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Wesleyan Parent Is Charter Member, Alumni-Elected Trustees Join Board

The annual alumni election of trustees produced three new board members: Mike McKenna ’73, David Hill ’86, and Oyeshola Olatoye ’96.   McKenna is president and chief executive officer of Marsteller Advertising, a unit of Burson-Marsteller, an international communications firm. He specializes in corporate image work and has carried out award-winning projects for pro bono…

Image Maker

Since his childhood, Professor of Art J. Seeley has had one continuing quest: to find new and creative ways to print realistic images in ink on paper. “My mother recalled that I was working with potato prints and rubber stamps long before I started school,” he says. “She remembered that I pushed anything I could…

HISTORICAL ROW: THE SINGING COLLEGE

Long before our time, Wesleyan was sometimes known as “The Singing College.” This sobriquet reflected the many musical pastimes of Wesleyan students, from the Speirachordeon Band of the late 1830s, to the informal college sings that often took place on the steps of North College, to the various incarnations of the Wesleyan Glee Club from…

A Reptile Rendition

“May we borrow your triceratops?” When Yale’s Peabody Museum mounted a dinosaur exhibit for school children during winter vacation, an official called Erik Dawe ’02 with that question.   The math and physics major from Newtown, Conn., had been building a life-sized model of the dinosaur skeleton for nearly two years in his free time.…

Renowned Sculptor John Risley Dies

John H. Risley, professor of art emeritus, died Feb. 19 in Colchester, Conn. Born in 1919 in Waterville, Maine, Professor Risley modestly referred to himself as a Yankee tinker. He was, of course, much more: an artist who received national prizes and more than two dozen regional prizes for sculptural work that graced collections ranging…

Super Bowl Victor

Let the teenyboppers drool over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his dimpled chin. At a certain point in life, you don’t dream about being his date. You look at a 24-year-old like Brady and think: What a great mom he must have.   Coach Bill Belichick is the thinking woman’s hero. And if…

Q & A: Jerusalem Through the Windows

Q: You first went to Jerusalem with the Jewish Studies Program at Wesleyan. What drew you back to live there?   Adina Hoffman: My husband, Peter Cole, and I were living in San Francisco in the early ’90s and decided to go to Jerusalem for a year. Peter had a translation fellowship and had lived…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. STEVEN ALMOND ’88 My Life in Heavy Metal (Grove/Atlantic, 2002) Most of the 12 stories in this entertaining fiction debut deal with the passion, humor, and angst of relationships between young men and women in the ’80s and ’90s. Almond is especially adept…