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Low’s Short Story Published in Solstice Literary Magazine

David Low

David Low

David Low ’76, associate director of publications in University Communications, is the author of a short story titled “Elevor,” published in the Spring 2014 literary magazine Solstice.

“Elevor” is about a young Chinese American woman living and working in Manhattan who suffers from claustrophobia and has several surprising adventures around the city.

In addition to his many articles in Wesleyan magazine, Low’s fiction has appeared in the Ploughshares Reader, American Families, Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America, Many Lights in Many Windows, and Mississippi Review.

He is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, a New York State Arts Council Grant, and a Wallace Stegner Writing Fellowship at Stanford University.

Faculty, Staff Participate in College Readiness Summit

Pictured, from left, are College Readiness Summit participants James Donady, Anna Shusterman, Rob Rosenthal, Barbara Juhasz, Antonio Farias, Cathy Lechowicz, Beverly Hunter-Daniel, Ishita Mukerji, Jen Curran, Karen Anderson, Jan Naegele, Ruth Weissman and Manolis Kaparakis.

Pictured, from left, are College Readiness Summit participants James Donady, Anna Shusterman, Rob Rosenthal, Barbara Juhasz, Antonio Farias, Cathy Lechowicz, Beverly Hunter-Daniel, Ishita Mukerji, Jen Curran, Karen Anderson, Jan Naegele, Ruth Weissman and Manolis Kaparakis.

Wesleyan faculty and staff participated in a College Readiness Summit March 19 in Usdan. Throughout the day, the participants developed a detailed inventory of all on-going initiatives that improve college readiness of Wesleyan students, youth in Middletown or Middlesex County, or youth in the United States.

Several participants who are involved in college readiness-related programs at Wesleyan made short presentations. They discussed their program’s mission, goals, target population, program approach and content and staffing.

The event was coordinated by Ruth Weissman, vice president for academic affairs and provost; and Cathy Lechowicz, director of the Center for Community Partnerships.

 

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)

Campus CERT Team Assists Middletown with Disaster Response

Campus Community Emergency Response Team member Bill Nelligan records the names of personnel accessing the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown following the deadly explosion Feb. 7. The C-CERT group volunteered almost 100 hours of time.

Campus Community Emergency Response Team member Bill Nelligan records the names of personnel accessing the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown following the deadly explosion Feb. 7. The C-CERT group volunteered almost 100 hours of time.

On Feb. 7, the nearly-completed Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown exploded during a natural-gas purging procedure. It was a tragedy for the community that shook the earth in Middletown and beyond. The explosion caused the death of six people and injured more than 12 others.

Soon after the explosion was felt, Wesleyan’s administration offered to support rescue efforts in any way possible. Middletown officials quickly requested that Wesleyan activate its Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) and have them assist at the explosion site.

Over the next few hours, C-CERT team members Cliff Ashton, director of Physical Plant; Stacy Baldwin, construction project coordinator; Bill Nelligan, director of environmental health, safety and sustainability; Ricky Howard, project manager in Physical Plant; and Don Albert, facilities manager, arrived at the site to provide support.

“The day of the explosion

Wesleyan Participates in Earth Day Commuter Challenge

Between now and Earth Day in April, Wesleyan employees who seek greener ways to commute to campus will have the opportunity to earn rewards through the Earth Day Commuter Challenge 2010: “Race to the Finish.” The event encourages all forms of green commuting including carpooling, vanpooling, telecommuting, biking, walking and taking the bus, and is projected to eliminating more than 140,000 vehicle trips state-wide. This level of participation would result in 5,000,000 fewer miles of driving and the elimination of 2,000 tons of emissions.

“Our hope is that the Earth Day Commuter Challenge will encourage employees to get out of their single occupancy cars and use alternate green modes of transportation,” explains Cliff Ashton, director of Physical Plant. “It’s the right thing to do for the environment and hopefully it will save employees money at the same time.”

