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Wesleyan is No. 1 (and Top 10 in other Third-Party Rankings)


Posted 09/15/06
Each year, the Office of University Communications collects objective and comparative measures of Wesleyan’s strengths from data compiled by outside sources. Following is a brief list of recent findings:

No. 1 in National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding among Liberal Arts Peers
This is an objective ranking based on available NSF funding data. Between 2001 and 2003 Wesleyan received $14.49 million in NSF funding (this reflects the most recent data available – Wesleyan was also No. 1 in the previous survey that ran up to 2001). Next closest was Mt. Holyoke at $5.31 million. Carleton was 3rd, Barnard 4th and Wellesley 5th.

No. 1 in Science and Math Publications Among Liberal Arts Peers
Also objective and a very significant ranking within the scientific community, this data set runs between 1994-2004 and shows that Wesleyan had a little less than 1,061 scientific publications during this period. Williams was No. 2 with just over 508 publications. Rounding out the top five were Wellesley No. 3, Swarthmore No. 4, Amherst No. 5.

No. 10 in the 2006 U. S. News & World Report Rankings of Liberal Arts Institutions
This is probably the best-known national ranking list.

Wesleyan also ranked within U.S. News:
     No. 6 in Peer Assessment
     This number reflects Wesleyan’s over-all academic reputation and perception of excellence among peer institutions.

     No. 7 in Economic Diversity
     This ranking was determined by the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants within U.S. News’ top 25 ranked schools. While not a perfect gauge of economic diversity, “Pell figures are the best available gauge of how many low income undergrads there are on a given campus,” according to the editors.

No. 3 among All National Universities & Colleges by Washington Monthly
This magazine ranks schools by “not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country…Are our colleges making good use of our tax dollars? Are they producing graduates who can keep our nation competitive in a changing world?” The full rankings and methodology can be seen at: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2006/0609.collegechart.html

No. 8 Wesleyan Athletics Power Ranking among Div. III Schools by NCSA
The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) recently gave Wesleyan a power ranking of 8 nationally among Division III schools. According to NCSA, the rankings were developed to encourage student-athletes and parents to take a comprehensive approach to choosing a school based on its overall merits. Colleges and universities are given a ranking based on academics, athletics, and student-athlete graduation rates. Last year Wesleyan was ranked 13th in this survey. The full rankings can be seen at http://www.ncsapowerrankings.org/ under 2006 Rankings, then clicking Division III.

No. 10 of Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for African Americans as Ranked by Black Enterprise magazine.
1. Florida A&M; 2. Howard University in Washington, DC; 3, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.; 4, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; 5, Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.; 6, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.; 7, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.;
8, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; 9, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn.;
10, Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan is a Top 30 Private School according to Reform Judaism magazine’s “Insider’s Guide to Jewish Campus Life”
“Created for high school and college students, the guide’s centerfold documents colleges by Jewish population – the top 30 private and top 30 public North American school Jews choose. It also includes expert information on getting into top universities, why it is important to choose a Jewish-friendly school, finding Jewish-related scholarships and loans, and making the best of the college experience.” The full list can be seen at www.reformjudaismmag.org.
 

List compiled by David Pesci, director of Media Relations and the Office of University Communications staff

Wesleyan, Connecticut Science Center Forge Partnership to Promote Interest in the Sciences


Science teachers in Connecticut teachers take classes at Wesleyan through the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science Program (PIMMS). PIMMS is teaming up with the Connecticut Science Center to provide science and math education techniques to K-12 teachers.
Posted 09/15/06
A new partnership between Wesleyan University and The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford will be designed to engage more students across the state to the sciences than ever before.

Specifically, The Connecticut Science Center will be partnering with Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Sciences (PIMMS). Together they will train Connecticut middle school science teachers how best to teach the sciences to students in grades K-12.

“We are very excited about the new Science Center,” says Joseph Bruno, vice president for academic affairs and provost at Wesleyan.

“Coming at a time when we are actively promoting the excellence of Wesleyan science, we view the partnership as an opportunity to contribute to this exciting project and to inform others about our science programs. The contributions of our faculty and students at the Center would also be entirely consistent with Wesleyan’s strong commitment to service in the community,” he says.

Both PIMMS and The Connecticut Science Center have a mission to foster public interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The new partnership will offer teachers graduate level credit through Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program (GLSP) for those who enroll in the Science Center’s Institute for Inquiry. The Science Center’s Institute for Inquiry is a professional development program for Connecticut teachers of science. It’s available to all teachers in grades K-12 who have an interest in teaching the sciences. Teachers must enroll, and be accepted to the program where they research and develop a unit of study pertaining to science.

This summer, the Institute accepted 150 Connecticut area teachers-an enrollment spike from 125 teachers last year. The program runs for six weeks starting each July and each week-long session trains approximately 30-40 teachers.

Christine Moses, director of Program Outreach for the Connecticut Science Center, says that the Center has always thought of Wesleyan’s PIMMS as a leader in the state for the development of teachers in the sciences.

“This mutually beneficial partnership will teach teachers how to take their students through the inquiry process,” she says. “When you engage students first in the sciences, instead of lecturing, they retain the information better.”

