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Monthly Archive for March, 2010

How many classes have changed your life?  How many classes have let you change someone else’s?

“The class demonstrated the power and life of theater. Through visits to different community centers I witnessed the way in which theater goes from text to touching the lives of people- from the old to the young” – Joelle Minott, ’09

Prison Outreach Through Theater (THEA 205)
Taught by Professor of Theatre, Dr. Ron Jenkins
Offered in Fall 2010, Wednesdays from 1:10 – 4:00 p.m.
and Tuesdays from 1:10-4:00 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to put social activism into practice by working with incarcerated women on the writings of Shakespeare, Dante, and other writers. Readings will include Shakespeare Behind Bars by Jean Trounstine and Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the Brazilian actor/activist who has pioneered techniques advocating theater as a force for social change. Students need no theatrical experience but can use whatever artistic interests they possess (acting, puppetry, drawing, writing, story-telling, vocal and instrumental music).

There are no prerequisites for this course, and non-Theatre majors are encouraged to join! Anyone with an interest in bettering the community, check out the class on a WesMaps near you!

Students will have the opportunity to put social activism into practice by working with incarcerated women on the writings of Shakespeare, Dante, and other writers. Readings will include Shakespeare Behind Bars by Jean Trounstine and Theater of the Oppressed by Agosto Boal, the Brazilian actor/activist who has pioneered techniques advocating theater as a force for social change. Students need no theatrical experience but can use whatever artistic interests they possess (acting, puppetry, drawing, writing, story-telling, vocal and instrumental music)

Attention Class of 2012:

The Student Judicial Board is seeking to fill five positions with students from the class of 2012. The position is a two-year appointment beginning in the Fall 2010 semester and continuing through the Spring 2012 semester. An application form is available online or from Karen Karpa, Clerk of the Student Judicial Board, located in the Dean of Students Office, North College, First Floor, Room 108. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 5, 2010 at 5:00pm. A description of the duties of the Student Judicial Board can be found in the Student Handbook at http://www.wesleyan.edu/studenthandbook/.

Positions on the Student Judicial Board require a good deal of time, effort, and devotion. Please make sure you are fully aware of the responsibilities. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Board (listed below) or Scott Backer, Assistant Director of Student Life/Student Conduct (sbacker@wesleyan.edu, 860.685.3162).

Anna Chang ‘10
Tess Eisenhart ‘10
Adam Gomez ‘10
Ernest Sliwinski ‘10
Emma Van Susteren ‘10
Allana Kembabazi ‘11
Rick Maynard ‘11
Ian Park ‘11
Adrian Hernandez ‘11

Almost half of college students have experienced abuse in a relationship, according to a 2008 study. Abuse can range from cyber-stalking to beatings and rape.

Four experts will look at relationship violence on campuses, how to recognize danger signs and get help at the Hartford Courant and FOX CT Key Issues Forum, “The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence.” The forum will be held on Tuesday, April 27 at Wesleyan University’s Beckham Hall – Fayerweather Building – from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The Fayerweather Building is located at 47 Wyllys Avenue in Middletown.

Panelists are:

  • Jaclyn Friedman, Wesleyan class of ’93, who is a performer and co-editor of “Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.”
  • Connie J. Kirkland, director of sexual assault services at George Mason University in Virginia and a national expert on campus stalking.
  • Janet Peckinpaugh, a 30-year broadcast journalist with her own media marketing firm who has been a victim of stalking and domestic violence.
  • Claire Potter, professor of American studies and history at Wesleyan University, whose research interest includes the study of violence against women.

MODERATED BY: Laurie Perez, reporter, FOX CT

The event is co-sponsored by the Hartford Courant and FOX CT, and presented in partnership with Wesleyan University. It is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register by email at corpaffairs@courant.com or by calling 860-241-3614. Limited parking is available in Lot E or T; additional street parking can be found on Mt. Vernon, Washington Terrace and High Street. Visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/about/campusmap.html for a campus map.

To schedule an interview with moderator Laurie Perez or any of the panelists, please contact Andrea Savastra at 860-241-3934 or by e-mail: asavastra@courant.com.

Almost half of college students have experienced abuse in a relationship, according to a 2008 study. Abuse can range from cyber-stalking to beatings and rape.

Four experts will look at relationship violence on campuses, how to recognize danger signs and get help at the Hartford Courant and FOX CT Key Issues Forum, “The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence.” The forum will be held on Tuesday, April 27 at Wesleyan University’s Beckham Hall – Fayerweather Building – from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The Fayerweather Building is located at 47 Wyllys Avenue in Middletown.


Panelists are:

· Jaclyn Friedman, Wesleyan class of ’93, who is a performer and co-editor of “Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.”
· Connie J. Kirkland, director of sexual assault services at George Mason University in Virginia and a national expert on campus stalking.
· Janet Peckinpaugh, a 30-year broadcast journalist with her own media marketing firm who has been a victim of stalking and domestic violence.
· Claire Potter, professor of American studies and history at Wesleyan University, whose research interest includes the study of violence against women.

