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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

An information session for the Urban Education Semester will be held on, Oct. 12, 5:30 – 6:30, Allbritton 103.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

Through the Urban Education Semester, students spend a semester in New York City, engaged in a combination of supervised fieldwork (primarily teaching but there may be some urban policy placements) and coursework offered by Bank Street College of Education. This interdisciplinary, academic immersion program earns Wesleyan academic credit and introduces students from all academic backgrounds to the complexity of issues facing urban public education. Ideal  program for students interested in urban environments, community development, teaching and learning, and systemic reform. For more information, visit www.urbanedsemester.org.

Applications for the Spring 2011 program are due to Vicky Zwelling in the CRC on Wed. Nov. 3.

This summer, Yinka Taiwo-Peters ’12 started and ran “The Water Awareness Project” in Abuja, Nigeria, with the aid of the Rausch Internship grant from the Environmental Studies Department. There is a growing water crisis in Nigeria with a large proportion of the population having no access to safe drinking water. It is estimated that only half of the 140 million people have access to safe water, and even fewer to basic sanitation facilities.

The goal of Water Awareness Project was to create awareness among Nigerian youths on the role of water in practicing good sanitation habits, while emphasizing water conservation practices. In June, Yinka gave 30-minute to 60-minute talks on the role of water in sanitation and water conservation practices in twenty-schools in Central Abuja. In July, she worked with the pupils of an Abro Hallmark International School, located in Mpape, Abuja, a settlement deficient of portable water. With the help of a plumber, the pupils and Yinka installed a water tank that employs a rainwater harvesting system from the rooftop of a school building. This particular activity emphasized the importance of community engagement from one’s younger years and showed a water conservation practice. With the tank installation, it is hoped that the students will spend less time in search of water before classes and medical costs will be reduced as a result of water-related diseases contracted from the use of contaminated water.

At the end of July, Yinka concluded the water awareness project and conducted mini surveys from the students in participating schools. In the future, she plans to continue this project by expanding to more rural settlements and schools in other parts of Nigeria.

Take the time to donate, and you can save 3 lives with your blood. Wesleyan will host a campus-wide blood drive on Wednesday, October 6, and Thursday, October 7 from 11:45 am-5:00 pm each day. The drive will take place at Beckham Hall – Fayerweather Building, next to Usdan University Center. Go to www.givelife.org (use WesleyanU for the sponsor code) and sign up for the appointment slot that best fits your schedule. Please feel free to email Jennifer Paykin (jpaykin@wesleyan.edu) or Frank Kuan (fkuan@wesleyan.edu) if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration.

It’s that time again!  Apply now to be part of Homecoming/Family Weekend 2010.  Student workers play an integral role in the weekend by greeting guests at the registration site, assisting with activity and event preparation, escorting guests around campus in shuttle vans, and much more!  Applications close on October 8 at 5:00pm.  The application can be found at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/hcfw/2010/students/

This past summer, DoSomething.org awarded Tasmiha Khan ’12 a Change for the Children Grant to work with the World Peace & Cultural Foundation to identify people suffering from diabetes mellitus in Bangladesh through community mobilization and blood screenings.  You can read more about Tasmiha and the work she has been doing though the interview that she granted for the Blitz, a newspaper published in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Applications due Mon., Oct. 4th 5:00 P.M. at Anne Greene’s office, Downey House, Room 207.

On Tuesday, October 26th, Prof. Elie Wiesel is presenting a lecture to the Wesleyan community entitled “Building an Ethical Society: The Death Penalty and Human Dignity,” at 7 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. Tickets will be available shortly.

Prof. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, is the author of more than forty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Night and other volumes of memoirs. For his literary and human rights activities, he has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Earlier on the day of his lecture, Prof. Wiesel will hold a discussion session with a small group of students, focusing specifically on writing about moral and ethical topics. This session is tentatively scheduled for 4-4:45 PM, October 26th, in the Shapiro event room, Allbritton 311.

We invite you to apply to join this discussion group.

