Wednesday, September 8
Wednesday, September 8
Saturday, September 4
Sunday, September 5
9:00 a.m. WesBAM (Wes Body and Mind) Workouts (Fayerweather Rehearsal Studios)
10:00 a.m. Catholic Student Organization Brunch (Zelnick Pavillion)
10:00 a.m. Throw Culture: Ultimate Frisbee (Foss Hill)
2:30 p.m. Wesleyan Student Assembly Info Session (Usdan 108)
3:00 p.m. Meet the Muslim Student Association (Usdan 110)
3:00 p.m. Wesleyan Christian Fellowship (TBD)
4:30 p.m. Class of 2024 Photo and Welcome from President Roth (behind Olin Library)
6:00 p.m. “Sunday Serenade” A Cappella Concert (Memorial Chapel)
8:00 p.m. Wesleyan Jewish Community S’mores Night (Bayit backyard)
9:15 p.m. Residential Community Meetings
Monday, September 6
12:00 noon Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan (Albritton 022)
Tuesday, September 7
12:30 p.m. Navigating COVID-19 Boundaries (online)
Wednesday, September 8
11:30 a.m. Getting around Middletown 101 (Huss Courtyard)
12:00 noon Health Professions Overview for your First and Second Year
12:00 noon CAPS 101
1:00 p.m Consent@Wes for the Class of 2024 (Usdan 108 and online)
3:30 p.m Student Affairs and Financial Aid Open House (North College 2nd floor)
Thursday, September 9
11:00 a.m. Study Abroad Fair (online)
11:00 a.m. Student Employment Fair (Usdan Tent)
12:00 noon CAPS 101
4:30 p.m. Class of 2024 Welcome Reception with Dean Mike and Dean Phillips (Labyrinth tent)
7:00 p.m. Theater Fall Productions Info Session (Online)
8:00 p.m. Screening: Singing in the Rain (Goldsmith Family Cinema)
Friday, September 10
1:00 p.m. Writing at Wesleyan (Shapiro Center for Writing)
2:00 p.m. IDEAS Lab Open House
2:00 p.m. Student Involvement Fair
4:30 p.m. Introduction to Student Journalism and the Argus
8:00 p.m. Screening: Nomadland (Goldsmith Family Cinema)
Saturday, September 11
8:00 p.m. Screening: Beatriz at Dinner (Goldsmith Family Cinema)
What is be-friend?
BE-FRIEND aims to pair Wes students with each other to connect and share thoughts, ideas, and themselves. It is open to all Wed students regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or ability. We hope to foster connections in the midst of a time characterized by social distancing and disconnect.
How it works:
Interested participants will complete an initial survey designed to help the chaplain’s office pair you with someone based on your preferences, including faith or no-faith tradition, gender identity, race/ethnicity/ethnic identity, and any specific preference you might have.
The program will begin on March 22 and go through the end of April. If the pair of “friends” want to continue to meet, in-person or online, that’s up to them. We will gather safely outside in early May to enjoy a celebratory meal (provided by a local restaurant). For those participating from elsewhere, we will mail a care package to their preferred address. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt.
Here is the link to the survey: https://forms.gle/qE1HTwXpPQJMm9GZ8
You are invited to participate in a two-part series we will be offering to students in the Wes community regarding personal trauma and substance use on campus.
In the first part, Understanding, Validating & Healing From Trauma, Demetrius Colvin (SRC), Jami Carlacio (ORSL), and September Johnson (WesWell) will speak about various forms of trauma they have encountered and the coping mechanisms- both healthy and unhealthy- that they have used to deal with it. In the second part, Coping and Connecting in Crisis: Substance Use and Self-Care During College, the speakers will share their experience as it relates to substance use (in the family and personally) and again, how they found hope by using effective coping skills and seeking help.
