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Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Celebrates 20 Years

The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the Freeman family from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24.
Posted 05/15/08
What began in an empty, shingle-style home on the edge of campus 20 years ago has prospered into a central hub for East-Asian-focused lectures, tea ceremonies, exhibitions, student performances, and programs to introduce school-aged children to new cultures.

This year, the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies celebrates two decades of existence. Wesleyan will honor the Freeman family for their unique legacy of excellence during an open house and reception May 24.

“The Freeman Center is one-of-a-kind in this country,” explains Vera Schwarcz, the Mansfield Freeman Professor o East Asian Studies, professor and chair of East Asian studies and director of the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. “The Freeman family has enabled us to become a central focus of learning activity for Wesleyan and the larger community through out varied offerings.”

Schwarcz’s friendship with the Freeman family dates back to the late 1970s, when she and Mansfield Freeman ’16 brainstormed the idea of creating a small-scale academic program centered on language and history. Freeman had lived in China around 1920, and had developed a deep interest in U.S. and East Asian relations.

“Mr. Freeman believed that in the past, this country had frequently blundered in its relations with Far Eastern peoples,” Schwarcz recalls. “This arose from a lack of understanding of the feelings and attributes of people who spoke a different language and had been nurtured under philosophies different from ours.”

By the mid 1980s, Freeman already established the Mansfield Freeman Fund, the Annual Freeman Lecture and a scholarship for summer language study at Wesleyan. In 1986-87, he donated additional funds, which led to the establishment of the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.

Located at 343 Washington Terrace, The Freeman Center was renovated to include office space, an exhibition gallery, a research library, seminar room and reading room. The space quickly became host to lectures, programs and events, archival collections and exhibits. A Japanese garden and tearoom were added in the mid-1990s.

Most importantly, the Freeman Center also is the home of the undergraduate academic program focused on the study of China, Japan and Korea.

“The Mansfield Center is a big draw, and it attracts students from all over the world to Wesleyan,” Schwarcz says. “Students want to come here, and we get the best of the best.”

Mansfield Freeman’s son, Houghton “Buck” Freeman ’43, was raised in China and fought in World War II in Fu Chow, China against the Japanese. Throughout his life, he became heavily involved in Chinese and Japanese economics, and like his father, he too made an extraordinary commitment to the Freeman Center. With additional support by Buck Freeman’s wife, Doreen, Hon. ’03 and his son, Graeme Freeman ’77— the East Asian Studies Program has blossomed to a center of cultural inquiry.

In 2006, the center received a new west wing addition dedicated to the memory of Mansfield Freeman’s wife, Mary Houghton Freeman. This space, which overlooks the Freeman Family Japanese Garden, is used for luncheons, programs, performances, lectures and classes.

“Through the center, we have galvanized interest in East Asian culture at a time of growing concern with international education in relation to improving global understanding,” Schwarcz says. “Two decades after inaugurating the Mansfield Freeman Center, we are finally able to truly honor our founder’s vision of mutual understanding between United States and Asia.”

The open house and reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at the Center for East Asian Studies. A colorful, photograph-rich booklet on the 20-year Freeman legacy will distributed at the event.

A complete timeline of the Mansfield Freeman Center is online at

By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor

PIMMS Founder Receives Service Award for Math, Science Contributions

Professor Emeritus Robert Rosenbaum was honored by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents during a banquet May 8.
Posted 05/15/08
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) has awarded Robert Rosenbaum its Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his exemplary career, with its many contributions to math and science education.

Rosenbaum, chair and founder of the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS), and the University Professor of Sciences and Mathematics, emeritus, received the award May 8 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Groton, Conn.

“Extending a well-known aphorism of Henry Adams, I remark that educators affect eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops,” Rosenbaum said.

Rosenbaum, 92, a graduate of Yale University’s class of 1936, was a faculty member of several universities until 1953, when he joined the mathematics department at Wesleyan University. Over the course of his 55-year Wesleyan career, he has held many administrative positions, including dean, provost, academic vice-president, acting president and chancellor. In 1985, he was named the University Professor of Mathematics and Sciences, emeritus.

He is the author or co-author of four mathematics texts and the recipient of several honorary degrees.

He founded the PIMMS in 1979, was its director until 1995, and its chairman since 1995. Rosenbaum also was the Founding President of the Connecticut Academy for Education in Math, Science and Technology and served on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

“No person in the State of Connecticut – over the past thirty years – has done more for the improvement of math and science instruction than Robert A. Rosenbaum,” says Ted Sergi, president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center, former Commissioner of the State Department of Education and a previous CAPSS Distinguished Service Award recipient. “Professor Rosenbaum has directly and indirectly touched the lives of thousand of K-12 teachers in Connecticut.”

Rosenbaum has volunteered an estimated 50,000 hours of his time towards math-related pursuits. He has served as a mentor to gifted middle and high school students and serves on various state and local committees concerned with both educational and social issues.

In addition, Rosenbaum has been the National Age Group Champion in squash four times. In 2005, Wesleyan named the squash facility in his name

Rosenbaum lives with his wife Marjorie in Middletown; he also owns a home in Colorado, near his three sons and their families.

By Maria Johnson, assistant director for programs, grants and marketing at PIMMS. Photo by Olivia Drake.

Exhibit on the Past Poses Questions about the Present

Andrea Ray’s Désire is on exhibit in the Center for the Arts’ Zilkha Gallery. The dinner table is embedded with speakers, playing a dinner conversation.
Posted 05/15/08
May 2 marks the 40th anniversary of a student strike in France that led to a shift to the eventual the end of the De Gaullle government in France.

This historic event is the topic of a new exhibition in Wesleyan’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Titled Désire by Andrea Ray, the three-part installation revisits May 1968 to pose a question about the present: Could the Paris model of social and political agency be employed in The United States at a time when deepening crisis is coupled with fear and apathy?

“At Wesleyan, we are acknowledging this important anniversary in the form of a fascinating installation by a young artist who raised interesting questions about then and now,” says Nina Felshin, curator of exhibitions and adjunct lecturer in art history.

Désire  reflects on this against a backdrop of French writer and activist Marguerite Duras’ plays and the dinners she often hosted.

The three components of Désire  include “Occupied,” a series of soft-focus photographs of now empty intersections of Paris streets once blocked by students; “The Gift,” a sculptural installation consisting of a dinner table, embedded with speakers, chairs and a “conceptual soup”; and “Rehearse,” a theatrical space with an audio component of an abortive rehearsal of a play based on Duras’ Hiroshima Mon Amour.

“Together the three pieces reflect a repetitive search for things seemingly unattainable–a complete understanding of war, an experience of productive social change through protest, and an association with an effective community,” Felshin says.

Felshin and Ashley Casale ’10, a student who completed a 3,000-mile March for Peace across America in 2007, will speak at a WESeminar on Andrea Ray at 3:30 p.m. May 24 in the Zilkha Gallery.

A Hartford Courant article on Désire  is online at,0,964848.story.

Students Awarded Academic Honors

Posted 05/15/08
Students who received academic prizes, fellowships and scholarships were honored at a reception May 6 in Beckham Hall. The awards and the student recipients are:

George H. Acheson and Grass Foundation Prize in Neuroscience

Established in 1992 by a gift from the Grass Foundation, this prize is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program who demonstrates excellence in the program and who also shows promise for future contributions in the field of neuroscience.

Jacob Mirsky ’08

Alumni Prize in the History of Art

Established by Wesleyan alumni and awarded to a senior who has demonstrated special aptitude in the history of art and who has made a substantive contribution to the major.

Matthew Alie ’08

American Chemical Society Analytical Award

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

Hwinei Tavengwa ’08

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Yusuke Minami ’09

American Institute of Chemists Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Andrew Marvin-Smith ’08

Ayres Prize

The gift of Daniel Ayres, Class of 1842, to the first-year student who attains the highest academic standing in the first semester.

Jonas Mishara-Blomberger ’11

Baden-Württemberg―Connecticut Sister State Exchange

A grant for one academic year’s study at a university in the German state of Baden-Wüerttemberg, administered by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.

Bradley Alexander ’08
Ian Beardsley ’08
Sandhya Daemgen ’08

Baldwin Fellowship

Established in 1952 by family and friends of Horace Reed Baldwin, Class of 1947, and awarded annually for study at law school to the member of the senior class who, in the opinion of the committee, shows the most promise of becoming an outstanding lawyer and public-spirited citizen.