MODERATED BY: Laurie Perez, reporter, FOX CT

The event is co-sponsored by the Hartford Courant and FOX CT, and presented in partnership with Wesleyan University. It is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register by email at corpaffairs@courant.com or by calling 860-241-3614. Limited parking is available in Lot E or T; additional street parking can be found on Mt. Vernon, Washington Terrace and High Street. Visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/about/campusmap.html for a campus map.

To schedule an interview with moderator Laurie Perez or any of the panelists, please contact Andrea Savastra at 860-241-3934 or by e-mail: asavastra@courant.com.

Take the time to donate, and you can save 3 lives with your blood. Wesleyan will host a campus-wide blood drive on April 12 (Monday) and 13 (Tuesday) from 11:45 am-5:00 pm each day. The drive will take place at Beckham Hall, next to Usdan University Center. Go to www.redcrossblood.org (use WesleyanU for the sponsor code) and sign up for the appointment slot that fits your schedule best. Please feel free to email fkuan@wesleyan.edu if you have any questions. Your small act of donating blood (that only takes about an hour) can make a difference in the lives of many. Thank you.

Reunion & Commencement 2010 is fast approaching (May 20-23!), and you know what that means- we need student workers.  If you didn’t work last year, you should come see what you missed, and if you did work with us, we’d love to have you back!  Work for University Relations, and aside from getting paid, you’ll also receive housing, have the unique opportunity to help out with Wesleyan’s biggest event, make lasting connections with alumni, and get the chance to say a final farewell to your graduating friends.  Potential jobs include working at the Registration site, hanging out with kids at Camp Cardinal, and, if you’re over 21, driving the shuttle vans.  The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is now accepting applications.

Applications will be accepted until this Friday, April 9 at 5:00 PM. We will notify you of your employment status no later than Wednesday, April 14.

There will be a mandatory student worker meeting on May 18 in Science Center 150, at 5:30 PM.  We will provide your schedule for the weekend at that time, among other things.

If you are employed for Reunion and Commencement, University Relations will provide housing past the move-out date, which you will be required to vacate on May 24 at 5:00 PM. Please note—if you do not show up for your shifts, University Relations will no longer provide housing, and it will be billed to your student account.

Please apply at http://www.wesleyan.edu/rc/2010/students/students.html

If you have any questions, please contact us at interns@wesleyan.edu or x2418.

Thanks for your interest!

Carolyn Szaiff ’11 and Cuong Nguyen ’12
Interns, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations

Sunday, March 28, 2010
Palm Sunday
Memorial Chapel, 2pm

Wednesday, March 31
Lenten Luncheon/One Great Hour of Power
Memorial Chapel, 12:10pm-1pm
Worship & Lunch to follow in Zelnick Pavilion

Thursday, April 1
Labyrinth Walk
Wesleyan Labyrinth, 6:30pm

Friday, April 3
Good Friday Service
Memorial Chapel, 8pm

Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunrise Service
Harbor Park , 6am
Transportation provided.*

Easter Sunday Worship
Memorial Chapel, 2pm

*To schedule transportation, call Pastor Joan at 860.685.2275.

RelayOn April 24th, 2010, Wesleyan will be hosting it’s first-ever Relay for Life event.  Relay for Life is an overnight event in which people raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Teams of students, faculty, and staff will join together in the fight against cancer and take the steps toward a world with more birthdays.  It is a chance to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against the disease.  People will take turns walking the track from 6pm Saturday night until 10am Sunday morning.  Cancer never sleeps, so neither will we.

Throughout the event, there will be various forms of food and entertainment.  Come jump in the bouncy-bounce, play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, toss water balloons, and do yoga.  See performances by student groups such as Prometheus and Bones Complex.  Most importantly, spend a night with your friends that will make a difference.

There will be three ceremonies at the event:

Celebrate – The Survivors Lap

Relay starts with a Survivors Lap an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we’ve achieved over cancer. The Survivors Lap is an emotional example of how Relay participants are creating a world with more birthdays like those of each individual on the track.

Remember – The Luminaria Ceremony

After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.

Fight Back – The Fight Back Ceremony

Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, where we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer.

Don’t be left out!  There are many ways to get involved!  In order to start a team, join an existing team, or make a donation, visit http://relayforlife.org/welseyanct.  To perform at Relay, volunteer the day of the event, or give any suggestions, email Hannah Monk (hmonk@wesleyan.edu) or Morgan Greenleaf (morgan.rae.greenleaf@cancer.org)

Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life.

The end of this academic year is approaching fast. Why not end it with service?

On April 19-24, a school-wide Service Week will take place at Wesleyan University hosted by the Senior Class Officers and in coordination with the Office of Community Service.  This first-time event has been coordinated in an effort to get all students involved in giving back.

