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To: Senior Class
From: Wesleyan University Alumni Association
Subject: Vote for Alumni Trustees

Wesleyan Seniors: There is still time to cast your vote in the Alumni Trustee election! Vote by May 27 to ensure you don’t miss the opportunity to contribute to the Wesleyan community in this important way. You have the privilege of helping guide the direction of the University by electing alumni trustees who will make important policy decisions.  Your vote matters and can have a lasting impact.

With best wishes,

Susan A. Sutherland ’82
Chair, Alumni Association Nominating Committee

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

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

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.

Based at the Center for Community Partnerships, the Civic Engagement Fellow will work closely with staff and offices across campus, including the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, to engage students and support faculty in civic engagement endeavors.

This is the first year of this one-year graduate fellowship to provide support for civic engagement activities on Wesleyan’s campus. The position starts in July (exact date is flexible) and runs for 12 months.  Applicants must be a graduate of Wesleyan University. There is a stipend provided, (exact amount to be set, this year it would have been $24,000) and health coverage provided.  Interested applicants should fill out the application by April 10th at 5pm.

All details and application: http://www.wesleyan.edu/ccp/fellowship.html

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country.  It runs campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America.  This summer the Fund for the Public Interest will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns.

Last summer the Fund’s staff helped ban off-shore drilling to protect our coasts, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and increase food safety standards to make school lunches safer- all while building valuable leadership skills.

Currently, the Fund has paid positions open on its campaign staff in each of its locations. Interested candidates are required to be hard workers who have excellent communication skills.

As a member of the staff, you will fundraise, build membership for partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues.  You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations.  While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

The Fund for the Public Interest will be holding information sessions and interviews at Wesleyan on April 3 and 4.

To apply, please visit www.jobsforgoodcauses.org or call 1 800-75-EARTH (753-2784).

The Christopher Brodigan Fund was established in memory of Christopher Brodigan, a Wesleyan student who died in an accident in his frosh year. The Fund pays tribute to Christopher’s deep interest in Africa and to the public service he provided through teaching in Botswana prior to entering Wesleyan. Awards will be made to graduating Wesleyan seniors (first priority) and recent Wesleyan graduates who plan to pursue public service or research (in that order of preference) on the African continent.

Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa. Students may propose to provide service in educational institutions, development organizations, grassroots groups, or non-governmental organizations pursuing service work. Research projects will be supported especially if it is likely to provide concrete benefits to African society or to contribute to the student’s ability to serve African interests in some capacity.

Several awards averaging $3,000 each will be offered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a member of the African Studies faculty (see Faculty listing on this website) while formulating their proposals. Recipients are required to submit reports on their projects once they are completed.

Application Instructions (2012)

Applications should include:

  1. A proposal (2 pages) which includes the following information:
    1. Description of project
    2. Plan for carrying out the project
    3. Identification and description of any sponsoring organization
    4. If appropriate, the proposal should address any concerns regarding safety or political sensitivity
  2. A budget, including airfare and room and board costs (1 page)
  3. A resume, including a listing and description of relevant Wesleyan coursework or other experiences
  4. The name of one faculty member who can serve as a reference for you and for your project

Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Mike Nelson of the Government Department (mbnelson@wesleyan.edu).

Applications are due by 4pm Friday, April 6, 2012. Awards will be announced prior to graduation.

Additional information available at http://africa.blogs.wesleyan.edu/brodigan/.


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.

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.

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

The MATCH Corps is a one-year Urban Education fellowship program. It is possibly the most competitive such program in the nation, more competitive than admission to the Harvard Graduate School of Education or Teach for America.

Elite recent college graduates from excellent universities across the country commit one year to public service in Boston. They are assigned 6-7 MATCH students at the beginning of the year, with whom they work in small group or 1-on-1 tutorials over the course each day, doing close academic support and building relationships. They receive housing and a modest living stipend. After that, some go into teaching; some to med school and law school; and others get involved in public policy.

The goal is clear: college success for each student. Most would become the first in their families to achieve that. Therefore, the demands are intense: many Corps members work 60 hour weeks, usually with two students at a time.

MATCH Corps members work relentlessly to build in-depth relationships with their students, acting as mentors and helping their students to reach specific goals. Corps members have close contact with parents and guardians, building the strong bridge between home and school that is an important part of the MATCH philosophy. The school environment is small enough that every Corps member knows every student.

For more information, go to the MATCH Corps website at http://www.matchschool.org/matchcorps/howitworks.htm

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.

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.