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Calica ’01 and Norris ’83 on why your gift matters

Calica ’01 and Norris ’83 on why your gift matters

06/24/2015: Do small gifts even matter? Megan Norris '83 and Andrew Calica '01 weigh in.

An interview with the makers of GTFO the Movie

An interview with the makers of GTFO the Movie

06/10/2015: Wesconnect caught up with director Shannon Sun-Higginson 10 and editor Ian Park 11 about GTFO The Movie, a documentary on the normalization of misogyny in gaming.

Nelson ’94 explores sexuality, gender and family

Nelson ’94 explores sexuality, gender and family

06/09/2015: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson '94 is a "work of 'autotheory'" which combines genre-bending memoir with critical theory on sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing.

Afropop wins Peabody award

Afropop wins Peabody award

06/09/2015: Afropop Worldwide, a cultural icon in radio from Sean Barlow '79 and Banning Eyre '79, has been honored for its 27 years celebrating African culture by the Peabody Institutional Award. #THISISWHY

Solow ’12, the Joan Jett of sex educators

Solow ’12, the Joan Jett of sex educators

06/08/2015: Meet one of NPR's '50 Great Teachers,' the "Joan Jett of sex educators," Lena Solow '12.

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 Hon. ’15 will not throw away his shot

Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 Hon. ’15 will not throw away his shot

05/27/2015: "That clock you hear is the sound of your own heart. Sink your teeth into this life, and don’t get let go. Congratulations." Lin-Manuel Miranda '02 delivers the Commencement address, urging the Class of 2015 to "not throw away their shot."

#RC2015 Social Media

#RC2015 Social Media

05/26/2015: Your Cardinals on the Street live-tweeted WESeminars, speeches and receptions. Check the Storify out and see what happened.

Any more updates?

Any more updates?

05/26/2015: Share your memories with others. Send us your photos or tag them on Flickr with #rc2015! Email

Congradulations!

Congradulations!

05/25/2015: Wesleyan awarded 799 BA, 29 MA, 35 MALS and 16 PhD degrees at its 183rd Commencement ceremony on Sunday. 

Binswanger and Baldwin awards at Commencement

Binswanger and Baldwin awards at Commencement

05/24/2015: Gina Athena Ulysse, Michael Calter and David Schorr were awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching; Alan Dachs '70 Hon. '07 P'98 received the Baldwin Medal.

Michael S. Roth '78 delivers remarks at Commencement

Michael S. Roth '78 delivers remarks at Commencement

05/24/2015: President Roth's address: "We have been inspired by student demands that we make this campus a place free from sexual assault, a place where it is clear that black lives matter, a place where we recognize our responsibility for the environment that will sustain us only if we stop poisoning the earth."

Senior voices of Class of 2015

Senior voices of Class of 2015

05/23/2015: Jenna Starr '15, Jasmine Masand '15, and Camille Casareno '15 spoke as part of the "Senior Voices" program on May 23. 

Alumni reunite

Alumni reunite

05/23/2015: Photographs of alumni dinners, receptions and events at Reunion this past weekend.

Storytelling: Paul Hadzima ’59

Storytelling: Paul Hadzima ’59

05/13/2015: Dinosaurs and mummies once cavorted at Wes. Paul Hadzima '59 tells the story of the collection of Judd Hall Museum.

Behind the Scenes of Mad Men, the Exhibit

Behind the Scenes of Mad Men, the Exhibit

05/13/2015: The Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image creates an aura much like the TV show itself: an immersive nostalgia culminating in an ode to the process of creation.

Alumni Association Awards 2015

Alumni Association Awards 2015

05/12/2015: The Alumni Association announces its awards recipients for 2015.

Age of Ultron keeps the Avengers avenging

Age of Ultron keeps the Avengers avenging

05/11/2015: Joss Whedon's '87 sends Earth's mightiest heroes off in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" where they meet with machines, mayhem, and a flurry of enthusiastic and critical responses.

Binswanger Prize Recipients 2015

Binswanger Prize Recipients 2015

05/04/2015: Congratulations to Michael A. Calter, Professor of Chemistry, David Schorr, Professor of Art, and Gina Athena Ulysse, Associate Professor of Anthropology, recipients of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching for 2015.

Behind the Scenes of Mad Men: An Interview with Carl Goodman ’88

Behind the Scenes of Mad Men: An Interview with Carl Goodman ’88

04/29/2015: Meet Carl Goodman '88, Executive Director of the Museum of the Moving Image. Read about Carl's early influences, his approach to curation, and an upcoming Wesleyan evening at the Museum's Mad Men exhibit.

