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H1N1 “Swine” Flu Information

Wesleyan’s Emergency Management Website has the most recent updates for the campus community on the H1N1 flu strain, also known as “Swine Flu.” The site also has links to pertinent Wesleyan resource sites, as well as state and national sites of note. The Emergency Management site will be updated with new information as appropriate.

Science-Film Course Student Documentary Premiered

Students in the multidisciplinary course “Making the Science Documentary” spent the semester learning film production and the framework of science documentaries. The students decided to focus on the nursing profession as their main subject. One of the films made in the course was premiered at the 2009 Nightengale Awards for Excellence, an annual nursing awards banquet in Connecticut. The course is a collaboration between Jacob Bricca, adjunct assistant professor of film studies and Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Odede ’12, Posner ’09 to Build School in Kenya

Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09 are recipients of a “Projects for Peace Award” for their proposal to build a girls school in the Kenyan slum of Kiberia. The slum was Odede’s home growing up and a place where girls and young women routinely become victims of violence, mistreatment, and abuse of all sorts. The students, who received $10,000 to build the school, hope that the institution will provide both a refuge and an opportunity for girls who enroll.

Applications to Wesleyan Up 22% From Last Year

Applications for admission to Wesleyan rose 22% this year.

Applications for admission to Wesleyan rose 22% this year.

In November, 2008, when all the first round early decision applications were in, the Wesleyan admissions’ staff knew the initial numbers were not a fluke. Applications from high school students seeking admission during the first early decision period at Wesleyan were up 34 percent from the previous year, 2007. Still, the admissions staff maintained cautious enthusiasm.

“We were elated, but we also remained a bit guarded because, quite frankly, we didn’t know if the early decision increase would be followed by a decrease in overall applications, especially with the economy taking such a dramatic downturn,” says Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid. “So we were holding our breath a bit and continuing to contact students and follow up to convert prospects to applications right through the end of December.”

In January, Hargrave Meislahn and the rest of the admissions staff were officially allowed to not only exhale but to even crow a bit. Early decision applications finished up 34 percent from 2007. Overall applications for admission to Wesleyan saw a 22 percent increase from the previous year; this included more than 2,200 filed electronically at the December 31 deadline.

The end result: Wesleyan received 10,057 applications for the roughly 740 spots that will comprise the Class of 2013.

Deadline for Musical Madness Registration 2-12

Time is running out to register for Musical Madness, a musical competition between classes sponsored by the Dean’s Office. The deadline for  is Feb. 12. All musical genres are welcome and prizes will be awarded for “Best in Class” and Best in Show.” Participants will face a distinguished panel of judges that include Rob Rosenthal, professor of sociology, Sarah Lazare, associate dean of student academic resources, and Barry Chernoff, professor of biology and the Robert Schumann Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Performances will take place on Thursday, February 19 in Crowell Concert Hall at 7 p.m. An opening number will be performed by “Lou and the Blues,” with special guest President Michael S. Roth.

MacLean on ‘Ending Jane Crow’ at Russell House 2-12

The 22nd Annual Diane Weiss `80 Memorial Lecture will feature Nancy MacLean, chair of history, professor of African American Studies, Northwestern University, presenting “Ending Jane Crow: How Women’s Workplace Activism in the 1970s Changed the Country,” on Thursday, February 12, at Russell House 8 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. For more information, contact Jennifer Tucker, chair and associate professor, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at 860-685-5389.