Wellesley Athletics Dedicates New Butler Stadium, Celebrates Field Hockey WinThursday, September 19, 2019
On September 14, Wellesley Athletics dedicated the new Butler Stadium, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, pregame festivities, a ceremonial first run on the track—and an 8-1 win for the field hockey team!
Wellesley Community Remembers Award-Winning Journalist Cokie Roberts ’64Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Cokie Roberts ’64, groundbreaking journalist, political commentator, and one of the “founding mothers” of NPR, passed away September 17 in Washington. She was 75.
Neuroscience Professor Sara Wasserman ’02 on the Brain, Behavior, and WellesleyTuesday, September 17, 2019
Assistant professor of neuroscience Sara Wasserman’02 combines brain science, genetics, physiology, and computer coding in her research and teaching.
Wellesley Celebrates 144th Flower SundayMonday, September 16, 2019
The oldest and longest-surviving tradition at Wellesley, Flower Sunday, returns for its 144th year complete with song and dance, “bigs” and “littles,” and plenty of Wellesley pride.
5 New Things We’re Excited About at WellesleyFriday, September 13, 2019
Did you know the Adirondack chairs on the Academic Quad have only been on campus for a year? Check out some of the new additions to campus and learn about our many fantastic upgrades!
What I Did This Summer: Jacon Mayer, PERAThursday, September 12, 2019
Thanks to a grant from Wellesley’s Ford Professional Development Fund, recreation coordinator Jacon Mayer spent a part of his summer climbing Alaska’s Denali. Find out more about what Mayer learned and what he’s taking with him into the classroom and beyond.
Meet Bethany Ellis, Wellesley’s New Director of Athletics and Chair of PERAWednesday, September 11, 2019
Bethany Ellis joined the Wellesley community this summer as the new director of athletics and chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA).
Wellesley Students Attend Posse Foundation Summit on the State of Our UnionTuesday, September 10, 2019
Wellesley student delegates attended a first-of-its kind conference hosted by the Posse Foundation to discuss some of the nation’s most pressing challenges.
President Johnson Writes Boston Globe Op-Ed: “Speaking with the Enemy 101”Monday, September 9, 2019
In a September 6 “Boston Globe” op-ed, President Paula A. Johnson calls for finding ways to equip students with the tools they need to talk across difference.
Get to Know Wellesley’s New Dean of Religious and Spiritual LifeFriday, September 6, 2019
Rev. Jacquelina Marquez, Wellesley’s new dean of religious and spiritual life, talks about her roots, the role faith has played in her life, and what drew her to Wellesley.
What I Did This Summer: Nikki A. Greene, Assistant Professor of ArtThursday, September 5, 2019
Nikki A. Greene, assistant professor of art at Wellesley, talks about her summer of writing essays and book chapters, and spending time with her family and adopted beagle.
Students Encouraged to Bridge Divides at ConvocationWednesday, September 4, 2019
“How can we more fully access the gifts of our differences? How can we bridge divides, not tumble into them?” President Paula A. Johnson asked attendees at the convocation ceremony that kicked off Wellesley’s 145th academic year.
A Sunny Tuesday Morning Welcomes the New Academic YearTuesday, September 3, 2019
Happy first day of classes! September 3 marks the first day of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Free Plants from the Botanic Gardens Brighten First-Year Students’ Dorm RoomsFriday, August 30, 2019
To enliven dorm rooms and welcome new students to campus, the Botanic Gardens continues the tradition of giving away small potted plants to first-year students.
Expanded Hours and a New Physician Team Enhance Wellesley Health ServicesThursday, August 29, 2019
Starting next week, there will be a new physician team at Health Services—as well as expanded hours and appointment times. On November 1, Wellesley and Newton-Wellesley Hospital will begin a new collaboration that will bring additional benefits including enhanced sports medicine capabilities and access to specialized care.
Wellesley Welcomes the Yellow Class of 2023 to CampusWednesday, August 28, 2019
On Tuesday, Wellesley’s quads and residential halls were abuzz with first-year students of the yellow class of 2023 busily moving into their new accommodations, helped by parents, grandparents, and siblings.
First-year Students “Thrive Together” as Orientation 2019 Begins at WellesleyTuesday, August 27, 2019
Happy first year move-in day from Wellesley! As orientation begins, six coordinators and 60 mentors work together to introduce the newest yellow class to Wellesley.
Surgeon and War Hero Mabel Seagrave, Wellesley Class of 1905, Honored in Centennial Celebration of SuffrageMonday, August 26, 2019
Mabel Seagrave, class of 1905, one of the first women to earn a degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School, served as a surgeon in WWI and was later chief of staff at Seattle General Hospital.
Wellesley Expert on Contemporary China Discusses Hong Kong DemonstrationsFriday, August 23, 2019
Wellesley political science professor William Joseph offers insight into the political demonstrations in Hong Kong, the responses of China and the international community, and thoughts about the future.
What We Did This Summer: Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald, Political ScienceThursday, August 22, 2019
Wellesley political science professors Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald bring us across the Atlantic, where they spent the summer continuing their research on government power shifts, exploring medieval cities, and hiking in the Alps with their two daughters.
What Do Wellesley Students Do On Campus Over the Summer?Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Wellesley students who stay on campus over the summer keep busy exploring topics of interest, like analyzing the different career paths of Wellesley alums or learning how to use plotter printers. We sat down with three students to find out how they spent their summers.
Wellesley Student Illustrates Campus Wildlife in Hand-Painted MapTuesday, August 20, 2019
Anya Sheldon ’20 created a colorful map of Wellesley’s campus ecosystem during her Paulson Initiative internship this summer.
Wellesley Centers for Women Partners with Local Middle School to Promote Healthy Social Media UseMonday, August 19, 2019
Wellesley Centers for Women teamed up with the College’s computer science department to host a workshop at the Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School in Norwood, Mass., that promoted healthy social media use.
