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Barsotti ’12 Signs Pro Baseball Contract

Michael Barsotti ’12, signed a contract to pitch for the minor league Joliet Slammers of the independent Frontier League. Barsotti, a government major, is Wesleyan’s all time strike-out leader. In his first appearance for Joliet he threw a scoreless inning in relief and did not allow a batter to reach base. More on Barsotti can be found here.

January Launch for New Telfair Exhibit in New York City

Tula Telfair, professor of art, has a new exhibit titled “Out of Sight: Imaginary Landscapes” premiering at the Forum Gallery beginning January 5 and running through February 11.

According to the gallery the exhibit is of “panoptic paintings that transport the viewer to emotive land formations derived entirely from the artist’s mind. Representing both a place and moment in time not reachable by mankind, these landscapes offer a private glance at the beauty and majesty of nature.”

The Forum Gallery’s full announcement can be found here. An opening will be held January 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, NY, NY


UPDATE 9/1  10:00 a.m.

Power has been restored to all wood-framed senior housing. Frosh, transfer and international students have arrived, and all other students are welcome to return beginning Saturday, Sept. 3, starting at 9:00 a.m. Welcome back!


UPDATE 8/30 2:45 p.m.

Freeman Athletic Center has power and is now open.

Faculty, staff and their partners and dependents who do not have power in their own residences and would like to use the shower facilities at Freeman are welcome to do so. The entrances are open from 7 am to 7 pm through Friday; 11 am to 6 pm during the weekend. Please remember to bring your Wesleyan ID for access.


UPDATE 8/29 5:45 p.m.

Although most of the campus had power on Monday, Freeman Athletic Center and a number of wood-frame houses lost power Sunday afternoon and remained without it today. Wesleyan has been notified that power may be restored to Freeman Athletic Center very soon, but timing for the senior houses is less certain. Residential Life will provide further information to students in the affected houses.


UPDATE 8/28 4:30 p.m.

Wesleyan will be open for business as usual on Monday, Aug. 29. Some trees and branches came down around campus, but no buildings were affected; power and Internet are available.

Students who deferred their arrival from Sunday are welcome to come to campus on Monday.

For employees, Wesleyan’s normal adverse weather policy is in effect. It states:

“During adverse weather conditions, employees should use their judgment about coming to work or leaving early. For personal reasons, employees may feel that they need to leave work early or arrive late. Employees must advise their supervisor of their decision. Based upon the needs of the employee’s department, alternative arrangements may be made with a supervisor’s prior approval. Reasonable requests will not be denied. In these circumstances, non-exempt employees will be required to make up the time or use leave time to get paid. Exempt employees who do not report for work must use accrued vacation time. Supervisors will work with their employees to provide adequate coverage.”




Hurricane Irene is expected to reach Connecticut this Sunday. Although there is still some uncertainty regarding the track of the storm, we expect very high winds and torrential rain. Some flooding and power disruptions seem likely at this point. Since the safety of our students, faculty and staff must be our top priority, we are providing the following instructions given the information currently available to us:

Students who are already on campus
Some students (those here for the summer, graduate students, RAs, etc.) are already on campus. These students should be prepared to evacuate their residences to a secure campus location, and Public Safety will provide instructions if this becomes necessary. (We suggest preparing an “emergency kit” of the personal items  – pillow, blanket, flashlight, medications, etc. – needed in case of evacuation. Also consider having a three-day supply of water and food that does not require refrigeration.) Students who are able to leave campus to return home or to stay with a relative/friend are encouraged to do so – we suggest that you leave campus by noon on Saturday.

Students scheduled to arrive this weekend
We expect students scheduled to arrive this weekend to delay their arrival until Monday. International students who may be in transit have already received instructions via e-mail from the Office of International Student Affairs.

New student arrival
New students are scheduled to arrive next Wednesday, August 31. At this point, we expect to be able to welcome new students to campus as planned.

Faculty and staff
Unless the university provides further guidance via the emergency notification system, faculty and staff should follow our standard guidelines for inclement weather when deciding if they should report to work on Monday.

We will provide updates to these instructions via our emergency notification system (cell phone/e-mail) if necessary. Our campus emergency response team will be working closely with Public Safety throughout this event. Please contact Public Safety at 860-685-2345 or 860-347-8000 if you need assistance during the storm.

