Vice Chancellor Penny Rue
Happy New Year! As 2009 begins, we cannot help but reflect
upon what 2008 brought us. Last year was a time of upheaval but also of hope,
and I begin the new year knowing that we face challenging times ahead, but that
we will do so within a caring community and with faith in our ability to
By Michael Dabney, Communications Specialist, Student Educational Advancement
Peer Student Counselors and Mentors:
Student Affairs’ Invaluable Ambassadors
Left: A3 Student Mentors,
Berenice and Megan.
From educating fellow UCSD students about health, wellness,
and career success to mentoring low-income area high school students on what it
takes to succeed in college—UCSD’s numerous undergraduates who serve as
peer counselors and mentors are making a vital contribution to the mission and
services provided by Student Affairs, as well as other areas at the university.
“These students play a crucial role in assisting other
students with questions and concerns related to academic progress at UCSD,
social adjustment, and to other areas related to student well-being,” say Patricia
L. Scott, Dean of Student Affairs at Eleanor Roosevelt College, and key UCSD
administrators whose units benefit from undergraduate peer counselors and
By Gary Ratcliff, Assistant Vice Chancellor – Student Life
Student Affairs Provides Departments New Tools to Better Serve Students
Student Affairs has become a member of Student Voice, a firm that provides departments
the tools to easily survey students, staff, and other clients. Through Student
Voice, you can ask students about the types of services they want, how
satisfied they are with your services, and what they like about your programs
Collected by Andy Ceperley, Career Services Center
Resources That Build Our Expertise
Books that inspire Creativity
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
by Richard Pirsig
First published in 1974, this autobiography details a
motorcycle trip taken by a father and his eleven-year-old son, a summer junket
that confronts mortal truths on the journey of life. In the words of the
author, “the real cycle you’re working on is the cycle called ‘yourself.’”
Recommended by Kevin DelMastro, International Scholar Advisor
The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork
by John C. Maxwell
We know that teamwork is essential for success, both in our
personal and professional lives. This workbook breaks teamwork into
informative, entertaining passages and helpful Q & A sections.
Recommended by Women’s Basketball Coach Charity Elliott
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
by Michael Pollan
This easily read guide to sustainable and healthy eating shows us how we can start making thoughtful food
choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be
healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.
Recommended by Jerry Phelps, Acting Director, Wellness Center
The college that reads together…
Sixth College Student Affairs engages in a monthly staff
development activity that involves staff members selecting on a rotating basis
an article or chapter that the entire staff will read and then discuss.
Some examples of articles and chapters they have read:
- Patterns of Situational Identity Among Biracial and Multiracial College Students by Kristen A. Renn
- The Influence of Course Effort and Outside Activities on Grades in a College Course by Soren Svanum and Silvia M. Bigatti
- Beyond Seat Time and Student Satisfaction: A Curricular Approach to Residential Education by Kathleen G. Kerr and James Tweedy
- A+ Does Not Mean All Asians: The Model Minority Myth and Implications for Higher Education by Nathaniel A. Victoria
- The Second-Year Experience: Turning Attention to the Academy’s Middle Children by Jimmie Gahagan and Mary Stuart Hunter
- Why We Hate by Margo Monteith and Jeffrey Winters
- Freedom and Responsibility: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Facebook Users by M. Leslie Sadler
Recommended by Sixth College Dean of Student Affairs, James Stascavage
comprehensive student resource features a helpful “Why Grad School” tab
that answers many of the initial questions a student may have about
pursuing an advanced degree.
Covering career disciplines in the “new”
public sector—government, nonprofits/NGOs, international,
consulting and education, this handy and easy-to-navigate portal bundles
attractive employment opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate
Recommended by Bill Wingard, Professional & Graduate School Advisor in the Career Services Center
What have you read lately that the rest of us would find helpful? Send your
must-reads for the next issue of Impact to Andy Ceperley.
