Babson College Impact Report 2010

I am pleased to present to you Babson in the Community for 2009–2010, a summary of the College’s active participation as citizens of Wellesley and Needham.

I have always believed both as a manager and as a citizen that anyone who lives in a community has an obligation to give back to that community, and it is important that Babson continues to have a large and positive impact on its neighbors.

Our collaboration with Wellesley and Needham dates back 90 years and takes many forms: purchasing from local businesses; offering our facilities; hosting events; and providing student, staff, and faculty volunteers. When we consider the cumulative impact of these and many other ways we are involved locally, we know we are making a difference.

Please continue to join us on campus for Babson educational, sports, and cultural events that are open to the citizens of Wellesley and Needham. Whether on or off campus, we look forward to many more years of a strong and productive partnership.

The surest way to live forever is through the giving of love, time, and money. To live today, we must earn and save; to live forever we must serve and give.

Roger W. Babson

Reaching Out To The Community

As active members of the community, Babson reaches out to residents of Wellesley, Needham, and beyond, encouraging participation in on-campus cultural performances, exhibits, lectures, and other programs, and invites the public to use its library.

For more than three decades, Babson College has granted scholarships to qualified residents of Wellesley and Needham. In this academic year, five students from Wellesley received $31,000 in Wellesley Town Scholarships, and five students from Needham were awarded $25,500 in Needham Town Scholarships.

Babson sponsors teams that participate in the annual Wellesley Spelling Bee. Babson donated $4,275 and sent a faculty team to compete.

Wellesley and Needham senior citizens have the opportunity to audit Babson’s undergraduate classes on a space-available basis at no cost. This academic year, four Wellesley senior citizens took advantage of this opportunity, taking five courses worth $24,400, and five senior citizens from Needham took seven courses worth $29,280.

Since its inception, Babson has supported the World of Wellesley (WOW). This year, in addition to staff time, a donation of $500 was contributed.

Sodexo Education Services, which provides dining services in all Babson facilities (except for Babson Executive Conference Center):

  • Works closely 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 the 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 the Babson campus
  • Supports the Wellesley Seniors’ Thanksgiving dinner held the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Trim Dining Hall
  • Contributes to the Annual Wellesley Community Children’s Center Annual Fun Run

Sodexo and the Babson College community (sororities, fraternities, the Bernon Center, and the Athletic Department) join efforts every November to support the Cans Across America food drive. This past year, a total of 500 pounds of canned food was donated to the Place to Turn Food Bank in Natick. Sodexo also supports the annual Bernon Center Spaghetti Luncheon, which funds the student participation in Habitat for Humanity.

As one of the sites for the Pan-Mass Challenge, Babson hosted more than 2,500 riders in August 2009. During the 2009 calendar year, the PMC raised $30,384,200. More than 50 percent of funds raised for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund comes from the Pan-Mass Challenge. A total of 568 children, participating in the Kids Ride at Babson in June 2010, have thus far raised $112,519. Participating riders and volunteers included Wellesley and Needham residents, as well as Babson students, faculty, and staff.

The Sorenson Center is a performing arts facility that presents 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 the comedy The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 in the fall of 2009 and the musical The Wedding Singer in the spring of 2010. The Franklin W. Olin Players from Olin College of Engineering uses the Carling-Sorenson Theater as its stage venue for most performances, and performed Blood Brothers in the spring of 2010. The Babson Dance Ensemble performs high-energy, colorful dance shows every semester.

Other Babson-sponsored events open to the public:

  • AMAN (South Asian culture, dance, and music show) every semester
  • BAPSA (Asian Pacific culture, dance, and music show) spring semester
  • Malcolm Stearns Memorial Film Society/ Class Movie Nights all year
  • BSU Apollo Night (Black Student Union’s talent show) spring semester
  • Thompson Poet (visiting poet reading and discussion) every February

A number of area community arts and cultural organizations regularly present programs in the Carling-Sorenson Theater.

