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Weekend Essentials


Questions?

If you have ideas or general questions about Reunion & Commencement 2007 or volunteering, or if you want to get in touch with a classmate, please contact the Wesleyan staff member working with your class.

If you have a question about Registration, please contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 860/685-2116 or rc@wesleyan.edu.

If you are a parent of a graduating senior and you have a question, please contact Camille Dolansky, Office of Parent Programs, 860/685-3756 or cdolansky@wesleyan.edu.

Class Staff Contacts    
WESeniors (classes of '27—'56) Regan Schubel '01 860/685-2253 rschubel@wesleyan.edu
1937 Regan Schubel '01 860/685-2253 rschubel@wesleyan.edu
1942 Regan Schubel '01 860/685-2253 rschubel@wesleyan.edu
1947 Regan Schubel '01 860/685-2253 rschubel@wesleyan.edu
1952 Regan Schubel '01 860/685-2253 rschubel@wesleyan.edu
1957 Frantz Willams '99 860/685-2516 fwilliams@wesleyan.edu
1962 Josh Tanz '06 860/685-4840 jtanz@wesleyan.edu
1967 Josh Tanz '06 860/685-4840 jtanz@wesleyan.edu
1972 Robert Mosca 860/685-3730 rmosca@wesleyan.edu
1977 Robert Mosca 860/685-3730 rmosca@wesleyan.edu
1982 Paul DiSanto 860/685-2526 pdisanto@wesleyan.edu
1987 Lucy Diaz MALS '05 860/685-5376 ldiaz@wesleyan.edu
1992 Lucy Diaz MALS '05 860/685-5376 ldiaz@wesleyan.edu
1997 Mary Livingston '04 860/685-2457 mlivingston@wesleyan.edu
2002 Mary Livingston '04 860/685-2457 mlivingston@wesleyan.edu

Essentials For Everyone

Registration

All alumni must register. Parents and families of graduating seniors must register only if they plan to participate in an event with a fee. You can register online or by completing and mailing in the registration form included in your Reunion & Commencement mailing.

Preregistration Deadline

Registrations must be postmarked by May 11. Registrations received after May 11 will be assessed a $25 late fee.

On-Site Registration

The enclosed schedule of events is preliminary, subject to change, and does not include event locations. We encourage everyone to check in at Registration (Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 330 High Street) to receive the final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, and other essential information.

On-Site Registration Hours:

  • Thursday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

If you have questions about your registration or plan to arrive after 10 p.m., please contact Suzanne Kampen in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at rc@wesleyan.edu or 860/685-2116.

Registration fees

Please refer to the registration form in this booklet for details about Reunion & Commencement Weekend fees.

Refunds

Refunds can only be made through Friday, May 11, or in extreme emergency situations. Refund checks will be mailed after Reunion & Commencement Weekend bookkeeping is completed in late June.

Don't Forget

Bring your camera, scrapbooks, Wesleyan memorabilia, music, and anything else that will make the weekend special. May weather can be unpredictable in New England; we recommend that you bring a light jacket and umbrella—and if you're staying in a dorm room—an extra blanket. Wesleyan's athletic facilities and fields will be open throughout Reunion & Commencement Weekend; bring your suit/bathing cap/towel/racket/softball glove/Frisbee, etc., and check your final schedule for facility hours. Final schedules are available at Registration (330 High Street) during the weekend.

Special Assistance

The University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all people. Please let us know by May 11 if you or your guests have any special needs. Contact Laurie Zolty in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 860/685-3527 or lzolty@wesleyan.edu to make arrangements.

Weekend Meals

Wesleyan Campus Dining service prepares most Reunion & Commencement snacks and meals. A vegetarian or vegan alternative is provided at every meal. Some meals require tickets. For these meals, we strongly recommend you reserve a ticket in advance to guarantee availability and to help us plan accordingly. Meals requiring advance purchase are:

  • Friday Welcome Picnic
  • Friday Viva Italia Dinner
  • Friday Shabbat Dinner
  • Saturday Reunion Class Dinner

There may be a limited number of extra meal tickets available on-site. Meal tickets will not be mailed in advance; you will receive the appropriate tickets when you stop by Registration to obtain your Reunion & Commencement Weekend welcome packet.

