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

Friday, May 20

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Preliminary Schedule for Friday, May 20
8:30 A.M.–2 P.M. Espwesso Cafe Hours

Wesleyan's student-run cafe, offering premium coffee and espresso drinks. Cash only.

Basement, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

9 A.M.–5 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


On Campus Registration

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.

Usdan University Center

10 A.M.

50th Reunion Class of 1961 Discussion

Millett Room, Russell House

10 A.M.–2 P.M. Within These Walls: One House, One Family, Two Centuries

An opening reception for a new exhibit on the General Mansfield House, the families who lived there, and the Middletown they lived in.

Curator: Charlotte Cottier '12

Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street, Middletown

10 A.M.–4 P.M.

Senior Class Diploma Pickup

Members of the Class of 2011 may pick up their diplomas in the Registrar’s Office, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.

Note: Any 2011 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 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 2011.

Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

11:30 A.M.

WESEMINAR How to Learn to Like the Art You Love to Hate

Are you skeptical about the art of the last 100 years? Do you think your child could do it? Simply haven't taken or had the time to investigate it on your own? Or do you like Modern Art and would like an opportunity to enjoy it more?

Art changes constantly. Some of the most interesting ideas at any given time are from artists. Open yourself to the possibility of, if not loving it, liking it.

With intriguing visuals, historical context, deep reading of some choice examples, and a touch of humor, John Hallmark Neff will challenge you to suspend your disbelief long enough to see the substance in and behind the art of our time.

Presenter: John Hallmark Neff '66, a Matisse and Anselm Kiefer scholar, taught 19th and 20th c. history of art at Williams College while completing his Ph. D. from Harvard. A David E. Finley Fellow of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., he directed five museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and built major collections for The First National Bank of Chicago, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the American Medical Association

Andersen Meeting Room (Room 110), Usdan University Center

11:30 A.M. –1:30 P.M.

Welcome Picnic Lunch - SOLD OUT

This event has reached capacity and unfortunately we can't accept on-site registration for the picnic.  Other lunch options include the Wesleyan Farmers' Market (Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center) or any local restaurant.

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 1960) 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.

Tent, Russell House

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 may include: Sweet Memories Bakery, Sugar Maple Farms, Auntie Arwin Spices, Three Sisters Farm, Shoreline Roasters, Urban Oaks Organic Farm, Meriano's Bake Shoppe, River Chocolates, George Hall Farm, and Chaplin Farm.

Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

12:30–1:30 P.M.

Psi Upsilon Luncheon

Psi Upsilon

1 P.M.

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

Kennedy Odede '12 was born and raised in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya-the largest slum in Africa and second largest in the world. The first time Odede ever had extra money, 20 cents in 2005, he bought a soccer ball and started SHOFCO-Kenya, the first organization in Kibera founded and run by slum residents. After his arrival at Wesleyan, Odede and Jessica Posner '09 transformed the organization into an internationally recognized non-profit: Shining Hope for Communities. In 2009, they founded The Kibera School for Girls: the first school exclusively for girls and the only completely free school in the Kibera slum.

Shining Hope has also started The Shining Hope Community Center adjacent to The Kibera School for Girls. The community center makes essential social services such as green-toilets, a library, gardening tools, and job training available to the entire community through The Kibera School for Girls. By investing in health and economic success through a school for girls, Shining Hope demonstrates that benefiting women benefits the whole community, cultivating a community ethos that makes women respected members of society. Shining Hope has recently expanded programs to include Margaret's Safe Place, a boarding facility for students who have been raped or are especially vulnerable to abuse, and the Johanna Justin-Jinich '10 Memorial Clinic, the first community-run health clinic in Kibera that is accessible to all residents. Wesleyan alumni volunteers will present on their year abroad working for the Shining Hope projects, and current Wesleyan students will present how the SHOFCO-Wesleyan chapter supports the work of Shining Hope in Kibera through fundraising, promoting awareness, and volunteerism.

