Winter Coats Available on Fri., Feb. 12

It’s predicted to be a very cold weekend!

Anyone who needs a warm winter coat or supplement to what they have should stop in on Friday, February 12 to see Michelle Myers-Brown  in the Usdan Administration Hall, across from the Computer Store.

If you miss this date, send her an email at or stop in on another day.


Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award for Sophomores, Juniors, and Employees — Materials due March 1

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.  A committee will select the sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice.  The application process is described below. Any sophomore or junior in good standing may submit an essay that addresses the following:

Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you played a leadership role that sought to make our local and global communities more equitable (The effort should have a direct affect on the Wesleyan campus and/or on external communities.);

  1. Explain your level of involvement in the work for example: your role in raising awareness about a particular issue on campus, coordinating events, implementing programming and campaigns in the pursuit of social justice;
  2. In addition to your essay, you must include a letter of support from a faculty or administrator involved in your effort and submit evidence of impact that the social justice effort had on making our society more just by contributing testimonies from individuals (excluding family and friends) directly involved, artifacts from your social justice effort (e.g., past printed programs, presentations, and articles), and/or your work from courses. You may include non-print items, such as DVDs.

You must include at least four copies of the non-print and printed items and drop them off to Antonio Farias, North College, 3rd floor, Room 317 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.  All essays, letters of support and printed items must be in by the deadline.  By submitting your packet, you agree to allow the Office of Equity & Inclusion to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Antonio Farias x4771,

Previous recipients:

2015: Hannah Sokoloff-Rubin class of 2016 &       Work and Leadership in the Wesleyan Doula Project

Claire Wright, class of 2016                        Sexual Assault Prevention & Survivor Support

2014: Hailey Sowden, class of 2015                     Middletown Food Project/Long Lane Farm

2013: Joshua Krugman, class of 2014                  Long Lane Organic Farm

2012: Corey Guilmette, class of 2013                  Wesleyan Committee for Investor  Responsibility

2011: Ali Chaudry, class of 2012                         Pakistan Flood Relief Initiative

2010: Allegra Stout, class of 2012                        Disability Issues

2009: Lily Mandlin, class of 2010                        Facilitator, North End Action Team Teen Dreams Society

2008: Mu Abeledo, class of 2009                         Founder, Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP)

2007: Lashawn Springer, class of 2008                 Program Organizer, “Common Struggle for Freedom & Justice”


2016 Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award. Eligible Wesleyan employees include custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff (i.e. electricians, plumbers). The award is to honor and thank the people whose every day work helps the students at Wesleyan. Nominators may only submit one person for consideration; you are welcome to nominate yourself. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500.

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Employee Recognition Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, who pursued social justice as a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Coalition, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.

To apply, please respond to the following questions in no more than two pages:

1)     What is your (the employee’s) job at Wesleyan? In what ways do you (the employee) engage and interact with Wesleyan students on campus?

2)     In what ways have you (the employee) contributed to student life at Wesleyan? If possible, please give specific examples.

3)     What do you (the employee) find most rewarding about working on campus?

4)     Is there anything else that you would like to tell the committee about yourself (the employee)?

Submit nominations to Antonio Farias at North College, 3rd floor, room 317, call 860.685.4771 or email by 5pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Previous recipients

2015: David Csere       2014: Lucia Valenzuela      2013: David Wright      2012: Jose Rodriguez

2011: Gloria Tobon      2010: Mollie Lane      2009: Ron Bowman & Wendy Norton

Selection Committee for both awards:  Joseph Matthew Brown ’03; Richard Culliton; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Antonio Farias, Chair & Vice President for Equity & Inclusion; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Sara Morgenstern; Mogenstern-Clarren, Family Representative, Bulaong Ramiz; Assistant Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development, Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.

Disability Disclosure in Job Search Process Workshop — Friday at noon

The Career Center and Disability Resources are cosponsoring a workshop on Disability Disclosure in the Job Search Process this Friday, February 12th, at noon in 41 Wyllys, room 114. We will discuss the why, when, what and to whom to disclose your disability in your job search process and examine situations that current Wesleyan students and alum have shared with us. We look forward to a lively, interactive discussion!

Note from Dean Brown


This is a reminder that the drop/add deadline is Wed., Feb. 3 at 11:59 p.m.  Please make sure that your schedule is accurate, including grading mode, and that you are enrolled in 4.00 credits (3.00 credits minimum required).   The grading mode deadline extends for two weeks after drop/add ends.

Also check your Credit Analysis in the academic career bucket of your portfolio to make sure you are on track for graduation with number of semesters in residence and total credits/oversubscription.  In the same portfolio bucket, you will also find your Major Certification form, which you should fill in as much as possible and review with your major advisor.  Both documents are great planning and tracking tools.

Any questions?  Please stop by during drop-in or give my office a call at x2762 to set up a time to meet.  Would love to see you!  Best, Dean Brown


Information Sessions for International Students with an F-1 Visa

Below are programs scheduled by the Office of International Student Affairs and the Wesleyan Career Center to get information to the international student community at Wesleyan about Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT),  internships and employment.

Feb. 11, OPT: Get a Job in the US

Feb. 16, Working After Wes: Options for International Students

Feb. 23, CPT: Internship Search for International Students

March 1, Internships with US Companies

Please contact Janice Watson, Coordinator of International Student Services, with any questions.



Housing Accommodation Requests — Due Feb. 5

**This is a reminder sent to all students about the 16/17 Housing Accommodation  Process** Students requesting a specific housing accommodation due to a disability for 2016/17 must complete a Housing Accommodation Request Form and submit it to Dean Patey, Disability Resources, (North College – Room 021), no later than Friday, February 5, 2016. This includes students who have previously requested and been approved for a housing accommodation in the past.

Housing assignments which are provided as an accommodation are only provided to students with documented disabilities.  Please note that housing accommodations do not include current or potential roommates.  Housing offers may not necessarily be considered class appropriate, or represent your first choice in housing, but will address your needs.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Dean Patey at or 860.685.2332.

Student Forum Course–SISP420: Super Science (and the evolution of the superhero genre)

If you’re interested in learning more about pop culture in America during the 20th century, you should consider taking SISP420: Super Science! (MW 1:10-2:30). The class examines the evolution of the superhero genre and the influence of historical, social and scientific events on some of your favorite heroes. Of particular note is WWII and the effects it had on comic book creators who were primarily first or second generation Jewish immigrants. We will be looking at issues of race, gender, disability, sexuality, and power through the development of superheroes and super villains over time.

Please email for more information.

Thinking About Doing An Honors Thesis?

Thinking about doing an Honors Thesis?

And Then What?

 Come to a panel Q&A with


Marguerite Nguyen (H&A–ENGL)

Suzanne O’Connell (NSM–E&ES), and

Sarah Wiliarty (SBS—GOVT)

and with Kevin Winnie ’16, peer advisor and thesis writer

 Wed., Feb. 3  — 4 p.m. — Usdan 110

Note:  There will be another meeting in April about the logistics of doing an honors thesis.