| Poetry, slavery, monks and dialects are among several topics of this years Voices of Liberal Learning seminars.
Voices of Liberal Learning is a series of stimulating educational programs and presentations available to the Wesleyan community.
The Voices of Liberal Learning programs enrich the intellectual exchange among members of the community and offer the kind of substantive, outside-the-classroom learning experience treasured by all of us, says Linda Secord, director of alumni education and university lectures. We have a remarkable selection of educational programs throughout the year which will foster the evolution of knowledge and understanding at Wesleyan and challenge participants to think in new ways. I welcome everyone to take advantage of these offerings.
Speakers and events occurring on campus during the Fall 2006 schedule are:
8 p.m. Oct. 4, Russell House, 350 High Street
8 p.m. Oct. 5
8 p.m. Oct. 10
8 p.m. Oct. 11
8 p.m. Oct. 17
4:15 p.m. Oct. 19
2 p.m. Oct. 21
5 p.m. Oct. 21
8 p.m. Oct. 24
8 p.m. Oct. 25
4:30 p.m. Oct. 26
8 p.m. Oct. 26
7:30 p.m. Oct. 30
4:30 p.m. Nov. 2
8 p.m. Nov. 7
8 p.m. Nov. 8
4:15 p.m. Nov. 8
7:30 p.m. Nov. 9
7:30 p.m. Nov. 9
8 p.m. Nov. 14
4:30 p.m. Nov. 15
4:15 p.m. Nov. 29
8 p.m. Nov. 29
4:30 p.m. Dec. 7
For more information contact Linda Secord at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-685-3003. To learn more about these programs and their sponsors visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/175/liberal.html.
Campus News & Events
by Olivia Drake •
|Barbara Spalding, associate director of Campus Fire Safety, teaches housemates Sally Smyth ’07 and Kara Brodgesell ’07 how to plunge a toilet and shut off a water valve at their student residence as part of the WesHome Program.|
| Home sweet home. Or is it?
If a students residence is too hot, has a broken toilet, a burned-out entrance light, sticky windows or drafty doors, his or her home may not be more sour than sweet.
WesHome, a new program spearheaded by Physical Plant and the Campus Fire Safety Office, teaches students how to use, maintain and be safe in their Wesleyan habitats.
Wesleyan currently has 143 wood-framed homes, which house more than 554 students. Already, about 40 Wesleyan staff members have adopted their own WesHome.
At Wesleyan we teach students all kinds of things, but we havent educated them how to live in their homes, says Barbara Spalding, associate director of Campus Fire Safety.
On Sept. 29, Spalding visited the six students living in the 88 Home Ave. house. She brought along a pizza, soda, cookies and a plunger.
Does everyone know how to use this thing, she asks, smiling.
After a brief introduction, Spalding gathers with the students in their living room. She asks if the students are having any problems with their home, and takes note of their concerns. Any immediate problems are reported to Physical Plant.
Spalding then goes down a checklist, making sure their keys, doors, lights, windows, appliances, exhaust fans and heating system work. She explains where they are able to park, where their fire extinguishers are, when trash and recyclables are collected, how to close a storm window, how to hang a shower curtain inside the bathtub and how to control their thermostat.
She talks about prohibited items and behaviors such as using candles, burning incense, the use of electric heaters and halogen floor lamps, or placing furniture too close to the heaters.
Basements and attics are locked and Spaulding reminds students that unauthorized access to these areas will lead to a $500 fine.
Heating issues alone are worthy of an extensive talk. Spalding estimates that half of the students living in Wesleyans wood-framed homes have no idea where their homes thermostat is located.
Before you call Physical Plant and say your home is too hot or too cold, make sure your thermostat is set at a comfortable temperature that everyone in your home can agree on, Spalding says. Fixing the heat is not usually a housing problem, its a behavior problem.
Spalding proceeds with a home tour, showing the residents their boiler, electric box and fire alarm panel in the basement. She teaches the residents how to plunge a toilet and shut off a water valve.
