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Monthly Archive for October, 2010

Through the Urban Education Semester, students spend a semester in New York City, engaged in a combination of supervised fieldwork (primarily teaching but there may be some urban policy placements) and coursework offered by Bank Street College of Education. This interdisciplinary, academic immersion program earns Wesleyan academic credit and introduces students from all academic backgrounds to the complexity of issues facing urban public education.

Ideal program for students interested in urban education and issues, and child and adolescent development. There are 23 psych courses for which you can receive credit.

For more information, visit www.urbanedsemester.org.

Applications for the Spring 2011 program are due to Vicky Zwelling in the CRC on Wed. Nov. 3.

The MINDS Foundation is a new student-run NGO started by Wesleyan students that is dedicated to promoting the availability of medical, educational, and supportive resources for patients with mental illness and neurological disorders. Our major goal is to set-up a rural clinic transport system to screen psychiatric patients in tribal regions and establish educational workshops to remove stigma.

Please contact Raghu Appasani at rappasani@mindsfoundation.org for more information.

There will be an Information Session on Sunday November 14th at 8PM in Allbritton 304.

The Careers for the Common Good (CCG) program presents Public Service Careers Week 2010.

The Careers for the Common Good program informs, inspires, and supports Wesleyan students who desire to lead socially responsible lives and to pursue careers in public service.

So far this fall, CCG has sponsored Degrees of Public Service, a presentation outlining the variety of masters degrees related to policy, public administration and other areas. We have also held two webinars on finding internships and full-time/permanent jobs in the federal government.

Public Service Careers Week 2010 comprises five career panels over the week of November 1. The panels are:

  • Monday, November 1st
    Food Fight! The Case for Organic Farming and Community Food Organizing, 7:00pm-8:00pm in Usdan 108

    NOTE: 6:30pm Potluck Dinner! WesFRESH will be serving soup and bread –Bring something to contribute if you can! THINK GREEN: bring your own plate/bowl/utensils!

    Hear how these speakers are pushing the ongoing effort to improve and equally distribute our food supply, and how you can get involved.
  • Tuesday, November 2nd
    Reports from the Field: A Talk w/Service Careers Fellows Alumni, 7:00pm-8:00pm in Woodhead Lounge

    Five alumni, all recipients of the Wes Service Careers Fellowship, will share their experiences, advice, victories, challenges, and frustrations as their lives in service unfold.
  • Wednesday, November 3rd
    All Are Welcome: Service Through Faith-based Organizations, 7:00pm-8:00pm in Woodhead Lounge

    Learn how you can engage with a faith-based organization to serve others with your talents and passions, no matter what your religious affiliation or spiritual orientation.
  • Thursday, November 4th
    Going Global: Working for International Human Rights, 7:00pm-8:00pm in Woodhead Lounge

    You’re familiar with human rights abuses around the world. Hear how these panelists have joined the fight to help those suffering injustice.

  • Friday, November 5th
    Giving to Get Back: Careers in Philanthropy, 12:00pm-1:00pm in Usdan 108

    If money is power, than giving money to others can be a powerful tool for service. Learn about the field of philanthropy and how you can launch your career in this important field.

The speakers include a mix of Wesleyan alumni and professionals from the field who will share useful information about their career paths and jobs, will shed light on how students can break into these areas, and provide insight into the rewards and frustrations of taking on the various missions that they have so passionately embraced.

For more information about each panel please check the Career Resource Center calendar at http://www.wesleyan.edu/crc or check out the MyCRC calendar. A complete list of speakers will be posted shortly.

Wesleyan’s Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative is bringing back Omar Offendum, a Syrian-American MC/Producer, to debut his new album Syriana-americanA at Eclectic this Friday.

Bones Complex will start the show followed by Omar Offendum.

WHEN: 10.29.10
WHERE: Eclectic
TIME: 10:30 pm – 1:00 am
TICKETS: $3 sold in Usdan and $4 at the door

Buy tickets while they last, because you really don’t want to miss this!

All proceeds go to Oxfam, Red Cross and Islamic Relief for Pakistani Flood Victims.

Pakistan’s Plight: A Country Grappling with Flood Devastation

  • Worst disaster in UN History
  • One fifth of the country underwater
  • 7,000,000 Displaced

Join us Thursday, October 28 for a panel discussion with Aradhana Sharma, Gary Yohe, and Michael Touchton to learn more!

  • What: Haveli Dinner and Faculty Panel Discussion on the flooding in Pakistan
  • When: Thursday October 28th, 6-7:30
  • Where: Daniel Family Commons (3rd floor Usdan)
  • Tickets: Sold at Box Office beginning Tuesday October 26th, suggested donation of $8 for students and $15 for faculty.

While the dinner is free, donations are requested to help the flood victims in Pakistan; all proceeds go to Oxfam, Islamic Relief and the Red Cross.

Limited number of tickets available – get your ticket from the box office before we sell out!

Don’t you wish that you could snack on some delicious cookies and at the same time, help the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative? Well, this Wednesday, you can!

TODAY, October 27, from 7-8:30pm on the first floor of Usdan, program houses and halls of Wesleyan will compete for cookie glory. Here’s how it works: you pay $2 for a ballot, sample the cookies, and vote on your favorites. The money goes to the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative, the eternal fame and glory to the winners of the contest. And the cookies (and enfranchisement) go to you!

The Office of Residential Life will soon begin evaluating available space for the spring semester in order to house returning students.  It is possible that you may have a current housemate going abroad or on leave for next semester and may want to pull-in a student for the spring.  Here is some information concerning this process:

  • If you want to pull-in a person to fill a spring vacancy in your unit, you must complete a Pull-in Form and return it to the Office of Residential Life by December 1, 2010.  The person leaving campus cannot complete the form.  This form is available at the Office of Residential Life or on our web site: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/pull-in_form_info.htt
  • In order to be fair and equitable to all students, only class-appropriate pull-ins are allowed.  For example, a sophomore cannot be pulled into a vacant room in a wood frame house or apartment.  This would most certainly mean that a returning junior or senior would end up in that sophomore’s space.
  • If your wood frame house or apartment will be completely vacant for the spring semester you cannot submit a pull-in form.  The pull-in form is for students who will be remaining on campus in the spring with confirmed vacancies in their house or apartment.
  • If you have not identified a person to fill a spring vacancy in your unit and have not contacted the Residence Life office by Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 5:00pm, the Residential Life office may fill the vacancy with a returning student for the spring semester.
  • If you have specific questions about Program Housing vacancies, please contact Dawn Brown, Area Coordinator for Program Housing, at dabrown@wesleyan.edu.

If you have questions about future vacancies in your unit, please feel free to contact Residential Life by phone at x-3550 or email at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

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 the annual 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 in the Spring Semester. 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 five photographs to tshiner@wesleyan.edu by December 15, 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 in the Spring Semester. 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 (this does not 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.

Career Outlook Program

Connect with a Wes Alum over Winter Break!
Great way to build a network – Great resume builder!

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, November 2
How to apply: Click Here
Questions: Stop by the Career Resource Center

See which alumni have signed-up to be shadowed (more added daily!):

Google, Inc.: University Programs Manager
US District Court: US Magistrate Judge
State of Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate: Child Advocate
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment: Television Agent
Elm City Elementary School – Achievement First: Teacher, Grade Level Chair
City of Yonkers: City Council President
Somerville Public Schools: Teacher
Save the Children: Director, Philanthropic Services
Synthetic Cinema International: Director, Visual Effects Artist
Urban Justice Center: Staff Attorney
Orphans of Rwanda/Generation Rwanda: Executive Director
Private Practice: Dermatology
Congregation Beth Elohim: 4th and 7th grade Teacher
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Senior Attorney
Center for American Progress: Research Assistant
Wayland Middle School: 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher/ Curriculum Leader
Starcom MediaVest Worldwide: Junior Associate / Advertising Industry
The Met Sacramento High School: Communications Director & Internship Coordinator
New York City Department of Transportation: Planning and Research Manager
Transgender Law Center: Development Manager
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Physician-Researcher,Hematologic Malignancies
CustomMade.com: Director of Business Development
Framingham Public Schools: Director of Title 1
NYU School of Medicine: Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Program
University of Connecticut Health Center: Physician, Cardiology Division
Bowery Residents Committee: Executive Director
The Dalton School: Middle School History Dept Chair, 8th Grade Teacher
New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane: Legislative Aide
State Street: Fixed Income Trader
Lawyers for Children: Deputy Executive Director

William Finnegan of The New Yorker, and Jane Eisner, editor of the Forward, will discuss journalism and social change on Saturday October 23rd, 2010 at 1:30 pm in the Memorial Chapel.

William Finnegan, staff writer for The New Yorker, is the author of award-winning works of international journalism. He has written recently about immigration issues and politics in Europe and Mexico, as well as racism and conflict in Southern Africa and poverty among youth in the U.S. His article, “Leasing the Rain,” received the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. He has twice received the John Bartlow Martin Award for public interest magazine writing.

Jane Eisner ’77 has been a national and international reporter, columnist, and executive editor at thePhiladelphia Inquirer and a leader in national discussions of media and democracy.  She is now editor of theForward, the weekly Jewish newspaper of major influence nationally and internationally. She is the first woman to win Wesleyan’s McConaughy Award for her contributions to journalism and public life, and she is the first Koeppel Fellow in Journalism at Wesleyan.

This event is sponsored by the Koeppel Journalism Fellowship and the Wesleyan Writing Programs. It is free and open to the public. For more information call (860) 685-3448, or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/distinguished_writers/.

These photos were taken by Ari Finard, who is studying at Queen Mary University of the University of London this semester.  They include some typical “pub photos,” photos from Portobello Market, and a photo of the tube map poster that hangs on her wall that has become somewhat of an obsession to her lately.

Usdan Common Connections, in connection with the Deans’ Office, will present “Celebrating Seniors – From Study Abroad to Thesis” this evening at 7:00 p.m. in Daniel Family Commons.

The following panel will present on their experiences abroad, and how this shaped their senior research:

  • Margot Boyer-Dry (Morocco)
  • Max Perel-Slater (Tanzania)
  • Yannick LeJacq (Jordan)

Faculty members will be present to give their viewpoints on the research and provide feedback for students.

Addams Family Tickets

The last student flu clinic is scheduled for Thursday, October 21 from 4-7pm in 108 Usdan.  This year the seasonal flu shot includes protection against H1N1.  You should consider this vaccine even if you had an H1N1 shot last year for continued protection.

Please click on the following link for details about the flu clinic.  www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/ofnote/flu04.html

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