College Government President outlines Ideafest plans
College Government President Adeline Lee relayed the plans of Ideafest for this year to Senate. Ideafest will take place on December 2nd at 5pm in Tishman. Last year about 250 people participated. Lee and the College Government President’s Council (CGPC) hope to have over 300 people attend this year. Lee hopes to set up about 14 round tables with 7-10 people at each to discuss ideas for topics such as Sustainability, Equity, Mental Health, Transportation and other areas of student interest. Students will brainstorm for an hour and then members of senior staff, administration and faculty will join students to discuss the logistical side of these ideas.
Interim and Associate Dean of Students announce office hours in Dean’s Corner
Interim Dean of Students Adele Wolfson and Associate Dean of Students Carol Bate will be holding office hours on a monthly basis in their office, Green Hall 344. This monthly hours will be on Wednesday November 11th from 9-11 a.m. Dean Wolfson also encourages students to submit letters to the Committee on Faculty Appointments on behalf of professors who are currently up for tenure. The administration takes Student Evaluation Questionnaires, which are student feedback forms administered for all courses at the end of every semester, and these letters into account when making tenure-related decisions. Tenure decisions are made in mid-December, so now is the best time to submit these letters to the Committee on Faculty Appointment, which is run out of the Provost’s Office.
Board of Trustees Secretary discusses the role of the Board of Trustees
Marianne Cooley ’81 came to Senate to explain the duties of the Board of Trustees. Cooley serves as Secretary of the Board and as a liaison between the Board of Trustees and Wellesley College. The Board can have up to 37 members and currently has 33. The Board is responsible for the hiring and evaluation of the Wellesley College President and sets the budget for the year. Cooley states that the budget serves as a manifestation of the Board’s priorities and the main priorities of the board are the need blind admissions policy and the academic program. The Board is made up of a geographically diverse group of people, some of whom have a connection to the college as an alumna or through a spouse, sibling or a parent of an alumna. The Board is recruiting through the Wellesley Alumnae Network in search of both younger and racially diverse individuals who would help diversify the Board. Questions about the Board of Trustees can be directed to the College Government Secretary-Treasurer, Jessica Shin, who will forward them to Cooley.