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wildgiftEvery year, The Wild Gift recruits a new class of talented social entrepreneurs, ages 21-35, to its Network of Fellows.  Successful applicants are talented visionaries committed to and capable of bringing about urgently needed change to better our world.

If selected to join the Network, you will receive The Wild Gift, which consists of:

  • a deep wilderness trek in the Idaho wilderness to refine your vision,
  • up to $10,000 as a grant to further your work,
  • access to professional mentors to help translate your vision to reality, and
  • membership in a dynamic and growing community of new thinkers determined to have a significant impact in promoting peaceable community development in balance with the resources and values of wild nature.

THE FELLOWSHIP

What is the “Wild Gift” and what will I receive if selected?

If you are selected as a Wild Gift Fellow, you will receive:

1. The Wild Gift: A 20-day winter wilderness immersion experience in Idaho backcountry

2. A $350 allowance for airfare to Idaho

3. A project mentor(s) who will work with you throughout the course of your Fellowship, plus access to a pool of resource mentors to provide specific expertise when needed

4. Seed funding grant up to $10,000 paid out in  quarterly installments

5. Opportunity to participate in a synergy river trip in Idaho at the end of your Fellowship, alumni retreats, and other gatherings provided all grant requirements are satisfied

4. Life time membership in the vibrant Wild Gift Network that includes alumni, mentors and other supporters

 

YOUR COMMITTMENT

What commitment will I be making as a Fellow?

If you accept the Fellowship, you will be agreeing to the following:

1. Participation in the Idaho Winter Alpine Expedition February 6 – 24, 2015.

2. Meeting all deadlines including revising your social venture plan, meeting with your mentor, quarterly reporting, updating your Wild Gift Fellow profile, etc.

3. Pay It Forward — serve as a mentor, Alumni Council member, and/or donor following your 16-month fellowship.


ELIGIBILITY

I’m not an American or Canadian citizen. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

No. While your venture can be located anywhere in the world, you must be an American or Canadian citizen to apply.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, you must be between the ages of 21 and 35 as of February 6, 2015.

Must I have a developed social venture to apply?

In addition to meeting other eligibility requirements, applicants should have plans in place for an early stage social venture that serves the Wild Gift Mission – a self-designed venture that promotes the stewardship of wild nature and/or development of sustainable communities.  (To date, we have supported projects in the areas of  education, sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, energy efficiency and innovation, community development, water, health care, public policy and wildland conservation and stewardship.)

My venture is based outside the US. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

Yes, as long as you meet our other eligibility criteria.

My venture is structured as a for-profit organization. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

Yes, as long as you meet our other eligibility criteria. Wild Gift seeks applications for innovative entrepreneurs creating high-impact social change, regardless of profit structure.

If I applied for the Wild Gift Fellowship in the past, may I reapply?

Yes. If you applied for a Wild Gift Fellowship in the past, you are welcome to reapply as long as your social venture meets our eligibility criteria.

I am currently a full time student. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

Yes. You may apply for our Fellowship Program while you are a full time student. However you must have completed your studies by the beginning of your Fellowship period. If you are awarded a Wild Gift Fellowship, you are agreeing to make your venture your primary focus for the Fellowship 16 month period of time

I am working towards my doctorate degree. May I apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship to fund a research project in support of my degree requirements?

No. Unfortunately Wild Gift does not provide scholarship money or fund research.

I am working on a book or film  that I believe will have significant social impact. Am I eligible?

Not as a general rule. Wild Gift funds ideas for creating sustainable ventures; we do not fund discrete projects.

I currently have a full time job and have been running my social venture on the side. Am I eligible to apply for a Wild Gift Fellowship?

Yes. If your venture meets all eligibility criteria and you are prepared to make it your primary focus, you may apply. Please note that if you are awarded a Wild Gift Fellowship, you are expected to commit no less than 20 hours per week to your venture.

Do I need to have 501(c)(3) status before I can apply for a fellowship?

No, you do not need to establish 501(c)(3) status or register your organization before you apply.

I have never run a social enterprise before. May I still apply for your program?

Yes. Wild Gift believes in identifying and supporting talented, yet unproven social entrepreneurs.

My organization was founded by several people. Can we all apply for the Wild Gift Fellowship?

No. Only one founder may apply per organization. As a result, please choose one individual to represent your organization to Wild Gift. However, this does not require you to change your internal leadership structure. Even if only one founder can be a Wild Gift Fellow, you can have as many people leading your organization as you see fit.

Do you give preferences to diverse applicants?

Wild Gift embraces diversity and as such, we strive to diversify our Wild Gift Network to ensure broader views and perspectives to today’s challenges.  Preference will be given to applicants who come from diverse personal, professional, and cultural backgrounds and experience including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education level, culture, religion, disability, physical appearance, or any other difference that would allow us a diverse perspective.

