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Monthly Archive for December, 2008

100 Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools (of which Wesleyan is a member) to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2009. Through a competition on 76 campuses, 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace in the 21st century. All application information is available at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace.htt
There will be three information sessions at the start of the spring semester:

  • Thursday, January 22 at noon in Usdan 108
  • Friday, January 23 at noon in Usdan 108
  • Monday, January 26 at 6pm in Usdan 110

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Cathy Lechowicz (clechowicz@wesleyan.edu)

Issue 3.4 of the First Year Matters Newsletter is now available online.  Highlights include articles on the Musical Madness Class Competition, Winter Break Closing Information, and a profile of Michelle Myers-Brown, director of the Usdan Center.

Worried about how your coursework this semester will end up?  Come have some snacks with the SARN peer advisors and WesWell’s peer health advocates in Olin Library lobby area. Plan your final exam period with this Final Exam Calendar and review it with a peer advisor. The peer advisors and peer health advocates can help you strategize how to successfully complete your first semester at Wesleyan, provide helpful study and organizational information, strategize on how to minimize stress, or direct you to appropriate resources for help. The PAs and PHAs will be available in the evenings until midnight from Tuesday, December 9 through Sunday, December 14, 2008.

Please remember that University Housing closes at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. All housing will re-open at 9:00 AM on Sunday, January 18, 2009. Take any items of value with you when you leave. Experience has shown that all residential areas are susceptible to burglaries during break periods. Upon leaving, please make sure that:

  • All windows and doors are closed and locked
  • Blinds and window treatments are closed
  • Garbage is removed from the room
  • Holiday decorations are removed and disposed of properly
  • Heat is turned down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (NOT off)
  • Room door closed and locked
  • Take any belongings you will need, university personnel will not let you into your unit once it is closed.

Only students who reside in wood frame houses may remain in their unit during the break. However if you live in a wood frame house, you will need to register with the Office of Residential Life by December 16, 2008 to let us know you plan to be here during the break.

Unless you have already been pre-approved to return to campus early, you cannot access your housing prior to January 18th. Many of our residential units will be alarmed throughout the break period. If tripped, the situation will be treated as a burglary in progress and both Public Safety and the Middletown Police will respond to the scene.

If you are not returning to your current room next semester, you must move out no later than December 17th at noon. Please remove all of your belongings and turn in your key to the Office of Residential Life by that time.

For storage information, please go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/pplant/studentstorage.html.

If you are not returning to campus next semester, you must take all of your belongings with you. There is no long-term storage available; the cleaning staff will dispose of any belongings left behind by students on leave or studying abroad. If you are studying abroad, you can not leave belongings with friends to store during the summer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Residential Life at x3550 or at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

President Michael Roth will be coming in to this Sunday’s WSA meeting to answer questions about the University’s response to the financial crisis, including the possible enlargement of the student body, tuition increases, faculty and staff salary freezes, and cuts to facilities and maintenance budgets.

Important discussions are happening now about Wesleyan’s future, and we, the students, need to take a leadership role responding to the crisis. Let President Roth know what the University’s priorities should be and help shape the student response to administrative budget cuts.

Come to this Sunday’s WSA meeting in Usdan 108 at 7:00 p.m. for an open forum with President Roth. As always, all members of the community are invited to speak and ask questions.

The Center for Community Partnerships is sponsoring two holiday events:

  • First Friday: Green Your Holiday. Make a centerpiece with fresh greens. All materials are provided, and anyone is welcome. Come learn a new skill, make a gift or just get festive.  Friday, December 5, at 4:30 p.m., at the Center for Community Partnerships (167 High Street, at the corner of Church St and High St)
  • Angel Tree. Each year the Salvation Army helps brighten the holidays for families in need. You can sponsor a child and purchase toys and/or clothes. Tags and information are at the Center for Community Partnerships (167 High Street). All gifts must be returned by Friday, December 12.

