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Monthly Archive for February, 2010

Think you’ve got one of the hottest rooms on campus?  Send us some pictures and give us a tour!

ResLife wants to know who has the skills, the brains, and the courage to overcome small spaces and tight budgets.  Enter WesCribs and show us the amazing things your doing with your living space!

WesCribs is a WesLife sponsored competition that is open to all University undergrads.  For more information on how to enter please visit the ResLife website.   Deadline: March 5, 2010

Winners will be announced on April 1, 2010.  Prizes will include $100 Visa gift cards to the 5 winners and $50 Visa gift cards to the 5 runner-ups. There will be one winner and one runner-up for each of the five areas.

Good luck and may the best crib win!

Please Note: The room must be in full compliance with CNAC and Fire Safety regulations!

Do you forget information immediately after reading it? Do you find yourself looking at a page with no idea of what you’ve just read? Do you become disinterested with reading the further into the material you get? Come to the Reading Retention Workshop! The skills and techniques covered in this workshop will help you read and remember readings more efficiently.

Friday, February 26 from 12:10 – 1:00 in Usdan B25 (Multipurpose Room).

Trustees Meeting with Students 2/26

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 26, from 5:15 – 6:15pm 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.

Mike Pernick ‘10, President of the Wesleyan Student Assembly
Dean Mike Whaley, Vice President for Student Affairs

Do YOU want to be a SUPER-Sophomore!?

Come to the Super-Sophomore Workshop on Thursday, February 25, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Albritton 304 (Shapiro Writing Center) 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”!!

Please COME EARLY and bring your lunch!

A Lecture by Laura Grabel
Lauren Dachs Professor of Science in Society, Department of Biology

Stem cell research continues to be controversial and influenced by political constraints. Professor Grabel will consider its promise as well as recent scientific and public policy advances, including public funding in the Obama era. She will also talk about the work in her laboratory focusing on understanding the conditions that promote embryonic stem cell differentiation into neurons, both in a culture dish and in the brains of mouse models of epilepsy.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Thursday, February 25, 5:15 p.m.
Usdan University Center, Room 108

The following departments will be hosting Major Declaration Open Houses 2/22 – 2/25.  For more information about the major declaration process, check out the Major Declaration website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/major_declaration/.

  • Monday, February 22
    • Anthropology
      4:15-5:30 p.m.
      Anthropology Department, Anth 6 Classroom
      281 High Street
      Light refreshments
    • French Studies
      4:15-6:15 p.m.
    • RL&L Common Room
      300 High Street
      Snacks and refreshments
    • Iberian Studies
      4:15-6:15 p.m.
      RL&L Common Room
      300 High Street
      Snacks and refreshments
    • Italian Studies
      4:15-6:15 p.m.
      RL&L Common Room
      300 High Street
      Snacks and refreshments
    • Spanish
      4:15-6:15 p.m.
      RL&L Common Room
      300 High Street
      Snacks and refreshments
  • Tuesday, February 23
    • Studio Art
      4:30-5:30 p.m.
      Zilkha Gallery, Room 202
      Refreshments
    • Classical Studies
      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      Downey House Lounge, Room 200
      294 High Street
      Pizza Lunch
    • History
      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      CSS Lounge, 4th Floor PAC
      Lunch and Refreshments
    • Latin American Studies
      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      Center for the Americas, Rooms 1 and 2
      255 High Street
      Lunch
    • Philosophy
      12:00-1:00 p.m.
      Allbritton 311
      Sandwiches/Drinks
  • Wednesday, February 24
  • Thursday, February 25

ASHA (AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness) student group is organizing a Wesleyan team for AIDS Walk-New Haven. The walk will take place on April 11th at 1pm and we will be running buses from campus to New Haven. Anyone who is interested in participating should e-mail their name, phone number, and wesbox number to wesleyanaidswalk2010@gmail.com or cbecerra@wesleyan.edu.

The URBAN EDUCATION SEMESTER (UES) combines supervised teaching in  NYC progressive public schools with coursework at the Bank Street College of Education.

You will receive WES CREDIT for this program through the Office of International Studies.

