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Friday, May 25

Current Schedule

Time Event
7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

A La Carte Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks  (Pi Cafe, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street)

Available for purchase on–site. No advance registration required.

8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Registration (Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, 330 High Street.)

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.

9:30 a.m.

WESeminar 2: Wesleyan's Legacy for the Class of ‘57 (Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107), Hall–Atwater)

For many in the Class of 1957, President Victor Butterfield was the paternal leader of Wesleyan. From Freshman Week on, he knew every student by name and made sure each understood the mission of the liberal arts. Ever present, he could be seen walking back and forth between his house and South College, regularly attending chapel services and other programs across campus. In the 50 years since graduation, members of the Class of ‘57 still speak of President Butterfield and Wesleyan's continuing influence in their lives. They have gone on to excel in many fields, including medicine, science, academia, law, business, and the nonprofit world. Catch up with members of this remarkable class and find out why they believe Wesleyan has been a presence in their lives these last 50 years.

Moderator: George Willauer ‘57, professor of english emeritus and Charles J. MacCurdy, Professor Emeritus of American Studies at Connecticut College

Presenters: John Braitmayer ‘57, P'83, Wesleyan trustee, and former CEO of Mona Industries; Mark Feldman ‘57, P ‘91, international lawyer and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center; William Pratt ‘57, orthopedic surgeon at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico; Jeffrey Williamson ‘57, former Wesleyan trustee, and Laird Bell Professor of Economics at Harvard University

9:30–11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Campus Walking Tours (Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission, 70 Wyllys Avenue)

Please wear comfortable attire and close–toed shoes for a student–guided tour of campus.

10 a.m.–Noon

Senior Projects in Film Studies (Goldsmith Family Screening Room, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace)

View a series of 16mm films and digital videos made by members of the graduating Class of 2007.

10:30 a.m.

WESeminar 3: Back by Popular Demand: Across and Down (Room 58, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street)

Re–sharpen your pencils and your wits for a hands–on session filled with time–tested strategies guaranteed to help you finish the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle every Sunday. Attendees will solve a brand new puzzle edited by Times puzzle editor, Will Shortz.

Presenter: Ed Stein ‘60 is a veteran puzzle solver and occasional crossword puzzle constructor for The New York Times, Newsday, et al. He has taught adult education courses in puzzle–solving in Westchester (N.Y.) and Fairfield (Conn.) counties, classes at senior centers and nursing homes, and received his three seconds of “fame” in the movie Wordplay.


Psi Upsilon Open House (Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street)

12:15 p.m.

WESeminar 4: Connecticut River Expedition (Meet in the front lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street)

This trip has reached capacity and we are unable to accept new registrations.

Rain or shine, board the RiverQuest, specially reserved for our four–hour Connecticut River excursion exploring one of the “Seven Sisters,” a hill formed by metamorphosed sediments deposited in an ocean which has long since disappeared. Follow a beautiful creek bordered by wetlands. Osprey may fly overhead, but watch out for Swancilla. Dock and discover Selden Island, which is composed of rocks 600 million years old, which formed offshore Antarctica and drifted north. Transportation from campus will be provided. The trip takes approximately four hours, which includes travel to and from the boat launch. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. The trip will depart on Friday, May 25, at 12:15 p.m.

Presenters: Jelle deBoer, Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Sciences Emeritus; Joel Labella, department of earth and environmental sciences

Questions? Contact Kathy Macko at kmacko@wesleyan.edu or 860/685–2737.

Noon–1 p.m.

Luncheon for WESeminar Presenters and Members of the WESeminar Committee (Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn)

By invitation only.

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Welcome Picnic (Tent, Russell House, 350 High Street)

Everyone is invited to this informal, outdoor picnic. Please register online, or in the enclosed form in your registration mailing.

1:30 p.m.

WESeminar 5: The Relaxation Response: How to Counteract the Harmful Effects of Stress (Memorial Chapel)

After completing studies at Wesleyan 50 years ago, Herbert Benson attended Harvard Medical School and became a cardiologist. In his 35–plus year career he has dedicated himself to the understanding of stress, and is considered one of the world's leading authorities on stress and the mind's influence on physical health. Join him as he addresses the importance and prevalence of stress related disorders in our society today and the weaknesses of treating them with pharmaceuticals and surgery.

Presenter: Herbert Benson ‘57, P‘89, MD, president, Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard and associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; author or co–author of more than 170 scientific publications and seven books, which include The Relaxation Response, The Mind/Body Effect, Mind Over Menopause, and Mind Your Heart

1–3:30 p.m.