An Earth Day act of political theater

An Earth Day act of political theater

04/28/2015: On Earth Day, Christopher Swain '90 swam through "the raw sewage and toxic sludge" of one of the most toxic canals in America: Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal. #THISISWHY

Alumni return to campus for WesFest

Alumni return to campus for WesFest

04/28/2015: Alumni from across disciplines, including music video directors, journalists, and artists, visited campus for WesFest recently. #THISISWHY

A message from Syed Ali '13

A message from Syed Ali '13

04/24/2015: Wesconnect interviews Syed Ali '13, a former student representative to the Board of Trustees, about the alumni-trustee elections that are currently underway.

Jacobs Hendel ’85 and an alternative diagnosis

Jacobs Hendel ’85 and an alternative diagnosis

04/15/2015: "It's not always depression," says psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel ’85 P’18 in a popular NYT Opinionator piece. She offers an alternative, non-pathologizing diagnosis. #THISISWHY

Saeyun Lee ’93, alumni-elected trustee

Saeyun Lee ’93, alumni-elected trustee

04/14/2015: Saeyun Lee '93 is the asst. commissioner for academic affairs of the Mass. Dept. of Higher Ed., as well as a Wesleyan alumni-elected trustee. Learn why it's important to vote in the elections.

Roving Reporter: Wesleyan Places

Roving Reporter: Wesleyan Places

04/14/2015: What is your favorite place on campus? A Wesconnect roving reporter gets some answers.

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell

04/14/2015: William Klaber '67 talks about his book "The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell," which the NYT calls a "deeply satisfying historical novel." Rather than accept half the salary that a male teacher was paid, 19th-century feminist Lucy quit her job. #EqualPayDay

A Persian in Therapy

A Persian in Therapy

04/13/2015: In “A Persian in Therapy,” Melody Moezzi '01 documents her time in psychotherapy, including her struggle with misdiagnoses and spirituality.

The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda '02

The genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda '02

04/01/2015: Lin-Manuel Miranda '02, writer, musician, actor and 2015 Commencement speaker, has been called "Shakespearean in ambition, and in achievement" for what may very well be the musical of this decade. #THISISWHY

Kennedy Odede ’12, alumni-elected trustee

Kennedy Odede ’12, alumni-elected trustee

03/31/2015: Wesconnect interviews Kennedy Odede ’12, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, on his first year as an elected member on the Wesleyan Board of Trustees, and the upcoming election.

Young Global Leaders

Young Global Leaders

03/31/2015: Three alumni have been recognized as "Young Global Leaders" by the World Economic Forum. #THISISWHY

Get Better Boss

Get Better Boss

03/30/2015: Henry Kaplan ’10 collaborated with Houang ’10, Gordon ’10, Essoyan ’07, Binswanger ’10 and Kuwahara ’09 to create a short film about an aging gangland boss battling through his final days.

South by South Wes?

South by South Wes?

03/25/2015: SXSW 2015: South by South Wes. What were alumni up to in Austin this March?

Collection of work by Green ’81 published

Collection of work by Green ’81 published

03/24/2015: Artist, writer, and filmmaker Renée Green ’81 recently released Other Planes of There, a collection of multimedia art spanning three decades.

Croteau ’93 leads youth out of gangs, toward success

Croteau ’93 leads youth out of gangs, toward success

03/24/2015: Gregg Croteau ’93 is helping the youth of Lowell, Massachusetts in turning away from gangs and toward success.

Novel by Lotke ’87 depicts living on a minimum wage

Novel by Lotke ’87 depicts living on a minimum wage

03/23/2015: In his debut novel, Eric Lotke ’87 tells the story of a mother and son who strive to prevail against an unfair justice system on minimum wage.

Ibargüen ’66 receives Kiplinger award

Ibargüen ’66 receives Kiplinger award

03/18/2015: "We have two choices: curse the darkness or light the candle," said journalism pioneer Alberto Ibargüen '66 P'97 HON'11 to the audience at the National Press Foundations's awards dinner.

Abrams ’12: From warming to war

Abrams ’12: From warming to war

03/17/2015: Lindsay Abrams '12, staff writer at Salon, covers a new study exploring climate change as a possible contributor to the 2011 Syrian uprising.

Basch ’80 publishes new novel

Basch ’80 publishes new novel

03/17/2015: Rachel Basch '80 is on a New England book tour for her third novel, The Listener, which explores the connection between a middle-aged psychologist and a young student struggling with his gender identity.

Timberg ’91 on the killing of the creative class

Timberg ’91 on the killing of the creative class

03/16/2015: Scott Timberg '91 unpacks why creative people have to struggle for survival in his provocative book, Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class.

An interview with LEGO’s Ethan Sack ’97

An interview with LEGO’s Ethan Sack ’97

03/11/2015: "I bought a Lego set that said 8-12 years on the box, and I finished it in 4..." Ismet Jooma '14 talks with Ethan Sack '97, senior director of marketing at the world's most powerful brand: LEGO. #THISISWHY

Gold ’75 receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Gold ’75 receives Lifetime Achievement Award

03/10/2015: Dan Gold '75 has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his career as a camera operator in Hollywood.

