Application Information for Academic and NSO Peer Advisors Now Available

Academic Peer Advisors

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become Academic Peer Advisors for the 2017-20178 academic year. Academic Peer Advisors are juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation (NSO) and throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources. Academic Peer Advisors will receive training, give individualized peer advice and facilitate workshops for groups of students regarding metacognitive learning strategies, time management, public speaking, study, and exam preparation strategies. The Academic Peer Advisor position description and application can be found at:

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

NSO Peer Advisors

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become NSO Peer Advisors for the 2017-2018 academic year. NSO Peer Advisors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources. The comprehensive position description and application can be found at:

http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/NSOPeerAdvisorJobDesc.html

 

Apply for a Writing Mentor

Have you ever wanted a personal editor? Someone who would meet with you privately to help you with your writing?

Your Writing Mentor will work with you on your particular writing concerns, whether you need help generating ideas, structuring your essay, improving sentence clarity and grammar, or managing your time.  As mentors and mentees meet on a weekly basis, this program is designed for students who enjoy regular collaboration.  If you participate, you will have a sophomore, junior, or senior assigned to meet with you throughout the semester.

We work with students of all writing abilities and in all disciplines.  All services are free.

To apply for a writing mentor for the Spring 2017 semester, please fill out the online application here by Friday, February 10th at 11:59PM; we will let you know by  Wednesday, February 15th, if we’ve been able to pair you with a mentor. Please contact Ford Fellow Gabe Borelli at writingworks@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2440 if you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to working with you.

CSS Info Session 2/2

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 Thursday, February 2nd, 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. Please look over our CSS website and bring questions with you.

Refreshments will be served.

Please note:

  • Applications for the CSS will be available online beginning February 2, 2017.
  • Interviews with CSS Tutors and Students will be held before Spring Break.
  • Check here for more information about the CSS: http://wesleyan.edu/css.

College of the Environment Announces 2017 Summer and Fall Internships

UnknownThe College of the Environment announces 2017 summer and fall internships. This year, we are using an online application process that can be accessed from our website – www.wesleyan.edu/coe under the column labeled COE INTERNSHIPS. Please read the memorandum from Director Barry Chernoff for the details. (http://www.wesleyan.edu/coe/internships/index.html). The summer internship will run from May 31, 2017 – August 3, 2017 with a stipend payment of $4,000. The deadline for the application and two letters of recommendations are due on or before Monday, February 27, 2017, 5pm.

SPAN 2013: Spanish for Native Speakers

Spanish for Native Speakers
M-W. 2:50-4:10, Fisk 101
https://iasext.wesleyan.edu/regprod/!wesmaps_page.html?crse=012580&term=1171

Do you speak Spanish at home and with some friends, but feel like there are gaps in your language ability?   SPAN 203 is for you!   

SPAN 203 is designed for heritage speakers of Spanish who feel that they need to gain confidence and ability to take their fluency in Spanish to another level.  In this course you will

  • expand your vocabulary and your understanding of grammar
  • recognize a shared “standard”, while appreciating the many dialects and registers of Spanish
  • work on formal and academic registers
  • develop a critical attitude towards language use and language learning, as well as issues of identity
  • learn strategies for the life-long adventure which is being an educated speaker of a language

 Recognizing that Spanish is an essential element of  the Hispanic identity, as well as an important professional and social asset, SPAN 203 guides students through projects that develop their ability to express themselves in Spanish in a variety of contexts.

The class involves intense reading and writing, presentations, group work, and constant assessment.