 

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[Julia Morrison '96]Filmmaker Julia Morrison ’96 welcomes HANK AND ASHA, which she produced, wrote and edited, to its NYC and LA opening runs. The independent movie is the story of an Indian woman studying in Prague, who begins an unconventional relationship with a lonely New Yorker – over video letters.

The film, which has since screened at 25 international film festivals and won 11 awards, opened theatrically in NYC from April 11-17, and will open in LA from April 18-24. Watch the trailer:

The following is from the description on the Village East Cinema page:

In this charming romantic comedy, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters — two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper–connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, HANK AND ASHA is a film about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life’s what-ifs.

City Cinemas Village East – New York City tickets…

Laemmle NoHo 7 – Los Angeles tickets…

Image: c/o of Julia Morrison

Share this link: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20140415-julia-morrison

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[Julia Morrison '96]Filmmaker Julia Morrison ’96 welcomes HANK AND ASHA, which she produced, wrote and edited, to its NYC and LA opening runs. The independent movie is the story of an Indian woman studying in Prague, who begins an unconventional relationship with a lonely New Yorker – over video letters.

The film, which has since screened at 25 international film festivals and won 11 awards, opened theatrically in NYC from April 11-17, and will open in LA from April 18-24. Watch the trailer:

The following is from the description on the Village East Cinema page:

In this charming romantic comedy, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters — two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper–connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, HANK AND ASHA is a film about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life’s what-ifs.

City Cinemas Village East – New York City tickets…

Laemmle NoHo 7 – Los Angeles tickets…

Image: c/o of Julia Morrison

Share this link: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20140415-julia-morrison

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[Taylor Matthew ’17 & Megan Norris ’83] A clip from our interview with Taylor Matthew ’17 and Megan Norris ’83 P’17.

In this clip, Taylor Matthew ’17 talks with her mother Megan Norris ’83 P’17 about her lifelong connection with Wesleyan, annual trips to Reunion & Commencement, and knowing where the pink elephant is.

Taylor: “I went to her and was like, I learned the fight song! And she said, we have a fight song? And I was like, yes, I’m a pro. I got this.”

Megan Norris ’83, is chair of the Alumni Association and is a former member of the Board of Trustees. She is currently the MD of the Detroit office of Miller Canfield. Taylor, who is wrapping up her first year at Wesleyan, attended her first Wesleyan event when she was 10 weeks-old.

You can find Megan’s own story here, follow @Detroitmpnorris on Twitter, and engage with her and other alumni on WesChat.

Listen to the clip

Listen on your tablet or mobile device

More stories

Share this link: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/storytelling-megan-and-taylor

Music: “Sleep Inside” by The Last Minutes—Ryan Rodger ’11, Ben Block ’11, Katherine McDonald ’11 and Bella Loggins ’10, and “Your Song” by Bella Loggins

#THISISWHY

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[Taylor Matthew ’17 & Megan Norris ’83] A clip from our interview with Taylor Matthew ’17 and Megan Norris ’83 P’17.

In this clip, Taylor Matthew ’17 talks with her mother Megan Norris ’83 P’17 about her lifelong connection with Wesleyan, annual trips to Reunion & Commencement, and knowing where the pink elephant is.

Taylor: “I went to her and was like, I learned the fight song! And she said, we have a fight song? And I was like, yes, I’m a pro. I got this.”

Megan Norris ’83, is chair of the Alumni Association and is a former member of the Board of Trustees. She is currently the MD of the Detroit office of Miller Canfield. Taylor, who is wrapping up her first year at Wesleyan, attended her first Wesleyan event when she was 10 weeks-old.

You can find Megan’s own story here, follow @Detroitmpnorris on Twitter, and engage with her and other alumni on WesChat.

Listen to the clip

Listen on your tablet or mobile device

More stories

Share this link: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/storytelling-megan-and-taylor

Music: “Sleep Inside” by The Last Minutes—Ryan Rodger ’11, Ben Block ’11, Katherine McDonald ’11 and Bella Loggins ’10, and “Your Song” by Bella Loggins

#THISISWHY

Record a comment

Like an episode or clip? Have an idea for a story? Record a comment by calling (860) 685-3100.*

You can also write to wesconnect@wesleyan.edu with comments and suggestions, or leave a comment below.

* By leaving a message you are granting Wesleyan permission to use your recording on Wesleyan.edu, SoundCloud.com and social media sites as part of our promotion of the podcast. We may add your recorded message to an upcoming episode or clip.

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RegisterNow

You’d be surprised at how few fun pictures come up when you google image search “course registration”.

