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[Anne Field '77]When Anne Field ’77 interviewed Alok Appadurai ’00 about Fed By Threads, his social enterprise and all-American clothing line, she had no idea that he shared his alma mater with her.

It wasn’t until she read the Wesconnect article on Alok did she make the Wes connection. Read her article for her blog “Not Only For Profit” on Forbes, and continue to keep your eyes peeled for those many Wes connections. You never know where they may be lurking.

Like all startups, social enterprises pivot. But that can involve expanding their social mission, not just rejiggering their business model. And sometimes the results surprise even the founders.

A case in point is Fed By Threads. The Tucson-based social enterprise, founded about two years ago by Alok Appadurai and his partner Jade Beall, began as a way to help groups that feed hungry Americans. The idea: design and make clothing and, for every item sold, donate $1 to an organization to help cover the costs of providing emergency meals.

…Appadurai knows that he might have an easier time, marketing-wise, if he hadn’t expanded the mission. Still, as of now, according to Appadurai, the company has contributed to 125,484 meals, donating $1 per item sold to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and to Feeding America , a national hunger relief organization. “We want to have a national and local impact,” he says.

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[The Bradley, by Hyungsoo Kim '02]The BBC covered Hyungsoo Kim ’02 and the Bradley, a watch for the blind. Named after Lieutenant Bradley Snyder, a Paralympian gold medallist who lost his sight in Afghanistan, the Bradley is a favorite in London’s Design Museum’s Design of the Year contest, and surprisingly, is mostly being bought by sighted people.

The Bradley was created in collaboration with RISD designers Amanda Sim ’08, David Zacher and others. The original $40,000 ask on Kickstarter was met with incredible enthusiasm – amounting to over $594,000 in donations.

With the watch now named the Bradley, there was an appeal on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website, in July last year – 3,681 people from 65 different countries backed the project, donating a total of $594,602 (£357,290). It will be available for sale from May in the US, with the UK and Europe likely to follow later.

A further 1,000 people have since pre-ordered the watch online but only a tiny fraction of those – Kim estimates between 1-2% – are visually impaired.

The watch is now among the favourites in the 76 nominations for the Designs of the Year contest at London’s Design Museum. The nomination has already led to interest from European retailers. There’s an obvious gimmick for selling to sighted people – you can check the time in a social or work setting without appearing rude.

“It bridges the gap between the disabled and the non-disabled,” says [Lieutenant Bradley] Snyder.

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[The Bradley, by Hyungsoo Kim '02]The BBC covered Hyungsoo Kim ’02 and the Bradley, a watch for the blind. Named after Lieutenant Bradley Snyder, a Paralympian gold medallist who lost his sight in Afghanistan, the Bradley is a favorite in London’s Design Museum’s Design of the Year contest, and surprisingly, is mostly being bought by sighted people.

The Bradley was created in collaboration with RISD designers Amanda Sim ’08, David Zacher and others. The original $40,000 ask on Kickstarter was met with incredible enthusiasm – amounting to over $594,000 in donations.

With the watch now named the Bradley, there was an appeal on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website, in July last year – 3,681 people from 65 different countries backed the project, donating a total of $594,602 (£357,290). It will be available for sale from May in the US, with the UK and Europe likely to follow later.

A further 1,000 people have since pre-ordered the watch online but only a tiny fraction of those – Kim estimates between 1-2% – are visually impaired.

The watch is now among the favourites in the 76 nominations for the Designs of the Year contest at London’s Design Museum. The nomination has already led to interest from European retailers. There’s an obvious gimmick for selling to sighted people – you can check the time in a social or work setting without appearing rude.

“It bridges the gap between the disabled and the non-disabled,” says [Lieutenant Bradley] Snyder.

Read more…

Image: from article

Share this link: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20140422-hyungsoo-kim

#THISISWHY

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[Twitter] follow @eonetimepieces on Twitter➞

[Facebook] Like Eone Timepieces on Facebook ➞

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Samuel Kassow, the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, will deliver this year’s Samuel and Dorothy Frankel Memorial Lecture.  Professor Kassow will speak on “Time Capsules in the Rubble: The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto.”

April 28, 8PM RUSSELL HOUSERingelblum archive

Within months of the start of World War II, the historian Emmanuel Ringelblum established a secret archive called Oneg Shabbat, “the Sabbath pleasure.” Over the years, Ringelblum and his associates would document the life and death in the Warsaw ghetto. It was, as Professor Samuel Kassow argues, “the biggest example of cultural resistance during WWII.” Between 1940 and 1943, members of Oneg Shabbat group buried thousands of documents in milk cans and tin boxes. Only some were recovered.

Professor Kassow is the author of many books including, most recently, Who will Write our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive.  In 2010, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Jewish Research.

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brighter dawns 2014Tasmiha Khan ’12 is founder of Brighter Dawns, a charitable organization that provides preventative care and health education to lessen health disparities in impoverished communities of Bangladesh. In the 2013 Brighter Dawns annual report, Tasmiha writes:

Thank you for supporting Brighter Dawns! Over this last year, you’ve helped us make a difference in the lives of people in Khalishpur, Bangladesh – we would like to take this moment to remind you that you’re changing lives for the better, and we want to let you know just how much that means.

