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Letter from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

On the heels of the holidays, I am still warm with the glow of time with friends, reflecting upon what I'm thankful for. I've learned how important gratitude is in helping me manage the stresses of daily life and keep a sense of perspective. I am grateful to have a job that I love and to be surrounded by caring and dedicated colleagues who strive to do the right thing.

The UC system has recently been rocked by the kind of violence and disruption not seen in a widespread way since the 1970s. What began in Zuccotti Park in New York in September spread throughout American cities over the following weeks. As these movements wound down, lost support, or were moved out forcibly, campuses began to emerge as first-rate places for the Occupy movement, and several UC campuses became sites for camp-in style protests. Campuses have wrestled with managing these demonstrations, some with collegial and effective outcomes, and others with methods that have created serious strife across our campuses.

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Study Examines Student Leadership at UC San Diego

by Gary Ratcliff, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life

UC San Diego offers students a broad variety of leadership opportunities in settings ranging from the undergraduate colleges and student governments, to community service projects and off-campus internships. Little is known about what the optimal conditions are for students to develop as leaders and what types of experiences are associated with gains in leadership.

To better understand what factors facilitate the leadership development of UC San Diego students, Student Affairs participated in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL). Developed by the National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs, MSL is a comprehensive survey of leadership, which has been administered at over 140 colleges and universities.

In the spring of 2011, a random sample of four thousand UC San Diego undergraduates were invited to complete the survey. Altogether 941 students responded to the invitation. An even split of women and men completed the survey. The majority of the respondents were Asian students (45 percent) followed by white (26 percent), multiracial (16 percent) and Latino (8.5 percent) students.

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Nonresident Student Satisfaction and California Students

by Patty Mahaffey, Dean of Student Affairs, John Muir College, and Lynn Anderson, Dean, International Education, and Director, International Center

As we move just beyond the university's 50th Anniversary UC San Diego continues to advance and stretch in a myriad of ways. Our student profile is shifting as UC San Diego's highly regarded reputation as a world-class university continues to grow.

This fall, the campus experienced growth in two important populations: international students and domestic nonresidents (out-of-state students). The current population of international undergraduate and graduate students at UC San Diego is approximately 3,069, an increase of 750 students from last year. This fall we welcomed thirteen hundred new international students. Similarly, our out-of-state applications rose this fall by 128 undergraduate students, bringing our total out-of-state population to 697 students.

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Resources That Build Our Expertise

Education Advisory Board

Student Affairs has a membership in the Education Advisory Board (EAB) that allows all Student Affairs staff members to have access to best-practice research reports from peer institutions and other small colleges and universities. Best-practice research reports consist of a nine-month commitment of examining, in depth, pressing issues in higher education. The Education Advisory Board polls its membership each year to set research agendas, and typically look at three to four topics in three functional areas. These reports range in subject matter and can be accessed in two different ways-via webinars and expert consultants. Below is a sample of the type of reports and how you can access this information by activating your personal account at the EAB website.


Each study culminates in a one hundred-plus page publication. These can be found on the EAB website for downloading or ordering (EAB can mail you as many hard copies as you'd like as well). Current reports include:


These one-hour web conferences occur regularly and reflect both current and past best-practice research agendas. Anyone from Student Affairs can register online and EAB will send information to dial in one to two days in advance of the event. Webinars are saved, so you can listen to any past event and download the presentations from the EAB website. To view the upcoming webinar schedule or to download recorded webinars, click here.

Expert Consultations

The EAB research team is available to Student Affairs staff for any issues relating to any of their best-practice areas or that have a follow-up question to their research. Our EAB representative, Tara Healey, is available to facilitate a conversation between our Student Affairs staff and the lead researcher.

For more information on the Education Advisory Board, please contact Lindsay Dawkins.

Professional Development Opportunities

Collected by Stephanie Wong, Personnel Analyst, Office of the VC Student Affairs, and Grace Bagunu, Assistant Director, Center for Communication and Leadership

Students Affairs has the good fortune of having several committed staff members dedicated to the work of expanding professional knowledge and sharing best practices through the Student Affairs professional organization, NASPA. At the 2011 Western Regional Conference held in San Diego, several staff members presented workshops and/or served on the conference committee. Read on to learn about workshops presented by our staff.

