2018 Syrena Stackpole Awards

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Given annually at reunion by the WCAA, the Syrena Stackpole Award honors dedicated service and exceptional commitment to Wellesley. The 2018 recipients were:


Ellen Genat Hoffman ’68

Hoffman has been a committed volunteer for Wellesley for decades, filling roles as varied as co-chair of her class reunions (most recently her 50th), treasurer/secretary of the WCAA, and member of the Alumnae Trustee Nominating and Alumnae Achievement Award Selection committees. One of the 40 original members of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council, she has served the BLC as its regional chair and membership chair and worked with President Diana Chapman Walsh ’66 on a committee to study summer uses of the campus. Hoffman also volunteered on the Wellesley Centers for Women Advisory Council. Former WCAA president and Wellesley College Trustee Laura Daignault Gates ’72 calls Hoffman “a living, breathing example of the mission of the Alumnae Association—connecting alumnae to the College and to each other.”


Ellen Gill Miller ’73

Miller began her service to Wellesley just out of college, as the vice president of her class. Since then, she has held multiple positions, including class special-gifts committee member, annual-giving assistant representative, committee member for the Century Fund for the Wellesley Centers for Women, and class nominating chair. She also served as president of the WCAA from 1994 to 1997 and went on to become a member of the Wellesley College Board of Trustees. In that role, Miller chaired the steering committee that oversaw the development of a campus master plan for the College. Former WCAA president Georgia Sue Herberger Black ’58 remembers, “She worked tirelessly on the long-term plans for landscape improvement, using her professional experience in campus planning and her knowledge of the importance of Wellesley’s landscape in our history. Her contribution was critically important.”

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