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Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Want your photography to be the next to hang in the Usdan Center?

  • Eligibility: Open to all students of Wesleyan University; all entries must be original work and created during the last two years
  • Submit up to three photographs to tshiner@wesleyan.edu by December 7, 2009 or by dropping them off on CD-Rom at 124 Usdan
  • Include your name, class year, a title and a description of the photo(s).
  • Up to ten photographs will be selected to display. Decisions will be made by December 15, 2009.
  • Selected photographs will be enlarged to 24”x36” (or largest size allowed by resolution of the original) and hung in Usdan common areas for the beginning of the Spring Semester. Please submit the highest resolution you are
  • At the end of the show, artists will receive their enlarged print as a prize.
  • Copyright: Wesleyan University reserves the right to publish winning images in Usdan University Center printed materials related to the building.
  • Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person or submit images that involve the willful harassment of individuals, wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer

Beginning on October 30, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Andrus Field, WesWars games will continue through the week of November 2nd and will culminate in a short award ceremony at half time of the Homecoming Football Game. The class that gets the most points wins!

Colors: Wear grey / put on face paint and come to Foss Hill to win points for our class!

Student Groups will be selling food and cool stuff so come check them out!


4:15 – Tug of War Tournament
4:30 – Frisbee Long Toss
4:45 – Fastest 10-Person Pyramid
5:00 – WesMoan
5:15 – Capture the Flag
All evening – Moon Bounce

9:00 pm – Scavenger Hunt (meet at Usdan courtyard)

Host a game, set up a table, pre-register or just find out more info @ www.wesleyan.edu/gowes

Class of 2012 come out, wear grey, any color facepaint and earn points for your class. Class 2012 is in the Building!

For more information contact AhDream Smith.

amenAmen’s (Amir Paiss, Gabriel Meyer Halevy) music serves as spiritual ambassador of a renewed and vibrant spirit of Israel.

Ancient Hebrew and new sacred texts (English, Spanish, Aramaic and a twist of Arabic put to original melodies recorded all over Costa Rica, Crete, Sinai, Tel Aviv, NY, CA, Australia) and the planet.

Hateva: Skin of God — their second CD — is deep ecology to global sacred beat.

Amen’s up-to-date and intimate version of a multicultural and deeply inclusive Judaism inspires healing, awakening and transformation.

Friday October 30, 6:00 p.m.
World Music Hall, CFA


Students with interests in all health topics who wish to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the Wesleyan student body are invited to join WesWELL’s PHA program. As a PHA, you will help proactively address health issues on campus, learn about important health and wellness resources for your own education and share these with our student community through innovative programming and outreach. Attend one of the info sessions below (all session at the Davison Health Center solarium 2nd floor) and visit the WesWELL website at www.wesleyan.edu/weswell for further info and a PHA application.

  • Sunday, 11/1 at 4:00 p.m. (You are welcome to attend the regular PHA meeting at 3:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 11/5 at 12:00 noon
  • Sunday, 11/8 at 12:00 midnight – new PHA application deadline

dropaddThe last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes is Thursday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. Completed forms are due in the Registrar’s Office by 5 p.m. and must include the following signatures: instructor, faculty advisor, and class dean.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and me about your concerns. If you can’t make my drop-ins, please email me at dphillips@wesleyan.edu or call me at x2757 to schedule an appointment.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do get the signatures of your instructor and advisor on your drop/add form. I cannot sign for either without his or her permission, so please save yourself the trouble of waiting to see me during drop-ins just for me to tell you that.
  • Do not wait until Thursday at 4:00 p.m. to see me or you may find yourself waiting in a very long line!!!

Drop-in Hours: M 2-3; Tu 3-4; W 5-7; Th 11-12; F 2-4

We have received our first allotment of H1N1 vaccine comprising 100 doses in multi-dose vials.  This is the injectable (shot) form of the vaccine.  This is an inactivated virus vaccine.  It is being provided by the federal government and will be given at no cost.  See Side Effects and Benefits below.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has advised us that this batch of vaccine is reserved for health care providers and individuals 18 years and younger at high risk of complications from influenza.  With future supply we anticipate broader target groups for vaccination.