The Sun’s Rays Paint Founders Hall in Golden LightFriday, August 16, 2019
The last summer campus photo is of Founders Hall bathed in late afternoon light. Before summer ends, we encourage members of the Wellesley College community to go out and find their own favorite spots on campus.
What I Did This Summer: Professor Lisa Rodensky, EnglishThursday, August 15, 2019
In the second installment of our series “What I Did This Summer,” we talk with English professor Lisa Rodensky, who delved into one of the most important bibliographic accomplishments of the 20th century, founded at Wellesley, and researched contributors to a major 19th-century British periodical.
100 Years Later: Time Capsule from Wellesley’s Class of 1919 Featured in Library DisplayWednesday, August 14, 2019
Ever wonder what it was like to be a student at Wellesley 100 years ago? A time capsule from the class of 1919 on display in Clapp Library has the answers that might be more familiar than you’d think.
Dear Wellesley: Maggie Haley ’20 and Emily Spaulding ’21 Write from New York CityTuesday, August 13, 2019
This week’s “Dear Wellesley” postcard comes from Maggie Haley ’20 and Emily Spaulding ’21 who are working in New York City at Social Accountability International, a non-profit and NGO that advocates for human rights in the workplace.
Students Showcase a Summer of Science Research at Poster SessionMonday, August 12, 2019
Wellesley College students and faculty marked the close of the Science Center Summer Research Program at its culminating poster session in Pendleton West on Thursday, August 1.
Fog Makes for Quiet Morning on CampusFriday, August 9, 2019
On Tuesday, a blanket of fog enveloped campus, obscuring the view of Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center from Alumnae Valley. A magical site, indeed!
In New Book, Professors Chart a History of Life Writing as a Means to Address Gender and Racial InjusticeThursday, August 8, 2019
“Witnessing Girlhood” traces a tradition of autobiographical writing about childhood trauma as a means to expose harm and seek justice.
Wellesley Remembers the Life and Legacy of Toni MorrisonWednesday, August 7, 2019
#WednesdayWisdom from Toni Morrison’s 2004 commencement speech at Wellesley College. The renowned and prolific author, who was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away yesterday at age 88. WATCH her full commencement address to the class of 2004 in today’s Daily Shot.
Dear Wellesley: Rebecca Arango ’21 and Renee Chen ’21 Send Greetings from ChicagoTuesday, August 6, 2019
Ever wonder what it’s like to work at one of the largest natural history museums in the world? In this week’s “Dear Wellesley” postcard, Rebecca Arango ’21 and Renee Chen ’21 get firsthand knowledge of how every display (of over 40 million specimens!) in Chicago’s Field Museum is pitched, planned, developed, and produced.
Davis Intern Tour Features Art in Wellesley LandscapeMonday, August 5, 2019
The guided “Bark and Metal” tour, organized by the Davis Museum’s summer interns in collaboration with the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative, focuses on Wellesley’s diverse sculptures and ecology across campus.
A View That Never Gets Old: Galen Stone Tower across Lake WabanFriday, August 2, 2019
This gorgeous shot of Galen Stone Tower across Lake Waban, snapped by Adam Van Arsdale, associate professor of anthropology, never gets old!
What I Did This Summer: Professor Ismar Volić, MathematicsThursday, August 1, 2019
In the first installment of our series “What I Did This Summer,” we start with travel to Bosnia, where mathematics professor Ismar Volić led a conference on advancing education and arts in his home country. He also shares insights from a lunchtime conversation on STEM education with the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Wellesley Hosts Inaugural Conference for Women Who Are Municipal Officials in MassachusettsWednesday, July 31, 2019
President Paula A. Johnson was the keynote speaker at the first Women Elected Municipal Officials Leadership Conference, which Wellesley hosted for members of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
Dear Wellesley: Daniela Limbania ’21 and Jennifer Duan ’21 write from New DelhiTuesday, July 30, 2019
Daniela Limbania ’21 and Jennifer Duan ’21 are spending their summer in New Delhi, working to provide tuberculosis treatment to individuals in disadvantaged areas. In this week’s installment of the Dear Wellesley postcard series, Limbania and Duan tell us about the impact of their internship and how their time in India has inspired them.
Wellesley Historian Examines Role of African American Marketers in Changing American MediaMonday, July 29, 2019
A new book by Brenna Greer, associate professor of history at Wellesley, looks at how ads in “Jet” and “Ebony” magazines with images of African Americans helped change perceptions of black people.
Paramecium Pond Reflects Stranger (and Beautiful) ThingsFriday, July 26, 2019
The quieter campus can feel a little bit strange to those of us who inhabit it during the summer months. Though it looks the same as usual, it has us feeling a little like we’re in the Upside Down from “Stranger Things” (now in its third season on Netflix!). Fortunately, we have this reflection of Paramecium Pond to keep us right-side up.
Wellesley Student and Professor Research Wikipedia’s Role in Perceived Political BiasThursday, July 25, 2019
LISTEN: How “edit wars” and “vandalism” can turn a common good for the free flow of information into a tool for molding political bias. Computer science professor Eni Mustafaraj and Khonzodakon Umarova ’20 discuss their research about the Wikipedia pages of news sources.
FaceApp Has Users Wondering About More than Their Future LooksWednesday, July 24, 2019
Wellesley computer science instructor Peter Mawhorter weighs in on the recent success of the photo-editing app FaceApp and the #AgeChallenge.
Dear Wellesley: Cecilia Barreto ’20 Writes from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in BostonTuesday, July 23, 2019
Cecilia Barreto ’20 is spending her summer just down the road at Brigham and Women’s Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery. In this third installment of the Dear Wellesley postcard series, Barreto tells us what she has learned about the medical field and where she sees herself next.
