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Monthly Archive for December, 2009

IMG_1628Have a holly jolly reading week by purchasing a $1-3 uniquely personalized Final Exam Care Package for the person of your choice. Sponsored by the 2012 Class Council, you can compile a combination of treats–tasty cookies, candy bars, and candy canes–at a dollar each with this online form. Simply order now, jingle all the way to Usdan on December 10 and 11 to deliver your payment (failure to do so will result in order TERMINATION), then wait for your recipient to react with delight when their Wesbox reveals a trove of holiday bounty!

Earlier this year, Josh Levine ’12 was selected as a representative of the Sierra Student Coalition International to attend the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Josh (on the right, wearing a dark jacket) helps present a video debriefing from the first day of the conference.

englishCan the study of literature not only give you pleasure, but equip you to make visible and question the givens, the language, the form, and the history that have shaped the way we read ourselves and our world? And is this ability valuable? Of course!

Come hear about what English alums have done, are doing, and can do!  Featuring:

  • Ariel levy ’96, book author and staff writer for The New Yorker; recently interviewed on the Colbert report (we will show this exciting clip).
  • Sophie Pollitt-Cohen ’09, book author and independent writer (The Huffington Post, The New York Times Book Review, and other publications).
  • Amy Tang, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies and Harvard University English major ’94, who worked in several different and fascinating fields before switching gears and earning her Phd from stanford ’09.
  • Jim Kubat, Associate Director for Career Development and Pre-Law advisor, who will distribute eye-opening statistics and information on what English majors have actually done over the years and can do.

Introduced and moderated by

  • Joel Pfister, Chair, Department of English, and Kenan Professor of the Humanities

A reception with groovy treats after the panel

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 4:15 p.m.
Downey House 113

Sponsored by the English Majors Committee and the English Department

Chanukkah 2009 at Wesleyan

chanukkahPlease join the Wesleyan Jewish Community for nightly candle lighting this Chanukah. Every night, we will celebrate the holiday with special snacks and other fun activities. The holiday begins Friday, December 11th, with candle lighting in the Bayit at 6:00 p.m. The schedule for the rest of the holiday is as follows:

  • Saturday 12/12: Zelnick Pavilion at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 12/13: Olin Library Lobby at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday 12/14: Nic Lounge at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 12/15: Usdan Lobby at 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12/16: Butt C Lounge at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 12/17: Fauver Fishbowl at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday 12/18: Bayit at 7:00 p.m.

To celebrate the Class of 2012 victory in the WesWars competition, a class photo will be taken on Thursday, December 10, at 12:15 p.m. in Usdan by the steps in the cove.

For more information, contact AhDream Smith at afsmith@wesleyan.edu.

mccauleyMorgan McCauley ’12 who led Wesleyan in scoring this season with nine goals and four assists for 22 points, was voted second-team all-NESCAC honoree following the conclusion of the NESCAC season.

McCauley had nearly as many goals as the next two highest Cardinals combined as she paced the attack during an 8-7 season. She finished eighth in goal-scoring in the NESCAC with a .64 goals-per-game figure. She netted three game-winning goals to pace the team in that area as well. Over her two years with the team, McCauley has nine goals and six assists for 24 points.

Wesleyan’s 8-7 record was its fifth winning season this decade and represented a tremendous improvement over the 3-11 mark of the 2008 squad. It was just the third time in program history that the Cardinals have won five more games than the previous year. The other two times came in 1978 when the team went from 2-5-1 in 1977 to 10-1 and in 1999 when the Cardinals turned a 5-9 mark in 1998 into a 13-4 record and ECAC Championship the next year.

Congratulations Morgan!

thumbnailCA9T1NXZ-150x150Calling all musicians and singers…thinking ahead

Musical Madness
A Musical 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

Calling all musicians and singers…thinking ahead


A Musical Competition Between the Classes

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Crowell Concert Hall

7 p.m.

Prizes for Best in Class and Best in Show

acoustic, electric or a capella

original or cover

ensemble* or solo



Stay tuned for more info…

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

Please submit a session proposal for the second annual Social Justice Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 20, 2010.

This collective conference provides a space to learn about social justice and refine leadership skills. SJLC empowers its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Visit wesleyan.edu/sjlc to submit a proposal.

