Prospective PSYC Majors Meeting –2/3 noon-1 p.m.

Interested in the Psychology Major?

Learn more about the Cultural Immersion Experiences – Abroad and Domestic

Feb. 3rd (Tues.), 12:00 -1:00 pm, Judd 116

Prospective Majors bring your questions and concerns.   

Office of International Studies – Gail Winter, Assistant Director

Office of Community Partnerships – Catherine Lechowicz, Director

Psychology Department – Andrea Patalano, Chair

Pizza will be provided!

Helpful info on the major:



MLK Panel–Friday, 3:14 p.m., The Chapel

Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration  —   “We shall overcome:  How far have we come?”

All members of the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community are invited to a panel presentation and discussion to explore various perspectives about the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City to commemorate the life, civil rights and social justice legacy that Dr. King has left. The commemoration will be held in Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel on Friday, January 30, at 3:15 pm. This is a ticketed, free event. Tickets to the event can be secured at the University Box Office.

The event will include music and an audio clip of Dr. King’s baccalaureate address to the Wesleyan community 51 years ago, followed by the panel presentation and discussion.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Antonio Farias, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Officer, and will include the following panelists:

Riché J. Daniel Barnes, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, Smith College

Dreisen Heath ’15, African American Studies and FGSS major, Wesleyan University

Kiese Laymon, Associate Professor of English, Vassar College

Chief Joseph Dooley, President of the CT Police Chiefs Association

The program will be followed by a brief dessert reception. Later in the evening there will be a series of discussions to be held in various locations on campus and a student-coordinated open-mic at 8:00 pm in the West College Cafe.  Details will follow regarding the evening events.

Be an R.A.!! Apps due 2/16 by noon

Interested in becoming an RA for the 2015-16 academic year?    Applications are available now in your student portfolio under the Residential Life box.  Applications are due Friday, February 6, 2015 at 12 Noon, EST.

All applicants are required to attend one of the following information Sessions:

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Information session, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Clark Lounge
Monday, February 2, 2015 Information session, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Usdan 108
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Information session, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Usdan 110

For more information, please visit

Metacognition/Learning Strategies Workshops–Jan. 29 and 30

There are fantastic academic workshops being offered on Wesleyan’s campus next Thursday and Friday. The first is for particular students while the second is open to everyone.

These workshops are designed to help students of all levels and abilities learn effective strategies for improving their academic work and grades. Please RSVP for one or both workshops by emailing

Workshop for Under-represented Minorities, Veterans, and First-generation College Students

Thursday, January 29, 2015       Time:   7:00-8:15 PM

Location:       41 Wyllys, Olson Commons (CRC lobby space)

Audience:      Under Represented Minorities, Veterans, and First-Gen college students

Title:              The Journey to Excellence

Description: Minority students in college often fail to reach their academic potential because of past experiences that have thwarted their motivation and drive to excel.  This interactive inspirational discussion presents the experiences of the speaker along her academic journey, which includes an award presented in the White House Oval Office.  Specific learning strategies are presented, and students are urged to commit to using the strategies to achieve their personal academic and career goals.

Please RSVP for workshop 3 (


Workshop for all undergraduate students

Friday, January 30, 2015          Time:   9:00-11:00 AM

Location:       Exley Science Center, Woodhead Lounge

Audience:      All Undergraduate Students

Title:               Metacognition:  The Key to Acing Courses!

Description:  All students who are admitted to college have the ability to ace their courses.  However, most students did not acquire effective learning strategies in high school, and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This strategy usually yields poor results, with students earning grades much lower than their ability.  This interactive workshop will introduce students to cognitive science based learning strategies that help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning, resulting in A’s in their courses!

Please RSVP for breakfast (served at 8:30) and workshop 4 (

Stress Relief Practicum–App deadline Jan. 28


Stress Relief Practicum

Connect with others who are seeking healthy ways to handle stress.

Learn new skills and tools to manage stress and take care of yourself.  

Wednesdays beginning

February 4th –March 4th from 5-6PM

Meetings will follow an exploratory workshop format and participants will learn and practice different stress relief techniques each week.

Contact Tanya Purdy, MPH MCHES Director of Health Education

for more information or to sign up.

Reference “Stress Relief Practicum” in the subject line.

Sign up by Wednesday, January 28th.

Space is limited and on a first come basis.

Participants will be expected to attend all 5 sessions.

Mindfulness Class (non-credit)–Starting Feb. 16

BPN: Being Present Now.  Mindfulness and Wesleyan

A 6-week course on Mondays, 6:00-8:00 pm, beginning on 1/26/15

During this non-credit 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.

The class will be taught by: Amy Tate, PHD Scott Kessel, Wesleyan ’87 MALS ’92 David Leipziger Teva, Director – Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

There is a limited amount of space in the class. For more information and to apply: or  contact David Lepiziger Teva (


Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award for Sophomores & Juniors–Applications due Feb. 27

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award for Sophomores & Juniors

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.);

  • 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;
  • 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 Dean Marina J. Melendez, North College, 2nd floor, Room 215 by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015.  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 Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dean Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., x.2765,

Previous recipients:

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”




Selection Committee:  Joseph Matthew Brown ’03; Richard Culliton ; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean of Equity & Inclusion; Lily Mandlin, 2009 Recipient & Alumna ’10; Marina Melendez, Class Dean 2018 & Chair; Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.





Grief Support Group–Tuesdays


(Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services)


Meets: Weekly Tuesdays

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Solarium (Room 201)

(2nd fl., Davison Health Center)

Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Please feel free to come and leave when it is convenient for you.

 For more information, please contact: or

New Course: GRST235–Gunter Grass

If you are looking for a literature course, please note a brand-new course on Günter Grass, taught in English.  The course is open to students from all classes.

GRST 235:  Skinning the German Onion:  Günter Grass as Writer, Graphic Artist, Political Activist

Wednesday & Friday, 2:40–4:00 p.m.   Fisk 312

  • Open to members of all classes

• Taught in English

  • Opportunities for students of    German to read some texts in the original

• Taught by Grass’s English-language translator, Prof. Krishna Winston