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Students Bake Matzo Outdoors in Honor of Passover

Alpha Epsilon Pi and Chabad at Wesleyan hosted their third annual Wesleyan Matzo (Matzah) Bakery April 3 in Huss Courtyard.

Alpha Epsilon Pi and Chabad at Wesleyan hosted their third annual Wesleyan Matzo (Matzah) Bakery April 3 in Huss Courtyard.

Matzah is traditionally eaten by Jews during the week-long Passover holiday.

Matzo is traditionally eaten by Jews during the week-long Passover holiday.

Matzah, an unleavened bread, is made from flour and water and takes about 15 minutes to bake.

Matzo, an unleavened bread, is made from flour and water and takes about 15 minutes to bake.

Alpha Epsilon Pi, Wesleyan’s Jewish fraternity for men, aims to strengthen ties to the Jewish community.

Alpha Epsilon Pi, Wesleyan’s Jewish fraternity for men, aims to strengthen ties to the Jewish community.

Chabad at Wesleyan, Wesleyan’s Jewish organization, offers social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty. With more than 4,000 emissaries around the globe and over 80 branches on U.S. college campuses, Chabad is the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Chabad at Wesleyan, one of Wesleyan’s Jewish organization, offers social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty. With more than 4,000 emissaries around the globe and over 80 branches on U.S. college campuses, Chabad is the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

 

 

Art Studio Seniors Showcase Work at Thesis Exhibitions

The seniors in the Department of Art and Art History’s art studio program are presenting their work in the Senior Thesis Exhibitions through April 13. The art is displayed in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

Students presenting work include Carlos Sanchez, Emily Bernstein, Can “Claire” Zhou, Alex Ginsberg, Will Wiebe, Emily Roff, Allison Greenwald, Evita Rodriguez, Rebecca Schisler, Katie Deane, Oliver Citrin, Hannah Knudsen, Pik-Tone Fung, Jessie Loo, Julia Drachman, Nathaniel Elmer and Isaac Madwed.

Each student selects a single work from his or her Senior Thesis Exhibition for the end of the year showcase, which is curated by Tula Telfair, professor of art.

Photos of the exhibit’s first round are below. (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)

Alex Ely Ginsberg displays his senior art thesis called "@gutenberg."

Alex Ely Ginsberg displays his senior art thesis called “@gutenberg.”

Lieber ’84 Hosts Dinner for Wesleyan Students in Paris

Several Wesleyan students attended a dinner in Paris, hosted by Wesleyan alumnus James Lieber ’84. Pictured, from left, are Robert Don ’15, Laura Hess ’16, Olayinka Lawal ’15, James Lieber ’84, Haylle Reidy ’15, Will Slap ’15 and Drue Mirchand ’15. In the booth are Borworn Satayopas ’15, Dan Medvedev ’16, Gabriella Carpenter ’16, Daniel Issroff ’15, Michael Lyn ’15 and Stephanie Dawson ’16.

Several Wesleyan students attended a dinner in Paris, hosted by Wesleyan alumnus James Lieber ’84. Pictured in the back row, from left, are Robert Don ’15, Laura Hess ’16, Olayinka Lawal ’15, James Lieber ’84, Haylle Reidy ’15, Will Slap ’15 and Drue Mirchand ’15. Pictured in the front are Borworn Satayopas ’15, Dan Medvedev ’16, Gabriella Carpenter ’16, Daniel Issroff ’15, Michael Lyn ’15 and Stephanie Dawson ’16.

James Lieber ’84, president of the consulting firm, Lieber Strategies, hosted a dinner for Wesleyan students in Paris in March.

“I think they were all fed for a week,” Lieber said.

After graduating from Wesleyan with a BA with honors in art history, Lieber went on to get his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard and a juris doctor degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law. In Paris, he founded Lieber Strategies, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in management of cross-border projects for multinational and national corporations, investment funds and private individuals.

Students Gather to Watch How I Met Your Mother Finale

On March 31, students and staff gathered at the Career Center for the series finale of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother. The show was co-created by Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97 and has won several awards throughout its nine seasons.

University Relations and the Wes Watches HIMYM Blog sponsored the event so the Wesleyan community could watch the final episode together.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Ryan Heffernan ’16)

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Research, Relaxing, Thesis Writing ongoing over Mid-Semester Recess

Wesleyan’s spring mid-semester recess began March 7 and several students chose to stay on campus for all, or part of, the 16-day spring break. Classes will resume on March 24.

Chemistry graduate student Daniel Czyzyk, pictured setting up a cobalt column for protein purification, is a seventh-year graduate student who hopes to earn his Ph.D. in May. Czyzyk makes occasional weekend trips home to Scranton, Pa. but he's spent "all seven spring breaks — and winter, fall and summer breaks — here at Wesleyan."

Chemistry graduate student Daniel Czyzyk, pictured setting up a cobalt column for protein purification, is a seventh-year graduate student who hopes to earn his Ph.D. in May. Czyzyk makes occasional weekend trips home to Scranton, Pa. but he’s spent “all seven spring breaks — and winter, fall and summer breaks — here at Wesleyan.”