Residents also receive an Emergency Planning Notebook, which contains a photo of the home, exit plans, emergency phone numbers, links to personal safety Web sites, Emergency Blue Light locations, fire alarm and sprinkler information, trash and recycling information, energy saving tips, cable modem information and a family-contact emergency form for each of the homes residents.
Meredith Katz, an 88 Home Avenue resident, says she enjoyed learning how her home away from home works.
Our home-mom, Barbara, taught us everything we need to know about maintaining a happy household, she says. Now we know how to respect and preserve our beautiful home.
The WesHome program is seeking staff and faculty volunteers to adopt a home. For more information, contact Barbara Spalding at 860-685-3780.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
|Science teachers in Connecticut teachers take classes at Wesleyan through the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science Program (PIMMS). PIMMS is teaming up with the Connecticut Science Center to provide science and math education techniques to K-12 teachers.|
| A new partnership between Wesleyan University and The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford will be designed to engage more students across the state to the sciences than ever before.
Specifically, The Connecticut Science Center will be partnering with Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Sciences (PIMMS). Together they will train Connecticut middle school science teachers how best to teach the sciences to students in grades K-12.
“We are very excited about the new Science Center,” says Joseph Bruno, vice president for academic affairs and provost at Wesleyan.
“Coming at a time when we are actively promoting the excellence of Wesleyan science, we view the partnership as an opportunity to contribute to this exciting project and to inform others about our science programs. The contributions of our faculty and students at the Center would also be entirely consistent with Wesleyan’s strong commitment to service in the community,” he says.
Both PIMMS and The Connecticut Science Center have a mission to foster public interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The new partnership will offer teachers graduate level credit through Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program (GLSP) for those who enroll in the Science Center’s Institute for Inquiry. The Science Center’s Institute for Inquiry is a professional development program for Connecticut teachers of science. It’s available to all teachers in grades K-12 who have an interest in teaching the sciences. Teachers must enroll, and be accepted to the program where they research and develop a unit of study pertaining to science.
This summer, the Institute accepted 150 Connecticut area teachers-an enrollment spike from 125 teachers last year. The program runs for six weeks starting each July and each week-long session trains approximately 30-40 teachers.
Christine Moses, director of Program Outreach for the Connecticut Science Center, says that the Center has always thought of Wesleyan’s PIMMS as a leader in the state for the development of teachers in the sciences.
“This mutually beneficial partnership will teach teachers how to take their students through the inquiry process,” she says. “When you engage students first in the sciences, instead of lecturing, they retain the information better.”
Moses anticipates that next summer, even more teachers will apply to the Institute for Inquiry for credit through Wesleyan University, to prepare for the new state science cumulative testing requirements for grades 5 and 8 beginning in 2008.
The new partnership between PIMMS and The Connecticut Science Center also involves Wesleyan University faculty, who will help the Center write curricula for their science labs.
“Wesleyan’s science and mathematics faculty have always shown a keen interest in working with teachers and students in Connecticut’s schools,” says Mike Zebarth, director of Wesleyan’s PIMMS.
“This partnership will provide additional opportunities for the Wesleyan faculty to be involved with one of the State’s key educational resources in science and math. Faculty members may serve in advisory capacities, present public seminars and work with PIMMS on the Center’s Inquiry Institute. There will also be opportunities for Wesleyan’s graduate and undergraduate students to be involved directly with the Center in the role of exhibit tour guides,” he says.
Robert Rosenbaum, University Mathematics Professor at Wesleyan University, established the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science at Wesleyan in 1979. Annually, 1500 teachers attend one or more of PIMMS 50 high-quality professional development programs. For more information, contact Mike Zebarth at 860-685-6456 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/pimms/ or www.ctsciencecenter.org.
|By Laura Perillo, associate director of Media Relations|
by Olivia Drake •
| On May 4, 2006, Doug Bennet ’59, P’87, P’94, Wesleyan’s 15th president, announced his decision that the 2006-07 academic year will be the 12th and final year of his presidency. The Wesleyan Board of Trustees is in the process of convening an 18-person search committee composed of alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and students to undertake a comprehensive search to identify and successfully recruit Bennet’s successor.
