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To: The Senior Class
From: Michael McAlear, Marshal of the Faculty
Subj: Instructions for Commencement

Congratulations – Commencement is just a few days away.

Diploma pick-up will be held on Friday, May 25th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the North College Lobby (bring a photo i.d. card). When you get your “real” diploma, you will also be given a number – REMEMBER YOUR NUMBER!!! The number determines (alphabetically) where you will stand in line for the Commencement procession. Tell friends and relatives your number. There is a map that will show them which isle you will walk down.

Please report promptly to the top of Foss Hill on Sunday morning by 10:00 a.m. You will be lined up in alphabetical order around the observatory. Look for numbered signs every 75 feet or so, for example:

1-50 Abrams to Blasenheim               51-100 Bliss to Chung etc.

The number you were given will tell you where to line up. At each sign there will be a faculty marshal who will hand you a card (with your name and number on it). Keep the card! It will assist you in lining up correctly and as a control (for alphabetical order) as you line up to receive your diploma covers. Your name will not be read out during the ceremony without a card.

The procession will begin promptly at 10:45, moving down Foss Hill to Wyllys Avenue. When the first of the faculty reach the bottom of the hill, the faculty ranks will divide to create an aisle of honor through which you will march. Follow your marshal down the hill and enjoy the professorial applause – job well done!

Once down the hill, continue to follow your faculty marshal toward the library, proceeding through the large tent, and various aisles. Different groups will go up different aisles for simultaneous seating.

You will be awarded your degrees after the conferring of the graduate degrees. Rob Rosenthal, Provost of the College, will intone the formula: “Mr. President, I have the honor to present these 723 Candidates to receive at your hand Wesleyan’s degree of Bachelor of Arts.” You will then all stand while the president confers the degree, ending with the words: “In testimony of your achievement, I am pleased and proud to present your diplomas.”

Guided by the faculty marshals, the seniors will then file up to the platform in alphabetical order to receive the diploma cover and a warm presidential handshake. As you go up the stairs to the platform, you will hand your card to the faculty marshals stationed there. He or she and Dean Phillips will then confirm that you are in order and make sure it is your name that is proclaimed as you file past the president.

At the end of the ceremony, only the platform party and faculty will form the recessional. Stay in your seats until they have exited.

In the unlikely event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held under the big tent on Andrus. There will be an announcement made by email to that effect by Saturday afternoon. In this case there will be no procession. Please report to the tent by 10 a.m. There will be numbered signs in the tent with faculty marshals standing nearby handing out numbered cards. After getting your card go directly to your seat.

If you arrive late and have no card, you may still be able to have your name read. Place yourself alphabetically in the line and, as you file up to the platform, tell your name to the faculty marshal at the bottom of the steps. He or she may be able to find your card and insert you into the list (No guarantees!)

Have a wonderful day.

Michael A. McAlear
Faculty Marshal

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

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 Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest or expertise. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change.  SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

Register Here

Wesleyan African Student Association presents: ARIYA: The African Culture Show.

Please come and support ASA on April 7th, 2012 at the World Music Hall for their annual culture show.

The show will feature acts like SUYA, among others and there will be a motivational guest speaker.

The culture show is from 7-9 pm and tickets are on sale at the box office.

Come, and immerse yourself in African culture!

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

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/

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

Oddfellows Playhouse has a limited number of seats available for a sneak preview of David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries on Wednesday 12/14 at 6:30pm.  Students should arrive by 6:15 on Wednesday evening.

Additional performances are 12/15 through 12/17 at 7:30pm.  Student tickets are $15.  Tickets can be purchased for performances by calling 860-347-6143 or visiting the Oddfellows website. This hysterical play is only an hour long and a great tonic for the stress of the holidays and end of the semester.

All the theater professionals involved in the show have donated their time and talents to make this event a fundraiser towards Oddfellows Playhouse’s scholarship funds and operating costs.

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.

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

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

Pumpkin Fest at Long Lane Farm

  • Live Music
  • Crafts
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Food
  • Farm Tours

Bring a canned good to be entered in a raffle

Saturday, October 29
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Long Lane Farm, the WSA,  Bon Apetit, Wesleyan Farmer’s Market, and the College of the Environment.

Passes for these FIVE events will be on sale from October 10-20 and will cost $140. A pass guarantees entrance to all events and EVERY EVENT includes food, drinks, dancing, music and various other activities! 8% of the pass cost will be donated to the Senior Scholarship—funds raised entirely by our class that will help send ONE worthy member of the Class of 2016 to Wesleyan!

Two events will be held in the fall and three will be held in the spring. The first event will be a rollicking Great Gatsby party with several live musical acts on November 16th and the second will be a Winter Formal held on December 12th.

Hurry and pick up your tickets –the sale times/locations are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12: Exley 12-2, Olin 9-11
  • Thursday, Oct. 13: Exley 12-2, Exley 9-11
  • Friday, Oct. 14: Usdan 12-2
  • Monday, Oct. 17: Usdan 12-2, Olin 9-11
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18: Usdan 12-2, Exley 7-9, Olin 9-11
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: Usdan 12-2, Exley 7-9
  • Thursday, Oct. 20: Usdan 12-2

Additionally, if you make a donation of 2$ or more to the scholarship fund you get a free pass to see any movie (including 3D) at Destinta that starts between 7 and 8pm this Friday, Oct. 14. Includes a free popcorn and soda!

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.

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