NETWORK SPONSORS EVENTS DURING REUNION & COMMENCEMENT Weekend
of Color in the Media
Friday, May 24 3
p.m. Shanklin 107
Have recent world events created opportunities for professionals
of color who work in print, broadcast, and other media? How has
the Wesleyan experience shaped their perspective about the role of
media in everyday life? What changes lie ahead and what role(s)
will professionals of color play in bringing about change? Join us
for what promises to be a lively discussion!
Presenters: Randall Pinkston '72, P'05, CBS News
Correspondent; Paul Mason '77, Executive Producer, ABC World News
Alumni Council (LAC) Meeting
Saturday, May 25 1
To all Latino alumni: Please join us for a Latino Alumni Council
Meeting on Saturday May 25, at 1 p.m. It is an excellent chance to
meet up and relax with old friends, talk about the past and give
input for the council's future. During the annual meeting we recap
the previous year's events and news and energize for the coming
year. It is a great time to make suggestions and contribute new
ideas. Everyone is welcome!
Black Alumni Council (BAC) Meeting
Saturday, May 25 1
Join us for our annual gathering-connect with friends, welcome
newcomers, share where you've been, hear about what BAC will do
next, and what you can do to help. All are welcome-we'll be
looking for you!
Asian Pacific American Alumni Council (APAAC) Meeting
Saturday, May 25 1
Asian Pacific American students, alumni, and parents who attend
Reunion & Commencement 2002 are invited to the Asian Pacific
American Alumni Council meeting on Saturday, May 25, at 1 p.m. at
Asian/Asian American House. Meet and reminisce with one another!
The council chair will present information and news about the work
of the council over the past year. We'll discuss future APAAC
activities, including the ongoing development of regional APAAC
councils in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles
(among other areas).
ALUMNI OF COLOR (AOC) NETWORK RECEPTION
Saturday, May 25
Davison Art Center Courtyard
three councils unite for the AOC Reception at 3:30 p.m. in the
Davison Courtyard. Alumni and parents are welcome to join us for
light refreshments and warm company!
Save the Dates!
September 13-15, 2002
Workshops, info sessions, and
more for alumni and parents who volunteer (or are interested in
volunteering) for Wesleyan. More info to follow; please call the
Office of Alumni Relations at
(860) 685-3933 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
if you'd like additional details.
Homecoming / Family Weekend
October 18-21, 2002
Who says you can't go home again? Come back this fall to
enjoy beautiful weather (we hope!), a warm welcome (for certain!),
opportunities to meet
and connect with current students, WESeminars, performances, and
the tenth annual Dwight Greene Symposium, sponsored by the Black
Alumni Council. Details to follow-mark your calendar!
Five Wesleyan Grads coincidentally meet at a nursery school gathering in the Prospect Lefferts section of Brooklyn.
(left to right) Nick Malter ’87, Stephen Warner ’87, Joan Morgan-Murray ‘87, Aileen Griffith ’88, Martha Haakmat ‘98
May 23-27, 2002
Only weeks (or days!) away! All are welcome, and we are looking
especially for alumni in those classes ending in 2 and 7. Bring
family, join classmates and friends, and visit with faculty and
staff you haven't seen in a while. Detailed information is available
Look elsewhere in this newsletter for more info about special AOC-sponsored
events during Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2002. We'll be
looking for you!
Morgan '87 graduated with a double major in African American studies
and psychology/ sociology with a concentration in sociology. After
leaving Wesleyan, she taught African American literature, English
literature, and drama for a short while in New York City. During
that time, Joan was trying to decide whether to pursue a career as
an actress or to go to law school. In the end, with some influence
from a friend who at the time wrote for the Village Voice, Joan
unexpectedly wound up as a journalist. Currently, Joan is an
editor-at-large for Essence Magazine and the author of When
Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip Hop Feminist,
which is her literary debut. Dwayne Busby '95 recently had the
chance to chat with Joan.
DWAYNE: Who is the most influential person in your life?
JOAN: My mom. I would just watch her break bread and feed the world.
