CLASS OF 1989 | 2020 | ISSUE 1

Kevin Heffernan lives in Boston, where he practices landlord/tenant and family law as a solo practitioner. He is looking forward to judging a high school moot court competition, which is probably as close to wearing the black robes as he expects to get. His two wonderful boys (8 and 11) make him laugh almost every day. He hopes to get back into geezer jock baseball after a five-year layoff due to coaching and old age.

In August 2018, Mark Mullen welcomed into the world his son, Archie, who has just started walking and talking, in addition to his normal hobbies of shaking lamps and putting shoes on his forearms and waving them around. Mark and his wife, Julie, are in San Francisco, where she is doing an MBA at Hult. He is also working hard on a national voter turnout effort. In addition, Luka Mullen ’23 is at Wesleyan and loving it.

Pam Greenspon is a general pediatrician in Las Vegas, where she has lived for nearly 16 years, growing to love the beauty in the desert, particularly the amazing winters. She married Jeff Ng, a family doctor, and has a son at the University of Arizona and a daughter who will graduate from high school this spring. In her free time, she is active in the Nevada chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she is the president and involved with advocacy, education, and community events for children and pediatricians. She also finds time for an improvisation ensemble called Judg(e)ment City. She hasn’t been back for Reunion in some time, but if anyone is visiting Las Vegas, she would be happy to provide insider tips.

Marc Brotman and Sabrina Zook are married with two sons. Their younger son Alex ’23 just finished his first semester at Wesleyan. He is living in the same dorm as Sabrina did freshman year and is happy there. Their family just came back from the Galapagos and highly recommends it for anyone looking to see unique wildlife.

Holly Adams does arts-in-ed projects, narrating audiobooks, and performing circus/stage combat. Also, spending time with her wonderful family.

After being a “seriously amateur” photographer for 40 years, Dave Eichler finally gave in to the encouragement of everyone in his life and took the plunge in 2019 to share his work with the world. He culled through 160,000 images in his database, built an e-commerce site (eichlerphotos.com), and has been invited to exhibit by galleries in nine states. He’s also been accepted as an artist-in-residence at the Burren College of Art in Ireland later this year. This doesn’t replace his work running his PR agency, Decibel Blue, that turns 15 years old this year, but it sure is a fulfilling activity.

Seth Kaplan has shifted from doing policy work for a renewable energy company to working on the development of one big offshore wind farm off Massachusetts. He and his (“law professor and smarter than me”) wife Liz and have achieved one particular type of parenting success, as their eldest Juliana graduated from college (Barnard at Columbia) and is now employed as an associate editor (taking freelance pitches) at Business Insider and living in NYC. Their middle child, Daniella, is enjoying Dean College in Franklin, Mass., and the youngest (Ben) is attending and complaining about Brookline High School. During the rare moments when he is not working or with the family, he can usually be found walking the dog or listening to the Promised Podcast featuring his sister, Allison ’86, or biking to and from work.

Peter Badalament is doing swell, as he is now living in Portland, Maine, and serving as the proud principal of Falmouth High School. He sees some ol’ Wes friends on occasion, but since he’d need permission to mention them here, and that’s a hassle, they will go nameless . . .

Phineas Baxandall’s daughter is starting University of Vermont next year and his son is at UC Berkeley, where he especially enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee. Phineas is playing in an over-40 league that he once would have snickered at. He still works at a think tank on Massachusetts policies to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income people, spending a lot of time geeking out on transportation and tax policy. He and his partner spent a lot of time in Cape Cod over the summer and recently put a kiln in their basement for ceramics.

Nancy Curran moved out to Portland, Ore., after vet school and lives there with her wife. She feels somewhat bi-coastal because she returns to Long Island frequently to visit friends and family and to manage her mom’s care. She’s also close to finishing a master’s in mental health counseling, which she undertook to be a resource to helping professionals and caregivers struggling with grief, compassion fatigue, and burnout. She’s still a practicing veterinarian so it’s been a busy time, but she is loving Portlandia with its amazing restaurants and the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

Stephanie Dolgoff is planning to spend her next 52 years unlearning everything she thought she knew in her last 52. Turns out she was wrong about some stuff. In all seriousness, she is enjoying the hell out of her kids (who are starting the college application craziness themselves), also good books, and people who get it. Fortunately, she has many, many who do.

