Wellesley Community Celebrates Third Annual Very Wellesley Weekend

October 16, 2018
A student hugs her mother

Many happy reunions marked the weekend, including this moment between V.J. Jones ’22 and her mother, Laura Jones, captured during registration on Friday in Lulu. Photo: Mehar Bhatia ’22


A  student and her grandmother pose in front of a tree at the students tree planting ceremony.

Michelle Geller ’21 and her grandmother Sandra Kulli ’68 at the class of 2021’s tree planting ceremony on Saturday. Geller and Kulli were delighted to learn that their respective class trees are planted adjacent to each other! Photo: Majesty Zander ’21


A group of women stand on stage wearing purple capes.

The members of the class of 1990 brought the power of purple when one of their own, Nergis Mavalvala ’90, received an Alumnae Achievement Award from the Wellesley College Alumnae Association on Friday night.


The two alumnae achievement award honorees pose together for the camera.

The Alumnae Achievement Awards ceremony and reception brought the campus and alumnae communities together to celebrate the highest accolade given to graduates of distinction. National public health expert Camara Jones ’76 and quantum astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala ’90 were honored for their achievements, which have brought honor to themselves and the College.


A Wellesley soccer player breaks from the pack with the ball.

Hannah Knoll ’20 looks to control the ball during the second half of the Wellesley-Emerson soccer game this weekend. The team ran through the rain and rallied for a late equalizer, as Kelly Hoover ’19 scored her first career goal with six minutes left in regulation to help the Blue to a 1-1 tie. Photo: Julia Monaco ’19


Swimmers pose underwater in a pool.

When we said pool party, we meant pool party! Current swim team student-athletes (front, left to right) Kayleigh Svensson ’20, Sarah Gladstone ’20, Shelby Ripp ’22, Peyton Wang ’22, and (back, left to right) Maggie Haley ’20, Jessica Wu ’21, and Annika Walker ’21, put a unique spin on a team picture at the bottom of the recently refurbished Chandler Swimming Pool. Photo: Julia Monaco ’19


The newest members of the Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame

Wellesley welcomed the third class of inductees to the Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday evening in the Alumnae Hall Ballroom. Left to right, they are Sarah Hilgenberg ’00, Katie Antypas ’99, Betsy Jordan ’59, Amy Ayres Parratto ’83, Jennifer Kegel ’88, and (front) Louise O’Neal, director of athletics and department chair from 1990 to 2006. The awardees shared stories of their athletic achievements with family, friends, and current student-athletes at the awards dinner. Photo: Frank Poulin


Alumnae sit at a table at the Sed Ministrare Dinner

The Wellesley College Alumnae Association held the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Awards dinner on Saturday night, recognizing three outstanding volunteers for their leadership, service, and contributions to Wellesley. Congratulations to Teresita Ramos ’93, Erika Spitzer ’06, and Jody Strakosch ’79!


Joy St. John gives a presentation to perspective students.

Joy St. John, dean of admission and financial aid, leads a panel of current students and alumnae during Discover Wellesley Weekend as over 400 visitors listen. The conclusion to A Very Wellesley Weekend, Discover Wellesley allows prospective students the opportunity to go to classes and panels, and take part in the surreal bonding experience that is spending the night in a Wellesley residence hall with a current student. Discover Wellesley Weekend is integral to the college search process for many students; nearly 80 percent of the 2017 attendees decided to apply to Wellesley.


A student leads a tour of prospective students and their families.

Soumaya Dammak ’22, from Sfax, Tunisia, leads a group of Discover Wellesley Weekend visitors across campus. Tour highlights include beautiful new art spaces in Pendleton West, fall foliage near Lake Waban, and Dammak’s favorite study nook in the Lulu Chow Wang ’66 Campus Center. Couldn’t make it to the program? Prospective students can attend info sessions, tours, and classes throughout the year by scheduling a personalized visit.