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Throwback Thursday and a look back at the end of the semester and  'Rites of Spring'...
05/10/2019

Throwback Thursday and a look back at the end of the semester and 'Rites of Spring'...

🎵 DON’T DANCE UNDER THE SYCAMORE TREE WITH ANYONE ELSE BUT ME… 🎵

Spring! The End of the Semester! Stunts! Picnics! Champagne! Moving Up!

Wells sure has an abundance of traditions in spring. As with most of our traditions, the details and specifics change a little over time, but the general aim for fun and comradery is always present. As our students finish up with their finals and our seniors gear up for commencement, here is a look back at our spring frolicking.

What were your favorite traditions of Wells in spring?

“If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree.”—W.B. Yeats

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What better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday!
05/02/2019

What better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday!

Life is Like a Maypole
By Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

Spring bows to thrill of cayenne summer,
dreams spiced in youthful glow come May.
Bright ribbons wake my bare feet’s slumber.
Spring bows to thrill of cayenne summer!
Rainbow pleats dance, no clouds encumber
my twirling limbs, life's weaved sashay.
Spring bows to thrill of cayenne summer,
dreams spiced in youthful glow come May!

Spring sighs with age come broaching summer,
blue tears, red smiles ‘round pole in May.
Life's colors flow from gold to umber.
Spring sighs with age come broaching summer!
And shall I join wind’s lively number
or watch bright ribbons twist and play?
Spring sighs with age come broaching summer,
blue tears, red smiles ‘round pole in May!

May Day at Wells is a twisty, woven tradition that befits the wrapping of the maypole. It originally started as a way to celebrate E.B. Morgan’s birthday and then, later, evolved for a time into a day to honor newly elected Phi Beta Kappa members. It disappeared altogether for a decade starting in the late 1960s but is now, once again, a treasured tradition on campus. Enjoy our picturesque history of Wells in May.

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Ok, so I'm just a bit bummed out over the results*, but thrilled for a quite successful Annual Fund Challenge...
05/01/2019

Ok, so I'm just a bit bummed out over the results*, but thrilled for a quite successful Annual Fund Challenge...

ODDLINE VICTORY! 💛💜🎉

With a final score of 194 to 165, the Odds have claimed Odd/Even Challenge victory over the Evens.

Thank you to everyone who made a gift to the Wells Fund during the last 48 hours. Our students are the real winners, thanks to all of you.

Evens - a just a bit less than an hour left to the Challenge...We need a major infusion of Even Donors!
05/01/2019

Evens - a just a bit less than an hour left to the Challenge...
We need a major infusion of Even Donors!

The extra votes from President Gibralter have gone to the Odds, who helped bring in several first-ever Wells donors! They have joined an amazing group of dedicated alumnae, alumni and other friends of Wells College.

The Odds may be in the lead, 173-140, but it’s not too late for an Evens comeback. That’s because, starting now, we’re counting all votes TWICE! If you haven’t voted yet, now’s the perfect time to make DOUBLE THE IMPACT with your gift.

Submit your vote by midnight TONIGHT at:
http://alumni.wells.edu/oddeven

Already voted? SHARE this link with friends and classmates to help boost the score. And look for the final results to be announced Wednesday morning!

Approximately an hour and half left for the President’s Challenge... Let’s (at least) Even Up!
04/30/2019

Approximately an hour and half left for the President’s Challenge...
Let’s (at least) Even Up!

Now is the perfect time to make a difference in the score and in the lives of our students with a gift to Wells!

A gift between noon and 6 p.m. EDT not only counts as a vote for the Odds or Evens, but also might win your team some extra bonus votes from President Gibralter! That’s because the team with the most number of *first-time* donors during these six hours will receive an additional 25 votes for their team.

To see the live score update and vote: http://alumni.wells.edu/oddeven

Current Score:
ODDS - 114
EVENS - 112
*Updated 1:45 p.m. EDT

But look what has happened in an hour!😂
04/30/2019

But look what has happened in an hour!😂

You heard it here first: ODDS have taken the lead in the Odd/Even Challenge! 💜💛 This is our first lead change of the challenge, so far.

The score is extremely close:
ODDS - 101
EVENS - 97
*Updated 11:30 a.m. EDT

Vote: http://www.alumni.wells.edu/oddeven

SHARE this post with friends and classmates to keep the score close.

Ok Gang - 1 hr ago...
04/30/2019
Wells College Association of Alumnae and Alumni

Ok Gang - 1 hr ago...