Rachel Jacobson ’08

Bertman Prize

Established in memory of Bernard T. Bertman, associate professor of physics, by gifts from his colleagues, family, and friends, in 1970. Awarded to a senior majoring in physics who displays a particularly resourceful and creative approach to physics research.

Gim Seng Ng ’08

Blankenagel Prize

Income from the John C. Blankenagel Fund, established in 1970, awarded at the discretion of the Department of German studies to enrich educational offerings in the area of humanistic studies, or to assist a superior student in completing a project in German studies.

Linnea Damer ’10
Marianna Foos ’08
Andrew Kirwin ’09
Anna Mageras ’10
Evan Morse ’08

Bradley Prize

The gift of Stanley David Wilson, Class of 1909, in memory of Professor Walker Parke Bradley, to the senior or junior who excels in chemistry and particularly in special original work.

Mi Kyung Lee ’08
Sameer Siddiqui ’08

Bridge Builder Award

Awarded to a student and student group who have succeeded in strengthening the relationship between Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community.

Muriel Abeledo ’09
Traverse Square Tutoring Program

Briggs Prize

Established in 1900 by the gift of James E. Briggs, to the student who has done the most effective work in intercollegiate debating.

Abigail Hinchcliff ’08
Christopher Sarma ’09

Professor Samuel Hugh Brockunier Prize

Awarded for the best final essay on a social studies topic by a student in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

Karin Schwanbeck GLSP

Erness Brody Prize

Established in 2002 by Ann duCille in honor of Professor Erness Bright Brody, former chair of the African American Studies Program. Awarded annually to a senior African American Studies Program major for excellence in written expression.

Joanna Brownson ’08
Mark Leonida ’08

Bruner Freshman Improvement Prize

The gift of William Evans Bruner, Class of 1888, to the student whose second-semester first-year record shows the greatest relative improvement over that of the first semester.

Alexandra Klass ’10


Butterfield Prize

Established by the Class of 1967 and awarded to the graduating senior who has exemplified those qualities of character, leadership, intellectual commitment and concern for the Wesleyan community shown by Victor Lloyd Butterfield, 11th president of the University.

Glaister Leslie ’08
Samuel Ruth ’08

Camp Prize

Established in 1905 by the Board of Trustees in memory of Samuel T. Camp, trustee 1880-1903. Awarded for excellence in English literature.

Emma Komlos-Hrobsky ’08

Frank Capra Prize

Established in 1983 to honor Frank Capra, Hon. 1981, the great American film director whose collected papers are in the Wesleyan Cinema Archives. Best film to exemplify Capra’s skill in telling a human story that contains both humor and pathos.

Casey Long ’08

Cardinal Crest Award

Awarded to the member of the WSA who has given honor to his/her post on the WSA or one of its committees through his/her leadership, and has selflessly served the greater interest of the Wesleyan student body.

Emily Malkin ’08

Chadbourne Prize

The gift of George Storrs Chadbourne, Class of 1858, to that member of the first-year class outstanding in character, conduct, and scholarship.

Jonathan Katz ’11

Clark Fellowship

Established in memory of John Blanchard Clark by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Clark of Pittsford, New York; his sister, Catherine; relatives; and friends. Awarded annually to a qualified graduating senior of Wesleyan University for graduate study in a school of medicine. Recipients are judged by members of the Health Professions Panel on their potential for outstanding achievement and for their promise of community leadership and public-spirited citizenship and for their scholastic record at Wesleyan.

Michael Sargen ’08

Dr. Neil Clendeninn Prize

Established in 1991 by George Thornton, Class of 1991 and David Derryck, Class of 1993, for the African American student who has achieved academic excellence in biology and/or molecular biology and biochemistry. This student must have completed his or her sophomore year and in that time have exemplified those qualities of character, leadership, and concern for the Wesleyan community as shown by Dr. Neil Clendeninn, Class of 1971.

Melissa Hutchins ’09
Glaister Leslie ’08

Cole Prize

Established through the gift of George Henry Walker, Class of 1981, in the memory of Charles Edward Cole. Awarded to the first-year student who shows the greatest ability in fiction or nonfiction writing.

Camara Awkward-Rich ’11
Demetria Spinrad ’11

Condil Award

Given in memory of Caroline Condil, Class of 1992, and is awarded to a worthy East Asian Studies major, preferably a sophomore or junior, for study in China.

Takorn Khempila ’10
Noumaan Shamsi ’10

Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award

Established in 1993 by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education to promote community service leadership and activities by students at Connecticut’s institutions of higher education. This award recognizes outstanding student contributions to the promotion of community service through projects that increase student participation in their college community and projects that develop a unique approach to effective community service.

Cecil Apostol ’08
Action Science Kids
Long Lane Farm

Herbert Lee Connelly Prize

Given in 1980 by Mabel Wells Connelly in the name of her husband, member of the Class of 1909, and alumni secretary, 1924-56. Supplemented by friends, relatives, and sons Hugh Wells and Theodore Sample, Class of 1948, the fund provides income to be awarded annually to a deserving undergraduate who demonstrates an interest in English literature and an unusual ability in nonfiction writing.

Eric Lach ’08
Emily Umhoefer ’08
Marguerite Weisman ’09

Anna Julia Cooper Prize

Awarded by the Department of Sociology to a student of overall academic excellence who lives and works in the spirit of Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), author of A Voice From the South, who was one of the most important social theorists in the tradition of Black feminist thought. She lived and worked courageously against the odds of exclusion, never failing to hold to the highest standards of moral and intellectual excellence.

Claudia Lesser ’08

CRC Award

Awarded to an outstanding first-year chemistry student, based on grades in organic chemistry over the interval of the current academic year.

Jonas Mishara-Blomberger ’11
Sarah White ’11

Davenport Prize

Established in 1948 by the gift of Ernest W. Davenport in honor of his brother, Frederick Morgan Davenport, Class of 1889, for excellence shown by seniors in the field of government and politics.

Abigail Hinchcliff ’08
Stephanie Schwartz ’08

Dorchester Prize

Established through the gift of Daniel Dorchester IV, Class of 1874. Awarded for the best thesis submitted to the English Department.

Tanya Llewellyn ’08
Emily Rabkin ’08

W.E.B. DuBois Prize

Awarded annually for academic excellence to a student majoring in African American studies.

Benjamin Ansfield ’08

Dutcher Prize

Established by gift of Arthur A. Vanderbilt, Class of 1910, in honor of Professor George Matthew Dutcher, for highest excellence in the Department of History.

Kathleen Mollison ’08

Kevin Echart Memorial Book Prize

Awarded to the graduating College of Letters senior who best exemplifies the intellectual curiosity and range, the pleasure in colloquy, the capacity for admiration and skepticism, and the moral seriousness and love of books that we honored in our late colleague Kevin Echart and seek to foster in the students of the College of Letters.

Emily Greenhouse ’08
Peter Hill ’08

Exceptional Program Award

Awarded to the coordinator(s) of an exceptional program, cultural event, speaker or production that has had positive campus-wide impact.

Para La Familia

William Firshein Prize

Awarded to the graduating MB&B student who has contributed the most to the interests and character of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department.

Danilo Macalinao ’08

First-Year Leadership Award

Awarded to a first-year student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or involvement in the Wesleyan community.

Alison Cies ’11

Susan Frazer Prize

Awarded annually to the student (or students) who has done the most distinguished work in the elementary and intermediate French language sequence.

Kristina Chiappetta ’11
Rebecca Choi ’11
Emilia Levitas ’11
Michael Vitale ’11

Freeman Prize

Established in 1975 by Mansfield Freeman, Class of 1916. Awarded annually to a senior for excellence in East Asian studies.

Cedric Bien ’08
I-Hsiao Chen ’08

French Government Teaching Assistantship

One-year assistantship for teaching English at a lycée in France, administered by the Institute for International Education (New York).

Kai Johnson ’08
Emma Rosenberg ’08
Sara Rowe ’08

Fulbright Fellowship

These grants are funded by the United States government under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act) and by many foreign countries. The grants, administered by the Institute for International Education, provide for one year of study at a university abroad.

Maya Bery ’08
Cedric Bien ’08
Ameera Hamid ’08 (Alternate)
Emily Hauck ’08
Emily Malkin ’08 (Alternate)
Hyun Hannah Nam ’08 (Alternate)
Ian Renner ’08

Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize

Donated by the Wesleyan Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (GALA), this prize is awarded annually to that undergraduate who has done the best research and writing on a subject in gay, lesbian, and sexuality studies.

