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Albright FellowsDeveloping Tomorrow's Leaders: First-Ever Albright Institute Launches at Wellesley College
Call it a new global network. Forty young women will learn how to become effective world leaders this January at Wellesley College’s first-ever Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. This unique opportunity showcases the advantages of a liberal arts education—particularly one provided by the nation's top women's college—in preparing women for positions of global leadership. Learning how to synthesize a vast array of ideas and perspectives, students will focus on setting goals, promoting collaboration, creating consensus and building community to solve global problems. 

Wellesley Student Anya Corke's Champion Chess Play Breaks Boundaries in Boston
Anya Corke has gone by many titles: the top chess player from Hong Kong, a woman grandmaster and, most recently, a Wellesley College first-year student. Since coming to Wellesley this fall, Corke, 19, has added another distinction to her name as the first-ever woman to play for the Boston Blitz, a Cambridge-based team that competes in the United States Chess League. She has gone unbeaten since beginning play for the league. According to the World Chess Federation, there are 249 woman grandmasters in the world, as of November 2009.

Nolan FlynnWellesley’s Nolan Flynn Helps to Develop New Treatment for Traumatic Injury
In settings from the battlefield to car accidents, blood loss is a major factor in deaths resulting from traumatic injury. Nolan Flynn, associate professor of chemistry at Wellesley College, is part of a research team that has developed a new treatment for internal bleeding that promises to save lives. “Although some treatments for uncontrolled bleeding, such as those based on human recombinant factor VIIa, exist, these materials are often limited by stringent storage conditions, short shelf life, and the potential for complications after administration to the patient,” he said.

Lisa Fischman Appointed Ruth G. Shapiro '37 Director of Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College
Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly has announced the appointment of Lisa Fischman as the Ruth G. Shapiro ' 37 director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center. Fischman, at right, who will take up her appointment on Feb. 1, has served as chief curator of the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson and Gallery Director at the Atlanta College of Art. Trained as an Americanist, Fischman has focused on investigating the relationships among the fine arts, material culture, design and popular culture, and locates her interest “among creative spheres often presumed not to intersect.”

Citibank CEO Meets With Wellesley Economics Students
On Nov. 18, Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup, and Lisa Caputo, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Women & Co. and Executive Vice President of Citi Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, participated in a discussion with Wellesley College students regarding women and the economy.

Wellesley's Markella Rutherford Focuses on Freedom and Boundaries in Popular Parenting Advice
Should parents give their children more chores? Is it okay to let them dress how they want? Is constant adult supervision a must? Markella “Kelly” Rutherford, assistant professor of sociology at Wellesley College, evaluated how parenting advice on these questions has changed over time in her study, “Children's Autonomy and Responsibility: An Analysis of Child Rearing Advice,” recently published in the journal Qualitative Sociology.

Colloquium Explores President Barack Obama's Identity: Discussion Will Focus on Obama's Memoir and Current Events
The child of a white American woman and a black Kenyan father, President Barack Obama recounted his struggle with racial identity in his acclaimed memoir, Dreams From My Father. Wellesley College’s Africana Studies Department will host a colloquium to discuss the book and current events surrounding Obama, including his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4:15 pm in Harambee House. The book was chosen in light of recent political developments, but the discussion will span topics from politics to the African diaspora, said Donna Patterson, assistant professor of Africana studies at Wellesley.

One Nation, Indivisible? Wellesley’s Stacie Goddard Examines the Nature of, and Solutions for, Ongoing Territorial Disputes in New Book
For thousands of years, leading up to present day, men have battled over the right to rule the Holy City of Jerusalem. Yet this territorial dispute, seemingly irresolvable, hasn’t always been so and could be remedied through a change in political rhetoric, says Wellesley’s Stacie Goddard in her new book, Indivisible Territory and the Politics of Legitimacy: Jerusalem and Northern Ireland (Cambridge University Press, September 2009).

Wellesley College Scientists Win EPA Grant to Support Earth-Friendly Heating Options for Poor Nations
Wellesley College alumna Catlin Powers, class of 2009, fights to bring heat, clean water and other necessities to those in need -- from the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas to economically depressed areas of the Dominican Republic, Ghana and India. Powers and other investigators, including project advisor Nolan Flynn, associate professor of chemistry at Wellesley, have won $10,000 from the EPA's P3 Awards, a national student design competition focusing on people, prosperity and the planet.

