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Athletic Contests, WESeminars, and Other Highlights of 2018 Family Weekend

Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19 shares a hug with her parents, Leslie Goldfarb Terry and Al Terry, who visited from Brooklyn, N.Y., during Family Weekend 2018. Leslie and Al enjoy attending WESeminars. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

More than 2,000 parents, family members, friends, and alumni attended Family Weekend 2018 Sept. 28–30 on campus. Activities included campus tours, WESeminar lectures, panel discussions, performances, a Wesleyan Summer Grants showcase, an Alumni and Student of Color Celebration, the 8th Annual Stone A Cappella Concert, the 26th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium presenting “Black Phoenix Rising,” and much more.

In Family Weekend athletic news, all four home contests (football, field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer) saw hard-fought battles against Hamilton. Hamilton blocked a Wesleyan punt and recovered it in the end zone with just 1:34 to play in regulation as the Continentals stunned the Cardinals, 33-29. Men’s and women’s soccer were both forced into overtime, with the women earning a 1–1 draw, and the men falling 1–0. Field hockey fell by one goal, 2–1, to the 14th-ranked Continentals.

Men’s crew opened up its fall season with a first-place finish in the Collegiate Open 8, taking home the Muncie Cup at the Head of the Riverfront in Hartford, Conn. Volleyball won its second consecutive Little Three Championship following a 3–0 sweep over archival Amherst, and remain perfect in NESCAC play with a 5–0 mark. The women’s cross country team placed 8th of 43 teams at the 45th Annual Paul Short Run, with Becky Lopez-Anido ’21 crossing the finish line 30th of 363 runners. Golf placed 8th at the NESCAC Championship Qualifier. In men’s tennis on Sept. 30, Peter Anker ’22 led the way for Wesleyan at the ITA Regional Championships in Middlebury, Vt., making the quarterfinals in doubles alongside Zach Fleischman ’21 as well as winning a pair of singles matches to make the third round. Victoria Yu ’19 and her sister, Kristina Yu ’22, came away with a winning 6–4, 6–3 win at the New England ITA Regional Doubles Championship.

This weekend, Wesleyan Athletics also collaborated with the Headway Foundation to raise awareness about concussions.

View a selection of images below, or visit the full Family Weekend photo album on Wesleyan Flickr. (Photos by Olivia Drake, Tom Dzimian, Jonas Powell ’18, Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19, and Caroline Kravitz ’19. Additional info provided by Cynthia Rockwell and Mike O’Brien.)

Mary Falls P’22 came in from Nashville, Tenn., to visit son Christopher Falls ’22. The two enjoyed a fire-spinning performance, as well as the WESeminar, “Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship Workshop.” Christopher, a prospective physics major, is the nephew of the late David Mariani ’77, who was a student of Foss Professor of Physics Tom Morgan.

Football Victory, Family Activities during Homecoming/Family Weekend

Members of the Wesleyan community, friends and family gathered on Andrus Field on Nov. 7 for tailgaiting before the Homecoming football game against rival Wlliams College. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS '08)

Members of the Wesleyan community, friends and family gathered on Andrus Field on Nov. 7 for tailgaiting before the Homecoming football game against rival Wlliams College. The Cardinals won the game 27-7. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

During Homecoming/Family Weekend Nov. 6-8, more than 2,000 family members, alumni and friends visited Wesleyan for a flurry of festivities. Football fans packed Corwin Stadium on Nov. 7 to cheer on the Cardinals as they defeated rival Williams College 27-7 in the annual Homecoming game.

Members of the Wesleyan community, friends and family gathered on Andrus Field on Nov. 7 for tailgaiting before the Homecoming football game against rival Wlliams College. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS '08)

More than 4,000 Cardinal fans attended tailgating events and the 2015 Homecoming game. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

While on campus, alumni and families participated in an array of WESeminars, the annual Homecoming/Family Weekend Dinner, campus and department tours, the 12th annual Schumann Symposium “Where on Earth Are We Going?,” a Friends of the Wesleyan Library book sale, a leadership donor reception, art exhibits, a student a cappella concert, a West African Drumming and Dance workshop and much more.

The campus community also celebrated and honored retiring Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and Wesleyan Alumni Director John Driscoll ’62.

In other Homecoming weekend sports highlights, men’s soccer defeated Middlebury in penalty kicks on Nov. 7 and advanced to the NESCAC Men’s Soccer Championship on Nov. 8. Bowdoin College, however, claimed a 1-0 victory over Wesleyan at Middlebury. Men’s soccer finish its season at 8-8-2.

