Connect With Wesleyan

REUNION & COMMENCEMENT 2015

LIN

At the 183rd Commencement ceremony on May 24, 2015, graduates, their families, and other members of the Wesleyan community were treated to some life advice in the form of rap, courtesy of Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, this year’s Commencement speaker and the composer, lyricist, and star of the award-winning Broadway hip-hop musical Hamilton. Miranda drew upon…

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: JOIN A WESLEYAN PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

DK

What is the first word that comes to mind when you think about our Wesleyan Alumni Network? For me, that word is “indispensable!” Whether you are a Wesleyan undergraduate looking for an internship, a recent graduate seeking to advance your career, or a seasoned professional exploring a career transition, Wesleyan’s network of more than 30,000…

SOCIAL IMPACT SUMMIT SLATED FOR NOVEMBER

4. UpFront_smj_0902.indd

The inaugural Wesleyan Social Impact Summit, an opportunity for Wesleyan change-makers to come together and amplify their potential for impact, will be held on campus November 13–14. The Summit, sponsored by the Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, “has a roll-up-your-sleeves format with ample time for working and connecting,” says Makaela Kingsley ’98, director of the…

ALUMNI “DRUM UP” SUPPORT TO HONOR ABRAHAM ADZENYAH

Adjunct Professor of Music and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah has not only selflessly shared his vast knowledge of West African music, dance, and culture during his 46-year career at Wesleyan, but also has left a lifelong mark on the lives of so many with his magnetic personality and constant attention to the emotions behind the…

KEVIN SANBORN’S LEGACY LIVES ON

Campus leader. Curious student. Activist. Celebrator extraordinaire. Generous friend. These are just a few of the phrases friends use to describe the late Kevin Sanborn ’87. Sanborn, an active member of the Wesleyan campus, served as a resident adviser, head resident of West College, and as a member of several gay rights organizations and the…

WESLEYAN WELCOMES SIX NEW MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BOYER

Phoebe C. Boyer ’89, P’19 Boyer is president and chief executive officer of The Children’s Aid Society. She came to Children’s Aid from the Robertson Foundation, a $1 billion family foundation that takes a targeted approach to supporting critical national issues, including education reform. She also served as the executive director of the Tiger Foundation,…

WESLEYAN’S INAUGURAL 1831 SOCIETY RECEPTION

1831_Society_tagline_1105_GR

Manhattan’s Hudson Terrace was the setting for Wesleyan’s inaugural 1831 Society Reception, hosted by John ’80 and Eva Usdan P’15, P’18, P’18, on January 29, 2015. More than 300 alumni, parents, and Wesleyan students gathered to celebrate, entertained by Family Market, a Wesleyan jazz trio, and The Wesleyan Spirits. The 1831 Society recognizes leadership donors…

JOIN IN AN ENDURING TRIBUTE TO JOHN DRISCOLL AND THE FREEMAN ASIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM

john driscoll_highlight

Two notable occasions coincide this spring: The Freeman Asian Scholars Program, founded  through the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, late Houghton (Buck) ’43 and Doreen Hon.’03 Freeman and their son Graeme ’77, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. And longtime Wesleyan Alumni Director John Driscoll ’62—one of the program’s strongest champions—will formally retire. What better way…

STEVE OLESKEY ‘64, P’00 ESTABLISHES ENDOWED PUBLIC SERVICE INTERNSHIP

oleskey_highlight

Orientation to public service and social justice came early to Steve Oleskey ’64, P’00. “My mother worked in the New Hampshire court system in the 1950s,” he explained. “She would come home and tell me about grand juries interrogating local citizens about their political activities.” Oleskey also watched the dramatic Army-McCarthy hearings on television: “From…