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Emily Moss sits in conversation with a woman in an office.
Emily Moss sits in conversation with a woman in an office.

Emily Moss ’19 Wins Truman Scholarship, a Prestigious Award for Future Public Service Leaders

April 20, 2018

Emily Moss ’19, winner of a 2018 Truman Scholarship, plans to work in urban policy and affordable housing.


Voronezh airport in Russia
Voronezh airport in Russia

Wellesley Professor Weighs in on Russian Project to Rename Airports

December 18, 2018

The Kremlin is leading a national contest to rename 47 of Russia’s airports. Nina Tumarkin, professor of history and Slavic studies at Wellesley, spoke with The Atlantic about the project’s potential effects.


Polaroid photos of the 2018-2019 College Government at work.
Polaroid photos of the 2018-2019 College Government at work.

Get to know Wellesley’s 2018–2019 College Government Cabinet

December 17, 2018

Members of Wellesley’s 2018–2019 College Government cabinet share what inspired them to get involved, what they hope to achieve this year, how their roles are preparing them for careers after Wellesley, and more.


Student athletes and staff members play dodgeball.
Student athletes and staff members play dodgeball.

Athlete Mentors’ Dodgeball Tournament Gives Students a Welcome Study Break

December 14, 2018

Student athletes and coaches from Wellesley’s varsity sports teams and beyond gathered in the Keohane Sports Center to compete for the title of dodgeball champion.


The outside view of the back of a school bus.
The outside view of the back of a school bus.

In WBUR Article, Wellesley Professor Discusses ADHD Diagnoses in Kids Born Close to Enrollment Cutoffs

December 13, 2018

Beth Hennessey, Wellesley professor of psychology, says children born closer to school enrollment cutoff dates who are diagnosed with ADHD may in some cases simply be less mature than their classmates.


Two students study in the library.
Two students study in the library.

Wellesley Students’ Favorite Study Spots on Campus

December 12, 2018

December 12 marks the beginning of reading period, during which Wellesley students prepare for their upcoming exams.


Students work on laptops at Wellesley’s Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Students work on laptops at Wellesley’s Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Wellesley’s Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Engages Students in Information Literacy Efforts

December 7, 2018

Wellesley students participated in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon aimed at reducing information inequity and building digital literacy by updating and improving Wikipedia pages for newspapers from under-resourced communities.


holiday shoppers enjoyed hand made crafts at the annual community craft fair.
holiday shoppers enjoyed hand made crafts at the annual community craft fair.

Wellesley Craft Fair Showcases Community’s Creative Talents

December 11, 2018

Homemade chocolate, birch boxes, and jewelry were among the items for sale at Wellesley’s second community craft fair.


Eleanor Roosevelt and other leaders sit in conference after completing the Declaration of Human Rights.
Eleanor Roosevelt and other leaders sit in conference after completing the Declaration of Human Rights.

On Human Rights Day, Wellesley Professor Asks Us to Help Humanity Thrive

December 10, 2018

December 10 is Human Rights Day, an opportunity to reflect on the wisdom of restoring full humanity into our relationships to others. (Pictured: Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, who chaired the Human Rights Commission, speaking at a press conference after the completion of the Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.)


Students work on a project, collecting samples at Paramecium Pond
Students work on a project, collecting samples at Paramecium Pond

Interdisciplinary Research Team Explores Water System on Science Hill

November 29, 2018

Amid the ongoing construction of the Science Center, Wellesley faculty, students, and staff use Paramecium Pond and Silver Thread Brook in a new academic collaboration—Wellesley’s Water Challenge—that spans five science disciplines.

 


Rabbi Dena Bodian speaks to a student in Tischman Commons
Rabbi Dena Bodian speaks to a student in Tischman Commons

Wellesley Welcomes New Campus Rabbi and Jewish Chaplain

December 6, 2018

With her first semester at Wellesley coming to a close, Rabbi Dena Bodian looks forward to enhancing Jewish life on campus in partnership with students.


A bluegill sunfish
A bluegill sunfish

How Do Fish Swim? Wellesley Biology Professor Looks for Answers in Lake Waban

December 5, 2018

Lake Waban’s bluegill sunfish yield data for Wellesley biologist who studies fish movement.


The bank of Lake Waban present day and archival photos.
The bank of Lake Waban present day and archival photos.

Student’s Interactive Map Project Shows Wellesley’s Past and Present

December 4, 2018

A Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative summer intern’s project illuminates well-known landmarks on campus.


A close shot of a microphone. Text reads: Honoring 50 years of Ethos at Wellesley College, StoryCorps
A close shot of a microphone. Text reads: Honoring 50 years of Ethos at Wellesley College, StoryCorps

Wellesley Women of Color Pay Tribute to Ethos’ 50th Anniversary in StoryCorps Podcast

December 3, 2018

In the latest installment of Wellesley’s StoryCorps podcast series, generations of Ethos leaders discuss the impact of Ethos, Harambee House, and Wellesley on their lives, friendships, and careers.

 


Faculty and staff sit and talk around a conference room.
Faculty and staff sit and talk around a conference room.

Nigerian-Born Visual Artist Finds a New Audience at Wellesley

November 30, 2018

An interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff explores ways to incorporate an upcoming Davis Museum art exhibit by Nigerian-born visual artist Fatimah Tuggar into their teaching and research.

 


A shaded green, backdrop with text that reads "share your thoughts at wellesley.io/values."
A shaded green, backdrop with text that reads "share your thoughts at wellesley.io/values."

A Call to Action: Help Wellesley Identify the Values of the College

November 28, 2018

Wellesley’s Accreditation Steering Committee seeks community input to start the process of articulating our institutional values.


A student talks with friends in a dining hall.
A student talks with friends in a dining hall.

Wellesley’s Fly-In Programs Make Campus Visits Possible for More Prospective Students

November 27, 2018

VIDEO: Wellesley’s fly-in programs offer travel grants to high-achieving high school students who might not otherwise be able to visit campus before deciding to apply to or attend the College. Continue this legacy by supporting Wellesley’s fly-in program this #GivingTuesday.

 

 


Three humans and a robot sit outside an interview room.
Three humans and a robot sit outside an interview room.

Is AI Sexist? Wellesley Computer Science Professor Looks Into a Recent Amazon Recruiting Experiment

November 9, 2018

Wellesley professor Eni Mustafaraj analyzes AI biases in her recent Spoke blog post.


Wellesley Fudge Cake made in the shape of a heart.
Wellesley Fudge Cake made in the shape of a heart.

On National Cake Day, Bake Wellesley’s Traditional Fudge Cake!

November 26, 2018

The Wellesley Fudge Cake recipe is a College staple year-round, but is especially fitting on November 26, National Cake Day.


Alumnae, families and their students sit around a Thanksgiving table.
Alumnae, families and their students sit around a Thanksgiving table.

