Get Involved! WSA Positions Open!

Dear students,

There are a number of positions open with the Wesleyan Student Assembly for which we would like to offer you the opportunity to apply. There are currently four (4) open positions for full voting membership on the Assembly, as well additional positions with two subcommittees of the Assembly. These positions are as follows:

Three (3) positions for membership on the Student Budget Committee.  These positions include full voting membership on the WSA.

The WSA’s Student Budget Committee (SBC) consists of 7 members. Every week, the SBC meets with and allocates funds to university-thumbnailCAL962EXrecognized student groups. The SBC strives to improve and maintain a high-quality extracurricular environment at Wesleyan by assisting student groups and handling questions regarding the allocations process. Members of the SBC work closely with WSA administrators and Student Activities staff to oversee the successful completion of events that occur in the Wesleyan community. Each Monday at 6:30, student groups come before the SBC and plead their case for funding. The SBC reviews each case and then grants funding. It’s not a position requiring either math or numbers skills. The committee has a great time, and gets to help make the campus environment more exciting.

One (1) position for membership on the Student Affairs Committee.  This position includes full voting membership on the WSA.

The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is composed of one chair and six members who together oversee and make recommendations on university student life issues. Members get to work on a range of issues and form relationships with key administrators and student leaders in residential life, judicial policy, fire safety, public safety, alcohol and other drugs, student health, and overall campus climate. One of the most versatile WSA committees including over seven subcommittees, SAC plays a key hands-on role in crafting administrative policy and advocating for student interests in major school decisions.

Five (5) positions available on the Committee for Inclusion and Diversity.
The Committee for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) aims to increase productive dialogue within the student body about issues of diversity and inclusion as well as to take action to cultivate a Wesleyan community that is more inclusive to all students, regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, disability, etc. It will focus on bringing together the campus as a whole and promote inclusion through diversity throughout campus through discussion, administrative outreach, and campaigns designed to make individual constituency groups feel more included in the broader campus dialogue. CID had a successful start last year, and looks to expand collaboration with student groups and other members of our community.

Four (4) positions available on the Middletown Relations Committee.

On both individual and community levels, MidWes aims to promote meaningful interactions between Middletown and Wesleyan through a long-lasting, student-based institutional body. Since its founding, the committee has met with numerous members of university and Middletown leadership to discuss, initiate and incentivize more interactions between members of both town and university so as to strengthen ties between both communities. In particular, the subcommittee believes a stronger relationship between Wesleyan and Middletown can be achieved primarily through increasing / facilitating personal and ongoing interactions between members of the university and the town. Furthermore, the committee strongly believes that such efforts must be done in a collaborative and, more importantly, a mutually beneficial manner. Lastly, these efforts must be done with an understanding of the history and present situation of Wesleyan-Middletown relationships.


Please submit a 300 word statement of interest to Please be sure to include your name, class year, and the position for which you are applying. If you wish to apply for multiple positions, please submit separate statements. The deadline is Sunday, September 29th, at noon.

If you are applying for the Student Budget Committee or Student Affairs Committee seats, please also obtain a brief letter of recommendation from a Wesleyan student. The student should submit their letter of recommendation separately, and should be sure to include their own name and class year as well as that of the recommendee.

The best candidates will be contacted for an interview. All candidates will receive receipt of their application and a notice of their status by Thursday, October 3rd.

Please direct any questions to I look forward to your applications.

Thank you,  Andrew Trexler, Vice President of the Student Body, Wesleyan Student Assembly

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Beman Triangle Dig — 9/28 & 9/29, between 1-4:30 p.m.

Students from ANTH326 “Middletown Materials:  Archeological Analysis” will be excavating at the Beman Triangle this coming archeological dig toolsweekend. For those not aware of the history of the site, this was home to a planned African American community, with close ties to the AME Zion Church, from the 1840s through to the late nineteenth century. We have been excavating behind two houses and have been finding a range of exciting materials relating to everyday life from the 1860s through to the early twentieth century, particularly pharmaceutical related artifacts.

If you are interested, we will be happy to introduce visitors to the site any time between 1pm and 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. You will be able to find us behind 21 Vine Street; the excavations are fairly obvious.

If you’re interested in doing more than just watching and would like to get your hands dirty, let me know. We have opportunities for volunteers to participate in the project. Please also feel free to circulate this information; we are open to the public, and welcome visitors from outside Wesleyan.

