Spring 2015 Newsletter

From The Desk of Dawn ThompsonHappy New Year!

As we begin this new year and a new semester, I have been reflecting on 2014—our successes, opportunities for growth, and lessons learned. We welcomed the class of 2018—the University’s largest freshman class ever. As a division, we worked together to ensure the transition, safety, and success of the newest members of our UD community. Our work was not without its challenges, yet we took on those challenges without hesitation and with pride and professionalism. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished, and I sincerely thank each and every one of you for your hard work and for a very successful fall semester.

In 2014, the University embarked on a new strategic planning process as it launched “Delaware Will Shine.” Over the summer, every Student Life department participated in information gathering sessions that resulted in a wealth of information that will be used to inform our own strategic planning and to align it with the University’s new strategic plan. In addition, two Student Life working groups were formed to support important initiatives. The Student Life Orientation Presentation Committee and the Engaging Students through Social Media Committee began their work last year, and below are updates on their progress:

Engaging Students Through Social Media Committee

Committee Members
Adam Cantley
Heather Catalino
James Coleman
Meaghan Davidson
Casey Impagliazzo
Ivet Tweedy, Chair
Cara White

The group read Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence-Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs, by Reynol Junco, and studied the work of several other scholars and social media practitioners. They reviewed promising practices of Student Life divisions at other institutions, consulted with UD’s Communications & Public Affairs, gathered information about current social media use among UD departments and students, and began partnering with Blue Hen Social Media Ambassadors. The group is exploring bringing social media guru Paul Gordon Brown to campus and plans to meet with the Student Life directors to learn about the social media goals for their departments.

Student Life Orientation Presentation Committee

Committee Members
Natalie Byrdsong
Katie Connolly, Chair
Laura Gleason
Michele Kane
Steve Kramarck
Susan Luchey
Sherrylynn Pitts

The group has been culling information and ideas to determine what will most effectively highlight and convey the mission, work, and impact of each Student Life department as well as the division as a whole. They are exploring innovative ways to tell the Student Life story and to involve students in the creation of the presentation.

The start of a new year is also an opportunity to contemplate the future, to dream, and to set new goals. Often, our success in realizing our dreams is determined by how we think about them. A quote that I came across recently reinforces the importance of optimism in all that we do:

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions, and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

Lao Tzu, wocompassion.org

Without a doubt, your positive energy and the ways in which you approach your work are key factors in the ongoing success of our division and our institution. Throughout 2015, I look forward to hearing about your dreams and goals and the ways in which you accomplish them.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive new year!
Co-written by Laura Gleason and Dawn Thompson

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In This Issue

UDance Seeks to Raise 1 Million | Staff Recognized Outside of the Office | Work-Life Balance | Winter Session Initiatives | Welcome, New Staff!

 

UDance Seeks to Raise 1 Million

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UDance is a 12-hour philanthropic dance marathon at the University of Delaware which raises awareness about childhood cancer. It is the university’s largest student-run philanthropy and has donated 2.3 million dollars to the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation in seven years of existence. Last year alone, UDance raised $850,376.75 for our heroes, those children and their families who have been affected by the disease.

Students and staff at the University of Delaware participate in a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer that culminates in a 12-hour dance marathon every spring. This year, the event will be held on March 22, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Admission to the event includes live entertainment, food, the opportunity to win raffle prizes, stations where participants can get a haircut and choose to donate their hair to cancer patients, games, the chance to interact with our B+ Heroes, good company, and of course, dancing. Participants are free to come and go as they please, but often find the energy and inspiration inescapable. The event brings together students, staff, family members, local businesses, and the Newark community as a whole. Its promotional video reinforces just how motivational UDance is for all involved.

The dance marathon’s primary beneficiary, the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, was founded by the McDonough family of Wilmington, DE after their 14-year-old son Andrew was diagnosed with leukemia, fought for 167 days and went to Heaven on July 14, 2007. The foundation was named after Andrew’s blood type, B+, which honors the way that Andrew lived: with a positive outlook and an upbeat attitude.

The B+ Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million in research grants and financial assistance to families who need help paying for cancer treatments. UsCollegeSports.com reports, “much of that funding comes from the efforts of Delaware students and their sponsors.” As its short yet powerful motto denotes, UDance exists: “For a Smile. For a Life. For a Cure.” We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming event on March 22 and we thank the University of Delaware staff for its continued support.

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Student Life Staff Recognized Outside of the University

Did you know that the work of our Division extends well beyond the bounds of our campus? Check out this impressive list of what your colleagues did throughout the region and country in 2014! Kudos to all staff recognized below and thank you for contributing to the work of student affairs throughout our region and country.

BOARDS & LEADERSHIP

Raven Holloway – Residence Hall Coordinator, Residence Life & Housing
Social Media Chair for the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC)
American College Personnel Association
Interview Chair for the Mid Atlantic Placement Exchange (MAPC)

Karen A. DeMonte – Associate Director, Residence Life and Housing
Appointed to the StarRez Advisory Board.
StarRez, Inc., a world leader in housing, conference, and conduct software with more than 450 customers worldwide.

