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Monthly Archive for February, 2009

Daffodil Days

For several years, the Office of Community Service at Wesleyan has been supporting cancer patients around the country by hosting Daffodil Days. Every March, American Cancer Society staff and volunteers around the country welcome spring with millions of dewy-fresh yellow daffodils from Washington State. The daffodil is the first flower of spring, so it was chosen by the American Cancer Society to be the symbol of hope that cancer will be beaten.

You can support the American Cancer Society’s programs of research, education, advocacy and patient services by placing an order today for big, beautiful daffodils, potted bulbs, or a Bear and Bunch – a bouquet of daffodils plus a limited edition, collectible Boyds Bear. A bouquet is just $10, potted bulbs are $15 per pot, and a Bear and a Bunch is $25. If you prefer, you can purchase a $25 Gift of Hope (or contribute any dollar amount towards one), which will support the fight against cancer while giving bouquets of daffodils to cancer patients in our community.

Place an order today! You can e-mail mtimbancaya@wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-2851 to order or for more details. the Office of Community Service will also be tabling at Usdan Center on the following dates: February 19-20, 23-25 during lunch and dinner times.

International students and employees are invited to an Income Tax Seminar on Monday, March 2, from 4:15-6:00 p.m. in PAC 001 with Evelyn E. Harris & Gladys Fountain from the Wesleyan Payroll Department. This seminar will give a visual presentation of the CINTAX software and provide answers to questions about filing federal and state income taxes.  Though attendance is not mandatory, the seminar is highly recommended for students and employees who will prepare income tax returns for the first time or who have done so in the past and have questions.

General Room Selection

The 2009 General Room Selection (GRS) process is about to start. Beginning February 13, you will be able to access the General Room Selection site and explore your housing options for the 2009-2010 academic year. You enter GRS through your e-portfolio by clicking on “Room Selection” under “Campus Life.”

Please remember two important dates that are rapidly approaching. All applications for Off Campus Housing are due by 11:59 p.m. February 20. All applications for Program Housing and Community Based Living are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 27, 2009.

Important change in points: The Undergraduate Residence Life Committee (URLC) of the WSA recently approved a change in how points are assigned to students that are expected complete their degree in December of 2009, 2010, or 2011. Should this apply to you, an adjustment will be reflected in the points in you are assigned in the GRS system.

You will be receiving many e-mails from the Office of Residential Life in the next few months as important dates draw near. Please be sure to read all these emails, as well as the information contained in the GRS site. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life by phone at 860-685-3550 or by e-mail at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

A distinguished panel of judges–Rob Rosenthal, Barry Chernoff and Sarah Lazare–will award generous gift certificates for Best in Class and Best in Show at Musical Madness, competition between the classes, on Thursday, February 19 in Crowell at 7 p.m. Deadline to enter is this Thursday, February 12. Go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/music.pdf to print an entry form. Opening performance is by “Lou and the Blues,” with special guest Michael Roth on harp.

  • Nonprofit Organizations: Operations & Structure.  To help you with your career planning and job search, our speaker will give you useful information on how NPO’s function, and will discuss the entry-level jobs and the skills employers want. Wednesday, February 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Usdan 108.
  • Grant Writing. Our speaker gave a great workshop on grant writing last year, and will do it again. A very useful introduction to this important function within the nonprofit sector. Wednesday, February 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Usdan 108.
  • Visit to the U.S. Court, hosted by Magistrate Judge Steve Gold ’77. We will observe court proceedings, attend a panel of Wesleyan attorneys, and have a networking lunch with the panelists. For panelist bio’s and details, go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/crc/students/grad/lawschool/table.html We are providing two vans from campus, but students can drive themselves if that’s preferred. Van seating is limited to 14 students; cost is $15. Friday, February 20, 12:00 noon -3:00 p.m. (vans leave at 8:45am; return 6:00pm).
  • Kaplan Mock LSAT. This is a good way to practice the LSAT. No charge. Register via MyCRC. Saturday, February 21, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., PAC 001.

Now that Drop/Add is over, you must confirm your course schedule. Please log on to your portfolio and navigate to “Current Classes & Schedule” under “Wesleyan Career” or simply click on the quick link in the alert box at the top of the page. If you agree that our records correctly show the courses that you registered for during Drop/Add, click on “Schedule is Correct”. If your schedule is not correct (for example, a course is missing from your schedule or an additional course is appearing) click on “Schedule is Incorrect” and you’ll be given further instructions and a link to the petition form. Later, if your petition is successful and your schedule is corrected, you should return to your schedule page and click “Schedule is Correct”. The schedule confirmation buttons will remain on the page until you click the “Schedule is Correct” button.

Please indicate whether or not your schedule is correct no later than Thursday, February 12, 2009. The sooner you let us know that your schedule is not correct, the sooner any issues can be resolved. If you fail to indicate whether or not your schedule is correct, you risk not being allowed to participate in April pre-registration for Fall 2009 courses.

Grading mode and cross-listing changes must have been made before the end of the Drop/Add period.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at x2810.

The Student-Run Grief Support Group is intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.  Please feel free to come and leave when it’s convenient for you.   Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., Group Room 212, 2nd floor, Davison Health Center.

Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral Health for Students.  If you have questions, please contact: Margo at 917.691.7312.

Wednesday, February 4

  • University of Haifa
    Noon-1:00 p.m., 210 Fisk Hall
  • General Study Abroad Information Session
    4:15-5:15 p.m. PAC 001

Monday, February 9

  • IFSA-Butler – Programs in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico
    Noon-1:00 p.m., 210 Fisk Hall
    4:15-5:15 p.m., 302 Fisk Hall

Tuesday, February 10

  • Financial Aid and Study Abroad
    5:15-6:15 p.m., PAC 002

Wednesday, February 11

  • General Session for Sophomores
    Noon – 1:00 p.m., Shanklin 107

Please come to the fifth annual Program House Fair on Friday, February 6, 2:00 -5:00 p.m. in Beckham Hall. This is a great chance to check out Wesleyan’s six newest Program Houses: Writing House, Full House, Lighthouse, Interfaith House, Farm House, and Music House.

As Program House Selection will start shortly, this is a great time to learn about the process, as well as your living options for next year with Program Housing. Visitors can also win raffle prizes!

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Brown, Area Coordinator for Program Housing, at x3163 or dabrown@wesleyan.edu. We hope to see you there!!

Nicaraguan Sign Language is a relatively new language that emerged a little over 30 years ago. The dramatic story of the birth of this language includes disease, revolution, and the simple desire of children to communicate with each other. Professor Anna Shusterman will talk about the birth of NSL and the rapid change that has taken place in the language over the last few years. Professor Shusterman will also discuss some current research to illustrate what NSL is teaching us about the nature of language, thought, and human communication. Friday, February 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Partnerships, 167 High Street.

The year’s first Delicious Movements Workshop, led by Eiko Otake, will take place on Sunday February 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Schoenberg Dance Studio (247 Pine St.).

Everyone is welcome with any or no experience.  Come to move and roll.  Bring your friends and treat your body to something delicious!

All invited to stay for an informal talk afterwards.  Sponsored by the Center for Creative Research Student Task Force

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