Wellesley Alumnae and Students Share Thanksgiving Tradition

November 21, 2018

Wellesley’s Thanksgiving Match Program continues a 10-year tradition, uniting alumnae and students around the holiday table.


 Alexandria Smith's “portrait of a Love Supreme," which depicts 2 silhouettes of human faces.
 Alexandria Smith's “portrait of a Love Supreme," which depicts 2 silhouettes of human faces.

WBUR Reviews New Exhibition by Wellesley Art Professor

November 13, 2018

In her solo exhibition at Boston University, Alexandria Smith, assistant professor of art at Wellesley, explores the idea that African-Americans live with two coexisting identities: one a persona that is plainly seen by the world and the other unconsciously hidden, below the surface.


Alumna Staphanie Hsieh sits with a student in Lulu Campus Center
Alumna Staphanie Hsieh sits with a student in Lulu Campus Center

Wellesley Alumna Speaks About Her Path to Entrepreneurial Leadership

November 20, 2018

Stephanie Hsieh ’89 shares how Wellesley prepared her to launch Meditope Biosciences, Inc., a startup that develops antibody-based cancer therapeutics.


A photo of Wang Bing
A photo of Wang Bing

Acclaimed Director Wang Bing to Screen and Discuss “Three Sisters” at Wellesley

November 15, 2018

Wellesley welcomes acclaimed Chinese director Wang Bing to campus during his first major U.S. retrospective.


A screen shot from an NBC Boston broadcast that depicts a Wellesley seminar class discussion.
A screen shot from an NBC Boston broadcast that depicts a Wellesley seminar class discussion.

NBC Boston Features Wellesley Class Discussion about Michelle Obama’s IVF Disclosure

November 19, 2018

Information from Michelle Obama’s new book “Becoming” was a launching point for discussion in a Wellesley class on contemporary reproduction.


A group of Wellesley alumnae pose for a photo on a rooftop.
A group of Wellesley alumnae pose for a photo on a rooftop.

Wellesley Welcomes a Jewish Shared Identity Group

November 16, 2018

The Alumnae Association’s newest Shared Identity Group, Wellesley Jewish Alumnae, will join four current groups designed to connect and engage members through common experience.


Four students sit outside green hall.
Four students sit outside green hall.

Four Wellesley Seniors Awarded Pamela Daniels ’59 Fellowships to Pursue Original Projects

November 14, 2018

The Pamela Daniels ’59 Fellowship challenges Wellesley seniors to complete a project on something they love. This year’s projects include studying the role of certain molecules in HIV and composing original music.


Enigma decoding machine in use, 1943.
Enigma decoding machine in use, 1943.

Clandestine Classes, Classified Homework, and Oaths of Secrecy: Wellesley’s WWII Code Breakers

November 12, 2018

In recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, the Daily Shot honors Wellesley’s unsung heroines of World War II, students recruited to help crack enemy codes.


A scene form the Huntington Theater Company's production of Sonia Flew.
A scene form the Huntington Theater Company's production of Sonia Flew.

Wellesley Theatre Faculty Member’s Play to Be Produced in Cuba

October 5, 2018

In having her works published and performed in Cuba, Melinda Lopez, lecturer in theatre studies at Wellesley,  comes full circle.


An empty frame at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
An empty frame at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Wellesley Alumna Produces Podcast About Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist

November 2, 2018

The Last Seen podcast probes the still-unsolved mystery of the 1990 theft of 13 artworks from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

 


students talking outside of Rebecca Garcia's office, located on the second floor of Schneider.
students talking outside of Rebecca Garcia's office, located on the second floor of Schneider.

On National First-Generation Day, Wellesley Celebrates First-Generation Members of the Community

November 8, 2018

On First-Generation Day, Wellesley honors its first-generation community with a series of events and two campus-wide campaigns, and Rebecca Garcia introduces Wellesley First, a campus initiative that celebrates and supports the College’s first-gen students.


landscape shot of wellesley
landscape shot of wellesley

7 PERA-Tested Tips to Help You Handle Stress

November 7, 2018

It’s National Stress Awareness Day, and Wellesley’s Connie Bauman and her students have some tips for how to relax and minimize anxiety the day after the midterm elections—and the rest of year, too.


A tight shot of a hand holding an "I voted" sticker
A tight shot of a hand holding an "I voted" sticker

Wellesley Student Groups Encourage Participation in 2018 Midterm Elections

November 6, 2018

From staffing phone banks to canvassing for candidates to registering voters, Wellesley students have been busy engaging community members in the midterm elections.


A professor stands at the front of a classroom, teaching.
A professor stands at the front of a classroom, teaching.

Boston Globe Features Wellesley Professors’ Research on Gender Differences in Response to Negative Feedback

November 5, 2018

Recent research by Wellesley College economics professors finds that women tend to personalize negative feedback while men are more likely to shrug it off.


Students, faculty and staff attend a listening session on a demonstration policy located in the Academic Council Room.
Students, faculty and staff attend a listening session on a demonstration policy located in the Academic Council Room.

At Listening Session, Wellesley Community Gives Input on College’s Demonstration Policy

November 1, 2018

Senior administrators at Wellesley held a listening session October 31 to hear input from the community regarding the College’s demonstration policy, currently under development. All community members are invited to share their views via an online form linked in this article.


Dr. Martin Luther King makes a speech at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights at Soldier Field
Dr. Martin Luther King makes a speech at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights at Soldier Field

The College and World of Wellesley Honor Martin Luther King Jr. at Annual Breakfast

January 16, 2018

In her keynote talk for Wellesley’s 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Professor Layli Maparyan examined the civil rights movement through the lens of #MeToo gender politics.


Protesters stand outside the Capitol building holding signs that read DREAM.
Protesters stand outside the Capitol building holding signs that read DREAM.

Wellesley Faculty Cited in Articles on Immigration Policy

February 7, 2018

As Congress continues to grapple with immigration policy in an attempt to avoid another federal shutdown, two Wellesley faculty members who have researched the topic are mentioned in the news.


Hundreds of people stand in line at a transportation hub waiting to cross a boarder.
Hundreds of people stand in line at a transportation hub waiting to cross a boarder.

Wellesley Sociologist Advocates for Transnational Social Protections

February 21, 2018

UA Magazine has published an opinion piece by Wellesley professor Peggy Levitt in which she advocates for labor rights and social protections that cross borders. 


A figure of a man stands next to a stack of coins and a figure of a woman stands next a smaller stack of coins.
A figure of a man stands next to a stack of coins and a figure of a woman stands next a smaller stack of coins.

Wellesley Professor Joins WGBH Radio’s Callie Crossley ’73 to Discuss the Gender Wage Gap

April 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.


The Supreme Court is seen at dawn.
The Supreme Court is seen at dawn.

Wellesley Professor Weighs In on SCOTUS Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh

July 10, 2018

Thomas Burke, Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science at Wellesley, weighs in on the recent Supreme Court nomination by President Trump.


