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  Weekend Essentials

CLASS SITES:
1954 | 1959 | 1964 | 1969
1974 | 1979 | 1984 | 1989
1994 | 1999
 

Saturday, May 22

7 a.m.
Crew Reception and Alumni Row

Macomber Boathouse
 

7:30–4 p.m.
A La Carte Breakfast and Lunch

Available for purchase. No advance registration required.

Pi Cafe, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

8 a.m.
President’s Breakfast in Honor of the WESeniors—Classes of ’26 Through ’53

(by invitation only)

President's House Lawn (tent), 269 High Street

 

8–10 a.m.
Annual Family Swim

All are welcome to enjoy a morning swim in the Freeman Athletic Center Olympic-size pool. Towels and light refreshments will be provided.

Freeman Athletic Center Pool, 161 Cross Street

8 a.m.–10 p.m.
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.
Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 330 High Street

 

8:30 a.m.
Cardinal Loop Fun Run

2.4-, 3.5-, 4.7-mile courses. Join classmates, friends, and family members for an exhilarating run through campus.

Meet at the base of Foss Hill

 

9–11 a.m.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE
FILM STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Cinema Archives

 

9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Psi Upsilon Open House
Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street

 

9:30 a.m.

WESeminar 21

Parenting in the 21st Century

Sponsored by the Wesleyan Women Series.  The Wesleyan Women Series was initiated in New York City in 2001 to offer programming of particular interest to women.  These events have provided an opportunity for alumnae to connect and network with one another.  Please join us for an informal continental breakfast before the seminar begins.

Room 116, Judd Hall, 207 High Street

 

WESeminar 22

The Complete Skeptic's Guide to Reading the Newspaper

Room 121, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

9:30–11 a.m.
Reception for Senior Athletes, Former Athletes, and Families

Sponsored by the Athletic Department

Atrium, Freeman Athletic Center, 161 Cross Street

 

10 a.m.

WESeminar 23

Building the Future Now: Wesleyan's Campus Master Plan

Room 001, Public Affairs Center, 238 Church Street

 

WESeminar 24

Yesterday and Today

Room 002, Public Affairs Center, 238 Church Street

 

10 a.m.

Mystical Seven Society Annual Meeting

Room 116, Fisk Hall, 262 High Street

 

Skull and Serpent Society Annual Meeting

The Tomb, Wyllys Avenue

 

10–11 a.m.
Reunion Memorial Service

The names of those alumni who passed away during the last year will be read. Individuals may offer personal remembrances.
Officiants: Reverend Edwin C. Sanders ’69, Reverend C. Richard Cadigan ’59 and Reverend John D. Dennis ’59

Memorial Chapel

 

10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Senior Class Diploma Pickup

Members of the Class of 2004 may obtain their diplomas during this time.

Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission, 70 Wyllys Avenue

 

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Senior Projects in Film Studies

View a series of two 16mm films, nine digital videos, and one example of virtual filmmaking made by members of the graduating Class of 2004.

Cinema, Center for the Arts

 

10:30 a.m.

WESeminar 25

Mothers, Fathers, and Presidents:  Psychological Perspectives on Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

Room 150, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

11 a.m.

WESeminar 26

Celebration of Wesleyan Writing

Meet the Writers:  Andy Behrman '84 and Michael Palmer '64

Millett Room, Russell House, 350 High Street

 

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Special Collections & Archives Open House

Drop in at the University’s Special Collections & 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 & Archives and Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Memorial Library

 

11:15 a.m.
Assemble for the Annual Parade

Seniors and their families are invited to join alumni as they follow the band, antique cars, and trolley, parading with balloons and signs down High Street and Wyllys Avenue during this traditional Wesleyan festivity. The parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and is followed immediately by the Assembly and Annual Meeting.

Alpha Delta Phi/Chi Psi Lawn

 

Noon–1 p.m.
Wesleyan Assembly and Annual Meeting with Remarks by Sebastian Junger ’84

From Wesleyan to Afghanistan
All are invited to hear Sebastian Junger ’84, author of the best sellers Fire and The Perfect Storm, discuss how his experiences at Wesleyan relate to his role as best-selling author and award-winning journalist.
The Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Service awards will be presented at this time. The assembly and annual meeting will begin promptly at noon.

Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

 

Outstanding Service Award Recipient

Seta Albrecht '79

 

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

H. Chochrane Chase '54

Stephen R. Baker '64

Steven B. Pfeiffer '69

John W. Hickenlooper Jr. '74

Adrienne Kelly Lumpkin '79

Laura R. Walker '79

Sebastian Junger '84

Daphne Kwok '84

 

1 P.M.

WESeminar 27

Families in Conflict:  Biblical Representations and Modern Reflections

Room 002, Public Affairs Center, 238 Church Street

 

Center for Film Studies Tour

301 Washington Terrace

 

1–2:30 P.M.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSES
ENGLISH
Russell House Lawn (tent), 350 High Street
WOMEN’S STUDIES PROGRAM

Russell House Lawn (tent), 350 High Street
 

1–3 P.M.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSES
ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAM
Room 339, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
ART AND ART HISTORY
Center for the Arts Courtyard (tent)

ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

CLASSICAL STUDIES
Room 339, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
DANCE
Center for the Arts Courtyard (tent)
EAST ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

ECONOMICS
North College Lawn (tent with red flag)
GERMAN STUDIES
Room 403, Fisk Hall, 262 High Street
GOVERNMENT
North College Lawn (tent with red flag)
HISTORY
North College Lawn (tent with red flag)
MEDIEVAL STUDIES PROGRAM
Room 339, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street 
MUSIC
Center for the Arts Courtyard (tent)
PSYCHOLOGY
North College Lawn (tent with red flag)
SOCIOLOGY
North College Lawn (tent with red flag)
 

1–3 p.m.
Graduate Liberal Studies Program Luncheon

Lori Hunter-Union, associate dean for continuing studies and director of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program, invites 2004 GLSP graduates, their family and friends, and faculty and staff to the GLSP Commencement Luncheon celebrating the program’s 51st graduating class. GLSP 2004 graduates will receive their diplomas and will be honored by deans, faculty, and staff. Essay prize winners and faculty advisors will also be introduced and recognized. Advanced tickets are required and seating is limited. Please sign up for the luncheon when you register for the weekend.

Fauver Field (tent)

 

Green Street Arts Center Open House

51 Green Street, Middletown

 

1–3:30 p.m.
All-College Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill

Gather under the tent on Andrus Field to enjoy the outdoor festivities and picnic with your classmates and families. A lively festival of music plus entertainment and games awaits you on the hill. This event is a great place to connect with friends and family members between WESeminars and other weekend programs. The picnic lunch is free for everyone; advance registration is not required.

Andrus Field

 

1:30 p.m.
West African Drumming and Dance

Enjoy an invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring artist-in-residence Helen Mensah and master drummer Abraham Adzenyah. Doug Berman ’84 is coordinating a troupe of alumni and student performers to join in the festivities, and he invites you to participate. If you took drumming or dance at Wesleyan and you'd like to sign up, e-mail mjsteinberg@wesleyan.edu or call 860/685-3836.

Andrus Field

 

1:30 p.m.
Friends of the Patricelli '92 Theater and Second Stage Alumni Celebration

When the War is Over
This excerpt from the full-length When the War is Over tells the humorous and emotional simple story of a mailman who turns his dreams aside in favor of his family’s needs during World War II. A true tale, created and performed by his grandson Robert Smythe ’82, this tribute to Everyman is full of astonishingly beautiful theatrical magic. Winner of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Original Music and the 1998 UNIMA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry, When the War is Over is a deeply moving narrative about the life and death of a grandfather that is NOT for children.
Written and performed by Robert Smythe ’82, Artistic Director, Mum Puppettheatre, the company he founded in 1985 and that is now recognized as one of Philadelphia’s most innovative theater companies. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999, Smythe’s work has also been recognized with five Barrymore awards, including two for choreography, and three UNIMA Citations for Excellence in Puppetry.
Tickets: $5 per person. Please contact the University Box Office at 860/685-3355 or boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.

Please click here for more details about the '92 Theater/Second Stage events.

Ring Family Stage/Patricelli '92 Theater
 

1:30 p.m.

Reunion Class Photo - Class of '59

Base of Foss Hill (Rainsite: Crowell Concert Hall)

 

WESeminar 28

Couldn't Keep it to Myself: Readings and Discussion

Memorial Chapel

 

WESeminar 29

A Drawing Lesson

Room 107, Art Workshop, Center for the Arts

 

WESeminar 30

Made in America: Does Manufacturing Still Matter?

Room 001, Public Affairs Center, 238 Church Street

 

WESeminar 31

Brown vs. Board of Education 50 Years Later: What is the Definition of Progress?

Room 150, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

2 p.m.

