Cynthia Rockwell

Cynthia Rockwell MALS ’19, P’11 is the managing editor of Wesleyan magazine.

Postel ’77 Assistant Administrator at International Development Agency

Eric Postel ’77

Nominated by President Obama in January 2011 and confirmed in March, Eric Postel ’77 joins the leadership team at the U.S. Agency for International Development as assistant administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade.

Postel, an experienced economic development expert and financier with a background in emerging markets investments, has worked in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East as an advisor and financial officer. In 2006, he served as commissioner on the bi-partisan Senate Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Around the Globe (HELP) Commission.

A mathematics/economics major at Wesleyan, he is also a four-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Block ’65 Named President-Elect of Pediatrics Academy

Robert Block ’65

Robert  Block ’65, M.D., was named president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with his term as president beginning in October 2011.

A biology major at Wesleyan, he earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and served three years in the U.S. Army. He joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1975 and has been chair of the pediatrics department for the past 13 years.

He has been particularly active in combating and raising public awareness of child abuse and has been the state’s chief child abuse examiner since 1989.

The position as president of the AAP, he explained in an article for TulsaKids, is largely one of advocacy, with a focus on “’trying to put policy into healthcare reform that would help children.” He noted that, while children are 60 to 70 percent of the Medicaid patients, they only receive 20 percent of the funds. Furthermore, 7 million children in the United States have no health insurance. He also plans to continue his work against child abuse at a national level.

Additionally, Block is active in the American Board of Pediatrics, the testing and certification organization, where he is the founding chair of its newest sub-specialty, child-abuse pediatrics.

Anderson ’98 Garners Praise for Midsummer Night’s Dream Set

Set design by Cameron Anderson '98.

A full-page feature article in the Jan. 22 Los Angeles Times praised designer Cameron Anderson ’98 for her work for South Coast Repertory’s new production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Calling the scenic design “striking,” reviewer Charlotte Stoudt also praised Anderson for her use of light. Director Mark Rucker was quoted, also: “‘Usually you get to the forest and that’s it, visually, for a couple of acts. … But Cameron found a way for the forest to continually transform,’” he said.

Anderson, who works in both theater and opera set design, explained, ‘”The fairies are constantly stealing things in the play and repurposing them, like umbrellas,’ says Anderson. ‘Our trees are Plexiglas covered with thousands of love notes and book pages that the fairies have stolen. When the trees are backlit, they glow. They can also fly in and out depending on where we are in the forest. There’s also a ramp made of drawers, out of which fairies pull their loot.’”

See her full portfolio on her site, where you’ll also find The Seattle Post-Intelligencer praising her design for Cosi Fan Tutti as “[V]ery simple but quite dashing in its visual appeal… and the garden of the last act in which the high ‘bushes,’ providing handy exits and entrances, resemble a Richard Serra sculpture, in a rococo mood, wrapped a la Christo. All quite delicious and amusing.”

Additionally, Anderson notes that “Other upcoming productions include Gianni Schicchi, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, and Seven Deadly Sins at Central City Opera, West Side Story at the Vancouver Opera, West Side Story at the Kilden Performing Arts Center in Norway, and Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.”

Album by Wilson ’78 Featured in Downbeat Magazine

Dave Wilson ’78

Spiral, a CD by the Dave Wilson [’78] Quartet received a three-and-a-half star review in the November issue of Downbeat magazine. Released last June on Summit Records, Spiral features six original compositions by Wilson and arrangements of three contemporary classics, including the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil. ”

“With a crack band in pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Tony Marino and Adam Nussbaum on drums, saxophonist Dave Wilson knows how to pick them and the music,” writes critic John Ephland of Downbeat.

Additionally, in a review in the December issue of JazzTimes Magazine, critic Bill Milkowski observed that “Pennsylvania-based saxophonist-educator Dave Wilson elevates his game and blows with authority on this collection of originals and smartly plucked covers. “

Says Wilson about the music on the album: “These songs, including the original compositions and the ‘cover’ tunes, are all, for various reasons, close to my heart. They are like personal statements of where I am at in my life, musically and otherwise. When I make and play music like this I am trying to communicate such heartfelt sentiments to the listener, whether they are in the club, the concert hall, or listening to the recording.”

A philosophy major at Wesleyan, he also holds a BS in music education from Lebanon Valley College. He resides in the Lancaster, Pa., area and teaches private music lessons on woodwinds and continues to write, record, and play music in the Mid-Atlantic area and at jazz festivals around the country.

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Griffin ’70 Named EVP of Time, Inc., President of News Group

John Q. Griffin ’70

John Q. Griffin ’70 was named executive vice president of Time, Inc., and president of the Time Inc. News Group, by corporate CEO Jack Griffin on Dec. 22. (The two Griffins are not related.)

This appointment is part of the reorganization of Time Inc., that split the previous news and sports group into its two components.

In his new role, John Q. Griffin will oversee Time, Fortune and Money along with their respective websites, as well as

Previously the executive vice president and president of publishing for the National Geographic Society for the past nine years, Griffin was credited with having helped the society revamp its well respected

Delgado ’97 Receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists

Mauricio Delgado ’97 (Photo by Josh Gerritsen)

On Dec. 13, Mauricio Delgado ’97, assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers, was one of only 85 researchers across the country to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The winners are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.

