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[flag] Dates for Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2012 are May 24–27

Friday, May 21

Preliminary Schedule for Friday, May 21
9 A.M.–10 P.M.

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Usdan University Center

9–10:15 A.M.

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

9 –10:30 A.M.

Psi Upsilon Breakfast

Psi Upsilon

10 A.M. 50th Reunion Class of 1960 Discussion—The Wesleyan Mind

Our class discussion with spouses will focus on the life of the mind as it relates to Wesleyan: how Wesleyan in the 1950s opened our minds; how we now try to sustain our brains in an age of computers and Sudoku; and how we can pass on to our children and grandchildren what we have learned from our college experience. Put on your thinking caps and plan to have a fun conversation.

Moderators: Bob C. Williams ’60 and Chuck Olton ’60

Millett Room, Russell House

10 A.M.–2 P.M. Middlesex County Historical Society

Wesleyan alumni, parents, and families are invited to stop by the Middlesex County Historical Society while they're on campus for Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street

10 A.M.–4 P.M.

Senior Class Diploma Pickup

Members of the Class of 2010 may pick up their diplomas in the Registrar’s Office, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.

Note: Any 2010 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, North College

10:30–11:30 A.M.

Psi Upsilon Chapter Meeting

Psi Upsilon

10:30 A.M.–4 P.M. Senior Projects in Film Studies

View a series of 16mm films and digital videos made by members of the graduating Class of 2010.

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

11 A.M.

WESEMINAR: Watching Brains Think: Brain Imaging, Face Recognition, Emotions, and Deception

Thinking is hard work and brain cells require more energy than any other individual cells in the human body. Because of this energy requirement, blood flow increases in areas of the brain where cells are most active. Brain scanners detect these changes in a completely safe manner from outside the head, so they can be used with healthy human volunteers to determine which brain areas are active during many different mental tasks, thus enabling us to answer a wide range of questions: How do we recognize faces? Why are some people face-blind even though they have normal vision? Can we detect psychopaths by watching their brain activity? Can we determine when a person is lying? Can someone read your mind by watching your brain activity? Join us for a discussion of these questions and the ethical issues raised by brain imaging.

Presenter: Hugh R. Wilson '65, director, Centre for Vision Research, fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and professor of biological & computational vision, York University, Toronto, Canada

Memorial Chapel

11:30 A.M. –1:30 P.M.

Welcome Picnic Lunch- SOLD OUT

Join friends, classmates, and family members for lunch when you arrive on campus for the weekend. This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. Meals are included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Lunch is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1929 through 1959) and their guests. All other reunion classes and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following for lunch:

$20 per person for all other adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)

$5 per person for children 12 and under

If you plan to attend the picnic, please register here.

Tent, Russell House

NOON The Image of Success: Make a Great Impression and Land the Job You Want

Fair or not, assumptions about our intelligence, abilities, sophistication, performance, and pedigree are routinely made based on the image we project. Join career and image coach Lizandra Vega for some down-to-earth, candid guidance on the ABCs of image Appearance, Behavior, and Communication that often make the difference between a job offer and a rejection. From poorly chosen outfits, to unconscious 'ums' and 'ahs,' to the dreaded 'dead fish' handshake and other faux pas, she'll share tips on personal style, body language, etiquette, communication, and more-all designed to help candidates avoid common pitfalls and create the kind of consistent personal image that will convince employers of their inherent value to the organization.

Presenter: Lizandra Vega '91, managing partner, Perennial Resources International, and author of The Image of Success: Make a Great Impression and Land the Job you Want

Career Resource Center, Butterfield A

NOON–1:15 P.M.

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission


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, Ladies of Levita Rd. Farm, Beltane Farm, Wave Hill Breads, Winding Drive Jams and Jellies, Sweet Memories Bakery, Sugar Maple Farms, Four Mile River Farms, Auntie Arwin Spices, Three Sisters Farm, Shoreline Roasters, Urban Oaks Organic Farm, Maria’s Kitchen Krafts, 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 P.M.

Jumuah Services for the Muslim Community

All are welcome.

