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Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Campus-Wide Flu Clinics

The Davison Health Center in conjunction with the Human Resources Department will sponsor our annual flu clinic in October.  The seasonal flu shot continues to include protection against H1N1.

Please click on the following link for details about the upcoming clinics and flu facts.  www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/ofnote/flu04.html

For more information, please contact Joyce Walter, Director of the Davison Health Center at x2656 or jwalter@wesleyan.edu.

Come out tomorrow, September 27th to learn about how you can help educate today’s youth in low-income neighborhoods of the United States!

What: Teach for America Information Session
Where: PAC 002
When: Tomorrow Sept. 27th, 6-7 p.m.

Teach for America is a wonderful opportunity for students to inspire and affect over 100 students in the 2-year commitment you would be making to a school in a low-income neighborhood. This a wonderful opportunity that does not preclude you from pursuing any other post-graduate plans you may have; in fact it could help you fund graduate school, pay off undergraduate loans, and more importantly gives you irreplaceable leadership skills. This is your chance to inspire a student to excel.

For more information, contact Randyl Wilkerson at rwilkerson@wesleyan.edu.

Free Lunch!

In order to promote informal faculty-student interaction outside the classroom, I am pleased to announce the Daniel Family Commons Free Lunch Program.  We have provided each faculty member with vouchers that enable them to take small groups of students to lunch at the Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan Center.  My office is making these same vouchers available directly to you!  Each voucher covers the cost of lunch for a faculty member and up to three students. Vouchers will be good for the remainder of the current academic year.

Please consider inviting your favorite faculty member to lunch, and stop by the Student Affairs Office (219 North College-see Lorna Scott) to pick up a voucher.

Bon appétit!

Dean Mike Whaley

The Registrar’s Office is pleased to announce the launch of a new electronic Major Certification Form.  This online form replaces the old paper Senior Concentration form. The only students still required to use the paper form are University majors and December Completions in the Class of 2012.  The link to the new online form will begin appearing in your portfolio tomorrow, September 22.

You can access the Major Certification Form link in the Wesleyan Career bucket in your portfolio.  When you click on the link you will be brought to a landing page where all of your majors are listed.  If your particular major has multiple tracks or concentrations, you will see a separate link for each.  Since departments/programs do not currently require you to officially identify which track or concentration you are pursuing, you can navigate between them and see how each is progressing.

This tool is designed to directly interface with your individual academic history which means that if you have taken a course that has been pre-identified by your major as satisfying a requirement, that course will automatically pre-populate on the form and a check box will appear next to the course.  If you wish to use that particular course to satisfy a requirement, you simply need to check the box, click submit, and the course will be applied.

There is also an “override” feature that allows you to propose a course outside of the pre-approved course list.  You can either choose a course already posted to your academic record from a drop-down menu, or type in free-form text explaining what you would like to offer for consideration.  Once you submit an override request, your advisor will be prompted to take an action similar to those currently being used in drop/add.  Your advisor will be able to “approve,” “disapprove,” or click “see me” in response to your individual request.

There are also “planning text” links built into the form to accommodate departments/programs that require their students to project out and inform their advisor of how they intend to fulfill the major.  Once submitted, the planning text boxes become part of the online form until you choose to update or delete them.

We envision the electronic Major Certification Form to be a useful planning tool when registering for courses.  Each requirement displayed on the form contains a hyperlink to a complete list of courses that have been pre-approved to satisfy that requirement.

You can begin working with this electronic form from the moment you are accepted into a major.  Please consult with your individual department/program for any form-related deadlines.  Seniors will be required to submit their final version of the form at the end of Drop/Add in their final semester of their senior year for degree certification.  Your department/program will use this form to certify that you have completed the requirements for the major, whereas a committee will certify that you have completed all university requirements.

We will be offering training on the Major Certification Form to juniors and seniors on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 12 from 4:15-5:00pm in SHAN107
  • Monday, October 17 from 12:00-1:00pm in SHAN107

We have posted documentation and FAQs on the registrar’s website http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/general_information/major_certification.html.  If you have any questions regarding this new application, please contact Susan Krajewski at x2738 or skrajewski@wesleyan.edu.

Decadent Desserts

Student event organized by the Friends of the Davison Art  Center

Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:00-7:00 pm

Desserts by Fusion Bakery, jazz by student musicians in the Davison Art Center courtyard, and the opportunity to view the exhibition, Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu.

On Thursday 9/22, from 4:15-6:00 p.m. at the Center for African American Studies in the Vanguard Lounge is the first of five speakers in the center’s new First Book series.

Historian Danielle Mcguire (Wayne State University) will discuss her award-winning first book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movemet from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf, 2010).

At the Dark End of the Street won the 2011 Frederick Jackson Turner Award From the Organization of American Historians and the 2011 Lillian Smith Book Award.

The talk  will be followed by a book signing.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Joan Chiari in AFAM at ext: 3569.

Attached poster includes information on all speakers.


Any student who is planning to miss classes during the upcoming Jewish holidays Rosh HaShanah/Yom Kippur, September 28-30, and October 7-8) is expected to speak with her/his professors as soon as possible.

