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Saturday, May 27

7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

A La Carte Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Coffee
Available for purchase on site. No advance registration required.

Location: Pi Cafe, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
 

8 a.m.

President’s Breakfast in Honor of the WESeniors—Classes of ’26 through ’55
By invitation only

Location: Patricelli '92 Theater
 

8–10 a.m.

Annual Family Swim
All are welcome to enjoy a morning swim in the Freeman Athletic Center pool. Towels and light refreshments will be provided.

Location: Pool, Freeman Athletic Center, 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 tick-ets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.
Location: Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 330 High Street
 

8:30 a.m.

Crew Reception and Alumni Row
All are welcome to join Phil Carney, coach of Wesleyan’s men’s crew team, for an early morning row on the Connecticut River.

Location: Macomber Boathouse
 

8:30 a.m.

Cardinal Loop Fun Run (2.1-, 3.2-, 4.3-Mile Courses)
Join classmates, friends, and family members for an exhilarating run through campus.

Location: Meet at the base of Foss Hill
 

9–10 a.m.
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lesson
Join Holly Bonasera '86 for a session enabling you to learn from your own body movements. The Feldenkrais Method is for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think and feel.
Location:
Multi-Use Room 3, Freeman Athletic Center, Lower Level
 

9–11 a.m.

Alpha Delta Phi Informal Breakfast

Location: Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street

 

Academic Department Open House

Film Studies

Location: Lobby, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace
 

9:30–11 a.m.

Reception for Senior Athletes, Former Athletes, and Families
Hosted by: the Athletic Department

Location: Bridge Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center, 161 Cross Street
 

9:30 a.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 15

After Wesleyan: A Conversation with Members of the Class of 1951
The Class of 1951 was a mid-term class in every way; 225 students began with the class in 1947 and 193 graduated in 1951—mid-century, and between two wars. WWII was just over and the “police action” in Korea made it a war in every sense. Many in the class had served in the “Big War,” and many more found themselves serving during the Korean engagement. As a class, 1951 was filled with leaders in medicine, science, academia, business, and in the non-profit world. 51-ers also stood out for their devotion to Wesleyan and set records year after year for attendance at class reunions and for their support of the university. Catch-up with members of this remarkable class and find out what it was that propelled so many of them into positions of leadership.
Moderator: Ralph “Biff” Shaw ’51, P ’79, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Middlesex County Community Foundation, a group that provides support for local programs related to health, human services, the arts, and the environment, and retired Chairman and CEO of Farmers and Mechanics Bank in Middletown, CT.
Presenters: Charles Exley Jr. ’51, P ’83, GP ’00, retired CEO and Chairman of NCR and former Wesleyan Trustee; Kenneth Kenigsberg ’51, P ’89, retired pediatric surgeon, currently working in the laboratory on sepsis as a post-doctoral research fellow; David Trask ’51, former chief historian for the U.S. Federal Government and retired professor of history, SUNY, at Stony Brook

Location: Room 116, Judd Hall, 207 High Street

 

9:30 a.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 16

Green Street Arts Center: An Important Town-Gown Collaboration
It's been said that art can transform individuals as well as neighborhoods and communities. With this goal in mind, Wesleyan, in collaboration with  the City of Middletown, the North End Action Team (NEAT), and other local community groups, has renovated a three-story, 12,800-square-foot building in Middletown’s North End. The former public school building, built in 1878, has been completely redesigned by the renowned Centerbrook Architects and provides a state-of-the-art facility for community enrichment programs. Get acquainted with GSAC by joining us for a lively presentation, which will be followed by a short tour of the center. Transportation will be provided to and from the center and our drivers promise to return all visitors to campus in plenty of time for the annual parade.
Presenters: Janis Astor del Valle, interim director, Green Street Arts Center; Maritza Quiñones, president, North End Action Team and After-School Program Assistant, Green Street Arts Center
Note: University shuttles will be available across campus to provide transportation to the Center between 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday and between 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Location: Room 210, Risk Hall, 262 High Street

 

9:30 a.m.
Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 17

Religion and Film
Professors Zwelling and Gottschalk argue that films in contemporary cultures do many of the same things that religion does. They shape our thinking, reinforce prevailing myths and create new ones, influence moral codes, and construct and perpetuate social values. Join them for a viewing of short film clips and a discussion of some of the topics addressed in their new course, “Relgion and Film,” offered in spring 2006.
Presenters: Jeremy Zwelling, associate professor of religion and director of the Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate Program; Peter Gottschalk, associate professor of religion

Location: Kerr Lecture Hall, Hall-Atwater, Church Street (formerly Shanklin 107)

 

10 a.m.

