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Wesleyan Students, Staff Participate in Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project

On Nov. 21, Wesleyan students and staff helped stuff 1,000 boxes with everything families will need for a Thanksgiving dinner celebration.

On Nov. 21, Wesleyan students and staff helped stuff 1,000 boxes with everything families will need for a Thanksgiving dinner celebration.

This fall, Wesleyan students and staff took part in the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project, an annual collaborative effort to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need. Wesleyan was one of 70 community partners for the project, led by Fellowship Church in Middletown. The university’s involvement in the project was coordinated by Cathy Lechowicz and Diana Martinez, director and assistant director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships.

MCTP 3For this year’s project, the Wesleyan community donated stuffing, gravy, pies and other foodstuffs; students and staff from the Allbritton Center helped register families at Amazing Grace Food Pantry from Oct. 31 to Nov. 18; students and staff, including the men’s crew and women’s lacrosse teams, helped with packing almost 1,000 boxes of food at Fellowship Church on Nov. 21; and staff from Wesleyan’s Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development helped distribute the food to Middletown residents in need on Nov. 22. The women’s lacrosse team also collected more than $600 to contribute to the project.

Patey Featured in A Peace of My Mind, a New Collection of Stories

Laura Patey (photo courtesy of appmm.com)

Laura Patey (photo by John Noltner for “A Peace of My Mind: American Stories”)

Laura Patey, associate dean for student academic resources, was featured in the newest book of the series, A Peace of My Mind: American Stories, by award-winning photographer and author, John Noltner. In his book, Noltner drove 40,000 miles across the country to ask people the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” This resulted in the stories of “58 people from diverse backgrounds, who share stories of hope, redemption, and forgiveness, paired with compelling color portraits.”

Patey’s personal story highlights the peace she has finally found with embracing her own identity, with a focus on her experience adopting her sons out of foster care and how her experience of not fitting in when she was younger made her into an advocate for the marginalized in society. She also spoke of her challenges of coming out and being accepted. In the end, she has found peace now that she realizes “it’s not about having people tolerate or accept you, it’s about embracing your identity.”

An excerpt of Dean Patey’s story, along with her full audio interview was published on the website for the Peace of My Mind Project. Moreover, her story was highlighted in one of Noltner’s blog posts as a tool he was able to use to connect with a young student who was having her own trouble and felt isolated dealing with the reality of her own similar family situation.

Employees Recognized for Service to Wesleyan

The Office of Human Resources hosted its annual Employee Service Recognition Luncheon Oct. 18 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.

Those recognized included: Catherine Race, Psychology Department, 35 years; Simon Bostick, Public Safety, 35 years; Edward Manter, Physical Plant – Facilities, 35 years; Sandra Frimel, Health Services, 30 years; Chuth Prith, Physical Plant – Facilities, 30 years; Dawn Astin Lowe, University Relations, 30 years; and Paul DiSanto, University Relations, 30 years.

Also Meg Zocco, University Relations, 30 years; Mark Melmer, Wesleyan Station, 30 years; Michael Conte, Physical Plant – Facilities, 30 years; Jeffrey Sweet, Physical Plant – Facilities, 30 years; Jody Viswanathan, Olin Memorial Library, 25 years; Jennifer Hadley, Olin Memorial Library, 25 years; and Kim Krueger, Physical Plant – Facilities, 25 years.

Also, John Elmore, Center for the Arts, 20 years; Francis Marsilli, Usdan University Center, 20 years; Karen O’Leary, Office of Admission, 20 years; Scott Michael, Cardinal Technology Center, 20 years; Sun Chyung, Finance and Administration, 20 years; and Lisa LaPlant, President’s Office, 20 years.

Photos of the luncheon celebration are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Transportation Services’ New 14-Passenger Bus Moves Students More Efficiently

Wesleyan’s Transportation Department announces the addition of a new 14-passenger bus to the Wesleyan RIDE system fleet.

Wesleyan’s Transportation Department announces the addition of a new 14-passenger bus to the Wesleyan RIDE system fleet.

Wesleyan’s Transportation Services Department announces the addition of a new 14-passenger bus to the Wesleyan RIDE system fleet. The RIDE is a free shuttle service with 17 stops around campus. The department also provides a free off-campus grocery shuttle service to Price Chopper and Aldi on Sunday afternoons.

“Adding this bus to the RIDE program will allow us to move more people, more efficiently, and more comfortably,” said Joe Martocci, transportation services manager.

The RIDE shuttles are available seven nights a week, and Martocci says volume picks up on the weekends.

“We move over 500 students every weekend. The idea to add another vehicle was to make it more enjoyable for students to use the shuttles,” he explained. On the weekends, there are now three vehicles in rotation to meet the high demand of students who need a safe way to get around campus at night. All are equipped with GPS units so students can see their location from a mobile app.

Joe Martocci, transportation services manager, explains the features of the RIDE's new 14-passenger bus.

