On the Calendar 

Grow Dat Youth Youth Farm Benefit
4/18 7:00PM

Grow Dat Youth Farm 


Public Service Internship Information Session

4/23 5:30PM

Alcee Fortier Conference Room

CELT Week 2014
April 22-25
See article for details

Know someone who deserves to be recognized as changemaker of the week? Email your nominations to tuchangemakers@wave.tulane.edu

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CELT Week!

Happy Wednesday, Changemakers!

You have all made it to the end of the year. Theses are complete, finals are right around the corner, and the summer is in sight! A BIG congratulations to the Class of 2014 and best of luck in the future!

This is my last newsletter, friends. CELT will be back in the fall with a new team of Fellows, and we look forward to providing you with new opportunities then. If you are interested in an internship, research opportunity,  CELT fellowship, the SISE minor, or just want some free food and swag, stop by CELT Week April 22-25. In particular, we've planned a phenomenal Ignite event for Tuesday the 22nd that will feature a number of speakers sharing their personal stories about redefining their education.

Thanks again for a wonderful year!

Have a CHANGE-filled week
Angela & the Student Media Team 
Tulane Team Wins Business Model Competition!
From New Orleans BioInnovation
A team led by Tulane students Elaine Horn-Ranney and Parastoo Khoshakhlagh won the $25,000 prize at last weeks final competition of the 2014 contest.  Both biomedical engineering students in the doctoral program,  the women presented a plan for Perf-Fix, an innovation of their biomedical startup Tympanogen. The gel patch will repair chronic perforations in the tympanic membrane of the ear, replacing $18,000 surgeries with a $1,800 patch that boats a success rate of up to 95%.  With this big win, Tympanogen will be featured at the International Business Model Competition in May 2015. Congratulations to Tympanogen on your success!
To read more, check out this week's New Wave article. 

CELT Week 2014 April 22-25
Hey there, Tulanians! The end of the semester is rolling around, and you know what that means: finals, festivals, and fair weather! In order to celebrate your achievements, bring in some awesome speakers, and help you get set for another fantastic year, CELT is hosting its annual CELT Week celebration beginning on Tuesday, April 22nd and ending on Friday, April 25th. Check out the schedule below, and take the first steps in redefining your education.  
TUESDAY, 4/22- 
Lunch with Sydney Morris; 12:00-1:30 pm; CELT Conference Room (310 Richardson Building)
 Sign up here.
Sydney Morris graduated from Tulane University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and launched Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) in 2010. Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) is a teacher-led organization that seeks to ensure that teachers' voices are meaningfully included in the policy decisions that impact their classrooms and careers. Launched in 2010, E4E has quickly grown into a national movement of over 12,500 teachers learning about education policy, networking with colleagues and policymakers, and taking action around policies that will lift student achievement and the teaching profession. Sydney was recently named to City & State's list of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Research Poster Presentation; 4:00-6:00 pm; Qatar Ballroom (212 LBC)
Come see what your peers have been up to this year at the student poster presentation! Students who received CELT research-based grants will be presenting the results of their research in poster format. Attendees are free to mingle with one another and visit the posters that interest them. 

Ignite Keynote Event; 6:00-9:00 pm; Kendall Cram (213 LBC)Kendall

The theme of this year's Ignite-style event is redefining your education. Presenters, including alumni, current students, and community members, will give brief, five-minute talks on how they've made the most of their time at college, pursued their goals after graduation, and sparked social change.
Delicious platters from Whole Foods will be provided, with a reception to follow the presentation. This event is co-sponsored with HireTulane.

CELT Fellows Information Session; 12:00-3:00 pm; CELT Conference Room (310 Richardson Building)

What can CELT do for you? Come find out at our information session! Students (particularly freshmen and sophomores) are encouraged to visit the session to learn about each of the CELT cores and how they can be utilized to extend your education at Tulane. You'll find out information on our research and social innovation grants, the TU Changemakers, internship connections, and more!

