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The Orientation Program is now accepting applications for 30 Orientation Leaders for the Class of 2015, and new transfer, exchange and visiting students. Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work for both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO).

Orientation Leaders work with Resident Advisors to mentor and guide students during both ISO and NSO. Orientation Leaders also help manage events, including welcoming international students at airports, working at residence hall arrival sites, informational forums and social events. Students from the class of ’12, ’13 & ’14 are eligible to apply. Successful candidates must be reliable, enthusiastic, and compassionate with good verbal communication skills, a positive attitude about campus life, culturally sensitive and experience working with diverse student populations.

Applications: To apply, go to the orientation website, www.wesleyan.edu/orientation

Application Deadline: Applications are due by March 23, 2011 by 5:00pm

Questions? Please contact:

Timothy Shiner
Director, New Student Orientation

Professor Joel Pfister, Chair of the English Department, and Professor Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs, would like to inform students of the following prizes and fellowships.  Unless otherwise indicated, all entries are due by March 3, 2011 by 5:00 PM.

Most of the prizes and fellowships are open to juniors, except where specified. We invite juniors to apply for the Annie Sonnenblick Writing Awards, which support juniors who wish to undertake an independent writing project during the summer between their junior and senior years. We strongly encourage students to apply.  This year we will be selecting multiple recipients.

We also encourage juniors to apply for summer Olin Fellowships. The fellowships may be used for work in English outside the Wesleyan course structure. Suitable projects may include, study in an academic program, research, training in research methods, or sustained work on a piece of writing.

Juniors who expect to attend graduate school after Wesleyan will be interested in the Winchester Fellowships. The Winchester Fellowships are awarded to graduating seniors and recent graduates to support graduate work in literature or writing.

Juniors are also welcome to apply for the Wesleyan Writers Conference Scholarships. They should note that the deadline is March 24th, 2011.

Please instruct students to visit the Writing Prizes website for prize and fellowship information: http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/prizeinfo.html

If you have, or will have, need-based financial aid loans through Wesleyan, you are eligible to apply for the Wesleyan Service Careers Fellowship (SCF) loan-forgiveness award.

The SCF award recognizes demonstrated commitment to public service and interest in leading a life of service after graduation.  Since its inception in 2005, the SCF legacy has grown to over 60 Wesleyan alumni.

If you are engaged in service, and see service and civic engagement as a permanent part of your life after Wesleyan, then consider applying.  Ten members of the class of 2012 will be awarded up to $5,000.00 for loan forgiveness, applicable to a previous loan while at Wesleyan, or toward your financial aid loans for senior year.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 31, 4:30pm at the CRC.  For details, visit: http://www.wesleyan.edu/crc/students/grants/fellowships/service_careers.html

INFORMATION SESSION: Wednesday, March 2, 5:00pm-5:30pm, CRC Library.  If you cannot attend the info session, see Jim Kubat during drop-in hours at the CRC on Thursdays, 1:00pm-4:30pm, or see Cathy Lechowicz at the Office of Community Service.

Please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/chum and follow the Student Fellowship link for application.

Application Deadline: March 25, 2011

All members of the junior class are invited to apply for a semester-long Student Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities during the 2011-12 academic year. Wesleyan’s is among the first such university humanities centers established and serves to bring together Wesleyan faculty, students and visiting scholars for extended exploration of selected subjects. Our 2011-12 themes are “Fact and Artifact” (Fall semester) and “Visceral States: Affect and Civic Life” (Spring semester).  Descriptions of these themes are appended below.

Four Student Fellowships are awarded by the Center’s Advisory Board for each semester.  Student Fellows share an office at the Center and take part in Center activities. Among these events are the Center’s Monday lecture series; colloquial discussions on Tuesdays, 10:30-1:00; and occasional Center conferences. One course credit is awarded for a Student Fellow’s participation in the Center’s activities.