INFO SESSION: Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 – 7, Allbritton 103. Application Deadline: March 29

Interested in UES but can’t come to the info session?  Contact:

Vicky Zwelling
Career Resource Center
860-685-2180
vzwelling@wesleyan.edu

The Campus Climate Log provides a way to inform the campus community about hate incidents and acts of intolerance, and it lists educational interventions and prevention efforts organized by students and staff. The Log–developed in 2007–was a collaboration between the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) Student Life Committee and the Office of Student Affairs/Dean’s Office. In the Fall 2009, the position of Dean of Diversity and Student Engagement was reorganized to report to the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Strategic Partnerships. As the Dean of Diversity and Student Engagement, I chair the Campus Climate Log Committee and direct the review and update of the Log.  For more information about the Campus Climate Log, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/climate/ or send an email Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for Diversity and Student Engagement, at rjohnson01@wesleyan.edu.

Weselyan student HyoJeong Lee (Rusia) is organizing a spring break volunteer trip to Guatemala, which will allow participants to interact directly with local communities, live in an authentic home-stay, and get a feel for working in the non-profit sector in just one-week (March 06-13).

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to do something different over break” says Lee. “You can make new friends, push your personal boundaries and give back to the world in a meaningful way.” “Not to mention, it’s a great way to improve your Spanish and learn about a new culture!”

This volunteer trip is not affiliated with the university, but Lee is working with Encountour, a volunteer and adventure travel company based out of NY, to organize all of the travel logistics. The price is affordable at $699, and the sign-up process is easy. Just email HyoJeong at hlee06@wesleyan.edu for more details on how to participate.

Space is very limited so submit applications now (latest by the end of this week)! Applications can be found on http://encountour.com/Application-wesleyan.html.

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. CGI U’s driving philosophy is that anyone, anywhere can make a difference through a Commitment to Action—a tangible contribution towards solving a specific problem on their campus or in the wider global community. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting for students, national youth organizations, and university officials to discuss solutions to pressing global issues.

You are invited to apply to attend CGI U 2010, where you will join President Clinton, 1200 students, nearly 100 college and university presidents, NGOs, national youth organizations, athletes and celebrity-activists to discuss global problems! Over the three-day meeting, attendees will participate in forums and working sessions to formulate new ways to make a difference.

CGI U 2010: APRIL 16-18, Miami, FL.

Apply Now to Attend CGI U 2010

Space is filling up quickly for the third annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Recently confirmed speakers include Grammy-winning artist Usher Raymond and John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. CGI U is hosted jointly by President Clinton and the University of Miami; applying and attending are FREE. The deadline for applications is February 22, 2010, but we accept students on a rolling basis so apply now!

For more information, contact Ali Khalid Chaudhry ’12 (achaudhry@wesleyan.edu) CGI U Campus Representative for Wesleyan University.

The following departments will be hosting Major Declaration Open Houses 2/16 – 2/18.  For more information about the major declaration process, check out the Major Declaration website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/major_declaration/.

Social Justice Leadership ConferenceNext Saturday, February 20th, SALD and the WSA will be hosting Wesleyan’s second annual Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC). All members of the Wesleyan community, and other guests, are invited to attend.

Dr. Jason Irizarry will be returning to Wesleyan as SJLC’s keynote speaker. This time around he will be bringing some of his students.

Conference sessions include:

  • Radical Accessibility: Ableism and Social Justice Organizing
  • Planning Social Actions: The Down and Dirty Nitty Gritty Details of Social Movements
  • Local Agriculture and Food Politics at Long Lane Farm
  • Permaculture Fundamentals
  • Navigating the 7C’s of Deep-End Leadership
  • Student-Labor Solidarity: What Works, What Doesn’t
  • The SRI Model – An Introduction to Sustainable Investing
  • LGBTQ Issues: Creating Solidarity in Your Social Justice Work
  • Justice for Khojali
  • The Art of Social Justice
  • Perspectives in Environmental Racism, and Climate Justice

For more information, and to pre-register, visit the SJLC website at www.wesleyan.edu/sjlc.

PHFCome to the Program House Fair to learn more information about all 32 program houses on campus. There will be raffle prizes and free snacks available for attendees. The fair will provide an opportunity for you to speak with current house members and learn about the mission and culture of the houses you are interested in. We hope to see you there!

Where: Beckham Hall
When: 2pm-5pm
Date: Friday, February 12, 2010

For more information about Program Housing, please contact Dawn Brown at dabrown@wesleyan.edu

The Urban Education Semester combines supervised teaching in NYC progressive public schools with coursework at the Bank Street College of Education.  You will receive Wes Credit for this program through the Office of International Studies.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4:30 – 5:30, PAC 004

If you can’t make it to the info session, contact

Vicky Zwelling
Career Resource Center
860-685-2180
vzwelling@wesleyan.edu

The Urban Education Semester application deadline is Monday, March 29, at 4:00 p.m. in the Career Resource Center, Butterfield A.

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