Posted 2 weeks ago

Long Lane Farm is Wesleyan University’s student run organic farm devoted to allowing students a place to experiment and learn about sustainable agriculture.

This summer, seven students are tending the two-acre farm full-time. New to this year’s farm are Rhode Island red hens, who reside in the farm’s chicken coop. The coop was designed and built by Wesleyan’s Architecture II class in 2013.

Pictured, Catherine Walsh ’16 handles a young hen July 14 at Long Lane Farm. The hens will start laying in fall and supply Bon Appétit and Wesleyan’s Dining Services with fresh eggs.

Learn more about the garden and view more photos here

Posted 2 weeks ago

Following the principles of permaculture, the student group WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan) has transformed the West College Courtyard — once an eroded hillside with compacted soil and diseased trees — into complex ecosystems that provide food, attract insects and requires minimal resources and maintenance. The students also are working on a terraced garden near Summerfields. Follow the group’s progress on their blog.

Pictured are summer blooms, berries, bees and other bugs thriving in the garden this July. 

Posted 2 weeks ago

Wesleyan’s Posse Foundation Veteran Scholars attended an academic immersion and campus visit July 10-11. They started their visit to Wesleyan with a student-led campus tour.

The 10 scholars are funded by The Posse Foundation, which supports students with a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. The students will join Wesleyan’s Class of 2018.

This is the inaugural year for Posse at Wesleyan; the university hopes to add 10 veterans per class for the next three years. Deborah Bial, president and founder of The Posse Foundation, stressed that the Veterans Posse Program seeks to recruit veterans “who have tremendous leadership potential to go out into the workforce and become major contributors” in whatever field they pursue. 

While typical college freshmen are 18 years old and straight out of high school, the average veteran entering college is in his/ her late 20s or early 30s, and has spent time in Afghanistan and Iraq.

While on campus, the fellows learned about classroom culture, Wesleyan expectations, study strategies, time management, class selection, library resources and other campus resources.

Read more about Posse Scholar Andrew Olivieri ’18 in this News @ Wesleyan article.

Posted 2 weeks ago

We’re baby Wes Squirrels who are eager to meet Wesleyan students! See you on August 27. BRING FOOD.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Area high school students participating in Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Math-Science Program are on campus through July 25. The students, pictured here on July 7, often spend their lunch recess near Usdan University Center and play sports on Andrus Field. Upward Bound is designed to help low-income and first-generation college students recognize and develop their potential, to excel in math and science, pursue post secondary degrees, and ultimately to find careers in the math and science professions. 

The six-week academic summer program offers intensive math, science, writing and language training; counseling, mentoring and academic support services; exposure to Wesleyan’s faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences; and education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Contractors started scraping and painting Memorial Chapel’s clock tower section on July 7. Last week, the chapel received fresh paint on the exterior wood sills. In addition, the Chapel and 92 Theater received a foam insulation application above the attics to reduce humidity infiltration and provide improved HVAC control and consistency. 

Read more about ongoing summer campus renovations here

Posted 3 weeks ago

Xiyue Li ‘16 of Needham, Mass. and Mary DePascale ‘16 of Eliot, Maine are spending their summer at Wesleyan. Xiyue is participating in the Quantitative Analysis Center’s Apprenticeship Program, where she’s taking morning classes and workshops in statistical analysis and statistical software. In the afternoon, she’s working on economics research with Gary Yohe, the Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies. 

"I’m really enjoying my summer on campus, for the incredible opportunity to learn and work closely with my professor and the time I can spend with my college friends," Xiyue said. 

Mary is a Summer Session student. She recently completed the PSYC 258 course, “Positive Psychology” and the ENGL 290 course, “Place, Character and Design: Techniques in Writing Nonfiction and Fiction,” during Summer Session I, held May 28-June 26. 

Now she’s working on psychometric research with Steve Stemler, associate professor of psychology. 

"This is my first summer on campus, and I’m definitely enjoying being here. I liked my classes and working with Professor Stemler is a great opportunity," Mary said.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Wesleyan faculty, staff and community members participated in a crowd-generated performance art collaboration on the Connecticut River, June 28. The event was sponsored by The Jonah Center for Earth & Art, a prominent environmental advocacy organization in Middletown. The Jonah Center partnered with Wesleyan’s Environmental Studies program in constructing an online biodiversity database for Middletown.

At the southern tip of Wilcox Island, paddlers formed in a rosette just under the Arrigoni Bridge. The group floated in formation under the bridge to be photographed from above. Photos made available to the Jonah Center or the City of Middletown will be used to promote the riverfront and preservation of the river as a natural and recreational resources.

Pictured is Steve Devoto, professor of biology, professor of neuroscience and behavior, snapping photos of the event from his kayak. Pictured in the wooden kayak is 
Elise Springer, associate professor of philosophy, who serves on the Jonah Center’s Advisory Council.

Read more about the event here

Posted 3 weeks ago

Phil Carney, head coach of men’s crew, is teaching Wesleyan employees and community members how to row this summer. The group launches from Wesleyan’s Macomber Boat House and rows north on the Connecticut River. The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, weather permitting, and welcomes new rowers.

Posted 3 weeks ago

The student organization WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan) has replaced a trampled path near Summerfields with stairs and planted terraces that follow the principles of permaculture. 

WILD Wes is dedicated to incorporating aspects of sustainable landscaping for the campus.

The group hopes that its efforts in building permaculture sites will help create productive, unifying spaces in previously overlooked areas of campus.

Read more here