Grading Mode Deadline 2/21

For courses with a “Student Option” grading mode, the deadline to change the grading mode is Wednesday, 2/21, at 5:00p.m.

To review the grading modes for the courses in your schedule, login to WesPortal and click on “Class Schedule.”  The “Grade” column will indicate the current grading mode for the course.  For courses that are “Student Option,” a drop down menu is available through which the grading mode can be changed.

A paper form is no longer required to change grading mode.

Join the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards Planning Committee

The annual Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards ceremony seeks to honor the late Dean Edgar Beckham, whose dedication to social justice continues to positively impact the Wesleyan community. We aim to celebrate the students, faculty, staff, and members of the Middletown community whose efforts align with the ideals that guided his work. Our hope is that the recognition of these individuals will inspire other members of the community to commit to social justice work of their own.

To ensure that the ceremony is as successful as possible, the current members of the Edgar Beckham Planning Committee need full community participation. Here is how you can take part:

Join the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards Planning Committee!

The Edgar  Beckham Social Justice Awards Planning Committee is currently expanding. We are looking for motivated volunteers (particularly current freshmen and sophomores) to help make our annual banquet ceremony a success.

If you:

  • Care about social justice,
  • Want to make sure that students, faculty, and staff are recognized for good work they
  • are doing, as they deserve to be
  • Have any interest in event planning

Please fill out the this form so that we can get to work!

Interested in the Psychology Major?–Careers in Mental Health 2/12

Prof. Chuck Sanislow, will discuss options for careers in mental health-related professions, including how best to apply for clinical psychology and related programs. Guide to Applying to Graduate School. We welcome as our guests Pamela Grande. Sharon Castonguay, Jacob Gonzalez, and Ruthann from the Gordon Career Center.  Pizza will be provided!

Mon., Feb. 12th (Mon.), 12:20 – 1:20 pm, Judd 116

Psychology majors Manual:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/psyc/about/psychman_post2019.pdf
Prospective student email after submitting psyc major request:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/psyc/declaring_mjr.pdf

  

Major Declaration Opens 2/8

The Major Declaration System will open on Thursday, February 8, after the close of Drop/Add.  To initiate the declaration process, login to WesPortal, open “Academics,” and click on “Major/Minor/Certificate Declaration.”  Select your intended major from the drop down menu and click “Submit Major.”  At this point, you will be prompted to complete the Pre-Major Advisor Feedback Survey.

Depending on your choice of major, the department you have chosen may ask you to submit additional material before you are accepted into the major.  Once you are accepted, you will be assigned a new faculty advisor within your major department.  You must be accepted into a major by the end of the spring semester.  A second (or third) major/minor/certificate may be declared now or in any subsequent semester (with the exception of Psychology, which must be declared by the end of the sophomore spring semester, which is the last day of classes).  A complete list of majors, minors, and certificates can be found at http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/index.html.

If you have any questions or concerns about declaring a major, please contact Dean Phillips at dphilips@wesleyan.edu to schedule an appointment.

For those of you who may be curious about the relationship between the one’s undergraduate major and one’s life and career, check out “Impact of Major on Career Path for 15600 Williams College Alums,” an interactive graphic created by Satyan Devadoss, a professor of Mathematics at Williams College.  The data is presented in the form of a circle, with undergraduate major fields represented on the left and career fields represented on the right.  Clicking on a major on the left will show the careers those undergraduates went into; clicking on a career on the right will show the majors that flowed into that field.

Have a Question About Alcohol or Drugs? Need Support?


Happy Spring Semester everyone! I want to remind students that my office is a resource for alcohol and other drug issues on campus.

I’m interested in speaking with any students who are worried about alcohol or other drug use (their own or their peers’) and anyone seeking information about the effect of substances on the body or mind. I am also happy to meet with students who have questions about the signs of addiction as well as anyone needing support for establishing or maintaining a sober life on Wesleyan’s campus.

All meetings are private and provided using a nonjudgmental and conversational approach.  Meetings are for the purpose of both education and support. During appointments I use an evidence based set of tools called motivational interviewing to help students evaluate for themselves the pros and cons of their current substance use patterns.  To set an appointment students can email me at pmulready@wesleyan.edu. I am on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Friday.

Pamela Mulready, MS, LPC, LADC
Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist, WesWell
Wesleyan University, Davison Health Center
860.685.3027 (Direct) 860.685.2470 (Main)
860.685.2471 (fax) wesleyan.edu/weswell
pmulready@wesleyan.edu

Want to become a Peer Advisor? Info Session 2/6

Interested in helping other students navigate academic life at Wesleyan next year? Consider applying to work as an Academic Peer Advisor (APA) or New Student Orientation Academic Peer Advisor (NSO APA)!

APA is a full-year position, helping students both individually and in groups with course selection, time management, study strategies, and other topics.

NSO APA is a short-term position during orientation, working with the APAs to welcome new students to Wesleyan and help them transition smoothly!

Applications are due Monday, February 12th at 5pm!

The current APAs are holding an info session Tuesday, February 6th at 7pm in Usdan 114 about the job description and application process. Come talk to current APAs about what the two positions are like! There will be snacks and refreshments.

