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Wesleyan University’s West African Drumming and Dance Concert was held March 12 in the Center for the Arts Green. The event featured master drummer and visiting artist in residence Attah Poku and choreographer and artist in residence Iddi Saaka, joined by their 72 students, guest artists and 16 student drummers. This annual performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through music and dance forms.

On March 6, 2017, Ghana celebrated its 60th independence anniversary from British colonial rule. This spring’s West African Drumming and Dance concert was held in honor of Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary. Apart from the usual traditional dances, students also dressed as Ghanaian chiefs and queen mothers. In addition, a Wesleyan band performed live Ghanaian highlife music and a Ghanaian church based in Worcester, Mass. provided live choral music. 

Hundreds of Wesleyan University students had the opportunity to present their academic research at various poster sessions in March and April. Posters often contain text, graphics and images that illustrate the students’ research results on a single board. Poster session attendees can view the posters and interact with the author.

This year, the Psychology Department, College of the Environment, Biology Department, Neuroscience and Behavior Program, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division, Quantitative Analysis Center and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences hosted poster sessions. Read more.

Spring campus, May 4 at Wesleyan University. 

April 29 was a dog-gone good day for more than 150 students and 13 dogs as they gathered together at the Center for the Arts Green for a Doggo Meet and Greet at Wesleyan University. 

Sara Dean ’17, a self-proclaimed “dog lover,” created the event and advertised it on Facebook. She invited Wesleyan students, staff and faculty to bring their pooches to campus.

“It hit me that there are a lot of students with emotional support dogs on campus, or students who have family pets in the area, who don’t have a lot of organized opportunities to socialize their dogs, and a lot of students who don’t have pets on campus who would benefit from getting some time around them to de-stress before finals,” Dean said. “As I started contacting people about the event I found that other people were a lot more excited about it than I had anticipated, and the momentum kept building.”

Among the registered pooches were Kiri, a Black Mouth Cer; Luke, a Border Collie/ Bernese Mountain Dog; Kaios, an Alaskan Malamute; Phoenix and Shanti, Whippets; Mack, Pit Bull mix; Snugs, Chihuahua/Pug; Freddy, Golden Retriever; Lucky, Bichon/Fox Terrier; Ebony, Pit Bull mix; Remy, a Bluetick Coonhound mix ; Maeby, Cockapoo; and Fika, a Danish Swedish Farmdog. A few other dogs and their owners also joined the fun.

Dogs were provided water, snacks and toys.

“I’m so happy with how this event turned out because it not only was great for dogs and dog owners, but it allowed people from all walks of campus life, including faculty, students, and Middletown residents, to come together and share some joy for an hour,” Dean said. “So many people have been in touch with me to say how fun this event was for them, so I’m hoping to find a time to have a ‘Doggo Meet and Greet Part II’ before the school year ends.”

Over the weekend, many flowering shrubs sprung to life at Wesleyan University,April 17. 

Students took advantage of the warm weather on April 11. Several classes were held outdoors on College Row. 

The snow is (almost) melted and crocuses, pansies and daffodils are already providing an early spring color burst on Wesleyan’s campus, April 3. 

Chabad at Wesleyan hosted its sixth annual Wesleyan Matzah Bakery March 31 in Huss Courtyard. Matzah, also spelled matzo, is an unleavened bread made from flour and water and takes about 15 minutes to bake. It’s traditionally eaten by Jews during the week-long Passover holiday.

Chabad at Wesleyan, led by Rabbi Levi Schectman, is one of Wesleyan’s Jewish organizations, offers social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty. (Photos by Matt Rentetzky ‘18)

Only a few heaps of snow remain on campus on this 53-degree day in Middletown, March 29. 

On March 13, Winter Storm Stella powdered #Wesleyan’s campus with more than a foot of snow. 

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