Middletown is much more than a nice place to walk around and pick up the laundry basket you forgot on Main Street. It’s definitely worth taking time to explore your new hometown during your first few months at college. This list contains just a few of the places off campus that can brighten your time at Wesleyan.
- Food! Middletown boosts an impressive array of restaurants. Some of my favorites include Puerto Vallarta for generous portions of Mexican food, Forbidden City Bistro for upscale Chinese fusion and tasty desserts, and, of course, Udupi Bhavan which serves delicious and inexpensive vegetarian Indian food in an unassuming setting. It’s totally worth the short car trip. And no night spent dancing until the wee hours would be complete without a trip to O’Rourke’s Diner for the cheesy omelettes and a chat with Brian O’Rourke.
- Farms. The trip to Lyman Orchards by bike is pleasant, but also check out High Hill Orchard at 170 Fleming Road in Meriden, a lovely small organic alternative with heritage apple varieties and hay rides. Connecticut is an agriculturally rich state and you can find farms and farm tours nearby using LocalHarvest. Also, through October there is a farmers market on the South Green in town on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
- The Roller Skating Rink. This place is such a blast and probably hasn’t changed much since it was built with vinyl flooring and a disco ball. You can even bring your own cds to play over the sound system.
- Coffee! Middletown has not one, but four independently owned coffee shops. Go to Klekolo for the sweet chai, Brew Bakers for the tasty black bean sandwiches, Cafe Ology, across the street from the High Rise parking lot, for pineapple pizza, and Javapalooza for the pastries and Italian soda.
- Vinnie’s Jump and Jive. Featuring a variety of dance classes, including country line and breakdancing, and monthly swing dancing nights, this place is perfect for mingling with Middletown residents and boogieing to grooves not often heard on campus sound speakers.
- Wadsworth Falls. This state park has a mossy mini-waterfall and hiking/biking trails, making it a nice mini-campus getaway.
- Destinta Theaters. When you want to see a new film before it gets to the Film Center, this theater is the place. You can pick up discount vouchers from the box office at Usdan. The large popcorn boxes come with free refills, which is perfect for when you bring a large group to a midnight showing.
- Veterans Memorial Park. It’s fun to walk around barefoot in the mud and moss near the Coginchaug River. You can bike to this 41-acre park in under 15 minutes.
- Green Street Arts Center. Started as a collaboration between Wesleyan, the city of Middletown, and the North End Action Team, Green Street offers all sorts of arts classes. Wesleyan students volunteer at the After School Program, but there are also neat performances including a Salon Series of mini-lectures and arts events on Sundays.
- The Russell Library. Located five minutes away from Fisk, this is the local public library. It has a great dvd/vhs collection and is a fine place to study when you want quiet and no distractions. Getting a library card only takes a few minutes.
Will Thanksgiving be your first time home since August? For many students and their families, the first trip home can be a contentious experience. As a student, you’ve become accustomed to maintaining your own schedule, not having a curfew, and eating, studying and playing whenever you want. Furthermore, while you may be looking forward to catching up with your friends from high school, you may not realize that the only quality time you’ve scheduled for your family is between the wee hours of 3:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Some of you may find that your parents have left your old bedroom completely intact as a shrine to your existence, others may discover that it was turned into a craft room the day after you left for college. Just remember that your transition to college has also been a transition for your family.
Here are some tips to make the first trip home go a bit smoother:
- Make compromises with your time. Spend time visiting high school friends, but let your family know about your plans well in advance. And make sure to set aside time to spend with your parents and siblings–they need time to “catch up” too.
- Sit down with your parents to renegotiate house rules. While they may not be able to grant all of your requests, if approached beforehand in a rational and mature manner, they will be more open to change.
- Empathize. Remember that while you have changed during your three months at college, your family has changed too.
Posted in Peer Advisors, Workshops on Nov. 21, 2008 by dphillips
There are only nine days of classes left. Are you ready for finals week? Come to this SARN Peer Advisor workshop to help prepare yourself!
Sunday, November 23, 7:00 p.m. Usdan 136.
Posted in Lectures on Nov. 18, 2008 by dphillips
David W. Blight, Director of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001), and recipient of the Bancroft Prize and many other prizes and honors in American history, will be speaking Wednesday evening, November 19, at 8:00 p.m. in Russell House, about his latest work, A Slave No More: Two Recently Discovered Slave Narratives and the Memory of Emancipation.
The lecture is sponsored by the History Department, African-American Studies, American Studies, and the Middlesex County Historical Society. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.
Posted in Community, Events on Nov. 18, 2008 by dphillips
Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees will visit campus later this week, and will host an informal open meeting with students. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 21, from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Zelnick Pavilion. This is a great opportunity for students to interact with trustees and to discuss issues of mutual interest. All students are welcome.
Posted in Community on Nov. 18, 2008 by dphillips
This award was created in memory of Peter Morganstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan. His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International. We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.
Nominations will require a one-three page essay from a faculty, staff, or students how the selected employee is one who has contributed to student success and life at Wesleyan. Eligible employees include custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff (i.e., electricians). The review committee will select the winning essay that identifies the employee to receive the award.
Submit nominations to Dean Marina J. Melendez, 215 North College, by February 27.
