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FALL WEEKENDS: LEGACIES CELEBRATE FAMILY WEEKEND; WESLEYAN’S “NO. 1 FAN” REMEMBERED AT HOMECOMING

Family Weekend 2014 at Wesleyan University. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Family Weekend, held the last weekend in September this year, featured WESeminars, athletic contests, and many delighted Wesleyan alumni parents. They lined up with their Wesleyan students on Denison Terrace, along with President Michael S. Roth ’78. The Wesleyan Cardinal was also on hand to celebrate the latest generation of Wesleyan spirit. This year Family Weekend was separate…

RANDY SIEGEL ’83 FUNDS SUMMER STUDENT SCIENCE RESEARCH

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Randy Siegel ’83, a College of Letters alumnus, and his wife, Lisa, have a personal reason for giving to Wesleyan: their daughter (above, with Randy). Their new endowment gift supports a student working in Professor Jan Naegele’s lab on cutting-edge epilepsy research. Rebecca Siegel, 17, has struggled with intractable epilepsy since infancy. Several years ago…

WESLEYAN WELCOMES EIGHT NEW MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Saeyun D. Lee ’93  Lee is the senior assistant commissioner for academic affairs in the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and supports the development and implementation of initiatives to continually enhance the quality of public institutions of higher education and increase college and career readiness starting at birth. She previously served as the policy director…

AFFINITY GROUPS: LIFELONG COMMUNITY DAPHNE KWOK ’84

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I’ve often heard Wesleyan described as a lifelong community. I couldn’t agree more. What makes each of us “Wesleyan” is not just the years that we spend on campus. It’s also the interactions and experiences we share once we join the proud Wesleyan alumni community of more than 30,000 members across the globe. As with…

JEFFREY BURNS ’80 M.D.: STUDENTS, ALUMNI FORM CREATIVE TEAM FOR OPENPEDIATRICS.ORG

If you want to revolutionize an entire field of study, you need creative thinkers. Such is the thinking behind one doctor’s quest to bring medical education to the global sphere. As OPENPediatrics.org Program Director Dr. Jeffrey Burns ’80 builds a staff of highly competent and innovative individuals, the pool of Wesleyan graduates has provided ample…

ANDREW VOGEL ’95: FORGING RELATIONSHIPS

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When Andrew Vogel ’95 talks about his relationship with Wesleyan, it’s a story of the importance of alumni connections—forging them, fostering them, and following them into the next generation of graduates. A partner with ZM Capital, a partnership founded by Strauss Zelnick ’79, Vogel recently sponsored a large gift—$1 million—to the Wesleyan endowment from that…

TERRY HUFFINGTON AND RALPH DITTMAN P’11, ‘14: FUNDING SCHOLARSHIP FOR INDONESIAN STUDENTS

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Wesleyan parents Terry Huffington and Ralph Dittman have donated to financial aid and environmental programming throughout their daughters’ undergraduate careers. Recently they made a generous new commitment through the Huffington Foundation: $1.2 million to endow the Huffington Freeman Scholarship, which will support high-need students from Indonesia in perpetuity. This gift reflects both their appreciation of…

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

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Last March, Wesleyan held a fantastic weekend event-, Connect@WES, which was put together by University Relations and the Wesleyan Career Center (with a cast of truly distinguished alumni). Over the course of two days, Wesleyan students and alumni listened to speakers talk about various aspects of the road to life after academia: How do I…