Gilberg ’74: Wesleyan Education was a “Game-Changer”

Rick Gilberg ’74, P’16, P’14 describes his Wesleyan education as a “game-changer.” The son of working-class parents who never attended college, Gilberg was able to attend Wesleyan only with the support of a generous financial aid package. A religion major in the College of Letters, he says the opportunity enabled him to discover sides of himself he never knew existed. Gilberg is now a labor attorney in New York with two children attending Wesleyan.

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Cardinals Have a Strong Supporter in Bill Belichick ’75

On Saturday, Wesleyan will try to become the first team in 12 years to beat Trinity College on their home field in Hartford, Conn.

That’s why Wesleyan football coach and school alumnus Mike Whalen started practice a little differently this past Monday. Instead of launching into the customary drills that typically follow stretching, according to the Wall Street Journal, Whalen gathered his squad and read them an email.

From Bill Belichick.

Neuroscience Major Nakib ’16 a Slam Poet, Blogger, Sewing Expert

neuroscience major who is also pursuing the writing certificate, Rama Nakib ’16 comes to Wesleyan from Iraq. Around campus, she is a monitor in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, performs slam poetry, writes for the student-run blog Wesleying, and is known for her sewing and tailoring skills, which she shares with other students. After graduation, Rama wants to pursue a medical career while remaining involved in activism for women’s rights in the Middle East.

Watch this video and more on Wesleyan’s Video @ Wesleyan site.

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Myers’ ‘Shrinking Women’ Wins National Attention

Lily Myers ’15, whose poem, ‘Shrinking Women’ won Best Love Poem at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in April, has received national attention in recent months, including feature stories in Upworthy, The Huffington Post and All4WomenThe video of her performance at the Slam at Barnard College in New York City currently has more than 1.9 million views on YouTube.

Read more in this Wesleyan Connection story.

International Students: Why Wesleyan?

On Aug. 25, Wesleyan welcomed 92 international students to campus – 71 foreign nationals and 21 U.S. citizens living abroad, or about 13 percent of the entire Class of 2017. Why did they choose Wesleyan? Here are a few of their answers:

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Video Highlights of Whedon’s Address, Reunion, Commencement

Wesleyan alumni reunited with classmates, attended WESeminars, toured campus, visited with former professors, and congratulated the Class of 2013 during Reunion & Commencement Weekend May 23-26. On May 26,Wesleyan awarded 785 bachelor degrees; 30 master of arts degrees; 30 master of arts in liberal studies degrees; and 21 doctor of philosophy degrees:

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Award-winning writer, director, and producer Joss Whedon ’87 delivered the Commencement Address during the 181st Commencement Ceremony:

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Brighter Dawns Improves Sanitation in Bangladesh

The Hartford Courant featured the work being done by the Wesleyan-based group Brighter Dawns to improve sanitation in Bangladesh. Though the group’s core members graduated from Wesleyan last year, the group continues to thrive on campus and alumni and current students work together to raise funds and awareness. Its focus has shifted from installing wells and latrines to maintaining the existing facilities.

Wesleyan Class Grants $10,000 to Local Non-profits

The Hartford Courant featured a new class, Money and Social Change, offered at Wesleyan in the fall semester. Students were asked to explore the question, “How is money used to change the world?” The class undertook a rigorous survey of 400 non-profit organizations in the greater Middletown area, and through a multi-round elimination process, eventually chose four receive $10,000 in available funds. Funding was provided to the class by the Learning by Giving Foundation, established in 2011 to promote the study of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy by undergraduate students.

A story about the course also ran in The Middletown Press.


Odede ’12, Wood ’12 Featured Graduates

In a story on outstanding Class of 2012 graduates by NBC Nightly News, Kennedy Odede ’12 and Lowell Wood were both profiled by the newscast. Odede, who scraped his way to Wesleyan from Kibera, the worst slum in Kenya, and who created a school, health center and clean water station in Kibera while studying at Wesleyan, discussed hope and opportunity.

Wood, who transferred to Wesleyan as a sophomore but remained in ROTC from his previous school, discussed building bridges and understanding regarding his choice to serve in the military. Wood’s piece is below the main graduation story in the personal profiles section. He is the third student profile in the series (first row, third profile).