Jewett Center for Community Partnerships


The "Did You Know?" Campaign highlights partnerships, connections, and collaborations between Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community. Every Tuesday and Thursday we will post a fact and send it out to the engage blog, WesLive, the Middletown Eye blog, Middletown Patch, Office of Community Service Facebook, and @wes_engage Twitter.

Fact #26. Tuesday, May 7th.
Middletown ReMix, a free collaborative festival of art and sound to celebrate our city's identity, is this Saturday, May 11th, from 2-5PM. The event will include commissioned art, 3 live DJ sets, 2 art/sound installations, a laptop orchestra, food trucks, graffiti art, improv sketches, a gallery walk, and a dance flashmob.

Fact #25. Thursday, May 2nd.
CCP invites all members of the community to May's First Friday talk, where Professor Ron Schatz and his service-learning students will share their research on Middletown History. Please note that the First Friday talk for May will actually take place next Friday, May 10th, at 4:30PM in Room 004 of Wesleyan’s Allbritton Center (222 Church Street). We hope to see you there.

Fact #24. Tuesday, April 30th.
There are weekly public observing hours at Wesleyan’s Van Vleck Observatory, weather permitting. The next observing hours are Wednesday, May 11th, from 9PM to 11PM. For more information visit their website at 

Fact #23. Thursday, April 25th.
The Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteered almost 100 hours of time after the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown experienced a deadly explosion on Feb. 7, 2010. CERT continues to be an invaluable asset to the safety and well-being of our community through snow storms, power outages, and other precarious events.

Fact #22. Tuesday, April 23rd.
You can subscribe to ENGAGE, Wesleyan’s weekly civic engagement newsletter. Every week the newsletter rounds up and sends out links on civic engagement opportunities such as grants, fellowships, community events, and more. To subscribe, send a blank email to: 

Fact #21. Thursday, April 18th.
On Saturday, April 20, from 1–4PM, Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center will hold “The Big Draw: Middletown,” a free community celebration of drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists.

Fact #20. Tuesday, April 16th.
One of Wesleyan’s core values is sustainability. Both on campus and off, students, faculty, and staff engage with the community to uphold sustainable practices and work toward creating a zero-waste model. For example, Middletown's Resource Recycling Advisory Committee, which oversees recycling and other sustainability measures, has been chaired since its inception by a Wesleyan faculty member.

Fact #19. Thursday, April 11th.
There are many Wesleyan student theses on Middletown, such as “'Their Own Guardians and Protectors': African American Community in Middletown, Connecticut, 1822-1860,” by Jesse Nasta, and “Temperance in Antebellum Middletown” by Scott Perry DeAmicus. Come tomorrow when this year's theses are due, seniors will gather on the steps of Olin Library to celebrate. 

Fact #18. Tuesday, April 9th.
Wesleyan’s Science Outreach group holds Science Saturdays for area elementary school students and their families. The next Science Saturday is April 27th at Wesleyan’s Exley Science Center, from 1-4PM (RSVP to by the 21st to attend). In addition to Science Saturday, the group runs weekly programs at 5 local sites of the YMCA Kids Korner.

Fact #17. Thursday, April 4th.
Last year, the Wesleyan student government created the Wesleyan-Middletown Relations Committee (known as "MidWes") in order to promote meaningful interactions between Middletown and Wesleyan through a long-lasting, student-based institutional body. MidWes has already met with numerous members of both the university and Middletown communities to discuss and initiate ways to strengthen Wesleyan-Middletown relationship. 

Fact #16. Tuesday, April 2nd.
The Mansfield Freeman Center offers an educational East Asian Culture Outreach Program for primary and secondary school students from Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, and Portland, as well as a host of other non-local schools.

Fact #15. Thursday, March 28th.
Last fall a group of Wesleyan Football athletes presented on good sportsmanship to 4th graders at the Woodside School in Cromwell. The principal had contacted them in hopes that they could be good role models for students during recess games. Currently, Wesleyan Athletics continues to engage with local elementary schools on a weekly basis.

Fact #14. Tuesday, March 26th.
Wesleyan offers approximately 20 service-learning courses per year. This year's service-learning courses include "Clinical Experience at Connecticut Valley Hospital" with Professor Donady and "Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory" with Professor Ku, as well as courses on social justice, community development, and local history.

Fact #13. Thursday, March 21st.
Zen Coffee Roasters, a local coffee roasting enterprise co-created by a Wesleyan Class of 2011 alumnus, has a retail location at 180 Johnson Street in Middletown. 

Fact #12. Tuesday, March 19th.
Wesleyan’s Professor Croucher and students, along with community members, have conducted research and practice on archaeological excavations in the Middletown area, such as the Beman Triangle (present-day corner of Cross and Vine streets) and the Magill Site (present-day corner of Union Street and deKoven Drive). You can access more info on the website,

Fact #11. Thursday, March 14th.
During the summer, Wesleyan's student-run Long Lane Farm sold fresh produce at the North End Farmers’ Market. At the market, students traded knowledge with other farmers, created partnerships with local customers, and even invited community members back to the farm to see how it all works. 

Fact#10. Tuesday, March 12th.
Wesleyan is one of the original participants in the Middlesex United Way campaign. For the 2012-2013 cycle, the campaign on campus yielded about $110,000 with roughly 40% participation.

Fact #9. Thursday, March 7th.
OCS (the Office of Community Service) has 18 student-run programs that engage over 500 students per semester. The programs offer a wide range of projects, from tutoring public school students to translating documents for community members, and occur as often as once-annually to weekly. 

Fact #8. Tuesday, March 5th.
For over forty years, CAUSE (Community and University Services for Education) has developed programs for partnerships between Wesleyan University and local area schools. In one program facilitated annually by Wesleyan faculty, High School Humanities, approximately one hundred local students participate in lectures, film screenings, and discussions on liberal arts. 

Fact #7. Thursday, February 28th.
You can sign up to receive a weekly calendar of community events at Wesleyan, which include talk series, art exhibits, and film screenings. To sign up, send a blank email to

Fact #6. Tuesday, February 26th.
On the first Friday afternoon of every month while classes are in session, CCP invites all members of the community to come listen to prominent Middletown voices speak on their projects. This Friday's Talk will be "Greening Middletown: Municipal Initiatives to Conserve Energy, Save Money, and Promote Health and Well-Being," at 4:30PM in the Allbritton Building, Room 304. 

Fact #5. Thursday, February 21st.
In January 2009, the Jonah Center began working with students from Wesleyan's College of the Environment to survey local businesses regarding “eco-friendly” practices such as recycling, energy efficiency, purchasing local products, transportation, and other factors. 

Fact #4. Tuesday, February 19th.
The Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP) pairs Wesleyan students with local elementary and middle school students to train in Radio DJ’ing. The program creates original content that airs every Friday at 6:30 on WESU 88.1FM. 

Fact #3. Thursday, February 14th.
The QAC offers a course in which students provide free statistical consulting to Middletown community agencies, such as The Connection, a nonprofit Human Services and Community Development agency. Students work closely with community agency representatives to analyze their data and answer research questions of interest to the agencies. 

Fact #2. Thursday, February 7th.
In the 2007 construction of the Usdan Center, the university hired over 10 individual local contractor companies such as Labor Ready of Middletown, Monarca Masonry of Middlefield, and Tucker Mechanical of Meriden.

Fact #1. Tuesday, February 5th.

The Fast-a-Thon is an annual student-run event benefitting Amazing Grace Food Pantry. The event has raised more than $50,000 over the past five years and nearly half the student body participates.