In 2013, we launched Project RENEW, an initiative using a maintenance-oriented approach to addressing water and sanitation issues. We also saw our biggest year yet in contributions through donations, which will help us further expand and improve upon our projects in Bangladesh.

Read more about Brighter Dawns and Tasmiha’s work, including ways that you can get involved as a volunteer, in the latest newsletter.

 

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SOCAP OPENThe annual Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) Conference connects leading global innovators – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to build the market at the intersection of money and meaning. This is the premier event for social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs looking to build the new economy and use money as an engine of social change.

In 2013, SOCAP founder Tim Freundlich ’90 donated two tickets which were awarded to Wesleyan alumni Raghu Appasani ’12 and Rachel Lindsay ’04. Stay tuned for an announcement about SOCAP14 tickets for GOLD alumni (graduates of the last decade) this coming summer. The conference will take place September 2-5 in Fort Mason San Francisco.

In the meantime, the Patricelli Center is pleased to announce that The Gratitude Network is offering 150 outstanding entrepreneurs a scholarship to attend SOCAP14, along with other perks and prizes. Awards will be in the categories of education, global health, and community development and will include funding, ongoing mentorship, and publicity. Applications are due June 15 at http://bit.ly/1noXQo5.

Finally, SOCAP is seeking your ideas for 2014 conference topics. Submit your thoughts on SOCAP OPEN by May 25. If your topic is selected and you are invited to lead your session, you will be offered a free conference ticket.

If you’ve never practiced Bikram or hot yoga you might think that it’s either absurd or impossible to take a 90-minute yoga class in 100 degree heat. Surprisingly, it’s neither. Bikram yoga is a 26-posture beginner sequence selected from Hatha Yoga by Bikram Choudhury. Classes are 90 minutes long and take place in a room set to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and 40% humidity. The heat, in addition to mimicking the weather in much of India where yoga originated; is also the temperature at which soft tissue deforms, which enhances your body’s capacity for strength and flexibility. A consistent Bikram yoga practice has been associated with numerous benefits including: improved flexibility, strength and posture for the body as well as greater mental focus and clarity.

Since opening in 2012, Bikram Yoga Middletown has been the yoga destination for many in the Wesleyan community.  Faculty, staff, alumni and students have all been flocking to the local studio. As an alumna and former Wesleyan staff member, my Wes pride is such that I want to be where other Wesleyan folk are!  I’ve been practicing Bikram for a little over a year. I started last January with the 30-day special and thought I’d practice for a few months as a respite from my usual workout regime of running, aerobic classes and weightlifting. With each class my desire to get back in the hot room grew, until I was fully entrenched in a regular practice of five to six days per week.  After a while, despite feeling as though I needed to supplement my yoga practice with other workouts, I no longer enjoyed other exercise. Each time I went for a run, or to an aerobics class I felt unsatisfied. Not only did those activities no longer challenge my body, but they also failed to calm my mind in the way that yoga did. I have come to accept that Bikram is enough for me. I feel a sense of physical and mental stability that I have never felt with other exercise.  And though it may seem far-reaching to say so, I feel that my Bikram practice has given me confidence in my ability to endure, to endure difficult spaces and challenging postures, to face my fears and confront my insecurities. I feel grateful to have found an activity that I can do well into my old age and if I get sick or injured.

The most recent crew to jump on the Bikram bandwagon is the Wesleyan Baseball Team. On the encouragement of teammate Matthew Sorkin ’15, several members signed up for the studio’s introductory offer of 30 days for $30.  Matthew’s mom is a longtime Bikram practitioner and one day he decided to join her in class. “I immediately could feel the health benefits after going to several classes and I got addicted. Then, I started doing Bikram with my friends from home as a fun way to work out together.”

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I’ve taken several classes with some of the members the Wesleyan Baseball team and each time they filled the classes with their team discipline, infectious energy and sweaty bodies. I was curious about how they liked the practice and what effect they thought it would have on their season. Wesleyan juniors, Matthew Sorkin, Sam Goodwin-Boyd and Nicholas Cooney all agreed to answer questions for this post.  All three said they prefer wearing as little as possible in the hot room, either compression or spandex shorts and advise wearing a headband or having something to help with sweat in the eyes. Matt sold the idea to the team as a new workout they could do together. Though he didn’t expect to come back for a second class because, he thought he, “was going to puke afterwards,” Sam’s favorite part about the practice is that his body always feels much better after each class. He says, “…as it gets easier, it gets much more enjoyable, and I think your body starts to get more out of it as you get better at the poses.”

When asked whether Bikram might have an effect on his baseball season, Nick said, “I definitely believe that Bikram yoga will have a positive effect on my game this year, and I am really looking forward to incorporating some of the breathing exercises and stretches into my pregame warm-up.” “…Bikram has helped with my mentality and spirituality, which I will be able to bring onto the playing field to help me slow the game down and relax on the mound, even in stressful situations.”

