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~Wellesley Wire - 2004~


Wellesley Wire

January 29, 2004


Jennifer 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.

“As 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 community."

More information on this appointment can be found at Releases/2004/012704.html

Harriet Creighton, 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. She was 94.

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 in 1974.

A lifelong 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.

Alumnae Association "Mona Lisa Smile" Web site has facts, links, and discussion board -- The 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

Alumnae 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 Boston.

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