Cap and Gown Information for Commencement 2018, Sunday, May 27th

Cap and Gown Information for Commencement 2018, Sunday, May 27th

This year students will purchase (via credit card) their cap and gown regalia from the following Oak Hall website:

Students will either choose a Bachelor Package, Masters Package, or Doctor Package. All Bachelor Packages will be shipped to the Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore and will be available for pick up starting Monday, May 14th.  Masters and PHD candidates will either elect to pick up their package at the Wesleyan R J Julia store or have it sent to their home address.

Students will have until April 15th to purchase their caps and gowns.

The website will guide you to the correct gown size by asking height and weight questions. Students can also stop by the Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore – starting Monday, April 2nd – to try on samples sizes before ordering on line.

Please note: For those of your who don’t have the financial resources, loaner caps and gowns are available through the USDAN University Center.
Distribution of loaner graduation cap & gown will be limited to the week of spring fling (M: 5/7 – F: 5/11).
Email Michelle Myers-Brown ( or visit her in the USDAN Center. Supplies are limited.

Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore: 413 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457. 860-685-3939.

Store Hours: Monday through Saturday 9am – 9pm; Sunday 9am – 6pm.





“Natural History in the Age of Humans” March 1, 7:30-8:30pm,

Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and formerly first curator of the Wesleyan museum. 

“Natural History in the Age of Humans” 

“Natural history museums represent a fundamental tool to understand and preserve Earth’s natural and cultural heritage. The public perception of museums as educational experiences masks their deeper value to human society as the creators and keepers of our knowledge of the natural and cultural world. With a rapidly growing world population, food insecurity, infectious diseases, and invasive species are problems that may find their solution in the genomics of biodiversity housed in museum collections. Minerals, meteorites, and fossils are the physical evidence of the planet’s history, climate, biological evolution, and resource base. In an increasingly digital era, museums are one of the last bastions of the real thing. “

Held in Shanklin 107 on March 1st from 7:30-8:30pm, followed by a catered reception at Woodhead lounge (Exley 184).

Senior Commencement Speaker 2018 – Submit Essay by March 28

Dear graduating 2018’ers:

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 Thornton ( by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 28.

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!

Major Certification and Grading Mode Change Deadline

Dear 2018’ers:

Please note that today, Feb. 15 marks the beginning of the period when you can submit your major certification form. This document, important for graduation is located in your WesPortal and must be completed no later than February 28.

Note, also Last day to make grading mode change in course that offer student option will be Wednesday, 02/21/2018

In courses in which students have a choice of grading mode, the final choice must be made by 5 p.m.

Note Updated Info – Check Your Diploma Name Now – System will close on Sunday, April 22nd at 11:59pm.

To:   Candidates for Bachelor of Arts Degree
From:  Rosie Villard, Administrative Assistant V

To ensure that your full legal name is spelled correctly on your diploma, we are asking you to confirm your diploma name.  Please confirm your name as soon as possible.

In your WesPortal under ‘My Information’ click on Diploma Name. The name that we currently have on file will be displayed on this page.  If your name is correct, please click on Confirm/Update button at the bottom of the page.  If your name is not correct, please make any necessary corrections before selecting the Confirm/Update button.

Please note that you will only be able to update your name once per day – if you confirm your name in error, you will need to return to the page the following day to make any corrections.

If your name contains special characters or accents, please confirm the spelling of your name without the characters or accents.  In order to make sure that the special characters or accents appear correctly on your diploma, you will be asked to link to the Special Character Diploma Name Confirmation form and send it to the Registrar’s Office.

To make a correction to your legal name for all other university records, you will need to bring a form of legal identification (birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, or legal name change document if your name has been legally changed) to the Registrar’s Office.

The diploma name system will close on Sunday, April 22nd at 11:59pm.

Leona (Rosie) Villard

Wesleyan University

Registrar’s Office

237 High Street

Middletown, CT 06459

Confirm you are enrolled in at least 3 credits – Note: Drop/Add Deadline W: 2/7/18

Greetings Seniors!

From University General Regulations: Students must comply with the regulations for matriculation with the University as announced by the registrar.
1. A student who does not enroll in the University by 1/25/18 will be considered administratively withdrawn from the University.

2. Students who enroll in fewer than three credits may be subjected to disenrollment.

Only students enrolled in the special Per Credit agreement for thesis writers are allowed to enroll in 1 credit.

Drop/Add ends on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Check your WesPortal to confirm that your course schedule is correct, that you are enrolled in at least 3 credits for Spring 2018, and that you are ontrack to earn (by the end of the semester) a minimum of 32 credits without oversubscription.

Refresher about Oversubscription:

  • Of the total 32.00 credits required for graduation, no more than 16.00 credits in any one subject can be counted toward the degree requirements.
  • If a course is crosslisted, it counts towards oversubscription in all subjects in which it is listed, regardless of the crosslisting that the student chose during course registration. The oversubscription rule applies to all credits that are part of a student’s academic history, including pre-matriculant credit, Advanced Placement or other test credit, and transfer credit.

Thank you,
Dean Thornton


Resource for alcohol and other drug awareness

Happy Spring Semester everyone! I want to remind students that my office is a resource for alcohol and other drug issues on campus.

