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GOING UNDERGROUND: C-CERT EXPLORES CLOSED BUTTERFIELD BASEMENT & TUNNEL SYSTEM BY OLIVIA DRAKE

On Oct. 17, Wesleyan’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) toured the basement level, or “tunnels” of the Butterfield complex. Built in 1965, the Butterfields encompassed 166,000 gross square feet in three separate dormitory buildings — A, B and C — which are connected by vibrant, graffiti-rich underground tunnels. Through the years, the tunnels served…

MEET OUR ELEPHANTS, BY REBECCA WINKLER ’16

Rebecca Winkler ’16 writes about her experience working with the Mahouts Elephant Foundation in the latest issue of Wesleyan magazine (“Letter Home” page 68). Here, she introduces us to four elephants she has come to think of as part of her family in the Karen hill tribe in Thailand, where she lives.

JOHN ’62, GINA DRISCOLL RECEIVE BALDWIN MEDAL

During the 185th Commencement ceremony on May 28, John ’62 and Gina Driscoll were honored with the Raymond E. Baldwin Medal, the highest award of the Alumni Association. John and Gina have each provided exemplary service to Wesleyan for more than three decades, during which they have been truly remarkable ambassadors of goodwill. To alumni…

GIFTS FOR THE COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Wesleyan’s College of the Environment (COE) has received two major gifts that together will provide $6.5 million in endowment to support its programs. Essel Bailey ’66 and his wife, Menakka, have increased their support of the COE with a new $4 million commitment that will fund a multipronged effort to extend the work and themes…

FRIES CENTER FOR GLOBAL STUDIES COMMITTED TO CITIZENSHIP IN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni recently gathered for the dedication of the Fries Center for Global Studies. Housed in Fisk Hall, the center includes the Office of Study Abroad; Fellowships, Internships and Exchanges; Language Resources and Technology; and Language and Intercultural Learning. The center was dedicated in recognition of the generosity of Board of Trustees…

THE BACKSTORY: THE ASD BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES

BY JUDITH NEWMAN ’81 Judith Newman ’81 is the author of To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines (Harper Collins, August 2017). She lives in Manhattan with her twin sons, Henry and Gus. Learn more at judithnewman.com. Me: “Honey, it’s going to be great! Let’s go shopping for…”…

FIVE JOIN WESLEYAN BOARD

KAREN DONFRIED ’84 Karen Donfried is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit focused on strengthening transatlantic relations and headquartered in Washington, D.C., with seven oces across Europe. Before assuming this role in April 2014, she was special assistant to the President and senior director for European aˆairs on…