Alumnae in the News
Wellesley Alumna’s Documentary Nominated for Emmy AwardSeptember 14, 2018
“Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” a documentary by Tracy Heather Strain ’82 (right), earned PBS’s “American Masters” an Emmy nomination for outstanding documentary or nonfiction series.
Three Wellesley Alumnae Compete in “America’s Got Talent” Season 13 SemifinalsSeptember 11, 2018
Kathy Julie (Sloan) Jackson ’69, Cheryl Pope Handel ’72, and Carol Head ’76 sing together as members of Los Angeles-based Angel City Chorale on “America’s Got Talent.”
Wellesley Host Families Welcome New International StudentsAugust 28, 2018
Mastercard Foundation Scholars (left to right) Estegenet Seleshi Tsega ’22, Adhel Geng ’22, Josephine Awino Odhiambo’22, and Noella Ghislain Ingabire ’22 take in Lake Waban on their first day on campus after spending time with their Wellesley host families.
Wellesley Alumnae Across Generations Have Worked for Equal Representation for WomenAugust 24, 2018
August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, marking the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote and cleared the way for women like Liz Miranda ’02 to run for political office. #WomensEqualityDay
Alumnae Club Summer Send-Off Parties Welcome Incoming First-Year StudentsAugust 14, 2018
In two weeks, students from around the world will arrive on campus for orientation. But before they do, many of Wellesley’s 100-plus alumnae clubs will host send-off parties for the class of 2022.
Wellesley Completes Record-Setting Fundraising Campaign, Raises More Than $500 Million—One Year Ahead of ScheduleJuly 18, 2018
Wellesley College has raised more than $500 million, surpassing its ambitious campaign goal—a full year early—in the largest fundraising effort to be undertaken by a women’s college.
The U.S. Postal Service Releases“O Beautiful” Forever Stamps, Featuring Scenes Inspired by Wellesley Alumna Katharine Lee Bates’ “America the Beautiful”July 4, 2018
Melinda Ponder ’66, biographer of Katharine Lee Bates, class of 1880, consulted on the U.S. Postal Service “O Beautiful” Forever stamps, released on July 4. The images on the series of 20 stamps correspond to five phrases in Bates’ poem “America the Beautiful.”
Wellesley Alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11 Answer Questions About Their Podcast, Identity Politics, in InterviewJune 20, 2018
Have you heard of the Identity Politics podcast? Learn more about two Wellesley alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11, and the inspiration behind their podcast focused on race, gender, and Muslims in America.
Wellesley Centers for Women and Boston’s Home for Little Wanderers Host Women of Color Conference at Wellesley CollegeJune 19, 2018
Liz Walker, a former television news anchor and now the senior pastor at Roxbury Presbyterian Church, gives the keynote speech at the first Women of Color Conference held at Wellesley, co-sponsored by Wellesley Centers for Women and Home for Little Wanderers.
Even After Wellesley, Alumnae Continue to Support and Mentor Each OtherJune 12, 2018
Wellesley alumnae help their sisters navigate both early career searches and work transitions later in life.
Reunion 2018 Closes with Colorful Parade of ClassesJune 11, 2018
Wellesley alumnae showed their class spirit during Sunday’s traditional reunion parade.
They’re Back! Wellesley Welcomes the 3s and 8s Home for Reunion 2018June 8, 2018
My, how quickly five years flew by! This weekend Wellesley turns yellow, red, purple, and green as the College welcomes the 3s and 8s to Reunion 2018. #WellesleyReunion
Jennifer Ritvo Hughes ’06 Explains How Wellesley’s New Career Education and Its Interactive Website Can Help Alumnae Move Ahead in Their CareersJune 6, 2018
VIDEO: Wellesley’s new Career Education offers resources for alumnae at any stage of their career—and Career Education’s new interactive website makes it easy for alums to access.
Wellesley Athletics Celebrates the Past, Present, and Future as the 2018 Academic Year ClosesJune 5, 2018
At the close of the academic year, the Wellesley Blue celebrates the success of this year’s athletic teams, including the Blue Crew team that finished second at the 2018 NCAA Division III Rowing Championships.
Generations of Ethos Leaders Share Insights about the Group’s History and SignificanceMay 22, 2018
As Ethos turns 50, its former leaders reflect on how the organization continues to serve as a source of inspiration, support, and comfort for black students on campus.
Taekwon-Do Boosts Students’ Confidence and Resiliency in a New Class at WellesleyMay 17, 2018
Wellesley students discover the mental and physical benefits of taekwon-do in class offered for the first time this spring.
As Wellesley Prepares for Its New Science Center, We Revisit Keepsakes Found in One of the Quirkiest Buildings on CampusMay 4, 2018
How well do you know the Science Center? Our digital scavenger hunt pays tribute to a few of the gems that enrich Wellesley’s scientific collections.
Student and Two Alumnae Awarded 2018 Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public WritingMay 1, 2018
This year’s Calderwood Prizes were awarded to Brianna Ruffin ’17, humanities; Grace Chow ’17, social sciences; and Alexandra Beem ’18, sciences. Beem’s work looks at the long-term effects of the HIV drug-treatment regimen, antiretroviral therapy (ART), and what those effects mean for the HIV epidemic moving forward.
Former Vice President Al Gore Addressed Packed House at 2018 Wilson LectureApril 26, 2018
Former Vice President Al Gore, a leader in the fight against climate change, in conversation with Wellesley College Trustee Sue Wagner ’82, spoke on campus on April 25 at the 2018 Wilson Lecture.
First Wellesley Alumna to Compete in Olympics for the United States Returns to CampusApril 24, 2018
Olympic biathlete Clare Egan ’10 (right) shares her experience in Pyeongchang after competing for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Wellesley Remembers Barbara Bush’s Words to the Class of 1990April 19, 2018
The White House called the commencement address Barbara Bush delivered at Wellesley in 1990 “a job Wellesley done.”
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Named Wellesley’s 2018 Commencement SpeakerApril 13, 2018
Tracy K. Smith, poet laureate of the United States, prize-winning author, and passionate advocate of broadening access to poetry, will be Wellesley’s 2018 commencement speaker.
Wellesley Welcomes Class of 2022 at Open CampusApril 12, 2018
Four hundred and seventy-nine prospective members of the class of 2022 took a guided tour of life at Wellesley during Open Campus early this week.
Wellesley Professor Joins WGBH Radio’s Callie Crossley ’73 to Discuss the Gender Wage GapApril 10, 2018
On WGBH’s Under the Radar, Wellesley professor Rosanna Hertz joined a discussion on gender pay equity in honor of Equal Pay Day.
President Paula A. Johnson Moderated Conversation with Partners In Health Founders to Recognize World Health Day 2018April 9, 2018
In recognition of World Health Day, President Paula A. Johnson moderated a discussion between Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl ’94 on the state of global health. The event was hosted at Babson College as part of the BOW (Babson-Olin-Wellesley) collaboration.
Ethos Celebrates 50th AnniversaryApril 6, 2018
This weekend, the campus community joins Ethos in celebrating 50 years of culture, activism, and pride at its anniversary gathering, titled “Sankofa: Remembering Our Past, Planting Seeds for Our Future.”
Carillon Bells to Toll at Wellesley and Across the World in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.April 3, 2018
At 7:05 pm on April 4, the Wellesley College Guild of Carillonneurs will join bell ringers around the world in paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Wellesley Alumnae and Students Add Their Voices to the March for Our Lives MovementMarch 27, 2018
Wellesley community members participated in March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., Boston, and across the country.