Theatreworks@Babson, a community theater group, presents a play every fall semester in support of the liberal arts division’s foundation curriculum. The plays are professionally directed, and casting is open to students, staff, faculty, and area residents. In the fall of 2009, a multicultural cast performed William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Babson regularly hosts business and world leaders speaking on business, as well as cultural and current events, and the arts. These events are often open to the public (many are free). Among the speakers were:

  • Roslyn Daum, lawyer, board member, The Center for Women and Enterprise
  • Winona Duke, founder of White Earth Land Recovery Project and Native Harvest
  • Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico
  • Nicholas Kristof, author, Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
  • Jamil Mahuad, former president of Ecuador
  • Pam Reeve, chair, The Commonwealth Institute
  • David Oliver Relin, author, Three Cups of Tea
  • Henri Termeer, chairman and CEO, Genzyme Corporation, inducted into Babson’s Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs

The Thompson Poet Series, held annually in February, welcomed prize-winning poet Claudia Rankine, author of Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.

Speaking to the graduating classes in May was William E. Strickland Jr., president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. Strickland received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, and John J. Fernandes, 1975 alumnus and president and CEO of AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Babson celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day in February featuring author Patricia J. Williams. East Meets West, organized by Babson’s Asian Pacific Student Organization, takes place in April during Asian Heritage month.

The Glavin Family Chapel is designed to meet the spiritual needs of all in an interfaith facility where members of the College community may practice their faith, seek inspiration and guidance, and find peace in the quiet of a sacred space. The goal is to make Babson and Olin a welcoming community for people of all faiths. Several traditions hold regular worship services at the chapel, including: weekly Catholic Mass; weekly Protestant worship (in conjunction with the Redeemer Church); monthly Shabbat; and regular Buddhist meditation sittings. There also is a private prayer room on the ground floor of the chapel regularly used by Muslim students.

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 exhibits of student work, offerings this year included:

  • “Delirium II,” by sculptor, painter, photographer, installation artist, and human rights activist Elshafei Dafalla Mohamed
  • “Inner Garden,” a collaborative installation by Mary Begin, Denise Driscoll, and Mirela Sahleanu
  • “Stitch,” a site specific installation by artist August Ventimiglia

While on campus for “Delirium II,” Mohamed presented a one-time tribute to the African diaspora. “Unshackled Memory” was a display of 3,400 brightly painted paper boats made by Mohamed and placed in the shape of a peace symbol on the floor of Knight Auditorium.

The Horn Library has a generous community access policy for Wellesley and Needham residents. In addition to using materials on open shelves, Wellesley and Needham users may check out books for four weeks.

Babson College and Wellesley College help support a day-care center for children of the community and the colleges’ employees. During 2009–2010, the center served 44 children from Wellesley and 12 from Needham. Twenty-one are children with a parent who works or studies at Babson.

A Neighbor to the Community

Photo of Alvie Stoddard and coach Isaiah Thomas

As a neighbor to residents of Wellesley and Needham, Babson participates in a range of local programs and organizations, and offers use of its facilities to community members.

Babson signed on to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (, a promise that we will exercise leadership in our community and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions. Babson College’s Climate Action Plan that will define our approach to achieving Carbon Neutrality in measurable ways during a specified time frame, will be available in early 2011.

We have continued to implement programs on campus to reduce energy consumption in support of Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant’s goals and to encourage our faculty, students, and staff to support sustainability in numerous ways. We have reduced our carbon footprint by more than 17 percent or more than 3,000 metric tons of carbon each year, and we are implementing additional measures that will reduce our carbon footprint by another 10–12 percent. We have a campus Sustainability Office and are developing programs to raise awareness and encourage actions to support these programs. In addition, we are working closely with the Town of Wellesley to evaluate ways we can work together on this effort.

