Class Dean Announcement March 2016

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

Sunday April 10th, Deloitte Consulting – discussion about diversity in the workplace

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 and Sung Kim ’05 at      

We hope to see you there!

Shu Tokita Prize Application Due April 12

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,, 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.

Summer Admission Team Application

Come join the Summer Admission Team! The position is multifaceted, so you will assume several responsibilities, including but not limited to leading multiple tours for campus visitors on a daily basis; answering phones, greeting visitors, and assisting with general questions; assisting with data entry; helping Admission staff members and deans with miscellaneous tasks and projects; and much more!  We are looking for energetic, courteous, and professional individuals who enjoy interacting with students, parents, and staff.  The position is for the entire summer, although there are different start dates available.  This is a full-time job (7 hours per day) with some weekend commitments sprinkled throughout the summer.  Students will be paid $10.00 per hour and will be compensated for 50% of university housing.  If you have questions about the position, e-mail Laura McQueeney, Front Office Manager, at  The application is available here:


Connect@Wes on-campus on Friday, April 1st. Register Now

The Career Center is hosting our annual speed-networking event, Connect@Wes on-campus on Friday, April 1st. This event is designed to match students with industry professionals across a number of fields and to give students the opportunity to  learn how to network professionally and practice their personal pitches. 

I’m wondering if you can pass the event registration information on to any students you think may be interested in participating. Students need to register here  by Sunday, March 6th at 11:59. Students can reach out to me directly if they have questions or need help registering—

Thank you in advance for your help spreading the word about this exciting career development opportunity!



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!

Rachel M. Munafo

Assistant Director of PR & Communications

Wesleyan University Career Center


Summer Session 2016

Summer Session courses are an opportunity to catch up, get ahead, or fulfill GenEd expectations with an immersive study option. The small course format of Summer Session supports close interaction with faculty and fellow students. Courses include biology, chemistry, and numerous writing courses. The full list of Summer Session courses is available online at

Registration for Summer Session is currently open; visit the Summer Session bucket in your e-portfolio to download the registration form. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your registration form and tuition payment to the Summer Session office at 74 Wyllys Avenue to be enrolled.

If you are a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident currently receiving Wesleyan Scholarship support, you may be eligible for Summer Session financial aid.  The form is available in your portfolio and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Monday, March 28. You will need to have your award finalized before you register for Summer Session if you plan to use aid.

Please visit for a complete list of deadlines and other important dates related to Summer Session financial aid.

If you have any questions about Summer Session financial aid, please contact Mary Kelly at For more information about Summer Session in general, please visit or contact