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Mount Holyoke College
Class of 1955




Just for Fun

Scribe Page
   Sign into our Guest Book and let us know what's 
happening in your life today!
Remember it's not about accomplishments
...it's just about staying connected.
MHC Home Page

Alum. Assoc. Page

Class President's Letter


Giving Award
Also...click on any of the linked pages below to see 
what's happening elsewhere on the site. 
Suggestions?         Ideas?          Comments? 

Wink-----joanripley@me.com
 
Class Officers

Memorial Tributes

Memories

Honoraries

Creative Page
A REQUEST FROM YOUR WEB COORDINATOR!
 Please, please, if you change your email address, let us know!
email Wink at
joanripley@me.com
with your new address.
As good as a phone call...
FLICKR-- A HOT NEW 
LINK FOR OUR WEBSITE!
Click here for  the latest 60th reunion photos & other photos
Books
Click on the keyboard 
to read our
Scribes' unabridged 
column for 
  the newest Quarterly
and other recent class notes
  An Uncommon Women's Page
Here you'll find articles, tips, etc. 
related to women and women's issues

READ ALL ABOUT IT
  
Click on the figures above
 to get there.
For More​ Laughs
​Our Clown has plenty
of chuckles.
​Give Him a Click
We have a new book 
for your 
May reading 

Click on the pile of books to go there.

Click on the palette to go there.

Here’s your chance to share your talents with your classmates. We expect to have new material often because ’55 is full of clever women. Please contact
  Wink at
  joanripley@me.com 
to participate.
We expect this will be a popular page 
so don’t be shy…be creative

CREATIVE DISPLAY ROOM 
Check out the Class of 1955's new
UNCOMMON WOMAN AWARD
Click on the sphnix to see some
exciting news!

We have 5 new Uncommon Women!
Class of 1955  Honoraries
Our latest addition is none other than the vivacious and popular new President
Sonya Stephens 
Read all about her by clicking on the Sphinx



Edwina Cruise who spoke to us at our 35th reunion was the first post-grad honorary. Read her new entry on the Honorary Page...it is so funny!


After our 50th we welcomed Eleanor Townsley who inspired us all with her immense help at our Seminar Day.



No reunion was ever complete without listening to Vinnie Farraro. We are delighted to claim him as one of our own.


Click on the Sphinx to read a new message from Edwina
Click on the Lilies 
to go to the 
Memorial Page
 We sadly report the deaths of:

Joan Gotwals Schaefer
November 2, 2020

Rhoda Ann Bierstedt
October 24, 2020

Beth Whitaker Maker
January 4, 2021

Barbara Toman Mundy
January 14, 2021

Suzanne Donaldson Poor
January 17, 2021

Barbara Grant Deedy
March 26, 2021

Kristen Swanfeldt Sergienko
May 19, 2020



May 2021
HERE WE ARE AT OUR 60TH 
A great time was had by all!!
MEET OUR NEW HONORARY
In Case You Missed This ....
We have added a new page which will have interesting and relevant articles that you won't want to miss.  We will alert you in our blasts when there is a new one added. 

Click on A New Page below to see 
an article called
Cheating Students










JUST FOR FUN!
Click on our reunion picture above to
 see much more about it
and some new pictures!
http://www.wnyc.org/story/automated-call-response-center-weinbaum-residence/
Click on the URL below for a fun listen we call all relate to!
CAMPUS NEWS
Want to know what's happening 
back on campus?
For the latest from South Hadley 
click on the PHOTO at the left 
and be in the know.
TIPS FROM THE TECHIES
​The little arrow at the left hand top of your screen (pointing backwards) will take you back to wherever you were on your last screen. It is not necessary to find the "back to homepage" button each time.
As you all know our class has elected special faculty who we feel have been especially close to our
 class over the years.
We all know that our 1955 Honorary Vinnie Ferraro is our most popular lecturer when we go back for our “Back to School” mini every fall. Here’s the exciting news. He writes a blog. A what you say? A Blog called World Politics. What it means is that we can access that blog anytime just by signing up to receive it over our email. Then you can read it, save it, delete it, whatever, but you”ll be connected to Vinnie’s thinking and teaching of World Politics from your iphone or computer whenever you want.

To sign up for his blog go onto google and type in vferraro1971 and the form to sign up will become available. 

Happy Politics!

EXCITING NEWS!
Back when we were planning our 50th reunion (can we remember back that far?) we asked everyone to please send us their memories of Mount Holyoke. Back then everyone cooperated and actually did it. Not all of them could go into our presentation or our book but now on our website we have unlimited space so we thought we should share some more of these 
wonderful memories.

