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Librarian Konerding Contestant in Millionaire

Documents Librarian Erhard Konerding will appear on the April 14 broadcast of ABC’s “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire."

Will Erhard Konerding become a millionaire?

The Wesleyan librarian may know already, but the rest of us will have to wait until a mid-May broadcast of ABC’s “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” quiz show. Originally scheduled for April 14, the broadcast is now scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at 10 a.m.

Konerding, a documents specialist in Olin Library, is a contestant in an episode that taped Nov. 17, 2010, in New York City. The top prize is $1 million.

Renowned on campus for his handlebar mustache, Konerding has previously been a contestant on three other television game shows –”Jeopardy” (1994), “Remember This” (1996) and “History IQ” (2000).

One of his opponents on “History IQ” was Leszek Pawlowicz, Wesleyan ’75, who has been called “the Michael Jordan of game shows” in The New York Times Magazine. Pawlowicz won “Jeopardy” in 1992, among many other victories.

“I won a mountain bike, Leszek got the $5,000,” said Konerding. “He went on to take second place overall in the tournament.”

By agreement with ABC-Disney, contestants on “Millionaire” may not reveal how they performed prior to broadcast.

“Any proceeds do not come until 30 days after the show’s air date, so there is that incentive to keep quiet,” says Konerding, who joined the university staff in 1972 and received an MALS from Wesleyan in 1982.

In any event, he has no immediate plans to quit his day job at Olin: “I’ll definitely stay at least until my 40th anniversary party,” he said.

That’ll be in 2012.

“Millionaire” broadcasts locally on WTIC Fox 61.

Alex Cabal: Area Coordinator Oversees Program Housing (with VIDEO)

Alex Cabal, area coordinator for program houses and Nicolson and Hewitt residence halls, stands outside the German House. House members inform the larger Wesleyan community of current events in Germany.

Q: Alex, you are the coordinator for program housing in Residential Life. Please explain what a “program house” is, and who can live in one?

A: In simple terms, a program house is a themed-based living option at Wesleyan. Each house has its own mission statement based on the specific theme/interest (hobbies, lifestyles, languages, cultural, religious) of the house. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to live in program housing.

Q: What would you say are the most well-known program homes on campus? Which are the oldest?

A: Program housing has been a living option for students since the early 90’s although mission themes housing has been at Wesleyan for decades before that. Our well-known program

Cheryl Brodowski Helps Alumni Establish Lasting Legacy for Wesleyan

Cheryl Brodowski, assistant director for gift planning in University Relations, helps donors develop a comprehensive plan that may include both annual and planned gifts.

Q: Cheryl, you came to Wesleyan in 2007. What were you hired in as, and when did you join the Office of Gift Planning in University Relations?

A: I was hired in as a project coordinator for The Wesleyan Fund in September of 2007.  After three years with the Fund, I joined the Office of Gift Planning.

Q: Please describe “gift planning” and how the differs from making an annual gift to the university.

A: A planned gift offers donors the opportunity to establish a lasting legacy for Wesleyan.  While an outright annual gift supports Wesleyan’s current greatest needs, planned gifts have different benefits for donors, beneficiaries, and the University and help fund Wesleyan’s endowment.  Ideally, donors can develop a comprehensive plan that includes both annual and planned gifts.

Q: What are ways donors typically make this type of gift?

A: Planned gifts come in the form of bequests, retirement plan or life insurance designations,

Philip Isaacs: Animation, Video Specialist Creates Motion Graphics

Philip Isaacs, animation and video specialist for Information Technology Services, edits a video Jan. 18 in the New Media Lab.

Q: Phil, you came to Wesleyan six years ago this month. What were you hired in as, and when did you join the New Media Lab?

A: I came to Wesleyan as a multimedia developer working for The Learning Objects Studio, helping to develop and produce web-based projects for the faculty. Over the years, I began to focus more and more on animation, since that was my background, and last fall, my title was switched over to animation and video specialist to reflect my new role.

Q: As a member of ITS’s New Media Lab, what are your core responsibilities?

A: Currently I worked as part of team to help produce videos which then get distributed onto the web as podcasts through our iTunes channel or on Wesleyan’s YouTube site. On a day to day basis I do everything from shooting and editing video to creating motion graphics and 3D animations.

Q: Did you learn video on the job? How much of your job is spent making videos vs. creating animations?