Interested in being a CELT fellow? If you're already familiar with CELT and interested in applying for a paid fellowship for the next school year, this is the opportunity for you! Current CELT fellows will be discussing their experiences and responsibilities as fellows and providing advice and assistance in completing the application. Reginelli's catering will be provided.  
THURSDAY, 4/24- 
Student Publishing Lunch; 12:30-1:30 pm; Race Conference Room (201 LBC)

A panel of three experts (current Tulane professors) will be discussing their experiences with and advice for getting one's research published in a scholarly journal. Students from all majors interested in becoming a published author are welcome to attend! Lunch will be provided.

FRIDAY, 4/25-

Fridays at the Quad Celebration; 4:00-6:00 pm; LBC QuadFAQ

Come visit the CELT table at the last FAQ of the semester! We've got some fun interactive activities 
planned and tons of free CELT swag to give away!
How-To Scale Your Impact By Going Small

A number of you will be travelling to cities across the country and around the world this summer, embarking on internships and volunteer opportunities that will hopefully help you discover your passion and inspire change.  Take a moment to watch our final Cafe Impact video of the year, and learn why scaling back your endeavors is important to the communities you serve.

"We know one out of seven people in the world is chronically hungry. 300 million are children. They don't get the minimum daily calories needed to survive. They are slowly starving to death in a global concentration camp of hunger and deprivation.


It's genocide against the poor. A war crime without a war.


Confronted with this massive global scourge, the drive for scale, to make our programs bigger, to reach more people, is understandable, admirable and necessary. But "scaling programs" is not the only social change worth doing. Economic justice comes in many sizes. A dogma borrowed from the business world holds that social enterprises should grow larger, achieve economies of scale and become financially self-reliant. But social and economic justice work is not a business. It is your institutional creed - a personal mission - a faith in the future. Bigger is not always better. There is no ideal organizational size for changing the world.


There is nobility in high-impact, small-scale programs. "What are we really changing if the people we are working with don't feel connected and part of the change?" asks Tiffany Persons, Chief Executive Officer of Shine on Sierra Leone."


-From Cafe Impact

How-To Scale Your Impact By Going Small
How-To Scale Your Impact By Going Small

Hootenanny Barn Dance Benefit for Grow Dat Youth Farm
Thursday, April 18, 7-10pm at The Grow Dat Youth Farm

The mission of the Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. You can support these young adults who are growing food for New Orleanians by joining us for the Grow Dat Hootenanny. Proceeds from this Barn Dance Benefit will help us employ 25 young adults to grow 9,000 pounds of food this year!

What: Hootenanny featuring Bruce 'Sunpie' Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots and the Small Batch String Band.  Square dancing led by caller Nathan Harrison will kick off an evening of revelry on the farm.  An ole' fashioned Cake Walk will showcase tempting cakes from premier NOLA Pastry Chefs: Cochon from the Link Restaurant Group, Maurepas Foods, Dominica and Boucherie.

  $15-$20 entry to dance the night away. Fat Falafel and La Cocinita food trucks, craft cocktails and ice cold beer on-hand. All tickets, food and drink sales benefit local teens growing food for New Orleans!
Ecuadorian Colleague Requests Help with English
 Monica Gonzalez, the Director of an Ecuadorian foundation called Fundacion para la Conservacion de los Andes Tropicales, is an emerging leader in conservation and sustainable development in Ecuador. She has recently been named a finalist for a prestigious international prize for conservation, the Whitley Award. They are flying her out to the UK to receive the prize in early May, and en route she will be  in New Orleans for two weeks (from April 14 - 25).  During this time, she is hoping to practice her English - when she gets to the UK she will be interviewed by media and she needs to improve her ability to speak in English about herself and her project.  
We are looking to set up a series of informal meetings between Monica and Tulane students, faculty, or staff in which they can speak about sustainable development and/or conservation of biodiversity in Latin America, in English. I think it would be useful for any Tulane folks interested in these themes to talk to someone from the front lines, as it were, and it will also benefit Monica.  
If you can meet with Monica please follow this link and choose a time that no one else has selected by entering your name and checking the date/ time you can meet: You can meet Monica at the tables outside the PJ's in the Stern Breezeway or at Professor Karubian's office in Israel 306.Feel free to sign up for more than one meeting.  Time slots are one hour but it is not a problem if you can only do 30 minutes. 
Please email  jk@tulane.edu or monigon510@hotmail.com if you have any questions or issues.

