New Teaching Evaluations Update

Wesleyan is implementing a new teaching evaluation form this fall.  The majority of classes will use the new teaching evaluation form, with new questions.  However, a small number of classes will continue to use the old form for a few more terms, so some students will complete a different form for certain classes.  There will be one landing page for all student course evaluations, with a link to the correct form for each course.

Summer Opportunity: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at The University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 cohort!

If you questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to Olivia Won (owon@wesleyan.edu), Kai Blatt (kblatt@wesleyan.edu), or Joseph Eusebio (jeusebio@wesleyan.edu). 

About the Program

DDCSP@UW is a paid, multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning program that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest.

A primary goal of the program is to expand what it means to be a “conservation professional.” By connecting conservation to cultural identity, biodiversity and environmental justice DDCSP@UW supports emerging scholars as they develop understandings, skills and perspectives needed to become a conservation change-maker.  What does this mean? Watch this video!

The first year experience begins in Seattle and travels through various cultural and ecological landscapes in Washington, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Salish Sea and across the Cascade Mountains into the Yakima Valley, learning about emerging and ongoing issues in conservation along the way. Read more about the first year “Classroom in the Field” here.

**Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will have all travel, food and lodging paid during their 8-week summer experience and will receive a stipend of $4,000 ($500/week).

Who can apply?

We’re looking for 20 freshmen and sophomores to join us for an 8-week conservation immersion course. 

Scholars can be from any and all majors (including “undecided”). In fact, we’re specifically looking for a broad mix of students with varying interests, skills and perspectives who demonstrate a commitment to the environment, equity and inclusion and are curious, creative and enthusiastic. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have DACA status granted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  (For more on DACA, refer to this link). 

** DDCSP@UW seeks to form and support a community of scholars who are representative of various cross-cultural backgrounds and perspectives that span across class, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation and physical ability.

Learn more and APPLY here!

Timeline:

Application opens: November 14, 2016
Application deadline: January 31, 2017
Notified: Early March
Program begins: June 19, 2017 (Travel day June 18)
Program ends: August 11, 2017 (Travel August 12)

Meet-and-Greet with Professor Royette Tavernier, 12/1, 4:30pm, Judd 113

image001Come learn more about ongoing research on campus! PSI CHI  (Wesleyan’s psychology honor society) is hosting a Professor Meet-and-Greet with Prof. Royette Tavernier.  Prof. Tavernier is a developmental psychologist, whose research program examines the link between sleep and psychosocial adjustment. This is a great way to get to know professors in a more informal space, to ask questions, and to get to know fellow psychology majors and non-psychology majors.

This event is open to all students.  Coffee and donuts will be provided! No need to RSVP. Any questions, please contact any of the Psi Chi officers.

Course Withdrawal Deadline 12/2 at 5pm

Screen-Shot-2014-09-24-at-11.39.14-AM-600x464The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes for the Fall 2016 semester is Friday, December 2.  Completed forms are due in the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. and must include the following signatures: instructor, faculty advisor, and class dean.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and me about your concerns. If you can’t make my drop-ins, please email me at dphillips@wesleyan.edu or call me at x2757 to schedule an appointment.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do get the signatures of your instructor and advisor on your drop/add form. I cannot sign for either without his or her permission, so please save yourself the trouble of waiting to see me during drop-ins just for me to tell you that.
  • Do not wait until Friday at 4:00 p.m. to see me or you may find yourself waiting in a very long line!

Drop-in Hours: M 2-3, Tu 3-4, W 5-7, Th 11-12, F 2-4

Winter Session Registration – Courses Filling

If you are interested in taking a Winter Session course, register as soon as possible! 

To register for Winter Session, print the form from the bucket in your portfolio, complete the form, have your advisor sign it, and bring the form with payment to the Winter Session office (74 Wyllys Ave). You can also prepay on your student account before bringing your form in.

Housing and Dining forms for Winter Session are also in your portfolio and will close at noon on December 6. Only students who have completed the forms as well as registered for Winter Session (or another program) by noon on December 6 will be eligible for housing and dining. More information at http://www.wesleyan.edu/wintersession

Please contact the Winter Session office with any questions – winter@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2005.

College of Social Studies Info Session 12/13

An Invitation from the Tutors and Students in the College of Social Studies

The current CSS Tutors and Students invite you to a CSS Info Session on Tuesday, December 13, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., in the CSS Lounge, PAC 406.

Several of the CSS Tutors and the CSS Students will speak.

This Info Session will offer you an opportunity to ask questions about the CSS.

Refreshments will be served.

Please note: 

  • Applications for the CSS will be available online in the Spring Semester.
  • Interviews with CSS Tutors and Students will be held before Spring Break.
  • Check here for more information about the CSS: http://wesleyan.edu/css.

Apply to be an Eco Facilitator

The Wesleyan Sustainability Office is seeking frosh and sophomores to serve as Eco Facilitators for Spring 2017 and the 2017-2018 school year! The Eco Facilitators are a group of about 15 students who work closely with freshman dorms to promote sustainable and environmentally-friendly lifestyles on campus within the context of global climate change and social inequality.

