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Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Letter From
Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

Welcome to spring!

Though spring is marked by a more subtle rebirth in California than elsewhere, where people are literally thawing out, it is nonetheless a time of renewed energy and excitement on any college campus. Here at UC San Diego, we join in the excitement surrounding Associated Student Elections, Admit Day, new RAs and orientation leaders, and the many recognition ceremonies that help us tell our students how much we value their contributions to the community.

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Career Paths of Our Students and Student Workers

By Michael Dabney, Director, News Media & Public Relations, Student Educational Advancement

Employing student workers can be a win-win situation for both the student and the UCSD department that uses the student’s talents. Whether through a paid part time position or a non-paid internship, the student (if the employment experience goes as it should) gains work skills that enhance his or her resumé and overall educational pursuits. And at the same time, the supervisor gets relatively inexpensive but talented support.

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An Evening With UC San Diego: A Team Outreach Program

By Cynthia Davalos, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs

A banner welcomes UC San Diego Chancellor Fox

Right: Grossmont Union High School District welcomes us at an Evening with UCSD.

An Evening with UC San Diego, featuring Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, is a special outreach program that was created in 2006 in response to the Chancellor’s request to meet continuously with the local community and to address topics relating to access to UC San Diego. Staff from Cal-SOAP, the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs met to design a more intimate admissions program for local families that would allow time for more than one or two questions. Utilizing a model comparable to those used by smaller private universities and bringing in key administrators and student leaders, the team designed an evening program at local high schools that would feature Chancellor Fox as the host and moderator for families to take a closer look at admissions and student life at UC San Diego. Early supporters of the program were Assistant Vice Chancellor Mae Brown, Financial Aid Director Ann Klein, Career Services Director Andy Ceperley and students from the Student Affirmative Action Coalition (SAAC).

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Did You Know?

Collected by Andy Ceperley, Director of Career Services

Where do UC San Diego undergraduates go after they leave the university? Between September 2008 and January 2009, the Career Services Center contacted our most recent graduates via e-mail and asked them to complete a brief Web-based Survey of Recent Graduates.

  • Of the 884 respondents reporting outcomes, 62 percent were employed in career positions while 38 percent were enrolled in graduate or professional school.
  • The average annual starting salary for those employed was $43,400, matching last year’s record high. Average salaries ranged from a low of $34,600 for graduates working in arts and communications fields to over $58,000 reported by those employed in technical fields.
  • Employed respondents are pursuing careers in one of five broad industry spheres. More than one quarter (28 percent) are working in technology, followed closely by business (24 percent), human services (22 percent), life/health sciences (19 percent), and arts and communications (7 percent).

For more information on this data, please contact Andy Ceperley.

Books and Other Resources to Enhance Our Expertise

Collected by Andy Ceperley, Career Services director

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
by Barbara Ehrenreich.

The author poses as a middle-aged professional in the midst of a job search, working with various career counselors, life coaches, and job search specialists to obtain work. Her search exposes her to various layers of today’s corporate world as well as who fits and who does not.

Recommended by Cara D. Appel-Silbaugh, Ph.D., Parent Relations & Programs director

The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying their knowledge, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

Recommended by Beth Surrell, TritonLink manager

Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

After a near death experience mountaineering, the author is nursed back to health by the villagers of Korphe, a little known mountain community. With few resources and little support from the Pakistani government, Mortenson promises the village leaders to build them a school for their children. The adventure develops into his life’s work to—replace ‘guns with pencils’—and ultimately becomes the greatest quest of his life, and an inspiration to so many others.

Recommended by Sam Soloman, Center for Student Involvement’s leadership coordinator

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 Professional Development Opportunities

Collected by Sara Henry, Director, Express to Success

Upcoming Workshops with Faculty Staff Assistance Program

No advanced registration required!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, noon–1:30 p.m.

Managing Anger at Work, With Loved Ones, and Within Ourselves

Presenter: Jay Schneider, L.C.S.W., founder of Manage Anger Daily

Location: Price Center East, John Muir Room

Cost: $0.00

Upcoming Workshops with Career Connection

Register at

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, noon–1:30 p.m.

Career Planning

Presenter: Instructor Led Training

Location: Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 300A

Description: This workshop provides an overview of the career development model and related Career Connection services. It will orient you to the career planning process. You will receive a career development plan that can assist you in short-term, intermediate, and long-term goal setting. Cost: $0.00

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, noon–1:30 p.m.

Negotiating Your Environment

Presenter: Instructor Led Training

Location: Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 430A

Description: This workshop is intended for anyone interested in acquiring effective communication skills in today’s diverse workplace. It begins with a review of the UCSD Principles of Community and how, as a standard, these principles can help you effectively negotiate your work environment. This workshop includes exercises and discussions on how to interact in ways that will maximize your career potential. What you say and how you say it makes a lasting impression on co-workers and customers. Cost: $0.00

Upcoming Workshops with Staff Education & Development

Register at

Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Motivating the Student Employee

Presenter: Timothy Kahlor

Location: Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A

Description: This workshop is intended for those who select, supervise or coordinate the work of student employees. Effective supervision, or influencing your employees to accomplish work goals, requires specific knowledge and skill. This workshop introduces you to key knowledge and skill areas pertinent to effective supervision of student employees. Cost: $0.00

Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 8:30–12:30 p.m.

