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Parker Dockray ’95

February 4, 2015

Favorite Course:

Intro to Dance with Cheryl Cutler

Favorite Professor:

Rob Rosenthal

This is Why Story:

Growing up in semi-rural Pennsylvania, I knew I wanted attend a college in a more diverse, more progressive community. I still remember my first visit to Wesleyan: I felt like while it was a place where there were a lot of social activities happening, the conversations people were having were wonderfully… more

Julie Scolnik ’78

January 28, 2015

Favorite Professor:

Carl Viggiani & Joyce Lowrie (French Language and Literature) and Dick Winslow ‘40 (Music)

This is Why Story:

The question classical music organizers have been struggling with for years is how to interest the younger generation.  When many people hear the terms “classical music” and “chamber music,” they immediately think of stuffy people playing music by long-dead composers. While… more

Bill Brooks ’49

January 6, 2015

This is Why Story:

On December 7, 1941, I was sitting at a table playing bridge with a girlfriend and her parents. The radio was on and we were listening to music, when the program was interrupted with the announcement that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. Within three months, my three older brothers were… more

Julia Vermeulen ’15

January 13, 2015

This is Why Story:

Last summer, as a recipient of the Nancy Campbell Internship in Historic Preservation, I worked as a national treasures intern in the preservation division of the National Trust, where I accepted an exciting (and somewhat scary) opportunity to effect change in the historic preservation world… more

Jessica Sharzer ’94

January 5, 2015

Thesis Title:

Two Posts From the Crossbeam: The Life and Work of Marina Tsvetaeva

Favorite Course:

Joe Rouse – Philosophical Classics

Favorite Professor:

Donald Moon – Political Theory & Christina Crosby – Women’s Studies

This is Why Story:

As a transfer student you have an exaggerated appreciation for a school—because you have a point of comparison. I transferred to Wesleyan for my sophomore year, as I wanted to move back to the East Coast and to attend a university with a slightly bigger, more diverse community. Wesleyan was an… more