PlayBuild New Orleans Needs Volunteers 
PlayBuild NOLA is a new non-profit initiative established in November 2012 in New Orleans. Our mission is to transform under-utilized urban spaces into exciting kid-friendly environments for play and learning. With after school educational activities and programming focused on design, architecture, city planning and related disciplines, our goal is to expose under-served populations to these fields and to stimulate curiosity, enthusiasm, and engagement with the professional community in New Orleans. 
PlayBuild New Orleans would like to find 2 to 3 volunteers who could support our after-school activities from 3-5 pm on weekdays (although you do not need to be available every day, even if it is just once or twice a week, that would be great) at our Central City site (2828 Thailia St.) - predominantly by assisting Charlotte with set up and break down of the equipment, supervising kids during the activities and light maintenance around the lot and storage container. We also are doing weekend marketing events and outreach such as OCH Art Market and planning for some festival activity, but the weekday needs are more consistent. We would need students who could get to and from the site on their own and be ready to work with kids outside. You can check us out at our website.
If you have any questions or are interested in helping out please email Julie Connelly at 
JulsConn@gmail.com or Charlotte Jones at Charlotte@playbuild.org.
Small Steps, Big Change Competition Update

This month is the Earth Month Challenge. Through April 25th, participants will receive a free premium Net Impact membership and be put into a raffle for one of 40 $100 gift cards to REI, Amazon.com, Ticketmaster.com, and Levis if the complete an action plan. 

Here's how that works:
Go to the website.
Create and acooutn, or if you already have one, log in!
Click on "My Action Plans," then select "Add a New Action Plan"
Pick an action plan you're interested in and go!
Also, Tulane is doing AWESOME overall in the challenge. We have been in the TOP 10 for several weeks, and we even made the top 3!  
We have what it takes to stay on the leader board, so let's keep the momentum going strong these last few weeks! Participants can log on and record the small positive social and envrionmental actions they do each day. They have the chance to win prizes, compete against other universities, see how much CO2 they are reducing and how much money they are saving, and raise money for charities. 
Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Competition 
If you are an undergraduate student working on a health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need, consider entering the 
2014 BMEStart competition. Now in its fifth year, BMEStart was the first biomedical engineering competition exclusively for undergraduates.Prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 will be awarded to three winners, and will be announced at the BMES Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX in October 2014.

Application deadline is Friday, May 23, 2014. 
Support for Entrepreneurs
The NCIIA E-Team Program provides early-stage support and funding of up to $75,000 for collegiate entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions. The program provides expert entrepreneurial and venture coaching, experiential workshops, and a potential investment opportunity to help realize the commercial success of the technology inventions and innovations that come through our organization. The next E-Team Program submission deadline is May 9. Read the guidelines and start planning your proposal today!
Spring Conference Opportunity: SEEED Summit
April 25th and 26th, Brown University
SEEED is a is a national convening of 500+ business leaders, students, entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics, and impact investors who collectively comprise the social enterprise ecosystem. Together we believe these ecosystem members have the power to advance social enterprise as a core economic development strategy and create sustainable solutions to the world's greatest problems.
Confirmed speakers for this year's summit include Dennis Whittle, Co-founder of GlobalGiving and Executive Chair of Ashoka Changemakers; Ira Magaziner the CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative; Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder of Seventh Generation and Hollender Sustainable Brands; and Rob Kaplan, Dean for External Relations at Harvard Business School and Co-Chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Check our website frequently though, as we continue to confirm more speakers every day! In addition to hearing from these distinguished speakers in keynote sessions and guided panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to shop for social enterprise goods at the Buy with Heart marketplace, receive one-on-one business coaching from successful entrepreneurs, and attend an evening social event where participants can unwind and network at iconic Providence social enterprise "The Steelyard."
Students attending from out of town are encouraged to sign up here to be hosted for free by Brown University students. Those who register for the conference and sign up for lodging will receive a follow-up email with further details matching them to a Brown student host.
Student ticket prices are $25/one day or $45/both days, and professional ticket prices are $100/one day or $150/both. Email Samuel Karlin at samuel_karlin@brown.edu for more information.
Fall Semester Study Program at Watson University

