Category Archives: Wes Off-Campus

Kindergarten Kickstart Info Session

An invitation from the amazing Stephanie Blumenstock ’16:

Interested in teaching preschool this summer? Come to an info session for Kindergarten Kickstart! Kindergarten Kickstart is an innovative five-week, full-day summer pre-K program for children who could use extra preschool experience before beginning kindergarten at Middletown elementary schools. The program, a partnership between Wesleyan, Middletown Public Schools, and the North End Action Team, is developed and taught by Wesleyan students in collaboration with Prof. Shusterman in Psychology.
The info session will be held Thursday, December 10th at 12:00 PM in Judd 113. Information about the program and application process will be provided. Pizza will be served!

Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Place: Judd Hall, rm. 113

16th Annual Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry Retreat

From Katie Kaus GRAD:

On Thursday, October 22nd the 16th Annual Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry retreat will be held at Wadsworth Mansion (421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457). The retreat is hosted by Wesleyan University’s Molecular Biophysics Program, as well as the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Chemistry Departments, and features several seminar talks given by Wesleyan Alumni and Facutly, as well as a poster session highlighting research being done by both graduate and undergraduate students in fields related to biophysics and biochemistry.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Kuriyan, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Principal Investigator and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kuriyan’s research investigates the molecular structures and mechanisms of enzymes and molecular switches involved in cellular signal transduction.

The retreat will begin at 10:00am, with the main poster session at 2:15pm and the Keynote Lecture at 4:15pm.

The retreat is open to all members of the Wesleyan Community. Please join us for the full day of the retreat, or just a portion of it!

Link: http://www.wesleyan.edu/molbiophys/retreat.html

Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Place: Wadsworth Mansion (421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457)

Weekend Fun @The Buttonwood Tree

buttonwood treeAre you an artsy person? Do you know about the Buttonwood Tree? Whether you answered yes or no, read on:

Unsatisfied with Wesleyan’s weekend nightlife? Want to organize a new event and you need a cool space to do it in? The Buttonwood Tree has what you’re looking for!

The Buttonwood Tree is a non-profit performing arts center located on Main Street (right next to It’s Only Natural). We have a performance space as well as a bookstore, art gallery, and concession stand.

We are looking for students to create Friday and/or Saturday night events that run from 11pm-2am. You could book the space for your band, coordinate an open mic, poetry readings, debates, studying?!? host a dance party, almost anything you want!

Send your ideas and/or questions in an email to thebuttonwoodtree[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject “Wesleyan space rental.” You can also learn more about us on our Facebook page. Can’t wait to hear from you!

There is no start date or end date! Do cool things off campus!

WesAGE Interest Meeting

Old woman and teen girl playing scrabble

Rachel Earnhardt ’17 writes in:

WesAGE (Wesleyan Alliance for Generational Exchange) aims tofacilitate mutually beneficial relationships between Wesleyan studentsand the elderly members of the Middletown community through a networkof outreach programs. Members have the opportunity to engage in weeklygroup social hours (which often involve playing Scrabble and Bingo orsocializing with wiser souls) at One MacDonough Senior Center on MainStreet or individual visits with their own elderly companion.If you are interested in learning more, please join us for an interest meeting this Monday. Candy provided.

Date: Monday, September 14th
Time: 4:45 PM- 5:20 PM
Place: Albritton 103

The Center for Prison Education is Seeking Tutors

The Center for Prison Education, Wesleyan’s college-in-prison program, is looking for tutors, including math tutors, who can assist with high school level material to work in the prisons with our incarcerated students. In addition, we are looking for those who can work on campus, helping to find research materials for our students, among other tasks. If you’re interested in volunteering this semester or would like more information, please e-mail Coady Johnson ’15 at cpefellow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Also, check out this short documentary about the program, directed by Cara Tratner ’12 and Becky Gillig ’12.

Tour of the “Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions” Exhibition and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing-Master: The Smaller Plate, ca. 1653 (Hind) or ca. 1658 (Boon and White). Etching; 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907; 1925.136.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing-Master: The Smaller Plate, ca. 1653 (Hind) or ca. 1658 (Boon and White). Etching; 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907; 1925.136.

This one from the CFA is pricey and not on campus but hey, it’s fucking Rembrandt:

Tour the Columbia University exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions with curator Robert Fucci ’92, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Ticket price includes lunch. Space limited. Transportation not included. Reservations required; call the Wesleyan University Box Office at (860) 685-3355.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 12
Time: 11 AM
Place: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Cost: $65 general public; $55 for the Friends of the Davison Art Center

Here’s a link to the CFA page about the tour.

LAUGH TRACK @ FringeNYC

laugh trackFrom Margaret Curtis ’14:

Sarah Esocoff ’15 and Keelin Ryan ’14 wrote and produced their comedy “Laugh Track” at Wesleyan the spring of 2014. They are now pulling a Lin-Manuel Miranda and bringing the show to NYC! The show stars Beanie Feldstein ’15 and has many Wesleyan crew members (but not too many).

The comedy is playing a 5 show run at The New York International Fringe Festival. Tickets to the first performance include free admittance to the after party!

Buy tix HERE. More info @ laughtracknyc.com

Date: Saturday, August 15 – Thursday, August 27
Time: 6:15-10 PM
Place: The Lynn Redgrave Theater, NYC
Cost: $18

Procrastination Destination: That Sounds Fun!

Hubbard ParkWhy waste all your time procrastinating on the internet when there are so many lovely places in nearby central Connecticut ripe for exploration? Two Middletown experts, Manon Lefèvre ’14 and Piers Gelly ’13 write in with a pretty spectacular list of places one could visit while procrastinating or not procrastinating.

Does a goldfish really have an attention span of three seconds? Sometimes it feels like Wesleyan’s lasts just under four years. I’ve now lived in Middletown for six years, and my girlfriend, Manon Lefèvre ’14, has been a Nutmegger since she was nine. As such, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places in CT. It’s neither comprehensive nor conclusive, but maybe you’ll learn something from our experiences.
When it gets really hot out, you can tube down the Farmington River for a 2.5 mile scenic ride (and some mild rapids). It’s a little steep at $20, but totally worth it. Last time I went, there was one particularly scary bit of rapids and we were warned that if you went straight down the middle you would get stuck in what they call the “washing machine,” where you get sucked into a whirlpool and just spin around like a washing cycle. It happened to my friend Nicole, who panicked and had to get talked down by a lifeguard wearing nothing but a tiny speedo.—ML

Opening Reception – “Muslim Women’s Voices: A Photography Exhibition”

This invitation comes from Andrew Chatfield on behalf of the CFA:

The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut coordinates an exhibition of photography focused on Muslim women in America as part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.” This exhibition showcases photographs that challenge stereotypes of Muslim American women and explores the diversity and complexity of this community. There will be an artist talk at 5pm.

Date: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Place: Green Street Teaching and Learning Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown