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The Usdan Center will be operating on a reduced schedule during the winter break.

  • December 21 – 22.  8 a.m. – 10.p.m.
  • December 23.  8.a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • December 24  – January 3.  CLOSED
  • January 4 – 16.  8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday only.  CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays
  • January 17. 12 noon – 9 p.m.
  • January 18 – 20.  8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • January 21.  Regular hours resume, 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Please check the Usdan website for specific area hours of operation at:

Because of the schedule for reading days and finals, ITS Help Desk has modified hours. Please take note of the following hours for service:

  • 12/18/09 Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 12/19/09 Saturday CLOSED
  • 12/20/09 Sunday 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Note the earlier hours for Sunday.
  • 12/21/09 Monday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • 12/22/09 Tuesday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Click here to print out an entry form for the Musical Madness Competition Between the Classes

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Crowell Concert Hall
7:00 p.m.

Prizes for Best in Class and Best in Show

  • acoustic, electric or a capella
  • original or cover
  • ensemble* or solo

Get your act together and feel the love!
Stay tuned for more info…

*all performers must be in the same class year for ensemble entries

Friday December 18 is the last day to purchase all shuttle tickets to and from destinations over Winter Break. Tickets must be purchased at the box office in Usdan.

Shuttles are available to and from Union Station in New Haven, Bradley Airport, Penn Station in NYC, Grand Central Station in NYC, and South Street Station in Boston.

Tickets for the return trip to Wes in January must be purchased by this Friday. They will not be available for last-minute purchase in January.

Shuttle Times

New Haven Shuttle, Union Station, $9 each way

To New Haven:

  • Monday 12/21 – 2pm
  • Tuesday 12/22 – 2pm
  • Wednesday 12/23 – 10am

From New Haven:

  • Sunday 1/17 – 4pm
  • Monday 1/18 – 4pm
  • Tuesday 1/19 – 11am

New York City and Boston, NYC – Grand Central Station and Penn Station, Boston – South Street Station, $20 each way

To NYC  (Penn Station or Grand Central Station) or Boston (South Street Station):

  • Wednesday 12/23 – 10am

From NYC (Penn Station or Grand Central Station) or Boston (South Street Station):

  • Monday 1/18 – 3pm

Bradley Airport, $25 each way

To Bradley:

  • Monday 12/21 – 5:45 am, 12pm, 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 12/22 – 5:45am, 12pm, 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 12/23 – 5:45am, 12pm

From Bradley:

  • Sunday 1/17 – 1pm, 6pm, 10pm
  • Monday 1/18 – 6pm, 10pm
  • Tuesday 1/19 – 6pm
  • Wednesday 1/20 – 1pm

Joe is a Senior

Joe is a senior – it’s his final semester at Wesleyan. He took a light course load so he’d have time to work on his senior essay, and also to spend time with his friends before many of them head off in different directions this coming summer. He has an ideal living situation – a comfortable house, with three close friends. He thought he’d be having a great time, but instead he’s feeling stressed and anxious. Recently he’s been having trouble falling asleep at night, and sometimes wakens early. He’s not feeling rested, and has been begun procrastinating working on his essay, which then causes more anxiety. Post-graduation pressures are also nagging at him. After completing his resume, he had planned to return to the CRC to do some serious job searching, but he seems to be avoiding that also. He’s beginning to feel depressed about the rut that he’s fallen into, but can’t seem to pull himself out of it. His advisor is concerned about him, and suggested that he make an appointment at OBHS. Joe was skeptical about that idea– after all, there’s nothing really seriously wrong, and he thinks he should be able to get himself back on track. But it just isn’t happening.

Don’t hesitate, Joe. And don’t worry that your problems aren’t “serious” enough. Call OBHS to set up an appointment for a consultation. We’re here to provide support, and will work with you to figure out what’s going on emotionally, and how to begin to address it. No problem is too big or too mundane. The sooner you make the call, the sooner you’re likely to feel better. And then you can get back to enjoying your remaining time at Wesleyan!

Call 685-2910 for all services offered by OBHS.

