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Cardona, Ramiz, Daniels Honored with Cardinal Achievement Awards

Elisa Cardona and Bulaong Ramiz from the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development each received a Cardinal Achievement Award for their extraordinary efforts in facilitating a series of community discussions and educational workshops (over several weekends) in the wake of the publication of a controversial op-ed about the Black Lives Matter movement in the Wesleyan Argus.

“These have been significant time commitments in addition to their already hectic job responsibilities” said Dean Mike Whaley. “I also want to highlight my observation that these discussions have been especially helpful and healing because they were designed in a way that participants were talking with each other, rather than at each other. The effectiveness of these important discussions is clearly a result of Elisa and Bulaong’s skilled facilitation as well as their deep commitment toward cultivating a campus environment that values diversity and inclusion as a cornerstone of students’ campus experience.”

Christine Daniels, executive assistant to the vice president for finance and administration, was awarded with a Cardinal Achievement Award for coordinating events for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education assembly meeting in October. Administrators from 35 colleges in the United States visited Wesleyan’s campus for this significant meeting.

Daniels worked with campus staff and vendors, and staff at the Inn at Middletown.

“Christine came in early and stayed late over a period of several days as she managed the entire event. The event went flawlessly and in many ways that was because of her extraordinary dedication and effort,” said John Meerts, vice president for finance and administration.

This special honor comes with a $250 award and reflects the university’s gratitude for those extra efforts. 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 Cardinal Achievement Award website. Recipients will continue to be recognized in News @ Wesleyan. See past Cardinal Achievement Award recipients here.

Kamm, Nelligan, Pandolfo Honored with Cardinal Achievement Awards

Jim Kamm, Bill Nelligan and Rose Pandolfo received Cardinal Achievement Awards in October for providing extraordinary support to their Wesleyan colleagues.

Kamm is a desktop support specialist with Information Technology Services; Nelligan is director of environmental services for Physical Plant – Facilities; and Pandolfo is a staff accountant with the Office of Finance.

All three staff members extended themselves above and beyond the expectations of their position to provide support in their respective areas of expertise with good will, good humor and limitless patience.

This special honor comes with a $250 award and reflects the university’s gratitude for those extra efforts. 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 Cardinal Achievement Award website. Recipients will continue to be recognized in News @ Wesleyan. See past Cardinal Achievement Award recipients here.

Staff on the Move September 2015

The Office of Human Resources reported the following new hires, transitions and departures for September 2015: 

Newly hired
Max Sass was hired as a men’s basketball intern in the Department of Athletics on Sept. 1.
Laura Pierce was hired as a women’s basketball intern in the Department of Athletics on Sept. 1.
Adrian Blackadar was hired as a men’s soccer intern in the Department of Athletics on Sept. 1.
Prashanie Silva was hired as senior budget analyst in financial planning on Sept. 3.
Marek Mikunda was hired as program coordinator in Upward Bound on Sept. 14.
Lee Maes was hired as a volleyball intern in the Department of Athletics on Sept. 15.
Kate Quigley Lynch`82 was hired as assistant director of annual giving for the Wesleyan Fund on Sept. 15.
Allison Grella was hired as assistant director of university events and scheduling on Sept. 17.
James Zareski was hired as a research assistant/ lab manager in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science on Sept. 21.
Chris Wojick was hired as assistant director of annual giving for the Wesleyan Fund on Sept. 28.
Steven Bertolino was hired as academic computing manager for arts and humanities on Sept. 30.

Transitions
Jayana Mitchell was hired as budget analyst in financial planning on Sept. 7.
Samantha Burr was hired as manager of the Cardinal Technology Store on Sept.  21.

