Major Tips #2

While you want to major in something about which you are passionate or have the depth of interest to sustain your curiosity and inspiration over the next couple of semesters, don’t get too hung up on the connection between your major and career.  Yes, there are those careers, such as, for example, the sciences or economics, in which you do need a particular knowledge background to go on to graduate or professional school.  However, that does not preclude you from majoring in a humanities, another social science or art, as long as you have taken the appropriate courses–and vice-versa.   

What’s important to remember is that your skill in analytic thinking or writing may be perfect for law school.  Your training in theater may be just what is needed for product consultation at Microsoft (yes, truly, this has been a job for a couple of Wes alums).   Your ability to think critically, speak articulately, and write succinctly are as valued as your imagination, creativity and chutzpah.  Your major and career are not necessarily in a one-to-one relationship.    

It’s fascinating to see the myriad number of things that Wes alums have done with their majors.  To check this out, go to  WesCAN in the Career Resource Center bucket in your portfolio.   But first, you need to need to see one of the CRC staff members.  Tsophomore liaison is Jim Kubat  (, but any  staff member is happy to meet with you.  Your visit to the CRC is worth it in more ways than one.

Talking writing with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel: Apply for Discussion Group

Apply to Join a Discussion with Prof. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate

Applications due Mon., Oct. 4th 5:00 P.M. at Anne Greene’s office, Downey House, Room 207.

On Tuesday, October 26th, Prof. Elie Wiesel is presenting a lecture to the Wesleyan community entitled “Building an Ethical Society: The Death Penalty and Human Dignity,” at 7 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. Tickets will be available shortly.

Prof. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, is the author of more than forty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Night and other volumes of memoirs. For his literary and human rights activities, he has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Earlier on the day of his lecture, Prof. Wiesel will hold a discussion session with a small group of students, focusing specifically on writing about moral and ethical topics. This session is tentatively scheduled for 4-4:45 PM, October 26th, in the Shapiro event room, Allbritton 311.

We invite you to apply to join this discussion group.  Unfortunately we cannot include everyone who would like to attend.  Please submit a statement (from one paragraph to one page in length) indicating

– which works of Prof. Wiesel’s you have read,

– what writing question you would like him to discuss, and,

– any intellectual or personal interest you bring to the discussion.

At the top of your application, please include your – name, class year, major, email address, and telephone number.  If you are selected, we will contact you directly.

Thank you so much for your interest. Please contact Anne Greene, the Director of the Writing Programs, or Rabbi David Leipziger, if you have questions.

Lecture on Religion & Environmentalism

Sacrifice and Sacrality: Religion and Environmentalism in South India

Thursday, September 30   4:15 p.m.     Russell House

An exploration of how, with the deepening of India’s environmental crisis, activists have claimed “sacred groves” in new ways. NGOs have declared these small forests, previously dedicated to a deity, as an ancient indigenous ecological tradition, and have sponsored projects across India to restore degraded ones.

Eliza Kent is an Associate Professor of Religion at Colgate University whose research interests center on religion and ecology, the religiosity of low-caste communities in India, and the effects of religious pluralism.

Sponsored by the South Asian Studies Certificate and the Department of Religion.

Fast-a-thon for Amazing Grace Food Pantry–Thursday

         What: Fast-a-Thon 2010 
     When: Thursday, September 30th, 5:45pm
     Where: Beckham Hall and DFC

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

1200 Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and local residents participated to raise over $16,000 for the local food pantry.   This year the Fast-a-Thon is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever, but we need your help!

Different ways to donate points:

1. fill out a donation slip that you can find in your mailbox

2. donate at different tables set outside of Usdan marketplace, WesWings, and Summerfields

3. go to:

The idea behind the Fast-a-thon is to donate the points/meals that you would have eaten that day towards Amazing Grace Food Pantry. It is recommended to fast just to experience what Ramadhan is like, but it is by no means required.

On the day of the event we will begin with a number of speakers to introduce the event and explain its significance. Then we will break our fast with dates and eat a delicious Indian feast from Haveli’s.

Remember to get there early to get

a t-shirt and food!

Sponsored by: IJL, MSA, SBC, ResLife, SALD, Chaplain’s office, Haveli, Bon Appetit, OCS

The Green Fund Committee — Apply!

Dear Students,

Last year, students, the WSA, and the administration teamed up to create the Wesleyan Green Fund: a student-elected, student-financed, and student-managed pool of money which will sponsor sustainability initiatives on campus.

Critical to the Green Fund’s success is the Green Fund Committee, a group of five students who will seek out, review and approve project ideas. This is the first year of the Green Fund and the Green Fund Committee, and joining the committee is a great opportunity to engage with environmental issues and shape the future of Wesleyan.

We are now seeking applicants for the committee, and we encourage students in all class years with an interest in sustainability to apply. Attached is the full application. Applications should be emailed to Josh Levine at by no later than Sunday October 3rd.

If you have any further questions about the application process or the green fund, feel free to contact us. We look forward to reading your applications.

 Cheers, Josh Levine,WSA Sustainability Coordinator & Zachary Malter, WSA Finance and Facilities Chair

Free Ice Cream!

The 9th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social!
Thursday, September 30, 2010     5-8 P.M.
Middletown’s Cold Stone Creamery

A 3 oz. portion of ice cream, developed by a Make-A-Wish child, will be given out.

Donations are encouraged.

Middletown’s Cold Stone Creamer is located at 100 Riverview Center, Suite 125, just off Main St. between Court and College.

FALLAPALOOZA! Sat., Sept. 25 5-8 p.m.


  Join the Class of 2013 in celebrating a new school year with

a special hot autumn meal

& performances by your FAV bands

 Clover Street Band, Thelonius Funk, Linus,

Bones Complex & The Japanese

 The CFA Green  September 25   5-8 p.m.

FREE WESLEYAN 2013 t-shirts for sophomores only–first-come, first-served

ALL are welcome ! 

Bring your Wes ID 


Rainsite: Beckham Hall, music/t-shirts only 8-11 p.m.                                                                                                          

Confirm Your Schedule

Now that Drop/Add is over, we are asking you to confirm your Fall 2010 schedule by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 27.

Please click on or log into your EPortfolio and navigate to “Current Classes & Schedule” under “Wesleyan Career”. If you agree that our records correctly show the courses that you registered for during Drop/Add, click on “Schedule is Correct”.

If your schedule is not correct (for example, a course is missing from your schedule or an additional course is appearing), click on “Schedule is Incorrect” and you’ll be given further instructions and a link to the petition form. Later, if your petition is successful and your schedule is corrected, you should return to your schedule page and click “Schedule is Correct”.  The schedule confirmation buttons will remain on the page until you have resolved all issues and click the “Schedule is Correct” button.

If a course enrollment is “Advisor Pending”, please ask your advisor to email requesting that the course be “Advisor Approved” in the database.

If you fail to confirm your final fall schedule, you will not be permitted to participate in the planning phase of November Pre-Registration.

REMINDER: Grading mode and cross-listing changes were due before the end of the Drop/Add period and can no longer be made.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Paul H. Turenne, Associate Registrar, 860-685-2352

The Durham Fair

Check out the LARGEST volunteer fair in North America and the LARGEST agricultural fair in Connecticut this weekend—September 23-26.  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.!

Located at 24 Town House Road in Durham, the hours are Thursday, 4-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday  9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  Admission is $10 on Thursday and $15 per day on the others.  For a complete schedule, go to