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Students are invited to a symposium called ‘Digging Together:  Community Archaeology: Practice and Potential.’ It will be held  Saturday, February 25 from 1pm to 4pm at the former Cross Street AME Zion Church (160 Cross St, just down from Neon Deli, opposite the Freeman Athletic Center). The forum will be This is being held in advance of beginning excavations on the ‘Beman Triangle’ (between Vine, Cross, and Knowles) in partnership with the Cross Street AME Zion Church this April. The project is being run as a service learning class where Wesleyan students are putting into practice the principles of shared partnerships through community archaeology as they learn about the history of the Beman Triangle and the methods of archaeology. This site is of national importance, as it was a planned mid-nineteenth century settlement of property owning African Americans. Here members of the AME Zion Church community (Middletown’s was the third such Church to form) managed to live successful lives in the face of racist oppression at a national and local level. The excavations will explore the material remains of the daily lives of these households.

At the symposium, the  three speakers will be discussing projects which work in collaboration between communities and archaeologists to engage in archaeological projects which produce exciting research outcomes, but in partnership with communities and which also engage with their own interests in specific sites.

Further details about the symposium are online, along with more details of the Beman Triangle archaeology Project: http://middletownmaterials.research.wesleyan.edu/beman-triangle/

The WESU Spring training enrollment site is up and running:


The first session will be held on Sunday, March 4th at 6:00 PM in PAC001.

Interested individuals can enroll in training using the link above. If you have questions, please email personnel@wesufm.org.

Bone Marrow Registry Drive 12/2

The Wesleyan American Medical Student Association is hosting a Bone Marrow Registry drive this Friday, December 2nd, at USDAN 110 from 1:30-5 to find a match for Louis, a 6-yr old who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Participating only takes a few minutes so please stop by to potentially save a life.

Join us for Wesleyan’s 5th Annual Fast-a-Thon, the kick-off event to Hunger and Homelessness Week!

Participants are invited to join the rest of the campus in donating the points they would use, and/or a meal swipe to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown. (If you donate more than 15 points you are automatically entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to Best Buy! )

This event raises money to fight hunger in our local community, and demonstrates solidarity against poverty across all boundaries. Considering the catastrophic storm that hit Connecticut, and especially Middletown with great force, this event is all the more important to the community.

Don’t wait, donate now!


All participants are invited to the interfaith banquet Tuesday the 15th, at 5:45PM (the above time is incorrect, but uncorrectable) in Beckham Hall, with FREE dinner from Haveli India and free t-shirts.There will also be performances by campus musical groups as well as captivating speeches about different religions’ practices of fasting.

Seats at the Banquet are limited, so come early!

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Sponsored by: Interfaith Justice League, Muslim Student Association, Haveli India, Bon Appetit, Office of Residential Life, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Office of Community Service, SBC, SALD.

Please contact Hira Jafri for more details at hjafri@wesleyan.edu

Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon?

1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $14,000 for the local food pantry.

This is the one event on campus that is able to engage nearly half of the student body!

This year’s Fast-a-thon will be even BETTER!

If you’d like to help us with this year’s Fast-a-thon, join us at the meeting for volunteers:

What:   Fast-a-Thon 2011 Volunteer Meeting
:  Monday, November 7th, 4:30pm
Where: PAC001

The idea behind the Fast-a-thon is to donate the points/meals that you would have eaten that day towards the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Considering the catastrophic storm that hit Connecticut, and especially Middletown with great force, this event is all the more important to the community.

We really need your help to make this year’s Fast-a-Thon a success! If you can’t make it to the meeting but want to help, send an email to achaudhry@wesleyan.edu. Get excited, and we hope to see you there!

The Fast-a-Thon Planning Committee

Pumpkin Fest at Long Lane Farm

  • Live Music
  • Crafts
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Food
  • Farm Tours

Bring a canned good to be entered in a raffle

Saturday, October 29
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Long Lane Farm, the WSA,  Bon Apetit, Wesleyan Farmer’s Market, and the College of the Environment.


Any student who is planning to miss classes during the upcoming Jewish holidays Rosh HaShanah/Yom Kippur, September 28-30, and October 7-8) is expected to speak with her/his professors as soon as possible.

To see the schedule for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and events, go to

http://www.wesleyan.edu/orsl /jewish/schedule.html

Wesleyan’s policy is as follows: “The following information on the observance of religious holidays is provided to alert members of the Wesleyan community to possible scheduling conflicts. Faculty are asked to accommodate students whose religious holiday observance conflicts with paper deadlines or scheduled examinations.  Not all holidays require absence from routine commitments. Questions about the holidays may be directed to the University Chaplains.  Students who have questions about class attendance and assignments should consult with their Class Dean.”


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WesWELL is dedicated to promoting and delivering health promotion awareness events and activities. In order to most effectively reach the Wesleyan student body, we have Peer Health Advocates, a community of Wesleyan students interested in proactively addressing health issues on campus.

The PHAs are the soul of WesWELL’s peer-led health education efforts and integral to the development and implementation of those efforts. Involvement in the group is intended to be a resource for your own education, and more importantly, for the education of the student body. We welcome students with interest in all health topics who wish to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of the Wesleyan student body.

You can find out more about the PHA program at http://www.wesleyan.edu/weswell/peerhealthadvocates/pha_volunteering.html

Or you can download and application at http://www.wesleyan.edu/weswell/peerhealthadvocates/PHA%20Application%202011.pdf

For more information, contact:

Tanya Purdy, MPH
Director WesWell, Office of Health Education

Siddhant Issar worked for Upward Bound this summer, helping local high school students prepare for college.  Here are some photographs from the group’s trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, where they studied natural disasters and rich cultural heritage of the islands.

Group Picture at Black Sand Beach

With some students at the resort

A volcano that the group visited

At a Kona coffee plantation

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!

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.

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.

The Green Fund is a newly established, student-financed, student-managed fund for campus sustainability projects. It is independent of our university’s financial vulnerabilities and will finance initiatives that decrease the carbon footprint of the University, decrease waste, increase the University’s use of energy from renewable resources, and increase visibility of environmentally responsible practices on campus. The fund is supported by a 15 dollar per semester fee that students may opt-out of.

The Green Fund is now accepting proposals for innovative, well-developed proposals that can move the university forward in sustainability and environmental stewardship.

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 is December 3rd!

The Green Fund Committee
Josh Levine, Sophie Ackoff, Evan Weber, Bingxin Wu, Delphine Starr

Enjoy the unique opportunity of living with and programming for upperclassmen as a Community Advisor (CA). CAs are responsible for programming in the Wood frames, Hi or Lo Rise, Senior Fauver, or other apartments. Like a Resident Advisor, the CAs plan fun and/or educational programs to benefit their assigned area. Working with extensive ResLife support, CAs have a great opportunity to create unique programs and play a key role in community development. The position helps develop many essential life skills while providing the chance to work with similarly motivated and interesting people. Help develop marketable skills while also helping your classmates!

Preference given to the members of the junior and senior class.

More information can be found here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/student_staff/selection/process_CA_spring_2011.htm

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