On July 13, Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) welcomed 11 new members to the group. Formed in September 2009, Wesleyan’s C-CERT members are trained to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site.
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by Olivia Drake •
The Mattabesset String Collective is a five-piece Wesleyan-affiliated acoustic ensemble playing an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, folk, mountain, country and rock, all in a string band style.
The group’s name, Mattabesset, is the Algonquian name for the region that became Middletown. “Since our music reaches back into history, we thought it was appropriate. We were attracted to the term collective because it suggests the egalitarian nature of our enterprise,” said band member Marc Eisner, dean of the Social Sciences Division, the Henry Merritt Wriston Chair in Public Policy, professor of government, professor of environmental studies.
The band performed July 29 in Higganum, Conn. Photos of the concert are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)
by Olivia Drake •
The Office of Human Resources announces the following hires, transitions and departures for May-August 2017.
Patrick Bohan, Video Producer in Creative Services on May 1
Jeremiah Kenney, Public Safety Dispatcher on May 29
Erin Ogrean, Administrative Assistant in Academic Writing on May 30
Elizabeth Morrison, Admissions Coordinator in Graduate Liberal Studies on June 5
William Ollayos, Area Coordinator in Office of Residential Life on June 12
Heather Fox, Assistant Director, Wesleyan Events and Conferences on June 19
Robert Mirabal, Director of Student Accounts on June 19
Matthew Coyne, Assistant Football Coach; Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers in Athletics on July 6
Penney Beaubrun, Assistant Director for Alumni and Parent Relations in University Relations on July 7
Rachel Schnepper, Director of Academic Technology on July 10
Andres Garcia, Assistant Director, The Wesleyan Fund in University Relations on July 14
Sona Kumar, Research Coordinator in Psychology on July 17
Sitar Terrass-Shah, Center for Prison Education Fellow in Community Service and Volunteerism on July 19
Ruthann Coyote, Career Advisor in the Gordon Career Center on July 31
Chandra Joos, Director of Admission on Aug. 1
Claire Wang, Administrative Assistant in College of East Asian Studies on Aug. 1
Amanda Daddona, Assistant Registrar in the Registrar’s Office on Aug. 7
Jessica Naecker, Postdoctoral Clinical/Counseling Psychologist on Aug. 7
Stephanie Scarpato, Assistant Athletics Director for Facilities and Operations in Athletics on Aug. 7
Anthony Sensei, Assistant Dean of Admission on Aug. 14
Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern on Aug. 14
Imelda Guerrero Mongillo, Marketing Project Manager in University Communications on Aug. 17
Jeanne McNeff, Administrative Assistant in Alumni and Parent Relations on June 5
Joy Mlozanowski, Library Assistant/Licensing Management Specialist in Reference on June 5
Pamela Grande, Associate Director of Career Advising in the Gordon Career Center on July 1
Diane Klare, Associate University Librarian for Research and Access Services on July 1
Rachel Prehodka-Spindel, Associate Director of Operations, Usdan University Center on July 1
Bill Jack, Associate Director of Admission
Kelly Miller, Public Safety Dispatcher in Public Safety Office
Beatriz Pazmino Betancourt, Research Assistant in the Physics Department
Brian Nangle, Area Coordinator in Residential Life
Kathleen Vecchitto, Department Assistant in University Relations
Iain York, Investment Associate
Lauren Dellipoali, Athletic Communications Intern
Marla Zubel, Acquisitions Editor in WesPress
Andrew Harazim, Athletic Facility Maintenance in Athletics
Kera Jewett, Development Officer in Major Gifts
Bruce Strong, Department Assistant III/Customer Service in Physical Plant
Brittany Richard, Associate Director, Wesleyan Fund in Annual Fund
Emily Pagano, Health Education Specialist
John Wareham, Video Producer in Creative Services
Miho Antoku, Research Associate
Rebecca Jacobsen, Civic Engagement Fellow in Community Service and Volunteerism
Madeleine Barclay, Research Coordinator in Psychology
Joy Zelikovsky, Postdoctoral Clinical/Counseling Psychologist
Ashleigh Corvi, Assistant Dean of Admission
Emily Przysinda, Research Assistant/Lab Coordinator in Psychology
Mark Chadsey, Energy Manager in Physical Plant
Elsa Hardy, Center for Prison Education Fellow in Community Service and Volunteerism
Alexandra Zax, Research Associate/Lab Coordinator in Psychology Department
by Olivia Drake •
In this Q&A, we speak with Michelle Personick, assistant professor of chemistry, assistant professor of integrative sciences. Personick, who joined the faculty at Wesleyan in 2015, is interested in developing tailored metal nanomaterials that improve the clean production of energy and enable the efficient use of energy resources. Her work has recently been published in the journals Particle and Particle Systems Characterization and American Chemical Society Catalysis.
Q: Professor Personick, how would you describe your main research interests?
A: The main research areas in my group are controlling the shape and composition of noble metal nanocrystals, and exploring the use of these nanoparticles as catalysts to improve the efficiency and selectivity of reactions that are important in chemical industry and in energy production.
Q: When did you develop an interest in chemistry?
A: I’ve always been interested in science in general, but it was more a broader interest than a specific focus on chemistry. There was actually a period of time in high school when I wanted to be a particle physicist. I chose chemistry after writing an essay about a cool new light-controlled nanoparticle cancer treatment for a class my senior year in high school.
Q: What attracted you to Wesleyan and how has your experience been here over the last couple years?
A: I had a really positive small liberal arts college experience at Middlebury, where most of my professors knew who I was and cared about how I was doing in their class. Once I decided I wanted to be a professor, I knew that was the type of environment I wanted. In the different courses I’ve taught in my first two years, I’ve found the atmosphere at Wesleyan to be well-matched to pursuing that kind of teaching philosophy. What attracted me to Wesleyan specifically are the unique research opportunities that come out of having a small, but strong, graduate program in addition to being a top-tier undergraduate institution. The advanced research instrumentation here at Wesleyan, such as the electron microscopy facility, is also crucial to our ability to successfully carry out our research. I’d always wanted to work primarily with undergraduates once I set up my own research lab, but having even just two graduate students in that lab as well makes an enormous difference in the level of research I’m able to carry out. In turn, that creates an environment in which the very talented undergraduates I’ve had in my group so far have the opportunity to work on independent projects that get published in peer-reviewed journals and that are well-received by other scientists at major conferences. It’s been very rewarding over the last two years to get our lab up and running and to begin to see the results of the hard work put in by all of my research students, undergraduate and graduate.
by Cynthia Rockwell •
What might be most obvious about Tracey Stanley, an administrative assistant in the registrar’s office for 10 years (out of a 20-year total at Wesleyan), is that she is the on-campus go-to “mom” for many students—those she supervises in her office, those who appear at the registrar’s window looking lost, and those she mentors through AFCA, the Administrators and Faculty of Color Association, for which she has served as co-chair.
Warm, outspoken, determined and with a strong protective instinct, Stanley also is a union steward.
What colleagues might not know is that Stanley is an avid quilter. She began teaching herself the craft the year that her eldest son, Andre, would have turned 16. He was just 8 when he was diagnosed with brain cancer and died only nine months after that. While Stanley is grateful that Andre’s friends have remained in touch, each milestone they share is also a reminder of her own family’s loss.
It was 2003, and as Andre’s friends were celebrating learner’s permits and driver’s licenses—Stanley recalls, “I felt an awful, awful void. I asked myself, what could I do to fill the void? And it was quilting.” With a pattern and yards of brightly colored fabric, Stanley immersed herself in stitching together small pieces to create a design called “Broken Bricks for Broken Hearts.”
That one still sits in her living room. “I wrote on the label on the back that many tears went into this—but this is what I get to look at, to celebrate making it through.” And her takeaway: “I haven’t stopped since that first quilt,” she says. The other 20 or so have become well-used, well-loved cozy coverings on cold nights for family and friends, including the quilt she made for her daughter, Reba (now a teacher in New Jersey), and the one for her son, Trey (living in Hartford; working in Rocky Hill). Stanley’s sewing room remains her haven, a place to lose herself in her art.
