From Jenna Starr ’15:
Join your fellow graduating class for a special ceremony the evening before graduation! And of course, bring your family! We will be having senior student speakers Jenna Starr, Camille Casareno, and Jasmine Masand as well as a special speech by Robert Steele, Professor of Psychology.
Robert Steele earned his B.A. in biology from Whitman College in 1968 and his Ph.D., in 1973, from Harvard University, in Psychology and Social Relations. His research interests are broad, ranging from his book, Freud and Jung: Conflicts of Interpretation, to his work as Director of Diversity Connections, the interactive digital data base, for the Ford Foundation’s Initiative on Diversity in Higher Education.
He was honored as the first recipient of the Edgar Beckham Helping Hand Award for his “outstanding work” and “commitment to social justice” in 2013 and in 2014 with the Binswanger Prize for Excellent in Teaching.
For thirty years, in classes ranging from Cultural Psychology to Myth, Magic and Movies (Harry Potter class), his teaching has focused on working with students to understand the ways in which sexism, racism and classism shape our society’s representations of differing demographic groups and warp our individual preferences and prejudices.
Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 6-7 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
From the CFA staff:
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Co-sponsored by University Relations.
Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
From Talia Baurer ’15:
ATTN CLASS OF 2015: You are cordially invited to Beckham Hall on Thursday, November 13th to attend a Seniors ’90s Bash! Let’s celebrate the decade that gave us the Internet as we know it, our favorite TV shows to rewatch on Netflix, and us! There will be fancy snacks and various ’90s activities and paraphernalia – basically, we’re going to enjoy being seniors in college by returning to the weird decade in which we were once tiny innocent children. Dress fancy, dress ’90s, or dress BOTH – we know you secretly love the ridiculous prom outfits from every ’90s teen movie. And get excited about infinite #TBT posts.
Date: November 13
Time: 9:30 PM – 1 AM
Place: Beckham Hall
“It’s almost like being a freshman again.”
Nothing says “welcome home” like a polar vortex.
We’re back. You’ve spotted us at Usdan. You’ve done a double take on your way to class. You’ve drunkenly accosted us at a party and asked that question that has no easy answer:
“HOW WAS YOUR SEMESTER ABROAD?”
As you’ve quickly found out, some us of haven’t quite found the words to fit an entire semester into a sentence. How could we? Going abroad is unreplicable. It’s complicated. It’s contradictory. Sometimes it actually feels like a Taylor Swift song: after living in Europe for four months, I can report that I have actually felt happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time.
After I provide some kind of satisfactory answer to describe my semester abroad, I’ve often found that people ask a second question:
“HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE BACK AT WES?”
Sometimes this is a harder query than the first. Most of us have some kind of response prepared to illustrate our experience or a go-to anecdote about our time abroad. But after making our home on another continent it’s difficult to pinpoint how it feels to be back in America, and more specifically back at the institution that launched us into the world in the first place. To get a sense of how others are feeling about the re-orientation process, I interviewed some other globe-trotting Weskids. Below are our best attempts to describe coming home.
Rachel Unger ’15 has a hunger… for pizza!
Come meet our new class dean while enjoying music by your classmates and eating delicious pizza right outside High Rise and LoRise.
Open to all residents of High Rise and LoRise as well as all members of the Class of 2015.
Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2013
Time: 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Place: High Rise/Lorise Courtyard
The Start of Something Special: “I mean . . . so far, so good”
Eight hundred and eleven. That’s how many newly minted freshmen descended on campus today, lugging boxes and duffels and ukuleles and fog machines (just kidding) from Westco to Eastco to Foss and beyond. It happens every year—mass chaos, familial sentimentality, and eighteen years’ worth of material accumulation swallowed up in some spirit of greetings and beginning—but somehow still feels like a miracle, like childbirth or getting slimed.
[813 is also roughly how many miles of driving lie between Brooklyn and Chicago, as depicted in that one TMBG song, but never mind that now. The Wesleyan Connection now reports that 811, not 813, freshmen have arrived. Wesleying staff have not in fact counted freshmen.]
Add to this the 87 international students already chillin’ at the Cardinal Inn, and you have the largest incoming class in the history of this fine institution—safely on campus despite the hurricane, earthquake, and whatever other Acts of God may have blocked its arrival. Bienvenue, frosh!
Remember that time Wesleying began an entire series devoted to the illustrious accomplishments of effervescent prefrosh and changed the state of college media for now and forever? “This is stupid,” beamed one delighted reader and fan. “Unless a pre-frosh makes a fucking hot air balloon by hand and circumnavigates the globe in it, I really don’t give a shit what pre-frosh are doing.”
Finally, with great joy and warm pride, we’re thrilled to report that—
Neither do I.
But California native Theo Olesen ’15, whom I’m excited to meet in a week or less, has begun an exciting project of his own this summer. “Beautiful Swear Words,” as its title suggests, promises “a swear word a day, and shit.” For boobs, see above.
From Tara Lindros, Associate Dean of Admission:
On Friday, students who applied to Wesleyan will learn of their decisions online. Next week, the Office of Admission will be holding its annual telethons to reach admitted students all over the country and try to help them choose Wes! We need volunteers to congratulate these students and encourage them to visit during WESFEST and other times in April. This is a great opportunity to come and talk to students from your area of the country (or anywhere!) , and/or those that have similar interests as you, about Wes. The telethons will take place at the Office of Admission on:
- Sunday, March 27 (3 – 6pm)
- Monday, March 28 (5:30 – 9pm)
- Tuesday, March 29 (5:30 – 9pm)
- Wednesday, March 30 (5:30 – 9pm)
- Thursday, March 31 (5:30 – 9pm)
If you are interested in helping admitted students to choose Wes and encourage them to visit campus, please support this effort! You are not required to stay the duration of the telethon, but please just come when you can and bring friends along to help.
Best of all the Office of Admission will provide free food (PIZZA!) if enough people show up (6+).
Come on out and play an important role in building the class of 2015. If you have any questions and/or you are able to participate please send an email to Tara Lindros, tlindros(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. Indicate the night you will be able to attend, or stop by the Office of Admission and sign up at the front desk. Thanks!
The Orientation Program is now accepting applications for 30 Orientation Leaders for the Class of 2015, and new transfer, exchange and visiting students. Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work for both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO).
Orientation Leaders work with Resident Advisors to mentor and guide students during both ISO and NSO. Orientation Leaders also help manage events, including welcoming international students at airports, working at residence hall arrival sites, informational forums and social events. Students from the class of ’12, ’13 & ’14 are eligible to apply. Successful candidates must be reliable, enthusiastic, and compassionate with good verbal communication skills, a positive attitude about campus life, culturally sensitive and experience working with diverse student populations.
Applications: To apply, go to the orientation website, www.wesleyan.edu/orientation
Application Deadline: Applications are due by March 23, 2011 by 5:00pm
Questions? Please contact:
Director, New Student Orientation