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Monthly Archive for February, 2012

The Janina Montero Prize prize is given each year by the Wesleyan Latino Alumni Council and Janina Montero to an outstanding Latina(o) senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and who has been involved in the Latino community and in the Wesleyan community at large.

The individual should exemplify personal integrity, leadership, and motivation; a strong interest in and knowledge of his/her background; and have maintained a high level of commitment to Wesleyan’s academic and intellectual enterprise.

Submit one copy of a current resume, copy of academic history, and one-page statement of academic accomplishments as well as of contributions to the Latino, Student of Color and Wesleyan communities.

This material must be received by Dr. Marina Melendez, Class Dean for 2014, 237 North College, 2nd Floor, Room 215, no later than 5:00PM on Tuesday, March 27.  No application will be accepted after the deadline.

Please feel free to contact Dean Melendez via email or at 860.685.2765 if there are any questions.

Previous winners of the prize include:

Jaynice Del Rosario 2011
Noel Flores 2010
Katherine Rodriguez 2010
Melgily Valdez 2009
Tania Serrano 2008
Micaela Gutierrez 2007
Roberto Soto-Carrion 2007
Stephanie Garcia, 2006
Jose Marantes, 2006

This is an important reminder that the deadline to submit your Major Certification form to your department or program for final review is tomorrow, Thursday, February 23 at 5:00pm.

Because this form is new and many students are unfamiliar with its use, the Registrar’s office is offering a last-minute training session tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12-1pm in PAC001.  If you have questions about this form, please come to this session!

You can also access links to FAQs and senior instructions concerning submission of your form at the following location:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/general_information/major_certification.html

If you need assistance with the form, contact Susan Krajewski x2738 or at skrajewski@wesleyan.edu.

The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Center for African American Studies, the Center for the Arts, the Theater Department, the Writing Program, and Yale School of Drama have joined forces to present a week of events that highlight the art of playwriting. The series of talks, performances, and readings culminate in Wesleyan’s first conference on playwriting pedagogy and creative processes. Though the conference is closed to participants, all events are open to the public and several are free

Friday to Sunday, February 24-26
Playwriting Conference:
Contemporary Conventions, Cultural Innovations, Playful Traditions
The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

Conference curators: Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento (Theater Department) and Ken Prestininzi (Yale School of Drama).

International guests: Brazilian playwright Newton Moreno and theater scholar Alberto Tibaji.

Participants: Migdalia Cruz (NO Passport), Erik Ehn (Brown University), Marcus Gardley (Hartford Stage, Brown University), Quiara Alegría Hudes (Wesleyan University, In the Heights), Elizabeth Jackson (Wesleyan University), Matthew Maguire (New Dramatists, Fordham University), Deb Margolin (New Dramatists, Yale University), Charlotte Meehan (Wheaton College), Frank Pugliese (Yale University), Lucy Thurber (New Dramatists, Sarah Lawrence College), Wesleyan undergraduate playwriting students and members of Captain Partridge, graduate playwriting students from Brown University and Yale School of Drama.

Events calendar:

Monday, February 20
7pm: screening of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment, CFA Hall. FREE

“Cultural images of black America are tweaked, pulled and twisted like Silly Putty in this subversive, seriously funny new theater piece by the adventurous playwright Young Jean Lee… Ms. Lee sets you thinking about how we unconsciously process experience — at the theater, or in life — through the filter of racial perspective, and how hard it can be to see the world truly in something other than black and white.”
— Charles Isherwood, New York Times


Tuesday, February 21
8pm: an evening talk with Young Jean Lee, Memorial Chapel. FREE

Korean-born and Brooklyn-based playwright and director Young Jean Lee’s works deal with issues such as gender identity and race in unpredictable, inventive and humorous ways. A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Ms. Lee founded her own theater company in 2003, swiftly becoming one of this country’s most influential voices in experimental theater.

Thursday, February 23
8pm: An Evening of Spoken Word with Javon Johnson at Crowell Concert Hall

Spoken word/slam poet Javon Johnson merges the sharp criticism of critical race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism and hip-hop rhyme schemes to discuss the power of words, communication and performance. Mr. Johnson has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and BET’s Lyric Cafe, and co-wrote the poetic narration for Showtime’s basketball documentary Crossover.

Friday, February 24, 8pm
Good Goods by Christina Anderson, directed by Tina Landau. Yale Repertory Theatre.

