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Benjamin TraversJanuary 22, 20193min
As first announced in October 2018, Wesleyan has assumed leadership of the Center for Creative Youth (CCY) as an official program of the University. The first CCY camps under Wesleyan’s management will be offered in summer 2019. For 42 years, CCY was held on Wesleyan’s campus, but run by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). With state education cuts and the resulting financial strain experienced at CREC, CCY’s existence was in jeopardy. This transition to Wesleyan is not only the beginning of a bright new chapter for CCY, but the continuation of a beloved series. CCY is a four-week precollege…

Olivia DrakeJanuary 18, 20191min
The Office of Human Resources announces the following hires, transitions, and departures between August and December 2018: HIRES Matt Glasz, director for annual giving, on Aug. 1 James Huerta, associate dean of admission, on Aug. 6 Emma Walsh, assistant director for internships and campus recruiting in Gordon Career Center, on Aug. 6 Michael Acosta, study abroad advisor in the Fries Center for Global Studies, on Aug. 13 Christian Camerota, director of editorial content strategy and creation in University Communications, Aug. 13 Aracely Montes, administrative assistant in chemistry, on Aug. 14 Jessica Tyler, web specialist in University Communications, on Aug. 27…

Olivia DrakeJanuary 18, 20192min
On Dec. 3, Lisa Brommer was hired as associate vice president for human resources, succeeding Julia Hicks, who retired in September. Brommer comes to Wesleyan from Colorado College, where she was serving as interim director of human resources. In her work at Colorado College, she was known for creating professional development opportunities for staff, improving recruitment processes to ensure a diverse applicant pool, building leadership capacity at all levels, and putting systems in place to identify and retain top talent. Brommer received her BA at the University of Sioux Falls and her MA from the University of South Dakota and…

Olivia DrakeJanuary 18, 20191min
On Oct. 8, Christopher Olt joined Wesleyan as associate vice president for finance. Olt took on a role last held by Nate Peters before his promotion to vice president for the Office of Finance and Administration. Upon Peters's retirement, the leadership structure of Finance and Administration was reorganized, reestablishing this new role. Olt comes to Wesleyan with significant finance experience in education, most recently at Notre Dame High School of West Haven, where he was responsible for all aspects of finance, budget, and other operational areas including physical plant, information technology, campus safety, and risk management. He was previously a…

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Lauren RubensteinJanuary 18, 20194min
Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid, recently announced that she will retire. Meislahn will leave the University in September after the arrival of the Class of 2023, the 20th class she will admit to Wesleyan. Meislahn came to Wesleyan from her previous role at Cornell University in January 2000 and is the longest-serving dean of admission in Wesleyan history. Over the past two decades, she has overseen a period of enormous growth and progress in Wesleyan admissions. For the Class of 2004, the first class admitted under Meislahn, Wesleyan received fewer than 7,000 applications…

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Olivia DrakeJanuary 17, 20191min
The 2017-18 Middlesex United Way Wesleyan Employee Campaign brought in more than $100,000 in contributions, pushing Wesleyan's donations to more than $2 million since 2001. "This milestone—made possible by your generosity and the efforts of many volunteers across campus—is one we should all be proud of," said Clifton Watson, director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships and United Way campaign coordinator. "Our collective support will help ensure that the remarkably effective programs of the United Way will continue to provide critical services to residents across the region." This year, 360 Wesleyan employees, retired faculty, and authorized vendors (including 31 “Leadership Givers”…

Olivia DrakeJanuary 17, 20191min
This year, the Sustainability Office is partnering with Commute with Enterprise to offer vanpooling opportunities to employees. A vanpool is a group of 7–15 people traveling to work together in a minivan or a 12–15 passenger van. Vanpool groups usually meet each day at a prearranged location, such as a park-and-ride lot. Commuters pay a monthly fee that covers the van, insurance, and fuel costs. In addition, users enjoy: Reduced personal vehicle maintenance expenses Emergency ride home service Roadside assistance Eligibility for commuter rewards Reduced stress (a recent study indicates that vanpoolers experience a 21 percent lower rate of self-reported stress than…

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Olivia DrakeJanuary 17, 20192min
Parlez vous français? Hablas español? Bạn có nói được tiếng Việt không? According to Wesleyan's Language Proficiency Database, more than 80 languages, other than English, are spoken, read, or written on campus. The database, which was created in November 2018, is free and available to the entire Wesleyan campus. Speakers of a language other than English (at any level) are encouraged to go to WesPortal / My Information / Language Proficiency, to add one or more languages and levels of proficiency. This year, the Fries Center for Global Studies (FCGS) is promoting the use of languages other than English in…

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Christian CamerotaDecember 6, 20185min
To listen to Cliff Thornton speak with prospective students and parents is to feel included, even if you’re eavesdropping. Thornton is associate dean of admission at Wesleyan, covering a wide geographic and socioeconomic range: the South Central U.S. from Kentucky to Louisiana, Manhattan, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean. Having served these communities—and Wesleyan—now for more than 30 years, it makes sense that he would demonstrate an ease and fluency in his relations with so many different people from such different backgrounds. He’s had a lot of practice. But something unique about Thornton, which by many accounts…

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Olivia DrakeDecember 6, 20182min
Wesleyan Public Safety and Greek Life hosted a Stuff a Cruiser event Dec. 3–7 at Usdan's Huss Courtyard and Dec. 8 at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore. The University partnered with the Middletown Fire Department by collecting donations to benefit local children in need during the holidays and throughout the year. Several members of Psi Upsilon also helped staff the event and Bon Appétit Management Co. provided free coffee vouchers for anyone who made a donation. “The Wesleyan community has been so generous during our Stuff a Cruiser event,” said Sgt. Kathy Burdick. “We've collected many toys and cash donations, and…