Departures
Anita Deeg-Carlin, administrative assistant in physics
Brian Katten, sports information director in the Office of University Communications

Help Wesleyan Community, Build Camaraderie as C-CERT Member

On Aug. 3, members of Wesleyan's C-CERT organization helped erect a tent that could be used as a mobile hospital in the event of an emergency situation. The team constructed the mobile unit with guidance from Middletown Emergency Management and the Connecticut Department of Public Health

On Aug. 3, members of Wesleyan’s C-CERT organization helped erect a tent that could be used as a mobile hospital in the event of an emergency situation. The team constructed the mobile unit with guidance from Middletown Emergency Management and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

This fall, Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) is offering a free training course to any Wesleyan faculty, staff or student interested in helping the campus community. Formed in September 2009, Wesleyan’s C-CERT members are trained to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site.

The 20-hour program, which is supported by a grant from the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, includes sessions such as Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety and Utility Controls, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue Operations, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism and Disaster Simulation. All participants receive their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and must pass a final exam to be “CERT”tified.

“When you’re a member of C-CERT, you get to help others in a time of need, while enjoying a sense of camaraderie and community with your colleagues,” said Sherri Condon, accounting specialist

PSafe Director Rohde Strives to Keep Wesleyan Community Safe, Engaged

As Wesleyan's director of public safety, Scott Rohde oversaw the creation of a new "statement of commitment" to the campus.

As Wesleyan’s director of public safety, Scott Rohde oversaw the creation of a new “statement of commitment” to the campus.

In this News @ Wesleyan story, we speak with Scott Rohde, who marks his one-year anniversary as Wesleyan’s Director of Public Safety on Oct. 1. Rohde reflects back on his first year at Wesleyan, changes he has overseen, and what’s to come.

Q: What has struck you most about the Wesleyan community during your first year here?

A: I was stuck by the significant focus on students, and student success. Not only the faculty, but administrators and staff, want every student to succeed here at Wes but also in the global community. The liberal arts tradition is vibrant here and offers a “true college experience.” Having worked for the prior 16 years in public higher education the difference is pretty stark, and a change I was looking for.

Q: What would you say are some of the biggest challenges facing your department?

A: I would say keeping students, faculty and staff engaged when it comes to keeping themselves and their property safe. Public Safety officers have a unique opportunity to connect with the campus community, identify problems and partner with our stakeholders to solve them. It is easy for students to become complacent.

Staff on the Move August 2015

The Office of Human Resources reports the following new hires, transitions and departures:

Newly hired
Kathleen Smith was hired as associate director of fellowships, internships and exchanges in the Center for Global Studies on Aug. 3.

Joy Zelikovsky was hired as post-doctoral clinical/counseling psychologist in the Counseling Center on Aug. 3.

Kaiser Aslam was hired as University Muslim Chaplain in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life on Aug. 17.

Wesleyan to Host Middletown Day, Honoring Veterans, Sept. 26

For the third year in a row, Wesleyan will welcome members of the community and Wesleyan faculty, staff, students, alumni and families to Middletown Day—a day of family fun and athletic events on campus. The theme of this year’s event, taking place Sept. 26, is “Salute to Service, Honoring Our Veterans.”

“We are excited to once again welcome Middletown families to campus, and honored to partner in saluting veterans from campus and the community,” said Cathy Lechowicz, director of the Center for Community Partnerships. “It will be a celebratory day that highlights the assets of our campus and the community.”

The event will be centered on Andrus Field. Family activities will run from 11 a.m.­–2:30 p.m. and will include a bounce house, a face painter, a balloon artist, live music and free popcorn. Other food will be on sale. There also will be a Resource Fair with informational booths from campus and community organizations, located in the Huss Courtyard behind Usdan University Center. In case of rain, most activities will move indoors to the Usdan University Center.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., Wesleyan Football will play Middlebury College on Andrus Field. The Middletown Police Bagpipe Association will lead veterans in attendance onto the field for recognition. The halftime show will feature a performance by the Middletown High School Marching Band.

Other athletic contests taking place that day include Women’s Soccer vs. Bates at 11 a.m. on Jackson Field; Women’s Field Hockey vs. Bates at 11 a.m. on Smith Field; Women’s Volleyball vs. U.S. Coast Guard Academy at noon in the Freeman Athletic Center’s Silloway Gymnasium; and Men’s Soccer vs. Bates at 2:30 p.m. on Jackson Field.

