The Alumnae Association has created the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award to honor and celebrate outstanding volunteer service to Wellesley College.

Sed Ministrare Award

This award is given to an alumna whose volunteer service has made an impact to Wellesley College. The Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award is for alumnae who have made significant or innovative contributions, shown superior performance and leadership, or have exceptionally embodied the motto, “Non ministrari sed ministrare.” The outstanding efforts of these women fulfill the Alumnae Association’s mission of keeping alumnae connected to one another and to the College. The award will be presented annually at Alumnae Leadership Council.

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Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients!

Whitney Shaffer Ackerman '03

Past president of the New York Wellesley Club and one of our youngest leaders of a major club when she first came to office, Whitney embraced her role of club leader by engaging and motivating volunteers and by setting short and long term goals. She not only was a strong leader but also a great team player, caring listener, and someone who saw solutions and implemented an action plan. Whitney will be honored for her exemplary leadership.

Martha Reardon Bewick '62

From a student leader to an alumna leader, Martha has served as a devoted volunteer and class leader for over 50 years. She never stops reaching out to classmates and continually infuses the class with the Wellesley spirit by always promoting an eagerness to participate and a willingness to give back to Wellesley. Martha will be honored for this lifetime spirit and for her commitment to her class.

Charlotte Hayes '75

Charlotte is one of the MANY "unsung-heroes" who serve our classes, clubs, and the College. We recognize her outstanding dedication and service to the "Wellesley in Washington Internship Program" and "Washington Wintersession." Her volunteer work engages alumnae to serve as mentor for our students while also connecting alumnae to the club and to the College. Her extensive connections in the DC area are invaluable to the College and our students. Charlotte will be honored for her service to the College and for the example she sets in strengthening the Wellesley Alumnae Network.

Helen Kriz Marshall '77

Former president of the Chicago Wellesley Club and current class president, Helen is well known for her energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and personal touch, going the "extra-mile" to engage alumnae and motivating them to be more involved. She has a love for "all things Wellesley" and eagerly incorporates our traditions into events. Helen will be honored for her True Blue Wellesley spirit and for her dedicated leadership.