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Academic Peer Advisors

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become Academic Peer Advisors for the 2017-20178 academic year. Academic Peer Advisors are juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation (NSO) and throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources. Academic Peer Advisors will receive training, give individualized peer advice and facilitate workshops for groups of students regarding metacognitive learning strategies, time management, public speaking, study, and exam preparation strategies. The Academic Peer Advisor position description and application can be found at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/peeradvjobdesc.html

NSO Peer Advisors

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become NSO Peer Advisors for the 2017-2018 academic year. NSO Peer Advisors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources. The comprehensive position description and application can be found at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/studentaffairs/resources/peeradvisors/NSOPeerAdvisorJobDesc.html


Have you ever wanted a personal editor? Someone who would meet with you privately to help you with your writing?

Your Writing Mentor will work with you on your particular writing concerns, whether you need help generating ideas, structuring your essay, improving sentence clarity and grammar, or managing your time.  As mentors and mentees meet on a weekly basis, this program is designed for students who enjoy regular collaboration.  If you participate, you will have a sophomore, junior, or senior assigned to meet with you throughout the semester.

We work with students of all writing abilities and in all disciplines.  All services are free.

To apply for a writing mentor for the Spring 2017 semester, please fill out the online application here by Friday, February 10th at 11:59PM; we will let you know by  Wednesday, February 15th, if we’ve been able to pair you with a mentor. Please contact Ford Fellow Gabe Borelli at writingworks@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2440 if you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to working with you.

reminder clipartDROP/ADD Deadline is tomorrow, W: Feb 8th.

Click Here to learn more about the DROP/ADD Process


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Source Management Workshop Flyer

Working on a thesis, essay, or research paper?
Want to explore software options for organizing your source material?
Accessibility Services will give a demonstration on how to use
EndNote and Evernote to organize your research material.
EndNote helps you organize your reference materials and citation information.

Thursday, February 9th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Usdan 108
(Feel free to bring your lunch)

Accessibility Services will give a demonstration on how to use EndNote and Evernote to organize your research material.
You can use EndNote to enter citations into Microsoft Word as you write, an automatically format your bibliography.
Evernote helps you to organize your reference material and notes.
You can use Evernote to store your annotated journal articles (rather than folders) and use tags to keep track of related items.
Additional demonstrations of:
OneNote Mendeley Sensus Access and more

Have you heard of grants, fellowships and scholarships like the Fulbright? Or Marshall and Rhodes? Want to move to New Zealand after graduation? Join Kate Smith, Associate Director of Fellowships, Internships and Exchanges to learn more about incorporating your experience into internships, graduate school and after graduation by attending one of the following upcoming events:

Fulbright Information Session |Thursday February 2nd @ 12PM


All students are invited to attend an information session to learn about Fulbright grants – the many options, best practices in preparing your application and a timeline.

Exploring International Opportunities? | Thursday February 9th @ 12PM


Interested in going abroad after graduation or for an internship? Join Kate to Explore International Opportunities!

Graduate School Abroad | Monday February 13th @ 12PM


Interested in going to graduate school abroad? Join Kate Smith, Associate Director of Fellowships, Internships and Exchanges to learn about funded opportunities for graduate study through scholarships and fellowships, such as: Marshall Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Fulbright Grants and more! Learn best practices for graduate school admissions abroad and resources to identify the best programs for your academic interests. Attend the information session to learn tips, best practices and how to prepare your application.

For more on fellowships, to set-up an individual appointment or check fellowship deadlines, please visit: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cgs/fellowship/nomination.html



The College of the Environment announces 2017 summer and fall internships. This year, we are using an online application process that can be accessed from our website – www.wesleyan.edu/coe under the column labeled COE INTERNSHIPS. Please read the memorandum from Director Barry Chernoff for the details. (http://www.wesleyan.edu/coe/internships/index.html). The summer internship will run from May 31, 2017 – August 3, 2017 with a stipend payment of $4,000. The deadline for the application and two letters of recommendations are due on or before Monday, February 27, 2017, 5pm.


