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Wesleyan in the News

In this recurring feature in The Wesleyan Connection, we highlight some of the latest news stories about Wesleyan and our alumni.

Recent Wesleyan News

  1. Forbes: “Three Questions to Ask Yourself at the Beginning of Your Career”

Sharon Belden Castonguay, director of the Gordon Career Center, offers career advice for young people just starting out.

2. The Times Literary Supplement: “Multiple Lives”

Hirsh Sawhney, assistant professor of English, coordinator of South Asian studies, explores the “complicated existence” of Mahatma Gandhi.

3. The Washington Post: “The Delight of Being Inconspicuous in a World That’s Always Watching Us”

President Michael Roth reviews a new book, How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency, by Akiko Busch.

Aetna Taps Sabatino ’80 and Loveman ’82 as High-Level Hires

Thomas Sabatino Jr. ’80 joins Aetna as executive vice president and general counsel.

Thomas Sabatino Jr. ’80 joins Aetna as executive vice president and general counsel.

Aetna has tapped two Wesleyan alumni for recent high-level hires. Thomas Sabatino Jr. ’80 is joining the insurance giant as executive vice president and general counsel. Sabatino worked most recently at Hertz Global Holdings as its chief lawyer, and previously in pharmaceuticals and medical products.

He joins Gary Loveman ’82, who in September became Aetna’s corporate executive vice president and president of Healthagen, the company’s consumer business. Loveman, a former management professor at Harvard Business School, had been chairman and CEO of Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Gary Loveman ’82 is Aetna’s corporate executive vice president and president of Healthagen, the company’s consumer business.

Gary Loveman ’82 is Aetna’s corporate executive vice president and president of Healthagen, the company’s consumer business.

Dan Haar ’81, business editor of the Hartford Courant, wrote that both Hertz and Caesar’s are known for tracking and managing their top customers. Loveman created a data-based customer loyalty program as well as an incentive-based health and wellness program for the company’s 70,000 employees and their families.

At two of the three big Hartford insurance companies, Wesleyan alumni hold the general counsel position – David Robinson ’87 has the post at The Hartford. Also, Tom Cowhey ’94 is head of investor relations at Aetna, and Gabriella Nawi ’90 has the same position at Travelers.

Newly Discovered Asteroid Named After Lu MA ’65

Phillip Lu, who earned a master’s degree in astronomy from Wesleyan in 1965, was recently honored in a very special way: A former student who discovered an asteroid named the object after him.

According to The Hartford Courantthe asteroid was discovered in 2006 by astronomer H.C. Lin, the director of the National Lulin Observatory in Taiwan, and it has been seen 106 times since then, enough to have its orbit charted. As the discoverer, Lin was entitled to recommend a name for the asteroid to the International Astronomical Union. He chose to name it 175450 Phillipklu after his beloved teacher.

In his self-deprecating way, Lu told the Courant: “It’s kind of a surprise. I didn’t really expect this…It means somebody didn’t forget me, that’s all!”

When a friend congratulated him on the asteroid, Lu–who has been writing poetry since his retirement–responded in verse:

“One tiny speck moves around our sun,
Carrying my name among planets,
The name, perhaps, is a bit immortal,
But never stops the erosion of my mortal body.”

Lu is a native of China, who attended college in Taiwan. There were no astronomy majors or classes available in Taiwan at the time, so Lu came to Wesleyan to earn his master’s degree in astronomy. He went on to Columbia University for a Ph.D., and to Yale for post-doctoral work. He taught for nearly three decades at Western Connecticut State University before retiring in 1999.

Yohe: Scientists Press for Climate Change Action

Gary Yohe, the Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, co-authored an op-ed published in The Hartford Courant calling on the government to take action on climate change. The op-ed follows the recent release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (of which Yohe is a senior member) Synthesis Report, which ties together “in a  clear and actionable way” findings on the risks and threats climate change poses to human society.

Business leaders have shown they’re ready to take action in response to these findings, “but they’re looking to politicians to implement policies that provide the regulatory certainty they need. The sooner businesses know what policies governments will enact to reduce carbon emissions, they better they can tailor their plans and continue to spur unhindered economic growth,” write Yohe and Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes businesses to embrace a sustainable future.

Read the whole piece here. Yohe, who is also chair and professor of economics, professor of environmental studies, also spoke to The Washington Post recently about the new synthesis report:

“It’s not too late, but the longer you wait, the more expensive it gets,” Gary Yohe, a Wesleyan University professor who also participated in the drafting of the report, said in an interview. Damage to the Earth’s ecosystems is “irreversible to the extent to which we have committed ourselves, but we will commit ourselves to higher and higher and higher damages and impacts” if the world’s leaders fail to act, Yohe said.

Yohe also participated in a panel discussion about the new report on KQED Radio’s “Forum with Michael Krasny.”

Cardinals Open Football Season with High Hopes

With the football season officially opening Saturday at Middlebury, The Hartford Courant profiled Wesleyan Head Football Coach Michael Whalen and the football team.

