Amidst the Tragedy
Interview with Kofi Appenteng 81 Wesleyan Trustee
by Shawn Dove 84
morning hours of September 11, 2001 will forever be etched in our
individual and collective memories. Youd be hard pressed to
find someone who couldnt tell you exactly where they were
and what they were doing when they first heard about the attacks
on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington,
be equally hard pressed to find someone who doesnt at least
know someone who knows someone who was personally touched by the
tragic events of that Tuesday morning. Just ask Kofi Appenteng 81,
a partner with Thatcher, Proffitt, and Wood whose offices occupied
the 38th, 39th, and 40th floors of the South Tower. In one of those
quirks of fate that often brings a sigh of relief, Appenteng decided
that Tuesday the 11th would be the day that he would keep a doctors
appointment that he had literally been putting off for years.
had an 11:30 doctors appointment that morning, said
Appenteng, who was instrumental in the development of the Minority
Faculty Search Committee during his years at Wesleyan. I had
been putting off a doctors appointment for a long time and
that was the day I decided to do it.
a normal day, Appenteng would have been heading toward work for
the law firm that hes been with for the past 10 years, typically
arriving between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. But on this day, he was home
preparing for his doctors appointment when the attacks happened.
found out about the first plane crashing into the one of the towers
when a client of mine called me and told me to turn on the TV. When
I turned on the TV, I saw the second plane crash into the South
I saw what was happening I just started calling partners and developed
a phone tree to account for people. It took until Thursday to account
for everyone, said Appenteng. Though everyone from his firm
managed to escape the South Tower, Appenteng notes that one of his
partners was in the office and reported that entire building shook
when the plane hit the tower.
people were actually in the office when the second plane hit. The
Port Authority (in an attempt to protect workers from falling debris
from the North Tower) told people to return to their offices.
Appenteng says that most of his co-workers did not heed the Port
been difficult for everyone, Appenteng said reflecting on
the aftermath of the attacks on the towers. Knowing that Im
one of the lucky ones . . . the worse thing is sitting down thinking
about this stuff and knowing that people were trying to get out.
Alumni of Color Network
Alumni of Color Network, comprised of the leadership of the Asian
Pacific American Alumni Council, the Black Alumni Council, and the
Latino Alumni Council, makes use of the rich history and continuum
of diversity that has been built at Wesleyan University over the
last 30 years. Each council develops events and programs that reflect
specific interests and experiences of alumni/ae of color, assists
in drawing the entire alumni/ae of color community together through
frequent communications and activities, and establishes ties to
other alumni/ae of color, students and parents of color, and the
University. The network works collaboratively with the Office of
University Relations, the Office of Admission and Financial Aid,
the Career Resource Center, and the Office of the Dean of the College
to assist and support on and off-campus programs for communities
of color. Furthermore, the AOC Network is a political presence within
the University, and promotes and supports issues pertaining to communities
of color via the Alumni Association Executive Committee, the Board
of Trustees, and meetings with University administrators and current
students. Regular events include participation in the New Student
of Color Orientation Program; the Crimson & Brown Career Fair
and Reception; Homecoming and the Dwight L. Greene Symposium; Peoples
Jam; the Marymount School Reception for Prospective Students of
Color; and Reunion & Commencement Weekend.
José Filpo 91, June Jeffries 75,
Saeyun Lee 93
University Liaisons: Dwayne Busby 95 and Pat St.
of Color Network Notes
kick off another century of exciting and provocative events designed
to examine issues pertaining to communities of color both internal
and external to the University, the Alumni of Color Network sponsored
a several events with the theme of Alumni of Color in the World
of Arts and Entertainment during Reunion & Commencement 2001.
The weekend, the second year to combine Reunion with Commencement,
was a huge success despite the wet weather.
Friday night, May 25, 2001, Crowell Concert Hall was blessed with
the sounds of Jay Hoggard 76 and crew. On Saturday,
May 26, 2001, the Black Alumni Council held their meeting. That
afternoon, the Alumni of Color Reception was held in the Davison
Art Center courtyard attended by numerous alumni/ae, students, family,
and friends of Wesleyan. Then on Saturday evening, Steven Tejada
97 made the crowd in 92 Theatre laugh and cry with his
one-man show Boogie Down Journeys.
The weather was cool but the welcome was warm as alumni and
friends arrived at La Casa on Saturday morning during Homecoming
Weekend. The brunch was sponsored by LAC, Ajua Campos and La Casa.
It was coordinated by Avy Gonzalez '00, Vaness Mieles
'98, and Andrea Rosario '97. Wesleyan students, alumni, family
and friends were treated to fresh coffee and genuine New York bagels.
We are hoping this would become an annual event . So next year we
look forward to your attendance.
evening BAC held their Ninth Annual Dwight Greene Symposium featuring
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. P'03. The audience was astonished,
excited, and educated by the multimedia presentation of the history
and the creation of Africana Encarte (both the encylopedia and the
CD-Rom). The event was a huge success filling every seat in Crowell
Concert Hall and still people crowded the doors wanting to get in.
Next year, again during Homecoming Family Weekend, the Tenth Annual
Dwight Greene Symposium will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2002.
