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[Campus-princeton-staff] Information for mentors (please read!)

Katherine Ye kye at
Fri Nov 22 06:35:25 UTC 2013

P.S. If you're unsure about travel options from NYC, feel free to email
David Branner (brannerchinese at about traveling with him.
Otherwise, here's what I'd do:

   - Take an NJ Transit train from Penn Station to Princeton (*not*
   Princeton Junction unless you want to take a TigerPAWW bus instead of the
   Dinky). You will want to take the 8:14 a.m. train #7825, arriving at
   Princeton Junction at 9:25, and then transferring to the Dinky Train,
   service #4221, arriving at Princeton Station at 9:35. It's the latest
   - Save your ticket for the Dinky, which is a small train that connects
   Princeton Junction to Princeton. And save your receipts if you want a
   - Upon arrival at Princeton Junction, board the Dinky to Princeton. If a
   TigerPAWW bus is waiting for you, you can take that as well -- just ask the
   driver if they're going to Princeton.
   - Here is a map <> of campus. You will
   be all the way on the bottom left (at the temporary Dinky station, or by
   Berlind Theater if you took the bus). The event is located in the Friend
   Center Convocation Room. Friend Center is all the way on the upper right
   - To get to the room itself, enter through the main doors of Friend
   Center, take the right, and go all the way down. The room will be on your
   left. There will also be signs.
   - Feel free to call or text me at 732-599-4732. We may ask Evelyn to
   pick up you guys at the station around 9:45.
   - Again, for reimbursements, please save your receipts. We will ask you
   to fill out this
   you leave the event, so feel free to fill it out ahead of time.

On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 1:34 AM, Katherine Ye <kye at> wrote:

> Hello mentors,
> Thank you again for helping us out with the event on 11/24!  This email
> is to help give you a sense of what to expect.
> The event will run from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with a schedule that looks
> roughly like this:
> [9:00 - 9:30 Main organizers arrive at the space
> 10:00 - 10:30   Coffee & pastries appear, students begin arriving
> 10:30 - 11:00 Laptop setup & introductions
> 11:00 - 12:00 Open source communications tools (IRC, mailing lists, issue
> trackers, version control)
> 12:00 - 1:00 Practicing git
> 1:00 - 1:45 Lunch
> 1:45 - 2:15 Career panel
> 2:15 - 5:00 Projects time, with wrap-up at 4:45]
> You can find detailed descriptions of each event at
> If possible, we'd like you to arrive by 9:30.  It’s okay if you can’t make
> it that early, but please let me know when to expect you.
> Basically, as a mentor, you'll be expected to help with activities by
> attempting to troubleshoot problems that come up, answering whatever
> questions you can, and just generally being friendly and chatting to
> students.  On a given day, you might find a mentor helping a student figure
> out what dependencies need to be installed for a project to work, showing a
> student command line tricks, give advice about applying to summer
> internships, or giving book recommendations about being women in tech.
>  It’s okay if you can’t do all of the above!  If you’re stuck when helping
> a student with something, feel free to call another mentor over.
> So that’s generally how you can help.  Here are some specifics:
>    -
>    Practicing Git mentors:  Practicing Git is a hands-on exercise we have
>    students do in small groups, led by a mentor who feels comfortable with
>    git/github.  The project consists of taking a website and editing it
>    according to a set of issues listed in the project’s bug tracker<>.
>     Before the event we will create some toy organizations<>with the project
>    repository <> and give
>    you administrative access, so you can walk students through the process of
>    improving the webpage and seeing their changes made<>.
>     (Those links are all to an example from a recent event.)  You can see the
>    outline of the project here, in the student handout (wiki-version)<>.
>     There’s also a guide for mentors.<> If this sounds like something you could lead, let us know!
>    -
>    Project leads:  We find students have an especially good time when
>    they’re working with mentors who already contribute to (or even maintain) a
>    project.  So we need people to be "project leads" during projects time. Let
>    us know if there are any projects that you feel especially comfortable
>    with, where you can help attendees:
>   - set up the development environment
>   - navigate through the source code
> - walk people through the patch-submission process
>   - answer questions about the purpose of the project and how the
> community works
> You don’t have to be expert at all of those things, but you should be
> fairly comfortable with most.  These can include small personal projects,
> where you're the only person who've ever worked on them, or large projects
> where you're a member of a community - as long as you understand the
> project well.  Don't be shy - we're looking to add as many as we can get.
>    -
>    We need people who have ever been funded to work on open sourcesoftware to be on our career panel.  We will likely include some remote
>    panelists, but we’re hoping to get as many in-person people as we can get.
> In sum: please arrive by 9:45 on 11/24 and let me know if you’ll be late.
>  My phone # is 732--599-4732 - please send me yours so I can call or text
> you if there are any last minute issues (though we don’t expect there to
> be).  And let us know if you're up for leading a "Practicing Git" group,
> being a project lead, or being on our career panel.
> Looking forward to seeing you,
> Katherine
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