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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.

Performers
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.

Performance
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.

Timeline
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
Evening
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

The Orientation Program is now accepting applications for 30 Orientation Leaders for the Class of 2015, and new transfer, exchange and visiting students. Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work for both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO).

Orientation Leaders work with Resident Advisors to mentor and guide students during both ISO and NSO. Orientation Leaders also help manage events, including welcoming international students at airports, working at residence hall arrival sites, informational forums and social events. Students from the class of ’12, ’13 & ’14 are eligible to apply. Successful candidates must be reliable, enthusiastic, and compassionate with good verbal communication skills, a positive attitude about campus life, culturally sensitive and experience working with diverse student populations.

Applications: To apply, go to the orientation website, www.wesleyan.edu/orientation

Application Deadline: Applications are due by March 23, 2011 by 5:00pm

Questions? Please contact:

Timothy Shiner
Director, New Student Orientation
tshiner@wesleyan.edu
860.685.2467

The Orientation Program is now accepting applications for 30 Orientation Leaders for the Class of 2014, and new transfer, exchange and visiting students.  Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work for both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO). Orientation Leaders work with Resident Advisors to mentor and guide students during both ISO and NSO.  Orientation Leaders also help manage events, including welcoming international students at airports, working at residence hall arrival sites, informational forums and social events.

Questions: Please contact Timothy Shiner at tshiner@wesleyan.edu

Apply online: www.wesleyan.edu/orientation by March 24 at 5pm.

The Orientation Program is seeking four Interns to assist with the planning and implementation of the Orientation Program for the incoming Class of 2014 and the new transfer, exchange & visiting students. Interns plan both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO) with position responsibilities varying based on specific assignments.

These internships provide students an excellent opportunity to learn about large-scale event management and higher education administration, and to help lead one of the most important events on campus: the welcoming of new students to the University.

Duties: As an Intern, you will be an integral part of the planning and implementation of Orientation. You will work with professional staff in creating interesting, informative programs and activities for new students. Interns will monitor email and phone lines, answering questions from new students and families related to all aspects of life at Wesleyan. They will also be instrumental in training and supporting student Orientation Leaders, and will serve as point persons for specific events during Orientation.

Qualifications: Students who will be returning to Wesleyan in the Fall of 2010 are eligible to apply. Successful candidates should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, sound judgment, experience and/or interest in working with diverse student populations, an ability to work independently and with a group, organizational and planning skills, strong computer skills, and a willingness to work with staff to make the transition to Wesleyan as smooth, enjoyable and informative as possible for all new students.

Terms and benefits:
Period of internship: June 1 – September 5, 2010
Hours per week: 35
Compensation: $8.25 an hour plus on campus housing.

Applications: Click here to apply online or here to download a paper application.

Application Deadline: Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, February 5th. Selected candidates will be interviewed mid-February and notified before spring break.

If you have questions, please contact:

Timothy Shiner
Director, New Student Orientation
tshiner@wesleyan.edu
860.685.2467

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Students are needed to perform in “Unspeakable Acts” or “In the Company of Others” during New Student Orientation 2009.

“In the Company of Others” is a time when four to five students share their experiences and thus spark the conversation of what it means to live in a diverse community. “Unspeakable Acts” is a series of vignettes which brings into conversation the importance of addressing sexual violence and working toward healthy relationships. Students must be able to return to campus by Friday, August 28.

Interested students should complete the online interest form: http://www.wesleyan.edu/orientation/itcoua.html.  They are also encouraged to attend one of two information sessions next Monday:

Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 12:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.
Location: Usdan 136

For questions about In the Company of Others, contact Tim Shiner at tshiner@wes or 860.685.2467.  For questions about Unspeakable Acts, contact Lisa Currie at lcurrie@wes or 860.685.2466 or review the Unspeakable Acts FAQ: http://www.wesleyan.edu/weswell/events/unspeakableacts.html.

The New Student Orientation Program is now accepting applications for 30 Orientation Leaders for the Class of 2013.  Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work for both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO).

Orientation Leaders are expected to return to campus on Monday, August 24, 2009.  All Orientation staff must attend training sessions from August 25-27, participate fully during both ISO and NSO (August 28-September 7), and must assist with all assigned events.

Successful candidates must be reliable, enthusiastic, and compassionate with good verbal communication skills, a positive attitude about campus life, culturally sensitive and experience working with diverse student populations.

Click here for the complete Orientation Leader job description and a link to the online application.  Applications are due by March 25 at 5:00 p.m.

The Office of the Dean of the College is seeking five Orientation Interns to assist with the planning and implementation of the Orientation Program for the incoming Class of 2013 and the new transfer, exchange & visiting, and international students.  Position responsibilities will vary according to assignment with either New Student Orientation (NSO) or International Student Orientation (ISO), but Interns will have opportunities to assist in both programs.

These semi-professional internships provide students an excellent opportunity to learn about large-scale event management and higher education administration, and to help lead one of the most important events on campus: the welcoming of new students to the University.  The positions come with a stipend and housing.

Applications are available on the New Student Orientation website and are due February 6.

Those of you who participated in the Common Moment dance at Foss Hill during orientation week might want to check out the short video which has been posted to the Feet to the Fire website.

More videos and images are available in the Feet to the Fire Gallery.

The panoramic photograph of the Class of 2012 taken during New Student Orientation is now available for purchase from the Panfoto website.

Check out these scenes from the First Year Matters/Feet to the Fire Common Moment on August 29, 2008. Photos by Nick Lacy.

On the evening on Thursday, August 28, members of the Class of 2012 took part in a survey on climate change.  Here are the results:

What do you see as the greatest threat resulting from climate change?

    threats histogram

  1. Threat to water resources. (16%)
  2. Threat to ecosystems. (37%)
  3. Threat to food. (7%)
  4. Threat to coasts. (5%)
  5. Threat to health. (9%)
  6. Warm spells/heat waves. (3%)
  7. Heavy precipitation events. (3%)
  8. Area affected by drought increases (4%)
  9. Intense tropical cyclone activity increases (4%)
  10. Increased incidence of extreme high sea level (14%)

What do you see as the most effective adaptation or alleviating factor to reduce the impact of climate change?

    alleviation histogram

  1. Stabilizing carbon emissions at the rate existing between the years 2000 – 2030 (17%)
  2. Stabilizing carbon emissions at the rate predicted between the years 2020 – 2060 (7%)
  3. Stabilizing carbon emissions at the rate predicted between the years 2050 – 2090 (3%)
  4. Adaptation of agricultural planning (4%)
  5. Coastal zone infrastructure (1%)
  6. Reinvestment in infrastructure and design of cities (11%)
  7. Adaptation to water use (4%)
  8. Adaptation to human health planning (3%)
  9. Reduction in pollution from domestic and industrial sources (24%)
  10. Strengthening of energy transmission and distribution (26%)

north end peninsula

The north-end peninsula of Middletown is an area of spectacular beauty and unique aquatic and riparian ecology in the Connecticut River watershed. The north-end peninsula contains a converted sanitary landfill as well as the recycling center and the remnant of the old Remington Building that built both type writers and munitions during World War I. The Coginchaug and Matabesset rivers converge at the north-end peninsula just below the Cromwell Meadows. Professor Chernoff will talk about aquatic conservation efforts on the Matabessett and Coginchaug Rivers as well as the efforts of the Jonah Center to develop the area sustainably for residents while protecting the ecosystem. All of these efforts include involvement of Wesleyan students. Students will follow the lecture with a trip to the land fill and North-End Peninsula. This is an ongoing research and community involvement project to transform an important piece of Middletown and to protect our environment. The lecture will take place in Usdan 108 at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30. The trip to the North End Peninsula will follow the lecture.

lermanThe Feet to the Fire Common Moment is being led by the world renowned Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. The event features a dance performance by Wesleyan students with a special performance by students and community members on bicycles, tricycles and unicycles. As part of the performance, students will assemble in the shape of a histogram that outlines the results of a campus poll on global climate change. The night will conclude with a performance of fire-dancing by Wesleyan student group Prometheus.

The Common Moment takes place on Friday, Aug. 29 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Foss Hill.

pine islandThe Feet to the Fire/First Year Matters Common Reading Discussions that will be taking place on Thursday, August 28, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. are based on two sets of “texts:”

1. The first set of texts is four articles on the topic of global climate change that were made available over the summer:

  • Suketu Mehta, “Lost Horizons” (2007)
  • Edward T. Nickens, “Walden Warming” (2007)
  • T. Root, et al., “Fingerprints of Global Warming on Wild Animals and Plants” (2003)
  • Juliana Spahr, “Unnamed Dragonfly Species” (2002)

All four articles are available through the Wesleyan Library eReserve system (course: fym001; password: fym001) and all first-year students are expected to have read them before arriving on campus.

2. The second set of texts is four faculty lectures on the topic of global climate change that will be taking place on Thursday, August 28, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. All new students are expected to attend one of these lectures:

  • “Changing the Moral Climate” (Professor Elise Springer, Philosophy)
  • “Climate Policy and Interdisciplinary Scholarship” (Professor Gary Yohe, Economics)
  • “Decision Time: A Scientist and Humanist Discuss Energy Scarcity and Global Climate Change” (Professor Brian Stewart, Physics, and Professor Krishna Winston, German Studies)
  • “Social Knowledge and Climate Change” (Professor Paul Erickson, History)

The Common Reading Discussions are meant to provide new students with an opportunity to share their ideas on global climate change with faculty and other community members in a relaxed setting. Following these discussions at 8:15 p.m., RAs will prepare new students for the Common Moment with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange that will be taking place on Friday, August 29, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., by taking polls and helping them create wish ties.

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