Staff

Employees on the Move

The Office of Human Resources announces the following hires, transitions, and departures for January–April 2018.

HIRES
John Lundell, athletic facility maintenance, on Jan. 2
Johanna DeBari, director of survivor advocacy and community education, on Jan. 3
Lee Walsh, postdoctoral research associate in physics, on Jan. 17
Kara Murphy, development research analyst in University Relations, on Jan. 22
Clifton Watson, director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, on Feb. 5
Dennis Hohne, video producer in University Communications, on Feb. 12
Nafeza Kingston, facility and events manager in Usdan Campus Center, on Feb. 12
Matthew Magenheim, senior investment associate in the Investments Office, on Feb. 12
Suzanne Rivera, public safety dispatcher, on Feb. 12
Wengang Zhang, postdoctoral research associate in physics, on Feb. 12
Jacob Nite, postdoctoral research associate in chemistry, on Feb. 15
Megan Lenzzo, assistant director of Annual Giving, on Feb. 19
Rani Arbo, campus & community engagement manager in Center for the Arts, on Feb. 26
Richard Contrastano, curatorial, archival and programming assistant in Cinema Archives, on Feb. 26
Daniel McGloin, CPE program coordinator, on Feb. 26
Durga Nyame, project coordinator, Upward Bound Math-Science Program, on Feb. 26
Nathan Mealey, associate university librarian for technical and digital services, on March 1
Ashley Alvarado, public safety officer, on April 2
Benjamin Chaffee, associate director of visual arts in Zilkha Gallery, on April 2
Glenn Knight, assistant director, Graduate Liberal Studies, on April 2
Erin Strauts, associate director of institutional research, on April 16

TRANSITIONS               
Alexander Vazquez, academic tech training specialist in Information Technology Services, on Jan. 2
Claudia Wolf, library assistant/accounting specialist in Olin Library, on Feb. 5
Nancy Putnam, assessment and research services librarian in Olin Library, on March 1
Paul Turenne, systems analyst in Information Technology Services, on March 22

DEPARTURES
Zehra Abbas, study abroad advisor
Joan Adams, administrative assistant in Athletics
Allen Alonzo, director of auxiliary services in ITS
Kimberley Alonzo, administrative assistant in Center for Pedagogical Innovation
Gaylord Brown, analyst programmer in ITS
Colin Desjardins, HVAC/utility mechanic in Physical Plant
Jennifer Enxuto, administrative assistant in FGSS/SiSP
Alecia Goldfarb, business manager in Center for the Arts
Holly King, administrative assistant in chemistry
Emily Lai, web developer in University Communications
Jean Lawrence, administrative assistant in University Relations
Juan Liu, research associate in molecular biology & biochemistry
Jay Mantie, public safety supervisor
Emily Moss, senior assistant dean of admission
Sarah-Jane Ripa, associate director for student services and outreach, Continuing Studies
Kimberly Spachman, research analyst in University Relations
Roney Thomas, postdoctoral research associate in physics

Administrative Departments Encouraged to Apply for a Green Office Certification

Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion, and Megan Flagg, executive assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, proudly display their Green Office Certification on the third floor of North College. The third floor is the first space on campus to be Green Office Certified by the Sustainability Office.

Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion, and Megan Flagg, executive assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, proudly display their Green Office Certification on the third floor of North College. The third floor is the first space on campus to be Green Office Certified by the Sustainability Office. “The process was quite easy,” said Flagg, who served as the office coordinator. “Since Wesleyan is so focused on sustainability, we were already doing many of the green office checklist items. The brief checklist was quick and easy to fill out. Now we’re exploring what we can change to see if we can get to the next level of certification.”

This year Wesleyan will reward administrative offices that go green.

The new Green Office Certification Program, overseen by the Sustainability Office, is designed to recognize, support, and promote offices that engage in environmentally sustainable practices. All administrative and academic offices are eligible to become certified.

To get started, a department needs to elect an office coordinator who will fill out the Green Office Certification form, coordinate office participation, and review completed checklists with the Sustainability Office.

The coordinator will distribute individual checklists to all employees in the office or within a defined space.

If at least 75 percent of the office has completed the checklist, the office may receive an award. Certificates will be issued and offices are encouraged to hang their plaque in a location visible to office visitors. Certifications are valid for three years from the date awarded and come in bronze, silver, and gold levels.

“The Green Office Certification Program encourages employees to be environmentally conscious while at work,” explained Jen Kleindienst, sustainability director. “To be certified, departments may need to make small changes in their work environment, for example, share a communal garbage bin, forgo individual refrigerators, or be willing to turn down the thermostat while away from the office. There’s little things that can make a huge difference.”

