Reunion & Commencement Schedule

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Thursday, May 22

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Office of Admission Information Session

McKelvey Room, Office of Admission (show in map)

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

50th Reunion Class of 1964 Headquarters

Coffee and tea will be available.
Develin Room, Olin Memorial Library

2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Registration

Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Office of Admission Information Session

McKelvey Room, Office of Admission (show in map)

5:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Senior Class Semiformal

Attendance is limited to graduating seniors only.

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

50th Reunion Kickoff Reception & Dinner for the Class of 1964

Cocktails and dinner will be available.
NOTE: This meal is included in the registration fee for all 50th reunion attendees. Online registration is available through May 9. 
Patricelli '92 Theater (show in map)

Friday, May 23

9:00 AM to 12:15 AM

Registration

Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

50th Reunion Panel and Discussion

A Challenging Future for National Liberal Arts Colleges in America - Wesleyan as Paradigm 
An open discussion of 8-10 current “hot” topics that bear on Wesleyan’s future. Topics will be grouped within 3 general subject areas: Wesleyan’s Mission, Cost Structure, and Educational Value. To frame alumni discussion, each topic will be introduced through at least one provocative statement with an opportunity for comments by knowledgeable University representatives.
Moderator: Frank Judson, MD ’64, Professor, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, University of Colorado, Denver
Wesleyan’s Mission and Governance: Jim Dresser, MBA ’63 P'93, Chairman Emeritus, Wesleyan University Board of Trustees
Building a Wesleyan Class: John Gudvangen, BS, MPA, Associate Dean of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid
Federal Student Loan Programs: Gary Cook, JD ’64, Managing Director, Cook and Company; Founder, Educational Credit Management Corporation
Economics of a Wesleyan Education: Gil Skillman, PhD., Professor of Economics and Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees
Wesleyan Fund and Endowment: Andrew Calica, JD ’01, Vice-chair, Wesleyan Fund; Vice-chair of the Alumni Association Executive Committee
Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages & Literature (formerly EQV), 300 High Street (show in map)

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Espwesso Cafe Hours

Espwesso, Wesleyan's student-run cafe, will be serving premium quality drip coffee, espresso drinks, and tea in the basement of Allbritton (Rm 003). Come try the best coffee on campus. Cash only!
Lower Level, Allbritton

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Class of 1959 Lounge

Allbritton 103 (formerly Davenport Campus Center)

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Senior Class Diploma Pickup

Members of the Class of 2014 may pick up their diplomas in the Registrar’s Office, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.
Registrar’s Office, North College (show in map)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Office of Admission Information Session

McKelvey Room, Office of Admission (show in map)

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Senior Class Film Screenings

A complete and detailed schedule of screening times can be found here and at Registration in the Usdan University Center.
Center for Film Studies

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

SOLD OUT Welcome Picnic Lunch

Join friends, classmates, and family members for lunch when you arrive on campus for the weekend.
TICKETS: This event has reached capacity.  We are unable to sell tickets on site for the Welcome Picnic Lunch.  This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. Lunch is included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Lunch is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1936 through 1963) and their guests. To make sure that we have an accurate number of meals, we'd like to know if reunion alumni who have the flat rate fee and who are WESeniors plan to attend this lunch.  Please click on the Friday lunch option when registering if you plan to attend.

All other reunion classes and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following for lunch:
$20 per person for all other adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$5 per person for children 12 and under
Tent, Russell House (show in map)

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wesleyan Career Center Open House

All are welcome to stop by the re-imagined, and renovated Wesleyan Career Center.  Come and explore the beautiful new space enhanced with light, color, and technology. The Career Center now possesses state of the art equipment to aid students in their post-Wesleyan pursuits by providing unparalleled face to face access to alumni, parents, and employer partners from around the world.  We look forward to seeing you!
Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Avenue (show in map)

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

50th Reunion Class of 1964 Headquarters

From 1-3 p.m., join Jonathan B. Robison '64 for a discussion of of special relevance to veterans of the 60's.  We'll discuss how we helped change the world, how the world is still changing, and how we are changing. 
Coffee and tea will be available.
Develin Room

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Class of 1959 Lecture Featuring Richard Grossman, Professor of Economics

WRONG: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn From Them
Presenter: Richard S. Grossman is Professor of Economics at Wesleyan and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. He is the author of Unsettled Account: The Evolution of Banking in the Industrialized World since 1800 (Princeton University Press, 2010) and WRONG: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What we Can Learn From Them, which will be published later in 2013 by Oxford University Press. He teaches classes in American and European Economic History, Macroeconomics, and Money and Banking. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, holds an M.Sc.Econ. degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London, and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at Wesleyan, he worked as an international economist at the United States Department of State. He has held visiting faculty appointments at Harvard, Yale, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has received research support from the National Science Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States and is a 2013 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has worked and consulted on Wall Street and has testified as an expert witness in federal court. He has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, as well as other scholarly journals and newspapers.
Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages and Literatures

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

WESU 88.1 FM Open House

Parents, families, alumni, and students are all invited to attend an Open House at Wesleyan University's radio station, WESU. Stop in to check out the studios, browse the expansive and eclectic music libraries, and meet current Board members and DJs.
WESU, 2nd Floor (above Broad Street Books), 45 Broad Street 

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Office of Admission Information Session

McKelvey Room, Office of Admission (show in map)

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WESEMINAR Ethics in the Age of Humans

Join Professor Barry Chernoff, Dr. Norman Daniels ’64 and Dr. Frank Judson ’64 for an interactive discussion about ethics as it relates to the environment, health and medicine. 
Presenters: Barry Chernoff, Robert K. Schumann Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the College of the Environment; Norman Daniels ’64, Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard's School of Public Health; Frank Judson '64, Professor, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, University of Colorado, Denver, and former Chief, Infectious Disease Service, Denver Health Medical Center, as well as Director of the Denver Public Health Department.
Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) Open House

Join staff and students from the Patricelli Center and members of Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS) for an open house and networking reception. To learn more about the PCSE or to volunteer, visit wesleyan.edu/patricelli
PCSE, Ground Floor, Allbritton Center 

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Champagne Reception for graduating Seniors and Their Families

Join graduating seniors and their families and friends, as well as other members of the Wesleyan community, for champagne and light hors d’ oeuvres at this casual reception. We are grateful to our anonymous hosts who have made this event possible.
Russell House Lawn (tent) (show in map)

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

65th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1949

Cash bar.
Andersen Meeting Room (110), Usdan University Center (show in map)

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

60th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1954

Cash bar.
Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center (show in map)

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

40th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1974

Cash bar.
Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street (corner of Church and High Streets)

4:30 PM

Alpha Delta Phi Reception and Banquet

For members of Alpha Delta Phi and their families. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.
Alpha Delta Phi (show in map)

4:30 PM

Woodhouse Dedication

In memory and thanksgiving for the generosity and loyal service to Wesleyan University of John F. Woodhouse ’53, Hon. ’97, P’79. All are welcome to attend.
Memorial Chapel

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

President's Reception Honoring Leadership Donors

By invitation only.
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Red, Black and Green! All-College Dinner

Join friends, classmates, and family members for an informal, eco-friendly buffet dinner in the Marketplace at the Usdan University Center.
TICKETS: This event requires advance purchase/registration. Dinner is included in the registration fee for WESeniors (Classes of 1936-1963) and members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). To make sure that we have an accurate number of meals, we'd like to know if reunion alumni who have the flat rate fee and who are WESeniors plan to attend this dinner.  Please click on the Friday Red, Black, and Green Dinner option when registering if you plan to attend.