Melissa Herman and her family are going to spend a sabbatical year in Berlin, Germany, for the 2020-2021 school year. Anyone passing through should give her a ring and she will show you around Berlin, which is full of great cultural and historical sites, plus fun restaurants and bars.

Co-class secretary Michele Barnwell gave a TEDx talk on “Scripting Your Own Reality”—that shares the crazy outrageous personal story of exactly HOW she ended up at Wesleyan as our classmate. It’s a troubling story that she revealed the secrets of on the TEDxUStreetWomen stage. Search for it on YouTube!

Lastly, shout out to our Dallas, Texas, based classmate, Kelem Butts, who answered our crazy question about how you all might splurge with $25K that you could only spend on travel! He says he’d snag two business class airline tickets and: “Lori and I would go to Buenos Aires in July.” He notes that “it has everything that we love about travel; great walkability, fantastic shopping for both of us, excellent food, good friends to visit, and probably the best wine you’ll find in the world.” He’s thinking six or seven days and might even sneak over to Montevideo, Uruguay; since it’s just a short ferry ride away!

Hoping this is a year full of a lot of goodness for each of you. Write soon

Jonathan Fried | jonathan.l.fried@gmail.com 

Michele Barnwell | fishtank_michele@yahoo.com

CLASS OF 1989 | 2019 | ISSUE 3

It’s a quiet quarter for Michele and Jonathan’s report, Maybe because everyone is still recovering from our 30th Reunion . . . or just *life*. We get it. We blew it, by not telling you in our previous notes that our very own Alexander Chee and Jenno Topping received alumni awards at our last Reunion which is cooler than cool.

Okay, onto the present. We heard from a few folks and this is what they had to say:

Allison Downer wrote in sharing a (funny) summer beach mishap—which involved repeatedly falling out of a new beach chair she never set up before, triggering “an existential crisis” . . . From what we gather, she’s used to the chair attendant setting up her sunbathing spot on vacations so when she attempted to do it on her own it was a big DON’T. Oopsie. We’re glad you got some chillaxing time in this summer, Allison.

Stephan Kline writes: “My younger son (Benjy Kline ’23) is a proud and enthusiastic member of Wes 2023. He joins his brother Noah ’21 on campus. Oh, Oregon is an awesome place to visit, all of it!”

Dave Keller spent a good chunk of the summer on tour with his band in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, performing songs from his Blues Music Award-nominated album, Every Soul’s a Star. He is busy planning his first European tour, writing songs for his next album, and raising his two teenage daughters.

Ethan Vesley-Flad moved to Accra with his family to spend a year (or more!) in Ghana. He was grateful to see so many classmates at the 30th shortly before leaving the U.S. He just missed seeing former roommate Paul Klehm in Ghana, but hopes to host one (or more!) Wes friends in the coming months.

Meanwhile, we’ll be trolling your inboxes in the next quarter looking for your updates. Happy winter!

Jonathan Fried | jonathan.l.fried@gmail.com 

Michele Barnwell | fishtank_michele@yahoo.com

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With our Reunion weekend (now months) behind us, we get it. Fair enough. Y’all are drained of sharing. We’re now in the oversharing phase of our relationship (haha!) and we all just want to roll over and snooze. We totally get it.

We’ll just take this space to say thank you, ’89ers. You show up in different ways for your Wes family—even if only in the yummy internal memories that you marinate on and share with your own community wherever you are in the world. We appreciate you.

So, squeeze yourselves and please plan to make it to our 35th (early plug). Pro-tip: Staying in the dorms felt a little like going camping replete with your friends in their jammies shuffling to the loo in the morning after the bugle screamed through the air. The accommodations paired well with the where-is-my-bed-please-people, post-karaoke sheen we were sporting in the wee hours (or just me?).

Lastly, a thought . . . When did our class notes become solely about our achievements? We should continue to share victories. Yes, let’s! What if we also add something a bit of a Q&A to that?

