Winter Session 2017 Financial Aid Application Deadline 10/20

The application for Winter Session 2017 Financial Aid is now available in student portfolios in the Winter Session bucket. You must complete the application before October 20 in order to be eligible for aid. Students who are currently receiving Wesleyan grant funds and are a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S. may apply for aid, and may gauge their award eligibility using the chart available on the application. Applying for financial aid does not obligate you to take a course; if you’re considering Winter Session but are not sure, please apply for aid anyway.

Financial Aid process:

  1. Apply for Wesleyan grant aid by October 20, using the form in your EPortfolio.
  2. You will receive an award letter Thursday, October 27.
  3. Enroll in your course beginning Friday, October 28; bring your paper enrollment form, award letter, and payment for the difference between tuition and your award to the Continuing Studies office.
  4. If you plan to use student loans to pay for your course, please consult with your financial aid advisor to make sure you have enough loan availability to cover both Winter Session and the spring term – you do not need to submit any additional forms to borrow student loans for Winter Session.
  5. Applications for grant aid will not be accepted after Thursday, October 20. Need-based grant funds are limited and will not meet full need, as Winter Session is an optional term.

More information about Winter Session, including the course list, is available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/wintersession. Winter Session takes place January 9-24. Course registration, housing requests, and dining requests will open on Thursday, October 28. Housing and Dining requests will only be accepted until Tuesday, December 6 at noon.

Please direct all questions to winter@wesleyan.edu.

The Historic Decision on Net Neutrality, and What it Means for the Future 11/10

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Net neutrality is a central issue of freedom of speech and access on the Internet. If you’ve ever streamed movies, TV, or sports games on your computer, then net neutrality is something important to you!

In February 2015, the FCC voted to uphold Net Neutrality and forbade Internet providers from charging some users to access “fast lanes” while forcing others into “slow lanes.” This was the single-most important issue surrounding the Internet, and the most important decision made by the FCC about the Internet, of the past decade.

Learn more about what net neutrality means in this Q&A with Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web), and by attending this panel with some fascinating guest speakers:

Right Now! Election 2016 Panel Discussion Series

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The Role(s) of Religion

October 27, 7 pm, PAC 001

 Behind the Curtain: Campaign Financing, Gerrymandering, and Barriers to Voting
November 3, 7 pm, PAC 001

The Future of Foreign Policy
December 5, 7 pm, PAC 001 

Gordon Career Center Open House for the Class of 2020 10/14

The Gordon Career Center (41 Wyllys Avenue) is hosting a special “open-house” event for first-year students on Friday, October 14, at 12:15 pm. Learn about the Center’s resources and services available to you from the start of your first year at Wesleyan. We will provide a brief overview about resume writing, internships, opportunities over winter break,  our career management platform Handshake, and how to get involved on-campus to gain experiences and skills that will help you to land summer internships and jobs.

Meet the staff and the Peer Career Advisors and let us partner with you as you begin to explore your interests and possible career paths. This event is a perfect first step to working with the Gordon Career Center.

For more information, please contact:

Rachel M. Munafo
Assistant Director of PR & Communication
Gordon Career Center
860.685.2180
rmunafo@wesleyan.edu

Join Unity–GLBTQ and Christian Group Tonite at 8pm

Are you queer/trans and Christian? Join Unity, a new student group on campus, for our first meeting this Thursday, October 6th, at 8pm in Usdan 136! We are a group of questioning and curious queer/trans Christians that gather over dessert to build community and share about the joys, questions, and difficulties we live as queer/trans Christians. Our first meeting will be an information session, so feel free to drop by if you want to get a sense of what the group will be like. Membership in this group will be confidential and is specifically for students who identify as LGBTQ or questioning.  If you are interested and can’t make it to this first gathering, please reach out to Jenny to learn more about when/where future meetings will take place at Jennifer.peek@yale.edu.

COL Open House Reception and Information Session 10/13

The College of Letters cordially invites members of the Class of 2020 to attend an Open House reception and information session, which will be held on Thursday, October 13th at 4:30 p.m. in the COL Library, 41 Wyllys Ave..  Professor Kari Weil will speak briefly about the Program and a number of COL students and faculty will be on hand to answer questions.

The College of Letters is an interdisciplinary major in literature, philosophy, and history, with a required area of foreign language concentration, and a semester in residence abroad (usually in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, or Israel.)  To learn more about the COL, study abroad possibilities, and the application process, please visit the COL website at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/col/.

Unlike most majors, the COL begins in the fall of the sophomore year, which is why application for it must be made in the spring of your first year.

This year the deadline for applications is Monday, March 27, the first day after Spring vacation.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Kari Weil
Director, College of Letters
kweil@wesleyan.edu

Pumpkin Festival at Long Lane Farm 10/8

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The College of the Environment in partnership with Long Lane Farms
hosts the annual Pumpkin Festival on the farm (located at Wadsworth St and Long Lane Farm).

