Note from Dean Brown–9/2/12

Hey 2013’ers,

Welcome back to your senior year!  That “time flies” has never been truer:  I can’t believe you’re in your last year, can you?  It’s amazing—and wonderful.   You all have traveled far over the last three years and have a great year left to go.  Make the most of it! 

I hope you have had the weekend to get settled into your houses and apartments, and are ready for the start of classes tomorrow.  Many of you will start in on your capstone experience this semester—whether that be a thesis, essay, project, research, or performance—while  others look forward  to it in the spring.  Whenever you do it, it’s a great opportunity to dive headlong into focused intellectual and creative exploration and synthesis.  Go for it! 

 Drop/Add also begins tomorrow, and ends on Sept. 14.  No grading mode changes or course deletions after that.  The ten-week withdrawal period  begins on Sept. 15.   Make sure you know where you are with your credits and with any oversubscription.  Check your credit analysis, check your major certification form.  NOW is the time to identify and take care of any  problems.  You do not want to jeopardize your graduation because you are short of credits/major requirements. 

The Watson, Fulbright, Rhodes and several other scholarships/fellowships for next year have early fall deadlines.  Check out Scholarships/Fellowships, if interested, and talk with the campus liaison.  Speaking of life post-Wes, it is never too late to get into the WCC to explore your options—job? starting your own non-profit/for profit? grad school? professional school? internship? travel?  In the U.S.?  Abroad?   The possibilities are endless, which also can be overwhelming if you’re not sure what you want to do.  Contact Persephone Hall ( or any other WCC staff member to set up a time to meet to start sorting things out or just wander into the WCC resource library. 

The class blog will be up and running as of Monday.  Keep an  eye out for Celebrating Students columns this week (and write about your great summer experience!!) as well as for info about the Senior Welcome Back event.

I hope you had a great summer, and are looking forward to a great senior year.  Make it count!   And don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Best, Dean Brown

Pre-registration Timeline and helpful links

You will be registering for Fall 2012 classes using the pre-registration system. This email outlines what you need to do, helpful resources and important deadlines.

8:30am Monday, April 2 thru 5pm Monday, April 16

Tuesday, April 17

8am Wednesday, April 18 thru 5pm Tuesday, April 24 (Your start time will be listed in your EP.)

Help Line – x3222 from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Letter –

FAQs –

Manual –

Between 8:30am on Monday, April 2 and 5pm on Monday, April 16 you MUST:

1) Create a course plan, including ranked course selections via EP>Student>Course Registration>Pre-Registration.

2) Electronically submit Permission of Instructor and Prerequisite Override requests to the instructors through your portfolio.

3) In order to be build a pre-reg plan, you must confirm your Spring 2012 schedule in EP>Student>Wesleyan Career>Current Classes & Schedule before 5pm on Monday, April 16. (Not applicable to students returning from leave or abroad.)

4) You must meet with your faculty advisor to finalize your course plan before 5pm on Monday, April 17. (Students returning from leave or abroad also need advisor finalization, but a meeting is not required.)

1) Adding a course to your plan does not guarantee you a seat in the course.

2) If you are scheduled into your top ranked class, the system will proceed down list A. If you do not get your first choice, the system will proceed down list B. You should list courses in both columns, and there should be some overlap between the A and B columns.
3) On Tuesday, April 17 the pre-registration system will run a scheduling program enrolling students into courses. The system will look at: rank, class year/major, number of previous requests, number of courses already scheduled, completed pre-requisites, permission of instructor status, and, all things equal, a random number.

4) Later that day, in your portfolio, you will be able to preview your preliminary schedule and ascertain what time you may begin adjustment. Based on the number of scheduled full credit courses (those with fewer enrolled credits go first) you may participate beginning as early as 8am Wednesday, April 18. Adjustment will close at 5pm on Tuesday, April 24.

I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the details of the pre-registration system to ensure satisfaction with your schedule. You may find it helpful to meet with a Peer Advisor to discuss your course selections before meeting with your faculty advisor.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns–Paul H. Turenne, Associate Registrar, 860-685-2352

Help a First-Year! Be an NSO Peer Advisor! App deadline 4/5/12

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become SARN Peer Advisors for New Student Orientation (NSO), 2012. NSO Peer Advisors are juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores, who work throughout orientation to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program, and enhance student access to academic resources through the Student Academic Resource Network (SARN).  A job description and application are found on-line at

Applications, which require a faculty reference form, are due Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Questions should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, Sarah E. Lazare (x2332,

Honors in General Scholarship — App deadline 4/30/12

The Honors Committee now requires students who intend to pursue Honors in General Scholarship in their senior year to submit their application for review in the spring. 