She had such a never-give-up attitude. She was always doing more and
doing better. She's traveled the world, including several trips to
Africa, with plans to visit Australia soon. My mom graduated from
college at the same time that I graduated from high school; she was
still able to put me through college, and to put my little brother
through private school. She is a real cool chick!
D: How would you rate your educational experience at Wesleyan?
I would give it a nine. It was great.
Who was your favorite professor?
Alex Dupuy [professor of Latin American studies and chair of the
How would you rate your social experience at Wesleyan?
If you were to ask me that during my junior year I would have
answered differently. At the time, I was tired of the scene at
Wesleyan, which was similar to my high school experience. So I was
ready for a change. I decided to spend a semester during my junior
year at Howard University in Washington, D.C. It gave me the
opportunity to attend a school in a city, where I was able to live
with some anonymity, because I was on an all-black campus.
Essentially, for me, Howard was the opposite of Wesleyan. I came
back to Wesleyan refreshed and with a whole new perspective. The
rest of my time spent at Wesleyan was great. I still hang out and
keep in touch with many of my Wesleyan friends.
D: About the cafe . . . Why are you opening a cafe in Brooklyn?
J: Hmm, several reasons. Brooklyn needed a place where you could go
and get some good gourmet coffee and a place where people could go
just to hang out. There are plenty of Chinese, Jamaican, and other
ethnic-type food places in Brooklyn, but nowhere for people to stop
before or after work to get a good cup of coffee, except if you want
a plain ol' cup of Maxwell House. I love coffee, and I love to
gather around the common theme of food and drinks. The cafe is
named Morgi's after my father, because his house was always the
place where people from the neighborhood would congregate, eat, and
enjoy themselves. His house was the symbol of unity in the
Morgan '87 spoke on campus on Thursday, April 18, 2002, on the topic
of feminism, race, gender and the hip hop culture.
interested in having a good cup of coffee and a new place to hang
out will soon be able to stop by Morgi's at 51 Lincoln Road,
Brooklyn, N.Y. (between Flatbush Avenue and Ocean Avenue, across
from Prospect Park).
Excerpts from an article in the Argus by Miriam Gottfried '05 with
contributions from Saeyun Lee '93
Among those who supported the annual Legacies of Success event February 23, 2002 were Row 1 (seated): Renee Johnson-Thornton, assistant to the dean of the college, Ciaran Escoffery '00 from Alumni Relations, Camille McGadney '93 from the Career Resource Center. Row 2: Panelist Dacque Tirado'96, Michael Sciola from the Career Resource Center, Frank Kwan from the Office of Community Services, Freddye Hill, dean of the college, Keynote Speaker Kim Cooper'97, Pat St. Germain from Alumni Relations, Panelist Thornell Jones'84 and Panelist Neil Charren'96.
The last weekend in February 2002 offered students opportunities to
learn about life after Wesleyan from seven different alumni of color
who are succeeding in a broad range of professions. For the third
year, the offices of the Dean of the College, Community Services,
Alumni Relations, and the Career Resource Center collaborated on
Legacies of Success, a day-long program that featured a panel
presentation and a special dinner for first-year students of color.
"The idea is to encourage students to see that there's a legacy
of people who have come before them," said Director of
Community Services Frank Kuan. "We hope that these alumni can
give students advice to broaden and maximize their opportunities on
campus in order to enhance their careers and hire-ability in the
Thornell Jones '84, a marketing consultant for Hidden Beach
Recordings; Ziba Kashef '92, a freelance writer and editor;
Christhian Escobar '00, a magazine publisher for AOL Time Warner;
Melissa Woods '94, an attorney for the NAACP/Legal Defense Fund;
Dacque Tirado '96, a teacher at the Peddie School; and Neil Charran
'96, a mutual fund representative, returned to campus to share their
career expertise and reflect upon the impact that their
undergraduate experiences had on their professional decisions.
The coordinators of the event wanted to focus specifically on
students of color because of the challenges that minorities continue
to face in the workplace.
"Even though it's 2002, there are still issues of racism in the
world that these students will have to face, and that may surprise
them after the environment of Wesleyan," said Assistant
Director of the Career Resource Center Camille McGadney.