Ivet Z. Tweedy – Associate Director, Residence Life & Housing
Directorate Board Membership – Commission for Assessment and Evaluation (CAE)
American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Jim Tweedy – Sr. Associate Director, Residence Life & Housing
Sustainability Advisory Committee Chairperson
American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Cindy Holland – Assistant Director, Career Services
Elected to Board of Directors (2015-2017)
American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE)

Scott Rappaport – Career Counselor, Career Services
Serving as President
Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers

Marilyn Prime  – Executive Director, University Student Centers & Student Engagement
Executive Board Member / Membership and Professional Development Committee
The Delaware ACE Women’s Network

Susan Luchey – Associate Director, USC for Leadership Development
Invited to serve on the Board of Directors and Faculty for LEAD365
LEAD365

 

AWARDS

Christina King- Complex Coordinator- Residence Life and Housing
Jimmy Howard- Assistant Director- Residence Life and Housing
Award: American College Personnel Association (ACPA)’s Commission for Housing and Residential Life “Outstanding Innovation” award for Neighborhood Empowerment Teams
American College Personnel Association Annual Convention 2014

Tabitha Groh – Communications Specialist, Residence Life & Housing
Web pages developed to help explain the housing application process via the new StarRez-powered student housing information portal were selected by StarRez to be featured in the Community Resources section of their customer support site, StarCare.
StarRez – provider of student housing portal solutions to over 300 school internationally.

Katie Morrison – Complex Coordinator, Residence Life and Housing
Excellence in Sustainability Award – Program – Green Teams
ACPA Commission for Housing & Residential Life

Cindy Holland – Assistant Director, Career Services
Recipient of Outstanding Service Award (2014)
Teacher Education Support Services, American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE)

Casey Impagliazzo – Communications Specialist, USC
DAWN Rising Star Award
The Delaware Women’s Network of the American Council on Education

Casey Impagliazzo – Communications Specialist, USC
ACUI Steal This Idea Award, 3rd place in calendars
Association of College Unions International

Susan Luchey – Associate Director, USC for Leadership Development
Blue Hen Leadership Program was named Most Outstanding Leadership Program for 2014 Association of Leadership Educators.

 

PROGRAMS, PRESENTATIONS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Christina King-Complex Coordinator- Residence Life and Housing
Jimmy Howard- Assistant Director- Residence Life and Housing
Students to Leaders in 14 days: Inspiring Self-Efficacy through Community Advocacy
American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Convention 2014

Christina King- Complex Coordinator- Residence Life and Housing
Elizabeth Short- Complex Coordinator- Residence Life and Housing
Presentation: Resident Assistant Internship and Leadership Exploration Program
American College Personnel Association Annual Convention 2014

Joshua Holmes – Complex Coordinator, Residence Life and Housing
Published an article:  Renn, K. A., Brazelton, G. B., & Holmes, J. M. (2014). At the margins of internationalization: An analysis of journal articles on college student development, learning, and experiences (1998-2011). Journal of College Student Development.
Journal of College Student Development

Ivet Z. Tweedy – Associate Director, Residence Life & Housing
Presentation: Reinventing Assessment with the ACPA Assessment in Practice Monograph
American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Jim Tweedy –  Sr. Associate Director, Residence Life & Housing
Presenter: 3 conference presentations and 1 webinar
American College Personnel Association (ACPA) & Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium

Cindy Holland – Assistant Director, Career Services
Article published in AAEE Job Search Handbook
American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE)

Amne Harrington – Program Coordinator (Fraternity & Sorority Life)
Article published entitled “Theory to Practice:  Participating in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition””
Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Essentials publication

Steve Kramarck – Assistant Director, USC
Selected as a recurring online and webinar presenter for Campus Labs for its Collegiate Link product
Campus Labs

Casey Impagliazzo – Communications Specialist, USC
Selected to the planning team for the 2015 ACUI Region VII conference
Association of College Unions International

Susan Luchey – Associate Director, USC for Leadership Development
Presented three workshops at the National Conference on Student Leadership in November
National Conference on Student Leadership

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Work-Life Balance: How do you manage it?

Work life balance is an ambiguous phenomenon for many student affairs professionals. With the spring semester here, you may be setting goals, reading articles or having conversations with colleagues or partners about work life balance expectations. Here’s an article that challenges our commonly held ideas of work-life balance.  Check it out as we hope to start this conversation!

In the next edition, we’ll share various perspectives on achieving work-life balance.








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Winter Session Initiatives

This Winter Session, our Division (and campus partners) went beyond academics to better support and engage our students. Twenty-eight proposals were submitted for Unidel funding, and 11 awards were made. These awards enabled six different campus departments to engage students in off-campus trips, educational workshops, community-building experiences and more:

Hot Chocolate Festival – University Student Centers

Free Movie in Bacchus Theater – University Student Centers

Campus Chatter – Music & Theater Depts.

Serving Better Together – Residence Life & Housing

Taylor Mali – University Honors Program

Homelessness: Is it just a housing issue? – Human Development & Family Studies

Football Watch Party – University Student Centers

Quizzo – University Student Centers

The Challenge Program – Assoc. in Arts Program

Hear Me Roar – Residence Life & Housing

Study at Home – Residence Life & Housing

Read about Serving Better Together labyrinth, Study at Home’s CANR trip, StUDent Events’ hot chocolate festivals (the first part, AND the second one), Guardians of the Galaxy movie showing and the many other fun events held throughout Winter Session.

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Welcome New Staff!

View new staff featured in our last newsletter here.

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