  • Since 1998, the Webster Center has served as the rain location for Needham and Wellesley graduations. In 2010, both schools enjoyed sunshine for their ceremonies.
  • Babson is a member of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce and holds a seat on its board of directors each year. Babson sponsors the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Local Business Recognition Dinner, donating the use of the Knight Auditorium facilities and related equipment, and donating labor of College employees—the equivalent of $4,000–$5,000. Babson sponsors the chamber’s annual golf tournament. Additionally, the chamber offers the Babson College/Wellesley Bank “Business Series” of breakfast meetings held on campus.
  • In May 2010, Babson hosted the Wellesley Police Department’s 10th Annual 5K Stewart Savage Road Race and Fun Run. Babson provided facilities equipment, space, and employee labor for this event.
  • The College hosts the annual Grace Knight Babson program for Religious Education in Wellesley, attended by 500–600 residents. Organized by the Grace Knight Babson Fund, they make financial contributions to local religious institutions.
  • Babson’s Knight Auditorium was the site for the Hunnewell Elementary PTO’s annual fundraiser in March 2010.

Community members have the opportunity to participate in recreational sports and participate in athletic competitions through the Boston Sports Club, the Babson Skating Center, and other on-campus athletic facilities.

The Babson Summer Camps office includes Internal Summer Camps, managing between 15 and 17 camps from June through August; and External Summer Programs. They account for approximately 30 sessions occurring during a seven-week period for local children ages 5–15. Children and adult participants in the External Programs stay on campus for between two and 10 days for overnight conferences or multiday retreats.

Each program on campus, from mid-May through mid-August, is managed by the Summer Programs Office. A portion of the external summer programs is managed directly through organizations on campus. Some examples include the Glavin Office of International Programs, and the Blank Center.

Babson offers a variety of summer sports and traditional day camps for children. Sports camps include soccer, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, and flag football; and Camp on the Hill is a traditional program for children ages 5–10. Also, Babson contracts for professional conferences and academic camps during the summer.

In summer 2010, 15 in-house sports camps were designed, promoted, and implemented with approximately 2,400 participants. Externally, 19 programs were run with more than 2,500 participants.

In addition to camp directors, the Summer Programs Office employs as many as 150 camp counselors. Many of them currently play on teams, or are coaches and teachers in neighboring towns.

Babson was the halfway point start site for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in September. Babson volunteers included firstyear and returning students, faculty, administration, and staff, giving them the opportunity to honor friends, family, co-workers, and patients facing all forms of cancer.

The Babson Skating Center, owned and managed by Babson College, serves the community in many ways. Needham High School’s hockey team uses the rink for its home games. Wellesley High School uses Babson’s skating rink for its home games, and the girls and boys hockey teams each have their own locker rooms.

Local residents take advantage of public skating on weekday mornings and Sunday afternoons. The skating school enrolled more than 500 students from Wellesley and Needham in 2009–2010.

Many Needham and Wellesley adults are members of groups who rent ice time during evening hours for hockey games. The skating rink serves as the site for parties for a number of schools. In Wellesley, they include: Hardy, Hunnewell, and Sprague schools. Needham schools are Broadmeadow, Elliot, Hillside, and Newman.

The skating rink also donates public skating passes to local schools for their fundraising efforts. Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley holds a skating program there each winter. The annual August Hockey Clinic enrolled skaters from both Wellesley and Needham. Members of the Wellesley Youth Hockey Association are recognized each winter at a Babson varsity hockey game.

Although primary use of the Webster Center facility and Babson athletic fields is for Babson community members, several area groups use the facilities for team practice and play, including: the Wellesley High School swim, field hockey, lacrosse, and track teams; the Needham High School swim and track teams; the Wellesley Swim Association; and the Wellesley Recreation Department.

Babson also is a traditional host of games for the MIAA Division II Girls’ Lacrosse Tournament.

The Babson campus hosts more than 150 intercollegiate competitions throughout the year that are open to the public, either free or for a nominal charge.

The Boston Sports Club Wellesley is a premium health club located behind the Babson College campus. BSC offers cardio machines with personal entertainment screens, a 25-yard swimming pool, supervised express workouts, personal training, massage, indoor tennis, basketball courts, summer camp, laser tag, swim lessons, child care for ages 3 months to 10 years, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, spin, and more, including a six-pool outdoor summer complex.

The BSC holds active membership in the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, and hosts or sponsors a number of fundraising events, including road races and walk-a-thons for charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Financial Investments Contribute to Local Economy

Babson College makes both direct and indirect financial contributions to the towns of Wellesley and Needham. It is estimated that Babson and its affiliated programs directly contribute more than $18 million to their economies, with additional contributions coming from indirect sources.

Babson purchases a significant amount of products and services from Wellesley and Needham businesses. Babson spent $4,419,438 in Wellesley and $1,825,814 in Needham, including credit card sales. The total spent in Wellesley includes a $75,000 payment in lieu of taxes to the town.

Babson employs 82 residents of Wellesley and 61 residents of Needham, which accounts for approximately 20 percent of employees and $11.8 million of the College’s annual payroll budget. Babson also employs 905 full- and part-time workers who are not residents of these towns, but who patronize local businesses.

The North Hill retirement community in Needham, located on land owned by Babson College, paid $566,000 in property taxes to the Town of Needham.

Babson Executive Conference Center (BECC) purchased $129,126 worth of services and products from Needham and Wellesley businesses. The BECC payroll budget for residents of Wellesley was $51,726. BECC also paid $57,566 to the Town of Wellesley in room occupancy taxes and for licenses and fees.

The average student spent approximately $1,750 on personal expenses. Half of that, $875 per student, is estimated to have been spent on campus or in the local community. In addition, for the 2009–2010 academic year, three undergraduate Babson students lived off campus providing rental income to townspeople.

Boston Sports Club (BSC), a recreation facility owned by Babson and leased by Town Sports International, regularly purchases products and services from vendors in Wellesley and Needham. BSC paid wages to more than 275 employees some of whom are residents of Needham and Wellesley.

Babson invested $7.6 million in building projects and another $13.1 million in plant maintenance. While it is not possible to detail how much of these funds directly benefited the towns of Wellesley and Needham, it is a major contribution to the economy of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Most of the materials and services used for plant maintenance are from local vendors and contractors.

Babson Community Volunteers

Jimmy Fund Walk

Babson undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff donated more than 26,000 hours of their time to volunteer activities through Babson’s Bernon Center for Public Service this year.

Every day, students and staff donate their time to the broader community both on and off campus. Students get involved through the Bernon Center’s weekly programs and special events, residence halls, Greek organizations, athletic teams, and clubs. Babson individuals contributed their time locally, nationally, and globally. They taught English to Haitian residents of Mattapan, mentored young entrepreneurs in Boston’s first Lemonade Day, and built homes with Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana and El Salvador. Community service is an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum; many students give back to the community, completing service-learning projects as part of their academic requirements. Students in the Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) course— required for all first-year students—created 16 businesses donating their time and their companies’ profits (more than $25,000) to the following organizations:

  • Birthday Wishes/Rodman Ride
  • Boston AIDS Africa
  • Boys and Girls Club of Boston
  • Charles River Center
  • Community Servings
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • English as a Second Language Program
  • Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Nativity School of Worcester
  • Needham/Wellesley Housing Authority Program
  • Nyansa Project
  • Special Olympics of Massachusetts
  • Web of Benefit

An MBA student team competed at Duke University against 18 other business schools to raise money for Special Olympics. The Babson team placed second overall, raising more than $3,000.

The following organizations benefited from the many hours donated by Babson students:

  • American Red Cross
  • Autism Walk for Research
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Camp Sunshine in Maine
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Junior Achievement Program; Natick Elementary Students
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Needham Food Pantry
  • Toys for Tots
  • Wellesley Council on Aging
  • Wellesley and Needham Housing Authorities

Students and staff continue to serve during their semester breaks. Thirty-five students and staff traveled to Africa in January teaching English and entrepreneurship to adults and children of Ghana. In March, volunteers traveled to San Salvador and Louisiana to work with Habitat for Humanity building and refurbishing homes. In August, a group of staff and faculty returned to El Salvador to build two more homes.

The eighth annual Cruickshank 5k Race for Shelter attracted more than 300 participants, raising almost $5,500 for Babson’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.

For the fourth year, Babson was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. departments of Education, and Housing and Urban Development.

The current Babson Community Impact Guide contains information from 2009-2010 fiscal year. The new edition of the Guide will be published in Fall 2011.