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Giaimo ’11 Teaches Leadership Forum through Roundtable Discussions

At right, Joe Giaimo '11 leads a student forum May 2. His guest lecturers have brought a series of diverse perspectives on what defines a leader. (Photo by Brian Katten)

By Ben Cohen ’10, physical education intern

Ask any group of NESCAC student-athletes why they chose their respective institutions, and each will likely mention the conference schools’ strength in both academics and athletics. But Joe Giaimo ’11 has taken things one step further. Giaimo, a captain on the Cardinal football and baseball squads, is leading a student forum this semester, CCIV420-02: “Leadership, Mentoring, and Coaching.”

The forum evaluates effective forms of leadership, seeks out answers to what is leadership, defines it, dissects the changing conceptions of leadership, analyzes the psychology of leaders, and eventually discusses the difference between leadership and power.

The roundtable discussions are made up of many future Wesleyan leaders in business, medicine, law, teaching, religion, and athletics.

“It’s almost like a talk radio show throwing around ideas and observations,” Giaimo says.

Although the course is taught by one of the campus’s most prominent student-athletes, Giaimo and his 14 students have by no means limited their case studies to coaches. Leaders studied in the class have ranged from Fortune 500 CEOs to Barack Obama. Of course, sports figures are well represented in the curriculum, as the class has also studied New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, former UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden and Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, among others. Giaimo also arranged for frequent guest lecturers, including Wesleyan baseball coach Mark Woodworth ’94, football coach Mike Whalen ’83 and Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78.

“Wesleyan has given us the opportunity to go off and study this heavily interesting question in an academic environment

Student-Athletes Host Recess at Wesleyan (with VIDEO)

Approximately 115 students from the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell joined Wesleyan student-athletes from the men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey, football, softball, women’s tennis and wrestling teams and the rugby club for an hour in the Bacon Field House for “recess.”

Three play stations were set up, allowing groups of third- to fifth-graders from Woodside to interact with the Wesleyan students in kickball, capture the flag, red light/green light and basketball.

The Wesleyan football team, through an arrangement between assistant coach Jeff McDonald and Woodside principal Bo Ryan, who met during their college years in the mid-1990s, has been frequenting the school since the fall.

Team members have helped out during recess, while the students were preparing for the Connecticut Mastery Tests, and in other capacities to aid the students and teachers at Woodside. On Thursday, April 7, Wesleyan hosted five students from each of the 21 classes (with a few wild card selections) for a very active hour of fun.

“This whole arrangement is unreal,” says Woodside Principal Bo Ryan. “ It has blossomed into an amazing relationship and our kids absolutely love it. It’s not just that the Wesleyan students come by. They are so actively engaged with our students. It is just amazing.”

More activity between Wesleyan and Woodside is planned for the future.

Below are video highlights and event photos:

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At left, rugby team member Daniele Packard ’13 and wrestler Howard Tobochnik '13 shout to students during a game of capture-the-flag.

Roosa ’13, Lark ’12 to Represent Wesleyan at NCAA Championships


Kyle Roosa ’13


Two Wesleyan athletes are going to the NCAA Championships.

Kyle Roosa ’13 will represent Wesleyan at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse March 11-12, while Tommie Lark ’12 will participate in the NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track Championships at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, March 11-12.

Roosa ’13 recently extended the wrestling team’s string of claiming at least one New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) title when he claimed the crown at 174 pounds during the annual NEWA Championships hosted by Trinity Feb. 26-27.

The Cardinals, with two runner-ups, three fifth-place finishers and one sixth-place finisher, placed third in the field of 14 NEWA teams.


Tommie Lark ’12 (Photos by Brian Katten)


Lark earned his trip to the NCAAs at the New England Division III Men’s Indoor Track Championships hosted by Springfield on Feb. 19. There, Lark ’12 broke his own school record in the triple jump while winning the event with a leap of 48′-2 1/2″.

Men’s Hockey to Play in 1st NESCAC Semi-Final



Wesleyan won a first-round NESCAC tournament game in its fifth trip to the playoffs on Feb. 27. (Photo by Brian Katten)



Wesleyan’s men’s ice hockey will play in its first NESCAC semi-final ever when it takes on No. 2 seed Williams on March 5.

It is just the latest in a series of firsts by this squad. They began their record-setting run by Jan. 15 by knocking off Middlebury for the first time in 35 all-time meetings with a 4-3 overtime decision. On Jan. 21, the Cardinals defeated defending national champion Norwich 5-2, which was the first time a Wesleyan men’s hockey team had beaten a team after they had won a national championship.. The string of firsts continued on Feb. 12, when the Cardinals downed the Bowdoin Polar Bears fort the first time on the road. Most recently, Wesleyan won a first-round NESCAC tournament game in its fifth trip to the playoffs, downing top-seeded Hamilton, 5-2, Feb. 27. Another first, as a number 8 seed had never beaten a number 1 seed in the opening round of the NESCAC hockey tournament.

Dwyer ’10 Named Gagliardi Trophy Finalist

Shea Dwyer ’10

Running back Shea Dwyer ’10 became the second Wesleyan player to receive the distinction of Gagliardi Trophy finalist when the 10 players still eligible for Division III’s version of the Heisman Trophy were announced Nov. 23.  In total, 26 players were nominated for the coveted award before the Gagliardi committee narrowed the choice to 10.  Dwyer joins Wesleyan receiver Matt Perceval ’00, who was a Gagliardi Trophy finalist during the 1999 season.

To see the breakdown of the 10 Gagliardi Trophy finalists on d3football.com and find out how to become a part of the voting for the winner, click  here.

Dwyer, who played during the 2010 football season, was a conference leader. He paced the NESCAC in rushing yards with 1,242, a school record; set a Wesleyan record for yards in a game (255 vs. Colby); was twice named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week; and was a Gridiron Club of Greater Boston weekly Gold Helmet Award winner. He ranked fourth in NCAA Division III for rushing yards per game (155.2) and was sixth nationally among all NCAA running backs. Dwyer, who had just 692 career rushing yards coming into the 2010 campaign, scored 12 touch downs, 11 of them on the ground. He ended his career with 1,934 career rushing yards and 20 touch downs. Dwyer also was named a Division II/III all-star by the New England Football Writers Association.

Men’s Crew Places 2nd at Head of Charles Regatta

From left, Elliot Skopin '11, Terrence Word '11, Trevor Michelson '13 and Spencer Hattendorf '12 placed second at the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 23. (Photo by Arya Alizadeh '13)

Wesleyan’s varsity four entry Elliot Skopin ’11, Terrence Word ’11, Trevor Michelson ’13 and Spencer Hattendorf ’12 with coxwain Peter Chu ’14 turned in an outstanding performance during the Collegiate Four event at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston Sat., Oct. 23.

With a time of 17:41.27 over the three-mile course, the Cardinals quartet of rowers bested 39 other crews in the 41-boat affair, trailing just WPI by a seven-second gap.  Wesleyan made up more than two minutes in moving past the University of Massachusetts team. 

Athlete Weiss ’12 Featured in The Day

Kyle Weiss '12

Wesleyan football player Kyle Weiss ’12 was featured in a Nov. 2 article titled “Weiss Carries on Family Tradition,” published in The Day of New London, Conn.

The story mentions that Weiss’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather also played sports.

According to the article, Weiss is making his own mark, adding to the family legacy. A junior, he’s the starting punter and is ranked first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in yards per kick at 37.4 per game. He also has a team-leading 20 receptions for the improved Cardinals (4-2 overall and in the conference).

On the baseball diamond, he’s the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, earning the most improved award last spring after batting .341 with 16 RBI and a team-best 37 walks while starting 35 of 36 games.

