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Have you considered earning a PhD and becoming a professor? Do you love research, and are you committed to helping to rectify the historical underrepresentation of African-Americans, Latino/as, and American Indians in U.S. colleges and universities and the disparities that result from that underrepresentation? If so, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) may be for you. MMUF is a program that matches Fellows with faculty mentors and provides programming that demystifies academic careers and prepares Fellows for applying successfully to graduate school. Students are selected in the spring of their sophomore  year, participate in an intensive six-week summer session, and remain in the program during their junior and senior years. Much more information on MMUF is available at http://www.mmuf.org.

An information session will be held on Friday, January 29 at 6:00 PM in 403 Fisk. A light supper will be served. If you are interested but cannot attend, please get in touch with the Associate Coordinator, Renée Johnson-Thornton at rjohnson01@wesleyan.edu or 860 685-3084.

Mark your calendars:

  • Study Abroad & Science Majors
    Wednesday, February 3:
    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Fisk 302
  • Financial Aid & Study Abroad
    Thursday, February 4:
    4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
    302 Fisk Hall
  • School for International Training (SIT)
    Monday, February 8:
    Noon – 1:00 p.m.
    4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
    210 Fisk Hall
  • Bordeaux Immersion Program
    Tuesday, February 9:
    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Fisk 305
  • Students of Color & Study Abroad
    Thursday, February 16:
    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Fisk 302
  • Internships in Francophone Europe
    Monday, February 15:
    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Romance Languages & Literatures
    (300 High Street)
  • IES – Nanzan University
    Wednesday, February 17
    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Fisk 302

More information available from the Office of International Studies at http://www.wesleyan.edu/ois/.

Davison Health Center will be offering free H1N1 flu clinics for all interested students, faculty and staff over the next few weeks as vaccine is obtained from the State Health Department. Clinics will be held

  • Thursday, January 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Monday, February 1 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, February 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

No appointment necessary. Please follow signs inside the Health Center for “H1N1 flu clinic waiting room.”

Volunteer one evening a week with Let’s Get Ready!

Where: Macdonough Elementary (three blocks from Wesleyan). Transportation from/to Wesleyan is provided
When: March 1 – April 28, 2010. Monday or Wednesday Nights, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

LGR is a FREE college access program serving the under-resourced students of Middletown. The program consists intensive SAT preparation and real college preparation, which includes searching for colleges, writing application essays, and financial planning.

As a tutor, you’d be given a class of 5 high school juniors with whom you’d meet once a week throughout the semester and guide along the path to college, providing either math or verbal SAT prep. Training, curriculum, and full support is provided by the program – you just need to bring an interest in tutoring and your enthusiasm!

To learn more, come to an information session:

February 3r, 4:15pm, Usdan 108
There will be free food!

Visit http://www.letsgetready.org/ for more information or http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5WLHNGD to apply!  Or contact Martine and Julia at wesleyanlgr@gmail.com.

Applications due February 13th. Compensation available for those with federal work-study.  Partnered with Teach for America!

Enjoy the unique opportunity of living with and programming for, upperclassmen. As a CA, you are responsible for the wood frames, hi/lo rise, or other apartments. Like the RAs, the CAs plan fun and/or educational programs to benefit their assigned area. Working with extensive Reslife support, CAs have a great opportunity to create unique programs and play a key role in community development. The position helps develop many essential life skills while providing the chance to work with similarly motivated and interesting people. Ultimately, get paid to live in good housing while simultaneously developing marketable skills and helping your classmates!

Info Sessions

  • Monday, January 25 @ 7pm
    Nicolson Lounge
  • Wednesday, January 27 @ Noon
    Usdan 108
  • Thursday, January 28 @ 8pm
    Butt A Lounge

Applications Due: February 4, 2010 by 4:00pm

For more information and to apply: www.wesleyan.edu/reslife

The Orientation Program is seeking four Interns to assist with the planning and implementation of the Orientation Program for the incoming Class of 2014 and the new transfer, exchange & visiting students. Interns plan both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO) with position responsibilities varying based on specific assignments.

