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I LOVE PEOPLE WHO MAKE ME LAUGH. I HONESTLY THINK IT’S THE THING I LIKE MOST, TO LAUGH. IT CURES A MULTITUDE OF ILLS. IT...
01/09/2020

I LOVE PEOPLE WHO MAKE ME LAUGH. I HONESTLY THINK IT’S THE THING I LIKE MOST, TO LAUGH. IT CURES A MULTITUDE OF ILLS. IT’S PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN A PERSON.—Audrey Hepburn

Can we be “candid” with you? We’ve “developed” a fondness for Cardinal photos that “capture” a “snapshot” of Wellsian joy. We can “picture” ourselves in the moment and hear the sounds of laughter. Just looking at those happy faces make us smile and we hope they will quickly turn any of your “negatives” into positives.

Better yet, if you have any fun snapshots (either in Kodachrome or black and white) from your time at Wells, we would love it if you would share with us in the comments.

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Whoo-Hoo! That's our Charlie!!
01/08/2020

Whoo-Hoo! That's our Charlie!!

WHAT A PHANTASMIC STUDY!!In “Trying to Make Sense of Everyday Ghosts,” then students, now alumnae, Courtney Brindisi ’18...
01/07/2020

WHAT A PHANTASMIC STUDY!!

In “Trying to Make Sense of Everyday Ghosts,” then students, now alumnae, Courtney Brindisi ’18, Taylor Joy ’19, and Kassandra Rivera ’18 worked with Sociology Prof. Dan Renfrow to find out how common belief in ghostly encounters occur.

They were interested in conducting this study because the paranormal, in general, and ghosts, in particular, occupy an odd position in society. They are statistically common but paranormal beliefs, claims, and activities carry stigma (something their sample also confirmed). So how do young people—college students in particular—navigate this sticky position?

They conducted a survey of 131 undergraduates and then had follow up interviews with 20. The results showed that 58% of sample say they have been in the presence of a ghost and 43% say they have had multiple ghost encounters. Clearly many believe and claim to have experiences, so how do they manage this stigma? Moreover, why do they hold on to these beliefs and experiences so firmly?

Overall people claim their encounters were positive life experiences. Most people attributed some identity (relational, historical, etc.) to their ghost. So why are ghost experiences important? The everyday ghost encounters are meaningful to them because they are evidence for the continuity of life, connect us with the living (i.e., family, culture and homeland for second and third generation folks, and to local community), and make us “feel special” or chosen.

Those who did not attribute a specific identity to their ghost, where the identity remained unspecified and therefore ambiguous, experienced these as overwhelmingly negative experiences. In their cases, they often found the experience to be meaningful because they felt a loss of control—either of their bodies (such as when they were touched, pushed, or scratched) or of their personal spaces.

This fall, Prof. Renfrow presented these results to his SOC 151 Principles of Sociology students on (getting into the spirit of the season, of course!) Halloween and is in the process of writing up this paper for publication.

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01/06/2020
Pettibone has been quiet the past few weeks, but we'll all be back tomorrow!
01/05/2020

Pettibone has been quiet the past few weeks, but we'll all be back tomorrow!

Today's alum shoutout is Giavarna Faison '14! Giavarna was a Theatre & Dance major and Sociology minor. This fall, Giava...
01/04/2020

Today's alum shoutout is Giavarna Faison '14!
Giavarna was a Theatre & Dance major and Sociology minor. This fall, Giavarna joined the Wells College Admissions team and is an Admissions Counselor for NYC and the surrounding area! On favorite memories at Wells, Giavarna says, “...I can't choose. Having Nerf wars in Dodge. Odd/Even. Tech Rehearsals in Phipps. Traditions!” She says to young alumni and students, “Don’t limit yourself. Cast your net far and wide. Remember, closed mouths don’t get fed. If you want something, go for it!” Giavarna keeps in touch with Wells through social media, texting, and in person visits. She’s the new secretary for the FARGO (Friends and Recent Graduates Organization) Executive Board.

