Reminder: Usdan Photo Contest II: International Photo Contest

thumbnailCA3X3JOKWant your photography to be the next to hang in the Usdan Center? In partnership with the Office of International Studies, the Usdan Art Committee is sponsoring a second photo contest for study abroaders, international students, and others who have spent substantive time abroad. As with the international photo contest of the past, photos will be displayed in Zelnick Pavilion around the middle of the spring semester. Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of Wesleyan experts in art, communication, and international affairs. The top ten photos will also be enlarged to 24″ x 36″ (or largest size allowed by the resolution of the original) and hung in Usdan common areas after Spring Break. At the end of the show, winners will receive their enlarged print as a prize.

  • Eligibility: Open to all students of Wesleyan University; all entries must be original work.
  • Submit up to ten photographs to by February 1, 2010 or by dropping them off on CD-Rom at 124 Usdan.
  • Include your name, class year, a title and a description of the photo(s) of no more than 100 words. The description should include information on where and when the photo  was taken, as well as the significance of the subject matter in local  context and in the context of your experience studying abroad. By submitting photos, you are agreeing to permit them to be shown in Usdan, Zelnick, and/or Fisk Hall, as well as on the OIS web site.
  • Photographs will be selected to display in Zelnick Pavilion by mid-February. Of those selected, a panel of judges will choose ten winners to be enlarged and displayed in the Usdan Center.
  • Copyright: Wesleyan University reserves the right to publish winning images in Usdan University Center/Office of International Studies printed materials or websites. Photo credit will be provided, of course (that doesn¹t mean academic  redit for a photography class ­ just your name somewhere in the vicinity of the photograph).
  • Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person or submit images that involve the willful harassment of individuals, wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer.

Free Destinta Movie for 2013’ers

Free Destinta Movie for First Year Students

Wednesday, January 20 — 11:00 a.m. first to final showing at 10:35 p.m.thumbnailCALMOXKG

Show your 2013 Wes I.D. at the Destinta ticket counter. If students choose to see Avatar in 3D, there will be a charge of $3.00 to obtain the special glasses needed.

As a special welcome back program, Student Services and the University Center Activities Board (UCAB) have arranged for first year students to see one free movie on 1/20.  Students need to show their 2013 I.D. to gain free admission to the movie of their choice.  Students can use this privilege at any one show time on 1/20.

All Student ORL Staff will also be allowed free admission to one movie on 1/20.  Staff members need to show their I.D. so they can be checked off a list that will be provided for Destinta Theater.


Welcome Back!


I hope that you are rested and eager to get the spring semester underway.  If you didn’t get a chance yet, check out my e-mail (Note from Dean Brown) sent to the class on January 14.

Stop by the office sometime soon to say hi!  Best, Dean Brown

Drop-in Hours go into effect when classes begin:

Mon.—2-3 p.m., Tues.—3-4 p.m., Wed.—5-7 p.m., Thurs.—11 a.m.-noon, Fri.—2-4 p.m.

Second Pre-Reg Deadline for Advanced Creative Writing Workshops

Good news! If you missed the pre-registration deadline for the advanced creative writing workshops (ENGL 326, 337, thumbnailCA3L0B63and 342), please note that there is now a second deadline: January 18, 2010, the Monday before the semester begins.

To apply for these courses, please submit 5 pages of your writing (in prose or poetry, depending on the course to which you are applying) along with a cover page that includes the following information: 1) your name, email address, year in school, major (if any), some of your favorite writers and any other influences, and 2) a short biographical paragraph describing your history and/or interest in writing.

Please submit these materials electronically in a single attachment to the professor who is teaching the course (see below) by 10 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2010. Please use either Microsoft Word or rich-text-format for your attachment.

You may take one of these workshops along with either Hilton Als’s “James Baldwin in Black and White” or Paul La Farge’s “Space and Place in Fiction”; however, you may not take two courses designated as “advanced workshops” (ENG 326, 337, or 342) concurrently. If you are applying to more than one of these courses, please include the ranking of your request on your submission.

This information will also be available on the WesMaps pages for these courses.

Wes Energy Conservation Showdown Prize

Want to make Wes greener?  Want some extra cash? Want to help solve the University’s budget crisis? Want to have your voice heard by the administration?

Then submit to the Wesleyan Energy Conservation Showdown––the ECS-Prize. If you’ve ever had an idea to make lightbulbWesleyan more sustainable, but didn’t know how to be heard by the Administration or Physical Plant, this is your chance to affect real environmental change––and get paid to do it.

Prizes are $600 for the winning group entry, and $200 for two more runners-up groups. These entries, and any other “honorable mentions” will be collected into a document and sent directly to President Roth’s desk.

We are asking for submissions of at least 3 pages on how to conserve resources and money at Wesleyan. Students are encouraged to work in teams of 2 to 3 members to divide work, but you can work individually or in larger groups if you want.

Entries will be judged on how much natural resources the idea saves, and how much money the University will save because of that conservation. “Resources” can be utilities such as heat, water, and electricity but can include other things as well––for example, if the University is spending money on an environmentally harmful product, and students can find a cheaper, environmentally-friendly alternative, then that idea would be considered successful.

The rules are online at the WSA’s website: All questions can be directed to, or Information about Wesleyan’s utilities will be posted soon, so any research will be a little easier.

The deadline is March 1, 2010.