|Michael Kishimoto, investigative captain for Public Safety, joined the department in 1985.|
| Police and public safety officers investigate crimes, direct traffic, attend public events to maintain order, patrols specified areas and ensures the safety of people in their community. But when it comes to helping victims of a crime, the Public Safety officers take this aspect of their job up a notch.
Sometimes, a student just wants to talk about a crime they were a part of, and its part of our jobs to listen and be concerned about their health and welfare, explains Michael Kishimoto, Public Safety’s investigative captain.
Kishimoto, who joined the Public Safety staff in 1985, investigates up to 50 campus crimes a week. Solving the crimes is a goal, but Kishimotos top priority is working with victims and offering them support. He explains victims options, and how to proceed.
Recently, hes helped a victim of sexual assault seek psychological counseling and move forward with her studies and life.
Students tend to trust Captain Kishimoto, says David Meyer, director of Public Safety. They feel comfortable talking to him, and when students talk, it makes it easier for him to investigate crimes and get them solved faster.
Since Kishimoto is the departments only investigative officer, his workload and hours vary week to week. Sometimes hes working days, other times nights. He frequently takes on weekend and holiday shifts and is almost always on call.
He works primarily in the office, making follow-up calls and answering questions from students and parents. If time allows, he enjoys patrolling campus. Often, he is able to prevent a crime before it happens.
Kishimoto gained his crime-solving skills during a six-year stint with the U.S. Army after high school. There, he worked as a sergeant with the military police. Afterwards, he applied for a Public Safety position at Wesleyan, and spent many years adjusting to the change of environment.
Imagine going from the military police to a liberal college,” he says. It was quite a shock at first, but after 22 years I find myself more liberal than the students.
Captain Kishimoto enjoys working with the Wesleyan students and strives to make sure everyone feels safe in their university home, while away from home. Although campus is spattered with emergency blue light call boxes and public safety officers are patrolling campus 24-hours, crimes can, and will happen. Unfortunately, many crimes are committed by fellow students, he explains.
Hes seen the gamut of cases from neighbors stealing laptops, to students posting racial graffiti. The worst incidents, however, involve physical contact.
Students can feel very safe on campus, but the problem is that they become too trusting, and that can become a problem, he says. Students should always walk in pairs at night, lock their doors if they leave, and always be mentally prepared incase someone comes up to them from behind. You just never know what can happen.
Kishimoto, son of a Japanese-Hawaiian father and an Irish mother, grew up in East Hartford, Conn. with his four brothers. He currently lives on a 26-acre farm in Andover, Conn. with his wife, Christina; 6-year-old daughter, Maria; and a giant pond stocked with large-mouth bass.
If I could be a full time fish farmer or fisherman, Id do that, but since I have to work, Public Safety isnt a bad place to be, he says, smiling. Its good to work around the students. They keep me young.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
|Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will speak April 18 on campus.|
| Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will deliver a keynote address on Connecticuts Role in the Fight Against Global Warming at Wesleyan Universitys Earth Day celebration at 8 p.m. April 18 in Wesleyans Memorial Chapel.
The event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held afterward in the adjoining Zelnick Pavilion.
The presentation is being sponsored by The Robert Schumann Lecture Series in the Environmental Studies Certificate Program.
For more information, contact Valerie Marinelli at 860-685-3733 or email@example.com.
by Olivia Drake •
|Wesleyan will keep its Internet services private.|
| Wesleyan will adjust its computer network access protocols in order to remain exempt from an order by the Federal Communications Commission that requires facilities-based Internet service providers to engineer their networks to assist law enforcement agencies in executing wiretap orders.
The changes, intended to ensure that the university’s network is viewed as “private” and thus exempt, include requiring log-ins for access to the campus wireless network, kiosks and library computers. To facilitate guest use, each Wesleyan user will be able to request as many as five guest accounts through the electronic portfolio; each guest account will remain active for three days. ITS expects to have these changes implemented in May.
The 2005 FCC order extends the terms of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to facilities-based Internet service providers. CALEA is a federal law that requires providers of commercial voice services to engineer their networks in such a way as to assist law enforcement agencies in executing wiretap orders. Only private networks are exempt from the FCC order. Analyses by EDUCAUSE and the American Council on Education support the use of two criteria in determining whether a college or university can hold itself exempt: it may not own the hardware that connects its network to the Internet, and it must authenticate all users who access the Internet from its network. The hardware Wesleyan uses is owned by the Connecticut Education Network.
The right of law enforcement agencies to legally intercept all forms of communication, including the Internet, and use the results as evidence in a court of law has existed since 1968. CALEA does not change the legal requirements to wiretap. CALEA requires providers to engineer their systems to make wiretapping easier and less expensive for law enforcement; in doing so, it places what can be a significant financial burden on the provider.
|By Justin Harmon, vice president for Public Affairs|
by Olivia Drake •
| This summer, Gaël Hagen 09 will be doing something a little different than hes used to. Specifically, hell have the opportunity to meet with such high-level government officials including Supreme Court Justices, the Secretary of State, U.S. Senators, U.S. Congressmen, as well as business leaders.