NOTE: At the conclusion of the WESeminar, all are encouraged to exit through the Zelnick Pavilion to view 'Peace Wanted Alive,' an exhibit featuring the work of professional photographer Bella Zanesco, as well as photos taken by students of the Kibera School for Girls. Scenes of life in Kibera, as well as photographs featuring Kibera School for Girls students and community members will be featured. The gallery will be open for viewing through May 23rd.

Presenters: Leah Lucid '10, development director; Arielle Tolman '10, programs director; Ilana Nelson-Greenberg, health services director; Inslee Coddington '10 

Memorial Chapel

1 P.M.

WESEMINAR What, There Are Showers in Space? Yes, Space Weather Affects You, Me, and Things We Depend On

Our Sun is a variable star. Although its brightness in visible wavelengths changes little over time, dramatic changes in other outputs can have severe consequences for us. Sometimes showers of energetic protons from the Sun make it unsafe for astronauts to be outside the shuttle or space station; radiation will be a major problem for astronauts going to Mars. Often, there are million-mile-per-hour ejections of ionized gas and magnetic field; when one of these collides with Earth's magnetic field, sometimes airlines cannot fly the short routes to Asia over the North Pole, folks using GPS for precise positioning have to shut down, communication satellites are at risk, and operators of the nation's electric grid go on high alert to prevent outages.

Predicting and accommodating space weather storms are important. How solar storms occur and how they affect the near-Earth space environment and, as a result, our technological systems, will be the focus of this talk, with examples drawn from several industries.

Presenter: Dr. Ernie Hildner '61 is the former director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center. Under his direction, SEC conducted research and consulted on space weather instrument development for NOAA, NASA, and the US Air Force. Hildner led the Center's transition from a laboratory in NOAA Research into an operational National Center for Environmental Prediction in NOAA's National Weather Service

Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center

1 P.M.

Jumuah Services for the Muslim Community

All are welcome.

Contact: Marwa Aly, Muslim Chaplain

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

1:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR Objects Tell Stories: Community Partnership and Scholarship at Wesleyan

During the spring semester, students in Professor Magda Teter's class on east European Jewish history have been exploring studying history through objects. This was possible thanks to a new partnership developed between Wesleyan and the local congregation Adath Israel. The congregation houses a small, but impressive, collection of Judaica. Students in this class examined, researched, and curated an exhibition using objects related to east European Jewish history. The seminar will showcase the students' work by taking participants on the tour of the exhibition and will aim to highlight the exciting experience such collaboration with a local community can bring.

NOTE: Seating is limited.  Please meet at Broad Street Books and we will walk to the WESeminar together.

Presenter: Magda Teter, Jeremy Zwelling Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Adath Israel's Nester Center, 8 Broad Street

2 P.M. Reception for Sigma Nu Members

All Sigma Nu alumni and their guests are invited to a wine and cheese reception in the former Sigma Nu house (now the University Relations Office).

Hosted by: Gary Miller '56

1st floor, Office of University Relations, 318 High Street

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 several senior theses will be highlighted, 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 process that guided their investigations.

Moderator: Noel R. Garrett, PhD, dean for the class of 2011

Presenters: Michael LeVine '11, chemistry; Rhee-Soo Lee '11, religion; Ellen Bartolini '11, psychology; Davis Knittle '11, English and African-American Studies

Millett Room, Russell House

2 P.M. WESEMINAR Wesleyan's 2012 Reaccreditation

In early fall 2012, Wesleyan will undergo a site visit by a team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions, who will then make a recommendation on our reaccreditation to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In advance of this visit, Wesleyan faculty and administrators will write a 100-page self study; during their visit, the team will evaluate what they see and hear in person in relation to what was said in the self study. To write this self study, faculty and staff are working together, in 11 sub-committees, to identify the core issues and tell Wesleyan's story. We are looking for input from all members of the campus community–including alumni, parents, and community members, as well as students, faculty, and staff–on how to tell Wesleyan's story and how to present our core values. In this seminar, we will give a brief overview of our steps toward reaccreditation, and invite you to add your voice to this process. What issues do you think Wesleyan should highlight? What makes Wesleyan distinctive? What do we do well? What areas have room for improvement?

