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Good morning,
I hope your first day of classes went smoothly and that you are getting into the rhythm of life here at Wesleyan. I am writing to make you aware of the programming coming up that is intended to help carry the First Year Matters theme through the academic year.

There are two programs scheduled for this week and the details can be found on the First Year Matters web page through the “upcoming events” tab. You can link directly to the page here: http://www.wesleyan.edu/fym/events.html

You should check that page often as it will be consistently updated with programs and events designed to raise awareness of food and hunger issues locally, nationally and globally.

There are other venues to check to see what is happening on campus: the Class of 2014 blog is a great resource for new information, the Student Affairs blog will house all campus emails and other information if you delete anything you later realize might be of interest, and the events calendar (http://events.wesleyan.edu/)

I hope you will take advantage of these programs; I am sure that you will find the issues raised and the conversations that ensue will compliment and expand the learning you do inside the classroom.

Best of luck in your first semester!

The Student Affairs/Dean’s Office blog is used as a way to keep track of all the important messages which are sent to students via email notification. You will receive a great deal of information electronically and at times may accidentally delete some of it or simply not remember where you saved a message; this blog will be a resource for you to use to find all of that information.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, finish up your First Year Matters readings and we’ll see you on Arrival Day!

Musical Madness

16 Performances across the Classes
with opening act Lou and The Blues
7 p.m.

Prizes for Best in Class & Best in Show & Judges’ Choice
Judges: Max Gardner ’10, Prof. Jay Hoggard, Prof. Mary-Jane Rubenstein & Dean Michael Whaley

Davenport Study Grants

Limited funds are available to support student research and other student scholarly projects in public affairs to begin this summer. Only current sophomores and juniors are eligible. These funds are made available through a gift to Wesleyan University from the Surdna Foundation in honor of Frederick Morgan Davenport, Wesleyan University Class of 1889, and Edith Jefferson Andrus Davenport, Wesleyan University, Class of 1897.

In past years, Davenport Scholarships have been awarded to sophomores and juniors who have “demonstrated intellectual and moral excellence and a concern for public affairs” and “who by their personal qualities and vocational and scholarly intentions give greatest promise of leadership in the public service.” It is expected that most of the grants will be concentrated in the social science departments and the CSS, but applications will be accepted from majors in all areas of the University as long as the proposed projects are related to public affairs.

Applications must contain: (1) a title, (2) a brief description of the proposed project, its objectives and its significance, including a discussion of the relevant scholarly literature; (3) a statement discussing course work relating to the proposed project; (4) an account of the methods for carrying it out; (5) a timetable for completion [a project may continue through the academic year 2009-2010]; (6) a detailed budget; (7) a copy of the student’s transcript [which you may copy from your portfolio if you wish],CSS students please include your comprehensive Examination grade, and (8) a letter from the faculty member who will supervise the project, carefully assessing its merit and the ability of the applicant to carry it out successfully. Applications must be electronically submitted AS AN ATTACHMENT and are not to exceed five double-spaced pages (not counting the supervisor’s letter or transcript). It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform his or her faculty supervisor to submit a letter electronically AS AN ATTACHMENT. Both the application and the faculty member’s letter must contain the student’s name (with the last name listed first) followed by “Davenport Proposal” in the subject line.

Funds are limited, and we expect competition for the awards to be keen. The committee will examine each proposal closely, with special attention to the scholarly value of the proposed research, the feasibility of the project, and the reasonableness of the proposed budget. Students should make their proposals as specific and detailed as possible, and support them with evidence of their ability to complete the work according to a realistic schedule. They should prepare the budget with special care, including only essential expenses and showing precisely how the proposed budget supports the work being proposed. Please note that your budget cannot include the purchase of capital equipment (i.e., digital recorders, cameras, etc.). Those planning to do research abroad should consult with Carolyn Sorkin in the Office of International Studies about their plans and budgets. Please note that research proposals involving human subjects may require IRB approval; please see http://www.wesleyan.edu/acaf/Institutional_Review_Board.html for additional information.
All Davenport Scholars will receive a minimum of $500, as stipulated by the terms of the Davenport Bequest. Additional amounts of up to $2500 may be awarded, the amount depending on the availability of funds and project needs. Total awards will generally be limited to $3000, but successful applicants can apply for modest supplements if, during their projects, it appears that the $3000 limit is too restrictive. An interim report, 3-5 pages in length, is to be submitted in September. This report should describe the work done with the grant money over the course of the summer and how this work will advance the student’s thesis or other honors projects during the coming year. Upon completion of the project, each Davenport Scholar must submit a brief report to the Committee on his/her activities, accomplishments, and an accounting of expenditures beyond $500.

Applications will be judged by a faculty committee composed of representatives of the five Public Affairs Center departments. Criteria for judging applications include: the relevance of the project to public affairs; the clarity and suitability of the project design; the feasibility of the proposed project; the applicant’s past academic record; the evaluation submitted by the faculty member; and the realism of the proposed budget. Senior thesis projects will receive priority.
All materials including faculty recommendations must be submitted electronically to Davenport grant (davenport@wesleyan.edu), by noon, Friday, March 12, 2010. On the top of the first page, please include your WES I.D., Wesleyan Box No., email address, name of faculty advisor who will be submitting a recommendation (if your thesis advisor will be someone else, that person should also be listed here), as well as your citizenship for tax purposes. Announcement of grant awards will be made on or before April 5, 2010. Titles of successful applications will also be posted on the PAC website, www.wesleyan.edu/pac.

Usdan Spring Calendar

Usdan Center Spring 2010 Calendar of events:


Find information on daily vendors, specialty dining events, UCAB (Usdan Center Activities Board) weekly late night programs, Usdan Common Connections intellectual programming series, sales, promotions, and more!