Jossalyn Lake ’08

German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship

At least one fellowship per year for study at a university in the Federal Republic of Germany was given to Wesleyan in honor of the Sesquicentennial. The German Academic Exchange Service is a private, self-governing organization of the German universities, which promotes international exchange among institutions of higher learning.

Charles Witherspoon ’08

Giffin Prize

Established in 1912 by a gift of Mrs. Charles Mortimer Giffin, in memory of her husband, an honorary graduate of the Class of 1875. Awarded for excellence in the Department of Religion.

Eliza Ford ’08

Akiva Goldsman Prize in Screenwriting

Awarded to the graduating film studies major who has written the best full-length screenplay in the Department of Film Studies.

Benjamin Crane ’08

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Awarded by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to a junior or senior who has outstanding potential and intends to pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Francis Noah Biro ’09
Alison Ringel ’09

Graduate Student of the Year Award

Awarded to a graduate student who has proven to be a vital and dynamic member of the Wesleyan community through taking on an active leadership role in campus life.

Christopher Dieck GRAD

Graham Prize

The gift of James Chandler Graham, Class of 1890, awarded to a member of the graduating class for excellence in natural science.

Rangga Budoyo ’08
Zachary Frosch ’08
Evan O’Loughlin ’08
Michael Sargen ’08

Grant/Wilcox Prize

Awarded in honor of Connecticut filmmakers Ellsworth Grant and Roy Wilcox to the senior whose work in film and video best addresses significant environmental, social, or artistic issues.

Michael Chandler ’08

Hallowell Prize

Established by friends and associates of Burton C. Hallowell, Class of 1936, former professor of economics and executive vice president of the University. Awarded annually to an outstanding senior in the study of social science, as determined by the governing board of the Public Affairs Center.

James Feigenbaum ’08
Holly Wood ’08

K. P. Harrington Public Service Award

Awarded annually by the Mystical Seven Society to a Wesleyan undergraduate who has distinguished herself/himself in public service to the community.

Gitanjali Prasad ’08

Hawk Prize

The gift of Philip B. Hawk, Class of 1898, as a memorial to his wife, Gladys, to the students who have done the most effective work in biochemistry.

Daniel Austin ’08
Pan-Yu Chen ’08
Jesse Farnham ’08
Rhonde-Gaye McPherson ’08

Health Education Prize

Awarded annually to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the goals of Wesleyan’s Health Education Program, which are the promotion of healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. The student who is chosen for this prize has demonstrated commitment not only to his or her personal well-being but has also served as a role model to peers in the Wesleyan community and beyond.

Rebecca Allen ’08
Lauren Pellegrino ’08

Heideman Award

Established in 1972, in honor of Enid and Walter Heideman. Awarded annually to an undergraduate who has helped others in the Wesleyan community, in the tradition of the Heidemans.

Glaister Leslie ’08
Alana Miller ’08
Andres Rosario ’08
Alexis Sturdy ’10

Rachel Henderson Theater Prize

Awarded annually to that student who, in the estimation of the theater faculty, has contributed most to theater at Wesleyan over the course of his or her undergraduate career.

Victoria Amoscato ’08
Edward Bauer ’08

Holzberg Fellowship

Established in memory of Jules D. Holzberg, professor of psychology, by gifts of his colleagues and friends. Awarded to a senior who intends to pursue graduate study in clinical or community psychology in recognition of the commitment to research and applied work on the resolution of social problems on the individual and collective level that is consistent with Professor Holzberg’s lifelong professional interests and humanitarian concerns.

Brittany Morse ’08

Horgan Prize

Established by the Department of English in honor of Paul Horgan, professor emeritus and writer-in-residence. Awarded to the student who has written the best short story of the year.

Jacon Mayer ’10
Jessica Olaussen ’09
Demetria Spinrad ’11

Herbert H. Hyman Prize

Established by the Department of Sociology to honor Herbert H. Hyman, distinguished scholar, pioneer in survey research methodology, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology. Awarded annually to students, whether sociology majors or not, who in the opinion of the faculty have written outstanding theses on a sociological topic.

Maura Scully ’08
Holly Wood ’08

Ingraham Prize

The gift of Robert Seney Ingraham, Class of 1888, and his wife, for excellence in New Testament Greek or, in years when a course in that subject is not given, for excellence in a course in Greek elective for juniors and seniors.

Thea De Armond ’09
Thomas Van Denburgh ’09

Jessup Prize
Awarded to two undergraduates each year who are deemed to show the greatest talent and promise for even greater excellence in sculpture, printmaking, architecture, photography, painting, or drawing. The prize is given in memory of Pauline Jessup, a noted interior designer, who practiced her craft for over 60 years throughout the United States. Mrs. Jessup was noted for her unerring eye, her extraordinarily refined taste, and her steadfast commitment to her clients-many of whom she served over three generations. The prize is a gift of Mrs. Jessup’s nephew, D. Ronald Daniel ’52, and his friend, John R. Jakobson ’52. The award is determined by the Department of Art and Art History.

Matthew Alie ’08
Karla Hargrave ’08
Daniel Meyer ’08

Johnston Prize

The gift of David George Downey, Class of 1884, in memory of Professor John Johnston. Awarded to those first-year students or sophomores whose performance in their first two semesters of physics shows exceptional promise.

Jonas Mishara-Blomberger ’11
Carl West ’11

P. L. Kellam Prize

Established in memory of Priscilla L. Kellam, Class of 1983, by her husband. Awarded annually to a senior woman, under the age of 25, who has majored in East Asian Studies and has traveled or plans to travel to China to further her studies.

Sarah Hays ’08

Barry Kiefer Prize

In memory of Barry I. Kiefer to celebrate outstanding graduating Ph.D. students in Biology and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

Siying Chen GRAD
Frank Stellabotte GRAD

Leavell Memorial Prize―Film

Awarded annually to a senior film student who has done outstanding work in the major, and who best reflects the departmental goals of citizenship, scholarship, and the wedding of theory and practice.

Thaddeus Ruzicka ’08

Leavell Memorial Prize―Music

Awarded annually to a senior who has done outstanding work in music, and whose work manifests the ideals of the World Music Program in the Department of Music.

Jonathan Boyer-Dry ’08

Leonard Prize

Given in 1917 in memory of William Day Leonard, Class of 1878, by his friends. Awarded annually by the faculty to one of three undergraduates nominated by the College Body who is thought to exemplify the highest standards of character and performance in his or her campus life.

Nadeem Modan ’10

Levy-Spira Prize

Awarded for distinction in Latin American studies. Established in 1992 in memory of Eduardo Levy-Spira, Class of 1982, by his family and friends.

Rebecca Chavez ’08

Limbach Prize

Established in 1966 by Russell T. Limbach, professor of art, in memory of his wife, Edna Limbach. Awarded annually to the student who has contributed the most imaginative, generous, thoughtful, and understanding social service to the people of the City of Middletown and/or the Wesleyan community.

Luz Burgos ’09
Anna Komor ’09

Lipsky Prize

The gift of the Reverend and Mrs. Bailey G. Lipsky in memory of their son, Francis Jules Lipsky, Class of 1931, to the member of the choir possessing in the highest degree unfailing kindliness, quiet dignity, and brilliant scholarship.

Christopher Ceccolini ’11

Littell Prize

The gift of Franklin Bowers Littell, Class of 1891, for excellence in one or more advanced courses in astronomy.

Rangga Budoyo ’08

Robert S. Lynd Award

Awarded to a student for a Department of Sociology thesis.

Jessica Jones ’08

Macmillan Scholar of Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York

Awarded by the Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, this scholarship enables outstanding college graduates of Scottish descent to engage in a year of graduate study in Scotland.

Sarah Reed ’08

John W. Macy Summer Internship in Public Administration

Established by friends and colleagues of John W. Macy, Class of 1938. Awarded to the junior who most clearly exemplifies, in the decision of the selection committee, the characteristics associated with John Macy: high intellectual ability, a capacity for sustained effort in difficult tasks, strong ethical standards, an ingrained sense of duty, and a commitment to public service as a worthy career.

Jonah Blumstein ’09
Chloe Wardropper ’09
Elizabeth Weisman ’09

Mann Prize

Established in memory of Albert Mann, Class of 1906, devoted alumnus and faculty member, by his daughters and their families. Awarded annually to the senior(s) showing the most outstanding achievements in the Romance languages.