Throughout the week, there will be opportunities for you to participate with different organizations and groups here on campus and in the Middletown community. Click here to sign up:

http://www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/serve.html

Please join the senior class in making this an unforgettable event!

Questions? Feel free to contact seniorclass@wesleyan.edu

dierker-238x300The Sophomore Supper Series invites you to dinner on Tuesday, March 30, with

Professor Lisa Dierker
Professor of Psychology
Chair of the Psychology Department

Professor Dierker’s research focuses on patterns of psychopathology in families, the development of substance abuse and dependence, and the treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders in children.

Come enjoy a three-course meal catered by Typhoon and chat with Professor Dierker about her research and teaching, and why she loves what she does.

Tuesday, March 30, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Dean Phillips

Space is limited to 20 sophomores.
First come, first served.

Sign up soon!

RSVP by March 26 to Teri Maheu at tmaheu@wesleyan.edu, or x2765.

The Davison Health Center is pleased to announce a Health Poster Contest.  The poster can be created for any health topic (e.g. health promotion, disease prevention, STI awareness, etc.) and made of any medium.  Posters can be any size up to 22” x 28”.  The winning poster will be framed and hung in the waiting room at the Davison Health Center.

Submissions will be judged by a committee consisting of students and Health Center personnel.  A prize of a $100 iTunes card will be given to the winner.  All other submissions will be returned to the artist.

The submissions are due on April 23, and a decision will be made by the committee by April 30.

For more information, contact Joyce Walter, Director of the Davison Health Center at jwalter@wesleyan.edu.

US Census Surveys

As you know, the U.S. Census Bureau is in the midst of the 2010 Census efforts to count every person residing in the United States.  Since you spend the majority of your year residing at Wesleyan, you will complete your survey here, rather than through your parent or guardian.  You will receive your census form in your mailbox in Usdan during the first week of April, and Census representatives will be at a table in Usdan on April 7 and 8 to collect your form.  It will only take you a few minutes to complete, as it is seven basic questions.  Your response will assist Middletown in getting its proper share of federal and state funding for schools, employment services, health assistance, services for elderly, etc.  Should you have any questions, please contact Fran Koerting, Director of Residential Life, at fkoerting@wesleyan.edu.

March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Family Commons
3rd floor of the Usdan University Center

The Usdan Common Connections Committee is happy to invite you to a panel discussion focusing on the current efforts to reform the health care system in the United States.  Much of President Obama’s first year in Office and the first year of the Democrat controlled Congress has been focused on drafting a comprehensive health care reform bill.  Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed their own bills, however both have come under intense scrutiny from many different stakeholders.  The state of Connecticut is also on the forefront of reform efforts at the state level and the panel will include policy experts and frontline personnel working to make Connecticut a model for the rest of the country to follow.

The panel will be comprised of Damien Sheehan-Connor, Wesleyan faculty in economics,  Jill Zorn, Program Officer at Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Dr. Michael Grey, Chief of Medicine at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, and Elizabeth Wiley, National Secretary, American Medical Student Association and Physicians for a National Health Program member and George Washington University School of Medicine student.

The panel will cover a broad range of topics and will debate approaches and outcomes in the development of the legislation currently being considered.  The panel will also take questions and will engage the audience throughout the evening.

There will be a complimentary pizza dinner at the start of the program.

The Orientation Program is now accepting applications for 30 Orientation Leaders for the Class of 2014, and new transfer, exchange and visiting students.  Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work for both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO). Orientation Leaders work with Resident Advisors to mentor and guide students during both ISO and NSO.  Orientation Leaders also help manage events, including welcoming international students at airports, working at residence hall arrival sites, informational forums and social events.

Questions: Please contact Timothy Shiner at tshiner@wesleyan.edu

Apply online: www.wesleyan.edu/orientation by March 24 at 5pm.

  • Blog to new students over the summer
  • Help new students plan their academic schedules and work with their advisors during Orientation week
  • Act as a resource during course registration and major declaration
  • Learn effective strategies for time management, reading retention, public speaking, test and note taking and effective communication
  • Participate in First Year Matters programming
  • Guide students to access Wesleyan’s full range of academic resources
  • Facilitate study skills and time management workshops

Application deadline is March 29 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications and additional information are available at:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/peeradvising/

QUESTIONS?
Email Dean Sarah E. Lazare at slazare@wesleyan.edu

Although residential units are open during Spring Break, there will not be many people around.  If you will be on campus, follow appropriate safety protocol.  Please report emergencies and suspicious activities to Public Safety at 860-685-3333.

If you will be leaving campus for Spring Break, please do the following:

  • Unplug electrical outlets
  • Close blind/window treatments
  • Take home aquarium pets
  • Lock windows and doors
  • Take home valuables
  • Empty trash
  • Turn off lights and alarms

Have a restful break!

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