Orientation Events: Thursday

8­-10:30 A.M.
BREAKFAST
Usdan Marketplace

8 A.M.­-5 P.M.
MEDICAL SCREENING FOR FALL ATHLETES
Freeman Athletic Center
Fall athletes should see the athletic trainer in the Athletic Injury Care Room on the lower level of Freeman for a brief medical screening.

8:30 A.M.-­12:30 P.M.
PEER ADVISING
Residence Hall Lounges
Peer advisors will be available to help you prepare for your first one-on-one meeting with your faculty advisor.

9­-10 A.M.
MONEY MATTERS
Science Center 150
This program covers the following topics:

  • Your student account bill and charge privileges
  • Student employment opportunities for work-study and non-work-study students
  • Direct deposit
  • Money management

This session is mandatory for students receiving financial aid.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE PLACEMENT
PAC 107
The placement test in Japanese (two hours in length) is offered during this final testing session.

9 A.M.­-4 P.M.
ADVISOR APPOINTMENTS (MANDATORY)
Your faculty advisor’s office
Meet with your advisor to review your reservations from the summer and, with your advisor’s approval, submit a ranked list of additional course choices. Times will be arranged during your group meeting. Courses will be assigned on Thursday evening.

10­-11 A.M.
LIBRARY TOUR
Olin Library
Come learn about the array of research materials and assistance, technical support services, and software classes available to students through Wesleyan’s libraries and ITS. This program is designed for all students new to Wesleyan.

11 A.M.­-NOON
LIFE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM AT WES
Usdan 108
Curious about life at Wesleyan outside the classroom? Want to know how to get involved in co-curricular activities? Feeling perplexed about how to make friends and navigate the social scene? Get your questions answered and hear advice from students who have lived through it. Deans and other staff members will also share resources that can help you thrive in Wesleyan’s unique social and cultural environment. All are welcome to participate in this informal conversation.

11 A.M.­-12:30 P.M.
STUDENT OF COLOR BRUNCH
Usdan Daniel Family Commons
This session develops a community for new students who identify with the complexities and multiple meanings of the concept of Student of Color and with the complicated transition to the Wesleyan environment. The brief program led by upperclass students will introduce you to how Wesleyan talks about social justice and race, provide information about resources, and engage you in fun activities to get to know your new classmates. We encourage you to also attend to the Alumni of Color dinner to hear more about life at Wesleyan from AOC and upperclass students.

11 A.M.­-2 P.M.
LUNCH
Usdan Marketplace

1­2 P.M. (CHOOSE ONE)
WSA AND STUDENT GROUP INFORMATION SESSION
Usdan 110
What is the Wesleyan Student Assembly(WSA)? What student groups exist at Wesleyan? How are new groups started? And, most importantly, how can you get involved? Join representatives from the Wesleyan Student Assembly for a fun and informative session about the assembly and the many student groups here at Wesleyan.

CRC 101: OPPORTUNITY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Butterfield A (CRC Library)
It’s not too early to start thinking about next summer. Some of the best internships and summer jobs have early deadlines. Come to this quick introduction to the Career Resource Center and learn how to access their internship and job database online. They’ll also show you how you can set up your own online profile. Get a jump start on your future today.

1­-4 P.M.
TRANSFER, EXCHANGE, AND VISITING STUDENTS: INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS WITH YOUR DEAN
Deans’ Offices, North College, second floor
Juniors: Meet with Dean Melendez about advising questions and to review your course selections for Preregistration.
Sophomores: Meet with Dean Garrett about advising questions and with your faculty advisor for course selection advising and approval.
Exchange and Visiting Students: Make an appointment with Dean Melendez to discuss your course selections.

2­-3 P.M.
LIBRARY TOUR
Olin Library
Come learn about the array of research materials and assistance, technical support services, and software classes available to students through Wesleyan’s libraries and ITS. This program is designed for all students new to Wesleyan.

MIDDLETOWN 101
Suzy Taraba: Archives and Activism: A Historical Look at Wesleyan/Middletown Relations University Archivist and Head of Special Collections
PAC 002
This talk focuses on the story of Amos Beman, a Middletown citizen of color, and his quest for a Wesleyan education in the 1830s. Through this and other examples, we will learn how Wesleyan’s history, as told through the preservation of archival materials, informs the present.

