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Clara Pinsky’s senior dance thesis “BUILD” features employees of Wesleyan’s Physical Plant. The employees (Dean Canalia, Tom Macri, Joe Marino, Paul Martin, and Tim Rogers) will be showcasing the motion and movement that keeps our campus beautiful, functional, and safe.  The performances are this week on:

Wednesday, March 23 @ 12:30 to 1:00PM
Thursday, March 24 @ 12:30 to 1:00PM
Friday, March 25  @ 12:30 to 1:00PM

All shows are on the ground floor of Usdan, and all are free and open to the public. 

Here’s a link to the Facebook event: 


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Hey Class of 2016,

We hope you had a great Spring Break! We hope that you’re as excited for the rest of Spring as we are. 

We have decided to extend the deadline of Senior Week T-Shirt design submissions to March 23th at Noon. We hope that this will allow for us to see more great designs in addition to the ones that have been submitted. Please note that designs should be for the front of the shirt only.  Design submissions should be sent to epaik@wesleyan.edu

Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing your designs!


Senior Class Offices

Connect@WES 2016

Connect @WES: Creating Connections is a networking exercise and event for Wesleyan students of all class years and interests. Register to participate and meet with Expert Advisors (recruiters and hiring managers as well as alumni and parent volunteers) for brief, one-on-one sessions. By registering you are automatically accepted into the program and you will receive an email confirmation once the deadline has passed.

You should be prepared to answer the networking/interview question, “So, tell me about yourself,” in about 5 minutes. Expert Advisors will then use their experience and expertise to critique what they have heard. When the bell rings, you’ll move on to meet your next advisor. This structured speed-networking event will allow you to meet a few advisors in a short period of time and practice your “presentation”. Whether you’re preparing for interviews or internships, this event will help you to polish your networking skills!

Click here for more information. To participate, you must register by Sunday, March 6th at 11:59. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Rachel M. Munafo
Assistant Director of PR & Communications
Wesleyan University Career Center

Dear Senior–

A packet of ten invitations to Wesleyan’s One Hundred and Eighty-fourth Commencement has been delivered to your WesBox for you to share with family and special friends.  For those of you who are not on campus this semester, the packet is being mailed to your home address.

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The workshop, taught by Physical Plant employees, will be a 4th quarter .25 class and will begin the first week back from spring break. Three interest meetings will be held this week at the following times: 

  • Wed (3/2) at 4:15 in Usdan 110
  • Wed (3/2) at 7 in Usdan 110
  • Thurs (3/3) at 4:15 in Exley 137

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Congratulations to Clara Leonard ’16 and Jenna Shapiro ’17 for receiving the 2nd annual Let’s Get Ready Chairman’s Award.  For those of you who don’t know about Let’s Get Ready, it strives to provide  “low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college.  Services are provided by volunteer college students who also serve as role models and mentors.”

Recipients of the Award are selected by former Chairs of Let’s Get Ready’s Board of Directors and exemplify the power of students helping students.  Clara and Jenna will be honored and presented their awards at Let’s Get Ready’s Annual Gala on April 13th at Chelsea Piers in NYC where approximately 500 attendees will gather in support and celebration of LGR and its members.

Please thank Clara and Jenna for their commitment to serving others and congratulate them for being recognized for their outstanding impact in their community!

Seniors! Panicking over your thesis yet?

Come to the free spring break
Senior Thesis/Essay Writing Boot Camp!

From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8th, come for:

  • FREE food: breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • A quiet area for writing in structured time intervals
  • Optional relaxation breaks including yoga, meditation, crafts, and games
  • Space for collaborative proofreadingFill out a quick registration form by March 1st at:

    If you have any questions, contact
    Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal at writingworks@wesleyan.edu

Hey Class of 2016,

We hope your Senior Spring is off to an amazing start! We’re currently in the process of planning a Senior Week for the books, and are very excited to be finalizing the details.