Who qualifies for this batch of vaccine?

Students who are 18 or younger and are at high risk of complication from influenza due to asthma, diabetes, immune deficiency (due to disease or medication) or other conditions as detailed here:  http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/highrisk.htm.

How do I schedule vaccination?

Email Joyce Walter (jwalter@wesleyan.edu).  She will follow up with you and schedule you for vaccination during an upcoming clinic.

Side Effects

CDC expects that any side effects following vaccination with the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine would be rare. If side effects occur, they will likely be similar to those experienced following seasonal influenza vaccine. Mild problems that may be experienced include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fainting (mainly adolescents), headache, muscle aches, fever, and nausea. If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare.


Although the efficacy of vaccination against pandemic H1N1 influenza A has not been proven, a study that modeled the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of vaccination suggested that vaccinating 40 percent of the population of a large US city (population 8.3 million) with a vaccine that is 75 percent effective in November 2009 would avert 1468 deaths, gain 49,422 quality-adjusted life-years, and save $302 million.

H1N1 Update

We continue to see moderate amounts of influenza-like illness (fever >100 F with cough and/or sore throat absent a competing diagnosis) on campus, identifying an average of 6 cases per day over the month of October thus far. Of these, we estimate that one quarter to one third have H1N1. Many of these students have recovered within a few days and the sickest have recovered within a week, although some remain achy and fatigued for a few days after the cough and fever resolve. We have had two cases of secondary pneumonia, but no other known complications and no hospitalizations.

It is important to remember that per CDC and Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) guidelines, we are not testing for H1N1. With the support of the CT DPH we did run several H1N1 tests earlier in the semester on high-probability students. These came back positive, confirming that we do have H1N1 on campus. We treat all students with influenza-like illness as if they have H1N1.

Treatment for H1N1 comprises isolation, symptomatic care, prescription of anti-viral medications for patients at high risk of complication, and further medical evaluation for those warranting it. Per CDC and CT DPH guidelines, we are doing as much of this diagnosis over the phone as possible. This limits spread of infection by keeping sick people away from well people.

We also continue to see students with other illnesses, many of them viral, as well as other conditions for which a period of recuperation (possibly to include time off from classes, sports, etc.) is prudent.

We are working closely with state and local officials in charge of distributing H1N1 vaccine. We do not yet have vaccine on campus. Once it is available to us we will communicate our distribution plan to the campus community. People, especially those at high risk of complications from influenza, who have access to the vaccine from other sources should avail themselves of the opportunity to be vaccinated. We continue to strongly urge vaccination against seasonal flu.

We have been advised that on Thursday, October 29, 2009, there will be an H1N1 vaccine clinic at the Middletown Town Hall. This clinic is by appointment only and will offer the nasal mist vaccine to individuals aged 2-24 in good health. Supply is limited. To make an appointment for vaccination, call (860) 344-3474.

We have no more campus-wide seasonal flu vaccine clinics scheduled. We did vaccinate 908 students and 524 faculty/staff during the clinics we ran. Local pharmacies do have a supply of seasonal flu vaccine for those who missed our clinics.

Our call volume has been very high. So that we can sustain the high level and quality of service on which we pride ourselves, we urge students to use consideration with regard to timing of calls. We are best staffed between 9 and 4 on weekdays. We always have a doctor on call for true emergencies. Students whose main concern is a fever or flu-like symptoms and whose fevers can be controlled with fever-reducing medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are asked to consider waiting until morning to advise us of their status.

Questions may be addressed to:

Joyce Walter, Director, Davison Health Center jwalter@wesleyan.edu

Davis Smith, Medical Director, Davison Health Center pdsmith@wesleyan.edu

Anonymous-Superman-Logo-158371-300x300Do YOU want to be a SUPER-Sophomore!?

Come to the Super-Sophomore Workshop on Thursday, October 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Usdan 110 to stop slumping and start being super!

