Class E-Blasts


55th Reunion, May 22-24, 2020

Thanks to all who have completed the survey and submitted their contribution to the Reunion Book! Depending on where we are in the publication process, future submissions may or may not make it into the printed version, but all submissions will appear in the online version. We hope to have printed copies of the Reunion Book to every class member (except those who specifically request that they not receive a printed copy) before the reunion registration deadline in April.


Our Class Read is "Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age" by Mary Pipher (2019). It is widely available in several different formats. During Reunion we will have time from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday to discuss the book. It aligns with the Panel Discussion - "Changes, Choices, Challenges" - from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 23. Janet Aserkoff and Jackie Berkowitz are developing the program and have lined up participants who have dealt with changes brought by the loss of a partner and choices in living arrangements. They are seeking input from classmates who, after retirement, have taken on new challenges and different jobs, paid or unpaid. If you have suggestions or want to volunteer for the panel, please email Janet or Jackie.

Class Officers for 2020-2025 - The nominating committee would like to present the following candidates for office:

  • President: Dorothy "Dotsy" Derick
  • Vice-President/Reunion Co-Chairs: Sallie Wright Abbas and Sunny Eaton Steadman
  • Secretary: Margaret "Meg" Conkey
  • Domestic Scribes: Kathy Swan
  • International Scribe: Nancy Boggie Keuhler
  • Treasurer: Bev Harrison
  • Assistant Treasurer: Judi Coburn Harris
  • Head Class Agents: Jackie Berkowitz and Sara Prozeller Hartman
  • Nominating Committee: Meg Herz Harlor, Diane (Di) Howland McIntyre, and Lynn Hayden Wadhams.

Officers will be elected at a Class Meeting at Reunion on Sunday, May 24, at 9:00 a.m.

'65 President Judy Burger Gossart is revising the Class History since 2015 and is asking classmates for suggested items to include.

2015-2020 Class Dues: $25 for five years... not a bad deal. If you are still wondering if you've paid your dues, here's how to find out:

  • Go to our class website.
  • In the upper left-hand column are two grey boxes. The second grey box has links to Officers, Communications, and Dues. Choose the link to Dues.
  • To get the username and password, please send an email to Beverly Braman Harrison at or Dianne M. Lee at
  • At the bottom of the page showing who has paid dues is a link to pay your dues with PayPal or a credit card.
  • Thanks for checking!

Make your gift to The Mount Holyoke Fund: Your Mount Holyoke experience shaped who you are today, and Mount Holyoke depends on you to continue making a difference in students' lives. The Mount Holyoke Fund supports scholarship aid, internship and research opportunities, athletics, academic programming and more. Our class is aiming to beat the current 55th Reunion Record ($326,210) with 80% class participation in 2020. At this time in life, we understand that you may also be considering a bequest to the Mary Lyon Society (Contact: Laura Nixdorf Bernstein).

Reunion registration opens February 24, 2020. We are excited to announce that the Alumnae Association has made some changes to the overall costs of Reunion after listening to feedback from alums over the past few years. In addition to lowering registration fees for all reunion classes, there are Saturday packages to choose from, helping to make Reunion more accessible for everyone. To register online, visit the Reunion site.

Breakfast Round Tables: Saturday morning at breakfast in the Dining Commons, a state-of-the-art community dining experience, giving us the sense of the student experience, alumnae will be moderating table discussions around various topics. Join them for breakfast and intellectual conversation.

Athletics Hall of Fame: On Reunion II weekend this year, the College will be inducting five alumnae into the Athletics Hall of Fame. This event will take place on Friday evening and tickets are available when you register for Reunion.

Class Scholarship: Our class will offer financial help for classmates who may find it difficult to attend reunion this year. For confidential help, please contact Bev Harrison.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: A full refund, less a $5 processing fee, will be issued provided notification is made by email or by phone at 413-538-2201 to the registration staff by April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST; this applies to entire reunion package(s) and on-campus housing. Cancellations or changes to your registration and/or on-campus housing are non-refundable after April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST. By this date we have given firm commitments and guarantees to off-campus vendors and other partners in your name that generate non-refundable expenses to the Alumnae Association.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Your Reunion Team

Sent: February 17, 2020



55th Reunion Book - (Submission deadline 12/15/2019)

And NOW for our 55th Reunion Book...

BUT first, a few news updates:

  • If you haven't already filled out the Class Survey, available here or on our Facebook Page, and on our website, please consider doing so. We are extending the submission deadline date to December 15. Some who have already filled out the survey were puzzled by constraints on a few of the answers. The version you will see now is new and improved. You can start anew if you wish and send in a new response to the survey. You cannot, however, go back and edit your previous response. Thanks for your forbearance.
  • You're probably wondering if you've paid your 2015-2020 Class Dues... $25 for five years ... not a bad deal. Here's how to find out.
    • Go to our class website
    • In the upper left-hand column is a grey box with links to Officers, Communications, and Dues. Choose the link to Dues.
    • To get the username and password, please send an email to Beverly Braman Harrison at or Dianne M. Lee at
    • At the bottom of the page showing who has paid dues is a link to pay your dues with PayPal or a credit card.
    • Thanks for checking.

