Snapshots

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)

WILD Wes Plants New Terraced Garden at Summerfields

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The student organization WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan) has replaced a trampled path near Summerfields with stairs and planted terraces that follow the principles of permaculture.

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WILD Wes is dedicated to incorporating aspects of sustainable landscaping for the campus.

Construction, Campus Renovations Ongoing this Summer

The Memorial Chapel and 92 Theater received a foam insulation application to above the attics to reduce humidity infiltration and provide improved HVAC control and consistency. Contractors are also painting the chapel's exterior wood sills and clock tower section this summer.

This summer, construction crews are painting the Memorial Chapel’s exterior wood sills and applying foam insulation in the attics to reduce humidity infiltration.

Dozens of major maintenance projects are underway this summer at Wesleyan.

According to Roseann Sillasen, project manager for Physical Plant-Facilities, the renovations will affect several buildings on campus.

The Davison Health Center is receiving a window restoration and solarium window replacement. The project includes restoration of existing wood sashes with new insulated glass to match current historic profiles.

The Sign House, at 64 Lawn Avenue is under construction this summer.

The Sign House, at 64 Lawn Avenue is under construction this summer.

Several wood-framed student homes are receiving upgrades. 132 High Street, 84 Home Avenue, 118 Knowles Avenue and 10 Fountain Avenue are receiving kitchen and bathroom renovations, electrical upgrades, interior paint, floor finishes and porch work. The Sign House, at 64 Lawn Avenue is getting new vinyl siding, porch repairs, a new roof, gutters and paint. 148 Church Street is receiving new windows and porch decking. The Gingerbread House at 202 Washington Street and 344, 346, 356 Washington Street are receiving fire sprinkler additions and upgrades.

Shanklin Laboratory is receiving roof repairs and restoration work. The job involves restoration and painting of the existing ornamental moulding, soffit, balusters, dormer windows and trim.

Shanklin Laboratory is receiving roof repairs and restoration work. The job involves restoration and painting of the existing ornamental moulding, soffit, balusters, dormer windows and trim.

Roofing repairs and replacements are being conducted at the Freeman Athletic Center-Bacon Field House, Shanklin Laboratory, Hall Atwater, 73 Lawn Avenue, 169 High Street, 42 Miles Avenue and Lowrise 10.

Several classrooms are receiving new furnishings, finishes, lighting and other maintenance. They include Exley Science Center 405, Anthropology 006, Crowell Concert Hall, Art Studio North, Allbritton 004, Judd 116, Romance Language B2, and 41 Wyllys 114. Music Studios 025 and Rehearsal Hall 001 will receive new acoustic doors.

Lighting upgrades also are being made in Bennet Hall, Butterfield Residences A, B and C, Crowell Concert Hall, World Music Hall, Art Studio North, the CFA Hall, Zilkha Gallery, Memorial Chapel, Clark Hall, the Fauver Residences, Foss Hill Residences, Freeman Athletic Center, Exley Science Center, North College, Usdan, the 92 Theater and the parking lot located at 170 Long Lane.

The Memorial Chapel and 92 Theater received a foam insulation application to above the attics to reduce humidity infiltration and provide improved HVAC control and consistency. Contractors are also painting the chapel’s exterior wood sills and clock tower section this summer.

Installation of the steam and condensate return pipe began on May 27.

Installation of the steam and condensate return pipe began on May 27.

Physical Plant-Facilities also is overseeing the installation of steam and condensate return piping from Olin Library to the Freeman Athletic Center. The route runs along an underground tunnel between Olin and Clark Hall to the intersection of Pine and Church Streets, then through the backyards between Pine and Fountain Avenue, across Fountain, across Warren Street and due south along Warren into Freeman. The run is about 2,000 feet long. In addition, campus is receiving a major electrical loop replacement, ongoing through Aug. 30.

The student organization WILD Wes is working on a permaculture project at the Butterfield Courtyard near Summerfields.

The student organization WILD Wes is working on a permaculture project at the Butterfield Courtyard near Summerfields.

The student organization WILD Wes is working on a permaculture project at the Butterfield Courtyard near Summerfields. Students have installed terraced mulched beds and planted several herbs, flowers and shrubs in the beds. WILD Wes students are also working on weeding and updating the West Co. Courtyard garden. Pavers are planned to be placed in the mulched walkways.

