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Unspeakable Acts and Know the Line is a series of skits addressing sexual assault, relationship violence and alcohol issues that WesWELL sponsors during New Student Orientation.  This peer theatre piece was first performed at Wesleyan in 2002.   The performance is a powerful introduction to sexual assault and alcohol use on campus and provides a starting point for further discussion for this difficult but important topic.  Each year, the performers have put their own unique stamp on the piece(s) they perform, to make changes that help the audience understand the issues more clearly, and even add new skits.

Fifteen to twenty volunteers are needed. The more performers, the fewer parts each person would be required to play. Current students of all class years are welcome to participate.  Three skits require eight performers while the others are monologues or two-person dialogues.

These skits are performed as “reader’s theatre”, where the performers carry a script to refer to rather than fully memorizing them. Performers are encouraged to be familiar enough with the material that they do not need to read from their script verbatim. The setting is very minimal and no costumes are worn, allowing audience members to use their imaginations to fill in details, based on what they are hearing.

Unspeakable Acts and Know the Line is tentatively scheduled for three or four group rehearsal(s) and two performances during the week of New Student Orientation.  Performers must be available for ALL sessions to participate and are encouraged to rehearse on their own as well.

Sign Up Friday, April 29th is the deadline to contact Tanya Purdy if you are interested in performing.  You need simply email or call and we will arrange to meet for a brief interview before the semester ends.

Tentative Rehearsals Monday, August 29, 2011 – Wednesday August 31, 2011

12:00pm to 4:00pm


Tentative Performance Thursday, September 1, 2011
Crowell Concert Hall

Time Commitment
Approximately 16 hours for group rehearsals, 2 hours for the performances (total), plus any individual rehearsal time on your own.

Early arrival into housing
WesWELL will sponsor you for an early arrival.  We must have your full commitment, Wes ID and housing assignment information by May 4th in order to ensure housing accommodations can be made.

Acting Experience
No acting experience needed, just an interest in educating your peers and addressing sexual assault and alcohol use on campus. An ability to read with feeling and a strong voice help.

Previous knowledge of sexual assault and alcohol issues
It is helpful to have some knowledge since students may see you as a resource once you have performed in the skits. WesWELL can assist in providing resources to assist in learning more about sexual assault if you are interested. 

Can I see the script before I decide?
Yes. Contact Tanya Purdy to find out when you can stop by to view a script.

Contact Tanya Purdy by April 29th to volunteer or if you have questions
Tanya Purdy , Director of Health Education
Email: tpurdy@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860.685.2466

Applications for the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Intern for the 2011-2012 academic year are now being accepted.  The SART intern will provide trained peer support to help students navigate on- and off-campus resources and judicial processes.  The intern will also serve as a liaison between the Davison Health Center, the Office of Behavioral Health for Students, WesWell, Student Activities, SART, the Administration, WSA, and other student and campus groups engaged in sexual assault prevention and response initiatives.  More information can be found through the following links:

Applications must be submitted to Dr. Davis Smith (pdsmith@weselyan.edu) at the Davison Health Center by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 15.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Smith or Eliza Gordon ’11 (ejgordon@wesleyan.edu), the current SART intern.


The Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee is sponsoring a forum this Thursday, March 24, for students interested in discussing alcohol-free event opportunities on campus. The gathering will take place in Daniel Family Commons from 6-7 p.m., and dinner from Typhoon will be provided.

Student members of the committee will be running the forum, providing information on resources available (such as how to submit a request for SBC funding), and will be encouraging all attendees to brainstorm event ideas.

One of the goals of this forum is to identify students who are interested in taking a leadership role in expanding upon the social opportunities currently available on any given weekend. The committe looks forward to seeing you there!

Last April, Wesleyan hosted the first annual Relay For Life, joining together over 200 students, faculty, and staff raising $27,000 in the fight against cancer. This year we hope to double our efforts and make Relay a campus wide event!

At Relay, teams take the track to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against this disease! Each Relay is different but full of entertainment, activities, food, fun and games for all ages to enjoy. There are also moving ceremonies throughout the event to honor all those who have been touched by cancer.

Sign up your Relay team today! Go to www.relayforlife.org/wesleyanct
Learn more about upcoming meetings, fundraising tips, and how you can join the fight!