Creating a Rewarding Staff Environment

Presenter: Nancy Fowler Hartley

Location: Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A

Description: This workshop is intended for managers, supervisors and work leaders who would like to improve staff morale in their respective units and explore ideas for creating a working environment for staff that encourages mutual respect and self-motivation. Cost: $0.00

When: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Preparing for Retirement

Presenter: Tuyet Le

Location: Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A

Description: Transitioning to retirement or wanting to learn more about what to expect? This workshop is for you! Cost: $0.00

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Pre-Retirement Planning: Understanding Provisions of the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP)

Presenter: Instructor Led Training

Location: Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 265A

Description: Through this course, you will have the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about your retirement benefit options from the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP). This course provides you with the opportunity to take an active role in your retirement planning. Cost: $0.00

Upcoming Workshops with the
Student Affairs Supervisor Training Series

No advanced registration required!

Friday, April 17, 2009, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Difficult Dialogues

Presenter: Gary Anderson, Intergroup Relations Program

Location: Price Center East, 4th Floor Forum

Description: Strengthen your ability to discuss hot button issues with your staff through this interactive workshop that explores the Intergroup Dialogue model of communication. Learn practical skills to help you create an office environment that normalizes conflict, encourages dialogue over debate, and emphasizes understanding rather than agreement. Cost: $0.00

Friday, May 8, 2009, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Supervising with Emotional Intelligence (Part II)

Location: Price Center East, 4th Floor Forum

Presenter: Dr. Reina Juarez, Ph.D., Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Description: Applying the concepts of supervising with emotional intelligence, learn how to use self-awareness, mood management, empathy, and relationship management to bring about success, well-being, and happiness in your professional and personal life. Includes a review of the foundational concepts of supervising with emotional intelligence, including the brain-heart connection, “mindsight,” resonance and attunement. Cost: $0.00

Staff Passions

Collected Sara Henry, Director, Express to Success

A Passion for Tea

Christi Gilhoi, director of UC San Diego’s International House, is passionate about tea. “One of the best parts of travel was connecting with people. In many cultures, this happens over tea.” In December, Christi, her husband James and business partner Paul opened Halcyon Tea, a retail tea shop in South Park. Christi says that the time she spent drinking chai in India, oolong in Taiwan, and having her tea leaves read in Romania, were all inspirations for opening the shop.

Halcyon Tea

Right: Christi Gilhoi, director of UC San Diego's International House; her husband James;  and business partner Paul opened Halcyon Tea, a retail tea shop in South Park.

“James and Paul run the shop and are really the tea experts, I am more of an expert tea drinker, and help out when I can.” Christi also says it has been great to connect Halcyon with UCSD’s diverse international population. “It’s been really exciting to have students, staff, and faculty stop by the shop and find their favorite tea from home or their travels.” In addition to selling over sixty loose-leaf teas and tea ware, Halcyon offers tastings, events, and tea culture and history classes.

A Passion for Cooking

Carey O’Kelly’s passion outside of work is cooking. Most weekends she can be found baking or trying out new recipes—which her friends and co-workers often benefit from on Monday mornings! Carey recalls the beginnings of her passion, “My favorite thing to do, when I was young, was to visit my grandparents’ house—they had the most amazing garden with raspberry bushes and bean plants. I loved to go out to the garden with my grandpa and pick beans or berries. My grandma would then make the best raspberry pies, or she would just pour cream over the berries and we would eat and snap the ends off the beans for dinner. It stuck!”

Now she collects cookbooks and loves to re-create recipes from restaurants. She has a “lower” fat version of a popular coffee chain’s pumpkin scones that she makes on special occasions and even made Thin Mints with fresh mint and chocolate ganache once. Carey can be counted on to make peppermint biscotti over the winter holidays, and there is never a shortage of chocolate chip cookies at her house.

One of her favorite TV channels is the Food Network, and her dream is to someday enter one of their “Challenge” cook-offs and learn how to make cakes like Duff Goldman (star of the Food Network reality television show Ace of Cakes). Carey adds, “Lucky for me I found a home at Earl Warren College—we have an event every quarter called Cookie Coma where all of the staff members bake cookies and treats for the students before finals—how is that for belonging!”

Comings and Goings

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

Tami Arashiro, Campus Recreation

Isaac Brandl, Campus Recreation

Karen Calfas, Student Wellness

Brian Dooley, Muir College

Tou Fang, Cal-SOAP

Monica Frazer, Intercollegiate Athletics

William Haid, Admissions and Enrollment Services

Brenda Jaleel, Student Wellness

Elyasir, Julima, University Centers

Arturo Machaen, University Centers

Nicole Matteson, Student Life

Rick Nornholm, Admissions and Enrollment Services

Cary O’Kelly, Warren College

Jennifer Phelps, Admissions and Enrollment Services

Sara Robinson, Intercollegiate Athletics

Monica Robinson, Cal-SOAP

Jennifer Snow, Marshall College

Qian Sun, Admissions and Enrollment Services

Torrey Trust, Student Wellness

Stephanie Wong, VC-Student Affairs

Belinda Zamacona, VC-Student Affairs

If we missed you here because of production deadlines,
we’ll get you in the next edition!