 

New Course: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Rethinking the Italian Renaissance”

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Rethinking the Italian Renaissance
FIST 224 – COL 224 – ITAL 224 – MDST 223 
Prof. F.M. Aresu | Monday and Friday, 10:50 AM – 12:10 PM | FISK210

In this course we will critically explore the intellectual achievements of the Italian Renaissance through a detailed analysis of some of its literary masterpieces. We will inquire into the rediscovery and emulation of classical literatures and civilizations. We will examine the revalidated notions of beauty, symmetry, proportion, and order. We will analyze the ways in which this rebirth fundamentally changed the languages, literatures, arts, philosophies, and politics of Italy at the dawn of the modern era. We will also approach often-neglected aspects of Renaissance counter-culture, such as the aesthetics of ugliness and obscenity, and practices of marginalization (misogyny, homophobia). In a pioneering quest for the fulfillment of body and soul, self-determination, glory, and pleasure, Italian scholars, philologists, poets, playwrights, and prose writers contributed to the development of new and increasingly secular values. Through a close reading of texts by authors such as Francesco Petrarca, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Michelangelo Buonarroti, we will investigate continuities and ruptures between their quest for human identity and ours.

* Fear not! Course conducted in English. All primary and secondary sources in English.

For more information, please go to: https://iasext.wesleyan.edu/regprod/!wesmaps_page.html?crse=014560&term=1171 and do not hesitate to contact Professor F. Marco Aresu <faresu@wesleyan.edu>.

CLIMB Internship Program

CLIMB-logo (1)The Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan University is excited to announce a new partnership with the Denver-based CLIMB Internship Program.

Colorado Leaders, Interns and Mentors in Business (CLIMB) is an intensive paid summer internship program for students from Wesleyan, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Middlebury, Brown, MIT, Denison, and Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering. The 30-40 students learn the business, professional, civic, and social offerings of the Denver area. CLIMB offers students challenging paid jobs, introductions to the community and its leaders, alumni mentorships, interesting events and group housing for the summer.

The CLIMB program consists of four principal compo
nents to educate students and connect them with Denver and Colorado.

Challenging Internships
The cornerstone of the program is to provide high-quality, 7- to 10-week paid summer internships (private, nonprofit, and public). The program offers a wide range of employment opportunities in metro Denver. A few of our past employers include the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Pathfinder Systems, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Analysis Group, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Emich Volkswagen, Hosting.com and Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO).

Events
The program sponsors a series of programs and events during the summer to educate students about Denver, and introduce them to Colorado. Events have included discussions with the Mayor, the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Senator Gary Hart, the President and CEO of the Denver Broncos, business leaders, discussions of climate change and water policy, a lecture and Shakespeare play “under the stars,” rafting on the Colorado and Arkansas rivers, picnics and hikes, community service opportunities, and alumni-hosted dinners.

Group Housing
Interns are housed together, at the Program’s expense, at Campus Village at Aurariawww.campusvillagedenver.com. Students share dinners and discussions of work, and build close and lasting friendships, and understandings of their various schools.

Mentors
Students are paired with local mentors to help them learn about Denver, and to connect them to Denver. Mentors are friends and models for the students as they demonstrate the balance of work, family, organizational commitments, and civic leadership. Alumni of participating schools are welcome to apply for mentoring opportunities by contacting climbinternships@gmail.com.

Current Opportunities
Internship opportunities across a variety of fields and industries are posted by the CLIMB Internship Program (rather than by each company) on Handshake. To see newly added opportunities log-in to Handshake, click on “Jobs & Internships,” and search by the keyword “CLIMB.”

New and Timely Course for this Coming Semester: FIST 229 “Political Turmoil”

FIST229: POLITICAL TURMOIL: “What just happened? What’s going to happen? What do we do now?”
Prof. Meg Furniss Weisberg <mweisberg@wesleyan.edu>
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:20-2:40pm
https://iasext.wesleyan.edu/regprod/!wesmaps_page.html?crse=014857&term=1171

Political turmoil, while disconcerting to say the least, is nothing new. This course will look at case studies from different times and regions (the creation of the US; the 1960’s in the US, France, Italy, and elsewhere; Brazil’s and Chile’s dictatorships; Italy in the 90s; the Arab Spring; post-Revolution Iran; the Great Leap Famine in China; contemporary Mali and D. R. Congo; and the U.S. just before the Civil War, among others) to see how others have responded to periods of political oppression and upheaval. After an initial period of discussion based on readings, we will hold conversations with members of our campus community who have experienced various forms of political turmoil.

