Exhibit.  Visit Art@Work 2010 for registration, exhibit information and photo’s from past exhibits. Deadline for submissions is November 9.

Access to Porter Lot

The access to Porter parking lot is restricted to the north side near the amphitheatre until Friday, October 15. There will be two spaces blocked off as a turnaround area while the usual entrance between Porter and Blanchard is closed due to construction.

Aquarius Girl Jewelry- fine silver and gemstones

Tuesday, Oct. 5th. 4:30 to 6pm in Blanchard Lounge (227). Facilitators: Ayoola
White ‘13 (Passages Board), Kris Bergbom (Student Programs). All welcome. See the TABOO
page for more information.

Computer Use Policy Reminder

The College has adopted a Policy on Responsible Use of Computing Resources to provide guidance to members of the community. Two areas deserve particular emphasis: peer-to-peer file sharing software should in general not be used on College computers; downloading of personally identifiable information  (such as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers) on laptops, PDA&’s, flash drives and other portable devices should be avoided; if it can’t be avoided, the storage area must be encrypted. For further information, see Computer and Network Access.

Tuesday’s Blanchard Vendor

Venus in Furs

Monday’s Blanchard Vendor

Monday, September 27th, Chelsea Girl Designs: Handmade antique brass jewelry and vintage clothing, shoes and cosmetics. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Lower Lake Road Closed

Please be advised that on Friday, September 24 a portion of Lower Lake Road will be closed from Morgan Street to Blanchard Circle. The road will be closed at 7:00 p.m. and reopen to traffic at 9:00 p.m.

Adult Swimming Lessons

Instruction for beginner to experienced swimmers. All levels welcome. (18 or older).$50 per swimmer; $45 for MHC faculty/staff. 6 Lessons on Tuesday evening from October 5th through November 9th. 6:30 -7:00pm. Instructors will include head coach, Dave Allen, asst. coach Lindsay Schonborn and members of the swim team. Registration forms are available at Kendall Hall.              Registration ends 10/1.

Global Prints-Music and Movie Posters

Access the phone directory online. Log into webmail, go to webshell, phone directory/people search. Put in a search string. To view complete listing check box that says show full listing. To print sections, go to print phone directory instructions.

The deadline for students to add Fall courses is Tuesday, September 21. All students should check their class schedules via ISIS to make sure their schedules are complete and correct by the end of the day September 21. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Wednesday, September 22, in Cleveland L-1 at 7:00 pm, MHC will host a presentation by Gregory Vaughn, Assistant Director of MD Admissions at Stanford University School of Medicine. Mr. Vaughn will talk about what medical schools look for in successful applicants and will discuss the admission review process.  To RSVP please complete the following survey.

Monday and Tuesday, September 20th and 21st, Palta & Pomelo: Unique, handcrafted jewelry, bags, pins, Christmas ornaments from Chile and Brazil; fair trade, green. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Friday’s Blanchard Vendor

Friday, September 17, India Cottage: clothing, gifts and jewelry. Brought to you by the Office of Students Programs.

TABOO: How Rude!

In a diverse college community, many students encounter differing opinions regarding what is considered rude. Confused about different cultural norms?  About American/Mt Holyoke customs? Just love to talk about taboo issues? Come and have a great discussion dissecting what is considered “rude” and who decides how we measure rudeness.  Everyone welcome.  Taboo: Tuesday, Sept. 21, Blanchard Lounge (227), 4:30-6pm, with facilitators: Tamika Smith, Office of Student Programs.

The proposed mosque to be constructed near Ground Zero, has sparked controversy around the world.  People of all faiths have spewed hate, support, and ambivalence towards the project.  What is the right decision? How do religious freedom and safety of Muslim people conflict in a post-9/11 world? All welcome. Taboo: Friday, Sept. 17, Blanchard Lounge (227), 2:30-4:00pm, with facilitators: Becca Neubardt and Sarah Tulimat.

Willits will be serving brunch on Sunday, September 26, from 11:30am-1:30pm. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available, including fresh carved Salmon en Croute and dessert table. See the full menu. Reservations can be made at x2217. We hope to see you there!

Thursday’s Blanchard Vendor

Thursday, September 16th, Stock Keeper selling original and unique vintage accessories. $10-60, cash, check MC/Visa.  10am-5pm. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Chelsea Girl Designs: Antique Jewelry, vintage clothing

Tuesday’s Blanchard Vendor

Tuesday, September 14,2010, Global Odyssey: Sterling jewelry with gemstones from around the world. $10-$80. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Celebrate the new semester with an a la carte community lunch this week, Monday-Friday, September 13-17, from 12-1:30 pm. We hope to see you there! Here is our menu.

Exploring Careers in Medicine

Thursday, 9/16/10 - Cleveland L-1 @ 7:00 p.m. Thinking about a career in medicine and the health professions? Exploring your options? Wondering if it’s right for you? Wondering how to make it happen? This workshop is for first-year and sophomore students (and others still making up their minds). Presenter: David Gardner

Monday’s Blanchard Vendor

Monday, September 13, Taurus Books: Archival Prints $2-30. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs

Friday’s Blanchard Vendor

The Friday Sep. 10th Vendor is: Taurus Books, selling various sized prints, $10-$30. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs!!

Thursday’s Blanchard Vendor

Thursday, September 9th, India Cottage: clothing, gifts and jewelry. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs

2010 Clery Report Published

The 2010 Clery Campus Security and Fire Safety Report has been published. To review the report you can download the report (PDF) on our website or please call the office at x2304, if you need a paper copy.

For simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your property on campus and beyond visit the Public Safety website: LyonSmart: Stay Safe on Campus.

Openings still available to review your portfolio and discuss future plans. Call 866-904-7802 to arrange for a one-on-one meeting on Thursday, September 9th. Blanchard Campus Center room 216.

Students who need to make fall registration changes may use ISIS to do so, starting Wednesday September 1.  Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during Orientation.) For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office (x2025).

In order to accommodate the relocation of the Centers to Dwight Hall, the college has reallocated six spaces north of Shattuck Hall on Park Street to visitor parking. Faculty and staff members may use other employee parking located nearby.

President Lynn Pasquerella is in Kenya through August 22 to honor her commitment to the Africa Center for Engineering Social Solutions (ACESS). You can read about her experiences in her blog Women Empowering Women: The Kenya Project.

Blanchard Cafe will be closing after lunch Tuesday, August 10th, to complete general maintenance and  cleaning. We will re-open Saturday September 4th.

The summer Alumnae Quarterly magazine will be available Friday, August 6. Pick up your copy at: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) and * Skinner Hall (entryway facing Skinner Green) or go online to the Alumnae Quarterly Magazine.

Big E Tickets

Human Resources has Big E tickets for sale. The fair runs from September 17th through October 3rd. The cost is $12.00 per ticket. Please see either Sandy or Mika in Room 1, Skinner Hall.

To arrange an appointment to meet with a TIAA_CREF representative to review or make changes to your pension plan, call 866-904-7802. Location: Blanchard Campus Center Room 216

A few openings are available in the half-day preschool and kindergarten program for September at the Gorse Children’s Center. For more information and an application, please call 533-9819 or go to the Gorse Children’s Center.

Call Michelle Gallagher at 800-642-7131 to schedule a personal appointment to review your Fidelity investments Thursday, July 22nd in Blanchard Campus Center, room 216.

Six Flags Passes

This is a reminder that Six Flags passes are still available in Human Resources, Room 1, Skinner Hall. We will only be selling daily passes at $25.00 each. You will however, have the opportunity to upgrade to a season pass for an additional $24.99 the day you visit the park. Please see either, Sandy or Mika.

Porter Lot Closing

As of Tuesday, June 1 the Porter parking lot will be blocked off between Porter and Blanchard with no access to the rear of the building until further notice and no parking available on the east side of the building. This is to allow for construction to take place in Porter Hall over the summer.

Mount Holyoke College Public Safety will host an employee bus trip to NYC on Sat June 19th. The cost is $20 per person. Seats are limited & available on a first come, first serve basis. Departure from Kendall Lot at 6:30am. The drop off area is around the 53rd & Broadway area. The bus will leave NYC at 6:30pm from the same location. To sign up, or if you have any questions, call the Fleet Office at x2826 Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm, or email Amanda Florek.

Summer Office Hours

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2010 through Friday, August 27, 2010, summer hours will be in effect for Mount Holyoke College offices.

FY2011 Budget Update

There is a new entry on the FY2010 budget blog.

Would you like to provide feedback and suggestions on the Public Safety three-college collaborative? The annual community survey is online. We encourage everyone to log on and give us your thoughts!!! The survey will close on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

The event with Alexander McCall Smith on April 28 has been canceled. Mr. Smith could not fly to this country because of the Icelandic volcano, and his publisher decided to cancel his entire U.S. tour. For more information visit the Odyssey Bookshop Web site.

Raising aid and awareness for Haiti and Chile on Sunday, April 25, 3 pm, Abbey Chapel The Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir will put on one of their attention getting shows. Check out their Web site. Suggested donation: $5 to $20, for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and Chile.

The April 22 Community Breakfast has been postponed. The new date will be announced in upcoming days.

Shuttle van service will be available to and from the College Community Boathouse Celebration on Sunday, April 25. The shuttle service will run from 11 am until after noon from the Kendall parking lot and then resume at the conclusion of the event at 1:30 pm. Some parking will also be available at the site of the new boathouse at 240 Ferry Street as well as along Ferry Street near the driveway to the boathouse. The event itself runs from noon to 1:30. More information on the event.

FY2011 Budget Update

There is a new entry on the FY2010 Budget blog.

Six Flags Daily Passes

Six Flags passes are now available in Human Resources, Room 1, Skinner Hall. We will only be selling daily passes at $25.00 each. You will however, have the opportunity to upgrade to a season pass for an additional $24.99 the day you visit the park. Please see either, Sandy or Mika.

Willits-Hallowell is featuring the a la carte luncheon menu! Stop in for lunch Monday-Fridays, February 8-26 12 pm-1:30 pm. Reservations suggested, but not required. Call 538-2217 for more information.

Willits- Hallowell has two occasions to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Our Romance in France Dinner & Cooking Class on Saturday, February 13th, at 6 pm (see menu); and our annual Valentine’s Brunch will be on Sunday, February 14th, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm (see menu). For reservations call 413-538-2217. We hope to see you there!

NYC Employee Bus Trip

Public Safety will host an employee (and their guests) NYC bus trip on Saturday, March 13th. The bus departs from the Kendall Lot at 6:30 am; arrives in NYC at approximately 10:30 am; with a 6:30 pm departure from NYC. Pick up and drop off in NYC is at 53rd & Broadway. Cost is $20 per person. Contact the Fleet Office at x2826 or email to sign up.

The winter Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available. Pick up your copy at: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) or you can read the Quarterly online.

Calling all student poets!

Students who wish to represent Mount Holyoke at the 87th annual Glascock poetry contest in April should submit their poetry to the English department. Deadline is 4:00 pm Friday, March 5, 2010.

FY2010 Budget

There is a new blog entry.

Crosswalk Safety Notice

Community members should be aware that there are several pedestrian lights at crosswalks on Route 116. If you are crossing at one of these crosswalks, for your safety, please cross only when the signal indicates to do so, and if traffic has stopped. For more information, visit the public safety Web Site.

Winter Parking

Winter is upon us. This is a reminder about parking: There is NO overnight parking on roadways from Dec. 1 - March 15. Signs have been posted. Vehicles will be towed. This is to facilitate snow and ice treatment throughout the winter.

Students who need to make Spring registration changes may use ISIS to do so starting Friday, Jan 22. Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during Orientation.) For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Haitian Casualties

To date we know of no MHC alumnae or students lost, injured, or missing as a result of the earthquake. Anyone who has such information should inform the Office of the President via email.

