Locked Out of Your Room?

Some handy information in case this happens to you during your first couple of days on campus….  See you soon!

The time and day that you are locked out determines whom you should call or visit. If you are locked out when the thumbnailCA0XTQ0GOffice of Residential Life is open (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), come down to the Lower Level of North College to borrow a key. There is no charge for this service as long as the key is returned by 5 p.m. on the day it is signed out. Between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., please contact the RA on duty who will let you in. The cost is $10 per lock out. At all other times (between 5-8 p.m. and 8-8:30 a.m.), please contact the Office of Public Safety at x2345 and they will let you in, again at a cost of $10 per lock out. For more information about lock changes, refer to the ResLife website at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Policies/lock_change.html

Meet Your Head Resident!

Head Residents (HRs) are student staff who supervise Resident Assistants (RAs) in the residential halls. They are seniors who have been RAs in the past, and so have lots of experience with programming and building community. So go ahead and meet your HR!

Cable TV–optional sign-up by 8/7

thumbnailcab64h0sThrough an agreement with Wesleyan University, students may subscribe with AT&T to provide cable television service to their residential unit.  The U-Verse 100 package costs $49 per month, and additional set-top boxes (to be able to access the cable service in more than one room) cost $7 per month.  Upgraded packages are also available.  Interested students should call 860-685-4499, and leave your name and phone number, and best times to reach you.  A representative from AT&T will call you to obtain the necessary additional information.  If you plan to share the cable service with someone with whom you will be living, only one of you needs to contact AT&T.  If you already gave your name and number to the AT&T representative during room selection, you do not need to call, unless you have not yet heard from them. 

In order to have your cable hooked up prior to your arrival on campus, you must call the number above by August 7.  Requests for service received after that date will be scheduled after students arrive, and you will need to be present for the technician to do the installation. 

For more information, go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/its/resnet/cabletv.html.  Additional questions may be sent to videoservices@wesleyan.edu.

Fire Safety…or What Not to Bring

Throughout the year, Campus Fire Safety and Res Life staff will conduct health and safety inspections in all student residences.  As you begin packing your belongings and prepare to depart for Wesleyan, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  • Candles, incense, used smoking materials and cooking appliances in student rooms are the most commonthumbnailcaj53hej fineable offenses
  • Students should review the list of prohibited items on the fire safety website
  • Campus Fire Safety will confiscate and fine $100 for each prohibited item
  • Campus Fire Safety will notify Public Safety if any weapons or drugs are found during room inspections
  • Campus Fire Safety will notify the Dean’s Office if any alcohol is found in rooms of students presumed to be under 21

Please email firesafety@wesleyan.edu, with any questions.

Waste Not’s Campus Tag Sale


Waste Not! is an EON (Environmental Organizers Network)-sponsored effort run by the Sustainability Interns to reduce unnecessary waste during move-out and encourage items to be recycled from year to year.  At the end of the thumbnailca661rsbspring semester, EON collects unwanted items and then, in the fall, we hold a HUGE tag sale to sell those items back to the community, thereby keeping valuable items out of the landfill and in circulation. Proceeds from the sale will go to local charities and Sustainability at Wesleyan.  We’ll be holding the sale September 5, 6, and 7 from 2-5 p.m. each day at Mocon, the round building between the Nics and Hewitt.  It’s gonna be awesome. 

Check out our website for a complete list of items and price list and other related information:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/eon/wastenot/

If you have any questions regarding the tag sale or sustainability at Wesleyan, feel free to shoot us an email at WESustainability@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you all there!! 

Ali San Roman ’11 & Nora Christiani ’11, Sustainability Interns

To Bring…or Not To Bring

thumbnailcaby1u5cIf you are looking for guidance on what items to bring with you to campus besides your clothes, toothbrush and computer, check out the links below for suggestions. Naturally, you may pack items we have not listed here due to your unique, personal needs. You also may want to check with your roommate to see what items can be shared. Pay close attention to the “prohibited items” list; possession of these items in your room can result in fines and confiscation of the item.

ResLife: Meet the Area Coordinators!

 Jonathan Connary — Clark, Fauver & West College

jon1Jonathan Connary joined the Wesleyan University Office of Residential Life team in the fall of 2007.  He is the Area Coordinator (AC) responsible for Clark Hall, Fauver Residence Hall, and West College.  Jon holds a Master of Education degree from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New England.  Students will often see Jon in the halls of Clark Hall, where he lives with his partner.  He enjoys traveling when he can and is a fan of HBO’s “True Blood.”  His best advice for first year students is to “take advantage of all the campus has to offer.”  Jon is always interested in getting to know the students in his area, so feel free to stop by his office in the basement of North College and say hello!

