Spring 2020 Fourth (4th) Quarter Classes – Full Listing

Subject Catalog Section Description Instructor Meeting Schedule Cap Enrl Total Enroll
CSPL  262 01 Intro to Soc Entrepreneurship Kingsley,Makaela Jane …..F. 01:20PM-03:20PM, Loc:ALLB103 30 26
CSS  320 02 Jr Tut: China in Global Econ Bonin,John P. …..F. 02:00PM-04:00PM, Loc:PAC421 10 6
CSS  330 02 Jr Gov Tut: Global Trends Rutland,Peter …..F. 02:00PM-04:00PM, Loc:PAC422 10 10
CSS  340 02 Jr Hist Tut: Bombings of Japan Johnston,William D. ….R.. 02:00PM-04:00PM, Loc:PAC421 10 13
E&ES  195 01 Sophomore Field Course Ku,Timothy C.W. …..F. 01:20PM-04:10PM, Loc:SCIE405 25 14
PHED  102 01 Tennis, Intermediate Fried,Michael A .M.W.F. 10:50AM-11:40AM 15 14
PHED  104 01 Golf Potter,Christopher J. ..T.R.. 01:20PM-02:40PM 12 18
PHED  106 02 Fitness, Beginning Black,Drew .M.W.F. 08:50AM-09:40AM 19 19
PHED  107 01 Inner Game of Golf Woodworth,Mark A. ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM 12 6
PHED  118 03 Strength Training, Intro Mullen,Kate .M.W.F. 09:50AM-10:40AM 19 13
PHED  118 04 Strength Training, Intro Reilly,Joseph P. .M.W.F. 01:20PM-02:10PM 19 10
PHED  119 02 Strength Training, Advanced Mullen,Kate .M.W.F. 10:50AM-11:40AM 19 11
PHED  123 01 Lifeguard Training Solomon,Peter Gordon ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM 10 4
PHED  138 02 Indoor Cycling McKenna,Jodi .M.W.F. 08:50AM-09:40AM 19 12
PHED  139 01 Running for Fitness Reilly,Joseph P. .M.W.F. 08:50AM-09:40AM 12 9
PHED  140 01 Racketlon Kerr,Shona ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM 16 15
PHED  155 01 Plyometric Training DiCenzo,Daniel A .M.W.F. 08:50AM-09:40AM 19 18
PHED  157 01 Pickleball Meredith,Eva Bergsten ..T.R.. 01:20PM-02:40PM 19 11
PHED  159 01 Cross Training Fitness Black,Drew ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM 19 18
QAC  154 01 Working with MATLAB Thayer,Kelly Marie …W… 07:10PM-10:00PM, Loc:ALLB204 19 19
QAC  155 01 Working with Python Oleinikov,Pavel V .M….. 07:10PM-10:00PM, Loc:ALLB204 19 28
QAC  156 01 Working with R Kaparakis,Emmanuel I. ..T…. 07:10PM-10:00PM, Loc:ALLB204 19 28
QAC  311 01 Longitudinal Data Analysis Kaparakis,Emmanuel I. .M.W… 01:20PM-02:40PM, Loc:ALLB204 16 23

Notes from Your Class Dean: Working Together for the Remainder of Spring 2020

Greetings!

I hope this message finds you well as I know we are all living in strange and challenging times. Even so, I am hopeful that we will get through this together. In the spirit of hope and action, I have outlined my plans to support you in the days and weeks ahead.

Emails & Other Communication

You’re probably inundated with emails right now, and I promise that I will try my best only to send emails that apply to the majority of students in the Class of 2021. Additionally, I encourage you to check the Class of 2021 blog for other useful updates and information from different campus units. My hope is that the junior class blog will be a hub for information and resources that support you for the immediate future and beyond.

Email is the quickest way for me to get in touch with all of you, and for you to get in touch with me, but I’m open to other platforms that will help me to communicate effectively and efficiently as well (e.g. Moodle, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok). Don’t hesitate to forward along any suggestions you have! Sadly, I can’t promise I will pursue every recommendation, but any suggestion you send me will get a fair and thoughtful review.