FY2010 Budget

There is a new blog entry.

A parent information meeting on the functions and benefits of child study in the half-day and full-day classrooms will be held on Thursday, January 28, at 7 pm .No registration is required, prospective parents are welcome. Visit the Gorse Web site for more information.

Gorse Visiting Day

On Monday, January 25, the Gorse Children’s Center will host a visiting day for families interested in enrolling in half-day preschool and kindergarten classes for fall 2010. Please call 533-9819 to schedule a time. Visit the Gorse Web site for more information.

Stay warm! Dine with us on Sunday, January 17th, 11:30 am-1:30 pm for our annual Winter Brunch. Please call 538-2217 to make a reservation. See menu.

Discounts on the following upcoming events: Springfield Armor, Falcon Games, Harlem Globetrotters and Disney on Ice “Finding Nemo.” See the Human Resources Office Web page for more details and discount code.

Fidelity counselor will be on campus to meet with you on the following dates: 1/28, 2/25 and 3/24. Call 800-642-7131 to setup an appointment or check the Human Resources Web page for more details.

TIAA-CREF Spring Schedule

TIAA-CREF counselor will be on campus to meet with you on the following dates: 1/13, 2/9, 3/11, 4/14, 5/12 and 6/10. Call 866-904-7802 for an appointment, check the Human Resources Web page for details.

January 19, 1-2:30 pm; Library Reading Room – MHC will host a Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Open House, a celebratory showcase of the wide range of work done at LITS, including collaborations with partners among the faculty, staff, and students on campus and across the Five Colleges.

Please join us for upcoming Brown Bag Lunch Series from 12 - 1 p.m. Lunch series includes: LITS Introduction for New (and not-so-new) Staff, Tuesday, January 19; How to Manage your Departmental Budget, Thursday, February 11; Tour of New Residence Hall, Tuesday, March 16; No-sew Pillow Making, TBA:. Sponsored by Human Resources.

Willits-Hallowell presents a unique dining experience. Join us for our Winter’s Comfort Italian Dinner & Cooking Class on Friday, January 15th, 6pm, Willits-Hallowell Center. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception then proceed into the Smith Dining Room for a five‐course dinner. Please call 413-538-2217 to make reservations. See menu.

The Center will be offering our a la carte menu for community lunch throughout January. Service begins Thursday, January 7; 12:00-1:30pm. Plan on joining us! See full menu.

The Willits-Hallowell Center & Conference and Events Services will close for the December break on Tuesday, December 22. Offices will be open until 3:00pm. If you are aware of needed reservations, catering, or event support from our departments thru the 2nd week of January, please contact us prior to December 22. Willits-Hallowell & Conference and Event Services reopens Monday, January 4, 2010.

Trendy, chic and affordable jewelry, dresses and scarves! ALL jewelry: 2 items for $15, 1 for $10. Scarves $5-$20. Dresses: $15. Cash, Checks, Credit.

No Study Zone

Tuesday, December 15, from 6-8pm - No Study Zone! Come play and relax at the de-stressor event of the year! Free! At Chapin Auditorium.

Break and Winter Parking

With winter upon us and break not far off, some reminders on parking: 1. There is NO overnight parking on roadways from Dec. 1 - Apr. 1. This is to facilitate snow and ice treatment throughout the winter. 2. Break Parking: If you are leaving a car through break and/or January Term, please park only in student spaces in Gorse Lot.

Barbara Byrne’s PowerPoint presentation given at the December 7 special faculty meeting is available on the finance and administration Web page.

This workshop will help you gain a better understanding of what international students are feeling, thinking and experiencing when they come here to study. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, December 16th, from 12 noon-1:00 pm and again from 1:30-2:30 pm. Both workshops will be held in Hooker Auditorium. Sponsored by the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives

LITS is offering 2 hour, hands-on training in Office 2007 in each of the following applications: Access 2007, Excel - both introductory and advanced level, and Intermediate Word. Registration is necessary. Registration ends on Monday, Dec. 14th, 5:00PM. See Web site or email for more information.

Stock Keeper Costumes-costumes available for the perfect holiday gift!

The Center is happy to offer Sunday Brunch on December 13th from 11:30am–1:30pm. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available including a carving station and dessert table. Reservations can be made at x2217. Plan on joining us! See the full menu.

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, December 9, from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the Blanchard Great Room, Associate Dean of Faculty Sally Sutherland will talk about the realities and myths of budgeting, budget-cutting, and revenue-growth in the Dean of Faculty’s division.

Plan on joining us for lunch this week! The Cente will be offering a la carte lunch all week, Monday-Friday, December 7-11 from 12:00-1:30pm. Reservations can be made at x2217. We hope to see you there. See full menu.

Tuesday, December 8, the TIAA representative will be here to meet one on one to review your investments and plan for the future. Call 866-904-7802 to setup an appointment.

India Cottage - Jewelry, clothing and gift items. $10-$130, Cash, Checks, Credit.

Monday’s Blanchard Vendor

Ambrosia- Handmade sweaters, ethnic jewelry, sunglasses, bumper stickers. $2-$50

FY2010 Budget

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Community Conversations

On Thursday, December 3 at 8am in the Blanchard Great Room, join students, staff, and faculty for breakfast and conversation. This is a valuable chance to engage with members of the Mount Holyoke community whom you may not otherwise get to talk with. The theme of this Community Conversation will be giving and thanks. Email Elena Cohen or Gladys Moore for more information.

Tuesday, December 8th from 9am-5pm, a Retirement Counselor will be on campus to meet and discuss your investments. Call 866-904-7802 to make an appointment. Blanchard Campus Center room 216.

Willits Thanksgiving Notice

The Center’s catering office & kitchen, along with Conference and Events Services will be closed for the Thanksgiving break from noon Wed, Nov 25 thru Sun, Nov 29. Guestrooms are still available for those looking to accommodate family & friends over the holiday. We hope you, your family, & friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

BU Medical School Thurs. 12/3

Thursday, December 3, at 4:30 pm in Cleveland L2 MHC will host a presentation by Dr. Witzburg, Dean of Admissions at Boston University Medical School. Students interested in attending medical school are invited to attend. We need an accurate count of the number of students planning to attend. To RSVP to this invitation, please click here and complete the following survey.

Wreath-making Workshop

Saturday, November 28, 1-3pm in the greenhouse. Greens, ribbons, pine cones provided; bring any other decorations you desire. $18 due at registration; space is limited. Open to the MHC community and the public.

The Center will be offering an a la carte luncheon menu on Monday and Tuesday, November 23-24 from 12:00-1:30pm. Reservations can be made at x2217. See full menu. We hope to see you there!

Please join Mary Jo Maydew, Vice President for Finance and Administration, on December 2, 9-10:30 am in Gamble Auditorium Side B, for an update on Mount Holyoke’s budget. Read Mary Jo Maydew’s current blog entry on the budget or share ideas on how to save money and generate revenues.

Avon -beauty product, All items on table discounted 10% off of brochure prices! Most items under $10. Start your holiday shopping! Cash.

Registration for both J-Term and Spring 2010 ends at 11:59 pm on Friday, November 20. If you have questions or need assistance, please email the Registrar’s Office or call ext. 2025 before 5pm on the 20th.

Monday’s Blanchard Vendor

Monday, November 16, Ambrosia:  Handmade sweaters, ethnic jewelry, sunglasses, bumper stickers. $2 - $50. See the Vendor Calender to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard.  Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

The Gorse Children’s Center celebrates its grand re-opening with an evening of fun activities and refreshments for all on Friday, November 13 from 5:30 to 7:30. Come see our newly remodeled building at 27 Morgan Street. For more information visit or email.

A Thread of Hope - Guatemalan beaded jewelry, wallets, purses, scarves, and more!

Gyrui Kepes: Trendy, chic and affordable jewelry, dresses nd scarves! ALL jewelry: 2 items for $15, 1 for $10. Scarves $5-$20. Dresses: $15

On Sunday, November 15, 2009, from 9 am to 7 pm, Bernie’s Appliances will hold it’s annual Friends and Family Sale in their Holyoke store. You must bring an invitation to enter the store. Invitations can be picked up at the Human Resources department or download and print out the flyer.

Tuesday, November 10, Kered Designs Jewelry :   Beaded jewelry; stones from around the world. Plastic only if vintage. Adult & Children. Special: Buy one, get one at half-price! $6-35.

Staff, it’s your cue to participate in the Art@Work exhibit. If you work with paint, clay, yarn, glass, fabric, paper, metal, wood or take photographs, digital or film, you can exhibit. Go to the Art@Work Web site for more information and to register for the upcoming show! We are looking for new and returning participants to showcase one-of-a-kind talents! Last day to register is November 9!

The college emergency response team needs volunteers for planned campus H1N1 vaccination clinics. For details see the H1N1 Influenza Information Web page.

Stockkeeper Costumes: Era-inspired vintage clothing and costumes. Thousands of other pieces of vintage clothing including adult suits, ties, vintage shoes and accessories.

To register to participate in one or more of the brown bag sessions, please call Human Resources at x2503 or e-mail Sandy Kacenski or Mika Keezing.

The fall Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available. Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Skinner Hall (central stairway landing) * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) Or you can read the Quarterly online.

The Gorse Children’s Center celebrates its grand re-opening with an evening of fun activities and refreshments for all on Friday, November 13 from 5:30 to 7:30. Come see our newly remodeled building at 27 Morgan Street. For more information visit or email.

Staff, it’s your cue to participate in the Art@Work exhibit. If you work with paint, clay, yarn, glass, fabric, paper, metal, wood or take photographs, digital or film, you can exhibit. Go to the Art@Work web site for more information and to register for the upcoming show! We are looking for new and returning participants to showcase one-of-a-kind talents! Last day to register is November 9!

The English Student Board will host their annual Fall Lunch on Tuesday, November 3 from 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm in 102 Shattuck Hall, The Cassani Room, for current and prospective majors and minors. All are welcome to attend!

~ It is in our collaborations that we create the future ~ Please submit your proposal to the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund and let MCCL fund the change YOU want to see. Deadline for spring applications: November 3rd; for fall applications: March 2nd. Email or call x2478 with any questions.

Registration for Spring & J-term Mount Holyoke and Five-College courses begins Monday 11/9. Students should consult ISIS “Approvals…” display to see their individually assigned start dates/times. Registration ends on Friday, November 20 at 11:59 pm. Call 538-2025 or email for more information.

Open office hours scheduled for today have been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 4th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Staff Council Coffee Break

On Wednesday, November 4, in the Blanchard Center Great Room, please join us for a brainstorming session on the revenue generation side of the MHC budget, led by Staff Council and Mary Jo Maydew, vice president for finance and administration. Bring your best ideas and an open mind! Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Staff, it’s your cue to participate in the Art@Work exhibit. If you work with paint, clay, yarn, glass, fabric, paper, metal, wood or take photographs, digital or film, you can exhibit. Go to the Art@Work web site for more information and to register for the upcoming show! We are looking for new and returning participants to showcase one-of-a-kind talents! Last day to register is November 9!

Michelle Gallagher is Mount Holyoke’s new Fidelity Retirement Counselor. Setup an appointment now to review your funds and plan for the future by calling 1-800-642-7131. Meetings on October 29th and November 16th in Blanchard Campus Center.

The Center will be offering brunch on Sunday, November 1 from 11:30am-1:30pm. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available, including carving station and dessert tables. Reservations can be made at x2217. We hope to see you there! See full menu.

Tuesday, October 27, Kered Designs Jewelry:  Beaded jewelry; stones from around the world.

Plastic only if vintage. Adult & Children. $6-35.

Botanic Garden Plant Sale

Plants remain from the Friends and Family Weekend plant sale. We will sell the plants through this weekend, or until plants are all sold.

Budget Planning

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Monday’s Blanchard Vendor: Sterling jewelry with set gemstones from around the world. $10-$140, Cash, Checks, Credit.