Presenters: Karen Anderson, associate provost; Ann Wightman, chair of the faculty, professor of history, chair and professor, Latin American studies

Room 113, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

2–3 P.M. Office of Admission Information Session

McKelvey Room, Office of Admission

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.

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

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR Heading for the High Country: Change and Science Fiction

Join members of Wesleyan's former science-fiction club in a conversation about the societal impact of evolving technology and the role played by science fiction. Science fiction has inspired the development of everything from fluorescent lights and weather satellites to the Internet and String Theory. Science fiction does not necessarily predict, but it inspires, and the results of that inspiration feed back into the genre both to motivate and to caution as our technological society progresses.

How will society deal with the science that allows us to triple our life spans, radically improve the IQ of the next generation or provide an almost limitless supply of cheap energy? Utopia or meltdown? Science fiction may not have the answers, but it is asking the right questions.

Reception to follow.

Presenters: Dave Miller '81 P'09 is a former NASA engineer and a co-founder of KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. He currently holds the Wilkonson Chair in Intelligent Systems in the School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. In 1978 he was one of the organizers of the WesSF Club which started during the infamous Battlestar meets Camp David television event. Jack McDevitt MALS '72 is a science-fiction writer who was awarded a Nebula in 2007 for Seeker, which featured McDevitt's futuristic antiquarian, Alex Benedict. His work has been on the final Nebula ballot for nine of the past ten years, including this year for his most recent Benedict novel, Echo.

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR Re-Branding Russia

Russia managed to shake off communist ideology, but twenty years after the Soviet collapse many features of Russia's authoritarian past have resurfaced. Is Russia doomed to follow its own 'special path', characterized by a deep gulf between an uncontrolled state apparatus and a fragmented society? Despite Russia's embrace of market capitalism, the civilizational gap between Russia and its European neighbors has not diminished. Part of the reason lies in Russia's oil and gas wealth. The influx of petrodollars has provided the resources for the repressive state to clamp down on political dissent, and it has fueled the emergence of a free-spending oligarchic class who coexist in uneasy partnership with the Kremlin power elite. The political system is dominated by the figure of Vladimir Putin: understanding his role is key to unraveling the Russian enigma.

Presenter: Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, and a 2010 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Room 121, Exley Science Center

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR Pinnacles of Poetry: Highlights from Wesleyan's Collections

Wesleyan's rich and varied poetry collections reflect the passions, generosity, and intellectual curiosity of alumni donors, faculty, and librarians over the decades. From John Gower's Confessio Amantis (Westminster: Caxton, 1483) to the first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (Brooklyn, 1855) to Beat poet Gregory Corso's shaped poem Bomb (San Francisco: City Lights, 1958) to a fine press edition of Wesleyan faculty member Elizabeth Willis's The Oldest Garden in the World (Northampton, MA: Propolis Press, 2006), there's truly something for everyone. Join Suzy Taraba, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, for a look at some of the pinnacles of Wesleyan's poetry holdings. This WESeminar is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Poetry at Wesleyan on view in Olin Library.

Space is limited to 20 people.

Presenter: Suzy Taraba '77 MALS'10, head of Special Collections and University Archivist

Sponsored by: The Friends of the Wesleyan Library

Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library

3–4 P.M. Jam Session Warm-Up

The Class of 1976 is hosting an open jam session at 7 p.m. at Russell House. Join hosts Tom Kovar '76 and Nat Needle '76 at 3 p.m. to run through your song or learn a group number.  Bring your own instrument or improvise.

Alpha Delta Phi

3–4:15 P.M.

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

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

3–5 P.M.

55th Reunion Reception and Panel Discussion: Fayerweather Fantasies: Athletics at Wesleyan 1952-1956

A humorous, nostalgic, and occasionally accurate reconstruction by a panel of four former jocks who have allegedly showered since 06-10-56, led by Jim Gramentine. Audience participation will be encouraged following the presentation. Indeed, a prize will be given for the most amusing anecdote bearing some resemblance to truth.

For members of the Class of 1956 and their guests. Cash bar.

Shapiro Creative Writing Center, Allbritton 311

4 P.M.

Psi Upsilon Open House

Psi Upsilon

4–5:30 P.M.

