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Record Number of Students Enroll in Winter Session 2017

James Lipton, professor of computer science, teaches Introduction to Programming on Jan. 9. His class is one of seven being taught this January during Wesleyan's fourth Winter Session.

James Lipton, professor of computer science, teaches Introduction to Programming on Jan. 9. His class was one of seven taught in January during Wesleyan’s fourth Winter Session. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

More than 100 Wesleyan students completed a full-semester course in two weeks as part of Winter Session 2017. Now in its fourth year, this was the highest enrollment to date.

Winter Session was held Jan. 9-24 and classes typically met for four hours a day for 10 days.

Courses this year included Introduction to Digital Arts, taught by Christopher Chenier; The Dark Side of the Universe, taught by Edward Moran; Homer and the Epic, taught by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak; Introduction to Programming, taught by James Lipton; U.S. Foreign Policy, taught by Douglas Foyle; Masculinity, taught by Jill Morawski; and Applied Data Analysis taught by Lisa Dierker.

The small class sizes allowed students to develop close relationships with one another and faculty. Students completed reading and writing assignments before arriving on campus.

“A quieter campus, and a singular focus on just one course,

Students Study Digital Arts, Personal History, Foreign Policy during Winter Session 2016

Wesleyan’s Winter Session, held Jan. 6-19, provides students with an opportunity to take a full-semester course in only two weeks. Students completed reading and writing assignments before classes started.

Classes meet five hours per day.

Indira Karamcheti, associate professor of American studies, is teaching ENGL246: Personalizing History. Students participate in daily memoir reading and writing, and question how they are shaped by their historical times and places. Students construct narratives about our times and selves in a series of writing workshops. They discuss memory itself, childhood, place and displacement, language, loss/trauma/melancholia/nostalgia, self-invention or transformation, family and generational differences. The class engages with these topics in the analysis of the readings and also in the writing of memoirs.

Photos of the Personalizing History class are below:

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Students Take Semester-Long Class in 2 Weeks during Winter Session

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Wesleyan’s Winter Session, held Jan. 9-20, provided students with an opportunity to take a full-semester course in only two weeks. The immersion courses offer full credit and allow students to build a close relationship with faculty and each other.

Students completed reading and writing assignments before class started.

Pictured below are scenes from Winter Session’s ENGL234: Jane Austen and the Romantic Age course (taught by Stephanie Weiner, professor of English) and GOVT311: United States Foreign Policy course (taught by Doug Foyle, associate professor of government, tutor in the College of Social Studies). (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Students Complete Wesleyan’s First Winter Session, Career Center Programs

Prospective biology major Tessa Bellone '16 recently completed the course "Applied Data Analysis" during Wesleyan's Winter Session.

Prospective biology major Tessa Bellone ’16 took the course “Applied Data Analysis” during Wesleyan’s Winter Session. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

This month, more than 40 Wesleyan students completed a semester-long class in less than two weeks.

As part of Wesleyan’s first Winter Session, held Jan. 8-21, students took advantage of a quieter campus and a long winter break to focus intensively on just one course.

“During Winter Session, students can connect more closely not just with the topics they’re studying, but also with their instructor and classmates,” said Jennifer Curran, interim director of Continuing Studies.

Students completed reading and writing assignments before classes began on Jan. 8.

Students completed reading and writing assignments before classes began on Jan. 8.

During this pilot session, Wesleyan offered four courses: “Introduction to Computer Programming,” taught by James Lipton, associate professor of computer science; “U.S. Foreign Policy,” taught by Doug Foyle, associate professor of government; “Applied Data Analysis,” taught by Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology; and “Graphic Novel,” taught by visiting faculty Will Eggers.

On Jan. 16, Winter Session student Tessa Bellone ’16 worked on her own research project – analyzing an association between a country’s income per capita and carbon dioxide emissions. The prospective biology major enrolled in Dierker’s “Applied Data Analysis” to learn more about statistical software.

“Having the ability to analyze data and understand statistical software is really important in a lot of fields, and it will definitely come in handy since I hope to do research in a biology lab while at Wesleyan and maybe beyond,” she said. “The class is pretty intensive, but class size also is really small, so the setting is intimate and there is a lot of personal interaction with the professor. I would definitely consider taking another Winter Session course next year.”

The small classes met for five hours each day over the course of eight days, allowing students to complete a full-semester course in only two weeks.

During the winter recess, Wesleyan’s Career Center also hosted Winter on Wyllys, a variety of career-related initiatives. Career Center staff presented two concurrent, week-long intensive programs: CareerLab for those preparing to enter the job market, and Choosing Good Work for those students trying to make sense of their options and personal goals. The Career Center, with Alumni and Parent Relations, offered a WEShadow Externship Program and alumni speaker series.

And, for the first time, Wesleyan offered Fullbridge Internship Edge, which provides intensive training on business fundamentals.

More photos of Wesleyan’s Winter Session and Winter on Wyllys are below:

Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, taught "Applied Data Analysis."

Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, taught “Applied Data Analysis.”

Associate Professor of Computer Science James Lipton taught “Introduction to Computer Programming." He also teaches the class during Wesleyan's Summer Session.

Associate Professor of Computer Science James Lipton taught “Introduction to Computer Programming.” He also teaches the class during Wesleyan’s Summer Session.