Weekend Essentials

For Everyone For Classes For Families

Weekend Essentials for Everyone

Contact Information

If you have ideas or general questions about Reunion & Commencement 2013 or volunteering, or if you want to get in touch with a classmate, please contact the Wesleyan staff member working with your class.

WESeniors (Classes of 1932–1962)     
Katie Pugliese, kpugliese@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-5992
Brittany Richard, brichard@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-4840

60th Reunion Class of 1953
Brittany Richard, brichard@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-4840

55th Reunion Class of 1958
Brittany Richard, brichard@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-4840

50th Reunion Class of 1963  
Pam Vasiliou, pvasiliou@wesleyan.edu (860) 685-2546

45th Reunion Class of 1968
Pam Vasiliou, pvasiliou@wesleyan.edu (860) 685-2546

40th Reunion Class of 1973
Theresa Kidd, tkidd@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-4878

35th Reunion Class of 1978
Theresa Kidd, tkidd@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-4878

30th Reunion Class of 1983 
Stephanie McQueen, smcqueen@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-2408

25th Reunion Class of 1988
Stephanie McQueen, smcqueen@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-2408

20th Reunion Class of 1993
Immanuel Lokwei ’12, ilokwei@wesleyan.edu

15th Reunion Class of 1998
Joe Giaimo '11, jgiaimo@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-3693

10th Reunion Class of 2003
Joe Giaimo '11, jgiaimo@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-3693

5th Reunion Class of 2008
Rebecca Looney, rlooney@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-3479

If you have a question about registration, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement & Events at (860) 685-2116 or rc@wesleyan.edu.

If you are a parent or family member of a graduating senior and you have a question, please contact the Office of Parent Programs, (860) 685-3756 or parents@wesleyan.edu.

You may also contact the Reunion & Commencement Interns if you should have questions: interns@wesleyan.edu or (860) 685-2418.

Wireless Access on Campus

To use your laptop, tablet, or smartphone on campus, you may need the following information. To obtain a wireless signal: connect to “wesguest” and enter the key “w1831” To access all online services, open a web browser and when prompted, enter the username “rc2013” and password “rc2013” If you have trouble, seek assistance from the student staff at Registration or call 860/685-2802.

NOTE: As a guest user on Wesleyan University’s private network, you are expected to comply with all applicable laws related to Internet use including, but not limited to, RIAA laws prohibiting illegal file sharing and access to illegal content. Access to the Internet is monitored and violators will have their privileges revoked.

Registration

All alumni must register. Parents and families of graduating seniors must register if they wish to purchase any meal tickets and are encouraged to register even if they do not wish to attend any meals. You can register at the Usdan University Center when you arrive on campus for the weekend.

Pre-registration Deadline

Online is available through Friday, May 10. In order to process all registrations and prepare materials for your arrival, we cannot accept registrations after that date. If you miss the deadline, the next opportunity for you to register will be onsite, during the weekend.

On-site registration Hours:

  • Thursday, 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m.–Midnight
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

If you have questions about registration or plan to arrive after registration closes, please contact Kathleen Spignesi in the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement & Events at rc@wesleyan.edu or (860) 685-2116.

Form of Payment

At registration and all ticketed meals we accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and checks made out to Wesleyan University. Cash is accepted if it is exact change.  The Usdan Cafe and Pi Cafe (Exley Science Center) will accept cash throughout the weekend.

Refunds

As a general policy, fees collected for event registration and other expenses are non-refundable. In most circumstances, these fees cover the cost to reserve a facility or catering needs. However, more importantly, the fees commit and confirm guest attendance which is important when other guests are interested in registering. The staff in the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement & Events understands that unique circumstances do prevent some guests from fulfilling their obligations, and accepts written exceptions to the refund policy. Please direct those appeals to the office at 77 Pearl Street, Middletown, CT 06459 or rc@wesleyan.edu.We are not able to process refunds during the weekend.

