Course schedule confirmation, grading mode change deadline, invitations, & meetings

Greetings 2022’er!

Please review your course schedule in WesPortal to confirm that your course enrollment (e.g. course number, section, and grading mode) is correct.

  • For courses that offer student grading option (A-F or CR/U), selections must be made before the Grading Mode Deadline this Friday, 9/28 at 5 PM. There will be no other opportunities to change or reverse changes made to grading mode after Friday’s deadline.
  • Select “Schedule is Correct” or “Schedule is NOT Correct”
  • Discuss any errors with your pre-major advisor or me
  • If you need to withdraw from a course, use the withdrawal form
  • If you need to add a course that you have been attending since the start of the semester, you must petition for a late add using the petition form

Also, you may request AP credits to be posted to your academic histories directly through WesPortal>Courses>Placement Scores & Course Recommendations.

Class of 2022 Gap Year Gathering – W: 9/26/18, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Allbritton 103 Signup now

Academic Resources & Time Management Workshop – W: 9/26/18. 5 – 6 pm, Usdan 108 Sign up now

To meet with me:
Come to 10-min Drop-ins: Mon. 2-3 p.m., Tues. 3-4 p.m., Wed. 4-6 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.-noon, Fri. 2-4 p.m.
Or, contact my assistant, Mrs. Maheu at or by phone at 860-685-2765 to schedule an individual appointment.

Stay well, Dean Thornton

Gap Year Gathering – Class of 2022

Whether you traveled halfway around the world or a couple feet down the road from your home, join us for a gathering of students in the class of 2022 who took part in gap year experiences!

Date: W: Sept. 26
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Place: Allbritton 103

In observance of Yom Kippur, the gathering has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26. There is still plenty of time to sign-up.

Understanding Self and Others: A Group for Female-Identified Students

Hey Wesleyan!
We are bringing this group back due to its immense popularity last year:
Understanding Self and Others: A Group for Female-Identified Students
Mondays 5 – 6 PM
Solarium, 2nd Floor Davison Health Center

First Group Meeting: Monday September 24th 2018

This group will help you better understand yourself, how you relate to others, how others relate to you, and new ways of connecting to others. It is designed for female-identified students who:

  • Have concerns about important relationships
  • Can feel dissatisfied, frustrated, or angry in groups
  • Experience difficulty trusting others
  • Struggle to forge meaningful relationships
  • Feel they have to please others
  • Struggle to communicate thoughts, feelings, and needs directly
  • Feel controlling (or easily controlled) in relationships
  • Feel lonely

This is a “closed” group, which means new members cannot join once the group has begun.   If you are interested in joining, please use the link below to complete the survey.

We hope to see you at CAPS!

Dr. D’Andrea

Jennifer T. D’Andrea, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Wesleyan University
327 High Street
Middletown CT 06459

Academic Honor Code Survey

Prof. Rodriguez Mosquera (Psychology Department) is doing a study on the importance of the academic honor code among Wesleyan students. The study is not a test or an evaluation, it really only aims to gather Wesleyan students’ personal opinions about the importance of the academic honor code. The more students who complete the study, the better Prof. Rodriguez Mosquera will understand Wesleyan students’ perspectives. Could you help her out and complete the study? It really only takes 5 minutes to complete and it is anonymous. Please click on this link below if you want to take the study. Thank you!

Drop/Add Period will end tomorrow, 9/14 at 5 pm.

Drop/Add Period will end tomorrow, 9/14 at 5 pm.

You should immediately visit your WesPortal to review your course schedule.

  • Confirm that the courses you wanted to add are listed in your schedule and the courses you wanted to drop, have been removed.
  • Confirm that you are enrolled in the correct section of the courses you selected.

Deadline to Apply for Writing Mentor Friday, 9/14

A Writing Mentor is a writing tutor who works steadily with a student for a full semester. Students like the arrangement because it feels private, and the mentor and student often develop a close working relationship.

The deadline for students to apply for a mentor is Friday, September 14th, at 9:00AM.

Students can find complete information on the “Apply for a Writing Mentor” page on the Writing Workshop Web site, along with an application form.

