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When alumni connect with the Patricelli Center for the first time, they often leave bits of advice for students and young entrepreneurs. As fall break comes to close and courses kick into high gear again, we’re happy to offer a mid-semester pick-me-up and share some of their wise words. (If you’re an alum with truth bombs to drop, fill out the PCSE alumni volunteer form!)

“Move where you can make a difference. There are jobs in every nook and cranny of this country for smart, ambitious, motivated young people. New York will always be there (at least until the ice caps melt), so spend the early years out of college actually learning skills and figuring out what you’re good at – and do it somewhere where it has impact.”
- Daniel Bloom ’10, COO & Co-Founder at TernPro

“Do what you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are!”
- Vivian Best ’03, Founder at Give It Fresh Today

“Live in a community different from the one in which you grew up. Develop empathy for those from other circumstances.”
- Kathlyn Pattillo ’12

“You need two qualities to build something big: the stomach to see all the reasons why you’re going to fail, and the will to be relentless in finding solutions to those problems.”
- Jon Leland ’05, Director of Community Engagement at Kickstarter

“Do something that pulls you out of your comfort zone. If you’re nervous or confused, it’s probably a good sign.”
- Francesca Jones ’12, Business Development Officer at Smarter Lighting Engineering Research Center

“Follow the power. The strongest argument or most well-crafted message doesn’t do anything unless it reaches someone with the power to change the thing you want changed. Figure out where the power for change lies, and apply pressure there.”
- Dan Shannon ’01, Senior Strategy Director at Purpose

“YOLO. Make it count.”
- Vlad Gutkovich ’07, Impact Manager at Schoolzilla

“Self-care is important in order to not burn out. Sometimes we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others and make the world a better place. In fact, sometimes we may need to focus on only taking care of ourselves and our families, in lieu of working to make the world a better place. ‘Im ein ani li mi li?’ (Hebrew) Translation: ‘If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?’”
- Robin Alexander ’89, Clinical Social Worker at Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

“Focus on finding an organization that does good, and that does good well. An organization’s culture and work style are ultimately more important than the exact issue at hand. If you find an organization that is effective, efficient, and inspiring, you will be motivated to help affect change.”
- Elizabeth Conrad ’11 at Hopscotch

Money and Social Change isn’t your typical college course. In an exciting shift from theory to practice, participants learn about different approaches to philanthropy and impact investment and then put their money where their mouth is by doling it out to local organizations. The students are eager to share their experiences with the rest of the world, so in addition to following them on Twitter, you’ll be able to read about their activities, discussions, and visiting speakers in guest posts throughout the semester. The first note comes from Jojo Weinberger ’15:

We’re in Week 6 of our Money and Social Change class, taught by Joy Anderson ’89, founder of Criterion Institute. This class is a participating member in the Learning By Giving Initiative, a program sponsored by Dorris Buffet’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. Through this initiative our class – along with students at 25 colleges around the country – received $10,000 to grant to non-profits in the local Middlesex community. In addition to working on this grant-making process, each student in the class is developing his or her own theory of change: a theory of how we think change happens. This is our first post and we’ll be keeping it short and simple. Each week we’ll send out some info, discussing our progress in the grant making process and a short blurb about a class member and his/her theory of change. This class has been great so far and we’re excited to keep Wesleyan community updated on our progress!

Good news for recent grads! Arabella Advisors is seeking a new assistant editor for their DC office. To bring your writing skills to the social sector, check out the details below and on their website:

The position: As Arabella’s new assistant editor, you will use your inherent talent with words to help our teams produce reports, publications, proposals, and online communications that make the world a better place—by enabling philanthropists to achieve the greatest good with their resources. You will join a small editorial team that works closely and collaboratively across our growing firm, providing editorial direction, support, and training. You will need to be smart, flexible, resourceful, and socially engaged. You will also need to be a sharp and attentive copy editor and a capable project manager.

