Issue 17, Winter 2014
Feature: Opportunities Ahead | Serving Our Undocumented Students
Comings and Goings | Resources That Build Our Expertise | Staff Kudos
FYI… | Did You Know? | Photos

Letter from Alan Houston,
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Alan Houston

Student Affairs is now part of Academic Affairs. What does that mean? Organizationally, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) now reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC), has a dotted reporting line to the Chancellor, and remains a cabinet member. The same reporting lines exist for the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Functionally, the alignment of vice chancellor areas will lead to a stronger integration of academics and student life, sharpen our focus on the overall student experience, and strengthen our ability to be a model student-centered university.

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Opportunities Ahead Alan Houston, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

UC San Diego’s mission can be distilled to eight words: student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented, public university. Access and affordability are essential to our identity as a public university. So, too, is our commitment to excellence. I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight recent initiatives that link these goals.

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Serving Our Undocumented Students Cynthia Davalos, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor,
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The mission of Student Affairs is to educate the whole person, so that students may thrive and flourish. No single approach works for everyone. And some populations face unique challenges that require special attention. This is nowhere more evident than among the approximately 170 undocumented students at UC San Diego.

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Comings and Goings

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


  • Cynthia Austin-Adibi, Eleanor Roosevelt College
  • Melissa Chiong, International Center
  • Allison Flick, Admissions & Enrollment Services – SATS
  • Colin Gerker, Center for Student Involvement
  • Manuel Hernandez, University Centers
  • Stephanie Lee, Registrar’s Office
  • John Morgan, University Events Office
  • Robia Sabat, Cal-SOAP
  • Paul Yunouye, International Center

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

Resources That Build Our Expertise

APRIL 2014
4/03 How to Manage in a Union Environment 9:00 – 11:00 TPCS, 265A
4/10 Motivating the Student Employee 8:30 – 11:30 TPCS, 265A
4/14 Managing Blink Content w/Campus CMS 10:00 – 12:00 TPCS, 400
4/16 Sexual Harassment: Life Theatre 9:00 – 11:00 PC East, Forum
4/16 FinancialLink 101: The Basics 1:30 – 3:30 TPCS, 266
MAY 2014
5/02 Effective Business Writing 8:30 – 4:30 TPCS, 265A
5/09 Basic Elements of Record Management 8:30 – 12:00 TPCS, 265A
5/13 Budgeting 101: Best Fiscal Practices 8:30 – 12:00 TPCS, 400
5/13 UC Retirement: Getting Started 11:30 – 1:00 TPCS, 265A
5/14 Social Intelligence – Rady School 7:45 – 12:00 Otterson Hall
5/14 Buying Goods and Services 101 1:30 – 3:30 TPCS, 400
5/20 Behavioral Feedback 8:30 – 11:00 TPCS, 265A


Career Connection Programs:
(most occurring during the lunch hour noon – 1:00 p.m.)

APRIL 2014
4/01 The Energizing Power of Fun,
Laughter and Play
12:00 – 1:00 MTF, 275
4/08 Networking Tips 10:00 – 11:00 TPCN, 2nd floor
4/15 Networking Tips 12:00 – 1:00 SIO
4/17 Managing Career Transitions 12:00 – 1:30 TPCS, 265A
4/23 Tools for Success 12:00 – 1:00 PC Red Shoe Room
4/30 Your Attitude Can Make a Difference 12:00 – 1:00 East Campus Office Bldg
MAY 2014
5/07 Setting Mid-Career Goals 12:00 – 1:00 Martin Johnson (SIO)
5/08 Personalizing Your Career Path 12:00 – 1:30 location TBA
5/20 Career Planning 12:00 – 1:30 Martin Johnson (SIO)

Staff Kudos

Kudos to Recreation staff Jan Stamm and Laurel Dean who combined their creative abilities and recently published a collection of Aesop’s fables with a modern twist.

Kudos to the Student Affairs Technology Services (SATS) team for recently completing two significant projects for Student Affairs: International Center’s Horizon’s Program Abroad application (Priyam Shah) and the new VCSA website (Karen Fisher and Paul Abbott).

Jon Carlos Senour

Congratulations to Jon Carlos Senour, Director of Student Legal Services for receiving the UC San Diego Diversity award for his tireless efforts to creating a more equitable campus.

Kudos to SPACES, the Black Student Union (and Resource Center), and the IDEA Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering for receiving the UC San Diego Diversity Award for leading the highly successful residential overnight program for admitted students!

UC San Diego Diversity Award


A few upcoming dates to remember:

Knock Around Camp

Registration for UC San Diego affiliates starts March 8 at 8:30 a.m. in person at the RIMAC sales desk! For more information on Knock Around Camp visit the website or email Camp Director Trish Dorman. See you and your campers this summer!

New VCSA Website

Check out the new VCSA website, recently updated to better serve our students, staff and visitors. If you have comments or feedback on the new website, please send them to Cynthia Davalos.

New Director of a Campus Community Center

Our newest Student Affairs position and team member has arrived. Please stop by and welcome James E. Bond, the Student Veterans Resource Coordinator. The newly opened Student Veterans Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Student Center.

Women’s Health Day

Join UC San Diego March 22 for an informative and inspiring day with the latest insights on how to live a healthy, balanced life. Visit the event website for details and an exciting glimpse of the day’s planned activities. This free event includes breakfast and lunch, along with health screenings, tai chi, a nutritious cooking demonstration and raffle prizes. Space is limited and registration is required.

Did You Know?

  United Way

Did you know you can track your Chancellor's Office or Vice Chancellor area's participation in this year's United Way/CHAD campaign? The chart shows the percentage of employees in each area who have pledged support and will be updated in real time.

  • See a message from United Way/CHAD leaders about this year's campaign: Campaign Video
  • 2014 UC San Diego United Way/CHAD Campaign Poster: Campaign Poster (PDF)
  • UC San Diego’s United Way/CHAD 2014 campaign runs from Feb. 13 – April 11

Student Affairs Photos

Celebrate the Night
(Photo Credit: Chancellor Khosla’s Blog)
Celebrate the Night, an annual holiday party for nighttime staff, has become a favorite tradition at UC San Diego since its inception in 2007. This academic year, more than 100 staff members gathered for the festivities. Members of the Staff Association's Celebrate the Night Committee are featured in this picture.

MLK Parade 2014
(Photo Credit: Chancellor Khosla’s Blog)
The Black Resource Center represented UC San Diego with great pride at the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade!
Student panel evening with UCSD 2014
(Photo Credit: Chancellor Khosla’s Blog)
Student panelists share their Triton experience at Chula Vista High School to a group of 300 prospective students from Sweetwater Union High School District.

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