It looks to be perfect weather for being outside and checking out some history.

Professor Sarah Croucher, Anthropology

Note from Dean Brown: Tutoring, Email & Free Movies at Metro 12!


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.


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 thumbnailCAJJE2RNoffice 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 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

Preventing Gun Violence Conference — Sat., Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Preventing Gun Violence:  On Saturday, Sept 28, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Wesleyan Association of Christian Thinkers (WACT), and CT Against Gun Violence are hosting a conference in Exley from 8:30am-2:00pm to discuss ways we can help reduce gun violence.  Governor Malloy, Middletown’s mayor, Senator Blumenthal, U.S. Representative Himes, and others are scheduled attend.  The event is free for students, but registration is required.  Sponsors include Wesleyan Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Wesleyan Center for Community Partnerships, Wesleyan College of Social Studies, DKE, Psi U, Womanist House, Wes Democrats, Buddhist House, Turath House, 200 Church, Wellness House, and various departments from Trinity College.  Click here to register:

Middletown Potluck Supper — Sunday, Sept. 29, 5:30-8 p.m.

This Sunday,  Middletown Potluck  (a Wesleyan student group) is facilitating a communal meal and conversation between the Wesleyan community and greater Middletown. We would love your participation and support!

 MiddletownPotluck (2)Please join us at Green Street Art Center
(51 Green St, Middletown) 

 This Sunday from 5:30 until 8:00 

We have invited Middletown residents, a Wesleyan professor, and a Wesleyan student to share stories relating to Middletown.  We will be providing delicious food!   Bring a dish to share if you like. 🙂



Readings by new creative writing faculty Salvatore Scibona and Tonya Foster — Tonight, 8 p.m.

Please join us for a reading by new creative writing faculty:



 Wednesday, September 25th at 8 pm

Russell House  350 High Street

 Salvatore Scibona’s first novel, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library.  His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and he was among The New Yorker‘s list of “20 Under 40” writers to watch. He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is a Visiting Writer in Wesleyan’s English Department.

Tonya Foster‘s collection of poetry, A Swarm of Bees in High Court, is coming out this fall from Belladonna/Futurepoem Books. She is also co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing Through Visual Art. The recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, she is an associate at the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College and a Visiting Writer in Wesleyan’s English Department.

 Reception and book signing to follow the reading.

For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit


Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group — Sign up deadline extended to Mon., 9/30

sexual assault survivors workshop



Connect with other survivors of sexual assault.

Learn new skills and tools to move forward in your healing.

Tuesdays beginning October 8th –December 3rd from 5:45PM-7PM

(location disclosed to group members)

Meetings will follow an open support group format and participants determine group topics each week.

Contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator, for more information. Reference “Support Group” in the subject line.

Sign up by Monday, September 30th.


Lecture: “Wildlands, Woodlands, and Farmlands,” Wed., 9/25 7 p.m.

“Wildlands, Woodlands, and Farmlands:

The Past and Future of New England Forests and Farming”

               Brian Donahue                                                                            

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 7pm – PAC 001

Brian Donahue.jpg Brian Donahue is Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies on the Jack Meyerhoff Fund at Brandeis University, and Environmental Historian at Harvard Forest.  He teaches courses on environmental issues, environmental history, and sustainable farming and forestry, and chairs the Environmental Studies Program.

Donahue holds a BA, MA, and PhD from the Brandeis program in the History of American Civilization.  He co-founded and for 12 years directed Land’s Sake, a non-profit community farm in Weston, Massachusetts, and serves today on the Weston Conservation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.  For three years he was Director of Education at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.  He sits on several other boards including the Thoreau Farm Trust and The Land Institute.

Donahue is author of Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town (Yale University Press, 1999), which was awarded the book prize from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.  He also wrote The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (Yale Press, 2004), which won book prizes from the New England Historical Association, the Agricultural History Society, and the American Society for Environmental History.  His latest publication is American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture and the Land (Yale Press, 2011), an anthology co-edited with Edwin Hagenstein and Sara Gregg.

For more information, please contact Valerie Marinelli, 860-685-3733 or

This lecture is sponsored by Wesleyan University’s Baldwin University Lectures, The Mellon Fund for Lectures in Ethics, Politics and Social Issues, The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, College of the Environment, Science in Society Program, Center for the Americas and History Department