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Monthly Archive for March, 2009

President Obama today launched the White House Internship Program for his administration and announced that applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2009.  Those selected to participate in the program will gain valuable job experience and an inside look at the life of White House staff while building leadership skills.

“This program will mentor and cultivate young leaders of today and tomorrow and I’m proud that they will have this opportunity to serve,” said President Obama.  “I look forward to working with those that are selected to participate and I want to commend all who apply for their desire to help through public service to forge a brighter future for our country.”

In addition to normal office duties, interns will supplement their learning experience by attending a weekly lecture series hosted by senior White House staff, help at White House social events, and volunteer in community service projects.

The 2009 Summer Internship program runs from May 22 to August 14, and the submission deadline is March 22, 2009.

Those interested in applying to the White House Internship Program must be:

  • US Citizens
  • Eighteen years of age on or before the first day of the internship.
  • Enrolled in a college or university (2-4 year institution) or must have graduated from college in the past two years.

Interns will be placed in a departmental office for their internship. Below is a list of departments in the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President where interns could be placed.

  • White House Department of Scheduling and Advance
  • The Office of Cabinet Affairs
  • The White House Communications Department
  • The White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • The Office of the First Lady
  • The White House Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA)
  • The Office of Political Affairs
  • The Office of Management and Administration
  • The Office of White House Counsel
  • The Domestic Policy Council
  • The White House Office of Presidential Personnel
  • Office of the Vice President

More information on the White House Internship Program, including
application instructions, can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships

The New Student Orientation Program is now accepting applications for 30 Orientation Leaders for the Class of 2013.  Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work for both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO).

Orientation Leaders are expected to return to campus on Monday, August 24, 2009.  All Orientation staff must attend training sessions from August 25-27, participate fully during both ISO and NSO (August 28-September 7), and must assist with all assigned events.

Successful candidates must be reliable, enthusiastic, and compassionate with good verbal communication skills, a positive attitude about campus life, culturally sensitive and experience working with diverse student populations.

Click here for the complete Orientation Leader job description and a link to the online application.  Applications are due by March 25 at 5:00 p.m.

The English Department and Writing Programs offer prizes for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as well as fellowships supporting summer projects and graduate study. Students are encouraged to apply for these awards.  Most of these prizes are awarded on the basis of writing samples.  Two substantially endowed prizes are different and deserve your special attention.  For more information about these awards and how to apply for them, please consult the Writing Programs Prize Information website.  Awards include:

  • Cole Prize: Established through the gift of George Henry Walker ’81 in the memory of Charles Edward Cole. For the two first-year students who show the greatest ability in fiction or non-fiction writing.
  • Herbert Lee Connelly Prize: Given in 1980 by Mabel Wells Connelly in the name of her husband, member of the class of 1909, and Alumni Secretary 1924-56. Supplemented by friends, relatives, and sons, Hugh Wells and Theodore Sample ’48, the fund provides income to be awarded annually to a deserving undergraduate who demonstrates an interest in English literature and an unusual ability in non-fiction writing.
  • Horgan Prize: Awarded by the Department of English in memory of Paul Horgan, former Professor and Writer in Residence. Awarded to the student who has written the best short story of the year.
  • Geraldine J. Murphy Prize: Established in memory of Geraldine J. Murphy (1920-1990), Professor of English at Wesleyan. She was the first woman hired as a full-time instructor at Wesleyan (1957), the first woman promoted to a tenured position, and the first woman promoted to the title of full professor. The prize is endowed by alumni of the Wesleyan Master of Arts in Teaching program. Awarded to a student who has written an outstanding critical essay that focuses on short fiction or novels.
  • Sophie Reed Prize: Established in 1968 by Leon Reed and his sons, S. Chadwick ’41, and Dr. Victor Reed, in memory of Mrs. Sophie Reed, for the best poem or group of poems.
  • Wesleyan Fiction Award: Funded by a gift from Norman Mailer to the Wesleyan Writing Programs, this award recognizes an outstanding piece of fiction written by a Wesleyan student.
  • New: Sarah Hannah Prize: Watch for information about this new prize in poetry, offered in memory of Sarah Hannah, class of 1988, in association with the Academy of American Poets.
  • Olin Fellowships: Founded in 1854 by the mother of Stephen Olin, President 1839-41 and 1842-51. Later increased by gifts of Stephen Henry Olin, Class of 1866 and Acting President 1922-23, and his wife. Awarded in recognition of achievement in English. To support independent research or creative writing. The fellowships are to be used for work in English outside the Wesleyan course structure. Suitable projects may include, for example, study in an academic program, research, training in research methods, or sustained work on a piece of writing. Please see the information sheet that follows.
  • Wesleyan Writers Conference Scholarships: Several scholarships are available to students who wish to attend the one-week Wesleyan Writers Conference, June 14th – 19th, 2009. Applications should include of a letter explaining the applicant’s experience and interests and a substantial sample of work in one genre: fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Applications are due March 25, 2009. For information, see http://www.wesleyan.edu/writers or contact Anne Greene, agreene@wesleyan.edu. Brochures are available at Downey House, room 207. The conference also offers scholarships for international students. Contact Anne Greene for details.

