News in Brief

CWS hosts 15th annual Day to Make a Difference

Every year, the Center for Work and Service (CWS) hosts “Day to Make a Difference,” a weekend of volunteering coordinated by the CWS. The CWS estimates that students volunteered for 1,500 hours last year during the event. The projects this year took students across Massachusetts to work on diverse projects. Some students volunteered in Wellesley at the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Garden and Boston at the Greater Boston Food Bank or the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. Students also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Lynn, Massachusetts or Worcester, Massachusetts, among other projects.

President Bottomly announces goals of advisory committee on gender identity

President H. Kim Bottomly released an announcement on Sept. 15 to follow up on her announcement on Sept. 5 about what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. In her announcement, President Bottomly states that gender identity and the transgender experience are relevant to Wellesley. She plans to form an advisory committee to evaluate whether any Wellesley policies or practices should be altered. The advisory committee will be composed of students, faculty, staff and alumnae. The responsibility of the committee is fourfold. First, the committee will figure out what issues are relevant by seeking input from the Wellesley community. Second, the committee will organize a year-long program to educate all members of the campus about gender fluidity. Third, the committee will look at all policies on campus that may need to be discarded or changed. Finally, the committee will present its findings to the Wellesley community and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

The Dirt releases glimpse of Field House renovations

The Dorothy Towne Field House has been under construction since spring 2014 as part of Campus Renewal. According to The Dirt, the blog with updates about details of Campus Renewal renovations, 25 percent of the wall panels have now been replaced and the new roof is 90 percent complete. New windows will be installed on the north side — the side that faces Route 135 — of the Field House. The next step of renovation is installing a permanent wood floor as well as sports flooring to the building. Renovations are expected to be finished by the end of 2014 and the project will be closed sometime before summer 2015.

Alumna co-founds legal company

Erin Giglia ’98 and business partner Laurie Gormican Rowen founded a company that allows attorneys who do not wish to work for a typical law firm to remain in the profession. Giglia and Rowen started the company when they both found themselves struggling to maintain a balance between family and work at a top law firm. They decided to quit their jobs and start Montage Legal instead. The company began with just Rowen and Giglia, but soon expanded to a network of predominantly female attorneys who preferred freelancing to working in a typical law firm. Now, Montage Legal has 125 attorneys, three of whom are Wellesley graduates.

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