As part of our plans for Senior Week, we hope to order t-shirts/tanks for our class. We’re calling for all designers in the Class of 2016 to please submit design ideas for what to print on these shirts. Feel free to get creative! The only stipulation is that the design should be related to Senior Week, and be designed for the front of the t-shirt.

Designs are due by the end of Spring Break– please submit designs by 11:59pm March 20th to epaik@wesleyan.edu. We will decide on finalists shortly after break, and send out a form to the entire class so we can all vote on our Senior Week t-shirt. 

Thank you! We really appreciate your help.

All the best,

Senior Class Officers

Hey, seniors! Has the job panic set in yet? There’s an excellent opportunity right here at Wesleyan for any graduate interested in writing and invested in writers.

Do you have excellent editing and interpersonal skills? Are you interested in the fields of teaching or publishing/editing? Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship? If so, apply to be a Ford Fellow in the Writing Programs for the 2016-2017 academic year!

In his/her administrative role, the Ford Fellow assists in running the university’s Writing Workshop and supporting the First Year Seminar program. The Fellow’s teaching responsibilities include helping to train the university’s student writing tutors, designing and leading the seminar for veteran tutors, developing workshops and tutoring services for first-year students and other campus communities, and serving as the university’s senior writing tutor. This year in particular, the Ford Fellow will be instrumental in designing and implementing a new web page of writing resources for the entire Wesleyan community.

The Fellowship also includes a generous stipend, and the Fellow has graduate student status and is eligible to take two courses.

For more information, please contact Meg Furniss Weisberg, Interim Director of Student Writing, at mweisberg@wesleyan.edu or x2902.

What Are Fellowships?

What are Fellowships? Associate Director of Fellowships, Kate Smith, will be hosting a number of information sessions and workshops this spring to support interested applicants for various fellowships related to graduate school, conducting independent research, teaching English abroad, and more. To understand how to apply, when to apply and other best practices, attend an upcoming event!

The next event is: What Are Fellowships? The information session will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 12PM in 41 Wyllys – Room 113. Students are welcome to bring their lunch to enjoy during the presentation.

Can’t attend? Click here to set-up an appointment with Kate online.

jm_logoThe James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.  For more information, go to http://www.jamesmadison.gov/.

Fresh Check Day


Fresh Check Day is an uplifting and engaging mental health and wellness fair with:

interactive booths
prizes (including a flat-screen TV raffle)
giveaways (the self-care kits that everyone loves)

Come to talk about mental health and connect with resources.

Learn more

Visit http://freshcheckday.com/schools/wesleyan-university/
For more information on the Jordan Porco Foundation visit their website http://www.rememberingjordan.org/

Contact Us

Wesleyan University:

Tanya Purdy, Director WesWell, Office of Health Education

Jennifer D’Andrea, Director Counseling and Psychological Services

Colby Sangree, Wellness Intern with WesWell

The Jordan Porco Foundation:

Rachel Papke

Would you like to share your Wesleyan experience at graduation?  If so, simply submit a 200-250 word essay answering the following question:

What has your Wesleyan experience meant to you?

The essay should be roughly equivalent of the speech you wish to deliver at graduation. Completed essays should be emailed to Dean Phillips (dphillips@wesleyan.edu) by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 23.

All essays will be reviewed anonymously by the Senior Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, which will select several finalists for interviews from the pool.  Interviews will be conducted in mid-April, after which the speaker will be announced.

Speaking at Commencement is a unique responsibility which should be taken seriously.  If you are interested in becoming the senior speaker for Commencement, please don’t hesitate to submit an essay!

Good luck and all the best!

The Senior Commencement Speaker Selection Committee

Derrick Holman
Martin Malabanan
Ellen Paik
Monique Siaw
Professor Michael McAlear (Faculty Marshal)

The Career Center and Disability Resources are cosponsoring a workshop on Disability Disclosure in the Job Search Process this Friday, February 12th, at noon in 41 Wyllys, room 114. We will discuss the why, when, what and to whom to disclose your disability in your job search process and examine situations that current Wesleyan students and alum have shared with us. We look forward to a lively, interactive discussion!

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