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Assistant Facilities Manager Ensures Chemistry Equipment Functions Properly

Doug Allen, assistant facilities manager in chemistry, fills a powerful spectroscopic instrument with liquid nitrogen in the basement of Hall-Atwater Laboratory. The spectrometer  is used by chemistry and molecular biology and biophysics students for nuclear magnetic resonance experiments.
Posted 06/03/08
Q: Doug, when did you begin your Wesleyan career?

A: I came to Wesleyan in 2002.

Q: You’re currently the assistant to the facilities manager, Donald Albert. Together, what are your job objectives?

A: I’m very grateful that I can work with some one as generous with their time and talent as Don is. We are responsible for the Hall-Atwater/Shanklin Laboratory buildings. Chemistry, Biology and MB&B departments use these buildings intensively year round between the teaching and research laboratories. Don and I along with Horace Chambers (Biology and MB&B property specialist) make up the Academic Facilities support for the three departments.

Q: What are the physical “facilities” within the Chemistry Department?

A: The building infrastructure is dependent on the type of science being performed. Physical chemistry equipment tends to be large and heavy. Organic chemistry is performed in fume hoods. Theoretical chemistry is computer based. Biochemistry uses bench top space. We also have very specialized equipment that is shared. One of my duties is the cryogenic maintenance of the five NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) instruments we have.

Q: Do you have a background in chemistry?

A: No. My degree was in business production/inventory control. Primarily I try to find the best utilization of resources in order to accomplish goals efficiently.

Q: What goes on during a “typical” day?

A: My duties will vary with the academic calendar. My primary function is to provide support to the chemistry undergraduate teaching labs. I coordinate the equipment and supplies for the labs. Another support function is to manage the sciences stockroom. We purchase common laboratory chemicals and supplies in bulk quantities to maximize savings.

Q: Do you work with students or faculty?

A: Mostly faculty, staff and graduate students. The graduate program supports the undergraduate program with teaching assistants while they also work in the faculty research labs. It’s exciting to support the faculty in their research of new frontiers.

Q: You’ve been known to help out at liquid-nitrogen ice cream demonstrations and related experiments. That has to a bonus to your job! Do you try it every time?

A: I help Professor Dave Westmoreland with some of the intro chemistry demonstrations. Demonstrations are such a great way to keep the material fresh and alive, plus the students really seem to appreciate it. I never get tired of ice cream.

Q: What do you like best about working in the Chemistry Department?

A: It’s very challenging but also very rewarding. I interact with most of the people who work in the two buildings. The department encourages and supports professional development.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I was born in Baltimore, Maryland. My family moved to Guilford, Connecticut when I was 11. Somewhere along the line I started to think of myself as a Connecticut Yankee, although when I’ve attended any town meetings, it seems a true Connecticut Yankee has to be a second or third generation to qualify. (I always think of the Newhart show “Larry, Daryl and Daryl).

Q: What are your hobbies, interests outside of work?

A: My wife Cory Cullen and I live in Durham. Our three children will all be in college this fall. I spend my spare time with family and I also own a small wholesale business selling hobby hook-up wire to model train stores nationwide.

By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor

The Wesleyan Connection: Campus Snapshot

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Adam Black ’09 leads a Japanese song titled “Sakura” during the Cherry Blossom Festival April 29 in the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. In Japan, “Hanami” is the traditional custom of celebrating the beauty of cherry blossoms with food, song and parties. Some celebrate the event by taking walks near the trees and renewing their spirits.

Students, such as Elizabeth Goldgar ’11, took turn reading poems during the festival, which was attended by more than 50 students from several majors. The students read poems in Japanese and translated them into English.
Chia-Wei “Wade” Hsu ’10 enjoys reading a humorous poem written by another Wesleyan student.
Pictured left to right, Terry Kawashima, chair of the Asian Languages Department; Miri Nakamura, assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, assistant professor of East Asian studies;and Etsuko Takahashi, adjunct assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, adjunct assistant professor of East Asian Studies, applaud the student poets during the festival.
JJ DelSerra ’08 performs on a shamisen, a three-stringed lute. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Environmental Justice Explored at Workshop

At right, Lori Gruen, associate professor and chair of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, associate professor of philosophy at Wesleyan, spoke on “Environmental Justice as a Feminist Issue” during the Environmental Justice Curricular Workshop at Malcom X House May 9.
Posted 05/15/08
In 1982, the State of North Carolina chose to dump 60,000 tons of PCB-contaminated soil into a landfill in Warren County. Residents felt the state had chosen their county because it was predominately black and one of the poorest in the state. As a result, the landfill became the focus of accusations of “environmental racism,” or racial discrimination towards enforcement of environmental regulations.

