Fall 2014 – Apply for Board!


1. Public Relations & Marketing Co-Director

Responsibilities for this position include coordinating (with a partner) a team of leaders on the Public Relations & Marketing team to create and maintain a positive perception of the Idea Fund through the use of media (website, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Posters, newspapers, etc.), facilitate communication between the Fund, college, and Carlisle community via these media sources, and to offer media-marketing resources to projects. The PR & Marketing Director acts as representative of the PR & Marketing team to the Idea Fund Executive Board and vice versa.

Skills: Leadership, team coordination, communication, marketing, social media
** Interest in developing skills in Photoshop, Indesign, WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter required.
Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week including Executive Board meetings (Tuesday 8-10pm) and PR & Marketing team meetings.

2. Finance & Liabilities Director

Responsibilities for this position include coordinating the Finance and Liabilities team to maintain and develop the finances of the Idea Fund and to help project leaders develop financial plans. This is done through maintaining all accounts and recording all financial transactions, providing financial consulting to projects , and identifying new sources of revenue for growing the fund. The Director acts as representative of the Finance team to the Idea Fund Executive Board and vice versa.

Skills: Good leadership, communication and team management skills, in addition to knowledge of accounting in Excel.
Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week including Executive Board meetings (Tuesday 8-10pm) and Finance & Liabilities team meetings.

3. IF Independent Board Position

On the Executive Board there can be 2-4 independent positions. Those who fill this position will, with the support of the rest of the Board, determine what their position name and accompanying responsibilities will be based on their skills, their personal goals, and the needs of the board.

Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week including Executive Board meetings (Tuesday 8-10pm)



Dickinson Dog House: We’re All About the People Too

By Lauren Jeschke ‘14

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Some of Dog House’s most committed members along with two service dogs in the making.


While the Dickinson College Dog House brings to mind images of snuggly little golden fur-balls napping, frolicking, and melting hearts everywhere they go, there is much more to Dog House than meets the eye. While the focus is often on the puppies, it is important to remember that Dog House is equally focused on student empowerment, community service and hands-on learning.

Dog House is a student lead service learning initiative that was created in 2012 as the brainchild of Lauren Holtz ’15 (Neuroscience), who worked with Idea Fund to create an on campus service learning initiative dedicated to training would-be service dogs and puppies.  Now two years later, the Dog House “Pack” has grown significantly and has a solid, ever-expanding presence on campus. Idea Fund and Dog House exhibit a strong symbiotic relationship that demonstrates how the right idea, funding, resources, and people power can create an incredibly meaningful project. And not only has Idea Fund helped make Dog House a reality, but Dog House has helped Idea Fund by being an exemplary poster child of student empowerment, community outreach, and social sustainability both inside and outside the Dickinson community.

As the Dog House has expanded and membership has increased, multiple positions have been created within the group, creating new leadership opportunities for Dog House volunteers. Maddie Stearn ’17 (Computer Science) and Lizzie Wilford ’16 (Studio Art) sat down to chat about how Dog House has shaped their college experience and contributed to community service and student life at Dickinson. Maddie and Lizzie are Dog House trainers who are not just in it for puppy playtime, but are part of a team on a serious mission to raise service dogs that will ultimately be helping children with disabilities.


After meeting Dino last year, Lizzie jumped at the chance to become involved in Dog House this fall and is now living at the Dog House – which means a growing and learning experience for her as a student and trainer:

“It’s a lot different than I expected and a big adjustment from living with my two dogs at home” says Lizzie on life at the Dog House. “We wake up when Loki wakes up at 5:45 in the morning, and we are still getting him adjusted as well as adjusting ourselves”. She also cites this experience as much more than just having a pet: “At home I can just let my dogs outside whenever if they’re being annoying, but you just can’t do that with Loki”.

Maddie first heard of Doghouse on her tour of Dickinson last spring. She encountered just an advertisement about Doghouse and waited (impatiently) for activities night to finally join.  She is now managing print and media relations for Dog House and is also a trainer.


For Maddie, being a Dog House trainer is a great form of stress relief. “The transition from home was hard, but when I started training (the puppies) I didn’t realize just how invested I would be in their progress”. Maddie’s proudest puppy moment occurred one Autumn day while out with Loki for a walk, when he all of a sudden became rooted on the spot, refusing to budge. Initially perplexed as to Loki’s motionlessness and continuous barking, she then realized he was terrified of the Halloween decorations on nearby houses. Maddie was calm and eventually coaxed him to move on. “He didn’t run up to them or go berserk or anything, he just sat”: Loki’s behavior was a testament to his training, and his ability to get past his fear was a quality moment in his young career.

