Olivia Drake

Green Team Encourages Campus Community to Use Mini-Bin Waste Receptacles

The Wesleyan Green Team hosted a mini-trash bin workshop and discussion for faculty and staff on March 20. Dawn Alger, Theater Department administrative assistant and Green Team member, and Jen Kleindienst, sustainability director, led the workshop.

Mini-bins are small containers that are used in place of standard waste receptacles. They encourage recycling and reduce the number of trash can liners used on campus. The Green Team provided craft supplies including cleaned coffee containers, colored paper, stickers, yarn, magazines, glue and scissors. Participants also discussed campus recycling efforts while designing their mini-bin.

“We’d love to see all staff and faculty members at Wesleyan use mini-bins in place of standard trash cans,” Alger said.

Wesleyan’s Green Team is researching, communicating, and implementing effective strategies that increase sustainability within the university. For more information on the team, or to join, visit the Green Team website.

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Office 365 Offered to Campus Community

You may not know it, but Office 365 is here and available to you. Office 365 is the Microsoft suite of online and locally installed applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as many others.

The online suite is available to everyone on campus through the Office 365 link in Portal under Campus Applications or by going to portal.office365.com, where you may login with your full email address. Mobile versions are available in the GooglePlay and Apple AppStore.

Karen Warren, deputy chief information officer, says that ITS is working department by department to migrate faculty and staff email to the Microsoft cloud environment, which will provide users with 50GB of email storage, a dramatic improvement over current allotments.

Warren offers additional information about Office 365:

• The Outlook online version offers a much more robust version

Rev. Mehr-Muska Leads Students on Interfaith Service Trip

Nine Wesleyan students and one student from Yale Divinity school participated in an interfaith service trip March 19-24 in northern New Jersey. Wesleyan Chaplain Rev. Tracy Mehr-Muska coordinated the trip.

The group stayed at a camp, and also worked at the camp while in New Jersey. In addition, they served meals at a soup kitchen, volunteered at a community thrift shop, and helped out at a farm sanctuary for unwanted/rescued farm animals. They also visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and discussed immigration, refugee rights and religious freedom.

The students visited and had in-depth discussions with members of the Jewish, Sikh and Muslim communities and learned about their spiritual practices, their worship, holy scriptures and their struggles.

“We had some incredible discussions, and it was an amazingly rich time of community building, self-reflection, and spiritual growth,” Mehr-Muska said. “The students were well-loved by all of the people we met; they were incredibly hard-working, gracious, open, and kind, and were phenomenal representatives of Wesleyan.”

The students included Taylor McClain ’17, Maya Dorn ’19, graduate liberal studies student Lexi Thompson, Sam Medrano ’19, Carlos Eguiluz Rosas ’19, Betty Bekele ’19, Eunice Lee ’19, Kati Young ’19 and Arielle Ashley ’19. The intern from Yale Div is Jenny Peek.

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Levy-Grant ’00 Helps Reduce Barriers for Students with Marginalized Identities

Teshia Levy-Grant '00 is the dean for equity and inclusion at Wesleyan.

Teshia Levy-Grant ’00 is the dean for equity and inclusion at Wesleyan.

In this Q&A, we speak with Teshia Levy-Grant, a 2000 Wesleyan alumna and the dean for equity and inclusion. 

Q: Teshia, when did you come to Wesleyan and what were hired as?

A: I arrived at Wesleyan about three years ago. I initially started as the director for Upward Bound Math and Science and Pre-College Access programs.

Q: You’re a 2000 alumna. What made you want to return to Wesleyan for your career?

A: I credit Wesleyan for my interest in social justice. It was while I was here as a student that I learned to value and appreciate difference. Prior to coming to Wesleyan, I grew up in a fairly homogenous community. At Wesleyan, my beliefs and thoughts were challenged and these experiences shaped the course of my life. As a first-generation college student with little insight into what a future could look like, I stuck to what I was told I should be and that was a doctor. I struggled through Science courses, which should have been an indication that it wasn’t a right fit, but it was all I knew.

Academic Affairs Hosts Happy Hours

Academic Affairs will host two happy hours for faculty and staff this spring. The first will be held on Friday, April 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the patio of the Center for African American Studies, and the second will be held on Friday, May 12, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the Church Street patio of the Exley Science Center.

New Civic Action Plan Aims to Create a Civically-Engaged Campus Community

Wesleyan students frequently volunteer at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center.

Wesleyan students frequently volunteer at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center.

