I often refer to the Social List, which is the student elist that serves as virtual glue for the community. The list was originally established by the School, but it isn’t managed by, well, anyone. (There are also managed lists for the staff, faculty, and students.) Many members of the staff subscribe. In my case, I subscribed initially because I can’t post on it otherwise, but I receive the message digest and it’s often a good source of ideas for the blog. Never more so than today, when I had the idea to share the subject lines from yesterday’s digest (in bold), along with my notes. Here are the topics from yesterday’s Social List emails, more or less in the order they appeared, with responses generally removed:
M&E Position for MSI in Bosnia: When students learn about a job opportunity, they often share the posting with their peers via the Social List.
Seeking syllabi: Not sure what this request from a soon-to-graduate student is all about, but the Social List is a good place to seek things.
Wed April 2: Future of Energy with S. Julio Friedmann: The Social List — great way to publicize events.
Leaving a 1 or 2-bedroom in the area?: Save time searching for housing by asking graduating students!
FREE PIZZA and MOVIE SCREENING on MICROFINANCE: NOW IN C206: More events, with upper case letters to show that it’s happening NOW!
Rio contact needed: Students have contacts throughout the world — why not ask for their help?
Summer in D.C!: So many students are in Washington over the summer that it’s a non-stop Fletcher social scene.
Somerville permit parking: From parking permits to aspirin for a thesis writer in the library, the Social List is the source of things to borrow.
Contacts at the IDB?: Students’ contacts aren’t limited to other geographic areas. As most students enter Fletcher with prior professional experience, they also bring their professional contacts.
Bangladeshi or love Bangladesh?: Posted by someone who is definitely not Bangladeshi, so I assume he loves Bangladesh.
SEEKING: Urgent Contact info for HR at Inter-American Development Bank: More job stuff.
AFSWOYD Nonprofit Announcement and Auction Items!!!!!: Many exclamation points from the student organizers of the Annual Faculty and Staff Waits on You Dinner.
20th International Development Conference at HKS: An event at Harvard. Fletcher students welcome.
Digital Cameras in Ginn: The library has equipment to lend! Computers (who hasn’t had a computer emergency?), cameras, and other useful things.
Do you like coffee? – Wagoner, Liz: This one is from my Admissions pal, Liz. It’s not a random question — she’s setting up visits with current students for newly admitted students.
Fwd: Interested in urban spaces and inclusion? Intern or volunteer for IBGC’s Inclusive Cities conference: Drumming up support for an upcoming Fletcher conference.
REMINDER: Internship Funding Application! Empower Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship: Summer money$$!
Cab share from Logan at 11pm: Cab shares, Zip Cars, rides to Trader Joe’s — all part of the weekly Social List traffic.
Vets 101 this Thursday @ 6pm: Military veterans offering to share their stories with other Fletcher students.
Student Council 2014: The Student Council updates the community via the Social List.
Job Opportunities with Fletcher’s Office of Communications for 2014-2015 Academic Year: Notes like this also go out over more official channels.
FOUND: Urgent Contact info for HR at Inter-American Development Bank: Possibly the person who asked has been overwhelmed by responses.
Don’t Let Me Down – Come buy your AFSWOYD ticket now: More on the Annual Faculty/Staff Waits on You Dinner.
Do you have experience living/working in Juba?: Almost surely someone does. Maybe several people.
Business Development Job Posting / Cargill Ocean: More jobs.
Mercy Corps Internship info: And internships.
SUMMER OPPORTUNITY: Google Policy Fellowship Program: And more jobs.
Did you defer Fletcher?: A current student trying to help out a newly admitted student who is thinking of deferring enrollment.
So that gives you a sense of what was happening yesterday. At other times of year there might be more internship/book selling/political argument/course selection/housing messages. The one consistent fact is that the Social List keeps the school humming.