Students

Open Source Group Creates Software for NGOs

Wesleyan students involved in The Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project have teamed with students from other institutions to create disaster management software for several volunteer agencies, including The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Catholic Charities USA. The free software provides a virtual emergency response center that these organizations can use immediately after a disaster to help manage aid and logistics. The Wesleyan HFOSS group, along with analogous groups from Trinity College and Connecticut College, also received part of an $1.3 million grant to create more software of this type. Wesleyan’s HFOSS group is supervised by Norman Danner, associate professor of computer science, and Daniel Krizanc, professor of computer science.

Wesleyan Sukkah Wins Architectural Award

The Wesleyan Sukkah, a structure created by the 15 students enrolled in Architecture II and working in the Wesleyan research-design-build studio, has won a 2009 “Faith and Form Award” from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The students are supervised by Elijah Huge, assistant professor of art.

Prison Education Program Gains Approval

Inside Higher Education has a report on the recently-approved Wesleyan Center for Prison Education program, which will begin this fall and has grant funding for the next two years. The program will feature Wesleyan faculty and students teaching inmates at the Cheshire Correctional Institute, which is a maximum security prison here in Connecticut. Cathy Lechowicz, director of community service and volunteerism and one of the program’s advisers, is quoted in the article

Yip ’10, Hanna ’09 Fault Obama Admin. Program Cut

Holing Yip and Kathryn Hanna, with help from Shayna Bauchner ’10 and Isaac Maddow-Zimet ’09 wrote an OpEd that was published by The Hartford Courant criticizing a proposal by the Obama Administration to completely cut the funding for the “Even Start” program, which provides services to teach disadvantaged adults and children to read. The four students did extensive research on the Even Start program in Middletown and saw the positive effects first-hand.

Commencement Speeches, Photos, Videos Online

More than 730 students received a Bachelor of Arts degree May 24. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

More than 730 students received a Bachelor of Arts degree May 24. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Wesleyan held its 177th Commencement Ceremony May 24. During the event, 732 students received a Bachelor of Arts; 61 received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies; two received a Certificate of Advanced Study; 31 received a Master of Arts; and 16 received a Doctor of Philosophy. Ten other students will receive a Bachelor of Arts upon completion.

Commencement speeches, photographs and videos are now online in The Wesleyan Connection.
Commencement highlights:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/wesleyan-holds-177th-commencement-ceremonies/

Commencement Address by Anna Quindlen P’07:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/quindlen-p07-embrace-transformation/

President’s Remarks by Michael S. Roth ’78:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/president-roth-asks-class-of-2009-to-help-shape-culture/

Senior Class Welcome by Ravid Chowdhury ’09:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/chowdhury-09-leads-senior-class-welcome/

Honorary Degree Recipients remarks by Jennifer Alexander ’88, Mark Masselli and Azim Premji ’99:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/honorary-degree-recipients-speak-at-commencement/

Photographs of the ceremony:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/a-pictorial-glance-of-wesleyans-177th-commencement/

Video clips of the ceremony:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/24/commencement-on-video-clips/

Phi Beta Kappa Address by Joseph Fins ’82:
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/05/23/fins-82-delivers-phi-beta-kappa-address/

Posner ’09, Odede ’11 to Build School in Kenya

Kennedy Odede ’11 grew up in Kibera, Kenya’s worst slum, taught himself English and made it to Wesleyan. Now, Odede and Jessica Posner ’09 have received a Projects for Peace Grant and is going back to Kibera to build a school for girls. Odede and Posner were also featured on a show on WNPR’s “Where We Live” that focused on “Responding to Needs in Africa.” Their part starts at roughly the 49 minute mark.