Senior Projects in Film Studies (Goldsmith Family Screening Room, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace)

View a series of 16mm films and digital videos made by members of the graduating Class of 2007.

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Senior Class Celebration and Barbecue (Tent, Center for the Arts)

The Class of 2007 photo will be taken promptly at 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by: The Alumni Association and the Wesleyan Fund; catering provided by WesWings

2:30 p.m.

Class of 2007 Photograph (Denison Terrace)

WESeminar 6: The Evolution of Technology at Wesleyan (Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107), Hall–Atwater)

Technology has had a major impact on teaching and learning in recent years, and Wesleyan has been committed to its use for the support of its educational mission. Join us for a discussion of how technology has evolved from the 1950s to the present on campus, and look ahead with us to the classroom of the future. Our distinguished panelists include a beloved faculty member with more than 60 years classroom experience, a key member of our information technology staff, and a futurist who spends his days envisioning new ways to use technology in education. Reminisce about the classroom of the past when a professor's preferred platform was the Ticonderoga #2, and blackboard referred to a piece of slate (not a computer–based course management system). Find out what faculty and students are using now to teach, study, and communicate. And, speculate about how today's campus, dominated by the likes of Google, Wikipedia, Blogspot, and MySpace, may change in the years ahead.

Presenters: Robert Rosenbaum, Wesleyan University professor of mathematics and sciences emeritus, and chair of PIMMS (Wesleyan's Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science); Ganesan Ravishanker, associate vice president for information technology; Bryan Alexander, director of research for NITLE (National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education)

Note: There will be a short break with light refreshments at 3:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

Psi Upsilon House Meeting (Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street)

3:30 p.m.

WESeminar 7: The Bells of Old South College (2007) (Room B2/B3, South College)

The South College bells have been ringing for 88 years since their dedication in 1919. Presently they are played at noon on weekdays when the University is in session, before and after Commencement, and on many other occasions. Wesleyan's carillon of 24 bells is played by members of Bell & Scroll, a dedicated guild of student bell ringers. Meet members of the guild, discover their broad repertoire, and hear a bit of bell history; then climb the 67 steps to the belfry to see the keyboard, and hear the bells ringing out over the campus. You may even want to try your hand at ringing. The tour involves climbing a narrow, spiral stairway and a steep ladder; space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Introduction: Peter Frenzel, Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Studies Emeritus and bellmaster of the South College carillon

Presenters: Ann–Marie Illsley ‘10; Mariah Klaneski ‘04; Margaret Sinick ‘07; Allison Torpey ‘07; Matthew Young ‘09

3:30&ndahs;5 p.m.

Class of 1957 Reception for Sigma Nu Members (1st Floor, Office of University Relations, 318 High Street)

Sigma Nu members from the Class of 1957 are invited to a wine and cheese reception in the former Sigma Nu house (now the University Relations office).

Reception for Class of 1957 Dekes (267 High Street)

Members of Delta Kappa Epsilon from the class of 1957 are invited to a cocktail reception at the House.

4 p.m.

“What Leaders Need to Know” Forum at Psi Upsilon (Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street)

Darryl B. Hazel ‘70 (Senior VP of the Ford Motor Company, President of the FMC Customer Service Division, Board member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Member–elect of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees) and Robert G. McKelvey ‘59 (former Vice–Chairman of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees, CEO of the George McKelvey Company Inc., and Vice–President of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, and former Alumni President of Alpha Delta Phi) will speak about the role of critical thinking in leadership and the development of leadership skills and qualities. The forum will be followed by a cocktail hour.

Reception for WESeniors (Classes of 1927 – 1956) (Susan B. and William K. Wasch Center for Retired Faculty, 51 Lawn Avenue)

Alumni from the Classes of 1927–1956 and their guests are invited to gather before dinner.  Reconnect with classmates and meet the post–50th reunion alumni.

WESeminar 8: Crisis to Coma: An Hour With Medical Thriller Writer Robin Cook (Goldsmith Family Screening Room, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace)

Robin Cook grew up in Queens believing he would become an archaeologist, but quickly decided that all the best buried treasures had already been found. It was the era of Ben Casey, James Kildaire, and Marcus Welby and he decided instead that he would make his mark by becoming a caring doctor. As a tireless young intern, he dabbled with writing and published his first novel Year of the Intern, which he considered boring and not the tension–filled format “people would want to read.” Coma followed five years later and he was onto something. Readers were gripped by the riveting story of the black market for human organs (the movie was released in 1978)—and the medical thriller was born. Over the years, Dr. Cook has built stories around everything from stem cells to egg donation, food poisoning, bioterrorism, managed care, and the competitive nature of medicine. Meet the writer who created this new genre of spine–tingling medical thrillers and find out why he feels he has affected the medical lives of more people through his writing than he ever did while in practice.