The Health Center will close for Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m.

An On-Call Provider will be available during recess for urgent concerns by calling (860) 685-2470 and selecting option 2. Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

Community Health Center*
635 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-6971
$5.00 co-pay for students with University Insurance
(*Please alert CHC staff that you are a Wesleyan student)

Preferred Walk-In Medical Center
(next to Super Food Mart)
842 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-4484

Middlesex Family Physicians
400 Old Saybrook Road
Middletown, Ct 06457
(860) 346-7738

If the above facilities are closed, students should access the

Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
28 Crescent Street
(860) 344-6000.

In case of Emergency, call 911

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

A panel on working with students with disabilities.

Wednesday, October 20 at 4:15 p.m. in Usdan 108.

You will have the chance to hear from undergraduate students from Wesleyan and recent graduates and world-class Paralympians from other institutions discuss their experience working with faculty.  All are welcome.

This event is sponsored by The Hartford Insurance Company, and Wesleyan University’s Human Resources, Disabilities Services and Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights. For more information, write to disabilitiesservices@wesleyan.edu or call x2332.

The second of three flu clinics is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12 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 last two clinics.  www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/ofnote/flu04.html

This summer, Yinka Taiwo-Peters ’12 started and ran “The Water Awareness Project” in Abuja, Nigeria, with the aid of the Rausch Internship grant from the Environmental Studies Department. There is a growing water crisis in Nigeria with a large proportion of the population having no access to safe drinking water. It is estimated that only half of the 140 million people have access to safe water, and even fewer to basic sanitation facilities.

The goal of Water Awareness Project was to create awareness among Nigerian youths on the role of water in practicing good sanitation habits, while emphasizing water conservation practices. In June, Yinka gave 30-minute to 60-minute talks on the role of water in sanitation and water conservation practices in twenty-schools in Central Abuja. In July, she worked with the pupils of an Abro Hallmark International School, located in Mpape, Abuja, a settlement deficient of portable water. With the help of a plumber, the pupils and Yinka installed a water tank that employs a rainwater harvesting system from the rooftop of a school building. This particular activity emphasized the importance of community engagement from one’s younger years and showed a water conservation practice. With the tank installation, it is hoped that the students will spend less time in search of water before classes and medical costs will be reduced as a result of water-related diseases contracted from the use of contaminated water.

At the end of July, Yinka concluded the water awareness project and conducted mini surveys from the students in participating schools. In the future, she plans to continue this project by expanding to more rural settlements and schools in other parts of Nigeria.

Take the time to donate, and you can save 3 lives with your blood. Wesleyan will host a campus-wide blood drive on Wednesday, October 6, and Thursday, October 7 from 11:45 am-5:00 pm each day. The drive will take place at Beckham Hall – Fayerweather Building, next to Usdan University Center. Go to www.givelife.org (use WesleyanU for the sponsor code) and sign up for the appointment slot that best fits your schedule. Please feel free to email Jennifer Paykin (jpaykin@wesleyan.edu) or Frank Kuan (fkuan@wesleyan.edu) if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration.

The Office of Behavioral Health for Students (OBHS) welcomes and encourages students to take advantage of the following services:

  • The Peer Grief Support Group – an ongoing student-led group open to any Wesleyan student who is coping with the death of a friend or relative. Dr. Larry Antosz (lantosz@wesleyan.edu) is the clinical resource for the group. Meetings are held on Wednesdays, at 8:00pm in Room 212 on the second floor of the Davison Health Center.
  • Individual Appointments – appointment with one of the OBHS therapists. Call 685-2910 to schedule a specific time.
  • The Consultation Service – a specific focus usually involving one or two meetings. Call 685-3143 for a specific appointment.  If you have any questions, call 685-2910 or 685-3143.
  • Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL)
    169 High St., second floor (corner Church St. and High St.)