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

The University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all people. Please let us know by May 10 if you or your guests have any special needs. Requests for sign language interpreters or real-time captioning must be made by May 10. Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement & Events at (860) 685-2116 or rc@wesleyan.edu to make arrangements. Visitors needing accessible parking may utilize any of the designated spaces on campus with a properly displayed state-issued plate or placard from any state. Persons with disabilities may also utilize special shuttle services during the evening (7 p.m.-2 a.m.) by calling 860-982-8031. More information can found here.

Weekend Meals

Bon Appétit, Wesleyan’s campus dining service, prepares most Reunion & Commencement snacks and meals. A vegetarian or vegan alternative is provided at every meal. Most dining options require tickets and advance purchase/registration. For these meals, we strongly recommend you reserve a ticket in advance to guarantee availability and to help us plan accordingly. If you are a member of a class with a flat rate Reunion fee (5th, 10th, and 50th Reunion classes), your meals are included in your fee, however you will be asked to select which meals you plan to attend when you register.

Meals requiring advance purchase/registration are:

  • Thursday 50th Reunion Dinner
  • Friday Welcome Picnic Lunch
  • Friday Red, Black, and Green Dinner
  • Friday Shabbat Dinner
  • Saturday Festival on Foss Hill Picnic Lunch
  • Saturday Reunion Class Dinner
  • Sunday All-Campus Brunch

There may be a limited number of extra meal tickets available for purchase on-site. Meal tickets will not be mailed in advance; you will receive the appropriate tickets when you stop by Registration to obtain your Reunion & Commencement Weekend welcome packet.

The Usdan Café (Usdan University Center) and the Pi Café (Exley Science Center) will be open for a la carte breakfast, lunch, and snacks Thursday through Sunday for limited hours. These dining options do not require advance purchase.

Most bars are cash-only, and ID is required at all bars throughout the weekend.

If you're looking to dine off campus, please check the restaurant section of Wesleyan's Visitor's Guide for a list of area options.

Sustainability

Information about sustainability efforts (bottled water elimination, dining, recycling, and composting) during the weekend is available here.

Photos and Video

University staff will take photos and video throughout the weekend and may publish them in any format or media without additional permission from the individuals in the photos or videos.

Transportation and Parking

The closest transportation hubs to Wesleyan are Bradley Airport (BDL) and New Haven Train Station (NHV). Connecting service is available to the Hartford Bus Station and Meriden Train Station, then from there to campus.

Carpooling between campus and New York City, Boston, airports, train stations, and area hotels is encouraged. To connect with other Reunion & Commencement weekend guests who are looking for rides or who have a ride to offer, join the Wesleyan Reunion & Commencement 2013 Ridesharing Group.

Free on-campus shuttles are provided throughout Reunion & Commencement Weekend. A shuttle and parking map will be available at Registration (Usdan University Center) when you arrive on campus.

Public Transportation To/From Campus

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Campus to/from Bradley Airport, Hartford Bus Station, or Meriden Train Station
  1. 30 Bradley Flyer Bus – Bradley Airport (BDL) to/from Hartford’s Union Station
  2. Amtrak – Hartford (HFD) to/from Meriden (MDN)
  3. M-Link Bus – Meriden Train Station to/from Williams & High St bus stop  

Campus to/from New Haven Train Station or Meriden Train Station

  1. Amtrak – New Haven (NHV) to/from Meriden (MDN)  
  2. M-Link Bus – Meriden Train Station to/from Williams & High St bus stop 

