News Flash: The class of ’91 tree, a sugar maple, has been reunited with its stone. Earlier this year, the stone went AWOL and turned up across the path 20 yards away. John Olmsted, manager of landscape and motor pool operations, says quite a number of class stones have disappeared over the years, so the College has recently increased the size of the stones. In preparation for reunion this year—and every year—Olmsted’s crew inspected each tree belonging to a reuning class. The stones were secured, mulch refreshed, and any dead or broken limbs pruned in preparation for the many alumnae who seek out their trees. There are 71 types of class trees on campus, made up of 40 genuses and 65 species.
This spring, Katelyn Campbell ’17 brought home a prestigious Truman Scholarship, the first Wellesley student to do so since 2011. The Truman provides recipients with $30,000 for graduate school to prepare them for careers in public service leadership. An American studies major, Campbell is a ninth-generation West Virginian. She made the national news as a high-school senior by speaking out and contacting the ACLU about a religiously motivated lecture on abstinence organized by her principal. In response, he threatened to contact Wellesley and advise that her offer of admission be rescinded. The College, through social media, welcomed her with open arms. Since then, Campbell has spent every college summer in her home state working for school choice, safe and clean water, and greater access to birth control.