To see the schedule for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and events, go to

http://www.wesleyan.edu/orsl /jewish/schedule.html

Wesleyan’s policy is as follows: “The following information on the observance of religious holidays is provided to alert members of the Wesleyan community to possible scheduling conflicts. Faculty are asked to accommodate students whose religious holiday observance conflicts with paper deadlines or scheduled examinations.  Not all holidays require absence from routine commitments. Questions about the holidays may be directed to the University Chaplains.  Students who have questions about class attendance and assignments should consult with their Class Dean.”


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The library is offering workshops on research sources and interlibrary loan and other services for seniors writing a thesis or an essay. Sessions will be offered on Monday 9/26, Tuesday 9/27, Wednesday 9/28, and Thursday 9/29  at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 each day. No need to sign up ahead of time. Choose a date and time convenient for you and join a group for a 45 minute info session at Olin Library’s reference office. Attendees will be granted expanded interlibrary loan privileges.


The Green Fund Committee is now accepting committee member applications for the year. The Green Fund Committee is responsible for allocating the funds raised from the Green Fund Fee: an opt-out $15 fee charged to each undergraduate each semester. Any student, faculty, or staffperson can submit a proposal to the Green Fund to improve the Wesleyan Community’s environmental footprint. The fund is intended for projects that the University might not pursue on their own means. If you feel like you would be a good candidate for this committee, fill out the application at:

The application is due on Monday, September 26th at 5pm. For more info, visit: greenfund.WSA.Wesleyan.edu.

You can also contact: greenfund@wesleyan.edu with any questions or comments

Seniors: Fulbright grants are available for study and research in 135 countries. Fifty-five of those countries offer the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for English, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. Certain creative projects can also be undertaken with Fulbrights. The typical Fulbright grant covers roundtrip travel, living expenses, and university fees (if applicable).

The campus deadline is 4 PM on Tuesday, October 4. The official Fulbright Web site is at http://www.fulbrightonline.org; click on U.S. Students. Supplementary instructions may be found at http://www.wesleyan.edu/german/fulbright.html. If you decide to apply, please get in touch immediately with the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, Prof. Krishna Winston of the German Studies Department. Her drop-in hours are posted weekly; on the Wesleyan home page, click on Academics and then on Faculty to find her listing.

WesWELL is dedicated to promoting and delivering health promotion awareness events and activities. In order to most effectively reach the Wesleyan student body, we have Peer Health Advocates, a community of Wesleyan students interested in proactively addressing health issues on campus.

The PHAs are the soul of WesWELL’s peer-led health education efforts and integral to the development and implementation of those efforts. Involvement in the group is intended to be a resource for your own education, and more importantly, for the education of the student body. We welcome students with interest in all health topics who wish to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of the Wesleyan student body.

You can find out more about the PHA program at http://www.wesleyan.edu/weswell/peerhealthadvocates/pha_volunteering.html

Or you can download and application at http://www.wesleyan.edu/weswell/peerhealthadvocates/PHA%20Application%202011.pdf

For more information, contact:

Tanya Purdy, MPH
Director WesWell, Office of Health Education

The Deans’ Office Peer Tutoring Program is available to any student experiencing difficulty with content and material in his/her course(s).  This program is not a substitute for TA sessions, Math Workshop, Writing Workshop, or visiting your professors’ office hours.  Nor is it a source of language/conversation partnership.  If you are having difficulty understanding course content as the semester progresses, please discuss with your professor(s) and your class dean to determine if the tutoring program is a viable option.  Also, be sure to reach out to Peer Advisors for study skills tips and other strategies for a successful academic career.

To enroll as a tutor or to request a tutor, please review the Tutor Guidelines and complete the Tutor Request Form from this link:


Siddhant Issar worked for Upward Bound this summer, helping local high school students prepare for college.  Here are some photographs from the group’s trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, where they studied natural disasters and rich cultural heritage of the islands.

Group Picture at Black Sand Beach

With some students at the resort

A volcano that the group visited

At a Kona coffee plantation

If getting paid to write about your life and experience at Wesleyan sounds good, then we’ve got the job for you!

The Office of Admission is looking for more students to blog at http://voices.blogs.wesleyan.edu.  This is a great way to represent your Wesleyan experience to prospective students all over the world.  All current Wesleyan students from all class years are welcome to apply, although preference will be given to members of the classes of 2013 and 2014.  Our bloggers must:

  • Want to blog and be good at it!
  • Update their blogs at least once a week and respond to comments.
  • Possess good judgment, writing skills, and the willingness to engage that is required to connect with prospective Wesleyan students and others.
  • Be comfortable with, or willing to learn, simple HTML text formatting and including multimedia like videos and images into your posts to make them interesting.

Please Wesleyan admission blog application how to apply.  Applications are due no later than Friday, September 23 at 12pm.  Please e-mail Tara Lindros, Associate Dean of Admission at tlindros@wesleyan.edu with any questions, and with your completed application.

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