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Screen-Shot-2015-03-23-at-7.29.04-AM-300x210On Friday, April 3 will be an info session at noon in Allbritton 311 for Wesleyan’s Civic Engagement Certificate, a unique program that encourages students to reflect on their civic life and integrate it with their academics. This is a great opportunity to ask current CEC students about their experiences, learn about upcoming courses, and get ideas for your practicum and community service requirements. Lunch will be provided!

The 2015-2016 WesMaps is now live and pre-registration begins March 30, so check out Civic Engagement and Service-Learning courses, as well as classes in the Center for the Study of Public Life.

All members of the junior class are invited to apply for a semester-long Student Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities each academic year. Four Student Fellowships are awarded by the Center’s Advisory Board for each semester.  Student Fellows share an office at the Center and take part in Center activities. Among these events are the Center’s Monday lecture series; colloquial discussions on Tuesdays, 10:30-1:00; and occasional Center conferences. One course credit is awarded for a Student Fellow’s participation in the Center’s activities.

Applicants for a Student Fellowship must be planning to do a senior project (an honors thesis) on a topic related to a Center theme for the year.  The project need not be underway at the time of the application.  The themes for each semester will be broadly construed and connect with projects and problems across the disciplines. The Student Fellows will work closely with Faculty Fellows at the Center as well as with Visiting Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Applications for student fellowships are due at the Center by Friday, April 10.


A new opportunity available to Wesleyan students next spring!

Information sessions:

  • Thursday, 4/2 at 12:30 – pizza lunch in Usdan 110
  • Tuesday, 4/7 at 7:30 in Usdan 110

The Wesleyan “Spring Intensive” will allow students to plunge into a new course every three weeks and to intensively focus on one course at a time rather than balancing several. The goal of the program is to give students an opportunity to build cohesiveness across their courses, collaborate with faculty, engage in project-based learning and sample from some never previously offered courses from prominent visitors.  Each three week course will carry a full credit covering the same amount of material as 14 week courses.

Who can participate?  Up to 50 students interested in building their spring schedule with intensive courses and other for-credit experiences.

Can I take other courses?   Though most admitted students will take their courses exclusively in the intensive format, students may enroll in one or more semester‐long credits for a senior thesis, independent or group tutorial, student forum, or internship. Students can also take quarter-credit courses outside the intensive format, schedule permitting.

When will intensive courses meet?  Classes will meet Monday through Friday for 2 hours and 50 minutes for three weeks.

How will students be admitted?  The Intensive program is POI. Interested students may apply for admission by meeting with Professor Lisa Dierker (ldierker@wes) or any of the faculty teaching through the intensive program, before or during planning period this fall. Admitted students will then seek final course selection approval from their advisors.

A bonus! Students admitted to the Intensive semester will not need to participate in pre-registration for spring 2016.

How do I learn more? Check out the emerging menu of courses that will be offered through the intensive http://wesleyanspringintensive.blogs.wesleyan.edu/, attend one of the information sessions on campus (4/2 12:30 pizza lunch in Usdan 110 or evening information session 4/7 at 7:30 in Usdan 110) or contact Lisa Dierker (ldierker@wes).

The U.S. Capitol offers an illuminating case study of how modern architecture developed mechanically before the current era of sustainability.

On April 2, Wesleyan will host the 1,443rd meeting of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (the third oldest learned society in the Unites States, chartered in 1799) on campus. To honor the proud occasion, Joseph Siry, professor of art history, the Kenan Professor of the Humanities will give a public lecture presentation about his research.

Siry’s talk, titled “Air Conditioning in the United States Capitol: Architecture, Technology and Congressional Life,” will take place at 5 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Hall. The U.S. Capitol offers an illuminating case study of how modern architecture developed mechanically before the current era of sustainability. This talk examines how air conditioning systems altered patterns of congressional operations during the 1930s and after.

CAAS_LOGO_175pxThe event is free and open to students and the general public.

The Wesleyan Investments Office has an excellent paid summer internship opportunity for students interested in exploring investment analysis and management.  We offer outstanding training, mentorship, networking support for post-grad jobs, and a fun bunch to work with – “We work hard; play hard!”

