On this Mother's Day, a shout out to all the Moms and Grandmoms!
Class of 1976, Reunion news and plans for our 45th
On this Mother's Day, a shout out to all the Moms and Grandmoms!
Happy May Day Wellsians!
A delicate fabric of bird song
Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
Red small leaves of the maple
Are clenched like a hand,
Like girls at their first communion
The pear trees stand.
Oh I must pass nothing by
Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
The grass with my touch;
For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May
Shining after the rain?
As we close out 'Earth Week' and the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day, hopefully we will renew our commitments to its sustainability!
'On September 4, 1989, the stained glass treasure was again unveiled and rededicated in remembrance of Margaret E. Martindale Meserole, President of the Class of 1976. The restoration was completed by the J & R Lamb Studios, the original makers, established in New York City in 1857, now of Clifton, N.J. The new cabinet, especially designed by Lamb Studios, was crafted by the Bartolotta Brothers, Inc. of Auburn, N.Y.
This window now graces the entrance to Phipps Auditorium in Macmillan Hall.'
WE KEEP MUSING OVER THE BEAUTY AND THE DETAIL!
Ahhhh! The Russell/Matindale Meserole stained glass window: a wonderful work of art by a talented woman!
Created by Ella Condie Lamb in 1901, it was commissioned by Charles Hazen Russell in memory of his wife, Stella Goodrich Russell 1874, who was Wells’ first Alumna Trustee. Ella (1862-1936) studied at the National Academy of Design and at the Art Students League of New York. She was a member of the National Arts Club, the National Society of Mural Painters, and the National Association of Women Artists. In 1893, Lamb exhibited her work at the Palace of Fine Arts at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. She also participated in the Atlanta Exposition in 1895 and the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 in Buffalo, New York.
As you scroll through the photos, we hope you appreciate the beauty and splendor of Ella's work and give a Wells shout-out to Ella Condie Lamb and to Prof. Sheila Edmunds who rediscovered the window that we admire today.
Truly hopeful that the graduation ceremony will be able to occur as re-planned.
Wells College has postponed its 152nd Commencement ceremony to Saturday, August 8, 2020. This rescheduled date is tentative, of course, depending on what course the pandemic takes in the coming months.
“Our seniors have been deprived of their final semester on campus due to this international health crisis,” said President Jonathan Gibralter.
“Our students and their families deserve to gather at a ceremony that celebrates their accomplishments in a safe way that also pays tribute to our longstanding traditions,” he added.
On the First Flashback Friday in April,
Fondly remembering our Residence Halls...
This too shall pass...
May you all be safe!
After the first week of remote learning, we want you to know, that we too miss boathouse sunsets, study sessions with an iced coffee at The Grind, laughter coming from late-night shenanigans in Main and the smiles exchanged navigating the sidewalks from Dodge to Macmillan.
Cayuga Lake has taught us that not every day will bring calm, glass-like waters, but we can find gratitude even when the waves are rough. We are so thankful for our students, families, staff, faculty, alumnae, alumni, friends and our extended Wells community who remain connected as we weather the storm. Together, we are the #WellsFamily
📸: Sarvesa '22, taken before the coronavirus outbreak
Wells College Class of 1976 Reunion News's cover photo
Zabriskie Hall in spring
"This is an extraordinary time in our history, and I am grateful to see our community responding with strength, care and understanding. You are all part of the Wells family, and I hope that your own family remains safe and healthy, now and in the days to come." - President Gibralter
Please watch the video below and read his full message to our extended Wells community here: http://www.wells.edu/dear-wells-family
Flashback Friday - Words of Hope:
As this crisis unfolds, our heart goes out to all our students -- but especially our seniors, who are missing out on their final semester on campus.
Yesterday, our alumni association president, Amy Cerand McNaughton '86, took the opportunity to send the following letter to our senior class. More than ever, we want our students, faculty and staff to know that our alumni are here to help. We are currently working out a number of specific ways to share that information in the very near future.
Dear Wells College Class of 2020,
You entered the world during 9/11. You are graduating during a pandemic.
No doubt these events will shape you. You have grown up in a world that changed more rapidly than any other time in recent history. You see beyond borders. You seek what is genuine and what is good. You savor the moment.
Your last semester at Wells looks very different from what any of us could have imagined. Events wiped off the calendar, traditions postponed and celebrations delayed.
But you are greater than these disappointments. You are strong. You know how to handle a sharp turn. Your Wells education provided the foundation for you to think critically, reason wisely and act humanely as you move forward with your life.
Please know that you have a large network of Wells alums who are in this with you and, most of all, we are proud of who you are! Please let us know if we can help in any way because you are part of our Wells family.
We sing to you!
Amy Cerand McNaughton ’86
President, Wells College Association for Alumnae and Alumni
P.S. Please "like" the Wells College Association of Alumnae and Alumni page to stay in touch!
A sign of the times... 😢
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, we are extending spring break one week. Instruction will resume on Monday, March 23. At this time, there are no confirmed cases at Wells College. For more information and the most recent campus communication, visit http://www.wells.edu/march-11-update
The continued safety of our students, faculty, staff and those in our surrounding communities remains our first and very highest priority.
In case you may not have seen this on the Alumnae page, it is quite a 'walk down memory lane'...