As Supreme Court Term Ends, Two Wellesley Professors Discuss Recent and Future CasesMonday, July 22, 2019
Wellesley political science professors Jennifer Chudy and Tom Burke offer insight into whether the Supreme Court’s recent decisions were swayed by public opinion and what to expect from the court when it reconvenes in the fall.
Wellesley Physicist Researches the Moon Using Instrument Left by Apollo 11Friday, July 19, 2019
Reflectors left on the moon 50 years ago by the Apollo 11 astronauts still yield significant data for scientists like Wellesley professor James Battat and his team of student researchers.
Can You Believe!? Wellesley Alumna Edits “Queer Eye” Star’s New MemoirThursday, July 18, 2019
Ahead of the season four premiere of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” on July 19, Hannah Braaten ’11 shares what it was like editing “Queer Eye” star Tan France’s new memoir and what she learned from working with the LGBTQ icon.
Wellesley Professor Explains Reggaeton’s Relationship to the African Diaspora in Puerto Rico and the Dominican RepublicWednesday, July 17, 2019
Wellesley professor Petra Rivera-Rideau wins a Puerto Rican studies prize for her essay on a reggaeton artist Tego Calderón’s music video.
Dear Wellesley: Kalei Oliver ’20 Writes from the Mountains of PeruTuesday, July 16, 2019
Kalei Oliver ’20 is spending her summer uncovering the hidden secrets of history in the highland village of Hualcayán, Peru. In this next installment of the Dear Wellesley postcard series, Oliver takes us to her excavation site and into the community she has joined, nestled between two mountain ranges.
Wellesley Students Learn to Make Paper the Hard Way—from PlantsMonday, July 15, 2019
The invasive plant species called phragmites are a nuisance, but students, with help from the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative and the Wellesley Book Arts Lab, use it to make handmade paper.
Water Lilies Bloom on Paramecium PondFriday, July 12, 2019
Spotted! A honeybee stops for breakfast amid the petals of water lilies in full bloom on Paramecium Pond.
“Engineering Rules” that Shape the World’s Economy? We’re Listening.Thursday, July 11, 2019
LISTEN: Wellesley political science professor Craig N. Murphy and MIT professor JoAnne Yates discuss their new book, “Engineering Rules,” which looks at the history of voluntary standard setting and its global impact.
Wellesley Researcher Testifies Before Congress on the Economic Benefits of ImmigrationWednesday, July 10, 2019
Wellesley Centers for Women economist Sari Pekkala Kerr discussed immigrant entrepreneurs’ contributions to the economy at a June 26 hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on the Budget.
Dear Wellesley: Our 2019 Summer Postcard Series Begins with Mika Thakkar ’21 and Anna Morgan ’21 Writing from MoroccoTuesday, July 9, 2019
This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences around the world. To kick off our series, Mika Thakkar ’21 and Anna Morgan ’21 write from Marrakech, Morocco.
Davis Museum Summer Film Series Presents “Back to the Future”Monday, July 8, 2019
Wellesley’s Davis Museum continues its fourth annual summer film series on July 11 with “Back to the Future.”
Shafer Hall’s Turrets Celebrate America’s 243rd BirthdayFriday, July 5, 2019
Whether you spent your day curbside at a parade or stretched out at a backyard picnic, all of us at Wellesley College hope you had a happy and healthy Fourth of July!
Behind the Scenes with Wellesley’s Director of Culinary Operations: July 4 EditionThursday, July 4, 2019
Keith Tyger, director of culinary operations at Wellesley/AVI Fresh, shares some of his favorite dishes and a few tips to help you get the most out of a summer gathering.
All Good Digs Must Come to an End (for the Summer)Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Elizabeth Minor ’03 and a team of students measure, draw, and document before saying farewell to the Tower Court archeological site for the summer.
Wellesley Looks Back on the Past Year in Athletics and Ahead to the NextTuesday, July 2, 2019
This spring, Grace Cowles ’21 ended her season with a sixth-place finish in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships—just one highlight from an amazing year in athletics for the Wellesley Blue.
Wellesley Economist Says U.S. Foreign Direct Investment Is a Casualty of the Trade WarMonday, July 1, 2019
Economics professor Joseph Joyce discusses the far-reaching impact of changes in U.S. corporate tax laws.
Galen Stone Tower Reaches High Above Summer’s Green FoliageFriday, June 28, 2019
Summer, is that you? This view from Severance Hill, commonly seen by students and Wellesley community members while sledding after a snowstorm, bursts with color against an early morning haze.
On the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, Wellesley Professor Discusses Its Legacy and ImpactThursday, June 27, 2019
Fifty years ago, six days of protest at the Stonewall Inn sparked LGBTQ liberation movements. Wellesley assistant professor of English Octavio González reflects on Stonewall’s legacy and cultural impact.
Why Do Kids Pretend to Be Animals? Wellesley Professor ExplainsWednesday, June 26, 2019
When children pretend to be animals, fantasy characters, or adult professionals, they are building an understanding of other people and the world around them, says Wellesley psychology professor Tracy Gleason.
Alumna Discovers New Microbes and Puts them to Work for HumansTuesday, June 25, 2019
Research scientist Anne Madden ’06 hopes to discover a new species, a novel antibiotic, or even a way to brew a better beer—all by studying bacteria, fungi and other microbes.
One Year after Report on Sexual Harassment in Academia, President Paula Johnson Testifies Before Congress on Findings and Bipartisan LegislationMonday, June 24, 2019
On June 12, President Paula Johnson testified before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in her role as co-chair of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that published a report last year about sexual harassment in academic institutions in the fields of the sciences, engineering, and medicine.
Friday’s Solstice and a Bustling Campus Signal Summer at WellesleyFriday, June 21, 2019
The Butler Boathouse is still bathed in light at 7 pm, a day before the summer solstice.