Hicks PhD’05 speaks on campus

Hicks PhD’05 speaks on campus

03/09/2015: Latorya Hicks PhD'05, who was the first female student of color to receive a doctorate in the sciences at Wes, recently returned to speak with students from under-represented backgrounds. #THISISWHY

Steinmetz ’82 on Baldwin Lee’s photography

Steinmetz ’82 on Baldwin Lee’s photography

03/04/2015: In "Photographing black lives in America's south," Guggenheim fellow Mark Steinmetz '82 introduces the work of Baldwin Lee, which is "among the most remarkable in American photography of the past half century." #THISISWHY

Lazarus ’99 interviews Jon Stewart

Lazarus ’99 interviews Jon Stewart

03/03/2015: A week after Jon Stewart announced his departure from The Daily Show, comedian and host of Employee of the Month Catie Lazarus '99 interviewed him for her show.

Young ’65 recounts activism in Selma

Young ’65 recounts activism in Selma

03/03/2015: Ron Young '65 recounts his experience volunteering in Selma, Alabama, where he sang in churches, attended rallies, and met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Gionfriddo ’75 writes memoir on health and education policy

Gionfriddo ’75 writes memoir on health and education policy

03/02/2015: Paul Gionfriddo '75 writes a touching memoir about his son, who is one of the half million homeless people with a serious mental illness underserved by our health and social-service systems. #THISISWHY

Burns ’89 is CCO of the Year

Burns ’89 is CCO of the Year

02/25/2015: Claire Burns '89, Chief Customer Officer at MetLife—and CCO of the year—spoke with Wesconnect about receiving the award, her roots in customer service, and her Wes experience. #THISISWHY

Silverstein ’98 introduces NYT Magazine redesign

Silverstein ’98 introduces NYT Magazine redesign

02/24/2015: A print magazine shouldn't be limited to its medium, and with this belief, Jake Silverstein '98, editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine, presents its redesign in a letter to readers.

Lewen ’86 receives leadership award

Lewen ’86 receives leadership award

02/24/2015: Jody Lewen '86 recently received the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her work as founder and executive director of the Prison University Project. #THISISWHY

Guild ’69 on increasing travel to Cuba

Guild ’69 on increasing travel to Cuba

02/23/2015: "I have gotten more than 1,500 requests for group travel in two weeks," says Robert Guild '69, commenting on the change in US-Cuba travel restrictions. His interest in the highly-politicized island formed while studying at Wes.

DinoTrucks by Wiser ’95: unearth dinos on your iPad

DinoTrucks by Wiser ’95: unearth dinos on your iPad

02/18/2015: In this interview with Wesconnect, animator Jason Wiser ’95 talks about his new iPad game DinoTrucks, in which kids unearth dinosaur bones and experiment with various trucks.

Chanoff ’94 on The Moth: An impossible choice

Chanoff ’94 on The Moth: An impossible choice

02/17/2015: Sasha Chanoff ’94, founder of RefugePoint, was forced to make a difficult decision: would he break the rules to save more lives? He tells his story as part of the The Moth podcast. #THISISWHY

Boylan ’80 on storytelling and “trans-firmative action”

Boylan ’80 on storytelling and “trans-firmative action”

02/16/2015: Jennifer Finney Boylan ’80, a writer, activist, and professor, served as a consultant on the Golden Globe-winning comedy Transparent.

Whitford ’81 to appear in Fox police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Whitford ’81 to appear in Fox police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine

02/10/2015: Movie and television actor Bradley Whitford ’81 will star in at least one episode as Jake Peralta’s (Andy Samberg) father in the Golden Globe winning comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Mary Roach ’81 asks ‘Is knowing more always good?’

Mary Roach ’81 asks ‘Is knowing more always good?’

02/10/2015: Mary Roach ’81 deconstructs food, sex, and death in an episode of Foreword with fellow author Kelly Corrigan.

Sarah Gollust ’01 and Erika Fowler analyze measles and media

Sarah Gollust ’01 and Erika Fowler analyze measles and media

02/10/2015: Sarah Gollust ’01 co-authored a paper with Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government, on the effects of politicizing vaccines in the media. #THISISWHY

Shumlin ’79 and Hickenlooper ’74 MA’80 ranked in top 5 US governors

Shumlin ’79 and Hickenlooper ’74 MA’80 ranked in top 5 US governors

02/10/2015: Peter Shumlin ’79 and John Hickenlooper ’74 MA’80 are amongst the top five in Politico’s second annual list of the nation’s top governors.