Reunion Class Photo - Class of '74

Base of Foss Hill (Rainsite: Crowell Concert Hall)

 

WESeminar 32

Wesleyan's Gatekeepers:  The Changing Process of Wesleyan Admission

Room 116, Judd Hall, 207 High Street

 

WESeminar 33

Wesleyan's Film and Television Connection

Shanklin 107, Hall-Atwater

 

2 – 3:30 p.m.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSES
PHILOSOPHY
Russell House Lawn (tent)
SCIENCE IN SOCIETY PROGRAM
Russell House Lawn (tent)


2–4 p.m.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSES
BIOLOGY
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
CHEMISTRY
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
COLLEGE OF LETTERS
COL Lounge, Butterfield Colleges
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES (SENIORS AND PARENTS ONLY)
CSS Lounge, Public Affairs Center (PAC), 238 Church Street
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIOR PROGRAM
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
PHYSICS
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
RELIGION
Seminar Room, Religious Studies Center, 171 Church Street
ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Common Room, Romance Languages, 300 High Street
RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Common Room, Romance Languages, 300 High Street

 

2–4 p.m.
Delta Kappa Epsilon Open House

Delta Kappa Epsilon House, 276 High Street

 

2:30 p.m.

Reunion Class Photo - Class of '79

Base of Foss Hill (Rainsite: Crowell Concert Hall)

 

2:30 p.m. sharp!
20th Reunion Foss Hill Roll

Sponsored by the Class of ’84

 

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Alumni of Color Network Meetings

Wesleyan Asian Pacific American Alumni Council Meeting (WAPAAC)
Asian/Asian American House, 107 High Street
 

Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Meeting (WBAC)
Center for African American Studies Lounge, Malcolm X House, 345 High Street
 

Wesleyan Latino Alumni Council Meeting (WLAC)
La Casa de Albizu Campos, 240 Washington Street

 

3 p.m.

Reunion Class Photo - Class of '64

Base of Foss Hill (Rainsite: Crowell Concert Hall)

 

Center for Film Studies Tour

301 Washington Terrace

 

WESeminar 34

Then and Now:  The Class of '59 Reflects

Room 121, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

WESeminar 35

Alpha Delta Phi Celebrates Architectural History

Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street

 

3 p.m.
Healthcare Industry Networking Reception

Following brief presentations from members of the Class of ’89 currently working in health or medicine, all guests will have an opportunity to mingle and discuss careers in this field. Everyone currently working in or interested in learning more about the healthcare industry is welcome to attend. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available.
Panelists: Sandeep Wadhwa ’89, MD, MBA, Vice President, Disease Management Services, McKesson Corporation; Andrea Morse ’89, Psy.D, clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in adolescent issues, eating disorder treatment, psychological testing, and advanced old age; Thomas Policelli ’89, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for United Health Group, focusing on their “consumer-driven, health care” businesses; and Suzanne Delbanco ’89, Executive Director of the Leapfrog Group in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization that works with hospitals to adopt systems to improve patient care and eliminate unnecessary medical errors
Sponsored by the Class of ’89

Room B2/B3, South College
 

3 p.m.
The Women of the Class of ’74—Special 30th Reunion Conversation

Facilitated by Nancy Fuchs ’74

Room 422, Public Affairs Center, 238 Church Street

 

3 p.m.
Long Lane Farm 
Join us to learn about Wesleyan’s new sustainable agriculture and building project. A brief talk will be followed by a tour of the farm (shuttle service provided). 
Meet in the middle of Observatory Circle at the top of Foss Hill (rainsite: Nicolson Lounge).

3–5 p.m.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSES
AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Center for the Americas, 255 High Street
ANTHROPOLOGY

281 High Street
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES (FOR ALUMNI ONLY)

CSS Lounge, Public Affairs Center  (PAC), 238 Church Street
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Center for the Americas, 255 High Street

 

3–5 p.m.

Psi Upsilon Reception
Dinner will begin immediately following the reception.

Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street

 

3:30 p.m.

WESeminar 36

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Separating Myth from Reality

Room 58, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

WESeminar 37

Good Eats

Room 001, Public Affairs Center, 238 Church Street

 

Reunion Class Photo - Class of '69

Base of Foss Hill (Rainsite: Crowell Concert Hall)

 

3:30–5 p.m.
Alumni of Color (AOC) Network Reception

Alumni and parents are welcome to join the AOC Network for an afternoon reception.

Davison Art Center Courtyard (tent), 301 High Street

 

3:45–4:15 p.m.

55th Reunion Memorial Service

For members of the Class of '49 and their guests.