Wellesley Anthropology Professor Studies Bolivian Lenders’ Use of Graffiti to Trigger RepaymentThursday, June 20, 2019
Wellesley anthropologist Susan Ellison, who wrote an award-winning book on Latin America, interviewed borrowers and lenders in El Alto, Bolivia.
Wellesley Repertory Theatre Presents “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” Now Through June 30Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Marta Rainer ’98 directs Wellesley Repertory Theatre in a production of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing.”
Wellesley Earns Gold Rating for Sustainability EffortsTuesday, June 18, 2019
The College earned a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Harriette Chandler ’59 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts Public Health AssociationMonday, June 17, 2019
Massachusetts State Sen. Harriette Chandler ’59 was recently honored for lifetime achievement in promoting public health; Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson presented the award.
Clear Blue Skies Provide Perfect Backdrop for Evening SoccerFriday, June 14, 2019
Wellesley faculty and staff enjoy the beautiful June weather during their weekly pickup soccer game.
Wellesley Ecologist Discusses UN Report on Animal and Plant ExtinctionThursday, June 13, 2019
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services finds that individual and collective actions are necessary to preserve the planet’s biodiversity.
Student Art Project Celebrates Geographical InterconnectionsWednesday, June 12, 2019
Green Beach is now home to a student art project that points the way to cities around the globe.
Wellesley Welcomes Classes Ending in 4 and 9 Back to Campus for Reunion 2019Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 joined their fellow alumnae for Wellesley’s reunion weekend.
The Alumnae Are Coming! Wellesley Welcomes the 4s and 9s for Reunion 2019Friday, June 7, 2019
Reunion 2019 kicks off Friday as the 4s and the 9s make a triumphant return to campus.
Wellesley Professor Discusses Factors Behind Resistance to Measles VaccinationsThursday, June 6, 2019
In the wake of measles outbreaks in the United States, Jonathan Imber, sociology professor at Wellesley, talks about the intersection of public health and free choice.
Wellesley’s Class of 2019 ROTC Cadets Begin Careers as Military OfficersWednesday, June 5, 2019
Three newly minted officers receive salutes and gold bars at their commissioning ceremony.
Cokie Roberts ’64 Reflects on Women’s Suffrage on the 100th Anniversary of the Senate Passing the 19th AmendmentTuesday, June 4, 2019
On her “Ask Cokie” segment on NPR, Cokie Roberts ’64 talked about the history and impact of the women’s suffrage movement.
Wellesley Honors Three Professors for Excellence in TeachingMonday, June 3, 2019
During commencement exercises on May 31, Wellesley professors Kimberly Cassibry, Soo Hong, and Jaclyn Hatala Matthes were awarded the Pinanski Teaching Prize.
Commencement Day 2019Friday, May 31, 2019
Commencement is here! Check back throughout the day for scenes celebrating the class of 2019.
Class of 2019: Four Years in ReviewThursday, May 30, 2019
On May 31, this proud group (shown at their orientation in 2015) will take the stage at Wellesley’s 141st commencement. Before the members of the class of 2019 become alumnae, take a look at a few photos from their early days at Wellesley.
“Wellesley” Magazine Takes an In-Depth Look at Inclusive Excellence at the CollegeWednesday, May 29, 2019
“Wellesley” magazine examines the campus community’s dedication to creating a more inclusive Wellesley.
Wellesley Professor Tells NBC News U.S. Is Engaging China in a “Game of Chicken”Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Economist David Lindauer tells NBC News that both sides are being hurt by the U.S.-China trade war.
Memorable Quotes from 10 Wellesley Commencement Speeches, in Celebration of the Yellow Class of 2019Friday, May 24, 2019
The countdown has begun! With one week until commencement 2019, take a look at 10 memorable Wellesley commencement speeches over the decades.
Wellesley Students Bring Home Ideas for Change after Wintersession Civil Rights and Immigration TripsThursday, May 23, 2019
Wintersession trips to the Southern United States and the Arizona-Mexico border gave Wellesley students an opportunity to explore faith, social justice, and making a difference, and to share their experiences with the campus community.
Wellesley Campus Police Host Iftar Feast on CampusWednesday, May 22, 2019
Wellesley Campus Police hosted its first iftar feast, bringing together more than a dozen members of Wellesley’s Muslim community, including the student group Al-Muslimat, to break the daily Ramadan fast.
And That’s a Wrap! Wellesley Closes Out the 2018–19 Academic YearTuesday, May 21, 2019
Happy last day of finals from Wellesley! Summer has officially begun for the red, purple, green, and yellow classes.
Wellesley Professor Discusses the Portrayal of the Peasantry in “Game of Thrones”Monday, May 20, 2019
Cord Whitaker, assistant professor of English at Wellesley, reflects on the peasantry in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” compared with the history of the Middle Ages, and on how that history has been misinterpreted by white nationalists.
Wellesley’s Antique Microscopes Move to New Home in President’s OfficeFriday, May 17, 2019
Wellesley’s collection of antique brass microscopes, which is now moving to President Johnson’s office, offers a window into the College’s pioneering science curriculum.
Wellesley Students Take a Break before Finals to Enjoy the OutdoorsThursday, May 16, 2019
Wellesley SMiLES and the Wellness Outreach Collaborative team up to provide each residence hall with its own collection of outdoor games and activities.
Wellesley Student and Alumnae Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowships for Doctoral StudyWednesday, May 15, 2019
Wellesley alumnae are awarded more science and engineering doctorates than female graduates of any other liberal arts college in the nation, according to the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, and receive among the highest number of National Science Foundation grants.
Podcast Discusses Approaches to Workforce Diversity in Wellesley’s Construction ProjectsTuesday, May 14, 2019
Tim Singleton, Wellesley’s assistant director of construction, talks with Rinako Sonobe ’20, an architecture major with a minor in math, about the steps Wellesley is taking to increase workforce diversity in construction and design in Massachusetts’ higher education community.