In Spring 2017, EFs will enroll in a semester-long student forum focused on strategies for encouraging sustainable behaviors. Throughout the fall and spring of the 2017-2018 school year, EFs will be paid to apply their ideas through these strategies in dorms, and work with RAs to account for unequal access to resources while promoting sustainable living. Working as an EcoFacilitator is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and take part in building a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive campus community.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Monday, November 21st. There will also be an info session on Monday Nov 14th in Usdan 108 at 12:15 pm. More information, including an FAQ is available at bit.ly/EFs2017. Please email ecofacilitators@wesleyan.edu with any questions.

New Course: CGST 210 “Language and Thought: Introduction to Linguistics”

Q:  What is linguistics?
A: It’s the study of language, its structures, and the way it works.

We’re pleased to be re-introducing into the Wesleyan curriculum an introductory course on Linguistics, to be taught by Prof. Louise Neary in Spring 2017.  This course will introduce students to some of the principal areas like phonology  (the study of the sounds of language),morphology (the structure of words), syntax (the structure of sentences) and semantics (the meaning of language). 

This course has no prerequisites and will be interesting for anyone curious about how and why humans make the sounds we make. 

Check out Wesmaps for more info.  Offered M & W—2:50-4:10 p.m.

Apply to be on the Title IX Student Advisory Committee

As co-chairs of the Student Advisory Committee, a student-based committee that advises the Wesleyan Administration on Policy and Education efforts related to Title IX, we believe that student voices matter. We recognize that many of you may be searching for a way to be increasingly involved in efforts to reduce sexual violence on our campus, especially considering the current climate. For those of you interested in focusing on this work throughout this academic year, we invite you to apply to join the Student Advisory Committee. Currently the committee has representation from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes, so we are particularly interested in freshmen applications. Please note we will be evaluating applications regardless of class year.

The Title IX Student Advisory Committee (SAC) presents policy and education suggestions to the administration, raises awareness about ongoing efforts to reduce sexual assault on campus, and provides bi-annual updates to the Wesleyan community regarding this work.

If you are interested in joining the SAC, please complete an application at: https://goo.gl/forms/WIofoLALxIvnznkJ3

Applications are due at 12pm on Monday, November 14th and will be reviewed anonymously.

If you have any questions regarding the Title IX SAC please feel free to contact us.

Best,

Student Advisory Committee Co-Chairs
Kate Macken (kmacken@wesleyan.edu)
Nila Ravi (nravi@wesleyan.edu)

Apply to be an Admissions Intern

The Office of Admission will hire one Intern this semester. The position is open to members of the Class of 2019 and 2020 who are in good standing. The Admission Intern position is an opportunity for students to engage closely in the recruitment activities of the Office of Admission. We seek hard workers who are mature, dependable and enthusiastic in representing Wesleyan to the public.

Admission Intern responsibilities include:

  • general office work
  • developing, coordinating and implementing activities for Open House and WesFest with prospective students, their parents and members of the Wesleyan community
  • making phone calls and sending emails to fly-in participants
  • recruiting overnight hosts or student panelists for events
  • representing Wesleyan with Admission staff at area receptions when available
  • other duties as assigned

The position begins Spring 2017, with the expectation that the Intern will return for the next academic year. Interns work 8-10 hours/week (sometimes more during event weeks). Work study is preferred, but not required for this position.

Online application available here:
https://docs.google.com/a/wesleyan.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWHd4TJXt6kb1dn3B3QFpF7uBcDejy27fA1B7DxGbE8UOOJA/viewform?usp=send_form

Applications are due by Monday, December 5th at 12 noon.

New 0.25 credit course for Spring 2017: CIS 115 “Experiential Design and Application”

This course, co-taught with Director of Physical Plant Operations Mike Conte, will allow students to work directly with Facilities employees to design and execute modifications and repairs to existing Wesleyan spaces. The specific projects will change from semester to semester, but could include designing and building informal learning spaces, and planning and carrying out repairs and modifications to mechanical and plumbing systems. Students will learn design and engineering by carrying out projects to improve Wesleyan’s facilities. Students must be willing to work with tools and machinery with supervision. The grading in this quarter-credit repeatable course will be based primarily on active participation, and the class meetings will be held on location and at times built around participants’ schedules. The first organizational meeting will be held in the Cady building at 170 Long Lane on Friday, January 27 at 2:50 pm; interested students who cannot attend the first meeting should e-mail the instructors.  More information available in the WesMaps listing.

New FYS course: “Live Like a Philosopher”

“Live Like a Philosopher” is a project-based learning course where students will be asked to put into practice several philosophical theories about the good life from the ancient world.  Activities include the cultivation of specific habits, changing one’s behavior with others in a certain way, and going about one’s everyday routines a little differently.  In place of essays and exams, students will complete a course journal for themselves with daily diary entries.  They may also be asked to create digital stories or video diaries chronicling their experiences living like a philosopher, and at least some class time will be spent outside the classroom engaged in work related to the course content.  15 seats are available to first-years: details here.

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Section 2 of PSYC 105

Professor Lisa Dierker is teaching a small, media-based section of PSYC 105 that exposes students to psychology concepts through photography, sound, video production, editing, and graphic design.  It is a nice opportunity for first-year students to take this gateway course to the Pschology major and earn an SBS credit in a small, project-based environment.  PSYC 105 Section 2 is POI.

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