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Students of Color Gather for Reception, Program

The Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance (AFCA) hosted a Students of Color Reception Aug. 28 in Usdan University Center. The reception allowed new students who identify themselves as a “student of color” to meet fellow students, faculty, staff and administrators. The group gathered for lunch and a brief program led by Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion. Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Wesleyan Welcomes 109 International Students to the Class of 2018

International students shout "Go Wes!" during their orientation Aug. 26 at Usdan University Center.

International students shout “Go Wes!” during their orientation Aug. 26 at Usdan University Center.

Students from 30 different countries joined the Class of 2018 during International Student Orientation, held Aug. 24-26.

This fall, 109 undergraduate students come from international countries, including students who are U.S. citizens but live abroad. Three students are visiting from Germany, two from Spain and one from France.

This year, Wesleyan has students who hail from Guatemala,

Display in Usdan Illustrates Students’ Geographic Diversity

A map in Usdan University Center created out of recycled paper, yarn and pins by student Orientation interns illustrates the geographic diversity of Wesleyan's newest students. The new students—including the Class of 2018, transfer and graduate students—come from as as close as Middletown and as far away as North Sydney, Australia (20,002 miles).

A map in Usdan University Center created out of recycled paper, yarn and pins by student Orientation interns illustrates the geographic diversity of Wesleyan’s newest students. The new students—including the Class of 2018, transfer and graduate students—come from as as close as Middletown and as far away as North Sydney, Australia (20,002 miles).

Wesleyan Welcomes 64 Graduate Students

Graduate Student Services welcomed 64 graduate students to Wesleyan on Aug. 26.

Of the students, 19 are part of Wesleyan’s BA/MA program; 12 are MA students; 20 are Ph.D. candidates; eight are Foreign Language Teaching Assistants; three are Wesleyan Writing Fellows and one is an exchange student from Germany.

Twelve are studying music and ethnomusicology; 37 are pursing degrees in science and mathematics; three are studying psychology and 12 are non-degree seeking students.

Of the 64 graduate students, 43 are from the United States. The other 21 are from France, Ghana, India, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Singapore, United Kingdom, Argentina, Italy, Japan, the Bahamas, Germany, China, Nepal and Morocco.

During Graduate Student Orientation, which began on Aug. 26, students toured Wesleyan’s Science Library and Olin Library, where music students were introduced to the Music library. They also attended panels and talks on Life at Wesleyan, Wellness at Wesleyan, lab safety training, graduate pedagogy and honor codes.

Students met with several Wesleyan faculty, staff and students including Mark Hovey, director of graduate studies, professor of mathematics; and Cheryl-Ann Hagner, director of Graduate Student Services; Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion; Mike Whaley, vice president for student affairs and others.

Pictured below are photos of the graduate student welcome picnic, held Aug. 26 behind Exley Science Center: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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A Wide Angle View of Wesleyan’s Summer Campus

Here’s a wide look at Wesleyan’s campus on Aug. 15 and Aug. 22. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan's Campus.

Memorial Chapel and South College.

Van Vleck Observatory.

Van Vleck Observatory.

Students Showcase Summer Research at Poster Session

On July 31, students presented their research findings at the Summer Research poster session. Between May 28 and July 31, Wesleyan faculty in the sciences mentored student researchers in their labs. To complement the research experience, the summer program also includes weekly seminars and workshops, a symposium, various social events, and the closing poster session. The students receive a $4,000 stipend.

Jesse Mangiardi '15

Jesse Mangiardi ’15

Shada Sinclair '16

Shada Sinclair ’16

Long Lane Farm Welcomes Chickens, New Farmers

Catherine Walsh '16 handles a young rhode island red hen July 14 at Long Lane Farm. Chickens are a new addition to the two-acre, student-run farm this summer. The hens will start laying in fall and supply Bon Appétit and Wesleyan's Dining Services with fresh eggs. 

Catherine Walsh ’16 handles a young hen July 14 at Long Lane Farm. Chickens are a new addition to the two-acre, student-run farm this summer. The hens will start laying in fall and supply Bon Appétit and Wesleyan’s Dining Services with fresh eggs.

Long Lane Farm is Wesleyan’s student run organic farm devoted to allowing students a place to experiment and learn about sustainable agriculture. This summer, seven students are tending the two-acre farm full-time. New to this year’s farm are Rhode Island red hens, who reside in the farm’s chicken coop. The coop was designed and built by Wesleyan’s Architecture II class in 2013.

Throughout the summer, other students and community members help out around the farm with planting, watering and weeding.

Food harvested from the farm is sold at the North End Farmers’ Market throughout the summer, and at the Wesleyan Farmers’ Market during the academic year. The student farmers donate excess food to Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown, and have an arrangement through which Bon Appétit: dining services funds positions for students to work on the farm in exchange for weekly deliveries of farm vegetables. In addition, the students invite local families to the farm and teach children about the various aspects of farming and producing food. Children are sent home with a bag of produce that they personally harvested.

