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Drug Policy, Regional and National–The Policy Debate:  What is to be done?

The last of the three drug panels inspired by the Molly incident and arrests will take place April 28, 8PM, in Shanklin 107.  This panel focuses on regional and national policy, and panelists are very significant people in the field:

Ethan Nadelmann,  founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.  Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.

Susan O’Connor, Program Director of Phoenix House Outpatient Services in Springfield, MA.  O’Connor is the author of a widely-read piece on Wesleyan, “Missing the Point with Molly” http://www.phoenixhouse.org/news-and-views/our-perspectives/missing-the-point-with-molly/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=social.

Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning. Lawlor is among the most influential members of Governor Malloy’s staff regarding drug policies in Connecticut.

Moderator:  Rob Rosenthal, Director, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

Reblogged from: class of 2015. (Go to the original post…)

The last of the three panels discussing drug policy will take place April 28th, 8PM, in Shanklin 107. This panel focuses on regional and national policy, and panelists are very signficant people in the field:

Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.

Susan O’Connor, Program Director of Phoenix House Outpatient Services in Springfield, MA. O’Connor is the author of a widely-read piece on Wesleyan, “Missing the Point with Molly” http://www.phoenixhouse.org/news-and-views/our-perspectives/missing-the-point-with-molly/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=social

Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning. Lawlor is among the most influential members of Governor Mally’s staff regarding drug policies in Connecticut.

Reblogged from: ENGAGE - Wesleyan University. (Go to the original post…)

The third and final panel discussion in the “Drugs, Harm and the Campus” series:

drugpolicy_april28

 

About the panelists:

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States that promotes alternatives to the war on drugs.  Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.

Susan O’Connor is the Program Director of Phoenix House Outpatient Services in Springfield, MA, a nonprofit drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization.  O’Connor is the author of a recent piece on Wesleyan titled “Missing the Point with Molly.”

Mike Lawlor, Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, is among the most influential members of Governor Malloy’s staff in regard to drug policies in Connecticut.

All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome. Questions for panelists may be submitted at each event or in advance to scapron@wesleyan.edu or @wes_engage

Welcome to senior year!

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Reposted from 8/28 email

Dear class of 2015,

Congratulations and welcome to your senior year!

I will be sending out emails throughout the year regarding graduation requirements to be sure that there will be no surprises in May (many other things will be on the class blog–http://classof2015.blogs.wesleyan.edu–so as not to fill up your inbox). Please be sure to check there, however; an announcement of this term’s student forums just went up, for example.

So, let’s talk about graduation requirements. I strongly urge you to review your Credit Analysis Report, which tracks your progress toward graduation. It reflects your earned and in-progress credit totals, GPA, semesters in residence and oversubscription. It does not track your major, however; your Major Completion Form does. Both of these can be found in your portfolio. Please be sure to check these, particularly now, at the end of this term, and the beginning of the next. For information regarding degree requirements, please look at the 2015 senior packet and information on the registrar’s site.

However, here are the nuts and bolts of Graduation Requirements:

· satisfactory completion of a major
· satisfactory completion of 32.00 course credits with no oversubscription*
· minimum of 16.00 credits earned at Wesleyan or in Wesleyan-sponsored programs;
· cumulative average of 74.00 or higher;
· minimum of six semesters in residence at Wesleyan as a full-time student for those who entered in the first year**
· minimum of five semesters for students entering as full-time first-semester sophomores**
· minimum of four semesters for students entering as full-time midyear sophomores or junior transfers**

*Oversubscription: This term is used to reflect credits that are more than the maximum allowed to count toward graduation. For example, a maximum of 16.00 credits may be counted in any one department.

**Full-time status at Wesleyan means enrollment in at least 3.00 credits (with a normal course load being 4.00 credits in any given semester). Any semester in which a grade is given is counted as a Wesleyan semester for purposes of graduation.

You may also need to complete your General Education expectations. For example, a student who does not meet these expectations by the time of graduation will not be eligible for University honors, Phi Beta Kappa, honors in general scholarship, or for honors in certain departments and may not declare more than a combined total of two majors, certificates, and minors.

If you have questions or concerns about the credit analysis or your progress toward meeting graduation requirements, please contact me to set up a time to meet.

Best,
Dean Wood

Graduation Requirements

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Reposted from 11.21 email

Dear 2015,

First, as a reminder, in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony on May 24, 2015, you must meet all four of Wesleyan’s graduation requirements:

1.
32.00 credits without oversubscription
2.
Residency (six semesters for most students, but four of five for junior and

sophomore transfer students),
3.
A grade point average of at least 74.00.
4.
Fulfillment of major requirements

If you have any questions about any of these requirements, please look over the senior packet or come speak with me. You should be checking your Credit Analysis to make sure you’re on track with the first three of these requirements and be in touch with your advisor regarding where you stand with your major requirements.

Second, it is a good idea to be in touch with all of your instructors regarding your standing in each of your courses before the withdrawal deadline, which is November 25 at 5:00. If you decide to withdraw from a course, please consider the impact it might have on any of the four degree requirements listed above while being sure to get your instructor’s and advisor’s signatures before mine, as I should be the last stop. If you would like to talk about whether or not you should withdraw from a course, I’m here, so please come by. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to come in to see me, as my drop-in hours are below.

