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Conference Focuses on Teaching Finance at Liberal Arts Colleges

Wesleyan’s Department of Economics hosted a conference titled "Teaching Finance at Liberal Arts Colleges" July 21-23 on campus. The Association to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) provided Wesleyan with a grant to support the event. Faculty from Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Carleton, Denison, Drew, Grinnell, Lafayette, Macalester, Pomona, Smith, Swarthmore, Trinity, Wellesley and Williams attended.

Wesleyan’s Department of Economics hosted a conference titled “Teaching Finance at Liberal Arts Colleges” July 21-23 on campus. The Association to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) provided Wesleyan with a grant to support the event. Pictured, front row, from left: John Caskey, Swarthmore; Tom Bernardin, St. Olaf College; Matt Botsch, Bowdoin; Ben Keefer, Carleton; Liang Ding, Macalaster; Abigail Hornstein, Wesleyan; Michelle Zemel, Pomona; and Caleb Stroup, Davidson. Back row, from left: David Chapman, University of Virginia; Chris Hoag, Trinity; Xiao Jiang, Denison; Ted Burczak, Denison; Karl Boulware, Wesleyan; GianDomenico Sarolli, Drew; Michael Kelly, Lafayette; Martin Gosman, Wesleyan; Bill Gentry, Williams; and Greg Phelan, Williams.

GSTLC Math Course Provides Tools for Teachers

This summer, almost 30 K-8 teachers from Middletown and Meriden are participating in the Intel Math Summer Course at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. The intensive 80-hour math content course is being co-taught by a mathematician and a math education specialist: Wesleyan’s Cameron Hill, assistant professor of mathematics, and Shelley Jones from Central Connecticut State University. The course is part of Green Street’s Math Institute, a program designed to get teachers excited about math, prepared for Common Core, equipped with a toolkit of activities to bring key math concepts into their classrooms through the arts, and more.

“With Common Core and STEM interest taking center stage in education, mathematics is a major area of focus for school districts,” said Sara MacSorley, director of the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center and Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS). “Our Math Institute helps teachers better understand the concepts they are teaching, build their own math confidence, and also gives them tools to use in the classroom.”

Green Street teaching artist Elizabeth Dellinger is also participating in the program. “The arts can play an important role in differentiation and helping each student math content in different ways,” MacSorley said. “Since Elizabeth is an incredible vocalist and musician, shel’ll be helping to develop a math and music workshop to help educators integrate the arts into math instruction.”

Later this month, Green Street will be hosting a second Intel Math Summer Course in Killingly, Conn. featuring Christopher Rasmussen, assistant professor of mathematics, and Sharon Heyman, a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut.

(Photos by Laurie Kenney)

Almost 30 teachers are participating in this summer's Intel Math Summer Course at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center.

Almost 30 teachers are participating in this summer’s Intel Math Summer Course at the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center.

High School Students are Upward Bound at Wesleyan

The Wesleyan Upward Bound Math-Science Program is in full swing here on the Wesleyan campus.  The year-round program, which serves low-income, first-generation and under-represented rising freshman through high school seniors, serves 90 to 100 students during the academic year and approximately 70 students during its six-week summer session.

The program’s director, Teshia Levy-Grant ’00 was a first-generation student at Wesleyan. “I recognize the need,” she said. “I know what it’s like to try to navigate the education system, and I want to help these students succeed.”

The grant-funded program relies on the support of volunteer tutors, many of whom are Wesleyan students. (Photos by Laurie Kenney)

Students participate in Wesleyan's 2015 Upward Bound Program.

During the summer, Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Math and Science program provides introductions to the math, science and English classes students will be taking in the next academic year, giving those students a solid foundation on which to build. Students also participate in team-building exercises outdoors.

Students Gain Skills, Help Departments While Working on Campus this Summer

More than 185 Wesleyan students are employed in various campus departments over the summer. Of those, about 78 are work-study eligible. Students earn money that can be contributed to the cost of their education, while learning skills that will benefit them in the classroom and beyond. Employers benefit from students’ skills, insight and enthusiasm.

