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McCulloch ’76 Named Health Care Hero by Oregon Business Association

Andrew McCulloch ’76 (Photo by Kaiser Permanente)

Andrew McCulloch ’76

Andrew McCulloch ’76, president of Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest region, was one of a team of 11 “Health Care Heroes” honored as Statesman of the Year by the Oregon Business Association in 2012. Instead of one “Statesman,” the association decided to recognize pre-eminent contributors to health reform.

Kaiser Permanente is an integrated health care delivery organization combining a nonprofit insurance plan with its own hospitals and clinics. With over 37 hospitals, 17,000 doctors, and a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system, the organization has achieved highly coordinated and personalized patient care while focusing on keeping people healthy and preventing illness. As president of the northwest region, McCulloch oversees the operation of this integrated health care system, encompassing both medical and dental care, and providing services  to nearly 500,000 members in Oregon and southwest Washington. Under his leadership, the company has received accolades for clinical quality and patient satisfaction. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2006, McCulloch was president and CEO of Community Mercy Health Partners in the Dayton/Springfield area of Ohio. He holds a master’s degree in hospital and health care administration from the University of Minnesota. A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, he received the Regent’s Award for outstanding contributions to the field of health care administration.

Additionally, McCulloch has hired a Wesleyan summer intern for the past two years and now has formally established an annual Cardinal Internship at KP, with this, the third Wes intern, for summer 2013.

The state of Oregon is currently a leader among states in the effort to transform its health care system, expanding Medicaid through unprecedented care coordination among providers. Oregon received a five-year, $1.9 billion grant from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, employing many of the same concepts that have guided Kaiser Permanente’s system for decades: focusing on prevention and chronic disease management, and linking care with an electronic medical record. This goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce cost increases.

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Faculty Deliver 9-Minute Lectures at Wesleyan Thinks Big

Five of the most exciting professors at Wesleyan gave talks on the ideas they can’t stop thinking about during Wesleyan Thinks Big on Thursday, March 28 in Memorial Chapel. Students nominated their favorite professors earlier in the semester to give nine-minute lectures, without slides, handouts, or Moodle, on a topic of their choice.

Five of the most exciting professors at Wesleyan gave talks on the ideas they can’t stop thinking about during Wesleyan Thinks Big on Thursday, March 28 in Memorial Chapel. Students nominated their favorite professors earlier in the semester to give nine-minute lectures, without slides, handouts, or Moodle, on a topic of their choice. Wesleyan Thinks Big was inspired by TED Talks and encourages professors to talk about things they aren’t able to fit into class but are excited and inspired by.

Americas Forum to Focus on Artist, Poet Aimé Césaire April 5-6

"The Centenary of Aimé Césaire 1913-2008: Poet, Pragmatist, a Voice for the Voiceless" is the theme of the 2013 Americas Forum April 5-6.

“The Centenary of Aimé Césaire 1913-2008: Poet, Pragmatist, a Voice for the Voiceless” is the theme of the 2013 Americas Forum April 5-6.

For its 2013 Americas Forum, Wesleyan’s Center for the Americas is commemorating the centenary of Aimé Césaire, éminence grise of the Francophone Caribbean. Taking place on April 5-6 at Russell House, the annual symposium brings scholars and artists from “north” and “south” into dialogue about Césaire, who was not only a regional figure but also a global presence as an intellectual, poet, artist and politician.

Celebrating his influential life, spanning from the movements of Surrealism and Negritude to his ideas on decolonization and spiritual and cultural pan-Africanism, the Americas Forum is also an intellectual consideration of Césaire’s contributions to our understanding of the Americas, Marxism, imperialism, independence, race and the role of art.

This year’s event, which is free and open to the public, is organized by Indira Karamcheti, director of the Center for the Americas and associate professor of American studies; Typhaine Leservot, associate professor of romance languages and literatures and the College of Letters; and Suzanna Tamminen, director of the Wesleyan University Press. Scholars will represent the fields of Caribbean studies, French literature and poetics, Césaire studies, American studies, and African diaspora studies, with musicians, poets, and performers presenting both their own and Césaire’s work.

All talks take place in the Russell House.

After a welcome at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5, Clayton Eshleman, professor emeritus of poetry and literature at Eastern Michigan University; A. James Arnold, professor emeritus of French at the University of Virginia;

Krishnan Featured in 2 Dance Journals

Hari Krishnan (Photo by Miles Brokenshire)

Hari Krishnan (Photo by Miles Brokenshire)

Hari Krishnan, assistant professor of dance, was featured in two recent journals, The Dance Currant and Religion Compass.

