Fast-a-Thon Planning Meeting — 4:30 p.m. Monday

Do you remember last year’s Fast-a-Thon?

1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $14,000 for the local food pantry.
This is the one event on campus that is able to engage nearly half of the student body
This year’s Fast-a-thon will be even BETTER! 

If you’d like to help us with this year’s Fast-a-thon, join us at the meeting for volunteers:     

     What:   Fast-a-Thon 2011 Volunteer Meeting
     When:  Monday, November 7th, 4:30pm
     Where: PAC001

The idea behind the Fast-a-thon is to donate the points/meals that you would have eaten that day towards the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Considering the catastrophic storm that hit Connecticut, and especially Middletown with great force, this event is all the more important to the community. 

We really need your help to make this year’s Fast-a-Thon a success! If you can’t make it to the meeting but want to help, send an email to Get excited, and we hope to see you there!The Fast-a-Thon Planning Committee


First Generation College Student Coalition Open Meeting — 4/9, 4 p.m.

First Generation College Student Coalition Open MeetingPlease come out to our open meeting on Saturday April 9th at 4pm in Usdan 110 to learn more about our group!
Our mission is:
To create a safe space and foster a community of support for first-generation college students of all backgrounds. This is an opportunity for any first-gen on campus to share and feel empowered by their experiences and struggles. This is also an outlet for us to make our presence known on campus and to inform the larger community about issues surrounding first-generation college students, specifically pertaining to class. All self-identified first-generation college students are encouraged to be part of this essential network. Together we will be each others’ safety net in this oftentimes difficult environment.

As first-generation college students at Wesleyan, we feel that it is necessary to create a safe space for us to celebrate our experiences, and do more to help future first gen students adjust to and celebrate their Wesleyan experiences with us. We also feel that it is necessary to finally address issues of class existing at Wesleyan. For these reason, we have created the first-generation college student coalition.

If you are a self-identified first-generation college student or ally, and cannot attend the meeting, please e-mail us at


Voucher for Lunch with Faculty!

Dear Students,

In order to promote informal faculty-student interaction outside the classroom, I am pleased to announce the Daniel Family Commons Free Lunch Program.  We have provided each faculty member with vouchers that enable them to take small groups of students to lunch at the Daniel Family Commons in the Usdan Center.  My office is making these same vouchers available directly to you!  Each voucher covers the cost of lunch for a faculty member and up to three students, and vouchers will be good for the remainder of the current academic year.

Please consider inviting your favorite faculty member to lunch, and stop by my office (220 North College) to pick up a voucher.

Bon appétit!  Dean Mike Whaley

For Prospective History Majors — Wed.,10/27

“Why study the past?  Because it paves the way to your fabulous future!”

Meet Katherine D’Ambrosio (’06) and Mike James (’07) and hear about what they’re up to now, and how the major in History helped them figure out who they want to be.

Oct 27, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.

PAC 001

[Iguanas Ranas will be there too]

Choosing a Major — Thurs., 10/7 at noon

How do students choose a major? Why do they choose one major over another? How, if at all, does your choice of major relate to your career direction after graduation? These questions will be addressed as Jim Kubat, sophomore class liaison, shares the career development point-of-view on the process of choosing an undergraduate college major at noon on Thursday, October 7 in Usdan 110.

Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative Meeting — 9/19

Wesleyan University’s Pakistani Students’ Association has launched the “Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative,” to form an action team which will coordinate a number of fund-raisers throughout the year to help the victims of the deadly floods that hit Pakistan recently.

The Pakistan flood crisis began in late July when unusually heavy monsoon rains swept across the country. Currently 20% of the country is under water. About 1500 people have died as a result, and more than 21 million people are homeless. The United Nations has declared it to be the worst crisis to have ever occurred in the UN’s history. Red Cross has called it a massive crisis which has not received the massive support it needs. One flood worker said that the floods are the scale of the Tsunami, destruction of the Haiti and the complexity of the Middle East.

The aid required is huge but donations have been slow to come by. People in Pakistan are trying their best to help the flood victims, but Pakistan cannot overcome this crisis without help from other countries.

If you are interested in helping with the crisis, please join the Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative meeting on Sunday (September 19th) at 4pm at PAC001. During this meeting, ideas will be discussed for potential fund-raisers that will be held throughout the year to help the victims of the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.

Here is a link to a video that summarizes the current situation really well

For more information, please contact Ali Chaudhry ( or Zuleikha Hester (