Schedule of Events For
Thursday, April 11, 2019

08:00 am - 05:00 pm
WesFest 2019!
Congratulations on your admission to Wesleyan University! We hope you will join us for WesFest 2019 - three fun-filled days packed with information sessions, tours, department open houses, keynote speakers, film screenings, student performances and a student activities fair! You can even spend the night with a current student to get the full Wesleyan experience! Online registration is not required, but strongly encouraged. Whether you register online or not, please remember to check-in at the Office of Admission upon arrival to let us know you've arrived, pick up a schedule and a little gift from us to you! Admission staff and regional deans will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. See you at WesFest 2019!

08:30 am - 04:30 pm
Stop in to register, grab a cup of coffee, and purchase meal tickets for later. Don't forget to grab your special gift from the Office of Admission too!
Location: Office of Admission

09:00 am - 09:45 am
Remarks from President Michael Roth '78 and Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Nancy Hargrave Meislahn
Location: Fayerweather, Beckham Hall

09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Financial Aid Office Drop-In Hours
Financial Aid directors are available to answer all of your questions. Stop by anytime!
Location: North College, 2nd Fl.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Financial Aid at Wesleyan: What You Need to Know
Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Financial Aid process. Bring your questions!
Location: Usdan University Center, Rm. 110

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Health Professions Info Session
Our Health Professions Advisor will be on hand in the Gordon Career Center for a quick presentation and conversations about planning and preparation for the health professions.
Location: Gordon Career Center

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Res Life Panel
Join Director of Residential Life and Associate Dean of Students Fran Koerting and student panelists for a Q&A about living on campus.
Location: Exley Science Center, Rm. 184 Woodhead Lounge

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Center for Jewish Studies Drop-In Hours
Dalit Katz, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Hebrew Professor, will be available to answer questions and give information about the Certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies, cultural events, Israeli Film Festival, studying Hebrew and more. Light snacks will be available.
Location: 171 Church St., Rm. 211

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
History Department Drop-In Hours
Pop by the History Deaprtment to learn more!
Location: Public Affairs Center, Rm. 113

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Religion Department Drop-In Hours
Come to an informal chat with Religion Department professors and find out how to study everything from Siberian shamanism to philosophy before and after the Holocaust, Christian feminist theology to Evangelical spiritual warfare, Muslim cultures to Islamophobia, Christians and the Roman Empire to Zombies as modern-day monsters.
Location: 171 Church St.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wes in the World
Join members of the Study Abroad staff and students who have traveled abroad for a Q&A session.
Location: Usdan University Center, Rm. 108

10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Campus Tours
Campus tours will leave from the Office of Admission patio every hour, on the hour, between 10am and 3pm. Tours will last approximately 75 minutes.
Location: Office of Admission Patio

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Film Studies Tour
Take a guided tour of the Center for Film Studies.
Location: Film Studies Lobby

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Parent-to-Parent Panel
Join us for this interactive discussion with parents of current students. Bring your questions! This panel is for parents only!
Location: Powell Family Cinema

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Student-to-Student Panel
Meet current Wes students for an honest and informative discussion about life, academics, and activities at Wesleyan. This panel is for students only!
Location: Fayerweather, Beckham Hall

11:00 am - 02:00 pm
Hungry? Visit the Usdan University Center Marketplace for an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet! Meal tickets are avaialble in the Admission Office for $5/ea.
Location: Usdan Marketplace

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Recital
For many decades Betty Tishler was a fixture at Wesleyan musical events and she provided for an annual competition and winner's recital. A reception will follow in the Zelnick Pavillion.
Location: Memorial Chapel

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Learn to Swing Dance!
Come learn to swing dance with the Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Team! No prior experience or partner necessary!
Location: Fayerweather, Rm. 108

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
Opportunities in the Sciences
Interested in studying science at Wesleyan? Stop by to learn more from professors and students engaged in the sciences.
Location: Exley Science Center, Rm. 184 Woodhead Lounge

12:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Athletics Drop-In Hours
All are welcome to come and view the Freeman Athletic Center. Visit our information table with staff on-hand to answer questions about intercollegiate athletics. Learn about our varsity, club and intramural sports! If you are interested in speaking with a coach, contact them in advance to set-up an appointment.
Location: Freeman Athletic Center

12:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Pictures with the Cardinal!
S top by the bookstore for amazing deals and to have your picture taken with the Wesleyan Cardinal!
Location: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

12:30 pm - 01:30 pm
ED Student Mingle
Meet fellow ED students and then head over to Usdan Marketplace for lunch together. $5 discount tickets are available in the Office of Admission.
Location: Office of Admission Patio

01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Career Center Drop-In Hours
The Gordon Career Center staff will be available to discuss searching for a job and finding a career with a liberal arts education.
Location: Gordon Career Center

01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Resource Center Open House
The Resource Center seeks to support, empower, and engage students with underrepresented and marginalized identities at Wes.The Centers areas of focus include promoting dialogue and coalition building around the intersections ofrace, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, sexuality, sustainability, spirituality, and social and political activism. Stop by to learn more!
Location: Resource Center

01:30 pm - 02:30 pm
College for East Asian Studies Drop In Hour
Join Ao Wang, Chair of the College of East Asian Studies, for open office hours.
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

01:30 pm - 02:30 pm
Psychology Meet & Greet
Psychology majors who are officers of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, and the departments peer advisor, who provides additional support to pre-major students, will be available to speak about the major from the student perspective.
Location: Judd Hall Rm. 103

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
WesFest Alumni Keynote - Marysol Castro '96
Marysol Castro has spent the last two decades challenging the TV news status quo as a journalist and host. In an unusual turn of events, Castro made history by becoming the first Public Address Announcer for the New York Mets. This new calling would also make her the first Latina Public Address Announcer in the entire MLB. In her spare time, Castro creates television shows. Her latest, Somos, is a profile show where Castro profiles Latinos of all walks of life. When she is not calling games in Flushing Queens, or hosting Somos, Castro is also the host of The Weekly Good on OGTV, a weekly show featuring a round-up of good news. And because how can you be a human and not have a podcast, Castro has added that to her resume too. She is the host of the wildly popular CTBites Hot Dish podcast where she talks about another favorite subject: food. From her humble beginnings in 2000 at News 12 The Bronx, to WPIX-TV in NYC, Castro honed her ability to think quickly and speak coherently in front of the nation's most difficult viewers: New Yorkers. With serendipity and timing on her side, Castro would go on to anchor the weather at Good Morning America in 2003 for seven years. In addition to greeting viewers each morning with the nation's weather patterns, Castro honed her skills as an interviewer by profiling everyone from Tom Brady to Miley Cyrus to Colin Powell (though she rarely if ever asked them about weather). In 2010, Castro anchored weather at CBS's The Early Show. She spent 2 years at ESPN as a Host and Sideline Reporter for the Little League World Series, Invictus Games and Premier Boxing Champions. Castro attended the The Westtown School in Westtown, Pa, Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, NY. Because she is outnumbered, Castro runs a zone defense in her home in Connecticut with her 2 young sons
Location: Fayerweather, Beckham Hall

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Long Lane Farm Tours
Head down to our campus farm for a tour!
Location: Long Lane Farm

02:40 pm - 04:00 pm
College of Letters Drop-In Hours
The College of Letters (COL) is a three-year interdisciplinary major for the study of European literature, history, and philosophy, from Antiquity to the present. Visit the COL on the third floor of Boger Hall, across from Usdan, and drop in for a conversation with a COL professor.
Location: Boger Hall Rm. 325

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Hot Topics for Parents
This Q&A session provides parents with an opportunity to ask Wesleyan students all of their burning questions about campus life. This panel is for parents only!
Location: Exley Science Center, Rm. 184 Woodhead Lounge

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Navigating Survivor Care and Support at Wes
In the spirit of building community, this "meet and greet" will be an opportunity for admitted students and their families to learn more about on-campus and community resources working to support survivors of interpersonal violence (i.e. sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and/or sexual harassment). There will also be opportunities to connect one-on-one with representatives from these community agencies and on-campus offices, and understand more explicitly each agency's role. This event is open to everyone, whether you know a survivor, are connected to a survivor, or want to know information and resources for survivors in the future. Overall, the goal of this workshop is to connect students and their families into this network of resources as Wesleyan and the Middletown community for survivors and those whom are connected to survivors.
Location: Usdan University Center, Rm. 108

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Student-to-Student Panel
Meet current Wes students for an honest and informative discussion about life, academics, and activities at Wesleyan. This panel is for students only!
Location: Fayerweather, Beckham Hall

03:00 pm - 04:10 pm
Organists' Open Class
Undergraduate organists' host an open class with performances of Bach, Peeters, and jazz.
Location: Memorial Chapel

04:00 pm - 04:45 pm
Exley Science Center Tour
Join a Wesleyan tour guide for a tour of our science facilities.
Location: Exley Science Center Lobby

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cookies & Conversation with your Class Dean
The role of a class dean is to support your academic success over the next four years. They monitor your progress towards graduation; facilitate access to academic and non-academic support services; and support students as they transition from high school through the undergraduate years to life post-Wesleyan. Join Class of 2023 Dean, Jennifer Wood for cookies and conversation.
Location: North College, Rm. 203

04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Ajua Campos Presents: Cafe Frida
Join Ajua Campos for Cafe Frida, a mixer for prospective and current Wesleyan students to get to know the Latinx community at Wesleyan. Student speakers will talk about their experience at Wesleyan as it relates to being a Latinx student.
Location: Zelnick Pavilion

04:30 pm - 05:30 pm
AFAM Student Round Table on Black Horror and Jordan Peele's "Us"
Join AFAM Students and faculty for a round table discussion moderated by Visiting Assistant Professor Casey Hayman.
Location: 343 High St.