MIDDLETOWN 101: TALKS BY FACULTY
Suzanne O’Connell: Exploring Middletown through Service-Learning Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences Department
PAC 001
In service-learning courses the expectation is that course information will be directly related to the service. This means that the opportunity to do service enhances the course material and creates a richer learning environment; this talk will explore these offerings at Wesleyan.

WSA AND STUDENT GROUP INFORMATION SESSION
Usdan 110
What is the Wesleyan Student Assembly(WSA)? What student groups exist at Wesleyan? How are new groups started? And, most importantly, how can you get involved? Join representatives from the Wesleyan Student Assembly for a fun and informative session about the assembly and the many student groups here at Wesleyan.

3­-4 P.M. (CHOOSE ONE)
HOW TO BE A STAR STUDENT
Usdan 108
The SARN Peer Advisors invite you to “learn from our mistakes for your success!” Learning at Wesleyan is more than likely to be challenging compared to your previous school for a variety of reasons. Come listen to a panel of students who have learned how to be star students. The Peer Advisors know how to successful students at Wesleyan study. They will teach you how to build onto your existing academic skills, stay on track, and develop structure in your week with time management skills.

QUEER STUDENT RECEPTION
Downey House Lounge
Come meet members of the queer community and allies for an introduction to the many resources designed to make your queer experience at Wesleyan a successful and positive one.

4­-5:30 P.M. (CHOOSE ONE)
FYM FACULTY LECTURES
Changing the Moral Climate Elise Springer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
PAC 002

Global problems raise new challenges for ideas about moral responsibility. Many call for a stricter “green conscience” that considers our effects on remote people and systems. Yet ecological thinking also dissolves familiar ideas of individual interests and individual morality. In this session, Professor Springer considers how we move beyond guilt and blame towards a more radical understanding of interdependence.

Climate Policy and Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Gary Yohe, Professor of Economics, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics
PAC 001

In November of 2007, 160 countries at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change unanimously consented that active response to climate change involves variations of risk management. When we turn to consider this conclusion’s implications for framing climate policy over the next decade and beyond, care will be taken to show how the social sciences offer insight into the warnings of natural scientists.

Decision Time: A Scientist and a Humanist Discuss Energy Scarcity and Global Climate Change
Brian Stewart, Associate Professor of Physics
Krishna Winston, Professor of German Studies
Woodhead Lounge

Brian Stewart, Associate Professor of Physics, specializes in molecular physics. Krishna Winston, Professor of German Studies, specializes in modern German literature and literary translation. They will discuss threats to the environment, the implications for the survival of the human race, and ways their disciplines can contribute to taking effective action.

Social Knowledge and Climate Change
Paul Erickson, Assistant Professor of History
Shanklin 107

In the past 50 years scientists have learned an enormous amount about how the earth is likely to respond to increased greenhouse gas concentrations. Over the same period, interpretive social scientists have learned much about identifying environmental problems, scientific consensus, the policy process, and the social impacts of new technologies. This talk explores the intersection of these two bodies of research by reexamining some classic moments from the past and present of the global climate change debate.

4­-6 P.M.
FALL TEAM PRACTICES
Fields and Gymnasiums
Fall athletes, this will be your first permissible practice of the season.

5­-8 P.M.
DINNER
Usdan Marketplace

7­-8:30 P.M.
FYM COMMON READING DISCUSSIONS
Residence Halls
All new students gather with your assigned Residence Hall groups and participate in a voicing of opinions surrounding the Feet to the Fire topics of discussion. These conversations will bring together members of the Wesleyan community around issues of climate change, and completion of the opinion polls will be incorporated in tomorrow night’s Feet to the Fire Common Moment.

8:30­-10 P.M.
RESIDENCE HALL MEETINGS

10:30 P.M.­-MIDNIGHT
HUMOROUS HYPNOTIST
Crowell Concert Hall
Come and be amazed at what Dan LaRosa, The Humorous Hypnotist, can make you and your hallmates do. If you dare to volunteer, be ready for anything during this entertaining exhibition of the power of the mind. Are you feeling sleepy?

10 P.M.­-MIDNIGHT
KARAOKE
Usdan Café
As if the Hypnotist weren’t enough embarrassment for one night — you can add karaoke to the list! Come smile, be silly, and sing your heart out in the Café. Bring your friends or come make some new ones!