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Q&A with the Psychology Chair

Dec. 2 (Tues.), 12-1 p.m., Judd 116

If you have been trying to meet with the chair of psychology, this is the meeting to attend.
(helpful info on the major: http://www.wesleyan.edu/psyc/about/psychman.pdf)

Pizza will be provided!

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creativestages_eventConnecticut Public Television (CPTV) premieres the original documentary Creative Stages, hosted by Ed Wierzbicki, on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 8pm. This half-hour special is devoted to the arts, as Mr. Wierzbicki takes viewers “inside the creative process” while interviewing Connecticut artists and exploring local arts organizations, including Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts.

Hear from Pamela Tatge, Director of the Center for the Arts, as well as from visiting artists including Margaret Jenkins (Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Margaret Jenkins Dance Company), Anna Snow, Kerry Andrew, and Sarah Dacey of London’s Juice Vocal Ensemble, and Juliana Romano ’04 (featured in the exhibition The Alumni Show II in the Ezra and Cecila Zilkha Gallery), about the importance of this creative space to Wesleyan University and its students, as well as to the art world at large. The segment also includes footage of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange’s Ferocious Beauty: Genome, the Wesleyan Theater Department production of The Seagull, and a co-taught course by Professor of History and East Asian Studies William Johnston and Visiting Artist in Dance and the College of East Asian Studies Eiko Otake.

The program will also feature Javier Colon, the Yale University Art Gallery and artist Red Grooms, Waterbury’s Palace Theater and the Waterbury Arts Magnet School, and the Haven String Quartet at New Haven’s Lyric Hall.

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Q&A with the Psychology Chair
Dec. 2nd (Tues.), 12-1pm
Judd 116

If you have been trying to meet with the chair of psychology, this is the meeting to attend.
(Helpful info on the major: http://www.wesleyan.edu/psyc/about/psychman.pdf).

Pizza will be provided.

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From Elisa Cardona, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD):

Are you a Student Leader interested in contributing to a larger good? Are you interested in learning more about leadership development? Are you interested in participating in a Leadership Certificate Program where you can gain valuable skills and experience that are transferable to any field or profession?

Pieces of Leadership is a five-piece, six-week leadership program consisting of workshops, individual challenges, service-learning, and much more, all designed to maximize students already excellent leadership capabilities and provide them with skills, knowledge, and experience to creating lasting social change here at Wesleyan University. Participants in this program are challenged to complete the five pieces of the Pieces of Leadership puzzle – Knowledge Acquisition, Intrapersonal Development, Interpersonal Development, Diversity and Moral Development, and Civic Engagement.

Applications are available in the SALD office, located on the first floor of the Usdan University Center, and they are due on Friday, December 5. The program beings with a kick-off meeting on Sunday, January 25th, 2015. Please contact Brycen Waters at Brycen.waters@gmail.com with questions.

Pieces of Leadership Flyer

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Between activism, community service, student groups, and politics, Wesleyan students are all civically active in some respect. For many people, civic engagement is not something wholly apart from academics, but rather an important complement to their coursework, as they find connections between their extracurricular commitments and class discussions. An ideal way to explore these connections is through Wesleyan’s Civic Engagement Certificate, which invites students from all disciplines to reflect on their civic experiences and to grapple with questions of citizenship, community, and democracy. Come learn more about the CEC at Tuesday’s info session and check out courses for the spring semester!

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Students in Professor Joy Anderson’s Money and Social Change course have been hard at work all semester developing their Theories of Change and deciding which local non-profits would receive a portion of their Learning by Giving grant. The recipients will be announced at the 2014 Grantee Party on Monday, December 1 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Details to come! In the meantime, here’s another update from Catherine Alvarado ’16:

Deciding on the final three organizations to give money to was a difficult process. The class needed two extended class sessions to review non-profits even after our all day Saturday class session. It was difficult to make a class of sixteen students agree on three non-profits that provided the most benefit for the community.  During these two extended days, Joy helped us acknowledge the group consensus problems we were having and lead us to explore possible solutions to make the entire class agree. Some of the disagreements we were having stemmed from having a better understanding and connection to certain organization because we already met them in class. In order to bring the class together and to come to a solution, many students proposed different strategies to make a final decision. We voted several times on the organizations to eliminate and to keep. At the end of our second class we decided to choose organizations that focused on community building and in systems change. Making a final decision was a great bonding experience because as a class we were able to work together and take in everyone’s viewpoint on social change. 

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There is money and support available from a wide variety of sources for aspiring social entrepreneurs and changemakers, but it’s not always easy to find these resources. Following is a round-up of grants, prizes, and fellowships that Patricelli Center team member Luciana Contreras ’16 has been reading about recently. Some are available only to current undergraduates, some are available only to Wesleyan students, and all focus on social entrepreneurship or civic engagement work. A more extensive list of funding sources is available in the PCSE Resource Center. If you know of any others, please tell us.


Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers
Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers have partnered to launch Makers of More: Your Idea, Your Community, Your Action, an initiative that seeks to find people whose innovative ideas and inspirational work go beyond the ordinary to help unlock their community’s potential.
Deadline: December 19, 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $30,000

Ashoka’s Venture and Fellowship Program
Venture is the mechanism through which Ashoka finds and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with project grants and mentorship.
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: TBA

Awesome Foundation Grant for Projects
An “ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.” The Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $1,000

Ben and Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
Supports non-profit, grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. They consider proposals that are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems.
Deadline: February 2-April 15
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $20,000

Business Insider Startup
Startup is New York’s top entrepreneurship event and business-plan competition. To compete, you apply to pitch your business model onstage alongside six other ambitious founders at the event. All innovators can purchase event tickets.
Deadline: February 2-April 15
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $75,000

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards
An international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.
Deadline: Spring 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $20,000

Christopher Brodigan Award
Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa.
Deadline: Spring 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $3,000

Collegiate Inventors Competition (Focused on technology and science)
Since 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized and rewarded undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to research, discovery, invention and innovation. Entries from all fields of sudy are encouraged.
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $15,000

D-Prize Grant
D-Prize is for anyone who can start a new social enterprise in the developing world and solve one of the D-Prize distribution problems. You must be committed, highly skilled, and ready to scale for the long term.
Deadline: December 30, 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $20,000

Do Something Seed Grants
Money for young people with a community action project or program.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $500 each week

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
The funds are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations. The idea must be sustainable and scalable. The founder must have the skills to manage a national or global organization.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $100,000

Echoing Green Fellowship
A two-year fellowship program providing start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise.
Deadline: January 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $80,000 plus mentoring and more

Ella T Grasso Leadership in Action Grant
Grants for young women enrolled at Connecticut colleges to fund community action or public service projects.
Deadline: Summer 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $2,500

Haymarket Urgent Response Grant
Grants for grassroots, social change organizations. Funding both start-up groups and groups that are more established.
Deadline: December 3, 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $1,000

Hult Prize
The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. Winners receive USD 1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.
Deadline: December 21, 2014
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $1,000,000

JW Saxe Memorial Fund
For students involved in public service who want to gain practical experience by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $2,000

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Seed Grant Challenge
For Wesleyan students looking to launch, scale, or build capacity for a social impact venture, enterprise, program, or project of any kind.
Deadline: January 25, 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $5,000

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Student Enrichment Grant
Small stipends to subsidize experiences for motivated students who seek to build their own skills, experience, and aptitude for social change by attending off-campus workshops, conferences, or other personal development opportunities.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: average $250

Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grants
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools (including Wesleyan) to design their own grassroots projects to promote peace or conflict resolution in the broadest sense.
Deadline: January 25, 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
Deadline: January 19, 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000

SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development
The SEED Awards supports “locally-led, innovative, entrepreneurial partnerships in developing countries, which have the potential to make real improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.”
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $40,000

Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award
Entrepreneurs aged 30 or under are invited to submit inspiring initiatives that tackle the challenge of sustainable living. Entries must fall within one or more of the following categories: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Nutrition; Water scarcity; Greenhouse Gases; Waste; and Sustainable Agriculture.
Deadline: Summer 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: €200,000 plus mentoring

Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
For Wesleyan sophomores and juniors currently receiving need-based financial aid who plan to do socially innovative or socially responsible work during summer break.
Deadline: March 3, 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $4,000

Young Activist Award: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Fund
This award, which carries a cash prize of $6000, is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action.
Deadline: June 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $6,000

Zipcar’s Students With Drive Competition
Awards ZipCar credit and cash awards to college community service groups.
Deadline: Summer 2015
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $10,000

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Personal-BrandDo you remember the first time you heard the phrase ‘personal brand’? If you’re like me, you thought, “That’s gross. I am a human, not a business or a product.” Reading the plethora of related articles in Forbes and being told by the New York Times that I need professional photos instead of selfies turned me off even further.

Well, I have since come around on the concept of personal branding. Like networking, I think the semantics and connotation are negative, but the principle is undeniably positive. I believe that building and maintaining your identity — both the public version that you share with others and the private version that you keep to yourself — is critical, regardless of your aspirations.

So, let’s scrap the expression ‘personal brand’ for a moment, and let’s instead talk about self-awareness and storytelling. Those are at the heart of personal branding, and they are valuable skills for all of us.

When we are self-aware, we not only know deeply what we care about, what gets us out of bed in the morning, and what talents and expertise we have, but we also know how our actions and presence affect the people and environments around us. We can fine-tune our energy when it’s negatively impacting a situation, and we have an internal compass that aids us in decision-making.