The alumni and trustee members of the search committee are Kofi Appenteng ’81 and chair, Stephen Daniel ’82, Jim Dresser ’63, Joe Fins ’82, Ellen Jewett ’81, Michael McPherson P’98, Megan Norris ’83, Ted Shaw ’76, Shonni Silverberg ’76, and John Usdan ’80. Peter Patton, vice president and secretary, will also serve as a member of the search committee.
In keeping with the process used in the search that resulted in Doug Bennet’s selection by the Board in 1995, the faculty will select five members and the student body will select two members to join the search committee.
Several other leading colleges and universities will be conducting presidential searches this year, so to ensure that Wesleyan has its first choice among search consultants, several trustees, staff, faculty and students initiated a competitive process to select a search firm in July.
Consultants Jennifer Bol and Michele Haertel from Spencer Stuart will work as search consultants to Wesleyan. They bring a combination of extensive experience in higher education plus world-wide experience in other markets.
Many thanks to the faculty, student and trustee leadership for enabling the search consultant selection process to proceed so smoothly, Appenteng says. We look forward to working with as many of you as possible as we take this important next step in Wesleyan’s future.
Appenteng says it is critical to have staff on campus to support the search process. Peter Patton, vice president and secretary of the university, professor of earth and environmental sciences, has agreed to serve as executive secretary to the search committee. Patton will be joined by Joan Adams, formerly the assistant to the dean of admission and financial aid, who will serve as special assistant to the Presidential Search Committee.
Current committee members have established a Web site to collect confidential nominations and feedback from the community at http://www.wesleyan.edu/presidentialsearch.
Anyone may make suggestions, comments or nominations to the search committee.
Once the search committee membership is complete, the full search committee will begin a more formal outreach process with the Wesleyan Community and review the submissions.
by Olivia Drake •
|Drew Black, wrestling coach and strength and conditioning coach, explains how to use a medicine ball for strength training via video on a new Strength and Conditioning Web Site.|
With moves like the spider lunge, chest fly, sumo squat, wood chop, push jerk and the inch worm, strength and conditioning lessons have never been so easy and entertaining.
Through a series of online videos and written training plans, Drew Black, Wesleyan wrestling coach and strength and conditioning coach, shows how to properly execute 241 movements in the weight room. Some can be applied in the workplace or at home, as well.
The new Strength and Conditioning Web Site, launched Sept. 7, can be seen online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/athletics/strength/. All high-quality video clip demonstrations were filmed in the Freeman Athletic Centers Andersen Fitness Center.
This new site is for the entire Wesleyan community, Black says. Our fitness center is one of the most used facilities on campus and I want everyone to have a tool and resource they can turn to for information on how to reach their strength and fitness goals whether you are a varsity athlete, a recreational athlete, a lifetime fitness enthusiast, or someone who is recovering from an injury.
In addition to the video clips, the site highlights six performance principles including sport specific training, multiple joint movements, multiple plane movements, ground-based movements, nutrition, rest and recovery, and periodization, a scientific, systematic training model used to continuously make gains in training.
It offers training notes on speed and agility, general strength programs, warming up, core training. Site visitors can download and print log forms to chart and record training sessions.
Black suggests a number of general strength training programs, categorized into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of strength training. Users can view a three-day program, weight training for total body, interval training ideas and a bodyweight strength program.
These programs are set up into two different formats where you may choose how you would like to train during the week, Black explains. You may like to train your total body each time you lift or you may choose to train only certain movements such as upper body pushing movements, lower body only, and upper body pulling movements. Both methods are effective for increasing strength. Its important to choose a plan that works best for you.
Student athletes can use the site to enhance their individuals athletic potential on the field, mat, ice, court and water. Since strength training is a major supplement to the athletes specific sport, the athletes always have access to the video-coach as they train.