This topic and others were explored at the Wesleyan–sponsored Environmental Justice Curricular Workshop May 9. Fourteen scholars from the northeast gathered for the event to discuss environmental justice issues.

In many ways, the workshop was a preview of a new course that will be taught jointly by faculty in African American Studies and Earth and Environmental Sciences,

“The workshop was aimed at bringing together a small number of professors from around New England to explore how environmental justice is currently being taught and to brainstorm about innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to bringing issues of environmental racism to students,” says co-host Suzanne O’Connell, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, director of the Service Learning Center. “As far as we know, it’s the first time this has been done.”

According to co-host Renee Romano, associate professor of history, associate professor of African American studies, associate professor of American studies, the concept of environmental justice grew out of the Environmental and Civil Rights movements. (O’Connell and Romano are pictured at left)

“One of its tenets is that disenfranchised people, especially ethnic minorities, but also included are women and the poor, are more likely to be the recipients of environmental injustice,” Romano says.

The day-long workshop was broken into three sessions. The first explored how scholars in the humanities and social science fields are teaching environmental justice. Participants then examined teaching methods of featured scholars working in fields related to environmental science. The final session focused on the best practices for teaching environmental justice in ways that promote interaction across the disciplines and with the broader community.

Workshop topics included “Teaching Environmental Justice as a Law/Public Policy Issue,” “Teaching Environmental Justice as an Ethical Issue,” “Teaching Environmental Justice as a Social Movement,” “Environmental Justice and Issues of Race and Sovereignty,” “Going Beyond the United States,” “Environmental Justice as a Feminist Issue,” “Service Learning,” “Teaching Environmental Justice through Local Case Studies,” and “Teaching Environmental Justice through Science.”

“For most environmental justice classes, science is not the focus, so I was able to ask the participants how they felt the best ways to involve students with a primarily social focus to become engaged in the underlying science,” O’Connell says.

In addition to delivering short presentations on teaching methods, the guests suggested reading and handout materials, and discussed assignments that worked best in their environmental justice-focused classes.

Two years ago, O’Connell and Romano began exploring the possibility of teaching an environmental justice course at Wesleyan. Their objective was to find a way that might raise minority student awareness of the importance of environmental science in their lives.

“The workshop helped us understand some of the complications of teaching a potentially volatile subject and to learn how experts handle the multiple topics,” Romano says.

The workshop was funded by Wesleyan through a grant for pedagogical and curricular innovation.

By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor

Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Celebrates 20 Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A complete timeline of the Mansfield Freeman Center is online at

By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor

PIMMS Founder Receives Service Award for Math, Science Contributions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exhibit on the Past Poses Questions about the Present

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students Awarded Academic Honors

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

George H. Acheson and Grass Foundation Prize in Neuroscience

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

Jacob Mirsky ’08

Alumni Prize in the History of Art

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

Matthew Alie ’08

American Chemical Society Analytical Award

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

Hwinei Tavengwa ’08

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Yusuke Minami ’09

American Institute of Chemists Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Andrew Marvin-Smith ’08

