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President Roth Joins Faculty/Staff Band at THE MASH

The Mattabassett String Collective, a Wesleyan faculty/staff band, performed an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, country and rock during THE MASH, Sept. 7.

The Mattabassett String Collective, a Wesleyan faculty/staff band, performed an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, country and rock during THE MASH, Sept. 7. From left is Professor Barry Chernoff, Professor Gil Skillman, cataloging librarian Rebecca McCallum and academic computing manager Kevin Wiliarty.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth joined the band for the noon-time performance.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth joined the band for the noon-time performance. He played keyboard, guitar and harmonica, and sang.

Roth Speaks at MCC’s Presidential Inauguration

Michael Roth

On April 21, Wesleyan President Michael Roth spoke at the inauguration of Anna M. Wasescha as Middlesex Community College’s sixth president. Roth joined Senator Richard Blumenthal, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew and many others to welcome the new president.

In his speech, Roth said: “Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan have common ground … literally. Last September members of our institutions stood together on Main Street Middletown to celebrate Moving Planet Day, and to join in the commitment to reduce fossil fuel use. Supporting that celebration was Wesleyan’s College of the Environment, which we have begun in the last few years. We have also made significant investments in energy efficiency and in a more sustainable approach to our dining services. So, I am especially pleased by the theme of this inauguration celebration, ‘Going Green.’ Institutions of higher learning should be setting an example regarding responsibility for the environment. And in this – as in a great many things – I’m happy to see that Wesleyan and Middlesex Community College are taking a common stand. President Wasescha, welcome to Central Connecticut, welcome to Middletown, welcome to common ground.”

Video of the inauguration can be seen here.

Faculty Lead Weekly Lectures on Critical Theorists

President Michael Roth spoke on "Theorizing the Self: Sigmund Freud" during the Fall 2011 "In Theory" lecture series Sept. 7. "In Theory" is a weekly lecture series by Wesleyan faculty who introduce and discuss major critical theorists. The series is sponsored by the Certificate in Social, Cultural and Critical Theory. Roth also read segments from his forthcoming book.

Beveridge Honored at Biophysics Retreat

David Beveridge, the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics., professor of chemistry, was honored at Wesleyan University’s 11th Annual Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry Retreat Sept. 23. Beveridge came to Wesleyan about 30 years ago to develop a program in molecular biophysics within the Department of Chemistry. He studies how the structure, dynamic and solvation of nucleic acids and proteins influence binding and recognition. Pictured is Wesleyan President Michael Roth with Beveridge at the retreat.

Wesleyan Honored for Climate Change Efforts

Bill Nelligan, director of environmental health, safety and sustainability, delivers the opening remarks at the 2010 Climate Change Leadership Awards Ceremony June 7 in Kerr Lecture Hall. Wesleyan was one of seven individuals and organizations honored by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell for its innovative efforts to address global climate change.

Wesleyan Holds 178th Commencement May 23

Seven-hundred-and-six students received Bachelor of Arts degree during Wesleyan University's Commencement Ceremony May 23.

“When you build something from scratch, you acquire a depth of understanding that no ‘professional,’ no management expert can match. There are few better ways to learn about yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, than building something from scratch. There is no better mirror.”

This observation recounting specific experiences – the building of a restaurant, and later, the creation of a political campaign – also served as a metaphor for the moment at hand. That moment was the 178the Commencement Ceremonies at Wesleyan University, on Sunday, May 23. The speaker, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ’74, M.A. ’80, shared with students insights about the often uneven path to success, that is neither planned nor anticipated.

Hickenlooper, who also received a Doctor of Laws degree,

Honor Thesis Students Present Research at NSM Poster Session

Wesleyan’s Natural Science and Mathematics hosted a “Celebration of Science Theses” April 16 in Exley Science Center’s lobby. BA and MA honors thesis students presented their research to peers and the community.

President Michael S. Roth listens to Wei Dai ’11 explain his research on “Effect of Valency on the Dynamics and Thermodynamics of DNA-linked Nanoparticles Materials.” Dai’s advisor is Francis Starr, associate professor of physics. Wei has conducted extensive computer simulations to show nanoparticles can be linked together using DNA as 'bridges'. The resulting nanostructured materials have unusual properties that may be applicable to energy storage, drug delivery, optical materials and nanoscale devices. Dai also has published a peer-review journal article titled “Valency Dependence of Polymorphism and Polyamorphism in DNA-Functionalized Nanoparticles.” (Photo by Roslyn N. Carrier-Brault)

David Boznick, dean of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, professor of biology, professor of neuroscience and behavior, congratulates the BA and MA honors thesis students on their achievements.

