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Frankel WildmanSarah Wildman ’88, an award-winning writer and regular contributor to the New York Times, presented the 36th Annual Samuel and Dorothy Frankel Memorial Lecture on April 5, in the Daniel Family Common at Usdan University Center. The event was sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and organized by Dalit Katz, director of the center.

Wildman spoke on what she’d learned about the Holocaust in writing Paper Love: Searching for the Girl my Grandfather Left Behind (Riverhead Penguin, 2014).

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Over the weekend, many flowering shrubs sprung to life at Wesleyan University,April 17. 

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Dr Mbai

One on One Talk & Tea with Dr. Mouanodji Mbaissouroum

Monday, April 17, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (ET)
Exley Science Center (Not Tower) ESC 184 (Woodhead Lounge)

 The African Studies minor is proud to announce the launch of a new series:
“Migrant Stories”
People sharing their stories of how and why they ended up in the U.S.

Dr. Mouanodji Mbaissouroum is a cardiologist and research professor who hails from Chad, in central Africa. Since its independence from the French in 1961, Chad has experienced an eight-year civil war and several military coups. Tensions between North and South, between Muslims and Christians, are fueled by political figures. Dr. Mbaï, a practicing Christian, did his medical studies abroad but returned to Chad to work and teach from 1994 to 2008. However, in 2008, following a failed coup by Northern rebels (and supported by Chad’s neighbors to the North, Sudan and Libya), Dr.  fled the country with his family.

Come and talk with Dr. Mbaï himself about his journey through navigating the cultural and professional landscape in the US, and how he is now trying to help Chad with a new organization called Medical Education ProChad.

Inaugural session, with sponsorship from The Thomas and Catharine McMahon Memorial Fund, Romance Languages & Literatures, and the Office of International Student Affairs.

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Congratulations to our very own Claudia Kahindi ’18, named the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.

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Hey 2017’ers,

Here is information regarding the purchase of caps and gowns from Broad Street Books and information about the loaner cap and gown program at Usdan.   All Wesleyan undergraduates wear red, as you may already know from seeing the commencement photos over the years!

For those who purchase their caps and gowns, we encourage you to donate them to the loaner program for next year’s graduates.  More information about collection bins forthcoming.

Best, Dean Brown

From Shelby Choiniere, Store Manager of Broad Street Books:

Congratulations on your achievements!  The 2017 Commencement season is approaching soon, and it is time to start thinking about purchasing your graduation regalia.  All items can be purchased through Broad Street Books. Class rings can be obtained separately through the Jostens.com website where you can design your own ring in a style that best suits you.

You can now purchase your cap and gown.  If you are unable to pick up your regalia at the bookstore, we will be glad to ship it to you.  Contact Broad Street Books to place your order and provide shipping information.  Payment will be due at the time of ordering.  A shipping and handling fee will be applied to your purchase total.

Graduation regalia items are listed below.  Prices do not reflect sales tax.  All graduation regalia items are non-refundable. 

  • Undergrad/Bachelor Cap & Gown:  $39
  • Tassel:  $7
  • Caps:  $12
  • Caps and Tassels can be purchased separately.  Contact store personnel.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (860) 685-7323 and ask for Erin Ricker.  Store hours are Monday–Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


From Michelle Myers-Brown, Director of Usdan University Center:

Congratulations to all soon-to-be graduates!

Seniors who do not want to purchase the cap and gown through the bookstore can come to the Usdan Administration Office on the dates below and borrow a set with a $40 deposit.  Cash or checks will be accepted for the deposit.

Loaners are available for pick up on May 8, 9, 10 from 9a.m. – 2p.m.

Supplies are limited, so be aware that the availability of the correct size of a cap and a gown for each student is not guaranteed.  It will need to be determined on a student-by-student basis.  If available, then seniors will complete a form acknowledging both the loan and the return deadline in order to get their deposit refunded.

Caps and gowns must be returned either on the day of commencement, May 28, by 3p.m. or the following business day, Tuesday, May 30 between 9a.m.-3p.m. (the office will not be open on Monday, May 29).   Seniors must still purchase their tassel ($7) from the bookstore since those are year specific.  If the caps supply is depleted, seniors can purchase them separately from the bookstore.


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

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.