To date, the third floor of North College (consisting of the Offices of Academic Affairs; Institutional Research; Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants; and Equity and Inclusion) is the only academic space to be Green Office Certified. Although they are proud to boast their silver-level award, they’re not stopping until they reach the gold.

“We are now trying to work up from our silver certification to gold certification,” explained third-floor office resident Joyce Jacobsen, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “As part of our additional efforts to improve our certification level, we’ve replaced most fluorescent lights with energy-efficient LED lights; replaced disposable coffee stirrers with reusable metal stirrers; encouraged everyone to use mugs off of our mug tree instead of disposable cups; and switched to a sugar shaker instead of using individual sugar packets. We’ve also replaced our powered shredder with hand-cranked shredders and use a recycling shredder service for big jobs.”

For these extra efforts, the Sustainability Office will offer bonus points toward their certification.

The Sustainability Office and Wesleyan’s Green Team offer many tips for creating a more eco-friendly office environment. For additional information, contact the Sustainability Office.

Turenne Honored by Middlesex United Way for Leading Successful Employee Campaign

Paul Turenne

Paul Turenne

Paul Turenne, systems analyst for Information Technology Services, received a Coordinator of the Year Award during the Middlesex United Way Campaign Awards Breakfast on May 8.

Turenne served as Wesleyan’s 2017–18 United Way Employee Campaign campus coordinator. He helped the University post the highest numbers—both in participation and in amount pledged—since 2012. More than 400 Wesleyan employees, retired faculty, and authorized vendors (including 38 “Leadership Givers” pledging $1,000 or more) participated. Together they donated a total of $122,150 in support of United Way programs in Middlesex County and throughout the state.

To date, the employee campaign has raised approximately $1.9 million for the United Way.

 

Dynamic Women at Wesleyan Hosts Meditation, Discussion on Self-Confidence, Inner Wisdom

On Feb. 13, Wesleyan's Dynamic Women@Wes organization hosted a workshop on "Living a Soul-filled Life by Strengthening Self-Love." Inspirational speaker Mensimah Shabazz led a meditation and discussed that focused on creative ways of generating self-confidence, fearlessness and inner wisdom. Shabazz is the president of AGAPE Consulting, which focuses on energy healing and psychospirituality.

On Feb. 13, Wesleyan’s Dynamic Women at Wesleyan (Women@Wes) organization hosted a workshop on “Living a Soul-Filled Life by Strengthening Self-Love.” Inspirational speaker Mensimah Shabazz led a meditation and discussion that focused on creative ways of generating self-confidence, fearlessness, and inner wisdom. “One of the ways is strengthening self-love, which enables a person to recognize their uniqueness, beauty, and strength,” she said.

Women at Wesleyan frequently meets to actively engage faculty and staff in education, networking, and mentoring processes leading to enhanced awareness, empowerment, and transformation of women.

For more information visit http://womenatwes.site.wesleyan.edu/.

 

Employee Cardinal Achievement Awards Announced

Three outstanding employees were honored with Cardinal Achievement Awards during the past few months.

Smith Kidkarndee, psychotherapist, Counseling and Psychological Services; Cathy-Lee Rizza, assistant director of student accounts, Student Accounts Office; and Gladys Rodriguez, administrative assistant, Registrar’s Office were recognized for 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.

Vice President Barbara-Jan Wilson to Retire in December

Barbara-Jan Wilson (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Vice President Barbara-Jan Wilson will retire this year. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for University Relations, recently announced that she will retire in December, ending a Wesleyan career that began in 1982 and included leadership of two major capital campaigns.

Wilson assumed her present role in 1999, but she is also well known to generations of alumni through her prior leadership of Admission and before that, Career Resources – the position she took when she was hired by President Emeritus Colin G. Campbell Hon. ’89.

Her efforts as Wesleyan’s energetic and highly successful fundraiser spanned two presidents and four Board chairs. She worked with President Emeritus Douglas J. Bennet ’59, Hon ’94, P’87, ’94 on a campaign that raised $281 million and more recently with President Michael S. Roth ’78 on the $482 million THIS IS WHY campaign. In announcing Wilson’s plans to the campus community, Roth said her leadership had made an enduring contribution toward establishing a sustainable economic model for Wesleyan and has greatly strengthened Wesleyan’s endowment.

