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A PEAK MOMENT IN WES SPORTS HISTORY RECALLED

The 2010 Wesleyan softball team knew it had something to prove. For two years in a row, they were one game shy of their ultimate goal: a NESCAC crown. They were good, but they wanted to be great. Five years later, Head Coach Jen Lane still recalls how determined that team was. “We had expectations…

WESLEYAN’S INAUGURAL 1831 SOCIETY RECEPTION

Manhattan’s Hudson Terrace was the setting for Wesleyan’s inaugural 1831 Society Reception, hosted by John ’80 and Eva Usdan P’15, P’18, P’18, on January 29, 2015. More than 300 alumni, parents, and Wesleyan students gathered to celebrate, entertained by Family Market, a Wesleyan jazz trio, and The Wesleyan Spirits. The 1831 Society recognizes leadership donors…

HUG YOUR CUSTOMERS

Jack Mitchell ’61, GP ’16, GP ’18, came to campus recently to talk about the re-release of his book, Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results—a personal account of how a family business that started with three suits to sell rose to prominence in the private, high-end clothier market.…

JOIN IN AN ENDURING TRIBUTE TO JOHN DRISCOLL AND THE FREEMAN ASIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Two notable occasions coincide this spring: The Freeman Asian Scholars Program, founded  through the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, late Houghton (Buck) ’43 and Doreen Hon.’03 Freeman and their son Graeme ’77, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. And longtime Wesleyan Alumni Director John Driscoll ’62—one of the program’s strongest champions—will formally retire. What better way…

STEVE OLESKEY ‘64, P’00 ESTABLISHES ENDOWED PUBLIC SERVICE INTERNSHIP

Orientation to public service and social justice came early to Steve Oleskey ’64, P’00. “My mother worked in the New Hampshire court system in the 1950s,” he explained. “She would come home and tell me about grand juries interrogating local citizens about their political activities.” Oleskey also watched the dramatic Army-McCarthy hearings on television: “From…

CONVERSATIONS: REDEFINING THEATER

As theater professor Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento shares her knowledge of the art form, she hopes to inspire her students to create the theater of their own generation. Directing In the Heights gave her a chance to connect with many who hadn’t worked in theater before. Last November 12–14 at the Center for the Arts Theater,…

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS: CO-OP

Howard Brodsky ’66 calls the rug business he ran on campus his “first cooperative venture.” Today he is the founder, chair, and CEO of CCA Global Partners, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, with sales of more than $10 billion and 13 distinct businesses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and…