Students

Student-Run School, Clinic in Kenya Highlighted

The Kibera School for Girls and The Johanna Justin Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera were featured on Channel 3 News. The story discusses the facilities created by a small group of Wesleyan students their organization Shining Hope for Communities. The school was built last year and the clinic will go up this summer. Shining Hope for Communities has received more than $100,000 in grants and awards this year alone.

Shining Hope for Communities and the Kibera School for Girls were founded and created by Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09; they were joined by Leah Lucid ’10 and Arielle Tolman ’10 in their efforts to create the Johnna Justin Jinich Memorial Clinic. Robert Rosenthal, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, serves as the president of their board of directors. More information can be found at www.hopetoshine.org.

Work by McCloughan ’10 Previews Eiko WESeminar

Watching this short video of a project by Mark McCloughan ’10 gives viewers a sense of the type of dance and movement taught and performed by Artist-in-Residence Eiko Otate P ’07, ’10. McCloughan, is Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of a Theater Department award for his work.

Otake is presenting a WESeminar titled “Eiko & Koma’s Delicious Movement Workshop” on Sat. May 22, 3 p.m., at the Bessie Shonberg Dance Studios on 247 Pine St.

A full schedule of all WESeminars can be seen here.

Palmer’s ’10 Latest Wall Street Journal Blog

Gianna Palmer ’10 posts her latest blog entry to The Wall Street Journal‘s “Hire Education” section. The feature draws on the thoughts of seven college seniors as they prepare to make the transition from college to the job market and the “real wold.” Palmer’s latest entry involves student loan repayment, which seemed like a far-off concept when she entered school four years ago, but now will be a pressing reality. Palmer is majoring in English and Sociology.

Charles Kurose ’10, an economics major, is also a blogger for the section.

Shining Hope for Communities Wins Dell Award

Shining Hope for Communities, a student-founded non-profit organization, is the winner of the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition. The award is based on a world-wide competition among college students who have projects that can “make the world a better place.” Shining Hope for Communities founded The Kibera School for Girls in 2009 in the Kenyan slum of Kibera, and is creating the Johanna Justin Jinich Memorial Clinic and a community center this year at the same site. Initial funding for the Kibera School for Girls was provided by the Davis 100 Projects for Peace program. The Dell award includes $50,000.

The group has also received a $50,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation and a $1,000 award from the MTV People’s Choice Awards this year.

Shining Hope for Communities includes Executive Director and Kibera native Kennedy Odede ‘12, Managing Director Jessica Posner ‘09 and current Wesleyan students Leah Lucid ‘10, Ari Tolman ‘10, and Inslee Coddington ‘10.

Center for Prison Education Draws Plaudits

Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education was featured in stories appearing in The Boston Globe, The Associated Press and on WNPR recently. The grant-funded pilot program, founded by current Center Fellow Russell Perkins ’09 and Molly Birnbaum ’09, provides for-credit “high caliber liberal arts education” to a small group of selected inmates at the Cheshire Correctional Institute. Perkins is also a 2010 Rhodes Scholarship winner.

Murphy ’10 Featured on “Morning Edition”

Andrew C. Murphy ’10 was featured in a report on NPR’s “Morning Edition” that examined the work of his mother, pediatric neurologist, Frances Jensen. Jensen, who is on the staff at Children’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard University, began to investigate teen aged behavior when her son, Andrew seemed to become a completely different person as he entered his teen years. Her findings have contributed to the new understanding about the function and formation of teen brains.

Trammell ’10: Russia Polluting Lake Baikal

In an opinion piece for Business Week, Elizabeth Trammell ’10, laments the recent decision by the Russian Government to allow a the resumption of operations at a paper mill on the banks of Lake Baikal, the deepest, and one of the largest fresh water lakes in the word. Permission for the mill to operate is a reversal of a policy enacted just four years ago aimed at stemming pollution in the lake and a serious setback for environmentalists. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed the order allowing the resumption of activities at the mill. Trammell’s piece originally appeared in TOL Online.

Stark: Where Are Students in the Health Care Debate?

In an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed, Laura Stark, assistant professor of sociology, assistant professor of science in society, discusses how recent and pending college graduates are deeply affected by the current machinations over health care in Congress, but have been curiously silent as a group, especially compared with their overwhelming involvement in the election last year. Stark’s students Suzanna Hirsch ’10, Samantha Hodges ’11, Gianna Palmer ’10, and Kim Segall ’10, contributed to the piece.

Perkins ’09 Awarded 2010 Rhodes Scholarship

Russell Perkins '09

Russell Perkins '09

Russell Perkins ’09 was awarded a 2010 Rhodes Scholarship. Perkins, from Evanston, Ill., graduated with high honors from Wesleyan University in May. He majored in the College of Letters (COL) with a senior thesis titled “Violence in Adornian Aesthetics and the Art of Anselm Kiefer;” his advisor was Khachig Tololyan, professor of English, professor of letters. Perkins co-founded Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education which offers Wesleyan courses at Connecticut’s Cheshire Correctional Institution. In addition to offering education for selected inmates, the program provides research and volunteer opportunities for Wesleyan students and faculty. A classical pianist and avid cyclist, he taught a small discussion workshop in philosophy at the Cheshire prison as an undergraduate. Russell plans to do the B.Phil. in philosophy at Oxford University.

Student-Created Prison Education Program Featured

A grant-funded prison education program created by two Wesleyan graduate students, Molly Birnbaum ’09 and Russell Perkins ’09, while they were undergraduates, was profiled in The New York Times. Administered in Connecticut’s Cheshire Correctional Facility, the program provides Wesleyan-level courses for selected members of the prison’s population. The inmate-participants must meet rigorous entrance requirements.