Tag Archive for Class of 2015

Wesleyan Slam Poets Place 13th in National Competition

Wesleyan’s WESlam team placed 13th out of 59 college teams from around the country in the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, held April 3-6 at Barnard College in New York City.

Five students, Evan Okun ’13, Lily Myers ’15 , Zachary Goldberg ’13, Cherkira Lashely ’15 and Markeisha Hill ’16 competed on the team and Emily Weitzman ’14 coached. Lily Myers won the award for best love poem.

“‘Most moving’ was the response Wesleyan got from community ,” Okun said. “We were complemented for our creative manner in which we resisted the typical ‘slam-poem-formula’ that is often over dramatic and exploitative of personal trauma.”

Watch Zachary Goldberg, Evan Okun and Lily Myers perform “We Made It:”

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Burgunder ’15 Competes in U.S. Ski Mountaineering World Championships

Mateusz Burgunder ’15

As part of the United States team, Mateusz Burgunder ’15 competed in both the sprint and men’s individual races in the 2013 Ski Mountaineering World Championships.

Mateusz Burgunder ’15 returned recently from competing in the 2013 Ski Mountaineering World Championships, where the U.S. National Ski Mountaineering Team finished ninth out of 23 competing teams.

This year was Burgunder’s third time competing for the U.S., participating in both the sprint race and the men’s individual race. He placed 51st and 65th, respectively. The U.S. won its first medal in the world championships, with Dartmouth College alumna Nina Silitch taking a silver medal in the sprint race.

The Ski Mountaineering World Championships, hosted by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation, were held in Pelvoux, France from Feb. 9–16.


Biology Major Dominguez ’15 Planning Dominican Student Conference

Konnie Dominguez '15 is planning the the 7th National Dominican Student Conference, which will be hosted at Wesleyan. She also blogs for the Office of Admission and works as a book shelver in Olin Library.

Konnie Dominguez ’15 is planning the the 7th National Dominican Student Conference, which will be hosted at Wesleyan. She also blogs for the Office of Admission and works as a book shelver in Olin Library.

Q&As with outstanding students is an occasional feature of The Wesleyan Connection. This issue we speak with Konnie Dominguez from the Class of 2015.

Q: Konnie, what are you planning on majoring in and why?

A: I’m planning on majoring in biology. With a bachelors in biology, I can continue to pursue a career in biological anthropology, specifically in paleoanthropology, the study of human fossils. I’ve had at least one class in science ever since the sixth grade and this year, I had three – biology, chemistry and neuroscience!

Q: Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?

A: Most of my free time, when not spent in classes, labs, or my job, goes to the Dominican Students Association or WesQuisqueya. We are a student group for Wesleyan students of Dominican descent or those who just enjoy Dominican culture.

Q: What is your role in planning the upcoming National Dominican Student Conference?

A: The 7th annual conference will be hosted by Wesleyan on March 29 and 30. For this conference, I am a student coordinator. I’m on the publicity team and, along with another group member, I’m in charge of reaching out to past participants of the conference and inviting them to come again. Our team currently expects around 500 students! It is a lot of work.

Battat ’15 is “Onward and Upward” in the Jewish Ledger

Sivan Battat '15 is pictured second from right.

Sivan Battat ’15 is mentioned in the Jan. 19 edition of The Jewish Ledger for being “Onward . . . and Upward.”

Battat and seven other Ezra Academy alumni visited their alma mater to chat with students about their experiences since graduating from high school.

The article is online here.

Wesleyan Welcomes First-Year Students on Arrival Day (with videos)

Students move in on Arrival Day. Wesleyan students and staff assisted new students with their move. (Photo by Nick Lacy)

Jimmy Albrecht '15 moves into Clark Hall on Arrival Day.

At 8:50 a.m., Jimmy Albrecht ’15 began lugging in boxes of clothing, canvas totes of athletic equipment, a 3.1 cubic-square-foot fridge, an X-Box, microwave, bedding, toiletries and six – make that eight – pairs of shoes, into his new student residence in Clark Hall.

“Oh, there’s another pair over there. And there’s another pair. Jimmy, you’re going to need a shoe rack,” says his mother, Sharon, who drove Jimmy to Wesleyan from their home in Chicago, Ill.

Jimmy’s father, George, also helped with the unloading. “Our Jeep was so packed with stuff, there wasn’t even room for a toothbrush back there,” George says.

Jimmy Albrecht, who will play hockey at Wesleyan, joined 810 other Class of 2015 students for Arrival Day 2011. Students and their families began trickling in around 8 a.m. with carloads of back-to-school supplies. Eighty-seven international students arrived three days prior for International Student Orientation.

In addition, Wesleyan welcomed 18 transferred sophomores, seven transferred juniors, five visiting international students and four college-exchange program students on Arrival Day.

At left, Elizabeth Binswanger '15 enlisted her father, David, for help moving in.

Elizabeth Binswanger ’15 and her parents, David and Dorothy, traveled from Philadelphia, Pa. to Middletown Aug. 30. Together, they hauled in “lots of clothes,” bedding, food and a computer.

Wesleyan Welcomes 87 International Students

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International students shout "Go Wes!" during a group photo shoot Aug. 30.

Wesleyan welcomed 87 international students to campus Aug. 28-31. International Student Orientation is held prior to new student orientation in order for international students to recover from travel, often from across the globe. ISO also offers sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education,

DiCandeloro ’15 Learns Persian Language, Culture through Summer Program

Incoming frosh John DiCandeloro, pictured at top, right, is currently studying the Persian language Farsi in Dushanbe, Tajikistan through the State Department's National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school students and recent graduates interested in learning less-commonly studied foreign languages. DiCandeloro is pictured with his peers and Ken Gross, the U.S. Ambassador to to the Republic of Tajikistan. The Ambassador spoke about the United States' political and economic relationship with Tajikistan and opportunities to work with the State Department in the future.

DiCandeloro and his peers participated in a national cuisine cooking class. Here, volunteers made "manta" (dumplings) by filling flattened dough-squares with a mixture of meat/onion or potato/onions. The students are living with local families and studying their language. They're also learning the culture, touring cities, meeting dignitaries and volunteering in the city. At Wesleyan, DiCandeloro plans to study international relations.