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About Reunion

Reunion Dorm News Flash--Please Read!

Our on-campus housing for Reunion will be in Bates Hall, the dorm named for the author of lyrics for America the Beautiful.

FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW! 

  • We will share the dorm with the Class of 2007 -- a chance to mingle with the younger generation!
  • All rooms will be single occupancy due to COVID safety protocols (or with a guest from the same household).
  • We are allotted only 44 rooms of the dorm's 88 rooms which is not likely to be enough for all of us.
  • Booking a dorm room will be part of Reunion Registration, slated to begin in early April.
  • Suggestion: Book now! Book an Airbnb, Vrbo, hotel or a local classmate's guest room as your backup ASAP. We suggest the Verve in Natick. Mention the Wellesley Reunion block of rooms to get a discount. Tel: 508-653-8800

Photo of "Persephone" courtesy The Wellesley News

BTW, did you know?

  • Bates was completed in 1952 and is still one of the "new dorms." That has a nice ring as it's older than any of us!
  • Standing outside the Bates front door is the Persephone sculpture, designed by John Rood to resemble the bud of a flower with a hollow space that represents the figure of Persephone emerging from the underworld.

Reunion Theme & Logo Revealed

Your 45th Reunion Planning Committee is thrilled to announce the theme for our June 3-5, 2022 Reunion: Party Like It's 1977!

We will tap into one of the cultural undercurrents of our Wellesley years: Disco!  Our Reunion logo is a 45 rpm record -- remember those?!

Reach out now to your '77 friends and classmates to boogie on down to campus. We plan to be there to party in person! Proof of vaccination required.

More will be revealed in coming months...

To be sure you receive all our Reunion news, deadlines, and alerts, make sure your Wellesley Alumna login is current--you can update HERE.


We are committed to ensure Reunion activities are affordable so all who wish to attend may do so -- the Alumnae Association has established a new ACCESS fund that any Alumna needing financial assistance to attend Reunion will be able to request.

New Reunion Logo

45th Reunion Planning Overview and Volunteer Recruitment

The Reunion Committee will include the Chair (VP Susan Jacobsen Stone), Class Treasurer (Laura Hussong), Wellesley Fund Representative (Frannie Wallace Robertson), Nominations Chair (Helen Kriz Marshall), Co-President support (Michele Tinsley Leonard), plus the chair of each committee.

See Volunteer Leadership to find out who has generously stepped up to fill the following positions. It's not too late if you want to join one of these teams. Contact Reunion Chair Susan Stone at vicepresident@wellesleyclassof1977.org

Outreach & Communications Committee

  • Craft and handle Reunion messaging on all platforms in concert with Class Officers who lead communications for the Class
  • Plan and lead outreach—including strategic outreach to increase diversity in terms of racial/ethnic, regional, LGTBQ, and socioeconomic representation


Program Committee

  • Plan and organize activities for our Class outside of College-offered activities – examples from our 40th Reunion include the intergenerational luncheon, yoga, and peppermint pie
  • Plan and organize the In Memoriam session (honoring classmates who have passed on)


Welcome Committee

  • Plan and host Friday Social Hour
  • Plan ambience and decorate the dorm (often in alignment with the Reunion theme)
  • Staff the Welcome Table
  • Plan ways for classmates to feel welcome and have an affirming, memorable experience
  • Supervise Student Volunteers

Saturday Evening Committee
Plan and host the Saturday evening Social Hour, Dinner, and Dinner program

Insignia Committee
Propose and purchase swag, including swag for the parade

Record Book Committee

  • Determine parameters for content – what to ask classmates to contribute
  • Handle submissions and compilation of content
  • Decide on format (digital, hard copy) and distribution plan

Parade Marshal

  • Plan and organize how the class marches in the parade
  • Organizes the Class for the Class Photo

REMEMBERING OUR 40th REUNION
The Class of 1977 40th Reunion Record Book from our last reunion is still available for you to view, download and print. We went green and did not mailing out printed copies.