Moses anticipates that next summer, even more teachers will apply to the Institute for Inquiry for credit through Wesleyan University, to prepare for the new state science cumulative testing requirements for grades 5 and 8 beginning in 2008.

The new partnership between PIMMS and The Connecticut Science Center also involves Wesleyan University faculty, who will help the Center write curricula for their science labs.

“Wesleyan’s science and mathematics faculty have always shown a keen interest in working with teachers and students in Connecticut’s schools,” says Mike Zebarth, director of Wesleyan’s PIMMS.

“This partnership will provide additional opportunities for the Wesleyan faculty to be involved with one of the State’s key educational resources in science and math. Faculty members may serve in advisory capacities, present public seminars and work with PIMMS on the Center’s Inquiry Institute. There will also be opportunities for Wesleyan’s graduate and undergraduate students to be involved directly with the Center in the role of exhibit tour guides,” he says.

Robert Rosenbaum, University Mathematics Professor at Wesleyan University, established the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science at Wesleyan in 1979. Annually, 1500 teachers attend one or more of PIMMS 50 high-quality professional development programs. For more information, contact Mike Zebarth at 860-685-6456 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/pimms/ or www.ctsciencecenter.org.
 

By Laura Perillo, associate director of Media Relations

Presidential Search Committee Forming


Posted 09/15/06
On May 4, 2006, Doug Bennet ’59, P’87, P’94, Wesleyan’s 15th president, announced his decision that the 2006-07 academic year will be the 12th and final year of his presidency. The Wesleyan Board of Trustees is in the process of convening an 18-person search committee composed of alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and students to undertake a comprehensive search to identify and successfully recruit Bennet’s successor.

The alumni and trustee members of the search committee are Kofi Appenteng ’81 and chair, Stephen Daniel ’82, Jim Dresser ’63, Joe Fins ’82, Ellen Jewett ’81, Michael McPherson P’98, Megan Norris ’83, Ted Shaw ’76, Shonni Silverberg ’76, and John Usdan ’80. Peter Patton, vice president and secretary, will also serve as a member of the search committee.

In keeping with the process used in the search that resulted in Doug Bennet’s selection by the Board in 1995, the faculty will select five members and the student body will select two members to join the search committee.

Several other leading colleges and universities will be conducting presidential searches this year, so to ensure that Wesleyan has its first choice among search consultants, several trustees, staff, faculty and students initiated a competitive process to select a search firm in July.

Consultants Jennifer Bol and Michele Haertel from Spencer Stuart will work as search consultants to Wesleyan. They bring a combination of extensive experience in higher education plus world-wide experience in other markets.

“Many thanks to the faculty, student and trustee leadership for enabling the search consultant selection process to proceed so smoothly,” Appenteng says. “We look forward to working with as many of you as possible as we take this important next step in Wesleyan’s future.”

Appenteng says it is critical to have staff on campus to support the search process. Peter Patton, vice president and secretary of the university, professor of earth and environmental sciences, has agreed to serve as executive secretary to the search committee. Patton will be joined by Joan Adams, formerly the assistant to the dean of admission and financial aid, who will serve as special assistant to the Presidential Search Committee.

Current committee members have established a Web site to collect confidential nominations and feedback from the community at http://www.wesleyan.edu/presidentialsearch.

Anyone may make suggestions, comments or nominations to the search committee.

Once the search committee membership is complete, the full search committee will begin a more formal outreach process with the Wesleyan Community and review the submissions.

Definitive Strength and Conditioning Moves Online


Drew Black, wrestling coach and strength and conditioning coach, explains how to use a medicine ball for strength training via video on a new Strength and Conditioning Web Site.
Posted 09/15/06

With moves like the spider lunge, chest fly, sumo squat, wood chop, push jerk and the inch worm, strength and conditioning lessons have never been so easy – and entertaining.

 

Through a series of online videos and written training plans, Drew Black, Wesleyan wrestling coach and strength and conditioning coach, shows how to properly execute 241 movements in the weight room. Some can be applied in the workplace or at home, as well.

 

The new Strength and Conditioning Web Site, launched Sept. 7, can be seen online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/athletics/strength/. All high-quality video clip demonstrations were filmed in the Freeman Athletic Center’s Andersen Fitness Center.

 

“This new site is for the entire Wesleyan community,” Black says. “Our fitness center is one of the most used facilities on campus and I want everyone to have a tool and resource they can turn to for information on how to reach their strength and fitness goals whether you are a varsity athlete, a recreational athlete, a lifetime fitness enthusiast, or someone who is recovering from an injury.”

 

In addition to the video clips, the site highlights six performance principles including sport specific training, multiple joint movements, multiple plane movements, ground-based movements, nutrition, rest and recovery, and periodization, a scientific, systematic training model used to continuously make gains in training.

 

It offers training notes on speed and agility, general strength programs, warming up, core training. Site visitors can download and print log forms to chart and record training sessions.

 

Black suggests a number of general strength training programs, categorized into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of strength training. Users can view a three-day program, weight training for total body, interval training ideas and a bodyweight strength program.

 

“These programs are set up into two different formats where you may choose how you would like to train during the week,” Black explains. “You may like to train your total body each time you lift or you may choose to train only certain movements such as upper body pushing movements, lower body only, and upper body pulling movements. Both methods are effective for increasing strength. It’s important to choose a plan that works best for you.”