The Dance Currant article, “The Singular Path of Hari Krishnan,” discusses Krishnan’s solo at “The Men Dancers: From the Horse’s Mouth,” a concert of original choreography for the 80th anniversary season of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Krishnan also appears as the subject of The Religion Compass article, “Innovations in Contemporary Indian Dance: From Religious and Mythological Roots in Classical Bharatanatyam.” The three-part essay traces a history of the revival of bharatanatyam, citing Krishnan as a pioneer of Contemporary Indian Dance.

Krishnan currently teaches “Bharata Natyam I: Introduction of South Indian Classical Dance” at Wesleyan.

88.1 WESU Named “Best College Radio Station” in Advocate Readers Poll

For the first time, 88.1 FM WESU was elected the “Best College Radio Station” in the 2013 Hartford Advocate Readers Poll.

WESU is Wesleyan’s non-commercial college and community radio station, reaching an audience of 1 million people throughout Connecticut and southern Massachusetts. The station offers a wide variation of music and free form shows, as well as a schedule of public affairs and independent and alternative news programming. On last year’s Hartford Advocate Readers Poll, WESU placed third, behind 91.7 FM WHUS, from the University of Connecticut, and 91.3 FM WWUH, from the University of Hartford.

Rob DeRosa, host of WESU local music show “Homegrown” and manager of the Red and Black Café, placed second in the “Best Radio Show” category.

Team SCAN Balances Basketball, Academics in NYC Youth Programs

From left, Jason Forde '01, Terrance Williams '02, Andre Charles '06, Justin Weir '02 work with an afterschool program devoted to developing student athletes academically, socially and athletically.

From left, Jason Forde ’01, Terrance Williams ’02, Andre Charles ’06, Justin Weir ’02 work with an afterschool program devoted to developing student athletes academically, socially and athletically.

Five years ago, Terrance “Munch” Williams ’02 began coaching a group of 12-year-old boys, playing basketball in the gym of a New York City recreation center. Now, that same group of boys is ranked first in the country, champions of the 16u Invitational Division at the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament.

The boys are members of Team SCAN, an afterschool program devoted to developing student athletes academically, socially and athletically in the South Bronx and East Harlem areas. Under the management and coaching of Justin Weir ’02, Williams, Andre Charles ’06 and Jason Forde ’01 work with Team SCAN to provide a variety of extracurricular programming for a wide age range of kids. Winning championships is only one part of the plan.

Williams originally created the team while working for the Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network (SCAN) as Center Director of the Mulally Recreation Center. He came across a group of talented 11- and 12-year-olds, willing to learn how to properly play basketball. When he brought the kids to compete in the Hoops On the River Youth Basketball Tournament in 2008, Williams bumped into Weir and Forde, who were running the competition.

Afterwards, Williams invited the two men to observe his team’s practices, and he offered them an opportunity to get involved. “We were all looking for a way to get back,” says Forde, who played intramural basketball with Williams at Wesleyan. “We all love the sport of basketball, playing together and watching basketball.”

Forde and Weir joined Williams in coaching the kids to compete in more tournaments— not only locally, but also in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) competitions “outside of the New York area, to give them an idea of how life is outside the city.”

The new coaching team also decided that Team SCAN should serve a greater educational purpose as well: With programming for both middle and high school-level boys, Team SCAN aims to “hold them accountable for being a responsible student as well as a responsible citizen, and stay out of trouble.” They hope to help the kids get admitted and transition into private or boarding schools and to prepare them academically, as well as socially, for college and life.

“We track their grades, get their report cards, and if there are any issues we have an open line of communication between not only the kids but with their advisors,” Forde says. Team SCAN requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 from each kid. Not only is that important in school placement, but it also meets the NCAA requirements for college athletes. The program provides a wide array of academic supports services to accomplish this goal, from tutoring to SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) and SAT prep classes.

Keith ’01 Named Inaugural Mellon Faculty Fellow

John Keith ’01

John Keith ’01

The University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering recently appointed John Keith ’01 as assistant professor and the inaugural R.K. Mellon Faculty Fellow.

With funding from a 2012 Richard King Mellon Foundation grant, the university’s Center for Energy brought in Keith as part of a program to build an interdisciplinary foundation toward energy research, focusing on functional materials for energy applications.

