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Alumni Named Award-Winners at R&C 2011

The Reunion & Commencement Alumni Association honors included Baldwin medalists, Distinguished Alumni awards, and professors recognized with the Binswanger Prize. The Baldwin Medal, which pays tribute to Judge Raymond E. Baldwin ’16, was first awarded during Wesleyan’s Sesquicentennial in 1981. It is the highest honor Wesleyan’s alumni body presents for extraordinary service to Wesleyan or…

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Dear Fellow Alumni, Think of it as Foss Hill in the springtime. Or a late-night discussion at your fingertips—as well as instant access to services the university offers its alumni and updates on alumni networking in your area. That’s what the new alumni online community—Wesconnect—is designed to offer With easy access and a platform that…

A Wesleyan Family

Late in August, higher education lost one of its most ardent supporters when Senator Edward M. Kennedy passed away after his courageous battle with brain cancer. Although he will long be remembered for his unwavering advocacy for quality health care for all Americans, he did as much as anyone to make education accessible and affordable.…

Are We Even Yet?

Imagine parents trying to make ends meet to send their daughter to an expensive college. Imagine that they make every conceivable sacrifice to get their precious child a piece of the American dream. Imagine this all too common scenario— add a dash of hip–hop inspired Latin music—and you get the incomparable In the Heights, the…

Alumni Offer Their Counsel

Athletes at Wesleyan have a new cheering squad whose members gather not in the stands but in meeting rooms for a voice in Wesleyan’s planning processes. The Athletic Advisory Council (AAC) and similar councils in careers and in regional programs are intended to give alumni members a strong voice in programs that have an impact…

Recalling “The Day the Clowns Cried”

July 6, 1944, the day of the Hartford circus fire, has been dubbed “The Day the Clowns Cried.” The blaze, which claimed the lives of 169 people, mostly women and children, and its aftermath was the subject of We Can’t Reach You, Hartford, a theater production offered during Reunion/ Commencement 2007. It was a collaborative…

Inventor of Medical Thrillers Discusses Craft

So you want to write a best-seller thriller and you want some tips. You might take a look at Coma. If you are not among the 100 million or so readers who have purchased books by Dr. Robin Cook ’62, then, briefly, Coma was a runaway best seller turned movie that he wrote early in his career. It…

Dresden Dolls: A Mime Makes Music

Amanda Palmer ’98 used to earn her living by standing silent and utterly still. As “The Eight-Foot Bride” of Harvard Square–flesh painted white, draped in a gown, clasping a bouquet of daisies from a motionless perch on hidden milk crates–she would peer through a blinkless gaze into the bustle of Cambridge, Mass. From time to…

Doing Her “Science-Writerly Best” on Taboo Topics

“After the publication of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, I became the go-to gal for all things cadaver,” author Mary Roach ’81 confessed to those who flocked to her WESeminar at Homecoming/Family Weekend. “People conclude that I must always have been obsessed with dead bodies–although I don’t think people assume that the author of…

Comedic Musical for Alumni

CABARET SHOW Singer/songwriter Karen Gross ’01 entertained a full house–including local Wesleyan alumni–with her cabaretstyle performance, Sex and the Single Singer, at the Tin Angel, a prestigious music venue in Philadelphia, in July. She describes the show as a one-woman comedic musical journey of the ups and downs of being single, and featuring standards, show tunes,…