Relations created WesLink for faculty, staff, students and alumni to post
WesLink Connects Campus to Business Opportunities, Events and Each Other
On a single site, Wesleyan alumni can market
their businesses, faculty can promote their newly-released books, students
can seek volunteers for their community service projects, and much more.
WesLink, a Web site launched Feb. 16 by the Office of University Relations,
enables all alumni, faculty, staff and students to post non-Wesleyan
sponsored events, announcements, activities, and services to the greater
“We are always looking for opportunities to engage alumni with the
university and with each other, and WesLink helps to bridge that engagement,
while at the same time showcasing some of the extraordinary talents of the
greater Wesleyan community,” explains Jennifer Jurgen, senior associate
director of Regional Programs and Networks.
is reserved for all members of the Wesleyan community. Users can post
events occurring on or off campus. These events may be theater, music,
comedy, literary, athletic or community-service related.
WesLink offers a dozen regional sections where alumni living in these areas
can post their own local events. These sections include the cities of
Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City,
Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC, and
In addition, the site features sections on Real Estate and Housing, Wesleyan
Authors, Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2007; Business Marketing and an
Everything Else category.
The site is maintained by University Relations and Information Technology
Services staff. The site mirrors the Wesleyan Classifieds, which was
established in 2005.
“In the process of working with our regional club programming, we often hear
from alumni who want to promote their theater events, concerts, comedy
shows, art exhibits, etc,” Jurgen says. “Since the timing doesn't always
allow us to work these alumni-sponsored events into our club event
calendars, we wanted to create a forum where they could still get their
information out to the greater Wesleyan community.”
Wesleyan’s online newsletter, The Wesleyan Connection, and online
magazine, The Wesleyan Extra, also receive dozens of e-mails each
month from the campus community eager to announce upcoming events or
business endeavors. WesLink will provide a venue for people to post these
announcements if they are unable to be published in one of these
WesLink was an instant success with alumni, who contributed more than two
dozen postings in the site’s first week of being active.
Heidi Mastrogiovanni '79 took advantage of the Los Angeles Events section by
posting an animal rescue volunteer opportunity. In the ad, she mentions she
is a board member of volunteer-operated Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Ehrlich '04 posted an announcement of her business, Snuggle Up, in
the Business and Marketing section of WesLink. In her posting, she mentions
she is a stay-at-home mom selling personalized towels, hand-dyed clothing,
fleece blankets and more for babies and kids.
“She sells baby clothes with watermelons painted on them. They are too cute.
I had to send the link to three of my friends,” Jurgen says.
While the public may view the postings, only Wesleyan alumni, students,
faculty, and staff have the ability to post items to WesLink. The site
requires a Wesleyan username and password to log into the system. Users are
allowed to upload one photo with each posting.
Items posted to the system automatically expire after 30 days, however users
will be sent an email a week prior to the expiration date, which will offer
the option to extend the posting for an additional month.
WesLink administrators reserve the right to edit or remove postings with
For more information, to obtain a lost username or password, or to make a
suggestion on the new system, e-mail
By Olivia Bartlett, The Wesleyan Connection