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Music by Myhre ’05 To Be Broadcast on NPR’s Mountain Stage in May

Jess Myhre '05

Jess Myhre ’05

Jess Eliot Myhre ’05 is a professional touring musician with the band Bumper Jacksons. Their newest album, “I’ve Never Met a Stranger,” will be broadcast nationally on NPR’s Mountain Stage on May 5. The live performance will air on more than 200 NPR stations around the country, and the band will perform five original songs from the record.

The group originally began as duo—Jess Myhre (clarinet, vocals, washboard) and Chris Ousley (acoustic and electric guitar, vocals, banjo—crafting a sound inspired by the jazz clubs of New Orleans and southern Appalachian folk music festivals.

In the Delaware State News, the band discusses its growth from this duo in 2012 to its current configuration :

Eventually The Bumper Jacksons grew to its seven-member size after a few of the musicians casually dropped in on a few gigs with the duo.

“We were very loosely formed and it became almost modular depending who was available for different gigs. Guest musicians would join us for different songs,” Ms. Myhre said. These days, Ms. Myhre handles vocal duties, clarinet and washboard.

The Bumper Jacksons have a steadily rising list of honors: Washington Area Music Awards Artists of the Year, Best Folk Album, Best Folk Group for 2015; Strathmore Artists-in-Residence for 2015-2016; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Touring Artists for 2016-2017 and others. They have also just signed with Opus 3 Artists (among greats such as Yo-Yo Ma, Roseanne Cash, Bela Fleck and Wynton Marsalis) for their national representation.

Lowe ’13 Grows Art Girl Army Organization

Sydney Lowe ’13

Sydney Lowe ’13

Film and TV producer Sydney Lowe ’13 is the founder of Art Girl Army (AGA), an organization that generates networking opportunities and fosters community among young women with creative careers. The collective originally started in Lowe’s small New York City apartment as a space for her and her friends to collaborate, provide support to one another and share their experiences as women working in creative fields, which largely lack gender, sexual and racial diversity. Since 2014 it has developed into an online global community of nearly 3,500 artists, including illustrators, comedians, dancers and more.

Lowe enjoyed ample opportunities to connect and collaborate with her peers as an undergraduate at Wesleyan. In an interview with Artsy, she explains how transitioning to the competitive environment of New York City made her miss being part of a supportive, creative community:

“Pushing Boundaries in the Workplace” Topic of April 11 Women of Wesleyan Event

On April 11, join several Wesleyan alumnae as they share insights and discuss strategies as women in today’s workplace – from the boardroom to the operating room.

“Female Frontiers – Pushing Boundaries in the Workplace” is an opportunity for students to connect with alumnae in the career context to forge professional relationships and get tips for career success. All students, staff, faculty and alumni are welcome.

The event is sponsored by Women of Wesleyan, a year-long programming initiative that features women, their accomplishments, and their influence on the Wesleyan community and the world at large.

Journalist Jane Eisner '77 will deliver a talk at 2 p.m. April 11.

Journalist Jane Eisner ’77 will deliver a talk at 2 p.m. April 11.

“Female Frontiers” begins with a featured talk by Jane Eisner ’77, former Wesleyan Trustee, journalist, and editor-in-chief of The Forward. After refreshments, participants can attend one of two panels on Women in Education, Not-for-Profit, and the Arts or Women in Law, Medicine, Finance and Science.

Panelists will include Jennifer Alexander ’88 P’16, founder and executive director of Kidcity Children’s Museum; Tracey Gardner ’96, Wesleyan Trustee, chief of staff at NYU’s Robert Wagner School of Public Service; Nadia Zilkha ’79, P’10, c-chair of 3 Generations Films  and co-owner/vice-president of Laetitia Vineyard and Winery; Joaquina Borges King ’87, P’17, senior counsel at Northeast Utilities System; Kristen Laguerre ’92, partner and chief financial officer at Atlas Venture; and Elizabeth Schiller ’01, emergency medical physician at St. Francis Hospital.

The event will conclude with a screening of Tricked, a candid documentary about the reality of human trafficking, at the Powell Family Cinema. Zilkha, the film’s executive producer, and Jane Wells, the film’s director, will provide a talk-back following the film.

For more information, the full schedule, or to register, see this link.


“Women of Color at Wesleyan” Topic of Greene Symposium

Wesleyan hosted the 21st annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium on Nov. 2. The topic this year was “Women of Color at Wesleyan.”

Wesleyan hosted the 21st annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium on Nov. 2. The topic this year was “Women of Color at Wesleyan.” Pictured in center, Interim Chief Diversity Officer Marina Melendez ’83 MALS ’88 moderated the panel consisting of Simone White ’93, Maria Santana-Guadalupe ’98, Saeyun Lee ’93 and Joyce Hall ’78.

Women of Wesleyan Celebrated at Seminars, Keynotes, Networking Events

Wesleyan celebrated the women of Wesleyan at “Women in STEM Day” Oct. 11 and at “Campus Transformation Through Co-Education” Oct. 12.

During “Women in STEM Day” female students considering careers in science, technology, engineering and math had the opportunity to network and participate in seminars with alumni and faculty. The event’s keynote speaker (and self-described geek ) was Noirin Plunkett.

During the “Campus Transformation” event, Shelia Tobias led a daylong event including a panel discussion with female change agents from the 1970s and discussions with alumni and faculty about campus culture of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Learn more about Women of Wesleyan in this past Wesleyan Connection article.