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

Saturday, May 21

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Preliminary Schedule for Saturday, May 21
8 A.M.

Informal 55th Reunion Breakfast

Join the class for an informal breakfast and talk with Dave ’56 and Beryl Fricke about their years of medical missionary work In Afghanistan. Food and beverages available for purchase at the Usdan Cafe.

Andersen Meeting Room (110), Usdan University Center

8–10 A.M.

Annual Family Swim

Enjoy a morning swim in the Freeman Athletic Center pool. Towels will be provided.

Freeman Athletic Center

8 A.M.–4 P.M.

Pi Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Exley Science Center

8 A.M.–5 P.M.

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Usdan University Center

8 A.M.–1 A.M.

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

8:30 A.M.

Cardinal Loop Fun Run (2.1-, 3.2-, 4.3-Mile Courses)

Start the day off with an exhilarating run through campus.

Meet at the base of Foss Hill

8:30 A.M.

Class of 1981 5K Run

Meet at the base of Foss Hill

8:30 A.M.

Crew Reception and Alumni Row

Relive good times on the water. All former oarsmen, oarswomen, and friends are invited to gather at the boathouse for a morning row.

Macomber Boathouse, 35 Harbor Drive

8:30–9:30 A.M.

Continental Breakfast for Class Agents, Class Secretaries, and Reunion Volunteers

Hosted by Richard P. Swanson '77, Chair of the Wesleyan Fund. Please confirm your attendance with Eileen DeVille at or (860)685-2689.

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

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.

WESEMINAR Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Ocean's Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter

Dr. Ellen Prager presents images and stories from her just released book highlighting the strange cast of characters that live within the oceans' depths and how they are connected to society in everything from our food supply to our economy, in biomedical research, and biotechnology.

From the tiny, but voracious arrow worms whose rapacious ways may lead to death by overeating, lobsters that seduce with their pee, the hagfish that ties itself into a knot to keep from suffocating in its own slime, and the sea slug whose sexual encounters can truly turn into a dangerous liaison due to untimely cannibalism. It's an entertaining ocean tell-all and a realistic look at why we should all care about the loss of species in the sea.

Introduction: Peter Patton, Alan M. Dachs professor of science and chair of Earth & Environmental Studies

Presenter: Dr. Ellen Prager '84 is a marine scientist and author, widely recognized for her expertise and ability to bring science to the layperson. She was formerly the chief scientist for the Aquarius Reef Base program in Key Largo, FL, which includes the world's only undersea research station, and a freelance writer and consultant for clients such as the world-renowned Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, the President's U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Microsoft Research, and Celebrity Cruise Lines

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)

9–11 A.M. Academic Department Open House

FILM STUDIES: Lobby, Center for Film Studies

9:30 A.M. WESEMINAR A Retrospective Look at Wesleyan

Have you ever looked at a photograph and wondered what was happening behind the scenes when it was taken? Come join retired University Photographer Bill Burkhart as he takes a photographic walk through the past twenty years at Wesleyan. He will share many of the shots that he has taken over the years and the stories that are behind them. This is a wonderful opportunity to reminisce with your classmates and learn a new story or two about Wesleyan.

Presenter: Bill Burkhart was the university photographer at Wesleyan from 1991-2011. Known particularly for his portraiture work, he was the principal photographer for Wesleyan magazine and provided images of classrooms, faculty and staff, students at work and play, alumni across the country, and just about every aspect of campus life one could imagine. His work contributed to the magazine's receiving several national awards

Room 103, Allbritton

9:30 A.M. WESEMINAR When the Marching Began: Looking Back at Where We Are Now

This seminar will revisit and reflect on what has and what hasn't changed in American life with respect to civil rights and racial equality in the closing decades of the 20th century. Each panel members will talk about how his life took shape and the direction it went after their time at Wesleyan and their individual experience of change as the 20th century ended and a new one began.

Presenters: Jack Woodbury '61 P'05, retired superintendent of schools and former New Jersey deputy commissioner of education; Robert B. Carey '61, professor of historical and religious studies, former associate dean and dean of graduate programs at SUNY/Empire State College; Dominic J. Squatrito '61, Senior United States District Judge; Jim Thomas '61 P'90, director of People's United Bank, director of United Illuminating Company, trustee of Yale-New Haven Hospital System, retired associate dean of Yale Law School

Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

9:30 A.M. WESEMINAR The Special New York Times Crossword Puzzle That'll Have You Smiling

The clues are clever, so the first thing we have to learn is how to "decipher" them. Once you've got the hang of it, you're hooked. Enjoy the challenge as we solve this unique puzzle together in this 14th WESeminar on crossword puzzles.

Presenter: Ed Stein '60 is a veteran puzzle solver and occasional puzzle constructor for The New York Times. He has taught puzzle-solving courses in adult education and senior centers, and he has conducted sessions on crossword puzzles for Elderhostel

Room 210, Fisk Hall

10 A.M.

WESEMINAR The Wesleyan Media Project's 2010 Analysis of Political Advertising - This event will be webcast.

The midterm election in 2010 was anything but ordinary. The battle for control of U.S. Congress featured nearly 1.6 million political ad airings nationally at a record breaking cost of $735 million, a 61 percent increase over 2008. The Wesleyan Media Project, supported by grants from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Sunlight Foundation, Wesleyan University, and its partner institutions, tracked and analyzed all political ads aired on television in real-time throughout the fall election cycle. Information disseminated by the project was carried on virtually every major media outlet and over 100 unique outlets nationwide. Join us for an inside look at how we do what we do.

Introduction: Alberto Ibargüen '66 P'97 HON'11, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, chairman of the board of the Web Foundation in Geneva, former publisher of The Miami Herald and emeritus board member of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Presenter: Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government

Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Science Center 

10 A.M.

WESEMINAR 'Could This Be Something Serious?' Doctors, Patients and Patient-Centered Care

Effective health care depends on being "patient-centered"--involving patients and their families in care and honoring their unique needs and preferences. Patient-centered care depends on healing relationships and clear, empathic communication. However, patient-centered care is threatened by the structure of health care institutions, health care professionals' failure to understand patients' needs, and patients' own expectations about health care.

Using provocative examples and videos from research exploring the patient-doctor relationship, this seminar will focus on issues such as how health-related information should be shared in clinical contexts, the role of patient empowerment, how doctors and patients make difficult decisions, and how self-awareness can contribute to healing relationships.

Presenter: Ron Epstein '76 P'11 is a professor of family medicine, psychiatry, oncology and nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and board-certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. He is a recipient of the Lynn Payer Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for lifetime achievement in communication research and has been a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Health Studies in Barcelona, Spain, and a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney.