Ayres Prize

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

Jonas Mishara-Blomberger ’11

Baden-Württemberg―Connecticut Sister State Exchange

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

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

Baldwin Fellowship

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

Rachel Jacobson ’08

Bertman Prize

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

Gim Seng Ng ’08

Blankenagel Prize

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

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

Bradley Prize

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

Mi Kyung Lee ’08
Sameer Siddiqui ’08

Bridge Builder Award

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

Muriel Abeledo ’09
Traverse Square Tutoring Program

Briggs Prize

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

Abigail Hinchcliff ’08
Christopher Sarma ’09

Professor Samuel Hugh Brockunier Prize

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

Karin Schwanbeck GLSP

Erness Brody Prize

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

Joanna Brownson ’08
Mark Leonida ’08

Bruner Freshman Improvement Prize

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

Alexandra Klass ’10


Butterfield Prize

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

Glaister Leslie ’08
Samuel Ruth ’08

Camp Prize

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

Emma Komlos-Hrobsky ’08

Frank Capra Prize

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

Casey Long ’08

Cardinal Crest Award

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

Emily Malkin ’08

Chadbourne Prize

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

Jonathan Katz ’11

Clark Fellowship

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

Michael Sargen ’08

Dr. Neil Clendeninn Prize

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

Melissa Hutchins ’09
Glaister Leslie ’08

Cole Prize

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

Camara Awkward-Rich ’11
Demetria Spinrad ’11

Condil Award

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

Takorn Khempila ’10
Noumaan Shamsi ’10

Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award

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

Cecil Apostol ’08
Action Science Kids
Long Lane Farm

Herbert Lee Connelly Prize

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

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

Anna Julia Cooper Prize

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

Claudia Lesser ’08

CRC Award

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

Jonas Mishara-Blomberger ’11
Sarah White ’11

Davenport Prize

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

Abigail Hinchcliff ’08
Stephanie Schwartz ’08

Dorchester Prize

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

Tanya Llewellyn ’08
Emily Rabkin ’08

W.E.B. DuBois Prize

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

Benjamin Ansfield ’08

Dutcher Prize

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

Kathleen Mollison ’08

Kevin Echart Memorial Book Prize

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

Emily Greenhouse ’08
Peter Hill ’08

Exceptional Program Award

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

Para La Familia

William Firshein Prize

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

Danilo Macalinao ’08

First-Year Leadership Award

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

Alison Cies ’11

Susan Frazer Prize

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

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

Freeman Prize

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

Cedric Bien ’08
I-Hsiao Chen ’08

French Government Teaching Assistantship

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

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

Fulbright Fellowship

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

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

Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize

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

Jossalyn Lake ’08

German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship

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

Charles Witherspoon ’08

Giffin Prize

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

Eliza Ford ’08

Akiva Goldsman Prize in Screenwriting

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

Benjamin Crane ’08

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

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

Francis Noah Biro ’09
Alison Ringel ’09

Graduate Student of the Year Award

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

Christopher Dieck GRAD

Graham Prize

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

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

Grant/Wilcox Prize

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

Michael Chandler ’08

Hallowell Prize

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

James Feigenbaum ’08
Holly Wood ’08

K. P. Harrington Public Service Award

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

Gitanjali Prasad ’08

Hawk Prize

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

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

Health Education Prize

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

Rebecca Allen ’08
Lauren Pellegrino ’08

Heideman Award

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

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

Rachel Henderson Theater Prize

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

Victoria Amoscato ’08
Edward Bauer ’08

Holzberg Fellowship

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

Brittany Morse ’08

Horgan Prize

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

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

Herbert H. Hyman Prize

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

Maura Scully ’08
Holly Wood ’08

Ingraham Prize

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

Thea De Armond ’09
Thomas Van Denburgh ’09

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

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

Johnston Prize

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

Jonas Mishara-Blomberger ’11
Carl West ’11

P. L. Kellam Prize

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

Sarah Hays ’08

Barry Kiefer Prize

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

Siying Chen GRAD
Frank Stellabotte GRAD

Leavell Memorial Prize―Film

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

Thaddeus Ruzicka ’08

Leavell Memorial Prize―Music

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

Jonathan Boyer-Dry ’08

Leonard Prize

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

Nadeem Modan ’10

Levy-Spira Prize

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

Rebecca Chavez ’08

Limbach Prize

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

Luz Burgos ’09
Anna Komor ’09

Lipsky Prize

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

Christopher Ceccolini ’11

Littell Prize

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

Rangga Budoyo ’08

Robert S. Lynd Award

Awarded to a student for a Department of Sociology thesis.

