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Gifts in Honor of Faculty Support Renovated Building Project

An anonymous donor provided the lead gift to name the new College of Letters library in honor of all COL faculty—those who taught in the past, those now teaching presently, and those who will join the COL faculty in the future.

The former Squash Courts Building located at 41 Wyllys Ave. on Wesleyan’s historic College Row has opened as the renovated home for Art History, the College of Letters and the Career Center.

Notably, several College of Letters and Art History alumni have provided gifts for the project to honor faculty members from their undergraduate days.

David Resnick ’81, P’13, joined by his wife Cathy Klema P’13, contributed the lead gift to name the Art History Wing in honor of John Paoletti, the William R. Kenan Professor Emeritus of the Humanities and Art History.

Resnick, now chairman of global financing advisory for the investment baking firm Rothschild Inc., was a European history major at Wesleyan, who earned an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago. It was his Introduction to Art History course with Paoletti, he says “that really opened my eyes to art from a historical and sociological perspective.”

He recalls Paoletti as “passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable,” and took further courses with him—20th Century Art History and Early Italian Renaissance Art. Later, he served as Paoletti’s teaching assistant for Introduction to Art History.

“The exposure to art and the ways to think about art

Squash Building Renovation Nearly Complete

Wesleyan contractors put the finishing touches on the remodeled squash building and faculty are moving in. The new building will re-open as the Career Center, Art History Department and College of Letters. A grand opening ceremony will be held Feb. 24. Read more about the squash renovation in this October 2011 Wesleyan Connection story.

New windows on the exterior.

A new entrance, facing the Usdan University Center.

New classroom.

The Career Center lounge on Jan. 6.

Room 203 with an exposed beam.

The central stairwell.

The central stairwell, leading out towards Usdan.

A new hallway. Restrooms on the left. Offices on the right.

Room 302 is the future office of Professor of Art Joe Siry. It shares a window arch with Room 304 and faces North College.

The new Visual Resource Center on Jan. 9.

Faculty office on Jan. 23.

Classroom, Room 114.

Classroom, Room 115.

Room 111, a conference room on Jan. 6.

(Photos by Olivia Drake and Bill Tyner ’13)

Faculty, Staff, Community Leaders Tour Former Squash Building

Wesleyan President Michael Roth speaks during the "Squash Building Preview" tour.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth and Alan Rubacha, construction services consultant, hosted a “Squash Building Preview” tour April 26 for faculty, staff, construction contractors and local community leaders. The former Squash Building will house the Career Resource Center, College of Letters and the Art History Department.

The Squash Building, located at the north end of College Row, was built in 1934. It closed in 2002. A grand reopening is scheduled for the January 2012.

The renovation project expands the former squash building into classrooms and faculty offices. It will include a 17-foot addition to the west increasing the building size from 13,000 to 21,000 gross square feet.

The Career Resource Center will occupy the south half of the first floor and a new second floor mezzanine level. Five classrooms and a conference room will occupy the remainder of the first floor.

“For the CRC, this is like Park Avenue,” Rubacha said during the tour. “This is prime, Grade A space on campus. We just can’t wait to be done.”

The College of Letters, the Art History faculty group and Visual Resources Library will share the third floor in a more efficient and accessible configuration which includes shared spaces for administrative support, a conference room and student work areas.

This renovation will be constructed to LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Silver standards with the hopes of achieving LEED Gold status.

Photos of the tour are below:

Sonia Mañjon, vice president for Institutional Partnerships and chief diversity officer speaks to Bob Santangelo, City of Middletown Common Council member.

Guests tour the former Squash Building, which was constructed in 1934.

In center, John Meerts, vice president for finance and administration, mingles with Middletown Fire Chief Gary Ouellette during the tour.

At right, Connecticut General Assembly Representative Matt Lesser, speaks to (from left) Joyce Topshe, associate vice president for facilities; Sonia Mañjon; and Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature, dean of the Arts and Humanities.

Five classrooms and a conference room will occupy sections of the first floor.

Alan Rubacha, construction services consultant, explains where the CRC will be located.

Joe Siry, professor of art history, will have a new office in the former Squash Building.

The remodeled building includes a 17-foot addition to the existing structure’s west side. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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

Pre-Law Students Participate in Career Day with Wesleyan Alumni

Thirteen Wesleyan students participated in Pre-Law Career Day March 26 in Brooklyn, N.Y. The students visited Chief Magistrate Judge Steven Gold ’77 at the U.S. Eastern District Court.

The day comprised of a career panel of other Wesleyan alumni lawyers assembled by Gold, a networking pizza lunch and the viewing of court proceedings.

“It was an excellent experience for the students, and an example of how Wesleyan’s alumni lawyers connect with our students,” says trip organizer James Kubat, associate director of the Career Resource Center and pre-law advisor.

The undergraduates on the trip include Alison Cies; Philip Clark; Erica Davidson; Greer Dent; Elena Francis; Genevieve Hutchings; Andrew Huynh; Omolola Kuye; Morenicke Odunton; Laura Scholten; Alexandra Wang; Sandra Weisberger and Toni Zosherafatain.

The students met with Deborah Colson ’91, a partner at Colson & Harris LLP, a small litigation firm specializing in complex criminal and securities enforcement matters; Richard Dennett ’77, who formed Dennett Law Offices, P.C.; Abigail Kurland ’01, who is clerking for Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Julio Fuentes; and Michael Sternhell ’98, a litigation assistant at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP where his practice is focused on white collar criminal defense.

More for information on Pre-Law Career Day, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/crc/students/grad/lawschool/panelists.html.

In addition, 85 alumni met in New York City in April to explore the formation of a Wes alumni professional network, initially being called the Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS) group.

“The idea is to establish this alumni group to further the needs of alumni, to benefit students and the university, and to also benefit, through a united Wesleyan front, the community at large,” Kubat says.

WAPPS is planning a panel discussion around the concept at 2 p.m. May 22. For more information e-mail James Kubat.

Students Learn Effective Leadership at Management Conference

Ural Grant '13 was one of 28 Wesleyan students who participated in the Management Leadership Conference Oct. 23-26. During the conference's opening dinner and keynote address, students had the opportunity to network with alumni, student parents and Wesleyan faculty from a variety of industries and career fields. The MLC is designed for students who aspire to hold top management and leadership positions after graduation.

Ural Grant '13 was one of 28 Wesleyan students who participated in the Management Leadership Conference Oct. 23-26. During the conference's opening dinner and keynote address, students had the opportunity to network with alumni, student parents and Wesleyan faculty from a variety of industries and career fields. The MLC is designed for students who aspire to hold top management and leadership positions after graduation.

Michael Sciola, director of the Career Resource Center, spoke to students about program expectations and led a responsibly discussion prior to the conference. The MLC program is a joint effort of the Career Resource Center, Career Advisory Council, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Michael Sciola, director of the Career Resource Center, spoke to students about program expectations and led a discussion on responsibility prior to the conference. The MLC program is a joint effort of the Career Resource Center, Career Advisory Council, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

ESPN.com Editor-in-Chief Robert King '84 delivered the keynote address during the conference Oct. 23 in Beckham Hall. King explained how he worked his way up from an editorial assistant at the Washington Post to becoming a cartoonist, reporter, graphic designer, sports editor and deputy managing editor for visuals at other newspapers. After 22-years in the newspaper business, King joined ESPN in 2004.

ESPN.com Editor-in-Chief Robert King '84 delivered the keynote address during the conference Oct. 23 in Beckham Hall. King explained how he worked his way up from an editorial assistant at the Washington Post to becoming a cartoonist, reporter, graphic designer, sports editor and deputy managing editor for visuals at other newspapers. After 22-years in the newspaper business, King joined ESPN in 2004.

Erwin Dwi Saputra '11 listens to King's address.

Erwin Dwi Saputra '11 listens to King's address.

Dick Miller, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, Emeritus, spoke to students during the conference.

Dick Miller, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, Emeritus, spoke to students during the conference.

Nam Anh Ta '12 was one of the student participants.

Nam Anh Ta '12 was one of the student participants.