Hagen, pictured at right, is a newly-selected scholar to the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, a leadership program centered at Georgetown University. Each year, 24 minority male students are selected to participate in the two-summer program in Washington, D.C. During the first summer, students take courses on campus while interning in the D.C. Metro area. During the second summer, students work full-time and act as mentors to the next group of 24 newly-admitted candidates.
I feel very fortunate to have been chosen among a group of individuals who all are highly talented and have managed to do astonishing things with their lives thus far, Hagan says. It will be both a great honor and a privilege to be a part of the institute and enjoy all it has to offer.
A stipend is provided to cover the cost of transportation and food. Students live in university housing provided by the institute during the program.
Hagen, who is studying in the College of Social Studies, became interested in law during high school. Since then, hes tried to immerse himself in as many law-related activities as possible; the institute being one of them. The institute will provide him with not only a legal internship in Americas political powerbase, but offer encouragement within a valuable academic and social environment.
What personally draws me to law is the way in which it demands a person to perform and analyze in a constantly changing environment, Hagen says. The practice of law, at least as I have witnessed it, is something that is never a stagnant ordeal. New cases provide new hurdles, new personalities, and new problems. It seems as though it requires a person who likes a consistent challenge.
A resident of Centennial, Colorado, Hagen came to Wesleyan, seeking a university that offered a new environment. He favored the College of Social Studies for its closeness and intensity. He also joined the crew team as a freshman, looking for a different kind of intensity.
Certainly the culture here is much different than in Colorado, or most places west of here, for that matter; so it was a compelling move, Hagen says. For some, being involved in a two-season sport like crew and studying in the College of Social Studies is an all but desirable combo; but for me, it means that every day I get to do the two things that I love most about being at Wesleyan.
A recipient of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Academic Scholarship for his academic achievements, Gaël was also named Student of the Year by the Colorado Association of Black Engineers and Scientists in 2005 for his distinguished leadership skills. Last summer, Gaël interned at Holland and Hart LLP, where his proficiency in French aided the firm immeasurably.
Hagan says his background and cultural experience provides him with a toolset and a perspective with which he can employ as a unique advantage, not only at Wesleyan but at the institute.
The experience of the American minority is one that is highly important for the country as a whole given its melting pot origins, and I think that our voice is one that is, and rightfully should be represented and respected in the nations judicial activities, he says.
On the other hand, Hagan winces at sloppy references to cultural or ethnic groups as just the minorities and people of color. He believes it places too much emphasis on a separation of cultures, which only discourages unity and distances people from each other.
I do not consider myself to be a minority or a person of color before I consider myself a young person, a student, a person with career goals, an athlete; no different from any other person who might fit those categories, he says. Yes, I happen to have a multi-ethnic background which, if I were to explain in depth, would span four continents; but I dont feel that those are my primary personal attributes and encourage people in both camps the minority and the majority — to understand not how their cultural experiences differ them from others, but how their cultural experiences connect them to others.
|By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
|University Relations created WesLink for faculty, staff, students and alumni to post events.|
| On a single site, Wesleyan alumni can market their businesses, faculty can promote their newly-released books, students can seek volunteers for their community service projects, and much more.
WesLink, a Web site launched Feb. 16 by the Office of University Relations, enables all alumni, faculty, staff and students to post non-Wesleyan sponsored events, announcements, activities, and services to the greater Wesleyan community.
We are always looking for opportunities to engage alumni with the university and with each other, and WesLink helps to bridge that engagement, while at the same time showcasing some of the extraordinary talents of the greater Wesleyan community, explains Jennifer Jurgen, senior associate director of Regional Programs and Networks.
WesLink, https://weslink.wesleyan.edu/ is reserved for all members of the Wesleyan community. Users can post events occurring on or off campus. These events may be theater, music, comedy, literary, athletic or community-service related.
WesLink offers a dozen regional sections where alumni living in these areas can post their own local events. These sections include the cities of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC, and Connecticut.
In addition, the site features sections on Real Estate and Housing, Wesleyan Authors, Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2007; Business Marketing and an Everything Else category.
The site is maintained by University Relations and Information Technology Services staff. The site mirrors the Wesleyan Classifieds, which was established in 2005.
In the process of working with our regional club programming, we often hear from alumni who want to promote their theater events, concerts, comedy shows, art exhibits, etc, Jurgen says. Since the timing doesn’t always allow us to work these alumni-sponsored events into our club event calendars, we wanted to create a forum where they could still get their information out to the greater Wesleyan community.
