Friday, November 4

Space is limited for some events and meals. Be sure to register early to reserve your spots!

Register by Oct. 21

Please note: Athletics Hall of Fame and the 1980s All-Decade Football Team Celebration, both off campus, each have their own registration.

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    Usdan University Center Building Hours

    8 a.m.–midnight, Usdan University Center More on Usdan hours

    Usdan University Center is a gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to p connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out.

    Usdan University Center

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    Usdan University Center Cafe Hours

    8 a.m.–8 p.m., Usdan University Center More on hours

    Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

    Usdan University Center

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    Attend a Class

    9 a.m.–4 p.m., Locations throughout campus

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    Students must arrange with their professors for parents to visit classes. Please plan to arrive on time and to stay for the duration of the class. We kindly ask visitors to follow any COVID-19 safety protocols established by professors for their class and come prepared to wear a mask if asked.

    Locations throughout campus.

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    Gordon Career Center Open House

    10 a.m.–noon, Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall

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    Stop by the Gordon Career Center and visit with staff to learn about the resources available to students to explore career paths and find meaningful work. All are welcome!

    Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall

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    Campus Tour

    Noon–1:30 p.m., Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    Advance registration through the Office of Admission is required. Register for the tour.

    Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    In the Galleries: Massive Power Ball

    Noon–4 p.m., Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

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    Massive Power Ball by Karen Xu '22 is rooted in a close relationship to basketball. Growing up in China, Xu regularly played the game and watched broadcasts of the NBA. The past few years living in the U.S. have enabled Xu to gain a more complex understanding of her favorite pastime. In Massive Power Ball, Xu has created a character who may simultaneously be a surrogate for the artist, a basketball star, or the crowd of fans. Through animation and printmaking, Xu places that character in scenes that incorporate both communist propaganda and screenshots of basketball games. She inquires how basketball can be an arena for the clash and meditation of individual desire and collective force, extending the thrill of the game into her consideration of the dynamics of the China-U.S. relationship and Chinese Communist Party ideals. Xu’s playful criticality manifests in many different media including printmaking, collage, and video, embodying her basketball world of lighthearted fantasy within an uncompromising reality. This presentation marks the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition.

    Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

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    In the Galleries: fron/terra incognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94)

    Noon–5 p.m., Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace More on fron/terra incognita

    fron/terra incognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94) is an exhibition comprising a series of lectures, performances, readings, and art installations on the broad theme of borders, migration, displacement, and violence. Programming will provoke reflections on the territorial dimensions of borders and their consequential effects.

    The exhibition is anchored by the Hostile Terrain (HT94) installation in the gallery. HT94 has been installed at many institutions both nationally and globally in 2021 and throughout 2022. The work of forensic anthropologist and MacArthur Fellow Jason de León (University of California, Los Angeles), HT94 is a visceral and visual documentation of migrant deaths along the United States / Mexico border. ​The exhibition is composed of over 3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. The installation is created by Wesleyan student volunteers, who record identifying details of each person and then pin the toe tags to a map of the border region.

    Curator: Benjamin Chaffee, Assoicate Director of Visual Arts

    Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace

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    Wesleyan Summer Grants Showcase

    1–2 p.m., Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall 

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    Stop by the Gordon Career Center as recipients of the 2022 Wesleyan Summer Grant share their experiences from this past summer. The Wesleyan Summer Grant Program allows students to pursue no- or low-pay career-related opportunities, including internships, volunteer work, research, and academic programs.

    Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall 

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    Welcome Center

    1–8 p.m.; McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    Everyone—parents, families, and students—please visit the Office of Admission for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), any pre-purchased meal tickets, nametags, and more.

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

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    WESeminar: Wesleyan Abroad: Everything Your Student Might Forget to Mention

    1–2 p.m., Room 201, Fisk Hall

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    Join the Office of Study Abroad staff and students to discuss what families need to know about study abroad for Wesleyan students. Topics will include affordability and financial aid, sites and kinds of programs, credit transfer, health and safety, and the benefits of spending a semester or year studying in another country. Please come with questions.

    Presenters include Emily Gorlewski, Ed.D., Director, Office of Study Abroad at the Fries Center for Global Studies.

    Room 201, Fisk Hall

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    WESeminar: Teacher, Banker, Coder, Artist: Learning Career Management in a Liberal Arts Environment

    2–3 p.m., Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall

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    Every day, we are exposed to stories demonstrating how challenging it is for college graduates to find jobs. Sharon Belden Castonguay, Executive Director of the Gordon Career Center, will draw on both her doctoral research and career advising experience to discuss what factors lead to career success. Presenter: Sharon Belden Castonguay is Executive Director of the Gordon Career Center (GCC) at Wesleyan. She joined the GCC in May 2013 from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where she was the Director of the Graduate Career Management Center. She holds a doctorate in human development & psychology from Harvard.

    Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall

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    WESeminar: A Baker’s Dozen: Twenty-Five Years of Favorites

    2–3 p.m., Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library

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    Join Suzy Taraba '77 MALS '10, Dietrich Family Director of Special Collections & Archives, as she discusses some of her favorite items from 25 years of working with Wesleyan’s exemplary collections. On view are materials ranging from a 13th-century manuscript to the poems of Phillis Wheatley to a contemporary artist's book.

    Please note: This seminar will be limited to the first 20 arrivals.

    Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library

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    IDEAS Lab Open House

    2–4 p.m., lower level, Exley Science Center  More on Ideas Lab open house

    All are welcome to tour the IDEAS lab and take a peek at the advanced fabrication technology offered. Visit with the makerspace coordinator who will answer questions about the functioning of the lab and have a chat with an IDEAS professor to learn more about the nature of the program.
    The IDEAS program is hosted and administered by the College of Integrative Sciences.

    Lower level, Exley Science Center 

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    Alumni Industry Breakout Rooms

    3–4 p.m., Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall

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    Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall
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    WESeminar: Behind the Scenes at Wesleyan Facilities Tour

    3–4 p.m., Front steps of the Olin Library (rain or shine)

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    Join Assistant Vice President of Construction and Infrastructure Alan Rubacha for a walking tour of campus to highlight ongoing construction on a reimagined southeast corner of Andrus Field. At the core of this work is an extension and gut renovation of the Public Affairs Center (PAC), and a new Davison Art Center gallery building. The latter project is part of a broader effort to expand the arts as Wesleyan beyond the CFA, and make them part of an inclusive, accessible, and interdisciplinary network of buildings at the core of campus. 

    Front steps of the Olin Library (rain or shine)

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    Campus Tour

    3–4:30 p.m., Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    Advance registration through the Office of Admission is required. Register for the tour.

    Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    WESeminar: Peace and Health: The History of the Community Health Center

    4:30–5:30 p.m., Russell House

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    College of Letters Writer-in-Residence Charles Barber and Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) President, Founder, and CEO Mark Masselli Hon'09, P'15, '16 will present their new book Peace & Health on the 50-year history of Middletown-based CHC. The CHC was founded as a free or low-cost medical and dental clinic in 1972 by college-dropout Masselli and a number of Wesleyan students, including now U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper '74, MA'80, Hon'10. After being almost shut down in the early years by the medical establishment, CHC is now the tenth largest Federally Qualified Health Center in the country, serving 150,000 Medicaid patients in Connecticut with a telehealth presence in many states nationally. In 2021, CHC created the second mass COVID-19 vaccine site in the country and has vaccinated more Connecticut residents against COVID-19 than any other health system. Barber will read from the book and Masselli will discuss the remarkable journey of the CHC.

    Russell House

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    Annual Parents Assembly

    4:30–5:30 p.m., Beckham Hall, Fayerweather More on the Parents Assembly

    President Michael S. Roth ’78 will provide remarks. Immediately following the program please join us for the Homecoming + Family Weekend Kick-Off Reception. 

    Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

    This event will be broadcast live as a Zoom webinar for those who are not able to be on campus. Please check back for the link to join.

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    Homecoming + Family Weekend Kick-Off Reception

    5:30–6:30 p.m., Beckham Hall, Fayerweather More on this reception
    Celebrating Together! Join us for a casual reception to welcome alumni, families, and friends back to campus and to acknowledge our alumni volunteer leaders.
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    Homecoming + Family Weekend Dinner

    5–8 p.m., Marketplace, Usdan University Center

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    Join students for lunch at Usan University Center and sample a variety of fresh, local, and made-to-order options from Bon Appetit, Wesleyan’s on-campus dining service. Enjoy salad bars, carving stations, hot entrees, numerous side dishes, beverages, and desserts. Vegetarian, vegan, and Kosher-style options are available.

    Tickets: $20 adults, (Wesleyan students use their meal plans and should not buy tickets). Purchase  tickets when you register before October 21. A limited number of tickets may be available on-site at the Usdan Univeristy Center cashier (second floor).  

    Note: A select menu of a la carte food and beverages will also be available for purchase on-site at the Usdan Café, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown.

    Marketplace, Usdan University Center

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    Shabbat Services

    6–7 p.m., The Bayit, 157 Church Street

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

    The Bayit, 157 Church Street

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    1980s All-Decade Football Team Celebration

    6–9 p.m., Courtyard Hartford Cromwell, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT More on the dinner

    Join the Wesleyan Athletics community to honor and recognize members of the 1980s All-Decade football team. Please register to purchase tickets separately for this off-campus event.

    Courtyard Hartford Cromwell, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416

    Register for the 1980s All-Decade Dinner

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    Shabbat Dinner

    7:30–9 p.m., Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

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    A special Shabbat dinner is planned for all family members and friends of Wesleyan students. Together with students, faculty, and staff, we will welcome Shabbat with song, food, and our special joyful Ruach. We invite you to be a part of a memorable celebration of the Wesleyan Jewish family.

    Tickets: $20 adults, Wesleyan students must RSVP to Rabbi David by October 21 for a complimentary meal ticket. 

    Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

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    The Ad Hoc Bach Collective: “For the Love of Bach” Concert

    8 p.m., Memorial Chapel More on the concert

    The Ad Hoc Bach Collective, featuring Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community members, presents their continuing series of concerts “For the Love of Bach," directed by Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina. 
    No tickets, all are welcome.

    Memorial Chapel

Keep Wes Safe

Wesleyan University requires all guests of any Wesleyan-sponsored events, both on and off campus, to be fully vaccinated to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Before coming to campus, please review the University COVID-19 policies, updated as of September 2022. The University is also closely monitoring the ongoing global outbreak of monkeypox. More information on monkeypox can be found on the Davison Health Center website.