Ellen Dinsmore ’08
Holly Jackson ’08
Tamar Matz ’08
Sarah Meier-Zimbler ’08
Alice Woodman-Russell ’08

Martius Yellow Award

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

Portia Chipendo ’09

Richard McLellan Prize

Awarded annually to a junior who exemplifies those qualities that characterize the late Richard McLellan, Director of the Career Planning Center and Associate Dean of the College: character, leadership, commitment to public service and diversity, wide cultural interests, and a sense of humor.

Russell Perkins ’09

Meyer Prize

Established in 1991 in honor of retiring colleague Donald A. Meyer, is awarded for the best Honors thesis in American History.

Scott DeAmicis ’08

Richard A. Miller Summer Internship Grant

Awarded in honor of Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics Richard A. Miller to students pursuing summer internships related to potential business careers.

Melgily Valdez ’09

Monroe Prize

Established in 1985 by the Center for African American Studies in memory of John G. Monroe, director, scholar, and teacher in the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of Theater. This prize is to be awarded annually to the Wesleyan sophomore or junior who, in the opinion of the review committee, submits the best scholarly essay in the field of African American studies.

Elana Baurer ’09

Janina Montero Prize

Awarded annually to a Latino student who has promoted the health, visibility, and participation of the Latino community at Wesleyan. The individual should best exemplify personal integrity, leadership, and motivation; a strong interest in and knowledge of his or her background; and have maintained a high level of commitment to Wesleyan’s academic and intellectual enterprise.

Tania Serrano ’08

David Morgan Prize

To be awarded annually to the senior major or majors in CSS and/or the Department of History who best demonstrated the integrity and commitment to community that characterized David’s 37 years of service to his College, his Department, and to the University.

Frances Jones ’08
Laura Silver ’08

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award

Awarded to a junior with a demonstrated commitment to social justice issues.

Muriel Abeledo ’09

Mosaic Award

This award recognizes the contribution(s) of a person or organization that has brought about cultural awareness and education on one or more of the following issues: race, ethnicity, culture and/or sexual orientation.

Interfaith Justice League

Geraldine J. Murphy Prize

Established in memory of Geraldine J. Murphy, who was the first woman hired as a full-time instructor at Wesleyan (1957), the first woman promoted to a tenured position, and the first woman promoted to the rank of full professor. The prize is endowed by alumni of the Wesleyan Master of Arts in Teaching program. Awarded to a student who has written an outstanding critical essay that focuses on short fiction or novels.

Russell Perkins ’09

National Board of Review Charlie Andrews Award

Established by the National Board of Review in memory of Charlie Andrews who was a pioneer in television writing and producing. Awarded to the student who has written the best history/theory thesis in the Film Studies Department.

Genevieve Angelson ’08
Lucia Pier ’08

Needler Prize

Established by Sophie Needler, in memory of her husband, Bennett Needler. Awarded annually to one or two graduating seniors who have demonstrated excellence in Hebrew or Jewish studies.

Jonah Boyarin ’08

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize

Awarded for excellence in Women’s Studies.

Kelly Klein ’08
Larissa Slovin ’08

Olin Fellowship

Founded in 1854 by the wife of Stephen Olin, president, 1839-41 and 1842-51. Later increased by gifts of their son, Stephen Henry Olin, Class of 1866 and acting president, 1922-23, and his wife, Emeline. Awarded in recognition of achievement in English. The fellowship supports supervised work in English outside of the Wesleyan course structure.

Jake Abrahamson ’09
Sara Akant ’09
Kira Akerman ’10
Thomas Beckwith ’09
David Douglas ’09
Andrew Gorin ’09
Oriana Korol ’09
Kailie Larkin ’09
Jesse Newberg ’09
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen ’09
Jessica Posner ’09
Eric Weiskott ’09

Outreach and Community Service Award

Awarded to the senior theater major who, through his or her work in the Department of Theater, has done a significant service in the community.

Elissa Kozlov ’08
Grace Overbeke ’08

Outstanding Collaboration Award

Awarded for a program which was successfully planned in the spirit of partnership and team work.

Long Lane Farm

Parker Prize

Established in 1870 by the Reverend John Parker, Trustee 1859-71. Awarded to a sophomore or junior who excels in public speaking.

Elizabeth Weisman ’09

Peirce Prize

Awarded in successive years for excellence in biology, chemistry, and geology.

Portia Chipendo ’09

Emily White Pendleton Scholarship

Established in 1979 by Ralph Darling Pendleton, founder of the Theater Department, in memory of his wife. Awarded annually to a Dance major or to a student who is significantly involved in Dance and who shows outstanding promise in the field.

Melanie Cherng ’08

Peterson Fellowships

Established in 1963 by bequest of William Harold Peterson, Class of 1907, for graduate study in biochemistry at Wesleyan.

Siying Chen GRAD
Sudipta Majumdar GRAD
Iulia Vitoc GRAD

Plukas Prize

Established in 1986 by John Plukas, Class of 1966, this prize is awarded to graduating economics seniors to be applied toward summer expenses, during which period each student will work under the supervision of a faculty adviser to convert an honors project into a publishable article.

James Feigenbaum ’08

Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award

Established in 1986 by John Plukas, Class of 1966, this prize is awarded for excellent service to the Economics Department as a teaching apprentice.

Emma Allison ’08
Iwan Djanali ’09
Bach Dao, ’08
James Feigenbaum, ’08
Rebecca Freed, ’09
Maya Hodis, ’09
Justin Holzwarth, ’08
Mohammed Hossain, ’08
Alpay Koralturk, ’08
Derek Kuwahara, ’09
Kaishi Lee, ’09
Howard Lempel, ’08
Isabelle Lew, ’09
Yin How Lew, ’10
Caitlyn McCann, ’09
Kiran Sheffrin, ’10
Ralph Stern, ’08
Chenoa Noelle Tanglao, ’08
Madalina Ursu, ’09
Aneliya Valkova, ’09

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize

Established in 1993, awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate student in music composition.

Jonathan Sirlin ’08

Reed Prize

Established in 1968 by Leon Reed and his sons, S. Chadwick, Class of 1941, and Dr. Victor Reed, in memory of Mrs. Sophie Reed, for the best poem or group of poems.

Susanna Myrseth ’10
Eric Weiskott ’09

Damain Garth Reeves Memorial Book Prize

Awarded to the first-year student who best embodies the personal and intellectual qualities of Damain Reeves, Class of 2000.

Marsha Jean-Charles ’11

Rice Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

Lauren Alpert ’08
Samantha Gottlieb ’08
Daniel Greengard ’08
Per Stinchcombe ’08

Rich Prize

The gift of Isaac Rich, trustee 1849-72, in memory of his wife, and later supplemented by appropriations from the Board of Trustees. Awarded to those seniors whose orations are judged best in composition and delivery.

Kai Johnson ’08
Benjamin Smyser ’08

Robertson Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

Nathan Fieldsteel ’10

Robins Memorial Prize

Established in 1969, in memory of George D. Robins 1898, by Frank D. Robins 1934, and Douglas H. Robins 1966, for excellence in history.

Alexandra Steinlight ’08

Ross Prize

Established in 1979 as a gift of Steven J. Ross of Warner Communications. Awarded annually for the best undergraduate film, digital, and/or virtual made in the Department of Film Studies.

Asli Sonceley ’08

Juan Roura-Parella Prize

Established in 1984 to be awarded annually to an undergraduate whose work represents the kind of catholic curiosity and general learning that Professor Juan Roura-Parella exemplified.

Annalisa Bolin ’08
Katherine Poor ’08

Rulewater Prize

Awarded for outstanding reflection and writing on an interdisciplinary topic in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

Ryan Lee GLSP

Robert Schumann Distinguished Student Award

Established in 2007 by a gift from the Robert Schumann Foundation. Awarded to an outstanding senior who demonstrates academic accomplishment and excellence in environmental stewardship through work at Wesleyan or the greater Middletown Community.

Nathan Kaufman ’08
Jacob Mirsky ’08
Sarah Reed ’08
Jordan Schmidt ’08

Scott Biomedical Prize

Awarded to a member(s) of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry senior class who has demonstrated excellence and interest in commencing a career in academic or applied medicine.

