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Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships; Frank Kuan, director of community relations; and Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, director of community service and volunteerism, pose in front of the Center for Community Partnerships. The CCP was honored recently by the Carnegie Foundation. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships; Frank Kuan, director of community relations; and Cathy Crimmins Lechowicz, director of community service and volunteerism, pose in front of the Center for Community Partnerships. The CCP was honored recently by the Carnegie Foundation. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently recognized Wesleyan for its continued involvement in community outreach by selecting the university as a recipient of a 2008 Community Engagement Classification.

The university was among 119 institutions (and among two in Connecticut) that received this classification for 2008. The foundation initiated the community engagement classification in 2006. Visit this page for more information and a list of the selected institutions.

“The significance of Wesleyan receiving the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification is major in light of this historic moment we experienced this week in our country,” said Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships. “We have just sworn in a Commander in Chief of this country who believes intimately in service and engagement. As [President Obama] stated during our commencement ceremony (more…)

Valerie Gillispie, assistant university archivist at Wesleyan University, flips through the pages of a class photo album dated 1873. A gentleman from Newark, Del. found the album in a pile of books and donated it back to Wesleyan this month. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Valerie Gillispie, assistant university archivist at Wesleyan University, flips through the pages of a class photo album dated 1873. A gentleman from Newark, Del. found the album in a pile of books and donated it back to Wesleyan this month. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

When John Chambless was rummaging through a pile of old books at his mother’s home in Newark, Del., one mammoth album with an ornate and intertwined “WU” stuck out. Curious, he opened it up and discovered an album containing more than 50 black and white hand-laid photos of students, staff and campus buildings dated 1873.

Intrigued by the mysterious book that lacked attribution, Chambless began a series of internet searches in attempt of finding the book’s origin. (more…)

Robert D. Bullard.

Robert D. Bullard.

Robert D. Bullard, a leading authority regarding environmental justice and the author of Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality, will lead the Celebration of the Life of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. keynote address. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Memorial Chapel.

Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Prior to joining the faculty at CAU in 1994, he served as a professor of sociology at the University of California, Riverside, as well as visiting professor in Center for Afro-American Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. His scholarship has distinguished him as one of the leading experts on environmental justice and race and the environment. He is one of the planners of the First and Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit.

“Robert Bullard, an activist and academic, is considered to be the father of environmental justice,” says Suzanne O’Connell, associate professor and chair of earth and environmental sciences, director of the Service Learning Center and member of the MLK celebration Planning Committee. “We’re very honored to have someone of his stature speak (more…)

William Manchester in his Wesleyan University office about 1979. (Photo by William Van Saun/Wesleyan University via Associated Press)

Author William Manchester , pictured here about 1979, worked from an office on the north side of Olin Library. The office disappeared with the library addition. (Photo by William Van Saun/Wesleyan University via Associated Press)

During his 82-years of life, author and historian William Manchester made himself known for his writings on Winston Churchill, President John F. Kennedy, Douglas MacArthur, among other great figures.

On Feb. 5, the Friends of the Wesleyan Library will sponsor an event honoring and celebrating Manchester, a writer in residence at Wesleyan whose ties to the university date back to 1955. Manchester died at his home in Middletown, Conn. in June 2004.

“There are so many people on campus who still remember Manchester,” says Leith Johnson, project archivist for Wesleyan’s William Manchester Papers. “Almost all of his books made it onto bestsellers lists. (more…)

Angel Gil-Ordonez

Angel Gil-Ordonez

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, adjunct professor of music, was named “Artist of the Week” by classical music label Naxos.

The former associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Gil-Ordóñez has conducted symphonic music, opera and ballet throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America. He conducted the music for the newly-released DVD, The City, a classic 1939 documentary film.

Sasha Rudensky, <i>Bus Station</i>, Sevastopol, Ukraine, 2004, chromogenic print.

Sasha Rudensky's "Bus Station," Sevastopol, Ukraine, 2004, chromogenic print.

In her first major solo exhibition, visiting professor of art Sasha Rudensky ’01, will present two photographic series at Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery: “Remains” (2004/08) and “Demons” (2007–08).