The front page of the Boston Globe. It reads "Journalists are not the enemy."
The front page of the Boston Globe. It reads "Journalists are not the enemy."

Wellesley Professor Discusses Boston Globe’s #FreePress Effort to Combat Anti-Media Rhetoric

August 16, 2018

On August 16, more than 350 media outlets published editorials on the dangers of attacking the media. Jennifer Chudy, assistant professor of political science at Wellesley, weighs in on #FreePress.


Professor Kristin Butcher teaches an economic class.
Professor Kristin Butcher teaches an economic class.

Wellesley and Northwestern Researchers Publish Report on Effects of Work Requirements on SNAP and Medicaid Recipients

September 6, 2018

A proposal that would require food stamp recipients to increase their working hours would unravel the federal safety net that families depend on, according to Wellesley economics professor Kristin F. Butcher.


Olga Shurchkov ’01 stands before her class at Wellesley College
Olga Shurchkov ’01 stands before her class at Wellesley College

Wellesley Professor Discusses the Glass Cliff Phenomenon on “Freakonomics” Podcast

February 22, 2018

Olga Shurchkov ’01, associate professor of economics at Wellesley, offered listeners a potential solution to a problem facing female heads of companies. 


Professor Takis Metakas delivers a lecture at the front of a classroom.
Professor Takis Metakas delivers a lecture at the front of a classroom.

Study Examines How College Students Get Their News in the Digital Age

October 17, 2018

Students believe news is valuable to society and democracy, but they find the volume overwhelming, confusing, and difficult to navigate, according to a new study co-authored by Wellesley professor P. Takis Metaxas.


Dean Sendoya chats with students.
Dean Sendoya chats with students.

Wellesley’s New Associate Dean Will Promote Intercultural Engagement, Inclusion, and Equity

October 31, 2018

Ines Maturana Sendoya (left) joins Wellesley as associate dean for inclusion and engagement.


Wellesley's power plant.
Wellesley's power plant.

Wellesley Announces New Multiconstituency Working Group to Create Energy Plan, Pursue Carbon Neutrality

October 29, 2018

Wellesley announces a $24 million energy initiative that will reduce the College’s greenhouse gas emissions, a significant step towards Wellesley’s ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.


The Tanner Conference word mark: A white T on a backdrop of green rectangles.
The Tanner Conference word mark: A white T on a backdrop of green rectangles.

Tanner Conference Highlights Students’ Experiences Outside the Classroom

October 30, 2018

On October 30, Wellesley students present work that has deepened their liberal arts education via off-campus experiential learning.


Mystic Mountain region in the Carina Nebula, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mystic Mountain region in the Carina Nebula, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Wellesley Student Shines at Astrochemistry Conference in Vietnam

October 11, 2018

At an international conference in Vietnam in July, Lan Dau ’21 earned an award for her presentation on interstellar chemical reactions that may have led to precursors to life on Earth.


A architectural rendering of Global Flora, consisting of a greenhouse and green space
A architectural rendering of Global Flora, consisting of a greenhouse and green space

Wellesley’s New Global Flora Greenhouse Wins International Sustainable Design Award

May 24, 2018

Global Flora, Wellesley's new greenhouse environment for teaching and learning wins the prestigious LafargeHolcim award, which recognizes outstanding innovation in sustainable design.


Four benches made of wood and by students overlooking Severance Green
Four benches made of wood and by students overlooking Severance Green

Wellesley Students Build Benches Made from Recycled Campus Trees

May 18, 2018

Students put principles of sustainability to work by building four benches from fallen trees on campus for a class project.


A rendering of the new science center.
A rendering of the new science center.

Investing in the Next Generation of Women Scientists: Wellesley’s New Science Center

June 26, 2018

VIDEO: The lead design architect for Wellesley’s new Science Center—conceived as a flexible, sustainable hub of integrated instruction and research—recently discussed plans for the building complex.


A group of Wellesley students wearing purple gear welcome the Wellesley Class of 2022.
A group of Wellesley students wearing purple gear welcome the Wellesley Class of 2022.

Wellesley Welcomes the Class of 2022

March 22, 2018

Video: Wellesley welcomes new first-years from the largest applicant pool in the College’s history.


A student picks crabapples from  a tree against a blue sky.
A student picks crabapples from  a tree against a blue sky.

Wellesley Students Pick Campus Crabapples for Consumption as Part of Paulson Initiative

October 26, 2018

Wellesley College Botanistas and student volunteers picked crabapples from Wellesley’s trees to be cooked into baked goods and served in the dining halls.


Dozens of emoji faces depicting fear, disgust, happiness, sadness, frustration.
Dozens of emoji faces depicting fear, disgust, happiness, sadness, frustration.

Wellesley Psychology Professor Researches Irritability in Children

October 25, 2018

Christen Deveney, assistant professor of psychology at Wellesley, seeks clues to the factors that contribute to childhood irritability, a common but often misunderstood possible symptom of mental health issues.


Students celebrate the 30th anniversary of Al-Muslimat by taking a photo after an event.
Students celebrate the 30th anniversary of Al-Muslimat by taking a photo after an event.

Al-Muslimat Celebrated 30 Years at Very Wellesley Weekend

October 24, 2018

Al-Muslimat celebrated its 30th anniversary on October 14 at the third annual Very Wellesley Weekend.


A construction team lifts the final beam into place at the Global Flora greenhouse on Science Hill.
A construction team lifts the final beam into place at the Global Flora greenhouse on Science Hill.

Wellesley Celebrates Global Flora’s Milestone with “Topping Out” Ceremony

September 7, 2018

As part of the “Topping Out” ceremony held at Wellesley on September 5, builders installed the last structural beam in what will be Wellesley’s new greenhouse on Science Hill.


A person off camera scrolls into the Tanner Conference application
A person off camera scrolls into the Tanner Conference application

How to Get the Most Out of the 2018 Tanner Conference

October 23, 2018

Get ready! Tanner is just a week away. Check out everything you need to know to get the most out of attending this year’s conference (which features some big changes!), as told through GIFs.

 


Two watercolored boxes with faces on them. Above one text reads, "commingled plastics" and the other "mixed paper and cardboard"
Two watercolored boxes with faces on them. Above one text reads, "commingled plastics" and the other "mixed paper and cardboard"

How to Change the World Without Leaving Your Residence Hall

August 30, 2018

With its new recycling bag initiative, the Office of Sustainability is making it even easier to change the world, one plastic bottle at a time.


The Wellesley volleyball teams stands on the court before a game.
The Wellesley volleyball teams stands on the court before a game.

PERA Invites Blue Nation to Cheer for the Volleyball Team at Annual “Earn the W” Day

October 22, 2018

Celebrate “Earn the W Day” with the Blue volleyball team on October 23. Don’t forget to show up early to get your free tumblers, winter hats, and T-shirts!


The Davis Museum under construction in the early 90s.
The Davis Museum under construction in the early 90s.