Wellesley Welcomes the Class of 2022March 21, 2018
Video: Wellesley welcomes new first-years from the largest applicant pool in the College’s history.
Two Wellesley Alumnae Direct a Queer Asian American Short FilmMarch 21, 2018
Nicole Tay ’14 and Tina Xu ’17 co-direct Tomato & Eggs, a short film about a Chinese American woman whose decision to marry her girlfriend leads to a clash of cultures.
On the First Official Day of Spring, Winter’s Grip Hangs onMarch 20, 2018
With more snow in the forecast for Wellesley, Lisa Scanlon Mogolov ’99 remembers the April Fool’s Day storm of 1997.
March 17 Marked the 104th Anniversary of the College Hall FireMarch 19, 2018
Wellesley faculty member leads archaeology class that excavates the grounds of the historic 1914 College Hall fire to find artifacts and learn about daily life.
How Peace and Justice Studies Came to WellesleyMarch 16, 2018
Kitty Gladstone ’50 recalls the inspiration for the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley.
Natalie Ornell ’12 Launches Effort to Honor Rosa Parks on Public Buses in MassachusettsMarch 7, 2018
A Massachusetts State House committee is reviewing a legislative initiative started by a Wellesley alumna to place Rosa Parks decals on MBTA buses.
Immigrant Journeys: How Six Alumnae Came to the United States to Build New LivesMarch 5, 2018
Six alumnae featured in the winter issue of Wellesley magazine share their stories of coming to the United States as immigrants.
Michele Sison ’81 Named U.S. Ambassador to HaitiMarch 2, 2018
Wellesley alumna recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Haiti presented her credentials to the country’s president in February.
Wellesley Professor Discusses the Glass Cliff Phenomenon on “Freakonomics” PodcastFebruary 22, 2018
Olga Shurchkov ’01, associate professor of economics at Wellesley, offered listeners a potential solution to a problem facing female heads of companies.
In Search of Missing Girlhoods: A Wellesley Mother and Daughter Discuss Their Journey on WBURFebruary 16, 2018
Melissa Ludtke ’73 and her daughter, Maya Ludtke ’19, are teaching others about identity and contemporary China through their personal stories. They spoke with WBUR’s “All Things Considered” about a curriculum for students from middle school through college.
Wellesley Congratulates First Alumna U.S. OlympianFebruary 9, 2018
VIDEO: Biathlete Clare Egan ’10 is the first Wellesley alumna to represent the United States in the Olympics.
Madeleine Albright ’59 and Wendy Sherman Speak to PRI’s “The World” in Conjunction with Their Visit to the Albright Institute’s Wintersession 2018January 26, 2018
PRI’s The World and WBUR’s Radio Boston interviewed Madeleine Albright and Wendy Sherman about globalization, North Korea, #MeToo, and educating the next generation of women leaders at Wellesley, where they participated in a panel discussion on campus moderated by President Paula Johnson.
Mudbound, Based on Novel by Wellesley Alumna, Earns Four Oscar NominationsJanuary 24, 2018
Hillary Jordan ’84 is the author of Mudbound; Netflix released a movie adaptation of the novel in November that has received four Oscar nominations.
Wellesley Celebrates 2018 with Nine New StoryCorps PodcastsJanuary 12, 2018
Celebrate 2018 with nine new StoryCorps podcasts featuring alumnae conversations focusing on three themes: the ways Wellesley prepares its students to lead in any field, the lifelong friendships women make here, and what it means to be part of the Wellesley community.
Harriette Chandler ’59 to Serve as Massachusetts Senate PresidentDecember 13, 2017
Harriette Chandler ’59, the first woman from Worcester, MA to be elected to the Massachusetts State Senate, will serve as its acting President.
Wellesley Alumna Included in Forbes “30 Under 30: Media” ListDecember 6, 2017
Laila Alawa ’12 created media company The Tempest, which promotes the voices of women around the world.
Wellesley College Archives Is a Key Teaching and Learning ResourceNovember 30, 2017
Thanks to the Wellesley College Archives, an environmental studies class can research plants collected by two Wellesley sisters more than 125 years ago.
New Issue of “Wellesley” Magazine Focuses on the College Community’s Efforts to Protect the EnvironmentNovember 22, 2017
The fall issue of Wellesley, which drops this week, highlights the work alumnae and faculty are doing to preserve and protect the environment.
NPR Reporter Zoë Sobel ’14 Returns to Wellesley to Discuss Past WBUR Internship and Current Work in AlaskaNovember 20, 2017
Zoë Sobel ’14 co-hosted a talk with Bill Littlefield, nationally known writer and host of the popular weekly program Only A Game, in Founders Hall.
From Wellesley to the Massachusetts State House: What Three Alumnae Have Learned about LeadershipNovember 7, 2017
Carolyn Dykema ’89, Harriette Chandler ’59, and Diana DiZoglio ’11, all members of the Massachusetts State Legislature, share what they’ve learned about making a difference in public service.
Wellesley Community Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Trustee Emerita Elizabeth “Betsy” Wood Knapp ’64 Today in Jewett AuditoriumNovember 3, 2017
Trustee Emerita Elizabeth “Betsy” Wood Knapp ’64—whose vision, leadership, and generosity transformed Wellesley College—will be honored on campus today.
Nine Wellesley Alumnae Begin a Year Abroad as Recipients of Fulbright GrantsOctober 24, 2017
Meet nine young alumnae who, as Fulbright grant recipients, are using their Wellesley educations in various countries, teaching English or conducting research.
Wellesley Announces Recipients of the 2017 Alumnae Achievement AwardsOctober 13, 2017
Winners of Wellesley’s highest honor are an entrepreneur and social equity activist; an infectious disease specialist; and an artist and cultural critic.
University of Virginia School of Medicine Honors Vivian Pinn ’62 with Hall Dedicated in Her NameSeptember 21, 2017
A groundbreaking leader in women’s health, Vivian Pinn ’62 has had a lasting impact on science and health. Pinn Hall at the University of Virginia School of Medicine has just been named in her honor.
Summer Send-Offs Prepare New Students for the Journey to WellesleyAugust 22, 2017
Over the past few weeks, more than 30 alumnae clubs hosted send-off parties, where incoming students met alumnae and learned about the resources available to them at the College.
Wellesley Celebrates Record-Setting Pilot Ruth Rowland Nichols ’24August 18, 2017
On National Aviation Day, Wellesley Celebrates Ruth Rowland Nichols ’24, a contemporary of Amelia Earhart who flew into the frontier of aviation.
Story in Wellesley Magazine Shows How Alumnae Worked Together to Help an Immigrant FamilyJuly 28, 2017
In “The Opposite of Difficult,” in the magazine’s summer issue, Kate Erickson ’05 describes how she reached out to alumnae, who were happy to support her efforts to help her Syrian neighbors.
Playwright Mfoniso Udofia ’06 Reflects on Failing ForwardJune 30, 2017
Recently profiled in the New York Times, playwright Mfoniso Udofia ’06 writes about the immigrant experience.
Two Wellesley Alumnae Swim on First All-Female Relay Team to Double Cross Catalina ChannelJune 20, 2017
Gabriela Kovacikova ’14 and Rebecca Nevitt ’88 were part of the first all-female relay team to swim from California’s Palos Verdes Peninsula to Catalina Island and back.