All other reunion classes, parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following when they register:
$20 per person for adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$8 per person for children 12 and under
Usdan University Center (show in map)

6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

President's Reception and Dinner in Honor of the 50th Reunion Class of 1964

NOTE: Members of the 50th Reunion Class will receive a separate invitation in the mail for this special dinner.  Please respond using the reply card included with the invitation.
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather (show in map)

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Long Lane Farm 10th Reunion Dinner

A dinner prepared by Long Lane Farm students using local, farm-fresh ingredients.  Tickets are charged on a sliding scale from $10-$50 and payment will be accepted onsite, at the dinner.  Please RSVP to Hailey Sowden '15 so that we can get an idea of how many people will attend and how much food we should prepare.
NOTE: For Long Lane Farm alumni and their guests.
Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

45th Reunion Reception for Class of 1969

Cash bar.  Members of the class are invited to bring their artist rendering to have on display during the reception.
Campbell Reference Center, Olin Library

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

25th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1989

Open bar.
Hosted by Ed Thorndike '89
WesWings, 156 High Street (show in map)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

55th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1959

Special Guest: Anne Martin, Chief Investment Officer on the Wesleyan Endowment
Cash bar.
Lounge, Downey House (show in map)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

10th Reunion Reception for the Class of 2004

Hewitt Courtyard, Rainsite: Hewitt Lounge

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

5th Reunion Reception for the Class of 2009

Cash bar with drink specials. ID required.
Lounge, Bennet Hall, formerly Fauver Residence Hall (show in map)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

30th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1984

Cash bar.
Olson Commons, Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Avenue (show in map)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

35th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1979

Featuring music by Banning Eyre '79 and Dirck Westervelt '82. Cash bar.
Zelnick Pavilion (show in map)

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

WESEMINAR A Conversation with Distinguished Alumnus, Miguel Arteta '89

Join Distinguished Alumnus, Miguel Arteta ’89, and Jeanine Basinger, chair of Film Studies, for discussion and a screening of the television pilot for GETTING ON (2013-14), directed by Arteta and starring Laurie Metcalf (The Big Bang Theory), and Alex Borstein (Family Guy).  Arteta also directed The Carrie Diaries (2013), Cedar Rapids (2011), Youth in Revolt (2009), and The Good Girl (2002), among many other films and television shows
Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

40th Reunion Class Lounge and Reception

With special guest, Amy Bloom ’75, who will read from her new book, Lucky Us, beginning at 8 p.m.
Cash bar and coffee available.
Shapiro Creative Writing Center, 167 High Street (corner of Church and High Streets)

7:45 PM to 10:00 PM

Shabbat Dinner

At this special dinner for returning alumni, graduating seniors, and their families, we will welcome Shabbat with song, food, and joyful fellowship.
TICKETS: This dinner requires advance purchase/registration.
$20 per person for all and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$8 per person for children 12 and under
Russell House

9:00 PM to 10:00 PM

SOLD OUT: Randy Newman P'14 in Concert: A Benefit for Financial Aid

With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has created musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. In addition to his acclaimed solo recordings—such as Randy Newman, 12 Songs, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, and Harps and Angels—and regular international touring, Newman composes and scores for films, including The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, and most recently, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc. (which he also scored). Newman’s many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, two Academy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Enjoy this solo performance by Randy Newman P’14, with all proceeds benefiting financial aid. 
TICKETS: This concert is sold out.  There is a possibility that a limited number of tickets may be released prior to the performance. Please check in with the University Box Office when you arrive on campus for the weekend to see if there are any tickets available for purchase.
$125: includes post-performance reception with Randy Newman P'14, CD and preferred seating; $50: includes one ticket, general seating; $25 for students: includes one ticket, general seating
QUESTIONS? Contact us at thisiswhy@wesleyan.edu or call (860) 685-3870
Crowell Concert Hall

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Academic Open House

ASTRONOMY: Van Vleck Observatory

9:30 PM to 2:00 AM

Friday Night Party

Featuring Two Alumni Bands-- Gary and the Wombats followed by Dave Keller
Gary and the Wombats: Dance to late '50s and early '60s Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll with Wesleyan's own Gary and the Wombats who will  re-create the early '60s House Party sound for their 9th Wesleyan Reunion engagement. Established at Wesleyan  the same year as the Beatles and Rolling Stones came together, the Wombats still play for reunions  (at Mt. Holyoke, Princeton, Williams, and Dartmouth as well as Wesleyan), charity events, weddings, and parties. The Wombats, who are joined for this special occasion by a founder of another famous '60s band from Wesleyan - Uranus and the Five Moons.
With band members: Steve Flance '65 (Guitar); Brooke Jones '64 (Sax); Leon Robinette '64 (Drums); David Dunton '88 (Keyboards); Richard Smith '65 (Base) 

Dave Keller '89 is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. Keller got his start performing in Wesleyan bands Cup O' Pizza and Rhythm Method. About.com recently said that "Dave Keller is gonna be huge!" and it’s starting to seem that way. Keller’s new CD, Soul Changes, is a 2014 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Soul/Blues Album. Recorded with Al Green's original band, it received a prestigious 4-star review from Paris' Soul Bag, and has earned praise from blues legends including Bobby 'Blue' Bland, and Ronnie Earl who calls it, “one of the best records I've ever heard.” Keller's previous CD, Where I'm Coming From, won the Best Self-Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and reached #2 on SiriusXM's B.B. King's Bluesville.
Keller has earned the respect of the torchbearers of the blues: spending many years as the protege of soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain; touring regularly with Mississippi blues master Johnny Rawls; and recording and co-writing with legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl. Based in Vermont, Keller tours nationally with his band: Brett Hoffman on drums, Gary Lotspeich on bass, and Ira Friedman on organ. You can listen to and/or purchase his music at www.davekeller.com
Cash bar.
Patricelli '92 Theater

Saturday, May 24

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

8:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Registration

Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Annual Family Swim

Enjoy a morning swim in the Freeman Athletic Center pool. Towels will be provided.
Freeman Athletic Center (show in map)

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Pi Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Exley Science Center (show in map)

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

50th Reunion Class of 1964 Headquarters

Develin Room, Olin Memorial Library

8:30 AM

Cardinal Loop Fun Run (2.1, 3.2, 4.3 Mile Courses)

Start the day off with an exhilarating run through campus.
Meet at the base of Foss Hill (show in map)

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Volunteer Thank You Breakfast

Thank You Breakfast for class agents, associate agents, class secretaries and reunion volunteers. 
McKelvey Room, Office of Admission

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Senior Class Film Screenings

A complete and detailed schedule of screening times can be found here and at Registration in the Usdan University Center.
Center for Film Studies

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Wesleyan Storytelling Project Recordings