Staff, it’s your cue to participate in the Art@Work exhibit. If you work with paint, clay, yarn, glass, fabric, paper, metal, wood or take photographs, digital or film, you can exhibit. Go to the Art@Work web site for more information and to register for the upcoming show! We are looking for new and returning participants to showcase one-of-a-kind talents! For more information, call x2415.

Friday’s Blanchard Vendor : Ambrosia-Handmade sweaters, ethnic jewelry, sunglasses, bumper stickers.

Learn about the diverse summer internships and research projects that MHC students have engaged in this past summer. Visit the LEAP Web site for a schedule of individual presenters. Come and be inspired to start thinking about what you might do in the summer of 2010. Refreshments will be provided.

Starting on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, repair work is scheduled to start on the Route 116 cross walk opposite Skinner. Work is expected to be finished in approximately one week. Even though there will be a police officer helping direct traffic, please use extra caution when crossing Route 116 in this location.

On October 5, 2009, a student reported that her car, a blue Honda Civic, was stolen from in front of the Mandelles between 6:40pm and 9:40pm Monday night. Public Safety is looking for help to solve this case; if you were in the area that evening and saw anyone or suspicious in the area, please contact Public Safety at x2304 (413-538-2304 from a cell phone).

The College has adopted a Policy on Responsible Use of Computing Resources to provide guidance to members of the community. Two areas deserve particular emphasis: peer-to-peer file sharing software should in general not be used on College computers; and downloading of confidential information on laptops, PDA’s, flash drives and other portable devices should be avoided. For further information, see the Summary of Computer Use Policies.

FY2010 Budget

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Wednesday, September 30, is the deadline for any student who wishes to drop a course, without trace, from her Fall 2009 schedule. Additionally, it is the last day for all except first-years to declare the Ungraded Option to elect credit/no credit grading in a Fall course. Contact the registrar’s office if you have questions.

H1N1 Update

This week’s campus update on H1N1 has been posted.

TIAA-CREF Counselor on campus

There are 2 openings to meet with the TIAA counselor on October 6th, 11:00am and 1:00pm. Remember to check the Human Resources web page for more dates and information regarding appointments. Call 866-904-7802 to setup an appointment.

Public Health Symposium

Friday, October 2, 2009 we are hosting a Public Health Symposium - 2 events: Graduate School Fair in Public Health - Kendade Atrium from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Featuring, Albany, Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UMass and Yale and Alumnae Panel in Public Health - Cleveland L-1 Auditorium from 7:00-9:00 p.m. For more information contact Pre-Health Programs.

The College’s annual Jeanne Clery campus security and fire report is available online. To receive a paper copy of the report, please Public Safety at x2304.

TABOO: Leave it at the door!

How important is it when joining a team, organization, or other group to be able to bring all of our “identities” out into the open? How should we decide what to bring “in the door” - and who makes that decision? All are welcome! Taboo on Thursday, September 24 @ 7-8:30pm, Blanchard 227.

This will be an open dialog about the positive and negative impacts on the individual lives of children of gay parents. Take a chance to share, listen, and learn about the complexities of families with LGBT members. All are welcome! Taboo on Wednesday, September 23 @ 4:30-6pm, Blanchard 227.

Willits-Hallowell Center is having an End of Summer Brunch on Sunday, September 20, 2009, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Please join us in celebrating the end of a beautiful summer. Call 413-538-2217 for reservations.

India Cottage
Jewelry, clothing and gift items
$10-$130, Cash, M/C, VISA,Checks

Hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry: opals, topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, ruby, sapphire and more. Beautiful psychedelic artwork.
$15 - $75 mainly, some more expensive items. Cash, money order or credit card.

Handmade sterling silver jewelry featuring exotic gemstones paired with unique materials such as shards of antique Chinese porcelain, cut woods, coral, and old coins from around the world.  Global Odyssey will be in Blanchard Campus Center on the second floor today and September 29th, 2009.
Global Odyssey Website: http://web.me.com/laurencenelson/global_odyssey_design/Welcome.html

The phone directory is accessible online. Log into webmail, go to webshell, phone directory/people search. Put in a search string. To print department, employee, or student telephone directory sections, map a network drive to: \\ambr\depts. Files are updated daily. Get up-to-date information and, if needed, print it using Word. Select the number of columns that works best. Email with questions or concerns.

Sparkease
Welcome the new school year with unique accessories!  Sparkease is offering various tie-dye items and jewelry for sale.

Check out the vendor calendar brought to you by the Office of Student Programs: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/student-programs/vendor/index.shtml

Those wishing to use the Eliot House Kitchens this semester need to be trained as a Person In Charge (PIC). PIC training will be offered twice this semester, Thursdays, September 10 & 17 at 4:30 pm, Eliot House Lounge. Email or call X2054 for more information.

Willits-Hallowell Center is having an End of Summer Brunch on Sunday, September 20, 2009, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Please join us in celebrating the end of a beautiful summer. Call 413-538-2217 for reservations.

FY2010 Budget

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Big E Tickets

Human Resources will offer Big E tickets from September 8 - September 11 only! The fair runs September 18 through October 4. Cost is $10.00 per ticket. To purchase tickets come to Skinner Hall, Room 1.

The College received a notice from South Hadley Water District 2 on September 1st regarding drinking water quality test results from mid August. While no corrective action is needed, the notice is posted on the EH&S web site for your information.

Zoë Darrow ‘11 brings her traditional Celtic band, the Fiddleheads, to the Iron Horse in Northampton, on Friday, September 4, at 7 pm. More info at http://www.iheg.com/

Summer Hours

This is a reminder that summer hours end today. All offices will resume their regular business hours on Monday, August 31, 2009.

Students who need to make fall registration changes may use ISIS to do so starting Wednesday September 2. Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during Orientation.) For more information, email the Registrar’s Office or call ext.2025.

Faculty/Staff decals are now available either in the parking office, or by logging into ISIS and registering online.

Blanchard Cafe will be closed Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th for cleaning. We will reopen Monday 8/31 from 11:30a-2:00pm.

Hazardous Trees

Facilities Management will continue to remove hazardous trees this fall. A consulting arborist identified trees we can save, and those we cannot. Details will be posted soon on the Botanic Garden Web site, or email with any questions or concerns.

The summer Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available. Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Skinner Hall (central stairway landing) * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) or you can read the Quarterly online.

Professor Susan R. Barry will discuss her new book, Fixing My Gaze, in a two-part interview on radio station WFCR, airing at 6:33 and 8:33 am on Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3.

FY2010 Budget

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Human Resources will continue to sell Six Flags passes. Season Passes are available until July, 1, 2009.(5 left) Daily passes will be available through September. They may be purchased in Room 1, Skinner Hall.

The Staff Council elections have been held. The new member list can be found on our Web site.

Parking Lot Closings

Mead Parking Lot will be closed as of June 1 and Abbey Parking Lot will be closed as of June 3. This is necessary to allow for construction in the area. These lots will reopen upon completion of these projects. For more information contact Public Safety 413-538-2304.

FY2010 Budget

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A detailed statement about the position of President of Mount Holyoke College (the position specification) is posted on the Presidential Search web site.

Annuals for Sale

Annuals are available for sale at the Talcott Greenhouse. At this time two different varieties of each of the following are available: petunias (Shock Wave series; fast growing), verbena, lobelia (cascading type). Prices are $2 or $3 per pack. Impatiens might be available as well.

President Joanne V. Creighton has announced Hortense Parker Day will become an annual event sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College. Parker is believed to be Mount Holyoke’s first alumna of color. The first Hortense Parker Day, organized by students Ahyoung An ‘09 and Camila Curtis-Contreras ‘09, was a great success.

Tufts and/or Delta Dental subscribers will be receiving enrollment forms through campus mail. The Human Resources team will be collecting forms and answering questions in Blanchard 318, Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Forms can also be picked up in the HR office in Room 1, Skinner Hall. Any changes to benefits must be made by May 31, 2009.

MHC Soccer hosts a summer soccer camp on August 24-27, 2009 for girls (grade 4 to HS seniors). It is a 4-day day camp (9am - 4pm). In addition to soccer sessions, there are intercultural activities with Japanese campers. Click for more information or to sign up.

Originally posted May 1, 2009

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) identified two probable cases of H1N1 (swine) flu at Amherst College. While it is important to note that the cases have not yet been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the students involved are receiving appropriate treatment, doing well, and expected to recover fully.

Because it is possible that the illness is present on the Amherst College campus, that school is taking precautions, including asking anyone with symptoms to seek medical evaluation, recommending preemptive care for individuals with compromised immune systems, and canceling a number of social gatherings.

Ongoing surveillance has not identified any cases of H1N1 at Mount Holyoke and, based on guidance from the MDPH and the CDC, all activities on our campus are continuing as scheduled. Assessment of the situation is ongoing; if the advice of public health experts changes or circumstances warrant, the decision will be revisited.

Mount Holyoke College is taking steps to monitor and prepare for the flu pandemic. Updates to the community are being placed on the College’s Web gateways for students, faculty and staff, and parents.

It is important, as reports of swine flu (confirmed or unconfirmed) swell through the media, that the College community respond appropriately, that we maintain perspective, and that we guard against overreaction. To this end, we are taking the steps detailed below.

The following information comes from the Health Center:

College staff continue to monitor the progression of swine flu and participate in ongoing discussion with the Department of Public Health and colleagues within the Five Colleges. The Department of Public Health has a swine flu information line that is open 24/7. Anyone may call 211 for general information. This line is not a source of specific guidance or answers to clinical questions.

At this time there are no suspected or confirmed cases of swine flu on the MHC campus. We have not seen an increase in the number of students seeking care for flu-like illness. We strongly encourage each of you to use personal precautions to reduce the potential for infection. These are the same precautions that are recommended annually during flu season:

–Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or cover your mouth with a tissue. Dispose immediately of used tissues and wash your hands.

–Frequent hand washing with soap and water when possible or use of hand sanitizers. Hand washing should last through one singing of “Happy Birthday.”

–Maintain good nutrition, sleep and hydration.

–Avoid crowds if possible and maintain a distance of 3-6 feet from anyone who appears to have a flu-like illness.

–Seek medical care if you are experiencing a flu-like illness with the following symptoms:

Fever (100 or higher)
Cough
Runny nose
Sore throat

To reduce the potential for exposure and to try to limit the spread of the flu, the following steps are being implemented by staff of Public Safety and the Health Center.

STUDENTS: All Mount Holyoke College students with the above symptoms should CALL the Health Center BEFORE coming to urgent care. Call 413-538-2242. After the Health Center’s usual hours of operation press zero to reach the on-call clinician.

FACULTY AND STAFF: Employees with these symptoms should not report to work and should contact their primary health care providers.

Students contacting Public Safety for a ride to the Health Center will first be asked specifically about symptoms that suggest a flu-like illness. Students with these illnesses will be transferred to the Health Center.

Public Safety will continue to transport students to the Health Center, but any student with these symptoms must be evaluated by phone by a Health Center nurse PRIOR to the transport and will be asked to wear a surgical mask during the transport.

All students with flu symptoms will be directed to the urgent care area for evaluation and care.

At this time the College calendar remains unchanged, and the community will be notified of any changes or cancellations required by the Department of Public Health.

For additional updates and information regarding swine flu refer to:
Center for Disease Control
State of Massachusetts

Is there room for pregnancy and motherhood in the Academy? How does our college respond to students, staff, and faculty when they pursue motherhood? Fatherhood? Open to students/staff/faculty. Facilitators: Sondra Meija FP’10 and Eileen Rakouskas.

4:30pm, Blanchard Campus Center Lounge 227. See the taboo schedule.