Joe Martocci, transportation services manager, explains the features of the new 14-passenger bus. (Photos by Randi Plake)

Martocci, who has worked at Wesleyan for 11 years, says the changes to the RIDE come from listening to the students and seeking advice from Public Safety Director Scott Rohde.

“We have changed some of the stops. Adding a larger vehicle and modifying the routes will be an experiment, but historically when students suggest ideas, we listen.”

Moreover, Martocci and his crew have added new shuttle stops signs around campus. The new signs are reflective and more identifiable for students on the RIDE.

Martocci notes that the bus provides comfort as well as safety features. Well-lighted on both the inside and outside, with rows of comfortable leather seats, it is also spacious, with enough room for students to enter and exit the bus quickly. Additionally, four video cameras provide an extra layer of security for all who are riding the bus.

To learn more about RIDE and the other services offered by the Transportation department, click here. Students can download the mobile app—Wes Shuttle (iTunes and Android)—and see where the shuttle is in real-time. Persons with disabilities can access special shuttle services by calling 860-982-8031 (day) or 860-685-3788 (evenings).

Employees Sport Tie-Dye T-Shirts at Wesleyan

On June 1, the Office of Human Resources hosted an Ice Cream Social for faculty, staff and employed students to provide an opportunity for employees to mingle and celebrate the end of spring semester. As part of the day’s activities, employees were invited to create a tie-dye t-shirt.

On Aug. 10, Human Resources invited the tie-dye shirt makers to gather at Usdan’s Huss Courtyard for a brief meeting and photo opportunity.

“We thought this would be a fun way for employees to show off their ‘art work’ to the Wesleyan community,” said Julia Hicks, co-director of Human Resources. “It’s a very colorful day!”

Go Wes!

“Go Wes!”

1, 2, 3 … Jump!

1, 2, 3 … Jump! (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Green Team Hosts Mini-Bin Workshop

The Wesleyan Green Team hosted a mini-trash bin talk and workshop Aug. 10 at the Theater Department’s studio building. Dawn Alger, Theater Department administrative assistant and Green Team member led the workshop.

The Wesleyan Green Team hosted a mini-trash bin workshop and discussion Aug. 10 at the Theater Department’s studio building. Dawn Alger, Theater Department administrative assistant and Green Team member (pictured fifth from right, in back) led the workshop. “We’d love to see all staff and faculty members at Wesleyan use mini-bins in place of standard trash cans,” Alger said. “You’ll be surprised to see how little trash you create in a week.”

Mini-bins are small containers that are used in place of standard waste receptacles. They encourage recycling and reduce the number of trash can liners used on campus.

Mini-bins are small containers that are used in place of standard waste receptacles. They encourage recycling and reduce the number of trash can liners used on campus. Pictured are workshop participants Jordan Nyberg, program and events coordinator for the Office of Admission and Laura McQueeney, administrative assistant for the Office of Admission.

Jennifer Platt, manager of printing services, gets crafty with her mini-bin.

The Green Team provided craft supplies including cleaned coffee containers, colored paper, stickers, yarn, magazines, glue and scissors. Participants also discussed campus recycling efforts while designing their mini-bin. Pictured is workshop participant Jennifer Platt, manager of printing services.

Jen Kleindienst, sustainability director, decorates her mini-bin with magazine images.

Jen Kleindienst, sustainability director, decorates her mini-bin with cutouts from a magazine.

Olivia Drake, editor of The Wesleyan Connection and campus photographer, pastes recycle emblems to her mini-min.

Olivia Drake, editor of The Wesleyan Connection and campus photographer, pastes tree-shaped recycle emblems onto her mini-bin.

Liz Tinker, administrative assistant in the English Department, works on finalizing her mini-bin.

Liz Tinker, administrative assistant in the English Department, works on finalizing her mini-bin.

Wesleyan’s Green Team is researching, communicating, and implementing effective strategies that increase sustainability within the university. For more information on the team, or to join, visit the Green Team website.

Employees Receive Cardinal Achievement Awards

The following employees received Cardinal Achievement Awards in April, May and June for their efforts in demonstrating extraordinary initiative in performing a specific task associated with their work at Wesleyan University.

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

Liliana Carrasquillo-Vasquez, area coordinator, Residential Life

Olivia Drake, editor and campus photographer, University Communications

Terry Emmons, accounting specialist, Chemistry Department

James Huerta, senior assistant dean, Admission Office

Elizabeth Mainella, serials administrator, Olin Library

Jeffrey McDonald, assistant football coach, Physical Education

Emily Pagano, area coordinator, Residential Life

Paul Turenne, senior associate registrar, Registrar’s Office

Joy Vodak, associate director, Academic Affairs

Randy Wilson, library assistant, Olin Library

Staff on the Move, June 2016

The Office of Human Resources announces the following new hires, transitions and departures for June 2016:

Newly hired
Andrew Lieberman ’13 was hired as a football intern for the Department of Physical Education on June 1.
Rosemary Lennox was hired as a program manager for Center for the Arts Initiatives on June 2.
Mike Divirgilio was hired as a boiler tender in Physical Plant on June 6.
Shannon Skubel was hired as an office assistant in the President’s Office on June 14.
Cordel High was hired as a football intern for the Department of Physical Education on June 15.
Mike Rosalie was hired as a project manager in Construction Services on June 27.

