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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.




The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project is an initiative that brings together volunteers from a variety of groups and businesses to purchase and assemble baskets of food for families who cannot otherwise afford Thanksgiving feasts. The baskets include a turkey, a pie, and all the ingredients to prepare a holiday meal. This year we’ll be preparing almost 1000 baskets!

We are currently looking for Wesleyan students to assist with prepping baskets on:

  • Monday, November 25th between 10am and 3pm at Fellowship Church (1002 Saybrook Road)
  • Tuesday, November 26th between 10am and 12pm at Amazing Grace Food Pantry (16 Stack Street).

If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up for a shift using this Google doc:


We welcome any and all students to volunteer. The Office of Community Service will be providing van transportation for a limited number of students and we encourage all students who can provide their own transportation to volunteer and to bring friends, as well.

Speaker: Peter Blasser, MA Candidate in Music
Title: Algorithms for Pipe Organ

Peter Blasser will present the last two years worth of work in programming the Wesleyan pipe organ, using the computer music program Supercollider. He bases this work on prior experience in computer music, years of experience apprenticing to pipe organ builders, and his main employment, a business selling analog synthesizers. Emulation of analog and vice versa is the philosophical underpinning to this integrative science of composition, as his experience managing transistors, current flows, and oscillator topographies informs the aesthetic decisions of an abstracted musical system such as MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) that the organ uses. He will present some of his past work in instrument building: squishable analog organs, gesture interfaces, and a newest project based on “the numerical materials of electronics” themselves. [Website: synthmall.com]

Date:  Tuesday December 2, 2014
Time: Noon – 1pm
Place: Exley 58

Lunch included

Thinking about writing a thesis? Not sure where to start? Come talk to professors and current thesis writers about how the thesis declaration process works, how students choose topics, and what factors you should take into account when deciding whether or not to write a thesis.

Whether you already know something you might like to research, or are just beginning think about the possibility of thesis writing, now is a great time to get your bearings.

Please join us in a conversation with Professors Peter Gottschalk (RELI) and Sean McCann (ENGL) and current thesis writers Quinta Jurecic ’15 (GOVT) and Amy Cao’15 (ANTH and ARCP) for insights into the whys and wherefores of undertaking a thesis.

Thursday, November 20, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Woodhead Lounge

Light refreshments will be provided.

Want $25,000 to travel around the world doing a self-designed project based on your passion for one year after you graduate?


Attention juniors!

Going abroad or on leave this spring and interested in applying for the Watson Fellowship in September 2015?

Come to the

Watson Informational Meeting
Wednesday, November 19
12:00-1 p.m.   Usdan 136

With Dean Brown

Bring your lunch!

Proposals for the class of 2016 due mid-September 2015.  For more info about the fellowship, see

www.watsonfellowship.org and www.wesleyan.edu/deans/watson.html.

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