 

PIMMS Hosts Math Institute for Local Teachers, Teaching Artists

Wesleyan's Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) is hosting an Intel Math Institute for local teachers. PIMMS, a partner of the Green Street Arts Center, developed the course for Middletown and Meriden teachers. Thirty K-8 teachers are attending, along with two teaching artists from Green Street.

Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS) is hosting an Intel Math Institute for local teachers. PIMMS, a partner of the Green Street Arts Center, developed the course for Middletown and Meriden teachers. Thirty K-8 teachers are attending, along with two teaching artists from Green Street.

The 10-day Institute began June 23 and offers a space for interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

The 10-day Institute began June 23 and offers a space for interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

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The Institute is co-taught by Christopher Rasmussen, assistant professor of mathematics (pictured at left), and math education specialist Sharon Heyman, currently the only Intel-trained instructors based in Connecticut (not pictured). Rasmussen taught an Intel Math course to teachers in the Danbury, Conn. area in 2013. Sara MacSorley, director of PIMMS and the Green Street Arts Center, is serving as project coordinator.

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The Institute pairs an intensive, 80-hour math course with ongoing academic-year professional development and arts integration workshops, to help teachers link common concepts to classroom instruction.

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The institute is supported by a Connecticut State Mathematics and Science Partnership grant.

Wesleyan Staff Row the Connecticut River

Phil Carney, head coach of men’s crew, taught nine staff members and community members how to row on June 24. The group launched from Wesleyan’s Macomber Boat House and rowed north on the Connecticut River. The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, weather permitting, and welcomes new rowers.

On this day, the following people rowed: Sharon Belden Castonguay, director of the Wesleyan Career Center; Sarah Hopkins, employer relations coordinator; Lisa LaPlant, assistant to the president; Lauren Rubenstein, associate manager of media and public relations; Carol Scully, director of corporate, foundation and government grants; Brittany Richard, assistant director of The Wesleyan Fund; Cynthia Rockwell, associate editor of Wesleyan Magazine; Mariah Klaneski Reisner ’04; Harriet Epstein; and Christina Wasch.

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Wesleyan Faculty Teach Fifth Graders about Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy

Fifth graders from Snow Elementary School in Middletown toured Wesleyan’s astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics and scientific imaging departments on June 18, 2014. Students also visited the Joe Webb Peoples Museum and Collections in Exley Science Center.

Brian Northrop, assistant professor of chemistry, used the reversible hydration and dehydration of cobalt(II) chloride to demonstrate Le Chatelier's principle and create color-changing "humidity sensors." Pieces of filter paper were saturated with a solution of cobalt(II) in water, which turned the paper pink. Warming the paper with a blow dryer evaporated the water and turned the paper blue by re-forming cobalt(II) chloride.

Brian Northrop, assistant professor of chemistry, used the reversible hydration and dehydration of cobalt(II) chloride to demonstrate Le Chatelier’s principle and create color-changing “humidity sensors.” Pieces of filter paper were saturated with a solution of cobalt(II) in water, which turned the paper pink. Warming the paper with a blow dryer evaporated the water and turned the paper blue by re-forming cobalt(II) chloride.

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Research student Jesse Mangiardi ’15 Mangiardi ’15 demonstrated how to change the chemical composition — and color — of a penny. First he submerged a copper penny in a solution containing zinc mixed with a base, which coated the penny in zinc and made it appear silver. Next, he heated the zinc-coated penny with a blow torch which caused the zinc and copper to react and form brass, and turned a penny bright gold.

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The students took a few silver and gold pennies back with them to Snow School.

Green Street Arts Center Dedicates Community Garden, Mosaic Project

During Wesleyan's Green Street Arts Center Open House June 14, community members completed a community garden and mosaic project.

During Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center Open House June 14, community members completed a community garden and mosaic project.

The AfterSchool students made their own pebble mosaics which are now part of the permanent installation in front of the building. The garden was dedicated on June 14.

The AfterSchool Program students made their own pebble mosaics which are now part of the permanent installation in front of the building. The garden was dedicated on June 14.