Alumnae Enjoy New Activities and Revisit Beloved Traditions at Reunion 2017June 5, 2017
Wellesley welcomed more than 1,800 alumnae and 800 guests to campus this past weekend for Reunion 2017. The three-day event brought together graduating classes ending in 7 and 2, from 1937 to 2012.
The Wellesley Network Grows Stronger with the Launch of The Wellesley HiveMay 30, 2017
The Wellesley Hive, an online platform that launches May 30, will let students and alumnae easily connect online to access mentors, support, and professional opportunities.
Inspiring Words from 12 Wellesley Commencement SpeakersMay 24, 2017
As commencement approaches, we share excerpts from 12 memorable graduation speeches given at Wellesley.
Julie Levison ’98 Uses Video to Encourage HIV Care Adherence Among Latino ImmigrantsMay 12, 2017
Julie Levison ’98, a physician-researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, created a telenovela-style video to encourage HIV care adherence among Latino immigrants.
What Wellesley Women ShareMay 11, 2017
The connection students and alumnae feel to the College and each other is often reflected in what they share, from everyday items, like hoops and banners, to life-changing events.
Camille Bond ’17 Wins Wellesley in Entertainment Screenwriting Competition with “The Sleeping Gods”May 10, 2017
Members of the alumnae group Wellesley in Entertainment introduce a Wellesley student to Hollywood as first prize in the group’s new screenwriting contest.
Elizabeth Lillard ’11 Spearheads Inaugural Women in Conservation Leadership SummitMay 3, 2017
To empower her women colleagues at the National Wildlife Federation, Elizabeth Lillard ’11 spearheaded the organization’s inaugural Women in Conservation Leadership Summit.
A Boxing Fan Campaigns to Elect Wellesley Alumna as First Woman in the International Boxing Hall of FameApril 25, 2017
From Wellesley to the boxing ring, Margery Miller ’45 was a trailblazing writer who covered the intersection of sports and race.
At Wellesley, Science is Out of This WorldApril 22, 2017
Wellesley advances the future of women in science.
From Pre-race through the Finish Line, Wellesley Takes Part in the 2017 Boston MarathonApril 14, 2017
Volunteering, making signs, cheering on runners, or running themselves, Wellesley students and alumnae celebrate Marathon ’17.
Wellesley Alumnae and Student Receive National Science Foundation GrantsApril 3, 2017
Seven Wellesley alumnae and a current student have been awarded highly competitive National Science Foundation grants—including one to study the stellar populations of galaxies.
Laura Sparks ’97 Named First Female President of Cooper UnionMarch 27, 2017
Lessons she learned at Wellesley are helping Laura Sparks ’97 in her new role at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, just as they have helped her at every point in her career.
#DayWithoutAWomanMarch 8, 2017
On International Women’s Day, Wellesley College Honors All the Ways Our Alumnae Have Made the World a Better Place
Wellesley’s Campus Community Gathers to Hear Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 in Conversation with President Paula JohnsonMarch 3, 2017
Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 and President Paula Johnson share lively conversation and a Q&A session with the Wellesley community.
Three Wellesley Alumnae Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 ListsMarch 1, 2017
Charlotte Kiang ’13, Zsofia Schweger ’12, and Sara Minkara ’11 have been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists for enterprise technology, the arts, and social entrepreneurs, respectively.
Elizabeth Neill Banton ’34 Celebrates Her 103rd BirthdayFebruary 28, 2017
Wellesley wishes a very happy 103rd birthday to Elizabeth “Betty” Neill Banton ’34, the College's oldest living alumna!
Albright Institute Public Dialogue Examines the Sociopolitical and Geopolitical Ramifications of the Global Refugee CrisisFebruary 24, 2017
The Albright Institute’s day-long public dialogue, “From Exodus to Action: Claiming Our Common Humanity in the Refugee Crisis,” will begin with a keynote address by Sec. Madeleine K. Albright ’59.
Theresa Piasta ’06: From Iraq to Wall Street to Puppy MamaFebruary 23, 2017
“Puppy Mama” Theresa Piasta ’06 explains how her canine companion Waffles inspired a passion project that became a tech start-up.
WATCH: Learn How to Make Wellesley Fudge CakeFebruary 14, 2017
Despite founder Henry Durant’s assertion that “pies, lies, and doughnuts should never have a place at Wellesley College,” the students’ love of chocolate prevailed, and Wellesley Fudge Cake became a College tradition.
Alumnae Celebrate Sisterhood with Jewelry Made by One of Their OwnFebruary 13, 2017
For a group of alumnae friends in London, jewelry designed by Catherine Prevost ’89 symbolizes sisterhood and their enduring connection to Wellesley.
Wellesley Community (and Beyond) Respond to Announcement of Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 as Commencement SpeakerFebruary 2, 2017
The Wellesley community and media responded to news that Hillary Rodham Clinton ‘69 will be the speaker for the 139th commencement exercises on May 26, 2017.
Persis Drell ’77 P’16 Takes Office as Stanford University ProvostFebruary 1, 2017
Physicist, professor, researcher, and Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award recipient Persis Drell ’77 P’16 has been appointed provost of Stanford University.
Alumna’s Innovative Bracelet Helps Girls Become Comfortable With STEMJanuary 31, 2017
Makeda Ricketts ’06 couldn’t find many STEM-based games or toys for girls, so she created a startup called PinkThink and developed a programmable bracelet.
Alumna Activist is Keynote Speaker for Campus Mini-Conference on Social JusticeJanuary 20, 2017
Elizabeth “Liz” Miranda ’02 will be the keynote speaker for a mini-conference on social justice and activism on January 23: Together Toward the Dream.
The Albright Institute 2017: “Globalization: Promises, Challenges and a Path Forward”January 19, 2017
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 and Atifete Jahjaga, former president of the Republic of Kosovo, discuss “The Paradox of Nationalism and Globalization: Finding a New Way Forward.”
New Position for Elizabeth Gorayeb ’97, the Indiana Jones of “Art Nerds”January 10, 2017
Elizabeth Gorayeb ’97, executive director of the recently launched Wildenstein Plattner Institute, a foundation dedicated to art historical research and digital archiving, says her job involves a lot of detective work.
Wellesley Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Biochemistry ProgramJanuary 9, 2017
On December 13, dozens of students, alumnae, and faculty celebrated the 50th anniversary of the biochemistry program, the College’s oldest interdisciplinary program.
Harshbeena Sahney Zaveri ’82 Named One of India’s Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune India magazineJanuary 2, 2017
Harshbeena Sahney Zaveri ’82, named one of India's Most Powerful Women in Business, explains how the liberal arts education she received at Wellesley helped her succeed in business and why she remains so involved with the College.
The Pamela Daniels ’59 Fellows Take Four Very Different JourneysDecember 21, 2016
This year’s Pamela Daniels ’59 Fellows will pursue passion projects in health care, immigration, bumblebees, and Hemingway.
WATCH: Learn how to make Wellesley Peppermint Stick PieDecember 14, 2016
Peppermint Stick Pie is a beloved tradition for generations of Wellesley students. Watch this video to learn how to make it yourself!
Wellesley Alumnae Give in Many WaysNovember 29, 2016
On Giving Tuesday, Wellesley honors the many ways alumnae support the College’s mission and extend the Wellesley community around the globe.
On Veterans Day, One Alumna Shares Her StoryNovember 11, 2016
Nancy Brothers DS ’16, who is serving in the Air Force in Afghanistan, explains how life lessons she learned from Wellesley friends have made her a stronger person and a better leader.