01/03/2020
🎵🎊 There's a party goin' on right hereA celebration to last throughout the yearsSo bring your good times and your laught...
01/02/2020

🎵🎊 There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you 🎊🎵—Kool & the Gang

And good times were had by all here at Wells! As we enter the new year and the future, a look back at the past and some of our celebrations. What memories do you have? At least we hope you remember…maybe someone else will remember for you…

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01/01/2020
Saying goodbye to 2019 and looking forward to 2020...
12/31/2019

Saying goodbye to 2019 and looking forward to 2020...

As 2019 comes to a close and you reflect on the things most valuable to you, we hope Wells comes to mind.Please consider...
12/30/2019

As 2019 comes to a close and you reflect on the things most valuable to you, we hope Wells comes to mind.

Please consider a charitable contribution to the Wells Fund. All gifts received by midnight tomorrow (Dec. 31) are eligible for a 2019 tax deduction. As always, your gift to the Wells Fund goes right to use, having an immediate impact on today's students.

Make your gift today: http://wells.edu/giving

If you've already made your annual gift--thank you! We are truly grateful.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful start to the new year and decade!

Honor and Tradition—The Wells Way
12/29/2019

Honor and Tradition—The Wells Way

Today’s featured alum is Paige Stone ‘13!  Image description:Paige is wearing a red and white soccer uniform and running...
12/28/2019

Today’s featured alum is Paige Stone ‘13!

Image description:
Paige is wearing a red and white soccer uniform and running while kicking a white soccer ball. Her uniform says “Wells 12” in white font on a red background. There are two soccer players in the background, running on a grassy field. The text is white on a blue and red background and says “#expressyourstory, give things a chance to flourish, don’t run away from a challenging situation because you may just grow from it, Paige Stone ’13.”



1. What did you major/minor in at Wells and when did you graduate? I majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology at Wells. I graduated in 2013 (go odds!).

2. Where do you work now, and what is your job title? I currently work at Hartwick College as the Director of Academic Support in the Center for Student Success. I meet with students to talk about how classes are going, how they are adjusting to college, and I also oversee the academic probation program and tutoring program.

3. Did you have any internship experience that led you to this career choice? My first internship was with a daycare that served children 3 and under who had disabilities because I thought I wanted to work with young children, and I found out that population wasn't for me through that internship! My second internship was at a camp and I worked with children 7-10 years old and found out that wasn't for me either. So in a way those internships worked in my favor because I was really sold on working with a younger population, then after having those internships I discovered that might not be a great fit for me.

4. What advice would you give to current students and/or young alumni? Be open minded about new opportunities! Don't box yourself into one path or one choice when it comes to career moves or trying out different places to live. You never know what can open doors for you down the road and who can come in to your life and make a positive impact just from trying something out of your comfort zone. Give things a chance to flourish, don't run away from a challenging situation because you may just grow from it.

5. What was one of your favorite experiences at Wells? It's definitely a toss up between being a student-athlete and the amazing traditions at Wells. I loved being a student-athlete at Wells because the teams I was on were like family, especially the soccer team. I met my best friends through the soccer team and we are still so close to this day. The bond we share is indescribable and it is all because of soccer and the experiences and memories we made together. Traditions at Wells were a big reason why I decided to attend Wells in the first place! I loved Mainly 80's, Junior Stunt, Semi Formal, Champagne Breakfast, Freshmen Signs, and Odd/Even. These events and traditions make Wells unique and the memories my friends and I have at these traditions are unforgettable.

6. How do you stay connected with your Wells family? I talk to my Wells friends every day, whether it's through our group chat, snap chat group, Marco Polo group, or social media. I live close to 3 of my best friends from Wells and we see each other often. I LOVE the alumni soccer weekend at Wells. I get to see some of my favorite people at my favorite place and play our favorite sport and it's one big friend reunion the whole weekend.

7. Since graduation, what are some ways you have been involved with Wells College? I am involved with FARGO and I try to make it back to Wells a few times a year to see a soccer, basketball or softball game. Whenever I am able to I try to give back to Wells, whether it's a small donation, hand writing first year cards, or volunteering for something on campus. Wells has an important place in my heart and I never want to lose that connection.

