U.N. International Public Policy Fellowship Program — 2/1/11 deadline!

Institute for International Public Policy Student Fellowship Program The UNCF Special Programs Corporation’s Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship Program is now entering its 17th year. The Institute seeks to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service, and awareness among a representative cross-section of the American citizenry. IIPP also seeks to broaden access to international education and training opportunities for underrepresented minority college students.

Fellowship Components:

*  Sophomore Summer Policy Institute      *  Junior Year Study Abroad     *  Junior Summer Policy Institute     *  Summer Language Institute     *  International Internship     *  Internationally Focused Advanced Degree Program     *  Wraparound Student Services (academic, study abroad, and career advising)

 Eligibility Requirements – We welcome applications from undergraduate sophomores who:

*         Are enrolled full-time at an accredited, four-year baccalaureate-granting institution.

*         Are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (documentary support required).

*         Will remain enrolled at their undergraduate institution for two years following their acceptance to the Fellowship.

*         Have a minimum 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

*         Have a strong demonstrated interest in international affairs.

*         Are an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino American, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander).

*         Plan to seek admission to an internationally focused advanced degree program.

Students from Minority Serving Institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Other Minority Serving Institutions (OMIs) are particularly encouraged to apply.

 Application Deadline: February 1, 2011

 Website: www.uncfsp.org/iipp<http://www.uncfsp.org/iipp>  Contact: iipp@uncfsp.org<mailto:Nicholas.Bassey@uncfsp.org>

And Classes Begin…


                    ENJOY THE START OF CLASSES &

                    THE NEW SPRING SEMESTER!

MLK, Jr. Celebration: Geoffrey Canada, Founder–Harlem Children’s Zone

Wesleyan Students

In Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King,

you are invited to a lecture

 “Education Reform and Youth Empowerment”

 by Harlem Children’s Zone Founder

 Geoffrey Canada

Friday, January 21, 2011    4:00 p.m.

Memorial Chapel, Wesleyan University

Sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly, Academic Affairs, The Center for African American Studies, The Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships, The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD), Usdan Common Connections, and the Office of Residential Life.

 Obtain a free ticket in person from the University Box Office, Usdan University Center

Limited Tickets are still available

This event is the keynote address for the Social Justice Leadership Conference.  Please visit www.wesleyan.edu/sjlc for information.

 Questions or more information, contact The Office of Student Activities, stuact@wesleyan.edu, 860-685-2467/2143

Note from Dean Brown: J-transfers, Major Declaration, Oversubscription, Study Abroad & Musical Madness

Hey Class of 2013–Welcome back!  I hope that you all are looking forward to a great spring semester!  With the snow and sleet today, I’m sure you’re looking forward to sunny warm weather as well!

  J-TRANSFERS:  There are 14 January transfers joining the Wes community, 11 of whom are in the Class of 2013.  They are coming from places as diverse as Bowdoin, USC, the University of Iowa, Bunker Hill Community College, and Washington University.  Please WELCOME THEM and make them feel at home as part of your incredible, smart, talented and capable class (really, truly).

DROP/ADD:  This period begins with the start of classes on Thursday, January 20 and concludes on Wednesday, February 2.  Make sure your grading mode selection is correct!

 MAJOR DECLARATION:   As you look at your course schedule for the spring, make sure that you have the courses and pre-requisites needed to declare your major between Thursday, February 3 and Friday, March 4.  Departments and programs will sponsor Open Houses between February 7 -25.  I will send you the schedule once that has been confirmed.  The Open Houses are a great opportunity to check out a major, meet the faculty, and ask questions.   Also, Jim Kubat of the Career Resource Center will be doing another workshop on “Choosing Your Major” on February 2 at 7 p.m . in Usdan 108.  Check out as well http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/major_declaration/ .

OVERSUBSCRIPTION:   One thing to keep in mind is the University’s regulation about oversubscription.  In order to promote a liberal arts education, the faculty put into place a regulation that limits the number of credits in each department that can be counted towards graduation.  The maximum number of credits is 16.00.  If you have over 16.00 credits in any one department, you will be “oversubscribed” in that department and those additional credits (not necessarily those particular courses) will not count towards graduation.  If courses are cross-listed, i.e., listed in more than one department or program, they will count towards oversubscription in all departments in which they are listed.  This means that if you enroll in an AMST course that is also cross-listed as a HIST course, it will count in the HIST department as a credit for purposes of oversubscription.  See the academic regulations at http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/AR.html .  As long as you have as many credits over 32.00 as you are oversubscribed in a department, you are okay.  However, you need to remain alert to where you are vis a vis the 16.00 credit limit in a department.   Any questions?  Come see me, and you will be hearing more about this from me as time goes on.