Until last spring, though, she’d made only one quilt on commission,
by Cynthia Rockwell •
This year, Wesleyan’s four home football games each offer a highlight to draw fans from near and far to Corwin Stadium on Andrus Field.
The first home game, Saturday, Sept. 23, against Tufts, is a night game — “The second home night game in Wesleyan’s history,” notes Athletic Director Mike Whalen ’83. “I’m thinking of it as our time to focus on Middletown, and we’re reaching out to local high schools. Dario Highsmith ’20, a sophomore running back—an outstanding player—graduated from Middletown High. He’s a former Gatorade High School Player of the Year, and someone to watch.”
On Saturday, Oct. 7, with the Cardinals at home vs. Colby, Whalen notes that the focus will be on celebrating Wesleyan alumni athletes from all decades. This, he adds, is really a particular interest for Head Coach Dan DiCenzo. “We invite alumni to be honorary captains for the game,” says Whalen. “It’s a way to connect the current team with previous players. Our alumni attend practice the night before, have breakfast with the team that morning, and even go on the field for the coin toss to start the game.”
The annual “Salute To Service” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, when Wesleyan faces Bates. “We’re hoping to get even more veterans—alumni and community members—this year, including, of course, Wesleyan’s Posse cohort. We’ll have bagpipes—and possibly a color guard,” Whalen says.
Nov. 4, the Homecoming/Family Weekend Game, vs. Williams, is the final home football game of the 2017 season—and promises an exciting game, playing out the intense rivalry between the Cardinals and the Ephs. Tailgating on Andrus Field— surrounded by both alumni and families new to the Wesleyan community—is a highlight each year for those who cheer “Go, Wes!”
by Olivia Drake •
Building on the efforts of the previous committee, the 2016-2017 Title IX Policy Committee is busy reviewing and revising important processes, many of which coincided with recommendations made by a Victims Rights Law Center report. As a result:
- The name of the “One Policy” has changed to: Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment & Sexual Misconduct.
- With significant student input, the process for investigating and resolving student sexual misconduct complaints has been completely revised. You can learn more about the new process starting on page 25 of the Student Handbook.
- Sexual Violence Resources are linked inside WesPortal. They lead to a new Title IX website for students.
The 2016-2017 Policy Committee members include:
Tri-Chairs: Chuck Sanislow, Debbie Colucci and Nila Ravi ’18.
Members: Laura Patey, Maureen Isleib, Frank Gramuglia, Sheryl Culotta, Kate Mullen, Kevin Butler and Kate Macken ’19.
by Olivia Drake •
Information Technology Services offered these helpful security tips:
To identify phishing and SPAM:
The following are easy and quick phish/SPAM identifiers: poor grammar, run-on sentences, missing or incorrect punctuation, missing signatures, and succinct emails with attachments or links from unknown senders. ITS will never ask you for your credentials (ID and password) nor ask you to verify your credentials by entering them on a webpage.
ITS will tell you how to change your password in your portal. For examples of phishing attempts, see Security > Security Notices in your WesPortal.
ITS will be releasing tutorial videos in your portal during the semester that cover many facets of cyber security. These videos will be followed by helpful quizzes. You may re-watch these videos at any time and as frequently as you like. Look in the Security bucket for the link when it gets published. In addition, there are numerous free options for antivirus software like Sophos, Avast, malwarebytes, to name a few.
Additionally, Wesleyan offers the anti-virus software ESET at no charge to faculty, staff and students. It is available for both Mac/OSX and Windows in the Security > Virus protection section of your WesPortal.
To report malware, phishing email, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sending the original email as an attachment can be helpful as the header information shows how the email arrived at Wesleyan and where it might have originated.
For device recovery in case of loss or theft: Prey software is located at preyproject.com, which enables users to track and find phones, laptops, or tablets – free for up to three devices. It is available for Linux, Android, OSX, iOS, and Windows.