Champagne Reception for Graduating Seniors and Their Families

Hosted by: David '78 and Leslie Dannin Rosenthal, parents of James '08 and Elise '11, and other proud parents of the Class of 2011.

Tent, Russell House

4–6 P.M. 5th Reunion Reception 

For members of the Class of 2006 and their guests. Cash bar.

Fauver Frosh Lounge

4–6 P.M. 25th Reunion Reception 

For members of the Class of 1986 and their guests.

Zelnick Pavilion and Patio

4–6 P.M. 60th Reunion Reception 

For members of the Class of 1951 and their guests. Cash bar.

Lounge, Downey House

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

5–6:30 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 1960) 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. Wesleyan Spirits 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

For Spirits alumni, students, and their guests. Please register here.

Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

6 P.M.

President’s Reception and Dinner in Honor of the 50th Reunion Class of 1961 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 P.M.

Second Stage Open House

All alumni, parents, and guests are invited to meet members of Wesleyan's student-run theater production team and tour the Patricelli '92 Theater (formerly Rich Hall, Wesleyan's original library). Since 1973, Second Stage has helped to sponsor well over 600 individual performances. Funded by The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA), with strong ties to the Theater Department, Second Stage provides a variety of services to student directors, choreographers, technicians and performers. Join current and past Second Stage members to share memories and celebrate the rich history of student theater at Wesleyan.

Patricelli ’92 Theater

6–8 P.M.

40th Reunion Reception

For members of the Class of 1971 and their guests. Cash bar.

McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid Office of Admission

7–8:30 P.M.


It probably comes as no surprise that not all Wesleyan graduates go on to become lawyers, doctors, and bankers. Of the diverse array of alternative careers, a few Wesleyan graduates have found their way into stand-up comedy. Wilson McDermut ’86, a comic in New York City, will host this show featuring Wesleyan graduates who, in addition to acting, writing, storytelling, and other forms of comedic expression, have made their mark as stand-up comics. These comedians are guaranteed to make you laugh (and maybe even make you think a little too): Jennifer Blaine '92 (Philadelphia), Calvin Cato ’06 (New York City), Brendan Eyre '05 (New York City), and Todd and Adam Stone ’05 (New York City).

Note:  This event is not ticketed, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

CFA Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)

7–9 P.M.

35th Reunion Reception and Jam Session 

Alumni and guests from all classes are invited to join members of the Class of 1976 for cocktails and a jam session. Bring your own instrument or improvise. Tom Kovar '76 and Nat Needle '76 will be your MC's. Cash bar.

Russell House (all rooms)

7–9 P.M.

45th Reunion Reception 

For members of the Class of 1966 and their guests. Cash bar.

Downey Lounge

7–9 P.M.

30th Reunion Reception and Wine Tasting

Featuring the wines of Nancy Parker Wilson's ’81, P'10 Greenvale Vineyards and and Ariel Rubissow Okamoto's '81 Rubissow Vineyards. For members of the Class of 1981 and their guests.

Zelnick Pavilion and Patio

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.

Hosted by: The Feldman Piltch Family

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

8 P.M.

Wesleyan Spirits 30th Anniversary Closed Rehearsal

Memorial Chapel

8–10 P.M.

15th Reunion Reception 

For members of the Class of 1996 and their guests. Cash bar.

McKelvey Room, Stuart M. Reid Office of Admission

8–10 P.M.

20th Reunion Reception

For members of the Class of 1991 and their guests. Cash bar.

Nicolson Lounge

8:30 P.M.

Tickets On Sale Now! A Benefit Concert for Wesleyan's Green Street Arts Center After School Arts & Science Program

Featuring Jazz Vocalist Tierney Sutton ’86, Flutist Hubert Laws, and Guitarist Larry Koonse

Tierney Sutton was a Russian major at Wesleyan when she first heard the jazz greats and fell in love with their music. She was influenced by the late Bill Barron, jazz saxophonist and former faculty member. Barron brought major jazz performers to campus who opened Tierney's mind to the possibilities of this musical form. It wasn’t until she discovered jazz here that she seriously considered a career as a performer. A scholarship took her to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where within a few years she performed through New England, opening for such notables as Max Roach and the Billy Taylor Trio. Since then, she has performed at many prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Birdland, the Rainbow Room, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The Tierney Sutton Band has been nominated three times for a Grammy in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Recording, the most recent of which was the 2009 recording "Desire".

