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Rachael Peters ’02 wrote in with this great opportunity for recent Wes grads:


Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is a national nonprofit that gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.

PHE is looking for a creative and driven Development Manager to join our team in NYC, and I thought you might know potential candidates for the role.  The Development Manager will support the NYC Executive Director in raising our budget. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of  development or relevant experience. The right candidate will also be a dynamic and open-minded individual who values input and collaboration and thrives working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced organization. You can find the full job description here.

A lot of recent graduates seem interested in program roles, but I would love to make a plug for a development role. If anyone is a very strong writer and interested in being a part of a fun and driven youthful team, I think they would do well to look at this job and consider the role. This role has some program function as the Development Manager would lead our alumni council.

Thank you!



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The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards annual seed grants to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture. Each grantee reports back with blog posts and photos. Here’s the first report from Brent Packer ’15, founder of Potlux, the first online community where collegiate sustainability initiatives are effectively aggregated and shared. Also on the Potlux team are Aaron Rosen ’15, Jared Geilich ’15, Gerard Liu ’15, Keren Reichler ’16, Cassia Patel ’16, Ellen Paik ’16, and Gabe Frankel ’15.

Potlux aims to promote environmental sustainability by facilitating best practice movements across the college network, inspiring new ideas, building intercollegiate collaboration, and catalyzing project funding.

You can read other grantee reports here.

potlux logoSince this is my second time as a Patricelli Center Seed Grant winner, I thought it would be helpful to write this update differently than the Wishing Wells ones. Sure, it’s fantastic to read about how these grants are being used to significantly improve the impact of the winning ventures. However, I felt that these updates only loosely applied to my own interests and ventures. They should be a resource for other budding social entrepreneurs to gain the inside perspective on what it’s like to be a few months further along than their own ventures. They should allow new entrepreneurs to really feel what is it like as a new Seed Grant winner. Because I know you’re wondering, it is far from the wild Zuckerbergian life shown in The Social Network… good riddance.

Brent Packer '15

Brent Packer ’15

So, here goes:


Potlux is only 9 months old.

At times, it feels like we’re many times that age. We’ve presented at various events, built a team that is committed to continuing with Potlux through their full-time jobs, and began conversations with some of the most impactful players in the global sustainability scene. (We’ll let you know the details when plans and partnerships come to fruition.)

We are also fortunate to announce a phenomenal addition to the Potlux team. Marguerite Suozzo-Golé will be working full-time this summer as our Director of Strategy. In addition to her studies at Brown University, she has participated in various significant sustainability initiatives, including Rhode Island’s first climate change legislation. This summer, her main task will be discovering and implementing the best practice of growing the Potlux community. We’re incredibly excited about her future contributions.

Between this progress, it sometimes feels like Potlux is only a few weeks old with long periods of stagnation. 

It’s easy for an entrepreneur to understand that their new way of approaching a problem is an improvement on the status quo. It’s easy to envision the paths that will allow their venture to succeed. It’s easy to imagine others seeing value and incorporating this new service in their daily lives.  

But it doesn’t work like that.

Most entrepreneurs recognize this on a rational level when entering the early-stage dance. Countless people offered me encouragement with a healthy dose of realism. Of course I believed them, but it has only felt real when tasked with creating my own momentum each day away from the vibrancy of the Wesleyan community. It’s a test in endurance and grit. In some ways, it feels like Kübler-Ross’s 5 Stages of Grief:

  1. Denial — “As long as the website is made, people will find it and use it. We can become a major sustainability tool by the beginning of the school year.”
  2. Anger — “If I only put in more time during the school year we would be so much further ahead than we are now. Why did I waste my time?”
  3. Bargaining — “As long we become partners with AASHE, we’ll have the impact we hope to have.”
  4. Depression — “What is the point of all this? Maybe I’m better off working for a more established sustainability organization these next 5 months.”
  5. Acceptance — “Building a new sustainability tech non-profit is really freaking hard. We believe in our mission and our approach. We’re going to keep pushing, celebrating the little successes, and working towards long-term goals along the way.”

As always, feel free to contact me at bpacker@wesleyan.edu with any questions, comments, suggestions, pictures of baby animals, quality Donald Trump quotes, or anything else you want to send my way.

Thanks for reading. We’ll keep you updated :)

Brent Packer

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Hello, dear supporters of Loam Magazine! 

Follow Loam on Instagram @loammagazine

Follow Loam on Instagram @loammagazine

We are writing to inform you that our online platform is up and at ’em – http://www.loammagazine.com/. Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to launch our website with great success. Loam Magazine has had thousands of views in just a short week. 

So much GOOD has been growing in and around us. Kate and I have both settled into our new homes — Portland and Aspen — and have found ourselves deep in our work and consumed by Loam’s momentum. You will notice most of our content is generated by Kate and myself, but our current efforts are dedicated to reaching outwards. We are in the process of finding contributors and making Loam a truly collaborative platform.

We encourage you to share our website far and wide, contribute if you wish, and ENJOY!  Look forward to our upcoming profiles on a farm to table restaurant, a couple of boys riding bikes across the country, a photo spread with Campos Bags, and a featured essay contest. 

We are filled with gratitude to have you all a part of this web of humans that will make Loam a success!

With warmth and love,

Nicole Stanton ’15 and Kate Weiner ’15
Co-Editors of Loam Magazine

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Hundreds of day lilies are blooming along Wyllys Avenue, July 1. 

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Christine “Cj” Mathew ’18, a prospective neuroscience and behavior major, is taking two intensive science classes this summer that equate to an entire year’s worth of credits. The Biology Institute, which is part of Wesleyan’s Summer Session, includes Principles of Biology I and II Lecture and Lab. Cj is pictured here in the Biology Lab on June 30. Read more about Cj here: http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2015/06/30/mathewbioinstitute/

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A storm’s rolling in! Pictured is the view from the fourth floor of Judd Hall, June 29. Middletown, Conn. 

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More than 185 Wesleyan students are employed by various campus departments over the summer. Of those, about 78 are work-study students. Students earn money that can be contributed to the cost of their education, while learning skills that will benefit them in the classroom and beyond. Employers benefit from students’ talents, insight and enthusiasm.

Andrea Vargas ’17 is spending her summer working as a student assistant for the Office of University Events and Scheduling. She also holds this job during the academic year. “I use a computer program to process information about campus events. We handle all the logistics for events, and right now I’m planning for faculty lectures that will be held next fall.”

Pictured from left, Matt Wallock ’18, Rachel Rosenman ’17 and Misha Iakovenko  ’18, are on campus this summer working as orientation interns for the Office of New Student Orientation. Rosenman, who will supervise orientation leaders during New Student Orientation (NSO) in the fall, is planning NSO activities. She also answers questions from Class of 2019 students and their parents. “We get a lot of phone calls and we do our best to make this an easy transition,” she said.

Iakovenko, who hails from Ukraine, focuses his efforts on helping fellow international students. “I spend a lot of time responding to emails from student and parents, and also having meetings with staff from Parent Programs,” he said. “We’re getting geared up for New Student Orientation and International Student Orientation.”

Wallock’s prospective majors are government and sociology; Iakovenko plans to major in computer science and minor in economics; and Rosenman is double-majoring in music and French studies.

During the year, College of Social Studies (CSS) major Ryden Nelson ‘16 is employed by the CSS and Pi Cafe, but he is working in the Office of University Communications as a publication production assistant for the summer. He helps proof and format the print media produced by the office for all the other departments on campus. “I like this job because gives me a look into how the school tries to present itself to the community and the wider public. And I’m learning a fair bit about InDesign and Photoshop when I’m working on the more creative projects.”

At left, neuroscience and behavior and Science in Society Program major Lauren Yue ’17 and East Asian studies major Abby Gruppuso ’16 are employed by the Office of Admission. This summer, they are working as student tour guides. Yue says her job allows her to meet people from all around the world. “It’s a lot of fun and I enjoy interacting with everyone I meet,” she said. Gruppuso enjoys working with parents in particular. “They’re excited to be here and they really like that their child is checking out Wesleyan.” she said.

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Phoebe Keegan ’16 and her border collie Clover rest on the lawn in front of North College on June 25.

Keegan is doing a summer apprenticeship at the Quantitative Analysis Center, working with Assistant Professor of Economics Karl Boulware. Students in the QAC apprenticeship program attend morning classes and workshops in statistical analysis and statistical software, and work on a research project for the rest of the day. The program offers students experiential learning opportunities and the opportunity to support faculty research.

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This summer, crews around campus are hard at work on several major maintenance and capital projects designed to support Wesleyan’s ultimate goal of creating a more interconnected and sustainable campus.

Physical Plant-Facilities seeks to foster a synergistic residential and academic experience by creating visual and functional transparency between indoor and outdoor spaces, preserving and enhancing opportunities for informal learning, improving formal learning spaces, showcasing learning and living in action, and integrating learning opportunities with Middletown. 

Landscaping projects include replacing the sidewalk in front of College Row, from Wyllys Avenue to Church Street, with a 15-foot-wide asphalt path featuring four seating vignettes; landscape improvements at Andrus Field; landscape renovation, including an outdoor learning space at the Center for the Humanities; Cross Street sidewalk replacement between Fountain Street and Pine Street; and sidewalk replacement throughout the Foss Hill complex, including steam line replacement on High Street; hot and chilled water piping replacement at the Center for the Arts; main electrical equipment replacement at Olin Memorial Library; and transformer replacement at Judd Hall.

Other projects include renovations at Pi Café; waterproofing and new flooring at the Bacon Field House; new academic and office space for the Center for Pedagogical Innovations at 116 Mount Vernon Street; laboratory renovations at Hall-Atwater, Exley Science Center, and Judd Hall; and the replacement of the penthouse roof at Exley Science Center.All projects are scheduled for completion before the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

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On June 22, Christopher Weaver MALS ’75, CAS ’76 presented a seminar titled “Amplius Ludo: Beyond the Horizon” to interested students and faculty at Exley Science Center. Weaver is an author, software developer, scientist and educator. He is the founder and CEO of Bethesda Softworks, where he co-developed wildly popular games, including The Elder Scrolls role-playing series and John Madden Football for Electronic Arts. Success in these ventures has required Weaver to bring together elements of computer science, design, and storytelling. As a result, he is an expert in the special niche where science, entertainment, and education overlap.

Weaver presented a far-ranging lecture that covered everything from the Scottish Highlands, to cutting-edge neuroscience, to data caves, 3D modeling and augmented robotic surgery. His seminar made a compelling case for how the techniques and dynamics of game software are directly applicable to many other areas of social and scientific endeavor. Weaver currently teaches engineering and comparative media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Speaking to an engaged audience, Weaver also discussed how the demanding computational and graphic requirements of the games industry has had the added benefit of making the same types of powerful hardware available for application to numerous other fields at lower cost. Weaving together his knowledge of the tools and techniques that go into making blockbuster games, Weaver demonstrated how these same techniques and tools are influencing the future of education, science, industry and society. At Wesleyan, Weaver’s studies included Japanese, computer science and physics.

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