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Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Back in April, Zak Kirwood ’12, a volunteer with Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, was awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year award at the 2009 Planned Parenthood Affiliate Excellence and Awards Luncheon in Houston, Texas. Here’s a video of his acceptance speech.

Four weeks before the nations meet in Copenhagen to try to avert global catastrophe, Mr. Blakemore will identify many often surprising psychological factors at play as people in all walks of life deal with the latest “hard news” on climate.

He’ll explore new definitions of sanity that may pertain, and give examples displaying different “psychologies”, as well as manmade global warming’s place in the long history of narcissistic insults to humanity itself.

Two new time-line graphs of rapid and dangerous climate change will give fresh global context to the psychological challenges and experiences he has observed in the five years since he began focusing on global warming for ABC News.

Computer modelers trying to project the speed and severity of global warming’s advance often say that “the biggest unknown” in their equations is not data about ice or atmosphere, carbon or clouds, but “what the humans will do.” This talk probes that field and many states of mind already engaged.

Tuesday, November 3 in the Chapel at 8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Wasch Center, Department of Psychology, and the Robert Schumann Lecture Series in the Environmental Studies Program.  Follow-up discussion on Wed., Nov. 4 at 4:15 p.m. in the Wasch Center.

Let your Dean and professors know that you have been instructed to go into self-isolation for an influenza-like illness.

For more information on Flu, see: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm

If you are being relocated, residential life has been notified and will contact you when a room is available. Please bring bed linens, personal items, and toiletries with you.

Stay in your room or at home and REST!

Stay away from others (self-isolation)

  • No classes
  • No labs
  • No sports
  • No dining hall
  • If you share living quarters avoid contact with other individuals, and if it is impossible to avoid being in same room, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
  • Use a mask if face-to-face contact is unavoidable (such as when being transported by Public Safety).

Drink plenty of fluids (water, herbal or decaffeinated tea, clear juices, broth).

Take fever-reducing medicine (Ibuprofen or Tylenol, but not Aspirin)

Tylenol or Ibuprofen will also help with headache and body aches. Follow instructions on medication bottle.

Check your temperature twice a day.

Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer to avoid spreading the virus. Avoid touching your face or eyes.

Cough into your elbow instead of your hand.

When to call the Health Center

If communication with Health Center staff has already been established:

  • Call with problems, questions, or concerns.
  • Call the Health Center Flu Line (860/685-2653) for Health Center clearance when you think you may be ready to return to class When you are feeling generally better and your fever has been down (below 100˚) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, you probably will be cleared to return to class.
  • For urgent problems or questions call the main Health Center line (860/685-2470) at any time.

If you think you may have the Flu but have not yet been in communication with the Health Center:

  • If your symptoms are not severe, you may wait until daytime hours to report a flu-like illness. Call the Flu-line (860/685-2653) Mon-Fri 9-4.
  • For urgent problems or questions call the main Health Center line (860/685-2470) at any time

Additional self-care information is at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance_homecare.htm

Phone numbers

Davison Health Center: 860.685.2653 (Flu Line) or 860.685.2470 (Health Center main line)

Residential Life: 860/685- 3550

Dining Services: 860/685-3616

In the event that you begin to worsen, please call the Health Center. Below are symptoms that could indicate that you need to have follow-up care.

Emergency Warning Signs

Consult with a health care provider (Health Center 860/685-2470) without delay if you are ill and develop any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Rash

Please come to the steps of Olin this Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. for the annual Take Back the Night march.

Show your support for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Listen to their stories. Everyone’s presence is important.

Take a stand and break the silence because everyone deserves to be safe.
We will begin at Olin and march around campus. We will form speak-out circles in which survivors can share their stories (talk, read poems, sing, cry, yell, or request a moment of silence) in a supportive environment. There will be a candlelight vigil to end the march followed by debriefing sessions in Usdan led by counselors from the Women and Families Center.

Soul Matters Every Monday

Soul Matters is an interreligious conversation about what matters most: Love your Neighbor, the Pursuit of Happiness, the Identity of Women, and the Controversial Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Mondays 4:15 – 5:45
PAC 422

Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Student-Run Grief Support Group is sponsored by the Office of Behavioral Health for Students and 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.

Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.
Group Room #212
2nd fl., Davison Health Center

If you have questions, please contact: Kendall (512/296-3521).

If you have not yet received your seasonal flu shot, please plan to attend one of the following clinics sponsored by the Davison Health Center and Human Resources Department.

Tuesday, October 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in 108 Usdan
Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in 108 Usdan

The cost is $37 which can be billed to student account or payable by cash or check. An insurance billing statement can be generated by the Health Center for students who which to file to private insurance.

Check out the following link for more details and download a consent form for faster service the day of the clinic.


The Health Center is also offering the pneumonia vaccine to students who have asthma, diabetes, chronic illness and smokers per new Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Please check out the link below if you are interested in more information about this vaccination.


