About

Tau Zeta Epsilon (TZE), Wellesley College’s Art and Music Society, was founded in 1889 to provide an opportunity for additional study of the arts and promote good fellowship among students. According to the founding mission statement, the purpose of the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society shall be the cultivation and enhancement of an artistic spirit at Wellesley College, leading to a greater appreciation of art, wherever found, and all that tends to the creation of the beautiful.

Tau Zeta Epsilon today, with our varied social, musical, and artistic agenda, little brick house to call our own, and expansive alumnae network, is far removed from the loosely-joined band of our 13 original founding members. Nonetheless, all sisters of Tau Zeta Epsilon still follow the original mission to create art and spread beauty throughout the world.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING TEA-ING FOR TZE, MIXERS, HOUSE RENTALS OR LECTURE SCHEDULES, PLEASE REACH OUT TO US AT TAUZETAEPSILON@GMAIL.COM.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! 


Lectures

According to the founding mission statement, the purpose of the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society is the cultivation and enhancement of an artistic spirit at Wellesley College, leading to a greater appreciation of art, wherever found, and all that tends to the creation of the beautiful. As such, Tau Zeta Epsilon hosts two music and two arts lectures for the greater Wellesley community during each semester. These lectures often feature distinguished Wellesley professors, outside guests from the Boston area, or various on-campus music groups.


History

Originally named "The Art Society of Wellesley College", Tau Zeta Epsilon is one of six societies established in the late 19th century. Societies were formed to provide an informal setting in which to pursue certain academic interest and also served as social centers for selected members. This society was established to further the study of arts in a scholarly fashion. In 1890 the Society became a more permanent on-campus organization and adopted both a name, Tau Zeta Epsilon, and a crest, the winged wheel. From 1900 the society held yearly studio shows exhibiting student art work, as well as adopting the tradition of the Living Portrait in which new members to the Society recreate famous works of art.

Founded

1889

Notable Alumni

Wellesley College President Diana Chapman Walsh

Soong Mei-Ling (Madame Chiang Kai-Shek)

Lulu Chow Wang

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

4 lectures per semester featuring scholars, artists and musicians and their areas of expertise

Members
 

  Julie Renfroe '19   Eboard - President   Sociology Major

Julie Renfroe '19
Eboard - President
Sociology Major

  Alexa Kasner '19   Super Senior  Art History Major

Alexa Kasner '19
Super Senior
Art History Major

  Meera Patel '19   Eboard - Secretary  Economics Major

Meera Patel '19
Eboard - Secretary
Economics Major

  Deyanira Ibarra '20   Siblinghood Chair  International Relations Major

Deyanira Ibarra '20
Siblinghood Chair
International Relations Major

  Soraya Tavakolian '20   Eboard - House Manager  Economics Major

Soraya Tavakolian '20
Eboard - House Manager
Economics Major

  Claudia Corrigan '19   Super Senior  Mathematics Major

Claudia Corrigan '19
Super Senior
Mathematics Major

  Helia Kavoosi '20   Eboard - Treasurer  Philosophy & Economics Major

Helia Kavoosi '20
Eboard - Treasurer
Philosophy & Economics Major

  Iliana Smith '19   Merchandise Chair  English & Chinese Language and Culture Major

Iliana Smith '19
Merchandise Chair
English & Chinese Language and Culture Major

  Emma Burke '20   Abroad Fall '18  Political Science & Africana Studies Major

Emma Burke '20
Abroad Fall '18
Political Science & Africana Studies Major

  Hanna Vaughn '19   Super Senior  Psychology Major

Hanna Vaughn '19
Super Senior
Psychology Major

  Joyce Chung '19   Davis Liaison  Art History Major

Joyce Chung '19
Davis Liaison
Art History Major

  Kennedy Austin '19   Initiate Chair  Sociology & Africana Studies Major

Kennedy Austin '19
Initiate Chair
Sociology & Africana Studies Major

  Lindsay Crews '19   Philanthropy Chair   Biochemistry Major

Lindsay Crews '19
Philanthropy Chair
Biochemistry Major

  Maddy Davison '19   Siblinghood Chair   C ognitive and Linguistic Sciences Major

Maddy Davison '19
Siblinghood Chair
Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Major

  Grace Turner '20   In-house   Neuroscience Major

Grace Turner '20
In-house
Neuroscience Major

  Sophie Dowdy '21   Fundraising Chair

Sophie Dowdy '21
Fundraising Chair

  Jaeda Velasquez '20   VP Arts  Biological Sciences Major

Jaeda Velasquez '20
VP Arts
Biological Sciences Major

  Morgan Mills '20   Initiate Chair & Social Justice Chair  Political Science Major