Introduction: Jeanine D. Basinger, Corwin–Fuller Professor of Film Studies, curator of the cinema archives, chair of the Film Studies Program, and 1996 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenter: Robin Cook ‘62, MD is a former ophthalmologist trained at Harvard and an acclaimed novelist who has written 27 best-selling medical thrillers, including Outbreak, Seizure, and Coma; he is currently finishing Critical. Three of his books have been made into films, and several others have been turned into television movies or miniseries. He has sold more than 100 million books worldwide, which have been translated into approximately 40 languages.

4–6 p.m.

Champagne Reception for Graduating Seniors and Their Families (Tent, Russell House, 350 High Street)

Co-hosted by: Carol and Ed Robinson, parents of Jenn ‘07 and Jacob ‘04, and other proud parents of the Class of 2007

Reunion Reception (Fong's Restaurant, 218 Smith Street, Middletown)

Visit Fong's Restaurant, owned and operated by John Fong ‘70, and connect with other alumni and guests before dinner. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. All are welcome.

Sponsored by: The Class of 1972 and wrestling team alumni

WESHUCK! 30th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1977 (Tent, Davison Art Center)

Kick off a great weekend with oysters provided by Steve Malinowski ‘77. Cash bar will be available.

4:30 p.m.

WESeminar 9: 175 Years of Piano (Memorial Chapel)

Join Professor Neely Bruce for an overview of piano composition at Wesleyan since the school was founded in 1831, culminating in his own 2006 work “A Fugue for Billy Weitzer.” The program will feature a gala improvisation on tunes in the Wesleyan Song Book; rare popular sheet music for piano, including “The Wesleyan Two–Step” by Frederic Vinal (1902); compositions by early 20th–century professors Joseph Daltry and John Spencer Camp; and works by our own John Spencer Camp Professors Richard Winslow, Bill Barron, and Alvin Lucier. The piano music of two major composers honored by Wesleyan, John Cage—“Winter Music,” and Henry Brant, “Four Traumatics”—will also be presented.

Presenter: Neely Bruce P'87, P'91, professor of music

4:30–6:30 p.m.

25th&ndahs;Reunion Reception for the Class of 1982 and Guests (Zelnick Pavilion)

5 p.m.

Alpha Delta Phi Reception and Banquet (Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street)

For members of Alpha Delta Phi and their families. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Scholarships at Wesleyan: A Celebration (Lobby, North College)

Increasing the resources for financial aid is a priority for Wesleyan. To honor donors who are supporting this vital need, a scholarship recognition wall has been built in North College. Everyone is invited to stop by to the see the list of funded and named scholarships. Brief remarks at 5:15 p.m.

5–6:30 p.m.

President's Reception for the Donor Associates (Tent, President's House)

Honoring members of the Trustee Associates, President's Circle, Founders Club, Willbur Fisk Associates, College Row Society, John Wesley Associates, 1831 Society, Douglas Cannon Club, Day Society, and Olin Associates.

By invitation only.

20th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1987 (Lounge, Downey House)

Please join members of the Class of 1987 and guests for a reception to kick off our 20th reunion, featuring a performance by Onomatopoeia, a student a cappella group.

5:30 p.m.

A Walking Tour of Campus for the Class of 1997 (Meet outside the Cross Street entrance to the Freeman Athletic Center)

See how much Wesleyan has changed in only ten years!  Join classmates for a tour of campus with a special focus on the new and recently renovated facilities.  Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  The tour will be led by Joyce Topshe, associate vice president for facilities.

5:30–8:30 p.m.

Viva Italia! All–College Dinner (Tent, Andrus Field)

Mangia! Join friends, classmates, and family members for an informal Italian style buffet dinner. Please register online, or in the enclosed form in your registration mailing.

6 p.m.

10th-Anniversary Reception and Banquet for the Eta Chapter Hermanas of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority (Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn)

Over the past nine years, the Eta Chapter Hermanas of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. have reached both memorable and notable benchmarks in their lives after Wesleyan, while also striving to keep their legacy alive on campus. As spring 2007 draws near, Las Hermanas (“the sisters”) are reviving what has brought them together as a chapter at Wesleyan and most importantly, as Hermanas. This year, Eta Chapter celebrates ten years of personal, professional and educational triumphs; ten years of struggle and perseverance; ten years of service to the community and Greek unity; and ten years of sisterhood, friendship, and faith. Please join us for an evening filled with music, celebration, laughter, and friendship.

