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Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 doing a dive

Diving Into the Record Books

In March, Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 capped a remarkable college diving career with a fourth consecutive trip to the Division III NCAA championships, earning her seventh All-American honor. She placed fourth in the 1-meter diving competition and seventh in the 3-meter competition. The most decorated student-athlete in Wellesley College Athletics history, Sticco-Ivins is a three-time NCAA Division III national champion, two-time National Diver of the Year, three-time NEWMAC Diver of the Year, and seven-time NEWMAC champion.

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Okay, But What Do You Do?

Audrey Elkus ’18 once had a class assignment to interview two individuals about what their jobs entailed. She learned so much that she just kept going and launched a website, Okay, But What Do You Do?, that gets career women, many of them Wellesley alums, to explain what they spend their time doing (as opposed to their job titles). Interviewees range from Kate Banks ’82, a children’s book writer, to Tina Burgos ’94, an online and bricks-and-mortar boutique owner. There’s also advice aplenty. How to: change careers (Wellesley President Paula Johnson), have more self-discipline (comedy writer Broti Gupta ’16), succeed in a large company as an introvert (Oni Lusk-Stover ’05 of the World Bank), among many other offerings.

Waste Not, Want Not

All that food that doesn’t get eaten in Wellesley dining halls is now being put to good use: It is providing nutritious meals for emergency food programs and people in need. Food For Free, a nonprofit based in Cambridge, Mass., picks up fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods from the dining halls, run by AVI Foodsystems, and delivers the food to an operations center. It is then repackaged into single-serve meals and distributed through food pantries, meal programs, shelters, daycare centers, and a variety of other sites. Last year, Food For Free distributed 2 million pounds of food, helping to feed 30,000 people in the Greater Boston area. Dorothea Von Herder, coordinator of Campus Sustainability Programs, says that the meals the College donates are “our contribution to social justice, and it’s an example of reuse and recycle.”


‘Democracy is not a spectator sport. … It’s supposed to be participatory.’

By the Numbers /
Class of ’17—Six Months After Graduation

Percent of class that is employed, in grad school, in service/volunteer program, or in military


Number of ’17 alums working in Massachusetts, the top employment location


Percent of the class working in consulting or finance

$ 61,307

Average starting salary for class


Percent of class employed in education

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