Summer Session Celebrated with Cake, Students

From left, Mary Kelly, associate director for finance and administrative services for Continuing Studies and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program; James Gardner '13; Wesleyan President Michael Roth; Sheryl Culotta, director of Continuing Studies and GLSP; and Jen Curran, assistant director of admissions and outreach for GLSP, celebrated Wesleyan's first Summer Session registration March 4 in Usdan University Center. Wesleyan is offering an intensive Summer Session in which students can complete semester-long courses in five weeks. Classes begin June 7.

From left, Mary Kelly, associate director for finance and administrative services for Continuing Studies and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program; James Gardner '13; Wesleyan President Michael Roth; Sheryl Culotta, director of Continuing Studies and GLSP; and Jen Curran, assistant director of admissions and outreach for GLSP, celebrated Wesleyan's first Summer Session registration March 4 in Usdan University Center. Wesleyan is offering an intensive Summer Session in which students can complete full semester courses in five weeks. Classes begin June 7.

President Roth handed out celebratory cake and Summer Session informational brochures to students during the lunch hour.

President Roth handed out celebratory cake and Summer Session informational brochures to students during the lunch hour.

Summer Session is open to all students who feel they have the academic qualifications and stamina to complete an intellectually challenging course in a compressed schedule.

Summer Session is open to all students who feel they have the academic qualifications and stamina to complete an intellectually challenging course in a compressed schedule.

Wesleyan students listen to Roth talk about the new Summer Program. Twenty-five courses, taught by Wesleyan faculty, will be offered during the 2010 Summer Session. These courses include some highly popular courses that always have more interested students than space during the regular academic year, as well as some new and advanced courses, and some new thematic institutes. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Wesleyan students listen to President Roth talk about the new Summer Program. Twenty-five courses taught by Wesleyan faculty will be offered during the 2010 Summer Session. These courses include some highly popular courses that always have more interested students than space during the regular academic year, as well as some new and advanced courses, and some new thematic institutes. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Coach Whalen Introduced at Campus Ceremony

Wesleyan President Michael Roth, right, introduced new football head coach Mike Whalen '83, left, to the Wesleyan community during a ceremony March 8 in the Freeman Athletic Center. Whalen, the 2006 NESCAC Coach of the year, comes to Wesleyan from Williams College, where he had been the head coach since 2004. Whalen also will serve as Wesleyan's assistant athletic director.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth, right, introduced new football head coach Mike Whalen '83, left, to the Wesleyan community during a ceremony March 8 in the Freeman Athletic Center. Whalen, the 2006 NESCAC Coach of the year, comes to Wesleyan from Williams College, where he had been the head coach since 2004. Whalen also will serve an assistant athletic director.

Tuition to Rise 5%; Financial Aid 11%

Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees voted last weekend to increase tuition and residential comprehensive fees by 5% percent for the 2010-11 academic year.

Tuition will be $41,814 for all students in 2010-2011. For freshman and sophomores, the residential comprehensive fee will be $11,592. For juniors and seniors, the fee will be $13,176. The higher residential comprehensive fee for juniors and seniors reflects the higher cost of the options available to them. Juniors and seniors have access to apartments and houses in addition to residence hall rooms. They also have greater flexibility in dining options.

“Although we are mindful of the difficulties inherent in annual tuition increases,” says President Michael S. Roth, “in order to maintain our high quality liberal arts programs and our scholar-teacher model we must increase tuition in the coming year.”

Roth went on to say that “Wesleyan is financially stable and has a balanced budget because we have significantly reduced expenditures over the past two years. We are raising student charges by the smallest amount needed to maintain our fiscal stability.” After consulting with the Board of Trustees, Roth emphasized the importance of minimizing expenditures that do not directly affect the experience of students so as to reduce the need for significant tuition hikes in the future.

In the context of the tuition increase for 2010-2011, Roth emphasized the importance of maintaining access to Wesleyan through a robust financial aid program. The university expects financial aid expenditures to rise next year by 11 percent and is projecting an increase in health care costs of 10 percent.