Officiant: Reverend Henry K. Yordon '49

Memorial Chapel

 

4 p.m.
WESeminar 38

Corporate Governance and the SEC

Shanklin 107, Hall-Atwater, Church Street

 

WESeminar 39

Making Government Work:  A Tale of Two Cities

Room 116, Judd Hall, 207 High Street

 

WESeminar 40

Goliath Slayers:  Champions of Justice Challenge Corporate Giants Through Class Action Lawsuits

Room 150, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

WESeminar 41

Climbing for Beginners

Bacon Field House, Freeman Athletic Center, 161 Cross Street

 

WESeminar 42

Friends of the Patricelli '92 Theater and Second Stage Alumni Celebration

Friends of ’92 and Second Stage Alumni Career Panel
Join this panel of successful alumni as they talk about their career paths in theater, film, and the performing arts.
Moderator: Pamela Tatge ’84, Director, Center for the Arts
Panelists: William Christopher '54, stage, television, and movie actor, well known for his portrayal of Father Francis Mulcahy on the popular television series M*A*S*H; Jan Eliasberg ’74, writer/director/ and co-founder of Second Stage, who has directed at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre and the Manhattan Theatre Club, and currently works as a writer and director of feature films;  Samuel A. Miller '75, Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and co-founder of Second Stage; Susan Smythe ’82, Managing Director, Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College; Joshua Borenstein ’97, general manager, Long Wharf Theater

Please click here for more details about the '92 Theater/Second Stage events.

World Music Hall, Center for the Arts

 

Class of 1969 Conversation:  Personal Journeys for Baby Boomers

We went to Wesleyan in the 1960s from diverse backgrounds, but had our age in common and futures ahead of us.  Now, years later, some of us will reunite, again similar in age, again with futures in mind.  What was your journey since college, and what are your plans for the future? A few classmates will start the discussion by describing their own personal journeys and plans, then we'll open the discussion to all.

Moderated by: Barry Checkoway ’69

Atrium, Freeman Athletic Center, 161 Cross Street

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration and Tour of the Freeman Family Japanese Garden

Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

 

4–5:30 p.m.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Center for African American Studies, 343 High Street

 

4–6 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

Speaker: Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
The 4 p.m. ceremony is followed by a 5 p.m. reception for inductees and their families.

Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

 

4:30 p.m.

WESeminar 43

Five Years Out

Room 210, Fisk Hall, 262 High Street

 

4:30–6 p.m.
Reception for WESeminar Presenters and Members of the WESeminar Committee

(by invitation only)

Horgan House, 77 Pearl Street

5 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Memorial Chapel

 

Center for Film Studies Tour

301 Washington Terrace

 

5:30 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions and Dinners

The Classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and WESeniors (Classes of 1926–1953) gather for their Class Dinners and special programs.

WESeniors (1926 - 1953) - Russell House

1939 - Russell House

1944 - Russell House

1949 - Russell House

1954 - Campbell Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library

1959 - North College Lawn (tent with black flag)

1964 - North College Lawn (tent with yellow flag)

1969 - Atrium, Freeman Athletic Center

1974 - Russell House (tent)

1979 - McConaughy Dining Hall

1984 - Andrus Field (tent)

1989 - Patricelli '92 Theater

1994 - Andrus Field (tent)

1999 - Fauver Field (tent)

 

Special Performance for the Class of '89

After dinner, stick around for a very special concert by the Acoustic Cudpuppies, also known as Bob Defandorf '89 and Tasos Theodoru '91.  They plan an entertaining mix of originals and covers, and this will be their first performance together in almost 15 year.

 

5:45 p.m.
Protestant Service

Memorial Chapel

 

9 p.m.
Traditional All-College Sing on the Steps of North College

Jim Dunham '54, along with alumni and current Wesleyan Spirits, will lead this year's sing.

 

9:30 p.m.
A Concert by the Last of the High Street Five in Honor of Herman Lehman ’54: An Evening of Mainstream Swing and Jazz

Enjoy popular classics from the likes of Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, Ellington, Waller, and more. Featuring Charlie Hoyt ’53, P’99, (piano); Rich Conley (reeds); Sam Hoyt ’99 (lead trumpet); Craig Grant (trombone); Jim Schettino (drums); and Bugsy Moran (bass).

Center for the Arts (tent)

 

10 p.m.
The Famous Agree to Rock Reunion & Commencement Weekend!

Mass Hysteria to Ensue!
The Famous is a party band, Wesleyan style. Made up entirely of Wes music grads, this band can rock the Bon Jovi, and bump the P-Funk back to back, and have been seen moving rears throughout New England. Who are these dance floor warriors, you ask? The Famous includes—but is not limited to—Matt Steckler ’97 on vocals, keys and winds, who is an acclaimed composer and leader of the jazz sextet, Dead Cat Bounce; the mighty David Cope ’99 on vocals; axe-man Dan Koulomzin ’99 who brings the hurt; Anand Nayak ’96, also on guitar, who has been touring the nation with the roots quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem; Brandon Patton ’95 on bass, a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter; and the inimitable Scott Kessel ’88 on drums, who is also a part of daisy mayhem.
So get your outfits ready, and maybe do some squats or hit that cross-trainer or something. We'll see you under the tent. Visit the band at mattsteckler.com.

Andrus Field (tent)
A free shuttle service back to all hotels and residence halls will be provided until 2 a.m.

 

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