Activity Fair Promotes Student Organizations

Cheek to Cheek Swing Dancing

The 17th Annual Student Activities Fair was held Sept. 19 in the Spurrier-Snyder Hockey Rink. Student groups and organizations, such as a student swing dancing ensemble pictured above, provided information, sign-up sheets, materials and performed activities associated with their individual organizations.

Students Fight Invasive Plants at Local Park

Twenty-one first-year students participated in a Ravine Park community service project Aug. 30 under the guidance of Brian Stewart, associate professor of physics. The students removed several invasive alien species including Japanese barberry, oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose. Pictured above, from left, are Kuan-lin Huang '12, Jonathan Silva '12, Hannah Monk '12 and Katherine Mullins '12.

Twenty-one first-year students participated in a Ravine Park community service project Aug. 30 under the guidance of Brian Stewart, associate professor of physics. The students removed several invasive alien species including Japanese barberry, oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose. Pictured above, from left, are Kuan-lin Huang '12, Jonathan Silva '12, Hannah Monk '12 and Katherine Mullins '12.

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GRAND GRADUATION: Wesleyan University’s 176th Commencement ceremony on May 25 awarded 737 undergraduates bachelor’s degrees, 29 master of arts degrees in individual fields, 64 master of arts in liberal studies degrees and 12 Ph.Ds.

Commencement speaker U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) spoke spoke about challenges graduating students faced from the daily “busyness” of their own lives to the needs for clean renewable power, more teachers for disadvantaged children, to rebuilding New Orleans. To Senator Obama’s left is James van B. Dresser ’63, chair of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees; to the Senator Obama’s right is Michael Roth ’78, president of Wesleyan.
More than 15,000 guests attended the ceremonies to observe the ceremony.
President Roth congratulates Siying Chen for receiving a doctor of philosophy degree for molecular biology and biochemistry.
During his remarks, President Roth advised the new graduates to shape the culture in the future, so that it will not be shaped by forces of oppression and violence.
Members of the Class of 2008 applaud Senator Obama during his speech. (Photos by Bill Burkhart, Nicky Lacy, Ryan Lee and Steve Stemler).

Additional photos of the 2008 commencement are online at:

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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)

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EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION: Wesleyan President Michael Roth speaks to the 102 attendees of the Wesleyan Employee Service Recognition Lunch for employees that have worked at the university for 20 years or more. The event, held inside Beckham Hall in the Fayerweather building, was coordinated by the Office of Human Resources.

At left, Ilana Konerding, postal clerk at Wesleyan Station, celebrated her 23rd year at Wesleyan, and Rita Corsino, custodian in Physical Plant-Facilities, celebrated her 22nd year.
Celebrating their 20-years plus are, from left: Gina Driscoll, associate director of development events; Vera Schwartz, the Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, chair and director of the East Asian Studies Program, professor of history; Shawn Gage, public safety officer; John Driscoll, alumni director; Paul DiSanto, director of leadership giving; Denis Kacy, public safety officer; and Simon Bostick, public safety officer. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)
A total of 133 staff and faculty have worked at Wesleyan 20 years or more. The employees, their office or department, and years worked at Wesleyan are:

Gregory Pyke, Admission Office, 30
Judith Goodale, Admission Office, 28
Dorothy Rich, Admission Office, 26
Charlotte Lazor, Admission Office, 25
Clifford Thornton, Admission Office, 22
Therese Overton, Admission Office, 21

Dianna Dozier, Affirmative Action, 23

Linda Shettleworth, Astronomy Department, 23

Marjorie Fitzgibbons, Biology Department, 41
Susan Lastrina, Biology Department, 38
Jeffrey Gilarde, Biology Department, 23

Margaret Carey, Best, Career Resource Center, 25
Virginia Zwelling, Career Resource Center, 23

Joanne Palmer, Center for the Americas, 20

Mark Gawlak, Center for the Arts, 22

Donald Albert, Chemistry Department, 39
Brenda Keating, Chemistry Department, 21
Holly Stevens, Chemistry Department, 28

