you donate to your class you allow us to put on better mini reunions at
lower cost to you, provide seed money for reunion and the class record
book, and send better publications. These things all contribute to the
unity of the class and allow us to stay better connected to each other
and to the College. All class dues are also tax deductible. To clear up
a common point of confusion, class dues only support the activities of
the class. Donations to the
class do not count as gifts to the College.
How to give
There are two ways to give to
your class: life memberships and annual dues. Life membership dues are
invested with the College’s endowment; our class receives the income
generated from the investment. One class from the 1930s currently
receives a 50% return on their investment! While we probably won’t be
there for a good seventy years, life memberships are still the best way
for the class to fundraise.
At this time we are offering an
early bird special for life memberships. Before June 1, 2007, life
membership dues will be set at $150.00; after that date they will
increase to $200.00. We understand that many of us are not able to
become life members at this time and we very much appreciate annual
dues as well, which have been set at $20.00.
Where to give
Membership Dues (before
June 1, 2007)
We are working on setting up a
PayPal account, but at this time the best way to pay dues is by check.
If you have any questions please contact your treasurer, Katherine
Adams, at email@example.com
Thank you very much for your
To send in your class dues, please contact Katherine Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org
with classmates in person
Helping to organize
mini-reunions is a great way to get involved with class activities and
get reacquainted with your classmates! We’re organizing
mini-reunions around the country to celebrate the first anniversary of
our graduation from Wellesley in June. The cities we’re hoping to
host these gatherings in are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New
York, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Seoul, Tokyo, and
Washington, D.C. This list is just a start—if you would like to
organize a 2006 mini-reunion in another city, you’re welcome to do
so! At this time, we do not have the money to subsidize these
events, so we suggest holding it at a location where people can pay
their own way.
Want to get
involved without a huge commitment?
now we’re looking for Regional Chairs who will help facilitate these
area. Regional Chairs will help organize an appropriate venue as
well as help plan the other event logistics. The class officers
provide support to the Chairs in terms of providing lists of alums in
the area and answering any other questions you may
Please contact Jerilyn Libby at email@example.com if you are interested in getting
involved in planning mini-reunions.
The part where you tell us
about school, jobs, weddings and
The best way for you to stay in
touch with your classmates is to keep in touch with the Alumnae
Association and Alumnae Class Officers.
Keep the College and Class Officers Informed
Update your contact
information with the Alumnae Association to
sure you continue to receive important information about the College.
Two ways to update your info:
Keep in touch with Class Officers
so we can know what people want to see and do involving our Class! You
can reach all of us through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up with submitting the
class notes- feel free to include everything from educational and
career transitions (or just updates from graduation), to growing
families and exciting adventures!
- You can send class notes
early on Annual Giving
You don't have to be Lulu Chow
to contribute significantly, we
Wellesley Annual Giving
as a young alumnae is difficult. You don't have a lot of extra cash,
you’re too busy to give and you have all those college loans to pay off
first...but a 5.3% participation rate as of December 2006?
COME ON LADIES! Giving back to Wellesley is
easy, a small financial burden, and most of all, really makes a
what do you love most
important to remember that
Wellesley is not looking for a huge contribution, Wellesley just wants
you to give back and PARTICIPATE! Everyone understands that it’s hard
to contribute a lot when you’re just out of college. How about $20.06?
That’s equivalent to three Starbucks coffees, two gin and tonics, or
one pedicure. Parents are also an excellent source to help you out in
the first few years.
- The fantastic professors that
actually motivate you to learn?
- Contributions from
Wellesley alumnae help keep Wellesley’s faculty compensation
- The beautiful campus?
- Contributions from
Wellesley alumnae not only help pay for everyday costs such as grounds
maintenance, but also help pay for extraordinary items, such as
additional heating costs in an especially cold winter.
- The fact that over 50% of
students receive some form of financial aid?
- Contributions from
Wellesley alumnae help support Wellesley’s need-blind admissions
policy, despite many other schools abandoning this policy in face of
rising education costs.
- Bottom line
- Your contributions to Wellesley Annual Giving make sure that
what you love most of about Wellesley will be what current and future
students love most about Wellesley.
- The easiest (and fastest) way
is to give online:
- But you can also send
- Or, if you want to receive
appeals through the mail and have an actual Wellesley student contact
you, update your contact information! Visit your Directory Listing
anyone on the 2006
Annual Giving Committee:
the 2006 Annual
Giving Committee helps you stay connected with both Wellesley College
and your fellow classmates. Moreover, the current Committee would love
to have some help. Please contact Justina Wang (email@example.com)
Miss First Class? We've got the
next best thing...
nothing will ever measure
up, but the online community Discussions
What you can do in the online forums (to help alleviate that FirstClass
craving you've been having):
complete listing and to
request a group sign onto http://new.wellesley.edu/alum
and click on "discussions."
