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Services, Resources Are Available on Campus During COVID-19 Pandemic

College Row.

Wesleyan remains committed to serving the approximately 250 undergraduates who remain on campus and the faculty and staff who are working on campus or remotely during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Information on the many resources that continue to be available may be found on Wesleyan’s Coronavirus/COVID-19 website and below:

Wesleyan Libraries
Olin Memorial Library and the Science Library buildings are closed, but a large and growing amount of online resources are accessible. Access content by going to the library homepage and look for a title or topic in OneSearch. Use the “available online” option under “Refine My Search.”

Wesleyan also offers a list of free electronic resources, including textbooks, e-books, journals, newspapers, and more.

Librarians are available remotely during this time. Questions can be sent to reference@wesleyan.edu, or students can schedule a Zoom meeting from the library homepage. Click on the link for “Research,” and then select the option to “Schedule a Personal Research Session.”

Students enjoy the spring weather on their route to Usdan University Center on March 28.

Usdan University Center

Usdan University Center
Usdan University Center is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Access may be made by using a WesID card at the south (Andrus Field) entrance only. Rehearsal spaces and gaming equipment are not available until further notice.

Usdan Marketplace offers to-go options at every meal. Brunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner is served daily from 5 to 7 p.m. The Bon Appetit team will continue to work with students who have allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Mail Services
WesStation is open 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays–Fridays.

Winter Storm Benedict Blankets Campus in Snow

Winter Storm Benedict covered Wesleyan’s campus with about 2 feet of snow Jan. 12.

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Local school children take advantage of their snow day by sledding on Foss Hill.

A buried bike near the Usdan University Center.

Andrew Klein, science librarian, walks up the Lawn Ave. sidewalk Jan. 14. “The snow storm last week was ferocious and awesome, even by Minnesotan standards. It’s not uncommon to get two feet of snow in Minnesota during the winter, but very rarely in a single day,” Klein says. “I enjoyed the storm and even enjoyed wading through unplowed and unshoveled Miles Avenue on my way to work.”

Students walk on Church Street during Storm Benedict.

View more photos on Wesleyan’s Facebook Site.

Safety Committee Heightens Safety Awareness, Seeks New Members

During a Center for Film Studies building inspection, Wesleyan’s Safety Committee discovered that one of the center’s storage rooms contained many items blocking the fire panel. The committee members worked with the owner of the items to come up with a better location for storage, so fire department personnel have a clear access to the panel.

Wesleyan’s Safety Committee is looking for volunteers willing to help make campus a safer place to work and learn.

In the past few years, the committee has conducted a walk-through of 23 buildings on campus; provided personal protective equipment (safety glasses, gloves, ear protection and other equipment) to Physical Plant –Facilities staff; and helped deliver heavy tools and supplies to sites by installing mechanical lifts. They’ve also discussed ways to prevent accidents involving Wesleyan-owned vehicles and staff.

“The committee really does care about safety on campus, and we want to make a difference,” says Safety Committee co-chair Chris Cruz, safety coordinator for Physical Plant-Facilities. “To make our Safety Committee stronger, we really need more people to volunteer an hour,

Student Bands Lead MoConathon Festival

Student musicians performed at MoConathon May 22, a festival honoring McConaughy Hall, with live music by Wordsmith and the Concert G’s, Mad Wow Disease and Naia Kete. The event was MC’ed by Chris Correa ’10.

The event was open to those wanting to pay tribute to Mocon and its place on Wesleyan’s campus. (Photos by Nick Russell)

Career Resource Center to Benefit from $2M Gift

Wesleyan’s old Squash Building, built in 1934, is scheduled to be renovated during the 2010-11 academic year. It will house the Career Resource Center. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

A generous $2 million gift to Wesleyan will greatly enhance the ability of the Career Resource Center to serve students in a planned new home at the center of campus.

The anonymous gift from Wesleyan parents will endow the programs of the center, which will be located in the old Squash Building at the north end of College Row. Part of Wesleyan’s historic brownstone row, this building is scheduled for renovation beginning in the 2010-11 academic year.

“The Career Resource Center has an essential role in helping students translate their intellectual interests into productive work and career aspirations,” says Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth. “We are deeply grateful for the support of our donors, who recognize the importance of that translation.”

The Career Resource Center is known for its innovative programming. It has been nominated for a NACE (National Association of College and Employers) National Award for its Senior Survival Month 2009 —a month-long series of daily events and workshop

MoCon to be Demolished in 2010


McConaughy Hall, known on campus as “MoCon” was demolished in 2010.

On April 20, 2010, Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 wrote a blog, declaring that the university will not be able to maintain McConaughy Hall. The building, constructed 1962 as “The Freshman Dining Hall” closed in 2007 following the opening of Usdan University Center.

When I began my tenure as President of Wesleyan in the summer of 2007, I strolled over to my old Foss Hill room just across from the entrance to McConaughy Dining Hall. Standing in the circular driveway between my frosh dorm and the dining hall, I could almost hear the music that my roommate Richie and I blasted through the speakers we’d set in the window. On that Arrival Day in August 1975, we decided to announce our start as Wesleyan students by turning up the volume on Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone: How does it FEEEEL?

Allbritton Center Honored with Gold Certification for Sustainable Practices

The Allbritton Center, formerly the Davenport Campus Center, was a renovation project completed in August 2009. Wesleyan considered sustainable measures throughout the redesign and construction, earning a Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

The Allbritton Center, formerly the Davenport Campus Center, was a renovation project completed in August 2009. Wesleyan considered sustainable measures throughout the redesign and construction, earning a Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Wesleyan has reached the gold standard in sustainable structures.

On March 15, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Wesleyan’s newly-renovated Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life building a Gold Certification based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

LEED is an internationally-recognized green building certification system that verifies that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

“The Gold Certification demonstrates Wesleyan’s commitment to sustainable design, operation and maintenance of its buildings,” says Alan Rubacha, construction services consultant for the center. “From the salvage and reuse of existing materials, to the design and specification of new materials and even into the site design, LEED was consulted for every decision.”

The Allbritton Center, formerly the Davenport Campus Center, was a nine-month renovation project completed in August 2009.

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Design Institute Selects Wesleyan Buildings as Case Study

The Zelnick Pavilion, a glass atrium that connects the Chapel to the Patricelli '92 Theater, was completed in 2003.

The Zelnick Pavilion, a glass atrium that connects the Chapel to the Patricelli '92 Theater, was completed in 2003.

The Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston, Mass. included Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel, Zelnick Pavilion, Patricelli ’92 Theater complex in their Universal Design Case Studies collection.

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is an international educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. The institute recognized how Wesleyan rejuvenated its historic core campus by providing new centers for community and student life. The total cost of the project was $23 million and it was completed in 2006.

Wesleyan’s design contractor, Robert Olson + Associates, reconfigured Memorial Chapel to provide a remarkably flexible set of uses. According to the IHCD, the new space provides space for worship by different faiths, a center for musical performance, and a setting for University-wide assemblies, teaching, films and distinguished lectures. The architects revived the Chapel’s origins as a meetinghouse by reclaiming an upper gallery level for seating, incorporated a new organ into the architecture, and created a worship platform which is fully integrated into the congregation and is universally designed.

They rebuilt the ’92 Theater