Mia Lobel ’97 will be on campus to record short interviews with alumni for the Wesleyan Storytelling Project podcast. Reservations are not required. For more information visit wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/storytelling.
Room 210, Allbritton

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Academic Open House

ART & ART HISTORY: Courtyard, Davison Art Center
ART STUDIOS: Courtyard, Davison Art Center
FILM STUDIES: Center for Film Studies
MUSIC: Courtyard, Davison Art Center

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Class of 1959 Lounge

Allbritton 103 (formerly Davenport Campus Center)

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Espwesso Cafe Hours

Espwesso, Wesleyan's student-run cafe, will be serving premium quality drip coffee, espresso drinks, and tea in the basement of Allbritton (Rm 003). Come try the best coffee on campus. Cash only!
Lower Level, Allbritton

10:00 AM

Crew Reception and Alumni Row

Relive good times on the water.  All former oarsmen, oarswomen, and friends are invited to gather at the boathouse for an afternoon row and refreshments.
Macomber Boathouse, 35 Harbor Drive

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Academic Open House

ARCHAEOLOGY: Lounge, Downey House
CLASSICAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House
DANCE: Cross Street Dance Studio
MEDIEVAL STUDIES:  Lounge, Downey House

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

WESEMINAR 75 Years of Community Radio

In 2014, WESU celebrates 75 years of broadcasting alternative music, under-represented genres, and public affairs programming generally absent from commercial airwaves. University Archivist Leith Johnson will present an illustrated overview of the history of the station and General Manager Ben Michael will talk about recent developments and plans for the future. Former staff members and WESU friends are encouraged to attend, as there will be plenty of time to offer memories, fill gaps in the history, and share audio, mementoes, and anything else related to the station’s story.
Presenters: Ben Michael is general manager of WESU and a former community volunteer DJ; Leith Johnson is Wesleyan’s university archivist and host of The Light Fandango radio show.
Room 116, Judd Hall

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

WESEMINAR Autism Spectrum Disorder:

What Do We Know—and What Can We Do to Help?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition characterized by deficits in social communication and repetitive/restricted behaviors.  The prevalence of ASD has increased sharply in the last decade, with recent estimates suggesting that ASD affects 1 in 68 children (and 1 in 42 boys).   This presentation will focus on recent updates in the field of ASD related to clinical presentation, epidemiology, etiology, and comorbid behavioral/emotional conditions.  The clinical course of ASD will be explored from infancy, through childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood.  Finally, evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies—including behavioral, psychopharmacological, educational, and alternative/complementary approaches-- will be reviewed and discussed, along with suggested resources for families living with a loved one with ASD.
Presenter:  Deborah A. Pearson ’79, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. The focus of her research program and clinical practice has been the assessment and treatment of behavioral and cognitive problems associated with a number of neurodevelopmental disorders, including ASD.
Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue (formerly Squash Court Building)

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Long Lane Farm 10th Reunion Gathering, Skillshares and Workday

All are welcome to participate in a series of events including hourly tours of the farm, freshly harvested snacks, spring planting, and skillshares on seed saving and soil blocking.  Kids are welcome!
Long Lane Farm, 281 Long Lane

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

WESEMINAR College of the Environment

Regardless of one's opinions about issues such as climate change or carbon taxes, it is clear that environmental issues will dominate national and international politics and news over the next century. To fully prepare students to participate effectively in these important discussions, Wesleyan has taken a major step to support environmental research, communication, teaching, and policy development, with its Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment (COE). Come hear short presentations of senior thesis research from two of our graduating environmental studies majors and the exciting details of the Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment.
Moderator: Barry Chernoff, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, and director of the College of the Environment
Student Presenters: To be announced
Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center (show in map)

10:00 AM

Skull and Serpent Society Annual Meeting

The Tomb (show in map)

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Memorial Service

The service remembers all alumni who have passed away. Individuals are invited to offer personal remembrances.
OFFICIANTS: The Reverend C. Richard Cadigan '59, P'86 & The Reverend John D. Dennis '59
ORGANIST: Shiny Park '15
Memorial Chapel (show in map)

10:00 AM

Mystical Seven Society Annual Meeting

Putnam Classroom (Room 114), 41 Wyllys Avenue (formerly Squash Court building)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Gathering for Graduating Seniors and their Grandparents

All grandparents and their graduating seniors are invited to a special gathering to celebrate the many successes of Wesleyan’s Class of 2014. 
HOSTED BY: Maurice and Elizabeth Pinto GP’14
NOTE: We're sorry, but this event has reached capacity on April 23. We respectfully ask that only grandparents and graduating seniors who registered on or before that date attend this popular event. 
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather (show in map)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

WESEMINAR The Senior Thesis: A Showcase of Academic Excellence

The senior thesis is a year-long, in-depth project that provides students with a unique opportunity to explore fresh ideas and produce new knowledge. In this session several senior theses will be highlighted, representing a cross section of student research and creative output. Students will share their work and discuss the process that guided their investigations.
Moderator: Marina Melendez '83 MALS '88, Dean for the Class of 2014
Presenters: Taylor Goodstein ‘14, “Looking Inward: Examining the Broken Brain and Reducing Stigma”; Ryan Graff ‘14, “Glucose regulation of novel protein complexes with potential roles in the metabolic regulation of cancer cells”; Emma MacLean ’14, “Freak, Out!: Disability Representation in Theatre”; Oluwaremilekun “Remi” Ojurongbe ‘14, “Illegality, Criminality, and the Taxpayer's Burden: The Incomplete U.S Immigration Narrative”; and Maxwell Votey ‘14, “Oppressed Oppressors: The Kuban Cossack Revival in Post-Soviet Russia”. 
Room 002, Public Affairs Center (PAC)

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

WESEMINAR Celebration of Wesleyan Writing

Join Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner Odede ’09 for a discussion of their work in Kenya's slums, combating urban poverty through girls' education and gender equity. They will also discuss their current writing project, a book about their work together, to be published by Ecco (a division of HarperCollins) in 2015. The challenges of shaping a narrative will be one of our topics.
Moderator: Anne Greene, Adjunct Professor of English, Director of Writing Programs, Director, Wesleyan Writers Conference
Presenters: Kennedy Odede ’12 is one of Africa’s best- known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. Kennedy lived for twenty- three of his thirty years in the Kibera Slum, the largest slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty first hand. The oldest of eight children, he became a street-child at the age of ten. Still, he dreamed about changing his community. In 2004 he had a job in a factory earning $1 for ten hours of work. He saved 20 cents and used this to buy a soccer ball and start Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera, Shining Hope became the largest grassroots organization in the slum. He graduated in 2012 as the Student Commencement Speaker and with honors in Sociology. Kennedy was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship, and was named to FORBES "30 under 30” list for top Social Entrepreneurs in 2014.  He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute.  His writing about urbanization has appeared on CNN, Project Syndicate and in the New York Times.  
Jessica Posner Odede ’09 is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Shining Hope for Communities, a non-profit that combats extreme poverty and gender inequality and is spreading across Nairobi's slums.  Jessica is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and activist.  She won the 2010 Do Something Award and was named “America’s top-world changer 25 and under” live on VH1. Jessica also received the prestigious 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship. Shining Hope for Communities won the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition and has received funding from Newman’s Own Foundation, Barclay's, The Ford Foundation, GE, among many others.  Shining Hope for Communities has been featured by President Bill Clinton, on NBC by Chelsea Clinton, and on five occasions by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times.  The organization will serve almost 70,000 people in 2014, opening a second school for girls in another urban community.  Jessica is twenty-seven years old and graduated phi beta kappa from Wesleyan University.  She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Co-sponsored by Writing at Wesleyan and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