Davis Museum Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

October 19, 2018

On October 21, 1993, the Davis Museum opened its signature Rafael Moneo building for the Wellesley community and beyond. Twenty-five years later, we celebrate that legacy and the Davis today.


Actors From The London Stage rehearse with Wellesley students in a practice space.
Actors From The London Stage rehearse with Wellesley students in a practice space.

Shakespeare Troupe Returns to Wellesley to Perform “Hamlet”

October 18, 2018

Actors From The London Stage will perform Hamlet during the ensemble’s 13th appearance at Wellesley.


A student hugs her mother in the campus center
A student hugs her mother in the campus center

Wellesley Community Celebrates Third Annual Very Wellesley Weekend

October 16, 2018

Students, families, alumnae, and friends came to campus this weekend for the College’s third annual A Very Wellesley Weekend. Festivities included the class of 2021 tree planting ceremony, Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame induction celebration, and the Alumnae Achievement Awards.


A US ship docked near Hong Kong.
A US ship docked near Hong Kong.

Wellesley Political Science Professor Explores China’s Future Ambitions as a World Power

October 15, 2018

Stacie E. Goddard, Wellesley professor of political science, sees opportunities for China to challenge the international order even as it remains a member of global institutions like the U.N. Security Council.


Camara Jones and Negris Mavalvala stand posed, looking into the camera
Camara Jones and Negris Mavalvala stand posed, looking into the camera

Wellesley Honors 2018 Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients

October 12, 2018

Wellesley honors Camara Jones ’76 and Nergis Mavalvala ’90, recipients of the 2018 Alumnae Achievement Awards.


Former Wellesley President speaks to an audience about the Wellesley Centers for Women
Former Wellesley President speaks to an audience about the Wellesley Centers for Women

Wellesley Centers for Women in Retrospect: How it All Began

October 4, 2018

Wellesley welcomed former Wellesley President Barbara Newell (left) and journalist Linda Cozby Wertheimer ’65 (center) to campus to talk about the founding of the Wellesley Centers for Women at a lunchtime seminar.


Tight shots of a bird, bison and otter with the letters A, B and C, respectively.
Tight shots of a bird, bison and otter with the letters A, B and C, respectively.

As Wellesley Prepares for Its New Science Center, We Revisit Keepsakes Found in One of the Quirkiest Buildings on Campus

May 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.


Al Gore and Sue Wagner sit on stage in front of a packed audience.
Al Gore and Sue Wagner sit on stage in front of a packed audience.

Former Vice President Al Gore Addressed Packed House at 2018 Wilson Lecture

April 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. 


Two hands hold soil and a single sprouting plant.
Two hands hold soil and a single sprouting plant.

Wellesley Kicks off “Earth Month” with Campus-wide Forum on Sustainability, and Insights on Environmental Practices from Faculty Author

April 2, 2018

Sustainability continues to be a top priority at Wellesley—from discussing sustainability issues at a community forum on April 3, to diving into Professor Elizabeth DeSombre’s recently published book, “Why Good People Do Bad Environmental Things.”


LED light lamp post
LED light lamp post

From the Classroom to the Campus, Wellesley Increases Sustainability Efforts

February 23, 2018

Midway through Sustainability Year, 80 percent of the College’s walkway lamps now use sustainable LED bulbs, and classes reflect the importance of sustainability.


A student places a wooden birdhouse on a campus tree.
A student places a wooden birdhouse on a campus tree.

Wellesley Students Build Birdhouses from Recycled Pallets

July 5, 2018

Students build and install 14 bird boxes across campus made from recycled wood.


Wellesley students sort clothing in a Baltimore warehouse on an Alternative Break.
Wellesley students sort clothing in a Baltimore warehouse on an Alternative Break.

Alternative Break Brings Student Volunteers to Asheville, N.C., and Baltimore

January 29, 2018

Wellesley student volunteers participating in the Alternative Break program spent a week learning about educational equity in Baltimore and promoting environmental sustainability in Asheville, N.C.


Food from Wellesley dining halls are loaded onto a truck.
Food from Wellesley dining halls are loaded onto a truck.

EPA Award Recognizes Wellesley’s Work with Food Rescue Program

October 1, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Wellesley for donating 600 pounds of surplus food from its cafeterias to people in need.


Lake Waban in spring.
Lake Waban in spring.

Survey Measures Wellesley Community’s Attitudes about Sustainability

February 8, 2018

Wellesley’s Sustainability Committee and Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative have surveyed community members and hope to use their answers to help shape long-term sustainability policies at the College.


Author Min Jin Lee speaks to a classroom filled with students.
Author Min Jin Lee speaks to a classroom filled with students.

The Newhouse Center for the Humanities Brings National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee to Wellesley

October 2, 2018

For its first event of the fall semester, The Newhouse Center for the Humanities, with the support of the English Department and East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, invited author Min Jin Lee to campus to discuss her book "Pachinko."


 A combination of antiretroviral drugs keep patients with HIV live longer than ever before.
 A combination of antiretroviral drugs keep patients with HIV live longer than ever before.

Student and Two Alumnae Awarded 2018 Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public Writing

May 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.


Five Wellesley students sit on bleachers discussing strategy at BOW Datafest
Five Wellesley students sit on bleachers discussing strategy at BOW Datafest

Wellesley Students Take Top Prizes at BOW’s DataFest

May 8, 2018

On April 6, teams from Wellesley, Babson, and Olin competed in the American Statistical Association’s DataFest, in which students extracted new insights from complex data sets.


students attending Freedom Project winter session
students attending Freedom Project winter session

Freedom Project Begins Its Sixth Annual Wintersession

January 23, 2018

This year’s 23 Adam Smith fellows, Wellesley students participating in the Freedom Project Wintersession, will engage in discussion and debate about freedom of speech. 


 A loaded China shipping cargo ship at the Port of Oakland.
 A loaded China shipping cargo ship at the Port of Oakland.

Wellesley Economics Professor Explains Possible Effects of Looming International Trade War

September 28, 2018

David Lindauer, Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics, weighs the merits of imposing tariffs to address international trade.


Students study in a space in Harambee House.
Students study in a space in Harambee House.

Wellesley Celebrates Black History Month with a Variety of Events

February 5, 2018

Harambee House, a cultural and educational center for students of African descent, will offer events, lectures, film screenings, and discussions for the entire campus community during Black History Month. 


Two members of the Ethos Choir sit in the Houghton Chapel in 1973.
Two members of the Ethos Choir sit in the Houghton Chapel in 1973.

Ethos Celebrates 50th Anniversary

April 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.”


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak speaks in an interview.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak speaks in an interview.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak presents “A Few Thoughts on Teaching Reading”

March 6, 2018

As part of the Suzy Newhouse Center’s Distinguished Thinkers Program, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak presents “A Few Thoughts on Teaching Reading.”


