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Vice President Barbara-Jan Wilson to Retire in December

Barbara-Jan Wilson (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Vice President Barbara-Jan Wilson will retire this year. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for University Relations, recently announced that she will retire in December, ending a Wesleyan career that began in 1982 and included leadership of two major capital campaigns.

Wilson assumed her present role in 1999, but she is also well known to generations of alumni through her prior leadership of Admission and before that, Career Resources – the position she took when she was hired by President Emeritus Colin G. Campbell Hon. ’89.

Her efforts as Wesleyan’s energetic and highly successful fundraiser spanned two presidents and four Board chairs. She worked with President Emeritus Douglas J. Bennet ’59, Hon ’94, P’87, ’94 on a campaign that raised $281 million and more recently with President Michael S. Roth ’78 on the $482 million THIS IS WHY campaign. In announcing Wilson’s plans to the campus community, Roth said her leadership had made an enduring contribution toward establishing a sustainable economic model for Wesleyan and has greatly strengthened Wesleyan’s endowment.

Library Access Services Assistant Jasmine Cardi: International Books and Local Clients

Jasmine Cardi, the weekend and evening supervisor for Interlibrary Loans—both for Olin library’s scholars in need of incoming books and outgoing volumes for academic institutions elsewhere—appreciates the institutional standard of service that she and her colleagues are able to provide.  (Photo by Cynthia Rockwell)

In this Q&A, we speak to Jasmine Cardi, who joined the Access Services staff at Wesleyan’s Olin Library on Jan. 7, 2013 (“Five years already!” she says). Now the weekend and evening supervisor, she provides support to the departments of Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Olin Reference, Reserves/E-Reserves, and Olin Circulation. With her arrival, the ILL office was able to lengthen their hours until 10 p.m. some evenings, offering availability for those geared to later study nights in the library.

Q: What do you like best about working for Interlibrary Loan?

A: I love seeing all the books we get from around the world—Italy and Russia, everywhere, depending on what people are studying. When we get one of these volumes from far away, we all think it’s really cool and just have to hold it and open it—before we quickly put it on the shelf for the borrower.

Q: How many people does ILL assist each year?

A: ILL serves hundreds of people, between borrowing from other libraries and lending to them. Last year there were almost 14,000 requests, combined.

Q: Tell us about Olin Library—as building, an institution, a workspace?

A: Olin is a unique building. My favorite place is on the second-floor balcony, overlooking the front foyer. I love the chandelier; I love on Saturday and Sunday morning when I come in to open the library, the way the sun shines through the windows and onto that chandelier. I actually took a picture one morning of that and made it into the screensaver on my phone.

When we think of a library, we think of books—but I love that libraries are evolving into places where the core value is patron service—whether it’s students, faculty, staff, co-workers, or the community.

Q: What’s your own educational background? Where did you begin your career?

A: I went to the University of St. Joseph back when it was an all-girls school known as St. Joseph College. My major was psychology and education with a minor in art history. Before coming to Wesleyan, I worked at Hartford Public Library for more than 10 years. Fun fact: My first job was at a library at age 16.

Q: Outside of work, what are your interests and hobbies?

A: I love to read and I run—I’ve done four half-marathons, and a lot of 10Ks and 5Ks, more than I can count. I also did my first Spartan race in November. They’re a mix of running and obstacle courses, and the tradition goes back to ancient Greece. I like that we’re bringing that into the contemporary culture; I’m training to do more this year. I also like to go boating on the Connecticut River. We have a small 14-foot boat; my husband’s family has been boating every weekend their whole life, and now it’s our tradition. We’ve been together 17 years and we make it a point to get out on the water at least once on Saturday or Sunday.

Q: Are there any challenging/surprising moments—an outstanding moment that illustrates your work day you’d like to share?

A: Much of my day is spent helping someone find something in the stacks, or finding it elsewhere via interlibrary loan. Many times it’s an urgent request, with a deadline in the next 48 hours. It’s like saving the day when you can find what is needed within that timeframe.

