Division of Student Life Newsletter, Winter 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,

Happy New Year! We begin 2017 with some exciting, important updates:

Three finalists for the Assistant Vice President for Student Life Diversity and Inclusion position visited campus in December. Each candidate conducted a presentation and participated in two full days of interviews with a wide range of stakeholders from Student Life and across campus. I am confident that the search will be successful, and I plan to make an announcement by the end of this month.

Also on campus in December were three finalists for the Director of the Office of Student Conduct position. Each candidate spent a full day on campus, participated in numerous interviews and conducted a presentation. A fourth finalist will be on campus this month, and an announcement will be made in the coming weeks.

I would like to acknowledge and say a sincere thank you to the members of both search committees for their time and effort, as well as to Donna West, who has managed the administration for both searches—you have all done an incredible job!

Committee members for the AVP for Student Life Diversity and Inclusion: José-Luis Riera (chair), Natalie Byrdsong, Jennifer Daniels, Jahaan Davis, Andrew Garda, Kathleen Kerr, Kelly Ozambela, and Lynn Sydnor-Epps

Committee members for Director of the Office of Student Conduct: Kathleen Kerr (chair), Adam Cantley, David Frey, Holli Harvey, Brenda Irwin, Jason Pires, and Amy Richardson

The spring business meeting is around the corner, and I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, January 25 at 9 am in the Trabant MPRs. As always, we will have a full agenda and informative presentations. Chrissi Rawak, Director of Athletics and Recreation Services, will be our guest speaker and will talk about her vision and values for Athletics, as well as how we can partner with Athletics to increase student engagement in athletic events. In addition, time will be dedicated to diversity training that is being organized by the Staff Development Committee.

A complete meeting agenda will be sent out soon.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that a brand new Student Life website has been launched, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do so at udel.edu/studentlife.

In closing, I would like to thank you all for the remarkable work that you do for our students, Division and institution. I am proud of all that we have accomplished, and I am excited for the challenges and successes that the new year will bring.

May 2017 be kind to you and those whom you love.

DMT electronic signature


Tips for Winter Wellness
from Student Health Services and Student Wellness & Health Promotion

Facts about the Flu
The Flu Vaccine can’t give you the Flu. The Flu spreads through tiny wet drops when you cough, sneeze or talk. People who have the Flu may spread it to others 1 day before getting sick or 5-7 days after getting sick. Signs and symptoms of the flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, body aches and runny nose. You can protect yourself from the flu by getting your flu shot each year, washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and by not sharing personal items such as drinks.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month
Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.) will debut two new posters as part of a campaign addressing stalking. According to www.victimsofcrime.org, legal definitions of stalking vary, but “a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” Student, staff and faculty can find more information about stalking, including shareable resources and social media campaigns on the NSAM website.

Meet the Institute for Global Studies

Student Life’s Coordinated Communications Council (C3SL) recently learned more about communicating with international students from staff in OISS/IGS. Though the Institute for Global Studies is temporarily operating out of Clayton Hall, Residence Life and Housing’s Bright Lights video provides a great overview of the work that IGS does at UD. More than 80% of UD Study Abroad experiences take place during winter session.

The CBC is celebrating
40 Years of Service

The Center for Black Culture is celebrating 40 years of service to the University of Delaware community and beyond. Since its establishment in 1976, a number of programs, initiatives and services have supported the success of underrepresented students on campus. Fall highlights include:


After 22 years, the Each One Reach One Mentoring Program continues to offer first year students the opportunity to learn about campus resources that promote academic and personal success, gain an understanding of CBC services and programs, and connect to the Black student experience. Staff look forward to continuing this popular tradition that gives participants a positive UD experience that lasts a lifetime.


The UDecide Voter Registration Drive, with the support of 13 RSOs, successfully helped 122 students become registered to vote in several states!


In continuation of a tradition started in 2000, UD’s Latino Heritage Month Extravaganza was held on September 15. This year’s theme, “Art, Social Justice & Liberation”, featured U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera & DE Poets Laureate – Twin Poets. They creatively used their words to inspire all attendees to contribute to a more inclusive world.


The CBC and Black Alumni Organization Homecoming BBQ continues to grow in UD spirit and attendance, this year welcoming record numbers of current students and alumni from the classes of 1971-2015. The event also included a live DJ, UD and CBC trivia, raffles and giveaways.


The Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration, in its 16th year, was held on December 2 and gained greater visibility due to speaker Roland S. Martin and his unwavering commitment to uplifting the African American community. With over 300 people in attendance, this program continues to grow by celebrating the good in the Black community.


The CBC’s 40th anniversary celebration will continue in the spring. Please visit the CBC website for updates in February.

How do students hear about Student Life?

This compilation of recent survey data out of Student Health Services, University Student Centers, Career Services Center and Center for Black Culture provides a glance at how students hear of opportunities.

  • Word-Of-Mouth from friends, student groups, faculty or staff 55% 55%
  • Email from students or staff 30% 30%
  • Print materials 15% 15%

Library Spaces

Morris Library recently added two new spaces to serve student needs:
the Graduate Research Room and a Reflection Space.

Refractions exhibit at CSC

This student artwork is on display in Career Services Center through spring semester.


Spring Into Success with RL&H and NSO

Conference-style event sets students up for spring semester success

The first semester of college goes quickly, and come January, many students realize that they didn’t check off goals they had set for themselves.

The Spring into Success conference, conceived by Residence Life and Housing, is designed to help students explore their goals and the resources that will help them achieve those goals. Connecting to the wealth of resources on campus is sometimes harder said than done for students still early in their transition to college, and the conference aims to prepare students to make the most of their spring semester.

Two days of workshops, speakers and social events by Residence Life and Housing, Career Services Center and campus partners will focus on involvement, academic resources and personal development for students in their first year at UD, including transfer students. The conference will also include International Student Orientation and New Student Orientation for those students who are new to UD for Spring 2017.

To facilitate conference attendance, residential students will be able to check in to their residence hall on Thursday, February 2. Pre-registration is required and will be available via the Residence Life and Housing website in early January. Early check-in fees are waived for students who attend conference sessions.

New Staff: Campus Partners

Brooks Raup
Coordinator, Student Veteran Services
Office of the University Registrar

This new position supports the recruitment, admissions, enrollment, and success of student veterans, working closely with the Vice President for Enrollment Management, Chris Lucier; Dean of Students, José-Luis Riera; and the UD Campus Veterans Working Group.

Carla Lord-Powalski
Program Coordinator, Blue Hen Success Grant
Student Financial Services

This new position manages oversight of the Blue Hen Success Grant Program, which awards retention/completion grants to ensure that a small financial situation does not prevent a student with at least a 2.5 GPA and less than 60 credits left from completing their UD degree.

Award Nominations Open

Nominate your outstanding colleagues through February 10 for the Spotlight Award, recognizing those who contribute to the Division while shining in their department!


Volunteer to assist the Staff Development Committee with reviewing award nominations for the Spotlight, Bright Initiative, and Outstanding Service awards. The anticipated time commitment is 1 quarterly meeting and 2-3 hours for application review. Contact Donna (dwest@) by January 24 to participate.

Pet Parade

What better way to warm your heart in winter than with a pet parade? Research shows that pets can help people beat the blues, establish a sense of purpose, and even reduce stress levels. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a parade of Student Life staff members’ lovable pets!


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