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Monthly Archive for December, 2010

Due to the potential of a significant snow storm on Sunday, December 19th, we have decided to close student residences at noon on Monday, December 20, 2010.  We encourage you to leave before Sunday if your travel plans allow; but if you are unable to, you may stay in your residence until noon on Monday, December 20, 2010.  Please note that there will not be additional shuttles scheduled for Monday, December 20, 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life at reslife@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-3550.

Only students who reside in wood frame houses (does not include program houses) may remain in their unit during the break.  However if you plan to stay in your wood frame house, you will need to register with the Office of Residential Life by Saturday, December 18, 2010 if you have not already done so.  This form is located at:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/woodframe_house_info.htm.

If you are leaving campus for all or part of the break, please make sure that:

  • All windows and doors are closed and locked
  • Blinds and window treatments are closed
  • All items are unplugged
  • Garbage is removed
  • Doors closed and locked

If you are not returning to your current room in the spring semester, you must move out no later than Sunday, December 19, 2010 at noon.   Please remove all of your belongings and turn in your key to the Office of Residential Life.

If you are not returning to campus for the spring semester, you must take all of your belongings with you.  There is no long-term storage available; the cleaning staff will dispose of any belongings left behind.   For storage information, please go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/pplant/studentstorage.html.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Residential Life at x-3550 or email us at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Have a safe and happy break.

This is a REMINDER to all students regarding the winter break.

Please remember that University Housing closes at 12:00 noon on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  All housing will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011. Take any items of value with you when you leave.  Experience has shown that all residential areas are susceptible to burglaries during break periods. Upon leaving, please make sure that:

  • All windows and doors are closed and locked
  • Blinds and window treatments are closed
  • Garbage is removed from the room
  • Holiday decorations are removed and disposed of properly
  • Heat is turned down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (NOT off)
  • Room door closed and locked

Take any belongings you will need, university personnel will not let you into your unit once it is closed.

Only students who reside in wood frame houses may remain in their unit during the break.  However if you live in a wood frame house, you will need to register with the Office of Residential Life by Saturday, December 18, 2010 to let us know you plan to be here during the break.  http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/woodframe_house_info.htm.

Unless you have already been pre-approved to return to campus early, you cannot access your housing prior to Monday, January 17, 2011.  Many of our residential units will be alarmed throughout the break period.  If tripped, the situation will be treated as a burglary in progress and both Public Safety and the Middletown Police will respond to the scene.

If you are not returning to your current room next semester, you must move out no later than Sunday, December 19, 2010 at noon.   Please remove all of your belongings and turn in your key to the Office of Residential Life by that time.

For storage information, please go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/pplant/studentstorage.html.

If you are not returning to campus next semester, you must take all of your belongings with you.  There is no long-term storage available; the cleaning staff will dispose of any belongings left behind by students on leave or studying abroad.  If you are studying abroad, you can not leave belongings with friends to store during the summer.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Residential Life at x-3550 or email them at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Have a safe and happy break.

The Psychology Department is adding a second section of the introductory psychology course, Psyc 105 Foundations of Contemporary Psychology. It will be held on MW 11:00-12:20, and will be taught by Visiting Prof. Stacy Fambro, who taught this course last year. You can enroll in this course during the Drop/Add period. Please attend the first class.

Give some joy this reading week by purchasing a  Final Exam Care Package ($1-3) and/or a Class of 2012 T-shirt ($10) for the person of your choice. Sponsored by the 2012 Class Council, you can mix-and-match a combination of tasty treats –- cookies, candy bars, and/or Jolly Ranchers hard candies — at a dollar each with this online form.

If you purchase a Class of 2012 T-Shirt, you may also order a free, 3-item Final Exam Care Package.

The 2012 Class Council will process your order and deliver it to the WesBox of the recipient of your choice, along with a personalized note, during finals week.

Simply order now at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/2012council/care.html and deliver your payment Final Exam Care Package Payment Table in Usdan on Monday, December 13, or by stopping by Dean Phillips’s office (217 North College) then wait for your recipient to react with delight when their WesBox reveals a trove of holiday bounty!  Failure to make payment by Friday, December 17 will result in termination of your order.

It’s the end of the semester, so don’t forget to get yourself a ride home for winter break. It’s really easy with Wesleyan’s shuttles. You can buy your ticket now at the Box Office in Usdan or online at wesleyan.edu/shuttles.

The full year schedule, including spring break and end of year shuttles, can be found here for the New York/Boston shuttle and here for the Bradley Airport shuttle.

All shuttles leave from the front of Usdan.

If you need a ride or can give a ride to somewhere the shuttles don’t go, use the Rideboard. On the Rideboard you can find rides offered by other students, request a ride, or offer rides yourself. Go HERE.