Wesleyans online newsletter, The Wesleyan Connection, and online magazine, The Wesleyan Extra, also receive dozens of e-mails each month from the campus community eager to announce upcoming events or business endeavors. WesLink will provide a venue for people to post these announcements if they are unable to be published in one of these publications.
WesLink was an instant success with alumni, who contributed more than two dozen postings in the sites first week of being active.
Heidi Mastrogiovanni ’79 took advantage of the Los Angeles Events section by posting an animal rescue volunteer opportunity. In the ad, she mentions she is a board member of volunteer-operated Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles. Elizabeth Ehrlich ’04 posted an announcement of her business, Snuggle Up, in the Business and Marketing section of WesLink. In her posting, she mentions she is a stay-at-home mom selling personalized towels, hand-dyed clothing, fleece blankets and more for babies and kids.
She sells baby clothes with watermelons painted on them. They are too cute. I had to send the link to three of my friends, Jurgen says.
While the public may view the postings, only Wesleyan alumni, students, faculty, and staff have the ability to post items to WesLink. The site requires a Wesleyan username and password to log into the system. Users are allowed to upload one photo with each posting.
Items posted to the system automatically expire after 30 days, however users will be sent an email a week prior to the expiration date, which will offer the option to extend the posting for an additional month.
WesLink administrators reserve the right to edit or remove postings with inappropriate content.
For more information, to obtain a lost username or password, or to make a suggestion on the new system, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
| Wesleyans 175th Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 27, and will complete the 2007 Reunion-Commencement Celebration that will run from May 24-27. During that ceremony, the following people will receive honorary degrees:
Jim Lehrer, P 85, who will also give the principal address at commencement, will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree during the ceremony. Lehrer has anchored The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on the Public Broadcasting Service since 1995. Lehrer joined PBS in 1972, teaming with Robert MacNeil in 1973 to cover the Senate Watergate hearings. They began in 1975 what became The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, and, in 1983, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, the first 60-minute evening news program on television. Lehrer has been honored with numerous awards for journalism, including a presidential National Humanities Medal in 1999. In the last five presidential elections, he moderated 10 of the nationally televised candidate debates. Lehrer has written 15 novels, his latest, The Franklin Affair, published in April 2005. He also has written two memoirs and three plays. His daughter, Lucy Lehrer, is a member of Wesleyan’s Class of 1985.
Nobutaka Machimura, former Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, currently serves as a member of the Japanese House of Representatives representing Hokkaido 5th District. As foreign minister of Japan from September 2004 to October 2005, his efforts were directed toward signing a treaty with Russia resolving a border dispute and toward investigating the whereabouts of Japanese hostages who had been kidnapped by North Korean agents during the 1970s and 1980s. Educated in economics at the University of Tokyo, he attended Wesleyan for one year as an exchange student. His career in public service has included appointments to the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the National Land Agency, the Japan External Trade Organization, and the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy (from which he retired as director of the planning division for petroleum). He also served as minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture and director of the National Defense Division of the Policy Research Council. He has been elected to seven terms in the Japanese House of Representatives.
Alan M. Dachs 70, P98 serves as chair of the University’s Development Committee. He served 14 years as a member of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees and eight years as Board chair. In that role, he led in fund-raising for the Wesleyan Campaign, as well as in strategic planning and in strengthening the University’s finances, operations and reputation for academic excellence. He was elected trustee emeritus and chair emeritus in 2005 upon his retirement from the Board. Dachs is president and CEO of Fremont Group, a private investment company based in San Francisco.
Rosa DeLauro was elected to Congress from Connecticut’s Third District in 1990 and is currently serving her ninth term. She sits on the House Appropriations and Budget committees. In addition to her work on the full committees, Representative DeLauro chairs the House Appropriations Subcomittee on Agriculture, which is responsible for funding the Food and Drug Administration and the Food Stamps program. She also sits on the Labor – Health, Human Services – Education and Commerce – Justice – Science Subcommittees. DeLauro has built a reputation as an advocate for economic development, healthcare and education. She has been a strong proponent for student aid, advocating such measures as increasing the size of Pell Grants in order to restore their purchasing power, allowing the consolidation of student loan debt and cutting interest rates to make student borrowing more affordable, and defending against cuts in programs that help to increase students’ access to college , such as Upward Bound and TRIO. A frequent visitor to Wesleyan’s campus and to Middletown, DeLauro has shown herself eager to meet and talk with faculty and students. She has strongly supported Wesleyan’s efforts to establish and fund the Green Street Arts Center. Since she first came to Congress in 1990, DeLauro has put every pay raise she has received toward a scholarship program she founded in memory of her late father. To date, her scholarships have helped 420 students further their educations.
