2014 Stories

  • snowglobe with Wellesley hooprollers

    Season's Greetings from Wellesley College

    Friday, December 19, 2014

    Wellesley is with you. (Even if not sitting on your desk.) Happy new year!

  • calendar page: december 2014

    Wellesley Faculty on Big Topics of 2014

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    In 2014, Wellesley experts shared knowledge, research, and viewpoints on numerous happenings around the globe. They were sought by news outlets as well as the community, and covered a range of topics.

  • Lynne Viti headshot

    Finding the Right Word on the Airwaves and in the Classroom

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program Lynne Viti recently took her way with words off campus and on air, competing in the limerick contest on the NPR news quiz Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

  • Carol Ann Paul in sunhat and sunglasses

    Lifetime Achievement Award to Wellesley Neuroscience Faculty Member

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Wellesley's beloved neuroscience instructor Carol Ann Paul was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, an international organization focused on neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level.

  • pencil drawing of traffic jam from The Pushcart War

    Famed Stories for Youngsters Emerged from Wellesley's Halls

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    What do Nancy Drew and The Pushcart War have in common? Creators influenced by Wellesley College! And significant anniversaries tied to 2014.

  • Sophia Sokolowski high in the rigging of sailboat

    Wellesley Junior Conducts Marine Research in Mediterranean

    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Sophia Sokolowski ’16 just completed a semester overseas—literally. Much of SEA Semester, which offers cross-disciplinary exploration of themes related to the ocean and global environments, is spent aboard ship in the Mediterranean. She was one of 21 U.S. students accepted to the program.

  • Anna Campbell Bliss in studio

    Film Documents Life of Alumna Artist

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    The previously under-celebrated work of Anna Campbell Bliss ’46 is the subject of Arc of Light, a documentary detailing her life and innovative work within the Bauhaus movement in the United States.

  • students sit on ground and pat a fluffy white dog

    Pre-Finals Study Period Brings Fun Too

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Wellesley's Wellness Outreach Committee offers a reading period schedule of events aimed at helping students relax and refocus. Always a favorite: a visit from therapy dogs, who this semester will be on campus at various locations on December 11.

  • three players on stage at boston improv

    Wellesley Comedy Troupe Reaches Finals in Improv Competition

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    As Wellesley’s only improv comedy group, Dead Serious takes pride in being Wellesley’s most prestigious improv comedy group. Twelve troupe members showed their skill in a recent regional competition.

  • students taking exam

    Wellesley Students Tackle Putnam Math Competition

    Monday, December 8, 2014

    With the guidance of Assistant Professor of Mathematics Andy Schultz, Wellesley students across class years exercise their mathematical and problem-solving chops to take on the Putnam exam, a six-hour math competition.

  • Watson nominees point to different locations on world map

    Wellesley Watson Fellowship Nominees Announced

    Friday, December 5, 2014

    Four Wellesley seniors have been nominated for the national Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which provides funds to travel the world in pursuit of a personal project.

  • aerial view boathouse

    Wellesley Boathouse Renovation Underway

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Thanks to the generosity of John and Alice Butler ’53, the boathouse on Lake Waban is undergoing a comprehensive renovation to update the 1963 facility and knit it more beautifully into the campus fabric.

  • screenshot: Shaan Kandawalla in conversation

    N.Y. Times Profiles Entrepreneurial Wellesley Alum

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    Only 3 percent of tech startups are launched by women. One of those is Shaan Kandawalla '98, who shares her story via New York Times blog post and video, and reflects on Wellesley's influence in a Q&A with us.

  • Robbin Chapman, foreground, looks at papers; students, background, do group work

    Spotlight on Teaching: Digital Technology and Learning Communities

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Robbin Chapman's CS/Education course merges intellectual traditions of the liberal arts with design practices used outside the academy to inspire students to new ways of thinking about tech and learning.

  • Zadie Smith reading by hipgallery.com

    Author Zadie Smith at Wellesley

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Visiting Wellesley as part of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities Distinguished Writers Series, award-winning novelist and essayist Zadie Smith will read from her work and have a Q&A session on December 1.

  • cartoon showing woman at laptop surrounded by supportive women

    A Thanksgiving Treat: Wellesley Magazine Fall 2014 Issue

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Time for a little unassigned reading? We have a recommendation for you! The Fall 2014 Wellesley magazine from the Alumnae Association is now available to read online. Happy reading and happy Thanksgiving!

  • "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.

    Feast Your Eyes at the Davis Featured by WBUR

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    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.

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

    Fall 2014 Sports Roundup

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    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.

  • 4 kids in daycare play with musical instruments

    Wellesley Professor Offers Expert Insight on 'Extreme Day Care'

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    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."

  • Lulu Chow Wang with green screen computer around 1980

    Wellesley Alum in PBS's Makers: Women in Business

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    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.

  • student heads into archway labeled platform 9-3/4 at dusk

    Hogwarts at Wellesley

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    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.

  • Sally Taylor at computer with Janie Howland and two students

    Consenses Comes to Wellesley

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Art lovers are invited to bring all five senses to enjoy the Consenses interactive art installation now on display in Tishman Commons, and the newly-unveiled creative center designed by Wellesley students through Theatre Studies.

  • three closeups: Kobkarn, Soemarno, Spratlen

    Wellesley Alums in New Government Posts

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    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.

  • Two museum workers mount Matisse painting among others on wall

    Davis Art Tours the World

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    Visitors to MoMA can see Matisse’s, Composition, Black and Red (installation shown), or at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris may view Sonia Delaunay-Terk’s Electric Prisms (1913)—both currently on loan from the Davis Museum at Wellesley.

  • Ashley Funk rides bike on a fall day

    Wellesley Junior Wins Prestigious EPA Fellowship

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Ashley Funk '16 joins a line of Wellesley women who in recent years have won Greater Research Opportunity fellowships, worth approximately $50,000 toward undergraduate studies and a summer Environmental Protection Agency internship.

    The fellowship, worth approximately $50,000, is awarded annually to 40 promising American students interested in pursuing careers in environmental studies. - See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2013/12/node/40604#sthash.he5Jno1z.dpuf
    The fellowship, worth approximately $50,000, is awarded annually to 40 promising American students interested in pursuing careers in environmental studies. - See more at: http://www.wellesley.edu/news/2013/12/node/40604#sthash.he5Jno1z.dpuf
  • Wellesley economist Dan Sichel

    Wellesley's Dan Sichel on Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Economy

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    It can be easy to be cynical about the current state of the economy, but former Fed economist Professor of Economics Dan Sichel says there are reasons to be optimistic.

  • Lisa Lynch at podium during Heller School 55th anniversary

    Alumna Named Brandeis University Provost

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Lisa M. Lynch ’78 has taken office as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Brandeis University.

  • 9 Daniels Fellows pose together in Provost's office

    Meet the 2014 Daniels Fellows

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    This fall, the Pamela Daniels Fellowship of $3,500 per recipient was awarded to four senior projects, each project exemplifying passionate engagement with a compelling intellectual subject.

  • Business Leadership Council Celebrates 25 Years

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Celebrating a silver anniversary with its 25th Plenary, Wellesley's BLC gathers for a reunion and outreach to students with a speed networking event. The BLC was formed by senior leaders in the business and nonprofit sectors in recognition of Wellesley's effect on their leadership development and with the intent to give back to the College.

  • Schneider exterior on a sunny day

    Schneider Center Open House

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    An open house in Schneider Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, offers a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the magnificent renovation the space has received as part of Wellesley's Plan for Campus Renewal.

  • Betsy Wood Knapp black and white headshot

    Inaugural Betsy Knapp ’64 Lecture in the Social Sciences

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    Established through the generosity of Betsy Wood Knapp ’64, the Knapp Social Science Center sponsors many activities and programs, such as the November 5 lecture by scholar and author Paul Sabin, the inaugural Betsy Knapp ’64 Lecture in the Social Sciences.

  • Marion Just in class

    Spotlight on Teaching: Campaigns and Elections

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Professor of Political Science Marion Just teaches the new Calderwood Seminar on Public Writing, POL1 319: Campaigns and Elections, using the 2014 election as a laboratory to investigate why campaigns are important and what elections mean for democratic governance in the United States.

  • Arlevea Freeman, laughing

    Wellesley Senior Authors Article for The Root

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Arlevea Freeman ’15 penned a guest post for The Root about some of the reasons why she chose to attend Wellesley, and tells us more.

  • Students pack Knapp Atrium on Election Night 2012

    Wellesley Students Gear Up for Election Season

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Katelyn Campbell '17 reports on how some Wellesley students are getting involved in the 2014 midterm elections, both on campus and in their home districts.