WESEMINAR An Inside Look Into the Legalization of Marijuana

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ’74 MA'80 HON'10 addresses this hotly debated issue and how the voters' decision to legalize small amounts of marijuana for adult use is affecting his state, and potentially our nation.
Presenter: John Hickenlooper ’74 MA'80 HON'10 currently serves as the 42nd governor of Colorado, an office he has occupied since 2011. Hickenlooper began his career as a geologist and is also co-founder of Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing Company.
Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WESEMINAR: Why they Swallowed the Fly

Multiverse Cosmologies at the Limits of Modern Science
Over the last decade in particular, an increasing number of astro- and quantum physicists have begun to suggest that our universe, with its hundreds of billions of galaxies, might not be the only universe. There might be scores of others—perhaps even an infinite number of others—the hypothetical compendium of which has come to be called “the multiverse.” This lecture will provide a brief introduction to different models of the multiverse in order to address its central question: how did an infinite number of inaccessible universes become a respectable scientific hypothesis? What distinguishes multiverse cosmologies from metaphysics, fiction, or mythology? And can these distinctions hold, or are we witnessing in the emergence of multiverse cosmologies a reconfiguration of the very categories of physics, philosophy, and religion?  
Presenter: Mary-Jane Rubenstein is Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Wesleyan University, where she teaches in the areas of philosophy of religion, continental philosophy, religion and gender, and religion and science. She co-directs the University's Certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory and serves as core faculty of its Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. In addition to numerous articles on Derrida, Kierkegaard, cosmology, negative theology, and the post-colonial Anglican Communion, Rubenstein is the author of Strange Wonder: the Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe (Columbia, 2009) and Worlds without End: the Many Lives of the Multiverse (Columbia, 2014).
Room 210, Fisk Hall

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Academic Open House

EAST ASIAN STUDIES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
 11 a.m. - Japanese Garden Lecture and Tour
12 p.m. - Reception and Chinese Music Ensemble

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WESEMINAR Advocacy after Incarceration

As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Wesleyan's Center for Prison Education, please join us for a panel discussion on the necessity and difficulty of bringing formerly incarcerated individuals into leadership positions in the movement to end mass incarceration. Panelists, who, after periods of incarceration, have become successful advocates for change, will discuss the role that formerly incarcerated people should play in reshaping the prison system, and the systemic and personal obstacles that many face to participating in public life. We will also discuss the role that education can play in fostering such leaders. 
Moderator: Aviva Tevah '09. Aviva coordinates the New York Reentry Education Network, which aims to increase access to education for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers by strengthening collaboration between the Network's members, including community-based service providers and city government. Aviva is a founding member of the Center.
Presenters: Kennard Ray, Political and Legislative Director for the Connecticut working Families Party, who was incarcerated in Connecticut throughout the mid-1990s and early 2000s. George Chocos, who spent eleven and a half years in five New York State prisons, during which time he earned an associate degree, two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Yale Divinity School. Fred Patrick, Director of the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project at the Vera Institute of Justice. Among other appointments, Fred has served as Commissioner of the NYC Juvenile Justice Department, and most recently served as Associate Vice President of the Fortune Society, a reentry services organization. Erica Mateo, Director of Community-Based Initiatives at the Brownsville Community Justice Center, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation. She is in charge of overseeing the launch and development of the Belmont Revitalization Project, the Brownsville Stronger Together Campaign, community programming for young adults 16-24 years old and other special projects. Erica continues to work with the Bard Prison Initiative to advocate for college in prison. She earned her B.A in Anthropology at Bard College. 
Room 116, Judd Hall

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WESEMINAR Oral Fixations: Drawings by Julia Randall

Gallery Talk by Julia Randall, Assistant Professor of Art
From hybrid lovebirds to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Julia Randall’s drawings seduce the viewer. The title of this retrospective exhibition nods towards Sigmund Freud’s theory of oral-stage fixation, but Randall’s often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor. 
Presenter: Julia Randall is Assistant Professor of Art, and has had solo shows at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Garvey Simon Art Access, NYC; Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC; Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney, Australia; and Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The National Academy, NYC;  and The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships including an Artist Fellowship Grant, Connecticut Office of the Arts; the New York Foundation for the Arts; Skowhegan, Yaddo and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
Davison Art Center Main Gallery

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WESEMINAR The Changing Face of Sports

Join  Rob King ’84, Senior Vice President of SportsCenter and news at ESPN, Field Yates ’09, ESPN NFL reporter, and Wesleyan Athletics Director Mike Whalen ’83, for a conversation about ongoing changes in the sports industry.
Presenters: Rob King ’84 oversees SportsCenter and ESPN’s news gathering operations. He was previously the company’s Senior Vice President of Content, ESPN Digital & Print Media, where he was responsible for all content and the editorial direction of ESPN’s digital and print sports properties, in addition to managing a team of more than 200 award-winning editors. Field Yates ’09  covers the NFL at large,  fantasy football and the Patriots for ESPN Boston. He is a regular on NFL Insiders,  and has made various television appearances on NFL programming and SportsCenter. Mike Whalen ’83, director of athletics and head football coach at Wesleyan, was the 2006 NESCAC Coach of the year and was a finalist for the prestigious 2006 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, which is presented to the nation’s top coach in all divisions.
Andersen Meeting Room (110), Usdan University Center

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Academic Open House

COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT: Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

11:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Assemble for the Traditional Parade of Classes

Seniors and their families are invited to join alumni for this traditional Wesleyan festivity. The parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. rain or shine, and is followed immediately by the Assembly and Annual Meeting.
Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center (show in map)

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Meeting

Featuring Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin '79

Including the presentation of this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards and Outstanding Service Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
David Knapp '49
Rusty Hardin '64
Edwin Sanders '69  
John Shapiro '74
Governor Peter Shumlin '79
Karen Donfried '84  
Miguel Arteta '89  
Jessica Posner Odede '09  

Outstanding Service Award Recipient
Stephen Oleskey '64 P'00

Memorial Chapel (show in map)

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Special Collections and Archives Open House

Drop in at the University’s Special Collections and Archives to remember your student days—yearbooks, The Argus, Hermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials are all here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.
Special Collections and Archives and Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Memorial Library

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Strolling Magician and Magic Show

For children of all ages!
Andrus Field (show in map)

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

All-College Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill

This lively festival of entertainment and games is a great place to connect with friends and family members between WESeminars and other weekend programs. Don’t miss the magic show, tattoos, and more. Lunches are portable and can be picked up on your way to Foss Hill, afternoon WESeminars, or other events and destinations.
TICKETS: This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. Lunch is included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Lunch is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1936 through 1963) and their guests. To make sure that we have an accurate number of meals, we'd like to know if reunion alumni who have the flat rate fee and who are WESeniors plan to attend this lunch.  Please click on the All-College lunch option when registering if you plan to attend. All other reunion classes, graduates, and parents and families of the graduates will be charged the following for lunch:
$10 per person for adults and children (including graduates)
Tent, Andrus Field and Foss Hill (show in map)