Andrea Vargas ’17 is spending her summer working as a student assistant for the Office of University Events and Scheduling. She also holds this job during the academic year. “I use a computer program to process information about campus events. We handle all the logistics for events, and right now I’m planning for faculty lectures that will be held next fall.”

Andrea Vargas ’17 is spending her summer working as a student assistant for the Office of University Events and Scheduling. She also holds this job during the academic year. “I use a computer program to process information about campus events. We handle all the logistics for events, and right now I’m planning for faculty lectures that will be held next fall.”

Weaver MALS ’75, CAS ’76 Discusses Ways Science, Entertainment, Education Overlap

On June 22, Christopher Weaver MALS'75 CAS '76 presented a seminar titled "Amplius Ludo: Beyond the Horizon" to interested students and faculty at Exley Science Center. Weaver is an author, software developer, scientist and educator. He is the founder and CEO of Bethesda Softworks, where he co-developed wildly popular games, including The Elder Scrolls role-playing series and John Madden Football for Electronic Arts.

On June 22, Christopher Weaver MALS ’75, CAS ’76 presented a seminar titled “Amplius Ludo: Beyond the Horizon” to interested students and faculty at Exley Science Center. Weaver is an author, software developer, scientist and educator. He is the founder and CEO of Bethesda Softworks, where he co-developed wildly popular games, including The Elder Scrolls role-playing series and John Madden Football for Electronic Arts. Success in these ventures has required Weaver to bring together elements of computer science, design, and storytelling. As a result, he is an expert in the special niche where science, entertainment, and education overlap.

Carillonneur Extraordinaire Plays South College Bells

George Matthew Jr., who earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan in 1980, returned to campus on June 11 to play Wesleyan’s 24-bell carillon atop of South College.

“Now I’ve played all 11 carillons in Connecticut,” he said.

Matthew, who lives in Brandon, Vermont, currently plays carillon at Middlebury College and is an organist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury, Vermont. He also worked as a carillonneur at the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut, for 30 years.

Over the years, Matthew has performed on 60 of the 180 carillons in the nation, 104 carillons in Europe and was the first American to play a carillon in Russia.

Carillonneur Peter Frenzel, professor of German studies, emeritus, invited Matthew to perform over the noon hour.

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“I haven’t been back on campus in 20 years,” Matthew said. “I’m thankful Peter invited me back.”

(Photos by Dena Matthews. Video by Laurie Kenney.)

George Matthew plays the 24-bell carillon atop South College.

George Matthew plays the 24-bell carillon atop South College.

Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy Departments Teach Fifth Graders About Science

Fifth graders from Snow Elementary School in Middletown toured Wesleyan’s astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics departments on June 8.

Brian Northrop, assistant professor of chemistry, and Snow School students watch chemistry in action during their visit to Wesleyan. This annual program allows local fifth graders to see how science can be exciting as well as educational.

Brian Northrop, assistant professor of chemistry, and Snow School students watch chemistry in action during their visit to Wesleyan. This annual program allows local fifth graders to see how science can be exciting as well as educational.

Faculty, Staff Mingle at Ice Cream Social

On June 3, Wesleyan's Human Resources Department held an all faculty and staff Ice Cream Social in the Usdan Courtyard.

On June 3, Wesleyan’s Human Resources Department held an all faculty and staff Ice Cream Social in the Usdan Courtyard.

On June 3, the Office of Human Resources coordinated an Ice Cream Social for faculty and staff. The event took place at Usdan University Center’s Huss Courtyard.

Employees won raffle prizes and participated in volleyball games, water balloon toss and bean bag toss. Mario Torres, a material handler from Physical Plant, deejayed the event while the Center for the Arts provided musical entertainment with steel pan drums. Several students who work on campus over the summer also attended the social event.

“This was a fun way for colleagues to get out of the office, mingle and kick off the summer months,” said Lauren Davis, Human Resources generalist.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Laurie Kenney and Olivia Drake)

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Rain and Roses, Chilly Campus

After a hard rain on May 31 and June 1, temperatures plummeted to 54 degrees on campus. Thirsty spring flowers soaked up the rain. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Mountain laurel near the Davison Art Center and Downey House (pictured).

Mountain laurel near the Davison Art Center and Downey House (pictured).