This Thursday evening, join members of the WSA, PSafe, and Middletown Police at 7:00 p.m. for discussion, snacks, and coffee in the Usdan Daniel Family Commons.

Officers will be there to talk about the work they do here on campus and in Middletown, and to answer questions about policy and enforcement issues, community relations, and law enforcement in general.

Take the time to meet the face behind the badge and feel free to stop by even if you can’t stay the whole time.

The WSA-ITS Committee is pleased to announce that the transition to Google Apps for Education has been approved and will go online for the start of the spring semester. Google Apps will give students many new options in their digital lifestyle, including expanded e-mail capacity, calendaring, and digital collaboration.

Wes Google Apps email will not affect your email address.  Your address will continue to be user@wesleyan.edu.  Your Wes Google account will not have ads and will be accessible via ePortfolio and a Wesleyan Google Apps login page.

Students will  have the opportunity to opt-out of Google Apps. By opting out, students will remain on the locally hosted Wesleyan e-mail and will continue to have a 100 MB limit on their e-mail account. Google has a much larger limit on their email accounts (7GB’s and growing). The option to opt-out will appear in your Student Portfolio in the coming days.

Once you have been moved to Google Apps for Education, you will not be able to return to Wesleyan hosted e-mail. If you choose to opt-out now, there will still be opportunities to opt-in in the future.

More information to follow soon.

We encourage you to explore Google Apps for Education at http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/demos.html.

We also invite you to visit the Wesleyan Google Apps blog http://googleapps.blogs.wesleyan.edu.

The WSA-ITS Committee is dedicated to making technology more student friendly.

Voting is underway in the 2008 Winter Elections for Frosh, At-Large, and SBC representative positions on the WSA.

Additionally, the WSA is taking a survey and is looking for your input on a variety of important issues this year. As we are dedicated to representing the views of the student body, it is very important that you complete the survey – it should only take 5 minutes.

Please visit the WSA voting website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/voting to cast your vote and have your voice heard.

Just when you think that there is already to much to do something else shows up.  Tonight we are screening a new documentary entitled Lumpur (“Mud”).  The movie is about the recent and ongoing tragedy in Indonesia associated with drilling for gas and subsequent mudflows that have covered a number of villages.  The question is whether the drilling was the cause of the fissures that gave way.  The film deals with both the scientific and sociological impacts of the event.

Following the film there will be a short panel discussion with the film makers, our resident vulcanologist (Prof. J. Varekamp) and a few others.  Refreshments will be served.  Tonight, December 2, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Usdan 108.

Winter Break Shuttles

The WSA Transportation Committee and the Transportation Department have arranged for winter break shuttles with the Premier Bus Company to New York City and Boston.  The buses will leave Wesleyan on Wednesday, December 17th at 10:00 am and leave New York and Boston on Monday, January 19th at 3:00 pm.  For New York, they will drop off and pick up outside of Grand Central Station, at the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.  For Boston, they will drop off and pick up outside of South Station, at 700 Atlantic Avenue.  The cost is twenty dollars each way, and tickets can be purchased at the box office located in Usdan starting tomorrow, Tuesday, December 2nd through Wednesday, December 10th.

The Online Teaching Evaluations System is now open.  As you know, all teaching evaluations are now collected electronically.

To access the online teaching evaluation system:

  • Go to your E-Portfolio and open My Student Portfolio.
  • Navigate to the Wesleyan Career list then
  • Click on Teaching Evaluations

You may submit evaluations anytime between now and December 10 at 11:59 pm.

In order to encourage student participation, you must submit an online evaluation for each of your courses which are part of the online teaching evaluation process before December 10 in order to be able to see your Fall 2008 grades during fall break.   Faculty will not have access to any evaluations until they have submitted final grades.

If you have any questions about the teaching evaluation process, please contact Eloise Glick at eglick@wesleyan.edu or by phone at ext. 2708.