Wellesley Students Celebrate End of Academic Year with 120th Annual StepsingingMonday, May 13, 2019
Students marked the end of the 2018–2019 academic year with the 120-year-old Wellesley tradition of stepsinging.
Yellow Class of 2019 Makes Its Final Mark with Traditional Senior PrankFriday, May 10, 2019
Happy last day of classes! Following one of Wellesley’s more recent traditions, the yellow class of 2019 took to the Science Center, academic departments, and other popular locations to leave one last splash of spirit.
Wellesley Professor Marks 100th Anniversary of China’s May Fourth MovementThursday, May 9, 2019
Mingwei Song, associate professor of Chinese at Wellesley, explains the significance of the student-led protests in China in 1919 that became known as the May Fourth Movement.
2019 Camellia Awards Honor Outstanding Student LeadersWednesday, May 8, 2019
The Camellia Student Leadership Awards, named for the tree given to Wellesley by the College’s founders, Henry and Pauline Durant, celebrate individual and collective leadership initiatives across campus and in the broader community.
After Record-Breaking April Showers, May Flowers Bloom at WellesleyTuesday, May 7, 2019
Wellesley College students walk through a campus in bloom on a sunny May day after enduring record amounts of rain in April.
Wellesley Student Awarded 2019 Goldwater Scholarship for Biochemistry and Astrobiology ResearchMonday, May 6, 2019
As a 2019 Goldwater scholar, Ella Mullikin ’20 will continue to work toward her career goal of a dual-title PhD in biochemistry and astrobiology, with tuition support from the Goldwater Foundation.
Wellesley Revamps Accessibility and Disability ServicesFriday, May 3, 2019
Wellesley College has enhanced its accessibility and disability services with a new name, additional staff, facilities upgrades, and a renewed mission that focuses on a highly personal approach to students who need resources and support.
Two Students Awarded 2019 Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public WritingThursday, May 2, 2019
This year’s Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public Writing were awarded to Sydney Hopper ’19 (humanities) for her paper on transcendentalist literature and tourism in Massachusetts and Ali Saueressig ’19 (social sciences) for her paper on education in rural Minnesota.
Wellesley Presents 23rd Annual Ruhlman Conference Celebrating Student Research and ScholarshipWednesday, May 1, 2019
A celebration of student achievement during the past semester, the Ruhlman Conference will feature over 300 student presentations on their projects and research with Wellesley faculty.
Japanese Wellesley Student Discusses the New Imperial EraTuesday, April 30, 2019
On May 1, Emperor Akihito of Japan will abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne, marking almost two centuries since an emperor of Japan has stepped down. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, will take his place. Reika Ishii ’20 explains the importance of the new imperial era in Japan.
Wellesley Alumnae and Staff Speak to Students about Careers in Libraries and ArchivesMonday, April 29, 2019
Wellesley alumnae and staff who work in library and archival services meet with students interested in learning about the field.
Students Construct a Multimedia Art Installation for the Community Day of PoetryFriday, April 26, 2019
Students in Wellesley’s Dynamic Interface Design class built a multimedia installation in Pendleton West inspired by #PoetryontheT, showcasing poems members of the Wellesley community wrote for National Poetry Month.
New Voices Restore a Harambee House TraditionThursday, April 25, 2019
The Harambee Singers revive a choral tradition at Wellesley that started with the Ethos Choir.
In the Aftermath of Fire, Wellesley Professor Discusses What’s Next for Notre DameWednesday, April 24, 2019
Wellesley professor and medievalist Cord Whitaker talks about the history and symbolism of Notre Dame and, in the wake of the destructive April 15 fire, how it might be rebuilt for modern times.
Wellesley Celebrates a Retirement and the End of the 2018-19 Athletic SeasonTuesday, April 23, 2019
A little rain didn’t stop the Wellesley community from honoring Bridget Belgiovine, the retiring director of athletics and chair of PERA, and celebrating the final days of the 2018–19 season at a community tailgate party.
Look Up and Admire Wellesley’s Airborne Denizens—BirdsMonday, April 22, 2019
Student Han Qiao ’19 creates a catalogue of campus bird population as a part of the Paulson Initiative.
Two Years After Its Launch, The Wellesley Hive Continues to ThriveFriday, April 19, 2019
Biochemistry major Hannah Jacobs ’19 recently traveled to Oxford University to connect in person with a mentor she met on The Wellesley Hive, the College’s digital networking platform.
Nutrition Shock: How an Abundance of Food Can Lead to an Increase in Chronic DiseaseThursday, April 18, 2019
Wellesley professor Gauri Kartini Shastry studies India’s Green Revolution to find a connection between a dramatic increase in the production of food grains and growth in chronic diseases—an unintended impact.
On National Haiku Poetry Day, Wellesley Shines a Spotlight on the Book Arts LabWednesday, April 17, 2019
The Book Arts Program provides Wellesley students with unique opportunities in hands-on studio art as well as historical and literary scholarship.
Paige Hauke ’19 Wins Wellesley’s 124th Annual Hooprolling CompetitionTuesday, April 16, 2019
A beloved Wellesley tradition since 1895, Hooprolling is a fun and friendly competition for graduating seniors. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Paige Hauke ’19!
Wellesley Professor and First-Time Marathoner Produces Running-Themed Science PodcastMonday, April 15, 2019
Adam Van Arsdale’s podcast, “Running for Science: Science for Running,” explores running through the lens of evolutionary science. This is Van Arsdale’s (center) first Boston Marathon.
Anita Hill Is Wellesley’s 2019 Commencement SpeakerFriday, April 12, 2019
Anita Hill, the renowned activist, attorney, and educator whose courage has inspired generations, will address the graduates at Wellesley’s 141st commencement exercises.
