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Green Street Teaching and Learning Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Green Street director Sara MacSorley and Wesleyan provost Ruth Weissman celebrate Green Street's 10th anniversary. (photo c/o Lu Imbriano )

Green Street director Sara MacSorley and Wesleyan provost Ruth Weissman celebrate Green Street’s 10th anniversary.
(photo c/o Lu Imbriano )

On April 24, the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center celebrated its 10th anniversary at an event that brought together students, teachers, supporters, and advocates to celebrate the past decade.

The Green Street hip hop group performed at the anniversary celebrations.  (photo c/o Lu Imbriano )

The Green Street hip hop group performed at the anniversary celebrations.
(photo c/o Lu Imbriano )

Speakers at the event included Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew; Connecticut State Senator Paul Doyle; Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts; Robert Rosenthal, director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life; and Sara MacSorley, director of the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center. Students from Wesleyan and Middlesex Community College spoke about the impact that working at Green Street has had on their college experiences. The attendees also watched a performance by the Green Street hip hop crew.

MacSorley said it was the community that made Green Street a success. “It was great to recognize so many of the people who played a role in getting the Green Street Arts Center started 10 years ago and those who have helped us transition to the Teaching and Learning Center this year. The support of Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community make it possible for us to do our work with area kids and teachers. It’s truly a team effort.”

Visitors view the art at the Green Street anniversary celebration.  (photo c/o Lu Imbriano )

Visitors view the art at the Green Street anniversary celebration.
(photo c/o Lu Imbriano )

MacSorley also acknowledged the service of another key individual: “We also got to recognize our AfterSchool Supervisor, Cookie Quinones, for her 10 years of service. She has been here since the beginning and is our biggest community liaison.”

In his speech, Drew announced that April 27 would be officially declared “Green Street Day” in Middletown.

For those who would like to support these efforts, Green Street is accepting donations here.

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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Wesleyan, City Officials Sign Memorandum of Understanding

On Oct. 15, Wesleyan and City of Middletown officials met at City Hall in downtown Middletown to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on dealing with sexual assault.

The document details the responsibilities and procedures of the university, the city, and state law enforcement in handling assault cases. This document officially codifies long-standing campus and community cooperation around the issue of crime, sharing of training resources, and enhanced communication designed to support survivors of sexual assault.

“This memorandum is an important step toward even greater cooperation between Wesleyan, the State’s Attorney’s office and the City of Middletown,” said President Michael Roth.”On an issue as serious as sexual assault, we need to be proactive in preventing crime, in supporting survivors and prosecuting perpetrators. A close working relationship with city law enforcement will be highly beneficial.”

On Oct. 15, Wesleyan and City of Middletown officials met at City Hall in downtown Middletown to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on dealing with sexual assault. The document details the responsibilities and procedures of the university, the city, and state law enforcement in handling assault cases. This document officially codifies long-standing campus and community cooperation around the issue of crime,  sharing of training resources, and enhanced communication designed to support survivors of sexual assault. Pictured from left, signing the document are Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney for Middlesex County Peter McShane; Middletown Mayor Dan Drew and Wesleyan President Michael Roth. Absent but also instrumental in the development of the MOU is Middletown General Counsel Brig Smith.

Pictured from left, signing the Memorandum of Understanding, are Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney for Middlesex County Peter McShane; Middletown Mayor Dan Drew and Wesleyan President Michael Roth. Absent but also instrumental in the development of the MOU is Middletown General Counsel Brig Smith.

Participants included: Front row, from left, Peter McShane; Mayor Dan Drew and President Michael Roth. Back row, from left, General Counsel and Secretary of the University David Winakor; Director of Public Safety Scott Rodhe; Therapist/Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator Alysha Warren; Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer Antonio Farias; Middletown Police Chief William McKenna and Middletown Police Deputy Chief Michael Timbro.

Participants included: Front row, from left, Peter McShane; Mayor Dan Drew and President Michael Roth. Back row, from left, General Counsel and Secretary of the University David Winakor; Director of Public Safety Scott Rohde; Therapist/Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator Alysha Warren; Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer Antonio Farias; Middletown Police Chief William McKenna and Middletown Police Deputy Chief Michael Timbro. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

In addition, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., came to Wesleyan Oct. 6 to hear students’ concerns about sexual violence, survivor support and penalties for perpetrators. In his discussions with students he shared details of legislation he has proposed to provide better frameworks on campuses for handling sexual assault cases. Read more in this past News @ Wesleyan article.

Wes Welcomes Neighbors to Middletown Day Oct. 18

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Middletown Day coincides with Homecoming on Oct. 18.

For the second year in a row, Wesleyan will welcome its neighbors to campus for fun, food and football during Middletown Day, Oct. 18.

Starting at 11 a.m., the public can enjoy family entertainment (face painting, balloon art, a bounce house for little visitors, and a DJ), along with free popcorn and food for sale from Wesleyan athletic teams.

Plenty of Wes alumni also are expected at Andrus Field for the Homecoming football game versus Little Three rival Amherst College. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. and Middletown residents will be admitted to the game for free with ID.

The mighty Middletown High School Marching Band is scheduled to perform a half-time show, and several Middletown and area players are featured on the Cardinals’ roster this year.

Middletown Day festivities will take place on the College Row side of Corwin Stadium, with access from Wyllys Avenue. Free parking is available around campus.