Rolling deadline: 12/14/09 – 1/10/10

The ninth and tenth in a series of H1N1 flu clinics sponsored by Mass Dispensing Area 36 (MDA 36) are scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM, and Wednesday, December 30, Noon – 6:00. Both clinics will be held in the Fox Parish Center, St. Francis Church, 10 Elm Street, Middletown.

The clinics are free and open only to residents of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, Middlefield, and Middletown. Proof of residency will be required. Students should present a Wesleyan ID as proof of Middletown residency. The vaccine will be given out by appointment.

People who have a severe allergy to eggs or running a fever should not receive the vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine is not effective against seasonal influenza.

More H1N1 flu clinics are expected to be scheduled and are sponsored by MDA 36: the City of Middletown; the towns of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam and Middlefield.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for either clinic, call (860) 344-3474. To pre-register on-line: www.cityofmiddletown.com. Click on “H1N1 (Swine Flu) Tips and free Clinic Information.”

Time Management Workshop
Sun. 12/6 at 7pm
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.

Public Speaking
Sun. 12/6 at 7pm
Usdan 136

Those of you with poster sessions and final presentations will want to take advantage of this. Learn skills for speaking up, effectively, and efficiently to groups large and small.

Exam Preparation
Sun. 12/6 at 8pm
Usdan 108

With final exams around the corner you need methods for preparing for the last few examinations of the semester. Determining important material, memorization, and other exam prep tools will be covered in this workshop.

From the WSA:

Shuttles will be available again for Winter Break. To reserve your seat, go to the box office by Friday December 18. You must purchase all tickets by then, including those for the trip back to Wes.

Due to student demand, there will be shuttles to New York City going to both Penn Station and Grand Central Station.

Also, don’t forget to check the Rideboard. You can find it under the “Student Life at Wesleyan” section in your ePortfolio. On the Rideboard you can find rides offered by other students, request a ride, or offer rides yourself.

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

100 Projects for Peace is an initiative for all 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.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an info session.

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, all in Usdan 108:

  • Friday, December 4 at 4pm
  • Monday, December 7 at 6pm
  • Wednesday, December 9 at noon

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

Questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz: clechowicz@wesleyan.edu

Taking notes in class is an important skill to develop. What is most important to write down? What do you do with your notes once you leave class? This workshop will show you different styles of taking notes and introduce you to ways to use your notes effectively. Write to peeradvisors@wesleyan.edu for more information or visit the Peer Advisor blog for a list of other workshops being offered.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. in Usdan 108

summer_sessionWe have good news about Wesleyan’s Summer Session, offering summer courses June 7 – July 9, 2010. Due to the excitement generated by last week’s announcement, we have decided to open registration for Summer Session courses earlier than originally planned. Registration will now open next Tuesday, December 8.

Course information is available online at www.wesleyan.edu/summer. Please keep Summer Session options in mind, particularly when talking with first- and second-year students or advisees.

With Wesleyan’s Summer Session, students can:

  • experience the excitement and challenge of intensive, accelerated study
  • register for popular courses
  • discover interesting new upper-level courses and summers-only Thematic Institutes
  • give themselves more options during the school year, and more time to get involved in performances, sports, or other activities
  • get an internship in fall or spring, when competition is less fierce than it is in summer

The registration form is available on the Summer Session website and in the student e-portfolio. Interested students may download the form, complete it, including all necessary approval signatures, and submit the form with the $500 deposit (or with the financial aid form, if applying for aid) to the Summer Session office at 284 High Street.

If you have any questions, please call (860) 685-2900 or send email to summer@wesleyan.edu.

Wesleyan Summer Session
Continuing Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies Office
284 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-2900

Run for the WSA to become a student leader, to impact student life at Wesleyan and to have your voice heard in the important conversations about our community!

To run print a petition here or pick one up at the WSA office in Usdan. Turn it in by Friday , December 11th at 4:00 p.m. and come to the candidates’ meeting at 4:00 PM in Usdan 108.

There are 6 seats for At-large reps (all class years may run), and 2 seats for Student Budgetary Committee (SBC) reps (all class years may run).

Run to make a difference!

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