The farm is funded by the College of the Environment, Bon Appétit and Wesleyan’s Green Fund. View more photos of the farm below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Veterans Join Class of 2018, Tour Campus

Wesleyan's Posse Foundation Veteran Scholars attended an academic immersion and campus visit July 10-11. The 10 scholars are funded by The Posse Foundation, which supports students with a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. The students will join Wesleyan's Class of 2018. 

Wesleyan’s Posse Foundation Veteran Scholars attended an academic immersion and campus visit July 10-11. The 10 scholars are funded by The Posse Foundation, which supports students with a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. The students will join Wesleyan’s Class of 2018.

This is the inaugural year for Posse at Wesleyan; the university hopes to add 10 veterans per class for the next three years.

This is the inaugural year for Posse at Wesleyan; the university hopes to add 10 veterans per class for the next three years. Deborah Bial, president and founder of The Posse Foundation, stressed that the Veterans Posse Program seeks to recruit veterans “who have tremendous leadership potential to go out into the workforce and become major contributors” in whatever field they pursue. While typical college freshmen are 18 years old and straight out of high school, the average veteran entering college is in his/ her late 20s or early 30s, and has spent time in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Students’ Graphic Design on Display in Usdan

Student graphic design exhibit at Usdan.

Artwork by students enrolled in the Spring 2014 “Introduction to Graphic Design” course is on display at Usdan University Center.

Student graphic design exhibit at Usdan.

Some students selected a book they had read and redesigned the cover, back cover, spine and flaps.

Summer Blooms, Berries, Bees in West College Courtyard

Following the principles of permaculture, the student group WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan) has transformed the West College Courtyard — once an eroded hillside with compacted soil and diseased trees — into complex ecosystems that provide food, attract insects and requires minimal resources and maintenance. The students also are working on a terraced garden near Summerfields. Follow the group’s progress on their blog.

Pictured are summer blooms, berries, bees and other bugs thriving in the garden on July 8. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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A yellow jacket collects pollen from a yellow cone flower.

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Since 2010, WILD Wes has worked to replace conventional energy-intensive lawns on campus with scenic, productive and engaging gardens.

Upward Bound Students Participate in 6-Week Program at Wesleyan

Area high school students participating in Wesleyan's Upward Bound Math-Science Program are on campus through July 25. The students, pictured here on July 7, often spend their lunch recess near Usdan University Center and play sports on Andrus Field. Upward Bound is designed to help low-income and first-generation college students recognize and develop their potential, to excel in math and science, pursue post secondary degrees, and ultimately careers in the math and science professions.

Area high school students participating in Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Math-Science Program are on campus through July 25. The students, pictured here on July 7, often spend their lunch recess near Usdan University Center and play sports on Andrus Field. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

The six-week academic summer program offers intensive math, science, writing and language training; counseling, mentoring and academic support services; exposure to Wesleyan's faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences; and education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

The six-week academic summer program offers intensive math, science, writing and language training; counseling, mentoring and academic support services; exposure to Wesleyan’s faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences; and education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

Students also go on educational field trips which supplement classroom activities and participate in cultural enrichment activities such as visits to museums, plays, and art exhibits as well as community service. Activities, trips, and involvement are designed to help students become more familiar with S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) education. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Students also go on educational field trips which supplement classroom activities and participate in cultural enrichment activities such as visits to museums, plays, and art exhibits as well as community service. Activities, trips, and involvement are designed to help students become more familiar with S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) education. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Faculty, Staff Participate in Crowd-Generated Performance Art on Connecticut River

Wesleyan faculty and staff participated in a crowd-generated performance art collaboration on the Connecticut River, June 28.

Wesleyan faculty and staff participated in a crowd-generated performance art collaboration on the Connecticut River, June 28.

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The event was sponsored by The Jonah Center for Earth & Art, a prominent environmental advocacy organization in Middletown. The Jonah Center partnered with Wesleyan’s Environmental Studies program in constructing an online biodiversity database for Middletown. Pictured is Steve Devoto, professor of biology, professor of neuroscience and behavior, snapping photos of the event from his kayak.

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At the southern tip of Wilcox Island, paddlers formed in a rosette just under the Arrigoni Bridge. The group floated in formation under the bridge to be photographed from above. Photos made available to the Jonah Center or the City of Middletown will be used to promote the riverfront and preservation of the river as a natural and recreational resources.

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A couple canine companions also participated in the kayak and canoe spectacle.

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Elise Springer, associate professor of philosophy, serves on the Jonah Center’s Advisory Council.

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After the group photo, participants paddled upstream around Wilcox Island, exploring its many small beaches and access points.

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At Harbor Park, Mayor Mayor Dan Drew spoke to the paddlers before they launched into the river.

In addition, Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literatures, professor of environmental studies; and Dana Royer, associate Professor of earth and environmental sciences are both members of the Jonah Center's Board of Directors, and Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of biology and director of the College of the Environment, is on the center's Advisory Council. Olivia Drake, editor and campus photographer, served as the event's photographer.

In addition, Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literatures, professor of environmental studies; and Dana Royer, associate Professor of earth and environmental sciences are both members of the Jonah Center’s Board of Directors, and Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of biology and director of the College of the Environment, is on the center’s Advisory Council. Olivia Drake, editor and campus photographer, served as a photographer for the event. (Arial photo by Billl Bynum.)