2017 Issue 2

JOHN ’62, GINA DRISCOLL RECEIVE BALDWIN MEDAL

During the 185th Commencement ceremony on May 28, John ’62 and Gina Driscoll were honored with the Raymond E. Baldwin Medal, the highest award of the Alumni Association. John and Gina have each provided exemplary service to Wesleyan for more than three decades, during which they have been truly remarkable ambassadors of goodwill. To alumni…

GIFTS FOR THE COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Wesleyan’s College of the Environment (COE) has received two major gifts that together will provide $6.5 million in endowment to support its programs. Essel Bailey ’66 and his wife, Menakka, have increased their support of the COE with a new $4 million commitment that will fund a multipronged effort to extend the work and themes…

FRIES CENTER FOR GLOBAL STUDIES COMMITTED TO CITIZENSHIP IN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni recently gathered for the dedication of the Fries Center for Global Studies. Housed in Fisk Hall, the center includes the Office of Study Abroad; Fellowships, Internships and Exchanges; Language Resources and Technology; and Language and Intercultural Learning. The center was dedicated in recognition of the generosity of Board of Trustees…

MEET HAMILTON PRIZE WINNER AUDREY PRATT ’21

When 18-year-old Audrey Pratt of Needham, Mass., received a ticket to see Hamilton for her birthday, she never dared dream that Lin- Manuel Miranda ’02, Thomas Kail ’99, and members of the all-alumni Hamilton Prize Selection Committee would soon be deliberating over her work, and the work of seven other finalists, in their search for the first-ever recipient…

THE BACKSTORY: THE ASD BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES

BY JUDITH NEWMAN ’81 Judith Newman ’81 is the author of To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines (Harper Collins, August 2017). She lives in Manhattan with her twin sons, Henry and Gus. Learn more at judithnewman.com. Me: “Honey, it’s going to be great! Let’s go shopping for…”…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

We hear it all the time: The cultural and economic context into which our graduates enter is a global one. For many years, Wesleyan has energetically recruited students from across the United States because we believe that geographical diversity can be helpful in creating a campus in which students learn from peers with experiences, hopes,…

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Illusory Bubble

I often hear students refer to the “Wesleyan bubble,” a term meant to suggest that life on campus is somehow apart from the world. In some respects, it is—by design. The opportunity to take a course with no apparent connection to anything practical or career oriented is part of the search for meaning and unexpected…