8. What are one or two things that are most important to you about being an alumnus/a? I love to hear when traditions are carried on. I love hearing about the success of Wells athletics. I love seeing current students having the same passion about Wells as me and my friends had.

9. What do you envision for Wells? I envision Wells always evolving and growing but keeping the same roots it was founded on; strong students who aren't afraid to stand up for what they believe in, carry on traditions passed down to them, and staying Wells weird. I was so lucky to have such strong women role models at Wells, and without them I wouldn't be who I am today. I envision every student at Wells to be able to find themselves in a place that is accepting of who they are and what their mission is.

FOR THE LOVE OF MINERVAJust in case you are wondering whether Minerva is continuing to receive Wellsian love with our cu...
12/27/2019

FOR THE LOVE OF MINERVA

Just in case you are wondering whether Minerva is continuing to receive Wellsian love with our current students, we thought you would enjoy what we found while walking past her the other day…

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We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Physical Education Professor Kay Maloney who taught here at Wells...
12/27/2019
Obituary for Kathryn S (Stephenson) Maloney | Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home

We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Physical Education Professor Kay Maloney who taught here at Wells for many decades.

Obituary for Kathryn S (Stephenson) Maloney | Kathryn Lillian Stephenson Maloney     March 14, 1918 - December 24, 2019   Kathryn “Kay” Lillian Stephenson Maloney, will be missed by Karen Maloney and her husband Robert Carpenter, James “Jay” Maloney, and his wife Amy, her...

WE ARE LIVING IN AN ALTERNATE REALITY!No, seriously; the Wells College we see and went to is not the Wells College that ...
12/26/2019

WE ARE LIVING IN AN ALTERNATE REALITY!

No, seriously; the Wells College we see and went to is not the Wells College that was carefully planned out in the late 1920s. This is a map from June 1927-a blueprint if you will-of what Wells is supposed to look like that still hangs in the cowbell room (off of Faculty Parlors) in Main.

We discovered the map during Reunion while looking for some extra swag for attendees and took a few snapshots. Unfortunately, the lighting in there is not the best, and the map is a little faded, but it’s awesome just the same. Take a look at the photos and see what could have been for Wells…

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"Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers."—Kahlil Gibran
12/25/2019

"Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers."—Kahlil Gibran

We hope you enjoy this fantastic shot of our Sycamore and Main Tower!
12/24/2019

We hope you enjoy this fantastic shot of our Sycamore and Main Tower!

12/23/2019
🎶 HAPPY HOLIDAYHAPPY HOLIDAYWHILE THE MERRY BELLS 🔔 🔔 KEEP RINGINGHAPPY HOLIDAY TO YOU 🎶Wells College is closed from Mon...
12/22/2019

🎶 HAPPY HOLIDAY
HAPPY HOLIDAY
WHILE THE MERRY BELLS 🔔 🔔 KEEP RINGING
HAPPY HOLIDAY TO YOU 🎶

Wells College is closed from Monday, Dec. 23rd through Friday, Jan. 3rd for the holidays.

Never fear though! Staff members will be available by phone on Tuesday, Dec. 31st, from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM (EST) to assist you with any last minute donations or questions. Give us a call; we are here to help! 315.364.3476

We will be well-rested and ready to reopen on Monday, January 6th!

Today’s featured alum is Becky Rose, ’14! Image description: Becky is sitting on the ground in a garden, smiling at the ...
12/21/2019

Today’s featured alum is Becky Rose, ’14!

Image description: Becky is sitting on the ground in a garden, smiling at the camera. The text reads “Becky Rose ’14. Spanish major, minors in Anthropology and First Nations and Indigenous Studies. #expressyourstory.”