Amazon’s “Good Girls Revolt” Highlights Nora Ephron ’62 and Her Role as a Leader for Women in JournalismNovember 3, 2016
A new Amazon dramatic series about women breaking barriers in journalism in the 1960s features Nora Ephron ’62.
Tanner Conference Spotlights the Experiential Learning that Deepens a Liberal Arts EducationOctober 27, 2016
Students and alumnae broaden the definition of what constitutes a classroom by sharing their local, national and international study experiences at the Tanner Conference.
Wellesley Inducts Four New Members into the Athletics Hall of FameOctober 20, 2016
Wellesley Blue sports fans gathered in Alumnae Hall on October 15 to honor the achievements of Nadine Netter Levy ’66, Barbara Morry Fraumeni ’72, Jessica Gosnell ’90, and former coach and program contributor Ann S. Batchelder.
Honoring Wellesley’s 2016 Alumnae Achievement Awards RecipientsOctober 17, 2016
On Friday, the Wellesley College community gathered to honor the three recipients of the 2016 Alumnae Achievement Awards: Marian Burros ’54, Maria Morris Hambourg ’71, and Debra Knopman ’75.
Heidi Wang ’12 Explains the Powerful Idea of Turning Nothing Into SomethingOctober 11, 2016
Heidi Wang ’12 explains how she founded Girls Teaching Girls to Code in an article that recently appeared on LinkedIn.
M. Darby Dyar ’80 Wins Prestigious G.K. Gilbert Award from the Geological Society of AmericaOctober 6, 2016
On September 27, M. Darby Dyar ’80 became the fourth woman—and the second Wellesley alumna—to receive the prestigious G.K. Gilbert Award from the Geological Society of America.
Lucia Perez ’14 Shares Her Fulbright Experience: “This is How You Make a Strong World”October 3, 2016
Lucia Perez ’14 recently completed a Fulbright Student Research Fellowship with a leading astrophysicist in South Africa and began work on a Ph.D. in the astrophysics program at Arizona State University (ASU).
BU Chemistry Professor Malika Jeffries-EL ’96 Encourages Wellesley Students to Persevere in the Lab and in LifeSeptember 2, 2016
Malika Jeffries-EL ’96, associate professor of chemistry at Boston University, shares important professional and life lessons she learned at Wellesley.
Aspiring Children’s Book Editor Gets Dream Internship (and Dream Job)August 24, 2016
Maya Marlette ’16, an aspiring children’s book editor, interned at Scholastic in New York City this summer thanks to a grant from We Need Diverse Books.
First-Years Receive a Warm Welcome From Alumnae Clubs at Send-Off EventsAugust 23, 2016
Over the past four weeks, 20 alumnae clubs—including Hong Kong, Honolulu, Northern California, and Florida—have hosted send-off parties where new students met alumnae and talked about why Wellesley is a great choice for the next four years and beyond.
Four Alumnae Share Their Olympic StoriesAugust 22, 2016
The College congratulates four alumnae who brought their athletic and journalistic talents to the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Callie Crossley '73 Wins Top National Award for Katrina CommentaryAugust 9, 2016
Journalist Callie Crossley '73 received national honors for her story marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, "Tomorrow is Not Promised: Life After Hurricane Katrina," in which she chronicled lessons learned from her late father after the storm.
Poster Session Celebrates Student Summer ResearchAugust 2, 2016
The Summer Research Poster Session was held in the Science Center on July 28. Dr. JudyAnn Bigby '73, former Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, gave a keynote address before the presentation.
The Muse Names Three WellesleyX Courses Among Top Liberal Arts Options OnlineAugust 1, 2016
The Muse, an online career site named 3 WellesleyX courses among the "11 Top Liberal Arts College Classes That You Can Take for Free Online”
Dear Wellesley: Kiana Nedele '16 Writes from MoscowJuly 15, 2016
In the second of our 2016 Summer Postcard Series, Kiana Nedele '16 writes from Moscow where she's participating in a Global Engagement Internship.
Alumna's Art Installation Helps Combat HIV StigmaJuly 14, 2016
Attendees of this year's International AIDS Conference, in South Africa, can add a red paper ribbon "leaf" to the AIDS SolidariTree, a unique sculpture developed by Michelle Vogelzang '13.
Savitri Restrepo Alvarez '16 Awarded Davis Project for Peace GrantJuly 12, 2016
Savitri Restrepo Alvarez '16 returned to her native Colombia to work with indigenous women who have been displaced from their ancestral lands by the country's ongoing civil war.
Alumna Competes in Dance Contest on "Live with Kelly" 4th of July EpisodeJuly 6, 2016
Melissa Jo Zambrana '16 danced in many events on campus while at Wellesley. She recently displayed some of her moves on ABC's "Live with Kelly" 4th of July episode.
Final Hours of the 2016 Participation ChallengeJune 30, 2016
Just a few hours remain before Dr. Paula A. Johnson begins her tenure as Wellesley's 14th president. Today is the last day to contribute to the historic welcome effort.
America the Beautiful: America’s Unofficial National AnthemJune 29, 2016
Katharine Lee Bates, Class of 1880, penned the poem that would become the lyrics to the popular ballad "America the Beautiful" during a 2,000 mile cross-country train trip.
Julia Marciari-Alexander ’89: From Wellesley to the WaltersJune 27, 2016
A student-organized spring event highlighted alumna Julia Marciari-Alexander's path from Wellesley to her post as the first Female Executive Director of Baltimore's Walters Art Museum.
Wellesley Computer Scientists Develop DNA/RNA Sequencing ToolsJune 21, 2016
Software programs developed at Wellesley are helping genome scientists, biologists, and medical researchers gain better insights from genome sequencing data.
Alumna Founds Network to Help Women Succeed in FinanceJune 16, 2016
Victoria Hart '96 spoke to Newsweek about the limited opportunities women face in finance and about the network she founded to help women develop professionally.
Four Recent Grads Win Fellowships to Spend a Year in China or TaiwanJune 15, 2016
Four recent graduates will spend a year in China or Taiwan, thanks to fellowships from the Yenching Academy of Peking University and the Wellesley-Yenching Program.
Newly Released Clinton Commencement Speech Generates Extensive Media CoverageJune 10, 2016
Media featured newly released-audio excerpts of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s student speech from the College's 1969 commencement exercises.
Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 Makes HistoryJune 8, 2016
Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 achieved a historic milestone as the first woman to be the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party.
Reunion Recap 2016June 6, 2016
Reunion welcomed a near-record crowd with 2,147 alums and over 1,000 family members and guests. Attendees hailed from 47 states, 22 countries, and 2 territories.
Wellesley Celebrates Reunion 2016June 3, 2016
Graduating classes ending in 1 and 6 will gather, it is also a special year for Continuing Education alumnae and Davis Scholars (CE/DS).
StoryCorps: Nan Keohane '61 and Geneva Overholser '70May 23, 2016
Former Wellesley President Nan Keohane '61 talks with her sister, Geneva Overholser '70, about coming to Wellesley, opportunities they never expected, and a cherished sense of sisterhood.
Davis Degree Program Celebrates 45 YearsMay 18, 2016
The CE/DS Community will gather to celebrate the Davis Degree Program's 45 year at reunion in June.
Wellesley WelcomeMay 11, 2016
For the past several weeks, hundreds of alumnae and students have been sharing their favorite things about the College.
