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Wesleyan Recognizes Boger Family’s $20M Gift with Naming of Boger Hall

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Next May, the building located at 41 Wyllys Avenue will be named Boger Hall in honor of the Boger family’s $20 million gift to Wesleyan.

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Wesleyan University President Michael Roth ’78 has announced a $20 million gift from outgoing Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Joshua ’73, P’06, P’09 and Dr. Amy Boger P’06, P’09 to the university’s THIS IS WHY fundraising campaign. In recognition of the Boger family’s generosity and leadership, the building located at 41 Wyllys Avenue on the university’s College Row will be named Boger Hall.

The Bogers are the largest donors to the campaign. Their gifts include $11 million to establish the Joshua ’73 and Amy Boger Endowed Wesleyan Scholarship Program, which has already benefited more than a dozen Wesleyan students and will provide access to Wesleyan to many more in the coming years; $3 million to endow the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, currently held by Professor of Chemistry David L. Beveridge; and $2 million for the Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09 Endowed Fund for Student Research, which provided lead funding for 50 faculty-mentored student research fellowships in 2015.

“It is truly gratifying to honor a family that exemplifies Wesleyan’s ideal of passionate, generous, forward-thinking individuals who believe in the importance of a pragmatic liberal arts education,” Roth said. “The Boger family’s commitment to Wesleyan will provide students now and in the future with an opportunity to face 21st century challenges head-on to make positive and profound changes in the world.”

Wesleyan Community Celebrates Students During Foss Hill Day

Foss Hill Day at Wesleyan, April 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS '08)

Foss Hill has been a central part of the Wesleyan experience for generations of students. Pictured, students enjoy the afternoon on Foss Hill during Foss Hill Day April 2.

More than 860 alumni made gifts on Foss Hill Day.

More than 860 members of the Wesleyan community contributed to the success of Foss Hill Day.

On April 2, the Wesleyan community celebrated the inaugural Foss Hill Day. The theme of the day was “Foss Hill: Our Common Ground.” Foss Hill reminds Wesleyan students and alumni of their common purpose: supporting students and the future of liberal arts education at Wesleyan.

On campus, Wesleyan hosted an information booth behind Usdan University Center. Staff passed out flying disks and other Foss Hill Day memorabilia, provided cake, games and raffle prizes.

More than 860 members of the Wesleyan community contributed to the success of Foss Hill Day. Tom Kelly ’73 provided a challenge grant to inspire others to give.

Click image to view full Foss Hill: A Brief History infographic.

Click image to view full Foss Hill: A Brief History infographic.

“I want to thank everyone who celebrated Foss Hill Day by participating in campus activities, sharing thoughts online, volunteering time, or making a gift,” said Wesleyan President Michael Roth. “Whenever you give — on Foss Hill Day or at any time — you make the Wesleyan experience better for our students and help ensure that they are prepared to make a positive difference in the world.”

Learn more about the event on the Foss Hill Day website.

More photos of Foss Hill Day are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

Foss Hill Day at Wesleyan, April 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Drake MALS '08)

Support Students on Foss Hill Day April 2

On Foss Hill Day, alumni are encouraged to support our common purpose: students at Wesleyan.

On Foss Hill Day, alumni are encouraged to support our common purpose: students at Wesleyan.

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Sledding on Foss Hill, January 2015.

Sledding on Foss Hill, January 2015.

Nearly everyone who attended Wesleyan has fond memories of time spent on Foss Hill. Whether it’s sledding in the winter, studying or lounging with friends on a sunny day, taking in a great concert, or engaging in a spirited political debate, Foss Hill has been a central part of the Wesleyan experience for generations of students.

This year on April 2, Wesleyan will celebrate the inaugural Foss Hill Day. The theme of the day will be “Foss Hill: Our Common Ground,” and the university will share Foss Hill facts, student profiles and experiences of Foss Hill on social media and elsewhere. On this day, alumni are encouraged to support our common purpose: students at Wesleyan.

Learn more on the Foss Hill Day website.

Hadley, Stegmaier Honored with Cardinal Achievement Awards

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The Office of Human Resources awarded two Cardinal Achievement Awards in November 2014.

Jennifer Hadley

Jennifer Hadley

Library assistant Jennifer Hadley received a Cardinal Achievement Award for her volunteer work as coordinator of the Friends of Olin Library. Over time, Hadley has become the primary organizer for the activities of the Friends that include a semi-annual book sale, two or three annual issues of the library’s newsletter, Check it Out, and the sponsoring of an annual Constitution Day lecture by an invited scholar.

For the recent book sale this fall, Hadley coordinated the sorting of books, publicized the sale on campus and in the community, arranged the setup of Olin’s lobby and clean up after the event, and reconciled and deposited the money collected from the event in the Friends account and reported this to the Friends Board.

“Jennifer’s primary motivation for all of this, as a member of the library staff since 1991, is simply a love of the library itself and a willingness to step in and take responsibility for what she feels needs to be done. She has earned the appreciation of three library directors and the rest of the library staff for this work,” said Alec McLane, music librarian and director of Olin’s World Music Archives.

Heather Stegmaier

Heather Stegmaier

Heather Stegmaier, assistant director for stewardship in the Office of University Relations, was presented with a Cardinal Achievement Award for her efforts during Homecoming Weekend in organizing and managing a special luncheon to celebrate the life of Rabbi George Sobleman, Wesleyan’s first rabbi.

