ISSUE 1, FALL 2008
Features:   Mind, Body, Spirit   |   Book Review: College of the Overwhelmed
Resources that Build our Expertise   |    Professional Opportunities
Comings and Goings   |    Staff Kudos   |    FYI...   |    Photos
Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Letter From

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Student Affairs Newsletter! I am excited to be a part of this new project, a collaborative effort from colleagues throughout Student Affairs. I hope that this new collaboration increases the openness and collective pride in our people, our dedicated work on behalf of UC San Diego, and our current and prospective students.

Many people have asked me to share my perspectives about UCSD and Student Affairs since arriving one year ago. I have found a welcoming attitude, dedicated professionals, an innovative spirit and many partnerships. As we begin another academic year, I am happy to share my thoughts.

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By Michael Dabney, Communications Specialist, Student Educational Advancement


Wellness Center Building

Student Affairs is implementing sweeping changes to the way it provides services that address the physical, mental and spiritual needs of its undergraduates. In a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to student wellness, such services will now be consolidated under one departmental cluster, and within the next few years, under one roof on campus.

Known as the Student Affairs Wellness Initiative, the changes are occurring in two stages. The first is the consolidation of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Campus Recreation, Student Health Services, and potentially the Center for Ethics and Spirituality, bringing them together collaboratively under one Assistant Vice Chancellor, allowing students to more effectively receive wellness services that address their psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual needs.

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Recommended Staff Development Resources on Mental Health: Print, slides, and video by Gary Ratcliff, Assistant Vice Chancellor-Student Life

The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It

College of the Overwhelmed cover

In 2007, the mass shooting at Virginia Tech put the subject of student mental health squarely on the national landscape. On campuses, however, the topic emerged as a significant concern well before then. One book that sounded the alarm is College of the Overwhelmed. Published in 2004 and authored by Richard Kadison, the chief of mental health services at Harvard University, and Theresa Foy Digeronimo, the book presents in clear language the conditions that gave rise to the mental health crisis on campuses and what colleges, parents, and students can do about it.

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Resources That Build Our Expertise

We all read great books, articles, and online content that help us serve our students more effectively. Here are some “must reads” from our colleagues in Student Affairs.


Heads-Up Baseball: Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time
by Ken Ravizza and Tom Hanson

Baseball players have to cope with failing a large percentage of the time, so the mental aspect of the game is very important. The authors teach us that mental skills, like physical skills, can be taught.

Recommended by Women’s Volleyball Coach, Tom Black

Re-Imagine: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age
by Tom Peters

From Peter’s theory regarding the death of bureaucracy to his stance that “business is cool,” we are invited to think beautiful, think weird, and embrace even more change than we can imagine.

Recommended by Warren College Dean of Student Affairs, Paul DeWine

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

When a Carnegie Mellon professor was asked to give his last lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The lecture he gave was not about dying but about overcoming obstacles, supporting the dreams of others, and seizing every moment.

Recommended by Revelle College Dean of Student Affairs, Renee Barnett Terry


Making Invisible Work Visible: Using Social Network Analysis to Support Strategic Collaboration
by Rob Cross, Andrew Parker, and Stephen P. Borgatti

Social Networking is a fascinating area of organizational development. As the way our society communicates becomes increasingly non-linear, so are our organizations.

Recommended by Muir College Dean of Student Affairs, Patty Mahaffey

Freedom and Responsibility: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Facebook Users
by M. Leslie Sadler

Facebook and other social networking websites continue to impact the lives of an increasing number of college students every day. Teaching students to critically examine their relationship with technology will help them find their independence in a digitally-connected tomorrow.

Recommended by Jenelle Dean, Sixth College Coordinator of Student Activities

Assessing the Campus Climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Students Using a Multiple Perspectives Approach
by Robert D. Brown, Brandy Clarke, Valerie Gortmaker, and Rachael Robinson-Keilig

This study suggests that perceptions of campus climate for GLBT students differ depending on one’s place in the campus community and, therefore, strategies for improving campus climate should be designed with particular populations in mind.