6–7:30 p.m.

Psi Upsilon Reception and Banquet (Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street)

6:30 p.m.

Shabbat Services (The Bayit, 169 High Street)

Please join Wesleyan's Jewish chaplain, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, and the Wesleyan Jewish community for Shabbat services. All are welcome. No reservations necessary.

7:30 p.m.

Past as Prologue? Wesleyan's 175 Years of Change and Continuity (Memorial Chapel)

To what extent does Wesleyan's past introduce us to its future? What does the record of three significant changes in identity tell us about our continuing capacity for adaptation to changing times? Have important continuities prevailed from one era to another? What roles do finances, people, and ideas play in the mix of change and continuity?

Presenter: David Potts ‘60, author of Wesleyan University, 1831–1910: Collegiate Enterprise in New England, has deeply researched Wesleyan's first dozen decades. While residing on campus, he witnessed parts of three more and will share selected historical perspectives on Wesleyan's past, present, and future.

7:30 p.m.

Shabbat Dinner (Tent (with red flag), North College lawn)

A special Shabbat dinner is planned for returning alumni, graduating seniors, and their families. Together with faculty and staff, we will welcome the Shabbat with song, food, and joyful fellowship. We invite you to be part of what we promise will be a memorable celebration of the Wesleyan Jewish family. All are welcome. Please register on the enclosed form or online.

Hosted by: Jane Eisner ‘77, P'06 and Mark Berger ‘76, P'06

Rock/Funk Concert with the Michael Cleary Band (Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street)

8 p.m.

WESeminar 10: We Can't Reach You Hartford: Selections from a Theater Department Honors Project (Theater, Center for the Arts)

We Can't Reach You Hartford recreates the story of the Hartford Circus Fire of July 6th, 1944. One month from D-Day, the Hartford Circus Fire—which killed 168 circus–goers, mostly women and children—seemed a small tragedy. But the story of the fire that destroyed “The Greatest Show on Earth” explores the loss of innocence of a city, the heroism of sad clowns and crippled boys, a missing girl who becomes the object of obsession, and a search for the truth in a piece of history that no one can reach. Hartford was originally presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and produced in the CFA Theater in April as Jessica Chayes’ theater department honors project. Actors will perform scene selections from the production and participate in a talk back with the director, design team, and audience.

The performance will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

Director: Jessica “Jess” Chayes ‘07

Presenters: Victoria "Tori" Amoscato ‘08, Edward Bauer ‘08, Elissa Kozlov ‘08, Kieran Kredell ‘08, Zachary LeClair ‘10, Gregory Silver ‘10, Hansel Tan ‘10, Randa Tawil ‘09

8–10 p.m.

Class of 2002 Welcome Reception for Financial Aid (Millett Room, Russell House, 350 High Street)

Come and join your classmates for a cocktail reception benefiting Wesleyan's financial aid program.  Through the generosity of Robert ‘92 and Elena ‘93 Allbritton who are underwriting costs, every dollar you contribute will go directly toward financial aid through the Wesleyan Fund in memory of Tiesha Sargeant. The Allbrittons will also triple match every gift made through this event. Individual contributions starting at $25. Register here.

8:45–10 p.m.

Academic Department Open House

Theater, Theater, Center for the Arts

9 p.m.

The Return of the Highwaymen (Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts)

Welcome back to the fun times and lilting tunes of this vintage Wesleyan quartet including Dave Fisher, Steve Trott, Steve Butts, and Bob Burnett, all members of the Class of 1962. The Highwaymen are actively touring the country again, and we are fortunate to have them make a stop in Middletown to play another Wesleyan Reunion. Visit them at www.originalhighwaymen.com. Seating is limited and is available on a first–come, first–served basis.  No ticket required.

9 p.m.

Stargazing (Van Vleck Observatory)

Weather permitting, visit the Van Vleck Observatory, where you will have an awesome view of the stars through Wesleyan's telescopes.

9–11 p.m.

Academic Department Open House

Astronomy, Van Vleck Observatory

9 p.m.–2 a.m.

Reunion Party at Eclectic (Eclectic)

Good music for alumni, families, and friends of all ages. Cash bar.

A free shuttle service to area hotels and residence halls will be available until 2 a.m.


Please check back regularly for updates to the schedule.