"Back in the Day" photo

Ethos Choir
Winter, 1974
 How many of these smiling singers can you name? (click to enlarge the photo for better viewing and identifying)

Wow, we were so young, then!

Do you have a "Back in the Day" photo you'd like to share here?  If so, please send via email to Michelle:  cmdavispATgmail.com.  Please include names and classes if available. 



WAAD Worldwide

On Sunday, March 13, 2011, WAAD alumnae from California to Boston celebrated our inaugural event.  Set to coincide with President Kim Bottomly's visit to the Atlanta Wellesley club, WAAD alumnae renewed friendships, made new connections, shared good food and memories of Wellesley.  Thanks to all who came; we're looking forward to even more events in the future.

Here are just a few photographs of the WAAD Worldwide gatherings.  To see the complete collection, visit our Flickr site here.

WAAD members in New York

WAAD members greet President Kim Bottomly
and Wellesley College Board of Trustees President
Alecia DeCoudreaux '76 

WAAD members at Harambee House

WAAD members in Los Angeles

WAAD members in Washington, DC


Congratulations, Karen Grigsby Bates!

Our WAAD West Regional Representative, Karen Grigsby Bates '73 is the author of the cover story, "When Life Doesn't Measure Up," in the latest issue of the Wellesley Magazine (Winter, 2011). 

From the introduction:
"The Wellesley culture, with its lofty models of success, seldom encourages discussion of the ways we fall short or don't live up to expectations.  Alumnae examine their failures, or perceptions of failure, and lessons gleaned from them."   

Karen Grigsby Bates is the Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News. One of Bates’s proudest contributions is making books and authors a high-profile part of NPR’s coverage. “NPR listeners read a lot, and many of them share the same passion for books that I do, so this isn’t work, it’s a pleasure.”
Before coming to NPR, Bates was a news reporter for People magazine and she was a contributing columnist to the Op Ed pages of the Los Angeles Times. In her non-NPR life, Bates is the author of Plain Brown Wrapper and Chosen People, mysteries featuring reporter-sleuth Alex Powell.


New WWW (WAAD World Wide) Event Information

Due to an overwhelming response to the WAAD Northeast event taking place in New York City,
we are excited to announce a NEW LARGER LOCATION for the WAAD World Wide reception on Sunday, March 13 from 3-6pm. Venue details are below.

Covo Lounge (on 2nd floor of Covo Trattoria)
701 W. 135th (on 12th Avenue, a few blocks from Dinosaur BBQ)
New York, NY 10031
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served

If you have not yet sent your RSVP, it's not too late! RSVP to Anna Johnson '02 at ajohnson29@gmail.com or by calling 708.707.6939.  See you there!


WAAD World Wide: March 13, 2011

The Officers and Founding Committee of WAAD invite you to WAAD World Wide, a collection of special events which will coincide with President Kim Bottomly's visit to the Atlanta Wellesley Club on Sunday, March 13, 2011. While in Atlanta, President Bottomly will attend a reception with Alecia DeCoudreaux '76, chair of the board of trustees, and WAAD alumnae, and we hope you will be able to attend a similar event in your area on that day. These events have been planned across the country to reconnect alumnae with each other and with the College. We hope you will join alumnae in your area to socialize, share, and discuss your ideas of what you'd like to see WAAD provide in the future. All events listed below will be held on Sunday, March 13th**, unless otherwise indicated.

West: California
Regional Representative: Karen Grigsby Bates '73, kgbates73@gmail.com

1. Hostess: Dana Stevenson Lang '73
Address: 1001 Ashmount Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 (Lakeshore area, corner of Ashmount and Portal
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
RSVP: JBell@goldfarblipman.com, 510-635-1623 or DanaLang3@yahoo.com, 510-333-4836

2. California Casual Tea
Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Address: NPR, 9909 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA
RSVP: kgbates73@gmail.com, (310) 815 4218
What to bring: photos and stories of your years at Wellesley.

Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri
Regional Representative: Lori G. Nuckolls '82 , Nuckolls@blankrome.com

1. Hostess: Toya Horn Howard '74
Event: Spring Tea
Address: 526 East 32d Street Unit D, Chicago, IL 60616
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Please RSVP to Pat Mell '75 via email at patricia.mell.bus@gmail.com or 630-456-0513

2. Please join the Indianapolis WAAD alums for the following event:
Midwest Fashion Week's Children's Fashion Show & Sunday Brunch
11:00am to 4:30pm
Bella Vita Ristorante at The Marina in Geist (Fishers, IN)
11699 Fall Creek Road, Fishers, IN 46038
This is a fun-filled event for families and friends. Celebrate the joy of being a child through a colorful presentation of contemporary children's fashion. Enjoy an elegant Sunday Brunch, enter to win door prizes and learn how to express your child's individual style through clothing. This experience is sure to educate and delight children and adults alike while also promoting the services of Down Syndrome Indiana. This event is being organized by Sola Adelowo '00. Admission is $25 per adult. Tickets can be purchased on the Midwest Fashion Week's website at www.midwestfashionweek.com. Please RSVP to Teri Cotton Santos '90 at tcsantos@lilly.com no later than March 9, 2011.

3. Hostess: Marseille Allen '01
Location: Beans & Cornbread
Address: 29508 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48034-5703, 248-208-1680
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Attendees must RSVP with Marseille by March 10 at marseille@alum.wellelsey.edu or BBM: 315CA177.