Wesleyan Employees Honored for 20+ Years of Service

Human Resources hosted the Employee Service Recognition Luncheon Oct. 21 in Beckham Hall. More than 30 employees were honored for their 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to the university. Pictured is Sharon Smith, administrative assistant for the Sociology Department, who celebrated her 20th year at Wesleyan.

Gemma Fontanella Ebstein Plays Key Role in Building Relationships with Alumni, Staff


Gemma Fontanella Ebstein is associate vice president for external relations. (Photo by Dena Matthews)

If you’ve enjoyed attending Wesleyan events, chances are that you have Gemma Fontanella Ebstein to thank.

As associate vice president for external relations, she has had an ever-evolving set of responsibilities, but one constant has been ensuring that events for alumni, parents and the campus community are first rate. Under her direction, for example, Wesleyan merged Commencement and Reunion weekends into one event that rapidly has become a valued Wesleyan tradition.

“Gemma has great management instincts and I can absolutely count on her to get things done,” says Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for university relations. “We can’t have successful fundraising without building excellent relationships with all our constituencies, and Gemma plays a key role in that effort. Wesleyan is fortunate to have her energy, positive attitude and leadership capability.”

During her 20 years at Wesleyan, she also led planning for Wesleyan’s 175th Anniversary Celebration, merged Homecoming and Family Weekends, increased attendance at both that event and Reunion, reorganized the University Lecture Series,

Custodian Mollie Lane: Recipient of Social Justice Employee Prize

Mollie Lane, custodian in Physical Plant – Facilities, is the recipient of the 2010 Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Employee Prize. She received a $1,500 award.  The award was announced April 1 by awards coordinator Marina Melendez, dean for the Class of 2010.

Eligible employees included custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff.

Barbara Schukoske, administrative assistant in Graduate Student Services, nominated Lane for the award. She cited Lane for going beyond her usual duties to ensure that students and staff alike have a clean, safe environment in which to work.

“Ms. Lane’s work in keeping the Science Library clean in the past has been exemplar.  Her attention to the cleanliness of the space and her pleasant personality and willingness to do what is asked far exceeds what is expected of her.  Ms. Lane’s efforts

Michelle Dube: Development Officer Specializes in Major Gifts

Michelle Dube, a development officer in University Relations, works with donors interested in providing major gifts to Wesleyan. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Q: Michelle, when did you come to Wesleyan?

A: I arrived on campus in August, 2007 to work as a development officer in University Relations.

Q: What department are you part of?

A: Major gifts. We solicit financial gifts of $100,000 and higher.

Q: How many alumni do you generally work with?

A: Around 225 alumni and parents. For the most part, we do maintain relationships with the same individuals.

Q:  How do you encourage alumni to support Wesleyan during these economically difficult times?

A: I think last year was more of a challenge than this year appears to be. Alumni and parents who give at this level want to maintain their relationship with the university,

Alec McLane: Music Librarian Oversees 3,000 Entries in Olin’s Music Catalog

Alec McLane, music librarian and director of the World Music Archives, says Wesleyan hosts a robust sample of Native American, South Indian, Indonesian, African, and East Asian field recordings. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)

Alec McLane, music librarian and director of the World Music Archives, says Wesleyan hosts a robust sample of Native American, South Indian, Indonesian, African, and East Asian field recordings. (Photo by Stefan Weinberger '10)

Q: Alec, when were you hired as Wesleyan’s music librarian?

A: I came in the summer of 1998 to interview for the position, and started work that Fall semester.

Q: Do most universities have a music librarian? Like other librarians, are you involved in cataloging, organizing, acquisitions and assisting patrons?

A: Large universities with separate schools of music often have a branch music library with one or more librarians staffing it. Institutions of Wesleyan’s size vary somewhat, usually according to the relative importance of the music department within the school. In our case, with graduate programs in composition and ethnomusicology, the music collection is quite important and gets its own librarian. Reference, preservation, and cataloging are all part of what I do, but with specific attention to the music collection.

Q: You’re also the director of the World Music Archives, which was first used in teaching in 1953. What would one use the music archives for?