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Lunch in Honor of the WESeniors (Classes of 1936-1963)

By invitation only.
Patricelli ’92 Theater (show in map)

1:00 PM

Class of 1984 Roll Down Foss Hill

Join classmates for a roll down Foss Hill.
Meet at the top of Foss Hill

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

WESEMINAR The Architecture of Wesleyan's CFA:

Modernism and the Greek Revival
This lecture traces the development of the design of the CFA as a response to its context of Greek Revival architecture on Wesleyan's campus, and as  an integration of ideas from earlier and contemporaneous architecture of  the twentieth century.  Emphasis is on the evolution of spatial planning, the representation of the design from its origins in 1966, and its process of construction to its opening in 1973.  We are honored that the architect Kevin Roche will be in attendance as a respondent.  Reception to follow.
Presenter: Joe Siry, Chair of the Department of Art & Art History and Kenan Professor of the Humanities.
Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

WESEMINAR 1960s and 1970s Photo Collection of Howard “David” Davis ’74

“Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation” features some of the most powerful depictions of shocking assassinations, the Vietnam War, antiwar protests, the Civil Rights movement, a growing counterculture and wonders of space exploration.
Presenter:  Andy Szegedy-Maszak¸ Professor of Classical Studies and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek.
Room 112, 41 Wyllys Ave.

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Academic Open House

ECONOMICS: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn
GERMAN STUDIES: Room 403, Fisk Hall
GOVERNMENT: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn
HISTORY: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn
PSYCHOLOGY: Allbritton 311
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Tent, Religious Studies

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Academic Open House

SOCIOLOGY: Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

WESEMINAR Backstage and Onstage:

Career Conversations about Life in the Theater
Director Thomas Kail ’99 and actress Kate MacCluggage ’04 discuss their career paths, lessons learned and strategies for successfully navigating the world of theater, from Broadway to regional theater.
Introduction: Rashida Shaw ’99, Assistant Professor of Theater, Wesleyan University
Presenters: Thomas Kail ’99 was nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for his direction of In the Heights. Other Broadway theater credits include Lombardi, Magic/Bird, and the upcoming production Hamilton, which will open at The Public Theater in January 2015. Kail is also co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, and  artistic director and co-founder of Back House Productions.  Kate MacCluggage ’04 is a New York based actress, director and writer. Recent roles include Helena in a Midsummer Night’s Dream co-production between the Hartford Symphony and Hartford Stage, as well as Lady Macduff and the first Witch in Shakespeare's Macbeth, and Hermianne in La Dispute at Hartford Stage.
Room 002, Public Affairs Center (PAC)

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Academic Open House

FEMINIST, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES: Russell House
SCIENCE IN SOCIETY: Russell House
PHILOSOPHY: Russell House

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Academic Open House

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES SENIORS RECEPTION: CSS Lounge (406), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Academic Open House

AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

WESEMINAR The Future of Entertainment Media

How is new technology transforming media, entertainment and storytelling?  Please join us for a discussion of the effects of digital transformation in film, television, radio, books, and news media.  Join Jim Friedlich ’79 P’17,  CEO of Empirical Media, Laura Walker ‘79, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, Molly Barton ’00, Global Digital Director and VP of Digital Publishing at Penguin USA, Jacob Robinson '04, Vice President of Development (Film/TV) for De Line Pictures for a discussion of how new digital platforms, social media, and consumer mobility have disrupted every form of media and what these trends portend for the future, and Saul Carlin '09, incoming business development lead for digital publishing platform Medium.  
Tishler Lecture Hall (150), Exley Science Center

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Freeman Scholars Reception

Freeman Scholars and their families, friends, and alumni are invited to a program honoring the Freeman Scholars of the Class of 2014.
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather, 45 Wyllys Avenue

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Class of 1974 Women's Gathering

Once again, the Women of the Class of ’74, the first incoming class of freshman women, will hold a private get-together to share some thoughts and remembrances and perhaps talk about what’s next for all of us.
Putnam Classroom (Room 114), 41 Wyllys Avenue (formerly Squash Court building)

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

WESEMINAR In The Congressional Hot Seat:

Expert Perspectives on the High- Profile Congressional Investigation
While Congress’ recent inability to act on important public policy issues has left a largely negative impression on Americans, its high-profile investigations involving banking executives, professional athletes and automobile CEOs have created indelible images in contemporary American culture. Beyond providing frequent fodder for late-night comedians, these investigations also have come to form our society’s understanding of and response to some of the most compelling issues that affect our everyday lives. Given the plethora of problems in modern day society, and their complexities, how does Congress determine which issues merit such an investigation? Moreover, what are the legal and political dynamics at play behind the scenes of such a public spectacle? For the person in the hot seat, what are the stakes of such an investigation and the likely outcomes? Join us as we explore answers to these questions and more during a dynamic discussion led by panelists Rusty Hardin ’64 and Elise Bean ’78. Attorney Hardin is a nationally known defense lawyer who notably gained acquittal for pitcher, Roger Clemens, on charges that he perjured himself before Congress during an investigation into steroid use in Major League Baseball. Attorney Bean is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan who has been recognized by the legal profession for her important role as the Democratic staff director and chief counsel of the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. A thirty minute audience question and answer session will follow presentations by the panelists. This WESeminar is sponsored by Wesleyan’s first professional affinity alumni group, the Wesleyan Lawyers Association.
Presenters: Rusty Hardin is the name partner of his 12-attorney firm in Houston, Texas. He has more than 38 years of litigation experience, having begun his career as an assistant district attorney for Harris County in 1975. He served as chief of one of the office’s felony divisions for eight years, tried more than 100 felony jury trials, and was named Texas Prosecutor of the Year in 1989. In 1991, Hardin moved into private practice, and he established Rusty Hardin & Associates in 1996. The firm manages a wide variety of cases and appeals, focusing primarily on civil matters, and engages in a substantial white collar criminal defense practice in both federal and state court. In private practice, Hardin has tried more than 70 jury trials. His clients have been as varied as Arthur Andersen; Dow Jones, for whom the firm won a new trial in the face of the largest libel verdict in history; the J. Howard Marshall II estate in the nationally-followed probate trial involving claims made by Anna Nicole Smith; ExxonMobil Corporation; and a roster of professional athletes that includes Wade Boggs, Warren Moon, and Roger Clemens. Hardin was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013 and one of “The 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century” by Texas Lawyer in 2010, among other honors.
A native of North Carolina, Hardin majored in history at Wesleyan and received his JD from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Elise Bean ’78 earned her law degree from the University of Michigan and was selected as one of the most influential women lawyers in Washington, D.C. in 2010 by the National Law Journal, has worked for the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on investigations since 1985 and has served as the Democratic staff director since 2003.
World Music Hall

