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Middletown Mayor Delivers Annual Constitution Day Lecture

Mayor of Middletown Dan Drew delivered the 2016 Constitution Day Lecture on Sept. 16 titled "Are We Better Than Our Predecessors? Toward a New Era of Progress." In this talk, Mayor Drew explored the erroneous assumptions that we are more advanced than preceding generations and what we can do to focus ourselves toward a future predicated on progressive social and economic advancement.

Mayor of Middletown Dan Drew delivered the 2016 Constitution Day Lecture on Sept. 16 titled “Are We Better Than Our Predecessors? Toward a New Era of Progress.” In this talk, Mayor Drew explored the erroneous assumptions that we are more advanced than preceding generations and what we can do to focus ourselves toward a future predicated on progressive social and economic advancement. The annual Constitution Day Lecture is sponsored by the Friends of Wesleyan Library.

Wesleyan Student Assembly Hosts Student Groups Fair

The Wesleyan Student Assembly hosted the 25th annual Student Groups Fair Sept. 16 on Andrus Field. The campus-wide event provided an opportunity for all students to learn about new and established student groups, network with different academic departments, and interact with vendors from the local Middletown community.

The Wesleyan Student Assembly hosted the 25th annual Student Groups Fair Sept. 16 on Andrus Field. The campus-wide event provided an opportunity for all students to learn about new and established student groups, network with different academic departments, and interact with vendors from the local Middletown community. Wesleyan boasts more than 250 clubs and student groups.

Throw Culture is Wesleyan's mixed ultimate frisbee team. The group has regular practices to prepare for tournaments throughout the year. The team is an open space for everyone to come play and learn ultimate.

Throw Culture is Wesleyan’s mixed ultimate frisbee team. The group has regular practices to prepare for tournaments throughout the year. The team is an open space for everyone to come play and learn ultimate.

Class of 2020 Experiences Different Cultures, Dance Styles at Common Moment

The Center for the Arts hosted the Common Moment Sept. 2 on Andrus Field. As one of the culminating experiences of New Student Orientation, the Common Moment brought the Class of 2020 together as they experienced cultures and dance from around the world. Prometheus, Wesleyan’s fire-spinning group, also performed during the Common Moment.

Photos of the event are below and in this Wesleyan Center for the Arts photo gallery. (Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography)

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Student Music Scene Celebrated at The MASH

Inspired by Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, the fifth annual MASH highlighted Wesleyan’s student music scene on Sept. 9. The 5 1/2 hour concert, sponsored by the Center for the Arts, featured 22 bands performing at four different venues on campus including Olin Library, the North College Lawn, Center for the Arts and Foss Hill.

Musical acts included Slavei, Hari, Slender James, Birchbark, Fortune Plays Sax, Anna Savage, Sneaky Boy, MEG, Dinomanic, Yer Trash, the good lonely, Mom, Rui Barbosa, BOSSY, Lo-Qi, McCleary McCleary, Going Up North for the Weekend, Slouch, The Highlanders, Jal & Locus, Chef and El Niño. Each band performed for about 20 minutes.

Photos of The MASH are below and on this Wesleyan Facebook gallery. (Photos by Will Barr ’18, Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19, Caroline Kravitz ’19 and Olivia Drake)

The MASH at Wesleyan University, Sept. 9. (Photo by Will Barr '18)

The MASH at Wesleyan University, Sept. 9. (Photo by Will Barr '18)

ISO Helps International Students Become Acclimated to Campus Life

International students gather at Usdan University Center on Aug. 30.

International students gathered at Usdan University Center on Aug. 30.

Wesleyan welcomed more than 140 international students and U.S. citizens living abroad to campus this week. On Aug. 30, they gathered for a group photo, dinner and skits.

Sixteen percent of the entire Class of 2020 hail from 34 other countries including Austria and Belgium to Tanzania, Tunisia and the Ukraine.

“This is the most truly global class in Wesleyan history with students of more than 50 nationalities who bring an incredible range of international, multicultural backgrounds and experiences to the Wesleyan community,” said Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid.

After arriving on campus Aug. 27-28, the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) hosted International Student Orientation. ISO is held prior to New Student Orientation in order for students coming from across the the globe to recover from travel. ISO offers sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education, as well as informational sessions about U.S. systems that many international students may not be familiar with or that are different from their home country.

Photos of the international students are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

International students at Wesleyan, Aug. 30, 2016.

Wesleyan Welcomes Graduate Students, TAs, Fellows

This fall, Wesleyan welcomes 32 new PhD and MA students, 22 new BA/MA students, nine foreign language teaching assistants and two new writing fellows to campus.