New Book on Infamous Tuskegee Study Delves into Medical Experimentation and Health Care Reform
Susan M. ReverbyThe Tuskegee Syphilis Study has become the American metaphor for medical racism, government malfeasance and physician arrogance. The subject of histories, films, rumors and political slogans, it received an official federal apology from President Bill Clinton in a White House ceremony attended by Wellesley College Professor Susan M. Reverby, one of those responsible for making the apology happen. In her new book Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy (University of North Carolina Press, November 2009), Reverby details the study’s racist history, explains how people experienced it and why the doctors thought it was the right thing to do.

Roxanne EubenWellesley's Roxanne Euben Reveals Variety of Islamist Political Thought
Wellesley College political scientist Roxanne L. Euben has published a new book designed to expand the understanding of Islamist thought in the Western world. Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from al-Banna to Bin Laden (Princeton University Press, November 2009), is an anthology of key primary texts that provides an introduction to Islamist political thought from the early 20th century to the present.

CornWellesley College Hosts a Series of Events on the Future of Food
Faculty from a variety of disciplines, perspectives and local colleges, will tackle some of the big questions surrounding food and introduce their food-related scholarship during the “Symposium of Locals” Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 pm in Tishman Commons, Wang Campus Center, on the Wellesley College campus. The symposium comes as part of the Center for the Environment’s fall series, “The Future of Food.”

TannerOh, The Places You'll Go: Wellesley College Celebrates a World of Learning at Tanner Conference Nov. 3
The annual Tanner Conference will bring together students, faculty, staff and alumnae as they share their off-campus journeys. With projects ranging from “Hip-Hop and Toy Guns in Palestine” to “Stuck in the Mucky-Muck: Adventures in Cape Cod Salt Marsh Research,” Wellesley travelers return to discuss their experiences with the community.

Understanding the 'Great Recession': Wellesley Economics Professors Offer Insights in Nov. 2 Panel
The current financial crisis has led to many questions in academic and public debate. Is it over yet? How did some countries weather the crisis so well? Will the Obama administration’s proposals work? To answer these questions, Wellesley College economics professors will discuss where we are in the financial crisis in a panel discussion, “The Great Recession: Back from the Edge or Off the Cliff Again?” Monday, Nov. 2, at 4:15 pm in Pendleton Atrium.

XrayWellesley Students Pass on Science Knowledge Through Outreach
Why is your big toe bigger than your other toes? How and why do foot and ankle injuries occur? Wellesley College students in the course, “Sports Medicine,” aimed to answer these questions — and showcase the science in everyday life — for kindergarten through seventh grade girls at the annual Science Club for Girls’ (SCFG) kickoff event, “Where’s the Science?” The fair was hosted at the Keohane Sports complex on the Wellesley College campus.

BatsCobwebs, Candy Corn and the Creepy Carillon: Wellesley College Bell Ringers Host a Halloween Haunted Tower
This Halloween, the eerie theme of the Addams Family will ring out over a darkened Wellesley College campus. This and other terrifying tunes will emanate from Galen Stone Tower, which stands 182 feet tall, and the students who play the carillon within. The guild is opening the tower to the brave-hearted who can scale the spine-chilling stairs to the carillon, encountering skeletons, spiders, ghosts and cobwebs on the climb, during a Halloween Haunted Tower, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 pm.

Campus Community Is Invited to New Diversity Initiative Forum
President H. Kim Bottomly and Dean of Students Debra DeMeis are inviting the Wellesley College campus community to the launch of the new Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion for Students on Monday, Oct. 19, at 4 pm in Pendleton Atrium.

Wellesley’s Jennie E. Pyers Studies ‘Tip of the Tongue’ Experiences
Jennie E. PyersWellesley College psychologist Jennie E. Pyers would like to tell you about her latest research – it’s right on the tip of her tongue. Pyers studies that all-too-human tendency to try to say a word you know, but just can’t remember. Her research looks for possible explanations for this lapse: “One, words that sound the same are competing to come out,” says the assistant professor. “Two, words that share the similar meaning will block out another word. Or three, words that we don’t use very often are harder to access."

