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fullbridge-logoWe received the email below from our friends at Fullbridge, announcing a dramatically discounted rate ($1000 rather than the usual $3600) for their winter bootcamp in NYC and Boston. Students can apply for a PCSE Enrichment Grant to defray the cost of participating in this immersive learning program, which provides critical skills not just for those seeking careers in business, but also those seeking to become high-impact social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and public service professionals. Oladoyin Oladapo ’14 is one of several Wesleyan students and alumni who have participated in a Fullbridge program, and she talks about it in this video.

Fullbridge will have a table in Usdan on November 19 (11am-2pm and 4-5:30pm) and an info-session in the Career Center that evening (6-7pm), and more information is available at bit.ly/wesleyan_fullbridge.


Dear Students,

We are excited to welcome the Fullbridge Program to Boston and New York City this January 5-16. The job market is more competitive than ever, and we want to make sure that you’re ultra prepared to succeed during your internship experiences and land a rewarding position when you graduate. There is no time like the present to start considering how you want to make your mark.

Wesleyan is working with Fullbridge to help prepare you for real-world experience with a simulated work environment in the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the Fullbridge Business Fundamentals Program this January and jumpstart your next step.

The Fullbridge Program provides you with the rare opportunity to receive daily feedback and mentorship from experienced professionals. Your coach will guide you through the program and help you master the skills you need to be successful during future internships and eventually working in any variety of organizations including non-profit, finance, business, start-ups, and more.

Here’s what you will get from your experience:

  • An expert coach who will be your mentor and practice boss
  • An authentic professional network and an expanded sense of self, purpose, and direction
  • Stand-out marketability in today’s competitive job market
  • Confidence and the skills essential to land that coveted internship or job
  • Real-world experience to discuss in an interview and boost your resume

Dates:   January 5-16, 2015

Location: Boston and New York City

Price:   $1,000

Apply: bit.ly/wesleyan_fullbridge

Give yourself the extra advantage before future internships and jobs. Supplement your undergraduate education with the added skills, network, and real-world experience you need to help you land your first job.

Visit the Fullbridge website page at Fullbridge.com/city-programs for more information!

A friend and neighbor of Wesleyan wrote in about this opportunity:

We are looking to hire someone as a Project Associate to join us at truthinadvertising.org in Madison, Connecticut. We had a Wesleyan student, Patrick Flood ’11 who had been with us for a couple of years leave us this fall to start his MFA in London.

If you have any suggestions in terms of students who might be graduating soon (or recent grads) who you think might be a good fit for the position, please send them my way! Experience not necessary – just someone who is bright and eager to learn and wants to stay in the area for a year or two to work in the consumer advocacy arena. This is really a general support/writing position but with loads of opportunity to learn (PR/Marketing/Writing/CMS/Website stuff) in a pretty laid-back and flexible environment.

I’ve attached the job description for your reference. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to touch base one the phone or in person. We could also use some interns though the distance might be a factor (our current interns are coming to us from Quinnipiac).

Thanks so much!

Shana Mueller, Director of Marketing & Communications

203.421.6210 | smueller@truthinadvertising.org

truthinadvertising.org | @TruthinAd | facebook.com/truthinad

The job description is here, and interested candidates can reach out to Shana directly with any questions. 

Wesleyan students have been a fantastic addition to Senator Murphy’s Hartford office in the past, and his staff is eager to welcome a few motivated and well-rounded interns on board for the spring semester. Apply by December 5 to join Team Murphy:

murpheatureA Congressional internship is a valuable opportunity for students with an interest in public service to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of the United States Senate.

Internships are available in my offices in Washington, DC, and Hartford, CT.  I am seeking hard-working and detail-oriented college students with outstanding communication and time management skills.  An ardent desire to help others is required.  Interns will work closely with my staff and constituents to attain a broad understanding of the interaction between citizens and their government.  Interns assist my staff with various administrative tasks, including answering phones and sorting mail, and also participate in more substantive activities, including drafting responses to constituent inquiries, conducting legislative research, attending briefings, hearings, meetings, press conferences, and other events, and drafting memos for the staff and me.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two brief writing samples to: Office of Senator Chris Murphy, Attn: Alice Diaz, One Constitution Plaza, 7th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103.

Wesleyan prides itself in raising “practical idealists” who are eager to work for social change after graduation. The goal is not just to do well but to do good and to build careers around the causes they care about. Four alumni with the common good at heart will return to campus on the evening of Wednesday, November 19 for a conversation on their career paths, the rewards and challenges of their work, and their experiences in various positions, fields and sectors. They’ll share insights from the first years after college, as well as advice for current students seeking meaningful, impactful work.

The Panelists:

Since 2000, Gregg Croteau has been the Executive Director of the United Teen Equality Center, a nonprofit serving proven-risk youth in Lowell and Lawrence, MA through street outreach, gang peacemaking, and workforce development programs. He majored in East Asian Studies while at Wesleyan and received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1997. Prior to joining UTEC, he researched social work in Vietnam and became fluent in Vietnamese. Gregg has received the Fernando Miranda Outreach Educator of the Year Award and the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award, and has also been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees & Immigrants and the Health Disparity Council in Massachusetts.

Holding a BA in Anthropology from Wesleyan, a Masters of Science from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Christian Philemon leads the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester as its Executive Director. The YSOW aims to interrupt the cycle of re-incarceration by providing a residential alternative to jail for young men ages 16 to 21. They participate in clinical, educational, and vocational programs and commit themselves to volunteer work so that they may return as positive and contributing members to their communities.

Katie Nihill currently serves as Director of Operations of the Tobin Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering innovative social science research on public policy issues. As part of the executive leadership team, Katie manages the organization’s day-to-day operations, budget, accounting, staff resources and investments. Katie graduated from Wesleyan University in 2010, with a major in Government and American Studies and a certificate in Environmental Studies. During her time at Wesleyan, she was an Arts Administration Fellow at the Green Street Arts Center.

As of this past election, Matt Lesser will be serving his fourth consecutive term as State Representative in the 100th District of Connecticut, including Middlefield, Durham, Rockfall, and parts of Middletown. He was first elected to this position in 2008, while still a student at Wesleyan, and he had been elected to Middletown’s Planning and Zoning Commission in 2007. Previously, he worked for the Democratic National Committee, on campaigns for Chris Dodd and Barack Obama, at the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, and at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. In addition to serving as State Representative, Matt is also the Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community of Southern Connecticut.

1904168_295823887282178_3246478138453205254_nYou may have fond memories of Thanksgiving Dinners past, sitting full-bellied around a table of meats and sweets, enjoying the company of family and friends. Unfortunately, food insecurity – which affects nearly 14% of Connecticut residents, including over 155,000 children – brings down the holiday cheer for many households, even in our own community.

Since 2010, however, various groups, businesses, and individuals from around the city have come together for the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project to purchase and assemble baskets of food for people who cannot otherwise afford to prepare a Thanksgiving feast. Last year, the MCTP provided 700 baskets to community members, and the goal for this year is to assemble over 900 baskets. Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff have been involved in the project since its founding. Your donations and volunteer work will be vital as well all strive to reach this goal, so here’s how you can help:


Sign up to assemble baskets! Wesleyan’s Office of Community Service will bring vans of students to the Fellowship Church on Monday, November 24 for two shifts: 10:00am – 12:30pm and 12:15pm – 3:00pm. We also need volunteers for 9:45am-12:00pm on Tuesday, November 25. Students are also welcome to drive themselves; email our office (ccp@wesleyan.edu) to discuss carpooling and other volunteer opportunities.


Wesleyan is responsible for providing the stuffing and gravy for the Thanksgiving baskets, so make sure to pick some up from Wesshop or on your next trip to Price Chopper. Other donations are welcome as well; excess supplies will be donated to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. There are collection boxes in Usdan, North College, Olin, Exley, Freeman, and Weshop.

To learn more about the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project and to hear how other people are getting involved, like the Facebook page.

Summer Internship Grants Poster

The Wesleyan Career Center and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce several grant programs available to students.

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) Internship Grants ($4k apiece)

For Wesleyan sophomores and juniors currently receiving need-based financial aid who plan to do socially innovative or socially responsible work during summer break. Apply via the Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant process.

Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant ($4k apiece)

Assists sophomore and junior financial aid students in financing summer experiences related to their career interests.  Grants are given for all types of summer experiences that are career focused, ranging from the corporate world to non-profit; in the U.S. and abroad. Read more here.

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) Seed Grant ($5k apiece)

To fund the launch or early-stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected project, program, or venture that is designed to have social impact. We encourage applications not only for the creation of new for-profit or non-profit organizations, but also to pilot programs that will exist independently or under the umbrella of an already-existing organization. Winners receive $5,000 in funding and mentorship from Wesleyan staff and alumni. Read more and learn about past projects on the Patricelli Center website

Kathryn Wasserman Davis Projects for Peace ($10k apiece)

Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday, international philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis committed $1 million to support and encourage motivated youth to create and test their own ideas for building peace. Wesleyan has the honor of awarding at least one Davis Projects for Peace grant each year. Winners receive $10,000 in funding and mentorship from Wesleyan staff and alumni. Read more and learn about past projects on the Patricelli Center website.

Learn more about these exciting opportunities!
Attend one of the upcoming information sessions:

Monday, November 17
Usdan 110

Wednesday, December 3
Usdan 108


The Green Street Arts Center is looking for a student instructor to lead a semester-long course related to computer-aided art once a week from 4:15 to 5:15 pm for students in grades 1-3 or 3-5.  This is a paid position. For more information or to discuss your course idea, contact Green Street Director Sara MacSorley at smacsorley@wesleyan.edu.

The Challenge Cup

Bobby Cunningham ’15 writes in with an incredible event for Wes students and alumni in NYC:

On Thursday, November 20 from 5:30-9pm, 1776, the DC-based global startup incubator and seed fund, is partnering with NYU Polytechnic for the NYC portion of the Challenge Cup, a global competition that spans 16 cities in 11 countries to identify and fund the most promising startups tackling the world’s biggest challenges in education, health, energy and cities. For those in New York who are interested in attending the pitch competition, RSVP here for free, and if you have any questions, get in touch with Bobby Cunningham.

What will CSPL 210 do with the $10,000 they received from the Learning By Giving Initiative? Here’s the latest update from Bobbby Cunningham ’15:

The Money and Social Change class has made great progress since we first received our initial list of 275 nonprofits six weeks ago, and we’ve learned quite a bit about consensus decision making and grant-making along the way. After trimming our list of Middlesex County nonprofits from 75 to 11 in our marathon session, our grant-making process became much more deliberate and focused. Up until then we had made cuts in smaller groups of three or four, but now we needed unanimity to move forward. Joy was serious about reaching full consensus before eliminating nonprofits or deciding on a process forward, which was great because it lead to intense and thoughtful discussion and ultimately to a collective class decision. It really got people thinking and participating. To narrow down our list even further, we had to decide how we were going to tell a connective story with our portfolio of grantees. Initially proposed in our reflection of grant-making Saturday, collective impact seemed like an approach that our whole class could stand behind. Collective impact arises through cross-sector coordination of organizations around a common agenda to fix a complex social problem. Last Monday, we decided to go with this method, and entering last night’s class we had a general grouping of organizations based around themes. We explored numerous groupings, all sound and well-reasoned options, before eliminating a few organizations. After two more hours of working towards a final decision, we’re excited to report that we’ve accomplished our goal. The $10,000 will be shared between three nonprofits that we believe will benefit from meeting one another and potentially working together in the future. In next week’s post, we’ll speak more about our three grantees and how their story is one of collective impact. In the coming weeks, we’ll be working to plan the structure of our Grant Award Party. We look forward to keeping you in the loop, and hopefully we’ll see some of you at the award ceremony!

Read previous posts by Jojo Weinberger ’15 and Sam Rispaud ’15, and follow their class on Twitter.

Rebecca Friendly ’11 writes from California with this message:

logo_usc_large2I am more than halfway done with my first semester of grad school at the USC Marshall School of Business where I am getting a Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship. I am really enjoying the program and have a great group of classmates. I’m helping the program reach out to potential applicants for next year and to encourage people to attend the upcoming info sessions (http://www.marshall.usc.edu/msse/infosessions). It would be great if you could tell students or graduates about this opportunity.

Info sessions will take place as follows (all times Pacific):

  • November 20, 2014, 6:30 PM - At USC
  • December 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – Online
  • December 10, 2014, 6:30 PM - At USC
  • January 8, 2015, 6:30 PM - At USC
  • February 2, 2015, 12:00PM – Online

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