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Academic Open House

ANTHROPOLOGY: Anthro, Room 6
BIOLOGY: Terrace, Exley Science Center
CHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center
COLLEGE OF LETTERS: COL Library, 41 Wyllys Avenue
COMPUTER SCIENCE: Terrace, Exley Science Center
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Terrace, Exley Science Center
MATHEMATICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center
NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIOR: Terrace, Exley Science Center
PHYSICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center
ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages and Literatures
RUSSIAN: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages and Literatures
RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES: Highwaymen Common Room, Romance Languages and Literatures

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

PROGRAM CANCELLED: WESEMINAR The Israeli Film Festival

For the seventh consecutive year, Wesleyan Jewish and Israel Studies, with the co-sponsoring of the Film Studies Department, offered the annual Israeli Film Festival. This festival has become an extremely successful event which draws its audience from the Wesleyan community, as well as the larger general Connecticut community. Its structure has also become a model for unrelated festivals at Wesleyan and other universities. The festival’s format features a film screening, along with commentary from a speaker who illuminates a particular aspect of the film (based on expertise in film, Judaic Studies or cultural studies). The film festival is also closely integrated into the study of Hebrew at Wesleyan University. In this WESeminar, Dalit Katz, film designer and director, and Wesleyan professor of Religion and Israel studies, will offer a glimpse into this year's festival as she shares film clips with the audience.
Presenter: Dalit Katz, Religion and Israel Studies Assistant Professor, has been teaching Hebrew and organizing Israeli cultural events since 2000.
Room 210, Fisk Hall

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Eclectic Society Alumni Reception

Eclectic House, 200 High Street 

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

WESEMINAR What is it That Other Countries Have Figured Out About How to Run

Successful National Education Systems That Has Somehow Escaped Our Attention in the U.S.? 
Ted Fiske ’59, former Education Editor of the New York Times and author of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, will lead a discussion of why students in countries such as Finland, Singapore and the Netherlands achieve at high levels and how their national policies compare with policies in the U.S. He will be joined by his wife, Helen “Sunny” Ladd, a professor of public policy at Duke University with whom he has co-authored numerous books and articles on education systems around the world.
Introduction:  Mimi Stewart, New Mexico State Representative and Chair of the NM House Education Committee   
Presenters: Ted Fiske ’59 and Helen “Sunny” Ladd.
Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

WESEMINAR Thesis Art Talk

Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2014's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Talk by Telfair and introduction of the artists at 2:45 p.m. Reception from 2-4 p.m.
Presenter: Tula Telfair, Professor of Art
Co-sponsored by University Relations
Main Gallery, Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery


2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Class of 1979 Pick-up Softball Game

All are welcome to participate.
Softball Field

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Athletic Department Senior Awards Presentation

Come celebrate the accomplishments of our senior student-athletes as they gather together one final time as undergrads in Silloway Gymnasium.
Silloway Gymnasium, Freeman Athletic Center

3:00 PM

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Alumni Reception

Please join members of the LGBTQ Alumni Network, parents and friends as we welcome graduating seniors to the alumni community.
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WESEMINAR Reflecting on a Hollywood Icon: Clint Eastwood

Broadway producer Jeffrey Richards ’69, who recently brought The Bridges of Madison County to success on the Broadway stage, joins Jeanine Basinger, the curator of Clint Eastwood’s archive, for a conversation about his career, and the impact Eastwood’s projects have had in the film world and the greater arts community. Clint Eastwood is a Wesleyan honorary degree recipient (2000). His work is now part of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives.
Presenters: Jeanine Basinger is Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies and chair of Wesleyan’s Film Studies Department; Jeffrey Richards ’69 is a producer and president of Jeffrey Richards Associates, one of the leading Broadway entertainment production offices, known for presenting distinguished plays and musicals that shape the profile of Broadway.
Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Academic Open House

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES ALUMNI RECEPTION: CSS Lounge (406), Public Affairs Center (PAC) 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WESEMINAR Celebrating 10 Years of Long Lane Farm: Alumni in Agriculture

In the spring of 2004 a group of Wesleyan students broke ground on 1 acre of the then newly-acquired Long Lane School property. The land initially provided a place for student-led forums on sustainable agriculture to put theory into practice and has evolved organically into a thriving space for students to experiment and learn about sustainable agriculture while fostering meaningful connections with the greater community. In its first decade the farm has provided produce for Middletown restaurants, local markets, student dining services and Middletown charities, operated a small-scale CSA, and partnered with local foundations to offer summer educational opportunities for Wesleyan students as well as Middletown residents. Come join in the celebration of the continued growth and relevance of this project with a panel of alumni who cultivated their passion for farming at Long Lane Farm and continue to contribute in diverse ways to the field of agriculture. 
Presenters: Rachel Lindsay '05 was a co-founder of Long Lane Farm and the first Summer Manager.  She worked at several CSA farms in Massachusetts and in 2009 was awarded a Fulbright to work with farmers in Nicaragua.  She is the current Communications and Sustainability Director for Social Business Network, a non-profit that works with Fair-trade agricultural cooperatives. Sophie Ackoff ’11 worked with Long Lane Farm and Bon Appetit to bring locally produced food to campus while she was a student, and has since worked with Food and Water Watch and apprenticed at Glynwood Farm in NY. She is currently the Membership and Development Coordinator for the National Young Farmers Coalition. Additional Presenters TBD.
Room 116, Judd Hall

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WESEMINAR Dive into the Story: Ocean Science and Storytelling, Fun for All

From her books and adventures, author and marine scientist, Dr. Ellen Prager will share stories and images that blend ocean science with entertainment, making it fun for people of all ages. Learn while you laugh and be amazed by the ocean's strange creatures. See how even scientists can be surprised and get a sneak peek at Dr. Prager's just released book, The Shark Whisperer which has been called "…an underwater Harry Potter". It is the first book in a new middle grade fiction series that combines adventure and humor with learning about the ocean, marine life, and ocean issues.
Presenter: Dr. Ellen Prager '84 is a respected marine scientist and author, well known for her ability make science understandable and fun for the layperson. She has twice lived in an undersea laboratory for two weeks, travels frequently to the Galapagos Islands as an advisor for Celebrity's small ship Xpedition, and is currently on contract with NBC news as an on-air expert.
Room 002, Public Affairs Center

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Academic Open House

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies
ENGLISH: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Alumni of Color (AOC)/Students of Color (SOC) Networking Reception

All alumni, students, and parents are invited to join us as we welcome the graduating seniors into the alumni community. 
Tent, Davison Art Center Courtyard (show in map)

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

These seniors have been elected into Wesleyan University’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2014. Find the list here.
Featured Speaker: Karen Donfried '84 
Memorial Chapel (show in map)

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

FUSION Dance Crew Open Performance

FUSION Dance Crew is the hip-hop dance group, mostly street, break, urban, and contemporary, collaborated with hip-hop-based dance styles from Africa, Asia, America, and Europe, focusing on sharing, connecting, and uniting many different cultures together to the dance, and contributing this perspective through the shows and concerts to Wesleyan community.
Featuring: Nicholas Alt '09, Michael Green '09, Benjamin Kaplan '09, Michelle Katz '09, Fon Kongmuang '09, Jermaine Lewis '09 and current FUSION students.
Lounge, Bennet Hall

