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
Several local alumnae will offer personal remarks about
the importance of a Wellesley education. Those speaking
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.