 

Student athletes can use the site to enhance their individual’s athletic potential on the field, mat, ice, court and water. Since strength training is a major supplement to the athlete’s specific sport, the athletes always have access to the video-coach as they train.

 

Black says the site also will attract top prospective student-athletes to Wesleyan.

 

“There are not many sites around the country that offer this information,” Black explains. “It shows that we love what we do and at Wesleyan we strive for excellence.”

 

The site was designed by Ryan Lee, Web designer; coordinated by Jen Carlstrom, director of New Media Services; and categorized by Mary Glynn, application technology specialist. Michael Leone, son of Pat Leone, World Wide Web administrator, filmed and edited the digital videos.

 

Black, who initiated the idea for a video-coach Web site, says strength and conditioning are the two best supplements a person can add into his or her daily regimen.

 

“In order to run faster, jump higher, and be able to play longer, you must strength train, cross train, and condition your body,” Black explains. “Many of our fitness center users also have goals in terms of losing weight, become more flexible, get stronger, and put on some muscle. All of these goals will be realized and attained by following a strength program. Quality of life and quality experience in your sport are directly related to following a consistent strength and conditioning program.”
 

By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor

David Titus, Professor Emeritus of Government, Dies


Posted 09/15/06

David Titus, Professor Emeritus of Government, died on June 13, 2006.

Professor Titus taught at Wesleyan from 1966 until his retirement in 2004, serving as chair of the Government Department, the College of Social Studies and the East Asian Studies Program. He played a crucial role in establishing East Asian Studies at Wesleyan; he served as Resident Director of the Kyoto Program three times, and was a member and frequent chair of its Executive Board. His masterwork was his Palace and Politics in Prewar Japan, which established his reputation as a leading scholar of Japanese politics; it was translated into Japanese in 1979.

Professor Titus as an avid birdwatcher, and a vital participant in the Mattabesset chapter of the Audubon Society, which he also served as president. Until his recent stroke, he loved to play the violin, enlivening numerous campus occasions over the years.

He is survived by two sons, Brian and Jeffrey, a daughter in law, Rie, and two grandchildren, Sion and Neo. A memorial service will be scheduled in the fall.

 

Memorial donations may be sent to the Mattabeseck Audubon Society, c/o Alison Guinness, DeKoven House, 27 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457.

Desktop Support Specialist Learned Programming on IBM Mainframe


Harriett Epstein, desktop support specialist, troubleshoots problems Wesleyan employees may encounter with their computers.
 
Posted 09/15/06
Q: When did you come to Wesleyan and for what department?

A: I came to Wesleyan in July 1998 as a desktop configuration specialist for the PeopleSoft Team in Information Technology Services.

Q: Explain what a desktop support specialist does.

A: It is the responsibility of a desktop support specialist to perform trouble-shooting and remediation of software and hardware problems on computers and peripherals and install and configure new desktop computers and peripherals. We also provide support/coordination for special projects requiring technical expertise within supported departments and ITS.

Q: Who are the other members of the desktop support team? How many student-workers does the office employ?

A: Phil Dean, John Hammond, Sean Gomez, Shawn Hill, Todd Houle, and Ben Jackson. Each desktop support person has access to one or more student workers. ITS employs students in many capacities including the helpdesk, the store, classroom and lab support and more.

Q: What led you to be a desktop support specialist?

A: Desktop support is my second career. For 20 years I was an analysis/portfolio manager/trader for the Travelers Investment Management Co. (TIMCO). Our group at TIMCO had the first PC on the market, an Apple, and then the first IBM PC. There was no such thing as desktop support and I learned applications and operating systems from documentation, vendors and books. Desktop support was a natural second career given my background with computers. Previous to being at Wesleyan I was a desktop support specialist with a specialty insurance company.

Q: What is your background with computers? Are you self-taught or is this something you learned in college?

A: I started programming in college on an IBM 1620 mainframe that was as big as the office I share with Ben Jackson and Sean Gomez and as powerful as a calculator. When I went to college in the 60s, personal computers had not yet been invented. I taught as a graduate assistant the only undergraduate computer course offered at the University of Connecticut and used the mainframe in my graduate work. At TIMCO I did lots of programming on the mainframe in FORTRAN, FOCUS and BASIC. Then when PCs were invented I started using PC-based applications such as LOTUS 123 and Turbo BASIC. I have taken several programming and application courses and one PC hardware course but I am mostly self-taught. I enjoy learning by solving challenging problems.

Q: What are your degrees in?

A: I got my bachelor of arts in math education from the University of Connecticut School of Education in 1969, and a master of science in statistics also from UConn in 1971.

Q: What are typical concerns Wesleyan employees have with their computers?

A: E-mail, MS Office Suite, printing and home computing top the list of employee concerns. Recently, spyware/malware/adware has been one of the biggest challenges that concern us all at Wesleyan. By clicking on what seems to be an innocuous Web link, one can install programs that run in the background. These programs will spawn many processes that will use system resources and render the computer non-functional.

Q: Are the issues you deal with pretty standard or is every visit a new challenge?