The organization: Arabella Advisors helps philanthropists and investors pursue their social and environmental goals more effectively. Our platform of services enables clients to use all of their assets—grants, investments, relationships, time, and talent—to achieve greater good. We work with large foundations and corporations, as well as families and individuals, to develop strategic focus, execute projects, evaluate grantees and programs, invest for impact, efficiently manage grants and funds, and continually learn and innovate. Our team is socially minded and entrepreneurial, always looking for ways to make the world a better place by better serving our clients.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with multiple Arabella teams as they create compelling reports, presentations, and other publications that enable philanthropists to maximize their impact
  • Provide excellent copy editing that strengthens and polishes content
  • Help colleagues translate analytic research into clear, compelling language that resonates with Arabella’s audiences
  • Help to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders and shifting deadlines
  • Support the editorial team’s content development, communications, marketing, and knowledge management efforts
  • Assist with other tasks to support the editorial team and the firm, as necessary
  • Assist with document design and layout
  • Assist with creation and management of digital content
  • Develop relevant knowledge of the philanthropic sector

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, journalism, or a related discipline
  • 2-3+ years of relevant professional experience as an editor or writer
  • Experience with copy editing using a style guide
  • Ability to draft high quality written materials under tight deadlines
  • Experience managing multiple tasks with sometimes conflicting deadlines
  • Willingness and wherewithal to make editorial decisions even in relation to the work of those in senior positions
  • Experience with managing web content, email marketing, and new media (experience with WordPress, InDesign and/or other design software a plus)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

Use your research skills for social good! The Tobin Project is currently seeking Research Analysts to work within and across their four core research areas: Government and Markets, Institutions and Democracy, Economic Inequality, and National Security.

The core work of the Tobin Project is motivating new research on major problems facing society. Our research team serves as the hub for a network of more than 400 leading scholars with whom we work, designing strategic research inquiries and building new communities of scholars across multiple disciplines and universities. Research team members are responsible for managing long-term research inquiries, planning meetings of scholars and policymakers, maintaining fluency in a variety of social scientific methods, interfacing with leading scholars, and providing sustained creative input into large-scale research projects such as edited academic volumes. Staff members interpret and analyze current scholarship, typically gaining expertise within a particular substantive area, and engage with methodologies ranging from experimental design to historical analysis.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will demonstrate first and foremost a commitment to the Tobin Project’s mission. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a social science or history and a strong commitment to using scholarly research to inform public policy. Additionally, successful applicants will have:

  • Excellent analytical, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Experience designing and conducting original research in the social sciences or history
  • Creative and entrepreneurial thinking
  • The ability to self-motivate and to take the initiative in managing projects
  • The ability to evaluate high-level academic research
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Persistence, determination, and the ability to overcome obstacles
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail

The Tobin Project is seeking candidates who are able to start no later than Spring or Summer 2015. To apply, please e-mail the following materials to opportunities@tobinproject.org: a 1-page cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications; a 1-2 page resume; all academic transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable); and a writing sample. More information is available on our website at www.tobinproject.org/opportunities

An exciting opportunity from Wishing Wells co-founder Brent Packer ’15:

Wishing Wells is a budding environmental start-up born from a Wesleyan design competition. We’re expanding quickly & are looking for ambitious students to join our team.

Plastic waste is a serious issue. There is currently 100 million tons of plastic disintegrating in our oceans causing tremendous harm to marine life. The energy used to create the annual American demand for plastic water bottles uses enough energy to fuel 1.3 million cars for 1 year.

Universities across North America are stepping up to the challenge to eliminate plastic water bottle waste. Many, including Wesleyan, have banned bottled water from campus; however, they still have trouble hydrating guests at large campus events such as Reunion & Commencement, football games, music festivals, etc. Their only options were to rent/ purchase a high cost hydration structure or to break their commitment by purchasing thousands of water bottles… until now.

Wishing Wells provide chilled, filtered water requiring nothing more than ice and a hose connection. From just a handful of Wesleyan events, these lost-cost structures have already saved over 10,500 water bottles. With backing from a Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship seed grant, we’re looking to spread this technology as effectively as possible. With ambitious plans to open-source publish our designs online, partner with Middletown manufacturers, and tour to neighboring Universities/ organizations, we need other students with the same entrepreneurial drive to make this happen.

Apply at wwells.org by November 1. Also check out recent coverage in the Hartford Business Journal and Wesleying, as well as the founders’ first and second PCSE grant reports.

