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Prepare for the College Application Process Through Admission 101 Program for Families

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Next month, Wesleyan will host its annual Admission 101 for Wesleyan Families to help high school juniors and families prepare for the college application process.

This virtual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Admission and Office of Advancement, this event offers information on interview techniques, discovering campus life through the experiences of Wesleyan students, and making the transition from high school to college.

Spinner P’15 Offers Insight on Food Supply Chain Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Steven L. Spinner P'15

Steven Spinner P’15

Steven Spinner P’15 is chairman/CEO of United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), the largest publicly-traded grocery distributor in the United States, with 59 locations in the U.S. and Canada. UNFI’s customers include natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, e-commerce retailers, and restaurants—meaning Spinner and his team have a comprehensive perspective on our food supply chain.

Spinner recently spoke with us about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting what we see (and don’t see) on grocery store shelves, and shared his thoughts on how the current situation might impact future consumer behavior.

You gave an interview on Bloomberg TV in March, advising consumers against hoarding food, and reassuring us that the food supply chain is still working effectively. Is that still true now, a few weeks later?

Absolutely. The United States has the most sophisticated supply chain probably in the world, with unbelievable manufacturing capacity. There is plenty of food in the supply chain. The only bottleneck is the volatility of purchase habits, as well as the pure logistics to get that much food into supermarkets. For example, if you budgeted with a manufacturer to have 3% growth over a period of weeks and instead you have 30% growth over that same period, it’s really difficult from an industry perspective to accommodate that growth.

President Roth Hosts Brunch in Conjunction with Art Miami

As part of Art Miami‘s 29th annual art week held Dec. 4-9 in Miami, Fla., several alumni, parents, and friends attended a brunch with Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78. The brunch included a general day pass to view three fairs at Art Miami, CONTEXT Art Miami, and AQUA Art Miami.

Former Wesleyan Trustee Alberto Ibarguen ’66, P’97, Hon.’11 introduced President Roth at the brunch. Ibarguen is president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami.

View photos of the event below and in this Wesleyan Flickr album. (Photos by Leo Photographer, Miami)

Families Celebrate, Alumni Unite at Homecoming/Family Weekend

Laura Bennett gets a hug from her son, Mark '13, during Homecoming/Family Weekend. Laura and her husband Paul '75 visited campus from Oakland, Calif.

More than 2,200 students, alumni, parents, friends and family attended Homecoming/Family Weekend activities Nov. 4-6.

Campus guests participated in numerous academic, cultural and athletic events while reconnecting with Wesleyan and with each other at a host of special seminars and social gatherings.

Key events this year included the homecoming football game against Williams College; a celebration of Alvin Lucier, the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, emeritus; a Randy Newman P’14 benefit concert; a Homecoming Day Lunch, Fall Harvest Brunch and All-College Dinner; an Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony; Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Ribbon Cutting; the 19th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, and Where on Earth are We Going? Symposium.

A few photos of HCFW 2011 are below. Others can be seen in the HCFW 2011 photo gallery, hosted by Flickr. 

2,700 Attend Homecoming / Family Weekend 2010

During Homecoming/Family Weekend 2010, more than 2,700 Wesleyan alumni, students, families, faculty and staff had the opportunity to attend WESeminars, root on the Cardinals in several Homecoming sporting events, tour campus and visit with old friends.

Pictured are a few highlights of the weekend:

More than 5,000 fans attended the Homecoming football game Oct. 23, where the Wesleyan Cardinals played Amherst College.

Alumni, Parents, Students Honored at Volunteer Leadership Weekend

Richard Swanson '77, chair of the Wesleyan Fund, speaks during the 2010 Volunteer Weekend dinner and reception Feb. 26 in Beckham Hall.  Several alumni and parent volunteers were honored for their volunteer service. Also pictured, from left, are Joe Fins ‘82; Moira McNamara James ’78, P’10; John Driscoll ’62; Brendan Coughlin ’95; Bonnie LePard ’82; Leo Au ‘71 and Dave Bartholomew ’81.

Richard Swanson '77, chair of the Wesleyan Fund, speaks during the 2010 Volunteer Leadership Weekend dinner and reception Feb. 26 in Beckham Hall. Several volunteers from the Alumni Association Executive Committee; the Wesleyan Fund National Committee; the Council of Regional Programs; the Career Advisory Council; the WESeminar Committee and the Binswanger Teaching Prize Committee were honored for their volunteer service. Also pictured, from left, are Joe Fins ‘82; Moira McNamara James ’78, P’10; John Driscoll ’62; Brendan Coughlin ’95; Bonnie LePard ’82; Leo Au ‘71 and Dave Bartholomew ’81.

Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for University Relations, congratulates David Beveridge, professor of chemistry, for being the first recipient of the Joshua Boger University Professorship of The Sciences and Mathematics endowed chair. Former Board of Trustees Chair Alan Dachs ’70, P’98 and current Chair Joshua Boger '73, P'06, P'09 are pictured in the background.

Barbara-Jan Wilson, vice president for University Relations, congratulates David Beveridge, professor of chemistry, for being the first recipient of the Joshua Boger University Professorship of The Sciences and Mathematics endowed chair. Former Board of Trustees Chair Alan Dachs ’70, P’98 and current Chair Joshua Boger '73, P'06, P'09 are pictured in the background.

John Meerts, vice president for Finance and Administration, applauds the Wesleyan faculty, who also were honored at the dinner.

