Winning T-Shirt Celebrates Wellesley College’s Support
of Boston Marathon

For immediate release:
April 10, 2006
Mary Ann Hill

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Located near the midpoint of the Boston Marathon, Wellesley College is known far and wide for the support its students provide runners of the famous race. Hundreds of Wellesley students crowd the campus sidewalks, shouting their support, holding signs, offering water and oranges and giving high fives to thousands of runners each April. Runners often say that they can hear the noise from the college’s “scream tunnel” a mile before they reach the campus.

This year’s official Wellesley marathon t-shirt, chosen from among entries to a college-wide design competition, celebrates the college’s long tradition of support for the runners. The shirt shows three cartoon women standing side-by-side, heads tipped back and mouths wide open with the words, “109 Years of Screaming our Lungs Out” written above. The winning design is the creation of Joanna Muenz, a studio art major from Long Island who will graduate in June.

A native of Dix Hills, New York, Muenz plans to spend Marathon Monday, April 17, as she has the past three years, helping friends make posters, photographing runners and fans alike, and screaming along with the rest of the school. “I love hearing the screaming students as I step out the door of my dorm on the other side of campus,” she said. “The community togetherness and overall excitement of the day make Marathon Monday my favorite day of the year at Wellesley. This year, since I’m a senior, I'm also hoping to get a lot of kisses.”

Muenz’s artistic and design skills run deep, and she hopes to pursue a career in photography. She has worked as a photographer for the student newspaper and as photo editor for Generasians, a student publication. This summer she will work as a photography intern at Wellesley’s Davis Museum and Cultural Center, creating an online database. During the academic year, Muenz works at a local architecture firm and has designed logos for two student organizations. She graduated from Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills in 2002 and is the daughter of Lawrence Muenz and Judith Meritz of Washington, DC.

Wellesley College is a prominent liberal arts college and a leader in the education of women for more than 125 years. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 66 countries.