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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.

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIA L. KAY ’83

When computer-analyst-by-day-artist-by-night Julia L. Kay ’83 invited fellow artists to draw each other via an online portrait drawing group, she had no idea how many, if any, would respond. Today, almost 1,000 artists from 55 countries have contributed 50,000 creations to Kay’s international online collaborative art project, Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (JKPP).

A $482-MILLION FINALE

It’s likely that very few college fund-raising campaigns began at a more inauspicious time than Wesleyan’s THIS IS WHY campaign. The opening bell had barely sounded when financial markets collapsed in the Great Recession, and it was far from clear that Wesleyan’s donors would have the wherewithal to support the campaign’s ambitious goal of $400…

PORTER ’02 USES BIG DATA TO ADVISE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Dan Porter ’02 knows how you’re going to vote next November. If that’s a shock, then welcome to the world of big data. Google knows what ads to give you, Netflix knows what shows you like to watch, and your credit card company likely knows more about your buying habits than you do. A wealth…

PUTTING LIBERAL EDUCATION TO WORK

Students who want expert advice on how to pursue the most sought-after jobs and internships visit the Gordon Career Center, located at the heart of campus and newly named for Andrew Brandon-Gordon ’86, who has generously supported students through the THIS IS WHY campaign.It’s nearing 5:30 p.m. on a mild Friday evening in late January,…

A CENTURY UNDER CONNECTICUT SKIES

The 100-year-old Van Vleck Observatory has a distinguished history and houses a remarkable collection of objects that bear witness to astronomy’s past. For two years, beginning in the summer of 1914, a rather strange looking structure took shape atop the crest of Foss Hill, highest point on the Wesleyan campus. Silhouetted against sunset skies that…