Our latest memory comes from
Barbara Gates Johnson


Others are from Deb Hazzard Nash,
Gay Hartman, and Pat O'Keeffe,Barbara Muehrcke Allen, et al.

We hope that these entries will
 inspire you to think of some of your memories to share with our class. 
We are ready and waiting for more 
so send them to Wink

Memories, Memories ...
Click on the above picture to go there ...
A NEW PAGE

Click the gavel to read our president's 2020
Class Letter

CLICK HERE TO SEE A  SHORT VIDEO THAT TAKES YOU BACK AND FORTH 
IN TIME
Click here to see how someone from the class of 2014 discovered her route to MHC.
We need photos!
 Please send us pictures of you and your family or you and other Alums as our roving photographer cannot cover the entire country.

Call us if you need instructions. You can send the actual printed photos or send them over the internet.

​We are very flexible except in our knees!
Photos! We Need Photos!
Click on Safford to see the video from 
our President ... It's fun!

What is a Learning Living Community?
Hmmm?  Find out by clicking 
on the photo

E-Mail



For the very latest news about MHC
 go to the website and visit 
Campus Updates and Opening the Gates 


Click on the Website address:
 MtHolyoke.edu
BIG NEWS!
 WE'RE ZOOMING LADIES!

WE'RE THE GREATEST!

Click on the photo to read more about MHC news
and a timely article about Foreign Students & Admissions

 You can view these sessions by going to our new zoom page and seeing everything about our new zoom program. Just click on the blue and white camera above and you'll be there!

FUN...FUN...FUN...
Our Classmate, Sallie Barr Palmer, has been very busy during this Pandemic.
She's been writing mystery novels...so we decided to serialize her first book, just like The Saturday Evening Post used to do in the old days, and we can all enjoy the fruits of her labor.


Just click below to start reading and see who done it!
A DINNER TO DIE FOR
VINNIE'S BLOG
3 NEW CHAPTERS!
Our January Zoom can be seen here!


Click here to watch the short video



Chloe Zhao Class of 2005
Nan Leech Mohr sent this photo in along with her Memory of our first day.
The funny thing is I remember taking this picture in front of Safford
(but it wan't our first day, a bit later on in our Freshman Year.)
Our Mount Holyoke Memories and More!
Remember when?

 Half the time we do and the other half, well not so much! 

Each of us has one's unique own memories even if they are about the very same event.

One thing we know about the women of the class of 1955
is that they have a huge reservoir of stories!

Deb Hazzard Nash was telling me about a program called Storyworth 
which sends out weekly prompts to jog those old memories and then 
collects them in book form.

 We thought it would be fun to try something like that with our class.

We will send you an email prompt each month with the hope that you will respond to 
Wink's email and then be able to read it on the website the next month.

So here is our first prompt:

 "What do you remember about your very first day at Mount Holyoke College" 

 It can be one sentence , one paragraph or one page or more. Whatever strikes your fancy. 

Let the fun begin and your stories roll...

The best part is there is no right, no wrong nor any grades.
Even penmanship won't count!

PLEASE DON'T BE SHY...WE ALL WANT TO READ YOUR STORY!

Click here to read the answers to our first prompt.

And to see what's next on the list!
Click here to see a list of virtual programs available 
and a way for us all to go back to school.
Joan Patricelli, Bonnie Scott, Lois Graham, Pat O'Keeffe, & Denny Edgar
Did they really think this would work?????
Spring is on it's way!

All alums, regardless of reunion year, are invited to join the following events.
 If you are interested in attending please register from the link on the email 
from the College on May 3rd. 
 Registrants will receive access to Zoom links in early May and can join the event(s) of their choosing.

Friday, May 21, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT
State of the College with President Sonya Stephens

Friday, May 21, noon EDT
Back to Class: The Crisis and Transformation of U.S. Politics

Friday, May 21, 3 p.m. EDT
Back to Class: The Politics of Reproduction: The Struggle for Abortion Rights in Latin America 

Saturday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. EDT
Back to Class: Reengineering Elite Higher Education

Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m. EDT
Meet the President-Elect of the Alumnae Association

Saturday, May 22, 1 p.m. EDT
149th Annual Meeting of the Alumnae Association  


           !!!   VIRTUAL REUNION   !!!
Betsey Pratt, Joan Willenbrok, Barbara Garland, Mary Lou Judd, Chirpy Wesseler, Bonnie Scott, Nancy Leech
Joan Winkel, Denny Edgar, Pat O'Keeffe
​Joyce Cudlip, Joan Willenbrok, Joan Williams, Henrietta Simler
Joan Wharton, Beverly Sharnack, Ellis Batchelder, Betsy Winters