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Category Archive for 'Senior Year Matters'

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
by
March 21st 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 27, 2012. If you are chosen, the committee will contact you with more information in early April.

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.

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.

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.

As we enter the spring semester of the senior year we are reminded of how swiftly our Wesleyan careers are coming to an end. Without a doubt, the last four years have been remarkable.

If you would you like to share your Wesleyan experience at graduation as Commencement Speaker, simply submit a 200-250 word essay answering the following question:

What has your Wesleyan experience meant to you?

The essay should be roughly equivalent of the speech you wish to deliver at graduation. Completed essays should be emailed to Dean Phillips (dphillips@wesleyan.edu) by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14.

All essays will be reviewed anonymously by the Senior Commencement Speaker Committee.  The committee will select several applicants from the essay submission pool for interviews to determine the finalist.  Interviews will be conducted from February 27 – March 2.  The finalist will be announced before spring break.

Speaking at Commencement is a unique responsibility which should be taken seriously.  If you are interested in becoming the senior speaker for Commencement, please don’t hesitate to submit an essay!

Good luck and all the best!

The Senior Commencement Speaker Committee
(Ashley Garrett, Cella Jones, Daisey Perez, and Professor Michael McAlear)

To: Members of the Class of 2012
From: David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2012
Subject: Preparing for Graduation

Welcome back to your final semester!

This on-line “packet” contains important information about the graduation process and Wesleyan’s graduation requirements. Please review the contents carefully and contact me immediately (217 North College, x2757, dphillips@wesleyan.edu), if you have any questions or concerns.

Preparing for Graduation: Explains Wesleyan’s graduation requirements, the Major Certification Form, the Credit Analysis Report, oversubscription, December Completion, and honors.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Senior Year: Answers to common questions about graduation requirements and the graduation process.

Academic History: Your academic history can be found in your e-portfolio in the “Wesleyan Career” bucket.

Major Certification Form: The Major Certification Form, which can be accessed through your e-portfolio, is used to identify the courses that you have taken and will be taking to complete your major. The form must be submitted electronically by February 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Credit Analysis Report: The link to this report, which reviews your academic record in light of oversubscription and monitors your progress towards meeting graduation requirements, can be found in the “Weselyan Career” bucket in your e-portfolio.

Honors and Thesis Information: Deadlines and other important information for students undertaking honors theses.

Graduation does not just happen; you must make it happen! It is important that you fully understand Wesleyan’s graduation requirements (concentration, credit, GPA, residency) and that you are able to interpret your academic record in light of these requirements. As the you choose courses and build a program of study for your senior year, it is essential that you know exactly where you stand in terms of fulfilling Wesleyan’s graduation requirements so that everything goes smoothly when degree certification takes place in the Spring. Remember, you are responsible for your own graduation and you must fulfill all graduation requirements to participate in the Commencement ceremony on May 27, 2012.

Have a great semester!

 

David Phillips
Dean for the Class of 2012

Drop-in hours: Mon. 2-3 p.m.; Tue. 3-4 p.m.; Wed. 5-7 p.m.; Thu. 11-12 p.m.; Fri. 2-4 p.m

You are cordially invited to a Welcome Back Reception for the Class of 2012, hosted by Megan Norris ’83 and SWAG (Seniors of Wesleyan Annual Gift)!

Come enjoy Wine & Cheese with your classmates and celebrate
the beginning of Spring semester.

Friday, January 27 at 6:00 pm
Daniel Family Commons (3rd floor Usdan)

We hope that you can find time in your schedule to join us.

See you there!

Peter Frank and Cella Jones, Senior Gift Interns
Dean Mike Whaley and Dean David Phillips

Bring your photo ID

Thesis & Essay Writing Seniors:

Come out of your carrels TONIGHT for a thesis writing workshop and Q&A hosted by the Ford Fellows and Peer Advisors!

The Ford Fellow and Peer Advisors are holding a drop-in event to discuss time management, working with advisors and applying for the thesis mentor program and will provide snacks and encouragement.

7:00pm TONIGHT 10/26 in the Shapiro Writing Center (Allbritton 311).


The Registrar’s Office is pleased to announce the launch of a new electronic Major Certification Form.  This online form replaces the old paper Senior Concentration form. The only students still required to use the paper form are University majors and December Completions in the Class of 2012.  The link to the new online form will begin appearing in your portfolio tomorrow, September 22.

You can access the Major Certification Form link in the Wesleyan Career bucket in your portfolio.  When you click on the link you will be brought to a landing page where all of your majors are listed.  If your particular major has multiple tracks or concentrations, you will see a separate link for each.  Since departments/programs do not currently require you to officially identify which track or concentration you are pursuing, you can navigate between them and see how each is progressing.

This tool is designed to directly interface with your individual academic history which means that if you have taken a course that has been pre-identified by your major as satisfying a requirement, that course will automatically pre-populate on the form and a check box will appear next to the course.  If you wish to use that particular course to satisfy a requirement, you simply need to check the box, click submit, and the course will be applied.