ITS External Review 9/17 and 9/18

ITS is undergoing an external review.  We have hired an outside firm that specializes in working with higher ed institutions to help us:

  • Gain a fresh perspective on our use and management of technology
  • Identify opportunities to design future ITS services
  • Assess ITS service delivery mechanisms, practices, and development
  • Make best use of our ITS resources

Student input is important to this process and the consultants have setup two open forums for students:

Monday, Sep 17, 12:10-1:20 South College B2/B3  Pizza will be served
Tuesday, Sep 18, 3:00-3:45 South College B2/B3  Cookies will be served

Drop by either one to share your thoughts.  The consultants will be asking questions to get your feedback.

Thank you!
Dave Baird, VP ITS and CIO

Provisional Listing of Allbritton Center events Fall 2018

September 13, 12.00-1.00, PAC 002
Peaceful Revolution of Love and Solidarity in Armenia
Asya Darbinyan (Clark University).

September 17, 4.30, PAC 001.
The myth of blue state generosity
Joshua Mccabe (Endicott College).

September 25, 4.30, PAC 001
Why white evangelicals voted for Trump
Philip Gorski (Yale University).

September 28, 3.30-5.00, PAC 001
Historians on Hamilton.
Claire Potter (New School), Renee Romano (Oberlin), Matthew Skic (Museum of the American Revolution).

October 4, 12.00-1.00.
Eating Her Words: The Relationship between the Production and Consumption of Feminist Food and Texts
Alex Ketchum (Mcgill University).

October 4 at 4.30 PAC 001.
The threat from Russia: rethinking our response
Brett Bruen, former Director of Global Engagement, National Security Council, 2013-15.

October 9, 5-7.00, Freeman Center.
Webinar with Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor
China Town Hall organized by National Committee on U.S.- China Relations.

October 18, 12.00-1.00, PAC 002.
Coup or No Coup : What makes anti-democratic coups succeed or fail ?
Sharan Grewal (The Brooking Institution).

October 24, 4.30
The Armenian Genocide.
Ron Suny (University of Michigan).

November 8, 4.30
War and social science.
Matthew Schmidt (University of New Haven)

November 14, 4.30
Masculinity war and foreign policy in the age of Trump.
Meredith Loken (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).

Seats Available: Academic Writing in the US (Engl 110F-01)

There are still openings in Academic Writing in the US (Engl 110F-01). This is a particularly good course for students who are feeling overwhelmed by the academic writing demands at Wesleyan. The following is the course description:

This course is designed to prepare international students for U.S. academic writing including academic vocabulary, essay structure, and content expectations in all subjects. Students will focus on increasing their academic vocabulary, enhancing their analytical writing, and improving the cohesiveness and mechanics of their writing. They will also read and write essays in a variety of genres. The course is recommended for international students and students who immigrated to the U.S. after middle school.

Seats Available:  DANC111.03, DANC213, & DANC371

Due to high student interest we have added a NEW section of Introduction to Dance!

We also have space in our new Jazz Dance Class!


Monday/Wednesday 2:50-4:20PM in Schonberg Dance Studio on Pine Street.

Taught by Professor Pedro Alejandro,

If you are interested, contact Professor Alejandro and please attend on Wednesday at 2:50.

You may still join! 

Jazz Dance, DANC213

Tuesday/Thursday 6:40-8:10PM

Taught by Joya Powell

If you are interested, contact Professor Powell and please attend tomorrow – Tuesday at 6:40!

You may still join!


This course is an introduction to the African American jazz dance vernacular through the embodied practice of Simonson jazz. It will cover basic principles of alignment, centering, and technique through the context of jazz’s African roots. Class sessions will principally consist of movement exploration including a comprehensive warm-up and will be supplemented by online discussions and media to better understand the place of jazz dance in society and culture at large.

DANC 213 – JAZZ TECHNIQUE .5 credit

With JOYA POWELL, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dance (

DANC371 Site Specific Dance Making, 1 credit


This course addresses the construction of contemporary performance in alternative, nontheatrical spaces. Students will create, design, and structure movement and image metaphors; design and realize scenic objects; and integrate technologies that enhance performance at large. Daily practice will focus on developing compositional tools to trigger events, to set off the performance space, and to create optimal conditions for audience and performer participation. Skills in movement observation, critical reading, and video analysis will inform the course’s practical and historical frameworks.

With Pedro Alejandro (