Happy Holidays to the members of the great yellow class of 1979!



We received feedback from many of you that a long class newsletter in December was “lost” in the shuffle, so instead we send you a short greeting with a promise of longer newsletter in the first quarter of 2016.


Happily, we had a very impromptu mini-reunion in late October at the kickoff event for the newly launched Wellesley Effect campaign; the conclusion of which will coincide with our 40th reunion!  79ers in attendance included Maddie Albert, Beth Bernhardt, Yvonne Bos, Karen Cunningham, Mary Dermody, Alison Clarke Kenary, Ellen Ryder, Jody Strakosch, and Mary White.  Although the nine of us were not all together at one time, there were 79 sightings!   You’ll hear more about our 79 Connects in the newsletter, but from what we have heard, they were a great success. 


Given that we are approaching year-end, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you about our class fund-raising efforts.  In fiscal year 2015 (ending June 30), our class raised just shy of $800,000 with 45.6% participation and 21 Durants ($2,500+).  Thanks to all of you who helped us exceed our goals of 45% participation and 20 Durants for the year!


As of December 1, our class has raised about $17,000 from 33 donors with 7.9% participation and 4 Durants.  For some of you who make your contributions during the calendar year this is a gentle reminder to do so before December 31. The giving link can be found here: www.wellesley.edu/give.  

As mentioned earlier, Wellesley has launched a new $500MM fundraising campaign over the next four years (http://campaign.wellesley.edu/), the first campaign in over a decade. Please note that gifts made to the College between now and 2019 will count toward the campaign, which means alum donors will contribute to the overall campaign goal of 75% participation

Check out our class webpage at 1979.alum.wellesley.edu, updated by Mary Vaskas with pictures and news.  There is also a list of the dues-paying members for our class. 


One last note – send news to Dorrie (dorrievgraul@gmail.com)!  Otherwise, she may embark on creative story-telling and you never know when you may end up in the headlines! 



Happy Holidays! Best wishes for a great 2016!!


            Jody, Martha, Dorrie, Donna, Yvonne and Mary