Let’s try this. For our next round of notes—which we’ll be seeking your updates sooner rather than later—let’s all answer: Describe where you would go and what you would do if someone wiped out all of your debt, put $25k in your savings account, gave you three first-class airline tickets, and another $25k in spending money. Yet, you cannot save any of the spending money. It must be spent on travel, food, lodging, and fun only. Where would you go and what would you do when you got there?

Check out our next notes to find out how your classmates answered this.

Jonathan Fried | jonathan.l.fried@gmail.com 

Michele Barnwell | fishtank_michele@yahoo.com

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Class of 1989 Scholarship
Emily Boddewyn ’22, New York, NY

We are ALL turning 30 years-young, this year. We are. Thirty years of post-college adulting, so why don’t we meet up on campus this year for our 30th Reunion? Anyone?! Bueller?

In an effort to get us all in the mood, here are some of the suggestions from our O.G. (original gangsta) class secretary, Stephanie Dolgoff—who first penned and posted her list of Reunion rules on our 1989 class Facebook group prior to our 25th Reunion. She has now updated said-original list with some added wisdom for our 30th Reunion.

NOTE: These are only “rules” in the Wesleyan sense of a rule/non-rule/do-what-you-please-anyway idea because . . . Wesleyan. Here are Stephanie’s witty words. Enjoy!

I think we need some new, 30th Reunion (!) rules, or, since it’s Wes, “guidelines for inclusive and inoffensive communal comportment.”

1. No one is allowed to say, “Geez, can you believe how !@#$ old we are.” Suggest: “I don’t know about you, but my years of accrued wisdom have served me astonishingly well!”

2. No one should say “I’m so sorry” when you tell them you’re divorced. Rather: “I never met him/her, but I’m sure he/she was totally unworthy of your obvious wonderfulness. I hope he or she is a good co-parent.” Update: When you introduce your new partner to your old friends, the appropriate reply is, “You know you scored, right? He/she/they looks even better now that he/she/they has put on some much-needed abdominal fat and lost all that pesky excess head hair.”

3. No one is to ask any creative person if he or she is working on a second book/screenplay/multimedia installation/rock opera/[fill in the blank]. Especially not a book. The answer is yes, sort of, in my mind, or not, please shut up. Update: You are especially not allowed to ask Stephanie this.

4. The only appropriate greeting is, “I am so happy to see you. You look fantastic.” You can leave off “But I can’t remember your name.” Update: Now this last part is permissible, because really, who remembers anything anymore?

5. Everyone is to offer his or her name, even if they think the person surely must remember that time they made out after some party sometime, you think, or maybe it was her roommate. Update: Or maybe it was at the 25th Reunion.

6. No one is to be put in the position to justify his or her [update: or their] life choices, and no one should feel compelled to do so. For example, “You’re married? But weren’t you militantly polyamorous in college?” Let it be hereby stated for the record that being a stay-at-home parent officially counts as work and you don’t also have to have a blog about it to be considered worthwhile. Update: F— yeah.

7. Everyone gets to complain about how the current gym is so much better than what we had back in the day, and the student center and the housing, too. Update: And the students. The students are better now than they were then, too. Especially the children of alumni.

8. Agree to dispense with any discussions of cosmetic injectables, hair coloring, or intestinally restrictive undergarments as valid feminist choices. Update: Everyone shares his/her/their dermatologist/colorist/bra-fitter’s personal cell number. And most effective pharmaceutical antidepressant regimen and probiotic supplement. And which foods we are intolerant of. And your ideal CBD/THC ratio. Everyone shares everything, basically, because who remembers anything anymore?

Entirely new adds to the list:

9. Propose we assume we all agree about the state of the government and the state of political discourse and refrain from having any. Even if that’s not true, what the hell is the point?

10. People without children, people with grandchildren, people with children living in their basements and cooking meth . . . No judgments.

11. Everyone should ask about one another’s kid, child, offspring, or loin fruit, as opposed to son or daughter. Odds are good that at least one of everyone’s family is no longer the gender they were assigned at birth.

12. No recording the sounds any of us makes when we try to stand up from our Foss Hill blankets and posting them on social. And no competitive step taking . . . leave your FitBits at home.