Mystical Seven Society Annual Meeting
Location: Room 116, Fisk Hall, 262 High Street

 

Skull and Serpent Society Annual Meeting

Location: The Tomb, Wyllys Avenue
 

Reunion Memorial Service
The names of those alumni who passed away during the last year will be read. Individuals may offer personal remembrances.

Officiant: The Reverend Robert H. Thompson '76, School Minister, Phillips Exeter Academy

Location: Memorial Chapel

 

10 a.m.
Broad Street Books: David Lindorff ’71
Reading and Signing

In The Case for Impeachment journalist Dave Lindorff and co-author Barbara Olshansky, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, review the history of impeachment in this country and explain how the process works. The authors scrutinize the record of President George W. Bush and summarize the crimes they believe he has committed against the American people, which represent grounds for impeachment. Join Lindorff for a discussion and short reading, followed by a book signing.
David Lindorff ’71 has worked as an investigative reporter for 32 years and began his career writing for the Middletown Press. He is the author of four books: The Case for Impeachment; This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy; Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal; and Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For-Profit Hospital Chains
Location: Broad Street Books, 45 Broad Street (formerly Atticus Bookstore)

 

10 a.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 18

The Impact of Sports in American Society
Many Americans schedule their lives around Superbowl Sunday, the Final Four, the World Series, the U.S. Open, and other major sports events. And they enroll their children as young as 4 or 5 years old in organized sports such as Little League Baseball, Pee Wee Basketball, Youth Soccer, Midget Football, and Mite Hockey. Sports metaphors dominate headlines and sound-bites, and a high-five has become a standard greeting among friends. How does this focus on sports in America influence our culture, and what does the investment of time and money mean for our economy? Check your game plan and join the huddle as we talk about the impact of sports in America.
Presenter: Bob Whitsitt P’06, consultant and former president of the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazers, and Seattle Supersonics; Jed Hoyer ’96, Assistant General Manager, Boston Red Sox

Location: Room 150, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

10 a.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 19

Healing Our Bodies—Healing the Planet
Classmates Joel Kreisberg and Tom Land are environmental advocates who care greatly about the future of our planet. But their stewardship springs from two very different places. Kreisberg is a medical professional and a health educator who believes medical schools aren’t teaching practitioners about the environmental effects of medicine. To address this, he created the Teleosis Institute, which educates healthcare professionals about ecologically sustainable medicine. Land is a mainstream environmentalist who works for the EPA and studies changes in the Earth’s stratosphere, the atmospheric layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Join these committed environmentalists for an honest discussion about the many things we can do to heal our bodies, and, at the same time, heal the planet.
Presenters: Joel Kreisberg ’81, executive director of the Teleosis Institute, doctor of chiropractic, and certified classical homeopath; Thomas Land ’81,manager of Inter-national Programs, Stratospheric Ozone Layer Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Location: Room 121, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

10 a.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 20

The Making Of Cambodian Stories
Cambodian Stories is a stunning collaboration between Japanese-born choreographers and dancers Eiko & Koma and 10 young artists who study at the Reyum Painting Collective in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Known for their unique and riveting theater, Eiko & Koma use Cambodian stories to explore the intersection of youthful bodies and the Cambodian landscape, reaching across boundaries of language, culture, and art form. Join them for a review of the April performance at Wesleyan, which featured music composed by alumnus Sam-Ang Sam ’89 PhD, and was the only New England stop on an 11-city U.S. tour. The program will include a 23-minute film clip of the spring performance.
Presenters: Eiko Otake P’07 and Takashi “Koma” Otake P’07 are performance artists and MacArthur Fellows whose work has been honored on five continents. Their most recent works have been site-adaptable outdoor performance installations; Samuel Miller ’75, P’09, is president of Leveraging Investments in Creativity and was the former director of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in Boston, Mass., where he pioneered the National Dance Project and Cambodian Artists Project.

Location: Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

 

10 a.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 21

A Rational Drug Policy for Contemporary America
Reunion & Commencement Weekend is a time for reflection, and many will recall the impact that drug use had on their experiences on campus. Those who were at Wesleyan (and elsewhere across the country) during the ’60s and ’70s participated in a great cultural change that was pivotal in the development of modern drug policy. The nation has moved from the “War on Drugs” metaphor to a public health approach, to prevention, intervention and treatment, Andrea Barthwell ’76 has been at the center of defining a rational drug policy. Please join her as she recalls her campus experiences, examines the impact of the ’60s and ’70s on contemporary drug policy, and discusses her experiences in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Presenter: Andrea Barthwell ’76, founder and CEO, EMGlobal LLC, a global healthcare and policy consulting firm; and former deputy director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy, serving as a principal advisor in the Executive Office of the President on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs
Sponsored by: the Black Alumni Council

Location: Hansel Lecture Hall, Public Affairs Center (PAC), 238 Church Street

 

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Rick Nicita Gallery

Location: Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace

 

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Senior Class Diploma Pickup
Graduates must provide a photo ID.