Recommended by Sean Boileau, 2007–2008 Sixth College Psychology Intern

College Board Report on Asian Americans
published by the College Board

The popular image of Asian-Americans as academically successful ignores the tremendous amount of variation among different subsets.

The report can be downloaded here.


The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need
by Daniel H. Pink, Art by Rob Ten Pas

Illustrated in the Japanese comic format known as manga, the story’s hero is not unlike many of our students. He did what his parents, teachers, and his advisors told him. Now he finds himself in a dead-end job and in need of nine powerful tips to get his career on course.

Recommended by Andy Ceperley, Career Services Center Director


The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, NASPA, publishes content ranging from scholarly research to timely articles on the most pressing issues in student affairs. Some favorites include:

  • NASPA Forum
  • NetResults
  • NASPA Journal
  • Journal on Women in Higher Education
  • Journal of College and Character
  • Leadership Exchange (timely articles/issues for SA leadership; quarterly)

UCSD Student Affairs Professional Opportunities

  • The Student Affairs Fall Meeting is Tuesday, October 14. Look forward to a morning of giving input and learning about our strategic directions.
  • The next deadline for the Student Affairs Development Fund is November 1, 2008.
  • A new series of supervisory training workshops is in development—watch for them starting in October.

Professional Resources: Dates for People in the Know!

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming professional development events and encourage your staff to submit proposals for conference programs!

Princeton University , October 9–11, 2008

Association of Black Women in Higher Education Conference (ABWHE)

Building on Thirty Years of Achievement: Scholarship, Leadership & Service


Long Beach, CA, November 5–8, 2008

2008 NASPA Western Regional Conference

Evolution: Navigating Waves of Change


Jacksonville, FL, November 5–8, 2008

2008 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference

Research and Practice: Embracing Connections


Los Angeles, CA, November 12–15, 2008

2008 International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference

Global Leadership: Portraits of the Past, Visions for the Future


College Park, MD, December 4–6, 2008

2008 Leadership Educators Institute


San Diego, CA, December 10–12, 2008

Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE) Conference

Ride the Wave to Success


Seattle, WA, January 21–24, 2009

2009 American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Conference

Ready or Not: Global Challenges, College Learning, and America's Promise


Boston, MA, January 22–24, 2009

2009 NASPA Mental Health Conference

Effective Interventions for Student Mental Health on Campus: Collaborations & Community


Seattle, WA, March 7–11, 2009

2009 NASPA National Conference

Nourishing Partnerships for Lifelong Learning


Washington D.C., March 28–April 1, 2009

2009 ACPA National Convention

Power to Imagine, Courage to Act.


San Diego, CA, April 2–4, 2009

American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Meeting

Shaping Faculty Roles in a Time of Change: Leadership for Student Learning


Anaheim, CA, April 5–9, 2009

2009 Association of College Unions International

Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow


Student Affairs Comings and Goings

Please welcome to the Student Affairs family the following new employees:

Jamie Adams, Campus Recreation

Christine Asuncion, Student Health Services

Tricia Chan, International Center

Courtney Chow, Career Services Center

Marie Dutton, Career Services Center

Eunice Estrada, Admissions & Enrollment Services

Emily Feinstein, Muir College

Regina Fleming-Magit, Student Health Services

Ryan Hall, Intercollegiate Athletics

Mentha Hynes-Wilson, Thurgood Marshall College

Tonya Jarrett, Student Educational Advancement

Derreck Jones, Sports Facilities

Jason Karavidas, University Centers

Da Lim Ki, OASIS

Valerie Krikes, Admissions & Enrollment Services

Keitha Libman, Student Educational Advancement

Christine Liou, Muir College

Deborah Massa, University Centers

Courtney Peraza, Counseling and Psychological Services

Elvira Prieto, Admissions & Enrollment Services

Joje Reyes, OASIS

Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, Student Policies & Judicial Affairs

Gregory Spire, Campus Recreation

Amarin Suriyakhamhaengwon, OASIS

Linda Vong, Office of Graduate Studies

Kathryn Wandel, Student Health Services

Due to print deadlines, if we missed you here, we'll get you on the next edition!