    Pastor Joan Burnett | Protestant Chaplain | jburnett@wesleyan.edu
    Father Hal Weidner | Catholic Chaplain | hweidner@wesleyan.edu
    Rabbi David Leipziger Teva | Director ORSL, Jewish Chaplain | dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

  • Class Deans

    Noel Garrett | Class of 2011 | ngarrett@wesleyan.edu
    David Phillips | Class of 2012 | dphillips@wesleyan.edu
    Louise Brown | Class of 2013 | lsbrown@wesleyan.edu
    Marina Melendez | Class of 2014 | mmelendez@wesleyan.edu

To Members of the Wesleyan Community:

I am writing to remind you of an important resource that the Office of Behavioral Health (OBHS) has developed for the Wesleyan community.  Effective Interventions:  A Guide for Faculty and Staff to Recognize and Aid Students in Distress provides all members of the Wesleyan community with information on recognizing and assisting persons in emotional distress.  Although written primarily with a faculty and staff audience in mind, I am sending this message to students because I suspect the information may also be useful in helping students support their peers.

The Guide can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/obhs/distress.pdf

Finally, let me remind each of you that OBHS exists expressly to help students (undergraduate and graduate) to deal effectively with emotional, personal, interpersonal and situational issues which cause unhappiness, frustration and/or disruption to their lives.  If you are a Wesleyan student who thinks some professional input could be useful, OBHS encourages you to contact us at 860-685-2910 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  In an emergency you can always reach the therapist on call (24/7 whenever classes/exams are in session) – simply call and follow the directions to reach a therapist after hours.  Our services are free to Wesleyan students.  All information that you reveal to us is considered absolutely confidential and would be revealed only with your explicit permission or in an emergency situation where there is a need to prevent injury to you or to others.

Remember, if you have any questions, at any time, please feel free to call OBHS.


Dr. Philippa M. Coughlan
Director of OBHS

Student-Run Grief Support Group
(Sponsored by the Office of Behavioral Health for Students)

Meets: Wednesdays
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Group Room 212
(2nd Floor, Davison Health Center)

Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Please feel free to come and leave when it’s convenient for you. If you have questions, please contact: Kendall (512/296-3521).

The Davison Health Center in conjunction with the Human Resources Department will sponsor our sixth annual flu clinic with dates in September and October.  This year the seasonal flu shot will include protection against H1N1.  You should still 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 upcoming clinics.  www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/ofnote/flu04.html

As the semester begins we want to share with you information about the resources on campus to address sexual violence.  As you know, the University has a very clear policy prohibiting all forms of sexual misconduct and assault:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/studenthandbook/3_sexual_misconduct.html.  Every member of the community is expected to know and follow the policy.  As a community there are several things we can do to reduce the likelihood that members of our community will experience the trauma of an assault.  While the responsibility for any sexual misconduct lies with the perpetrator, there are many actions people can take to reduce the risk becoming a victim:

  • Set your own sexual boundaries and communicate them clearly to a potential sexual partner before becoming intimate.
  • Notice your fears and act on them. Your instincts are usually right.
  • Look for signs of a lack of respect. If someone does not respect your personal space or your wishes, it is possible they won’t respect you in a sexual situation either.
  • Be especially cautious in a new environment with unfamiliar people. This applies whether you are on campus, off campus or traveling. Avoid going to isolated rooms or areas with someone you do not know well.
  • Never leave a party or gathering with someone you don’t know well, and don’t accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Attend social gatherings with friends and leave with them. Make a plan for the evening and stick to it to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Watch your alcohol and other drug use. Studies of rape indicate that up to 75 percent of victims were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of the assault, often provided by the assailant. For the same reasons that it is important to remain sober to control a car, it is equally important to stay sober in order to maintain control of your judgment and be able to legally give consent.

While we hope that we can reduce the number of assaults on campus, we want to be sure that if an assault occurs you know what resources are available across campus.  Nearly a dozen professional staff on campus have received specialized training and form the Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART):  http://sexualviolence.blogs.wesleyan.edu/.  These staff can answer questions about what a student can expect if they file a report of an assault and they are fully aware of all of the counseling resources on and off campus.  If you have any questions about the SART trained staff, please contact Joyce Walter, Director of the Davison Health Center (jwalter@wesleyan.edu).  In addition to the staff on campus, the University has hired a Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) Intern who also can serve as a liaison for students seeking resources.  This year’s SART intern Eliza Gordon ’11 can be contacted at ejgordon@wesleyan.edu or you can visit her office in the Davison Health Center, 327 High Street – 2nd floor room 208. Please check out the sexual violence blog for the SART intern’s office hours.


Joyce Walter
Director of the Davison Health Center

Rick Culliton
Dean of Students

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