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Sunday, May 24, 9- 9:30am Memorial Chapel

Come join and support Jessica Posner ‘09, Jamal Ahmed ’09, Christopher Mixon ’09 and the class of 2009 as they reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wesleyan. All are welcome.

In addition, Prof. Neely Bruce will address the Senior class.

Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, University Jewish Chaplain, Wesleyan University


1. Upon Completion

I have copied below the Upon Completion note I sent out on Friday.  Read it carefully so that you understand what it means to leave upon completion, and PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING THIS OPTION TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS THE OPTION FOR YOU!!!

2. Caps & Gowns

Broadstreet Books is open for business, so you can still order and pick up your cap and gown and return textbooks.  They are open from 1-6 p.m. today, and will have store hours for the days ahead.  You can reach them at x7323.

 3. Senior Survey

If you have not had a chance to complete the survey, PLEASE DO!  It provides us with important information that we use to make improvements.  It matters!

4. In closing…

It has been a very difficult time for our entire community and we continue to grieve for Johanna as we return to some semblance of our regular routines.  I just want to thank you and note how great you all have been in coming together to provide the support and comfort that is helping us to keep moving forward. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Best, Dean Brown



I wanted to follow up on the option to leave Upon Completion to explain a little bit more about what it is.  If you are thinking about it, please come talk with me about it. 

Upon Completion is a category that applies only to those who are within 2.00 credits of completing all degree requirements.  It has nothing to do with grade point average (74.00 minimum) or the residency requirement.  This means that to be Upon Completion, you must have earned at least 30.00 useable credits and have no more than 2.00 credits remaining to post, whether that be through completing Incompletes or earning additional credit elsewhere.  Your degree is then voted by the faculty “Upon Completion,” and your diploma will be sent to you once all outstanding work (credits and/or major require­ments) has been completed. You retain your class year and may participate fully in the Commencement ceremony, but you will not have graduated and will be listed as Upon Completion in the Commencement booklet

If you can finish up, I encourage you to do so, but if you feel that you cannot, then leaving Upon Completion is a good option.  Please come see me if you are considering Upon Completion so that we can talk it through together.

Best, Dean Brown


Library Billing


Congratulations on your forthcoming graduation

We want to remind you that all library items need to be returned to the library by May 15th.  Library Hours on May 15th are 8:30 am-5 pm.  At any time you can view the items charged to your account by going to USER RECORDS from the WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ONLINE SYSTEM menu.

Please be advised that overdue items will automatically be billed to your student account on Saturday May 16th .   We will send bills to Student Accounts for any items still charged out, at the rate of not less than $85.00 per book.  There is also a non refundable damage book fee, charged to any items returned Damaged (Post-it) , also damage books. (Please remove all post-it, from books before they are returned, to avoid any additional fees).

All bills must be paid to student accounts before your diploma is issued.

Thank you for your cooperation and best wishes in your future endeavors.

Dianne Kelly, dkelly@Wesleyan       .eduCirculation Supervisor     Wesleyan University Library

Dear Wesleyan Senior:

On May 1 we sent an E-Bill to both you and anyone you set up as an Authorized Payer that shows your balance due as of that date.  All accounts will be adjusted daily for both charges and credits that we receive.  You can view your updated account details at any time via the Student Accounts link in the Financial Information section of your Electronic Portfolio.

This message is to remind you that balances must be satisfied by May 21st  in order to prevent a hold on your diploma.  Please note: no student receives a diploma at the podium on Commencement Day. The Registrar’s Office will distribute them in their offices on the first floor of North College on Friday, May 22nd  from 10:00-5:00.  We will be able to accept payments and issue hold releases on that day.  Neither the Registrar’s Office nor Student Accounts will be open at any time over the weekend.

Some departments issue charges to Student Accounts very late in May.  Most often, these would be for overdue library books or unreturned athletic equipment and you can avoid these late charges by returning all materials as soon as possible but no later than May 15. 

Your cooperation in these matters will be greatly appreciated and will help ensure a pleasant Commencement Day.  The entire staff joins me in wishing you a happy and successful future.

Sincerely yours,

René R. Rinaldi
Director of Student Accounts
Wesleyan University
237 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-2890 (phone)
(860)685-4669 (fax)

Senior Majors, Faculty & Staff in

You are cordially invited to a


in your honor

Today, Monday, May 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Woodhead Lounge

Come for good food, good company &
a Roadside Girls’ Song for the Seniors at 5 p.m.!