The goal of the course is ultimately project-based: as we gain perspective on the issues, we will turn what we learn into well-informed, measured, concrete action. In particular, we will workshop several writing exercises related to the topic and destined to make an impact (letter to the editor, letter to an elected official, public service announcement for the radio, etc). All students (including those whose first language is not English) are welcome in the course and will receive individualized attention to their writing.

The structure of this course will be somewhat unusual: after the first few meetings, the first session of each week will be devoted to discussing the week’s reading and collectively brainstorming questions; during the second session, we’ll ask those questions of the week’s invited guest (often, but not always, another faculty member). We will write and workshop pieces related to the topic and/or destined to make an impact (letter to the editor, letter to an elected official, public service announcement for the radio, etc). We are also going to make a radio program interviewing our guests, so that the course can reach a wider audience.

This course is going to be an experiment: it will operate more like a working group than a regular academic course, and I will be learning beside you, rather than imparting information. My role will be to teach about effective writing, deepen your critical thinking and analytical abilities, solicit guest speakers who will suggest readings, and facilitate discussions. The class will be graded CR/U, and would likely be fine to take in addition to a normal course load—though it goes without saying that you should check with your advisor.

More info: contact:

Meg Furniss Weisberg
Visiting Assistant Professor of French
Interim Director of Academic Writing
Wesleyan University
300 High St, Middletown CT USA
+1 (860) 685-2902
https://wesleyan.academia.edu/MegWeisberg

College of Social Studies Information Session 2/2

The current CSS Tutors and Students invite you to a CSS Info Session on Thursday, February 2nd, 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 beginning February 2, 2017.
  • Interviews with CSS Tutors and Students will be held before Spring Break.
  • Check here for more information about the CSS: http://wesleyan.edu/css.

 

Seats Still Available in Allbritton Center classes

This spring, the Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL) is showcasing several classes taught by some exciting and unusual visitors, in addition to some wonderful classes taught by Wesleyan professors. The following courses still have seats available:

Community Research Seminar (SOC 316), cross-listed with ENVS, the Civic Engagement Certificate, and the Environmental Studies Certificate.  Taught by Rob Rosenthal (1.5 credit, meets M/W 10:50 am-12:10 pm) – contact Course Assistant Maddie Scher for the application and with any questions. 

Teams of students learn the theory and practice of doing community research while carrying out research for local nonprofits, community organizations, and activist groups.  1.5 credits.  Highly challenging, highly rewarding. This year’s projects include research on how institutional and systemic racism effects of Communities of Color in Middletown (for the Middlesex Coalition for Children) and the long-range effects of service-learning courses (for the Wesleyan Service-Learning Program).

Group Psychology in Politics: Local, State, and National Perspectives (CSPL 206).  Taught by Middletown’s Mayor Dan Drew (0.5 credits, meets Friday 1:20-4:10 pm) – open to first-years!

This course is an introduction to the use of group dynamics to understand the deep personal and systems-level issues at play in the body politic. This framework is applicable at the local, state, national, and international levels. Often, if not most of the time, these issues play an outsized role in any public policy initiative, debate, vote, action, deliberation, and discourse, though they are rarely acknowledged. This class will examine group dynamics as it is practiced in the field of organizational development (OD), a branch of organizational psychology used to implement cultural changes across social systems. The application of OD to politics is not widespread, but its tools are useful in understanding the dynamics in political situations and in the understanding of how power is exercised. The course will introduce concepts in open systems theory and will introduce three models to hold the data in our case studies: the Burke-Litwin Model, BART, and GRPI. 

