2015 Issue 2

PATRIOTS AND DRAFT PICKS

The first 2015 issue of Wesleyan just reached these shores, and much as I concur with Rob Abel ’65 and his praise of Bill Belichick ’75, I feel obliged to point out that the Pats team that won the Super Bowl had five of their own first-round draft picks among their 22 starters, not just…

REMEMBERING GEORGE CREEGER

I was saddened to read in Wesleyan magazine (Issue 1, 2015) of the death of Professor Creeger. He was my freshman English professor during the school year 1955–1956. While saddened, I was also reminded again of what a wonderful person and teacher he was! He helped me immensely! When I got my grade from him on…

USAID AND ROCK & ROLL

I’ve just read the good article in the Wesleyan mag on USAID and the Wes guys who help make its reach truly global. I share the class of ’68 with Chris Holmes, and since we both were flying into Middletown (well, as close as we could get) from the West Coast, we shared layovers in…

FOSS HILL MEMORIES

Claude Smith’s (’66) note in Letters [Issue 3, 2014] brought back a flood of memories from the mundane to the sublime from my years at Wesleyan (’61–’65): I started the snowball on Foss Hill that eventually found its way to the intersection of High and College streets between Fisk Hall and Psi U. There must…

EDITOR’S NOTE: TWENTY YEARS AND LOOKING AHEAD

I’ve recently completed my 20th year as editor of this magazine. I’ll always be grateful for this opportunity and for Wesleyan’s willingness to entrust me with the assignment when I had never previously edited any magazine. I had a lot to learn in a hurry, and one of the first things I learned was that…

REUNION & COMMENCEMENT 2015

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

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

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…