Division of Student Life Newsletter, Spring 2017

Brought to you by Tabitha Groh, Casey Impagliazzo, Nicole Long, Logan Penna, Linda Stacy and Lisa Sydney

From the desk of Dawn Thompson

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the campus and town communities, I want to thank all of you who participated in the planning and execution of Shamrockfest. As you know, we had reason to be concerned about the decision-making and safety of some of our students around their participation in St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Even students who are not prone to high-risk behaviors can be swept up in poor decision-making during this holiday.

Our St. Patrick’s Day Planning Committee developed a robust intentional program, marketing and communication plan for the week leading up to and including the actual holiday. The marketing of events and our communication with students about our care for their wellbeing was strong and consistent. The events were well attended and the weekend saw very little excessive drinking, vandalism, or violence.

The campuswide collaboration was truly phenomenal, and I would like to thank the committee members for coming together to make the weekend safe:

Logan Penna, chair, Student Wellness and Health Promotion
Meaghan Davidson, Alex Keen and Amne Harrington, University Student Centers
Michelle Scott and Hannah Lightcap, Student Health Services
Edward Franklin, Center for Black Culture
Sydney Lobosco, student leader
Travis Pocta, Office for International Students and Scholars
Cortney Ranck, Benjamin Oser and Ryan Wolfe, Athletics and Recreation Services
Timothy Kim, English Language Institute
Sarah Georger, Honors Program
Jon Maier, University of Delaware Police Department
Casey Impagliazzo, Division of Student Life

I also want to thank our students for making good decisions and caring about one another, as well as each of you for your assistance in making the week a successful one. #BlueHenPride

Although it is raining as I write this note, I anticipate the sun will shine again and the temperatures will reach that sweet spot of warmth with no humidity. As the students return from Spring Break and head into the last two months of the academic year there will be many weekend activities occurring. Students will have ample opportunity to “make up for St. Patrick’s Day”. We must continue to model a culture of caring, and to educate students about amnesty protocol, helping friends stay safe, and making decisions that support their long-term success.

I look forward to seeing you at the annual end of the year SL celebration!

All the best,
Dawn Thompson


Dawn Thompson

CSC Faculty & Staff Career Innovation Grant

Career Services Center announces funding opportunities for student development activities

Faculty and staff interested in creating professional and career development activities for their students can now gain funding for these efforts through the new Career Services Center Faculty & Staff Career Innovation Grant (FSCIG)! Funding is provided to offset costs associated with infusing career-related materials and/or experiences into existing or new class curricula and/or departmental, program or school-based initiatives.

Applications are open online from March 15 – June 1, 2017.


Student Life funding is also available through June 2 for for innovative projects that enhance the Winter Session experience by furthering learning and fostering a more diverse and stimulating educational and social environment for undergraduate students who enroll in Winter Session.

Proposals must be for Winter Session 2018 and should be submitted as a single PDF to Laura Gleason.

Proposals must not exceed 3 typed pages and must include the following:
a. description of the program including intended audience, size and location
b. how the project will further student learning and foster a more diverse and stimulating
educational and/or social environment during Winter Session
c. estimated budget identifying fees and production costs, including identification of
funds and in-kind subsidy from any departments, colleges or student organizations
d. plans for assessment and evaluation

Spring Into Success Conference

Collaborative conference provided students with social, personal, academic and career development
Residence Life and Housing, New Student Orientation, and University Student Centers recently teamed up to help students jump-start their spring semester with resources, skill-building and interactive workshops.

Wellness Programming and Education


Shamrock Fest

Annual programming gives students healthy options

Student Wellness and Health Promotion chaired the Division of Student Life committee for Shamrock Fest, a harm reduction focused event designed to provide students with plenty of safer, healthier and more well options for celebrating the St. Patrick’s holiday. Promotion of the event included highlighting campuswide programming during the week of St. Pat’s, as well as creating a signature event on Saturday, March 18 from 8-11 a.m. in Trabant, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Perkins and 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the CSB/Little Bob. All three locations featured free food, and Perkins and the CSB featured free activities, including the opportunity to win prizes. Harm reduction messaging encouraged students to look out for their friends, call for help if needed and make choices to reduce their own risk.



Wellness Speaker Series

Wellness education continues into spring semester, with Student Wellness’ Promoters of Wellness Peer Education Program hosting its second Wellness Speaker Series with cosponsorship from other Student Life groups and several campus partners. Kevin Hines, a mental health advocate, opened the series on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Purnell 115, discussing issues related to mental illness and stigma. On Wednesday, April 5, addiction recovery advocate Stephen Hill will present at 6:30 p.m. in Perkins Bacchus, followed by a brief intermission with light refreshments. Then at 8:30 p.m., Josh Robbins will present on topics surrounding HIV+ stigma and sexual health. Bria and Chrissy, a lesbian singing duo, will close out the series on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in Trabant Theater with a presentation on LGBTQ+ and sexual violence activism. All events are FREE! Check out Student Wellness’ event calendar to view all current programming.



Sexual Violence Prevention and Education

Student Wellness recently coordinated the training of 30+ faculty and staff to become facilitators for the Bringing in the Bystander curriculum, which will be piloted this spring with students affiliated with UD fraternity and sorority life through the University Student Centers. A second training will be offered this summer for any UD staff who wish to become facilitators of the program. Contact Matt McMahon if you wish to participate.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Education (SAPE) committee is also cosponsoring a variety of educational programs: Masculinity Discussion Series on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Gore 308, Laci Green on Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, and Take Back the Night on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. featuring speaker, FreeQuency. These efforts coincide with the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as the spring kick-off of the University-wide kNOw MORE campaign, managed out of UD’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Meet the Office of Equity & Inclusion

Though OEI has recently seen some staff changes, their mission to advocate for an inclusive UD environment remains the same. Check out this video from Residence Life and Housing for a brief overview of OEI’s work.

New Student Life Staff

Ludora Riegel
Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Services' Women's Health Clinic

Celebrating our Colleagues

Staff Development Commitee announces spring Spotlight Award winners, opens nominations

Spotlight Award Winner: Angela Seguin
“Angela has been a mentor to many at UD. She models a standard of professionalism that I aspire to every day. Her door is always open for those who need guidance and support.”
“Angela truly shines in her work as a counselor to victims of sexual misconduct, students struggling with gender identity or relationship issues, etc. She is a bright light for these victims beause she has a gift for making students feel welcomed and comfortable in her presence.”



Spotlight Award Winner: Charles Beale
“Charles has dedicated more than four decades of his life to making UD’s Center for Counseling and Student Development a model for student-centered services. Charles is an exemplary campus partner who is always looking for innovative ways to collaborate with staff within the Division as well as across the University. His friendly demeanor, professional decorum, and genuine enthusiasm for supporting the student experience will be remembered for decades to come.”

Nominations are now open for Bright Initiative and Outstanding Service
Help the Student Life Staff Development Committee recognize our most talented and dedicated staff members who contribute to the advancement of the Division’s mission and vision by nominating someone for a Bright Initiative or Outstanding Service Award! Nominations are open online from March 27 through April 27, 2017.



Photo Tour: USC Staff Move to Perkins

The new year brought some big changes to University Student Centers office space, including the creation of a new Fraternity and Sorority hub on the second floor of Perkins Student Center. Take the virtual tour of USC Perkins offices so you’ll know where to go when you visit in person!


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Upcoming No-Cost Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development does not always require funds or traveling. Mark your calendars for these upcoming no-cost professional development and networking opportunities that you can pursue from the comfort of campus.


Monday, April 17 – Friday, June 2
Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs – a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Sponsored by Student Affairs Assessment Leaders
For more information or to register, visit https://www.online.colostate.edu/free-online-courses/student-affairs-assessment/


Friday, April 7
The BRIDGE (Building Interfaith and Religious Dialogue Engagement and Experience) Workshop
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Redding Complex Lounge

Wednesday, April 19
Human Resources Diversity Training Workshop sponsored by the Student Life Experienced Professionals Development Series (SLEDS)
12–1:15 p.m.
Trabant 219

Wednesday, April 26
Conference Recap sponsored by Student Life Advancing Professionals (SLAP)
12–1:30 p.m.
Hullihen 130

Wednesday, May 17
SLEDS Happy Hour
4:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Tuesday, May 16
UDairy Happy Hour with SLAP
4:30 p.m.
UDairy Creamery, 535 S. College Ave.

Wednesday, May 24
Student Life End of the Year Celebration
3–5 p.m.
STAR Campus Atrium