Students Write to Campaign Donors at Thank a Cardinal Event

On April 23, University Relations hosted Thank a Cardinal Day in Usdan University Center.

On April 23, University Relations hosted Thank a Cardinal Day in Usdan University Center.

Students provided blank cards, pens and edible goodies at the event's "thank you table."

Students provided blank cards, pens and edible goodies at the event’s “thank you table.”

All students had an opportunity to write brief thank you notes to alumni, parents and friends who've donated through the Wesleyan Fund in 2013-2014.All students had an opportunity to write brief thank you notes to alumni, parents and friends who've donated through the Wesleyan Fund in 2013-2014.

All students had an opportunity to write brief thank you notes to alumni, parents and friends who’ve donated through the Wesleyan Fund in 2013-2014.

The Wesleyan Fund raises $10.25 million annually through gifts large and small. Many donors give every year to support the university's current expenses, and special fundraisers like the March GOLD Challenge support financial aid. On Thank a Cardinal Day, students could write one or several notes of thanks for this support.

The Wesleyan Fund raises $10.25 million annually through gifts large and small. Many donors give every year to support the university’s current expenses, and special fundraisers like the March GOLD Challenge support financial aid. On Thank a Cardinal Day, students could write one or several notes of thanks for this support.

All the gifts raised by the fund count in Wesleyan's multi-year, multi-million dollar fundraising campaign promoting access, inquiry and impact across the university

All the gifts raised by the fund count in Wesleyan’s multi-year, multi-million dollar fundraising campaign promoting access, inquiry and impact across the university.

Sign a card, thank a donor.

Sign a card, thank a donor.

Cheryl Brodowski Helps Alumni Establish Lasting Legacy for Wesleyan

Cheryl Brodowski, assistant director for gift planning in University Relations, helps donors develop a comprehensive plan that may include both annual and planned gifts.

Q: Cheryl, you came to Wesleyan in 2007. What were you hired in as, and when did you join the Office of Gift Planning in University Relations?

A: I was hired in as a project coordinator for The Wesleyan Fund in September of 2007.  After three years with the Fund, I joined the Office of Gift Planning.

Q: Please describe “gift planning” and how the differs from making an annual gift to the university.

A: A planned gift offers donors the opportunity to establish a lasting legacy for Wesleyan.  While an outright annual gift supports Wesleyan’s current greatest needs, planned gifts have different benefits for donors, beneficiaries, and the University and help fund Wesleyan’s endowment.  Ideally, donors can develop a comprehensive plan that includes both annual and planned gifts.

Q: What are ways donors typically make this type of gift?

A: Planned gifts come in the form of bequests, retirement plan or life insurance designations,

Nationwide Summer Sendoffs Welcome New Students, Families

Join members of the Class of 2014, new transfer students, and their families for a casual summer social as they prepare to head to campus.

“The Summer Sendoffs are an opportunity to meet others new to Wesleyan, as well as some current students and their families, alumni and friends of Wesleyan,” says Dana Coffin, assistant director of parent programs.

All Sendoffs are hosted by Wesleyan alumni or parents. Sendoffs begin June 27. They will be held in New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., Boulder, Colo., Cary, N.C., Chappaqua, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., East Hampton, N.Y., Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., Newton, Mass., Philadelphia, Pa., San Francisco, Calif., Seattle, Wash. and Washington D.C. The complete schedule is online here.

For more information on Summer Sendoffs, e-mail sendoffs@wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-3756.

Gemma Fontanella Ebstein Plays Key Role in Building Relationships with Alumni, Staff

 

Gemma Fontanella Ebstein is associate vice president for external relations. (Photo by Dena Matthews)

If you’ve enjoyed attending Wesleyan events, chances are that you have Gemma Fontanella Ebstein to thank.

As associate vice president for external relations, she has had an ever-evolving set of responsibilities, but one constant has been ensuring that events for alumni, parents and the campus community are first rate. Under her direction, for example, Wesleyan merged Commencement and Reunion weekends into one event that rapidly has become a valued Wesleyan tradition.

“Gemma has great management instincts and I can absolutely count on her to get things done,” says Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for university relations. “We can’t have successful fundraising without building excellent relationships with all our constituencies, and Gemma plays a key role in that effort. Wesleyan is fortunate to have her energy, positive attitude and leadership capability.”

During her 20 years at Wesleyan, she also led planning for Wesleyan’s 175th Anniversary Celebration, merged Homecoming and Family Weekends, increased attendance at both that event and Reunion, reorganized the University Lecture Series,

Tuition Translation Celebration Thanks Alumni, Parents for Support

Wesleyan Tuition Transition 2010

University Relations held a "Tuition Transition" celebration March 26 in Usdan University Center to thank alumni and parent donors for their financial support.

Wesleyan Tuition Transition 2010

The ever-popular Wesleyan Cardinal made an appearance at the event.

Wesleyan Tuition Transition 2010

A tuition grant from alumni and parents through the Wesleyan Fund, along with the endowment, reduces tuition, room and board charges by nearly $20,000 per student every year.

Wesleyan Tuition Transition 2010

Red & Black callers passed out informational material and cookies. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)