Let’s keep this list growing on our Class of 1989 Facebook page; but if you’re not on Facebook, ping a classmate who is and have them add your wisdom for you.

While we might like to include the updates we merely witness from Reunion in the next issue, that’s not how this works. We are not investigative reporters and we’re not on duty the whole time either. We will ask for updates, but we won’t be aiming to surprise you by printing unapproved ones.

Bottom line: Come to campus. Party, connect, eat, have deep conversations, or keep it totally shallow. Your pick. Just show up. It’ll be a better memory with you in it. Registration and more information can be found here: wesleyan.edu/rc. We sincerely hope to see you on campus!

Jonathan Fried | jonathan.l.fried@gmail.com 

Michele Barnwell | fishtank_michele@yahoo.com

CLASS OF 1989 | 2018 | ISSUE 3

Michele and I are thrilled to kick off this edition of class notes with a first-time submission from Marjorie Levine-Clark. She and Michael Levine-Clark ’92 dropped off their new frosh daughter, Isabel ’22, at Wes. They are so excited to be back at Wesleyan, living vicariously, and report that Foss 3 looks the same as it did 30 years ago and still has no air conditioning. Marjorie is a history professor and associate dean for diversity, outreach, and initiatives at the University of Colorado-Denver, and Michael is dean of libraries at the University of Denver. They’ve been out west for almost 20 years and love living in Denver. She plans to come to Reunion!

Keeping with the alumni legacy theme, Christopher Roberts writes that he is “pleased (and perhaps more than a little terrified) to report that my daughter, Beatrix ’22, is starting Wesleyan this fall. As a double-legacy (her mother is Alexis Neaman Roberts ’90), Beatrix assured us several times that she was not interested in going to Wesleyan. I guess she changed her mind . . . But now her two younger sisters are really, really sure that they don’t want to go to Wesleyan . . .” Christopher is living in Austin, Texas, where he works at The University of Texas alongside Ward Farnsworth. They had a visit from Stephanie Dolgoff a few months ago. Jeremy Dobrish ’90 and his family spent a week with them last year. He is hoping for more Wesleyan visits this year, though probably not during summer when it’s—almost literally—110 degrees in the shade.

Staying in the Lone Star State, Kelem Butts brings news from Dallas. “My girlfriend of 23 years, Lori Feathers, just pulled off a very Wes-like coup. She retired from practicing law and opened an independent bookstore here in Dallas, Interabang Books. It just earned kudos from D Magazine as the best independent book store in Dallas. I also just had lunch with Caroline Bhupathi ’20 who is working for Girls Who Code here at AT&T (side note, AT&T provides funding to this awesome organization). It’s so encouraging to talk to young Wes students who are totally awesome. Oh, and I am still doing corporate philanthropy at AT&T and I love it.”

Dave Keller just signed a record deal with Catfood Records of El Paso, Texas, and will be going into the studio at the end of June to record a batch of new original soul songs. Jim Gaines, who produced Santana’s mega-hit, “Smooth,” will be producing his record. He’s very excited! He’s living in Montpelier, Vt., and touring as much as possible, while raising two teenaged daughters.

Michelle Gonzalez added a second master’s degree in 2017, this time in clinical social work. She is working with those living with HIV/AIDS, taking care of (or trying to be cool for) her 16-year-old son and living in Providence. She published a paper about “non-offending mothers in child sexual abuse cases” and is teaching online at New England Institute of Technology on health care management and social marketing for MPH students. If you aspire to visit Providence, look her up!

Your erstwhile class secretary, David Milch, joined Baruch College as director of the master of arts in arts administration program and a distinguished lecturer. He also reports that he spent a wonderful vacation in June with Glarb (low-rise) housemate, Libby Neuman Bunn ’90. “Libby and I met up with Alex “Indy” Neidell and had an amazing time drinking and reminiscing our way across Berlin. I returned from that trip to journey to D.C. for the Pride March, where my daughter and I stayed with other Glarb housemate, John Hlinko, and dined with yet another Glarbster, Topher Sebest. Nothing like putting 10 sophomores in the smallest bedrooms ever to create life-long friendships! We are also happy to announce that Adina Hoffman’s new book, Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures, is forthcoming in February from Yale University Press’s Jewish Lives series.”

