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Peters Discusses Highlights of Wesleyan’s Operating Budget

Nate Peters

Wesleyan’s operating budget in the last fiscal year included a total of $206 million in expenditures, with $210 million in revenue. Most of the university’s revenue (68 percent) comes from student charges, while the endowment, private gifts and government grants account for most of the rest. The operating budget lies behind everything Wesleyan does, and we’ve asked Nate Peters, vice president for finance and administration, to explain some of its highlights:

Q: What is Wesleyan’s projected total operating expenditure in the current fiscal year, and what has been our annual rate of increase? What are the primary drivers of that increase?

A: Total expenditures are projected at $214 million. Our cost trends are in the +4 percent range. Compensation (salaries and benefits) is the biggest driver – whether for existing faculty and staff or for new hires. Higher education is a labor-intensive enterprise. We are watching our medical benefits as they have dramatically trended upwards during the past several years. We are also making some investments in additional faculty, financial aid and major maintenance as outlined in Wesleyan’s strategic plan Beyond 2020.

Q: Are we more dependent upon tuition revenue than many of our peers? Why? What are the implications of this?

A: Yes, we are more dependent than many of our peers on student charges (tuition, room and board) revenue. Over two-thirds of Wesleyan’s revenue comes from this source. This is why enrollment is so important to our finances. Schools with larger endowments will rely less on student charges. For example, Williams relies on its endowment for about 50 percent of its revenue and only 35 percent on student charges.

Employees on the Move

The Office of Human Resources announces the following hires, transitions and departures for Sept.—December 2017.

HIRES
Kenichi Abe, postdoctoral research associate in Earth and Environmental Sciences, on Sept. 1
Jennie Setaro, psychotherapist in the Counseling Center, on Sept. 5
Katherine Williams, lab coordinator in psychology, on Sept. 5
Wesley Close ’15, assistant dean of admission, on Sept. 11
Demetrius J. Colvin, director, Resource Center, on Sept. 11
Joseph Dorrer, energy manager in Physical Plant, on Sept. 18
Lauren Borghard, associate director of annual giving, on Sept. 25
Pamela Ann Mulready, alcohol & other drug specialist in Davison Health Center, on Oct. 9
LeRoy General, development officer in major gifts, University Relations, on Oct. 16
Andrew Plotkin, project engineer in Construction Services, on Oct. 23
Jill Mattus, executive assistant to the vice president for student affairs, on Oct. 23
Himeka (Imee) Curiel, copy editor/writer in University Communications, on Nov. 6
Antonio Crespo, chief information security officer, on Nov. 13
Dana Kingman, assistant dean of admission, on Dec. 6
Jessica Downa, academic technologist in ITS, on Dec. 11
Marium Majid, development research analyst in University Relations, on Dec. 20

TRANSITIONS
Laurie Kenney, editorial marketing manager, University Communications, on Oct. 1
Louise Spielman, assistant designer in creative services, University Communications, on Oct. 2
Ryan Launder, administrative assistant, English Department. on Oct. 2
Zijia Guo, program manager for global initiatives, University Communications, on Oct. 16
Michael Schramm, development officer in major gifts, University Relations, on Oct. 23
Dana Gordon-Gannuscio, administrative assistant, Physics Department, on Oct. 30
Elizabeth Bianco, associate director of alumni and parent relations, University Relations, on Dec. 1

DEPARTURES
Cazimir Bzdyra, assistant technical director, CFA
Paul Wilson Cauley, researcher in astronomy
Janet Desmarais, administrative assistant in physics
Charles Fedolfi ’90, director of annual giving
Jordan Knicely, associate director of institutional research
Catherine Lechowicz, director of the Center for Community Partnerships
Dean Maroun, carpenter
Samuel Marquez, public safety officer
Dena Matthews, publication production manager
Heather Minetti, fitness coordinator
Clare Rogan, curator, Davison Art Center
Lorna Scott, executive assistant to the vice president for student affairs
Benjamin Travers, video producer
Alysha Warren, director of survivor advocacy and community education
Kimberly Williams, associate director of Alumni & Parent Relations

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Coming in Late January

To help to protect yourself, your family, and Wesleyan University from malicious cyber activity, all employees will be asked to take new security awareness training.

The online training video is approximately 20 minutes long and will be available through the WesPortal under the Security section.

