WESLEY WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS:  September 29 – October 5, 2014

Monday, September 29
Board of Governors Executive Meeting, 9 am – 1pm (Board Room)
Faculty Meeting, 9 am – 12 pm (Elderdice)
Of Sacred Worth, 12 – 1 pm (K-105)
Plumbline, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (K-114)
ASAH, 12 – 1:30 pm (Bess Jones)
Writing Workshop – “Avoiding the 5 Pitfalls in Seminary Writing,” 5:15 – 6:15 pm (Elderdice)

Tuesday, September 30
Community Worship: Dean Robert Martin, preaching, 11 am (Oxnam Chapel)
Diversity Committee Event: “Welcoming All the Saints—What does Diversity Mean to You?”  4:45 – 6:15 pm (KG-01)

Wednesday, October 1
DEADLINE for email announcements, 12 pm!  (Please send nearly “camera ready” information in Calibri font, 12pt to communications@wesleyseminary.edu. Thank you!)
Holy Eucharist, sponsored by the Episcopal Student Association—ALL are welcome! 12:05 – 12:45 pm (Oxnam Chapel)
Community Worship, 6:15 – 7:15 pm (Oxnam Chapel)

Thursday, October 2
ABS Team Meeting, 12 – 1pm (Glassner)
Civil Rights Immersion Orientation, 12 – 1:15 pm (Bess Jones)
Curriculum Meeting with Students, 12 – 1:30 pm (Elderdice)
Wesley Fellowship, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (K-105)
Diversity event:  “Welcoming All the Saints:  What Does Diversity Mean to you?” 4:45 – 6:15 pm (KG-01)
Korean Student Association (KSA) Prayer Service, 9:30 – 10:30 pm (Elderdice)

Friday, October 3
Wesley Ambassadors, 12 – 2 pm (Elderdice)

Sunday, October 5
French Speaking Protestant Church Bible Study, 9 – 10:30 am (TG-09)
French Speaking Protestant Church Worship, 10:30 am – 12 pm (Chapel)
French Speaking Protestant Church Fellowship, 12 - 1 pm (Chapel Narthex)

OCTOBER 6 – 10 is READING WEEK and there are NO CLASSES

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TODAY!   “THE TOP 5 PITFALLS OF SEMINARY WRITING—AND HOW TO AVOID THEM”  Workshop hosted by the Writing Center: 
Take your dinner to a special workshop hosted by the Writing Center during dinner on Monday, September 29, 5:15 pm in Elderdice.  Join us as we discuss the qualities of excellent seminary writing by examining common pitfalls and learning strategies for avoiding them.  Presentation by Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton followed by time for Q&A. 

FROM THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY LIFE
The Office of Community Life presents “Holistic Life and Learning.” This new initiative is being launched in order to better resource the Wesley community around a host of topics that support the spiritual, vocational, and academic needs of our community. Holistic Life and Learning encompasses several key topics that are instrumental to the life of students: vocational clarity, mental and physical well-being, learning resources and financial management. Upcoming events are “The Top 5 Pitfalls of Seminary Writing—And How to Avoid Them” writing workshop oTODAY, September 29, at 5:15 pm in Elderdice (see above announcement) and Mental Health Awareness Day on October 22.

THE DIVERSITY COMMITTEE
Welcoming All the Saints:  What does Diversity Mean to You?” in KG-01 on Tuesday, September 30  from 4:45 to 6:15 pm. The WTS community reflects the diversity of the society around us. We are diverse in race, ethnicity, age, gender, and class, as well as holding differing ideas about theology, politics, social justice, and many other matters. Please join us to hear from three diverse voices within the Wesley Community to help us think biblically and theologically about these issues. We won’t be trying to solve anything, but rather to suggest some approaches to talking about diversity that people might take to the classrooms, dorms, congregations and etc.  We look forward to seeing you!

HOLY EUCHARIST SERVICE
The Episcopal community at Wesley will gather on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:05 pm in Oxnam Chapel for a service of Holy Eucharist using the service in The Book of Common Prayer. The service lasts approximate 40 minutes. All are welcome. The next gathering will be on October 1.  Please join us!  If you have questions or would like to be added to the community email list, please contact Dr. Hogan at lhogan@wesleyseminary.edu.