S. Topiary Landberg just started a very exciting two-year Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the Oakland Museum of California and is finishing up a PhD in film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz—expecting to defend by June.

Abby Smuckler is planning to come to Reunion (yay!). We’re sure many more of you are too; and we can’t wait to see you! As we continue to gear up for our 30th Reunion (May 23-26, 2019), we are still in need of volunteers to get involved with planning. (Thanks to those of you who are already on the committee!) If you are interested, please contact: Megan Lenzzo, assistant director of annual giving at mlenzzo@wesleyan.edu. Go Wes Class of ’89!

Jonathan Fried | jonathan.l.fried@gmail.com 

Michele Barnwell | fishtank_michele@yahoo.com

CLASS OF 1989 | 2018 | ISSUE 2

Laura Hamilton Hardin writes: “Lots of milestones for me! I turned 50 on December 31 and decided to get a tattoo to memorialize the occasion! I had my 10th wedding anniversary (second marriage) in April. My son just graduated from high school and will be attending University of Texas in the fall, so I am officially about to be an empty-nester. My daughter is at Texas A&M and got her Aggie ring in May. She is going to graduate next May . . . exactly 30 years after I did and working on her applications for veterinary school. Work is very busy . . . traveling heavily around the world this year . . . have already clocked 140,000 miles on United.”

David Eichler and his wife, Diane, just celebrated 25 years since they first met and will be going whale watching in the San Juan Islands with Craig Morgan, Tara Lennon ’90, and their daughters this summer.

Silvia Menendez was named associate dean for experiential learning at University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. While she’s still a lecturer, she will also be overseeing externship placements and clinical positions for students. If any Wes attorneys working for nonprofit or public service organizations are looking for externs, let her know. Husband Jeff Harman ’90 is a full professor in the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine at FSU’s College of Medicine. Their youngest daughter just graduated from high school and the oldest is going to be a senior in college.

Jeffrey Naness is doing well on Long Island, keeping in touch with some Wesleyan friends through Facebook and some in real life. (Shout out to Steve Ward!). He is practicing law, representing businesses in employment and labor relations matters. His oldest son just finished his first year at Muhlenberg College and his youngest son is going into 11th grade.

Alexander Chee is in Florence, Italy, teaching in the NYU summer creative writing program. During the rest of the year, he and his husband, Dustin Schell, divide their time between NYC and Hanover, N.H., where Alex is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College. His most recent book, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, a collection of essays, came out in 2018.

Carrie Holden Emmerson and her family moved a bit farther south in Maine to the Midcoast Region (Woolwich, Maine, near Bath), and is teaching social studies at Morse High School where she tries to combat the plague of fake news on a daily basis. She lives a mile from a restaurant that sports a giant inflatable lobster on its roof (The Taste of Maine). So, if you’re driving along Route 1 and see the lobster, stop by and say hello!

Phineas Baxandall reports on the continuing tradition (from at least the ’80s) of Wesleyan’s alumni from the Nietzsch Factor ULTIMATE FRISBEE team playing the current team. In addition to Phineas, other alumni who played this year were Ben Usadi ’92, Matt Higbee ’93, Ezra (Brownstein) Shales ’91, Dan Haar ’81, and Robert Featherstone. Unfortunately, while most years the alumni prevailed, this year the youngsters were too fast, and the alumni hadn’t been playing regularly. Nevertheless, everyone had a great time, with the whole crowd of alumni and current students joining to recount their favorite Wesleyan ULTIMATE FRISBEE memories before adjourning for a BBQ in the backyard of one of the current team’s houses.

Emma Gardner is happily living in Petaluma, Calif. with her husband, Patrick McDarrah ’88, and two kids. They have a lot of different projects going on, but the main one is their rug company, emma gardner design. She is very excited to be working on a big tile and mosaic project with a company in Nicaragua and LA.

Mark Seasholes is splitting his time between Phoenix (ASU professor) and Santa Cruz (enjoying life). He would love to catch up with classmates. Visitors to either place should feel free to drop him a line.