ZhuangRecent Wellesley College Graduate Nabs Major Physics Honor
Wellesley College 2009 graduate Bilin Zhuang has been awarded the American Physical Society’s 2009 Leroy Apker Award for outstanding achievements in physics. Zhuang will receive $5,000 and an allowance for travel to the meeting of the society where the award will be presented. The Wellesley College Physics Department will also receive $5,000 to support undergraduate research. Typically, the award goes to one student from a Ph.D. granting institution and one student from a non- Ph.D. granting institution. This year both winners are graduates of women’s colleges— Zhuang and Kathryn Greenberg of Mount Holyoke College.

LibraryWellesley College Toasts the 100th Birthday of the Margaret Clapp Library
In 1875, Wellesley College founder Henry Fowle Durant donated 8,000 books from his private collection to found the school’s library. The collection would continue to grow, and in 1909, the Margaret Clapp Library was built to house the many collections and resources the college had accumulated. Wellesley will toast the 100th birthday of the library with a centennial celebration Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly Is Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Kim BottomlyH. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College, is among those who will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ 229th class of new members on Saturday, Oct. 10. The program celebrates pioneering research and scholarship, artistic achievement and exemplary service to society. The AAAS membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. “I am deeply honored to be included among the membership of the AAAS,” Bottomly said. “I look forward to working with these outstanding leaders to come together on the vital and critical issues of our day.”

Wellesley College Hosts New Directions in Documentary Film Festival and Symposium
Wellesley will host the New Directions in Documentary Film Festival and Symposium,Oct. 19-25, 2009. The festival will bring together preeminent documentary filmmakers andinnovative new practitioners of the craft in a weeklong showcase of films, with panel discussions about the new aesthetics of documentary, the documentary as political action, the personal documentary and more. Filmmaker Albert Maysles will give the keynote lecture, “Handheld and from the Heart,” with an introduction by H. Kim Bottomly, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 12:30 pm in Collins Cinema.

Wellesley Economists Say Economic Crisis Will Cause More Retirements
Wellesley College economists Courtney Coile and Phillip Levine have published a new paper, “The Market Crash and Mass Layoffs: How the Current Economic Crisis May Affect Retirement,” this month through the National Bureau of Economic Research. Coile and Levine continue to investigate this issue, focusing on its impact on the well-being of individuals in their 70s, well after they have left the labor force.  They are incorporating their work in a book, Reconsidering Retirement:  How Losses and Layoffs Affect Older Workers, soon to be published by Brookings Press. 

MadrianCalderwood Lecture in Economics at Wellesley College Focuses on Retirement Decisions
Brigitte Madrian, the Aetna professor of public policy and corporate management at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, will discuss her findings in this field during the 2009 Calderwood Lecture in Economics, “Behavioral Economics in the Real World: Default Options and Retirement Savings Outcomes,” Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 pm in Collins Cinema on the Wellesley College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

HanWhat Motivates People to Participate in Politics? Wellesley College's Hahrie Han's New Book Says Its All About Caring and Connection
Hahrie Han, the Sidney R. Knafel assistant professor of social sciences in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College, explores what motivates political participation in her new book, Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2009).Through in-depth interviews with political activists and large-scale survey data, Han studied how people with few resources and little political interest become motivated to vote. She found that highly personal commitments — such as the quality of children’s education or the desire to help a friend — exert an impact on getting disadvantaged people to the voting booth.

Harry Clark and Doug WaltersWellesley College Science Center Wins Prestigious Award
The Wellesley College Science Center is the year’s sole recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS) 2009 College Award.  This prestigious award was established by the ACS to recognize a college that has an outstanding and comprehensive laboratory health and safety program. To be considered for the award, the Science Center was required to define and demonstrate its success in developing and implementing a sustainable and comprehensive laboratory health and safety program. 

AdeleAssociate Dean of the College Adele Wolfson Discusses the Experience of Women in Math and Science
Adele Wolfson, associate dean of the college, addressed ongoing issues of gender equality in math and science following actress Gioia De Cari’s comedic one-woman show, “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze.” The play discusses the challenges of being a female graduate student in mathematics in the 1980s and the struggle to find one’s passion. “Much of the play, unfortunately, rang true to the panel that responded afterward,” Wolfson said.