Jessica Jones ’08

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

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

Sarah Reed ’08

John W. Macy Summer Internship in Public Administration

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

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

Mann Prize

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

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

Martius Yellow Award

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

Portia Chipendo ’09

Richard McLellan Prize

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

Russell Perkins ’09

Meyer Prize

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

Scott DeAmicis ’08

Richard A. Miller Summer Internship Grant

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

Melgily Valdez ’09

Monroe Prize

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

Elana Baurer ’09

Janina Montero Prize

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

Tania Serrano ’08

David Morgan Prize

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

Frances Jones ’08
Laura Silver ’08

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award

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

Muriel Abeledo ’09

Mosaic Award

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

Interfaith Justice League

Geraldine J. Murphy Prize

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

Russell Perkins ’09

National Board of Review Charlie Andrews Award

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

Genevieve Angelson ’08
Lucia Pier ’08

Needler Prize

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

Jonah Boyarin ’08

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize

Awarded for excellence in Women’s Studies.

Kelly Klein ’08
Larissa Slovin ’08

Olin Fellowship

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

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

Outreach and Community Service Award

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

Elissa Kozlov ’08
Grace Overbeke ’08

Outstanding Collaboration Award

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

Long Lane Farm

Parker Prize

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

Elizabeth Weisman ’09

Peirce Prize

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

Portia Chipendo ’09

Emily White Pendleton Scholarship

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

Melanie Cherng ’08

Peterson Fellowships

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

Siying Chen GRAD
Sudipta Majumdar GRAD
Iulia Vitoc GRAD

Plukas Prize

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

James Feigenbaum ’08

Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award

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

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

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize

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

Jonathan Sirlin ’08

Reed Prize

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

Susanna Myrseth ’10
Eric Weiskott ’09

Damain Garth Reeves Memorial Book Prize

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

Marsha Jean-Charles ’11

Rice Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

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

Rich Prize

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

Kai Johnson ’08
Benjamin Smyser ’08

Robertson Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

Nathan Fieldsteel ’10

Robins Memorial Prize

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

Alexandra Steinlight ’08

Ross Prize

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

Asli Sonceley ’08

Juan Roura-Parella Prize

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

Annalisa Bolin ’08
Katherine Poor ’08

Rulewater Prize

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

Ryan Lee GLSP

Robert Schumann Distinguished Student Award

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

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

Scott Biomedical Prize

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

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

Scott Prize―Asian Languages and Literatures

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

Alexander Kirst ’08
Joyce Lai ’08

Scott Prize―German Studies

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

Charles Witherspoon ’08

Scott Prize―Romance Languages and Literatures

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

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

Scott Prize―Russian and East European Studies

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

Emily Wang ’08

John and Mary Sease Prize

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

Jordan Schmidt ’08

Sehlinger Prize

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

Adam Baim ’08

Senior Leadership Award

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

Gitanjali Prasad ’08

Senior Prize in Computer Science

Awarded for excellence in computer science to a senior.

Jesse Farnham ’08

Frances M. Sheng Prize

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

Cedric Bien ’08
Joseph DelSerra ’08

Sherman Prize―Classical Studies

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

Joanna Kenty ’08

Sherman Prize―Math

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

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

Rae Shortt Prize

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

James Aisenberg ’09
Isaac Levy ’09

Samuel C. Silipo Prize

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

Lindsay Wright ’10

Silverman Prize

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

Maxwell Loewinger ’08

Siver Scholarship

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

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

Skirm Prize

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

Nathan Kaufman ’08

Social Activist Award

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

Kaitlyn Krauss ’08

Annie Sonnenblick Writing Award

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

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen ’09

Spinney Prize

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

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

Spurrier Award

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

Alex Gelman ’08

Studio Art Program Award

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

Constance Smith ’08

Student Organization of the Year

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


Thorndike Prize

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

Kirsten Sharpes ’08

Tishler Teaching Award

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

Sattanathan Paramasivan GRAD

Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize―Art

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

Benjamin Ahles ’08

Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize―Music

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

Hyun Hannah Nam ’08

Trench Prize

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

Rosina Belcourt ’08

Karl Van Dyke Prize

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

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

Vanguard Prize

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

Patrick Senat ’08

Walkley Prize

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

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

Watson Fellowship

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

Cedric Bien ’08
Rebecca Littman ’08

Weller Prize

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

Elise Gelwan ’09

Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Memorial Prize

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

Alaina Elrington ’09

Wesleyan Fiction Award

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

Malwina Andruczyk ’08
Annalisa Bolin ’08

Wesleyan Memorial Prize

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

Jason Harris ’09

White Prize

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

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

White Fellowship―Government

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

Portia Hemphill 2007

White Fellowship―History

Awarded for excellence in history.