And another story: One night as I was getting ready to leave, a family came in with an urgent request. Their two middle-school children had reports due the next day, but the family had been out of power for a few days after a storm, and they needed to print their papers. The kids were so grateful that the library was open and we could help them be ready for school the next day. Their appreciation was heartwarming.

Library Oversees Wesleyan’s Archaeological Collections, Visual Resource Center

At right, Ying Jia Tan, assistant professor of history, taught his class, History of Science and Technology in Modern China, in Wesleyan's Anthropology and Archaeology Collections. 

Artifacts housed in Wesleyan’s archaeology and anthropology collection can be used as teaching aides.

In 2017, the Wesleyan Library began overseeing two programs.

The Wesleyan Museum, which houses the university’s archaeology and anthropology collection, has moved under the library’s oversight. These materials, located in the Exley Science Center, contain a broad variety of unique items, including Middle Eastern artifacts, historical materials from 18th- and 19th- century Middletown, missionary-collected objects from South America and Native American pieces including pottery and jewelry. Jessie Cohen is the manager of the collection.

The collection will eventually be discoverable through the library’s online catalog (OneSearch) so students and faculty will have the opportunity to find and physically work with historical objects alongside library materials that relate or speak to those objects.

The library also acquired the Visual Resource Center (VRC), which was formerly called the slide library. The collection is now significantly digital and is used by many faculty to teach across all disciplines. The VRC is managed by Susan Passman and Digital Media Specialist Nara Giannella.

“Bringing together these separate collections will allow students and faculty to work actively and synergistically with artifacts, visual materials, and related texts at the same time,” said Diane Klare, the interim Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian. “This will enrich the student learning process at Wesleyan as well as create enhanced research opportunities for outside scholars.”

(Adapted from an article by Diane Klare in the library’s newsletter Check It Out.)

Peters Discusses Highlights of Wesleyan’s Operating Budget

Nate Peters

Wesleyan’s operating budget in the last fiscal year included a total of $206 million in expenditures, with $210 million in revenue. Most of the university’s revenue (68 percent) comes from student charges, while the endowment, private gifts and government grants account for most of the rest. The operating budget lies behind everything Wesleyan does, and we’ve asked Nate Peters, vice president for finance and administration, to explain some of its highlights:

Q: What is Wesleyan’s projected total operating expenditure in the current fiscal year, and what has been our annual rate of increase? What are the primary drivers of that increase?

A: Total expenditures are projected at $214 million. Our cost trends are in the +4 percent range. Compensation (salaries and benefits) is the biggest driver – whether for existing faculty and staff or for new hires. Higher education is a labor-intensive enterprise. We are watching our medical benefits as they have dramatically trended upwards during the past several years. We are also making some investments in additional faculty, financial aid and major maintenance as outlined in Wesleyan’s strategic plan Beyond 2020.

Q: Are we more dependent upon tuition revenue than many of our peers? Why? What are the implications of this?

A: Yes, we are more dependent than many of our peers on student charges (tuition, room and board) revenue. Over two-thirds of Wesleyan’s revenue comes from this source. This is why enrollment is so important to our finances. Schools with larger endowments will rely less on student charges. For example, Williams relies on its endowment for about 50 percent of its revenue and only 35 percent on student charges.

Employees on the Move

The Office of Human Resources announces the following hires, transitions and departures for Sept.—December 2017.

HIRES
Kenichi Abe, postdoctoral research associate in Earth and Environmental Sciences, on Sept. 1
Jennie Setaro, psychotherapist in the Counseling Center, on Sept. 5
Katherine Williams, lab coordinator in psychology, on Sept. 5
Wesley Close ’15, assistant dean of admission, on Sept. 11
Demetrius J. Colvin, director, Resource Center, on Sept. 11
Joseph Dorrer, energy manager in Physical Plant, on Sept. 18
Lauren Borghard, associate director of annual giving, on Sept. 25
Pamela Ann Mulready, alcohol & other drug specialist in Davison Health Center, on Oct. 9
LeRoy General, development officer in major gifts, University Relations, on Oct. 16
Andrew Plotkin, project engineer in Construction Services, on Oct. 23
Jill Mattus, executive assistant to the vice president for student affairs, on Oct. 23
Himeka (Imee) Curiel, copy editor/writer in University Communications, on Nov. 6
Antonio Crespo, chief information security officer, on Nov. 13
Dana Kingman, assistant dean of admission, on Dec. 6
Jessica Downa, academic technologist in ITS, on Dec. 11
Marium Majid, development research analyst in University Relations, on Dec. 20