More information will be available through e-mail later this month.

Wesleyan Employees Honored for Service to the University

The Office of Human Resources hosted its annual Employee Service Recognition Luncheon Nov. 1 in Beckham Hall. All employees who are celebrating their 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th year working at Wesleyan were honored at the lunch by President Michael Roth. The event concluded with a celebratory cake-cutting and a Wesleyan and world trivia game.

Steve Windsor celebrated 20 years.

Steve Windsor, senior database administrator, celebrated 20 years working for Information Technology Services.

Julia Hicks, chief human resources officer, welcomed the employees and their guests to the luncheon.

20 Employees Honored with Cardinal Achievement Awards

The following employees received Cardinal Achievement Awards during the past few months for their efforts in demonstrating extraordinary initiative in performing a specific task associated with their work at Wesleyan.

This special honor comes with a $250 award and reflects the university’s gratitude for their extra efforts:

NAME TITLE DEPARTMENT
Noreen Angeletti Assistant Director Student Accounts Office
Jennifer Bomar Faculty Resource Specialist Academic Affairs
Marianne Calnen Associate Director of Gift Planning University Relations
Jennifer Curran Director, Continuing Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies Program Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Matthew Elson Unix Systems Administrator Information Technology Services
Gladys Fountain Payroll Administrator, NRA Compliance Finance Office
Hrissi Haldezos Associate Director of Student Accounts Student Accounts Office
Brandi Hood Senior Project Manager Physical Plant – Facilities
Linda Hurteau Library Assistant V/Science Library Science Library
Steven Jacaruso Art Director University Communications
Susan Krajewski Senior Associate Registrar Registrar’s Office
Tara Lindros Associate Dean of Admission Admissions
Kathy Macko Administrative Assistant V/Alumni Education University Relations
Jeff Murphy Facilities Business Manager Physical Plant – Facilities
Daniel Pflederer HRMS Functional Specialist Information Technology Services
Alan Rubacha Director of Physical Plant Physical Plant – Facilities
Andrew Stuerzel Development Officer University Relations
Karri Van Blarcom Associate Registrar Registrar’s Office
Amy Walsh Associate Director of Employee Benefits Human Resources Department
Janice Watson Coordinator of International Student Services Office of Student Affairs/Dean’s Office

 

Bello Balances CAAS Support and Mayoral Responsibilities

In this Q&A, we speak with Amy Bello, administrative assistant for the Center for African American Studies and newly elected mayor of the Town of Wethersfield.

Q: How long have you been at Wesleyan?

A: Five years. I started in November 2012 as a temp at the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty.

Q: What do you do here now?

A: I work as an administrative assistant for the Center for African American Studies (CAAS), the African American Studies Program (AFAM) and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF). I have a beautiful office on High Street and am lucky to be working with vibrant, engaging faculty, staff and students.

Q: What do you like best about working at Wesleyan? 

A: I love the energetic, intelligent people I work with—both students and faculty. Their breadth and depth of knowledge is amazing. I also enjoy seeing the world from another perspective, which only enhances my vision.

Human Resources Advisory Group Formed

The Human Resources Advisory Group, formed in November 2017, is the voice between administrative staff and senior leadership. It is a consultative body in which members share ideas and provide input on issues of importance to staff. The members of the Human Resources Advisory Group discuss and provide feedback on institutional policies and practices and broader issues related to numerous work/life topics. The group solicits and expresses opinions, represents staff ideas, makes suggestions and recommendations for change.

Members include:

Luigi Solla, associate dean of admission; Michelle Jarvis, associate director of financial aid; Rachel Ludwig, deputy director of athletics; Joy Vodak, associate director of the Office of Academic Affairs; Rhoanne Esteban, data analyst; Deb Treister, director of planning and administration; Trisha Stephenson Gordon, administrative manager/Affirmative Action specialist; and Lauren Rubenstein, manager of media relations and public relations.

Also Patrick Bohan, video producer; Kevin Butler, assistant dean of students; Liliana Carrasquillo-Vasquez, assistant director of residential life; Barbara Spadaccini, senior project leader; Joe Rich, user services manager; Robert Mirabal, director of student accounts; and Jeff Murphy, facilities business manager.