Special Congratulations to:

Ann Klein promoted to Director, Financial Aid Office

Candy Garner retired after 36 years of UC service

Timothy Johnston retired after 20 years of UC service

Denton Kimball retired after 15 years of UC service

Camilla Rice retired after 36 years of UC service

In Memoriam

On July 5, 2008 Student Educational Advancement lost a young and talented employee, Crystal Roberts Mesa. Our sympathies are extended to the Roberts Mesa family and the staff in Student Educational Advancement.

Staff Kudos

Kevin Messey, Intercollegiate Athletics Head Trainer; Matt Kritz, former Strength and Conditioning Coach; Rob Mamula, current Strength and Conditioning Coach; and Matt Hobbs, Head Pitching Coach Triton Baseball, have recently published an article in the Strength and Conditioning Journal. The article, “In-season Strength and Conditioning Program for Collegiate Baseball Pitchers: A Unified Approach” documents the successful program at UCSD that has helped prevent career ending surgical procedures in student-athletes and allowed them to compete at higher levels.


University Centers Marketing (Sharon Van Bruggen, Alfredo Villareal, Stephen Sun) was recognized by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) in their “Steal this Idea Marketing Competition.” First, second, and third places honors were given in the categories of Brand Identity, T-shirt Design, and One Color Poster.

UCSD was the top-ranked Division II school and earned a No. 20 national ranking overall in the National Collegiate Scouting Association's (NCSA) 2008 Collegiate Power Rankings. The Power Rankings rate colleges and universities comprehensively based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess of the university. The institutions posted in the 2008 Power Rankings are in an elite group of less than 6 percenet of colleges and universities across the nation. Kudos to the Athletics staff for their hard work!

Recreation swimming coach Ron “Sickie” Marcikic and the department’s Masters program are featured in the latest edition of The Del Mar Scene.

Renee Barnett Terry

Renee Barnett Terry received Southern Connecticut University’s Alumni Citation Award, which honors graduates for extraordinary achievements in their field. Renee was honored at the Annual Alumni Awards Banquet on May 1, 2008 in New Haven Connecticut. She is pictured at left with SCSU President Cheryl Norton.


Welcome Week ends Sunday, September 28! Please visit the Welcome Week Web site for a full listing of programs and events.

The first campus-wide Family Weekend is Oct. 25–26. Please visit the Parents and Families Web site for more information.

Student Legal Services has relocated to the fifth floor of the Student Services Center, room 527. Their new mail code is 0034.

Student Affairs Photos

Upward Bound Spirit Award winners

Upward Bound Spirit Award winners for outstanding academics and excellent leadership during the Upward Bound Summer Residential Program.

Student Volunteers

Student volunteers take part in the “I Love a Clean San Diego Community Service Day,” Pepper Canyon Park, National City.

Rue-Sters Boomball players

Team Rue-sters participate in the First Annual Boomball Tournament of the Universe hosted by Campus Recreation. Pictured (L–R) Sara Quarterman, Dawn Buttrell, Carmen Lozano, Jason Thornton, Pam Oliver, Jason Jennings, Patti Seyfert, John Hughes, Joe Cribari, Alyssa Aguilar, and Susan Maloney (front).

Jason Thornton of the Rue-Sters

Jason Thornton invokes the superpower for team Rue-sters during Boomball Tournament play.

Incoming Revelle students

Incoming Revelle students from the 2008 Summer Bridge Program.

Roosevelt College orientation

Eleanor Roosevelt College Orientation Leaders

Muir College orientation

Muir College Orientation Leaders

Revelle orientation leaders

Revelle College Orientation Leaders

Student Affairs Impact Editors

General Announcements, Kudos, and Miscellaneous
Cynthia Davalos, Editor in Chief

Resources that Build our Expertise
Andy Ceperley

Dates for Staff in the Know
Sara Henry

Campus Professional Resources / Opportunities
Debbie Wenck

A Standout Student Affairs, Story, Initiative or Program
Gary Ratcliff or Michael Dabney

Alyssa Aguilar

For future ideas and submissions please contact the
Student Affairs Impact editorial staff above.

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