Wesleyan Celebrates 179th Commencement

Wesleyan’s 179th Commencement Ceremonies were held on Andrus Field on Sunday, May 22. The full story with comments by commencement speaker Dr. Paul E. Farmer is here.

The text of President Michael S. Roth’s address to the Class of 2011 graduates can be found here.

The text of the senior class welcome by Margo Boyer-Dry ’11 can be found here.

A gallery of photos from Commencement will be refreshed all week and can be found here.

A speech by Mary Jane Rubenstein, assistant professor of religion, assistant professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies at the “Senior Voices” baccalaureate event on May 21 can be found here.

Wesleyan Closed Today 1-27 Due to Snow Storm

Due to the heavy snowfall overnight, Wesleyan University will be closed today, Thursday, January 27th.  Classes scheduled to meet today are canceled.  Essential personnel should report to campus as scheduled.  The Usdan Center and Dining Services will open, as scheduled, later this morning.

Arrival Day, 2010, Brings the Class of 2014 to Campus

Nearly 800 new students moved to campus and joined the Wesleyan Community during the last few days.

International Student Orientation: The events began with International Student Orientation on August 29.

Frosh Arrival Day 2010: Enjoy a series of videos and still photos of the September 1 Arrival Day. There’s also a Wesleyan Connection story detailing some of the activity on arrival day.

Check back with this link as more will be added soon!

Several With Wesleyan Ties Nominated for Emmy Awards

The following Wesleyan Alumni received Emmy nominations recently. The Emmy Awards will be presented on August 29.

Sasha Alpert ’82   Project Runway – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Sasha Alpert is a producer with the show. Project Runway received two nominations.

Carter Bays ’97  and Craig Thomas ’97  How I Met Your Mother –  Outstanding Music and Lyrics. Thomas and Bays are co-creators and writers. How I Met Your Mother received four nominations.

Marc Levin  ’73, P’05   Brick City – Exception Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking – Marc Levin is executive producer

Bruce C. McKenna  ’84 The Pacific (with Robert Schenkkhan) for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special – Part Ten. The Pacific received 24 nominations.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14 The New Adventures of Old Christine – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Matt Senreich ‘96  Robot Chicken – Outstanding Short-format Animated Program – Senreich co-created the show with Seth Green. Robot Chicken has 2 nominations.

Paul Spillenger   P’13  – Life – Outstanding Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. Spillenger, Producer for the Discovery Channel show was also nominated. Life has 6 nominations.

Matthew Weiner  ’87  Mad Men – Outstanding Drama Series. Weiner is creator, writer, executive producer — he is nominated twice (co-writer) for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Mad Men received 17 nominations.

Student-Created ‘Split Frame’ Wins AIA National Award

Wesleyan’s architecture design class and its Research-Design-Build Studio have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2010 Small Projects Practitioners Awards. They were recognized for the observation platform “Split Frame” they created for the Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary in Portland, Conn., in 2008. The studio and class are overseen by Elijah Huge, assistant professor of art, assistant professor of environmental studies.

Last year the class and studio created the Sukkah on campus as one of their projects.

Battleworks Final Will Be At Wesleyan July 15-16

This summer, Battleworks returns to Wesleyan with its signature movement vocabulary: arresting, moving, humorous and virtuosic. In April, Robert Battle was named Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and in 2011 will take the helm of one of this country’s most important and influential cultural institutions. After eight years of touring nationally and internationally at such venues as Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce, Jacob’s Pillow and the American Dance Festival, Battleworks is required to disband as its artistic director assumes his new post at Ailey. Performing signature works including Takademe, Juba and Ella, Battleworks will perform for the last time at Wesleyan.

Battleworks Dance Company Performs Thursdayand Friday, July 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Wesleyan’s CFA Theater, located in the Center for the Arts at 283 Washington Terrace, on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown. Admission is $24 general; $19 senior citizens; $10 students. For more information and tickets, visit the CFA website or call 860-685-3355.

About the Battleworks
Robert Battle, originally from Miami, Fla., is a graduate of the Julliard School. Upon graduation, Mr. Battle joined the Parsons Dance Company (1994-2001), and began setting his own work on the company in 1998. In 2001 Mr. Battle founded Battleworks Dance Company, and the company premiered in August 2002 at the World Dance Alliance’s Global Assembly in Düsseldorf, Germany. Battleworks has performed extensively in New York City and across the country at such venues as The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.