This fall, Watson University is piloting a revolutionary new degree designed to equip the most promising members of the next generation with the skills, tools, and network they need to solve the toughest social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the world.
In partnership with an innovative liberal arts university soon to be announced, Watson's degree track enables students to graduate with a bachelor's degree in just 2.5 years, as global citizens with experience in several countries worldwide, a network of world-class mentors, and rigorous training in skills needed to create change, all for a price tag significantly less than the average college degree and no student loans. 

More details in the press release, here
Because of this exciting news, Watson is happy to announce that the final application deadline for this fall semester has been extended from April 15th to April 25th, 2014. We have received a record-breaking number of applications already, and are delighted to now extend this offer for the degree track this fall.

Summer Internship Opportunity: Crescent City Schools


Crescent City Schools is a nonprofit Charter Management Organization whose mission is to support and develop open enrollment charter schools that raise student achievement and prepare students for college. As a part of the ongoing effort to rebuild New Orleans public schools, Crescent City Schools currently operates three open-enrollment charter schools: Harriet Tubman Charter school, a Kindergarten through 8th grade school on the West Bank; Akili Academy, a K-6th grade school in the Upper Ninth Ward; and Paul Habans Charter School, a pre-K through 6th grade school on the West Bank. Over the next few years we expect the network to grow to include more schools. Our organization creates life-changing educational experiences for students and, through this work, transforms a city.   


The School Operations Intern responsibilities will include:

*Assist with student recruitment activities.

*Coordinate new student and family enrollment and orientation events.

*Manage the delivery and set up of any new furniture, technology, and equipment in all buildings.

*Manage teams of volunteers working in the buildings.

*Coordinate the materials and schedules for new staff orientations and on-boarding processes.

*Assist in the coordination and execution of events.


A stipend is available. To apply, visit the website.

Summer Course Opportunity: Social Media Boot Camp

A new summer course at Tulane (SPHU 3240-01) offers students the chance to learn marketable skills in social media marketing and management. The three credit Public Health elective will be offered from May 19th-30th and is open to minors and non-majors as well. It will provide hands on training and practice creating campaigns for public health and health clients. In two weeks, add a line to your resume! Email clane1@tulane.edu for more information.
Call for Submissions: The Tulane Undergraduate Research Journal
The new Tulane Undergraduate Research Journal is seeking research articles from undergraduate students in any major, even in the arts and humanities. As of this date we have two submissions by Tulane student authors and we are looking for at least ten more for our 2014 issue. Even if you have never thought about publishing, it may be easier than you think!
Email Dylan Sargent, the Editorial Assistant and Liaison for more information and advice at dsargent@tulane.edu.
Funding Opportunity: Newcomb -Tulane College Grant 
Apply now to fund your academic pursuits, summer internships,
 conferences, and more.. The remaining application deadline for the spring semester is April 15. For more information, visit the website, email donuts@tulane.edu, call Allison Cruz at 504-314-2801, or visit Cudd Hall, room 204.
CELT-SI Engaged Learning Awards Now Available
CELT-SI Engaged Learning Awards will be available to students exhibiting financial need to participate in engaged learning experiences that build your skills in the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and changemaking. Funds can be used for accommodations, travel, registration fees, project supplies, etc. The award is presented with the following expectations: 
  • Involvement in programming related to CELT-SI, TUchangemakers, or the SISE Minor. 
  • A series of blog entries that share your experience, including a critical analysis of the experience and its role in your academic studies and professional aspirations. 
  • Completion of an evaluation form. 
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 18, 2014. Please e-mail your completed application to Rebecca at rotten@tulane.edu or hand deliver the application to CELT, 310 Richardson Building. Apply today!
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