An Anthology of Diversity: UC San Diego's Campus Community Centers

Shaun Travers (UC San Diego), Edwina Welch (UC San Diego), and Marnie Brookolo (UC San Diego)

Join us for an afternoon on UC San Diego's campus in La Jolla to explore the Campus Community Centers: the Women's Center, the LGBT Resource Center, and the Cross-Cultural Center. These social justice centers offer a progressive approach to diversity organizing. Explore the spaces, connect with the staff, and begin envisioning change on your own campus regarding community.

#naspawr11 Conference

Grace Bagunu (UC San Diego) and Petrina Loh (San Diego State University)

Participants will learn how to use Twitter to create their own digital anthology, a diverse collection of practices, priorities, and values in our profession. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the basics and utilize advanced features of Twitter to network and expand knowledge of student learning and success today and tomorrow. Create your Twitter account and join us!

First Gen Students' Parents and Pre-College Prep

Cesar Figueroa (UC San Diego) and Jennifer Garza (San Diego State University/Claremont Graduate University)

Many parents of underrepresented, first-generation students do not have all the information they need to make fully informed decisions on how to best assist their students at the K-12 level. The purpose of the presentation is to assist student affairs practitioners by highlighting up-to-date research on how to better structure parent programs for underserved and underrepresented communities.

A Wellness Space for Snack-Sized Programming

Jerry Phelps (UC San Diego), Sarah Barclay (UC San Diego), and Gina Tang (UC San Diego)

A new model for promoting healthy living on campus, The Zone is a small-scale, multipurpose wellness center. The Zone is a space for snack-sized wellness programming designed to encourage discovery, trial, awareness, and adoption of new and current wellness services. We will describe the design, implementation, and results of one year of programs in a student-managed wellness space.

Infusing Theatre with Social Justice Education

Grace Bagunu (UC San Diego), Brett Robertson (UC San Diego), and Gary Anderson (UC San Diego)

Teaching social justice through a performing arts medium can be an effective and powerful tool for educating students about differences. This session will provide an overview of Social Action Theatre at UC San Diego, including the history, implementation, assessment, and future directions of the program. We will also share our successes and challenges, provide ideas for starting a troupe on your own campus, and collectively share our ideas for infusing the arts into social justice education.

UC San Diego Student Affairs staff on the NASPA Western Regional Conference Committee:

    Grace Bagunu, Publications and Promotions

    Renee Barnett Terry, Development

    Cynthia Davalos, Major Speakers

    Kati Dickson, Local Arrangements and Site Logistics

    Sara Henry (former Director of the Center for Communication and Leadership), Conference Chair

    Malik Ismail, Treasurer

    Erica Okamura, Special Assistant to the Chair

    Patty Mahaffey and James Stascavage, Montgomery College (formerly Dean of Student Affairs at Sixth College), New Professionals Graduate Institute

    Sharon Van Bruggen, Website & Design

Don't forget about the 2012 NASPA National Conference:
Ignite Leadership Influence Change
March 10-14, 2012 | Phoenix, Arizona

Student Affairs Professional Development Fund Deadline
March 1, 2012 (for activities occurring between April 1-June 30, 2012
For more information, visit the Student Affairs Staff Development Fund website.

A few recommended UC San Diego Staff Education Classes from Stephanie Wong, Student Affairs Human Resources Specialist:


2012 New Supervisor Orientation


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Budgeting 101A: Best Fiscal Practices


8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Collaborate with Ease


9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Creating and Sustaining Positive Change


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Facilitating Groups: the Basics


8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Supervisory Training Laboratory


8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m.

Designing Workplace Training


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Confidentiality of Records: Privacy/Access/the Law


8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Recenter Your Life


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

FinancialLink 101: the Basics


1:00-3:00 p.m.

Comings and Goings

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

  • Shannon Cowell, Student Health
  • Charles Duffy, Admissions and Enrollment Services
  • Mayumi Petrisko, Campus Recreation
  • Laci Weeden, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
If we missed you here because of print deadlines, we'll get you in the next edition!

Special recognition to the following staff who have retired after twenty years or more of UC service:

  • Grace Amador, Crafts Center
  • Sue Drevlow, Student Educational Advancement
  • Jim Hawkins, International Center

In Memoriam

Patti Seyfert

Patti Seyfert 2012
A loving friend and colleague.

Staff Kudos

Chuck Massey with his wife and son.

Chuck Massey with his wife and son.

A special recognition to Chuck Massey from Recreation who received the 2011 Veteran of the Year Award from the UC San Diego Veteran's Association. The honor goes to a UC San Diego staff member or student "who has gone above and beyond his or her UC San Diego career duties to impact their surroundings or community." Chuck served in the US Navy and is a Vietnam War Veteran. Thank you for your service, Chuck!

Kudos to Marty Wollesen who was interviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune's arts critic Janice Steinberg about his role as ArtPower!'s artistic director and his sources for inspiration.You can read the October 16 article here.

Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson.

Congratulations to Lynn Anderson, dean of International Education. Lynn received the IES Abroad Lifetime Achievement Award. A committee of study abroad directors annually chooses the recipient based upon nominations received from a not-for-profit academic consortium of close to two hundred selective colleges and universities. Job well done, Lynn!

Kudos to Joe Cribari and the Career Services team and who successfully hosted their NACE award-winning Annual International Grad Student Career Mixer 2011 on Tuesday, November 22. More than one hundred international graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, and industry professionals attended.

PIE Awards

The Partners in International Education (PIE) Awards were given out on November 15, 2011, during International Education Week. Kudos to Jennifer Atkins and Eric Williamson from Admissions and Enrollment Services, who were amongst this year's six award winners.

Kudos to the Student Affairs staff who worked on the Equity-Minded Education Workshop portion of UC San Diego All-Campus Student Leadership Development 2011. Organizing committee: Tony Jakubisin, Malik Ismail, Rey Guerrero, Cesar Figueroa, Shane Moise, Jeff Hill, Susan Berry, Sonia Rosado, and Denise Khaw. Facilitators: Grace Bagunu, Terra Bailey, Josh Brimmeier, Pat Danylyshyn-Adams, Jenelle Dean, Debbie Deas, eeman agrama-minert, Emily Feinstein, Carri Fierro, Judy Goodman, Mitchelle Greenlee, Lauren Hartig, Jackie Holmes, Mentha Hynes-Wilson, Liora Kian-Gutierrez, Russel King, Christina Lambert, Kelly O' Sullivan, Claire Palmer, Marciano Perez, Carol Rogers, Windi Sasaki, Rina Schul, Elaine Scott, Jon Carlos Senour, Greg Stewart, Cat Thompson, Marva Whitehead, Frankie Zamudio, and Shane Moise.

Kudos and a very special thank you to all Student Affairs staff that were recognized for twenty-plus years of service:

  • Debra O'Hagan, Admissions and Enrollment Services, thirty-five years
  • Pamela Marie Williams, Admissions and Enrollment Services, thirty-five years
  • Ronald Carlson, Crafts Center, thirty-five years
  • Jim Hawkins, International Education, thirty years
  • Dawn Buttrell, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, thirty years
  • Jennifer Atkins, Admissions and Enrollment Services, twenty-five years
  • Kristin Livingston, Admissions and Enrollment Services, twenty-five years
  • Marie Staffiero, Admissions and Enrollment Services, twenty-five years
  • Vincent Manson, Student Affairs-Muir College, twenty-five years
  • Reynaldo Guerrero, Student Affairs-Roosevelt College, twenty-five years
  • Sandra Tripp, Student Affairs-Roosevelt College, twenty-five years
  • Carlos Morris, Student Health Services, twenty-five years
  • Dean Conde, Admissions and Enrollment Services, twenty years
  • Jennifer Mancano, Associated Students, twenty years
  • Bernard Morales, Student Health Services, twenty years
  • Cyndi Ager, Student Life, twenty years


Laci Weeden

The Parent and Family Programs office has a new director, Laci Weeden. Laci joins UC Student Affairs from North Carolina State University, where she served as the assistant director of Parent and Family Services. Laci will be collaborating with the colleges, development, government and community affairs, UCSD Alumni, and other campus partners to strengthen parent and family engagement and services. Laci can be reached at Her office is located in the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office.