Two Alumnae On Forbes 2016 "30 Under 30" ListsMay 10, 2016
Lauren Hurwitz '08 and Jenny Lee '09 were each recognized by Forbes magazine on a "30 Under 30" list for outstanding leadership in business and finance.
StoryCorps: Three GenerationsApril 25, 2016
Three generations of Wellesley Women, Katherine Barrett Murphy '53, Georgia Murphy Johnson '75, and Katie Johnson '03 on their experiences at the college, spanning 50 years.
Alumna's Gift Establishes New Ecological InitiativeApril 22, 2016
A gift by Wendy Judge Paulson '69 will establish a five-year intensive effort that will transform and reshape Wellesley's relationship with its landscape.
Wellesley Celebrates Harambee House 45th AnniversaryApril 14, 2016
Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae gathered this weekend to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Harambee House.
StoryCorps: Linda Gottlieb '60 and Nicki Tanner '57April 11, 2016
Linda Salzman Gottlieb '60 and Nicki Newman Tanner '57 discuss how Wellesley prepared them to make their voices heard.
Lulu Chow Wang '66 Named 2016 Commencement SpeakerApril 8, 2016
Lulu Chow Wang '66, one of the world’s most influential women in investments and philanthropy, will address the members of the Wellesley College Class of 2016 at Wellesley's 138th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 27.
The Chicago Wellesley Club Celebrates Its 125th AnniversaryApril 5, 2016
On April 2, more than 200 alumnae and guests celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club, one of the College's oldest and most active alumnae clubs.
StoryCorps: Shirley Young '55 and Marylin Chou '55March 28, 2016
StoryCorps: Longtime friends Shirley Young '55 and Marylin Chou '55, talk about how Wellesley taught them to "connect the dots," a skill that helped them to succeed after college.
Student Led Networking Dinner Connects Student-Athletes and AlumnaeMarch 18, 2016
The Wellesley College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) welcomed alumnae student-athletes to campus for a networking dinner.
On Founder’s Day, Celebrating a Standing Piece of Wellesley’s Early HistoryMarch 17, 2016
Thanks to the efforts of dedicated alumnae, five pillars that survived the great fire of 1914 were saved from a pile of rubble and restored to a place of honor on campus many decades later.
App Helps Consumers Shop for EqualityMarch 9, 2016
The BUY UP Index, an app and rating system developed by Amy-Willard Cross '82, helps consumers support businesses that support women.
Alumna Appointed to the Prestigious Knight CommissionFebruary 29, 2016
Anna Spangler Nelson '84 was recently appointed to the Knight Commission, which ensures that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational missions of their colleges and universities.
Wellesley Alumnae Aid Flint ResidentsFebruary 25, 2016
Marseille "Mars" Allen '01, is leading efforts online and on the ground to aid fellow Flint residents during the water crisis currently plaguing the city.
Alumna Creates Virtual Reality Museum ExperiencesFebruary 23, 2016
Wellesley helped Elizabeth Levine Reede '84 see the value of art in her life. She's now developing virtual reality experiences to help others see art in new ways.
Albright Institute Story Told Through Custom Made Artisan PinFebruary 19, 2016
A pin, specially designed to represent the Albright Institute was presented to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright ’59 at a dinner in late January celebrating the first reunion of Albright fellows.
Tower Court Celebrates 100th AnniversaryFebruary 17, 2016
Tower Court opened in late 1915 on the site the former location of College Hall, which was destroyed by the great fire of 1914. A century later, Tower Court stands as a testament to Wellesley's strength.
Wellesley Alumnae Are Members of LIGO Research TeamFebruary 16, 2016
Nergis Mavalvala '90 and Sheila Dwyer '05 are members of the team of scientists that detected waves from the collision of two black holes.
Get to Know Dr. Paula A. Johnson, Wellesley's 14th PresidentFebruary 12, 2016
Dr. Paula A. Johnson, announced yesterday as Wellesley's 14th president, spoke with students Shivani Kuckreja '16 and Charlotte Harris '16 at her home last week.
City On A Hill Charter And The Wellesley Effect In ActionFebruary 9, 2016
As chief strategy officer of City on a Hill charter high schools, Nadine Abraham '08 is continuing the work of founder Ann Tolkoff '70 and helping charter school students achieve college dreams.
3D Printing Enhances Classroom And Community LearningFebruary 8, 2016
Wellesley’s Knapp Media and Technology Center is home to several 3D printers. 3D printing technology enables instructors to bring classroom concepts into physical form.
Amy Yee '96 Wins Third United Nations Correspondents Association AwardFebruary 2, 2016
Amy Yee '96 received the 2015 silver medal for The Prince Albert II of Monaco and United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change. This is her third UNCA award.
Rosalind Krauss ’62 To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on ArtJanuary 13, 2016
Rosalind Epstein Krauss '62 will receive the 2016 College Art Association's Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art.
Alumna's Exhibit Explores Life In WWII Japanese Internment CampsJanuary 11, 2016
Alumna’s exhibit at Yale University, which offers a new perspective on the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II, is covered by the New York Times.
Panel Discussions Explore The Wellesley EffectJanuary 7, 2016
Panel discussions brought students and alumnae together for conversations about the Wellesley Effect. Nine panel discussions are included among the videos now available on the College's YouTube channel.
Season’s Greetings From Wellesley 2015December 17, 2015
Take a spin through campus and enjoy a sample of our multitalented faculty at work—through the lens of a liberal arts winter.
Alumnae Discuss Creative Writing Careers With StudentsDecember 10, 2015
Kate Erickson '05 and Langan Kingsley '08, both professionals in the creative entertainment field, joined Broti Gupta '16 for a panel discussion aimed at students hoping to pursue a career in creative writing after graduation.
Wellesley Magazine: Fall 2015December 7, 2015
Through personal stories, the fall 2015 magazine offers an in-depth look at the breadth and depth of The Wellesley Effect.
The Wellesley Effect: Vivian Pinn ‘62November 25, 2015
As we observe the Thanksgiving holiday, we share excerpts from the first in a series of inspiring remarks from Wellesley alumnae from speeches and talks given during the launch of Wellesley's Campaign to celebrate, strengthen, and advance the Wellesley Effect.
Marion Underwood '86 Speaks with CNN for Special Report on Teen's Use of Social MediaNovember 18, 2015
Marion Underwood '86 is one of the nation’s foremost experts on how adolescents use social media. She joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper for a special report, "#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens."
New York Wellesley Club Celebrates 125th AnniversaryNovember 16, 2015
On Saturday, November 14, the New York Wellesley Club marked its 125th year with a celebration that brought together more than 400 alumnae.
Wellesley Celebrates GIS Day and Women in MapmakingNovember 6, 2015
A map compiled by Agnes Holbrook, Class of 1892, is on display as part of a new Boston Public Library exhibit showcasing 500 years of women in cartography.
Wellesley Celebrates Campaign Launch With Weekend of EventsOctober 26, 2015
Nearly 600 alumnae, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the College gathered this weekend to celebrate the launch of a $500 million campaign that will help shape Wellesley’s next century.
Diane Ravitch ’60 Inaugurates Wellesley Lecture Series on EducationOctober 22, 2015
Diane Ravitch '60 inaugurates a lecture series in her name that will bring speakers to campus to address the most pressing issues in education.
2015 Sed Ministrare Volunteer AwardsOctober 20, 2015
Four outstanding alumnae volunteers were presented with the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award at the Wellesley College Alumnae Association’s 92nd annual Alumnae Leadership Council on Saturday, October 17.
