Is it weird that I’ve bookmarked so many coffee-related websites despite the fact that I don’t drink coffee?
It’s that time of year, folks: The writers of Wesleying are bringing you our biannual Procrastination Destination feature, where we post a frenzy of addictive, pointless, and/or awesome links to help you get your procrastination on every day for all of finals (today + reading period + actual finals week). Have a link you think would be rad for Procrastination Destination? Email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
First link in our PD lineup: Coffitivity.
Did you know that the “ambient noise of a coffee shop” can boost your creativity and productivity? Neither did I, but apparently Coffitivity knows more than us. I stumbled upon Coffitivity over a year ago and immediately spent 30 minutes playing with the coffee shop settings trying to find the right “category” of sounds. Was it Lunchtime Lounge (described as “bustling chatter of the lunchtime rush”), University Undertones (“The scholarly sounds of a campus cafe”), or something more meta, like Morning Murmur (“A gentle hum gets the day started”)?
Whatever you choose, I can promise this: You too will spend a large chunk of time trying to find the perfect setting and volume. For an app that claims to make you more productive, it might take you a little while to get to that point.
Read after the jump to see more coffee fun-ness.
From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the PCSE:
Hear from nine extraordinary Wes grads who founded or run their own ventures. This inaugural Startup Showcase will include stories about startup life, an unprecedented opportunity to mingle with inspiring young entrepreneurs, and hearty snacks and coffee to fuel your Reading Period work. Registration is strongly suggested!
Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Wesleyan Career Center, and the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society.
Date: Sunday, December 8th
Place: Olson Commons
Read after the jump to see what awesome alumni will be at this event.
From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the PCSE:
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is offering two grants to fund projects or ventures led by one or more Wesleyan student(s).
PCSE SEED GRANT: Three $5,000 grants to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture. Details and timeline here. Read about last year’s winners here.
KATHRYN W. DAVIS PRIZE FOR PEACE: One $10,000 grant for a grassroots summer project anywhere in the world which promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Details and timeline here. Read about last year’s winners here.
There are two remaining information sessions focused primarily on these two grants. Students who are considering applying for a PCSE Seed Grant and/or a Davis Prize are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings.
During these sessions, staff may also be available to answer questions about the Patricelli Center Enrichment Grant, the Patricelli Center Internship Grant, Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant, and various awards and prizes offered outside of Wesleyan.
Lunch will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th
Place: Usdan 114 on Tuesday and Usdan 136 on Wednesday
From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship:
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is offering two free tickets to Unite for Sight’s day-long Social Entrepreneurship Institute on Friday, December 6, 2013 (the last day of fall semester classes). Priority will likely be given to undergraduate applicants, but alumni, faculty, and staff are also welcome to apply. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and travel expense reimbursement may be arranged.
According to the Unite for Sight website, “The Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner networking receptions with the speakers.”
Read after the jump to see topics, speakers, and how you can score free tickets!
From the super hip and funky fresh Jacob Musinsky ’15:
Ever feel like there is something you wish you could change about Wesleyan? Are you interested in working on policies concerning financial aid, residential life, student life, academics, dining, social justice, and other issues facing the student body? Do you want to be involved in working with student groups – from helping them budget their activities, to bringing them into important conversations where the WSA could benefit from their input? Do you want to keep Wes weird, sustainable, affordable, and just an overall awesome place?
If so, consider running for a spot on the WSA in the Winter Election! If you are interested, election petitions will be available Monday, November 18th, and are due at 5:00 PM on Friday, November 22nd to the WSA office on the bottom floor of Usdan. A mandatory candidate meeting will then take place at 5:00 PM on the 22nd in 41 Wyllys Room 112. Voting will occur when we return from Thanksgiving Break, from December 2nd to December 6th.
An information session explaining both the general workings of the WSA and the election process will occur on Sunday, November 17, from 1-2PM in Allbritton 311.
If you’re looking to make a change at Wesleyan and represent your friends, classmates and fellow students, then the WSA could be the place for you! If you want to get in touch with us – you can email us at wsa(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, check out our website, or tweet at us.
Date: Tomorrow, November 17th
Place: Allbritton 311
From Dwight Greene Intern Kate “Salty” Cullen ’16:
Are you involved in any sort of diversity or identity group on campus? Then yes, this event is for you. It feels like we have the same goals but just don’t talk to each other, huh? Seems that if we came together to coordinate our efforts on campus we could do better work, right?
Join your fellow activists in a dialogue to identify shared goals and determine ways to collaborate throughout the year.
This event is going to be big. Delicious dessert will be served and brilliant brainstorming will happen. Don’t be the one stakeholder group on campus that misses out. Fill out this quick Google Form right now to sign up.
Brought to you by Kate Cullen ’16, Dwight Greene Intern for Diversity and Community Engagement. Inquire at saltemuscull(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions.
Date: Tuesday, November 19th
Form: Fill it out HERE!
From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:
Interested in volunteering in Africa? Want to learn more about the global water crisis? Looking for experience working in the field and want to make a sustainable impact? Come to an information session about the Community Water Solutions (CWS) Fellowship Program!
The CWS Fellowship Program is a three-week volunteer trip in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the program is to teach students about the water crisis while giving them an opportunity to make a significant, lasting impact on this global problem.
Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. Each team works with their community to build a water treatment business and train local women entrepreneurs how to run it. By the end of the 3 week program, each team will have provided a permanent source of safe drinking water for an entire community (approx. 1,000 people)! Over the past 3 years, CWS has hosted 179 Fellows in Ghana who have launched 50 water businesses in rural villages. Check out this video to learn more about the CWS and the Fellowship!
CWS hosts two programs in Ghana each year: The Winter Program, which takes place from December 28th-January 19th and the Summer Program which takes place from May 29th-June 19th. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply now!
Date: Today, November 12th
Place: Allbritton 004
Link: REGISTER HERE
From Kate “Leading the Pack” Cullen ’16:
Are the Wesleyan libraries too loud? WSA’s Student Affairs Committee is working with the library staff and the Academic Affairs Committee to conduct a survey on noise level in the libraries in response to an influx in student complaints. If you haven’t already, please fill out our survey on library noise levels here!
Deadline: Sometime soon
Link: YAY SURVEYS
From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:
Company X is an early stage investment company looking to work with motivated students with entrepreneurial aspirations. They make capital investments in a few companies each year and provide free office space in New York City, access to service providers, and a platform to pitch ideas to additional investors.
During this session, representatives from Company X will answer questions about business models, raising capital, and more. Students who are serious about pursuing their ideas and making an impact will have the opportunity to discuss their business for consideration into Company X’s Summer 2014 Program.
Representatives from Company X will be available for private meetings before and after lunch. To reserve a meeting time, email mjkingsley(at)wes with your availability.
Date: Monday, October 28th
Place: Allbritton 304
From SALD Leadership Intern Jordan Gaynes ’14:
This week’s talk will feature a discussion about modern community organizing based on political campaigns and the field experience of one former Obama campaign organizer. While the tactics may seem 21st century, the strategy dates back to Cesar Chavez and can be used in helping all leadership-based organizations.
As usual, lunch is provided!
Date: Tomorrow, October 18th
Place: 41 Wyllys Ave Room 114