Wellesley College - Class of 2006

Flowers in the Quad Happy three years! Our class has had it all so far – jobs, weddings, grad school, deployments, layoffs and our (gasp) 25th birthdays.

In the next year, we’re looking forward to reuniting with all of you in various cities and finding more ways to stay connected to Wellesley. Our class council will be attending Alumnae Leadership Council next fall, and leading up to that will start to think about planning our reunion! 

In the mean time, we hope you find this newsletter helpful. It’ll help you stay in touch with your classmates and move you along, whatever you’re looking forward to next.

-Amita Parashar
Class of 2006 President

P.S. We may not have Community anymore, but our class does have a blog (link: www.wellesley2006.blogspot.com)! Bookmark it and if you come across anything you’d like to share with your classmates (photos, articles, announcements), send it to us at Wellesley2006@gmail.com and we’ll post it for you.

Newsletter Contents

Mini Reunions (from Jerilyn Libby, Vice President)
Class of 2006 mini reunions will again be happening around the country and around the world in late fall 2009/winter 2010.  Mini reunions are a great chance to reconnect with friends and classmates.  In the past, reunions have been organized in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  If you are interested in planning a reunion in one of these cities or in another location, please contact Jerilyn Libby, jerilynm@gmail.com
 
DVD Yearbooks
Copies of the Class of 2006 DVD yearbook are still available. They are available for $15 (including shipping) or $12 for those who have paid class dues for the 2009-2010 year (including lifetime members.)  If you're interested in purchasing a copy, you can use the secure checkout below:

Delivery generally takes between 2-4 weeks. If you have questions about the DVDs (or if you can't remember if you've paid your dues) contact us at wellesley2006@gmail.com.
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TowerCourt Annual Giving Update (from Justina Wang, Annual Giving Representative)
We closed fiscal year 2009 (ended June 30th) with 25.2% participation.

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

However, our numbers so far this year have been pretty low at 0.9% as of the end of September. This is compared to 2.3% participation at the same time last year. With our fifth year reunion coming up soon (can you believe that?), now is the time to get re-connected and step up to support Wellesley! Your gifts help make sure that Wellesley continues to provide a great education and experience to its students. Every dollar (or twenty dollars) helps!

Please feel free to reach out to me (jjwang@alum.wellesley.edu) if you have ANY questions or suggestions.

P.S. You can make your gift today by:
- Giving online via Wellesley's secure Web site (https://www.wellesley.edu/Resources_giftnew/giftform.html)
- Charging your gift (Amex, MasterCard, or Visa) by calling Wellesley's 24-hour toll-free gift line at: 1-800-358-3543
- Mailing a check to: Office for Annual Giving, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481

Justina Wang
2006 Annual Giving Representative

Class Dues Update (from Katherine Adams, Treasurer)

Hello 2006ers! Just a little reminder about class dues. The two ways to give to the class are life memberships and annual dues. Life membership dues are invested with the College’s endowment; our class receives the income generated from the investment. We currently have 27 lifetime members and we'd love to have more! Thanks so much to our current life members.

Class dues support the activities of the class, such as putting on mini-reunions, sending class publications, and providing seed money for reunion. They do not count as gifts to the College, unlike donations made through Annual Giving. All class dues are tax deductible.

Annual dues are $20.00. Life membership dues are $200.00. You can either donate via Google Checkout below or the old fashioned way, by sending a check to the address below. If you have any questions, please contact me at kadams@alum.wellesley.edu. Thank you for your support!

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to Wellesley College Alumnae Association Class of 2006 and send to:

Katherine Adams
11071 Strathmore Drive, Apt 1
Los Angeles, CA 90024

You can also securely pay using Google Checkout:


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CWS Resources
Looking for a job? Thinking about grad school? About to make a big move? Visit the CWS’s newly redesigned website for alumnae-specific resources. http://new.wellesley.edu/cws/alumnae.html. A few things the CWS can help with:

1)  Downloadable online workshops and podcasts. Virtual workshops include “Job Search Strategies 101,” “Cover Letters” and “Effective Networking” and more.

2) Alumnae are eligible for lots of fellowships (which include money for grad school!). Check them out here:
-Wellesley specific fellowships
http://new.wellesley.edu/cws/students/wellfs.html
-General fellowships
http://new.wellesley.edu/cws/students/samplefs.html

3) If you’ll be in the Boston area, you can still make an appointment at the CWS to get career or school counseling via MyCWS https://www.myinterfase.com/wellesley/student/home.aspx

4) Top-secret job databases on MyCWS. You can never search in too many places.



Classmate Spotlight (from Kate Derrick, Secretary)
Lindsey Boylan
Most of us remember Lindsey Boylan from our senior year in her active role as College Government President. In our time since graduation, Lindsey has continued to be a leader in a variety of roles, both at Wellesley and in her professional life. Since 2007, Lindsey has been working in New York City at the Bryant Park Corporation, a private not-for-profit company that contracts with the city government to manage local parks, the most notable being Bryant Park, just behind the New York Public Library. Lindsey's role with Bryant Park Corp. is as the Operations Manager, which means she gets to be a central part of planning for events and happenings at Bryant Park, as well as the day-to-day operations. Considering going into urban planning, Lindsey is using her current role to learn about how city governments can maximize their resources by working with outside companies and nonprofits, as well as provide the public with fun, free activities in open spaces. From the tents of fashion week to the annual winter ice skating rink, Lindsey ensures that the park operates smoothly and within budget while providing New Yorkers with a mid-town oasis.

Lindsey has also continued her involvement with Wellesley, by representing the class of 2006 and other recent classes as the Young Alumnae Trustee.  Elected to the role in the spring of 2007 (and finishing up her three-year term in 2010), Lindsey has spent the past two and a half years working with the rest of the Board to ensure that the college lives up to its mission of providing students with a top-notch education. Lindsey's term as Young Alum Trustee coincided with the largest financial downturn any of us remember, meaning that she's gotten a crash course in how colleges deal with financial crunches. While the Board had to make many difficult decisions and support President Bottomly as she made cuts across the college, Lindsey noted that the Board and President Bottomly have been steadfast in not cutting back on the college's core values. While many sacrifices have been made, Lindsey said that the Board of Trustees has focused on ensuring that the college's level of education is maintained. She also praised the transparency of the college, and especially President Bottomly, during these difficult financial times, as the college remains committed to creating a dialogue with alumnae and students.

If you or any other '06ers are taking on unique adventures, send me information at kderrick@alum.wellesley.edu,or send other updates for the Class Notes to 2006notes@alum.wellesley.edu.

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Have suggestions for the next newsletter or questions about the content of this one? You can reach any of us at wellesley2006@gmail.com.We're always open to feedback!