Dustin Brockner ’09
Lindsay Weber ’09

M.G. White Prize

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American studies.

Michael Litwack ’08
Sally Rosen ’08

Wilde Prize

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

James Feigenbaum ’08

Winchester Fellowship

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

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

Wise Prize

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

Nathaniel Axel ’08
Mark Kelley ’08

Photos by Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor.

Softball Wraps Up Winning Season

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

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

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

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

Annual Workshop Explores Jewish Culture through Early Literature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Corrina Balash Kerr, associate director of media relations

Professor Robert Whitman Dies at 78

Posted 05/15/08
Robert H. Whitman, professor of Russian emeritus, died recently in Berkeley, Calif. He was 78 years old.

Professor Whitman was trained as a linguist. He earned a bachelor of arts from Hamilton College and a Ph.D from Harvard University and joined the Wesleyan faculty in 1959.

He left Wesleyan in 1963 and spent a year in the USSR, then returned to teach and continue his research at Cornell University, the University of Indiana, and the University of California at Berkeley, before returning to Wesleyan in 1971. He was a visiting professor at Yale for one semester, served as chair of the Educational Policy Committee, and taught courses in Old Russian literature and the history of the Russian language.

Professor Whitman founded a program in linguistics, with the participation of members of the anthropology, philosophy, English and psychology departments, and for many years taught popular courses in general linguistics, directing numerous honors theses written by students who went on to become professional linguists. He retired from the Wesleyan faculty in 1997.

“Bob had an extraordinary ability to inspire students to do sophisticated work, both in tutorials and in class, giving students confidence in their insights by exploring the most fruitful dimensions of what they had to say,” says Whitman’s former colleague Priscilla Meyer, professor of Russian language and literature. “He enlivened department meetings with his love of linguistic play, and was enormously generous with his time to colleagues as well as students.”

Meyer adds that in 1975, Professor Whitman took over a five-days-a-week Russian language class for a month to replace an incapacitated colleague.

Professor Whitman is survived by his wife Fran of Berkeley, Calif., his daughter Julie Zai, and grandchildren Claire and Andreus, who live in Franktown, Colo.

Wesleyan Recording Accepted Into National Registry

Posted 05/15/08
A Navajo sacred ceremony recording by the late David McAllester, professor of music and anthropology, emeritus, was accepted into the 2007 National Recording Registry.

The recording, titled “Navajo Shootingway Ceremony Field Recordings representing the David McAllester Collection (Recorded by David McAllester 1957-1958),” was one of 25 new additions to the registry, announced May 14. The registry is online at

“McAllester’s recording is listed among such luminaries as Fiorello LaGuardia, Michael Jackson, Ronald Reagan, and Kitty Wells,” says Alec McLane, music librarian and director of Wesleyan’s World Music Archives. “It may be the only record of a deeply sacred Navajo healing ceremony in the late 1950s.”

The recording, which is housed in the World Music Archives, is of the Navajo’s Shootingway ceremony, one of the most complex in the Navajo ceremonial system. It includes the nine-day ceremonial event, detailed discussions about preparations, procedures, sacred paraphernalia, as well as the reciting of all of the prayers and singing of all of the songs in order.

In addition to the Shootingway recordings, McAllester’s collection includes eight different versions of the lengthy Blessingway ceremony, several other traditional ceremonies, and many examples of contemporary genres in which he was also interested.

McLane had been in touch with the National Recording Preservation Board at the Library of Congress for several months, trying to find a suitable collection among David McAllester’s huge body of recorded material. With the help of Charlotte Frisbie, who collaborated with David on the book Navajo Blessingway singer: the autobiography of Frank Mitchell, 1881-1967 (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1978), it was decided to focus on the Shootingway ceremony.

In 1957-58 McAllester took a sabbatical from Wesleyan and traveled to the Southwest on a Guggenheim grant. Most of his work involved recording Navajo music, including a film of Frank Mitchell’s Blessingway ceremony, a copy of which is held in Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives. That led to his meetings with other Navajo singers, including Ray Winnie, whom he recorded in 1957 performing the full Shootingway ceremony.

