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~ Wellesley College Alumnae Celebrate at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame~

For immediate release:
September 26, 2002

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Mary Ann Hill,
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WELLESLEY, Mass. - More than 100 Cleveland-area alumnae of Wellesley College will gather early next month at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to celebrate the Massachusetts women's college and its future. The event on October 1 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 September 30 in Chicago at the Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

"Cleveland-area alumnae are delighted 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 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," 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 Tu Hoffman '76 of Cincinnati; Rakhee Palekar '98 of Grafton; and Barbara Peterson Ruhlman '54 of Cleveland, through whose generosity the college has established an annual spring conference of student research and scholarship.

The evening will end with a musical performance by The Flying Other Brothers Five, a California-based band that features Wellesley alumna Ann Kosakowski McNamee '75 on keyboards and vocals.

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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