Room 116, Judd Hall

10 A.M.

WESEMINAR Thinking Critically about the Environment

Regardless of one's opinions about issues such as climate change or carbon taxes, it is clear that environmental issues will dominate national and international politics and news over the next century. To fully prepare students to participate effectively in these important discussions, Wesleyan has taken a major step to support environmental research, communication, teaching, and policy development, with its Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment (COE). Come hear short presentations of senior thesis research from two of our graduating environmental studies majors and the exciting details of the Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment.

Moderator: Barry Chernoff, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, and director of the College of the Environment

Millett Room, Russell House 

10 A.M.

WESEMINAR The State of Queer Connecticut

Connecticut has recently undergone changes that respond to the current national climate regarding queer identity. This panel will reflect a portion of the wide range of issues reflecting Connecticut's queer community and allies. Please join us for a discussion of recent developments in Connecticut as well as adversities the queer community continues to face. Continental breakfast served.

Moderator: Claire Potter, Professor of History and American Studies

Presenters: Campbell Barrett, co-author of Same Sex Marriage; Robin McHaelen, executive director of True Colors, a sexual minority youth and family service provider; The Reverend Debra W. Haffner '76, Executive Director,  Religious Institute, Faithful Voices on Sexuality and Religion 

Organized by Wesleyan's Green Street Arts Center

Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street 

10 A.M.

Mystical Seven Society Annual Meeting

Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn, near the Center for the Americas

10 A.M.

Skull and Serpent Society Annual Meeting

The Tomb

10 A.M.

Reunion Memorial Service

The service remembers all alumni and specifically honors those who passed away during the past year. Individuals are invited to offer personal remembrances.

Officiant: Megan Lloyd Joiner '01, MDiv Chaplain Resident, Pastoral Care and Education New York Presbyterian Hospital

Memorial Chapel

10 A.M.

Celebration of the Jones Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Women's Athletics at Wesleyan

Dave ’51 and Ann Jones P'83 P'86 invite alumni, student athletes, and guests to celebrate thirty-two years of Jones Award recipients and to honor the 2011 recipients. All are welcome.

Main Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

10 –11:30 A.M.

Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) Celebration & Reception

Join Shining Hope volunteers, members of the Board, and other supporters for a celebration of an incredible past year in Kibera, Kenya! With the overwhelming support of the Wesleyan community last spring, the health center honoring Johanna Justin-Jinich '10 turned into a reality this winter, and is now serving 50-80 patients a day. The Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic is just one of many projects that has been a success this year. Wesleyan alumni and volunteers will share their stories of volunteering for the projects in Kibera. Please join us for this special opportunity to hear from the Wesleyan community behind Shining Hope, to celebrate recent accomplishments, and to get excited for another year ahead!

Presenters: Leah Lucid '10, Development Director; Arielle Tolman '10, Programs Director; Ilana Nelson-Greenberg, Health Services Director; Rob Rosenthal, Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, Secretary of the Board of Directors of SHOFCO 

Tent (with yellow flag), near Alpha Delta Phi

10 A.M.–NOON Academic Programs and Departments Open Houses


ARCHAEOLOGY: Lounge, Downey House

CLASSICAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House

DANCE: Davison Art Center Courtyard

MEDIEVAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House

MUSIC: Davison Art Center Courtyard

THEATER: Davison Art Center Courtyard

10 A.M.–1 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.

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

10:30 A.M.

WESEMINAR Immigration Policy, Principles and Politics

Immigration has been difficult and contentious throughout the history of the United States. As an issue, it combines enormous technical complexity with emotionally charged concerns about ethnicity and race. What are the historical, global and local contexts for understanding current debates over immigration to the United States? How do native-born citizens and newly arrived immigrants understand each other? What principles are at stake in competing proposal for reforming immigration policy and what are the prospects for a breakthrough?

Join Noah Pickus for a discussion of his experiences addressing immigration at the local and national levels and to share your experiences and perspectives.

Presenter: Noah Pickus '86 is the director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and associate research professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University. He is the co-director of the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable and his publications include True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism and Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century

Room 004, Exley Science Center  

10:30 A.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: Amanda Sweeny '11, classical civilizations/medieval studies; Nora Vogel '11, environmental studies; Jessica Bowen '11, government; Harrison Schaaf '11, East Asian studies; CaVar Reid '11, African American studies

Room 002, Public Affairs Center   

10:30 A.M.

WESEMINAR Collecting Photographs: Ellen G. D'Oench and the Growth of a Collection

When Ellen G. D'Oench, affectionately known as "Puffin," was appointed Curator of the Davison Art Center in 1979, photographs were only beginning to be accepted as a serious art form. Building on the work begun by previous Curator Richard Field, over the next 19 years, D'Oench added more than 4,000 photographs to the collection, about two-thirds of the total today. With foresight, wide-ranging curiosity, and the help of many dedicated supporters of Wesleyan, D'Oench gathered a significant collection of photographs. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition at the Davison Art Center, this panel discussion will consider the rise of photography as a field for collecting, the pleasures of hunting for photographs, and the role of photographs in teaching. Above all, the panel will remember a master teacher, colleague, and friend.

Congratulations to Philip '56 and Ina Trager P'81 GP'11 and Michael D. '81 and Mariella G. M. Trager P'11, who will be presented with a Wesleyan University Service Award at this WESeminar.

Moderators: Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Jane A. Seney professor of Greek and professor of classical studies. He is the author of Atget's Churches (1992) and co-author of Antiquity and Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (2005); Clare Rogan, curator, Davison Art Center

Panelists: Karl Kusserow '86 is curator of American art at the Princeton University Art Museum and a lecturer in art & archaeology. He is a specialist in American art before 1945 and his publications include Picturing Power: The New York Chamber of Commerce, Portraiture and its Uses (2011); Joanne Lukitsh '76, professor of the history of art, Mass College of Art and Design, has published on many topics in the history of photography, particularly on the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron; Philip Trager '56 P'81 GP'11 and Ina Trager P'81 GP'11. Philip Trager has published numerous books of his photography, including The Villas of Palladio (1986) and Dancers (1992). In 2009-2010, a retrospective exhibition of his work was organized by the Library of Congress and held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

10:30 A.M.

WESEMINAR A Short Workshop to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

You negotiate every day. Meanwhile, scholars at Wharton, Harvard and elsewhere are thinking hard about best negotiation practices. Steve Blum has been teaching negotiation to MBAs, undergraduates, and executive education students at Wharton for 18 years. He will lead you in a short, interactive workshop designed at Wharton to highlight some of those best practices and help you sharpen your skills. Steve has modified this seminar to ensure that it will also be fun and entertaining.

