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The Christopher Brodigan Fund was established in memory of Christopher Brodigan, a Wesleyan student who died in an accident in his frosh year. The Fund pays tribute to Christopher’s deep interest in Africa and to the public service he provided through teaching in Botswana prior to entering Wesleyan. Awards will be made to graduating Wesleyan seniors (first priority) and recent Wesleyan graduates who plan to pursue public service or research (in that order of preference) on the African continent.

Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa. Students may propose to provide service in educational institutions, development organizations, grassroots groups, or non-governmental organizations pursuing service work. Research projects will be supported especially if it is likely to provide concrete benefits to African society or to contribute to the student’s ability to serve African interests in some capacity.

Several awards averaging about $3,000 each will be offered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a member of the African Studies faculty (see Faculty listing on this website) while formulating their proposals. Recipients are required to submit reports on their projects once they are completed.

Applications should include:

  1. a proposal explaining the project and how it will be carried out, including a description of the sponsoring organization (maximum of 2 pages). If appropriate, proposals should address any concerns regarding safety or political sensitivity.
  2. a budget, including airfare and room and board costs (1 page)
  3. a resume, including a listing and description of relevant Wesleyan coursework or other experiences
  4. the name of one faculty member who can serve as a reference for you and for your project

Applications (paper copies only) should be submitted to the Head of the African Studies Committee, Assistant Professor Lorelle Semley, History Department, Public Affairs Center, Room 113, by 4pm Friday, April 17, 2009. Awards will be announced prior to graduation. For more information, go to http://africa.blogs.wesleyan.edu.

**********DUE DATE EXTENDED TO APRIL 17th**********

On Friday May 1, 2009 there will be a Spoken Word Extravaganza/Open Mic held at 200 Church Street.  The event is inspired by a Spoken Word class offered at Wesleyan this spring, ENGL 290.

Half of this event is devoted to a “New Voices Open Mic.”  What do we mean by new voices?  New voices include persons with little or no spoken word experience.  All artists are welcome; we want to hear from you!

The other half is for more experienced slammers; we are putting out an open call for all of you who want to strut you stuff and show Wes the best you’ve got. Please e-mail Lily at lbushmancopp@wesleyan.edu if you’re interested in stepping up to the mic.   We hope to see you there!!!


Support from OBHS

Dear Student:
            You will soon be leaving Wesleyan and entering the world after college in the most challenging and tumultuous economic period of the last half century.  OBHS wants you to know we are here for you.  We invite any senior who might benefit from a consultation (full appointment) with OBHS simply to call—and reply to this invitation.  Can a consultation solve the world’s problems?  No—but laying out your specific concerns with an expert problem solver can help you see things differently, more clearly, and sometimes it can suggest solutions/directions you hadn’t thought of.

            The appointment hours may be late in the day or in the evening or on the weekends, but they will be available, so don’t hesitate to call.  Each of you is important to Wesleyan and to us.


Philippa M. Coughlan, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Office of Behavioral Health for Students
(Phone:  860/685-3144)

The GLASS Prize

Notice: The Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize

The Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize for 2009 will be awarded to that Wesleyan undergraduate student who submits the best essay or thesis on, or pertaining to, gay, lesbian, and sexuality studies. All submissions, in hard copy, must be received by the English Department office staff no later than 4 PM on Tuesday, April 14. The winner’s name will be printed in the commencement booklet, but no money will accompany the award.If y 

If you have any questions, contact Henry Abelove, Willbur Fisk Osborne Osborne Professor of English

Tuition Transition Day 2009 will be celebrated again this year on Friday March 27th with cookies, music, balloons, and of course the usual Cardinal cheer! This celebration is held to build awareness among students of the support they receive from alumni, parents and friends through the Wesleyan Fund by marking the date when tuition money has been applied and alumni and parent donations kick in to support every student’s education. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Wesleyan Fund have organized an afternoon get-together with students, faculty, and alumni, and would love to see you there too!

Please mark your calendars for Tuition Transition Day celebrations, Friday, March 27, from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. on the 1st floor of Usdan.

Melissa Marshall is a life-long disability rights activist and a part-time wheelchair user.  She started a disability rights group while at Hampshire College and was one of the first people in the country to major in disability studies. She wrote Getting It: Persuading Individuals and Organizations to Be More Comfortable with People with Disabilities, a book about her adventures as a disability awareness/ADA trainer. She will be talking about employment opportunities for people with disabilities. She will also discuss parenting, navigating UConn Law School and the 2008 Presidential Campaign from the perspective of a person with a disability. She will be leading an interactive dinner discussion and invites you to bring questions, thoughts and ideas.

Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m., in Usdan 110.  Free dinner from Haveli!


The 5th Annual Sexual Health Expo is this Friday!

