2017’ers—Good luck with finals!
COOKIES, COFFEE & COCOA
Mon., Dec. 14
Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center
Stop by on your way to SciLi and Olin OR take a break from your studies!
Sponsored by the 2017 Class Council
The 2017 Class Council presents
CLASS OF 2017 STUDY BREAK
COOKIES, COFFEE & COCOA!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
Take a break for homemade sugar cookies and
a cup of coffee or cocoa.
Decorate your own and a few for a friend.
Get there before the cookies are gone!
GET YOUR 2017 WRISTBAND!
2017 WesID required.
2017 Class Council Meeting
Want to organize events for the class? Prep yourself for running for Senior Class Officers?
Come to the 2017 Class Council Meeting
Friday, February 21 4 p.m.
Registrar’s Conference Room, first floor, North College
Wednesday, January 22
11:30 a.m. first to final showing at 9:30 p.m.
Show your 2017 Wes I.D. at the ticket counter
As a special welcome back program, Students Affiars, the 2017 Class Council and the University Center Activities Board (UCAB) have arranged for first-year students to see a free movie (or more!) on January 22. Students need to show their 2017 I.D. at the ticket counter to gain free admission to the movie/s of their choice.
All student ResLife Staff also will be allowed free admission on January 22. Staff members need to show their I.D. so they can be checked off a list that will be provided to Metro Movies.
ENJOY THE SHOW!
MAKE A 2017 FAN BUS!
Click Google Form by 9 a.m. Friday
so that the organizers have an idea of how many people are coming.
AT TRINITY COLLEGE THIS SATURDAY!
BUSES LEAVE AT 11 A.M. FROM USDAN, FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED
POSTERS & FACEPAINTING AT 10:30 A.M., USDAN CAFE
I hope all is going well! Can you believe that on Saturday, September 28, it will be four weeks since orientation began? Time flies, and yet, so much is packed into each day that it seems like ages ago! I hope that you are getting settled into your classes and a rhythm for the semester. If not, let’s talk and strategize.
TUTORING & ACADEMIC SUPPORT
If you are struggling with the material in a course, please meet with the professor AND with the TA for the course. The professor has office hours just for this reason—to meet with you to answer questions! The Math Workshop and the Writing Workshop also offers help for work in math and writing across the disciplines. If, after having tried these and perhaps other resources, you find that you are still struggling, then submit a request for a peer tutor by going to the class blog to get help with course content. You will need to have talked with both your instructor and with me. You also might find that your concern about a course is more related to how to study a particular subject or with reading retention/speed or note-taking, so a peer advisor would be a great connection in this case. If you have questions about any of these things, please do not hesitate to contact me or your faculty advisor.
Email is an official means of communication at the University, so it is imperative that you check your Wesleyan email at least once every day. There is also an email protocol that will help you to better communicate with faculty and staff. Check out Faisal Kirdar’s Sept. 9 blog post at http://peeradvisor.blogs.wesleyan.edu/ for how to email your professor.
Yes, it’s true. All day. Movies. For free. Brought to you by the 2017 Class Council and Metro Movies with a free small drink and popcorn provided by New Student Orientation and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD)/Student Affairs. Be there! 2017’ers only. WES I.D. REQUIRED.
Check out the Class of 2017 blog. Lots of events posted.
If we haven’t met yet, please stop on by and if we have met, let’s meet again! Come in with questions or just to chat, either during drop-in hours, listed below, or by appointment (call x2758 to schedule a time). Look forward to seeing you soon!
Have a great weekend! Best, Dean Brown
Welcome and Orientation:
I hope this note finds you as excited about coming to Wes as we are about your arrival! The orientation interns and Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development have organized a great orientation that will introduce you to Wesleyan’s academic and community expectations and values, and give you the opportunity to connect with other students in the class. You will be meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss your plan of study and course selections, and be able to meet with a peer advisor who can help with questions in preparation for those meetings. The First Year Matters program and its theme of access is thought-provoking, so I hope you have done the readings and will bring an open mind and questions to your seminar and the Common Moment. You should take advantage of everything that the orientation and extended orientation program offers.
Matters of Business:
ASAS & ASRE: If you have NOT submitted your Academic Skills Assessment Survey, please do so to avoid having to do it when you check in at registration. Thanks to all those who have written in; if you submitted the survey already, then you’re all set. Make sure that you also have done your Academic Self-Reflection Essay.
LANGUAGE/MATH PLACEMENT EXAMS: Language and math placement exams are required to move forward with those courses and the latter is required for those interested in ECON110, so make sure you do them, if you have NOT already.
I.D. PHOTO: If you have NOT sent in a photo for your Wes I.D., please upload it immediately to “WesCard Photo” in your portfolio (under Orientation News and Checklist). Also check a meal plan. Otherwise, you will not be able to eat or get into your residential hall. Problem!
I-9: Make sure to bring the appropriate documentation for the I-9 that ALL students need to complete, regardless of whether they plan to work on campus. Appropriate documentation is a 1) valid passport OR 2) social security card & driver’s license OR 3) driver’s license & birth certificate—original documents only.
2017 Class Council: Be the ones to organize for the Class of 2017. The 2013 Class Council brought their class together with, among other things, the sophomore Fallapalooza, an end-of-the-semester junior Cinco de Mayo dinner, the Senior Barbecue with bands, and an annual dodgeball tournament for all the classes that raised $$ for a charity of the council’s choice. Let me know if you’re interested in doing this kind of thing for the 2017’ers.
Community Engagement and Student Activities Fairs: Learn about the different ways to volunteer for community groups in Middletown on Wed., Sept. 11 and the many different WSA student groups on Fri., Sept. 13, and make sure to get involved in at least one activity/group. There are a ton from which to choose. It’s a great way to pursue your interests, meet people, make connections, and hone different skills.
The Connections Program:
Soon you will receive an invitation to join this network that connects you with a faculty or staff mentor and an upper-level student so that you have an “in” to the Wes community and people to help you navigate your way around. Definitely something to check out.
The Class Blog:
While email is the official mode of communication (so check your email daily), I will also communicate with you through the Class of 2017 blog— www.classof2017.blogs.wesleyan.edu . You can also send me announcements about events and I would be happy to post them.
I truly look forward to meeting and working with each one of you over your next four years at Wes. As your class dean, I am here to support your academic success and intellectual development as well as to help you work out situations that get in the way of that success, whether they be academic, personal or social. If I cannot help you directly, I will connect you with someone who can. Wesleyan has an array of resources for this very reason. You are joining a wonderful community and as a member of that community now, you will enhance it by your participation in the classroom, in the labs, in the studios, on the fields, and in the community. There are many interesting and challenging opportunities ahead of you over the next four years, so get ready for a great ride!
Best, Dean Brown