Get Ready for Wes! Newsletter 1

Message from the Dean

Get Ready for Wes! As the Dean for the Class of 2022, I am pleased to join with the deans for transfer students, Dean Louise Brown and Dean David Phillips, to welcome you again to Wesleyan. As class deans, we will support your academic goals and monitor your progress towards graduation. I will be writing to you every week with highlights and updates that will help to prepare you for a smooth and successful transition to Wesleyan in the fall.

Over the next twelve weeks of the summer, look out for our weekly Dean’s Messages on Thursdays with deadlines, reminders, and key highlights. Additionally, we are excited to pilot several video chat sessions along with other video messages to discuss in greater depth some of the topics and resources we will highlight in the weekly Dean’s Messages.

To prepare for a smooth arrival and transition to Wesleyan, it will be important for you to stay on top of various deadlines that you will see both in my notes and the Checklist in your WesPortal. In addition, the Orientation Office is up and running with a wealth of information available on-line at, and staffed by four well-trained upper-level Wesleyan students selected to serve as the Orientation Interns for Summer 2018. You may contact your Orientation Interns with any questions at

By now, you should have received (and reviewed) an email from Systems Analyst, Paul Turenne, containing your Wesleyan email address, initial password, and instructions about your WesPortal account, which you can access at: WesPortal is a virtual portfolio that you will use throughout your years at Wesleyan to do everything from registering for classes, using WesMaps, checking course grades, requesting housing, and connecting to key resources. If you did not receive an email from, please search your SPAM box for a message with subject line “Welcome to Wesleyan” or contact the orientation office immediately.

We are so excited to welcome you to campus and are looking forward to working with you this summer to prepare for the exciting adventure on which you are about to embark.

On behalf of the class deans,
Dean Renee Johnson Thornton
Dean for the Class of 2022

Academic Highlights:

Learning & Living Seminar –

Have you ever wanted to delve deeply in the Western literary canon and experience the grander of live opera at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City? Well, register for the “Great Books Unbound: How to Live Forever” first year seminar course to join a thrilling literary and cultural community of learners and dormmates. The Learning & Living Seminar Registration will close on June 28, so register now to hold your place. Registration for the non-residence based First Year Seminars will take place during pre-registration in July.

Message from the Orientation Interns

Congratulations Class of 2022 and Transfer Students!!!

We are your Orientation Interns and we will be working with you this summer to ensure that you are feeling prepared for your first year at Wes! We will be answering any questions or concerns that you may have before you arrive, feel free to email or call us.  We will be in the Orientation Office beginning June 4th from 9 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.  We can’t wait to meet you and learn more about you, and in the meantime, here’s a video that we’ve made so you can learn more about us!

Enjoy your summer and GO WES!

The Orientation Interns

Maximilien Chong Lee Shin ‘21
Caridad Cruz ‘21
Christopher Jackson ‘20
Virginia Sciolino ‘21
(860) 685 5666

Summer Sendoffs

Thursday, July 12th– NY, NY
Saturday, July 21st-Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, July 22nd – Bay Area, CA
Wednesday, July 25th– Mamaroneck, NY
Thursday, August 2nd – Fairfield County, CT
Thursday, August 9th – Seattle, WA
Monday, August 13th – Chicago, IL
Wednesday, August 15th – Philadelphia, PA