Deborah Sierpinski, Medieval Studies/Classical Studies/Archaeology, 22

Shirley Lawrence, East Asian Studies, 32

Janice Guarino, English Department, 25

Noreen Baris, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, 21

Edwin Below, Finance and Administration, 20

Susan Pavis, Finance Office, 29
Lynne Gambell, Finance Office, 20

Naomi Kamins, Graduate Liberal Studies Program, 20

Martha Schukoske, Health Services, 26
Joan Ecklund, Health Services, 22
Sandra Frimel, Health Services, 21

Julia Perkins, History and Theory, 27

Judy Buden, Human Resources, 25

Daniel Koepf, Information Technology Services, 28
Sharon Cwirka, Information Technology Services, 25
Allen Alonzo, Information Technology Services, 22
Jerry Maguda, Information Technology Services, 22
Bonnie Penders, Information Technology Services, 21
Ganesan Ravishanker, Information Technology Services, 21

Sylvia Fazzino, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, 23

Hope McNeil, Music Department, 27

Philippa Coughlan, Behavioral Health for Students, 36
Rebecca Gagnon, Behavioral Health for Students, 34
Linda Russell, Behavioral Health for Students, 22
Stephen Henry, Behavioral Health for Students, 21

Ann Marino, Olin Library, 39
Pearlina Jackson, Olin Library, 38
Margery May, Olin Library, 38
Dale Lee, Olin Library, 28
Joan Schenker, Olin Library, 23
Dianne Kelly, Olin Library, 22
Doris Sherrow-Heidenis, Olin Library, 20

Nancy Chesbro, Physical Education, 27
Robert Chiapetta, Physical Education, 22

Albert Hurlburt, Physical Plant, 46
Robert Weber, Physical Plant, 38
Mark Chadsey, Physical Plant, 32
David Hall, Physical Plant, 31
David Wright, Physical Plant, 29
James Blancato, Physical Plant, 28
John Brown, Physical Plant, 27
David Pompei, Physical Plant, 27
Jimmie Tilley, Physical Plant, 27
Randolph Bougor, Physical Plant, 26
Edward Manter, Physical Plant, 26
William Sienkiewicz, Physical Plant, 26
Samean Chan, Physical Plant, 25
Sophat Men, Physical Plant, 25
Martin Natale, Physical Plant, 25
Claire Schukoske, Physical Plant, 25
Roeuth Chea, Physical Plant, 24
Richard Darna, Physical Plant, 24
Ray Mason, Physical Plant, 24
Samon Men, Physical Plant, 24
Salvatore Pizzo, Physical Plant, 24
Nicola David, Physical Plant, 23
Ernesto Marino, Physical Plant, 23
Sokhum Neou, Physical Plant, 23
Thomas Wright, Physical Plant, 23
Rita Corsino, Physical Plant, 22
Heather Heng, Physical Plant, 22
Thomas Macri, Physical Plant, 22
J. Scott Romano, Physical Plant, 22
Gail Binezewski, Physical Plant, 21
Ro Chan, Physical Plant, 21
Michael Conte, Jr., Physical Plant, 21
Mollie Lane, Physical Plant, 21
Chuth Prith, Physical Plant, 21
Jeffrey Sweet, Physical Plant, 21
Ralph Connolly, Physical Plant, 20
Roger Cropper, Physical Plant, 20
Sean Kane Physical Plant, 20
Michael Lynch, Physical Plant, 20
Kevin Webster, Physical Plant, 20

Anna Milardo, Physics Department, 36
Vaclav Miglus, Physics Department, 20

Lorraine Karatkewicz, PIMMS, 31

Catherine Race, Psychology Department, 26

William Holder, Public Affairs, 25
Brian Katten, Public Affairs, 25

David Meyer, Public Safety, 28
Simon Bostick, Public Safety, 26
William Heckstall, Public Safety, 25
Michael Kishimoto, Public Safety, 22
Shawn Gage, Public Safety, 20
Denis Kacy, Public Safety, 20

Sandra Niemczyk, Office of the Registrar Office, 30
Patricia Noyes, Office of the Registrar, 29

