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A Reptile Rendition

“May we borrow your triceratops?” When Yale’s Peabody Museum mounted a dinosaur exhibit for school children during winter vacation, an official called Erik Dawe ’02 with that question.   The math and physics major from Newtown, Conn., had been building a life-sized model of the dinosaur skeleton for nearly two years in his free time.…

Renowned Sculptor John Risley Dies

John H. Risley, professor of art emeritus, died Feb. 19 in Colchester, Conn. Born in 1919 in Waterville, Maine, Professor Risley modestly referred to himself as a Yankee tinker. He was, of course, much more: an artist who received national prizes and more than two dozen regional prizes for sculptural work that graced collections ranging…

Super Bowl Victor

Let the teenyboppers drool over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his dimpled chin. At a certain point in life, you don’t dream about being his date. You look at a 24-year-old like Brady and think: What a great mom he must have.   Coach Bill Belichick is the thinking woman’s hero. And if…

Q & A: Jerusalem Through the Windows

Q: You first went to Jerusalem with the Jewish Studies Program at Wesleyan. What drew you back to live there?   Adina Hoffman: My husband, Peter Cole, and I were living in San Francisco in the early ’90s and decided to go to Jerusalem for a year. Peter had a translation fellowship and had lived…

Motherhood Mysteries

THE PHONE STARTED RINGING…AND RINGING AND RINGING. A jury had just pronounced O.J. Simpson not guilty of murder and from penitentiaries across California, convicts were calling Ayelet Waldman ’86 demanding she get them off. On the other end of the phone Waldman was understanding, sympathetic even, but she had a more immediate issue to deal with.…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. STEVEN ALMOND ’88 My Life in Heavy Metal (Grove/Atlantic, 2002) Most of the 12 stories in this entertaining fiction debut deal with the passion, humor, and angst of relationships between young men and women in the ’80s and ’90s. Almond is especially adept…

Continuing Career Counseling

Dear Fellow Alumni, Once again Wesleyan is at the forefront of a new trend: lifelong career counseling provided to all alumni at no cost. Under President Bennet’s leadership, Wesleyan’s Career Resource Center (CRC) has become more responsive to the needs of alumni as they grow in their careers. It used to be that the CRC…

Staying Connected

Dear Alumni, September 11 followed a trustee meeting where I spent the weekend with several trustees. We’d renewed our friendship, I felt connected, and I wanted to know if they and other alumni friends from NYC and Washington were okay. I learned about the Wesleyan Web site in response to September 11 and logged on…