Applicants for a Student Fellowship must be planning to do a senior project (an honors thesis) on a topic related to the Center theme for the year.  The project need not be underway at the time of the application.  The themes, “Fact and Artifact” and “Visceral States: Affect and Civic Life,” are broadly construed and connect with projects and problems across the disciplines. Faculty Fellows who will work at the Center during Fall semester are Professors Askamija (Art History), Autry (Sociology), Fullilove (History), Stark (Sociology and Environmental Studies), and Tucker (History, SISP, FGSS). Faculty Fellows who will work at the Center during the spring semester are Professors Chakravarti (Government and Social Studies), Kauanui (American Studies and Anthropology), Rodriguez Mosquera (Psychology), Visvardi (Classical Studies), and Wright (African American Studies and History). There will also several Visiting Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Applications for student fellowships are due at the Center by Wednesday, March 25th.

We will let you know of the Center Advisory Board’s decision by April 6.  If you have any questions, please call the Center at extension 3044. An open house for interested students will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 4:00-5:00 p.m in the Center for the Humanities lounge.

Next Year’s Themes:

Fact and Artifact (Fall 2011)

To what extent has the modern fact been redefined as artifact, as an entity shaped by human hands? Scholars have at once recognized the production of facts about the empirical world as a central achievement of modernity and redefined facts not as paragons of objectivity but as markers of human intervention. Facts thus are alternately seen as a triumph of knowing or as products of social processes shaped by tools of witness, communities of inquiry, and methods of narration. Scholars of language, art, narrative, historical epistemology, philosophy, and archaeology have contributed to our understanding of how people fashion facts, which may in turn be accepted as veridical statements about reality or called into question as the conceptions of interested and historically situated human beings. They have explored, for instance, the practices and technologies used in apprehending the natural world: e.g. those used when collecting plants for herbaria and gene banks, or when tagging nutrients with radioisotopes. They have considered, too, the epistemological claims of aesthetic realism, the implication of historical facts in rhetorically constructed narratives, and the very possibility of establishing objects of knowledge in the humanities as facts in the sense in which that term has been used in the sciences. These investigations draw and redraw the lines between fact and artifact and fact and fiction – that is, not what we know to be true or false, but rather how we think we know it.

The Center invites applications examining the career of the modern fact and its uncomfortable companion, the artifact.

Under what conditions can facts be created? How do efforts to pin down empirical reality gain access to the material world? How do they depend upon symbolic or aesthetic logics of representation or produce such representations? What is at stake in the legal and moral order of facts? Does new knowledge change people’s aesthetic or moral sensibilities or alter their understandings of their first-hand experiences? What light can the study of artifacts shed on the status and function of facts in our world?

Visceral States: Affect and Civil Life (Spring 2012)

The term “affect” encompasses a range of bodily and social experiences that has traditionally been defined in contradistinction to rationality: visceral reactions, feelings, emotional attachments, and states of mood. Recent studies across the disciplines, from literature to political theory to neuroscience, have complicated this definition by according a foundational role to affect in human behavior and cognition. These inquiries destabilize the grounds on which affect has been excluded from rationalist discourses in both academic and public realms. This “affective turn” thus affords new possibilities for understanding aesthetics, reasoning, art, personal experience, power and the civic sphere, posing as well new problems for the conceptualization of feelings, emotion, and mood.

The Center invites applications examining the possibilities and challenges accompanying new attention to the complex relations between emotional subjectivities, visceral experiences, and public life.  Our inquiry is organized around a broad scope of intra- and interdisciplinary questions, including: can the deployment or solicitation of affect in civil life be understood as complementary to—or even partially constitutive of—reasoned debate? How might fields such as moral philosophy, social theory, and psychology adjudicate between canonical rationalist frameworks and those proposing constitutive dynamics of affect? To what extent do aesthetic representations and practices provide grounds for new approaches to the interplay of affect, subjectivity, and sentiment in social life?

This is a reminder that the General Wesleyan Permission to Study Abroad Application is due ON TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011 for all students planning to study abroad for the fall 2011 semester or Full Year 2011-2012. This is the “permission to study abroad” application that ALL students must complete, regardless of program choice, including Wesleyan-administered programs (Bologna, Madrid, Paris). Applications must be turned in at the Office of International Studies, 105 Fisk Hall and may be turned in anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on March 1.

A copy of the permission application may be picked up at the Office of International Studies or printed from our website at www.wesleyan.edu/ois. Just click on “Applications” in the “Forms” bucket and print the “Permission to Study Abroad” PDF document.

A complete application includes the following 7 items:

  • Personal information sheet
  • Academic justification essay
  • Online Health Information Clearance form*
  • Pre-approval of courses form**
  • Student Medical Release and Parental Statement form
  • Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver form
  • Standards of Conduct Pledge

*All applicants must complete our online Health Information Clearance form. If you have not already done so, you may still do it now. It is in your student e-Portfolio under “Tools and Links.” Be sure to do this by March 1, 2011.

**Please note that IF YOU ARE IN YOUR MAJOR DECLARATION SEMESTER, the Coursework Abroad approval form (page 3) is not due until April 1. ALL OTHER FORMS ARE DUE MARCH 1.

If you have any questions about the “permission to study abroad application,” please feel free to stop by the office during drop-in hours (M-W-F 10-noon; T-TH 2-4 p.m.) or call us at 860 685 2550.

Please note that approved programs (not run by Wesleyan) have their own specific deadlines (many do “rolling admissions” and can fill before stated deadlines) so students should check directly with the programs to make certain that applications are filed in a timely manner.

Buy them before they sell out and before the deadline of Thursday, March 3rd.

As always, shuttles leave from the front of Usdan. Also take advantage of the RideBoard, Wesleyan’s car-pooling service: http://quicklink.wesleyan.edu/rideboard.

New York/Boston Bus Schedule

  • To New York: Friday, March 4: 3:00 pm
  • From New York: Sunday, March 20: 3:00 pm

New Haven Shuttle, Union Station

  • To New Haven: Friday, March 4: 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM; Saturday, March 5: 10:00AM
  • From New Haven: Saturday, March 19: 11:00AM; Sunday, March 20: 4:00PM

Bradley Airport Shuttles

  • To Bradley: Friday, March 4: 5:45AM and 12:00PM; Saturday, March 5: 5:45 AM and 12:00PM
  • From Bradley: Saturday, March 19: 6:00PM and 10:00PM; Sunday, March 20: 6:00PM and 10:00PM

Calling all singers, musicians, and performers in the Class of 2012!

Enter your act in the third annual Musical Madness Competition between the Classes, Thursday, February 24, in Crowell Concert Hall.

Prizes for

  • Best in Class
  • Best in Show
  • Judge’s Choice

Get your act together — acoustic, electric, a cappella, ensemble or solo, original or cover — any genre.

To enter your act, submit a Musical Madness Entry Form to Dean Phillips, 217 North College, by 5pm, Thursday, February 17.

Click here to see videos from last year’s competition.

The College of the Environment internships allow students to undertake research on environmental topics under the guidance of a faculty mentor during the Summer or Fall, 2011. The scope of environmental topics is meant in the broad sense and the research may be undertaken using techniques, approaches and paradigms from all majors or major programs. Internships are available to Wesleyan Students across the entire University.

The summer internship will run from May 25, 2011 – July 29, 2011, while the Fall 2011 internship would run the term of the semester. Internships carry a stipend of $4,000.

The deadline for applications is due on or before Monday, February 21, 2011, allowing us to announce internship candidates by Friday, March 4th, prior to spring break. Student applications are to be delivered to Ms. Valerie Marinelli, Administrative Assistant, College of the Environment, 284 High Street.  Click here to download an application.

The student application also requires two short letters of recommendation from Wesleyan faculty. In addition to recommending the student, the faculty mentor must briefly (1-2 paragraphs) explain the project, its importance and relevance to her/his research program. Letters of recommendation may either be sent to Ms. Marinelli through campus mail or by email (pdf preferred) to vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu.

To get the application, please stop by the College of the Environment, 284 High Street or check with any Administrative Assistant on campus who has received the email.

The applications, including statements by faculty, will be judged by the oversight and awards committee.

For further information, please contact Valerie Marinelli at (860) 685-3733.

The Admission Office is beginning the hiring process for 2011-2012 Senior Interviewer position.  As many of you are aware, this position has direct impact on leaving your legacy at Wesleyan and shaping who will be in the freshman class. A brief job description includes:

  • Interview prospective students in the Summer and/or Fall
  • Co-lead information sessions with Admission Deans to prospective students and families
  • Availability during WesFest and other special events in Fall and Spring
  • Other office tasks as needed such as data entry and answering phone calls/emails

Two open information sessions are being offered on Wednesday, February 16 at 12 noon and Thursday, February 17 at 12 noon, where the details of the position will be reviewed. Current Senior Interviewers will also be there to answer your questions.  Both meetings will be held in the McKelvey Room of the Admission Office.

To apply, download a copy of the Senior Interviewer application form and submit it to Jami Silver in the Office of Admission by Monday, March 7 at 5pm.  (If you are currently on study abroad, the application deadline is Monday, August 15 at 5pm EST.)  If you are unable to attend the information sessions, you are encouraged to contact Jami Silver, Associate Dean of Admissions at jsilver01@wesleyan.edu, or with any of the current Senior Interviewers, whose contact information is available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/admission/ask_a_question/seniors/index.html

Select applicants will be invited to participate in the first round of group interviews during the lunch hours of the week of March 28 – April 1, and will be notified of the final decision concerning their applications by email on Monday, March 21st.  For more information, please contact

Jami Silver
Associate Dean of Admission

The 2011 General Room Selection (GRS) process at Wesleyan University is about to start. Remember, all undergraduate students are required to live on campus. Therefore, if you will be a student at Wesleyan University in the fall of 2011, you MUST participate in the GRS process.

Beginning Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:00 (noon) you will be able to access the General Room Selection site and explore your housing options for the 2011-2012 academic year. You enter GRS through your student portfolio by clicking on “Room Selection” under “Student Life at Wesleyan.”

Please remember two important dates that are rapidly approaching. All applications for Off-Campus Housing are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 18, 2011. All applications for Program Housing and Community Based Living are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2011.

You will be receiving many e-mails from the Office of Residential Life in the next few months as important dates draw near. Please be sure to read all these emails, as well as the information contained in the GRS site. You will not receive any hard copies of this information. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life by phone at 860-685-3550 or by e-mail at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

This is a reminder that applications for Fall 2011 or Year 2011-12 for the Wesleyan-administered programs in Paris, Madrid, and Bologna are due TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 BY 5:00 P.M. This is a firm deadline and late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be turned in to the Office of International Studies, Fisk Hall 105. A complete application includes the following four items:

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

The applications can be downloaded from our website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/ois/forms/application2.htt

Applicants to Wesleyan-administered programs must also complete the general Permission to Study Abroad Application which is due Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Completed general applications must be turned in to the Office of International Studies, Fisk Hall 105.

Featuring all 32 Program Houses

When: Friday, February 11
Where: Beckham Hall
11:30am – 2:30pm

Get information about the many houses around campus.  Prize Raffles for those who attend.

For more information contact:

Dawn Brown at dabrown@wesleyan.edu
Alex Cabal at acabal@wesleyan.edu

Come talk to current residents about what is like to live in a program house.

The Office of International Studies is offering the following information sessions over the next week:

Tuesday, Feb. 8
Queen Mary, University of London

Noon – 1 p.m.
Fisk Hall 302

Wednesday, Feb 9
The Swedish Program

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Fisk Hall 210

Tuesday, Feb 15
Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Fisk Hall 302

Alpha Delt * Asian/Asian American House * Buddhist House * Chinese House * DKE * Community Service House * Earth House * Eclectic * Farm House * Film Hall * French Hall * Full House * German Haus * Interfaith House * International House * Japanese Hall * La Casa * Lighthouse * Malcolm X House * Music House * PSI U * Open House * Outhouse * Russian House * Science Hall  * Sign Language House * The Bayit * Turath House * Well-Being House * Women of Color House * Womanist House * Writing House

  • Thinking about applying to a Program House?
  • Questions about how to choose your housing next year?
  • Want to know the process?
  • Want to talk to current House Managers about their housing experience?

Stop by and get some answers!

Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time: Noon to 1:00pm
Location: B2/B3 (South College)

Open to all students

Monday, February 21, 12:00 noon
Usdan 108

Join Barry Chernoff, Director from the College of the Environment, as he discusses the Environmental Studies Program, encompassing the linked major, think tank and the certificate program. A pizza lunch will be served. Please RSVP by Feb 16 in order to place your order. For more information, please contact Valerie Marinelli at vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-3733.

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