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Monthly Archive for November, 2011

Come find out how to apply for this $10,000 grant to support projects promoting peace during the summer of 2012.  All Wesleyan undergraduates are eligible to apply and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the info sessions.

  • Wednesday November 30, Noon in Usdan 108
  • Tuesday December 6, Noon in Usdan 108
Applications are due Friday January 27.

All information is available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace/index.html

Any questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz, clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Samsara is Wesleyan’s South Asian Cultural Show! Over the years, we have collected all of Wesleyan’s biggest and most talented South Asian enthusiasts to put on exciting shows about all things South Asia. This year we’re thrilled to be hosting two dance teams, one from Brown University and one from Yale University, along with different groups on campus to celebrate the wonderful culture. All proceeds for the event will go to Brighter Dawns!

The show is December 3 at 8:30pm in Crowell Hall. Tickets are on sale NOW at the Box office.

The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes is Friday, December 2. Completed forms are due in the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. and must include the following signatures: instructor, faculty advisor, and class dean.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and me about your concerns. If you can’t make my drop-ins, please email me at dphillips@wesleyan.edu or call me at x2757 to schedule an appointment.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do get the signatures of your instructor and advisor on your drop/add form. I cannot sign for either without his or her permission, so please save yourself the trouble of waiting to see me during drop-ins just for me to tell you that.
  • Do not wait until Friday at 4:00 p.m. to see me or you may find yourself waiting in a very long line!!!

Drop-in Hours: M 2-3; Tu 3-4; W 5-7; Th 11-12; F 2-4

This job opening was sent to us by Wes 2009 alum Timothy DeVane.

Bitly is looking for a Sales Research Associate to help expand our enterprise business to new verticals and larger clients.

The position will revolve primarily around generating and enhancing the leads, clients, business relationships for Bitly’s enterprise product.   No engineering background and no prior experience with technology are required.

Tim writes that they are looking  for young eager, very interested in tech/start-ups/entrepreneurship.   This is an awesome opportunity for a December completion trying to find a way to prove themselves and break into the scene.

The link to the posting is here: http://bit.ly/smveoX

Tim would be happy to meet with interested applicants.

For more information, contact Vicky Zwelling in the Career Center at vzwelling@wesleyan.edu.

Bone Marrow Registry Drive 12/2

The Wesleyan American Medical Student Association is hosting a Bone Marrow Registry drive this Friday, December 2nd, at USDAN 110 from 1:30-5 to find a match for Louis, a 6-yr old who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Participating only takes a few minutes so please stop by to potentially save a life.

The Health Center will close for Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

We will reopen on Monday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.

An On-Call Provider will be available during recess for urgent concerns
by calling (860) 685-2470.  You will speak “live” with an after hours call center rep who will take a message and contact the Doctor on-call.

Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

Preferred Walk-In Medical Center
(next to Super Food Mart)
842 Washington Street
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 346-4484

(*Please alert clinic staff that you are a Wesleyan student)

Middlesex Family Physicians
400 Old Saybrook Road
Middletown, Ct  06457
(860) 346-7738

Crescent Street Obstetrics and Gynecology
49 Crescent Street
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 344-9993

If the above facilities are closed, students should access the
Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
28 Crescent Street
(860) 344-6000.

In case of Emergency, call 911

Please read the following information from the Office of Residential Life:

Thanksgiving Break
As you prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, remember to LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS whether you will be remaining on campus or leaving for the break.  Also, please consider taking home your bikes and other belongings that you will not need through the winter.

If you are staying on campus over the break period, please remember to walk in well lit areas after dark, preferably in groups, and report suspicious people to Public Safety immediately at 860-685-3333 or x-3333 from a campus phone line.  Although the RIDE program will not be operating Thursday through Saturday, Public Safety will provide escorts for individuals upon request.  Public Safety’s general phone number is 860-685-2345.