I’m interested in speaking with any students who are worried about alcohol or other drug use (their own or their peers’) and anyone seeking information about the effect of substances on the body or mind. I am also happy to meet with students who have questions about the signs of addiction as well as anyone needing support for establishing or maintaining a sober life on Wesleyan’s campus.

All meetings are private and provided using a nonjudgmental and conversational approach.  Meetings are for the purpose of both education and support. During appointments I use an evidence based set of tools called motivational interviewing to help students evaluate for themselves the pros and cons of their current substance use patterns.  To set an appointment students can email me at I am on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Friday.

Pamela Mulready, MS, LPC, LADC

Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist, WesWell

Wesleyan University, Davison Health Center

860.685.3027 (Direct) 860.685.2470 (Main)

860.685.2471 (fax)



’18 Senior Voices Celebration RC 5/26: help needed

Senior Voices is a non religious student centered gathering on the Saturday evening of graduation weekend (5/26) in which 3 to 4 students share short reflective  essays on their experiences and challenges while at Wes. In addition a faculty member, chosen by the graduating class, delivers a keynote talk tailored for the seniors. Last year, Professor Hatch was selected by the Class of 2017. Please use this link to nominate and help select a faculty member for this year!


Thanks so much,


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Course Announcement: English 373 From Courtly Love to Cannibalism: Medieval Romances MW 2:50-4

English 373

From Courtly Love to Cannibalism: Medieval Romances

MW 2:50-4

Romance is the narrative form of medieval sexualities and courtly love, but it also gives literary shape to social worlds in which a queer protagonist loses gender, skin color changes with religion, and a dog might be the hero of a tale. We will begin with texts that date from the Romance’s origins in 12th-century France and continue with the form’s development up to the well-known Middle English texts of the 14th century, including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight set at King Arthur’s court. Some of the topics we will consider are Romance’s engagement with the religious and ethnic conflicts of the Crusades, theories of good and bad government, and of course, Christian mysticism and the Holy Grail.

Call for Submissions of Art/Performance on Disruption/Disaster

Call for Submissions of Art/Performance on Disruption/Disaster

The College of the Environment Think Tank is inviting proposals for creative work on the theme of “Disaster” and the ways in which humans confront or survive disasters, to be shared with the public on Friday, March 2, 2018 in the Memorial Chapel as part of an event hosted by the COE Think Tank.

Below is the description of the themes we are working with.

Proposals can be submitted for the creation of new work, or for existing work.

We are able to offer $200 honoraria. In addition to sharing the work at the March 2 event, we will ask you to talk about your project in 8-10 minute presentation with time for the audience to respond and ask questions.

Proposals are due by Thursday, February 1, midnight.

Submit to: Katja Kolcio –

Selection will be determined by Tuesday, February 6.

Work must be completed by Monday, February 26 and the event will take place Friday, March 2, afternoon-evening.

Please include:

Your full name

Wesleyan University Email Address

Your Wesleyan University P.O Box # (for payment purposes only)

Your Wesleyan University ID # (for payment purposes only)

Your class year and major(s) if you have declared.

Are you an international student? (for payment purposes only)

A 300 word (maximum) description of the work. A sample of the work or other relevant work if such exists.

A description of the format and technical requirements (Performance? Exhibit? Video? Music? Etc?)


Since its inception, the Earth has had a violent history of disruption and disasters.  Volcanic eruptions, transformations of the atmosphere, meteoritic collisions, mass extinctions, moving glaciers, plagues, disease, wars, politics and belief systems are but some of the perturbations, natural and otherwise, that disrupt the dynamic processes of the earth and all life that has lived on it. Natural and anthropogenic perturbations across a range of scales set the Earth, ecosystems and human communities onto different courses.  While disruptions and disasters have been an integral part of the history and evolution of the planet, the relationship between humans and their environment continues to evolve as perturbations shift in frequency, magnitude and type.  These perturbations arise from both non-anthropogenic  and anthropogenic  sources.  But there is also a growing human-environment interaction that leads to disruptions and disasters at a variety of scales.  While some of the anthropogenic factors depend upon technological advances (e.g., nuclear radiation) other factors are ancient (e.g., the use of fire to clear large areas for agricultural purposes, such as in Ukraine, Indonesia or South America).

Our current world offers a series of profound challenges to humanity.  We are pushing our world towards a tipping point of climate change by our changes to the carbon cycle and use of fossil fuels. The social-political-ethnic-religious theater of rivalries and conflict intensifies as the environmental stage rotates. The biochemical machinery of humans and the biological world is now constantly challenged by exposure to a bewildering array of microbes, chemical, and other disturbance agents—to which, humans and other Earth inhabitants must continually adapt. In all of this, the human-environment relationship is cyclical. Both parts of the relationship manifest change in the other setting up an ever changing dynamic.

The 2017-2018 College of the Environment Think Tank will focus upon how humanity will confront and take measure of the human-environment relationship from diverse perspectives of biochemistry, ecology, socio-political-religious, somatics, art, and embodiment.

Thank you,

2017-18 Think Tank Members

Katja Kolcio, Chair and Professor of Dance

Ishita Mukerji, Professor of Integrative Science and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Marguerite Nguyen, Assistant Professor of English and East Asian Studies

Eiko Otake, Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment

Helen Poulos, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environment Studies