Diploma Cover Recycling
Any 2006 graduate who will not have use for the diploma cover that is handed out during Commencement may recycle the cover by dropping it off in the lobby of North College after the ceremony. A box marked "Diploma Cover Recycling" will be located in the lobby.
Location: Lobby, North College

 

11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Senior Projects in Film Studies
View a series of 16mm films and digital videos made by members of the graduating Class of ’06.

Location: The Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace
 

11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Delta Kappa Epsilon Open House

Location: Delta Kappa Epsilon

 

11 a.m.–5 p.m.

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.

Location: Special Collections and Archives and Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Memorial Library
 

11:15 a.m.

Assemble for the Annual 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. and is followed immediately by the Assembly and Annual Meeting.

Location: Observatory Circle, Top of Foss Hill

 

11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

Asian Languages and Literatures

Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

 

East Asian Studies Program

Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

 

Noon–1 p.m.

Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Out-standing Service Award Recipients
Remarks by Bradley Whitford ’81: from Wesleyan to The West Wing.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

William G. Greiner '56

Allan Williams '61, P'89

Andrea Grubb Barthwell '76

Donna S. Morea '76, P'06

Peter H. Schube '81

 

Outstanding Service Award Recipients

Richard F. Irwin '56, P'82

Charles G. Hill '46, P'85

The assembly and annual meeting will begin promptly at noon.

Location: Arena, Freeman Athletic Center, 161 Cross Street

 

This event will be viewable online.  Please check back during the week of May 21st for more information about how to view this webcast.
 

12:30 p.m.

Remembrance of Things Past, a Time to Share Your Memories of Alpha Delta Phi
If there’s one thing all the brothers and sisters of the Phi know how to do well, it’s tell a story. Come and celebrate Alpha Delta Phi’s tradition of storytelling and literature by sharing the stories of your time at Alpha Delta Phi, helping us preserve our history by passing along your memories to the current generation of undergraduates.

Location: Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street
 

1 p.m.

Eclectic and Phi Nu Theta Alumni Reception
Alumni, students, families and guests are welcome.

Location: Eclectic, 200 High Street

 

1–2:30 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

Philosophy

Location: Tent, Russell House, 350 High Street

 

Science in Society Program

Location: Tent, Russell House, 350 High Street

 

1–3 p.m.

Graduate Liberal Studies Program Luncheon
The Graduate Liberal Studies Program invites 2006 GLSP graduates, their family and friends, and faculty and staff to the GLSP Commencement Luncheon celebrating the program’s 53rd graduating class. GLSP 2006 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.

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

 

1–3 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

Archaeology Program

Location: Lounge, Downey House, 294 High Street

 

Art and Art History

Location: Tent, Center for the Arts

 

Classical Studies

Location: Lounge, Downey House, 294 High Street

 

College of Social Studies (Alumni only)

Location: CSS Lounge, Public Affairs Center (PAC), 238 Church Street

 

Dance

Location: Tent, Center for the Arts

 

Economics

Location: North College Lawn (tent with red flag)

 

German Studies

Location: Room 403, Fisk Hall, 262 High Street

 

Government

Location: North College Lawn (tent with red flag)

 

History

Location: North College Lawn (tent with red flag)

 

Medieval Studies Program

Location: Lounge, Downey House, 294 High Street

 

Music
Location:
Tent, Center for the Arts

 

Psychology

Location: North College Lawn (tent with red flag)

 

Sociology

Location: North College Lawn (tent with red flag)

 

Theater

Location: Tent, Center for the Arts

 

1–3:30 p.m.

Celebrate Wesleyan’s 175th birthday!
All-College Picnic, Festival on Foss Hill and “Kids Fair”
Gather under the tent on Andrus Field to celebrate Wesleyan’s 175th anniversary with a spectacular birthday cake, hats, tee-shirts, and more. Picnic on the field 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. Don’t miss the magic show, face painting, tattoos, caricaturist drawings, and more. The picnic lunch is free for everyone; advance registration is not required.

Location: Foss Hill and Andrus Field (tent)
 

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.