  • Kara McLaughlin in front of House of 7 Gables doorway

    Wellesley Alum Runs Historic Site in 'Witch City'

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    An interesting career trajectory brought Kara McLaughlin ’89 to the directorship of the House of the Seven Gables, a historic settlement house in Salem, Mass., noted Halloween attraction, and inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name.

  • Kathy Moon headshot

    Wellesley Professor Shares Expertise on North Korea

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Katharine Moon spoke with Al Jazeera America and other news outlets regarding her studies of North Korean politics, and the reasoning behind recent events such as the release of American prisoner Jeffrey Fowle.

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    Wellesley Celebrates Annual Tanner Conference

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Today, the College community gathers for a full day of presentations about student out-of-classroom experiences. The Tanner Conference celebrates the diversity and depth of student endeavors. 

  • Group shot of Whitney Shaffer Ackerman, Charlotte Hayes, Helen Kriz Marshall, and Martha Reardon Bewick

    Alumnae Association Presents First Sed Ministrare Volunteer Awards

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Whitney Shaffer Ackerman ’03, Charlotte Hayes’75, Helen Kriz Marshall ’77, and Martha Reardon Bewick ’62 are the first recipients of the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award, established this year to honor outstanding volunteer service to Wellesley College.

  • Dick French and three others looking happy and excited

    Wellesley Astronomers Explore New Realms

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    Wellesley alumnae and faculty lead pioneering research on Saturn, Mars, and other planets in their various roles within the global community of astronomers.

  • pumpkins decorated with "haunted haus" written on one

    Halloween Spirit at Wellesley

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    The end of October brings spooky fun to campus, from res-hall trick or treating and cult movie screenings to "haunted" buildings and Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

  • Wellesley Centers for Women sign

    WCW Reviews “Get Real” Planned Parenthood Program

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    A review by researchers at the Wellesley Centers for Women of the Planned Parenthood program “Get Real” shows that education and conversations can be effective in delaying sex for middle school age boys and girls.

  • El Table blackboard: Happy 110th Birthday El Table!

    El Table Celebrates 110 Years

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Founded in 1904, El Table began as a small table by an elevator that catered to the needs of hungry students. The enterprise has since expanded into an organized student co-op, currently nestled in the basement of Founders Hall.

  • hall of fame logo

    Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame Honors First Class of Inductees

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    Ten scholar-athletes representing as many sports and four "women of inspiration" who have made remarkable contributions to athletics at Wellesley will be recognized as the Hall of Fame inducts its first class during Homecoming.

  • North 40 Joint Statement

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    Given the importance of the North 40 to our shared community, both the College and the Town recognize the need to allow further time to complete these important deliberations. The two parties have agreed to defer final decisions until a later date.

  • two women converse in front of poster with industry keywords in word cloud

    Wellesley Students Take Computer Science on the Road

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Wellesley was represented at two international tech conferences last week as professors Ellen Hildreth and Orit Shaer took students to Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and User Interface Software & Technology Symposium, respectively.

  • hands working on Myintuition on ipad

    What Will College Really Cost You?

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    My inTuition, Wellesley's quick college cost estimator, will calculate your likely college cost breakdown in just three minutes. The online tool been updated this year to provide more detail on student contribution, work-study, and loan amount estimates.

  • Janet Hill headshot

    Federal News Radio Highlights Wellesley Alum

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    “Glass ceiling shatterer” Janet Hill ’69 recently spoke with the D.C.-based radio program Women of Washington about her Wellesley education, her career, and the importance of diversity in American corporations.

  • 5 actors in masks cavort on stage

    Actors From the London Stage Bring "Much Ado" to Wellesley

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    In the renowned troupe's ninth visit to Wellesley, Actors From the London Stage present three free public performances of Shakespeare's comedy, and work with students in classes and workshops during the week.

  • Tran, Altenhof-Long, and Peeler chat at picnic table with yellow leaves in background

    Meet This Year's Malone Prize Winners

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Zoe Peeler '17, Erin Altenhof-Long '16, and Katherine Tran '15 have received the prestigious award established by Claudine Malone '63 and named in honor of her mother, Katharine, to recognize high academic and service achievement.

  • open laptop with gnome figure peeking from behind screen

    Wellesley Participates in National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Wellesley has signed on as a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014, joining more than 300 colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, and nonprofits in a global effort to promote online safety awareness.

  • 1959 photo of three students walking in library with coats on

    Huffington Post Profiles Wellesley's Hinge Generation

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Carolyn Elliot ’59 shares the results of a survey of her classmates on the occasion of their 55th reunion, offering in the Huffington Post a profile of Wellesley women from what she calls the “Hinge Generation.”

  • class of 2014 large group photo with some names called out to label individuals

    Newest Wellesley Alumnae Take on the World

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    As a new purple class settles into its first semester at Wellesley, we take a moment to catch up with the last purple class through the 2014 senior survey results and some individual perspectives. Great things are happening.

  • three dancers stand still on academic quad, pendleton in background

    Boston Globe Reviews Open Air Dance on Wellesley's Academic Quad

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Three dancers and the Academic Quad captured the attention and imagination of audience and passersby last week in a site-specific performance called reveal.

  • serious-looking black woman putting on necktie

    Wellesley Joins Nation in Observing LGBTQ History Month

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Wellesley College's LGBTQ Programs and Services office presents several events throughout October to observe LGBTQ History Month 2014, including photo exhibit, lecture, and comedy.

  • Oscar Fernandez

    Wellesley Professor Offers Insider’s Perspective on the National Math Crisis

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics Oscar Fernandez says a key driver of the national math crisis is the way the subject is being taught. He proposes a new method that “flips the script” on the old instruction method.

  • The National Science Foundation logo

    Seven Wellesley Professors Win National Science Foundation Grants

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Seven Wellesley professors representing six departments or programs received NSF grants this year to pursue research projects ranging from vascular development in plants to the changing structures of American families.

  • drawing of Shakespeare

    Lights On: WellesleyX Shakespeare Course Begins Next Week

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    The newest WellesleyX course, Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance, begins in October. Taught by Yu Jin Ko and Diego Arciniegas, the MOOC explores the work of the Bard from both literary and theatrical perspectives.

  • seminar group led by Lee Cuba

    Spotlight on Teaching: Learning by Giving

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    An award-winning new class integrates writing and the complex world of philanthropy. In SOC/WRIT307: Nonprofit Organizations and American Cities in the 21st Century, students partner with nonprofit organizations and learn grant writing skills with a tangible outcome.

  • crowd with banners at NYC climate march

    Wellesley Professor Talks to Media on the 'People's Climate March'

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    In light of the recent massive demonstration to demand quicker political action to reduce carbon emissions, WBUR’s Radio Boston called upon Associate Professor of Political Science Hahrie Han to discuss what makes protest movements capable of real political change.

  • Elizabeth Engel poses at banner for Scholastic Art & Writing Award

    Wellesley First Year Honored in National Writing Competition

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Elizabeth Engel '18 talks to us about her passion for her craft after winning a gold medal in the 2014 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards. Wellesley first-year gold medalists also include Grace Ming, Madeleine Barowsky, and Stephanie Yeh.

  • diverse group of students relaxing and laughing in library

    Prospective Students Invited to Discover Wellesley

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    On several dates through the fall, beginning Saturday, September 27, Wellesley’s Board of Admission offers unique visiting experiences to anyone interested in the College, and on October 19-20 offers an overnight visit for high school seniors.

  • Jolly Roger flies above Beebe entrance

    Wellesley Students Embrace International Talk Like a Pirate Day

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Avast! The nautical heritage of Wellesley's Beebe Hall has evolved into a "friendly pirate" culture for the residence hall, especially strong on a day like International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

  • faculty chat and peruse colleagues' work laid out on tables in library

    Celebration of Faculty Scholarship

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    On September 16, Wellesley community members were treated to an array of intellectual and artistic output that, while presented in a simple format, was stunning in its depth, breadth, and variety.

  • graphics inviting you to lake day september 17

    Lake Day 2014: "Like" Day

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    If you're on campus, the bright blue sky, the crisp fall air, and the smell of fried dough mean one thing: Lake Day! On September 17, the Schneider Board of Governors once again hosted the surprise celebration of fall, friends, and fun.

  • multicolored van with backdoors open revealing may screens inside, boxes and broken glass in installation to the right

    New Season Opens at the Davis

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    A “vehicle” of art and film? Shattered glass that glints and climbs its way to the ceiling? Both offer glimpses into New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition, opening tomorrow night during the Davis Museum’s Fall Celebration.