Presenter: Steven G. Blum '81, JD EDM LLM is a teacher and consultant originally trained as a lawyer. Blum has been teaching in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania for the past eighteen years and has been a visiting professor at the ALBA Graduate Business School in Athens, Greece since 1996.

Room 121, Exley Science Center

11 A.M. College of the Environment Reception

Russell House

11 A.M. International Student-Family Welcome Brunch

Center for the Arts Courtyard (Rain site: Butterfield A413 and Butterfield A414)

11 A.M.

WESEMINAR Writing at Wesleyan and the Wesleyan Writers Conference: Media, Men, and The Internet: Are We Addicted to Stories of Men Behaving Badly?

Join a provocative discussion with journalist Tom Matlack. Recent stories in The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, and Slate announce "the end of (good) men." Such pieces, often written by women, have become Internet sensations, as have tales of Tiger Woods and Charlie Sheen. What are the issues here, Matlack asks, and what shapes such stories? A coming gender war? New roles for men and women in the 21st century? New roles for the media?

Moderator: Anne Greene, adjunct professor of English, director of writing programs, director of the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and a 2006 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenter: Tom Matlack '86 is the founder of The Good Men Project and has blogs on Men's Health and Huffington Post. His work has appeared in Jezebel, The Boston Globe, Penthouse, Rowing News, and Wesleyan among many other publications. He founded and ran Megunticook Management, a venture capital firm, for a decade, and prior to that was the chief financial officer of The Providence Journal who took that company public and sold it in 1996.

Taylor Meeting Room (Room 108), Usdan University Center

11 A.M.

WESEMINAR The Great Recession and the Receding Rights and Powers of the Guaranteed American Middle Class

The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression has resulted in calls across the country by Republican and Democratic governors for billions of dollars in concessions and givebacks from public employee unions. In Wisconsin, governor-sponsored legislation proposes to revoke public employees right to unionize. New Jersey's governor has stated that "unions are trying to break the middle class." Have unions overstayed their welcome? Can public employees legally be stripped of their right to unionize?

As states struggle to balance their budgets, school teachers, police officers, fire fighters and other public servants seek to retain the privileges attendant to the American middle class that unions have historically offered their members.

Ronald Schatz, a scholar on the history of unions in America; Thomas Brockett, an attorney with experience representing unions and serving as a former officer of the once dismantled air traffic controllers' union; and Joseph Summa, a labor law attorney who has represented the executive branch and management in negotiations with public employee and private unions- will discuss the history of the union movement and the effect that their growth and retreat has on state budgets and this country's socio-economic structure. Attendees will gain insight on the legal wranglings likely to unfold in this historic tug-of-war between crippling state budget deficits and workers that serve the citizens of those states.

NOTE: There will be an opportunity for networking just prior to the WESeminar, 10:30-11 a.m., in the lobby just outside of ESC 58.

Presenters: Ronald W. Schatz, professor of history; Thomas M. Brockett, Esq. '87; and Joseph B. Summa, Esq. '71

Organized by: The Wesleyan Lawyers Association

Room 58, Exley Science Center 

11:15 A.M.

Assemble for the Annual Parade of Classes

Seniors and their families are invited to join alumni for this traditional Wesleyan festivity featuring a live Dixieland band (with special guest Evan Drutman '86 on trumpet) and Hardy Spoehr '66 on the bagpipes. The parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and is followed immediately by the Assembly and Annual Meeting.

Lawn in front of North and South College (towards High Street)

11:30 A.M.–1 P.M. Academic Program and Department Open Houses


ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

EAST ASIAN STUDIES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

11:30 A.M.–2 P.M.

Wesleyan's Green Street Arts Center Open House

Join the students and staff of Green Street for an Open House like no other! Tours led by After School Students, Wesleyan Volunteers and Staff include a visit to our world-class recording studio, performances by the Fresh Obsessed Team, and opportunities to meet our fabulous teaching artists. Shuttle service available.

Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street


Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Annual Meeting Featuring Theodore M. Shaw ’76: "Reflections on the Continuing Journey of Wesleyan's American Bicentennial Class: Privilege, Opportunity, and Debt" - This event will be webcast

Including the presentation of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards and Outstanding Service Awards.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Jack Mitchell '61

Michael S. Yamashita '71

Theodore M. Shaw '76

Michael B. Bay '86

Tierney M. Sutton '86


Outstanding Service Award Recipients

David P. Jones, Sr. '51, P'83, P'86

Allan F. Williams '61, P'89


Featured Speaker and Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient
Theodore M. Shaw '76

Theodore Shaw, professor of professional practice in law at Columbia Law School, is a leading national voice on civil rights. A former director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), he is also of counsel to the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

While at LDF, Mr. Shaw was lead counsel in a coalition representing African-American and Latino students in Gratz v. Bollinger, which challenged affirmative action practices in undergraduate admissions at the University of Michigan. It went before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003, along with Grutter v. Bollinger, which challenged similar practices at the University of Michigan Law School.

As a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division from 1979 to 1982, Mr. Shaw litigated civil rights cases at the trial and appellate levels and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He currently serves on the Legal Advisory Network of the European Roma Rights Council based in Budapest, Hungary.

Mr. Shaw, who earned his JD from Columbia in 1979, has taught at the University of Michigan, Temple University, and the City University of New York law schools. He received the Wien Prize for Social Responsibility from Columbia Law School, the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Award from the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Baldwin Medal from Wesleyan's Alumni Association.

Mr. Shaw has twice served as a Wesleyan trustee, from 1986 to 1989, and from 1991 to 2003.

Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient
Jack Mitchell '61

Jack Mitchell is chairman and CEO of the Mitchells Family of Stores, a three-generation family business that operates men's and women's specialty stores. Under his leadership, the stores have become nationally renowned for their personal service.

After earning his BA in history with honors at Wesleyan, he completed a master's at the University of California, Berkeley. He then joined the family business, Ed Mitchell, Inc., which was founded by his parents and later became Mitchells of Westport. In 1995, Mitchells acquired Richards, in Greenwich, Connecticut, and in 2006, added Marshs of Long Island. In 2009, Mitchells also acquired Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco and Palo Alto.

Mr. Mitchell is an active sales leader on the floor, "listening and learning," he says, alongside his brother Bill, wife Linda, his four sons, and three nephews.

In 2003, he launched a second career as a speaker and an author. His first book, Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results, received rave reviews in both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. The straightforward advice–provide stellar customer service–found a highly receptive audience. He soon earned a reputation as an inspiring and passionate speaker, keynoting for such corporations as Morgan Stanley, Conde Nast, Nike, and Starbucks, as well as for Harvard University.

