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Guest Column — Fall 2002 [ARCHIVE]

This season's guest column is the annual class letter from our president, Kristen Klein Colston. Future topics will include whatever is on your mind and you want to write about, be it Holyoke-abilia or not.

If you're interested in taking a turn as guest columnist, please email Julianne.

Dear Classmates:

Hello! I hope this letter finds you doing well. I can't believe that it has been more than a year since our 10th reunion! I really enjoyed reconnecting with so many of you at Reunion, and was honored to be elected to serve as the President of the Class of 1991. I hope that, despite the weather, those of you who were there enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. I also hope that many more of you will join us in May 2006 for our 15th reunion. While Reunion is still (somewhat) fresh in your mind, we would love to hear from you if you have any feedback regarding the 10th, or suggestions for the 15th. Feel free to contact me or our VPs/Reunion Co-Chairs, Robyn Scott or Julianne Trabucchi Puckett.

Even though it has been a while since Reunion, I thought you might enjoy reading an account of the weekend from Meredith Elkins:

What a great time, and to those of you who missed it: Pllllft! You should have come! You missed being able to play slip and slide on Skinner Green, the fire alarm that went off in the middle of the Alumnae Association meeting (wasn't that Mary Howell Sirna I saw on the chair, trying to stifle that siren?!) and seeing the alum who celebrated her 80th Reunion (yes, there was only one, bless her heart, and yes, she fell asleep in the middle of the meeting, but give her a break — she's 101!)

We elected new class officers at this Reunion. Heather Harde (our outgoing president), Kymm Bartlett Pollack and Melissa Quirk (outgoing Reunion Co-Chairs), Julianne Trabucchi Puckett and Erika Sevetson (outgoing Scribes), and Ann Volpel, Vicki Markovitz, and Suzanne Franchetti (outgoing Head Class Agents) all deserve our thanks for their service to our class. So here's a big thank you!

Some of our new officers are newbies, so we have to help them out. Send in ideas, news, and your class dues!! It's never too soon to start thinking and planning for the 15th!!

But, back to my job, which is to tell you about Reunion. The weather didn't cooperate for Commencement (it was held in Kendall), but we did get through the Laurel Parade and most of the picnic without too much precipitation! Thanks to Sarah Jones for our fly yellow boas, and Jen King for the killer Reunion booklet!!

By Saturday evening, Skinner was a swamp, despite the tent, and the First Husband (that would be Will Colston, Kristen's hubby) made startling contact with the wrong end of a picnic table. We trust that he has well and truly healed by now. Our party in honor of the Class of 2001 that was scheduled for the Green became a party in Chapin instead. It was still a blast. On Sunday morning, I heard at least one attendee trying to remember the previous evening (but I'm not telling who!)

Amy Cox set up a fabulous spread both Friday and Saturday nights in our Headquarters dorm of South Rockefeller. The 35+ children in attendance were a surprise to many, but all were adorable, well-behaved and a lot of fun — but what else would we expect from MHC women, right?

The class met its goal of raising and donating over $56,000 to the Alumnae Fund (hereafter to be called the Alumnae Annual Fund), and we won the Chairwoman's Award for raising the most Cornerstone gifts (contributions of $1000 and above). We were also awarded the President's Cup for greatest class participation in the Laurel Parade.

All in all the weekend was a spirited, damp and well-planned party! Final thanks to Kymm and Melissa for another fine Reunion! Hope to see you all at the 15th!!

I have had an eventful 17 months since Reunion, the highlight of which was the birth of my son, Noah, on September 11, 2001. You may be thinking, "What a horrible day to be born," but, actually, his impending birth prevented my husband from going to work at the Pentagon — in the area of the building that was struck by the plane — so, needless to say, we were thrilled that he was born on that day. He is now an extremely inquisitive toddler, who loves spending time with his many "aunties" from the Class of 1991.

I am so pleased that I have been able to remain in touch with so many classmates, and I hope you have done the same. If you'd like to reconnect with someone with whom you've lost touch, I encourage you to visit our Class of 1991 web site (, which is maintained by Julianne Trabucchi Puckett. In addition to a class e-mail list, it includes photos, class-related information, news about MHC, and a message board to discuss anything and everything that you'd like. The site also has a new "Guest Column" section. If you have something on your mind (MHC-related or not), contact Julianne and volunteer to be a guest columnist.

Our Treasurer, Dianne Greenfield, has asked me to remind you to pay your class dues of $25 ($5 per year from the 10th through the 15th reunion). Class dues are important and are used to pay for the mailings you receive from the class officers during non-reunion years, lower the per-person cost of reunion, and help classmates in need defray reunion travel costs. Unfortunately, very few 91ers have paid dues in the past, but we're hoping to turn over a new leaf before our 15th reunion. If we can raise enough money, we'd like to use it to improve our reunion dinner, provide reunion souvenirs, and possibly set up a reunion webcam (so if you can't be there in person, you can attend "virtually"). To pay your dues, send a check payable to "MHC Class of 1991" to Dianne and, if your name has changed, be sure to include your undergraduate surname.

Because class dues haven't exactly been a great source of funding, we've been brainstorming about other ways to raise money for our class. We'd love to get your feedback on a tentative plan we have to sell Class of 1991 merchandise (bags, t-shirts, mugs, etc.) online. Would you buy it? Would you like to design the logo? Drop me a line and let me know.

Take care and please keep in touch — either with me; with our Scribes, Sarah Jones and Jen King; with our other class officers; or via our class web site.

Best regards,

Kristen Klein Colston

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