Wesleyan will host veterans from the greater Middletown community, as well as veterans from our staff, faculty, student body and alumni.

“Wesleyan has a long tradition of service to the nation, including more than 80 Wesleyans who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II,” said Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion/ Title IX officer. “When the nation has called, Wesleyans have served, and so we honor those among us who heeded the call, and we pay our deepest respects to those who never returned.”

In addition, the Combat Paper Project will be demonstrating the traditional craft of handmade paper, which uses plant-based clothing as the source material to be rendered into a pulp and finally into sheets of paper. This practice goes back many centuries and enables veterans to interpret and commemorate aspects of military service by transforming the uniforms from those experiences into paper.

See photos from past Middletown Day events here and here.

For more information, please call (860) 685-2881, and see Middletown Day poster below.

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Tatge Joins Board of the New England Foundation for the Arts

Pam Tatge

Pam Tatge

Pam Tatge ’84, MALS ’10, P’16, director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts (CFA), was appointed to the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

Noted for facilitating Liz Lerman’s “Ferocious Beauty: Genome” at the CFA, an exploration of repercussions of genetic research in 2006, Tatge received the 2010 William Dawson Award from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, given to an individual or organization in the presenting field for sustained leadership, innovation and vision in program design, audience building and community involvement efforts.

Additionally, Tatge worked closely with former NEFA executive director Sam Miller ’75 to create Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice and Performance, which offers an MA in performance curation. As a Wesleyan undergraduate, she majored in history.

“NEFA is an extraordinary institution with innovative programs that successfully marry artists to audiences in New England and across our nation,” Tatge says. “I’m honored to serve on their board.”

Wesleyan Green Team Brainstorms Sustainability Measures

Wesleyan's Green Team focuses on making Wesleyan more environmentally friendly. (Photo Laurie Kenney)

Wesleyan’s Green Team focuses on making Wesleyan more environmentally friendly. (Photos by Laurie Kenney)

On July 31, nine Green Team members and a liaison from the sustainability office met outside the Allbritton Center to discuss their goals for the coming year. The Green Team focuses on finding simple measures that all Wesleyan offices can enact to conserve resources.

Anita Deeg-Carlin, administrative assistant for the Physics Department, who initiated the formation of the team in 2014, led the meeting. The team’s hope this year is to focus on small, practical steps that can spark interest and change among other community members. Anika Dane, administrative assistant in molecular biology and biochemistry, suggested the team look into the DEEP’s adopt-a-park program. The team also hopes to link up with wellness efforts and encourage employees to do a trash pick up during their fitness walks.

The group noted the importance of evaluating the progress they have made over the past year, and decided to conduct reviews of their own offices together as a group. This will help them identify areas that might need improvement.

The team also works with Olga Bookas, director of purchasing, on identifying sustainable products. The Green Team has tried to determine what disposable kitchen products have the lowest footprint. This question does not have a simple answer, and was turned over to Ruby Lang ’17 this summer, in an internship funded by the College of the Environment. Jen Kleindienst, sustainability director and liaison to the Green Team, shared some of the results so far.

“We have to be aware of a product’s entire life cycle,” Kleindienst said. “For example, a ceramic cup has to be used about 15 times before it is considered more sustainable than using disposable cups.” Kleindienst also explained the relatively new reusable Eco-to-Go food container program at Wesleyan.

Roslyn Carrier-Brault, administrative assistant in chemistry, raised the question of what to do with the lost and found items that accumulate in many offices over the course of an academic year. Kleindienst pointed out that the “Waste Not” collection and tag sale on 44 Brainerd Ave. is a great destination for these forgotten items, as well as Wesleyan’s Freecycle list.

Members of Wesleyan's Green Team: (back row, l to r) Blanch Meslin, Dawn Alger, Anika Dane, Anita Deeg-Carlin, Roslyn Carrier-Brault; (front row, l to r) Liz Tinker, Olga Bookas, Valerie Marinelli, Jayana Mitchell.