A: Most printers, laptop and peripherals purchased through the Wesleyan Computer Shop have been tested in the Wesleyan environment and are pretty standard. Printers and computers purchased outside of Wesleyan may have incompatibilities with our systems. Non-standard computers, laptops or desktops, are very time consuming to work with since we may not have ready access to standard images and device drivers. The biggest challenge is the hand-held device including smart phones. These devices come in so many different models with rapidly changing technology. We often haven’t seen a particular device when asked to install and configure to work with Wesleyan systems. We have found that some do not provide the functionality people want or expect within the Wesleyan environment.

Q: Can you think of an example of a computer issue that really stumped you, but later you were able to overcome it?

A: Many times I can’t solve a problem without doing some research. One recent issue was setting up the Blackberries to download Wesleyan email. The first Blackberry was easy but the second was not. I found that during the first installation some information was stored on the Blackberry server that was suppose to make subsequent installations easier. I knew what information needed to change but I had to work my way through the Blackberry customer support tiers to find a person that understood the issue and could tell me how to solve it.

Q: How many “customers” do you see on an average day? How do you prioritize your work load?

A: On average, probably six or more in person and more on the phone or by email. I try to schedule part of my day with non-urgent requests, such as newer equipment to those who have older working equipment. My first priority is to work with those who can’t perform their job functions and remedy the situation as quickly as possible.

Q: Do you perform regular equipment maintenance on all machines or do most people just call in when there is a problem?

A: Some maintenance is done automatically. For example, Microsoft updates and security patches are pushed to faculty and staff computers from a central server. The same is true of updates to Norton Antivirus. We do not have a regular maintenance program but I check on the health of a computer when ever I visit one. Most problems are not maintenance problems and people call, email or submit issue to my queue.

Q: If a new employee is starting at Wesleyan and needs a new computer, what is the process to get that employee a machine and all of his or her software and network connections?

A: The purchase of a new computer rather than a used must be approved and a budget number provided. I will work with the user department to determine if the customer needs a laptop or a desktop and order the equipment through the store. The store provides me with the computer complete with standard image which will already have most commonly used Wesleyan software, such as, the MS Office Suite, Eudora and MeetingMaker. When a new employee is entered into the Human Resources system, a process is initiated that includes ITS operations setting up accounts for standard Wesleyan systems. I will then customize the computer by naming it, adding it to the Wesleyan domain, adding user accounts, adding the computer to inventory, setting up our back-up system, configuring email and MeetingMaker and installing and configuring any additional software or hardware. I then setup the computer on the customer’s desk and try to meet with them on their first day on the job.

Q: What are the most positive aspects about your job?

A: I enjoy working with all the different staff and students and seeing them succeed. The ITS team is great and have a great relationship with my office mates Ben and Sean. We often get return visits from ITS student alums who have gone on to successful careers.

Q: Do you personally use a PC or Mac?

A: I have always used a PC at home. Some of the applications I use, such as Microsoft Access, are not supported by a Mac.

Q: What are your hobbies and interests?

A: I’m an outside person. I have a rowing shell housed in the Jaycees Community Boathouse in Hartford and I’m a coxswain for the Hartford Barge Club rowing out of the same boathouse. Rowing fills my mornings from 6 to 7 a.m. After work and on weekends I try to cycle four or five days a week on group rides with various cycling groups. My real passion is alpine skiing and I’ve skied all over the United States, Canada and Europe. I’m hoping for early snow in the mountains.

Q: Where did you meet your partner, Jeff?

A: People get a kick out of finding out that Jeff and I grew up four houses apart on the same street and went to the same schools. He is a competitive rower, strong cyclist and fearless skier.
 

By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor

Director of Employee Benefits Says Good Benefits Attract, Keep Staff at Wesleyan


Pat Melley, director of Employee Benefits, is preparing for Open Enrollment for 2007 in November. She hopes to meet several Wesleyan employees during this time.
 
Posted 09/15/06
Being Wesleyan’s director of Employee Benefits is a huge benefit on its own.

 

Pat Melley, who was hired into this role in August, says she enjoys this opportunity to problem solve, mentor and collaborate.

 

“I think of Wesleyan employees as my customers, and I strive to serve them the best that I can,” Melley says from the Office of Human Resources. “I love the challenge of answering questions from faculty and staff, listening to their suggestions, strategizing and resolving benefits issues.”

 

Melley oversees all aspects of the benefits function. She helps new faculty and staff members enroll in their benefits, which may include medical and dental insurance, life insurance, retirement savings plan, flexible spending accounts and disability insurance, among others. Wesleyan employees also receive educational assistance, retiree benefits, and relocation and housing benefits.

 

“The benefits at Wesleyan really are fabulous, and that helps attract the best faculty and staff, and keeps them here,” she says.

 

Judy Buden, assistant director of Employee Benefits, is helping Melley with her new position and the academic environment. They make up the Employee Benefits Office.
 

Melley, who holds a bachelor’s of arts in English from Fairfield University, brought a strong benefits background to Wesleyan, having worked both in employer and vendor settings. She is a Chartered Life Underwriter, and most recently worked for a company in Bloomfield, Conn., where she directed the Human Resources department including all employee benefits programs. There, she helped the start-up company grow from nine employees to 300 people.

