Issue 16, Fall 2013
Feature: The Integration of the Career Services and Alumni | Strategic Alliances
Comings and Goings | Staff Kudos | FYI… | Did You Know? | Photos

Letter from the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Alan Houston

Photograph of Vice Chancellor Penny Rue

In this message I’d like to share a small but important example of how Student Affairs helps strengthen campus community through collaboration and leadership. On Friday, November 8, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. Powerful winds and a massive storm surge swept away villages and devastated the city of Tacloban. At the time that I am writing (November 13), the full extent of the destruction is not yet known. Thousands of lives have been lost; many more are feared dead or missing. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced or left homeless.

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The Integration of the Career Services and Alumni & Community Engagement: More Opportunities for Students and Alumni by Craig Schmidt, Interim Director, Career Services Center

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Although only a couple of months into the process, the integration of the UC San Diego Career Services Center (CSC) with Alumni & Community Engagement (ACE) is already creating exciting new opportunities and innovations for both students and alumni. As a part of the chancellor’s strategic planning process, this groundbreaking collaboration is creating a new model for career services that will prepare students for lifelong professional success and engagement with the campus community.

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Strategic Alliances to Boost Student Health by Karen Calfas, Executive Director, Student Health & Well-being

During the summer, parts of the former Health, Recreation and Well-being Cluster became part of Health Sciences. Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Health Education and the Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Resource Center are forging new relationships and collaborating as part of UC San Diego’s Health Systems. The change was part of the chancellor’s plan to create strategic alliances on campus. This new alliance allows the cluster to leverage more resources for student well-being. UC San Diego is the first UC campus to take this bold and unique step that opens up new opportunities for the campus-based programs. Students who have the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) are able to receive specialty care and other services in UCSD’s health care at significantly reduced cost. Collaboration with other services like lab and x-ray are making care more efficient and providing more continuity of care. Please stay tuned to hear about other news.

Focus is still on student mission. When considering this transition, the primary focus was on retaining the student-focused mission of the cluster. These student services are not a business with a goal of making profit. The goal of the cluster is now, as it has always been, to provide excellent programs and services at no or low cost for the purpose of supporting students in the pursuit of their academic and career goals. To this end the chancellor, CEO of Health Systems and the interim VC for Student Affairs all agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to retain the student focus of these services and to continue to review this topic annually. The transition has been seamless for students.

What about Recreation? While Recreation still reports to Student Affairs, we are retaining our close working relationship and collaborating in the same ways on well-being programs and services. Physical activity is so vital to health and well-being we can’t do this work without them!

Still connected to Student Affairs. The cluster retains a dotted line reporting relationship with Student Affairs. We cannot do this work without our ongoing relationships in Student Affairs so we will still be present and integrated with all of you.

Student Health and Well-being Cluster
Same People, Same Places, Same work

Comings and Goings

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


  • Marc Beasley, Sports Facilities
  • Willie Blackmon, Center for Student Involvement
  • Wyatt Blue, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Charles Cannon, Student Affairs Technology Services (SATS)
  • Myles Cooper, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Valerie Drake, SATS
  • Briseida Elenes, Associated Students
  • Melanie Fernandez, Warren College
  • Whitney Griffiths, Financial Aid Office
  • Jim Ragan, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Amanda Kalal, Admissions
  • Sheri Liebovich, International Center
  • Leanne Mc Carthy, Campus Recreation
  • Yvonne Priest, Admissions
  • Laura Puhl, University Centers
  • Antonio Quezada, Revelle College
  • Priyam Shah, SATS
  • Alexis Taylor, Revelle College
  • Sandra Vargas-Tinoco, International Center
  • Sara Vogel, Sixth College
  • Leo Vogel, Financial Aid Office
  • Richard Yien, International Center


  • Sandra Batchelder, Financial Aid Office, after 30 years of service
  • Teri Brazell, Student Life, after 24 years of service
  • Rosa Ramirez, University Centers, after 26 years of service
  • Charlotte Smith, University Centers, after 32 years of service
  • Michael Wydra, Intercollegiate Athletics, after 30 years of service

