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Green Fund to Decrease Wesleyan’s Carbon Footprint

The Wesleyan Green Fund is a student-financed and student-managed fund for sustainability that will finance initiatives that decrease waste and increase visibility of environmentally responsible practices on campus.

The newly-established Wesleyan Green Fund Committee is supporting initiatives that move the university forward in sustainability and environmental stewardship.

On Dec. 3, the student-managed committee will finance projects that will decrease the carbon footprint of the university, decrease waste, increase Wesleyan’s use of energy from renewable resources, or increase visibility of environmentally responsible practices on campus.

The committee will select projects proposed by Wesleyan students, faculty and staff.

Through a $15 fee, collected voluntarily from students during the Fall 2010 semester, the committee raised about $40,000. These “green funds” will be applied to several sustainability-focused projects at Wesleyan that otherwise would not be possible. The Green Fund Committee already has granted funds for composting equipment on campus.

Cross ’12, Castagno ’12 Participate in Mixed Race Conference

Rachel Cross '12 and Alicia Castagno '12 speak during the Critical Mixed Race Conference Nov. 5.

(submitted by Ella Doo P’12)

Rachel Cross ’12 and Alicia Castagno ’12 participated as panel members in a session of the Critical Mixed Race Conference sponsored by dePaul University in Chicago Nov. 5-6.

The conference was attended by academicians and students (primarily graduate students) from across the country. Cross and Castagno co-taught a Wesleyan student forum on mixed race last year and were on a panel discussing the development and teaching of this topic as students. In the question and answer period someone asked how many student-taught classes on mixed race there were in the country. A member of the University of Washington group said that as far as they could find out, only the UW and Wesleyan had student-taught classes.

Members of the audience were impressed that Wesleyan had an established structure for students to teach their peers.

Both Alicia and Rachel are studying in South America (Peru and Ecuador, respectively) this semester and traveled back to the U.S. to attend the conference.

Dwyer ’10 Named Gagliardi Trophy Finalist

Shea Dwyer ’10

Running back Shea Dwyer ’10 became the second Wesleyan player to receive the distinction of Gagliardi Trophy finalist when the 10 players still eligible for Division III’s version of the Heisman Trophy were announced Nov. 23.  In total, 26 players were nominated for the coveted award before the Gagliardi committee narrowed the choice to 10.  Dwyer joins Wesleyan receiver Matt Perceval ’00, who was a Gagliardi Trophy finalist during the 1999 season.

To see the breakdown of the 10 Gagliardi Trophy finalists on d3football.com and find out how to become a part of the voting for the winner, click  here.

Dwyer, who played during the 2010 football season, was a conference leader. He paced the NESCAC in rushing yards with 1,242, a school record; set a Wesleyan record for yards in a game (255 vs. Colby); was twice named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week; and was a Gridiron Club of Greater Boston weekly Gold Helmet Award winner. He ranked fourth in NCAA Division III for rushing yards per game (155.2) and was sixth nationally among all NCAA running backs. Dwyer, who had just 692 career rushing yards coming into the 2010 campaign, scored 12 touch downs, 11 of them on the ground. He ended his career with 1,934 career rushing yards and 20 touch downs. Dwyer also was named a Division II/III all-star by the New England Football Writers Association.

Doctoral Students Present Papers at Ethnomusicology Convention

Music department doctoral students presented papers at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s annual convention in Los Angeles, Nov. 10-14. The students presented were Hae-joo Kim, Aaron Paige, Jorge Arevalo Mateus Po-wei Weng, and Min Yang. Kim, Paige and Weng were on a panel chaired by the Rochard K. Winslow Professor of Music Mark Slobin, on global film music analysis.

Men’s Crew Places 2nd at Head of Charles Regatta

From left, Elliot Skopin '11, Terrence Word '11, Trevor Michelson '13 and Spencer Hattendorf '12 placed second at the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 23. (Photo by Arya Alizadeh '13)

Wesleyan’s varsity four entry Elliot Skopin ’11, Terrence Word ’11, Trevor Michelson ’13 and Spencer Hattendorf ’12 with coxwain Peter Chu ’14 turned in an outstanding performance during the Collegiate Four event at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston Sat., Oct. 23.

With a time of 17:41.27 over the three-mile course, the Cardinals quartet of rowers bested 39 other crews in the 41-boat affair, trailing just WPI by a seven-second gap.  Wesleyan made up more than two minutes in moving past the University of Massachusetts team. 