Library Access Services Assistant Jasmine Cardi: International Books and Local Clients

Jasmine Cardi, the weekend and evening supervisor for Interlibrary Loans—both for Olin library’s scholars in need of incoming books and outgoing volumes for academic institutions elsewhere—appreciates the institutional standard of service that she and her colleagues are able to provide.  (Photo by Cynthia Rockwell)

In this Q&A, we speak to Jasmine Cardi, who joined the Access Services staff at Wesleyan’s Olin Library on Jan. 7, 2013 (“Five years already!” she says). Now the weekend and evening supervisor, she provides support to the departments of Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Olin Reference, Reserves/E-Reserves, and Olin Circulation. With her arrival, the ILL office was able to lengthen their hours until 10 p.m. some evenings, offering availability for those geared to later study nights in the library.

Q: What do you like best about working for Interlibrary Loan?

A: I love seeing all the books we get from around the world—Italy and Russia, everywhere, depending on what people are studying. When we get one of these volumes from far away, we all think it’s really cool and just have to hold it and open it—before we quickly put it on the shelf for the borrower.

Q: How many people does ILL assist each year?

A: ILL serves hundreds of people, between borrowing from other libraries and lending to them. Last year there were almost 14,000 requests, combined.

Q: Tell us about Olin Library—as building, an institution, a workspace?

A: Olin is a unique building. My favorite place is on the second-floor balcony, overlooking the front foyer. I love the chandelier; I love on Saturday and Sunday morning when I come in to open the library, the way the sun shines through the windows and onto that chandelier. I actually took a picture one morning of that and made it into the screensaver on my phone.

When we think of a library, we think of books—but I love that libraries are evolving into places where the core value is patron service—whether it’s students, faculty, staff, co-workers, or the community.

Q: What’s your own educational background? Where did you begin your career?

A: I went to the University of St. Joseph back when it was an all-girls school known as St. Joseph College. My major was psychology and education with a minor in art history. Before coming to Wesleyan, I worked at Hartford Public Library for more than 10 years. Fun fact: My first job was at a library at age 16.

Q: Outside of work, what are your interests and hobbies?

A: I love to read and I run—I’ve done four half-marathons, and a lot of 10Ks and 5Ks, more than I can count. I also did my first Spartan race in November. They’re a mix of running and obstacle courses, and the tradition goes back to ancient Greece. I like that we’re bringing that into the contemporary culture; I’m training to do more this year. I also like to go boating on the Connecticut River. We have a small 14-foot boat; my husband’s family has been boating every weekend their whole life, and now it’s our tradition. We’ve been together 17 years and we make it a point to get out on the water at least once on Saturday or Sunday.

Q: Are there any challenging/surprising moments—an outstanding moment that illustrates your work day you’d like to share?

A: Much of my day is spent helping someone find something in the stacks, or finding it elsewhere via interlibrary loan. Many times it’s an urgent request, with a deadline in the next 48 hours. It’s like saving the day when you can find what is needed within that timeframe.

And another story: One night as I was getting ready to leave, a family came in with an urgent request. Their two middle-school children had reports due the next day, but the family had been out of power for a few days after a storm, and they needed to print their papers. The kids were so grateful that the library was open and we could help them be ready for school the next day. Their appreciation was heartwarming.

Library Oversees Wesleyan’s Archaeological Collections, Visual Resource Center

At right, Ying Jia Tan, assistant professor of history, taught his class, History of Science and Technology in Modern China, in Wesleyan's Anthropology and Archaeology Collections. 

Artifacts housed in Wesleyan’s archaeology and anthropology collection can be used as teaching aides.

In 2017, the Wesleyan Library began overseeing two programs.

The Wesleyan Museum, which houses the university’s archaeology and anthropology collection, has moved under the library’s oversight. These materials, located in the Exley Science Center, contain a broad variety of unique items, including Middle Eastern artifacts, historical materials from 18th- and 19th- century Middletown, missionary-collected objects from South America and Native American pieces including pottery and jewelry. Jessie Cohen is the manager of the collection.

The collection will eventually be discoverable through the library’s online catalog (OneSearch) so students and faculty will have the opportunity to find and physically work with historical objects alongside library materials that relate or speak to those objects.

The library also acquired the Visual Resource Center (VRC), which was formerly called the slide library. The collection is now significantly digital and is used by many faculty to teach across all disciplines. The VRC is managed by Susan Passman and Digital Media Specialist Nara Giannella.

“Bringing together these separate collections will allow students and faculty to work actively and synergistically with artifacts, visual materials, and related texts at the same time,” said Diane Klare, the interim Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian. “This will enrich the student learning process at Wesleyan as well as create enhanced research opportunities for outside scholars.”

(Adapted from an article by Diane Klare in the library’s newsletter Check It Out.)

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.