Originally posted April 29, 2009

Campus public health, safety, and medical professionals are closely monitoring an outbreak of swine flu in the United States and abroad.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs. People aren’t normally affected, but human infection can occur. The virus spreads from person to person; you cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. No cases have currently been identified in Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College Health Services participates in the U.S. public health surveillance network, sending reports on emerging issues and trends to local, state, and national health agencies. The swine flu outbreak has been declared a public health emergency by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), triggering heightened surveillance across the nation.

Officials are reminding the campus community about important steps to help prevent getting or spreading any type of flu:

- Wash your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;

- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow instead of into your hands; and

- If you have flu-like symptoms, stay away from work, classes, and social activities.

Flu symptoms include fever of 101 degrees, cough, sore throat, and fatigue. If symptoms persist for 24 hours, contact your health care provider. MHC students should call the health center and speak with the triage nurse (413-538-2242).

The CDC and other public health officials are working to determine the scope and source of the outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, visit the CDC website or the State of Massachusetts .

Additional resources for members of the Mount Holyoke community who are currently abroad or planning to travel abroad are the World Health Organization and the US Embassy website (or your home country’s embassy) for your location. Students who are studying abroad should check with their program or host university about the situation in their area. We recommend that US citizens register with the local embassy, if they have not already done so, so that they may be contacted in the event of an emergency (US citizens can register on-line at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/; citizens of other countries should check with their home country’s embassy to see if a similar service is available).

Thursday, April 30, Amber Forest: Exquisite silver & costume jewelry, handmade glass earrings $2 - $40

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

The spring Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available. Pick up your copy at Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances), Library entrance, Skinner Hall (main level entrance), Kendade Hall atrium (lower level,) or you can read the Quarterly online.

Monday, April 27, Global Odyssey: Sterling jewelry with set gemstones from around the world $10-$80, Cash or Checks. Offering great gifts for Mother’s Day!
http://www.globalodysseydesign.com

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Willits’ community lunch buffet will not be offered tomorrow, Thursday, April 23 as we are accommodating Admissions Experience MHC program. Community lunch on Friday, April 24 is cancelled due to the campus wide Pangy Picnic. Hope to see all next week!

Friday, April 24, 8 pm: Decemberists Concert at Amherst College, LeFrak Gym.

Discounted tickets while they last. $10 w/5 -College ID (students, staff, faculty) on sale at the Office of Student Programs, Blanchard 327. Cash or Check made out to Amherst College.

The Presidential Search Committee is formed. Visit the Presidential Search Web site for the complete list.

President’s Luncheon

Staff Council invites you to the annual President’s Luncheon, April 6, 12:00-1:30 in the Morrison room at Willits. Staff are encouraged to bring questions for President Creighton and Senior Staff administrators. You can also email your questions to Staff Council. We will bring them to the luncheon. Space is limited; email your reservation to Irasema Lewis or call x2185 by April 1.

Staff Council has presented their slate of 5 nominees for the Presidential Search Committee to Leslie Miller, Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has informed Staff Council that there will be 2 staff representatives on the Presidential Search Committee.

Check out today’s Blanchard Vendor: India Cottage. Treat yourself or someone else to jewelry, clothing and many other gift items!

Prices Range from $10-$130. Accepts Cash, Mastercard, VISA, and Checks.

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

A workshop will be held on Friday, April 3 from noon to 2 pm at Willits for faculty interested in applying for an NEH Fellowship. At this workshop you will learn how to develop a good proposal and how to submit it via grants.gov. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to M.J. Maccardini or by phone at ext. 2764 by Friday, March 27.

FY2010 Budget

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The Public Safety survey has been extended and will close March 28, 2009. Give us your feedback and enter to win a gift certificate. See our Web site for more information.

The Multicultural Community & College Life (MCCL) Committee seeks proposals for Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund (IIF) projects; proposals are due April 10 for projects that will take place in fall 2009. We welcome proposals with multi-year timelines. We also encourage proposals that incorporate multiple perspectives on our campus. Examples of successful applications and previous projects are available on the MCCL Web site.

Six Flags Tickets

Six Flags tickets are now available in Human Resources. Daily passes are $25.00 and season passes are $64.99. Please contact Sandy Kacenski or Mika Keezing at X2503.

Spring Flower Show

Looking for a breath of spring? The MHC Botanic Garden Spring Flower Show is open now through March 22. The title is “A Walk in the Park.” Hours for the show are 10-4 daily.

Heating and Cooling Policy

The College’s Heating and Cooling Policy has been revised to clarify circumstances that merit policy exceptions. When scheduling evening or weekend meetings, please schedule in spaces that have extended heating hours. This policy is important in controlling the campuses energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. For a list of these spaces, go to the Heating and Cooling Policy Web page.

Removal of Parking Spaces

Effective February 1, 2009, the parking spaces behind Safford Hall (around Skinner Green) will no longer be in use. Signs indicating “No Parking” are in place at the impacted area.

Our TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for a presentation of “Staying on Track in a Volatile Market,” Friday, February 6, in Blanchard Campus Center, Room 318, from 12-1 pm. Have your lunch while listening to some financial information.

“Intersections” will be performed on Sunday, February 1 at 7 pm in Chapin Auditorium. This moving performance of personal stories from MHC students about race, gender, class, sexual orientation, nationality, ability and other aspects of their identity debuted to rave reviews by new students and leaders during Fall Orientation. By popular demand, this performance is now free and open to all.

Don’t miss Andy Suzuki and Kozza Babumba perform at M&C’s Coffee House Night on Thursday, January 22, from 8 to 10pm, in the Blanchard Great Room. Chef Jeff cookies, healthy snacks, tea, coffee will be served at this all-campus M&C’s gathering. Free. Fore more artist info, click here. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Students who need to make spring registration changes may use ISIS to do so starting Friday, January 23. Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during Orientation.) For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office (x2025).

“Staying on Track in a Volatile Market” will be presented Friday from 12-1pm in Blanchard Campus Center room 318. Bring your lunch and listen to some pension strategies.

On Wednesday, January 21, from 6 to 8 pm, grab dinner on the board plan (or cash) in Blanchard and watch “The Skulls” on the big screen. Complimentary movie-theater snacks. Free. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs. J-Term Events calendar.

The Fidelity representative will be on campus Tuesday, January 27, from 8:00 am-12:00 pm to meet one-on-one to discuss your pension plan. Meetings will be held in Room 213 Blanchard Campus Center. Call 1-800-642-7131 for appointment.

The Policy: Postings on campus building exteriors and outside furnishings and fixtures are not permitted. Boards for posting announcements and advertisements can be found in Blanchard, residence halls and administrative/academic buildings, as well as through electronic communication. Postings on exterior surfaces will be removed at the first opportunity by Facilities Management staff.

An evening of “Welcoming the Light and Embracing the Darkness” on Wednesday, December 10, 7 pm in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary. During winter, the earth rests and renews itself while awaiting the warmth of spring. We too, should take this time to renew ourselves, welcome the darkness and prepare for the light of spring. Refreshments to follow at Eliot House lounge. More…

Tuesday, December 9, Global Odyssey: Sterling jewelry with set gemstones from around the world
$10-$80, Cash or Checks           Holiday Gifts!
http://www.globalodysseydesign.com/

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Join us for Holiday Brunch on Sunday, December 14, 2008. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available along with a carving station and dessert table. Brunch is served from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations can be made at x2217. See full menu. We look forward to seeing you there.

Explore any of 31 interesting & innovative non-credit classes. Most are free & have small class-hour commitments. Don’t miss out; classes are filling up fast. Go to the website and click on the J-Term link to learn more and to register. Open to students, faculty & staff.

MHC’s annual Winterfest celebration is set for Thursday, December 18, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Mary Woolley Hall’s Chapin Auditorium. Mount Holyoke’s holiday party of food and fellowship for faculty and staff also offers the opportunity for members of the Mount Holyoke community to support some of the College’s neighbors in need. For a list of what is needed, please click here.

Monday, December 8, Davy Jones’ Locker: Vintage clothing, jewelry, pocketbooks, accessories; all vintage.
See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

To be considered as one of two students to represent Mount Holyoke at next year’s Five College PoetryFest, please submit your poetry through email by Monday, December 8. Poem or poems should take no longer than 5 minutes to read aloud. For more information, please contact Professor Robert B. Shaw (x2444).

Thursday, December 4, India Cottage: Jewelry, clothing and gift items
$10-$130, Cash, M/C, VISA,Checks      Holiday Gifts!

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 4, from 4:30-6:00pm in 211 Central Services Drawing Studio. The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, December 7. Live music and refreshments will be available!

Art@Work reception today

The opening reception for the seventh annual Art@Work exhibition, featuring the work of Mount Holyoke staff, is today from 3:30 to 5 pm at Kendade Atrium. Refreshments will be served, and two staff members will provide musical entertainment.

Please remember to shut down your office before leaving for break. Turn off all computers and other equipment and unplug it if possible. Most office equipment and appliances use energy even when turned off. Close and lock your windows. Turn off the lights, and have a great break!

This is an Open Mic Event opened to anybody who wants read, recite, rap, sing or perform. All performers are welcome! Special performers include AiR, Amina Mendez, Parath Anthony Teng and more! Date: THURSDAY November 20, 2008 Where: Blanchard Campus Center - Great Room Time: 7:30 PM - 10 PM Cost: FREE

It’s time to get over your guilt. Don’t put items in the recycling bin just because you feel guilty putting them in the trash. Check to make certain they can be recycled by our vendors. Better yet, reduce your use of non-recyclable disposable products. Why this is important…..

Tuesday’s Blanchard Vendor

Tuesday, November 18, India Cottage: Jewelry, clothing and gift items
$10-$130, Cash, M/C, VISA,Checks

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Traditional Bulgarian Music

The Kabile Bitov Wedding Band presents a concert & dance featuring traditional Bulgarian music on Sunday, November 16 at 4 pm, McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall.

Staff Council Survey Results

As presented at our October 23 coffee break, here are the results of our Fall 2008 staff survey: view slideshow or view summary.

Friday, November 14, Amber Forest: Exquisite silver & costume jewelry, handmade glass earrings, $2 - $40.

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Monday, Nov. 17, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard Lounge (227) Conversation on sexual orientation and how it defines the community at Mt. Holyoke. Join student intergroup dialogue facilitators, as they encourage a dialogue about perceptions of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and everything in between. Facilitators: Emma Fialka-Feldman and Naima McQueen. See the TABOO Schedule.

Nominations are being accepted now through November 24th for Student Leadership and Service Awards. Please consider nominating juniors and seniors you know who deserve recognition for their gifts and contributions to the community. Forms are available at Blanchard’s Information Desk and the Dean of Students’ Office. Please see attached link, call 538-2550 or email for more details.

Mount Holyoke faculty, staff, students receive $5.00 per ticket discount to performances on December 5, 6 by mentioning code “MHC” before making purchase in person, by phone, or online at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box-Office: 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMASS and www.wfcr.org. Maximum tickets per order: 4. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts. Offer not valid at the door. More..

“A Cold Wind: The Making of the Decision to Overthrow Female Leadership at Mount Holyoke College, 1934-1936.” LITS Scholar-in-Residence Ann Karus Meeropol will discuss her research and writings concerning the result of Roswell Gray Ham’s appointment as successor to Mount Holyoke College President Mary Woolley in 1936: the end of 100 years of female leadership. Thursday, December 4, 2008 4:00 p.m. Williston Library, Stimson Room.

The College has adopted a Policy on Responsible Use of Computing Resources to provide guidance to members of the community. Two areas deserve particular emphasis: peer-to-peer file sharing software should in general not be used on College computers; and downloading of confidential information on laptops should be avoided. For further information, see Computer and Network Access.

Energy and Fuel Loan

The UMasssFive College Credit Union is offering a loan to help you through the winter months. Call 1-800-852-5886 or visit for more details .