Update: There will be an information session about the service trip on Wednesday, October 22 at 6 pm in Usdan 108.

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Chelsea Tweneboah ’15 has asked us to share this information with fellow Wesleyan students:

My name is Chelsea Tweneboah and I want to introduce an awesome and inspiring service trip with an organization that I am apart of, started by my high school teacher. The organization is called Ubuntu Global Connections, which is nonprofit and uses service to promote change In South Africa. This January we are planning on heading back to South Africa ad wanted to extend the invitation to the Wesleyan community.

There is lots of flexibility about the dates, itinerary and activities so just about any aspect of this could be changed if you or your interested students wanted to focus more or less in one area or another.

I am attaching a sample itinerary – this one was the trip our organization led with with students from Connecticut College in March 2013.    This trip was partly in Cape Town (where we worked with the children at Linawo children’s home, did some educational and cultural immersion activities and some outdoorsy things) and in a rural community in the Eastern Cape (where we worked with an educational non-profit, stayed in huts with families, hiked along the beautiful coast).

The weather in South Africa in January is very warm so beaches and outdoor activities would be a fun way to spend some of our free time.

Here are a short list of the most common activities we have included on various trips, depending on participants’ interests and budget.

  • Service work (taking children on outings, setting up a garden, painting a house, helping high school classrooms, building an outdoor latrine, organizing a new library, helping students to do computer activities)
  • Outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, biking, seeing animals)
  • Educational and cultural immersion activities (Robben Island and other museums related to Nelson Mandela or apartheid, cooking or language lessons, observing a church service, doing a homestay or having dinners with families from various backgrounds)

The total cost for a 12-day trip (plus two days of travel) would likely be around $3400-$4200, however some calculating needs to be done to get more accurate numbers.   This includes airfare and everything on the trip, except snacks, laundry and souvenirs.  Meals, lodging, ground transportation, guide and programs are all included.  In addition, this includes a $100 donation to the organizations where we serve and the group would decide how to allocate this money at the end of the trip.   Optional activities, not on the itinerary (which will be pretty packed), would cost extra.

Again, everything on the trip is negotiable.  We could do a shorter and less expensive trip and stay just in Cape Town or in the Eastern Cape and discuss other ideas or suggestions that you may have.

I hope this gives you a sense of how it might work.  I am imagining a 12-day trip within the dates ofJanuary 2-20, but even that is flexible. There may be students form Wellesley and MIT joining the possible Wesleyan group on trip.

Attached is further information about the trip. Please let me know if you have any questions: camotweneboa@wesleyan.edu
Sample Itinerary

For information on other experiential learning opportunities during winter, spring, or summer break, visit the “Get Experience” section of the PCSE Resource Center.

Wesleyan World Wednesdays, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, and Academic Affairs present a panel discussion with Wesleyan alum and CT State Epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter,  Prof. Anna Geltzer and Prof. David Constantine, on the public health response to Ebola.

FINAL

From our dear friends at WESU 88.1 FM:

Don’t miss the WESU Fall Record Fair (and sale) on Sunday October, 26 from 11am-4pm. The event features dozens of vendors, from throughout the North-East, selling music in all formats. Plus, there’s other cool merchandise and WESU DJs spinning vinyl all day long. So, come on down and do some crate digging! You might find that album you’ve been searching for!

The WESU Fall Record Fair is free and open to the public and happens in Beckham Hall in the Fayerweather building at 55 Wyllys Ave on the Wesleyan Campus (06459).

To make a record donation, contact our events coordinator at events@wesufm.org.

Angela Yoo '15

(Photo by Olivia Drake)

We’re proud to share this interview with WesReads/WesMath coordinator Angela Yoo ’15! From Olivia Drake:

 Q: Angela, where are you from and why did you choose Wesleyan to further your education?

A: I am from Nanuet, New York but I went to a boarding school called Phillips Exeter Academy. I chose Wesleyan because I was intrigued by how people were given the freedom to pursue their interests, no matter how different these interests might be. I was also attracted by the collaborative atmosphere and how people seemed to encourage and support their peers.

Q: What are you majoring in?