In 2008, Mr. Mitchell published his second book, Hug Your People: The Proven Way to Hire, Inspire, and Recognize Your Employees to Achieve Remarkable Results, in which he offers a business blueprint that forms the basis for a successful organization. The wisdom he shares, coupled with his stores' success during a recession, has garnered considerable media attention. He is widely recognized as being among the top ten most influential retail executives of the last decade. Forbes has highlighted him in its business video series, and he is listed as one of INC. magazine's most fascinating entrepreneurs.

Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient
Michael S. Yamashita '71

Photographer Michael Yamashita has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel. After graduating from Wesleyan with a degree in Asian studies, he spent seven years in Asia, which became his photographic area of specialty. His work has taken him to six continents, and he has often retraced the paths of famous travelers.

His feature documentary, The Ghost Fleet, inspired by his National Geographic story about the 15th-century Admiral Zheng He, won the Best Historical Documentary prize at the New York International Independent Film Festival, and his National Geographic Channel documentary, Marco Polo: The China Mystery Revealed, based on his three-part magazine story, received two Asian Television and Film Awards. It also was included in the top 20 most popular NG Channel documentaries of the decade.

Mr. Yamashita has received numerous industry awards, including those from the Pictures of the Year, Photo District News, the New York Art Directors Club, and the Asian-American Journalists Association. Major exhibits of his work have opened throughout Asia, in Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Taipei and Singapore, as well as in Rome, Venice, Frankfurt, and Perpignan, France. His work has been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles and at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

He has published nine books, among them The Great Wall From Beginning to End; New York: Flying High; Zheng He: Tracing the Epic Voyages of China's Greatest Explorer; Japan: The Soul of a Nation; Marco Polo, A Photographer's Journey; and Mekong: A Journey on the Mother of Waters.

Mr. Yamashita lives with his family in rural New Jersey, where he maintains a studio and is an active volunteer fireman.

Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient
Michael B. Bay '86

After launching his career as an award-winning commercial and music video director, Michael Bay quickly emerged as one of Hollywood's boldest and most successful film directors. He has been dazzling audiences since his first feature film, Bad Boys, in 1995, which became Columbia Pictures' top-grossing film of that year. A year later, he directed The Rock, which took in more than $335 million worldwide, followed by two more box-office triumphs, Armageddon (1998) and Pearl Harbor (2001).

Mr. Bay's exciting live-action 2007 blockbuster Transformers grossed more than $700 million worldwide and has become Dreamworks' biggest film franchise. His Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) was even more successful at the box office. His latest movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, unveils in summer 2011.

Bay Films is one of the most innovative production companies in Hollywood today. In 2001, Mr. Bay joined producers Brad Fuller '87 and Andrew Form to create Platinum Dunes, a company that makes films with budgets under $20 million and gives talented commercial and video directors the chance to make features. Their first offering, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a re-imagining of the 1974 cult classic, opened to top-notch reviews. He and two partners also have purchased one of the film industry's premier digital effects houses, Digital Domain, which is expanding into video games.

Mr. Bay's music videos for such acts as Meat Loaf, Aerosmith, Tina Turner, Donny Osmond, and the DiVinyls won him recognition and awards. His first television spot for the American Red Cross was honored with a Clio in 1992. He directed some of the best known and most acclaimed advertising campaigns in the world, including those for Nike, Budweiser, Coca Cola, Reebok, Miller, and Victoria's Secret. In 1995 at age 27, he was honored by the Directors Guild of America as Commercial Director of the Year.

He won the Grand Prix Clio for Commercial of the Year for the irreverent "Got Milk?/Aaron Burr" commercial. His famous "Got Milk" campaign now resides in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient
Tierney M. Sutton '86

Tierney Sutton is a three-time Grammy nominee for "Best Jazz Vocal Album." For the past 17 years, she has led the Tierney Sutton Band as a unit that makes all business decisions together. They tour throughout the world and have headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. For 11 years she taught in the jazz studies department at the University of Southern California, and in 2008, she became the chair of the vocal department at Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, California.

Since 1998, she has recorded eight acclaimed jazz albums, including the 2009 Grammy-nominated CD Desire. The New York Times reviewer Stephen Holden wrote that she exemplifies "a serious jazz artist, who takes performance to another level." He described her as having a "light, pitch-perfect voice" marked by a "pure flutelike sound that can be inflected any number of ways, from a sassy nasality to a deeper, fuller contralto."

The Tierney Sutton Band has received a JazzWeek Award for Vocalist of the Year and consecutive nominations for Jazz Journalist Association Awards, recorded several No. 1 CDs on jazz radio, and garnered critical praise throughout the world. The band has played and recorded with a diverse array of music legends including Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Placido Domingo, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, and countless others. BusinessWeek called the band's album On The Other Side "a masterpiece ... eloquent, honest and magnificently sung and played."

At Wesleyan, Ms. Sutton majored in Russian studies but became captivated by jazz after she met Wesleyan's late faculty member and jazz musician Bill Barron. She subsequently studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1998, she was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition for emerging jazz singers.

Ms. Sutton has been a Baha'i since 1981 and explains the band's arranging style as "based on the principle of consultation. There is a sense that what we do is essentially a spiritual thing and everyone's voice needs to be heard."

Outstanding Service Award Recipient
David P. Jones '51, P'83, P'86

David Jones, an indefatigable, energetic, and inspirational Wesleyan volunteer, was awarded a Wesleyan University Service Award in 1991. In the 20 years since, he has only strengthened his commitment to his alma mater, continuing service as devoted class agent, Reunion chair, and pillar of the Class of 1951. A German major as an undergraduate, he played soccer, squash, and tennis.

While he began his career in finance, earning an MBA at Columbia University, he soon became a teacher of English in the Norwalk/Stratford/Fairfield school systems. He received a master's degree in education from the University of Bridgeport and served on the local school board. Later he returned to his business career, remaining active on numerous community boards and organizations as well.

These diverse interests have been the focus for his involvement with Wesleyan: as a former teacher, he is an insightful admission volunteer, helping prospective students to articulate their goals and the admission office to assess their candidacies. His expertise in financial matters informed his service as a highly effective class agent for the Wesleyan Fund over several decades.

A three-sport Wesleyan athlete, he has helped lead Wesleyan in supporting its female scholar-athletes in the post-Title Nine era. He and his wife, Ann (Jennings) Jones, established the Jones Athletic Awards, given annually to one member of each Wesleyan women's teams to celebrate effort, achievement, and teamwork. Additionally, he has regularly served as Reunion co-chair, gathering the class to celebrate history and friendships.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones–who both have Wesleyan alumni in their family tree–live in Fairfield, Connecticut, and Oldsmar, Florida. They are the parents of David P. Jones Jr. '83 and Lisa Jones Chung '86. Mr. Jones's late father, Vincent Weaver, Class of 1911, would have celebrated his 100th Reunion this weekend.

Outstanding Service Award Recipient
Allan F. Williams '61, P'89

Allan Williams '61 is a social psychologist whose research has profoundly influenced highway safety in the United States. An active and loyal Wesleyan alumnus, he has served as chair or co-chair of nearly all his class reunions, including his 50th this weekend. He is a steadfast supporter of the University's wrestling team, of which he once was captain, and has served as a class agent and member of the Wesleyan Fund National Committee. In 2006, he received Wesleyan's Distinguished Alumni Award.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Williams was captain of the wrestling team and a New England intercollegiate wrestling champion. He also sang in a Wesleyan quartet, the Jibers, and was elected to the Mystical Seven.

After earning a PhD from Harvard University in 1965, he began a distinguished research career at both public and private organizations. In 1972, he joined the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit group in Virginia, retiring as its chief scientist in 2004. He now consults and lectures on highway safety.

Mr. Williams has published hundreds of journal articles and lectured worldwide on occupant restraints, alcohol-impaired driving, and young drivers. His research paved the way for graduated driver licensing systems, of which he is often called "the grandfather." His work also has served as the scientific underpinning for laws governing child restraints, seat belt use, and minimum drinking ages.

In 2002, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave him a special public service award. He also has received the Widmark Award from the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety.

Mr. Williams and his wife of 45 years, Wendy, live in Bethesda, Maryland, and have three sons–David '89, Eric, and Andrew–and eight grandchildren.

Memorial Chapel


Special Collections and Archives Open House

Drop in at the University’s Special Collections and Archives to remember your student days—yearbooks, The Argus, Hermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials are all here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.

Special Collections and Archives and Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Memorial Library

1–2:30 P.M. Academic Department Open House


ENGLISH: Lounge, Downey House

1–3 P.M.

President’s Lunch in Honor of the WESeniors – Classes of 1932 Through 1960

By invitation only.

Patricelli ’92 Theater

1–3 P.M.

All-College Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill

This lively festival of entertainment and games is a great place to connect with friends and family members between WESeminars and other weekend programs. Don’t miss the magic show, face painting, tattoos, caricaturist drawings, and more. Lunches are portable and can be picked up on your way to Foss Hill, afternoon WESeminars, or other events and destinations.

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). All other reunion classes and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following if they register for lunch.

$10 per person for adults and children (including graduates)

If you plan to have lunch, please register here.

Tent, Andrus Field and Foss Hill

1–3 P.M.

WESEMINAR 5,000 Women

A\This is a satellite production of a project called "5,000 Women" whose mission is to have 5,000 women artists performing in tandem. The name comes from the fact that every hour 5,000 women are giving birth at the same time throughout the world. "5,000 Women" honors that amazing creativity, by showcasing the creativity of women artists. The performance will include singer-songwriters, comedians, dancers, actresses, spoken word artists, independent films by independent filmmakers, and one-woman shows. Come sample the dazzling array of creativity of Wesleyan alumnae.

Performers: Naaz Hosseini '74, Aleta Staton '80, Heidi Kole, Lisa Porter '86, Jennifer Blaine '92, Elizabeth Liang '92, Nafeesa Monroe '94, Karen Gross '01, and Stephanie Fungsang '08

Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema) 

1–3 P.M. Academic Departments Open Houses


ECONOMICS: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

GERMAN STUDIES: Room 403, Fisk Hall

GOVERNMENT: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

HISTORY: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

PSYCHOLOGY: Shapiro Creative Writing Center, Allbritton 311

RELIGION: Tent, Religious Studies

SOCIOLOGY: Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn

1:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR The Obesity Epidemic in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities

Approximately 17% of children and adolescents and 30% of adults in the United States are now obese. Furthermore, the costs of obesity in 2008 amounted to almost 10% of the national disease care budget. These costs reflect the major contribution that obesity makes to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. In this seminar Bill Dietz will examine the factors that have contributed to the epidemic of obesity in the U.S., and describe strategies underway to change the environments that have contributed to it.

Presenter: Bill Dietz '66, MD, PhD is the director of the division of nutrition and physical activity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC. Prior to his appointment at the CDC, he was a professor of pediatrics at the Tuft's University School of Medicine and director of clinical nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals

Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Science Center 

1:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR What Good Is A Red Tent If You Hate Camping? Reflections on 21st Century Jewish Motherhood - This event will be webcast.

Ayelet Waldman, novelist and author of Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace, will discuss the perilous imbalance of contemporary motherhood, with a particular emphasis on the pleasures and challenges of being a Nerf-spined, guilt-ridden Jewish Mother in an iron-willed, Tiger Mother world.

Introduction: Dalit Katz, adjunct assistant professor of religion and of Jewish and Israel studies

Presenter: Ayelet Waldman '86 is the author of Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Daughter's Keeper and the Mommy-Track Mysteries.

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107) 

1:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR From Idea to Impact in 18 Months: the Journey of Music National Service

Kiff Gallagher is founder and CEO of Music National Service (MNS), a nonprofit organization that supports the use of music as a strategy for public good. MNS serves as leader in the field of music-based service through direct programs, public education and leadership development. MusicianCorps, MNS's flagship program, trains and places musicians to serve full-time as teachers and mentors in low-performing public schools, youth centers, hospitals and other high-need community settings. Gallagher will discuss the triumphs and challenges he experienced when launching a national social enterprise in the midst of a economic recession and the demonstrated impact of music-based initiatives in education, youth development, healthcare and social entrepreneurship.

Presenter: Kiff Gallagher '91 has led a creative and dedicated career of service, entrepreneurship and music. Soon after graduating from Wesleyan, he joined the White House legislative team that created AmeriCorps while moonlighting with his funk band and volunteering as a youth mentor. He recently served on President Obama's National Arts Policy Committee and as an advisor to the Presidential Transition

Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC) 

1:30 P.M. Magic Show

For children of all ages!

Andrus Field

1:30–3 P.M. Academic Department Open House



1:30–3:30 P.M. Academic Programs and Departments Open Houses


AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas


PHILOSOPHY: Russell House


LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas

1:30–3:30 P.M.

