Eki Ramadhan ’16 writes in:
Interested in knowing more international students on campus? PANGEA, Wesleyan’s International Student Association, is organizing a mingling session just for you! Come join us to meet new faces and find out more about how to join PANGEA in this new academic year.
Finger food will be served and everyone (international or not) is welcome!
Date: Friday, September 25th
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: Allbritton 311
From Elizabeth Arslanoglou ’16:
Are you an international student? Are you facing difficulties in adapting to classes and social life at WES? Do you feel that your cultural norms are different from those in the US? Do you believe that there are many things you just don’t get here? Do you feel homesick? Do you want a group of people similar to you to talk to?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us in our New Mental Health Support Group, specifically focused on International Students. The group will be facilitated by trained students who will also be active participants in the discussion. We will be having weekly friendly conversations about issues that concern us, relative to our transition from other cultures into a US college campus. You are not the only one out there facing “culture shock” so come share your experiences and thoughts!
Date: February 23-May 11
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel Meditation Room
Xian Hui Ang ’15 wants your presence!
PANGEA, Wesleyan’s International Student Association, is organizing a mingling session for ALL international students! Come join us to meet new faces, and to find out more about PANGEA — its presence on campus and recruitment process for this new academic year. Finger food will be served.
Date: Friday, September 5th
Time: 8pm – 9:30pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Good news! Starting next Fall, students will be able to log a preferred name in their ePortfolios to appear on most University documents instead of the legal given name. I sat down with Dean Mike Whaley of Student Affairs some time ago to get the details:
pyrotechnics: If you could start off by describing what the project is?
Dean Mike Whaley: Yeah, so a number of years ago we had a student who, even prior to coming to Wesleyan, was very active on trans* issues, and when ze arrived on campus one of the requests was ‘can I change my name, so that not my legal name but rather my preferred name appears on class lists, email… everything but transcript and diploma.’ And at the time, we made that happen in an ad hoc way, but that got me and others thinking about… there are a number of students, trans* students, international students, even students from New Jersey who use their middle name instead of the first name, nicknames, [etc.]. So we’ve been thinking for quite a while now that it’d be really helpful to give people the option to record a preferred name, to store in the system a preferred name, and to have that name appear in most places. There are certain issues with diplomas and transcripts and having to have your legal name on those, but most of the business we conduct can make use of preferred names. At the time we talked to the Registrar’s Office about that; they had a very long list of things they were working on with ITS and so this was at the bottom, and last year… [laughs] I’ve kinda raised it every other year or so… and last year we got some traction on it. Folks said ‘yeah, we can accommodate this and make it happen.’ So that’s what we’re working on now.
Submitted by Christian Hosam ’15:
International Freshman? Still adjusting to a new environment? Want some new friends?
Not an international freshman? Still want some new friends?
Come to International House today!!! We’ll be hosting a reception for new International students to come and meet the residents of International House.
This will also be an opportunity for the WesSib Program mentees to meet their mentors as well!
*Light Refreshments will be served*
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: International House (151 Church St.)