Adam Baim ’08
Adriana Cohen Rostoker ’08
Victoria Russo ’08
Thomas Tachibana ’08

Scott Prize―Asian Languages and Literatures

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

Alexander Kirst ’08
Joyce Lai ’08

Scott Prize―German Studies

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

Charles Witherspoon ’08

Scott Prize―Romance Languages and Literatures

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

Rachel Bedick ’08
Alicia Collen ’08
Emily Hauck ’08
Bissera Sara Nikolova ’08
Jettie Word ’08

Scott Prize―Russian and East European Studies

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

Emily Wang ’08

John and Mary Sease Prize

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

Jordan Schmidt ’08

Sehlinger Prize

Established by the Class of 1965 in memory of Charles Edward Sehlinger III, who died in 1964. The award of a medical dictionary is given to a premedical student for excellence of character, community spirit, and academic achievement.

Adam Baim ’08

Senior Leadership Award

Awarded to a senior who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his or her four years in the Wesleyan community.

Gitanjali Prasad ’08

Senior Prize in Computer Science

Awarded for excellence in computer science to a senior.

Jesse Farnham ’08

Frances M. Sheng Prize

Awarded for excellence in Chinese language and excellence in Japanese Language.

Cedric Bien ’08
Joseph DelSerra ’08

Sherman Prize―Classical Studies

Established by David Sherman, D.D., Class of 1872. Two prizes awarded annually, one for excellence in first-year mathematics and the other for excellence in classics.

Joanna Kenty ’08

Sherman Prize―Math

Established by David Sherman, D.D., Class of 1872. Two prizes awarded annually, one for excellence in first-year mathematics and the other for excellence in classics.

Wei Dai ’11
Samuel DeFabbia-Kane ’11
Joel Specter ’11

Rae Shortt Prize

Established in memory of Rae M. Shortt. Awarded to a junior for excellence in mathematics.

James Aisenberg ’09
Isaac Levy ’09

Samuel C. Silipo Prize

Awarded annually for the most valuable player(s) of the Wesleyan Orchestra.

Lindsay Wright ’10

Silverman Prize

Established by gift of Elisha Adelbert Silverman, Class of 1922, and awarded to a member of the junior or senior class for excellence in chemistry.

Maxwell Loewinger ’08

Siver Scholarship

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Siver in memory of their son Roger Brooks Siver, who graduated from Wesleyan in 1968. Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in or demonstrating strong academic interest in physics.

Louis Langlois ’08
Emmalee Riegler ’08
Anand Swaminathan ’09

Skirm Prize

Established by members of the Class of 1931 in memory of their classmate, Thomas H. Skirm, this prize is awarded to a government major early in his or her senior year, to recognize the best research or writing project done during the junior year.

Nathan Kaufman ’08

Social Activist Award

Awarded to the individual or student group that best exemplifies the spirit of social activism and through his/her/their efforts, constructive social change ensued.

Kaitlyn Krauss ’08

Annie Sonnenblick Writing Award

Established by the family of the late Annie Sonnenblick, Class of 1980, in 1992 as a complement to the annual Annie Sonnenblick Lecture. The prize provides financial support for a student who wishes to undertake an independent writing project during the summer between his or her junior and senior years.

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen ’09

Spinney Prize

The gift of Joseph S. Spinney, trustee 1875-82 and 1888-93, for excellence in Greek. Awarded for the best original essay on some aspect of Greek or Roman civilization.

Frances Jones ’08
Joanna Kenty ’08
Sara Maeder ’08
Jordana Wolf ’08

Spurrier Award

The William A. Spurrier Ethics Award, established by Dr. James Case, given to the student who demonstrates in the field of ethics: sensitivity, insight, depth, and humor. Given in memory of William Spurrier III, chaplain and Hedding Professor of Moral Science and Religion.

Alex Gelman ’08

Studio Art Program Award

Awarded to an undergraduate in recognition of service to the studio art program throughout their Wesleyan career.

Constance Smith ’08

Student Organization of the Year

Awarded to a student organization that has excelled in sustaining leadership, an active membership and programmatic efforts that contribute to the larger Wesleyan community.


Thorndike Prize

Established by gift of Elizabeth Moulton Thorndike in memory of her husband, Edward Lee Thorndike, Class of 1895, for excellence in psychology.

Kirsten Sharpes ’08

Tishler Teaching Award

Established by the family and friends of Dr. Max Tishler, professor of chemistry, emeritus, and University Professor of the Sciences, emeritus. Awarded annually in his memory to the best graduate teaching assistant in chemistry.

Sattanathan Paramasivan GRAD

Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize―Art

Established in 1981 by a gift from Mrs. Tishler. Awarded annually for an outstanding senior exhibition in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, or architecture.

Benjamin Ahles ’08

Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize―Music

Established in 1981 by a gift from Mrs. Tishler. Expanded in 1989 for excellence in piano performance. Two prizes are given annually: one for Western classical piano performance and the other for jazz piano performance.

Hyun Hannah Nam ’08

Trench Prize

The gift of Miss Grace A. Smith, in memory of William James Trench, trustee 1835-67, for excellence in the Department of Religion.

Rosina Belcourt ’08

Karl Van Dyke Prize

Awarded each year to one or more students majoring in physical science or having a predominant interest in physical science and technology and who show outstanding achievement in academic work and a promise of productivity in a professional career.

James Aisenberg ’09
Rangga Budoyo ’08
Chia Wei Hsu ’10
Olivia Padovan-Merhar ’10
Anand Swaminathan ’09

Vanguard Prize

Established by black alumni in tribute to the black members of the Class of 1969, whose perseverance and pioneering leadership earned them designation as the Vanguard Class. The prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has achieved academic excellence and contributed significantly to maintaining Wesleyan’s racial diversity.

Patrick Senat ’08

Walkley Prize

Two prizes, the gift of Webster Rogers Walkley, Class of 1860, in memory of David Hart Walkley, Class of 1878, for excellence in psychology. Awarded to those juniors and seniors who present the best reports or work embodying original research.

Zachary Frosch ’08
Julia Kessler ’08
Hyun Hannah Nam ’08

Watson Fellowship

Awarded by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, to enable college graduates of unusual promise to engage in an initial postgraduate year of independent study and travel abroad.

Cedric Bien ’08
Rebecca Littman ’08

Weller Prize

The gift of Mrs. LeRoy Weller, in memory of her husband, LeRoy Weller, Class of 1899, to the student having the highest academic average for the sophomore year.

Elise Gelwan ’09

Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Memorial Prize

Established in 1986 by the Wesleyan Black Alumni Council in memory of deceased black alumni. The prize provides a summer stipend to support a deserving student engaged in independent study or community service related to the concerns of black people.

Alaina Elrington ’09

Wesleyan Fiction Award

A gift from Norman Mailer to the Wesleyan Writing Program, this award recognizes an outstanding piece of fiction written by a Wesleyan student.

Malwina Andruczyk ’08
Annalisa Bolin ’08

Wesleyan Memorial Prize

The gift of undergraduates in the Class of 1943 in memory of fellow students who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War, to the members of the junior class outstanding in qualities of character, leadership, and scholarship.

Jason Harris ’09

White Prize

Established in 1942 by Horace Glenn White Jr., Class of 1933, and increased in 1943 by friends in his memory. Awarded for advanced undergraduate study in economics.

Jonah Boyarin, ’08
Kin Yan Chew, ’09
Saul Cohen, ’08
Iwan Djanali, ’09
James Feigenbaum, ’08
Samantha Gottlieb, ’08
Howard Lempel, ’08
Khanh Thuy Phan, ’08
Tianxiang Zhuo, ’08

White Fellowship―Government

Awarded for excellence in government to a recent graduate who is currently enrolled in, or has been accepted into, a doctoral program in political science.

Portia Hemphill 2007

White Fellowship―History

Awarded for excellence in history.

Dustin Brockner ’09
Lindsay Weber ’09

M.G. White Prize

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American studies.

Michael Litwack ’08
Sally Rosen ’08

Wilde Prize

Established in 1963 by Frazer B. Wilde, L.L.D., Class of 1958, awarded to a junior or senior for excellence in economics.

James Feigenbaum ’08

Winchester Fellowship

Established in 1938, in memory of Professor Caleb Thomas Winchester, by his widow. Awarded to Wesleyan graduates for postgraduate work in English.

Yaron Aronowicz, 2005
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky ’08
Darrell Smith 2006

Wise Prize

The gift of Daniel Wise, D.D., Class of 1859, for excellence in the Department of Philosophy; for the best essay on moral science or on some subject in the field or values.

Nathaniel Axel ’08
Mark Kelley ’08

Photos by Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor.

