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THE FINAL TOUCHES: The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies new west wing addition will open at the end of January. Construction began in August 2005.

Construction crews work on the new seminar room, which overlooks the Freeman Center’s Japanese garden. The seminar room will be used for classes up to 25 students, East Asian Studies’ events, dinners, conferences and its Colloquium Series, Japanese Tea Ceremonies and tai chi classes.
Patrick Dowdey, curator of the Freeman Center, and Shirley Lawrence, program coordinator, take a closer look at the new seminar room. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)
Patrick Dowdey stands in the addition’s new entrance. The hall behind him features the curator’s office, an art storage room and a spacious examination room, which will be used for classes to examine art objects. The hallway connects the original Freeman Center with the new wing. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

The Wesleyan Connection: Campus Snapshot

AIDS AWARENESS: The Oasis Wellness Center of Middletown and the Green Streets Arts Center presented “Keeping the Promise: World’s Aids Day and Beyond” at Olin Library Dec. 1. The event included an art show, singing, speakers who are HIV positive and a vigil. Students and community volunteers handed out HIV/AIDS health information and red ribbons in commemorating Worlds Aids Day. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

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BOOK SIGNING: Ethan Kleinberg, associate professor of history and letters, held a book signing event Oct. 26 at Broad Street Books. Kleinberg is the author of “Generation Existential; Heidegger’s Philosophy in France, 1927-1961,” which focuses on the initial reception for Heidegger’s philosophy had on those who encountered it. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

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A NEW OCTAVE: Bruce Harkness of the Verdin Bell Co. prepares to install a new bell into the South College belfry Oct. 3. Eight new bronze bells were hoisted to the top by a crane, adding a full octave to the instrument.

Harkness and Bill Burkhart, university photographer, discuss cable rack hardware for the new bells. Metal “tracker squares” connect the bells in the tower via the cable to the clavier — or keyboard — on a floor beneath the belfry.
Bell installer Don Swem performs the balancing act inside and outside the belfry dome.
Wesleyan Connection editor Olivia Bartlett and Lisa Dudley ’08 received a bellfry tour by the Verdin Bell Co. staff. To get into the cramped bell tower, they climbed scaffolding-steps, two ladders, crossed a wood plank and “limboed” under the bells’ frame.
Verdin Bell Co. installer Tina Harkness uses a ladder to climb through four tiers of bells. The original bells hang from the lower two levels, and the new bells hang from the top two levels.
Tina Harkness, Peter Frenzel professor emeritus of German Studies and Wesleyan chimemaster, Swem and Bruce Harkness gather around the clavier after installing the cables that lead to the bells above Oct. 10. Frenzel was the first to test-out the new bells. (Photos by Bill Burkhart, Olivia Bartlett and Don Swem)

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In preparation of the new Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center, portions of the old Fayerweather Gymnasium are being removed. Demolition is more than 80 percent completed as of Sept. 6.

 

Associated Building Wreckers tear the building apart, beam by beam, brick by brick.
Construction crew members demolish what is left of the Fayerweather pool, built in 1913. Alan Rubacha, Construction Services consultant, is the project manager.
The renovated Fayerweather Gymnasium will become Fayerweather Hall. The facility will host a ballroom, catering kitchen, theater, dance studio and storage. The new university center will be built on the right side of Fayerweather Hall. (Photos by Ryan Lee and Olivia Bartlett)

For more information on this project, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/masterplan/univcenter_detail2.html

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Going . . . Construction crews demolished sections of the old Alumni Gym, also known as “the Cage” July 20 through Aug. 5. The new Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center building will be constructed in this location. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

 

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THE CAGE, CAGED: An 8-foot chain link fence surrounds the old Alumni Athletic Building, also known as the ‘Cage,’ to mark the construction zone for the new Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center, which is expected to be completed in August 2007. Parts of the gym are being renovated and incorporated into the new facility.

Only construction personnel are allowed into the fenced-off construction zone surrounding the old Alumni Athletic Building and Fayerweather Gymnasium. A new gravel access road will line this fence for foot traffic, handicap, emergency, service and construction vehicles only.
South College is receiving an interior and belfry renovation this month. Stairwells are being repainted and the building’s front entrance is closed.
Scaffolding surrounds the front side of South College as staff from Physical Plant work on replacing the belfry’s roof and exterior railings. In August, eight new bells will be installed to the current 16-bell array. This will upgrade the status of the Wesleyan bells from a chime (10-22 bells) to that of a carillon (23 or more). (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T: Wesleyan’s Center for Community Partnerships hosted a Conference for Service-Learning titled “What Works and What Doesn’t” May 25-26. Staff members from Amherst, Bowdoin, Byrn Mawr, Connecticut College, Smith, Swarthmore, Trinity, University of Pennsylvania, Williams and Wesleyan convened to assess service-learning’s impact on students, administration and community partners.

The event was arranged by Professor of Sociology and Director of the Service-Learning Center Rob Rosenthal, pictured back left. Also pictured are Scott Laidlaw, director of the Community Outreach Program at Amherst College; Sharon Friedler, professor of dance at Swarthmore College; and Sarah Barr, associate director of the Holleran Center of Community Action and Policy at Connecticut College. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Cook Speaks at Meditations Show

CLEAR THINKING: Artist and teacher Brett Cook spoke to a group of more than 70 people during his opening reception for “Meditations” in the Zilkha Gallery April 20. Cook’s artwork will be on display through May 22.
Spectators view Cook’s “Documentation of Blackness,” on display in the gallery. The artists combines his life experiences, including his biracial upbringings and recent engagement with Buddhism, to comment on his social and cultural realities.
Cook encourages gallery-goers to color a collaborative piece. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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CLASS ON THE GREEN: Students make good use of the spring weather on April 5 by holding class outside on the College Row lawn.

A Wesleyan student leads a group of prospective students and their parents on a campus tour on April 12. Here, they are passing by the Center for Fine Arts.
On April 6, Foss Hill and Andrus Field became the hot spots for warm-weather activities. Temps exceeded 60 degrees. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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TAPS: Tap virtuoso Dianne Walker teaches students how to tap dance during DanceMasters Weekend at Wesleyan March 5. DanceMasters Weekend allowed dance students to experience a wide range of contemporary dance techniques by taking classes with master teachers from premiere dance companies over an intensive two-day period. (Photo by Lex Leifheit)

 
SWING BACK: Robert Battle, artistic director of Battleworks Dance Company, teaches students in the Bessie Schonberg Studio on March 6. (Photo by John Elmore)
 
TUCK AND TWIST: Pascal Rioult, founding artistic director of the Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, teachers a graduate student a dance maneuver during a class for master’s degree-seeking students. (Photo by Lex Leifheit)
 

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COOKIN’ IT UP AFTER WWII: An exhibition titled “Cookbooks and Gender in Postwar America,” is on display at Olin Memorial Library through March 31. The exhibit brings together 30 cookbooks and printed ephemera that document cooking and gender in midcentury America, and explores the changing social conditions under which Americans lived and worked after the war.