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Class of 2018 Ice Cream Social

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016      7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m     Usdan Room 108

Reminder: Today is the Final Day to Add/Drop a course.  This must be done before 5 p.m. today


A new section of DANC 111 has been made available:

DANC 111 Section 02
Tu, Th 8:40-10:10AM

This is an introduction to dance as an educational, technical, and creative discipline for students with no previous formal dance training. Classes will introduce the basic components of dance technique–stretching, strengthening, aligning the body, and developing coordination in the execution of rhythmic movement patterns. Through improvisation, composition, and performing, students will develop a solid framework applicable to all forms of dance.


Please complete the following form by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.The Transfer Connections Program helps facilitate the transition of incoming sophomore and junior transfer students to Wesleyan. Students who transferred to Wesleyan over the last two years have volunteered to be your connection, or contact point, this summer and over the coming academic year to answer your questions and help you get settled into campus life. Their perspectives and experiences can be very helpful (and fun) as you look forward to your arrival at Wes.

Questions can be directed to Renee N. Johnson-Thornton, Dean for the Class of 2018, at rjohnson01@wesleyan.edu, 860-685-2764.




The New Student Orientation program is now seeking performers for In the Company of Others 2016. This important peer theater piece is a central aspect of the New Student Orientation. In the Company of Others is a time when sophomores, juniors and seniors are able to share their experiences with new students in the hopes of sparking conversation regarding what it means to live in a diverse community. This year, we are particularly looking for applicants who can share experiences around issues of identity. If you are interested in being a performer for this program, please complete the following interest form.

Please submit this application using this link no later than Wednesday, May 11th by 5:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Elisa Cardona in the Office of New Student Orientation.


Dear Students in the Class of 2018,

Now that Spring is “officially” here, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Pre-registration will begin next week (Monday, March 28th) and end on April 11 at 5 p.m.

  • Sophomores are advised to declare a major using the Electronic Portfolio prior to the start of the pre-registration period. Students who declare their majors by this date may be notified about their major advisor. Students who have submitted major deferral forms because they are still completing prerequisites or General Education Expectations courses, should inform their pre-major advisors about their continued need for support during the pre-registration period. If you have neither declared a major or submitted a major deferral form, please come to see me immediately during one of my drop-in sessions.
  • Note, the scheduling period will take place on April 12, after which you may adjust your schedule until April 19

  • For Spring 2016 course, note the deadline for course withdrawal is Wednesday, April 27

Anthro Alum Panel 2016

Diversity in the Workplace

A Discussion with Deloitte

 On Sunday April 10th, Deloitte Consulting is holding its annual on-campus discussion about diversity in the workplace. The discussion will feature a panel of diverse Deloitte practitioners and Wesleyan alumni who will share their experiences in the corporate world, and provide an opportunity to network with them afterward.

We invite you to join and share your own experiences and questions. Please register and submit questions for the panel by using this link . Walk-ins are also welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Below are the details for this event:


Panel followed by casual networking


Sunday, April 10th, 2016


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


41 Wyllys Avenue, Room 112

This event is open to students of all classes and majors. Casual attire is welcome.

For any questions, please contact Yinka Taiwo-Peters ’12 at ytaiwopeters@deloitte.com and Sung Kim ’05 at sungkim8@deloitte.com.      

We hope to see you there!

Shu Tokita Prize

For Students of Color Studying Literature

The Shu Tokita Prize, established by friends and relatives of Shu Tokita, ’84, will be awarded to one or two students of color majoring in literature, in area studies, or a language major with a focus on literature, who demonstrate need for substantial financial assistance. If you have any questions about whether or not you are eligible, please contact us.  Recipients will be selected on the basis of commitment to the study of literature as evidenced in the content and quality of their essays, and financial need. Awarded to one or two sophomores and/or juniors for the remainder of their time at Wesleyan, the Prize is usually $1,500 per year. The recipient(s) of the Shu Tokita Prize will receive the annual award at the start of the following fall semester, that is, for their junior and/or senior year(s).

The Prize was established in memory of Shu Tokita, Class of 1984, who passed away in January of 1989 from leukemia. He had received a B. A. in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an M. A. in Japanese Literature from Tsukuba University. He studied literature as a pursuit that spoke to his life, and from which he gained insights and, ultimately, strength. The Prize seeks to reflect Shu’s interest in literature and his belief that it should be accessible to people of all backgrounds; thus, the Prize is focused on supporting students of color, for whom the study of literature, Shu’s family and friends felt, is often considered a “luxury.” Through the Prize, we hope to encourage and assist Shu Tokita recipients in their decision to pursue literature as an academic endeavor. We hope that they will likewise share their insights and wisdom with their communities. Current Wesleyan student winners of the Shu Tokita Prize are Karmenife Gomez-Paulino ‘16 and Sam Leiva ‘16.


  1. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is a full-time Wesleyan sophomore or junior and is African American, Asian/ Pacific American, Latino American, or Native American, is eligible to apply. The applicant must be in need of substantial financial aid.
  2. The applicant’s major or focus of study must be in literature. Applicants may be affiliated with the following departments: English, College of Letters, other language/literature departments, or area studies, e. g., East Asian Studies concentrating on Chinese or Japanese literature.


The selection is based on the submitted 750-word essay on one of the two topics below, and on financial need, and not on academic standing.

Essay topics:

  1. How do you plan to use your major, or focus of study, to make literature more

accessible to people of all backgrounds?  Please offer a specific example from either your own experience or perhaps a literary text that can illustrate your views.

  1. What is your response to someone who asserts that a major in literature is “impractical?” Please offer a specific example from either your own experience or perhaps a literary text that can illustrate your views.

SELECTION: Selection is based on review of applicant’s written essay and financial need.

DEADLINE for submission of applications: 5 p.m., April 12 (Tuesday)

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRIZE WINNER: In time for the prize reception in May.

TO APPLY: Prize application form is attached. For further information, please contact the campus coordinator of the Shu Tokita Prize committee, Alice Hadler (Allbrittton 214, x 2832, ahadler@wesleyan.edu, campus mail: English Dept., 294 High St.). Please submit your application and essay as an email attachment to Prof. Hadler by the Tuesday April 12 deadline.

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