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Ying Jia Tan, assistant professor of history, taught his class, History of Science and Technology in Modern China, in Wesleyan’s Anthropology and Archaeology Collections on Nov. 11. The class’s reading on “Peking Man” correlated with artifacts displayed in the collections.

Jessie Cohen, lab manager, prepared for the class by displaying fossil and extant replicas including Australopithecus afarensis (“Lucy”), Homo erectus (“Peking Man” and “Java Man”), and Homo sapiens. She also included several stone tools which originate from the Paleolithic era, a prehistoric period in human history that lasted approximately 2.5 million years. Read more: http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2015/11/13/archlabclasses/

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THANK A CARDINAL! On Nov. 16, more than 400 students wrote brief thank you notes to alumni, parents and friends who’ve made Wesleyan Fund donations in 2015. All gifts count in Wesleyan’s THIS IS WHY fundraising campaign promoting access, inquiry and impact across the university. ‪#‎THISISWHY‬ http://thisiswhy.wesleyan.edu/

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McNair & Mellon Mays Program Info Session — Thurs., Nov. 19, 6:00 p.m, Usdan 110.

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to assist students from underrepresented groups, including students who are first-generation to attend college and low-income, to prepare for and successfully enroll in post-graduate Masters and/or Ph.D. programs. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Wesleyan’s program focuses on students majoring in the math and sciences. McNair Fellows are eligible for summer $2,800 research stipends along with fully paid housing to conduct research with a faculty member at Wesleyan and to receive a stipend during the academic year to continue their research.  Open to sophomores and juniors.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship aims to increase the number of faculty of color at U.S. colleges and universities and to overcome the effects of persistent underrepresentation of certain groups in the academy. Students from those groups, and others who have demonstrated a commitment to overcoming disparities in higher education that result from that underrepresentation, are eligible for the Fellowship. Mellon Fellows are selected in the spring of their sophomore year, participate in an intensive summer session, and work during their junior and senior years on individual research projects, guided by faculty mentors. Fellows receive academic-year fellowships, support for attendance at conferences and for research, and funding during their two summers in the program. Through the Social Science Research Council and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation provides additional support for Fellows while they are in graduate school and during the earlier stages of their academic careers. Upon receipt of the Ph.D. in fields stipulated by the Mellon Foundation, Fellows have a portion of their undergraduate loans repaid. Mellon Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Learn more about the two programs and meet with current McNair and Mellon students at an informational session on Thursday, November 19, from 6:00-7:00 in Usdan 110.

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CPEbookdriveThe Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan University is hiring a Program Manager

Since 2009, the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education has brought the transformative power of the liberal arts into Connecticut’s prisons, offering incarcerated individuals the opportunity to take Wesleyan courses, taught by Wesleyan faculty and receive college credit for their efforts. By extending the Wesleyan community and its resources into Connecticut’s prisons, the Center helps to cultivate scholars and citizens who will be assets to their families and communities, both before and after their release. Held to the same standards as any Wesleyan undergraduate, the success of the Center’s students demonstrates the potential of this underserved population to succeed in even the most demanding academic environment. 

imgres-1This person will work in close collaboration with the Academic Planning & Development Manager to oversee all aspects of the college-in-prison program. The Program Manager will work to build support for the program among various constituents, be responsible for the program’s financial stewardship and fundraising efforts, work with the Department of Corrections to ensure the program’s smooth operation and work with incarcerated students to ensure successful participation in the program.

This full-time position is best suited for someone with a Master’s degree and a minimum of 3 years relevant experience. Please apply by November 30th. For the full job description and application instructions, click here

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Are you passionate about science and math?

Still not sure what to study at Wes?

Why not consider engineering?


Yes, Wesleyan does not have an engineering department, but that does not mean that aspiring engineers must give up on their dreams! In fact, Wesleyan encourages all types of positive intellectual pursuits that students might have and the university has even produced its share of engineers who work all around the world (for starters, just check out this list on Wikipedia).