Saturday, February 25
7pm & 10pm: SPILL, co-created by Leigh Fondakowski and Reeva Wortel
Fayerweather Beckham Hall

A collaboration between writer Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project, The People’s Temple, I Think I Like Girls) and visual artist Reeva Wortel (American Portrait Project), SPILL is a new play and installation that explores the true human and environmental cost of oil. SPILL is based in part on interviews with people from the Gulf Coast of southern Louisiana in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of April 2010, the largest environmental disaster in United States history.

Sunday, February 26
2pm & 7pm: SPILL, co-created by Leigh Fondakowski and Reeva Wortel
Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Graduate Liberal Studies Program Open House for Wesleyan Seniors
February 29, 2012 , 6:00pm

Usdan Campus Center, Room 110

Wesleyan seniors are invited to learn more about choosing Wesleyan for continued study through Graduate Liberal Studies. The program features small classes with beloved faculty, evening classes that allow students to also begin a career, and rolling admission for both course registration and degree candidacy.

Come and enjoy pizza from MONDO, meet with GLS admissions staff, and talk to current GLS students who started the program after their senior year at Wes.

Please RSVP to masters@wesleyan.edu – space is limited. Those who cannot attend the Open House are always welcome to make an appointment and stop by our office at 74 Wyllys Avenue to get more information.

Students are invited to a symposium called ‘Digging Together:  Community Archaeology: Practice and Potential.’ It will be held  Saturday, February 25 from 1pm to 4pm at the former Cross Street AME Zion Church (160 Cross St, just down from Neon Deli, opposite the Freeman Athletic Center). The forum will be This is being held in advance of beginning excavations on the ‘Beman Triangle’ (between Vine, Cross, and Knowles) in partnership with the Cross Street AME Zion Church this April. The project is being run as a service learning class where Wesleyan students are putting into practice the principles of shared partnerships through community archaeology as they learn about the history of the Beman Triangle and the methods of archaeology. This site is of national importance, as it was a planned mid-nineteenth century settlement of property owning African Americans. Here members of the AME Zion Church community (Middletown’s was the third such Church to form) managed to live successful lives in the face of racist oppression at a national and local level. The excavations will explore the material remains of the daily lives of these households.

At the symposium, the  three speakers will be discussing projects which work in collaboration between communities and archaeologists to engage in archaeological projects which produce exciting research outcomes, but in partnership with communities and which also engage with their own interests in specific sites.

Further details about the symposium are online, along with more details of the Beman Triangle archaeology Project: http://middletownmaterials.research.wesleyan.edu/beman-triangle/

Attention, Seniors! Unsure of what to do next year? Looking for a job with significant responsibilities and learning opportunities?  Interested in a career in teaching, writing, or the arts?

Look no further. Apply for the Wesleyan Writing Fellowships! Every year, the Writing Programs awards three graduating seniors with prestigious one-year, post-graduate fellowships:

Two Ford Fellows assist the Director of Writing Programs in running the university’s Writing Programs and Writing Workshop, including training more than one hundred student writing tutors. The position offers significant teaching and administrative experience.

The  Shapiro Center/Russell House Arts Fellow organizes and supervises the writing and music events and helps with other literary events on campus. The job offers an opportunity to work with distinguished writers, journalists, and other artists.

For more information, come to the information session this Thursday to hear Professor Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs, speak about the program.

Current Ford Fellows Katherine  Mechling ’11 and Anya Backlund ’11, as well as current Shapiro Center/Russell House Arts Fellow Barbara Fenig ’11 will be available to speak about their experiences and answer questions.

If you are unable to attend but are interested in the Fellowships, contact russellhouse(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or writingworks(at)wesleyan(dot)edu for more information.

Date: Thursday, February 23
 12 – 1 PM
Shapiro Creative Writing Center Lounge (Allbritton 318)

Applications for the Fellowships are due on Friday, March 30. Visit the Writing at Wesleyan webpage for further information and application requirements for the Ford Fellowship and the Shapiro Center/Russell House Arts Fellowship.

An 8 week psycho-educational support group designed to help survivors of sexual assault navigate the healing process. Sessions will include art, collage, poetry and other activities to assist in the exploration of topics.

Sexual assault is defined as any sexual act that occurs without consent that may include sexual touching, rape and sexual exploitation.

Tuesdays beginning February 28th—May 1st, 6:00-7:15pm (Location to be announced)

Contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC in Counseling and Psychological Services for more information at 860.685.2910 or awarren@wesleyan.edu (reference “Spring SASS” in subject line) or visit http://weconsent.blogs.wesleyan.edu

Connect. Heal. Thrive.