There is also an “override” feature that allows you to propose a course outside of the pre-approved course list.  You can either choose a course already posted to your academic record from a drop-down menu, or type in free-form text explaining what you would like to offer for consideration.  Once you submit an override request, your advisor will be prompted to take an action similar to those currently being used in drop/add.  Your advisor will be able to “approve,” “disapprove,” or click “see me” in response to your individual request.

There are also “planning text” links built into the form to accommodate departments/programs that require their students to project out and inform their advisor of how they intend to fulfill the major.  Once submitted, the planning text boxes become part of the online form until you choose to update or delete them.

We envision the electronic Major Certification Form to be a useful planning tool when registering for courses.  Each requirement displayed on the form contains a hyperlink to a complete list of courses that have been pre-approved to satisfy that requirement.

You can begin working with this electronic form from the moment you are accepted into a major.  Please consult with your individual department/program for any form-related deadlines.  Seniors will be required to submit their final version of the form at the end of Drop/Add in their final semester of their senior year for degree certification.  Your department/program will use this form to certify that you have completed the requirements for the major, whereas a committee will certify that you have completed all university requirements.

We will be offering training on the Major Certification Form to juniors and seniors on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 12 from 4:15-5:00pm in SHAN107
  • Monday, October 17 from 12:00-1:00pm in SHAN107

We have posted documentation and FAQs on the registrar’s website http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/general_information/major_certification.html.  If you have any questions regarding this new application, please contact Susan Krajewski at x2738 or skrajewski@wesleyan.edu.




An Honors Information Session will be taking place on Thursday, September 15, at 4:15 p.m. in PAC 001.  If you are writing an honors thesis or pursuing any other avenue to honors available in your major, this is your opportunity to have your questions answered.  The meeting will be facilitated by Susan Krajewski, Honors Coordinator in the Registrar’s office, and David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2012.

More information about Wesleyan’s Honors Program is available through the Registrar’s Office at http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/honors/honors_program.html

Hope to see you there!

We would like to invite you to a Wine and Cheese Reception
to welcome back to campus the awesome class of 2012!

This will be an opportunity for you to meet and greet your
fellow classmates and members of the administration. 

Monday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m
Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan Center

We hope that you can find time in your schedule to join us.

Free Class of 2012 T-Shirt for those who attend!

Hope to see you there!

Dean Mike Whaley and Dean David Phillips

Please RSVP to Lorna Scott at lscott@wesleyan.edu (x2772)

To: Members of the Class of 2012
From: David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2011
Subject: Preparing for Graduation

Welcome back to the senior year!

This on-line “packet” contains important information about the graduation process and Wesleyan’s graduation requirements. Please review the contents carefully and contact me immediately (217 North College, x2757, dphillips@wesleyan.edu), if you have any questions or concerns.

Preparing for Graduation: Explains Wesleyan’s graduation requirements, the Senior Concentration Form, the Credit Analysis Report, oversubscription, December Completion, and honors.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Senior Year: Answers to common questions about graduation requirements and the graduation process.

Academic History: Your academic history can be found in your e-portfolio in the “Wesleyan Career” bucket.

Senior Concentration Form: The form, on which you will list the courses you have taken and will be taking to complete your major. The form must be signed by an authorized advisor in your major department. If you are a December Completion, it is due on Friday, September 16 in my office.

Credit Analysis Report: The link to this report, which reviews your academic record in light of oversubscription and monitors your progress towards meeting graduation requirements, can be found in the “Weselyan Career” bucket in your e-portfolio.

Honors and Thesis Information: Deadlines and other important information for students undertaking honors theses.

Graduation does not just happen; you must make it happen! It is important that you fully understand Wesleyan’s graduation requirements (concentration, credit, GPA, residency) and that you are able to interpret your academic record in light of these requirements. As the you choose courses and build a program of study for your senior year, it is essential that you know exactly where you stand in terms of fulfilling Wesleyan’s graduation requirements so that everything goes smoothly when degree certification takes place in the Spring. Remember, you are responsible for your own graduation and you must fulfill all graduation requirements to participate in the Commencement ceremony on May 27, 2012.

Have a great senior year! I look forward to working with you!

David Phillips
Dean for the Class of 2012

Drop-in hours: Mon. 2-3 p.m.; Tue. 3-4 p.m.; Wed. 5-7 p.m.; Thu. 11-12 p.m.; Fri. 2-4 p.m

An Honors Information Session will be taking place this Wednesday, April 13, at 4:15 p.m. in PAC 001.  If you are thinking about writing an honors thesis or pursuing any other avenue to honors available in your major, this is your opportunity to have your questions answered.  The meeting will be facilitated by Susan Krajewski, Honors Coordinator in the Registrar’s office, and David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2012.

More information about Wesleyan’s Honors Program is available through the Registrar’s Office at http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/honors.htt

Hope to see you there!

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