DancerWellesley Celebrates Indian Dance and Fine Arts
The 3,000-year-old Indian dance form Bharatnatyam, known for its beauty, grace and elegance, remains popular today with contemporary audiences and performers. Dancer and choreographer Jothi Raghavan will perform this popular Indian style of dance during the program, “Human Love, Divine Beloved — Performing Love Poems to God,” Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7 pm in the Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College. Raghavan will present her original work, “Godha — A Love Story,” to mystic saint-poetess Andal’s passionate verses expressing her love to god Narayana.

Colin ChannerWellesley's Wilbur Rich Wins Achievement Award for Study of City Politics
City politics have provided Wilbur C. Rich with a most satisfying career as a professor of political science. Now they have brought him honors for a lifetime of achievement. Wellesley College’s William R. Kenan Jr. professor of political science, Rich has been awarded the Norton Long Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) at its 2009 annual meeting this month.

Colin ChannerCaptivating Voices of African and Caribbean Literary Tradition to Perform at Wellesley College In October
On Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 pm in Wellesley’s Schneider Hall Theatre, Jamaican-American novelist Colin Channer, right, will present a monologue, “How to Beat a Child the Right and Proper Way,” a contrarian look at mother-daughter relationships. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 pm in Wellesley’s Collins Cinema, “HOPE: An Evening with Kwame Dawes and Christopher Lydon,” will feature a reading of poems about HIV and AIDS in Jamaica followed by a philosophical discussion about the human capacity to generate optimism in difficult times.

Worries and Violence: Wellesley Professors Discuss Today's Russia
Marshall Goldman will discuss these worries during the panel discussion, “RUSSIA NOW: The Current State of the Former Soviet Union,” Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 pm in Pendleton Atrium on the Wellesley campus. Joining Goldman at the talk will be Wellesley professors Philip Kohl and Adam Van Arsdale, of the anthropology department, and Adam Weiner of the Russian department. Nina Tumarkin, professor of history, will moderate.

KingLearActors From the London Stage Present Shakespeare's King Lear
Betrayal, madness and reconciliation will all come to Wellesley College as the Actors From the London Stage present William Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, opening Thursday, Sept. 24. The group will remain at Wellesley for a weeklong residency, Sept. 22-25. In addition to performing, they will teach workshops for Wellesley theatre studies students during the week.

Wellesley College Announces 2009 Malone Prize Winners
Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly presented the Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence to senior Hoi-Fei Mok, junior Megan Townsend and sophomore Olivia Hendricks, Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Wellesley’s convocation. “The prizes are given each year to honor students who have successfully combined academic excellence with a commitment to contributing to the college community,” President Bottomly said.

StudentsWellesley College Community Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Back During "A Day to Make a Difference"
The Wellesley College community will honor the institution’s motto, “Not to be served, but to serve,” as it spends the first weekend of the academic year in service during the 10th annual “A Day to Make a Difference,” Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13. The event is a worldwide celebration that offers Wellesley College students, alumnae, faculty, employees and families the chance to participate in service projects in their communities. Last year, more than 1,500 volunteer hours were contributed during the event.

Wellesley College Alumnae Appointed to United States Foreign Service
Wellesley College graduates Jessica Berlow ’03, Jennifer Jensen ’09 and Katherine Musgrove ’09 have received appointments to the United States Foreign Service – joining the ranks of another famous Wellesley diplomat. “It just seemed fitting that we will be serving under (Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton, really letting Wellesley leave its mark on the State Department,” Jensen said. Each completed rigorous evaluation and testing, sometimes lasting more than a year. Of the more than 20,000 applicants, only between 250-500 were ultimately offered a spot.

YouTube on CollaborationWellesley, Babson and Olin Presidents Hold Collaboration Celebration
Babson, Olin and Wellesley college presidents held a community celebration of their new three-college agreement that builds on geographic proximity and complementary educational strengths to explore an expanded partnership among the three institutions. The event took place Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Wellesley Room of Olin Hall at Babson College.

MetaxasWellesley College Teams Up With Google to Change Introductory Computing
A new computer science course, “The Socio-Technological Web,” will be offered at Wellesley College this fall. Google Research, who is teaming up with faculty at a handful of colleges to explore the changing nature of computing, will provide 20 Android smartphones to students in the class who will use and develop mobile applications for social interaction. “With this course we aim to help our students not only demystify the way omnipresent gadgets work, but, importantly, to empower them about using, understanding and affecting the social Web,” said P. Takis Metaxas, associate professor of computer science.