Stressed out? Feeling overwhelmed? Come to a Time & Stress Management Workshop! This workshop, co-run by the Peer Health Advocates and Peer Advisors, will give you helpful time and stress management techniques, tailored to the busy college lifestyle. You’ll come away from the workshop feeling relaxed and ready to take on all you have to do… as well as having received a massage.

Note: Please bring a towel or yoga mat to the workshop so you don’t have to lie on the floor during your massage.

October 11 and 18, 7:15 p.m.
Woodhead Lounge

Contact Person: Alyssa Bogdanow ’11

An information session on Financial Aid and Study Abroad will be held on Thursday, October 8, from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in Fisk 302.


Come see what incumbent Republican Mayor Sebastian Giuliano and Democratic candidate Dan Drew have in store for Middletown.

Tuesday, October 6, 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

It’s time we take stock in our city.

Sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly in conjunction with The Center for Community Partnerships, Psi Upsilon Fraternity, The Middletown Eye, The Argus, The Safe and Friendly Neighborhood and Wesleying.

This is a reminder that the General Wesleyan Permission to Study Abroad Application is due on Thursday, October 15, 2009 for all students planning to study abroad for the spring 2010 semester. This is the “permission to study abroad” application that ALL students must complete, regardless of program choice, including Wesleyan-administered programs. Applications must be turned in at the Office of International Studies, 105 Fisk Hall by the end of the day on October 15. Please note this is also the deadline for the program-specific application for the Wesleyan Program in Regensburg.

A copy of the permission application may be picked up at the Office of International Studies or printed from our website at www.wesleyan.edu/ois. Just click on “Applications” in the “Forms” bucket and print the “Permission to Study Abroad” PDF document.

A complete application includes the following 7 items:

  • Personal information sheet
  • Academic justification essay
  • Pre-approved courses form
  • Online Health Information Clearance form*
  • Student Medical Release and Parental Statement form
  • Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver form
  • Standards of Conduct Pledge

*All applicants must complete the online Health Information Clearance form. If you have not already done so, you may still do it now. It is in your student e-Portfolio under “Tools and Links.” Be sure to do this by October 15.

Applications cannot be accepted after this date. Applications must be turned in at the Office of International Studies, 105 Fisk Hall.

Please note that approved programs (not run by Wesleyan) have their own specific deadlines so students should check directly with the programs to make certain that applications are filed in a timely manner.

The Admission Office is looking for first-year or sophomore students willing to host a prospective student through our Over-Night Hosting Program. Would you please host a prefrosh for an evening this semester?

Here is how it works:

  1. The visiting student arrives at the Admission Office at 4:15pm. (Sun., Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. Nights)
  2. The hosting student meets the student at Admissions and takes them to their residence to drop off sleeping bag, etc. Then the host takes their guest to Dinner at the Usdan University Center. Each visiting student is given a dinner meal ticket by the program. Please note if you have a commitment at 4:15pm, you may have a friend pick up your guest and keep them company until you are free.
  3. The host takes them to their evening class if necessary, to a lecture or event, or simply shows them around. It is up to the host and visitor.
  4. In the morning, the host and visitor may go to breakfast together or on their own. The visitor then attends classes, events, or interviews.

It is that easy!

We are only asking for one or two times a semester. Please email our Over-Night Hosting Coordinator: JoAnna Bourain at jbourain@wesleyan.edu

Two academic skills workshops will be offered this Sunday, October 4 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. — Exam Preparation in Usdan 110 and Reading Retention in Usdan 136.

For more information about the schedule and peer advisor drop-in hours, see http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/peeradvising/dropins.html#workshop.

Max Nussenbaum ’12 appeared on the syndicated TV game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?, hosted by Meredith Viera.  He created an original rap music video as his audition tape (which can be viewed here: http://www.maxnuss.com/other/millionaire.html) and was selected to be a contestant. We can’t tell you how much Max won, but make sure to tune in on October 7th and 8th to watch him!

Homecoming/Family Weekend (Nov 6th-8th) is quickly approaching, and University Relations is hiring students to work during the weekend! If you had the opportunity to work for University Relations for Reunion & Commencement or Homecoming/Family Weekend in the past, then you already know what a good time it is. If you missed out, now is your chance to get yourself one of those stylish Event Staff t-shirts!

Aside from getting paid, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to help out with one of Wesleyan’s biggest events, and get the chance to meet the alumni and parents who make up the extended Wesleyan family. You might even find yourself talking to someone who remembers when the Foss Hill dorms were being built, or who can regale you with lore about the Douglas Cannon.

Potential jobs include working at the Registration site, staffing events, and, if you’re over 21, driving the shuttle vans. Pre-weekend work will also be available!

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is now accepting applications at www.wesleyan.edu/hcfw/2009/students.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 9th with the application closing at midnight. We will notify you of your employment status no later than Friday, October 16th.

There will be a mandatory student worker meeting on November 4th at 5:30 PM. We will provide your schedule for the weekend at that time.
Please apply now at www.wesleyan.edu/hcfw/2009/students.

If you have any questions, please contact interns@wesleyan.edu or x2802.

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