A Very Wellesley Weekend Brings Reunions of All Kinds

October 22, 2019

From October 18–20, campus hummed with activity during Wellesley’s fourth annual Very Wellesley Weekend. Students, parents, friends, and alumnae came together to celebrate four very Wellesley events: Friends and Family Weekend, homecoming, Alumnae Achievement Awards, and the 10th anniversary of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs.

From the annual planting of the class tree to the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Awards and the Alumnae Achievement Awards, to the embrace of a classmate or reunion with a professor, the celebratory weekend was truly a special occasion for all who attended.

Four students sit at a table in the field house eating pasta

(left to right) Maya Bradbury ’22, Keiko Hilmo ’20, Grace Cowles ’21, and Fiona Harrigian ’20 of the cross country and track & field teams enjoy PERA’s annual Blue Nation Pasta Dinner. The unofficial kickoff to the weekend’s athletics events, the dinner brings together over 500 varsity and club student-athletes and their families and friends to help fuel the teams for their competitions and celebrate significant accomplishments within PERA. At this year’s event, PERA christened a new crew shell in honor of recently retired athletic director Bridget Belgiovine. The Bridget B. went on to take second place in the Collegiate Eights at the Head of the Charles Regatta on October 20, a program record for Blue Crew. (Photo: Macy Lipkin ’23)

A student speaks at a podium next to a newly planted tree.

Anushka Kelshikar ’22, the class of 2022 treasurer, participates in an annual Wellesley tradition: the planting of the class tree. This Chinese fringe tree was planted between the Academic Quad and Founders Hall. Since 1879, the sophomore class has planted trees on campus to convey the students’ enduring connection to Wellesley. (Photo: Gabrielle Li ’22)

Four women stand in a room.

Kathryn Harvey Mackintosh ’03, executive director of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, meets with alumnae during BLUEprint 2019: Expanding Alumnae Connections, which brought 150 alumnae volunteer leaders to campus for training over the weekend. Mackintosh, who joined Wellesley from Boston College, took on her new role in July 2019.

In Alumnae Auditorium, a woman stands at a podium and speaks into a microphone while a group of women sit on stage listening.

The Wellesley community gathered to honor the two recipients of the 2019 Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Awards. The award, now in its 50th year, is the highest honor given to Wellesley alumnae in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in their professions.

Carol Remmer Angle ’48, professor emerita at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, is a world expert on lead poisoning and co-founder of one of the first poison control centers in the United States. She was one of the first women in the country to chair a medical school department.

Diane Rowland ’70, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, is a recognized health policy expert in research focusing on health insurance coverage, access to care, and health financing for low-income, elderly, and disabled populations.

Learn more about this year’s distinguished honorees.

A panel of students sit with Madeleine Albright on stage.

This year, the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs marks its 10th anniversary. A series of events during A Very Wellesley Weekend celebrated the impact of the Albright Institute’s programs and the work of its fellows. Fellows from all years returned to campus to reconnect, hear from current fellows, and engage with Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59. A panel discussion, “Training Future Global Leaders,” featured Albright as well as fellows Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula ’10, Esther S. Im ’12, and Zsofia Schweger ’12, who discussed the impact of the institute on their life trajectories. Joseph Joyce, founding faculty director of the institute, moderated. (Photo: Kelly Fitzsimmons Photography)