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Winter Storm Benedict Blankets Campus in Snow

Winter Storm Benedict covered Wesleyan’s campus with about 2 feet of snow Jan. 12.

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Local school children take advantage of their snow day by sledding on Foss Hill.



A buried bike near the Usdan University Center.



Andrew Klein, science librarian, walks up the Lawn Ave. sidewalk Jan. 14. “The snow storm last week was ferocious and awesome, even by Minnesotan standards. It’s not uncommon to get two feet of snow in Minnesota during the winter, but very rarely in a single day,” Klein says. “I enjoyed the storm and even enjoyed wading through unplowed and unshoveled Miles Avenue on my way to work.”



Students walk on Church Street during Storm Benedict.


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Safety Committee Heightens Safety Awareness, Seeks New Members

During a Center for Film Studies building inspection, Wesleyan’s Safety Committee discovered that one of the center’s storage rooms contained many items blocking the fire panel. The committee members worked with the owner of the items to come up with a better location for storage, so fire department personnel have a clear access to the panel.

Wesleyan’s Safety Committee is looking for volunteers willing to help make campus a safer place to work and learn.

In the past few years, the committee has conducted a walk-through of 23 buildings on campus; provided personal protective equipment (safety glasses, gloves, ear protection and other equipment) to Physical Plant –Facilities staff; and helped deliver heavy tools and supplies to sites by installing mechanical lifts. They’ve also discussed ways to prevent accidents involving Wesleyan-owned vehicles and staff.

“The committee really does care about safety on campus, and we want to make a difference,” says Safety Committee co-chair Chris Cruz, safety coordinator for Physical Plant-Facilities. “To make our Safety Committee stronger, we really need more people to volunteer an hour,

Student Bands Lead MoConathon Festival

Student musicians performed at MoConathon May 22, a festival honoring McConaughy Hall, with live music by Wordsmith and the Concert G's, Mad Wow Disease and Naia Kete. The event was MC'ed by Chris Correa '10.

The event was open to those wanting to pay tribute to Mocon and its place on Wesleyan's campus. (Photos by Nick Russell)

More information on Mocon is online here.

Career Resource Center to Benefit from $2M Gift

Wesleyan’s old Squash Building, built in 1934, is scheduled to be renovated during the 2010-11 academic year. It will house the Career Resource Center. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

A generous $2 million gift to Wesleyan will greatly enhance the ability of the Career Resource Center to serve students in a planned new home at the center of campus.

The anonymous gift from Wesleyan parents will endow the programs of the center, which will be located in the old Squash Building at the north end of College Row. Part of Wesleyan’s historic brownstone row, this building is scheduled for renovation beginning in the 2010-11 academic year.

“The Career Resource Center has an essential role in helping students translate their intellectual interests into productive work and career aspirations,” says Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth. “We are deeply grateful for the support of our donors, who recognize the importance of that translation.”

The Career Resource Center is known for its innovative programming. It has been nominated for a NACE (National Association of College and Employers) National Award for its Senior Survival Month 2009 —a month-long series of daily events and workshop

Allbritton Center Honored with Gold Certification for Sustainable Practices

The Allbritton Center, formerly the Davenport Campus Center, was a renovation project completed in August 2009. Wesleyan considered sustainable measures throughout the redesign and construction, earning a Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

The Allbritton Center, formerly the Davenport Campus Center, was a renovation project completed in August 2009. Wesleyan considered sustainable measures throughout the redesign and construction, earning a Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Wesleyan has reached the gold standard in sustainable structures.

On March 15, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Wesleyan’s newly-renovated Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life building a Gold Certification based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

LEED is an internationally-recognized green building certification system that verifies that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

“The Gold Certification demonstrates Wesleyan’s commitment to sustainable design, operation and maintenance of its buildings,” says Alan Rubacha, construction services consultant for the center. “From the salvage and reuse of existing materials, to the design and specification of new materials and even into the site design, LEED was consulted for every decision.”

The Allbritton Center, formerly the Davenport Campus Center, was a nine-month renovation project completed in August 2009.

LEED awards points based

Design Institute Selects Wesleyan Buildings as Case Study

The Zelnick Pavilion, a glass atrium that connects the Chapel to the Patricelli '92 Theater, was completed in 2003.

The Zelnick Pavilion, a glass atrium that connects the Chapel to the Patricelli '92 Theater, was completed in 2003.

The Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston, Mass. included Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel, Zelnick Pavilion, Patricelli ’92 Theater complex in their Universal Design Case Studies collection.

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is an international educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. The institute recognized how Wesleyan rejuvenated its historic core campus by providing new centers for community and student life. The total cost of the project was $23 million and it was completed in 2006.