The presentation blends storytelling with professional knowledge and aims to reach students through presenters personal accounts of trauma and substance use. The focus ultimately centers on coping, recovery, and resilience, with the message being that life is messy but/and that we can emerge from it whole when we have the right support and resources. We ask that you promote these two events with students, staff, and/or faculty you know who may benefit from it, whether as a trauma sufferer/survivor or as a resource for anyone who might need help. To be clear, we hope to start a campus-wide conversation about the increased intensity of challenges facing college students today as they navigate illness, death, isolation, fear, and insecurity due to the pandemic and to the effects of structural racism.
The presentations will be held on:
Please reach out to us if you have questions or comments, and thank you in advance for spreading the message.
Demetrius Colvin, Jami Carlacio, and September Johnson
First-year students, join the WesWell Interns and Peer Health Advocates for a Zoom Dinner Party on Thursday 10/01 at 7:30 pm. Meet your first-year friends across campus over a shared meal, get to know one another and play some games. We hope to see you all there and look out for next Thursday’s invite to see if your residence hall is invited! Remote students and sophomores living in joint residences are also welcome to join and get to know your first-year peers as well! We look forward to meeting everyone.
Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/y2a7umgh.
Bring your meal to your computer screen and come meet your peers across campus! Thursday, October 1st at 7:30 pm. Any questions please email email@example.com.
CAPS is offering a virtual therapy group on Wednesdays from 5-6pm for female identified students on campus or staying in the state of CT called Understanding Self & Others. This group is focused on relationships and the impact that relationships can have on emotional well-being and mental health.
Wesleyan offers a variety of academic and personal support services for students. With the semester about to begin, you should familiarize yourself with these resources so that you will know where to go when you or someone you know needs to ask for help.
Student Academic Resources
Student Academic Resources (SAR) coordinates programs for intellectual enrichment and academic support. SAR staff members are available to meet with any student individually throughout the year. Staff members can assist students in developing academic skills or connecting with other resources on campus.
Academic Peer Advisors
The APA Program provides students with a well-informed resource about the course registration process and academic resources beginning with New Student Orientation and continuing throughout the year. Peer advisors are juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation (NSO) and throughout the academic year to enhance student access to academic resources.
Deans Peer Tutoring Program
Peer tutors provide supplementary course-content instruction for students who request them. Peer tutoring is provided free of charge; students can receive up to two hours of tutoring each week per course for which they are matched with a tutor. Peer tutors are employed by the University, and paid by the Deans’ Office. Tutor-tutee matches are made as quickly as possible. While students may be referred to use the Deans’ Peer Tutoring Program, tutees are self-identified, and must complete a request for tutoring in order to be matched with a tutor.
The Math Workshop is open Sunday through Thursday from 7-10pm. The staff members on duty are either experienced undergraduates or math graduate students. The staff offers a drop-in tutoring service, available to all members of the Wesleyan community. Staff members provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere while answering questions about mathematics.
The Writing Workshop supports Wesleyan students in all aspects of their academic writing. Writing tutors strive to meet writers where they are in the writing process. That may mean brainstorming a new assignment, reviewing the structure of a draft, tinkering with the details of an essay before it is submitted to an instructor, or mastering important skills. The Writing Workshop supports students with particular writing tasks while also cultivating spaces on campus for students to develop their voice, perspective, and values as writers.
The Resource Center
The Resource Center (RC) seeks to support, empower, and engage students with underrepresented and marginalized identities at Wesleyan University. The center’s areas of focus 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. Whether you want to reserve one of our homey meeting spaces, need help with a personal or organizational issue related to social differences, looking for employment opportunities, have a great program idea, want to promote some of the great work that you are already doing in the community, or just want to know what is happening in the center, please reach out to the Resource Center.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS provides comprehensive short-term mental health services through multidisciplinary integration with Davison Health Center and WesWell. Students who utilize CAPS psychotherapy services may discuss in confidence any worries, distressing feelings, or difficult situations they are currently experiencing. The goal of CAPS is to assist students as they navigate through life’s challenges within the context of a highly rigorous and demanding academic environment.