And when we are talented storytellers, we can communicate genuinely and compellingly about who we are, what assets we bring to the table, and what we care about. We can help others to know us like we know ourselves, and — yes — to know our ‘brand.’

Here are some tips and exercises for building self-awareness and storytelling proficiency:

Remember. Echoing Green’s Senior Vice President Lara Galinsky ’96 tells us to Start at the Beginning because “your early years are critical to shaping your core values and authentic, untarnished self.” And what are your core values and authentic self? You guessed it — your personal brand.

Reflect. Wesleyan professor Rob Rosenthal assigns reflection exercises for his students because he has seen how learning and experiencing are not enough on their own. For maximum growth, we need to look back with a critical eye and ask, “What did I learn? How did that make me feel? What might I have done better?” In practical terms, you can incorporate reflection into all of your personal and professional endeavors. Keep a journal, not just about what you did, but how it influenced you. Schedule a debrief conversation at the end of your student group meetings. And simply give yourself time and mental space to think about things that are in the past — not just things that are happening right at this moment or what you have on your jam-packed schedule in the days ahead.

Pitch. Uh oh, this sounds awfully business-y, right? Well, bear with me for a minute. Pitching is not just what you do on Shark Tank (shout out to Director Ken Fuchs ’83); it’s a multi-purpose method of concisely explaining something and inspiring action from another person. In terms of developing your own self-awareness and storytelling aptitude, the key is being comfortable pitching yourself, not actually doing it.

(Try this exercise. Pretend that you are applying for colleges, except instead of the traditional materials, you only get to submit one thing: a 2-minute video of yourself speaking to the camera. You will be selected not on what makes you exceptional, but what makes you — well — you. In other words, your goal is to leave your viewers feeling like they have known you forever. And don’t worry, you don’t have to show your video to anyone in order for it to be effective. In fact, preparing content, watching yourself, and re-recording until you are satisfied are what will make this exercise most fruitful.)

Once you get in the habit of remembering, reflecting, and pitching, you’ll be surprised by how they help you to learn more about yourself and connect meaningfully with other people. In turn, you will have a stronger sense of who you are and what you want in life — and others will too. So, while Inc. will tell you that a Personal Brand is Not a Dirty Word because it can bring you clients, recognition, and prestige, I’ll tell you that it’s not a dirty word because it will help you to find happiness and have impact.

Not so bad, huh?

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Have a great Thanksgiving Break!



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This is a reminder that the deadline to register for the Career Programs is Monday, December 1 at Noon. There are still spots available in the programs listed below. While all of the programs are open to all class years, Choosing Good Work is most likely more fitting for first-years, sophomores & maybe juniors while CareerLab is more fitting for juniors & seniors.

Students with questions should contact: Rachel M. Munafo, Assistant Director of PR & Communications, Wesleyan University Career Center, 860.685.2180, rmunafo@wesleyan.edu

Winter on Wyllys 2015 encompasses a variety of career programming options designed for students to focus on their own career development over Winter Break. Students interested in  Choosing Good Work, CareerLab, Wall Street Prep and the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (the BAT) must register and fill-out the Res Lifehousing request form by 12pm on Monday, December 1st.

Choosing Good Work and CareerLab will be held in the mornings from January 12th through the 16th and will be followed by the Winter WESpeaker Series in collaboration with APR. Wall Street Prep will be held January 19th & 20th and the BAT will be given on January 21st. While students can only sign up for either Choosing Good Work or CareerLab all students are welcome to also sign up for Wall Street Prep & The BAT.

Choosing Good Work, taught by Sharon Belden Castonguay, is aimed at students who are undecided about their career path or what directionthey want to do this summer. The program is designed to help students identify what factors may be influencing their choice of major, internship, or career path, and help them to mindful of their decisions and do what is right fro them regardless of the messages they may be receiving from others. Cost: $100, Fee Waivers Available. Register Here.

CareerLab , taught by Persephone Hall, is aimed at students who know what they want to do after graduation or for the summer but aren’t quite sure how to get there. The program is a boot camp style introduction to everything a student needs to know to start their internship or job search and with the skills to launch themselves as a professional in their field of interest. Cost: $100, Fee Waivers Available. Register Here.

Wall Street Prep is an intensive 2-day seminar led by former investment bankers with applied expertise in financial and valuation modeling methodologies, and bridges the gap between academics and the real world to equip students with the hands-on practical financial skills that they will need to excel during the recruiting process and on the job. Cost: $200, Fee Waivers Available. Register Here.

The Bloomberg Aptitude Test evaluates the ability to think critically on financial topics and readiness for careers in business. After taking the test, students can enter their scores into the BAT Talent Search, a tool used by employers to identify candidates for entry-level jobs in business. Wesleyan will be offering the two-hour test on-campus for no cost. Register Here.


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