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Monthly Archive for November, 2009

The Health Center will close for Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, November 30 at 9:00 a.m.

An On-Call Provider will be available during recess for urgent concerns by calling (860) 685-2470 and selecting option 2. Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

Community Health Center*
635 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-6971
$5.00 co-pay for students with University Insurance
(*Please alert CHC staff that you are a Wesleyan student)

Preferred Walk-In Medical Center
(next to Super Food Mart)
842 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-4484

Middlesex Family Physicians
400 Old Saybrook Road
Middletown, Ct 06457
(860) 346-7738

If the above facilities are closed, students should access the

Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
28 Crescent Street
(860) 344-6000.

In case of Emergency, call 911

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.  A committee will select the sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice.  The application process is described below.

Any sophomore or junior in good standing may submit an application statement that addresses the following:

  • Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you played a leadership role that sought to make our society more equitable. (The effort could have a direct affect on the Wesleyan campus or on external communities.)
  • Indicate how you effectively worked across different social identity groups (such as identity-based student organizations, program houses, faculty, administrators, and staff) in the pursuit of social justice

In addition to your application statement, you must include a letter of support from a faculty or administrator involved in your effort and submit evidence of impact that the social justice effort had on making our society more just by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved, artifacts from your social justice effort (e.g., past printed programs, presentations, and articles), and/or your work from courses.  You may include non-print items, such as DVDs.

You must include at least four copies of the non-print and printed items and drop them off to Dean Marina J. Melendez, North College, 2nd floor, Room 215 by 5 p.m. on February 26, 2010.  All application letters, letters of support and printed items must be in by the deadline.  By submitting your application, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dean Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., x.2765, mmelendez@wesleyan.edu.

weswarsAs you may have heard, the Sophomore class won WesWars 2009.  The seniors were in the lead for most of the week but at the Scavenger Hunt on the last day, the sophomores found the Douglas Cannon at the base of Foss Hill and won the entire game.

Michael Roth announced the winners at halftime of the football game and presented the Class Key to AhDream Smith ’12 at the 50 yard line.

Check out this photo of the Douglas Cannon and a link to the Blargus video that really captures the excitement of the day.

The Freeman Foundation is funding nine-week summer internships (mid-June to mid-August) in Indonesian non-profit organizations for rising juniors and seniors at U.S. colleges and universities. The interns will be paired with Indonesian students studying in the U.S. , with whom they will be assigned to organizations in Jakarta, Bandung, or Yogyatarta. Application to the Institute of International Education must be made by February 15. Upon their return, the interns will be expected to share with their peers what they have learned, and to consider how to integrate their experiences into their academic and professional careers.

For more information, go to http://www.iie.org/programs/finip.

There will be shuttles from Usdan to Union Station in New Haven on Tuesday 11/24 at 10am and 2pm and on Wednesday 11/25 at 10 am. Shuttles will run from Union Station to Usdan on Sunday 11/29, at 11am and 4pm. The cost is $9 each way – tickets can be purchased at the box office.

Additionally, there will be shuttles to Penn Station in New York City and South Street Station in Boston departing on Tuesday 11/24 at 5 PM and leaving those cities at 3 PM on Sunday, 11/29. The cost is $20 each way – tickets can be purchased at the box office.

Also–check the Rideboard in your Wes E-Portfolio under “Student Life At Wesleyan.” The Rideboard is a free service where you can offer or request a ride to different locations in the country with a fellow Wesleyan student. It’s a great way to get home.

New Haven Shuttle, $9 each way

  • Tues, 11/24: To New Haven, 10am & 2pm
  • Wed, 11/25: To New Haven, 10 am
  • Sun, 11/29: From New Haven, 11am & 4pm

New York City and Boston, $20 each way

  • Tues, 11/24: To NYC (Penn Station) or Boston (South Street Station), 5pm
  • Sun, 11/29: From NYC (Penn Station) or Boston (South Street Station), 3 pm

Bradley Airport, $25 each way

  • Tues, 11/24: To Bradley, 5:45am, 12pm & 4:30 pm
  • Wed, 11/25: To Bradley, 5:45am & 12pm
  • Sun, 11/29: From Bradley, 1pm, 6pm & 10pm

The residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 23, 2009.  All residential units, with the exception of wood frame houses, will close at this time.  The residential units will officially open for the spring semester at 9:00am on Sunday, January 17, 2010.  Some units will open prior to this date to accommodate student athletes, international students and other students who are required to be on campus during the break.