Coach Whalen ’83 hands over the reins

Coach Whalen ’83 hands over the reins

02/04/2015: Mike Whalen '83, on stepping down as head football coach to focus on his role as athletics director, talks about his vision for football, his breakfast of champions, and an unplanned trip to the Super Bowl.

Alumni shine at Sundance

Alumni shine at Sundance

02/03/2015: Alumni shine at Sundance: read about the films from Shari Springer Berman '85, Paul Weitz '88 and Joel Viertel '97. #THISISWHY

Dove ’84 leads campaign for young black men

Dove ’84 leads campaign for young black men

02/03/2015: Shawn Dove ’84 will lead the new Campaign for Black Male Achievement. #THISISWHY

The musical, personal philosophy of Palmer ’98

The musical, personal philosophy of Palmer ’98

02/02/2015: “How do we ask each other for help?” Amanda Palmer '98 ponders this question and explores artist-fan relationships in The Art of Asking.

Mehta ’14 talks pastries and psychology

Mehta ’14 talks pastries and psychology

01/28/2015: Rehan Mehta ’14 starts his first job out of college at Momofuku in New York. He talks with Wesconnect about the connection between psychology and pastries. #THISISWHY

North, Class of 1841, and his Wild West adventures

North, Class of 1841, and his Wild West adventures

01/28/2015: An exemplar of frontier humanism, John Wesley North, Class of 1841 studied law at Wesleyan and moved West, several times, along the way founding cities, clashing with Mark Twain, and fiercely championing abolition.

Sara Brenneis ’98 studies 20th-century Spanish history, fiction

Sara Brenneis ’98 studies 20th-century Spanish history, fiction

01/27/2015: Sara Brenneis '98 recently wrote Genre Fusion: A New Approach to History, Fiction, and Memory in Contemporary Spain, a treatise that explores the interconnected nature of history and fiction at the end of Franco’s dictatorship and Spain’s transition to democracy.

Weiner ’87 and the surprising ending

Weiner ’87 and the surprising ending

01/26/2015: Matthew Weiner '87 and the cast answer questions about the "surprising" ending of Mad Men, ridiculous audience theories and Jon Hamm's future detailing cars.

Almond ’88 and Cheryl Strayed listen to your problems

Almond ’88 and Cheryl Strayed listen to your problems

01/21/2015: Writer and literary critic Steve Almond '88 turns down the critique and amps up the empathy with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed (of Wild fame) in Dear Sugar Radio.

David Lubell ’98: “An incredible honor from the President”

David Lubell ’98: “An incredible honor from the President”

01/20/2015: David Lubell ’98, founder of Welcoming America, had the honor of flying with President Obama on Air Force One, and was recognized for his work in the field of immigrant and refugee rights. #THISISWHY

Rotella ’86 speculates about the future of football

Rotella ’86 speculates about the future of football

01/20/2015: While the fall wave of criticism about the sport "has already receded into dim memory," Carlo Rotella '86 posits that football's principal weakness is when the game is played "by children rather than consenting adults."

Toby Emmerich ’85: Life after The Hobbit

Toby Emmerich ’85: Life after The Hobbit

01/19/2015: Toby Emmerich '85, President of New Line Cinema, talks about life after The Hobbit. He may or may not have binge-watched Downton Abbey and True Detective.

Konerding MALS ’82 retires after 42 years at Olin

Konerding MALS ’82 retires after 42 years at Olin

01/06/2015: Beloved librarian Erhard Konerding MALS '82 is retiring after 42 years of service to Wesleyan. Read the interview and send us your comments and wishes for Erhard! #THISISWHY

Sundance 2015 premieres

Sundance 2015 premieres

01/06/2015: Ten Thousand Saints (co-director, co-screenwriter Shari Springer Berman ’85), Zipper (screenwriter Joel Viertel '97) and Grandma (director & screenwriter Paul Weitz ’88) will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.

Three alumni authors featured

Three alumni authors featured

01/06/2015: Three alumni authors are on the Washington Post's Best Books of 2014 lists: Michael S. Roth '78 (Beyond the University), Amy Bloom '75 (Lucky Us) and Ayelet Waldman '86 (Love and Treasure).

Ravenal ’81 named director of sculpture park

Ravenal ’81 named director of sculpture park

01/05/2015: John Ravenal ’81 was recently named director of the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Access journals as an alumna/alumnus

Access journals as an alumna/alumnus

09/22/2014: University Relations has partnered with the Wesleyan Library to make limited JSTOR access available through Wesconnect to all alumni.

Williams ’02 changes youth basketball

Williams ’02 changes youth basketball

08/13/2014: Terrance Williams '02 founded the youth basketball group Team Scan Cardinals to provide local students a chance to turn their jump shots into scholarships. #THISISWHY

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