So today was the last day of planning your courses for the next semester, and tomorrow you’ll find out what classes you got. BREATHE. (It can be a little scary, so I’m just going to go ahead and and remind you not to freak out from time to time.)

Most people will find they’ve been enrolled in 1 to 3 of the courses they requested. If you only got one, now’s the time when you’re going to want to BREATHE. It’ll be okay, we’ve all been there/will be there eventually. And the silver lining of getting very few classes is that you get to wake up really early Wednesday morning! No, really, it’s a good thing! Your adjustment period begins later the more classes you have, so that the early birds with only one or two classes face less competition getting seats.

Once your adjustment period starts, spend some time refreshing your planning page. Hopefully, a seat will open up in one of the classes you didn’t get, and you can snag it. Again, BREATHE. Check back throughout the day in case a spot randomly opens up, but you don’t have to spend the whole day in front of your laptop hitting the refresh button. Take a walk, eat some lunch, go to class. No seriously, go to class!

 

CONTACTS
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA@CAMPUSMOVIEFEST.COM
Campus MovieFest, World’s Largest Student Film Festival,
Kicks Off 2013-2014 School Tour

(MIDDLETOWN, CT) – 04/04/2014 – Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest student film festival,
is coming to Wesleyan University as part of its 13th annual world tour. Students who sign up for CMF can
receive everything they need to make a five-minute movie in a week – a laptop loaded with movie-making
software including Adobe® Creative Cloud, a Panasonic HD video camera, training, and support – all for
free.

“Making a five-minute movie in one week is no easy feat,” said Dan Costa, Co-Founder of Campus
MovieFest. “Yet every year, we’re amazed by the talent on each campus we visit, and we’re thrilled to
soon showcase this year’s top short films and filmmakers.”

Participating students experience an unforgettable opportunity to express themselves, learn about
filmmaking, and of course, have a lot of fun with the chance to win great prizes including up to $20,000
cash, 12-month memberships to Adobe Creative Cloud, Hollywood pitch meetings, and more. In addition,
top CMF films gain huge exposure opportunities and are showcased in-flight on Virgin America and at the
Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

“Campus MovieFest is what got me off of my butt to actually make something in college.,” says Connor
Simpson, creator of 2012-13 Best Picture Winner “Manta”. “The tools they provide, the community they
offer, and the opportunities they open up are the some of the most valuable parts of my college career. If
you’re an aspiring filmmaker and you don’t participate in CMF, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Go
make a freaking movie!”

Students may signup online before moviemaking launches at WU on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014.
Students then have one week to film and edit their movies about anything they can imagine. Categories
include Best Picture, Best Drama and Best Comedy, as well as the CMF Elfenworks Social Justice
Category, an opportunity to create a short movie or song about social justice for a chance to win up to
$20,000 in cash grants.

Movies are turned in on Monday, April 28th, 2014 and then judged by a panel of Wesleyan University
students, staff, and faculty. On Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, the top short movies will be shown at a red
carpet finale at Exley Room 150 in Tishler Hall at 7:30PM Top winners from Wesleyan University advance
to CMF Hollywood in June 2014.

Wesleyan University winners are also invited to join the CMF Distinguished Filmmakers Network, a
program that provides top students with opportunities ranging from paid content production to
unforgettable experiences within the film industry.

During the 2012-2013 World Tour, over 75,000 students participated in Campus MovieFest, with nearly
200 films advancing to CMF Hollywood this past June. Young filmmakers from around the world attended
filmmaking panels, workshops, screenings of their films at Universal and Fox Studios, and a glamorous
award ceremony, with special guests including Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight Rises), Danny Pudi
(Community), Josh Peck (Red Dawn), Jon Landau (Avatar), and many more.

For more information about Campus MovieFest, to sign-up to participate, or to see the best CMF movies,
visit http://www.campusmoviefest.com.

HIGHLIGHTS

● World’s largest student film festival is coming to Wesleyan University thanks to Student Budget
Committee and Wesleyan Women in Film.

● Participating students will receive everything they need – laptops, Panasonic HD cameras, and
training – all for free.

● CMF provided laptops come preloaded with Adobe Creative Cloud including Premiere, Illustrator,
Photoshop, After Effects, and more.

● CMF Hollywood celebrates the best movies from the 2013-2014 Tour – including the top
Wesleyan University movies.