The event is endorsed by Governor M. Jodi Rell and culminates with a reception at the State Capitol for the employers who have successfully encouraged their employees to participate.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Americans take 1.1 billion trips a day. Of these trips, 78 percent are single-occupant trips, which clog roadways and account for about 50 percent of urban air pollution.

Several Wesleyan faculty and staff already make green choices in their to-and-from-work

AFCA Provides Fellowship, Support to People of Color

From left, Rommel Guadalupe, assistant director of institutional research, and Maggie Taylor, Public Safety officer, listen to their peers during the Nov. 16 meeting of the Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance (AFCA). AFCA, a volunteer organization comprised primarily of administrators, faculty, and staff of African, Latino, Native American, and Asian descent, provides fellowship and support to all students, faculty, and staff on campus paying particular attention to the needs of the people of color in the community.

From left, Rommel Guadalupe, assistant director of institutional research, and Maggie Taylor, Public Safety officer, listen to their peers during the Nov. 16 meeting of the Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance (AFCA). AFCA, a volunteer organization comprised primarily of administrators, faculty, and staff of African, Latino, Native American, and Asian descent, provides fellowship and support to all students, faculty, and staff on campus paying particular attention to the needs of the people of color in the community.

From left, Joanne Rafferty, associate director of operations in Usdan University Center; Persephone Hall, associate director of employer relations; Sarah Lazare, associate dean of student academic resources; and Sharise Brown, area coordinator in Residential Life, take a quiz on a fellow AFCA member during their meeting. The quiz allows club members to get to know each other better.

From left, Joanne Rafferty, associate director of operations in Usdan University Center; Persephone Hall, associate director of employer relations; Sarah Lazare, associate dean of student academic resources; and Sharise Brown, area coordinator in Residential Life, take a quiz on a fellow AFCA member during their meeting. The quiz allows club members to get to know each other better.

Lucy Diaz, assistant director of the Wesleyan Fund, is a member of AFCA.

Lucy Diaz, assistant director of the Wesleyan Fund, is a member of AFCA.

AFCA member Tracey Stanley, administrative assistant in the Registrar's Office, listens during the recent AFCA meeting. In the background, at right, is Ronnie Bowman, journeyman electrician.

AFCA member Tracey Stanley, administrative assistant in the Registrar's Office, listens during the recent AFCA meeting. In the background, at right, is Ronnie Bowman, journeyman electrician.

Fifteen members of AFCA gathered together Nov. 16 for a group photo. AFCA members and students meet periodically to discuss issues pertaining to the Wesleyan community and develop strategies for enhancing the community. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Fifteen members of AFCA gathered together Nov. 16 for a group photo. AFCA members and students meet periodically to discuss issues pertaining to the Wesleyan community and develop strategies for enhancing the community. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

The next AFCA meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 17 and Jan. 19 in Usdan 110.

Wendy Norton: Enjoys Meeting Students in Lunch Line

Wendy Norton, a cashier for Bon Appétit Management Co., sets up pastry and dessert trays before the breakfast and lunch crowd.

Wendy Norton, a cashier for Bon Appétit Management Co., sets up pastry and dessert trays before the breakfast and lunch crowd.

Q: Wendy, how many years have you worked at Wesleyan?

A: I’ve worked at Wesleyan 10-and-a-half years. I started at WesShop and worked there two years. I’ve also worked at Summerfields, a half year at MoConn and a half year the Davenport Campus Center in food prep. I’ve worked here at Usdan in The Martketplace since it opened two years ago. Summerfields had a very homey atmosphere, but the best part about working here in Usdan is that I get to meet more students.

Q: What hours do you work?

A: I’m here 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year, and I work some nights when we cater events. In the morning, I help set up pastries. Breakfast opens at 8 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. Then I help set up desserts for lunch. Our bakers, Mike and Dennis, make amazing desserts. They make everything fresh the night before.

Q: Why do you like coming to work every day?