Nicole Tay ’14 watches as Tina Xu ’17 works with a videographer on the set of their short film, Tomato & Eggs.
Nicole Tay ’14 watches as Tina Xu ’17 works with a videographer on the set of their short film, Tomato & Eggs.

Two Wellesley Alumnae Direct a Queer Asian American Short Film

March 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.  


A woman sits at a desk, writing.
A woman sits at a desk, writing.

Two Wellesley Professors Named 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows

March 26, 2018

Wellesley professors Katherine Grandjean and Helena de Bres will spend a year at the University of Connecticut and Stanford University, respectively, as they pursue research projects on the violent legacy of the American Revolution and self-life narration's connection to a meaningful life.  


Students board a bus outside Lulu
Students board a bus outside Lulu

Students Help Wellesley Improve Its Shuttle Service

October 10, 2018

Students helped Wellesley identify and address early problems with the new provider of bus services connecting the campus to Cambridge and Boston.


A Wellesley Police Officer plays a piano.
A Wellesley Police Officer plays a piano.

Wellesley College Police Department Hosts Community Event on National Coffee with a Cop Day

October 9, 2018

Officer Frank Urbani plays a tune for the students, faculty, and staff who attended Wellesley’s Coffee with a Cop Day event on October 3.


Wellesley College archivists talk with students in the archives. They look at a book.
Wellesley College archivists talk with students in the archives. They look at a book.

To Celebrate #AskAnArchivist Day, Wellesley Archivists Answer Your Questions

October 3, 2018

Wellesley College archivists Rebecca Goldman (right) and Sara Ludovissy (left center) will answer questions about their job from the Wellesley community in celebration of #AskAnArchivist Day.


An alumna swims in the English Channel.
An alumna swims in the English Channel.

This National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, Wellesley Celebrates Alumnae Open-Water Swimmers

September 27, 2018

Melanie Kaplan ’12 swam across the English Channel in August, one of several Wellesley alumnae who have taken on the challenge.


A graphic that reads: Share your voice, Task Force for Speech and Inclusion, Town Hall Meetings, Wed. Sept. 26, 12:30-2pm
A graphic that reads: Share your voice, Task Force for Speech and Inclusion, Town Hall Meetings, Wed. Sept. 26, 12:30-2pm

Wellesley Task Force on Speech and Inclusion to Hold Two Town Halls This Fall

September 25, 2018

The Task Force on Speech and Inclusion will host the first of two town halls on September 26 as it works to develop recommendations that will help the community engage in open and productive debate, especially about challenging issues.

 


A Wellesley lamp post surrounded by fall leaves.
A Wellesley lamp post surrounded by fall leaves.

Signs of Fall Find Their Way to Wellesley

September 24, 2018

Spotted! Fall foliage begins to appear at Wellesley just in time for the autumnal equinox.


The cast and crew of Crazy Rich Asians take a photo with a fan.
The cast and crew of Crazy Rich Asians take a photo with a fan.

Appearing on WGBH, Wellesley Professor Discusses Impact of Movie “Crazy Rich Asians”

September 21, 2018

Wellesley’s Elena Creef talks with radio host Callie Crossley ’73 about whether the success of “Crazy Rich Asians” could lead to Asian films becoming a trend in Hollywood.


A Wellesley Professor paints a wall-sized mural.
A Wellesley Professor paints a wall-sized mural.

David Teng Olsen Completes One Mural on Campus and Starts Another

July 31, 2018

With his mural “Inclusive Excellence” completed in Green Hall, David Teng Olsen, associate professor of art, paints a new mural project in the creative writing suite.


Tracy Heather Strain directs the actress playing Lorraine Hansberry in a reenactment scene.
Tracy Heather Strain directs the actress playing Lorraine Hansberry in a reenactment scene.

Wellesley Alumna’s Documentary Nominated for Emmy Award

September 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.


Students take notes on new exhibits at the Davis Art Museum for the fall 2018 season.
Students take notes on new exhibits at the Davis Art Museum for the fall 2018 season.

The Davis Museum’s Fall 2018 Season Opens September 20 with “Christiane Baumgartner: Another Country”

September 20, 2018

The German artist Christiane Baumgartner (left) gives a talk at the Davis Museum on September 20 to kick off her first major exhibition in the United States.


Wellesley students in Astronomy 202 perform finishing touches on their semester-long research project before its launch.
Wellesley students in Astronomy 202 perform finishing touches on their semester-long research project before its launch.

Wellesley Students Explored the Edge of Space with a High-Altitude Balloon

September 13, 2018

Last spring, Wellesley students designed, built, tested, and launched a scientific high-altitude balloon and celebrated a mission accomplished (after a frantic chase).


President Johnson speaks on a panel with Anita Hill and an MIT professor.
President Johnson speaks on a panel with Anita Hill and an MIT professor.

Anita Hill Joins Wellesley and MIT to Discuss Recent Report on Sexual Harassment in STEM

September 19, 2018

Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson and MIT professor Sheila Widnall discussed a recent report on sexual harassment of women in STEM fields with lawyer, activist, and academic Anita Hill at an MIT event September 18.


The front page of the Boston Globe, which reads "Boston Luxury, Minus Bostonians."
The front page of the Boston Globe, which reads "Boston Luxury, Minus Bostonians."

Wellesley Senior’s Research Looks at Effects of Trends in Boston’s Luxury Condo Market

September 18, 2018

Emma de Goede ’19 co-authored a study on current trends in Boston’s luxury condominium market that suggests disparities in housing opportunities, income, and wealth in the city.


Three students laugh together on Flower Sunday.
Three students laugh together on Flower Sunday.

Wellesley Community Celebrates Flower Sunday

September 17, 2018

Dating back to 1875, Flower Sunday is Wellesley’s oldest tradition.


Students in classroom
Students in classroom

Wellesley’s Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing Endowed with $7.5 Million

September 10, 2018

The endowment of Wellesley’s Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing is funded by a recent $3.75 million gift from the Stanford Calderwood Charitable Foundation, which Wellesley’s trustees matched.


Helen Wang talks with a group of students outside Bates Hall.
Helen Wang talks with a group of students outside Bates Hall.

Meet Helen Wang, Wellesley’s New Director of Residence Life and Housing

September 12, 2018

Helen Wang (right), Wellesley’s new director of residence life and housing, lives in Freeman Hall (along with her husband, son, and English bulldog). Here, she shares with us her deserted island must-haves, her excitement about her new role at Wellesley, and more!

 

 


Angel City Chorale performs on America's Got Talent
Angel City Chorale performs on America's Got Talent

Three Wellesley Alumnae Compete in “America’s Got Talent” Season 13 Semifinals

September 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.”

 


Two seniors commemorate their final Convocation as Wellesley undergraduates.
Two seniors commemorate their final Convocation as Wellesley undergraduates.

Wellesley’s 144th Academic Year Begins with Convocation

September 5, 2018

Students, faculty, and staff celebrate the start of Wellesley’s 144th academic year at Convocation.

