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All members of the junior class are invited to apply for a semester-long Student Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities. A total of Eight Student Fellowships will be awarded by the Center’s Advisory Board (Four Student Fellows for each semester).  Student Fellows share an office at the Center and take part in Center activities. Among these events are the Center’s Monday Night Lecture series; colloquial discussions on Tuesdays, 10:30-1:00; and occasional Center conferences. One course credit is awarded for a Student Fellow’s participation in the Center’s activities.

Applicants for a Student Fellowship must be planning to do a senior project (usually an honors thesis) on a topic related to a Center theme for the year.  The project need not be underway at the time of the application.  The themes for each semester will be broadly construed and connect with projects and problems across the disciplines. The Student Fellows will work closely with Faculty Fellows at the Center as well as with Visiting Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Applications for student fellowships are due at the Center by Monday, April 3, 21017.

We will let you know of the Center Advisory Board’s decision by April 10, 2017.  If you have any questions, please email Erinn Savage at esavage@wesleyan.edu.


2017 Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award for Sophomores and Juniors 

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.  A committee will select the sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500.  The application process is described below. Any sophomore or junior in good standing may submit an essay that addresses the following:

Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you played a leadership role that sought to make our local and global communities more equitable (The effort should have a direct effect on the Wesleyan campus and/or on external communities.)

1.      Explain your level of involvement in the work for example: your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns in the pursuit of social justice

2.      In addition to your essay, you must include a letter of support from a faculty or administrator involved in your effort and submit evidence of impact that the social justice effort had on making our society more just by contributing testimonies from individuals (excluding family and friends) directly involved, artifacts from your social justice effort (e.g., past printed programs, presentations, and articles), and/or your work from courses. You may include non-print items, such as DVDs.

You must include at least four copies of the non-print and printed items and drop them off to Dean Teshia Levy-Grant, North College, 1st floor, Room 122 by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017.  All essays, letters of support and printed items must be in by the deadline.  By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Equity & Inclusion to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes. If you have any questions, Please do not hesitate to contact Dean Teshia Levy-Grant x4771, tlevygrant@wesleyan.edu

Previous recipients:

2015: Hannah Sokoloff-Rubin class of 2016 &       Work and Leadership in the Wesleyan Doula Project

         Claire Wright, class of 2016                        Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor Support

2014: Hailey Sowden, class of 2015                     Middletown Food Project/Long Lane Farm

2013: Joshua Krugman, class of 2014                  Long Lane Organic Farm

2012: Corey Guilmette, class of 2013                  Wesleyan Committee for Investor Responsibility

2011: Ali Chaudry, class of 2012                         Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative

2010: Allegra Stout, class of 2012                        Disability Issues

2009: Lily Mandlin, class of 2010                        Facilitator, North End Action Team Teen Dreams Society

2008: Mu Abeledo, class of 2009                         Founder, Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP)

2007: Lashawn Springer, class of 2008                 Program Organizer, “Common Struggle for Freedom & Justice”

Selection Committee:  Joseph Matthew Brown ’03; Richard Culliton; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Teshia Levy-Grant, Chair & Dean for Equity & Inclusion; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Sara Morgenstern; Mogenstern-Clarren Family Representative, Shelissa Newball; Associate Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development, Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies. 

2017 Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD – Student Nominee


Nominations are now being accepted for the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award. Eligible Wesleyan employees include custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff (i.e. electricians, plumbers). The award is to honor and thank the people whose every day work helps the students at Wesleyan. Nominators may only submit one person for consideration; you are welcome to nominate yourself. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500.

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good. 

To apply, please respond to the following questions in no more than two pages:

1)     What is your (the employee’s) job at Wesleyan? In what ways, do you (the employee) engage and interact with Wesleyan students on campus?

2)     In what ways have you (the employee) contributed to student life at Wesleyan? If possible, please give specific examples.

3)     What do you (the employee) find most rewarding about working on campus?

4)     Is there anything else that you would like to tell the committee about yourself (the employee)?


 Submit nominations to Dean Teshia Levy-Grant, North College, 1st floor, Room 122 by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017.