Office Hours & One-on-One Meetings

Given that Wesleyan is implementing a distance learning model for the remainder the semester and in an effort to improve and maintain my own health, I am no longer hosting in-person drop-in hours or appointments for this academic year. However, I’m still working and accessible.

Moving forward, I will host 30-minute, virtual meetings by appointment, and I will resume my drop-in hours on a virtual platform starting March 23rd continuing through the end of the semester. Please bear with me as I pursue virtual options to meet the needs of students in the junior class.

You may schedule appointments and drop-ins through my Google calendar: https://tinyurl.com/deanleathers

All of my drop-ins and appointments will provide captions to make them more accessible and they will be hosted through Google Hangouts Meet until further notice. Additionally, all times listed are based on Eastern Standard Time (EST).

There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll hit some bumps in the road (slow internet connectivity; delayed appointments for one reason or another; beloved siblings/children, pets or other sounds of life distracting us in the background, etc.), but I am dedicated to working through the challenges ahead to assist you as best as I can. Given that, I ask for a little grace during this season and I will be sure to extend it to you in kind.

Info Sessions & Workshops

My colleagues and I are putting our heads and resources together to offer virtual content we either initially planned to offer in person sometime this semester or have identified as a useful resource given our new normal.

On tap is a collaborative session on preparing for a thesis and the honors process, and I’ve started talks with a colleague about offering a session to give students a more robust introduction to the Zoom app/platform. Details on both are forthcoming!

I’m not sure what the future holds, but I will continue doing my best to provide you all with guidance and support as long as I serve as your class dean.

Please be safe, and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns moving forward.

Take gentle care,

Dean Leathers

Services for New Week and Beyond 3/20

Dear Students,

As we all struggle to get used to Wesleyan in a distance-learning mode, we in Student Affairs wanted to provide you with an online resource guide detailing services and supports that will still be available regardless of whether you are near or far in the coming weeks.

Wishing you safe travels, good health and successful transitions.  As always, let us know how we can help.  Go Wes!

Warmly,

Dean Mike

 

Become A Wesleyan Study Abroad Ambassador! – Info Session 3/3

Introducing the Wesleyan Study Abroad Ambassador Program! This brand new program gives study abroad returnees an opportunity to share their international experiences and support their fellow students in a meaningful way.

Study Abroad Ambassadors will work closely with the Office of Study Abroad to support Wesleyan students as they navigate each phase of their study abroad experience. Ambassadors will promote international experiences and intercultural learning opportunities, offer guidance to applicants and outgoing students, and support students once they return to campus.

Because this is a new program and we want study abroad returnees to help shape it, we are holding an information / brainstorming session on Tuesday, March 3. We hope to see you there!

Study Abroad Ambassador Info Session

Tuesday, March 3 from 12-1pm

Fisk 201

Lunch will be provided – Please RSVP here

Two Health Professions Workshops– 10/8 at 12:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Tips on Preparing for the MCAT from a STUDENT PANEL

WHEN: Monday, 8 October 2018

WHERE: Boger Hall, Room 112

TIME: 12:15 –1:15 PM

PRESENTED BY: Wesleyan Student Panel

Fellow students who have taken the MCAT will address how they prepared for the exam and then also share their application process experience (along with their medical school interview tips)

Presented by the Gordon Career Center and co-Sponsored by the American Medical Student Association, Wesleyan Chapter

 

Summer Experiences/Internships Student Panel

WHEN: Monday, 8 October 2018

WHERE: Boger Hall, Room 110

TIME: 6:15 –7:15 PM

PRESENTED BY: Wesleyan Student Panel

Six Fellow students from various class years and majors will share what they have done in the summers to help them prepare for the health professions.

Presented by the Gordon Career Center and co-Sponsored by the American Medical Student Association, Wesleyan Chapter

Pre-Registration Workshop!! Fri., Nov. 3 from 1-2 p.m.

Hello Class of 2021!

Confused about Pre-RegistrationDon’t know what classes to take? How to registerWant some snacks? Your Academic Peer Advisors (Rubye and Haley), Paul Turenne (from the Registrar’s office), and Dean Brown (your class dean) want to help as you figure out course plans for the spring semester.