For more information, see the event poster.

 

Faculty, Staff Participate in Crowd-Generated Performance Art on Connecticut River

Wesleyan faculty and staff participated in a crowd-generated performance art collaboration on the Connecticut River, June 28.

Wesleyan faculty and staff participated in a crowd-generated performance art collaboration on the Connecticut River, June 28.

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The event was sponsored by The Jonah Center for Earth & Art, a prominent environmental advocacy organization in Middletown. The Jonah Center partnered with Wesleyan’s Environmental Studies program in constructing an online biodiversity database for Middletown. Pictured is Steve Devoto, professor of biology, professor of neuroscience and behavior, snapping photos of the event from his kayak.

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At the southern tip of Wilcox Island, paddlers formed in a rosette just under the Arrigoni Bridge. The group floated in formation under the bridge to be photographed from above. Photos made available to the Jonah Center or the City of Middletown will be used to promote the riverfront and preservation of the river as a natural and recreational resources.

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A couple canine companions also participated in the kayak and canoe spectacle.

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Elise Springer, associate professor of philosophy, serves on the Jonah Center’s Advisory Council.

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After the group photo, participants paddled upstream around Wilcox Island, exploring its many small beaches and access points.

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At Harbor Park, Mayor Mayor Dan Drew spoke to the paddlers before they launched into the river.

In addition, Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literatures, professor of environmental studies; and Dana Royer, associate Professor of earth and environmental sciences are both members of the Jonah Center's Board of Directors, and Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of biology and director of the College of the Environment, is on the center's Advisory Council. Olivia Drake, editor and campus photographer, served as the event's photographer.

In addition, Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literatures, professor of environmental studies; and Dana Royer, associate Professor of earth and environmental sciences are both members of the Jonah Center’s Board of Directors, and Barry Chernoff, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of biology and director of the College of the Environment, is on the center’s Advisory Council. Olivia Drake, editor and campus photographer, served as a photographer for the event. (Arial photo by Billl Bynum.)

Foggy Morning at the Boathouse, Connecticut River

Fog encompassed Wesleyan’s Macomber Boathouse on April 8. The boathouse, built in 1992, is home for Wesleyan men’s and women’s crew. It’s located on the Connecticut River in the Harbor Park area of Middletown, and is 1/2 mile from campus. From the boathouse, one can view the Arrigoni Bridge’s arches peeking out above the fog. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Music, Dancing, Fireworks at Middnight on Main 2013 Celebration

Middnight on Main 2013.

Middnight on Main 2013.

Ring in the new year with a night of entertainment, dancing, music, laughing, fireworks and crafts in downtown Middletown.

Starting at 3 p.m. Dec. 31, the City of Middletown will host its second Middnight on Main 2013, an alcohol-free celebration with unique activities for revelers of all ages, centered in the city’s historic downtown. More than 10,000 people attended the 2012 event.

Since Wesleyan is co-sponsoring the event, Wesleyan students, employees and their families are encouraged to attend.

More than 100 events are packed into bank lobbies, performance halls, storefronts, churches and galleries, spanning four blocks in Middletown.

Activities include a breakdance workshop, an Irish step dance performance, face painting, a magician, a youth poetry slam, juggling, comedy, hula hooping, salsa dancing, a Kung Fu demonstration, several film screenings, a bug collection viewing, a speed chess tournament and more!

Middnight goers also can attend performances by more than 40 musicians and musical groups including Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, The Grand Slambovians, the Cross Strreet AME Zion Unity Choir, Caribbean Splash, The Ear Cave and Wesleyan’s Noah Baerman, Dar Williams ’89 and Steve Roslonek ’93 from SteveSongs.

At 6 p.m., watch a rooftop firework show, and at 11:30 p.m., gather on the lawn of the Church of the Holy Trinity for a performance of Taiko drums and the midnight ringing of the bells to usher in the new year.

View the full schedule of events online here.

A button serves as a ticket to all Middnight events.

Wesleyan Co-Sponsors Inaugural New Years Eve Event in Middletown

The City of Middletown hosted its first Middnight On Main New Year’s Celebration on Dec. 31. The event, which was co-sponsored by Wesleyan, drew more than 10,000 midnight revelers of all ages from the Middletown community and surrounding region. Food, fun, live performance art, and fireworks created bright memories for all. The event also included a jazz piano performance by Wesleyan’s Jazz Ensemble coach Noah Baerman and a performance by SteveSongs’ Steve Roslonek ’93. Middnight on Main is featured in the video below:

Ring in the New Year at Middnight on Main

Wesleyan is co-sponsoring Middnight on Main 2012.

Wesleyan students, employees and their families can ring in the new year with a night of music, dancing, fireworks, crafts and entertainment close to campus.

Starting at 3 p.m. Dec. 31, the City of Middletown will host Middnight on Main 2012, an alcohol-free celebration with unique activities for revelers of all ages, centered in the city’s historic downtown. Events conclude at midnight with a participatory event.

Since Wesleyan is a sponsor of the activity-rich festival, employees are eligible for discounted admission buttons: $6 for kids (usually $10) and $12 for adults (usually $16-$20). To get the discount, use code “Wesleyan 2012” when purchasing your buttons online, or order directly from this link.

“Middnight on Main is a wonderful opportunity for the Wesleyan community