 

 


Three students sit at the Academic Quad in Adirondack Chairs, talking.
Three students sit at the Academic Quad in Adirondack Chairs, talking.

Wellesley Student Leaders Take an End of Summer Break to Enjoy Nature

September 4, 2018

Three Student Leaders enjoy Wellesley’s beautiful campus while relaxing on new Adirondack chairs in the Academic Quad.


A view of the newly rennovated living room in Pomeroy Hall.
A view of the newly rennovated living room in Pomeroy Hall.

An Inside Look at Summer Renovations on Campus

August 31, 2018

Michelle Maheu, director of planning, design, and construction at Wellesley, talks about upgrades to residence halls like Pomeroy (pictured) and other projects the Facilities Management team worked on this summer.


Two student leaders sit at a table checking in first year students while families and students move in around them.
Two student leaders sit at a table checking in first year students while families and students move in around them.

Wellesley Welcomes First-Year Students and Their Families on Move-In Day

August 29, 2018

First-year students spent a steamy August 28 moving into their new homes.


Four students sit and talk by Lake Waban.
Four students sit and talk by Lake Waban.

Wellesley Host Families Welcome New International Students

August 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.

 


A group of student leaders stand outside at an ice cream social, talking.
A group of student leaders stand outside at an ice cream social, talking.

As Orientation Begins, Wellesley’s Trained 2018 Student Leaders Get to Work

August 27, 2018

Wellesley’s 2018 Student Leaders prepared for the new incoming class through a week-long program of training and team-building exercises.


Liz Miranda '02 talks to constituents at a campaign event. (2018)
Liz Miranda '02 talks to constituents at a campaign event. (2018)

Wellesley Alumnae Across Generations Have Worked for Equal Representation for Women

August 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


A "spoonholder" on Lake Waban (August 2018)
A "spoonholder" on Lake Waban (August 2018)

Five Favorite Outdoor Study Spots at Wellesley

August 23, 2018

With its 500-acre campus, there is no shortage of beautiful outdoor study spots to explore at Wellesley. To help welcome #Wellesley2022, we are sharing a few of our favorites.


A pseudo-colored image of Prochlorococcus seen under the microscope.
A pseudo-colored image of Prochlorococcus seen under the microscope.

Wellesley Biologist Studies Oceans’ Smallest, Most Abundant Photosynthetic Organism

August 22, 2018

Wellesley biologist is involved in research that reveals the significant role of a tiny microbe that emits oxygen into the atmosphere; the story was recently featured on National Public Radio’s “Science Friday” website.


Karina Lin speaks in front of a classroom of middle school students.
Karina Lin speaks in front of a classroom of middle school students.

Karina Lin ’19 Encourages Wayfair to Bring Diversity to the Tech Industry

August 21, 2018

In partnership with three Boston summer camps, online retailer Wayfair holds its first ever Community Coding Day, inspired by intern Karina Lin ’19, for 120 middle school students.


Wellesley Fly in GIF
Wellesley Fly in GIF

Alumnae Club Summer Send-Off Parties Welcome Incoming First-Year Students

August 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.   


A student sits on a wall overlooking a city below.
A student sits on a wall overlooking a city below.

Zulia Martinez ’20 Writes from Puerto Rico

August 20, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. The final postcard in our series is from Zulia Martinez ’20, who discusses her summer research project at Fortín Conde de Mirasol in Vieques, Puerto Rico.


Leslie Andrews ’82, director of the Nehoiden Golf Club, leads a golf lesson with undergraduate students in a summer program.
Leslie Andrews ’82, director of the Nehoiden Golf Club, leads a golf lesson with undergraduate students in a summer program.

Wellesley’s Contemporary Women’s Leadership Program Inspires Young Women

August 15, 2018

With activities that range from thought-provoking discussions about gender inequality to golf lessons with the director of the Nehoiden Golf Club, Wellesley’s Contemporary Women’s Leadership Summer Program strengthens the leadership skills of college students from across the world.


Aerial view of Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, located on Santiago island.
Aerial view of Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, located on Santiago island.

Wellesley Student Reflects on Her Time in Cape Verde’s Bela Vista

August 9, 2018

Thanks to a partnership between the Wellesley Centers for Women and the Center for Research and Training in Gender and Family at the University of Cabo Verde, Natália Marques ’19 spent her summer working to empower and bring more women into the formal labor force in Praia, Cape Verde.


A student stands in a Wellesley shirt in front of a mountain range in Spain. Text reads, "Greetings from Santander, Spain"
A student stands in a Wellesley shirt in front of a mountain range in Spain. Text reads, "Greetings from Santander, Spain"

Dear Wellesley: Julia Simon ’19 Writes From Santander, Spain

August 13, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. Sixth in our series is Julia Simon ’19, who shares her internship experiences at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santander, Spain.


A student explains her summer research, which focuses on teaching bioethics to elementary school students.
A student explains her summer research, which focuses on teaching bioethics to elementary school students.

Celebrating a Summer of Science Research at Wellesley

August 8, 2018

Teaching bioethics to elementary school students (pictured), blooming phytoplankton off the coast of Iceland, gut microbiomes in babies, and how songbirds learn to sing were all part of Wellesley’s annual poster fair celebrating a summer spent doing science research.


Dawn on Wellesley College's campus with Galen Stone Tower and Lake Waban in the background.
Dawn on Wellesley College's campus with Galen Stone Tower and Lake Waban in the background.

Wellesley’s Lake Waban and Galen Stone Tower at Dawn

August 10, 2018

In the early morning, the sun creates a stunning palette of color as it rises over Galen Stone Tower and Lake Waban. #WellesleyPlaces


A module reception station for a particle physics detector with its protective case removed.
A module reception station for a particle physics detector with its protective case removed.

Catherine Nicoloff DS ’19 Awarded the 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship for Physics Research

August 7, 2018

Catherine Nicoloff DS ’19, recipient of a 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship for Physics Research, plans to study and research experimental particle physics this year at Wellesley. This summer she focused on creating a module reception station (pictured) to test silicon detector modules for use in the ATLAS experiment at CERN.


Star gazers watch the night sky during a meteor shower.
Star gazers watch the night sky during a meteor shower.

Summer Night Sky Features a Total Lunar Eclipse, Meteor Shower and a Close-up Look at Mars

July 26, 2018

Though the July 27 lunar eclipse will not be visible in North America, other celestial occurrences like meteor showers and a closer look at Mars, will.  Kristina Punzi from Wellesley’s Whitin Observatory explains.


Student researchers use wind-wave tank to simulate the ocean in order to better understand air-to-ocean gas exchange processes.
Student researchers use wind-wave tank to simulate the ocean in order to better understand air-to-ocean gas exchange processes.

Wellesley Student Research Team Investigates How Gases Pass From the Air Into the Ocean

August 2, 2018

Student researchers are using the country’s largest wind-wave tank to simulate the ocean and better understand air-to-ocean gas exchange processes during high-speed winds.