Softball Wraps Up Winning Season

Wesleyan’s softball team hosted the NESCAC Tournament May 3-5.
Posted 05/15/08

Coming off a team-record 21-15 season in 2007, one that featured a first-ever trip to the NESCAC tournament, Wesleyan’s softball team came into the 2008 campaign with realistic hopes of repeating last year’s success.
“Our goal this season was to get better every day,” said seventh-year head coach Jen Shea. “We knew we had a lot of talent but we needed to see how it would come together.”
Come together was just what the team did, equaling the team record for wins, three of those coming during the NESCAC Tournament, which the Cardinals hosted May 3-5. Those three victories put the squad into a showdown with Tufts for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament as the NESCAC champion.
Tufts held a tenuous 4-3 edge heading into the bottom of the 6th inning (Tufts played as the home team).  The Jumbos erupted for a pair of three-run homers to put the game away, 10-3, and win their second straight crown.  While it left Wesleyan one “W” shy of a remarkable year, it didn’t detract from what has to be called an amazing season, considering the way it started.
Playing its opening 14 games in California, the Cardinal started 1-7 against local teams, then went 4-4 during the Sun West Tournament to return to New England sporting a 5-9 record.  Highlights out west were a 9-6 victory over Tufts and a 4-1 loss to St. Thomas (MN).  The Tommies, whom the Cardinals out-hit 8-6, finished their season 42-5 and were ranked in the top-10 nationally in Division III as an NCAA qualifier.  Tufts was ranked 26th. 
Not quite what the team was hoping from its western excursion, the Cardinals still used the experience as a positive.  

“That game against St. Thomas was the turning point for us,” explained Coach Shea.  “Meaghan [Dendy ‘10, pictured at left] pitched a great game against them and to out-hit them was great.  Then we won a close game vs. Puget Sound (4-3) and the Tufts win really helped give us our confidence back. Definitely in the back of our minds, the goal now was to win the NESCAC West because we wanted to host the tournament.”
Back in New England, the goal became a reality as the Cardinals went 13-5 to end the regular season with an 18-14 record.  Wesleyan took two of three games from both Amherst and Williams, and when Amherst took two of three from Williams, Wesleyan claimed its first-ever outright Little Three title.  Sweeping three games from both Hamilton and Middlebury, the latter all on the same day, Wesleyan fashioned a 10-2 NESCAC West mark and secured the top seed.  In even years, the West winner hosts the NESCAC tournament so Tufts, Williams and Trinity came to Middletown May 3-5 for the double-elimination tournament with a NCAA tournament bid awaiting the victor.
Wesleyan met NESCAC East runner-up Trinity in a first-round matchup.  The team’s had split a double-header a week earlier, Wesleyan winning 7-3 and Trinity, 6-5.  The tournament game was all Trinity as the Bantams rolled to a 7-0 decision.  That put Wesleyan into an elimination game vs. Williams, a 7-0 loser to Tufts.
The Cardinals subdued the Ephs, 13-3, led by Talia Bernstein ‘11 who went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored.  Next up was a rematch with the Bantams. Jo Brownson ’08 paced the offense with a pair of two-run homers as Wesleyan prevailed, 8-2.  On the mound, Karla Hargrave ’08 defeated both Trinity and Williams, allowing 13 hits and five runs over her 14 innings of work.  Ahead was 2-0 Tufts.
Wesleyan knew a loss would give Tufts the title.  As the visitors, the Cardinals trailed 2-0 when they came to bat in the top of the 6th inning.  With two runners on, Molly O’Connell ’09, pictured at left, launched her fifth home run of the year, tying a team record, to put Wesleyan up, 3-2.  Pitcher Meaghan Dendy closed out the victory by getting the final six outs.  She yielded just seven hits and two runs, only one of which was earned, in posting her second win over Tufts this season.
Now Wesleyan and Tufts would play again for the title and Tufts nailed down the championship.
Wesleyan placed four players on the all-NESCAC squads as Bernstein, Dendy and Marcia Whitehead ’08, who set team marks for hits in a season (51 in 2008 as she led the team with a .398 average) and career (173), made the first team while Hargrave was a second-team choice.  Dendy also was Pitcher of the Year.  Coach Jen Shea shared NESCAC Coach of the Year honors with Cheryl Milligan of Tufts.
By season’s end, the 2008 Cardinals tied or broke six individual and five team records.  In addition to Whitehead’s hits marks and O’Connell’s record-equaling home run figure, Hargrave tied the record for hits in a game with five vs. St. Mary’s (MN) while Bernstein set the record for doubles in a season (10) and tied the seasonal RBI standard (32).  The 351 hits, 51 doubles and 14 home runs by the 2008 Cardinals are seasonal records.  With 21 wins, the squad matched last year’s record output and the 237.1 innings thrown by pitchers Dendy, Hargrave and Anu Rimal ’11 is a seasonal high.
Other starters Becca Feiden ’08, who finished her career No. 2 on the all-time Wesleyan hits list with 137, Julia Chamberlin ’09 and Katie Grogan ’09 all returned from the 2007 team.  Joining Bernstein as a key newcomer was Taylor Zavadsky ’10, a top-notch catcher who filled a valuable spot in the Cardinals’ lineup after transferring from Haverford College.
The 2009 squad will have some serious holes to fill as Whitehead, Feiden, Hargrave and Brownson will don cap and gown shortly.  But Wesleyan has turned the corner and will build its softball forces around Dendy, Bernstein, O’Connell and Zavadsky next spring. 

By Brian Katten ’79, sports information director. Team photo and Molly O’Connell photo by Ron Bernstein.

Annual Workshop Explores Jewish Culture through Early Literature

Posted 05/15/08
Associate Professor of History Magda Teter has received a $14,000 grant from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to help with the operating costs of the sixth annual Early Modern Workshop (EWM) in summer 2009. The workshop will explore the topic of “History of Reading across Cultures: The Jewish Book and Its Readers in Early Modern Europe.”

The workshop seeks to form collaborative interaction between scholars of Jewish history, early modern history and literature and to facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas between them. Workshop participants will be examining how Jewish readers coped with the advent of the printing press and what the areas of direct or indirect interaction between Jewish and Christian readers were, according to Teter, who is the director of the EWM project.

The 2009 workshop will be co-sponsored by Wesleyan and Harvard’s Jewish Studies Program, along with other institutions to be named, and will be held at the Radcliffe Institute.

Every workshop held since the first EMW (hosted at Wesleyan in 2004) has proven successful, Teter says.

“Participants of the first workshop were surprised at the level of interaction and discussion, the give and take was much more dynamic than at a typical conference when a paper is presented following a question and answer session,” she says.

The format of the workshops is what makes them stand out.

“Instead of asking scholars to prepare papers, we asked them to prepare primary documents in the original language and in the English translation and present these texts in a seminar format,” Teter says.

The text of the documents is available on the EMW website,, along with videos of the workshops. The submitted texts are searchable.

Teter edits all of the workshop videos for content. She credits Manolis Kaparakis, academic computing manager for the Social Sciences and director of the Quantitative Analysis Center, and others at Information Technology Services with helping to make sure that all of the videos and text updates are available on the website in a timely manner.

This year’s workshop is “Law: Continuity and Change in the Early Modern Period.”

“The Early Modern Workshop certainly put Wesleyan on the map as one of the main players in innovative scholarly communication and in Jewish studies,” she says.

“The workshop helped consolidate a field that was not recognized widely in Jewish studies: the early modern period. Traditionally, Jewish history was divided into Biblical, ancient, medieval, and modern. Those of us who worked on the sixteenth century were lumped as ‘medieval,’ those of us who worked on early eighteenth century were labeled ‘modern.’ We did not have opportunities to talk to each other, no conference panel would ever put us together, so the Early Modern Workshop became a venue for us to meet and talk, at the same time creating a wonderful Internet resource. The Early Modern Workshop created a fantastic opportunity to bridge research and pedagogy.”

By Corrina Balash Kerr, associate director of media relations

New York Times Editor Keynote Speaker at Roosevelt Conference

Posted 05/01/08
Richard l. Berke, assistant managing editor for news at The New York Times, will be the keynote speaker at a conference titled “Make Democracy Work,” on Saturday, May 3. The conference will run from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is being presented by the Wesleyan University Chapter of the Roosevelt Institution.

The conference also features panel discussions and workshops designed to highlight important components of democracy that are often overlooked or taken for granted and give them both local and national perspectives.