Location: Andrus Field (rain site: Andrus Field tent)
 

1:30 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 22

Philip Trager: A Retrospective
For 30 years Philip Trager balanced simultaneous careers as a lawyer and as a photographer renowned internationally for his images of architecture and modern dance. The exhibition, “Philip Trager: A Retrospective,” celebrates his insightful eye and immaculate skill with the camera. On display at both the Davison Art Center and Zilkha Gallery, the exhibition includes Trager’s early photographs of Connecticut, dramatic views of Manhattan, and emblematic images of the Italian villas of Palladio. In photographs of Mark Morris, Ralph Lemon, Eiko and Koma, and other dancers, Trager captured the energy and movement of modern dance. Throughout his career, Trager has maintained a close relationship with Wesleyan. A notable highlight was the portfolio Wesleyan Photographs, 1982, in which Trager recorded the architecture of Wesleyan with fresh eyes. Join Trager in the Zilkha Gallery to hear more about his art and life.
Introduction: Clare Rogan, curator, Davison Art Center
Presenter: Philip Trager ’56, P ’81, former attorney, and critically acclaimed photographer whose work has been exhibited by the Witkin Gallery in New York, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. His work is included in numerous museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.
“Philip Trager: A Retrospective” has been organized by the Davison Art Center together with the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. The exhibit will travel to various venues including the Library of Congress.

Location: Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts
 

1:30 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 23

Moving America—A Discussion Of American Transportation Today And Tomorrow
America’s transportation system has always played a key role in connecting the nation’s regions and in assuring our economic prosperity. Investments in river navigational improvements, ports, canals, railroads, aviation, and highways have also shaped our communities and influenced our environment. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the authorization of the Interstate Highway program, America faces fundamental questions about the capacity, efficiency, safety, and security of the nation’s transportation system. What is the role of the Federal government in transportation? How can we assure that the nation’s system of highways, railroads, and other surface transportation modes will continue to provide for economic competitiveness and sustainable communities? What are our priorities, and how will the necessary transportation investments be financed?
Presenters: Richard Adelstein, professor of economics and a 1993 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching; Emil Frankel ’61, senior vice president, Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international transportation engineering and consulting company, former assistant secretary for transportation policy with the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation from 1991–1995; Robert Gallamore ’63, professor of managerial economics and director of the Transportation Center, Northwestern University

Location: Hansel Lecture Hall, Public Affairs Center (PAC), 238 Church Street (formerly PAC 001)

 

1:30–3:10 p.m.

Reunion Class Photos

Group photos of the Classes of '56, '61, '66, '71, '76, and '81 will be taken at this time.

1:30 p.m. - 1976
1:50 p.m. - 1981
2:10 p.m. - 1961
2:30 p.m. - 1966
2:50 p.m. - 1971
3:10 p.m. - 1956

3:30 p.m. - 1986
Location: Base of Denison Terrace, Andrus Field

 

2 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 25

Parenting Through the Admission Process
Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid, will moderate a panel of Wesleyan-connected parents to share lessons learned from taking their own children through the college search process. Come hear advice about the roles for parents as families go through the increasingly complex and often stressful college admission process.
Presenters: Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid; Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for university relations and former dean of admission and financial aid; Gregory Pyke, senior associate dean of admission; Carol Scully P’08, director of foundation and corporate relations; Irma V. González ’78, P ’09, Director of Communications and Development, Proteus Fund, and former Wesleyan Trustee

Location: Room 002, Public Affairs Center (PAC), 238 Church Street

 

2 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 26

From Civil Union to Marriage Equality
How did the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender civil rights movement that articulated fundamental challenges to traditional sexuality and family find itself fighting for marriage equality? Can a struggle for traditional rights lead to transformational social change? Will laws providing civil unions lead to full marriage rights? Join long-time lesbian and feminist activist Leslie Gabel-Brett for a discussion about the current LGBT fight for marriage equality in Connecticut and across the country.
Presenter: Leslie J. Gabel-Brett ’76 is executive director of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) and former chairperson of the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. She currently serves on the steering committee of Love Makes a Family, an organization fighting for full marriage equality. She and Carolyn, her partner of 26 years, were married in Massachusetts last year.