Three women walk a labyrinth inside Houghton Chapel.
Three women walk a labyrinth inside Houghton Chapel.

The Labyrinth Project Continues to Support Campus Wellness

August 3, 2018

The indoor canvas labyrinth provides students an opportunity to get lost in meditation and self-reflection.


On a postcard, a student sits on a swing that overlooks Los Angeles.
On a postcard, a student sits on a swing that overlooks Los Angeles.

Dear Wellesley: Alicia Olivo ’19 Writes From Los Angeles

August 6, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. Fifth in our series is Alicia Olivo ’19, who shares her internship experiences with CASA 0101 Theatre in Los Angeles.


Student Interns use augmented reality technology at the Davis Art Museum.
Student Interns use augmented reality technology at the Davis Art Museum.

Collaboration Between the Davis Museum and the HCI Lab Reveals Tools that Can Change the Way We View Art

June 25, 2018

At the Davis Museum, students explore the intersection between art and technology in a joint workshop.


A student stands in front of her artwork in Jewett Art Gallery.
A student stands in front of her artwork in Jewett Art Gallery.

Wellesley’s Comprehensive Campaign Gives Students like Anjali Benjamin-Webb ’18 the Resources to Support Their Unique Talents

August 1, 2018

For Anjali Benjamin-Webb ’18, Wellesley’s Campaign has made it possible for her to pull artistic inspiration from multiple mediums in collaborative spaces like Pendleton West, helping her define her voice as a storyteller. Listen to how the campaign to advance the Wellesley Effect has influenced her experience.


On a postcard, two students stand in front of a waterfall in Buenos Aires. It reads, "Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina!"
On a postcard, two students stand in front of a waterfall in Buenos Aires. It reads, "Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina!"

Dear Wellesley: Clare Doyle ’20 and Lucí Navas-Sharry ’19 Write From Buenos Aires

July 30, 2018

This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences across the world. Fourth in our series are two students, Clare Doyle ’20 and Lucí Navas-Sharry ’19, who share their internship experiences with Fundación Poder Ciudadano.


StoryCorps
StoryCorps

Wellesley Celebrates 2018 with Nine New StoryCorps Podcasts

January 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.


snow removal truck
snow removal truck

A Wellesley Winter ‘Thank You’ Poem

January 18, 2018

A few inches (or feet!) of snow are no match for our dedicated grounds crew. Thank you, snow removal team, for all you do for this community.


Excitement exudes from a young Dr. Miranda Bailey as she tells her parents she got into Wellesley. Text: "Blue Pride, Baby!"
Excitement exudes from a young Dr. Miranda Bailey as she tells her parents she got into Wellesley. Text: "Blue Pride, Baby!"

In an Episode about Women’s Heart Health, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Character Reveals Wellesley Background

February 6, 2018

Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC’s hit show Grey’s Anatomy recounts receiving her acceptance letter from Wellesley in an episode highlighting women’s heart disease.


An illustration of people sitting in three boats on a dark ocean.
An illustration of people sitting in three boats on a dark ocean.

Immigrant Journeys: How Six Alumnae Came to the United States to Build New Lives

March 5, 2018

Six alumnae featured in the winter issue of Wellesley magazine share their stories of coming to the United States as immigrants.


Kitty Gladstone sits with Wellesley student Margaret Calmer ’18 in her home.
Kitty Gladstone sits with Wellesley student Margaret Calmer ’18 in her home.

How Peace and Justice Studies Came to Wellesley

March 16, 2018

Kitty Gladstone ’50 recalls the inspiration for the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley.


Alumnae Valley under a blanket of snow in 2016.
Alumnae Valley under a blanket of snow in 2016.

On the First Official Day of Spring, Winter’s Grip Hangs on

March 20, 2018

With more snow in the forecast for Wellesley, Lisa Scanlon Mogolov ’99 remembers the April Fool’s Day storm of 1997.


Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 competes in three-meter diving last winter at the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.
Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 competes in three-meter diving last winter at the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.

Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 Dives into NCAA Division III Championships for Fourth Time

March 23, 2018

Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 is the first swimmer or diver in Wellesley history to compete in the NCAA Division III Championships all four years of her career.


Tatiana Moise ’21 marches with four of her classmates in Boston. They hold signs reading, "Enough" and "The Time is now."
Tatiana Moise ’21 marches with four of her classmates in Boston. They hold signs reading, "Enough" and "The Time is now."

Wellesley Alumnae and Students Add Their Voices to the March for Our Lives Movement

March 27, 2018

Wellesley community members participated in March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., Boston, and across the country.


Wellesley Blue field hockey player teaches two people how to play field hockey in Greece.
Wellesley Blue field hockey player teaches two people how to play field hockey in Greece.

NCAA Division III Week Celebrates Student-Athletes in the Wellesley Community and Beyond

April 5, 2018

Video: Wellesley and Division III institutions highlight student-athlete opportunities, such as the field hockey team’s trip to the Netherlands and Greece in partnership with the Special Olympics, that have a positive impact on communities and define the Division III experience.


A Wellesley student runs with four teammates. They are dressed in Wellesley gear and cheer for her.
A Wellesley student runs with four teammates. They are dressed in Wellesley gear and cheer for her.

Wellesley Field Hockey Player to Run Fourth Boston Marathon

April 11, 2018

Video: Arielle Mitropoulos ’19 continues the tradition of Wellesley women who have run the Boston Marathon. This year she’ll run her fourth in four years.


A group of perspective students and their families take a tour of Wellesley during Open Campus.
A group of perspective students and their families take a tour of Wellesley during Open Campus.

Wellesley Welcomes Class of 2022 at Open Campus

April 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.


U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Named Wellesley’s 2018 Commencement Speaker

April 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.


Emily Hamilton is carried by classmates after winning the 2018 Hooprolling competition.
Emily Hamilton is carried by classmates after winning the 2018 Hooprolling competition.

Emily Hamilton ’18 Wins Wellesley’s 123rd Annual Hooprolling Contest

April 17, 2018

Dating back to 1895, Hooprolling is one of Wellesley’s longest-running traditions. Wellesley congratulates Emily Hamilton ’18 (center), this year’s winner.


Two students and two professors play musical instruments on a stage.
Two students and two professors play musical instruments on a stage.

Symposium Celebrates Four Years of Wellesley’s Innovative Blended Learning Initiative

April 23, 2018

Attendees at the Wellesley Blended Learning Initiative’s 2018 symposium learned about the creative use of technology in courses ranging from Renaissance music to anatomy.


Clare Egan sits with two students talk to a crowd of people.
Clare Egan sits with two students talk to a crowd of people.

First Wellesley Alumna to Compete in Olympics for the United States Returns to Campus

April 24, 2018

Olympic biathlete Clare Egan ’10 (right) shares her experience in Pyeongchang after competing for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics.