CONSORTIUM J-TERM COURSE OFFERING
Emerging Religious Leaders (ERL): Christian and Jewish Seminarians Study and Dialogue Program, January 11 - 15, 2015. Consider applying for this select 3 credit course co-sponsored by the Washington Theological Consortium and the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies! This intensive course will raise up the commonalities of our traditions, but more importantly it will focus on the particular ways our respective communities read, interpret and embody their traditions. The participants will have an opportunity not only to listen to brief lectures throughout the five days, but also to engage in small group study of sacred texts.  Jewish and Christian seminarians will also have ample opportunity to get to know one another, and we hope they will develop lasting relationships that will go beyond their five days together.  We want to promote rigorous interreligious learning as well as interreligious friendship. Selected participants will have room and board covered at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reistertown, MD. Participants will be responsible for paying tuition costs. There are no additional scholarship funds set aside at Wesley for this purpose. You must be available to stay in residence for the duration of the week.

To apply:

  • Write a paragraph (no more than 1 double spaced page) describing your interest in the program and relevant experience that has prepared you for this study, what contribution your presence would make, and how participation would advance your educational/professional goals.
  • Indicate the number of academic credits you will have completed at Wesley by the end of the 2014 fall semester.
  • Identify your approximate academic GPA.

Send to: Dr. Michael Koppel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (mkoppel@wesleyseminary.edu) by Wednesday, October 1.  Email Subject Line should read: Consortium J-term Course.

FROM THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE:

  • MTS Students: The first draft of your MTS thesis proposal is due to your reader by October 1. A final copy of your thesis proposal signed by your reader is due to the Director of the MTS Program, Dr. Kendall Soulen, October 15. Multiple resources including MTS Guidelines, the MTS Thesis Proposal form, and MTS Paper Requirements can be found online under the “Student Forms” section of the MyWesley website. If you have any questions concerning the MTS degree or thesis, please contact Dr. Soulen at ksoulen@wesleyseminary.edu.  
     
  • Graduation Applications are Due!  Graduation applications are due October 15. Any student intending to graduate in May 2015 must sign and complete a Graduation Application. Both the Masters and DMin Graduation Application forms can be found in the Registrar’s Office or online under the “Student Forms” section of the MyWesley website. Students should submit the form to the Registrar’s Office by October 15.
     
  • REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! Registration for the Fall 2014 semester is now closed. Below are important dates for withdrawing from classes. Friday, October 31: LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE WITHOUT RECEIVING A FAILING GRADE.
     
  • Degree Audits: To review academic progress towards degree completion, students may request a degree audit. To request a degree audit, please sign and complete the Degree Audit Request form, available under the “Student Forms” section of the MyWesley website or in the Registrar’s Office. A degree audit provides students with any degree requirements yet to be fulfilled along with what courses fulfill those requirements. Once complete, please submit the form to the Registrar’s Office either via email at registrar@wesleyseminary.edu or in person. Students who apply to graduate will automatically receive a degree audit and thus do not need to submit a separate degree audit request.

FROM THE INTERCULTURAL IMMERSION DESK: 

  • 2015 Winter Immersions - Welcome back students!  If you have at least 30 credits and plan to do a winter immersion, please stop by the PMM Office as soon as possible:  immersions are quickly filling up.  For students who are hoping to graduate next May, please be reminded that this requirement will need to be completed during the winter break.  In addition, don’t forget that you are required to attend an Intercultural Immersion Orientation Session prior to going on the immersion.  You will only need to attend one session this fall:  Monday, October 13 from 9 am – 12 pm OR Friday, October 17 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  Please register for an orientation session online at: http://www.wesleyseminary.edu/enus/fieldeducation/practiceinministry mission/interculturalimmersions/orientationform.aspx.   If you have any questions, please contact Josie Hoover at jhoover@wesleyseminary.edu or by phone at 202-885-8558. 
     
  • Alabama Civil Rights Immersion Interest Meeting - For those students who are interested in or have signed up for the January 2015 Alabama Civil Rights Immersion, please be in attendance for an Information Meeting to be held by Dr. Tony Hunt on Thursday, October 2 from 12 -1:30 pm. in Bess Jones.  There are a few slots left for this immersion so if you are interested, please contact Josie Hoover at jhoover@wesleyseminary.edu or by phone at 202-885-8558. 
     

DEACON DIALOG OPPORTUNITIES
Students who are interested in becoming United Methodist Deacons are invited to stop by the new location in the KG-0 Foyer (just outside KG-01 and across from the Mailroom/Copy Center).  Jacqulyn Thorpe, Deacon Liaison to Wesley will be available to see you there from 12:30 - 1:30 pm on three Tuesdays in October (10/14, 10/21 & 10/28) to share new updated resources and information.  

A CONCET FOR INCLUSINON AND EQUALITY
You are invited to the concert, “Catching Fire: A Concert for Inclusion and Equality” on Friday, October 17 at 8 pm at Metropolitan Memorial UMC (3401 Nebraska Avenue NW). The concert, a  benefit for the Reconciling Ministries Network, focuses on music of social justice. It will feature the Rock Creek Singers, Friends of Charles Wesley Choir and singers from area churches – as well as  many  Wesley students singing, playing, and providing a variety of support services. Student tickets are $20 and are available at  www.rmnetwork.org/catchingfire.

THE H. BEECHER HICKS, SR. INSTITUTE OF GREAT PREACHING TO BE AT WESLEY
The H. Beecher Hicks, Sr. Institute of Great Preaching will be Saturday, October 18, 9 am to 4 pm in Oxnam Chapel. This year's Institute will feature a Master Class led by Pastor Hicks and moderated by David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary. The keynote speakers are Dr. Elaine Flake, Dr. Lance Watson and Dr. Dwight Clinton Jones. The cost is $20 for seminarians (id required) and $40 for general public. For more details and registration please visit www.igp2014.eventbrite.com to register.  

CALLING ALL ARTISTS & ARTS LOVERS
Things are really happening in the arts at Wesley! Get the latest scoop and get involvedLearn how at our upcoming ASAH general body meetings that are scheduled at 12 pm in Bess Jones on the following Mondays this semester: (September 29—already happened), October 27, and November 17. Bring yourself, your faith, your lunch, your energy, your ideas, your creativity, and even your friends! ASAH an action-oriented student organization with lots of great activities being planned to enrich our lives, our campus, and our communities. But we are certainly better with you than without! And if you have a talent or gift? Come and share it at the opening of one of our meetings. For more information, please contact us at asah.wesleyseminary@gmail.com and "like" us on Facebook @ ASAH: A Meeting of the Arts and Theology. Hope to see you there!

JANURARY IMMERSION SCHOLARSHIPS
Attention students planning to attend January Immersions: Applications for scholarships are now available outside the Financial Aid Office, Trott 201, or by emailing the Director of Financial Aid: mvibert@wesleyseminary.eduDeadline is October 31.

CPE DAY AT WESLEY
CPE Day at Wesley will be Tuesday,  November 4, 12 – 1 pm in Elderdice.  Plan to attend this lunchtime gathering with CPE supervisors from the greater Washington area who will be available to talk about clinical learning in their locations. Bring your questions about CPE and your lunch. All are welcome!

SUMMER FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY AT AUSCHWITZ
FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of the clergy during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing religious leaders today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. The 2015 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 14 to June 24, 2015.Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, December 23.

Inter-faith dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program. All FASPE programs are non-denominational and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply.  FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: www.faspe.info.If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Thorin R. Tritter, Ph.D., Managing Director of FASPE at ttritter@FASPE.info.

ON-GOING

WESLEY 12 STEP FELLOWSHIP
The Wesley 12 Step Fellowship will meet again this semester for those who are members of AA, NA, CMA, SLA, OA, DA, AL-ANON, ACOA, or other Twelve Step program. Anyone interested in attending should email wesley12stepfellowship@gmail.com for the location and time of the meeting.

KOREAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION (KSA) PRAYER SERVICE
KSA Prayer Service is held on every Thursday, 9:30 – 10:30 pm in Elderdice (except Reading week, Thanksgiving Holiday, and finals week) this semester.  The services are in Korean.
 

DINING SERVICE
Monday - Thursday
Lunch:  12 - 1:30 pm (soup & salad $6.50; full meal $9)
Dinner:  5 - 6:30 pm (soup & salad $6.50; full meal $9)
Menu:  http://www.sagedining.com/menus/wesleytheologicalseminary

BLACKBOARD SUPPORT
Do you have questions about or problems with Blackboard?  Our student support team can help.  We are located in TG-05.  Come by and see us. 

To contact Blackboard, call (202) 885-6091 or email  blackboardsupport@wesleyseminary.edu.

I.T. SUPPORT
Solutionworx
Phone:  703-961-1840, ext. 2
support@solutionworx.com

VARIOUS OFFICES AND THEIR HOURS:
Please note:  The Library, Mailroom & Copy Center and seminary offices
are closed during community worship on Tuesdays, 11 am - 12 pm.

BUSINESS AND REGISTRAR’S OFFICES HOURS
Business Office, M - F, 9 am – 12 pm & 1 – 4:30 pm (closed Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm)

Registrar’s Office, M - F, 9 am – 12 pm & 1 – 4:30 pm (closed Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm)

LIBRARY HOURS
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 10:30 pm (closed Tuesdays, 11 am - 12 pm)
Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am -5 pm (check website, Library not open every Saturday)
Sunday: closed

 Doors may be locked 10 minutes prior to posted closing times. 
Call the Library at 202-885-8695 for the most up-to-date hours information.

MAILROOM & COPY CENTER HOURS
Monday – Friday:  8:30 am – 12 pm & 1 – 6:30 pm (closed Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 p m)

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