It’s day 2️⃣ of the Odd/Even Challenge.

We had a great first day of competition! Thank you to everyone who made a difference in the score yesterday and the lives of our students. Each gift, no matter the size, makes a BIG difference 💚💙💛💜

Here is the current score:
ODDS - 85
EVENS - 91

With last night's mini challenge, the Odds were able to catch up quite a bit, but not enough to pull into the leader spot.

HINT: We have a very special challenge coming up at noon today!

VOTE: http://www.alumni.wells.edu/oddeven

Yo Gang - Evens are currently in front; keep up the fantastic work!
04/29/2019

Yo Gang - Evens are currently in front; keep up the fantastic work!

Go Evens!
04/29/2019

Go Evens!

The Odd/Even Challenge has officially begun! 🎉

Vote here: http://www.alumni.wells.edu/oddeven

Then, SHARE this post to spread the word. Don't forget, the winning team gets to paint the pub door their colors during Reunion 2019!

And the 2019 Even/Odd Challenge begins! It's 48 hours of the biggest rivalry at Wells College: Odds versus Evens. Alumna...
04/29/2019

And the 2019 Even/Odd Challenge begins!

It's 48 hours of the biggest rivalry at Wells College: Odds versus Evens. Alumnae and Alumni have two days to make a gift to the Wells Fund, which counts as a vote for their respective team. Gifts during this challenge will impact the score to determine a winner! The winning team gets to paint the pub door their line's colors during Reunion 2019.

Here's what you need to know about the Challenge:

Make a gift to the Wells Fund to vote. Your gift is your vote.
48 hours ONLY: April 29 and 30.
If the Evens win: the Well (pub) door is painted blue and green.
If the Odds win: the Well (pub) door is painted purple and yellow.
Prizes and updates can be found on social media throughout the Challenge.

http://www.alumni.wells.edu/s/1844/17giving/home.aspx?sid=1844&gid=2&pgid=449#VoteScore

Flashback Friday and Happy Arbor Day! And of course, our very special tree...
04/27/2019

Flashback Friday and Happy Arbor Day!
And of course, our very special tree...

Happy Earth Day and Earth 🌎 Week!
04/23/2019

Happy Earth Day and Earth 🌎 Week!

Happy #EarthDay! There are some great events lined up this week to celebrate our Earth and campus community - look for the Earth Week flyers around campus for more information.

🌎 TODAY at Noon | Sustainability Perspectives Series speaker, Steven Gabriel | Zabriskie 106

🌎 FRIDAY at 7 p.m. | Documentary by Nathanael Costa and Marc de la Ménardière, "A Quest for Meaning" | Zabriskie 106

Be sure to stop by these events and more!

On this Flashback Good Friday, most definitely a ‘blast from the past’...
04/19/2019

On this Flashback Good Friday, most definitely a ‘blast from the past’...

GUARDIANS OF TIME

Wells has many guardians who have witnessed its history: Minerva, Pettibone, Glen Park, the Sycamore and-oldest of all-Cayuga Lake. We love our old friends who have seen so much of our past, take part in our present, and will be here to celebrate our future. If only they could share what they have seen with us.

Unfortunately, the only way we can know the rich past of Wells College is to make sure that we keep documents, photos, and memorabilia. The Long Library has a wonderful archival collection of all things Wells and, here in Pettibone, we have closets and bookshelves packed with Cardinals, songbooks, and student handbooks. Many of these items come from alumnae, friends, and family who want to preserve Wells’ history.

In addition, we will soon place a time capsule in the Sommer Student Center with items donated by alumnae, alumni, students, faculty, and staff for future Wellsians to discover! We’re still collecting and would love to include something from you.

♥ There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all ♥
(From “In My Life” by the Beatles)

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It's that time again...The 'Challenge' will take place April 29-30!
04/12/2019

It's that time again...
The 'Challenge' will take place April 29-30!

We're looking for enthusiastic alumnae and alumni who want to help lead their team to Odd/Even Challenge victory!

Interested in being a social media ambassador?

Sign up here:
http://www.alumni.wells.edu/odd-even-ambassador

Stay-tuned for Odd/Even Challenge announcements next week!

It's Throwback Thursday with a tribute to one of our classmates and her amazing family and contributions to Wells... Our...
04/04/2019

It's Throwback Thursday with a tribute to one of our classmates and her amazing family and contributions to Wells...
Our class 'sister', Marcia Baranowski's sister-in-law is the Alumnae Honoree at this year's Reunion Weekend!
Congratulations Shelley!!!

