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Norris ’83 Directs Labor, Employment Law Group

Megan Norris ’83

The law firm of Miller Canfield has elected Megan Norris ’83 to serve a two-year term as a managing director, effective Jan. 1. She is part of a five-person management administration that works with the CEO to oversee the firm’s offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Poland and China.

A principal in the Detroit, Mich. office, Norris is leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group. She counsels clients on employment matters that include discipline and discharge, discrimination, harassment, and tort claims. She is a nationally recognized expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Cited as a “2011 Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, she also has been recognized for her work in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Michigan Super Lawyers.

A government and music major at Wesleyan, she earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Norris is a member of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.

Whitney Museum Showcases Work of Ligon ’82


[Glenn Ligon ’82]

Glenn Ligon '82


The first comprehensive mid-career retrospective devoted to pioneering New York–based artist Glenn Ligon ’82 is being held at the Whitney Museum of American Art (45 Madison Ave. at 75th Street, 212-570-3600) in New York City through June 5.

The exhibition, “Glenn Ligon: AMERICA,” features about 100 works, including paintings, prints, photography, drawings, and sculptural installations, as well as striking recent neon reliefs, one of them newly commissioned for the Whitney’s Madison Avenue windows. Over the course of his career, Ligon has created a body of work that has explored American history, literature, and society as it has built critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art.

The artist is renowned for his landmark series of text-based paintings,

Faust MA ’05 President-Elect of the American College of Preventive Medicine

Halley Faust MA '05

Dr. Halley Faust, MA ’05 has been elected the president of the Board of Regents of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). Faust will assume the presidency in 2013; he will sit on the Board of Regents and the executive committee of the board until 2017, according to the Jewish Ledger.

Faust currently works in bioethics and venture capital from his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He is clinical associate professor of family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico, and sits on the university’s Preventive Medicine Residency Advisory Committee. Previously, he was visiting professor of biology and philosophy at Wesleyan University in Middletown where he taught epidemiology and biomedical ethics. Faust recently co–edited with philosopher Paul Menzel Prevention vs. Treatment: What’s the Right Balance? to be published this fall.

He also manages Jerome Capital, LLC, a venture capital fund founded in 1997 now based in New Mexico, which invests in medically–related high technology early stage companies. Faust earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College; his MPH from the University of Michigan, and his MA in philosophy from Wesleyan.

Postel ’77 Assistant Administrator at International Development Agency

Eric Postel ’77

Nominated by President Obama in January 2011 and confirmed in March, Eric Postel ’77 joins the leadership team at the U.S. Agency for International Development as assistant administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade.

Postel, an experienced economic development expert and financier with a background in emerging markets investments, has worked in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East as an advisor and financial officer. In 2006, he served as commissioner on the bi-partisan Senate Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Around the Globe (HELP) Commission.

A mathematics/economics major at Wesleyan, he is also a four-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Block ’65 Named President-Elect of Pediatrics Academy

Robert Block ’65

Robert  Block ’65, M.D., was named president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with his term as president beginning in October 2011.

A biology major at Wesleyan, he earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and served three years in the U.S. Army. He joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1975 and has been chair of the pediatrics department for the past 13 years.

He has been particularly active in combating and raising public awareness of child abuse and has been the state’s chief child abuse examiner since 1989.

The position as president of the AAP, he explained in an article for TulsaKids, is largely one of advocacy, with a focus on “’trying to put policy into healthcare reform that would help children.” He noted that, while children are 60 to 70 percent of the Medicaid patients, they only receive 20 percent of the funds. Furthermore, 7 million children in the United States have no health insurance. He also plans to continue his work against child abuse at a national level.

Additionally, Block is active in the American Board of Pediatrics, the testing and certification organization, where he is the founding chair of its newest sub-specialty, child-abuse pediatrics.

Lussier ’98, McCarthy ’01 Join University Faculty

Two Wesleyan alumni who wrote Ph.D dissertations on Russian politics have recently accepted tenure-track jobs in political science departments.

Russian and East European studies major Danielle Lussier ’98, will be an assistant professor at Grinnell College, where she will be replacing Robert Grey ’61. Lussier wrote her B.A. thesis on the women’s movement in contemporary Russia, and her Ph.D at the University of California, Berkeley on a comparison of civil society and political mobilization in Russian and Indonesia.

College of Social Studies major Lauren McCarthy ’01 will be an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She wrote her B.A. thesis on superpower rivalry in the Olympics during the Cold War, and her Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on human trafficking in Russia.

Lussier and McCarthy former students of Peter Rutland, the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, professor of Russian and Eastern European Studies, tutor in the College of Social Studies.

Ibarguen ’66 joins AOL Board of Directors

Alberto Ibarguen '66

Alberto Ibarguen ’66, CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has joined the board of directors of AOL, according to The Associated Press. He will serve on the board’s audit and finance committee. Ibarguen replaces William Hambrecht.

The company is currently realigning itself as an online news source, and Ibarguen, former publisher of The Miami Herald, provides a valuable addition to the board. The Knight Foundation supports journalism training programs and many digital news delivery experiments.