GRS is Upon Us!!!

Dear Wesleyan Students:

The 2010 General Room Selection (GRS) process at Wesleyan University is about to start. Remember, all undergraduate students are required to live on campus. Therefore, if you will be a student at Wesleyan University in the fall of 2010, you MUST participate in the GRS process.

Beginning February 12, 2010 at 12:00 noon you will be able to access the General Room Selection site and explore your housing options for the 2010-2011 academic year. You enter GRS through your student portfolio by clicking on “Room Selection” under “Student Life at Wesleyan”.

Please remember two important dates that are rapidly approaching. All applications for Off Campus Housing are due by 11:59pm on February 21, 2010. All applications for Program Housing and Community Based Living are due by 11:59pm on February 26, 2010.

Rising sophomores: Interested in living with five of your friends? New to GRS this year, sophomores will be able to sign up in groups of six and select a cluster of rooms (4 singles and one double), usually referred to as a “Copenhagen”, located at the ends of the hallways in the Butterfields. Watch for more information about the process, which will take place in late March.

You will be receiving many e-mails from the Office of Residential Life in the next few months as important dates draw near. Please be sure to read all these emails, as well as the information contained in the GRS site. You will not receive any hard copies of this information. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life by phone at 860-685-3550 or by e-mail at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

Thank you.


This is a reminder that applications for Fall 2010 or Year 2010-11 for the Wesleyan-administered programs in Paris, Madrid, and Bologna are due MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010 BY 5:00 P.M. This is a firm deadline and late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be turned in to the Office of International Studies, Fisk Hall 105. A complete application includes the following four items:
• Application personal information sheets
• 250-word essay in the appropriate language, explaining why you wish to participate on the program
• Language evaluation form (to be completed by your current or most recent language professor)
• Letter of recommendation from a non-language professor (may be sent through campus mail, delivered to our office, or sent as an e-mail attachment or as the text of an email to gwinter@wesleyan.edu)

Applicants to Wesleyan-administered programs must also complete the general Permission to Study Abroad Application which is due Monday, March 1, 2010. Completed general applications must be turned in to the Office of International Studies, Fisk Hall 105.

Overcoming Barriers:
Human Mobility & Development
Friday, February 5th, 2010
Discussion in the Memorial Chapel, 4.30pm
Reception in the Daniel Family Commons to follow

The 2009 Human Development Report explores the implications and consequences of migration beyond and within borders around the globe. The findings challenge common misconceptions about the impacts of migration on development, focusing on the ways in which mobility can foster human development and how well-designed development policies and programs can improve the effects of migration. This event will be a fantastic opportunity for individuals who are passionate about international public policy and human development to come together and for Wesleyan to strengthen its relationship with the United Nations.

Dr. Francisco Rodríguez, Head of Research of the Human Development Report and former Wesleyan Professor, will be presenting the Report to the Wesleyan community and the public.

Susan Gzesh P’11, Executive Director of the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Program, and Michael T. Klare, foreign policy correspondent to The Nation, will also be adding to the discussion. The panel will offer unique insights on the many complicated and interconnected issues faced by migrants, cities, and nations in a world of increasing fluidity.

The presentation is sponsored by Impact Humanity, with many thanks to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, WSA, Usdan Common Connections, and Wesleyan World Wednesdays.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/stuact/undp.html or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=272971741335.

Anthea Kreston will be our first performance in the Daniel Family Commons on February 18, 2010 at 7pm.

The violin has been a beloved instrument for centuries – inspiring composers and musicians with its range of tone and virtuosic capabilities. This program is a look at music written for the violin all alone – from the earliest known solo work – the Baroque “Passacaglia” by violin virtuoso Heinrich Biber based on the 12 mysteries of the Rosary, to New York composer Daron Hagen’s lyrical and brilliant “Suite for Solo Violin”. Performing these works is violinist Anthea Kreston, a winner of several international competitions, and resident of Middletown.

Violinist Anthea Kreston has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations including honors at the Melbourne and Banff International Competitions, the Grand Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and Top Prize in the Munich ARD International Chamber Music Competition. The San Diego Reader said of her “…Anthea is a soloist of the Heifetz- Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy.” She made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and tours actively with her piano trio, The Amelia Piano Trio. Anthea has won awards from Chamber Music America for her groundbreaking work with abused children and AIDS patients in Hartford, CT.

The Amelia Piano Trio has enjoyed a busy performance schedule since its forming. One of the brightest young groups in America, the Trio was honored as a recipient of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Ms. Kreston has also enjoyed touring as part of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project, which brought her from Las Vegas to Kazakhstan.

Anthea holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Cleveland State University and a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is a professor of violin and viola at the Hartt School of Music. Anthea is actively involved with alternative music; she played in the Cleveland based rock band “Daria” for several years, and frequently performs with her violin and percussion duo, “Sweet Thunder”. Anthea can be heard on the labels New Tangent, Naxos, Cedille Records, Channel Classics, and Traditional Crossroads.

Usdan Common Connections Presents:
Dr. David Gallo,
Director of Special Projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Exploring and Protecting the Unknown Ocean

Sponsored by Usdan Common Connections
Programming Committee and Student Affairs

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 7 p.m.
Daniel Family Commons
Usdan University Center
Reception to follow

Dr. Gallo will be sharing his excitement in exploring a world miles below the ocean surface. He will introduce a world of biology unique to the depths of the ocean and discuss the importance of understanding and protecting this fragile ecosystem.
From the TED Conference website: “David Gallo works to push the bounds of oceanic discovery. Active in undersea exploration he was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned submersibles and robots to map the ocean world with unprecedented clarity and detail. A pioneer in ocean exploration, David Gallo is an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land.”

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