Athlete Weiss ’12 Featured in The Day

Kyle Weiss '12

Wesleyan football player Kyle Weiss ’12 was featured in a Nov. 2 article titled “Weiss Carries on Family Tradition,” published in The Day of New London, Conn.

The story mentions that Weiss’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather also played sports.

According to the article, Weiss is making his own mark, adding to the family legacy. A junior, he’s the starting punter and is ranked first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in yards per kick at 37.4 per game. He also has a team-leading 20 receptions for the improved Cardinals (4-2 overall and in the conference).

On the baseball diamond, he’s the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, earning the most improved award last spring after batting .341 with 16 RBI and a team-best 37 walks while starting 35 of 36 games.

“From the get-go, I could never see myself stopping one (sport) or the other,” Kyle says in the article. “As long as I had the opportunity, I was going to do that.”

Psychology Students, Faculty Attend Inspiring Women Scientists Conference

Tasmiha Khan ’12 made a poster presentation on her research during the Inspiring Women Scientists conference Sept. 24 at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

She represented Wesleyan, while presenting her research “Responses to Devaluation among American-Muslims,” co-created by Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera, assistant professor of psychology. Khan focuses her research on ethnic minorities/feminine honor.

Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, accompanied Khan at the conference.

Sandy Durosier ’13, Adela Ramirez ‘13 and Mariah Schug, visiting assistant professor of psychology, also attended the conference.

Football Players Serve as Role Models to Cromwell Students

Wesleyan football players pose for a photo at Woodside Intermediate School. Pictured, standing, from left are: #68 Bobby Rosenthal '10, #77 Ryan Coffey '11, #37 Tim Morley '11, #60 Nick Seara '11 and #5 Shea Dwyer '10. Seated, from left, are: #18 Steve Hauser '11, #23 Prince Emenalo '13, #3 Kyle Weiss '12, #14 Joe Giaimo '11 and #87 Ernest Wingate '14.

Ten members of the Wesleyan University football squad visited the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell, Conn., Oct. 1 to join in some of the activities enjoyed by the students in grades 3-5.

Arrangements for the visit, which is one of four the Cardinals will make during the season, began during the summer through a connection between Wesleyan assistant coach Jeff McDonald and Woodside principal Bo Ryan, a former quarterback at Western Connecticut State University.  Plans formalized after McDonald spoke with the Wesleyan team captains and each Friday before Wesleyan’s home games, a contingent of players will travel to the school at midday to recreate with the students and serve as role models.

The student-athlete attendees included Bobby Rosenthal ’10,  Ryan Coffey ’11, Tim Morley ’11, Nick Seara ’11, Shea Dwyer ’10, Steve Hauser ’11, Prince Emenalo ’13, Kyle Weiss ’12, Joe Giaimo ’11 and Ernest Wingate ’14.

The squad members visited several classes but spent most of their time around the area of physical education.

“It was great to have football players from Wesleyan visiting us today,” says Bo Ryan.  “We look forward to having them come back on Oct. 22 during the recess and lunch hours.  All of the players are exceptional students and great role models for our kids.”

Smithsonian Acquires Music by Arévalo Mateus

Jorge Arevalo Mateus

Ethnomusicology Ph.D candidate Jorge Arévalo Mateus’ musical score and sound collage for Native artists James Luna’s (Luiseño) installation, “Chapel for Pablo Tac,” was recently acquired by the Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of the American Indian, as part of the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art. The multimedia work will appear in the upcoming exhibition Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection, in Washington, D.C., Sept. 25 to Aug. 7, 2011.

Arévalo Mateus describes the work as a “composite of historical and contemporary source musical elements brought together to sonically demonstrate and elucidate Luna’s ritual of renewal.”

He adds, “the ‘compositional process’ was intended to reflect issues of repatriation and recuperation of indigenous cultures, as well as confronting nationalist and colonialist ideologies.”

Student-Created ‘SplitFrame’ Wins AIA National Award

Split Frame was designed and built by Elijah Huge's students.

Wesleyan’s architecture design class and its Research-Design-Build Studio have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2010 Small Projects Practitioners Awards. They were recognized for the observation platform “SplitFrame” they created for the Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary in Portland, Conn., in 2008. The studio and class are overseen by Elijah Huge, assistant professor of art, assistant professor of environmental studies.

Last year the class and studio created the Sukkah on campus as one of their projects.