What a terrific in-depth look at former Wells President Frances "Sissy" Tarlton Farenthold.
We are so proud that we share a part of her history!
Remembering the winter of '76!
A stunning shot of our beautiful tower
Happy Leap Day!
And speaking of winter, 40 yrs ago today:
The "Miracle on Ice" was a medal-round game during the men's ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, played between the hosting United States and the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union.
Oh yes, there is nothing quite like a Wells Winter...
For Flashback Friday and Valentine's Day...
A perfect Wells 'love letter'...
♥ OF WELLS, ♥ OF SERVICE, AND ♥ FOR EACH OTHER—WHAT A TRIFECTA!
Wells has been blessed with many wonderful faculty and staff members over her history, but there are a few who shared their love for Wells with someone else and, together, they gave her many years of combined service.
Take a look at some of our famous couples who were devoted to each other and to Wells.
Happy Valentine's Day!
And reminder that it's the final (Friday) of #IHeartWells week!
Oh but it is so pretty!
UPDATE: Wells College is CLOSED on Friday, Feb. 7. All classes are canceled for the day. The trustee meeting will proceed as scheduled. Stay safe, everyone!
Flashback Friday... I completely love this 'stroll down memory lane' from our Alumnae/i page!
READ ALL OF THE “ADS”—
THEY WILL MEET EVERY NEED.
TO NEGLECT THEM YOU CANNOT AFFORD.
WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THESE FIRMS
PLEASE MENTION OUR BOOK
FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR NEXT YEAR’S BOARD.
(From the 1897 Cardinal)
Ahhhh, advertisements—those things that we usually scroll past, go to the bathroom during live televised events, ignore as they appear on the right-hand side of our Facebook feed, delete from our email.
But once in a while an ad catches our eye and makes us pause. Here are some advertisements that appeared at the end of Cardinals throughout the years: some may make you nostalgic for what once was, some may be a little surprising as you realize that some of those buildings in Aurora used to be something else, and some of these businesses lasted a LONG time (and a few are still with us). Cardinal ads slowly died out near the end of the 1970s but, for many, many years, they were an annual expectation.
Don’t scroll past these, Wellsians.
Flashback Friday - Wow forty years...
Where does the time go?
AS WE PREPARE TO CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY, FORTY YEARS AGO…
Coretta Scott King spoke at the 112th Wells College Commencement on May 24, 1980. During her speech, Mrs. King, then president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change, told the 130 members of the Class of 1980 that if they were willing to make a commitment to human rights and the non-violent philosophy, “You can be part of a small but creative minority that will make a difference.”
“The lessons of the Civil Rights movement have not been learned and are not being practiced,” stated Mrs. King, whose husband’s assassination led many to question whether the non-violent strategy was realistic. “Although my family paid the highest possible price, I am more than ever convinced that non-violence is our best hope in putting an end to war, racism and poverty.”
Calling the graduates to become involved in the struggle for human rights and social decency, Mrs. King stated, “To be a well-rounded person, you must strive to make a contribution to relieve human suffering. Become a voice for uplifting your disadvantaged and downtrodden brothers and sisters.”
Explaining the non-violent philosophy, she stated that “You must love your opponent even as you deplore his actions, and the end is always reconciliation.”
Mrs. King passed away on January 30, 2006. Her funeral was attended by thousands of people, including former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter, as well as then-president George W. Bush. She was the first African American to lie in the Georgia State Capitol.
(Commencement excerpts from the “Wells College Express,” vol. 9, no. 1, Aug. 1980)
Oh Happy Twelfth Night (or Eve of Epiphany)...
And for those who spent two semesters of Shakespeare with Prof Clugston:
“If music be the food of love, play on.”
― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
For those getting their New Year Celebrations off to an early start, wishing all:
On this Final 'Fallback' Friday of 2019, Holiday Wishes from our Alma Mater!
The students, faculty and staff of Wells College wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!
Oh my - a Happy Birthday to Henry Wells!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY WELLS!!!
Today is the 214th birthday of Henry Wells. Without him, our lives would be totally different: no Wells College, no Wellsian life-long friendships, no awesome Wells classes or professors, no Wells Bells, no Minerva!
So, come on! Let's show Henry some love and gratitude by showering him with likes and birthday wishes.
Oh, Henry, we sing to you
You are so good and true
We’ll all be loyal to you
We’ll raise your name
And praise you, too
And so we sing to dear old Wells and you
(Prof. Alan Clugston as Henry from the 1991 Cardinal)
Happy St. Nicholas Day!
Wells College Class of 1976 Reunion News's cover photo
Yo Gang - FYI!
Sale is going on now through Sunday. No special codes needed. Discount is automatically taken at checkout.
And one last glimpse of an Aurora Autumn, because 'Winter is Coming'!
On this final Fallback Friday of November, a recruitment collage with a tinge of nostalgia... (It's not the next day until I go to bed!)😉
As we head into the holiday week, wishing all safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving...
Words of Wisdom, indeed!
A belated Fallback Friday...
Wells is definitely enriched with its global outreach!
Join Wells College as we celebrate International Education Week 2019 with students and schools all around the globe! Over the next week, we will be highlighting the international student experience at Wells. Keep an eye on #wellsglobal to follow along!
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