The Writing Workshop is accepting applications for the writing mentor program until Wednesday, 2/2/22 at noon. This program is exceptionally beneficial for students with writing heavy course loads as well as students who have not been able to spend time developing their confidence and skills as writers.
For more information, visit the Writing Mentor Program website here.
It has been great seeing so many of you on campus. I hope you have enjoyed your first few class sessions. Sharing with you some information that may be useful as you navigate the beginning of the semester:
WSA Text Exchange: The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) has partnered with other colleges to help students purchase textbooks at a discounted rate. For more information, check out the website here.
Drop/Add Deadline is Wed 2/9. There are many resources to assist you with drop/add including but not limited to:
CSS Info Session 2/1: For more information, visit my blog post here.
Enrollment Holds: If you have not already, please be sure to officially enroll for the semester. To do this, visit WesPortal. Click on the “Enroll in the University & Clear Action Items” alert box. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the red “Enroll Me” button. You may find other holds here as well – be sure to clear those holds by following the directions listed in the description of the hold.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Schedule an appt with me here or stop by my office in North College 202 for my daily office hours listed below:
How have Middle Eastern intellectuals conceived and discussed modernity? We will use this question to analyze the variety in the history of thought in Middle Eastern societies in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Modernization, formation of the modern state and issues of nationalism, imperialism and colonialism, main intellectual questions of the time, will form the framework as we analyze their political, social, and cultural impact on the production of knowledge in the Ottoman and post-Ottoman lands. As such it is NOT a history of the Middle East but rather a history of mentalities, organized around four thematic/chronological modules (Reform, Modern State and Constitutionalism/Panislamism, Nationalisms and Colonialisms) each representing a set of concepts, ideas, and movements as well as facts and problems, all of which will be compared to the larger world of modern state formation both in thought and practice. The principal aim is to familiarize students with the processes of modernization in the making of the modern Middle East.
Need some assistance navigating drop/add? The Academic Peer Advisors are here to help! Scan the UR code in the flyer below to schedule a virtual appointment with a peer advisor today. Questions? Email email@example.com.
We are located at 167 High Street (on the corner of Church and High Street across from 200 Church and Star and Crescent). The Resource Center (RC) was created to support, empower, and engage students with underrepresented identities at Wesleyan University.
The areas of focus for the center include promoting dialogue and coalition building around the intersections of race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, sexuality, sustainability, spirituality, and social and political activism. We have homey study spaces, an awesome computer lab with free printing, the best kitchen and pantry on campus with free coffee, tea, and ramen, and a dynamic group of student leaders who make the RC operate, live, and breathe- so please stop by and be part of the community!
As you prepare to return for the spring semester, please remember to upload your pre-arrival COVID test in your WesPortal, whether you test positive or negative.
If you test positive, you should isolate at home for up to 10 days from your test date/symptom onset prior to returning to campus. You can return as soon as five days after a positive test if you take a rapid antigen test with a negative result.
If you test negative, you can arrive at Wesleyan as planned. Every student should be tested again at Beckham Hall within 24 hours of your arrival. Please also remember to wear N95 or KN95 type masks while we repopulate campus. While KN95 masks are becoming readily available free of charge through local pharmacies, Wesleyan will have packages of 10 masks for sale for $10 through the Cardinal Tech store. We will have a limited supply available at the testing site for students who need them.
Please keep an eye on the weather as travel plans may be impacted by winter weather on Friday night and Saturday. We look forward to your return and thank you in advance for your cooperation to keep the community safe!
U.S. based university students interested in sports diplomacy (the connection between sports, international exchange, development, and intercultural connection) are eligible to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Visitor Alumni Mentorship Program. This program connects students with non-professional youth athletes, coaches, or sports administrators who are alumni of international exchange programs (more about those programs here: www.sportsvisitorenvoy.org) for a semester or mentorship.
Students who are interested in sports and international or intercultural exchange and want to explore this opportunity, need only send an initial expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org including the subject line “Sports Visitor Mentorship” as the title line of their email by January 28.
For those interested to read more, this flyer describes the program in more detail.
I hope you are excited to resume classes this week!
As a reminder, courses will be held virtually on Thursday 1/27 and Friday 1/28. In person classes will resume Monday 1/31.
A few items to consider as you return:
Covid Protocols: Very clear covid protocols have been shared with the community through webinars and emails. If you have questions about the latest COVID protocols, including what you need to do to return to campus and what you need to do when you are back on campus, please visit the Keep Wes Safe website here.
Campus Dining: Campus Dining issued a student email last week with information on dining hours from now through the spring semester. Please visit the Campus Dining website to learn more.
Olin Library – the Olin Library will be closed on Friday 1/28 for maintenance. If you have physical reserves you need to access for Friday classes, be sure to visit the library before they close on Thursday, 1/27. Olin staff will assist the Wes community remotely on Friday 1/28. Visit the Olin website for contact information.
College of Social Studies (CSS): CSS will hold a major info session on Tuesday 2/1 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. If you are interested in the CSS major, please be sure to attend the info session. You can find more info about this info session on my blog here.
I look forward to working with you this semester. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out and make an appt here: calendly.com/deankellydunn.
Campus dining recently sent an email to all students detailing the dining protocols and schedule for the spring 2022 semester. Be sure to review this email and visit the dining website for more information.
The CSS tutors and students invite you to a CSS Info Session via Zoom on Tuesday, February 1, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Several of the CSS tutors and current students will speak at this session. This meeting will afford you an opportunity to ask questions about the CSS to the tutors and current students.
The College of Social Studies (CSS) is a rigorous, multidisciplinary major consisting of four subject areas: History, Government, Political and Social Theory, and Economics. Founded in 1959, the CSS is reading and writing intensive program that facilitates intellectual development based on weekly essays, small group tutorials, and a vibrant intellectual environment outside the classroom.
If you are interested in this Info Session, please contact Martha Crebbin at email@example.com for the zoom link.