04:30 pm - 05:30 pm
Classical Studies Spring Lecture Series: Race and Environment from Hippocrates to the Smithsonian Institute
In this talk, we explore theories from ancient Greece and Rome that connect differences in human group physiology and culture, what we today call race and ethnicity, to climate and geography and how those ideas were used by anthropologists and other scientists in the 19th century to develop scientific forms of racism.
Location: Downey House, Rm. 113

04:30 pm - 06:00 pm
Osaki-san: William Gilette's Gentleman Valet
Come and hear the true story of a prewar Japanese immigrant to Connecticut, who lived in East Haddam through some of the highest and lowest moments in U.S.-Japan Relations.
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Wesleyan Acappella Concert
Did you know that Wesleyan has more than a dozen a cappella groups? Come and hear many of them perform.
Location: Exley Science Center Lobby

05:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Hungry? Visit the Usdan University Center Marketplace for an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet! $5 discount tickets are available in the Office of Admission.
Location: Usdan Marketplace

05:30 pm - 06:30 pm
Second Stage Information Session
Stop by to learn about student theater at Wesleyan! We will be hosting a Q&A session with Shades, another one of Wesleyan's primary producing organizations, then giving a tour of the '92. You will get to see our main performance space, costume room, props closet, and scenic shop as well as hear more about our staff and season!
Location: The '92 Theater

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Meet the Wesleyan Democrats
Learn about Democratic politics at Wes and beyond, with campus activists and campaign workers.
Location: Boger Hall Rm. 113

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
WesFest Concert
A concert featuring performances by Wesleyan Music Department ensembles including the Concert Choir directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, Javanese Gamelan directed by Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam and Artist in Residence I. Harjito, and Taiko Drumming Ensemble directed by Adjunct Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan.
Location: World Music Hall

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Awkward Silence - Stand Up Comedy Open Mic
Awkward Silence, a new stand up comedy club is hosting an open mic. Members of the club will perform, but also open to others.
Location: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Schmooze with the Jews
Come eat delicious food (bagels, cookies, and more), talk, and hang out with members of the Wesleyan Jewish Community. Any and all questions are welcomed, ranging from what Jewish life is like on campus to the best spots to eat on campus are. Everybody, regardless of religion, are welcome to attend!
Location: The Bayit - 157 Church St.

08:00 pm - 08:00 pm
The Annual Samuel and Dorothy Frankel Memorial Lecture
The Rise and Fall of Salonica, the 'Jerusalem of the Balkans' Speaker: Devin E. Naar Here is the program description: The Mediterranean port city of Salonica (Thessaloniki) was once home to the largest Sephardic Jewish community in the world. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the city's incorporation into Greece in 1912 provoked a major upheaval for Salonica's Jews. By reference to previously unstudied archives in Ladino, Greek, Hebrew, and French, this lecture tells the story through the voices of Salonican Jews as they forged a new place for themselves in Greek society prior to the destruction of the Holocaust.
Location: Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

08:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Come see Prometheus, Wesleyan's one and only fire-spinning group, as we heat up and bring a fire-y performance for all to see.
Location: Foss Hill

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Reusable Tumbler Decorating Party
Join the Wesleyan EcoFacilitators and decorate your very own reusable tumbler!
Location: Usdan University Center - Lobby

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wesleyan Film Series - Happy as Lazzaro
A guileless laborer affably toils among peasants who are feudally exploited by a noblewoman, but asserts an enduring humanity across situations both prosaic and sublime. In his glowing NY Times review, A.O. Scott notes that ?Happy as Lazzaro sets out a table of bittersweet neo-realist and magical-realist delicacies.?
Location: Goldsmith Family Cinema

09:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Desperate Measures Improv Comedy Show
We will be playing make believe and you will be laughing at us. It will be 11 blasts out of 10. 12/10! I would recommend that you come, you'll have such a good time!
Location: Nicolson Lounge

09:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Hysterics Comedy Show
The Hysterics are a group of stand up comedians who are not cisgendered men! A lot of us will be famous Wesleyan alumni one day probably! Come to our comedy show so when you see us on the big screen one day, you can think "wow, I saw them perform at a small venue several years ago!"
Location: Exley Science Center, Rm. 058

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm
SOC Fashion Show
The SOC fashion show is an event where students of color band together to not only celebrate being people of color but to showcase their talents and educate their community members of their culture and creative ideas. We seek to exhibit diversity within the Wesleyan community to both admitted and prospective students.
Location: Fayerweather, Beckham Hall