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
The Chaplains from Wesleyan’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life have been appointed by the University to ensure and promote the spiritual and religious well-being of the campus community. We do this by providing leadership, counseling, and programming that promotes holistic student development and by nurturing many diverse and vibrant religious communities at Wesleyan. The Chaplains are committed to welcoming students of all genders and sexual identities, of all secular and religious traditions, and from all cultural backgrounds. Please feel free to e-mail/call us to schedule a visit or attend one of our programs.
WesWell, the Office of Health Education, is an integral part of Wesleyan University’s Health Services. WesWell understands the impact of student health on academic performance and is committed to providing services that are designed to develop healthy behaviors and prevent health concerns that may interfere with academic and personal success. Health initiatives are evidence-informed, based on Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education and data collected from Wesleyan University students.
The Office of Support, Healing, Activism, and Prevention Education (SHAPE) is dedicated to reimagining a world without interpersonal violence, through supportive resources for those who have experienced harm, trauma-informed, healing-centered prevention education programming and trainings, self-care and wellness workshops, and supporting student activism within the Wesleyan University community. This mission is in service of a larger vision to dismantle intersecting systems of oppression which create conditions for interpersonal violence to occur, and to educate the greater Wesleyan University community about these acts of violence and responding to them in a healing-centered way. This vision is realized through courageous actions of self-reflection, intervention, and empathetic action.
By Makaela Kingsley, director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
When I started college in the fall of 1994, we had the Freshman Fifteen and an all-you-can-eat dining plan (RIP Mocon). Now, there’s the Rule of Seven, cafeterias are thoughtfully called all-you-care-to-eat, and it’s our schedules and resumes that have become overweight.
Author’s note: I’m about to overuse a food metaphor, so you might want to grab a snack.
At Wesleyan, faculty talk to their advisees about “The Rule of Seven.” This time management strategy says college students should have no more than seven commitments at once. That includes classes, sports, leadership roles, volunteer commitments, work study jobs, relationships, hobbies, and anything else that regularly demands a student’s time and attention.
In this age of frenetic resume-building and schedule-cramming, keeping the number to seven is not easy. During the first two weeks at Wesleyan alone, new students attend an academic fair to learn about 1,000 courses offered in 46 departments and an activities fair that boasts 317 groups scrambling to collect email addresses and claim spots in the precious seven. And, all that’s for a campus of fewer than 3,000 students.
So let’s just admit it, most students don’t limit their list to seven. It’s like eating in a cafeteria: there are so many yummy classes (From Tea to Connecticut Rolls: Defining Japanese Culture Through Food!), extra-curricular activities (Food Not Bombs!), and things to do (Pancakes with PSafe!). And really, college is a time for trying new things. It makes sense to diversify before specializing. Seven just doesn’t sound like a big enough number, especially at the intellectual, cultural, activist, and social buffet that is Wesleyan. And therefore, while most students know about the Rule of Seven, few actually adhere to it.
The problem with this slippery slope of overextendedness is that it often leaves students stressed, distracted, and unsatisfied. They engage in too many things to truly benefit from any. They have so many things on their tray that they end up wasting food and getting indigestion!
And worse, they miss out on the learning that happens with a deep dive into a single topic, role, or project. Sure, there are glimpses of this during rigorous courses, varsity sport seasons, and executive roles in student groups, but even those deep dives have end dates, final exams, and long summer breaks.
An exception may be the senior thesis model. By senior year, many students have had their fill of the cafeteria, and they’ve discovered the subjects and roles that sit squarely at the intersection of their talent and passion. By working on a single project for at least one year and simultaneously limiting outside distractions, thesis writers have a deep intellectual and practical experiences. I believe that we can learn from this model and replicate it with other capstone experiences.
Time-management is not just about sleep schedules and to-do lists, it’s about making tough choices, reflecting and adjusting, and knowing when to stop snacking and settle down for a square meal.
Makaela Kingsley is director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. You can read her thoughts on Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Personal Branding on this blog.
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