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[Reunion & Commencment Schedule]

[Reunion & Commencement Weekend May 21-24, 2009]

Friday, May 22

Friday Program
8 A.M.–4 P.M. Pi Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase.

Exley Science Center

8 A.M.–10 P.M. Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase.

Usdan University Center

9 A.M. Campus Tour for the Class of 1959

Meet at the main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

9–10:15 A.M. Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Meet at the main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

9 A.M.–6 P.M. Psi Upsilon Open House

Psi Upsilon

10 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Issues in Economic Development

Five papers treating the role of culture, entrepreneurship, and political configuration in China, Korea and Africa. The symposium celebrates the retirement of Peter Kilby. Visit the CSS website for more details.

Presenters: Matthew Baker ’93; Loren Brandt ’77; Peter Kilby, Professor of Economics and Co-Chair, College of Social Studies; Jung Ho Kim '85; Christopher Kilby

Room 002, Public Affairs Center (PAC)

10 A.M.–5 P.M. Senior Projects in Film Studies

View a series of 16mm films and digital videos made by members of the graduating Class of 2009.
Note: Running times are approximate.

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

10 A.M.–5 P.M. Senior Class Diploma Pickup

Seniors, please be prepared to show a photo ID.
Note: Any 2009 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 in the box marked “Diploma Cover Recycling” after the ceremony.

Registrar’s Office, 1st Floor, North College

10:30–11:30 a.m. Psi Upsilon Chapter Meeting

Psi Upsilon

11 A.M. Feet to the Fire: Exploring Global Climate Change from Science to Art

WESeminar 1: Hear about the campus-wide project that used art as a catalyst for innovative thinking, scientific exploration, and student engagement, to foster a deeper understanding of climate change and its implications. The project has included an eco-arts festival, pedagogical exchanges within existing courses and new experimental courses, and a First Year student common experience program. The presentation will include performances of some of the commissioned works.

Presenters: Pamela Tatge ’84, director of the Center for the Arts; Barry Chernoff, professor of biology, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program; Alexandra Provo ’10

World Music Hall, Center for the Arts

11:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. Special Collections & Archives Open House

The open house hours are noon to 4 P.M.

11:30 A.M.–1:30 P.M. Welcome Picnic Lunch

This meal is now sold out. Other options for lunch on campus include the Wesleyan Farmer’s Market, Usdan Cafe, Pi Cafe (in the Exley Science Center), or one of Middletown’s terrific restaurants. If you registered in advance, you will receive your tickets to lunch in your welcome packet which will be available at Registration in the Usdan University Center.

Tent, Russell House

Noon–1:15 P.M Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Meet at the main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

Noon–2 P.M. Wesleyan Farmers' Market

The Wesleyan Farmers' Market is a student-run initiative committed to supporting local agriculture, providing fresh, affordable, nutritious food, and building community in Connecticut. It is held every other Wednesday during the academic year, and we are pleased to offer this special Friday market for alumni, families, and guests. A variety of produce, baked goods, cheese, meat, and freshly-prepared foods will be available for purchase on site. Vendors include: Tranquil Morning Farm, Snootyfood, Killam and Bassette Farmstead, Winding Drive Jams and Jellies, Sweet Memories Bakery, Laura Kennedy’s Kettle Korn, Neil Rifkin’s Crepes, Sugar Maple Farms, Four Mile River Farms, Auntie Arwin’s Spices, Three Sisters Farm, Shoreline Roasters, and Hay House Farm.

Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center (Rainsite: Beckham Hall, Fayerweather)

12:30–1:30 P.M. Psi Upsilon Luncheon

Psi Upsilon

1:30 P.M. A Wesleyan Liberal Arts Education—A Discussion with and for the Class of 1959

The Class will engage in a discussion with current students and faculty members regarding the merits of a liberal arts education and how the Wesleyan experience has changed in the last 50 years.
Moderated by: Joe Bruno, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Presenters: Sarah Bell ’09, Chris Goy ’09, Alexander Levey ’09, Kwabea Osae-Kwapong ’09, and Don Moon, dean of the social sciences and interdisciplinary programs, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha professor in the college of social studies, and professor of government

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)

1:30 P.M. Hope’s Boy: An Hour with Author Andrew Bridge

WESeminar 2: Andrew Bridge entered Wesleyan after spending 11 years in the Los Angeles County foster care system. From here, he proceeded to become a Fulbright Scholar and a Harvard Law School graduate. Bridge will discuss how his childhood and Wesleyan prepared him for a life devoted to bettering the lives of our most vulnerable children.

Presenter: Andrew Bridge ’84, attorney and author of the memoir Hope’s Boy, a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and international best seller, which recounts his mother’s struggle with mental illness and his childhood in foster care; he is currently director of the Child Welfare Initiative in Los Angeles.

