Hey! Did you know that today is Karen Kaffen-Polascik‘s 50th birthday?? You might recognize Karen as a familiar face at WesWings or the Red & Black Cafe, where she is the co-owner along with Ed Thorndike ’89.
Yesterday, Ed tipped us off to a surprise cupcake food truck that would be coming to Swings during lunch hours today just for the occasion. The cupcakes are courtesy of WesWings, so stop by before the truck leaves and wish Karen (and her twin sister) a happy 50th!!!! Read past the jump for some quality pics of Karen:
Today, I received an anonymous tip with only a single image attached (see above). It appears as though someone spray painted “murder” on the statue of Columbus that sits at Harbor Park, alongside the Connecticut River and in the vicinity of Wesleyan’s boat house.
The tagging is especially meaningful given that today the federal government, the state of Connecticut, and the City of Middletown recognize Columbus Day.
Statues of Columbus in Bridgeport, New Haven, and Norwalk were also tagged in coincidence with the holiday. The Middletown Press reports:
From the CFA:
Abraham.In.Motion returns to Wesleyan for the Connecticut premiere of “Dearest Home” (2017), Kyle Abraham’s newest work. Comprised primarily of solos and duets, “Dearest Home” focuses on love, longing, and loss while showcasing six dancers’ most vulnerable and intimate states of movement. Presented in the round, the audience has the choice to watch the performance with the soundscape playing through headphones, or in silence. The company previously performed the sold-out Connecticut premiere of “Pavement” at Wesleyan in November 2013. There will be a pre-performance discussion on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:15pm facilitated by DanceLink Fellow Katie Lowen ’19.
The presentation of “Dearest Home” is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Date: Thursday, October 6 and Friday October 7
Time: 8PM (Thursday); 2PM and 8PM (Friday)
Place: CFA Theater
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18
From Misha Iakovenko ’18:
The Sloth is back for our first show this semester! The theme: caught red handed.
The Sloth is a storytelling collective that puts on 1-2 story slams each semester. At these story slams, each storyteller gets 5 minutes to tell a story related to a chosen theme. It’s non-competitive and always fun.
We want to hear about a time you did something you weren’t supposed to do, a time you caught someone in a lie, a time you just got really messy with some paint (or blood or ______)!
Send a 2-3ish sentence story pitch to wesloth[at]gmail[dot]com by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st.
Date: Thursday, October 6
Place: Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High St
A cool thing happening:
Overland Dinner & Info Session | Wednesday, October 4th 7:00-8:00pm in Usdan 110
This summer join the dynamic, accomplished and charismatic group of Overland leaders who help kids see the world and all of its beauty and promise. Overland hires exceptional college students and recent graduates to lead summer programs across the country and around the world. Our staff of over 200 leaders and support staff spend ten days training and six weeks leading or supporting programs throughout the summer. Small groups, carefully crafted programs and inspiring leadership have been at the heart of what we do for the past 33 years. Come learn about hiking, biking, service, writing, language and field studies programs with Overland. Leaders describe Overland as the most challenging and satisfying leadership and work experience they have ever had.
Apply online here!
Leader Application Deadline: Monday, November 13th
Join us for an info session at 7:00 PM to learn more about how this could be a great leadership opportunity for you this summer. Stick around afterwards for PIZZA and a chance to talk with past leaders on campus. If you are interested in setting up a preliminary interview or plan to attend the info session, please email Dan Morris dan[at]overlandsummers[dot]com. We would love you meet you!
Date: Wednesday, October 4
Place: Usdan 110
From Amanda Yeoh ’19:
Apply now to be a part of Homecoming/Family Weekend (November 3rd-5th), put on annually by the University for students, family, alumni and friends of Wesleyan! Student workers play an integral role in the weekend by greeting guests at the registration site, assisting with activities and event preparation, escorting guests around campus in shuttle vans, and much more!
Application deadline: October 6th at 12:00 PM
Hiring notification: October 11th
Mandatory student worker meeting: November 1st at 5:00 PM
Please note: Students working under catering for Bon Appetit during the Weekend cannot apply for a position. However, regular Bon Appetit workers with weekly shifts are permitted to apply.
If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Yeoh ’19, Maxine Gibb ’19 and Jejomar-Erln Ysit ’19 at aprinterns[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Deadline: Apply by 12PM on Thursday, October 6
From Cristina LoGiudice ’21:
Professor Couti is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies/Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her talk will focus on the erotic mythology and poetics created around the sexuality of Creole women (black or white) in nineteenth-century literature and culture.
Date: Wednesday, October 4
Place: Romance Languages, 300 High Street
From Katie Lowen ’19:
Do you identify as queer and want to talk about love? Come join the dancers of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion for a pre-performance arts workshop before the Connecticut premiere of ‘Dearest Home’, a piece about Love, Longing, and Loss. This workshop will involve visual and movement art exploration with members of the Wesleyan and Middletown community. Participants will also get the opportunity to purchase $6 tickets to see ‘Dearest Home’, and get to attend a free brunch with the company on the Sunday after the performance.
The workshop will be held October 5th in Usdan 108 from 5:30-7 PM.
Please fill out this form (workshop will be capped at 30) or email klowen[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information.
Here’s the link to the google form!
Date: Thursday, October 5
Place: Usdan 108
From the Career Center:
Join us for a career talk with Anand Kini ’92, CFO of NBCUniversal.
Anand Kini was named Chief Financial Officer for NBCUniversal in May 2015. In addition to his role as CFO, Kini will continue to help shape NBCUniversal’s long-term strategic direction, and lead consumer and business insights efforts. He is a member of the Executive Committee and reports to Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal. Kini will discuss his career path and share how he broke into the media industry.
Most recently, Kini served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Insights where he oversaw the company’s long-range strategic planning. Additionally, he managed the existing research infrastructure and worked to create new capabilities to best support the businesses’ needs, which included evaluating entertainment consumption, advertising monetization and the emergence of new viewership platforms to better inform NBCUniversal decision making.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal in July 2011, Kini was Senior Vice President, Financial Planning, and Analysis for Comcast Cable Communications, LLC. In that role, he managed Comcast Cable’s forecasting, annual budget, and three-year planning process, and served as a key analytical resource to help the cable businesses identify emerging market trends, evaluate competitive positioning and determine attractive growth strategies to drive strong financial returns.
He joined Comcast in 2007 from Activision Blizzard, a video game publisher in Southern Calif., where he was Vice President of Financial Planning. Prior to that, he was Director of Financial Planning for Disney’s Parks and Resorts division, where he split his time between California and Florida.
As an undergraduate at Wesleyan, Kini majored in economics and he went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Date: Thursday, October 5
Place: Gordon Career Center
“The main goal of Project No Red Zone is to highlight and make-known to all students the resources available to survivors of sexual violence on campus.”
During lunch in Usdan for the past few weeks, folks from the WSA and others have been tabling about Project No Red Zone, an initiative that began last year as an effort to raise awareness about campus sexual assault and resources on campus to support survivors. The project also aims to help promote a culture of consent on campus.
In the Facebook event for Project No Red Zone, organizers of the event posted 8 action items that anyone on campus can do to help promote a culture of consent: