Wishing Well Portable Outdoor Water Stations

The Sustainability Office, Center for the Arts' Feet to the Fire Initiative, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the College of the Environment co-sponsored a student competition to design a mobile water station in the 2012-13 academic year, which is now used at Reunion & Commencement, Homecoming/Family Weekend, and other outdoor events.

Borrowing the Wishing Well

On-campus departments and student groups may borrow the two (2) Wishing Wells.  Both are under management of Bon Appetit and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact Michael Strumpf for more information or to reserve.

Contest history

For the competition, student teams created designs for Wesleyan’s own water station.  Contest participants could work individually or in teams to develop designs for the water stations, following guidelines to ensure that the finished product would meet Wesleyan’s needs.  Students had the opportunity to consult with faculty, staff, and alumni to receive guidance as they created their designs.  Teams worked closely with the Wesleyan Machine Shop to ensure that their designs were buildable.  A judging panel chose the winning team's design, The Wishing Well, which was built by the Machine Shop.  Team members Madeleine O’Brien '16, Nina Gerona '15, Brent Packer '15, and Tavo True-Alcalá '15 collaborated with the Machine Shop and the Center for the Arts on their design and developing signage.  The team members were honored with a $1,000 prize at an award ceremony in May 2013.