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We are writing in regard to the college's decision to retire Robert Bontempo, our golf coach, at the end of this year. Coach Bontempo is an amazing teacher, and we have all learned much from him from his wonderful teaching, his patience and encouraging words as well as his good humor. These are the very things that have made taking golf lessons at Mount Holyoke a joy and an unforgettable experience. Coach Bontempo goes above and beyond the duties of his job in giving us extra practice sessions, individual advice, and even soda on a hot day. He exemplifies all the qualities that make Mount Holyoke such a great institution; indeed, he IS a Mount Holyoke institution, a tradition that future students here should not miss out on.

Coach Bontempo expressed his desire to retire in 2010, after teaching here for 40 years since 1970. We feel that it not an unreasonable request that he retire in his own terms, and not be forced to leave at the end of this year. His love and pride in the the Mount Holyoke Lyons, his passion for the game and our great golf course, the Orchards, is strongly shown in every class and we have all been affected by his enthusiasm.

We feel very strongly that this is a mistake to let him go, and we ask that you honor his request to stay on, just as he has honored this college with his service for all these years. Our golf classes and the Orchards would not be the same without him.

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Latest Signatures

  • 11 December 2015100. Eleanor P
    I understand there are budget issues in the decision to retire Bob Bontempo, but is there no room for common sense, empathy or compromise for a golf legend who has been a part of the Orchards and MHC staff for so many years? Letting him go serves no fruit
  • 14 November 201599. Vidya R
    He fostered in me a love for the sport that I could never have fathomed possible. Class Year 2009
  • 14 November 201598. Jacqueline H
    Bob is truly a wonderful person and coach. His vast knowledge and fondness for both the game of golf and Mount Holyoke are unquestionable. He possesses unending patience and the unique ability to convey his talent and appreciation in such a positive manne
  • 08 November 201597. Courtnee C
    В Class Year 2006
  • 06 November 201596. Lisa E
    I support this petition
  • 18 October 201595. Jennifer Lgriswoldf
    В Class Year 05
  • 07 October 201594. Ashleigh H
    I support this petition
  • 05 October 201593. Tenaya V
    I support this petition
  • 22 September 201592. Sarah N
    I support this petition
  • 15 September 201591. Stacey Lynn
    I support this petition
  • 15 August 201590. Lesley W
    I support this petition
  • 28 July 201589. Danielle N
    Coach Bontempo takes such pride and care in his teaching. His true love for the game, the students, Mt. Holyoke, and The Orchards is a blessing. The history and nurturing he provides can not be replaced. It would be a huge mistake to let him go. Please re
  • 12 July 201588. Marisa B
    I support this petition
  • 11 July 201587. Allie M
    I support this petition
  • 23 June 201586. Anne V
    Coach Bontempo has been a devoted coach for many years and absolutely deserves the respect of the college administrators; not to force him into a retirement that he has not prepared for. Class Year FP'05
  • 17 June 201585. Eunji L
    Please keep Coach Bontempo! Class Year 2009
  • 14 June 201584. Brooke D
    I support this petition
  • 06 April 201583. Krista R
    I support this petition
  • 25 March 201582. Monica I
    I support this petition
  • 21 March 201581. Judith F
    I support this petition
  • 17 March 201580. Jennifer H
    I support this petition
  • 11 January 201579. Charisse P
    Its unfortunate that the college is cutting back on some many important aspects to women's education. I feel as if there are other options to save and generate money into this school than cutting away at our education. Class Year 2008
  • 11 January 201578. Cynthia Calhounw
    He was a Mt Holyoke inspiration Class Year 2003 FP
  • 27 December 201477. Kathleen M
    В Class Year 2009
  • 24 December 201476. Rebecca F
    I support this petition
  • 09 October 201475. Mei Y
    I support this petition
  • 05 September 201474. Puja D
    He's a very valuable institution at MHC, and not one to be treated so flippantly. Class Year 2007

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Pedro FrazierBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
Petition target:
President and Trustees of Mount Holyoke College


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