Due to the limited services available for students during the break period, the University’s efforts to conserve energy and heightened concern for students’ safety, it is extremely important that students be employed for essential services only.  If you do need to hire a student to work during the break period, the student must submit a request for housing to the Office of Residential Life prior to December 2, 2009.  All students must apply online at www.wesleyan.edu/reslife and click on “Winter Break Closing Information” on our web page.  Residential Life will NOT be able to accept any requests for winter break housing after this date.  Furthermore, all employers should notify Sean Martin in the Financial Aid Office if they need to hire students during winter break, regardless of whether or not the student will be receiving financial aid.

Once we identify all of the students who need to stay in housing during the break, we will determine which residential units will open prior to January 17, 2010.  Please keep in mind that although a student may be working for you, they are not guaranteed housing during this time, and may need to make alternate accommodations.  We will notify all students of their status by December 11, 2009.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Melissa Powers at x3429 or by e-mail at mpowers@wesleyan.edu.

Mandatory 10-Digit dialing for local calls will begin November 14, 2009, in preparation for next year’s implementation of new area codes.

Some Quick Facts about this change and its impact in the way we dial local calls in Connecticut:

  • You should start dialing 10 digits for local calling now.
  • You still need to dial “9” for calls outside Wesleyan
  • 10 digit dialing will have no impact on the cost of calls.
  • There is no change to making calls within Wesleyan (extension to extension)
  • There is a change to calling our local associates once this change takes effect.
  • For example, if you formerly dialed “523-xxxx” to reach a local number, you’ll need to dial “860-523-xxxx” to complete the call.

The Department of Public Utility Control adopted the dates and procedures for the beginning of a switch to 10-digit dialing for local telephone calls. The switch to 10-digit local dialing is necessary in advance of the need for new area code(s), which will shortly be necessary in Connecticut. TEN-DIGIT DIALING FOR LOCAL CALLS REQUIRES THE USE OF THE AREA CODE BEFORE THE TELEPHONE NUMBER. Callers will continue to dial 1 for toll calls only. No calling areas, rates or charges are affected by this change. Mandatory 10-Digit dialing for local calls will begin November 14, 2009, in preparation for next year’s implementation of new area codes.

Tonight English comes to Fauver (the newest building on Foss Hill, behind Westco and by the observatory).  Professor Joel Pfister, Professor Matt Garrett, Professor Joe Drury and two talented alums of English 201 (the seminar gateway to the major) are going to say a few words about why literary studies and English 201 rock in Fauver, 7:00-8:30.  We hope that all sophomores and frosh even considering the possibility of majoring in English and taking English 201 will come.  Treats will be served!

While it is often asserted that leaders use foreign policy to domestic advantage as elections approach, the scholarly findings on this subject defy simple characterization. My project examines the extent to which U.S. presidents adjust their foreign policies during an election run. I contend that while elections do affect foreign policy decisions, presidents do not seek political advantage from foreign policy and instead see foreign policy only as a potential threat to their political objectives.

Friday, November 20
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Butt C Lounge

It has been twenty years since the fall of the Berlin wall. This talk investigates the legacy of the incorporation of East Germany. The influence of the former East Germany is manifested in two ways in the elections of 2009. First, the continued presence of a new party representing eastern interests is making coalition building more complicated. Second, the incumbent Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is originally from East Germany. Her identity as a female candidate interacts with her identity as an eastern candidate in ways that both help and hinder her ability to win election.

