Course Withdrawal Deadline 5/2 at 5pm

The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes for the Spring 2018 semester is Wednesday, May 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 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 Wednesday 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 4-6, Th 11-12, F 2-4

Craft Your Personal Elevator Pitch

Learn how to craft your personal elevator pitch and answer the dreaded ” tell me about yourself” question. Gordon Career Center staff will teach you strategies to introduce yourself confidentially in interviews or networking situations. Participate in a simple, low-pressure speed networking activity that will give you a chance to practice and get feedback. Also, bring your resume or laptop for resume review questions.

Presented in partnership with the Caribbean Student Association and Carib Week celebration.

Light refreshments served.

Don’t forget to register for this event on Handshake!

Interview Anxiety Story Circle

Through the use of storytelling, this interactive workshop will help students develop interview skills and greater self-awareness. Guest storytellers will answer typical behavioral questions (“tell me about a time you…..”, “describe a situation where you”….) and demonstrate the importance of knowing your own story. Reflection, small group discussion and practice in dyads will offer a low-stress opportunity to gain personal presentation skills while reducing interview stress.

Dinner will be provided.

Presented in partnership with the Resource Center, CAPS, Accessibility Services and Gordon Career Center.

Don’t forget to register for this event on Handshake!

Sign Up for Williams-Mystic Open House and Earth Day Beach Cleanup

Williams-Mystic invites you to celebrate Earth Day by joining us for a beach cleanup and open house this Sunday

We’ll provide free lunch and the excuse to spend your Sunday at the beach. You’ll discover the Connecticut coastline and help make it even more beautiful—and connect with Williams-Mystic students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

*Free lunch provided*

Where: Williams-Mystic campus. Meet us at our Marine Science Center, at the northeast end of the Mystic Seaport South Parking Lot.
When: 11:30 am–4:30 pm, Sunday, April 22
RSVP: At this linkSign up by Thursday, April 19 to secure your spot 

You’ll spend your day discovering a few of the many places we call our classroom during our 17–week semester:

  • You’ll start by touring our 8,000-square foot laboratory and Marine Science Center
  • Led by current students, you’ll visit a student house before heading across the street to Mystic Seaport Museum: the country’s largest maritime museum (at 19 acres) and part of our campus. 
  • After enjoying a free lunch on the banks of the Mystic River, you’ll explore the museum guided by our historian. 
  • You’ll spend the rest of your afternoon cleaning a local beach alongside Williams-Mystic students, staff, and alumni.

Don’t forget to RSVP by submitting this form no later than Thursday, April 19.  Email or reach out to me directly with any questions. 

And if you can’t make it, feel free to reach out. We have just a few spots left in our Fall ’18 class, and we’re welcoming applications for Spring ’19 as well. 

Hope to see you in Mystic this Sunday! 

Meredith Carroll
Assistant Director of Admissions and Director of Social Media
Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program
P.O. Box 6000
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355-0990 

Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards Nominations

Nominate someone for the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards

The awards ceremony seeks to honor the late Dean Edgar Beckham, whose dedication to social justice continues to positively impact the Wesleyan community and to celebrate the students, faculty, staff, and members of the Middletown community whose efforts align with the ideals that guided his work.

We ask that you take a moment to reflect on those members of the wesleyan community you believe have committed themselves to social justice, whether it be through activism, community organizing, volunteering, academic research, etc. and then fill out the nomination form below. Forms must be completed by April 23rd. There are amazing people doing dynamic work across campus and this ceremony will honor them as well as our achievements for the year.

Click here to nominate someone today!

Summer Session Registration is Open

Summer Session registration is currently open! As you are planning your fall term, please take a look at course options online at to see where they can help out your schedule. Financial aid is still available for qualified students.

All the forms can be found in the Courses > Summer Session bucket of your WesPortal.

Here are a few dates to keep in mind:

  • Fri, April 20, noon: Financial Aid applications close. (The application is very simple – name, email, class year.)
  • Mon, April 16: Planning for fall closes.
  • Tues, April 24: Financial Aid grant awards emailed and fall adjustment closes.
  • Friday, April 27: deadline to apply for guaranteed housing – but you must be registered for classes before then!

If you have any questions about Summer Session, please email us at, call us at 860-685-2005, or visit us next door to Admission – our office hours are 8 am – 5 pm, Mon – Fri.