Members of Wesleyan’s Green Team: (back row, l to r) Blanch Meslin, Dawn Alger, Anika Dane, Anita Deeg-Carlin, Roslyn Carrier-Brault; (front row, l to r) Liz Tinker, Olga Bookas, Valerie Marinelli, Jayana Mitchell.

Liz Tinker, administrative assistant in English, requested ideas for potential “green minute” topics for the next meeting. The green minute is a short Green Team presentation at monthly Academic Affairs meetings that offers easy tips and tricks for reducing waste. Dawn Alger, administrative assistant in Theater, suggested having a catchy slogan, for example, “One Less”, to use as a theme for the semester that would encourage community members to use one less of any item that is inherently wasteful each day. Jayana Mitchell, accounting specialist in Chemistry, pointed out that reminder signs created by Blanche Meslin, administrative assistant for Biology, last year were effective in encouraging department members to “BYO” and should continue to be spread around campus.

Deeg-Carlin brought up the overlap of the goals of the Office of Equity and Inclusion with those of the Sustainability Office, and emphasized the importance of capitalizing on Wesleyan’s rich diversity as a resource for learning about more aspects of sustainability.

Valerie Marinelli wrapped up the meeting by suggesting the team shares their goals for 2015-16 with Provost Joyce Jacobsen and the Office of Academic Affairs. Academic Affairs has been supportive of the Green Team since its beginning in 2014.

Wesleyan C-CERT Builds Mobile Medical Facility on Andrus Field

On Aug. 3, more than 20 Wesleyan employees helped erect a tent that could be used as a mobile hospital in the event of an emergency situation. Members of Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) constructed the mobile unit with guidance from Middletown Emergency Management and Middletown Fire Department.

In the event of an emerging infectious disease outbreak, other public health emergencies and acts of terrorism, a mobile hospital can provide an additional 125 beds. Members of Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) constructed a mobile hospital Aug. 3 with guidance from Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management and Middletown Fire Department.

On Aug. 3, more than 20 Wesleyan employees helped erect a tent on Andrus Field that could be used as a medical facility in the event of an emergency situation.

The inflatable tent, which measures 60 by 30 feet, is 1/5 of the complete Ottilie W. Lundgren Memorial Field Hospital owned by the State of Connecticut. If all sections of the tent were assembled, it would contain a 125-bed unit, an operating room, ambulatory care and triage areas.

Beatles Benefit Concert Created in Memory of CFA Intern

A 21-member all-star band, featuring four members of the Wesleyan community, will come together to perform the Beatles White Album in its entirety at Blackbird: A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund, on Saturday, July 25 at Crowell Concert Hall. Pictured: Nadya Potemkina, Andy Chatfield, and Shona Kerr. (Photo by Cynthia Rockwell).

A 21-member all-star band, featuring four members of the Wesleyan community, will come together to perform the Beatles’ White Album in its entirety at Blackbird: A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund, July 25 at Crowell Concert Hall. Pictured, from left, are Wesleyan’s Nadya Potemkina, Andy Chatfield and Shona Kerr. (Photo by Cynthia Rockwell)

A 21-member all-star band will come together to perform the Beatles’ White Album in its entirety at Blackbird: A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at Crowell Concert Hall. The concert is being held in memory of former Center for the Arts intern Stephanie Nelson, of Middletown, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 25. All proceeds from ticket sales will go toward creating a scholarship fund for Middlesex Community College students in support of internships at Wesleyan.

The concert is the brainchild of drummer Andy Chatfield, press and marketing director of the Center for the Arts. “Stephanie was the CFA’s first broadcast communications and multimedia intern from Middlesex Community College in 2013, and we all appreciated the energy and light that she brought to our office and to everything she did,” Chatfield said. “This event will celebrate Stephanie’s life with her family and friends and create a scholarship fund in her memory to support interns from Middlesex Community College to be paid for time spent working at Wesleyan.”