John Meerts, vice president for Finance and Administration, applauds the Wesleyan faculty, who also were honored at the dinner.

Christine Padian Bolzan '92 and Bill Wasch '52, P'84 listen to Swanson's talk.

Christine Padian Bolzan '92 and Bill Wasch '52, P'84 listen to Swanson's talk.

Jim Dresser ’63, P’93, XXX and Joe Bruno, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, sing the Wesleyan Fight Song.

Wesleyan's oldest a cappella group, Quasimodal, provided entertainment and led the Wesleyan Fight Song. Jim Dresser '63, P'93; Ellika Healy '10; and Joe Bruno, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, sing along to the Wesleyan Fight Song.

Prior to the dinner and reception, Richard Swanson mingled with the Red & Black Callers' managers during an ice cream social Feb. 26 in Zelnick Pavilion. Swanson hosted the reception to celebrate the students' leadership. The students, pictured, from left, are Casey Reed '12; Netta Levran '10; and David Bachy '10.

Prior to the dinner and reception, Richard Swanson '77, chair of the Wesleyan Fund, mingled with the Red & Black Callers' managers during an ice cream social Feb. 26 in Zelnick Pavilion. Swanson hosted the reception to celebrate the students' leadership. The students, pictured, from left, are Casey Reed '12; Netta Levran '10; and David Bachy '10. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Parents, Alumni Celebrate Homecoming/Family Weekend with Students

More than 5,000 fans attended the Homecoming football game against Williams Nov. 7.

Wesleyan played Williams during the Homecoming football game Nov. 7 in Corwin Stadium.

More than 5,000 parents, alumni and friends came to campus Nov. 6-8 to celebrate Homecoming/Family Weekend. This year’s theme was “Come Home!” Event photos are posted on the HCFW website.

“Every year, I hear from alumni, parents and students that Homecoming/Family Weekend gets better and better,” says Gemma Fontanella Ebstein, associate vice president for external relations. “We had a terrific turnout this year and the energy was palpable across campus – in the WESeminars, athletic contests, department anniversary celebrations and other special gatherings throughout the weekend. This has become one of the highlights of the year for the Wesleyan community.”

The weekend began Friday, Nov. 6 with tours of campus, sessions for parents, department open houses, the Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner, an all-campus dinner, a concert by Eilen Jewell and the Sacred Shakers, a fall senior thesis dance concert and several WESeminars. Interactive and inspiring, WESeminars provide opportunities to revisit the classroom and attend presentations by scholars, pundits, and other experts in their fields.

The College of Letters and the College of Social Studies both held their 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Prometheus, Wesleyan's student fire-dancing group, performed on Foss Hill Nov. 6 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.

Prometheus, Wesleyan's student fire-dancing group, performed on Foss Hill Nov. 6 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, campus guests attended the annual Where on Earth are We Going? Symposium, rowing instructions with Wesleyan’s crew team, a family swim, WESeminars on dance, study abroad projects, the history of Wesleyan, and international journalism.

Deana Hutson, director of events, estimates that 5,000 fans showed up for tailgating, the homecoming football game and the NESCAC men’s soccer semi-finals. The day wrapped up with several other athletic events, a community bike ride, the Dwight L. Greene Symposium, the Reed Labyrinth Opening and a concert with Amy Crawford ’05.

A Fall Harvest Brunch and the Alumni Association Executive Committee meeting kicked off events on Sunday, Nov. 8. The day also included a legacy gathering and photo of current students posting with parents or grandparents that are Wesleyan alumni, a celebration of Western Art Music and a student A Capella Concert.

Alumni who are parents and grandparents of current first-year students gathered on Denison Terrace for a legacy photograph Nov. 8.

Alumni who are parents and grandparents of current first-year students gathered on Denison Terrace for a legacy photograph Nov. 8.

Gabriela De Golia ’13 spent the event-filled weekend with her parents, Jim De Golia and Terri Hanagan of San Francisco; her uncle, Jose Hanagan of Reno, Nevada; and her brother, Nicolas, who goes to high school in France. Together, the family saw the Wesleyan screening of Matt Tyrnauer ’91 Valentino: The Last Emperor, attended the Labyrinth opening in honor of Joe and Kit Reed, the Amy Crawford concert on Saturday night,  a panel discussion on how parents can help students achieve academic success, a lecture on the role of public opinion in foreign policy, the Homecoming football, soccer and ice hockey games and swimming meet. In addition, Hanagan P’13 worked as a parent volunteer at Usdan University Center.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to meet many other parents, a great many of them new (as I am) to Wesleyan,” Hanagan says. “I also met many of Gabriela’s new friends and colleagues, which was especially important to me. It gave me a great sense of comfort to see that she has so many kind, fun and intelligent new friends.”

Homecoming/Family Weekend was held Nov. 6-8.

Homecoming/Family Weekend was Nov. 6-8.

President Michael Roth also led a Sunday morning address to parents. He laid out his near and long term views for enhancing the overall student and academic experience at Wesleyan, making a strong case for the benefits of the entire Wesleyan experience and the need to provide increased financial aid to those strong candidates for admission whose ability to become members the student body would be prevented due to lack of financial means.

“As a person who has seen firsthand the benefits that my children have gained from being routine exposure to diversity on virtually all levels and all types, I found particularly attractive his passion for increasing the geographic and other diversity of the student body and for more effectively removing financial barriers to attending Wes,” De Golia P’ 13 says.