In “Remains,” Rudensky, who was born in Moscow in 1979 and moved to the United States in 1990, explores the political and social transformation of the former Soviet Union by poignantly focusing on the intimate details of everyday life. “Demons,” a series of hybrid portraits, suggests a fantastical version of the artist’s childhood.

Rudensky “Remains” in the fall of 2004 after receiving a Mortimer Hays Brandeis traveling fellowship. Her images, however, turned out to be very different than what she first intended to photograph.

“My proposal was to document mining towns in Siberia and the arctic north,” Rudensky says. “But having gotten there and after doing some preliminary shooting, I realized I didn’t want to simply document post-soviet devastation of depressed towns, (more…)

The historical Alsop House - now the Davison Art Center -

The historical Alsop House - now the Davison Art Center - was designated a national historic landmark.

The Davison Art Center/Richard Alsop IV House, located at 301 High Street in Middletown, was designated a national historic landmark in January. The site was recognized for its role in U.S. history.

The landmark was suggested by the National Park System’s advisory board and designated by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.

The historic Alsop House is a distinguished architectural monument of the pre-Civil War period. The lot was acquired in 1835 and the house was built between 1838-1840 by Richard Alsop IV, son of the poet and “Hartford wit,” Richard Alsop III. Originally built for Alsop’s widowed mother, Maria Pomeroy Alsop Dana, the house remained in the Alsop family (although not occupied by them for a number of years) until 1948. In that year, it was purchased by Wesleyan with funds given by Harriet and George W. Davison, class of 1892. (more…)

Between Jan. 18 and March 28, Wesleyan will once again join the more than 470 colleges and universities from across the country participating in RecycleMania, a national recycling and waste minimization competition. This is Wesleyan’s fourth year participating.

Wesleyan is participating in RecycleMania for the fourth time.

Wesleyan is participating in RecycleMania for the fourth time.

“Our goal is to make people aware of how much trash and recyclables they are generating, and to hopefully minimize waste and increase awareness about recycling,” says Jeff Miller, associate director for facilities management and chair of the Recycling and Waste Committee, a subcommittee of Wesleyan’s Sustainable Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship. “We’re interested in measuring how much waste goes out of this campus.”

During the 10-week contest, Wesleyan will record the volume of paper, cardboard and glass/metals/plastics collected from most academic, administrative, on-campus student dormitory facilities and the Usdan University Center. Wesleyan also will record the amount of garbage.

Weekly measurements will be taken by (more…)

Joyce Jacobsen, the Andrews Professor of Economics, tutor in the College of Social Studies, was an invited participant on a roundtable on workplace flexibility held by the Workplace Flexibility 2010 Initiative, Georgetown Law School, Dec. 19, 2008.

Richard Grossman, was interviewed on the economic legacy of the Bush presidency on WDUN radio in Gainesville, Ga. on Jan. 9, on WSYR radio in Syracuse, N.Y. on Jan. 10, and on WHAS (part 1) (Part 2) Louisville, Ky. on Jan. 12.

Wesleyan is featured in the Jan. 2009 issue of <i>Doors & Hardware</i>magazine.

Wesleyan's fire safety efforts are featured in the Jan. 2009 issue of Doors & Hardware magazine.

Wesleyan was featured as the cover story in Doors & Hardware magazine’s Jan. 2009 issue. Doors & Hardware is a publication of the Door and Hardware Institute, which aims to advance life safety and security solutions. In an article titled “Off-Campus Fire Safety: How Wesleyan University meets the Challenge of Making its Unique Student Housing Fire Safe,” the magazine cites Wesleyan’s Facilities for upgrading residential sprinkler systems.

Joyce Topshe, associate vice president of facilities, and Barb Spalding, associate director of campus fire safety, are featured in the article. Wesleyan allocated $5M towards sprinklers for a residence hall that housed 520 students; 17 off-campus wood-framed houses; and 23 buildings. The budget also funded carbon monoxide detectors and some new fire alarm systems.

The article mentions that in doing these projects, “the university learned that retrofitting a large number of buildings, on budget and in a short period of time, is indeed possible.”

Scott Plous, professor of psychology, is featured in an Dec. 2008 article on action teaching in the APA magazine Monitor on Psychology. Plous coined the term “action teaching” in 2000 to refer to teaching that leads not only to a better understanding of psychology but to a more just, humane, and peaceful world, and he manages the web site ActionTeaching.org.

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