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Olin Fellow Schonfeld ’13 Explores Presidential Birthplaces

Zach Schonfeld '13 visits the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge in Plymouth, Vt. on July 1.

On June 7, Zach Schonfeld ’13 toured the modest 170-year-old site of President Grover Cleveland’s 1837 birthplace.

“Live from Caldwell, N.J.,” Schonfeld blogged on this day. “It’s not much—the house has been expanded significantly since Cleveland’s birth, but the siteitself still blends seamlessly into the background of Caldwell’s quiet suburban sprawl. Yes, I drove past it initially and had to circle back. Sorry, Grover. Just be thankful I didn’t steal your parking spot.”

Cleveland’s childhood home is one of 20-some presidential birthplaces Schonfeld is exploring this summer as a Wesleyan Olin Fellow. His project, partially funded by the History Channel, allows the English and American studies major to travel the country, visit presidential historical sites, interview locals and experts on presidential preservation and blog about his experience. His blog, appropriately titled, “I Visit Presidential Birthplaces,” is updated multiple times each week.

Schonfeld initiated the project in December 2010, near an abandoned farm. Here, he explored the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge in Plymouth, Vt. and found it to me one of the most memorial visits of his adult life. He returned to the “breathtaking, perfectly preserved” 19th century farm on July 1 and participated in the town’s Fourth of July parade. “There I paid respects—and wished the late Vermonter a happy and healthy 139th,” Schonfeld writes.

Hoping to visit additional presidential homes, he applied for and was awarded the Olin Fellowship, created by Wesleyan Writing Programs to support independent research or creative writing.

“My project explores the notion that presidential birthplaces are more than mere passive markers of historical trivia—that they can, and do, provide rich insight into the ways in which small,

Geyer Awarded Wickham Scholarship

Guy Geyer '13.

Guy Geyer ’13 received the General John A. Wickham Scholarship, awarded by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Educational Foundation.

Geyer, a physics major, will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Candidate must be a U.S. citizen and working toward a degree in electrical, computer, chemical, systems or aerospace engineering; computer science; physics; mathematics; science or mathematics education; technology management; or management information systems. An overall GPA of 3.5 on 4.0 scale or better is required.

General John A. Wickham, born June 25, 1928, was United States Army Chief of Staff from 1983 to 1987.

Geyer also received honorable mention for a Goldwater Scholarship in 2011. He studies an antimatter called antihydrogen.

Her ’13, Witkin ’13 Explore Korean, Russian Culture as Language Scholars

한국말 하실 줄 아세요? (Can you speak Korean?)

Judy Her ’13 can. And by the end of this summer, she hopes to be fluent.

As recipients of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, Her and Daniel Witkin ’13 are spending 10 weeks in intensive language institutes this summer. The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences.

Judy Her '13

Daniel Witkin '13

Her is currently studying the Korean language in Jeonju City, South Korea at Chonbuk National University, and Witkin is studying the Russian language in Kazan, Russia at the Kazan Institute of Social Science and Humanities.

“I hope to fully immerse in the Korean culture and to explore the country,” says Her, who is majoring in film studies and East Asian studies. “I want to get the most out of this program, to take advantage of every opportunity that is given because I know that my participation will benefit me immensely.”

Witkin, who is majoring in film studies and Russian and Eastern European studies, hopes to “drastically improve my Russian speaking, reading, and comprehension capability, which at this point is admittedly fairly meager,” he says. “Luckily, going abroad to do an intensive language program is probably one of the more effective ways to address this.”

Prior to their departure, Her and Witkin attended an orientation program with the American Councils CLS staff, U.S. Department of State officials and representatives from the respective host country embassies in Washington DC in early June.

Geyer Receives Goldwater Honorable Mention for Antimatter Research

Guy Geyer '13, who studies an antimatter called antihydrogen, received honorable mention for the 2011-12 Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

By synthesizing the antimatter particle antihydrogen, physicists will have the ability to create a more accurate picture and explanation of the universe.

“Would antimatter fall down — or fall up?,” asks physics major Guy Geyer ’13. “If we could trap antihydrogen for a longer length of time, we could test the gravitational effects of the particle. This would certainly be what scientists aim to do in the end.”

Geyer, who studies antihydrogen at Wesleyan, received honorable mention for the 2011-12 Barry Goldwater Scholarship. He competed with 1,095 mathematics, science, and engineering students nationwide for the award.