  • 15 diverse Wellesley women pose at Cradles to Crayons

    Wellesley Serves with Day to Make a Difference

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    From Coastsweep to Cradles to Crayons, Habitat for Humanity to Wellesley Botanic Gardens, members of the Wellesley community jumped into service projects all around the region over the past weekend for Wellesley's Day to Make a Difference.

  • Erin Giglia holding son in her lap

    Forbes Profiles Wellesley Alum's Game-Changing Business

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Erin Giglia '98 recalls Wellesley's influence in her approach to a career that is helping redefine how law can be practiced.

  • mother strapping helmet on bubble-wrapped kid as he goes out the door

    Wellesley Sociologist Markella Rutherford on NPR

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Are kids today overprotected? Associate Professor of Sociology Markella Rutherford spoke with a California-based NPR station about parental decision-making around risk and safety for today's children, and how it differs from generations past.

  • Wellesley professor Kristina Jones participates in an on-camera interview with WCVB's Chronicle

    Wellesley Campus Is a "Hidden Gem"

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    WCVB’s Chronicle featured the Wellesley College campus as a Boston-area “hidden gem.” Wellesley professor Kristina Jones reminded viewers that Wellesley’s beautiful campus also serves an important academic purpose, as a living laboratory.

  • sunset over everglades glassy water with aligator in foreground

    Wellesley Faculty Voices on Hot Topics

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    One of the nation's largest wilderness areas is named for Everglades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas Class of 1912; today wilderness bills languish in Congress. Jay Turner writes in an op-ed that along with wilderness our capacity for self-governance is threatened. Hahrie Han blogs about community organizing, and Russian area studies faculty explore turmoil in that region.

  • hand holding b&w image of 1970s Flower Sunday in front of full color image of modern flower sunday, both inside Chapel

    Wellesley Celebrates Flower Sunday 2014

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    September 7 was Flower Sunday at Wellesley College, a tradition that dates back to the College's founding.

  • Zadie Smith portrait

    Impressive New Season of On-Campus Events Open to All

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Get ready to mark your calendars! The Fall 2014 Arts and Culture at Wellesley Calendar of Events is now available. Artists, performers, thought leaders, writers (like Zadie Smith, pictured), and more will enrich this autumn at Wellesley.

  • Wendy Chen headshot

    Wendy Chen '14 Wins Most Promising Young Poet Award

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Wendy Chen '14 was awarded the Academy of American Poets' first Aliki Perrotti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award for her poem, They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea.

  • reflection of science center interior on display case showing passenger pigeon

    Reflections on the Passenger Pigeon

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    A specimen in Wellesley's Science Center collection helps us look back, and look forward.

  • four students leaping and laughing

    The Academic Year Begins

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    The semester ceremonially opens September 2 at Convocation, with remarks from the president, provost, and student government representatives, followed by Stepsinging. (For those returning to campus from time away, here's what happened "while you were out.")

  • two Wellesley faculty don hard hats as they prepare to tour newly renovated Founders Hall

    First Phase of Renovations Ready for Use in Founders Hall

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Exploring new spaces on their historic college campus, Wellesley faculty look for that just-right office space... with a nod and a wink to HGTV's House Hunters.

  • Kanda Faye holding keyboard, wires, boxes in a room full of retired Wellesley computers

    Sustainable Tech Initiative Makes a Difference on and off Campus

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Kanda Faye ’15 is the coordinator of WISC, or the Wellesley Initiative for Sustainable Computing, a Library & Technology Services program that overhauls and repurposes computing equipment that has been retired at the College.

  • Persis Drell laughing

    Wellesley Women Named to Leadership Roles at Stanford

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Persis Drell '77 'P16 (pictured) has been named dean of engineering at Stanford University, the first woman to hold the position. In another first for women, Sandra Horbach '82 has been appointed chair of the board for Stanford Business School.

  • Three new MasterCard Foundation Scholars join the Wellesley Class of 2018

    Wellesley Welcomes Three New MasterCard Foundation Scholars

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    This week, Wellesley welcomes three new MasterCard Foundation Scholars as members of the class of 2018. Meba Gebre ’18, Lisa Luka ’18, and Sarah Nzau ’18 are the second cohort of extraordinary students to attend Wellesley through the scholarship program.

  • student greeted by McAfee Hall student leaders

    It's Move-In Day!

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Wellesley welcomes the class of 2018 and new transfer students to campus. The 595 members of the newest purple class come from 44 states plus the District of Columbia, and from 29 different nations of citizenship.

  • students discuss leadership styles in small groups

    Student Leaders Prepare for Orientation

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    A sense of excitement bubbles up on campus as student leaders and orientation staff return to campus and gear up to greet new students next week and launch a year of community-building, mentoring, and leading across the College.

  • screenshot from Wellesley's Online Italian course

    Wellesley Wraps Up First Online Language Course

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Beginning Italian Language and Culture made its debut as a non-credit summer course offered by invitation through edX Edge; it will be incorporated into Daniela Bartalesi-Graf's blended (online and in-class) intensive Italian course this fall.

  • "tanner" and direction arrow chalked on sidewalk

    Tanner Conference Seeks Applicants

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    The 2014 Tanner Conference will be held Tuesday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. at Wellesley College Science Center. The deadline to apply to be a presenter at this fascinating and diverse forum for sharing off-campus learning is noon on September 9, 2014.

  • Getty image: children sleeping in refugee center

    Wellesley Economist Offers Expert Analysis in Immigration Coverage

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Kristin Butcher ’86, Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department spoke with the news site Wallet Hub about the possible economic implications of the estimated 74,000 migrant children to cross American borders this year.

  • Rachel Thommen with Azorean mountains in background

    Student Summer Project: Rachel Thommen '17

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    With the encouragement of Mellon Foundation Lecturer Antonio Igrejas, who taught Wellesley's first courses in Portuguese, sophomore Rachel Thommen participated in a cross-cultural program shadowing doctors on São Miguel Island in the Azores.

  • brook under arching branch in Wellesley Botanic Garden

    Wellesley College Botanic Gardens in Metrowest Daily News

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens were recently showcased by the Metrowest Daily News, which called Wellesley's gardens "one of the best-kept horticultural secrets in the area."

  • great white shark

    Shark Research in the Wellesley Community

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    A great white named for a Wellesley alumna and the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week inspired us to explore a few Wellesley connections to research on the ocean’s most feared and, arguably, most misunderstood creatures.

  • Cindy Coffee '16

    Cindy Emefa Coffee ’16 Pursues Research in Ghana Despite Ebola Outbreak

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Cindy Emefa Coffee ’16 spoke with the Boston Globe about her decision to go on a planned research trip to Ghana despite the deadly Ebola outbreak in nearby countries.

  • Crayfish cells

    Study by Professsor Barbara Beltz Finds New Source of Neurons in Crayfish

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Professor Barbara Beltz' research revealed that blood cells in crayfish are an unexpected source of neurons. The study may have implications for treatment of diseases that are related to adult neurogenesis in humans.

  • Ami Swanepoele '02 and Victoria Rines '15 make a three-fingered Wellesley W sign

    Student Summer Project: Victoria Rines '15

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    Thanks to the Wellesley network and the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs, Victoria Rines ’15 spent her summer interning with Amina Swanepoel '02 and her NGO Roots of Health in the Philippines.

  • Alumna TJ Jarrett '95 writes code by day, poetry by night

    The Atlantic Profiles TJ Jarrett '95, Coder by Day, Poet by Night

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    For emerging poet TJ Jarrett '95, poetry and computer programming have become a double career that encourages her to think critically, work creatively, and ask questions about how the world works.

  • two MIT-Wellesley couples prepare for competition

    MIT-Wellesley Ballroom Dance Team Celebrates 40 Years

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Since 1974 the MIT-Wellesley Ballroom Dance Team has offered its members an opportunity to learn and compete in a new sport and join a diverse community passionate about dancing.

  • Rini Mariani Soemarno Soewandi '80 and Jokowi Widodo

    Wellesley Alumna to Lead Indonesian Presidential Transition Team

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Rini Mariani Soemarno Soewandi '80 will head Indonesian President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's transition team, which is in place to aid in smooth transfer of power from the outgoing president.

  • students playing cards in dorm room

    Wellesley Renewal Projects Generate Donations to Area Nonprofits

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Local organizations benefited from donations of furniture, kitchen equipment, and other goods that were removed through various campus renewal projects.

  • Patrice Caldwell

    Student Summer Project: Patrice Caldwell '15

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    Inspired by a prestigious conference she won a scholarship to earlier in the year, rising senior Patrice Caldwell takes her skills and passion for writing to a summer's work with the Writers League of Texas.

