Marie Mencher ’12 and Lindsay Keys were both featured in the lastest Education Life issue of The New York Times. Mencher contributed to the “Your Story” section, which features short first person essays on elements of college life. Mencher’s essay is titled “Romance Crushed.” Keys was featured in a photo essay titled “College Life.”
Drew Dominguez ’09 is featured in an article in The Boston Globe that details how the government major and two sport star is fulfilling a childhood dream by being signed by The Boston Red Sox. He has reported to the short season low A-level minor league Lowell Spinners.
The Boston Red Sox have signed Drew Dominguez ’09.Dominguez is the first Wesleyan baseball player signed by a major league team in 44 years. Dominguez was an All NESCAC Player this year and broke the Wesleyan single season hits record this year – a record Dominguez set last year. He will report to the A-level minor league Lowell Spinners after signing.
Inside Higher Education has a report on the recently-approved Wesleyan Center for Prison Education program, which will begin this fall and has grant funding for the next two years. The program will feature Wesleyan faculty and students teaching inmates at the Cheshire Correctional Institute, which is a maximum security prison here in Connecticut. Cathy Lechowicz, director of community service and volunteerism and one of the program’s advisers, is quoted in the article
Holing Yip and Kathryn Hanna, with help from Shayna Bauchner ’10 and Isaac Maddow-Zimet ’09 wrote an OpEd that was published by The Hartford Courant criticizing a proposal by the Obama Administration to completely cut the funding for the “Even Start” program, which provides services to teach disadvantaged adults and children to read. The four students did extensive research on the Even Start program in Middletown and saw the positive effects first-hand.
More than 730 students received a Bachelor of Arts degree May 24. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)
Wesleyan held its 177th Commencement Ceremony May 24. During the event, 732 students received a Bachelor of Arts; 61 received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies; two received a Certificate of Advanced Study; 31 received a Master of Arts; and 16 received a Doctor of Philosophy. Ten other students will receive a Bachelor of Arts upon completion.
Commencement speeches, photographs and videos are now online in The Wesleyan Connection.
Commencement Address by Anna Quindlen P’07:
President’s Remarks by Michael S. Roth ’78:
Senior Class Welcome by Ravid Chowdhury ’09:
Honorary Degree Recipients remarks by Jennifer Alexander ’88, Mark Masselli and Azim Premji ’99:
Photographs of the ceremony:
Video clips of the ceremony:
Phi Beta Kappa Address by Joseph Fins ’82:
Kennedy Odede ’11 grew up in Kibera, Kenya’s worst slum, taught himself English and made it to Wesleyan. Now, Odede and Jessica Posner ’09 have received a Projects for Peace Grant and is going back to Kibera to build a school for girls. Odede and Posner were also featured on a show on WNPR’s “Where We Live” that focused on “Responding to Needs in Africa.” Their part starts at roughly the 49 minute mark.
Jonas Mischara-Blomberger ´11 and Carl T. West ´11 have each received a Goldwater Scholarship Award for the 2009-2010 academic year. Established by Congress in 1986, The Goldwater is the most prestigious national undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, physics and engineering.
Students in the multidisciplinary course “Making the Science Documentary” spent the semester learning film production and the framework of science documentaries. The students decided to focus on the nursing profession as their main subject. One of the films made in the course was premiered at the 2009 Nightengale Awards for Excellence, an annual nursing awards banquet in Connecticut. The course is a collaboration between Jacob Bricca, adjunct assistant professor of film studies and Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.
In a oped piece for The New Haven Register, Sophie Pollitt-Cohen ’09, suggests that Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd can start to re-burnish his bruised public image by, among other things, coming up with a more folksy nickname.
Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09 are recipients of a “Projects for Peace Award” for their proposal to build a girls school in the Kenyan slum of Kiberia. The slum was Odede’s home growing up and a place where girls and young women routinely become victims of violence, mistreatment, and abuse of all sorts. The students, who received $10,000 to build the school, hope that the institution will provide both a refuge and an opportunity for girls who enroll.
Crude Independence, a documentary film directed and scored by Noah Hutton ’09 and edited by Hutton and Alex Footman ’09, has been featured at a number of flim festivals during the last few months, including the presitigious South By Southwest in March. Hutton is profiled in The Hartford Courant. A free screening of Crude Independence for the campus community was held at the CFA Cinema on Friday, April 3.