Geyer began his antihydrogen research last summer under the direction of Reinhold Blümel, the Charlotte Augusta Ayres Professor of Physics. Since then, he has turned the project, titled “Antihydrogen Production in a Paul Trap,” into a successful thesis in partial fulfillment of the Informatics and Modeling Certificate.

While hydrogen is made of an electron and a proton bound together in orbit, antihydrogen

Class of 2013 Hosts Fallapalooza!

Wesleyan's Class of 2013 presented Fallapalooza! Sept. 25 on the Center for the Arts Green.

Fallapalooza celebrates a new school year. Five student bands performed that evening. (Photos by Jared Cheatham '11)

YouTube Preview Image (Video by Information Technology Services New Media Lab students)

YouTube Preview Image (Video by Jared Cheatham ’11)

Class of 2013 Participates in Common Moment

The Center for the Arts sponsored the 2009 Feet to the Fire Common Moment Sept. 4 on Andrus Field.

The Class of 2013 showcased drumming and dance movements from six different cultures—Korean, Cuban, West African, Japanese, Irish and South Indian—where water is an important component of their cultural traditions.

The event included drumming, rhythmic movement and fire spinners. The evening culminated with the Class of 2013 forming a human histogram about its own water footprint. (Photos by Nick Lacy)

Wesleyan Welcomes the Class of 2013 to Campus

Noah Klein-Markman '13, second from left, was one of approximately 800 other first-year, transfer, exchange and visiting students in the Class of 2013 who moved in on Arrival Day Sept. 1.

Noah Klein-Markman '13, second from left, was one of approximately 800 other first-year, transfer, exchange and visiting students in the Class of 2013 who moved in on Arrival Day Sept. 1.

Noah Klein-Markman ’13 learned his first lesson at Wesleyan 20 minutes after arriving on campus.

“I already lost the key,” he said, carrying in two armloads of belongings. “I think I left the key inside the room.”

Klein-Markman, of Berkley, Calif., was one of the first students to move into the Butterfield Residence Hall during the Class of 2013 Arrival Day Sept. 1. He joined more than 800 other first-year, transfer, exchange and visiting students in the class.

His mother, Laura Klein ’78; father Henry Markman; and brother Sam Klein-Markman assisted Noah with the early morning move. The family dog, Bruno, guarded the family’s rental car parked on Huber Ave.

Although Laura Klein graduated from Wesleyan in 1978, she doesn’t

Videos, Photos of Arrival Day

VIDEOS of the Class of 2013 Arrival Day are below:

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth delivers a Class of 2013 Arrival Day Welcome Sept. 1 in Memorial Chapel.

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth delivers a Class of 2013 Arrival Day Welcome Sept. 1 in Memorial Chapel.

Video of Arrival Day 2009. (Video by Melissa Datre, John Wareham and Mark Bailey)

(Video by Melissa Datre, John Wareham, Allynn Wilkinson and Mark Bailey)

Video of Arrival Day 2009 (Video by Lauren Valentino '10)

(Video by Lauren Valentino '10)

Video of Arrival Day 2009 (Video by Bill Burkhart)

Video by Bill Burkhart)

Video of James Dottin '13 of Boston, Mass. moving into Clark Hall. (Video by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Video of James Dottin '13 of Boston, Mass. moving into Clark Hall. (Video by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

PHOTOGRAPHS of Arrival Day are below:

Families parked on Andrus Field and moved items into Clark Hall.
Families parked on Andrus Field and moved items into Clark Hall.
James Dottin '13, right, of Boston, Mass. moved into Clark Hall.

James Dottin '13, right, of Boston, Mass. moved into Clark Hall.

Wesleyan Welcomes Two ‘Better Chance’ First-Year Students

Malik Ben-Salahuddin '13 and Dorisol Inoa '13 are both recent alumni of A Better Chance (ABC). They will attend Wesleyan in the fall.

Malik Ben-Salahuddin '13 and Dorisol Inoa '13 are both recent alumni of A Better Chance (ABC). They will attend Wesleyan in the fall.

Next fall, Wesleyan will welcome two students of color who graduated high school “capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership.”

Malik Ben-Salahuddin ’13 and Dorisol Inoa ’13 are both recent alumni of A Better Chance (ABC), the oldest national organization of its kind. ABC aims to change the life trajectory in a positive way for academically-talented youth of color through access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities for students in grades 6-12.

“This is wonderful recognition for these two top students, two in a long line of ABC students at Wesleyan,” says Nancy Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid.

ABC’s mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility