by Olivia Drake •
Nicola Bennett, administrative assistant in the Office of University Relations, and Lorna Scott, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, received a Cardinal Achievement Award in May.
Bennett was acknowledged for her efforts in supporting the 50th Reunion. According to her award announcement, “Bennett played a vital role in the development and production of this year’s 50th Reunion Class Book. Her creativity and organization skills, coupled with her eagerness to take on a new challenge, made this project a huge success. The Class of 1964 and University Relations are very fortunate to benefit from her great work.”
Scott was honored for her efforts in gathering data from the files of several hundred students related to their decisions to leave Wesleyan. This data provided critical information to staff in the Institutional Research area in time for them to analyze the data for the Retention Committee.
This special honor comes with a $150 award and reflects the university’s gratitude for those extra efforts. The award recipients are nominated by department chairs and supervisors. Nominations can be made anytime throughout the year.
For more information or to nominate a staff member for the award, visit the Human Resources website and scroll down to Cardinal Achievement Award under “Forms.”
Recipients will continue to be recognized in News@Wesleyan.
by Olivia Drake •
On May 19, Wesleyan Adult Fitness finished its “Couch to 5K” fitness class. During the challenge, all participants successfully completed a 5K event at the Freeman Athletic Center outdoor track.
“Eleven hard working, committed staff took on this personal challenge with the goal of building the endurance and strength necessary to safely complete a 5K event,” said Heather Minetti, adult fitness coordinator. “Congratulations to this very dedicated group of staff.”
Participants included Tracey Stanley, Roseann Sillasen, Jennifer Enxuto, Nate Peters, Lisa LaPlant, Sherri Condon, Janice Watson, Mary Kelly, Renee Rasmussen, Beverly Hunter-Daniel, Michele Myers-Brown and Christine Daniels.
The group began training in March.
by Olivia Drake •
The Office of Human Resources reported the following new hires, advancements and transitions, and departures for April 2014:
Ryan Launder was hired as an administrative assistant for the Green Street Arts Center on April 14.
Doug Gilchrist was hired as a boiler tender in the Central Power Plant – Physical Plant on April 15.
Geralyn Ternullo was hired as an administrative assistant for the annual fund on April 21.
Meg O’Brien was hired as an associate director of financial planning on April 28.
Jennifer Curran was appointed Director of Continuing Studies. She served as Interim Director of Continuing Studies since November, before which she served as Associate Director for Student Services and Outreach in Continuing Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies.
Evan Carney, assistant dean of admissions.
Rob Schmidt, senior project manager of construction services.
by Lauren Rubenstein •
Students, faculty and staff who exercised cultural sensitivity, helped promote diversity and inclusion, and improved the campus climate were recognized at the annual Edgar Beckham Helping Hand Awards ceremony held April 27. The event brought together generations of alumni, students, faculty and staff to celebrate the tenets that make Wesleyan “Diversity University.” The keynote speaker this year was Daphne Kwok ’84.
The awards are sponsored by the Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance, African American Studies Program, Alumni of Color Council, Edgar Beckham Fund, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and Office of Equity and Inclusion.
Honored at the ceremony were:
Foot in the Door Award (Freshman Award)- Sadasia McCutchen ’17
Excellence in Athletics Award- Angela Slevin ’15
Excellence in the Arts Award- Yiyang Wang ’15
Excellence in Science Award- LaNell Williams ’15
Academic Excellence Award- Elsa Hardy ’14
Senior Legacy Award- Oladoyin Oladapo ’14
Campus Inspiration Award- Ari Ebstein ’16
Lois Brown, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor, professor of African American studies, professor of English
Suzanne O’Connell, professor of earth and environmental sciences, faculty director of the McNair Program
Gina Ulysse, associate professor of anthropology
Renee Johnson-Thornton, dean for diversity and student engagement, coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
Sarah Mahurin, visiting assistant professor of English, visiting assistant professor of African American studies
Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Diego Song ’15)
by Olivia Drake •
Q: Debbie, you’re the administrative assistant for the Archaeology Program, Medieval Studies Program and the Classical Studies Department. Anything else?!
A: In October 2010, I was given a promotion and added the responsibility of also working for the English Department and Writing Workshop in the new Downey House operations support system. At times it is a bit challenging, but I am good at managing my time and priorities so the work gets done in a timely fashion. I wear many different hats and wear them well.
Q: How many years have you worked for Wesleyan, and in what departments?
A: I have credit for 24 years at Wesleyan. I have been at Wesleyan longer than that but I did not bridge all of the time. I have worked for the Classical Studies Department and Medieval Studies Program for 18 years. After a few years, the Archaeology Program was added on and then most recently, the English Department