Preparing for Winter Break
As you finalize your travel arrangements for the winter break, remember residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, December 18, 2011.  All residential units, with the exception of the wood frame houses, will close at this time.  Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Seniors who live in wood frame houses can stay in their houses during winter break.  Students who want to stay in their wood frame house over break need to register with Residential Life by Saturday, December 17, 2011 so that the University knows when houses are completely vacant (movement will indicate a burglary and approached as such) and when occupied (in the event of necessary repairs being done).  The registration form is available on the Residential Life website at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/wood_frame_winter_break_form.html.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break.  Students wishing to do so must request housing with Residential Life by, Thursday, December 1, 2011.   Requests should be made through the Winter Break web site at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/winter_closing.html.

Please note:  Housing is not guaranteed during the winter break period, students who are granted permission to live in their units during the break will be notified via email on December 9, 2011.

UCAB Now Hiring

The Usdan University Center Activities Board (UCAB) is now hiring! UCAB is looking for 4-5 students who are not only excited and passionate about new opportunities in the Wesleyan community, but also about program planning, teamwork, and leadership development. Applicants should be creative, organized, motivated, dependable and enthusiastic. Due to the nature of the position, applicants should be free to work Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, attend weekly meeting with the board and have FUN! Visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/stuact/ucab for a detailed job description and application. Contact Veronica Young, Graduate Intern of Student Activities, for more information.

48 Hour Magazine Project

We are going to write, edit, design, and publish a magazine over the course of forty-eight hours.

We’re seeking writers, photographers, artists, filmmakers, designers (both print and web), copy editors, and anyone else who thinks this is even remotely a good idea. Your efforts will define this project because we can only make it happen with a great team of contributors. You can spend anywhere from one to forty-eight hours with us, assisting with any or every step of the process. Experience is not necessary.

Here’s how it will go:

At noon on Friday, November 11th, we will announce the magazine’s theme, a loose topic that you can use as a jumping-off point for your work. We’ll also have a selection of prompts, prods, and suggestions if you’re looking for a little extra direction. Over the next forty-eight hours, you will join us in selecting and editing content, establishing the magazine’s graphical and editorial identity, and designing the print and web editions. You’ll even get to help choose the name.

Why bother? It’s going to be forty-eight hours of frenzied fun and free food. When we’re done we will have an awesome magazine to distribute throughout campus (for free!), and we will weep joyous tears of elated exhaustion and/or exhausted elation.

If you want to contribute, send an email to 48hourmag@gmail.com. At noon on Friday, will will announce the theme and prompts  via facebook and email (and on Wesleying).

Follow us on Facebook.

Also, tell your friends.

Many thanks to the Shapiro Creative Writing Center for making this event possible.

The two Macy interns will be selected on the basis of those characteristics associated with John Macy: high intellectual ability, a capacity for sustained effort in difficult tasks, strong ethical standards, an ingrained sense of duty, and commitment to public service as a worthy career  During the past 25 years the Macy interns have worked at the Government Accountability Office.

There will be a number of very specific requirements such as a detailed budget, a letter of commitment from a sponsor, and an essay (2 – 3 pages) describing your interest in public policy/public service.

There is a remote possibility that the GAO might be able to accept interns during the summer of 2012. The Macy Interns are responsible for finding their own internships in public policy and/or public service. The Macy Internship will no longer be restricted to Washington, DC.

Application deadline: March 6, 2012.

For more information, contact

Vicky Zwelling
Associate Director
Career Center

Join us for Wesleyan’s 5th Annual Fast-a-Thon, the kick-off event to Hunger and Homelessness Week!

Participants are invited to join the rest of the campus in donating the points they would use, and/or a meal swipe to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown. (If you donate more than 15 points you are automatically entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to Best Buy! )

This event raises money to fight hunger in our local community, and demonstrates solidarity against poverty across all boundaries. Considering the catastrophic storm that hit Connecticut, and especially Middletown with great force, this event is all the more important to the community.

Don’t wait, donate now!


All participants are invited to the interfaith banquet Tuesday the 15th, at 5:45PM (the above time is incorrect, but uncorrectable) in Beckham Hall, with FREE dinner from Haveli India and free t-shirts.There will also be performances by campus musical groups as well as captivating speeches about different religions’ practices of fasting.

Seats at the Banquet are limited, so come early!

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Sponsored by: Interfaith Justice League, Muslim Student Association, Haveli India, Bon Appetit, Office of Residential Life, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Office of Community Service, SBC, SALD.

Please contact Hira Jafri for more details at hjafri@wesleyan.edu

This is a reminder to students that all residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, December 18, 2011.  All residential units, with the exception of wood frame houses, will close at this time; students who wish to stay in their wood frame house must register with Residential Life online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/wood_frame_winter_break_form.html.

Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

International students and student athletes will receive information regarding winter break housing from either the Office of International Student Services or their coach.

Students who wish to return to campus early must submit an online application located at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/winter_break_form.html. This application is due on Thursday, December 1, 2011 – no exceptions.  Please also note that all applications will be scrutinized and there is no guarantee that your request can be processed.

***Furthermore, students who are moving into a new assignment will not be able to pick-up their keys before Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break.  Students wishing to do so must request housing with the Office of Residential Life by Thursday, December 1, 2011.

In order to maximize class appropriate spaces for students returning from leave/abroad, the Office of Residential Life will not process Room Change Requests after November 18, 2011.  Students interested in making a room change after this date must wait until two weeks into the spring semester, after all returning students have been placed.  Requests to pull-in a student into a spring vacancy can be made until December 7, 2011.

Any questions regarding these processes should be directed to Residential Life at 860-685-3550 or at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

The residential units will close for the fall semester at 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, December 18, 2011. All residential units, with the exception of wood frame houses, will close at this time.  The residential units will officially open for the spring semester at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.  Some units will open prior to this date to accommodate student athletes, international students, and other students who are required to be on campus during the break.

It is extremely important that students be employed for essential services only, due to heightened concern for students’ safety, the limited services available for students during the break period, and the University’s efforts to conserve energy.  If you do need to hire a student to work during the break period, the student must submit a request for housing to the Office of Residential Life prior to Thursday, December 1, 2011.  All students must apply online at www.wesleyan.edu/reslife and click on “Winter Break Closing Information” on our web page.

Residential Life will NOT be able to accept any requests for winter break housing after Thursday, December 1, 2011.  Furthermore, all employers should notify Sean Martin in the Financial Aid Office if they need to hire students during winter break, regardless of whether or not the student will be receiving financial aid.

Once we identify all of the students who need to stay in housing during the break, we will determine which residential units will open prior to January 24, 2012.  Please keep in mind that although a student may be working for you, they are not guaranteed housing during this time, and may need to make alternate accommodations.  We will notify all students who have applied of their status via email by December 9, 2011.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by phone at x3550 or by e-mail at sphelps@wesleyan.edu.

Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon?

1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $14,000 for the local food pantry.

This is the one event on campus that is able to engage nearly half of the student body!

This year’s Fast-a-thon will be even BETTER!

If you’d like to help us with this year’s Fast-a-thon, join us at the meeting for volunteers:

What:   Fast-a-Thon 2011 Volunteer Meeting
:  Monday, November 7th, 4:30pm
Where: PAC001

The idea behind the Fast-a-thon is to donate the points/meals that you would have eaten that day towards the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Considering the catastrophic storm that hit Connecticut, and especially Middletown with great force, this event is all the more important to the community.

We really need your help to make this year’s Fast-a-Thon a success! If you can’t make it to the meeting but want to help, send an email to achaudhry@wesleyan.edu. Get excited, and we hope to see you there!

The Fast-a-Thon Planning Committee

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting data and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the darned thing. And when I say soon, I mean really soon. As in this weekend. (Seriously.)

But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, so long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor!

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting as regularly as you’d like to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out this form by Monday, November 14 at 5 PM. Please note that this is a very popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we will likely not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest that you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!

If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please direct them to Ford Fellows Anya Backlund and Katherine Mechling at (860) 265-2440 or writingworks@wesleyan.edu.

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