Wellesley Student Improv Group Is Dead Serious About New Schedule UpgradesThursday, April 11, 2019
The improvisational comedy troupe Dead Serious is here to ease your worries about the upcoming changes to the fall class schedule.
Old Trees Have New Home in Wellesley’s Global Flora GreenhouseWednesday, April 10, 2019
The storied Durant Camellia and three other trees now make their home in the new greenhouse.
Poets Pair with Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative to Bring Writing Workshop to WellesleyTuesday, April 9, 2019
Internationally renowned poetry duo Climbing PoeTree visits Wellesley to perform and work with students on examining and articulating connections between place and poetry.
Two Wellesley Seniors Receive Prestigious Watson FellowshipsMonday, April 8, 2019
As Watson Fellows, Lucy Wanzer ’19 and Sophia Zupanc ’19 will spend a year traveling and studying abroad.
Washington Post Asks Wellesley Economics Professor about Gender Quotas in GovernmentFriday, April 5, 2019
Olga Shurchkov, Wellesley associate professor of economics, weighs in on a method for achieving gender equality in the workplace.
Journalist Sonia Nazario Kicks Off Latinx Month at Wellesley with Keynote SpeechThursday, April 4, 2019
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, a champion of telling immigrant stories, addressed the Wellesley community in her keynote address for Latinx Month.
Fontbonne Academy Students Learn about Careers in Construction on Wellesley VisitWednesday, April 3, 2019
High school students from the all-girls Fontbonne Academy toured Wellesley’s Science Center construction site.
Five Tips for Using the New Course ScheduleTuesday, April 2, 2019
This fall, Wellesley will have a new course schedule—thanks to the first significant schedule update in 20 years—to better serve the needs of today’s students and faculty.
Wellesley Kicks Off National Poetry Month with Poetry on the T, Community EventsMonday, April 1, 2019
As Wellesley celebrates National Poetry Month this April, more than two dozen community members are taking part in a collaboration with Mass Poetry that brings poetry from campus to the MBTA.
Clare Egan ’10 Places Third in Biathlon World CupFriday, March 29, 2019
Claire Egan ’10, Wellesley’s first alumna U.S. Winter Olympian, finished third at the Biathlon World Cup in Norway, marking her third top-10 finish of the season.
Wellesley Psychology Professor Finds that Culture and Status Relate To How Parents Express Emotions to ChildrenThursday, March 28, 2019
Stephen Chen, Wellesley assistant professor of psychology, studies emotional expressiveness among Chinese-American families.
Wellesley Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break Trips to D.C. and North CarolinaWednesday, March 27, 2019
Students in Washington, D.C., buy groceries in preparation for a week of service with a variety of community partners where they are exploring issues of sustainable housing and helping to provide basic necessities to Washington’s homeless population.
Get Up and Grow: Environmental Studies Professor Discusses Garlic Mustard ResearchTuesday, March 26, 2019
How does the environment influence the ability of plant populations to persist or fail? Alden Griffith, assistant professor of environmental studies, talks to “Wellesley” magazine about his large-scale field experiment featuring the invasive plant species garlic mustard.
Wellesley Professor Emeritus Explains How Political Novels of the Past Can Inform Our PresentMonday, March 25, 2019
Listen to Jens Kruse, professor emeritus of German, and Sanja Jagesic ’08 discuss novels of dictatorship and the insights they can offer contemporary readers.
Wellesley Women Were Pioneers in Code Breaking and Code MakingFriday, March 22, 2019
Wellesley women contributed to code breaking during World War II and to breakthroughs in early computer science.
Wellesley Welcomes the Class of 2023!Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Welcome Class of 2023! First-years were selected from the second largest applicant pool in College history.
Jane Mayer Delivers Wellesley’s 2019 Wilson LectureWednesday, March 20, 2019
The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer addressed a sold-out house on March 19 as this year’s Wilson Lecturer. Her talk, “Fake News and Alternative Facts: The War on Truth and Politics in Academia,” touched on her long career in investigative journalism and her hopes for the future of her field.
Ahead of the 2019 Wilson Lecture, a Look at Student Journalism at WellesleyTuesday, March 19, 2019
As Wellesley prepares to welcome renowned journalist Jane Mayer for the 2019 Wilson lecture, take a look at the College’s student-run publications and media outlets.
Wellesley’s Housing Selection Process Goes Online with New PortalMonday, March 18, 2019
The new StarRez housing selection system will help students figure out where to live and with whom—with no lottery.
As One of Wellesley’s Master Plumbers, Leslie Pano ’77 Knows the College’s Inner WorkingsFriday, March 15, 2019
Leslie Pano ’77, who has worked at the College for over four decades, talks about her path from graduation to her current role as one of Wellesley’s master plumbers.
Wellesley Alum Competes on the Food Network’s “Chopped”Thursday, March 14, 2019
Her passion for food inspired Judy Yao ’15 to work with immigrant food entrepreneurs and led to an appearance on the Food Network’s “Chopped.”
At 2019 Nightmarket, the Taiwanese Cultural Organization Brought the Traditional Taiwanese Street Market to WellesleyWednesday, March 13, 2019
In a celebration of Taiwanese cuisine and culture, Wellesley’s Taiwanese Cultural Organization (TCO) recreated a traditional night market and invited the Wellesley community to an evening of food, games, and performances.
African American Trail Project Includes Wellesley’s First Black AlumnaTuesday, March 12, 2019
Wellesley is marked on the path of the African American Trail Project, which mentions Harriet Rice, Wellesley class of 1887 and the College’s first African American graduate.
Wellesley Students Celebrate Campus Trans Community with Photo ExhibitionMonday, March 11, 2019
Wellesley students kick off the Trans Day of Visibility Campaign with a portrait exhibition that celebrates trans lives and raises awareness of Wellesley’s trans community.