Morgan Mills '20
Initiate Chair & Social Justice Chair
Political Science Major

  Kennedy Ulfig '20   Abroad Fall '18  Political Science & English Major

Kennedy Ulfig '20
Abroad Fall '18
Political Science & English Major

  Natalie Miller '19   Initiate Chair  Psychology Major

Natalie Miller '19
Initiate Chair
Psychology Major

  Viki Zygouras '20   Web Developer  Computer Science Major

Viki Zygouras '20
Web Developer Computer Science Major

  Marci Johnson '21   Special Events  Biology Major

Marci Johnson '21
Special Events
Biology Major

  Mel Graves '21   Alumnae Brunch   Economics Major

Mel Graves '21
Alumnae Brunch
Economics Major

  Maya Nunez '20   Abroad Fall '18  Political Science Major

Maya Nunez '20
Abroad Fall '18
Political Science Major

  Jana Freedman '20    VP Music   Physics & Philosophy Major

Jana Freedman '20
VP Music
Physics & Philosophy Major

  Tabitha Gruendyke '19   VP Arts  Sociology Major

Tabitha Gruendyke '19
VP Arts
Sociology Major

  Vivian Zhang '19  Media Arts and Sciences Major

Vivian Zhang '19
Media Arts and Sciences Major

  Julia Chen '21   Social Chair   Economics Major

Julia Chen '21
Social Chair
Economics Major

  Vivian Hou '21   Publicity Chair & In-house  Architecture Major

Vivian Hou '21
Publicity Chair & In-house
Architecture Major

  Naome Sajnani '21   Iris Chair   Computer Science Major

Naome Sajnani '21
Iris Chair
Computer Science Major

  CC Barreto '20   Historian  Psychology Major

CC Barreto '20
Historian
Psychology Major

  Jasmine Johnston '20   Abroad Fall '18  Psychology Major

Jasmine Johnston '20
Abroad Fall '18
Psychology Major

  Kemi Akande '19   VP Music  Economics Major

Kemi Akande '19
VP Music
Economics Major

  Sooji Kang '20   Alumnae Committee - Outreach   Economics and Mathematics Major

Sooji Kang '20
Alumnae Committee - Outreach
Economics and Mathematics Major

  Sarah Brodwolf '19   Initiate Chair  Political Science Major

Sarah Brodwolf '19
Initiate Chair
Political Science Major

  Tarushi Nigam Sinha '20   Abroad Fall '18  Economics Major

Tarushi Nigam Sinha '20
Abroad Fall '18
Economics Major

  Sophie Dolan '20   Special Events & Social Chair   Spanish Major

Sophie Dolan '20
Special Events & Social Chair
Spanish Major

HOUSE

About

TZE’s first society house was built on the east side of campus, and was removed when construction of the new Science Center began. A new house, fondly referred to as “The Little Brick House on Tupelo Lane” was set to be built near Lake Waban. The site of the house was approved and plans were developed by three TZE graduates: Eleanor Raymond (’09), Helen Baxter Perrin (’23) and Esther Parsons (’23). The plans and site were reviewed by Arthur Shurtleff, a consulting landscape architect, and the new TZE house was finally built in 1929.

Our beautiful English cottage, reminiscent of the Cotswald tradition, has a unique and varied roof of multiple elevations. Although the house can be viewed as four blocks or units, the roof integrates the units by sweeping from one elevation to another without angular breaks, unifying the building. From the slightly elevated roadway approaching the house, the roof produces a dramatic impression, and its polychromatic slate shingles contrast nicely with the brick exterior walls to create the charming effect of the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society House on the shores of Lake Waban.

Rentals

The Tau Zeta Epsilon House is a treasured home to many members and alumnae of TZE. Any member of Tau Zeta Epsilon or the greater campus community may rent the TZE house for a personal event. Examples of past events for which the TZE house has been rented include class meetings, lectures, luncheons, baby showers, bridal showers, and weddings.

Features of the house include a full service kitchen, a stage, a fireplace, a Steinway & Sons piano, and a deck with four french doors opening onto it. The house has a capacity of 100 people. The front of the house includes beautiful views of the Wellesley campus and the shores of Lake Waban.

Tables, chairs, flatware, and table linens may be rented from local rental companies. Parking space for up to five cars is available on Tupelo lane right next to the house, and additional parking is available in the campus visitors’ lot, at a 5-10 minute walk from the house.

If you are interested in renting The Little Brick House on Tupelo Lane for your own special event, please contact us at bbricen@gmail.com for more information. We look forward to welcoming you into our home!

Alumnae

History and Purpose

The Tau Zeta Epsilon Alumnae Association (the Association) is an alumnae organization founded in November of 2005 by Tau Zeta Epsilon of Wellesley College alumnae. Membership in the organization is open to anyone who was a member of Tau Zeta Epsilon Arts and Music Society during their time as a student at Wellesley.  Working in cooperation with the student-run on-campus club, we promote the arts and music on campus and in our local communities, fundraise for charity, and oversee outside rentals of our house in order to maintain its preservation.

Tau Zeta Epsilon (TZE), Wellesley College’s Art and Music Society, was founded in 1889 to provide an opportunity for additional study of the arts and music and promote good fellowship among students.  According to the founding mission statement, “the purpose of the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society shall be the cultivation and enhancement of an artistic spirit at Wellesley College, leading to a greater appreciation of art, wherever found, and all that tends to the creation of the beautiful.”  Since its inception the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society has served the student body of Wellesley College and the surrounding local community by promoting the arts and music.

The Association provides oversight and guidance in facilitating a functional working relationship between the student club and the administration of Wellesley College.  The Tau Zeta Epsilon Alumnae Association is organized exclusively for educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) (pending) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

Fundraising

The Association helps to fundraise through its alumnae network by maintaining its alumnae database and corresponding with alumnae via mail and email.  Alumnae contributions are used for house repairs and upkeep, supplies, and furniture, and student financial aid. Please visit our donation page if you would like to make a contribution!

Charity Event Participation

The Association organizes alumnae to participate with current club members in various charity activities such as the Relay for Life Walk, Derby Days events, and Cradles to Crayons events as examples.

Outside House Rentals

The Association coordinates the rental of our clubhouse to outside parties who have some affiliation with Wellesley College.  The rental fee collected goes directly towards maintaining the upkeep of the house.

 

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the association to promote arts and music education and appreciation at Wellesley College and throughout the greater Boston Community.  Beginning in 2005, the Tau Zeta Epsilon Alumnae Association has emphasized, organized, and supported philanthropic activities related to arts and music in the community.

Board Members