Dear fellow ’92ers,
I bring you news from our class!
Deb Lack reports that her younger daughter, Lane Daniels, will be attending Wesleyan in the fall, as part of the Class of ’28, intending to study political science, history, and theater. Currently at Wesleyan is Byron King’s daughter, Meriwether ’27, who has settled in and is making great friends, which Byron saw with his own eyes at Homecoming and Family Weekend this fall. Also there was Chris Chesak, who was voted onto the 1990s All-Decade Football Team and who got to catch up with his old teammates.
Edoardo Ballerini was back on campus last semester, teaching a guest course on narration and the spoken word in the Shapiro Center for Writing. In December he did a live reading for students from his Audible Original, The Angel of Rome, cocreated with best-selling author Jess Walter, a fictionalized version of his summer in Italy after graduation.
Another visitor to New England was Nancy McLoughlin, who was grateful that she was able to race in the Head of the Charles last fall among beautiful foliage—it brought back so many wonderful memories of rowing for Wesleyan.
Lisa Liang took a break from novel writing to produce a short film with her sister, which is currently making the rounds at festivals. On the personal front, her youngest heads off to college this year.
Jeffrey Kipnis reports that he and Jennie Van Cleef spent an amazing nine days together marauding across southern New Mexico and southwest Texas.
Moving abroad, Dan Fortmann was recruited by Lufthansa at Munich Airport in June and is now a “passenger service professional debutante” in the aviation industry at Germany’s number two airport.
Jill Slater started a new position as leader of the (Climate) Resiliency Team at the New York City Housing Authority. Jill continues to live in Manhattan’s financial district with her husband and their 10-year-old daughter. Fellow New Yorker Eric Leach-Rodriguez lives with his husband of 11 years and, on behalf of a childhood friend, became a living kidney donor last year. And on the Upper West Side is Darcy Dennett. She is working on a short film on the 100th Anniversary of the People’s Forest in Connecticut over the course of this year. In her free time, she is renovating a very old house, about one hour northeast of Wesleyan, getting back to running while still swimming laps, and did her first super minitriathlon this past summer.
Jody Sperling also lives in NYC, where her daughter is in seventh grade. She still dances, choreographs, and directs her company, Time Lapse Dance. Since the pandemic, she’s been an eco-artist-in-residence at the New Society for Ethical Culture. Jody and the company were featured in the documentary Obsessed with Light, which had its world premiere at the 2023 Rome Film Fest.
Another tristate resident is Kate Edwards, who lives in Pennington, New Jersey, and continues to work at Datacolor, which makes instruments that measure color. Her kids are getting ready to fly the nest—Iris is a high school senior and Nick is a sophomore.
Ty Jagerson continues to live in the Bay Area, now working at General Motors running their V2X program, building the business around using plugged-in EVs to power homes, businesses, and the grid.
Also on the West Coast is Ola Green, who relocated to Los Angeles and has been working in documentaries as an executive for Netflix since 2019. He is proud to have worked on award-winning films with Beyoncé (Homecoming), the Obamas (American Factory), and Questlove (Descendant).
Rounding up the news is an update from Maria Rosa Truglio, who works at Penn State as professor of Italian and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and is working on Italian children’s literature. She got married in 2021 up in New Hampshire to Greg Fox. Her son, Thomas, is finishing up his residency in medicine at Dartmouth, and her other son, Anthony, has been teaching in the linguistics program at Penn State.
That’s all the news for now. Hope to hear from you all soon!
ADAM BERINSKY | email@example.com