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Apply to be a Peer Advisor


Veronica Birdsall ’15 writes in with the following job opportunity:

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become Student Academic Resources (SAR) Peer Advisors for the 2014-2015 academic year. SAR Peer Advisors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who work during New Student Orientation (NSO) and throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program and enhance student access to academic resources through SAR. Peer Advisors will receive training, give individualized peer advice and facilitate workshops for groups of students regarding time management, public speaking, study and exam preparation strategies.

Click here for a more detailed job description and the application.

Application due: April 4th at midnight

Attention Juniors!

Junior year is almost halfway over… can you believe it? To make your life easier, we’re bringing together all the resources you need to succeed. Thursday night at 7pm, stop by the Hi-Rise Lounge for dessert from a local bakery and to talk to:

– The Peer Advisors, who will be answering questions about time management and studying for finals
– The CRC, who will be giving an overview of when to start thinking about GREs, LSATs, MCATs, grad schools, and internships
– The Writing Workshop Ford fellows, who will explain how to start planning for a senior thesis or essay
Dean Garrett, who will talk about GenEds, graduation credits, oversubscription and planning for senior year.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 10
Time: 7pm
Place: High Rise Lounge

Fall Food Drive

UCAB and the Deans Office are hosting a non-perishable food drive for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

Bring your food items to the Usdan Cafe this week November 16 through the 19th during the times of 12 to 1pm and 5 to 7 pm and place them in your class bin (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

Each participant in the drive will be given a ticket  for each food item they donate which will be good for a raffle at the pizza party for all participants on Thursday at 9 in Usdan.  The class prize will be announced on November 19.

Help ensure that the Amazing Grace Pantry has enough food this Thanksgiving!

Facebook events here and here.

Date: Nov. 16 – Nov. 19
Time: Noon – 7:00 PM
Place: Usdan Cafe

Class Deans Join Web 2.0

The SARN Peer Advisors would like you to know that, in an unprecedented gesture of tech savviness, each Class Dean has started keeping an official blog. So far the posts are more detailed versions of the kinds of things you get from them in emails, which can be especially useful if you’re the type that tends to overlook said emails.

They’ll be posting about the important events and deadlines that pertain to each class year. Check out their blogs for links to forms, resources, scholarships, and fellowships. Contact information and office hours are also listed.

What do class deans do? They are there to assist you in navigating your academic and co-curricular life. Go to them with your questions, concerns, or just to chit-chat. They’ll help you solve problems and get connected with the appropriate resources on campus. Get to know your Class Dean!

Dean David Phillips (’12)

Dean Noel Garrett (’11)

Dean Maria Melendez (’10)

Dean Louise Brown (’09)

More administrators, whee!

Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Whaley just sent out an all-campus e-mail announcing the appointment of three new staff members as well as the return of David Phillips, formerly the dean for the class of 2010:

Scott Backer, who served a one-year appointment as Assistant Dean of Student Services last year, has received a permanent appointment as Assistant Director of Student Life. In this role, Scott will continue to work directly with the Student Judicial Board and also assist the Dean of Students with co-curricular programming initiatives. A Skidmore College graduate, Scott has a M.Ed. from Antioch University New England. Prior to coming to Wesleyan, he worked in student affairs at Vermont Academy, where he also coached soccer and lacrosse.

Elisa Del Valle will join the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development as Assistant Director. Elisa will advise student organizations on event planning and assist in mentoring and student leadership development. Elisa joins Wesleyan from the Department of Residential Life at Mount Holyoke College, where she has been for the past four years. She has a B.A. from Smith College and recently completed a M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University at Massachusetts, Amherst.

Michelle Myers-Brown has accepted our offer to be Director of the Usdan Center. Michelle comes to Wesleyan with strong experience in university center operations from three different campuses, most recently at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she opened a new center. Prior to her experience there, Michelle received her Ph.D. in educational administration from Georgia State University and has served as the director of student activities at DeKalb College. She has significant experience in campus scheduling and guest services as well as campus dining from her previous positions.

Finally, we are thrilled that David Phillips will be rejoining us as the Dean for the Class of 2012. David previously served as a class dean at Wesleyan for seven years and also taught in the GLSP. He spent this past year at Chatham University in Pittsburg [sic] as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and is eager to return to Wesleyan to resume his work as a class dean. David earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his Ph.D. from Yale University in American Studies.

Some of you may remember Scott Backer as the central figure in last year’s “prohibition” fiasco. Also, I believe Dean Rick Culliton served as Usdan director this past year, though the staff page seems to have been updated to reflect the new hires.