Location: Kerr Lecture Hall, Hall-Atwater, Church Street (formerly Shanklin 107)
 

2 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 27

Risk, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship
Has American business entered a new phase? Is there a changed culture in the U.S. economy, with restatements of earnings, revelation of corporate misdeeds, and legislative reaction in Washington? Have ethical standards been mislaid as risk has increased? Have leadership and entrepreneurship become more difficult? Is the current climate an unnecessary drag on the market economy? Join these savvy business leaders for an in-depth discussion about whether our current education system is up to the task of preparing corporate leaders, citizens, and politicians for the challenges of the 21st century?
Moderator: Richard Miller, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics
Presenters: Timothy Dibble ’86, a managing general partner of Alta Communications, Inc., a venture capital firm based in Boston that specializes in equity in-vestments in media, telecommunications, and Internet services companies; Charles Exley Jr. ’51, P’83, retired CEO and Chairman of NCR and former Wesleyan Trustee; Cornelia “Connie” McCann ’76, former Wesleyan Trustee, and managing director of Spencer Stuart’s North American Financial Services Practice, who has led a wide range of searches for senior executives

Location: Memorial Chapel
 

2 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 28

Before Christopher Columbus There Was Zheng He
Zheng He was a towering maritime figure who stands out in the annals of China’s 4,000 year history. He is considered a visionary who imagined a new world be-yond China’s borders and set out to find it, 80 years before Christopher Columbus set sail. A Muslim captured by the Chinese as a young boy, Zheng He became a confidant of the Chinese emperor Zhu Di, who ultimately chose him to lead one of the most powerful fleets ever assembled. Between 1405–1433, Zheng made seven voyages for China, commanding the great baochuan, the “treasure ships,” believed to have been the largest wooden ships ever launched. Zheng He’s nine-masted ships, with 400-foot long decks, sailed more than 10,000 miles from Nanjing to Africa’s Swahili coast. From the beginning, his fleet mixed business with explora-tion and diplomacy, carrying more than a million tons of Chinese silk, ceramics, and copper coinage to be exchanged for tropical spices, fragrant woods, and precious gems. Join National Geographic photographer Mike Yamashita, back by popular demand, on a photographic journey sailing the routes of Zheng He, and meet the 15th-century explorer he came to know.
Presenter: Michael Yamashita ’71, a veteran photographer for National Geographic who specializes in Asian topics and whose books include Marco Polo: A Photographer’s Journey; Mekong: A Journey of the Mother Waters; and Zheng He (to be available in fall 2006)

Location: Room 150, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
 

2 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 29

Schooling in America—Is it Possible to Fix?
Join two Wesleyan alumni—one a founder of two different schools, the other a former state commissioner of education and now overseer of a major urban high school re-form initiative—as they lead an interactive exploration of the future of education in the United States. Will our schools ever be able to prepare “all children” for the kind of experience a place like Wesleyan provides? How will we fix the thousands of schools in need of educational repair, or should we? What is No Child Left Be-hind—the good, the bad, and the ugly? Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with people who are doing the work in a non-jargon, participatory workshop. You will never think about K-12 education the same way again!
Presenters: Michele Pierce ’91, cofounder of two schools and currently executive director of the Harriet Tubman Charter School, Bronx, N.Y.; Nicholas Donohue ’81, Special Master, Inner City High School, Providence, R.I. and former commissioner, Department of Education, State of New Hampshire

Location: Room 58, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

2–3 p.m.

WESgrandparents Gathering
Join other grandparents of graduating seniors for a reception honoring your Wesleyan graduates. Help us celebrate the many successes of these amazing young people.

Hosted by: Bill '41 and Helen Allison, P'71, Grandparents 2006

Location: Zelnick Pavilion
 

2–4 p.m.

Center for Community Partnerships Open House

Students, graduates, alumni, parents, and friends are welcome to drop by the Center for Community Partnerships to learn about service, service-learning, and other initiatives that contribute to university and community building. Refreshments will be offered.
Location: Center for Community Partnerships, 167 High Street

 

2–4 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

Biology

Location: Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

Chemistry

Location: Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

College of Letters

Location: COL Lounge, Butterfield Colleges

 

Earth and Environmental Science

Location: Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

Mathematics and Computer Science

Location: Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Location: Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

Neuroscience and Behavior Program

Location: Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

Physics

Location: Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

Religion

Location: Seminar Room, Religious Studies Center, 171 Church Street


2–6 p.m.

Celebrating 150 years of Alpha Delta Phi at Wesleyan—Open Archives
All are welcome to head to Alpha Delta Phi and view an exhibit of our archives, assembled by our archivist and a team of undergraduates. There will be a variety of treasures reflecting our chapter’s colorful history. If you have something you think would be a good addition to the archives, please bring it by.

Location: Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street

 

2–7 p.m.

Alpha Delta Phi Barbeque and Open House
Come join us at our Chapter House for barbeque, activities, tours, and a chance to view our archives as we celebrate 150 years of our existence not only as a chapter, but also as an organization at Wesleyan and within the Middletown community.
Location: Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street

 

2:30–4 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

English

Location: Tent, Russell House, 350 High Street

 

Women's Studies Program

Location: Tent, Russell House, 350 High Street

 

2:30–4 p.m.