University Communications Launches Social Media Website

Fresh off the digital presses! Check out the new Social Media website from University Communications. This site was created as a resource for social media usage tips + best practices, for guidelines and policies on using social media on behalf of Wesleyan University and as a place to find tools to help you manage and measure your social accounts. You can also request a new social media account, a strategy session or a social share from the main Wesleyan University channels.

9 Classes Offered by Wesleyan’s Institute for Lifelong Learning

The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning provides educational opportunities outside of formal degree-granting programs to members of the broader community. Wesleyan University has been devoted to liberal learning since its founding in 1831. This program is an extension of that mission—a dedication to the improvement of human well-being by means of education throughout the course of life.

“Curiosity is ageless! This new year promises to be a fascinating one, with another intriguing round of WILL course offerings,” says Richard Friswell, associate director of the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning. “Delve into the work of literary icons like Chekhov, Shakespeare and Hemingway. Create your own memoir or share laughs and a fancy two-step with comedic American icon, Will Rogers. Travel a road back in time with Chaucer as he spins his Canterbury Tales, or ‘romance the stone’ as you explore 19th-century English painting. Adventure awaits!”

During the Spring 2018 semester, WILL will offer the following courses:

  • Maybe It’s My Imagination: Writing Memoir and Fiction
  • Once Upon a Time: Short Stories in Pairs
  • Meet me at Les Deux Magot: The Lost Generation in 1920s Paris
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
  • Romantic Landscapes of Constable and Turner: Common Goals, Contrasting Outcomes
  • Masterminds and Martyrs: Women in Ancient Greek Drama
  • A Shakespearean Romance, The Winter’s Tale
  • Russian Theater on the Eve of Revolution
  • Be Amused by the Muse of Classic American Humor

Enrolled students will have access to the academic resources of Wesleyan University, including Olin Library. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the afternoons and early evenings. Parking is available and classrooms are accessible. Classes will be quite small, with a few exceptions, allowing close interactions between instructors and students.

Online registration is now open. For more information email will@wesleyan.edu.

Basinger Speaks to Staff about Film Studies, Musicals

Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, spoke on her latest work during a luncheon for staff, Nov. 28 in Daniel Family Commons. Basinger, who has been employed at Wesleyan for 58 years, recently completed her 12th book manuscript with a working title of Musicals: History and Definition. The book tells the history of the musical and defines the genre.

Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, spoke on her latest work during the Staff Luncheon Series Nov. 28 in Daniel Family Commons. Basinger, who has been employed at Wesleyan for 58 years, recently completed her 12th book manuscript with a working title of “Musicals: History and Definition.” The book tells the history of the musical and defines the genre. Basinger, who’s collected film memorabilia her entire life, said film studies is a relatively new field of study. “Film was officially born in 1895, it wasn’t until the 1960s that it began to become an academic field. Wesleyan was one of the pioneers; we were one of the first universities (in the country) to add it to our curriculum.”

University Relations Collects Items for Puerto Rico

During University Relations’ Jammin’ Holiday Party on Dec. 13, staff collected more than 1,000 items for Puerto Rico residents affected by Hurricane Maria.

University Relations employees load a vehicle with donations for Puerto Rico.

Items included:
128.5 lbs. of pet food
795 diapers and baby wipes
13 gallons of water
186 cans/boxes of food
41 towels
12 blankets/pillows
99 books/toys
4 solar lights
248 oz. of hand sanitizer
5 can openers
3 power strips
5 first aid kits
3 sunscreens
12 insect repellents

Carpooling Matching Event Feb. 20

Whether you live in Middletown or elsewhere in the region, commuting to work is often time-consuming, stressful and costly. Setting up a carpool—an arrangement between people to travel together in a single vehicle—is a great way to save money, connect with coworkers and cut your carbon footprint, explains Sustainability Director Jennifer Kleindienst.

The Wesleyan Sustainability Office, in conjunction with CT Rides (a service of CT DOT), is hosting an Employee Commuter Event in February for Wesleyan faculty and staff. This will be a chance to meet other faculty and staff who live near you and potentially find a carpool buddy. CT Rides helps commuters find the best way to get to work or school and offers information and resources for travel options throughout Connecticut.

The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Usdan 110. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 16, at bit.ly/ctridesrsvp. Contact Jen Kleindienst at jkleindienst@wesleyan.edu with any questions.