That means that UNIV majors or rising seniors who wish to pursue this route to honors must submit their application materials by April 30, 2012.  The new process and requirements are posted at the following link:


CHUM Student Fellow — Fall 2012 or Spring 2013; App deadline 4/6/12

Student Fellowship Center for the Humanities

 Calling Class of 2013

 Application Deadline:  April 6, 2012

 Please visit and follow the Student Fellowship link for  the application.

 All members of the junior class are invited to apply for a semester-long Student Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities during the 2012-13 academic year. Wesleyan’s is among the first such university humanities centers established and serves to bring together Wesleyan faculty, students and visiting scholars for extended exploration of selected subjects. Our 2012-13 themes are “Temporality: Stasis, Repetition, Transformation” (Fall semester) and “Emplacing the Local” (Spring semester).  Descriptions of these themes are available at the website above.

Four Student Fellowships are awarded by the Center’s Advisory Board for each semester.  Student Fellows share an office at the Center and take part in Center activities. Among these events are the Center’s Monday lecture series; colloquial discussions on Tuesdays, 10:30-1:00; and occasional Center conferences. One course credit is awarded for a Student Fellow’s participation in the Center’s activities.

 Applicants for a Student Fellowship must be planning to do a senior project (an honors thesis) on a topic related to a Center theme for the year.  The project need not be underway at the time of the application.  The themes, “Temporality: Stasis: Repetition, Transformation” and “Emplacing the Local” are broadly construed and connect with projects and problems across the disciplines. Faculty Fellows who will work at the Center during fall semester are Professors Cohen (English), Huge (Art and Environmental Studies), Rouse (Science in Society, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies), Tang (English and American Studies), and Weiss (Anthropology and American Studies). Faculty Fellows who will work at the Center during the spring semester are Professors Ahmad (Religion and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Croucher (Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Garrett (English), Goldberg (Sociology), and Karamcheti (English and American Studies). There will also be several Visiting Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows.

 Applications for student fellowships are due at the Center by Friday, April 6.  We will let you know of the Center Advisory Board’s decision by April 18.  If you have any questions, please call the Center at extension 3044.


Davenport Study Grants 2012 — Apps due 3/9

Davenport Study Grants 2012
Limited funds are available to support student research and other student scholarly projects in public affairs to begin this summer. Most of the grants will be concentrated in the social science departments and the CSS, but applications will be accepted from majors in all areas of the University as long as the proposed projects are related to public affairs.  Only current sophomores and juniors are eligible. All Davenport Scholars will receive a minimum of $500, as stipulated by the terms of the Davenport Bequest, but additional amounts of up to $2,500 may be awarded, with total awards normally not exceeding $3,000. For detailed information about the application process, please consult the Davenport Grant website The deadline for all application materials is noon, Friday, March 9, 2012.  Announcement of grant awards will be made on or before April 2, 2012.

Spring Semester Schedule Confirmation! — 2/17, 5 p.m.

Now that Drop/Add is over, we are asking you to confirm your Spring 2012 schedule.

Please confirm the accuracy of your schedule via EP>Student>Wesleyan Career>Current Classes & Schedule. 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.

Please indicate whether your schedule is correct or incorrect by 5pm Friday, February 17. The sooner you let us know about problems with your schedule, the sooner your issues can be resolved.

If you fail to confirm your final schedule, you will not be permitted to participate in the planning phase of April 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. Sincerely, Paul H. Turenne, Associate Registrar

COE Internships for Summer and Fall 2012 — Apps due 2/20

The College of the Environment is pleased to announce Summer and Fall 2012 Internship for Wesleyan University Students. All details and the application are posted on the College of the Environment Website ( Please download and complete.

The deadline for applications is due on or before Monday, February 20, 2012, allowing us to announce internship candidates by Friday, March 9th, prior to spring break. Student applications are to be delivered to Ms. Valerie Marinelli, Administrative Assistant, College of the Environment, 284 High Street.

Apply to be a Fall ’12 Orientation Leader — Apps due 2/13

Orientation Leader:
Orientation Leaders work with Resident Advisors to mentor and guide students during both ISO and NSO. Orientation Leaders also help manage events, including welcoming international students at airports, working at residence hall arrival sites, informational forums and social events.

Expectations: Orientation Leaders are expected to return to campus on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. All Orientation staff must attend training sessions on August 23-25, participate fully during both ISO and NSO (August 26-September 2). Any other commitment during this time period must be pre-approved by the Director of Orientation.

Terms and Benefits:
Period of work: August 22-September 2, 2011      Stipend of $200     Free room and board

Application Deadline for OLS: Applications are due by February 13, 2012 by 5:00pm