As an active member of the community, Babson reaches out to residents of Wellesley, Needham, and beyond, supporting educational activities on and off campus, and encouraging participation in performances, exhibits, lectures, library opportunities, and other programs.
Wellesley and Needham Scholarships
For more than three decades, Babson has granted scholarships to qualified residents of Wellesley and Needham. This academic year, five students from Wellesley received $29,000 in Wellesley Town Scholarships, and six students from Needham received $31,500 in Needham Town Scholarships.
Wellesley Education Foundation
Babson donated $3,750 to sponsor teams for the annual Wellesley Spelling Bee and sent a faculty and staff team to compete.
Babson Audit-the-Class Program
Wellesley and Needham senior citizens may audit Babson’s undergraduate classes on a space-available basis at no cost. This academic year, four Wellesley senior citizens took five courses worth $20,740, and two senior citizens from Needham took three courses worth $12,220.
Sodexo Education Services
Sodexo Education Services, which provides dining services in all Babson facilities except the Babson Executive Conference Center:
- Works with the parent-teacher associations of Wellesley’s Ernest F. Upham School, Fiske Elementary School, St. John’s CYO, and the Wellesley Middle School on fundraising events
- Donates use of kitchen and dining facilities at Trim Dining Hall for the Wellesley Middle School’s annual pasta dinner
- Donates catering for the annual Wellesley Club dinner held on campus
- Supports the Wellesley Seniors’ Thanksgiving dinner held the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Trim Dining Hall
- Contributes to the Wellesley Community Children’s Center annual Fun Run
- Partners with Advocates Employment Services to provide handicapped individuals with work opportunities
- Supports with the College community (sororities, fraternities, Bernon Center, and Athletic Department), the Cans Across America food drive every November. This past year they donated 500 pounds of canned food to the Place to Turn Food Bank in Natick.
- Supports the annual Bernon Center Spaghetti Luncheon, which funds student participation in Habitat for Humanity
Wellesley Community Children’s Center
Babson College and Wellesley College help support a daycare center for children of the community and the colleges’ employees. During 2010–2011, the center served 44 children from Wellesley and 13 from Needham. Twenty-two are children with a parent who works or studies at Babson.
Arts, Events, Programs and Services
Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts
The Sorenson Center for the Arts fosters an environment of creativity and exploration through enhancing the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts, encompassing literary, performing (dance, film, music, and theater), and visual arts.
The Center presented a wide variety of programming in theater, dance, music, film, and video, and the literary arts. Most events are open to the public, and parking is free.
The Babson Players performed Ken Ludwig’s comic play Moon Over Buffalo in the fall of 2010, and Neil LaBute’s drama The Shape of Things and the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the spring of 2011. The Franklin W. Olin Players from Olin College of Engineering presented Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the spring of 2011. The Black Student Union presented Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf in the spring. Students also presented a spring production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues.
Other Babson-sponsored events open to the public during the 2010–2011 academic year:
- Babson Dance Ensemble every semester
- AMAN (South Asian culture, dance, and music show) every semester
- BAPSA (Asian and Pacific culture, dance, and music show) spring semester
- Malcolm Stearns Memorial Film Society/ Class Movie Nights throughout the year
- Global Film Series screenings each term curated by professors Julie Levinson and Jenny Rademacher
- Philanthropy Tower Mock Band competition among Babson students, staff, and faculty interspersed with bands from Berklee College of Music
- Liberal Arts Tower competitive talent show
- Student Concert Series (piano recital; a cappella groups from Babson and Olin; jazz bands with students from Babson, Olin, and Wellesley; the Olin Conductorless Orchestra; and traditional Chinese and Indian music
- 2011 Thompson Poet (the annual visiting poet reading and discussion held in February) was Bob Hicok, author of Words for Empty and Words for Full
A number of area community arts and cultural organizations present programs in the Carling-Sorenson Theater. Due to the increase in student performances, external clients are no longer able to rent the facility during the fall and spring terms.
Exhibits of artistic, cultural, and historical interest abound on campus on a rotating schedule. Exhibit hours include weekends, evenings, and by appointment to make the shows community-accessible. In addition to rotating exhibits of student work, offerings this year included:
- “Traditional Chinese Brush Painting” by Babson student and Sorenson Scholarship recipient Suopeng Gao
- “Microclimates,” artwork directly inspired by the connections between the creative process and the life cycle of the garden, by sculptor, painter, and installation artist Alison Williams
- “Points of View,” sculptural paintings that explore people’s interactions with public art and museum spaces, by Boston University professor Dana Clancy
- “Sea of Ice,” a temporary site-specific mural inviting the viewer to consider our relationship to the landscape, by painter Chris Faust
Lectures and Programs
Babson hosts world leaders speaking on business, cultural and current events, and the arts. These events are often open to the public at no charge.
Office of Multifaith Programs–The Glavin Family Chapel
Babson College is an institution dedicated to fostering an environment of religious pluralism and respect. The Office of Multifaith Programs exists to serve, support, and nurture the religious and spiritual development of all within our campus community. Multifaith programs include regular worship services in a variety of religious traditions, multifaith dinners, yoga instruction, meditation sittings, liturgical and musical events, seasonal celebrations, and educational seminars. The Multifaith staff is devoted to supporting students as they face spiritual issues in their life through open discussion and pastoral counseling at all levels.
Wellesley and Needham residents may use materials on open shelves at Babson’s Horn Library and may check out books for four weeks.
The Pan-Mass Challenge
Babson was one of four host sites for the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) weekend in August 2010, accommodating more than 5,000 visitors for registration, 3,000 cyclists families and volunteers for the start on Saturday, and 2,000 riders and supporters for the start and finish site on Sunday. In 2010, PMC raised $30,384,200 and had a goal of $35 million for the 2011 calendar year. More than 50 percent of funds raised for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund comes from the PMC.
In June 2011, 350 children participating in the PMC Kids Rides® at Babson raised $112,519. Participating riders and volunteers included Wellesley and Needham residents, as well as Babson students, faculty, and staff.
Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
Babson is the halfway point start site for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk each September. Babson volunteers included students, faculty, and staff, giving them the opportunity to honor friends, family, co-workers, and patients facing all forms of cancer.
World of Wellesley
Babson has supported the World of Wellesley in a variety of ways since its inception, including the recent donation of $500 plus staff time.