Jewel Plummer Cobb is renowned as a teacher, a research biologist, and an advocate for the participation of women and members of minority groups in the sciences. A graduate of Talladega College, she earned her Ph.D. in cell physiology at New York University. Her scientific research has centered on factors influencing the growth, morphology, and genetic expression of normal and neoplastic pigment cells and on the changes produced in vitro by chemotherapeutic agents, by hormones, and by other agents known to disrupt cell division. She taught at NYU, Sarah Lawrence College, and Connecticut College before becoming dean of the college at Connecticut, then dean of Douglass College, and finally president of California State University at Fullerton. Currently president and professor of biological science, emerita, at Fullerton, Dr. Cobb continues to be active in promoting science education programs for minority youth and in promoting the greater representation of women in science. In 1993 the National Science Foundation honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to the Advancement of Women and Underrepresented Minorities.
by Olivia Drake •
| A new WESU 88.1 FM radio program is gaining a nation-wide audience with its emphasis on indigenous politics.
The show, titled ”Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond,” was launched Feb. 5 from the Wesleyan-based radio station. J. Kehaulani Kauanui, assistant professor of anthropology and American Studies, is the producer and host of the program.
The multi-media program airs shortly after 5p.m., right after the Jive at Five community calendar, and runs until 6 p.m. each Monday with a live streaming Web cast on www.wesufm.org. ”Indigenous Politics” features interviews with political leaders, community activists, filmmakers and artists, and cultural authorities, as well as academic scholars whose work addresses cultural politics and sovereignty struggles.
Kauanui, a Native Hawaiian, says most guest speakers are indigenous or local to Connecticut and the New England area. She opens her show saying We are here in Middletown, Connecticut, also known as Mattabessettthe traditional homeland of the Wangunk tribe.
I really want to privilege the voices of Native New England, Kauanui says. The show is also Native New England and beyond but, first and foremost, I think we need to educate local listeners of the struggle going on right here.
Kauanuis first show featured an in-depth interview with Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee and a poet, writer and policy advocate who has helped Native peoples recover more than 1 million acres of land. The second program featured Richard Velky, leader of the Kent, Conn.-based Schaghticoke Tribal Nation since 1987, who discussed his tribes legal battle in response to the Bureau of Indian Affairs reversal of their federal acknowledgement after state officials intervened. The follow week, Kauanui interviewed Randolph Lewis, assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, who discussed his new book, Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker.
Kauanui hopes to include future shows on Hawaiians and the politics of federal recognition; Native feminisms; same-sex marriage bans in Indian country; indigenous environmental issues; U.S. militarism and indigenous peoples’ service; domestic violence and restorative justice; indigenous language revitalization; sports teams and Indian mascots; the U.S. presidential election and American Indian voters; indigenous peoples and the prison industrial complex; contemporary land rights; Indian gaming and the politics of casinos; and indigenous youth movements.
Ben Michael, WESU 88.1 general manager, expects Kauanuis new show to be a national success. Already, WESU transmits to sections of Connecticut, Massachusetts and the Long Island area of New York. But, since the scope of Kauanuis program is regional and national, Michael hopes to eventually syndicate it nationally through the stations affiliation with Pacifica Radio. This would create a potential audience of millions of people.
WESU has a mission to serve as a resource for underserved communities by providing access the radio airwaves for mass communication. Kehaulanis program accomplishes this in an educational and professional format, Michael says. Its very fulfilling to see WESU being utilized in such positive and effective manner. This is why community radio exists and is such an asset.
Kauanui was tapped for the radio program by Ken Weiner, the station’s public affairs director. Like any other student or community volunteer wanting to be an on-air host, she took a six-week training course. In addition, she completed two internships and community service hours before taking a practical and written exam on the station.
Kauanui said she is motivated by several key issues affecting nations across the country, most notably the fact that many tribes do not have ”basic” federal recognition. Historically, she explains, recognition differed between state-recognized tribes from the original 13 colonies and the ‘treaty tribes’ in the Western states.
More recently, the backlash against casino development has been instrumental in the opposition to federal recognition. The conflation of federal recognition with the specter of Indian casinos indicates that most non-tribal residents in these states refuse to uncouple questions of tribal economic development – a question of a nation’s political economy – and the social justice issue of honoring the U.S. trust doctrine,” Kauanui says.
The 21st century’s ”most notorious cases” involve two Connecticut tribes – the Eastern Pequot and Schaghticoke tribal nations, Kauanui says.
In addition to hosting the radio show, Kauanui is teaching two courses this year, US in the Pacific Islands, and Methodologies in Ethnic Studies, and is continuing her research on white settler colonialism and indigenous self-determination. She is currently co-editing a book with Andrea Smith, Native Feminisms: Without Apology, and embarking on two new book monograph projects: one on Native Hawaiian feminist decolonization and the other on Hawaiians in New England in the early 19th century. Her first book, Long Division: Genealogy, Hawaiian Blood Quantum, and the Question of Sovereignty is forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2007.
