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Eugenia Rawls Class of 1934

Eugenia Rawls Class of 1934

Following high school, Eugenia studied drama at Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon and was involved with the Conservatory Players and served as President of the Drama Club. To continue with postgraduate work in drama, Eugenia decided to attend the University of North Carolina, and then moved to New York and started her run on Broadway in her 1934 debut in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. Later, as an understudy for the actress playing Tallulah Bankhead's daughter in Little Foxes, Miss Rawls met Miss Bankhead for the first time. Weeks later, Eugenia was playing Alexandra to Bankhead's Regina Giddens on Broadway, after which they toured 104 American cities.  More info

Evelyn Hanna Sommerville Class of 1932

Evelyn Hanna Sommerville Class of 1932

Like her contemporary Margaret Mitchell, Evelyn used the Civil War as a setting for her romantic fiction and, like Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind, Blackberry Winter was touted by The Atlanta Journal as a ‘possibility for screen entertainment.’ During the 1930s, when these books were published, women novelists were not only enjoying much success but also reinventing the genre of Southern fiction. Blackberry Winter was published in 1938 and missed winning the 1939 Pulitzer Prize by just one vote. The prize that year went to Florida native Marjorie Rawlings for her book, The Yearling.  More info

Georgette Pilar Wilder, Class of 2001

Georgette Pilar Wilder, Class of 2001

Pilar’s service to the community has not gone unrecognized. In 2004 she received the Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Award. In 2011 Macon Magazine named her as one of “5 Leaders under 40.” A graduate of Leadership Macon’s class of 2012, she also is a member of the “I Love Macon Campaign.” In addition, she is Macon’s only representative selected for Leadership Georgia’s class of 2014, which accepts only 63 participants each year.  More info

Geovette E. Washington Class of 1989

Geovette E. Washington Class of 1989

As Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Geovette Washington ’89 serves as second ranking officer in the Office of General Counsel for a cabinet level agency that employs more than 40,000 people. She assists the General Counsel in his role as the chief legal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and chief legal officer for the Department and its 12 component bureaus, including the United Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Administration, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Census Bureau.  More info

GinaMarie Cody Class of 2008

GinaMarie Cody Class of 2008

After graduating from Wesleyan in 2008, GinaMarie began the organizational leadership master’s program at Vanderbilt University, where she earned her degree in 2010. This double-major grad made the Dean’s List all four years at Wesleyan, and is thankful to have received a well-rounded education in the presence of sincere sisterhood. Today GinaMarie works at Turner Broadcasting in the Corporate Human Resources (Talent Management) division as an Organizational Effectiveness and Executive Development Coordinator. GinaMarie also serves on the Wesleyan Atlanta Young Alumnae planning committee.  More info

Haley Davis Heath '01

Haley Davis Heath '01

In the hunting world, Haley Heath is labeled as a top hunter in the industry. In 2006, Haley, then three months pregnant, entered a ‘Survivor-like’ competition on the ESPN television show ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoorsman Search. The only female contestant, Haley was pitted against men in several hunting and fishing expeditions, including hunting turkey in two feet of Minnesota snow.  More info

Hazel Jane Raines Class of 1936

Hazel Jane Raines Class of 1936

Wesleyan alumna Hazel Jane Raines’s passion for flying landed her in the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame for her contributions in peace and in war as Georgia’s Pioneer Lady of Flight. In 1938, two years after graduation from Wesleyan Conservatory, Hazel took her first solo flight and became the first woman in Georgia to be issued a commercial pilot’s license, achieving an instructor’s rating and qualifying as an Eastern Air Lines pilot. Hazel barnstormed with local air shows in the 1930s and was recognized as one of the South’s outstanding flyers.  More info

Hyun Mi Choi Corin Class of 2001

Hyun Mi Choi Corin Class of 2001

Hyun Mi Corin ’01 was attending the Sook Myung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, when she was given an opportunity to apply for a student exchange program. On a list with more than twenty US colleges and universities, Wesleyan caught her eye. She attended her junior year, then after graduating from Sook Myung, she returned to Wesleyan to earn her second BA degree in art. Since July 2010, she has served as the Program Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Center of Korean Research at Columbia, where she designs and publishes a bi-yearly newsletter, assists in identifying grant opportunities, coordinates academic events, and hires and manages work-study students.  More info

Janelle Reynolds Fleming, Class of 1994

Janelle Reynolds Fleming, Class of 1994

Today, Janelle and husband Jason, who hold Ph.D.s in marine science and mechanical engineering, respectively, own the multifunctional consulting company Seahorse Coastal Consulting (SCC) in Morehead City, North Carolina. “We primarily do storm surge model development and research,” Janelle said. “If a weather event, like a hurricane or Nor’easter, is threatening a particular area, shareholders would like to know if there will be storm surge and, if so, how much and what areas will be affected.”  More info

Janice A. Mays Class of 1973

Janice A. Mays Class of 1973

Janice Mays joined the House Ways and Means Committee staff in 1975, the same year she graduated from law school. Initially, she was one of three tax counsels for the body and, throughout several presidential administrations, she has assumed greater responsibility on the committee. Today, Mays assists Democratic members with their legislative efforts related to those issues within the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee – including tax, trade, Social Security, Medicare, welfare, and unemployment compensation. She has been instrumental in passing every major tax bill during her 36-year tenure on Capitol Hill and is recognized as a leading tax policy expert.   More info

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