Sharise Brown — Butterfields, 200 Church & 156 High Street

Sharise Brown is the AC for the Butterfields, 200 Church and 156 High Street.  Originally from the Washington D.C. sharise_brownarea, Sharise completed her undergraduate degree in Communications at Simmons College in Boston.   Prior to coming to Wesleyan, she worked in student services at both Smith College and Penn State University.  Sharise has been a member of the Wesleyan ResLife team since August 2005.  She also is the proud mom of Christian, C.J. and Shalaya.  They live here on campus so don’t be surprised to see them at various events.   Sharise’s words of wisdom for new students:  “Try to be open-minded and respectful of yourself and others!  College is a place of education, compromise and communication.  Make sure you master all aspects throughout your time here.  We are all looking forward to helping you every step of the way!”   Visit Sharise in her office off the Butterfield A lounge.

Alex Cabal — Nicolson and Hewitt Halls

alex_jpgAlex Cabal joined the Wesleyan University Office of Residential Life team in August 2007 and is about to start his third year at Wesleyan.  Alex is the AC for Nicolson and Hewitt Halls, as well as some of our program housing communities.  He finished his graduate studies at Springfield College and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford.  Alex is a fan of the arts and has spent several summers working with the Center for Creative Youth, a summer pre-college program that offers talented high school students five weeks of intensive study in the arts here at Wesleyan. His words of wisdom for all students: “You always have choices.  It’s important to understand the consequences of them.” Students will often see Alex perusing the halls, and talking to residents. Always up for a good conversation, feel free to stop him in the halls or visit his office on the ground floor of Hewitt 8.

Roommates: Thriving Together

When you arrive on campus, your RA will give you and your roommate(s) Thriving Together, a workbook to help you determine ground rules for your room.   During the first week or two of the semester, set some quiet time aside thumbnailcajzm6xkwith your roommate(s) to go through the workbook together.  Establishing guidelines early in the semester and resolving the issues in the Roommates’ Agreement Form will help prevent minor problems from escalating into major problems later in the year. If you need assistance completing the agreement, ask your Resident Advisor for help. RAs are trained in conflict mediation and can offer an impartial perspective. Whether you are already best of friends or just cordial acquaintances, a healthy roommate relationship requires open communication, compromise and respect.

What’s an RA?

A Resident Advisor (commonly shortened to “RA“) is an integral member of the Residential Life staff.  RAs are trained student leaders charged with managing a residential community.   They live in their community and are expected to provide personal and social support for their residents.  RAs undergo intensive training to ensure that they can effectively address community issues, be a resource for their residents, and respond in crisis situations.  RAs rotate being “on duty” every night from 8 p.m. to 7five-ras a.m. to provide assistance to students in their area, ensure policies are being observed, address maintenance issues, and perform lock-outs.  RAs plan several programs throughout the semester to help students get to know one another, learn more about the campus, or just explore a new idea.

You will meet your RA on Arrival Day.  Be sure to attend your floor meeting that night where you will receive much more information about Orientation, campus resources, and the ResLife staff.   Take time to get to know your RA and the other RAs in your building.  They all have been students for at least one year at Wesleyan and are on campus to help you!

Quiz:   What famous persons were RAs at NYU, U-VA, U-Pittsburgh, Wellesley, SUNY-Purchase, and U-MO?  Actor Jerry O’Connell, broadcaster Katie Couric, coach Mike Dikta, Sec. of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, actor Wesley Snipes, and musician Sheryl Crow, respectively.

Housing Preference and Placement Information

Student housing at Wesleyan is designed so that first-year students live together in residence halls near the center of campus.  As they move through their years at Wesleyan, students have an opportunity to choose an increasingly more independent living option from residence hall doubles to singles to program houses, and eventually apartments or senior houses.  All of these options are within a 5-10 minute walk from the center of campus.  Residential facilities vary by size, room type, and ratio of first-year to upper-class students.  Smoking is not permitted in any of the student residences at Wesleyan.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to login to the Residential Life online housing preference form so that you can indicate your level interest in the various housing options that Wesleyan offers to first-year students.  In addition to indicating your preference for living in a single, double, or triple room, the form seeks your input regarding a variety of community-based living opportunities.   Your housing preferences must be entered into the system by 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2009.  Until the deadline you may login to the system as often as you like and make as many changes as you need to make.  No changes may be made after the deadline, however, so that the Office of Residence Life can begin the process of making actual housing placements.

On July 22, you will be able to find out about your housing placement and roommate assignment by logging in to your e-portfolio.  In the meantime, you are encouraged to check out the suggested packing list of things that you may want to consider bringing to Wes.  It is also important that you consult Physical Plant’s housing guidelines and fines that have been developed to maintain the safety and integrity of Wesleyan residential facilities.  Any questions you may have should be directed to the Office of Residential Life at reslife@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.3550.