 

“I really enjoyed the entrepreneurial aspect of that job, but I get that sense from Wesleyan also,” she says. “It’s a nice change from the corporate world. Here, at Wesleyan, we seem to have free reign in creativity and when a question arises, we can act upon it.”

 

In November, the Benefits Office will begin Open Enrollment for 2007, a period in which employees can opt for changes in their insurance and retirement plans. She wants to take advantage of this time period to meet several employees face to face.

 

“It is very helpful for me to gain an understanding of our employee population so that I can do a better job providing benefits,” Melley says.

 

When she’s not meeting with Wesleyan employees, she’s meeting with insurance company representatives to negotiate prices, benefits plan designs and customer service metrics. She researches peer institutions to make sure Wesleyan’s benefits are comparable.

 

This year, Melley hopes to improve customer service in the office, maintaining an open-door policy and placing a heavy emphasis on promoting wellness and fitness. When employees are healthy, the price of health care can more readily be controlled, she explains. Melley also hopes to update and design a user-friendly Benefits Web site, which will help answer common questions Wesleyan employees may have.

 

She’s hoping to stress inter-office communication and hold additional workshops to make sure all employees know what benefits they are entitled to have.

 

The Yonkers, N.Y. native lives in Windsor with her husband, Jay, and has two daughters Micaela, 20, and Claire, 16. In her spare time she enjoys early morning runs, going to the gym, cooking and downhill skiing.
 

By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor

Economics Department Welcomes New Assistant Professor


Cameron Shelton, assistant professor of economics, is an expert on public economics, political economy and macroeconomics. His office is based in the Public Affairs Center.
 
Posted 09/15/06
Cameron Shelton has joined the Economics Department as an assistant professor.

Shelton’s research is based on the political economy of fiscal policy.

“By using panel datasets that cover multiple years and countries, I investigate how a country’s political institutions, economic institutions, and demographic factors combine to affect patterns of public expenditure and, ultimately, macroeconomic performance,” Shelton explains.

Shelton has written three papers based on tests of theories, which are under review for publication. Topics include political business cycles, supply and demand of public goods, and variation in government spending patterns. He will present his work at a conference this month in Ireland.

As a result of his studies, Shelton has learned that:

  • The explosive growth in government spending in rich countries since 1970 is due almost entirely to increased social security expenditures as populations age.
     
  • Countries with more ethnically diverse populations tend to spend less at the federal level and more at the local level so as to accommodate heterogeneous preferences. The same is true of more populous countries. The effect is particularly strong in education and healthcare– goods where people are likely to have differing conceptions of proper policy.
     
  • Countries with a more unequal distribution of income tend to spend more on redistribution, as do countries with better political rights and broader political representation.
     
  • Recently, he has found evidence suggesting that US fiscal policy systematically favors “important” voters: those voters that parties target for mobilization or conversion.
  • The former Jaedicke Scholar received his Ph.D in political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Afterwards, he spent one year teaching courses on game theory, economic growth and political institutions at the Stanford International Policy Studies Program.

    He came to Wesleyan in July seeking an environment with a balance between teaching and research and the opportunity to work with bright and eager-to-learn students.

    “Wesleyan rewards faculty both for teaching and advising undergraduates and for doing top quality research,” Shelton says. “Students and colleagues expect that both will be done in a diligent, competent, and inspired manner. The university and Economics Department seem to provide the resources to enable dedicated pursuit of all aspects of academia. And the students are, by all accounts, outstanding.”

    This fall, Shelton is teaching Macroeconomic Analysis and Introduction to Game Theory. In the spring he will teach a course on public economics and fiscal policy.

    Shelton grew up in Davis, Calif., with academia in his blood. His father, Robert, is a former professor of physics and is now the president of the University of Arizona. His mother, Adrian, is and has been a senior business/legal analyst for several universities. His brother, Christian, is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Riverside; and his sister, Stephanie, is a medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Shelton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, with degrees in both physics and economics. As an undergrad, he worked in several labs both at the University of California-Davis and Stanford on a variety of research projects in solid state physics. Despite his love for the explanatory power of physics, Shelton came to appreciate economics more than physics, and pursued his graduate studies in economics.

    Shelton resides in Middletown. He enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and tennis, and going running, cycling, social dancing and inline skating.
     

    By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor

    Libraries and the Constitution After 9/11 Topic of Constitution Day


    Posted 09/15/06
    Wesleyan celebrated the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day.

    According to Federal law, Wesleyan and other federally-funded institutions are required to offer programs commemorating the Constitution.

    “We want to take something that is required by law, and turn it into something meaningful for the Wesleyan community,” says the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian Barbara Jones.

    Jones, whose primary professional interests include intellectual freedom, presented a talk titled “Libraries and the Constitution After 9/11” in recognition of Constitution Day 2006 Sept. 19 in the Smith Reading Room in Olin Library. R

    Jones has served one term as chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and two terms as a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She was the first chair of the American College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Intellectual Freedom Committee. Jones has spoken to library, general academic, legislative and community groups about the First Amendment in libraries of all types, and has just returned from a lecture tour in Japan.

    Olin Library will celebrate its centennial as a depository library with an event during Homecoming, including an exhibit in the library on the Constitution.