Winnie’s recording was done primarily as a demonstration, not as an official healing ceremony, so McAllester next decided to seek out an occasion for the real event. This led to his recording in June of 1958 of Diné Tsosi performing a full ceremony for a relative of both Ray Winnie and Frank Mitchell.

“The Shootingway can be performed in a one-night, five-night, or full nine-night version,” Frisbie explains. “Shootingway has numerous branches, can be either male or female, and it can be performed with a wide variety of associated rituals, sandpaintings and the like, all of which are negotiated by the patient, that person’s family, with the singer when that person is hired. The singing is accompanied by an inverted basket drum and drumstick of plaited yucca leaves.”

The World Music Archives holds McAllester’s 23 original tape reels recorded during the Diné Tsosi ceremony, and an additional set of 16 tape reels of the Ray Winnie ceremony. These recordings are available for listening at the archives, located on the third floor of Olin Library.

“We recognize that the performances of these ceremonies were highly personal, directed at the healing of particular people and their families, and that David McAllester was very privileged to be given the opportunity to record them,” McLane says.

By Olivia Drake, Wesleyan Connection editor

Associate Director of Financial Aid Programs Software, Coordinates Outreach Activities

Karen Hook, associate director of financial aid, says her office helps 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students find Financial Aid programs.
Posted 05/15/08
Q: Karen, when did you come to Wesleyan?

A: Ten years ago I relocated from Burlington, Vermont to work at the Financial Aid Office. I started as the assistant director of loans and student employment. Five years ago I became associate director.

Q: What is your main role as associate director of financial aid?

A: I’m the “keeper of the calendar.” In that capacity, I work with everybody to be sure we are where we need to be at that time of year. This includes reviewing files, processing requests, coordinating outreach activities.

Q: During a typical day, how do you spend most of your time?

A: I work with students and parents about 25 percent of the time. The rest of my day is spent behind the scenes reviewing files and working on systems.

Q: How many students receive financial aid?

A: Our office works with about 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. During the spring, we assist an additional 800 admitted students.

Q: In what ways can you help students defray this cost? What are financial aid options?

A: After financial aid is awarded, the family may be looking for ways to support their family contribution. Since each family’s financial situation is different our office is available to discuss various options, such as the Monthly Payment Plan or alternative loans. Our goal is to provide a family with the best information available so they may make an informed decision.

Q: Aside from federal, state and private scholarships, how does Wesleyan help students? Where does this income come from?

A: There are a number of institutions that are not able to provide all the aid that a student needs to attend. Wesleyan students are fortunate in that alumni and other donors have generously given funds to make sure that Wesleyan does not become one of those schools.

Q: Do you work with students of all class years or any particular years?

A: I work with a portion of the admitted students before they matriculate and seniors. It’s fun to meet students as they are entering Wes and then catch back up with them as they are about to leave. I’m constantly amazed at the opportunities they have either taken advantage of or created on their own while at Wesleyan.

Q: What office technologies do you oversee?

A: I’m responsible for programming our financial aid software system, maintaining our gateway to the federal grant programs and our website.

Q: Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis?

A: Students, parents, student accounts, staff in Information Technology Services and outside agencies.

Q: Is your job rewarding?

A: Giving away millions of dollars is absolutely rewarding, and challenging. There are many federal and state regulations that we must follow in order to stay in compliance. My favorite part about the job is that I get to meet people from all over the world.

Q: Where did you attend college and what did you major in?

A: I graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University with a bachelor of arts in international studies. I also had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at Osaka University in Japan.

Q: What led you to Wesleyan?

A: I’m a big believer in “things happen for a reason.” I stumbled on my last job in Vermont when I received a package in the mail with newspaper stuffed in the box. The newspaper section just happened to be the classifieds. For Wesleyan, my husband and I were looking to relocate. While we were vacationing on Cape Cod, we picked up The Boston Globe on our way to the beach. I read the classifieds and I guess you could say the rest is history!

Q: Any plans for the summer?

A: My husband, son, daughter and I live in Wethersfield and we love to be outside so you will find us out on what the kids call a “nature walk.” As an extension of that we’re looking forward to some camping adventures in the Adirondacks this year.

By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor