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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

This is a reminder for students who want to pull a student in or may need to stay on-campus for winter break.

Completed pull-in forms must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life by Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by 4:30 p.m. The pull-in form is available on our website at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/pull-in_form_info.htt.  If you are being pulled in and are unsure that someone submitted a form for you, please contact the person who is pulling you in for confirmation.

If you do not live in a wood frame house and need to stay for winter break, you must complete the winter break housing application on our website at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/winter_closing.htt by Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by 4:30 p.m.

  • Program houses are not considered wood frame houses
  • Athletes will receive information from athletics about winter break arrangements.
  • International students with questions regarding winter break should contact Janice Watson at jwatson@wesleyan.edu.

We will not be making exceptions for late pull-in or winter break housing applications.

If you have any questions, please email reslife@wesleyan.edu.

Wednesday, December 1, 4:30 – 6:00pm
PAC 002

Wesleyan World Wednesdays, Brighter Dawns, and the Water Awareness Project Nigeria presents two juniors will speak about their projects in their developing homeland and how you can participate:

There will be room for questions.

The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes is Friday, December 3, at 5:00 p.m. Completed forms are due in the Registrar’s Office by 5 p.m. and must include the following signatures: instructor, faculty advisor, and class dean.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and me about your concerns. If you can’t make my drop-ins, please email me at dphillips@wesleyan.edu or call me at x2757 to schedule an appointment.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do get the signatures of your instructor and advisor on your drop/add form. I cannot sign for either without his or her permission, so please save yourself the trouble of waiting to see me during drop-ins just for me to tell you that.
  • Do not wait until Friday at 4:00 p.m. to see me or you may find yourself waiting in a very long line!!!

Drop-in Hours: M 2-3; Tu 3-4; W 5-7; Th 11-12; F 2-4

Elizabeth Cothern sends this picture from Accra, Ghana.  She writes:

“The photo was taken of me in Madina Market, only a short Tro-Tro (the local bus here) ride away from the international students hostel at the University of Ghana.  When I first visited Madina Market I was definitely overwhelmed – it was loud, hectic, and seemed to be exploding with people.  If I took a wrong turn I ended up in the produce section with aisle after aisle of every imaginable type of meat out for display.  As intimidating as it was at first, the market has become one of my favorite places in Accra.  I’m often visiting it once a week to pick up some groceries or buy notebooks for class.  They truly sell everything. “

Raghu Appasani, who majors in Neuroscience and Behavior and in the Science in Society Program, recently authored two publications.  The first, which he co-edited, is entitled Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: From Molecular Embryology to Tissue Engineering (Humana Press, New York) and features contributions from over 100 experts in the field.

The second publication is an article entitled “Aiding in the evolution of translational medicine: ‘bridging academia and industry’ in the field of neuroscience,” which Raghu published in the August 2010 issue of Frontiers of Neuroscience.


Thinking about writing a thesis? Not sure where to start? Come talk to professors and current thesis writers about how the thesis declaration process works, how students choose topics, and what factors you should take into account when deciding whether or not to write a thesis.

Whether you already know something you might like to research, or are just beginning think about the possibility of thesis writing, now is a great time to get your bearings.

Please join us in a conversation with Professors Vijay Pinch (History), Joel Pfister (English), and Suzanne O’Connell (Earth and Environmental Science) and current thesis writers for insights into the whys and wherefores of undertaking a thesis.

Thursday, December 2, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Albritton 103

Rich Leuchter is studying at King’s College, London, this semester and sends us these two stereotypically Londonesque photos for posting to the blog.

Wesleyan Asks What IF?
aka how to push social justice and action to a new level

we replaced religious intolerance with cooperation? What IF… we used our differences to work together? What IF… people of different faith traditions come together and change the world?

Come learn about the “Better Together” Campaign, which empowers students to speak out about the power of interfaith action, mobilizes students from all faith backgrounds (and lack thereof), and sustains service work on campus. There will be a guest speaker, discussion, and FREE DINNER!

When: Monday, Nov. 22, 5-7PM
Where: Daniel Family Commons
Why: because interfaith is awesome!

Come enjoy a night of South Asian song, music, dance and cultural celebration!!

When: Friday, Nov. 19th 8-10pm
Where: Crowell Concert Hall

Tickets on  sale at the Box Office! $5 for Wesleyan Students
All proceeds go to support the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative to help re-build the lives of millions of displaced flood victims in Pakistan.

Presented by Shakti.

Come enjoy a night of South Asian song, music, dance and cultural celebration!!

When: Friday, Nov. 19th 8-10pm
Where: Crowell Concert Hall

TICKETS ON SALE AT THE BOX OFFICE!! $5 for Wesleyan Students

All proceeds go to support the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative to help re-build the lives of millions of displaced flood victims in Pakistan!!

Here are some more photos from Sam Weiner’s Maasai homestay in Tanzania.

Last weekend, several Wesleyan students, including Raghu Appasani,  Yinka Taiwo-Peters, Tasmiha Khan, Bonnie Quach-Wong, Stephanie Tapia, Lindsey Kenney, Youngbin Lee, and Rajeeta Iyer (all members of the Class of 2012) attended the DoSomething.com Boot Camp for young social entrepreneurs.

The New York Times covered the conference in an article entitled “Young Activists Practices Their Pitches for Nonprofits,” (Nov. 10, 2010). 

As you prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, remember to lock all doors and windows whether you will be remaining on campus or leaving for the break!  Also, please consider taking home your bikes and other belongings that you will not need through the winter.

If you are staying on campus over the break period, remember to walk in well lit areas after dark, preferably in groups, and report suspicious people to Public Safety immediately at 860-685-3333 or x-3333 from a campus phone line.  Although the RIDE program will not be operating Thursday through Saturday, Public Safety will provide escorts for individuals upon request.  Public Safety’s general phone number is 860-685-2345.

As you finalize your travel arrangements for the winter break, remember residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 (noon) on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  All residential units, with the exception of the wood frame houses, will close at this time.  Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break.  Students wishing to do so must request housing with Residential Life by Wednesday, December 1, 2010.   Requests should be made through the Winter Break web site at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/winter_closing.html.

Please note:  Housing is not guaranteed during the winter break period, students who are granted permission to live in their units during the break will be notified by December 10, 2010.

Drop off an elementary level book after Thanksgiving Break.  Help a student in need!

Macdonough Elementary is located in Middletown’s North End. 76% of Macdonough students are on the free/reduced lunch program. Remember these students over your Thanksgiving Break and donate a book. Book type ranges from a picture book level to basic chapter books.

COLLECTION BINS will be located in Exely, Freeman Athletic Center Lobby, PAC, Usdan, Olin, North College, and outside of Weshop after Thanksgiving Break.

Want $25,000 to travel around the world doing a self-designed project based on your passion for one year after you graduate?

Attention Juniors!

Going abroad/on leave this spring and interested in applying for the Watson Fellowship in September 2011?

Come to the Watson Informational Meeting with Dean Brown.

Wednesday, November 18, 12:15 p.m.
Usdan 110 (Andersen Meeting Room)

Proposals for the Class of 2012 due mid-September 2011.

For more info about the fellowship, see www.watsonfellowship.org and www.wesleyan.edu/deans/watson.html.

Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees will visit campus later this week, and will host an informal open meeting with students.  The meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 19 from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Zelnick Pavilion.  This is a great opportunity for students to interact with trustees and to discuss issues of mutual interest.  All students are welcome.


Micah Feiring ‘11, President of the Wesleyan Student Assembly
Dean Mike Whaley, Vice President for Student Affairs

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