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from NOON to 4pm
(raindate will be on Sunday; same time)

The event is free for all to attend.
There will be tours of the farm, live music, activities and crafts
(ie: face painting, tie dying, letterboxing, paper making, creating fringy scarves from upcycled t-shirts) and much more.

Local vendors like The Board Room, Cinder + Salt and The Yarn Store will be there.
Pumpkins, apples and bake goods will be for sale.
Free veggie burgers and hot apple cider will be provided.
Grab a friend or two and join us!

The annual event is hosted by the College of the Environment, Long Lane Farms, and Bon Appetit

Hope to see you there!

Change of Grading Mode Deadline 5pm Today

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

To review the grading modes for the courses in your schedule, login to your portfolio and click on “Current Classes & Schedule.”  The “Grade” column will indicate the current grading mode for the course.  To determine whether a course is “Student Option,” click on the link in the “Course ID” column to review the WesMaps description.

If you decide to change the grading mode for a course, you will need to submit a Grading Mode Change Form to the Registrar by 5pm today. Faculty Advisor and Class Dean signatures are NOT required to submit the form.

Apply to be on Concert Committee!

Are you interested in music? Concerts? Are you Interested in allocating funds for all concerts on campus (minus Spring Fling)? Then you should apply to be on the Concert Committee!  

The Concert Committee has ONE open spot to fill reserved for a first year student.

To apply, please answer the following questions and send your answers to Lucas, Lisa, and Drew by Thursday, 9/29, at 5:00 pm.

Lucas Hegewisch: lhegewisch@wesleyan.edu
Lisa Rogers: lrogers@welsyean.edu
Drew Trotman: dtrotman@wesleyan.edu

Interviews will be held on Friday 9/30 between 11am and 2pm. A follow up email will be sent containing a Doodle link with interview slots.

Questions

  • Why do you want to be on Concert Committee? 
  • What is the role of Concert Committee?
  • Have you booked any concerts at Wesleyan or elsewhere?
  • What are your other commitments for this academic year (clubs, publications, sports, etc.)?
  • Can you check your email daily (sometimes several times a day)?
  • What is something you felt worked well with this year’s Concert Committee? (returning students only)
  • What is something you disliked about this year’s Concert Committee? (returning students only)
  • What skills will you bring to the Concert Committee?
  • What are your ideas for improving the music scene at Wesleyan?
  • What is the best concert you’ve attended in the past year?
  • What made the experience so memorable?

Overview for Prospective Major in Psychology 10/3

On Monday,  October 3,  12:20-1:10pm in Judd 116, Matt Kurtz (Department Chair) will provide an overview of the major to prospective majors. The psychology major requirements have changed starting with the class of 2019. The chair will be available before and after the meeting to sign forms (e.g., study abroad, transfer credits).  Pizza will be provided.  Helpful handout: Psychology Majors Manual, Class of 2019 and beyond.

Student Employees Needed for Homecoming and Family Weekends

Homecoming (Oct.21-22) and Family Weekends (Oct. 28-30) are fast approaching, and student employees are needed.

Aside from getting paid, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to help out with one of Wesleyan’s most important events, make lasting connections with alumni, and represent the student body to hundreds of visitors and guests. Potential jobs include working at the registration site, escorting guests around campus in shuttle vans, and much more! 

To apply for a position, please fill out and submit the student worker application.   Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 5th at 5:00 PM, and we will notify you of your employment status no later than Monday, October 10th.

Note: Homecoming is during fall break.

There will be a mandatory student employee meeting on Wednesday, October 26th at 5:00 PM (location TBD)If you are hired, you must attend this meeting to receive your work schedules, event staff T-shirt, and other important event information.

If you have any questions, please contact the APR interns at aprinterns@wesleyan.edu.

Nisha Grewal ’17, Avva Saniee ’17, Amanda Yeoh ’19 , and Maxine Gibb ’19
Homecoming and Family Weekend 2016 Interns
Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
330 High Street
aprinterns@wesleyan.edu
(860) 685-2802

Resilience Retreat

Screen Shot 2016-09-14 at 6.01.54 PMAre you yearning to feel more grounded, capable, and confident?  We invite you to participate in an off-campus, all-expense paid, interfaith weekend retreat from Friday to Sunday (Nov 11 to 13) at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT.  We hope to help you enjoy increased resiliency by discovering and cultivating your own inner strength and peace.  During this program, we will discuss key components of resilience, identify individual areas of strength and potential growth, learn specific tools and practices that can help us become more resilient, and reflect on the role of our faith/spirituality.  Space is limited! Register here.