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Wesleyan to Construct Renewed Public Affairs Center, Art Gallery


Construction will begin on the renewed Public Affairs Center in June 2021. (Illustration courtesy of Newman Architects)

Construction will soon begin on an interdisciplinary space in the heart of Wesleyan’s campus.

On June 1, Wesleyan will break ground on a renovated and expanded Public Affairs Center (PAC) and new art gallery located between the east end of Olin Library and the campus walkway behind Judd Hall.

The project involves a complete remodel of the current PAC building, which was constructed in 1927 as a dormitory; demolition of its east and west additions, which were added in 1954; and removal of the concrete and brick plaza, constructed in 1984.

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Students will travel through the PAC addition and the remodeled building through a multi-functioning space called “the forum.” (Illustration courtesy of Newman Architects)

A new, three-story brick structure, designed by Newman Architects, will be built atop of the former plaza site. It will connect to the remodeled PAC through an airy, multifunction, glass-walled space—known as the forum—that will provide access to the social sciences and study areas. Combined with the updated Public Affairs Center, the new facility will house 15 classrooms, 67 faculty offices, six meeting rooms, two lounges, and ample open space with seating and gathering areas. The top floor of the new addition will house the College for Social Studies main office and library, and access to a small courtyard on the roof.

After three months of abatement and demolition, groundbreaking for the new building will begin next fall.

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The new art gallery building will be built with limestone blocks, similar to the material used in the Center for the Arts complex. (Illustration courtesy of Peterson Rich Office)

Designed by Peterson Rich Office, the new art gallery will be constructed simultaneously with the PAC remodel and addition. It will be located between the PAC and Olin Library and will contain a gallery for displaying pieces from the Davison Art Center’s collection and faculty and student installations. The new space will be accessible through the PAC and the walkways in front of, and behind Olin Library.

The new gallery building will complement the 2018 renovations already made to Olin Library. Ultimately, the DAC art collection will move to Olin.

The building will be constructed with limestone blocks to pay homage to the Center for the Arts complex. It will feature a glass-walled lobby, an outdoor teaching courtyard, an exterior forecourt gathering space, and an expansive gallery for exhibitions.

Both the gallery and Public Affairs Center addition will be extremely energy efficient, featuring green roofs, radiant ceilings and floors, displacement ventilation, sensor-controlled LED lighting, solar power panels, and low-maintenance native landscaping.

Classes will resume in the renewed PAC in Spring 2024.

A new, 193,00 square-foot science center would replace Hall Atwater Laboratory. (Illustration courtesy of Payette Architects)

A new, 193,000 square-foot science center would replace Hall Atwater Laboratory. (Illustration courtesy of Payette Architects)

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Shanklin would be restored, and house the College of the Environment, as part of the new sciences proposal. (Illustration courtesy of Newman Architects)

Wesleyan also is finalizing plans for a new science building, which is under review by Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees. If approved, the project could launch in 2023 and be completed by 2026.

The proposed 193,000 square-foot-facility would be built east of Shanklin and Hall-Atwater Laboratories, and nestled between Church Street and Lawn Avenue. Designed by Payette Architects, the modernized building would replace the 56-year-old Hall-Atwater Laboratory, and include 39 research and support labs, nine teaching labs, 10 classrooms, a vivarium, renovated greenhouse, outdoor spaces, and the Advanced Instrumentation Lab.

The Departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry will move out of Hall-Atwater and Shanklin and he housed in the new building.

In addition, the historic Shanklin building, which was dedicated in 1928 as the Shanklin Laboratory of Biology, would be preserved and restored under the recent proposal. Construction, including a regrading project, would begin in 2026 and will be completed by 2028. The College of the Environment will move to the renovated space and occupy the second and third floors. The Center for Integrated Sciences will occupy the first floor.

The entire site would feature a network of accessible pathways and formal and informal gathering spaces linking Exley and Science Library with Shanklin and the new science building.

All projects will help modernize Wesleyan’s current programs and allow faculty and students to be equipped with better teaching and learning facilities. The projects are being funded through institutional funds and private support.

Blizzard Engulfs Campus on Feb. 7

During the 2021 spring semester arrival period, a heavy winter blizzard engulfed campus on Feb. 7. More than 6 inches of snow fell within a few hours. (Photos by Olivia Drake MALS ’08)

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A student walks across the McKelvey Green during the winter storm.

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Davison Health Center.

Services, Resources Are Available on Campus During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Wesleyan remains committed to serving the approximately 250 undergraduates who remain on campus and the faculty and staff who are working on campus or remotely during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Information on the many resources that continue to be available may be found on Wesleyan’s Coronavirus/COVID-19 website and below:

Wesleyan Libraries
Olin Memorial Library and the Science Library buildings are closed, but a large and growing amount of online resources are accessible. Access content by going to the library homepage and look for a title or topic in OneSearch. Use the “available online” option under “Refine My Search.”