Contact: Marwa Aly, Muslim Chaplain

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

1 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Shining Hope: Building A School For Girls In Kenya’s Kibera Slum

Wesleyan student Kennedy Odede ’12 grew up in the slums of Kenya and saw firsthand the abuse and general mistreatment of school-aged girls in his community. In 2007, Odede met Wesleyan student Jessica Posner ’09, who was studying abroad in the country. Together they decided to start an NGO that would combat the lack of women’s education in the slum, where many young girls are forced to become sex workers. After Odede was accepted to Wesleyan to pursue his own dreams of a college education, he and Posner applied for a grant to build a school for girls in Kibera and received a $10,000 award. Working with community members, Odede and Posner constructed the Kibera School for Girls, the first and only tuition-free school for girls in the slum. The school was completed in ten weeks and currently offers 105 girls in grades K through six a high-quality formal education and daily nourishment. Join us to learn more about the Kibera School for Girls and to hear about plans to build the innovative Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic, adjacent to the Kibera School, to combat the extreme health crisis in the country and honor Johanna’s legacy.

Moderator: Robert Rosenthal, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and a 2000 ecipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenters: Kennedy Odede '12 and Jessica Posner '09 are co-founders of Shining Hope for Communities, a nonprofit in Kenya that employs a community-driven approach to combat human rights abuses and poverty in Kenya’s Kibera Slum; Leah Lucid '10 is development director for Shining Hope for Communities

Memorial Chapel

2 P.M.

Defining That Unique Asset, Which is You!

Whether you are seeking a job, are in career transition, are frustrated with your current employment circumstances, or are looking for some meaningful activities in retirement, this workshop will have ideas for you. It will cover the three key questions every one of us should be asking ourselves!

Presenter: Judson "Jud" Miner ’50 is a Presbyterian CLP pastor, a published author, and for the past ten years has been a counselor at BBJ (Businesspersons Between Jobs), an award winning not-for-profit organization, started 35 years ago in the greater St. Louis area.

Room 004, Public Affairs Center

2 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artist’s Books

Robin Price is known for taking artistic risks within the context of the traditional format of the book. Her work embraces chance, serendipity, and randomness, and she thrives on collaboration with a wide range of artists. The results are beautiful, challenging, and memorable. Chronicling her development from an accomplished letterpress printer into an innovative book artist, this exhibition showcases published works and archival materials, editions and unique books, solo and collaborative work.

Introduction: Clare Rogan, Curator, Davison Art Center

Presenter: Robin Price, book artist and fine press printer

Davison Art Center

2 P.M.

WESEMINAR: The Senior Thesis—A Showcase for Academic Excellence

The senior thesis is a year-long, in-depth project that provides students with a unique opportunity to explore fresh ideas and produce new knowledge. In this session, we highlight several senior theses representing a cross section of student research and creative output from the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Students will share their work and discuss the processes that guided their investigations.

Moderator: Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., dean for the class of 2010

Presenters: Efrain Antonio Ribeiro ’10, Neuroscience and Ethics; Rebecca Ripley Turkewitz ’10, All the News That’s Fit to Print? A Content Analysis of Newspapers’ Portrayal of Rape and Sexual Assault; Benjamin Bernstein ’10, Bad Island, an original opera based on the book by William Steig; Leah Lucid ’10, Discrimination Experiences of Latina/os: Coping Mechanisms, Emotional Responses, and Depression ;Nicholas Davenport '10, Yours for the New Social Order: Student Radicals at Wesleyan University, 1929-1941 

Millett Room, Russell House

2 P.M.

Celebration of Baldwin Medalist and Binswanger Teaching Prize Award Recipients

The newly installed recognition wall will be unveiled at this time. By invitation only.

Sponsored by: The Alumni Association

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

2-5 P.M. WESU 88.1 FM Open House

Parents, family, alumni, and students are all invited to attend an Open House at Wesleyan University's radio station, WESU. Stop in to check out the studios, browse the expansive and eclectic music libraries, and meet current Board members and DJs-- all while snacking on delicious Caribbean finger food.