Please note that during adjustment period, which will run until November 25 at 5:00, I will be advertising any new courses or those with open seats on our class blog (as well as any upcoming events, announcements, etc.).
Best,
DW

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Reposted from 12.8.14 email

Dear Wesleyan Senior,

As we near the end of the term, I hope that you can look back on this semester with a sense of accomplishment and that you have also enjoyed some quality time with your classmates and friends. I know from speaking with many of you that this year is filled with mixed emotions about leaving Wesleyan and planning for life after an amazing (I hope!) experience here. You have undoubtedly begun to think about what you want to do after you graduate, and I encourage you to discuss your plans with Dean Wood, your faculty advisors and professors, and with the staff at the Career Center.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 is Wesleyan’s 183rd Commencement – the day that your family and friends will join all of us here on campus to officially celebrate your hard work and wonderful achievements over the past four years. The weekend, which begins on Thursday, May 21, will offer a rich schedule of activities and programs. There is a preliminary schedule available online at www.wesleyan.edu/rcthat outlines some of the highlights of the weekend. (The Office of Parent Programs will be sending your family this same schedule in the near future.) A complete schedule will be available on the website in March.

I wish you a successful conclusion to the fall semester and I hope you have a wonderful Winter Break. Dean Wood and I look forward to working with you during the remainder of your senior year.

With all best wishes,

Michael J. Whaley
Vice President for Student Affairs

Graduation requirements

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Reposted from 1.21 email

2015,

Welcome to the spring term of your senior year! I hope you had a wonderful break and you’re ready to go.

Below is some helpful information as we move toward Commencement. If you have questions about graduation requirements, total credits earned, oversubscription, or anything else about this semester, please do not hesitate to contact me. My drop-in hours are the same, so come on by.

Best,
DW

1) Review your Credit Analysis Report NOW and understand how many credits you still need for graduation. Click for more information on minimum requirements. Are you oversubscribed? Click here for more information on oversubscription. You want to be sure to graduate in May, so please be in touch with your advisor and/or with me if you have any questions.

2) Complete your Major Certification Form. The major certification form found in your eportfolio under “Academic Career” Bucket will be certified by your faculty advisor that you have completed the major(s). Be sure to complete your portion of the form.

3) I’ll be sending information out soon about the process to select the Senior Student Commencement Speaker.

4) If you have incomplete(s), the deadline is tomorrow (Thursday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m.) or as your instructor has indicated. If you have any questions, please let me know.

5) As I noted in the fall, here However, here are the nuts and bolts of Graduation Requirements:

· satisfactory completion of a major

· satisfactory completion of 32.00 course credits with no oversubscription*

· minimum of 16.00 credits earned at Wesleyan or in Wesleyan-sponsored programs;

· cumulative average of 74.00 or higher;

· minimum of six semesters in residence at Wesleyan as a full-time student for those who entered in the first year**

· minimum of five semesters for students entering as full-time first-semester sophomores**

· minimum of four semesters for students entering as full-time midyear sophomores or junior transfers**

*Oversubscription: This term is used to reflect credits that are more than the maximum allowed to count toward graduation. For example, a maximum of 16.00 credits may be counted in any one department.

**Full-time status at Wesleyan means enrollment in at least 3.00 credits (with a normal course load being 4.00 credits in any given semester). Any semester in which a grade is given is counted as a Wesleyan semester for purposes of graduation.

You may also need to complete your General Education expectations. For example, a student who does not meet these expectations by the time of graduation will not be eligible for University honors, Phi Beta Kappa, honors in general scholarship, or for honors in certain departments and may not declare more than a combined total of two majors, certificates, and minors.

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Reposted email from 2/18/15

2015,
My apologies for deluging your inboxes this week, but exciting opportunities abound!
Please see the note below from the Registrar’s Office regarding confirming your name for the diploma.
Best,
Dean Wood

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

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 portfolio under Enrollment Status click on Diploma Names. 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.

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Reposted from 3/6 email

Dear ’15,

Spring break is upon us!

I hope the next two weeks are both restorative and productive, as this can be a good time to catch up on work and focus on theses/essays as well as sleep, spend time with friends and families, watch bad TV and then return ready to finish out your last term at Wesleyan from a place of strength. Hopefully spring will return when you do!

This can also be a good time to focus on your job search in earnest, so please make a point of spending time on the Career Center’s CareerDrive (which you can access via your portfolio). Make sure that you’re also signed up for their newsletter. Please know that the Career Center counselors are available to go over resumés and cover letter as well as discuss your career interests more generally. They also regularly host alumni discussing their experiences in a vast array of fields, whether working at Lego, breaking into the tech industry with a liberal arts major, or entering the non-profit sector. Please know that I’m here as well if you’d like to discuss your post-Wesleyan plans (particularly if you don’t have any at the moment).

Please be sure to look over your standing in terms of graduation requirements. Seniors must earn a minimum of 32.00 credits (without oversubscription) and complete a major. At least 16.00 of these credits must be earned at Wesleyan or in Wesleyan-sponsored programs (such as study abroad). In addition, seniors must have a cumulative average of at least 74.00 and at least six semesters in residency as a full-time student (for students who entered Wesleyan in their first year). That’s it. Those are the requirements, so please be sure that you will fulfill them by the end of this semester.

The start of this term has clearly been challenging, but I’ve been very moved by the ways in which you have supported one other during this time. It is in these very moments when we realize our community’s strength and resilience. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I’m here to help, so come on by at any point.

Have a wonderful break!

Best,

DW

Commencement Sites

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Reposted from 3/19 email

Dear ’15,
I hope the break has been as relaxing or productive as you had hoped.

The Commencement website has gone live, so I wanted to send you the link:
http://wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/s/1318/index.aspx?sid=1318&gid=1&pgid=4805
I will be sending emails regarding caps and gowns, name pronunciation software and the like in the coming weeks, but I wanted to be sure that you have this information. Please note that there is also a site specifically for your parents:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/parents/events/commencement.html
There are no tickets for Commencement, but you are asked to register for the weekend.
I’m sure that receiving this email is probably freaking you out, so please know that I’m here if you’d like to talk at any point.
Best,
Dean Wood

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