And NOW (REALLY!) for our 55th Reunion Book...
(Submission deadline 12/15/2019.)

Our intent is to mail the 55th Reunion Book as a GIFT from the class to ALL classmates in early March, so that it arrives in homes at least two weeks before the registration cut-off date of April 15. (Registration after that date incurs a late registration fee.)

[The information form you will be filling out below allows you to request that we NOT mail you a hard copy of the book if you would prefer to download it from our website or read it online.]

Our hope, of course, is that making this connection with classmates through the 55th Reunion Book will encourage those who are able to join us in person at the college in May 2020.

Please follow this link: and HAVE FUN!

Submission deadline 12/15/2019.

Please email any questions or concerns to your 55th Reunion Team at We will get back to you.

Sent: November 11, 2019



It's here! Almost....

Your Reunion Team is in full-on Planning Mode for our 55th Reunion, May 22-24, 2020. Registration begins in March and ends April 15, 2020.

Here's what we know, and want you to know, so far.

I. Reunion registration opens March 1. We're pleased to announce that the Alumnae Association has made some changes to the overall costs of Reunion after listening to feedback from alums over the past few years. In addition to lowering registration fees for our class from $150.00 to $60.00, there are also Saturday packages to choose from, helping to make Reunion more accessible for everyone.

II. SURVEY - Please take the Class Reunion Survey. The survey is due back to us by November 1, please. (This link will also be available on our class webpage, and on our class Facebook page).

III. REUNION BOOK - You will be receiving an email containing a link to the request for information for the 55th Reunion Book in early November. The information is due back to us by December 1.

IV. CLASS READ - Our Class Read is "Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age" by Mary Pipher (2019). It is widely available in several different formats.

V. Class Officers for 2020-2025 - Nominations are now open for President, V.P./Reunion Chair, Scribes (domestic and international), Treasurer, Head Class Agent and Nominating Committee. If you would be interested in any of these positions or have suggestions for someone you think would be a good choice, please send your suggestions to Lassie Barela ( We're a fun group, and serving as an officer is a rewarding contribution to us all.


We are excited about this opportunity to get together with classmates at our 55th Reunion. We value the conversations and collegiality that these gatherings have afforded in the past, the gifts of support and friendship we share with one another

Now YOU start planning!

Looking forward to seeing you,

Your 55th Reunion Team

Sent: October 21, 2019


MHC Presidential Inauguration

Do come and be with fellow '65 Mount Holyoke classmates at the inauguration of President Sonya Stephens. The date: Saturday, September 29.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. A welcome tent will be available for all alumnae with information on the day's events and to provide a place to gather with classmates. Snacks and drinks will be provided. (Location TBD)

There will be a general email sent out soon from the Alumnae Association with more details, but in advance, SAVE THE DATE.

Caroline Sloat attended the last presidential inauguration. She gives a rave review and tells us that the College pulls out all the stops. Academic regalia at its finest. The mood will be festive and restorative. It will be an event to cherish.

Caroline Sloat, Kristin Stueber and Martha Bernstein have offered their homes for overnight accommodations if anyone might need to spend the night. Caroline can take two classmates and Kristin, three. Kristin notes that she would encourage classmates who might stay the night to consider contributing to a scholarship fund she began many years ago. The seed money was an insurance policy she no longer needed and over the years she has added to it. It is for international students. Most have been from Nepal, but at least one has come from Vietnam and another from Africa. At this time the scholarship covers about 20 percent of costs.

We hope many classmates can come to honor President Sonya Stephens. Consider wearing something green, our class color.

Contact Caroline for further details at, 860-923-2355, or cell 860-450-9480. Kristin can be reached at, 413-539-9582 and Martha Bernstein at, 860-567-5067.

Cheers and love from Salsbury Cove,

Judy Burger-Gossart '65 Class President

Sent: August 23, 2018


Happy New Year 2018!

It seems hard to believe yet another year has sped by, but rest assured that your class officers have been busy planning for future gatherings: In a few months an April mini-reunion on campus, then our 55th reunion in May 2020.

Check out our class website:
If you need the website login and password, please send an email to Beverly Braman Harrison at or Dianne M. Lee at

Before I tell you about all these plans, I do want to let everyone know that in December we lost our dear class vice-president, Sally Capps Tubbesing, after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer. Susie Betzer, her college roommate and lifelong friend, has sent a wonderful tribute with photos to our class website. [READ MORE]

In a few short months, April 17-19, 2018, we will have a '65 mini-reunion on campus. Martha Bernstein has been orchestrating that event. Thank you, Martha! There are one or two finishing touches that need to be made; however, there will be lots of activities to choose from as well as free time to chat/walk/sit and catch-up with classmates. While the campus will not quite be in "spring form" by mid-April, our lively presence will surely brighten up the campus. Super Blanch (Blanchard) is open for business and we can all try the new Mount Holyoke ice cream flavor. Join the fun of connecting with friends and classmates. Here is the preliminary plan from Martha:

2018 Mini-Reunion

We are putting the final touches on the schedule for our April 17-19 mini-reunion on campus. We will begin after lunch on Tuesday, 4/17 and end after lunch on Thursday, 4/19. Rooms have been reserved at Willits-Hallowell, with the option of extending your stay before or after if that is better for your schedule.

