January 22, 2008

With the campus blanketed in snow, icicles glittering from trees and buildings, and the sun sparkling on Lake Waban, we send this Wintersession issue of WellesleyWire, an occasional e-mail digest of noteworthy news and announcements from Wellesley College. For more frequent news and events from the College, visit -- and bookmark -- the News & Public Affairs page at . Included in this issue are the following items:


The first 108 students of Wellesley's class of 2012 received their coveted early decision acceptance letters last month. The group represents approximately 18% of the expected total class enrollment, a percentage consistent with previous years. These new Wellesley women are an impressive and diverse group, representing seven countries and 26 states. Thirty-seven percent are women of color, and, according to Dean of Admission Jennifer Desjarlais, "As a group, they are active in service and truly exemplify the Wellesley College mission to educate women who will make a difference in the world." Members of the Board of Admission are busy reading applications of students who applied via the Early Evaluation and Regular Decision programs, the deadlines for which were earlier this month.


Like those of Wellesley's faculty, the scholarly interests of Wellesley students are wide and varied, spanning disciplines and boundaries of all kinds. Thirteen students, enrolled in the senior honors program, have recently been awarded Jerome A. Schiff Fellowships to support their research efforts, which range from vertebral anatomy of tree sloths and the mobilization of Nepali peasants to Alban Berg's violin concerto and drug delivery systems for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Schiff Fellows, who receive a maximum award of $3,000, use the funds to meet thesis-related research expenses. With their awards, these students are planning to undertake research at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the New York City archives, among other places.

Read more about these students and their research projects online at Releases/2007/120707.html.


With a strong international reputation and a worldwide alumnae network, Wellesley has long attracted students from around the globe. Over the past several months, the College has received major interest from several international media outlets:

- Wellesley is one of several institutions featured in a special section on U.S. higher education that was published earlier this month by International Business Daily (IBD), the official daily newspaper of China's Ministry of Commerce. Citing Wellesley's long and strong ties with China and its educational excellence, the paper approached Wellesley earlier this year and interviewed President Kim Bottomly and Dean Andy Shennan. The IBD has a circulation of 3.9 million readers and is considered by some to be the Chinese equivalent of The Wall Street Journal.

- Wellesley, along with about a dozen other U.S. colleges and universities, is participating in a multimedia initiative by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State to promote U.S. higher education to the Indian audience. The goal is to convey the variety and accessibility of higher education options in the U.S. -- small, large, private, public, liberal arts, research university, etc.

As part of the project, four Wellesley students from India were interviewed on video about their experiences here -- academics, research opportunities, the application process, attending a residential liberal arts college. The first two episodes of the television programming were aired in December on India's CNBC-TV18. Other promotional activities include a partnership with Seventeen India magazine, targeted to teenage girls, which will feature junior Rishika Agarwalla, an economics major from Bombay.


The Alumnae Association will honor four alumnae with its highest award at the 38th annual Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony Friday, February 8. The awards, given annually to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields of endeavor, will honor global public health advocate Ophelia Dahl DS '94, renowned classical scholar Mary Rosenthal Lefkowitz '57, international development leader Katherine Marshall '67, and former Wellesley president Diana Chapman Walsh '66.

For more information on the award and this year's recipients, visit http://new.wellesley.edu/Alum/Awards/AAA/

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Mary Ann Hill
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