Cynthia Rockwell

Wesleyan Mourns Sysco Founder, CEO Woodhouse

John Frederick Woodhouse ’53, of Houston, died October 29, 2012. He was 81. A member of Sigma Chi, he received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan with high distinction in economics and earned his master’s degree from Harvard Business School. Beginning his career with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto, he later joined Ford…

French Diplomat and Honored Alumnus Dies

Jean François-Poncet ’47, Hon. ’80, French diplomat, businessman, senator, and Secretary General, died July 18, 2012. Wesleyan celebrated his achievements at the Commencement ceremonies in 1980, when François-Poncet delivered the Commencement address and received an honorary degree. In 1981, he returned to campus to deliver the keynote address for Wesleyan’s 150th anniversary. An obituary in Le…

Brenner ’92, MD: A Magnetic Treatment for Depression

When Grant Brenner’92, M.D., looks at the future of psychiatry, he’s more likely to see magnets than pills, equally likely to see brain imaging as transformative talk therapy. An interpersonal-relational psychoanalyst, he’s also one of a small but growing num- ber of psychiatrists in the country certified to offer his clinical patients a new form of…

Martin ’02 Cooks Up “Stovetop Travel”

The idea came to her in the middle of the night. “I woke up my husband and told him, ‘I know what I should do: I should cook a meal from every country in the world, one per week,’” says Sasha Foppiano Martin ’02. So began Global Table Adventure, Martin’s blog that takes readers on…

Students Volunteer for Prison Program

Wesleyan’s innovative Center for Prison Education (Wesleyan, issue #1, 2012) is providing an education not only for inmates but also for Wesleyan students who are serving the program with stimulating internships, an opportunity  rarely seen at other colleges and universities. Zachary Fischman ’13, for instance, worked as a teaching assistant with Professor of Russian Language…

Occupying Wall Street: An Ethnography

What follows is an abridged excerpt of a final paper by Hailey Sowden ’15 for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Assistant Professor Gillian Goslinga notes that Hailey researched the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement in New York’s Zucotti Park and “ended up writing a stellar ethnography of a nascent political movement from a perspective rarely offered…

Wesleyan Winter Sports Season 2011–2012

The 2011–12 Wesleyan winter sports season gave rise to some outstanding performances. While Shasha Brown ’13 was ripping it up on the basketball court for the record-setting men’s squad (see page 13), Nik Tasiopoulos ’14 was doing the same for men’s ice hockey. Generating 34 points on 19 goals and 15 assists, Tasiopoulos led the…

Recollections of Wesleyan in the 1930s

Nineteen-thirty was a tough year: my father’s real estate business had been an early casualty of the Depression, my parents had to adjust to a yearly income of less than $2,500, and I had given up hopes of going East to college. However, a miracle came in the form of a phone call from a…