Bill Fisher

Student Bands Perform at The Mash

Recorded at the campus-wide Mash music festival Sept. 6, this video EP features full-length original songs performed by Wesleyan bands Molly Rocket and the Crooks, Robert Don, Novelty Daughter and Sky Bars.

The Mash is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, the Office of Student Affairs and the Green Street Arts Center. This second annual festival is a legacy event of Music & Public Life. Watch this video and many others on the Video @ Wesleyan website.

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International Students: Why Wesleyan?

On Aug. 25, Wesleyan welcomed 92 international students to campus – 71 foreign nationals and 21 U.S. citizens living abroad, or about 13 percent of the entire Class of 2017. Why did they choose Wesleyan? Here are a few of their answers:

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Travel Writer, Radio Host Frommer ’88 Speaks about Wesleyan Education

In this video, travel writer, editor, and radio host Pauline Frommer ’88 talks about growing up in the travel industry, and reveals how her Wesleyan education changed her mind about her career. Frommer majored in intellectual history at Wesleyan. “I thought I was going to be a theater major, and then I started taking a lot of history and philosophy classes and they blew my mind.” Watch this video and many more on the Video @ Wesleyan website.

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“Talking Politics” – A Wesleyan Conversation in Washington, D.C.

A crowd of more than 160 Wesleyan alumni, parents and friends gathered June 19 at the Knight Conference Center of the Newseum in Washington, DC, to “Talk Politics” with three high-profile Wes alums.

The event, a fundraiser for financial aid, featured a lively discussion among Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper ’74, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin ’79 and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet ’87, who all credited Wesleyan’s interdisciplinary programs and spirit of inquiry for their political success.

The fundraiser was part of a series in the $400 million THIS IS WHY campaign to support the university’s endowment. All proceeds from ticket sales—100 percent —go directly to financial aid for Wesleyan students. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1blfBzT

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Palmer ’98 Presents “Words and Music” to Benefit Financial Aid

At a special Reunion & Commencement appearance with all ticket sales going to financial aid, Amanda Palmer ’98 played the piano and the ukulele and joyfully performed a set of her inimitable songs on the stage in Crowell Concert Hall on May 24. Her husband, Neil Gaiman, winner of writing honors from the Newbery Medal to the Hugo Award to the Will Eisner Comic Award, read from his work and joined Palmer in fielding questions from a rapt audience of alumni, parents and students.

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More information about Wesleyan’s THIS IS WHY campaign and upcoming events can be found at http://thisiswhy.wesleyan.edu.

Video Highlights of Whedon’s Address, Reunion, Commencement

Wesleyan alumni reunited with classmates, attended WESeminars, toured campus, visited with former professors, and congratulated the Class of 2013 during Reunion & Commencement Weekend May 23-26. On May 26,Wesleyan awarded 785 bachelor degrees; 30 master of arts degrees; 30 master of arts in liberal studies degrees; and 21 doctor of philosophy degrees:

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Award-winning writer, director, and producer Joss Whedon ’87 delivered the Commencement Address during the 181st Commencement Ceremony:

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12 Students Compete in Wesleyan’s Senior Week Hackathon

Twelve students participated in the Senior Week Hackathon in Exley Science Center May 18-19. For 36 hours straight, the students worked in teams of four to create different web application products. The winning team was “WesMaps+.” Team members included Justin Raymond ’14, Tobias Butler ’13, Max Dietz ’16 and Anastasis Germanidis ’13. See their app online at: http://wesmapsplus.com/

Wesleyan computer science alumni Sam DeFabbia-Kane ’11, Carlo Francisco ’11, Micah Wylde ’12, and Ryan Gee ’11 judged the final apps on a scale of 1-11 in creativity, technical difficulty and polish. A video and photos of the Hackathon are below:

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The "WesMaps+" team included Justin Raymond '14, Tobias Butler '13, Max Dietz '16 and Anastasis Germanidis '13.

The winning team was “WesMaps+.” Team members included Justin Raymond ’14, Tobias Butler ’13, Max Dietz ’16 and Anastasis Germanidis ’13.

Hickenlooper ’74, Louis-Dreyfus P’14 Help Raise Funds for Financial Aid

"A Conversation in Hollywood," May 1.

“A Conversation in Hollywood,” May 1.

More than 100 Wesleyan alumni and guests in the Los Angeles, Calif. area attended “A Conversation in Hollywood”  with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ’74 and Emmy-award winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14. The fundraising event took place at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood on May 1. View photos of the event online in this Wesleyan Flickr gallery.

The fundraiser for financial aid was moderated by President Michael Roth, who prompted his guests with thought-provoking questions about their views on politics, the importance of humor, and the influence of Wesleyan in their lives. Hickenlooper described the winding career path that took him from studying at Wesleyan as an undergraduate poet and geology graduate student, to founding a Denver brewery, to being elected Mayor of Denver and then Governor of Colorado.

Louis-Dreyfus reflected on playing the fictional vice-president of the United States in the acclaimed HBO comedy series VEEP, and she surprised Hickenlooper with the question: Would he consider running for President? “I’m very happy as Governor of Colorado,” Hickenlooper said. He will be running for re-election next year.

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Read more about the event in this Roth on Wesleyan blog post.

This conversation in Hollywood was one in a series of kickoff events for the $400 million THIS IS WHY campaign to support the university’s endowment. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to financial aid for Wesleyan students.

More information about the campaign and upcoming events can be found at http://thisiswhy.wesleyan.edu.
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