Unfortunately we cannot include everyone who would like to attend.

Please submit a statement (from one paragraph to one page in length) indicating

  • which works of Prof. Wiesel’s you have read,
  • what writing question you would like him to discuss, and,
  • any intellectual or personal interest you bring to the discussion.

At the top of your application, please include your

  • name, class year, major, email address, and telephone number.

If you are selected, we will contact you directly.

Thank you so much for your interest. Please contact Anne Greene, the Director of the Writing Programs, or Rabbi David Leipziger, if you have questions.

Back in August, Kennedy Odede wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times entitled “Slumdog Tourism” that is well worth reading. “Slum tourism is a one-way street,’ he writes, “They get photos; we lose a piece of our dignity. Slums will not go away because a few dozen Americans or Europeans spent a morning walking around them. There are solutions to our problems — but they won’t come about through tours.”

Fast-a-Thon 9/30

Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon?
1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $16,000 for the local food pantry. This year the Fast-a-Thon is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever, but we need your help!
Different ways to donate points:
  1. fill out a donation slip that can find in your mailbox
  2. donate at different tables set outside of Usdan marketplace, WesWings, and Summerfields
  3. go to: www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/fastathon.html
The idea behind the Fast-a-thon is to donate the points/meals that you would have eaten that day towards Amazing Grace Food Pantry. It is recommended to fast just for the  experience that many religious traditions share, but it is by no means required.
On the day of the event we will begin with a number of speakers to introduce the event and explain its significance. Then we will break our fast with dates and eat a delicious Indian feast from Haveli’s. If you get there early you will also receive a free t-shirt!

What: Fast-a-Thon 2010
When: Thursday, September 30th, 5:45pm
Where: Beckham Hall and DFC

Sponsored by: IJL, MSA, SBC, ResLife, SALD, Chaplain’s office, Haveli, Bon Appetit, OCS

Please contact Carmen Yip nyip@wesleyan.edu or Deena Godfrey dgodfrey@wesleyan.edu for more information.

The Office of Behavioral Health for Students (OBHS) welcomes and encourages students to take advantage of the following services:

  • The Peer Grief Support Group – an ongoing student-led group open to any Wesleyan student who is coping with the death of a friend or relative. Dr. Larry Antosz (lantosz@wesleyan.edu) is the clinical resource for the group. Meetings are held on Wednesdays, at 8:00pm in Room 212 on the second floor of the Davison Health Center.
  • Individual Appointments – appointment with one of the OBHS therapists. Call 685-2910 to schedule a specific time.
  • The Consultation Service – a specific focus usually involving one or two meetings. Call 685-3143 for a specific appointment.  If you have any questions, call 685-2910 or 685-3143.
  • Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL)
    169 High St., second floor (corner Church St. and High St.)

    Pastor Joan Burnett | Protestant Chaplain | jburnett@wesleyan.edu
    Father Hal Weidner | Catholic Chaplain | hweidner@wesleyan.edu
    Rabbi David Leipziger Teva | Director ORSL, Jewish Chaplain | dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

  • Class Deans

    Noel Garrett | Class of 2011 | ngarrett@wesleyan.edu
    David Phillips | Class of 2012 | dphillips@wesleyan.edu
    Louise Brown | Class of 2013 | lsbrown@wesleyan.edu
    Marina Melendez | Class of 2014 | mmelendez@wesleyan.edu

The MINDS Foundation was started this August by two Wesleyan University students: Raghu Appasani and Jane Nestler. The goal of the organization is to provide education, treatment, and resources for patients and families with mental illness and neurological disorders in India.

Please contact rappasani@mindsfoundation.org if you are interested in volunteering or would like more information. Also visit www.mindsfoundation.org.

Now that Drop/Add is over, we are asking you to confirm your Fall 2010 schedule.

Please click on http://quicklink.wesleyan.edu/ccs or log into your EPortfolio and navigate to “Current Classes & Schedule” under “Wesleyan Career”. If you agree that our records correctly show the courses that you registered for during Drop/Add, click on “Schedule is Correct”.