Low Cost Student Affairs
Professional Development Opportunities
To get more out of your department's dollar, consider partnering with another unit for a Webinar.
Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Price Center East Level 4, Forum Room
UCSD: Student Voice Workshop
Demonstration on using Student Voice for your assessment needs, taught by Gary Ratcliff and Ann Klein.
Student Affairs’ own training series gives you Student Affairs-related
information, brought to you by our own staff at UCSD. These free,
one-hour workshops are open to everyone. Check out these winter quarter
Jan. 30, 2009, 8:30 a.m. Price Center East Level 4, Forum Room
Supervising and Managing Difficult Employees – Dr. Billy Johnson
Feb. 20, 2009, 8:30 a.m. Price Center East Level 4, Forum Room
Transitioning from Employee to Supervisor – Janice Armellino, Emily Marx, John Payne
Jan. 26–Feb. 13, 2009
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) E-Course: Improving Supervisory Effectiveness
through Human and Fiscal Management Strategies that Work
This class will address both human and fiscal
management concepts in student affairs staff management. Specific
attention will be given to (a) budget development and management, (b)
supervisory styles and practices, (c) development of effective and
productive meeting structures, (d) staff performance appraisals and
disciplinary procedures, (e) conflict management practices in student
affairs and higher education, and (f) the development of productive
interdepartmental relationships. Current scholarship and best practices
will be used to communicate important concepts and strategies related to
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:00–3:15 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. PST)
NASPA Webcast: Navigating the Shift: Transitioning to New Roles and New Institutions
Young student affairs professionals are faced with
making transitions.Whether personal, educational, or spiritual, a
transition in one area of life impacts other parts of one’s
life.In our rapidly changing society, we all need to cope with
professional and personal transitions throughout our career. This
Webcast uses the Bridges Model to provide a theoretical framework for
the conversation, and the presenters explore the processes involved in
successfully managing personal and professional change.
Various dates and times, UCSD Biomedical Library
Unleash the Power of PowerPoint and Presentations
The classes do build on each other, but you can come to any or all depending
on your needs and skill level. Take advantage of the following workshops
held from 10:30 a.m.–noon at the Biomedical Library: PowerPoint
Beginnings (January 16), Power Enhancements (January 23), and
Breakthrough Presentations (January 30).
Various dates and training options
UCSD: Element K
Element K is a vendor-hosted, Web-based training service. It is free to
current UCSD faculty, staff, and students, available around the clock,
and compatible with PCs and Macs. Take advantage of classes from
Information Technology, Business Fundamentals, or Harvard Manage Mentor
Plus from the Harvard Business School.
Various dates and training options
UCSD: Staff Education and Development
Did you know that the campus Staff Education and
Development Office offers five certificate programs? Staff Education and
Development has the best deals in town on workshops, ranging from free
to a small fee. Certificate programs are available for Supervision, Work
Leader, Training and Development, Web Design, and Department Safety
Send additional suggestions to Sara Henry.
Student Affairs Comings and Goings
Please welcome to the Student Affairs family
the following new employees:
Cristina Aparicio, Cal-SOAP
Cara Appel-Silbaugh, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
Silvia Castro, Student Health Services
Catherine Condliffe, Student Educational Advancement
Shakerra Ravita Davis, Cal-SOAP
Melissa Ewart, Student Life
Laurie Galligan, TRIO Outreach Programs
Krauz Ganadjian, Counseling and Psychological Services
Ashley Gatson, Student Health Services
Marilyn Graham, Admissions and Enrollment Services
Houghston Hagues, University Centers
Ashley Hatchell, Campus Recreation
Jann Hoff, Student Life
Irma Jimenez, Campus Recreation
Karen Kwak, Student Health Services
Christopher Ladwig, University Centers
AJ Lee, Career Services Center
Filipe Martinez, Cal-SOAP
Richard Martinez, University Centers
Michael McClure, Cal-SOAP
Christine McNamara, Student Health Services
Rita Mejia, TRIO Outreach Programs
Nancy Moreno, Cal-SOAP
Catharine Nance, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
Amanda Norskog, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
Vanessa Nunez, Cal-SOAP
Eddie Paje, OASIS
Frida Pineda, Student Life
Benjamin Shaver, Financial Aid Office
Martha Singh, Cal-SOAP
Sandra Titus, Admissions and Enrollment Services
Erica Xavier, Financial Aid Office
Due to print deadlines, if we missed you here, we’ll get you on the spring edition!