    Constitution Day, Inc., a non-partisan non-profit organization, coordinates an annual national simultaneous recitation of the Preamble across all of America. All 50 states participate in a roll call in the order they ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union.

    This year, General Colin Powell led a nationwide annual recitation of the preamble. The recitation was dedicated to and honored the United States military.
     

    By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor

    Faculty, Students offer Reflections at Sept. 11 Memorial


    Ron Jenkins, professor of theater, reads a Sanskrit prayer during a Sept. 11 Memorial Service in the Memorial Chapel while Jason Harris ’09, left, listens.
    Posted 09/15/06
    On Sept. 11, 2001, Marc Arena ’07 was in class when his high school principal announced over the P.A. that the World Trade Center towers were struck by two planes. He and his classmates at Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, N.Y. gathered around a radio, listening in awe.

    With an ear on the broadcast, and a pencil at hand, Arena wrote a poem.

    “Bodies leaping from 61 floors. Like roaches in the light. The people flee from the dark cloud. The shrapnel rain. Suffocating smog and fumes. Complete darkness even in daylight,” Arena wrote.

    Five years later, Arena presented this poem during a “9-11 Memorial” Sept. 11, 2006 in the Memorial Chapel. He was one of six speakers who offered a reflection or poem during the 45-minute service, attended by Wesleyan students, faculty and staff.

    Jewish Rabbi David Leipziger Teva organized the service, noting that 1,825 days have passed since the terrorist attacks; 3,500 Wesleyan undergraduates have received degrees; and a baby born on Sept. 11, 2001 could be attending kindergarten this year.

    Leipziger Teva read off 24 names of Wesleyan alumni and friends who perished in the attacks, starting with Maile Hale ’97 and Andy Kates ’85.

    “Let us reflect on all those who were killed five years ago today,” he said. “They were our fathers, our wives and our children. They were alumni – students who walked the halls we walk today. They were friends and loved ones of our beloved Wesleyan community.”

    Like Arena, Ethan Kleinberg, associate professor of history, associate professor of letters, shared his memories of Sept. 11, 2001 with the audience, mentioning that his first day teaching classes at Wesleyan was at 10:30 a.m. that morning. Not knowing what to do, he asked the students to speak. Several wanted to explore the reasons of what led to the attacks.

    Kleinberg followed his story with summarized points adapted from French philosopher Georges Sorel’s “Reflections on Violence.”

    By reading a Sanskrit prayer excerpt, Ron Jenkins, professor of theater, mimicked how victims of terrorist bombings in Bali prayed during a ceremony at Ground Zero.

    “I chose to read and discuss this ceremony because I believe it is important to understand 9/11 in an international perspective, and to reflect on cultures like Balinese Hindus,” Jenkins said. “They live in the world’s largest Muslim country and chose to respond to terror with art instead of war.”

    Elizabeth Willis, assistant professor of English, said as a poet, she was struck by how poetry was being circulated on the internet post Sept. 11. She read 1969 Pulitzer Prize poet George Oppen’s “Power of the Enchanted World” and an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s poem, “Leaves of Grass.”

    Other speakers included Karl Scheibe, professor of psychology, emeritus, who read Robert Frost’s “Choose Something Like a Star,” and Jason Harris ’09 who shared a reflection titled “Is it Just a Myth?”

    In addition to the memorial, panelists spoke on the topic, “9/11 in Retrospect: in what ways, if any, has the world changed?” in the Public Affairs Center. Donald Moon, dean of the social sciences and John. E. Andrus Professor of Government served as moderator.

    Panelists included Peter Gottschalk, associate professor of religion; Bruce Masters, professor of history; Joel Pfister, professor of English and Len Burman,’75, director of the Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute and Brookings Institution.

    Bells rang at 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m., the times when planes struck the World Trade Center.

    By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor

     

     

     

     

    The following poem was written by Marc Arena ’07 (pictured above)  while listening to the radio during live broadcast coverage of Sept. 11, 2001.

    The day shattered by the pierce of the P.A.
    “The World Trade Center has been hit by a plane.”
    Think nothing of it I thought until it collapsed

    The World Trade Center fell
    The Pentagon hit
    Nation emergency

    Bush in the air
    Light hearts reeled in
    Fleeing along Broadway
    Cell phone calls frantically placed
    The inferno burned the towers like roman candles

    Reporters choking back fear
    To comfort and inform the people
    The thickness of the smoke
    Surpasses the tension in the air

    War seems only footsteps away
    My parents may have been called to aid the victims
    Please don’t let that be true

    Car bomb explosion
    How long has this been planned?

    “It is the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history”

    Children stranded at schools

    “New York City is on full terrorist alert.”

    Nation-wide breakdown

    “Breaking News”

    Family on Chambers St.
    Ashley in school, crying
    Fabienne at work, wondering
    Jon at work, worrying

    THE SECOND TOWER COLLAPSED!
    Reporters are desperately attempting to state their names
    Leave their recognition upon the world and their condolences to all
    What can’t be said at the time can be read

    Bodies leaping from 61 floors
    Like roaches in the light
    The people flee from the dark cloud

    The shrapnel rain
    Suffocating smog and fumes
    Complete darkness even in daylight

    Falling sands
    Human coal dowsed with water
    The state department possibly attacked
    Thanks god I’m not 18

    NYC is in shambles
    One hour of chaos
    The hum of work overshadowed
    by the moans of fatality

    Reports from the air suspended
    Everyone is a suspect
    The task was taken out successfully
    In the kamikaze tradition

    The globe paralyzed
    Gone!
    The entire nation’s honorary capital is relatively destroyed

    There might as well be war
    This is war
    Casualties are imminent

    Giant flame-throwers erupt from the towers
    Sirens blaring and muffling the sounds of panic

    Tragedy

    Half hour between collapses

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    “The word here is Oh My God.”