Welcome to the second semester of your junior year at Wesleyan University. For most of you time seems to be passing at lightning speed as you are immersed fully in your majors and personal pursuits. Please visit the class of 2018 blog at http://classof2018.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2016/10/13/juniors-preparing-for-graduation-in-senior-year-or-december-completion/ to review the process of preparing for graduation in May 2018 or December Completion, and to learn about important events and opportunities available to you as juniors.

The next few weeks will be a wise time to review your academic history report and major certification forms (available in your e-portfolio) to identify any issues that might pop up next year, such as oversubscription. I am happy to review your reports with you and to help you strategize ways to address early any concerns we discover. Additionally, spring of junior year is an important time to acquaint yourself with the Gordon Career Center staff and update your resume using their on-line tool, Handshake.

Remember to keep deadlines in mind: Drop/Add ends on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017 and the last day to change the grading mode in courses the offer the option will be Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

There will be several events for our class this semester:

Monday, February 6th Noon – 1 PM – Meeting of the 2018 Class Council

Wednesday, February 8th 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (location provided upon rsvp)- Welcome Back Dinner: Transfer Students Cultivating Community

Wednesday, March 1st 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (location provided upon rsvp) – Class of 2018 Faculty Dinner featuring Professor Yamil Velez of the Government Department

Tuesday, April 4th 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (PAC 001) – Thesis and Honor Essays Q/A Session.

I am looking forward to checking in with you this semester. Please note my drop-in sessions below or contact me to schedule a meeting at a different time.

I wish you all the best for a healthy and successful Spring semester.

Dean Thornton

Renée N. Johnson Thornton, Ph.D., Dean for the Class of 2018

217 North College – Wesleyan University

860-685-2764 (office) – 860-685-3940 (fax)

Please contact my colleague, Mrs. Maheu at tmaheu@wesleyan.edu or by phone at 860-685-2765 to schedule an individual appointment.

Drop-in hours:

Mon. 2-3 p.m., Tues. 3-4 p.m., Wed. 5-7 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.-noon, Fri. 2-4 p.m.


Visit Class of 2018 Blog for updates, opportunities, & important dates: http://classof2018.blogs.wesleyan.edu/

Visit Peer Advisor Blog for helpful study tips

Foundations of Modernity

The Cultures of the Italian Renaissance

FIST 224 – COL 224 – ITAL 224 – MDST 223

Prof. F.M. Aresu – faresu@wesleyan.edu | Monday and Friday, 10:50 AM – 12:10 PM | FISK210

Office Hour: Monday and Wednesday 1:00-2:00, and by appointment


In this course we will critically explore the intellectual achievements of the Italian Renaissance through a detailed analysis of some of its literary masterpieces. We will inquire into the rediscovery and emulation of classical literatures and civilizations. We will examine the revalidated notions of beauty, symmetry, proportion, and order. We will analyze the ways in which this rebirth fundamentally changed the languages, literatures, arts, philosophies, and politics of Italy at the dawn of the modern era. We will also approach often-neglected aspects of Renaissance counter-culture, such as the aesthetics of ugliness and obscenity, and practices of marginalization (misogyny, homophobia). In a pioneering quest for the fulfillment of body and soul, self-determination, glory, and pleasure, Italian scholars, philologists, poets, playwrights, and prose writers contributed to the development of new and increasingly secular values. Through a close reading of texts by authors such as Francesco Petrarca, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Michelangelo Buonarroti, we will investigate continuities and ruptures between their quest for human identity and ours.


* Fear not! Course conducted in English. All primary and secondary sources in English.

For more information, please go to: https://iasext.wesleyan.edu/regprod/!wesmaps_page.html?crse=014560&term=1171

and do not hesitate to contact Professor F. Marco Aresu <faresu@wesleyan.edu>.

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