2007 Issue 4

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…

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS RECOGNIZE MILITARY SERVICE

Two Wesleyan alumni each have made substantial gifts to create need-based scholarships for former servicemen and servicewomen for four years of full-time baccalaureate study. These new gifts, reported in a page-one USA Today story, will fund as many as 10 scholarships at any given time. One of the donors, Frank Sica ’73, described the reasoning…

JENKINS’ DRAGON VISITS NYC MUSEUM

For the past three years, Ron Jenkins has shared his office with a 10-footlong Balinese barong, a mythical dragon. But recently, his fire-breathing friend has found a temporary home inside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.   The professor of theater, who uses the barong as a teaching tool for Balinese…

THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS

I am grateful for the introduction by my friend and my teacher, Carl Schorske. Carl has always exemplified what is best about Wesleyan’s commitment to engaged teaching and learning. He has inspired generations of students with his love of the arts and his desire to understand how other times and places can best guide us…

IMPROVISATIONAL DANCE

Cheryl Cutler stands in the middle of the polished dance floor, her tiny presence radiating energy. “Strrrrretch,” she instructs us, from so deep down in her center she’s almost growling.   I drop my hands to my toes, shake my neck, and am transported back 25 years to Intro to Dance with Professor Cutler, who…

PRESIDENT ROTH ANNOUNCES AID INITIATIVE AT INAUGURATION

The pageantry of President Michael Roth’s inauguration was the backdrop for his announcement Nov. 2 that Wesleyan will lower loan levels beginning with next year’s entering class and eliminate loans for most students with family incomes up to $40,000.   A standing-room only crowd of more than 1,500 people witnessed the inauguration in the Silloway…

HISTORICAL ROW: INAUGURATING A WESLEYAN PRESIDENT

Few academic ceremonies are more steeped in tradition than the inauguration of a new university president. Naturally, Wesleyan’s 16 inaugurations have varied in detail, but certain key elements recur: an academic procession, music, greetings from key constituencies, the presence of special guests, and an address by the new president.   Wesleyan’s first inaugural ceremony, the…

Indies in the Crosshairs?

A documentary film by a Wesleyan faculty member asks if we are seeing the end of independent bookstores. Wesleyan alumni in the independent bookstore business answer back.INDEPENDENTLY-OWNED BOOKSTORES USED TO BE A FREQUENT SIGHT IN CITIES AND SUBURBS. They were funky places, each with its own personality and variety of books. But early in the 1990s,…

Something Old, Something New

A focus of the campus master plan adopted in 2003 came to fruition this fall with the opening of the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center and the renovated Fayerweather building. Now, with more than 150,000 dining transactions as of mid-November and more than 1,000 hours of student meetings and events, this mix of historical renovation…

A Brighter Stage For Science

ASK ANY SCIENTIST ON CAMPUS HOW THE SCIENCES AT WESLEYAN STACK UP AGAINST OTHER LIBERAL ARTS INSTITUTIONS, and you will hear an exclamation that our peers aren’t even in the same league. A lot of data exists to support that contention, or at least a more restrained articulation of it. Wesleyan has a huge lead in…