Balloon Animals, Marching Band, Music During 2nd Annual Middletown Day

Wesleyan welcomed about 150 local residents to campus for the second annual Middletown Day on Oct. 18. Families enjoyed a day of fun — including face painting, balloon art, and a bounce house for kids — food and football, as Wesleyan battled Amherst College in the Homecoming game. The Middletown High School marching band played at halftime, and Middletown residents were offered free admission to the game.

View photos of Middletown Day below, and in the Homecoming 2014 photo gallery. (Photos by John Van Vlack and Olivia Drake)

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WESeminars, Concerts, Alumni Talks During Family Weekend Sept. 26-28

Diane LaPointe '79, P'17 of Bedford, N.Y. is attending Family Weekend with her daughter, Megan Dolan '17.

Diane LaPointe ’79, P’17 of Bedford, N.Y. is attending Family Weekend with her daughter, Megan Dolan ’17. “I loved coming back for my reunion, but this weekend, I get to be here as a parent, seeing campus through Megan’s eyes,” LaPointe said.

During Family Weekend, held Sept. 26-28, Wesleyan families are invited to attend classes and WESeminars, take in concerts and sporting events, enjoy meals, tour campus and learn about student programs and services.

Breaking from tradition, this year Family Weekend is be separate from Homecoming Weekend, because Homecoming occurs during Fall break.

On Sept. 25, Lisa and Scott Josephs of Chapel Hill, N.C. flew to Connecticut to attend Family Weekend with their son, Aaron '18. This is their fourth visit to campus.

On Sept. 25, Lisa and Scott Josephs of Chapel Hill, N.C. flew to Connecticut to attend Family Weekend with their son, Aaron ’18. This is their fourth visit to campus.

Diane LaPointe ’79, P’17, celebrated her 35th Wesleyan Reunion in May, and is elated to return to campus four months later to visit with her daughter, Megan Dolan ’17. Megan took her mother to a French class and Modern Dance III class, and the two plan on spending time mingling with Megan’s friends and fellow visiting parents.

Lisa and Scott Josephs of Chapel Hill, N.C. are attending Family Weekend with their son, Aaron ’18. “I’m taking them to my Hebrew class, and then I’m excited to introduce them to my friends, professors and advisor,” Aaron said.

Richard Lanet P’18 and Joan Williamson P’18 of Venice, Calif. are visiting their daughter, Ruby Lanet ’18. “This is my first time visiting Wesleyan, so I’m looking forward to taking a tour of this beautiful campus, going to a class and the comedy show tonight,” Richard Lanet said.

Catherine Lewis ’18 is enjoying the event with her mother, Christian Roberts P’18 and aunt Elsa Aminlewis, both from Bronx, N.Y. The trio is looking forward to walking around campus and enjoying a few meals together.

Catherine Lewis '18 is spending Family Weekend with her mother, Christian Roberts P'18 and aunt Elsa Aminlewis.

Catherine Lewis ’18 is spending Family Weekend with her mother, Christian Roberts P’18 and aunt Elsa Aminlewis.

“Mostly we’re just glad to be spending time together,” Catherine said.

Guests may register onsite during the weekend at Usdan University Center.

Check in hours are:
Friday, Sept. 26: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

The schedule is open to all members of the Wesleyan family. Highlights include a South Indian vocal performance as part of the Navaratri Festival at the Center for the Arts; the 22nd annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, featuring a movie screening and talkback with Bobbito “Kool Bob Love” Garcia ’88; student a capella concert; Friends of the Wesleyan Library book sale; tailgating; and WESeminars on a variety of topics including animal dignity and ethics of sight, writing at Wesleyan, and ending back pain.

On Sept. 27, Craig Thomas ’97 and Carter Bays ’97, creators and writer-producers of the popular television series How I Met Your Mother, will speak about their experiences at Wesleyan, their work in TV, and HIMYM.

The Family Weekend photo gallery on Flickr will be updated throughout the weekend. More family photos are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Parents, Alumni Celebrate Homecoming/Family Weekend with Students

More than 5,000 fans attended the Homecoming football game against Williams Nov. 7.

Wesleyan played Williams during the Homecoming football game Nov. 7 in Corwin Stadium.

More than 5,000 parents, alumni and friends came to campus Nov. 6-8 to celebrate Homecoming/Family Weekend. This year’s theme was “Come Home!” Event photos are posted on the HCFW website.

“Every year, I hear from alumni, parents and students that Homecoming/Family Weekend gets better and better,” says Gemma Fontanella Ebstein, associate vice president for external relations. “We had a terrific turnout this year and the energy was palpable across campus – in the WESeminars, athletic contests, department anniversary celebrations and other special gatherings throughout the weekend. This has become one of the highlights of the year for the Wesleyan community.”