Want your photography to be the next to hang in the Usdan Center? In partnership with the Office of International Studies, the Usdan Art Committee is sponsoring a second photo contest for study abroaders, international students, and others who have spent substantive time abroad. As with the international photo contest of the past, photos will be displayed in Zelnick Pavilion around the middle of the spring semester. Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of Wesleyan experts in art, communication, and international affairs. The top ten photos will also be enlarged to 24″ x 36″ (or largest size allowed by the resolution of the original) and hung in Usdan common areas after Spring Break. At the end of the show, winners will receive their enlarged print as a prize.


  • Eligibility: Open to all students of Wesleyan University; all entries must be original work.
  • Submit up to ten photographs to tshiner@wesleyan.edu by February 1, 2010 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) of no more than 100 words. The description should include information on where and when the photo was taken, as well as the significance of the subject matter in local context and in the context of your experience studying abroad. By submitting photos, you are agreeing to permit them to be shown in Usdan, Zelnick, and/or Fisk Hall, as well as on the OIS web site.
  • Photographs will be selected to display in Zelnick Pavilion by mid-February. Of those selected, a panel of judges will choose ten winners to be enlarged and displayed in the Usdan Center.
  • Copyright: Wesleyan University reserves the right to publish winning images in Usdan University Center/Office of International Studies printed materials or websites. Photo credit will be provided, of course (that doesn’t mean academic credit for a photography class ­ just your name somewhere in the vicinity of the photograph).
  • 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.

Davison Health Center will close for Winter Recess on Tuesday, December 22,  2009 at 5:00 p.m.

(Please note: On call services will not be available over break but will begin on Sunday, January 17, at 9:00 a.m. — 860.685.2470 option 2.)

DHC will reopen regular hours on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

Please note: Hours on January 18-20 are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular schedule begins Thursday, January 21.

Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

  • Community Health Center*
    635 Main Street, Middletown
    $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
  • Middlesex Family Physicians
    400 Old Saybrook Road, Middletown

If the above facilities are closed, students should access

  • Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
    28 Crescent Street, Middletown

In case of emergency, call 911.

qac201Students from Applied Data Analysis (QAC 201) will present their research in a poster session meant to stimulate informal conversation and interest.

Please join us!

Thursday, December 17, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

100 Projects for Peace is an initiative for all undergraduate students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools (of which Wesleyan is a member) to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2010. 100 projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each. Wesleyan is guaranteed funding for one project.

In addition, information will be shared about how to apply to get nominated for the Dell Social Innovation Grant — an award up to $50,000.

Info sessions: Tuesday December 15 at 6:30 in Usdan 110

For more information: www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/grant.htt

Questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz: clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

The Science Library, which had been scheduled to be open from December 28-30, will be closed instead because of electrical maintenance work being done in the Exley Science Center. You will still be able to access most of the library’s electronic resources from off-campus. Just search for a resource using the Indexes or Journals tab on the library’s home page, then click on the link. A login page will appear. Enter your Wesleyan username and password to get to the resource.

We apologize for the inconvenience!

iippThe UNCF Special Programs Corporation is seeking undergraduate sophomores to participate in the Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship Program (IIPP). The IIPP Fellowship consists of a six-year sequence of intentionally designed education and training experiences critical to entry and advancement in international affairs careers. Program components include summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, graduate school and career counseling.

The Fellowship Provides

This education and training experience includes a summer stipend, tuition, books and materials for required summer institutes, internship stipend, study abroad financial support, travel and graduate school scholarship support.

Fellowship Components:

  1. Sophomore Summer Policy Institute
  2. Junior Year Study Abroad
  3. Junior Summer Policy Institute
  4. Summer Language Institute (Language Training)
  5. Internationally focused internship
  6. Graduate School

IIPP Fellow careers include

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • United Nations Program Officer
  • International Management Consultant
  • Government Agency Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Nonprofit Leader

Selection Criteria & Application Process


  • College sophomore or sophomore standing
  • Underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander)
  • U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • Overall GPA: 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Strong demonstrated interest in international affairs (all majors encouraged to apply)
  • Excellent critical analysis and leadership skills

Required Documents:

  • Online application form (including essays)
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Transcripts
  • Institutional Nomination Form

Application Website: www.uncfsp.org/iipp
Deadline: March 15, 2010

irpThe Institute for Responsible Citizenship is currently accepting applications for its summer leadership program in Washington, DC. The Institute provides America’s best and brightest African American male college students with unparalleled networking opportunities, leadership development, and life long mentorship.

Program Highlights

  • Exposure to congressmen, Supreme Court justices, doctors, business executives, educators, and other influential leaders
  • Rigorous academic seminars
  • Roundtable discussions, including seminars on leadership development
  • High level internships around Washington, DC
  • Activities that promote strong bonds with each other

Program Details

  • The program runs from June 5 to July 31, 2010
  • Students must commit to two summers
  • Housing is paid for by the Institute
  • Students work at paid internships based on their career interest

You should be a college sophomore to apply. The Institute does not have a GPA requirement. However, the median GPA for recent classes is 3.65. An applicant’s GPA is not the only criterion that is evaluated during the admissions process. Campus involvement, awards earned, athletics, and volunteer work are also important factors.

The application can be found on the web at www.i4rc.org/application.htm. Applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline. Inquiries should be directed to info@i4rc.org or (202) 659 2831.

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2010

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship
1227 25th Street, NW, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20037

Exam Preparation Workshop
Fri. 12/11 at 12:15
Usdan 136

Stressed about finals? Come to the SARN Exam Prep workshop and learn how to better prepare for your upcoming exams!

Time Management Workshop
Sun. 12/13 at 7 pm
Exley 139

With exams and end-of-the-semester papers and projects rapidly approaching, managing your time well is more important than ever. This workshop will help you begin to organize your time and prioritize your academic and co-curricular activities so that you can finish the semester stress-free. Bring your 2009-2010 Wes Planner and your major deadlines.

Exam Preparation Workshop
Sun. 12/13 at 7:00 pm
Usdan 136

With finals approaching next Thursday, discover what methods will best aid your success in the closing weeks of the fall semester. The Exam Preparation workshop will cover the use of notes, studying, working in groups, and more.

Exam Taking Workshop
Sun. 12/13 at 8:00 pm
Usdan 136

Each type of exam question – multiple choice, short answer, true-false, essay or other, requires a certain kind of approach or understanding. Obviously there is more than one way to approach each kind of questions. Come to the Exam Taking Workshop this Sunday and learn some of basics of test taking to help you stay cool, calm and collected during your exams!

Please remember that University Housing closes at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 23, 2009. All housing will re-open at 9:00 AM on Sunday, January 17, 2010. Take any items of value with you when you leave. Experience has shown that all residential areas are susceptible to burglaries during break periods. Upon leaving, please make sure that:

  • All windows and doors are closed and locked
  • Blinds and window treatments are closed
  • Garbage is removed from the room
  • Holiday decorations are removed and disposed of properly
  • Heat is turned down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (NOT off)
  • Room door closed and locked
  • Take any belongings you will need, university personnel will not let you into your unit once it is closed.

Only students who reside in wood frame houses may remain in their unit during the break. However if you live in a wood frame house, you will need to register with the Office of Residential Life by December 22, 2009 to let us know you plan to be here during the break. http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/woodframe_house_info.htm.

Unless you have already been pre-approved to return to campus early, you cannot access your housing prior to January 17th. Many of our residential units will be alarmed throughout the break period. If tripped, the situation will be treated as a burglary in progress and both Public Safety and the Middletown Police will respond to the scene.

If you are not returning to your current room next semester, you must move out no later than December 23rd at noon. Please remove all of your belongings and turn in your key to the Office of Residential Life by that time.

For storage information, please go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/pplant/studentstorage.html.

If you are not returning to campus next semester, you must take all of your belongings with you. There is no long-term storage available; the cleaning staff will dispose of any belongings left behind by students on leave or studying abroad. If you are studying abroad, you can not leave belongings with friends to store during the summer.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Residential Life at x.3550 or reslife@wesleyan.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation. Have a safe and happy break.

Japanese House, located in the first floor of Nicolson 5, has two openings now (all two-room doubles).

Members of J-hall share interests in Japanese culture and language. You don’t need to know how to speak Japanese. Anyone who would like to be part of fun programs is welcomed!

If interested, contact sjang01@wesleyan.edu.

Only Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are eligible to live in program houses.

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