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Photos from Austria

Jessica Carlson sends these photos from Reith, Tyrol, Austria.

Yoga class at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Tyrol.


Jessica and fellow classmates upon earning their yoga instructor certificates.


Hiking through the Alps.



History Matters… Careers.  Glenn Lunden ’83, NYC Transit Authority

Unknown-1Glenn Lunden graduated from Wesleyan in 1983 with a B.A. in History, concentrating on American History.  A 1981 Truman Scholar, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A railroad enthusiast since childhood, Glenn often focused on transportation issues in many of his history, and economics classes at Wesleyan. He held a series of internships in public transportation, including at the Middletown (Ct.) Transit District, and the London Underground. After a brief stint at New Jersey Transit, he went to work for New York City Transit in 1986 and has been there ever since. At NYCT, Glenn has served in an array of planning and policy positions for the subway system, including service planning, fare policy, business planning, infrastructure and fleet planning, and operations analysis. Since 2013, he has been the Senior Director of Subways Schedules, responsible for managing the staff, who prepare the train timetables and crew assignments needed for 8,091 train trips a day and who analyze rail operations to develop strategies for improvement. Glenn lives with his life partner, Frank Meola, in Brooklyn, NY, and commutes (of course) by subway.

November 4, 2014, 12-NOON, PAC
Lunch will be served

Photos from Spain

Here are some photos taken by Maya Berkman, who is on study abroad in Spain this semester.

El Congreso de los Diputados in Madrid, Spain


La Mezquita in Córdoba, Spain



For those of you asking, what is this winter South Africa service trip?

My name is Chelsea Tweneboah and I want to introduce an awesome and inspiring service trip with an organization that I am apart of, started by my high school teacher. The organization is called Ubuntu Global Connections, which is nonprofit and uses service to promote change In South Africa. This January we are planning on heading back to South Africa ad wanted to extend the invitation to the Wesleyan community.

We will discuss a sample itinerary which has specific information on what the days will be like during the trip, which includes the sites we will be doing our community service in.The weather in South Africa in January is very warm so beaches and outdoor activities would be a fun way to spend some of our free time.

Here are a short list of the most common activities we have included on various trips:

  • Service work (taking children on outings, setting up a garden, painting a house, helping high school classrooms, building an outdoor latrine, organizing a new library, helping students to do computer activities)
  • Outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, biking, seeing animals)
  • Educational and cultural immersion activities (Robben Island and other museums related to Nelson Mandela or apartheid, cooking or language lessons, observing a church service, doing a homestay or having dinners with families from various backgrounds)

The total cost for a 12-day trip (plus two days of travel) would likely be around $3400-$3900, however this can change depending on the number of interested parties.   This includes airfare and everything on the trip, except snacks, laundry and souvenirs.  Meals, lodging, ground transportation, guide and programs are all included.  In addition, this includes a $100 donation to the organizations where we serve and the group would decide how to allocate this money at the end of the trip.   Optional activities, not on the itinerary (which will be pretty packed), would cost extra. I understand that the cost may be a little expensive but if there is interest we can discuss certain possibilities to make the trip possible for you. Again, everything on the trip is negotiable.

For more information, please contact: camotweneboa@wesleyan.edu

You are invited to an information session about opportunities for college undergraduates and graduates at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Registrar’s Conference Room (North College, 1st Floor) – Wesleyan University
RSVP to rjohnson01@wesleyan.edu by Nov 1, 2014

The University of Connecticut Health Center offers a range of summer programs and fellowships for college students interested in the health careers, including:

  • Bridge to the Future Science Mentoring Program
  • Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program
  • College Enrichment Program
  • Medical/Dental Preparatory Program
  • Summer Research Fellowship Program
  • Post Baccalaureate Program

Come to a meeting with the Assistant Dean and Associate Director of the Office of Health Career Opportunity Programs, Granville Wrensford, PhD to learn more.

Or, for more information about the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Pipeline Programs, visit: http://medicine.uchc.edu/prospective/hcop/index.html

Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3920

These are some photos taken by Emily Weinstock-Collins from travels outside of Spain.

View of the Eigerwand (the famous north face of the Eiger) in Grindelwald, Switzerland.


Bern, Switzerland.


The Matterhorn, in Zermatt, Switzerland.


St. Andrews, Scotland.


Melrose Abbey, Scotland.


Alnwick Castle (which was used as Hogwarts for parts of the Harry Potter movies) in England.


View from hiking paths along cliffs in Lagos, Portugal.


Emily Weinstock-Collins studied abroad in Madrid last semester.

View of Granada, Spain, where pre-program orientation took place.


La Alpujarra Granadina – excursion into the mountains near Granada.


Madrid, Spain – view from host mother’s apartment.


Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain.


La Calzada romana – Roman road dating to 1st century CE, in Sierra de Guadarrama mountains (near Cercedilla, Spain).


Siete Picos (Seven Peaks) in Sierra de Guadarrama, near Cercedilla, Spain.


View from the cliffs in Mallorca, Spain.


Fountain at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, palace just outside of Madrid.


Photos from Spain

Noah Hamlish is studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain, this semester.

An old “palacio” (house owned by nobility) near Alameda de Hercules in Sevilla.


Río Guadalquivir and the Puente de Triana (Bridge of Triana) in Sevilla.


Detail photo of a house near Alameda de Hercules (neighborhood in Sevilla).


Plaza de España in Sevilla.


A pool at the Alhambra Palace, Granada.


Random street in Barrio Albaícin, Granada.


The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to assist students from underrepresented groups, including students who are first-generation to attend college and low-income, to prepare for and successfully enroll in post-graduate programs, especially Ph.Ds.  Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Wesleyan’s program focuses on students majoring in the sciences.  McNair Fellows are eligible for summer research stipends to conduct research with a faculty member at Wesleyan and to receive a stipend during the academic year to continue their research.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship aims to increase the number of faculty of color at U.S. colleges and universities and to overcome the effects of persistent underrepresentation of certain groups in the academy. Students from those groups, and others who have demonstrated a commitment to overcoming disparities in higher education that result from that underrepresentation, are eligible for the Fellowship. Mellon Fellows are selected in the spring of their sophomore year, participate in an intensive summer session, and work during their junior and senior years on individual research projects, guided by faculty mentors. Fellows receive academic-year fellowships, support for attendance at conferences and for research, and funding during their two summers in the program. Through the Social Science Research Council and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation provides additional support for Fellows while they are in graduate school and during the earlier stages of their academic careers. Upon receipt of the Ph.D. in fields stipulated by the Mellon Foundation, Fellows have a portion of their undergraduate loans repaid. Mellon Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Learn more about the two programs and meet with current McNair and Mellon students at an informational session on Tuesday, November 4, from 6:30-7:30 in Usdan 108.

Photos from Chile

Rachel Eisman is studying abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, this semester.

Sand dunes in Concón


Los geysers del Tatio in northern Chile.


An empanada contest in La Serena, Chile.


Photos from England

Sarah Newman is studying abroad in London this semester.

Day trip to Stonehenge in Salisbury, England.


The crowd waiting for the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace in front of the Victoria Memorial.


Walking along the South Bank across from Big Ben.


Photos from Paris

Here are some photographs taken by Laura Hess, who is studying abroad in Paris.

Paris, 16e arrondissement.


Paris, Champs Elysée, LADUREE store (most famous macarons in Paris).


Paris, Archives Nationales.


Paris, catacombes.


Paris, Opéra Garnier.


Photos from Australia

Here are some photographs taken by Tessa Bellone, who is studying abroad in Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef off the Eastern coast of Queensland, between Port Douglas and Cairns.


Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef off the Eastern coast of Queensland, between Port Douglas and Cairns.


Collecting sand samples on Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world.


Trapping sand spiders for identification on Fraser Island.


Hiking along the coast of the Daintree Rainforest in Port Douglas, Queensland.


Family of wild Kangaroos spotted on Stradbroke Island, just South of Brisbane.


To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Studies Department has received a grant from the German Embassy in Washington DC and is looking for creative submissions pertaining to the historic event. Submissions can include a poem, a 1000-word essay, a one-page cartoon, a digital story, or even a collage. The best three submissions will receive gift card prizes of $200, $100, and $50 respectively. Please submit all entries to Debbie Pozzetti, dpozzetti@wesleyan.edu  in Fisk 401 by November 9 at 4:00PM.

If you have any questions, or would like to submit your work electronically, please contact Prof. Iris Bork-Goldfield at ibork@wesleyan.edu.

For more events about the Fall of the Wall, please visit the many talks on campus throughout the month.


Here are some photos from Germany and Turkey, taken by Miranda Haymon.

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral, in English).


Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate).


Franz Listz Haus, Weimar, Germany.


Miranda spent Spring Break in Istanbul, Turkey.  This is the view from near her apartment on the way to Taksim Square.


A traditional Turkish brunch.


Potsdamer Platz in Berlin at night.


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