Keith’s research will focus on developing and applying computational methods to enhance processes that convert CO2 and water into useful chemicals and fuels. By collaborating with experimentalists, Keith aims to contribute to finding economically feasible routes for energy solutions, which will contribute to the center’s ongoing efforts to improve energy technology and sustainability.

Before joining the Swanson School, Keith worked as an associate research scholar in Princeton University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He earned his B.A. in chemistry with high honors from Wesleyan, where he was first introduced to theoretical chemistry by George Petersson, Professor of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and Fisk Professor of Natural Science.

The Swanson School of Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in the United States and has approximately 120 faculty members and more than 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students.

Klein ’54 Named Legend of Sedimentology by Houston Geological Society

George Devries Klein ’54

George Devries Klein ’54, as he appears on the cover of his book, Rocknockers: A Geologist’s Memoir.

As part of its recent “Legends of Sedimentology” event, The Houston Geological Society named George Devries Klein ’54 alongside three other speakers as having made a substantial contribution to the field of sedimentology.Klein is a sedimentologist, sedimentary geologist, sequence stratigrapher, basin analyst, regional geologist, petroleum geologist, and author of 383 papers, books, reports, abstracts, and reviews. He opened his consulting firm, SED-STRAT Geoscience Consultants, Inc. in Houston, Tex. in 1996, after serving for three years as the executive director of the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium and as New Jersey Sea Grant Director.

He is also the author of Rocknocker: A Geologist’s Memoir, published in 2009.With expertise in tidal sedimentology, deep-water sedimentology, sandstone petrology, cycle stratigraphy, as well as in additional areas, Klein has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Houston Geological Society was formed in 1951 to stimulate interest and promote advancement in geology for the Houston area, as well as to encourage discussion and academic training in the field. They have presented Legends programs since 2000.

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MacClary ’93 Appointed President of Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association

Mike MacClary ’93

Mike MacClary ’93

Attorney Mike MacClary ’93, a partner of Burns & Levinson LLP, has been selected as the 2013 President of the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association (REBA). MacClary works in Burns & Levinson’s Franchise and Schools & Colleges practice groups, focusing on commercial real estate conveyancing and leasing. He also counsels charter schools on issues of leasing, property acquisition, financing, and governance.

Before joining Burns & Levinson in 2004, MacClary was an associate at Hale and Dorr, LLP, and at Adelson, Golden, Loria & Simons. He also currently serves on the board of directors at the Middlesex Human Services Agency. A government major at Wesleyan, he earned his J.D. From Suffolk University.

Fogarty Brothers ’90, ’98 Earn Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade

Mike Fogarty ’90 and Brian Fogarty ’98

Mike Fogarty ’90 and Brian Fogarty ’98

The chauffeur service Tristar Worldwide received the United Kingdom’s prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

This is the country’s highest accolade for business success. With Mike Fogarty ’90 as United States CEO and Brian Fogarty ’98 as the general manger of the Boston office, the company offers a variety of chauffeur services for international corporations and travel companies, providing airport transfer services as well as ground support for major international events, conventions and financial roadshows.

One of the world’s largest chauffeur businesses, with more than 500 vehicles and 650 employees in the United Kingdom alone, Tristar operates in more than 80 countries and has offices in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong as well as Boston.

Founded in 1978, Tristar has developed a reputation for quality and timeliness, with a pledge that if a car is late by even one minute, the ride is free. Brian was a history major at Wesleyan; Michael majored in government.

In order to win a Queen’s Award, the company must show a substantial and sustained growth in overseas revenue over three consecutive years. The awards are presented annually by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, acknowledging U.K. companies and encouraging the development of British business overseas.

Burgunder ’15 Competes in U.S. Ski Mountaineering World Championships

Mateusz Burgunder ’15

As part of the United States team, Mateusz Burgunder ’15 competed in both the sprint and men’s individual races in the 2013 Ski Mountaineering World Championships.

Mateusz Burgunder ’15 returned recently from competing in the 2013 Ski Mountaineering World Championships, where the U.S. National Ski Mountaineering Team finished ninth out of 23 competing teams.

This year was Burgunder’s third time competing for the U.S., participating in both the sprint race and the men’s individual race. He placed 51st and 65th, respectively. The U.S. won its first medal in the world championships, with Dartmouth College alumna Nina Silitch taking a silver medal in the sprint race.

The Ski Mountaineering World Championships, hosted by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation, were held in Pelvoux, France from Feb. 9–16.