Transitions
Teshia Levy-Grant ’00 was hired as interim dean for equity and inclusion on June 1.

Departures
Scott Backer, associate dean of students
Gregory Bernard, associate director of alumni and parent relations
Sergei Bunaev, assistant director of the Language Resource Center
Jake Bussani, football intern
Tara Connolly, women’s hockey intern
LaDarius Drew, men’s and women’s track and field intern
Anne Haley, women’s crew intern
Persephone Hall, associate director of career advising
Dianne Kelly, library assistant
Jiang Liu Rao, postdoctoral fellow in biology
Steven Milo, tennis intern
John Meerts, vice president for finance and administration
Jennifer Roach ’14, civic engagement fellow
David Shimomura, program coordinator at the Center for the Arts
Elijah Weeks, intern for football, men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse

Staff on the Move May 2016

The Office of Human Resources announces the following hires and departures for May 2016:

Newly hired
Zijia Guo was hired as prospect research analyst in University Relations on May 2
Philip Huntington was hired as electrician in Physical Plant on May 2
Noah Barth was hired as program manager in the Center for Prison Education on May 4
Amber Jones ’09 was hired as psychotherapist in the Counseling Center on May 9
Diane Widger was hired as Peoplesoft analyst programmer on May 18
Scott Shea was hired as assistant director of Wesleyan events and conferences on May 31

Departures
Kaiser Aslam, University Muslim Chaplain, Religious and Spiritual Life
Anya Backlund ’11, exhibitions coordinator for the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance
Charlotte Freeland, research assistant/lab coordinator, psychology
Aditi Kini ’12, assistant director, online communications for University Relations
Zachariah Pfeifer, coordinator of Greek Life
Meredith Nyser, swimming and diving intern

Faculty, Staff Celebrate End of the Semester at Ice Cream Social

On June 1, the Office of Human Resources hosted an Ice Cream Social for faculty, staff and employed students on Andrus Field and the Huss Courtyard.

On June 1, the Office of Human Resources hosted an Ice Cream Social for faculty, staff and employed students on Andrus Field and the Huss Courtyard. The gathering provided an opportunity for employees to mingle and celebrate the end of spring semester.

Rhonda York, administrative assistant in the Art and Art History Department, adds an array of toppings to her ice cream.

Rhonda York, administrative assistant in the Art and Art History Department, adds an array of toppings to her ice cream.

Chris Cruz, manager of fire safety and facilities, enjoys the social with her son, Colin.

Chris Cruz, manager of fire safety and facilities, enjoys the social with her son, Colin.

Mario Torres, material handler in Physical Plant, served as the gathering's DJ.

Mario Torres, material handler in Physical Plant, served as the gathering’s DJ.

After enjoying ice cream, several faculty and staff played volleyball, steel drums, participated in a water balloon and bean bag toss and created tie-dye T-shirts. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

After enjoying ice cream, several faculty and staff played volleyball, steel drums, participated in a water balloon and bean bag toss and created tie-dye T-shirts.

Staff on the Move April 2016

The Office of Human Resources reports the following new hires and departures for April 2016:

Newly hired
Deborah Katz was hired as a marketing director in University Communications on April 1.
Anthony DeMarco was hired as a boiler tender in Physical Plant on April 11.

Departures
Toria Bobbitt, research assistant in biology
Joseph Hopkins, boiler tender in Physical Plant
Pamela Tatge, director, Center of the Arts
Sharon Washburn, administrative assistant, Creative Writing

Faculty, Students, Alumni Attend Political Science Conference

Students presented research at the 74th annual Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago.

Students presented research at the 74th annual Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago.

The 74th annual Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) conference in Chicago April 7-10 was attended by several Wesleyan faculty members, students and recent alumni. The conference, held every April, is one of the largest political science conferences with more than 5,000 presenters from throughout the United States and around the world. It is traditionally held in Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hilton.

Assistant Professor of Government Erika Franklin Fowler, Assistant Professor of Government Logan Dancey, and Assistant Professor of Government Yamil Velez all presented research at the conference. They were accompanied by Joli Holmes ’17, John Murchison ’16, Grace Wong ’18, Anh Tuan Nguyen Viet ’16, and Eki Ramadhan ’16, students who contributed to and presented research.

Also in attendance were recent alumni Leonid “Leo” Liu ’14, who presented research with Fowler, and Matt Motta ’13, now a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.