Note from Dean Brown: Withdrawal Deadline, Semester Calendar, Study Break, & Some Spring Events

Hey 2013’ers,

Glad you’re back!  Whether you went home, to a friend’s or relative’s, or stayed on campus, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving break and are ready to dive into the last two weeks of classes.  I know it’s hard to believe that fall semester courses will end on Friday, December 10.  While certain parts of the semester may seem to go slowly, the entire period seems, in retrospect, to have zoomed by.  These last two to three weeks will telescope.  NOW is the time to get super-organized work-wise, if you haven’t already. 

The calendar for the rest of the semester is: 

  • Reading Week:  Saturday, December 11 – Tuesday, December 14 at 5 p.m. 
  • 2013 Study Break:  Monday, December 13 from  9-11 p.m., 3rd floor Allbritton
  • Finals:  Tuesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. – Saturday, December 18
  • Housing Closes:  Sunday, December 19 at noon

THE LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM FULL SEMESTER AND SECOND QUARTER CLASSES IS THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 5 P.M.  Talk with your professors to get a realistic sense of where you stand in your classes.  If you decide to withdraw, get the form from the Registrar’s Office or mine.  You will need to get the signature of the instructor and your faculty advisor before getting mine.  That should not be a problem since you will be consulting with both of them prior to your decision to withdraw.  I’d be more than happy to talk with you about it as well.

In addition to the great STUDY BREAK brought to you by the 2013 class council in two weeks, STAY TUNED for the 2013 DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT on Sunday, February 13 (with a new consolation round this year, so get your teams ready!) and MUSICAL MADNESS on Thursday, February 24.  (For some reason, the class of 2014 thinks they have the chops to challenge the awesome and amazing talent in the class of 2013.  What is that all about???) 

As always, check the class blog (really) and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me either by e-mail (, by phone (x2758), drop-in (hours below), or appointment (x2758). 

Best, Dean Brown

Deadline for winter break housing & pull-in forms — Wed., 12/1

This is a reminder for students who want to pull a student in or may need to stay on-campus for winter break. 

Completed pull-in forms must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life by Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by 4:30 p.m.  The pull-in form is available on our website at:  If you are being pulled in and are unsure that someone submitted a form for you, please contact the person who is pulling you in for confirmation.

If you do not live in a wood frame house and need to stay for winter break, you must complete the winter break housing application on our website at: by Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by 4:30 p.m.
** Program houses are not considered wood frame houses

** Athletes will receive information from athletics about winter break arrangements.

***International students with questions regarding winter break should contact Janice Watson at

We will not be making exceptions for late pull-in or winter break housing applications.

  If you have any questions, please email

UCC Event: Lunchbox Serenata 11/30


Usdan Common Connections on Tuesday, November 30

Lunchbox Serenata – Noon, Beckham Hall

Tired of eating in the Usdan? Get your lunch to go and bring it to Beckham Hall for 45 minutes of great, classical music. Lunchbox Serenata is a new Student & Faculty Recital Series!

“Better Together” Campaign — this evening

Wesleyan Asks What IF?
aka how to push social justice and action to a new level

we replaced religious intolerance with cooperation? What IF… we used our differences to work together? What IF… people of different faith traditions come together and change the world?

Come learn about the “Better Together” Campaign, which empowers students to speak out about the power of interfaith action, mobilizes students from all faith backgrounds (and lack thereof), and sustains service work on campus. There will be a guest speaker, discussion, and FREE DINNER!

When: Monday, Nov. 22, 5-7PM
Where: Daniel Family Commons
Why: because interfaith is awesome!

Book Drive for Macdonough Elementary School

Bring Back a Book Drive: Thanksgiving Break

Drop off an elementary level book after Thanksgiving Break!!!
Help a student in need!

Macdonough Elementary is located in Middletown’s North End.  Seventy-six percent of Macdonough students are on the free/reduced lunch program.  Remember these students over your Thanksgiving Break and donate a book.  Book type ranges from a picture book level to basic chapter books. 

COLLECTION BINS will be located in Exely, Freeman Athletic Center Lobby, PAC, Usdan, Olin, North College, and outside of Weshop after Thanksgiving Break.

ResLife, Safety & Security over Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break

As you prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, remember to LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS whether you will be remaining on campus or leaving for the break!  Also, please consider taking home your bikes and other belongings that you will not need through the winter. If you are staying on campus over the break period, remember to walk in well lit areas after dark, preferably in groups, and report suspicious people to Public Safety immediately at 860-685-3333 or x-3333 from a campus phone line.  Although the RIDE program will not be operating Thursday through Saturday, Public Safety will provide escorts for individuals upon request.  Public Safety’s general phone number is 860-685-2345.

As you finalize your travel arrangements for the winter break, remember residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 (noon) on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  All residential units, with the exception of the wood frame houses, will close at this time.  Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break.  Students wishing to do so must request housing with Residential Life by Wednesday, December 1, 2010.   Requests should be made through the Winter Break web site at:

Please note:  Housing is not guaranteed during the winter break period, students who are granted permission to live in their units during the break will be notified by December 10, 2010. 

Thank you, The Office of Residential Life

Latino Labor Movement History and SEIU Internships — 11/17

Please join the Dominican Student Association at a lecture from SEIU, a labor union, concerning the history of Latino involvement in the labor movement.

This event will also promote opportunities for summer internships helping with labor union campaigns.

SEIU Informational
Wednesday November 17th
Usdan 108

Any questions?  Contact Odetty Tineo at