Today a new link appears in connection with your Major Certification Form that will allow you to submit the form to your department/program major for final certification.  This is an important part of your graduation clearance.  The deadline for submission of your Major Certification Form for final certification is Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:00pm.  (Note: CSS, COL, and UNIV majors will not be using this electronic form.)

Go to your Wesleyan Career bucket in portfolio now and click on the Major Certification Form link.  You will see a separate link for each of your majors.  You must submit the form for each major separately.  You will be able to submit the form for final certification even if you have courses in progress that are required to fulfill the major.

You can view detailed instructions on how to submit the form at https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/departments/Reg/MajorCertificationForm/Public/Senior_Certification_Submission_Instructions.docx

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Krajewski at x2738, or at skrajewski@wesleyan.edu.

Thursday, February 16,  7:00 p.m.
Crowell Concert Hall

Prizes for Best in Class, Best in Show & Judges’ Choice

With performances by:

The Apple Daughter
Gentlemen’s Touch
Jacob Masters
Inha Cho
Guys Next Door
Robert Don
Jack & Gwen
Ratched & the Lunatics
Austin Dong
Leah & Lauren
Henry Robertson
Double D
Julia Mark
Chris Sailor
Dr. Green & the Machine
Abaye Stienmetz-Silber

The WESU Spring training enrollment site is up and running:


The first session will be held on Sunday, March 4th at 6:00 PM in PAC001.

Interested individuals can enroll in training using the link above. If you have questions, please email personnel@wesufm.org.

What’s the link between Malaria and Ugandan traditional music and Dance?

Come find out about Bitone Children’s Center’s new project “Enlightenment Uganda,” internship opportunities and much more!  Dr. James Hadler will be speaking!

Dr. James Hadler currently is a senior infectious disease and medical epidemiology consultant to the Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Programs, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

When: Feb. 16th
Where: CRC Lobby
Time: 5:30-7pm
Food will be served

The Wesleyan Forum for International Development
Saturday, February 18, 2012
9:30 am – 5 pm

  • Check-in table at 41 Wyllys.
  • Attendance is free. No registration is required. Come and go as you please.
  • Free breakfast, Iguanas Ranas lunch and book for those who arrive by 10 am.

Come engage in a dialogue about what works and what doesn’t in international development. Through lectures, panel discussions and workshops with student groups, you will hear from researchers, alumni and students about their successes and challenges in fields that include public health, education and technology.

For students who have interned, volunteered or worked internationally–or for those interested in doing so in the future–this Forum is a space for you to think critically about how to do so in a way that makes a positive impact. It will connect you to resources for getting involved, including opportunities for internships, fellowships and research. For the complete schedule with locations, click here.  Speakers include:




  • Ali Chaudry ’12 (Founder of Possibilities Pakistan, which increases access to higher education by providing free college counseling to Pakistani secondary students)
  • Tasmiha Khan ’12 (Founder of Brighter Dawns, which increases access to clean water and sanitation in Bangladesh)
  • Kennedy Odede ’12 (Founder of Shining Hope for Communities, which combats gender inequality and extreme poverty by linking free schools for girls with social services in Kenya)
  • Raghu Appasani ’12 (Founder of the MINDS Foundation, which raises awareness about mental illness and provides healthcare in India)

For more information, visit the Forum’s Facebook page.

This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly, the Department of Government, the Office of Academic Affairs, Wesleyan World Wednesdays and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Randyl Wilkerson and Nastassia Williams were recently selected as recipients of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

Chosen through a competitive selection process, this year’s 25 WW-RBF Fellows will each receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree in education, preparation to teach in a high-need public school, support throughout a three-year teaching commitment, and guidance toward teaching certification. Each Fellow was nominated by one of the program’s 48 nominating institutions and 29 graduate education programs.

Established in 1992 by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color were created to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as public education teachers and administrators. Since the program’s inception, it has awarded nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to 400 Fellows. In January 2009, RBF transferred the program to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation following a national review of potential host organizations.

Are you wondering what it will be like to leave college and live on your own?  Does just the thought of life after graduation stress you out, or do you try not to think about it?

To help you with the transition from college to real life, the Career Center has created a “survival tool kit” of workshops that will alleviate some of your anxiety and provide you practical information that addresses your first job and other issues.

We start this Sunday, Feb 12 at 1:00pm with a special presentation by Mike Sciola, Director of the Career Center.  Check here for the full line-up.

The Career Center Staff

Please be sure to login to your student e-portfolio to confirm/update your name as it will be printed on your diploma. The link can be found at Campus Life > Student Life at Wesleyan > Diploma Name.

The link will be closing on Tuesday, April 17.

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