A: The World Music Archives is a collection of field recordings from around the world and also of Wesleyan concert recordings. It began as the personal

Shirley Lawrence Retires After 34 Years at Wesleyan

From left, Wesleyan President Michael Roth and Vera Schwarcz, the Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, director of the East Asian Studies Program and professor of history, share stories about Shirley Lawrence, third from left, who is retiring as program coordinator of the East Asian Studies Program. Lawrence is pictured with her husband, Ted.

From left, Wesleyan President Michael Roth and Vera Schwarcz, the Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, director of the East Asian Studies Program and professor of history, share stories about Shirley Lawrence, third from left, who is retiring as program coordinator of the East Asian Studies Program. Lawrence is pictured with her husband, Ted.

Shirley Lawrence celebrated her 34 years at Wesleyan with a retirement party Dec. 14 in the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. Lawrence began her Wesleyan career in a part-time position the Mathematics Department where she remained until 1977. Lawrence moved to the Center of Humanities where she worked until 1985, and she worked in Alumni Programs until 1987 when the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies officially opened on Washington Terrace. She is retiring as a program coordinator.

Over the years Lawrence has coordinated such events as tours of the Freeman Family Japanese Garden, lectures on U.S.-Japan security relations, presentations on America’s relations with Vietnam and the traditional drumming and dance of Korean p’ungmulnori by members of the Wesleyan Korean Drumming ensemble.

In addition to handling logistical issues with the speakers and performers, Lawrence wrote press releases, maintained the center’s mailing list, managed the program’s budget, arranged accommodations and oversaw the center’s Outreach Program, which provides hands-on cultural activities for school-aged children.

Lawrence was profiled in The Wesleyan Connection in 2005.

Dena Matthews Oversees Hundreds of Campus Print Projects

Dena Matthews

Dena Matthews, publication production manager in the Office of University Communications, works with designers, editors, photographers, department contacts and outdoor vendors to create booklets, posters, direct mail pieces, banners, postcards and other material for Wesleyan.

Q: Dena, you recently celebrated your first-year anniversary working as a publication production manager in the Office of University Communications. Do you oversee all publications produced for campus-use?

A: Not all, but I manage hundreds of projects- booklets, posters, direct mail pieces, banners, postcards and more- that are intended for Wesleyan communities on-campus and off.

Q: Please cite a few examples of publications that you have helped manage recently.

Dena Matthews helped create the Homecoming/Family Weekend program.

Dena Matthews helped create the Homecoming/Family Weekend program.

A: The Wesleyan Annual Fund’s compelling direct mailer, the freshly redesigned packet mailed to newly admitted students, and the simply elegant Homecoming and Family Weekend booklet are terrific examples. Each uniquely exhibits beautiful and cost-effective solutions the Office of Communications staff can accomplish on schedule when collaborating with our campus constituents.

Q: Are most publications printed at Wesleyan’s print shop, Cardinal Print and Copy, or by outside businesses?

A: Cardinal Print and Copy handles our routine digital printing, like posters you see on-campus. I call on outside vendors operating offset printing presses, bindery and mailing services for complicated projects and/or those with quantities over one thousand.

Q: What is your role working with vendors?

A: I look for the best fit for each project matching it to a vendor by evaluating their location, environmental initiatives, services, capabilities and price. I work closely with the selected vendor and with Steven Jacaruso, art director, or Anne Marcotty, senior designer, to ensure the project specifications- like paper stock, dimensions, quantities or special instructions like folding, inserting and binding- are clear. Generally, I obtain three competitive bids.

Dena Matthews managed the Office of Admission's packet that is mailed to newly admitted students.

Dena Matthews managed the Office of Admission's packet that is mailed to newly-admitted students.

Q: How would you help, say, the Office of Admission create the Admissions Packet? What are the steps from start to finish, and what is an average turn-around time?

A: Since the project was a redesign initiated by Jillian Baird-Burnett, associate dean of admission, I arranged a meeting with our staff, her and others from the offices of Admission and Financial Aid to discuss their goals. It was a complex project, so I’ll outline our process.

We start by developing concepts. After a one is selected, I request a vendor deliver paper dummies using the proposed paper stock. This is evaluated for compliance with Wesleyan Station’s metering equipment, U.S. postal regulations, and postage cost. Once I have a consensus on the physical construction of the piece, I focus on facilitating the content development.

The designers search our archives of images to suggest in the layout. Bill Burkhart, university photographer, is called upon if a project requires updated campus images. This particular photo was taken by Olivia Bartlett Drake in our office.

The packet contains literature