Reunion Class Photos

Group photos of the Reunion Classes of 1961–1986 will be taken at this time. Alumni who pre-register for a photo in advance of the weekend will receive free shipping ($4 for unframed prints and $15 for framed prints). Alumni should follow the class links below for this special savings. All are encouraged to browse through the Panfoto website where you can view earlier reunion class photos along with special Wesleyan images–all for purchase.

1986 - 1:50 P.M.

1981 - 2:50 P.M.

1976 - 2:30 P.M.

1971 - 2:10 P.M.

1966 - 3:10 P.M.

1961 - 1:30 P.M.

Denison Terrace (behind Olin Memorial Library)

2 P.M. SteveSongs Concert

Don't miss this appearance by Steve Roslonek '93, also known as SteveSongs or Mr. Steve (PBS Kids). Learn more and listen to some songs at

Andrus Field

2 P.M.

WESEMINAR Innovation & Tradition in Japanese Printmaking: Lecture and Demonstration

Keiji Shinohara, acclaimed contemporary master print maker, will demonstrate and discuss the spirit and creative process of ukiyo-e printmaking, as well as introduce his own work, which is included in numerous private and museum collections in Japan and the United States. The ukiyo-e style is a 1,000 year-old woodblock printing tradition that usually depicts landscapes and beautiful women. The word ukiyo refers to the world of common people, and e means "picture." There will be several of Shinohara's prints on display in the demonstration room.

Presenter: Keiji Shinohara, artist-in-residence, East Asian studies

Mary Houghton Freeman Room, Freeman Center for East Asian Studies 

2–3 P.M.

Grandparents Dessert Reception

Join grandparents and their graduating seniors for a dessert reception. Enjoy remarks by Wesleyan staff members and a student a cappella performance. NOTE: Due to space restrictions, we respectfully ask that only graduating seniors and their grandparents who RSVP'd by May 6, attend this event as it has reached capacity. We regret that we are no longer able to accept responses. 

Congratulations to Jeffrey Compton P'11, who will be presented with a Wesleyan University Service Award at this reception.

Hosted by: Jeff Compton P'11

Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

2–4 P.M. Academic Departments Open Houses


ANTHROPOLOGY: Anthro, Room 6

ART & ART HISTORY: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts

*Note: The Art & Art History Open House is part of the Theses Art Exhibition Reception

BIOLOGY: Terrace, Exley Science Center

CHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Terrace, Exley Science Center

COLLEGE OF LETTERS: COL Lounge, Butterfield C


MATHEMATICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center



PHYSICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center


RUSSIAN: Lounge, Romance Languages


2–4 P.M.

5th Reunion Kickball Tournament

Jackson Field (formerly North Field)

2–4 P.M.

Thesis Art 2011 Exhibition Reception

Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2011's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Studio Art Program. Thesis students are invited to select a single work to represent them in this year-end exhibition of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture curated by Kristina Newman-Scott. Curator Talk at 2:30pm. This event also serves as the Open House for the Department of Art & Art History.

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts

2:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR Michael Bay: Action, Advertising, Music Videos and Blockbuster Success

Michael Bay, award-winning director of The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers series, broke into the business one week after finishing film school-first directing music videos for Meat Loaf, Aerosmith, and Tina Turner, and commercials for the American Red Cross, Nike, Budweiser, Coca Cola, Reebok and others. He won the coveted Best Music Video award in 1992 and 1999 and the Clio for best television spot in 1992. At the young age of 27, Bay was honored by the Director's Guild of America as Commercial Director of the Year, becoming the youngest director to have won nearly every award bestowed by the advertising industry. His "Got Milk? Aaron Burr" commercial won the Gran Prix Clio, was voted into the top ten classic spots of all time, and resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Bay owns a digital effects house and is expanding into the production of video games.

Introduction: Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, chair of the Film Studies Department, curator of the Cinema Archives, and a 1996 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenter: Michael Bay '86, award-winning director of The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers series

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies 

2:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR Conversation with Anne Martin, Wesleyan's Chief Investment Officer

Please join us for a discussion of Wesleyan's endowment with Chief Investment Officer Anne Martin. Prior to joining Wesleyan in August, 2010, Ms. Martin served as one of six directors of Yale's endowment, where she had primary oversight of Yale's venture capital, energy and commodities investments. She will be joined by Adam Usdan '83 who can offer his perspective as a member of Wesleyan's Board of Trustees and chair of the Investment Committee.

Presenter: Anne Martin, chief investment officer, Wesleyan University

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center 

2:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR Work on Purpose: Create a Career that Matters

Do you wake up energized by the prospect of beginning your workday? Does your job make you feel alive? Are you in alignment with your life's greatest purpose? If not, it may be time for you to learn how to develop a career that has meaning.

It is possible for you to craft a career that is both personally fulfilling and has positive societal impact. However, to do so, you must learn how to utilize both your passion and your best talents.

In this interactive, group workshop, Lara Galinsky, author of Work on Purpose, and Senior Vice President of Echoing Green-a celebrated nonprofit with the bold mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world's biggest problems-shares what she's learned from successful change-makers about how they have developed meaningful careers. You will be challenged by thought-provoking questions that will help you identify your sharpest skills and innate gifts as well as what moves you most deeply. You will leave the workshop with a simple, yet powerful, framework for developing a career that aligns your heart with your head.

Presenter: Lara Galinsky '96 is senior vice president of Echoing Green, the perfect laboratory in which to study meaningful work. Echoing Green offers seed funding fellowships to the world's most promising social entrepreneurs, having invested $30 million in funding to over 500 visionaries from around the world. For more information on Work on Purpose, visit:

Room 116, Judd Hall 

2:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR Reinterpreting (Her)Story: Women of the USO and a Female Richard III

Please join senior theater majors Samantha Joy Pearlman and Emma Sherr-Ziarko as they present excerpts of the performance components of their Honors Theses in Acting. As part of Pearlman's research of the female performers in the United Service Organization's (USO) Camp Show Inc, Pearlman wrote and compiled a show entitled Devotedly, Sincerely Yours based on found text about the lives of female USO entertainers, as well as the radio broadcasts designed to boost morale of the US servicemen in World War II. With the help of senior music major Ian Coss and an eight-piece student band, she sings music from the '40s as she tells the story of a girl going overseas to entertain in the "Theater of War." After performing excerpts, she will discuss her process in her archival research and creation of a new theatrical work.

Sherr-Ziarko's thesis is a study of the Western theatrical Villain, and for the performance portion she portrayed the title character in the Wesleyan Theater Department's production of William Shakespeare's Richard III directed by David Jaffe. Sherr-Ziarko will perform excerpts from this play that focus on Richard's relationship with women of power, featuring Sabina Friedman-Seitz as Lady Anne, Arielle Levine as Margaret, and Samantha Pearlman as Queen Elizabeth.

