Desjarlais named Dean of Admission -- President
Diana Chapman Walsh has announced the appointment of Jennifer
Desjarlais as the College's new dean of admission.
“In September I asked the search committee to help me find
a proven leader with both a strategic and an operational understanding
of all aspects of the admissions process, a person of grace and integrity
who can represent Wellesley College very well, and someone with insight
into the special challenges of recruiting a strong and diverse applicant
pool for an all-women’s college,” Walsh said. “The
committee brought me its unanimous recommendation that in Jennifer
Desjarlais we have found the leader we sought and want.
director of admission, starting in July 2001, Jenn did a superb
job overseeing the operations
of the division. As its interim
leader over the past six months, Jenn inspired the admiration and
respect of trustees, faculty, members of the administration, and
her own staff. She has clearly demonstrated her ability to take on
this leadership role, within the college and in the wider educational
More information on this appointment can be found at
long-time professor of botany, dies -- Harriet B. Creighton, a professor of botany at Wellesley
for more than 30 years, died January 9 after a long illness.
Dr. Creighton graduated from Wellesley College in 1929 and received
her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1933. She taught at Cornell
and Connecticut College before returning to Wellesley in 1940. She
was a member of the science faculty for more than 30 years and was
the Ruby F. H. Farwell Professor of Biology at the time of her retirement
learner and teacher, Creighton taught generations of students,
instilling in them an
understanding of the difference between
gardening and horticulture and an appreciation for botany and gardens.
In 1985 she was honored with the Large Gold Medal of the Massachusetts
Horticultural Society for her botanical expertise and "horticultural
concern in the community."
She was an active member of the Wellesley College community, serving
many years as an officer of the Class of 1929, a member of the 1998
Campus Master Plan committee, and a speaker at alumnae club gatherings
around the country. In 1994, she was awarded the Syrena Stackpole
Award for service to the College by the Wellesley College Alumnae
Association. A lover of travel and new experiences, she also was
for many years a regular participant in a mid-day aqua aerobics class
at the College's pool.
A memorial service will be held in the spring. Expressions of condolence
can be sent to her long-time friend Gertrude Dever, c/o Wellesley
College Alumnae Association, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.
Lisa Smile" Web site has facts, links, and discussion board
Wellesley College Alumnae Association's Web site about the film "Mona
Lisa Smile" contains a wealth of information. Included are
listings of media coverage of the movie and Wellesley (many featuring
or written by alumnae), Alumnae Achievement Award winners from
the 1950s, archival photos of Wellesley from the 1950s, a letter
from the movie's producers, and a message board on which alumnae
can discuss the movie, their reactions, and their Wellesley experiences.
Coming soon are faculty profiles and statistics from Wellesley
in the 50s.
The Web site is located at http://new.wellesley.edu/Alum/MLS/
Association Director Receives "Rising
Star" Award -- Jessica
Shlasko ’98, executive
director of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, was recently
honored with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
(CASE) District 1 Rising Star Award, which recognizes the accomplishments
of professionals with five or fewer years of advancement experience
whose early success promises future leadership and achievement. Recipients
are those whose performance demonstrates innovation, professionalism
and leadership qualities. The award was presented at the Jan. 24
CASE District 1 Achievement and Recognition Awards Gala Banquet in