Explore “this is why”

John M Ferrara ’88

November 6, 2014

This is Why Story:

I recently read in a study that our core personal traits are formed by the time we reach 10 years old. I laughed introspectively. While I like to think the study is generally accurate, I believe that there are extraordinary people, events, places and experiences in our lives that have a significant… more

Katy Butler ’71

October 16, 2014

This is Why Story:

I learned a bunch of things during my time at Wesleyan. I was only there for two years. I was a transfer student, one of the first women. There were about 40 of us on campus the years I was there, I think. It was also the years of the National Student Strike. I had an incredible tutorial with Phyllis… more

Alex Kotlowitz ’77

September 22, 2014

This is Why Story:

I’m not sure how I first met Connie Tyaack, but after that first ride in his Mustang convertible my junior year he became my friend and mentor, teaching me about what was, even then, a glaring divide between those with and those without. Connie was a city councilmember in Middletown and president… more

Sharon I Purdie ’74

July 17, 2014

Thesis Title:

Methods of Social Control in Open and Traditional Classrooms

Favorite Professor:

Karl Scheibe

This is Why Story:

From the day I joined a Wesleyan campus tour as a senior in high school, I was hooked!  My initial experiences following my passions, earning a college degree, and meeting lots of interesting and creative people have broadened to include continuing to meet amazing students and alumni as well as… more

Heather Craig Olins ’05

July 1, 2014

Thesis Title:

Comparative Methods for Sampling and Analyzing Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities in the Lower Connecticut River Basin

Favorite Course:


Favorite Professor:

Barry Chernoff and Johan Varekamp

This is Why Story:

At Wesleyan I was able to be involved with a number of different research projects in the E&ES department. In addition to countless memorable field trips in CT, I did research in Puerto Rico, Guyana, and Death Valley with different professors. When I wanted to write a senior thesis, I was able to… more