According to the article, this year’s senior players, one of the first classes recruited by Whalen, was envisioned as the class “that could forever change the program. The class that would nearly double in size any other in his time at Wesleyan or his six years as coach at Williams. The class he envisioned being at the heart of the Cardinals’ first NESCAC championship and first perfect season since 1969. Freshmen in 2011 and seniors today, the players who make up that class have grown together over three years and now find themselves surrounded by the highest of expectations. Wesleyan returns just about every key player — 47 letter winners, 29 seniors, 19 starters — and, one would think, has a chance to put together one of the best seasons in program history.”

“Coming in as freshmen, we always had this year in mind,” said Donnie Cimino ’14, a first-team All-NESCAC defensive back last season. “Last year ended up being a success in many ways. We don’t want to take a step back now. This is what we came here for. When Whalen was recruiting us, it was really about this season. He was selling the turnaround, turning a corner, changing history.”

Watch a live stream of the game against Middlebury, Sept. 20 at 12:50 p.m., here.

Croucher’s Middletown Dig Featured in Courant

Beman Triangle dig

The Courant featured an excavation at the historic Beman Triangle site in Middletown

The Hartford Courant featured an excavation at the historic Beman Triangle site in Middletown by Sarah Croucher, assistant professor of anthropology, archaeology, and feminist, gender and sexuality studies, and her students.

According to the story:

The dig focuses on 5 acres of land known as the Beman Triangle, a historically significant African American community, enclosed by Vine Street, Cross Street and Knowles Avenue.

The project aims to find household items that will illuminate the daily lives of the area’s 19th century inhabitants…

Read more about the Beman Triangle archaeology project in this 2012 story in the Wesleyan magazine.

Read past Wesleyan Connection stories about the project here, and see an interview with Croucher about the project here.

See the project’s website here.

Closing Schizophrenia Program a Crippling Loss

Writing in The Hartford Courant, Matthew Kurtz, associate professor of psychology, chair and associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, rails against plans to close the 20-year-old Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program at the Institute of Living in Hartford. Individuals with schizophrenia suffer from impairments that can make daily life a Herculean struggle for the entire family,” writes Kurtz. Moreover, people with schizophrenia represent a substantial proportion of the homeless population; have extremely have levels of unemployment; and, in the absence of treatment, all too often end up in prisons, which are ill-equipped to treat them and where they are highly vulnerable targets of other prisoners.

Kurtz writes: “The Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, internationally recognized for its treatments, is one of the very few treatment centers in Connecticut that can address the needs of this patient population and the only program, to my knowledge, to offer such a rich array of integrated services with such proven results. Indeed, despite the dire statistics, we know that evidence-based treatments can improve outcomes in schizophrenia and that many people with the disorder can live rich and fulfilling lives, even with residual symptoms.”

Read more here.

Police Alert Community to At-Large Sex Offender

The Middletown Police Department advises that a violent sex offender remains at large from Connecticut Valley Hospital; he is 38-year-old David Lane.  There is no specific information that he is in the area of the Wesleyan campus, but we wanted to alert you nonetheless.  More details, as well as a picture of Mr. Lane, have been circulated in local media. If you have friends or family on campus, please share the message.




Faces of China, 1981

The Hartford Courant featured a new exhibit, “Faces of China, 1981,” by photographer Tom Zetterstrom at the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.

“This is a unique look at China, not from a political perspective. He just looked at the people,” said Patrick Dowdey, curator of the Center, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology, adjunct assistant professor of East Asian Studies. “This was during a period when China was shifting away from Maoism to the reforms of Deng Xiaoping. People were still poor, but they had optimism.”

The exhibit runs through Dec. 6.

The Government Shutdown and Ideology

Writing in The Hartford Courant, Professor of Economics Richard Grossman agrees with President Barack Obama’s accusation that the Republicans are on an “ideological crusade” by refusing to pass a continuing budget resolution unless substantial changes are made to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The Republicans’ tactics are costly and ignorant of political reality, Grossman writes. Pointing to examples as diverse as the 19th century Irish famine and Japan’s refusal to confront its ailing banks in the 1990s, Grossman writes: “Republicans should take a lesson from history, which has shown time and time again that such ideological crusades, when applied to economic policy, can have disastrous consequences.”

Wesleyan Welcomes Coach Amanda Belichick ’07

The Hartford Courant has published a profile of Amanda Belichick ’07, who returned to Wesleyan this fall as interim women’s lacrosse coach. Though, after graduating from Wesleyan with a history degree, she imagined leaving athletics behind for a career in education, Belichick ultimately followed in the coaching footsteps of her father, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick ’75.

“To have the opportunity to lead something you care so much about is exciting,” Amanda Belichick said. “I have a lot of respect and pride in this program. I think the most important thing is that I had an incredible four years here. It’s really important for me to give the players the same incredible experience.”

Not Another Game of Dominoes

The Hartford Courant published an op-ed by Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, tutor in the College of Social Studies, breaking down President Barack Obama’s recent address to the nation on Syria. The president’s argument for a military strike on Syria was based on a flawed domino theory–one similar to the “destructive and costly strategy of containment during the Cold War,” writes Gallarotti. He urges leaders to resist the allure of simple political theories, and instead focus on the specific situation and context of the Syrian conflict.