“We wanted to raise awareness about what democracy means and how it functions and fails in America,” says. Elana Baurer ’09, conference co-chair. “We also wanted to bring the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community together to engage in meaningful dialogue and debate.”

The conference will open at 11 a.m. in PAC 001 with a faculty panel titled “Framing a Discussion for Democracy.” Confirmed speakers include Melanye Price, assistant professor of government, who will discuss events surrounding Hurricane Katrina; Eyal Rabinovich, visiting assistant professor of sociology, who will talk about the theoretical concept of democracy; and David Stein ’06, Ph.D candidate at Yale University in African American studies and American studies, who will discuss the prison system in the United States.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the conference will move to PAC 421 and 422 to conduct “Making Democracy Work” workshops, which according to the conference organizers is aimed at tackling “more specific elements of our democracy and how greater functionality might be achieved.” Members of Wesleyan Prisoner Resource and Education Project (WESPREP) and the Traverse Square After School Program are confirmed as participants.

The keynote presentation by Berke will run from 3 to 4 p.m. and be held in Crowell Concert Hall. Berke served as The New York Times’ national political correspondent and covered the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns. His past beats have included Congress, the White House, and money and politics. In 1999 he was appointed to the Senior Advisory Board of the Institute of Politics of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Berke has waived his speaking fee for the event.

“As students, we see the intellectual world media as a major part of the democratic process,” says Ilona Kramer ‘08, Roosevelt Institute co-chair. “To have someone who will give us another perspective reflecting a third dimension beyond Wesleyan and Middletown, who is a part of the production of knowledge regarding the health of our democratic society is a great opportunity for expanding our understanding of the connection between media and the dissemination of information.”

A reception open to all attendees and presenters will be hosted by President Michael Roth after Berke’s keynote.

Attendance to the conference is free of charge and the event is open to the campus and Middletown communities.

“We wanted to put this event together in recognition of the fact that there wasn’t enough dialogue on campus about the state of our democracy,” says Lily Mandlin, ’10, one of the conference organizers. “We were working towards solutions for the symptoms of the problems rather than focusing on the root causes.”

Campus Progress and The New York Times Readership Program are co-sponsors of the event.

By David Pesci, director of media relations

Flea Market Find: Wesleyan Circa 1893

Dining Services employee Vicky Ambro discovered a Wesleyan University Bulletin from 1893 at a flea market in Middletown. The issue announces the opening of the new gymnasium, later named the Fayerweather Gymnasium.
Posted 05/01/08
While browsing through a flea market recently, Vicki Ambro came across a tanned paper publication with the words “Wesleyan University” across the top in an archaic gothic font.

It turned out to be a Nov. 1893 issue of The Wesleyan University Bulletin, issue no. 13.

“I couldn’t believe it. It was one of Wesleyan’s old newsletters and it was in such good condition,” says Ambro, who has worked for Wesleyan’s Dining Services for six years. “It really fascinated me.”

Ambro gently paged through the 16-page publication, browsing Wesleyan news updates on a North College interior renovation; recent faculty appointments; an obituary and biography of Professor George Prentice, who chaired the then Department of Modern Languages; a calendar noting the June 27 commencement; and a department note, stating that seniors will study the “literature of the Age of Queen Anne” in the upcoming academic year.

The Bulletin also featured a section titled “Recent Gifts” made to the university.

“This one really made me realize how different things were back then,” Ambro says, pointing out an announcement from Ebenezer Hill, Wesleyan Class of 1870. “This guy was president of the Norwalk Iron Works and his gift was for $750. Back in 1893, that must have been a year’s salary.”

Actually, using a U.S. Federal research cost of living index, it would be equivalent to approximately $17,927.77 in 2008 dollars.

But it was an article on Wesleyan’s new gymnasium – now the Fayerweather building – that Ambro found most amazing.

The Bulletin featured a full-page sketch of the new gymnasium, with its entrance flanked by the iconic massive round towers that stand today.

The report mentions that the gymnasium, which cost a total of $60,000 to construct (approximately $1,434,600 in 2008 dollars), would include three bowling alleys, a baseball court, baths, lockers and toilet rooms and a “large plunge tank” in the basement. The first floor occupied the gymnasium. When completed, “it will undoubtedly be one of the handsomest buildings on the campus.”

“When I saw that picture, I told my friend who was with me that, ‘If I’m not mistaken, this is the building that is renovated that is right next to the building I work in,’” Ambro recalls. “I decided to buy The Bulletin and bring it into Wesleyan, because it is a piece of history, and this is where it belongs.”

Ambro paid the market clerk $5 for the Bulletin and shared it with Rick Culliton, university center director and dean of campus programs. Since Wesleyan’s Special Collections and Archives Department already has a complete Bulletin set, Culliton may add the historic document to the Usdan University Center’s Daniel Family Commons display case.

According to Valerie Gilipsie, assistant university archivist, The Wesleyan University Bulletin originated in 1888 to “secure from alumni and friends a more constant, intelligent, and hearty cooperation in all that pertains to the interests of the college.” The Bulletin existed until 1961.

“I’m not too sure how many Bulletins are still around, but they seem to appear here and there, especially locally,” Gillispie says. “They may not have much monetary value, but they do, of course, have value for our alumni and others who have a Wesleyan relationship who enjoy seeing historical documents like that.”

By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor

Dance Professor Investigates ‘Softness’ as an Eco-Aesthetic Principle in Choreography, Research

Pedro Alejandro, chair of the Dance Department, associate professor of dance, works with students for the production “No Eggshells/ Outside,” which premiers at 8 p.m. May 5 and 6 on the CFA Terrace. Alejandro is choreographing the performance.
Posted 05/01/08
For two days, Pedro Alejandro will convert the Center for the Arts concrete- and limestone-walled terrace into a green, grassy soft space.

Alejandro explores the theme of eco-aesthetics in an upcoming performance titled “No Eggshells/ Outside.” The performance begins at 8 p.m. May 5 and 6 on the Center for the Arts Terrace (Rain date May 8). All participants are volunteers from the dance, theater and music departments.

“No Eggshells/ Outside” is an experimental performance relating to Alejandro’s research interests on sustainability, the political economy of ‘softness’ of Modern Dance’s conceptual apparatus; and the relationship between the animalistic and spiritual components in the meta-kinetic development of dancers.

“In this performance, we are establishing a relationship to the principle of softness in nature. We focus on eggs as a metaphor because they have a hard outer shell and a soft, interior that carries the potential for life,” Alejandro explains. “We use grass to soften the hard concrete to recreate the power of that metaphor and conjure the yielding principles that allow natural forms to enter our imaginary. And the dancers’ movements explore the physical and psychic experience of arriving at softness through their own unleashed animality.”

Everything from the terrace’s grounds, walls and stair railings will be lined with grass. Marcela Oteiza, adjunct assistant professor of theater, will be creating a live video feed during the performance that brings other sites where the dancers have worked into this performance.

This summer, as a recipient of a Mellon Summer Research grant, Alejandro will continue to research the ecological theme in the Dominican Republic with a project titled “Thunderous Light.”

With the assistance the Dominican Blind Association, he has worked with blind musicians, “Luz Del Sonido” (‘Sound of Light’), to develop a movement curriculum that extends the meta-kinectic capabilities of these blind performers. The ‘Thunderous Light” project will use of piston/friction floor technology developed to make electricity from the dancing of human bodies. Piston technology has been used effectively to recycle energy vibration from moving bodies and generate off-the-grid electricity in Rotterdam by the Dutch architectural firm of Henk Döll and Enviu, innovators on sustainability.

He hopes the movements will attract a diverse audience, including sociologists, scientists and robotic engineers.

“The emphasis in that project is on the civic performance of the body’s energy as a social regulating mechanism directed at the inefficiency of capital accumulation in articulating ecological desires,” Alejandro explains. “In harnessing the energy derived from moving bodies, and blind dancing bodies to be exact in this example, the Dominican cultural body in performance is invited to enact civic ecological preoccupations that link cultural production with economic development.”

Like “No Eggshells,” Alejandro will investigate the productive uses of human energy and animality to generate eco-aesthetic wealth in the political economy of ‘softness.’ He hopes “Thunderous Light” will stimulate inter-disciplinary study and discussions about the conversion of bodily energy into ecologically useful technology. He also hopes the work will highlight connections between dance studies, architecture, and regional planning in the Caribbean and worldwide.

“This work has evolved into an ethnographic and historical investigation into the ecology of modernity as both a symbolic activity and a cultural practice, through the lenses of dance,” he explains.