Freeman Scholars Reception

Freeman Scholars and their families, friends, and alumni are invited to a reception honoring the Freeman Scholars of the Class of '06. By invitation only.

Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

 

3 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 24

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango often conjures up images of dancers with roses between their teeth, sequined dresses, and entwined legs. Caroline Peattie and her husband Christopher Nassopoulos were attracted to the social variations of the Tango they saw in the clubs of Buenos Aires and wanted to introduce people to the subtleties of this sublime form of dance. They have been dancing, teaching, and performing around the country together since 1998, and have taught the social form of Argentine Tango to people with professional dance backgrounds as well as to those who claim to have two left feet. They emphasize connection, musicality, and simplicity in their teaching and their own dance. They also bring backgrounds of martial arts, yoga, pilates, and other forms of movement to their teaching. Join them for a fun and relaxed introduction to the Argentine Tango.
Presenters: Caroline Peattie ’81, Executive Director, Senior Fair Housing, San Rafael, California and professional dance instructor who specializes in the Argentine Tango; Christopher Nassopoulos, importer of fine Greek foods by day and Argentine tanguero at night

Location: Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street

 

3 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 30

Winning Customer Loyalty with Personal Touches or “Hugs”
Jack Mitchell is a master of customer service who likes to share his secrets for building long-lasting business relationships. And, he has a lot to share because he’s been a highly successful retailer since 1969 when he joined his family’s business, Ed Mitchell, Inc., in Westport, Connecticut. Since then, the business has grown into Mitchells of Westport and acquired Richards, the leading men’s clothing store in Greenwich, Connecticut. Today, Jack and his family, plus a team of loyal staff, manage both stores, enjoying record sales and intensely loyal customers. The family’s winning manner is best captured in Jack’s mantra Hug Your Customers. Join this extraordinary retailer, who has agreed to step out of his Westport store (but insists on bringing his tape measure), for a rare Saturday appearance, to offer his “deceptively simple” but winning advice on building professional relationships that last.
Presenter: John “Jack” R. Mitchell ’61, CEO and chairman of Mitchells of Westport, Richards of Greenwich, and Marshs in Huntington, Long Island. He is the author of Hug Your Customers—The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results and an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker. He is married to Linda Mitchell, who is the women’s buyer for Mitchells/Richards/Marshs; their four sons also hold senior positions in the family business.

Location: Room 116 Judd Hall, 207 High Street

 

3 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 31

Working in Hollywood
Join this conversation with some of Hollywood’s most successful alumni.
Moderator: Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, curator of the Cinema Archives, chair of the Film Studies Department, and a 1996 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Presenters: Paul Schiff ’81, producer of the films My Cousin Vinny and Rushmore; Bradley Whitford ’81, actor, currently appearing in the television drama, The West Wing

Location: The Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace

 

3 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 32

Gamelan Workshop
Dominated by colorful, bronze percussion instruments, the gamelan ensemble features gongs, bronze and wooden xylophones, two-headed drums, a female soloist, and a male chorus. Some of the instruments date back to the 12th century in Java, an Indonesian island located between Sumatra and Bali. The music is considered a communal expression, with no single instrument separated from the whole sound of the ensemble, and is based on several melodic layers framed by the striking of gongs. Gamelan music is frequently used in Javanese ceremonies including weddings and village cleansings, and as an accompaniment for dance and puppet theater. Join us for this lively, hands-on workshop and get some real experience playing the gamelan.
Presenters: I. M. Harjito, artist-in-residence, Music Department; Darsono, visiting gamelan instructor, Music Department; Sumarsam, chair and adjunct professor, Music Department. Former gamelan students are welcome to join the workshop.

Location: World Music Hall, Center for the Arts

 

3–5 p.m.

Academic Departments and Programs Open Houses

American Studies Program

Location: Center for the Americas, 255 High Street

 

Anthropology

Location: 281 High Street

 

College of Social Studies (for seniors and families)

Location: CSS Lounge, Public Affairs Center (PAC), 238 Church Street

 

Latin American Studies

Location: Center for the Americas, 255 High Street

 

Romance Languages and Literatures

Location: Common Room, Romance Languages, 300 High Street

 

Russian Language and Literature
Location: Common Room, Romance Languages, 300 High Street

 