Her radio program has already had mentions in Hawaiian Independence Blog, Arizona Native Net, and Indian Country Today, an American Indian news source based in Canastota, N.Y.
Kalia Lydgate 07, Raffi Stern 08, Liz Love `07, and Amelia Dean Walker 07 help Kauanui produce the show.
|By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor. Segments of this article were adapted from a Feb. 19 article titled Native Radio/Web Program Launched by Indian Country Today writer Gale Courey Toensing.|
by Olivia Drake •
| Wesleyan will increase tuition for the 2007-2008 academic year and simplify its fee structure. The new comprehensive fee structure will combine charges that are now billed separately as room and board.
Tuition will increase by 5.5 percent to $36,536 for all students in 2007-2008. For freshman and sophomores, the residential comprehensive fee will be $10,130. For juniors and seniors, the fee will be $11,512. The residential comprehensive fees are based on the current room and board charges experienced by students at these class levels, plus a fee increase of $590 and $550, respectively.
The increases in student charges are attributable to growth in salary and benefits costs, as well as energy and other costs that outpace general inflation. In addition, students voted this fall to increase the Wesleyan Student Assemblys student activities budget, yielding an increase in the student activity fee to $270. Thus, next year student charges will total $46,936 for first-year students and sophomores and $48,318 for juniors and seniors.
The comprehensive residential fee will make it easier for families to budget by eliminating the variability in room and board rates. It will also enable the university to simplify recordkeeping and to increase grant aid to ensure that financial aid packages take full account of student expenses.
The higher residential comprehensive fee for juniors and seniors reflects the higher cost of the options available to them. Juniors and seniors have access to apartments and houses in addition to residence hall rooms. The university previously has charged a differential room rate according to the accommodation the student chose. In addition, juniors and seniors have greater flexibility in dining options, including the opportunity, in many cases, to cook for themselves. Students have reported to the administration that they value this progressive independence.
Wesleyan remains committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of every student. Simplifying the fee structure will enable the Financial Aid Office to ensure that students’ full need is met whatever their housing choices. Wesleyan will increase scholarship grants by $850,000 to cover this change.
|By David Pesci, director of Media Relations|
by Olivia Drake •
|Jennifer Thom Hadley 84, MA 86, library assistant for Scores & Recordings/World Music Archives, studied Javanese gamelan at Wesleyan.|
Q: Jennifer, explain your role with Olin Library as the library assistant for Scores & Recordings/World Music Archives.
A: Currently my duties include helping to oversee access services for the department such as circulation, reserves, dubbing requests and stack maintenance; the processing and cataloging of new commercial scores and recordings for Scores & Recordings, original cataloging of World Music Archives materials; helping students, faculty and community members with research inquiries; and helping train and supervise about two dozen undergraduate and graduate student workers. I also serve on two library groups, the Library Technicians Group and the Library Management Team.
Q: When did you come to Wesleyan?
A: I actually first came to Wesleyan in 1980 as part of the class of 84. I was hired in 1991 into a grant-funded position in the World Music Archives because of my ethnomusicology background in Javanese gamelan and experience working in the Archives as a graduate student. My role at that time was to help establish preservation and processing procedures in the Archives.
Q: Explain what the Scores & Recordings collection entails.
A: Scores & Recordings is commonly thought of as the music library. As you can tell from the name, the collection consists of scores, or printed music, and recordings. Books about music are considered part of the Olin Library collection and are housed in the central Olin stacks.
Q: And how does this differ from the World Music Archives?
A: The World Music Archives collection is part of Scores & Recordings. Whereas the general Scores & Recordings collection consists of published, commercially available material, the Archives recordings are non-commercial, often unique field recordings from around the world, and are valuable resources for music scholars.
Q: How do you preserve the collections materials?
A: Wesleyan scores range from solo piano and instrumental music to chamber music to symphonies, operas and Broadway musicals, hymnals, song books, jazz standards, among others. Recordings range from classical to jazz to rock to sound effects but are particularly strong in world music. Important World Music Archive collections include Dr. David McAllester’s Navajo collection, one of the largest in the world; the only recordings in the United States of the Ulahingan, an epic of the Bagobo people in the Philippines; Iranian, Japanese, Spanish, Shetland Islands, Greek, Rhodesian — now Zimbabwe — mbira music, North Indian music; a Fats Waller collection; 30 years of performances from the Town Crier Café in Pawling, N.Y., and exceptional collections of Indonesian and South Indian, or Karnatak, music, which are two specialties of the World Music Program at Wesleyan.
Q: Who uses this collection?
A: We primarily serve the Wesleyan community, but outside researchers are welcome. We receive many inquiries from around the world; for example, a researcher in Thailand has worked with our Fats Waller collection.
Q: In 1986, you received a M.A. in world music from Wesleyan.