STUDY ABROAD:   Check NOW for programs and deadlines that you have the slightest interest in.  Due dates for apps are sooner than you think and it takes TIME to investigate all your options for the fall and/or spring of next year.  Think about how where you go and how the courses offered may play into your potential major.

MUSICAL MADNESS:  Yes, 2013 rocks and will prevail over all others at the third annual musical competition between the classes on Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m.  The entry forms are on the class blog–http://classof2013.blogs.wesleyan.edu/.   Enter solo or as an ensemble for an acoustic, electric or a capella set with an original or cover of any musical genre—from jazz to opera, from rock to hip hop.  A faculty/staff/student panel of judges will award prizes for Best in Class and Best in Show.  Get your act together and feel the love!  Entry deadline is February 17.

COME SEE ME!:  As always, don’t hesitate to come see me with any questions or concerns you may have—or just to chat—as you move forward into your fourth semester—or  fifth semester for those of you who are December Completions 2012.  I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to and what you have been thinking about.

Glad you are back!  Best, Dean Brown

Encore Orientation Program — January 19

Join the Class of 2014 for an Encore Orientation Program at the beginning of the spring semester–January 19. This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the resources you may have missed out on during your own orientation.   

You can see the day’s schedule at www.wesleyan.edu/orientation at the bottom of the page.  It will begin with a brunch and panel of faculty and students discussing how to build stronger relationships with your advisors and professors. Space at this brunch is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Teri Maheu at tmaheu@wesleyan.edu no later than January 15, 2011.  

Other workshops for the day are open to everyone. Feel free to pick and choose which workshops you would like to attend. Take advantage of this wonderful program.  We look forward to seeing you then!

New York Times: “Win a Trip with Nick” contest — 1/18 deadline

The New York Times is inviting readers to submit entries to the fifth annual “Win a Trip with Nick” contest. 

Through this contest, Op Ed-columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas D. Kristof hopes to increase awareness and understanding about the many complex issues and opportunities for the developing world.  This year, Mr. Kristof will choose two winners – one currently-enrolled college or graduate student and one adult over the age of 60 – to accompany him on a reporting trip.  To be considered for the contest, applicants are invited to submit either a written essay or a video entry that articulates their desire to accompany Mr. Kristof on a reporting trip and explains why they are an ideal candidate for such an experience. 

 Essay submissions are limited to 700 words and should be send to WinATrip@nytimes.com.  Video submissions must be under three minutes and should be posted on Mr. Kristof’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/nicholaskristof.  Submissions must be received by January 18, 2011, and students must be 18 or older to be eligible for the contest.

For additional details on Win a Trip, please go to Nick’s Blog – On the Ground, nytimes.com/ontheground.

Shuttles Back to Campus — 1/13 deadline

Tickets are still available for Wesleyan’s winter break shuttles back to campus. Don’t forget to get yourself a ticket before the deadline and before they all sell out.

The last day to buy tickets is only a few days away: Thursday, January 13th. You can buy your ticket now online at wesleyan.edu/shuttles.

If you need a ride or can give a ride to somewhere the shuttles don’t go, use the Rideboard: http://quicklink.wesleyan.edu/rideboard

Here are the dates and times for the shuttles:

Grand Central Station, NY Penn Station, NY South Station, Boston, MA

Tues, Jan 18, 2011, at 3pm, Buses depart from NY and Boston to Campus

New Haven Shuttle, Union Station

Mon., Jan. 17, 2011 at 4 pm
Tue, Jan. 18 at 11am and 4pm
Wed. Jan 19, at 4pm

Bradley Airport

Monday, January 17th – 1 pm, 6 pm, 10 pm
Tuesday, January 18th – 6 pm, 10 pm
Wednesday, January 19th – 6 pm
Thursday, January 20th – 1 pm

Note: BRADLEY RETURN shuttle pick up location: INSIDE the newer section of Terminal A
at its lower/ground level, near desk and sign for “Bradley Ambassadors Information Center.”
This desk is closest to Baggage Claim carousel #4.