Madeleine Albright '59 on Wellesley ImpactOctober 19, 2015
In a new PBS documentary featuring Madeleine Albright '59, the former Secretary of State recalled the opportunities for leadership at Wellesley and said it prepared her for success.
Jean Kilbourne ’64 Inducted Into National Women’s Hall of FameOctober 5, 2015
Jean Kilbourne '64, who is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco, was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this past weekend in Seneca Falls, NY.
Alumna Helps U.S. Team To Gold At Ultrarunning World ChampionshipsSeptember 28, 2015
With the fourth fastest time among women, and second fastest on her team, Sarah Bard '06 helped the U.S. team to gold at the International Association of Ultrarunners 100-Kilometer World Championships earlier this month.
Family & Friends Weekend and Homecoming 2015September 25, 2015
Wellesley welcomes hundreds of family members, friends, and alumnae who will join us from September 25 to 27 for activities that celebrate all things Wellesley.
Butler Boathouse DedicationSeptember 24, 2015
Over the past year, the boathouse on Lake Waban has undergone a comprehensive renovation thanks to the generosity of Alice Lehmann Butler ’53 and her husband, John. A dedication ceremony will be held during Family and Friends and Homecoming weekend.
Humanities Double Majors Are A Path To Success for Three AlumnaeSeptember 23, 2015
Nearly a quarter of Wellesley students choose a dual major. Three alums explained why pursuing their passions, in the humanities is a satisfying and smart choice.
Connie Rojas '14 Named Ford FellowSeptember 18, 2015
Ford Fellow Connie Rojas '14, now a doctoral student in integrative biology, spent four weeks observing spotted hyenas in Kenya this summer.
Alumna Part of Team That Discovered New Human Ancestor, Homo NalediSeptember 11, 2015
A discovery in a South African cave adds a new branch to the human family tree. Alia Gurtov ’07 is one of six women known as the Rising Star Expedition’s "Underground Astronauts."
Summer Send-Offs Inform and Inspire Incoming Wellesley StudentsAugust 21, 2015
Alumnae clubs across the United States, and one in Hong Kong, recently hosted Summer Send-Offs for incoming students. The events let first-years learn about the resources offered on campus and through Wellesley’s worldwide network.
Donors’ Dollars at Work for Wellesley CollegeAugust 12, 2015
More than 16,550 alumnae, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends contributed to drive Wellesley’s success this year. Together they provided in excess of $52 million in support.
Alumna Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of FameAugust 10, 2015
Liza Janssen Petra '94, a nationally recognized force during her four-year basketball career at Wellesley, was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on August 8.
The Hamilton Project At Brookings Appoints Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach '95 As New DirectorAugust 7, 2015
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach ‘95 has been appointed director of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution.
Julieta Valls Noyes ’84 Confirmed as Ambassador to CroatiaJuly 28, 2015
Julieta Valls Noyes ’84, who was recently confirmed as Ambassador to Croatia, found a passion for foreign policy during her time at Wellesley.
Eight Alumnae Share Life Lessons in Wellesley MagazineJuly 27, 2015
The summer issue of Wellesley magazine features life lessons shared by eight alumnae, in letters written to their younger selves.
Alumna Part of NASA New Horizons TeamJuly 15, 2015
Amanda Zangari ‘08 is a member of NASA’s New Horizons flyby team. The New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto this week after a nearly decade-long journey through the solar system.
Alumna Gives Facebook’s Icons A Gender MakeoverJuly 13, 2015
Caitlin Winner ‘05, a design manager at Facebook, gave the site’s icons a gender makeover, making the woman's silhouette larger moving it in front of the man's.
A Short Time Remains For The 2015 Participation ChallengeJune 26, 2015
Alumnae, don’t miss your chance to join in the 2015 participation challenge. Just a few days remain to max out the challenge—54 percent participation and $500,000.
Alumna Awarded Prestigious Short Story AwardJune 25, 2015
Brenda Peynado '06 has been awarded the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Short Story Award, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a creative writer.
Alumna Receives Lifetime Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers AssociationJune 23, 2015
Alicia Lopez ’91 received the Louise Gaskins Lifetime Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association on June 19. Her mother, Sonia Nieto, received the same award 26 years earlier.
Alumnae Receive NSF Graduate Research FellowshipsJune 22, 2015
Sarah George ’14, one of five alumnae to win a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, is studying how the formation of the Andes Mountains in northern Peru and Ecuador may have caused the Amazon River to reverse its course.
Laura Stevens ’11 Tackles Scientific Mystery in “Nature”June 17, 2015
Laura Stevens ’11 co-authored an article in the prestigious scientific journal Nature this month. Her team's research addresses a phenomenon that has been puzzling scientists for years.
Naa-Sakle Akuete ’08 Profiled By Fast Company MagazineJune 10, 2015
Naa-Sakle Akuete ’08, pictured here age 3, with her mother. Akuete recently started a business that would allow her to work closely with her mother and give back to their native Ghana.
Wellesley Celebrates Reunion 2015June 5, 2015
The Wellesley College Alumnae Association welcomes the classes of the 0’s and 5’s to campus for Reunion 2015 this weekend, June 5–7.
Manisha Thakor ’92: “How Economics and Literature Made Me a Better Investor”April 30, 2015
Writing for the Wall Street Journal, finance professional Manisha Thakor ’92 said lessons learned at Wellesley, along with works by authors like Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton, had a big influence on her career path.
Rebecca Spyke Keiser ’91 Opens New Doors at the National Science FoundationApril 21, 2015
In her new role as head of the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering, Rebecca Spyke Keiser ’91 will develop international scientific partnerships and promote STEM activities for women and girls around the globe.
Hillary Clinton ’69 Announces Run for PresidencyApril 13, 2015
In a YouTube video posted Sunday afternoon, Hillary Clinton '69 announced that she will run for president in the 2016 Election.
Liz Ogbu '98: Architect, Designer, Social Justice AdvocateApril 3, 2015
An alumna puts her architecture training to work to foster social change by empowering locals to use their own knowledge to better their environment.
How Wellesley Prepared a Rising Physics StarApril 1, 2015
When Gretchen Campbell ’01 won the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award, she praised Wellesley for preparing her for a career in physics, a field she hadn’t planned to enter.
Wellesley Alumna named to US Biathlon’s World Championship TeamMarch 9, 2015
Wellesley alumna Clare Egan '10 is a member of the United States Biathlon World Championship team roster. She is currently competing with Team USA in the 2015 IBU World Championships in Finland.
Financial Education for Today’s Young AdultsMarch 3, 2015
Nondini Naqui ’02 and the Society of Grownups offer an innovative, enjoyable way for young adults to learn about personal finance.
Dr. Kwan Kew Lai ‘74: Non Ministrari sed MinistrareFebruary 23, 2015
Dr. Kwan Kew Lai ‘74 embodies Wellesley’s motto, Non Ministrari sed Ministrare (Not to be ministered unto but to minister). She is currently in West Africa for the second time helping patients with Ebola.
Wellesley Women Make Great Secretaries... of State!February 16, 2015
A Twitter exchange between Madeleine Albright ‘59 and Hillary Clinton ‘69 highlighted a well-known fact about graduates of Wellesley College.