  • composer Thomas and fellows review scores

    Wellesley Hosts Composers Conference & Chamber Music Workshops

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    This innovative, selective program furthers the potential of emerging composers and develops the talent of amateur chamber musicians—and offers free concerts to the public. Established composers Augusta Read Thomas (pictured) and Steven Mackey mentor the fellows this year.

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    Summer Research Poster Session 2014

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    On Thursday, July 31, the student participants of Wellesley’s Summer Research Program presented their research to faculty, friends, and the community with presentation posters in the Science Center Library. This week marks the final week of the program.

  • potted plants

    Crop of New Plants for Crop of New Students

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Preparation for next month's arrival of new students on campus is in full swing. New students are invited to visit the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses during orientation and select a houseplant of their own.

  • Courtney Coile headshot

    USA Today Q&A with Wellesley's Courtney Coile

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Professor of Economics Courtney Coile weighed in on how to strengthen Social Security in a recent USA Today feature.

  • Alexandra Day '15 at CERN

    Student Summer Project: Alexandra Day '15

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    For Albright Institute fellow Alexandra Day '15, a summer internship at CERN blends her passions for physics and global affairs.

  • Burns and 5 students in green shirts hold excavation tools

    Wellesley Prof and Scholars Excavate in Greece

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Associate Professor of Classical Studies Bryan Burns is a co-director of an organization leading fieldwork in an area of Greece believed to be one of the earliest inhabited regions in ancient times. Three Wellesley students and two alums joined Burns at the dig this summer.

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    Wellesley Magazine Summer 2014 Issue

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Published four times a year, Wellesley Magazine portrays the lives, interests, and concerns of diverse alumnae around the world. This issue includes highlights from Commencement and Reunion 2014, and a focus on special places.

  • Jocelyn Benson '99 headshot

    Jocelyn Benson '99 Named Dean of Wayne Law

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    With her appointment to head up Wayne State University Law School, Wellesley alum Jocelyn Benson '99 becomes the youngest woman to lead an American law school.

  • Helena McMonagle with headlamp

    Student Summer Project: Helena McMonagle ’16

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    A Wellesley Center for Work and Service Global Engagement Internship with Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust in Puerto Rico energizes and inspires this biological sciences major.

  • sunrise behind rigging of 1841 whaling ship

    Wellesley's Dick French Joins Historic Sailing of Restored Whaler

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Astronomer Dick French was selected as a “Voyager,” one of a handful selected for each leg of the 38th voyage of the 1841 vessel Charles W. Morgan. On board with fellow Voyager artists, videographers, and historians, his project was to revive the lost art of celestial navigation.

  • Wellesley trustees applaud Wagner at 2014 commencement

    Sue Wagner '82 Named to Apple Board of Directors

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Wellesley College alumna, trustee, and 2014 commencement speaker Sue Wagner '82 has been tapped to join the leadership team of "the world's most valuable company."

  • workers remove panels of basketball floor

    New Life for Wellesley Field House Floor

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Careful stewardship of the portable wooden basketball/volley court in the Towne Field House over the last 29 years has allowed the College to sell the panels to a youth basketball program.

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    Why Is Wellesley the Best Choice for Women?

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    In addressing the question, "Why would someone choose Wellesley over Harvard?" on the knowledge-sharing site Quora, senior Ahilya Chawla's stands out among answers for thoroughness and passion.

  • Map of areas in Guinea and Sierra Leone with Ebola sites highlighted

    Wellesley Expert Weighs In on Ebola Outbreak

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Donna Patterson researches the history of medicine, gender, pharmaceuticals, drug policy, and entrepreneurship. She shares insights on the global significance of recent surge in Ebola cases in west Africa.

  • Chris Evert embraces Brown Grimes at ceremony

    Wellesley Alum Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Chris Evert welcomed longtime tennis executive and leader at all levels of the sport, Jane Brown Grimes '62, into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in on July 12, in recognition for her contributions.

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    Davis Extended Spring Season Draws to a Close

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Guests have one last week to view the exhibitions that attracted the largest crowd ever at a season Grand Opening at the Davis, and the busiest season in the museum's history.

  • family reads poster at Indonesia polling place

    Wellesley Professor Witnesses “World’s Largest Election”

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Associate Professor of Political Science Christopher Candland, whose research is based on comparative and quantitative studies within Southern Asia, points out the significance and magnitude of Indonesia's 2014 presidential election.

  • Wall Street Journal photo of Twena in factory

    Hats Off to Entrepreneur Satya Twena ’05

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    News and media outlets from The Wall Street Journal to College Fashionista have reported on the compelling story of a Wellesley alum who in pursuit of her passion also helped preserve a historic slice of New York City.

  • hand holding magnifier with logo for rare book school over old book

    Faculty Win Mellon Fellowships for Scholars in Critical Bibliography

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Assistant professors Simon Grote (history) and Sarah Wall-Randell (English) will expand their expertise through courses and programs at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School.

  • Emily Anderson headshot

    Senior Project: Emily Anderson, Linguistics

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Fascination with language and accents, plus guidance from mentor Angela Carpenter, led Emily Anderson '14 to a thesis examining the acquisition of Standard American English accents by immigrant speakers of Jamaican Patwa.

  • Fireworks at Wellesley college

    Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Happy Fourth of July! Assistant Professor of History Katherine Grandjean explains some of the complex political history behind the national holiday.

  • Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 speaks at Trinity

    Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 Starts New Role as President of Trinity College

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    On July 1, Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 officially began her tenure as president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The alumna brings with to her new position 19 years of experience as a beloved Wellesley faculty member and dean.

  • Heather Petrow giving presentation

    Senior Project: Heather Petrow, Computer Science

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Media arts and sciences major Heather Petrow DS’14 explored the fascinating field of human-computer interfaces in her senior thesis entitled “Haptic Interaction: Using 3D Stereoscopic Display Technology.”

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    Alumnae Participation Campaign in Final Days

    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Wellesley closes the books on its fiscal year on June 30. Alumnae have until the end of that Monday to give a gift of any size to help meet a participation challenge that—if met—will bring Wellesley an additional $500,000.

  • Bevil Conway talking to Alan Alda

    Wellesley Professor Presents at Alan Alda's World Science Festival

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway shared his expertise on the nature of color with acclaimed actor Alan Alda and packed house at Alda's annual event promoting the communication of science.

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    Wellesley Graduates Benefit from Wellesley-Funded Fellowships

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Wellesley offers numerous fellowships for its graduates in many stages of life, from recent grads to mid-career alums. These fellowships are made possible by the generosity of many donors to support alumnae education and personal growth after commencement.

  • Pamela Melroy ’83 Honored by National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Astronaut Pam Melroy ’83 (second from right) was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the NCCWSL, which recognizes women who have made a difference for others. She urged audience members to seek all-women environments at some point in their lives.

  •  Justyna Jakubaszek headshot

    Senior Project: Justyna Jakubaszek, Psychology

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Psychology and political science major Justyna Jakubaszek '14 designed an experiment to examine the effects of a lawyer’s age, gender, and goals on biases in jury decisions for her honors thesis.

  • group of people including Police Chief Lisa Barbin laugh together

    500 Wellesley Staff and Faculty Step Up to Fitness Challenge

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    As part of Wellesley’s Healthy You program, a friendly competition sponsored by Human Resources involved approximately 500 people who together walked 114,786 miles during the eight-week event.

  • Peggy Levitt holding honorary PhD diploma

    Wellesley Faculty Receive Honorary Doctorates

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Professor of Sociology Peggy Levitt received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University in the Netherlands earlier this year; Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies and Professor of Spanish Marjorie Agosín received a similar honor from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio at its commencement in May.

  • newmac crystal cup with logo and scoresheet

    Wellesley Wins NEWMAC Presidents Cup

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    The Presidents Cup is an all-sports award given to the top overall men's and women's programs in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, determined by a weighted points system based on the order of finish during both regular season and championship play.

  • Jane Pauley and Hillary Clinton stroll on footbridge near Lake Waban as crew films

    CBS Sunday Morning: A Wellesley Interview

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Viewers may have spotted Wellesley’s iconic lamps and landscapes on the June 15 broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning. Host Jane Pauley was on campus interviewing Hillary R. Clinton ’69 and classmates at their 45th Reunion, timed with the release of Clinton's book, Tough Choices.

  • crab pin closeup

    Read My Pins at Wellesley

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 gained renown for communicating a little extra through pins that adorned her suits during meetings; whether a dove speaking of peace or a crab of aggravation, she let the tone be known. An exhibition of her pins is at the Davis.

