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During a WESeminar on May 26 titled “A Conversation with Wesleyan Writers,” celebrated authors Robin Cook ‘62 and Carolyn Parkhurst ’92 shared how Wesleyan shaped their writing. The event took place at the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown.

Doctor and author Robin Cook ’62 is widely credited with introducing the word “medical” to the thriller genre, and 34 years after publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created. He has written 35 international bestsellers and is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His latest novel, Host, was published in October 2015.

Carolyn Parkhurst ’92 holds an MFA in fiction from American University. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels, The Dogs of Babel, Lost and Found and The Nobodies Album, as well as a children’s book, Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly. She lives in Washington, D. C., with her husband, Evan Rosser ‘92, and their two children. Her latest novel, Harmony, was published in August 2016. #WesReunion

On May 23, Wesleyan celebrated the opening of the new Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The store, located at 413 Main Street in Middletown, was packed with Wesleyan faculty and staff, city and state officials, members of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and other community members, and those who worked to transform the 13,000-square-foot space into a gorgeous bookstore and café. Guests milled about and explored the store’s offerings while sampling small bites provided by Grown™ café. Brief remarks were delivered by Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth, RJ Julia owner Roxanne Coady, and Grown™ owner Shannon Allen, followed by the cutting of the ribbon.

Boasting high ceilings with tin detail, ample natural light, and a two-story open concourse design that provides a spacious, airy environment for reading and shopping, the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore houses approximately 18,000 books, with a special section highlighting authors from the Wesleyan community. In addition to books, the store sells a wide range of both Wesleyan-themed and general apparel and merchandise. The store’s quiet lower level evokes a library, with seating areas for exploring new books.

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. 

The 2016-17 Wesleyan University Patricelli Center Fellows jumped for joy during their end-of-the-year celebration on May 9.

In Fall 2016, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship launched a for-credit, cohort-style, project-based fellowship pilot program (CSPL 264 and 265) for 36 students.

Meet all the Patricelli Center Fellows:  bit.ly/meet-the-fellows.

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. 

More than 500 admitted Class of 2021 students and their family members attended WesFest activities on campus, April 12-14.

WesFest is a three-day celebration of all things Wesleyan. The Office of Admission invites all admitted students and their families to visit Wesleyan, experience university life first-hand, and explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer.

During WesFest, campus visitors attend classes and academic department open houses; tour campus and academic departments; meet and interact with Wesleyan students; attend a Student Activities Fair; enjoy an all-campus barbecue picnic and live student bands; learn about liberal arts career opportunities and Wesleyan athletic programs; attend student-to-student and parent-to-parent panels; and much more. 

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

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