    People trapped inside
    10:31

    “Smoke tidal wave.”

    The skyline altered forever
    The sky lined by smoked
    The smoke lined by tears
    Of a nation

    Read another Sept. 11 poem, spoken during the recent Memorial Service, here.

    Fall Features Lecture Series on Slavery, Distinguished Presenters


    Posted 09/15/06
    The Center for African American Studies is hosting a fall lecture series titled “Revisiting Slavery.” The schedule includes:

    “Slavery and the United States Constitution”
    4:15 Sept. 27 in the CAAS lounge by Lawrence Goldstone. Goldstone holds a Ph.D in American constitutional studies. He is the author of Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits, and the Struggle for the U.S. Constitution.

    “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery”
    4:15 p.m. Oct. 19 in the CAAS lounge by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank.
    Farrow, Wesleyan alumnus Joel Lang and Frank are veteran journalists for The Hartford Courant. Farrow and Lang were the lead writers and Frank was the editor of a special slavery issue published in the newspaper’s Sunday magazine, which has since been expanded and published as the book, Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery.

    “Cultivating Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and Enterprise in Colonial New England”
    4:15 p.m. Nov. 8 in the CAAS lounge by Lois Brown.
    Brown, an associate professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, specializes in 19th-century African American fiction. She has won awards for her discovery and republication of a largely unknown 1835 biography of a freeborn African American child. She is currently working on a book about African American novelist Pauline Hopkins.

    “American Slavery: A Most Complete Story”
    4:15 p.m. Nov. 29 in the CAAS lounge by Gerald Foster.
    Foster is a scholar-in-residence at the United States National Slavery Museum, the first American museum dedicated to the history of slavery. The museum is currently under construction in Fredericksburg, Va.

    Other fall events include:

    “The Need to Question”
    8 p.m. Sept. 14 by choreographer Bill T. Jones. Jones is famous for creating powerful works that fearlessly explore sexuality, race, politics, family and mortality.

    “Another Evening”
    8 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 in the Center for the Arts Theater. A pre-show talk begins at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 15 in the CFA cinema.
    Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company will present an ever-evolving 90-minute collage interweaving new movement, excerpts from existing repertoire, original and traditional music, and text into a vibrant multimedia work.

    “A Discussion with Immortal Technique”
    4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the CAAS lounge.
    Hip-hop artist and political activist Immortal Technique addresses a wide variety of contemporary political issues in his music, including U.S. foreign policy, police brutality, political killings by the FBI and the CIA, media censorship, and economic inequality. Born in Peru, “Tech” came with his family to Harlem when he was a child. His albums include Revolutionary Vol. 1 (2001), Revolutionary Vol. 2 (2003), and The Middle Passage (2006), all released by the independent label, Viper Records.

    A Reading by Author Nathaniel Mackey
    8 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Russell House.
    Mackey’s works of poetry include Eroding Witness (1985), School of Udhra (1993), Whatsaid Serif (1998), and Splay Anthem (2006). He also is the author of two critical volumes and an ongoing prose work, of which three volumes have been published. Mackey’s work is keenly attentive to sound and to the role of writers as cultural workers. He is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, a DJ, and professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The event is co-sponsored by the Edward W. Snowdon Fund and the Wesleyan Writing Program.

    “Democracy and Captivity: Race and the Penal Landscape” by Joyce James
    8 p.m. Oct. 12 in the CFA Theater.
    James is a professor of African studies and political science at Williams College. Her work focuses on political and feminist theory, critical race theory, and incarceration. She is the author or editor of many publications including Resisting State Violence: Gender, Race, and Radicalism in U.S. Culture (1996), The Angela Y. Davis Reader (1998), States of Confinement: Policing, Detention and Prisons (2000, revised edition 2002), and Imprisoned Intellectuals: America’s Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion (2003). This talk was organized by WESPREP.

    “The War in Iraq” presented by Jonathan Cutler, associate professor of sociology and associate professor of American Studies
    Noon Oct. 23 in the CAAS lounge.
    The talk is part of the CAAS’s Pizza and Policy Lunch series. Lunch is provided.

    A Discussion of Stem Cell Research
    Lori Gruen, associate professor of philosophy and associate professor and chair of the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
    Noon Nov. 20 in the CAAS lounge.
    The talk is part of the CAAS’s Pizza and Policy Lunch series. Lunch is provided.

    Football Coach Begins Season with 40 Returnees, 19 Starters


     

     

     

     

     

    Frank Hauser, head football coach, has been preparing Wesleyan Cardinals for competition Sept. 23. Hauser, who graduated from Wesleyan in 1979, has been coaching at Wesleyan 20 years.