4:00 PM

Aurora Borealis meets Hiatus Pitch meets L’orgueilleux — in the Garden

Chamber Music by Wesleyan alumni
Music by Ben Broening '89 Chair, Music Department, University of Richmond; Judy Dunaway MA'00 Visiting lecturer, Massachusetts College of Art, Anne Lemos Edgerton MALS'78 Freelance dancer and choreographer in the greater Boston area; Walter Frank MA'05, a native of Argentina, he teaches music at various schools in Buenos Aries; Ed Jessen MA'98 professor of composition, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, London; Chris Jonas MA'99 founding director of Littleglobe; Liang Liang MA'01 post doctoral fellow, University of Texas Austin; Chris McDonald '06 freelance music producer and visual artist; Keith Moore MA'98 professor of theory and composition at the University of Indianapolis, Athens (Greece) campus; Brian Parks MA'09 MA'13 instructor, Naugatuck Valley Community College, and director of music at First Church of Christ, Congregational, Suffield, CT; Brett Terry '90 principal analyst at Sonalysts Inc., Waterford, CT. Find complete bios here.
Performed by Wesleyan’s own West End String Quartet and assisting artists (flute, oboe, saxophone, piano, balloons)
Curated by Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music
Crowell Concert Hall

4:15 PM to 5:30 PM

Academic Open House

THEATER: Theater Lounge, Theater Studios

5:00 PM

Center for Prison Education GOLD Cocktail Hour

Come raise a glass with the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, as we celebrate five years of successful college-in-prison programming, supported by Wesleyan Faculty and Alumni!
Allbritton 311

5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Class of 1974 Dinner and Live Auction

There will be a live auction during our class dinner featuring the following items:

The Golden Girls Signed Pilot Script contributed by Lloyd Komesar

A rare, mint condition signed Pilot script of one of television’s greatest and most acclaimed comedy series, The Golden Girls. With signatures from each of the show's four stars, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, this Pilot script kicked off a fabulous seven year run for The Golden Girls on NBC [1985-92]. All four leading actors each received an Emmy for their truly memorable work on this brilliant and hilarious series. The recipient of two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, The Golden Girls still delights audiences around the world.

Director's Immersion Experience contributed by Jan Eliasberg

Spend two full days with acclaimed television and film director and writer Jan Eliasberg '74 on the set of an upcoming production. Jan will provide specific insights and valuable information regarding all aspects of the production focusing particularly on the director's craft and the decision making process she employs in creating content. This will be time immensely well spent for an aspiring media professional.

AiryNothings

A painting on paper from Wesleyan artist David Schorr’s Apothecary series of drawings. It is approximately 30”x20”.

Ink, Gold Leaf and Collage on Paper [12" x 9"] original work created and contributed by Ellen Driscoll

Description from Ellen: "Last year, I lived for 6 months in an apartment in Rome right around the corner from Bernini’s famous sculpture of the elephant. I used to visit this sculpture all the time, and gaze at the gentle pathos in the elephant’s upturned gaze. This ink and collage drawing was a haiku response to my months of engagement with this sculpture."
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

Manuscript Evaluation contributed by Patricia Mulcahy

Have your book manuscript professionally evaluated by noted literary editor Patricia Mulcahy '74. For the aspiring writer, this will be an invaluable opportunity. In Pat's own words: "After reading your manuscript [specialties include fiction and memoir], I’ll write a detailed report on both its literary merit and its marketplace potential. Reports range from 3-10 pages, single-spaced, with specific references to the text. I try to be supportive but am also honest in terms of dialogue, pacing, characterization, and overall structure. See www.brooklynbooks.com for more information on my background and how I work."

Antique Indonesian Textiles contributed by Steve Alpert (these will be auctioned individually)

An ikat blanket from the Island of Sumba collected before the Second World War from an old Dutch collection. This blanket is one of a pair that would have been worn by a kabisu or aristocrat from East Sumba. The designs from the bottom up depict warriors on horseback, a ritual or adat house surrounded by pohon andung or skull trees, and a plethora of varying birds and stylized fish -- symbols of the upper and lower worlds in a tripartite cosmos.

A very fine north coast batik from Java of a type that was presented to mothers upon a child's birth that was often kept as a keepsake or used to swaddle a child. The center is composed of plants and tendrils while the borders are framed by punakawan. These clown-like beings: Semar, Petruk, Gareng, and Bagong are comical servants. Even though they may look ill-formed, these beings are actually magical deities in mortal disguise who assist their lords on earth while delighting Javanese audiences with their antics. Late 19th-early 20th century.

This batik is from central Java and is a variation on a design that belongs to a category that is often referred to as garis miring or slanted lines that refers to udan liris or softly falling rain. These are ancient designs whose history is now obscure. This class of batik, and the most famous imagery from this series, parang rusak or broken blade, was reserved for royalty. First half of the 20th century, and judging from the fineness of the cotton this batik is most likely prewar.

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Anugerah: Student Performance Showcase

Anugerah is a Malay word that means 'gifts or presents given to the deserving.' Anugerah also means 'a tribute' and this showcase is precisely that - a heartfelt tribute to family, friends and all those who have supported us along the way. This showcase is especially dedicated to parents and families of international students, many of whom only get the chance to be on campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. ALL students and parents are welcome. Refreshments will be provided after the performance in World Music Hall.
World Music Hall

5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Reunion Class Receptions and Dinner

WESeniors (Classes of 1936–1963) and the Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009 gather for their Class Dinners and special programs.

2009: Tent, Russell House
2004: Mink Dining Hall, Usdan University Center
1999: Main Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center
1994: Lobby, Exley Science Center
1989: Beckham Hall, Fayerweather
1984: West Dining Wing, Usdan University Center
1979: Patricelli '92 Theater
1974: Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center
1969: Olson Commons, Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Ave.
1964: Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library
1959: Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center
1954: Lounge, Downey House
1949: Andersen Meeting Room (110), Usdan University Center
WESeniors (Classes of 1936-1963): Andersen Meeting Room (110), Usdan University Center

TICKETS: Each dinner requires advance purchase/registration. Dinner is included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes) and is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1936 through 1963) and their guests. All other reunion classes will be charged the following for dinner:
$50 per person

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Senior Voices (Baccalaureate)

Please find the senior reflections here.
Come join the class of 2014 as they reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wesleyan. You don’t want to miss this. All are welcome.
Featured Speaker: Professor Sarah Mahurin, Visting Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Wesleyan University
Senior Reflections by: Megan Cash '14, Prince Carter '14, Joshua Krugman '14
Sponsor: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Memorial Chapel (show in map)

9:00 PM

Traditional All-College Sing

Led by: John Spurdle, Jr. '59 P'86 and William B. B. Moody '59, P'91
Steps of North College; Rainsite: Memorial Chapel

9:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Stargazing

Weather permitting, visit the Van Vleck Observatory, where you'll have an awesome view of the stars through Wesleyan's telescopes.
Van Vleck Observatory (show in map)

9:00 PM

The Sounds of Mike Minard '75

 With Accompaniment From Wayne Forrest '74 and Jose Goico '74
Daniel Family Commons

