Writing Workshop Tutoring Resources Available

A Note from the Writing Workshop

The Writing Workshop will be holding online tutoring hours during reading period today, Friday, 5/8, tomorrow, Saturday, 5/9, and Sunday, 5/11. They are offering a range of times from 8am until 9pm, EST to try to accommodate as many students from across the globe as possible.

Online remote sessions are certainly different, but can be so very helpful to students as they navigate this new terrain of finals. Working with a peer can be grounding, and our tutors are trained and ready to meet students and help as much as they can in these difficult times. Whether they want to use video, audio, or simply the chat function, students can share their drafts and brainstorm together through our online tutoring software.

As always, students can make appointments by going to Wes Portal –>Academics –> Writing Workshop where you will be redirected to our online scheduling system. Please review this PDF for directions and screenshots to help you navigate the online appointment. You can also find this information on our website.

 

CAPS Webinar: Navigating Long-Distance Relationships

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Relationships are hard and this pandemic seems to be making them harder. Want to learn more about tips and tricks to help navigate and maintain your relationships at this time? Join clinical psychology extern, Elena Cela, in a Zoom webinar where she will discuss all of this and more.

Topic: Navigating Long-Distance Relationships
Time: May 4, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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CAPS Webinar: Reversing Your Procrastination – 5/1

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Why do we procrastinate and what can we do about it? Join CAPS clinical psychology extern Kayla Kleinman for a webinar filled with tips to help you stop putting off your work – just in time for finals! Learn about strategies like increasing the information you have about the task at hand, outlining the steps required, making the task more novel, creating an environment that’s conducive to getting work done, managing anxiety, and more!

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Reminder: Last Day to Withdraw from Individual Classes – Wednesday, April 29th

Good evening!

I hope this post finds you and your family doing well. I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that the last day to withdraw from full semester and 4th quarter courses is this Wednesday, April 29th. Withdrawals will post as “Ws” on academic transcripts; I encourage you to consult Wesleyan’s academic regulations for more information. Additionally, withdrawing from a course may impact your academic standing and progress to degree completion. You should also consult the Financial Aid Office if you receive financial aid and need to withdraw from any courses. Our financial aid class contact is Alyssa Corvi.

You may request to withdraw from a course by completing and submitting the withdrawal form to me via email, copying your instructor and faculty advisor(s) to officially request their assent. I will process withdrawal requests once I have a completed form from the student and confirmation of assent from the instructor and faculty advisor(s).

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime.

Wishing you and your family good health,
Dean Leathers

Shu Tokita Prize for Students of Color Studying Literature – Apps Due by 6/1

Shu Tokita Prize

For Students of Color Studying Literature

The Shu Tokita Prize, established by friends and relatives of Shu Tokita, ’84, will be awarded to a student of color majoring in literature, in area studies, or a language major with a focus on literature, who demonstrates need for substantial financial assistance. If you have any questions about whether or not you are eligible, please contact us.  Recipients will be selected on the basis of commitment to the study of literature as evidenced in the content and quality of their essays, and financial need. Awarded to one or two sophomores and/or juniors for the remainder of their time at Wesleyan, the Prize is usually $1,500 per year. The recipient(s) of the Shu Tokita Prize will receive the annual award at the start of the following fall semester, that is, for their junior and/or senior year(s).

The Prize was established in memory of Shu Tokita, Class of 1984, who passed away in January of 1989 from leukemia. He had received a B. A. in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an M. A. in Japanese Literature from Tsukuba University. He studied literature as a pursuit that spoke to his life, and from which he gained insights and, ultimately, strength. The Prize seeks to reflect Shu’s interest in literature and his belief that it should be accessible to people of all backgrounds; thus, the Prize is focused on supporting students of color, for whom the study of literature, Shu’s family and friends felt, is often considered a “luxury.” Through the Prize, we hope to encourage and assist Shu Tokita recipients in their decision to pursue literature as an academic endeavor. We hope that they will likewise share their insights and wisdom with their communities. Current Wesleyan student winners of the Shu Tokita Prize are Brynn Assignon ’20, Irmina Benson ’21, and Ericka Ekhator ’21.

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Any domestic student of color (U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented student) who is a full-time Wesleyan sophomore or junior and is African American, Asian/Pacific American, Latino/a American, or Native American, is eligible to apply. The applicant must be in need of substantial financial aid.
  2. The applicant’s major or focus of study must be in literature. Applicants may be affiliated with the following departments: English, College of Letters, other language/literature departments, or area studies, e. g., East Asian Studies concentrating on Chinese or Japanese literature.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

The selection is based on the submitted 750-word essay on one of the two topics below, and on financial need, and not on academic standing.

Essay topics:

  1. How do you plan to use your major, or focus of study, to make literature more

accessible to people of all backgrounds?  Please offer a specific example from either your own experience or perhaps a literary text that can illustrate your views.

  1. What does literature have to offer us in this time of global pandemic?

SELECTION: Selection is based on review of applicant’s written essay and financial need.

DEADLINE for submission of applications: 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 1.

Please note:  Due to the disruptions of the pandemic, we have delayed the deadline. If you are planning to submit an application, and need more time beyond June 1st, please contact Prof Hadler.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRIZE WINNER:  By mid-June

TO APPLY: Prize application form is attached. For further information, please contact the campus coordinator of the Shu Tokita Prize committee, Alice Hadler, ahadler@wesleyan.edu (Downey House 209, x 2832).  Please submit your application and essay as an email attachment to Prof. Hadler by the June 1 deadline.

 

CAPS Webinar: Crisis Survival Skills for Social Distancing – 4/27

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Are you having difficulty coping with social distancing? This webinar was designed to provide you with skills to navigate the current pandemic. The information provided in this presentation was selected based on its effectiveness in helping people to manage crises . You will learn how to identify when you are in a crisis and what you can do about it. You will gain tools to help you cope with distressing thoughts, change your body chemistry, and deal with intense emotions . To guide you in creating a life worth living, these activities will also focus on helping you to tolerate distress , to change what is in your control, and to accept what you cannot change . If you are interested, please join CAPS advanced clinical psychology extern and community mental health provider Katie Burns.

Topic: Crisis Survival Skills for Social Distancing
Time: Apr 27, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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ORSL Pastoral Counseling for the Wesleyan Community

Hello Everyone,

I’m sending this message on behalf of the university chaplains. We know that this is a stressful time, and that in addition to the uncertainty of these times, many of us are dealing with the illness and loss of loved ones. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life writes:

‘All of the chaplains at ORSL offer pastoral counseling to those who would like to connect with a confidential, nonjudgmental, listening presence. We are all comfortable working with people of any, all, or no faith backgrounds.

We have been doing this via phone and some of us via zoom for the past few weeks, and hope that people will continue to reach out to us individually.

We can be reached at: https://www.wesleyan.edu/orsl/meetchaplains.html

Rabbi David Leipziger Teva
Director, Religious and Spiritual Life
University Jewish Chaplain
Wesleyan University
860-227-5644

You may schedule a conversation with me via zoom or phone by going to calendly.com/dleipziger