Finally, Jonathan and Michele want to make sure everyone has the 30th Reunion in their calendar (May 23-26, 2019). The Reunion Committee is in need of volunteers to get involved with planning for Reunion. Please contact Megan Lenzzo, assistant director of annual giving at mlenzzo@wesleyan.edu if interested. Go Wes!

Jonathan Fried | jonathan.l.fried@gmail.com 

Michele Barnwell | fishtank_michele@yahoo.com

CLASS OF 1989 | 2018 | ISSUE 2

Laura Hamilton Hardin writes: “Lots of milestones for me! I turned 50 on December 31 and decided to get a tattoo to memorialize the occasion! I had my 10th wedding anniversary (second marriage) in April. My son just graduated from high school and will be attending University of Texas in the fall, so I am officially about to be an empty-nester. My daughter is at Texas A&M and got her Aggie ring in May. She is going to graduate next May . . . exactly 30 years after I did and working on her applications for veterinary school. Work is very busy . . . traveling heavily around the world this year . . . have already clocked 140,000 miles on United.”

David Eichler and his wife, Diane, just celebrated 25 years since they first met and will be going whale watching in the San Juan Islands with Craig Morgan, Tara Lennon ’90, and their daughters this summer.

Silvia Menendez was named associate dean for experiential learning at University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. While she’s still a lecturer, she will also be overseeing externship placements and clinical positions for students. If any Wes attorneys working for nonprofit or public service organizations are looking for externs, let her know. Husband Jeff Harman ’90 is a full professor in the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine at FSU’s College of Medicine. Their youngest daughter just graduated from high school and the oldest is going to be a senior in college.

Jeffrey Naness is doing well on Long Island, keeping in touch with some Wesleyan friends through Facebook and some in real life. (Shout out to Steve Ward!). He is practicing law, representing businesses in employment and labor relations matters. His oldest son just finished his first year at Muhlenberg College and his youngest son is going into 11th grade.

Alexander Chee is in Florence, Italy, teaching in the NYU summer creative writing program. During the rest of the year, he and his husband, Dustin Schell, divide their time between NYC and Hanover, N.H., where Alex is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College. His most recent book, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, a collection of essays, came out in 2018.

Carrie Holden Emmerson and her family moved a bit farther south in Maine to the Midcoast Region (Woolwich, Maine, near Bath), and is teaching social studies at Morse High School where she tries to combat the plague of fake news on a daily basis. She lives a mile from a restaurant that sports a giant inflatable lobster on its roof (The Taste of Maine). So, if you’re driving along Route 1 and see the lobster, stop by and say hello!

Phineas Baxandall reports on the continuing tradition (from at least the ’80s) of Wesleyan’s alumni from the Nietzsch Factor ULTIMATE FRISBEE team playing the current team. In addition to Phineas, other alumni who played this year were Ben Usadi ’92, Matt Higbee ’93, Ezra (Brownstein) Shales ’91, Dan Haar ’81, and Robert Featherstone. Unfortunately, while most years the alumni prevailed, this year the youngsters were too fast, and the alumni hadn’t been playing regularly. Nevertheless, everyone had a great time, with the whole crowd of alumni and current students joining to recount their favorite Wesleyan ULTIMATE FRISBEE memories before adjourning for a BBQ in the backyard of one of the current team’s houses.

Emma Gardner is happily living in Petaluma, Calif. with her husband, Patrick McDarrah ’88, and two kids. They have a lot of different projects going on, but the main one is their rug company, emma gardner design. She is very excited to be working on a big tile and mosaic project with a company in Nicaragua and LA.

Mark Seasholes is splitting his time between Phoenix (ASU professor) and Santa Cruz (enjoying life). He would love to catch up with classmates. Visitors to either place should feel free to drop him a line.

Finally, Jonathan and Michele want to make sure everyone has the 30th Reunion in their calendar (May 23-26, 2019). The Reunion Committee is in need of volunteers to get involved with planning for Reunion. Please contact Megan Lenzzo, assistant director of annual giving at mlenzzo@wesleyan.edu if interested. Go Wes!

