Spring 2013 Newsletter

Newsletter Introduction

 

The Student Life Newsletter Committee is pleased to debut our Student Life Newsletter!  Our newsletter is intended for Student Life staff and will be published twice a year with the goal of highlighting division and department news.  We hope you enjoy this first edition, and we welcome your feedback or suggestions!

Student Life Newsletter Committee
Meaghan Davidson
Casey Impagliazzo
Scott Rappaport
Jake Schwarzinger
Dawn Thompson
Donna West

New Staff in 2012

Top row from left to right: Stephen Malvaso, Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator | Tabitha Groh, Housing Assignment, Communications Specialist | Robin Mark, Career Services, Assistant Director | Carolyn Heitzmann, Center for Counseling and Student Development, Psychologist I | Carlos Pereira,  Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator

Middle row from left to right: Greg Krajci, Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator | Katie Connolly, Dean of Students Office, Assistant Dean of Students | Jacob Schwarzinger, Res. Life, Communications Specialist | Soonhee Lee, Center for Counseling and Student Development, Psychologist I | Caress Roach, Student Wellness & Health Promotion, Behavioral Health Specialist

Bottom row from left to right: Donna Reyes, Student Health Service, Women’s Health Coordinator | Ashley Nickelsen, Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator | Helen Chisholm, Student Health Service, Medical Service Representative

Top row from left to right: Matt Creasy, University Student Centers, Program Coordinator

Bottom row from left to right: Megan Miles, Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator | Tierra Fields, Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator | Jane Craft, University Student Centers, Administrative Assistant II

Not Photographed: Heather Catalino, Career Services, Multi-Media Coordinator | Lauren Ellis, Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator | Mike Miller, Student Conduct, Student Conduct Specialist | Nichole Payne, Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator | Joseph Pritchett, Res. Life, Complex Coordinator | Susan Rash, Student Health Service, Registered Nurse | DeAnnah Reese, Res. Life, Residence Hall Coordinator | Michelle Scott, Student Health Service, Healthy Hens Coordinator

 

Staff Spotlight Video

By Jacob Schwarzinger, Communications Specialist for Residence Life | Scott Rappaport, Career Counselor for Career Services

Get to know three Student Life staff members with 6 questions in 6 minutes.

 

What’s in a New Name

By Nancy Chase, Director of Student Wellness and Health Promotion

Last summer, Wellspring Student Wellness Program officially became Student Wellness and Health Promotion (Student Wellness). Although many people on campus are fond of the former name “Wellspring,” largely because it was easy to remember and it was around for over 30 years, our new name, Student Wellness and Health Promotion, depicts what the office provides to the University community.

This name change reflects something greater. It is the logical outcome of what, essentially, is a significant shift in our overall mission. This shift occurred as the result of the Department’s comprehensive programmatic review in February of 2011. Fundamental changes to how we value and approach our work have already been clearly reflected in our new departmental mission statement, guiding principles and essential functions.  Still to come is the release of the 5-year strategic plan document which outlines the steps necessary to accomplish programmatic change of this magnitude.

Why the change? Well, essentially, the former Wellspring Program could best be defined by a combination of two terms, “wellness” and “health education.”  The concept of wellness is a model focused on an individual’s intentional capacity for developing personal health-related skills. It involves activities and behaviors that individuals engage in to enhance the quality of their life and maximize their potential. Health education is comprised of consciously constructed opportunities for learning, involving some form of communication designed to improve health literacy, including improving knowledge and developing life skills which are conducive to individual and community health. With few notable exceptions, most of the initiatives of the Wellspring program were determined largely by these two concepts, neither of which embraced the full potential of true health promotion.

Currently, best practice for the functional area often referred to as health promotion services at institutions of higher learning is determined by the ACHA Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education and expanded in the CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education.  These documents embrace the following definition of health promotion:  the use of a combination of specific interventions designed to facilitate behavioral and environmental changes conducive to health enhancement and harm reduction, such as building healthy public policy, creating supportive environments, strengthening community actions, developing personal skills, and reorienting health services.

In order to provide UD with a true health promotion unit, it has been determined that Student Wellness will enact a mission of health promotion for the University.  The Department now seeks to provide leadership and coordination with the campus to ensure the following actions:

  • Adoption of universal prevention strategies
  • Use of theory-based and evidence-informed practice
  • Determination of correlations between health and learning
  • Assurance of collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and community members to drive health enhancing change
  • Achievement of both health and learning outcomes
  • Creation of environments in which health and learning happen

It is important to point out that to achieve many of the above-stated actions, movement well beyond the defined campus “health sector” will be required.  Coalition building, networking, policy change, community organizing, etc., requires sustained efforts not only from designated health promotion professionals, but also administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and community members. Student Wellness will coordinate efforts across campus departments, and work has already begun to strengthen our office’s various key partnerships, most of which exist within the Division of Student Life itself. If your office has not been called upon yet, expect us to be reaching out soon.

It is also important to state that although Student Wellness is embarking on a new course to broaden its focus, it will not abandon its long and positive history of providing wellness services to individual students. Improving the wellness outlook for UD’s students will remain the prominent focus of the Department’s work. The office will make promising strides to advocate for an improved campus environment, especially with regard to removing potential barriers to student academic success.

The office promises to engage even more students, themselves, in the betterment of their University community. Newly developed programs have been designed to teach skills for courageous bystander intervention, and an ongoing social marketing campaign encourages each and every student to “use your power” to make better choices for health, wellness and safety.

All are encouraged to contact Student Wellness and Health Promotion at studentwellness@udel.edu or 302-831-3457 to discuss these exciting new developments.  For more information on Student Wellness and Health Promotion’s current operations, visit www.udel.edu/studentwellness .

Student Spotlight: A Smoke-Free Campus

By Casey Impagliazzo, Communications Specialist for the University Student Centers

The StUDent Government Association (SGA), lead by senior Michelle Barineau, has successfully passed a resolution to support the University’s adoption of a smoke-free campus policy. The resolution, passed by the SGA Senate on November 13th 2012, followed months of research and multiple polls conducted by SGA and The Review. Of 2200 participants surveyed, over 72% expressed support for the creation of a policy which would restrict smoking within certain proximity of UD property and reduce secondhand smoke exposure on campus.

By reaching out to comparable institutions, SGA found that over 750 colleges and universities have already adopted comprehensive smoke- or tobacco-free policies. Many of these initiatives, such as those implemented by the University of Maryland, University of Michigan and University of Florida, were introduced by the student body and faculty/staff, while some are the result of changing state legislation recognizing the various benefits of providing smoke-free environments.

Ms. Barineau presented these findings in a proposal to Michael Gilbert, Nancy Brickhouse and Scott Douglass. A committee of faculty, staff and students was formed to assess the logistics and concerns of implementing such a policy at UD, and to determine an effective course of action on the subject. Ms. Barineau worked with various representatives from UD’s administration, faculty and student body to address constituency concerns and seek endorsement for the initiative.

Through this work, it was determined that joining peer institutions in creating a smoke-free campus would support the University¹s Path to Prominence and promote a healthy atmosphere within the Blue Hen community. SGA¹s resolution, supported with enthusiasm and maturity by Ms. Barineau, is a significant first step toward a smoke-free UD.

Photo caption: SGA 2012-2013 Executive Cabinet. Top row from left to right: Andrew Shermeyer, Vice President of Administration & Finance; Megan FitzGerald, Vice President of University Affairs; Dave Mroz, Chief Justice. Bottom row from left to right: Tierney Keller, Executive Vice President; Michelle Barineau, Student Body President; Jessica Borcky, Chief of Staff.