These internships provide students an excellent opportunity to learn about large-scale event management and higher education administration, and to help lead one of the most important events on campus: the welcoming of new students to the University.

Duties: As an Intern, you will be an integral part of the planning and implementation of Orientation. You will work with professional staff in creating interesting, informative programs and activities for new students. Interns will monitor email and phone lines, answering questions from new students and families related to all aspects of life at Wesleyan. They will also be instrumental in training and supporting student Orientation Leaders, and will serve as point persons for specific events during Orientation.

Qualifications: Students who will be returning to Wesleyan in the Fall of 2010 are eligible to apply. Successful candidates should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, sound judgment, experience and/or interest in working with diverse student populations, an ability to work independently and with a group, organizational and planning skills, strong computer skills, and a willingness to work with staff to make the transition to Wesleyan as smooth, enjoyable and informative as possible for all new students.

Terms and benefits:
Period of internship: June 1 – September 5, 2010
Hours per week: 35
Compensation: $8.25 an hour plus on campus housing.

Applications: Click here to apply online or here to download a paper application.

Application Deadline: Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, February 5th. Selected candidates will be interviewed mid-February and notified before spring break.

If you have questions, please contact:

Timothy Shiner
Director, New Student Orientation

Want to know more? Attend an info session this week:

  • Tonight (Jan 25) @ 7pm – Nicolson Lounge
  • Wednesday (Jan 27) @ Noon – USDAN 108
  • Thursday (Jan 28) @ 8pm – Butterfield A Lounge

More info…

  • Applications are due February 4th by 4:00pm
  • Go to www.wesleyan.edu/reslife to apply
  • You don’t have to attend an info session to apply, but we suggest you do to get more information about the positions and the selection process.

eisnerOffered by the distinguished journalist Jane Eisner, Wesleyan’s first Koeppel Fellow in Journalism.

GOVT 190 meets Thursdays 7:00-9:50 in PAC 421.  Students may register online, the course is open to students from all four class years.

Course Description:
In this weekly writing seminar, we will explore how journalists exercise their roles as citizens, and, in turn, how journalism affects the functioning of our democracy. Using historic and contemporary examples, we will examine how, at its best, the media exposes inequity, investigates wrongdoing, gives voice to ordinary people, and encourages active citizenship.

Instructor Bio:
Jane Eisner, a pioneer in journalism, became editor of the Forward in June 2008, becoming the first woman to hold the position at the influential Jewish national weekly newspaper. Eisner held numerous executive editorial and news positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, including stints as editorial page editor, syndicated columnist, City Hall bureau chief and foreign correspondent. In 2006, she joined the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where she served as vice president for national programs and initiatives, with responsibility for all adult programming, the Liberty Medal, and the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution. Since 2002, Eisner has been a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, as well as an adjunct professor in the school’s political science department. In 2006, she was one of three women chosen to be the first fellows of the new Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, where she led conferences and workshops and was the college’s 2007 commencement speaker. In 2009, Eisner was selected to be one of 20 fellows in the Punch Sulzberger Executive News Media Leadership Program at the Columbia School of Journalism. Her book, “Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in our Democracy,” was published by Beacon Press in 2004. In addition to her Inquirer column “American Rhythms,” which was syndicated to 100 newspapers, Eisner has contributed articles to a number of Jewish publications, including The Reconstructionist, Ma’ayan and the Forward. She has also written for the Washington Post, Newsday, Brookings Review and Columbia Journalism Review, and served as a regular panelist on the WPVI television talk show “Inside Story.”

An active member of her local community, Eisner is a board member of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a past president of the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum, a former trustee and secretary of The Philadelphia Award, and a mentor with Philadelphia Futures. Nationally, she is a member of the Columbia School of Journalism Alumni Board, the National Conference on Citizenship’s advisory committee, and the Encore Leadership Network. Eisner received a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and graduated from Wesleyan University cum laude in 1977, where she was the first female editor of the college newspaper and was a member of the board of trustees. She recently was the first woman to win Wesleyan’s McConaughy Award for contributions to journalism and public life.