Three to Be Honored at 2015 Alumnae Achievement Awards CeremonyFebruary 12, 2015
A ceremony and reception honoring Suzanne Ciani ’68, Jean Kilbourne ’64, and Nancy Kornblith Kopp ’65, recipients of the 2015 Alumnae Achievement Awards, takes place Thursday, February 12, 2015, starting at 5:30 PM.
Madeleine Albright '59, Former UN Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens in public dialogueJanuary 22, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59, joins former UN Representative Elizabeth Cousens, and Dr. Homi Kharas of the Brookings Institute for “Harnessing Consensus: Shaping the World's New Development Goals.”
Madeleine Albright at Wellesley on January 22, 2015January 13, 2015
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, and Brookings Senior Fellow Homi Kharas Present a Public Dialogue at Wellesley College on Jan. 22, 2015
Professor Kristin Butcher's Work Highlighted in FiveThirtyEight BlogJanuary 13, 2015
Writers for the popular blog FiveThirtyEight highlighted a paper co-authored by Wellesley’s Kristin Butcher among the most interesting research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the American Economic Association.
Season's Greetings from Wellesley CollegeDecember 19, 2014
Wellesley is with you. (Even if not sitting on your desk.) Happy new year!
Famed Stories for Youngsters Emerged from Wellesley's HallsDecember 15, 2014
What do Nancy Drew and The Pushcart War have in common? Wellesley College! And significant anniversaries tied to 2014.
Film Documents Life of Alumna ArtistDecember 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.
N.Y. Times Profiles Entrepreneurial Wellesley AlumDecember 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.
A Thanksgiving Treat: Wellesley Magazine Fall 2014 IssueNovember 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!
Wellesley Alum in PBS's Makers: Women in BusinessNovember 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.
Wellesley Alums in New Government PostsNovember 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.
Alumna Named Brandeis University ProvostNovember 11, 2014
Lisa M. Lynch ’78 has taken office as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Brandeis University.
Business Leadership Council Celebrates 25 YearsNovember 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.
Inaugural Betsy Knapp ’64 Lecture in the Social SciencesNovember 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.
Wellesley Alum Runs Historic Site in 'Witch City'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.
Wellesley Celebrates Annual Tanner ConferenceOctober 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.
Alumnae Association Presents First Sed Ministrare Volunteer AwardsOctober 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.
Wellesley Astronomers Explore New RealmsOctober 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.
Wall Street Journal: Manisha Thakor ’92 on the Gender Pay GapOctober 23, 2014
Speaking at a conference for women in tech earlier this month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the controversial suggestion that women in tech should not ask for raises, instead trusting to “faith” and “karma.” Manisha Thakor ’92 says women should be thanking him.
Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame Honors First Class of InducteesOctober 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.
Federal News Radio Highlights Wellesley AlumOctober 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.
Huffington Post Profiles Wellesley's Hinge GenerationOctober 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.”
Newest Wellesley Alumnae Take on the WorldOctober 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.
Forbes Profiles Wellesley Alum's Game-Changing BusinessSeptember 12, 2014
Erin Giglia '98 recalls Wellesley's influence in her approach to a career that is helping redefine how law can be practiced.
Wendy Chen '14 Wins Most Promising Young Poet AwardSeptember 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.
Wellesley Women Named to Leadership Roles at StanfordAugust 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.
The Atlantic Profiles TJ Jarrett '95, Coder by Day, Poet by NightAugust 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.
Wellesley Alumna to Lead Indonesian Presidential Transition TeamAugust 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.
Wellesley Prof and Scholars Excavate in GreeceJuly 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.
Wellesley Magazine Summer 2014 IssueJuly 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 Named Dean of Wayne LawJuly 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.
Sue Wagner '82 Named to Apple Board of DirectorsJuly 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."
Wellesley Alum Inducted into International Tennis Hall of FameJuly 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.
Hats Off to Entrepreneur Satya Twena ’05July 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.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 Starts New Role as President of Trinity CollegeJuly 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.
Alumnae Participation Campaign in Final DaysJune 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.
Wellesley Graduates Benefit from Wellesley-Funded FellowshipsJune 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 LeadersJune 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.
CBS Sunday Morning: A Wellesley InterviewJune 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.
Read My Pins at WellesleyJune 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.
Exclusive Sawyer-Clinton Interview on ABC NewsJune 9, 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.
Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame Officially OpenedJune 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.
Reunion 2014June 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!
Wellesley Kicks Off Alumnae Participation DriveJune 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.
Commencement 2014May 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.
12 Wellesley Scholars Win NSF Graduate FellowshipsMay 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.
Four Wellesley Alums to Travel on Fulbright Fellowships Next YearMay 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.
Wellesley Alumna Selected as President of Trinity CollegeMay 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.
Wellesley Alum Becomes Most Successful Woman on JeopardyMay 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.
Wellesley Alum Plants Garden with First Lady Michelle ObamaApril 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 '28April 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.
Wellesley Architecture Students Win Boston Design Competition
SiteSeeing, an entry by Wellesley architecture students Marguerite Sulmont ’13 and Anna Lake-Smith ’13, was one of three winners of a contest sponsored by the City of Boston Transportation Department and the National Parks Service.
Tanner Conference Fills Campus on October 29
Tanner 2013 provides a forum for students and alumnae to reflect upon, analyze, and share their off-campus experiences with the College community.
Wellesley Launches Revamped ‘W Network’ on LinkedIn
Wellesley introduces the next generation of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association’s LinkedIn group, now renamed the Wellesley Alumnae Network.
Alice Choe '13 Wins Prestigious Watson Fellowship
Graduating senior Alice Choe will use her Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel to four countries and study the complexities of domestic violence. She joins 56 Wellesley women to have won Watsons since 1980.
NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray '76 Aims to Make City More Equitable
Poet, speechwriter, and activist Chirlane McCray ’76 becomes New York City’s next first lady with the election of her husband Bill de Blasio as mayor. The former English major credits Wellesley with developing her analytic thinking and leadership skills.
Two Alums to Be Honored at 2014 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony
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.
Alumna Wins "Get Inspired" Video Contest
Jenny Lu '12 "couchsurfed" her way through Switzerland, Italy, France, and Ireland, meeting members of the international Deaf community. She documented the trip for a video contest and won a round-the-world trip.
Alumna Named to Obama's Economic Council
Betsey Stevenson '93 was appointed last week by President Obama to his Council of Economic Advisers. The Council is responsible for advising the president on issues related to economic policy and for proposing potential solutions.
Boston Globe Visits Book Release Party for Uzuri M. Wilkerson '05
The Boston Globe visits the book release party for Sour, the second book in the Boston-based vampire series by Uzuri M. Wilkerson '05.
Alumna Sworn in to Romanian Presidential Cabinet
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.
Wellesley Alumna Named First Woman President of Lafayette College
Alison R. Byerly ’83 has been named the 17th president of Lafayette College, a residential liberal arts college in Easton, Pa., that was founded in 1826. Byerly will take office on July 1, 2013.
Wellesley Alumnae Receive Honorary Degrees
Vivian Pinn '62 received an honorary degree from Bates College this year; she was among Wellesley community members including Madeleine Albright '59, Diana Chapman Walsh '66, Alecia DeCoudreaux '76, and others, recognized for leadership in their respective fields by colleges and universities across the continent.
Craig Murphy Explores Significance of Kathryn Davis Dissertation
M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations and Professor of Political Science Craig Murphy gives a talk on The Soviets at Geneva, the pioneering Ph.D. thesis of one of Wellesley’s most beloved alumnae.