Wesleyan offers Graduate Studies programs leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Anne Burke, professor of biology, is the 2016-17 director of Graduate Studies, and Cheryl-Ann Hagner is director of Graduate Student Services.

On Aug. 30, the new graduate students mingled with former graduate students and Wesleyan faculty at a welcome picnic held at Exley Science Center. Graduate Student Orientation was held Aug. 29-30. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Employees Sport Tie-Dye T-Shirts at Wesleyan

On June 1, the Office of Human Resources hosted an Ice Cream Social for faculty, staff and employed students to provide an opportunity for employees to mingle and celebrate the end of spring semester. As part of the day’s activities, employees were invited to create a tie-dye t-shirt.

On Aug. 10, Human Resources invited the tie-dye shirt makers to gather at Usdan’s Huss Courtyard for a brief meeting and photo opportunity.

“We thought this would be a fun way for employees to show off their ‘art work’ to the Wesleyan community,” said Julia Hicks, co-director of Human Resources. “It’s a very colorful day!”

Go Wes!

“Go Wes!”

1, 2, 3 … Jump!

1, 2, 3 … Jump! (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Green Team Hosts Mini-Bin Workshop

The Wesleyan Green Team hosted a mini-trash bin talk and workshop Aug. 10 at the Theater Department’s studio building. Dawn Alger, Theater Department administrative assistant and Green Team member led the workshop.

The Wesleyan Green Team hosted a mini-trash bin workshop and discussion Aug. 10 at the Theater Department’s studio building. Dawn Alger, Theater Department administrative assistant and Green Team member (pictured fifth from right, in back) led the workshop. “We’d love to see all staff and faculty members at Wesleyan use mini-bins in place of standard trash cans,” Alger said. “You’ll be surprised to see how little trash you create in a week.”

Mini-bins are small containers that are used in place of standard waste receptacles. They encourage recycling and reduce the number of trash can liners used on campus.

Mini-bins are small containers that are used in place of standard waste receptacles. They encourage recycling and reduce the number of trash can liners used on campus. Pictured are workshop participants Jordan Nyberg, program and events coordinator for the Office of Admission and Laura McQueeney, administrative assistant for the Office of Admission.

Jennifer Platt, manager of printing services, gets crafty with her mini-bin.

The Green Team provided craft supplies including cleaned coffee containers, colored paper, stickers, yarn, magazines, glue and scissors. Participants also discussed campus recycling efforts while designing their mini-bin. Pictured is workshop participant Jennifer Platt, manager of printing services.

Jen Kleindienst, sustainability director, decorates her mini-bin with magazine images.

Jen Kleindienst, sustainability director, decorates her mini-bin with cutouts from a magazine.

Olivia Drake, editor of The Wesleyan Connection and campus photographer, pastes recycle emblems to her mini-min.

Olivia Drake, editor of The Wesleyan Connection and campus photographer, pastes tree-shaped recycle emblems onto her mini-bin.

Liz Tinker, administrative assistant in the English Department, works on finalizing her mini-bin.

Liz Tinker, administrative assistant in the English Department, works on finalizing her mini-bin.

Wesleyan’s Green Team is researching, communicating, and implementing effective strategies that increase sustainability within the university. For more information on the team, or to join, visit the Green Team website.

Wesleyan Faculty Teach Local Girls about Science

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Ishita Mukerji, the Fisk Professor of Natural Science, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, shows Girls in Science Summer Camp participant Sophie how to filter strawberry DNA on Aug. 2.  (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Wesleyan’s Green Street Teaching and Learning Center hosted the 2016 Girls in Science Summer Camp for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls Aug. 1-5. Campers were exposed to a variety of careers in science and learned how to use scientific tools like lab notebooks, pipets, and microscopes.

Four female Wesleyan faculty—Ishita Mukerji, the Fisk Professor of Natural Science, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry; Candice Etson, assistant professor of physics; Erika Taylor, associate professor of chemistry, associate professor of environmental studies; and Michelle Personick, assistant professor of chemistry—led a series of hands-on experiments with the campers. Sara MacSorley, director of the GSTLC, coordinated the activities.

Mukerji taught the campers about DNA by extracting DNA from strawberries. Students also built a large DNA model and created a secret message using DNA code.

Etson taught the campers about light, color, energy, light refraction, lenses and prisms, and electronics. The girls built their own electric motors, studied solar power, and learned the difference between incandescent and LED light bulbs.

Taylor and graduate student Mackenzie Schlosser taught the campers about parts of a cell, germs, and good and bad bacteria, and had campers test various areas of the Green Street Teaching & Learning Center for bacteria.

Personick taught viscosity by racing different fluids, such as chocolate sauce, corn oil, ketchup, soap, and glue, to see which flows best. The campers also learned about the different phases of matter.

“The girls were very surprised to see that ketchup flows slower than glue, and we talked about non-Newtonian fluids to explain that observation,” Personick said.

Personick also had the campers make bouncy balls by cross-linking a polymer (glue) with Borax; tested the properties (magnetism, conductivity, density, flexibility) of different metals to learn about what properties metals have in common and which properties depend on the shape/size of the piece of metal; and created silver nanoparticles in a rainbow of colors and then used silver and gold nanoparticles to make stained glass. On Aug. 5, the campers used what they learned about viscosity to make bubbles.

Students also made and ate liquid nitrogen ice cream to study phase changes in cooking, and talked about how cooking is science in the kitchen.

The Girls in Science Camp is supported by the Petit Family Foundation.

Photos of the Girls in Science Camp are below:

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Undergraduates Present Posters at Summer Research Presentation

More than 100 undergraduate research fellows presented their work at the Wesleyan Summer Research Poster Session July 28 in Exley Science Center and the Science Library.

More than 140 undergraduate research fellows presented their work at the Wesleyan Summer Research Poster Session July 28 in Exley Science Center and the Science Library.

Tristan Ang Tze Heng speaks about his study titled “Quantifying the Heterogeneous Dynamics a DPPC and Cholesterol Bilayer. Ang’s advisor is Francis Starr, professor of physics, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, director of the College of Integrative Sciences.

Tristan Ang Tze Heng speaks about his study titled “Quantifying the Heterogeneous Dynamics of a DPPC and Cholesterol Bilayer. Ang’s advisor is Francis Starr, professor of physics, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, director of the College of Integrative Sciences.

GLS Students Take Intensive Summer Courses

Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies is offering 13 courses this summer in narrative fiction and film, biography writing, European history, world literature, multivariable mathematics, the photographic book, abnormal psychology and more. Wesleyan offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and the more advanced Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Writing and non-degree graduate study. Rather than becoming specialists in narrow fields, GLS graduates possess the highly-valued ability to connect across disciplines, identify multiple possibilities, and argue all sides of a topic.

Indira Karamcheti, associate professor of English, associate professor of American studies, is teaching HUMS 633: World Literature for Graduate Liberal Studies on Monday and Wednesdays.

Indira Karamcheti, associate professor of English, associate professor of American studies, is teaching HUMS 633: World Literature for Graduate Liberal Studies on Monday and Wednesdays.

Karamcheti’s class examines literature from the last half of the 20th century including works by authors from India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.

Karamcheti’s class examines literature from the last half of the 20th century including works by authors from India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.

Students learn how the authors shape their world and what issues concern them. Students learn how the authors shape their world and what issues concern them.

Students learn how the authors shape their world and what issues concern them.

Place, Character and Design offers a rich and varied reading list and a chance to write and experiment, with careful editing of one's work.

Place, Character and Design offers a rich and varied reading list and a chance to write and experiment, with careful editing of one’s work.

The assignments are flexible and will suit each student's interests. Students may writing a novel, journalism, a memoir, or a grant proposal,The assignments are flexible and will suit each student's interests. Students may writing a novel, journalism, a memoir, or a grant proposal,

The assignments are flexible and suit each student’s interests. Students may write a novel, journalism article, a memoir, or a grant proposal.

Students read each other's work and offer feedback in class. Students learn how to establish a narrator's voice or characters' presence, develop style and design, and connect with readers.

Students read each other’s work and offer feedback in class. Students learn how to establish a narrator’s voice or characters’ presence, develop style and design, and connect with readers. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, professor of environmental studies and co-chair of the College of Social Studies, is teaching SOCS 630: The Evolution of Government: The Rise of the Modern Nation State on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, professor of environmental studies and co-chair of the College of Social Studies, is teaching SOCS 630: The Evolution of Government: The Rise of the Modern Nation State on Tuesday and Thursday evenings this July.

This course takes the most historically complete view of the evolution of governance, from the very earliest forms of governance among humans in hunter-gatherer societies up to the most recent forms of governance in the present. Our study of the evolution of governance focuses on patterns in the transition from one form of governance to the next.

This course takes the most historically complete view of the evolution of governance, from the very earliest forms of governance among humans in hunter-gatherer societies up to the most recent forms of governance in the present. The class studies the evolution of governance and focuses on patterns in the transition from one form of governance to the next. (Photos by Ben Travers)