Cinema, Center for the Arts

2:45 P.M. Demystifying College Admissions: Prominent Observers from Three Generations Provide Their Perspective

WESeminar 3: Join a legend in the world of traditional college guide books, an entrepreneurial alumnus who believes there’s a better way for prospective students to identify their top school choices, and a savvy education journalist who’s been watching the college search, application, and admission process for years.

Moderator: Jacques Steinberg, reporter for The New York Times and author of the Times best seller The Gatekeepers, which detailed his behind-the-scenes look at the college admission process at Wesleyan

Presenters: Edward Fiske ’59, author of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, which is in its 25th edition; Jordan Goldman ’04, author of The Students’ Guide to Colleges, founder of Unigo (a Web site that offers information about colleges provided exclusively by students), and a main character in The Gatekeepers as a high school senior applying to Wesleyan.

Memorial Chapel

3–4:15 P.M. Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Meet at the main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

3:30–5 P.M. Career Tune-Up: A Practical Session on Networking and Job Searching In a Challenging Economy

Join Christine Padian Bolzan ’92, founder and CEO of Graduate Career Coaching (, and Michael Sciola, director of the Wesleyan Career Resource Center, for a workshop and networking session designed to dust off your networking savvy and rev up your job search. Christine and Mike will share tips and hints on how to find opportunity even in a down economy.

Sponsored by: the Class of 1984

Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center

4 P.M. Class of 1959 Athletics Reception

Members of the Class of 1959 will gather to reflect upon the athletic achievements from their time on campus. John Biddiscombe, Director of Athletics, will also speak to the class about opportunities and challenges facing athletics at Wesleyan today.

Warren Street Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

4–5:30 P.M. Champagne Reception for Graduating Seniors and Their Families

Hosted by: Proud parents of the Class of 2009

Tent, Russell House

4–6 P.M. 35th Reunion “Hello! Again!” Reception

This is the first opportunity for the Class of 1974 to come together as a group after arriving on campus.
Cash bar (ID required).

McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

4:30 P.M. Alpha Delta Phi Reception and Banquet

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

Alpha Delta Phi

5 P.M. La Casa Reunion Reception

Alumni of La Casa are invited to reconnect, share memories and experiences, and join current residents in a reception celebrating the past and present La Casa community!

La Casa, 240 Washington Street

5–6:30 P.M. President’s Reception Honoring Members of the Donor Associates

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.

Hosted by: Richard Swanson '77, Chair of the Wesleyan Fund

Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

5–9 P.M. Red, Black and Green! All-College Dinner

We’re sorry, but this meal is now sold out. As an alternative dinner option, you can try one of Middletown’s terrific restaurants. We’ll also have flyers available at Registration which will include a list of restaurants within walking distance of campus. If you registered in advance, you will receive your tickets to dinner in your welcome packet which will be available at Registration in the Usdan University Center.

Marketplace, Usdan University Center

5:30 P.M. 55th Reunion Reception for Class of 1954
Cash bar (ID required).

Clark Hall Lounge and Patio

6 P.M. President’s Reception and Dinner in honor of the 50th Reunion Class of 1959 and their guests
By invitation only.

Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library

6 P.M. Shabbat Services

Please join Wesleyan’s Jewish chaplain, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, and the Wesleyan Jewish community for Shabbat services. All are welcome.

The Bayit

6–7 P.M. Psi Upsilon Reception and Banquet

Psi Upsilon

6–7:30 P.M. 25th Reunion Reception for Class of 1984
Cash bar (ID required).

Zelnick Pavilion

6:30 P.M. Tour of the Allbritton Center for Public Life

Allbritton Center for Public Life (formerly the Davenport Campus Center)

7:30–8:30 P.M. 30th Reunion Dessert Reception for Class of 1979

Featuring live music by Banning Eyre ’79 and Dirck Westervelt ’79.
Cash bar (ID required).

Lobby, Exley Science Center (Church Street side)

7:15 P.M. Shabbat Dinner

At this special dinner for returning alumni, graduating seniors, and their families, we will welcome Shabbat with song, food, and joyful fellowship. If you plan to attend this memorable celebration of the Wesleyan Jewish family, please sign up at Registration (Usdan University Center) when you arrive on campus.

Sponsored by: Bobby Kaplan ’78, P’09

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

8 P.M. NPR Without The Dignity: Doug Berman and Friends
This event has SOLD OUT

Many of you have “wasted an hour” listening to Click and Clack on NPR’s Car Talk, or to NPR’s satirical news quiz, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me! Now, here’s a chance to waste more time with the creators of those shows. Join Doug Berman ’84, the executive producer of both programs, and several of his special guests as they discuss their shows and why NPR tolerates them. Guests will include Thomas Magliozzi P’03 and Ray Magliozzi Uncle ’03, hosts of Car Talk; Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell, host and the official judge and scorekeeper of Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!

For tickets: Call the Wesleyan University Box Office at (860) 685-3355 or visit
$50/person: program only
$100/person: preprogram reception with presenters and reserved seating at main program
All proceeds from this event will support scholarships at Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center (GSAC), providing assistance for neighborhood children to attend the GSAC Afterschool Program.

The Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University was created in collaboration with the City of Middletown and the North End Action Team to serve as an anchor to the revitalization efforts underway in the North End of Middletown. Programming includes a vibrant after school program, as well as classes and workshops for adults and children in music, dance, visual arts, sound recording, theater, videography and creative writing.

Event Generously Sponsored by Mary Beth and Stephen S. Daniel '82

Crowell Concert Hall

8 P.M. Stone and Stone Come Home

Adam and Todd Stone, the twin sibling comedy duo, return to campus for a performance that is sure to have you rolling in the aisles. After a standing room-only show during Homecoming/Family Weekend 2008, this is sure to be one of the highlights of Reunion & Commencement Weekend. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsor: The 35th Reunion Class of 1974

Presenters: Adam Stone ’05 and Todd Stone ’05 have performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at such New York City comedy venues such as Carolines, Gotham Comedy Club, and the Laugh Factory. They were featured recently in a national Verizon commercial and appeared on last season’s NBC show Last Comic Standing.

Cinema, Center for the Arts

8 P.M. Concert at Psi Upsilon

Featuring the band Wsagger, comprised of former members of REO Speedwagon and Fountainhead.

Psi Upsilon

8–10 P.M. 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, and 45th Reunion Receptions

The Classes of 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, and 1964 will meet separately for cocktails and light refreshments to kick off the weekend.
Cash bars (ID required).

Class of 2004: Fauver Lounge

In 2004 this was the sound: DJ Russian Bear spins your favorites from the turn of the century, w/ guests Sam and Sam from the hit WESU show 2Sams1Soul. Featuring: Peter Seidman '04, Sam Bathrick '04, and Sam Franklin '04


Class of 1999: Nicolson Lounge

Class of 1994: Clark Hall Lounge

Class of 1989: Zelnick Pavilion

Class of 1964: Lounge, Downey House

8:30–10 P.M. 30th Reunion Party at John B’s

Sponsored by: Strauss Zelnick ’79

Gatekeepers Tavern (formerly John B's), 73 Ferry Street, Middletown

9 P.M. Stargazing

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

Van Vleck Observatory

9–11 P.M. Academic Department Open House

Astronomy: Van Vleck Observatory

10 P.M. Dar Williams ’89 Benefit Concert: Dedicated to Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10
This event has SOLD OUT.

Hailed as one of the best singer/songwriters of our time, Dar Williams’ work has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, the Indigo Girls, and Ani DiFranco. Known for her “bell-clear voice,” she has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, and released her eighth CD, Promised Land, in 2008, which highlights her gift for musical storytelling. Dar Williams dedicates this special benefit concert to Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10. All proceeds go directly to the Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Scholarship.

Visit Dar Williams’ website.

For tickets: Call the Wesleyan University Box Office at (860) 685-3355 or purchase tickets online. $25 per person.

Memorial Chapel

10 P.M. What are we already?

A site-specific dance event choreographed by Molly Birnbaum ’09 for her senior project in dance and sociology. Please gather in front of the Science Library; the piece runs 15 minutes long. Exley never looked this hot!

Choreography: Molly Birnbaum and dancers

Music: Leif, Erykah Badu, C. Sey, DJ K~Swift and Jon Brion

Lighting: Molly Birnbaum

Beats: DJ Press Play aka. Shin Otake

Dancers: Mimi Bai ’09, Naadu Bentsi-Enchill ’12, Molly Birnbaum ’09, Irene Bright-Dumm ’11, Dante Brown ’09, Francesca Buzzi ’12, Ravid Chowdhury ’09, Khalif Diouf 11, Jeremy Finch ’09, Nico Flores ’12, Vlad Gurewich ’10, Rahel Haile ’10, Paul Hiam ’09, Shelia Jackson ’09, Ivan Maulana ’11, Simone Moore ’11, Maya Barros Odim ’10, Nik Owens ’12, Bulaong Ramiz ’11, Eli Scherer ’09, Melissa Silverman ’09, Hannah Tanabe ’11, Pedro Ventura ’10, and Joe White ’09

Lobby, Exley Science Center (outside Science Library entrance)

10 P.M.–2 A.M. Reunion Party at Eclectic

State of Reunion, a band born out of a synthesis of the circa-1978 on-campus band “Contraband” and a later, NYC-based band called the “Screamin’ Honkers,” features ’79ers Bill Levinson (piano), Jack Freudenheim (drums) and Stu Abramson (sax/vocals), as well as Tom Kovar ’76 on guitar and vocals and Bruce Gordon on bass and vocals. Various guest stars are likely as well! The band will feature hot soul and rhythm and blues grooves, perfect for dancing the night away...
Cash bar (ID required).



Please check back regularly for updates to the schedule and revisit this page for the most up-to-date information about the weekend.