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Frosh, Transfers Join the Wesleyan Community on Arrival Day 2010

More than 100 Wesleyan student-athletes lent a helping hand as the class of 2014 arrived on campus to move into their new abodes for the academic year. Members of Wesleyan’s football, soccer, field hockey, vol­leyball and cross country teams got involved in the activity. They were joined by Wesleyan staff and faculty who also volunteered their time – and backs – to help students move in Sept. 1.

Nathan Repasz ’14 of Erie, Pa. arrived on Wesleyan’s campus Sept. 1 in a Jeep loaded with the all the necessities for the year.

“He brought all 40 of his t-shirts … and a trillion socks. He probably just doesn’t want to do any laundry,” jokes Nathan’s mother, Lenore Skomal. “It’s a good thing that he only brought a third of his instruments. Just three drums, a pan flute and harmonica. He left behind the guitar and Egyptian oud.”

Nathan, an aspiring music and environmental science major, joined more than 750 new and transfer students who moved into their campus residencies on Student Arrival Day 2010. They are joined on campus by approximately 70 international students who moved in prior to Arrival Day as part of International Student Orientation. (View a video of Nathan Repasz here.)

Nathan moved into West College with help from his parents and step parents. Within an hour he was settled with his bed made, clothes put away, and a misted bonsai juniper settled near the window.

“Now it’s time to decorate,” he says. “This place needs some posters.”

At left, Jessup Smith '14 and Joe Ringoen ’14 get settled in their student residence Sept. 1.

In Clark Hall, Jessup Smith ’14 of Cincinnati, Ohio and Joe Ringoen ’14 of San Francisco, Calif. were completely moved in just 40 minutes after arriving. In addition to their families lending a helping hand, volunteer staff and faculty from the Wes-HAUL team, and more than 100 student-athletes assisted the campus-newcomers by carrying in student belongings. The roommates also had help from their R.A.

“I thought we’d get here and have to wait in long lines for a couple hours,” Ringoen says. “I didn’t know we’d have this help. It was awesome.”

Oladoyin Oladapo ’14 and her parents, Sherifat and Matthew, drove in from Brooklyn, N.Y. parking under the shade of pine trees on Lawn Avenue. They were ready to move Oladoyin and her belongings into the Butterfields.

Oladoyin Oladapo '14 moved in with help from her parents, Sherifat and Matthew.

Oladoyin is clear on her academic path: She’s planning to major in government, gaining a solid background for law school, including pursuit of Wesleyan’s Certificate in International Relations. She chose Wesleyan because, “It is academically rigorous, with lots of opportunities for internships and study abroad programs.”

Aidan Daniell, a lacrosse player from Hopkinton, N.H., and his father, Christopher, were unpacking Aidan’s belongings in his double in the Butterfield College complex. Shannon Welch, a field hockey player from Washington D.C. was one of the athletes helping carry the baskets of belongings up the stairs. The Daniells were awaiting Aidan’s mother, who was driving down separately, “With more things?”

“No,” says Aidan. “I don’t think I could fit anything more in here.”

He’s considering a major in government, with the possibility of law in his future. The lacrosse team and coach were a strong draw for him. “I really like the coach and I knew some of the guys who play on the team,” he said.

Third from left, Rebecca Koppel ’14 and her roomate, fourth from left, Leah Khambata ’14 recruited their parents to help unloaded their belongings into their new room.

In the Fauver Residence Hall, Leah Khambata ’14 from Mumbai, India and her roommate Rebecca Koppel ’14 from San Diego, Calif. unloaded their belongings into their new room with the help of their families.  The Khambatas arrived in Middletown on Sunday and stayed at the Inn in Middletown a few blocks away from campus, getting to know the area a bit before move-in day. Rebecca’s family flew in Sunday as well but spent two days on a camping trip before coming to campus.

While Rebecca is undecided about exactly what she will study, Leah has enrolled with a major already firmly in mind.

“Film studies,” she says. “Definitely.”

As they carried their things to their rooms, they passed other new members of the Class of 2014, all in various stages of unpacking, making introductions and getting organized for the beginning of the next four years of their lives. View a video of Rebecca Koppel here.

View more images and videos of ARRIVAL DAY 2010 HERE and Wesleyan’s Flickr site here.

Watch President Michael Roth’s Arrival Day remarks here.

(Article co-authored by Cynthia Rockwell, Olivia Drake and David Pesci)

Wesleyan Welcomes 70 International Students

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Seventy international students, including 11 Freeman Scholars, arrived on campus during the last week of August for International Student Orientation (ISO) for the Class of 2014.

A combination of information sessions, introductions and celebrations, ISO was held from Aug. 29-31, and allowed international students the opportunity to get acclimated with Wesleyan and its surroundings before they joined their fellow members of the Class of 2014 for New Student Orientation on Sept. 1.

The program is designed provide a comprehensive introduction to Wesleyan and help international students begin to build a foundation for their academic and co-curricular success. New students, including international, visiting, exchange, and transfer students, are introduced to the rigorous academic experience that awaits them through meetings with their faculty advisor as well as faculty lectures, discussions and skill-building workshops.

ISO also provided sessions that addressed health and medical insurance issues, cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education. Addition informational sessions were provided about U.S. systems that many international students are not familiar with, or that are very different from those in their home countries.

The program was capped off with an honorary dinner for the students and their faculty advisors. More than 100 people attended the meal, which concluded with skits and group photos:

Nationwide Summer Sendoffs Welcome New Students, Families

Join members of the Class of 2014, new transfer students, and their families for a casual summer social as they prepare to head to campus.

“The Summer Sendoffs are an opportunity to meet others new to Wesleyan, as well as some current students and their families, alumni and friends of Wesleyan,” says Dana Coffin, assistant director of parent programs.

