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Monthly Archive for April, 2009

Issue 3.6 of the First Year Matters Newsletter is now online. Featured articles include:




Health and Safety:


Take the time to donate, and you can save three lives with your blood. Wesleyan will host a campus-wide blood drive on Monday, April 13, and Tuesday, April 14, from 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The drive will be held in Beckham Hall – Fayerweather Building, next to Usdan University Center. Just go http://www.givelife.org [sponsor code: WesleyanU] and sign up for the appointment slot that fits your schedule best. Please feel free to email wesleyanblooddrive@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Your small act of donating blood (that only takes an hour) can make a difference in the lives of many. If you are not able to donate but would still like to help, you can! – be a volunteer at the drive; send us an e-mail to the yahoo account, and we’ll get you connected. Thank you for your consideration.

  1. Review your syllabi to determine major topics. Review class notes and identify the topics you know, those you need to review and those you need to learn. Know the topics that the professor emphasized. If a professor says “Know this!” then learn and practice that information.
  2. Organize your time. Use the Semester Planning Calendar in your WesPlanner. Make a study schedule. In your study schedule, assign times to study each topic reserving more time for more challenging topics. Study in chunks of time and take 5-10 minute breaks every hour. Study breaks will help yo clear your mind, rejuvenate and increase your learning capacity. For more on managing your time, make an appointment with a SARN peer advisor at sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.
  3. Pull the information apart and put it back together. Create graphs, diagrams, charts, and timelines.  The Ohio University Study Tips website has many samples demonstrating how to map out and review information. Teach the subject to another person. Act out the information. Draw pictures. For some subjects, mnemonics may help you remember sequences or lists. Actively make associations. For example assign colors to certain groups of related information (i.e. Foucault’s theories are green and Kant’s are blue). Make use of available tools (i.e., professors, BlackBoard, TAs, Math Workshop, Mentor Program).
  4. Anticipate exam questions. Create exam questions that elicit answers which fully describe processes, compare theories, apply facts to theories, synthesize information and analyze information. Make sure to create questions that draw out the major themes of the course. Exchange questions with classmates or ask a professor to review your questions. Review and work through problems from previous assignments, labs, quizzes, and exams.
  5. Answer anticipated exam questions in the manner you will be expected to perform (in writing, on paper or computer). Prove that you know and can apply the information by demonstrating your understanding of the process. Analyze, synthesize, compare, apply and describe! Take a practice test in the room in which you learned the information or will take the exam.
  6. Conduct focused study groups. Create a planned approach to conducting your study groups. At one study group you might assign classmates certain subjects to teach to the group. At a study group intended solely for review, create exam questions to share with your classmates, answer them, and then critique each other on the answer.
  7. Practice your handwriting. Professors must be able to decipher your writing in order to evaluate your work.
  8. Sign up for an Exam Prep consultation with your Peer Advisor by sending an e-mail to sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.
  9. Go to Finals Prep and Exam Taking workshops. Look for the SARN peer advisor link in your e-portfolio for the schedules.
  10. Contact Dean Phillips if you are having problems.  The end of the spring semester is an especially stressful time of year and Dean Phillips (dphillips@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.2757) can help you work through any problems your may be having, academic or otherwise.

The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes is Wednesday, April 15, 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 dphillips@wesleyan.edu 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 Wednesday 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

If I call PSafe, won’t they just end up at the hospital? What happens if they go to the hospital anyway? Won’t they get in trouble? Won’t it be expensive? Will their parents be called?

Public Safety, WesWELL and the Student Judicial Board are collaborating to offer a series of panel discussions to answer these and other questions about severe intoxication and hospitalization. The discussion will take you through the process of identifying when someone is in need of a medical assist, what Public Safety does to assess a situation when called, the role the EMT’s play, what occurs at the hospital and what the response of the SJB is to hospitalizations. Your questions are welcome. The next panel is planned for Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Clark Lounge. Others will happen through the rest of the semester and continue in the fall; look for fliers advertising this opportunity to get your questions answered.

  • General Information
    • The Registrar’s Help Line (x3222) is now active with staff available 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
    • Planning: 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, thru 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.
    • Scheduling: Wednesday, April 15.
    • Adjustment: 8:00 a.m. Thursday, April 16, thru 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.
    • Pre-Reg on the Web: http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/preregistration.html
  • Enhancements
    • Students must confirm their Spring 2009 Current Classes & Schedule to participate in Planning (i.e. build a plan).
    • Previously students could build a plan, but their plan was not included in the scheduling program.
    • The student pre-reg planning screen will now display the students “Course Oversubscription Status.”
    • Students should click the “Credit Analysis Report” link and review http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/oversub.html for further detail.

Smoking Policy

In an effort to promote a healthy and safe environment for all members of the Wesleyan community the university has expanded our current Smoking Policy.  Currently, smoking is prohibited in all faculty and administrative buildings (including all offices, common areas and classrooms).  The expanded policy prohibits smoking within 25 feet from the perimeter of all university buildings.

Research has found that secondhand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke, is a Class A carcinogen and has detrimental effects on health.  Additional findings have established that environmental tobacco smoke triggers asthma attacks and causes lung cancer, cardiovascular and lung diseases.

In light of compelling research findings about the effects of environmental tobacco smoke, the University strongly discourages employees from smoking in areas where non-smokers cannot avoid exposure to smoke.

Effective implementation of this policy depends upon the respect and cooperation of all members of the Wesleyan University community.  We ask that you demonstrate your concern for your fellow colleagues by ensuring that you keep the appropriate distance from university buildings when you choose to smoke.  Smoking receptacles have been placed around campus and we ask that you extinguish all smoking materials in these receptacles.

The Office of Health Services provides assistance to employees who wish to stop smoking.  If interested, we encourage all employees who smoke to contact them for more information on smoking cessation programs.

“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 Fall 2009, Wednesday from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m.
Or Tuesday from 1:10-4:00 p.m.

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 WesMaps near you!

Internships come in all shapes and sizes. Their value is in the experience you receive and the contacts you make. A formal internship program may look great in the job announcement, but actually give you little experience or connection with professionals. On the other hand, an opportunity that might be billed as a summer job could provide you with outstanding work-related experience, and help you establish some good relationships for future networking, too. The bottom line: be open-minded and flexible when looking for an internship for the summer!  Login to MyCRC to search and apply for internships!

For other recommended internship resources check out http://www.wesleyan.edu/crc/students/jobs_intern/part_time.html.

Please join us for the annual Wesleyan Passover Seder on Wednesday, April 8, 6:00 p.m., in Beckham Hall.

Join us for a night of stories, song, ritual, yummy food and conversation. Open to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

To rsvp: email esavage@wesleyan.edu cost is $16.95 in points or 1 meal and $6.95.
Please include your WESID #.  For more info, go to:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/chaplains/jewish/passover.html

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