Black says the site also will attract top prospective student-athletes to Wesleyan.
There are not many sites around the country that offer this information, Black explains. It shows that we love what we do and at Wesleyan we strive for excellence.
The site was designed by Ryan Lee, Web designer; coordinated by Jen Carlstrom, director of New Media Services; and categorized by Mary Glynn, application technology specialist. Michael Leone, son of Pat Leone, World Wide Web administrator, filmed and edited the digital videos.
Black, who initiated the idea for a video-coach Web site, says strength and conditioning are the two best supplements a person can add into his or her daily regimen.
In order to run faster, jump higher, and be able to play longer, you must strength train, cross train, and condition your body, Black explains. Many of our fitness center users also have goals in terms of losing weight, become more flexible, get stronger, and put on some muscle. All of these goals will be realized and attained by following a strength program. Quality of life and quality experience in your sport are directly related to following a consistent strength and conditioning program.”
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
David Titus, Professor Emeritus of Government, died on June 13, 2006.
Professor Titus taught at Wesleyan from 1966 until his retirement in 2004, serving as chair of the Government Department, the College of Social Studies and the East Asian Studies Program. He played a crucial role in establishing East Asian Studies at Wesleyan; he served as Resident Director of the Kyoto Program three times, and was a member and frequent chair of its Executive Board. His masterwork was his Palace and Politics in Prewar Japan, which established his reputation as a leading scholar of Japanese politics; it was translated into Japanese in 1979.
Professor Titus as an avid birdwatcher, and a vital participant in the Mattabesset chapter of the Audubon Society, which he also served as president. Until his recent stroke, he loved to play the violin, enlivening numerous campus occasions over the years.
He is survived by two sons, Brian and Jeffrey, a daughter in law, Rie, and two grandchildren, Sion and Neo. A memorial service will be scheduled in the fall.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Mattabeseck Audubon Society, c/o Alison Guinness, DeKoven House, 27 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457.
by Olivia Drake •
| Wesleyan celebrated the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day.
According to Federal law, Wesleyan and other federally-funded institutions are required to offer programs commemorating the Constitution.
We want to take something that is required by law, and turn it into something meaningful for the Wesleyan community, says the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian Barbara Jones.
Jones, whose primary professional interests include intellectual freedom, presented a talk titled Libraries and the Constitution After 9/11 in recognition of Constitution Day 2006 Sept. 19 in the Smith Reading Room in Olin Library. R
Jones has served one term as chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and two terms as a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She was the first chair of the American College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Intellectual Freedom Committee. Jones has spoken to library, general academic, legislative and community groups about the First Amendment in libraries of all types, and has just returned from a lecture tour in Japan.
Olin Library will celebrate its centennial as a depository library with an event during Homecoming, including an exhibit in the library on the Constitution.
Constitution Day, Inc., a non-partisan non-profit organization, coordinates an annual national simultaneous recitation of the Preamble across all of America. All 50 states participate in a roll call in the order they ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union.
This year, General Colin Powell led a nationwide annual recitation of the preamble. The recitation was dedicated to and honored the United States military.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
by Olivia Drake •
|Ron Jenkins, professor of theater, reads a Sanskrit prayer during a Sept. 11 Memorial Service in the Memorial Chapel while Jason Harris ’09, left, listens.|
| On Sept. 11, 2001, Marc Arena 07 was in class when his high school principal announced over the P.A. that the World Trade Center towers were struck by two planes. He and his classmates at Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, N.Y. gathered around a radio, listening in awe.
With an ear on the broadcast, and a pencil at hand, Arena wrote a poem.
Bodies leaping from 61 floors. Like roaches in the light. The people flee from the dark cloud. The shrapnel rain. Suffocating smog and fumes. Complete darkness even in daylight, Arena wrote.
