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are cordially invited to a

Wine and Cheese Senior Reception

Monday, May 7
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Woodhead Lounge

Roadside Girls: Standing – Andrea Roberts, Pat Arend, Marina Melendez, Susan Lourie, Kari Weil, Sarah Lazare, Lily Milroy, Seated – Laura Grabel, Louise Brown

Come and toast the Class of 2012 with
The Roadside Girls’ Song for the Seniors at 5 p.m.!

Hosted by Dean David Phillips
(Seniors must have WesID)

The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes is Wednesday, May 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 Wednesday 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

Want to share your personal story before you leave Wesleyan?

How are you different from that awkward confused first year student that showed up here four years ago?

What moments and challenges have been especially important to you? Why?

What do you see yourself doing in the near future?

Do you remember “In the Company of Others” during your Orientation?

Well, Senior Voices aka Baccalaureate is the senior version of this kind of event. It is an opportunity for Seniors to share their experiences before ending their Wesleyan career and beginning a new chapter of their life. It is a time to reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wes.

We want to hear your story, so sign up!

We need:

A short 250-350 word personal reflection essay


May 1st at 12:00 pm

Email submissions to Rabbi David at dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

A committee composed of students, and administrators will be reading your submissions and choosing 3-4 students to share their experiences at the Baccalaureate/Senior Voices Ceremony on Saturday May 26, 2012. If you are chosen, the committee will contact you with more information in early April.

Please log in to the Senior Online NAme Recorder website at http://sonar.wesleyan.edu so that you can record the pronunciation of your name as you would like it to be read during the Commencement ceremony on May 27.

Before you begin:

  • Make sure that your computer is not muted and that the volume is turned up.
  • You must be on the Wesleyan campus network for the name recorder to work properly.  If accessing from off campus (i.e. from a senior wood frame or elsewhere on the Internet), you will first need to login through VPN at http://webvpn.wesleyan.edu.  If you are unfamiliar with VPN, more information is available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/vpn_faq/vpn_faq.html.
  • The online name recorder requires a computer with built-in microphone input.  It will NOT work with a smartphone.  Public-access microphone-enabled computers can be found at the Cardinal Store and the ITS Help Desk.
  • It has been reported that the latest version of Firefox (v.11.0) has problems loading the Flash extension, which is required for the name recorder to work.  If this problem arises, try using Internet Explorer or Chrome instead.

You must indicate on the name recorder website whether you will or will not be attending the Commencement ceremony. If you will not be attending, there is no need for you to record your name. If you will be attending, please record your name exactly as your family and you will want to hear it read. If you hate your middle name, and it will not offend anyone in your family to omit it, you may do so. If you have additional middle names that are not in our official records, they can be read. If you are a “Jr.,” you can decide whether you want that included. Just remember that Commencement is a formal occasion, perhaps the only one you will have experienced at Wesleyan.

There is space on the website for you to leave a note for the faculty members who read the names—for instance phonetic hints if you have a name whose pronunciation may be challenging to them.  If you are adding any name(s) that are not in the Registrar’s records, please be sure to pronounce them very distinctly. Making the recording in a space without a lot of background noise is particularly helpful to the readers.

Please make your recording by 12:00 noon on Friday, May 11, which will give the faculty name-readers time to rehearse and to get back to you if they have questions as to the pronunciation of your name.

These informational sessions are designed to provide you with repayment information for federal and institutional loans you may have borrowed while at Wesleyan.  Information on debt management, budget management, and default prevention, will also be presented at each session.  Representatives from the offices of Student Accounts and Financial Aid will be available to address your questions.

At this session, you will also receive your exit interview packet.  The packet contains a list of all the loans you have borrowed while at Wesleyan and instructions for completing the mandatory Stafford/Direct, Perkins and Wesleyan Loan online exit interviews.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 25, 2012: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 30, 2012: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

All three sessions will be held in Exley Science Center  Room 150.

Please contact faloaninfo@wesleyan.edu if you have any questions.

Whether you’re still searching, just beginning your search or haven’t started, this event is for you! Counseling staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and give you their advice. Best of all, refreshments will be served!

Make the most of your senior spring, it’s time to celebrate YOU, Class of 2012!

You’re Invited:

Senior Class Open House
Wednesday, April 18
Olson Commons, Career Center

Join members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights in an open forum on disability rights and accessibility at Wesleyan. Learn about how you can make your classroom more accessible to students with disabilities and how you can be a disability rights ally.
Tuesday, April 17, 12-1pm, 41 Wyllys 114
Bring your questions, bring your lunch.

Considering grad school, right after Wes or down the road?  Find the process daunting or confusing?  Want insight into the timeline and how to get started?  Then check out these three graduate school presentations sponsored by the Career Center.  They will give you a heads-up on the application process, how to go about deciding which school or program is for you, and when to start thinking about graduate school.

We’ve Been Through It: A Panel of Faculty/Grad Students

Featuring: Professor Lauren Caldwell – Classical Studies (PhD & MA University of Michigan, BA Princeton University),

Professor Sarah Carney – Psychology (PhD CUNY The Graduate Center, MA Wesleyan University, BA Connecticut College),

Professor Courtney Weiss Smith – English (PhD & MA Washington University, BA University Of Dayton),

PhD student Justin Cherny – Biology (BS & BA Roger Williams University)

Wednesday, April 18th
12:15 – 1:00 pm
Olson Commons in the Career Center

What Does it Take to get into Grad School?

Featuring: Yale Graduate Assistant Deans of Admissions Robert Harper-Mangels ’92 and Allegra di Bonaventura

Wednesday, April 25th
12:15 – 1:00 pm
Olson Commons in the Career Center

The Nuts and Bolts of Applying to Grad School

Featuring: Brian Nangle, Area Coordinator in ResLife (MA University of Virginia, BA Colgate University)

Friday, April 27th
12:15 – 1:00 pm
Olson Commons in the Career Center

Be on the lookout for an email on April 16th with your link to the Senior Survey. The Senior Survey is your opportunity to let people know what works well at Wesleyan and what needs improvement.

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

cordially invites you to an upcoming

Conversation, Workshop, and Networking Reception


Lara Galinsky ’96
Senior VP of Echoing Green
and author of Work On Purpose

Friday, April 20, 2012, 6-8 p.m.

Usdan University Center
3rd Floor – Daniel Family Commons

Space is limited – Register Now

The first 50 guests to arrive at the event receive a copy of Lara’s book.

This is an opportunity to interact with a leading figure in social entrepreneurship.

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Spring 2012 Workshop Series

Downey House
Hobbs Classroom 113
5-7 p.m.

April 30: What is Social Enterprise?
Using Need and Purpose to Create a Mission and Vision

May 7: Demonstrating Social Value in Business
Sharing Your Vision and Cultivating
Support for Your Social Enterprise

Space is limited. Register now by clicking on the date you plan to attend above.

Contact Paul Gagnon,
or (860) 685-4136.

It’s here again.

Throw balls & win money.  Throw balls at high speed & win money.

Win $$ & raise $$ for SHOFCO.

3rd Annual Dodgeball Tournament!!

 Do you have what it takes?

 Sunday, April 15  —  2 p.m.

Entry deadline:  Wednesday, April 11


Get 5 Friends & $30, a Cool Outfit & a Hot Attitude

Prize for most creative team attire….

 Entry form at


In order to receive your diploma your Student Account must be in good standing on Wednesday, May 23rd.  You may check on the status of your account at anytime by clicking on “Student Account” in the “Financial Information” section of your e-portfolio. Payment(s) can be made by e-check through the “E-Bill” link in your e-portfolio, paper check made payable to “Wesleyan University” or by cash in person at the Student Accounts Office.

On Thursday, April 19, the Seventh Annual Science Theses Celebration will feature seniors and BA/MA students from the Natural Science & Mathematics departments presenting posters on their research to the Wesleyan community. Refreshments will be provided!

Where: Exley Science Center lobby

When: Thursday, April 19, from 1:30-3:00pm

Please join Wesleyan students and faculty members in celebrating the achievements of our NSM thesis students!

The library is looking for students to participate in one of two focus group discussions to help gather information about current library resources and services.  Free food will be provided for those who join in.  You can sign up for either Thursday evening, April 19, at 6:00 (which includes dinner) or Friday afternoon, April 20, at 12:30 (which includes lunch).  These conversations should take no more than an hour.  Space is limited, so we can only take the first 15 students who respond. To join either group, or if you need further information, please contact Andrew Klein, aklein01@wesleyan.edu, on or before Tuesday, April 17.

Grab 5 friends and $30 and throw balls to win money and raise $$ for SHOFCO!  Enter the dodgeball tournament at http://wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/dodgeball/dbentry.html by Wed., April 11.  Play time is Sun., April 15 beginning at 2 p.m.  Winning team gets 1/3 of the proceeds! Prize for the most creative team attire.  See you on the courts!

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