Topics in Journalism: Writing, Wit, and the Natural World (CSPL/WRCT 250K).  Taught by Koeppel Fellow Richard Michael Conniff (1 credit, meets T/R 2:50-4:10 pm)

This course will engage students as readers and writers of essays, opinion pieces, and long form articles about the natural world. We live in the shadow of climate change and the sixth great extinction event. So when is outrage effective, and when does wit or irony allow a writer to find a more persuasive voice? What’s the role of objectivity in a world where everybody seems to be shouting? We’ll consider the work of such writers as Gerald Durell, David Quammen, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Peter Matthiessen. Students will also write regularly and collaborate together in class to critique and improve one another’s work. 

Collaborative Cluster Initiative Research Seminar II (CSPL 321).  Taught by Sean McCann and Charles Barber (0.5 credit, meeting time TBA) – POI (open to any interested students)

Students participating in the Collaborative Cluster Initiative will take this course in the spring semester. They will continue with projects started in the fall semester. This is a continuation of CSPL320. This course will supplement the seminars providing historical and cultural background of the prison system in the United States. The emphasis will be on the practical application of topics engaged in the other seminars and contemporary concerns related to the prison system in the U.S. We shall follow current debates at both the national and state level, including legislation, media, and university initiatives. Students will also visit local sites. Speakers will visit the class to share their experiences and expertise. Students will conduct individual research projects and present them in workshop fashion.

Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy (CSPL 333).  Taught by singer/songwriter Dar Williams (1 credit, meets Wednesday 1:20-4:10 pm)

This course will focus on music movements that have used the presentation, expression, and production of music and music events to facilitate sociopolitico transitions. The vital context of these movements is the United States in particular, where the speed and power of commerce, as well as the concentration of capital, present unique opportunities for progressive values and goals in music.

We will look at huge events, like the Newport festivals, Woodstock, Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Lillith Fair, and Bonnaroo, and examine how these movements have both evolved and spread their tendrils into the world (if they have). We will also spend some time on smaller, grassroots venues and music series in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and New York and see how blues, folk, punk, and “Americana” venues have affected and interacted with their communities. We will look at how music scenes evolved and grew and sometimes became institutions, like the Chicago Old Town School of Music.

Topics in Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship in Education (CSPL 341B).  Taught by Harber Fellow Bernard Dean Bull (1 credit, meets T/R 10:20-11:40 am)

This seminar focuses upon educational innovation and entrepreneurship as a form of social entrepreneurship, some of society’s greatest challenges in education. Learners will survey critical issues in contemporary education and explore innovative and entrepreneurial efforts to address these issues. Learners will explore how diverse education startups, non-profit organizations and NGOs, individuals and grassroots groups, K-12 schools, Universities, foundations, professional associations and others are responding to these issues in innovative ways. As the course progresses, learners will explore the roles of foundations, corporations, and government policies and regulations upon educational innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of this course, learners will work individually or in groups to research solutions to a pressing contemporary educational challenge and propose/pitch a means of addressing that challenge through social entrepreneurship.

Study Break with the 2020 Class Council, Monday @ 7-8:30pm

The 2020 Class Council invites you to join your fellow classmates and Dean Phillips on Monday, December 12, for a Study Break @ Exley Lobby from 7:00- 8:30 pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1625928484377465/

Coffee and snacks will be provided.
Meet your Class Council members and fellow classmates to discuss your semester.

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Or you can just grab some snacks and a cup of coffee to go.

Apply to be a Sustainability Intern

Are you interested in sustainability? Want to help lead change on campus? Want to learn all the ins and outs of project management & event planning? Love Waste Not?

Apply to be a Sustainability Intern starting in February 2017! This job will have you working on events & projects all throughout campus to promote sustainability and conservation! You’d be working within an established structure with institutional and peer support. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to be an operator of change with an important issue!

Apply through the Google Form link below by Sunday, January 29: https://goo.gl/forms/SIUm9dzMFUks7mvB3.

For more information, please contact: 

Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Director
North College 404
jkleindienst@wesleyan.edu
(860) 685-3242