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WesFest Hosts Wanted!

Remember how much fun you had at WesFest last year?

Do you want to help another potential student have fun this year?

Even though it’s only February, it’s already time to start thinking about WesFest! The Office of Admission needs your help in hosting potential students. We need as many hosts as we can get!

This year’s WesFest will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 16, 17, and 18. You can host a student (or a few students) Thursday night, Friday night, or both.

Check out the table in Usdan at lunch starting on March 2. You can also sign up online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/admission/admit/hosts.html.

If you have any questions, feel free to email the WesFest 2009 interns at wesfest@wesleyan.edu, or call 860-685-2559.

VDay Middletown presents a benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler and needs YOU to join the cast!


  • Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

at the Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown, CT.

No experience or prepared material necessary.

Questions? Contact Jess Buttrey jbuttrey@womenfamilies.org or call 203.235.9297, ext. 126.

Spring Break Shuttle Schedule

The deadline for making shuttle reservations to and from Bradley Airport, New Haven Train Station, New York and Boston is Tuesday, March 3. Reservations must be made at the Usdan University Center Box Office.

Bradley Airport Shuttle Schedule

New Haven Train Station Shuttle Schedule

  • Shuttle leaves front of Usdan on Friday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m.
  • Shuttle leaves front of the New Haven Train Station on Saturday, March 21, at 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 22, at 4:00 p.m.

New York and Boston Bus Schedule

  • Buses leave front of Usdan Friday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Buses leave New York Grand Central Station and Boston South Station at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

Please contact Usdan Box Office at 860-685-3355 or Transportation Services at 860-685-3788 with questions and fees.

The College of Letters cordially invites all of members of the Class of 2012 who have any interest in majoring in COL to attend one of our Open House receptions, which will be held this year on Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4.  Both gatherings will start at 4:15 p.m. in the College of Letters Library (Butterfield C-413).  Professor Ethan Kleinberg will speak briefly about the Program, but a number of COL students and faculty will also be there to answer questions, and we will have some descriptive literature for you.

The College of Letters is an interdisciplinary major in Literature, Philosophy, and History, with a required area of foreign language concentration, and a semester in residence abroad (usually in France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Russia, or Spain).  The major begins, unlike most majors, in the fall of the sophomore year, which is why application for it must be made in the spring of your first year.

This year, the deadline for applications is Monday, March 23, the first day after the Spring vacation.  We have only a limited number of places, and our admission process has to be completed before the university’s preregistration procedures, so it is important to apply on time if you are seriously interested.  If all available places are filled by timely applicants, late applicants will automatically be placed on a waiting list.

Congratulations to Cat Lum, Nate Mondschein, and Howe Pearson, whose band “Michael Roth” won the Best in the Class of 2012 category for the song “Reason Why” at the Musical Madness competition last night.

Feet to the Fire is pleased to invite the Class of 2012 to the opening of “Of All the People in All the World, USA”, performed by Stan’s Cafe from Birmingham, UK.

This has become known around campus as “the Rice Show,” because we had to order and install 11,000 lbs of uncooked, long grain rice. The show demonstrates statistics about people, history, culture and science by representing a person with a single grain of rice.

This show is special from previous installations of the show because, as part of the Feet to the Fire Initiative, the show will also feature statistics about Global Warming and Climate Change generated by the students in E&ES/BIOL 197, Introduction to Environmental Studies class, last fall.

There will be many statistics about Wesleyan, its history, as well as statistics about Middletown, CT and the US — all done with the famous wit and artistic sense that is the hallmark of Stan’s Cafe.

So, come join us for the celebration this evening for the opening of “Of All the People in All the World, USA” (The Rice Show)

Zilkha Gallery, Friday, February 20, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Food and refreshment provided.

Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees will visit campus later this week, and will host an informal open meeting with students. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Zelnick Pavilion. This is a great opportunity for students to interact with trustees and to discuss issues of mutual interest. All students are welcome.