Delgado’s research group, which is funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how the human brain learns from positive and negative reinforcers, and how this information guides decision-making. He and his group

Glusker ’84 named CEO of Gilt Group Japan

Peter Glusker ’84

In mid-December, Peter Glusker ’84 was named chief executive officer of Gilt Groupe Japan and Gilt City Japan. The two companies are subsidiaries of the online luxury retailers Gilt Groupe, Inc., and Gilt City, Inc., respectively. That same week of Glusker’s appointment, Gilt City Japan launched Gilt City Tokyo, providing its members with access to Tokyo luxury services and experiences.

Glusker, who joined Gilt Groupe in 2009, was previously based in New York City, running the company’s business development and international operations.

“I’ve been deeply involved with Gilt Groupe Japan’s business over the past two years in my prior role based in New York. I’m thrilled to be able to dedicate all of my efforts to leading the growth of the company in Japan,” he said in a company press release.

Rogers ’91 Appointed to First Judicial District Court

Catherine Rob Rogers ’91, a Laramie County, Wyo., Circuit Court Magistrate and a private practice attorney, was appointed to the First Judicial District Court by Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

In a Wyoming Tribune Eagle article, Freudenthal praised her, saying, “Her reputation for honesty and ethics is of the highest order. What makes her uniquely qualified is that the Circuit Court is really the people’s court, and she has a great people sense about her.” A sociology major as an undergraduate, she earned a JD from the University of Wyoming College of Law and was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar in 1998. “I am humbled by the Governor’s confidence in me, and I will do my best to serve the judiciary and the people of Laramie County with fairness, courtesy and a commitment to equal justice,” Rogers said. She is married to Kevin Ohlson ’90.

Chau ’03 a ‘Forty Under 40’ for Helping the Homeless

Vivian Chau ’03

Vivian Chau ’03 was selected by Pacific Business News as one of the “Forty Under 40” young Hawaii business leaders last summer, and then in December, the Honolulu Star Advertiser named her one of the “10 people who changed Hawaii in 2010.”

An art history major at Wesleyan and an elementary school teacher, Chau developed and now heads a donation project that provides 1,000 pounds of fresh, locally produced food to the homeless each month.

Her “Give It Fresh Today”—or GIFT—program began last year, when she set up a table at the entrance of the Hawaii Farm Bureau’s farmers market at Kapiolani Community College. She asked shoppers to donate a few vegetables or fruits for local homeless programs.

Now, she oversees dozens of volunteers assisting in the program and she plans to expand GIFT to other Hawaiian farm markets. In the article for the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Chau describes the local response as “consistent and strong,” adding that, ‘Now people are discovering they can bring food from their home gardens. I feel like there’s potential with that.”

Alani Apio, board president of Kanu Hawaii, a nonprofit community organization, told the Star Advertiser that one of the greatest impacts of Chau’s work is in illustrating the significance of one person’s actions. “She saw a need and figured out a creative way to address it,” he said. “Vivian’s doing a multifold good deed because she’s not only feeding people, she’s bringing fresh local food to people.”

Additionally, Chau told the Star Advertiser says she hopes GIFT can serve as inspiration for new projects. “There are so many organizations that can benefit from donations of healthy food….There are so many holes in our food system. There are so many markets. It would be great to see the ways we can benefit other projects.”

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Spencer ’97 is VP of Worlwide Sales for Skyword

Tim Spencer ’97

Tim Spencer ’97 was named vice president of worldwide sales for Skyword, an innovative venture that has trade-marked the term “search-driven media” (SDM) to describe its service. Spencer will create and oversee the company’s global sales initiatives.

Previously vice president of sales for Gerson Lehrman Group, a market research firm maintaining the world’s largest network of subject-matter experts, Spencer began his career with Good Machine, a leading independent producer and distributor of award-winning films, such as The Ice Storm, In The Bedroom and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In 2002, the company was acquired by NBC Universal and renamed Focus Features. Spencer, who managed the global sales operation until 2008, was involved with several Academy Award-winning films, including Lost In Translation, The Pianist, The Constant Gardener, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Milk, and Brokeback Mountain.

In a press release, Tom Gerace, CEO and founder of Skyword, says, “Tim’s experience in building teams and defining new markets make him a natural fit and the perfect leader for our team.”

At Wesleyan, Spencer was an American studies major.

Kimmell ’82 named Commissioner of Mass. DEP

Kenneth Kimmell ’82

Kenneth Kimmell ’82 was named commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Previously he was general counsel for the executive office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, joining Governor Duval Patrick’s team in 2007.

Energy and Environment secretary-designate Richard Sullivan has described Kimmell as the “legal lead” on all aspects of recent state energy and environmental policy.

Kimmell has been credited with overseeing the state permitting of Cape Wind, the nation’s first off-shore wind project, as well as leading environmental permitting changes and drafting land-based wind energy siting reform legislation.

Additionally, he has focused on the development and early implementation of policy initiatives such as the MEPA Greenhouse Gas policy, a first-in-the-nation policy that requires developers of major projects to identify, avoid, and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

Prior to joining the Patrick-Murray Administration, Kimmell was in private practice, where he specialized in environmental and land use law and litigation.

A College of Social Studies major at Wesleyan, Kimmell received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law.