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Monthly Archive for September, 2008

Preparing for exams begins on day one of class! Come meet with a SARN Peer Advisor and learn how to organize your course information and time for thorough preparation for exams. Learn strategies to understand and recall your course information on test day! Sunday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. in Usdan 136.

Do you sometimes find yourself reading pages and pages and not remembering what they were about? Do you have trouble focusing and recalling what you’ve had to read for class? Is reading just not fun for you?

Well, a Peer Advisor can change that! Come to the Reading Retention Workshop on Monday, September 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Usdan 136.

Peer Advisor workshops are open to all students and all class years are encouraged to participate.

The Environmental Studies Certificate Program will be hosting a luncheon on Monday, September 22, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. in Usdan 108. Learn about the program, meet Program Director Barry Chernoff, speak with students who are involved in the program, and meet fellow students who wish to pursue the certificate. Please RSVP to Valerie Marinelli, Administrative Assistant to the Environmental Studies Certificate Program at x3733 or vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu. Pizza and salad will be served.

During New Student Orientation, Randy Haveson shared his take on keeping your alcohol consumption at a low risk level, if in fact you choose to drink at all. Most Wesleyan students consume nothing or at a low risk level which results in few, if any, problems. Just as a reminder, here’s the Code again:

0 — Sometimes ZERO is the best option. Listen to your instincts!

  • If you are under 21 (there are more consequences if you drink underage)
  • If you are drinking to “escape” or deal with stress
  • If you have an exam, job interview, important appointment or project due the next day
  • If you are on medication or have taken any other kind of drug
  • If you haven’t eaten, are sick or are tired
  • If you have a low tolerance or are an alcoholic
  • If you have a strong family history of addiction
  • If drinking causes a change to your personality
  • If you are watching or responsible for children or are pregnant

1 — No more than ONE drink per hour. That’s all your liver can handle at any one time.

2 — Limit your drinking to no more than TWO times per week. Studies show that high risk drinkers consume alcohol three or more times per week.

3 — No more than THREE drinks in one day. That’s a 12 oz. beer, a 4 oz. wine or 1 oz. shot of liquor.

Contact Becky Gagnon at rgagnon@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.3143 today to sign up.  Be sure to provide your phone number and your day and time preferences for meeting with the group.

  • Day:  Wednesday or Thursday
  • Time:  5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm
  • Cost:  $127 (payment via cash, check or credit card; due at first meeting)

Group meeting time will be determined by student and Weight Watchers leader availability.

Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral Health for Students.

Next week, the Office of International Studies will be hosting information sessions for the Wesleyan-administered programs in Madrid and Paris:

What Do Class Deans Do?

Class deans are responsible for a comprehensive program of academic advising and class management in the context of a residential liberal arts environment. This includes helping students develop educational goals and complete graduation requirements; working with faculty to support student success in the classroom; facilitating access to academic and non-academic support services; and supporting students as they transition from high school through the undergraduate years to life post-Wesleyan.

If you have questions about graduation requirements, general education, or transfer credits, or if you need guidance navigating the Wesleyan system, or if you are seeking sources of academic or other kinds of support, you should contact your class dean.  Class deans offer daily drop-in hours for quick (5-10 minute) consultations; for longer conversations, contact your class dean by phone or email to schedule an appointment.

David Phillips
Dean for the Class of 2012

Noel Garrett
Dean for the Class of 2011

Marina Melendez
Dean for the Class of 2010

Louise Brown
Dean for the Class of 2009

Now that the Drop/Add period is over, all students are required to confirm the accuracy of their class schedules. To confirm your schedule, login to your e-portfolio and navigate to Current Classes & Schedule (EP > Student > Wesleyan Career > Current Classes & Schedule) and click on either the “Schedule is Correct” or “Schedule is NOT Correct” button. If you click on the “Schedule is NOT Correct” button, you will be provided with instructions on how to correct your schedule.

You must confirm your Fall 2008 schedule to be eligible to participate in the November scheduling phase of course pre-registration process for the Spring 2009 semester.

The Student Activities Fair will take place be on Friday, September 19, 2008 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the Spurrier-Snyder hockey rink located in the Freeman Athletic Center. It will be a great opportunity to see the many student groups that you can get involved in on campus. Sports, activism, identity, greek life, music, performance, volunteer, program house, and publication groups will all be featured at the event. Each group will have a table where group leaders will be happy to talk to you about their student group involvement. All first year students are strongly encouraged to attend and start getting involved in student groups on campus.

If you have not already done so, take some time to get together with your roommate(s) to go through the Thriving Together workbook. Establishing ground rules early in the semester and resolving the issues in the Roommates Agreement Form will help prevent minor problems from escalating into major problems later in the year. If you need assistance completing the agreement, ask your Resident Advisor for help. RAs are trained in conflict mediation and can offer an impartial perspective. Whether you are already best of friends or just cordial acquaintances, a healthy roommate relationship requires open communication, compromise and respect.

WesFiles is a centralized, web-based, document storage system that enables users to have easy network access to all their documents from anywhere. WesFiles replaces the old system of different storage locations for different types of documents, often requiring different front end programs and different usernames and passwords to gain access to files stored on different systems. There are many advantages to storing your documents in WesFiles.

  • Easy network access to all your documents from anywhere.
  • Easy web access. You simply have to connect to https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu and provide your credentials to access all your documents.
  • WesFiles system can also be mounted on your desktop so it appears as though it is another disk on your computer.
  • Ease of collaboration – you can set the access control for any document yourself; you can also share documents with anyone who doesn’t even have a Wesleyan email account.
  • You don’t have to worry about backing up your files because WesFiles is backed up for you on a regular basis.
  • WesFiles lends itself to extensions easily. For example, ITS has written a dropbox function that the faculty can set up in WesFiles.
  • WesFiles provides a document workflow engine that is very powerful.

More information is available on the WesFiles blog.

The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development helps students plan events, get involved on campus, and develop leadership skills. Last year, the office assisted students in planning over 2,300 events, including speakers, concerts, regular meetings, performances, and parties. The office also provides leadership development sessions for groups of students on request and is planning to expand its leadership development offerings. This year, the office has implemented a new virtual room request system as well. Students can now check availability and request room bookings through the e-portfolio.

If you are interested in getting more involved, contact Tim Shiner or Elisa Del Valle or visit the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development on the first floor of the Usdan Center, across from the computer store.

Representatives from law schools popular with Wesleyan graduates will be on campus this week to highlight the strengths of their schools, let you know about their public interest law programs, and answer any questions you may have about a career in law.

Career Options for JDs
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 – 7:30p.m., Career Resource Center Library.

Representatives from American University, Boston University, Emory, and Fordham law schools will tell you about the wide variety of positions both inside and outside of legal practice that are open to law school graduates. If you’re wondering what you can do with a law degree, this is the event to attend!

Nail the Basics Before Applying to Law School
Thursday, September 18, 12:00 noon -1:00 p.m., Usdan 110.

Representatives from Boston College, Brooklyn Law School, Tulane, and the University of Connecticut will discuss:

  • how to decide if law school is for you
  • what law schools look for beyond the scores
  • how to select the right law school
  • how to write a good personal statement.

This workshop is a must for students considering a legal career.

Kaplan Mock LSAT
Saturday September 20, 9:0 0am – 12:30pm, PAC 001.

If you want to practice under real life conditions, this is a free way to do it!

For questions, contact Jim Kubat, Associate Director and Pre-Law Advisor at the Career Resource Center at jkubat@wesleyan.edu.

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