Issue 3.5 of the First Year Matters Newsletter is now online.  Featured articles include:




Health and Safety


The Wesleyan McNair Program assists students from underrepresented groups in preparing for, entering, and progressing successfully through post-graduate education.  For frosh and sophomores, the emphasis is on learning more about the PhD option, how and why one might go about earning one, choosing a direction, and preparing for research.  A major part of preparing for graduate research is to get involved in research as an undergraduate, so the focus in the last two years is on doing research with a Wesleyan Professor, working toward a thesis or senior paper. Along the way, the McNair staff provides mentoring, workshops, study space, grad school and GRE prep, and academic and (for those who have completed sophomore year and are doing research) financial support.  All fields of research are eligible, but the focus is on the fields of math or science.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, funded by the US Dept. of Education, as part of the TRIO program. The focus is on students who are first generation college students from low-income families, or African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Native American.

Applications are now being accepted from frosh, sophs, juniors, and seniors, with rolling admissions.

For more information, contact Dr. Laurel F. Appel at 860-685-3258 or lappel@wesleyan.edu or Santos Cayetano at 860-685-3165 or scayetano@wesleyan.edu.

To apply see the McNair Program website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/mcnair.

A musical competiton between the classes.  7:00 p.m. Crowell Concert Hall.  Featuring:

Lou and the Blues
Off Constantly
The Walrus Hunters
Alex King
“Michael Roth”
Elizabeth Gauvey-Kern
Toan Tran
Banish the Rabbit
Mike Kuhn
Skye Loguidice
Phineas Gage and the Nothingheads
Molly Baum
Sweat Factory//Party Patrol
First Aid Kit

Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs/Deans’ Office.

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become SARN Peer Advisors for the 2009-2010 academic year. SARN Peer Advisors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who work throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program, enhance student access to academic resources through the Student Academic Resource Network (SARN), and give peer advice on time management and academic skills strategies. A job description and application can be found on-line at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/peeradvising/.

Applications, which include a faculty reference form, are due Friday, March 6, 2009. Questions should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, Sarah E. Lazare (x2332, slazare@wesleyan.edu).


Peer Advisors offer a menu of workshops on time management, reading retention, note taking, procrastination prevention, exam preparation and exam taking on most Sunday and Monday evenings in Usdan 136 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. throughout the semester.  Workshops are open to any student on campus and all class years are encouraged to participate.  You may request a workshop for your student organization, class, or study group by writing to sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.  The topic of tonight’s workshop is time management.

  • Islamic Finance: Islamic Solutions to Global Financial Crisis,” Taha Abdul-Basser, Chaplain of the Harvard Islamic Society. Monday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. in PAC 002.
  • Film screening: “Bilal’s Stand.”  Followed by discussion with director Sultan Sharrief. Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. in PAC 001.
  • Environmental Ethics and Islam: Providing a Pragmatic Model,” Faraz Khan, senior wetland scientist for the State of New Jersey. Friday, February 20, 4:30 p.m. in PAC 001.
  • Film screening: “Khuda Kay Liye (In the Name of God).” Awarded the Silver Pyramid Award for Best Picture at the 31st Cairo International Film Festival.  Followed by Q&A with Noumaan Shamsi ’10. Monday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. in PAC 002.
  • The Injustice of the Justice System: Muslims’ Civil Rights in America,” Imam Mahdi Bray, civil and human rights activist and Executive Director of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation (MAS Freedom). Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. in PAC 001.
  • Baba Ali Comedy Show.  Baba Ali, founder of Ummah Films, a Muslim film company that has produced popular web series including the “Reminder” and “Ask Baba Ali” series. Friday, February 27, 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

Sponsored by: Muslim Student Association, SBC, Student Activities

The Office of Residential Life wants you to participate in House-Hopping Day and get to know the Program Houses the best way possible from the inside! This Sunday, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., all of the Program Houses will be open to prospective occupants. Come on in, make yourself at home, and talk to current occupants to get the inside scoop on what life might be like in your future home. Also, take this opportunity to come visit the University’s six newest Program Houses: Farm House, at 344 Washington; Music House, at 316 Washington; Lighthouse and Interfaith House, both at 230 Washington; Full House and Writing House, both at 202 Washington. We hope to see you around, this Sunday! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dawn Brown (Program House AC) at x3163, or via email at dabrown@wesleyan.edu.

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