Special Congratulations and Appreciation:
April Bjornsen promoted to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Graduate Studies.
Brian Murray from Student Health Services retired after 28 years of UC service.
Gloria Sullivan from Student Health Services retired after 15 years of UC service.
Debbie Wenck is recognized for 26 years of service to Student Affairs Human Resources.
Congratulations to Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, who was recently elected to the
National City Council and appointed Vice Mayor of National City. (PHOTO)
Congratulations to the staff from The Loft who were recently featured in two
publications, San Diego City Beat’s “Best of 2008” for the
film series under the direction of Rebecca Webb, and Riviera Magazine’s
December edition for the ultracool programming going on at The Loft under curator
Elizabeth Bradshaw and program manager Brian Schaefer.
Dr. Jerry Phelps recently appeared on KPBS’s These Days with Tom Fudge
to discuss sleep disorders and the Student Affairs Wellness Center.
The Outback Adventures leadership team hosted the national conference of the
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) in October 2008. The
conference brought together more than 450 student affairs professionals and
student leaders from university and nonprofit outdoor recreation programs. Four
UCSD student leaders from Outback Adventures were selected to present educational
sessions at the conference, while more than thirty Outback student staff volunteered.
Alexia Cervantes, Assistant Recreation Class Director, coordinated the fifth
annual Fit for Food Day on Saturday, November 22. The beneficiary was Hand Up
Youth Food Pantry, a project of the Jewish Family Service in San Diego. Five
fitness classes were scheduled and led by eight UCSD Recreation instructors
who volunteered to teach classes and coordinate the event.
Congratulations to all who presented to the Chinese Visiting Scholars participating
in a quarter-long intensive program on Student Affairs. This first-time collaboration
is likely to lead to future collaborations with the Chinese Ministry of Education,
UCSD Extension and Student Affairs.
Lauren Payne, Assistant Director in the Career Services Center Career & Internship
Advising Unit, for being awarded the MPACE scholarship to attend the NACE Management
Leadership Institute in July in Austin, Texas
Outback Adventures will be opening a satellite store in winter quarter in
Price Center West at the northwest corner facing Geisel Library. The store will
be a retail shop for equipment rental and sales related to outdoor adventures
and a registration site for any and all UCSD Recreation offerings. Come check
Yogurt World and Tapioca Express are now open in the Student Services Center
and Price Center East Food Court.
Meyers Loop located between the Student Services Center and Price Center is
now closed. The new Town Square will offer additional programming space and
a place for students to gather.
For the 2008 Presidential Election, UC San Diego operated six polling locations across campus and had an 82% turnout rate.
The Revelle College “Why Not Here?” Lounge had the highest turnout rate in the entire San Diego County at 91%.
Congratulations to all who encouraged UC San Diego students to get out and vote!
Student Affairs Photos
Sixth College Holiday Celebrants – Sarah Vatch, Gina Reis, Marciano Perez
Career Services Holiday Celebrants
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Holiday Celebrants
Center for Student Involvement Holiday Celebrants
International Center Holiday Celebrants
Student Affairs Impact Editors
General Announcements, Kudos, and Miscellaneous
Cynthia Davalos, Editor-in-Chief
Resources That Build Our Expertise
Low Cost Professional Development Opportunities
Sara Henry and Amanda
A Standout Student Affairs, Story, Initiative or Program
Gary Ratcliff or Michael Dabney
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Student Affairs Impact editorial staff above.
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