“From the get-go, I could never see myself stopping one (sport) or the other,” Kyle says in the article. “As long as I had the opportunity, I was going to do that.”

Football Players Serve as Role Models to Cromwell Students

Wesleyan football players pose for a photo at Woodside Intermediate School. Pictured, standing, from left are: #68 Bobby Rosenthal '10, #77 Ryan Coffey '11, #37 Tim Morley '11, #60 Nick Seara '11 and #5 Shea Dwyer '10. Seated, from left, are: #18 Steve Hauser '11, #23 Prince Emenalo '13, #3 Kyle Weiss '12, #14 Joe Giaimo '11 and #87 Ernest Wingate '14.

Ten members of the Wesleyan University football squad visited the Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell, Conn., Oct. 1 to join in some of the activities enjoyed by the students in grades 3-5.

Arrangements for the visit, which is one of four the Cardinals will make during the season, began during the summer through a connection between Wesleyan assistant coach Jeff McDonald and Woodside principal Bo Ryan, a former quarterback at Western Connecticut State University.  Plans formalized after McDonald spoke with the Wesleyan team captains and each Friday before Wesleyan’s home games, a contingent of players will travel to the school at midday to recreate with the students and serve as role models.

The student-athlete attendees included Bobby Rosenthal ’10,  Ryan Coffey ’11, Tim Morley ’11, Nick Seara ’11, Shea Dwyer ’10, Steve Hauser ’11, Prince Emenalo ’13, Kyle Weiss ’12, Joe Giaimo ’11 and Ernest Wingate ’14.

The squad members visited several classes but spent most of their time around the area of physical education.

“It was great to have football players from Wesleyan visiting us today,” says Bo Ryan.  “We look forward to having them come back on Oct. 22 during the recess and lunch hours.  All of the players are exceptional students and great role models for our kids.”

Chan ’11 Teaching Athletes, Helping Teens Through Mind, Body Training

Business partner and trainer Adrian “A.J.” Chan ’11, at right, guides a student-athlete through sit-ups at Ant's Mind and Body in Oakland, Calif., where athletes go to refine their skills. Chan’s gym was recently featured in The San Francisco Chronicle. (Photo by Lance Iversen/ The San Francisco Chronicle)

When Wesleyan student-athlete Adrian “A.J.” Chan ’11 isn’t studying for an economics exam or making a tackle on the football field, he’s busy training Olympic athletes, college and high school students, NFL Superbowl Champions and NBA and NCAA team members.

He’s also working with underprivileged youth who use sports as a vehicle for life lessons.

Chan, who co-manages the Oakland, Calif.-based gym, Ant’s Mind and Body, prepares athletes by training the body, mind and soul as one. His business, which celebrates its 1-year-anniversary this month, was recently featured in The San Francisco Chronicle.

“The training system is a combination of the most efficient, effective, and progressive systems in the world,” Chan explains. “It takes from some programs like the Soviet Black Training Model of building strength and speed and martial arts to increase free range of movements,

Sonnenfeld ’11 Joins National Academic All-America Squad

Julian Sonnenfeld '11 had 25 doubles during the 2009-10 baseball season, setting a Wesleyan school record.

Junior left-fielder Julian Sonnenfeld ’11 became the second Wesleyan athlete during the 2009-10 academic year to receive national recognition from the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) as a member of a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine national academic All-America squad.

Sonnenfeld, who led the baseball team to a 22-14 record and its second straight appearance in the NESCAC tournament, was named a third-team academic All-American. He was a first-team all-NESCAC choice, a third-team all-New England selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as well as a first-team District I academic All-American. During the 2010 season,

Colton ’12, Kenworthy ’10 Part of World Cup Kick-Off

Clare Colton '12

Beth Kenworthy '09

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited Wesleyan Soccer players Clare Colton ’12 and Beth Kenworthy ’10, both playing this summer for the New York Athletic Club, to a reception at the Mayor’s Gracie Mansion June 9 as part of the World Cup Kick-off.