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Monthly Archive for May, 2009

As you know, the University requires all students (including students studying abroad) to have adequate health insurance coverage. In order to be in compliance you must show proof of existing coverage (waive) or enroll in the university-sponsored plan annually online at www.gallagherkoster.com. This information is required even if your insurance has not changed from the previous year. A letter with pertinent information will be mailed to your home address in mid-June. The deadline for compliance is August 15, 2009. Failure to comply by the deadline will result in a hold being placed on your class registration. The cost of the annual plan is $786 and will be billed to your student account in late September.

Please note that grant aid assistance will be limited. This year Wesleyan University will offer low cost student loans to most students who need assistance covering the cost of the health insurance policy. Please review your financial aid award letter for your specific eligibility (award letters will be mailed beginning in mid-May).

The Gallagher Koster website is open for compliance with the 2009-2010 requirements should you wish to provide your insurance information or enroll now. Please use the following instructions below:

  • Log onto www.gallagherkoster.com
  • Click on College and University Students
  • Select Wesleyan University from the dropdown box
  • First time users are required to create a unique User Account. To do this you will need to enter your first and last name, student ID, date of birth and email address
  • Click on “Log In” to create or access an account on this website
  • Once logged in, click “Student Waive/Enroll Forms” and select either the 2009-2010 Wesleyan University Annual Enrollment Form to enroll or Waiver Form to show proof of existing insurance coverage.
  • If waiving the student insurance, you will need your other health information in order to submit the Online Waiver Form and receive your confirmation number (please print a copy for your records).

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the insurance process.

Questions? Contact Gallagher Koster at 800.499.5062 or WesleyanStudent@GallagherKoster.com

The Office of Behavioral Health for Students (OBHS) invites you to come to an open meeting for anyone who wishes to share/discuss/talk about his/her reactions to the events of the last week at Wesleyan. Dr. Stephen Henry will facilitate the group.

: Thursday, May 14
Where: Usdan, Room 110
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Beverages will be available.

The libraries will be open additional hours this week, May 11-15, to accommodate the extended exam schedule:

Olin Library:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:30am-2am;
  • Thursday: 8:30am-midnight;
  • Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Art Library:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9am-midnight;
  • Friday: 9am-5pm

Science Library:

  • Monday-Wednesday: open 24 hours;
  • Thursday: Midnight to midnight;
  • Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Special Collections & Archives:

  • Monday-Friday: 1pm-5pm

Olin Reserve Desk:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:30am-midnight;
  • Thursday: 8:30am-8pm;
  • Friday: 8:30am-4pm

Scores & Recordings:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-11pm;
  • Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Olin Reference Desk:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm; 7pm-10pm;
  • Friday: 10am-5pm

Due to housing closing on Saturday, Transportation Services has added additional shuttles for Saturday, May 16th.

Bradley Airport Shuttles have been added and will depart at 5:45 a.m. and 12:00 noon from in front of Usdan on Wyllys Avenue. The New Haven Train Station Shuttle will depart from the same location at 10:00 a.m.

Please make reservations at the box office as soon as possible so vans and drivers can be scheduled accordingly.

In recognition of the extended exam period, the closing deadline for student residences has been extended to noon on Saturday, May 16, 2009. Only graduating seniors and students who have been pre-approved by the Office of Residential Life can remain in their rooms after noon on May 16, 2009. We encourage you to not change your travel plans unless you must stay until Saturday because of rescheduled exams.

For more information about closing, please see the ResLife website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/

The deadline for submitting teaching evaluations has been extended to 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, May 11.  If you have submitted your evaluations – thank you! If not, there’s still time.

You can access the evaluation through your Electronic Portfolio by clicking http://quicklink.wesleyan.edu/TeachEvals or:

  • Go to your Portfolio and open My Student Portfolio
  • Then navigate to the Wesleyan Career list
  • Click on Teaching Evaluations

If you have any questions about the teaching evaluation process, please contact tevals@wesleyan.edu.

The situation regarding the influenza virus formerly known as swine flu and now referred to as H1N1 Flu has stabilized. Although we remain vigilant and are monitoring local and national activity, the overall level of alarm has lessened. Especially reassuring have been the experiences of our colleagues at Amherst and other institutions where, despite confirmed cases on campus, disease activity has been limited and illness relatively mild.

Please continue to take everyday actions to stay healthy. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

We recommend that you periodically monitor the CDC website and the Emergency Management website. Future updates will be posted on the Emergency Management website and on the Health Center website unless circumstances dictate more direct communication.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues its response to the novel H1N1 Flu outbreak. As of yesterday, 642 human infections with novel H1N1 flu have been confirmed in 41 states in the United States. As testing continues in many other states, more cases and more states are expected to be added. There have been two confirmed deaths in the US associated with the H1N1 virus to date.

For the most up to date and authoritative treatment of this issue, see the CDC website. The Connecticut Department of Public Health website is found here.

CDC’s goals continue to be to reduce transmission and illness severity and provide information to assist health care providers, public health officials and the public. To this end, CDC continues to develop and update interim guidance documents.

Local Activity

Four confirmed H1N1 cases have been reported in Connecticut. Earlier in the outbreak, tests were sent for several Wesleyan students. All of these have come back negative and the students have fully recovered. Because the case definition is currently so broad, several students have been advised to manage their illness as if they have H1N1, but we do not have reason for special concern about disease activity on campus.

Our colleagues at Amherst have managed multiple cases and all have done well with symptoms equal to or more mild than usual seasonal flu. See https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/health/service/flu for more information.

Current Case Definition

The working definition for Influenza-Like Illness is fever > 101 F (37.8 C) PLUS cough or sore throat.