In this election year, it is important to remember that Mount Holyoke College, as a tax-exempt organization, may not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. The American Council on Education provides helpful guidance in the linked publication.

Today, due to a blockage in the sewer line of the Buckland Hall basement, Facilities Management must perform an emergency excavation of the floor. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

Due to Mountain Day, the deadline for dropping courses/declaring the Ungraded Option has been changed to Thursday, Sept 25 at 11:59pm.

Listen to ALANA students describe their Mount Holyoke experience in the short student film “Experienced Diversity.” Join fellow faculty for a post-screening discussion led by Professor Jane Crosthwaite. Wednesday Sept 24 at 4:15 pm in Kendade 305

Wednesday 9/24 is the deadline for any student who wishes to drop a course, without trace, from her Fall 2008 schedule. Additionally, it is the last day for all except first-years to declare the Ungraded option to elect credit/no credit grading in a Fall course. Contact the Registrar’s Office (x2025) if you have questions.

In this election year, it is important to remember that Mount Holyoke College, as a tax-exempt organization, may not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. The American Council on Education provides helpful guidance in the linked publication.

Voter Registration Information

The last day to register to vote in November’s election in South Hadley is October 15. Any person who is a Massachusetts resident, a U.S. citizen, and will be eighteen years old as of the next scheduled election, is eligible to vote. For more information visit South Hadley Voter Information.

Campus Space Request Form

Conference & Event Services announces the online Campus Space Request Form. Mount Holyoke departments or registered student organizations can use this form to request campus space for their meeting or event. Using this form will ensure that we respond to you quickly and efficiently. Please see the Campus Space Request Form FAQ for further information.

Conference & Event Services is pleased to announce Heather Tetrault as the new Conference & Event Services Coordinator. Heather replaced Amy Barr this past June and has quickly become savvy at reserving and coordinating campus space and providing many services for meetings and events on campus. Heather can be reached at X2153 or hmtetrau@mtholyoke.edu. Welcome Heather!

Bernie’s has reserved Sunday, September 21, from 9-11am, for Mount Holyoke College employees and friends. See link for complete details.

Bernie’s has reserved Sunday, September 21, from 9-11am, for Mount Holyoke College employees and friends. See link for complete details.

Thursday, September 11: Randy’s Orchids. Green; flowering plants; bonsai, cacti; orchids are an affordable specialty. $1-$50

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs

Wednesday, September 10: Stock Keeper. Specializing in hand-picked vintage jewelry, from elegant rhinestones to funky pendants. Original and unique vintage accessories including bags, shoes, hats, and clothing.
$10-60, cash, check, MC/VISA
http://www.stockkeepercostumes.com/

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Nightfest! 2008 has been rescheduled for Friday, September 12, 6 pm.
Student Programs and the Network Programming Board-the student organization that hosts LasVegas Night and the Spring Concert-bring you an evening of music, performance, food, and fun under the stars.
Free and open to the MHC community
Skinner Green

The Center will be serving brunch on Sunday, September 14, 2008. A selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available including a carving station & dessert table. Brunch is served from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations can be made at x2217. See the full menu. Plan on joining us!!

Noon Yoga for Faculty/Staff

A faculty/staff Yoga class may take place on T/TH 12-1 pm if enough interest is generated. It will be taught by Kim Rand, the instructor of the physical education Yoga classes. If interested or if you have questions, email Joan Perez before September 10th.

Due to the construction at Safford Hall, and for the safety of the Community, Blanchard Circle will now become one way from the north side of North Rockefeller Hall to Gateway Road. Any questions, please contact the Parking Office at x2514.

Students who receive financial aid from the College are eligible to apply for a grant to help pay for lessons. Applications are available on the bulletin board across from the Music Office and online. For more information, please contact Michele Scanlon (x2306).

Music 100 Exemption Exam

The Music 100 Exemption Exam will be given on Friday, September 5, at 4 p.m., in Room 109, Pratt Hall. Students may enroll initially in performance study for one semester without pre-requisite but continued study is contingent upon successful completion of the Music 100 requirement by either passing the exemption exam or taking the Music 100 course. For more information, please contact Michele Scanlon (2306).

All students who wish to take individual or ensemble performance study must sign up for an audition/interview on the bulletin board across from the Music Office. Auditions will take place on Friday, September 5, from 1-4 pm. Details/expectations for auditions are posted on the bulletin board. For more information, please contact Michele Scanlon (x2306).

Skinner Museum staff have made significant progress in researching and documenting the Museum’s collections. In an effort to focus resources on core collections used by MHC faculty and students, a group of carriages will be sent to auction in August. More

Water: all clear

We have been advised that the District 2 water advisory has been lifted. The water is officially safe to drink again.

Water quality update

South Hadley Fire District 2 is currently conducting testing for E. coli bacteria in the water supply. In the meantime, residents of the district, which includes the Mount Holyoke campus, are strongly advised not to ingest the water. The water is safe for bathing. For the time being, it is not safe for tooth brushing, food preparation, and, needless to say, drinking. For such needs, please use bottled water or boil tap water for at least one minute. More information is available from the Town. We will alert the campus community once we have been advised that the problem has been resolved. In the interim, specific questions may be addressed to Facilities Management at x2012 or South Hadley Fire District No. 2 at (413) 532-9210.

The Campus Store will be ordering Convocation Regalia on August 20. If you need to order Regalia for Convocation please contact Laurie at Ext. 2111.

Blanchard Cafe’s last patio BBQ will be Tuesday August 19th. The Cafe will be closed for cleaning on Thursday August 21st & Friday August 22nd. Thank you.

Water quality alert

Authorities from South Hadley District 2 have advised residents –including the Mount Holyoke campus– not to drink water out of faucets or fountains while they verify water quality. This is a precautionary measure, and there is no immediate cause for alarm. Water that has been boiled for at least one minute can be considered safe to drink. We will let the campus community know when the warning has been lifted.

Our TIAA/CREF representative will be available for free individual counseling appointments on 8/19 in Blanchard 213. If you are interested in meeting with Katie Klipstein, please call her assistant, Marion Morganti at 1-866-904-7802.

The summer Alumnae Quarterly magazine is now available. Pick up your copy here: * Blanchard Campus Center (both entrances) * Library entrance * Skinner Hall (main level entrance) * Kendade Hall atrium (lower level) Or you can read the Quarterly online at www.alumnae.mtholyoke.edu.

Porter Lot Closed

Beginning tomorrow, July 30, and for the next three weeks, Porter Lot will be closed to parking except to construction vehicles. Alternatively, please use the Prospect, Greenhouse or Gorse Lots during this time. For more information, please contact Charlyn Puza (x2514).

Effective July 1, 2008, MHC has entered an agreement with Hampshire College for joint campus public safety services under the leadership of Paul Ominsky who is the current Director of Public Safety at Mount Holyoke. More

Mount Holyoke College has voluntarily joined a program to curtail electric use during peak periods this summer. Testing will occur June 18th. See link for details.

Interested in regional sustainable energy? UMass Amherst Office of Research and Co-op Power are sponsoring a conference at UMass Amherst on June 20 and 21. For details, visit the Co-op Power web site.

The Route 47 bridge will be closed on or around Thursday, June 12, and will remain closed possibly until December. Detour signs will be posted. The western half of Pearl Street and all of Woodbridge Street will be used for the detour. Heavy truck traffic is expected on Route 9 and 116. For more information, contact the Mass. Highway Department at (413) 584-1611 or the South Hadley Department of Public Works at (413) 538-5033.

Summer Patio BBQ

Blanchard summer patio BBQ’s start Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 - Look for our menus on line. Price remains $5.99. Hope to see you all come on by!

Blanchard Cafe summer hours start Monday June 2nd, 2008. Summer hours are: Monday through Friday 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

South Hadley is sponsoring a regional hazardous waste and drug disposal day on Saturday, June 28. A great opportunity to clean out your garage and medicine cabinet. Preregistration is required, see their announcement for details.

Great selection of perennials, shrubs, houseplants and more. Sunday, May 25, and Sunday, June 1, from 9-3 on the west side of the greenhouse. Open to the public.

Special ticket prices for the Augusten Burroughs reading at MHC on June 18 are available for the Mount Holyoke community: $5.00 OFF per ticket, when ordered in advance. Order in person at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box-Office, by telephone at 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMASS, or online. Maximum four tickets per order. Use code MHC before placing order. More info, including pre-discount ticket prices, at:
http://www.wfcr.org/WFCREVENTS/index.php

Friday, May 9: The Gallery. Sterling Silver jewelry, Textiles
$5 - $25

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

An instructor may not accept exams or papers due in lieu of exams after 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 13, unless the instructor has approved an extension authorized by the Director of Health Services or of the Counseling Service or one of the academic deans. The deadline for students to request an extension for incomplete work is May 13, at 5:00 PM.

Spanish professor Alberto Sandoval–and other contributors to a new
anthology of essays challenging conventional notions of Latina/o
identities, histories, and cultures by historicizing and differentiating
the multiple discourses of Latinidad–will gather at an event to note the
anthology’s publication. Friday, May 9, 2008 7:00 p.m. at Food for Thought Books Collective, 106 N Pleasant, Amherst, MA. More information at www.foodforthoughtbooks.com

A Service of Remembrance will be held for Holocaust victims and all victims of genocide on Friday, May 2 at 12:15 pm in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary. Please join us for this service as the Mount Holyoke bells toll in remembrance of all who have lost their lives to genocide. For more information email or call ext. 2054.

The local MHC alumnae club will hold its second silent auction, Saturday, May 3, starting 6:30 p.m. at the brick church across from Dwight. Entrance donation - $15. Variety of items for every taste. All welcome! Proceeds benefit MHC student scholarships. For more information email or call 532-1864.

An alternative form of community breakfast! Engage with students, staff, and faculty in a dialogue about how each person’s labor contributes to the Mount Holyoke community. May 1 in the Blanchard Great Room from 8 to 9 am. Celebrate International Labor Day! Sponsored by the Student Coalition for Action (SCA). For more information email or call ext. 537-1970.

There’s still time! Students, staff and faculty can teach J-Term 200 non-credit classes or workshops. Proposal forms are available at the Blanchard Info Desk or online. Share your skills, hobbies, interests and expertise. $100 stipend paid to instructors. The new deadline for proposals is Friday, May 2. For more information email or call ext. 2478.

Due to a system update, the campus store located in the Blanchard Campus Center, will be closed Tuesday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We will reopen as soon as the update is complete. For more information call ext. 2111.

Seniors, Undergrads, Faculty and Staff, please join the MHC Religious Advisors and the Class of 2008 in sharing the spiritual side of graduation on Wednesday, April 30, at 4:30 pm  in Abbey Memorial Chapel. This is an opportunity for all to look back with the Seniors on their years here at MHC and anticipate the great futures that await them. For more information, please contact Gayle Higgins (x2054).

The spring Alumnae Quarterly is ready for pickup at the entrances to Blanchard, the Library, and Skinner, and in Kendade atrium (lower level, near lunch counter). For more information, please contact Emily Harrison Weir (x2301).

Friday, April 25: India Cottage. Jewelry, clothing and gift items
$10-$130, Cash, M/C, VISA,Checks

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

The community lunch buffet at Willits will not be offered on Friday, April 25. Plan on joining us again before the end of the semester. For more information, please contact the Willits-Hallowell Center (x2220).

The entire Pangy Day Community Festival program will run from 11:30 (not 11) am until 7 pm. The all-campus Pangy Day Picnic at Pageant Green will be held from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm.

Do you have an idea for a project or event related to diversity? Do you want to enrich the MHC community? Apply now to the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund. Available to all students, faculty, and staff. The deadline is April 29, 2008. Visit us at: Call for Proposals. For more information email. Sponsored by the Multicultural Community and College Life Committee.