Oh Shelley 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
Hey!

Before the month is over,  reflections on Women's History Month...
03/30/2019

Before the month is over, reflections on Women's History Month...

Wells College Class of 1976 Reunion News's cover photo
03/21/2019

Wells College Class of 1976 Reunion News's cover photo

On this St. Paddy's Day Weekend... Wishing all:
03/16/2019

On this St. Paddy's Day Weekend...
Wishing all:

Flashback Friday... And this indeed takes us back!
03/08/2019

Flashback Friday... And this indeed takes us back!

FROM THE 1896 CARDINAL:

“This, the first number of the CARDINAL, is due to no originality on the part of ’96,—too many other classes have wished to do the same thing, (at least so we hear) to allow us to make that claim…(O)n the eve of our departure from Wells, we bequeath to our lower classmates…THE CARDINAL to you to perpetuate, to improve, to make more spicy, more literary, more generally interesting…”

The Cardinal! The Yearbook! The book of our year! Showcasing our adventures, our events, our memories. For the past 123 years, Wells College students have taken pictures, written stories, collected information and stuffed it all into the Cardinal. This annual memento is an absolute gem to anyone looking into the history of Wells. As we flip through decades of books, we are struck by what has changed over time but, more importantly, by what has stayed the same.

Action shots, faculty and staff members, covers, and dedicated Cardinal staffs: Won't you please, won't you please, please won't you sign my yearbook?

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It's Throwback Thursday with a sense of 'deja vu'... While watching the riveting testimony yesterday before the House Co...
02/28/2019

It's Throwback Thursday with a sense of 'deja vu'... While watching the riveting testimony yesterday before the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, I felt transported back to another time and place:

Flashback Friday...The theme running through these pics and the years represented... the strong bonds developed and sens...
02/23/2019

Flashback Friday...
The theme running through these pics and the years represented... the strong bonds developed and sense of sisterhood that remains with us throughout our lives!

WE GOT SPIRIT, YES, WE DO!
WELLS GOT SPIRIT, HOW ABOUT YOU?!

WHOO-HOO! That’s the spirit! Through the ages, Wellsians have shown all kinds of spirit.

There have been free spirits, kindred spirits, ghostly spirits, and SHHH, don’t tell anyone, but we heard that there might have been some spirits found in Junior mugs from time to time.

Over the years, we’ve seen students with fighting spirits, guiding spirits, compassionate spirits, and party spirits (that wouldn’t have anything to do with that Junior mug kind of spirits, now would it?).

In fact, we’ve seen many on campus in high spirits and good spirits who lift others’ spirits and help keep their spirits up. Aww, we’ve even seen a reenactment of the Spirit of ’76 (in 1968, but OK).

So as the spirit moves you, we hope that you enjoy these memories and spend a few moments being with us in spirit.

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Perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day... ❤️ and Wells - 'Stronger Together' (to borrow a great lady's slogan)!
02/15/2019

Perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day... ❤️ and Wells - 'Stronger Together' (to borrow a great lady's slogan)!

Jenny Zack Peer ’76, Lorina LaMier ’11, Kathy Mayer Roed ’77, Martha Ryan Severens ’67, Mindy LaMier ’11, Nancy Juraschek Dykes ’72 and Matt Sleezer ’14 got together in Greenville, SC during I Heart Wells Week. #IHeartWells

Throwback Thursday and Happy Valentine's Day!
02/14/2019

Throwback Thursday and Happy Valentine's Day!

Spreading the Love ❤️!
02/12/2019

Spreading the Love ❤️!

It's officially #iheartwells week! In celebration, some of our students, faculty and staff members came together to make this awesome photo!
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Spread the love by letting others know that it's I Heart Wells Week and SHARE this photo ❤️

I ❤️ Wells because...
02/11/2019

I ❤️ Wells because...

Hey Gang - Welcome to...FEB. 11-16, 2019A full week to celebrate everything you "heart" about Wells!
02/11/2019

Hey Gang - Welcome to...
FEB. 11-16, 2019
A full week to celebrate everything you "heart" about Wells!

Throwback Thursday and it's February in Aurora!
02/08/2019

Throwback Thursday and it's February in Aurora!

*Dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills of 20 below to35 below zero. Lowest wind chills will occur this morning.
01/31/2019

*Dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills of 20 below to
35 below zero. Lowest wind chills will occur this morning.

