Issue 18, Spring 2014
Feature: Student Affairs Assessment Update | Summer Plans
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

What a year it’s been! In July we started planning for the migration of Student Health and Well-being to the UC San Diego Health System. Despite bristling skepticism, the engaged leadership of Karen Calfas, Reina Juarez and Nancy Wahlig, and the generous welcome by Health System CEO Paul Viviano, ensured a successful transition.

In September the Career Services Center began its migration from Student Affairs to Alumni and Community Engagement. Craig Schmidt transitioned from Acting Director to Executive Director of CSC; working with Armin Afsahi, Brandon Buzbee and others, has helped build new bridges between and among our students our alumni.

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Student Affairs Assessment Update Victoria Couch and Marlene P. Lowe, Student Research and Information

There is never a dull moment in Student Affairs assessment. We are always looking for new and better ways to support your assessment endeavors. Just as the 2012–13 assessment reports are published to our website, we begin preparing for the incoming 2013–14 assessment reports due from departments and units on July 18.

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Summer Plans Alisa Giangregorio, Graduate Intern,
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Summer on the UC San Diego campus is not a time to slow down. If anything, this is the time of year when we are the hardest at work, and a time where you will find the campus abuzz with many student programs. The summer of 2014 is no exception to the activity that is soon to surround UC San Diego. The campus will be vibrant this summer with several different programs; International Triton Transition Program (ITTP), Summer Bridge, Triton Summer STEM Academy, college orientations, and Chancellor’s Associates Scholars to name a few.

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Comings and Goings

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


  • Trudi Andres, Admissions – Registrar
  • Christina Brilli, Admissions – Financial Aid Office
  • Erica Chambers, Admissions – Operations
  • Joseph Cordero, Marshall College
  • Tracy Daly, Recreation
  • Jack Day, Admissions – Registrar
  • Nicole Hsueh, Marshall College
  • David Lopez de Arenosa, University Centers
  • Johnathan Luster, Marshall College
  • Brendan Sullivan, Sports Facilities
  • Ryan Trias, Revelle College
  • Jan Tuomainen, International Center
  • Parisa Yazdani, Student Life


  • Paul DeWine, Earl Warren College
  • Josie Hollinger, Office of the VC – Student Affairs
  • Carmen Lozano, Office of the VC – Student Affairs
  • Ed Spriggs, Office of the VC – Student Affairs

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

Resources That Build Our Expertise

Upcoming Staff Education Courses

TPCS—Torrey Pines Center South
TPCN—Torrey Pines Center North (Plaza Level)

JUNE 2014
6/04 The Practice of Listening 8:30 – 11:30 TPCS 265A
6/04 Perspectives from Executive Leadership 12:00 – 1:00 Huerta/Vera,
Cruz Room
6/05 How to Manage in a Union Environment 9:00 – 11:00 TPCS 265A
6/10 Decision Making at Work 7:45 – 5:00 Rady School
6/10 Enhancing Quality Customer Service Skills 8:30 – 12:30 TPCN
6/11 FinancialLink 101: The Basics 1:30 – 3:30 TPCS 265A
6/11 Buying Goods & Services 101 1:30 – 3:30 TPCS 400
6/17 Best Practices Employee Disability Management 8:30 – 11:30 TPCS 265A
6/19 Training One-on-One 1:00 – 4:30 TPCS 265A
6/20 Hard Times/Soft Tactics: Mind-Body
Skills for Busy Professionals
8:30 – 11:30 TPCS 265A
6/24 Employee Discrimination Law: News You Need 8:30 – 11:30 TPCS 265A
6/25 Sexual Harassment Prevention 9:00 – 11:00 TPCS 265A
6/25 Driving UC Vehicles and Electric Carts 2:00 – 3:30 EH&S
trng rm 401
6/26 Situational Leadership 8:30 – 12:00 TPCN
JULY 2014
7/08 Designing Workplace Training 8:30 -12:30 TPCS 265A
7/09 Injury Illness Prevention Program 3:00 – 4:30 EH&S
trng rm 401
7/10 Managing Meetings & Groups Effectively 8:30 – 4:30 TPCN
7/10 Wills & Trusts: How to Cover Your Assets 11:30 – 1:00 TPCS 265A
7/16 Work Leader Training Lab (begins) 12:30 – 4:30 TPCN
7/17 FinancialLink 101: The Basics 1:30 – 3:30 TPCS 265A
7/22 Planning Your Retirement Income 11:30 – 1:00 TPCS 265A
8/04 Supervisory Training Lab (begins) 8:30 – 4:00 TPCN

Staff Kudos

Katie McGann

The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) selected Katie McGann in Intercollegiate Athletics as a recipient of the 2014 Administrator of Tomorrow, Judith M. Sweet Commitment Award. Congratulations Katie!