Presenters: Samantha Joy Pearlman '11, Emma Sherr-Ziarko '11, Ian Coss '11, Sabina Friedman-Seitz '11, and Arielle Levine '11

Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

NOTE: This event is part of the "5,000 Women" festival

2:30 P.M.

Freeman Scholars Reception

Freeman Scholars and their families, friends, and alumni are invited to a program honoring the Freeman Scholars of the Class of 2011.

Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library

3 P.M.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Alumni Reception

Please join members of the LGBTQ Alumni Network, parents and friends as we welcome graduating seniors to the alumni community.

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

3–4:30 P.M.

Eclectic and Phi Nu Theta Alumni Reception

Eclectic undergraduates welcome all Eclectics and Socrats back for the annual Commencement reception and meeting (meeting is at 5 p.m.). Reminisce about the glory days, see old housemates and the newly refurbished GOTE room, and enjoy a glass of punch. Visit to sign up for an account to receive a free newsletter and reconnect with your old pals.


3 P.M.

WESEMINAR Gamelan Workshop

Dominated by colorful, bronze percussion instruments, the Gamelan ensemble features gongs, bronze and wooden xylophones, two-headed drums, a female soloist, and a male chorus. Some of the instruments date back to the 12th century in Java, an Indonesian island located between Sumatra and Bali. Get some real experience playing the Gamelan in this lively, hands-on workshop.

Presenter: Sumarsam MA'76, adjunct professor of music

World Music Hall, Center for the Arts 

3 P.M. WESEMINAR Innovation and Entrepreneurship

So you're interested in starting a company one day. Being an entrepreneur is both an exciting and scary journey. It requires a solid idea, a great team, good market timing, strong planning, focused execution and most important, luck. This seminar will focus on answering some of the questions that can help you create your luck, such as: How do I take my idea to next level? What are the mistakes that I need to avoid? What are the necessary actions that I need to take to get my company off the ground? Steven J. Spinner will also share best practices and ways to manage career development in order to increase the chances for success.

Presenter: Steven J. Spinner '91 is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and advisor to Silver Lake Sumeru. He has advised over 30 cleantech and internet start-ups in Silicon Valley over the past decade. Spinner recently served as loan programs advisor for the Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration

Room 58, Exley Science Center 

3:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR Love and History: Screening and Interactive Discussion with Award Winning Documentarian 

In this seminar, film director Michele Ohayon will present segments from her award-winning documentary Steal a Pencil for Me (2007), as well as segments from her graduation film, Pressure, which won the Israeli Best Film Award in 1984. Both films are love stories, framed within specific historical contexts. The first film tells the story of Jack and Ina who fell in love while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Pressure is one of the first dramatic films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is based on a true a story.

Michele Ohayon will conduct a question/answer session with the audience, and walk through the process of depicting history in film.

Introduction: Dalit Katz, adjunct assistant professor of religion and of Jewish and Israel studies.

Presenter: Michele Ohayon P'14, award-winning director and producer, whose feature length documentary Colors Straight Up won various awards, including the Golden Spire Award for the Arts at the San Francisco Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Science Center 

3:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR Making It In the Performing Arts–Is it Possible? 

This seminar, conceived by Wesleyan alumnae who have established careers in the arts, is a forum to share experiences and insights. For those who are contemplating a career in the arts we may ask ourselves: How can I make it as a performer?, Will I be able to support myself?, In what ways can I distinguish myself and establish a career? Through this seminar we hope to create a network of support for students and alumni in these challenging fields. All students, graduates and artists are welcome to attend and contribute their experiences, questions and concerns. Networking session and screening of Fly Away, a film by Janet Grillo '80, will follow.

Presenters: Dana Leslie Goldstein '86, playwright and poet; Heidi Kole, author, singer-songwriter; Lisa Porter '86, actress and vocal coach; Jennifer Blaine '92, actress and one-woman show; Karen Gross '01, cabaret artist and singer song-writer; Grace Overbeke '08, director of marketing at Theater J; Martha Meade '76, muralist; and Tamina Davar '90, filmmaker.

Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema) 

3:30–4:30 P.M. Japanese Tea Ceremony

Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

3:30–5 P.M.

Alumni of Color (AOC)/Students of Color (SOC) Network Reception

All alumni, students, and parents are welcome to join the AOC network as we welcome the graduating seniors into the alumni community.

Tent, Davison Art Center Courtyard

3:30–5 P.M.

40th Reunion Discussion Forum: "Our Years at Wesleyan–What the Hell Happened? How Did It Affect Our Lives in the Last 40 Years?"

The eventful years of Class '71 Wesleyan days deserve a retrospective look. Many of us look back fondly and wistfully on our college days from 1967-1971, perhaps some of us less so. This session will provide a window back on what did transpire–the political forces, the social shifts, the classroom experiences, and the musical expressions, etc–and what kind of legacy they have left on our society and on ourselves. Were these 4 years real "inflections" or were they overhyped in retrospect? What were the lasting effects and which faded in time? How does it look different today in retrospect than it did at the time? How have we embodied and transmitted our experiences and learnings to others since we graduated?

Moderated by Todd Jick ’71 P'11.

Panelists: David Lindorf  '71–Politics, Protest, Values..Then and Now; Marvin Williams '71–Race Relations Then, and Now, Fran Pawlowski '71–Education and Learning from our Professors; Joanne Young '71–Coeducation Then, and Now; Todd Jick '71–McConaghy Music In Our Lives, Then and Now.

Room 002, Public Affairs Center (PAC)

3:30–5 P.M. Academic Department Open House

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for African American Studies

4 P.M.

WESEMINAR Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service: How and Why to Engage-Emerging Trends and Issues 

Hear from Wesleyan alumni about what they've been doing in these arenas, how and why they got there. Panelists will also speak about: key trends and issues they and their organizations face (such as the evolving roles of non-profits and public/private and non-profit/for profit partnerships); how to make an impact or be an agent for change (from inside or outside, grass roots or top down); how to get involved. Q&A will follow.

Moderator: Liza Page Nelson '81, venture partner, Investor Growth Capital, Crossroads Community Services, WAPPS member

Presenters: Michael A. Golden '81, diverse "public mission" experience in private, nonprofit, and public sector organizations; Elysa Gordon '89, assistant child advocate, Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate; Matthew McCreight '81, managing partner, Schaffer Consulting; Julie Meyer '79, executive director, The Next Step Public Charter School, RDB Consulting

Guest: WAPPS co-founder Steven J. McCarthy, '75, senior vice president KCG Capital Advisors  

Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center 

4 P.M.

DKE Open House

Open house for DKE Alumni, family and friends. Snacks will be provided.

