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Monthly Archive for January, 2011

Want to be part of a dynamic staff team?  Want to develop great leadership skills? Want to help your peers and shape the residential experience?  Consider becoming a resident advisor (RA) or community advisor (CA).   Learn more at an information session this week:

  • Monday, January 31, 2011: 8:00-9:00 P.M. in Nicolson Lounge
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2011: 8:00-9:00 P.M. in Butt A Lounge
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2011 8:00 – 9:00 P.M. in Fauver Apt Lounge (CA applicants ONLY)
  • Thursday, February 3, 2011 12:00-1:00 PM in Usdan 108

You can also check out the website for more information at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/student_staff/selection/welcome1.htm .  The deadline for all applications is Monday, February 7th at 4:00 PM.

The Green Fund is a student-financed, student-managed fund for campus sustainability projects

Do you have a project idea to decrease the carbon footprint of Wes? Decrease waste? Increase the use of renewable energy? We are looking for innovative, well-developed proposals that can move the university forward in sustainability and environmental stewardship.

If you need help submitting a proposal or want some questions answered, stop by the main floor of Usdan at dinner on Thursday, February 3rd to speak with members of the Green Fund Committee!

For more information/ideas/to submit an application, visit: https://sites.google.com/a/wesleyan.edu/green-fund/

Applications will be approved on a rolling basis.

Deadline for consideration this semester is April 29th!

Do you want a Writing Mentor? Then apply now! Your Writing Mentor will provide one-on-one tutoring to help you with papers and written assignments over the course of the spring semester, whether you need advice about generating ideas, structuring your essay, grammar issues, or even time management. The brief application is available online and is due on Tuesday, February 1st at 5 pm.

The program is free and available for all Wesleyan students!

Email writingworks@wes or call x2440 for more information.

Job Title: Student Project Assistant
College of the Environment/Center for the Arts

The College of the Environment seeks a student to assist with administrative and research tasks related to the summer 2011 course The Deepwater Horizon Tragedy: A Scientific and Artistic Inquiry. The course will use the recent Deepwater Horizion oil spill in the Gulf Coast to explore artistic and scientic perspectives. The course will be co-taught by Barry Chernoff, director of the College of the Environment and Leigh Fondakowski, head writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT. Learn more about the course at https://iasext.wesleyan.edu/regprod/!wesmaps_page.html?crse=013154&term=1116

The project assistant will support the faculty with various preparations for the course, attend all class sessions and travel with the class to the Gulf Coast for a 10-day trip. The course runs from May 31 to July 1, 2011. Travel, lodging and meals will be provided by the course for the trip to the Gulf Coast.

Candidate must have proven administrative skills, excellent writing and research skills and have an ability to work in a fast paced environment with a variety of people. Must be resourceful and detail-oriented. Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.

Start Date: May 1, 2011
End Date:
July 7, 2011
Stipend: $3,900

Send resume and cover letter by email to Erinn Roos-Brown, program manager at the Center for the Arts at eroosbrown@welseyan.edu or call 860-685-5925.

The Urban Education Semester, sponsored by Wesleyan’s CRC and the OIS,  is an interdisciplinary, academic immersion program in New York City which introduces students from all academic backgrounds to the complexity of issues facing urban public education.  Ideal program for students interested in teaching, public policy, community development or systemic reform.  Info session, Monday, Feb. 14. Time and place to be announced and on MyCRC calendar.

Interested?  Please contact Vicky Zwelling, Career Resources, or Gail Winter in Office of International Studies.

Possibilities Pakistan (www.possibilitiespakistan.org) is a non-profit organization, the first of its kind, that extends free college counseling to all Pakistani students who aspire to attend international universities. Our goal is to guide Pakistani students through the complicated application process so that they may ultimately find and be accepted to suitable top-notch foreign universities. Our project includes a free online guidance service and a one-hundred-and-fifty page e-magazine that lays bare the details of applying to college. The guidance service is run by a network of over 200 Pakistani and American students currently studying at renowned universities all over the world. When current Pakistani high school students have questions about applying to college, they simply e-mail our organization, and their queries are forwarded to appropriate members of our team who have faced similar problems before. Our magazine is a detailed walk-through of the college application process, with articles explaining the details of everything you need to know about getting into a foreign university. To date we have guided over 200 students and over 2500 students have viewed our magazine. You can help Possibilities Pakistan grow further, by voting for for them for the Dell Social Innovation Award at:


Possibilities Pakistan was founded by Wesleyan students Ali Chaudhry ’12, Kenny Feder ’12 and Kumail Akbar ’12 in April 2009.