The symptoms of this new H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.  This document (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm) summarizes symptoms and recommended preventive behaviors for the general public.  Recommendations include: contact avoidance, treatment options for the seriously ill, and how to recognize symptoms.

If you are a Wesleyan University student and think you meet these criteria, please call the Davison Health Center 860.685.2470 to discuss your symptoms with a health care provider.  It is preferable that you call rather than walk in so as not to risk exposing others in the waiting room.

Faculty and staff should contact their primary care providers.

What can I do to prevent getting H1N1 (Swine flu)?
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. If you get sick, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

Respiratory precautions at Davison Health Center (DHC)
In keeping with our established protocols and consistent with interim guidelines from the Middletown Department of Health, Wesleyan’s Davison Health Center has activated our Respiratory Hygiene Plan.

Any student entering the health center will stop at a station with hand sanitizer and tissues. Students with cough are asked to take a supply of tissues and cough into tissues and dispose of them. Clinical care providers will wear masks when evaluating students with cough and fever.

What if I have questions?
Questions may be directed to Davis Smith, Medical Director of Wesleyan University’s Davison Health Center (pdsmith@wesleyan.edu). He will respond as quickly as circumstances allow.

Wes Station will forward mail between May 27 and August 21. Mail which accumulates between your departure and May 27th will be forwarded at that time.  For those of you who will be spending the summer at your permanent home address do nothing, your mail will automatically be forwarded to that location.

If you are remaining on campus and would like to receive mail at your WesBox, please notify Wes Station by sending an email with your name and box number to: wessta@wesleyan.edu. You must also indicate this in your portfolio by following the directions below.

If you would like your mail forwarded to a different location or if you are remaining on campus please follow these directions:

  • Click on this link http://quicklink.wesleyan.edu/WesStationForward OR Log into your student eportfolio and lick on “WesStation Forward” in the Tools & Links bucket.
  • If you are remaining on campus click the button next to “Set your forwarding address to your WesPO”.
  • If entering a forwarding address, make sure to enter all required fields and hit the submit button to activate.
  • You will have the option to delete or edit this address at any time.

By going back into Wes Station Forward you can totally delete this address by clicking on the delete button (your mail would then be forwarded to your permanent home address). Or you can edit the forwarding address to enter a new one, or you can click on the button to have your mail directed to your WesBox.

Please call Wes Station at x3900 with any concerns or questions.

The state of Connecticut has announced a confirmed case of H1N1 in Connecticut.  This means that the travel component of the case criteria no longer apply for our evaluation of Wesleyan students.

Any student with a fever AND cough or sore throat should CALL the Davison Health Center (860.685.2470) to discuss their symptoms and arrange evaluation and treatment as appropriate.  Faculty and staff meeting these criteria should contact their primary care provider.

Most reported cases remain mild.  The current focus is on identifying and treating suspected cases and their close contacts to limit spread.  Limiting contacts limits spread.  It is very important to follow the recommendation that those with a febrile respiratory illness stay home for 7 days or until symptoms have resolved for 24 hours, whichever is longest.

On the positive side, the New York Times reports that the outbreak in Mexico may be smaller than initially feared.  Only about half of cases tested so far turn out to actually be H1N1.  There still remains the question of why the illness has been so much more severe in Mexico.

The deadline to make reservations for the shuttles to Bradley Airport, the New Haven train station and JFK is Wednesday, May 13.  Reservations must be made at the Usdan University Center Box Office. Please make your reservations as soon as possible.

Bradley Airport Shuttle Schedule

New Haven Train Station Shuttle Schedule
Shuttle leaves in front of Usdan

  • Thursday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m.

JFK Airport Bus Schedule
Bus leaves front of Usdan

  • Friday, May 15 at 8:00 a.m.

Please contact Usdan Box Office at 860-685-3355 with questions and fees.

As your begin making your summer plans, please remember that all residential units must be vacated by noon on Friday, May 15. Only graduating seniors and students who have been pre-approved by the Office of Residential Life can remain in their rooms after Noon on May 15, 2009.

Students who fail to check out of their rooms will incur a late checkout fine of $250.00 and may also incur per diem charges until they vacate their rooms. A complete list of fines can be found at http://www.wesleyan.edu/pplant/housingguidelines.htm.

After you move out, Physical Plant will conduct an inspection. Your student account will be charged for any damage, missing furniture, or cleaning services that are required. All floors, walls, sinks, tubs/showers, refrigerators, and stoves should be clean and in good condition. Your residential space should be found in the same condition as when you moved in.

If you have official University business (i.e. work or classes) and need to remain on campus after Noon on May 15, 2009, you must apply for an extension with ResLife. Commencement Week Housing and Summer Housing applications are available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Policies/Welcome_Summer_09rc.html. Please note that applying for an extension does not guarantee approval, as only extenuating circumstances will be considered. Applications are due on May 3, 2009.

Students who are approved to stay past noon on May 15 will be required to move out of their spring housing assignment into alternate housing if they live in Nicolson, Hewitt, Fauver Residence Hall, Clark Hall, or Russian House.

Graduating seniors are automatically approved to stay in their current housing assignment until 4:30 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009 and do not have to submit an application.

All students will receive a key return envelope in their University mailbox. Students are expected to return this envelope with housing keys to the Office of Residential Life.

Students who have compost buckets, please return them at the end of the semester to the shed behind Turath House (22 Lawn) near Hall Atwater.

Students who wish to donate unwanted items to be recycled are encouraged to participate in Waste Not! For detailed information about what to donate and where to leave your items, go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/eon/wastenot/.