“I was so proud”, says Maddie.

Lizzie too, feels a great benefit from her constant interaction with the puppies. A lot of the work includes more basic activities such as sitting and leash training. “It has really helped my patience”, she says. Also, Lizzie describes her appreciation for a more professional relationship with the puppies. “It is nice to have a different type of relationship with a dog, not as a playmate, but more of a working relationship.” One of Lizzie’s proudest moments was leading Loki in between the grooves of a bike rack on campus this fall.


What many Dickinsonians do not know is that Dog House is not technically a club, but a service learning initiative. Although it is not currently Senate Recognized, Maddie believes Dog House has a strong foundation and major potential to grow on campus in the years to come. “We are all about social sustainability and want this to continue on, even as people graduate.” Lizzie agrees that Dog House has great potential, but mentions that it depends on the future group of people and their willingness to work hard.


The final part of the interview was the question: If you could dispel one misconception the Dickinson community has about Dog House, what would it be?

Maddie: “It’s NOT the same as the adopt-a-dog events!” she laughs. Lizzie joins in.

Lizzie: “I agree. And it’s about a lot more than just petting puppies. Training is about the dog and the person that will receive the dog. The most important thing to remember is [that] these aren’t just pets, they’re tools to help another human being’s life”.

It is evident that the Dog House puppies are not only beginning a lifetime journey of helping others, but are also inspiring and changing lives at Dickinson by giving tangible meaning to community service, and serving as an example of how a simple idea can transform a community and make an incredible difference.

Currently, the Dickinson Dog House is continuing to train Loki. Both Regis and Dino have moved on to bigger and better things and the Dickinson College Dog House could not be more proud of them.


If you are interested in learning more about Dog House, please check out the Dog House facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dickinsondoghouse, send an email to dickinsondoghouse@gmail.com or attend a weekly open meeting on Thursdays in Tome 115.

TuesdayTED: How To Start a Movement

Today’s TED is brought to us by Emilia McManus, an Idea Fund worker focusing on DiscoverDickinson, Jam Space, and some other Project Consulting and Idea Fund business. In this TED Talk by Derek Silvers, he explains the secrets behind actually starting a MOVEMENT (which is, coincidentally, kinda like what we’re trying to do here).

TuesdayTED: Greening the Ghetto

Couldn’t wait for this week’s TED Talk? Today’s is one of Justin McCarty’s favorites. Justin is a joint SHOP-CSE intern this summer, working on the Biodiesel plant with CSE and with Facilities for SHOP. This fascinating TED Talk by Majora Carter documents her efforts to attain environmental justice in the South Bronx, while also illustrating the effects of poor urban policy.

TuesdayTED: The Art of Asking

Today’s TED is one of Rebecca Shenton’s favorites. One of the Idea Fund Coordinators this summer, Rebecca loves this TED Talk by Amanda Palmer, because according to Rebecca, it “shows the power of crowd-sourcing, both as a means to raise money and also as a way to create unity and community.” As Rebecca so aptly put it, we’re all about community, choices, creativity, and people.

TuesdayTED: Every Kid Needs a Champion

We’ve been on a bit of a delay with TuesdayTEDs, but not to worry, we’re back! And we’ve got a new feature this summer…..the TED Talks we’ll be posting are our summer interns’ favorites!

Getting us off to a great start is today’s: Rita Pierson’s Every Kid Needs a Champion. This inspiring video, calling on teachers to really believe and invest in their students, on a “real, human, personal level,” is the favorite of none other than Nick Bailey — coffee-lover, Peddler Manager, and an Idea Fund Fellow.


Photobucket, Instagram, and Vine…oh my!

We know you were worried about not getting enough Idea Fund in your life this summer, being away from campus and all, and so we decided to bring Idea Fund to you! We’ve launched quite a few new social media accounts — for Idea Fund, SHOP, and the Peddler — so you can follow all the action….believe it or not, Carlisle is pretty crazy in the summer and we’re so glad to be here and be a part of it!

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Want to see some incredibly artsy and beautiful photos of our handiwork?
SHOP’s Instagram
is the place for you.

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Interested in mug shots or just can’t get enough of coffee or the Peddler?
The Peddler’s  Instagram is where you want to be!      


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Checking up on the work IF interns are doing?
Check out the official IF Instagram!






Interested in videos?
SHOP’s Vine (find it on your phone “DsonSHOP”) is full of 6-second gems.





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Looking for an interesting Twitter account?
Help us welcome the latest IF tweeters, SHOP!

  (And also check out IF and Peddler’s,
in case you’re not already following us)