Hosted by Dean Louise S. Brown

Senior Majors, Faculty & Staff in

You are cordially invited to a


in your honor

TODAY – Thursday, April 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The McKelvey Room, Office of Admission

Come for good food, good company &
a Roadside Girls’ Song for the Seniors
at 5 p.m.!

Hosted by Dean Louise S. Brown





TODAY – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 -4:30-5:30 p.m.
The McKelvey Room, Office of Admission

Come for good food, good company & a Roadside Girls’ Song for the Seniors at 5 p.m.!

Hosted by Dean Louise S. Brown

Learn about the history of the student of color at Wesleyan, affirmative action, and the politics of the students of color coalition. This event will consist of a short documentary about Student of Color experience at Wesleyan followed by a discussion panel led by Faculty of Color. The panel includes Professor Jay Hoggard from the Music Department, Marina Melendez, Dean for the Class of 2010, and Professor Indira Karamcheti from the American Studies Department.

Thursday, April 23, 6-8 p.m., Usdan University Center, Daniel Family Commons

Come share your everyday thoughts on Wesleyan’s approach to “Diversity.”

Food from Haveli will be provided.

Note from Dean Brown

Hello Seniors,

1.  Withdrawal Deadline 

Just a reminder that Wed., April 15 is the last day to withdraw from a course this semester.  If you are thinking about this option, make sure that you do not need the course to complete your major, to offset oversubscription, or to get to 32.00 credits.  If you do need it, let’s talk about strategies for success so that you don’t have to withdraw.

2.  End-of-Semester Crunch

Check in with me and your advisor if you are worried about the end-of-the-semester crunch or would just like to talk.  There’s a lot going on in your lives and the world as you look ahead post-Wes.  Avail yourself of the services of the CRC, where the staff remains eager to help connect you with the appropriate resources and people to help get you on your way.  And if you need to sort out some other things, consider talking with someone at OBHS or the chaplains.  While self-doubt may occasionally strike, remember that you are well-equipped to deal with what comes your way—taking on the challenges and getting most of out the good times.

3.  Senior Receptions

Mark your calendars for your senior reception when the Roadside Girls will serenade you with a special song for the seniors on Wed. April 29, Thurs., April 30 or Mon., May 4.  Your department may have e-mailed you already with the date, time and place of your specific major’s reception.

4.  Name Recording

Call x2005 to record the correct pronunciation of your name as you would like it read at the commencement ceremony.  It may not seem like a big deal now, but it will be a big deal then, so  Just Do It.

5.  The Class of 2009 is mighty fine, and, in the countdown towards graduation as of Monday, April 13 is day 41 until you “walk the walk.”    

Life on campus seems to telescope as the end of the semester approaches and you know from past years that time will fly.  Make the most now of your course work, your time with friends, your involvement in co-curricular life.  And of course, eat well, and get plenty of sleep and exercise.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me, if you have questions or concerns.    

Best, Dean Brown

Office hours:  Mondays 2-3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-4 p.m., Wednesdays 5-7 p.m., Fridays 2-4 p.m.



A Panel Discussion

America’s Turmoil:  Examining Current Issues in a Multi-pronged Approach

 President Barack Obama and his administration have presented the current economic stimulus bill as one leg of a multi-pronged approach to reverse the cultural and financial recession that is engulfing the US and most of the world. 

A panel consisting of: Pastor Joan Burnett, Protestant Chaplain; Professors’ Claire Potter, American Studies, Richard Adelstein, Economics and Elvin Lim, Government, will discuss how this recovery is impacted by race, class and gender and also how those qualities interact with proposed reforms in education, housing and the economy.

                                                             Wednesday, April 15, 2009

6:30 p.m.

Daniel Family Commons

 A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the Daniel Family Commons and the discussion will follow.

RSVP’s are required to Karen Karpa in the Dean’s office by calling extension 2775 or emailing kkarpa@wesleyan.edu.  Space is limited and the RSVP deadline is April 14th.

Wesleyan University students, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend, ask questions and participate in the discussion.  The Student Affairs Speaker Series is supported by and produced in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships.

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