Photo Credit: Erik Jepsen.

OASIS is hosting a special cohort of ninety-one freshman scholars who graduated from the Sweetwater Union High School District. Known as the Sweetwater Scholars Learning Community, this special group of UC San Diego students will form a small community that receives support from OASIS peer mentors and staff. Twenty-five of these students are the recipients of scholarships provided by the Sweetwater Education Foundation. In September staff from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office, Financial Aid, Admissions, OASIS, and the college academic advising departments welcomed the students to UC San Diego.

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) invites UC San Diego staff to attend the 4th Annual UC San Diego Women's Conference entitled, "(Re)Defining the UC San Diego Woman: Keeping the Momentum," and to discover the strategies that will take your career from successful to extraordinary. The conference will be held in the Price Center West Ballroom on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Additional information and registration instructions will be made available at a future date at

Did you know?

All-RA Diversity and Social Justice Training: A Student Affairs Collaboration by Liora Kian-Gutierrez, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Revelle College

In August all seven areas that constitute UC San Diego's residential life program partnered with the Inter-College Residence Association and the Sexual Assault Resource Center to train nearly two hundred student leaders on the topics of equity, inclusion, social justice, and bystander intervention.

Thirty professional staff from units across Student Affairs served as small-group facilitators during an intensive three-day workshop in which students were challenged to think critically about their own identities, the identities of people in their communities, and the way in which they could respond to incidents of intolerance, hatred, and bigotry.

At the conclusion of the event, RA attendees and facilitators alike commented on the transformative nature of the experience. Given the excitement and positive response, the organizing committee plans to make it an annual cornerstone of the UC San Diego residential life training program.

The organizing committee sends special thanks of support to the facilitators, the vice chancellor for Student Affairs, Housing*Dining*Hospitality, University Centers, and Admissions.

Outback Wilderness Programs offers an array of recreational programs throughout the year that include canoeing, backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding in San Diego County and beyond. They are also home to a very successful Outback Wilderness Orientation program. This summer more than one hundred incoming freshman and transfer students participated in five-to nine-day Wilderness Orientation trips that helped prepare new students for life at UC San Diego. In addition to the usual programs, this year the tall-ship sailing to Catalina Island and horseback programs in Baja California were added, with much success. Every trip provides opportunities for discussions about residence life, academic opportunities and challenges, social prospects and clubs, as well as service and volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit Outback Adventures.

Student Affairs Photos

Timothy Borch, Admissions and Relations with Schools; Mae Brown, Admissions and Relations with Schools; Ann Klein, Financial Aid Office, and Cynthia Davalos; Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, pose with the San Diego Friar at the community event, Dollars for Scholars Showcase hosted by UC San Diego in October.

Photo credit: Erik Jepson

Technology packages were donated on November 4, 2011, to former foster youth attending UC San Diego. Click here to read the This Week @ UC San Diego article. Penny Rue, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (far right), and Mae Brown, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Admissions and Relations with Schools (top left) pose for a photo with the scholars and representatives from Sony Electronics and Sony Direct.

Students at the 2011 UC San Diego California Native American Day kick-off celebration.

Students having a great time at the SPACES Open House (pictured above).

Terra Bailey and Christine Liou from The Village were ready to answer questions at an "Afternoon with UCSD" at Mesa College hosted by the San Diego Community College District.

You might have heard the International Center staff and students throughout the campus with an opening flag parade for International Education Week.

The Community Law Project sponsored two Thanksgiving meals for local National City Families in November.

Impact Editors

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

Co-editor, Staff Kudos, FYI, Photos
Belinda Zamacona

Low-Cost Professional Development Opportunities
Stephanie Wong

Professional Development Opportunities outside UC San Diego
Grace Bagunu

Standout Student Affairs Stories, Initiatives, or Programs
Gary Ratcliff

A Standout Student Affairs, Story, Initiative, or Program from the College Perspective
Liora Kian-Gutierrez

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Student Affairs Impact editorial staff above.

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