3:30 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 33

Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture
The experience of childhood has changed dramatically in recent years. Children are the targets of an ongoing barrage of advertising and marketing, and they have be-come avid consumers, with substantial buying power, definitive brand tastes, and an enthusiasm for many marketed products. How did this happen and what are the con-sequences? How does it affect children's well-being? What can parents do to help their children maintain a healthy relationship to consumer culture? Learn about sociologist Juliet Schor’s firsthand research inside advertising agencies and her pioneering study of our consumer culture.
Presenter: Juliet Schor ’75, professor of sociology, Boston College, and author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture; The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need; and The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure
Location: Hansel Lecture Hall, Public Affairs Center (PAC), 238 Church Street

 

3:30 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 34

The Future of the Newspaper: Views From The Trenches
Journalism has never been under as much pressure as it is now. Join four news veterans for a frank discussion about how their news organizations deal with governments (in Washington and elsewhere), war coverage, credibility challenges, and intense political and market pressures.
Introduction by: Daniel Haar ’81, business and economics columnist, Hartford Courant
Moderator: Alberto Ibarguen ’66, P’97, longtime publisher of The Miami Herald and now director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Presenters: Ethan Bronner ’76, deputy foreign editor of The New York Times; Alan Miller ’76, Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter for The Los Angeles Times; David Lynch ’81, USA Today staff writer and former Beijing bureau chief
Location: Cinema, Center for the Arts

 

This event will be viewable online.  Please click here for more information, or check out http://wescast.wesleyan.edu.
 

3:30 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 35

Making the Dream of Family a Reality: Current Issues in Donor Insemination
Historically donor insemination has been shrouded in secrecy and restricted to married heterosexual couples. But over the past two decades, there has been a growing movement toward disclosure and family diversity. Join Alice Ruby, who directs the nation’s only nonprofit sperm bank for a discussion of current sperm donation issues including open-identity donation and meetings between biological half-siblings. Attention will be given to legal issues for lesbians and sin-gle women, to the implications of recent regulations for gay donors, and to international trends.
Presenter: Alice Ruby ’91, executive director, The Sperm Bank of California.

Location: Kerr Lecture Hall, Hall-Atwater, Church Street (formerly Shanklin 107)

 

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.

Location: Tent, Davison Art Center, 301 High Street

 

4 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 36

Lapping America: A Man, A Corvette, and the Interstates
June 29, 2006 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways, the largest public works project in history. Lapping America, published to coincide with the golden anniversary hoopla, details a 10,000-mile journey made by Bud Smith around the perimeter of the 48 states, traveling solely on the interstates. His grand lap of America, made in a ’96 Corvette in the fall of 1999, was a millennial tribute to the Interstate System. En route he planted a millennial banner in the four corners of the country and interviewed more than 100 people as to their opinions of the interstates. Neither paean nor apology for Ike’s ribbon of concrete, Lapping America seeks to put the cult of “blue highways” into a much-needed perspective. Join Bud for a bit of interstate history and the search for the perfect interstate ride, and be sure to pack your own interstate experiences.
Presenter: Claude “Bud” Smith ’66, professor of English at Ohio Northern University, is an author whose work has been variously translated into French, Danish, Swedish, Russian, and Chinese; Lapping America is his seventh book.

Location: Room 58, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

4 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 37

Five Years Out
Alumni from the Class of 2001 have been up to all kinds of things since they left campus. Some have become teachers, joined the Peace Corps, published magazines, or sold stocks. Others are actors, directors, designers, musicians, or writers. Many are job hunting, and some are still trying to figure it all out. Join members of the class for some hardcore catching up on where life has taken them in their first five years out.
The panel will include time for discussion by alumni in attendance. The Class of 2001 welcomes members of the Class of 2006 to come hear about the first five years out.
Moderator: Louise S. Brown, associate dean of the college, dean for the Class of 2009, and adjunct lecturer in government
Presenters: Elizabeth Collins Bliss ’01, director of institutional relations, Children’s Hope Foundation, and formerly a fourth grade teacher in New York City; Matthew Bourke ’01, exploration geologist, ExxonMobil; Regan Schubel ’01, assistant director of the Annual Fund for Excellence at Wesleyan and the former driver of the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile

Location: Room 150, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street

 

4 p.m.

Voices of Liberal Learning: WESeminar 38

Ten Years Out
Alumni from the class of 1996 have ventured off in all kinds of directions since they left campus. Some have followed traditional paths and gone to law school or medical school; some teach school and manage their own classrooms. Some analyze financial portfolios, or work as professional headhunters. Others are working journalists, landscape designers, dancers and choreographers, and professional chefs. Some 96-ers are between jobs and some are taking a little time to decide what comes next. Join members of this lively class to find out what everyone’s been up to in the ten years since they left campus.
Moderator: Michael Sciola, director, Career Resource Center
Presenters: Barret Feldman’96, visiting assistant professor of art, Wesleyan University; Jed Hoyer ’96, Assistant General Manager, Boston Red Sox; Alison Schwartz ’96, general manager of Blue Man Productions

Location: Room 210, Fisk Hall, 262 High Street
 

4–5:30 p.m.