WESU, 2nd Floor (above Broad Street Books), 45 Broad Street

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Sculpture as Proto-Architecture

David Black is an internationally known sculptor who creates monumental, "walk-under" works, which have become public landmarks in cities throughout the United States, and in points as distant as Berlin, Germany and Nagano, Japan. He terms his pieces "proto-architecture" because they combine architectural elements such as pillars, arches, open canopies, infused with light, visual movement, and surprise. His works are considered serious and complex, but buoyant and spirited, and include Jetty, a pavilion sculpture in Belmont, California; Flyover, a 150’ long stainless steel "flight path" of the Wright Brothers’ first flight in Dayton, Ohio; and Windpoint, which won Japans Henry Moore International Sculpture Competition in Nagano, Japan. Join him for a reflection on his 50-plus-year career, drawing on favorite photographic images from his own collection.

Introduction: Allan "Al" Ryan ’50

Presenter: David Black ’50, is an award-winning sculptor who has been commissioned to design over 35 large-scale, site-specific works; he is professor of art, emeritus, at The Ohio State University

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)

3–4:15 P.M.

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

4 P.M.

Psi Upsilon Open House

Psi Upsilon

4–5:30 P.M.

Champagne Reception for Graduating Seniors and Their Families

Hosted by: Proud parents of the Class of 2010

Tent, Russell House

4–6 P.M.

60th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1950

The Class of 1950 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. 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.

Tent, Alpha Delta Phi

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, Foss Hill Club, Day Society, and Olin Associates.

By invitation only.

President's House Lawn

5–9 P.M.

Red, Black and Green! All-College Dinner

Join friends, classmates, and family members for an informal, eco-friendly buffet dinner in the Marketplace at the Usdan University Center.

This dinner requires advance purchase/registration. Meals are included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Dinner is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1929 through 1959) and their guests. All other reunion classes, parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following if they register for dinner:

$20 per person for adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)

$8 per person for children 12 and under

If you plan to attend, please register here.

Usdan University Center

6 P.M.

President’s Reception and Dinner in Honor of the 50th Reunion Class of 1960 and Their Guests

By invitation only.

Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

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 P.M.

Psi Upsilon Dinner

Psi Upsilon

6–7:30 P.M.

30th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1980

The Class of 1980 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

Patricelli ’92 Theater

6–7:30 P.M. 30th Reunion Reception and Panel Discussion for the Class of 1980: Change and Dealing with Uncertainty – How to Use Your Imagination to Address the Changes

Cash bar (ID required).

Moderator: Julie Burstein '80

Panelists: Jay Borden '80, Janet Grillo '80 and Daryl Messinger '80

Patricelli ’92 Theater

7 P.M.

Concert by David Leisner ’75 and 35th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1975

An hour with internationally renowned concert guitarist and recording artist David Leisner. He will play excerpts from Facts of Life, a half-hour work he recently commissioned from the American icon, David Del Tredici.  David will talk about the work and how it came to be, and play some standard classical guitar repertoire. A reception for the 35th Reunion Class of ’75 will follow. Cash bar (ID required).

World Music Hall, Center for the Arts

7–9 P.M.

40th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1970

Wine provided by Jim Elston ’70.

Location TBD

7–9 P.M.

45th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1965

The Class of 1965 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

Lounge, Downey House

7–10 P.M.

10th Reunion Pub Crawl for the Class of 2000

Join classmates for the second Middletown Pub Crawl—now a Reunion tradition! We will visit Eli Cannons, Gatekeeper, Nikita, Firehouse, and more. We will tweet location updates at :  (username: Wes00reunion; password: wes2000) as we move along, so you can meet up anywhere along the way.

Eli Cannons: 7-8 p.m.

Gatekeeper: 8-9 p.m.

Nikita's: 9-10 p.m.

Firehouse: 10-11 p.m.

Public: 11 p.m.-close

For more information, visit

Note: For shuttle service, call (860) 685-2418. A limited number of student-run shuttle vans will be available, so please allow extra time for pickups.

7–11 P.M.

25th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1985

The Class of 1985 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments.

Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library

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.

This dinner requires advance purchase/registration.

$20 per person for all and children over age 12 (including graduates)

$8 per person for children 12 and under

If you plan to attend this memorable celebration of the Wesleyan Jewish family, please register here.