Red Sox Bus Trips

Employees & their guests are invited to attend one of the following Red Sox games this summer. The games are Friday, July 11 vs Baltimore for $50 per person; Saturday, August 8 for $50 per person; and Sunday, August 17 for $75 per person. If you have any questions or want to sign up, contact the Fleet Officeor call ext. 2826.

Gorse has afternoon openings (12:45 - 3:15) for Preschool (ages 3 1/2 - 4 1/2) 3, 4, or 5 days/wk. and Pre-K & Kindergarten (age 5 by Dec. 31st), 5 days/wk. If interested, please call (x2039) or apply online.

NYC Bus Trip May 17

Employees & their guests, bus trip to NYC on Saturday, May 17. The cost will be $20 per person. Departure is from Kendall Lot at 6:30am. Arrival in NYC around 10:30am at 53rd & Broadway. Departure is from the same location in NYC at 6:30pm. Sign up at the Fleet Office or email Amanda Florek. For more information, please contact Amanda Florek (x2826).

The English Deparmtent will host its 85th Glascock Poetry Competition on Friday & Saturday, April 18 & 19. Meet poet-judges John Koethe, David Lehman, and Larissa Szporluk at 3, Friday, Stimson Room; hear student-contestants compete at 8 in Gamble; listen to judges read their work 10:30, Saturday, Stimson Room. Free and open to the public. For more information visit the Intercollegiate Poetry Contest webiste, or call x2444 or email.

Ana Croegaert, FP ‘97, an anthropologist who studies refugees, migration, and urban social networks, will offer two new courses for the Department of Gender Studies this fall. For more information, visit the Gender Studies website.

Theatre presents UBU ROI

UBU Roi is about a nobody and his exploits in Poland. Come see this French classic brought to life by an ensemble cast. Warning: For mature audiences only! To reserve tickets, please email. Dates are: Fri, April 18 @ 8pm; Sat, April 19 @ 8pm; Sun, April 20 @ 8pm, MHC amphitheater, please bring a blanket! PROJECT Theatre.

Please join us at Willits for our “Spring Bounty” Brunch on Sunday, April 20, 2008. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be offered including a carving station and dessert table. Brunch is served from 11:30am-1:30pm. Reservations can be made at x2217. See full menu.

The deadline for students to withdraw from spring courses is Tuesday 4/15. Withdrawal forms are available for printing from the Registrar’s website. After securing her instructor’s signature, the student must submit the form to the Registrar’s Office by 5pm Tuesday. A “W” grade will be assigned. Call 538-2025 or email for more information.

Deadline for requesting Ungraded Option is Tuesday 4/15
Tuesday 4/15 is the deadline for any first-year student to request the Ungraded option (to get “pass/fail” grading) in a current course. The request form is available online through a link on the front page of ISIS. Call 538-2025 or email for more information.

Registration for fall semester Mount Holyoke and Five-College courses begins Monday 4/14. Students should consult ISIS “Approvals…” display to see their individually assigned start dates/times. Registration requests for Five-College courses must be submitted by 11:59pm on Friday (4/18). Registration for Mount Holyoke courses continues through Friday, May 2. Call 538-2025 or email for more information.

Become the champion for reducing the environmental footprint of your department. Add up what out collective efforts can do, read “By the Numbers” MHC’s’Green’ Challenge.”

Friday, September 26: India Cottage. Jewelry, clothing and gift items
$10-$130, Cash, M/C, VISA,Checks

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Check out the new Public Safety Blogs and get the “inside scoop.”

Blogs are updated frequently and each includes an ask the office option.

Six Flags Tickets

The Human Resources department has tickets for Six Flags. Daily passes are $25 and season passes are $64.99, they can be picked up at the front desk. For more information, call 538-2503 or email.

The community lunch buffet at Willits-Hallowell will be canceled on both Thursday and Friday of this week, April 10-11, as the Center will be accommodating luncheons in all of our available areas.

Tuesday, April 8: Stock Keeper. Specializing in hand-picked vintage jewelry, from elegant rhinestones to funky pendants. Original and unique vintage accessories including bags, shoes, hats, and clothing.
$10-50, cash, check, MC/VISA

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

From April 7-May 14, Archives & Special Collections is featuring an exhibit about noted journalist Edward R. Murrow to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. The display includes material relating to his wife, Janet Brewster Murrow, Class of 1933. For more information, please contact Archives & Special Collections (x3079).

Marrow Donor Registration Drive, Mt. Holyoke College, Monday, April 14, from 12- 5pm in Betty Shabazz Cultural House. Cosponsored by Student Health Committee and College Health Services. To register you must be 18-60, in general good health, and willing to donate to any patient. Tissue typing costs are covered by health insurance or Michael’s Fund of Fall River, MA. Please bring your health insurance information with you. For more information, please contact Karen Jacobus (x2466).

Keeping Kosher for Passover? The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life will be keeping Kosher for Passover in the Eliot House Lounge April 19-27. If you would like a Kosher for Passover meal during this time, please fill out a Passover Registration Form and return it to Amelia Ender in Eliot House. For more information, please contact Amelia Ender (x3045).

Arabic Film Festival

  • Monday, March 31 Against the Government
  • Tuesday, April 1 A Date with the Unknown
  • Wednesday, April 2 Dananeer
  • Thursday, April 3 The Big Game

For more information, please contact Elizabeth DuMont-McCaffrey (x4312).

The temporary shut-down of the southern end of Lower Lake Road from Chapin Rd. to Morgan St., previously scheduled for March 17–21, has been extended through the end of Monday, March 24. The work is part of the new residence hall project.

Please forward any questions or inquiries regarding this work to Austin Martin of Strategic Building Solutions, at 413-538-3491 or 860-808-6118. Thank you for your patience and consideration in this matter.

Since Easter is during mid-semester break, Mount Holyoke College will not be having any Good Friday or Easter Sunday services this year. Posted by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

It’s not too late! The Center is offering Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 23. A wide variety of breakfast and lunch selections are on the menu along with carving meat, desserts, and more. See menu (pdf). Seatings are at 11:00am or 1:30pm. Put a spring in your step and make your reservation today by calling x2217.

President’s Luncheon

The Staff Council invites you to the annual President’s Luncheon on Wednesday, April 2, from 12-1:30pm at the Morrison Room at  the Willits-Hallowell Center. Staff are encouraged to bring questions before President Creighton, Senior Staff administrators, and Lauren Turner. You can also send your questions to the Staff Council email and we will bring them to the luncheon. Space is limited. Please make your reservation with Irasema Lewis (x2185) by March 28.

Have you ever wondered how grade levels and salary ranges are established? Come join us for a Coffee Break on Wednesday, March 26, from 8:30-9:30am, Blanchard Great Room and help us welcome our guests Kim Kelleher and Linda Samano from Human Resources. They will de-mystify the staff salary administration system process at Mount Holyoke.

Dear Staff members, The Staff Council is now accepting applications for the David B. Truman Employee Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of former MHC President David B. Truman. A minimum of $200 each year is awarded to a qualified daughter, son, or other dependent child of a Mount Holyoke College employee who will not receive any other assistance from Mount Holyoke College for tuition costs for the applicant. This year’s application deadline is Monday, May 5, 2008. Tto learn more about this scholarship, please click here or contact Amanda Florek (x2826). Thank you, The Mount Holyoke College Staff Council.

The New Residence Hall project requires the temporary shut-down of the southern end of Lower Lake Road, from Chapin Road to Morgan Street. The road will be closed Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21. If work needs to exceed this timeframe, there will be a second notification. For more information, please contact Austin N. Martin (x3491).

Forty Years With the Vietnamese: Logic and Ignorance, Trust and Surprise. Lady Borton will share anecdotes from forty years working with all sides during and after the War in Viet Nam. Lady graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1964 with a degree in mathematics. She doesn’t remember even the mathematics she once taught, yet believes that “lateral logic” combined with longevity of trust, quiet persistence, and impish patience can lead to unique and sustainable contributions when bearing witness. Lady also believes in talking about her mistakes. As she says, “How else are we to learn?” Tuesday, March 25, 7:30 pm — Hooker Auditorium. For more information, please contact Laurie Kamins (x2162).

“Are My Funds The Right Ones For My Retirement?” The TIAA representative will discuss the right funds for you, Thursday, March 13, in the Andreola Room in Willits Hallowell Center, at 10–11 am, 12–1 pm, and 3–4 pm. Come and plan for your retirement. For more information contact Lorraine Gendron in Human Resources, x2503.

Sunday, March 16, from 9-11 am there will be a private sale for Mount Holyoke employees 12% above store cost on appliances, televisions and bedding. Bernie’s is located at 250 Whiting Farms Road, Holyoke. For more information, please contact Lorraine E. Gendron (x2503).

Brown Bags for Spring

The Human Resources Department is pleased to offer “brown bags” for this Spring. For more information please contact Sandy Kacenski or Mika Keezing (x2503).

Thank you to everyone who purchased daffodils. I will be calling you when the flowers are delivered and I will let you know where you can pick them up. If you missed ordering daffodils, I will have some daffodils for sale (10 for $10). If you are interested, please contact Lisa Eaton (x2641). Thank you for your support!

Representatives from 11 diverse faith groups on campus will be speaking about their faith experiences at MHC, in the classroom, in social life, and in their own personal spirituality, and the challenges of living one’s faith on a secular campus. Open to all. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Anita Magovern (x2787).

 Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, 4:30-6pm, Blanchard Campus Center Lounge (227)

Tough conversation about navigating the difficult choices one faces while at college when there is trouble at home.When someone becomes gravely ill, loses a job, gets injured and needs home health assistance, a marriage disintegrates, a house is damaged by storms or fires - how do we deal? How do we even discuss our needs when there is so much pressure and distress? Facilitators: Sara Hirst and Camilla Williams (MHC Counseling Services)

See the TABOO Schedule at Office of Student Programs.

In a typical home, 75% of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the equipment is turned off. Avoid this wasted energy by unplugging the equipment or using a power strip to cut power to the equipment. So whether on campus or at home, cut the phantom load and your carbon footprint. For more information on campus energy use, visit go/energy.

Samhati Dance presents Divine Goddess: A Night of Classical Indian Dance, on Thursday March 13 at 7 pm in Chapin Auditorium. This performance is sponsored by SHRI (Sisters of Hinduism Reaching Inward).

Tickets will be $3 for Five College students, and $5 for the general public. The proceeds from the performance will go to Ekalavya Bal Shikshan, a non-profit organization in Pune, India. Donations will be appreciated. For more information, please contact Amrita Randhawa.

All tickets to this popular event have been distributed. No additional tickets are available (including free MHC tickets). If you have tickets and do not intend to use them, please offer them to another member of the MHC community or return them to the Student Programs office for redistribution.

If you or your guests are driving to campus, please be aware of the tight parking situation. Consider carpooling, coming early and parking as remotely as you are able to allow those less able to use spots closer to Chapin.

Thursday, September 11: Randy’s Orchids. Green & flowering plants; bonsai, cacti; orchids are an affordable specialty.
$1-$50

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Human Resources is coordinating “brown bags” for Spring and Fall 2008. If you have any interest or suggestions, please contact Carmen Jimenez (x3312).

The annual Public Safety survey is now online! Win a chance at $10, $25 or $50 deposited on your one card with an optional end-of-survey raffle.

The survey is online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=g_2foruOHC3dGm5tJDriXrvw_3d_3d

Paper copies are also available at Public Safety. For more information, visit the Public Safety web site.

Our second session of Yoga will begin March 25 and will run through May 1. The time is 12:15–1:15 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in Studio II of Kendall Hall. Cost is $90. Please phone the Physical Education Department, x2310 to register.

Friday, February 29: Tashi Zangmo. Silver jewelry and beautiful handwoven products made by Bhutanese women.
$5 - $300

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Thursday, February 28: Global Odyssey. Sterling jewelry with set gemstones from around the world
$10-$80, Cash or Checks.

