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Monthly Archive for April, 2011

On April 23, 2011 at 7 p.m., Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts will present the world premiere of Dear Mother Earth: An Environmental Oratorio by composer Glenn McClure. The free premiere will be performed by the Wesleyan University Orchestra conducted by music director Angel Gil-Ordóñez while joined by the Wesleyan Ensemble Singers, the Middletown All-City Grade 4 and 5 Chorus, singers from Middletown High School, and Ghanaian, Korean, Japanese Taiko, and Caribbean steel drummers from Wesleyan. The event will take place at Crowell Concert Hall located at 50 Wyllys Avenue, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT.

“Dear Mother Earth: An Environmental Oratorio” was commissioned by Center for the Arts for the inaugural year of Wesleyan’s College of the Environment as part of the Feet to the Fire initiative and was made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Feet to the Fire program is dedicated to the proposition that a multidisciplinary examination that includes art will provide a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of these global issues.

The musical content of Mr. McClure’s 40-minute oratorio is driven by environmental data related to insect diversity in local rivers collected by Wesleyan University students. The composer worked in collaboration with mathematics scholars to create a translation equation that transforms scientific data into melodic and harmonic content – a musical model of the bio-mathematics concept of “emerging complexity”.

The lyrics are drawn from letters written by children from around the world, including Middletown’s Macdonough Elementary. These letters were addressed to “Mother Earth” and share each child’s view of both the unique beauty and the challenges of their part of the world. While some movements are based solely on one child’s letter, other movements bring themes from multiple letters together, stretching from Ghana and Nicaragua to the classrooms of Middletown. Images of student letters and artwork will be projected during the performance of the oratorio. “While each letter is unique, they all share the central themes of celebrating beauty, thankfulness, compassion and a call to action,” said McClure. “Just as a flock of individual birds turn together in the wind without any discernable leader, these children have expressed these themes in their letters and illustrations.” Along with the premiere, a project website will be launched that will continue to gather letters from children around the world and their musical responses as well as provide educators with teaching lessons and musical scores. This information can be found at http://letterstomotherearth.com.

For more information about either events, please visit www.wesleyan.edu/cfa or call (860) 685-3355.

Earth Day Celebration 4/22

Friday, April 22, 2011, at 8 p.m., in Crowell Concert Hall, The College of the Environment and the Center for the Arts will celebrate Wesleyan’s Annual Earth Day Celebration. The free celebration will feature students and faculty participating in the College of the Environment’s inaugural think-tank, on the topic “Vulnerability of Social, Economic and Natural Systems to Environmental Stress”. College of the Environment Director Barry Chernoff will introduce reports by Bryan Bannon (Environmental Studies), Jeremy Isard, ‘11 (College of Social Studies), Helen Poulos (Environmental Studies), Dana Royer (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Phoebe Stonebraker, ‘11 (Biology) and Gary Yohe (Economics). The event will also include a performance by Gina Athena Ulysse (Anthropology, AFAM, FGSS) in collaboration with composer/turntablist Val-Inc entitled Fascinating! Her Resilience about the significance of the word “resilience” in relation to the different narratives about Haiti in the post-earthquake cultural environment. An excerpt of “Dear Mother Earth: An Environmental Oratorio” will be performed.

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new Writing Workshop Blog. The Writing Workshop Blog is a resource for student writers and students who write. Affiliated with the Writing Workshop, where students can meet one-on-one with a trained peer tutors, this blog is meant to serve as a space to discuss, promote, and improve our writing.

Topics range from the academic to the personal, the practical to the fantastical. With student interviews, advice, events, and suggestions, the blog is updated daily and will provide a hub for discussions and information about writing at Wesleyan.

The blog is entirely student-written and student-run.  We encourage you to all check it out!

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please email us at writingworks@wesleyan.edu.

Happy reading!

If you are interested in:

  • providing programmatic and networking opportunities for various activist groups on campus
  • facilitating difficult dialogue conversations between students and fostering meaningful connections between students, faculty and staff on campus

Then please consider applying for one of the following internship opportunities:

Please note the deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Dawn Brown, dabrown@wesleyan.edu or (860) 685-3163.

Take Back the Night is an annual march for survivors of sexual violence that began in the 1970s. Today at Wesleyan we carry on this work through our own march. The march will include two speak out circles and a candle lighting ceremony and will be followed by debriefing session in Usdan 110. We invite you to give survivors a voice and to show as a community that we will not tolerate sexual violence on our campus.

Where: Olin Steps
When: Thursday, April 7th, 7 p.m.