"With every job I've had I never imagined that this was what I
was going to do. You can't imagine what you are going to be doing;
you have to stay open-minded, and don't be afraid to learn,"
Ziba Kashef said.
That evening, first-year students of color had the opportunity to
share supper and conversation with several panelists and area alumni
at a special dinner hosted by Freddye Hill, dean of the college.
Alumni attending included Janelle Bryan '99 and Janel Davis '99;
senior staff member Judith Brown, provost and vice president for
academic affairs, also attended.
Kim Cooper '97 was the keynote speaker, who shared her perspective
as follows: "That which does not break you makes you
stronger." It was clear that Kim's faith and perseverance are
two stones in the foundation on which she built not only a stellar
Wesleyan experience but a successful career in publishing as editor
of Vanguarde Media/IMPACT Magazine.
Planning has begun for next year's Legacies program-topic and
speaker suggestions are welcome! Please send ideas to Pat St.
Germain, Office of Alumni Relations, 330 High Street, Middletown, CT
06459, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
You can read Miriam's Argus article in its entirety online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/argus/archives/aa_archive_feb262002
Charran '96 was one of six alumni who participated in a panel
presentation to students on campus in February. Saeyun Lee'93 had
the chance to learn more about him.
Neil Charran '96 is a mutual fund liaison representative for
American Skandia Advisor Funds.
Before joining American Skandia in January 2000, Neil was a
broker for two years at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and PaineWebber.
received a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in 1996, where
he majored in psychology. At Wesleyan he learned how to fence, swim,
and ride a bike. He also began martial arts, beginning with Kenpo
Karate and then with Tae Kwon Do, for which he has earned a
second-degree black belt.
Wesleyan, Neil continued his education and received a master's
degree in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of
New Haven. He is currently attending the University of Connecticut
for a master's degree in business administration in order to expand
his future in finance. In his spare time Neil enjoys writing
screenplays, playing video games, watching Star Wars, reading, and
hanging out with friends. He continues his training in the martial
art Tae Kwon Do and has recently started attending classes in the
Chinese martial art Wushu.
Camille McGadney '93, Andy McGadney '92 and big brother Kyle
welcomed Maxwell Gerald McGadney on April 9, 2002. Maxwell arrived
weighing 7 lbs and 9 oz. Everybody's doing well!
Dove '84 was one of four panelists featured at a publishing career
networking reception in New York City in February, part of an
ongoing series co-hosted by Wesleyan and nine other peer colleges.
Daphne Kwok '84, executive director of the APA Institute for
Congressional Studies, was a featured speaker on campus recently as
part of a joint convocation celebrating both Asian/Asian American
Awareness Month and Queer Awareness Days. The series is intended to
raise both the voices and issues relevant to the Asian/Asian
American and Queer communities on campus.
Several alumni coordinated events to celebrate the Year of the
Dragon: David Ly '01 coordinated a dim sum in Boston's Chinatown;
Thy Tran '91 coordinated the efforts of a scavenger hunt team that
competed with other teams in
the streets of San Francisco (while ducking in and out of the
parade, yet!); and Daphne Kwok '84 brought alumni and parents
together in Washington, D.C., to enjoy a New Year's feast.
Thy Tran '91 has taken a new role as vice-chair of the Wesleyan Club
of the Bay Area (thank you and congratulations, Thy!). An active
volunteer for several years, Thy recently organized a tour of
Creation 2002!, an inaugural exhibit showcasing the talents of more
than 18 emerging and established African American artists from the
Greater Bay Area. Dinner at the well-known vegetarian restaurant
news you'd like to share? We'd like to know! The next issue of the
AOC Newsletter is planned for fall 2002. Send news, notes, photos,
commentary, etc., by August 1, to
St. Germain in the Office of Alumni Relations, 330 High Street,
Middletown, CT 06459, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in becoming more involved in the Alumni of Color Network
or a specific council?
