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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…

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Olivia DrakeOctober 31, 20181min
Children from Wesleyan's Neighborhood Preschool (NPS) trick-or-treated on Wesleyan's campus Oct. 31. The children, accompanied by their families and teachers, stopped at Exley Science Center, Olin Library, South College, and North College to trick-or-treat, sing songs, and show off their Halloween costumes. Many trick-or-treaters are the children of Wesleyan faculty and staff. Wesleyan President Michael Roth and staff from University Communications offered candy to the children during the campus parade. Photos of the NPS parade are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake) (more…)

Olivia DrakeAugust 8, 20182min
Wesleyan faculty and staff volunteers are needed for the 2018–2019 Connections Mentoring Program. This is an informal program that connects first-year students (Class of 2022) with Wesleyan staff and faculty to form casual networks of support. Although most mentors meet infrequently with their student mentees throughout the year, some mentoring pairs establish friendships and meet more frequently over coffee or lunch. Many mentors and students have characterized their experiences with the program as fun and inspirational. In addition, anyone interested in mentoring students who are the first in their families to attend college can indicate that preference on the registration…

Olivia DrakeAugust 8, 20184min
The Office of Human Resources announces the following hires, transitions, and departures for May through July 2018: HIRES Nicole Potestivo, administrative assistant in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies, on May 7 Lucas Fernandez, postdoctoral research associate in physics, on May 22 Alex Kavvos, postdoctoral research associate in mathematics, on May 29 Miya Tokumitsu, curator at Davison Art Center, on June 14 Lilibeth Soto, public safety dispatcher, on June 18 Edward Morehouse, postdoctoral research associate in mathematics, on July 1 Zeyad Abdulkareem, desktop support specialist in ITS User Services, on July 2 Andrew White, Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian, on July…

Olivia DrakeAugust 8, 20183min
(By Christine Foster) Imagine being chosen to oversee a vast treasure trove, including more than a million items ranging from art and music to government documents and—oh, yes, books. Such is the job set before Andrew White, who was chosen in April to be the University’s next Caleb T. Winchester Librarian. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Joyce Jacobsen wrote in a campus-wide email announcing White’s appointment that the search committee was drawn to his experience working collaboratively with different groups of people. The previous librarian, Dan Cherubin, died suddenly last September, after having made an outsized impact…

Olivia DrakeAugust 7, 20181min
The following employees received Cardinal Achievement Awards during the past few months for demonstrating extraordinary initiative in performing a specific task associated with their work at Wesleyan University. This special honor comes with a $250 award and reflects the university’s gratitude for their extra efforts. The awardees include: Benjamin Michael, WESU general manager, WESU Radio Geralyn Russo, administrative assistant IV, University Relations Kathleen Logsdon, library assistant V/binding supervisor, Olin Library Kate Lynch, assistant director, the Wesleyan Fund, University Relations Miroslaw Koziol, senior electronics technician, Scientific Support Services View all Cardinal Achievement Award winners here.

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Cynthia RockwellMay 25, 20183min
Frantz Williams Jr. ’99 has been named the successor to Vice President for University Relations Barbara-Jan Wilson, who has announced her upcoming retirement at the end of December 2018. A government major as an undergraduate, Williams joined the University Relations team right after his graduation and has continued to serve the University, most recently as assistant vice president for development. “We’re fortunate that Frantz will lead University Relations,” said President Michael S. Roth ’78. “He is eminently well prepared to continue Barbara-Jan’s legacy of immensely successful fund-raising and friend-raising, and I am grateful that he will be at the helm…

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Olivia DrakeMay 7, 20185min
On May 1, Wesleyan launched a new massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera titled "Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact." Free to Wesleyan alumni, the course aims to help learners understand their motivations, strengths, and goals, and appreciate how personal identity affects career decision making. A second version of the class for current Wesleyan students will go live in July, and entering students will be encouraged to complete it before they arrive on campus in the fall. The course is taught by Gordon Career Center Director Sharon Belden Castonguay, who also recently gave a talk at TEDxWesleyanU titled, “The…