Students

Odede ’12: Slum Tourism, a Personal View

Writing for The New York Times OpEd page, Kennedy Odede ’12, a resident Kibera, Kenya, the worst slum in Nairobi, discusses the phenomenon of people from developed countries treating slums as curious tourists destinations. Odede says that while some arrive hoping to better understand the conditions through first hand experience, for most it’s just a curiosity bordering on a bizarre form of entertainment, and then they move on.

Odede and Jessica Posner ’09 have co-founded Shining Hope for Communities, an organization that has built a school and health care center in Kibera over the last two years. They have been supported by a start-up grant from the Davis Projects for Peace, as well a grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, a Dell Innovation grant, and a 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship. Posner also was the winner of the 2010 VH-1 “Do Something” award.

Palmer ’10: Job Search Leads to Grad School

In her on-going entries for The Wall Street Journal‘s “Hire Education” blog, Gianna Palmer ’10, says that despite sending out “dozens of cover letters and resumes,” her job search has led her instead to graduate school – an option she hadn’t seriously considered as an undergrad.

Palmer and fellow Wesleyan student (now alumnus) Charles Kurose, blogged for the Journal periodically about their year-long job searches.

Valentino ’10 on Liberal Arts Colleges and Internships

In USA Today, Lauren Valentino ’10 discusses the senior thesis paper she wrote on the unintended consequences created by the Federal Department of Labor’s new requirements for college internships. Valentino mentions how liberal arts colleges and universities are by nature different in their approach to internships, and how the new DOL rules can actually penalize students simply because they attend these schools. Valentino also wrote an OpEd for The Hartford Courant recently on the same subject.

Student-Created ‘Split Frame’ Wins AIA National Award

Wesleyan’s architecture design class and its Research-Design-Build Studio have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2010 Small Projects Practitioners Awards. They were recognized for the observation platform “Split Frame” they created for the Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary in Portland, Conn., in 2008. The studio and class are overseen by Elijah Huge, assistant professor of art, assistant professor of environmental studies.

Last year the class and studio created the Sukkah on campus as one of their projects.

Posner ’09, Odede ’11 Bring Hope to a Living Hell

The Denver Post profiles Jessica Posner ’09 and Kennedy Odede ’11, as they continue to work in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Posner is a finalist for the MTV “Do Something” Awards and the opportunity to raise an additional $100,000 for their school and health center project in the slum. This year to date, Posner and her colleagues have raised nearly $200,000 for the efforts.

Kurose ’10 on Life’s Top to Bottom Transitions

Writing for The Wall Street Journal‘s “Hire Education” section, Charles Kurose ’10 who graduated in May with a degree in economics, discusses what it is like to go from the very top of one social system – being a college senior – to the very bottom of a new system: the job market and an entry level position.

Ismail ’12 Featured in Profile of Unique Prep School

Ahmed Ismail ’12 is featured in a profile by The Wall Street Journal of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, a unique all-boys school in Newark, N.J., that focuses on achievement, self-discipline, and an honor code that in part states: “whatever hurts my brother hurts me.” Located in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Newark, the school is known for its code of ethics, minority enrollment, outstanding academic programs, and excellence in sports. More than 95% of the school’s graduates go on to college.

Valentino ’10: New Internship Rules Restrictive

In an OpEd for The Hartford Courant, Lauren Valentino ’10 outlines how the new rules for student internships issued by the Federal Department of Labor have made internships costly for students at liberal arts institutions. Valentino says that one unintended consequence of requiring unpaid internships to be “for-credit” will require liberal arts students to work for free and pay steep fees to attain academic credit. The result is a double financial hit that only the most affluent students will be able to afford.

Wesleyan Holds 178th Commencement Ceremonies

Wesleyan University held its 178th annual Commencement ceremonies on Andrus Field at 11 a.m., May 23. Complete coverage can be found here.

The address by the 2010 Commencement Speaker Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ’74, M.A. ’80, can be found here.

President Michael S. Roth’s address to the graduates can be found here.

The Senior Address by Latasha Alcindor ’10 can be found here.

Photo galleries are available here and here, and are being periodically updated.

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.