BAC: Council Chair June Jeffries '75 email@example.com, or
LAC: Council Chair Josť Filpo '91 firstname.lastname@example.org, or
APAAC: Council Chair Saeyun Lee 'email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
General information: Pat St. Germain
Saeyun Lee '93
Chair, Asian Pacific American Alumni Council (APAAC)
During Homecoming/Family Weekend 2001, I had the opportunity to
attend an Open House at Asian/Asian American House, the purpose of
which was to gather students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and
staff to discuss issues affecting the Asian Pacific American
community. Issues discussed included the political presence of the
Asian Pacific American Alliance at Wesleyan, student efforts to
establish permanent Asian American studies courses, the recruitment
and retention of faculty of color, the diversity of the Asian
Pacific American student community, and collaboration with other
student communities of color.
strong student turnout was matched by an equally strong turnout on
the part of administrators, faculty, and staff, including: Freddye
Hill, dean of the college; David Phillips, Jennifer Pyke, and
Vancenia Rutherford, class deans; J. Kehaulani Kauanui, assistant
professor of anthropology and American studies; Renee
Johnson-Thornton, associate director of the Mellon Minority
Undergraduate Program; Sourav Guha '98, assistant dean of admission;
and V. Leilani Kupo. The diversity of perspectives presented was
phenomenal: students spoke passionately and candidly about their
campus experiences; administrators, faculty, and staff spoke about
the resources and strategies available to students; and alumni
provided the group with a sense of history regarding several of the
the energy and excitement generated by the conversation, the
participants agreed to create future opportunities for discussion,
including the possibility of instituting an annual retreat for
students and alumni of color, and regular discussions between
students and administrators, faculty, and staff. Special thanks to
Ling Ly '03, Bob Kao '03, and Mayuran Tiruchelvam '03 who were
pivotal in organizing the event, leading the discussion, and
providing community members with the opportunity to develop and
nurture ongoing relationships.
January 2002, the University announced a gift of $1.9 million from
the Freeman Foundation of New York City to support the study of Asia
and the Asian Diaspora. The grant will allow the University to
expand academic opportunities offered through the Center for East
Asian Studies and the Center for the Americas in a variety of ways,
including: the presence of distinguished Asian American studies
scholars on campus for teaching and research residencies; the
creation of a two-year post-doctoral fellows program; the
establishment of a year-long course and summer research project in
Chinese (and, later, Japanese or Korean) culture and language for 15
undergraduates; need-based scholarships for students to spend a
summer studying abroad in Asia; the augmentation of language
instruction through the recruitment of Asian graduate students to
act as foreign language teaching fellows; sponsorship of a
conference focused on integrating the study of the Asian Diaspora
into the undergraduate curriculum; educational and cultural
seminars, public lectures, and performances on Asian and Asian
American themes; and the building of library resources in a variety
of media in the field of Asian American studies.
Saeyun Lee 93
June Jeffries ’75
Alumni Council Celebrates
El Dia de Los Reyes/Three Kings Day
by Josť Filpo '91
Chair, Latino Alumni Council (LAC)
The first Latino Alumni Council event of the New Year brought
together a diverse group of friends to celebrate the traditional El
Dia de Los Reyes or Three Kings Day. The "Christmas" of
Latin America and some of Europe, Three Kings Day is celebrated on
January 6, the twelfth day of Christmas, when the three wise men, or
magi, found the baby Jesus after following the brightest star in the
sky to Bethlehem. This year marked the first time the LAC and
University Relations put together an event to bring people together
to reflect on and enjoy this Latin American and Caribbean holiday.
were able to taste some Latin holiday favorites like pastelillos and
coquito. The history and significance of the holiday was discussed,
and some Wesleyan goodies were won by a lucky few. Alumni present
included George Miyake '52, Maria Bowser '81, Jayne Smith '84, Josť
Filpo '91, Lucinda Mendez '92 and daughter Keila, Maria Osorio '92,
Elisa Istueta '93, Raya Salter '94, Liliana Santos '98, Anivelca
Abreu '99, Melvin Acevedo '99, Valerie Leon '99, Marielis Rivera
'99, and Kafayat Alli-Balogun '00.
are sure this will become a new Wesleyan tradition that grows each
year. Special thanks to University Relations for making this event
possible and to Jennifer Jurgen from Alumni Relations for joining us
in New York City.
José Filpo 91