History and French double major Kelly Toy '14 returned to campus March 8 to work on her thesis titled "From 'America's Queen' to 'Lady Macbeth': The First Lady, Feminism and the Construction of Public Womanhood." Toy's advisor is Leah Wright, assistant professor of history, assistant professor of African American studies. "Since I've been back, I've been working about eight hours a day on my thesis. I have 85 pages done and I still need to write a conclusion." Student theses are due April 11.

History and French double major Kelly Toy ’14 returned to campus March 8 to work on her thesis titled “From ‘America’s Queen’ to ‘Lady Macbeth’: The First Lady, Feminism and the Construction of Public Womanhood.” Toy’s advisor is Leah Wright, assistant professor of history, assistant professor of African American studies. “Since I’ve been back, I’ve been working about eight hours a day on my thesis. I have 85 pages done and I still need to write a conclusion.” Student theses are due April 11.

2.2 Percent Tuition Increase Pegged to Inflation

At its meeting on March 1, Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition and residential comprehensive fees by 2.2 percent for the 2014–15 year, reflecting the second year of a new policy to link tuition increases to inflation.

The increase is based on the three-year national CPI average of June 30, 2013, the latest full fiscal year available. The Board adopted a three-year average in order to reduce year-to-year fluctuations in tuition increases.

“We’re committed to keeping Wesleyan affordable for all our students,” said President Michael Roth. “We’re holding down our tuition increases, ensuring that our students graduate not burdened by heavy debt, and providing a generous financial aid program.”

To keep Wesleyan affordable, the university meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students who receive financial aid. Need-based support represents a commitment of about $51 million in the university’s budget next year. Wesleyan also has instituted an optional three-year degree program, saving families around $50,000 on their total tuition bill while retaining Wesleyan’s core academic experience.

Raising funds for additional scholarships is the top priority for Wesleyan’s $400 million fundraising campaign. To date, Wesleyan has raised $331 million toward that goal.

For the 2014-15 academic year, tuition will be $47,702 for all students. The residential comprehensive fee will be $13,226 for freshmen and sophomores, and $15,034 for juniors and seniors. Including the student activity fee, the total student charges will be $61,198 for freshmen and sophomores, and $63,006 for juniors and seniors.

 

Patricelli Center’s Seed Grant Finalists Announced; Final Pitch Feb. 28

Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship announced the finalists for its 2014 PCSE Seed Grant Competition.

These $5,000 awards are intended to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program or venture. Last year’s winners used the seed funding to launch a grant-funded community supported agriculture effort in Middletown, work with incarcerated youth in Chicago, advocate for farmers’ working conditions in Bali, and scale up the MINDS Foundation and Maji Safi Group, two Wesleyan-borne social enterprises.

This year’s finalists will pitch their projects at a public event from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 28 in Exley Science Center Room 121. All members of the Wesleyan community are invited to attend.

BUKO-300x99The 2014 PCSE Seed Grant finalists are:

BOUNDLESS UPDATED KNOWLEDGE OFFLINE by Joaquin Benares ’15.
Boundless Updated Knowledge Offline (BUKO) aims to bring the video lectures, e-textbooks, and other online education tools to those who need them most.

FILMMAKERS TO CHANGEMAKERS by Victor Goh Jin Chieh ’16, Mia Deng ’17, Jacob Sussman ’17 and Hans How ’17.
Social enterprises maximize their social impact by publicizing their cause to increase awareness and attract donations and volunteers. Video marketing is a powerful tool that entrepreneurs, activists, and institutions should utilize; however, video production services are highly cost-prohibitive. We are a student-run film production company that seeks to address this problem by matching student filmmakers with clients that want to use video in their cause marketing strategy at an affordable rate.

Make Career Connections at Connect@Wes

Wesleyan students and alumni are invited to a networking and relationship building opportunity, Connect@Wes, held Feb. 28 and March 1 on campus. Events held throughout the weekend are designed to help with career advancement.

Events begin with “Creating Connections,” a hands-on opportunity for students to practice presenting themselves as professionals through structured speed-networking. Students will apply to participate and will be matched with expert advisors (recruiters and hiring managers as well as alumni and parent volunteers) for brief, one-on-one sessions. Expert advisors will use their experience and expertise to critique what they have heard and give valuable insight on how the presentation might have been more effective. Students must apply for this opportunity.

Other events include a dinner with Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees, workshops on “Create Your Career Calling Card,” “Get the Most Out of Your Workplace,” and “Be Ready to Move Up, Or Out.” Featured speakers include Ed Heffernan ’84, CEO and President of Alliance Data; Jim Citrin P’12 ’14, senior director at Spencer Stuart and Associates; and Bradley Whitford ’81, Emmy award-winning actor and advocate for Clothes Off Our Back Foundation.

Connect@Wes is sponsored by University Relations and the Career Center and is designed to help current students and alumni build relationships with other members of the Wesleyan community and receive advice from an array of experts.

The event is free, but requires registration. For more information, click here.