Reflection Speaker Needed for January’s MLK Celebration with Geoffrey Canada

Dear Students:

We are currently looking for someone to deliver the Student Reflection Speech at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Celebration to be held on Friday, January 21, 2011. Geoffrey Canada, head and founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, is this year’s Keynote Speaker. His work focuses on educational inequality afflicting inner-city and urban youth.  Currently, he also can be seen in the new documentary Waiting for Superman.

Any student interested in Geoffrey Canada’s work or with similar interests in education may apply.  Please submit a page long paper explaining why you would like to deliver this year’s MLK Keynote Student Reflection to by December 8 at 5PM. 

The MLK Keynote Speech Committee
Social Justice Leadership Conference Planning Committee

Finalize Schedules today by 5 p.m.!

Tuesday, November 16 is the last day to finalize your course plan.  You faculty advisor must finalize it by 5 p.m. today.  Wednesday you will be able to review your course schedule.  The adjustment period begins on Thursday, November 18 and goes through November 23.  You will get a message about what day you may begin to adjust your schedule.

The last day to withdraw from first semester and second quarter courses is Friday, December 3.

UCC Event: The Physics of Salsa! 11/17

Usdan Common Connections on Wednesday, November 17th

The Physics of Salsa – 7pm, Daniel Family Commons

Join us and Rey Bermudez, founder of for a workshop on the science of dance and Salsa to get you moving and dancing!

COL Lecture: Prof. Berel Lang on Holocaust writer Primo Levi — 11/17

On Wednesday, November 17 at 4:15 pm, Professor Berel Lang will deliver the annual Philip Hallie lecture in the COL Lounge (Butterfield C 100.)  His talk is entitled “Primo Levi, Writer (and Memoirist.)”

Berel Lang is the author of Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence (2009), Holocaust Representation: Art Within the Limits of History and Ethics (2000), Heidegger’s Silence (1996), Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide (1990) and many other works bridging philosophy, aesthetics, ethics and history.  Much honored for outstanding scholarship and teaching, he has held fellowships from the N.E.H., ACLS, American Philosophical Association, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and is a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research.  This semester, he is Visiting Professor of Letters at Wesleyan; he has taught at Wesleyan, Trinity College, SUNY at Albany, the University of Colorado, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Udall Scholarship


In 2011, the Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.

The Udall Foundation seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in Native American health care and tribal public policy. Tribal policy includes fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities. Native American health care includes health care administration, social work, medicine, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities.

More information is available at  Contact David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2012,(, x2757), if you are interested in applying.

Get Your Bucket for the Composting Initiative

The WSA is pleased to support the creation of a new student group to help us address the reduction of our waste in a reinvigorated composting program. This new Composting Committee will be holding information sessions this Wednesday (11/11) and Thursday (11/12) at 8 p.m. in Usdan 110. We encourage all students who live in a residence with a kitchen to attend the meeting and engage in this new composting program. Diverting one pound of waste to a composting process can prevent six pounds of CO2 emissions. And, composting is just as easy as taking out the trash!

The only thing you need is a 5-gallon bucket to collect food waste and some basic information about what can be composted. The best part is that these resources are free through the Composting Committee with the help of Physical Plant and the Green Fund. Once you have everything, you simply need to take the food waste out and put it into a nearby composting container when your bucket fills up. The container (with a little help form the Composting Committee) will do all of the work for you!

Again, please join us this Wednesday and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. in Usdan 110. Free apple crisp will be provided for those students who attend the information sessions. If you have any questions, please e-mail or visit the website at

Thank you, Melody Oliphant ’13, WSA Representative and Josh Levine ’12, Sustainability Coordinator

Q&A Session with your class dean, peer advisors, OIS & CRC — Thurs., 11/9

Thinking about going abroad? Declaring three majors? Wondering about life after Wes (already)? Come to Sophomore Savvy: Gathering Information, Making Informed Choices, a Q&A especially for second year students.  Dean Louise Brown as well as representatives from the CRC, the SARN Peer Advisors, and Office of International Studies will be there to answer your questions about the next steps at Wesleyan and looking to the future–majors, study abroad, internships. This a very informal time to come ask questions and learn a little bit more about what’s coming up. Come when you can, and leave when you need to.  Bring your dinner, your questions, and your friends!

Room Change Requests & Winter Break Housing Deadlines, Spring Semester Return

TO:                 All Students

This is a reminder to students that all residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, December 19, 2010. 

All residential units, with the exception of wood frame houses, will close at this time; students who wish to stay in their wood frame house must register with Residential Life on-line by Saturday, December 18, 2010 at

 Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011.International students and student athletes will receive information regarding winter break housing from either the Office of International Student Affairs or their coach. 

Students who wish to return to campus early must submit an on-line application located at This application is due on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – no exceptions.  Please also note that all applications will be scrutinized and there is no guarantee that your request can be approved.

***Furthermore, students who are moving into a new residence hall will not be able to pick-up their keys before Monday, January 17, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

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 the Office of Residential Life by Wednesday, December 1, 2010. 

In order to maximize class appropriate spaces for students returning from leave/abroad, the Office of Residential Life will not process Room Change Requests after Friday, November 12, 2010.  Students interested in making a room change after this date must wait until two weeks into the spring semester, after all returning students have been placed.  Requests to pull-in a student into a spring vacancy can be made until Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Any questions regarding these processes should be directed to Residential Life at 860-685-3550 or at