The Alumnae Association 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 is presented annually at Alumnae Leadership Council.

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Please join us in congratulating the 2015 recipients!

Jane Kentnor Dean ’56

As a Wellesley student, Jane Kentnor Dean was involved with almost all class events and known by her classmates as someone who always got the job done. Today, not much has changed, and those same classmates would say, Jane still gets the job done and is the embodiment of the "Wellesley Woman”—dedicated and always reliable. Since graduating in 1956, Jane has held every class officer position but one, including many fundraising roles, and has chaired several class committees, including her 50th class Reunion in 2006. In great measure, Jane’s ongoing leadership and dedication are responsible for the exceptional connections and spirit her class has sustained over the last 60 years. In addition to her extensive class service, Jane also has played an equally important role in the Connecticut area, serving in many capacities for the Fairfield Villages Wellesley Club.

Bridget O’Connor Garsh ’04

For several years, Bridget O’Connor Garsh has been a pillar of strength for the Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston Club (WCAB) where she is well known and respected for going above and beyond expectations to build a strong and caring community. As VP of Programming, not only did she bring new energy and enthusiasm to long-standing club events, she also initiated new programs to appeal to a diverse range of alumnae and reinvigorated participation in local events like the Head of the Charles. She also actively extended club outreach to alumnae with strong club newsletters and personal contacts to encourage event participation and to solicit new ideas. Currently, Bridget serves as president of WCAB. Under Bridget’s leadership the club has expanded volunteer committees with clear goals and expectations. Bridget personally encouraged diverse participation and programming through decade representatives, shared interest group liaisons, and connections with senior students and local alumnae.

Chari LaRue Isaacs ’68

Charlotte “Chari” LaRue Isaacs is an example of how a single volunteer’s visionary leadership can energize an organization and transform it. After moving to Sarasota about 10 years ago, Chari became involved with the Sarasota Wellesley Club where she introduced new ideas and challenged the members to think “outside the box” of tried but true annual programs.  She saw a need and opportunity to market Wellesley in the local community and to involve the club in projects that reflect the College’s dedication to service. Two projects Chari championed for the club include organizing the Ivy League College Fair, an effective method for marketing Wellesley College in the local community; and the Sarasota Mothers and Infants Program of First Step, a model of strong community service that connects alumnae and enables them to make a difference in young women’s lives. Adding these two community initiatives to the club’s program has changed the club forever.

Betty Barr Wang ’54

Elizabeth “Betty” Barr Wang’s first and most influential act for Wellesley was encouraging her cousin, Nannerl Overholser Keohane ’61, to attend Wellesley. Nan, as we know, served as the eleventh president of Wellesley for 12 years. For over 60 years, Betty has served Wellesley in numerous capacities, including co-founder of the Shanghai Wellesley Club, club secretary, event planner and facilitator, admissions representative, and as a class officer. For the Shanghai Wellesley Club alone, she has garnered members (from zero in the 1990s to over 50 in 2015), promoted, led, and inspired club events, kept meticulous club notes, and recruited students.