Five years later, Arena presented this poem during a 9-11 Memorial Sept. 11, 2006 in the Memorial Chapel. He was one of six speakers who offered a reflection or poem during the 45-minute service, attended by Wesleyan students, faculty and staff.
Jewish Rabbi David Leipziger Teva organized the service, noting that 1,825 days have passed since the terrorist attacks; 3,500 Wesleyan undergraduates have received degrees; and a baby born on Sept. 11, 2001 could be attending kindergarten this year.
Leipziger Teva read off 24 names of Wesleyan alumni and friends who perished in the attacks, starting with Maile Hale 97 and Andy Kates 85.
Let us reflect on all those who were killed five years ago today, he said. They were our fathers, our wives and our children. They were alumni students who walked the halls we walk today. They were friends and loved ones of our beloved Wesleyan community.
Like Arena, Ethan Kleinberg, associate professor of history, associate professor of letters, shared his memories of Sept. 11, 2001 with the audience, mentioning that his first day teaching classes at Wesleyan was at 10:30 a.m. that morning. Not knowing what to do, he asked the students to speak. Several wanted to explore the reasons of what led to the attacks.
Kleinberg followed his story with summarized points adapted from French philosopher Georges Sorels Reflections on Violence.
By reading a Sanskrit prayer excerpt, Ron Jenkins, professor of theater, mimicked how victims of terrorist bombings in Bali prayed during a ceremony at Ground Zero.
I chose to read and discuss this ceremony because I believe it is important to understand 9/11 in an international perspective, and to reflect on cultures like Balinese Hindus, Jenkins said. They live in the worlds largest Muslim country and chose to respond to terror with art instead of war.
Elizabeth Willis, assistant professor of English, said as a poet, she was struck by how poetry was being circulated on the internet post Sept. 11. She read 1969 Pulitzer Prize poet George Oppens Power of the Enchanted World and an excerpt from Walt Whitmans poem, Leaves of Grass.
Other speakers included Karl Scheibe, professor of psychology, emeritus, who read Robert Frosts Choose Something Like a Star, and Jason Harris ’09 who shared a reflection titled Is it Just a Myth?”
In addition to the memorial, panelists spoke on the topic, “9/11 in Retrospect: in what ways, if any, has the world changed?” in the Public Affairs Center. Donald Moon, dean of the social sciences and John. E. Andrus Professor of Government served as moderator.
Panelists included Peter Gottschalk, associate professor of religion; Bruce Masters, professor of history; Joel Pfister, professor of English and Len Burman,75, director of the Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute and Brookings Institution.
Bells rang at 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m., the times when planes struck the World Trade Center.
By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor
The following poem was written by Marc Arena ’07 (pictured above) while listening to the radio during live broadcast coverage of Sept. 11, 2001.
The day shattered by the pierce of the P.A.
The World Trade Center fell
Bush in the air
Reporters choking back fear
War seems only footsteps away
Car bomb explosion
It is the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history
Children stranded at schools
New York City is on full terrorist alert.
Family on Chambers St.
THE SECOND TOWER COLLAPSED!
Bodies leaping from 61 floors
The shrapnel rain
NYC is in shambles
Reports from the air suspended
The globe paralyzed
There might as well be war
Giant flame-throwers erupt from the towers
Half hour between collapses
The word here is Oh My God.
People trapped inside
Smoke tidal wave.
The skyline altered forever
Read another Sept. 11 poem, spoken during the recent Memorial Service, here.