Jonathan Fried | jonathan.l.fried@gmail.com 

Michele Barnwell | fishtank_michele@yahoo.com

CLASS OF 1989 | 2018 | ISSUE 1

Class of 1989 Scholarship

Joanna Korpanty ’21, Chemistry

Newlywed Anjulika Chawla writes that after 15 years and four kids together (ages 6, 10, 12, and 17), she and her now-husband Ron decided to “take the plunge and get married”—which they did on Sept. 2 at the Rhythm and Roots Festival. “The ceremony was 20 minutes, and the party about 11 hours.” Anjulika is a pediatric hematologist oncologist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and an associate professor at Brown University. She stepped down as the interim chair of the division after four years, and has cut her time to about 10 percent. She is joining a biotech firm in Cambridge to work on a project using gene therapy to treat sickle cell disease.

In Boston, Abby Smuckler ran into Russ Cobe at Shabbat services at the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial! Quite a feat considering there were about 5,000 people in the convention hall, and they hadn’t seen each other since graduation. Russ lives near Charlotte, N.C., and Abby is outside Boston in Needham.

Marisa Cohen spent 13 months on the road with her daughter, Molly—who was in the national tour of Matilda the Musical. They returned to New York last summer and got right back into the swing of things. Now Marisa is freelancing at Real Simple. In November she had “an amazing visit to Wes” for Alumni Sons & Daughters Weekend with her older daughter, Bellamy—who got to sit in on a class with Marisa’s old music professor, Neely Bruce, and is excited to apply for the class of 2023. (Sidebar: 2023? I give up. We’re speaking in Blade Runner-esque graduation class years at this point. Can we pace ourselves please?! Geez!) Marisa says she genuinely “loved catching up with so many classmates who are also going through the nerve-racking college admissions game with their kids while I was there.” Solidarity, sis!

Robin Alexander has been living with her husband in Brooklyn for the past 10 years after having lived in Jerusalem for five. She works as a therapist and clinical social worker, and, most recently, as a mental health consultant for child protective services and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Peter Knight has assumed volunteer leadership in his appointment to the board of directors for Connecticut Legal Services. The agency is dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals meet their basic needs and be assured equal access to opportunities and justice. This new role is in addition to Peter’s role as the chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the law firm Robinson+Cole—where he’s a member of their Environmental, Energy and Telecommunications Group.

Jim Levine ’89

Jim Levine marked his 50th birthday by moving to Alaska. You guys, ALASKA…from Middletown, Conn., where he had been living. I love everyone’s updates. And this one too…so much! In his own words: “After 15 years back in Connecticut, working around the corner from WesU, the younger of my two kids graduated from high school and flew the coop. So…I sold my empty nest and moved solo to a rural area in southcentral Alaska, three hours from Anchorage, where I’m working in the emergency department of a small hospital, in a town called Soldotna. It’s beautiful here, and life is definitely slower and quieter. I’ve been here almost a year now.”

Susan Turkel is working part-time as a social sciences librarian at Villanova University. “It’s a very different environment from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Michigan, my beloved previous institutions, but I like it! My other major preoccupations are square, English, and contra dancing, and weekly visits with my parents (they’re 87 and almost 83, still living independently despite health challenges). Is anyone else going through the elderly parent struggle? It goes from frustrating to rewarding and then back again…but I’m grateful that they’re still around, that we’re close, and that I can be helpful to them.”

Topiary Landberg is in her fifth year of a PhD at UC, Santa Cruz in Film & Digital Media, working on her dissertation about urban landscape documentary and a media project about San Francisco. She is “loving being at Santa Cruz, teaching, researching and somehow becoming a full-fledged academic. Next stop: job market.

Next year is our 30th Reunion, y’all. Why don’t we round up our fellow ’89 Wes friends and head to campus next year? We’ve got a year-ish from now to plan our long-weekend escape and Wes campus takeover. I think we should take over the dorms. Seriously. Pajama-jammy-jam anyone?! We can fire up some ’80s tunes (“It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock anyone?) and dance it out together!

We do really enjoy hearing from each of you and appreciate you sharing your news with all of us! Cheers, classmates! Until then, so happy to hear from you. Keep the updates coming!

Jonathan Fried | jonathan.l.fried@gmail.com 

Michele Barnwell | fishtank_michele@yahoo.com