2016 ISSUE 1

APPLICANTS SET RECORD

At a time when many are decrying the demise of liberal arts colleges, Wesleyan has received its largest application pool ever for the Class of 2020—12,030 students. This record marks a 22 percent increase over the previous year and a 10 percent increase over the former all-time high three years ago for the Class of…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

Over the past year I and others in higher education have been asked countless times about “political correctness” and whether self-appointed “social justice warriors” on campuses are creating an atmosphere that makes it difficult for those who disagree to speak out. In the last month of 2015 alone, the Washington Post devoted eight articles to…

JEWETT CENTER FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS CELEBRATED

On Feb. 26, Wesleyan honored Ellen Jewett ’81, P’17, a former trustee and incoming co-chair of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, for her many years of service to the university with the naming of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of the center, located on the third floor…

$20 MILLION GOFT RECOGNIZED WITH NAMIING OF BOGER HALL

In late January, President Michael S. Roth ’78 announced a $20 million gift from outgoing Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Joshua ’73, P’06, P’09 and Dr. Amy Boger P’06, P’09 to the university’s THIS IS WHY fundraising campaign. In recognition of the Boger family’s generosity and leadership, the building located at 41 Wyllys Avenue on…

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: REFLECTING ON THE PAST TWO YEARS

As my term as chair of the Wesleyan Alumni Association draws to a conclusion, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past two years and all of the wonderful alumni I’ve had an opportunity to meet—both on campus and off. My passion—and the overarching goal of the Alumni Association—has always been to help connect alumni…

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…