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So you just had a very long (weirdly longer than any other university) spring break. Now you have been back at Wesleyan for one week. You might have had your midterms, are preparing for upcoming midterms, or are one of the few students that don’t have much work. Currently, you might be dismayed with your midterm grades or worried about how your upcoming exam may affect your overall class grade. So what should you do to see your class progress and performance right now?

  1. Check your grades

On Moodle, certain professors post your grades on the left hand side of that specific class’s Moodle. There you can see your previous grades and upcoming assignments. Additionally, you can observe what percentage of your entire class grade each assignment may be. This is a great place to check your progress! If your professor does not post your grades on Moodle, you should look at your syllabus for your professor’s grading methods and apply this criterion to your previous assignments.

  1. Go to Office Hours

All professors are mandated to have office hours. Here, you can ask your professor questions about readings, question her grading methods, or talk about your professor’s research. Furthermore, office hours are a great way to ask about your grade or your progress in the class. Your professor’s office hours should be posted on the syllabus and class Moodle!

  1. Make a Plan

If you do not like your grades in a class and think you have to catch up on some work, you should map out a plan. Use your agenda, computer, and Google calendar to create a schedule for your work and class assignments. This is a great way to get on track for the second half of the semester. Peer Advisors are a great source to help make a plan and you can email all of us at “peeradvisors@lyris.wesleyan.edu”

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We hope this a helpful way to get back on track or improve your second half of the semester and always feel free to contact any peer advisor at the email above. Good luck!

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VPN access was down for Windows clients only from about 5PM yesterday afternoon until about noon today.  Mac and Linux clients were not affected.

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joomah logoMuzzy Rosenblatt ’87 — CEO of Bowery Residents Committee, member of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees, and a founding member of the PCSE Advisory Board — wrote with this offer. Please make a gift to the JooMah campaign on Wednesday, April 1, and maximize Muzzy’s challenge!

Muzzy Rosenblatt '87

Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87

Where passion for change meets practical idealism you find Wesleyan alum who don’t just aspire to change the world, they do it. I recently met Kwaku Akoi (Wesleyan ’14), who has an innovative strategy to reduce unemployment across Africa.  His bold vision will transform Africa’s talent landscape through a web platform and smartphone app called JooMah, that he co-created with other Wesleyan students. I was impressed; and so was the jury of Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, awarding him a $5,000 seed grant to build JooMah and test it this year in Ghana. It worked.

Now, Kwaku and the JooMah team have launched an indiegogo campaign to raise $36,000 to release their platform to millions of jobseekers and employers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

I’d like to inspire you to join them and support them.  So I have pledged to contribute up to $500 — a dollar for dollar match for all gifts made on April 1, 2015, up to a total $500 — no fooling! Here is link (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/joomah-transforming-africa-s-talent-landscape). Make a gift, and I’ll match it, and together we’ll help JooMah achieve its goal.


Muzzy (Wesleyan ’87)

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Wesleyan students want to change the world. Understanding how change occurs is a great place to start. Check out Nonprofits and Social Change – a new .5 credit course offered this Fall at the Allbritton Center – to take a closer look at the social sector:

This course explores the world of nonprofits and how they help—or don’t help—the process of social change. As nonprofits increasingly address issues and concerns that governments have previously addressed, a critical analysis of how and why they carry out their work is central to the Allbritton Center’s concern with public life.

Each of the seven class sessions will include:
1) background on a particular social issue (including global health, inner city education, clean water, hunger, refugees and national borders)
2) a “case study” of a nonprofit addressing that issue
3) discussion with leaders of that nonprofit

Jeff Shames, a member of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees and Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, teaches courses at MIT including Perspectives on Investment Management and The Global Health Lab, a project-based class about how to scale global health organizations focused in Africa and Southern Asia.
Rob Rosenthal is the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and the  Director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

This class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:50 PM for the first half of the semester. Click here for a list of innovative courses coming to the Allbritton Center next year.

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By Caroline MacNeille ’16

Three alumni have been named Young Global Leaders by The World Economic Forum, which honored a total of 186 people from 63 countries as part of the “Class of 2015.” Chief Group Strategy Officer of JMMB and Jamaican Senator Imani Duncan-Price ’99, founder of Welcoming America David Lubell ’98 and founder of Shining Hope for Communities Kennedy Odede ’12 have been recognized as “leaders who are radically changing their industries, politics and society.”