In addition to kicking off this year-long performance project that has been in the making for five years, in the Dominican Republic, Alejandro and two student research assistants, Brittany Delany ’09 and Antonia Craige ’09, will conduct archival research on two prominent Dominican dance anthropologists at the National Archives in the Caribbean. The students also will conduct site-specific research on the cultural performance of Caribbean ecologism and traditions.

“I can think of no other professor/scholar/artist/performer/writer/ethnographer/creative force who makes our campus move as well other than Pedro,” says Delany. “He actively practices an enthusiasm for life, people, animals, art, nature. He’s down-to-earth, radical, funny, and real, and his ability to articulate tough concepts and intersecting components calls for the sophisticated student body Wesleyan encourages.”

Through the continuation of this research, Alejandro hopes to develop a environmental performance course titled “Caribbean Performance and Ecologism,” where students and faculty of various disciplines would participate in research and study of Caribbean cultural practices and ecologism.

“By combining environmental studies, economics, dance, music, history, and language studies, students would be immersed in cultural communities and agencies that enhance the deep understanding of Caribbean consciousness and ecologically sustainable cultural production,” he explains.

By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor

Professor of History Emeritus Jeffrey Butler Dies at 85

Jeffrey Butler, professor of history emeritus, died on April 22 in Middletown. He was 85 years old.

Professor Butler was born and raised in Cradock, South Africa. He saw active duty in World War II and was wounded outside of Florence in 1944 resulting in the loss of his left arm. After the War, Professor Butler completed doctoral studies at Oxford University and came to the United States in the late 1950s.

Professor Butler joined the Wesleyan faculty in 1965 and served with distinction until his retirement in 1991. He was twice chair of the History Department and was a key member of the College of Social Studies. In 1977, Butler was a founder and subsequently a director of the Yale-Wesleyan Southern African Research Program.

“South African studies was a highly charged field in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly for a white South African. Yet Jeff’s wisdom, generosity, and ready wit endeared him to all who knew him, regardless of race, ethnicity, or political persuasion,” says colleague and Professor of History Richard Elphick. “In my thirty-six years at Wesleyan I have known few figures more deeply respected and loved by students, colleagues, and professional acquaintances than Jeff Butler.”

Professor Butler’s first book, The Liberal Party and the Jameson Raid (Oxford 1968) was lauded as a model of thorough scholarship. He also collaborated with Elphick and David Welsh on South African Liberalism: Its History and Prospect, published by Wesleyan University Press in 1987, and wrote many articles and scholarly papers.

Professor Butler continued his scholarship well into retirement, devoting more than a decade to writing a major history on his home town of Cradock. This work addresses matters rarely discussed in historiographies of South Africa, including public health and environmental issues, all in the context of addressing deepening racial segregation and, ultimately, apartheid. Although Professor Butler suffered a stroke in 2001 and was unable to complete this project, it is now being readied for publication by his friends and colleagues.

Professor Butler is survived by Valerie, his wife of 60 years, and three children: Katherine “Katy,” Peter and Jonathan.
Donations in Professor Professor Butler’s memory may be made to Wesleyan University for the Professor Butler Prize in History. The family requests that they receive no phone calls at this time, but welcomes written correspondence sent to the Butler home at 296 Pine Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

Art, Antiques Up for Bid at Davison Art Center Auction, Picnic

At left, Deborah Sierpinski, administrative assistant in classical studies, medieval studies and archaeology, donates a quilt she made to Roslyn Carrier-Brault, co-chair of the Friends of the Davison Art Center Picnic and Auction 2008 and administrative assistant in chemistry. The quilt is one of several art and antique items up for bid at the auction-picnic, to be held May 17 at Wesleyan.
Posted 05/01/08
Artist Samuel M. Green’s oil painting of a breezy shore is a masterwork, and its next home could be yours.

The painting by the accomplished artist and professor emeritus of art at Wesleyan is up for bid at the Friends of the Davison Art Center’s (FDAC) Picnic and Auction 2008 on May 17.

Green’s work, pictured at right, is one of the many stunning offerings donated for the auction to benefit the art center’s collection. Other items include a gelatin silver print by photographer and Wesleyan alumnus Philip Trager ‘56, a contemporary etching by Richard Artschwager, a 19th-century wool-on-cotton warp and weft rug, an immigrant chest with wrought-iron strapping, a 16th-century map of New Spain, an ornate Chinese export platter and dozens more.

“The picnic and auction event is a wonderful way for the Friends of the Davison Art Center to bring together the Wesleyan and local communities for a fun-filled get-together,” says administrative assistant Roslyn Carrier-Brault, co-chair of the FDAC Picnic and Auction 2008 committee. “Auction participants will have opportunities to discuss, look and bid on an impressive variety of fine art, antiques, and so much more, while benefiting the Davison collection.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the collection of the Davison Art Center, one of the finest university collections of graphic art in the United States.

Festivities will begin with a picnic and silent auction between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic and dine informally on the lawn or formally at tables set up around the picturesque Alsop House grounds, flower gardens and fountain.

During this time, cataloged items for the main auction will be on display inside the front rooms of the Davison Art Center Alsop House, which ProfessorGreen helped restore. Offerings include fine works of art, antiques and decorative items, such as a walnut, fall-front antique desk; four caricature prints published between 1868 and 1914 in British weekly Vanity Fair; a 1798-dated Russian coin from the reign of Catherine II “The Great;” and an early 20th-century oriental carpet with aniline dyes.

Uncatalogued items, such as an antiqued silver gravy boat and candy dish, crystal goblets, a turquoise-beaded necklace, ceramic pitchers, a Singer sewing machine and decorative vases, will be sold in a silent auction ongoing throughout the event.

“This is an entertaining, competitive sale of many desirable items in all price ranges,” says Jennifer Curran, assistant director of admission and outreach for the Graduate Liberal Studies Program and event co-chair.

The main auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. David Redden ‘70, vice chairman of international auction house Sotheby’s, Inc., will open the bidding.

Space is limited and advanced reservations are encouraged. Reservations are $50 for FDAC members, $65 for non-members, $100 for patrons and $250 for benefactors. Only cash and checks will be accepted for admission and auction items. Dessert and coffee will be served.

The Davison Art Center and Alsop House are located on campus, at 301 High Street in Middletown.

The FDAC consists of Wesleyan faculty, staff, alumni, students, area residents and other friends of the arts devoted to the growth and public enjoyment of the DAC collection.

For additional information or to make a reservation, call 860-685-2572, or visit

By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor

$1.4M HHMI Grant Will Benefit the Sciences at Wesleyan

Posted 05/01/08
Wesleyan is the recipient of a new $1.4 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The four-year grant will help Wesleyan fund and enhance its undergraduate science education.

The Wesleyan Hughes Program, directed by Professor of Biology Michael Weir, will support curricular development, student and faculty research, and outreach to local middle and high schools. Support of undergraduate summer research and introductory courses in the life sciences will be major components of the program.

“We wish to incorporate into our curriculum new ways of thinking from neighboring disciplines such as mathematics and computer science to add to and complement our current conceptual frameworks in the life sciences. Systems biology is a field of growing importance in the life sciences and one of our goals is to nurture quantitative and systems analytical approaches in our curriculum and research,” Weir says.

The Wesleyan Hughes Program also plans to continue and expand its exploration of bridges between dance choreography and scientific thinking both in the university curriculum and in outreach to middle and high schools as a way to inspire pre-college interest in science.

HHMI invited 224 colleges with a track record of preparing undergraduate students for research careers to submit proposals. The 2008 grant winners were selected through a stringent review process by distinguished scientists and educators that narrowed the 192 applicants down to 48 winners. A total of $60 million will be divided among the 48 undergraduate institutions. Wesleyan has received continuous funding from HHMI to support undergraduate education since 1988.

“This diverse pool of grant recipients and large number of first-time awardees shows that HHMI is committed to fund new ideas and new ways of approaching science education,” said Peter J. Bruns, HHMI’s vice president for grants and special programs. “We want to help create successful models for teaching science that can spread throughout the higher education community.”

HHMI is the nation’s largest private supporter of science education. It has invested more than $1.2 billion in grants to reinvigorate life science education at both research universities and liberal arts colleges and to engage the nation’s leading scientists in teaching.

One of the world’s largest philanthropies, HHMI is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields. HHMI has an endowment of approximately $18.7 billion. Its headquarters are located in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

By Corrina Kerr, associate director of media relations