A: In my masters thesis, Learning Javanese Gamelan: A Cross-Cultural Experience, I examined how music is learned in different cultures and across cultures. Im actually an ABD or all but dissertation status – in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan, but took a break to work and raise a family. Because my career has taken a library turn, I just started a fully online Master of Library and Information Science program through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Q: What else is on your music resume? Do you play any instruments?
A: I got into music via my mother who insisted I study piano. My undergraduate degree focused on piano performance, but the amazing opportunities to listen to and play a wide variety of music from around the world at Wesleyan soon drew me into world music and ethnomusicology.
Q: What is your favorite genre of music?
A: I like listening to music of all kinds. I’m fortunate to get to listen to snippets of music during the day depending on the projects that I am working on.
Q: In addition to your job, you are on the Governing Board of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library. What is your role with this position and briefly explain who the Friends are?
A: The Friends of the Wesleyan Library is a community of readers dedicated to celebrating and enjoying books of all kinds from vellum bound manuscripts to paperbacks to the latest digital innovation. The Friends raise funds to support important library projects, such as the cataloging of hidden collections, those collections which are inaccessible because they have been waiting for funding for processing, and hosts two events a year to enrich the campus dialogue related to the book and other types of information.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in Olin Library?
A: I appreciate the people at Wesleyan who care about the world and the community and pour their energy into making the world a better place. I also like the vibrancy of the intellectual and cultural offerings herethe opportunities to take classes, attend lectures and concerts, and participate in creative collaborations. My library colleagues are wonderful, warm, supportive, and fun, as well as intellectually stimulating.
Q: Who are the key people you work with in Scores & Recordings?
A: I work with Alec McLane, the music librarian, and Jody Cormack Viswanathan, another music library assistant. Both are talented musicians and have broad academic backgrounds in music and experience in music technology so it is great working as a team.
Q: Aside from music, what are your hobbies or interests?
A: I love reading when I get the chance, but most of my free time is devoted to Snow School PTO and Middletown High School PTA activities, and the church school at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden. Some day Ill get back to other hobbies.
Q: Tell me about your family.
A: My husband Peter, a multi-talented musician and Aussie by birth, is conductor of the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, and is currently completing his dissertation at Wesleyan on the didjeridu, an Australian instrument. He also teaches at Thomas Edison Middle School in Meriden and for the Green Street Arts Center. We have three terrific children who keep us on our toes and make life extra interesting, Emma, Thomas and Sonya.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
|Deana Hutson, director of events, plans Reunion & Commencement Weekend year-round.|
| When it comes to hosting a successful Wesleyan event, its all in the details. And no one knows better about the minutiae than Deana Hutson.
From printing invitations and brochures to suggesting the appropriate venue to creating the ideal menu, Hutson is a master in perfection-planning.
Take Wesleyans Reunion and Commencement Weekend for example.
We may have 150 different events happening over the weekend, and it can be a real challenge to make sure each event has a space, is staffed, has proper audio or visual equipment, has food or beverages if needed, tables have tablecloths, among other needs. Hutson says.
One-time events often occur in-between the major events like reunion and homecoming. Hutson has event-planned ribbon-cuttings, retirement parties, ground breakings, volunteer weekends for alumni and parents, meetings and staff retreats.
In January, Hutson helped coordinate a special gala benefit in New York City with actor/comedian Bill Cosby P87, HON 87. More than 400 Wesleyan alumni, staff and guests attended, raising $2.5 million for Wesleyan scholarships.
When we get to tackle new events like the Cosby gala benefit, it can be stressful because we have little idea of what to expect, Hutson says. But they generally come out even better than we thought which brings me a huge sense of accomplishment and reward.
Hutson has more than eight years experience planning Wesleyan events, beginning in 1998 as the assistant to the director of events and administration. Prior to this, she worked in event planning, marketing and operations for a trade show company where she planned events at the New York City marathon as well as electronics trade-related meetings and conferences.
Huston credits her event-planning success to her mentor, former director of events, Gemma Ebstein, assistant vice president for Alumni and Parent Relations.
Deana is an incredible event manager and a terrific colleague, Ebstein says. Shes a dedicated team player, a creative problem-solver and an efficient project manager. We all sleep well before a big event because we know Deana has it under control.
Small events come and go, but the events team has always looked forward to overseeing Reunion & Commencement Weekend, and Homecoming/Family Weekend. It is always the most time-consuming for Hutson and her events staff, which also consists of Makaela Kingsley 98, associate director of events; Sarah Myksin 06, assistant director of events; and Suzanne Kampen, administrative assistant of events.
The team has learned that one of the secrets to an events success is planning what could go wrong.
Things do and will go wrong, and we need to prepare in advance so we can have the time to fix it, she says. Fortunately, I work with a wonderful team that helps make everything run smoothly.
Hutson recalls a past Homecoming/Family Weekend where the nametag printer broke, leaving thousands of tags unfinished. Rather than ask these campus guests to sport hand-written tags throughout the weekend, Hutson and her team found a way to print tags and mailed them overnight, just in time for the event.