by Olivia Drake •
| The Center for African American Studies is hosting a fall lecture series titled “Revisiting Slavery.” The schedule includes:
Slavery and the United States Constitution
Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
“Cultivating Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and Enterprise in Colonial New England
American Slavery: A Most Complete Story
Other fall events include:
The Need to Question
A Discussion with Immortal Technique
A Reading by Author Nathaniel Mackey
Democracy and Captivity: Race and the Penal Landscape” by Joyce James
The War in Iraq presented by Jonathan Cutler, associate professor of sociology and associate professor of American Studies
A Discussion of Stem Cell Research
by Olivia Drake •
| Each year, the Office of University Communications collects objective and comparative measures of Wesleyan’s strengths from data compiled by outside sources. Following is a brief list of recent findings:
No. 1 in National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding among Liberal Arts Peers
No. 1 in Science and Math Publications Among Liberal Arts Peers
No. 10 in the 2006 U. S. News & World Report Rankings of Liberal Arts Institutions
Wesleyan also ranked within U.S. News:
No. 7 in Economic Diversity
No. 3 among All National Universities & Colleges by Washington Monthly
No. 8 Wesleyan Athletics Power Ranking among Div. III Schools by NCSA
No. 10 of Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for African Americans as Ranked by Black Enterprise magazine.
Wesleyan is a Top 30 Private School according to Reform Judaism magazines “Insider’s Guide to Jewish Campus Life
|List compiled by David Pesci, director of Media Relations and the Office of University Communications staff|
by Olivia Drake •
A team of staff members is updating Wesleyan’s emergency response plan, which describes protocols for maintaining personal safety and the continuity of operations in the event of a crisis.
Led by Director of Physical Plant Cliff Ashton, the Business Continuity Planning Committee is updating a plan that was implemented in 2002. The plan covers hurricanes and other natural disasters, as well as such manmade crises as power outages and chemical spills. The committee is exploring responses to more recent threatssuch as the possibility of a pandemic contagion. It also is reviewing the plan for consistency with protocols established in the National Incident Management System created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The committee, which began its work last spring, will recommend a revised plan to the senior administration in the fall.
Questions and comments may be directed to Cliff Ashton at email@example.com.
|By Justin Harmon, vice president for Public Affairs and director of University Communications|
by Olivia Drake •
| Wesleyans Music Department will sponsor a memorial service for David McAllester, professor of music and anthropology, emeritus, at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel Sept. 24.
McAllester, a founder of the Society for Ethnomusicology, died April 29, 2006, after suffering a stroke. He was 89.
David had a huge impact on generations of Wesleyan students, many of them not music majors or grad students, says Mark Slobin, professor of music, who worked with McAllester for 15 years. When I was hired at Wesleyan in 1971 and looked at a college guide, the only course singled out was McAllesters exciting course on American Indian Music, complete with a pow-wow on Foss Hill.
A graduate of Harvard University, McAllester studied at the Juilliard School of Music and earned his doctorate in anthropology at Columbia. He began his career at Wesleyan in the Psychology Department, and soon established the Anthropology Department, where he was an instructor of anthropology. In 1957, he was promoted to a full professor and in 1971, he moved to the Music Department, where he co-founded the program in World Music. He remained in the Music Department until his retirement in 1986.
“The twin career in anthropology and music is the work of a man who, faced with the choice between art and science, embraced them both,” wrote Richard Winslow, professor of music, emeritus, in the summer 1986 issue of Wesleyan magazine.
One of the founders of the Society for Ethnomusicology in 1952, McAllester served the organization in a number of positions, first as its secretary, and later as the president and editor of the society’s journal. His particular field of interest was Native American ceremonial music, especially that of the Navajos of the American Southwest.
Known internationally for his scholarly works and publications, he was a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research in new Native American music and of a Fulbright grant that provided him with a senior lectureship in Australia. He was a member of the board of trustees for the American Indian Archaeological Institute in Washington, D.C., and did extensive fieldwork with several native American groups, with books that include Peyote Music (1949), Enemyway Music (1954) and Navajo Blessingway Singer (1978).
With a longstanding commitment to nonviolence, he served in conscientious objector work camps during World War II. He was a founding member of the Middletown Quaker Meeting, as well as the South Berkshire Friends meeting, where he set up a tipi on the grounds, as well as helping to construct a swamp trail around a beaver pond.
Predeceased by his first wife, Susan McAllester, in 1994, he is survived by his wife, Beryl Irene Courtenay, a daughter, a son, two granddaughters, and a son-in-law.