President Paula A. Johnson sits down with influential women leaders in a series of interviews, exploring their early career influences, groundbreaking achievements, and their thoughts on the future of leadershipFriday, March 8, 2019
On International Women’s Day, Wellesley launches a new interview series, WellesleyAsks, to recognize—and learn from—women who are changing the world.
Balance Health Educators Host Sleep Health Panel, Bringing Focus to the Importance of Sleep in Overall Health and WellnessThursday, March 7, 2019
Wellesley students, faculty, and Stone Center staff come together in pajamas to discuss meaningful steps to better manage stress and anxiety, and the critical role sleep plays in immune function, metabolism, and other vital functions.
Zoë Sobel ’14 Is First Alumna to Be Named a Luce Scholar in 10 YearsWednesday, March 6, 2019
Radio journalist Zoë Sobel ’14 was awarded a Luce scholarship to work and study in Asia. She is Wellesley’s first Luce Scholar in 10 years.
Wellesley Alum Prompts Massachusetts Leaders to Honor Rosa Parks on MBTA BusesTuesday, March 5, 2019
Natalie Ornell ’12 succeeds in her campaign to honor Rosa Parks on MBTA buses.
Wellesley Professor Analyzes Second North Korea Summit in Media AppearancesMonday, March 4, 2019
Leaders from the United States and North Korea met in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second summit last week. Wellesley professor of political science Katharine Moon commented on its potential outcomes in several media outlets.
“Wellesley” Magazine Follows Two Alumnae Candidates in the 2018 Midterm ElectionsFriday, March 1, 2019
Part of the wave of women who ran for public office in 2018, Liz Miranda ’02 and Lisa Shin ’91 never dreamed they’d enter the political arena. The winter 2019 issue of “Wellesley” magazine takes a look at their campaigns for seats in their states’ legislatures.
Wellesley Professor Writes about the Tactical Use of Violence by Black AbolitionistsThursday, February 28, 2019
In her new book, Kellie Carter Jackson, assistant professor of Africana studies at Wellesley, provides the first historical analysis of the use of political violence among antebellum black activists.
Wellesley Professor Talks with Philadelphia Public Radio about Mathematical Principles in Daily LifeWednesday, February 27, 2019
Math Professor Oscar Fernandez says mathematical applications are all around us.
Wellesley to Host Panel Discussion on the Future of ImmigrationTuesday, February 26, 2019
Slater International Center’s new director, Tana Ruegamer, speaks to the Daily Shot about the upcoming panel “The Changing Landscape of Immigration: Beyond the Headlines.”
3D Model of Wellesley’s New Science Center on View in ClappMonday, February 25, 2019
A 3D model of the next-generation Science Center now lives in Clapp Library for the campus community to admire.
Wellesley Professor Discusses the Oscars and Diversity in the Film Industry on WGBHFriday, February 22, 2019
Ahead of the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, Wellesley professor Michael Jeffries looks back at the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and efforts to increase the diversity of Oscar nominees and the film industry itself.
Wellesley’s Elbert Collection Offers a Treasure Trove of Historic African American Historical LiteratureThursday, February 21, 2019
A rare collection of literature was donated to Wellesley by the second African American woman to graduate from the College.
Wellesley Biologist Talks with the CBC about Threats to Honey Bees’ SurvivalWednesday, February 20, 2019
Biology professor Heather Mattila (pictured) says pesticides, weather, and parasites are endangering the North American honey bee population.
Wellesley Receives Plaque from Museum Dedicated to World-Renowned Chinese Author Bingxin M.A. ’26Tuesday, February 19, 2019
At the start of Chinese New Year, President Paula Johnson received a plaque from the Bingxin Literature Museum in honor of a legendary Wellesley alumna and writer.
Wellesley Revels in the Return of the Winter CarnivalFriday, February 15, 2019
After more than a 20-year hiatus, Winter Carnival returned to Wellesley. Students gathered at Davis Plaza on February 8 for an evening of ice skating, hot cocoa, a Wellesley-themed ice sculpture, and a cappella song.
Wellesley Alumnae Exchange Valentine’s Day GreetingsThursday, February 14, 2019
Handwritten Valentine’s Day notes connect Wellesley alumnae from across the generations.
Wellesley Professor Discusses Global Economics in Wake of DavosWednesday, February 13, 2019
In the wake of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Wellesley’s Quinn Slobodian weighs in on global economics, globalization, and the impact of climate change on economic growth.
Nine Wellesley Honors Students Received Inaugural Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships in 2018Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Recipients of the Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships, awarded for the first time in spring 2018, represent the breadth of Wellesley’s academic disciplines and a commitment to service.
PERA Hosts Youth Sports Clinic to Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports DayMonday, February 11, 2019
Wellesley welcomed more than 60 local athletes to campus for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The girls practiced skills with Wellesley student-athletes at a youth sports clinic and cheered on the Blue basketball team.
Ally Svenson ’89, Co-Founder of MOD Pizza, Leads with PurposeFriday, February 8, 2019
Ally Svenson ’89 (center), co-founder and chief purpose officer of the fast-casual pizza chain MOD Pizza, speaks to the Daily Shot about leadership through service.
Wellesley Professor Katharine H.S. Moon to Deliver 2019 Distinguished Faculty LectureThursday, February 7, 2019
Katharine H.S. Moon, professor of political science, will deliver the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture at Wellesley College, on “Friending Your Enemy: Dialogue with North Korea, Engaging the Other.”
Wellesley Celebrates Black History Month with Theme “Black Migration: New Destinations, New Realities”Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Wellesley’s Black History Month activities and programs will focus on the black diaspora.
Acclaimed Journalist Jane Mayer to Deliver 2019 Wilson LectureMonday, February 4, 2019
Wellesley class of 1910 alumna Carolyn Wilson—a groundbreaking journalist and war correspondent—endowed the Wilson Lecture to give students a chance to hear directly from influential public figures. On March 19, the “New Yorker’s” Jane Mayer—a groundbreaking journalist and war correspondent—will deliver this year’s lecture.
Local High School Students Tour Wellesley’s Science Center Construction ProjectSaturday, February 2, 2019
A group of young women from Jeremiah E. Burke High School visited Wellesley’s Science Center project and learned about careers in the construction field.
Wellesley First-Years Learn the Rigors of Research at Biochemistry Boot CampFriday, February 1, 2019
A group of first-year students spent part of Wintersession learning what it means to be a research scientist.
Wellesley Students Make a Difference on Wintersession Alternative Break TripsThursday, January 31, 2019
Thirty-five students spent Wintersession on Alternative Break trips working with nonprofit organizations in the Northeast.
Construction to Begin on Turf Field at Wellesley This SummerWednesday, January 30, 2019
Thanks to a generous gift from Alice Lehmann Butler ’53 and her husband, John Butler (pictured at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Butler Boathouse in 2015), Wellesley will begin construction this summer on a new turf field and lights.
Wellesley Faculty Practice Teamwork at Science Education Retreat for Inclusive ExcellenceTuesday, January 29, 2019
Wellesley faculty members participated in team-building exercises during a five-day retreat to promote inclusive excellence in the classroom.
WBUR, the Atlantic, and NBC Ask Professor Rosanna Hertz about Donor-Sibling NetworksMonday, January 28, 2019
Children of the same donor and their parents are redefining kinship, expanding the concept of family, says Wellesley’s Rosanna Hertz (center).
Distinguished Speakers Discuss New Challenges to Democracy at Albright InstituteFriday, January 25, 2019
This year’s Albright Institute Wintersession event brought some of the world’s most influential leaders to Wellesley, including Judy Woodruff, John Podesta, Samantha Power, Cass Sunstein, and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 herself, to address current issues facing our democracy.
During Winter Break, Wellesley Career Education Retreat Helps Sophomores Plan for the FutureThursday, January 24, 2019
For one group of sophomores, their career journey begins with the Luminare Retreat over winter break.
Do Glasses-Wearing Candidates Have an Edge? Wellesley Professor Weighs InWednesday, January 23, 2019
Wellesley professor Olga Shurchkov recently spoke to CNBC about new research from two European universities that looked at whether wearing glasses could help candidates win an election.
At Boston’s 2019 MLK Memorial Breakfast, President Johnson Encouraged Attendees to Carry on King’s VisionTuesday, January 22, 2019
On January 21, President Paula A. Johnson joined leaders from across Massachusetts at the 2019 MLK Memorial Breakfast. In her address to more than 1,000 business, civic, community, and religious leaders, President Johnson spoke about carrying King’s vision forward for future generations.
Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson Joins Massachusetts Leaders to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.Monday, January 21, 2019
In Boston at the nation’s longest-running breakfast honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson will address an audience of roughly 1,000 including business, civic, community, and religious leaders who pledge to carry on King’s work.
On Horseback with the Lakota Sioux, Wellesley Professor Honors Those Killed in the Wounded Knee MassacreFriday, January 18, 2019
Wellesley professor Elena Creef’s (center) interest in the Lakota Sioux has inspired her to develop new courses and take her students to visit North and South Dakota during spring break.
WellesleyX Italian Courses Reach Over 125,000 Students WorldwideThursday, January 17, 2019
Two years after its launch, WellesleyX Italian courses have reached over 125,000 students in nearly 200 countries, offering unprecedented access to high-quality language classes, and positioning Wellesley as an innovator among higher ed institutions in online language instruction.
Wellesley Professors Explore Rise and Decline of Global PowersWednesday, January 16, 2019
In their new books, Wellesley College political science professors Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald investigate rising powers and world order, great power transitions globally, and the impact on international relations and current events.
The Davis Museum Gets an Iconic Art Treasure from the College’s French HouseTuesday, January 15, 2019
A midcentury Air France advertising poster depicting the legendary Lourdes apparitions is moving from the French House to the Davis Museum.
Wellesley Celebrates Alumnae Elected to Public Office in Year of Historic FirstsFriday, January 11, 2019
Seven Wellesley alumnae have been sworn into political office this year after the history-making 2018 midterm elections.
Wellesley Professor’s Data Visualization App Helps Users Create Compelling GraphsThursday, January 10, 2019
With ShowMyData.org, a new suite of free data visualization web apps developed by Wellesley associate professor of psychology Jeremy Wilmer, anyone can create and download best-practice graphs.
Wellesley Collaborates with Glasswing Ventures to Engage Students in Artificial IntelligenceWednesday, January 9, 2019
Wellesley and Glasswing Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by Rudina Seseri ’00, collaborated on an independent study course that asked students to develop a machine learning model to support startup investing.
BBC Features Wellesley Professor’s Perspective on Popularity of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy WritingTuesday, January 8, 2019
Wellesley College professor of Chinese Mingwei Song says writers from China and other cultures are diversifying genres, like science fiction and fantasy, historically dominated by Westerners.
A Wonder of Ice and Snow: Alaska’s Wellesley GlacierMonday, January 7, 2019
Did you know there is a glacier named after Wellesley College in Alaska’s Prince William Sound? Read more about the historic Harriman Expedition, which included naturalist John Muir, co-founder of the Sierra Club, that charted the area for the first time.
Wellesley Professor’s Research Featured in “Wall Street Journal” ArticleFriday, January 4, 2019
Why are Americans working longer in life? Wellesley economics professor Courtney Coile’s recent research, featured in the Wall Street Journal, sheds some light.
Wintersession 2019 Begins at WellesleyThursday, January 3, 2019
Welcome back to campus for Wintersession 2019! To mark the occasion, check out this wintery Wellesley scene from 50 years ago.
A Year in Review: 2018 at WellesleyWednesday, January 2, 2019
As 2019 begins, take another look at a few moments from Wellesley College in 2018.