Celebrating Students ’13: Julian Applebaum

Web development has become a great passion of mine over this past year.  

IMG_1595Building westfieldtrack.com was an amazing opportunity to hone this passion while giving back to the Blue Devils, a team that gave so much to me. Westfieldtrack.com is a comprehensive solution for many of the needs of Westfield’s track and cross country programs. Among many other things, it provides an easily updated news bulletin board, a custom team calendar, a meet result sheet manager, a live seasonal bests page, individual athlete histories, and customizable mailing lists. All of these features were created to help build a strong, well informed community around Westfield’s track and cross country teams. I look forward to applying everything I learned to revamp WesXC’s team website, wesxc.com.

Navaratri Festival: Free Tickets for First-Years!

Dear First-Year Students,
Navaratri is a great Wesleyan tradition you should know about….Also, Indian food by Haveli Restaurant will be sold before each of the performances, Fri-Sun.  So come and check it out!  (Also, for those of you who danced the South Indian dance in the Common Moment, you can take a free dance workshop on Saturday or attend the performance of South Indian dance by this incredible Chicago-based company on Sunday.)
Best, Pamela Tatge ‘84, Director, CFA

The Center for the Arts Presents the 33rd Annual

Navaratri Festival of India
 Free Ticket to One Navaratri Event for First-Year Students!

 When: Wednesday, September 30—Sunday, October 4

What: Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 33rd annual festival will again celebrate traditional music and dance while at the same time giving audiences a glimpse at the contemporary arts scene. Festival activities include performances by some of India’s leading performing artists, a film screening, an Indian dance party, and an honoring of Navaratri’s religious traditions at a culminating worship service. See below for a listing of events.

Admission: Free Ticket for First-Year Students! Various prices for others.

To redeem offer or get more information: Stop by the box office on the first floor of the Usdan Center, or call 860-685-3355 and identify yourself as a first-year student

Navaratri Performances
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Thursday, October 1, 8pm, World Music Hall
Wesleyan’s South Indian music faculty showcase their talents. Adjunct Instructor B. Balasubrahmaniyan, vocalist, will be joined by Artist in Residence David Nelson on mrdangam and guest artist K.V.S. Vinay, violin.
Alam Khan, Sarod and Samir Chatterjee, Tabla; North Indian Concert
Friday, October 2, 8pm, Crowell Concert Hall
Alam Khan, son of the late Swara Samrat Ali Akbar Khan, has been studying sarod since he was seven.  

Kadri Gopalnath: South Indian Music
Saturday, October 3, 8pm. Crowell Concert Hall
Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath is one of the pioneers of Karnatak music on this instrument. His acclaim has continued to grow attracting, international attention for his performances in concert halls and jazz festivals worldwide.

Natya Dance Theatre
Sunday, October 4, 2pm, Crowell Concert Hall
Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre (NDT) serves as an agent of cultural preservation, presentation and exchange. It was founded nearly 25 years ago as a school of classical Indian dance.

For more information and a full listing of Navaratri events, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/navaratri


“College Guys, Take Note”

As reported in The Hartford Courant, September 24, 2009 by Kathleen Megan:

thumbnailCAXN0OODWomen freshmen were much more likely than their male counterparts to have taken notes in class the previous academic year.  By several measures, women appear to have stronger habits as students than men.  That’s according to a UCLA survey reported online by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Here is the lowdown: 

  • Took notes in class:  Men, 51%; women, 78%
  • Asked questions in class:  Men, 50%; women, 57%
  • Sought feedback on academic work:  Men, 41%; women, 53%
  • Revised papers to improve writing:  Men, 37%; women, 55%
  • Explored topics on own, even if not required for a class:  Men, 35%; women, 29%

The Durham Fair Sept. 25, 26 & 27

thumbnailCA1QQUSWCheck out the LARGEST volunteer fair in North America and the LARGEST agricultural fair  inConnecticut this weekend.  The Durham Fair, right next door to Middletown, offers amazing rides, awesome fair food, live entertainment, and all the other exhibits found at your county and state aggie fairs.  It is an experience you don’t want to miss.

The fair is about 6.5 miles from campus.  Go down High St. until it turns into Rte. 17 and continue until you get to the fairgrounds.  Got to http://www.durhamfair.com/ for more information and directions.

 Blake Shelton, Animals, Shopping, Fair Food, Penning & Pulling, Tractors, The Guess Who, Giant Pumpkins, Shows, Demos, Bands, Kids Games, Midway, Competitive Exhibits, Farm Museum and more!

The First-Year “15”

thumbnailCA33X7KEMost have heard of the weight gain or loss phenomenon that we call the “First-Year 15.” While not all college students will experience a change in their weight, up or down, there are several contributing factors that may increase the potential for it. 

Studies show that the cause of weight gain is not isolated to just increased food intake. Significant changes in what foods are consumed, exercise and sleep patterns, and stress levels contribute as well. The inverse is also true for weight loss. Think about your patterns as a new student here at Wesleyan, and compare them to your patterns before college.

Ask yourself:

  • Are you making the time to eat regular meals?
  • Do you start the day off with breakfast?
  • When you get stressed do you snack more or eat less?
  • Are you eating proper portion sizes for your body’s needs?
  • Do you get enough sleep?
  • Do you eat while you study?
  • Are you getting 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week?