On another occasion, Public Safety called Hutson in the middle of the night, stating that an alumnuss plane came in late and she needed a place to sleep that night. Although Wesleyan dormitories were booked ahead of time, Hutson found an empty room for the alumnus, and made sure she had a comfortable place to stay.
Other memorable challenges: the time a commencement brochure had a major spelling error and needed to be corrected at the last minute; a transportation van driver lost the keys to the vehicle and the keys could not be recovered until after the event was over; coffee makers have broken right before big events; days of torrential rain and during an unexpected storms. Hutson remembers the last one well. She and her staff went out to bought all the umbrellas they could find at a local retailer.
Despite the inherent stress of event planning, Deana manages to remain cheerful even when faced with an onslaught of last minute requests, Ebstein says.
I love to solve problems and make people happy, and that is what makes this job so rewarding, Hutson says. When Ive fixed a problem and see smiles on peoples faces, I feel successful and that is very gratifying.
Its difficult to pick a favorite, but Hutson looks forward to planning Homecoming/Family Weekend every year. Although its a 12-month job to prepare, Hutson says the event tends to get easier year after year.
Its a large event but with the adrenalin pumping, I can almost do it on auto-pilot, she says, smiling.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
|Steve Formica, construction project coordinator for facilities, provides support for multiple projects.|
| Q: Steve, when did you come to Wesleyan?
A: I started in April of 2004 and was hired as a project coordinator in Construction Services.
Q: What does it mean to be a construction project coordinator?
A: The primary role of a project coordinator is to assist with the coordination efforts of project managers. Some of my responsibilities include project cost accounting, inspecting field conditions, preparing bid drawings and specifications, contract administration and preparing monthly and annual reports based on project volume, progress and cost.
Q: What are some of the projects you have worked on recently, or are planning to work on?
A: Our big push right now is Major Maintenance 07/08. We are currently planning for projects that will start at the end of May and must be complete by the first week of August. Last summer we completed over 60 projects all over campus. Planning is a key component for any project. Long lead items like custom windows, custom fabricated steel and mechanical equipment, must be identified during the planning process and contracts must be awarded early enough to allow adequate time for review, procurement and installation. The complete list of projects that we will be working on this summer can be viewed on our Web site at:
Q: What is the process involved in getting things done, from idea to finished project?
A: For some of the larger projects, the process may take several years from idea to finished project. Basically, the process can be broken down into four steps. Step 1 consists of the conceptual programming phase which identifies the preliminary project scope, conceptual budget and possible funding source(s). Step 2 involves schematic planning and the preliminary budget estimate. In Step 3, the design and final estimate are developed and finally, in Step 4, the actual construction phase begins. Depending upon the size of the project, the construction phase can be as short as a month or as long as one or more years.
Q: Who are the key people you work with in Facilities and where is your office located?
A: I primarily work with Roseann Sillasen and help to support the entire construction services and facilities administration team. Our office is located in the Cady Building at 170 Long Lane.
Q: Is it difficult to work on several projects at once?
A: Since I assist several different project managers and other team members, I try to provide the best support that I can for each without compromising quality.
Q: What is your background?
A: I graduated in 1990 with a BS degree in construction engineering technology. Throughout college, I worked for a land surveyor performing property surveys and laying out subdivisions and houses. After college, I worked for an engineering firm for two years as a resident engineer inspecting state funded construction projects. For the next 12 years, I worked for several large construction management firms as a project engineer and project manager on projects throughout Connecticut. I learned something new on every project and continue to learn here at Wesleyan.
Q: What are some examples of projects youve worked on in the past?
A: They include the Ninth Square Redevelopment Project in New Haven, the Restoration of Ruttenburg Hall at Yale Law School, Foxwoods Grand Pequot Tower and Non-Smoking Casino in Ledyard, Manchester Community College New Learning Center, Mystic Marriott Hotel in Groton, the Pfizer Helipad in New London and the Pfizer Core Technologies Building in Groton.
Q: You are pursuing a masters of art through the Graduate Liberal Studies Program. What is your concentration and when will you be finished?
A: I am concentrating in the arts. I am currently taking my seventh course and have five more to go. Im pursuing the degree because I enjoy the classes, professors, subject matter and learning environment. Ive taken graduate courses at other colleges and they cant compare with what is offered here. I am currently taking The New Solar System with Bill Herbst and during our last class, I actually held a piece of Mars! I also held a meteorite that was 4.557 billion years old, the age of our solar system. Helps to keep things in perspective! I cant say enough good things about the GLSP program and the professors here at Wesleyan. Each class that I have taken has inspired me to appreciate our world and be grateful for what I have.
Q: Do you construct things of your own?