Please consider nominating an employee of Wesleyan University for the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Employee Prize. Nominations will require a one page description from faculty, staff, or students how the selected employee is one who has contributed to student success and life at Wesleyan. The description must have specific examples.

Eligible employees include custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff (e.g., electricians). Selections will be made by the review committee of the employee to receive the award.

All nominations must be in by February 26, 2010. Submit nominations to Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., North College, 2nd floor, room 215 or mmelendez@wesleyan.edu.

Selection Committee: Matthew Joseph Brown ’03; Richard Culliton, ; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Noel Garrett, Class Dean 2011; Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for Diversity & Student Engagement & Associate Coordinator, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship; Marina J. Melendez, Class Dean 2010 & Chair; Rachael Morgenstern-Clarren, family member; Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.

irizarryIn Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Living the Dream: Youth Activism and a New Vision for Urban Public Education

Keynote address by:

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry
Tuesday, January 26th
4:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut.  Prior to his arrival at UConn, he was the Director of Project SPIRIT (Springfield Partnership to Improve the Recruitment of Inspiring Minority Teachers), a college-community collaboration aimed at increasing the number of teachers of color in urban schools.  He received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education, culturally responsive curriculum development, action research, and urban education.

A former middle school teacher in New York City, his research focuses on urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, and youth participatory action research. A central focus of his work involves promoting the academic achievement of Latino and African American youth in urban schools by addressing issues associated with teacher education.  Manuscripts documenting the findings of his research have been published or accepted for publication in a variety of journals in the field including Education and Urban Society, Multicultural Perspectives, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Centro Journal of Puerto Rican Studies and others appearing as chapters in various books including the Handbook of Latinos and Education: Research, Theory & Practice (Murillo, 2010) and Culture, Curriculum, and Identity in Education: Progressive Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice. (Milner, 2009).

Dr. Irizarry will conduct a seminar for students on his work.
10:30am, Open to the first 20 respondents
To register, email stuact@wesleyan.edu

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Irizarry over lunch (reservation required)
Noon, Open to the first 30 respondents (staff, faculty or students).
To RSVP, email stuact@wesleyan.edu

The office of Student Activities has heard about several separate groups who would like to respond in some way to the tragedy that occurred in Haiti. One group of students has planned a meeting and we encourage various groups to attend and coordinate efforts to maximize the impact of our community’s actions.

The earthquake that recently struck Haiti has created tragedy unlike anything the country has ever faced before. If you would like to be part of the relief efforts contributed by the Wesleyan community, please come join the Haiti Relief Action Team. An open meeting will be held Friday, January 22 in Usdan 108 at 4 :00 p.m.

Your help is needed.

Organizers: Sabine Vilsaint, Pedro Ventura, and Jonna Humphries.  Please direct any questions to JHumphries@wesleyan.edu.

The Davison Health Center will begin offering H1N1 flu clinics to any student interested in receiving the vaccination.  The first two clinics are planned for Tuesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 28 from 10am to 2pm. No appointment necessary.  Follow the signs inside the Health Center for “H1N1 flu clinic waiting area”.

The vaccine is provided free through the State Department of Health.  Supplies will be replenished on a regular basis and clinics will continue to be offered throughout the semester.  Faculty and staff will be notified when clinics will be open to the entire campus community.

Contact Joyce Walter with questions at 860-685-2656 or jwalter@wesleyan.edu

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan. His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International. We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good. A committee will select the sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. The application process is described below.

Any sophomore or junior in good standing may submit an application statement that addresses the following:

  • Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you played a leadership role that sought to make our society more equitable (The effort could have a direct affect on the Wesleyan campus or on external communities.);
  • Indicate how you effectively worked across different social identity groups (such as identity-based student organizations, program houses, faculty, administrators, and staff) in the pursuit of social justice;

In addition to your application statement, you must include a letter of support from a faculty or administrator involved in your effort and submit evidence of impact that the social justice effort had on making our society more just by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved, artifacts from your social justice effort (e.g., past printed programs, presentations, and articles), and/or your work from courses. You may include non-print items, such as DVDs.