Wells College will be closed Thursday, Jan. 31 due to the extreme cold and wind chill.

Dining services will operate under normal hours.

Again, please make sure to limit the amount of time you spend outdoors, and cover up all exposed skin.

If you need assistance, please contact Campus Safety at 315.364.3229 or dial 911 in case of emergency.

01/31/2019
Wells College

Throwback Thursday and remembering the snow, the cold, the wind...

Wells College has canceled all evening classes tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 30) starting at 6 p.m. or later due to the extreme cold and wind chill.

Dining services will continue to operate under normal hours. Pizza315 will be open for takeout orders, but delivery service is not available this evening.

Please be extremely careful if you have to go outdoors, and limit the amount of time spent outside. Make sure to bundle up and cover all exposed skin.

If you need assistance, please contact Campus Safety at 315.364.3229 or dial 911 in case of emergency.

Throwback Thu on our Wells College Association of Alumnae and Alumni page, and now Flashback Fri...Great scenes of the u...
01/25/2019

Throwback Thu on our Wells College Association of Alumnae and Alumni page, and now Flashback Fri...
Great scenes of the usage and transformation of Smith Hall over the years:

FROM THE 1907 CARDINAL:

“In the heart of every girl are images of some few who have entered her life as architects of character, the thought of whom acts powerfully toward the maintenance and expansion of the structure they have helped to rear, some one whose act or word or mere bearing gave evidence of the possession of the qualities which a girl most prizes in others and covets for herself. Among these makers of destiny sits enthroned the living image of Helen Fairchild Smith.”—Mabel Agnes Lorenz 1904

On Ivy Day, June 13th, 1905, the Helen Fairchild Smith Hall was dedicated. Named after the much beloved Lady Principal and Dean of Wells (1876-1905), alumnae had raised money for the gymnasium and recreation hall, something Dean Hall had long desired.

Ninety years later, on September 30, 1995, the Sommer Student Center, located in Smith Hall was formally dedicated. Created with funds from Howard and Sally McElevey Sommer ’42, the center featured a community area, meeting rooms, and the Backstage Grill.

Opening soon: the newly renovated Sommer Student Center and Helen Fairchild Smith Hall! (SHHH! DON’T TELL ANYONE, BUT THERE ARE A FEW PEEKS SHOWING SOME OF THE COOL FEATURES IN THE PHOTO GALLERY BELOW.) Including a gaming room, Student Life offices, an updated community room, and more, this update was provided by generous donations by alumnae and foundations and will join The Well, our student pub, already in Smith Hall.

“…we have a Recreation Hall of which we may be proud; and our pride is not only in the building itself, but most of all in alumnae who worked for it, and the one whose name it bears.”-1907 Cardinal

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For Flashback Friday...Came across this article while doing some other research:'The first celebrity first lady: Frances...
01/19/2019

For Flashback Friday...
Came across this article while doing some other research:
'The first celebrity first lady: Frances Cleveland'

Flashback Friday - On this day, 11 Jan 1976:Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consecutive national figure skating championship...
01/12/2019

Flashback Friday - On this day, 11 Jan 1976:
Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consecutive national figure skating championship... on her way to Olympic Gold!

Glen Park in winter
01/12/2019

Glen Park in winter

Wishing ALL a Happy New Year!
12/31/2018

Wishing ALL a Happy New Year!

Throwback Thursday and a look back at Christmas in the Decade of the '70's...
12/21/2018

Throwback Thursday and a look back at Christmas in the Decade of the '70's...

A rich history of community and activism!
12/15/2018

A rich history of community and activism!

’RAY, COLLEGIATE!

From the 1910 Cardinal:

“In the year, 1896-1897, a committee of nine girls was chosen to investigate ways of improving and extending the system [of student government]. For some time a growing Collegiate spirit had been prevalent among the students. The boarding-school idea was dying out, and its rules and customs were no longer adequate for the life here…(s)o this committee with Julia Miles ’97 as chairman, began its work of instituting the change. As we look back upon this beginning, we cannot but feel that the excellence of our present system is due very largely to the progressive spirit and brave efforts of these true ‘Founders of Collegiate.’”—Mary Ashley Hotchkiss 1910

Collegiate is alive and well to this day, and we are so grateful to Julia, Mary, and all members past and present for “perpetuating the work which they began.”

Comment your name and year below if you were a KEY part of Collegiate. We thank you for your service!

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