A: In 1994, I bought a lot in Higganum, cleared the land and built a house. My funds were somewhat limited, so I decided to take on a lot of the work myself. I was dating my wife at the time and decided to marry her after I observed her unique abilities to mix mortar, carry sheetrock, carry more sheetrock, stain woodwork and spend all hours of the night with me working with no heat and no indoor plumbing.
Q: Are you from the area?
A: I was actually born in Middletown and grew up about two miles away from campus. I never thought I would be working at Wesleyan. My wife showed me the posting and although I was hopeful for the opportunity, I knew there would be many qualified candidates and a high demand for the position. I got lucky!
Q: Tell me about your family and activities you enjoy doing together?
A: Ive been together with my wife for seventeen years and have been married for ten. We actually still get along and talk to each other, imagine that! We have two boys, Nicholas who is 7, and Joseph who is 4. Right now, my hobbies are spending time with my wife and kids my wife and I coached our oldest sons soccer team this past fall and although we ran out of its really ok to lose speeches, we had a great time. And, believe it or not, I still have some time leftover to finish projects around the house.
Q: Is there anything else youd like to say about yourself or your role at Wesleyan?
A: I am just a small part of a great team here at Wesleyan. I would like to say that Wesleyan is a great place to work and learn. Ive been here for almost three years and look forward to many more.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
|An image from: Indies Under Fire: The Battle for the American Bookstore” by Jacob Bricca ’93, adjunct assistant professor of film studies. The film was screened March 6 at the Center for Film Studies.|
| Though he loves to read, Jacob Bricca 93 admits that he was never a book person, one of those individuals who have an affinity for books and bookstores. But when he heard that an independent bookstore called Printers, Inc., in his hometown of Palo Alto, California, was closing, he was immediately saddened.
When I was growing up, even if you werent into books, that was the place to hang out, Bricca, an adjunct assistant professor of film studies, says. Everyone went there from singles to kids to parents with small children and senior citizens. It was a community place that had a reputation of being cool and welcoming.
And yet they were closing.
Bricca, pictured at left, a filmmaker and editor who was living in Los Angeles at the time, was curious: what would cause an iconic place so welcomed by the local community to suddenly shut its doors? Camera in hand, he drove up the coast to see if he could find out.
That was in 1999, and the trip became the beginning of what would become a six-year project that culminated in a multi-award-winning documentary film Indies Under Fire: The Battle for the American Bookstore. The film was shown March 6 in the Goldsmith Family Cinema at the Center for Film Studies. Admission is free. After the screening Bricca was joined by Stu Hecht, owner, The Book Vault in Wallingford, Conn., and Thomas Talbot 91, manager, Crawford-Doyle Booksellers in New York City. The event was sponsored by The Friends of the Wesleyan Library, www.wesleyan.edu/library/friends/, and The Center for Film Studies.
Indies Under Fire follows the fate of a handful of small independent bookstores located on the peninsula south of San Francisco Bay as they confront the pressures of large chain bookstores such as Borders and the explosion of Internet vendors such as Amazon.com.
The documentary is an engaging 56-minute production that draws in viewers as it explores the personalities and complexities beneath the surface issue of indie versus big box. Key players on both sides offer frank assessments of the marketplace as well as their opinions on their adversaries. There are face-to-face encounters between opponents with emotions coming to the fore on more than one occasion.
Bricca, who has edited such films as Lost in LaMancha, Jimmy Scott If You Only Knew, and Tell Me Do You Miss Me, had to handle several jobs on Indies Under Fire, in part because the way it came together.
I was working in L.A. as an editor for most of the process, so I didnt have time to chase financing or go after grants, Bricca says. But I kept at this because I thought it was a dynamic issue that was being played out all over the country. It became a real labor of love. As a result I directed it, edited it and acted as co-producer.
Still, any film is a collaboration, and for this one, Bricca was able to call on some friends and family to help turn it into a reality. Among them: Jonathan Crosby, a long-time friend, co-produced the film. Josh Ferrar 93, composed some of the films music and his guitar playing is featured on the soundtrack. Briccas wife, Lisa Molomot, visiting assistant professor of film studies, served as editorial consultant. His brother David created the films Web site, www.indiesunderfire.com, and his sister-in-law Morgan did the painting of Printers, Inc. that appears at the beginning of the film.
Released late in 2006, the movie won the award for Best New England Film at the Newberry Port Documentary Film Festival, was screened at the Wine Country Film Festival in Sonoma, and will be shown at the Santa Cruz film festival in April. It also recently made its PBS premier on KTEH in San Jose.
This isnt a monolithic film by any means, Bricca says. I tried to keep it balanced in its approach, but it does seem to generate some strong emotions with independent booksellers. Its nice to get some recognition, but I really enjoy the fact that people are finally getting to see it. It was a lot of work. Its nice to know its resonating with audiences.
|By David Pesci, director of Media Relations|