Summer Meant 121 Research Challenges at Wellesley College
This summer, 121 students from Wellesley College and other institutions took part in 10 weeks of summer research. “Doing science is the best way to learn science,” said Mary Allen, Wellesley professor emerita of biological sciences and a director of the program. “Having a summer to delve into a significant research project in collaboration with a faculty mentor gives a student the best opportunity to see what science is all about.”

Wellesley, Olin and Babson Colleges Announce New Partnerships
Wellesley College, one of the country’s premier liberal arts colleges, Olin College, one of the country’s leading engineering colleges, and Babson College, the top-ranked college for the study of entrepreneurship, have formalized a collaborative agreement that builds on their geographic proximity and complementary curricula to explore the synergies in the schools’ three missions.

TaylorWellesley College Educator Leads Team Awarded Grant to Improve Mathematics Instruction
Corrine Taylor, director of the quantitative reasoning program at Wellesley College, is leading a two-week QR workshop for middle and high school teachers this month at the Normandin Middle School in New Bedford, Mass., supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. During the professional development course, teachers attending the course will work to develop their own problems and projects that are applicable, interesting and engaging for their students. They will also learn how colleges assess QR readiness and course placement.

Victoria-Diane AllisonWellesley College Senior Explores Educational Achievement Gaps
Wellesley College senior Victoria-Diane Allison has been selected to conduct research at the 2009 Urban Institute Summer Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research in Washington, D.C. Allison, a sociology major, focused her summer research on education for young African-American males, a group that is falling behind in graduation rates and test scores. She explored how one contributing cause of the achievement gap— teachers’ expectations— affects the educational outcomes for this group.

Four Wellesley College Students Named Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows
Wellesley College senior Megan Carter-Thomas and juniors Joy Clarke, Stephanie Gomez and Ikhlas Saleem have been named Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF). Administered by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MMUF aims to help remedy the shortage of faculty of color in higher education by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction. 

Wellesley College Student Honored for her Commitment to EnvironmentalPenticoffIssues
Junior Leslye Penticoff is taking ideas from the classroom and putting them to workthroughout the world — from Copenhagen to Argentina to Idaho. She has recently been honored with a Morris K. Udall scholarship for her commitment to environmental issues.The scholarship will fund her summer work in La Plata, Argentina, where she ispart of a four-person team working with a local non-governmental agency, Biosfera, and the Foundation for Sustainable Development. The team is working to finish a solar water heater project at a community center to increase sanitation and comfort for members of the neighborhood.

Newhouse Center for the Humanities Welcomes Scholars
The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College will welcome 12 scholars — working on topics ranging from religious conversion in Japan and India, to acoustics and aesthetics in the 19th century — for the 2009- 2010 academic year.  Several of the scholars will teach undergraduate courses and faculty seminars; all will be involved in collaborative conversation throughout the year with one another and the Wellesley College community.

Otopalik Students Win Beckman Scholarships for Scientific Research
Wellesley College students Adriane Otopalik and Allison Xie have won Beckman Scholarships. The awards, which are approximately $20,000, will fund two summers and one academic year of scientific research. They will present on their research to other Beckman Scholars at a national conference in 2010.


Wellesley College Visiting Professor Heads New Center for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies
Bryan Turner, the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College, will head a new, leading research center in Australia, set to explore the place of Muslim communities in society today. The University of Western Sydney (UWS) will officially open its Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies July 16.

LeedsWellesley Senior Wins Citizenship Award for Preservation Efforts
In 1998, students from Fairgrounds Middle School formed the Fairgrounds Student Historic Preservation Team to restore the 1886 Gatehouse, a marker of Nashua’s industrial heritage. During a recent celebration of the project’s 10-year anniversary, Wellesley College senior Jaclyn Leeds was presented with the Hugh Gregg Citizenship Award for her dedication to the team. The award is named after the former Nashua mayor and New Hampshire governor who strongly advocated for the preservation of Mine Falls and its park.

Wellesley College Seniors Win Truman Scholarships for Graduate Study
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Wellesley College class of 1959 and president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, has announced that Wellesley College seniors Racquel Armstrong and Jennie Hatch have been named 2009 Truman scholars on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of “making a difference.”