Our 40th:

 We did it with style

►  We did it with heart: Trudi Berlin Hays remembers our 40th in verse

"My thoughts on returning from Wellesley Reunion 2017"
Helen our pres has been a great leader
These last 5 years she couldn’t be sweeter
We had dinners at Lulu, Laura led some in yoga
It is rumored that in the parade there was even a toga
We gathered by classes giving many a cheer
As the myriad of ladies marched by with their year
Many wore white and our parasols were green
Many took pictures to record what was seen.
We saw green braided hair, green wig and more
There were beads, and glitter and fun galore!

Read Trudi's entire poem here.

 We Captured The Fun In Photos And Videos:

See us on Shutterfly, with thanks to MaryAnne Kirgan, our unofficial class photographer who took most of the photos. Download for free.

 

   
 


We Held our 40th Reunion Class Meeting: What was said and done.

   We elected a new slate of officers.

  • Co-President: Rachel Sing and Michele Tinsley Leonard
  • Co-Secretary: Julie MacMillan and Polly Munts Talen
  • Treasurer: Laura Hussong
  • Co-Vice President: Kathy Pulley Killian* and Susan Jacobsen Anselmo Stone
  • Wellesley Fund Rep: Kay Telesford* Simmons 
  • (*Since our meeting, Kathy Pulley Killian has stepped down and Frannie Wallace Robertson has replaced Kay Simmons Telesford)

► We remembered classmates no longer with us in a memorial service led by Rev. Irene Monroe and Peyton Morris Petty.

Read the complete minutes here.
► We Supported Wellesley – Fundraising Update:

Congratulate yourself. The 40th reunion class of 1977 raised a five-year reunion gift of $2,279,795 in cash and commitments.  We surpassed our goal of 50 percent alumnae participation—that’s the percentage of class members who are donors--and closed FY17 with 54.1 percent participation, a new class record. We had 28 Durant Society members who gave $2,500 or more in a single year. By comparison, we finished FY16 with 43.6 percent participation and 17 Durant Society members.  Overall alumnae participation reached 49 percent this past fiscal year, just shy of the College's goal of 50 percent. 
Remember, it takes only a dollar to become a donor. www.wellesley.edu/give

► We Did It With Spirit:

  Our thanks to the classmates who contributed to our 40th Reunion Spirit Fund to help underwrite Reunion expenses for classmates in need.

Laura Becker-Lewke ♦ Laura Buchanan ♦ Susan Buchanan♦ Anne Byerly ♦ Susan Caplan ♦ Anne Chaffee ♦ Robyn Cole ♦ Katherine Cowell ♦ Elisabeth Crane ♦ Ann Crigler ♦ Cynthia Dahlin ♦ Florence Denhard ♦ Mary Driscoll ♦ Donna Drvaric ♦ Fiona Ertugrul ♦ Lisa Esserman ♦ Diana Farmer ♦ Catherine Farnsworth ♦ Virginia Flanagan ♦ Janet Gray ♦ Kim Himmelfarb ♦ Lucy  Hinckley ♦ Elneita Hutchins-Taylor ♦ Nanci Kountz ♦ Elizabeth Lambert ♦ Sarah Lemaire ♦ Michele Leonard ♦ Julia MacMillan ♦ Judith McBride ♦ Willajeanne McLean ♦ Eva Moldovanyi ♦ Elizabeth Monsell ♦ Adele Morrissette ♦ Diane Muscarella ♦ Christine Muth ♦ Sue Nichols ♦ Josephine Norris ♦ Celeste Pelc ♦ Peyton Petty ♦ Threelsie Phillips ♦ Mary Rafferty ♦ Jeri Riggs ♦ Frances Robertson ♦ Laura Rodriguez ♦ Avis Seals ♦ Cynthia Shapira ♦ Kay Simmons ♦ Rachel Sing ♦ Jessica Strauss ♦ Jean Thompson ♦ Elizabeth Volpone ♦ Susan Webster ♦ Sherry Zitter