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Dear Members of the Class of 2016–

Employers like to see fundraising experience on your résumé.  It is a respected skill that transfers to virtually any career and demonstrates that you are a passionate, confident person.  Wes’s University Relations department is looking for dedicated seniors who have high-energy and a real passion for Wesleyan to join the Senior Class Gift Committee. We will train you how to ask for gifts, create successful events, and achieve goals. This position allows students the opportunity to enhance their communication skills, build upon their résumés, and earn a recommendation letter from Wesleyan’s University Relations Department. Together let’s support the students at Wesleyan by beating the Class of 2015, who secured 407 gifts (51% participation from the class) and nearly $5,000!

If you are interested or want to learn more, please contact Michael Schramm in the Wesleyan Fund by phone or email: 860-685-2417 or mschramm@wesleyan.edu.

The faculty has voted to allow all course credit posted to the Wesleyan transcript to count towards General Education.

What is new is that transfer credits taken while a matriculated student at Wesleyan can now go towards fulfilling the General Education Expectations.  This policy change goes into effect for credits earned and posted this summer and beyond; it is not retroactive.

This regulation does not include pre-matriculant credit or credit for internships, student forums, tutorials, education in the field or independent studies or for transfer credits earned while a matriculated student at Wesleyan prior to Summer 2015.

So for those of you waiting until next semester to complete a GenEd course in order to, for example, gain entrance into a major, you now can do it this summer, either in Wesleyan’s summer session or at an institution in your hometown or abroad.  However, you need to make sure that the course has been pre-approved.

To get your course pre-approved, complete the Permission to Transfer Credit form, get it approved by the chair of the corresponding department/program/college at Wesleyan, and return it to the Dean’s Office office.  Be aware of any additional conditions stipulated by the chair for the posting of credit, such as a higher grade, a review of course work, or an equivalency exam.  Request that the Registrar’s Office at the host institution send your transcript directly to  the Deans’ Office (Wesleyan University, 237 High St., Middletown, CT  06459).

Note:  If you have already submitted a PTC form for a course this summer, we will note the GenEd designation on your form so that you do not have to resubmit it.

Teaching Evaluations Panel
Monday, May 4 at 7-8:30pm in Usdan 110
*desserts and coffee*

Hosted by Female Economists of Wesleyan. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, Society for Underrepresented Students in STEM, Women of Color in STEM Forum, and Wesleyan Women in Science.

Professor Joyce Jacobsen (Dean of Social Sciences, 2015-2016 Interim Provost),
Professor Lisa Dierker (Psychology, Inaugural Chair of QAC),
Professor Brian Stewart (Physics),
Professor Ellen Nerenberg (future Dean of Arts and Humanities)

What’s the deal with Teaching Evaluations? Do you have questions or concerns about how teachers or classes are evaluated at Wesleyan? Have you ever wondered how your evaluations at the end of the semester impact the professors and the structure of the classes that you take? Do you have strong opinions about professor tenure? Would you like to see your classes taught in a more interactive and less formulaic way? If you want to voice these and more questions, please attend the Teaching Evaluations Panel!

The discussion will surround the current problems with Teaching Evaluations, faculty and administration’s continuing efforts to improve upon them, and on the role of course evaluations in those teaching evaluations. We want to raise student awareness about the problems with current evaluations and their effects on all of our academic experiences. Plus, we want to spur greater student involvement in Teaching Evaluation reform. Each panelist will speak for 5-10min, and then we will open the panel up to audience Q/A. We’ll have a list of questions ready just in case folks are shy, plus audience members will be able to write down questions to put in a friendly fish bowl.

Recovery@ Lunch 5/1

An informal lunch meeting where members of the Wesleyan community who are either in or seeking recovery can come together and share their experience, strength, and hope in order to support one another.  We will gather for fellowship, discussion and lunch on 5/1 at 12 noon.  This is a closed lunch, only for those in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs.  Please email recovery@wesleyan.edu for more information and location.

Registration for Summer Session and Summer Housing is open. You’ll find everything you need to register in your E-Portfolio, in the Summer Session bucket.

Don’t wait to register! Students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will remain open for courses with open seats until after Commencement, but many courses fill quickly and others may be cancelled due to low enrollment (decision date May 1).  The course listing is online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/summer.

If you have any questions, email the Summer Session office at summer@wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-2005.

grading mode change formThe last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes for the Spring 2015 semester is Wednesday, April 29. 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 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 5-7; Th 11-12; F 2-4

Join us as a panel of former thesis writers speak about their experience and give advice on how to make the thesis process as easy as possible. This event is intended to give rising senior an insight on the thesis writing process prior to and during their senior year.

The event will be on Monday April 27th in 41 Wyllys, Room 115 at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Panelist include:

  • Alison Goldberg ’15- Psychology
  • Earl Lin ’15 – American Studies and History double major
  • Veronica Birdsall ’15 – MB&B and Neuroscience double major
  • Veronica Alvarado ’15 – English and Religion double major

This event is brought to you by the Dean’s Office and Student Academic Services.