1. What did you major/minor in at Wells and when did you graduate?
I majored in Spanish Language and had 2 minors in Anthropology and First Nations & Indigenous Studies
2. Where do you work now, and what is your job title?
I currently work at Keuka College as a Student Success and Retention Advisor working mostly with our student-athletes.
3. Did you have any internship experience that led you to this career choice?
At Wells College, I was a tutor for Spanish and a Peer Leader. I realized through those experiences that I really liked working with college students and helping them be successful.
4. What advice would you give to current students and/or young alumni?
I would encourage current students to take a class that is different than what you usually take and is interesting to you, try something new for an internship, and build relationships with your faculty and alumni because you never know what new opportunities you will learn about that might lead you in a new direction. For young alumni, I would encourage you to stay involved with FARGO as either your class representative or ambassador. It is great to have other young alumni come together to support each other and to learn about opportunities and connections you did not know of before.
5. What was one of your favorite experiences at Wells?
At Wells College, I was on the Evenline team and was an Evenline Coach. It was an amazing opportunity to find a community of friends that I will have forever.
6. How do you stay connected with your Wells family?
There are some people I have group texts with and visit throughout the year. I am also my class representative for FARGO and I often post on our class page and attend Reunion and Fall Weekend on campus.
7. Since graduation, what are some ways you have been involved with Wells College?
Since Wells College, I serve as my class representative on FARGO but I have volunteered for Alumni and Admissions events to talk to prospective and current Wells students.
8. What are one or two things that are most important to you about being an alumnus/a?
Being a representative on FARGO is really important to me to continue to have a supportive Wells community that looks out for each other and wants to build a better Wells for current students.
9. What do you envision for Wells??
I see Wells continuing to be a great place for young adults to grow into strong leaders for our community/country and I hope to continue my work on FARGO for the next few years to support current students and young alumni.

12/20/2019
Holiday Greetings from Wells College 2019

Peace, Joy, Love, and Happiness from all of us at Wells College!

Click on the photo below to watch our holiday video. Enjoy!

The students, faculty and staff of Wells College wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!

FIVES AND OHS, FIVES AND OHSWHEREFORE ART THOU, FIVES AND OHS?As we move closer to 2020, we remind our alumnae and alumn...
12/19/2019

FIVES AND OHS, FIVES AND OHS
WHEREFORE ART THOU, FIVES AND OHS?

As we move closer to 2020, we remind our alumnae and alumni from years ending in 5 and 0 that YOUR reunion is coming up soon! Those who have attended reunions will tell you that they are FAAAB-U-LOUS!!! If you haven’t been to one, you really need to make plans to come to Reunion 2020 (May 28th-31st).

Look at these wacky and wonderful photos and then tell us that you don’t want to come back to Wells and find those friends, remember those buildings, share stories and memories (we know younger and older alums and current students want to join in the fun with you as well).

Promise us that you will at least think about it? We miss you! Come back to Wells!!!

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On Thursday, December 12th, seniors majoring in math, physics, and computer science presented their MPS Theses (some hav...
12/18/2019

On Thursday, December 12th, seniors majoring in math, physics, and computer science presented their MPS Theses (some have two!). Shown left to right:

Caden Will O’Loughlin: “Differential Privacy and Machine Learning” AND “Analysis of Graceful Labeling with a Focus on Cycles and Trees”

Joshua Anthony Undari: “The History of the Creation of the Derivative”

Jordan Elizabeth Stoops: “Random Number Generators: An Overview and Cryptographic Analysis” AND “The Mathematics Behind Population Dynamics and Animal Conservation”

Math Professor Matthew Hogan

Ar Corsino, Jr.: “Machine Learning and Its Usage”

Gavin Michael Davis: “Using Predictive Analytics to Improve the Value of a Business”

Jalen Cecil Tribble: “Solving Differential Equations & Classical Mechanics: Damped Harmonic Oscillator”

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“I am starting an internship at Guthrie Medical Center. The director of health sciences at Wells knew that I was interes...
12/17/2019

“I am starting an internship at Guthrie Medical Center. The director of health sciences at Wells knew that I was interested in working in a hospital setting, especially as I pursue my dream of becoming a pharmacist, and personally worked with me to make it happen. The scholarships I receive make it possible for me to come to Wells and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”

- Mollie '21, biochemistry and molecular biology major

A gift to the Wells Fund provides important scholarship support for students like Mollie which encourages and rewards our most outstanding students and fosters the highest level of excellence.

If you're planning to make a charitable contribution by Dec. 31, please consider giving to the Wells Fund. Your gift will impact the lives of our students.

Make your gift online: http://wells.edu/giving

For other ways to give: http://alumni.wells.edu/waystogive

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