The diploma name system will close on Sunday, April 23 at 11:59pm.

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More than 500 admitted Class of 2021 students and their family members attended WesFest activities on campus, April 12-14.

WesFest is a three-day celebration of all things Wesleyan. The Office of Admission invites all admitted students and their families to visit Wesleyan, experience university life first-hand, and explore the diverse opportunities that a Wesleyan education has to offer.

During WesFest, campus visitors attend classes and academic department open houses; tour campus and academic departments; meet and interact with Wesleyan students; attend a Student Activities Fair; enjoy an all-campus barbecue picnic and live student bands; learn about liberal arts career opportunities and Wesleyan athletic programs; attend student-to-student and parent-to-parent panels; and much more. 

Son muchos partes interesantes de “El coronel no tiene quien le escriba” de García Márquez, específicamente la dinámica del coronel y el gallo. El coronel y su esposa no tiene dinero para comprar alimento y café suficiente, ellos viven en pobreza, pero, el coronel compre comida por el gallo, antes de su esposa y sí misma. El gallo en el pasado perteneció a su hijo, y después de la muerte de su hijo, ahora el gallo lo representa. El gallo da el coronel propósito en su vida, y da él un razón para vivir cada día y él “tuvo la certeza de que ese argumento justificaba su determinación de conservar el gallo”. Por eso, el coronel cuida el gallo porque el lo necesita en su vida, a pesar de los dificultades. El gallo es un parte del cuento que es interesante a mi. 

La muerte

Algo que me interesa de los primeros dos capítulos de, “El coronel no tiene quien le escriba” es la presencia y construcción de la muerte. Desde la introducción al coronel y su mujer, se refiere a la muerte. Aparece en una situation muy normal, cuando toman sus cafes. Mientras toman, el narrador nos cuenta que, “la mujer pensó en el muerto.” (8). Me parece raro esta referencia porque se manifiesta en una manera muy normal como si hablara de una cosa sin fuerza o substancia. Aparece un poco después en la misma manera, “cuando terminó el cafe todavía estaba pensando en el muerto,” (10) y ella sigue pensando en la muerte “estirada en la cama” sin enfoque en la especificidad.

Pero después de el tono ambiguo al principio, el muerto se construye en una manera más clara. El coronel le dice a un niño que, “hay muerto en el pueblo,” (10) y no debe tocar al gallo. Se explica un poco más desde este momento el enfoque en la muerte, porque tienen un entierro para su hijo Agustin. Después de que aparezca Agustin, el muerto es más obvio y más directo. La mujer, “cerró los ojos para pensar más intensamente en el muerto.” (11). Ahora toda se explica a través del muerto, como el “músico muerto” o “transportaron al muerto”, y con este enfoque la construcción de la muerte ha cambiado mucho desde el principio del libro.

El coronel

Inmediatamente, me di cuenta que Márquez establece que los dos protagonistas son de una clase socioeconómica más baja. Además, Márquez demuestra este nivel socioeconómico en muchas maneras. Primera, el autor utiliza las estructuras de oraciones simples. Específicamente, el diálogo entre los personajes es corto y contiene las palabras básicas. El autor solamente da un nombre al hijo muerto, Agustín, y don Sabas. Creo Márquez da un nombre al hijo muerto para subrayar el simbolismo de su muerte, un resultado del gobierno. El otro personaje con un nombre no es simplemente Sabas, sino don Sabas y para mí, don indica un nivel de respeto. En contraste, los dos protagonistas no tienen los nombres y quedan anónimos. Como resultado, con esta estrategia retórica, se puede aplicar a todas las personas de esta clase socioeconómica. Más aún, el lector puede visualizar el nivel de vida cuando Marque describe la casa de los protagonistas. Dentro la casa hay una hamaca como una cama, y en la primera página, él menciona ‘el piso de tierra’. Además, el costo de cuidar del gallo es un problema entre los dos protagonistas. Márquez no solo describe la pobreza de las vidas, sino también explica que el gobierno aprovecha y controla las vidas de las personas comunes. Durante el escenario con el médico, el lector descubre el problema de la censura dentro la comunidad también. Como resultado, pienso que este libro seré un comentario y una crítica del maltratamiento y abuso del hombre común por el gobierno.  


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