Grief Counseling Resources on Campus

Current Grief Counseling Resources on Campus

 Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) welcomes and encourages students to take advantage of the following services offered:

  • The Grief Support Group:  a student-led group open to any Wesleyan student who is coping with the death of a friend or relative
    • Meets on Wednesdays at 8:30pm in the Solarium (Room 201) in the Davidson Health Center
    • Dr. Laurence Antosz is the clinical resource for the group
    • For more information, contact Hannah Vogel or Leah Koenig
    • Individual appointments:  call (860) 685-3143 to schedule an appointment with one of the CAPS therapists
    • On-call support:  call CAPS at (860) 685-2910
    • Drop-in hours:  Dr. D’Andrea will have drop-in hours from 5-6 p.m. next Monday through Thursday (3/25/13-3/28/13)

 Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) provides emotional and spiritual support and is located on the 2nd floor of 169 High Street (corner of Church and High):

  • Rabbi David Teva, Department Head and Jewish Chaplain  Ext. 2278;; Office hours:  Wed 2:45-4:30
  • Rev. Tracy Mehr-Muska, Protestant Chaplain   Ext. 2277;; Office hours:  Wed 1:30-3:00pm
  • Imam Adeel Zeb, Islamic Chaplain   Ext. 2275;; Office hours:  Wed 1:00-2:30pm

Class Deans provide support to students, facilitate access to academic and non-academic support services, and work with faculty on behalf of students:

Meet the New Muslim Chaplain: Adeel Zeb

I am thrilled to be Wesleyan’s new Muslim Chaplain; I have already begun to fall in love with the campus community. I believe that we are all created as brothers and sisters, and my doors are open to all and not just the Muslim community. I personally feel enriched by seeing our campus community happy, successful, and at peace with their lives. My specialties are: American Islam, Spiritual Counseling, Campus Ministry, and Interfaith Public Relations. Please feel free to email me at I welcome and look forward to meeting students, faculty, and staff in my office or on campus.  

Best, Imam Adeel

Mindfulness Class @ Wesleyan — beginning 10/22; app deadline 10/9

Mindfulness Class @Wesleyan — 5 Mondays starting on 10/22 6:30-8pm

During this 5-week course, students will be introduced to various techniques of mindfulness practice and spiritual awareness, including sitting meditation and yoga.  These modalities are designed to aid in stress and anxiety reduction, and when practiced diligently, may also offer opportunities for greater self-awareness and personal development.  The goal is to give students a spiritual toolbox that is portable, replicable, and sustainable. Students will gain an understanding of the roles these practices can play in leading a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

Referral FormPlease email this form to Rabbi David Teva at  by 10/9/12

Name:                                               Email:                                           Year: 

Name of person making referral (if self referral, write self):

What experiences (if any) have you had with (please specify what types and for how long):

Meditation:          Yoga:        Religious/ Praying communities:        Other spiritual exercises or practices:

 Why do you want to attend this class? 

Is there anything you hope will change in your life as a result of taking this class?



Meet the New Protestant Chaplain: Tracy Mehr-Muska

I am very excited to be Wesleyan’s new Protestant Chaplain and have thoroughly enjoyed becoming part of this amazing community.  As a marine scientist turned clergywoman, I truly value the importance of caring for ourselves and others holistically, considering the physical, mental, and spiritual.  I aspire to be a safe, open, non-judgmental listener who is a chaplain to all, not just the Protestant community.  I personally believe that all people are spiritual, whether or not that spirituality is nurtured by a religious paradigm, so please know you are welcome to connect with me, whether or not you consider yourself “religious.”  I appreciate this sacred opportunity to journey alongside the students at Wesleyan and invite you to come by or stop me on the street to introduce yourselves or to share your stories.  I can’t wait to meet you.

Lecture on Jewish Approaches to Islam 4/19, 4:30 p.m.

A Lecture by Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Princeton University

 Judaism and Islam: Between History and Polemics

 The talk will address Jewish approaches to Islam from a historical and modern perspective.

Elisha Russ-Fishbane received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2009.  His dissertation, Between Politics and Piety: Abraham Maimonides and His Times, is a historical investigation into Egyptian Jewish society in the thirteenth century.   Elisha Russ-Fishbane is now a Tikvah Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University and will be joining Wesleyan’s Religion Department and Jewish and Israel Studies in July.

Thursday, April 19, PAC 004, 4:30 pm

Upcoming Jewish Holidays and Classes

Dear Student,

Hello and Shalom from Wesleyan’s Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Rabbi.

I wanted to wish everyone a meaningful and productive year, and remind students of the university’s policy on class attendance and religious holidays.  Any student who is planning to miss classes during the upcoming Jewish holidays Rosh HaShanah/Yom Kippur, September 28-30, and October 7-8) is expected to speak with her/his professors as soon as possible. 

To see the schedule for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and events, go to /jewish/schedule.html

 Wesleyan’s policy is as follows: “The following information on the observance of religious holidays is provided to alert members of the Wesleyan community to possible scheduling conflicts. Faculty are asked to accommodate students whose religious holiday observance conflicts with paper deadlines or scheduled examinations.  Not all holidays require absence from routine commitments. Questions about the holidays may be directed to the University Chaplains.  Students who have questions about class attendance and assignments should consult with their Class Dean.”

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If I can be of help with your transition to Wes. feel free to stop by my office. You can find me at:  169 High Street (corner of Church St.), Rm. 208, x2278,

 Shanah Tova and Happy Beginnings, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, Director of Spiritual and Religious Life, University Jewish Chaplain,

Conversation about Depression and Suicide — Tonight 7 p.m.

A Conversation About Depression and Suicide in College Students with Coach Black and Professor Flores 

This is an opportunity to learn how to tell if someone you know is struggling and learn how to let a friend know you care.


Tuesday, September 13    7:00 p.m.     Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street [corner of Court and High],   Dessert will be provided.

Co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services, The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Active Minds on Campus