We are hosting a workshop this Friday, November 3 from 1:00-2:00PM in Usdan 108Come join us for Pre-Reg tips and tricks (and treats)!  Bring your questions and concerns!

REMINDER: Pre-Registration planning for your next semester classes is open now and closes on Monday, November 13 at 5:00PM.   Before then, you must meet with your faculty advisor about your tentative course selection for discussion and approval, so make an appointment now!  Scheduling occurs on November 14

Get to Know Your Professors this Fall

Your first semester is not too soon to get to know your professors.  Not only will you feel more confident about course material from going to their office hours (really, they schedule them for you!), but also you will learn more about the department, the discipline/field, research opportunities, and the university.  Make a point to go to office hours once a week for each of your courses.  If you don’t have specific course questions, bring in an article that might be of shared interest.  An additional option is to invite your professor or advisor to lunch and bring another classmate or advisee with you.  Establishing a good academic relationship will help the faculty member to write you a substantive letter of recommendation should you need one for a summer job or internship.

Check out the piece by former Student Academic Resources Intern, Claire Wright ’16, entitled “How Do I Get to Know My Professors?”   She has some good suggestions.  Note that while you can still take a professor to lunch, the process is different now.  You will be hearing more about it from Dean Mike, the Vice President for Student Affairs, sometime in early September.

 

Advice from a former Peer Advisor: Don’t Be Nervous!

Peer Advisor Rachel Earnhardt ’17 wrote this for the incoming Class of 2020, but good advice never gets old!

It was in the Container Store, standing among clearance laundry baskets and desk organizing supplies sometime in early August, that I had a *minor* meltdown about starting college. Somehow, browsing for reasonably priced, but sturdy dorm necessities had made college feel so suddenly imminent and terrifying. If you find yourself having a similar experience, whether it be in Target or Bed Bath & Beyond or anywhere else really, I’m here to say that’s completely normal.

If you are totally chill and prepped and ready for college, then I envy you. Likely though, if you have traversed the internet to find this humble peer advisor blog post titled “Don’t be Nervous,” you are feeling anxious or excited or overwhelmed or some combination about starting college and would like to hear from some “wise” not much older soul who’s been there. I hope you find my personal narrative and unsolicited advice reassuring.

Okay, let’s rewind to the weeks leading up to the Container Store Incident. The summer before my first year at Wesleyan, I had my first real job working as an assistant camp instructor at the natural science museum. For several weeks, I stayed gloriously busy doing bug-themed crafts and making dinosaur footprint cookies and leading nature hikes and deliberating about how long I could avoid washing my staff shirt, but then, abruptly, camp ended. And the whole month of August was empty. It stretched out…a painfully open, unplanned void. This unscheduled month meant that I had four weeks with nothing to do other than think about heading off to college.

Let us rewind a bit more to April of my senior year. I had made an exhaustive spreadsheet, titled “The Decider.” With nearly 25 categories (like food, climate, “do I have to take a math class?”, faculty to student ratio, etc) I had meticulously input data about all the schools to which I had been accepted. I had been blessed with several wonderful options, many very similar to Wesleyan. But after careful analysis, Wes emerged as the clear choice. The last (and most important) category of my spreadsheet was titled “good vibes?” Next to other colleges, I wrote things like “too cold” and “too radical.” By Wesleyan, I had written the succinct, but completely confident: “Yeah.”

Yet still, even though I had penned this definitive assessment and highlighted the Wesleyan column in green on the spreadsheet, sent in my deposit, and bought my “Wesleyan Girls: Making Connecticut Beautiful Everyday” shirt, throughout the month of August, I woke up wondering. Wondering about each of the other schools from my spreadsheet, and even ones that I had not even applied to. For example, I had to remind myself that I crossed colleges in the state of Minnesota off my list for a reason (I’m sure it’s a great state, but I’m from the South and I’ve always just pictured a frozen hellscape). In retrospect, I realize that channeling my energy into my college choice stemmed from a general anxiety about going 900 miles away for school, where I didn’t know anyone.