Wesleyan also offers a list of free electronic resources, including textbooks, e-books, journals, newspapers, and more.

Librarians are available remotely during this time. Questions can be sent to reference@wesleyan.edu, or students can schedule a Zoom meeting from the library homepage. Click on the link for “Research,” and then select the option to “Schedule a Personal Research Session.”

Students enjoy the spring weather on their route to Usdan University Center on March 28.

Usdan University Center

Usdan University Center
Usdan University Center is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Access may be made by using a WesID card at the south (Andrus Field) entrance only. Rehearsal spaces and gaming equipment are not available until further notice.

Usdan Marketplace offers to-go options at every meal. Brunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner is served daily from 5 to 7 p.m. The Bon Appetit team will continue to work with students who have allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Mail Services
WesStation is open 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays–Fridays.

Winter Storm Benedict Blankets Campus in Snow

Winter Storm Benedict covered Wesleyan’s campus with about 2 feet of snow Jan. 12.

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Local school children take advantage of their snow day by sledding on Foss Hill.

A buried bike near the Usdan University Center.

Andrew Klein, science librarian, walks up the Lawn Ave. sidewalk Jan. 14. “The snow storm last week was ferocious and awesome, even by Minnesotan standards. It’s not uncommon to get two feet of snow in Minnesota during the winter, but very rarely in a single day,” Klein says. “I enjoyed the storm and even enjoyed wading through unplowed and unshoveled Miles Avenue on my way to work.”

Students walk on Church Street during Storm Benedict.

View more photos on Wesleyan’s Facebook Site.

Safety Committee Heightens Safety Awareness, Seeks New Members

During a Center for Film Studies building inspection, Wesleyan’s Safety Committee discovered that one of the center’s storage rooms contained many items blocking the fire panel. The committee members worked with the owner of the items to come up with a better location for storage, so fire department personnel have a clear access to the panel.

Wesleyan’s Safety Committee is looking for volunteers willing to help make campus a safer place to work and learn.

In the past few years, the committee has conducted a walk-through of 23 buildings on campus; provided personal protective equipment (safety glasses, gloves, ear protection and other equipment) to Physical Plant –Facilities staff; and helped deliver heavy tools and supplies to sites by installing mechanical lifts. They’ve also discussed ways to prevent accidents involving Wesleyan-owned vehicles and staff.

“The committee really does care about safety on campus, and we want to make a difference,” says Safety Committee co-chair Chris Cruz, safety coordinator for Physical Plant-Facilities. “To make our Safety Committee stronger, we really need more people to volunteer an hour,

Student Bands Lead MoConathon Festival

Student musicians performed at MoConathon May 22, a festival honoring McConaughy Hall, with live music by Wordsmith and the Concert G’s, Mad Wow Disease and Naia Kete. The event was MC’ed by Chris Correa ’10.

The event was open to those wanting to pay tribute to Mocon and its place on Wesleyan’s campus. (Photos by Nick Russell)

Career Resource Center to Benefit from $2M Gift

Wesleyan’s old Squash Building, built in 1934, is scheduled to be renovated during the 2010-11 academic year. It will house the Career Resource Center. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

A generous $2 million gift to Wesleyan will greatly enhance the ability of the Career Resource Center to serve students in a planned new home at the center of campus.

The anonymous gift from Wesleyan parents will endow the programs of the center, which will be located in the old Squash Building at the north end of College Row. Part of Wesleyan’s historic brownstone row, this building is scheduled for renovation beginning in the 2010-11 academic year.

“The Career Resource Center has an essential role in helping students translate their intellectual interests into productive work and career aspirations,” says Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth. “We are deeply grateful for the support of our donors, who recognize the importance of that translation.”

The Career Resource Center is known for its innovative programming. It has been nominated for a NACE (National Association of College and Employers) National Award for its Senior Survival Month 2009 —a month-long series of daily events and workshop

MoCon to be Demolished in 2010


McConaughy Hall, known on campus as “MoCon” was demolished in 2010.

On April 20, 2010, Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 wrote a blog, declaring that the university will not be able to maintain McConaughy Hall. The building, constructed 1962 as “The Freshman Dining Hall” closed in 2007 following the opening of Usdan University Center.

When I began my tenure as President of Wesleyan in the summer of 2007, I strolled over to my old Foss Hill room just across from the entrance to McConaughy Dining Hall. Standing in the circular driveway between my frosh dorm and the dining hall, I could almost hear the music that my roommate Richie and I blasted through the speakers we’d set in the window. On that Arrival Day in August 1975, we decided to announce our start as Wesleyan students by turning up the volume on Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone: How does it FEEEEL?