You must include at least four copies of the non-print and printed items and drop them off to Dean Marina J. Melendez, North College, 2nd floor, Room 215 by 5 p.m. on February 26, 2010. All application letters, letters of support and printed items must be in by the deadline. By submitting your application, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dean Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., x.2765, mmelendez@wesleyan.edu.

Previous recipients

  • 2009: Lily Mandlin, class of 2010 Facilitator, North End Action Team Teen Dreams Society
  • 2008: Mu Abeledo, class of 2009 Founder, Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP)
  • 2007: Lashawn Springer, class of 2008 Program Organizer, “Common Struggle for Freedom & Justice”

Selection Committee: Matthew Joseph Brown ’03; Richard Culliton, Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Derek Vincent Garcia ’04; Noel R. Garrett, Associate Dean/Class Dean 2011; Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for Diversity & Student Engagement & Associate Coordinator, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship; Marina J. Melendez, Associate Dean/Class Dean 2010 & Chair; Rachael Morgenstern-Clarren; Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.

Twenty common-sense campus safety tips from PSafe:

  1. Travel in groups of two or more at night and always walk in well lit, heavily traveled areas.
  2. Take the safest routes on campus, not always the fastest.
  3. Stay on the part of the sidewalk that is farthest away from shrubs, dark doorways and alleys.
  4. Share your class schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system.
  5. When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  6. Know the locations of the Blue Light (Emergency) phones on campus.
  7. Use the RIDE vans after dark.  After the vans have stopped running for the night, call a friend or Public Safety for a ride back to your residence.
  8. Always listen to your instincts—your gut feeling—it may be alerting you to a dangerous situation or that something is not quite right.  When you get that feeling, get away from the situation.
  9. DO NOT leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
  10. Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets, such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
  11. Always lock your bike to a bike rack with a heavy U Lock.
  12. Always lock your car and keep valuables out of sight.  Check the back seat before getting in the vehicle.
  13. When approaching your vehicle, have your keys in hand for a quick entry.
  14. Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas of campus.
  15. Program the number to Public Safety into your cell phone: 860-685-3333 (emergency) or 860-685-2345 (routine).
  16. Remember that alcohol and/or drugs are involved in up to 90% of crimes on college campuses.
  17. If jogging alone in deserted areas or late at night, carry some type of personal protection device, such as pepper spray, personal alarm, etc.  Be sure to check campus policy on carrying personal protection.
  18. Learn to be safety conscious.  Thinking that crime will never effect you is wrong and it’s usually when you let your guard down that you may not recognize a dangerous situation.
  19. Enroll in a RAD self-defense class.  Look for information on this from Public Safety.
  20. Wherever you are, stay in control of what goes on around you.  Stay aware and alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you.

Are you still in the market for a job?  Come join the Red and Black Calling Society!

  • Make phone calls and fundraise for Financial Aid
  • EXCELLENT chance to network
  • Build your resume with extensive communications experience

Anyone may apply, but there are only a few spots left.  Hours consist of two shifts per week, 2 hours a shift.

Resumes and cover letters are not required but are very helpful as we will have many applicants. No expertise is necessary, but good oral communication is critical.

Please email, as attachments, any such documents to one of the contacts below. Interviewing begins January 24th and ends January 31st, so respond soon.

For further information, please contact Ellika Healy, Head Manager at ehealy@wesleyan.edu or Zach Webster, Program Director at zwebster@wesleyan.edu.

Second Semester Hiring!

Are you still in the market for a job?

– Come join the Red and Black Calling Society! –

· Make phone calls and fundraise for Financial Aid

· EXCELLENT chance to network

· Build your resume with extensive communications experience

Anyone may apply, but there are only a few spots left.

Hours consist of two shifts per week, 2 hours a shift.

**Resumes and cover letters are not required but are very helpful as we will have many applicants. No expertise is necessary, but good oral communication is critical.

Please email, as attachments, any such documents to one of the contacts below. Interviewing begins January 24th and ends January 31st, so get back to us soon.

For further information, please contact:

Ellika Healy, Head Manager: ehealy@wesleyan.edu


Zach Webster, Program Director: zwebster@wesleyan.edu

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