    Posted 09/15/06
    Q: Frank, the football season kicks off Sept. 23. Is it difficult to prepare the team for competition in such a short period?

    A: Practice began August 30 which gives us over three weeks to prepare for the opener against Middlebury College That is plenty of time.

    Q: The Cardinals had seven consecutive non-losing seasons from 1997 to 2003. What are your goals this year to get Wes back on a winning-streak?

    A: Two points of emphasis are improving the running game and limiting turnovers. Accomplishing those things is a good start toward getting us back on the winning track.

    Q: You’re leading a team that includes 40 lettermen and 19 returning starters. How does this raise your hopes for a winning season this year?

    A: We are returning some very good players from last year’s team. I expect improvement from all of our players, based on their hard work in the off-season.

    Q: Who are your top returnees?

    A: Defensively, we return Quincy Francis GLSP ’06 at linebacker, who earned a second-team all-NESCAC honor in 2005 with 61 total tackles, six behind team leader Tim O’Callaghan ’08, who also returns. We also have linebacker Ethan Pickett ’09; defensive backs Jeff McLaren GLSP 06, Joe Pepe ’07, Brian Valerio ’07, Steve Secundo ’07 and Kwasi Ansu ’09; defensive linemen John Harding ’09, Brian Smithson ’07, Brian Mahr ’07 and Tom Addonizio ’08.

    Q: Tell us about Wesleyan’s offense.

    A: Wesleyan’s offense boasts the total yardage leader in the NESCAC. Our quarterback Zach Librizzi ’08 averaged 195 yards a game in 2005 while also leading all starting quarterbacks in rushing yards with 204. He’ll be targeting Mark Noonan ’08, Matt Barnum GLSP ’06, Blake Curry ’07 and Ryan Walsh ’09. In the backfield, Wesleyan has its top two ball-carriers back in quad-captain Phil Banks ’07 and Garth Mitchell ’08. Banks also had 17 catches out of the backfield. Starting linemen returning are tri-captain Corey Baker ’07, Brett Valentine ’09 and Dan Glyck ’07. Also returning from injury last season is lineman Steve Cohen ’08.

    AJ Taucher ‘08, who averaged 37.2 yards a punt to rank fourth in the NESCAC, and placekicker Chris Helsel ’09 round out the returning starters.

    McLaren, who along with Librizzi were CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District I academic All-Americans as well as starting defensive midfielders on Wesleyan’s national semi-finalist men’s lacrosse team in 2006, handled the bulk of the team’s kick returns in 2005, averaging 6.3 yards on punts and 24.4 yard on kickoffs.

    Q: You’re a 1979 Wesleyan alumnus, and former linebacker and wrestler for the Cardinals. Since you know all about being a Wesleyan student-athlete, do your players ever ask for your advice on how to manage their academic life and sports?

    A: Players often ask advice about academic matters, particularly when they are freshmen and sophomores. Knowing the rigors of the academic programs at Wesleyan, I make certain to give them any help I can. The players know that academics come first at Wesleyan and we would have it no other way.

    Q: You’re entering your 14th year as head coach with a 57-47 career, and 20th year as a Wesleyan coach. What has kept you here all these years?

    A: I came back to Wesleyan in 1986 when Bill MacDermott, my former head coach at Wesleyan, hired me as the defensive coordinator. I was then appointed head football coach at Wesleyan in 1992. The thing that has kept me at Wesleyan for so long is the quality of the student-athletes. Our football players are very serious about both their academic work and their football. They work hard in the classroom and on the field and are a pleasure for me to work with.

    Q: Does it surprise you that a Division III school like Wesleyan can boast so many NFL ties?
    Former players include Bill Belichick ’75, head coach of the New England Patriots; Eric Mangini, ’91 head coach of the New York Jets; Jeff Wilner ’94, former Green Bay Packer and Denver Bronco; and Don Lowery ‘77, former vice president for player development and community affairs for the New England Patriots.

    A: It doesn’t surprise me because Wesleyan prepares its students to do anything they choose to do. We have former players working in medicine, law, business, education and a variety of other fields. It is not surprising that these Wesleyan alumni have risen to the top of their profession in football.

    Q: In addition to being the head coach, you are the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. Who are the team’s assistant coaches?

    A: We have John Raba coaching the inside linebackers; Doug Mandigo coaching defensive backs and also coordinating the defense; Hugh Villacis coaching the offensive line; James Wallace ’05 coaching the tight ends; Jophiel Philips coaching wide receivers; Clewi Challenger coaching outside linebackers; Keith Hellstern ’98 coaching running backs; and Shem Johnston-Bloom ’06 coaching the defensive line.

    Q: What classes do you teach as an adjunct professor?

    A: I teach fitness, strength training and golf.

    Q: Are you involved in football activities outside of Wesleyan?

    A: We as a football staff work numerous camps in the summer, particularly in the New England area.

    Q: As a sports fan, what teams do you root for?

    A: I have rooted for all Boston teams since I was a kid in Rhode Island, particularly the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Now that Eric Mangini, who played for me at Wesleyan, is the head coach of the New York Jets, I am certainly a Jets fan as well.

    Q: What are you hobbies?

    A: Golf. I love the game. It is the best way I know to participate in a competitive sport throughout your life.
     

    By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor