Greetings continuing and new members of Class of 2022

Dear members of the Class of 2022!

I hope you are managing your health and wellness with a steady dose of gentle self-care while supporting  others. Big welcome! to the newest cohorts of students transferring into the Classes of 2022 or 2023! Please keep a watch for future opportunities to meet, greet, and support each other.

I was encouraged by President Roth’s recent announcement that the university will return to a model of residential campus living and learning on August 31, 2020 and I appreciate the level of leniency you have (and I hope will continue) to exercise to me, as your class dean and to others associated with the university as we do our best to support your academic and personal health, development, and goals.

Now, I know that most folks remain uncertain about their Fall plans to return to physical campus. Please rest assure that President Roth’s recent request to submit an intention form is non-binding and should be approached as a way for us to estimate (roughly) the level of residential and instructional spaces will must reserve to align with CT state and local COVID-19 mitigation mandates. So, if you have not already submitted the form, please do so now with the assurance that no formal action will be taken unless you follow up with submission of a Leave of Absence form.

Thank you! to the countless members of the Class of 2022 who are taking gentle care of yourselves, family/friends, and each other, while also doing the difficult and intentional work to self-educate and/or advocate for elimination of racism and bigotry, viruses like COVID-19, that harms us all.

I miss you all and invite you to stop-by for an open group gathering today, Thursday, June 18 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST using: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/98280688055;

As always, please feel free to sign up using my calendar link for an individual meeting.

Sending positive vibes and encouragement your way for continued good health and safety,

Dean Thornton

Move Out Deadline for Housing 5/30/2020

From: All Students on campus <all_studenton-l@wesleyan.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 4:25 PM
To: All Students on campus <all_studenton-l@wesleyan.edu>
Subject: Reminder- Move Out Deadline for Housing 5/30

Good Afternoon,

During inspections of residential spaces on campus, we found a significant number of spaces that appeared to still have belongings left behind. We have already assigned a date/time to return to campus for those students who have been in contact with us in order to complete their move outs and retrieve their belongings.

If you have not yet received an assigned date from ResLife to complete your move out: you need to email reslife@wesleyan.edu regarding availability to return to campus between May 22nd and May 30th to complete the move-out process.

Do not plan to return to campus without an approved date/time from ResLife.

If you show up to campus outside of your approved date/time, you may experience a significant delay in being provided access to your housing assignment and will be assessed a judicial point for non-compliance.

If you have not yet received an assigned date, but do not need to physically return to campus due to coordinating with other students, family, or a moving company to retrieve your belongings on your behalf- please let us know by emailing reslife@wesleyan.edu if you have not already done so.

Items and belongings not approved to remain in residential spaces past the extended move out deadline of May 30th will be discarded.  If you left belongings that you would like to be discarded/donated, please let us know by emailing reslife@wesleyan.edu.

As a reminder, guidelines and expectations for the move-out process can be found on the ResLife website:https://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/_internal/Move%20Out%20Guidlines%20.html

Best,

Kieran

Kieran J. Duffy ( He, Him pronouns)
Assistant Director of Residential Life
Wesleyan University
237 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-3429

Wesleyan Public Health Update 5_7_20

Thu 5/7/2020 4:03 PM
To the Wesleyan Community,

Once again, I hope this note finds you all safe and well. My thoughts go out to all of you who have been personally affected by Covid-19.

As we continue to follow the course of this pandemic, we see parts of our country (and the world) start the process of reopening while other areas brace for possible increased cases of Covid-19. As of this week, Connecticut has over 30,000 confirmed cases and over 2,000 deaths, but has seen an overall significant decline in hospitalizations over the past two weeks. Governor Lamont is looking at criteria for beginning to re-open the state, including 14 days of decreased hospitalizations; adequate testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and healthcare capacity; substantial contact tracing; and protection of high-risk populations. If these goals are met, we may see a partial re-opening by May 20.

What is new?

In my last update, I briefly mentioned that the drug Remdesivir was being evaluated in clinical trials. Since last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this anti-viral medication to treat Covid-19 following a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showing efficacy. This study was a randomized, double-blind study (meaning neither the provider nor the patient knew who was receiving Remdesivir or the placebo; this helps eliminate bias in a clinical study) with over a thousand patients enrolled. Efficacy was demonstrated in 50 percent of the patients receiving Remdesivir. The patients who received the medication improved by day 10 and 11 (depending on whether the medication was administered for five or 10 days) compared with the placebo group, which improved at 15 days on average. The death rate was 8 percent for those receiving Remdesivir and 11.6 percent for those receiving placebo. (This, however, did not meet the criteria for being statistically significant).

Remdesivir has a good track record showing safety in humans when trialed a few years back during the Ebola outbreak. It works by mimicking the amino acid adenosine in the virus’s RNA, which causes it not to be able to replicate or infect. (It’s kind of like replacing the fuel injector in your car with the wrong part. Your car is not going to run.) Of course, this is only one study and more research is needed. A prior study conducted in Wuhan with over 200 patients and published in The Lancet was inconclusive. If Remdesivir is ultimately able to decrease hospital stays, it will reduce the chance of hospitals becoming overwhelmed.

Progress is also being made on antibody testing. The FDA has approved a number of tests under the EUA (Emergency Use Authorization Act). At this time, we do not know how sensitive or specific these tests are. Nor do we know if a test showing past exposure to Covid-19 means that a person has protective immunity. Further research and time will tell.

Last week I discussed potential issues with Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers for patients with Covid-19. The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of three observational studies that, when taken together, seem to indicate that Covid is not worsened by these medications. Thanks to the parent who shared an article with me that theorizes these medications may actually help with recovery from Covid by increasing the ACE-2 receptor that is free floating in our blood, which traps the virus. If found to be true through further studies, that would be great news.

Researches are also looking for other, less invasive ways to test for active Covid-19. Anyone who has had the nasal swab performed will tell you it is about a millimeter shy of a brain biopsy. Thanks to another parent who shared a paper noting that a saliva test out of Rutgers University’s Human Genetics Institute has been approved by the FDA (under the EUA). There are also some initial studies being done in California looking at swabbing the cheek. At this time though the nasal swab still remains the gold standard.

Please continue to send me questions, comments, and other information you think might be useful to share with the community.

As we move forward, common sense and reason will be our best allies. Be safe. I truly believe our researchers and scientists will get us to where we need to be. Yes, the future is uncertain, but we all have each other and will get through this together.

Tom McLarney, MD

Updated Move Out Timeline: Retrieving Belongings

From: All Students on campus <all_studenton-l@wesleyan.edu>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 4:12 PM
To: All Students on campus <all_studenton-l@wesleyan.edu>
Subject: Updated Move Out Timeline: Retrieving Belongings

Good Afternoon!

I’m reaching out today to provide some updates regarding the move-out process for those students who still have belongings on campus.  If you have already completed your move out, returned your key, and don’t have any belongings left on campus, please disregard this message.

If you have belongings left on campus:

If you have been approved for an extension to the move out timeline or have other extenuating circumstances that resulted in belongings being left on campus, you need to collect your belongings by May 30th.  We are planning to facilitate access for students to return to campus to retrieve their belongings between May 22nd – May 30th.  Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the move out process is more restrictive than usual.  You should use the form linked below to indicate your availability to complete the remainder of your move out.  We will use this information to assign you a date within the 5/22 – 5/30 range, based on your availability, during which we will be able to provide access to your room.

Move Out Form

Please complete and submit the form by Thursday, May 7th at 12:00 PM.

You should take a moment to review the overview of the move out process and guidelines found on the ResLife page here: Move Out Guidelines and FAQ’s

If you have any questions that are not already covered in the guidelines and FAQ’s page, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at reslife@wesleyan.edu!

Best,

Kieran

Kieran J. Duffy ( He, Him pronouns)
Assistant Director of Residential Life
Wesleyan University
237 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-3429

4th Quarter Courses

For those of you who need to add credit, here is a list of 4th quarter courses.  To add a course to your schedule, send a group email to the instructor, your advisor, and your class dean with a request that you be added to the class.  With approval from the instructor and your advisor, you class dean will add you to the course.

Subject Catalog Section Title Instructor
CSPL  262 01 Intro to Soc Entrepreneurship Kingsley,Makaela Jane
E&ES  195 01 Sophomore Field Course Ku,Timothy C.W.
PHED  102 01 Tennis, Intermediate Fried,Michael A
PHED  104 01 Golf Potter,Christopher J.
PHED  106 02 Fitness, Beginning Black,Drew
PHED  107 01 Inner Game of Golf Woodworth,Mark A.
PHED  118 03 Strength Training, Intro Mullen,Kate
PHED  118 04 Strength Training, Intro Reilly,Joseph P.
PHED  119 02 Strength Training, Advanced Mullen,Kate
PHED  123 01 Lifeguard Training Solomon,Peter Gordon
PHED  138 02 Indoor Cycling McKenna,Jodi
PHED  139 01 Running for Fitness Reilly,Joseph P.
PHED  140 01 Racketlon Kerr,Shona
PHED  155 01 Plyometric Training DiCenzo,Daniel A
PHED  157 01 Pickleball Meredith,Eva Bergsten
PHED  159 01 Cross Training Fitness Black,Drew
QAC  154 01 Working with MATLAB Thayer,Kelly Marie
QAC  155 01 Working with Python Oleinikov,Pavel V
QAC  156 01 Working with R Kaparakis,Emmanuel I.
QAC  311 01 Longitudinal Data Analysis Kaparakis,Emmanuel I.

Confirm Schedule by Feb 19

From: Registrar Office:

Now that Drop/Add has closed, you need to confirm the accuracy of your course schedule via WesPortal>Courses>Class Schedule. If it is not correct, you must take action to correct your schedule before confirming it’s accurate.

Detailed information is available via http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/registration/schedule_confirmation_notes.html.

The deadline to confirm your schedule is 5pm on Wednesday, February 19th.

Deadline – Grading Mode Changes

Students enrolled in a non-tutorial course this semester with a “Student Option” grading mode can change the selected grading mode through 5pm on Wednesday, February 19th.

Grading modes for these courses can be changed via WesPortal>Courses>Class Schedule. You should see a confirmation message appear if the change successfully processed.