If you have an interest in the social sciences, we would like you to consider the College of Social Studies. The CSS is now accepting applications starting on March 6. There will be a Q & A session on March 5 (see below for details).

The CSS offers a distinct approach to the social sciences. First, and most obviously, it is a multidisciplinary program of study in government, history, economics, and philosophy. Social reality does not come carved up into neat compartments corresponding to academic disciplines, so we believe that students will develop a better understanding of the subject matter and the nature of each discipline by considering it in relation to the others.

The College also offers a distinctive pedagogy that centers on the weekly tutorial. We place great emphasis on reading, writing and discussion, so our classes are very small. During your sophomore year, your work in the College would consist of three small (8 to 10 students), intensive tutorials in government, history, and economics, and one larger (30 students) colloquium in Modern Social Theory. You probably know how hard it is to find classes of this size in the social sciences at Wesleyan. Small classes make it possible for you to work closely with each other and with your professors, and in order to develop your writing and analytical skills.

Our pedagogy is also distinctive in its emphasis on the students’ responsibility for their own education. In the CSS, you will write papers on a subject before you have heard your professor discuss it, thus you will be given the opportunity to develop your own approach to it, and your own synthesis and analysis of the materials you have read. You will receive ample support in small, informal groups with other students, from the teaching assistants assigned to each class, and from your professors. But the final product will be yours.

If you did not attend our information session in November, you can learn more about the major at our Thursday, March 5 session in the CSS Lounge (4th floor PAC) at 4:30 p.m. (If you have attended an earlier CSS information session, there is no need to come to the 4:30 session on Thursday as the same material will be covered.) Applications can be picked up at the CSS office, 408 PAC, or visit the CSS homepage, and choose “Applying to CSS.” Application forms can be filled out on your computer and emailed to Mickie Dame at mdame@wesleyan.edu Please save as file with your name on it. Applications close on March 27. Interviews will start on March 30.

Peter Kilby, Co-Chair

Davison Health Center will close for Spring Break Recess on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen regular hours on Monday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m.

The Health Center will be open limited hours (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 10
  • Thursday, March 12
  • Tuesday, March 17
  • Thursday, March 19

An On-Call Physician will be available during break for urgent concerns by phoning (860) 685-2470 and selecting option 2.

Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

  • Community Health Center*
    635 Main Street, Middletown
    $5.00 co-pay for students with University Insurance
    (*please alert CHC staff that you are a Wesleyan student)
  • Preferred Walk-In Medical Center (next to Super Food Mart)
    842 Washington Street, Middletown
  • Middlesex Family Physicians
    400 Old Saybrook Road, Middletown

If the above facilities are closed, students should access

  • Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
    28 Crescent Street, Middletown

In case of emergency, call 911.

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