The last of the three drug panels inspired by the Molly incident and arrests will take place April 28th, 8PM, in Shanklin 107.  This panel focuses on regional and national policy, and panelists are very signficant people in the field:

Ethan Nadelmann,  founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.  Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.

Susan O’Connor, Program Director of Phoenix House Outpatient Services in Springfield, MA.  O’Connor is the author of a widely-read piece on Wesleyan, “Missing the Point with Molly” http://www.phoenixhouse.org/news-and-views/our-perspectives/missing-the-point-with-molly/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=social.

Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning.  Lawlor is among the most influential members of Governor Malloy’s staff regarding drug policies in Connecticut.

Invitation to First-Generation & Low-Income Students
AFCA (Administrators & Faculty of Color Alliance)

Thursday, April 23, 12-1pm
41 Wyllys, Room 114

RSVP to Aidan Martinez ajmartinez@wesleyan.edu or Caroline Liu cqliu@wesleyan.edu
no later that Wednesday, April 22 for a seat.

Share and listen to stories about what it is like to be first-gen or low-income at Wesleyan.

Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to announce the application is now open for exceptional students, recent alumni and young professionals to apply for its inaugural class.

Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role.

The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University – one of China’s most prestigious universities. For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:

The Application is now available here and the deadline is October 1, 2015. Additional information on the application process, including key dates, and requirements and eligibility criteria can be found on the website.

Are you thinking about your future career or considering going to grad/med/law school? Do you have a lot of questions about life post-Wes? Do you enjoy FREE MONDO PIZZA?

Join the woodframe & Fauver CAs at the Alumni Career Panel where you can ask Wesleyan alumni all of your questions!

Thursday, APRIL 23rd, 6pm – 7:30pm
41 Wyllys, room 115

Our awesome panelists have already made the transition from Wesleyan into the real world, so they will be able to provide some guidance for us students. Plus, most of them are interested in hiring Wes students after graduation! Come to learn, ask questions, and network with the following alums:

  • Melissa McCaw ’01, Budget Director at the University of Hartford
  • Brian O’Donnell ’79, Attorney at Reid and Riege
  • Kevin Egolf ’05, Managing Director of Business Operations at Iroquois Valley Farms
  • Michael Andolina ’05, MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management
  • Win Whitcomb ’84, Chief Medical Officer at Remedy Partners

Wesleyan’s Interfaith Council is proud to sponsor it’s first Faith Shadowing Week! The goal of this week is to allow both religious and nonreligious students on campus the opportunity to see what the different religious and spiritual fellowships and events look like. By providing this opportunity, you will engage in meaningful interfaith dialogue about what it means to be a part of a religious or spiritual community. During the week you will be invited to attend as many or as few events as you would like. We will culminate the week with a final dinner for all of the participants to discuss their experiences and to open up a continuous relationship between our diverse communities on campus.

This event is open to all students on campus, whether from a religious background or not. Our goal is to allow students on campus the opportunity to see what the different religious and spiritual fellowships and events look like. By providing this opportunity, we hope to provoke meaningful interfaith dialogue about what it means to be a part of a religious or spiritual community and to open up a continuous relationship between these and all communities on campus.

To participate, sign up by Wednesday, April 15, at http://goo.gl/forms/h6CiHkfPzT.

Interested in getting $30,000 to pursue your dream project
in countries outside the U.S.?

Apply for the Watson Fellowship!

Come to the Informational Session on

Wednesday, April 15
4:15 p.m.

with Dean Brown
Watson Fellow Isabella Banks ‘15

The Allbritton Center For The Study Of Public Life is presenting three linked panels in its Right Now! Series titled “Drugs, Harm, and the Campus.” Please join us and contribute to these important discussions.

Drug Use @ Wes
Tuesday, April 7, 4:30 p.m., PAC 002
What are we doing about drugs at Wes and why?
A panel discussion on education, support and policies at Wes

  • Tanya Purdy, Director of Health Education (WesWELL)
  • Beth DeRicco, Higher Education Outreach, Caron Treatment Centers
  • Ashley Fine ’15
  • moderator: Mike Whaley, Vice President for Student Affairs

The Physiology of Drugs
Wednesday, April 15, 8 p.m., Memorial Chapel
What is actually happening inside your body?

  • Mike Robinson, Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience & Behavior
  • Stefanie Jones, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Mark Neavyn, M.D., Director, Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital
  • moderator: Ishita Mukerji, Dean of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Drug Policy, Regional and National
Tuesday, April 28, 8 p.m., Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)
The policy debate: What is to be done?

  • Ethan Nadelmann, Founder and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Susan O’Connor, Program Director, Phoenix House
  • Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning in the State Office of Policy and Management
  • moderator: Rob Rosenthal, Director, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

African Studies is holding an information session on Monday, April 6 to advertise courses and other possibilities for students, including HIST 217 Africa to 1800, ARHA 299 African History and Art, GOVT 324 Africa in World Politics, and multiple sessions of West African Dance and West African Music and Culture.

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