A change in environment can cause stress, but it doesn’t have to affect your health. If you want to do some research on nutrition, check out the Bon Appétit website available to you at circleofresponsibility.com.  Click on the Well Being tab at the top of the page, and explore the information that is offered to you as a student.  

WesWELL, the Office of Health Education, also offers a wide range of health information on their website under Wellness A to Z. Health Services also has a registered dietician available for nutritional counseling; call 860.685.2470 to schedule your appointment.  

Contact Lisa Currie, director of WesWELL, at 860.685.2466.

Looking for a Job?

The Student Employment website, maintained by the Office of Financial Aid, is your one-stop shopping guide to finding on-campus employment. The site features a step-by-step guide to finding a job, frequently asked questions, helpful links, and access to job postings.

Job postings are categorized by type and provide detailed information about positions on and off-campus, desired thumbnailCAROE552hours, pay rates, and direct e-mail links to supervisors to schedule interviews. Students are encouraged to take a look at the job postings to get a sense as to what jobs are available and what they may be interested in. If you find something that you are interested in, each job description provides contact information for the supervisor of that position. Send them an e-mail or give them a call to set up an interview. Job postings are updated daily, so check them frequently.

FYM: Stephen Petronio Dance Group

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts Presents In conjunction with First Year Matters
Feet to the Fire:  H2O, Seeking Solutions

Stephen Petronio Dance Group
I Drink the Air Before Me

Petronios Dancers

“…an instantly recognizable style…fresh and unpredictable…infused with emotional texture and wit…”
–New York Times on the Stephen Petronio Dance Group

Student Tickets $8
When: Friday & Saturday, September 25 & 26, 8pm
Where: CFA Theater, Wesleyan University

 What: Wesleyan’s Breaking Ground Dance Series opens its 10th Anniversary Season with the Stephen Petronio Dance Group, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season. I Drink the Air Before Me is a sweeping evening-length work inspired by storms, both atmospheric and internal, and the power of extreme weather in all its awesome transience. The production features costumes by Cindy Sherman and Adam Kimmel and a commissioned score by Nico Muhly with cameo appearances by the Middletown High School Chamber Choir. The dancers’ movements are signature Petronio: daring and virtuosic, inspired, in his words, by “the whirling, unpredictable, threatening, and thrilling forces of nature that overwhelm us.”

To see video of the group, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32E11kJbAZM
For more information & tickets, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa or call 860-685-3355

Flu Vaccine Today (Wed.)

thumbnailCA1W2X0ZFor faster service the day of the clinic, please print off and complete the Influenza Immunization Permission sheet and bring with you to the clinic.  Copies will also be available at the clinic site. Registration is not required. Please wear a short sleeve shirt for ease of access to your arm.

Date:        Wed., Sept. 23
:         12 – 4 p.m.
Location:  Usdan 108
Fee:           $37 (cash, check, or bill to student account)

Click below for information about the flu clinic:  Flu Facts   Flu Vaccine Information   Influenza Immunization Permission (complete and bring to clinic)   VNA Privacy Disclosure Form

For more information, contact Joyce Walter, Health Center Director at x2656 or jwalter@wesleyan.edu

Wes Creative Writing Faculty: Reading from their Work

Lisa Cohen, Deb Olin Unferth, and Elizabeth Willis

Wesleyan Creative Writing Faculty       Reading from their Work    

Wednesday, September 23    Russell House    Prose/Poetry 8 p.m.

L.CohenLISA COHEN’s biography of three neglected twentieth century figures — the eccentric scholar Esther Murphy, the fan and collector Mercedes de Acosta, and the fashion writer and icon Madge Garland — will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  Her essays have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Fashion Theory, Bookforum, The Village Voice, GLQ, and The Boston Review.

D. UnferthDEB OLIN UNFERTH is the author of a collection of stories, Minor Robberies, and a novel, Vacation, both published by McSweeney’s.  Her work has appeared in Harpers, 3rd Bed Fence, and other publications.  She has received a Pushcart Prize, a Creative Capital Grant from the Warhol Foundation, and in 2009 the Cabell First Novelist Award. She joins Wesleyan’s English department this year.

E. WillisELIZABETH WILLIS is the Shapiro-Silverberg Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan. She is the author of four books of poetry: Second Law, The Human Abstract, Turneresque, and Meteoric Flowers.  Her work has been selected for the National Poetry Series. Awards for her poetry include the Boston Review Prize and fellowships from the Howard Foundation, the Walter N. Thayer Foundation for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. 

A reception will follow.   Sponsored by the English  Department, the Shapiro Creative Writing Center, and the Wesleyan Writing Programs.

Math Workshop

The Math Workshop runs throughout the semester and provides drop-in help for students needing assistance with thumbnailCA89JAS5mathematics in their coursework.  Located in the Science Library’s conference room near the circulation desk, it is open Monday-Thursday afternoons from 2:30-5 p.m. and Sunday-Thursday evenings from 7 – 10 p.m.

Friendly math majors and math graduate students will be there, ready to help you.