Previous recipients

2015: David Csere

2014: Lucia Valenzuela

2013: David Wright

2012: Jose Rodriguez

2011: Gloria Tobon

2010: Mollie Lane

2009: Ron Bowman & Wendy Norton 



Selection Committee:  Joseph Matthew Brown ’03; Richard Culliton; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Teshia Levy-Grant, Chair & Dean for Equity & Inclusion; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Sara Morgenstern; Mogenstern-Clarren, Family Representative, Shelissa Newball; Associate Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development, Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.



From: “Watson, Janice” <jwatson@wesleyan.edu>
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:45 AM
Subject: Spring Break Travel for International Students

In anticipation of the bad weather predicted for Friday and the possibility that Ms. Watson may not make it to campus.  She will be on campus tonight until 6pm to endorse I-20s and provide travel letters.

Please send Ms. Watson an email at jwatson@wesleyan.edu to request your letter.



Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library are happy to announce the launch of an undergraduate research prize. The research project, widely conceived, can be from any undergraduate course taken in Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2017 from currently enrolled Wesleyan students. Honors theses are not eligible.

Projects will be evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources as well as on the quality of writing and research. We are particularly interested in receiving applications that show evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself.

There will be two cash awards: a 1st-place prize worth $500 and a 2nd-place prize worth $250.

Instructors and librarians are encouraged to nominate students’ work; students may also self-nominate. Please send nominations to: libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

All materials must be submitted electronically, preferably as PDF files. Applications will include:

The jury will be comprised of members of the Friends of Wesleyan Library board, Wesleyan librarians, and Wesleyan faculty from Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics.

Deadline: 5pm, March 10, 2017.

Awards will be announced in April 2017.

For inquiries, contact the Friends of Wesleyan Library, at libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

If you are a junior or senior who has engaged with foreign-language study while at Wesleyan, the rationale below will help you explain to prospective employers the skills you have gained through such a course of study.


Why Foreign-Language Study is a Good Idea for Every Student

We assume if you have reasons to learn a particular language (to study, work, travel, or live abroad or for resources not fully available in English translation), you already know why it is important. Here are reasons to study any language besides English or whatever you regard as your native language:

  1. Many employers, professional schools, and graduate schools see serious study of a second language (potentially, a double-major) as evidence that you can (a) put yourself more easily in others’ (colleagues’, clients’) shoes and (b) communicate more effectively even in English.
  1. You will never know your own language and culture more deeply than by studying another–by looking at it from the outside. Learning to thrive with the unfamiliar is often linked to creativity in many intellectual and professional contexts.
  1. Language learning teaches you to think more clearly and sharpens your brain’s ability to make sense of the world.
  1. Deep study of another culture through its language brings home how much of value will never be made available in English.
  1. Puzzling out another language and culture will help you understand (and empathize with) the difficulties of non-anglophone immigrants, colleagues, clients, and travelers in the U.S., even if you never leave American shores.
  1. Learning another language well makes it easier to learn any language in the future. Even if you never need this, the experience–especially if you study abroad–will make you far more confident in your ability to face any intellectual or professional challenge.  
  1. Foreign-language courses fit easily into study plans: offered on highly varied schedules, they provide a stimulating (and fun!) break from problem-set driven, heavy-reading or arts courses.

Wesleyan offers:

Arabic language and culture: http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/aaissa/profile.html

American Sign Language: http://www.wesleyan.edu/lctls/courses.html

Classics (Greek and Latin): http://wesleyan.edu/classics/

East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean): http://wesleyan.edu/ceas/

German studies: http://wesleyan.edu/german/

Hebrew language and culture: http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/dkatz01/profile.html

Romance Languages & Literatures (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish): http://wesleyan.edu/romance/

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program: http://wesleyan.edu/russian/

Any other language: http://www.wesleyan.edu/lctls/silp.html

Dear Class of 2018,
The Office of Admission is pleased to announce that the application to become a 2017-2018 Senior Interviewer is now available.

Each year the Office of Admission hires 20 members of the senior class to engage in the recruitment, evaluation and selection of the incoming first-year class.  SI’s conduct admission interviews with prospective students, co-lead group information sessions, sit on panels during our fall Open House programs and WesFest, interact with parents and students visiting campus, work with admission deans on specific projects, and a select few will have the opportunity to read admission applications in January and February.