The weekend began Friday, Nov. 6 with tours of campus, sessions for parents, department open houses, the Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner, an all-campus dinner, a concert by Eilen Jewell and the Sacred Shakers, a fall senior thesis dance concert and several WESeminars. Interactive and inspiring, WESeminars provide opportunities to revisit the classroom and attend presentations by scholars, pundits, and other experts in their fields.

The College of Letters and the College of Social Studies both held their 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Prometheus, Wesleyan's student fire-dancing group, performed on Foss Hill Nov. 6 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.

Prometheus, Wesleyan's student fire-dancing group, performed on Foss Hill Nov. 6 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, campus guests attended the annual Where on Earth are We Going? Symposium, rowing instructions with Wesleyan’s crew team, a family swim, WESeminars on dance, study abroad projects, the history of Wesleyan, and international journalism.

Deana Hutson, director of events, estimates that 5,000 fans showed up for tailgating, the homecoming football game and the NESCAC men’s soccer semi-finals. The day wrapped up with several other athletic events, a community bike ride, the Dwight L. Greene Symposium, the Reed Labyrinth Opening and a concert with Amy Crawford ’05.

A Fall Harvest Brunch and the Alumni Association Executive Committee meeting kicked off events on Sunday, Nov. 8. The day also included a legacy gathering and photo of current students posting with parents or grandparents that are Wesleyan alumni, a celebration of Western Art Music and a student A Capella Concert.

Alumni who are parents and grandparents of current first-year students gathered on Denison Terrace for a legacy photograph Nov. 8.

Alumni who are parents and grandparents of current first-year students gathered on Denison Terrace for a legacy photograph Nov. 8.

Gabriela De Golia ’13 spent the event-filled weekend with her parents, Jim De Golia and Terri Hanagan of San Francisco; her uncle, Jose Hanagan of Reno, Nevada; and her brother, Nicolas, who goes to high school in France. Together, the family saw the Wesleyan screening of Matt Tyrnauer ’91 Valentino: The Last Emperor, attended the Labyrinth opening in honor of Joe and Kit Reed, the Amy Crawford concert on Saturday night,  a panel discussion on how parents can help students achieve academic success, a lecture on the role of public opinion in foreign policy, the Homecoming football, soccer and ice hockey games and swimming meet. In addition, Hanagan P’13 worked as a parent volunteer at Usdan University Center.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to meet many other parents, a great many of them new (as I am) to Wesleyan,” Hanagan says. “I also met many of Gabriela’s new friends and colleagues, which was especially important to me. It gave me a great sense of comfort to see that she has so many kind, fun and intelligent new friends.”

Homecoming/Family Weekend was held Nov. 6-8.

Homecoming/Family Weekend was Nov. 6-8.

President Michael Roth also led a Sunday morning address to parents. He laid out his near and long term views for enhancing the overall student and academic experience at Wesleyan, making a strong case for the benefits of the entire Wesleyan experience and the need to provide increased financial aid to those strong candidates for admission whose ability to become members the student body would be prevented due to lack of financial means.

“As a person who has seen firsthand the benefits that my children have gained from being routine exposure to diversity on virtually all levels and all types, I found particularly attractive his passion for increasing the geographic and other diversity of the student body and for more effectively removing financial barriers to attending Wes,” De Golia P’ 13 says.

Students, Families Help Raise 20,000 Pounds of Food for Day of Caring

As part of Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s “Day of Caring & Compassion,” Nov. 6, Wesleyan students and their families helped collect 20,000 pounds of food.

“The goal of the statewide food drive was to replenish the state’s food banks and food pantries for the holidays, especially as the number of people seeking food-assistance has increased by over 30 percent from last year,” Gov. Rell said in a Nov. 9 Middletown Press article. “I am proud to say that thousands of Connecticut residents and visitors rose to the challenge and showed how much they care about their friends, family and neighbors struggling with keeping enough food on their tables.”

Statewide, more than 25 tons of food was collected for the cause.

Connecticut Food Bank Executive Director Nancy L. Carrington called the success of the food drive a testament to the generosity of Connecticut’s residents.

“The success of this food drive has re-energized us as we approach the holiday season. The overwhelming generosity that was shown on Saturday demonstrates Connecticut’s long and proud tradition of neighbors helping neighbors,” Carrington said to the Press. “We want to especially thank Governor Rell for lending her support and calling attention to the problem of hunger in Connecticut and raising the public awareness at a critical time. The increased demand has put a great strain on our network of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, and we cannot feed people in need without the support of the public.”