Wesleyan has taken steps to relieve inflationary pressures on the budget in the long term. The university has reduced annual expenses significantly and is in the process of implementing approximately $30M in reductions to its annual budget. Steps taken include:

• curtailment or elimination of proposed construction projects
• an approximate 10 percent reduction in staff (mostly through attrition and a voluntary separation program)
• one-year salary freeze
• a 22 percent reduction in energy usage since 2004
• numerous additional reductions in specific budgets

Wesleyan also has increased enrollments in each class by 30 students (120 total) to generate additional revenue.

President Roth noted that Wesleyan is building its endowment so that more resources will be available to support educational expenditures in the future. In the coming years, the university hopes to triple the endowment for financial aid, adding the equivalent of 400 new scholarships.

Roth stressed that in this difficult economic period the university is still taking steps to offer students an enhanced educational experience. “We have hired 25 faculty members, and even as we secure our future financially, we are developing new curricular programs.”

Roth cited the new programs in Creative Writing, the College of the Environment and Middle Eastern Studies as examples of curricular enhancement, as well as an initiative that has added dozens of new small classes to the curriculum in a variety of fields. “Applications have soared by 30 percent in the last two years. Students across the nation and around the world see Wesleyan as the exciting school all of us know it to be,” Roth says.

Financial Aid Apps for Summer Session Due March 5

From left, Mary Kelly, associate director for finance and administrative services for Continuing Studies and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program; James Gardner '13; Wesleyan President Michael Roth; Sheryl Culotta, director of Continuing Studies and GLSP; and Jen Curran, assistant director of admissions and outreach for GLSP, celebrated Wesleyan's first Summer Session registration March 4 in Usdan University Center. Wesleyan is offering an intensive Summer Session in which students can complete semester-long courses in five weeks. Classes begin June 7.

From left, Mary Kelly, associate director for finance and administrative services for Continuing Studies and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program; James Gardner '13; Wesleyan President Michael Roth; Sheryl Culotta, director of Continuing Studies and GLSP; and Jen Curran, assistant director of admissions and outreach for GLSP, celebrated Wesleyan's first Summer Session registration March 4 in Usdan University Center. Wesleyan is offering an intensive Summer Session in which students can complete semester-long courses in five weeks. Classes begin June 7.

Students applying for financial aid for Summer Session courses must have their course registrations and applications in by Friday, March 5. Classes begin June 7 and last five weeks.

“With Wesleyan’s Summer Session, students can experience the excitement and challenge of intensive, accelerated study, register for popular courses with lower student to faculty ratios, and discover interesting new upper-level courses,” says Summer Session coordinator Sheryl Culotta, director of Continuing Studies and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program. “This also allows students to have more options during the school year, and more time to get involved in performances, sports, or other activities.”

President Roth handed out celebratory cake and Summer Session informational brochures to students during the lunch hour.

President Roth handed out celebratory cake and Summer Session informational brochures to students during the lunch hour.

To celebrate the inaugural  Summer Session, Wesleyan President Michael Roth handed out brochures and cake during the lunch hour on Thursday, March 4 in Usdan University Center. Classes this summer include digital photography, economy of oil, Chinese music and theater, organic chemistry, economic theory, financial analysis, writing nonfiction, French composition, international politics, calculus, physics, American Sign Language, to name a few.

Tuition is $2,500 per course credit, of which $500 must be paid during registration. Housing and dining is an additional $2,135.  Some classes may be canceled if enrollment is too low. Current enrollments are not yet reflected in the “Seats Available” number in each course description.

The registration form is available on the Summer Session website and in the e-portfolio. Students should download the form, complete it by including all necessary approval signatures, and submit the form with the $500 deposit (or with the financial aid form by March 5, if applying for aid) to the Summer Session office at 284 High Street. For more information call 860-685-2900 or e-mail to summer@wesleyan.edu.

More information on the Summer Session was published in a November 2009 Wesleyan Connection article:  http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2009/11/30/25-courses-offered-for-2010-summer-session/

Roth Reviews Death of American Virtue

Wesleyan President Michael Roth reviewed the book The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, by Ken Gormley, for the Feb. 20 edition of The Huffington Post.

In the article, Roth writes, “The sordid and the sanctimonious, the crazy and the corrupt, the hypocrisy of those last years of the Clinton administration and, well, especially the hypocrisy were just awful to recall. The weight of the book, too, gave me pause. How was I to get through 800 pages on that nightmare? But although Ken Gormley’s book spares none of the gory details, it’s a great read that reveals the core dynamics of historical events that influence (and plague) American political life to this day.”