Rhonda Kissinger, Religion Department, 22

Sheila von Schoeler, Residential Life, 22

Susan Ferris, Russian Language and Literature/Center for the Humanities, 20

Linda Marquis, Science Library, 20

David Boule, Scientific Support Services, 29
Thomas Castelli, Scientific Support Services, 24
Bruce Strickland, Scientific Support Services, 20

Peter Patton, Secretary of the University, 31

Rene Rinaldi, Student Accounts Office, 23
Kathleen Coleman, Student Accounts Office, 21

Charles Carroll, Theater Department, 20

Mary Susan Julian, University Relations, 29
Jane Tozer, University Relations, 28
John Driscoll, University Relations, 25
Pamelia Vasiliou, University Relations, 25
Barbara-Jan Wilson, University Relations, 25
Lucinda Schulte, University Relations, 23
Eugenia Driscoll, University Relations, 22
Paul DiSanto, University Relations, 21
Dawn Astin Lowe, University Relations, 21
Meg Zocco, University Relations, 21
Linda Secord, University Relations, 20
Loretta Victor, University Relations, 20
Barbara Walker, University Relations, 20

Ilana Konerding, Wesleyan Station, 23
Donna Powers, Wesleyan Station, 22
Mark Melmer, Wesleyan Station, 21

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BLOGS or WIKIS?: Kevin Wiliarty, academic technology coordinator, speaks on “Wesleyan Blogs and Wikis: What are they? How can I use them?” during the Academic Technology Roundtable March 3 in Olin Library. Wiliarty assists faculty and staff in the creation and maintenance of various professional webpages. He recommends users look into Web 2.0 technologies to collaborate on projects via the web.

At left, Jamie Cohen-Cole, visiting assistant professor of history, speaks about his personal experience using Web 2.0 technologies. Faculty and staff can create their own accounts through Wesleyan’s Electronic Portfolio. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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CLIMATE CHANGES: Jon Dickinson, the New York City Office of Environmental Coordination deputy director, delivers the keynote address for Focus the Nation, a nation-wide day of education, discussion and activism to address climate change, in Memorial Chapel Jan. 31. Wesleyan was one of 1,550 universities, schools, businesses, and places of worship that took part in Focus the Nation. Dickinson focused on proposed climate change, air and water quality, transportation and clean energy initiatives in the New York City area.

To a full chapel audience, Dickinson said New York City’s goal is “to have the cleanest air quality of every city in America.” New York City currently has four times more air pollution than the average U.S. city, he explained. By 2030, the city plans to plant 1 million trees and eliminate 3,000 tons of soot in the air each year. The city has plans to implement cleaner, more reliable power, upgrade the transportation system and have 99 percent of all city residents living within a 10 minute walk to an open land or recreation area. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

In addition to the keynote address, Wesleyan faculty included topics of climate change in their course material for the day; Long Lane Farm and Bon Appetit served a sustainable dinner at the Usdan University Center; Jeffrey Wolfe of GroSolar presented An Inconvenient Truth Slideshow; the Environmental Organizer’s Network (EON) co-sponsored a film, Circus for a Fragile Planet; EON led three panels on policy response, corporate and intuitional response and climate and social justice. On Jan. 30, Wesleyan took part in “The 2% Solution,” a live and interactive webcast featuring Stephan Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, green jobs pioneer Van Jones, and renowned actor Edward Norton.

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OVER WINTER BREAK: Area children sled down Foss Hill after a gentle snow Jan. 14.

Frosty trees near Exley Science Center.
Ice-topping on the South College belfry.
A winter walk near the front steps Olin Library and West College.
A glistening-morning scene near Hall-Atwater and Shanklin laboratories. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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FROZEN IN TIME: A wintry mix created an icy glaze over Wesleyan’s campus Dec. 3 following the first winter storm of the season. Freezing rain slowed commuters and resulted in power outages throughout much of Connecticut.

A fall-bearing fruit glistens with Hall-Atwater Laboratory in the background.
Ice-covered, heavy branches hang low on College Row. Pictured in back is the Center for American Studies. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)