Susan Wagner to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address at Wellesley
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.
Madeleine Albright and Henry Paulson at Wellesley
On January 24, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright ‘59 and Former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson discuss “The United States and China in the 21st Century” in a public event moderated by Cokie Roberts ‘64, senior correspondent for ABC News and NPR.
Pamela Melroy '83 on the 50th Anniversary of the First Woman in Space
Retired NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy '83 was the second woman to command a space shuttle mission. The recent speaker at Beijing's Women's Leadership conference wrote for the Guardian reflecting on the past 50 years, leadership, and the women who went before her.
Wellesley Alum in History-Making Archaeological Expedition
Alia Gurtov ’07 is part of an all-woman archaeological team excavating a recently discovered cave in South Africa's "Cradle of Humankind." The team has so far unearthed 1000 fossils—with the prospect of many more—that promise to illuminate the history of early humankind.
Student Starts Collection of Oral Histories of Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent
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.
Wellesley Alumnae Are Leaders in Philanthropy
The New York Times says Lulu Chow Wang '66 and her husband, Anthony Wang, established themselves in the vanguard of a new wave of Asian-American philanthropy when they donated $25 million to Wellesley College in 2000.
Wellesley Alum Wins Prestigious Acumen Global Fellowship
Kathleen Berroth ’02 has won a prestigious Acumen Global Fellowship, a year-long leadership training program in microfinance and impact investment. She competed with more than a thousand applicants seeking one of 10 fellowships.
Happy Thanksgiving from Wellesley
As students take a last break and a deep breath before December’s acceleration to the end of Fall semester, we pause to read the latest alumnae magazine, share our gratitude for Wellesley's vibrant community, and wish everyone a wonderful holiday.
Alum Awarded Funds to Launch Livestock Education Center in Haiti
Nikki Wright '08, now a student at the UPenn Veterinary School, and a colleague won $25,000 for a project that proposed the creation and construction of a learning center in Haiti designed to provide education and training in sustainable goat management.
Wellesley Alum to Oversee Academics for Boston Public Schools
The Boston Public Schools announced that Eileen de los Reyes '84, who has led the effort to transform education for the thousands of English language learners in the Boston Public Schools, will be the district’s new deputy superintendent of academics.
Wellesley Alumna Receives American Musicological Society Honor
Brigid Cohen ’00 has been recognized by the American Musicological Society with the 2013 Lewis Lockwood Prize for best book by an emerging scholar.
Wellesley College 2013 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony, February 28
A ceremony honoring the recipients of the 2013 Alumnae Achievement Awards will be held Thursday, February 28, in the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall at 5:30 p.m.
Shirley Young '55 on Increasing Leadership Roles for Young Women
In a recent interview with China Daily, business and cultural leader Shirley Young '55 discussed her work and her goal to encourage leadership qualities among the young, especially women.
Wellesley Celebrates Life and Legacy of Ruth Nagel Jones '42
Members of the Wellesley community gathered recently to honor the life, work, and generosity of the philanthropist and arts supporter for whom the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre is named.
Wellesley Alum’s Book Wins AAAS Award
The American Association for the Advancement of Science named Ocean Sunlight, by Molly Bang ’65, the Best Children’s Science Picture Book of 2012.
Class of 2013 Brings Its Talents to the World
As we prepare to welcome all members of Wellesley’s Class of 2017 to campus next week, we check in with some recent graduates of the last “green class” and find out what they are up to now.
Women from Wellesley Help Lead NCAA/NEWMAC Symposium
Wellesley was a strong presence at the recent NCAA/NEWMAC symposium on the theme of integration, with remarks by NCAA Director of Division III Louise McCleary ’87, Wellesley Director of Athletics Bridget Belgiovine, and Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly.
Ida Liu ’98 Rings Closing Bell on NYSE
Liu, a managing director at Citi Private Bank, was among top women execs from Citi who rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on March 7 to commemorate International Women’s Day.
Alumna Makes Rare Wildlife Sighting in Russia
This summer, biologist Mimi Kessler ’01 became one of the first women to see a snow leopard in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. There are believed to be only 30 or 40 snow leopards in the region and only 20 people have reported seeing one before, all of them men.
Best of 2013 Lists Include Wellesley
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.
Wellesley Alum to Present at TEDxChange 2013
Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula ’10 was nominated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be a speaker for TEDxChange 2013 on April 3 (webcast live from ted.com). Her topic: Investing in Girls.
Clothing Design Firm Launched by Alums Wins Acclaim
For Moriah Carlson '96 and Alice Wu '96, the world of fashion has unexpectedly become their world as they create quirky, elegant, and sustainable clothing for forward-thinking women.
Alumna's Social Enterprise Brings Progress through Tea
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.
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera ’91 Delivers Latina Month Keynote Address at Wellesley College
Chief International Correspondent for CNBC and Wellesley alum Michelle Caruso-Cabrera ’91 kicks off a full slate of Latina Month 2013 activities with a keynote address on April 3 entitled “Leading By Example.”
Wellesley Professor Honored for 44+ Years Service
Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly led the College community in honoring Nellie Zuckerman Cohen and Anne Cohen Heller Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Chemistry Nancy Harrison Kolodny '64 at a retirement party on September 12.
Wellesley Answers Obama’s Call to Expand Higher Ed Opportunities
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.
Wellesley Blue Senior Scores Spot in Record Books
Basketball player Malia Maier '13 holds the all-time Wellesley record for both steals and assists and ranks ninth all-time in scoring. The team leader has earned a spot in the NCAA record books, as well.
Family & Friends Weekend and Homecoming 2013 at Wellesley
Wellesley is excited to welcome the more than 480 family, friends, and alumnae coming to campus for a weekend of fun, learning, nostalgia, and friendship building.
Alumna's Foundation and Classmates Fund New Research Opportunity
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.
Wellesley Senior's Research Leads to Meeting with King of Swaziland
For her honor's thesis, Daniels Fellow Andrea Kine '13 studied Swaziland’s progress toward meeting the Millenium Development Goals set by the United Nations, and her work led to a meeting with Swaziland's King Mswati III.
Professor Pens Editorial on Food Insecurity, SNAP Cuts
In a recent vote, the House recently cut funding to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics Kristin Butcher '86 co-wrote an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report about the cuts.
Wellesley Alumnae Take to the Start-Up Road
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.
Six Wellesley Women Win Fulbright Scholarships
Wellesley's Carolyn Bonner Campbell ‘13, Claire Ames Fogarty ‘12 (pictured), Rebecca Danielle McClain ‘13, Rebecca Ruhl ‘13, Christina Moriah Smith ‘13, and Madeline Rose Weeks ‘11 received Fulbrights.
Wellesley Leads Small College Contributors to Teach for America Corps
This school year, 20 members of Wellesley’s Class of 2013 are standing in front of the classroom for the first time as teachers with the Teach for America (TFA) corps.
Wellesley Alum Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship
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.
Dana Im '10 Earns Prestigious Soros Fellowship
This young alum's creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment was rewarded and will be supported by the Soros Foundation's grant for her medical and public policy education.
Wellesley's Newly Renovated Human-Computer Interaction Lab Opens
Wellesley College Trustee Amy Batchelor ’88 (left) and HCI Lab Director Orit Shaer celebrate the official opening of the Human Computer Interaction Lab, renovated thanks to the generosity of Batchelor and her husband, Brad Feld.
Young Alum Finds Role on Script Team for House of Cards
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.