  • Kelsey Trabucco and Jack Trabucco laughing together

    Wellesley Father and Daughter Make Athletic Waves

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Long-serving Wellesley College Police Officer Jack Trabucco was recently named to the Natick High Sports Hall of Fame. He has shared his love for athletics with daughter Kelsey, a Wellesley Blue crew junior.

  • Kathy Moon at Brookings

    Wellesley Professor to Be First Korea Studies Chair at Brookings

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    Wellesley’s Edith Stix Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies and Political Science Professor Katharine H.S. Moon has been appointed senior fellow and inaugural chair of the SK-Korea Foundation at the Brookings Institution, beginning June 30, 2014.

  • John OKeefe and Lori Tenser move orange rent-a-crates in Green Hall

    Schneider Ready for Move-In!

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Green Hall is bustling with movers, dollies, rent-a-crates, and people packing their offices into boxes. Key student-serving offices are moving this week into the newly renovated Schneider—the first major project of Wellesley's long range campus renewal plan to be completed.

  • screenshot from Diane Sawyer Hillary clinton interview

    Exclusive Sawyer-Clinton Interview on ABC News

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    In a primetime special for ABC News, Diane Sawyer '67 interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 about her role in shaping American foreign policy, her possible presidential run in 2016, and more.

  • Albright shows off blue sneaker from behind podium

    Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame Officially Opened

    Monday, June 9, 2014

    In a memorable moment during Reunion 2014, Madeleine K. Albright ’59—sporting Wellesley Blue sneakers to help deliver her message—introduced the Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame and announced its inaugural class of inductees.

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    Reunion 2014

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    Welcome back to Wellesley! Alums from class years ending in 9 or 4 converge on Wellesley's campus this weekend to celebrate five-year increments of their alumnaehood, dating back to 1939!

  • two actors emote in Noel Coward's Hay Fever

    Wellesley Summer Theatre Company Presents 'Hay Fever'

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Wellesley Summer Theatre Company interprets Noël Coward’s story of family theatrics, Hay Fever. The play runs through June 22 in Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, featuring three Wellesley students and two alums.

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    Wellesley Kicks Off Alumnae Participation Drive

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    On June 1, Wellesley launched its giving challenge titled 50% = $500,000. If Wellesley reaches its 50 percent participation goal by June 30, the College will receive an additional $500,000.

  • Katie Eyring

    Senior Project: Katie Eyring, Chemistry

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    With her interest piqued by an organic chemistry course with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dora Carrico-Moniz, Katie Eyring '14 went on to synthesize and evaluate a novel series of compounds that specifically target pancreatic cancer cells.

  • Julia Collins on Jeopardy

    Alum Ends Jeopardy Run with Second-Best Record in Show's History

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    Julia Collins ’05 has ended a phenomenal run on Jeopardy! A business consultant who majored in art history and history, Collins won 20 consecutive games, making her the all-time best woman player of the game in the show’s 30 year history.

  • joyce, brogan, and arumainayagam listen as citations are read

    Joyce, Brogan, and Arumainayagam Win 2014 Pinanski Prizes

    Monday, June 2, 2014

    The Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize is awarded annually to members of the Wellesley College faculty to honor fine teaching. The 2014 winners, revealed at Commencement, are professors of economics, English, and chemistry.

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    Commencement 2014

    Friday, May 30, 2014

    Welcome friends and family—and congratulations graduates! On May 30 Wellesley celebrates the purple Class of 2014, our 136th graduating class. Commencement exercises, with an address from BlackRock founder Sue Wagner '82, begin at 10:30 a.m.

  • Wellesley students in the lab circa 1890

    12 Wellesley Scholars Win NSF Graduate Fellowhips

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    Continuing Wellesley's legacy of extraordinary scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, 12 Wellesley scholars won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships to support study in their fields. Others were honored by Udall and Goldwater Scholarship Foundations.

  • Galen and Anne Stone visit carillon with Kellie Wo '14

    Galen Stone Visits Campus and Carillon

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    The Galen Stone Tower above Green Hall is one of the most beloved features of Wellesley's campus. This week, the grandson of the donor who made the Tower possible visited the carillon to celebrate the gift and to make some music.

     

  • Senior Kelly Anne McCullagh '14 studies Yeats in her senior thesis

    Senior Project: Kelly Anne McCullagh '14, English

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Kelly Anne McCullagh '14 traced the evolving poetic process of Irish poet William Butler Yeats by analyzing changes in his manuscripts over the course of the poet's distinguished career for her senior thesis. 

  • spines of books showing titles

    Nine New Books by Wellesley Faculty

    Friday, May 23, 2014

    With new books in print over the last five months, impressive scholarship and creativity reveal themselves in faculty work ranging from original poetry to authoritative editions of classic texts.

  • 11 students and professor Taylor around seminar table

    Calderwood Seminars Produce Articles, Opportunities

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    The first year of the Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing at Wellesley has concluded with enthusiastic support from students and faculty, and a bonus: Some students have gone on to publish their “public writing.”

  • Kapteijns at counter of record stall with two Somali stall-keepers

    Afropop Worldwide Interviews Professor on Unique Music Collection

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    The Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor of History Lidwien Kapteijns discussed her love and study of the music of Somalia—and her unique and impressive collection of recordings—on Afropop's radio feature “Hip Deep.”

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    Four Wellesley Alums to Travel on Fulbright Fellowships Next Year

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Cailey Stevens ’12, Sophia Mo ’14, Christine Keung ’14, and Jennifer Lu ’12 will work with local communities through activities including research, teaching English, and civic engagement in Mexico, France, China, and Germany, respectively.

  • Kalina Deng closeup

    Senior Project: Kalina Yingnan Deng, Philosophy

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    A single paper sophomore year sparked a project of passion for Kalina Yingnan Deng '14. At a recent conference at the College of the Holy Cross she presented her research on the philosophical underpinnings of the 1974 court decision to desegregrate Boston public schools.

  • Carina Chen and Sojung Lee high five on tennis court

    Wellesley Blue Spring Sports Roundup

    Friday, May 16, 2014

    The Wellesley Blue enjoyed another successful season this spring! Two teams captured NEWMAC titles, and three have earned NCAA bids.

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    "New Yorker" Blog Interviews Peggy McIntosh

    Thursday, May 15, 2014

    The New Yorker Page-Turner blog talks to Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, founder of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum, and the woman credited with coining the term white privilege.

  • Joy Das

    MSNBC's "Women of 2014" Features Joy Das '14

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    MSNBC Online highlights Joy Das ’14, Wellesley College Government president for 2013-2014, as part of its ongoing series on Women in Politics: College Edition, spotlighting promising women leaders from U.S. colleges and universities.

  • close-up of multicolored balls on green grass, sunny day

    Wellesley SMILES on USA Today

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    An new student-run initiative called Wellesley SMILES seeks to create “pop-up” moments of fun and spontaneity in student lives. Wellesley SMILES was featured this spring in USA Today’s college section, an example of “random acts of kindness” movements across the country.

  • Emily Weddle '14

    Wellesley Senior Featured in Huffington Post Thesis Project

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    Emily Weddle ’14 shares her topic (the significance of female patronage in the Ballets Russes) and her "thesising" experience in the Huffington Post College Thesis Project Blog. With a nod to HuffPo, The Daily Shot will run a series of its own featuring projects by Wellesley seniors.

  • giant purple balloon octopus suspended from Science Center ceiling

    Last Day of Classes Special Report

    Friday, May 9, 2014

    As dawn breaks on the last day of classes at Wellesley, the campus awakes to the colorful overnight ministrations of the purple class of 2014, and seniors toil over some of their very last Wellesley to-do lists.

  • Menkiti close up, bookshelves in background, Globe photo

    Conference on Influential Philosopher Honors Wellesley Professor

    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    On May 10, Wellesley hosts a special conference to celebrate the extraordinary career of Professor of Philosophy Ifeanyi Menkiti and the legacy of his mentor, philosopher John Rawls. Menkiti is retiring this year after more than four decades of service to the College.

  • 4 year old girl walks balance beam in playground

    Child Study Center Brings Child Development Expert Joan Almon to Wellesley

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Cofounder of the Alliance for Childhood Joan Almon presents a talk on May 8, "Encouraging Adventure: Redefining Success to Include Risk," as part of the Wellesley College Child Study Center's 100th anniversary celebration.

  • Wellesley grading book from an earlier era.

    Minnesota Daily Op-Ed Praises Wellesley Shadow Grading Policy

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    An opinion piece in the Minnesota Daily praised Wellesley's new shadow grading policy and called for more institutions of higher education to follow the College's lead.

  • Queen Elizabeth I portrait

    Spotlight on Teaching: The Myth of Elizabeth

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    Assistant Professor of English Sarah Wall-Randell '97 leads a seminar that through poems, plays, novels, textbooks, films, and discussion considers one of the world's most powerful women. Each month Spotlight on Teaching highlights one of Wellesley's many thought-provoking courses.

  • President Bottomly and Hooprolling winner take photo together with cell phone

    119th Hooprolling at Wellesley

    Monday, May 5, 2014

    Congratulations to Alex Poon ’14, winner of Wellesley College’s 119th annual Hooprolling competition over the weekend! Poon is from McLean, Va., and majors in computer science.

  • Joanne Berger-Sweeney smiles and holds up Trinity athletic jersey with her last name and number 22 on it

    Wellesley Alumna Selected as President of Trinity College

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    Joanne Berger-Sweeney ’79 has been elected as Trinity College's 22nd president, following a unanimous vote by its Board of Trustees. A former student, faculty member, and dean at Wellesley, Berger-Sweeney takes the helm at Trinity on July 1, 2014.

  • screenshot of Julia Collins '05 on set of Jeopardy

    Wellesley Alum Becomes Most Successful Woman on Jeopardy

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    On the April 30 Jeopardy! broadcast, Julia Collins '05 won her eighth game, winning more than $170,000 and becoming the show’s most successful female contestant in its 30-year syndication.

  • Graphic: The Ruhlman Conference

    Ruhlman Conference 2014 at Wellesley on April 30

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Presentations on topics from the politics of language to protein-lipid interactions, and performances from original poetry to Schumann’s Phantasie in C unite the College community in celebrating student achievement today, thanks to the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study.

  • green laser light hitting moon, photo by Dan Long

    Wellesley Professor Collaborates on Tests of Theory of General Relativity

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat, a member of the Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation since 2004, and other researchers probe accuracy of theories of gravity.

  • Softball player Jen Migliore '14 steps up to the plate.

    Wellesley Blue Softball Hits Home Runs On and Off the Field

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    After a successful tournament weekend the Wellesley Blue softball team heads to the 2014 NEWMAC Softball Championship this Saturday, while players Ashtyn Coleman '17 and Jen Migliore '14 were honored off the field.

  • Whitney Smith '12 with First Lady Michelle Obama

    Wellesley Alum Plants Garden with First Lady Michelle Obama

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Whitney Smith '12 shares a moment with First Lady Michelle Obama, a fellow advocate for teaching kids about healthy nutrition. Smith is a volunteer with FoodCorps in Detroit.

  • Special Tribute to Kathryn Wasserman Davis '28

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    The Wellesley Blue crew team formed a W with their oars on Lake Waban as the campus commemorated the life of beloved alumna Kathryn W. Davis '28.

  • close up of old grade ledgers from Wellesley archives

    Wellesley Initiates New Grading Policy for First-Year Students

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Beginning fall semester 2014, Wellesley first-year students will leave traditional grades behind, and measure their progress through their first semester with the shadow grading policy.

  • Political Science Professor Tom Burke Analyzes Supreme Court Decision

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    What’s in a quid pro quo? In a piece for WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Professor of Political Science Tom Burke examines the principles behind the recent Supreme Court ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC, lifting the ban on aggregate limits for campaign contributions. 

     

  • crowds of students lean over railing to high five and kiss runners

    Marathon Media Roundup

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Wellesley joined the spirit of making the 2014 Boston Marathon not just a race but a joyous show of fearlessness and strength, by making the already famous Scream Tunnel the biggest, loudest, longest one to date.

  • six wellesley students on set of Peter and John

    Wellesley Students Get Head Start on Film Careers

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Six Wellesley students have been hard at work on the production of Peter and John, a feature film by Jay Craven starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christian Coulson. Their meaningful crew positions are giving them real-world film experience.

  • wellesley women and frog mascot wave signs for marathon

    Wellesley Prepares for Loudest Scream Tunnel Ever

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Cheering Boston Marathon competitors as they pass Wellesley's campus is one of the oldest and most beloved of College traditions. In response to 2013 Marathon events, the 2014 Scream Tunnel promises to be the most powerful yet.

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    See (and Share) Wellesley on Instagram

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    This newest official social media channel tells the visual story of Wellesley to those new to it, and will be a forum for sharing unique or iconic views of the College to those who already know and love it.

  • Amalya Kearse '59 winning hooprolling race in 1959

    Student Starts Collection of Oral Histories of Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Alumnae, students, and others convened recently in Tower Court to discuss two related experiences: being a student of African descent at Wellesley in the 1950s, and taking part in a project collecting oral histories about that time and place.

  • Kat Goldsmith wearing "Collier Strong" t-shirt running in race. Photo by Jessica Rinaldi for Boston Globe.

    Wellesley Student among Those Honored with First Collier Medal

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    The MIT Emergency Medical Services team, including Wellesley volunteer Kat Goldsmith '16, received the first annual Collier Medal from MIT in recognition of their excellent service to the community.

  • Wellesley's Biscayne Bay trash pickup crew

    Students Use Time off to Serve through Alternative Break Trips

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    In the footsteps of pioneer Everglades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1912), Wellesley students volunteered in Everglades and Biscayne National Parks as part of the Alternative Break program; another group worked at Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue.

  • Susan Wagner portrait

    Susan Wagner to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address at Wellesley

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Susan L. Wagner '82, co-founder and director of BlackRock, will address the Class of 2014 and an international audience of their family and friends at Wellesley’s 136th Commencement Exercises on May 30.

  • Asphalt Orchestra marching up steps

    Wellesley Makes Space for Music Through Innovative Series

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Making Space, a collaborative project sponsored by the Music Department and others, brings unusual performances and workshops to campus in order to change the way we consider space and sound.

  • Student mentors and participants at the sand table in Science Center

    Wellesley’s Science Club for Girls Hosts Fair for Emerging Scientists

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Wellesley’s Science Club for Girls chapter recently held a successful hands-on science fair with activities and exhibits in 15 different science disciplines for girls in grades K-8.

  • Screenshot of Kristin Butcher speaking on Newshour

    Wellesley Professor Explains Economic Indicators on PBS Newshour

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics Kristin Butcher '86 lends her expertise to the news analysis of the most recent jobs report from the government.

  • screenshot of ravens on the nest

    Ravencam Live from Wellesley's Science Center

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    In an unusual move, two common ravens have built a nest on a Wellesley building. Science faculty and technology staff launched Ravencam to record the birds' behavior at the nest for scientific purposes and to stream live online for observation by anyone on the Internet.

  • dual image of misty forest overlaid on urban landscape

    Named Lectures and Other Talks at Wellesley

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Whether the subject is the complexity of current events or lingering questions of the past, Wellesley’s lectures provide significant opportunities for the campus, and the wider community, to come together and ponder important questions.

  • Victoria Budson '93 at a podium

    CNN Names Wellesley Alum One of 10 Visionary Women in 2014

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Victoria Budson '93 strives to erode gender gaps in her roles with Harvard’s Kennedy School, the State Department's Women in Public Service Project, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, and the Obama administration.

  • swirling skirts at Wellesley Latina dance performance

    Wellesley Celebrates Latin@ Month 2014

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    With a host of events including dinners, workshops, and special speakers, there’s something for everyone on campus to learn and enjoy during Wellesley's celebration of Latina culture and heritage.

  • 1937 photo of change of new college government pres trying on shoes of old

    Leadership in Action: Wellesley Enters Campus Elections Week

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    Wellesley women have a long tradition of filling the shoes of the leaders who came before them. The coming week is Elections Week, where candidates explain their priorities and students vote for the campus leaders to represent them.

  • student holding iPad with survey waiting to be filled out

    Wellesley First Years Conduct Research on Political Perception

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Anna Page ’17 spoke to a New York Times reporter about the future of the Republican party while attending CPAC, along with Lizamaria Arias ’17 and Alexis Zhang ’17. There they did survey research that they plan to present at the Ruhlman Conference on April 30.

  • students, seen from behind, sit in a row looking out at sea

    Spotlight on Teaching: Home and Away

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Each summer, a group of students travel with Visiting Lecturer in the Writing Program Justin Armstrong to Iceland to immerse themselves in a two-week intensive course, studying cultural geography and anthropology.

  • Vintage suitcase with travel stickers from all over the world

    Three Wellesley Seniors Win Watson Fellowships

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    The prestigious Watson Fellowship provides funding to travel the world in pursuit of a dream project to around 40 graduating college students annually. This year,  the Fellows include Wellesley seniors Beatrice Denham, Mayrah Udvardi, and Audrey Wozniak.