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

NYC Bus Trip March 15

The Fleet Office is hosting a New York City bus trip on Saturday, March 15, departing at 6:30 am. The bus will arrive in the NYC (after a brief rest stop) around 10:30 am and depart the city at 6:30 pm. Cost is $20. If you have any questions or to sign up, email Amanda Florek (aflorek) or stop by the Fleet Office in the Central Services Complex.

If everyone on campus recycled one extra sheet of paper per day and one additional plastic bottle per week, it would reduce our annual greenhouse gas footprint by 28.5 tons, the equivalent of taking 5.6 cars off the road. Better yet, use one less sheet of paper per day and one less plastic bottle a week and the reduction goes to 38.2 tons, equivalent to 7.5 cars. For more information on recycling at Mount Holyoke, visit /go/recycle.

Children and War

Tonight (2/26) at 7:30pm Kimmie Weeks, acclaimed human rights activist, founder of Youth Action International, and survivor of the Liberian civil war, will be presenting the MTV series 4real Liberia. The MTV series joins artist M.I.A on her journey through Liberia where she confronts extreme circumstances of poverty, and post war issues. Please join Youth Action International in the Blanchard Campus Center Great Room at 7:30pm for this exciting event. For more information call 413-687-3145 or email byrne20t@mtholyoke.edu

The 2008-2009 residence hall opening and closing dates are now available. Please refer to these dates as you make your travel plans. Please note that there are no exceptions to these dates; please plan accordingly. Contact the Office of Residential Life (email, x2088) if you have questions.

You have until Thursday, February 28 at 2 pm to place orders and pay for your daffodils. Delivery will be the week of March 10. Ten daffodils: $10, Bear & Bunch: $25, potted bulbs: $15, or Gifts of Hope: $20. Please help support the American Cancer Society. Thanks for your support. Contact: Lisa A. Eaton, Financial Services (email, x2641).

Crosswalk Safety Update

Have you noticed the safety enhancements to the crosswalks on College Street? They include in-pavement flashing amber lights, additional lighting, new signs and reflectors, and more. If you’re ever among the 3,900 pedestrian crossings on College Street each day, please review the Crosswalks memo (PDF) from facilities director John Bryant (email, x2017) to learn more about these important new safety features.

Due to the weather, campus offices will close at noon today. LITS will remain open.

Classes will be held as scheduled unless otherwise canceled by the faculty member.

Other campus activities will also remain as scheduled unless otherwise canceled by the event planner.

Due to the current snowstorm, Facilities Management has asked that a parking ban be placed into effect to help accommodate snow plowing. The ban will begin this evening, Friday, February 22 at 11:00 p.m. and end tomorrow, Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m.

This parking ban is for any roadway spaces. Any faculty/staff who need to be on campus during this time please park in a faculty/staff lot.

Public Safety will make every effort to assist Handicap/Medical permit holders in getting back to their residence halls after moving their vehicles upon request to Public Safety at x2304. However, officers will not be able to call permit holders personally.

Students or community members with guests or events tonight during this ban should direct visitors to park in faculty/staff parking lots rather than along roadways so as not to impede snow removal operations.

Please contact the Parking Office at x2514 or Public Safety at x2304 with any concerns or questions you may have.

Wednesday, February 20: India Cottage. Jewelry, clothing and gift items;
$10 - $130, Cash, M/C, VISA, Checks.

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Please help raise funds for the American Cancer Society by ordering a bouquet of 10 daffodils ($10), Bear and a Bunch ($25), potted bulbs ($15), or Gifts of Hope ($20). Orders and payments are due by Thursday, February 28. Delivery dates are March 13 and 14 in Blanchard Room 318. For more information, please contact Lisa Eaton, Financial Services—Daffodil Coordinator.

Theft Alert

Recently the Department of Public Safety has received an increased number of thefts of unattended property from various locations on campus, including at special events. Stolen items include wallets, cell phones, iPods, and money. Log on to Public Safety’s website for theft prevention tips.

Tuesday, February 19: Cunhill America. Unique sterling silver jewelry from famed Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. $14 - $150; cash , check, credit cards.

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

A limited supply of free tickets for MHC students, faculty&staff are available now at Student Programs, Blanchard 327. The Young@Heart Chorus are a world-famous group of eclectic elders (73-89) who sing modern rock songs ranging from Bob Dylan, Lou Reed & Bruce Springsteen to Radiohead, Coldplay and OutKast (trailer for the upcoming feature documentary movie “Young@Heart” is available at Fox Searchlight ). Young@Heart will perform with Mount Holyoke’s own M&Cs. Extra guest tickets for only $5. General Public tickets $10. This is a must-see event for the whole MHC community. Chapin Auditorium, Friday, March 7, 2008, at 7:30 pm. For more information, please contact Student Programs (x2478).

RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the United States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. The competition will run through April 4. Events include “no to-go cup week,” in which all dining halls will remove to-go cups in order to encourage re-usable container use, as well as campaigns for paper, bottle and can reduction. For more information on recycling and waste reduction, please visit our website.

Sacred Circle Dance offers an integrative approach to healing, relaxation and for some, a deeply, moving spiritual experience. Our “dancing energy” is offered as intercessory prayers to heal ourselves, one another, our planet earth and the people, places and situations throughout the world in need of healing grace. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays starting 2/19 - April 1 (no class during March Break) from 5-7 pm at Andreola Room, in the Willits-Hallowell Center. For more information, please visit our website or contact Gayle Higgins (x2054).

Due to the weather conditions, campus offices will not open today until
10:00 a.m.

LITS will open on time.  And, classes will remain as scheduled unless
otherwise cancelled by the faculty member.

The Facilities Management staff are sanding campus roads and walkways, but
given the sleeting conditions, some areas on campus may remain slippery
especially during the early morning hours.

Please exercise extra care and caution as you walk about the campus today.

Tuesday, February 12: Silver Twist. Blending the talents of international designers and master Balinese silversmiths, these hand-made jewels incorporate semi-precious stones, shells, pearls, wood, and rubber. Affordable prices and elegant displays. $12 - $200, cash, check, credit cards (except American Express).

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Valentines day is right around the corner. Uncommon Grounds at Blanchard Campus Center has $5 gift cards for purchase. Treat that someone special to something sweet! For more information, please contact Mark Garner (x2522).

A memorial service for Kelly Sottile ‘08 will be held Tuesday, February 12 at 5:00 pm in Abbey Chapel. For more information, contact the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Call for Student Poets

Students who wish to be Mount Holyoke’s contestant in the 85th Kathryn Irene Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Competition should submit two copies of their work to the English Department office, 111 Shattuck Hall by 4 pm on Monday, March 3. The poems submitted should take approximately ten minutes to read aloud. The poet should leave her name off the copies themselves, but identify herself in an attached note. For more information about the competition, please contact the English Department (x 2146).

Please come join us in the Blanchard Great Room and participate in a conversation with our guest speaker, Gladys Moore, about “Recognizing our Raggediness” while enjoying light refreshments with colleagues and friends. It will open the window of your heart and mind. Posted by Staff Council.

Tuesday, February 5:  Stock Keeper. Specializing in hand-picked vintage jewelry, from elegant shinestones to funky pendants. Original and unique vintage accessories including bags, shoes, hats, and clothing. $10-60, cash, check, MC/VISA.

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Working together to reduce Mount Holyoke’s environmental footprint. While the College has been working steadily to reduce our environmental footprint, including our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, much remains to be done. We are asking each office, department, and organization to make a commitment to reducing the footprint of their activities by establishing at least 3 environmental stewardship goals for this semester and beyond. Please visit /go/focus to learn how.

The Protestant community invites you to a time of reflection during this Lenten season. Scripture, prayer, journal writing, and discussion will all be utilized as group members reflect upon and deepen their spiritual life. Everyone is welcome to attend the entire series or just one evening. Bring a journal/pad and pen/pencil. Wednesdays, February 13 through March 12, from 7–8 pm in Eliot House Lounge. For more information, contact Rev. Sherry Tucker (email, x2791).

From February 4–22, Archives & Special Collections (email, x3079) is featuring an exhibit of valentines in the Dwight Hall lobby in honor of Esther Howland (1847), who is credited with establishing the commercial valentine industry in the United States.

Yossi Vassa, an Ethiopian-Israeli comedian, will be performing “It Sounds Better in Amharic!” at UMass on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom with cosponsorship from MHC’s Jewish Student Union and the Department of African Studies. Vassa will perform the story of his journey to Israel. Contact yoe20a@mtholyoke for details.

Please join us for a Coffee Break on Thursday, February 7, from 2–3 pm in the Blanchard Great Room, where we welcome our guest speaker Gladys Moore, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Posted by Staff Council.

Thursday, January 31: India Cottage. Jewelry, clothing, and gift items; $10-$130, cash, M/C, VISA, checks. Treat yourself or someone else!

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

“Fox Hunt” has nine characters including a rooster, a fox and some hounds. “Far Away” has a cast of four (3 women and a man) and a chorus of prisoners. It is possible that actors who have parts in “Fox Hunt” will also have roles in “Far Away.” The plays will be performed April 24-27. For more information about auditions, visit the spring auditions schedule or contact Roger Babb (x2836).

Please join us for a unique dining experience on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm in the Willits-Hallowell Center. While you dine from a specially selected French theme menu, Executive Chef Jeff Viviano will demonstrate the preparation of each course. See the full menu. Reservations can be made at x2217. We look forward to seeing you here for this special evening out.

Wednesday, January 30: Randy’s Orchids. Green and flowering plants; bonsai, cacti; orchids are his affordable specialty. $1-$50. Treat yourself or someone else!

See the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard. Brought to you by the Office of Student Programs.

Faculty/Staff Yoga Class

Faculty/staff yoga classes will begin Tuesday, February 5, from 12:15-1:15 pm in Studio II, Kendall Hall. The six week session (T/Th) ends March 13. Cost is $90. For more information, contact the Physical Education Department (ext. 2310).

Students who need to make Spring registration changes may use ISIS to do so starting Friday, January 25. Advisor approval is required first. (Most non-new students already have approval. New students will meet with their advisors during orientation.) For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office (x2025).

Join us for the Willits community lunch buffet, which resumes on Wednesday, January 23. Lunch is served from 12:00–1:30 pm. See the menu at the Willits-Hallowell homepage, or call x2217 for more information.

A representative from Fidelity will be on campus Friday, January 25. Call (800) 642-7131 to make an appointment to review or change your allocations for 2008. The Fidelity representative can also answer any questions regarding the new Roth 403(b) plan. Posted by Human Resources (x2503).

From John Bryant, Director of Facilities Planning and Management:

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to bring some upcoming campus tree work to your attention. As part of the newly reorganized Massachusetts dam certification and inspection process, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Dam Safety has required all dam owners to have their dams inspected. Continue reading… (pdf)

The Gorse Child Study Center recently received re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Gorse completed an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against 10 new NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. For more information, call 413-538-2039 or email gorse@mtholyoke.edu.

The Boston bus trip is now open to students, faculty, staff, and their guests. Depart from the Blanchard bus stop (near Pratt Hall) at 9 am. Arrive in Boston at approximately 11:30 am, and depart Boston at 6:30 pm sharp. Pickup and dropoff near Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. Check the J-Term website for trip updates and weather info. Cost is $10; sign up (with payment) at the Blanchard Info Desk or Student Programs office. Age limit: 18+.

Join us at Willits for our “Winter Feast” Brunch on Sunday, January 20. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available including a carving station and dessert table. See the full menu (pdf). Brunch is served from 11:30 am–1:30 pm. Reservations can be made at x2217. We hope to see you there!

Due to adverse weather conditions, College offices will delay opening today until 12 noon. Essential personnel should report at their scheduled times. Other campus activities today will remain as scheduled unless otherwise canceled by the event planner. LITS will open at 12 noon.