All Sendoffs are hosted by Wesleyan alumni or parents. Sendoffs begin June 27. They will be held in New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., Boulder, Colo., Cary, N.C., Chappaqua, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., East Hampton, N.Y., Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., Newton, Mass., Philadelphia, Pa., San Francisco, Calif., Seattle, Wash. and Washington D.C. The complete schedule is online here.

For more information on Summer Sendoffs, e-mail sendoffs@wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-3756.

LeFevre ’14 Organizes Sneaker Drive to Help Environment

Wesleyan pre-frosh Manon LeFevre ’14, a senior at Cromwell High School, organized a drive with the Parks and Recreation Department to collect old sneakers. The collection drive, which is sponsored by the high school‘s Environmental Club, took advantage of a “Reuse-A-Shoe” program developed by Nike.

According to a May 22 Middletown Press article, the collected shoes are being taken to Middletown where they are being “pulped” — ground up to make a safe, environmentally friendly ground cover for playscape areas and other related sites.

“I’m really grateful to everyone who helped, and I hope some steps forward to keep it going next year,” she says in the article. “Maybe it would be possible for me to do it at Wesleyan …”

Admitted Class of 2014 Most Selective Ever

Wesleyan offered admission to 2,125 students to join the Class of 2014. About 500 admitted students sampled "all-things Wesleyan" during WesFest April 15-17. Pictured is a WesFest picnic on April 16.

This year Wesleyan received 10,656 applications to join the university’s class of 2014, an increase of nearly 6 percent from last year. Of those, 2,125 or just under 20 percent, were offered admission, giving Wesleyan its most selective admission cycle on record.

“This is a really superb and exciting group of students who are poised to join the Wesleyan community,” says Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid. “We had another significant increase in the overall number of applications this year and we had to make a lot of difficult decisions. But the students we chose were absolutely the best match for Wesleyan.”

Some of the highlights of the admitted class include:

Tuition to Rise 5%; Financial Aid 11%

Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees voted last weekend to increase tuition and residential comprehensive fees by 5% percent for the 2010-11 academic year.

Tuition will be $41,814 for all students in 2010-2011. For freshman and sophomores, the residential comprehensive fee will be $11,592. For juniors and seniors, the fee will be $13,176. The higher residential comprehensive fee for juniors and seniors reflects the higher cost of the options available to them. Juniors and seniors have access to apartments and houses in addition to residence hall rooms. They also have greater flexibility in dining options.

“Although we are mindful of the difficulties inherent in annual tuition increases,” says President Michael S. Roth, “in order to maintain our high quality liberal arts programs and our scholar-teacher model we must increase tuition in the coming year.”

Roth went on to say that “Wesleyan is financially stable and has a balanced budget because we have significantly reduced expenditures over the past two years. We are raising student charges by the smallest amount needed to maintain our fiscal stability.” After consulting with the Board of Trustees, Roth emphasized the importance of minimizing expenditures that do not directly affect the experience of students so as to reduce the need for significant tuition hikes in the future.

In the context of the tuition increase for 2010-2011, Roth emphasized the importance of maintaining access to Wesleyan through a robust financial aid program. The university expects financial aid expenditures to rise next year by 11 percent and is projecting an increase in health care costs of 10 percent.

Wesleyan has taken steps to relieve inflationary pressures on the budget in the long term. The university has reduced annual expenses significantly and is in the process of implementing approximately $30M in reductions to its annual budget. Steps taken include:

• curtailment or elimination of proposed construction projects
• an approximate 10 percent reduction in staff (mostly through attrition and a voluntary separation program)
• one-year salary freeze
• a 22 percent reduction in energy usage since 2004
• numerous additional reductions in specific budgets

Wesleyan also has increased enrollments in each class by 30 students (120 total) to generate additional revenue.

President Roth noted that Wesleyan is building its endowment so that more resources will be available to support educational expenditures in the future. In the coming years, the university hopes to triple the endowment for financial aid, adding the equivalent of 400 new scholarships.

Roth stressed that in this difficult economic period the university is still taking steps to offer students an enhanced educational experience. “We have hired 25 faculty members, and even as we secure our future financially, we are developing new curricular programs.”

Roth cited the new programs in Creative Writing, the College of the Environment and Middle Eastern Studies as examples of curricular enhancement, as well as an initiative that has added dozens of new small classes to the curriculum in a variety of fields. “Applications have soared by 30 percent in the last two years. Students across the nation and around the world see Wesleyan as the exciting school all of us know it to be,” Roth says.

Applications Up By 6 Percent Over Record Year

Wesleyan received 203 more applications from the Midwest, 266 more applications from the South and 619 from the West compared to 2008 data. Applicants from the Northeast increased by 392 since 2008. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Wesleyan received 203 more applications from the Midwest, 266 more applications from the South and 619 from the West compared to 2008 data. Applicants from the Northeast increased by 392 since 2008. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

This year, 10,645 seniors from around the world applied to Wesleyan University, an increase of 6 percent from 2009, which was a record year for applications, despite the sour economy.

“Last year we reached an all-time high for applications, up by 22 percent, and this year is 6 percent over that,” says Greg Pyke, senior associate dean of admission.

Of these students, 41 percent are male and 59 percent are female.

The applicant pool contains 362 candidates for the Freeman Asian Scholars program, 860 for early decision admission and 9,423 applications in the regular review process. Two-hundred-and-twenty-nine of these students are alumni sons and daughters.

Nancy Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid, is encouraged by the increase in “markets that Wesleyan has identified as high potential and priority for recruitment initiatives.” These include African-American applicants, applicants from the South,