Many sophomores have an understandably difficult time transitioning into their second year of college. Peer Advisors have also gone through times where we lost focus on our work, weren’t sure if we were choosing the “right” majors, worried about our professional futures, had too much to juggle with academics, work, activities, and friends, or were just ready to get over that ambivalent hump of our sophomore lives.

HAVE NO FEAR! The workshop will be a panel discussion targeted to sophomores who want to maintain focus and understand the important and crucial decisions that come with being a sophomore. Come listen to, discuss, and receive advice on how to make the most out of your sophomore year: topics to be addressed include major declaration, study abroad, working with faculty, finding internships, and maintaining focus. Dean Phillips will also be there to provide any answers to questions that you may have. SARN Peer Advisors will lead discussion.

Come learn about what matters and about what kind of things you can do to get rid of your “kryptonite”!!

NOTE: This is a very limited event. In order to have a more intimate discussion, we will only be accomodating the first 14 sophomores to arrive. Please COME EARLY!! (Bring your dinners if you want!)

Please come to the steps of Olin tonight, Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. for the annual Take Back the Night march.

Show your support for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Listen to their stories. Everyone’s presence is important.

Take a stand and break the silence because everyone deserves to be safe.

We will begin at Olin and march around campus. We will form speak-out circles in which survivors can share their stories (talk, read poems, sing, cry, yell, or request a moment of silence) in a supportive environment. Staff from the Office of Behavioral Health and Health Services will be present at TBTN and are always available through their on call system. There will be a candlelight vigil to end the march followed by debriefing sessions in Usdan led by counselors from the Women and Families Center.

Broad Street Books will begin returning overstock textbooks this week. Please purchase any textbooks you may need for the rest of the semester at your earliest convenience.

In anticipation of our Buyback event during finals week, the bookstore will be working diligently to acquire your professor’s textbook selections for the coming semester. This will allow us to give you back more money for your textbooks.

For more information, contact

Colleen Chen
Text Manager
Broad Street Books
(860) 685-7323

Do you want to get involved in helping plan organize Class of 2012 activities?  Would you like to advise your class dean on programming initiatives?

Then volunteer for the 2012 Class Council!

Email Dean Phillips and let him know of your interest by Friday, October 30.

The Health Center will be open over Fall Break on October 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It will be closed on Saturday, October 24.

An on-call Physician will be available after hours during break for urgent concerns by calling (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, CT  06457
(860) 347-6971
$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, CT  06457
(860) 346-4484

Middlesex Family Physicians
400 Old Saybrook Road
Middletown, Ct  06457
(860) 346-7738

If the above facilities are closed, students should access the

Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
28 Crescent Street
(860) 344-6000

In case of Emergency, call 911.

kirnThe Sophomore Supper Series invites you to dinner on Thursday, October 22, with

Professor John Kirn
Professor of Neuroscience & Behavior and Biology
Chair of the Neuroscience & Behavior Program
Director of Graduate Studies at Wesleyan

Professor Kirn’s research focuses on the neurobiological basis of vocalization in songbirds, examining how birds learn new songs and what the potential may be for therapeutic applications to human neurodegenerative disorders.

Come enjoy a three-course meal catered by Typhoon and chat with Professor Kirn about his research and teaching, and why he loves what he does.

Thursday, October 22, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Dean Phillips

Space is limited to 20 sophomores.
First-come, first-served.

Sign up soon!

RSVP by October 20 to Teri Maheu at tmaheu@wesleyan.edu, or x2765.

Register to Vote

votedElections will be taking place on November 3.  To register to vote, pick up a form in the WSA Office in Usdan or print a form out here. You can return either version of the form to the WSA Office by Wednesday October 21.

The polls are easily accessible from campus, making voting even easier.

“A Day of Remembrance, Violence Prevention, and Healing: A Symposium” will take place on Friday, October 15, from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. with speakers and workshops on personal safety, healing, and being an ally.


Sponsored by ResLife, WesWell, the Usdan Center, the Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships, the Office of Student Affairs, and Emily Schatzow P’09

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