College News

A photo portrait of Rodney Morrison, professor of economics
Spring 2022
Rodney J. Morrison, emeritus professor of economics at Wellesley College, passed away on Dec. 16, 2021, in Chicago at the age of 87. Throughout his career, Rod was a productive and internationally recognized scholar. He was a NATO Fellow in economics and published many articles in respected journals and several influential books, including Portugal: Revolutionary Change in an Open Economy (1981), a work that synthesized economics, international relations, and history.More
A photo portrait of Barbara Ruhlman '54
Spring 2022
Barbara Peterson Ruhlman ’54 passed away on Jan. 2. Her visionary gift to Wellesley, the Barbara Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies, acknowledged and supported the increasing interest of students and faculty in collaborating across disciplines. Since 1997, the fund has sponsored the Ruhlman Conference, an annual spring event that celebrates student scholarly and creative achievement.More
A portrait photo of Sidney Knafel
Spring 2022
The entire Wellesley community lost a great friend on Dec. 6, 2021, when Trustee Emeritus Sid Knafel died. Many of us had the privilege and pleasure of a personal friendship with Sid, and we all benefit from Sid’s vision and generosity. The fullness of his life is directly reflected in the diversity and creativity of his philanthropy.More
Students make themselves at home in the Chao Foundation Innovation Hub.
Spring 2022
In January, Wellesley welcomed students, faculty, and staff into the transformed Science Complex, which encompasses more than 275,000 square feet of sustainably designed space and combines renovations to the College’s historic structures with new spaces for research, collaboration, and teaching. The students quickly made the space their own.More
A photo portrait of Mary Ellen Crawford Ames ’40
Winter 2022
Mary Ellen Crawford Ames ’40 passed away on Aug. 17, 2021, following a lifetime of achievement and adventure that spanned 102 years. For 70 of those years, she was an engaging presence at Wellesley as a student, class president, alumna volunteer, personnel director, and as the College’s venerable director of admission from 1969 to 1985.More
A photo portrait of Lisa Scanlon Mogolov '99, the new editor of Wellesley magazine
Winter 2022
After concluding a national search, the Wellesley College Alumnae Association chose a familiar face to become editor of Wellesley magazine. On Nov. 15, 2021, Lisa Scanlon Mogolov ’99 assumed her new role after 16 years on the magazine staff.More
A photo of Grace Dodd '25 standing on a stone structure near the sea in Greece
Winter 2022
Grace Dodd ’25 was one of 15 members of her class to participate in Wellesley’s inaugural First Year Global Scholars program, in AthensMore
A photo of a student holding the recently published Wellesley Passover prayer book
Winter 2022
Working with College Chaplain and Rabbi Dena Bodian, Jewish students have edited and produced a Passover prayer book especially for Wellesley.More
A photo shows an under-construction hallway in the Science Complex, with open wood beams and a walkway above.
Winter 2022
At the end of the fall 2021 semester, a short punch list remained, but the completion of the Science Complex—the largest construction project the College has undertaken in more than a century—was in sightMore
President
Winter 2022
We believe that as the preeminent women’s college in the world, Wellesley has an obligation to advance women’s empowerment and gender equity, not just here on campus, but in society at large.More