Annual Letter from the Presidents!

Dear Bryn Mawr College Alumnae of Chicagoland,

Welcome to 2015!  With a new year for the Club underway, we want to let you know what we’ve been up to and what we’ve got planned.  And of course, we invite you to join us!

Looking Back on 2014 — An Extremely Busy Year!

We’ve had a slew of visitors from the College this year!  BMC English Professor Bethany Schneider read to us from her new novel The River of No Return (written under her nom de plume Bee Ridgway). Then-Interim President of the College Kim Cassidy introduced us to the College’s exciting new 360 program classes; later in the year, we were very pleased to live-stream her Inauguration and celebrate with the College as Kim stepped up as the new President. And we heard from Wendy Greenfield, Executive Director of the Alumnae Association, as she discussed the College’s new LILAC initiative, focused on building current students’ personal and professional development.

We were also very happy to be able to host a number of less formal events — an end-of-the-summer Bi-Co Picnic in Evanston, a tour of Pilsen’s Art District led by Christine Head ‘11, a new tea for alumnae in the western suburbs hosted by Karen Zatz ‘92 and Roxanne Kelsey ‘90, and of course Alice Mulberry hosted her annual Hyde Park Tea for alumnae on the south side!

Our biggest event last year was a delightful Alumna Spotlight event honoring alumna par excellence Barbara Bauman Morrison ‘62. We gathered for lunch at the Avenue restaurant in Wilmette and were pleased to welcome thirty-two celebrants.  This very lively crowd included not just alumnae from the Chicago area but also Barbara’s family, friends, and colleagues from her many years as a highly valued champion and proponent of the College, both nationwide and especially here in the midwest. In recognition of her passionate advocacy, upon the Club’s request the Midwest Scholarship Endowment Fund has been re-dedicated in Barbara’s honor. The Fund currently supports an award each year of about $4,500 to a student from the midwest.

Capping off the event was a presentation from Ruth Lindeborg ‘80, the Secretary of the College. She not only brought greetings from the College, she also surprised Barbara with the prestigious Helen Taft Manning Award! This honor is bestowed, from time to time, to recognize a person who has given outstanding service to Bryn Mawr. Other recipients of this prestigious award include Barbara Trimble ‘60, upon her retirement as Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Elizabeth (Betty) Vermey ‘58, upon her retirement as Director of the Office of International Initiatives and having formerly served as Director of Admissions for thirty years; and the sorely missed Karen Tidmarsh ‘71, during her long tenure as Dean of the  Undergraduate College, at her 35th class reunion.  We are beyond pleased that the College has recognized Barbara’s rightful place as one of these great women who helped build Bryn Mawr into what it is today!

Join Us for 2015!

We already have a number of events planned for the upcoming year, and it’s barely begun!  Club events are open to all area alumnae and, while you don’t have to pay dues to attend, we sincerely hope you’ll consider doing so. Your dues are a vital support for the Club’s annual activities and help us put forth new and exciting events!  You can pay dues online here.

  • Hell Week Happy Hours February 20, 6-8PM, Rock Bottom Brewery – GOLD alumnae, join us to celebrate Hell Week, appetizers courtesy of the College!
  • Spring Board Meeting March 8 – at the home of Amy Weiss Narea
  • Salon with Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown Professor – March 29, location TBD – to discuss her new book South Side Girls.
  • “Our Collective Endeavors” April 29, University Club President Kim Cassidy returns to Chicago!
  • May Day Brunch May 3, location TBD
  • Annual Meeting June 13, location TBD –  Pelema Morrice, Bryn Mawr’s new Chief Enrollment Officer, will discuss how best to engage alumnae/i in the shared work of attracting high achieving students.

(Want to host?  Email us at or call Jessica at 312-798-9753!)

  • YOU hosting a Salon — tell us when and on what topic and we’ll set it up for you!

As you may have heard, the Club will no longer be hosting our annual fundraising event. This change is happening at BMC alumnae clubs nationwide and allows the College to have a more direct relationship with you as a donor, so it can provide proper acknowledgement to you for your contributions.

But what about the Midwest Scholarship Endowment Fund?  Never fear, you can still contribute to the Fund! When donating to the College, simply note that your donation should go to the Fund by writing it on your check or, if you donate at, add the Fund’s full name in the “Designate My Gift To” box. It’s that easy!


Looking Forward to a Wonderful 2015,

Ruth Clark ‘81 & Jessica Collett ‘06

Bryn Mawr Club of Chicago

Membership and Dues Information 2015


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