4–5 P.M.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

Guest speaker: Alberto Ibargüen '66 P'97, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and 2011 honorary degree recipient


Memorial Chapel

4–5:30 P.M.

Annual Reception Honoring Retiring Faculty

All are welcome to honor members of the faculty who will retire this year:

Henry Abelove, Wilbur Fisk Osborne Professor of English

Judith Brown, Professor of History

Ann duCille, Professor of English

Charles Lemert, John E. Andrus Professor of Social Theory (attending)

Alvin Lucier, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music (attending)

Russell Murphy, Professor of Government (attending)


In addition, we will honor faculty retired in 2010:

Philip Pomper, William Armstrong Professor of History, Emeritus (attending)

Jeremy Zwelling, Associate Professor of Religion, Emeritus (attending)


Susan B. and William K. Wasch Center for Retired Faculty, 51 Lawn Avenue

4:15 P.M. Class of 1991 Memorial Courtyard dedication

Join classmates and friends as we dedicate the Class of 1991 Memorial Courtyard to celebrate the lives of our classmates who have passed away. All are welcome to attend.

Fauver Courtyard
4:30–5:30 P.M. Songwriters' Summit

David Hamburger '86, Frank Randall '86 and Chris Erikson '87 are performing musicians whose musical paths have crossed occasionally over the years, despite residing in a triangle of distant musical hotbeds: Austin, Minneapolis and Brooklyn, respectively. To celebrate 25 years of postgraduate work reconciling traditional American musical idioms with the postmodern sensibilities instilled by four years of liberal arts study, they'll join forces to play songs drawn from a well of literate blues, atypical folk, expansive country and an understated but optimistic brand of rock and roll.

World Music Hall

5 P.M.

Tree Dedication in Memory of Mark Smuckler ’91

WestCo Courtyard

5 P.M. Tree Dedication in Memory of Samuel Aaronian '01

To make a donation, visit and mark your gift in memory of "Samuel Aaronian." All money raised will go to financial aid through the Wesleyan Fund.

Observatory Circle
5:30–9 P.M.

Class Reunion Receptions and Dinners

WESeniors (Classes of 1932–1960) and the Classes of 1951, 1956*, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 gather for their Class Dinners and special programs at the following locations. Please register here.

WESENIORS: Taylor Meeting Room (Room 108), Usdan University Center

1946:Andersen Meeting Room (Room 110), Usdan University Center

1951: Exley Science Center Library Reading Room (146)

1956*: Warren Street Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

1961: Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library

1966: Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

1971: Norm Daniels Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

1976: President's House Lawn

1981: Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn

1986: Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

1991: Mink Dining Hall (East Dining Wing), Usdan University Center

1996: Patricelli '92 Theater

2001: West Dining Wing, Usdan University Center

2006: Russell House Tent

*Featuring testimonials on "Reinventing Yourself after Retirement" and a presentation by Mort Paterson ’56 on "Doing Shakespeare."

Congratulations to the following alumni, who will be presented with Wesleyan University Service Awards at their class dinners:

Robert N. Zearfoss '36

William H. Allison '41, P'71, GP'06

Theodore F. Goodchild '41

Mark Barlow, Jr. '46

Seth S. Faison, Sr. '46, P'81, P'84

David J. Batdorf '51

David W. Peterson '51

Thomas L. Plimpton '56

Robert S. Runyon '56

J. Dennis Huston '61, P'91

Jon K. Magendanz '61

Hardy Spoehr '66

Leo Y. Au '71

Lawrence H. Davis '76, P'06

James F. Haddon '76

Cornelia Bodine McCann '76

Daniel S. Haar '81

Kathy Prager Conrad '81, P'11, P'14

Judith Schneider '81

David S. Bagatelle '86

Eric S. Howard '86

Eileen Cheigh '91

Brian J. Glenn '91

Beth A. Haney '91

Scott Benjamin Moore '91

Jeremy D. Sacks '91

Johannah Dunham Townsend '91

Natalie Suhl Bernardino '96

Samuel A. Effron '96

Samantha A. Fiske '96

Tracey K. Gardner '96

Dacque E. Tirado '96

Kagiso Daniel Bond '01

Andrew J. Calica '01

Kathleen Madelaine Clyde '01

Meredith Alderman Ritsch '01

Calvin Senechal Cato '06

6 P.M.

Senior Voices (Baccalaureate)

Come join the class of 2011 as they reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wesleyan. You don’t want to miss this. All are welcome.

Featured speaker: Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion

Reflections by: Laurel Dezieck '11, Jared Gimbel '11, Amanda Sweeney '11 

Sponsor: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Memorial Chapel

6 P.M. Wesleyan Spirits 30th Anniversary Pizza Party

For Wesleyan Spirits students, families, alumni, and guests who do not have other plans.

Nicolson Lounge

9 P.M.

Traditional All-College Sing

Steps of North College

10 P.M.

Wesleyan Spirits 30th Anniversary Concert

Memorial Chapel

10 P.M.–1 A.M.

All-Campus Party Featuring Bands Mamarazzi and Mad Wow

Mamarazzi, much like the ripe grapefruits known to fly through the air at their live shows, blends unlikely but succulent elements–juicy funk, acidic groove, and nectar of ancient lullaby–that when simmered live, result in a mathrobeat revival. Check them out at, and don’t miss them live under the tent on Andrus. With: Andrew Aprile ’06 (guitar); Rob Cohen ’06 (keys); Eric Herman ’05 (bass); Sam Bathrick ’05 (percussion); Tacuma Bradley ’04 (tenor saxophone);  Tavi Fields ’02 (MC, percussion); Mike Buckley (bari saxophone); Paulo Almeida (drums).

Mad Wow is Wesleyan's resident super-funky soul group. With dynamite singers, sassy horns, and a groovin' band, they'll invade your immune system with funky vibes. There is no cure but to shake it out on the dance floor. Check out some tunes at With: Garth Taylor '12, Claire Randall '12, and Emma Daniels '13 (vocals); Spencer Hattendorf '12 and Owen Callahan '12 (saxophone); Jake Schofield '12 and Myles Potters '12 (trumpet); Isaac Silk '14 (trombone); Nate Mondschein '12 (drums); Louis Russo '11 (bass); Graham Richman '11 and Jordan Kenna '12 (Guitar); Gabe Gordon '11 (keys); and Donovan Arthen '11 (percussion).

Cash bar (ID required), no outside beverages will be permitted at this event.

Tent, Andrus Field