Some have chosen to study engineering after graduating from Wes. However if you want to get a head start, why not consider the 3-2 engineering program which would allow you to spend 3 years at Wes and then 2 years at a partner university (thus the name)? After finishing the program, students earn two bachelor degrees: a BA from Wes and a BS or BE from an affiliate engineering school.


Which engineering schools are affiliated with Wesleyan?


I am interested in the dual degree option! Sign me up!

You should communicate your plan as early as possible with at least two faculty members:

  • Dual Degree Program Liaison (currently Professor Lutz Hüwel of the Physics Department)
  • Your own faculty advisor

It is advisable to talk to different science and math faculty members as well. After all, you will need letters of recommendation from them when you submit a formal application early in the spring semester of your junior year.


If I choose to do the engineering program, what should I major at Wes?

Please keep in mind that completion of a Wesleyan major is required by some engineering schools. Even though many students who pursue the dual degree have chosen to declare math or science related major(s), you can technically major in anything you want while at Wes! That said, you need to plan early and actively seek advice from professors because the course requirements for engineering are quite stringent.


What courses should I take at Wes?

Different schools have different requirements and you are strongly advised to consult the respective engineering school webpages. Typically, two semesters of calculus-based physics, one semester of chemistry, and calculus (including multivariable) are part of the necessary preparation.

For your reference, Columbia has compiled a list of required courses and their Wesleyan equivalents in their curriculum guide.


How can I get engineering research experience at Wes?

There are a number of courses, research, and other engineering-related opportunities at Wes. You can find the list here.


Are there any other dual degree engineering programs available for Wes students?

  • Dartmouth offers a “2-1-1-1” option allowing you to return to Wesleyan for senior year, before finishing the program at Dartmouth
  • Columbia offers a “4-2” option allowing you to spend four years at Wesleyan before transferring to Columbia

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There was a major service interruption from approx 8:45 to 9:30 am this morning, 11/16.  ITS has narrowed down the equipment that caused the failure and is working with the vendor to determine why the system redundancy was also affected.   Services are now back online.

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Textile Messages exhibition

Freshman beanies, a 1927 letter sweater, a 1970 “Strike” arm band, a 1985 Feminist House T-shirt, and more—this exhibition includes items of student apparel that were (or could have been) worn on a day-to-day basis, and those that were not are evocative of key social and academic aspects of student life. The show is on view in the Special Collections & Archives exhibition area, Olin Library, 1st floor, and is open during library hours.

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Dear Students,

This is a reminder sent to all sophomores, juniors and seniors about the mid-year program house and community based living selection process: Program Housing and Community Based Living applications will close tomorrow (Friday, November 13th) at 12 p.m. EST. For students who have submitted applications: Please go to the Housing and Staff Selection site through your e-portfolio to confirm that in your status tab next to Application Status it says “Complete”. Any applications that are incomplete will not be considered. If it says incomplete,please check the applications and make sure all questions have been answered.

For those who want to submit an application: 1. Go into your e-portfolio and find the “Residential Life” section 2. Select the link called “Housing and Staff Selection” 3. Begin on the “Explore Housing” page. Find the box and select the “Program Housing/CBLV” link. 4. Click on the house/community in which you are interested. 5. A description page will open up. Please read it and if interested, select a preference. 6. Complete the application. You are only able to preference and apply to three houses/communities and applications must match the preferences.

Please remember that if you make a house/community a first preference and you are accepted by the house/community, this will be your assignment for the spring semester.  It is only if you set a house/community as a second or third preference and are accepted that you are given the option to accept or decline the offer.

Please let us know if you have any questions by contact us at reslife@wesleyan.edu

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When you choose your courses this semester, keep in mind that you will have to declare a major this semester.

Know what your major(s) will be?