Gregory Rolland '95 spoke to students about his role as an accountant with Moriaty & Primack, PC in Springfield, Mass.

Gregory Rolland '95 spoke to students about his role as an accountant with Moriaty & Primack, PC in Springfield, Mass.

Taylor Sander '12 mingles with parents and alumni during the dinner. MLC participants spent the following days with business leaders in Middletown and in New York City. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Taylor Sander '12 mingles with parents and alumni during the dinner. MLC participants spent the following days with business leaders in Middletown and in New York City. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

More information on the Management Leadership Conference is online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/mlc/2009/

Summer Experience Grants Support Student Internships at Museums, Newspapers, Organizations

Christian Hoyos ’11 works with a 3-year-old during an experiment on sharing behavior during a summer internship at the Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University.

Christian Hoyos '11 works with a 3-year-old during an experiment on sharing behavior during a summer internship at the Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University.

For 10 weeks, Eve Mayberger ’10 removed harmful matting of two Everett Shinn illustrations, conserved a William de Leftwich Dodge oil painting from 1916, X-rayed a basket made entirely of burrs and cleaned and documented an outdoor statue made of earthenware.

As a recipient of a Wesleyan University Summer Experience Grant, Mayberger had the opportunity to get hands-on experience at the Smithsonian American Art Museum-Lunder Conservation Center where she worked 40 hours a week, unpaid, as an art conservation intern.

The Summer Experience Grants are available to undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year. Awards are made up to $4,000 per experience to interns who work full-time for a minimum of eight weeks and are receiving need-based financial aid.

As a frosh, Mayberger, an art history major

Alumni Share "Legacies of Success"

Randall Pinkston

Randall Pinkston '72 was a guest speaker during an "Unconventional Wisdom: Legacies of Success" seminar, organized by the Career Resource Center.

Randall Pinkston ’72, P’05, a national correspondent for CBS News in New York City, credits Wesleyan’s WESU 88.1 FM radio for launching his life-long career.

“When I was a student, I heard about WESU installing a new transmitter and I wondered, how can I be on a radio station,” Pinkston says. “I took the training required by the FCC at the time, passed a test, and was given a one-hour show, five days a week. I called it ‘Soul Session.'”

Pinkston recruited four other students, and replicated shows broadcasted in their hometowns including R&B and jazz. On the 55th minute of every hour, they would transmit Metromedia news and read the weather over the airwaves.

“This was my first introduction to broadcasting,” he says.

On Feb. 24, Pinkston shared his Wesleyan memories and career path with 20 students during an “Unconventional Wisdom: Legacies of Success” seminar, organized by the Career Resource Center (CRC).

The series is designed

Inaugural Leadership Conference Brings Together Alumni, Students

Arion Blas '11 and Kaishi Lee '09 listen to a talk at J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City on Oct. 27 during Wesleyan's Management and Leadership Conference.

Arion Blas '11 and Kaishi Lee '09 listen to a talk at J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City on Oct. 27 during Wesleyan's Management and Leadership Conference.

Arion Blas ’11 learned about debt, derivatives, equity, money policy, banking and business management during Wesleyan’s first-ever
Management and Leadership Conference
Oct. 24-28.

Blas and 29 other Wesleyan students learned about management from experts and executives from top companies, organizations and institutions, while participating in skill-building through lectures, hands-on workshops, case studies, and one-on-one mentoring with top Wesleyan alumni and parents from a variety of career fields.

McCann ’09 TV Program on Dogs Debuts

Dog-lover Laurenellen McCann '09 was an associate producer for a new TV series, Dogs 101, that debuted Oct. 11.

Dog-lover Laurenellen McCann '09 was an associate producer for a new TV series, Dogs 101, that debuted Oct. 11.

It’s a dog-gone good month for Laurenellen McCann ’09.

After spending her entire summer working for an independent television production company, the government major’s work was finally broadcast Oct. 11 on the network, Animal Planet.

As one of three associate producers for the new series Dogs 101, McCann was at the front line of creative thought for each episode. She was responsible for researching the information to be disseminated in every episode, including details about the dog breeds featured and the best stories to make them stand out.