4. Hostess: Susan Jackson Rollins '77
Location: St. Louis, Missouri - the Show Me State - in the Central Region
Bring your yearbooks or favorite piece of Wellesley memorabilia
Address: 3103 Eads, St. Louis, MO. 63104
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
RSVP: Susan Jackson Rollins at scjr63108@gmail.com

Northeast: New York City
Regional Representative: Anna Johnson '02, ajohnson29@gmail.com

Location: Settepani, 196 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10026, 917-492-4806 (corner of 120th and Malcolm X Blvd)
Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, cash bar
RSVP to Anna Johnson '02, ajohnson29@gmail.com, 708-707-6939 (cell)

New England: Massachusetts
Regional Representative: Gail Rock Townsend '95, grock@post.harvard.edu, 617-501-2129

WAAD New England Meet and Greet Social
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Harambee House, Wellesley College Campus, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
RSVP to Gail Rock Townsend at grock@post.harvard.edu

Mid-Atlantic: Washington, DC and Pennsylvania
Regional Representative: Tania Peters '95, taniapeters@alum.wellesley.edu

1. Hostess: Tania Peters '95
Event: Sunday Brunch at the Piano Bar
Location: Banana Café & Piano Bar, 500 8th Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Capitol Hill Area near Eastern Market Metro Station. Street parking is available.
Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Phone: 301-442-1687
Cost: $30.00 per person (not including taxes or gratuity) with additional cash bar
RSVP by March 6th to Tania Peters '95 at taniapeters@alum.wellesley.edu, 301-442-1687

2. Event: A Sunday Gathering of Friends
Location: The Home of Denise Armbrister-McGregor '75, 6440 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151, 215-473-3833
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
RSVP by March 6th to Tania Peters '95 at taniapeters@alum.wellesley.edu, 301-442-1687

South: Georgia
Regional Representative: Brooke Richardson '03, brookellen81@yahoo.com

Alecia DeCoudreaux '76, chair of the board of trustees,
and President H. Kim Bottomly
invite WAAD alumnae to a special reception
Sunday, March 13, 2011
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
at the Atlanta Girls' School, 3254 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA

Afterwards, please plan to stay for the Atlanta Wellesley Club event with President Bottomly
3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Atlanta Girls' School.

RSVP for the WAAD reception at 2:00 pm: Brooke Richardson '03, brookellen81@yahoo.com or Karen Kerns, kkerns@wellesley.edu, 781-283-2310.
RSVP for the Atlanta Wellesley Club event at 3:00 pm: Register Online, or contact Karen Kerns, kkerns@wellesley.edu, 781-283-2310.

We hope you will be able to attend one of these events, but if you cannot, keep in mind WAAD World Wide is just our initial effort. Your WAAD board is always interested in hearing from you. If there is no WAAD gathering near you on March 13, we’d be happy to work with you to put one together later this year. We’re looking forward to reconnecting old friendships, and making new ones as we discover the sister alumnae who are near us.

With warmest regards,
Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent

Patricia Mell '75, President
C. Michelle Davis Petelinz '78, Vice President, Communications
Angela Norton Tyler '88, Vice President, Membership
Cheryl Holland '77, Vice President, Programs
Novella Brady '98, Treasurer
Kendall Alexander '08, Secretary

**Please note that Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 13th, so be sure to change your clocks so you don't miss these exciting events!
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More Recognition for WAAD Alumnae!

Congratulations to Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D. '75 and Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D. '72  who were both among Boston Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston:

PRESIDENT/CEO, THE HOME FOR LITTLE WANDERERS Power demo:  Saving the lives of thousands through the Home for Little Wanderers, which in 2010 alone provided more than 60,000 hours of help to children and families in need.

Power demo: Orchestrating a $1 billion investment in our medical, biotech, and academic research institutions, bolstering everything from pharmaceuticals to medical devices.

You can see the Boston Magazine article and full list here.


Congratulations Alecia DeCoudreaux!

The WAAD Board congratulates Alecia DeCoudreaux '76, who was recently named president of Mills College in Oakland, California. 

Here is the article which appeared in the January 20, 2011 online edition of the Los Angeles Times:

Mills College in Oakland chooses new president
Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, new president of Mills College Mills College, the Oakland campus with a women-only undergraduate program, has hired an attorney and business executive to be its next president, officials announced Thursday. Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, who is vice president and deputy general counsel at Eli Lilly and Co. and has been active in women’s education issues nationally, will become Mills’ leader July 1.
DeCoudreaux succeeds Janet L. Holmgren, who has been president of Mills since 1991, one year after a student revolt helped reverse a decision that would have made the college a fully coeducational school. Mills now enrolls about 950 women undergraduates and about 600 men and women in its graduate programs. In an interview Thursday, DeCoudreaux said she would not have taken the new position if there was any chance its trustees might again try to make Mills' undergraduate program coeducational.
DeCoudreaux, 56, is a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, one of 50 women’s colleges in the country, and she chairs Wellesley’s Board of Trustees. She will step down as chairwoman before starting her new job at Mills but plans to continue serving on the Wellesley board. She earned a law degree at Indiana University.

To hear Alecia discussing her new position during a Mills College video interview, visit the Wellesley website, here.

We wish her success in her new endeavor to make a positive impact in the lives of young women.