A: I’m double majoring in chemistry and English, and I hope to write a thesis on non-beta lactam inhibitors of beta-lactamses. This entails synthesis of potential inhibitors as well as investigating the efficacy of these compounds through enzyme kinetics. I have been working in Professor Pratt’s lab in the Chemistry Department since sophomore spring. I chose to also pursue English because I was really interested exploring the different stories that people tell, the various ways in which they tell their stories and how we understand them.

Q: You’re currently the co-coordinator of a tutoring program called WesReads/WesMath. Tell us a bit about this program.

A: WesReads/WesMath allows Wesleyan students to tutor at two different local elementary schools. More than 70 Wesleyan students volunteer through the program and we help teachers with classroom activities or work with a small group of advanced learners on a math or reading curriculum that we developed or organized.

Q: How do the Wesleyan students and elementary school students benefit from this program?

A: Tutors and students mutually benefit from this relationship. I find that when the elementary school students are encouraged to collaborate on problem-solving or participate in discussion based reading, they are more excited and engaged about the material and concepts. For a Wesleyan student, the opportunity to physically leave campus and work with younger students is a refreshing and gratifying experience. It allows for a wider perspective and a greater understanding and connection to the community that exists outside of Wesleyan.

Q: Do you have other teaching or tutoring experience?

A: In high school, I did a similar tutoring program where I would work with small groups of third graders. We would read a book together and have group discussions. This is what initially got me interested in working with students. I worked as a TA for an organic chemistry lab course and I thought it was a really great experience, especially because I had been in a student in this course. As a TA, I learned how the same concepts could be understood in different ways by individuals. Communication/ dialogue is very important in learning and teaching. Being in lab for four hours a week as a TA allowed me to appreciate the teachers and their dedications as well as the students’ enthusiasm.
(I also learned how hard TAs work to facilitate the course!)

Q: Tell us about the Korean Dance group you co-founded. How many students are in this group. Do you need dance experience? Where do you practice and perform?

A: Hea-Ream Lee ’15 and I co-founded the Wesleyan Korean Fan Dance group last fall. There have been around a dozen students who have expressed interest and have joined in our dance practice. Although Hea-Ream and I both have dance experience in Korean Traditional Dance, many of our members do not have prior dance experience. We usually practice in Fayerweather, although sometimes if the weather is nice, then we will practice in the CFA courtyard. We have traditionally performed twice a year, once a semester. We perform during the Korean Culture Show and Mabuhay, Wesleyan’s annual Asian/Asian American show.

Q: What are your favorite classes this semester? And what classes have been most instrumental to your education at Wesleyan?

A: Currently my favorite classes this semester are Biochemistry and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Although they are both are rigorous courses, the concepts they cover are different but complementary. Biochemistry is also relevant to the research I do so it is has been a really interesting class. One of my favorite and most influential classes was Advanced Nonfiction Workshop with Professor Lisa Cohen. The way she taught me to appreciate the complexities and contradictions of stories, reading, and writing changed the way I approach almost anything. It was a truly inspiring class.

Q: You’ll be graduating this May! What will you miss most about Wesleyan and what are your future plans?

A: Of course, the thing I will miss most about Wesleyan is the people. I have met phenomenal friends, people who challenge me and have changed me. I am grateful that I was able to meet these people and that knowing them has allowed me to become who I am. But somehow, it doesn’t feel like a coincidence that we ended up here in the same place at the same time. After graduating from Wesleyan, I hope to attend medical school. However, my plans immediately after Wesleyan are not set and I am open to different possibilities.

Another excellent opportunity for seniors:

APPRISE is a nonprofit research institute dedicated to collecting and analyzing data and information to assess and improve public programs. The evaluation research will measure how well the programs achieve their goals and provide recommendations for how the programs should be modified. Our current research includes work for federal and state governments, agencies, utility companies, and nonprofit organizations. APPRISE has positions available for Policy Analysts to conduct research on energy efficiency and energy assistance programs.

Job responsibilities include program evaluation design, on-site observation of energy education and energy service delivery, design and management of client surveys, interviews with service providers, analysis of program evaluation data, and written reports.

The ideal candidate would have excellent writing, analytic, and interpersonal skills; and an interest in social programs and public policy. Familiarity with data analysis software and/or database software would be valuable.

Apply through Career Drive by Friday, October 17, 2014.

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