10:00 PM to 1:00 AM

All-Campus Party Featuring mamarazzi and Illegalize

mamarazzi: Rooted in the sweaty dance floor revivals that have defined their live shows over the past five years, Brooklyn's "8-piece Afro-funk-hop Juggernaut" mamarazzi serves up a deliciously greasy dish with spices cultivated from across the planet.  Spontaneously combusting under the careless scientific supervision of a group of Wesleyan University alumni, mamarazzi has since been on its perpetual quest to leave no genre behind and no hip unshaken. The band likens its sound to a laced grapefruit: tart funk, acidic groove, pulp-n-rind hiphop, and nectar of ancient lullaby. Drawing on diverse influences such as Fela Kuti, Radiohead, George Clinton, Frank Zappa, and Lauryn Hill, mamarazzi is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of New York City's best and most creative live bands.
Featuring from mamarazzi: Eugene Delacroix; Eric Herman '05; Sam Bathrick '04; Tacuma Bradley '04; Rob Cohen '06; Andrea Belfiore; Tavi Fields '02

Illegalize is an independent hip-hop band based in Brooklyn, consisting of a male and female rap duo, live drums, bass, keyboards, and a female vocalist. Their sound is a soulful blend of raw New York hip-hop, sonically rich psychedelic funk, and Brazilian undercurrents. A once house-party, jam-based band formed at college, Illegalize is now reunited several years later, bringing new life experiences and perspectives to its current incarnation. In 2013, the band released their self-produced second EP, Tortoise Style, available as a free download from illegalize.bandcamp.com.  Check out a recent blog post from Wesleying.
Featuring from Illegalize: Jon Souza '04; Tavi Fields '02; Kieran Meadows '04; Joaquin Cotler '05; Pat Dalbey; Sascha Weiss '04; and DJ Russian Bear (Peter Seidman '04). They are from Brooklyn, Harlem, and New Jersey.
Tent, Andrus Field

Sunday, May 25

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

All Campus Brunch Buffet

Wrap up a great weekend with a hearty brunch in the new Usdan University Center.

Tickets: This event requires ticket purchase at time of registration. Brunch is included in the registration fee for WESeniors (Classes of 1936-1963) and members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). To make sure that we have an accurate number of meals, we’d like to know if reunion alumni who have the flat rate fee and who are WESeniors plan to attend this brunch. Please let the staff at the Usdan Center registration desk know when you register on campus.

All other reunion classes, graduates, parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following when they register: $18 per person for all other adults and children over age 12 (including graduates), and $5 per person for children 12 and under.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Registration and Information

Usdan University Center (show in map)

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Pi Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Exley Science Center (show in map)

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

50th Reunion Brunch

Members of the Class of 1964 are planning to gather for brunch around 9 a.m. 
TICKETS: Brunch is included in the 50th reunion flat rate registration fee.
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Espwesso Cafe Hours

Espwesso, Wesleyan's student-run cafe, will be serving premium quality drip coffee, espresso drinks, and tea in the basement of Allbritton (Rm 003). Come try the best coffee on campus. Cash only!
Lower Level, Allbritton

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Class of 2014 Wish Ties

Students in the Class of 2014 created wish ties when they first arrived on campus in August 2010 as part of the First Year Matters program Feet to the Fire: Feast or Famine. The practice of making "wish ties" or "prayer ties" is found in many world traditions and was used to inspire students to think more personally about their relationship with the environment. On one side of the tie is their wish for the planet and on the other side is their wish for their four years at Wesleyan. You are invited to untie and read them. Please replace them on the rope when you are finished.
Courtyard between Usdan University Center and 41 Wyllys Avenue

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Graduate Student Breakfast Celebration and Rehearsal

The Graduate Marshal will prepare the graduating MA and PhD students for the Commencement Ceremony.
Lobby, Exley Science Center (show in map)

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Roman Catholic Mass

Sponsored by: Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Hal Weidner, CO, and the Catholic Student Association
Memorial Chapel (show in map)

9:30 AM

GLS Graduates' Commencement Preparation

GLSP staff will prepare graduating students for the Commencement Ceremony.
Lounge, Downey House (show in map)

10:00 AM

Faculty and Undergraduates Assemble for Commencement

Top of Foss Hill (show in map)

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

182nd Commencement Ceremony

Procession Map
[Procession Map]
PDF with instructions

The Honorary Degree Recipients for 2014 are Theodore Shaw ’76 (Commencement Speaker), Helena Chmura Kraemer, and Hayden White. Read more…

The ceremony will take place in the center of campus, rain or shine, and will last approximately 2–2½ hours. The ceremony may also be viewed online.

Tickets: All are welcome to attend Wesleyan's 182nd Commencement Ceremony. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony. The 5,000 chairs on Andrus Field (some are outside, some under the large tent with full view of the podium) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is additional room for seating on Foss Hill (bring a blanket or folding chairs).

Accessibility Seating and Parking: 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. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Persons with disabilities may also utilize special shuttle services Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.by calling (860) 982-8031 to make arrangements. Andrus Field is nestled in the center of campus. The ceremony takes place on Denison Terrace, which is parallel to the back of Olin Memorial Library. Mobility impaired guests may park in the “C” lot off of Church Street or the Office of Admission parking lot. University staff and students driving golf carts will be available at each lot to assist in transporting guests to-and-from the accessibility section on Andrus Field. Drivers may also drop of guests on Wyllys Avenue and then park elsewhere. Each disabled person may be accompanied by one family member in the accessible section (located on the area adjacent to the Zelnick Pavilion and Public Affairs Center).

Water: Wesleyan is proud to announce its second bottled water-free Commencement. Reusable bottles and water stations are available to keep guests hydrated. If you do not wish to take your reusable bottle home with you, please leave it under your chair or place in one of the clear recycling containers located on Andrus Field or at the President’s Commencement Celebration so that we can reuse bottles for future occasions.
Andrus Field (show in map)

Inclement Weather Plan

The Commencement Ceremony is held outdoors, rain or shine. Under certain weather conditions, the ceremony may be shifted from the open field, where seating is unlimited, into the large tent on Andrus Field. Although the tent accommodates numerous spectators, seating is limited. In this scenario, we respectfully request that each graduate limit his/her guests to 3 seats under the tent. Please come prepared with raincoats and umbrellas.

Information will be posted on the Wesleyan homepage and the Reunion & Commencement website, and graduating seniors will be notified via email. Details will also be available at Registration (Usdan University Center) and an outgoing message will be on the main University phone number at 860/685-5678. The ceremony will be simulcast in the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli ’92 Theater, Crowell Concert Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150) at Exley Science Center, rain or shine. The ceremony may also be viewed online. Please check the Reunion landing page or the WesCast (webcast) page for details the week of May 19, 2014.
Tent, Andrus Field (show in map)

Following the ceremony

President’s Commencement Celebration: A reception celebrating the Class of 2014 will take place immediately following the Commencement ceremony. Due to the size of the gathering, families and students who wish to meet during the reception are encouraged to identify a “meeting place” in advance (e.g., one of the buildings on College Row). Light refreshments will be available.
North and South College Lawn (show in map)

GLS Champagne Reception and Diploma Distribution: GLS graduates and guests are invited to this reception. We will distribute diplomas and raise our glasses in a toast to the graduates!
Tent, Davison Art Center (show in map)