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Fundraiser Supports Historic Russell Chapel Restoration May 20

The Russell Chapel is located on the southwest hill of Indian Hill Cemetery in Middletown near Wesleyan.

The Russell Chapel is located on the southwest hill of Indian Hill Cemetery in Middletown near Wesleyan. Constructed of Portland Brownstone and embellished with small brownstone carvings, the Russell Chapel notably houses its original Meneely Bell, forged in Troy, N.Y. in 1868. Its interior is adorned with notable stained glass windows and elegant woodwork in need of refurbishing.

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/.

MacSorley a Finalist for Connecticut Science Center STEM Achievement Award


Sara MacSorley

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.

Green Team Encourages Campus Community to Use Mini-Bin Waste Receptacles

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.


Office 365 Offered to Campus Community, ePortfolio Replaced by WesPortal

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

Rev. Mehr-Muska Leads Students on Interfaith Service Trip

Nine Wesleyan students and one student from Yale Divinity school participated in an interfaith service trip March 19-24 in northern New Jersey. Wesleyan Chaplain Rev. Tracy Mehr-Muska coordinated the trip.

The group stayed at a camp, and also worked at the camp while in New Jersey. In addition, they served meals at a soup kitchen, volunteered at a community thrift shop, and helped out at a farm sanctuary for unwanted/rescued farm animals. They also visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and discussed immigration, refugee rights and religious freedom.

The students visited and had in-depth discussions with members of the Jewish, Sikh and Muslim communities and learned about their spiritual practices, their worship, holy scriptures and their struggles.

“We had some incredible discussions, and it was an amazingly rich time of community building, self-reflection, and spiritual growth,” Mehr-Muska said. “The students were well-loved by all of the people we met; they were incredibly hard-working, gracious, open, and kind, and were phenomenal representatives of Wesleyan.”

The students included Taylor McClain ’17, Maya Dorn ’19, graduate liberal studies student Lexi Thompson, Sam Medrano ’19, Carlos Eguiluz Rosas ’19, Betty Bekele ’19, Eunice Lee ’19, Kati Young ’19 and Arielle Ashley ’19. The intern from Yale Div is Jenny Peek.


Levy-Grant ’00 Helps Reduce Barriers for Students with Marginalized Identities

Teshia Levy-Grant '00 is the dean for equity and inclusion at Wesleyan.

Teshia Levy-Grant ’00 is the dean for equity and inclusion at Wesleyan.

In this Q&A, we speak with Teshia Levy-Grant, a 2000 Wesleyan alumna and the dean for equity and inclusion. 

Q: Teshia, when did you come to Wesleyan and what were hired as?

A: I arrived at Wesleyan about three years ago. I initially started as the director for Upward Bound Math and Science and Pre-College Access programs.

Q: You’re a 2000 alumna. What made you want to return to Wesleyan for your career?

A: I credit Wesleyan for my interest in social justice. It was while I was here as a student that I learned to value and appreciate difference. Prior to coming to Wesleyan, I grew up in a fairly homogenous community. At Wesleyan, my beliefs and thoughts were challenged and these experiences shaped the course of my life. As a first-generation college student with little insight into what a future could look like, I stuck to what I was told I should be and that was a doctor. I struggled through Science courses, which should have been an indication that it wasn’t a right fit, but it was all I knew.

Academic Affairs Hosts Happy Hours

Academic Affairs will host two happy hours for faculty and staff this spring. The first will be held on Friday, April 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the patio of the Center for African American Studies, and the second will be held on Friday, May 12, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the Church Street patio of the Exley Science Center.

Community Fitness Program Offered to Wesleyan Employees, Families

Rosenbaum Squash Center at Wesleyan.

Rosenbaum Squash Center at Wesleyan.

This spring, the Department of Athletics is offering Wesleyan Community Racquet & Fitness, a new fitness initiative at the Rosenbaum Squash Center. Both individual and small group lessons will be available.

Classes will be taught by Assistant Squash Coach Tim Bacon, a certified squash, tennis and badminton coach. Bacon is a former world #23 in Racketlon and has taught all five major racquet sports since 1977.

Offered classes include:

Racquet Sport FUNdamentals for Children ages 10 – 17
(Age appropriate smaller racquets and slower, bouncier balls played in fun games and activities are used to teach physical literacy and FUNdamentals for all of the racquet sports: squash, racquetball, tennis, badminton and table tennis on the Rosenbaum Squash Center courts.)

Adult Group and Private Racquet Sport Lessons

TRX Functional Fitness – Adult Small Group and Personal Training
(The TRX training tools are fun, effective and flexible ways to stay fit and injury free for life and sport – for both beginning and advanced fitness participants. The Rosenbaum Squash Center has four complete, uncrowded TRX training stations available for small group and individual personal training. TRX tools rely on hundreds of different bodyweight only exercises with straps and cables used in functional movement patterns.)

Summer Tennis Program for Juniors, ages 10-17
(Starts May 1. Small group and individual lessons offered.)

Summer Tennis Program Adult Instruction and Recreational Play
(Starts May 1. Small group and individual lessons offered.)

“Dates have not been finalized, but I am eager to start as people get keen on fitness now that the weather is nice,” Bacon said.

To register use the CoachUp lesson booking system or e-mail Bacon at tbacon (at) wesleyan.edu.

Condon Enjoys Fitness and Volunteer Activities

sta_condon_2017-0419100541In this Q&A, we speak with Sherri Condon, accounting specialist for Auxiliary Operations and Campus Services.

Q: Sherri, when were you hired at Wesleyan, and what were you hired as?

A: I was hired Sept. 24, 2001 as an admin assistant III for Rental Properties.

Q: What accounts do you oversee in Auxiliary Operations and Campus Services?

A: I oversee the non-academic departments: housing, transportation, dining, vending, laundry and Wes Card; I am a first contact for risk, for auto accidents. I also collect and reconcile the faculty, staff and graduate rents for on-campus housing.

Q: I understand you’re involved with the United Way Women’s Initiative.

A: I am a volunteer and I am also on the committee for grants; I enjoy giving money away to organizations.

President Roth Hosts Luncheon for Cardinal Achievement Award Recipients

On April 6, Wesleyan President Michael Roth met with recent Cardinal Achievement Award recipients at a luncheon. President Roth hosted the event at his office in South College.

On April 6, Wesleyan President Michael Roth met with recent Cardinal Achievement Award recipients and their managers at a luncheon. Cardinal Achievement Awards are given to staff members who have demonstrated extraordinary initiative in performing a specific task associated with their work at the university. This special honor comes with a $250 award and reflects the university’s gratitude for their extra efforts. President Roth hosted the event at his office in South College.

Update from Physical Plant-Facilities: Summer Projects

A tennis court renovation, a cooling tower replacement, and an informal outdoor classroom construction are among Physical Plant-Facilities projects this summer.

Physical Plant-Facility’s capital projects will include:

  • Comprehensive Energy Phase 10 – LED lighting upgrades to Exley Science Center and other efficiency measures.
  • Tennis Court Renovation – replacing half the courts and repairing the other half as a partnership with the City of Middletown.
  • The RJJulia Wesleyan Bookstore at 413 Main Street.
  • 116 Mt. Vernon – Renovate and convert to Shapiro Writing Center.
  • Renovations to selected science offices and facilities
  • Informal Learning and Outdoor Classrooms – improvements campuswide to refresh underutilized spaces and enable collaboration and study as well as provide additional outdoor classrooms

Highlights of major maintenance projects to be completed this summer are:

  • Olin Library’s “envelope” renovation — parts of the building that physically separate the exterior environment from the interior environment.
  • HighRise – new fire alarm system.
  • Center for the Arts Studio North and CFA Theater – electrical transformer replacements.
  • Steamline replacement along South College
  • 200 High Street – replace all roofing.
  • Hall-Atwater – replace perimeter roof over third floor.
  • South / North College Connector – replace second floor windows and first floor fixed glass panels and doors.
  • Central Power Plant cooling tower replacement – expanding chilled water capacity for campus by 30 percent.

Accessibility projects addresses this summer include the replacement of the accessible ramp on the north elevation, the south entrance to Exley Science Center and the Office of Admission’s patio.