Ibarguen also serves on the board of ProPublica, an independent nonprofit organization that focuses on producing investigative journalism in the public interest.

Griffin ’70 Named EVP of Time, Inc., President of News Group

John Q. Griffin ’70

John Q. Griffin ’70 was named executive vice president of Time, Inc., and president of the Time Inc. News Group, by corporate CEO Jack Griffin on Dec. 22. (The two Griffins are not related.)

This appointment is part of the reorganization of Time Inc., that split the previous news and sports group into its two components.

In his new role, John Q. Griffin will oversee Time, Fortune and Money along with their respective websites, as well as Life.com.

Previously the executive vice president and president of publishing for the National Geographic Society for the past nine years, Griffin was credited with having helped the society revamp its well respected

Devane ’09 Find NYC Ideal for the Life of an Entrepreneur

Tim Devane ’09

Tim Devane ’09 was recently interviewed by the tech blog We Are NY Tech.Devane describes himself as a “British-born NYC-living entrepreneur, wanderer, environmental advocate, hustler, business developer, and most importantly writer.”

In the interview, Devane discusses why he came to New York City:

“New York is where things happen. I was drawn in by the electricity, the excitement, and have been overwhelmed by the shear capacity to create and accomplish that people here exhibit. That goes for tech and for many other areas. It’s like everyone has their noses to the grindstone but they’re looking up winking at you, because they know New York is the only place they could do what they’re doing.”

Devane also talks about his connection with Wesleyan alumni:

“I owe quite a lot to the alums I connected with just before and after graduating from Wesleyan. … Many of these alums are people I count as friends and colleagues today. Wes alums gave me advice on where to go, what to do, and who else to speak to. They introduced me to industries and companies I was unaware of. More than anything, they helped me gain a stronger sense of what I wanted to do, because I really wasn’t sure when I left school.

Devane also recently contributed an op-ed, “Can’t Knock the Hustle: Job Search Today,”to the Huffington Post. In searching for a job, he suggests sending e-mail constantly to contacts, moving to the place where you want to work, and keeping up the hustle in the wake of rejection.

Devane works at Betaworks, a tech incubator and venture firm founded by two Wesleyan graduates, Andrew Weissman ’88 and John Borthwick ’87. The firm starts and invests in promising Web services, and was featured last year in The New York Times.

Devane is the co-founder (along with Eli Bronner ’10) of Birthright Earth, an environmental nonprofit program that funds eye-opening trips for young people to the rain forests of South America. For more information, go to http://birthrightearth.com/.

Glusker ’84 named CEO of Gilt Group Japan



Peter Glusker ’84



In mid-December, Peter Glusker ’84 was named chief executive officer of Gilt Groupe Japan and Gilt City Japan. The two companies are subsidiaries of the online luxury retailers Gilt Groupe, Inc., and Gilt City, Inc., respectively. That same week of Glusker’s appointment, Gilt City Japan launched Gilt City Tokyo, providing its members with access to Tokyo luxury services and experiences.

Glusker, who joined Gilt Groupe in 2009, was previously based in New York City, running the company’s business development and international operations.

“I’ve been deeply involved with Gilt Groupe Japan’s business over the past two years in my prior role based in New York. I’m thrilled to be able to dedicate all of my efforts to leading the growth of the company in Japan,” he said in a company press release.

Rogers ’91 Appointed to First Judicial District Court

Catherine Rob Rogers ’91, a Laramie County, Wyo., Circuit Court Magistrate and a private practice attorney, was appointed to the First Judicial District Court by Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

In a Wyoming Tribune Eagle article, Freudenthal praised her, saying, “Her reputation for honesty and ethics is of the highest order. What makes her uniquely qualified is that the Circuit Court is really the people’s court, and she has a great people sense about her.” A sociology major as an undergraduate, she earned a JD from the University of Wyoming College of Law and was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar in 1998. “I am humbled by the Governor’s confidence in me, and I will do my best to serve the judiciary and the people of Laramie County with fairness, courtesy and a commitment to equal justice,” Rogers said. She is married to Kevin Ohlson ’90.

Time Lists Bennet ’87 among 11 Educational Activists for 2011



Senator Michael Bennet '87



In a recent article in Time magazine, “Shaking Schools Up in an Already Tumultuous Year,” Andrew Rotherham writes: “With budget cuts looming, and with more states considering radical changes to teacher tenure and other important policies, 2011 looks to be a big year for education, for better or for worse.”

Rotherham singles out Michael Bennet ’87, U.S. senator from Colorado and 10 other educational activists for 2011, saying: “These activists are political and apolitical, working to change school systems from within and without, and can be found in the for-profit, nonprofit and governmental sectors.”

The article says “Bennet, who was Denver’s superintendent of schools before being appointed to fill a vacant Senate seat in 2009, beat the odds in November 2010 and won a full term. He’s tight with the President and has credibility with moderates in both parties. For these reasons, he’ll be a powerful force when the debate on teacher effectiveness and school accountability heats up in Congress.”