Kudos to the SATS Application Development team for the successful year in the design, development, testing and successful implementation of the 2014 Calling Campaign Application! The campaign was a success in that it attempted more than 15,000 calls. Thanks to the dedication and hard work from the developers, Michael Ki, Andrew Griffin, Eric Williamson and Lynn Dang.

UC San Diego Selfie
UC San Diego selfie

Kudos to all in the campus community who participated in the 2014 Admitted Students Calling Campaigns! To UC San Diego faculty, staff, alumni and student callers, thank you for your partnership and continued support toward this important endeavor. More than 15,000 phone calls were attempted over a period of four weeks.

Kudos to Amanda Kalal, Admissions Officer and Special Events Coordinator for organizing the Admitted Student Calling Campaign in partnership with BRC and BSU, JSOE Idea Center, Scholars Society, SPACES and the College Ambassadors. Great Job!

Lecture hall
Lecture hall. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

Congratulations to Senior Associate Registrar Cindy Lyons and Registrar staff members, Sarah Zeaman, Luis Factora, and Johan Hill for their successful implementation of a new electronic transcript service now available to students. Cindy and her team worked with Dee Chilcoat and Sunshine Sun from ACT and our transcript vendor, Parchment, to implement a new service that allows students to select an electronic version of their UC San Diego official transcript when ordering transcripts. The new service was launched on Dec 2, 2013 and was an immediate success as over 30 percent of students ordering transcripts in the first month of service chose this new electronic option! The transcript is produced in the form of a secure PDF and sent via email to the recipient who uses a de-encryption code to access the transcript.

James Ingram

Kudos to James Ingram, graphic designer in AES Creative Services, for his wide-ranging design work during this yield period. James worked hard on this year’s admit packet, which garnered very good feedback from students and their families.

UC San Diego student admit packet
UC San Diego student admit packet


A few upcoming dates to remember:

Admissions By the Numbers

UC San Diego Students

UC San Diego continues to be one of the most popular campuses in the U.S. based on number of undergraduate applications received. Freshman applicants who were offered admission had, as a group, a 4.13 weighted GPA. More than 22 percent are the first in their families to attend college and the largest number of admitted freshmen comes from the Los Angeles area. Nearly 20,000 of these freshmen and their families attended Triton Day on April 5 to explore whether UC San Diego would be their choice for saying yes to higher education. Admitted transfer applicants had their own day on May 10 – these students have until June 1 to accept UC San Diego’s offer of admission.

The event days, for both freshmen and transfer students, offer a chance to meet and interact with faculty, staff from the undergraduate colleges, volunteers, alumni and other new students in a fun and informative day. Among students who reply to a survey about these special days, many of them tell us the opportunity to visit the campus on Triton Day sealed their decision to attend the university.

Triton Parent/Family Ambassador Program


Parent and Family Programs, Undergraduate Admissions, and UCSD Alumni are partnering together to create a new program to help with recruitment, yield, involvement, retention and philanthropic support. The newly created program, Triton Parent and Family Ambassadors (TPFA) will be housed in the Parent and Family Programs office and will begin recruitment efforts for current parent and family involvement. Research has shown that ‘family’ in the form of parental involvement is one of the best predictors for postsecondary educational aspirations and student success in college (McCarron & Inkelas, 2006). Therefore, it is important that we partner with parents from the very beginning of the college student experience—when they are applying for colleges—until they graduate and even beyond. Current parents and families are ideal mentors for prospective and incoming families to UC San Diego. Parents and families will serve as ambassadors for programs and events sponsored by UC San Diego. Ambassadors will outreach to prospective and current families and students, form relationships, help each other create and sustain ties to UC San Diego, and become vested in their student’s college experience. To learn more about the program visit the TPFA website.

Did You Know?

  Geisel Library

At the Student Affairs All Staff Meeting in April over 20 staff presented posters on a service or resource they offer to help Triton students in some type of transition. Here is a list of poster presenters to learn more about their service to our students and Triton parents.

Student Affairs Photos

First Class of Chancellor’s Associates Transfer Scholars
Congratulating the First Class of Chancellor’s Associates Transfer Scholars.

Transfer Triton Day 2014
King Triton celebrates transfer students at Transfer Triton Day 2014.

Impact Editors

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

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

Alissa Giangregorio, Graduate Intern

Professional Development Opportunities
Stephanie Wong