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~ Wellesley College Alumnae Host Chicago Celebration~

For immediate release:
September 26, 2002

Mary Ann Hill,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - More than 200 Chicago-area alumnae of Wellesley College will gather later this month at the Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier to celebrate the Massachusetts women's college and its future. The event on September 30 is one of several to be held this year to mark the half-way point of The Wellesley Campaign, the prestigious college's five-year, $400 million fundraising effort. A similar event will be held October 1 in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Chicago-area alumnae are very excited to be able to reconnect with each other and with Wellesley during this exciting period for the college, especially at such a wonderful venue as the Shakespeare Theater," said Victoria Herget of Chicago, chair of the college's board of trustees and a member of the class of 1973.

The evening festivities will feature remarks by Wellesley President Diana Chapman Walsh, a videotaped campus newscast by ABC News reporter and Wellesley trustee Lynn Sherr '63, and taped testimonials from current students and faculty members.

Several local alumnae will offer personal remarks about the importance of a Wellesley education. Those speaking include Elizabeth Shorey Graettinger '45 and her granddaughter Elizabeth Graettinger '98, both of Chicago; and Desiree Glapion Rogers '81 of Chicago, a member of the college's Business Leadership Council.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 127 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students. Some of Wellesley's distinguished alumnae include former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and broadcast journalists Cokie Roberts and Diane Sawyer.


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