  • Look at the department’s website for classes required to declare the major. If you haven’t taken those courses yet, take them this semester and prioritize them when ranking courses during pre-registration! If the requirements are not clear, ask a Department Peer Advisor or the head of that department.
  • Even if you have completed the courses required to declare the major, you should still take a course in that department this semester. Look ahead at what your other requirements will be to complete the major, or at elective classes that look interesting to you.
  • Look ahead at which courses are offered more frequently. For instance, if you know you want to go abroad next Spring and certain courses are only offered in the Spring, it could be a good idea to try to take the course now.


Still deciding on a major? That’s ok!

  • If you are still deciding between a few majors, that’s ok – you can take courses in each of those departments and use that to help you decide. Just make sure you have the courses you will need to declare one or more of those majors when the time comes.


Tips for Choosing a Major

  • Look ahead at the types of courses you will be taking in your next few years at WEsleyan if you choose a certain major. Are there enough courses that interest you? Are there requirements that will prevent you from studying abroad or doing other things that you would like to do? Does the major require a capstone project?
  • You do not need to be a quadruple major! Even if you are passionate about four things, it does not mean that you have to major in it. Some majors allow non-major students into most of their courses, which means you can still take courses in a field without officially being a major.
  • If you are considering double majoring, you can think about how feasible it will be to complete all requirements for those majors. Are there required courses that often overlap? Are there any courses you can take that fulfill both majors?


Don’t forget about Gen-Eds

  • Some majors require completing the first round of general education requirements to declare the major. If your major requires that, and you have not already done so, get to it!
  • Some majors require completing the second round of gen-eds to complete the major. It is not too early to get started on tackling those as well.


Balancing Major and Non-Major courses

  • It is NOT necessary to take only courses in your prospective major. For most majors, you can take one or two courses per semester in that department and successfully complete your major.
  • You are in the first half of your Wesleyan career. Just because you have declared a major does not mean that you shouldn’t continue to take advantage of your liberal arts education and take courses that interest you. Taking courses in other disciplines that your major help you increase the breadth of your knowledge and often help you look at approach major courses from new perspectives.
  • To help you decide which courses to take this semester, it is a great idea to look ahead at major requirements and see when it will be most convenient for you to fulfill them. It is no way necessary for you to plan out all eight semesters of your college career at once, but it is helpful to make sure you are the right track.


Still have questions? Reach out to your peer advisors at peeradvisors@lyris.wesleyan.edu

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Peer Advising Pre-Registration Guidelines for Freshman


General Expectations

  • Now is a great time to use your gen-eds as opportunities to explore your interests! Look into disciplines that you’ve never taken a course in or could possibly be interested in
  • NOTE: you do not have to finish your gen-eds by the end of your freshman year. In fact, you don’t have to finish them ever. That being said, you are at a liberal arts school for a reason and most people will choose to finish their gen-eds in an effort to ensure they get a well rounded education. ALSO–some majors do require you to finish your gen-eds and some require you to have finished the first stage before you apply to the major.


Have you given any thought to a potential major?

  • Finishing up your first semester here at Wes, you certainly do not need to know what you will major in. However, if you have some ideas as to what course of study you would like to pursue, it is important to start thinking about courses you will need to take to be admitted into your potential major(s)
    • This information is readily available on the wesleyan website (or you can search the wesleyan major on google to get the direct link)


Tips for Wes Maps

  • Make sure you fill out all 7 slots! This is EXTREMELY important.
  • Utilize the search function in the top righthand corner. This tool can help you find specific classes, classes at specific times, course categories, etc.
    • This is also very useful during adjustment when you are bidding for classes in real-time


Questions about certain courses/departments?

  • Reach out to faculty members and/or department chairs! These people can be extremely useful in helping you understand a field of study or get a better idea as to what a certain course will entail
    • Added perk: establishing relationships with faculty members will help you in the future when it comes to choosing a major, to picking your major advisor, or to just have a mentor/familiar face on campus


Still have questions? Reach out to your peer advisors at peeradvisors@lyris.wesleyan.edu

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