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Colleagues, Friends, Family Honor Jeremy Zwelling

Jeremy Zwelling, director of Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate Program, associate professor of religion, is retiring from Wesleyan after 43 years.

Zwelling came to Wesleyan’s Religion Department to teach a range of courses in Jewish studies in 1967. He established Wesleyan’s Program in Israel Studies, and helped create Wesleyan’s Certificate Program in Jewish and Israel Studies.

Zwelling received a bachelor’s degree in religion from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Hebrew literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

At Wesleyan, Zwelling taught Introduction to Religion, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Religion and Story, Judaism and Story, Judaism, Religion and Film, Psychology and Religion and Performing Jewish Studies.

Colleagues, family and friends honored Zwelling during a retirement celebration May 2 in Beckham Hall. Photos of the event are below:

At left, Ron Cameron, professor of religion, congratulates Jeremy Zwelling, director of Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate Program, associate professor of religion, on his retirement from Wesleyan during a ceremony May 2 in Beckham Hall. Zwelling taught classes on Judaism, Jewish studies and religion for 43 years.

3 Staff Members Retire from Olin, Science Libraries

Pat Tully, third from left, hosted a reception March 4 in the Smith Reading Room to honor three long-time library staff members who are retiring from Wesleyan this year. The librarians are, from left, Roberta Raczka, Science Library assistant in circulation; Linda Marquis, Science Library assistant in access services and at far right, Ann Marino, Olin Library administrative assistant and facilities coordinator.

Pat Tully, third from left, hosted a reception March 4 in the Smith Reading Room to honor three long-time library staff members who are retiring from Wesleyan this year. The librarians are, from left, Roberta Raczka, Science Library assistant in circulation; Linda Marquis, Science Library assistant in access services and at far right, Ann Marino, Olin Library administrative assistant and facilities coordinator.

Ann Marino worked in Olin Library 41 years. Marino recalls chats with author William Manchester and playwright, Elia Kazan. "Elia and my Dad had a love for growing vegetables in the garden. They were both proud of what they grew and would quietly compete with each other over who had the better zucchini or tomato. When Elia would find out that my dad didn’t grow a certain vegetable, he would send over one of his to my parent’s and say 'try this.' with a smile on his face. This would go on over the growing season to see who could top each other. It was a barrel of laughs," she says. Marino also was touched when Wesleyan flew a flag at half-staff in honor of her mother, Helen Marino, who was a long-time employee at Wesleyan.

Ann Marino worked in Olin Library 41 years. Marino recalls chats with author William Manchester and playwright, Elia Kazan. "Elia and my Dad had a love for growing vegetables in the garden. They were both proud of what they grew and would quietly compete with each other over who had the better zucchini or tomato. When Elia would find out that my dad didn’t grow a certain vegetable, he would send over one of his to my parent’s and say 'try this.' with a smile on his face. This would go on over the growing season to see who could top each other. It was a barrel of laughs," she says. Marino also was touched when Wesleyan flew a flag at half-staff in honor of her mother, Helen Marino, who was a long-time employee at Wesleyan.

Roberta Raczka worked in the Psychology Library and the Science Library for 21 years.

Roberta Raczka worked in the Psychology Library and the Science Library for 21 years. Pictured, she is speaking to Scott Plous, professor of psychology.

Linda Marquis has worked in the Science Library for 22 years. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Linda Marquis has worked in the Science Library for 22 years. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

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.

Kischell Celebrates 25 Years with Neighborhood Preschool

Diane Kischell will miss playing with the children at NPS.

Diane Kischell will miss playing with the children at NPS.

For 25 years, Diane Kischell has cared for the children of dozens of Wesleyan employees and Middletown community members.

This month, Kischell, director and head teacher at the Wesleyan-affiliated Neighborhood Preschool (NPS), is retiring. She started at NPS in 1983.

“Diane’s teaching, mentorship and commitment have guided the Neighborhood Preschool, fostering a school where children can be themselves and where they develop a firm foundation of self-esteem and communication skills that sustain them as they grow,” says Suzanna Tamminen, director of Wesleyan University Press and mother of Hugh Barrett NPS ’07, Fiona Barrett NPS ’08 and Silas Barrett NPS ’12.

Ana Perez-Girones, adjunct professor of romance languages and literatures, left her daughter, Hanna Westby NPS ’06, in Kischell’s care for four years. Perez-Girones admired that Kischell would sit on the floor with the children, making herself approachable, while providing direction.

“What I loved about Diane’s approach to the kids was that it was so no-nonsense. She was direct, firm but not harsh, and she talked to the children as respectable people, young but smart,” Perez-Girones says. “Hanna was truly happy and secure there, and that place felt like home. If only every kid could go to daycare at a place like NPS, and with someone like Diane.”

Tamminen says she and fellow parents have relied on Kischell’s good nature, deep knowledge and steadfast practicality. Through her teaching and her extraordinary leadership at NPS, Kischell has made a profound difference in the lives of many families in the local community.

Kischell looks forward to spending more time with her own family, especially her new grandson, and to exploring new hobbies. Her favorite activity has been and remains playing with children.

Jody Viswanathan, library assistant in World Music Archives, put her child, Kerey NPS ’92 in the care of Kischell in 1989. They’ve remained close friends ever since. Viswanathan admires Kischell as both a gifted teacher and as a specialist in early childhood development.

“Beneath that wonderful, unassuming, unaffected person who gets right down on the floor with the kids is a tremendously insightful,intuitive, well-trained, well-read, incredibly astute person,” Viswanathan says. “There’s only one Diane — and being the one and only, she’s an unbelievably hard act to follow.”

A potluck retirement party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 12 at 115 High Street. Letters also can be written to Diane c/o NPS, 115 High Street, Middletown, CT 06457.