KelmiaCarnegie Junior Fellowship Winner Hopes to Help her Homeland
As a high school student, Kelima Yakupova, a 2009 graduate of Wellesley College, left behind her parents, siblings, grandparents and other relatives in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan with hopes of obtaining a strong education to better the situation for those in her poor nation. Several years later, Yakupova’s selection as a Carnegie Junior Fellow is bringing her one step closer to that goal. She will research in the Russia and Eurasia program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Klimburg-SalterNewhouse Center for the Humanities Welcomes Visiting Art History Scholar
The Newhouse Center for the Humanities will welcome Deborah Klimburg-Salter, professor for Asian art history at the Institute of Art History of the University of Vienna, to campus this fall as the 2009- 2010 Mary L. Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities. Klimburg-Salter, who specializes in the art history of South and Central Asia, will be in residence for the fall semesters of 2009 and 2010.

Albright&BottomlyWellesley’s New Albright Institute Aims to Educate World Leaders
Wellesley College graduates are no strangers to the world stage. This preeminent women’s college has long educated its students to become global leaders. Now one of its most prominent alumnae, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, will help new generations of Wellesley women to make a difference in the world. This January, Wellesley will launch the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs to heighten the global perspective of Wellesley’s academic environment and to prepare students for positions of world leadership. Albright herself will serve as the first of a series of distinguished visiting professors, sharing her vast experience as a diplomat and leader.

Global Learning: Wellesley Graduates Win Fulbright Grants for Worldwide Research, Study and Teaching
One 2009 Wellesley College graduate will focus on living conditions in Bangladesh for minority populations, while another seeks to preserve the memory of the dwindling Moroccan Jewish community. Several Wellesley graduates will conduct research and teach in locations from South Korea to South Africa with support from the Fulbright Program, which has awarded them prestigious grants for postgraduate work.

Commencment 2009Wellesley College Celebrates 2009 Commencement
Under a green canopy of towering oak trees, the 573 members of Wellesley College’s Class of 2009 received their diplomas during the college’s 131st Commencement ceremonies Friday, June 5. Wellesley alumna from the class of 1987 Kimberly Dozier, a CBS News correspondent who became the victim of a 2006 car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, delivered the Commencement address. She focused on the importance of learning what is most important an unpredictable and changing world.

PowersWellesley College Senior Catlin Powers Wins $75,000 Environmental Prize
As chief operating officer and co-founder of One Earth Designs (OED), Wellesley senior Catlin Powers has spent as many as 50 hours a week during her college years fighting to bring heat, clean water and other necessities to those in need — from the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas to economically depressed areas of the Dominican Republic, Ghana and India. Powers has been recognized for her work with several prizes this spring, including $75,000 from the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, which will support OEDs’ invention that produces clean energy from the sun.

Two Wellesley Seniors Receive First Chinese Consulate Scholarships
Two Wellesley College seniors will further their education after college with scholarships given for the first time by the Chinese Consulate General of New York. The awards will allow them to study for a year at any one of 100 Chinese universities.

Wellesley Senior Mona Minkara Finds No Limits to Her FutureMona Minkara
On June 5, Mona Minkara will stand before her fellow members of the class of 2009 at graduation from Wellesley College. After a writing and speaking competition, she has been selected as the student commencement speaker, a tradition at Wellesley since 1969 when Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the first student speaker for her class. “It’s an honor,” said Minkara, who is legally blind. “I hope disabled students around the country can realize you can make it even though you might be blind, or deaf, or whatever your story might be.”

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Why a women's college?
Wellesley College Dean of Admission Jennifer Desjarlais discusses the advantages of an all-women's college and reviews the disproportionate number of women's college graduates who run Fortune 1000 companies and sit at the highest levels of government. (From the syndicated radio program, "Countdown to College.")

Women's colleges from a student's point of view
Wellesley’s Eliza Borné ’09 wrote an essay for The Boston Globe Magazine. “At women’s colleges, we are encouraged to be successful, and to go for it, whatever ‘it’ may be,” she said. “When we’re at school, we get to run the show, and we gain the confidence to be leaders when we leave. That’s how I know that my college and other women’s colleges remain relevant and valuable.”