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Monthly Archive for January, 2009

The Office of Residential Life is now accepting applications for resident advisors and community advisors for the 2009-2010 school year. Student staff members are an invaluable asset to the Office of Residential Life and are crucial to building inclusive, learning, and responsible residential communities.

New this year, the CA staff is expanding to include High and Low Rise.  There will be eight CAs dispersed around campus including, but not limited to, senior wood frames, Fauver Apts, and High and Low Rise.  Also new, it is no longer a prerequisite for CAs to have prior experience as a Resident Advisor or House Manager.

For more information, check out the Office of Residential Life Student Staff Selection website.

The Office of the Dean of the College is seeking five Orientation Interns to assist with the planning and implementation of the Orientation Program for the incoming Class of 2013 and the new transfer, exchange & visiting, and international students.  Position responsibilities will vary according to assignment with either New Student Orientation (NSO) or International Student Orientation (ISO), but Interns will have opportunities to assist in both programs.

These semi-professional internships provide students an excellent opportunity to learn about large-scale event management and higher education administration, and to help lead one of the most important events on campus: the welcoming of new students to the University.  The positions come with a stipend and housing.

Applications are available on the New Student Orientation website and are due February 6.

Volunteer One Evening a Week with Let’s Get Ready!

Where: OH Platt High School, Meriden. Transportation from Wesleyan is provided.
When: February 24-April 29, Tuesday or Wednesday Nights, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

LGR is a FREE college access program serving the under-resourced students of Meriden and Middletown. The program consists of 39 hours of intensive SAT preparation and 15 hours of real college preparation, which includes searching for colleges, writing application essays, and financial planning.

As a tutor, you’d be given a class of 5 students with whom you’d meet once a week throughout the semester and guide along the path to college. Training, curriculum, and full support is provided by the program – you just need to bring an interest in tutoring and your enthusiasm.

To learn more, come to an information session on January 28 at 6:00 p.m. in PAC 104.  There will be free food!

Visit http://www.letsgetready.org/Programs/Wesleyan to apply or contact Matt at 508.397.6569 or Rachel at 650.996.9453 or at wesleyanlgr@gmail.comApplications due February 6.  Compensation available for those with federal work-study.

The Environmental Studies Program is pleased to announce our Mellon Foundation Internships for the Summer and Fall 2009. The internships are for students to do research under the guidance of a faculty mentor on projects directly concerned with Environmental Studies. These internships are available to students and faculty across the entire University. Environmental Studies is more encompassing than Environmental Sciences but your application must relate to environmental issues.

Internships are for a duration of 10 weeks and carry a stipend of $3,900. The Summer program runs from May 27th – July 31, 2009. Internships during the Fall run the length of the semester.

The student application, can be downloaded from the Environmental Studies Certificate Program website. It requires two short letters of recommendation. In addition to recommending the student, the faculty mentor must briefly (1-2 paragraphs) explain the project, its importance and relevance, if any, to her/his research program. However, student projects that are not part of their faculty mentor’s research program are welcomed and will be given full consideration as long as their faculty advisor agrees to mentor the research and vouches for the importance of the project. Letters of recommendation may either be sent to Ms. Marinelli through campus mail or by email (pdf preferred) to vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu.

The applications, including statements by faculty, will be judged by a committee.

The deadline for applications Friday, March 20, 2009, allowing us to announce internship candidates by Monday, March 23rd. Student applications are to be delivered to Ms. Valerie Marinelli, Administrative Assistant, Environmental Studies, Room 327, Exley Science Center. Students currently abroad may submit their applications by fax (860.685.3781) or by email (vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu)

Calling all undergrad musicians, singer and performers for Musical Madness: A Musical Competition between the Classes on Thursday, February 19, Crowell Concert Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Acoustic, elecric, or a capella.  Ensemble or solo.  Original or cover.  Prizes for Best Performances and Best in Class.  Get your act together and feel the love!

All performers must be in the same class year for ensemble entries.  Performances must be no longer than five minutes.

Available equipment:  Five mics, a couple of monitors, and a piano.  You must bring your own amps and drum kit, if necessary.

Return your completed entry form to your class dean by February 12.

Seminars in Physical Science is an NSM General Education course. This course is a refined version of A Random Walk Through Science last taught in the Spring of 1999. Each student will give one 50 minute talk on a topic they choose in Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, or Mathematics. Students will consult with the instructor on the choice of their topic and in the organization of their presentation. Topics in Biology, Molecular Biology, or Medicine will not be acceptable seminar topics. There are two reasons for this a) students are usually already familiar and comfortable with these topics and I wish to push them into exploring science that would be a challenge for them, and b) biological science is outside the instructor’s expertise. Class attendance is required. The audience of students will fill out a written critique of each talk during the last 15 minutes of each class. After the instructor has gone over these forms they will be passed on to the seminar speaker for that day. Possible topics might include (chosen at random): The origin of the periodic table; the transition from alchemy to chemistry; “cold fusion”; various Nobel Prize in Chemistry or Physics topics; dark matter; dark energy; the nature of galaxies; why do stars shine?; what are the roles of amateurs in modern astronomical research?; visualizing the fourth dimension; Einstein’s “greatest blunder”; Bose-Einstein condensates; the race towards absolute zero; the interaction of radiation and matter; the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle; how are prime numbers used in cryptology?; the discovery of C60; the list is almost inexhaustible. Due to the number of Tu/Th class periods and required lead-time, the class will be limited to 18 students.

Tu/Th 10:30 a.m, – 11:50 a.m.
ESC 139
Stewart Novick
Prerequisites: None
General Education: NSM
Essential Capabilities: Information Literacy, Speaking
Grading Mode: Pass/Fail

Those of you who participated in the Common Moment dance at Foss Hill during orientation week might want to check out the short video which has been posted to the Feet to the Fire website.

More videos and images are available in the Feet to the Fire Gallery.

Watch the Presidential Inauguration on the big screen.  Coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20, at the Usdan Cafe.

As a special welcome back program, Student Services and the University Center Activities Board (UCAB) have arranged for first year students to see one free movie on 1/20.  Students need to show their 2012 I.D. to gain free admission to the movie of their choice.  Students can use this privilege at any one show time on 1/20.

Show your 2012 Wesleyan I.D. at the ticket counter.  Tuesday, January 20, from first showing at 12:50 p.m. to final showing at 10:15 p.m.

Enjoy the show!