This spring, Wesleyan joined Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide, to advance the public purpose of Wesleyan by deepening its ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

Ruth Johnson, assistant professor of biology, volunteered to teach a Girls in Science Camp, hosted by Wesleyan's Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. Johnson led the campers on a bug hunt through Wesleyan’s West College Courtyard garden.

Ruth Johnson, assistant professor of biology, volunteered to teach a Girls in Science Camp, hosted by Wesleyan’s Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. Johnson led the campers on a bug hunt through Wesleyan’s West College Courtyard garden.

In March, President Michael Roth signed onto to Campus Compact’s Civic Action Plan. Cathy Lechowicz, director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, and other members of the Civic Action Plan steering committee, are leading conversations on campus and in the community to create an actionable plan to realize Wesleyan’s goals. Lechowicz publishes posts about the process on Wesleyan’s ENGAGE blog.

“We want to hear what it means to be civically engaged,” Lechowicz said. “How do we do it as an institution and how can we better support or encourage students, staff and faculty to contribute to the greater good? What are the barriers and challenges? Through casual conversations, we seek input on better ways to share information about civic engagement, policies or practices that we may adopt to help encourage or acknowledge contributions, and to learn what may already be happening around campus.”

After seeking input, the steering committee will draft a plan this summer, and put plans into action next fall. The committee welcomes the campus community to submit ideas and feedback through this online form.
Anyone seeking volunteer opportunities can contact Wesleyan’s Office for Community Service.

Wesleyan’s Civic Action Pledge reads as follows:

To advance the public purposes of higher education, we affirm the following statements, which characterize our current commitments and name the ideals toward which we will work with renewed dedication, focus, and vigor.

We empower our students, faculty, staff, and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.

We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good.

We embrace our responsibilities as place based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities—economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.

We harness the capacity of our institutions—through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice—to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.

We foster an environment that consistently affirms the centrality of the public purposes of higher education by setting high expectations for members.

Community Fitness Program Offered to Wesleyan Employees, Families

Rosenbaum Squash Center at Wesleyan.

Rosenbaum Squash Center at Wesleyan.

This spring, the Department of Athletics is offering Wesleyan Community Racquet & Fitness, a new fitness initiative at the Rosenbaum Squash Center. Both individual and small group lessons will be available.

Classes will be taught by Assistant Squash Coach Tim Bacon, a certified squash, tennis and badminton coach. Bacon is a former world #23 in Racketlon and has taught all five major racquet sports since 1977.

Offered classes include:

Racquet Sport FUNdamentals for Children ages 10 – 17
(Age appropriate smaller racquets and slower, bouncier balls played in fun games and activities are used to teach physical literacy and FUNdamentals for all of the racquet sports: squash, racquetball, tennis, badminton and table tennis on the Rosenbaum Squash Center courts.)

Adult Group and Private Racquet Sport Lessons

TRX Functional Fitness – Adult Small Group and Personal Training
(The TRX training tools are fun, effective and flexible ways to stay fit and injury free for life and sport – for both beginning and advanced fitness participants. The Rosenbaum Squash Center has four complete, uncrowded TRX training stations available for small group and individual personal training. TRX tools rely on hundreds of different bodyweight only exercises with straps and cables used in functional movement patterns.)

Summer Tennis Program for Juniors, ages 10-17
(Starts May 1. Small group and individual lessons offered.)

Summer Tennis Program Adult Instruction and Recreational Play
(Starts May 1. Small group and individual lessons offered.)

“Dates have not been finalized, but I am eager to start as people get keen on fitness now that the weather is nice,” Bacon said.

To register use the CoachUp lesson booking system or e-mail Bacon at tbacon (at) wesleyan.edu.

Condon Enjoys Fitness and Volunteer Activities

sta_condon_2017-0419100541In this Q&A, we speak with Sherri Condon, accounting specialist for Auxiliary Operations and Campus Services.

Q: Sherri, when were you hired at Wesleyan, and what were you hired as?

A: I was hired Sept. 24, 2001 as an admin assistant III for Rental Properties.

Q: What accounts do you oversee in Auxiliary Operations and Campus Services?

A: I oversee the non-academic departments: housing, transportation, dining, vending, laundry and Wes Card; I am a first contact for risk, for auto accidents. I also collect and reconcile the faculty, staff and graduate rents for on-campus housing.

Q: I understand you’re involved with the United Way Women’s Initiative.

A: I am a volunteer and I am also on the committee for grants; I enjoy giving money away to organizations.

President Roth Hosts Luncheon for Cardinal Achievement Award Recipients

On April 6, Wesleyan President Michael Roth met with recent Cardinal Achievement Award recipients at a luncheon. President Roth hosted the event at his office in South College.