The Wesleyan University Investments Office offers guidance and makes recommendations in the ongoing management and growth of the University’s Endowment.  Come be a part of this worthy process to sustain the mission of Wesleyan!

Competitive hourly rate, and a possibility to continue the position into the academic year.

Find the details and apply on CareerDrive > Search for Opportunities > Cardinal Internships > Wesleyan Investments Office.  Note the two-step application process!  Do not wait for the deadline; applications are being reviewed now.  Deadline:   March 31.

Questions?   Contact Jim Kubat, Career Center, jkubat@wesleyan.edu

Ayurveda Lecture 4/1

Optimize health through harmony.
Learn how to maintain balance, improve vitality, and resist disease through lifestyle & diet choices.
Wednesday April 1st
6 PM
Usdan 108
Featuring Marc Edwards, MD

Cardinal Scholars is a service that connects tutors with elementary, middle school, high school, and college students seeking help. Tutoring sessions can take place at the student’s home, at a nearby library, on the tutor’s campus, or even via Skype.

New tutors can join our platform to be considered for local opportunities that match their subject skills and weekly availability.

  • Desired Skills and Experience: Teaching, Tutoring, Leadership, and Mentorship
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We connect tutors all over the country with students in their area for in-person tutoring—as well as online sessions—so you can tutor in your hometown during breaks and in your college town during the school year! To learn more, please visit cardinalscholars.com/about and check out our FAQ’s for tutors.

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Coming on board as a tutor does not guarantee immediate tutoring work but does offer the opportunity to be considered for an assignment if we receive a tutoring request in your area for in-person tutoring and/or around the country for online tutoring.

Looking for a woodframe house to live in next year? Find the house that’s right for you!

Friday, April 3rd, 1pm – 3pm is
Woodframe House Hopping Day!!

More than 50 generous woodframe houses and apartments have offered to open their doors to those of you currently in the midst of finding housing for next year. Here’s how it works:

Stop by Pi Cafe between 1pm and 3pm and pick up a map of which houses are participating, as well as a list of all the houses/apartments for each group size. Even if a house you’re interested in isn’t technically “open,” you can still knock on the door and maybe get a chance to see inside. Of course, please be respectful of the houses and their residents! And have fun!

The Deans’ Office and the Office of Study Abroad are hosting an event for prospective study abroad students. We are hosting, but the presenters will be students who have recently returned from study abroad. These students have great pictures to show and stories to tell about their experiences, and if you are planning to study abroad, we’re sure you have great interest and questions for them.

Daniel Family Commons
Tuesday, March 31, from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served

Please use this form to RSVP.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there! And while we have you reading this, please like the Office of Study Abroad’s new Facebook page.

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become Academic Peer Advisors and New Student Orientation Peer Advisors. Academic Peer Advisors are juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores who work over the summer and throughout New Student Orientation to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources. NSO Peer Advisors are rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who meet with new students during NSO as they prepare to meet with faculty advisors. Position descriptions and applications for these positions are now available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/index.htmlApplications and supporting documentation are due by Monday, April 6th at 5 pm.  Questions should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, Laura Patey (x5581, lpatey@wesleyan.edu).

Come have dinner and learn from alumni, current graduate students and staff about the ins and outs of graduate school and the application process.


Eugene Wong ’09, Economics and Math double major
MBA 2015, Yale School of Management

Andrea DePetris ’10, Psychology major
PhD 2016, University of Connecticut, Clinical Psychology

Emily Goettsche ’12, Neuroscience and Behavior major
MPH 2015, Yale School of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Ruthann Coyote, PhD
Pre-Professional Advisor, Pre-law and Health Professions
Wesleyan Career Center

Get a better understanding of the timing, how to select a school, preparing for entrance exams and how to pay for grad school!

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 pm to 8 pm.
Daniel Family Commons

Please RSVP here

Co-sponsored by the Deans Office, Student Academic Resources, and the Career Center

Dear Housing Selection Participants,

When you return from spring break, we will be having a few housing selection events in which you may want to participate

March 23, 2015
Applications for the second round of Open Bid are due by noon (12 p.m.) EST
Students can apply to program houses and communities throughout spring break.

First Year Focus: Room Selection Nights Information Session for first-year students
6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Usdan 110

March 24, 2015
Room Selection Nights Information Session for rising juniors
6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Usdan 108

March 25, 2015
Decision released for Program Housing/Community Based Living at Noon (12 p.m.) EST

Room Selection Nights Information Session for rising seniors
6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Usdan 108

March 26, 2015
Community Standards Workshop #1
12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Science Center 150
Rising Seniors who want to select a wood frame house. Attendees must present WesID at the door and no one is admitted after 12 p.m.

March 27, 2015
Student program housing decisions are due by noon (12 p.m.) EST
Program Housing/ CBLV selection process closes at noon (12 p.m.) EST

Community Standards Workshop #2
12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Science Center 150
Rising Seniors who want to select a wood frame house. Attendees must present WesID at the door and no one is admitted after 12 p.m.

March 30, 2015
Community Standards Workshop #3
12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Science Center 150
Rising Seniors who want to select a wood frame house. Attendees must present WesID at the door and no one is admitted after 12 p.m.

March 31, 2015
Community Standards Workshop #4
12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Science Center 150
Rising Seniors who want to select a wood frame house. Attendees must present WesID at the door and no one is admitted after 12 p.m.

April 1, 2015
Room Selection Nights Registration closes at Noon (12 p.m.) EST
We will not be able to register students after 12 p.m. Any student not registered to participate will be placed on the waitlist and housed over the summer.

Information about Open Bid, Community Standard Workshops, and Room Selection Nights Registration can be found in the Housing Selection website in your e-portfolio.

Please let us know if you have any questions at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

The College of Letters administers the Khachig Tölölyan Fund, which makes grants to juniors preparing to write senior honors theses on the areas of diasporas, transnationalism, and numerous related topics dealing with the arts and culture, sociology and politics, history and religion of variously dispersed communities. The Fund supports a monetary prize for second-semester juniors that can be used to buy the successful applicant some free time in the summer before senior year to conduct research on an Honors thesis, or to travel for specific, research-relevant inquiries. This year, applications are due by midnight of Monday, March 29, 2015. For details, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/col/grants_prizes.html.

The Student Judicial Board is seeking to fill vacant positions with students from the Class of 2016. The position is a one-year appointment beginning in the Fall 2015 semester and continuing through the Spring 2016 semester. An application form is attached and is also available through Karen Karpa, Clerk of the Student Judicial Board, located in the Dean of Students Office, North College, First Floor, Room 108. The deadline for applications to be handed in is Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:00pm. A description of the duties of the Student Judicial Board can be found in the Student Handbook at http://www.wesleyan.edu/studenthandbook/.

As a member of the SJB, you play a major role in caring for not only the student beside you but the Wesleyan community as a whole.  The role will provide you with an opportunity to engage in inspiring and critical conversations, where you will develop skills applicable to both your time at Wesleyan and the larger world.

If you have any questions about being on the Student Judicial Board, you can get in touch with any of the current members:

Isabella Banks ‘15
Jonathan Coombs ‘15
Zachary Logan ‘15
Jasmine Masand ‘15
Daniel Sneed ‘15
Andrew Yin ‘15
Simon Levin ‘16
Martin Malabanan ‘16
Chando Mapoma ‘16

Photos from Ecuador

Alex Fireman was on study abroad in Ecuador last semester and shares these photos.

Antisana Ecological Reserve

Antisana Ecological Reserve–Antisana Volcano, the 4th highest volcano in Ecuador

Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve

Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve (NW of Quito)–Trail through the Cloud Forest

Tiputini Biological Station

Tiputini Biological Station (in Yasuní)–clouds rolling in over the Amazon at sunrise

Rio Zuñag Reserve

Rio Zuñag Reserve–Pristimantis galdi identified for my Independent Study Project

Isla Isabela, Las Galapagos

Isla Isabela, Las Galapagos–a massive lava flow on the island Isabela


Galapagos–a sea lion seen while snorkeling

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