Special Congratulations and Appreciation:

Jorrie Miller from Admissions and Enrollment Services retired after 20 years of UC service.

Grace Bagunu was promoted from Coordinator of Student Activities at Warren College to Assistant Director of UCSD Express to Success.

Staff Kudos

Congratulations to the Transfer Services Staff in Admissions. Timothy Borch’s team is the recent recipient of a ninety thousand dollar UC-Community College Join Transfer Initiative Grant. The Community College to UC San Diego: Pathway to Success! program will streamline the process for low-income/first generation high school seniors who are community college bound and interested in applying to UC.

Renee Barnett Terry

Renee Barnett Terry, (left) dean of Student Affairs, Revelle College, is the 2009 recipient of the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA. This award honors NASPA members who have demonstrated continuous NASPA membership for ten or more years, and who have served in a leadership role at the state, regional, or national level of NASPA.

Marty Wolleson

LA Times journalist Anne Marie Welsh visited UC San Diego to report on the Innovator-in-Residence Project, a three-year project in the making that was initiated by ArtPower! Artistic Director Martin Wollesen (right). She observed choreographer Wayne McGregor and his company Random Dance collaborating with professors and students in the Departments of Dance and Cognitive Science to explore physical learning that simultaneously enhances scientific research and artistic development.

Comienza con un Sueño, an outreach conference for Latino families lead by TRiO and EAOP, received a record number of participants on Saturday, March 7th 2009. More than a thousand families arrived on campus to learn about converting the dream of college into a reality. TRiO’s Rita Mejia was featured on the Univision morning program, “Despierta San Diego” promoting the event.

Kevin Messey

Congratulations to Kevin Messey (left), head athletic trainer, Intercollegiate Athletics, who received an Environmental Health and Safety Award. Kevin raised medical emergency response skills training for IA trainers and coaching staff to a higher standard with procedures for handling MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) outbreaks, and providing certified CPR, First Aid, and AED training.

Financial Aid will be the administrators for the Federal TEACH Grant, a new program providing up to four thousand dollars per year to eligible students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families or who intend to teach in high-need areas. Graduate students in the Education Studies Department will be eligible for this grant.

West Hills Students

Congratulations to our 2008 UC San Diego Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Program recipients (above) in Student Affairs: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Jennifer Garza, Geneva Lofton-Fitzsimmons, Dr. Bill Johnson, and Dr. Cathy Thompson.

Cesar Figueroa is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Experienced Professional (10 or more years) in Residence Life Award through ACPA’s Commission for Housing and Residential Life. Cesar was also recognized with the new professional Annuit Coeptis Award.


The deadline has been extended for the Building Communities for Social Justice Practice Advanced Institute to April 15. For more information visit, or read the brochure.

Don’t forget the Student Affairs All Staff Meeting on Tuesday, April 28. Check out for the latest information.

Need the latest information on the budget news for UC San Diego? Visit Budget Line for the latest news, answers to questions, and suggestions for how you can help.

The Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy presents: Life Theatre! Supervisors whose compliance with the mandatory two-hour supervisory sexual harassment prevention training is due this spring, there will be a theater-style option presented by Life Theatre on April 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For those whose compliance is due in the fall, we hope to have them back then as well. To sign up for the spring program, visit Enrollment Central and search for “Life Theatre.”

Don’t forget that Senior Spring and All Campus Graduation Celebration (ACGC) are taking place again this spring. ACGC will occur on Friday, June 12, 2009. For more information on these events and commencement, please visit

Student Affairs Photos

Students observe dance rehearsal

Students in Professor David Kirsh’s class Creative Cognition in Dance observe rehearsals of the Wayne McGregor/Random Dance company in Calit2 at UC San Diego.  Student featured in foreground: Matthew Sugihara.

West Hills Students

ASB Students from West Hills High School at an Evening with UC San Diego event for Grossmont Union High School District familes.

Yvonne Borrego

Yvonne Borrego, Financial Aid Office, UC San Diego, staffs one of the tables at an Evening with UCSD event.

Brian Guerrero and Nicole Moran O'Neill

Brian Guerrero and Nicole Moran O’Neill, Career Services, staff a table at an Evening with UC San Diego event.

SPACES students

SPACES students share their stories regarding their paths to college at an Evening with UC San Diego event at Eastlake High School. 

Editors, Student Affairs Impact

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

Resources That Build Our Expertise
Andy Ceperley

Low Cost Professional Development Opportunities
Sara Henry and Amanda Norskog

Comings and Goings and Professional Development
Amanda Norskog

Standout Student Affairs stories, initiatives or programs
Gary Ratcliff or Michael Dabney

Copy Editor and Photos
Belinda Zamacona

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

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