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More than 100 Wesleyan University students are completing a full-semester course in two weeks as part of Winter Session 2017. Now in it’s fourth year, this is the highest enrollment to date.

Winter Session is held Jan. 9-24 and classes typically meet for four hours a day for 10 days.

Courses this year include Introduction to Digital Arts, taught by Christopher Chenier; The Dark Side of the Universe, taught by Edward Moran; Homer and the Epic, taught by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak; Introduction to Programming, taught by James Lipton; U.S. Foreign Policy, taught by Douglas Foyle; Masculinity, taught by Jill Morawski; and Applied Data Analysis taught by Lisa Dierker. View more Winter Session photos here

On June 1, the Office of Human Resources hosted an Ice Cream Social for faculty, staff and employed students on Andrus Field and the Huss Courtyard. The gathering provided an opportunity for employees to mingle and celebrate the end of spring semester and start of summer. Mario Torres, material handler in Physical Plant, served as the gathering’s DJ. After enjoying ice cream, several faculty and staff played volleyball, steel drums, participated in a water balloon and bean bag toss and created tie-dye T-shirts.

The Theater Department presented “Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place” April 28-May 1 on campus.

“Wes Out-Loud: Stories of Place” is a site-specific auditory journey conceived and created for the Wesleyan campus through a collaboration between theater students and Assistant Professor of Theater Marcela Oteíza. “Wes Out-Loud” invited the audience to experience Wesleyan as a scenographic space by inserting new narratives into everyday sites.

The juxtaposition of place and stories presented the richness and diversity of the students on campus and promoted inclusiveness.

Audience members wore wireless headsets to listen to the recorded stories of place created for each site. The performance, led by Wesleyan students, covered a one-and-a-half mile loop through campus. Read more: http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2016/04/29/wesoutloud/

A snowy start to spring, March 21 at #Wesleyan University. 

Fifteen seniors were inducted to the university’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during a ceremony on Dec. 2.

The inductees and their majors are: Laiya Ackman (Astronomy, Physics), Hein Jeong (German Studies, Philosophy), Harim Jung (Music, Psychology), Lisa Kremen (Neuroscience and Behavior, Psychology), Amanda Li (Film, Government), Lynn Ma (College of Social Studies), Hannah Susan Greely Maniates (Biology, Neuroscience and Behavior), Daniel Maseda (English, Theater), Sean Mark Mihaljevich (Economics), Anh Tuan Nguyen Viet (Economics, Mathematics) Zarek Siegel (Chemistry, Neuroscience and Behavior, Science in Society), Emily Rose Sullivan (Psychology), Silena Te (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Russian Language and Literature), Emily Joyce Weinstock-Collins (College of Letters, Romance Languages and Literatures, Mathematics), and Claire Wright (College of Letters, Romance Languages and Literatures, Psychology). All are members of the Class of 2016.

To be elected, a student must first have been nominated by the department of his or her major. He or she also must have demonstrated curricular breadth by having met the General Education Expectations, and must have achieved a GPA of 93 and above. Every student in this group has a GPA of 94.82 and above. For students elected in the fall, admittance is based on a student’s performance at Wesleyan through only their junior year. For this election, students must have completed all their undergraduate work at Wesleyan.

Founded in 1776 by five students who attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest surviving Greek letter society in America. The emblem contains the three Greek letters “Phi-Beta-Kappa,” which are the initials of the Greek motto, Philosophia Bio Kubernetes, “the love of wisdom is the guide of life.” 

On Nov. 7, retiring Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka taught a joint Homecoming/Family Weekend workshop for students, families and friends in Crowell Concert Hall on Ghanian drumming and dance. 

The 5th Annual Stone A Cappella Concert at Memorial Chapel on Nov. 8 featured the vocal talent of Wesleyan’s many student a capella groups. 

Evening glow on College Row, Nov. 2. Pictured is South College and Memorial Chapel. 

Wesleyan’s International Politics class met beneath Foss Hill’s colorful maple trees this afternoon. The class is taught by Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, professor of environmental studies and co-chair of the College of Social Studies.

This introduction to international politics applies various theories of state behavior to selected historical cases. Topics include the balance of power, change in international systems, the causes of war and peace, and the role of international law, institutions, and morality in the relations among nations.

Fall colors on campus, Oct. 16 at Wesleyan University. 

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