It is an event not to miss, so we hope to see you there.
Pacific American Alumni Council (APAAC):
mission of the Wesleyan Asian Pacific American Alumni Council (WAPAAC)
is twofold: first, to create and maintain strong social and professional
relationships between Asian Pacific American (APA) alumni/ae, students,
faculty, administrators, parents, and alumni/ae of color and other
members of the University community; and second, to contribute to
the ongoing work of the Alumni of Color Network. The organization
is designed to be a resource for the APA community and sponsors
activities in collaboration with the Office of University Relations,
the Office of the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, the Office
of the Dean of the College, the Career Resource Center, and other
offices as necessary. Furthermore, WAPAAC is an advocate for social,
political, academic, and other issues pertaining to APA communities
internal and external to the University. Regular events include:
participation in the New Student of Color Orientation Program; Volunteer
Weekend; the Crimson & Brown Career Fair and Reception; Homecoming
and the Dwight L. Greene Symposium; Peoples Jam; Lunar New
Year celebrations; Prospective Student Receptions; and Reunion &
Commencement Weekend. The national chair and regional representatives
work together to create and implement events that best serve the
needs of the APA community.
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Black Alumni Council (BAC), established in 1983, is a national alumni
organization comprised of African American graduates of Wesleyan
University. The BAC is intended to provide a means whereby graduates
may continue a relationship with the University, further its goals,
support its programs and students, and create opportunities for
interaction with the University community. It also provides a chance
for nurturing and networking among the alumni/ae and the continuation
of a heritage of familyhood attained as members of the undergraduate
organization, Ujamaa. The BAC has sponsored numerous panels and
award ceremonies: for example, the annual recognition or Vanguard
Award is given to alumni/ae whose careers and characters have made
an impact not only on the University community, but also on their
own larger communities. In addition, summer stipends are given to
students under the auspices of the BAC Memorial Award, which honors
the memory of deceased alumni/ae who were active in the organization.
It also sponsors annual alumni reunions at the end of the school
year and at Homecoming. The BAC also promotes the Dwight L. Greene
Symposium, a forum on ideas and trends relating to Wesleyans
engagement with diversity. The officers are chair, vice-chair, treasurer,
secretary, and events coordinator; these positions function in the
traditional mode in that as a group, they create and implement events.
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Alumni Council (LAC):
Latino Alumni Council (LAC) strives to increase communication between
Latino graduates and the students, administrators, and other alumni/ae
of the University. Through events on and off-campus throughout the
year, alumni/ae are invited to contribute to the current life of
the University. Latino alumni/ae are asked to share their experiences
and expertise at events organized in collaboration with the Office
of Admission and Financial Aid (Marymount Reception for Prospective
Students of Color), the Career Resource Center (Crimson & Brown
Career Fair and Reception), and the Office of the Dean of the College
(New Student of Color Orientation Program). Social events like Reunion
& Commencement Weekend, Homecoming, and Peoples Jam in
New York City serve to bring community members together to socialize,
network, and reminisce. Many of these events are organized in collaboration
with the Alumni of Color Network and the Office of University Relations.
In an effort to recognize both the contributions of outstanding
Latino student leaders and the legacy of former faculty member and
Dean of the College Janina Montero, the LAC awards the Janina Montero
Prize each year to the Latino senior who has promoted the health,
visibility, and participation of the Latino community at Wesleyan
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Is She Now?
Kim Wayans 83 in action druing an Expressions Poetry Reading.
From right to left; Alphonso Smith 84, Vashti DuBois 92,
and Shawn Dove 84. Submitted by Shawn Dove 84. If
you have any information and/or photos on any of our alumni, please
let us know!
. . Current Trustees
Al Young 88, Elena Wethers 91, Ted Shaw 76,
Sanford Livingston 87, Irma Gonzalez 78, Kofi Appenteng
81, George Strait P 97, and Isaac Shongwe 87.
. . With Family
Elena Wethers 91, current alumni elected trustee, was recently
married. Sanford 87 and Wanda Livingston, also alumni elected
trustee had a baby girl on Friday, December 14, 2001. Camille
McGadney 93 and Andy McGadney 92 are expecting their
Shawn Dove 84 with daughters Nia (in graduation gown) and
Maya, and his wife, Desere. Shawn and Desere are expecting their
third child in the spring. Submitted by Shawn Dove 84.
. . Involvement
On Wednesday, November 7, 2001 Diego Recalde '86 and Marjorie
Torres hosted a beautiful reception at their home for Janina Montero
(former Wesleyan dean of the college and current vice president
for campus life and student services at Brown University). More
than 75 Wesleyan alumni gathered to celebrate the success of the
Janina Montero University Scholarship and to honor Janina. Speakers
included Barbara-Jan Wilson (Wesleyan vice president of university
relations), Mildred Carrillo '90 (who initiated the effort for
the scholarship), and Edgar Beckham '58 (Former Wesleyan dean
of the college). Many thanks to all who attended and contributed
to the Janina Montero University Scholarship. If interested in
giving to Janina Montero University Scholarship please contact
Dwayne D. Busby '95 at (860) 685-2755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.