Internationally renowned flutist Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop, and rhythm-and-blues genres; moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. He has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Japan, Detroit and with the Stanford String Quartet. He has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall, and has performed sold out performances in the Hollywood Bowl with fellow flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and was a member of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras.

Born into a musical family, Larry Koonse has been playing the guitar since he was seven years old. In 1984, Larry was the first recipient of a BM in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. Immediately after graduating from USC Larry toured extensively for six years as a member of the John Dankworth quartet, traveling all across the globe and backing up Cleo Laine. He is currently a member of Billy Child's landmark chamber sextet which just released a CD entitled "Lyric" featuring Brian Blade and received a Grammy nomination for instrumental jazz album of the year. Larry has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990.

Tickets (general admission) on sale now through the Wesleyan University Box Office:

$65 post-performance meet and greet reception with Tierney Sutton ’86 and preferred seating at the performance

$40 performance only

$25 performance only for students and GOLD (graduates of the last decade) Note: For GOLD purchasers, please select the Wesleyan student rate when buying your tickets online

The proceeds from every ticket directly benefit students in Wesleyan's Green Street Arts Center 2011-2012 After School Arts & Science Program.

Performance: Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

Reception for $65 ticket holders: Davison Art Center Courtyard

9 P.M.

Wesleyan Spirits 30th Anniversary Open Rehearsal

Memorial Chapel

9 P.M.

Stargazing - Program Canceled

Due to the iffy weather forecast and the incredibly high humidity, the Astronomy department has decided to cancel the stargazing event for this evening.

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 alumni bands Laura Goldhamer & the Silvernail (with Laura Goldhamer ’06), Kelly McFarling (with Kelly McFarling ’05 and Micah Dubreuil '07), Princess Music (with Laura Goldhamer ’06 and Psyche Cassandra Dunkhase '06), and The Stanky Panthers (Jesse Young ’06 on guitar and vocals, Nat Webb ’06.5 on guitar and vocals, Russell Barlow ’06 on drums, Adam Bernier '06 on bass).

Laura Goldhamer & the Silvernail mixes avant garde with traditional American music and stop-animation films for a "jaw-dropping" show. She has earned numerous accolades, including Westword magazine's 2010 Mastermind Award, given to her for being a "cultural visionary" in the Denver arts community. 

The music of Kelly McFarling has been described as "original rhythm and bluegrass," as it delivers a fresh folk perspective using McFarling's powerhouse vocals, and oldtimey instrumentation. Homegrown and haunting, her music is inspired by hard truths and transitions, landing her in the back rooms of San Francisco bars singing siren songs. or 

Princess Music is an all-star cast of classically trained players, with backgrounds in a spectrum of musical stylings, from chamber music to math metal. The music is both for the heart and the head, with poignant narratives and spiritually evocative content found within classically influenced rock structures. 

The Stanky Panthers started as a one-off band to play a sophomore-year show in the Butts and ended up as a multi-year odyssey of collegiate rock righteousness. Back for a reunion show, The Panthers are excited to once again spread the gospel of dance-friendly garage rock at Wesleyan and hope for a show as crazy as the one they played to an entirely nude crowd in the WestCo Cafe. Bring your friends, and get ready to dance!


10 P.M. - 1 A.M.

Malcolm X House Party

Alumni and graduating seniors are invited to the Malcolm X House for an opportunity to socialize, network, and dance the night away! Cash bar, ID required. Music provided by Soundwavve.

Sponsored by the Class of 1986, Class of 1991, and the Alumni of Color Council

Malcolm X House

10 P.M.–2 A.M. 10th Reunion Welcome Event 

Kick off our Reunion Weekend reliving the jams of DJ Reach and the Sundance Kid!

Mezzo Grill, The Club (2nd Floor), 106 Court Street, Middletown