The Tanner Conference was held over three days, from Oct. 13 to 15, with students presenting on their internship opportunities, research experiences, civic engagement and more. The Conference also featured a Tanner Picnic, where students and faculty enjoyed box lunches on Alumnae Lawn. Tanner allowed for students of different tracks to showcase the work they did this past summer. The tracks represented were: Arts, Culture and Communications; Citizenship, Governance and Global Affairs; Community, Education and Social Impact; Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Commerce; Health, Wellness and the Living World; and Sustainability Technology and Innovation. Broken into four sessions, students presented in groups of four or more, unified by a common theme, with alloted time for questions at the end. Students showed up to learn from each other, as well as support each other in their professional endeavors.
Parent and Family Campus Day
On Oct. 16, the College held events for family members of students to explore campus and learn more about what Wellesley has to offer in terms of community, campus life, academics and career development. Parents and family members were required to submit proof of vaccination and register in advance in order to attend. Although in the past the event lasted for an entire weekend, this year the event was only one day for health safety reasons. Students and their families were able to attend faculty lectures, witness traditions such as the Sophomore Tree Planting, listen to music ensemble performances and more.
Campus Wide Water Outage
Due to a water line break in the early morning on Oct. 25, the residential and dining halls, along with some faculty housing, experienced disruptions to their water supply. Although water supply had been restored around 7 a.m., the running water was discolored for many, and some residence halls did not have hot water until 11:20 a.m. The College advised students to simply keep water running until it ran clear, assuring students that the water is safe to use, and had not offered a timeline for when students could expect hot water in their residence halls. Despite the recent switch to reusable dishes and silverware, dining halls only offered compostable paper plates for breakfast that morning since the water outage would prevent dining hall staff from washing reusable dishes. The Office of Residential Life and Housing announced that they are working on returning the water pressure to normal and asked for patience in the meanwhile. Classes and campus activities carried on as usual.