Alex Levin is a member of the class of 2012. He currently serves as State Chairman of the Connecticut Union of College Republicans and is also running for National Treasurer of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). The CRNC is one of the county’s oldest and largest 527 groups, with over 275,000 members on over 1,500 college campuses nationwide. Alex has joined a coalition of students from all across the country, and will be embarking on a 7 month, nationwide campaign to talk with College Republicans about our generation’s future.  Alex can be reached at alex@teamcr50.com if anyone has questions or wants to get involved.

  • When exposed to cold temperatures, the pipes in your residence can freeze and rupture, causing significant damage to your personal property and to the building. During the winter months, make sure that every window in your residence is closed and locked tightly at all times. If you have storm windows, pull them closed.
  • Set your heating thermostat (if your unit has one) between 65-68 degrees throughout the winter. Never turn your heat off in the winter.
  • If your residence is frequently too hot or too cold, or if your windows do not lock closed,  please call customer service at 860-685-3400 so that Physical Plant can rectify the situation for you.
  • If you have a car on campus, please be sure to pay attention to the parking ban alerts, and move your car to a student lot by the designated time.
  • You are responsible for shoveling snow off of and around your personal vehicle. You can borrow a shovel from the Public Safety office when you leave your student ID with them.
  • If your car requires a tow truck, you are responsible for making the arrangements. Physical Plant cannot push, pull or tow your vehicle.

The MINDS Foundation is a student-run NGO that is taking a grassroots approach to eliminating stigma and providing medical, educational, and supportive care for patients suffering from a mental illness in developing countries.

Please vote for us to move on to the semi-finals round in which we will have a chance to win $50,000 which will enable us to implement our program and treat 60 patients suffering from a mental illness for one year!


(note: you will need to register first, login, and then vote)

To Apply for the Koeppel Journalism Course, The Journalist as Citizen, Spring 2011

Students interested in taking this spring’s Koeppel Journalism course, (WRCT 258) The Journalist as Citizen, offered by Jane Eisner, will be interested in the information below.

The application instructions posted last semester on WesMaps were incorrect.

To apply, students interested in the course should send Prof. Eisner a one-page statement of interest.  She expects to give preference to juniors and seniors.

Send the statement to jeisner@wesleyan.edu by Monday, January 17 if possible.

Since the application information was posted incorrectly at first, she may also consider applications after the 17th.  Interested students may attend the first class meeting on Thursday, January 20 and see if there is still room in the course.

If you are looking for a productive and financially rewarding way to spend your summer, the Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) may be what you are looking for.

What is the SROP?
Throughout its 25-year history, the mission of the SROP has been to increase diversity among students pursuing graduate education and to provide a valuable academic research experience for students. The program is eight weeks in length, from June 20 through August 13, 2011, and includes faculty-supervised research, enrichment activities that prepare undergraduates for graduate school, a research conference and social activities.

Who can apply?
Current sophomores and juniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to apply. Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate schools (African-Americans, Hispanics, & Native-Americans) are encouraged to apply. Please note that students interested in pursuing an MBA, JD, or MD are not eligible for this program.

Each SROP participant will receive a stipend of $4000 and research supply funds of $500. Northwestern will also provide complimentary campus housing and a $450 campus meal subsidy, in addition to covering round trip travel expenses for all SROP participants who will be traveling to Northwestern from outside of the Evanston/Chicago area

Application Deadline
The application deadline is February 1, 2011.

For more information and to access the on-line application, please visit the following web site:


The New York Times is inviting readers to submit entries to the fifth annual “Win a Trip with Nick” contest.

Through this contest, Op Ed-columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas D. Kristof hopes to increase awareness and understanding about the many complex issues and opportunities for the developing world. This year, Mr. Kristof will choose two winners – one currently-enrolled college or graduate student and one adult over the age of 60 – to accompany him on a reporting trip. To be considered for the contest, applicants are invited to submit either a written essay or a video entry that articulates their desire to accompany Mr. Kristof on a reporting trip and explains why they are an ideal candidate for such an experience.

Essay submissions are limited to 700 words and should be send to WinATrip@nytimes.com. Video submissions must be under three minutes and should be posted on Mr. Kristof’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/nicholaskristof.  Submissions must be received by January 18, 2011, and students must be 18 or older to be eligible for the contest.

For additional details on Win a Trip, please go to Nick’s Blog – On the Ground, nytimes.com/ontheground.