[Imani Duncan-Price '99]

Imani Duncan-Price is the only professional selected from the Caribbean as a YGL this year and she is absolutely thrilled to have earned this honour.
“I am so excited to be a part of this group,” she said.
“This is a great chance for me to further improve my leadership skills while meeting other likeminded people who want to help change the world. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am honoured to be a part of something that has the potential to create an incredible impact on the global agenda.”

Read more…

[David Lubell '98]

We are excited to announce that Welcoming America founder and Executive Director David Lubell has been chosen as a 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has been selected from thousands of leaders for this prestigious program. Lubell said, “I am thrilled and humbled to be named a 2015 Young Global Leader. This nomination is not just an honor for Welcoming America but for all who are working in ground-breaking ways to build more welcoming communities for immigrants and all residents.”

Read more…

[Kennedy Odede '12]

Kennedy Odede is the 2015 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in Africa. While working at a factory in 2004, Kennedy saved 20 cents, purchased a soccer ball, and started the Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) movement. Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera, SHOFCO became the largest grassroots organization in the slum.

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[Twitter] follow @KennedyOdede on Twitter ➞

[LinkedIn] connect with Imani Duncan-Price on LinkedIn ➞

[LinkedIn] connect with David Lubell on LinkedIn ➞

[LinkedIn] connect with Kennedy Odede on LinkedIn ➞

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Join the 2015-2016 Allbritton Center Collaborative Cluster Initiative, a unique offering of Wesleyan’s Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life:

allbrittoncenterThe Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative ties together several courses through a common research theme and a culminating project. Courses and the seminar are supplemented by special events, meals together, outside speakers, and team-building exercises.

This Collaborative Cluster of courses and performative research will include course work in music, dance and African American Studies centered on the notion of renaissance in African American culture. Acts of “renaissance” are efforts of revival and of renewal that often suggest hopeful restorations and vibrant re-creations. Yet, even as these processes of revival and renewal suggest a visible flowering, they simultaneously call attention to matters of decline and undoing. Our collaborative project is rooted in a multi-faceted conception of renaissance, and explores states of past and present, of vitality and decay, and of presence and absence.

This project takes on those questions of the multiplicity of African American performance practices, the vital weaving of tradition and experimentation, and the ways in which dancing bodies serve as moving histories by engaging with the traditions of black musical theater. However, rather than seeking to recreate the traditional tripartite relationship between text, music, and dance this projects aims to create new forms of expression developed collaboratively with writers, musicians and dancers.

This work will draw inspiration from the musically significant African American communities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, notably Homewood, The Hill District, and Garfield; as well as the better-known New York neighborhood of Harlem.

The culmination of this year-long exploration will be an evening-length performance at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts in the Spring of 2016.  In addition, students engaged in the project will develop independent written and performative research around the work done in the courses and the performance.

To join the Cluster Initiative:
1. Sign up for the year-long Collaborative Cluster Initiative Research Seminar (CSPL 320). This requires Permission of Instructor from Professor Lois Brown or Professor Nicole Stanton.  Each semester earns a .5 credit.
2. Sign up for section 02 (also POI) of one or more of the following classes:

Fall 2015
AFAM 249-02/MUS 249-02: Sacred and Secular African American Musics (Jay Hoggard)
DAN 377-02: Perspective on Dance as Culture: Dancing the African Diaspora (Nicole Stanton)

Spring 216
Storied Places: Revival, Renewal, and African American Landscapes (Lois Brown);
An interdisciplinary visual and performance art course taught by Visiting Artist and Scholar, L’Merchie Frazier

For further information, contact Rob Rosenthal (rrosenthal@wesleyan.edu), director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

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Carl Van Vechten (American, 1880–1964) Gertrude Stein with Flag, 1935. Gelatin silver print. Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 2013. © Permission by the Van Vechten trust (copy photo: R. J. Phil).

Carl Van Vechten (American, 1880–1964). Gertrude Stein with Flag, 1935. Gelatin silver print. Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 2013. © Permission by the Van Vechten trust (copy photo: R. J. Phil).

