The BOLT Tribune
Dear Friends of BOLT,
We hope this e-mail finds you well! We want to thank you for keeping us a part of your life—from phone calls saying hello to emails with personal updates about how BOLT has remained relevant to you. In return, we wanted to reach out to you, our alumni, with more than our annual mailed newsletter. So we are thrilled to announce the launch of BOLT’s e-mail newsletter.
In these “e-newsletters,” we hope to keep you connected to each other through regional alumni events and campus events, and updated on any changes to the program. We will also feature stories shared by current and past leaders.
The BOLT website (brown.edu/bolt) now has expanded the alumni section to include the “e-newsletter” content, an update submission page and ways to support the program. Now, you can even find us on Twitter (@boltmanagers), Facebook (page, alumni group), and Google+. And begining in February we will be on the Brown Marketplace (bsa.brown.edu/marketplace), so you can order BOLT gear!
We will be reached out for support through our 8th annual phone-a-thon effort in late January to ask for support in providing financial aid for BOLTers and Leaders. We were able to reach $5,000 in pledges during our phone-a-thon and we have received additional gifts throughout this spring, including a senior class gift towards financial aid. Without your support, the BOLT experience would not be financially accessible to many students.
On our program’s sustainability, we are continuing to seek support to build our endowment. As of this past year, we received $12,723 in gifts! Many of you have been apart of our outreach efforts and appreciate seeing the total in our endowment grow. We are also excited about a new initiative on the horizon with the support of our Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services, Margaret Klawunn, to partner and receive support from the Advancement Office.
The “e-newsletter” has been in the works for a while and we hope you enjoy it. And keep your eyes peeled for our annual newsletter mailing to read about our interesting experiences with Hurricane Irene during the fall trip!
Thank you for helping us build and foster this beautiful, growing community.
Gorp and peace,
David Emanuel, Chloe Fandel, Jeremy Jacob, Katharine Mead, Ellen Perez, Unikora Yang
The 2011-2012 Managers
by Brianna Doherty
BOLT is hands-down the best thing I have done at Brown. Before becoming a BOLT leader, I thought that a leader was a national figure who has impacted millions, and thus I never saw myself becoming a leader. BOLT taught me that there are not only so many different kinds of leaders and styles of leadership, but that even the same person can be a different kind of leader in different situations. Learning this gave me the confidence to be a leader in my own way and in all aspects of my life. Learning emergency wilderness medical skills also contributed to my self-confidence, as it assured me that even in emergency situations I could help and be a positive force in someone else’s life.
Aside from leadership, I have met some of my closest friends through the BOLT program. BOLT encouraged me to form friendships on a deeper level, more so than any other group I am a part of on campus, and to embrace diverse perspectives. Because of this, I feel like I am a part of such a supportive community that I can always rely on no matter what happens. Even when I have long graduated, I know that I will continue to have a place at Brown in the ever-growing BOLT community and I look forward to maintaining that relationship.
Brianna's BIO: Brianna will be going to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship to study neuroscience. She will research early cognitive systems that could be impaired in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorders, as well as the underlying neural systems.