We will continue to monitor weather and road conditions. We advise checking back later this morning to see if there are updates to this delay.

Abbe Hamilton, a graduate of MHC’s Take the Lead! program for high school students, is asking the MHC community to support her project by shopping at the Hadley Whole Foods Market on Tuesday, January 15. The store will donate 5 percent of the day’s sales to the composting program at South Hadley High School. For more information, see the MassLive article or contact Abbe (email).

MHC students, staff and faculty (and their guests) are invited to take a New York City bus trip on Sunday, January 13. The bus departs from the Blanchard bus stop near Pratt Hall at 8 am, arriving in NYC at approximately 11:30 am. Departure from NYC will be at 7 pm sharp. Pickup and dropoff in NYC is at 53rd & Broadway. Cost: $15. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Blanchard Info Desk or the Office of Student Programs. For more information, contact Student Programs (email, x2578).

When winter weather offers good ice on the Blanchard ice rink, skates may be checked out by anyone with an MHC ID at the Student Programs office, Blanchard 327 (business hours), or the Blanchard information desk (after 4 pm weekdays or after noon on weekends). There is no charge for loaner skates, and a variety of sizes is available. Skates are available for use only on the adjacent ice rink, located at the Blachard Lantern, between Blanchard and Lower Lake. When it’s icy outside, enjoy a warming winter skate break!

The Five College Library Catalog will be undergoing a system upgrade from January 3–5. During this time the catalog will be available to search, but users will not be able to request items, renew, or view their library accounts. If you need assistance locating library items please contact the Reference Desk at x2212. Thanks for your patience.

Public Safety will be hosting a RAD Rape Aggression Self Defense program January 14–18 from 6–8 pm. The fee to join is $10 to cover the cost of the manual. The class will be held in Kendall Hall, Studio 1. For more information contact Kellie Cournoyer-Cronk at ext. 2304 or email kcronk.

Just a few more days until a well deserved break. Give the energy hogs a break too by turning off and unplugging equipment; and remember, last one out, turn off the lights. For more information on how to tame the office energy hogs go to the Environmental Stewardship Web page.

Torrey Dining Hall

In order to conserve resources, the last day for lunch in Torrey Grab & Go was Friday, December 14. Torrey will be serving hot breakfast through Wednesday, December 19. For more information, contact Mark Garner in Dining Services (email, x2522).

Among the most colorful items in Archives and Special Collections are holiday greeting cards exchanged by Mount Holyoke students, faculty, and alumnae. A selection of these festive cards is on display in the  Dwight Hall Lobby through January 15, 2008. For more information, contact Archives & Special Collections (Web, email, x3079).

No Study Zone is happening today, December 14, from 4–6 pm. Seniors—have not been before? This is your last chance to go! Come relax and de-stress with your friends. Treat yourself to a spa or even a jump on the bouncy castle! The de-stresser of the year, hosted by faculty and staff for you. For more information, contact Student Programs (Web, x2478).

Willits’ community lunch buffet will be offered on Thursday and Friday, December 13–14. On Monday and Tuesday, December 17–18, we will be serving our à la carte fare. See à la carte menu. Following the December break, community lunch will begin on Wednesday, January 9, serving à la carte. We wish all peace and health in the up-coming year.

Free loaner skates are now available at the Blanchard Info Desk with MHC ID. Weather permitting, enjoy the newly improved Blanchard Ice Rink. The adjacent, gas-fired “Blanchard Lantern” is available to groups by reservation. Contact Student Programs for more info (x2478).

Faculty Legislation stipulates that “an instructor may report a student’s work as incomplete only if the student has been given an excuse by the Director of the Health Service or Director of the Counseling Service or the Dean of the College because of an emergency.” This means that instructors may not accept exams or papers due in lieu of exams, after 9:45 pm on Wednesday, December 19, unless authorized by the Director of the Health Service, the Director of the Counseling Service or one of the Academic Deans. All other course work must be turned in by the last day of classes.

The deadline for students to request an extension for incomplete work is noon on Wednesday, December 19.

Tuesday’s Blanchard Vendor

Treat yourself or someone else! Tuesday, December 11: Palta & Pomelo. Unique, handcrafted jewelry, bags, pins, and Christmas ornaments, from Chile and Brazil; free trade, green $4–95, cash or check. Located in Blanchard Campus Center on the main entrance level. Visit the Vendor Calendar to find out when your favorite vendor is coming to Blanchard.

Work on the five crosswalks across College Street is continuing, although more slowly than expected. Currently, the work in the road (granite, brick pavers, underground electrical conduits, etc.) is complete as are some of the reflective crosswalk pavement markings on the road surface. We have been told that the amber blinking lights in the crosswalks and on the bollards on each side of the intersection should be completed before Christmas. The additional streetlights at each crosswalk are on order and the delivery date has not yet been confirmed. When complete, the crosswalks should significantly improve safety through a combination of additional streetlights, embedded flashing lights and reflectors at the crosswalks edges, reflective markings in and leading up to the crosswalks and flashing pedestrian crossing signs at each end of the set of crosswalks.

Until the project is complete, it is important to take particular care in crossing College Street, especially after dark. Don’t assume that cars can see you move into a crosswalk. It is safer to wait for a break in traffic to cross. In addition, a small keyring flashlight and/or light colored clothing can make you more visible while crossing. Contact Facilities Management (x2012) with questions.

The Willits-Hallowell Center and Conference & Event Services will be closed for the December break beginning Wednesday, December 19. Offices only will remain open until 4:00 pm on Wednesday. If you are aware of any needed reservations, catering, or event support services from either department through the third week in January, please be sure to contact us prior to Wednesday, December 19. The Center and Conference & Event Services will reopen on Thursday, January 3. We hope you and your family have a healthy and safe new year!

All faculty and staff are invited to attend presentations on the future of libraries and information technology in higher education, given by candidates for the CIO position of Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). Each presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer session.

  • Thursday, December 6, 4–5 pm in Dwight 101
  • Monday, December 10, 4–5 pm in Dwight 101
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2–3:00 pm, Gamble Auditorium

More information on each of the candidates and their visits can be found on ella (login required).

Exhaust fumes from gas and diesel vehicles contain harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Please limit idling to 5 minutes in all fleet and personal vehicles, as required by Massachusetts law. For more information, see Vehicle Idling on the Environmental Health & Safety Web site.

Thursday, December 6 at Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, 7:00 pm. Join the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life’s Multifaith Council for an evening of hope, introspection, dancing, singing, and celebrating this season of light and dark. We’ll start in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, honoring the creative inspiration of darkness, lighting the Advent wreath and Hanukkah Menorah, circle dancing, and a candlelit procession to Eliot House for an evening around the fireplace with a Charlie Brown Christmas skit, a visit from Santa Lucia, storytelling and songs from around the world, Christmas carols and Hanukkah games, hot cocoa and cookies. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Gayle Higgins (email, x2054).

Professor of French Samba Gadjigo spoke with WBAI radio (New York 99.5) about the New York Film Forum retrospective on African filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. The interview aired Friday, November 30 at 2 pm. Listen now…

The Center will be serving brunch on Sunday, December 9, 11:30 am–1:30 pm. A wonderful selection of breakfast and luncheon items will be available including a carving station and dessert table. See the full menu. Reservations can be made at x2217. Plan on joining us!

A special discount is being offered to MHC faculty, staff, and students to see the Capitol Steps on December 6 and 7. Save $5.00 per ticket. Call or visit the UMass Fine Arts Center box office, and use the code “MHC” before you order. Limit of four discount tickets per order. Discounted tickets are not available at the door.

Tickets are available in person at the UMass Fine Arts Center box office, by telephone at 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMASS, or online at wfcr.org. More about the Capitol Steps at MHC…

“These Friends of Mine” is a Senior Recital featuring Adrienne McCallister with guest performances by pianist Ahyoung An, The Nice Shoes a cappella group, and other student instrumentalists on Friday, November 30, at 4 pm in McCulloch Auditorium. A varied program of music, including Italian arias, German lieder, Broadway tunes and original music composed by Adrienne and arranged by Ahyoung An. For more information, visit the music department calendar or email us.

Nominations are still being accepted for those exceptional students who deserve recognition for their outstanding leadership and service to the campus community and beyond. Nomination forms and more information about the various awards can be found at the Leadership & Service Award page. Contact Andrea Emmershy (email, x2550) with questions.

In support of the MHC student community, the Movies for Your Mind feature film for the month of December, Freedom Writers, is cancelled. In its place, we encourage you to attend the screening of the student-produced documentary Experienced Diversity on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 pm in the Blanchard Great Room. A panel discussion will follow.

Funded by the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund and sponsored by the African American and African Studies Program. For more information, please contact Camila Curtis-Contreras or Ahyoung An.

Please join us for a unique dining experience on Wednesday, December 5, at 6 pm in the Willits-Hallowell Center. While you dine on a special selection of foods to ward off winter’s chill, Executive Chef Jeff Viviano will demonstrate the preparation of each course. See the full menu. Reservations can be made at x2217.

Sunday night, Public Safety officers learned of a serious domestic violence situation involving a long-time boyfriend of a student that occurred in Torrey Hall Sunday afternoon. The male suspect  fled the area. As he was leaving, he threatened to return to campus to do physical violence against our student. The suspect has been taken into custody. For more information, please visit /offices/dps. Posted by Public Safety.

Thinking about diversity? Would you like to invite a guest speaker? Perhaps host a multi-cultural/multi-faith event or create your own diversity based project? Apply for the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund! Take advantage of this great opportunity to express yourself. Open to faculty, students and staff. Deadlines for proposals are November 28, 2007 and April 14, 2008. For more information, visit the Web site or email us. Sponsored by the Multicultural Community and College Life committee.

Lilia Mijares from the Department of Microbiology at Yale University will be the featured lecturer on Thursday, November 29 at 4:30 pm in Kendade 305. Refreshments will be served at 4:15. The lecture, entitled “The Innate Immune Response of Lung Epithelial Cells,” is presented by the Department of Biological Sciences in co-sponsorship with Sistahs in Science. An informal discussion period will follow. For more information, contact Ellie Perrier, Biology Department (email, x2149).

Students, faculty, alumnae, and administrators will speak on ALANA history, experience, and reality at the MHC screening of the student-produced documentary Experienced Diversity on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 pm in the Blanchard Great Room. A panel discussion will follow.

Funded by the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund and sponsored by the African American and African Studies Program. For more information, please contact Camila Curtis-Contreras (curti20c) or Ahyoung An (an20a).

Enjoy your Thanksgiving break, but please remember to power down your office before you leave. Last one out, turn off the lights! Learn more…

Registration for both J-Term and Spring 2008 ends at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 20. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Registrar’s Office (email, x2025) before 5 pm on the 20th.

The Center will be offering an à la carte lunch menu Monday and Tuesday, November 19–20. Specialty sandwich and salad entrées are featured, along with a daily special. Lunch is served from 12:00–1:30 pm. See the menu at the Willits-Hallowell homepage.

Willits catering and offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving break. We hope all enjoy their time with family and friends over the holiday.

The Biology Department’s Fall seminar series will host MHC alumna Dr. Katey Walter ‘98 of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, as its speaker on Monday, November 19 at 4:00 pm in Kendade 305. Dr. Walter will lecture on “Methane Bubbling from Arctic Lakes: Contributions to the Global Methane Budget.” Dr. Walker’s work was recently featured on NPR. For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences.

Award winning documentary filmmaker and human rights advocate Rory Kennedy will present her lecture, “The Camera Doesn’t Lie: Social Change via Documentary Filmmaking,” this Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium, Art Building. Her passion for documentary journalism honors the mighty legacy of her father, Robert F. Kennedy. Part of the Bearing Witness series. For more information, contact the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts (email, x3071).