You may purchase a snack or meal during the weekend at the following locations and times. These meals do not require advance purchase:

The Pi Café in the Exley Science Center will be open for breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30–11 a.m.

A la carte breakfast will be available on Sunday from 8 a.m–noon in the Davenport Campus Center.

There is no charge for the following meals taking place during the weekend; therefore, registration and tickets for these meals are not required:

  • Saturday Picnic Lunch held during the Festival on Foss Hill
  • Post-Commencement reception on Sunday

Parking

Due to several construction projects on campus, parking and access to University buildings is limited. We will do our best to accommodate the larger crowd on campus during the weekend through our student operated shuttle van service, but please expect delays and plan accordingly.

Additional parking may be available at the Middlesex Mutual Parking Garage (two blocks from campus at the junction of Court and Main streets), the Vine Street parking lot (adjacent to the tennis courts), and the Freeman Athletic Center parking lots (Cross Street and Pine Street). Shuttle vans will run regularly between these lots and all sites on campus.

The lot adjacent to the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission, 70 Wyllys Avenue and the "C" lot on Church Street will be reserved for members of the Classes of 1957 and earlier, as well as for any individuals with disabilities. A parking/shuttle flyer will be included in your welcome packet. Please let us know by May 11 if you require special parking by contacting Laurie Zolty in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 860/685-3527 or lzolty@wesleyan.edu.

Thank you for your understanding during this exciting time at Wesleyan.

Transportation

Car Rental Companies:

Provider Phone number
Alamo 800/327-9633
Avis 800/831-2847
Budget 800/527-0700
Dollar 800/800-3665
Enterprise 800/736-8222
Hertz 800/654-3131
National 800/227-7368
Thrifty 800/367-2277

Taxi and Cab Services:

Provider Phone number
Avalon Transportation 860/895-5466
CT Limousine 800/472-5466
Edie's Cab Company 860/570-1129
Essex Taxi 860/767-2152
Executive 2000 860/635-8222
Hunter Limousine 860/344-1130
Yellow Cab Company 860/666-6666

Shuttle Service

If you need a ride from Bradley International Airport (Hartford/Springfield), Tweed Airport (New Haven), or from the Meriden or New Haven train stations, we will do our best to accommodate your needs with our student-operated shuttle service. To make arrangements, please contact the interns in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 860/685-2418 or interns@wesleyan.edu by May 11. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee off-campus shuttle service for requests made after May 11.

Updates

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change. For periodic updates about the weekend events, check out the home page and schedule pages. For class specific information such as who plans on attending, programming geared towards certain class years, fundraising updates, and other important details, check out your class site. A final schedule with updates will be available at Registration (Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 330 High Street). Please stop by to receive the most up-to-date information about the weekend.

Essentials for Reunion Classes

See Who's Here

Check out the "See Who's Here" board at Registration in order to find out where your classmates are staying and how to catch up with them.

Reunion Headquarters

Reunion classes will have space reserved for casual gatherings with classmates and special class exhibits (message boards, collages, artwork, and performances). These alumni lounges will be the best place to find your classmates, take a break from the weekend activities, or congregate between events. Bars will be open at all Reunion headquarters throughout the weekend.

Saturday Night Reunion Class Dinners

The Class Dinner on Saturday night is often the highlight of the weekend. We encourage all alumni with children to utilize Camp Cardinal (Wesleyan's on-campus childcare program; see schedule on page 20–21) throughout the evening so they can enjoy dinner, spend time with friends, and take advantage of late-night parties.

Each Reunion class is encouraged to invite members of the faculty or administration to join them for their class reception and dinner. If there is someone you would like to invite, please contact a member of your class committee or the Wesleyan staff member working with your class (see page 22). Cash bars will be available at all luncheons, dinners, and campus parties.