Sponsored by: Daryl Messinger ’80 and Jim Heeger

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

8–10 P.M.

20th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1990

The Class of 1990 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

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

8–10 P.M.

15th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1995

The Class of 1995 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

Zelnick Pavilion

8–10 P.M.

5th Reunion Reception for the Class of 2005

The Class of 2005 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Featuring recorded music by Mamarazzi (with Wes alums Tacuma Bradley ’04, Sam Franklin ’04, Samuel Bathrick ’04, Eric Herman ’05, Andrew Aprile ’06, and Rob Cohen ’06). Check them out at,, and Cash bar (ID required).

Lounge and Patio, Fauver Residence Hall

8:30 P.M.–MIDNIGHT Ajua Campos, WesLAN, and La Unidad Latina Reunion Celebration

Celebrating their anniversaries, Ajua Campos (40 yrs) & La Unidad Latina (15 yrs) will come together this reunion weekend to party with alumni, students, their families, and the entire Wesleyan Community. Please join us for a fun fiesta with a live DJ providing a diverse array of music, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Special invitation goes out to all former Ajua Campos leaders throughout its 40 year history. Co-sponsored by Ajua Campos, The Wesleyan Latino Alumni Association (WesLAN) and La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc.

This event requires advance purchase/registration. If you plan to attend the event, please register here.

$15 per person for adults and children over age 12

Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

9 P.M.

Concert at Psi Upsilon with Beau Bolero: Break Out Your Hats and Hooters!

They stepped upon the platform, the man gave me the news, he said you must be joking son, Beau Bolero is in their shoes.

That's right all you Steely Dan Fans out there. Who will ever forget the obsession Psi U had with Steely Dan, a religion that reached a crescendo in 1982 when Beau Bolero, the greatest of all Dan tribute bands, played at Psi U. It was an evening never to be forgotten, until now. Beau Bolero has agreed to get back together for one more night during Wesleyan's Reunion Weekend.

Beau Bolero was first discovered by some Psi Brothers who saw an ad for Beau Bolero playing at a small bar, the Second Level in Meriden. What the brothers heard was beyond any expectation, and the word spread about this amazing Dan Band. You won't want to miss this show.

For all you new comers, please make sure you wear your Fez and loafers.

Psi Upsilon

9 P.M.


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

9 P.M.–2 A.M.

Reunion Party at Eclectic featuring The Wombats and Biest

Back by popular demand for their eighth Reunion Weekend performance, The Wombats — John Dunton ’65, Steve Flance ’65, Richard Smith ’65, Brooke Jones ’64, and Lee Robinette ’64 — will bring down the house starting at 9 p.m. with the same great rhythm & blues and rock & roll you heard at Wesleyan in the ’60s.

And… before there were hair bands… before there were drum machines… even before there was Starbucks… there was Biest. The classicalest of classic rock (11 p.m.–2 a.m.) from Paul Edwards ’80, Jeff Green ’80, Dave Stern ’80, and special, surprise guests from across the alumni spectrum! Cash bar (ID required).


10 P.M.

Santigold (Santi White ’97) in Concert: Celebrating the Class of 2010, In Memory of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 and Chase Parr ’10

All are welcome to attend.

Shining Hope for Communities—a Wesleyan student-founded non-profit organization, will build the Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera next to The Kibera School for Girls, which is located in Nairobi Kenya’s Kibera slum—the largest slum in Africa. This clinic is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010 and will serve thousands of residents and save countless lives.

The Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera will be the first community health center in Kibera that is accessible for all residents. The clinic will be a community-driven initiative staffed by expert Kenyan doctors, nurses, and community health workers. In addition to providing treatment, the clinic will undertake extensive public health education campaigns—based out of the Chase Parr Memorial Wellness Reading Room.

To support and learn more about the Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera & Chase Parr Memorial Wellness Reading Room, please visit: Donations of any amount make a tremendous impact! All donations are tax-deductible.

To make a gift to Wesleyan in memory of Johanna or Chase, please go to:

Sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA)

Cash bar (ID required).

Andrus Field Tent