From the Olin Steps, we will be marching to the CFA Courtyard and then to Andrus Field where survivors can share their stories. Please feel free to join us late. We hope we can count on you to join us for this important event!

Reunion & Commencement 2011 is fast approaching (May 19-22), and you know what that means — we need student workers!  This is your last chance to work for Reunion & Commencement and is also a great opportunity to see what it is you’ll be doing next year. 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 University Relations is now accepting applications.

Applications will be accepted until this Friday, April 8 at 5:00 PM. We will notify you of your employment status no later than Wednesday, April 13.

There will be a mandatory student worker meeting on May 17 in Exley 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 board until housing closes on May 23.

Please apply at http://www.wesleyan.edu/rc/2011/students/apply.html

If you have any questions, please contact us at interns@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2802.

Thanks for your interest!

Aubrey Courville ’13 and James Gardner ’13
Interns, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations

Looking for a Summer Job? Interested in becoming a Summer CA/RA?

The Office of Residential Life now accepting applications for the Summer CA/RA positions. Apply by clicking the following link: http://ow.ly/4rgdp

Applications are DUE Friday, April 8th by 4pm!!


As the warmer weather arrives, windows are opened and activities move outdoors, we ask you to remember the following:

  • Please be mindful of your noise level and its impact on your neighbors, whether it be other Wesleyan students or members of the Middletown community.
  • Screens should be in place when the windows are open to prevent unwanted intruders (bees, bats, etc.)
  • Secure windows and doors when you are not at home to prevent unwanted entries and thefts.
  • The only furniture which should be brought outside (which includes balconies and porches) is plastic outdoor furniture.  Upholstered and wooden furniture pose fire hazards, and may become home to bugs and four legged creatures.

If your windows do not have working window stops, please submit a work order immediately to Physical Plant by calling (860) 685-3400.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Spring Closing
As you begin making your summer plans, please remember all residential units must be vacated and keys turned in by Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 12 p.m. (noon). Only graduating seniors and students who have been pre-approved by the Office of Residential Life can remain in their rooms after Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 12 p.m. (noon).

Students who fail to check out of their rooms will incur a late check-out fine of $250.00, and may also incur additional per diem charges until they vacate their rooms.

If you need housing beyond, Saturday, May 14, 2011 for one of the reasons below:

  • Classes
  • Summer Housing
  • University Employment

you need to apply for an extension through Residential Life.  Extension applications are available at www.wesleyan.edu/reslife and are due on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5 p.m. Please note that applying for an extension does not guarantee the application will be approved.  Only extenuating circumstances will be considered and students will be notified via email the week of May 2, 2011.

Students who are approved to stay past 12:00 p.m. (noon) on May 14, 2011 may be required to move out of their spring housing assignment into a temporary location.  Students living in Clark, Fauver Residence Hall, Foss 8 – 10 (Hewitt), German House, and Russian House will be required to relocate if approved to stay beyond May 14th.

Graduating seniors are automatically approved to stay in their current housing assignment until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2011 and do not have to submit an application.

The University offers summer storage for students through Physical Plant at Long Lane.  Space is limited and is intended for students who do not live within driving range (New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania are exempt).  Storage is on a first come, first serve basis and you can store up to 5 boxes or mini-refrigerators (no size limit) for $20 a box/refrigerator.  Storage is open on a limited schedule:

  • Thursday, May 12, 2011  2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13, 2011  2 p.m. –  3:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 14, 2011  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For additional information regarding summer storage, please contact Jeff Sweet at 860-685-3763 or jsweet@wesleyan.edu.

Summer Housing
On-campus summer housing will be located in Fauver Residence Hall and is available between Friday, May 27, 2011 and ends September 3, 2011.  Summer housing is available for Wesleyan undergraduate students that meet the following criteria:

  • Academics
  • International Student
  • University employment

Seniors who have graduated, graduate students, and people not matriculated at Wesleyan are not eligible for summer housing.

The daily rate for summer housing is $21.80 a day and includes a double-occupancy room and air-conditioning.  Students must register for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Dining services will not be open to summer students and you will be responsible for your own meals.  Applications for summer housing will be available on Friday, March 25, 2011 at www.wesleyan.edu/reslife.  The priority deadline for summer housing applications is Friday, April 29, 2011 and applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 29, 2011 if space is available.  Students will be notified of their summer assignment the week of May 9th.

Students who choose to not live in University summer housing will not be able to move back to campus before Saturday, September 3, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact Residential Life by phone at 860-685-3550 or by e-mail at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

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