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.