Shu Tokita Prize for Students of Color Studying Literature

The Shu Tokita Prize, established by friends and relatives of Shu Tokita, ’84, will be awarded to one or two students of color majoring in literature, in area studies, or a language major with a focus on literature, who demonstrate need for substantial financial assistance. If you have any questions about whether or not you are eligible, please contact us.  Recipients will be selected on the basis of commitment to the study of literature as evidenced in the content and quality of their essays, and financial need. Awarded to one or two sophomores and/or juniors for the remainder of their time at Wesleyan, the Prize is usually $1,500 per year. The recipient(s) of the Shu Tokita Prize will receive the annual award at the start of the following fall semester, that is, for their junior and/or senior year(s).

The Prize was established in memory of Shu Tokita, Class of 1984, who passed away in January of 1989 from leukemia. He had received a B. A. in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an M. A. in Japanese Literature from Tsukuba University. He studied literature as a pursuit that spoke to his life, and from which he gained insights and, ultimately, strength. The Prize seeks to reflect Shu’s interest in literature and his belief that it should be accessible to people of all backgrounds; thus, the Prize is focused on supporting students of color, for whom the study of literature, Shu’s family and friends felt, is often considered a “luxury.” Through the Prize, we hope to encourage and assist Shu Tokita recipients in their decision to pursue literature as an academic endeavor. We hope that they will likewise share their insights and wisdom with their communities.


  1. Any domestic student of color (U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented student) who is a full-time Wesleyan sophomore or junior and is African American, Asian/Pacific American, Latino/a American, or Native American, is eligible to apply. The applicant must be in need of substantial financial aid.
  2. The applicant’s major or focus of study must be in literature. Applicants may be affiliated with the following departments: English, College of Letters, other language/literature departments, or area studies, e. g., East Asian Studies concentrating on Chinese or Japanese literature.


The selection is based on the submitted 750-word essay on one of the two topics below, and on financial need, and not on academic standing.

Essay topics:

  1. How do you plan to use your major, or focus of study, to make literature more

accessible to people of all backgrounds?  Please offer a specific example from either your own experience or perhaps a literary text that can illustrate your views.

  1. What is your response to someone who asserts that a major in literature is “impractical?” Please offer a specific example from either your own experience or perhaps a literary text that can illustrate your views.

SELECTION: Selection is based on review of applicant’s written essay and financial need.

DEADLINE for submission of applications: 5 p.m., Monday, April 16.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRIZE WINNER: In time for the prize reception in May.

TO APPLY: Prize application form is attached. For further information, please contact the campus coordinator of the Shu Tokita Prize committee, Alice Hadler (Downey House 209, x 2832,, campus mail: English Dept., 294 High St.). Please submit your application and essay as an email attachment to Prof. Hadler by the Monday April 16 deadline.



Name: _____________________________________ Class: _________________________

Campus Box #: ____________________________ Telephone: _____________________

WesID#: __________________________ E-Mail: _________________________

Home Address: _____________________________ Home Telephone: _______________


Major: ________________________________________________________________________

Program with a focus on literature: _________________________________________________

Please check:

__________ I am a domestic student of color currently enrolled full-time at Wesleyan.

Please also check:

_____ I hereby give permission to the members of the Shu Tokita Memorial Prize Committee to

share among themselves information concerning my Financial Aid status for the purpose of

evaluating my application. I understand that the Committee members are Prof Emerita Yoshiko Samuel, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Teiji Kawana, ’84, Daphne Kwok, ’84, Alice Hadler, English Department and Dean’s Office, Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for the Class of 2018, Amy Tang, English Dept., Marguerite Nguyen, English Dept.  Current prizewinners may also be asked to read application essays, but will not see other application information.

Please include a 750- word essay on one of the two topics below with your application:

  1. How do you plan to use your major, or focus of study, to make literature more accessible to people of all backgrounds? Please offer a specific example from either your own experience or perhaps a literary text that can illustrate your views.
  1. What is your response to someone who asserts that a major in literature is “impractical?” Please offer a specific example from either your own experience or perhaps a literary text that can illustrate your views.

 Applications should be submitted by email by April 16, 2018 to:

The Shu Tokita Memorial Prize Committee

Talk from Capitol Hill: Career Conversation with Anthony Price ‘20

Join us for a virtual career conversation with Anthony Price ’20 who is participating in a five-month internship program with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC.. Anthony will talk about his experience working on Capitol Hill and what he has learned about our American legislative process and the work that’s being done day-to-day within the branches of Congress. Anthony is an Allbritton Fellow, a Patricelli Center Fellow and founder of a social enterprise, “Be The Change”, designed to encourage and empower young people to be leaders.

Wednesday, April 11 at 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Gordon Career Center

Lunch provided.

Presented in partnership by Allbritton Center, Jewett Center, Patricelli Center, Resource Center, Ujamaa and the Gordon Career Center.

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