Wesleyan’s design contractor, Robert Olson + Associates, reconfigured Memorial Chapel to provide a remarkably flexible set of uses. According to the IHCD, the new space provides space for worship by different faiths, a center for musical performance, and a setting for University-wide assemblies, teaching, films and distinguished lectures. The architects revived the Chapel’s origins as a meetinghouse by reclaiming an upper gallery level for seating, incorporated a new organ into the architecture, and created a worship platform which is fully integrated into the congregation and is universally designed.

They rebuilt the ’92 Theater

Allbritton Center Unveiled at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Wesleyan President Michael Roth '78, WHO, WHO, Elena Allbritton ’93 and Robert Allbritton ’92 take part in a Allbritton Center ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 2. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Allbritton Center renovation its highly-prized Gold LEED Certification. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Wesleyan President Michael Roth '78, Joe Allbritton P'92, Barby Allbritton P'92, Elena Allbritton ’93 and Robert Allbritton ’92 take part in a Allbritton Center ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 2. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

With a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 2, Wesleyan unveiled a facility that enables Wesleyan to focus resources, encourage curricular innovation, original research and scholarship, and foster greater public understanding and responsibility.

The new Allbritton Broadcast Center is located on the second floor.

The new Allbritton Broadcast Center is located on the second floor.

The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, which occupies the renovated Davenport Campus Center, will emphasize its academic engagement with the public sphere. The center continues Wesleyan’s commitment to preparing students for lives as active citizens and for leadership. It seeks to support Wesleyan’s tradition of the scholar-teacher by encouraging faculty research in a manner that directly benefits and enhances student learning.

The Center reflects changes that have transpired across the social scientific disciplines. These include the creation of new multidisciplinary ventures, the growing number of studies employing multiple methodologies,

Labyrinth Built in Honor of Joe and Kit Reed

The new Wesleyan installation, Labyrinth, was presented to Wesleyan to honor Kit and Joe Reed. Kit is an author and resident writer at Wesleyan and Joe is professor of English and American studies, emeritus.

The new Wesleyan installation, Labyrinth, was presented to Wesleyan to honor Kit and Joe Reed. Kit is an author and resident writer at Wesleyan and Joe is professor of English and American studies, emeritus.

“Every university should have a labyrinth, for it represents our desire to unravel the essential mysteries of human existence. It is a problem to be solved, a question to be answered, a paradox to be considered.  Each labyrinth has a center and, as a diagram of learning, its tangled patterns lead us to that hidden core.  Even as the pursuit of knowledge follows many diverging paths there is also a basic symmetry to these designs, a unified whole that pleases the eye and piques the mind.” – Stephen Alter ’77

This month, the Wesleyan community can leave the stress behind while taking a meditative walk around a newly constructed labyrinth.

Located between the Skull and Serpent building and the Davison Art Center Courtyard, the 30-foot-wide circular maze simply titled “Labyrinth”, is a result of six years of planning and alumni fundraising. Labyrinth was presented to Wesleyan to honor Kit and Joe Reed. Kit is an author and resident writer at Wesleyan and Joe is professor of English and American studies, emeritus, who taught film courses at Wesleyan from the mid 1960s until his retirement in 2004.

Labyrinth detail. (Photos by Bill Burkhart)

Labyrinth detail. (Photos by Bill Burkhart)

“Kit and Joe Reed represent the very best of Wesleyan’s labyrinthine traditions,” explains Stephen Alter ’77, who spearheaded the Reed project. “They have led us along paths that do not follow a straight or predictable route. They have challenged and provoked us with questions that digress from ordinary disciplines and discourse. They have surprised and inspired us with their humor, their eccentricities, and their love of literature, film and art. For all these reasons, we dedicate this labyrinth in their honor, so that future generations of Wesleyan students will trace these paths and discover the secrets that lie therein.”

Alter and Cheryl Sucher ’78, with help from University Relations, started raising funds from Wesleyan alumni who were taught by Kit or Joe Reed. They hoped to create a structure that would reflect the Reeds’ love of literature, film, “irrepressible imaginations, and above all, their subversive integrity.” With the Reeds’ input, the group

Students Begin Class Sept. 8

Zoe Beyer ’10 and Daniel Krantz ’11 prepare for their first day of classes on Sept. 8.

Zoe Beyer ’10 and Daniel Krantz ’11 prepare for their first day of classes outside Usdan University Center. About 2,700 undergraduates kicked-off the start of the 2009-10 academic year Sept. 8.

Students pass by the new Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

Students pass by the new Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

Wesleyan students walk to Fisk Hall for their first classes.

Wesleyan students walk to Fisk Hall for their first classes.

William Kreiger ’11 gets ready to tackle his first day of classes at the Davison Art Center.

William Kreiger ’11 gets ready to tackle his first day of classes at the Davison Art Center.

Wesleyan students stroll down College Row on their first day of school. (Photos by Stefan Weinberger '10)

Wesleyan students stroll down College Row on their first day of school. Wesleyan offers more than 900 courses and 47 major fields of study. (Photos by Stefan Weinberger)