- Requesting a discussion group
is as easy as creating a conference, and groups are only open to
- Subscribe and post to an
existing discussion (Book Recommendations, Mental Health, Wellesley
Writers, Apartment and Job Search, etc) or create your own around any
special interest, group of friends.
- A preview of some of the
discussions that are available:
- Study Abroad and Internships
Career and Life Planning Resources
Wellesley College Center for
Work and Service
Translating the Liberal Arts
Action - “The mission of the Center for Work and Service (CWS) is to
assist students and alumnae in fulfilling the expectations of their
liberal arts education and finding their way to make a difference in
the world. The CWS encourages women to develop a strong sense of
personal identity and facilitates the process of career and life
planning. The staff of the CWS strives to provide leadership in
creating a model work environment for women.”
The challenge is in recognizing
acknowledging that “to make a difference in the world” may mean many
different things throughout one’s lifetime. The CWS is available
to you as a lifelong resource to help with all aspects of that process.
The CWS works with a
cyclical four-stage career development model:
You will experience the career
development cycle many times during your life’s work.
Available to You
- assess your self; your
interests, skills, values and personality; and generate possibilities
- explore career fields and
life options; compare possibilities to reality
- develop a strategy and
identify targeted resources for your next steps
- manage and evaluate your
personal and professional goals
*Thanks to Folly Patterson of
the Center for Work and Service for her
valuable addition to the newsletter.
- Career Counseling
- Schedule an appointment
with a CWS counselor to talk through your situation either on-campus or
by telephone by calling 781.283.2352 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. EST. For brief questions, you can email “Ask the
Counselor” through our website, http://new.wellesley.edu/CWS.
Click on “Alumnae” and then “Programs and Services”.
- The CWS Web Site
- You can directly access the
resources and information most suited to your particular interests and
needs. Along with extensive job-search resources such as a
self-guided resume tutorial and downloadable interview workshop, our
web site includes such features as graduate and professional school
information, fellowships and internships, online career library
resources, job fairs and job listings, community service and volunteer
opportunities, and a calendar of events and programs offered on campus
and through the Wellesley Alumnae Clubs.
- The Wellesley Network (W
- The W Network consists of
over 33,000 U.S. and internationally-based alumnae willing to share
information and advice with students and other alumnae. Alumnae
profiles are sorted by life experiences rather than occupation, to
include not only career information, but also volunteer work, hobbies,
areas of expertise, travel, professional memberships, services offered,
and a variety of affiliations. In addition, alumnae can indicate their
interest in discussing a variety of life topics, such as caring for
aging parents or re-entering the workforce.
- To search the W Network,
indicate your networking preferences or update your profile, go to the
CWS web page, http://new.wellesley.edu/CWS,
click the “W Network” button in the top menu bar. If you have not
registered with the Online Alumnae Community, click on “Register Now!”
in the Sign In box. To register you will need your Wellesley ID
number (A or B plus 8 numbers, found above your name on most mailings
from the college).
- Wellesley “Job Listings”
- Specifically for Wellesley
students and alumnae, this job posting site is for searching or posting
employment or internship opportunities for the Wellesley community by
the Wellesley community. In the Online Alumnae Community, click the
“Job Listings” button in the top menu bar.
- CLOE (Career and Life Online
- CLOE provides direct access
to the wide variety of databases and online resources available through
the CWS to help Wellesley students and alumnae with their career
planning process. Resources include targeted job and internship
databases as well as exploration tools such as:
- FOCUS- A self-guided
self-assessment and career exploration tool. FOCUS may be more
targeted for initial career exploration, but is a good starting place
for anyone to help clarify skills, interests and values.
- CareerSearch- A directory
of over 1 million companies in the U.S. and Canada searchable by
industry and location, as well as key words and computer systems
used. Also includes executive search firms by industry and
- Vault Guides-
Comprehensive industry, career and employer information as well as
downloadable gold guides.
- The CWS Spotlight
- One of the new Online
Alumnae Community discussion groups; a way to keep you informed on
career and life management resources. It will contain brief,
targeted highlights on a new topic each month, including book reviews,
quick tips and Web sites for you to explore. You can subscribe by going
to Discussions at http://new.wellesley.edu/alum/discussions.html,
click on Shared Interests in the Discussions Communities box, then
Career, which will take you to the CWS Spotlight discussion
group. Complete the subscription information at the bottom of the
group details page and click the Subscribe button to be able to post,
read, and respond to messages.
Let us know what you think of
this first newsletter and what other
additions you'd like to see in future newsletters!
We're always happy to hear from
all of you at firstname.lastname@example.org!
just to brand it into your mind one last time...
Wondering why your Wellesley
roomies get the alum magazine and you don't?
Update your info at http://new.wellesley.edu/alum
it takes less time than doing your laundry (read: buying extra socks)
or cooking dinner (read: picking up takeout) and you make time for
those things, right?