● Win great prizes, exposure opportunities, Hollywood pitch meetings, and more. In addition, top
films are showcased in-flight on Virgin America and at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

IMPORTANT DATES

CMF LAUNCH – 04/22/2014 – 12PM to 5PM – TBA
CMF COLLECTION – 04/28/2014 – 2PM to 6PM – TBA
CMF FINALE – 04/30/2014 – 7:30PM – Exley Room 150 in Tishler Hall

About CMF
CMF began over in 2001 when four students at Emory University provided fellow students with everything
they needed to make movies in one week. Since then, more than 750,000 students have received all the
necessary technology and training to tell their stories for free thanks to corporate partners and schools.
Past winners have walked away with over $2 million in prizes and seen their films on the big screens at
CMF events nationwide, at Cannes, at major Hollywood studios including Paramount, Warner Bros, Fox,
and Universal, and on millions of smaller screens – including mobile devices, in-flight on Virgin America,
and online.

 

 

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Please log in to the Senior Online Name Recorder website at sonar.wesleyan.eduWhether you participate or not in Commencement you must visit the website.

 

If you will be participating in Commencement, you need to record the pronunciation of your name as you would like it to be read during the ceremony on May 25.  If you will not be participating in Commencement, you need to log in to let us know that as well. 

 

To begin, please note the following:

 

  • The online name recorder will NOT work with a mobile phone. It requires a MAC OR PC computer with built-in microphone input.  Make sure that your computer is not muted and that the volume is turned up.
  • Some newer versions of Google Chrome may have a problem with playing back the recording. 
  • If you have issues with your computer, there are two auxiliary computers with these microphones for your use, one at the info desk in Usdan and one at the student help desk in Exley.

 

 

If you will be attending, please record your name exactly as your family and you will want to hear it read. If you dislike your middle name, and it will not offend anyone in your family to omit it, you may do so. If you have additional middle names that are not in our official records, they can be read. If you are a “Jr.,” you can decide whether you want that included. Just remember that Commencement is a formal occasion, and should be respected as such. 

 

There is space on the website for you to leave a note for the faculty members who will read the names, such as phonetic hints if you have a name that may be challenging for them to pronounce.  If you are adding a name(s) that is not in the Registrar’s records, please be sure to pronounce it very distinctly.

 

Do NOT record your name in a space with a lot of background noise

 

The deadline for name recording is 12:00 noon on Friday, May 2, which will give the faculty name-readers time to rehearse and to get back to you if they have questions as to the pronunciation of your name.

 

If you have questions or problems, please contact Kirby Hawkes at khawkes@wesleyan.edu.

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Small State, Big Debate: Inequality
Tuesday, April 29
University of Hartford

The Connecticut Mirror, the state’s award-winning, nonprofit public policy news organization, will hold its first statewide event, “Small State, Big Debate: Inequality,” on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the University of Hartford. As one of the most nonpartisan, nonideological news organizations in the country (Pew Research Institute, July 2011 study), The Mirror is now the largest Capitol bureau in the state with a focus on politics, state budget, education, health and the environment.

As official reports, advocacy groups and media outlets continue to highlight the growing gaps in income, health and education inequality in Connecticut, these topics remain some of the most pressing social issues in the state and country. The research-based, public education and advocacy organization, Connecticut Voices For Children, drove home the point in its 2012 annual Labor Day study, “The State of Working Connecticut 2012: Employment, Jobs and Wages in the Wake of the Great Recession”:

“What emerges is a picture of a state that is losing its middle class and becoming increasingly divided into the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’. The recession and its aftermath have exacerbated trends of inequality, further concentrated wealth in the hands of some, and limited opportunities for Connecticut’s youth.”

The one-day event will feature speakers, expert panel discussions, data engagement sessions, presentations from students who participated in “Improve CT: My View” and a hackathon where programmers are tasked with creating a desktop/mobile application or API (application programming interface) that will try improve life now and for future generations.

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Senior Week Outing Day – Tuesday, May 20th: $28

Price includes: transportation, picnic food for the duration of the afternoon, swimming and other outdoor activities

 

Senior Week Semi-Formal – Thursday, May 22nd: $42

Price includes: transportation, 4-course dinner with choice of entrée, and dancing

(Entrées: Grilled Salmon, Grilled Chicken Breast, Vegetarian Penne Pasta with Veggies, or Vegan Meal option)

 

 

Senior Week event tickets will be on sale Tuesday, April 15th until Wednesday, May 14th.

Limited Guest Passes for Senior Week are also available from April 15th until May 14th on a first-come basis.

 

Tickets will be available at the Box Office.

Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm.

*Students will need to buy tickets in person with their Wesleyan IDs.

 

Please note: If you purchased a full spring pass in February, your pass includes these two events.

We will contact you shortly about your meal choice for the Semi-Formal.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, email us at wesleyansco@gmail.com!!!

 

We hope to see you all there to celebrate our last week together!
 
Regards,
Senior Class Officers
Oladoyin Oladapo, Jalen Alexander, Mary Diaz, and Alecia Ng

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