Info session event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1666228350110537/

APA job description:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/peeradvjobdesc.html

APA application:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdanV5jp-MuUl5g8PPLfHDlLHwpWhKd86JpS2qBliKoBfZcOw/viewform

NSO APA job description:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/NSOPeerAdvisorJobDesc.html

NSO APA application:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScddxqL0Wea6EjcyxndOYyu4uO6If2E-dLdzYN1SueTr8KPsg/viewform

Two GOVT Seminars Still Have Seats Available

Are you interested in Trump/Russia and/or in issues involving reproductive rights? If so, these Government Department seminars still have seats available:

GOVT 370 Scope and Limits of U.S. Executive Power
Ben Krupicka, Thursday, 1:20-4:10, PAC 411

This course will analyze the executive powers wielded by the President of the United States. Throughout the course we will examine the history of social, political, and legal conflicts and compromise that has shaped the current scope and limits of presidential power. We will be discussing a variety of topics including executive orders, the president’s war powers, executive privilege, clemency, and the veto power.

GOVT 396 Politics, Freedom, and Biology
Liza Williams, Tuesday, 1:20-4:10, ALLB 113

Biological processes, the natural world, and the human condition have long inspired political thinkers, from Aristotle to the present. This course takes up important ethical and political questions of human freedom that derive from our human capacities and character. We will examine contemporary philosophical problems in four areas: bioethics; biotechnology, especially as related to reproductive technologies; discourses in human freedom and ecology; and the science of judgment and cognition. Texts will include selections from Aristotle, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Saba Mahmood, Allen Buchanan, and William Connolly.

Interfaith Service Trip 2018

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is organizing a trip to New Jersey where we will do community service, learn about other religious traditions, and engage in rich dialogue and discussion from March 19-23.  All are welcome!!  The cost for five days (transportation, room, and board) is $450/person, but generous financial aid is available. 

If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Tracy at tmehrmuska@wesleyan.edu, or register here: https://goo.gl/forms/S9wJrStbeuExuQRZ2.

Audition for Life is a Dream (Wesleyan Spring Department Show)

The Wesleyan Department of Theater’s Faculty Production:
LIFE IS A DREAM
Written by: Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Directed by: Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Shira Milikowsky
Performance Dates: Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 6, 2018

“This life’s so strange
Living it is just a dream.”

The palace is a prison. Or the prison is a palace. Segismundo was sentenced to solitary confinement, no parole, on the day of his birth. (The sentencing judge was his father.) Rosaura was abandoned by her lover, so she got on her horse and she followed him – to Poland. Clotaldo can’t tell the difference between his head and his heart, Estrella learns all the wrong lessons at all the wrong times, and Astolfo just wants to be King. It’s the end of the Empire as we know it, and absolutely no-one feels fine.

Auditions are open to ALL Wesleyan students, with one full academic credit rewarded to those who act in the performance.

*We are looking to cast an ensemble that reflects the diversity of students within our community. All artists are invited to audition and will be considered for parts equally regardless of gender identity, race, or sexual orientation.*


~ AUDITIONS ~
Thursday, February 1 from 6pm-10pm
Friday, February 2 from 6pm-10pm
Saturday, February 3 from 12pm-4pm
Room: TST001 (Theater Studios)

Sign up for an audition slot here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1k5BOt06iNXII8yjh2L_jPoaUrKROgPpS6dZY_0BofuU/edit?usp=sharing

~ TO PREPARE ~
1) Please read the play (a close read is not necessary, a quick skim is OK.) We will discuss it a little!
2) Choose one of these sides (that most excite you) and prepare to perform it.
NOTE: It does not need to be memorized but familiarized. We’ll work on it together.
3) Fill out audition form upon arrival at the audition.

Sides can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-fU8bRmHxtJp3uP1P4hyLpTIdQpcqfLTG2OIstNZ5ZU/edit?usp=sharing

Please direct any questions to Stage Manager Pryor Krugman (pkrugman@wesleyan.edu)

Apply for a Spring Writing Mentor (Deadline 2/5)

A Writing Mentor is a writing tutor who works steadily with a student for a full semester. Students like the arrangement because it feels private, and the mentor and student often develop a close working relationship.

The deadline for students to apply for a mentor is Monday, February 5th, at 9:00AM.

Students can find complete information on the “Apply for a Writing Mentor” page on the Writing Workshop Web site, along with an application form.

Apply for a College of the Environment Internship (Deadline 2/19)

The College of the Environment offers internships for undergrad students to undertake research under the guidance of a Wesleyan faculty or other mentor during the Summer or Fall, 2018 and for the Spring, 2019.  The projects must relate to any of the broad themes covered by Environmental Studies and the College of the Environment. These internships are available to students across the entire University regardless of major or class-year.  The internships may be undertaken at Wesleyan or off-campus.

The summer internship will run from May 30, 2018 – July 27, 2018.  Internships are also available for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.  Fall internships may extend into the spring semester but Spring internships must be completed in the spring semester.

The deadline for applications is due on or before Monday, February 19, 2018, 5pm, allowing us to announce internship candidates by Friday, March 9th, prior to spring break.

Please submit the applications online at www.wesleyan.edu/coe. Under the Wesleyan University Internships tab, select “2018-2019 Internship Application.” Complete and submit by the application due date.

The student application must include two short letters of recommendation.  In addition to recommending the student, the faculty mentor must briefly (1-2 paragraphs) explain the project, its importance and relevance to her/his research program.  Letters of recommendation must be delivered to Ms. Valerie Marinelli, Administrative Assistant, College of the Environment by email (pdf preferred) to vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu.

The applications, including statements by faculty, will be judged by the oversight and awards committee. Award decisions will be announced prior to spring break.

For further information, please contact Valerie Marinelli at (860) 685-3733.