Hotels and Motels

Alumni are strongly encouraged to make reservations at the hotel where their class has blocked rooms—even if they plan to request campus housing. Rooms are limited, and there is a high demand placed on area lodging during the holiday weekend. When calling a hotel, make sure to request the block of rooms for "Wesleyan's Reunion." The reservation cutoff and cancellation date for blocked hotel rooms varies by hotel.

Reunion Classes have blocked rooms at:

Class Year Provider Phone number
WESeniors Crowne Plaza Hartford-Cromwell 860/635-2000
1937 Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell 860/635-1001
1942 Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell 860/635-1001
1947 Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell 860/635-1001
1952 Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell 860/635-1001
1957 Inn at Middletown, Middletown 860/854-6300
1962 Marriott, Rocky Hill 860/257-6000
1967 Homewood Suites by Hilton, Wallingford 203/284-2600
1972 Hawthorne Inn, Berlin 860/828-4181
1977 Hampton Inn, Rocky Hill 860/563-7877
1982 Marriott, Rocky Hill 860/257-6000
1987 Best Western Camelot Inn, Wethersfield 860/563-2311
1992 Fairfield Inn, Wallingford 203/284-0001
1997 Best Western, Berlin 860/828-3000
2002 Comfort Inn, Cromwell 860/635-4100
2002 Super 8 Motel, Cromwell 860/632-8888

In addition, rooms are available at the following hotels, which are available to all classes:

Provider Phone number
Comfort Inn, Cromwell 860/635-4100
Hampton Inn, Meriden 860/235-5154
Hilton Garden Inn, Glastonbury 860/659-1025
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Glastonbury 203/652-8111
Residence Inn, Rocky Hill 860/257-7500
Sheraton FourPoints, Meriden 203/238-2380 x146

Please refer to www.wesleyan.edu/about/lodging.html for additional information regarding local accommodations.

Residence Halls

Alumni who prefer to stay on campus will be grouped by class in Clark Hall, Nicolson (Foss 5–7), and the new Fauver residence hall. If you wish to stay in the dorms, please register using the enclosed form or online. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a housing fee of $100 per twin bed for unlimited nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights). When you register, you will be asked if you are willing to share a room and who you would like to room with or near. Room assignments will be available when you arrive on campus and check in at Registration (Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 330 High Street). A $25 refundable room/key deposit will be required upon check-in. Residence hall rooms must be vacated by 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.

Please keep in mind that residence hall rooms are basic, with little furniture or creature comforts. There are no private bathrooms. Beds are twin-sized. Basic sheets, a light blanket, a pillow, and a towel are provided, but we recommend that you bring an extra blanket, a pillow, and/or a towel.

You may also want to bring hangers, an alarm clock, a hair dryer, a mirror, an iron, and/or other amenities. Before you arrive on campus, please check the local weather forecast and plan your trip accordingly.

Reunion Class Photos

Group photos of the Reunion Classes of 1957–1982 will be taken at the base of Denison Terrace on Saturday, May 26. WESeniors (Class of 1929–1956) and members of the Classes of 1937–1952 will have their Class Photo taken during their Class Reception and Dinner on Saturday, May 26. Information about class photos will be available after the weekend at www.panfoto.com.

Essentials for Parents and Families of Graduating Seniors

Housing/Accommodations

Parents and families of the Class of 2007 should arrange for hotel/motel accommodations as soon as possible. Please refer to the "About Wesleyan" section of the University Web site at www.wesleyan.edu/about/lodging.html for information regarding local accommodations.

Commencement Ceremony Rain Plan

In case of rain, the ceremony will take place under the large tent on Andrus Field. Since seating for guests will be limited, we respectfully ask you to limit the number of your guests who will be sitting under the tent to three. There will be a live broadcast of the ceremony in the Memorial Chapel.

Caps and Gowns

Seniors order caps and gowns from Broad Street Books during the last week of March. Broad Street Books will send a letter to all seniors with instructions for ordering during the last week of March. Call with any questions at 860/685-7323.

Diplomas

Members of the Class of 2007 may obtain their diplomas on Saturday, May 26 from 1–5 p.m. in the main lobby of North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.