Posted in Courses on Nov. 11, 2008 by dphillips
“The class demonstrated the power and life of theater. Through visits to different community centers I witnessed the way in which theater goes from text to touching the lives of people – from the old to the young” – Joelle Minott, ’09
Activism and Outreach Through Theater (Thea 205)
Taught by Professor of Theatre, Dr. Ron Jenkins
Offered in Spring 2009 Wednesday from 1:10-4:00
Students will have the opportunity to put social activism into practice by working with incarcerated women on the plays of Shakespeare and other writers. Readings will include Shakespeare Behind Bars by Jean Trounstine and Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the Brazilian actor/activist who has pioneered techniques advocating theater as a force for social change. Students need no theatrical experience but can use whatever artistic interests they possess (acting, puppetry, drawing, writing, story-telling, vocal and instrumental music)
There are no prerequisites for this course, and non-Theatre majors are encouraged to join! Anyone with an interest in bettering the community, Check out the class on a WesMap near you!
Posted in Career Planning, Events on Nov. 11, 2008 by dphillips
Careers for the Common Good presents Polly Byers ’81. Polly has written policy and run programs for the U.S. Agency for Intentational Development, the Department of State, the U.S. Congress, and the World Bank. She was a Presidential Intern, a Peace Corps volunteer, and has a Masters in International Relations from Yale.
Polly will discuss what she did and how she did it. If you have any interest in policy work, it is strongly recommend that you hear Polly’s story.
Bring your lunch: Thursday, November 13, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., COL Lounge, Butt C.
Posted in Career Planning, Events on Nov. 6, 2008 by dphillips
If you’re serious about a career in the advertising industry, the American Association of Advertising Agencies is serious about helping you make it happen. Through the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), students work at real advertising agencies, take on real job responsibilities, and learn from real-world business situations and industry professionals. Students selected for the annual 10-week paid summer internship program, which runs from early June to mid-August, will hone their skills in one of the following advertising disciplines:
- Account Management
- Art Direction
- Broadcast/Print Production
- Digital/Interactive Technologies
- Media Planning/Buying
- Public Relations
- Strategic/Account Planning
In addition, MAIP interns receive a mentor and participate in a host of professional development and networking events.
Come hear from Wesleyan students and alumni who have participated in the program! Friday, November 7, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. in PAC 001.
- Expresiones de Latinos. Come and enjoy wonderful performances filled with song, dance, poetry, spoken word, etc. Saturday, November 8, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Crowell Concert Hall. Tickets: $5 (Students) , $7 (Non- Students)
- “El Dia de Los Trabajadores” – Workers Appreciation Day. Come join us as we celebrate and thank Wesleyan workers for their complete dedication and hard work. There will be music, food, games, etc. Get to know these wonderful people and spend a day relaxing and having fun. Sunday, November 9, 5:00 p.m., La Casa.
- La Unidad Latina Presents “The Trade-Off Event.” Give and get goodies. Bring new clothing, books, school supplies, anything at all (except food) that can be donated to the less fortunate. In return for everyone’s generous donations, you will receive a free home baked goodie. Monday, November 10, 4:00 p.m., Usdan Café.
Posted in Academic Programs, Events on Nov. 5, 2008 by dphillips
What are you looking for in your college education?
If you came to Wesleyan to:
- participate in small classes,
- enjoy close interaction with other students and with faculty,
- develop your writing skills, and
- learn how to think critically
Then you should consider the CSS…
- Our tutorials are between 6 and 10 students, and the rest of our classes are no more than 30.
- During the sophomore year, we write weekly, ungraded papers, which receive extensive comments from both a teacher and a T.A.
- Our program emphasizes independent work on the part of the students, focusing on developing our own original, critical perspectives.
- We play an active role in all aspects of the CSS major, including designing the curriculum, advising admissions, and organizing social events.
- The structure of the program facilitates close relationships among students and between students and faculty. We work with faculty on an individual or small group basis, in and out of class, and over the three years we are in the program.
- Our formal social activities, often combined with lectures of seminar discussions, include lunches every Monday, with a variety of speakers, fall and spring banquets, Friday social hours, a winter holiday party, and a spring picnic. What’s best, faculty participate in the social activities of the College.
- Well over half of us study abroad in fall of junior year, all over the world.
- We are involved in the Wesleyan community: CSSers have been active participants in the SJB, the WSA, the Honors Board, ResLife, ITS, and community service programs. They write for the Hermes, sing in the Spirits, participate in sports, play in the orchestra, choreograph dances, and DJ at WESU.
Informational Meeting: Monday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the CSS Lounge, 4th Floor of the PAC. Application Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2009.
IT’S MORE THAN A MAJOR — CSS
Posted in Advising, Drop/Add on Nov. 4, 2008 by dphillips
The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes is Thursday, November 13, at 5:00 p.m. Completed withdrawal forms 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Thursday 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 3-4; F 2-4
Posted in Community on Nov. 4, 2008 by dphillips
Posted in Career Planning, Events on Nov. 3, 2008 by dphillips
This week, the Careers for the Common Good brings two Wesleyan alums to campus: Stephen King ’87, JD, and Eric Donelan ’02.
Stephen King served as the Director of Investigations and Law Enforcement in the White House Office of Homeland Security, was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a lawyer with Hunton & Williams LLP in NYC, and is currently Senior Counsel with Raytheon Company.
Eric Donelan is a Special Agent with the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and has worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The two will discuss their career paths, the nature of their work, and provide tips on how to get on track in the security field.
Friday, November 7, 12:00 noon -1:00pm, Butt A Lounge (next to the CRC). Bring your lunch.