On April 6, Wesleyan President Michael Roth met with recent Cardinal Achievement Award recipients and their managers at a luncheon. Cardinal Achievement Awards are given to staff members who have demonstrated extraordinary initiative in performing a specific task associated with their work at the university. This special honor comes with a $250 award and reflects the university’s gratitude for their extra efforts. President Roth hosted the event at his office in South College.

Update from Physical Plant-Facilities: Summer Projects

A tennis court renovation, a cooling tower replacement, and an informal outdoor classroom construction are among Physical Plant-Facilities projects this summer.

Physical Plant-Facility’s capital projects will include:

  • Comprehensive Energy Phase 10 – LED lighting upgrades to Exley Science Center and other efficiency measures.
  • Tennis Court Renovation – replacing half the courts and repairing the other half as a partnership with the City of Middletown.
  • The RJJulia Wesleyan Bookstore at 413 Main Street.
  • 116 Mt. Vernon – Renovate and convert to Shapiro Writing Center.
  • Renovations to selected science offices and facilities
  • Informal Learning and Outdoor Classrooms – improvements campuswide to refresh underutilized spaces and enable collaboration and study as well as provide additional outdoor classrooms

Highlights of major maintenance projects to be completed this summer are:

  • Olin Library’s “envelope” renovation — parts of the building that physically separate the exterior environment from the interior environment.
  • HighRise – new fire alarm system.
  • Center for the Arts Studio North and CFA Theater – electrical transformer replacements.
  • Steamline replacement along South College
  • 200 High Street – replace all roofing.
  • Hall-Atwater – replace perimeter roof over third floor.
  • South / North College Connector – replace second floor windows and first floor fixed glass panels and doors.
  • Central Power Plant cooling tower replacement – expanding chilled water capacity for campus by 30 percent.

Accessibility projects addresses this summer include the replacement of the accessible ramp on the north elevation, the south entrance to Exley Science Center and the Office of Admission’s patio.

Employees on the Move

The Office of Human Resources reports the following hires, transitions and departures from Jan. 1 through March 31:

Hires
Seirra Fowler, director of health education on Jan. 3.
Shelissa Newball, associate director of student activities and leadership development on Jan. 5.
Rhoanne Esteban, data analyst in university relations on Jan. 9.
Jacob Gonzalez, STEM Career Advisor in the Gordon Career Center on Jan. 9.
Andrew Harazim, athletic facility maintenance person on Jan. 9.
Katie Scheinberg, psychiatric nurse practitioner for CAPS on Feb. 6.
Tania Inturrisi, budget analyst in financial planning on Jan. 9.
Sarah Curran, director of the Center for the Arts on Feb. 20.
Megan Conte was hired as residential operations coordinator on March 27.
Sandy Durosier ’13 was hired as an area coordinator on April 3.
Melanie Messier was hired as manager of financial reporting on April 3.
Andres Sarda was hired as operations project coordinator for Physical Plant-Facilities on April 10.
Victoriano Diaz was hired as operations project coordinator for Physical Plant-Facilities on April 17.
Bonnie Solivan was hired as academic technologist on April 17.
Denise White-Patterson was hired as associate director of benefits on April 17.

Transitions
Melissa Rocha, manager of video services and lead video producer on Jan. 1.
Valerie Nye, director of financial services on Jan. 20.
Joseph Rich, user services manager on Feb. 16.
Jenna Starr, assistant director of alumni and parent relations on March 20.
Teshia Levy-Grant ‘00, dean for equity and inclusion on April 1.
Karen Hook, donor database implementation project manager on April 24.
Courtney Fullilove, associate professor of history, effective July 1.
Tushar Irani, associate professor of letters, associate professor of philosophy, effective July 1.
Marty Gilmore, director of graduate studies, effective July 1.
William Johnston, academic secretary, effective July 1.
Sean McCann, director of academic writing, effective July 1.
Peter Rutland, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, effective July 1.

Departures
Pierina Cheung, research associate in psychology
Robert Jasek, chief information security officer
Ismet Jooma, assistant director of online communications for university relations
Eileen McNamara, residential operations coordinator
Laura Paul, interim director of the Center for the Arts
Allynn Wilkinson, video editor
Krystle Wilson, admissions coordinator for continuing studies
Stephanie Aviles, medical office assistant
Jeffrey McDonald, assistant to the director for operations and facilities
Patrice Melley, director of human resources
Jamil Ragland, assistant registrar

Ice Cream Social June 6

The Office of Human Resources will host an ice cream social for Wesleyan staff and faculty from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday June 6.