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A Thanksgiving Treat: Wellesley Magazine Fall 2014 Issue

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving at hand, we take a collective deep breath before the final sprint to the end of the Fall semester and 2014. It's a good time for a little unassigned reading. And we have a recommendation for you! The Fall 2014 Wellesley magazine from the Alumnae Association is available to read online, with the print edition shipping to alums soon.

Look for something new with this digital issue: It is fully responsive! Editor in Chief Alice Hummer writes in her editor's note, "We have long known we desperately needed a better web presence for this magazine.... But not just any website—a responsive site, using evolving technology that adjusts its design according to what device you are using, for easier reading."

The online issue contains all that is in the print issue, with extras such as photo galleries that wouldn't fit in the magazine. For those wondering if the print magazine is on a path to extinction, Hummer says, "The answer is a resounding no—at least for as far into the future as we can currently see."

In addition to a message from President Kim Bottomly, short pieces on faculty work, student experiences, the Wellesley-MIT ballroom dancing team's 40th anniversary, and more, you can read thoughtful long-form features covering Wellesley scientists working on planetary research; the future of Clapp library in an age of e-books and digital archives; and the power of the Wellesley network—in social media.

On that score, after the magazine went to print, another heartwarming Wellesley network story came to our attention, via ABC News.

The grandmother of Leila Wons ’03 was flying home from Boston to Argentina after a visit, and had a connecting flight in New York. “She was supposed to get the flight to Argentina at 10 p.m. but it was delayed to 8 a.m. the next morning,” says Wons. “The issue was that the airline didn't keep a record of what hotel they were sending her to and we couldn't find where she was.”

Wons was worried because her grandmother, Rosa Levy (age 88), does not speak English. Levy travels to the United States every few years; this was the first time she had had any travel complications. After Wons and her parents were unable to locate Levy, Wons used Wellesley-membership social media to ask for help from the extended alumnae network to find her lost relative. She was connected to fellow alumna and New Yorker Maryann Ford ’89, who quickly traveled to JFK to search for Levy.

Says Ford, “A Wellesley friend tagged me in a post, asking if I could help. I got out of my PJs, threw on some sweats, and hopped in a cab to JFK to find her.” Ford searched for Levy until she finally found her at 4 a.m. Relieved, Wons thanked Ford for her selfless dedication to a fellow Wellesley grad, citing social media as a powerful tool for promoting the performance of good deeds.

Whether in the residence halls or in life beyond the campus, Wellesley students and alumnae are committed to helping each other navigate even the most unique challenges. With that in mind as we read the quarterly magazine, view Wellesley's public social media pages, and appreciate the College's vibrant on-campus life, we take a moment to realize and say: We're thankful for the extended community of Wellesley, and its capacity for caring and connection.

—Katelyn Campbell '17 contributed to this article.

Wellesley in the News

  • "Still Life with Fruit", Roesen, Severin (attributed to) (German), 1850-60, Oil on canvas mounted on panel, canvas: 30 1/2 in. x 40 1/2 in. (77.5 cm x 102.9 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Stetson Knowles.

    WBUR visited the Instagram-inspired art exhibit at the Davis, which displays more than 30 still life works featuring food, for a blog post and radio feature airing November 26.

    November 25, 2014
  • 4 kids in daycare play with musical instruments

    Rosanna Hertz, Class of 1919 – 50th Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, writes about shift workers in her work examining how families manage employment and home life; Pacific Standard magazine sought her expertise for its article on "extreme daycare."

    November 21, 2014
  • three closeups: Kobkarn, Soemarno, Spratlen

    An international trio of Wellesley alumnae have been in the news lately for their appointments to positions of leadership in their respective governments, all with a mission to make their nation or world a better place.

    November 17, 2014

Campus News

  • field hockey: goalie in net, four defenders running out

    Wellesley sees historic seasons for crew, cross-country, and field hockey, matched by strong performances and big growth for varsity golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.

    November 24, 2014
  • Lulu Chow Wang with green screen computer around 1980

    Lulu Chow Wang ’66 was highlighted in the PBS series Makers: Women Who Make America episode "Women in Business." Wang, a member of Wellesley's Business Leadership Council, is CEO of Tupelo Capital Management and trustee emerita of the College.

    November 20, 2014
  • student heads into archway labeled platform 9-3/4 at dusk

    From Wellesley's own Platform 9¾ to a Botanic Garden exhibit to Quidditch practice, Harry Potter culture is alive and well at the College, with J.K. Rowling's short new story in the saga being a little refresher.

    November 19, 2014





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