Here are the days and times for the shuttles:

Grand Central Station, NY
 Penn Station, NY 
South Station, Boston, MA
To: Sat. Dec. 18 at 1 pm departs from the front of Usdan
From: Tues, Jan 18, 2011, at 3pm, Buses depart from NY and Boston to Campus

New Haven Shuttle, Union Station
To New Haven

  • Fri., Dec. 17 at 2 pm
  • Sat., Dec. 18 at 10 am and 2 pm
  • Sun. Dec. 19 at 10 am

From New Haven

  • Mon., Jan. 17, 2011 at 4 pm
  • Tue, Jan. 18 at 11am and 4pm
  • Wed. Jan 19, at 4pm

Bradley Airport
To Bradley

  • Friday, December 17th – 5:45 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 18th – 5:45 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 19th – 5:45 am, 12 pm

From Bradley

  • Monday, January 17th – 1 pm, 6 pm, 10 pm
  • Tuesday, January 18th – 6 pm, 10 pm
  • Wednesday, January 19th – 6 pm
  • Thursday, January 20th – 1 pm

Note: BRADLEY RETURN shuttle pick up location: INSIDE the newer section of Terminal A at its lower/ground level, near desk and sign for “Bradley Ambassadors Information Center.” This desk is closest to Baggage Claim carousel #4.

Friday, January 21st at 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Address by Geoffrey Canada at the Memorial Chapel

Saturday, January 22nd at 9:30 a.m.

Check-in and walk in registration opens at the Usdan University Center
Go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/sjlc to register.

Workshops include:

  • Radical Accessibility
  • Building a Green and Equitable Economy
  • Local Social Justice: Elementary School Education in the Middletown Microcosm
  • Immigrants and National Values
  • How to Win: Building Power for Effective Social Change
  • Pell Grant Ineligibility and Incarcerated Students: Good Politics, Bad Policy?
  • Educators for Education Reform – The Reform we Have, the Reform we Need
  • The Liberal Arts in Prison: Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education
  • Leading the Food Fight: Local Agriculture and Food Politics at Long Lane Farm
  • When and How Faith Does Justice
  • The Intersection of Interfaith and Social Justice
  • Food Inequality in Hartford
  • Affirmative Reaction: Mapping Affirmative Action’s Legacy and Current Position in Higher Education
  • The Truth About Public Education Reform
  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education as a Social Justice Issue

Hannah Berkman sends us this photo of herself with some Wesleyan friends in the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco.  From left to right: Hannah Berkman, Tess Minter, and Carolyn Mortell.

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, 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.

The committee will select the applicant who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. Sophomores and juniors in good standing are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit an essay that addresses the following:

  • Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you have played a leadership role that sought to make our local and/or global community more equitable. The work should directly affect the Wesleyan campus and/or an external community.
  • Explain your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns, etc., in the pursuit of social justice.
  • While local efforts central to the Wesleyan campus are weighted equally with external efforts at home, on a national, or international level, students who have managed to link their local activism with a larger community are especially encouraged to apply.  Please describe, in detail, how you have sought to synthesize local and external efforts.

Additional materials:

  • Include a letter of support from a faculty member, administrator who was involved in your social justice effort or other person(s) (excluding family and close friends) with firsthand knowledge of your social justice activities
  • Submit evidence of the impact that the effort had on its target community by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved or who benefited (excluding family and close friends), printed programs/presentations/articles, non-print materials such as DVDs, and/or your work from courses.

Provide at least four copies of your application materials (print and non-print) to Dean Marina J Melendez (North College, 2nd floor, Room 215) by 5pm on February 28, 2011. By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships to use it for assessment, archival, and promotional purposes.

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

Learn how to apply:

Tuesday Dec 7 at noon in Usdan 108
or
Wednesday Dec 8 at 4pm in Usdan 108

More info:

www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace.htt or clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Learn how to apply:
Tuesday Dec 7 at noon in Usdan 108
or
Wednesday Dec 8 at 4pm in Usdan 108
More info:
www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace.htt  or clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Brighter Dawns’ and Bon Appétit Management Company are collaborating to have a Gingerbread House Making Match.  All the proceeds will go to providing access to clean, safe water in Bangladesh!  Brighter Dawns’ first mission is to provide access to clean and safe water to the slum inhabitants of Khalishpur, Khulna. Currently, more than 100,000 children die each year in Bangladesh alone due to lack of water!

The gingerbread match will take place this Saturday, December 4th from 12-3 pm.  It’s only $4/person if you pre-register, or $5 at the event.  Participants will receive all the supplies to make their own house.  Winners will get a gingerbread trophy.

Finished gingerbread houses will then be donated to Amazing Grace or local churches in the Middletown Community as an early holiday treat and that way we’ll benefit people not only within our vicinity, but also benefit those abroad– AND have some bonding going on among students through the support of a great cause!

For inquires and to register please Email brighterdawns@gmail.com