Side note: It was also in August 2013 that I discovered College Confidential, which is sort of the underbelly of the internet. I stayed up for hours consuming the crowd-sourced anxiety about selecting a school and prepping for college. I also read countless Buzzfeed articles and mediocre blogs about the first year of college. *This was ultimately counterproductive and I do not recommend it.

But back to the story, fast-forwarding a bit to late August. After returning several items purchased in the heat of the moment to the Container Store, I had acquired everything on the packing list (and a bunch of things I didn’t need). We packed the car and began the eleven-hour drive from North Carolina to Connecticut.

I arrived in Middletown the day before move-in and led my parents on a tour of my new home. Draped in the flowers of late summer, the verdant campus was even more welcoming that it had been during our first encounter. (Okay, here comes the corny part): As I stood on the top of Foss hill looking out at College Row under the dome of blue sky, I knew that I would have the incredible opportunity to grow in profound ways over the next four years. I had picked a wonderful place to learn and prepare to make positive impact in the world.

I would be lying if I said that every ounce of anxiety evaporated during the first days or weeks or even months on campus. Eventually, I found my community and I can confidently predict that you will, too. Here is a whole paragraph of encouraging, very sincere reassurance:

If you are wondering if Wesleyan made a mistake admitting you: they didn’t. Or if you made a mistake in choosing it: you didn’t.  You are intelligent and capable. You will be surrounded by 780 interesting, smart, creative, idealistic people in your first year class. You will be able to find common ground with plenty of other people (even if you may not find those souls on your hall). It may take a few days or weeks or months, but you will meet friends and find professors with whom you connect. You may get overwhelmed by the coursework or, on the other end of the spectrum, find that some your courses are not what you expected, but there are plenty of people around to commiserate with and more importantly, to provide support and guidance. You will change your mind and your major and likely your haircut several times…and that’s all expected and celebrated!

Because I didn’t know where else to put it—here it is the obligatory list of unsolicited advice about preparing for college/the first few weeks (in no particular order) that you will probably ignore:

  • Go to different club meetings and activities. It might take a little time, but you will meet people who share your interests. I don’t want to minimize your unique personality, but there are plenty of other folks who are interested in science AND movies!! And yes, there will be at least one other person interested in starting a band.
  • Your hall will likely fuse together for a few days. That’s totally normal. Try to expand a little…Ask people from your classes or activities to lunch or coffee or to the Film Series or a WesBAM class. (Please feel free to contact me for other friend date suggestions.)
  • If you are unsure about ANYTHING, reach out to the peer advisors, the RAs, CAPS, OSRL, the deans, your orientation leaders or any the other groovy resources available.
  • Orientation specific: Go to all the events! Maybe you feel like you met your new bae or best friend and you will never hang out again if you separate to go to the meetings….but more than likely, you will learn something important at the orientation event.
  • Real talk: Across the nation, the first two months of the fall semester see an unsettling spike in alcohol hospitalizations. Please, please take care of each other.
  • Your residential advisors and orientation leaders are so excited to welcome you to campus. Maybe you don’t connect with them on a spiritual level and that’s totally fine.
  • ******Academics don’t happen in a vacuum. Your emotional, physical and mental well-being are all intimately a part of your experience and affect your ability to succeed (whatever success means to you). ******

So let’s wrap up. You’ll recall several paragraphs ago I explained that in my spreadsheet, by Wesleyan I had written: “Yeah.” I will now artfully use that as a nice frame for this post.

Is there an expansive network of resources and people (students, faculty, staff, peer advisors, the list goes on…) to support you throughout your Wesleyan journey so that you can get the most out your time here and go on to be a thoughtful and engaged citizen? Is the entire Wesleyan community so jazzed to have you join us?

Yeah!!!!!!!

The title of the post is “don’t be nervous,” but I had plenty of people tell me that and I didn’t listen. If you’re nervous, there’s not much I can say to change that. Nervous or not, either way, you will arrive in Middletown… and more than likely you will thrive here.

So, again, if in the next couple weeks you have any moments of doubt or anxiety or maybe you just get so excited you can’t breath, please feel free to reach out to the peer advisors (or one of the many aforementioned resources).

And of course, I invite you to have a last minute existential crisis in your local dorm supply depot. It can be quite cathartic.