Friday, March 27, 2009
12:00 to 5:00pm
Exley Science Center Lobby

Convened each year by WesWELL, the goal of the Sexual Health Expo to promote sexual health and responsibility and increase student knowledge of campus health resources. A variety of issues are addressed, including promoting healthy relationships, disease and pregnancy prevention, sexual violence prevention, current political issues related to sexual and reproductive rights, and more.

To reach that goal, we are offering:

  • Tabling & fund raisers with the WesWELL PHAs, FemNet, Clinic Escorts, ASHA, SGAC, HealthCAN, Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Health Services and Oh My! Sensuality Shoppe.
  • Workshops presented by the WesWELL PHAs, WesKink and Sign House.
  • And our first ever Sexual Health Art Show…you be the judge of Best in Show!!!

Bring $$$ for fund raisers, raffles and other purchases!

Click here for the complete schedule

The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest or expertise. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change. SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

SJLC will take place this Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free lunch will be provided.

Click here to register to attend.

Click here to see the day’s schedule. Sessions include but are not limited to:
-Planning Social Actions: The Down and Dirty Nitty Gritty Details of Social Movements
-Online Organizing: Using Email & the Internet to Build Movements & Create Change
-Food Justice, Community, & Growing Our Own
-Fueling Change: Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel for Vehicles and Home Heating

March 2, 2009 

 Dear Members of the Class of 2009:

 In about three months, you will be continuing your good work beyond the Wesleyan campus.  To celebrate this new beginning and your accomplishments during your time here, Wesleyan will be holding Commencement on Sunday, May 24 on Andrus Field. The procession steps off from the top of Foss Hill at 10:45 a.m. and by about 1:00 p.m. you will have been awarded Wesleyan’s baccalaureate degree. It is a wonderful occasion and I congratulate you in advance.  As the day draws nearer, you will be receiving detailed information about the event. 

An important part of the ceremony is the reading of each of your names as you cross the platform to receive a diploma cover* and a presidential handshake. We are fortunate each year to have two faculty members volunteer to read each student’s name. They spend countless hours preparing for this. Please help them learn the correct pronunciation of your name. We know that it is important to you, your family, and your friends to have your name spoken clearly and accurately.

A. What YOU need to do by March 31, if you plan to attend Commencement:

1) Think how you and your family would like your name to be read and heard: with a middle name or names, a first or middle initial, Jr., III?

2) Call 860-685-2005 to record your pronunciation.  Make sure your phone reception is good (or call from a landline**) and call from a space where background noise is at a minimum.  

3) When you connect, you will get instructions about recording your name.   Speak slowly and clearly.

a. Give your Wesleyan ID.

b. Pronounce your name slowly and distinctly, exactly as you want it to be read.

You may listen to your reading by pressing # and 2. If you want to rerecord your name, press 3 and begin again.  If your pronunciation cannot be understood or you do not give your Wes ID, you will be contacted and asked to redo your name pronunciation.

B. What YOU need to do by March 31, if you DO NOT plan to attend Commencement:

1) Call 860- 685-2005.  Make sure your phone reception is good (or call from a landline**) and call from a space where background noise is at a minimum.  

2) After the message, which is meant for students who are attending Commencement, slowly and clearly give your Wes ID, then say “I will not be attending Commencement.”

The deadline for recording your name is Tuesday, March 31, because all the names need to be checked and alphabetized. Feel free to e-mail Marianne Calnen (mcalnen@wesleyan.edu) , if you have any questions or concerns about this recording.   

As your Class Dean, I know I speak for all of my colleagues in the administration and on the faculty in expressing our pride in the accomplishments of the Class of 2009.  I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.                                                                                Sincerely,                                                                            

Louise S. Brown, Ph.D.                                                                                Dean for the Class of 2009


*Actual diplomas will be distributed on Friday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Registrar’s Office.

**Need a landline?  Barbara Jones, University Librarian, has generously volunteered the landline at the desk at the entrance to Olin Library for this purpose.

As a follow-up to his “Ripple of Change” presentation, see below, Dr. Berkowitz will conduct a skill building workshop to provide an opportunity for members of the community to gain valuable skills for fostering health and social justice.  The workshop will provide a safe space where ideas for change can be shared and explored, and skills can be learned and practiced.

The workshop will teach strategies for responding to unwelcome remarks and health-risk behaviors.  Often we find ourselves in situations where someone else?s language or behavior makes us feel uncomfortable, yet we do not do anything to change it.  Most people are uncomfortable with prejudicial language about other groups, yet often we are silent.  Similarly, when someone we know is engaging in harmful behavior, we often want to say something but don’t.  Why don’t we act on our core values and ideals in these situations?  Are there specific challenges for Wes students who want to be “social justice allies”? This workshop will provide a critical analysis of bystander behavior and offer some skills for intervening in difficult situations.

Friday, March 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Usdan B25.

Light refreshments will be served.

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