Written by DAC Jim Dine Intern Rebecca Wilton ’15

Gertrude Stein liked Wesleyan men best—or so she stated in Everybody’s Autobiography, published in 1937, two years after her visit to Wesleyan University in January of 1935. Stein’s lecture tour of 1934–35 was her first trip to America in almost 30 years, and her audience was as fascinated by her as she was by them. According to an editorial in the The Wesleyan Argus, “No one as yet has been able to determine whether Miss Stein is smarter than the people she talks to, or is just smart enough to make them think she is smarter than they are by seeming smarter than they are smart.” It is curious that Carl Van Vechten would choose the American flag as the background for Stein’s portrait, given her choice to live most of her life in Paris; but perhaps it is an allusion to Van Vechten’s part in bringing Stein to the United States for her tour. In fact, over the course of their long friendship, Van Vechten was a loyal supporter of Stein’s literary pursuits and an important source of encouragement. Soon after their meeting of 1913 in Paris, Van Vechten began to serve as Stein’s de facto literary agent in the United States, sending her work to magazines, securing book deals, and publicizing her creative talent to any of his connections that would be useful to her. Van Vechten’s devotion to Stein did nothing to prevent his own creative pursuits, however. He published several novels and became one of the most accomplished portrait photographers of the 1930s. His portraits of other artists, writers, performers, and socialites give us an intimate glimpse into the personalities of some of the most notable artistic innovators the early 20th century.

In Gertrude Stein with Flag, Van Vechten invests Stein’s portrait with a sense of dignity, a testimony to the mutual admiration and respect that characterized their long friendship. Nevertheless, the slight smirk on Stein’s face reminds the viewer of the charm and intelligence, the sense that she knows something we don’t, that so enthralled her admirers. She has the bearing of a reigning queen taking in her subjects with bemusement—an image that fits the role she played among her friends in Paris as well as the United States.

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WSA President & Vice President
Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors can run; All class years can vote

Senior Class 2015 President, Vice President, Secretary, & Treasurer
Only 2016 can run and vote

The mandatory candidates meeting will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 5:00PM in 41 Wyllys Room 115.

Petitions for president and vice presidentpetitions for senior class officers, and election rules are linked and copies can also be found in the WSA Office (Usdan 104).  Petitions and personal statements are due at 5PM on Friday, April 3 to the WSA office in Usdan.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Elections Committee: Sadasia McCutchen ’17 (smccutchen@wesleyan.edu), Rizwan Syed ’17 (rsyed@wesleyan.edu), or Henry Vansant ’18 (vansant@wesleyan.edu)

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Believe it or not, Green Street is 10 years old this year. Instead of cake, we’re celebrating with pizza and froyo!

Visit Bertucci’s on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, CT on Tuesday, April 7th between 11:00am-10:00pm, present the coupon pictured below, and 15% of sales come directly to Green Street! Come out to enjoy a pizza and say Happy Birthday to Green Street.


Our Discovery AfterSchool Program serves primarily children in Grades 1-5 from all corners of Middletown, many from our neighborhood here in the North End. We also have a unique middle school class offering on Fridays called Wesleyan Bound where students are exposed to a college campus. They get to participate in workshops with student leaders, talk to professors, tour galleries and laboratories, and more.

Registration for next fall’s classes will open in May. Stay tuned for more information or call us (860-685-7871) to be put on a notification list and we’ll let you know when registration is open.

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A new opportunity available to Wesleyan students next spring!

Information sessions:

  • Thursday, 4/2 at 12:30 – pizza lunch in Usdan 110
  • Tuesday, 4/7 at 7:30 in Usdan 110

The Wesleyan “Spring Intensive” will allow students to plunge into a new course every three weeks and to intensively focus on one course at a time rather than balancing several. The goal of the program is to give students an opportunity to build cohesiveness across their courses, collaborate with faculty, engage in project-based learning and sample from some never previously offered courses from prominent visitors.  Each three week course will carry a full credit covering the same amount of material as 14 week courses.

Who can participate?  Up to 50 students interested in building their spring schedule with intensive courses and other for-credit experiences.

Can I take other courses?   Though most admitted students will take their courses exclusively in the intensive format, students may enroll in one or more semester‐long credits for a senior thesis, independent or group tutorial, student forum, or internship. Students can also take quarter-credit courses outside the intensive format, schedule permitting.

When will intensive courses meet?  Classes will meet Monday through Friday for 2 hours and 50 minutes for three weeks.

How will students be admitted?  The Intensive program is POI. Interested students may apply for admission by meeting with Professor Lisa Dierker (ldierker@wes) or any of the faculty teaching through the intensive program, before or during planning period this fall. Admitted students will then seek final course selection approval from their advisors.

A bonus! Students admitted to the Intensive semester will not need to participate in pre-registration for spring 2016.

How do I learn more? Check out the emerging menu of courses that will be offered through the intensive http://wesleyanspringintensive.blogs.wesleyan.edu/, attend one of the information sessions on campus (4/2 12:30 pizza lunch in Usdan 110 or evening information session 4/7 at 7:30 in Usdan 110) or contact Lisa Dierker (ldierker@wes).

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