As I read through their answers, it was interesting to note that despite the fact that we’re currently in pretty different places in life, these athletes were deriving very similar benefits from their practice. I too have noticed that I’m less easily perturbed, my flexibility has reached an adulthood high and perhaps most surprisingly, I feel stronger – able to endure more activity with less fatigue or injury. Other benefits for me have included improvements in my breathing, digestion, and sleep.  My practice has become such an important part of my life that I’ve encouraged all my friends and family to try it. And now I’m encouraging you!

Matthew’s advice for anyone interested in trying Bikram:  “Take your time, do your best and breathe!”

For more information, visit www.bikramyogamiddletown.com. If you’d like to try a class, there will be free 8am and 4pm classes on Saturday, April 26.

 

 

Help Them Help You

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Establishing close relationships with your professors outside of class is one of the most important aspects of your college experience. Doing so can help bolster your understanding of course material, provide potential recommendations for summer and post-Wes opportunities, and generally enhance your perspective in navigating your undergraduate careers. But hopefully these benefits are more or less obvious. The real question is what can we as students do to enhance our interactions with profs? In other words, how can we help them help us?

When working with professors outside of class, you should embody the three P’s. Be Purposeful, Prepared, and Polite.

Purposeful

Why are you meeting with the professor in the first place? Is it to get help with a specific question or do you want to talk about several topics? Assessing your goals for the meeting is crucial—both in terms of getting the most effective help and showing respect for your professor’s time. Always set up and arrive at your appointments with a purpose in mind.

Prepared

It is not only your job to think about why you want to meet; you must also convey your purpose to your professor. This can be done in a variety of ways.

Be r prepared for a meeting by emailing your professor beforehand to set up an appointment. Write a direct note stating why you want to meet and when you are available (ideally during their posted office hours); see post for email template. If your professor has drop-ins and the anxiety of writing an email prevents you from actually going, still go; however, do not underestimate the value of a concise and informative email.

Once you decide when you will meet, write a list of the questions or topics you would like to discuss beforehand. This can be a tremendous aid in ensuring you actually get the help you need. Talking with smart people about complex material can lead to inevitable vacant smiling and nodding; still, you want to minimize this as much as possible to make sure you get the most out your time with your professor. A concrete list (with check boxes!) can make all the difference in giving you confidence to say, “I don’t quite get what you mean. Could we talk over that one again?”

Polite

You are not the only one with limited time around here; in fact with all the responsibilities that go into teaching, directing research, and helping other students, professors have much busier schedules than we do. Be polite by expressing your gratitude when they meet with you. This does not only mean saying thank you; show your respect by arriving on time, listening well, and being motivated at the meeting.

Mastering the three P’s takes practice. It can be almost impossible to be aware of every question you have before you meet with a professor, so don’t fret too much if this all seems really hard. As long as you try, your professors will respect you and want to help.

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How many times have you heard the phrase “I’m starving!” before going to eat dinner at Usdan? Is that what hunger really looks like? What about on a global scale?

Attend the Hunger Banquet–an interactive simulation of global inequality related to food, hunger, and income.

Upon entering the event, each attendee is assigned an income bracket—low, middle, or upper class—in correlation to the global distribution of wealth. Attendees then share a meal based on their respective income level.

During the meal, Professor Sarah Mahurin will be leading a discussion about the program and attendees’ reactions.

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance for a minimum $2 donation, with proceeds going to Oxfam America and Amazing Grace Food Pantry. They will be on sale during Usdan lunch April 17-23rd.

*Sponsored by Oxfam America, Haveli, Earth House, Farm House, Full House, Rho Ep, and Shoulder to Shoulder Homelessness Awareness Month.

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Information sessions about the Federal and Wesleyan student loans you borrowed while at Wesleyan will be:

Thursday, May 1, 2014: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 1, 2014: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held in Exley Science Center 150 (Tishler Hall).

These informational sessions are designed to provide you with repayment information for federal and institutional loans you may have borrowed while at Wesleyan.  Information on debt management, budget management, and default prevention, will also be presented at each session.  Representatives from the offices of Student Accounts and Financial Aid will be available to address your questions.

 

At the session, you will also receive your loan exit packet.  The packet contains a list of all the loans you have borrowed while at Wesleyan and instructions for completing mandatory Federal Stafford, Perkins and/or Wesleyan Loan exit counseling.  If you cannot attend, your packet will be mailed to your campus address.  All exit interview materials must be completed by Friday, May 16,2014.  It is university policy to withhold both the diploma and official transcripts for any student who does not complete  mandated loan exit counseling.

Please mark your calendar and plan on attending one of these sessions.  Note that the sessions are NOT “drop-in” presentations; you should be there from the start in order to avail yourself of the information presented. 


Please contact any of the individuals listed below for any questions or concerns OR if you believe you have not received any loans while at Wesleyan OR if you have paid off your loans!

 

 


Jacqueline Outlaw                       Hrissi Haldezos                                Margaret Neale

Associate Director                       Associate Director                           Department Assistant

Office of Financial Aid                           Office of Student Accounts            Office of Financial Aid

(860) 685-3320                                     (860) 685-2823                                (860) 685-2862

joutlaw@wesleyan.edu                           hhaldezos@wesleyan.edu                 mneale@wesleyan.edu

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