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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

If you are in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, you are not alone. Recovery@ is a network of students, staff and faculty who gather for mutual support as they navigate the particular challenges of recovery at Wesleyan.  Our primary purpose is to stay clean and sober, help other members of the University do the same, and support one another in our efforts.

We come together once a month during the academic year for an informal discussion and networking. The rest of the month, we support each other through texts, emails, social engagements, and attending AA and NA meetings in the Middletown community.

To obtain more information or join the network please email, recovery@wesleyan.edu

Recovery@ is not formal therapy of any kind.  If you are in recovery or seeking recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction and would like confidential resources or support please call or visit:

Counseling and Psychological Services: 860-685-2910 or www.wesleyan.edu/caps

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life: 860-685-2278 www.wesleyan.edu/orsl

The GLASS Prize will be awarded to that Wesleyan undergraduate student who has done the best research and writing on a subject in queer, trans, LGBT, or sexuality studies. The prize is open to students in all classes; senior essays and theses are preferred. The award includes no cash benefit, but the winner’s name will be published in the 2012 Commencement booklet.

Entries must be submitted in both electronic and hard copy by 3pm on April 13 to:

Jen Enxuto
hard copy to FGSS office, Allbritton Center
electronic to jenxuto@wesleyan.edu

If you have any questions, please contact Margot Weiss at mdweiss@wesleyan.edu.

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 Janina Montero Prize, is awarded in honor of the tireless service of Janina Montero, professor and administrator at Wesleyan for over 20 years.  This 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.

So that the Selection Committee may evaluate your application and make a final selection, please submit one copy of your current resume, an academic history, and one-page statement of your academic accomplishments as well as of your contributions to the Latino, Student of Color and Wesleyan communities.  This material must be received by Dr. Marina J. Melendez, Class Dean for 2014, 215 North College, no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  No application will be accepted after the deadline.

Please feel free to contact Dean Melendez at mmelendez@wesleyan.edu or at x.2765 if you have 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

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/.


The WSA and other sustainability leaders worked over the last year to introduce a Sustainability Coordinator at Wesleyan. This full-time person will acts us a liaison between different departments, an advisor to sustainability-oriented student groups, and a leader on green projects. This new position represents a giant step for Wesleyan and will make our community more environmentally sustainable for many years to come.

The position is now officially posted and applications are being accepted.It is tailored towards recent Wesleyan graduates. We encourage you to apply, especially if you are a current Wesleyan senior seeking a job for next year!

For more information and to apply, go to careers.wesleyan.edu, click on “Staff openings,” and find the Sustainability Coordinator posting.

If you have questions e-mail Zach Malter at zmalter@wesleyan.edu.

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
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.

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.

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