“At the end of each week, ask yourself: ‘Have I done this much this week as I did during the week of January 20th?'” – Chris Murphy
Last Thursday, February 2, at midnight, I got an email saying that U.S. Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy was coming to hold a meeting on environmental policy on the morning of Saturday, February 4 and that there weren’t that many seats left at this late stage. The town hall was sponsored by the College of the Environment and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. The senator, notable for his Twitter takedowns of Donald Trump, took many questions on everything from general political engagement in these fiery times, to specific measures on the preservation of federal lands, and the precarious nature of environmental data in the Trump administration. He also answered a question on whether he would be considering a Presidential bid for 2020. Read past the jump for more on the town hall:
CFA Program Manager Erinn Roos-Brown writes in:
Join the conversation as Rob Rosenthal (Sociology) interviews Mark Rudd, an activist, organizer and founding member of The Weather Underground, an American radical left organization founded in 1969. The organization had as its goal “the violent overthrow of the
government of the US in solidarity with the struggles of the people of the world.” Listen to Rudd tell about the federal charges of bombing
and conspiracy that made him a fugitive for seven years.
The discussion is held in conjunction with the Outside the Box Theater Series production, HOME/SICK.
Limited seating. RSVP to Hanna Oravec at horavec[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
Date: Friday, January 31st
Place: Allbritton 311
Today Wesleyan students received an email from President Roth and Vice President Rosenthal announcing the roll-out of a pilot project that will offer online courses (not for credit) to “high-achieving high school students.”
The first suite of online seminars will be offered this summer. The courses vary from environmental studies to music, two of Wesleyan’s self-proclaimed “areas of strength.” So if you have a little sibling who is jealous of your History of Rock and R&B class, can commit to eight weeks of summer school, and has $1,400 to spare, tell hir to check out the Wesleyan Pre-College Study webpage.
Read on for the full email from Rosenthal and Roth (Michael Rothenthal??).
Although we’re still not entirely sure what the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs does all of the time when ze’s not preparing for scary inspections, we’re thrilled to report that Ruth Striegel, professor of psychology and Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, will assume the position on July 1 after many months of
heated anticipation mild curiosity. According to President Roth, Professor Striegel “embodies the Wesleyan ideal of using liberal learning to make a positive difference in the world,” which sounds solid, and has worked at Mount Holyoke with then-President Joanne V. Creighton, who totally served as acting president of Wesleyan before Doug Bennet ’59 swooped in from the clouds. Additionally, her research focuses primarily on eating and weight disorders, as described in this Wesleyan Connection article.
Anyway. Here’s the announcement email from President Roth:
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Ruth Striegel, professor of psychology and Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, has agreed to become Wesleyan’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs. She will assume this position on July 1, succeeding Rob Rosenthal, who will be returning to the faculty as John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology.
Also: have they changed your WesBox number? Check your ePortfolio!
As you’re likely aware by now, Wesleyan is in the midst of the reaccreditation process, a lengthy evaluation process that has required a year-and-a-half of institutional self study. According to Wesleyan’s Accreditation site, the school was last reviewed in 2002, so we’re due for an oil check.
Have complaints about Wes? Want things to be better? Next month may be a good time to voice them. According to a recent email from Rob Rosenthal, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wesleyan will be inspected by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (hereby referred to as, aherm—The Commission) between September 30 and October 3:
As you may remember, the next step in the accreditation process is the comprehensive evaluation visit September 30 through October 3, 2012 by the team representing NEAS&C. We look forward to their constructive criticism and to showing them what an extraordinary institution we are!
From Lucy Britt ’14 comes the most bodacious event flier I’ve seen this side of Brendan O’Connell ’08’s Wesleyan Poster Archive:
A showdown for the ages between legends. One game. Eternal glory. Roth. Odede. Who shatters the backboard first? One way to find out.
Come see Michael Roth ’78 face off against a Kennedy Odede ’12-coached student team in the year’s biggest basketball showdown.
It’s National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week! The Housing and Hunger Program, in collaboration with Rho Epsilon Pi, WesCFPA, IJL, WesFRESH, UOC, Oxfam and others, are hosting speakers, events and activities throughout the week. This includes a UOC community meeting, a Habitat for Humanity info session, a discussion with Rob Rosenthal, a WesFRESH speakers series, and a festival on Foss Hill.
Email Haley Baron ’12, hbaron@wes, for questions. And check out the schedule of events below after the jump!