TRANSITIONS
Laurie Kenney, editorial marketing manager, University Communications, on Oct. 1
Louise Spielman, assistant designer in creative services, University Communications, on Oct. 2
Ryan Launder, administrative assistant, English Department. on Oct. 2
Zijia Guo, program manager for global initiatives, University Communications, on Oct. 16
Michael Schramm, development officer in major gifts, University Relations, on Oct. 23
Dana Gordon-Gannuscio, administrative assistant, Physics Department, on Oct. 30
Elizabeth Bianco, associate director of alumni and parent relations, University Relations, on Dec. 1

DEPARTURES
Cazimir Bzdyra, assistant technical director, CFA
Paul Wilson Cauley, researcher in astronomy
Janet Desmarais, administrative assistant in physics
Charles Fedolfi ’90, director of annual giving
Jordan Knicely, associate director of institutional research
Catherine Lechowicz, director of the Center for Community Partnerships
Dean Maroun, carpenter
Samuel Marquez, public safety officer
Dena Matthews, publication production manager
Heather Minetti, fitness coordinator
Clare Rogan, curator, Davison Art Center
Lorna Scott, executive assistant to the vice president for student affairs
Benjamin Travers, video producer
Alysha Warren, director of survivor advocacy and community education
Kimberly Williams, associate director of Alumni & Parent Relations

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Coming in Late January

To help to protect yourself, your family, and Wesleyan University from malicious cyber activity, all employees will be asked to take new security awareness training.

The online training video is approximately 20 minutes long and will be available through the WesPortal under the Security section.

More information will be available through e-mail later this month.

Wesleyan Employees Honored for Service to the University

The Office of Human Resources hosted its annual Employee Service Recognition Luncheon Nov. 1 in Beckham Hall. All employees who are celebrating their 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th year working at Wesleyan were honored at the lunch by President Michael Roth. The event concluded with a celebratory cake-cutting and a Wesleyan and world trivia game.

Steve Windsor celebrated 20 years.

Steve Windsor, senior database administrator, celebrated 20 years working for Information Technology Services.

Julia Hicks, chief human resources officer, welcomed the employees and their guests to the luncheon.

20 Employees Honored with Cardinal Achievement Awards

The following employees received Cardinal Achievement Awards during the past few months for their efforts in demonstrating extraordinary initiative in performing a specific task associated with their work at Wesleyan.

This special honor comes with a $250 award and reflects the university’s gratitude for their extra efforts:

NAME TITLE DEPARTMENT
Noreen Angeletti Assistant Director Student Accounts Office
Jennifer Bomar Faculty Resource Specialist Academic Affairs
Marianne Calnen Associate Director of Gift Planning University Relations
Jennifer Curran Director, Continuing Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies Program Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Matthew Elson Unix Systems Administrator Information Technology Services
Gladys Fountain Payroll Administrator, NRA Compliance Finance Office
Hrissi Haldezos Associate Director of Student Accounts Student Accounts Office
Brandi Hood Senior Project Manager Physical Plant – Facilities
Linda Hurteau Library Assistant V/Science Library Science Library
Steven Jacaruso Art Director University Communications
Susan Krajewski Senior Associate Registrar Registrar’s Office
Tara Lindros Associate Dean of Admission Admissions
Kathy Macko Administrative Assistant V/Alumni Education University Relations
Jeff Murphy Facilities Business Manager Physical Plant – Facilities
Daniel Pflederer HRMS Functional Specialist Information Technology Services
Alan Rubacha Director of Physical Plant Physical Plant – Facilities
Andrew Stuerzel Development Officer University Relations
Karri Van Blarcom Associate Registrar Registrar’s Office
Amy Walsh Associate Director of Employee Benefits Human Resources Department
Janice Watson Coordinator of International Student Services Office of Student Affairs/Dean’s Office

 

Bello Balances CAAS Support and Mayoral Responsibilities

In this Q&A, we speak with Amy Bello, administrative assistant for the Center for African American Studies and newly elected mayor of the Town of Wethersfield.

