From the President March 2013
A blue and white Wellesley banner greeted us as we arrived for the first mini reunion held in Venice, FL. Red carnations, our ’56 banner, beanies and bags set the tone in the clubhouse. Nine classmates gathered for catching up, reminiscing, solving world problems and devouring a luscious potluck lunch that Barb Booth Moses organized in spite of a broken arm and recent eye surgery! Marj Scheminger Wilson spent 2 hours on the road to get there, collecting Ellie Hurlbrink Boyd and Carolyn Bemis McCallum en route. Ellen Birk Kallman, Ellie Roos Faber and Dorothy Paulonis Zenie came with me from Sarasota. (See pix on the Other Reunions Page.)
And speaking about mini reunions…Here’s what Ethel Larrabee reports about the mini in Solvang, CA April 9-11: “We have 18 definite attendees so far…with room for more. If you can come, please call Ethel at (805)680-1991 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org . Specially priced block of rooms will be available until March 9, but Solvang will have plenty of rooms up to the last minute.” Check out the Happenings Page for more details.
Future minis include:
* May 18: Nessa Osborn Higginson is hosting a mini in Cohasset, MA.
Contact her at email@example.com or 781/383-9427.
* End of August: Diane Weeks Cavers is hosting a mini in Chicago. (847/432-0854)
* In the Fall: Lynn Freydberg (lwarshow@alum.Wellesley.edu) & Laura Ginsburg Strauss are arranging one in NYC.
* TBA: Sylvia Lucas Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org or 414/2715460) is organizing a mini in Milwaukee.
All Classmates are invited to attend any and all of the minis.
I want to welcome Betsy Cassel Stern as co-chair for Annual Giving. She will be working with Mitzi Drucker Jonas, making a wonderful duo to support our dorm reps.
We have received heartfelt thanks from several recipients of financial aid courtesy of the Maud and Coretta Scott King Funds. See the Supporting Wellesley Page for details.
On campus, the innovative Albright Institute marked its fourth year with a focus on US and China in the 21st Century. The 40 Wellesley students chosen as fellows learned from distinguished faculty, including Madeleine Albright, during Wintersession. They will serve in international internships and return to campus to share their experiences with the college community during the Tanner Conference. We had the benefit of hearing from several of these impressive Wellesley students at our 55th Reunion.
On the cutting edge… in the fall Wellesley will become the first liberal arts college to join edX, the consortium of universities offering free online courses, and the first women’s college to offer MOOCs (massive open online courses). President Bottomly defended Wellesley’s decision to join the consortium in a letter in The New York Times dated January 28, 2013. She wrote, “MOOCs are not a substitute for traditional higher education, and they will not endanger it. They expand [it] by widening access, which will improve the world in many ways…Higher education for women was, and still is for some in the world, a radical idea. By offering unrationed opportunities for women, Wellesley is ensuring that this revolution will be one that does not leave anyone behind.” For more on campus activity and Provost Andrew Shennan’s recent Durant/Tower Society conference call remarks, please see the Happenings Page.
Finally, several reminders:
1.Those who are not life members of the Class, may send your dues check to our Class Treasurer Joan Lasley made payable to the Class of 1956. Help us meet our goal of 100% 2. News and photos should go to Secretary Dorothy Paulonis Zenie and Web Manager Toni Holland Liebman. They are hungry for news!
3.Stay in touch by joining Connections’56. To do so email Mimi Tausner.
See email addresses of class officers on the side of this page.
My best for a happy, healthy spring. 1956 Wellesley Rah!