A: I like to see the students. They make me happy with their smiling faces and big hugs.

Q: Do you get to know the students on an individual basis?

A: Yes. I enjoy getting to know them. I learn about their classes, their families and where they are from. And now, because of Facebook, I can keep in touch with them easier after they graduate.

Q: Speaking of, there is a “Wes Loves Wendy” fan club on Facebook, 103-members strong.

A: That’s what I’ve heard.

Q: What do meals cost in The Marketplace?

A: Breakfast is $5.50, lunch is $7.99 and dinner is $9.25. It’s all buffet style and students can use their meal plans or pay with “points.”

Q: Do you eat any meals here at the Marketplace?

A: Yes. I loved the baked goods, the pizza and the Mongolian grill. That’s also a favorite of the students.

Q: Do you attend any Wesleyan related events?

A: Yes. If a student asks me to attend their dance recital or sports event, I will go. I’ve been to many football, baseball and lacrosse games. I love going to the games to support the Wesleyan Cardinals. I also love the a cappella and choir groups here, like the Wesleyan Spirits, New Group and Quasimodal.

Q: Where are you from and where do you live now?

A: I was born in Greenwich and grew up in Cos Cob, Conn. Now I live in Durham with my husband, Ken, and my three children, Amanda, 18, and twin sons, Jay and Brandon, 16. The boys keep me very busy. I’m always driving them to track meets, baseball and basketball games. Amanda also works for Bon Appétit

Q: You were recently honored as a 2009 Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Employee Prize winner, created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan. How did that make you feel?

A: I couldn’t believe it. I felt so honored.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I enjoy cake decorating, taking pictures and gardening. Well, I shouldn’t say gardening. I don’t have a green thumb at all. But I’m pretty good at pulling weeds.

Ariel Marzouca-Jaunai Manages Biographical Data, Gift Processing

Ariel Marzouca-Jaunai, manager of University Relations Information Services, manages data on more than 150,000 constituents.

Ariel Marzouca-Jaunai, manager of University Relations Information Services, manages data on more than 150,000 constituents.

Q: Ariel, when were you hired at Wesleyan?

A: I started at Wesleyan in October 2006.

Q: As the manager of University Relations Information Services, what information do you oversee?

A: I manage our data services staff to ensure data integrity throughout our database. We have a database of over 150,000 constituents consisting of alumni, parents, corporations and foundations and friends of Wesleyan. My area is responsible for processing all the gifts we receive as well as all the biographical data we maintain on people.

Q: What type of information do you keep track of?

A: Each constituent has their own record. We maintain their contact information, degrees, employment, family relationships, volunteer activities, interests, contact information with various staff members and giving history.

Fields ’03 Maintains Digital Repository of Photos, Logos

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Jenny Fields '03, digital asset and project manager, color-corrects and edits university images.

Q: Jenny, in November 2008, you became Wesleyan’s first digital asset and project manager for University Communications. How would you describe this role?

A: I am in the process of setting up and maintaining a digital repository of photos, logos, and other digital collateral that is used in the University Communications Office, and other offices on campus. I’m also a photo editor, meaning that I respond to photo requests, do color correction, handle stock photography, and schedule photographers for events.

Q: If someone, say from the Office of Admission, needs a photograph of student activity for the department’s website, how would he or she go about getting an image?

A: A departmental request can take anywhere from an hour to a week, depending on how complicated the request is, and how many jobs are ahead of it. If the photo does not exist, then it has to be taken, which can be done, but not without setting up a shooting schedule.

Q: Does Wesleyan have a photo database? What is included in this database and who can access it?

A: Technically, the University has several photo databases. Some are open to the public, some only to those on campus, and some are for internal use only. The database that I administer is primarily for internal use, but the photos in it are seen in almost every publication and web page that our team produces.

Q: If an alumnus, faculty or staff member needs a photograph taken on campus, should he or she contact you directly?