Q: How long have you been at Wesleyan?

A: Five years. I started in November 2012 as a temp at the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty.

Q: What do you do here now?

A: I work as an administrative assistant for the Center for African American Studies (CAAS), the African American Studies Program (AFAM) and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF). I have a beautiful office on High Street and am lucky to be working with vibrant, engaging faculty, staff and students.

Q: What do you like best about working at Wesleyan? 

A: I love the energetic, intelligent people I work with—both students and faculty. Their breadth and depth of knowledge is amazing. I also enjoy seeing the world from another perspective, which only enhances my vision.

Human Resources Advisory Group Formed

The Human Resources Advisory Group, formed in November 2017, is the voice between administrative staff and senior leadership. It is a consultative body in which members share ideas and provide input on issues of importance to staff. The members of the Human Resources Advisory Group discuss and provide feedback on institutional policies and practices and broader issues related to numerous work/life topics. The group solicits and expresses opinions, represents staff ideas, makes suggestions and recommendations for change.

Members include:

Luigi Solla, associate dean of admission; Michelle Jarvis, associate director of financial aid; Rachel Ludwig, deputy director of athletics; Joy Vodak, associate director of the Office of Academic Affairs; Rhoanne Esteban, data analyst; Deb Treister, director of planning and administration; Trisha Stephenson Gordon, administrative manager/Affirmative Action specialist; and Lauren Rubenstein, manager of media relations and public relations.

Also Patrick Bohan, video producer; Kevin Butler, assistant dean of students; Liliana Carrasquillo-Vasquez, assistant director of residential life; Barbara Spadaccini, senior project leader; Joe Rich, user services manager; Robert Mirabal, director of student accounts; and Jeff Murphy, facilities business manager.

University Communications Launches Social Media Website

Fresh off the digital presses! Check out the new Social Media website from University Communications. This site was created as a resource for social media usage tips + best practices, for guidelines and policies on using social media on behalf of Wesleyan University and as a place to find tools to help you manage and measure your social accounts. You can also request a new social media account, a strategy session or a social share from the main Wesleyan University channels.

9 Classes Offered by Wesleyan’s Institute for Lifelong Learning

The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning provides educational opportunities outside of formal degree-granting programs to members of the broader community. Wesleyan University has been devoted to liberal learning since its founding in 1831. This program is an extension of that mission—a dedication to the improvement of human well-being by means of education throughout the course of life.

“Curiosity is ageless! This new year promises to be a fascinating one, with another intriguing round of WILL course offerings,” says Richard Friswell, associate director of the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning. “Delve into the work of literary icons like Chekhov, Shakespeare and Hemingway. Create your own memoir or share laughs and a fancy two-step with comedic American icon, Will Rogers. Travel a road back in time with Chaucer as he spins his Canterbury Tales, or ‘romance the stone’ as you explore 19th-century English painting. Adventure awaits!”

During the Spring 2018 semester, WILL will offer the following courses:

  • Maybe It’s My Imagination: Writing Memoir and Fiction
  • Once Upon a Time: Short Stories in Pairs
  • Meet me at Les Deux Magot: The Lost Generation in 1920s Paris
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
  • Romantic Landscapes of Constable and Turner: Common Goals, Contrasting Outcomes
  • Masterminds and Martyrs: Women in Ancient Greek Drama
  • A Shakespearean Romance, The Winter’s Tale
  • Russian Theater on the Eve of Revolution
  • Be Amused by the Muse of Classic American Humor

Enrolled students will have access to the academic resources of Wesleyan University, including Olin Library. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the afternoons and early evenings. Parking is available and classrooms are accessible. Classes will be quite small, with a few exceptions, allowing close interactions between instructors and students.

Online registration is now open. For more information email will@wesleyan.edu.