Friday, November 13
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Cafe on the top floor of the Allbritton Center

Asian/Asian American (AAA) House presents an evening with forensic expert Dr Henry Lee, who has worked on numerous high-profile crime cases including the JonBenet Ramsey murder, the O.J. Simpson case and the reinvestigation of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Dr Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan, where he served in the police force. In 1965 he migrated to the US, furthering his studies and launching his career in forensic science. Today, he has helped to solve more than 6000 cases.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the personal and professional experiences of this renowned forensic science expert! Bring your questions, bring your friends.

Date: Nov. 16
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Tishler Hall (Exley 150)

For more information about Dr. Henry Lee, please visit his personal website at http://www.drhenrylee.com

Want your photography to be the next to hang in the Usdan Center?

  • Eligibility: Open to all students of Wesleyan University; all entries must be original work and created during the last two years
  • Submit up to three photographs to tshiner@wesleyan.edu by December 7, 2009 or by dropping them off on CD-Rom at 124 Usdan
  • Include your name, class year, a title and a description of the photo(s).
  • Up to ten photographs will be selected to display. Decisions will be made by December 15, 2009.
  • Selected photographs will be enlarged to 24”x36” (or largest size allowed by resolution of the original) and hung in Usdan common areas for the beginning of the Spring Semester. Please submit the highest resolution you are
  • At the end of the show, artists will receive their enlarged print as a prize.
  • Copyright: Wesleyan University reserves the right to publish winning images in Usdan University Center printed materials related to the building.
  • Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person or submit images that involve the willful harassment of individuals, wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer

Amazing Grace Food Pantry provides 3 days of emergency food to families once per month.  In July 2008, Amazing Grace served 660 families; in July 2009 that number rose to over 900 families.  The need continues to rise.

Amazing Grace has asked if Wesleyan could donate “Stove Top Stuffing” for the Thanksgiving Baskets.

November 16 through November 19
11:00 – 1:00 p.m.  & 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Usdan Café

Place donated cans in Bin for the Class of 2010, located in Usdan Cafe

There will be tickets for each item brought in given to each individual.  November 19 there will be a Pizza Party for all participants.

Raffle winners, individual prizes and class prize, will be announced at the Thanksgiving Dinner on November 19.

“My father died a little less than a year ago. My friends here at school were very supportive when it happened and for a time afterwards. My professors were also understanding at the time and I was able to finish that semester. But now I watch as everyone else is moving on and I am still struggling.

“There are still a couple of holidays that I will have to deal with for the first time without my father there. I do not know what I am going to feel during my first Family Weekend here without my father. I do not want to burden my friends by telling them how I feel but I also am somewhat jealous of them because they seem so carefree. And sometimes when I hear others start complaining about too much work and not getting the highest grade I get pretty annoyed that they are getting upset by such little things.

“It would help if somebody, anybody would just understand what I am going through.”

These are common reactions of students who are trying to move on with their lives while grieving the loss of someone close to them. Grief is a natural physiological and emotional process that occurs in reaction to a significant personal loss. While grief is highly individualized, it is an ongoing process that changes over time but has no pre-determined end point.

After a while, even your friends forget you may be mourning. It is not uncommon for grieving students to feel isolated and unsupported.

Grief is a time of suffering. It also can be a time of personal reorganization and growth. The Office of Behavioral Health for Students can be a resource for grieving students.

Use our consultation service as a safe and comfortable place to talk with someone about your loss and maybe get some ideas about how to best take care of yourself during this time.

Or you might want to drop in and check out the Peer Grief Support Group that is sponsored by OBHS and which meets once a week throughout the academic year. Come sit and talk with other students who have at least one thing in common, that is, experiencing the loss of a loved one. Come once, twice, a few times or regularly just to be with others who do understand what you are going through.

Call 685-2910 for all services offered by OBHS.

Peter Kovach, a religion major at Wesleyan, has had a rich and varied career in international service.  Come hear him discuss his experiences in the Foreign Service, plans for the Office of International Religious Freedom under the Obama administration, his work in the Muslim world, and how his own spiritual journey both influenced, and was influenced by, these experiences.

Thursday, November 12, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Usdan 108

Pizza lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Career Resource Center, the Religion Department, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships.

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