  • seal pup relaxing on ice floe

    Wellesley Researchers Use Seal Teeth to See Lake's Past

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    By analyzing the composition of Lake Baikal seal teeth, Professor of Biological Sciences Marianne Moore, post-doctoral fellow Ted Ozersky, and Wellesley student Xiu Ying Deng ’15 aim to show environmental and contaminant patterns in the lake over the last 80 years.

  • Petrescu giving a speech

    Alumna Sworn in to Romanian Presidential Cabinet

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    In March, Ioana Petrescu ’03 was sworn in as Romania’s newest finance minister. At 34, she is the youngest member of the Romanian presidential cabinet and the first woman finance minister since the fall of communism.

  • older woman executive leads meeting with two younger colleagues

    Courtney Coile: Adapting Society to a Growing, Aging Population

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    What impact might an aging population and workforce have on the country and economy? Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Knapp Social Science Center Courtney Coile explored the question on Public Radio International’s The Takeaway.

  • Frank Bidart speaking at podium

    Wellesley's Frank Bidart Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English Frank Bidart has won the NBCC Award for Poetry—one of the most distinguished American prizes offered to a poet for a single publication—for his latest collection, Metaphysical Dog.

  • colorized photo of College Hall before the fire

    Wellesley Commemorates College Hall Fire Centennial

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    Until March 17, 1914, Wellesley’s splendid College Hall was the heart and soul of the College, housing students, faculty, staff, classrooms, laboratories, art, and more. We look back on its legacy 100 years later.

  • scene from van der Werve's film, he stands at Chopin's grave

    Artist Guido van der Werve's Latest Work at the Davis through July

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    A new exhibition brings renowned Dutch artist Guido van der Werve's work to the Davis. His film Nummer veertien, home chronicles the artist’s self-propelled journey over land and water from Warsaw to Paris.

  • architects rendering of new workout space with people on eliptical machines

    Up Next in Campus Renewal Plan: Improvements to Field House

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    The 54,000 square-foot Dorothy Towne Field House was built the 1980s, and is ready for renovation, which begins later this month. Wellesley will communicate about this and other upcoming projects through the website and a new blog called The Dirt.

  • two students work at laptops

    Wellesley Students Code in College's First Hackathon

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Last weekend, eight teams of Wellesley students representing a variety of majors took on the challenge of collaborating and competing to create mobile apps in WHack, the college’s first 24-hour coding marathon.

  • demonstrators in Kiev

    Wellesley Hosts Expert Panel, “Ukraine! What Next?” on March 10

    Monday, March 10, 2014

    The Wellesley College Russian Area Studies Program hosts a panel exploring what's next for the region of Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia, to offer a wider historical and cultural perspective on the events unfolding.

  • profusion of brightly colored spring flowers

    A Breath of Spring in One Corner of Wellesley

    Friday, March 7, 2014

    Even winter lovers in northern latitudes can appreciate a breath of spring about now. The Ferguson Greenhouses at Wellesley currently abound with the lively blooms of spring, as well as the tropic and desert houses that offer visitors a momentary change of climate.

  • Rita Colwell in lab

    Wellesley Symposium Focuses on How Best to Communicate Science

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Pioneering microbiologist Rita Colwell, longtime head of the National Science Foundation, addresses a Wellesley symposium where participants grapple with the challenges of communicating science to the public, especially in fields that are easily politicized.

  • Amy Banzaert and student work on bicycle

    Spotlight on Teaching: Developing Technology for a Better World

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    In this recurring feature that highlights one of the many innovative, thought-provoking Wellesley courses each month, we visit the engineering courses of Visiting Lecturer of Engineering Amy Banzaert.

  • Guy MacLean Rogers: "Alexander the MOOC Lifts Off"

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Guy MacLean Rogers, Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of History and Classical Studies, and professor of the newest WellesleyX course offering, blogged for Inside Higher Ed about his class and spoke with the advice site NerdWallet about the future of MOOCs.

  • Still from the film 'Linsanity' showing Jeremy Lin in dramatic basketball pose

    Asian Awareness Month at Wellesley

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    In March, Wellesley hosts events focused on Asians and Asian Americans in the media, including spoken word performance, lecture and community dinner, film screening (Linsanity, pictured), and live comedy show.

  • 3 students around a table read Much Ado about Nothing

    24 Hour Shakes Strikes Again

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    Last Friday and Saturday, the Wellesley Shakespeare Society hosted 24 Hour Shakes, an annual tradition that brings the campus community together to celebrate the words of William Shakespeare.

  • Pashington Obeng, Eve Zimmerman, Anjali Prabhu, Winnie Wood, Nick Knouf, and Mingwei Song seated in Collins cinema holding popcorn

    A Look at Oscar Contenders and Other Films with Wellesley Faculty

    Friday, February 28, 2014

    Professors from many disciplines study and teach film in the course of their work at Wellesley. Here faculty from cinema and media studies, Africana studies, East Asian languages and cultures, French, and the writing program weigh in on films they thought worthy of notice in the last year.

  • gathering of Wellesley staff, students, and faculty in Academic Council Room

    Wellesley Explores New Channels for Internal Communications

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Town hall-style meetings, other in-person group meetings, official announcements, and a question-and-answer blog all aim to facilitate communication of important College decisions and developments on campus.

  • Albright and Browner Conversation at Wellesley College on featured on The Daily Kos

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    In January, Madeleine Korbel Albright '59, former EPA administrator Carol Browner, and moderator Peter Thomson of PRI’s The World, discussed "The Politics of Climate Change." Political Blog, The Daily Kos, wrote about the conversation.

  • Cinema and Media Studies Professor Quoted in Esquire Magazine

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies Nicholas Knouf explains to Esquire how The Truman Show prefigured Her and a culture of digital spying.

  • side by side headshots of Eva Sommaripa and Tracy Orleans

    Two Alums to Be Honored at 2014 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    The Alumnae Achievement Award is the highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields. The 2014 award will be presented to Eva Sommaripa ’63 and C. Tracy Orleans ’70 in a public ceremony on February 27, 2014.

  • Wellesley Alumnae Network logo with LinkedIn logo and symbols of connection in background

    Wellesley Launches Revamped ‘W Network’ on LinkedIn

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Wellesley introduces the next generation of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association’s LinkedIn group, now renamed the Wellesley Alumnae Network.

  • Kate Leonard wearing House of Cards jacket

    Young Alum Finds Role on Script Team for House of Cards

    Monday, February 24, 2014

    The W Network was instrumental in putting Kate Leonard '12 on the path toward her current Netflix position, in the thick of the game-changing media series House of Cards.

  • Shahid Minar replica

    International Mother Language Day 2014

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    The Wellesley Bangladeshi Student Association has built a replica of the Shahid Minar, a monument in Bangladesh, where this UN-recognized holiday originated, to encourage community interaction in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center all day on February 21.

  • TEDxWellesleyCollege promo poster

    Wellesley Hosts First TEDxWellesleyCollege

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    A full-day event of speakers and discussion takes place at Wellesley College and online on February 22, 2014, thanks to TEDxWellesleyCollege. The conference follows the model of TED, the acclaimed forum for inspiring ideas, shared through story telling and engaging narratives.

  • President Bottomly listens as student speaks animatedly

    Wall Street Journal Publishes Letter from President Bottomly

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly challenged an op-ed about the response to the Sleepwalker sculpture installation at Wellesley and voiced admiration for Wellesley students who spoke out.

  • Akili Jamal Haynes looking up toward camera

    The Art and Soul of Chibuzo Comes to Wellesley

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life presents The Art & Soul of Chibuzo, a performance featuring the creative music, dance, and theater ensemble of director, composer, and musician Akili Jamal Haynes. Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

  • Photo by Joanne Rathe, Boston Globe

    Neuroscience Professor discusses “Art and the Brain” with BBC Radio 4

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    "Beauty and the brain," Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway discussed his research and artwork with BBC Radio 4 on January 22, in a feature exploring the role of neuroscience in art appreciation.

  • Mother Juice food truck

    Wellesley Alumnae Take to the Start-Up Road

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Wellesley women are breaking new ground through building their own businesses. We talked to a handful of alumnae entrepreneurs and asked them about their journeys and the advice they’d offer other women seeking to follow their start-up model.

  • flowers in the mailroom

    A Valentine to Wellesley's Mail Services

    Friday, February 14, 2014

    For many people, Valentine’s Day is the time to exchange flowers and cards with loved ones; for those in mail services at Wellesley, it is also one of the busiest times of the year.