Don’t share your Wesleyan credentials with others. Your Wesleyan account provides access to resources including applications, data, printing, library subscriptions, and more. You don’t want to see your work missing!
Once you login to your portal you can see more security-related information. ITS has policies, information about public computing labs, staff and more.
ITS has a checklist to help keep your computer and data more secure. For more information, email email@example.com.
In addition, in an effort to improve access and streamline communication, ITS is moving service.wesleyan.edu into WesPortal. Along with a link to submit a request for a variety of WesITS services, ITS also will have a search box to find answers to common questions. Later, ITS will add a section highlighting recent WesITS blog posts where important updates and security information is posted.
by Olivia Drake •
On May 20, All American Productions and The Friends of Indian Hill Cemetery are proud to present “From Gothic to Light: A Day of Art, History, Music and Fashion.” This fundraiser, held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will benefit the restoration of The Russell Chapel, which is located on the grounds of Indian Hill Cemetery, 383 Washington Street, Middletown.
The day will include:
- A drawing class outdoors on the grounds of the cemetery led by Kate Ten Eyck, visiting assistant professor of art. Included in this 90 minute activity are large vintage postcards with a blank front, and all supplies needed to create a beautiful drawing of the chapel. Ten Eyck will offer instruction in composition, perspective, and shading. All levels of drawing welcome and encouraged. Start time is 10:15 a.m.
- A Gothic Fashion Show, to lead off from the entrance of the chapel, featuring incredible attire courtesy of Redfield Design. Start time is noon.
- Live music courtesy of the The Latin Quarter Jazz Collective.
- Civil War presentation at the Grand Army of the Republic and General Mansfield’s gravesite.
- Notable tours of the cemetery every half hour throughout the day.
- See the current restoration progress of the chapel.
This event is family friendly, and food and refreshments will be available on site.
Although this is a free event, donations are encouraged! All money raised will go directly to the restoration and rehabilitation of the chapel, built in 1867. For more information visit this Facebook event.
Any Wesleyan students, alumni or employees who would like help preserve a piece of Middletown’s celebrated past, may make a donation to the Russell Chapel Rehabilitation Fund. Memorial gifts and multi-year pledges are welcome, as are designated gifts.
To make a gift or to learn more about the history of the chapel, visit http://indian-hill.org/chapel/.
by Olivia Drake •
Sara MacSorley, director of the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center and the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science, was a finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Science Center STEM Achievement Award.
The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Awards Committee sought individuals and organizations in the service of STEM, STEM education, and the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.
MacSorley was recognized in part for her work at Green Street in starting the Girls in Science Summer Camp with Wesleyan faculty members.
by Olivia Drake •
The Wesleyan Green Team hosted a mini-trash bin workshop and discussion for faculty and staff on March 20. Dawn Alger, Theater Department administrative assistant and Green Team member, and Jen Kleindienst, sustainability director, led the workshop.
Mini-bins are small containers that are used in place of standard waste receptacles. They encourage recycling and reduce the number of trash can liners used on campus. The Green Team provided craft supplies including cleaned coffee containers, colored paper, stickers, yarn, magazines, glue and scissors. Participants also discussed campus recycling efforts while designing their mini-bin.
“We’d love to see all staff and faculty members at Wesleyan use mini-bins in place of standard trash cans,” Alger said.
Wesleyan’s Green Team is researching, communicating, and implementing effective strategies that increase sustainability within the university. For more information on the team, or to join, visit the Green Team website.
by Olivia Drake •
You may not know it, but Office 365 is here and available to you. Office 365 is the Microsoft suite of online and locally installed applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as many others.
The online suite is available to everyone on campus through the Office 365 link in Portal under Campus Applications or by going to portal.office365.com, where you may login with your full email address. Mobile versions are available in the GooglePlay and Apple AppStore.
Karen Warren, deputy chief information officer, says that ITS is working department by department to migrate faculty and staff email to the Microsoft cloud environment, which will provide users with 50GB of email storage, a dramatic improvement over current allotments.
Warren offers additional information about Office 365:
• The Outlook online version offers a much more robust version