There will be three information sessions in the coming weeks that we encourage you to attend to learn more about the position and application process: Monday, February 27 from both 12-1pm and 4-5pm, and Friday, March 3 from 12-1pm.  All will be held in the McKelvey Room in the Office of Admission, 70 Wyllys Ave; it is not necessary to be there for the entire hour.  You can register for one of these sessions here: https://goo.gl/forms/swxiaibb7g5Kj5bM2

We hire six SI’s to work full-time during the summer, from mid-June through September 1. It is possible that two of the summer SI’s may start in mid-July and unpaid time off is usually available with prior notice and approval if the needs of the office allow.  Because summer is a crucial time with thousands of visitors to campus, those who can work in the summer are given preference in the hiring process.

The application itself provides more information about deadlines and process, but in sum the application is due no later than Friday, March 17.  The first round of interviews are in a  group format and will take place from Monday, March 27 to Friday March 31 at noon; the following week we will conduct individual interviews with a current senior and an admission dean, and these will have a number of time slots available over the course of the week.  I will provide an electronic sign-up sheet for both the group and individual interviews.  We hope to make our final selections and notify applicants no later than Monday, April 10. 

The application can be found here https://goo.gl/forms/Y53EaCZLWhpgUn2t2

We hope you will find this to be an exciting opportunity to shape the student body at Wesleyan and leave a legacy with lasting impact, as well as gain professional experience in higher education and perhaps discover potential career interests.  Should you have any questions please contact Chris Lanser, Associate Dean of Admission, at clanser@wesleyan.edu

 I look forward to seeing you at one of the information sessions and to reading your 2017-18 SI application.


Chris Lanser
Associate Dean of Admission
Director, QuestBridge Admission
Wesleyan University

Do you feel like you’ve mastered course registration and WesMaps? Are you interested in working one-on-one with your peers? Want to learn more about study skills, organization, and meta-cognitive learning strategies?

Student Academic Resources is looking for talented students to join the Peer Advising team for the coming academic year. Both Academic PeerAdvisors and New Student Orientation Peer Advisors are paid positions.

Academic Peer Advisors (APAs) will receive extensive training, will help lead workshops, and will mentor students one-on-one. Please find an extended job description and the application here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/peeradvjobdesc.html

If you cannot commit for a full year but you are interested in helping new students with the academic transition to Wesleyan, consider applying to be a New Student Orientation (NSO) Academic Peer Advisor. NSO Academic Peer Advisors receive a stipend for their work and will help throughout orientation. Please fine an extended job description and the application here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/NSO%20Peer%20Advisor%20job%20description.html

All applications are due on Monday February 27th at 5pm.

If you have additional questions regarding the position please contact Dean Patey (lpatey@wesleyan.edu).

The Gordon Career Center launched a new student funding initiative called the Career Development Grant. This serves as an expansion (and replacement) of the old SuitUp fund. Students can still ask for money to cover interview attire as before, but may now also request funds for things like graduate exam fees, career-related travel expenses, and professional conferences. They may request up to $500 over their time at Wesleyan. In general students must be on need-based aid to qualify, though exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You can read more here. Interested students are asked to contact Jacquie Fought (jfought01@wesleyan.edu) for an application, or Anne Santaniello (asantaniello@wesleyan.edu) if they have questions about what the fund covers, etc.

Dear Class of 2018,

Wesleyan has just partnered with Merit, an online service that helps us celebrate and share your accomplishments. From research and academic awards to study abroad, volunteer work and co-curricular activities, your Merit page is a verified professional profile that we build for you, and that you can share with prospective employers, graduate schools and others. We’ll also use the system to notify your hometown newspaper, high schools and families about your accomplishments. More than 300 colleges and universities around the country now use Merit.

You don’t have to do anything to maintain your Merit page. If you wish, you can enhance it with a photo, bio, other activities or work experience.

You’ll get an email each time we update your Merit page. Follow the link in the email to sign into your page and see what you’ve been recognized for. You can also search for your Merit page at wesleyan.meritpages.com.

More information is available here. If you prefer not to participate, you can opt out at any time by emailing studentnews@wesleyan.edu, or responding to the email you receive from Merit. Questions can be directed to Lauren Rubenstein, lrubenstein@wesleyan.edu, in the Office of Communications. We’re excited to promote your success on your Merit page!


Dean Thornton

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