Reception Honoring Retiring Faculty and

Dedication
All are welcome to honor the following members of the faculty are retiring retire this year.
Richard W. Boyd, Professor of Government
Sue Carole Fisher, Professor of Sociology
Gertrude Reif Hughes, Professor of English
Eugene Marion Klaaren, Associate Professor of Religion
Fred E. J. Linton, Professor of Mathematics
Richard A. Miller, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics

Harry M. Sinnamon, Professor of Psychology
Yoshiko Yokochi Samuel, Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures

 

We will also dedicate spaces in the Center during this time.
The Director's Office on the second floor will be named in honor of Karl Scheibe
The first floor conference room will be named the Barber Room in honor of William and Sheila Barber through the generosity of Steven B. Pfeiffer '69 and friends of Bill and Sheila
The first floor foyer will be named The Hallowell Foyer given by the class of 1952 in admiration and affection for our honorary classmate Burton C. Hallowell '36
A series of paintings have been generously donated by John T. Frazer, Professor of Art, Emeritus. John T. Frazer, Red Grapes, White Grapes, Blue Grapes 1997
Location: Susan B. and William K. Wasch center for Retired Faculty, 51 Lawn Avenue

 

4–5 p.m.

Academic Program Open House

African American Studies

Location: Center for African American Studies, 343 High Street

 

4–6 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
The 4 p.m. ceremony is followed by a 5 p.m. reception for inductees and their families.

Speaker: John Driscoll '62, Alumni Director

Location: Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts
 

4:30 p.m.

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration and Tour of the Freeman Family Japanese Garden
Presenter: Stephen A. Morrell, landscape designer

Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace
 

5 p.m.

Roman Catholic Mass

Location: Memorial Chapel
 

Ecumenical Protestant Service
An informal sharing of the Eucharist with time for quiet prayer and reflection.

Location: Chaplains' lounge, 169 High Street
 

5:30 p.m.

Class Reunion Receptions and Dinners
The Classes of ’36, ’41, ’46, ’51, ’56, ’61, ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, and WESeniors (Classes of ’26–’55) gather for their Class Dinners and special programs.

 

WESeniors (Classes of 1926-1955)

Location: Bridge Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

 

Class of ’36

Location: Bridge Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

 

Class of ’41
Location:
Bridge Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center
 

Class of ’46
Location:
Bridge Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center
 

Class of ’51
Location:
Main Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

 

Class of ’56
Location:
Tent, President ’s House, 164 High Street
 

Class of ’61
Location:
Patricelli ’92 Theater
 

Class of ’66
Location:
Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library
 

Class of ’71
Location:
Tent (with black flag), North College

 

Class of ’76
Location:
Lobby, Exley Science Center (Lawn Avenue side)
 

Class of ’81
Location:
McConaughy Dining Hall
 

Class of ’86
Location:
Tent (with yellow flag), North College
 

Class of ’91
Location:
Theater, Center for the Arts
 

Class of ’96
Location:
Andrus Field (tent)


Class ’01
Location:
Tent, Russell House Garden, 350 High Street

 

9 p.m.

Traditional All-College Sing on the Steps of North College

This year's sing will be led by members of Alpha Delta Phi in honor of their Sesquicentennial.

Location: Steps of North College (Rain site: Memorial Chapel)
 

10 p.m.

Wesleyan Spirits 25th Anniversary Concert
Old favorites and new arrangements, all in sweet harmony. Everyone is welcome.

Location: Memorial Chapel
 

All-Campus Dance Party
Musical selections by Wesleyan's own Javaid Khan '96 aka DJ Van Vader (www.vanvader.com). A maestro of the unexpected, the dance floor will never be the same..." Open to all.

Location: Andrus Field (tent)
 

A Concert by the Last of the High Street Five: 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); Dave Rich ’55 (reeds); Sam Hoyt ’99 (lead trumpet); Craig Grant (trombone); Jim Schettino (drums); and Bugsy Moran (bass).

Location: Tent, Center for the Arts
 

Midnight

Communal Moan
Channel the angst of the early ’80s in this revival of a sociological experiment of communal awareness. Be there.
Sponsored by the Class of ’81
Location: Foss Hill


A free shuttle service back to all hotels and residence halls will be provided until 2 a.m.