The details are almost final and we are happy to report several highlights:

  • Dinner with Mount Holyoke Acting President Sonya Stephens on 4/17
  • Tour of the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst on 4/18
  • Tour and conversation with Director Tricia Paik of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
  • Class visits
  • Time for catching up with classmates

If you have any questions please contact Martha Bernstein at 860-567-5067 or If you would like to come but need financial support contact Judith Gossart-Burger 207-288-4641 or or Bev Harrison at 408-355-4132 or If you do not have access to a computer or our website, please contact Martha, Bev, or myself.

55th reunion

Roberta Aber and Dianne Lee, cochairs for our 55th reunion, have been gathering volunteers and have begun planning for May 2020. We have scheduled a special time at the mini, over pre-dinner drinks, to discuss our 55th. Roberta and Dianne eagerly look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas. Already planning has begun for a 55th reunion book, and they are gathering ideas for a class read.

Roberta and Dianne will have a spring conference call for those classmates who have volunteered to be part of the planning for the 55th. If you are interested or have ideas and cannot be at the April mini, send them an email:

Roberta Aber:
Dianne Lee:

Our class is a picture of pride with our fundraising efforts so far this year. Since our cash received and pledge balances total $182,128 we are well on our way to reaching our goal of $230,000. Our class participation currently stands at 39 percent. Our goal is 74 percent. If you have not yet given, please do so soon. Whatever the amount, we want YOU on our team of classmate contributors!

Cheers and love from Salsbury Cove, Judy

Sent: Feb 6, 2018



Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Dear Classmates,

As you can see from the photo above, ten of us gathered on campus on Sept. 17 and 18 to attend the Alumnae Association-Advancement Office Volunteer Conference. We had a splendid time, the campus was stunning, the meetings inspiring and informative.

55th Reunion, 2020

Planning has begun. Roberta Aber, reunion cochair, would like your ideas for the fifty-fifth. We want this to be a reunion you want to attend. It is not too early to begin this conversation. Coming soon to the class website (see below) will be a "Suggestion Box" for your ideas about what to do (or not do) at Reunion 2020. Volunteer job descriptions will also be on the website. If you wish to volunteer let Roberta know,

Class News

1965 continues to amaze and support Mount Holyoke in so many significant ways. This past fiscal year we exceeded our dollar-amount and participation-percentage goals raising $221,375 from 72 percent of our class. In comparison with all other classes, we had the highest number of renewed donors, with more than 80 members of our class making a gift during the month of June. As a result, we won an additional $5,000 toward our class fundraising total.

At our fiftieth reunion, so many of us made new connections and reaffirmed old ones. To encourage those connections, a number of us are working on reformatting our website. Visit the site to see what's new.

Many pages of our class website are password protected.

For directions on how to find the website login and password,
please send an email to Beverly Braman Harrison at or Dianne M. Lee at

We also have a new communication coordinator for the website, Dianne Lee. She will be updating the site regularly. Note the sections on the left, some new. Just click on a section to learn more and see newly added information. Send your thoughts and questions to Dianne: We welcome new information about gatherings and mini's in your area and hope you will share information about your activities and interests. Photos are great. Dianne and our scribes will work together to share your news with others. Dianne will encourage classmates who use our class Facebook site to regularly check the class website.

Class dues are $25 for the five-year period 2015-2020. Check the dues link on the website if you don't remember paying. Use the PayPal link or send a check to Bev Harrison, Treasurer, 264 Radford Dr., Campbell, CA 95008. Make checks payable to MHC Class of 1965.

And last but not least, you will be "Elfed" this year by Judy Partlow. No telling when your elfing will occur, but be on the look out!

Connection Class 2015

Those of us who attend the September Volunteer Conference were thrilled to reconnect with the teams from the class of 2015. The officers are also planning events for their second reunion and we are planning an informal gathering on campus in mid-May to be present for the Alumnae Parade to cheer them as they pass. The Alumnae Association supports our enthusiasm, but regrets that there is no space for us in the dorms. Kristin Stueber and possibly others in the area can offer a bed if you would like to participate and need a place to stay. If you are interested, please contact Caroline Sloat: More details to follow.

Campus News

Change is good and the College is changing to remain relevant. There are now many inter-departmental majors, there was only one in 1965. Computer science is a massive growth area, with sixty students, no surprise. Teaching techniques continue to evolve with emphasis on creativity and hands on learning. The Lynk Program is witness to that. The Career Development Center engaged 1762 students last year.

This year's freshmen class numbers: 571 students, from 36 states and 26 countries. The target had been 525. This jump occurred without sacrificing excellence as more students than expected chose Mount Holyoke.

Ground has been broken for the new Campus Community Center, adding more community space, more dining options, and innovative ways for students to connect with one another and with faculty. There is a web cam of the new commons, check in to see the progress:

Sending everyone cheers and love from Salsbury Cove,

Judy Burger-Gossart

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