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You are invited to attend the
Wesleyan PossePlus Retreat
February 27 – March 1, 2015 | Incarnation Conference Center

Free to all Wesleyan Constituents!
RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/Wesleyan-PossePlusRetreat2015

Are you…

  • Interested in discussing the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri?
  • Concerned by recent police actions?
  • Interested in learning more about power, authority, crime & punishment in the United States?

Then come take advantage of an incredible off-campus retreat happening February 27 – March 1, 2015! The retreat will be a unique opportunity for a large cross section of Wesleyan student leaders, faculty, administrators and staff to engage and discuss issues like policing, prisons, safety and justice, both at the global level and directly related to Wesleyan’s campus.

The retreat will be hosted by the Posse Foundation and all expenses will be covered by Wesleyan. By attending, Wesleyan students faculty, and staff will be able to bring their own experiences, perspectives and ideas to this event and also connect with other key leaders on campus. They will also be part of the thousands of student and faculty leaders on 48 college campuses across the country who are participating in Posse retreats on the same topic.

To RSVP and secure your spot go to this link:  http://tinyurl.com/Wesleyan-PossePlusRetreat2015

Mindfulness and Wesleyan

A 6-week course on Mondays, 6:00-8:00 pm, beginning on 1/26/15

During this non-credit course, students will be introduced to various techniques of mindfulness practice and spiritual awareness, including sitting meditation and yoga. These modalities are designed to aid in stress and anxiety reduction, and when practiced diligently, may also offer opportunities for greater self-awareness and personal development. The goal is to give students a spiritual toolbox that is portable, replicable, and sustainable. Students will gain an understanding of the roles these practices can play in leading a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

The class will be taught by:

Amy Tate, PHD
Scott Kessel, Wesleyan ’87 MALS ’92
David Leipziger Teva, Director – Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

There is a limited amount of space in the class. For more information and to apply:


Or contact David Lepiziger Teva (dleipziger@wesleyan.edu).

Mollie Grunat was on study abroad in New Zealand for the Fall semester and sends these pictures.


Auckland skyline.


Alpaca in Waiheke.


Milford Sound.


On the way to Glenorchy from Queenstown.



There are few opportunities coming up this month that may be of interest to the Class of 2016.

WEServe: There will be a week of service for the entire Wesleyan community during the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18 – 24). Alumni have organized service projects in communities around the country, and registration for volunteers is open through Friday, January 17th: http://wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/weserve

PCSE Seed Grant Challenge: The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship provides three $5,000 grants to fund the launch or early stage growth of Wesleyan-connected social enterprises, projects, programs, or ventures. New for-profit or non-profit organizations are welcome, but we also encourage students to pursue projects that will exist independently or within already-existing organizations. Apply by January 25th: http://www.wesleyan.edu/patricelli/grants/seedgrantinfo.html

Davis Projects for Peace: This is an initiative for students to design grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties anywhere in the world during the summer of 2015. Selected projects will each receive $10,000. Apply by January 25th: http://www.wesleyan.edu/patricelli/grants/peace.html

PCSE director Makaela Kingsley (mjkingsley@wesleyan.edu) and Rosy Capron (scapron@wesleyan.edu) will gladly discuss project ideas with students and answer questions about grants, including the Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant (due March 3rd). Students can sign up to receive the ENGAGE newsletter – a weekly list of jobs, events, volunteer opportunities, and news related to civic engagement at Wes – by sending a blank email to subscribe-engage@lyris.wesleyan.edu.

Digital Wesleyan will be offering a Programming Workshop open to all students – no prior experience necessary.

In 6 Saturday sessions, you’ll learn programming fundamentals, the coding language Python, and meet connected alumni working in the tech industry. The last day will be a demo day on which you can show off what you’ve built! It’s open to all class years, is completely free, and includes lunch.

Based on workshop participation, 10 students will be chosen for a paid summer internship with a Wes alum working in technology in either SF or NYC.

Some of you may have done the program last year – we’ve revamped the curriculum and have brought on a new teacher who worked for MIT’s Lincoln Lab and later for Girls Who Code, so feel free to re-apply. I highly recommend it. I did the workshop last year and ended up interning at Betaworks – it was an incredible learning experience and provided me with exposure to the tech world.

******APPLY HERE: http://digitalwesleyan.com/apply/******

Apps are due by December 21st – Questions? contact on-campus representative Ani Acopian (aacopian@wesleyan.edu).

As you are settling into break mode, the office of New Student Orientation would like for you to think, have you always wanted to make a difference in the Wesleyan Community? If you’re answer is yes then now is your chance we are looking for 4 eager and excited Orientation Summer Interns and 35 equally excited and vibrant fall Orientation Leaders.

If you have what it takes to welcome the class of 2019, transfer, visiting and exchange students please apply.

All the information you need including job descriptions & applications are available at http://www.wesleyan.edu/orientation/internapp.html.  Summer Intern Applications are due January 23, 2015 and Orientation Leader Applications are due January 31, 2015.

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail orientation@wesleyan.edu.

An Oversimplification of Her BeautyWHAT: A screening of “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” at the Film Series. The director and star of the film, Terence Nance, will be around for a Q&A! Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7UB0QjTRjA

WHEN: Thursday, December 4th @ 8pm

WHERE: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

WHY: Support filmmakers of color by giving them an outlet to present their work. Let’s start a dialogue about visual representation and learn how we can work as a collective to challenge what diversity means on screen.

*Sponsored by the Ankh*

Q&A with the Psychology Chair
Dec. 2nd (Tues.), 12-1pm
Judd 116

If you have been trying to meet with the chair of psychology, this is the meeting to attend.
(Helpful info on the major: http://www.wesleyan.edu/psyc/about/psychman.pdf).

Pizza will be provided.

Photos from Oxford

Jack Spira is studying in Oxford, England this semester.  Here are a couple of photos from his time there.

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Photo from Cape Town

Olivia Glick is studying in Cape Town, South Africa this semester.  Here is a photograph of her with Desmond Tutu.


Winter on Wyllys 2015 encompasses a variety of career programming options designed for students to focus on their own career development over Winter Break. Students interested in  Choosing Good Work, CareerLab, Wall Street Prep and the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (the BAT) must register and fill-out the Res Life housing request form by 12pm on Monday, December 1st.

Choosing Good Work and CareerLab will be held in the mornings from January 12th through the 16th and will be followed by the Winter WESpeaker Series in collaboration with APR. Wall Street Prep will be held January 19th & 20th and the BAT will be given on January 21st. While students can only sign up for either Choosing Good Work or CareerLab all students are welcome to also sign up for Wall Street Prep & The BAT.

Choosing Good Work, taught by Sharon Belden Castonguay, is aimed at students who are undecided about their career path or what they want to do this summer. The program is designed to help students identify what factors may be influencing their choice of major, internship, or career path, and help them to mindful of their decisions and do what is right fro them regardless of the messages they may be receiving from others. Cost: $100, Fee Waivers Available. Register Here.

CareerLab, taught by Persephone Hall, is aimed at students who know what they want to do after graduation or for the summer but aren’t quite sure how to get there. The program is a boot camp style introduction to everything a student needs to know to start their internship or job search and with the skills to launch themselves as a professional in their field of interest. Cost: $100, Fee Waivers Available. Register Here.

Wall Street Prep is an intensive 2-day seminar led by former investment bankers with applied expertise in financial and valuation modeling methodologies, and bridges the gap between academics and the real world to equip students with the hands-on practical financial skills that they will need to excel during the recruiting process and on the job. Cost: $200, Fee Waivers Available. Register Here.

The Bloomberg Aptitude Test evaluates the ability to think critically on financial topics and readiness for careers in business. After taking the test, students can enter their scores into the BAT Talent Search, a tool used by employers to identify candidates for entry-level jobs in business. Wesleyan will be offering the two-hour test on-campus for no cost. Register Here.

History 171 – War Comes to Middletown
Ronald Schatz
Department of History

One hundred years ago World War I changed the world. Known as the Great War, the war had global impact. The class “War Comes to Middletown” (HIST171) explores an impact of events of global magnitude on one community.  Focused in Middletown, the course offers a unique opportunity not only to experience and imagine the place and spaces studies, but get an in depth experience with historical materials—archival, printed, and material. While exploring big questions about war and society, you will be able to look in depth at the very community we live now.

So, interested in History?  Urban Studies? Want a hands-on experience with history? Take the class “War Comes to Middletown” (HIST171). The seminar is especially designed for pre-majors (frosh and sophomores) or as preparation for a senior thesis.

Professor Schatz recently published an article entitled “The Barons of Middletown and the Decline of the North-Eastern Anglo-Protestant Elite,” in the May 2013 edition of Past & Present.

Interested in taking a course that allows you to make a concrete difference in the Middletown community, in addition to learning about community research methods?  Consider applying for the Community Research Seminar, a 1.5 credit course for juniors and seniors of all majors offered this spring with Professor Rob Rosenthal. The Community Research Seminar is an engaging and challenging foray into community research, and allows students to plan and carry out research for organizations throughout Middlesex County. Previous projects include exploring what factors help or hinder welfare recipients’ transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency for Middlesex County Community Action Group, and assessing what barriers exist between Middletown Police officers and North End residents and possible ideas to address those barriers (see http://servicelearning.site.wesleyan.edu/category/courses/soc-316-community-research/ for more examples of past research). Email Caroline Monahan at cmonahan@wesleyan.edu  for more information or to request an application form. Applications are due by November 23rd.

grading mode change formThe last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes for the Fall 2014 semester is Tuesday, November 25. 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 Tuesday 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

Kate Cullen is studying abroad in Brazil and sends this picture from the top of Pedra de Gavea, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.


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