Students sit in the audience at the Camellia Awards ceremony.
Students sit in the audience at the Camellia Awards ceremony.

Inaugural Camellia Student Leadership Awards Honor Outstanding Leaders at Wellesley

April 25, 2018

The Camellia Student Leadership Awards recognize student leaders for their positive impact on the Wellesley community.


The Wellesley Out Loud team poses on a stairwell.
The Wellesley Out Loud team poses on a stairwell.

Wellesley Out Loud Places Fourth in National Slam Poetry Competition

April 30, 2018

Wellesley’s slam poetry team placed fourth at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, making it the second women’s college team in competition history to reach the final round of the tournament.


The Ruhlman Conference, a celebration of student achievement. Join us on May 2, 2018.
The Ruhlman Conference, a celebration of student achievement. Join us on May 2, 2018.

Annual Ruhlman Conference Highlights Student Achievement at Wellesley

May 2, 2018

During the May 2 Ruhlman Conference, now in its 22nd year, more than 350 students will present their research projects to a campus-wide audience.


Wellesley College President Nannerl Overholser Keohane ’61, Barbara Bush, and Rasia Gorbachev at commencement in 1990.
Wellesley College President Nannerl Overholser Keohane ’61, Barbara Bush, and Rasia Gorbachev at commencement in 1990.

Wellesley Remembers Barbara Bush’s Words to the Class of 1990

April 19, 2018

The White House called the commencement address Barbara Bush delivered at Wellesley in 1990 “a job Wellesley done.”


Ray Acheson sits with students at El Table
Ray Acheson sits with students at El Table

Steering Committee Member of ICAN, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Awardee, Discusses Nuclear Disarmament with Students

May 7, 2018

Before lunch with students at El Table, anti-nuclear activist Ray Acheson talked about her work and offered advice to the next generation of women leaders.


Tiny yellow ducks line a walkway leading to Clapp Library
Tiny yellow ducks line a walkway leading to Clapp Library

Wellesley Makes Way for Ducklings on Second Annual Duck Day

May 10, 2018

What’s up with the ducks?  The Office of Student Involvement and the Wellness Outreach Committee surprised Wellesley students by scattering hundreds of candy-filled plastic ducks across campus.


Members of the Class of 2018 sing on the steps of Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College.
Members of the Class of 2018 sing on the steps of Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College.

Students Mark End of Spring Semester with 119th Annual Stepsinging

May 14, 2018

Members of the class of 2018 celebrate the last day of classes in true Wellesley style—with Stepsinging at Houghton Chapel, of course!


An old movie poster, an image of the moon and mars and ancient etchings of soldiers
An old movie poster, an image of the moon and mars and ancient etchings of soldiers

New Webpage Highlights Faculty Research at Wellesley

May 15, 2018

The Office of Sponsored Research is developing a new webpage, the Faculty Research Spotlight, highlighting the important work of Wellesley faculty (pictured).


Faculty and staff recognition awards shaped as a globe sit on a table.
Faculty and staff recognition awards shaped as a globe sit on a table.

Wellesley Salutes Staff and Union Members During Recognition Celebration

May 16, 2018

College employees were recognized for many years of service, innovation, and collaboration in a ceremony at Alumnae Ballroom.


Faculty and staff sit at tables discussing diversity and inclusion at Wellesley
Faculty and staff sit at tables discussing diversity and inclusion at Wellesley

Wellesley Faculty Gather for Day-Long Retreat to Advance Work on Inclusive Excellence

May 21, 2018

Student concerns helped inform workshops and dialogues at a faculty retreat aimed at creating greater inclusion and equity at Wellesley.


Six leaders of Ethos at Wellesley wearing black stand against a black backdrop looking directly at the camera.
Six leaders of Ethos at Wellesley wearing black stand against a black backdrop looking directly at the camera.

Generations of Ethos Leaders Share Insights about the Group’s History and Significance

May 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.


A student sits at a picnic table in the academic quad looking at the screen of a laptop that reads, "Welcome to Transmission"
A student sits at a picnic table in the academic quad looking at the screen of a laptop that reads, "Welcome to Transmission"

Transmission, an Online Diversity Training Platform Created by a Wellesley Student, Expands Its Mission and Outreach

May 23, 2018

The success of Transmission, a patent-pending website designed by a student to facilitate discussions about gender identity among Wellesley community members, leads to launch of The Source University.


Three professors stand on stage at Wellesleys commencement exercises.
Three professors stand on stage at Wellesleys commencement exercises.

Wellesley Award Recognizes Exceptional Teaching in Music, Political Science, and Astronomy

June 4, 2018

The 2018 Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Wellesley’s highest teaching honor, has been awarded to Wesley Andrés Watters (astronomy), Paul MacDonald (political science), and Jenny Olivia Johnson (music) (left to right).


A student wearing a lab coat works in a science lab with another student.
A student wearing a lab coat works in a science lab with another student.

The Historic Success of Wellesley’s Comprehensive Campaign Supports the Aspirations of Students Like Caitlin Aguirre ’20

July 25, 2018

For Caitlin Aguirre ’20, the Wellesley campaign has made possible the inspiration and preparation that she will need for a career devoted to serving others. Aguirre is one of the voices in our video series exploring the impact of the campaign to advance the Wellesley Effect.


On one of Pendleton West's exterior walls Chemistry is engraved in script.
On one of Pendleton West's exterior walls Chemistry is engraved in script.

So Why Does the Outside of Pendleton West Read, “Chemistry”?

July 27, 2018

With a building that blends the past with the present, Pendleton West illustrates the value of a Wellesley liberal arts education. #WellesleyPlaces


Wellesley College students work in a lab with anatomical skeletons similar to those found at the archeological site.
Wellesley College students work in a lab with anatomical skeletons similar to those found at the archeological site.

Wellesley Anthropology Project on the Former Site of College Hall Yields a Surprising Find

July 24, 2018

Archaeology excavation turns up bone fragments from a skeleton believed to have been used in anatomical classes more than 100 years ago.


The American and Russian flags stand outside a conference room where members of the international press take photos.
The American and Russian flags stand outside a conference room where members of the international press take photos.

After Trump-Putin Summit, Wellesley Professors Discuss What’s Next for U.S.-Russia Relations

July 19, 2018

Wellesley faculty members Nina Tumarkin and Igor Logvinenko weigh in on US-Russia relations in the wake of the Trump-Putin summit earlier this week.


Kathy Moon
Kathy Moon

Media Outlets Ask Wellesley Professor Katharine H. S. Moon to Weigh In On the Summit Meeting in Singapore

June 15, 2018

Wellesley Professor Katharine H.S. Moon, expert on U.S.-Korea Relations, underwhelmed by the results of the summit meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.


Wellesley Alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11 lean on each other.
Wellesley Alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11 lean on each other.

Wellesley Alumnae Makkah Ali ’10 and Ikhlas Saleem ’11 Answer Questions About Their Podcast, Identity Politics, in Interview

June 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.