Taxi and Car Services

All prices listed are subject to change. Please contact the provider directly to verify rates.
Avalon Transportation (860) 895-5466 (New Haven $150)
CT Limousine (800) 472-5466 (flat rate $127.62)
Edie’s Cab Company (860) 570-1129 (New Haven $63.30, Meriden ~25-$30, Bradley $68)
Liberty Limousine (800) 338-5466 (New Haven $113.37, Meriden $89.86, Bradley $113.37)
Executive 2000 (860) 635-8222 (New Haven $58, Meriden ~$25-30, Bradley $64)
Hunter Limousine (860) 344-1130 (New Haven $88.35, Meriden ~$81.55, Bradley $108.74)
Yellow Cab Company (860) 666-6666 (Bradley $71)
AAA Cab & Livery LLC (860) 680-4040 (New Haven $65, Bradley $71)
Ace Taxi (860) 244-9999 (Bradley $71)
Metro Taxi (203) 777-7777 (New Haven $66, Meriden $32)
New Haven Yellow Taxi (203) 777-7770 (New Haven $66, Bradley $50)

Car Rental Companies

Alamo (800) 327-9633
Avis (800) 831-2847
Budget (800) 527-0700
Dollar (800) 800-3665
Enterprise (800) 736-8222
Hertz (800) 654-3131
National (800) 227-7368
Thrifty (800) 367-2277

Campus Parking

We do our best to accommodate the larger crowds on campus during the weekend, but please expect delays and plan accordingly. Parking on the streets and Wesleyan's parking lots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking Locations

  • Middlesex Mutual Parking Garage (two blocks from campus at the junction of Court and Main streets
  • Freeman Athletic Center Lots
  • Along the streets in designated parking spaces
  • Various smaller lots on campus

The lot adjacent to the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission, 70 Wyllys Avenue and the “C” lot on Church Street will be reserved for members of the Classes of 1962 and earlier, as well as for any individuals with disabilities. Please let us know by May 10 if you require special parking by contacting Kathleen Spignesi in the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement & Events at (860) 685-2116 or kspignesi@wesleyan.edu.

See the Wesleyan University Visitor Parking page for more information.

On Campus Shuttles

Student-operated shuttles (mini-vans) will run regularly between Middlesex Mutual Parking Garage, Middletown’s Main Street, and all sites on campus. You can flag down a shuttle or call (860) 685-2418 to arrange for a ride. Please allow at least 30 minutes for all requests during the weekend.

Shuttle Hotline

(860) 685-2418  - Please allow at least one half-hour for all requests during the weekend.

Shuttle Hours

  • Thursday, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shuttle Pick-up and Drop Off Locations

  • Wyllys Avenue: Registration, Usdan University Center, College Row, Center for the Arts
  • Middlesex Mutual Parking Garage (two blocks from campus at the junction of Court and Main streets)
  • Inn at Middletown: 70 Main Street
  • Church Street: Olin Library, Exley Science Center, Public Affairs Center, Clark Hall, Judd Hall
  • Freeman Athletic Center: Cross Street Entrance
  • Vine Street Parking Lot

The RIDE, Wesleyan’s Campus Shuttle for students, will also be available to alumni, parents, and families throughout the weekend. The RIDE runs Thursday - Saturday from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. Two shuttle lines, Red and Blue, stop at points around campus. You can transfer from one line to the other at the Transfer Station located at the rear entrance of the Science Center. The lines connect at the Transfer Station every 20 minutes. The RIDE will also operate the Reunion & Commencement Weekend shuttle route on Sunday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Special Services: Persons with disabilities can access special on campus shuttle services Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call 860/982-8031 during the weekend to make arrangements for a ride.

Don’t Forget

Bring your camera, scrapbooks, Wesleyan memorabilia, music, and anything else that will make the weekend special. May weather can be unpredictable in New England; we recommend that you bring a light jacket and umbrella—and if you’re staying in a dorm room—an extra blanket and towel. Wesleyan’s athletic facilities and fields will be open throughout Reunion & Commencement Weekend; bring your suit/bathing cap/towel/racket/softball glove/Frisbee, etc., and check your final schedule for facility hours.

Lost & Found

The campus-wide Lost & Found will be relocated from Public Safety to the Usdan University Center during and immediately following Reunion & Commencement Weekend. If you lose an item or come across something that was left behind by someone else, please go the Information Desk at Usdan or call (860) 685-3566. The Usdan University Center will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.