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

Staff Kudos

Lauren Hartig

Congratulations to Lauren Hartig from Eleanor Roosevelt College and I-House for receiving the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors Region XII travel grant to represent California at NAFSA’s 2013 Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. While there, Lauren presented to senators and representatives on Capitol Hill on behalf of international education.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission awarded Jay Minert, Director of Outreach and Academic Integration for the Programs Abroad Office, with a Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Award. Jay joined a delegation of 20 top U.S. administrators to visit with various colleges and universities throughout the U.K. The IEA program aims to enhance U.S. administrators' ability to serve international students, promote multiculturalism and diversity, and encourage study abroad around the world.

Jay Minert Wendy Taylor May

Wendy Taylor May, Senior Associate Athletic Director at Intercollegiate Athletics was one of twelve nationwide participants selected for the National College Athletic Association/National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators Executive Institute. The weeklong program teaches executive leadership solutions with the intention of advancing high-level women athletic administrators to executive positions.

Kudos to Ben White, Director of Student Conduct for his article, “Assessing the Student Conduct Process at UC San Diego” published in the NASPA Region VI Fall Newsletter.

The Financial Aid Office and Cal-SOAP hosted a community scholarship workshop at Morse High School with UC San Diego students Gates Millennium Scholars and the San Diego Foundation. The workshop focused on securing private funds to finance college. More than 100 high school students and their families attended. A second workshop will be held in early December at Sweetwater High School.

Out-of-the-darkness Walk

Congratulations to Intercollegiate Athletics who won the award for best table presentation at the annual All-Staff Picnic this year.

UC San Diego Women's Crew presented the 12th Annual Row for the Cure event Sunday, October 27 on Mission Bay. More than 600 people participated in this year's Row for the Cure, which raised nearly $15,000. Funds will support uninsured women in San Diego to assist with breast cancer treatment and services. The remaining funds will go toward breast cancer research.


A few upcoming dates to remember:

  • Dec 12 – Student Affairs Holiday Social Hour
  • Dec 21–Jan 2 – Campus Closure
  • Jan 11 – Siblings Weekend 2014
  • Jan 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Sun God Festival

A committee charged by Chancellor Khosla has been meeting since August with the purpose of reviewing the Sun God Festival in the wake of increased health and safety incidents. The committee is comprised of several student leaders and staff from Student Life, Student Health, AS Concerts and Events, and Student Conduct. To learn more about the committee and its recommendations, please visit:

Belinda Zamacona

Student Veterans Resource Center

Student Affairs is pleased to offer a new resource to student veterans. The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) was dedicated on Thursday, November 7 prior to the national celebration of Veterans Day. The search process is currently underway for a fulltime staff coordinator to lead programs and services for student veterans. The SVRC is located in the Student Center on the second floor next to the Black Resource Center. The SVRC will report to the Center for Student Involvement. For more information, visit:

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines

A list of resources for students affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is now online.

Did You Know?

Meet the Beach and Family Weekend both had record crowds this fall. These fast growing campus traditions are becoming quite popular among students. Meet the Beach hosted approximately 4,000 new and returning students at La Jolla Shores during Welcome Week. Family Weekend hosted more than 2,200 families over three days of activities. These events are made possible by enthusiastic and organized staff in Recreation and Parent and Family Programs, as well as tremendous support from many other individuals and departments from across the division and colleges. These record numbers could not happen without collaboration and teamwork!

Student Affairs Photos

Family Weekend
Fun at Family Weekend
Photo credit: Erika Johnson, University Communications
Meet the beach
Meet the Beach hosted about 4,000 new and returning students at La Jolla Shores during Welcome Week this year!
Alan with chinese scholars
Interim Vice Chancellor Houston and Chancellor Khosla with the 2013 Chinese Scholars Cohort.
International education week
A colorful flag parade kicked off UC San Diego’s Ninth Annual International Education Week (IEW), for which speakers addressed the theme of “Ready Set Global! Celebrating how education forges respect and understanding.”

Impact Editors

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

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

Professional Development Opportunities
Stephanie Wong

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Student Affairs Impact editorial staff above.

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