If your schedule is not correct (for example, a course is missing from your schedule or an additional course is appearing) click on “Schedule is Incorrect” and you’ll be given further instructions and a link to the petition form. Later, if your petition is successful and your schedule is corrected, you should return to your schedule page and click “Schedule is Correct”.

The schedule confirmation buttons will remain on the page until you have resolved all issues and click the “Schedule is Correct” button.

If a course enrollment is “Advisor Pending”, please ask your advisor to email pturenne@wesleyan.edu requesting that the course be “Advisor Approved” in the database.

Please indicate whether your schedule is correct or incorrect by 11:59pm Monday, September 27. The sooner you let us know about problems with your schedule, the sooner your issues can be resolved.

If you fail to confirm your final fall schedule, you will not be permitted to participate in the planning phase of November Pre-Registration.

REMINDER: Grading mode and cross-listing changes were due before the end of the Drop/Add period and can no longer be made.

To Members of the Wesleyan Community:

I am writing to remind you of an important resource that the Office of Behavioral Health (OBHS) has developed for the Wesleyan community.  Effective Interventions:  A Guide for Faculty and Staff to Recognize and Aid Students in Distress provides all members of the Wesleyan community with information on recognizing and assisting persons in emotional distress.  Although written primarily with a faculty and staff audience in mind, I am sending this message to students because I suspect the information may also be useful in helping students support their peers.

The Guide can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/obhs/distress.pdf

Finally, let me remind each of you that OBHS exists expressly to help students (undergraduate and graduate) to deal effectively with emotional, personal, interpersonal and situational issues which cause unhappiness, frustration and/or disruption to their lives.  If you are a Wesleyan student who thinks some professional input could be useful, OBHS encourages you to contact us at 860-685-2910 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  In an emergency you can always reach the therapist on call (24/7 whenever classes/exams are in session) – simply call and follow the directions to reach a therapist after hours.  Our services are free to Wesleyan students.  All information that you reveal to us is considered absolutely confidential and would be revealed only with your explicit permission or in an emergency situation where there is a need to prevent injury to you or to others.

Remember, if you have any questions, at any time, please feel free to call OBHS.


Dr. Philippa M. Coughlan
Director of OBHS

Here are a couple of pictures taken by Monica Vitti on Volcán Pichincha, an active volcano outside the city of Quito, Ecuador.  Monica climbed the mountain (15,413 ft!) last Friday with a couple of friends on the Duke Program.

The application deadline for the Spring 2011 semester for the Wesleyan-administered programs in Bologna, Madrid, and Paris is Friday, October 1, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. This is a firm deadline and late applications will not be accepted. Please note that the Paris Program application doubles as the application for the Sciences Po Exchange and the Bordeaux Immersion Program and applicants must indicate if they wish to be considered for either/both of these programs.

The application deadline for the Spring 2011 semester for the Wesleyan-administered program in Regensburg is Friday, October 15, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. This is a firm deadline and late applications will not be accepted.
Applications can be downloaded from our website at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/ois/forms/application2.htt .
A complete program application includes:

  • Application form
  • 250-word essay in the appropriate language explaining why you wish to participate in the program
  • Language evaluation form (to be completed by your current or most recent language professor)
  • Letter of recommendation from a non-language instructor (may be sent through campus mail, delivered to our office, or sent as an email attachment or the text of an email to gwinter@wesleyan.edu)

Please note that all applicants to these Wesleyan-administered programs must also complete the general “Permission to Study Abroad Application” which is due Friday, October 15, 2010 by 5:00 p.m.

Please turn in completed applications at the Office of International Studies, Fisk Hall 105.

Student-Run Grief Support Group
(Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral Health for Students)

Meets: Wednesdays
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Group Room 212
(2nd Floor, Davison Health Center)

Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Please feel free to come and leave when it’s convenient for you. If you have questions, please contact: Kendall (512/296-3521).

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