  • coffee seedlings growing in containers

    Wellesley Alum Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Madeline Rose Weeks ’11, who has studied the intersection of ecology, agriculture, economics, and culture with a focus on coffee and cocoa production, has won a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, covering the full cost of a graduate degree at University of Cambridge, U.K.

  • Professor Emily Buchholtz

    2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: A Bush Not a Tree

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    In this year's Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ’26 Professor of Biological Sciences Emily Buchholtz tackles the question of how we name and visualize life’s diversity today.

  • Spring 2014 Distinguished Writers Series Opens

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    The intimate setting of the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities is an ideal venue for the reading and Q&A format of its Distinguished Writers Series, which welcomes acclaimed author Deni Béchard on February 11.

  • Scene from Monument Men with George Clooney character showing slide of art

    The "Monuments Men" of Wellesley College

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    George Clooney may make an especially dashing "monuments man," but not all these experts who risked their lives to locate and save precious art in Europe during WWII were men. Myrtilla Avery, class of 1891 and art professor at Wellesley, was among the women doing this heroic work.

  • blurred by motion, students gather round bulletin board of hand-written opinions

    Art Installation at Wellesley Inspires Thoughtful Dialogue

    Friday, February 7, 2014

    One sculpture in the outdoor portion of the Tony Matelli: New Gravity exhibition at the Davis has become the focus of intense conversation in person, on paper, and online—on campus and beyond.

  • ski jumper Jessica Jerome airborne

    Olympic Connections at Wellesley

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    With National Women and Girls in Sports Day and the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia this week, we look at recent discussions by thought leaders at Wellesley on the impact of women’s participation in sports—on society and on individuals. (Plus: faculty Olympians!)

  • Tony Matelli's lifelike sculpture of a supine man appears to float a foot above ground

    Spring 2014 Exhibitions Open at the Davis

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    New Gravity, the first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum by sculptor Tony Matelli, challenges perceptions of reality, while Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis enchants visitors with a look into a different time. Both exhibitions open this week at the Davis.

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Alumna's Foundation and Classmates Fund New Research Opportunity

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Wellesley students now have a unique chance to get hands-on medical research experience at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, backed by the Calliope Joy Foundation in partnership with the Class of 1989.

  • vintage photo: 1974 Black Studies classroom with 12 students and 1 professor

    Black History Month at Wellesley

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    This 1974 photo of a black studies class at Wellesley predates the national designation of February as Black History Month by two years. Styles have changed, but the honorary month and Wellesley's academic pursuits in the field are going strong. A fascinating slate of on-campus events marks Black History Month 2014.

  • Bryan Burns and 11 students atop rocky peak in Crete

    Wintersession 2014: Intellectual Pursuits on and off Campus

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Wellesley may have seemed quiet during Wintersession, but the range of endeavors underway through the College over the last month speaks volumes. From exploring the workings of cancer cells to exploring ancient sites in Crete, students expand horizons during Wintersession.

  • Davis Museum Painting Among Works in Area Collections Leaving a "Trail of Mystery"

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    The Boston Globe recently took a look at items in local museums with mysterious backstories, including one work at the Davis; 18th-century Peruvian painting called “Portrait of a Young Woman,” the back story of which, according to the Globe, "reads like a Hollywood whodunit."

  • Basketball volunteers pose with students at Let's Get Movin' basketball court

    Wintersession 2014: Wellesley Athletes Train, Compete, and Serve

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Wellesley's varsity winter sports teams had a busy January, with basketball, fencing, squash, swimming and diving, and track and field athletes remaining on campus or returning early for competitions (and community service) during Wintersession.

  • Wellesley power plant seen in the distance

    Sustainable Choices: A Week of Thought-Provoking Events at Wellesley

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    A series of campuswide events addresses the complex questions involving sustainability, social concerns, and campus resources, beginning with a January 28 panel discussion about divestment and other potential responses to today’s environmental challenges.

  • three students work at table with laptops

    Wintersession 2014: Tri-College Program Tackles Real-World Problems

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    The Three College Collaboration's 2014 Wintersession program united students of different disciplines and academic approaches to develop software that optimizes services of a local nonprofit health education and fitness provider for low-income women and children.

  • statue of Alexander the Great on rearing horse silhoetted against dramatic sunset

    Alexander the Great Is Coming...

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    To Wellesley and the world in a new MOOC. Noted classicist and Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of History and Classical Studies Guy MacLean Rogers reflects on Alexander's legacy in anticipation of the WellesleyX massive open online course he will teach.

  • Sophie Sun '14 and director Cassandra Pattanayak work together in library office

    Wellesley's New Quantitative Analysis Institute Provides Statistical Training and Services

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    This year, Wellesley opened an innovative institute on campus, designed to integrate statistics more deeply into the life of the College. The Quantitative Analysis Institute provides opportunities for expanded statistical work for both students and faculty.

  • promo poster for Albright-Browner talk

    Madeleine Albright and Carol Browner Discuss the Politics of Climate Change

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Madeleine Albright ’59 and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Carol Browner meet for public conversation on January 22, in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the talk will also be live streamed.

  • ES103 students working the farm in a box outdoors

    Spotlight on Teaching: Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    In our 2014 return to the series Spotlight on Teaching, we visit the first-year seminar of Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Jay Turner. The Spotlight series highlights new courses, innovative teaching, and interdisciplinary approaches to learning.

  • Obama on campaign trail with "College Affordability" sign behind him

    Wellesley Answers Obama’s Call to Expand Higher Ed Opportunities

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Wellesley College's plans are spelled out in the White House report "Commitments to Action on College Opportunity," focusing on outreach as well as new and expanded programs to attract students to STEM fields, and to offer support and mentoring.

  • 5 faculty and staff gather round old printing press

    Wellesley Faculty and Staff Symposium Explores Book Studies

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    An interdisciplinary group conducted an innovative three-day book studies workshop entitled “Teaching with Books and Other Textual Technologies,” looking at the history and future of the texts we read, as well as the different media that transmit text.

  • Wellesley student works with elementary student at desk

    Stronger Communities Stronger Schools

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Stronger Communities Stronger Schools (SCSS), a program started by Amanda Wyatt '11 while she was a student, pairs Wellesley student volunteers with students in Boston Public Schools, and has grown from five volunteers at its inception to over 40.

  • Wang with two women in field during tea harvest

    Alumna's Social Enterprise Brings Progress through Tea

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    Tranquil Tuesdays, a Beijing-based business launched by Charlene Wang '03, has become a premiere provider of Chinese teas and teaware as well as an exemplary social enterprise featured on CBS Sunday Morning, China Radio International, Time Out Beijing, and elsewhere.

  • scene from show with teen doing homework with baby

    Research Shows Two MTV Series Influenced Drop in Teen Birth Rate

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    A new study by Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics Phillip B. Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa Schettini Kearney shows that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have played a role in significantly reducing births to teens.

  • three actors in rehearsal

    Wellesley College Summer Theatre Program Presents The Clearing

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    The Wellesley College Summer Theatre program kicked off its 2014 season on January 9 with the opening of The Clearing. The show, which runs through February 2, is the story of an English landowner and his Irish wife who find themselves on opposite sides of a cruel divide.

  • collage of people mentioned in story and campus scenes

    Best of 2013 Lists Include Wellesley

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    From Buzzfeed to Barbara Walters, Wellesley was seen making the “Best of 2013” lists as alumnae, exhibits, centers, and the ever-beautiful campus were noticed by the outside world.

  • Photo of limes, half of the image is in color half is black and white

    Neuroscience Study Sheds New Light on Brain Processes

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    A study by Wellesley College neuroscientists Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway and Rosa Lafer-Sousa '09 provides new insight into how the brain’s inferior temporal cortex processes information about shape and color.

  • Rocio Ortega on stage at Halo Awards Ceremony

    Wellesley Sophomore Wins HALO Award

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Rocio Ortega ’16 won the award from TV channel Nickelodeon when it honored four teens Helping And Leading Others (HALO). Ortega was recognized for her work in the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, encouraging American youth to speak up for girls in developing countries.

  • Secretary Albright seen from behind a presenter

    Wintersession 2014 Gets Under Way with 5th Albright Institute

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    The 2014 Wintersession Program of the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College begins on January 6, 2014, and runs through January 24, 2014.

  • Paul Wink portrait

    Wellesley Professor Wins Murray Award from APA

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    Class of 1949 Professor of Ethics and Professor of Psychology Paul Wink has won the Henry A. Murray Award from the American Psychological Association, one of the most prestigious prizes given by the national organization.

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